St. Louisans’ contributions to moon landing celebrated as anniversary nears
Jul16

St. Louisans’ contributions to moon landing celebrated as anniversary nears

FOREST PARK – Just over half a century after the Wright Brothers made history flying the world’s first airplane a few hundred feet, America launched men a quarter million miles through outer space to walk on the moon. Now, another half century later, St. Louis and the world are about to celebrate the anniversary of that historic moon walk. “All across the country, there are going to be lots of different celebrations,” said Will...

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Nature tax helps Missouri agency lead conservation in city
Jul09

Nature tax helps Missouri agency lead conservation in city

ST. LOUIS – There is a tax that many city dwellers — who live far from the rural lands where most of it is spent — know nothing about. The Conservation Sales Tax that voters passed in 1976 permanently earmarks one eighth of one cent of every purchase dollar to the Missouri Department of Conservation. Its permanent nature is meant to ensure that the department is able to implement long-term, effective conservation planning on...

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Exclusive:  Behind-the-scenes preview of the new St. Louis Aquarium
Jul01

Exclusive: Behind-the-scenes preview of the new St. Louis Aquarium

DOWNTOWN – By now, every St. Louisan can recount the improbable tale of the Blues’ ride to glory, beating all odds to win the Stanley Cup last month. And many can tell you about the equally unlikely, 1-in-2-million blue lobster caught off New England during the playoffs and donated to St. Louis by a good-hearted Boston-area restaurateur in honor of the Blues’ championship.  (And, yes, it’s true: Lobsters bleed blue just like...

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Vacant lots sponge up stormwater, produce community benefits
Jun19

Vacant lots sponge up stormwater, produce community benefits

WELLS-GOODFELLOW – From the north side of St. Louis to the south side, vacant lots and abandoned buildings are a common problem, but in the Wells-Goodfellow neighborhood there are 155 football fields’ worth of them — some 480 vacant buildings and 1,400 vacant lots. They are an eyesore and crime haven, but in the eyes of the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District they have a silver lining. “Each lot cleared and planted...

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