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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 18, 2008 - Yeah, I'm here. No, I'm not doing anything. Just driving.

Except of course driving is something, and a very dangerous something with cell phone to ear, according to an alderman in Town and Country.

Commentary: Got diversity?

Aug 17, 2008

This article fist appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 17, 2008 - How do you measure diversity? Some would quickly say it's a numbers game. But is that the whole story? If we had the "ideal" mix of people, but those people just coexisted in the same space, would that be diversity?

OK, enough with the questions. I want to suggest that we consider multiple aspects of "diversity." Social psychologist Patricia Gurin and colleagues have differentiated between structural, classroom and interactional diversity.

Will whites vote for Barack Obama?

Aug 15, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 15, 2008 - Danny Sanders says he has seen the face of racism first hand.

"My dad was from Arkansas, and he hated black people," said the retired St. Louis baker and Vietnam veteran, who was fishing for catfish this week at Carondelet Park. "And a long time ago, I used to feel the same way.

"But I have changed.

"People do change, you know?"

Donnelly will seek a recount in the AG race

Aug 15, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 15, 2008- State Rep. Margaret Donnelly of Richmond Heights has announced that she will formally request a statewide recount of the Aug. 5 primary election to become the Democratic attorney general nominee. Tabulations show that Donnelly lost to state Sen. Chris Koster by a margin of 0.2 percent, or 783 votes, according to the Missouri secretary of state's website.

Wachovia reaches settlement in auction-rate securities

Aug 15, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 15, 2008 - Wachovia Corp. has agreed to buy back from investors about $8.8 billion in controversial securities, settling allegations that its St. Louis-based brokerage unit misrepresented the ease with which consumers could get their money.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 14, 2008 - You're driving down I-44 about an hour south of St. Louis. You glance at another dead opossum by the side of the road.

Look again. These days that possum is very likely to be an armadillo.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 14, 2008 - The 2008 presidential election campaign marks a watershed in the development of the Internet as a force in American politics. Previously, the Net was touted as having the potential to shape politics and government in the same way that it altered commerce. However, its promise to change politics was never quite fulfilled -- at least, not until the current presidential election.

Some might assert that this development represents a democratizing trend. However, there are troubling aspects that warrant attention by both the public and policymakers.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 13, 2oo8 - Hand it to John Edwards, he knows how to quell a rumor. Previously mentioned as a possible running mate for Barack Obama, the former senator recently admitted to an extra-marital affair with a campaign videographer. This moral lapse occurred after his wife's first bout with breast cancer, thus dropping him several slots below Jimmy Hoffa on the list of Democratic V.P. hopefuls.

Analysis: Who lost in Georgia?

Aug 12, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 12, 2008 - The brutal military conflict in Georgia over this past week has left many people puzzled and dismayed. How could this happen? Who was responsible? It turns out to be an old story of fear, miscalculation, hubris and tragedy, with the United States playing a significant role.

Vacation at home: Day 1

Aug 12, 2008
Rachel Heidenry | The Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 12, 2008 - We know it's vacation, but today you've got to get up early because we've got a full day planned. Think of this day as a substitute for that all-inclusive Mayan Riviera resort.

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 11, 2008 - On Monday, the crisis in Georgia continued to escalate. Russia opened a new military front by taking over an army base in Abkhazia, a pro-Russian separatist enclave, while Georgians struggled to recover the separatist region of South Ossetia. Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili accused Russia of "ethnic cleansing," and Russia ignored Georgia's offer of a ceasefire. Questions loom as to how far the Russian army will penetrate Georgia proper.

Map by Brent Jones, data from Missouri Secretary of State

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, August 8, 2008 - A less than scintillating ballot -- not the heat -- is most to blame for an election day turnout that saw fewer than one in five registered voters casting primary ballots in Missouri on Tuesday, says a St. Louis authority on the American electorate.

Payments to Edwards mistress raise ?s

Aug 8, 2008

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 8, 2008 - Fred Baron - a well-known toxic torts trial lawyer from Dallas - told the Dallas Morning News that he had paid for housing and relocation expenses for Rielle Hunter, the videographer John Edwards admits was his mistress.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 8, 2008 - Unlike many of their predecessors, this year's vice-presidential candidates won't be chosen primarily because they're from a large state or to balance the ticket's geography or philosophy. They'll be chosen because they're presidential.

Bin Laden's driver gets light sentence - 66 months

Aug 7, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 7, 2008 - The military panel of six officers deliberated for about an hour before returning the lighter than expected sentence for providing material support for terrorism. The government had asked for a sentence of 30 years and said that the life sentence prosecutors had sought earlier would be appropriate.  The defense recommended 45 months.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 7, 2008 - As state Rep. Margaret Donnelly's campaign waits for the secretary of state's certification of Tuesday's primary results, state Sen. Chris Koster, D-Harrisonville, is forging ahead as the Democratic nominee for attorney general.

"After such a hard-fought campaign, a very close race, Rep. Donnelly is entitled to this personal decision," said Koster's spokesperson Danny Kanner. "That said, Sen. Koster has built a coalition and is now moving forward as the Democratic Party's nominee."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 6, 2008 - Unless you spent the last month patrolling the Bering Sea with the Russian submarine service, you've no doubt heard about the towing company scandal involving the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Though there's probably fire beneath all the smoke, this case doesn't quite measure up when compared to classic and current reports of big-city police corruption elsewhere.

Could Donnelly win a recount?

Aug 6, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 6, 2008 - The heated battle for the Democratic nomination in the race to become Missouri's top lawyer will probably not end soon.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 6, 2008 - Last night's primary election saw the opening moves of a new battle taking place among the Republican Party's pro-life constituency.

The scuffle is brewing between Missouri Right to Life (MRL), the long-established standard bearer of the pro-life political community and Missourians United for Life (MUL), a new upstart group with the implicit backing of the Republican Party leadership.

The governor's race shapes up

Aug 6, 2008
Photo by Robert Joiner | The Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 6, 2008 - Fresh from a bruising but victorious primary, GOP gubernatorial candidate Kenny Hulshof took his campaign into enemy territory Wednesday afternoon by visiting a business in Jefferson County, Jay Nixon's home county, to talk about improving Missouri's economy. The trip marked Hulshof's first official campaign stop after defeating state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in Tuesday's primary battle to decide which Republican would take on Nixon, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

Commentary: Looking toward November

Aug 6, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 6, 2008 - Sarah Steelman fought the Republican establishment -- and the establishment's candidate, U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof, won.

Heat puts a damper on voter turnout

Aug 5, 2008
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Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon archive

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 - The man who heads St. Louis' largest center for senior citizens says it's hard to know just how much the scorching August heat -- Lambert recorded a high of 96 degrees -- affected voter turnout in Tuesday's primary election.

The voters speak

Aug 5, 2008
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Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon archive

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 - On a sweltering election day in Missouri, voters arrived at St. Louis area polling places today with chilled bottles of water, cardboard fans and agendas as varied as their backgrounds.

A man from Lake St. Louis said he votes against anyone who supports the war, in honor of a brother who was killed in Vietnam.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 - Tuesday night ended a hot day and a hot race in the primaries for Missouri's 9th congressional district, where nine candidates had vied for their parties' nominations.

Hulshof will face Nixon for governor in the fall

Aug 5, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 -  U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof defeated state Treasurer Sarah Steelman in Tuesday's GOP gubernatorial primary and immediately stressed party unity for a tough fall campaign against state Attorney General Jay Nixon, who won the Democratic nomination for governor.

Statewide candidates set strategies for November

Aug 5, 2008

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 5, 2008 - After months of campaigning, the battle for the Democratic nomination for attorney general came down to 786 votes -- a difference of only .2 percent that had state Sen. Chris Koster a former Republican from Harrisonville claiming victory over Democratic state Rep. Margaret Donnelly of Richmond Heights and the right to take on Republican Michael Gibbons in November.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 4, 2008 - U.S. Rep. Kenny Hulshof and state Treasurer Sarah Steelman wrapped up their contentious primary campaigns for governor on Monday with each arguing for the chance to take on Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon, the presumptive Democratic nominee, in the fall general election.

This post first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 4, 2008 -  I may be wrecking the suspense for you, but in all honesty, I have to let you, the American people, know that Barack Hussein Obama is our next president. I am basing this on science.

Through very rigorous web-based research, by which I mainly mean using Wikipedia and Google, I've discovered that he is the one with the winning middle name.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 3, 2008 - Sen. Barack Obama was busy in Missouri last week, stopping in places like Springfield, Rolla and Union, hardly hotbeds of liberal Democratic voters. The presumptive Democratic nominee was clearly hoping to connect with generally conservative voters in this must-win state. It's a strategy he's likely to follow throughout the general election campaign.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: August 1, 2008 - (This was updated with results.) Around 10:25 p.m., Tuesday, state Rep. Bob Onder conceded the Republican spot in Missouri's 9th district to Blaine Luetkemeyer.

"As you all know by now, the race did not turn out the way we all wanted, and I want to congragulate the winner, Blaine Luetkemeyer," Onder told about 30 supportersat the Holiday Inn in Lake Saint Louis.

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