Mary Delach Leonard http://news.stlpublicradio.org en The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Could Use A Hand http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/world-s-largest-catsup-bottle-could-use-hand <p>Fans of the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle snapped keepsake photos of the iconic water tower in Collinsville Saturday morning and noted the sign posted beside it: Property For Sale. And Bottle.</p><p>“I just hope they can keep it — that someone buys it who will take care of it,” said Adam DeLeon, a Jesuit seminarian who was on a road trip to St. Louis when he heard the news that the catsup bottle was for sale.</p><p>DeLeon is a fan of roadside attractions. “These things are significant to us,'' he said. "It’s funny. It’s classic Americana.’’</p><p></p> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:08:22 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 38410 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Could Use A Hand Promises, Promises: Scammers Target Student Loans, Unclaimed Property And Government Grants http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/promises-promises-scammers-target-student-loans-unclaimed-property-and-government-grants <p>Keep your guard up, gentle consumers. There are anglers among us.</p><p>Here are four recent alerts worth noting:</p><p><strong>1. Illinois Attorney General Sues Student Loan Debt Relief Companies</strong></p><p>Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has sued debt relief companies that she says exploit people struggling to repay student loans. Some of the marketing strategies are reminiscent of the way scammers duped vulnerable homeowners facing foreclosure during the mortgage crisis.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:18:35 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 38100 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Promises, Promises: Scammers Target Student Loans, Unclaimed Property And Government Grants Since You Missed That Nike Missile Base, Perhaps We Could Interest You In A Missouri Stonehenge http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/you-missed-nike-missile-base-perhaps-we-could-interest-you-missouri-stonehenge <p>That old Nike missile launch site that’s been in the news lately could have been yours for $227,000, but since you missed that real estate gem, perhaps broker Wayne Keller could interest you in a Show-Me State version of Stonehenge.</p><p>Keller, whose <a href="http://www.buyafarm.com">buy-a-farm.com</a> usually sells farms with silos that hold grain not Hercules missiles, says he’s marketed some unique properties in the past -- including a kitty litter plant. But selling a Cold War relic has been a blast.</p><p>“It’s certainly been the highlight so far,’’ he said.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:38:27 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 38032 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Since You Missed That Nike Missile Base, Perhaps We Could Interest You In A Missouri Stonehenge For The Kids: Volunteers In Granite City Deliver Free Sack Lunches -- And Smiles http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/kids-volunteers-granite-city-deliver-free-sack-lunches-and-smiles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It takes just a moment to hand a child a sack lunch, but it is THE moment -- the one that matters – for the volunteers with <a href="http://www.twigsforkids.org">Twigs</a>, a program that feeds children&nbsp;from financially struggling families in the summertime in Granite City.</span></p><p>You’ll find the volunteers in their bright yellow shirts at 11 designated spots -- street corners, parks and churches -- from 11:30 to 12:30, Monday through Friday, rain or shine, starting the day after school lets out for summer vacation and until it opens again.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 04:20:47 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 37542 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org For The Kids: Volunteers In Granite City Deliver Free Sack Lunches -- And Smiles Nike Missile Launch Site In Southern Illinois Can Be Yours For The Highest Bid http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/nike-missile-launch-site-southern-illinois-can-be-yours-highest-bid <p>Real estate broker Wayne Keller is showing another curious “looky loo” around an unusual property: the launch area of a Nike missile base that was constructed more than 50 years ago in the countryside of Southern Illinois.</p><p>From atop this peaceful hill in Monroe County, the U.S. Army once kept eyes on the skies, ready to blast Hercules missiles at Soviet bombers headed for St. Louis, about 30 miles to the northwest.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:50:54 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 37378 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Nike Missile Launch Site In Southern Illinois Can Be Yours For The Highest Bid Art Show Will Feature Work of Lindbergh Students And Their Mentors http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/art-show-will-feature-work-lindbergh-students-and-their-mentors <p></p><p>A unique art show that opens Friday at the Clayton Fine Art Gallery shows what can happen when young art students get a chance to work with St. Louis art professionals.</p><p>“The Blooming Artists Project” will display student artwork side by side with the work of their mentors — local jewelers, sculptors, painters, fiber artists and photographers.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 03:06:02 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 36486 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Art Show Will Feature Work of Lindbergh Students And Their Mentors The Big Bird Cage: Where The Saint Louis Zoo Took Flight After The 1904 World's Fair http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/big-bird-cage-where-saint-louis-zoo-took-flight-after-1904-worlds-fair <p>The residents of the big birdcage aren’t as flashy or exotic as many of the 19,000 animals at the<a href="http://www.stlzoo.org/"> Saint Louis Zoo</a>, but they do put on a show.</p><p>At ground level, a row of small ruddy ducks with bright blue bills follow the leader, making rippling&nbsp;curlicues in a swamp-like pond. Double-crested cormorants&nbsp;hang out on a wooden bridge, striking a pose with their outstretched wings, as visitors reach for their camera phones. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Tue, 27 May 2014 01:30:47 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 36353 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Big Bird Cage: Where The Saint Louis Zoo Took Flight After The 1904 World's Fair St. Louis Group Plans Memory Wall To Honor Missourians Killed In Iraq And Afghanistan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-group-plans-memory-wall-honor-missourians-killed-iraq-and-afghanistan <p>Several days before Army Sgt. Amanda Pinson of Lemay deployed to Iraq, she visited with her cousin Jennifer Jerome.</p><p>They chatted about many things, but Jerome says one comment stands out in her mind from that conversation: “Amanda said, ‘If something were to happen, what if people forget me?’ ’’</p><p>Jerome assured Pinson that nothing would happen, but she also made a promise.</p><p>“I told her, ‘I will never let anyone forget you.' ’’</p> Sun, 25 May 2014 22:55:55 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 36418 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis Group Plans Memory Wall To Honor Missourians Killed In Iraq And Afghanistan These Historical Photos Show How Much St. Louis Has Changed http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/these-historical-photos-show-how-much-st-louis-has-changed <p>To mark the 100<sup>th</sup><sup> </sup>anniversary of St. Louis’ incorporation as a city, an imposing array of “gasbags” assembled at the edge of Forest Park in 1909 for the St. Louis Centennial balloon&nbsp;race.</p><p>(A bunch of politicians were there, too.)</p> Wed, 07 May 2014 10:17:12 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 35912 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org These Historical Photos Show How Much St. Louis Has Changed Law Student Tackles Fraud Online; BBB Says It’s Time To Shred http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/law-student-tackles-fraud-online-bbb-says-it-s-time-shred <p>Our recent reports about assorted consumer scams brought an interesting response from a Saint Louis University law student who is developing an online website to help centralize efforts to fight fraud.</p><p>Nathaniel Carroll and his associates came up with a catchy name — <a href="http://www.burnwhistle.com">Burn Whistle&nbsp;</a>— and eye-catching graphics for a blog they’ve launched. Their slogan is “Fight Fraud With Fire.”</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:34:07 +0000 Mary Delach Leonard 35465 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Law Student Tackles Fraud Online; BBB Says It’s Time To Shred