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1:53 pm
Mon October 31, 2011

Halloween is more funny than scary in St. Louis

At Washington University in St. Louis on Sunday, student Andrew Dwoskin was handing out candy to local children during a "Safe Trick-or-Treat" event.

Courtesy of Washington University in St. Louis

Originally published on Mon October 31, 2011 12:01 pm

Being a comedian, Joe Marlotti is always afraid he won't get laughs. But he grows especially nervous this time of year. After all, a comedian doesn't want his kids to bomb when it comes time to tell jokes.

Marlotti hails from St. Louis, where local Halloween tradition calls for children not to say "trick or treat," but to tell a joke in order to earn candy.

"I've been all around the block — literally — telling them that it's important to tell the joke right, or it makes me look bad," Marlotti says.

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The Two-Way
1:27 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Our heads are spinning: St. Louis-based skater nailed first 'quadruple Lutz'

Figure skater Brandon Mroz.

Harry How Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 27, 2011 12:05 pm

The sports channel in our brains was tuned to baseball and the World Series yesterday, so we missed this announcement from the world of figure skating:

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Developing: The Two-Way
10:02 am
Thu October 20, 2011

Gadhafi Is Dead, Tripoli Rejoices

Anti-Gaddafi fighters celebrate the fall of Sirte in the town October 20, 2011.

Esam Omran Al-Fetori Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Wed May 23, 2012 10:19 am

The end has come for Col. Moammar Gadhafi, who ruled Libya for more than 40 years and over the decades became one of the world's most notorious dictators and sponsors of terrorism.

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2011 World Series / The Two-Way
8:20 am
Thu October 20, 2011

World Series Game 1: The Coolest And Biggest Plays

A cool out: Pitcher Chris Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals tags first base for an out as Elvis Andrus of the Texas Rangers reaches the base.

Jamie Squire Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 20, 2011 7:01 am

Game 1 of the World Series went to the St. Louis Cardinals last night. The National League champions beat the American League's Texas Rangers 3-2:

For those who like to know about the key moments, here are two, courtesy of NPR's Tom Goldman's report for Morning Edition:

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Around the Nation
11:07 am
Wed October 19, 2011

Revolutionary oil skimmer nets $1 million X Prize

In a large tank set up to test oil-skimming devices, rows of spinning plastic disks separate oil from water.

Elastec/American Marine

Originally published on Tue October 18, 2011 11:01 pm

A breakthrough in oil cleanup technology allows crews to skim spilled oil off the water's surface at a much faster rate. The new device wasn't developed by Exxon, BP or any of the major oil companies — it's the work of Elastec/American Marine, based in Illinois. And the design won the company a rich award from the X Prize Foundation.

Oil is attracted to plastic. And water is not. That, in essence, is the basis of Elastec's new skimmer.

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The Two-Way: New NPR CEO/President
6:39 pm
Sun October 2, 2011

NPR names Sesame Workshop's Gary Knell as new CEO/President

Incoming NPR CEO and President Gary Knell.
Sesame Workshop

Originally published on Sun October 2, 2011 4:22 pm

Gary Knell, president and CEO of Sesame Workshop – producers of the Sesame Street educational children's TV show — has been named the new CEO and president of NPR. The news was broken this hour on Weekend All Things Considered. Knell will take the positions on Dec. 1.

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The Two-Way
8:51 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Five things to know about Obama's deficit plan

President Obama last week.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon September 19, 2011 6:35 am

President Obama this morning outlines a deficit-reduction plan that his economists say would reduce anticipated federal budget deficits by about $4 trillion over the next decade.

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Joplin Tornado Aftermath / KCUR on NPR
4:55 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

For Joplin's children, tornado's effects persist

A child's room is seen in a destroyed home after the tornado passed through Joplin on May 26. The city's residents are still coping with losses from the storm, which damaged or destroyed an estimated 8,000 structures.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 14, 2011 11:01 pm

The tornado that hit Joplin, Mo., in May destroyed a third of the town and killed 162 people. While the storm lasted just minutes, the psychological damage continues, and the community is mobilizing to cope with continuing trauma. The city's children are dealing with both the unsettling effects of the tornado and what the loss, disruption and heartache is doing to their parents.

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The Road Back To Work
9:08 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Bumps On The Road Back To Work

Casaundra Bronner returned to work in July and says being able to walk her daughters to the bus in the morning is one of the benefits of her new job at a small company.
Tamara Keith NPR

Originally published on Mon September 5, 2011 3:09 pm

Part of an ongoing series.

Like some 14 million Americans, the people in our series The Road Back to Work started the year unemployed and searching for a job.

Back in January, we gave six people, all living in St. Louis, Mo., digital recorders and asked them to document their experience as they went through the process of looking for a job.

Working, Still Struggling

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Your Money
8:21 am
Thu September 1, 2011

A push to curb auto service contract scams

iStockphoto

Originally published on Wed August 31, 2011 11:01 pm

You've likely seen the commercials for vehicle service contracts on TV promising to save customers thousands of dollars in repairs to their older cars and trucks.

And St. Louis is like the Silicon Valley of those vehicle service contract companies. But while the industry continues to thrive, Missouri's Better Business Bureau logged almost 1,000 complaints about it last year alone.

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