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The do’s and don’ts of Mardi Gras –


WHEN: 11 a.m. Today

WHERE: From Busch Stadium to Anheuser-Busch InBev, Soulard





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• Do bring your ID. You could wear a Barbara Walters pantsuit
and have John Madden’s jowls, and you’d still be carded to buy

• Do dress accordingly. We’re always amazed by the many revelers
who wear flip-flops and tank tops in chilly temperatures. This
ain’t Rio, folks.

• Do bring money. If you want cheap beads adorned with fake
marijuana leaves — and who doesn’t? — bring plenty of cash.

• Do plan a meeting spot. You’ll forget it, but it wouldn’t

• Do plan to use public transportation or a shuttle. Soulard
prohibits parking on most neighborhood streets. Metro is offering a
$5 shuttle from the Civic Center Metrolink station to Soulard from
9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Laclede’s Landing is offering a free shuttle from
9:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. from Second Street and Laclede’s Landing
Boulevard. And Maggie O’Brien’s, Koken Art Factory, Riley’s and
Highway 61 Roadhouse are among the bars offering shuttles to



• Don’t bring coolers, cans, bottles or backpacks. Security will
confiscate that flask of Jack, no matter how cute you are.

• Don’t urinate in the alleys. Those aren’t phone booths;
they’re port-a-potties. Use them.

• Don’t try to get served if you are a minor. Nothing ruins
Mardi Gras like getting arrested.



IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD • On the hot list

Live on the Landshark Stage

When: 1-7 p.m. Saturday • Where:Seventh Street and Geyer

• Trixie Delight (1:30-3 p.m.)

• Van Halen tribute band Completely Unchained (3:30-4:45

• Dance Floor Riot (5:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m.)

Comeback Cats

The Acro-Cats Cat Circus returns to 2720 Cherokee at 7 p.m.
Thursday. Admission is $12, $10 for kids; tickets from February’s
canceled performance will be honored.

Better than Nick Cannon

Drum lines from Howard University, Lincoln University,
Harris-Stowe State University and other historically black colleges
and universities will march together at the second annual Showdown.
See them at 2 p.m. Sunday at Chaifetz Arena. $15.

Artistic taste

Enjoy goodies from Hollyberry Catering at Contemporary Art
Museum St. Louis’ monthly Food for Thought. The tasting event
promises dishes that are inspired by the museum’s exhibitions.
12:30-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Free.

Mardi Gras at the mall

Grab a king cupcake and start celebrating early at the
Artropolis Mardi Gras Gallery Hop from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday at
Chesterfield Mall. Snacks, bead giveaways and artist receptions
will be part of the fun. Free.

European accent

Acclaimed photojournalist Damaso Reyes trains his camera on the
changing face of European politics, economics and identity. At
Webster University’s May Gallery through March 25. Free.




Steve Smooth headlines Naughti Gras

9 p.m. Saturday at Europe nightclub (715 North 15th Street).
Opening sets are by Sergio Mardona and Joshua Jett. $5-$10.

The Mystic Knights of the Purple Haze is presenting its
23rd annual Mardi Gras Ball

8 p.m. Friday at the Casa Loma Ballroom (3354 Iowa Avenue).
Costumes encouraged. $15. 314-664-8000.

The Girls Gone Wild Mardi Gras Party

9 p.m. Friday at Pop’s (401 Monsanto Avenue, Sauget). There will
be a $1,000 prize.

Mardi Gras 2011

At Molly’s (816 Geyer Avenue) at 9 a.m. Saturday. VIP includes
access to the inside bistro and restrooms, open bar, buffet and
more. $10 general/$100 VIP. 314-241-6200, ext. 105.

The second annual Social Gras

Begins at 9 a.m. Saturday at Social House Soulard (1551 South
Seventh Street) with live bands and DJs all day.

The Living Room Experience

Friday night’s 1st Friday event at the Renaissance Grand (922
Washington Avenue). Women get in free until 10:30 p.m.; doors open
at 9 p.m.


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Up to 13,000 Missourians May Lose Unemployment Benefits

COMMENTARY | Business Week reports the Missouri Senate failed to accept federal unemployment benefits which would have extended benefits for 13,000 citizens currently out of work. Senate Republicans fear accepting these funds would increase the national debt.

Republican state Sen. Jim Lembke of St. Louis said people need to find work. He leads the opposition to receiving federal funding while the government is in massive debt. Missouri has a firm deadline of April 2 to accept the unemployment funds.

“Ninety-nine weeks is too long. People need to get off their backsides and get a job,” Lembke stated according to the Kansas City Star.

He later said Missouri should try to encourage the federal government to spend less money. He suggested Missourians find two or three jobs to make ends meet or they should not spend as much. Lembke feels 79 weeks is plenty of time to find employment.

Lembke is making an example of politicians in Washington while his constituents suffer. People are unable or unwilling to get jobs because it amounts to a cut in pay. Many unemployment checks are higher than minimum wage jobs would earn. The employment many people had beforehand was above $7.25 and they don’t want their bottom line affected nor do they want to start from scratch.

Missourians are going back to work. The state gained 7,600 jobs in January. However, unemployment is still steady at 9.6 percent.

What happens when people make less money than their unemployment checks is they spend less money which makes the consumer economy grow more slowly. It’s a vicious cycle whereby not only are citizens dependent upon unemployment but our entire economy needs the extra cash flow to buy and sell products.

It’s like the American economy is hooked on cigarettes. Americans are addicted to a consumer-based spending economy. When there is less money in the hands of millions of people, they don’t buy as much stuff. Sales figures and profits in companies go down, the stock market suffers and companies let workers go. The quick and easy fix is to give out-of-work Americans unemployment benefits so they can spend money.

Yes, Americans do need to get back to work. But they shouldn’t be punished for being fired thanks to a stagnant economy. Lembke needs to be reminded the housing crisis, and the subsequent recession with so many stimulus packages, started on the watch of a Republican president.

Americans are fighting for every little bit of money they can get so they have a roof over their heads and three meals a day. Perhaps the Missouri capitol can open its doors to the homeless who won’t be able to pay rent once the unemployment checks stop. After all, taxpayers fund the building and it belongs to all Missourians.

William Browning, a lifelong Missouri resident, writes about local and state issues for the Yahoo! Contributor Network. Born in St. Louis, Browning earned his bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Missouri. He currently resides in Branson.

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Its National Pancake Day 2011: Take the Kids for FREE Pancakes at IHOP Today. How? – Babble (blog)

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Meredith Carroll is an Aspen, Colo.-based writer and editor whose award-winning column, Meredith Pro Tem, appears weekly in newspapers across the West, and whom Rush Limbaugh once called a babe (although not in a nice way, if there is one). She also contributes to The Huffington Post and has written for such publications as The New York Times and Town and Country. More at

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Heather Turgeon is a psychotherapist and science writer. She authors the weekly Science of Kids column for Babble and is a regular contributor to Strollerderby. Heather also runs groups for new moms at the Pump Station in Los Angeles. Follow the science of kids to keep up with the latest research in child development and parenting.

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Madeline Holler, writer and freelance journalist, has contributed essays to Babble since the site’s launch in 2006 and has blogged for Strollerderby since 2007. Her work has appeared elsewhere in print and on the web, including Salon. A native of the Midwest, she lives in Long Beach, Calif., where she’s raising two daughters and a son.

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Libya evacuations…Looking for survivors…Chicago’s next mayor – 9&10 News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department has made arrangements for Americans who want to get out of Libya today. They can board a ferry at a port in Tripoli and be transported to the Mediterranean island of Malta. Meanwhile, longtime Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi said in a televised speech that he’s prepared to fight to his “last drop of blood” against anti-government protesters.

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — Rescuers are using everything from heavy machines to their hands to look for earthquake survivors in Christchurch, New Zealand. Officials say at least 75 people have been killed. But some 300 people are listed as missing. And there are fears that some downtown buildings could be brought down by aftershocks.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has warned that state workers could start getting layoff notices next week. Walker says it will happen unless Democrats allow a vote on a bill that would bar most public workers from being able to form unions. A similar debate in Ohio drew thousands of union protesters Tuesday, prompting officials there to lock the doors to the Statehouse.

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona Senate committee has narrowly approved a sweeping bill that would target illegal immigrants in public housing, public benefits and the workplace. But the leader of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce says the measure could hurt the state, and that lawmakers should focus on job creation.

CHICAGO (AP) — Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel has a new job. He’ll be the next mayor of Chicago. Emanuel easily out-polled five rivals to win without a runoff. And Grammy-award winning rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith has made it into a runoff for a Chicago City Council seat.

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