Beth Miller is a writer and editor in St. Louis, Missouri. She has worked for weekly and daily newspapers and has been a writer and editor at Washington University in St. Louis
since 2006. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers; is a longtime runner, cyclist, triathlete, and duathlete; and enjoys training her Golden Retriever, Mack.

The Most Painful Choice – McFarland

When Champ, a German Shepherd, was adopted from a local breed rescue, his family hoped and expected to spend many fun-filled years with him. However, Champ suffered physically and mentally from neglect and trauma from his first years of life. Despite numerous treatments, Champ was never able to overcome that trauma to become a “normal” dog, and his family made the painful decision to give him peace through behavior euthanasia.

This work serves not only as an account of Champ’s life and his fam

The Artificial Intelligence Boom

A new world in artificial intelligence (AI) opened in the past year when OpenAI released ChatGPT, a large language model that scours the Internet for words in response to a question. Since then, similar programs and new technologies continue to be released while their developers call for government regulation and a six-month moratorium to slow things down, leaving many uncertain if the advances are beneficial or cause for concern.

We’re told that artificial intelligence will make our lives easi

Howard-Evans Place: How an African-American, middle-class “Garden of Eden” became a target for redevelopment.

In the early 1990s, the southeast quadrant of the Highway 40/Eager Road and Brentwood Boulevard intersection looked considerably different than it does today. The twenty-two-acre piece of land was home to dozens of middle-class African-American families, including some who had lived in the neighborhood for generations. The homes were not large, but they were neat, generally well-kept, and reflected pride in ownership. By 1997, those homes and the lives spent in them were a only a memory, replace