University City

10:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Municipal, School Board Elections Among Matters At Stake In April 8 Election

Credit File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

(Updated 10:45 a.m., Mon., March 10 with filing of Jayson Thornton in Kirkwood.)

A longstanding contract dispute between the union representing University City firefighters and some city officials could influence that city’s April 8 election of new council members.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:46 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

New Book Profiles The History And Revitalization Of Delmar Loop

Overview of the Delmar Loop, circa 1931.
(Courtesy University City Public Library Archives)

When Edward Gardner Lewis purchased the land that would become University City at the turn of the twentieth century, there wasn't much in the area beyond an amusement park, a race track and the loop of the trolley from which Delmar Loop gets its name. But he had a vision for a magazine empire and needed space to expand his printing presses. He built an iconic octagonal building for his headquarters overlooking the street car line and in view of the site of the upcoming 1904 World's Fair. From there, a bustling street of businesses grew, full of places to eat, shop and have a good time.

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Mo. lawyer imprisoned for embezzlement
7:15 am
Tue September 11, 2012

University City lawyer sentenced on embezzlement charges

(via Flickr/Tracy O)

A former lawyer in St. Louis County is going to prison after embezzling nearly $500,000 from dozens of clients.

The U.S. Attorney's office says 53-year-old Jonathan McKee was sentenced Monday to five years in federal prison. He pleaded guilty in March to one felony count of mail fraud.

McKee had a general law practice in University City. Prosecutors said that between 2007 and 2011, he kept more than $495,000 in settlement money from insurance companies that should have gone to about 87 clients.

Morning round-up
9:33 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, April 2, 2012

A bus sits on a ledge after a storm did major damage to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport in St. Louis on April 22, 2011.

Lambert Concourse reopens today

City officials are celebrating the reopening of the C Concourse at Lambert St. Louis International Airport today.

The concourse has been closed since April 22 of last year when a tornado hit causing significant damage.

The concourse is new and improved according to director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge with brighter ceilings, new lighting and new restrooms among the improvements. Hamm-Niebruegge recalls the evening the tornado hit.

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UCity buyouts
5:23 pm
Thu July 21, 2011

U. City gets OK to buy out flooded properties

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A long-delayed buyout of 26 properties in University City that were severely damaged by flash flooding in 2008 has gotten a final level of approval.

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Chuck Berry Statue
10:22 am
Fri July 1, 2011

Chuck Berry statue installed in the Loop

Workers guide a bronze statue of rock and roller Chuck Berry into place as the art work is installed in University City, Mo. on July 1. Berry, who has lived in the St. Louis area his entire life, performs in a nearby club each month to sold out crowds.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Despite criticism, a statue of rock legend Chuck Berry was installed in University City, Mo. Friday in the Delmar Loop.

The statue was crafted by local artist Harry Weber and a formal dedication is planned for July 29.

Previously, critics voiced concerns that the statue was to be installed on city-owned land and that Berry spent time in jail.

Chuck Berry Statue
10:02 am
Tue June 28, 2011

Berry to get St. Louis-area statue despite critics

St. Louis sculptor Harry Weber knocks the dust off his statue of Rock and Roll artist Chuck Berry in St. Louis on October 19, 2010. Weber plans installation in University City, Mo. The statue depicts a young Chuck Berry from the 1950's.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The rock legend known for such hits as "Johnny B. Goode" will be getting a statue in suburban St. Louis, but not everyone thinks that's so great.

University City's City Council on Monday night refused to block installation of an 8-foot bronze sculpture by artist Harry Weber honoring 84-year-old Chuck Berry.

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Morning round-up
9:28 am
Tue June 7, 2011

Morning headlines: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

A light earthquake was felt this morning in St. Louis. The 4.2 magnitude temblor was centered about 14 miles east of Sullivan.

Small Earthquake Felt in St. Louis

A light earthquake shook parts of Missouri and souther Illinois early this morning. The United States Geological Service says the 4.2 magnitude earthquake was centered about 14 miles east of Sullivan in Franklin County. Sullivan is about 50 miles southwest of St. Louis.

The earthquake, which was 3.2 miles deep hit about 3:10 a.m. The USGS says the temblor was felt as far west as Columbia, Mo., and as far east as Carbondale, Ill.

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University City
5:58 pm
Wed June 1, 2011

University City opens domestic partnership registry to same-sex couples

City Hall in University City, Mo.
(via Wikimedia Commons/J. Crocker)

As of today, same-sex couples living in University City can receive a domestic partnership license from the city clerk's office.

The ordinance falls on the same day that Illinois' new civil union law goes into effect.

The University City domestic partnership registry is a largely symbolic measure since it doesn't grant residents the same legal standing that marriage does, at least as far as the state is concerned.

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MSD lawsuit
3:05 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Class-action suit over 2008 floods in U-City can go forward

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A Missouri appeals court has ruled that  a class-action lawsuit stemming from 2008 flash floods that killed two people and severely damaged more than 100 houses in University City can go forward.

The lawsuit alleges that the Metropolitan Sewer District's failure to maintain the River Des Peres  made it impossible for the system to handle what amounted to predictable heavy rain. The floods were the result of the remnants of Hurricane Ike.

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