St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch does not support stricter federal gun control -- but he's also not a fan of Missouri's controversial proposal to actively block the feds, either. In a move that signals growing and widespread opposition to one of the state's most hotly debated pieces of legisl ... More >>
If we're going to allow urban goats, why not sheep, too? Mayor Francis Slay says it's not that baaaaaa-d of an idea. Last week we reported on the apparently very popular urban farming trend of raising backyard goats in the city of St. Louis. The early chit-chat of some sort of goat ordinance has ... More >>
Last week, St. Louis mayor Francis Slay once again promoted the "extraordinary opportunity to reduce gun violence" in the city that he and his staff have been working on for more than a year. The idea is to create an "armed offender docket" in the St. Louis City Circuit Court, through which dedica ... More >>
On July 10, nine-year-old Tyrese Short was shot in the head and killed while riding in a car with his father in north St. Louis. On July 17, Mario Shackelford, 29, was fatally shot in Kiener Plaza during a fight allegedly over spilled beer. On Sunday, John Paulsen, a Kansas native and hotel director ... More >>
"There will be drones." So says St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in a tweet yesterday on the controversial airplane surveillance technology. Maggie Crane, spokeswoman for Slay, tells Daily RFT today that the mayor is referring to the federal government's use of drones and says that St. Louis may at s ... More >>
The St. Louis mayor's race is over -- but controversial commentary on the battle between Francis Slay and Lewis Reed apparently is not. Activist Percy Green sent around an op-ed he wrote to his e-mail list this week with his analysis of the primary race between the long-time incumbent and challeng ... More >>
It has been a particularly heated week for gun debates. In Missouri, a Republican outcry about gun owner privacy in Missouri sparked a major policy change and a high-profile resignation. Nationally, the U.S. Senate failed to pass a background check proposal, angering even some longtime NRA members. ... More >>
When the numbers began to roll in on the eve of March 5, it became clear that Mayor Francis Slay was on his way to his fourth, record-breaking term. With the hopes of his challenger, Aldermanic President Lewis Reed, went those of the members of Dump Veolia, who had effectively turned a pending city ... More >>
At around 10:30 p.m. last night inside the Carpenters Hall on Hampton Avenue, a smiling Francis Slay appeared on two large monitors flanked by "Reed for Mayor" signs. The audio of the mayor's victory speech, airing live on KTVI, was muted inside the large room, where loud music continued to blast as ... More >>
Tomorrow is the primary election for mayor of St. Louis -- and the campaigns of the two frontrunners are falling apart. At least that seems to be the message of both the Lewis Reed and Francis Slay campaigns, who are today fighting about a Facebook post from State Senator Jamilah Nasheed. Nasheed, ... More >>
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In a mayoral race that has gotten increasingly petty in the final stretch, Lewis Reed, Board of Aldermen president, is trying to focus back on his central talking point of crime. And in a shift in tone from the head-on attacks, Reed's team has been sending out "policy statement" press releases in ad ... More >>
This is a new one. Supporters of Lewis Reed, president of the Board of Aldermen running against long-time Mayor Francis Slay, are passing around a bizarre video this week that presents the mayor and his team as Hitler and the Nazis. It's a take on a popular Hitler video meme that has been floating ... More >>
Yesterday, we reported on a controversy pushed forward by Lewis Reed's mayoral campaign, regarding a new agreement form for city hires that critics say is a part of the most draconian, anti-employee policy in St. Louis history. The staff of Mayor Francis Slay -- who will face off against Reed in the ... More >>
As the primary election for the mayor of St. Louis nears, Lewis Reed, Board of Aldermen president, and Mayor Francis Slay, are both competing for notable endorsements across the city. This weekend, Slay held a fundraiser with a group of Muslim leaders in St. Louis -- at an event where he touted th ... More >>
This is one way to attack the enemy. Opponents of Antonio French, Alderman of the 21st Ward of St. Louis, are allegedly stealing his yard signs, because we all know that will, um, make a huge difference in local elections? See Also: - Arsonist Strikes Ward Office of St. Louis Alderman Antonio Fre ... More >>
Given the divisive politics of this town, Daily RFT was expecting fireworks over the weekend with the hiring of Sam Dotson as the next St. Louis police chief. Related content: - Dan Isom Retiring as City Police Chief to Become UMSL Prof - Proxy Twitter War Between Francis Slay and Lewis Reed Heats ... More >>
Yesterday, the Missouri Supreme Court basically told St. Louis city firefighters: "If you have seven years of service under your belt, go ahead and move outside the city limits if you want."So they can finally leave, at last. But will they? "Some will, some wont," says Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis S ... More >>
As Board of Alderman President Lewis Reed prepares to announce today he'll run against Mayor Francis Slay in the election next spring, their respective camps are increasingly battling it out on "the Twitter."
A disagreement between 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French and Mayor Francis Slay's office is threatening to further delay the opening of the brand new, $20 million O'Fallon Park Recreation Center. On Friday, when the aldermen returned from their summer break, French took the opportunity to point out ... More >>
Kiener Plaza was a tent city before Partnership for Downtown St. Louis bent the mayor's ear.A couple weeks ago Occupy St. Louis accused Mayor Francis Slay of kowtowing to corporate interests when he informed demonstrators (via his blog) that he would soon demand that they end their encampment at ... More >>
Slay to Kiener Plaza protesters: Move along!On Friday, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay said the Occupy St. Louis protesters must vacate Kiener Plaza, the downtown park where they've camped out now for over a month. In so doing, Slay gave the occupiers something their movement desperately needs: a so ... More >>
Remember one those classic intros to Cheers when Norm walks into the bar and Woody asks him how he's doing? Norm responds: "It's a dog-eat-dog world, Woody, and I'm wearing MilkBone underwear." I recalled that scene this morning when reading the latest dust up regarding St. Louis' problem with st ... More >>
Image viaWill the appointment of director of Public Safety Charles Bryson come back to bite Mayor Slay?Mayor Francis Slay took some heat when he appointed Charles Bryson director of the Department of Public Safety in 2007. Critics claimed that Bryson was unqualified for the job: he had little to ... More >>
http://www.pubdef.orgAlderwoman April Ford Griffin will be the new executive director for the city's Civil Rights Enforcement AgencyFifth ward Alderwoman April Ford Griffin has been offered by Mayor Francis Slay the job of heading the city's Civil Rights Enforcement Agency. While both sides ... More >>
Rex Sinquefield forced the earnings tax to vote -- thereby pumping more than $500,000 into the economy of political consultants and campaign strategists. Talk about a stimulus!It wasn't exactly cheap -- but it was effective.Citizens for a Stronger St. Louis, the group organized by St. Louis Mayor ... More >>
Updated with new and improved visual! The U.S. Census is out with its official tally of the St. Louis population. The result shows that the city lost 29,000 people between 2000 and 2010 to end the decade with a population of 319,000. That's a decline of eight percent from the 348,189 people livin ... More >>
The oldest (and first) major bridge to span the Mississippi River will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning Monday so workers can provide "preventative maintenance" to the structure's deck.The bridge -- which was built in 1874 -- was reopen to cars just seven years ago after undergoing a $35- ... More >>
Here's our weekly installment of show flyers -- from silk-screened posters to Photoshop print-offs to cut-and-paste collages -- spotted and photographed around the Delmar Loop. These posters are for shows from April 1 through April 7. All photos by Amir Kurtovic. If you have a photo of a flyer you w ... More >>
From the online St. Louis police forum, CopTalk:
Ed RhodeThe man who's answered scores of media questions, dropped the occasional tip and, yes, issued a few "no comments" in his day -- Ed Rhode -- is leaving Mayor Francis Slay's staff effective August 31. For the past eight-and-a-half years Rhode has served as the official spokesperson for the ... More >>
The results are in, and St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay cruised to an easy victory in Tuesday's primary election. The incumbent captured 61.57 percent of the vote (or 19,350 votes.) His challengers, Irene Smith and Denise Coleman garnered 31.92 percent and 6.51 percent of the vote, respectively. Slay n ... More >>
A group of homeless St. Louis residents and advocates plan to march on City Hall and the social service agency St. Patrick Center this morning. Not expected to take part in the protest is the Rev. Larry Rice, director of the downtown homeless shelter New Life Evangelistic Center and a frequen ... More >>
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