My stories: Week ending Sept. 26

27 Sep

Sometimes I write things for St. Louis Public Radio. Here’s what I wrote this week.

Architecture firm breaks a few eggs to help students

25 Sep

Sometimes in the quest for perfection, you have to break a few eggs. On Tuesday, Space Architecture and Design hosted an egg-drop fundraiser as part of St. Louis Design Week.

Teams worked to build a capsule that would protect an egg as it was dropped from 15 feet. Eggs that survived were dropped again from a greater height. A common school science project that teaches students about velocity, acceleration and design, money raised from the competition went to Adams Elementary School, which fielded a team of its own.

Here’s how the egg drop turned out.

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3


STL’s pro soccer team announces broadcast partner

23 Sep

St. Louis’ new professional soccer club won’t start playing for a few more months, but the team announced today that its games will be broadcast on KTRS (550 AM).

St. Louis FC is set to compete in the USL Professional Division starting in 2015. The team’s schedule will be released in December; the first home game, at St. Louis Soccer Park in Fenton, is expected to be in late March or early April. The team will play 30 games; half will be at home.

Ferguson journalist shares details of closed town hall meeting

23 Sep

Monday night’s Ferguson town hall meetings were limited to Ferguson residents. Ahead of the meetings, city council members and city leaders said they would clear up “misconceptions” about the city. Members of the media were not allowed to participate, a restriction that Ferguson spokesman Devin James said was imposed by the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Services.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch journalist Josh Renaud is a Ferguson resident and attended Monday’s meeting at Wellspring Church. (A second meeting was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Ferguson. A third meeting at City Hall was canceled.) Renaud tweeted about the meeting after it ended.

The city has scheduled four more meetings:

  • Sept. 30: Address communications to/from Ferguson leadership
  • Oct. 7: Address diversity and racial tension
  • Oct. 21: Roadmap for growth: Where do we go from here?
  • Nov. 4: Opportunities for youth/civic engagement

Locations for those meeting have not been announced.

The Department of Justice also will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the St. Louis Community College–Florissant Valley student center, 3400 Pershall Road. Investigators are asking people to share stories about their interactions with the Ferguson Police Department and jail system.

9 photos of the Gateway Arch

21 Sep

The Gateway Arch is St. Louis’ most photographed monument. A sample of the photos shared Sunday on Instagram:

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