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This page provides links to news items you may have missed and serves as a reminder about the various municipal issues that affect us. News items may provide valuable information you can use or may even contain evidence or clues where you might find evidence to assist with your legal issue. 

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7-22-2017: Portable air-conditioning units ordered for medium-security jail in St. Louis

7-21-2017: Police use pepper spray to disperse protest outside St. Louis jail

Editorial note: See "Proposed Law Seeks to Reform System That Jails People Just for Being Poor"

7-20-2017: Black judge removes Mississippi flag with Confederate emblem from court

7-19-2017: St. Louis Workhouse Inmates Beg for Help from Blistering Heat

7-12-2017: Proposed $3 garbage fee hike for St. Louis advances

7-12-2017: Missouri prisoner was repeatedly assaulted while state workers lied about cell checks

7-10-2017: St. Louis minimum wage will drop from $10 to $7.70

7-10-2017: St. Louis County to open 24-hour cooling center

Editorial note: This is a great ideal and exactly the sort of thing government should do, however, St. Louis County needs more than a single center, especially in lower income portions where a cooling center would be more helpful. 

7-10-2017: Governor approves St. Louis zoo tax measure

Editorial note: Based upon the 2016 St. Louis Zoo Income Statement, the single largest source of revenue came from taxes, $27 million; the second largest revenue source was food sales, $11 million. St. Louis City and County taxpayers are footing the bill so that others can enjoy free entertainment. Last year the St. Louis Zoo Museum District said it was not interested in charging out of town visitors for admission, however, it is interested in asking us for additional tax revenue. Ironically, the only people for who the Zoo is not free is STL City and County residents, because we pay taxes. The Zoo already requires a separate admission fee to the Children's Zoo, Sea Lion Show, and other attractions inside the Zoo, however, City or County residents don't even get a discount on those attractions. When City and Country residents travel, other cities don't offer them comparable "free" entertainment options such as the Zoo, that's why the Zoo was recently voted the best free attraction in the United States, because other cities are charging! 

7-10-2017: State tests show radioactive contamination in stormwater at West Lake Landfill

7-10-2017: Gov. Greitens announces public safety plan for St. Louis, including troopers on interstates

7-10-2017: DeKalb County police face investigation after viral video shows officer beating homeless woman

7-10-2017: FDA Considers Forcing Doctors to Learn About Opioids

7-10-2017: Black Lives Matter: Crowdfunding Site Removes Page Raising Money for Louisiana Police to Sue Protesters

7-9-2017: Officer who killed Castile to be paid $48,500 in buyout

7-9-2017: Gap in white and black homeownership grew in St. Louis in past decade

7-9-2017: 500 Veterans Affairs Employees Fired Since January

7-8-2017: McCulloch is biggest beneficiary of St. Louis County pension changes

7-5-2017: NPR tweets the Declaration of Independence, and people freak out about a ‘revolution’

7-6-2017: US-led air strikes 'killed 224' civilians in Raqqa

7-5-2017: Man known for hugs 'hangs' himself in protest

Editorial note: Alabama Man "lynches" Himself as a Peaceful Demonstration

7-5-2017: U.S. lottery rigged, then payout used for offshore tax scam

7-4-2017: After questioning costs, St. Louis offers more tax credits for McKee project

7-4-2017: Lincoln University fights for survival amid budget pressure

7-4-2017: Judge tells Ontario woman who has sued dozens she is no longer welcome in court

7-3-2017: In Missouri, tax cuts are on the way

7-3-2017: Illinois House approves major income tax hike as Republicans break with Rauner

Editorial note: This is why it's great Missouri has the Hancock Amendment.

7-3-2017: Processional honors lives lost during East St. Louis race riot 100 years ago

6-28-2017: Remaining pieces of Confederate Monument removed from Forest Park

6-28-2017: 100 years later, East St. Louis stops to remember the riots that made indelible mark on city

Editorial note: See our race riot page to view video about the East St. Louis Riots.

6-28-2017: Phoenix to Pay $1.5 Million to Family of Rumain Brisbon, Unarmed Black Man Shot by Police

6-28-2017: Candian Supreme Court upholds worldwide order directing Google to block content

6-27-2017: Confederate monument will be gone from Forest Park by Friday under new agreement

6-27-2017: Missouri trooper enters plea, avoids trial in handcuffed drowning of Iowa man

6-27-2017: Missouri Supreme Court backs confining sex offenders indefinitely

6-27-2017: St. Louis gives MetroLink officers permission to issue tickets in city limits

6-27-2017: Missouri Supreme Court backs confining sex offenders indefinitely

6-27-2017: Missouri has second most racial terror lynchings outside the Deep South

6-27-2017: Girl's feet burned by overheated manhole cover in newly reopened Kiener Plaza

6-27-2017: EPA seeks to scrap rule protecting drinking water for third of Americans

6-27-2017: Three Chicago cops indicted in Laquan McDonald case

6-27-2017: Alton Sterling's children sue Baton Rouge police over his death

6-25-2017: St. Louis didn't get MLS, but McKee got more time and the chance to buy stadium site

6-25-2017: As drug deaths rise, St. Louis County may use portable morgue meant for disasters

6-24-2017: DeVos Appoints CEO Of A Student Loan Company To Head Federal Aid Agency

6-24-2017: Surveillance technology could come under board scrutiny if city measure passes

6-24-2017: The opioid epidemic is so bad that librarians are learning how to treat overdoses

6-23-2017: Line break dumps 2 million gallons of raw sewage into Mississippi River daily

6-23-2017: Mistrial in Cincinnati Shooting as Officer Is Latest Not to Be Convicted

Editorial note: This case was profiled on our Racial Bias in Mass Media page and includeds the body cam video of the murder. It's hard to understand how any jury would be hung in this case.

6-23-2017: Stop sending EMS to respond to overdose calls, councilman says

6-23-2017: U.S. Muslim group launches cellphone app to report hate crimes

Editorial note: Great idea, instead of relying upon law enforcement for data, they are creating their own. This is an idea that needs to be adopted by other civil rights organizations.

6-23-2017: Court says Iowa lottery rigging investigation took too long

6-22-2017: White St. Louis cop shot black off-duty officer — then claimed it was a ‘friendly fire’ incident

6-22-2017: Police officers getting a 30 percent pay raise in St. Louis County

6-22-2017: Ex-St. Louis officer charged with murder seeks dismissal, change of venue before July trial

6-22-2017: Dashcam Footage Shows Minnesota Cop's 'Brutal Attack' On Asian Driver

6-21-2017: 24-hour suspension proposed in Ohio officer head-kick case

6-21-2017: Admitting His Contempt, Trump Says 'Poor Person' Shouldn't Run Economy

6-20-2017: Wrongful death lawsuit over death of Michael Brown settled in secret

Update: See – Settlement in Michael Brown suit $1.5 million, Ferguson attorney says. It's unfortunate that a trial won't occur. The evidence revealed by a trial in open court may have revealed new details that were hidden during the secret grand jury proceeding. 

6-20-2017: Dashcam video shows officer firing 7 shots into Castile car

Editorial note: The video captures Yanez telling Castile his brake lights are out. Then he asks Castile for his driver's license and insurance. See our related, "Why White Cops Kill Black Men" page.

Castile hands over the cards and says, "Sir, I do have to tell you I do have a firearm on me."  Yanez says, "Okay. Don't reach for it then."  "I'm not pulling it out," Castile responds.  Yanez's voice rises suddenly and he yells, "Don't pull it out. Don't pull it out."  Yanez fires seven shots into the vehicle. Five hit Castile. 

6-20-2017: Hazelwood district says budget will be balanced after cuts that include 31 teaching positions

6-20-2017: KC police plan to outfit officers with body cameras as price tag reaches $6 million

6-19-2017: State troopers to begin patrolling St. Louis interstates, freeing up police for violent crime

6-19-2017: Low-income families can double their money by buying local produce at Schnucks

6-19-2017: Judge: Forest Park's Confederate monument can't be removed until trial

6-19-2017: Seattle police fatally shoot pregnant woman who they say confronted officers with a knife

6-16-2017: Hundreds Protest After Minnesota Officer Found Not Guilty In Philando Castile Death

Editorial note: Some comments from #CharleenaLyles: "The expectation of black people having to be perfect and not in distress to not get killed by police is exhausting.", "Mentally ill Black ppl get killed by police while mentally ill white ppl get labeled "ill" after they kill a few folks.", "Same police department. Same weapon. White man is apprehended after a standoff. Black woman is killed in front of her kids."  Our page, "Why White Cops Kill Black Men" is centered around a book written by a former Seattle Police Chief who stated that police training teach them to fear black men – and obviously, black women as well. There were two victims including the unborn baby. 

6-16-2017: The Breakthrough: Uncovering NYC Cops Making Millions in Suspicious Deals

6-15-2017: The Ironic Thing About the Two Black Congressional Baseball Shooting Heroes

Editiorial note: The two officers, Crystal Griner and David Bailey, credited with saving the lives of Republican congressmen were black. See our related post, "Why the reaction is different when the terrorist is white".

6-14-2017: Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, sources say

6-12-2017: Krewson, Stenger back latest push for city-county coordination

6-12-2017: St. Louis police warn of 'mass exodus,' but numbers are anecdotal

6-12-2017: Missouri parole board member resigns amid word game revelations

6-12-2017: Missouri wraps up plan to fix failing schools

6-12-2017: Is there structural racism on the internet?

6-10-2017: Car break-ins are so bad they're part of St. Louis culture, like baseball and barges

6-10-2017: St. Louis County paid for auditor's resignation — and silence

6-9-2017: Former St. Louis County judge was 'threatening' during DWI stop, police records claim

6-8-2017: U.S. Supreme Court upholds ruling that Houston bail system is unfair

6-1-2017: As Missouri photo ID voting law goes into effect, opponents equate it to 'Jim Crow'

6-1-2017: Racism, redlining, tax abatement and why your property taxes are going up

6-1-2017: Jury finds man guilty of jury tampering after passing out juror rights pamphlets

Editorial note: See related, "Jury Nullification: The Top Secret Constitutional Right" and then tell everyone you know.

5-31-2017: Mayor asks business to help with youth jobs

5-31-2017: UCity school board member files suit against STL police for excessive force and battery

5-31-2017: 'Underground' canceled, producer John Legend seeks 'new home'

Editorial note: Ownership of media outlets is important in order to control content. See our related "Racial Bias in Mass Media" page.

5-30-2017: St. Louis police sell surplus weapons, including Tommy guns, for $1.2 million

5-30-2017: Everything you need to know about the Confederate monument in Forest Park

5-30-2017: Snoop Dogg, Lecrae and Robert Randolph & The Family Band among Loufest 2017 lineup

Editorial note: As expressed on our "St. Louis' Racial Oppression" page, although the City of St. Louis is majority black, black culture and entertainment are often excluded by major events and institutions. Many events lacking inclusion are supported by your tax dollars. Since we first published that page, we have noticed more inclusion of black acts at the History Museum Twilight Tuesdays, VP Fair and now Loufest, however, more inclusion is still needed.

5-30-2017: Tamir Rice shooting probe: 1 officer fired, 1 suspended

5-30-2017: Business license required for teens to cut grass

5-29-2017: New 'Blue Lives Matter' laws raise concerns among activists

5-29-2017: Proposed state pension changes in Missouri trigger delay in cost of living adjustment

5-29-2017: Messenger: In north St. Louis County, the courts and poverty intertwine

5-29-2017: I-70 as a toll road? Opponents want to kill the idea – for good

5-28-2017: Statewide database of missing kids in Missouri paints unreliable picture

5-27-2017: Dave Helling: Change the Constitution? Here’s a modest proposal for Missouri

5-26-2017: UCity school board member files suit against STL police for excessive force and battery

5-25-2017: St. Louis Official Defends Tank Inspection

5-25-2017: St. Louis Does Not Have a 'Dire' Police Shortage. Not Even Close

5-25-2017: St. Louis mayor forms citizen committee to search for new police chief

5-25-2017: St. Louis County property values see largest increase in a decade

Editorial note: You can appeal your property tax assessment. To find comps, enter your address in Zillow and filter for "recently sold." You can also use realtor.com to get an idea of what properties similar to your in your area are selling for. You should check your neighbors tax assessments against your own to see if your taxes are higher because they appealed and you didn't. (St. Louis City Assessor), (St. Louis County Assessor), (St. Charles Co. Assessor), (Jefferson County Assessor)

5-25-2007: Better Family Life offers workforce training in varied fields

5-25-2017: Resident’s home damaged by water main break, offered only token compensation

5-25-2017: Wrongful convictions: From death row to freedom

5-25-2017: Centennial Commission hosts conference on 1917 East St. Louis riots

Editorial note: Checkout our race riot page for a video about the East St. Louis Race Riot.

5-24-2017: St. Louis police are overcharging public for arrest reports, judge rules

5-24-2017: As controversy builds over Confederate Memorial, Krewson vows removal plan within three weeks

5-24-2017: Video appears to show Texas officer striking teenage girl

5-24-2017: Father of black student murdered in suspected hate crime accepts his son’s degree

5-24-2017: Portland burrito shop forced to close amid accusations of cultural appropriation, stealing recipes

5-23-2017: Lezley McSpadden to graduate from Jennings High School on Friday

5-23-2017: Where are St. Louis' car theft hotspots?

5-23-2017: Wikipedia can pursue NSA surveillance lawsuit: U.S. appeals court

5-23-2017: Former St. Louis VA supervisor admits kickback scheme

5-23-2017: Trump's $4.1 trillion budget slashes Medicaid, food stamps

5-22-2017: UMSL to cut operating budget by another 2.5 percent

5-22-2007: Former P-D editor/columnist hired by St. Louis County courts

5-21-2017: St. Louis voters approved $5 million for affordable housing, but budget routinely falls short

5-19-2017: Students and ACLU persuade district to revoke punishments for walkout, teachers reach temporary agreement with Hazelwood

5-19-2017: Ex-St. Louis officer's partner ordered to produce statements in murder investigation

5-18-2017: GoFundMe Effort to Take Down St. Louis' Confederate Monument

5-18-2017: Trump appoints David Clarke despite ‘fatal and persistent malpractice’ as sheriff

5-17-2017: Missouri’s workers stand to lose discrimination protections, minimum wage increases

5-17-2017: Chief justice owns muni court mess

5-17-2017: Former American Bar Association president Paulette Brown addresses National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts

5-10-2017: Cop Fired After Not Shooting Suicidal Man Sues City

5-9-2017: TIF Plans in St. Louis Are 'Redlining and Block-Busting,' Show-Me Institute Says

5-9-2017: Suing for discrimination gets tougher in Missouri under bill sent to governor

5-9-2017: Missouri Prepares for Real ID Implementation

5-9-2017: Black Girls Are Twice as Likely to Be Suspended, In Every State

5-9-2017: Poop bombs: Venezuelans’ new weapon against riot police are ‘poopootov cocktails’

5-8-2017: St. Louis $10 Minimum Wage Goes Into Effect

5-8-2017: McKee seeks more tax redits for NorthSide grocery store

5-8-2017: 14-year-old shot while sleeping in north St. Louis

5-8-2017: Tests find elevated radiation levels in more St. Louis County homes

5-8-2017: White cop sues city, chief for racism: Ancestry.com says he's part black

5-5-2017: New St. Louis minimum wage goes into effect Friday

5-5-2017: Protester featured in iconic Ferguson photo found dead of self-inflicted gunshot wound

5-5-2017: Federal lawsuit says St. Louis police beat, fractured skull of teen

5-2-2017: Cops change their story after an officer kills a teen outside a party

5-1-2017: Why invite Clarence Thomas to St. Louis for Law Day?

4-29-2017: Team TIF proposes new rules on St. Louis tax incentives

4-26-2017: Man hung in cell for hours at St. Louis lockup while guards streamed Netflix

4-26-2017: Bedbugs lead St. Louis senior housing complex to try to evict 87-year-old tenant

4-26-2017: Alarming number of babies born with syphilis prompts universal screening recommendation

4-25-2017: St. Louis faces fair housing complaint over new homeless shelter's location

4-25-2017: Non-profit assisting people returning from prison opens new headquarters at Westport

4-25-2017: Judge orders University City to apologize, pay lawyer fees of resident barred from meetings

4-25-2017: Trump's 'sanctuary-city' order blocked by federal judge in San Francisco

4-25-2017: In parts of the California’s Bay Area, $105,350 is now ‘low income’

4-25-2017: Scientist invents way to trigger artificial photosynthesis to clean air

4-24-2017: Florissant to swear in first-ever black City Council member tonight

4-24-2017: Greitens signs law smoothing the way for Uber, Lyft to operate statewide

4-24-2017: Police video shows officer press gun to unarmed man's head, threaten to kill him

4-24-2017: U.S. top court won't review Houston police shooting 'waistband' defense

4-24-2017: Lawsuit threatened against AT&T over slow Internet speeds in low-income Cleveland neighborhoods

4-24-2017: Teen's Powerful Prom Dress Is a Tribute to Black Lives Matter

4-24-2017: Post Falls, ID company under fire for racist image

4-22-2017: New St. Louis mayor on her to-do list, political foes and getting 're-married' to the county

4-22-2017: Messenger: Missouri lawmaker switches teams, files bill to help debt-collector clients

4-22-2017: Infighting among Missouri Republicans threatens ability to get work done

4-22-2017: Dylann Roof is now on federal death row in Indiana

4-21-2017: Kinloch officials ordered to St. Louis County court to answer for alleged illegal traffic ticket

4-21-2017: Missouri poised to make it harder for fired workers to win discrimination cases

4-21-2017: 4 Former Missouri Jail Officers Accused of Attacking Inmate

4-21-2017: WikiLeaks releases more top-secret CIA docs as U.S. considers charges

4-21-2017: Disabled people can be fired for using medical marijuana, even in Colorado

4-21-2017: Diet soda study looks at dementia, heart risks

4-21-2017: Highly trained fire protection for $2 an hour: California’s inmate fire crews

4-20-2017: St. Louis police chief out on new mayor's first full day

4-20-2017: St. Louis juvenile officer charged with illegally accessing crime database

4-20-2017: St. Louis Community College extends buyout offer to 500 employees

4-20-2017: St. Louis gunman kills two gas company workers, then himself

4-20-2017: Missouri will receive $10 million to fight opioid addiction

4-20-2017: Revenue Agency Gives Records After Missouri Auditor Subpoena

4-20-2017: Report: Manhunt underway for 'traitor' inside CIA

4-20-2017: Regulators Accuse Subprime Mortgage Servicer of Years of Abuses

4-19-2017: United Way releases new ‘Basic Living Measure’ for St. Louis metro region

4-19-2017: Homeless Kids in St. Louis Face High Risk of Sex Trafficking, Exploitation

4-18-2017: New St.Louis mayor vows continued revival and warns of less help from feds

4-16-2017: On the Trail: A look at St. Louis’ newest officeholders

4-14-2017: St. Louis Community College weighs buyout offers to more than 500 employees

4-14-2017: ‘Informed Delivery’ From The US Postal Service – New Potential Evidence

4-13-2017: United Way report finds 43 percent of St. Louis-area households can’t meet basic living expenses

4-13-2017: Two teens are first to graduate from St. Louis' new 24-hour online high school

Editorial note: See our related, "Free Money for College" page.

4-13-2017: MSD trustees opt against low bidder for $145 million sewer project

4-13-2017: Lyft Could Return to St. Louis Thanks to Passage of Bill Authorizing Ride-Sharing

4-13-2017: 2 Gwinnett officers fired after videos show them hitting suspect

4-13-2017: Law enforcement officers may be illegally selling guns, ATF says

4-13-2017: Black Lives Matter release video of police 'dragging man from his car and kicking him in the face'

4-13-2017: U.S.-led coalition accidentally bombs Syrian allies, killing 18

4-13-2017: Buffett foundation unveils $90M plan to help girls of color

Editorial note: See our comments about foundations on our "Billionaire Overthrow of U.S. Goverment" page.

4-12-2017: Fatal overdoses hit middle-aged white Missourians hardest

Editorial note: See our recent post, “We’re Coming for You”: Is There a Hidden Agenda to the Florida Sheriff’s Anti-Drug Message?

4-12-2017: Laclede Gas files first rate increase in four years

4-12-2017: With new members, St. Louis elected school board hopes to regain power soon

Editorial note: See our related, "Educational Oppression" page.

4-12-2017: Senators OK Home Buyouts Aimed at St. Louis-Area Landfills

4-12-2017: Officials in Missouri and Illinois will present Bi-State with security plan

4-12-2017: St. Louis suing NFL over Rams' relocation

4-12-2017: Messenger: Missouri Supreme Court draws a line in the sand on rising court costs

4-12-2017: Police body cameras lead to 39-percent drop in complaints

4-12-2017: Court: Woman raped in state hospital can’t sue for damages

4-12-2017: DeVos Undoes Obama Student Loan Protections

4-11-2017: Sacramento police officer suspended after video shows him punching jaywalking suspect

4-9-2017: MetroLink violence exposes rift between St. Louis County and Bi-State

4-9-2017: Proven treatment is out there for heroin addicts. But good luck getting it in Missouri

4-9-2017: Political activism inspired by Trump shows no signs of slowing down

Editorial note: See our related "protester rights" page

4-8-2017: St. Louis police shoot man in leg after chase

Editorial note: Again, it's amazing the number of suspects that point a gun at police without firing but end up getting shot by the police. Some of these officers must be really quick on the draw; they can draw their weapons so quickly, aim and shoot before the suspect can get off a single shot. See our related gun law in Missouri page.

4-8-2017: Missouri weighs funding cuts for sobriety checkpoints

4-8-2017: Why the payday loan industry is declining in Missouri

4-8-2017: Security for Betsy DeVos Costing Education Dept. Nearly $8M for 8 Months

4-8-2017: Missouri Military Academy Dating to 1880 Will Close

4-8-2017: New York Adopts Free Tuition

4-8-2017: Hacker sets off all 156 emergency sirens in Dallas

4-7-2017: St. Louis agrees to close temporary homeless shelter in Weed Control building in 60 days

4-7-2017: St. Louis to Kansas City, finalist for Hyperloop One

4-7-2017: Neil Gorsuch Confirmed by Senate as Supreme Court Justice

4-7-2017: One state has passed a law to stop schools from shaming kids without lunch money

4-7-2017: Russia Says U.S. Broke International Law In Striking Syria, Citing 'Pretext'

Editorial note: For example, imagine that instead of the U.S. firing missiles because of the 70+ deaths from chemical weapons, some other country fired missiles at the U.S. for the 169 police killings of unarmed people in 2016 or the 234 killings of unarmed people in 2015. In September 2016, aUnited Nations' group warned that the United States has not confronted its legacy of “racial terrorism,” and owes African-Americans reparations.

4-7-2017: Tomahawk maker's stock up after U.S. launch on Syria

4-7-2017: Tomahawk missiles: Explaining the weapons the US used to strike Syria

Editorial note: Three weeks before Trump took the oath of office we published, "Billionaire President Equals Massiver Military Industrial Complex Profits" which predicted increased military spending, because nothing is more profitable than armed conflict. According to the artcle, each Tomahawk missile cost  $569,000 in 1999 dollars or $832,000 dollars today, however other sources list the cost as high as $1.59 million each. Using the lower $832,000 figure, the missile cost alone was over $49 million. Some have suggested the 2013 and recent chemical attacks were false flags, even Trump's first national security adviser, General Michael T. Flynn could not rule out that possibility.

4-7-2017: Hackers use college student loans tool to steal $30 million

4-7-2017: America’s Retailers Are Closing Stores Faster Than Ever

4-6-2017: Low prisoner population prompts 166 layoffs at Newark detention center

Editorial note: Mass incarceration of African-Americans benefits corporations and employees running and investing in private prisons just as plantation owners and their overseers benefited from slavery. Prisons are usually located in rural mostly white communities and those populations have a vested interest in continued incarcerations. Racism provides real economic benefits. Don't allow yourself to be fooled by propaganda designed to make you support ideas, candidates, policy or systems that work against your best interest. 

4-6-2017: Four St. Louis police officers charged with felonies for allegedly stealing overtime pay

4-6-2017: Missouri House approves budget, sends $27.8 billion plan to Senate

4-6-2017: Identity thieves may have hacked files of 100,000 FAFSA applicants

4-6-2017: Court upholds $500,000 award to Overland woman from mortgage services company

4-6-2017: Corrupt Metro East official gets 5 years for stealing from impoverished East St. Louis township

Editorial note: Black officials seem to be disproportionately charged with and sentenced with corruption. Even with St. Louis' long history of corruption, white officials such as the recorder of deeds gets a pass while black officials get prosecuted.

4-6-2017: Man shot dead on MetroLink train near UMSL

4-6-2017: Missouri sheriff in office while facing 18 charges

4-6-2017: Messenger: FBI investigating Missouri legislative dispute involving truckers

4-6-2017: The IRS has been quietly confiscating millions from small business owners

4-6-2017: Justice Department Considering Reopening Emmett Till Murder Case, Family Says

Editorial note: See our related post, "Woman whose accusation led to lynching of Emmett Till Admits she lied"

4-5-2017: Minority Neighborhoods Pay Higher Car Insurance Premiums Than White Areas With the Same Risk

Note: Analysis of premiums and payouts in California, Illinois, Texas and Missouri shows that some major insurers charge minority neighborhoods as much as 30 percent more than other areas with similar accident costs.

4-5-2017: Taser International, now Axon, to offer free body cameras for every US police officer

Editorial note: Now the City of St. Louis can obtain body cameras for police even though voters rejected eliminating the recorder of deeds office. Hopefully, Axon or some other company will create a system where the cameras come on automatically when a taser or gun is removed from the holster. 

4-5-2017: Messenger: Greitens takes dead aim at Capitol corruption, shoots blanks

4-5-2017: Chicago mayor: No high school diploma without acceptance letter

Editorial note: Black and brown students will be disproportionately effected negatively. Under the proposal, all Chicago Public School students starting with this year’s freshman class would have to show an acceptance letter to a four-year university, a community college, a trade school or apprenticeship, an internship, or a branch of the armed services in order to receive their high school diploma. Black and brown students who can't secure an acceptance letter will either be forced into the military or stigmatized by not getting the high school diploma they earned. Every Democrat is not your friend!

4-5-2017: 3 Denver homeless advocates tried for violating camping ban

4-5-2017: Pepsi pulls widely mocked ad featuring Kendall Jenner

Editorial note: Last year, I boycotted Pepsi and other companies because of their silence concerning the killing of unarmed black people. The Jenner commercial, although off the mark, seemed to indicate a baby step in the direction of at least being aware issues exist. 

4-4-2017: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated on this day in 1968

4-4-2017: Fifty Years After King’s Famous Anti-War Speech, America Is Again Debating Guns Versus Butter

Editorial note: See related: "Billionaire President Equals Massiver Military Industrial Complex Profits," "War is a Racket," and "Martin Luther King Jr. vs. Donald Trump"

4-4-2017: KC voters approve lower penalty for pot possession: $25 fine and no jail

4-4-2017: 220 Cities Losing All Passenger Train Service per Trump Elimination of all Federal Funding for Amtrak’s National Network Trains

4-4-2017: MN Dem exposes lawmakers’ whites-only card game — and now they are calling her a ‘racist’

4-4-2017: Texas man up in arms over arrest for shooting at men trying to kidnap his fiancée

Editorial note: As we have pointed out, African-Americans do not enjoy the same gun rights as white gun owners; that evidentially applies to other non-white citizens as well..

4-4-2017: Feds order Wells Fargo to rehire whistleblower and pay him $5.4 million

4-4-2017: Third Black Employee Sues Fox News for Racial Discrimination

Editorial note: Racial bias in media is commonplace. People who are racist are often sexist, and vice versa, so the fact that Fox is under fire for both is not surprising. 

4-4-2017: LGBT Job Discrimination Is Prohibited by Civil Rights Law, Federal Appeals Court Rules

4-3-2017: Black Cop gets 40 Year Sentence in death of White kid

4-4-2017: Parents of white supremacist accused of murdering black man in New York refuse to pay his legal fees

Note: Police say James Jackson admitted to travelling to New York City with the sole purpose of killing black people and is now on trial for murder

4-4-2017: Islamic State says US 'being run by an idiot'

Editorial note: FDR once said "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way."  – Chapter 1, "None Dare Call It Conspiracy".

4-3-2017: Consumer Watchdog Warns City Voters of Ballot Issues

4-3-2017: Open letter to next St. Louis mayor on crime

4-3-2017: Missouri House Passes Prescription Drug Tracking Program

Editorial note: Welcome news for heroine dealers. Since 90% of heroin addicts are white, white communities should prepare for increased turf competition from drug dealers. 

4-3-2017: Opioid maker Mallinckrodt agrees to $35 million U.S. drugs probes settlement

4-3-2017: Proposed budget cuts take aim at Missourians with disabilities

4-3-2017: Sessions orders Justice Dept. review of all police reform agreements, including Ferguson

4-3-2017: Debt load could snag students, hurt U.S. economy: Fed's Dudley

4-2-2017: Larry Rice's New Life Evangelistic Center is evicted from downtown shelter

Editorial note: See our related post, "St. Louis – A Heartless City"

4-2-2017: The government’s struggle to hold opioid manufacturers accountable

Editorial note: The government declared war against black people, while the real "drug dealers" induced doctor to over prescribe opiods making millions of Americans addicted.

4-2-2017: Why some of the most controversial police shootings aren't on video

4-1-2017: The Rev. Larry Rice vows not to back down in fight over St. Louis homeless shelter

4-1-2017: About Missouri’s Charter School Program

Editorial note:  See our post, "The Hidden Racism of Charter Schools"

4-1-2017: Without Obama, once-booming gun industry poised to shrink

Editorial note: See our "Gun Law in Missouri" page.

4-1-2017: Russian government posts April Fools' Day prank offering "election interference"

3-31-2017: St. Louis police shoot man who pointed gun after chase, chief says

Editorial note: Again, it's amazing the number of suspects that point a gun at police without firing but end up getting shot by the police. Some of these officers must be really quick on the draw; they can draw their weapons so quickly, aim and shoot before the suspect can get off a single shot. See our related gun law in Missouri page. 

3-31-2017: Missouri Gov. Greitens Names Two St. Louis-Area Judges

3-31-2017: St. Louis Community College puts three campus officers on paid leave

3-31-2017: City planning to privatize animal control operations

Editorial note: Privatizing government functions creates a profit incentive instead of public service motive. Additionallly, does the Hancock Amendment require a public vote since there is the potential of increased cost which could be considered a hidden tax?

3-31-2017: Messenger: St. Louis has plan to warehouse the homeless north of downtown, literally

3-31-2017: Saint Louis Zoo Chosen as Nation’s ‘Best Zoo’

3-31-2017: Dozen people in police custody after protest blocking two entrances to West Lake landfill

Editorial note: Did St. Louis County have a militarized police presence during this protest?

3-31-2017: Lawsuit alleges new St. Louis homeless shelter 'not suitable for habitability'

3-31-2017: Faith Perspectives: What shall we do with Larry Rice now?

Editorial note: See our related post, "St. Louis – A Heartless City"

3-31-2017: St. Louis GOP candidate for mayor says he’s got Democratic apathy on his side

Editorial note: This story originally appeared with the headline, "General election for St. Louis mayor features colorful cast". See related, "Every Republican is not Your Enemy, Every Democrat is not Your Friend"

3-31-2017: Sessions vows to fight violent crime and heroin in St. Louis speech

3-31-2017: Every month, Missouri will tell people what it's spending on legal settlements

3-31-2017: Arkansas Readies For 8 Executions, Despite Outcry Over Pace, Method

3-30-2017: Police deny getting St. Louis entrepreneur drunk, denying him lawyer

3-30-2017: Rev. Larry Rice says he will comply with judge's order, close his downtown shelter this weekend

3-29-2017: St. Louis City police chief worries about county proposition that would increase officer pay

3-29-2017: Gun lobbyist group posts pictures of moms for gun safety; moms get death threats

Editorial note: See related, "Gun Law in Missouri" page.

3-29-2017: Missouri lawmakers pushing for ban on toll roads

3-29-2017: Messenger: Missouri's top court executes scheme to fleece the poor; it must end

3-29-2017: Greatest rise in heroin use was among white people, study says

3-28-2017: Four STLMPD officers placed on forced leave, accused of falsely reporting overtime hours

3-27-2017: St. Louis Mayoral candidates talk about weekend gun violence

Editorial note: See related, "Every Republican is not Your Enemy, Every Democrat is not Your Friend"

3-27-2017: Sponsor of St. Louis Soccer Stadium Funding Bill Can't Say if She Personally Supports it

Editorial note: See our related post, "$60 Million in Public Money For a Soccer Stadium? NO!"

3-27-2017: Loophole Lets Missouri Cops Keep Millions in Forfeiture Funds

3-27-2017: U.S. Attorney’s Office Under Investigation After 700 Lawyers Were Spied On in Prison

3-27-2017: NYPD Cop Who Fatally Shot Unarmed Black Teen Quits After Being Found Guilty in Disciplinary Trial

3-27-2017: Flint and Michigan Agree to Settle Water Suit for Almost $100 Million, Dig Up Miles of Pipe

3-27-2017: Activists to target lawmakers who vote against net privacy rules

3-27-2017: AG Sessions Threatens ‘Sanctuary Cities,’ Mayors Fight Back

3-26-2017: Missouri health-care providers worry as pressure continues to curb Medicaid

3-26-2017: St. Louis moves toward community benefit ordinance for major developments

Editorial note: See our related post, "$60 Million in Public Money For a Soccer Stadium? NO!"

3-26-2017: 'People aren't spending': stores close doors in 'oversaturated' US retail market

Editorial note: People aren't spending money because half of all US jobs are in the process of being eliminated. 

3-26-2017: Detroit man: I almost froze to death, and Gorsuch didn't care

3-26-2017: North Hollywood, CA School Budget Cuts Dut To High White Student Percentage Sparks Outrage

3-25-2017: McKee's debt nearly derailed NGA's move to north city

Editorial note: Other than corruption and kickbacks, we never understood why our elected officials continued to throw money at Paul McKee.

3-25-2017: Messenger: Dispute over $3 fee pits sheriffs vs. judges

3-24-2017: Assaults, crimes on MetroLink visible on social media while numbers hard to come by

Editorial note: Almost a year and a half ago, we wrote, "Crime Won't Decrease, Until Oppression Decreases".  People without opportunity believe they have nothing to lose, so crime becomes their best option. Starve or commit a crime, what would you choose?

3-24-2017: Chicago officer who shot black teen 16 times faces 16 new counts

3-24-2017: Woman falsely claims sexual assault by 3 black males

Editorial note: Police say an 18-year-old white woman who burst into a church in northeast Texas and claimed she had been kidnapped and sexually assaulted by three black males in ski masks has admitted she lied.

3-24-2017: No repeal for 'Obamacare' _ a humiliating defeat for Trump

Editorial note: As we mentioned on our Missouri Gun Law page, TrumpCare was being described as a form of democide by some.

3-23-2017: Six charts that illustrate the divide between rural and urban America

3-22-2017: 'You Shot Me, Bro' Tyler Gebhard was killed by a St. Louis County cop he knew, in a home where he was once welcome

3-22-2017: WSJ editorial: Most Americans may conclude Trump 'fake president'

3-22-2017: Americans are dying with an average of $62,000 of debt

3-21-2017: St. Louis MLS owners, city announce charitable partnerships

Editorial note: How insulting! Bribing us with our own money? See our post, "$60 Million in Public Money For a Soccer Stadium? NO!"

3-21-2017: New Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Oppose Discrimination In The Name Of Religion

Editorial note: Today, in the United States, Christianity is the most practiced religion, but as demographics change so might the most popular religion. See related, "First They Came".

3-21-2017: At midway point of session, Missouri Republicans on track with changes to legal system

3-21-2017: Naked man shot by police was holding caulking gun

3-20-2017: African-American Voters Changing Allegiances as Republican Leadership Rises

Editorial note: See, "Every Republican is not Your Enemy, Every Democrat is not Your Friend"

3-21-2017: Columbus Police "Inadvertently Deleted" Thousands Of Hours Of Dash Cam Footage

3-20-2017: Private attorneys pledge to take on some cases from overworked St. Louis public defenders

3-20-2017: St. Louis man, 97, accuses Bank of America of pilfering $77,000 of his retirement savings

3-20-2017: Poll Shows America Really Does Not Like You, Donald Trump

3-20-2017: Tulsa County, Former Sheriff Lose Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Editorial note: Tulsa County (Oklahoma) must pay $10 million in damages, after an imprisoned Army veteran lay in his cell for 51 hours with a broken neck, which resulted in his death.

3-20-2017: Prison guards who ‘boiled schizophrenic inmate to death’ will not face charges

3-20-2017: Dallas police officer fired for using inappropriate force, turning off police camera

3-20-2017: Americans chant ‘Build the wall’ while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico

3-20-2017: More than 100 Chinese cities now above 1 million people

3-19-2017: Boston public schools map switch aims to amend 500 years of distortion

3-18-2017: Who gets the security? In St. Louis, surveillance cameras mostly in wealthier, safer neighborhoods 

3-17-2017: 'I'm glad he's free,' says Florissant woman of her son's overturned conviction after 32 years in prison

Editorial note: This site exist to educate people about the law and their rights so this sort of injustice doesn't happen. I can't imagine having 32 years of my life stolen. Our system of justice is broken and we need to demand it be repaired. 

3-17-2017: Every Republican is not your enemy, every Democrat is not your friend

3-17-2017: Messenger: Downtown MLS stadium boosters believe St. Louis has momentum

Editorial note: Sales tax is high enough in St. Louis and I certainly won't be voting to increase it for a soccer stadium own by millionaires. 

3-17-2017: Driverless flying taxi service set to launch in Dubai

Editorial note: Technology will soon replace jobs many people though were safe. Are you ready? Legal issues and job loss go hand in hand. Start developing other skills and use Court.rchp.com to learn your rights and how to use the law for your benefit instead of your lawyer's.

3-17-2017: Kids on winning robotics team told, 'Go back to Mexico'

3-17-2017: EPA awards $100 million to upgrade Flint water system

3-17-2017: Judge OKs warrant to reveal who searched a crime victim’s name on Google

3-17-2017: The Feds Just Rolled Back a Rule Protecting You From Overzealous Student Debt Collectors

3-17-2017: Trump administration fights its own agency in federal court

3-17-2017: US government releases previously unseen videos of secret nuclear weapon tests

3-16-2017: Groups call Enterprise Bank minority lending commitment 'groundbreaking'

3-15-2017: St. Louis has many things to offer, including unhappiness

3-15-2017: State budget taking shape with push to repeal tax break for seniors

Editorial note: See our page concerning the property tax credit.

3-15-2017: Lawyers argue to rehang Ferguson-related painting in U.S. Capitol

Editorial note: See our related post, "Police Depicted as Animals in Art"

3-15-2017: Trump budget slashes agency money to boost defense spending

Editorial note: This was predictable, see our post from early January, "Billionaire President Equals Massive Military Industrial Complex Profits"

3-14-2017: Suit: Maplewood targets African-Americans, women, disabled with nuisance ordinance

3-14-2017: Charter school legislation slowly progressing in Jefferson City

Editorial note: See our post, "The Hidden Racism of Charter Schools"

3-14-2017: If you're driving and get stopped by police, Missouri wants you to know what to do

3-14-2017: EPA deputy accused of working with Monsanto to kill cancer study

Editorial note: See our related post, "Bayer and Monsanto: A Marriage Made in Hell"

3-14-2017: Downtown St. Louis Inc. Adding Cops, Eliminating 'Downtown Guide' Program

3-14-2017: SLU medical school put on probation by accreditation agency

Editorial note: See our related medical oppression page which contains a link to area hospital scores.

3-14-2017: Mo. Supreme Court sidesteps decision on legality of St. Louis County water surcharge

3-14-2017: Study: We think black men are bigger than white men (even when they're not)

3-13-2017: Ferguson Market disputes claims as new Michael Brown documentary prompts new protest

3-13-2017: Fed names first African-American regional president

3-12-2017: Illinois considers applying sales taxes to more services

Editorial note: Fortunately in Missouri we have the Hancock amendment which prevent our lawmakers from taxing us without our approval.

3-11-2017: Man shot, three arrested in police-involved shooting in St. Louis County

Editorial note: It's amazing the number of suspects that point a gun at police without firing but end up getting shot by the police. Some of these officers must be really quick on the draw; they can draw their weapons so quickly, aim and shoot before the suspect can get off a single shot. It seems strange that St. Louis City police officers in an unmarked vehicle are actively engaging so far into St. Louis County without St. Louis County taking over the pursuit after passing through a number of county municipalities. See our related gun law in Missouri page. 

3-11-2017: New Ferguson Video Adds Wrinkle to Michael Brown Case

Editorial note: See our related post, The Darren Wilson story has changed and Darren Wilson grand jury verdict not credible

3-11-2017: Lawsuit blames St. Louis alderman in crash that killed pregnant 15-year-old

3-11-2017: Cop Who Tried To Keep Driver From Filming Reignites Debate Over Police Privacy

3-11-2017: Trump And Republicans Expect You To Die, Joe Public

Editorial note: Article discusses Trump's policies as "democide", the killing of people by a government most often based on their socioeconomic status. Also highlighted is the fact that labor is increasingly being replaced by automation.

3-11-2017: Over 150 Civil Rights Groups Call On Trump To Denounce Hate Crimes

3-11-2017: We Compared Obama’s Words To Trump’s And The Result Will Make You Sad

Editorial note: See our related post comparing quotes by Trump vs Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

3-10-2017: Rep. Candidate for Mayor Focuses on Change for the City

Editorial note: See our related post about Andrew Jones, the Black Republican Candidate for mayor.

3-10-2017: Libraries face cuts under Greitens' Missouri spending plan

3-10-2017: Arch update: Kiener Plaza to reopen in May

3-10-2017: 'Super' St. Louis graffiti artist sentenced to 10 years in prison

3-10-2017: Missouri Community Colleges Create Statewide Workforce Training Network

3-10-2017: Over 150 Civil Rights Groups Call On Trump To Denounce Hate Crimes

3-10-2017: How The Racist Backlash To Barack Obama Gave Us Donald Trump

Editorial note: See our related, Farewell to Obama post.

3-10-2017: This Video Breaks Down The Racist History Of ‘King Kong’

Editorial note: See our related racial bias in mass media page.

3-9-2017: An estimated 40,000 young people in St. Louis are unemployed — STL Youth Jobs is trying to fix that

3-9-2017: Missouri History Museum exhibit displays St. Louis’ legacy of protest

Editorial note: It's refreshing to see Black History celebrated other than just in February. See our related, 2017 Black History Month Posts.

3-9-2017: State Rep. Bruce Franks to run for St. Louis mayor as write-in candidate

3-9-2017: We must hold the next mayor accountable

Editorial note: If we truely want change, we need to think differently and more critically than in the past. I would have been elated if my prediction that Lyda Krewson would win if none of the major black candidates exited the race. I was looking at the picture below of Krewson watching the returns and couldn't help but notice how non-diverse her crowd was and I have no reason to believe her adminstration staff will look any differently. We posted today about Andrew Jones, the Black Republican candidate who will run against Krewson in the general election. We shouldn't automatically assume Krewson will be the winner when she only received 5% of the black vote during the primary.

Lyda Krewson, surrounded by family, friends and campaign staffers, checks an update after 85 percent of votes were tallied. NOTE: Originally we linked to a larger photo, but after our comments, the photo was removed

3-9-2017: Missouri hit with lawsuit over 'shockingly inadequate' funding for public defenders

3-9-2017: Minimum wage hike in St. Louis would be blocked by bill passed by Missouri House

3-9-2017: New Security Cameras Coming to Soulard

3-9-2017: Wrongfully Convicted Man Gets $175,000 for 13 Years in Prison

3-9-2017: White House says Trump didn’t know former adviser Flynn had lobbied for Turkey

3-9-2017: Burger-flipping robot replaces humans on first day at work

3-8-2017: Krewson edges Tishaura by 888 votes

3-8-2017: How Krewson won: Deep but narrow support carried her in St. Louis Democratic primary

Editorial note: See our post, "Black Ego Lost the St. Louis Mayoral Race"

3-8-2017: SLPS teacher crowd-funding surgery to remove keloids

3-8-2017: St. Louis voters approve annual fee for short-term lenders

Editorial note: It would have been much better if there could have been a measure to limit the fees or interest rate lenders could charge in order to get a permit. The City now has a financial interest to make sure these pay day lenders stay in business so they can collect their $5,000 extortion fee. How will this help? That five thousand dollars will certainly be passed on to customers in the form of additional fees.

3-8-2017: Attorney records Wilmington officer lying about state law during traffic stop

3-8-2017: Judge who ordered man remotely shocked in court faces $5 million lawsuit

3-8-2017: At the Made in America Store, it's a challenge to keep the aisles full

3-7-2017: Moody's downgrades city's bond rating 

3-7-2017: Former police captain sues city for discrimination, alleges white officers conspired to frame black captain at crime scene

3-7-2017: St. Louis' first Black Restaurant Week aims for diverse audience

3-7-2017: Ohio town to charge overdose survivors with 'inducing panic'

3-7-2017: Maine State Prison bra-removal policy reversed after women visitors object

Editorial note: For those of you visiting loved ones in jail, you need to complain when faced with unreasonable or degrading policy. Six women who complained including one who contacted the state's Human Rights Commission, the prison warden and the Governor reversed the policy of women visitors being required to remove their bras. 

3-7-2017: Samuel L. Jackson leads outrage after Ben Carson refers to slaves brought to US as 'immigrants'

3-7-2017: WikiLeaks publish 1000s of what it says are CIA documents

3-7-2017: Black Americans more often wrongfully convicted: study

3-7-2017: Chance the Rapper donates $1 million to Chicago Public Schools

3-6-2017: Racial bias in the jury room can violate a defendant's right to a fair trial, Supreme Court says

3-6-2017: Judge ordered to read before ruling

Editorial note: I have often felt as if judges haven't read the documents filed in a case and rely only on what is said in court.

3-6-2017: 'Underground' cast on why you can't look away

3-6-2017: Air pollution killing half a million kids each year, says World Health Organization

3-5-2017: Drug overdose fatality rate higher than suicides, cars, guns

3-4-2017: Student Behind Muslim ‘Internment Notice’ Posters Responds to Outrage

Editorial note: See our related post, "Black Concentration Camps?". History can and does repeat itself especially when people forget or naively belief it can't happen.

3-3-2017: NAACP sounds alarm on 'decline' in civil rights commitment

Editorial note: This was predictable, which is why Court.rchp.com has been telling people to educate themselves about the law so they can help themselves rather than relying on others.

3-3-2017: Harvard seeks to confront historical ties to slavery

Editorial note: See our related page, Truth of How Slavery Started 

3-3-2017: White boy asks for same haircut as black friend 'to confuse his pre-school teacher'

3-3-2017: Russia's meddling in US election could be 'act of war', says Nato commander

Editorial note: See our related post, "Billionaire President Equals Massive Military Industrial Complex Profits".

3-3-2017: Messenger: Delays in road projects threaten federal funds in St. Louis County

3-3-2017: Alderman's stop sign removed by the city

3-2-2017: Messenger: Alderman takes on City Hall; installs her own stop sign

3-2-2017: Final Missouri Times poll shows Krewson with strong lead

Editorial note: The top three black candidates are polled to receive a combined 44% of the vote. This same percentage or higher most likely would have gone to a single black candidate who was endorsed by the other potential viable candidates.  As we mentioned in our post, Divide and Conquer, it was obvious to everyone except the candidates that they were splitting the black vote in a racially polarized city. Many of the things black people complain about, many white people believe don't exist or believe we are exagerating. A black mayor would have an understanding that which only the experience of being black brings. I voted for Reed for president of aldermen and when he ran against Slay, I voted for Jones during her election and re-election for treasurer and I will be voting for French for Mayor this election. However, I feel like I'm wasting my vote, because the ego of the black candidates got in the way of St. Louis having a black controlled Board of Estimate and Apportionment. However, even more importantly, a black mayor would have been in control of the police department  If none of the black candidates win, in the future, I will support any other viable black candidate that runs against them. It's hard to imagine that an intelligent candidate wouldn't realize they would split the vote and ensure Krewson's victory. These candidates demonstrated they were thinking only about their own political future and not what was best for St. Louis' Black Community or the City of St. Louis in General. I've even wondered if one or more of the candidates were paid to run so that the vote would be split. Jamilah Nasheed who had officially declared she was running for Mayor, was the only viable black candidate that demonstrated a team spirit and common sense when she withdrew from the race. If Krewson wins the primary, I will support Larry Rice's independent mayoral candidacy. Larry Rice has helped and supported St. Louis' homeless population for decades. Of all persons in families in emergency shelter, African Americans account for approximately 90 to 95 percent of this population in St. Louis.  

3-2-2017: Ex-St. Louis police officer acquitted of gun, drug charges

3-2-2017: St. Louis circuit attorney sets up hotline to report alleged voter fraud during Tuesday's primary

3-2-2017: Black police captain sues St. Louis police over firing, claiming he was made a scapegoat

3-2-2017: Panel Names Missouri Supreme Court Nominees

3-2-2017: Jeb Bush touts charter schools and vouchers at Missouri Capitol

Editorial note: See our related post, "Hidden Racism of Charter Schools".

3-2-2017: Jailing of officers shakes Baltimore criminal justice system

3-1-2017: Kim Gardner Is St. Louis' First Black Circuit Attorney. That Matters — And She's Just Getting Started 

Editorial note: See our related December post, "The Prosecutor – The Most Powerful Position in the Criminal Justice System".

3-1-2017: Judges, sheriff reach agreement on chief deputy's pay

3-1-2017: Black state legislators call for debt collection reform

3-1-2017: Businesses grapple with hike in St. Louis' minimum wage

3-1-2017: Venezuelans Are Separating Food from Waste as More People Forced to Eat from Garbage

Editorial note: This story reminds me of a quote from a 1935 article written by Adam Clayton Powell.

Have you ever eaten garbage? Dined, but not wined, on bones sucked dry by strangers' mouths, bread soaked in the juices of a garbage can, maybe a rotten tomato as a relish and a partly devoured orange to top of the meal, in which some of the pith still remains? If not, my friends, you are not a member of the new social "odor".

Venezuela, the country with the world's largest oil reserves, is experiencing an economic crisis. This is the sort of crisis that Obama avoided as president. Half of all jobs in the United States are in danger of being eliminated because of automation and robotics. During Trump's administration, expect to see safety net social programs reduced and more people forced into desparate situations, maybe even eatting from garage cans. 

2-28-2017: Missouri Supreme Court Upholds St. Louis’ $11 Minimum Wage

2-28-2017: Interfering with a cop ordinance in St. Louis County ruled constitutional by circuit judge

Editorial note: Since this ruling was at the Circuit Court level, it is still possible the the St. Louis County ordinance 701.110 could be challenged on Appeal, in Federal Court or could possibly ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. The vagueness of the ordinance does make it likely to be abused in the future and subject to additional challenges.

2-28-2017: Missouri ranks in bottom third of nation in new report

2-27-2017: Missouri's top public defender to lawmakers: fund us, or accept cuts

2-27-2017: Missouri judge says state knowingly violated Sunshine law

2-27-2017: Trump refocusing on protecting police as some in minority communities worry about repercussions

2-27-2017: After 130 Years, Harvard Law Review Elects a Black Woman President

2-25-2017: These St. Louis charter schools have struggled for 14 years, but continue to evade closure

Editorial note: See our related post, "Hidden Racism of Charter Schools"

2-25-2017: Muhammad Ali’s Son Detained At Airport, Asked ‘Are You Muslim?’

2-24-2017: St. Louis considers new MetroLink routes

2-23-2017: Real estate and racism in St. Louis

2-23-2017: Missouri corrections employees describe hellish work environments, incompetent leaders

Editorial note: If it's hellish for employees, imagine how bad it must be for inmates, especially those innocent ones who took a plea deal to escape even longer sentences.

2-23-2017: Tobacco money will help avoid cuts of in-home care, school busing, Missouri governor says

2-23-2017: Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down city's LGBT protections

2-22-2017: Divided federal appeals court rules you have the right to film the police

2-22-2017: Off-duty LA cop pulls gun on teens walking on his lawn, fires a shot during scuffle

2-22-2017: Trump administration lifts transgender bathroom guidance

2-21-2017: St. Louis police serving search warrant come under fire, fatally shoot man

Editorial note: Why were police serving a search warrant at 8:30 p.m., in what police describe as a block known for drug activity? The 63 year old man might have been asleep and could have quite reasonably assumed someone was breaking into his house when police used a battering ram on the door. As we have stated, gun law is not equally applied. 

2-21-2017: For some families, pain at finding vandalized headstones at University City cemetery

Editorial note: First they came for Black Lives Matter, then Muslims, next they're coming for you!

2-21-2017: Missouri House approves police protections amid concerns for rights of protesters

Editorial note: See related, Protester rights. Utilize your right to a trial by jury. The night Trump was elected we posted, "Increase Your Legal Knowledge Before Trump Takes Oath of Office". The law has always been used to strip away rights and your only defense will be your understanding of the law and how to apply it for your benefit. 

2-21-2017: Assault Weapons Are Not Protected By the Second Amendment, Appeals Court Rules

2-21-2017: Trump denounces anti-Semitism in newly forceful condemnation

Editorial note: Trump's daughter, Ivanka converted to Judism and Trump's wife Melania is an immigrant, which is ironic considering much of his base expresses religious intolerance and disdain for immigrants. By targeting Muslims, Trump openned the door for Jews to be targeted. 

2-21-2017: Chicago Cop With 90 Misconduct Complaints Promoted To Commander

2-20-2017: Taking down student painting violated 1st Amendment, Clay claims in planned lawsuit

Editorial note: See our related post, "Police Depicted as Animals in Art".

2-20-2017: University City police investigate damage to headstones at Jewish cemetery

2-20-2017: Editorial: Combative police union head is hurting St. Louis

2-20-2017: Greitens not saying what he'll do with Missouri's $50 million in tobacco settlement money

2-20-2017: Analysis finds few Missouri prison employees nabbed by top investigator

2-20-2017: Proposal would add utility vehicles to Missouri 'move over' law

2-20-2017: VIDEO: Woman Shot With Police Projectiles at Don’t Shoot Portland Protest

2-18-2017: A mass killer: St. Louis heroin deaths hit new high

Editorial note: See our related post from last February, "A Dose of Heroin Reality" that predicted increasing heroin overdoses. 

2-17-2017: Larry Rice Is Now Running for Mayor

2-17-2017: Hazelwood man found dead in downtown St. Louis justice center

2-17-2017: St. Louis paying $500,000 to move north St. Louis home

Editorial note: See our related Eminent Domain page.

2-17-2017: Racism played a role in Flint water crisis, says state report

2-16-2017: Mayoral race exposes lack of leadership

Editorial note: See our related January post, "Divide and Conquer – The State of Black Politics in St. Louis". Many people including myself had never heard of Lyda Krewson before this election. The sad reality is that the three strongest black candidates, who all enjoy much stronger name recognition with two already holding city wide office would most like easily win, especially with combined support. However, egos and the HNIC mentally will result with the black vote split three ways leaving all the ego candidates defeated, a mayor endorsed by Slay and beholden to the police union. The status quo could be extended for another four years and the new encumbant mayor harder to defeat. I would really love to be wrong, but I don't think I am.  

2-16-2017: Missouri lawmakers advance bills to protect law enforcement

2-16-2017: Amid sexual harassment scandal, Missouri prisons deemed 'dysfunctional'

2-16-2017: Deputies’ jail fight caught on video

2-16-2017: Household debt is dangerously close to 2008 levels

2-15-2017: FOX 2 9AM PROJECX PERFORMS

Editorial note: St. Louis signing group ProjecX, were recognized with a resolution by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen and set an attendance record at the History Museum's Twilight Tuesday Jackson Five Tribute last year, and most recently was invited to attend New Edition's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony on January 23, 2017.

2-15-2017: St. Louis mayoral candidates may have to return $71k under new Missouri campaign limits

Editorial note: For those that may be wondering about campaign contributions and free speech, check out; ""

2-15-2017: Sex Investigation Targets St. Louis Police Officers

2-15-2017: St. Louis group pushes for reform amidst heroin battle

2-15-2017: India launches record 104 satellites at one go

Editorial note: India is making itself "great again". Before British rule and colonization, India had the largest ecomony in the world. India recently surpassed Britian to become the fifth largest economy in the world. Trump's withdrawal from the Asian trade deal will not do much to "make American great again".

2-14-2017: Black St. Louis police officers' group to take concerns to Civilian Oversight Board

2-14-20174: GOP lawmaker cuts off NAACP president's testimony, sparking a tense "NAACP Day" at Capitol

2-14-2017: It's official: St. Louis Lambert International Airport is our airport's new name

2-14-2017: State not required to name execution drug pharmacies, appeals court rules

2-14-2017: Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

2-14-2017: Russia sends spy ship near US coast, deploys banned missiles at home, officials say

2-13-2017: Is Missouri on track to build a new state prison?

Editorial note: The Missouri solution, cut education funding, raise college tuition, build more prisons.

2-13-2017: Trump's national security adviser, Michael Flynn, resigns

2-13-2017: Foreigners are pulling back from U.S. debt like never before

2-13-2017: Denver cop pleads guilty to stealing cash from suspect while his body camera was rolling

2-12-2017: Abandoned homes in Kansas City to go on sale for $999

2-12-2017: Leader of Missouri KKK group found shot to death near the Big River

2-12-2017: Social media mocks Education Department for misspelled tweet

2-12-2017: No place like home: America’s eviction epidemic

2-11-2017: Missouri Republicans' push to limit lawsuits could have unexpected beneficiaries: themselves

2-11-2017: Yale drops slavery proponent Calhoun from college name

2-10-2017: At $29 a night, candid Airbnb listing in north St. Louis draws attention

Editorial note: See related information about the "Team Four Plan"

2-10-2017: Court Rules Against Right To Self-Represent In Involuntary Mental Health Treatment Cases

2-9-2017: Judge puts St. Louis soccer stadium, MetroLink expansion tax on ballot

Editorial note: Voting no! Not against soccer stadium, just against public dollars funding a private project when there are so many actual needs don't have funding. 

2-9-2017: Dermatologist wrongly diagnosed patients with cancer for profit

Editorial note: This is why second opinions are always a good idea.

2-9-2017: Americans Renouncing Citizenship at Record High

2-8-2017: Messenger: Evicted renter who ended up homeless gets her day in court

2-8-2017: Missouri schools: Busing cut proposal will hurt classrooms

2-8-2017: St. Louis County Leaders Introduce ‘Prop P’ for Police

2-8-2017: Veteran Missouri sheriff sentenced to federal prison for stealing almost $79,000

2-8-2017: Ex-police chief in East St. Louis pleads guilty of theft, agrees to cooperate in corruption probe

2-8-2017: US police have already killed more than 100 people this year

2-8-2017: Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch says Trump's attacks on judiciary are 'demoralizing'

2-8-2017: Senate confirms Sessions for attorney general

2-8-2017: America's youngest children most likely to live in poor economic conditions

2-8-2017: NSA contractor indicted for stealing more than 50TB of government secrets

2-8-2017: U.S. court blocks Anthem-Cigna $54 billion deal

2-8-2017: The Number Of Hungry And Homeless Students Rises Along With College Costs

2-7-2017: Tuition increases on the table for Missouri colleges

2-7-2017: Study shows 530 percent increase in number of Missouri babies born with opioid addiction

2-7-2017: Missouri officials' next step: Deciding how to pay for voter ID law

2-7-2017: Income share for the bottom 50% of Americans is ‘collapsing,’ new Piketty research finds

2-6-2017: 3 students suspended after Parkway school bus fight involving boy with Trump hat

2-6-2017: Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens to sign 'right-to-work' into law on Monday

2-6-2017: Vizio smart TVs tracked viewers around the clock without consent

2-5-2017: Ex-convict brings hope to a north St. Louis neighborhood

2-5-2017: Missouri consumer law is under attack

2-5-2017: In unprecedented move, pension plan cuts benefits for retirees

Editorial note: We warned on December 22, 2015, that more than a million retirees could see their pensions cut in half. Half of all jobs in the United States are in danger of being eliminated because of automation and robotics. Additionally, with more states including Missouri becoming right to work, even less money will be paid into pension funds. 

2-5-2017: Ex-cop convicted of stealing from drivers during traffic stops

2-5-2017: Milwaukee sheriff's star rises, but he remains polarizing

2-5-2017: Trump’s F.C.C. Pick Quickly Targets Net Neutrality Rules

2-5-2017: Breaking: Ballistic missile strikes Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Editorial note: See our 2-3-2017 comment concerning Yeman.

2-5-2017: Pentagon failed to disclose up to thousands of air strikes: report

2-4-2017: Municipal court business is way down after Ferguson unrest

2-4-2017: Why does Chesterfield spend $84,000 a year on a piece of vacant land?

2-4-2017: Along for the Ride: Maryland Heights interchange tops list of 'most dangerous' intersections in state

2-3-2017: Settled: Ferguson pays $3 million to family of naked, unarmed man who died after police encounter

2-3-2017: St. Louis soccer stadium, MetroLink plans approved by Board of Aldermen

2-3-2017: Minnesota man who shot 5 Black Lives Matter protesters found guilty

2-3-2017: FCC blocks 9 companies from providing low-income internet access

Editorial note: If you received SNAP (food stamp) benefits, you probably qualify for $5 or $10 high speed Internet service.

2-3-2017: Trump Has 2 Events This Weekend — And Both Benefit His Businesses

Editorial noteTrump’s Mar-a-Lago getaway could cost taxpayers more than $3 million. After Trump was sworn in as president, the Mar-a-Lago membership fee doubled to $200,000, prompting speculation that the Trump organization was selling access to President Trump.

2-3-2017: U.S. Navy deploys guided missile destroyer USS Cole off coast of Yemen

Editorial note: As we expressed in a post last month, "Billionaire President Equals Massive Military Industrial Complex Profits".

2-3-2017: Judge slaps hold on Trump's travel ban

2-2-2017: Jennifer Joyce calls for change candidate

Editorial note: Lyda Krewson, as of January 27, 2017 was in the lead according to polls, which is to be expected in a racially polorized city with five black candidates. Sometimes things are not what they seem. I have to wonder if Joyce's semi-endorsement of two candidates is in reality an attempt to further split the black vote or to deflect votes away from the leading black candidate. "Beware of strangers bearing gifts". I don't know Joyce or any of the candidates running for mayor, however, I have voted for the two candidates who hold citywide office. Running for political office is sort of like warfare, winner take all. "All warfare is based on deception" – Sun Tzu, "The Art of War".

2-2-2017: Mayor Slay Endorses Lyda Krewson; Jennifer Joyce Isn't So Sure

Editorial note: See related, "Divide and Conquer – The State of Black Politics in St. Louis".

2-2-2017: 4 stars: 'I Am Not Your Negro' takes the measure of black America

2-2-2017: Report: FBI Finds White Supremacists Infiltrated Law Enforcement Agencies

Editorial note: We've had information on our site for some time about white supremacist in law enforcement, this is not a new development and has existed since the formation of police departments.

2-2-2017: Greitens budget plan cuts aid for elderly, disabled

2-2-2017: Greitens introduces $27.6 billion budget plan

2-2-2017: How will right-to-work impact union workplaces in the St. Louis area?

Editorial note: As a former U.S. Postal employee, I was a member of the union, even though union membership is optional for federal employees. I didn't join the union until I decide it was the right choice for me and that is how it should be. No one should be forced to join any organization to work.  Unfortunately, the highest paying union jobs have a very small percentage of working black members. At one point, I worked in management at a majority African-American owned and operated transportation business. When our trucks would arrive at union sites, our employees were not allowed to unload their own trucks. They had to wait at the dock, while mostly white union laborers unloaded and completed other work inside that our guys would traditionally do at non-union sites. Right to work may result in African-Americans gaining employment in areas where union membership was a barrier. This is not an indictment of all unions, but to some degree unions restrict non-whites from some of the best paying jobs. Even in black communities, it's common to see all white work crews on construction and other work sites.

2-2-2017: Missouri lawmakers send right-to-work bill to Gov. Greitens' desk

2-2-2017: A history lesson at the movies: Gateway students, families gifted with a trip to see ‘Hidden Figures’

Editorial note: Hidden Figures was mentioned in our post, "Tired of the Same Black History Lessons?" where we highlight how even during Black History month, nothing new is taught to students in schools. Although our site already prominently features black history and how it relates to injustices the criminal justice system, keep an eye out for our post this month for interesting black history information.

2-2-2017: Donald Trump Co-Opted Black History Month and Got It All Wrong

2-2-2017: We need Black History Month now more than ever

2-2-2017: Nun receives death threats for suggesting Mary was not a virgin

2-1-2017: Sheriff for the City of St. Louis says judiciary is blocking his ability to hire staff

2-1-2017: Aldermanic committee approves MLS financial plan and Scottrade Center upgrades

2-1-2017: Speed humps being installed on some St. Louis streets

2-1-2017: Alderman makes push for St. Louis as a Sanctuary City

2-1-2017: Brown and Crouppen says crime in downtown St. Louis may lead to firm moving

1-31-2017: Inmate dies in St. Louis Justice Center

2-1-2017: Hackers Broke Into St. Louis Public Library Though Voicemail Server

2-1-2017: Massive Price Hike for Lifesaving Opioid Overdose Antidote

1-31-2017: Brian Owens to release ‘Soul of Ferguson’ February 24

Editorial note: For those not familiar with Brian Owens, I've included my personal favorites, a video of  duet of Brian Owens and his father singing "A Change is Gonna Come". Disclaimer, although I don't know Mr. Owens, he is a friend of one of my sons.

1-31-2017: Messenger: Cut to St. Louis re-entry program could make homelessness worse

1-31-2017: Who Is Neil Gorsuch, Trump's First Pick For The Supreme Court?

1-31-2017: Family Questions Ex-Cop's Acquittal During 15-Minute Trial

1-30-2017: School bus struck by gunfire in St. Louis; no one seriously hurt

Editorial note: St. Louis has sunken to a new low. I don't care what kind of issue you have with another person, shooting at a school bus is a cowardly act. What kind of person believes it is okay to jeopardize children? The fact that someone would commit such a blazen act during the middle of the day speaks volumns about what they thought about getting caught by the police. There should definately be an increased police presence when  kids are catching the bus to school in the morning and coming home in the afternoon.  

1-30-2017: Missouri solidly mediocre when it comes to education

1-30-2017: African Union criticises US for ‘taking many of our people as slaves’ and not taking refugees

1-30-2017: Higher unemployment linked to more shootings at schools

1-30-2017: Ku Klux Klan fliers shock residents in Augusta, Gardiner, Freeport neighborhoods

1-30-2017: ACLU racks up $24.1 million in donations over weekend

1-30-2017: People are boycotting Starbucks after CEO announces plan to hire thousands of refugees

1-30-2017: Prisoner says Warren County, OH jailers raped her, nurses refused to give her epilepsy medication

1-30-2017: TN Govenor outlines tuition-free community college plan for adults

1-29-2017: 'Can you hear me' scam, reported in Upstate NY, makes answering phone a risk

1-28-2017: Judge Blocks Trump Order on Refugees Amid Chaos and Outcry Worldwide

1-28-2017: How Does Trump's Immigration Freeze Square With His Business Interests?

1-28-2017: KGB chief linked to Trump file found dead amid Kremlin cover up claims

1-27-2017: Police chief stands by suspension of Texas officer in video

1-26-2017: Missouri man thought new gun law protected him in shooting

Editorial note: See Gun Law in Missouri

1-26-2017: Move over skimmers, 'shimmers' are the newest tool for stealing credit card info

1-25-2017: Trump Poised to Lift Ban on C.I.A. ‘Black Site’ Prisons

1-25-2017: Harvard class tackles segregation in St. Louis

1-25-2017: Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest

1-25-2017: Trump moves to build border wall, cut sanctuary city funds

Editorial note: Walls not only keep others out, it keeps you in. 

1-25-2017: Affordable water may soon dry up, especially if you live here

1-25-2017: No charges against officer in fatal shooting of Memphis man

1-24-2017: Judge: Aetna lied about quitting Obamacare

1-24-2017: Staunton mom upset over son's controversial history lesson

Editorial note: Teacher puts black kids in front of middle school History class to act like slaves for a skit, by pretending to pick cotton and dig for coal

1-23-2017: Some St. Louis charter schools worry their popularity threatens diversity

Editorial note: See our post, "Hidden Racism of Charter Schools"

1-23-2017: Racist note about Trump's inauguration targets Villa Duchesne student

1-23-2017: Water company says 'cloudy' water a harmless rite of winter

Editorial note: Should I have my water tested (pdf)? If you use a private laboratory to conduct the testing, nitrate and bacteria samples will typically cost between $10 and $20 to complete. Testing for other contaminants will be more expensive.

1-23-2017: Missouri Bill Would Ban Red Light Cameras

1-23-2017: New Missouri concealed carry law causes permit application numbers to drop

Editorial note: Conceal carry permits cost up to $100 each. By February 2013, there were 171,000 active concealed carry permits and the number of permits increased each year through 2016. Under the old law, those permits needed to be renewed every five year. In additional to more guns on the streets, the new law means millions in lost revenue. See Gun Law in Missouri

1-23-2017: Questions raised about where new Missouri attorney general is living

1-23-2017: Trump’s Withdrawal From Asia Trade Deal Viewed as Boon for China

Editorial note: Asia contains close to 60 percent of the world's population and some of the world's fastest growing economies and is nearer to Africa which also contains some of the fastest growing economies. Trump may have restricted the United State's access to this massive market. Computerization, robotics and artificial intelligence will result in manufacturing becoming mostly automated, so even if manufacturing does make it's way back to the US, it won't necessarily result in dramatic job increases. This is why half of all jobs in the U.S. are predicted to be eliminated.

1-23-2017: Cops can’t be forced to return marijuana in failed drug cases, Colorado Supreme Court says

1-22-2017: St. Louis police discipline hearings now closed, and alderman objects

1-22-2017: Philly teachers plan Black Lives Matter week – not all are happy

1-22-2017: American flag theft may become felony in Arizona

1-21-2017: As Trump Takes Power, Politicians Around the US Move to Make Protesting Illegal

1-21-2017: How 8 Men Have Become Richer Than Half of the Entire World’s Population

1-21-2017: US announces withdrawal from Trans-Pacific Partnership

1-20-2017: St. Louis police seek help in solving murder of 'good, hardworking student'

1-20-2017: Neighbors of abducted girl vow to patrol neighborhoods for children’s safety

Editorial note: We mentioned the need for increased police presence at bus stops after Kameill Taylor was found, however, citizen patrols are the next best thing, especially since conceal and carry requirements have been relaxed. Those interested in learning more or participating in the neighborhood patrol are encouraged to call Azim Aziz at 499-4200 or send an email to Azim.aziz@yahoo.com who stated, “If we cannot protect our children then we are worthless.”

1-20-2017: Messenger: In this Missouri tale of two cities, Kansas City shines, St. Louis sputters

1-20-2017: In a first, judge finds teacher’s Colorado high doesn’t count in Texas

Editorial note: Teacher who used marijuana while on vacation in Colorado where recreational use is legal, later tested positive during a drug test in Texas. “Possession of a usable quantity of marijuana is a criminal offense in Texas, but so is gambling,” But the court “would not recommend that the Board find a teacher unworthy to instruct in Texas because she legally gambled in Nevada.” 

1-20-2017: Protesters clash with police at inauguration – video

1-20-2017: 'Dark Day': President Donald Trump Delivers Grim Speech as Protests Swell

1-20-2017: Demonstrators Gathered in Downtown St. Louis for Anti-Trump Protest

1-20-2017: Trump’s WhiteHouse.Gov Disappears Civil Rights, Climate Change, LGBT Rights

1-20-2017: Donald Trump has fired all foreign US ambassadors with nobody to replace them

1-20-2017: Indiana bill would allow police to shut down protests 'by any means necessary'

1-20-2017: AI System Scores Better Than 75% Of Americans In Visual Intelligence Test

Editorial note: Artificial intelligence is a contributing factor why half of all jobs in the U.S. are predicted to be eliminated.

1-19-2017: Missouri Times poll finds Krewson leading field for St. Louis mayor

Editorial note: The three major black mayoral candidates have an estimated combined 40 percent of the vote, but individually, all fall way below Krewson's 27 percent. As was very predictable, the three major black candidates are spliting a the black vote. It's not too late for these candidates to get together and rally behind a single candidate. If you agree, email all three candidates, let them know they need to join forces. Lewis Reed info@lewisreed.com; Tishuara Jones anne@tishaura4mayor.com; and Antonio French  info@antoniofrench.com

1-19-2017: Hack of St. Louis Public Library freezes checkouts, 700 computers

1-19-2017: St. Louis County police sergeant demoted after police shooting

1-19-2017: The truth about the treasurer’s travel budget

1-19-2017: As Body Camera Video Of Shooting Contradicts Cops' Story, SFPD Boots Reporters From Press Conference

1-19-2017: Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

1-19-2017: Lack of Latinos in Trump Cabinet draws ire for 'setback'

Editorial note: After all the negative comments made during Trump's campaign, I still don't understand why an estimated 29% of  Hispanics voted for Trump. Based on Trump's rhetoric, I would have been more surprised had he made a Latino appointment.

1-19-2017: Today marks 1,000 days since Flint had clean drinking water

Editorial note: See our related post, "A City Full of Poor Black People Poisoned".

1-19-2017: Western Union admits to aiding wire fraud, to pay $586 million

1-18-2017: St. Louis Will Get a New Mayor This Spring. Meet the 5 Leading Candidates 

Editorial note: See related,  Divide and Conquer – The State of Black Politics in St. Louis.

1-18-2017: You could get money back if you bought milk

Editorial note: Missouri milk producers participated in an alleged conspiracy in which drove up the price of milk by prematurely killing half a million cows to artificially reduce supply and increase price. People can file a claim online by Jan. 31 by visiting www.boughtmilk.com.

1-18-2017: St. Louis soccer stadium funding bill revived, city would pay $60 million

1-18-2017: Right-to-work law advances in Missouri House

1-18-2017: Prosecutors say new state laws will not lead to felony charges for students

1-18-2017: St. Louis neighborhood in fear after girl, 15, is fatally shot by masked gunmen

1-18-2017: Feds sue nation's largest student loan servicer, accusing it of cheating borrowers

1-17-2017: St. Louis Cop Searched Woman's Vagina for Drugs in Public — and Found None, Suit Alleges

1-17-2017: Secret Service agrees to pay $24 million in decades-old race bias case brought by black agents

Editorial note: The first black secret service agent on the White House detail, Abraham Bolden, has ties to St. Louis and was personally selected by President's Kennedy. Bolden tried to warn about the poor security surrounding Kennedy prior to his death. To keep Bolden quiet after Kennedy's death, he was framed and put in prison. Listen to his very interesting story below.

1-17-2017: 15-year-old girl is fatally shot by masked gunmen in north St. Louis

Editorial note: I can't imagine what would cause anyone to perform a hit on a 15 year old girl. However, our hearts go out to the family. These killers are acting as honorary klan members doing with a gun what the klan used to do with a rope.

1-17-2017: Trade school fires president after he gave homeless student shelter in library during sub-zero weather

1-17-2017: Obama cuts short Chelsea Manning's prison sentence

Editorial note: Chelsea Manning, a transgender woman, formally Bradley Manning, was a former United States Army Private. Manning was arrested for passing classified material to the whistleblower website, WikiLeaks, in May 2010 in Iraq, where Manning had been stationed since October 2009. Manning was convicted in 2013 in military court of leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents and was serving a 35 year sentence. See related, "9 Liberties Lost Since 9/11"

1-17-2017: President Obama looks to lock in $1 billion to schools with low-income kids

1-17-2017: President Obama cuts sentences of hundreds of drug offenders

1-17-2017: 18 million Americans would lose health coverage if Republicans partially repeal Obamacare, CBO says

1-17-2017: Controversial Capitol painting by former St. Louis student taken down

Editorial note: See our response, "Police Depicted as Animals in Art".

1-17-2017: CIA Puts History Out in Open With Millions of Online Records

1-16-2017: Martin Luther King jr. vs Donald Trump

1-16-2017: Hundreds gather in downtown St. Louis for King celebration

1-16-2017: Gov. Greitens cuts $146 million from Missouri budget, with higher education taking brunt

1-16-2017: U.S. Supreme Court to hear Missouri case on state money for religious institutions

1-15-2017: Police Depicted as Animals in Art

1-15-2017: Messenger: With act of sanity, Greitens resets the gun debate in Missouri

Editorial note: See our related, Missouri Gun Law page.

1-15-2017: Ron Isley partners with school to provide full scholarships for area students

1-15-2017: Eight billionaires 'as rich as world's poorest half'

Editorial note: A while ago, we commented on our Educational Oppression page how the richest 85 people in the world held as much wealth as the poorest half; now a tenth of that number controls the wealth. For a few to be rich, many must be poor.

1-15-2017: US Agrees to Pay Billions to Marines Affected by Toxic Water

1-15-2017: Ringling Bros. circus says it is closing after 146 years

Editorial note: Our family used to attend this circus every year until we saw the UniverSoul Circus

1-14-2017: St. Louis area factories say they have plenty of work, but not enough skilled workers

Editorial note: These factories and the machinst union should get together with St. Louis area public schools and the community colleges and help create and support programs to inform students about these opportunities. Many students, especially in St. Louis City, simply don't know about these sort of jobs and may be interested once informed.

1-14-2017: Architect of the U.S. Capitol plans to remove controversial painting on Tuesday

Editorial note: See our response, "Police Depicted as Animals in Art".

1-14-2017: Police find St. Louis girl, 12, missing for two days in abandoned building

Editorial note: We are glad to hear Kameill Taylor was found alive and our hearts go out to her family. My family moved back to St. Louis City almost 10 years ago. Both my sons rode school buses. My youngest son has caught a school bus since he was in the 6th grade, he's a high school senior now. Over the years my wife and I have suggested to the St. Louis police department that there should be a greater police presence near bus stops. Usually, my son sends a text or we text him to make sure he's on the bus, however, not all kids have phones. With so much crime and so many children waiting to catch their bus more needs to be done. School bus drivers should have a list of riders and turn over a list of missing kids to the school. If the kid doesn't show up at school after a certain time, then a parent could be called. Had Kameill's mother known she wasn't on the bus, that may have made a difference. Instead of giving "welfare to millionaires and billionaires" maybe we can provide grants to fix up existing vacant buildings.

1-14-2017: Montgomery County Student Video Attracts Worldwide Interest

1-14-2017: AT&T cuts 'lifeline' discounts in Missouri

Editorial note: Access from AT&T is another program that still provides high speed Internet access for only $5 or $10 per month depending on the speed available in your area. To qualify, at least one member in your household must receive SNAP benefits (food stamps). 

1-13-2017: St. Louis city police officer involved in fatal shooting of Kajieme Powell resigns

1-13-2017: MSD, St. Louis near agreement to demolish hundreds of vacant structures for rain gardens

1-13-2017: Missouri faces 'dire' budget hole, may need $456 million in cuts

1-13-2017: Evanston police release arrest video of man suspected of stealing car that was his own

1-13-2017: Tragedy 400 years in the making

Editorial note: See our post related to post traumatic slave syndrome which is mentioned in the article.

1-13-2017: Feds release scathing report on Chicago police abuse

1-13-2017: 3 Cleveland Police Officers Facing Administrative Charges in Tamir Rice Case

1-13-2017: US Congress takes big step to Obamacare repeal

1-13-2017: Obama's five new national monuments set a US record for land protection

1-13-2017: Central Florida Muslims open free health clinic

1-12-2017: Rev. Rice loses city appeal, must close his downtown St. Louis homeless shelter April 1

1-12-2017: Messenger: Greitens' first two orders collide as utilities seek weakened ethics rules

1-12-2017: Former MI6 spy known to U.S. agencies is author of reports on Trump in Russia

1-11-2017: 'Ferguson effect' quantified: Study says officers more reluctant to use force, make stops

1-11-2017: Trump’s News Conference: What You Missed

1-11-2017: DOJ Lawsuit: Detroit suburb denies blacks equal voting rights

Editorial note: Current estimates place the city's black population at close to 40 percent, however, the white population votes sufficiently as a bloc to usually defeat the preferred candidate of black voters," the lawsuit argues. See related,  Divide and Conquer – The State of Black Politics in St. Louis.

1-11-2017: FBI warns about scammers calling about jury duty

1-11-2017: Rapper sues city of San Diego over gang conspiracy law

Editorial note: Claimed federal civil rights violations for being jailed on gang-related charges based on rap lyrics and social media postings. The lawsuit alleges that police violated constitutional rights to free speech and against unreasonable search and seizure.

1-11-2017: Majority of police in the U.S. say their jobs have gotten harder

1-10-2017: President Obama – Farewell, We Will Miss You!

1-10-2017: Obama speech marks unofficial countdown for black Americans

1-10-2017: Trump Denies Allegations Of Secret Ties, Collusion Between Campaign And Russia

Editorial note: See related, "Billionaire Overthrow of U.S. Government" and None Dare Call It Conspiracy .

1-10-2017: These Reports Allege Trump Has Deep Ties To Russia

1-10-2017: St. Louis Public Schools fully accredited once again

1-10-2017: Grasping for change on America's most violent streets: 'We must stop killing'

1-10-2017: Clay will return controversial painting depicting police as animals to U.S. Capitol complex wall

1-10-2017: State appellate court shoots down St. Louis County police standards legislation

1-10-2017: Dylann Roof Sentenced To Death

1-10-2017: Dylann Roof: I have a right to ask forgiveness, 'but I’m not sure what good that will do'

1-10-2017: St. Louis soccer stadium funding bill is dead

1-10-2017: California court backs grand juries in charges over police killings

1-9-2017: 'Code of conduct' sought for administrators, police on school discipline

Editorial note: See related, Educational Oppression and School to Prison Pipeline.

1-9-2017: Black Men Still Predominant Victims Of Police Violence In 2016

1-9-2017: Man fatally shot by St. Louis officer after pointing gun at police, chief says

1-9-2017: Poll: Krewson Leads Democrats in Run for STL Mayor

Editorial note: See related, "Divide and Conquer – The State of Black Politics in St. Louis"

1-9-2017: Dreaming of Opening a Restaurant? Old North St. Louis Is Making an Amazing Offer

1-9-2017: One year in, some progress, some frustration with St. Louis crime plan

Editorial note: This is one of the reasons why it was so important for our black political leaders to stand united instead of divided

1-9-2017: Greitens signs his first executive order on ethics reform

1-9-2017: Eric Greitens sworn in as Missouri governor: 'I come as an outsider, to do the people’s work'

1-9-2017: McClellan: Only one St. Louis area judge has been voted out since 1940

Editorial note: See related, reporting misconduct by judges.

1-9-2017: Messenger: A sewer bill goes unpaid and the next tenant pays the price

1-9-2017: Missouri, meet your new statewide officeholders

Editorial note: #MissouriSoWhite Missouri a former slave state has never elected a black statewide official in 196 years despite being 12% of population.

1-9-2017: Donald Trump had nothing to do with our new US jobs, Fiat Chrysler reveals

1-9-2017: Supreme Court Has Had Enough With Police Suits

1-8-2017: KKK members leave Klan after befriending black musician

1-8-2017: Meryl Streep attacks Trump in Golden Globes acceptance speech

1-7-2017: Divide and Conquer – The State of Black Politics in St. Louis

1-7-2017: DOJ Finds More Deaths from Police Encounters than Previously Reported

Editorial note: The Department of Justice estimates 1,900 people died during a police encounter in the 12 months ending in May of 2016. 

1-6-2017: An even dozen file to run for St. Louis mayor's job

1-6-2017: Kim Gardner sworn in as St. Louis' first African American Circuit Attorney

Editorial note: See our recent post, "The Prosecutor – The Most Powerful Position in the Criminal Justice System

1-6-2017: St. Louis comptroller: Scottrade Center proposal could hurt credit rating, public safety funding

1-6-2017: Congressman removes painting approved by Lacy Clay that depicts police officers with animal heads

1-6-2017: Third lien on Trump hotel brings alleged unpaid bills to over $5 million

1-6-2017: Saddam Hussein's death warrant signed 'on day one' after 9/11, former CIA analyst reveals

Editorial note: See our related page, "War is a Racket".

1-5-2017: Northwoods man shot to death in St. Louis' Jeff-Vander-Lou neighborhood

Editorial note: See, "MLK Day and St. Louis' First Murder of the Year"  written after I discovered the first murder victim of 2016 was someone I knew. Our sympathy goes out to this man's family and friends. We are all connected. As John Donne wrote, "Any man's death diminishes me," for that man many may be an unknown relative, the father or brother of my my son's best friend, the next MLK  or Malcolm X, the person who would have cured cancer or the man who would have one day saved my life or someone close to me.

1-5-2017: Two firms file liens on Trump's D.C. hotel

1-5-2017: Hate crime charges filed against 4 black suspects in beating of white man on Facebook Live 

Editorial note: White people in this sort of situation are rarely denied justice so they don't have to protest when this sort of situation happens. The Black Chicago Chief of Police didn't wait for results of an investigation to denounce the dispicable treatment of a white teen by a group of black teens. That's the way it should be. However, when the situation is reversed, we are told that an investigation needs to be conducted before any comment can be made, the tape doesn't show wait happened before or some other excuse that delays justice. When the victim is black, the perpetrator often isn't arrested and hate charges are almost never brought unless a protest occurs. 

1-5-2017: Wells Fargo Advisors paying $35.5 million to settle racial discrimination case

1-4-2017: Death rates in St. Louis County Justice Center double national average

1-4-2017: Missouri Supreme Court upholds suspension of Lincoln County judge

Editorial note: This judge purposefully violated people's rights and denied their due process, why is she allowed to keep her job and pension. The practice of judges and lawyer protecting each other needs to be stopped. I can't think of any other situation where an employee would not be fired for these types of abuses. See our related, "Corrupt Judges" and "Reporting Misconduct by Judges" pages.

1-4-2017: Tillerson and Exxon part ways; $180M retirement package

Editorial note: See related, "Billionaire Overthrow of U.S. Government".

1-4-2017: Black teen files $5m lawsuit against white police officer who pinned her to ground at pool party

1-4-2017: Facebook Live attack: Four held in Chicago

1-4-2017: Family of man killed by Bend police said he was unarmed, still had seat belt on when shot

1-4-2017: CDC keeps details secret of laboratory mishaps with deadly viruses, bacteria

1-4-2017: As Jennifer Joyce hits the road, Kim Gardner takes over as St. Louis' first black circuit attorney

Editorial note: See our recent post, "The Prosecutor – The Most Powerful Position in the Criminal Justice System".

1-3-2017: Wednesday: Jennifer Joyce leaves the City of St. Louis’ Circuit Attorney’s office

1-3-2017: St. Louis Murder Toll Hit 188 in 2016 — Tying 2015's Unusually High Number

1-3-2017: New St. Louis City Sheriff to Focus on Safety, Training, More

1-3-2017: Missouri Judge Suspended Over Dispute With Public Defenders

Editorial note: See, "Reporting Misconduct by Judges".

1-3-2017: Missouri education officials recommend full accreditation for St. Louis Public Schools

1-3-2017: City, business leaders want millions in renovations for Scottrade Center

1-3-2017: Detroit cop calls city residents ‘garbage,’ brags about assaulting them

1-3-2017: Bill and Hillary Clinton Will Attend Trump’s Inauguration, as Will George W. and Laura Bush

Editorial note: "Each new administration, whether it be Republican or Democrat continues the same basic policies of the previous administration which it had so thoroughly denounced during the election campaign." … FDR once said "In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way." – None Dare Call It Conspiracy (1971) 

1-3-2017: Pentagon to Pay Back Soldiers Whose Reenlistment Bonuses Were Garnished

1-2-2017: Billionaire President Equals Massive Military Industrial Complex Profits

1-2-2017: Missouri bill could get rid of mandatory minimum sentences

1-2-2017: Greitens: 'I have completely ruled out state funding for stadiums'

1-2-2017: Former Edward Jones Dome has future potential, but not for MLS

1-2-2017: St. Louis Police Participation in The First 48 Hours a Mistake, Tishaura Jones Says

Editorial note: I wasn't familiar with the program, I've never watched it. If the incidents described in the article, "The First 48 Makes Millions Off Imprisoning Innocents," are representative of the show in general,  I'd have to agree that it was a mistake to allow the show's participation. 

1-2-2017: Doctors, pharmacists indicted in $100M fraud case

1-1-2017: Rethinking The Cost of War

1-1-2017: 1 of Chicago's bloodiest years ends with 762 homicides


2016 News Items

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