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3:06 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Editor's Weekly: The Long Wait

Nixon and law enforcement chiefs
Credit (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

St. Louisans may disagree on many things related to Michael Brown’s death, but we’ve been united in anxiety during the long wait for a St. Louis County grand jury’s decision on whether to charge Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

When? What then? How will that affect each of us immediately and all of us long term? These questions have been hanging over everyone — from those directly involved in the protest or law enforcement to those who live far from Ferguson and see no direct connection to the issues raised there.

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Replacing Nicastro
5:59 pm
Sun November 16, 2014

Commentary: Missouri Should Take Its Time In Finding New Education Commissioner

How does Missouri make its classrooms better?
Credit St. Louis Public Radio File Photo

Missouri’s Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Chris Nicastro has tendered her resignation as of December 2014 and there will be an important search for a new commissioner to fill that position. The deadline for nominations and applications is Nov. 21, a date that is later than the board chair wanted.

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After Ferguson
10:37 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Commentary: How Will The Region Handle Discomfort?

Protester outside Ferguson Walmart during Ferguson October
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

There is a region-wide level of discomfort and tension. Everyone is worried about what happens if the grand jury comes back and does not indict Darren Wilson. The disturbing part of this current discomfort is the absolute chasm between the African-American and white perspective.

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6:26 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Commentary: The Body In Repose Frequently Inspires Art

Nancy Kranzberg

I love some of the titles of art exhibitions. I recently saw a unique exhibition entitled, "Recline/Design: Art and the Aesthetics of Repose" at the Palm Springs Art Museum's location in Palm Desert, California.

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10:40 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Four Questions About The Election

Protesters at Steve Stenger's election party being subdued and arrested.
Credit Chris McDaniel | St. Louis Public Radio

Tuesday’s election would be boring. Vote anyway. That’s what I said last week. But election night turned out to be anything but boring. And so many voters turned out in St. Louis County that a fifth of the polling places ran out of paper ballots.

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Protection Available
11:04 pm
Sun November 2, 2014

Commentary: Domestic Violence, Crimes Against Immigrants Often Hide In Plain Sight

Credit U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Miguel tries to protect his mom when his father hits her, but he knows that when his parents think he is asleep, the shouting and hitting will start up again. He wonders if it is his fault. He considers running away from home, but that would mean leaving his little sister. He is also afraid of seeking help because, although he was born here, his mom came to this country without a visa. Miguel thinks his mom might get in trouble if anyone finds out.

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10:07 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Tuesday's Election Is Boring. Vote Anyway.

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

Imagine a split screen view of St. Louis. In one image, events in Ferguson are driving intense interest in a daunting array of community issues. They can’t be resolved without leadership from elected officials. In the other image, candidates are running for office in an election Tuesday that has attracted almost no interest.

What’s wrong with this picture? In a democracy, voters hold the ultimate power. Yet many citizens are having a hard time seeing what difference their votes will make.

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9:26 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Moms Lead A Conversation About Race

More than 140 people of diverse backgrounds gathered to discuss issues of race and privilege at Mother 2 Mother Part II on Oct. 13.
Credit Rebecca Smith | St. Louis Public Radio

How do you discuss issues of race and privilege with your children?

These and other questions were on the minds of the more than 140 individuals who gathered at Mother 2 Mother Part II at the Missouri History Museum on Oct. 13. Participants varied in race and gender, and every table of 10 hosted people of all backgrounds. The conversations centered on a list of questions and the groups discussed what could be done to change the racial status quo in St. Louis and beyond.

Here are some of their voices:

Tango Walker

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10:45 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Too Much Ferguson Coverage? Here's Why

At the Michael Brown memorial in mid August
Credit Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Public Radio | File photo

How much news coverage of Ferguson is too much?

Judging from the unscientific sampling of opinion I’ve heard over the last two months, St. Louisans have starkly different answers to that question. Some are fed up. Others think news organizations are only beginning to pay appropriate attention to police-community tensions, African American experiences and issues of racial disparity.

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10:32 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Commentary: St. Louis Is A Great Jazz City

The new season of Jazz at the Bistro opened Friday, October 3 in the newly renovated Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold/St. Louis Public Radio

The recent reopening of Jazz at the Bistro now known as the Harold and Dorothy Steward Center for Jazz has made me think of what a great jazz city St. Louis is.

According to Jazz St. Louis's executive director, Gene Dobbs Bradford, St. Louis is known around the country as the center for jazz from the Gaslight Square Days until now and the new Steward Center has made the new jazz center a real game changer for jazz and the community.

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