Ahti Vilppula made his millions in media and metals in Europe.It reads like the plot to a James Bond flick. New complaints added to a federal lawsuit in St. Louis suggest that a Finnish businessman with alleged ties to organized crime in Europe and the Middle East is attempting to gain control of ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergAll in his mine: Tom Kerr has big plans for his cave, but are they realistic?The Post-Dispatch follows up today on a topic Riverfront Times reported more than three years ago. The story revolves around Jim Kennedy and Tom Kerr. Both are developers who have grand ideas fo ... More >>
Pollution warnings outside the Herculaneum smelter.Well, so much for my monologue the other day. As ridiculous as it sounds for Missouri to provide tax incentives to a major polluter owned by a billionaire, state legislators went ahead Friday and approved a proposal to provide Doe Run with financ ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergOutside the Doe Run smelter in Herculaneum.The Herculaneum-based lead company, Doe Run, made news twice this week for two wildly different issues. On Tuesday, a trial began in St. Louis Circuit Court in which sixteen families from Herculaneum are suing Doe Run on claims ... More >>
A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge erred when he threw out a lawsuit filed by gadflies in Crystal City, the Missouri Court of Appeals said in an opinion released today.Jennifer SilverbergConcerned citizens rose up to fight a smelter in Crystal City -- and won one round today.The gadflies -- w ... More >>
Junkie's Bail Bonds presents...The bail bondsmen found their quarry June 5 in Soulard, a suspect wanted in Jefferson County for probation violation and jumping bail. The man also owed Junkie's Bail Bonds of Crystal City $225, and the bondsmen were going to make sure the suspect paid -- in more wa ... More >>
Mayor Schilly, meet Elliot Davis.For the past two-and-half years a group Crystal City residents have been waging an all-out war with City Hall over a controversial plan to build an iron-ore smelter in the Jefferson County town. The group Concerned Citizens for Crystal City (a.k.a. C4) is dead set ... More >>
A total eclipse of the sun.A Missouri judge overseeing a Sunshine Law claim has dismissed the lawsuit in a case that ultimately hinged on the identity of commenters to an online forum.In January 2007 a group of residents calling themselves Concerned Citizens for Crystal City (C4) filed suit again ... More >>
Crystal City Mayor Tom SchillyThe residents of Crystal City opposed to an iron-ore smelter in their community had one of their wishes come true last week. State Auditor Susan Montee finally released her audit of City Hall. The group Concerned Citizens for Crystal City (C4) org ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/cottergarageA Granite City sunrise.Parts of Madison County, Illinois, have the second-most poisonous air in the country, according to a new report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. Most alarming was one particular Granite City neighborhood, located near U.S. Steel Corp ... More >>
Organizers are planning two parties this weekend in an old sand mine outside Crystal City that they boast will be the best blowouts in many, many millennia. Greatest party since the Stone Age, they claim. Heading up the efforts is Tom Kerr, owner of the mine and a character who factored heavily in a ... More >>
Crystal City council members passed a conditional use permit Thursday that clears the way for a controversial iron-ore smelter in the Jefferson County town. Opponents of the smelter had hoped to thwart the project during the permitting process last week, but those efforts failed when the council vot ... More >>
The Crystal City Planning & Zoning Committee will hold a "special" meeting tonight ostensibly to discuss a controversial smelter project slated for construction in the Jefferson County municipality. The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall and is expected include a public comment session, al ... More >>
This just in from the Concerned Citizens for Crystal City (C4). Mining concern Wings Enterprises of Sullivan, Missouri, is moving forward with its plans to build a controversial iron-ore smelter in the Jefferson County town of Crystal City.On Thursday night, the Crystal City Planning and Zoning Boar ... More >>
In a unanimous decision, the Festus City Council agreed last night to sell its municipal airport to an investor group that plans to expand the facility's runway while also creating a mixed-use development on the property. The group of nearly 50 investors, calling themselves Citizens for Airport Econ ... More >>
Remember the controversy last year surrounding a proposed iron-ore smelter in Crystal City? I do, but then that's because I spent weeks journeying to Jefferson County to report on a citizens group's effort to derail the project despite the wishes of City Hall and developer Jim Kennedy of Wings Enter ... More >>
The Wall Street Journal reports today on the ongoing debate to bring an iron-ore smelter to Crystal City. Click image for a higher-resolution version. The story, "Jobs Unwanted," compares Crystal City to that of many factory towns looking to revive themselves as the nation’s economy transfo ... More >>
Residents of Crystal City couldn't keep their elected officials from approving a plan last December to bring an iron-ore smelter to their Jefferson County township. Yesterday many of those same residents expressed their continued disapproval for the project in the one place their opinions count: the ... More >>
Crystal City forges one hell of a deal.
Keegan Hamilton makes a stop on Waterford Crystal Drive in Dardenne Prairie, where lives were forever altered by cyberspace. There's a big stink in Crystal City over plans for an iron-ore smelter. Join Chad Garrison, and take a whiff. In the stirring documentary Joe Strummer: The Future Is Un ... More >>
Lawsuits fly as Crystal City residents try to stop construction of a pig iron production plant.
Meet the people who scrape up the most godawful messes in Missouri
The answer to Larry Bird's prayers for a white basketball savior might reside just off Highway 67 in Poplar Bluff
The year in review: A quiz (For answers, see last page)
John Chamis and other residents of lead-contaminated Herculaneum are tired of getting jerked around by regulators and by Doe Run. They're demanding answers -- and results.
Week of November 21, 2001
Cherokee Street is trying to reclaim its working-class heritage. But the power brokers have made their peace with poverty.
Suzy the Chimp is dead, her teenage killer faces charges and there's bad blood all around
A giant quarry and the world's largest cement kiln are being welcomed by Ste. Genevieve County. But the operation may leave St. Louis gasping for air.
The major news outlet for St. Louis' gay and lesbian community folds; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles
Crystal City golden boy Bill Bradley owns up to toking, then turns the tables on his inquisitors
Presidential candidate George W. Bush's campaign is raking in big bucks from St. Louis' wealthiest suburbs -- but those same donors are also ingratiating themselves with Democratic contenders
Radio Free St. Louis Goes to Jail; Ald Bauer, Get Your Ass Out of Town; The Crotchety Senator from Crystal City
One development at a time, Missouri has lost 87 percent of its wetlands. And that means more floods, more damage, more levees, more bucks. The story of one Supercenter and how progress comes at a price.