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Monday, July 31, 2017

Woman Allegedly Steals Investigator's Gun While Filing Complaint Against Police

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 4:26 PM

Last Thursday, 27-year-old Latoca Lashai Davis visited the city's Civilian Oversight Board to file a complaint against the police. But after her visit, police filed a complaint of their own — alleging Davis had helped herself to an investigator's handgun. The series of events was apparently captured on surveillance...

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Shitty Nature Sanctuary Dumps a Bunch of Poop in Missouri Creek, Kills Fish

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 6:56 AM

A sea of rich-people poop dumped in a creek by a Warren County luxury resort that bills itself as a nature sanctuary resulted in the deaths of an estimated 700 fish over the course of July 4th weekend, according to state investigators. As first reported by the Warren County Record, low...

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Mayor Krewson Embarks on Emptying the Workhouse, But She'll Need Help

Posted By on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 at 6:38 AM

Temporary air conditioning units have brought a measure of relief to the St. Louis Workhouse and its 700+ inmates, but in the wake of mid-July's heatwave — which focused outrage over the jail's horrendous conditions — Mayor Lyda Krewson maintains that her administration is committed to reducing the population...

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Friday, July 28, 2017

'People's Special Session' Offers a St. Louis Rebuttal to Gov. Greitens Tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 2:52 PM

A "People's Special Session" has been called in response to Missouri Governor Eric Greitens' special session, which ended this week with additional restrictions on abortion. The People's Special Session will take place tomorrow at 9 a.m. and feature a demonstration on Union and Delmar boulevards. The goals of the...

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NAACP Warns Travelers About Missouri: 'Know Before You Go'

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 9:25 AM

The NAACP has a message for anyone thinking about traveling to Missouri: Be careful. At the organization's national conference in Baltimore Wednesday, delegates approved a "travel advisory" warning visitors to take caution — a move that the president of the NAACP's Missouri chapter calls virtually unprecedented. "It's very unusual," says...

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MetroLink Turf Battle Between St. Louis County and Metro Has Festered for Years

Posted By on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 6:15 AM

In December 2013, a pair of public safety officers working for Metro wrote emails to their chief to complain about a St. Louis County police officer. The officers had run a background check the night before on a man caught peeing on a MetroLink platform. When they learned the man...

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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Eric Greitens Did Not Address 'Women of Power' Lunch — Declined Invite (UPDATE)

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 11:04 AM

Update at 5:20 p.m. Governor Eric Greitens did not, in fact, speak at the National Urban League's Women of Power luncheon today. He was invited to do so, but spokesman Parker Briden tells us he declined the invitation on July 13. No word on why the national organization continues to...

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Overland Food Pantry Serving 2,000 Could Close Next Month

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 6:49 AM

When clients finish picking up supplies at Ritenour Co-Care Food Pantry, they typically schedule their next monthly “appointment” to come back for more food. However, to the dismay of the 2,000 patrons who depend on the service, the organization has stopped taking appointments for good. Its executive director, Reverend Marsha...

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The City’s Incentive Guidelines Are Toothless. Here Are Some Real Reforms

Posted By on Thu, Jul 27, 2017 at 6:20 AM

Policymakers and development officials appear incapable of responsibly awarding subsidies through programs like tax-increment financing (TIF) and tax abatement. These programs redirect increased taxes paid on improved property back to a developer, or prevent taxes from being collected on improved property at all. From 2000 to 2014, the city...

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

QuikTrip That Burned in Ferguson Protests Is Now a Community Center

Posted By on Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 2:51 PM

Today, on the land that once held rocks and charred rubble resulting from pain and unrest, a new center opened for the Ferguson community. Nearly three years after the shooting death of Michael Brown and the high-profile protest movement it ignited, a new symbol of hope opened its doors...

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