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Was Miles Davis' cool born in East St. Louis?

In Region

7:31 am on Fri, 08.24.12

This spring the U.S. postal service issued a stamp honoring Miles Davis. In light of this national recognition, we checked in at the places that claim Davis – Alton and East St. Louis – to see what is happening with plans to commemorate the jazz legend. Today: East St. Louis

Hometown recognition for Miles Davis is still kinda blue

In Performing Arts

7:58 am on Wed, 08.22.12

This spring the U.S. and French postal services issued a pair of stamps honoring Miles Davis and Edith Piaf. In light of this national recognition, we checked in at the places that claim Davis – Alton and East St. Louis – to see what is happening with plans in those cities to commemorate the jazz legend. Today: Alton

What makes Missy run

In Out & About

7:28 am on Mon, 05.14.12

We talk with a Lake Saint Louis woman who is 44 marathons into her goal of running in such a race in each of the 50 states. Missy Peters shares her routine and her motivation. She says she "can always find a million excuses not to run and have to find a million to run.”

'Prairie Lawyer' sculpture is a family affair

In Out & About

1:01 pm on Tue, 10.11.11

Sculptor John R. Frank had a vision of showing Abraham Lincoln "not as a super man, but as a common man." And the Lincoln Home National Historic Site agreed, asking Frank to turn a wood carving he had done into a bronze. But the sculptor died

'Give a Damn?' gets a boost

In Movies / TV

10:43 am on Wed, 09.14.11

The film, which tells the story of trying to live on $1.25 a day in the U.S. and Africa, won Best Documentary in the Stella Artois Cinema St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase competition. We check in with Dan Parris, David Peterka and Rob Lehr about

Brady concedes; budget problems still loom

In Elections

Updated at 2:05 pm on Fri, 11.05.10

The Illinois governor's race finally was settled Friday when Republican state Sen. Bill Brady conceded [1] his loss to incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn (left), whose margin of victory grew steadily after Tuesday night. Now, attention will turn from

Garden ornaments grew from a dream

In Region

4:00 am on Fri, 09.10.10

Once Charlotte and Daniel Ward left Chicago's north shore in 1993 to move to 103 acres surrounded by Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois to try to create weather-resistant English planters, there was no turning back -- come commercial

Grace Berger: Small town girl, big time model

In Out & About

6:00 am on Fri, 06.18.10

Grace Berger of Springfield, Ill., had to be persuaded to talk to a reporter. She's normally very happy to be in print, but as a model, not as the focus of an article. The high school senior doesn't want to draw attention to herself because of how

Ballerina prepares to leap off local stage

In Performing Arts

9:40 am on Tue, 05.18.10

Makensie Howe of Arnold has flourished at the Alexandra Ballet in Chesterfield. But teachers, family and Makensie agree the time is fast approaching when the 16 year old will have to go to a larger ballet company where she will be challenged

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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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