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The Insider: 6.17.20

If you’ve been missing that fun Gateway Arch tram ride these past few months, don’t worry. You still can see what it’s like at the pinnacle of our most famous monument from the comfort of your living room or anywhere else. Check out for a new livestream presented by the Gateway Arch Park Foundation, National Park Service and Bi-State Development Agency.

Former NFL wide receiver and Kirkwood High School alum Jeremy Maclin pitched in to give out $15,000 worth of donated food and hygiene products to families in the Kirkwood School District. The effort was supported by Maclin’s JMAC Gives Back Foundation in partnership the district’s KSD NOW (Nutrition on the Weekends) program.

Visitors can enjoy the lush colors and fresh green spaces of the Missouri Botanical Garden in person once again. The attraction reopened June 16 with social distancing and other safety protocols in place. “The garden recognizes the importance of public gardens and outdoor spaces as indispensable to community healing,” says its president, Peter Jackson. Tickets are available at

St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Aisha Sultan (pictured) brought her writing talents to the big screen. Her debut documentary, 33 and Counting, tells the story of Patty Prewitt, a Missouri woman serving a life sentence in the killing of her husband more than 35 years ago. The 39-minute film looks at Prewitt’s experiences as an inmate and her wrongful conviction claims.

The Ghost Who Pinched Me is the debut novel of Mabel Gan, a filmmaker who moved from Singapore to St. Louis with her family in 2014. She is the founder of children’s film festivals locally and in her native country. The young adult novel is about the life of a 10-year-old girl during the Japanese occupation of Singapore in World War II. It’s available through Barnes & Noble and Amazon.