Story: Addison Peddigrew, a man of color, differs from most of his race in rural Kentucky in 1843 in that he is free. Kind of. He’s among roughly 2 percent of the black population in Kentucky at that time who were not considered slaves in the ‘border state’ that had both pro-slavery and anti-slavery constituents. Directly north, however, was the free state of Ohio, to which runaways desired to escape.
When you pick up a book, it can take you to another world: You could become a county sheriff charged with protecting the life of a controversial politician, or a teenage theme park guide who is suddenly tasked with stopping Disney’s most evil villains—or maybe even Peter Pan meeting Captain Hook for the very first time. And author Ridley Pearson, whose works include the adult suspense series Risk Agent, Walt Fleming and the children’s Kingdom Keepers and Starcatchers series, among others, has built almost 50 worlds where adults and kids alike can escape.
With a mission of finding a cure for melanoma, Blackout Melanoma recently donated $10,000 to Washington University School of Medicine, funding research to eradicate the deadly disease. The donation is the second of a five-year, $50,000 research grant.
Taking their small-scale Christmas village to a whole new level, second-graders at Mary Queen of Peace became architects, civil engineers and train engineers to design and build an urban, rural and suburban village. The village was displayed in the hallway for other students, faculty and families to enjoy.
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As Kate Corbett sat with her husband while their son was in surgery, their discussion turned to how readily available medical resources were in St. Louis. To help make these resources available to others, Corbett founded the St. Louis office of the World Pediatric Project.
It’s hard to top the romance of Johnny and June Carter Cash. So, for our little date-night adventure, we gathered the next best thing: two of the stars of Ring of Fire, which recently ended an extremely successful run at The Rep.
Anyone can do a candlelit dinner or a moonlit stroll, but if you truly want to wow your sweetie for Valentine’s Day, it will take some planning, so get started now. To help, here we present some of the area’s most elaborate romantic offerings to really sweep her off her feet!
New York's Times Square, which sees more than 360,000 pedestrians every day, is the most visited place in the world. With the proper mindset, a well thought-out plan and a hotel reservation, this crazy destination should be on everyone’s bucket list.
When interior designer Karen Pepper and her then-fiancé (now-husband), businessman Bill Jacoby, were looking for a home in 2013, they had one main criteria: It had to be a place where the whole family could hang out. Indeed, they found the ideal property that—with Karen’s talent and Bill’s carpenter skills—has turned into their dream home and a place where all children, immediate and extended family could gather.
The Webster University George Herbert Walker School of Business & Technology hosted Bob and Dottie King, the founders of the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Development Economics (SEED), as well as Tralance Addy, its executive director. More than 75 guests attended the event, where the presenters spoke about using entrepreneurship to address poverty in West Africa. Pictured: George Herbert Walker, Dorothy King, Robert King, Tralance Addy, Carol Walker and dean Benjamin Akande
Now that awards season is underway, many quality under-the-radar movies are getting their due. Below are a few gems that got little mainstream attention, but are garnering plenty of critical acclaim. The following films are rated based on the four-star system:
Following auspicious reigns as the Veiled Prophet Queen of Love & Beauty, these young women have been traveling the world—and making a difference. LN recently caught up with four former VP queens.
Hotels at one time were the epicenter of fine dining and drinking. This still is the case in some high-end hotels around St. Louis, like the boutique Hotel Ignacio in Midtown.
This year, 70 debutantes were presented, and they join the thousands of other young women through the years (since 1878) who have made their formal entrance into society at the Veiled Prophet Ball.
JERRY CRYLEN has joined Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty company, as senior director of development.
LN entertainment editor Debbie Baldwin ranks the must-see and must-miss films of the year.
This 6-bedroom, 7 full- and 2 half-bathroom home in Ladue is listed for $1.849 million.
Elizabeth Anne Gerhart & Michael Gregg Benner
Before the annual stroll around The Galleria in search of holiday gifts both selective and silly, it’s time to contemplate what occurred on local stages in the past 12 months.
Story: A performing troupe under the direction of a Leading Player presents the tale of a young man named Pippin for its audience. We are told that the story will unfold in a series of segments under such titles as “Home,” “Glory,” “The Flesh,” “Revolution,” “Encouragement” and “Ordinary Life,” followed by an all-stops-out grand finale in which Pippin will perform an act of derring-do.
Newport, Rhode Island, is a Christmas wonderland from November to January, with three of the most spectacular mansions (The Breakers, The Elms and Marble House) decked to the nines and the downtown harbor transformed into a quaint ice-skating rink with Santa and Mrs. Claus arriving via yacht.
Story: Singer/musician J.R. “Johnny” Cash was born in Arkansas in 1932 and died in Nashville in 2003. His impoverished childhood was grounded by a hard-working, God-fearing family, values that shaped his own philosophy. He was married twice, divorced once and briefly widowed after the death of his second wife, June Carter Cash, his spouse and oft-times performing partner for 35 years.
He is nothing like we have had in St. Louis lately: Jason Heyward is big, strong, athletic and yes, African-American. The last African-American starter for the Cardinals was Reggie Sanders back in 2005. Four years ago, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Heyward was considered the consensus No. 1 MLB prospect. Why not? He has a rocket right arm, arguably the best in baseball. He has incredible range in right field. He could be the best defensive outfielder in the game right now. Not many in history have two gold gloves by the time they are 25 years old. He also is fast enough to steal 20 bases a season.