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Old North honored for smart growth

In Out & About

7:39 am on Mon, 12.26.11

The community, which is anchored by Crown Candy Kitchen, was one of five communities nationwide singled out by the Environmental Protection Agency for using "smart growth to become dynamic places to live, work, and play." As Sean Thomas,

Celebrations mark seven principles of Kwanzaa

In Out & About

7:00 am on Mon, 12.26.11

Kwanzaa means celebrating the feast of the harvest in the African tradition before the dry season. The seven-day celebration honors unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and

Arts note: St. Charles ArtWalk calling for artists

In Out & About

11:09 am on Wed, 12.21.11

St. Charles Riverfront Arts is seeking submissions for its April 27-29 Spring ArtWalk featuring juried artists from across the St. Louis area for the event at the north end of Historic Main Street. Feb. 1 is the deadline for submitting work

Party 'arty' on New Year's Eve

In Out & About

7:00 am on Wed, 12.21.11

The options for celebrating the New Year are almost endless, starting with First Night in Grand Center, but we decided to look at ways a person could plant a New Year's Eve kiss on his or her sweetheart surrounded by works of art. We found

Be their guest for Fox's 'Beauty and the Beast'

In Out & About

7:00 am on Tue, 12.20.11

When musical theater is at its best, the number of times you've seen a work doesn't matter. The audience is transported to another time and place, and the songs are old friends that make mental melodies at random times. "Beauty and the Beast"

Awards celebrate African culture

In Out & About

7:00 am on Fri, 12.16.11

The St. Louis African Arts Festival, which began in 1991, has been bringing cultural activities and a marketplace to the area annually ever since. On Sunday night, the organization will recognize those who have served its mission well: John A.

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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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