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Smith died late Wednesday at a St. Charles hospital.

Smith was convicted in 1995 of sodomy in a case involving a 10-year-old boy, according to the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s registry of sex offenders. He served about 11 years in prison.


New Tylenol recall announced

TRENTON — Sales of Johnson & Johnson pain relievers are collapsing as a string of recalls appears to have made consumers wary of once-sterling brands such as Tylenol and Benadryl.

An eighth recall, announced Thursday, could worsen consumer reaction. That wariness and the huge amount of products pulled off store shelves together appear to be costing J&J tens of millions of dollars a month.

Thursday’s recall by Johnson & Johnson’s McNeil consumer health care unit covers 21 lots of products, including Children’s Tylenol. Those were recalled because of a musty or moldy smell, extending a large Jan. 15 recall tied to a nauseating chemical on shipping pallets.

The company said the new lots were added to the recall as a precaution after an internal review found those lots, shipped and stored before Jan. 15, had been on the same type of wooden pallets.

An April 30 recall of more than 130 million bottles of children’s and infants’ liquid medicines involved products J&J said “may not meet required quality standards,” may contain tiny metal particles or may have too much active ingredient.


Company: Boat showed no problems

PHILADELPHIA — The company that owns a duck boat that caught fire on the Delaware River in Philadelphia and was struck by a barge said the boat had shown no sign of mechanical problems.

Ride the Ducks President Chris Herschen said Thursday that the Norcross, Ga.-based company hopes to pull the vessel from the bottom of the river soon.

The company suspended duck-boat tours nationwide after the accident Wednesday. Police and Coast Guard officials are searching for two people. Others suffered minor injuries.

Mr. Herschen said the duck boat’s captain appears to have followed all proper procedures during the emergency.

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