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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

County Council Will Vote Tonight on Giving the Loop Trolley $3 Million

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 6:00 AM

The St. Louis County Council needs to cough up $3 million in tax dollars for the Loop Trolley — or the project stands to lose a bigger federal grant, plunging it into possible financial peril. That's according to District 5 Councilman Pat Dolan, who is sponsoring the item on...

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Monday, November 23, 2015

How Online Threats Set Off a Real-Life Panic on the Mizzou Campus

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 6:45 AM

By the time MU Police announced they had found the teenager who threatened to shoot every black person he saw, on November 11, the credibility of the individual threat itself had little bearing on the fear it had created. It had been posted on the anonymous app Yik Yak...

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Post-Dispatch Editor Withdraws from Webster Class After Outcry

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 6:30 AM

The political and national editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christopher Ave, had signed on to teach a class on politics and social media next semester at Webster University. But Ave withdrew from the adjunct position on Friday, following an outcry over his role editing — and defending —...

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Friday, November 20, 2015

For Syrian Refugee Building a Life in St. Louis, Backlash Is Crushing

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 9:37 AM

There was once a country called Syria. Today, we know this place for its cities devastated by civil war, its charging armies and a president turned dictator. The name also conjures images of hooded ISIS fighters, a black flag and rivers of blood. For those who escaped the horrors of...

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Missouri Voters Oppose Syrian Refugees Coming to the U.S., Poll Says

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 8:48 AM

Give us your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free — but not, apparently, any Syrians. A new poll of 1,451 Missouri voters found that a strong majority opposes allowing Syrian refugees into the U.S. Only 22 percent said they were in favor of allowing them;...

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Group Seeking to Challenge Smoking Ban Launches GoFundMe Campaign

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 7:00 AM

Bar owners are raising money to fund a legal challenge to the city's smoking ban, which is set to go into effect across St. Louis at midnight on December 31. Five years ago, the city banned smoking at most bars and restaurants, but 130 establishments were granted exemptions. Those...

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Body Camera Footage in Amonderez Green Incident Doesn't Show Shooting (VIDEO)

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 3:28 PM

St. Louis County police released body camera footage this afternoon from two Ferguson officers who were on the scene of last month's fatal shooting of eighteen-year-old Amonderez Green in Normandy.  Green's family had called 911 on October 28 because the teen was suicidal, but police say that when officers...

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Idiot "Preacher" Gets Punched at Mizzou After Invoking the Death of Michael Brown

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 1:03 PM

A "street preacher" ranting about how black people need more respect for authority managed to goad a Mizzou student into punching him last week. The student swung after Jesse Morrell declared that "Michael Brown died because he had a disrespect for authority" — a provocation that followed a series...

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Known for Mizzou Protest Coverage, Mark Schierbecker Ended Up in a Skepticon Shitstorm

Posted By on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 at 10:08 AM

Undoubtedly, there were good intentions behind last week’s Skepticon 8 session, “Q&A with University of Missouri Protest Videographer Mark Schierbecker.” The talk, held at the annual Missouri-based convention for skeptics and seculars, was ostensibly conceived to address events surrounding last week’s resignation of Missouri System President Tim Wolfe —...

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Ex-Con Kilwa Jones Faces Fed Charges in Cardinals Fan Shooting Outside Busch Stadium

Posted By on Wed, Nov 18, 2015 at 5:09 PM

A St. Louis ex-con now faces federal charges in the vicious robbery of an Army veteran outside a Cardinals game. Kilwa Jones, 31, was indicted on multiple felony counts of assault, robbery and weapons possession following the Sept. 25 shooting of Chris Sanna. He faces life in prison and...

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