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Monday, May 22, 2017

Zachary Smith Pleads Guilty in Covering Up Maplewood Man's Kidnapping and Beating

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 12:40 PM

A co-defendant in the kidnapping case against tanning mogul Todd Beckman pleaded guilty today in federal court. Zachary Smith, 25, of Eureka was seen from the start as an ancillary figure in the headline-grabbing case. He was reportedly a friend of Blake Laubinger, who along with his brother, Beckman...

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Post-Dispatch Columnist: 'Who Raises These Racists Here?'

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 9:57 AM

For anyone wondering why St. Louis has so few Latino residents, Post-Dispatch columnist Jose de Jesus Ortiz told a story on Twitter yesterday about an interaction with a hostile sports dad that may provide a clue. And let's just say the city does not come out of it looking...

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Buffer Zone Bill Shielding St. Louis' Abortion Clinic Returns to Board of Aldermen

Posted By on Mon, May 22, 2017 at 6:32 AM

Last year, two high-profile bills were introduced at the St. Louis Board of Aldermen related to abortion rights. The more basic one, modeled on a law in Colorado, would have created a "buffer zone" at the city's lone abortion clinic, carving out a little protest-free elbow room for women accessing...

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Edward Crawford's Photo Helped the Post-Dispatch Win a Pulitzer. Now His Family Wants a Cut

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 12:21 PM

The day after Edward Crawford's death, his attorney Jerryl Christmas scrolled through the coverage on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website. Unsurprisingly, the lead image on the paper's May 5 story was the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph that showed Crawford winding up to throw a tear gas grenade during the Ferguson...

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St. Louis Doesn't Have Many Mexicans Because Chicago, Says Gustavo Arellano

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 9:49 AM

St. Louis has the smallest Latino population of any big city in the country — in fact, of the nation's 25 largest metro areas, we're the only one that's less than five percent Latino. So why is that? If you read Doyle Murphy's cover story last October, you got...

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Branson Is One of the 5 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S.

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 7:34 AM

To many people in the rural parts of the state, St. Louis is synonymous with both Cardinals baseball and the country's highest crime rates. But a new study may silence our haters: St. Louis isn't even the most dangerous city in Missouri. And it's certainly not in the top...

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Kirkwood Mom Manhandled, Arrested After Flipping Off Crestwood Officer, Lawyer Says

Posted By on Fri, May 19, 2017 at 7:11 AM

On Labor Day weekend in 2014, Megan Rieke's mother, a retired schoolteacher, threw a party at her home in Crestwood. After the other guests left, Rieke and her mother and brother sat around on the back patio, listening to the radio. That's when a cop car pulled up. Around...

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Armed Robbery on Clayton MetroLink Platform Leads to Arrests

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 4:28 PM

Two men are in custody after a midday stickup in Clayton, authorities say. The thieves, one of them wielding a pistol, confronted a man today on the MetroLink platform in downtown Clayton, according to St. Louis County police. The victim gave them his money and then bolted to safety, dialing...

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St. Louis Property Assessments Are Way Up — Here's What You Can Do About It

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 6:39 AM

St. Louis real estate prices are rising at a speed unseen since the housing crash — and they're pulling tax bills up with them. More than one-third of the 140,000 properties in the city increased in value through its latest reassessment, and about 17,000 of those spiked by at...

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Democratic Committee Members Push for Greater Scrutiny for Krewson's Successor

Posted By on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 6:30 AM

The St. Louis City Democratic Central Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. tonight, attempting once again to choose its nominee to replace Mayor Lyda Krewson on the city's Board of Aldermen. But while the committee would normally swiftly affirm the choice of the committeeman and committeewoman whose ward has...

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