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  • 2014 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published September 10, 2013

    "Becoming Riff Raff"

  • 2012 - Southern California Journalism Awards/LA Press Club, published December 1, 2011

    "Bud Bundy, Original Gangsta"

  • 2007 - Salute to Excellence Awards/National Association of Black Journalists

    "Ace of Spaides"

  • 2006 - Salute to Excellence Awards/National Association of Black Journalists, published September 14, 2005

    "Rap vs. Rapture"

2003 Stories by Ben Westhoff

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  • Fishing With Dynamite

    published December 31, 2003

    Fishing is hip. No, seriously, it is. Witness ESPN's hot new 29-year-old bass-fishing color analyst Ish Monroe, who just happens to be black.... More >>

  • Hockey 101

    published December 24, 2003

    FRI 12/26 Hockey is one of the most expensive sports your kid can choose to pursue (preceded only by polo, which requires a horse or... More >>

  • Frankie's Plan

    published December 17, 2003

    SAT 12/20 Did you know that St. Louis played a pivotal role in the civil-rights struggles of the '60s? There were hundreds of locals... More >>

  • Love the Gun You're With

    published December 10, 2003

    Concealed-carry proponent Greg Jeffery fondly recalls the first time he went hunting, back in 1986: He traveled to Audrain County, just north of... More >>

  • City Circus Cabaret

    published December 10, 2003

    Those of you who weren't around before 1932 might not know too much about vaudeville. No, it's not a shantytown in Iowa where French people are... More >>

  • Blues & Boobs

    published December 3, 2003

    TUES 12/9 Waitresses in tight tops and short skirts, fried food and violence-as-sport: This extra-manly stop for the St. Louis Blues... More >>

  • Warsaw Pact House

    published December 3, 2003

    The St. Louis Bosnian community is clustered in south city but stretches all over the metro area. Culturally, it reaches even farther, absorbing... More >>

  • Literary Heroes

    published November 26, 2003

    The toy market has changed drastically in recent years. Whereas toys were once marketed only to kids, these days toy manufacturers are aware of --... More >>

  • No More Funny Business!

    published November 12, 2003

    It's game seven of the American League Championship Series. The Yankees and Red Sox are tied at five in the ninth inning. And yet the ground floor... More >>

  • Hollywood Homies

    published October 22, 2003

    How do you make Toronto look like St. Louis? And why would you want to?Bob Gale, University City native and writer of the Back to the Future... More >>

  • Fierce Scrums, Dirty Bums

    published October 22, 2003

    SAT 10/25 Football is for wusses. Not only was the American pastime derived from its superior predecessor, rubgy, but additions like... More >>

  • Cut the Castration Scene

    published October 15, 2003

    Dean Kemper figured he had a great idea for Halloween. Rather than come up with just another haunted house that charges folks ten or fifteen bucks... More >>

  • Can You Get a Witness?

    published October 8, 2003

    It's not easy being a conservative mouthpiece on a liberal college campus. "We've had stacks of our papers thrown away, our flyers ripped down,... More >>

  • NPR's Sleeper Awakens

    published October 8, 2003

    SAT 10/11 Arguably National Public Radio's fifth biggest celebrity (Garrison "I'm a folking genius!" Keillor, Car Talkers Tom... More >>

  • Lost in Paradise

    published October 8, 2003

    Modesto, California, is quite possibly the country's most fucked-up place. A beautiful seventeen-year-old girl, Marisa, once showed it to me. Over... More >>

  • They Lost It at the Movies

    published October 1, 2003

    Back in the mid-1960s, Harper Barnes took a vacation to Florence, Italy. He was, at the time, a graduate student in English at the University of... More >>

  • These You've Got to See

    published October 1, 2003

    Of the dozens of social guidance films screened for this article, the five below stand out as the funniest (for adults). Unfortunately, these... More >>

  • That Ain't Kibble

    published October 1, 2003

    SAT 10/4 If you think this is a Christopher Guest movie, you're barking up the wrong tree. This is the Purina Dog Chow Incredible Dog... More >>

  • No Wining

    published September 17, 2003

    SAT 9/20 The definition of a microbrewery is anything smaller than Anheuser-Busch, at least according to the Augusta Bottoms Beer... More >>

  • Burnt to a Crispus

    published September 10, 2003

    Crispus Attucks was a slave who later became the first American -- black or otherwise -- to die in the events leading to the Revolutionary War.... More >>

  • I Love the '80s

    published September 10, 2003

    TUES 9/16 In its last few appearances, Fontbonne University's "Cinema of Neglect" series has been a showcase for worthy films from... More >>

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