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Backstoppers

Courtesy STL Crane Project

Art Hill in Forest Park is the temporary home for 1,000 origami cranes this weekend. 

More than 100 volunteers helped make the cranes, which can be “adopted” for $10 each at 10 a.m. Sunday. 

The proceeds go to benefit Backstoppers, a local charity that assists the families of public safety workers who die in the line of duty. 

(photo by Erika Ebsworth-Goold)

Updated at 8:55 am Thursday: The players officially broke the record of 48 hours, 9 minutes and 12 seconds around 7:30 this morning. They'll keep playing until 7 pm to reach 60 hours.

Our original story:

A group of 52 baseball players has taken to the diamond at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O'Fallon, Mo. this Fourth of July in an effort to break the world record for the longest baseball game.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 19, 2012 - Jerry Clinton, who went from rags to riches but never lost the common touch, a boxing aficionado who used the sport to help families and the man who helped St. Louis regain its NFL pride, died Wednesday of cancer at his home. He was 74 and had lived in Huntleigh.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 26, 2008 - The St. Louis Police Gym is on the top floor of the downtown Police Academy. Like every other institution, it has undergone changes over time.

I first walked into the place in the fall of 1973 for a pre-employment physical. At the time, it exuded a certain gothic charm.

Danger increases for first responders

Nov 7, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: November 7, 2008 - More black bunting draped over the entrance to a police station, a firehouse.

Another cop has been killed. A fireman slain.

The St. Louis metro area has been rocked by five slayings since February of so-called first responders" -- three police officers, two firemen.