Gateway to Darkness
Business to resume at Lambert
ST. LOUIS – Clear skies are the forecast for Lambert International Airport. After high winds grounded all flights into and out of St. Louis for nearly a week, the disturbance finally broke midday Sunday.
Airport management said that flights would resume as soon as possible. The winds were strong enough to cause some damage to the grounds at the airport, but the airlines are working around the clock to resume business as usual.
Scientists are still trying to determine the nature of the high winds. “It’s one of the most bizarre weather patterns I’ve ever seen,” said Kent Erhart, a meteorologist at St. Louis University. “It was incredibly localized and yet stronger than a tornado at times. You just don’t see that.”
Pranks at Cahokia Mounds?
ST. LOUIS – The same day the Chokai Remembrance Society announced the coming exhibition of a new exhibit, pranksters hit the Cahokia Mounds grounds and museum.
Police were sent to investigate after numerous calls from museum staff and visitors about strange occurrences, including electrical disturbances, flashing lights, and the appearance of ghosts. By the time Cahokia police arrived, however, the pranks seemed to have ended.
“We’re still not sure how they pulled it off,” said Aaron Weaver, an officer who responded to the scene. “We found no equipment of any kind that would be necessary in this sort of thing: No projectors, no lamps, nothing. Why would anyone go to this much trouble for something so silly?”
It may not be the first time for the pranksters, either. Area police have responded to similar incidents across the region for many years. Some speculate the pranks could be a family tradition of some kind. The most famous incidence of the pranks occurred at Valhalla Cemetary in St. Louis on Halloween Night in 1975. Local residents there still report the occasional ghost sighting, though St. Louis Police department officials refer to such reports as practical jokes themselves.
Arch renovations underway
ST. LOUIS – Renovations begin this week at the Gateway Arch in preparation for the summer tourist season.
“We get hundreds of thousands of people coming through those doors each summer,” said Maria Salvianas, Assistant Curator of the Lewis and Clark Westward Expansion Museum, located beneath the Arch. “Proper maintenance, especially preventative, can really help keep the museum in tip-top shape all summer long.”
The Gateway Arch will be closed until further notice, according to Savlianas. Anyone passing through the Riverfront is urged to stay clear of the Arch grounds, as maintenance and construction crews will be moving materials and heavy equipment through the area regularly.