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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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    Internal Bleeding - St. John's Mercy Medical Center alienated their RNs when they turned to less experienced caregivers to save money. Now they're paying for it.

    It's morning in a sixth-floor hallway of St. John's Mercy Medical Center, and tray tables and housekeeping carts wait side by side like racehorses at the gate. Women in every imaginable version of a uniform mill about indistinguishably, each nametag ...

    by Jeannette Batz on April 28, 1999
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    Depth Charge - River diver Dennis Georges has one of the most dangerous jobs going -- and loves it

    Below the MacArthur Bridge, the new johnboat, a 24-footer, slips from its trailer and into the turbid Mississippi. After a few adjustments to the twin 70- horsepower Johnson outboards, the crew of three heads out into the river. Destination: the U.S....

    by Wm. Stage on April 28, 1999
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    Short Cuts

    EVEN THE INMATES HEAD TO THE BURBS: Gee, who knew this? The City Jail is old, really old, and in bad shape. Amid all the hand-wringing about how the 85-year-old jail is falling apart -- as if the court order 24 years ago to limit the jail population ...

    by D.J. Wilson on April 28, 1999
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    Hit Parade

    Crow, sporting a new short haircut and one of the toothiest smiles in show business, proved that she's not an ornament by alternating between electric and acoustic guitars and bass. -- The P-D's Joe Williams on Sheryl Crow APPETITE FOR DESTRUC...

    by Thomas Crone on April 28, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    * According to an April New York Times report, the purchase price in Japan of giant stag beetles has dropped recently to about $300 from a typical price in the early 1990s of about $6,000. The beetles, which resemble 4-inch-long cockroaches, are trad...

    by Chuck Shepherd on April 28, 1999
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    Revelations on Tragedy and the Young

    I came across a newspaper account last week of a government study "made in an effort to get at the causes of crime." Some of the conclusions weren't all that shocking. "Crime always has been and probably always will remain a problem of youth...

    by Ray Hartmann on April 28, 1999
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    Letters to the Editor

    GRAND SLAM To the Editor: Your story on Grand Center ("Grand Illusion," RFT, April 21) clarifies for me why this organization has been fighting efforts to reopen the Kiel Opera House. Grand Center has been at best marginally successful at ...

    on April 28, 1999
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    Sex Starved - For the sexual anorexic, scarred by psychic trauma, a controlled, loveless existence may be easier to bear than the thought of intimacy

    "We can hide with sex, we can hide from sex, but we cannot be fully ourselves sexually and hide." -- Patrick Carnes, Sexual Anorexia It's easy to mock the prim, tidy bachelor who stammers refusals; the disapproving spinster who wears a navy-blu...

    by Jeannette Batz on April 21, 1999
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    Grand Illusion - Ten years ago, Grand Center Inc. set out to create the region's "premier arts, entertainment and education district." They fixed the sidewalks and brought in the lights. It's a nice place to visit, but nobody stays.

    A walk through the Midtown district known as Grand Center is a lonely enterprise on a weekday afternoon. There are no people, not even a few friendly winos in the numerous empty lots. A dog chained to protect someone's notion of private property bark...

    by Eddie Silva on April 21, 1999
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    Hit Parade

    An animal that looks like a hot dog with buck teeth and a tail. A rodent that acts like a termite. A queen that bears all the babies. These are just a few things that make naked mole rats among the most fascinating animals in the world. -- St. L...

    by Thomas Crone on April 21, 1999
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    Short Cuts

    BOMBS AWAY: Depending on how you look at it, the building swap was a good deal for the city, or the city got screwed out of $450,000 and its workers got crapped on -- literally. On paper, the deal made sense; it even looked good for the city. Th...

    by D.J. Wilson on April 21, 1999
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    Wigged Out - Insurance-company evil comes in all sizes

    This is just a little matter, a pebble on the vast toxic-waste site that is the American insurance industry. But I think it says a lot about the way things are. A good friend of mine, a wonderful young woman named Ann Smith, is battling brea...

    by Ray Hartmann on April 21, 1999
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    Making the Scene

    Call it laziness, call it spring fever, call it a bad dose of pop culture clouding my senses, but the stacks of new video releases were getting even higher than usual. Some were worth my attention; some were worse than you can imagine (Spring Break U...

    by Robert Hunt on April 21, 1999
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    News of the Weird

    * England's Plymouth University announced in March that it would offer an "academically rigorous" bachelor's degree in surfing beginning in September. The degree will be known formally as "surf science and technology" and will offer research opportun...

    by Chuck Shepherd on April 21, 1999
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