Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Local Digest

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Local Digest

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UNIVERSITY CITY > Social House II not closing, owner says * Hours after Mayor Shelley Welsch took to Facebook on Friday to say Social House II would be closing "for good," the bar's owner denied the report.

"We decided we're going to move, maybe go to a different location," said owner John Racanelli, who came out of his bar on Friday night to give an angry speech to the media with his wife next to him for support.

Welsch said the risque bar that city officials have fought to shut down would go dark Sunday morning. "The parties have resolved their differences," her terse statement posted Friday afternoon said.

Reached by phone, City Manager Lehman Walker declined to elaborate on the details of the agreement. "We are satisfied with the outcome," he said.

Racanelli was not.

"There was a conspiracy between the city, landlord and maybe other people to put us out of business, for no reason," he said.

"Not even hours after the agreement was honored, the mayor comes out and speaks publicly to embarrass us for no reason. So now I'm here in front of the public to say that we're not giving up this fight. This fight is not over anymore!" he shouted.

Social House II opened in March and just two weeks ago celebrated its grand opening, according to a press release. The bar has been controversial for its servers, who wear body paint and pasties from the waist up.

The city went to court to force the bar to close but it stayed open under a judge's order while the legal battle played out. (Kristen Taketa)

ST. LOUIS > Stray dogs find homes with emergency foster parents * When the time came Friday for foster parents to bring their dogs back Stray Rescue, some couldn't do it.

Dozens of volunteers stepped up Thursday after a downtown power outage affected the shelter, knocking out the air conditioning as temperatures outside climbed well into the upper 90s.

By Friday, 20 volunteer families decided they weren't willing to part ways with their foster dog and decided to adopt them, Stray Rescue founder Randy Grim said. He expects that number to climb, too.

The shelter is hearing from the one-night foster parents that they are getting their home in order or making plans to pick the dog back up after vacation. …

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