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Black Journalists to honor Living Legends

Three veteran journalists – producer Ruth Ezell, food columnist Cleora Hughes and photographer Odell Mitchell Jr. – will be recognized by the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists (GSLABJ) as Living Legends for their outstanding careers on Saturday, October 19, at IL Monastero, 3050 Olive St. in Midtown.

Ezell, award-winning senior producer of Living St. Louis at the Nine Network, also has served as host for Channel 9 specials. She has served as vice president and in many other capacities with GSLABJ over the years.

A founding member of GSLABJ who also served as its president, Hughes was the first African-American editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s entertainment section. She was inducted into the St. Louis Media Hall of Fame in 2017.

Mitchell began his professional career as a staff photographer at the Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville. He retired after 25 years from an award-winning photography career at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.


Funding Request For Loop Trolley Gets Frosty Reception From St. Louis County Council Chief

The presiding officer of the St. Louis County Council won’t introduce legislation to provide more money for the Loop Trolley — a move that could make it very difficult to get measure past the finish line.

It’s a setback for a service that’s trying to piece together enough money to remain solvent through the rest of the year.

The Loop Trolley Company requested $200,000 from St. Louis County to keep the trolley running for the rest of the year. It also requested $500,000 to operate next year. If the company does not receive financial assistance, the trolley could stop operating as soon as Nov. 15.

St. Louis County Council Presiding Officer Ernie Trakas said on Monday he plans to acknowledge the request for funding at Tuesday’s council meeting. But he doesn’t plan to introduce legislation on the matter.


Andrew Yang on CBS Sunday Morning


Andrew Yang on CBS Sunday Morning


Rally for transgender workers' rights set for Oct. 13 in St. Louis

St. Louis – Rainbow Workers’ Alliance (RWA), a newly formed grassroots organization, is hosting a rally here in support of LGBTQ workplace protections on Sunday, Oct. 13 as the U.S. Supreme Court considers three cases that could decide if people could be fired for being transgender or gay.

The rally, which will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will be in front of St. Louis City Hall at 1200 Market St. The alliance will be joined by the ACLU of Missouri for its 10 Days of Trans Demands campaign, as well Metro Trans Umbrella Group, SIEU Missouri/Kansas and other community and Labor supporters.

On Oct. 8, the court began hearing oral arguments in the three cases on whether or not LGBTQ workers are protected against workplace discrimination under Title VII of the Civils Rights Act of 1964. Title VII states discrimination "on the basis of sex" is against the law.

The most notable case involves Aimee Stephens, of Michigan, who was fired shortly after notifying her employer of six years, RG and GR Funeral Homes, that she was a transgender woman and that she would be following the company’s dress code for female employees moving forward.


OPINION: The news media's blind spots covering the working class

At midnight on Sept. 15, 49,000 United Auto Workers-represented GM workers walked out on strike at locations nationwide, a day after their 2015 collective bargaining contract with General Motors expired and the union declined to extend the provisions of the agreement.

In a statement, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes said, “While we are fighting for better wages, affordable quality health care, and job security, GM refuses to put hard-working Americans ahead of their record profits of $35 billion in North America over the last three years. We are united in our efforts to get an agreement our members and their families deserve.”

GOP President Donald Trump promised, then punted, on saving the GM jobs, and never seemed to imagine the UAW would later be leading the fight. Given their news coverage from earlier this year, neither did the New York Times imagine the UAW would take on GM.

While the auto industry is increasingly profitable, autoworkers have been suffering. Ground Zero of that story is the iconic GM Lordstown plant in northeastern Ohio, which lost the discontinued Chevy Cruze and was shuttered when GM moved production of the revived Chevy Blazer to Mexico.


St. Louis County Executive Page urges Council to pass prevailing wage law

‘Prevent companies from low-balling proposals at the expense of their workers’

To ensure St. Louis firms and workers have a fair shot at winning St. Louis County construction work, St. Louis County Executive Sam Page has recommended that the St. Louis County Council approve an ordinance requiring payment of prevailing wages on all projects using county tax incentives.

“In St. Louis County, our workforce deserves to earn competitive wages for their work,” Page said. “Requiring contractors to pay a prevailing wage will prevent companies from low-balling proposals at the expense of their workers.”

The proposal was expected to come to the Council’s meeting on Oct. 8 if the draft ordinance is ready. If not, it should be ready for next Tuesday’s council meeting.


St. Louis County Library argues judge should dismiss Frontenac suit to block new complex

CLAYTON — A circuit judge in St. Louis County said Friday that he would give “most prompt attention” to a decision on whether a lawsuit by the city of Frontenac seeking to block construction of a St. Louis County Library administrative building and genealogy center should proceed.

But the issue is not likely to be settled before the 6-acre site at Clayton and Spoede roads is prepared for development. Judge Stanley Wallach set a conference in the case for Nov. 21.

At a hearing on Friday, James Hetlage, a lawyer for the library, argued Frontenac’s suit should be dismissed because the city does not have standing to file it. The library has argued that the state constitution gives it the authority to move forward with construction regardless of local zoning because the library district is a subdivision of the state with power equal to a municipality.

Edward Sluys, a lawyer for Frontenac, said the city still had an interest in making sure the complex was safe for the public and that the library is still bound to develop the property for an “appropriate use.” The library should not be permitted to unilaterally decide what use is appropriate, he said. “There has to be some review.”


Secrets, scandals and little-known stories about the 1904 World's Fair

St. Louisans generally regard the 1904 World’s Fair as a high-water mark in our history. More than 20 million people visited the “Greatest of Expositions” when we were the fourth-largest city in the country. But remembering its glory shouldn’t mean whitewashing its dark side.

In addition to the innovation, magnificent buildings and entertainment, there was virulent racism, dozens of dead babies and American Imperialism on display at the fair. Scholars who study the world’s fairs shared some of the controversies, scandals and lesser-known stories about the city’s beloved cultural touchstone.

At the beginning of the American Century, premature babies were literally a sideshow exhibit. Visitors would pay to walk through rows of tiny babies in incubators. Hospitals had little regard for “weaklings,” as they were known, and desperate parents would flock to these fairs for a chance at survival.

Dawn Raffel, author of “The Strange Case of Dr. Couney: How a Mysterious European Showman Saved Thousands of American Babies,” tells the incredible account of a man who revolutionized neonatal care a hundred years ago. In her research, she explored how the exhibit went horribly wrong in St. Louis.

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