Monday, St. Louis Public Radio and the St. Louis Beacon merged. This milestone marks the end of more than a year of effort. But in a sense, we've just broken ground for the news organization we intend to build.
Its foundation is constructed from solid principles. We believe that facts matter. We believe that fairness matters. We believe that if we pay attention to facts and fairness, then our work will matter to you and the future of our region.
German diver and marine biologist, Rupert Krapp, of the Norwegian Polar Institute, pumps his fists in victory after surfacing with plankton samples from under the ice at 82 degrees North, 500 miles from the North Pole.
Two Svalbard reindeer calves (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus), an endemic subspecies found only in the archipelago, eke out an existence in the Arctic spring, grazing on lichens and moss exposed by fierce winds.
With elaborate equipment gathered at the edge of a melt pond at 82 degrees North, 500 miles from the North Pole, a diver waits to plunge through a seal's breathing hole into 29-degree Fahrenheit water, 2.5 miles above the Arctic Ocean floor.