11:55 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

New Center Aims To Make Washington U. More Inclusive

LaTanya Buck
Credit Dale Singer | St. Louis Public Radio

Given the angry images and actions out of Ferguson and south St. Louis in recent weeks, you might not think that being too nice would be a problem in dealing with diversity.

Yet in recent discussions about Washington University’s new Center for Diversity and Inclusion – why it is needed, what it hopes to accomplish – the four-letter word that came up repeatedly was “nice.”

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St. Louis 250th Birthday
11:49 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Super Secret Government Work Happens In Some Of St. Louis' Oldest Buildings

An aerial view of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency at 3200 South 2nd Street. Several buildings from the original federal arsenal survived from the 1830s. Most of the NGA's work takes place in the large buildings near the river.
(courtesy NGA) National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, NGA

It’s a top national security facility in St. Louis that’s flown under the radar for years.

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is hidden in plain sight on more than 20 acres that lie between the Anheuser-Busch Brewery and the Mississippi River. There are roughly 2,500 NGA employees there, working on highly secretive projects. The maps, charts and strategic intelligence they provide are used by the president, national policy makers and military leaders.

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Teaching Race
11:48 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

A Teachable Moment: For Some, Ferguson Is A Matter Of Faith

Chaminade High School Theology Teacher Dan Stout talks with students about protests in Ferguson.
Credit Tim Lloyd / St. Louis Public Radio

This story is the second part of A Teachable Moment, a three-part series that profiles how issues raised by events in Ferguson are being discussed in classrooms across the St. Louis region. 

From pulpits to protests, a wide cross section of St. Louis’ religious leaders has been deeply involved with demonstrations following the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9. And for some teachers at religious schools in St. Louis, talking with students about the protests in Ferguson and Brown’s death is about more than education -- it’s a matter of faith.

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Wesley So
11:36 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

On Chess: Webster University Star Wins Millionaire Chess Tournament

Millionaire Chess Open organizers Amy Lee and GM Maurice Ashley award Webster University GM Wesley So with a $100,000 birthday present.
Credit Billy Johnson | Millionaire Chess Open

Las Vegas will do just fine if it never sees Wesley So again. The brand-new adult celebrated his 21st birthday in the right city, but he did it in all the wrong ways.

He didn’t pull a single slot, didn’t throw a single die. And he never once relied on the hilarious notion of luck during a week-long visit in a town that banks off the very idea. He was not spotted out late, stumbling around the Strip any night -- and to the contrary: The work So put in each morning is circumstantial proof that he achieved bedtime at an hour likely outlawed in the City that Never Sleeps.

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Giants 6, Cardinals 4
11:27 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Put On Your Rally Caps; Cards Must Win Thursday, After Losing Game 4 To Giants

It’s down-to-the-last-out time again for the Cardinals after losing Game Four of the National League Championship Series, 6-4, Wednesday night. The Cards are perched on the brink of elimination, trailing the Giants 3-1  in the best-of-seven series.

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Campaign Finance
6:21 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Stenger Has Twice As Much In The Bank As Stream For Final Push

Credit Photos courtesy of the candidates

Steve Stenger, the Democratic candidate for St. Louis County executive, is entering the final weeks of the contest with more than twice the money in the bank as Republican rival Rick Stream.

In reports filed Wednesday, Stenger reported that he had raised $447,244 since the Aug. 5 primary and had $400,902 in the bank.  That compares to only $173,081 raised by Stream, who reported $155,068 on hand.

Stenger also has outspent Stream: $322,562 compared to Stream’s $246,512.

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Campaign Finance
5:47 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Huge Sinquefield Donation Draws Blast From Camp Of GOP Rival Schweich

Rex Sinquefield
Credit Courtesy of Rex Sinquefield's web site

Former Missouri House Speaker Catherine Hanaway got $750,000 this week from wealthy financier Rex Sinquefield for her 2016 campaign for governor. That’s more than 10 times what she raised during the past three months.

That huge donation was condemned late Wednesday by her potential rival, state Auditor Tom Schweich, a fellow Republican. His campaign accused Hanaway of being “dependent on one man and his self-proclaimed ‘political army.’ “

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Urban renewal
5:20 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Detroit And St. Louis Exchange Ideas For Economic Development

Detroit skyline. A group of Detroit Revitalization Fellows visited St. Louis this week to compare and contrast what's happening to rebuild each city.
Credit (Flickr, Bernt Rostad)

Detroit and St. Louis can learn from one another.

That was the idea behind a visit to St. Louis by a group of Detroit community development professionals this week.

The Detroit Revitalization Fellows met with representatives from Preservation Research St. Louis, Washington University Medical Center Redevelopment Corporation, Old North St. Louis Restoration Group, Northside Regeneration and Cortex.

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Downtown St. Louis
4:18 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

State Auditor Deems Gated Parking Lot On Washington Avenue Should Be Public

This lot at 1100 Washington Avenue is maintained by a transportation development district, yet is not available to the public.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

State Auditor Tom Schweich is taking aim at a gated Downtown St. Louis parking lot that he says should be open to the public. 

At issue is a parking lot at 1100 Washington Ave., in the heart of downtown’s bar and entertainment district. The lot is maintained by the Washington Avenue Transportation Development District (TDD), which relies on a 1-cent retail sales tax to maintain and cultivate transportation infrastructure around Washington Avenue.

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Ethics Committee
3:33 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

New ZMD Ethics Code Torn Between Two Approaches

The ethics committee meeting on Oct. 15.
Credit Willis ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

The Zoo Museum District Ethics Committee remains stretched between two poles. Board member Charles Valier continues to call for an annual disclosure of board member assets while board member Tom Campbell says this disclosure would be an undue burden on ZMD leaders.

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