A Cape Girardeau teenager was certified Tuesday to stand trial as an adult in the beating last month of a gay woman. Authorities are labeling the incident a hate crime. According to the rather florid probable cause statement, 17-year-old Mercedes Ayers had been harassing victim Jeana Terry and her p ... More >>
The FBI released its annual batch of data on hate crimes earlier this week, offering a breakdown by state and jurisdiction. Here's the most curious thing that jumps out immediately:
Number of hate crimes reported last year in Kansas City, population 484,191: 76
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Kevin T. Malone is facing several levels of embarrassment these days. A few of the (alleged) reasons:
1. As a 51-year-old man, he picked a fight with a 14-year-old boy.
2. As a 51-year-old elected official, he picked a fight with a 14-year-old boy.
3. As a 51-year-old elected official, he pi ... More >>
Benjamin Elliot: And here we thought white-man dreads were all about peace, love and understanding.Police at the University of Missouri arrested an 18-year-old student Saturday night, on suspicion that the teen spray painted racist graffiti -- including the "n-word" -- on a campus statute. Benjam ... More >>
Prosecutors thought it would be difficult to convince a jury that Sean Fitzgerald and Zachary Tucker intended to commit a hate crime during a night of drunken debauchery.The two University of Missouri undergraduates arrested back in March for dumping cotton balls on the school's Gaines/Oldham Bla ... More >>
Members of The Gathering Place in Collinsville made a shocking discovery at the debut of their new church this past Sunday. It wasn't the Easter bunny. No. Some miscreant had spray-painted an upside down cross, the numbers "666" and a crude depiction of "male anatomy" on the side of the building. ... More >>
It now comes with a half-hearted apology/introduction full of hillbilly jokes. If you missed it when it debuted on the Interwebz last month, prepare to be embarrassed for Kansas congressman Bill Otto (Republican, duh), who composed an Obama diss track after returning from a family reunion in the Oza ... More >>
Matthew Shepard, a gay Wyoming college student murdered in 1998 and an inspiration for the revised hate-crimes law.You've probably heard by now how the House of Representatives passed a measure last week that broadens the definition of a "hate crime" to include incidents committed because of the ... More >>