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Fitness and community: the O'Fallon Park Rec Complex

Nov 18, 2013
Corsander Thompson
Hilary Davidson | special to the Beason | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - It’s a few minutes after 11 a.m. on a Friday, but Will James’ 10 -11 a.m. cardio pump boot camp class hasn’t stopped dancing. Heedless of the clock, the group of 25 or so balance weights in their hands, stepping up and down in rhythm and listening to his instructions over a strong beat.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Activists on both sides of the ongoing battle over how Missouri judges are chosen are paying close attention to a new wave of initiative-petition proposals that would transform the state’s highest judges from gubernatorial appointees into elected officials.

In effect, the proposals would do away with Missouri’s 70-year-old nonpartisan court plan for filling judgeships.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - The rapid growth of student loan debt -- now at $1.2 trillion -– is one more aftershock of the U.S. financial crisis that dried up funding for millions of families, said Rohit Chopra, assistant director at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Dear Beaconites -

Sometimes the news generates more questions than answers. That was certainly the case when the Ferguson-Florissant school board put superintendent Art McCoy on paid leave. The board cited philosophical differences but has not been very specific about what they are.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - The term art installation can be used for any number of things. It sounds like something serious, though sometimes, the “installation” is a more minimalist “art object placement.” Installation is hardly grand enough a word for Sarah Frost’s complete use of the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Gallery 210.

Catharine MacKinnon speaking in 2006
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Despite a view by some that prostitution is simply “sex work” that should be legalized and controlled, attorney Catharine MacKinnon dismisses that approach as misguided and harmful to women who in most cases have no choice.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - After weeks of legislative debate over the new process for splitting up the money, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen gave final approval to a bill allocating $16.7 million in federal block grants. The bill passed with 20 "yes" votes, five "no" votes, one "present" vote and one abstention.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Missouri Republicans in Washington and Jefferson City are standing firm in their opposition to the Affordable Care Act. They are citing the low number of Missourians who have signed up for insurance on the federal exchange as just another reason why their stance hasn’t changed -- and won't.

Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Today officials are set to break ground on the Central Riverfront phase of the CityArchRiver project, which brings $23 million worth of improvements to Leonor K. Sullivan Boulevard and which should be done by October 2015. Among the most visible improvements: Elevating the road out of the Mississippi River floodplain.

Organizers acknowledge that the entire $380 million Arch grounds project won’t be completed by the Arch’s 50th birthday. Several components – the visitors’ entrance to the museum, an overhaul of Kiener Plaza and some tree plantings – won’t be finished until 2016.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - The crowd that jammed the gym at McCluer North High School Wednesday night was concerned with more than the return of Art McCoy as Ferguson-Florissant superintendent. They also cheered the prospect of the departure of the board members who placed McCoy on leave last week.

Leonor K. Sullivan, official portrait
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This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Leonor K. Sullivan – Missouri’s first woman elected to Congress  – would no doubt be pleased by this week’s groundbreaking of the downtown project to elevate the riverfront street that now bears her name.

Lou Susman
Jo Mannies | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Native St. Louisan Lou Susman – among the most prominent Democratic financiers in national politics -- is back after four years abroad in “the greatest job in world.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Gov. Jay Nixon announced this afternoon that legally married same-sex couples living in Missouri can file joint returns on their state income taxes.

The executive order allows the Missouri Department of Revenue to accept joint returns from same-sex couples who also file jointly for their federal taxes.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - It’s been 148 years since we’ve had a civil war so maybe we’re about due. In 2009, while gearing up for a presidential run, Texas Gov. Rick Perry hinted at a Tea Party rally that his state retained the right to leave the Union at its pleasure.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - The latest wrinkle in the Affordable Care Act centers on whether consumers should be allowed to keep health insurance plans that may offer less coverage than the minimum benefits envisioned in the health-care law.

 After her child had open-heart surgery, a mother waits.
Michael Dulick | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - ‘Tis the Season! And what better gift than a healthy heart!

Helping Hands for Honduras just finished its 21st brigada, this time saving the lives of 33 youngsters in need of open-heart surgery. Chemo was in the first brigada back in September 2008. So I got his teachers’ permission to take him to Tegus for a check-up. (“Shouldn’t be a problem, since he doesn’t come to class anyway.” CHEMO!!)

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Board member Terry Artis voted "hell, no" as the Normandy school board voted to approve paying tuition for students who transferred out of the district. The 5-1 vote was made in front of a packed house of more than 80.

Schoolchildren brought signs to a meeting of the Clayton Board of Aldermen expressing concern that a former school could become high-density housing.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Clayton residents have launched a “pre-emptive strike” on any effort to transform the grounds of a former public school into high-density housing.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Two high-profile education stories will be in the spotlight Wednesday night.

In Normandy, the school board will once again decide whether to pay tuition bills to local districts that have accepted students who have transferred to attend nearby accredited schools.

Kelly: Whether blocking a jigsaw puzzle or posing before a concert she was the center of attention.
Donna Korando | St. Louis Beacon

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - "From Our Homes To You” — that’s the theme of this year’s parlor tour in Lafayette Square.

In little ways the press release tells how far the area has come. "Enjoy one of the finest neighborhood examples of urban rebirth,” it says.

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