Below are news items from April 2016. For more current and breaking news items, see the main news page.
4-27-2016: Ex-House speaker sentenced to 15 months in prison; judge calls him 'serial child molester'
4-26-2016: Burglar sues homeowner who shot him
Editiorial note: 50% of all jobs in the US will be eliminated by robotics and computerization in less than 10 years according to report.
4-26-2016: Court motion to recover millions of dollars from charter schools continues to spark anger
4-25-2016: Selecting the Right Hospital Can Reduce Your Risk of Avoidable Death by 50%, According to Analysis of Newly Updated Hospital Safety Score Grades
Editorial note: Aren’t all hospitals safe? Sadly, no. The Hospital Safety Score grades hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. One St. Louis Hospital received a "D" and several others "C".
4-25-2016: This city embedded traffic lights in the sidewalks so that smartphone users don’t have to look up
Editorial note: Possible research material for those considering civil suits for solitary confinement.
Editorial note: Instead of hotspot policing, maybe STLPD or even citizens should use drones to help fight crime. Maybe this topic should be discussed at the next neighborhood watch meeting.
Editorial note: Monsanto appears to be willing to rate increases for everyone else in exchange for a special electric rate for large power users. Increasingly household seem the be the only ones that will be impacted by high rate while subsidizing corporations. Scroll down to March 8th Ameren headline and editorial notes concerning rate increases.
4-23-2016: Pervasiveness of gun violence in U.S. revealed by ShotSpotter, a system that listens for gunfire
Editiorial note: 50% of all jobs in the US will be eliminated by automation according to studies.
Editorial note: This is not the best example, but I use news items to discover how others in similar situations were treated and argue that harsher treatment in my case is unfair and unequal treatment.
Editorial note: Two groups of families and friends, all of them black, were crossing the Danziger bridge in search of food and relatives when police officers rushed to the scene in a Budget rental truck. The officers, responding to a distress call, opened fire with shotguns and AK-47s, sending those on the bridge, all of whom were unarmed, diving and running for cover.
4-20-2016: Harriet Tubman will go on the $20 bill
Editorial note: I am losing faith in police officers telling the truth, especially when kids are shot in the back while supposedly pointing a gun and there's no body cam footage. See related page, Why white cops kill black
4-19-2016: Fracking Exec Reportedly Admits Targeting the Poor, Because They Don’t Have ‘The Money To Fight’
4-19-2016: Cops Taunted Black Veteran as He Died
Editorial note: Parents said at least five students, ages 6 to 10, were handcuffed and arrested at Hobgood Elementary School because they did not stop a fight.
Editorial note: See related post, "18 Year Old Shot in Back by Police"
4-18-2016: Player Calling Obama a "Watermelon Eating Baboon" Triggers Investigation into Saint Louis University Baseball Team
4-17-2016: Pay For Illinois Officeholders to Be Delayed
Editorial note: The United Nations and at least 117 individual countries have condemned police brutality since the Ferguson Protest. With the exception of Centene Corp, I can't think of any corporations that have made any meaningful statement or effort geared to obvious civil rights violations and the killing by police of unarmed people. I support the LGBT community's right to live as they choose and pursue their happiness. However, I am surprised at the number of corporations who have been so quick to speak up for LGBT when they remained silent about civil rights violations that involved the deaths of people rather than just their right to consume products and services.
4-16-2016: Glowing reviews for St. Louis NGA site
4-16-2016: Along for the Ride: MoDOT looks to keep federal money it had shared with cities, urban areas
4-15-2016: Muslim woman kicked off plane as flight attendant said she 'did not feel comfortable' with the passenger
4-15-20106: Why Colorado may require eighth graders who were caught sexting to register as sex offenders
Editorial note: See related "School to Prison Pipeline".
Editorial note: African Americans suffer from kidney failure at a significantly higher rate than Caucasians – more than 3 times higher. African Americans constitute more than 35% of all patients in the U.S. receiving dialysis for kidney failure, but only represent 13.2% of the overall U.S. population. See the "Top Ten Drugs That Cause Kidney Damage".
Editorial note: The vast majority of Americans say they prefer lower prices instead of paying a premium for items labeled "Made in the USA," even if it means those cheaper items are made abroad, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll.
Note: See editorial note from 4-8-2016
4-13-2016: California School District Arming Teachers
4-13-2016: China Says "No Dollars" for the New Yuan
Editorial note: Glenn Ford, who spent nearly 30 years on Louisiana's Death Row for a murder he did not commit, is not entitled to receive wrongful-conviction reimbursement from the state, an appeals court ruled Wednesday.
Editorial note: A vigil for a 16-year-old boy killed by Chicago police turned into a protest Tuesday night that resulted in two arrests and the brief closing of the Eisenhower Expressway.
Editorial note: Expect to see more company bankruptcies. Those bankruptcies will impact pension plans which are already decreasing for millions in a few months. For addition information see, "Fact Sheet: Your Employer's Bankruptcy – How Will It Affect Your Employee Benefits?" and Real and Apparent Conflicts between ERISA and the Bankruptcy Code"
4-12-2016: St. Louis Murder Rate On Pace With Last Year
4-12-2016: Charge admission to St. Louis Zoo instead of raising taxes, St. Charles County official suggests
4-11-2016: Couple facing jail time over library fees for one book that was returned late and one that was lost
Editorial note: The city admits that the test discriminated in eight of 21 job classifications, so the federal trial that began Monday mostly revolves around the dollar amount of damages claimed by more than 900 Black and Hispanic plaintiffs. See the video by Dr. Umar Johnson on our home page that explains how test are used to exclude.
Editorial note: Attorneys for a Florida sheriff' office asked a federal judge on Monday to dismiss a $23 million jury award to Dontrell Stephens, a black man who was unarmed when he was shot and paralyzed by Adam Lin, a deputy, saying race played a "subtle" role in the award. After watching the dash cam video it's hard to understand why this cop wasn't charged criminally. Lin was cleared to work four days later, and state investigators found the shooting was justified.
4-11-2016: White high school teacher arrested in Texas after alleged attack on black student caught on video
Editorial note: One theory is warmer temparatures are allowing new super breed of rats to emerge, hopefully the St. Louis Health Department is ahead of the curve if this is true.
Editorial note: An Associated Press investigation of Environmental Protection Agency records has found nearly 1,400 water systems providing tap water to nearly 4 million Americans exceeded the acceptable lead level at least once between 2013 and 2015.
Editorial note: Austin, IN, a town of 4,000 has had an outbreak of 190 cases of HIV since February 2015 linked to intravenous drug use.
Editorial note: Steve Wynn stated, "Rich people only like being around rich people," … "Nobody likes being around poor people, especially poor people." Without the poor as a source of employees, Wynn Casinos wouldn't exist. The only thing poor people can truly count on from others is explotation. Learn the law, your rights under the law and how to assert those rights to prevent exploitation and improve your financial position.
Editorial note: In court filings, prosecutors alleged Dennis Hastert sexually abused, at least, four boys when he worked as a wrestling coach at a high school in Illinois and recommended that a federal judge sentence Hastert up to six months in prison. I'm curious to see if the same type of intense public outcry against Bill Cosby will be made toward Dennis Hastert concerning the sexual abuse of teenage boys and such a short prison recommendation. His actions were a betrayal of public trust to both the school district and the American public.
Editorial note: White communities are beginning to experience the early effects of increasing drug use. 90% of heroin users are white. We are all connected. It’s just a matter of time before the injustices people remain silent about, visits them. As we have mentioned before, crime will continue to rise and spill over into communities that had previously been considered immune or safe.
Editorial note: Yvette Smith, a 47-year-old mother, was shot twice without warning by an AR-15 assault rifle by Daniel Willis, a white police officer, as she opened the front door of her home. See the article, "Texas police caught in an enormous lie about their murder of unarmed mother Yvette Smith"
4-8-2016: Off-duty St. Louis officer investigated for DWI after crashing into parked fire department SUV
4-7-2016: Off-duty St. Louis officer investigated for DWI after crashing into parked fire department SUV
Editorial note: A San Antonio Independent School District Police Officer, Joshua Kehm, is seen in this video body slamming a 12-year-old middle school girl on concrete, which appears to have knocked her out unconscious for a brief moment.
4-6-2016: Municipal reform stopped by courts
Editorial note: See related story about St. Louis prosecutor who was involved in this incident.
4-6-2016: Another scrambled election has Missouri and St. Louis County officials searching for answers
Editorial note: This is most likely unconstitutional because to state is in effect endorsing one religious belief over others. A federal court has ruled the Los Angeles County seal unconstitutional because of a small cross.
4-5-2016: Driver overdoses on heroin behind wheel in St. Ann, strikes couple pushing stroller, police say
Editorial note: See related post, "A Dose of Heroin Reality".
4-5-2016: Release: State of Missouri advances efforts to increase diversity, inclusivity in state government contracting
Editorial note: Scroll down to 2-9-2016 to see Beyonce's Super Bowl performance and her Formation Video.
4-4-2016: Treasury Dept. tries again to stop companies from giving up U.S. citizenship for lower taxes
4-4-2016: After teen posts $250,000, judge ponders lower bail for other defendants in West County home invasion
Editorial note: Pastor who made 100 tons of drugs pleads guilty.
Editorial note: Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant quietly declared April "Confederate Heritage Month" in his state. The proclamation states April was chosen because it was the month “in which the Confederate States began and ended a four-year struggle,” and also designates the state’s Confederate Memorial Day at April 25th.
Editorial note: A Mississippi RV park owner admits evicting an interracial couple in late February because of the color of the husband's skin.
Editorial note: Holding an armed anti-Muslim protest outside of a mosque is a form of intimidation and terrorism, not much different from a cross burning, and should not have been allowed. It’s not peaceful protest if you bring guns!
Editorial note: White people in large numbers are not driving into black neighborhoods to purchase heroin, as this article suggest. According to the National Institutes on Drug Abuse, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Department of Health and Human Services, whites are equally or more likely to use drugs than blacks, despite common misperceptions to the contrary. According to the Justice Department, drug users tend to buy from same-race dealers. So the nearly three-quarters of users who are white, mainly rely on white dope dealers, not black or brown dealers of popular imagery. The “War on Drugs” was simply another aspect of institutionalized racism: now that heroin addiction is raging through white middle-class families, the nation’s appetite for tough-on-crime tactics has decreased. The same is true of guns: when a white person carries a gun they’re a patriot; when a black person does it they’re a criminal thug. Because it’s not about the gun, it’s about the person carrying it. This article and others like it serve only to perpetuate the black drug dealer stereotype and remove blame and responsibility from white drug dealers and users. White people are more likely to deal drugs, but black people are more likely to get arrested for it.
Editorial note: Drones will certainly be the cause of many future lawsuits. An Oklahoma construction company was legally using a drone to inspect gutters when the drone was shot down by a neighbor who believed the drone was spying at their home.
Editorial note: The recent scandal was brought to light after several killings of black unarmed people by the police since mid-2014.
4-1-2016: Cop accidentally shoots undercover white colleague NINE times after confusing him with the black suspects
Editorial note: Why is the plea in this case sealed? What's being hidden?
4-1-2016: Utility bill advances in Missouri Senate
Editorial note: Scroll down to March 8th Ameren headline and editorial notes concerning rate increases.
Editorial note: An Arizona police officer's fatal shooting of a woman suspected of shoplifting a case of beer has sparked outrage.