William Allen

William Allen

Hope, the sole polar bear at the St. Louis Zoo, is set to begin another summer of backstroking, ball-playing and other antics in the protective custody of the zoo’s Bear Bluffs exhibit.

Hope in St. Louis

Michael Abbene | St. Louis Zoo

Hope, the only remaining polar bear at the St. Louis Zoo, is 23 years old.

As windows rattled, beds shook and bricks tumbled, Midwesterners inevitably reacted with shock, fear and even wonder at Friday’s series of earthquakes centered in southeastern Illinois and felt across a dozen states.

about the author
William Allen teaches science journalism at the University of Missouri at Columbia and leads the Agricultural Journalism Program. He reported on science, medicine and the environment for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1989-2002.

As windows rattled, beds shook and bricks tumbled, Midwesterners inevitably reacted with shock, fear and even wonder at Friday’s series of earthquakes centered in southeastern Illinois and felt across a dozen states.

about the author
William Allen teaches science journalism at the University of Missouri at Columbia and leads the Agricultural Journalism Program. He reported on science, medicine and the environment for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch from 1989-2002.