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Dwaun Warmack is installed as president of Harris-Stowe State University.
Wiley Price | St. Louis American

Harris-Stowe president wants to help students just like him

Dwuan Warmack says his focus as president of Harris-Stowe State University is hard to forget, because it’s young men just like him. At Friday’s formal installation in the position that he took over last July, Warmack noted that he didn’t have the best grades or the highest test scores in high school. “All the indicators said I wasn’t college material,” he told a crowd of friends, family and colleagues at the festivities, which included tributes, a bit of history and a video explaining to his young daughter why he wears a bow tie.
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Cityscape

Cherokee Street is experiencing growth in number, diversity of businesses

For our monthly Sound Bites segment, "Cityscape" host Steve Potter talked to Ligaya Figueras of Sauce Magazine and Kristin Dennis of the Fortune Teller Bar.

St. Louis Symphony Live

St. Louis Symphony Extra -- Rachmaninoff, Scriabin

Join us this Saturday at 8 for a live broadcast of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, featuring conductor Vasily Petrenko and pianist Simon Trpčeski in Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3.

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Become part of our Public Insight Network. We use the PIN to get insight from people like you. Today's question: What will the new Star Clipper mean to you?

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Willow Rosen, (left) and Sarah Michelson are opening a midwifery clinic and feminist sex shop at 3350 Ohio Ave. in St. Louis.
Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

New space on Cherokee Street will be part midwifery clinic, part feminist sex shop

Right now, the storefront just off of Cherokee Street is still a construction site. A pile of plaster has been recently chipped away to expose a historic brick wall. A family of squirrels lives in the air conditioning wall unit. But Sarah Michelson and Willow Rosen have big plans. The space will house a midwifery center, community space for parenting classes, and “Box,” a feminist sex toy shop.
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Inside Euclid Records in Webster Groves
Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

Local record stores benefit from day of live music and exclusive deals

Two iconic St. Louis record stores born two years apart -- Vintage Vinyl and Euclid Records -- are entering middle age finding renewed purpose in an international celebration of selling music.
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Katelyn Petrin / St. Louis Public Radio

A new ship bearing the name USS St. Louis will soon be present in American harbors.  

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the name of the ship in front of the St. Louis Soldiers’ Memorial Museum on Friday.  

The new ship, LCS 19, belongs to one of two “littoral combat ship” lines, the Freedom variant. The ship is designed to stay close to the shore and target threats like mines, submarines, and surface craft. Mabus said that the ship can do “almost anything” and that at over forty knots, the St. Louis is amongst the fastest ships in the Navy. 

Alla Voskoboynikova grew up in a small town in Russia near Moscow. She received both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano performance before moving to St. Louis in 1996.

Since 2004, Voskoboynikova, the director of Keyboard Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, has seen many of her former students go on to graduate school and successful careers as performers and teachers.

“This is probably the greatest reward for all the hours of hard work,” Voskoboynikova told “Cityscape” host Steve Potter on Friday.

Janna Linae Schmid is a finalist in the Teen Talent Competition.
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  The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation is putting on its fifth St. Louis Teen Talent Competition on Friday, April 24 at the Fox Theatre.

Of the 39 acts that competed in the semi-final round, 12 will compete in the finals on the Fox Theatre stage for more than $30,000 in scholarships, prizes and awards.

One of those competing is Janna Linae Schmid, a senior at Eukeka High School. Schmid is a singer and dancer and will perform “I Can’t Do It Alone,” from the musical, “Chicago.”

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Closing economic disparities in the St. Louis region is one key to moving past Ferguson.

That was the message at a panel discussion Thursday called "Eight Months Post-Ferguson: The Journey from Recovery to Rebuilding." Several of the panelists said sharp economic contrasts contributed to issues in Ferguson, but are even more stark in other communities.

Olive, played by Kim Furlow, and Florence, played by Colleen Backer, both standing, surrounded by friends, in in Dramatic License's "The Odd Couple"
John Lamb

A great dichotomy surrounds the idea of women and friendship. “I just love her to death,” one might say. “But I hate her for being so pretty/thin/young/talented.”

Dramatic License Productions is putting a new emphasis on the complexity of female friendships and other women-centered issues. The Chesterfield Mall-based theater company has a new mission to present a majority of work by, for and about women, according to founder Kim Furlow. 

rc)Left to right. Drew Battles (Serge), John Pierson (Ma and Larry Dell (Yvan) talk and laugh about "Art" and life
Nancy Fowler

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter,” poet Khalil Gibran wrote. Nowhere is laughter between companions more important than in the Tony Award-winning play, “Art,” presented by the St. Louis Actors’ Studio, beginning tonight.

But wait, shouldn’t a play called “Art” be about art? Well, it is — and isn’t.

Pope Francis meets with four representatives of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the Vatican April 16.
Vatican

Pope Francis gave his blessing Thursday to a leadership network of Catholic nuns closing early what was set up as a four-year investigation.

The pope didn’t say “go forth and sin no more.” The message was more like keep up your good work, but tip toe around some flaky-‘60s style programing at your annual meetings. He encouraged their missions:  Keep helping the poor, the sick, children, youth and the marginalized.

UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Legislation that would reduce lifetime eligibility for most welfare recipients in Missouri is on its way to Gov. Jay Nixon's desk.

An earlier version of the bill would have cut lifetime eligibility for Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, or TANF, in half, from 5 years to two and 1/2.  But a compromise between the House and Senate reduces that period to 3 years and 9 months.

Mayor Francis Slay, left, and St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson unveil the new Real Time Crime Center at police headquarters.
Rachel Lippmann | St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police will get a new tool this summer to help battle crime. Media got a preview Thursday of the Real Time Crime Center, on the sixth floor of police headquarters at 1915 Olive.

Frankie Freeman speaking at her induction into the St. Louis Walk of Fame.
Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

There’s a new name gracing the St. Louis Walk of Fame. Today a star was dedicated to civil rights activist and attorney Frankie Muse Freeman.

The 98-year-old Freeman was surrounded by loved ones and admirers as she received her star on the St. Louis Walk of Fame on Delmar Boulevard.

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We Live Here: How St. Louisans speak in code about race and class

What do we really mean when we use words such as Hoosier, north county or "those people?"

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All Ferguson: Your guide to the facts, issues and Justice Department reports

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown brought to the fore issues that have been developing for decades. Here are our efforts to illuminate what has happened and reflect on-going conversations.

Community Engagement

The Listening Project: What's the best way to build up communities?

At North Side Community School, family members discuss how they're investing in improving the Fairgrounds neighborhood.