Banished

2 months 1 week ago
St. Louis Globe-Democrat reporters Al Delugach and Denny Walsh won the Pulitzer in 1969. Their reward: One-way tickets out of town. first published in the St. Louis Journalism Review, June 1, 2008 It’s been a while since the last St. Louis newspapermen garnered a Pulitzer Prize for reporting–39 years to be exact. St. Louis Globe-Democrat […]
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Tony Messenger’s BFF

2 months 2 weeks ago
Pulitzer-Prize Winner Tony Messenger blurred the lines between the editorial page and the newsroom in 2015 and lived. Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich wasn’t so lucky. On page 13A of the Feb. 27, 2015 edition, Tony Messenger, then the editorial page editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, began his tribute to the late Tom Schweich […]
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“He Was My BFF.”

2 months 2 weeks ago
Pulitzer-Prize Winner Tony Messenger blurred the lines between the editorial page and the newsroom in 2015 and lived. Missouri State Auditor Tom Schweich wasn’t so lucky. On page 13A of the Feb. 27, 2015 edition, Tony Messenger, then the editorial page editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, began his tribute to the late Tom Schweich […]
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Keeper of the Farm

4 months ago
Singer-songwriter Wil Maring finds her place in rural Illnois by C.D. Stelzer first published in Illinois Times, Aug. 8, 2007 It’s a languid August evening in Cobden, a former stop on the old Illinois Central line about 10 miles south of Carbondale. At one time, the surrounding orchard country supplied cities to the north, including […]
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Before You Get Your Checkbook Out …

7 months ago
Hollywood actors Meryl Streep and Patrick Stewart are using Facebook to ask the public to contribute to a good cause this holiday season. There’s one hitch: the non-profit corporation  they have endorsed is a front for a government-financed agency once headed by William Casey, President Reagan’s CIA director. Moreover, their favorite yuletide charity nowadays lists  […]
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Once Upon a Time in New Orleans

9 months 1 week ago
Cavorting with the corpse of Ernie K-Doe leads to a dark corner of the Big Easy’s past.  It was June 2001 and we were seeking shelter from the sun, having just finished dancing for several hours in a New Orleans funeral procession. The second line had followed the brass bands from downtown out to St. […]
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Under the Radar

10 months 1 week ago
East Side player Gary Fears and his diverse business associates are betting that his military aviation business finally takes off. Whether it will fly is still up in the air. By C.D. Stelzer First published at focusmidwest.com in May 2010.   “It’s interesting that the guys who came here to help move the plane actually […]
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Blind Spot

1 year 2 months ago
When two Pentagon bosses showed up to grab a chunk of the city back in December, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch discretely chose not to mention them or the new military landlord on the Northside.   The sign cautions visitors they are not welcome to enter without the permission of the “Installation Commander.” Bold letters above […]
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A Good Day for a Hanging

1 year 2 months ago
Former County Executive Steve Stenger pleads not guilty to bribery, mail fraud, and theft of honest services, as giddiness infects the press gallery and U.S. Marshals hand out steno pads. Assistant U.S. Attorney Hal Goldsmith stayed on script Monday afternoon, responding tersely to questions posed by a gaggle of reporters during a news conference held […]
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Rip Off

1 year 2 months ago
Global Security Service — a company founded by convicted murderer William N. Pagano — overcharged the St. Louis Parks Department $285,000 over a period of years, but when the jig was finally up, the feds refused to prosecute. Instead, they claimed the politically-connected firm had been duped.  The swindle continued undetected for several years, with […]
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The Mafia and Rex Sinquefield

1 year 2 months ago
In his bid to privatize the St. Louis airport, billionaire Rex Sinquefield jumped in bed with a consultant with mob ties, according to the feds. Jeff Aboussie, a consultant connected to billionaire Rex Sinquefield’s scheme to privatize Lambert International Airport, has Mafia ties dating back to the 1980s, STLReporter has learned. Aboussie’s Mafia connections are […]
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Meet The New Boss

1 year 2 months ago
The recent coup in county government installed an old crop of political insiders to oversee the public use of casino cash. Has anything really changed?  The last six months have been tumultuous for St. Louis County government, culminating in the recent resignation of County Executive Steve Stenger and his pleading guilty to federal corruption charges. […]
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The One That Got Away

1 year 2 months ago
The One that Got Away A federal sting snares the mayor of St. Gabriel, Louisiana in a trashy scam and  links him to a St. Louis con artist who remains on the lam.   by Will Delaney first published in the Journal of Decompostion in 2012 As it meanders toward the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River […]
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The St. Louis Chainsaw Massacre

1 year 2 months ago
The St. Louis Chainsaw Massacre When a tree falls in the city does anyone hear the cash register ring? This story first appeared in the Journal of Decomposition in 2012. By Bill Newmann   The hit jobs are carried out with military-like precision in broad daylight on city streets almost every day.  As a result, thousands […]
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Mum’s the Word

1 year 2 months ago
Sheila Sweeney declined to comment when asked about the lobbying deal she signed with Kit Bond Strategies in 2016.  As she exited the federal courthouse in St. Louis late Friday afternoon, Sheila Sweeney, 61, refused to comment on whether federal authorities have quizzed her about her role in steering a $240,000 lobbying contract to Kit […]
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