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Friday, September 22, 2017

Arrested Downtown, Two Protesters Had a Unique Concern: High School Classes

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 3:03 PM

When police released a list of the people arrested during the protests that filled downtown St. Louis on Sunday night, they included 121 adults — and two high school students. Elizabeth "Lizzy" Mills and Josh Hagene are both seventeen-year-old seniors at Clayton High School. And both were cuffed and...

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ACLU Files Suit Against St. Louis, Alleging Civil Rights Violations Against Protesters

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 12:22 PM

The ACLU of Missouri has filed a class action lawsuit against the city of St. Louis on behalf of protesters — alleging the city has retaliated against them for expressing their right to free speech, unreasonably seized them, applied undue force and violated their due process rights with methods...

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'Allies' Protest Outside Billy Joel Concert Draws Hundreds

Posted By on Fri, Sep 22, 2017 at 10:21 AM

On the seventh day after former St. Louis police officer Jason Stockley's acquittal, white people packed South Broadway in front of Busch Stadium to protest the decision while white Billy Joel fans squeezed past to cheer on the piano man. The demonstration, coordinated by the same organizers as previous...

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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Diseased Raccoons Are Running Rampant in South City

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 1:19 PM

Vaccinate your dogs, folks. Distemper sightings in raccoons are up in south city. Teya King, a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation volunteer, says she's rounded up six distempered raccoons in the Shaw/Tower Grove area this week, plus four more last week, and three more hit by cars. Distemper is a...

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Federal Judge Halts Missouri's Abortion Expansion, Leaving Three Clinics in Limbo

Posted By on Thu, Sep 21, 2017 at 6:15 AM

For the first time in years, the Planned Parenthood location in the Central West End is no longer the sole abortion-providing clinic in Missouri. But though a Kansas City clinic is now offering abortion services (medical only), a federal appeals court has effectively blocked three other Planned Parenthood locations from doing...

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

St. Louis Approves Trial Run for Police Body Cameras, But Questions Remain

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 7:09 PM

St. Louis's top elected officials on Wednesday voted unanimously to equip city cops with body cameras. The deal calls for a one-year trial using as many as 1,300 cameras furnished by Axon, the Arizona-based company formerly known as Taser International. It was approved during a wild, crowded meeting of...

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From St. Louis Galleria, Protesters March Through Shopping District

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 5:52 PM

A protest scheduled for Clayton's Shaw Park tonight assembled around 5 p.m. as planned, only to announce a change in plan — organizers announced they'd be going to the St. Louis Galleria in Brentwood. But once they arrived inside the mall, organizers again announced an abrupt change of plans....

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Circuit Attorney: If AG Wants to Help St. Louis, Deal with Traffic Tickets, Not 'Rioters'

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 12:42 PM

Over the weekend, Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley attempted to elbow in on the unrest in St. Louis, sending a letter to the city's circuit attorney outlining the laws against rioting — and offering his assistance in prosecuting such cases. But this morning, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner gave it...

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An Open Letter to St. Louis, from a U2 Fan Who Flew in for a Canceled Concert

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 6:52 AM

Atlanta resident Beth Radtke flew into St. Louis early Saturday morning, planning to see U2 at the Dome at America's Center — she and her friends JD Edge and Bernie Walker had chosen St. Louis to see the show when the Joshua Tree tour skipped their city. But protests...

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St. Louis Residents Call for State Audit of City — With Focus on Police

Posted By on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 6:24 AM

Local activists are pushing for a state audit of St. Louis' Department of Public Safety — something they say will ease public concern over how funds are allocated to police. In June, Comptroller Darlene Green released an audit of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department's overtime, finding that hundreds...

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