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St. Louis Tent Collapse Leaves 1 Dead, 20 Injured

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- One person was killed and at least 20 others were injured Saturday afternoon when fierce winds lifted a tent covering an outdoor beer garden in St. Louis, Mo., sending metal poles and chairs flying before it collapsed.

At least 100 people were in a beer garden set up next to Kilroy’s Sports Bar in downtown St. Louis when the tent collapsed.  Seventeen people were taken to the hospital, including the man who died. Five of those were in critical condition.  At least 11 others arrived at the hospital as walk-ins.

“We transported seventeen people at this time. We have one confirmed fatality right now,” St. Louis Fire Department Chief  David Jenkerson said. “We have five that we’ve transported that we consider critical.”

Officials said they believe the man who died suffered a heart attack.

The collapse was caused when 50 mph wind gusts lifted up the tent, sending metal poles up in the air.

“It picked the tents up and started ripping them off their moorings,” Jenkerson said.

“I thought a train fell off the track,” Art Randall, owner of Kilroy’s, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “We all ducked for cover. Everything was going sideways. I had metal chairs ripping across the beer garden.”

Kilroy’s Bar, which is popular with St. Louis Cardinals fans, is located in downtown St. Louis near Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals had just won a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

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Obama Honors ‘Greatest Comeback Team’ in Baseball History

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Obama honored the World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals at the White House on Tuesday, dubbing them “the greatest comeback team in the history of baseball.”

The Cardinals were 10-and-a-half games out of the playoff race last August, but rallied to win the National League wild card spot on the final day.  In Game Six of the World Series, the Cardinals were twice within a strike of elimination before David Freese’s walk-off home run saved them in the 11th inning.

“I’ve got to say, that has to be one of the best baseball games of all time.  Unbelievable game,” Obama said.  “I will tell you guys, I had a bunch of early-morning stuff the next day, and you kept me up.  It was painful waking up the next morning.  But what an incredible game.”

The president, however, couldn’t help but make a pitch for his beloved hometown team.

“I won’t lie, I’m a little disappointed I had to leave my White Sox jacket in the closet for another year,” he said.

In addition to meeting the president and the first lady, the team also spent time on Tuesday visiting wounded troops and their families at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.  Notably absent from the day’s events, however, were retired Manager Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols, who has signed with the Los Angeles Angels.

The team also presented the Obamas with some Cardinals paraphernalia.

“I’m a little bit worried about giving my wife a bat, though,” the president joked.  “If I mess up…”

Mrs. Obama quickly jumped in: “I’ll take my bat,” she responded to laughter from the crowd.

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The Presidential Planner: Happy Birthday, Mrs. Obama

Alex Wong/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- First Lady Michelle Obama turns 48 on Tuesday, a milestone that her husband’s re-election campaign is using to rally supporters.

“I’m writing because our FLOTUS, Michelle, turns 48 on Tuesday, and I know I’m not her only fan out there,” the president wrote in a letter asking supporters to, “join me in wishing her a happy birthday.”

“This fall, Michelle and I will have been married 20 years. The next 10 months will be harder than any we’ve experienced together, and I couldn’t do it without her. I know she’d love to hear from you today,” the president wrote.

No word yet on how the first lady plans to celebrate her birthday. She rang in the 47th last year with dinner with her husband at Wolfgang Puck’s Washington restaurant The Source.

As for the president, he will spend Tuesday morning meeting with his Jobs Council at the White House.

Obama will meet in the afternoon with King Abdullah of Jordan in the Oval Office. “The President looks forward to discussing a broad range of bilateral and regional economic and security issues during their Oval Office meeting, including King Abdullah’s leadership in advancing our shared goal of a negotiated peace between Israel and the Palestinians,” according to the White House.

Later, the president will honor the 2011 World Series Champion St. Louis Cardinals in an East Room ceremony.

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