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Dwight Bitikofer

The newspaper you are holding in your hands will likely be the final print issue of the West End Word. At least for now.

Melissa Wilkinson

Savor Saint Louis walking food tours are set to return this summer, after a delay due to coronavirus. Sample the St. Louis food scene with three unique tours providing locals and tourists alike with a mix of food and facts about area restaurants and the region’s history.

Don Corrigan

This is a tough time for everybody, including sports fans. A few weeks ago, the President was calling coronavirus a nothing burger, and now it’s a national emergency. The U.S. is literally shutting down, and so are American sports.

david

Once you retire, it’s harder to find excuses to put off unpleasant chores. So, on a rainy Monday morning, I gritted my teeth and set off for the Department of Revenue license bureau to apply for my Real ID. I’d need to have one to board a plane starting Oct. 1, and I wanted to beat the rush.

Don Corrigan

The dust has hardly settled. Maybe it will never settle, but I for one want to publicly thank U.S. Rep. Lacey Clay for his vote to authorize the Senate Impeachment Trial of President Donald J. Trump. It was not a waste of time.

Melissa Wilkinson

It’s around this time of year that we start to see Mardi Gras paraphernalia popping up in stores: shimmering noisemakers, bountiful bunches of beads, decorations and party hats. But if you’re like me, you bypass the trinkets and inevitable sales on candy-flavored booze and head straight for …

Melissa Wilkinson

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…

david

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…

david

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.