Best of the Beacon, for week of April 23
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 23.
Ameren is backing an effort by Westinghouse to win a federal grant for development of small modular reactors -- a product that could help the Missouri economy. But opponents of nuclear energy say the smaller reactors pose some of the same problems that large ones do.
U.S. Rep. Todd Akin’s penchant for comparing federal programs to “stage-three socialism’’ has caught the attention of President Barack Obama, who told college students Wednesday in Iowa that the congressman’s remarks — in reference to student loans — were “a new way to go off the deep end.”
Missouri’s major candidates for the U.S. Senate have been sparring the last couple days on a number of different issues, big and small, that may not attract much public attention at the moment – but likely will be featured in TV ads a few months from now. The chief issue: the candidates' judgment.
Although more than 140 initiative-petition proposals were approved for circulation to collect the needed signatures, few — if any — are in a position to make it on the November ballot because of a flurry of lawsuits.
Stamp of approval
On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate passed sweeping changes to the U.S. Postal Service by 62 to 37, including an amendment from U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., to provide for a citizens' advocate to represent the public in postal closures. Tuesday, the Senate passed an amendment from U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., to make it harder to close rural post offices.
Americans could mail a letter, buy stamps and make a savings deposit if the United States re-established postal savings accounts — financial tools popular around the world. The suggestion comes from a Princeton professor who will speak Thursday.
People are talking
Lindsey Swanick announced earlier this year that she would retire from the St. Louis County Parks Department April 30. She spoke with the Beacon earlier this week to discuss her career and the challenges that face the parks system.
Her latest novel is about three women on the lam in North Carolina and the lion that changes their lives. Though she's best known as a screenwriter, Ephron said she knew from the dream that started it all that this story would be a book.
If you’re intimidated by Shakespeare’s language, twisted plots and numerous characters, “Othello” offers the ideal opportunity to bond with the Bard.
Missouri’s annual medical costs are projected to double in a decade. But the state can contain this expense and improve quality by changing the way health care is delivered, says a study commissioned by the Missouri Foundation for Health.
Women in black
Two hundred years ago, three Catholic women from Maryland teaching on the Kentucky frontier lamented the lack of education for girls. They wound up founding the Sisters of Loretto, who founded Nerinx Hall and Webster College.
Call it a mini-odyssey following Judge Nothing that wound up encompassing six events, at five venues across four counties. Along the way are detours through St. Charles, pizza and drinks in Alton, and any number of musical misadventures.