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Kathleen McLaughlin

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    September 18, 2008
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    August 13, 2008
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    August 6, 2008
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    July 2, 2008
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    June 26, 2008

    City's Graffiti Bill Tagged as Too Harsh

    Relax, spray paint buyers. Anti-graffiti Alderwoman Donna Baringer has backed off regulating purchases of the stuff.

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    June 20, 2008

    Alleged Copia Fire Starter Nabbed

    An ex-employee of Copia Urban Winery and Market, the Washington Avenue dining spot that was lost in an early-morning blaze last December, faces federal arson charges. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced the indictment this morning against 26-year-old Gilbert Summers, a "back bar" worker who ... More >>

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    June 20, 2008

    Alleged Copia Fire Starter Nabbed

    An ex-employee of Copia Urban Winery and Market, the Washington Avenue dining spot that was lost in an early-morning blaze last December, faces federal arson charges. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced the indictment this morning against 26-year-old Gilbert Summers, a "back bar" worker who ha ... More >>

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    May 23, 2008

    Paul McKee's Yard-Maintenance Update: Mow Your Own Lawn, Mister!

    Ever play red light, green light? The manner in which a plan to mow Paul McKee's lawns on the public dime is unfolding sounds a bit like that playground game. First Marvin Steele, a construction businessman who is working with the north-side community organization Better Family Life, tells me th ... More >>

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    May 20, 2008

    Q&A with Mark McKinney of Kids In The Hall

    Thanks to the writers' strike, the Canadian sketch-comedy troupe The Kids in the Hall is on tour for the first time in six years. As stars of an eponymous television show that aired on HBO from 1989 to 1995, the Kids bestowed upon cable-watching American geeks and potheads such characters as Buddy C ... More >>

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    May 20, 2008

    Update: Mow Your Lawn, Mister McKee?

    Use federal money to put teenagers to work on nuisance properties in north St. Louis? Mayor Francis Slay gave the idea a "thumbs up" back in March, when Congressman William "Lacy" Clay obtained a $536,000 federal earmark to create 300 summer jobs, to be administered through the St. Louis Agency on ... More >>

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    April 16, 2008
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    April 10, 2008

    Los Angeles Times Borrows a Page from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Retraction Playbook

    I got a link earlier this week from St. Louis Post-Dispatch managing editor Pam Maples, alerting me to the fact that the Los Angeles Times has apologized again for its Tupac murder story and -- literally this time -- retratcted it. Last week I wrote wrote about a major correction published by the ... More >>

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    April 4, 2008

    Post-Dispatch Easter Resurrection Retraction: Regret the Error Blogger's Take

    Craig Silverman, editor of the Web site Regret the Error and author of a book by the same name, got back to me this afternoon about the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's March 30 retraction, which I posted about here. This past Sunday the paper ran a detailed correction and apology for a story it had pub ... More >>

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    March 27, 2008

    Top Pinball Players Head to Vegas; Local Action Heats up April 5

    I didn't make it to the Pink Galleon over the weekend to try my hand at the new Wheel of Fortune pinball game, but my guess is that John Miller, a.k.a. "JR," still holds the high score. As of Thursday afternoon, that was about 258 million. Miller says he had a good strategy think that day on his wa ... More >>

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    February 27, 2008
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    February 22, 2008

    Stroke Sidelines Urban Planning Commando/Blogger Steve Patterson

    Steve Patterson, a prolific urban-planning blogger, is recovering from a stroke. Patterson, who's 40 years old, suffered the stroke while at home in his Locust Street loft on February 1. He didn't make it to the hospital until fourteen hours later; a friend who'd been trying to reach him suspected s ... More >>

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    February 21, 2008
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    February 14, 2008

    The Naked and the Dead: Body Worlds Meets Life Class

    Everywhere Body Worlds goes, people debate the ethics of plasticizing and displaying human bodies. Is it a sideshow, or is it education? As was the case with Body Worlds 3 at the Saint Louis Science Center, the curiosity factor wins. Thousands of people stroll past the flayed corpses displayed in ac ... More >>

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    January 30, 2008

    The Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command Wants You

    There are fourteen men from Missouri whom members of the AMVETS Post 55 in Bel-Ridge are trying to bring home. Each of the men died or was presumed dead at least 37 years ago. They were killed in action, or died in prison camps in Korea, were shot down over Vietnam or lost at sea in World War II. Th ... More >>

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    January 21, 2008

    Landmarks Association: Lammert Building, Here We Come

    Two weeks ago I reported that Landmarks Association of St. Louis was scrambling to secure funding for a new downtown space it has planned, Architecture St. Louis. The project’s main underwriter, Larry Cohn, had pledged $500,000. He even wrote a check for a portion of that sum, but the check bounce ... More >>

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    January 7, 2008

    Bridge of Size

    A scant few months after the Interstate 35 bridge collapsed in Minneapolis, crews closed one of St. Louis’ own aged spans: Jefferson Avenue between Highway 40 and Chouteau Avenue. The bridge, built in 1911, crossed several rail lines, including MetroLink. It also made Jefferson Avenue an easy nor ... More >>

  • News

    December 5, 2007

    Hold Your Fire

    Readers sound off on policing of the internet, the Catholic church and Wash. U.

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    November 19, 2007

    Gargoyle Tasering: The Buzz Lingers

    Early last week, the buzz around Washington University was the concert that ended after campus police were called in to deal with an apparently intoxicated student who was refusing to leave the building. A show by the mash-up artist Girl Talk was taking place at the Gargoyle, Wash U's student-run co ... More >>

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    November 15, 2007
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    October 31, 2007

    This Week's Issue

    Kathleen McLaughlin spends some time in O'Fallon, Missouri, and finds a city in turmoil. Unreal uncovers love letters from coworkers to Ray Hartmann in addition to the usual antics. Cupcake connoisseur Ian Froeb tells us about this issue's food-related items on Gut Check. For a band with t ... More >>

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    October 17, 2007

    E-mail Thread of the Day

    We're pleased to bring you the first in an occasional series of genuine e-mail exchanges between RFT staffers and the wonderful world. As with most e-mail threads, you'll have to read from the bottom to best follow this exchange with publicity agent Stacey Wechsler... www.techrepublic.comFrom: Sta ... More >>

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    October 16, 2007

    Churches Coax Paul McKee Out of Hiding

    A whole lot of people in north St. Louis know who Paul McKee is, but not many have made his acquaintance. The publicity-shy McKee has acquired hundreds of lots and buildings in the neighborhoods of Old North St. Louis, St. Louis Place and JeffVanderLou. But much to his neighbors’ consternation, h ... More >>

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    October 3, 2007

    Danger Lurks

    From the city's sidewalks to the NFL.

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    September 19, 2007

    This Week's Issue

    Malcolm Gay investigates Chinese exile mystery novelist -- and St. Louis County resident -- Qiu Xiaolong. Advocates for the disabled tell Kathleen McLaughlin why the Missouri Department of Transportation needs to be reprimanded. Unreal chats with Miss Nursing Home '07, two soapbox racers an ... More >>

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    September 18, 2007

    Pro-Vote Redux: Hickey Answers Back

    I wrote a post yesterday about former employees of a union-backed group called the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition who say the organization's executive director, John Hickey, thwarted their own attempt to organize. Today Hickey responded to my request for comment, saying, "Pro-Vote's state boar ... More >>

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    September 17, 2007

    Pro-Vote: Progressive? Yes. Union? No.

    Each fall John Hickey, executive director of the Missouri Progressive Vote Coalition, hands out awards to people and organizations that have worked for liberal causes. This year the awards will go to Democratic state senator Jolie Justus, the fair-housing group ACORN, United Auto Workers and the re ... More >>

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    August 31, 2007

    Dan Horkheimer: "He Loved the Community"

    Dan Horkheimer liked the exhibit tabs on his legal documents spaced exactly one inch apart. He could speak German and Mandarin Chinese and was learning Spanish and Bosnian. He helped drive a neighbor boy to school. He lived with his wife in the north-side neighborhood of St. Louis Place. That's ... More >>

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    August 31, 2007

    Forum on Paul McKee's North-Side Doings Devolves into Name-Calling

    There were no hoops when local pols gathered at Vashon High School, just trash talk. Thursday night's forum on developer Paul McKee Jr.'s north-side properties was a time for declarations. Fifth Ward Alderwoman April Ford-Griffin warmed up the crowd with these lines: "We will not live with public ... More >>

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    August 21, 2007

    Cold Comfort

    Who hasn't visited the Saint Louis Zoo on a hot summer afternoon and felt a little sorry for the polar bears? Make that polar bear. Hope's the only one left. Churchill and Penny died in 2005. www.mo.gov A local whistle blower tipped the animal-activist group People for the Ethical Treatment of ... More >>

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    August 21, 2007

    Cold Comfort, Part 2

    The Saint Louis Zoo called back, in the person of spokeswoman Janet Powell, who tells us she might comment at a later date about today's announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture that the zoo has been fined $7,500 in connection with the 2005 deaths of two polar bears, Churchill and ... More >>

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    August 16, 2007

    Jerk Pork

    In this week's RFT my colleague Kathleen McLaughlin files a report on De Palm Tree owner Easton Romer's recent run-in with the police in Overland. You can -- and should -- read it right here. -Ian Froeb

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    August 15, 2007

    Come Back, My Little Chickadee

    Readers adore their birds, books and Emmylou Harris.

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    August 8, 2007

    Thanks for the Memories

    Bookworms bore through "Steal Das Book"

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    July 11, 2007

    Vegetarian -- With Soul

    source: www.asiarecipe.com Tofu 'que? Last weekend I was halfway through the best barbeque sandwich I've ever eaten when Juhari's proprietress Mariquita Daniels asked, "How'd we do?" How could I express my amazement at the wizardry that had turned tofu into soul food? The tofu had been cut ... More >>

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    July 10, 2007

    Turn Your Crank

    Bikes with no gears (and sometimes no brakes) are all the rage among college students and post-college hipsters. If you've seen them, you might have thought at first that someone ripped all the cabling off an old Schwinn ten-speed. Nope. These are "fixies." Fixed-gear bikes lack the freewheel mecha ... More >>

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    June 26, 2007

    The Softy Side of Paul McKee

    Developer Paul McKee Jr., who's at the center of controversy on the north side of St. Louis, is reluctant to reveal himself. He has accumulated vast holdings but declines to expound to neighbors on his plans and responded to media inquiries only through written statements. Now that Riverfront Time ... More >>

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    June 7, 2007

    Here Come the Ticks!

    www.mylifeisbeer.com, www.wwhd.orgNot that Lone Star, this Lone StarA surge in tick-borne illness and the death of a child in northeastern Missouri have prompted the Department of Health and Senior Services to issue a warning to the public and the medical community. The Lone Star tick, which is pre ... More >>

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    June 5, 2007

    Just Do It

    Running is often celebrated for its sublime simplicity. All you need is a pair of shoes and a lung. That's easy to forget when a runner's world is awash in GPS devices, those things Nike makes to link your stride to your iPod and chip-timed 10K's. Want to return to the halcyon days before you knew ... More >>

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    June 5, 2007

    Just Do It

    Running is often celebrated for its sublime simplicity. All you need is a pair of shoes and a lung. That's easy to forget when a runner's world is awash in GPS devices, those things Nike makes to link your stride to your iPod and chip-timed 10K's. Want to return to the halcyon days before you knew ... More >>

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    May 18, 2007

    Test-Drive Your Highway 40 Detour

    When it comes to navigating your way around the looming reconstruction of Highway 40/Interstate 64, Google Maps probably won't offer much help. So the minds at the Missouri Department of Transportation give us: Map My Trip. MoDOT promises its online mapping tool won't steer you to the Broadway ... More >>

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    May 15, 2007

    MO Midwifery Bill Lives

    Sen. John Loudon, the Chesterfield Republican who tricked the Missouri Legislature into voting to legalize midwifery, knew exactly why I was calling this morning. When I spoke with Loudon on Friday afternoon for this blog post, he said Democratic senator Chuck Graham of Columbia had successfully bl ... More >>

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    May 11, 2007

    MO Midwifery Bill: Stillborn Again

    Advocates of home birthing will not likely see passage of a bill legalizing midwifery this year, but they're counting the current legislative session as the most successful to date. That's mainly due to maneuvering by Sen. John Loudon, a Chesterfield Republican who twice brought up the bill, SB303, ... More >>

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