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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Massive Warehouse Burns in South St. Louis

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 3:43 PM

A massive fire tore through a south St. Louis warehouse on Wednesday, forcing workers to flee outside as thick, black smoke rolled into the sky, filling the streets of neighborhoods more than a mile away. Shortly before 11 a.m., city engine and truck crews headed to the long, block building...

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For Lawyer Who Won Landmark Absentee Case, $1,084 Bill Is a Slap in the Face

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 12:19 PM

Last year, attorney David Roland won one of the most consequential Sunshine law cases in the city's history. In response to Roland's lawsuit against the St. Louis Board of Election Commissioners, a judge opened up absentee ballot applications to public inspection — a ruling that paved the way for...

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St. Louis Police Used Mace to 'Punish Protesters,' Judge Says, Ruling for ACLU

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 11:55 AM

St. Louis police officers unleashed mace to "punish protesters" following the acquittal of a former city cop on murder charges, a federal judge has found. In a decision released this morning, U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry sided with activists and the ACLU of Missouri, granting a request to set...

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Southwest Pilot Arrested with Gun at St. Louis Lambert International Airport

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 10:13 AM

A pilot was arrested this morning at St. Louis Lambert International Airport after security discovered a loaded 9mm pistol in his carry-on bag, airport officials say. The 51-year-old pilot, a first officer for Southwest Airlines, was headed for Las Vegas when he was stopped at a Terminal 2 checkpoint. Transportation...

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St. Louis Is the Second Most Dangerous City in the U.S. (for Many, Many Reasons)

Posted By on Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 8:30 AM

Another day, another list shoring up St. Louis' reputation as a crime-ridden hellhole. And so it is with another national list, released this very morning, that declares St. Louis the second most dangerous city in the whole damn country. But before you roll your eyes and say you've heard it...

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Student Says Hazelwood Teacher Spit Sunflower Seeds in Her Face

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 3:11 PM

A teacher at Lawson Elementary School in the Hazelwood School District has been place on administrative leave after being reported for spitting sunflower seeds in a student's face. The student, 11-year-old Kaylee Bell, was standing near several students last Thursday when the teacher spit a mouthful of sunflower seeds...

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St. Louis Community College Bars Insults, Profanity and 'Unduly Repetitious' Comments

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 9:09 AM

Last month, the public comment section of the board of trustee meeting for St. Louis Community College turned ugly — with an instructor being body slammed by a police officer and then arrested. Captured on video, the fracas earned the district unwelcome headlines everywhere from the Daily Mail to...

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46 Percent of St. Louis Renters Were 'Cost-Burdened' in 2016

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 6:52 AM

Just because housing is cheap doesn't mean it's affordable — as a new study shows that nearly half of St. Louis renters struggle to afford their apartments. The study, conducted by housing search site Apartment List, found that across the U.S., the percentage of cost-burdened renters has dropped to its...

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I Was the Foreman of a Racist St. Louis Jury

Posted By on Tue, Nov 14, 2017 at 6:10 AM

St. Louis, late summer 2015. It is early evening. It had been raining. K picks up her friend to go to the gym. They set off south on Sarah Street crossing Lindell. They are in their early twenties, likable and taking care of themselves. He is young, also in...

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Monday, November 13, 2017

'Unspeakably Hellish' St. Louis Workhouse Targeted in Class-Action Suit

Posted By on Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 2:01 PM

Temperatures that reach 125 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, with frigid cold in the winter. Infestations of mice, rats, snakes, ants and the largest roaches one inmate had ever seen — as well as bed bugs and brown recluse spiders. Black mold and overflowing sewage. Those are all part...

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