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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - When Cileia Miranda-Yuen first came to St. Louis from Brazil in 1999 to pursue a master’s degree at Webster University, her initial reaction to the area was less than positive.

“The first year I was here, I couldn’t wait to find a way out,” said the 47-year-old Clayton resident. “I was really not happy. I didn’t feel embraced. I felt judged.”

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Standard & Poor’s has informed St. Louis County that it has lost its AAA bond rating, a move that could prompt higher interest costs for the county in any bond issue – and force County Executive Charlie Dooley to drop any reference to the old rating in his campaign literature.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Art McCoy, superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant School District since July 2011, has been placed on administrative leave with pay by the district’s board because of "differences in focus and philosophy.”

In a statement from the district Thursday afternoon, board president Paul T. Morris said the action is not an indication of any wrongdoing on McCoy’s part.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - You will love Linda Mueller’s impossible worlds whether or not you know her intentions and process. They are delightful and bizarre. As part of the “Altered Reality” exhibit at PHD Gallery, Mueller skillfully combines multiple images to create still life constructions through magic called Photoshop.

Mark Brown
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Mark Brown, who owns Gateway Garlic Urban Farm in St. Louis and grows grains near Booneville, didn’t start out being against genetically modified organisms (GMOs). “I wasn’t anti-Monsanto,” he says. “I barely knew who they were.” 

He didn’t know he had bought anything from Monsanto until a letter came from the company after he bought GMO sweet corn from a third-party seed supplier that didn’t reveal its source.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Frustrated with a lack of information about why Ferguson-Florissant school superintendent Art McCoy was placed on administrative leave, a coalition of education advocates called Friday for a fuller explanation or the resignation of board members who voted for the move.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - More than a week after an aldermanic committee made funding changes, the St. Louis Board of Aldermen gave initial approval to legislation divvying up $16.7 million in federal block grants. The measure passed 17 to 8, with one abstention.

Charlie Dooley
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - In early December, just days after his 66th birthday, St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley plans to launch his bid for another four-year term.

Tentatively scheduled for Dec. 5, the kickoff is to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in the county’s new NorthPark development near Lambert St. Louis International Airport.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - The approval of same-sex marriage in Illinois Tuesday has some gay couples in Missouri already planning a June wedding across the river. But don’t book that venue just yet. Legal minds and advocacy groups are debating whether Missouri couples will be allowed to tie the knot next door.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - In her own words, St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones is trying to bring the city’s parking infrastructure from the 19th century into the 21st century. 

In a city with 10,000 metered parking spaces, accomplishing that task may seem daunting.

State Rep. Steve Webb, who is facing felony stealing charges as well as misdemeanor counts of campaign finance-related violations, has apparently changed his mind and won't resign from his post, as he had promised Democratic Party leaders.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - Pope Francis just might upstage an upcoming Saint Louis University symposium on the 2014 canonizations of two popes, John XXIII and John Paul II.

The session’s title is “On Earth As It Is In Heaven --The Canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II.” Its tagline, “The Church in the World Today,” opens the way to talk about Francis.

Todd Sivia
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - When Alton Tea Party co-organizer Rhonda Linders heard about 
Tuesday’s approval of same-sex marriage in Illinois, her first thoughts were about its religious implications.

“I believe marriage is between a man and a woman; that’s what it says in the Bible,” Linders said.

Marshall Cohen, right, with a recent graduate
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This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - For Marshall Cohen, the word dumbbell has two distinct meanings.

The exercise equipment played a big part in the success of Lift for Life gym, the weight-lifting mecca for inner-city kids that Cohen started 25 years ago to help provide hope for lives that often had little but despair. The gym spawned a charter school, Lift for Life Academy, one of the first in St. Louis.

Arts crowdfunding goes local with power2give.org

Nov 7, 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - It’s no secret that crowdfunding — raising money, usually via the Internet, by appealing to large groups of donors — is reshaping philanthropy. Such sites as Kickstarter have allowed entrepreneurs and artists to access funds that would have previously been unavailable to them.

Now, thanks to the Arts and Education Council, crowdfunding in St. Louis is going local.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - The people have spoken, and for the most part, they are not happy. For many Americans, the recent government shutdown was just one more reason for them to be dissatisfied.

Provided by Colin Murphy (left) and Kurt Ross

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Gay and lesbian couples in Illinois are celebrating after the General Assembly gave final approval Tuesday to same-sex marriage. But next door in Missouri, a constitutional amendment banning such marriages remains firmly in place.

When O'Fallon, Ill., resident Colin Murphy first got the news that state lawmakers had approved same-sex marriage, he texted his husband: “We’re legally married.”

Luke Ahrens
Thomas Crone | St. Louis Beacon | 2013

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - A few years back, Webster University launched a somewhat-aggressive marketing campaign, the ads essentially saying that students at the Webster Groves campus weren’t to be pigeonholed. If 17 years of teaching at the school of communications there has taught me anything, it’s that every-other kid studying that field is a musician of some sort, or a DJ, or otherwise involved in music. It’s downright striking, really, how many players in local indie bands, record store managers, KDHX interns and hip-hop DJs are grads of Webster’s School of Comm.

St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones
Jason Rosenbaum I St. Louis Public Radio

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - In her own words, St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones is trying to bring the city’s parking infrastructure from the 19th century into the 21st century. 

In a city with 10,000 metered parking spaces, accomplishing that task may seem daunting.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - A bid to disincorporate Uplands Park has failed. The north St. Louis County village will not become part of unincorporated St. Louis County.

For a few minutes on Tuesday, it appeared that Uplands Park was going to disincorporate. But that changed after St. Louis County updated its website.

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