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Melissa Wilkinson

On Saturday, Jan. 25, I spent an afternoon touring historic downtown Maplewood and sampling desserts from local eateries. The Maplewood Sweet Tooth Tour — an annual event sponsored by the Maplewood Special Business District — is a self-guided tour routing ticket-holders through the streets a…

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University City Public Library is scheduled to close in July for much-needed renovations. There are plans to provide patrons access to materials, but I won’t be relaxing in the air-conditioned comfort of my favorite library this summer. This disquieting thought brought to mind three controve…

Don Corrigan

In Delaware, it’s illegal to shave cats and sell their fur. In Alaska, it’s illegal to get a moose drunk. In Colorado, putting a couch in a bonfire is illegal.

Melissa Wilkinson

Cold weather calls for warm drinks, and nothing says winter like a mug of steaming hot chocolate. I have many fond memories of tearing open packets, stirring powder into milk, hastily cleaning the interior of the microwave when the mug inevitably boiled over and then burning my tongue becaus…

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Congress, you’ll recall, left some rather awkward business hanging over the holidays. But now our lawmakers are back in Washington, and the Senate will soon get on with trying President Donald Trump. Much about the trial is unsettled, but not the outcome. He will be acquitted.

Melissa Wilkinson

This year marks the 11th anniversary of the winter Clayton Restaurant Week. Beginning Monday, Jan. 13 through Sunday, Jan. 19, 21 of Clayton’s finest dining establishments will offer special three-course dinners for $25 or $35 per person, not including tax and tip. This is a great opportunit…

Melissa Wilkinson

Though the holiday season is coming to a close, there’s still plenty of opportunities to enjoy festive fare throughout St. Louis. This time of year, seasonal flavors are in abundance, and no industry is more famous for it than coffee.

Don Corrigan

Not too long after the fall of the Berlin Wall, I had the good fortune to have a bite to eat with William H. Webster. He is the only American to have headed both the FBI and the CIA in his law enforcement career.

Melissa Wilkinson

St. Louis pastry chef Tyler “Tai” Davis has been afforded many opportunities in his 34 years of life. Born in Illinois to a family who frequently moved, Davis developed an eclectic set of experiences and interests. It’s what he calls his “all-over-the-place-ness.”

Melissa Wilkinson

Frequent readers may have noticed my name in the last few issues of this newspaper. As of August 2019, I am the new managing editor of the West End Word, following the departure of my predecessor, Fran Mannino. Readers may not know, however, that fewer than 10 years ago, my aspirations were …

Don Corrigan

Earlier this month, a frightening phalanx of “avowed socialists” went door-to-door in our state. They wore white coats to conceal their true colors, but you can bet their underwear was red with a hammer and sickle embroidered on the crotch.

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“Frozen II” opens Nov. 22. Considering how efficient Disney is at getting the most out of its hits, I’m confident we can expect a sequel as slick as the first. I’m hoping to see a lot of my favorite character, the snowman who wants to loll on the beach. But it’s doubtful that any of the song…

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Halloween is now Americans’ second-favorite holiday, surpassed in dollars spent only by Christmas. It’s easy to understand why. Halloween is the only major holiday that does not revolve around country, religion or family. It doesn’t call upon us to feel patriotic or pious, or to cook a big d…

Dwight Bitikofer

Walt Whitman’s legacy lives on as one of America’s best-known poets. He was born 200 years ago on Long Island, New York. His poetry, his life and his St. Louis connections are being celebrated with a special exhibit at Maryville University.

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Philanthropy has generally been considered a good thing. The Greek roots of the word mean “love of mankind,” and who could be against that? But lately it has become controversial because of revelations about high-profile philanthropists.