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Dooley talks up veterans parade with Rachel Maddow

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 10, 2012 - St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley, a Democrat, joined MSNBC talk-show host Rachel Maddow on Thursday to highlight the region's recent parade honoring veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts.

The cable TV segment included video of the Jan. 28 event, which featured 20,000 participants and attracted 100,000 spectators. St. Louishas been garnering lots of national attention for the parade,which is the first -- and so far, only, -- parade in a major city to honor the nation's most recent military veterans.

Dooley, a Vietnam veteran himself, praised the event -- as did Maddow, who had been lauding the parade even before it was held.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.