St. Louis Beacon archives

Looking for names on voter lists in Honduras
Michael Dulick | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, was election day. I looked to Chemo as a bellwether.

When we were in Tegucigalpa, Elio and Mema urged him to vote Liberal, singing the praises of Mauricio Villeda, the son of the best president Honduras ever had.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Legislation being considered by the St. Louis County Council would prompt the county’s transportation department to include more pedestrian and bicyclist-friendly elements in road projects.

While groups such as Trailnet are championing the bill, the St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic has concerns about the legislation’s potential cost.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Missouri state Rep. Steve Webb, D-Florissant, announced Monday that he was finally resigning, several weeks after House Democratic leaders had called on him to do so.

Webb, a former head of the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus, faces felony stealing charges as well as misdemeanor counts of campaign finance-related violations.

Keep Calm and Carry On: The jury in the Einstein vs. Jesus: The Right to Free Thought trial is shown returning from lunch. These Nine Angry Felines are preparing to find against science on ALL counts. (Artist's writing)
Work of Jay Thompson

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Artist Jay Thompson and his granddaughter Jessica literally herd cats. And yes, it’s a two-person job.

When they visit an animal shelter, Thompson woos readily approachable felines while Jessica, 10, wrangles more prospects. But their goal is not to adopt or just play with these cats but to immortalize them in Thompson’s Cat Works photography.

Gov. Jay Nixon's criticism of the legislature was relatively low key. 5.15.15
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - As the Missouri General Assembly prepares to convene for a special session to woo Boeing, several groups on both sides of the job-creation debate are weighing in with their ideas.

File photo of Pope Francis
Flickr | Christus Vincit

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Pope Francis has 39 questions for his flock. A few hundred St. Louis Catholics who work or volunteer in ministry to families have begun filling out his survey. At most St. Louis Catholic churches, parishioners are waiting for their pastor to receive the survey and determine how they can respond. This is a historic first: a Vatican survey that includes the laity.

Marshall Griffin | St. Louis Public Radio

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - As the Missouri General Assembly prepares to convene for a special session to woo Boeing, several groups on both sides of the job-creation debate are weighing in with their ideas.

The Missouri Budget Project, a progressive advocacy group that focuses on fiscal issues, is calling on legislators to avoid targeting tax breaks for the poor and elderly as a way to help come up with the $150 million in tax credits that Gov. Jay Nixon is proposing for Boeing.

This commentary first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: When I was a kid, Halloween was the day we gave thanks for attending Catholic school. Because the day after is All Saint’s Day in church liturgy, we were off for a holy day of obligation while our public-school counterparts attended classes as usual after a night of trick or treating. (Suckers.)

Clark Terry still played his horn upside down in the late 1980s.
From his autobiography

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - In his 2006 book, “City of Gabriels: The History of Jazz in St. Louis, 1895-1973,” Dennis Owsley explains the title and the theme of his book in the opening sentence of his introduction: “Trumpet players have shaped the sound and the direction of St. Louis jazz from the beginning.”

Gov. Peter Kinder, in 2008, praises legislation aimed at luring Bombardier to Missouri. That bill didn't entice the Canadian-based company to come to Missouri. And it's an open question whether a potential package to get Boeing to build 777X planes in St.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Long before the Missouri General Assembly became paralyzed over the scope and size of tax credits, it wasn't unusual for the Show-Me State's political leaders to reach economic development accords.

Reggie Moore
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Reggie Moore’s love of the circus took him into the ring, on the road and into the hearts of local circus performers and those around the world. Now, the 21-year-old man known as the “gentle giant” of St. Louis’ Circus Harmony, is being mourned by the wider circus community and his family, following his Friday night death in a local car accident.

After joining Circus Harmony as a teenager, the six-foot-five, 250-pound Moore quickly became known as a hard worker with a big heart, according to the organization’s artistic and executive director Jessica Hentoff.

Chinyere Oteh
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Are you a plumber who could use a massage? A masseuse in need of a hair cut? A hair stylist with a taste for pumpkin pie?

The local Cowry Collective Timebank (CCTB) connects people with a wide variety of skills. One hour of services rendered equals an hour of services received. All areas of expertise are equal -- 60 minutes of legal work has the same value as 60 minutes of love-letter composition (Oh, that Cyrano were an attorney!).

Reign, aka Michael Rainer
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This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - His name is Reign. Before that it was Wildmann. And through all that, it is Michael Rainer.

Wildmann? "I got the name back in 2001 when I was on tour with K-Ci & JoJo. They told me that when I play, I tear the stage up and have so much energy. I was a little wild then … So, they gave me the name Wildmann. From that moment, I took the name and ran with it."

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. -  I really didn’t want to write about it. In fact, I intentionally avoided the subject. My previous column, which ran on the eve of the 50th anniversary of the DAY THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING, dealt with the hazard posed to Thanksgiving by the commercialization of Christmas. I thought it was a topic worthy of discussion, but admit that it was also a dodge.

The truish story told in "Kill Your Darlings" -- a dark miasma of poetry, sex and violence set in the 1940s among the writers who would later be called "the Beats" -- takes place entirely in New York. But it began in St. Louis.

Adolphus Busch Orthwein
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This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Adolphus Busch Orthwein, a great-grandson of the legendary Adolphus Busch, founder of Anheuser-Busch, died at home in Huntleigh Village on Monday (Nov. 25, 2013). He was 96 years old, and at the time of his death was the oldest living member of the sprawling St. Louis family also founded by his great-grandfather.

Charlie Dooley
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - After weeks of delays and false starts, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley is making another attempt to fill the vacancies on the county’s police board.

Dooley nominated Robert Baer and T.R. Carr to the St. Louis County Board of Police Commissioners, a board with only two of five slots filled. Baer and Carr were nominated to fill vacancies caused by the resignations of Greg Sansone and Floyd Warmann.

Sen. Paul Wieland, R-Imperial
Jason Rosenbaum I St. Louis Public Radio

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Missouri Rep. Paul Wieland and his lawyer see nothing but good news in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear Hobby Lobby’s challenge to the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that all insurance policies cover contraceptives as of Jan. 1.

Wieland, R-Imperial, has asked the St. Louis-based 8th Circuit of Appeals to hear his legal challenge to that mandate on the grounds that it violates his parental rights.

Art McCoy
File copy | Ferguson-Florissant website

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Nearly three weeks after he was placed on paid administrative leave by the Ferguson-Florissant school board, Superintendent Art McCoy says he still has no definite idea why he was suspended and when he might be able to return to work.

William Kauffman (300 pixeld)
Provided | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Bill Kauffman has been interim president at Saint Louis University since Sept. 1, but his 18 years as the university’s general counsel still contribute to a lawyerly manner.

In a wide-ranging interview in the board room at DuBourg Hall, Kauffman generally paused quietly before answering questions, then responded in measured, reserved tones.

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