Don’t miss these top stories Thursday on BND.com:
▪ Two tragic drowning accidents claimed the lives of a pair of men Wednesday in the metro-east. One died when his mower rolled into a Swansea pond, the other when he failed to make good on a bet he could swim across a pond in Troy.
▪ East St. Louis police battle gun violence: A man has been charged in connection with a shooting and a beating while police are looking for another shooting suspect who attacked a woman outside a night club.
▪ Maryville resident Joe Semansin has made it his mission to retore the village’s centennial memorial, brick by brick. Click here to read about his project.
▪ The St. Louis Cardinals put up 10 runs in a lopsided win over the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday night with returning stars Randal Grichuk, Matt Holliday and Matt Adams all contributing to the offensive outburst. St. Louis maintained it’s four-game lead over the second place Pittsburgh Pirates.