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  • Applied Pressure

    published December 7, 2005

    Every year in St. Louis County, on the fourth Monday in August, more than one thousand properties are placed on the auction block. County revenue... More >>

  • Suit Monger

    published November 30, 2005

    Back in the 1970s, fancying himself a photographer, Lonnie Snelling purchased a Polaroid from an acquaintance and began shooting portraits and... More >>

  • Masterpiece Theatre

    published November 16, 2005

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  • Irons in the Fire

    published November 16, 2005

    On the opening day of school last year, Verona Bowers was forced to sign her first check as the new principal of Vashon High School. She had no... More >>

  • L Is for L. Ron

    published October 26, 2005

    In July 2003, a nonprofit called Applied Scholastics International opened a spanking-new headquarters on 55 acres in Spanish Lake. Among those who... More >>

  • The Gang That Couldn't Dress Straight

    published October 12, 2005

    Franklin Delano Morris spent a lifetime working without a net, but he always managed to land on his feet -- that is, until six months ago. The... More >>

  • Power Serve

    published October 5, 2005

    Fanny Scholl puts on her game face long before the first pitch at Busch Stadium. There she is, at every Cardinals home game, setting up her small,... More >>

  • Fire Proof

    published September 7, 2005

    On November 15, 2001, fifteen-year-old Zachary Kemper raked leaves with his dad and his dad's gay lover at his grandmother's home in O'Fallon. All... More >>

  • Metro Messy

    published August 3, 2005

    Larry Salci steps onto MetroLink's Emerson Park platform in East St. Louis and pats the silk handkerchief in his chest pocket. With his shimmering... More >>

  • Glass Act

    published August 3, 2005

    Something mighty peculiar happened at the St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office last month. That's when prominent St. Louis defense attorney Joel... More >>

  • Mysterious Departure

    published July 20, 2005

    A roomful of folks hoisted glasses at Bar Italia last week to toast Denise Lieberman, the St. Louis civil rights attorney known about town for her... More >>

  • Francis the Blogger

    published July 20, 2005

    Some mayors employ wily spokesmen who can land even the dullest of messages on a newspaper's front page. Others are quote-masters, with reporters... More >>

  • Current Event

    published July 13, 2005

    Many consider southwest St. Louis, with its fish-stocked lakes, clay-paved sidewalks and 100-plus acres of parkland, one of the city's plushest... More >>

  • Cocky to the Core

    published June 22, 2005

    Twenty hours left to finish the special effects for a Pontiac television commercial, and Jason Stamp has one pack of Parliaments to get him... More >>

  • That Old Black Magic

    published June 15, 2005

    The modest brick homes and landscaped lawns of Green Acres look like fine places to settle. Nestled within Bellefontaine Neighbors in north St.... More >>

  • The Chase Is Still the Place

    published June 1, 2005

    Candace O'Connor's new book, Meet Me in the Lobby: The Story of Harold Koplar and the Chase Park Plaza, makes it more than clear that the... More >>

  • Ain't No Sunshine

    published May 4, 2005

    The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has a new policy concerning public records: Let the sun shine on some. The stance came to... More >>

  • The Old Chuckaroo

    published April 27, 2005

    On the Ides of March in 1989, Charles H. "Chuck" Norman paid $42,500 for a roomful of crypts nestled between a chapel and a hallway at the Calvary... More >>

  • The Case of the Stained Glass Bandit

    published April 27, 2005

    Electronics, firearms, jewelry -- the stuff of south St. Louis burglary reports is pretty standard stuff. "When you start seeing windows, it's... More >>

  • The Gang That Couldn't Puke Straight

    published April 6, 2005

    Shortly after 9 p.m. on February 11, Zoran Brkovic descended into the basement of his south-city brick bungalow and noticed something awry. The... More >>

  • Something Fishy

    published March 16, 2005

    A fringe of February ice clings to a riverbank along the Mississippi, tiny frozen tapestries fanning out from the concrete ramp. Stroking his... More >>

  • Slay Bells Ring

    published March 9, 2005

    Francis Slay's campaign hacks reluctantly agreed to allow a Riverfront Times writer to bird-dog the mayor, albeit briefly, during his... More >>

  • Red Letter Day

    published February 16, 2005

    Amy Hilgemann returned to her south-side home one evening last month to find an ominous letter awaiting her. A man had come to the door at... More >>

  • Flower Power

    published January 26, 2005

    Tom Croat's hands are thick as steaks and streaked with scratches. Mushrooms of bulbous flesh cap the fingers of his deformed left hand, the... More >>

  • Taking It to the MAC

    published January 12, 2005

    Men's clubs were de rigueur when the Missouri Athletic Club (MAC) opened its doors in downtown St. Louis back in 1903. A cross between a gym and a... More >>

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