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    Hit Parade

    "I'd like to go to the VP Fair this year, but I've run out of tank tops." -- KFNS' Frank Cusumano, evoking a provocative image LOVE SONGS: To hear Almus "Slim" Cox tell the story, he was an "Arkansas boy that they said wouldn't amount to nothin...

    by Thomas Crone on June 30, 1999
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    Letters to the Editor

    AIR FARCE To the Editor: As a 10-year veteran of the public-radio "industry," I have to say that I believe everything I read in "Air Force" (RFT, June 23). Because of the low pay, government subsidies and less-than-professional oversight by uni...

    on June 30, 1999
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    A Boondoggle for the Ages - Convention-hotel plan makes past fiascos look like genius

    Remember that sweet deal St. Louis made for itself by luring the Rams here, and how we shrewdly took advantage of owner Georgia Frontiere, who only got several hundred million dollars to grace us with one of the top 30 or so teams in pro football? ...

    by Ray Hartmann on June 30, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    * In April, the Unique Recoveries collection agency in Bombay, India, hired six eunuchs to go to the homes or offices of obstinate debtors to embarrass them into paying up by dancing around and threatening to lift their saris to expose their "genital...

    by Chuck Shepherd on June 30, 1999
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    Street Talk

    How Do You Think You Would Have Fared Had You Been Born the Opposite Gender? Bob Lombardo Artist/Director, North Gallery "Um, I am a woman. No, really, I probably would have had a cleaner kitchen I like to cook, but I don't like to clean. A...

    on June 23, 1999
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    Feature

    Noisemaker in hand, headphones on, Patty Bennett lifts her face in supplication to KWMU's superabsorbent industrial mic. NATO is bombing Serbia, but Bennett has other things on her mind. It's fund-drive week, and KWMU (90.7 FM) has 20 percent of i...

    on June 23, 1999
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    Suburban builders plan to construct dozens of pricey houses on former hazardous-waste sitesBY C.D. STELZER The rugged land has resisted development for a long time, so a rural atmosphere still clings to these verdant hills, despite the encroa...

    on June 23, 1999
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    Hartmann

    Sometimes the punishment fits the crime. Sometimes it doesn't. But when it comes to drunken-driving accidents that kill or disable someone, the punishment never but never fits the suffering of the victims and their families. This grim rea...

    on June 23, 1999
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    Hit Parade

    BY THOMAS CRONE "To say that rich people aren't socialists is absurd." Couch Potato, WGNU-AM HUZZAH! We focus our efforts in a new way this week the plain and simple imitation of other, more popular columns! We hope that their heavy reade...

    on June 23, 1999
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    Short Cuts

    OFF THE RAILS ON A CRAZY TRAIN: Lost in the bedlam of where MetroLink should go, how it should get there and who should have the final say on the route is why it was headed to Clayton in the first place. "Clayton is the second-largest employment c...

    on June 23, 1999
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    Guitars on Mars - Gary Lucas has performed with Captain Beefheart, Jeff Buckley, John Zorn and Allen Ginsberg. Now he's visiting St. Louis to perform alongside the silent film The Golem.

    Dive in headfirst. What follows is a resume of guitarist Gary Lucas. He's played with Leonard Bernstein, Lou Reed, Nick Cave, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, John Zorn, Future Sound of London, Matthew Sweet, Sophie B. Hawkins, Graham Parker, Dr. John, Adrian...

    by Randall Roberts on June 16, 1999
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    Bringing Down the House - Neighbors want to buy and fix it. A building inspector recommends saving it. And yet the Housing Authority insists on tearing down 5950 Enright. The story of a house -- and a city's demolition craze.

    Michael Lewis stares over at 5950 Enright Ave. and shakes his head ruefully. He's lived on Enright for 33 years, and most of the families he knows have been there at least 20. "That's the only Housing Authority house on this block," he says. "Wasn't ...

    by Jeannette Batz on June 16, 1999
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    Memory Lane - Defying danger and the forgetfulness of time, grieving families and friends are peppering Missouri's roadsides with shrines to loved ones killed in crashes

    "Three crosses on the right side of the road. Two small ones flanking a bigger one. The small ones are clapped-together wood. The one in the middle is white birch with a picture on it, a tiny photograph of the 17-year-old boy who lost control of his ...

    by Wm. Stage on June 16, 1999
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    Hit Parade

    "There's a skank thing going on there. It just doesn't work for me." -- KTRS-AM's Paul Harris on Pamela Anderson Lee WIGGED OUT: There was a time when Martin Luther King Boulevard was known as Franklin Avenue. At that time, a hub of activity wa...

    by Thomas Crone on June 16, 1999
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    Short Cuts

    HEY, IT WAS ONLY A SLOGAN: Just when you think the morning-radio airwaves can't get any worse, J.C. Corcoran gets hired. For those of you who want to avoid him, stay away from KTRS (550 AM). For those of you who love the guy, be ready to share him wi...

    by Eddie Silva on June 16, 1999
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    You Can't Take the "Me" Out of Metrolink

    It was announced this week that the Metrolink light-rail system is so popular that 35 new cars, each seating 138 passengers, will be added to relieve rush-hour congestion on the trains between Union Station and the suburbs. Oh, sorry. That would...

    by Ray Hartmann on June 16, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    * Professor Kevin Warwick of Reading (England) University told the Times of London in May that "several" firms had approached him about surgically implanting transponder microchips into their workers as a way of keeping track of their hours and where...

    by Chuck Shepherd on June 16, 1999
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    Letters to the Editor

    FATHER FIGURE To the Editor: Regarding "The Sacred and the Profane" (RFT, June 9), authored by D.J. Wilson: Just one question: How much is the airfare to the planet Kim Tucci lives on? Rita T. DeFilio To the Editor: I was somewha...

    on June 16, 1999
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    The Sacred & the Profane - Father Lawrence Biondi is praised for revamping the campus of St. Louis University and boosting its endowment. But the enemies he's made along the way claim that behind the fountains, statues and donations stands a Jesuit bully who's more interested in th

    Hundreds of St. Louis University students turned out on that balmy spring Wednesday in the quadrangle to carry signs, march in protest, chant derogatory rhyming refrains and listen to inflammatory speeches -- in short, to show that they were mighty u...

    by D.J. Wilson on June 9, 1999
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    Hit Parade

    "Sistergirl had gone through great lengths to buy that outfit the night of the Party, and thought she was the bomb. The Joan Rivers impersonator asked girlfriend had she found a compressor to squeeze her a** in that gear like a sardine in a tin can. ...

    by Thomas Crone on June 9, 1999
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