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Friday, March 30, 2012

The Big (Tobacco-Related) Threat to Missouri's Budget You've Probably Never Heard Of

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 2:45 PM

Is anybody in America more hospitable to small tobacco companies than the Show-Me State? Not only do we levy the lowest cigarette tax in the entire nation (a paltry 17 cents per pack).  Our legislature is the only one that forces Big Tobacco to cough up payments for smoking-related...

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Edward Irons: Shot and Killed by Police After Fleeing Traffic Stop

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Police attempted to pull over a car driven by Edward Irons, a 34-year-old black man, who was driving the wrong way down a one-way street at 10:30 p.m. last night in the Hamilton Heights neighborhood. According to the police report, Irons lost control of his car and crashed into...

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Andy Gammon's Body Found: Bridge Worker Fell Wednesday

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 9:07 AM

The body of carpenter Andy Gammon, 35, was found in the Mississippi River late yesterday by a diver. Gammon was still tethered to the aerial man lift that he was working on at the time of his fall. The St. Clair County Coroner's office will perform an autopsy.Gammon is...

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The Blues Go Down in Chitown -- Again

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 7:58 AM

The Curse of the United Center strikes again. Okay, as scary story, there-was-a-hook-on-the-car-door-handle material goes, the United Center's sinister ability to prevent St. Louis Blues victories isn't exactly grade A terrifying. But as team-headed-to-the-playoffs-considering-possible-matchups material goes, I'll tell you this: the United Center and the Chicago Blackhawks scare the living...

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Space Oddity: Amy E. Sklansky On The Super-Easy Art of Writing Picture Books

Posted By on Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Writing children's books appears simple enough, so simple that even a child can do it. Hell, even Stephen Colbert can do it. Just a few rhymes on a page, a few drawings (preferably by somebody else) -- voila! You have a book! "Lots of people think it's easy," says...

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Judge Michael Wolff Enters Health Care Debate

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 1:10 PM

This morning's readers of The New York Times editorial pages who are interested in the current Supreme Court hearings on President Obama's health care bill might find themselves stumbling over a letter to the editor penned by one of our city's finest wordsmiths. Michael A. Wolff, who delivered many...

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Teenage Girl Shot Last Night in Dutchtown South

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM

An unidentified 14-year-old black female and her 15-year-old black male friend were sitting in the 3900 block of Nebraska Avenue at 9 p.m. last night when two white males wearing black shirts began shouting at them. These men then drove off in a dark blue, four-door car.Twenty minutes later,...

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Del Taco Spaceship Will Now Serve Coffee & Burritos

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Last summer's architectural cause celebre, the midtown Del Taco building that looks Parliament's Mothership, was saved from the wrecking ball thanks to public outcry and the efforts of the Housing, Urban Development and Zoning Aldermanic Committee. At the time, building owner Rick Yackey was pushing for demolition because he...

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Mario Moore: St. Louis Homicide No. 21: Shot in the Back in the Ville

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Mario Moore, a 25-year-old black male, was found down on the street in the 5300 block of Cote Brilliante yesterday around 11:45 a.m. He'd been shot in the back, but was still alive. Moore was transported to an area hospital, and was later pronounced dead. Police have no suspects...

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Birther Bill Gains Initial Approval in Missouri House -- Are You Shitting Me?

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Representative Lyle Rowland (R-Cedarcreek) successfully moved his "birther" bill through its initial reading in the Missouri House of Representatives yesterday. The bill (HB1046, read it here)  would require any presidential or vice presidential candidate to prove via birth certificate and a sworn oath that they are an American citizen...

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