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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.

Will Congress seek more transparency in government collection of phone data?

In Washington

12:57 am on Tue, 08.06.13

While this week's focus is on possible terrorist threats to U.S. installations abroad, Congress -- when it returns from recess -- seems likely to seek more transparency in government surveillance programs that officials say helps deter such terror. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., wants the NSA to disclose more information about its phone surveillance.

Missouri's senators frustrated by lack of progress in Congress

In Washington

6:51 am on Fri, 08.02.13

With Congress about to start its August recess, most high hopes for significant progress on big issues have been either dashed or dampened. Partisan bickering -- not to mention some disagreements within party factions – have blocked significant progress on many of Obama’s major goals, including gun legislation. Missouri's U.S. senators explain why.

Environmentalists, Corps, lawmakers differ on floodplain, river management

In Washington

12:14 am on Mon, 07.29.13

After the Great Flood of '93, river engineer Gerard E. Galloway's report and related studies suggested greater emphasis on "non-structural" solutions -- such as more floodplain limits and river access to wetlands -- over structural flood-control approaches such as levees. Many of those recommendations, though, have never been implemented. Second of two parts.

The Great Flood of '93: a watershed event for river history, flood policy

In Region

6:37 am on Thu, 07.25.13

The Great Flood of 1993 set all-time records for river levels in St. Louis and also became a watershed event for floodplain management, with some of the lessons learned from the deluge exerting influence far beyond the Midwest. What are the chances of a similar deluge striking again? And this time, is the region better prepared for the consequences? Part one of two.

Speech decrying partisanship gets partisan response

In Washington

5:00 pm on Wed, 07.24.13

President Barack Obama’s clarion call in Missouri and Illinois for lawmakers to put aside partisanship and help middle class Americans was met mostly by – no surprise – political partisanship as GOP lawmakers accused him of "pivoting" rather than focusing on the economy.

Despite military coup in Cairo, U.S. unlikely to freeze aid to Egypt

In Washington

6:59 am on Mon, 07.15.13

Even though U.S. law says that foreign aid should be cut off for countries whose governments are installed by a military coup, Missouri's senators are among what appears to be a majority of lawmakers on Capitol Hill that want to continue the $1.5 billion in annual U.S. aid to Egypt, whose president was removed this month. 

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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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