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What Does St. Louis Sound Like?

You can find one answer this Sunday, June 4, when the premiere issue of St. Louis Sound magazine debuts with a 10-band concert at the Casa Loma Ballroom, off Cherokee Street in beautiful South St. Louis. The show starts at 5 p.m. (get more info here), and copies of the mag, hot off the presses, will be in full effect.

The brains behind the launch are listed (on their MySpace page, natch) as Rebecca Brogan, Samantha Collins and Jessica Snyder.

Posted by Amanda Doyle on Wed., May 31, 2006 at 11:58 AM
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What's on St. Louisans' Minds?

To follow up on a post by ArchPundit, according to Google Trends, St. Louis ranks first in the world for searches on baseball, blues, pork steak, mostaccioli and butter cake. Apparently, we're also preoccupied with the following search terms:

beer: 2nd
city: 5th
rehab: 5th
crunk: 5th
cheese: 7th
black: 8th
urban sprawl: 9th
shoes: 10th
zoysia: 10th

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to list other searches where St. Louis ranks in the top ten in the comments.

Posted by Brian Marston on Tue., May 23, 2006 at 4:03 PM
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Some Love for the Lou

USA Today, that fount of colorful infographics, ran an article today about urban renewal in St. Louis that focuses on big downtown development projects.

Posted by Brian Marston on Thu., May 11, 2006 at 2:00 PM
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Takin' the "hood" Out of Maplehood?

Tipped off by community development directress extraordinaire Rachelle L'Ecuyer that the brand-new City of Maplewood web site has debuted. Check it out and find out more about the rip-roarin' Maplewood Community Fair coming up in June.

Posted by Amanda Doyle on Thu., May 11, 2006 at 10:57 AM
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Meta-Media: Foss and Cusumano Blog!

Over at, it appears anchor Karen Foss and sportscaster Frank Cusumano have been blogging since near the end of April.

Foss' entries thus far have been musings on the nature of news, especially of the local and broadcast varieties, attempting perhaps to give viewers a look behind the decision-making. She also wrote a piece about her experiences when temporarily laid-up in a wheelchair.

Cusumano's blog ("Let's Be Frank," natch) is a bit folksier, consisting of a once-weekly column which often comprises a whole bunch of "I believe..." statements. And he's also pimping his favorite restaurants pretty hard. These are pretty representative:

"I believe that the Cardinals better make a staggering offer to Mark Mulder very soon. If he goes into the open market, it's over. They have no chance. And Mulder is not a Randy Johnson. He's in his prime and a very coachable young man."

"I think Paul Manno's is one of the finest places to have pasta in St. Louis. Every time I go there, I feel like I am cheating on my family."

"ONE THING TO KEEP AN EYE ON. Lance Stemler, a wonderful player from Southwestern Illinois College has got to got to SLU. He's 6 foot 7with a great touch. The Billikens are recruiting him hard."

"Mo's Mexican restaurant is worth a try - very tasty and really affordable."

Welcome to the blogosphere, kids.

Posted by Amanda Doyle on Tue., May 2, 2006 at 11:32 PM
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Metro On Top

Metro High School is 40th on Newsweek magazine's new list of the top public high schools in the country. The next school in the region that's on the list is Ladue at #235. The ranking is based on the ratio of the number of Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate tests taken by all students at a school in 2005 to the number of graduating seniors.

In your face, Ladue (and Parkway, Rockwood, etc.)! Remember this the next time someone is dissing the St. Louis Public Schools as being uniformly awful.

Posted by Brian Marston on Mon., May 1, 2006 at 1:10 PM
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