Mary Delach Leonard

Work/Life Reporter

Mary Delach Leonard is a veteran journalist who joined the St. Louis Beacon staff in April 2008 after a 17-year career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she was a reporter and an editor in the features section. Her work has been cited for awards by such organizations as the Missouri Associated Press Managing Editors, the Missouri Press Association and the Illinois Press Association. In 2010, the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis honored her with a Spirit of Justice Award in recognition of her work on the housing crisis. Leonard began her newspaper career at the Belleville News-Democrat (in Illinois) after earning a degree in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, where she now serves as an adjunct faculty member. She is partial to pomeranians and Cardinals.

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Assessment Study
9:36 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Look up! Engineers Will Be Roping Down The Arch's North Leg This Week

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

Engineers will be literally hanging around the Gateway Arch this week examining stains on the monument’s stainless steel exterior surface.

The engineers plan to descend from the hatch at the top of the 630-foot-tall Arch and use a rope system to descend down the north leg to an area about 425 feet above the ground where they will collect samples that could  help determine the best way to clean the monument.

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Cardinals 5, Giants 4
11:44 pm
Sun October 12, 2014

Kolten Wong's Homer Sends Cardinals To San Francisco With NLCS Tied

After a stomach-churning 5-4 victory Sunday, the Cardinals head to San Francisco, tied 1-1 with the Giants in the National League Championship Series.

Kolten Wong clinched Game Two for the Cards with a walk-off solo home run in the ninth.

It had been a back-and-forth contest with plenty of fireworks for Cards fans. Matt Carpenter, Oscar Taveras and Matt Adams each hit solo home runs before Wong’s lead-off homer in the ninth.

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NLCS Game Two: Sunday
7:50 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Giants Shut Out Cards 3-0 In NLCS Game One; Lynn Will Pitch Sunday

After a 3-0 loss Saturday to the Giants in Game One of the National League Championship Series, the Cardinals have a sure-fire weapon to brighten spirits at Busch Stadium Sunday night: The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming.

Weather permitting, the Best Horsies in Baseball will take a pre-game trot around the warning track before Game Two of the best-of-seven series.The game starts at 7:07 p.m. Scheduled to pitch are righthanders Lance Lynn for the Cards and Jake Peavy for the Giants.

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NLCS Game One: Saturday
11:15 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

They're Baaaack! Cards And Giants Battle Again For National League Championship

The Cardinals are in the NLCS for the fourth straight year.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

Welcome back, San Francisco. The postseason just doesn’t seem the same when you’re not here.

While some in the baseball world are squawking about how the Cards or the Giants have represented the National League in the World Series since 2010, we're good with it.

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2014 Postseason
7:46 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

Cards Will Face Giants In National League Championship Series

Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

Here We Go Again!

That was the message on the scoreboard at Busch Stadium Tuesday night after the Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-2 to win the division series.

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The Comeback Cards
9:25 pm
Sun October 5, 2014

As Red October In St. Louis Finally Gets Underway, Take Our Cardinals Postseason Quiz

Cards fans pose at Kiener Plaza -- the best postseason photo op in St. Louis -- before the 2013 World Series.
Credit File photo / Mary Delach Leonard / St. Louis Beacon

Red October finally gets underway in St. Louis on Monday with Cardinals fans welcoming home the 2014 National League Central Division champs, now tied 1-1 with the Los Angeles Dodgers in the postseason division series.

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Scam Alert
4:18 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

Foul! BBB Warns Cards Fans About Fake Ticket Sellers

Credit File Photo | St. Louis Cardinals

Be careful, Cardinal Nation. Tickets for playoff games sold on the secondary market could be scams, according to the St. Louis Better Business Bureau.

The Internet has become the go-to place for sports fans looking to buy or sell tickets, notes the BBB, but it is also a breeding ground for scammers. There have been cases of counterfeit tickets sold for local entertainment events, including a Bruno Mars concert at Scottrade Center and the English Premier League soccer match at Busch Stadium in May 2013.

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Preserving Local History
12:28 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Can This Floating Landmark From St. Louis' Riverfront Be Saved?

The historic Goldenrod Showboat has spent more than a decade moored on the Illinois River near Kampsville, Ill.
Mary Delach Leonard|St. Louis Public Radio

The century-old Goldenrod Showboat is still in limbo, waiting along an empty stretch of the Illinois River like a forgotten star from yesteryear yearning for one more curtain call.

The Goldenrod is moored out of sight -- hidden by weeds and brush in a remote spot along Highway 100, north of Kampsville, Ill. But she’s not been forgotten. A small band of diehard fans say they are determined to rescue and return the vessel to the St. Louis riverfront where she spent half her life.

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Canned Goods And Good Intentions
6:28 am
Sun August 31, 2014

This Is Ferguson: Church Food Pantry Doing Its 'Little Bit Of Good'

Donations to help Ferguson have been pouring into the food pantry at St. Stephen's.
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio

A narrow hallway in the parish center at St. Stephen’s and The Vine Church in Ferguson is crammed full of good intentions: cans of corn and green beans, tuna and soup, bottles of water, boxes of macaroni and cheese.

Donations have been pouring into the little volunteer food pantry housed at the Episcopal church on North Clay Avenue since a local TV station mentioned it on the news. People have come from all over St. Louis, from Fenton and Alton and Belleville to drop off canned goods they’ve collected in food drives for Ferguson held at businesses, universities and churches.

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1947 Design Competition
10:17 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Instead Of The Arch, The St. Louis Riverfront Could Have Had … This

Monument suggested by architect Percival Goodman. It was to signify the "Three Flags" ceremonies that took place in 1804 after President Thomas Jefferson's Louisiana Purchase was completed. The Spanish and French flags flew over the city before the U.S. flag was hoisted.
Credit National Park Service / Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Had things gone differently in 1947, instead of the majestic stainless steel Gateway Arch that is recognized around the world, St. Louis could have a rectangular stone gate standing tall on the riverfront today.

Or, a large, abstract monument signifying … something. 

Other suggestions proposed for the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial included towering pylons and bridges. 

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