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St. Louis on the Air
1:14 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Homeless Advocate Discusses Career, Challenges Facing St. Louis

Bill Siedhoff

After 13 years, homeless advocate Bill Siedhoff stepped down in November from his post as director of the St. Louis Department of Human Services.

“It’s been a very rewarding career, I would say,” Siedhoff told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Wednesday. As director, Siedhoff was responsible for overseeing services for youth, the elderly, the disabled and the homeless.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:27 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

CPA Answers Your End-Of-The-Year Tax Questions

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The most wonderful time of the year means the least favorite time of the year is approaching: Tax time.

There are some things taxpayers can do now to help alleviate individual tax burdens in April, certified public account Lance Weiss of SFW Partners LLC told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Tuesday.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:23 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Venture Cafe Director Seeks ‘Serendipitous Collisions’ Between St. Louis Innovators, Resources

Venture Cafe is not a typical cafe. Visitors will find coffee, beer and wine, but replace the typical pastries with entrepreneurs.

“I talk about serendipitous collisions,” Venture Cafe’s executive director Travis Sheridan told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Tuesday. “It’s about getting the right people at the right place at the right time, and then miraculously the right things happen.”

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St. Louis on the Air
1:16 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Legal Roundtable: Another Grand Jury For Ferguson Case? Possible But …

December's 'St. Louis on the Air' legal roundtable members discuss law issues on Monday at St. Louis Public Radio. From left, Don Marsh, 'St. Louis on the Air' host; William Freivogel, professor at Southern Illinois University–Carbondale's Paul Simon Public Policy Institute; Roger Goldman, Saint Louis University Law School professor; and Mark Smith, associate vice chancellor of students at Washington University in St. Louis.
Credit Rebecca Smith / St. Louis Public Radio

Many people are unhappy with a grand jury’s decision not to indict police Officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown, and the St. Louis County prosecutor’s handling of the case.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:32 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Reliving The Heydays Of Famous-Barr

'Famous-Barr: St. Louis Shopping at its Finest' by Edna Campos Gravenhorst

For almost 100 years, Famous-Barr was a St. Louis shopping destination. Its holiday window displays in particular drew shoppers from throughout the St. Louis area to Famous-Barr’s downtown location. Many of those displays, and other well-known Famous-Barr events, were directed by Helen Weiss, the store’s public relations maven.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:08 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Criminologist: Homicide Increase Not Related To ‘Ferguson Effect’

Homicides reported in the city of St. Louis, according to Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics, by year, as of Oct. 27, 2014. On Dec. 9, the 2014 total hit 148. There were 120 homicides in 2013, 113 in 2012, 114 in 2011 and 144 in 2010.
Credit Uniform Crime Reporting Statistics / FBI

In 2013, the city of St. Louis recorded 120 homicides. The city’s 148th homicide of 2014 occurred Tuesday night.

That’s nearly a 25 percent year-over-year increase, and is a problem that needs to be investigated, said Richard “Rick” Rosenfeld, a criminal justice professor at the University of Missouri–St. Louis and former president of the American Society of Criminology.

Rosenfeld doesn’t buy into the “Ferguson effect” — the notion that crime increased after the August shooting death of an 18-year-old man by a police officer in Ferguson, at least not in homicide numbers.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:16 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Bosnian Community In Shock After Attack Called Hate Crime

The FBI is investigating possible hate crimes in St. Louis after a woman was assaulted last week by three teens near Bevo Mill allegedly because she is Bosnian.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:13 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Police Department Chaplain: Uniform And Race Bias ‘Part Of The Tragedy’

Rabbi Mark Shook
Credit Courtesy of Mark Shook

Members of the clergy have taken on important roles since the August shooting death of an unarmed black man by a police officer in Ferguson. That’s also true within the St. Louis County Police Department.

The department has 23 volunteer chaplains from 11 denominations who have focused on the needs of police officers and their families, program coordinator Rabbi Mark Shook told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Wednesday. The chaplains often have an opportunity to talk with officers during breaks.

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St. Louis On The Air
1:53 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Startup Wants To Help Diversify Us

DiversifyUs

You can use an app to order a pizza, find a date, talk to the world and check nearby gas prices. Can an app affect diversity? Local software developer Daniel McFarland hopes to find out.

McFarland’s DiversifyUs app won November’s Startup Weekend competition, but McFarland almost didn’t pitch the project.

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St. Louis On The Air
1:42 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

How Long Do We Remember A President's Legacy?

The Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota, seen from the viewing plaza on June 4, 2003.
Credit deanfranklin / via Flickr

Quick: How many presidents can you name?

From the start, there was George Washington. Then John Adams. Thomas Jefferson. Then ... 

Two Washington University researchers have found that most presidents are forgotten 50 to 100 years after leaving office, “unless something really, really important happened in their regime, or they’re one of the early presidents,” said Henry “Roddy” Roediger, a Washington University psychology professor.

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