X_01_01_PD_092913_00_SS.inddNavigating Health Care Editor of a special section on the Affordable Care Act (St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sept. 29, 2013)

Cotton firm accused of market manipulation Louis Dreyfus Commodities BV, and its Cordova-based cotton division, Allenberg Cotton Co., are targets of six federal lawsuits … (The Commercial Appeal, July 24, 2012)

The Armadillo in All of Us. [original link broken] It may be small-brained and shortsighted, but the armadillo has managed to take over most of the Americas. (American Way, March 1, 2012)

Growth potential. The story of how a handful of hobbyists turned a corner of southern Illinois into a blossoming wine country. (American Way, June 15, 2010)

Bourbon revival. The bourbon industry helped fuel the rebirth of a once-struggling Louisville. Now Louisville is returning the favor. (American Way, May 15, 2010)

Still singing the blues. The Mississippi Delta’s history of hard times inspired the art form of blues music. Celebrating that dark legacy may be the region’s ticket to a brighter future. (American Way, Dec. 1, 2009)

Bluer blues: Grim figures tell of region on the ropes. Rich in culture, resources, Mississippi Delta getting poorer amid illusory gains, stumbling strategies. What options remain for a region on life support? (The Commercial Appeal, Nov. 8, 2009) [original link broken or lost, available here and also at Newsbank.

Editor, Going Green, digital-only publication of The Commercial Appeal, Nov. 1, 2009-May 30, 2010.

Tunica accustomed to tough times, takes trouble in stride (The Commercial Appeal, Sept. 20, 2009) — Tunica’s casinos — once-mighty job-creation machines in the Mississippi Delta — have been wrestling with a steady drop in revenues since the beginning of 2007  [sidebar here].

Midwest grape growers note rising temperatures (FOCUS/Midwest, June 15, 2009).

Raising Kane: How curiosity about a family heirloom led to new questions about a sensational century-old crime (St. Louis magazine, April 2009).

An engineer who raised safety concerns at AmerenUE’s Callaway nuclear power station received a six-figure settlement after accusing the company of retaliation (FOCUS/midwest, Jan. 4, 2009).

Things I’ve learned: Journalism will survive the passing of some newspapers (Illinois Times on July 31, 2008).

Swimming with sharks: Calming these troubled economic waters won’t be easy (Illinois Times on Feb. 7, 2008).

Homers: Who needs a cartoon Springfield when we’ve got Mayor Quimby and Chief Wiggum? (Illinois Times on Nov. 29, 2007).

Missing Lincoln link: The jury’s still out on area church’s claims (Illinois Times on Sept. 27, 2007).

The Great Communicator: Lincoln wrote to shape and save a nation. (published by Illinois Times on Nov. 30, 2006)

Systemic failure: The biggest problem at the SPD: a lack of openness and accountability (Illinois Times on Oct. 19, 2006).

Sticks and stones: Name-calling is an occupational hazard, especially when pundits get lazy (Illinois Times on July 21, 2005).

Simon Says: Now more than ever, America needs leaders who aren’t afraid to tell the truth. This interview with the former Illinois senator was published shortly before his death (Illinois Times, Oct. 30, 2003).

Editor, Illinois Times (October 2003-August 2008).


Backfire: Former exec’s suit could blow Enterprise’s files wide open. This was one of a series of columns known as “The Worm,” named best humor column by the Missouri Press Association (The Riverfront Times on March 12, 2003).

Sign of the Times: It’s all in the family at Engineered Support Systems (The Riverfront Times on Jan. 22, 2003).

The Terrorists Are Winning: Truth, justice and the American soap opera are under attack at the West County Y. One of a series of columns known as “The Worm.” (The Riverfront Times on Dec. 18, 2002).

Members of the Firm: Law-firm employee apparently didn’t see enough dicks at the office. One of a series of columns known as “The Worm.” (The Riverfront Times on Dec. 11, 2002).

Herky Jerk: Doe Run’s owner has done this before — and that has regulators braced for trouble (The Riverfront Times on Feb. 20, 2002)

Heavy-Metal Racket: John Chamis and other residents of lead-contaminated Herculaneum are tired of getting jerked around by regulators and by Doe Run (The Riverfront Times on Dec. 26, 2001).

Mano a Fisho: Legal or not, a-noodling they will go (The Riverfront Times on Dec. 20, 2000).

blue-light specialBlue-Light Special: When it came to guns, the Overland cops weren’t just playing around, along with Gun Club (The Riverfront Times on Aug. 2, 2000).

No-Sell Hotel: Ex-Mayor Vincent Schoemehl swings a headache ball at the city’s convention-center-hotel deal — and misses (The Riverfront Times on Feb. 2, 2000).

Connective Tissue
: Dennis Judd wants St. Louis to be linked by more than just highways between sports palaces and shopping malls (The Riverfront Times on Sept. 8, 1999).

seeing redSeeing Red: After years of taking it on the chin, Bob Goeggel struck back at his competitor. Thanks to his accusations of fraud, the state’s largest ambulance company is on the operating table and the feds are doing the cutting (The Riverfront Times on Aug. 11, 1999).


Stories written before June 1999 are available online at Nexis, NewsBank, and similar services. During seven years as a reporter at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, I wrote around 1,700 stories — more than 300 appeared on A1. A number of the stories were carried by the Scripps Howard News Service, and versions were published elsewhere.

The crush to act with Tom Cruise: Arnold Goldin jokes that he’s had only “”limited experience” playing a slimy lawyer. But that didn’t stop the Memphis attorney and more than 300 others who showed up Sunday at a casting call for the upcoming thriller, The Firm. (The St. Petersburg Times on Oct. 21, 1992)

Elvis, The Blues, and Now Coors: Peter Coors yesterday loaded Coors’ first shipment of Memphis-packaged beer on a truck, launching the brewer’s Tennessee operations. (The Rocky Mountain News on April 10, 1991)

Memphis Move a Test for Coors: Coors Brewing Co. faces a challenging transition in the next several months as it takes ownership of Stroh Brewery Co.`s plant in Memphis. The primary hurdles for the nation`s No. 3 brewer include modifying the 19-year-old Stroh plant and producing beer with a unionized work force trained to make a competitor`s product. (The Chicago Tribune, June 17, 1990)

Wal-Mart Gets a Vote of Confidence in Iowa: Voters have given a thumbs-up to Wal-Mart, but it came after wrangling over an all-too-familiar question: Can traditional mom-and-pop shops in small-town, rural America survive competition from big retail discount chains? (The Chicago Tribune, Nov. 20, 1989)

Illinois Times covers by Joe Copley and Dave Janes; “The Worm” logo by Tom Carlson; Riverfront Times cover designs by Tom Carlson and photography by Jennifer Silverberg.


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