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12:06 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Commentary: Rams Fans Want to Know What Stan’s Doing With the New Deed

Credit Rams media

Stan, baby, you’re busting my chops. Every time I write about your Rams and their on-going stadium contretemps, I go to great lengths to remind the readership that without you, the team would have never come to St. Louis in the first place. Back in the day, you were a civic hero.

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Land Of Opportunity
9:21 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Reflection: Russian Expats Note That, In America, Hard Work Really Does Pay Off

Igor Lisovsky
Credit Maria Vladimirova

Russian journalist Maria Vladimirova spent time in St. Louis this fall, and visited Chicago and Memphis. She recently sent in what she gleaned from Russian expatriates she met while in the United States. The following has been edited for space and clarity.

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SLU Colloquium
11:20 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Reflection: What Is The Allure Of Richard III?

The earliest surviving portrait of Richard III
Credit Wikipedia

It was one of those rare occasions where the careful, dry, scholarly, world of academic inquiry and the more raucous world of instant global celebrity came together.

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The Hinge
5:38 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Reflection: Hinge Gallery’s Terpening Show Gives Regional Support For Regional Artist

The exhibit's postcard is from Virginia Terpening, Morning Prayer (Self-Portrait), nd. Oil on board. 28 x 17 inches
Credit Provided by The Hinge

The Hinge Gallery’s Eileen G’Sell and Bryan Laughlin have organized an exhibit of artist Virginia Terpening’s newly discovered work. The show’s title, Yes Virginia, There is… is “an affirmation: of the value of an artist making art for the sake of making it, of the possibility that art from a marginalized vantage can endure as accessible to all.”

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9:51 pm
Sun February 2, 2014

Commentary: Letter From Honduras In Sickness And Celebration

Dr. Bayardo Pagoada
Credit Michael Dulick

I thought I was a goner. Even Chemo was crying, sobbing at my bedside as I prayed for God’s mercy. But I wasn’t quite dead yet. I had had a dizzy spell, so light-headed, so disoriented I could only stand up by clinging to the wall, the office door, the table, another door, till I collapsed in my bed, guided there by Chemo. It was only 8 in the morning, and I thought I was having a stroke.

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Death Penalty
10:45 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Reporting On Execution Procedures Missouri Wants To Keep Secret

Credit via Flickr/Nottingham Vet School

Chris McDaniel this week continued his string of significant reports on Missouri’s execution procedure. With painstaking work over several months, Chris and Veronique LaCapra have managed to develop a clear picture of a procedure that officials would rather keep secret. Among the key points they have reported:

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Two Shows
10:10 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Reflection: Words And Art Combine At Fort Gondo, Beverly With Provocative Result

Works by Spector (top) and Bang
Credit Provided by Fort Gondo

Two shows – one by up-and-coming artist and poet John Cummins and Aron Fisher; the other by established St. Louis art world fixtures Buzz Spector and Mary Jo Bang --share more than architecture at the neighboring Fort Gondo and Beverly galleries. These two-person art exhibits, Conversed and Otherwise, pair text and art object that are increasingly interesting as they are explored.


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10:33 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Commentary: As We Learn More About Adam Lanza We Consider The Devil's Workshop

Credit (via Flickr/alancleaver_2000)

It’s been my experience that people are normally murdered for one of two reasons: money or sex. When I share that observation, somebody will invariably suggest that I add narcotics to my short list of prime motives for slaughter. That idea seems reasonable at first but upon further review, it turns out to be redundant.

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On Chess
10:30 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Meier's Chess Club Victory Adds To Growing Local Reputation

GM Georg Meier is one of the top players at Webster University's elite collegiate chess program.
Credit Provided by Susan Polgar

Webster University’s Georg Meier etched his name in the St. Louis record books over the weekend by winning the 6th annual Club Championship, held at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis (CCSCSL).

Meier, 26, is a world-class grandmaster who ranks No. 2 in Germany and No. 141 in the world.

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10:23 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Commentary: Capitalism Is Not Causing The Crisis

Capitalism gives consumers choices.
Credit linder6580 |

“Capitalism is the crisis.” So read a banner hung off of an overpass on eastbound Interstate 44 heading toward downtown St. Louis. But what did it mean?

Capitalism is characterized by private as opposed to government ownership of the capital used in the production and distribution of goods. This is done in the pursuit of profit.

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