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Best of the Beacon for week of April 9

In Region

6:03 pm on Fri, 04.13.12

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 9.

Play ball

Cardinal Nation is ready to party with the champs on opening day

Longtime Cardinals fans aren’t letting a few high-profile departures from last year’s championship team get them down. They’re buying jerseys with new names and getting ready to celebrate last season’s wild postseason ride at Friday’s home opener. They’ve already coined a slogan for the new season: “Twelve in ’12.”

After the fall

Lawmakers could study Missouri Employers Mutual to determine next steps

Former Gov. Roger Wilson’s crime isn’t likely to spark a push to privatize Missouri Employers Mutual Insurance Co., a provider of workers’ compensation insurance. But it may give a push to legislation to set up a committee to evaluate MEM.

Roger Wilson
Roger Wilson

Federal crime blights career of once popular politician

Legally, the federal crime committed by former Gov. Roger Wilson may mean little. But in terms of his political career and image, it changes everything. He pleaded guilty Thursday afternoon.

Budget blues

'Trojan horse' or 'bold and exciting'? Ryan budget is a lightning rod

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama called it “a Trojan horse” hiding “social Darwinism.” GOP contender Mitt Romney praised it as “bold and exciting.” The House-passed budget of Rep. Paul Ryan has emerged as a lightning rod in political debate.

With clock ticking, Missouri General Assembly eyes unfinished priorities

With a month to go, the Missouri legislature is gearing up for the home stretch of the session. With plenty of work unresolved, the next few weeks could prove critical for moving major bills across the finish line.

Russia House

Two decades after Cold War, crosscurrents complicate U.S.-Russia relations

WASHINGTON – Hollywood clichés, Cold War relics, social unrest and geopolitical posturing are spinning in the cross-currents as once-and-future Russian president Vladimir Putin prepares to return to power in Moscow next month.

Coming of Age

'Senior-friendly' emergency rooms for an aging population

The elderly are among the biggest users of emergency rooms. Some doctors say too little has been done to make their visits comfortable. One physician says the answer is to set aside space inside ERs to accommodate the growing number of seniors.

Pomp and circumstance

Mike Peters
Mike Peters

Remembrance of commencements past can be hazy at best

If you remember who spoke at your college graduation, you probably have a better memory than most. Choosing a speaker for graduation can be a tricky business, and you definitely cannot please all of the people all of the time.

Start me up

Growing a biotech hub: a tale of three cities

San Diego, Boston and San Francisco are leaders in the biotech industry. What can our region learn from the coastal giants?

Read all about it

Take Five: Author with Asperger's finds niche in 'Finding Kansas' book tour

St. Louisan Aaron Likens, who has struggled with Asperger’s all his life, is now touring the country raising autism awareness and promoting his book, “Finding Kansas: Living and Decoding Asperger’s Syndrome.”

On the road

Weekending: Spring comes to the Shawnee National Forest

The Shawnee National Forest is a treasure for all nature lovers. The Garden of the Gods may be the best-known feature of the Shawnee National Forest of southern Illinois, but it's just one of the many special treats in the vast region  that displays the best that nature has to offer.

Voices

Commentary: Controlling the Loop may make it less appealing

The recent violence in the Loop is regrettable but not surprising. But there is no perfect solution to the problem of controlling large numbers of young people without destroying the Loop’s reputation for openness and acceptance.

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Conference of American nuns will mull response to Vatican charges

In Nation

7:55 am on Fri, 08.03.12

Meeting in St. Louis next week, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious will have its first opportunity as an assembled group to consider what to do after the Vatican issued a mandate for change this spring. It calls on the conference to reorganize and more strictly observe church teachings.

The 'free' Zoo

In Commentary

7:51 am on Tue, 05.22.12

When a family of four goes to the St. Louis Zoo, they can be forgiven for not knowing it will cost them $60, $72 if they park. If they can't pay, the alternative is to tell the kids they can't do what kids do at the zoo.

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House sends Boeing incentive bill to Nixon

In Economy

12:55 pm on Fri, 12.06.13

The Missouri House easily passed legislation aimed at attracting production of the 777x, a move that wraps up a legislative special session that saw little suspense and few surprises. The bill now goes to Gov. Jay Nixon, who has strongly supported the legislation.

Gandhi inspired Mandela on South Africa's 'Long Road to Freedom'

In World

10:10 am on Fri, 12.06.13

Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at the age of 95, was a towering moral figure of the 20th century -- along with Mahatma Gandhi. It was no coincidence that Gandhi and Mandela, whose paths never crossed directly, both embarked on their campaigns against discrimination in South Africa. It was when Mandela won election as South Africa’s first black president that Gandhi's influence became apparent.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

Encore: Dead before death

In Performing Arts

12:58 am on Fri, 12.06.13

For years , the author was certain he would never come to appreciate The Grateful Dead, let alone be a Deadhead. But little by little, he's come around. He talks about his conversion and relates a real evolution: by a musician who went on to play with the Schwag, a Dead cover band.

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Schlichter honored with St. Louis Award

In Region

4:57 pm on Tue, 12.03.13

The attorney has founded Arch Grants, which brings together nonprofit philanthropy and commercially viable opportunitiesto fund new business startups, and Mentor St. Louis, which finds adult mentors for elementary students in the St. Louis Public School System. He was the driving force behind the state's historic tax credit program.

BioGenerator sets open house to celebrate new digs for entrepreneurs-in-residence

In InnovationSTL

12:29 pm on Tue, 11.12.13

BioSTL's BioGenerator organization is on the move as its entrepreneurs-in-residence find a new home in 4,300 square feet of office and conference space in an old automobile factory. The blossoming program, which helps BioGenerator's portfolio companies to get off the ground, continues to pay dividends within the growing biotech community.

Ambassadors aim to soften rough landing for St. Louis immigrants

In InnovationSTL

6:34 am on Fri, 11.08.13

The St. Louis Mosaic Project is set to hold an orientation for its new ambassadors -- dozens of foreign and native-born volunteers who aim to help make the community a more welcoming place for those from other nations. Participants will be expected to do everything from visiting local restaurants serving international cuisine to having dinner with an immigrant to the area.

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Regina Carter brings jazz and therapy to Children's Hospital

6:36 am on Mon, 12.09.13

One night, the violinist is taking bows before a standing ovation at Jazz at the Bistro. The next afternoon, some of her audience may have trouble standing, but the kids in the playroom at Children's Hospital were no less appreciative. “Jazz is medicine personified," according to a doctor who brings in the jazz musicians.

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