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SLM Daily August 2011

The Staycation, Part V: Hitting the Hills of the Mastodon State Historic Site

For the month of August, this blog space will be dedicated to tales of a close-to-home variety. In each case, intrepid blogger Thomas Crone will venture away from his South City comfort zone, into... more »

Aug 31, 2011 9:05 AM News

Wacky Webster University Lawsuit Is Almost Worthy of Masterpiece

My wife and I love a good mystery. We are especially partial to an English tale of suspense and murder. So we often tune into Masterpiece to catch an English sleuth, including episodes of “Inspector... more »

Aug 30, 2011 9:31 AM News

An Open Response to the Show-Me Institute’s Open Response to Me

My blog post regarding an op-ed piece authored last week by Show-Me Institute co-founder R. Crosby Kemper III has aroused the ire of the institute, as did my qualified endorsement of the Chin... more »

Aug 29, 2011 5:08 PM News

Jerry Berger on Nurses for Newborns' Boogie For Babies, Cherokee Street, Rolling Stone, and More

On Saturday night, Casa Loma Ballroom became the site of the Nurses for Newborns Foundation's Boogie for Babies fundraiser. The nurses at the 20th-anniversary celebration were those who devote their... more »

Aug 29, 2011 10:06 AM News

Photograph by Jeffrey Beall

The Danario Alexander Situation: How this St. Louis Rams Wide Reciever Might Not Make it Back on the Roster

Casual St. Louis Rams fans had two things to enjoy about the team's 2010 playoff near-miss: Sam Bradford's rapid maturation to watch, and Mizzou alum Danario Alexander's reappearance among the livi... more »

Aug 29, 2011 9:20 AM News

Three of the Best Local Drinking Spots in St. Louis for a Late-Summer Cocktail

The last month of summer is arguably the best. The kiddies have gone back to school, so an end-of-the-day cocktail is surrounded in a cloud of “ahhhh” rather  than “auughhhhh!” And this final four wee... more »

Aug 26, 2011 1:38 PM News

Meet the Tea Party Institute: A "Show-Me" Founder Exposes the True Colors of His In-the-Tank Think Tank

It’s hardly a secret that King Rex Sinquefield’s Show-Me Institute is a conservative voice, with its drone of “free market,” anti-tax rhetoric. No big deal. It’s a free country, and if Rex wants... more »

Aug 25, 2011 1:03 PM News

The Staycation, Part 4: Getting Up Close with the Frontier League’s Gateway Grizzlies

For the month of August, this blog space will be dedicated to tales of a close-to-home variety. In each case, intrepid blogger Thomas Crone will venture away from his South City comfort zone, into... more »

Aug 24, 2011 9:20 AM News

Don’t Stop With a Bobble Head: Retire Willie McGee’s No. 51 Now

Whenever Willie McGee is in town for a St. Louis Cardinals game and he is introduced, he gets the largest ovation. It doesn’t matter if Hall of Famers Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, and/or Ozzie Smith are ... more »

Aug 23, 2011 9:01 AM Sports

Sam Bradford's Rookie Season Makes The Preseason Worth Arguing About

Sam Bradford's rookie season was great, maybe, and weird, definitely, and a minor blog kerfuffle has broken out after an article that suggests it was definitely not great but at least weird, due ... more »

Aug 22, 2011 9:27 AM News

Oh No! Bernie Miklasz Is At War With Me Over the Rams Maybe Moving to L.A., And He Won't Even Say My Name!

I seem to have touched a nerve with my blog post Thursday regarding the largely unreported fact that Rams owner Stan Kroenke is a friend and business partner of the leading candidate to bring a... more »

Aug 20, 2011 4:11 PM News

DeMun Oyster Bar Takes You Back in Time

Being transported to another time and place is a powerful feeling, be it by a book that whisks you to a different era or realm, or a warm bowl of soup that lulls you back to childhood. When I ar... more »

Aug 19, 2011 5:13 PM News

Jerry Berger on Frontenac, Charlie Dooley, Michael Kors, and More

Fat cat city, where the sky is the limit. We're talking about Frontenac, where Mayor Keith Krieg is looking to sell the land where Shriners Hospitals for Children sits—"that is, if the hospital move... more »

Aug 19, 2011 3:16 PM News

Be Afraid, St. Louis Rams Fans: The Mogul Pushing For an NFL Team in L.A. is Stan Kroenke’s Partner

An effort to bring NFL football back to Los Angeles took a big step forward last week, with the L.A. City Council voting 12-0 to approve the framework of a $1.2 billion downtown stadium deal with... more »

Aug 17, 2011 4:40 PM News

The Staycation, Part III: Visiting The Mother of All Southern Illinois Monuments, the Mother Jones Monument

For the month of August, this blog space will be dedicated to tales of a close-to-home variety. In each case, intrepid blogger Thomas Crone will venture away from his South City comfort zone, into... more »

Aug 17, 2011 9:37 AM News

The Cards Are Getting Close to Counting Themselves Out

Oh-oh. The St. Louis Cardinals have slipped to six games out of first place. The Milwaukee Brewers are a staggering 17-2 in the team's last 19 games and show no signs of letting up on the torrid pa... more »

Aug 16, 2011 8:03 AM Sports

Jerry Berger on St. John's Mercy Foundation, American Idol, and More

There was a carousel-like gaiety at the St. John's Mercy Foundation auction/dinner on Friday at Sheraton Westport Hotel. Prosecutors Ryann Carmody Mantovani and John Mantovani had legal matters on... more »

Aug 15, 2011 12:23 PM News

St. Louis Rams Preseason Watching Guide

1. First, play hard-to-get with Danario Alexander. I can’t emphasize this enough. He’s a Mizzou alum, he appears to be a hard-working guy, and he’s going to do everything he can to charm you into... more »

Aug 15, 2011 9:16 AM News

St. Louis Divas Blues and Jazz at Soulard Farmers Market

Though the Whitaker Festival at the Botanical Gardens ended for the season earlier this month, there are still some great outdoor BYO music evenings to enjoy in the city.

 Local legend, Kim Mas... more »

Aug 12, 2011 1:03 PM News

Courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

Tunneling to China

With all the hub-bub about the Aerotropolis, we thought it might be worth noting some of the hundreds of St. Louis-China projects already quietly under way... • Washington University anthropology pro... more »

Aug 11, 2011 10:38 AM News