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‘Missouri Freedom Project’ Will Call Out GOP Enemies of Freedom

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A progressive advocacy organization launched a new initiative today that aims to “reclaim” the concept of freedom by calling out the hypocritical politicians who use the word — and then vote its opposite. Progress Missouri says its “Missouri Freedom Project” is an effort to chronicle the actions of politicians whose votes and actions stand in opposition to their speeches. “We’re trying to reclaim the word freedom from people who don’t seem to know the meaning,” says Liz McCune, executive director of Progress Missouri.
Kallie Cox

The Best Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend: May 9 to 12

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Thursday 05/09 Too Good to Be True If you're one of the hundreds of thousands (or should that even be millions?) of theater lovers who thrilled to the glorious falsettos in Jersey Boys, the showstopping Broadway musical that's barnstormed the nation more or less continuously since its 2005 debut, you really need to catch John Lloyd Young: Broadway's Jersey Boy at the Blue Strawberry (364 North Boyle Avenue).
Riverfront Times Staff

St. Louis’ Eliot School Will See New Life, 2 Decades After Its Closure

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On the border of the Fairground and Hyde Park neighborhoods, a mammoth has lain dormant for 20 years. Since its closure in 2004, the three-story, 51,380-square- foot Eliot School has not seen much life — but for the occasional wind or graffitist.  Opposite North Grand from the schoolhouse, Jubilee Community Church works tirelessly to bring community members back to life.
Lauren Harpold

Gravois Park Neighbors to St. Alexius Owners: Shape Up, or Else

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A group of neighbors are threatening legal action against the out-of-state owners of the old St. Alexius hospital campus in south St. Louis if the problems plaguing the property aren’t taken care of in 60 days. The letter from the neighbors accuses property owners Jeffrey Ahlholm and Lawrence Feigen of “willfully and maliciously” abandoning the buildings of the Jefferson campus of the shuttered hospital near Cherokee Street and Jefferson Avenue. The letter says the two men left a significant amount of valuable machinery and medical equipment on the premises, turning the eleven buildings into a haven for squatters and burglars. 
Ryan Krull

St. Louis' Juvenile Justice System Is Failing Youth and Families

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This story was commissioned by the River City Journalism Fund Ta’janette Sconyers, a psychologist hired to work with youth at the St. Louis Juvenile Detention Center, found herself grappling with her own anxiety and despair over conditions inside the facility. It got so bad that she took a leave to protect her mental health. 
Taylor Tiamoyo Harris

Say Goodbye to Panera’s Delicious, Dangerous Charged Lemonade

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What doesn’t kill you tastes amazing — and may still be dangerous.  St. Louis Bread Co., better known as Panera to the rest of the world, announced that the chain will phase out its controversial (but again, delicious) charged lemonade following two highly publicized deaths of people who’d consumed the beverage.  College students facing finals (and exhausted journalists everywhere) can still buy the drink, but not for long.
Kallie Cox

Wash U Activists Urge Jennifer Coolidge to Skip Commencement

1 month ago
Student organizers are urging actress Jennifer Coolidge to skip Washington University’s commencement ceremony in protest of how the university responded to Pro-Palestine protests on campus.  Coolidge was selected by the university to be the keynote speaker at graduation on Monday. Now, activists with Resist Wash U and the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee have published a video montage on social media pleading with her to boycott the ceremony. 
Kallie Cox

St. Louis Man’s Burglary Spree Was Busted by His Accomplice's GPS Monitor

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A second person is now facing charges stemming from a burglary spree that occurred over two nights in April involving smash and grabs at 11 south St. Louis businesses.  Glenn Ray, 21, was hit with 31 felony and misdemeanor charges on Friday. His alleged co-conspirator in the burglaries, Leslie James, 18, was charged two weeks ago, done in by the fact that he allegedly committed the crimes while wearing an ankle monitor.
Ryan Krull

St. Louis Charter Commission Ousts Controversial Chair

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One week after the RFT broke news about infighting within the nine-person group tasked with re-imagining the charter for the City of St. Louis, the chairwoman of the group was removed from her position after a vote of no confidence by the other members.  Last week, the RFT reported that five members of the Charter Commission had sent Chairwoman Jazzmine Nolan-Echols an email calling on her to apologize for comments she made during an April meeting to Christine Ingrassia, director of operations for the St. Louis Board of Aldermen and a non-voting member of the Charter Commission. At yesterday's meeting, the chair’s removal was begun by commission member Travis Sheridan, who initially called on Nolan-Echols to resign.
Ryan Krull

South City Sports Bar Plans to Bring New Life to Cotter's

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Randy Heisner and Chuck Powers, who hope to open a new bar on South Kingshighway in a few months, have the perfect origin story for two would-be saloon keepers: For 20 years, they hung out together at the bar that used to be located on site. For pretty much their entire friendship, the bar was Cotter's Sports Bar, a low-key St. Louis neighborhood spot at 4610 South Kingshighway in Bevo Mill. As Heisner tells it, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the bar's longtime owner sold it, but the new owner wasn't able to make it work.
Sarah Fenske

The Fattened Caf Gears Up to Open a Cherokee Street Storefront

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St. Louis’ favorite Filipino barbecue fusion restaurant is set to become even more of a permanent fixture in town. The concept, run by husband and wife Charlene Lopez-Young and Darren Young, is working on opening a brick-and-mortar storefront at 3405 South Jefferson. “It feels really good but really scary at the same time,” Lopez-Young says.
Jessica Rogen

Erin Brockovich Urges Missouri Senate to Reject Pesticide Bill

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Renowned environmental activist Erin Brockovich wrote a letter to members of a key Missouri Senate committee, urging them to vote against a bill that she says would grant immunity to pesticide manufacturers.  Brockovich’s letter to the Missouri Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee addresses House Bill 2763, saying she’s “gravely concerned” about the harm it could cause. The bill has already passed the Missouri House and is scheduled to be heard in executive session with the committee today.
Kallie Cox

New Library Exhibit Explores the Comics Scare of 1948-52

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Before there were theories about the devastating effects of social media or video games or Tide Pods on young brains, there was one about comic books.  “Back in the day, Dr. [Fredric] Wertham was really good about scaring parents about what appeared in comics,” says William Harroff. “He decided comic books are responsible for juvenile delinquency in my generation, the Baby Boom generation.”
Jessica Rogen

Good Company Brings Cocktails and Gastropub Fare to the Grove

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After a soft opening this past weekend, Good Company (4317 Manchester Avenue) officially opened for business on April 30 in the former Layla space in the Grove. The cocktail bar and restaurant is co-owned by Jordan Goodman and Kyle Gillespie, who also own Good Ice, a local company that specializes in boutique custom ice cubes and sculptures. So, yes, there’s some impressive ice-trickery here. It’s hard to miss the ice sculpture, which changes nightly (naturally) and sits center stage behind the bar.
Alexa Beattie

Nachomama Has Brought Tex-Mex Joy to Rock Hill for 30 Years

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The realization that Nachomama’s (9643 Manchester Road, Rock Hill; nachomamas-stl.com) turns 30 this year is a bit like being told you’re three decades older than you thought you were. Because part of me is still back there in the mid-1990s, waiting in some old banger in the drive-thru line for cheese quesadillas and a margarita for the road. But it’s true: The beloved Rock Hill Tex-Mex restaurant – the one with peppers and onions painted on its roof – celebrated its birthday on April 17. 
Alexa Beattie

Missouri Woman Sues Block After Being Fired Over Her Tweets

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A Missouri woman’s lawsuit against one tech company worth billions of dollars is being bankrolled by another tech company worth billions of dollars. As it so happens, both firms were founded by the same St. Louis native. Chloe Happe, a resident of Lincoln County, Missouri, says in her lawsuit filed in federal court last week that she was wrongfully terminated from her job at payments processing company Block (formerly Square) because of “constitutionally protected speech” she made on X (formerly Twitter).
Ryan Krull

Wash U Wants to Pay Tattletales to Film Alongside Campus Police

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Are you an employee of Washington University looking for a paid gig after-hours that would allow you to rub elbows with the school’s boys in blue while also tattling on protestors? Well, the university has the perfect opportunity for you. In an email allegedly sent to a group of university employees and subsequently leaked to the RFT, Wash U’s marketing & communications department says it has “a pretty urgent need” for one to two people who would be willing to “embed” with the Washington University Police Department to take video of tonight’s protest, which is planned for the edge of campus.
Kallie Cox

The Inheritance Part 2 Completes a Beautifully Crafted Epic

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Matthew Lopez’s The Inheritance Part 1 & Part 2 is a brilliant exploration of the legacy of AIDS on the lives and communal history of gay men. Last week, Tesseract Theatre Company stunned audiences with the beautifully connected and performed Part 1. This week, Director Stephen Peirick and an exceptional cast complete the story with a truly unforgettable and affecting Part 2, the St. Louis premiere of the heartfelt and moving conclusion.
Tina Farmer