Two major human rights watchdog organizations have released reports documenting how the police response to protests over the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson violated rights of protesters and journalists. Amnesty International, which exposes human rights abuses worldwide, and PEN Amer ... More >>
As the chaos in Ferguson dies down (at least, for now,) St. Louis County Police released the names and charges for all 204 people it arrested during the stand-off. Daily RFT broke the arrests into a timeline with added links for clarity, but you can read through all the St. Louis County Police arre ... More >>
A Velda City police officer who has been part of the militarized police apparatus holding down operations on West Florissant Avenue is spreading lies about Ferguson protesters online. Sergeant Mike Weston, going by the handle "officeranon2" on Twitter, engaged with users of the social-media networ ... More >>
Brittany Townsend sat on her front stoop Sunday around 10 p.m. with a weary look on her face. An hour earlier police on nearby West Florissant Avenue began shooting tear gas at protesters in an attempt to disperse the crowd. Now the noxious fumes had drifted into her yard as they have nearly each ni ... More >>
Tuesday saw two protests over separate police shootings: the continuation of the Ferguson saga and a new protest in north St. Louis over the killing of a man armed only with what witnesses claim was a butter knife. The new protest sprung up in front of the location of St. Louis' latest police shoot ... More >>
Ferguson residents are getting used to the clinging aroma of tear gas every morning. On Monday night, law enforcement launched volley after volley of tear gas canisters at Canfield Drive, West Florissant Avenue and Northwinds Estates Drive -- not to mention rubber bullets and the expected variety ... More >>
Just a few hours before the Dellwood Market on Chambers Street in Ferguson was looted Sunday night, Lindsey Johnson was there to buy some groceries. When she saw people rushing in and out of the small store on Chambers Street with stolen goods in their arms, it hurt. "We know the people who own tha ... More >>
The Ferguson protesters were given a 12 a.m. curfew Saturday night, a result of Governor Jay Nixon's declared state of emergency. Many went home before midnight. But approximately 150 other protesters said, "Fuck twelve." For the most part, Saturday was a lively and peaceful protest with marches up ... More >>
How can police keep people safe when their very presence incites fury and rioting? That's the problem Ferguson, Missouri, faced as a seventh day of rage sparked by the killing of unarmed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown brought more riots, looting, militarized police and tear gas to this typically q ... More >>
As demonstrations against Ferguson Police descended into a fourth night of tear gas, rubber bullets and chaos, heavily militarized police officers briefly detained two national journalists, arrested a St. Louis Alderman sharing video of clashes and tear gassed a broadcast news crew. Police actions ... More >>
The unrest in Ferguson is largely being portrayed as a racial clash between the town's African American community and a largely white police force. And it pretty much is. But even a white-haired white lady can afoul of the increasingly militarized police presence in Ferguson. Yesterday Daily RFT wa ... More >>
Late night protests against the Michael Brown shooting and police brutality Tuesday ended in more tear gassing that was caught on video by a bystander who sent the footage to Daily RFT. The incident occurred at approximately 1 a.m. Wednesday morning. For several hours beforehand, approximately 50 p ... More >>
Congolese refugee Justin Semahoro Kimenyerwa thought he was close to bringing his sister and brother's families over to St. Louis. They'd already escaped genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo and lived as refugees in Kenya. After five years, Kimenyerwa's family was preparing for the final st ... More >>
US military drone strikes killing civilians? PACs masquerading as non-profits to get tax breaks and influence elections? B-b-b-b-BORING. Let's talk more about NFL referees. Thanks to Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce for saying this morning what needs to be said: I get that people care about football ... More >>
There will be 3,000 flags planted in Forest Park to honor the dead. On September 11, 2001, the country was shaken by terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Ten years later, St. Louis is coming together to remember -- and pay homage both to those lost in the attacks and ... More >>
Osama bin Laden died yesterday following a U.S. raid in Pakistan.Well, that only took 3,519 days. What began on September 11, 2001, and grew to become the biggest manhunt ever known to mankind ended yesterday in a suburban compound deep inside Pakistan. That's where an elite team of U.S. military ... More >>
Will his death create more violence?The State Department has issued a worldwide travel advisory for Americans following the death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. forces yesterday. For now, at least, it's unclear what bin Laden's death might mean for al-Qaida, the terrorist group he helped ... More >>
Today's comment of the day comes in response to our coverage of Osama bin Laden's death yesterday at the hands of an elite U.S. military force. Unlike Rush Limbaugh, reader "Kitty" wasn't about to give President Barack Obama one iota of credit for bin Laden's death. But, wow, can Kitty come up with ... More >>
Photo by Ettie BernekingThe Civil Wars/White Dress Old Rock House Saturday, April 23 With robotic club-thumpers dominating the mainstream, it's refreshing to spend an evening listening to a band that takes crafts its music on the strength of powerful voices and the thrumming of a single gui ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, April 23. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
Dennis BakerThe FBI this morning announced that Dennis L. Baker will take over as "special agent in charge" of the agency's St. Louis division. Baker replaces Roland Corvington, who served just 11 months in the position before retiring to take over as the director of public safety for Saint Louis ... More >>
Yusuf and his accomplices were believed to be in contact with Aden Hashi Ayrow (above), the leader of al-Shabaab until his death in May 2008 from a missle attack.A man who immigrated to St. Louis from Somalia and worked as a driver for Express Airport Cab has been charged with funding a terrorist ... More >>
Updated 4:00 p.m. with comments from Veterans for Peace president.By now you've certainly heard how the website WikiLeaks this week released some 91,000 classified and/or sensitive military reports detailing the failures of the war in Afghanistan.In Washington, the release of the documents is dra ... More >>
Khalid OuazzaniAn auto-parts dealer from Kansas City yesterday pleaded guilty to sending $23,000 to the terrorist group, al Qaeda. Khalid Ouazzani, a 32-year-old Moroccan immigrant, sold his Truman Used Auto Parts in August 2007 and donated $6,500 from the proceeds to al Qaeda. Months earlier -- ... More >>
The Wall Street Journal had a compelling essay this weekend about the hysteria surrounding the attempted bombing of a Christmas Day flight into Detroit and the subsequent tightening of airline security. In his article "Undressing the Terrorist Threat", author Paul Campos (a law professor at Unive ... More >>
The ultimate war game
Navy SEAL Eric Greitens has come home to St. Louis to help fellow Iraq vets.
Ann Wright, one of only three U.S. government officials to publicly resign over the U.S. invasion of Iraq, was in St. Louis Tuesday night to speak with anti-war supporters at MokaBe's Coffeehouse and at Left Bank Books, 399 N. Euclid Ave. Wright, who spoke for about 90 minutes at Left Bank on Tuesd ... More >>
Leave bovines and lawn artists alone.
Some readers say Cloy Richards is the exception, not the rule.
Leaders of a now-defunct international aid charity face charges of funneling money to Iraq.
St. Louis archaeologist Sonny Trimble takes the stand in Saddam Hussein's trial, and the nation is riveted.
Chris Hondros/AFP/Getty Images Sonny Trimble testifying yesterday in Baghdad at Saddam Hussein's trial After spending two years combing through Iraq's killing fields, forensic archaeologist Michael "Sonny" Trimble took the stand yesterday (November 30) as an expert witness in Saddam Hussein's seco ... More >>
Forensic archaeologist Sonny Trimble takes the witness stand in Baghdad, and the nation is riveted
Sonny Trimble's grave undertaking: unearthing the victims of Saddam's slaughter.
A toned-down Oliver Stone finds uplift in the rubble of the Twin Towers.
A cadre of Missourians stand at the vanguard of the 9/11 "truth movement." Just don't call them conspiracy theorists.
You may not want to see United 93, but you should
Week of February 26, 2003
Donald Miller has (re)written one of the best books on World War II, but will anyone care?
A blast from the past in the war on terrorism
How will Hollywood react now that real life is more terrifying than fiction?
Just a week ago, we were so very different
This is no time to be wringing our hands. We have to treat this as an act of war.