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Monday, November 30, 2015

St. Louis Man Free — for Now — After Killing 13-Year-Old Boy Accused of Car Break-In

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 4:19 PM

A 60-year-old man who killed a young teen during a Sunday morning confrontation in north St. Louis is out of jail but could still face charges, authorities said. The man shot and killed Martinez Smith-Payne after he caught the boy and two teenage accomplices looting an unlocked car, police...

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Ad Mocks Eric Greitens for Calling Opponent a "Weasel" During Recorded Phone Call

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 9:25 AM

The shadowy group behind a set of recent attack ads targeting Eric Greitens is at it again.  Released on November 25, the ad (titled "Season's Greitens") is the third produced by the Super PAC Patriots for America, which is seeking to convince voters that Greitens, a former a Navy...

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Andy Cohen Got Caught on TV at Lambert Yesterday

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 6:45 AM

Lambert Airport was apparently a ghost town yesterday — even though the Sunday after Thanksgiving is traditionally one of the busiest flying days of the year, Fox-2 dropped by and found the place nearly empty. Why? As reporter George Sells explained, traffic at Lambert dropped 37 percent between 2003...

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Waze Will Change Your Life — and Could Solve Problems for St. Louis, Too

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 6:00 AM

You know that SNL skit about the Californians? Those absurd accents, that obsession with directions ("Stuart! You can't take the 405! It'll be totally JAMMED!")? That was my life for three years when I lived in Los Angeles, and that's where I fell in love with Waze. It couldn't...

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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Dumb Radio Ad Mocks Mizzou Protest, Creates Offensive Masterpiece

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 9:08 AM

A Columbia business owner has created a breathtakingly dumb radio ad that attempts (badly) to satirize the University of Missouri protests. Impressively, the ad manages to be creepy and clumsily sexist even while featuring the phrase, "I'm starving for men all across Missouri."  The ad (which you can listen...

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St. Louis Rowing Club Dispute Embroils City's Elite

Posted By on Wed, Nov 25, 2015 at 6:00 AM

Last week, attorney Al Watkins filed a bombshell of a case against the St. Louis Rowing Club and its officers — alleging that its president, Lisa Jones, improperly accessed juvenile records at the St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney's Office in order to smear a young club member who'd been investigated...

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

County Council Will Vote Tonight on Giving the Loop Trolley $3 Million

Posted By on Tue, Nov 24, 2015 at 6:00 AM

The St. Louis County Council needs to cough up $3 million in tax dollars for the Loop Trolley — or the project stands to lose a bigger federal grant, plunging it into possible financial peril. That's according to District 5 Councilman Pat Dolan, who is sponsoring the item on...

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Monday, November 23, 2015

How Online Threats Set Off a Real-Life Panic on the Mizzou Campus

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 6:45 AM

By the time MU Police announced they had found the teenager who threatened to shoot every black person he saw, on November 11, the credibility of the individual threat itself had little bearing on the fear it had created. It had been posted on the anonymous app Yik Yak...

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Post-Dispatch Editor Withdraws from Webster Class After Outcry

Posted By on Mon, Nov 23, 2015 at 6:30 AM

The political and national editor of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christopher Ave, had signed on to teach a class on politics and social media next semester at Webster University. But Ave withdrew from the adjunct position on Friday, following an outcry over his role editing — and defending —...

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Friday, November 20, 2015

For Syrian Refugee Building a Life in St. Louis, Backlash Is Crushing

Posted By on Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 9:37 AM

There was once a country called Syria. Today, we know this place for its cities devastated by civil war, its charging armies and a president turned dictator. The name also conjures images of hooded ISIS fighters, a black flag and rivers of blood. For those who escaped the horrors of...

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