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An ancient Egyptian mummy named Pet Menekh is placed in a CT scanner at the Washington University School of Medicine.
Washington University School of Medicine

In a dark room on the third floor of the Saint Louis Art Museum, nearly a dozen grade school boys encircled a tour guide, who was dispensing facts about Egyptian mummies. But instead of crowding around three mummies lying nearby in glass cases, they stood in front of a recently added feature to the exhibit: a touchscreen that displays images of what the mummies look like inside.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: This week’s Rosh Hashana services marked the first day of the Jewish Year 5774. The ancient notes from a great shofar – a hollowed-out ram’s horn -- sounded at dozens of synagogues and Jewish center across the region at the end of services.

Peace in the Middle East is a constant prayer on Rosh Hashana. It may have been so since the days of Abraham. And this year, the issue is more sharply focused as it comes near a major war anniversary and the time for decisions on what to do about chemical warfare in Syria.

Commentary: Egypt is a battleground for extremist groups

Aug 26, 2013

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Cairo, Egypt - June 30 was Revolution 2.0 in Egypt. The people turned out in larger numbers than ever before in Egypt (and perhaps in human history) to call for the Morsi presidency to go. In the eyes of the majority, the Muslim Brotherhood’s legitimacy was over.

Morris Kalliny near demonstrators at Tahir Square in Cairo this past December.
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: The violence sweeping across Egypt has shaken many people as the shocking numbers of the dead, wounded and injured are reported in the news. There are those, however, such as Egyptian-born Morris Kalliny, an assistant professor of marketing at Saint Louis University, who predicted just that in a recent Beacon article.

Kalliny worries that the recent eruption of violence could jeopardize the prospects of democracy in Egypt.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: WASHINGTON – When is a military coup not really a coup? On Capitol Hill, the answer seems to be: when it takes place in Cairo and the results suit the U.S. agenda.

Under a law passed nearly three decades ago, the U.S. government is supposed to cut off aid to governments that take power as a result of a military coup. But Missouri’s senators are among the majority in Congress likely to keep U.S. aid to Egypt flowing.

Hieroglyphics are just one element of ancient Egypt explained in the exhibit.
Provided by the Science Center | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - With the St. Louis Science Center's new exhibit, “Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science,” you can peel back the layers of an ancient civilization that continues to fascinate people.


(via NPR)

NPR's senior social media strategist Andy Carvin was our sole guest today on "St. Louis on the Air." 

Carvin touched on his beginnings, his role as a "information DJ" and how he pieces together truth in real time.

How does he describe his job?

Carvin said one of the best ways he can think of to describe what he does is a "journalistic test pilot."

"I use the word storytelling because...not everything I do could be considered journalism."

"Someone once referred to what I do as 'information DJ-ing.'"

Akin calls for suspension of aid to Egypt

Sep 20, 2012
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin says the U.S. should suspend aid to Egypt because of the attack on the U.S. embassy and the repeated burning of American flags by Egyptians.

Akin said in a statement Thursday that the fact that the embassy attack occurred on Sept. 11 suggests it was planned and not spontaneous. He said if Egypt were a good ally, it should have better protected the U.S. embassy.

Akin said U.S. aid to Egypt should be suspended "until the Egyptian government takes corrective action to restore its relationship with the United States."

Judge rules 3,200-year-old mummy mask can stay in St. Louis

Apr 5, 2012
(Courtesy Saint Louis Art Museum)

A 3,200-year-old mummy mask at the center of an international dispute will remain in St. Louis following a ruling by a federal judge.

The U.S. government sought to return the funeral mask of Lady Ka-nefer-nefer to Egypt, claiming it had been stolen before the St. Louis Art Museum purchased it from a New York art dealer in 1998. But U.S. District Judge Henry Autry in St. Louis ruled on March 31 that the mask can remain with the art museum.

Letter from Gaza: Getting there

Dec 19, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 19, 2011 - Marc Thayer, who previously wrote voices articles from Iraq, recently tried to get into Gaza from Egypt to visit Palestinians he had worked with in an Association of American Voices program in Jordan. His story follows:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 11, 2011 - The last of three American students to arrive home after a "scary" police detention in Egypt, Derrik Sweeney of Jefferson City was greeted by family and friends late Saturday at Lambert Airport and told journalists that he had been hit and threatened after being taken into custody in the midst of Cairo demonstrations.

Morning headlines: Monday, August 22, 2011

Aug 22, 2011

Critics challenge Mo. measure to limit payday loan interest

The proposed ballot measure would cap interest, fees and charges for payday and car title loans at 36 percent per year.

Critics of the proposal filed a lawsuit in the state Capitol's home of Cole County. The suit contends a ballot summary for the proposal is inadequate and unfair and that the cost estimate for the proposal does not address all the possible costs.

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The U.S. Attorney's office is demanding that the Saint Louis Art Museum give up an Egyptian mask because it's stolen property.

NPR Coverage of Developments in Egypt

Feb 11, 2011

For the latest developments in Egypt, here is NPR's coverage.

NPR's "The Two Way" also has a live blog of the coverage, which you can see here.