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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“Guys and Dolls” opens the Muny’s 101st season
Jun18

“Guys and Dolls” opens the Muny’s 101st season

FOREST PARK – The Muny opened its 101st season last week with the musical theatre classic “Guys and Dolls.” The last time the show was performed at the Muny was fifteen years ago. This year, the production featured Muny alums Ben Davis, Kendra Kassebaum and Ken Page, as well as newcomers Brittany Bradford and Jordan Gelber. The production was directed by Jordan Greenberg. This was also the first show since the Muny renovated its...

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Officers responsible for racist Facebook posts banned by Circuit Attorney
Jun18

Officers responsible for racist Facebook posts banned by Circuit Attorney

DOWNTOWN – St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner says she is banning nearly two dozen police officers tied to the racist Facebook post scandal first reported by The NorthSider/SouthSider and MetroSTL.com. Gardner has butted heads with police several times over her “exclusion list” of officers she will not allow to present evidence in cases.  In this instance, she says officers who were named in the probe by the...

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Area Juneteenth celebrations jumping despite rain
Jun18

Area Juneteenth celebrations jumping despite rain

Facilitators of local Juneteenth celebrations didn’t allow early rain showers Saturday to put a damper on the holiday that observes the end of chattel slavery in the United States. Rain caused only a brief delay for Sabayet Community Outreach Center’s annual celebration in The Ville neighborhood.  Delmar Loop East moved its celebration from Delmar Boulevard and Hamilton Avenue in the Delmar Loop about a half a block west to St....

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St. Louis Alderman John Collins-Muhammad arrested
Jun18

St. Louis Alderman John Collins-Muhammad arrested

ST. LOUIS – A St. Louis alderman has been arrested during a routine traffic stop. John Collins-Muhammad (21st Ward) was taken into custody, then released Tuesday morning. City Counselor Julian Bush confirmed the arrest to MetroSTL.com Tuesday afternoon but said he had few details as to what had happened. St. Louis Police say the morning traffic stop police discovered Collins-Muhammad had four active bench warrants in St. Louis...

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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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