10 Things to Know: Monday, September 9, 2013

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(KTVI) – Here are the stories making headlines from FOX 2 and CNN this morning.

1. The U. City Trolley project could be derailed.  The FTA says they may pull funds for the project if the project falls behind.  That means the project would lose $22 million in grant money.

2. Is St. Louis the “Chess Capitol of the America?”  Yep.  That’s according the top player in the United States. He’s now making moves to become the best chess player in the world.  

3. The St. Louis Arch is a popular spot for sightseers, but one lucky lady took a look out the window and found something she didn’t expect — a marriage proposal.

4. Imagine getting an envelope full of money with an apology — that’s what happened to some shop owners 12 years after a robbery.  Check out this story.

5. Owners of “Sweetie Pies” makemusic video. Check out Miss Robbie and the gang do “The Sweetie Pie.

6.  A new CNN poll out this morning finds that even though eight in 10 Americans believe the Syrian regime gassed its own people, the majority is against military intervention — even if Congress approves it!

2. Confession is good for the soul …But will it make any difference in court? Last week, Matthew Cordle posted a powerful video online, where he talked about how, after a night of drinking, he struck and killed another man.

That video’s been watched more than a million times. His lawyer says he’ll probably be indicted today on a homicide charge. If convicted, the 22-year-old could get two to eight years in prison.

3. “Injured kids everywhere” — That’s how one witness described the scene at the Norwalk Oyster Festival in Connecticut yesterday. A swing ride suddenly lost power and sent kids to the ground.  Eighteen people, mostly kids, were hurt. The incident, of course, raises the question once again: Are carnival rides safe? Yes, says one amusement park expert.
In most states, there’s federal oversight for carnivals that move from place to place. There’s no such oversight for parks such as Six Flags or Disney World.

4. Prank gone wrong — Premila Lal thought it’d be funny to surprise her friend by jumping out of a closet. But the joke went horribly wrong when the startled friend grabbed a gun and shot her.   Lal, who was a track phenom at her Colorado high school, died an hour later. So far, the friend’s not been charged. The teen’s death was “unintended and extremely tragic,” police said in a statement.

5. Prince Andrew was born in Buckingham Palace. He has his offices there. He spends quite a bit of time there. Tell that to the two officers who mistook him for an intruder while he was strolling through the palace garden.

This is how the police department, in its usual understated way, described the incident: The officers approached him to “verify his identity” and the “man was satisfactorily identified.”

But the British press reacted withpredictable excitement. “For a tense half a minute the Queen’s 53-year-old son was in danger of being shot dead by officers paid to protect him and his family,” The Express exclaimed breathlessly.

Yeah, that didn’t really happen, police said.
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