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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Eric Catalano's Tattoo Studio Offers Breast Cancer Survivors New Nipples — and New Hope

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 6:45 AM

In a biker bar north of downtown St. Louis, a back staircase delivers Linda Kilhoffer to Eric Catalano's second-floor tattoo studio. The shop area is awash with the morning's sunlight. In the corner station where Catalano does his work, a nipple sits on a steel tray covered by a purple...

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RIP Jorell Cleveland, 19 – My Little Brother

Posted By on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 at 6:29 AM

I met Jorell Cleveland for the first time at the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ former office in the Central West End. It was July 1, 2005, and he was about four feet tall with a big afro. He was eight. I thought: There must be some mistake. This kid...

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Monday, August 29, 2016

St. Louis Woman Charged with Rape, Sodomy of Two Teens

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 1:23 PM

A St. Louis County mom is facing charges of statutory rape and sodomy after confessing to ongoing sexual relationships with a pair of fourteen-year-old boys, police say. Patricia Bast, 38, admitted to having sex with the teens in the past several months, according to court documents. She was 37 when...

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Mizzou Slaughtered Six Beagles After Research Project

Posted By on Mon, Aug 29, 2016 at 6:11 AM

A quartet of professors at the University of Missouri-Columbia purposefully blinded six beagles — and then killed them after the research they were conducting failed to heal their wounded corneas. That's according to a paper published in the 2016 Journal of Veterinary Opthamology, which details the ineffective treatment and the...

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Friday, August 26, 2016

Missouri Supreme Court Strikes Law for "Felony Stealing" After Legislative Blunder

Posted By on Fri, Aug 26, 2016 at 10:50 AM

Do you like to steal things? Credit cards and guns? Voter registration lists and wills? What about American flags, live fish raised for commercial sale with a value of $75, or anything else listed as felony theft according to Missouri law? You've probably racked up some felonies then, right?...

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Gov. Nixon Doesn't Have to Serve as Public Defender, Says No-Fun Judge

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 7:25 PM

A killjoy judge in Cole County isn't going to let us see Governor Jay Nixon sweat it out as a public defense attorney. Interpreting the law in the least fun way possible, Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled today against some of the greatest political trolling in recent memory when she proclaimed...

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Vape Shops Fight Back Against Proposed St. Louis County Plan to Raise Smoking Age to 21

Posted By on Thu, Aug 25, 2016 at 6:20 AM

Now that the city has decided to sort of, kind of, stop people from smoking in bars, and the county has decided to sort of, kind of leave that one alone for a while, the next big tobacco fight is about age limits to buy cigarettes. St. Louis County...

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Judge Punishes SNAP for Refusing to Hand Over Records to Fr. Joseph Jiang

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 12:26 PM

A messy lawsuit that accuses a victim advocacy group of defaming Fr. Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang reached a turning point this week — and it could spell defeat for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, better known as SNAP, and executive director David Clohessy, who maintains that...

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Absentee Ballot Info Is Public Record, Judge Rules — But Elections Board Won't Release Records Just Yet

Posted By on Wed, Aug 24, 2016 at 7:00 AM

The candidate you vote for is between you and God — but if a person helps you fill out your absentee ballot, that's a public record. That's according to St. Louis City Circuit Court Judge Julian Bush, who issued a swift ruling yesterday in a lawsuit filed by attorney...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Top-Ranked Female Cop Sues St. Louis Police Chief for Discrimination

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 4:23 PM

Another high-ranking St. Louis police officer is suing the city and Chief Sam Dotson for discrimination. Major Rochelle Jones, a 33-year veteran of the department and its top female officer, claims she was passed over for a promotion because she is a woman.  "I'm not asking for a position because...

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