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Nassim Benchaabane

University of Missouri student. Intern for St. Louis Public Radio, fall 2015

Credit: Gail Wechsler, Jewish Community Relations Council

The word for charity in Hebrew is Tzedakah. The word for charity in Arabic is Sadaqah. Their pronunciation is similar. An emphasis on charity is just one of the similarities the two religions — and Christianity — share, said Gail Wechsler, one of the Jewish co-chairs for the Jewish and Muslim Day of Community Service taking place Christmas Day.

When Christopher Braig isn’t playing a saxophone, the computer often becomes his instrument.
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At St. Louis Community College’s Meramec campus one Friday, Christopher Braig types chords and scales into a computer for students in his jazz improvisation class. They discuss the function of each note in the blues scale before Braig hits a key: The pitch sounds through the auditorium’s speakers and the note appears on a large projector screen at the front of the room. The group reads and hears the music in real time. Then they play. By the time class ends, the written music, a blues accompaniment track and audio examples are waiting for the students on their home computers.

A white cross for every homicide in St. Louis and St. Louis County this year line the lawn of Mount Beulah Missionary Baptist Church Dec. 6, 2015.
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Valerie Dent remembers the exact time her sons 31-year-old James and 24-year-old Steven were shot and killed Sept. 5, 2014.  It was 7:45 a.m. when James, a father of two, and his brother had just stepped of the bus they rode home from work on a day that saw six gun homicides within 18 hours.

Ben Hejkal Photography; Courtesy of the Nevermore Jazz Ball and St. Louis Swing Dance Festival

You can get a day’s worth of live music and dancing on Cherokee Street on Saturday - all for free.

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Hundreds of St. Louis residents, civic leaders and Jefferson National Park officials watched Wednesday as firefighters struck a large golden bell five times, once for each decade of the Gateway Arch's lifespan. The ceremony marked the day in 1965 that the final piece of the Arch was put in place.

Randy Mersch watched from the east steps of the Old Courthouse – the exact same spot he stood with his father 50 years ago as construction workers struggled to place the Arch’s centerpiece.

Carl Imo, son of the local pizza staple's founders Ed and Margie, stands in front of the company's new headquarters downtown wearing a shirt with the logo: a chef holding a steaming hot pizza against the Arch and downtown skyline.
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Hundreds of different shops, restaurants, schools and charities in the region have named themselves after the Gateway Arch or used an image of the monument in their logos since it was completed fifty years ago. Some organizations have even done both. 

Examples of expired price tags for items listen on sale.
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Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is back in court to hold Walgreens accountable for what he says is purposefully deceptive pricing.

Koster filed a motion for contempt Tuesday in Jackson County Circuit Court, accusing Walgreens of violating a 2014 legal order to remove expired price tags and stop charging customers more than the prices listed on shelves. An investigation launched in July of this year found more than 1,300 expired tags in 49 stores across the state.