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The Rundown: St. Louis Welcomes Refugees, Artists And Memories

Aug 1, 2014

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For the children

Mayor Francis Slay is expected to announce plans to seek federal money to help Central American children.
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St. Louis Region Could Offer Temporary Shelter, Care To Migrant Children From South America

St. Louis, St. Louis County and about a dozen social service agencies plan to seek federal money to provide temporary shelter and care to some of the thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America crossing the southern border of the United States.

You Must Remember This

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The World’s Largest Catsup Bottle Could Use A Hand

Word that the World’s Largest Catsup Bottle is for sale has attracted reporters from near and far who’ve left no condiment pun unserved. They've worked hard to “ketchup” with sources who “relish” the icon. After all, giant ketchup bottles don’t go on the market every day.

Twelve St. Louisans Take Us Back To The Mid-Century Heyday Of Gaslight Square

It spanned less than three blocks at the intersection of Olive and Boyle. And it only lasted about 10 years. But the arts and entertainment district known as Gaslight Square flourished in the 1950s and '60s, making St. Louis a national destination for music in culture.

Primary Election 2014

'Skin In The Game' Or Excessive Tipping Point? Self-Funding For Legislative Seats Raises Eyebrows

Bob Onder loaned himself $200,000 for his state Senate bid. Vicki Schneider, another candidate in the same race, then poured $245,000 of her own money into her campaign. Soon afterward, the third GOP candidate in the race – state Rep. Chuck Gatschenberger, R-Lake Saint Louis – gave himself $220,000. For most of July, three people were spending at least $200,000 of their own money to win the same state Senate seat. Why?

Tony Pousosa (left) and Rick Stream (right)
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Stream, Pousosa Ask Republicans Not To Cross Over To Democratic Primary

"St. Louis on the Air" hosted Rick Stream and Tony Pousosa, the two Republican candidates for county executive, on Tuesday. In separate interviews the two candidates discussed the issues, especially city-county merger, and asked Republican voters not to cross over and vote in the Democratic primary.

Partisan Fights In Two County Council Districts Add Spice to Aug. 5 Ballot

The St. Louis County Council has races for three seats. In the 1st District, incumbent Hazel Erby, D-University City, is being challenged by Wesley Bell. In a special election in the 2nd District, voters will choose between Democrat Sam Page of Creve Coeur, a former state representative, and Republican Robert Saettele, a city councilman in Bridgeton to replace the late Councilwoman Kathleen Kelly Burkett. And, in the 7th District, Adam Paul, the once embattled mayor of Ellisville, and Ballwin Alderman Mark Harder are vying to win the GOP nomination for a seat vacated by retiring Councilman Greg Quinn.

Lessons Learned

East St. Louis Schools Will Look To Recent Past To Make Most Of Federal Dollars

As summer break winds down, East St. Louis School District 189 is gearing up to begin spending $10.5 million in federal money to kick start academic performance at its two middle schools.  The money comes from a federal school improvement grant (SIG). SIGs function more like shock treatment than long-term federal support; they last three years.

Catalyst by design

De Andrea Nichols
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STL Art Game-Changers: De Andrea Nichols Wants To Hook You Up For A Better City

When you attend an event involving De Andrea Nichols, be prepared to meet your match. Not your romantic soulmate, although that could happen. More likely, your partner in community engagement. Nichols, 26, is a community arts organizer, designer and social worker at the Contemporary Art Museum. When she’s not working at CAM, she’s entrenched in one of the many projects of her own nonprofit.

Local Artist Uses Zip Ties For Non-Vandalistic Vandalism

St. Louis based artist Emby walks his dog past the stop sign on the corner of Theresa and Olive every day. Five months ago, he decided it could use some flair. So he pulled a zip tie out of his pocket and fastened it to one of the perforated holes on the pole of the stop sign. Today, it’s adorned with close to 2,000 zip ties, all of different colors and lengths