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LGBT Visibility
7:20 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

St. Louisans’ Photo Project Brings Older Transgender People Out Of The Shadows

Jess Dugan and Vanessa Fabbre
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio

When the TV show “Transparent” won two Golden Globe Awards a week ago Sunday, many transgender people felt validated, and a little less invisible.

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Fundraising Continues
7:20 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Veterans Optimistic About Their Efforts To Keep Bowling At Jefferson Barracks VA

Volunteers still need to raise about $55,000 for a bowling alley in a new recreation center to be built at Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

Roger Denly, 43, is still learning the fine points of bowling while seated in a wheelchair, but last Thursday afternoon he was enjoying "tenpin therapy" at the little six-lane bowling alley at the Jefferson Barracks VA Medical Center.

“It’s freedom. It gets me out doing something I enjoy,’’ said Denly, an Air Force veteran who lives in Farmington, Iowa.

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Innovation Centers
7:19 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Cortex To Construct New Building; TechShop Will Anchor

TechShop provides space, industrial equipment, and classes for the DIY set and entrepreneurs making prototypes.
Credit (courtesy TechShop)

TechShop, the membership-based DIY workshop, will move into a new building when it arrives in St. Louis next year.

It had been expected to set up shop in the Brauer building at Boyle and Forest Park Avenue. But Dennis Lower, CEO and president of St. Louis’ innovation district Cortex, said after two separate assessments, it became clear renovation wasn’t economically viable.

"We tried valiantly to save it, but we couldn’t," he said.

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Legislative Change
6:15 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Ferguson Church Hosts Congressional Black Caucus

Nine members of the Congressional Black Caucus visited Wellspring United Methodist Church on Sunday. Seated left to right in the first row are: G.K. Butterfield, Andre Carson, Lacy Clay, Sheila Jackson Lee and Karen Bass.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Wellspring United Methodist Church in Ferguson hosted nine members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Sunday for a service commemorating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The chair of the CBC, G.K. Butterfield, told the congregation that all 46 members of the caucus are committed to comprehensive criminal justice reform.

“And so we have come to commemorate Dr. King. But we’ve also come to promise you, to promise Ferguson and promise America that the issue of criminal justice reform is the centerpiece of the CBC agenda in the 114th Congress,” Butterfield said.

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St. Louis Science Center
5:58 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

Minority Scientists Show Kids Science Can Be Fun At Annual Showcase

Stan and Sandra Burton manned the National Society of Black Engineers booth at the Minority Scientist Showcase Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the St. Louis Science Center.
Credit Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

  Visitors to the St. Louis Science Center will see more than the usual exhibits this weekend.

St. Louis area scientists have descended on the center for its annual Minority Scientist Showcase. Dozens of organizations are manning booths at the center through Monday so that kids can see science in action and meet people who make a career out of it.

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Jazz Unlimited
1:14 pm
Sat January 17, 2015

George Gershwin-Part 3: "Porgy And Bess"

John Scofield-2005
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, January 18 will be “Gershwin-Part 3: Porgy and Bess.”  “Porgy and Bess” really resonated with jazz musicians.  Forty versions of it have been recorded since 1950.  This show will feature music from five versions of the opera by: Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, Cleo Laine and Ray Charles, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Miles Davis and Gil Evans and Joe Henderson.  Additional artists who will be heard are Johnny Hartman, Herbie Hancock, Stefon Harris & Blackout, Shirley Horn, Lynne Arriale, Bennie Wallace, Nina Simone and Fred Hersch.

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Care for the Uninsured
5:04 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

After Five Years, Casa de Salud Looks Back

Casa de Salud sits at 3200 Chouteau Avenue in Midtown.
Credit Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

Five years ago, an old auto repair shop re-opened its doors as a community health center to serve uninsured people, many of them Hispanic immigrants. Today, more than 400 people walk through its doors each month.  

On Friday, Casa de Salud marked the fifth anniversary of its first patient visit. Anna Castro has worked as the clinic’s receptionist since the beginning, assisting patients who don’t have health insurance due to their employer, their immigration status or lack of resources.

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Michael Brown
4:38 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Activists Seek Investigation Of How McCulloch Handled Grand Jury

Four Ferguson activists have gone to court seeking an investigation into St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
Credit Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Four St. Louis area activists who are familiar faces in Ferguson are asking the St. Louis County circuit court to order an investigation into the way prosecutor Bob McCulloch handled the Darren Wilson grand jury.

The case, filed late Thursday, seeks to use section 106 of the Missouri Revised Statutes to force judge Maura McShane to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate McCulloch. McCulloch has been a lightning rod for criticism from the start of the case. 

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St. Louis Rams
4:28 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

St. Louis Football Stadium Proposal Getting Cold Shoulder From Missouri Capitol

Credit HOK/360 Architecture

Missouri legislative leaders are showing little, if any, support for authorizing any state aid for a proposed new football stadium in St. Louis.

A task force appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon has unveiled plans for a 64,000-seat stadium between the Gateway Arch and the new Interstate 70 bridge with an estimated price tag ranging from $860 million to $985 million. 

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College Affordability
2:47 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Washington University Announces Plan To Increase Economic Diversity On Campus

Credit (via Flickr/Washington University/with permission)

Washington University has rolled out a blueprint for making the highly regarded school more accessible for low-income students.

“For Washington University to take its place as one of the great institutions of this country, we have to make sure we’re doing our part to provide opportunity,” said Provost Holden Thorp. 

Thorp said the initiative will reduce the number of students who are not admitted because they can’t afford a tuition that will top $47,000 next fall.    

“We will be doing less of that in the future,” he said.

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