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SLM Daily July 2011

TAYLOR SWIFT'S DIGS With earnings reportedly at about $45 million per year, country singer Taylor Swift can afford to create a must-see condo in Nashville. "After she and Jake Gyllenhaal (... Read more

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St. Louis is a beer town. Even if you’re not a beer aficionado, you could at the very least be representin’ the Lou by knocking back a few Bud Lights. But after the big bad merger, a cool Bud Light... Read more

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Standing in the darkened Exploradome of the Saint Louis Science Center, I hear a disembodied voice talking about how “the specimens are impregnated with silicone” and a vacuum “effervesces the acid... Read more

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As a run-of-the-mill white guy, I’ve come to believe this theory: for those of us in the ranks of, well, run-of-the-mill white guys, we’re being denied a certain cultural spark due to the wickednes... Read more

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Last week, I received a postcard with an “Important Notice About Bank of America Settlement” from “Claims Administrator” in Faribault, Minn. It seems that my wife and I are in line for our cut of a... Read more

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Photograph by By Keith Allison on Flickr

You remember Colby Rasmus—he's the one who used to stand in between Matt Holliday and Lance Berkman and hit home runs for not very much money at all. But that was years and years ago. Now, in the g... Read more

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Ah, horse racing. An event that appeals equally to blue bloods as it does to red necks. A sport that is both refined and uncouth. Even the horses themselves represent the dichotomy of the sport ... Read more

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Sometimes you have to look for stories, other times they just find you. That’s true in life generally, but it’s especially true in journalism. And Brian DeSmet, no stranger to creating interest in ... Read more

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Today, the Admiral riverboat is making its final voyage to Columbia, Ill. to be sold for scrap. The Admiral , built in 1907 and once the largest inland entertainment vessel in the world, started... Read more

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If there is one thing that the St. Louis area does not need, it's more people who think they should have a job for a lifetime. This mentality has stymied imaginative entrepreneurial thinking, clogg... Read more

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Some lucky sperm club members partied with savoir-faire at their country clubs over the weekend to celebrate Bastille Day, which is marked annually on July 14. The blue-rinse set remained in thei... Read more

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Watch three innings of a given Cardinals game and you’ll see it: Albert Pujols is in pitcher-frightening mode again. On his way to 20 home runs—he’s now on pace for between 33 and 35 for the season... Read more

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Grown-up time is a must, especially for parents. And there is something wonderfully liberating about going somewhere you'd usually take them—without them. A gentle "nanny-nanny-boo-boo," if you wil... Read more

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There are lots of mixed martial arts fighters calling the St. Louis region their home, some of them born-and-bred here, others drawn by their work at a particular training academy. Most are still f... Read more

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Last week, a Donnybrook viewer alerted me to something of which I was not aware: a Mass Appeal News online column that chastised Hallmark for creating a Father’s Day card for black mothers. The... Read more

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At least everyone isn’t being asked to participate in Missouri’s recession. With the state facing dramatic and painful cuts in every area —especially in higher education, where the cuts are as ... Read more

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I used to stare in dismay at Maplewood's fading and fallen signs, its grimy windows, the debris on its streets and sidewalks. Along with the smell of marijuana and greasy food, there was the smell ... Read more

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If you're single professional and going out on a regular basis, odds are you are looking to meet someone—or, at the very least, are open to the prospect of it. But if you're like many, the thoug... Read more

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Gov. Jay Nixon sought the moral high ground this week with his veto of a measure that would have delayed a deadline to install sprinkler systems in residential care and assisted-living facilities... Read more

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In the local lore of Jefferson County, it’s said that the name of Lake Tishomingo comes from an Indian translation, roughly meaning “Lake of Kick-Ass Water Tubing.” That seems a bit far-fetched, bu... Read more

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