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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Individual insurance policy holders in Missouri may be allowed to keep their policies in 2014, even if they don’t comply with the Affordable Care Act.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has announced that his administration’s Department of Insurance is notifying health insurers that they will be allowed to extend such policies, if they desire.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster appears to be siding with Gov. Jay Nixon’s announcement this week that same-sex couples married in another state can file joint tax returns in Missouri.

Koster, a former Republican who’s now a Democrat, declared through a spokeswoman late Friday that “Governor Nixon appears to be following the requirements of Missouri law on tax filing, as passed by the legislature.”

Left to Right: Baritone Liam Bonner as Ned Keene, soprano Susanna Phillips as Ellen Orford, and Tenor Anthony Dean Griffey as Peter Grimes.
Julien Jourdes

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - NEW YORK - All is metaphor.

From the embroidery floss used by Ellen Orford to draw the anchor on the sweater of poor, doomed John the Apprentice, to the churning, life-sustaining, murderous tumult of the ocean, each ordinary material, every massive natural phenomenon, all human emotions, all have meaning well beyond the accepted or conscious.

Sloup: Karen Mandelbaum, Zoë Scharf, Tara Pham, and former co-organizer Becca Moore.
Provided | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - The process is simple: Donate $10; enjoy a bowl of soup while you listen to local artists and organizers present their ideas; vote on the ideas you like best in a weighted fashion. The group that receives the highest total wins all that was donated at the door.

That’s how a Sloup works.

The first Thanksgiving comes every year for new immigrants

Nov 13, 2013
One of the International Institute's students and her young son go through the food serving line for the traditional Thanksgiving dinner that the Institute served Tuesday. For some of the 400 English and citizenship students, this was their first Thanksgi
Wayne Crosslin | Internationl Institute | 2013

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Typically, the concept of the first Thanksgiving conjures images of Pilgrims and Native Americans, turkeys and pumpkin pie.

For “Mina” Zahra Abdollahi, it is about all that and so much more, as she explained before an early Thanksgiving at the International Institute.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Within the next two weeks, Sen. Claire McCaskill expects a showdown on the military battle she’s been waging for months with fellow Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, D-NY.

At issue? How best to reform how the military handles sexual assaults.

BioGenerator has put new space in old.
Provided | 2013

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. -  St. Louis’s BioGenerator will host an open house tomorrow to mark its recent expansion into new space in the region’s growing tech district.

“Brick walls, concrete floors,” said Donn Rubin, president and CEO of BioSTL, which oversees the incubator. “It’s very urban and gritty – a very cool space.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Seven score and ten years ago on Nov. 19, Abraham Lincoln delivered his now famous Gettysburg Address. That speech, along with Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream” speech and John F. Kennedy’s inauguration address are arguably the best speeches in American history.

Jim Manley 2013
Devin Rodino

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - Usually when a musician releases a new recording and schedules performances at a major area venue the following week, audiences can expect to hear a heavy dose of songs from the new CD played at those live concerts.

Benjamin Britten in 1968
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - When music director David Robertson takes the podium Saturday to lead the St. Louis Symphony and Chorus in a performance of Benjamin Britten’s “Peter Grimes,” light will shine brighter on an already luminous musical tradition in St. Louis. That tradition is the unusual concentration of performances here of music composed by the celebrated musical polymath, a history distinguished by quality and creativity, most certainly -- but also by the sheer frequency of productions.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - It has begun: The battle between two kings who will fight in one culminating epoch for the world’s throne.

The one match to rule them all started over the weekend, with the first games of the 12-round FIDE World Championship kicking off in Chennai, India. Defending is current World Champion Viswanathan Anand of India, undisputed since 2007 and, though likely witnessing the twilight of an illustrious career, now on the cusp of attaining, perhaps, his crown jewel.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Normandy school Superintendent Ty McNichols marshaled a detailed array of facts and figures Monday night to show state school officials how the district arrived at its unaccredited status and what it is doing to win its accreditation back.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander, an Army veteran, says he’s resuming two political battles close to his heart.

One would make it easier for Missouri voters to cast early ballots – an unsuccessful quest by several of Kander’s predecessors – while the second would reinstate ethics and campaign restrictions to curb the power of lobbyists and special interests.

Youth Orchestra teaches much more than music

Nov 11, 2013
Steven Jarvi St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra
St. Louis Symphony

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Yo-Yo Ma sat in with the St. Louis Symphony’s Youth Orchestra during a recent visit.

Ostensibly, the famed cellist was to share his expertise with his instrument and the deciphering of the language that is classical music with some of St. Louis’ most accomplished young musicians. Here was the opportunity for these young performers to glean insight into pitch or orchestration, concepts of dexterity or tidbits of timing, thoughts of theme.

Kelvin Adams St. Louis Public Schools superintendent
Dale Singer | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Filing into a second-grade classroom at Oak Hill Elementary School, Kelvin Adams and others settled into child-sized seats at the back of the room to watch students play a guessing game. They quickly became the object of the kids’ curiosity.

The students were asked: Which one of the visitors – including a reporter and several employees of the St. Louis Public Schools along with Adams – is the superintendent, aka the “big cheese”?

Darcella Craven
Mary Delach Leonard | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Air Force veteran Lachelle Stevenson, 40, of Belleville is researching what it would take to open an after-school tutoring center.

“It’s a personal goal to own my own business,” said Stevenson who attended a workshop last week hosted by the St. Louis office of the Small Business Administration to learn about the nuts and bolts of business start-ups.

This article originally appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - If all goes according to plan, next year’s race for state auditor will feature candidates with decidedly different visions for the office.

Ted Drewes fire 11/10/13
Brent Jones | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - The only fire we’d ever like to hear associated with Ted Drewes would be an Atomic Fireball concrete.

But Sunday afternoon, St. Louis firetrucks were at the classic frozen custard stand on Chippewa. And they weren't getting orders to take back to the station.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - For a little more than a week, the Beacon has had a visitor from Moscow, the editor of a journal on journalism who also teaches at the university level there. Early in her stay I gave her a list of possible music I would like that we could hear on Friday night: The Arianna String Quartet, “Faust” at Winter Opera, Mozart at the Symphony and Alabama at the Fox. She didn’t hesitate: Alabama.

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

Equality and inequality came into sharp focus in the news this week.

In Illinois, same sex couples won marriage equality. While the symbolic significance is sizable, the legal impact is unclear. Illinois already recognizes civil unions, and the federal government already is adjusting its regulations in light of the Supreme Court ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act.

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