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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Shooter Targets, Kills Two Laclede Gas Workers in Random Mid-Day Attack

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 2:11 PM

At approximately 11:16 a.m. this morning, a gunman open fired on a pair of Laclede Gas employees in what police are describing as a random act of violence. The shooter then turned the gun on himself. The shooting occurred in north St. Louis' Hamilton Heights neighborhood, in the 5900...

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Physics Professor and 'Proud Homophobe' Gets Owned by Wash. U Freshman

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 1:13 PM

In his role as physics professor at Washington University, Dr. Jonathan Katz labors to explain universe through the study of its parts in motion. But when he's not in the classroom or in the laboratory, Katz's life is governed by far more worldly (and unscientific) beliefs. Those beliefs include...

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'Locker Room Talk' Sex Trafficker Sentenced to 25 Years

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 10:43 AM

An Ohio sex trafficker who set up shop in a St. Charles hotel has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. Kyle "Dad" Parks, 54, had tried to wriggle out of the charges by claiming incriminating recordings of him discussing his twisted business were just "locker room talk." (Sound familiar?)...

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Here's What You Can Do to Legalize Marijuana in Missouri

Posted By on Thu, Apr 20, 2017 at 9:57 AM

Bummed that 4/20 has arrived once again and marijuana still remains contraband in Missouri? You could get mad about last year's aborted attempt to get medical marijuana on the statewide ballot. Or you could take these simple steps to make sure your pot dreams don't go up in smoke...

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson Is Out, Mayor Lyda Krewson Announces

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 2:18 PM

And just like that, St. Louis is searching for a new police chief. Less than 48 hours into her tenure, Mayor Lyda Krewson announced this afternoon that 47-year-old Chief Sam Dotson is retiring. "The chief and I had a chance to talk about the future of the department, and...

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More High-Profile Departures Hit Post-Dispatch

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 7:10 AM

Last month, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch got a rare piece of good news — its series on the toxic stress facing children in Ferguson, "The Crisis Within," had won the coveted James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. But before reporter Nancy Cambria gets her award next week, she'll...

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Protected Bike Lanes, Removed for Snowplows, Still Await a Spring Awakening

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 6:30 AM

It's been months since the last real snowfall hit St. Louis, but a city traffic engineer says snowplows are to blame for the absence of protective bollards that had previously been installed on several bike lanes in the city. Erected in 2015 as part of a years-long effort to...

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Homeless Kids in St. Louis Face High Risk of Sex Trafficking, Exploitation

Posted By on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 at 6:22 AM

A comprehensive study of homeless youth in St. Louis has found that they are at high risk for sex trafficking — with fifteen percent reporting that they'd been victims. An additional three percent report being forced into dealing drugs as youths, a form of labor trafficking. And the numbers...

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Longtime St. Louis Resident Mahir Mohammad Has Been Deported to Afghanistan, Family Says

Posted By on Tue, Apr 18, 2017 at 11:37 AM

After more two decades in the United States, Mahir Mohammad is returning to Afghanistan. He's not making the trip by choice. Last week, the 53-year-old disabled man was handcuffed outside his south city home. Immigration agents, working under the strengthened enforcement policies enacted earlier this year by President Trump, detained...

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Create Space Closes in the Loop After Bitter Budget Battle with University City

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2017 at 6:42 AM

There's another empty storefront in the Loop, but the back story on this one is a bit more complicated than flagging sales or construction-related headaches. Create Space, the arts incubator that launched in the early months of 2016 on the promise of funding from University City, unceremoniously closed its...

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