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State backlog pinching District 7 harder
2016-12-05 11:57:00
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EFD in need of an ambulance fix
2016-12-05 11:56:00
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Wildey lines up performers
2016-12-05 11:51:00
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21-year-old found guilty in murder
2016-12-05 11:47:00
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North Carolina Gov. McCrory concedes he lost re-election bid

2016-12-05 11:24:00
DURHAM, N.C. ? North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory conceded the governor's race Monday, clearing the way for Democrat Roy Cooper to be declared the winner nearly four weeks after Election Day. Read Full Story ...

Steve Martin, Martin Short join forces for tour coming to Fox Theatre

2016-12-05 11:11:00
Steve Martin and Martin Short have teamed up for ?An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life? coming to the Fox Theatre on July 20. Read Full Story ...

Creve Coeur worker charged with making terrorist threat

2016-12-05 11:07:00
Prosecutors on Sunday charged Mustafa Barimac, 26, with the felony. Read Full Story ...

7 shows for your radar this week (Dec. 5-11)

2016-12-05 11:00:00
Christmas specials dominate drama. Read Full Story ...

10 am news

SIUE Muslim and Arabic Students Help Send Donations to Syrian Refugees

2016-12-05 10:56:00

If you asked Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student Zia Hasan Ansari what he wants most for the holiday season, he’d say world peace – starting with the end of the Syrian Civil War. But Ansari, president of the SIUE Muslim Student Association (MSA), and members of his group, along with students in the SIUE Arabic Club, were moved to assist in one tremendous humanitarian effort in the meantime. 

The two groups joined with Helping Hand for Relief and Development to collect more than 40,000 pounds of donations that included food and clothing for Syrian refugees.  

“We believe it is everyone’s duty to help each other out, and especially those who are suffering,” said Ansari, a graduate student majoring in electrical engineering. “We also wanted to motivate others to help out and do their part. A lot of people want to help, but they don’t know where to start.”

Helping Hands contacted a member of the MSA to see if they could help. The group gladly accepted and then brought the idea to the Arabic Club. 

“When we joined the project, there was already 10,000 pounds of donations in the form of food and clothing collected and stored in the Helping Hands’ warehouse,” Ansari said. 

“We assisted in organizing the donations into clothing for men, women, children and adults,” he continued. “Then we further distinguished them according to winter and summer. Later, we packed them in boxes.” 

The student groups also collected clothes and shoes from contributors in Edwardsville and St. Louis. “We collected items from people’s homes and mosques,” Ansari said. “Some people even dropped off items themselves to the (Helping Hands) warehouse and to me at the SIUE campus. 

“We also helped in purchasing food. We purchased rice, oil, beans, sugar, wheat, canned foods, baby food and more. We transported the goods to the warehouse with the help of a truck and trailer of Elaine Abusharbain (associate professor in the SIUE Department of Biological Sciences).” 

“I’m incredibly proud of the students for initiating this effort as the situation in Syria gets worse every day,” said Stephen Tamari, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Historical Studies and a faculty advisor for both the MSA and Arabic Club. “And I hope other students and community members follow their lead.” 

Tamari is a Syrian expert. He and his wife, Sandra, assistant director in International Affairs, lived in Damascus for 3½ years. The couple still has family and friends living in Syria. 

“We wish health, peace and happiness for the refugees,” said Ramsha Durrani, Arabic Club president and MSA vice president, “and a safe environment where they can recover from the trauma and become successful in the future.” 

The Muslim Student Association’s mission at SIUE is to enrich the diversity on campus by uniting the growing Muslim community and educating our peers about the religion of Islam. To learn more about SIUE’s MSA, contact the president, Zia Hasan Ansari at

SIUE's Arabic Club’s mission is to promote the Arabic language and Arab culture, and to educate students about the Middle East. To learn more about SIUE’s Arabic Club, contact the president, Ramsha Ansari at


Helping raise and process donations for Syrian refugees are (front row L-R): Khazi Ghani, Mohammed Ateef, Dara Garcia, Mohammed Chakir, Mohammed Sayeeduddin and Mohammed Muneeruddin. Seen in the background are Musab Zafar (left) and Mohammed Maqsoos.

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Dylann Roof allowed to hire lawyers back, for now

2016-12-05 10:45:00
The accused church shooter wants attorneys during the guilt phase of his trial, but wants to act as his own attorney during the penalty phase. Read Full Story ...

Trump chooses former campaign rival Carson as housing secretary

2016-12-05 10:26:00
Critics immediately blasted Ben Carson's lack of credentials for the job. Read Full Story ...

9 am news

University of Missouri begins search for new chancellor

2016-12-05 09:44:00
The race for the next chancellor at the University of Missouri-Columbia is on, and the interim chancellor, Hank Foley, is the first to enter. Read Full Story ...

Special notice for users and e-Edition subscribers

2016-12-05 09:42:00
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BenFred's 5: Will Holliday turn into bargain bonus for Yankees?

2016-12-05 09:26:00
Five topics from Ben Frederickson that St. Louis sports fans will be discussing Read Full Story ...

McCracken receives Rotary honors

2016-12-05 09:04:00
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Drug price hikes put sex beyond reach for many older couples

2016-12-05 09:03:00
Without insurance coverage, Viagra and Cialis cost about $50 a pill, triple their 2010 list prices. Read Full Story ...

8 am news

SIUE Marketing Association Announces VWA Success Videos Contest

2016-12-05 08:55:00

Nick Hotze, president of the SIUE Marketing Association, has announced the kickoff of the Visionary Wealth Advisors (VWA) “Success Videos” contest. The SIUE Marketing Association is the campus chapter of The American Marketing Association (AMA).

“We are extremely excited to work with Visionary Wealth Advisors, a local investment company, on this contest,” stated Hotze. “The contest is an opportunity for student videographers to highlight their work and win cash prizes. The Marketing Association appreciates VWA’s interest in SIUE.”

The VWA “Success Videos” contest is open to all students. Individual students or a student team will interview a VWA client asking how VWA helped them become successful. The SIUE Marketing Association will coordinate matching the VWA clients with the SIUE students, who will then create and produce their own 5-7 minute videos.

All videos will be posted on VWA’s YouTube channel for people to vote for their favorite video. The winning videos will be recognized and awarded cash prizes at an awards event in late February or early March 2017.                                                                    

Winning student videos will receive cash prizes:

FIRST PLACE               $400

SECOND PLACE           $200

THIRD PLACE              $100

For more contest information and to enter, contact Nick Hotze at

Learn more about SIUE Marketing Association on Facebook: SIUEama.

Visionary Wealth Advisors LLC provides wealth management services. It offers financial planning, retirement planning, investment management, insurance assessment, estate planning, college planning, business retirement plans, concierge and risk management services. Visionary Wealth Advisors, LLC was founded in 2014 and is based in Edwardsville, Illinois. Learn more at

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Death toll grows to 36 in Oakland warehouse fire

2016-12-05 08:45:00
Work on searching for bodies has halted for now while workers try to shore up a wall that is leaning dangerously. Read Full Story ...

The Latest: Death toll grows to 36 in Oakland warehouse fire

2016-12-05 08:35:00
Work on searching for bodies has halted for now while workers try to shore up a wall that is leaning dangerously. Read Full Story ...

Body of adult pulled from Mississippi River in Ste. Genevieve County

2016-12-05 08:28:00
On Sunday morning, tug operators moved barges and the body was spotted again and recovered. Read Full Story ...

7 am news

Canadian cop offers apology for threatening to punish drunk drivers with Nickelback

2016-12-05 07:15:00
The cop took to Facebook to tell the band members - Chad, Ryan, Mike and Daniel - he was sorry, not just for slamming the band, but because they are fellow Canadians. Read Full Story ...

6 am news

Forest Park Parkway near Kingshighway to close today for up to a year

2016-12-05 06:00:00
Project to create a 'traditional intersection' between the two thoroughfares Read Full Story ...

5 am news

Tipsheet: Common sense prevails in college playoff selections

2016-12-05 05:37:00
The best four college football teams advanced to the four-team College Football Playoffs. Was that so hard? For the selection committee, this time around it wasn't. Read Full Story ...

Missouri History Museum attendance over 400K third straight year

2016-12-05 05:00:00
Four of the top five most attended exhibits in museum history all opened in 2014 or later. Read Full Story ...

4 am news

Guns N' Roses to play the Dome at America's Center in July

2016-12-05 04:00:00
This will be the band's first concert in St. Louis since its 1991 show at Riverport Amphitheaater. Read Full Story ...

1 am news

As Holliday and ex-teammates move on, Cardinals still need a move

2016-12-05 01:20:00
Cardinals left fielder signs one-year, $13 million deal with Yankees. Read Full Story ...

Hochman: Blues need to win games the right way

2016-12-05 01:15:00
Mistakes, letdowns will be costly later. Read Full Story ...

12 am news

Gone over 30 years, the spirit of Times Beach lives on social media

2016-12-05 00:30:00
The last mayor still questions decision that turned community into a ghost town. Read Full Story ...

Blues took a big step forward after a humbling defeat

2016-12-05 00:30:00
Since losing 8-4 in Columbus, they've gone 7-1-1. Read Full Story ...

Hunters, novices can test skills on new digital simulator at St. Charles County museum

2016-12-05 00:00:00
The $75,000 device, donated by August A. Busch III, is in a soon-to-open exhibit on hunting, fishing and recreation at the county's Heritage Museum in St. Peters. Read Full Story ...

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