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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
Crystal City forges one hell of a deal.
Lawsuits fly as Crystal City residents try to stop construction of a pig iron production plant.
Week of August 28, 2002
Those who follow the way of the gun have their many reasons. Just ask them.