Week In Review
Fri August 8, 2014
The Rundown: Past Heritage, Future Choices
We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.
The morning after their primary victories, the new nominees for St. Louis County executive – Democrat Steve Stenger and Republican Rick Stream – talked briefly. Their cordial conversation is in line with what each says is a commitment to focus on the issues, not personalities, over the next 88 days leading up to the Nov. 4 election. That said, Stream and Stenger do plan to highlight the differences in their records, rhetoric and approaches to governing. And Stenger observed that the result likely could be “contentious.”
One last look back
Check out our state maps showing the results of each of the the constitutional amendments by county. The results for Amendment 1, for example, show that voters in the state's urban areas were overwhelmingly opposed, and they fell just short of defeating it. We also look at the breakdown in the county executive's race.
Through the first six months of the year, Missouri lawmakers accepted $675,000 in gifts from lobbyists. Here's a look at a look at noteworthy gifts from the first half of the year. On Monday, we'll be taking a look at some of the noticeable trends
Jennings Superintendent Tiffany Anderson wasn’t 100 percent sure that her schools had made enough progress to reach full accreditation, but she had a pretty good hunch. So she went out anyway and had a banner made celebrating what she hoped would be the long-sought results. Then she got the word Monday night from state education officials: Jennings’ preliminary 2014 scores were high enough to be in the full accreditation category.
The end of summer is coming for most area students, if it hasn’t already arrived, but the uncertainty over transfers out of Normandy remains. The attorney for parents suing to allow their students to transfer out of Normandy accused state education officials Wednesday of using “linguistical magic” to change the rules by saying that the new Normandy district is accredited and Missouri’s transfer statute does not apply.
Let them find cake
Amy Page loves cake. Forget the fluffy white or rich chocolate bakery versions — the cakes Page is interested in are 4 feet tall and scattered across the St. Louis region, part of STL250’s Cakeway to the West to commemorate St. Louis’ 250th anniversary. She found all of them and so can you using our interactive map of cake locations.
Nearly 60,000 undocumented children have crossed the border between the United States and Mexico since October 2013. Some of the children have made their way to St. Louis. One youth who reunited with family in St. Louis, is Carla Briones, who fled Honduras in May. After crossing the border, the 15 year old was sent to St. Louis where her parents reside. She hadn’t seen them in 14 years. Here is her story.
Our historical heritage
Miles Davis once said, “Always look ahead, but never look back.” Yet some Alton residents believe looking back is a matter of pride. The Miles Davis Memorial Project maintains a varied fundraising approach in its effort to erect a statue in Davis’ honor. The group has held events, started Indiegogo campaigns and gathered donations. The group hopes eventually to place the statue will be in front of 117 W. Third St. in Alton.
When war broke out among Eastern and European powers in August 1914, St. Louis’ German population had many vested interests in the conflict: Local German-language papers reported news from the front lines; members of the Busch family bought German war bonds. From Turnvereins to City Hall to a vast network of religious institutions, German was a common tongue and identity. That came to a swift end with the U.S. entry into the war.