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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In her travels around the world, photographer Elaine Blatt loves visiting local markets to people watch, to find new spices and eat the local foods.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon:St. Louis’ 250th birthday partying officially begins next year. But if you’re on Facebook or Twitter much, you may have noticed that celebrations have already started.

On its Facebook page every day this year, STL250 has posted morsels of history, called “This Day in St. Louis History,” and “St. Louis Birthday of the Day,” focusing on well-known and not-so-well known people who have touched St. Louis over time.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: In the last few years, the Mississippi River has given us floods and drought, devastating highs and devastating lows. 

"We so often associate climate change with coastal cities, and we don’t often associate a change in the middle part of the country," said John Hoal, head of the master of urban design program at Washington University. 

But those changes exist.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: A few years ago, journalist and editor Kelly Lewis started a company to meet a specific audience for travel writing -- women. Guidebooks often didn't tell her what she needed to know as a woman traveling overseas. 

Today, four such books are in print, with more on the way. The full-color "Go! Girl Guide" books, which include London, Argentina, Mexico and Thailand so far, offer information on women’s clinics in each country, as well as tips on shopping areas and interviews with travelers and local women.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: On Wednesday, along Edgewood Street in downtown Atlanta, 80-foot-sections of steel rail were lowered into trenches in the street. It was the first section of rail for Atlanta Streetcar, following a process that took 10 years and millions of dollars.

The first rails went into the historic Martin Luther King district of Atlanta and, once complete, will feature an east-west line with 2.6 miles of rail.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Chikako Usui, was born and raised in Ojaki, in the Gifu Prefecture of Japan, about an hour’s train ride from Kyoto. Today, she is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and president of the Japan America Society of St. Louis.

And thanks to a new exchange program, those two worlds will be coming together even more beginning this summer. 

This article first appeared in the St. Louis: Missouri has something close to 200,000 acres of farmland devoted to rice production, making it the fifth largest rice producing state, according to USA Rice Federation.

The land, fittingly, yields rice, but that's not all. Thanks to a new partnership between USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited announced in February, parts of it will also offer shelter to migrating waterfowl each winter.

Pevely building in September 2012 before the sign came down.
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: You know the saying there’s no use crying over spilt milk? Well, what about bricks?

After a tough fight, Saint Louis University got approval to tear down the Pevely Dairy complex at Grand and Chouteau last year, when the Planning Commission reversed the decision by the Preservation Board to protect the site, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, and allow SLU to build a new ambulatory care center.

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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - Anna Jackson's cottage sits atop a hill near Old St. Charles. It faces east, and some mornings, the 64-year-old is greeted by sunrises that fill the sky with colors of molten lava. Every day, she walks quietly around the back of her home toward the front. When she reaches her mailbox, the robins that live just above freeze, but she coos to them quietly as she gets her mail, and soon they get back to their family.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 4, 2012 - Oh, those St. Louis Cardinals.

They. Just. Won't. Go. Away.

Here it is, just days before that big Super Bowl thingy -- when Whozit will play Whatzit at Wherever -- and the Cardinals public relations office is sending out press releases about a new website for the team's Hall of Fame and Museum.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 3, 2012 - Professor Teresa Guess has no love for the word race.

"It's my least favorite word in the English language," she says. "I see it as a very politically loaded concept that seems more to divide than it seems to unite."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 2, 2012 - When Amy Chua's book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" came out last year, there was certainly a lot of roaring going on.

Actually, that happened even before the book came out, thanks, she thinks, to an excerpt from the book that appeared in the Wall Street Journal under the headline "Why Chinese Mothers are Superior."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 13, 2012 - Let's get right to the good stuff: banana toffee cake, toffee Dulce de Leche stuffing and caramel cream cheese swirl with chocolate astronaut ice cream.

In June of last year, their space-theme cupcakes, like the above mentioned "Space Monkey," won Casey Shiller and Dana Holland the ultimate prize on the Food Network's "Cupcake Wars."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 12, 2012 - Two years ago today, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, killing more than 200,000, according to press reports, and leaving millions homeless. A few days later, Dr. Patricia Wolff, a St. Louis-based pediatrician, arrived in the country to find that everything had changed.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 8, 2012 - For years, Miriam Steinau was searching.

More than a decade ago, she walked into a book store and ended up in the self-help aisle. "You find yourself in that section," she laughs, "and there was Kabbalah."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 29, 2011 - Just after the deadly tornado that struck Joplin last May, Quinn Gardner and other volunteers from Americorps St. Louis arrived in town.

Nearly seven months later, they're still there.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 22, 2011 - You know that guy who's always tapping out mad beats on the steering wheel, the countertop, maybe even his suitcase?

Don't tell him to stop. It could lead to a career, and maybe a commercial.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 20, 2011 - Recently, the Regional Chamber and Growth Association announced the choice of its new president and CEO.

Joe Reagan, 48, will be coming to St. Louis just before the RCGA's annual meeting on Jan. 26, from Louisville, Ky., where he has served as the president and CEO of the Greater Louisville Inc.-Metro Chamber of Commerce since 2005.

The Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis says a member recently received a threatening call from a man upset over recent shootings in California that authorities say were carried out by a Muslim couple.
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - Imam Samuel Ansari is from St. Louis. Anjum Shariff, born in India, grew up here, too. Melissa Matos, born in New York and raised in Miami, came to St. Louis a few years ago. Imam Muhamed Hasic arrived here from Bosnia 14 years ago. Twenty years ago, Gulten Ilhan, from Turkey, came to St. Louis. And in 1970, Mir Asif, from India, made the Gateway City his home.

One word describes all of them -- Muslims.

At the beginning of the month, a report came out from the Pew Hispanic Center reporting that illegal immigration into the country had declined "sharply since mid-decade."

According to the study, which used U.S. Census Bureau data, the number of undocumented immigrants in the country dropped 8 percent, from 12 million in March 2007 to 11.1 million in March 2009. 

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