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November 02, 2006

New Issue

I'm worried that subscribers will get their ACC late due to all the election mail, so I'm encouraging everyone to go pick up a copy. Hopefully there's a place near your work or home. And we'll try to get a PDF up in the back issues as well.

Distribution locations

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September 13, 2006

New Issue

on the streets, and in the Back Issues.

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August 29, 2006


Sales: Need a killer Advertising Representative. The sky's the limits. But to make it happen, you'll need to be a self-starter who likes newspapers and loves people. Gotta be an outgoing, go-getter who's willing to work harder than everybody else, and gets a thrill from closing a deal. We offer an exhilarating place to work as well as an existing book of business to start you on your way. contact [email protected]

Lay-out Design: We're looking for someone who can hunker down every other weekend and give birth to a paper. Must be a clever designer who can take our existing template and make it come alive every issue under the severe pressure of a Monday morning deadline. contact [email protected]

Distribution: We're adding distribution points all across St. Louis City! Must have your own car and an eye for finding new spots. Need availability every other Tuesday to get the paper out fast! contact [email protected]

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August 24, 2006

Seek Sales Help

Need a killer Advertising Representative.

The sky's the limits. But to make it happen, you'll need to be a self-starter who likes newspapers and loves people. Gotta be an outgoing, go-getter who's willing to work harder than everybody else, and gets a thrill from closing a deal.

We offer an exhilarating place to work as well as an existing book of business to start you on your way.

Email [email protected]

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New paper up

in the archives.

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August 07, 2006

ACC Election Issue is up in the Back Issues


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August 04, 2006

Our Free Classifieds Work

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In his recent national bestseller The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell describes connectors as “people with a special gift for bringing the world together.” Indeed, the ACC’s classified ads’ staff meets this definition in our community, and here is my story of a recent delightful and rewarding experience.

In March 2006, LeaAnne DeRigne placed a free ACC ad soliciting expertise in “logistic regression using SPSS software.” As a faculty in the Department of Research Methodology at Saint Louis University, I receive many telephone and email requests for similar assistance, but had never encountered such a focused a newspaper ad and replied.

LeaAnne needed to complete her doctoral dissertation. She knew what she wanted to investigate and had the data for her research. She merely needed assistance in preparing the data and running the analyses in a computer software package called, Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS). Other students in her PhD program at George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University had strongly suggested that LeaAnne use SPSS software for her dissertation analyses, but unfortunately, LeaAnne had not received any training on how to use SPSS.

Once I was able to understand the extent of her logistic regression and analytic needs, I put LeaAnne in contact with one of my graduate students, Stacie Metz. Stacie was also at the final stage of finishing her PhD program in the School of Public Health at Saint Louis University, and is extraordinarily proficient in both the use of SPSS and logistic regression techniques. Moreover, Stacie has a master’s degree in social work, and was currently teaching as an adjunct instructor in the School of Social Work at SLU.

The synergy between these two young women was apparent from their first meeting onward. They were both coffeehouse goers and planned their tutorial meetings in different local coffeehouses to provide interest and relaxed easiness for each session. As their professional and personal friendship grew, LeaAnne gave a guest lecture in Stacie’s SLU Social Work course on LeaAnne’s efforts as a legislative lobbyist to provide more services to children with special health care needs. LeaAnne completed her dissertation and successfully defended it on July 21, 2006 to complete her PhD program requirement. Congruently, Stacie also completed and successfully defended her dissertation one day before on July 20, 2006. These graduates finally had an opportunity to relax and celebrate with friends, colleagues and each other on Saturday, July 22!

In August, LeaAnne will continue teaching at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in the Department of Social Work as a Visiting Assistant Professor, and Stacie will start a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at in the Department of Health at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Congrats to LeaAnne and Stacie for the “photo finish” of their respective doctoral programs, and to the ACC for this wonderful connection and service to the community through your free classified ads!

Kathy Wyrwich

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August 03, 2006

ACC Needs Help!

Advertising Representative. The sky's the limits. But to make it happen, you'll need to be a self-starter who likes newspapers and loves people. Gotta be an enthusiastic outgoing, go-getter who's willing to work harder than everybody else, and gets a thrill from closing a deal. We offer an existing book of business to get you going and a fun, fun, fun place to work.

Copy Editor. One day a week, twice a month. Need to enjoy search and destroy missions for all the little gremlins and typos that breed in our copy.

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July 26, 2006

New issue of the Arch City Chronicle

is here.

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July 21, 2006

I'm back Online

Thanks to Hartford.

Updates coming...

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July 06, 2006

ACC News

The next issue will be out Tuesday and will have the first round of our endorsements.

In the meantime, feel free to catch up on our back issues.

Also, we're looking for an Advertising Representative:Need a killer Advertising Representative for fast-growing St. Louis City paper. The sky's the limits. But to make it happen, you'll need to be a self-starter who likes newspapers and loves people. Gotta be an outgoing, go-getter who's willing to work harder than everybody else, and gets a thrill from closing a deal. We offer an existing book of business to get you going and an exhilarating place to work to keep you addicted. Email [email protected]

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May 02, 2006

ACC needs some help

Need a killer Advertising Representative The sky's the limits. But to make it happen, you'll need to be a self-starter who likes newspapers and loves people. Gotta be an outgoing, go-getter who's willing to work harder than everybody else, and gets a thrill from closing a deal. We offer an existing book of business to get you going and an exhilerating place to work to keep you on the team.

Needed: You, a devoted lay-out designer who wants to make your mark on St. Louis. The paper needs your complete attention two weekends a month. You enjoy working under pressure and perform great heroic in the face of unforgiving deadlines. You have a creative flair, understand publisher's vision and demonstrate confidence to implement it with minimal oversight.

Interested? Email me: [email protected]

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April 18, 2006

Need Help This Week Around the ACC Office

If you have some free time, please give me (Dave) a call, 314-678-2931.

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April 11, 2006

Few things

Listen to an interview I did with Ed Bishop, editor of the St. Louis Journalism Review, on Reality Now (KDHX, FM 88.1). Bishop says, "At a time when accepted wisdom says that newspapers are dying, the Arch City Chronicle went from nothing to a must-read, not by dumbing down it content, just the opposite, by respecting the intelligence of its readers."

Remember, we offer free classified ads. It's easy. Go here, type it in and click.

Finally, I put up photos (thanks to Chuck Miller) from last weekend's Young Democrat / Young Republican softball game.

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April 05, 2006

New issue out today

Check it out.

You can find it in businesses throughout the central corridor and near south side.

Couple of articles about the Show-Me Institute, a nice column by Michael Allen, plus the usual stuff: Urban Almanac, Inside Dirt, Guzy Says and others.

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March 23, 2006

Latest issue

is up. If a PDF isn't good enough, you can either subscribe to receive it by mail or pick it up at area businesses.

Remember classifieds are free. Submit yours for next issue (April 4) here.

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March 17, 2006

Flu yesterday

Still running at half-speed, but wanted to remind folks of the SLACO conference tomorrow - it's like Mardi Gras for neighborhood activists and wonks.

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March 15, 2006

Tomorrow - midnight

is the deadline for getting your FREE classified in the next Arch City Chronicle (March 21 issue). First come, first serve if we fill up before then.

Do it here.

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March 14, 2006

This Weekend

I'll be doing a session at the SLACO conference on Saturday.

And I'll sit in with Freeman Bosley Jr., on his radio program Sunday morning. 9am, 100.3 FM. We'll be discussing the upcoming school board elections.

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March 10, 2006


Put some Young Dem and Young GOP pics up in the gallery.

New PDFs are up in Back Issues.

And, remember FREE Classifieds for the March 21 issue - first come, first served.

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March 08, 2006

And Because it's a Rainy Wednesday Afternoon...

It's the first ever "Find the Arch City Chronicle Newstands Contest!"

We're just rolling out our new, red Arch City Chronicle paper racks today.

1. Email me ([email protected]) the location of one of our bright red ACC racks from now (3:17 CST) until midnight will receive your choice of a free ACC Coffee Mug, ACC T-Shirt or ACC Bumper Sticker.
2. Void where prohibited.

Ready, Go!

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Next issue, we'll be running a full page of classified ads. They're free!

First come, first served, with preference to paying advertisers.

Do it here.

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Updated Photo Gallery

Put up some Mardi Gras photos - more coming later.

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February 27, 2006

Couple of Things

Arch City Chronicle seeks help with distribution. Email [email protected] for more information.

Free Classified Ads! Until we've filled up the page - 1st come; 1st served. (Priority to paying advertisers).

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January 13, 2006

Still looking for participants

Got suggestions and ideas about how to make the Arch City Chronicle a better paper?

We're holding focus groups on January 21st.

There will be a 10am group and 2pm group.

Interested? Email me, [email protected]

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January 09, 2006

ACC Focus Groups

Got suggestions and ideas about how to make the Arch City Chronicle a better paper?

We're holding focus groups on January 21st.

There will be a 10am group and 2pm group.

Interested? Email me, [email protected]

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January 04, 2006

Still Need Help

Arch City Chronicle is still looking for help with distribution. Must have a car and passable knowledge of the city. Four or five horus, twice a month.
Interested? Email me, [email protected].

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December 27, 2005

Support our advertisers

Please support our advertisers, they keep the ACC running.

Robert Austermann

Nick Baur

Red Brick Management

Friedman Group

Kurt Engel & Steve Skelton

STL Syndicate

Metropolitan News Clips Service

Ralph Eglin Wafer-Architecture and Planning

Thomas A. Slawin

Shonagh Clements

Norah J. Ryan, Attorney at Law

Public Eye Inc.


Hartford Coffee Company

Mangia Italiano

The Royale

Oldani Brothers Sausage Co., Inc
Neighborhood Pizza Parlor

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We're back

Hope everyone had a nice long weekend.

Looking forward to a great new year.

We'll be updating the blog today and all week. Feel free to email or call with any tips you have.

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December 02, 2005

This weekend

We'll be putting up photos of Rachel Storch's kick-off (Andy Blunt came by) and Amy B,ouin's dad fundraiser (I saw them touring South Grand this morning with Bob Holden). So check the photo gallery later.

New issue on Tuesday!

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November 27, 2005

Welcome Back

Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving holiday.

I'm going to go through the "in" box now and post whatever bits of excitement I find. But tomorrow will be a "real" work day, so I probably won't be back in the blogging saddle until Tuesday.

After putting out one ACC in October and one in November, we're doing two in December! Next issue: December 6.

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November 17, 2005

Couple of additions

Put up last month's ACC in the Back Issues.
And there are new photos in the Photo Gallery.

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October 24, 2005

ACC Photo Gallery up

Just put up pictures of the ACC ReLaunch Party. More to come.

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Open Letter to Howard (the talking dolphin)

Please consider changing the email address under which you post. Someone tried to contact you at the talking dolphin address and received this reply:

Turns out, this isn't Howard's real email address. They actually come to me, because I own the domain (I get lots of mail for him.) So he won't get your mail. :(

If you ever CAN communicate with Howard, ask him to please not use this address anymore. (Or if you have any ideas about how I can do so, please let me know.)

Teg Grenager
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Computer Science
Stanford University

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October 19, 2005

Wanted: Distribution Help

Arch City Chronicle recently upped our print run from 5,000 to 20,00. Now we need more distribution help. Do you have a car, a few spare hours and a place to put some extra cash? Email me - dave@archcitychronicle - with your phone number and a good time to call.

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October 05, 2005

Web Site changes

Things are changing around here. (For example, you might notice the search feature on the left side has been added.) I think it will be ongoing for the next week or so in preparation for our paper re-launch on Oct 18.

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October 01, 2005

Arch City Chronicle, the Paper

Last couple of months the web-site has had about 6,000 unique visitors. And probably most don't know that the Arch City Chronicle is actually a paper. This blog is just a place to stimulate discussion, keep readers up to date between issues.

This particular "between" has been exceedingly long. But I'm happy to say that it's coming to an end. The next issue of Arch City Chronicle will be published October 18.

There's more news to come, so stay tuned.

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August 30, 2005

Arch City Chronicle seeks Advertising Representative.

We’re expanding. More details to follow. Right now we need to find a real go-getter, someone who’ll enjoy telling the Arch City Chronicle story, explaining how it’s a smart ad buy for businesses targeting city residents.

Ideal candidate will be a self-starter with lots of initiative and great follow-through. Should have natural sales ability. Knowledge of St. Louis City, and sales experience a plus.

Are you this special person? Know someone who might be.
Email me [email protected] or call 314-255-5210.

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June 29, 2005

A little self-promotion

The Arch City Chronicle has been listed. In St. Louis Magazine's A-List issue.

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Just back from FLA

Visiting my parents. They finally met their new granddaughter, Sarah Ann.

I'll be throwing up some stuff as I go through the in-box.

Stay tuned.

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May 10, 2005

Been Gone Too Long

I'm be updating the blog today to catch up.

Also, the next issue will be in subscribers' mailboxes a week from tomorrow. We're putting it together right now, so feel free to send along your hot tip to [email protected] or call me 314-865-4573.

More soon.

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April 19, 2005

Intros and Caveats

As most of you know, Dave and his lovely wife Mary Lisa recently added a new member to their family, Sarah Ann. In addition we here at the ACC are in the midst of re-tooling the print version to try and move to a weekly publishing schedule.

Right now Dave is a busy man.

So with Dave's own tight schedule and our desire to keep all of our readers appraised of what we are working on, I asked if I could help out with posting.

I usually work with a slightly longer deadline than web posting allows, which helps me keep my foot mostly out of my mouth, so if I dangle a participle or misspell a name, please feel free to correct me.

That said, I look forward to contributing to the website and I hope I can be as illuminating as Dave has been. If you have any comments, tips or suggestions, please feel free to send them along to or post them in the comments section.

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April 18, 2005

Extra hand on the ACC Blog

One of our writers, Matthew Murphy, will soon be joining me here at the ACC blog and hopefully posting with great regularity.

(For the record, Matthew is not the Matt Murphy who works in the BOA Pres Jim Shrewsbury's office.)

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April 13, 2005

Birth follow-up

I'm happy to report that my daughter now has a name! Sarah Ann Penilla Drebes.

A couple of personal notes before we return the blog back to politics.

First, I want to give a brief plug for St. John's. We were continually impressed by the consistent level of excellent service they provided. The nurses there are tops.

Returning home, it was very touching to read the comments below Sarah Ann's picture, and read emails and listen to phone messages. While they were very kind and I thank everyone who took time out to tell us they were sharing our joy, I'm guessing the one I'll remember apart from the others years from now will be the one from a certain 20th ward committeeman who left this touching message while my wife and I were delivering:

Hey Dave This is .... I got a real simple message for you: Go F*#k yourself. Bye.

Ah what a charmer! I guess he finally got around to reading the last issue where we complained that the 20th ward's 8% turn-out in the last election was pathetic and needed to be addressed.

Anyway, little Annie is sleeping right now and I'm going to get caught up on some things. Be back soon - with politics.

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March 16, 2005

Sorry the site was down

for a while there.

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February 16, 2005

Need distribution help.

Looking for some extra cash in time for President's Day? The ACC is looking for help delivering papers to our distribution sites across town. Call Dave 314-865-4573 or email [email protected] for more information.

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February 03, 2005

Big fight this weekend

So far this month web browsers have entered 97 different keyphrases into search engines to find their way to the ACC web-site.

The number one phrase during these first three days...

corey spinks.

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December 09, 2004

Back in the Saddle

Beyond busy the last week.
But I'm around for the next couple of days, so there'll be multiple blog updates throughout these days. I have a small back-log of items. Also, feel free to call 314-865-4573 and drop me any tips you have.

New issue should arrive to subscribers today.

Open Fire on Open Court by the mayorally acclaimed Larry Handlin.

GIS in StL by Christine Stroer.

Democratic Dilemma by Dave Drebes.

City Charter Results by Will Winter.

Regional Charter Issues by Will Winter.

The Year in Review (according to the Arch City Chronicle)

Final Word: Child's Play by Lucas Hudson

Arch City Adventures by Lucas Hudson

Plus My Thoughts Exactly, 60 Second Interview, Ends and Odds, a record number (5!) letters to the editor and much more.

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December 02, 2004

What we are.

Here at the ACC we like to think of ourselves as a popular attraction. Yes, that's it, a popular attraction.

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PDFs over on the left

Just added PDFs of the last two issues on the left. And as always, everyone should feel free to buy a subscription for yourselves and your loved ones. It's the perfect holiday gift for your civicly-engaged, politically-obsessed friends.

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November 24, 2004

Sorry so long without a post

Been incredibly busy.

New issue was at the mailers yesterday, with a little luck, subscribers should see it before Thanksgiving.

Rodney vs. Roddy: a preview of the 17th ward coming aldermanic race. by Dave Drebes.

Pole Position: Who's waiting in line for the November 29th filing date. By Christine Stroer.

Here we go again... Or not: A review of the SLPS' ups and downs so far. By Larry Handlin.

Suburban Crawl: a Tale of superstore shopping. By Rachelle L'Ecuyer.

Wishlist: What do the movers and shakers want for this holiday season.

Theatre Spotlight: An interview with Todd Schaefer. By Claralyn Bollinger.

The Permanent Campaign. By Will Winter.

Looking Around the Corner: spring aldermnic match-ups. By Will Winter and Dave Drebes.

Final Word: The Apple of my I. By Lucas Hudson.

Arch City Adventures: Morganford Blues Bar. By Lucas Hudson.

Plus My Thoughts Exactly, Letters to the Editor, Who Knew, Ends and Odds and more.

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November 10, 2004

New issue in mail

In this issue

Murdered!: How the Charter Amendments Got Creamed by Dave Drebes.

City Grocers Debut Downtown by Christine Stroer.

A Prescription for the Future (How Democrats can avoid becoming a permanent minority party) by Jeff Smith.

Living and Dying by the Cities: Election Analysis by Will Winter.

St. Louis International Film Festival Preview by Thomas Crone.

Blogging Pundits Give their Perspective on the Election by ArchPundit, Diatriber and St. Louis Oracle.

Election Night Parties by Dave Drebes.

The Final Word: Cardinal Sin by Lucas Hudson.

Arch City Adventures: Beale on Broadway by Lucas Hudson.

And much more...

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November 05, 2004

Sorry, more this weekend

Sorry no update yesterday or today.

I'll be throwing some stuff up this weekend and next week.

New issue next week looks good.

Meanwhile, I picked up the unofficial ward-by-ward breakdowns from the BOE.

Here a teasing taste until I compile them into something meaningful:

16th ward 78.5% turnout. Kerry 52.6% / Bush 46.5%; Carnahan 43.6% / Federer 54.2%; Charter Amendment Yes votes: A 55%; B 48%; C 52%; D 56%; E 46%.

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November 03, 2004


Long night.

No closure yet, but we're getting there. Back tomorrow with some analysis.

Sleep well.

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October 27, 2004

new Issue in the mail

Front Page:

Favazza for Mayor? by Dave Drebes

Small Change for Big Change: Local fundraisers lifeblood of political activity by Sreenu Dandamudi

Democrats Divided: Traditionals, "Bobos" and African Americans form three factions within one fragmented party by Umar Ben-Ivan Lee

My Thoughts Exactly: A toast to Matt Ghio

A, B, C, D deserve an F: A commentary by Don DeVivo

Damned if I do: A lifelong Catholic considers the consequences of voting for Kerry by Joe Moramarco

Ground War: The Battle of St. Louis by Dave Drebes

The Final Word: Mobile Manners by Lucas Hudson

Arch City Adventures: BB's Jazz, Blues and Soups by Lucas Hudson

And much much more including Endorsements, Who Knew, 60 Second Interview and Ends and Odds.

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October 22, 2004

Last week's issue up

On the left hand side.

thank you diatriber.

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Rewriting the Business Plan (again)

Verbage from the old one:

Geographically the core market for our product is St. Louis, mostly concentrated in St. Louis City. The city has two paradoxical identities. On the one hand its demographic identity is a study in diversity – half black, half white with vibrant and growing Hispanic and Bosnian populations. From the public housing projects to the private streets and mansions, St. Louis is economically diverse as well. This diversity of cultures creates a colorful political scene full of factions, tensions and intrigue. On the other hand, the traumatic consequence of the city’s divorce from St. Louis County in the 19th century, coupled with a population free fall – from 800,000 in 1950 to 350,000 in 2000 has created a unifying identity within this diverse population – the people who didn’t leave.

The intersection of these two identities has created highly accentuated political competition and discourse. Our political history has left the city with various political factions—representing various geographic, racial, or economic sectors of the city—and as the city has contracted, these factions have come into closer contact with each other. At the same time, the traditional political mechanisms that kept the city more or less unified no longer work. Thus, the phenomenon of the engaged citizen is one that is found across the city—in a variety of racial, economic, and political sectors—even though they may not seem the same or speak the same political language. However, what they all share is a need for basic political information, because increasingly the dictates of politics and economics call for them to work in a broader political context.

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October 13, 2004

Burke's short list

New issue is in the mail.

Due to a production error, "the pledge of faithful Catholics" appears on page 9 of the issue without the accompanying commentary.


I Pledge Allegiance to the Archbishop’s Short List

Beyond the usual familial cat-pawing that precedes elections, there does appear a mild civil war looming among the Catholic faithful in St. Louis. The conservatives, on the one hand, wave Archbishop Burke’s “pastoral letter” like a flag while moderates on the other insist that issues like access to healthcare and the war in Iraq are legitimate issue. (The liberals have long since left the reservation.)

Following Burke’s lead, some parishes are circulating something akin to a pledge of allegiance. It asks faithful Catholics to affirm Burke’s world-view which comes off as that of a detached philosopher/bishop. Its dependence on moral abstractions to navigate the world borders on inhumane. One must be blind to obvious suffering of our fellow human beings to declare same sex marriage a graver and more pressing moral issue than hunger, homelessness or the war.

Additionally his teaching that the death penalty is sometimes justified is a half-reading of Church doctrine. According to Catholic teaching the death penalty is only justified if society lacks the resources to imprison the offender for life. In other words, in the United States of America in the 21st century, the death penalty is always wrong. But it still doesn’t make the short list.

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September 22, 2004

New issue is in the mail today

New issue is in the mail today

Shenanigans or Sloppiness: Piggee sues Board of Elections – Dave Drebes.
McCaskill Audits Yield Results – Eddie Roth.
Charter School Blues – Larry Handlin.
Finish Line in Sight for Charter Reform – Dave Drebes.
Letting the Voters Decide: County Proposition A – David Sladky and Lydia Lewis.
Most Eligible Politicos – Dave Drebes with help from Franklin Jennings.
The Final Word: Rebategate – Lucas Hudson.
Plus My Thoughts Exactly, Letters to the Editor, Ends and Odds, a photo essay by Marti Frumhoff and much more.

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August 25, 2004

New issue in the mail

New issue in the mail to subscribers

In this issue:

And Then They Left - Story of a young gay couple moving across the river to Illinois after Amendment 2's passage.

Metropolis Moves Forward by Christine Stroer - The organization tries to get things going again.

Wahby Takes Central Committee - New chairman promises new vigor.

St. Louis Democrats Set Sights on November Turnout by Gena Miller - Analysis of efforts to pump up the vote in the City of St. Louis this fall.

Saving What's Left by David Laslie and Frederick Medler - Keep the city's greatest asset, its built environment.

Primary Election Analysis by Ward with maps and stats.

In the Final Word, Lucas Hudson rants against the low-carb fad.

Plus, My Thoughts Exactly, Letters to the Editor, 60 Second Interview, Ends and Odds and much much more...

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August 09, 2004

New issue at the printer

New issue is at the printer.

Election results analysis. Election night party coverage. And all the nuggets we could fit.

Today would be a great day to subscribe. Click over on the left-hand side.

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August 07, 2004

Elsewhere in the web universe

Going through the referrals that have brought folks to the ACC website, here are some new blogs and sites that have mentioned us.

Jumpy Jumpy Vitamins

Rob K's Place


Michael Hanscom

Rob Thurman

Infernal Minutia

South Knox Bubba

Temple Report

Life in St. Louis

Julia Smillie

And of course the regulars: Diatriber, Arch Pundit, Commonspace, Combest

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August 02, 2004

Thanks to Brian Marston

For keeping the website going as we bumped up against our bandwidth barriers last month. In July's pre-primary frenzy we had 2620 unique visitors, besting June's 1831 unique visitors by a healthy amount.

As a reminder the Arch City Chronicle is always welcoming new subscribers and new advertisers. Information is over on the left panel.

And you can thank Brian by joining The Commonspace.

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July 14, 2004

Newest issue in the mail to subscribers!

In this issue:

Here We Go Again - Will Webster needing 350 less parking spaces than previously thought save the Century Building?

Roberti Rebuts Criticism - Our exit interview with William Roberti.

My Thoughts Exactly - Archbishop Burke is a cafeteria Catholic. He's only putting one thing on the plates of Catholic voters.

Letters to Editor from Kate Berger, John Ginsburg and Eric Vickers.

Commentary by David Sladky calling for "real civilian oversight" of the police department.

Christine Stroer writes about the lack of prosecution of abusive parents.

Campaign Updates about constitutional amendments 1 & 2, charter reform, and the 3rd congressional district.

Goodbye and Good Riddance - Will Winter talks about the latest census numbers.

The Final Word - a Lucas Hudson essay on how PG-13 is ruining thr movie industry.

Plus "Ends and Odds" and more...

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July 03, 2004

closed for the 4th

heading out. Be back Monday.

Happy 4th everybody.

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June 30, 2004

Bad day in ACC-land

Email is down.

Please feel free to contact me at [email protected].

Be back soon, I hope.

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June 19, 2004

Next issue preview

The next issue which goes to the printer on Monday looks to be a strong one. We pride ourselves on our writing at the ACC and I believe an article on Home Rule by Lucas Hudson, a new contributor, in this next issue may be the best written piece we've ever published. How's that for building up expectations?

Also, we'll be debuting a new column - Behind the Blue Wall - that will appear once a month and will give readers a look at the Police Department from within the Police Department. This first column will focus on the process of promotions within the SLPD. How political is it really?

Lots of other good stuff as well in the next issue.

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June 16, 2004

last issue up

over there on the left. enjoy.

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June 10, 2004

The ACC is a great place to advertise

You should know that the ACC is a great place to advertise.

Our readers are intelligent, engaged individuals . Your advertisement won't get lost or buried. It'll be right there next to the articles and information that makes the Arch City Chronicle a must-read publication.

Our ad rates are cheaper than other papers with our distribution.

For more information call or email Claralyn, 314-773-5748, [email protected]

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June 09, 2004

New issue in the mail

If you don't already, now is the time to subscribe!

In this issue:

Metropolis Flounders - five resignations in the organization's steering committee this term; no quorum at last four board meetings; membership as much as 75% off its peak; and no one to answer questions.

Changing Home Rules - academic heavy-weight Lana Stein weighs in on the charter reform proposals.

My Thoughts Exactly - Some blacks insist that Slay and the white power structure are systematically dismantling black leadership. Irrational fear or reasonable paranoia?

Schoemehl gets Pummeled, Goes Distance - A tough crowd at a candidate forum helps Tim Schoemehl step out of the shadow of his father.

Advertorial Content - Lizz Brown was paid $5,000 in 2003 for Hammonds to appear on her radio show. Should listeners know when a guest has paid the host money?

Downtown's Back - After all the years of hype, it's finally happening. A survey of downtown's residential, and retail projects.

Ends and Odds - Tidbits about the 5th ward, 3rd District and other corners of the region.

Plus much, much more...

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June 01, 2004

Last week's issue up

The pdf is on the left side. However due to disk space constraints, we've had to take down the old ones.

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May 26, 2004

New issue

New issue is in the mail. A pdf of the last issue will be up later this week, I promise.

In this issue:

Larry Handlin examines what went wrong with the textbook delivery in the schools this year, as well as why air conditioning upgrades of schools has been suspended.

Lea Anne Derigne writes about what health legislation passed and what didn't pass in Jeff City this session.

Will Winter explains why timing is everything in politics.

Elizabeth Ashwell surveys the importance of historic preservation tax credits.

Plus, "Who will Run against Slay?" and regular features like Ends and Odds, My Thoughts Exactly, and Who Knew and much more...

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May 24, 2004

More stands coming

Thanks to a generous donation from our Distribution Man, Fred Hessel, we've ordered five new stands to improve our visibility around town. The stands are being constructed by Dann Green who does some really cool work. Green is also quoted in this morning's Post article about the civilian review board.

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May 18, 2004

Classified Ads

Next Issue we will be debuting a Classified Ads section.

We want our classified ads to reflect what’s going on in the community and in the lives of our readers. Announce the birth of a child or special moment in life. Use it for the sale of a lawn-mover or to find that old Beatles LP. Or vent to the world what you’re happy or angry about.

It's inexpensive and it supports the ACC!

Classified Ad Rates
Frequency Once 2x 4x+
Cost/Word $.25 .20 .15

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May 11, 2004


If you look on the left side, you'll find that we've enhanced information about advertising in the Arch City Chronicle.

We've listed our distribution points and sketched a bit about who subscribes.

In addition to some slight adjustments in rates, we've standardized our sizes and added an 1/8 size, as well as decided to start a classified ads section.

Your support is needed and appreciated.

If you're interested in advertising, feel free to contact me, or Claralyn at [email protected]

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May 01, 2004

Claralyn Bollinger joins the ACC

Claralyn Bollinger is the ACC's new advertising manager. She may be reached at [email protected].

We will have more good news about improvements to the ACC to announce this coming week.

Stay tuned.

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April 11, 2004

ACC in St. Louis American editorial

Check out this week's editorial in the St. Louis American that quotes from the 3/24/04 ACC article about the St. Louis Public School's budget problems by Larry Handlin, aka the Archpundit.

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April 10, 2004


Next week hundreds and hundreds of politicians, pundits, power-brokers, players and posers will receive their ACC delivered to their door. You can get it too. Read what they're reading. Subscribe today!

The next six subscriptions or gift subscriptions that come in over the internet will receive a complementary copy of "bettertogether, a report of the saguaro seminar: civic engagement in america."

This offer is made possible by a generous donation from occasional ACC contributor Thomas Crone.

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April 09, 2004

New Printer!

We are switching printers. While the printer we used during the last two issues gave us great customer service, their equipment was... old-fashioned.

Thanks to Ed Finkelstein who recommended our new printer, Breese Publishing. We think you'll be able to notice the difference in quality right away. Breese, by the way, is a union shop.

Whereas we had to paste-up copies with the old printer, with Breese we will just hand them a disc or zap it over the internet.

As an aside, we try to support neighborhood businesses. We did ask City of St. Louis printers for bids, but they either didn't reply, couldn't do the job, or gave us much, much higher bids.

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Faster Delivery!

When we switched to the larger format last month, we started mailing the ACC by bulk mail to help out our fragile budget. Well, while some folks got it in a timely manner, many people didn't. So with the next issue - next week - we are returning to first-class mail. That means look for your ACC next Wednesday in your mail-box.

And, if you don't already, it's time now to subscribe. Either drop a check in the mail to the address listed on the left or click on the Paypal icon and pay by credit card.

You have my many thanks.

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April 04, 2004

Happy announcement

We publish the Arch City Chronicle on the 2nd and 4th weeks of each month. The next issue will be delivered April 14.

This next issue will feature several improvements. I'll be announcing them as they're confirmed this week.

Here is the first: Cbabi Bayoc will be returning! Next issue will have a new political cartoon from him, and more to come in the future.

Click here to see some cartoons he has done for us previously.

Click here for his website.

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March 26, 2004


Welcome to the new version of the Arch City Chronicle website. The future will be blogged.

Please excuse us while we put together the new blog version of our online home...

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