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Thursday, August 25, 2016

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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Missouri Man's Death Penalty Appeal Draws National Interest

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2016 at 6:00 AM

A man convicted of raping a Missouri mom and then slaughtering her and her two kids needs more money to get a fair shot at appeal. That's according to some of the nation's top legal defense organizations, who have rallied around the case, saying that the federal court needs...

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Missouri Prosecutors Seek to Block Medical Marijuana, Claiming Pot "Destroys Children's Lives"

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Medical marijuana is legal in 25 states (along with Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico) but a dozen Missouri prosecutors are hoping to stop Missouri from becoming the 26th. To that end, the prosecutors are attempting to block a statewide ballot initiative from reaching voters in November.  According to an...

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St. Louis Smoking Ban Snares Just Two Bars (and They Say It's BS)

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 7:36 AM

The city inspectors got Bernie's Place in June. The bar, which stands out in bright blue and yellow among the drab brick warehouses and machine shops of the Near North Riverfront neighborhood, didn't have "No Smoking" signs posted, and an inspector spotted ashtrays, according to the city Health Department. ...

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New St. Louis Cab Co., A Super Taxi, Is Taking on Uber — and Old-School Rivals, Too

Posted By on Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 6:39 AM

Earlier this year, Mehari G. Tekle did something that no one in St. Louis has done for more than a decade: He opened a new taxi company. His brand-new operation, A Super Taxi, has an office in an old union hall on South Jefferson, 31 drivers and fully functional...

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Friday, August 19, 2016

Did Sheriff Mix Redaction with Forgery? Lawyer Accuses Drug Task Force of Foul Play

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Other than actual criminals, is anyone more irritating to Missouri law enforcement than Aaron Malin?  It's a fair question. Malin, a 23-year-old law student and former researcher for the group Show-Me Cannabis, has spent years harassing area drug task forces over alleged violations of the state's open records law. He's filed hundreds...

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Major Roofing Accident in U. City Leaves Veteran Badly Burned

Posted By on Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 6:57 AM

Saturday, August 6 was just like any other work day when Daniel "Danny" Madden and his son, Aaron, reported to work for a commercial roofing job in the 9700 block of University City. But what started as an ordinary job for the roofers turned into a nightmare that has left...

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