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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

First-Hand Accounts Show the Horror of East St. Louis' 1917 Race Riot

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 9:21 AM

This weekend marks the 100th anniversary of one of the most brutal and shameful episodes of mass violence in American history. Dubbed the East St. Louis "race riot," the events of July 2 and 3, 1917, tore East St. Louis apart and shocked the nation. The violence was largely...

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The RFT Is Moving to the City of St. Louis — For Real This Time

Posted By on Wed, Jun 28, 2017 at 7:42 AM

Last year, I made one of the dumber decisions in a life that's been full of them: I talked to the media. I didn't seek out the coverage (I'm not that stupid). But Alex Ihnen, the journalist behind, had called to ask if it was true the RFT was...

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Truck Hits Bump, Accidentally Dumps Years of St. Louis Airport Records

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 11:08 AM

If you happened to be commuting to south city last Thursday afternoon, you may have spotted some something weird by the Highway 40 overpass near IKEA. Papers, specifically. Papers. Everywhere. As one passing motorist put it, the area near Vandeventer and Market looked like "an office exploded." When RFT...

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St. Louis Zoo Is a Gun-Free Zone, Judge Rules

Posted By on Tue, Jun 27, 2017 at 6:40 AM

In the summer of 2015, a Cincinnati gun rights activist named Jeffry Smith set out to defy the signs proclaiming "No Firearms" at the St. Louis Zoo. One temporary restraining order later, he walked through the zoo's front gates on June 13 wearing an empty holster and vowing to...

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Springfield Is Broadcasting Social Security Numbers Over Its Police Scanner

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 9:50 AM

As a private investigator based in Springfield, Missouri, Derrick Marshall spends a lot of time listening to the police scanner app on his phone. In February, while working an unrelated case, Marshall listened as a Springfield police officer called into dispatch to report a suspect who lacked official ID....

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Confederate Monument Will Go to Civil War Museum in Legal Settlement

Posted By on Mon, Jun 26, 2017 at 8:59 AM

The Confederate Monument that has sat in Forest Park for more than a century has a new owner — and they're going to be permitted not only to take it, but to pay for the privilege. Under a legal settlement announced this morning, the monument will go to the...

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Friday, June 23, 2017

John Wells Charged as Serial Tower Grove Groper

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 5:59 PM

John Wells, a 30-year-old man listed in court records as "homeless," is facing four criminal charges in connection with a spree of sexual assaults in Tower Grove South over the past two months. According to a police press release, Wells has been charged with attempted sodomy, two misdemeanors for...

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Ferguson Will Pay Michael Brown's Family $1.5 Million to Settle Wrongful Death Suit

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 10:42 AM

Nearly three years after former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown on Canfield Drive, the city has agreed settle a wrongful death lawsuit with the family for $1.5 million. The terms of the settlement were initially sealed per a judge's order issued earlier this week....

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Search for Serial Tower Grove Groper Leads Police to 'Person of Interest'

Posted By on Fri, Jun 23, 2017 at 7:54 AM

Although no criminal charges have yet been filed, a man taken into custody Thursday is being described by police as a "person of interest" in a series of daytime sexual assaults against four women in Tower Grove South and possibly a fifth in Benton Park. All five incidents, the...

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Facebook Threats Against Trump Lead to Edwardsville Man's Arrest

Posted By on Thu, Jun 22, 2017 at 8:21 AM

A series of unhinged Facebook posts threatening to assassinate President Donald Trump — including a suggestion that Trump needs "a blade in the neck" — has landed an Edwardsville man in jail. According to a federal indictment, Joseph Lynn Pickett's June 15 Facebook activity so alarmed his former coworkers that they...

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