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26, February 2010

MO Education Commissioner Signs Partnership Agreement With Lyon, France

On February 24, 2010, the French Ambassador to the United States, education officials from Lyon, France, and Commissioner of Education Chris L. Nicastro signed a historic agreement intended to build ties between educators and students in France and Missouri. Read more »

15, February 2010

“The World Progresses”: The High-Speed Train Foretold

In the news this week is a stimulus plan giving $1.1 billion to Illinois to prepare a 110-mile-per-hour train between St. Louis and Chicago. Currently operating at 79 miles per hour, trains would be able to make the trip in 4 hours, down from 5.5 hours.

This idea has been brought up before. According to an article in the St. Read more »

20, January 2010

St. Louis Students Win Essay Contest on Health Care

On December 10, 2009, the Missouri History Museum hosted a forum on public health care. A panel of experts, including Rep. Tishaura Jones, Amy Smoucha (Jobs with Justice) and Myrna Fichtenbaum, addressed such issues as racial disparities in health care, income levels’ effect on health care, and the natural right to health care, which is included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The program also recognized winning essays by Metro St. Louis–area students in the thirteenth annual Human Rights Essay Contest, sponsored by the St. Louis Coalition for Human Rights. Read more »

13, December 2009

Newsworthy—E. Desmond Lee, Missouri History Museum Benefactor and St. Louis Philanthropist, 1917–2010

E. Desmond “Des” Lee, has died at age 92 of complications from a stroke. Lee was a generous donor to the Missouri History Museum and many St. Louis institutions.

Lee was born in Sikeston, MO, and attended Washington University in St. Louis. While still in school, he and friend Jim Rowan cofounded Lee-Rowan Manufacturing Company, which designed hangers, shelving, and closet accessories. The company grew exponentially after the war. After Lee sold it in 1993, he created the E. Read more »

13, December 2009

Garbage Dreams

GARBAGE DREAMS by Mai Iskander:

Welcome to the world’s largest garbage village located on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. The Zaballeen (Arabic for garbage people) recycle 80 percent of the trash they collect—far more than other recycling initiatives. But now a multi-national corporation threatens their livelihood. Read more »

13, December 2009

What Will Happen to Historic Sumner High School?

Sumner High School opened in St. Louis in 1875, earning the distinction of being the first public high school for African Americans west of the Mississippi River. Over the decades, the school could boast of teaching many future prominent educators, as well as its share of famous alumni. Read more »