2. Jonathan Katz: The Wash U. professor was tapped Monday as one of the Obama administration's "best scientific minds" to investigate the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Two days later he was dismissed from the committee after revelations that Katz describes himself as "proud homophobe" and describes global warming as "probably good for humanity."
3. Jay Nixon: The Missouri governor made headlines twice this week for his behind-the-scenes political maneuvering. On Wednesday Nixon's appointees to the St. Louis police board orchestrated a coup to replace Todd Epsten as president of the commission over objections of Mayor Francis Slay. Also this week, bicyclists enthusiasts accused Nixon of killing the Tour of Missouri because of a grudge match he has with Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder.
Support Local Journalism. Join the Riverfront Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.