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Change St. Louis City Hall - by putting change off

In Commentary

12:50 am on Tue, 11.19.13

Proposals to reduce the power of the board of Estimate and Apportionment and/or to make some "county" offices appointive should learn from the successful campaign to reduce the size of the Board of Aldermen. Change that takes effect 10 years down the road does not seem to benefit or hurt existing officeholders.

Maybe not Veolia, but city needs a way to evaluate departments

In Commentary

6:02 am on Wed, 11.06.13

The longer bureaus operate the more staid they become. They are turf protective and resist encroachment by other agencies. Bureaucratic tasks need periodic examination to see whether goals are met in the most effective manner. A partial solution at least is to establish an evaluator unit within the city’s administration.

U.S. institutions are primed for deadlock

In Commentary

6:35 am on Tue, 10.15.13

Can't figure out how what appears to be a minority -- a very vocal minority -- has led to the government shutdown? Here's a look at how the federal system was designed to be weak -- and a note that deadlock obviously does not have to happen.

New nihilists would send government over the cliff

In Commentary

6:02 am on Wed, 09.25.13

Tea party adherents reject debt and governmental activism without specifying what functions government should perform and why. Government becomes a scapegoat, standing in for change that threatens traditional values and practices.

The failed history of nullification

In Commentary

12:07 am on Wed, 09.04.13

The Missouri Legislature is expected to override Gov. Jay Nixon's veto of a bill that would make enforcement of federal gun laws illegal in Missouri, Political scientist Lana Stein looks at the history of states' attempts to exempt themselves from federal laws and the growing influence of the tea party movement.

Detroit: Lessons from the abyss

In Commentary

6:59 am on Tue, 07.23.13

A look at how Detroit went from the fourth largest city in the United States to the largest municipality to file for bankruptcy. Reliance on one industry and the flight to the suburbs or those who could afford to go are keys.

Does the Supreme Court look at facts or values?

In Commentary

12:27 am on Mon, 07.01.13

A person’s experience and beliefs play a part in the decisions made, if even if the person is a federal judges and justices who weigh the constitutionality of state and federal laws. And those who rely on "original intent" do not have hard-and-fast rules to choose from.

St. Louis is not Detroit

In Commentary

6:40 am on Tue, 06.04.13

As someone who knows both areas, Stein says St. Louis never fell as far as Detroit, which "does not have the neighborhoods that St. Louis has. It does not have integrated, stable areas; and it lacks the neighborhood commercial areas St. Louisans enjoy."

Drawing red lines -- remember, sand shifts

In Commentary

12:56 am on Tue, 05.07.13

We deal with many nations of less prominence whose cultures and history we do not fully comprehend. We may issue our warnings but leaders who view us as a paper tiger greet them with derision.

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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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