Best of the Beacon for week of June 11
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 June 11.
Happy Father's Day
DeShawn Bell has known Cbabi Bayoc since college. One of her prized possessions was a charcoal drawing he did of DeShawn and her mother. Now, along with many others, the only friend is part of his year-long project highlighting black fatherhood. And that has meant a new piece of Bayoc art.
Millions of American fathers are looking forward to their special day of bad ties, burned toast and extra helpings of love. But the local family man who’s known for depicting black fatherhood in his “365 Days with Dad” series?” Not so much.
Caring, persistent, complicated. Those are just some of the words sources in the Public Insight Network used to describe their fathers. Ahead of Father’s Day, the Beacon asked readers to describe their fathers in a one word. Then we asked them to go further, first to explain why they chose that particular word, and then share an important lesson they learned from their fathers. Here are some of the responses we received.
What voters want
St. Louis residents say the economy matters, but the question is whether the issue will drive voting — or change minds — in November. No matter what the economy, though, Republicans now have an advantage in Missouri, say political scientists.
WASHINGTON – If Congress can’t come up with a deficit deal, $1 trillion in automatic cuts over nine years – sequestration – is scheduled for January. If it happens, Missouri’s defense industry would be hurt as sequestration’s biggest hits would strike Pentagon spending. But that’s a big “if,” given that few in Washington believe that $500 billion in across-the-board Pentagon cuts make much sense.
WASHINGTON – Congress set up a national flood insurance program in 1969 to help homeowners in flood-prone areas. But now the program is fiscally unsustainable, say critics. Congress has put off significant reform.
After sponsoring an earlier discussion on how to help students raise money to pay for college, this session looked at the other side of the equation: how to keep rising college costs under control. Panelists said improved technology, courses aimed at increasing graduates' value in the workplace and programs that give students credit for what they already know will help.
Coming of Age
Families play many roles in the lives of seniors, from confidant and friend to caregiver. Many families experience several roles over time.
Even before the Supreme Court rules on the Affordable Care Act, at least three major insurers have promised to protect some of the law's popular provisions. But it remains unclear if all major insurers in Missouri will make similar commitments.
Raise the roof
The legacy of the Arena's architect, Gustel R. Kiewett, lives on in some of St. Louis' historic structures such as Ladue Middle School, St. Elizabeth Academy and Lutheran South High School. The Beacon Festival offers a way to learn more about the style and the man
The Eyes have it
Flashback to the late '80s and the stuff of legend: Schaerer, charismatic frontman of The Eyes, rides up to the front of the venue on his motorcycle, disembarks, walks through the audience to the stage, then climbs to the top of the PA stack. The crowd, as they say, goes wild.