William Lacy Clay

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    November 24, 2014

    Grand Jury Decision on Darren Wilson Investigation To Be Released Monday

    St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch will announce the results of the grand jury's investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown Monday. The prosecutor's office released this terse statement Monday afternoon: "The Grand Jury hearing the Michael Brown/Darren Wilson investigat ... More >>

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    October 30, 2014

    Tef Poe: The Democratic Party Is Failing Us

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from the St. Louis area. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magaz ... More >>

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    March 26, 2014

    Missouri's D.C. Representatives Fight for Corporate Right to Put God in Your Uterus

    The Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday in the Hobby Lobby case that seeks to answer the question of whether a corporation can restrict a woman's access to health care on religious grounds -- and not a single Missouri representative in Washington has spoken out against it. Hobby Lobby, a r ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Tuffy Gessling The Clown Gets Support From Texas Rep., Glenn Beck, Many Online Fans

    Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the Missouri State Fair controversy, has developed a large online following, as we noted earlier this week. Turns out, his celebrity was only just beginning and has since skyrocketed -- in the last few days earning him praise from high-profile pundits ... More >>

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    August 14, 2013

    Missouri State Fair Scandal: Boonville Schools to Hire Investigator, NAACP Wants DOJ Action

    It's been four days since the controversial performance of a Missouri State Fair rodeo clown dressed as Obama -- but the condemning statements and the calls for investigations continue to roll in. Yesterday, we reported that Mark Ficken, the announcer during the stunt who alleges he was not behind ... More >>

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    August 13, 2013

    Missouri State Fair Clown Tuffy Gessling Gets Huge Online Following After Obama Mask Stunt

    Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown who put on an Obama mask at the Missouri State Fair and delivered a performance that has sparked a national outcry, has developed a large following of online defenders from all over the country. As of last night, Gessling has added about 500 new Facebook friends on hi ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    Stand Your Ground: Dick Durbin Pressures Anheuser-Busch, Corporate Backers of ALEC

    Does Anheuser-Busch support controversial "stand your ground" laws? That's a question Illinois Senator Dick Durbin, a Democrat, is asking this week in advance of planned Senate hearings on these gun laws recently thrust into the spotlight with the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who sho ... More >>

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    July 29, 2013

    St. Louis Fast Food Workers Walk Off the Job (Again)

    St. Louis fast-food workers are walking off the job Monday, July 29, in a 24-hour strike to protest low wages. Headed by STL735 ("Can't survive on $7.35"), around 100 workers from McDonald's, Wendy's, Burger King, White Castle, Jimmy John's, Papa Johns, Arby's and more are expected to strike this af ... More >>

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    July 19, 2013

    Trayvon Martin Rally: Protesters Draw Connection to St. Louis Police Dept. Debates

    Tempers -- like the temperature -- have remained high since the trial of George Zimmerman, the Florida man who shot and killed Trayvon Martin, ended over the weekend in a not guilty verdict. On Sunday, protesters rallied in St. Louis and yesterday, more than a hundred gathered once again in front of ... More >>

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    November 5, 2012

    The Pros and Cons of "Local Control," a.k.a. Prop A

    All right, Missourians! What should we do about "local control" of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, also known as Proposition A?Advocates of the measure insist that the current system of oversight -- under which the cops ultimately answer to a board appointed by the governor -- is a sha ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Todd Akin's Greatest Hits -- Coming Soon to a Mailbox Near You!

    Forget Mitt Romney's "binders full of women." The joke will be totally passe by next week. But Todd Akin -- now that is a gift to Democrats that keeps on giving. From his explanation of "legitimate rape" to his complaint that his opponent Claire McCaskill was not sufficiently "ladylike" during their ... More >>

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    August 2, 2012

    Odds Stacked Against Black Candidates, According to Some Operatives

    If black candidates do not win these elections, where the odds are stacked against them, St. Louis, a city that is roughly 50 percent African American, will have no black representatives in Congress, the Missouri Senate or in the state House.

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    June 28, 2012
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    February 27, 2012

    William Lacy Clay Shares "Most Liberal" Ranking

    The public policy magazine National Journal released its annual rankings reflecting the most liberal- and conservative-voting politicians last Friday, and two Missouri lawmakers earned slots that make for interesting discussion. Rep. William Lacy Clay, who represents parts of St. Louis and north S ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Your Weekly St. Louis Bestseller List

    Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending February 12, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. It was a fine week on the bestseller list for St ... More >>

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    October 31, 2011

    St. Louis Wins World Series, Barbecue, Dr. Pepper, "Irish" Nachos, More

    Screenshot: www.nolanryanbeef.comNolan Ryan wouldn't have smiled so broadly if he'd known how this World Series would end.​St. Louis didn't just win the World Series on Friday night. The Cardinals' victory ensured that the city would collect on friendly wagers with counterparts in the Dallas-Fort ... More >>

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    August 18, 2011
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    May 31, 2011

    Russ Carnahan Honored by St. Louis Firefighters

    Carnahan (with Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr.) will soon be adding an axe to his tool shed.​We can officially say it now: Representative Russ Carnahan is getting the axe. What? Don't we have to wait for the 2012 elections for the fallout from redistricting -- when Missouri's shrinking population ... More >>

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    May 9, 2011

    Rematch for Ed Martin and Russ Carnahan?

    Carnahan v. Martin: Once more with feeling?​Ed Martin announced today that he's running for Congress in Missouri's newly reconfigured 2nd Congressional District. Last November, the Republican with strong ties to the Tea Party lost a close race against incumbent Democrat Russ Carnahan for the 3rd C ... More >>

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    April 28, 2011
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    March 31, 2011

    Missouri Redistricting Map Kills Carnahan's District, Favors Republicans

    Photo: Chad GarrisonRuss Carnahan just had the rug pulled out from under him.​Yesterday state representative John Diehl (R - Town & Country) proposed the first redistricting map for Missouri following the 2010 Census. Due to faster growth elsewhere in the nation, Missouri is to lose a congress ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    St. Louis Suburbs Shockingly Happy, Gallup Says

    Is Todd Akin your congressman? If so, you're probably pretty happy. ​The city of St. Louis may be a crime-ridden abyss. But our west-county suburbs ... whooboy, are they another story!That's latest from pollster Gallup, which (unlike those Daily Beast polls proclaiming random cities the "fattest" ... More >>

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    December 22, 2010

    And Then There Were Eight: Missouri Loses Congressional Seat

    ​Question: What do Arizona, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington, Tennessee and Maryland have in common? Answer: They're all states that either matched or eclipsed Missouri in electoral clout yesterday. That's right, Mizzourah. By dropping one electoral seat as a result of the new censu ... More >>

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    December 20, 2010

    "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" Is Dead. How Did Our Congresspeople Vote?

    ​Unless you've been hiding out under a rock, you probably heard that Saturday, the Senate followed the House in voting to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." DADT, signed into law in 1993 by President Bill Clinton, was meant to be a compromise on allowing lesbian, gay and bisexual soldiers to serve in ... More >>

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    July 21, 2009

    Documentary Looks to Change Life on St. Louis Streets Cunningham interviews a woman with HIV in Hood ChroniclesA trailer to the documentary Hood Chronicles begins with these disturbing 2008 crime statistics for St. Louis: 4,345 assaults, 2,634 robberies and 167 homicides. Not mentioned -- but implied -- throughou ... More >>

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    January 2, 2009

    Forget Dying for the Pro-Life Cause. Let's Send Postcards Instead!

    In November St. Louis' archdiocesan administrator, Bishop Robert Hermann, made headlines when he told church clergy: "I think any bishop here would consider it a privilege to die tomorrow to bring about an end to abortion." The bishop went on: "If we are willing to die tomorrow, then we should be w ... 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 14, 2008
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    August 30, 2006

    All Aboard!

    Unreal gets the first crack at the new 'Link. Plus, Bill McClellan takes pride in "his band," and being named one of the nation's angriest cities really pisses us off. Grr.

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    November 16, 2005

    Irons in the Fire

    Critical audits zero in on Vashon's storied basketball program

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    October 26, 2005

    L Is for L. Ron

    The state approves a tutoring program linked to Scientology, and everybody cries foul

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    August 11, 2004

    All Aboard!

    We get political with Kerry and Dean, feel the bite of a "Mad Dog" and discover something amazing about Prius ownership. Plus, confidential to Unreal readers: Parking downtown is easy!

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    April 14, 2004


    Week of April 14, 2004

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    October 9, 2002

    Base Motives

    It's lonely at the top for Talent and Carnahan

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    August 14, 2002

    St. Hatchet

    Callow still feared despite backing another loser

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    August 14, 2002

    Dixie Chicken

    Racial appeals of last week's primary are reminders of St. Louis' Southern streak

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    July 17, 2002

    Numbers Game

    Tax exemption for fat cats is the only issue Shrewsbury and Krewson won't talk about

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    May 2, 2001

    Bully on the Block

    The Humane Society stands in the way of a grant that could step up spay-and-neuter efforts in St. Louis

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    April 18, 2001


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    February 21, 2001

    White Fright

    The race for mayor is, once again, all about race

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    November 15, 2000

    Slimin' the City

    When it comes to Election Day problems in St. Louis, the politicians' rhetoric doesn't match the reality

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    August 2, 2000

    A Primary Primer from a Bad Attitude Guy

    Published the week of August 2-8, 2000

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    June 7, 2000

    The Albatross

    St. Louis has a long and tortured history with the Admiral, home of the President Casino, but the city is about to gamble another $3 million to keep it afloat. It's a risky bet.

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    June 23, 1999
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    June 9, 1999
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    March 3, 1999
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    February 10, 1999

    The Rainmaker

    Public-relations pro Jeff Rainford helped end a 27-year drought in the St. Louis school- desegregation case, but he's still bothered by the bucket of cold water Mayor Clarence Harmon threw on the victory celebration

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    January 13, 1999

    The Privileged Class

    As a Feb. 2 reckoning approaches for city voters and schools, an escape clause surfaces for Ladue

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    December 9, 1998

    Inhumane Society

    St. Louis scores failing grades on a report card of compliance with the U.N.'s Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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    November 25, 1998

    Alarm Clock

    With the implementation of term limits just four years away, Missouri Pro-Vote is looking for a few good men and women to consider entering politics

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