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December 2005

Gifts for people you don't know well - even though you regularly put your life in their hands. more

St. Louisan Lea Ann Miller represented the United States in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, skating with partner Bill Fauver in the pairs competition. She turned professional the next year and dazzled audiences worldwide, performing in Stars on Ice and with the Torvill & Dean world tour. more

In WingHaven, residents are on a first-name basis and neighbors travel aboard a free trolley. Even bicycles are left unchained outside the stores of the Boardwalk Market Place, which boasts an outpost of Seamus McDaniel’s, a custard stand, a pizza parlor and a library, among others. more

Some happily inventive touches at Bellagio, open little more than a year, already demonstrate a kitchen deft on the tightrope. Sauces in particular sparkle, giving some northern- and southern-Italian favorites a terrific shine. more

Once a sleepy, dusty town full of cactuses and cowboys, Tucson represented the Old West. more

A Conversation With Albert Paley, Metal Sculptor more

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Photograph by Mark Gilliland

His mother was from Paducah, Ky., his father from Russia. Ira Kodner and his brothers grew up eating borscht and fried chicken, kishke and collard greens. more

A swindler came to stay in St. Louis - and went on to become the most devious mass murderer of the 19th century. more

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Photographs by Dilip Vishwanat

With top-flight universities and strong communities of scientists, artists and entrepreneurs, St. Louis has more than its share of brilliance. more

Overwhelmed by the demands of everyday life? So was Elaine X. Grant. Join her on her quest to find inner peace. more

Steady loyalty, fierce love, flashes of rage - how St. Louis parents are coping with the war that could kill their children. more

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Photographs by Sam Fentress

The designers and architects of space interiors love using inexpensive, innovative materials in nontraditional ways. Here's how they integrated that look into their own workspace. more