Economic Evangelism
9:27 am
Sat October 18, 2014

Churches Plan Ferguson “BUYcott” To Support Area Businesses

Credit (via Flickr/iChaz)

Two St. Louis-area churches are planning a different kind of Ferguson event this weekend: a Hope for Ferguson “BUYcott.” The opposite of a boycott, the idea is for people to go out of their way to spend money in Ferguson and Dellwood Saturday, with special attention paid to the businesses that were looted or otherwise hurt by unrest in the region.

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Literary Small Press
8:13 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

St. Louis' Dorothy: A Publishing Project Gains Critical Acclaim

Credit Provided by Dorothy

Dorothy: A Publishing Project is small literary press that’s making big waves in the literary community. The press publishes only two books each fall. This year Dorothy released Nell Zink’s "The Wallcreeper" and Joanna Ruocco’s "DAN." Critical acclaim continues to grow for Dorothy. "The Wallcreeper" is reviewed in the influential New York Time’s Book Review this weekend.

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Ebola
5:01 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Nixon Releases Funding, Says State Public Health Lab Authorized To Test For Ebola

Gov. Jay Nixon announces on Oct. 17, 2014, that the Mo. State Public Health Laboratory has been designated an Ebola testing lab.
Credit Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced Friday that he's releasing $3.3 million previously withheld from the state budget, which will go toward local-level public health agencies around the state. St. Louis Public Radio reported this week that local health officials were concerned that withholding the funds would affect their ability to prepare for the Ebola threat. 

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International business
3:38 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

BioSTL Creates Initiative To Attract Israeli Startups

Credit St. Louis Public Radio

The organization that focuses on promoting the St. Louis region's bio-science industries is reaching beyond the country's borders to accomplish its mission.

BioSTL launched the St. Louis-Israel Innovation Connection Friday with the aim of attracting Israeli bioscience starts to branch out into St. Louis.

Israel is second only to Silicon Valley when it comes to creating startups.

With many of those companies looking to expand into the U.S., St. Louis can be their destination, said BioSTL CEO and president Donn Rubin.

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Arts & Culture
3:21 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Hands Up, Don't Shoot — Artists Respond Show Opens

Alan Johnson, Black and Blue
Credit Provided by the Artists Respond Show

The area-wide art show "Hands Up, Don’t Shoot — Artists Respond" opens this weekend.  The show was conceived by Salon 53 owner Freida L. Wheaton and will feature national and local artists’ responses to the shooting death of Michael Brown and subsequent protests in Ferguson. 

“All art galleries, especially ones located on universities, have a responsibility to address topical issues that are going to be important to their community and their students,” said Gallery 210 Director Terry Suhre, 61. He chose photography for display at the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Gallery FAB.

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Cityscape
1:41 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Alarm Will Sound Premiering Two Pieces In St. Louis This Weekend

Alarm Will Sound
Credit Justin Bernhaut via Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound, which conductor Alan Pierson describes as “the orchestra of the 21st century,” will debut two pieces this weekend in St. Louis.

On Friday, the group will perform "Miles Re-Vision" by local composer Peter Martin at a concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall celebrating St. Louis' musical history.

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Cityscape
1:35 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Former St. Louisan Returns With Cabaret Act

Karen Mason
Credit Courtesy of Karen Mason

Actress and singer Karen Mason may be best known for playing Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard” on Broadway, but this weekend in St. Louis her focus is cabaret.

Mason, a former Florissant resident, will perform at the Gaslight Cabaret Festival on Friday and Saturday. In her show, “Secrets of the Ancient Divas,” Mason will pay homage to Judy Garland, Peggy Lee and Barbra Streisand.

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Week In Review
12:52 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

The Rundown: Teachable Moments In Aftermath Of Ferguson

Vincent Flewellen leads a lesson on Ferguson during his eighth-grade multicultural studies course at Ladue Middle School.
Tim Lloyd | St. Louis Public Radio

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

Life lessons

A Teachable Moment: ‘Adults, We Have Such A Hard Time Having These Conversations’

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Cityscape
11:32 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Concert Pianist Inspires Through Music At Hospital, Symphony Gala

Concert pianist Lang Lang performs in the lobby of Mercy Children's Hospital St. Louis on Oct. 17, 2014. Lang was in St. Louis for a Saturday performance with the St. Louis Symphony.
Courtesy of Mercy Children's Hospital St. Louis

For pianist Lang Lang, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is special.

“Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto is a classical music workhorse — everybody plays it,” Lang Lang said Thursday. It’s also the first piece he played, at age 17, with the Chicago Symphony, and he credits it with making his career.

Lang Lang will play that piece again Saturday at the St. Louis Symphony’s Red Velvet Ball.

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Issues Not Resolved
11:12 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Mayor Slay Meets With Protesters

Protesters file through metal detectors at City Hall in St. Louis, during a day of demonstrations for the Ferguson October weekend.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay met Thursday with youth activist leaders to address a set of demands presented to him on Monday, when protesters stormed City Hall.

The demands include a civilian review board for police and independent reviews for officer shootings resulting in fatalities. Protesters also want all city police to be equipped with body cameras, and for police to give up any military equipment acquired through the Pentagon's 1033 program.

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