Best of Beacon for week of April 2
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 April 2.
Picking up the pieces
Nearly one month after the Leap Day Tornado, you can trace the path of destruction through the southern part of Harrisburg, Ill., by following the blue tarps on damaged roofs. While many victims have begun to rebuild, recovery is coming much slower for the low-income and uninsured. On Monday, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced additional assistance from the state.
As Harrisburg residents recover from the Leap Day tornado without FEMA assistance, disaster experts question what it means for other America’s towns facing future disasters.
Cold War redux
President Barack Obama’s gaffe about arms control and Russia got the publicity, but the most time-sensitive issue is whether concerns over Russia's foreign human rights record will affect the debate on legislation to boost U.S. trade with Russia.
Taking care of business
Capital Innovators, a local business accelerator, introduces Demo Day where startups woo investors. Their projects ranged from an online restaurant reservation system to a sports-themed social media platform.
For young professional transplants to the St. Louis area, the most perplexing question may not be “Where did you go to high school?” Instead, it may be asking themselves, “Who am I going to hang out with after work?”
With a new name, new chairman and new source of money, the Midwest Hub Commission is proceeding with its effort to reinvigorate the effort to transform Lambert Airport into an international cargo hub.
If Catholic seminaries hung signs indicating vacancies, the signs at many U.S. seminaries this Easter would read “full.” St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has been especially active and innovative in encouraging vocations.
Artists and their art
"David Halen is one of St. Louis' musical treasures ... David is a collaborator, par excellence, working with many musicians in many genres," says Paul Reuter of the Sheldon Arts Foundation. Halen is also lauded for finding ways to introduce the newer and younger member of the Symphony to St. Louis.
In curating the Pulitzer Foundation’s “In the Still Epiphany,” artist and curator Gedi Sibony found many pause-in-the-daily routine moments in works ranging from 5050 B.C. through 1966.
In an outlying building of a metal works facility in the heart of South City, the kind of place where a band can get loud, for hours at a time, you can find six band members remixing old and creating new. The group fused ska and funk into their rock’n’roll.
The New World
St. Louis' Bosnian population has always been complex, as is the country its members come from. The majority are Muslim, but people of other religions who identify more as Serbian or Croation are also part of it. Ending old divisions and bringing people together are on the minds of several Bosnian Americans we talked with.
St. Louis’ Grand Center will soon have another reason to call itself grand. The International Photography Hall of Fame (IPHF) is moving to the district.
For six intensive weeks, men who want to reconnect with their children work with a program at the Fathers' Support Center. One group also got to pick up cameras and capture moments with their children.