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Friday, May 26, 2017

St. Louis Con Man Posed as Purple Heart Recipient to Scam Airbnb Host

Posted By on Fri, May 26, 2017 at 6:01 AM

Mark Chartrand seems like kind of a crappy con man. The 46-year-old former St. Louis soccer coach was busted in 2011 for pretending to be an undercover intelligence agent as part of a convoluted plot to stiff his girlfriend on more than $100,000 in loans. He did more than...

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Beware, Missouri: When Ethics Go Down, Utility Rates Go Up

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 5:14 PM

The Missouri state legislature had quite the year. St. Louis city’s minimum wage ordinance was nullified. The state’s Human Rights Statute was gutted. And to no surprise, our leaders failed to expand Medicaid. Though it seems as if Missourians had more than their fair share of detrimental policy, Governor...

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10 Completely Serious Solutions to St. Louis' Confederate Monument Controversy

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 9:50 AM

In the past week, the Confederate monument in Forest Park has drawn protests, vandalism and increased cries for removal. If not for the estimated $100,000 needed to take down the offending stone shaft, we're guessing St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson would be strapping the thing to a moving truck right...

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St. Louis Does Not Have a 'Dire' Police Shortage. Not Even Close

Posted By on Thu, May 25, 2017 at 6:55 AM

The union representing St. Louis police officers has begun running a campaign designed to scare city voters — suggesting in media interviews and paid Facebook ads that the city faces a "dire" staffing shortage. The only problem? It's just not true. FBI statistics for the most recent year available,...

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rolla Library Hit with Lawsuit for Refusing Access to Pro-Marijuana Group

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 3:05 PM

The ACLU of Missouri has filed a federal lawsuit against the Rolla Public Library, which would not let a medical marijuana advocate hold a meeting in its public space. Randy Johnson, a volunteer with New Approach Missouri, which is aiming to get a medical marijuana measure on the 2018...

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St. Louis Convenience Stores Raided by Homeland Security

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Today is turning into a rainy mess, but things could be worse. You could be working at one of the area convenience stores currently being raided by federal agents and local law enforcement. Reports of the raids started circulating on Facebook earlier today, and community activist and former Ferguson...

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Basketball Courts Would Come to Forest Park (Finally) Under New Proposal

Posted By on Tue, May 23, 2017 at 7:25 AM

Among St. Louis' 109 public parks, basketball courts are a relative rarity. Only 25 of them have the necessary court and hoops, and a map of their distribution shows a distinct bubble around the center of the metro area. Most glaringly, despite its many improvements and splendor, Forest Park...

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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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