Transgender Book Project
10:52 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Transgender Woman Says Change Was Lifesaving, Despite Losing Job, Loved Ones

Steph James
Jess Dugan

Until her late 50s, Steph James of Maryland Heights lived a life that, from all appearances, looked like the American dream.

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Outsider Art
10:47 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Missouri Folk Artist Tackles Free Speech And Religion

Chief Curator Jeffrey Uslip explains the personal narrative of artist Jesse Howard
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

At a time when religion and free speech often seem at odds, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis is hosting a show that unites these principles. According to Chief Curator Jeffrey Uslip artist Jesse Clyde Howard’s work is one gigantic expression of religion as an act of free speech.

“This work is honest, it is absolutely precise, it is unmediated, there’s no pulling punches,” said Uslip. “This is who Jesse was. He was a staunch believer in free speech and the first amendment.”

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Ferguson Protest
8:34 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Clashes With Ferguson Protest In St. Louis

A few hundred protesters gathered outside the Old Courthouse in St. Louis.
Credit Joseph Leahy / St. Louis Public Radio

Celebrations in St. Louis for Martin Luther King Jr. were interspersed with protests on Monday as activists continued their call for social justice in the wake of the police shooting of Michael Brown last August in Ferguson.

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St. Louis Rams
2:19 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Five Big Questions About Professional Football's Future In St. Louis

The future of professional football in St. Louis is murky, at best.
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Since St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke announced a deal to build a stadium in Inglewood, California, the future of football in the Gateway City has been murky at best. 

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12:41 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Frederick A. Hermann Jr.: Businessman Gave Back To St. Louis For God, Country, Family

Frederick A. Hermann Jr.
Credit Provided by the family

Dr. William H. Danforth, chancellor emeritus of Washington University, is by any reckoning our region’s First Citizen. It is not only proper but also sensible that he be called upon to discuss the life and character of a recently deceased friend, and fellow civic pillar, Frederick A. Hermann Jr. For Mr. Hermann he provided without hesitation this simple but profoundly sincere description. 

“He was wonderful.”

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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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