Grand Pride Parade again open to police in uniform
Jun18

Grand Pride Parade again open to police in uniform

As they have for years, uniformed officers of the Metropolitan St. Louis Police Department will march in the annual Grand Pride Parade on June 30 downtown. That shouldn’t be news, but it is, after the Pride St. Louis board recently announced that they’d exclude uniformed police. After extensive discussion, Mayor Lyda Krewson announced on Tuesday that the group had relented. “I’ve been in ongoing conversations with Pride for a few...

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Equal access sought in sites for medical marijuana dispensaries
Jun17

Equal access sought in sites for medical marijuana dispensaries

ST. LOUIS – The sponsor of a bill regulating medical marijuana facilities in St. Louis says equal access for all will be a primary concern in situating dispensaries for that product. “What we want to do in the city of St. Louis is to create a framework that allows patients access to dispensaries,” 7th Ward Alderman Jack Coatar told the Board of Aldermen last week. “These are not liquor stores. These are not corner stores. These...

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Bill seeks new public vote, hoping to stop ward reduction
Jun17

Bill seeks new public vote, hoping to stop ward reduction

CITY HALL – To many, the question of whether to reduce the number of St. Louis wards to 14 from 28 seemed settled. But it returned to the Board of Aldermen last week, when black aldermen made impassioned pleas to put the question on the ballot one more time. “For some reason, people have framed an argument that 28 people is too much,” 22nd Ward Alderman Jeffrey Boyd said at the June 14 board meeting. He spoke in favor of a bill...

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St. Stephen’s picnic a blast for all ages
Jun17

St. Stephen’s picnic a blast for all ages

HOLLY HILLS – Once upon a time, Richard, Steven and Michael Gardner were happy kids riding the rides and laughing with friends at the annual picnic of St. Stephen Protomartyr Catholic Church. That should have ended when they graduated from the parish school in the 1970s, but it didn’t. During the 2019 picnic at the church last week, they hung out with family members and caught up with old classmates. They also watched the...

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Bobby’s Place fans revel in Stanley Cup win
Jun13

Bobby’s Place fans revel in Stanley Cup win

ST. LOUIS – Like many of the Blues fans at Bobby’s Place Hampton on Wednesday night, Wayne Failoni waited nearly 50 years to see his team take the Stanley Cup. Like all of them, the wait was worth it. “This is the most exciting event of my life beside the birth of my daughter, who’s calling me from Boston,” said Failoni, 69, of the Shaw neighborhood, trying to speak over the cacophony in the sports bar and grill, 2652 Hampton...

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