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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 8, 2011 - As Republican consultant Chris LaCivita sees it, his hiring by Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin has little to do with LaCivita's notoriety as a key cog in the 2004 "Swift Boat Veterans for Truth" campaign against Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry.

The point, says LaCivita, is that he has been a major player in Republican congressional or gubernatorial campaigns in Missouri for at least a decade. They include Jim Talent's first 2002 bid for the U.S. Senate, Matt Blunt's 2004 contest for governor, Ed Martin's 2010 quest for Congress -- and Roy Blunt's 2010 bid for the U.S. Senate.

Sawyer, Dudman featured at Millstone Lecture

Jul 29, 2018

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 2, 2011 - Jon Sawyer, founding director of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and former Chief Washington Correspondent of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will present the 16th James C. Millstone Memorial Lecture at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Saint Louis University School of Law.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 4, 2011 - Last week, a St. Louis Public School principal was reported to have orchestrated systematic fraud in her attendance reporting, inflating the numbers to increase the money she'd get from the state in accordance with the federal mandate, No Child Left Behind.

This article first appeared in the St. Lous Beacon, Oct. 5, 2011 - Jack Shenker, a journalist who has been honored for his human rights reporting, took a different way of looking at the Arab Spring during a recent speech at Webster University. He spoke about the struggles of migrants, how they are received by the communities they impact, and misconceptions surrounding migrations around the globe.

The Torture Chamber Orchestra plays at Hammerstone's in Soulard. 2011
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 26, 2011 - It's 10:45 p.m. and a four-piece jazz ensemble is playing at Hammerstone's, the music club at 9th and Russell in Soulard. It's a Wednesday night and the front room, with its big tables, booths and bar, is packed. The crowd sits and listens while the vocalist and his band work through their set of jazz standards, soul classics and soft rock.

After a few songs, the jazz ensemble takes a break and allows a different group of musicians to take the stage. No one knows this yet, but in 15 minutes the entire club will be empty.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 14, 2011 - The best fans in baseball did their part at Busch Stadium Thursday night: They cheered themselves hoarse, fervently waved their rally towels and turned their baseball caps inside-out to coax a do-or-die rally in the bottom of the ninth with the Cardinals trailing the Brewers 4-2.

SLIFF 2011: Day 7

May 14, 2018

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 16, 2011 - We Were Here, Directed by David Weissman, U.S. | 90 minutes, 6:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Tivoli

In the early 1980s, AIDS transformed San Francisco's gay community from an lively oasis of acceptance to an ongoing death vigil.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov 16, 2011 - Gov. Jay Nixon jumped into a controversial fight over St. Louis County parks, noting Wednesday that his administration is working with St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.

Dooley has been under fire for a plan to close roughly 23 parks and lay off 133 employees. Opposition to the plan is fierce, as seen with a standing-room only budget meeting last night in the St. Louis County Council chambers.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 16, 2011 - Gov. Jay Nixon says he plans to move swiftly to find a replacement for Missouri Economic Development Director David Kerr, who will be leaving his post as of Dec. 31.

Kerr has headed the department since November 2009. According to Kerr's statement, he wants to spend more time with his family "after well over 35 years in the public and private sectors."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov 16, 2011 - Move over, reading, 'riting and 'rithmatic. In today's classroom, you need to make room for a fourth R: robotics.

That was one of the main messages Wednesday at a conference in downtown St. Louis titled the STEM Summit on how to best teach Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 21, 2011 - A former cheerleader at Normandy High School says a man who coached football there in 1984 sexually assaulted her -- and she made the charge on national television.

Goldie Taylor, now 43, didn't name her alleged abuser when she was interviewed on MSNBC's "The Last Word" this week, but later, on her website  she did: Pat Sullivan, a longtime coach at high schools in the St. Louis area and member of a statewide coaching hall of fame who just completed his last stint coaching boys and girls in cross country at Clayton High School.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 17, 2011 - Only 146 years after Lee's surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Missouri has finally decided to take a side in the Civil War. We've elected to join the Confederacy.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 16, 2011 - An overflowing crowd packed the St. Louis County Council's chambers, and poured into the hall, to unleash a torrent of criticism Tuesday against St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley's proposal to make steep cuts in the county's park system.

Preview: Symphony offers Purcell, Berio, Bruckner

May 13, 2018

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov 17, 2011 - This weekend's St. Louis Symphony concerts come to the audience at Powell Hall much in the way three teens arrive for their first day of school: One approaches with slow, luxurious, ever-graceful steps, sporting classic attire born of privilege; but her stained checks and deep sorrowful eyes betray her confidence and offer a window into a world wrought with passion, rebellion and angst.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 21, 2011 - Kitty Landholt's life is kind of on pause.

In May 2010, the St. Louis native graduated from Rice University with a professional degree in architecture. She got her bachelor's in the field in 2007. She moved home, began looking for a job, and that's where the pause began.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 30, 2012 - Some doctors are beginning to discover a downside to electronic health records. Call it EHR overload. It refers to instances when physicians have so much medical data at their finger tips that they are overwhelmed and have trouble finding what they need to make quick decisions about treating patients.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 3, 2012 - Thirty-four members of the Missouri General Assembly's bipartisan Progressive Caucus have asked the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation "to reconsider their decision to cut cancer-screening funding to Planned Parenthood."

The group has signed letters sent to the foundation and to its chief executive, Nancy Brinker.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 31, 2008 - Three veteran Springfield political observers, men who know Roland Burris personally or have worked for him professionally, think highly of the man who may -- or may not -- inherit the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 17, 2008 - St. Louis Jews, as well as Jews around the world, will soon celebrate Hanukkah, (sometimes spelled Chanukah), also known as the Festival of Lights.

Hanukkah -- the word means "dedication" in Hebrew -- is an eight-day Jewish holiday that begins on Monday, Dec. 22 this year. Jews observe the holiday starting on the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar, which can occur anytime from late November to late December. According to Jewish tradition, holidays begin at sunset the previous day, so Jews will begin the celebration this year on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 21.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 8, 2012 - Various iterations of "Falling Man" and other works by Ernest Trova will soon land at Washington University's Modern Graphic History Library. The Trova family collection will include sketches, models, photographs, casting molds, blueprints and correspondence.

Trova, a self-trained St. Louis sculptor, died in 2009. During the 1960s and 1970s, his "Falling Man" series catapulted him to international fame. Works from the series are displayed at such institutions as MoMA and the Guggenheim in New York City, the Tate Modern in London and in several St. Louis locations including Laumeier Sculpture Park and at Brentwood and Maryland Boulevards in Clayton.

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