Fighting for a Show
Oct11

Fighting for a Show

WELLS-GOODFELLOW – The Greater Ville resident Maurice Davis is training young boxers in a building at 3303 Goodfellow Blvd. near Barrett Brothers Park. He is seeking funding to help his 501c3 grow into a more attractive option for area youth interested in the sport. The challenges faced by 50-year-old former fighter Davis and the Gladiator Boxing Team are substantial, beginning with the lack of a home venue for hosting fights....

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Black History Brought to Life
Oct11

Black History Brought to Life

OLD NORTH – Matt Allen had a day off from his pizza gig so the Chesterfield resident decided to make a trip to Old North St. Louis to visit the Griot Museum of Black History and Culture. “I woke up today and I said what am I going to do today? And I said I know what I’m going to do: I’m going to learn about history,” Allen said. Allen, 36, said he was a history major in college and has been a lifelong student of American...

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A city searching for hope
Oct11

A city searching for hope

St. Louis is a city searching for hope. After decades of decline and population loss, the St. Louis region, like a busted blackjack player eyeing the dealer while thumbing his last two chips, is constantly looking for that next big thing that’s going to turn it all around. This week that hope comes in the form of another proposal for a Major League Soccer team and new downtown stadium. Before that it was a new Rams football stadium....

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Activists Blast Jail Conditions
Oct11

Activists Blast Jail Conditions

NORTH RIVERFRONT – For decades, the St. Louis city jail, known as the Workhouse, has had a reputation for unsafe and unsanitary conditions and mistreatment of both detainees and staff. Launched last year, the Close the Workhouse campaign is dedicated to doing something about it. Activists from the Close the Workhouse campaign have volunteered hundreds of hours at protests, met with government officials, and connected with people...

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Activism Through the Camera Lens
Oct04

Activism Through the Camera Lens

OLD NORTH — From images of barking dogs attacking protesters during the Civil Rights Movement in 1964 to activists  in the streets of Ferguson, the lens of the camera has always shined a spotlight on important issues in history. The Griot Museum of Black History is exploring the role that photographers and their cameras play in activism in two ways.  The North City museum is currently showing an exhibition of photographs by Eric...

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Container Home Stacks Up Next to Crown Candy
Oct04

Container Home Stacks Up Next to Crown Candy

OLD NORTH– According to owner Travis Sheridan, his container home building project is the first single-family development to go up in the neighborhood for more than 25 years.  “The lot we chose has been vacant since 1981,” said Sheridan.  Sheridan and his wife Gina have been living across the street from the building site for close to five years. She is a branch manager for the St. Louis County Library System and Travis is...

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