Public Insight Network

St. Louis Rams
9:02 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Michael Sam Just Wants To Play Football

Michael Sam with Rams coach Jeff Fisher.
Credit Jess Jiang / St. Louis Public Radio

Michael Sam, the only openly gay professional football player, was introduced at a news conference at Rams Park Tuesday. 

Sam received unprecedented attention for a 249th pick in the NFL draft. He answered questions for nearly half an hour during the news conference. That's much longer than what even No. 2 draft pick, fellow St. Louis rookie, Greg Robinson, had to endure.

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Mother's Day
1:19 pm
Sat May 10, 2014

Listen Closely To What She Says, Because Mom Usually Knows Best

Mother Frances Duggan, left, and daughter Eileen Duggan attend the 2008 alumni reunion for the St. Louis Institute of Music. Frances Duggan died in 2012.
Credit / Photo provided by Eileen Duggan

If you ever listened to you mother — really listened, you probably learned some very valuable lessons.

For Eileen Duggan, one of those lessons has served her well in her years as a piano teacher.

“She taught me the importance of establishing a studio policy, and treating the career as a business.” Duggan wrote, in response to questions through our Public Insight Network. Her mother, Frances Duggan, taught piano for 55 years. 

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On the Trail
11:54 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Is Smaller Better? Multitude Of Municipalities Plays Into City-County Merger Debate

Charlie Giraud moved to Greendale, Missouri, in the mid-2000s. While town's tiny size wasn't a factor in his decision, he says there's plenty to like about the north St. Louis County village.
Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Greendale is home to about 700 people in north St. Louis County. The primarily residential community features stately brick houses along seven, well-maintained streets. The town’s city hall consists of two rooms inside an office building. It contracts with nearby Normandy for police service. Its big-ticket expenditures include cleaning streets and trimming trees.

Charlie Giraud found a lot to like. He’s lived in bigger St. Louis County municipalities like Ballwin and University City. He appreciated Greendale’s friendly neighbors, racial diversity and close-knit community.

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Scams Update
9:34 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Law Student Tackles Fraud Online; BBB Says It’s Time To Shred

Credit Proided by Nathaniel Carroll

Our recent reports about assorted consumer scams brought an interesting response from a Saint Louis University law student who is developing an online website to help centralize efforts to fight fraud.

Nathaniel Carroll and his associates came up with a catchy name — Burn Whistle — and eye-catching graphics for a blog they’ve launched. Their slogan is “Fight Fraud With Fire.”

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St. Louis On the Air
11:13 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Discussion: What Makes A Neighborhood A Community?

The Old North Neighborhood today
Courtesy of the Old North Restoration Group

As the population of St. Louis began to shift away from the city’s core in the 1970s, many of the city’s older neighborhoods entered a state of decline. But now, thanks in part to a renewed interest in the city’s older neighborhoods, many are experiencing renewal.

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Suburban Evolution
11:22 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

This Is Chesterfield: "Bedroom" Community Experiences Business Boom

A sculpture of a horse rests in front of Chesterfield City Hall.
Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Chesterfield received plenty of attention recently when it snagged two high-profile festivals away from the city of St. Louis. But the hubbub over the Taste of St. Louis and Bluesweek’s exodus may be part of a larger story. 

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Arts & Culture
9:49 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

'Deep And Authentic' Passion Fuels Cardinal Nation

Fans wave their rally towels as St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jason Motte delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers in Game 3 in the NLCS at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on October 12, 2011. St. Louis won the game 4-3.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

After 161 days, baseball returns to Busch Stadium Monday, with the St. Louis Cardinals hosting the Cincinnati Reds. And that means across the city, thousands of bosses have approved vacation days with a knowing smile. Some may have even said, “I’ll see you there.”

Cardinal baseball is probably the closest thing you can get to a government-sanctioned religion without running afoul of the First Amendment. It is a passion that unites a city from April to September and beyond.

What It Means To Root For the Cardinals

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Scams Update
10:44 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Fraudsters Target Netflix Users And People Who Don’t Owe Jury Duty Fines

Credit sxc.hu | creationc

Reporting on scams is like pulling weeds. Report on one, and two new ones pop up in its place. Here are some new scam alerts for area residents:

The Jury Duty Scam

A person pretending to be a St. Louis police officer has been calling St. Louis residents and claiming they missed jury duty, according to the St. Louis Circuit Court of Missouri.

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Festivals
9:50 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Metro St. Louisans Weigh In On Relocating Summer Events to Chesterfield

Credit (Brent Jones | St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Bluesweek Festival and the Budweiser Taste of St. Louis are on the move, and people throughout the metro area have been quick to share their reactions.

Taste of St. Louis and Bluesweek left many regulars reeling after organizers announced that this year both will be held in Central Park and the Chesterfield amphitheater.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:49 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Bridge Opening Should Give Commuters More Breathing Room

(Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

After four years under construction and more than a decade of planning, the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge will open for traffic Sunday, February 9. And when the bridge opens, so does another option for drivers making the commute across the Mississippi.

“What we anticipate is about 20 percent of the traffic coming off Poplar Street, about 50 percent coming off MLK/Eads,” Randy Hitt of the Missouri Department of Transportation said.

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