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2000 Stories by C.D. Stelzer

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  • After the Deluge

    published November 15, 2000

    Old-timers still call it Gumbo. It's a place where water and land mingle. The mingling yields the thick, dark muck that gave the place its name.... More >>

  • Down the Drain

    published September 20, 2000

    "You have to realize that I've irritated a lot of big contractors around town," says Tom Sullivan. "There are a lot of people who would not feel... More >>

  • Party Crashers

    published August 30, 2000

    On Oct. 11, 1992, about 600 people filled the Washington University fieldhouse for the first presidential debate of the campaign season. Students... More >>

  • Killer Campaign

    published August 16, 2000

    Speedy Rice went to Strasbourg, France, in December of 1997, armed with the idea of forming an anti-death-penalty alliance through the European... More >>

  • The Benetton Four

    published August 16, 2000

    Executing criminals has been a tradition of the Missouri criminal-justice system since the state joined the Union in 1821. County sheriffs... More >>

  • Collision Course

    published July 12, 2000

    Cars and trucks line the northbound lanes of Route 203 from the Interstate 55-70 exit ramp to the entrance of Gateway International Raceway, where... More >>

  • Embracing Sprawl

    published June 28, 2000

    It must have been an awkward moment for Sam Rauls, standing behind the podium, searching for words to convey his appreciation. The presiding... More >>

  • Getting Burned

    published June 21, 2000

    East of North Broadway, the back streets flood after a hard rain. Each low-lying avenue parallels, crosses or dead-ends at the Norfolk Southern... More >>

  • Cooler Alternatives

    published June 21, 2000

    Fire is by no means the only way of disposing of medical waste. As more hospitals scrap their incinerators, they have been forced to seek other... More >>

  • Promised Land

    published May 10, 2000

    People used to live here. Most came up from Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee. The town grew piecemeal, looking like so many nameless places... More >>

  • Raising the Stakes

    published May 10, 2000

    As Kinloch leaders fight to regain control of part of their city, they also acknowledge they've had recent discussions with a representative of... More >>

  • Doom Blooms

    published April 12, 2000

    David Hatcher Childress knows doom is a marketable product. On the evening of May 5, as the moon and five planets align, the Illinois bookstore... More >>

  • Something in the Way He Moves

    published March 22, 2000

    It is approaching midnight when Beatle Bob bounds down the stairs into the Duck Room at Blueberry Hill. Inside the University City club,... More >>

  • Howard's End

    published February 16, 2000

    Penny Overton, a young reporter for the Scottsdale (Ariz.) Tribune, found it difficult to believe when Gary Tredway told her he was living... More >>

  • Voodoo Engineering

    published February 9, 2000

    When Grafton, Ill., Mayor Bobbie Amburg married her husband 16 years ago, he assured her that his house, at the confluence of the Illinois and... More >>

  • Show Me E.T.

    published February 9, 2000

    There have been recent sightings in Iowa and New Hampshire, and, from now until November, the reports will only spread like a fungus on the body... More >>


    published January 26, 2000

    Up the rutted cinder track that winds by the deserted chemical plant, a deer forages among piles of concrete debris. Once this place teemed with... More >>

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