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  • 2006 - Arizona Press Club Awards, published June 30, 2005

    "S#&t Storm"

2002 Stories by Bruce Rushton

Archives: 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999
  • Behind Closed Doors

    published December 25, 2002

    Cheryl Rafert didn't think it would be a big deal when she asked the Missouri Department of Corrections for a copy of its execution policies and... More >>

  • Standard of Care

    published December 18, 2002

    The taqueria on Collinsville Road at the outskirts of Fairmont City, Illinois, would have trouble accommodating more than a dozen diners. Potholes... More >>

  • Odd Ducks

    published November 27, 2002

    The ducks appear minutes before sunset.A half-hour ago, there was only the odd duck -- a mallard here, a widgeon there. Flying high and... More >>

  • Teflon Tiller

    published October 30, 2002

    For residents of the neighborhood just north of the Edward Jones Dome, Salama's Market is the closest place to pick up a gallon of milk, a loaf of... More >>

  • Déjà Vu

    published October 23, 2002

    Mark Lamping signaled the endgame to the Cardinals' quest for a new downtown stadium more than two years ago, but most people weren't... More >>

  • Double Cross

    published October 9, 2002

    Martyrdom is hard work.First, send out press releases and post fliers around town. Next, build crosses from scrap lumber. Then plan... More >>

  • Sucker-Punched

    published September 18, 2002

    Award Video wasn't the kind of place people patronized with pride.Open for more than a dozen years, the High Ridge porn emporium catered... More >>

  • Zen and the Art of Evasion

    published August 7, 2002

    Arthur T. Reed was helping out in a storeroom at the St. Louis workhouse in May when he caught Robert Mason, a jailhouse inventory coordinator,... More >>

  • Serial Tiller

    published July 24, 2002

    Get close enough, and you can follow your nose to John Gary Tiller.The stench of cigars hits as soon as the elevator door opens on the... More >>

  • The Master

    published July 3, 2002

    Trying to appear immersed in his own thoughts, the gynecologist from Arkansas keeps just within earshot as the old man expounds on colors in the... More >>

  • Squeal Like a Pig

    published June 12, 2002

    As far as Leonard Sylcox was concerned, his supervisor, Stephen Miller, was a real pain in the ass.Consider the time Sylcox and Miller... More >>

  • Father Hood

    published June 12, 2002

    When David Richardson's lawyer presented him with a $2,000 settlement offer in a civil lawsuit, Richardson did the only thing that made sense to... More >>

  • House of Cards

    published May 22, 2002

    Now that Missouri lawmakers have rejected a stadium subsidy for the St. Louis Cardinals, it's time to see the color of Illinois money.Downtown... More >>

  • Location, Location, Location

    published May 8, 2002

    DeWitts have always been picky about ballparks.Thirty-six years ago, William O. DeWitt, then owner of the Cincinnati Reds, refused to sign a... More >>

  • Wild Card

    published May 1, 2002

    Don't worry, the lobbyists and lawyers say.If taxpayers subsidize a new stadium for the St. Louis Cardinals, the team promises to repay the... More >>

  • Dead Man Voting

    published April 24, 2002

    Though he came closer than any Republican mayoral candidate in more than a generation, Jerry Wamser wasn't exactly surprised when he lost in 1981... More >>

  • A League of Their Own

    published March 13, 2002

    Everything is ready.Two tubs of Gatorade -- one original recipe, the other orange -- sit on the first row of bleachers here at Versailles High... More >>

  • Getting What You Pay For

    published March 6, 2002

    Like a whole platoon of Capt. Renaults, Mayor Francis Slay and his henchmen professed to be shocked -- shocked -- to learn that the city... More >>

  • Empty Promises

    published February 20, 2002

    Locals say the lights always burn at Missouri's largest prison, a sprawling 210-acre complex on the outskirts of Bonne Terre. Scores of orange... More >>

  • Trust Us

    published January 2, 2002

    Never mind the recession. Never mind a $1 billion hole in the state budget. Never mind public opinion.State Rep. Jim Foley (D-St. Ann) thinks... More >>

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