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A century-old riverboat-turned-casino that folded under withering competition from the St. Louis regions growing array of gambling sites is headed to a scrapyard, piece by piece. Crews are dismantling the S.S. Admiral along the Mississippi River at St. Louis, months after a would-be auction failed to attract what the owner considered serious bids for the vessel. Gateway Marine Services Bill Kline tells the Belleville News-Democrat that a half dozen of his companys workers are using saws,...

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The rock legend known for such hits as Johnny B. Goode will be getting a statue in suburban St. Louis, but not everyone thinks thats so great. University Citys City Council on Monday night refused to block installation of an 8-foot bronze sculpture by artist Harry Weber honoring 84-year-old Chuck Berry. Entrepreneur Joe Edwards and KMOX radio host Charles Brennan have led a fundraising driving for the statue across from Edwards Blueberry Hill , where Berry has performed some 160 times....

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This Sunday, June 26, is the First Annual Sustainable Backyard Tour--a free, self-guided tour from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Homes on the tour showcase renewable energy, beekeeping, composting, vegetable gardens, native plants, backyard chickens, rainwater harvesting, keeping goats, using permeable surfaces, and more. The tour was organized by Terry Winkelmann, co-owner of Home Eco General Store on Macklind Avenue in south St. Louis. She says the purpose of the tour is to emphasize the do-ability of...

Female Barn Owl

Jun 20, 2011
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Photo taken at the World Bird Sanctuary by matneym on Flickr.com . Join the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group to see interesting photos from the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week, we feature on our website one outstanding photo from the group.

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis regions best-selling adult and childrens books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance . For the week ending June 12: Adults: The Help by Kathryn Stockett State of Wonder by Ann Patchett Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan Major Pettigrews Last Stand by Helen Simonson (tie) Immortal Life of Henriettta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Go the F* to Sleep by Adam Mansbach Bossypants by Tina Fey Heaven is for Real Todd Burbo...

It's been nearly 20 years since the John Adams /Alice Goodman/Peter Sellars/Mark Morris opera The Death of Klinghoffer has been given a full U.S. stage production; the last was in San Francisco in 1992. Perhaps that should come as no surprise, given the rancor stirred by its 1991 American premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. But it's back at Opera Theater of St. Louis for the next week. Its revival has tried to address some of the issues and concerns raised by the controversial premiere...

Grand Layers

Jun 13, 2011
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Photo taken on Grand Ave. by S. Trent on Flickr.com . Join the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group to see interesting photos from the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week, we feature on our website one outstanding photo from the group.

A common issue for community garden groups is varying levels of participation among the gardeners. The result of some gardeners not tending their beds on a regular basis means that, at best, the beds are weedy and aesthetically unpleasing or, at worst, the beds are completely overgrown and spreading weeds, diseases, and pests to the other beds. Beyond these consequences, lack of full involvement hampers the spirit of community--building relationships with ones neighbors, demonstrating pride...

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis regions best-selling adult and childrens books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance . For the week ending June 5: Adult: Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens The Passage by Justin Cronin Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan A Moment in the Sun by John Sayles The Dave Store Massacre by Ron Ebest The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot The Help by Kathryn Stockett In The Garden of Beasts by Erik...

Planet St. Louis

Jun 3, 2011
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Photo by M. Cole Bishop on Flickr.com . To create this image, Bishop says he took a panorama from the Wash. U. observatory then stretched it and converted it to polar coordinates. The original panorama is viewable in his Flickr photostream. Join the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group to see interesting photos from the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week, we feature on our website one outstanding photo from the group.

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis regions best-selling adult and childrens books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance . For the week ending May 29: Adult: Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok Heart & the Fist by Eric Greitens Guy Fieri Food: Cookin it, Livin It, Lovin It by Guy Fieri A Visit from the Good Squad by Jennifer Egan Ill Never Get Out of Here Alive by Steve Earle In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson Pumped for Murder by Elaine Viets Those...

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Photo by Matneym on Flickr.com . Join the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group to see interesting photos from the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week, we feature on our website one outstanding photo from the group.

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis regions best-selling adult and childrens books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance . For the week ending May 15: Stan Musial: An American Life- George Vecsey Girl in Translation -- Jean Kwok The Help - Kathryn Stockett The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks-- Rebecca Skloot In the Garden of Beasts-- Erik Larson Calebs Crossing--Geraldine Brooks Bossypants - Tina Fey A Visit from the Goon Squad-- Jennifer Egan Ill Never...

City Garden

May 20, 2011
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Soprano and Illinois native Christine Brewer — once a music teacher in a small former coal-mining town — writes about not underestimating adolescents' powers of subtle understanding. If you were choosing repertoire to explore with this age group, what would you pick? Tell us in the comments section below.
I work with a group of sixth graders in the little school where I used to teach in Marissa, Ill., about 60 miles southeast of St. Louis: a coal-mining town where the mines are now...

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St. Louis landmark Citygarden has been named the recipient of the ULI Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award . The award celebrates and promotes vibrant, successful urban open spaces by annually recognizing and rewarding an outstanding example of a public destination that has enriched and revitalized its surrounding community, according to the awards website. Citygarden was selected over four other finalists split between two cities - Portland, Ore. with Director Park and Jamison Square and...

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The St. Louis restaurant company Panera says its experiment to open several pay-what-you-want nonprofit restaurants has been a huge success. Customers at these special facilities order like normal, but the cashiers simply suggest payment amounts - what customers actually put into the donation box is up to them. Panera founder and chairman Ronald Shaich says nearly 80 percent of customers pay the full prices or more. The singular thing weve learned is that humanity is fundamentally good,...

Stump

May 16, 2011
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Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis regions best-selling adult and childrens books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance . For the week ending May 8: Adult Heart and the Fist: The Education of a Humanitarian, the Making of a Navy Seal by Eric Greitens The Help by Kathryn Stockett Bossypants by Tina Fey Iron Butterfly: Memoir of a Martial Arts Master: The True Story of a Mermaids Daughter by Choon-Ok Jade Harmon Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen A Visit...

Second annual Tour de Grove bike race kicks off

May 13, 2011
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The second annual Tour de Grove bike race got under way this afternoon.

Some 15 professional teams from around the country will be competing for a total purse of around $35,000.

Mike Weiss is the owner of the Big Shark Bicycle Company and is one of the event organizers.

Unlike the Tour of Missouri, Weiss says the Tour de Grove features an urban loop track, with more chances to watch the race unfold. I kind of compare it to a little like NASCAR, where its...

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http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-968641.mp3 Feeling a little down without the St. Louis Symphony broadcast this weekend? Well, we have a little something to feed your need for a classical connection. David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony performed the world premiere of Christopher Rouses Symphony No. 3 in concerts May 5, 6, 7 and 8 in Powell Hall - today, we have a little bit more for you from that night - an extended interview with Rouse. Rouse...

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Listening to our broadcast of the St. Louis Symphony on Saturday, May 6? When it airs, you can follow along with the performance of Carmina burana - in English - using the translations below. You can also access your very own version of the evenings program here . And while you wait for the performance, heres a little bit more information about another exciting portion of this broadcast, the world premier of Christopher Rouses Symphony No. 3 . Happy listening! (Click here to listen to the...

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis regions best-selling adult and childrens books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance . For the week ending April 24: Adult Bossypants by Tina Fey The Kennedy Detail by Gerald Blaine The Heart and the Fist by Eric Greitens The Help by Kathryn Stockett The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot The Wilder Life by Wendy McClure The Maker of Shadows by Joshua Coben F in Exams by Richard Benson The Lunatic Cafe...

Each month Gateway Greening community gardeners gather at the Schlafly Tap Room for Pints n Plants, where guest speakers share their gardening expertise. The latest was from Small Farm Specialist Miranda Duschack, of Lincoln University Cooperative Extension , who shared her knowledge about Integrated Pest Management. Duschack describes Integrated Pest Management as a holistic practice of pest management that focuses on natural and cultural controls to contain or eliminate problems. Pests are...

http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-966308.mp3 St. Louis Joe Marrocco of Kaldis Coffee is already a champion barista. As the top scorer in the South Central regional competition earlier this month, Marrocco heads to the United States Barista Championships this weekend as a man to beat. Nationals are underway in Houston, where competitors are judged on a number of factors , including taste, technical skills, and presentation. We caught up with Marrocco during a recent practice session.

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Solar panels will soon help brighten the night a little in the Delmar Loop in St. Louis. The Moonrise Hotel announced today that theyll be installing solar panels to power not only the illumination and rotation of the moon perched atop its building, but also operations in the Rooftop Terrace Bar. We are very excited about our new solar canopy, hotel owner Joe Edwards said in a press release. From day one, we have been committed to operating the Moonrise Hotel in a sustainable, eco-friendly...

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis regions best-selling adult and childrens books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance . For the week ending April 17: Adult The Heart and th Fist by Eric Greitens Bossypants by Tina Fey Heaven is For Real by Todd Burpo Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen The Help by Kathryn Stockett Friend and Foe Alike: A Tour Guide to Missouris Civil War by Gregory Wolk The Wilder LIfe by Wendy McClure The Pale King by David Foster...

For the third year in a row, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis is host to the U.S. and U.S. Womens National Chess Championships. Play continues through next week at the Chess Club, which has become somewhat of a national hub for the sport. Come September, local chess fans will be able to visit the World Chess Hall of Fame, which is relocating to the Central West End from Miami. CCSC Executive Director, Tony Rich, calls the rapid development of the St. Louis chess culture...

The first time I saw Pokey LaFarge , he was walking around the grounds of the 2010 Newport Folk Festival wearing a suit and tie, with his hair slicked down. To tell the truth, I thought, "Who is this guy? What's his shtick?" A few hours later, I saw him on stage playing with his band The South City Three, and I realized that this was a man with a vision and a passion for music from way before his time. NPR Music broadcast that concert from Newport, and Jack White heard it — soon afterward,...

On January 18, 2011, the very last batches of Kodachrome film were processed at Dwaynes Photo Lab in Parsons, Kansas . Webster University students and faculty were there to witness that last run, which included 100 rolls of their own.

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