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St. Louis has a long history as a melting pot of different cultures and a new, photo-illustrated book, “Ethnic St. Louis,” is striving to do justice to the various immigrant communities that have made their home here. While many people know the stories of the French and German settlers that helped to create the city from the very beginning, the book delves into lesser-known ethnic groups as well.

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Sure, you know La Vie en Rose. How could we not include the song that put the legendary French chanteuse Édith Piaf on the map? But do you know these others? Elsie Parker and Wayne Coniglio of Elsie Parker and the Poor People of Paris, a local band that specializes in popular French music and jazz, shared the backstories of three other Piaf songs you should know on Friday’s “Cityscape” with host Steve Potter. 

About a hundred people gathered at the foot of Laclede statue Sunday, January 11, 2015 for a moment of silence during a vigil for the victims shot Wednesday during an attack at the Paris office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.
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Updated Sunday at 7:51 p.m. with more detail from the attacks in France.

Despite the cold and rain, about a hundred people gathered in front of Laclede statue in downtown St. Louis Sunday to remember the victims of a suspected terrorist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo.

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Three Missouri World War Two veterans have received France’s Legion of Honor medal, the highest award given by the French government for service to that country.  They were recognized today at a ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol hosted by Governor Jay Nixon.

Frank Crooks, 87, is a St. Joseph native who now lives in Jefferson City. He served in the Army Air Forces as a turret gunner in a B-26 Marauder bomber.  His plane was forced to make an emergency landing at a German airstrip after being hit by enemy flack over France.