Best of the Beacon for week of March 26
We at the Beacon hope that you take a look at us every day, but we also know that that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we'll be highlighting some of the top stories of the week. Here are Beacon must-reads from the week of March 26.
Affordable Care Act
The difficulties the court had with the issue only underlined the liberals' view that the court was encroaching on the role of Congress in refashioning what parts of the law might survive.
President Barack Obama's health-care law ran into skeptical questions Tuesday from conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court. Legal experts in St. Louis said it was foolish to conclude that the law would be struck down.
Monday the U.S. Supreme Court held the first of three days of oral arguments in the health-care case. The issue was whether the U.S. Supreme Court has jurisdiction to hear the case before the individual mandate takes effect.
In the pipeline
WASHINGTON – The Keystone XL pipeline may get all the attention, but the $2.8 billion expansion of the "Flanagan South" route carrying Canadian oil through Missouri and Illinois has a more immediate impact on the two states, officials say.
Some manufacturers in Missouri and Illinois want the federal government to "level the playing field" by imposing punitive tariffs on subsidized Chinese goods. But other firms complain that such "anti-dumping" tariffs would raise prices and hurt their businesses.
By the end of this week, leaders of the stymied effort to transform Lambert St. Louis International Airport into an international cargo hub hope to have their mission back on track.
Area voters go to the polls Tuesday to elect new mayors and council members and consider tax increases for school districts. St. Louis County voters will vote on a bond issue to improve court facilities.
Coming of age
Census data show that 47,000 Missourians aged 59-64 were uninsured from 2008 and 2010. They are 12 percent of those in that age group -- the victims of layoffs, downsizing and jobs with no health benefits. Many wait to be rescued by Medicare.
As they begin to crawl out of the recession, local art gallery owners are getting creative not only in their exhibitions but also with their business plans.
Jeff Locheed looks back on almost 24 years of creating the wild and crazy venue at Pestalozzi and Lemp. The musical memories are almost as colorful as the mosaics that glitter throughout a patio that keeps expanding.
Blast from the past
From assassinations to demonstrations, the chronicler of that period said it was a time of “a rolling global thunderstorm," comparable to the American Revolution, when authority was seen to lose its legitimacy.
Columnist M. W. Guzy writes that from the moment the story broke, Florida’s so-called “Stand Your Ground” law has been cited as the reason the shooter could not be prosecuted. That's not really the case.