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2001 Stories by Elizabeth Vega

Archives: 2002 | 2001
  • This Is Holy Stuff

    published December 26, 2001

    By 11 p.m., the small, makeshift studio at Washington University is overflowing with students who are laughing and chatting, squeezing four at a... More >>

  • All Work and No Pray

    published December 19, 2001

    The Ford assembly plant in Hazelwood is a working-class world of pickup trucks, beer guts and 24-hour assembly lines, where deer season is sacred.... More >>

  • The Wright Stuff

    published November 28, 2001

    Pine Lawn Mayor Adrian Wright is rocking in his chair. This is no leisurely, grandfather-on-the-front-porch type of rocking. No, Wright's agitated... More >>

  • Feeding Frenzy

    published October 24, 2001

    Keith Conway's first lesson in backdoor politics came three days into his administration as mayor of Kinloch, when he got an uninvited visitor.... More >>

  • Buy and Swell

    published October 17, 2001

    Jack Prindable, a self-proclaimed rabble-rouser, is used to being on the receiving end of establishment ire. Members of the City Council in... More >>

  • Dead Wrong About Frank

    published September 12, 2001

    He was a well-built, 6-foot-tall social worker, and yet Jim Holland's arms ached from holding the flailing, angry 9-year-old boy. But he wasn't... More >>

  • When the Levy Breaks

    published August 8, 2001

    Standing at the corner of Fifth and Olive streets, the young woman is snappily dressed in khaki shorts, a white shirt emblazoned with "Downtown... More >>

  • "You Don't Just Grouch"

    published July 4, 2001

    On a warm summer day, the unmistakable stench of garbage and decay fills the air. Black flies, large as bumble bees, dive around old mattresses,... More >>

  • Wrecking Brawl

    published June 13, 2001

    On a clear March day in downtown St. Louis, young professionals and preservationists unfurled their signs, pulled out bullhorns and called the... More >>

  • On a Roll

    published May 9, 2001

    If it weren't for his accomplishments, Joe Edwards would be just another daydreamer. Sitting at a table in front of the picture windows of his... More >>

  • The Fire Down Below

    published April 18, 2001

    Robert Vickers heard it on the radio as he was pulling out of his driveway: "The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is dead."He stopped the car where... More >>

  • Bad Boys

    published March 14, 2001

    He was 26, married with children. She was 19, single and not interested. He kept paging her frequently. He followed her to a fast-food restaurant... More >>

  • Girl, Interrupted

    published February 28, 2001

    Anthony Bilbrey wished he were home. It didn't matter that he had just started his shift at 11 p.m. -- 10 hours of sleep during the day always... More >>

Archives: 2002 | 2001