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    Wet birds do not fly at night. -- Ancient South Side proverb YOU DON'T HAVE TO GO HOME: Inspirations this week come from print sources, one quite close to home. In fact, it's the RFT! Time for navel-gazing! Now containing more restaurant data t...

    by Thomas Crone on May 19, 1999
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    Short Cuts

    BOEING, BOEING, GONE: When the St. Louis area's second-largest private employer is facing a business deal in which 5,000 local jobs are at stake, it's a big story. And when the only daily newspaper in town, in covering the story, takes provincialism ...

    by D.J. Wilson on May 19, 1999
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    Saving the Day for Corporate Welfare

    Which would you rather see the state of Missouri give greater priority? (A) A new program using tax credits to provide seed capital to startup businesses that otherwise might not get off the ground. (B) An existing program to give large comp...

    by Ray Hartmann on May 19, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    * Frenchman Richard Moureau upset Brit Terry Burrows in the European Window Cleaning Championship in Paris in March by wetting and streaklessly wiping three standard panes in 14.31 seconds. Moureau's time was very fast, but according to a Wall Street...

    by Chuck Shepherd on May 19, 1999
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    Letters to the Editor

    CHRISTIAN SOLDIER To the Editor: Congratulations to Melinda Roth for her cover story on Tim Dreste ("The Conviction of Tim Dreste," RFT, May 12). While Dreste was fined millions by an Oregon jury for threatening to murder local doctors, local...

    on May 19, 1999
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    Letters to the Editor

    NORTH BY NORTHWEST To the Editor: ... and Thomas Crone. Consider yourselves invited to my home in "tony" U. City for a tour of U. City and the western portions of St. Louis city, and to discuss how parochial and selfish so many of us are in de...

    on May 12, 1999
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    The Conviction of Tim Dreste - Tim Dreste's journey from Christian missionary to anti-abortion racketeer cost him a $6 million federal fine for his role in threatening to "kill, assault or do bodily harm" to abortion providers. But he isn't about to stop his crusade.

    It's downtime for Tim Dreste, here in these woods that are 57 paved miles, a long gravel road and three left-hand turns on a dirt road west of St. Louis. As he gingerly pries open the lid of the 3-foot-tall honey super, a whirl of maddened Carniolan ...

    by Melinda Roth on May 12, 1999
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    The Happy Human - Whether you're in school or a graduate, your ongoing education should include a lifelong course on you

    Know thyself. -- Inscription at the Delphic Oracle Honey, here come the new college graduates. Would you invite them in while I get out the trusty happiness-ometer? Let's warm up on Joe. He looks as if he could use an espresso. But first w...

    by Michael Kunz on May 12, 1999
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    Hit Parade

    The "alt-country marketing peg -- a respectable classification in rock music just a few short years ago -- has dulled to a whimper of late, and that's on a good day. Early stalwarts who helped define the genre -- Joe Henry, the Jayhawks, the Bottle R...

    by Thomas Crone on May 12, 1999
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    Short Cuts

    SAME DEPOSITS, LESS RETURN: Call it an irrational concept, but there once was a time when a company, at least a bank, could be judged by its assets. In the dictionary sense, that meant "all the entries on a balance sheet showing the entire resources ...

    by D.J. Wilson on May 12, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    * According to an April Associated Press report, the University of Illinois managed to find women to fill all 15 laboratory positions in which the only job is to sniff pig manure. They work three hours a week at $15 an hour attempting to recognize ce...

    by Chuck Shepherd on May 12, 1999
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    TWA: One Strike and You're Out

    It's countdown time at TWA again. The airline and its employees have entered the traditional 30-day "cooling-off" period provided by federal labor law, meaning that the National Mediation Board has thrown up its hands and set in motion the proce...

    by Ray Hartmann on May 12, 1999
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    Bidart and Life - Frank Bidart's poetry embodies life's beauty and horror

    When the poet Frank Bidart read at Washington University early this spring, it was a rare performance filled with emotional daring and intellectual challenge. Rather than affect the benign, distanced stance typical of the author on tour, Bidart embod...

    by Eddie Silva on May 5, 1999
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    Foul Ball - Whitey Herzog takes a vicious swing at money-driven modern baseball, where only the wealthy win -- and the fans always lose

    A lost tribe wandering in the baseball desert during the late 1970s -- a chronic noncontender suffering from 90-loss seasons, an eroding fan base and a fractious clubhouse -- the St. Louis Cardinals were led to the promised land of playoffs and 3 mil...

    by Cliff Froehlich on May 5, 1999
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    Original Gangsta - Legendary badass Stagger Lee, hailed in song by musicians everywhere, came to fame right here in St. Louis

    Stagger Lee was one mean motherfucker. Billy Lyons called him a cockeyed son-of-a-bitch, so Stagger shot him. Actually, Stagger shot Lyons over a political argument. See, Stagger was a Democrat, and in the late 19th century, Billy didn't go for no pa...

    by Randall Roberts on May 5, 1999
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    Hit Parade

    "Ray Lankford has more home runs than any other Cardinal, active or inactive." -- Charlie Tuna on WGNU (920 AM) last Friday THE SOUTH SIDE SHALL RISE AGAIN: Democracy, when it happens, is an interesting process to behold. Election days, of...

    by Thomas Crone on May 5, 1999
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    Short Cuts

    SILENCE TO THE STATE OF THE CITY: One barometer that network drones use to analyze a State of the Union address is how many times members of Congress are so moved by the speechifyin' that they spontaneously erupt into applause, interrupting the speec...

    by D.J. Wilson on May 5, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    * New Scientist magazine reported in April on how weaker males in two animal species end up fathering almost as many offspring as their studly competitors. Researcher Brian Preston told a conference in Newcastle, England, that strong rams get more se...

    by Chuck Shepherd on May 5, 1999
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    The Pro-Life Movement Strikes Again

    There's one little detail you might want to know about the raging bill before the Missouri Legislature to ban "partial-birth abortions." It isn't about "partial-birth abortions." Contrary to almost all media reports on the subject, the annua...

    by Ray Hartmann on May 5, 1999
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    Letters to the Editor

    HEALTHY SKEPTICISM To the Editor: The more I read of "Internal Bleeding" (RFT, April 28), the angrier I became. I personally was allowed to watch this transformation to "patient-focused care." Unfortunately, St. John's isn't the only St. ...

    on May 5, 1999
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