September 2016 News

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Below are news items from September 2016. For more current and breaking news items, see the main news page.

9-30-2016: Police Release Videos Of Shooting Of Unarmed Black Man in El Cajon, Calif.

9-30-2016: Federal judge orders St. Louis Election Board to allow disabled to vote on electronic machines

9-30-2016: Roy Moore, Alabama Chief Justice, Suspended Over Gay Marriage Order

Editorial note: Judges are often bais and wrong which is why the appeals process is so critical. See our related page on Reporting Misconduct by Judges.

9-30-2016: AT&T, T-Mobile CEOs Agree on 'Black Lives Matter'

Editorial note: See our related post about AT&T's CEO support of BLM.

9-29-2016: St. Louis job seekers find work after completing coding boot camp

9-29-2016: Conflict of Interest? City lawmaker accused of ethics violation

9-29-2016: Missouri releases 2016 school and district MAP scores

9-29-2016: Police report provides new details on racial incident at Mizzou

9-29-2016: Teacher apologizes for Missouri high school students 'lighthearted' video on slavery

9-29-2016: Video released shows officers shooting 6-year-old

9-29-2016: Inside the Chicago Police Department’s secret budget 

Editorial note: Reveals how a predatory and racially baised civil forfeiture victimizes the poor, elderly and disabled.

9-29-2016: Gov. Brown Signs Historic Bill to Rein in Asset Forfeiture Abuse, Paving Way for other states

9-29-2016: Does the economy do better under Republican or Democratic presidents?

9-29-2016: U.S.: Wells Fargo illegally repossessed 413 service members' cars

9-29-2016: Police body cameras 'cut complaints against officers'

9-29-2016: Police officer loses two jobs after posting racial slur on Snapchat

Editorial note: FBI Says Racist Organizations Have Been Infiltrating Police Departments For Years. See, "Ku Klux Klan: The Invisible Empire".

9-29-2016: FBI’s Controversial Surveillance Program Declined After Snowden

9-29-2016: 600,000 Veterans May Go Without Health Insurance Next Year: Report

9-29-2019: El Cajon Protests Grow Violent as Protesters Smash Windows Following Confrontation

9-28-2016: Child care now costs more than in-state college tuition

9-28-2016: St. Louis tops list of, ’25 Most Dangerous Cities in America’

9-28-2016: El Cajon, CA police say black man was holding vape smoking device in hand when officers fatally shot him

9-28-2016: Police officers abuse confidential databases, national AP investigation finds

9-28-2016: St. Louis County Council Approves $89M Metro Transit Budget 

9-28-2016: How the Seattle Police Secretly—and Illegally—Purchased a Tool for Tracking Your Social Media Posts

9-28-2016: FBI building database that tracks police use of deadly force, Comey says

9-28-2016: Student Loan Defaults Drop, but the Numbers Are Rigged

9-27-2016: St. Louis mulls acquiring condemned parking garage on Tucker Boulevard

Editorial note: Homeowners with minor property issues get charge with housing violations and fined; but connected business owners get bailed out by taxpayers and stuck with a piece of property that we will tear down also at tax payer expense. We will probably then prep the land for some other connected developer to purchase at a bargain basement price. Maybe someone could fix the street lights at MLK & Euclid and MLK & Sarah instead of increasing the profits of business owners who didn't take care of their properties. Make the owners repair it or tear it down just like they would do with any other private property owner. St. Louis corruption has become so predicatable.

9-27-2016: U.S. Government To Pay $492 Million To 17 American Indian Tribes

9-27-2016: Should U.S. pay reparations for slavery? U.N.-appointed experts think so

Editorial note: We agree. See our related post, "Should the U.S. Provide Raparations for Slavery and Jim Crow?"

9-27-2016: Exoneration not recommended for man who served 31 years for crime he didn’t commit

Editorial note: Hopefully this man has the right to appeal. If exonerated, he would have a right to seek compensation for wrongful incarceration.

9-27-2016: Serena Williams writes about Black Lives Matter on Facebook

Editorial note: Black athletes and entertainers put their careers and livelihood in jeopardy when they speak out against injustice and oppression. Just as some tried to villify the WNBA Players, Colin Kaepernick, Beyonce and others when they stood up and spoke, Williams will be criticized for voicing her opinion. As a community, we must stand in support of celebrities when they speak out for us! Don't be fooled by the propaganda that is sure to follow.

9-27-2016: From the mouths of babes: Young Charlotte, N.C., girl decries recent police shootings

9-27-2016: Justice Department announces $20M for police body cameras

9-27-2016: Pulled over for speeding, grieving man stunned when officer drives him 100 miles to be with family

Editorial note: This is an example of protecting and serving beyond the call of duty. Mark Voss stated on FaceBook: "At 3am I got a phone call stating that my sister had been killed in a car accident due to some young dumb punk! I haven't slept and instantly got on the road. Of course we were speeding, trying to get back to Detroit. And we got pulled over in Ohio. I knew I was going to Jail due to a petty warrant. The police called Wayne county and they refused to come get me because of the distance. I explained to the officer that my sister had died and that I needed to get to my mother asap. I broke down crying and he saw the sincerity in my cry. He REACHES OVER AND BEGAN PRAYING OVER ME AND MY FAMILY. He offered to bring me 100 miles further to Detroit because they towed the vehicle. Everybody knows how much I dislike Cops but I am truly Greatful for this Guy. He gave me hope". Kudos to you Trooper J. Davis, hopefully other officers will be inspired by your actions.

9-27-2016: Under-21 exotic dancers sue Louisiana for right to bear breasts and butts

9-26-2016: St. Louis clergy, civic leaders calling for police reform following release of shooting video

9-26-2016: Keith Scott WAS carrying a stolen gun, police say – and his wife filed for a restraining order against him saying he was armed, violent and had threatened to kill her

Editorial note: The restraining order, if true, provides damaging evidence to support the police version of events. The video from both the wife's cell phone and the dash cam video released by the police don't seem to support Scott posed a danger during the encounter with police, but that restraining order will almost certainly result in the officer's actions being declared justified. 

9-26-2016: Watch: Greensboro leaders release ‘disturbing’ body camera video of former police officer

9-26-2016: More U.S. babies born addicted to opiates like heroin

9-25-2016: This might be the last police video from North Carolina you'll ever see

Editorial note: A new North Carolina law (goes into effect Oct. 1st) seeks to block the public from seeing dashboard and body camera videos recorded by police. Sounds like a prescription for mistrust and riots.

9-25-2016: Charlotte officer did not activate body camera until after Keith Scott had been shot

9-24-2016: Police officer charged with fabricating story that black man shot her

9-24-2016: Baltimore man who called 911 for help dies after being punched by police

9-24-2016: Yielding to Pressure, Charlotte Will Release Videos of Keith Scott Shooting

9-24-2016: Video by Keith Scott's wife shows part of fatal Charlotte police shooting

9-24-2016: Video shows deputies stunning man with hands behind his back

9-24-2016: Student suspended after posting picture of discolored water in school bathroom

9-24-2016: Former employees file class action against Wells Fargo

Editorial note: Hopefully these employees will provide an example and encourage others to stand up for their rights in the work place. 

9-23-2016: U.S. police killings reminiscent of lynching, U.N. group says

9-23-2016: Second Sailor 'Under Review' for Refusing to Stand for Anthem

9-23-2016: Charlotte police union official acknowledges ‘I didn’t quote facts’ on out-of-state protesters

9-23-2016: Charlotte congressman sorry for Newsnight race comments

9-23-2016: Missouri’s Public-Health Enemy No. 1: a Gun in Every Pocket

9-23-2016: A diabetic gets fired over a $1.69 (plus tax) drink and Dollar General must now pay her $277,656

9-23-2016: Police officer overdoses while on duty

9-23-2016: Dallas Police Lieutenant Calls Police Brutality A Growing 'Epidemic' That Must Be Addressed

9-22-2016: Missouri’s new gun law is part of a terrifying trend that will put black Americans in even more danger

9-22-2016: North Carolina congressman says Charlotte protesters 'hate white people because white people are successful'

9-22-2016: Scott Family Views Video of Death, Wants It Released to Public

9-22-2016: Charlotte protesters say they’re sick of ‘letting things slide’

Editorial note: “We already know how it goes: The shooting happens. The officials kind of hide and don’t assign guilt. It goes to trial. It gets dismissed. The families ask for peace, and then the next shooting happens a week, a month, a day later.” – Quote from story. Contrast that with that fact that recently a White Man in N.C. Actually Fired a Gun at Deputy, Was Apprehended Safely.

9-22-2016: Missouri Supreme Court issues new rules for municipal courts

Editorial note: Effective July 1, 2017, the following changes to rule 37.04 of the Missouri Supreme Court rules take effect and apply to all municipal courts in Missouri.

9-22-2016: State lauds work readiness programs, but advocates say poor Missourians need more help

9-22-2016: St. Louis Community College sees increase in enrollment, preventing budget cuts

9-22-2016: Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officer charged in man's death

9-22-2016: 'Wells Fargo isn't the only one': Other bank workers describe intense sales tactics

Editorial note: We hinted that other banks were using the same tactics in our editorial about 5,300 workers being fired.

9-22-2016: Pope says journalism based on fear-mongering, gossip is form of 'terrorism'

9-21-2016: Tests show presence of potential carcinogen in St. Louis area tap water, group says

9-21-2016: Judge rules against Missouri hair braiders; appeal planned

9-21-2016: News 4 Investigates: Errors occur in St. Louis' new parking system

Editorial note: We warned about the new parking meters over a year ago.

9-21-2016: Horrifying moment St Louis police officer who carried personal AK-47 'shot black man FIVE TIMES and planted weapon on him' before being charged with first-degree murder

9-21-2016: Charlotte police shooting: Scott had gun, not a book, chief says

Editorial note: If police were looking for someone other than Scott, it seems odd that Scott would pull a gun when he was not the person the police were searching for. If family members say he was reading a book, it seems strange no book was found. Could it be possible that the book was taken and a gun planted? After seeing multiple videos of police officers planting evidence and lying, in questionable cases I need to see the video. When police unions resist the implementation of body cameras, they have only themselves to blame when people find it difficult to believe their version of the story, even when it is true. 

9-21-2016: Chicago to add 970 new police positions over next 2 years

9-21-2016: U.S. Court Rules Dreadlock Ban During Hiring Process Is Legal

9-20-2016: Mass. High Court Says Black Men May Have Legitimate Reason To Flee Police

9-20-2016: School lunch worker quits after being forced to refuse hot meal to poor student

Editorial note: We applaud Stacy Koltiska courage and conviction to not let her principals be compromised by participating in an obviously abusive practice against children. Why would school officials penalize a child for being poor? I'm certain there are plenty of reputable employers who would love to hire a person of Ms. Koltiska's character. The world would be a much better place, if more people responded to injustice the why she did. Kudos to you Ms. Koltiska!

9-20-2016: ‘”You can sleep tonight knowing the Klan is awake.’ Fliers like these are showing up on lawns across the U.S.

Editorial note: See related "Ku Klux Klan: The Invisible Empire"        

9-20-2016: Colin Kaepernick has received death threats, which he says proves point

9-20-2016: New videos, photos and documents provide fresh look at 2011 St. Louis police killing

9-20-2016: Photo contradicts key claim made by Tulsa police in unarmed black man’s fatal shooting

9-20-2016: RIGHTS GROUPS DEMAND JUSTICE FOR UNARMED BLACK MAN SHOT AND KILLED BY TULSA POLICE

9-20-2016: Late fees and co-pays for Missouri Medicaid recipients could be a long way off

9-20-2016: Monsanto and industry execs defend wave of agribusiness mega-mergers

Editorial note: See our post "Bayer and Monsanto a marriage made in Hell".

9-20-2016: Nashville becomes 1st city in Tennessee to decriminalize small amounts of pot

9-19-2016: As Florida inmate begged for help, guards gassed him to death, suit says

9-19-2016: AT&T and Comcast helped elected official write plan to stall Google Fiber

9-18-2016: 32,000 people in Japan turned 100 this year and the economy can't keep up

9-18-2016: Police union asks deputies to not escort Dolphins until players stand for anthem

9-18-2016: Chicago police: All patrol officers to wear body cams by '18

9-17-2016: Teenage prostitute who claims she was 'treated like a modern day slave' by Oakland cops and slept with '30 officers' sues for $66 million

9-17-2016: Chicago police rolling out new, mandatory 'de-escalation' training

9-17-2016: Chicago Officals May Ban Autonomous Cars

Editorial note: Eventually, the automobile and tech industries will push through federal regulations which will prohibit cities from blocking self driving cars. 

9-17-2016: Sister of Black Man Killed by Police Says He Was Unarmed

9-17-2016: Video surfaces in DUI lawsuit showing officers planning fabricated charges

9-17-2016: Driver who shot at George Zimmerman's vehicle convicted of attempted murder

9-16-2016: Chicago cop, once commended for a fatal shooting, is indicted on civil rights charges

9-16-2016: New Missouri gun law changes the rules, but some restrictions remain

9-15-2016: Plea in St. Louis gun case ends push for details on sensitive cellphone tracking

Editorial note: In our post, "9 Liberties Lost Since 9/11", the first liberty we discussed was, The liberty to not be spied upon. Check out some related articles we found regarding blocking stringray devices: "How to Block Stringray Devices", "How to Defeat FBI or Police Stingray Survillance", and "How to protect yourself from 'Stingrays,' illegal searches and corporate espionage". We have no idea if the suggestions talked about in the articles work.

9-15-2016: Everyone should cover up their laptop webcams right now, says FBI director James Comey

9-15-2016: Disciplinary commission recommends six-month suspension for Lincoln County judge

Editorial note: See our related page on Reporting Misconduct by Judges.

9-15-2016: St. Louis city and county schools net federal grants to help students deal with trauma and toxic stress

9-15-2016: St. Louis prosecutors drop gun case involving questioned search warrants

9-15-2016: Gov. Nixon slashes spending on schools, roads after Missouri lawmakers enact tax breaks

9-15-2016: Missouri voters will now get a say in voter ID, but law could still be challenged in court

9-15-2016: Lawmakers override Nixon on guns and voter ID

Editorial note: The new gun law, Senate Bill 656, has just created a major concern. I live in North St. Louis, between St. Louis and MLK. I don't personally like guns, but, I am a legal gun owner. I haven't felt a need to conceal carry in the past. Even though one murder is one too many, during the 1980's when I attended high school, there were actually more murders than now, but there was no 24 hour news cycle incite panic. The assumption has to be that many additional people will conceal carry including those with anger management issues. I'm actually more fearful of the law abiding fool with a gun than I am of criminals. How many people get shot because some fearful person decides to shot first and ask questions later. This will also provide police office with additional reasons to fear encounters with the public. Maybe I'll start shopping for a holster to carry my gun starting in January when the new law takes effect. See our related Gun Law in Missouri page.

9-15-2016: U.S. Senate passes water bill that includes dredging of Mississippi River ports

9-15-2016: Ohio police: Boy, 13, killed by cop had BB gun that looked real

9-15-2016: Lawyer: $1.9 million settlement in Sandra Bland wrongful death lawsuit in Texas

9-15-2016: 'Snowden' blows the whistle on a controversial figure

9-15-2016: California high school student's grade lowered for sitting during Pledge of Allegiance

9-14-2016: Collier County school gets tough on anthem protestors

Editorial note: Lely High School Principal Ryan Nemeth told students during video announcements they'll be ejected from school sporting events if they refuse to stand for "The Star-Spangled Banner."

9-14-2016: Missouri House overrides veto of voter photo ID

9-14-2016: Gun rights, voting restrictions up for overrides in Missouri

Editorial note: See our Gun Rights in Missouri page.

9-14-2016: NYPD Seizes $18,000 During Pocketknife Arrest

Editorial note: I guess this is one argument for the relaxed concealed carry law. This would have been illegal under the new Missouri Law.

9-14-2016: Former OPD cop found guilty of felony battery

9-14-2016: St. Louis Zoo continues exploring admission fees

Editorial note: This is a no brainer. St. Louis residents must pay to visit the zoos and museums of most cities. The STL Zoo is not free, St. Louis City and County residents pay taxes. Anyone not who is not a City or County resident and does not hold a Zoo membership should be required to pay. Why are we subsidizing the entertainment and vacations of others. We could even have a reciprocity program with cities that do offer a free zoo. However, there are only seven other free zoos.

9-14-2016: Another race won by a Hubbard in St. Louis challenged; absentee ballots again questioned

9-14-2016: Bayer confirms deal reached to buy Monsanto for $66 billion

Editorial note: See our post "Bayer and Monsanto a marriage made in Hell".

9-14-2016: In 14 cases, no gun is found after Chicago police shot someone they said was armed

9-14-2016: Landmark where Cleveland boy (Tamir Rice) was killed bound for museum

9-14-2016: Uber's driverless car hits the road in Pittsburgh

Editorial note: As we have mentioned before, half of all US jobs are predicted to be eliminated because of computerization and robotics. Driverless vehicles potentially could eliminate millions of jobs. Job loss and legal issues go hand in hand. Use this site and learn more about the law.

9-14-2016: Black Doctors Call on Obama to Ban Menthol Cigarettes

9-14-2016: Transgender soldier Chelsea Manning will get gender surgery

Note: Manning was arrested in 2010 as Bradley Manning and convicted in 2013 in military court of leaking more than 700,000 secret military and State Department documents to WikiLeaks and is serving a 35 year sentence.

9-13-2016: Appeals court will not block Friday's do-over election for 78th District state rep race in St. Louis

9-13-2016: Missouri state senator from St. Louis plans to sit in protest during pledge in Jefferson City

9-13-2016: Court: Missouri voters can decide if they want to bring back limits on campaign contributions

9-13-2016: St. Louis County Receives $4.7M Grant for Promise Zone Initiatives

9-13-2016: Low Science Scores for Missouri Elementary School Students

9-13-2016: The St. Louis Library Is the Bomb (and I Just Wish I'd Realized It Sooner)

9-13-2016: Former head of St. Louis police group admits stealing $80,000

9-13-2016: 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick Decries Police Shooting of PG County Man

9-13-2016: Police officer sacked for not shooting black man holding an unloaded gun

9-13-2016: Boston police commissioner says union sent harmful message by fighting body camera program

9-13-2016: Police union resists body cams, judge orders Boston cops to wear them

9-13-2016: Second DC police officer placed on leave in shooting of unarmed man

9-13-2016: Watched

Editorial note: Police forces across the United States are stockpiling massive databases with personal information from millions of Americans who crossed paths with officers but were not charged with a crime

9-13-2016: Katie Couric sued for $12 million over misleading gun doc edit

Editorial note: Black people are misrepresented by the media all the time. Black groups need to sue when they are misrepresented in the media similiarly to how this gun group did. 

9-13-2016: Lawmaker who opposed universal helmet law dies in motorcycle crash

9-12-2016: Court: Yelp Not Liable for Negative Rating 'Stars' on Site

Note: review site's star rating system does not make it responsible for negative reviews of businesses because it is based on user input, a federal appeals court ruled on Monday, dismissing a libel lawsuit.

9-12-2016: City of Columbus approves $780,000 settlement for child shot by police officer

9-12-2016: Town pays $50K to photographer who says cops beat him when he wouldn't show ID

9-12-2016: Netflix asks FCC to declare data caps “unreasonable”

9-11-2016: Jails, Prisons Still Trying To Meet Federal Anti-Rape Rules

9-11-2016: NFL Protests Grow Today as Players Follow Kaepernick's Lead 

9-10-2016: High school players taking knee for national anthem across country

9-10-2016: Child Slapped by Woman During National Anthem

9-10-2016: Incarceration in the U.S. costs more than $1 trillion a year, Washington U study claims

9-10-2016: Cast-Out Police Officers Are Often Hired in Other Cities

9-10-2016: St. Louis marshal shoots man at City Hall

9-9-2016: Cops Seize $171 During Arrest, Court Wants $175 To Get It Back

9-9-2016: Official: Police chief who killed self was accused of selling city-owned guns

9-9-2016: Broncos' Brandon Marshall after kneeling: 'I'm not against the police or America'

Editorial note: See our related Kaepernick post where we discuss the racist origins of “The Star-Spangled Banner”.

9-9-2016: Supreme Court: No bail unless a defendant is dangerous or a flight risk

Editorial note: Other states need to follow Indiana and stop using bail as a tool to unfairly punish the poor. See our related page, "Bail – Release from Custody"

9-9-2016: AT&T charges its poorest customers more for super-slow internet

Editorial note: As we reported in April, AT&T began offering $5 Internet service to qualified people. Access from AT&T is the program that provides Intenet service for $5 or $10 per month to SNAP recipents. If anyone in your household receive SNAP benefits, the household is eligible. When we tested the application process, there seems to be a glitch with step 1. No matter what address we used, we received the following message, "We're having trouble pinpointing your address." You should call AT&T if you have a similar issue. See: AT&T to change policy of charging poor customers more for super-slow internet

9-9-2016: 5,300 Wells Fargo employees fired over 2 million phony accounts

Editorial note: One of my early cases was a credit card suit that Discover Bank intiated against me in 2013. They submitted phony documents as evidence and a jury ruled in my favor. The phony accounts with Wells Fargo go back to 2011. Do you believe Wells Fargo Employees were the only creating phony accounts? If you are sued, look over the documents closely no matter how legimate they appear. 

9-9-2016: Bill passes allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudis, despite White House veto threat

9-9-2016: Whistleblower says Highway Patrol wanted him to lie in Ozarks drowning case

9-9-2016: Race comes to the forefront as Catholics prepare for a different kind of pilgrimage

9-9-2016: U.S. Citizens Now Hold About $1.3 Trillion in Student Loan Debt

9-8-2016: ATF undercover operations in St. Louis, elsewhere criticized

9-8-2016: Wells Fargo fined $185 million for creating 2 million fake bank accounts

9-8-2016: Cop Who Injured Indian Grandfather Returns to Work

9-8-2016: Ex-St. Ann officer can be disciplined for pointing gun at Ferguson protesters, commission rules

9-8-2016: Federal Prosecutors Won't Retry Former Va. Gov. McDonnell

9-8-2016: Canada allows heroin to be prescribed in severe opioid addiction cases

9-8-2016: Hawaiian seafood caught by foreign crews confined on boats

Editorial note: An exception to Federal Law seems to have created a system the appears to be a form legalized slavery of foreign workers. Also see, An AP investigation helps free slaves in the 21st century.

9-7-2016: San Francisco official suggests taking slaveholders’ names off schools, including George Washington

9-7-2016: 'St. Louis' and 'Lambert' trade places in new name for airport

9-7-2016: Indictment of APD officer gives Union City mother hope

9-7-2016: Friends, family say unarmed man shot by Hillsborough sheriff's deputy was more than just his rap sheet

Editorial note: The unarmed 22 year old Black man was shot and killed in his own bed. See "Why White Cops Kill Black Men".

9-7-2016: FBI’s Records on Financial Crisis Requested by U.S. Lawmaker

9-7-2016: Court clerk at center of massive bribery scheme forged records for drunk drivers and others, prosecutors say

9-7-2016: Koster asks Missouri Supreme Court to reconsider felony stealing ruling

Editorial note: For additional information about the Supreme Court's decision, see our August 24th comments. 

9-7-2016: Woman who was sexually abused as a child becomes police officer and captures attacker

9-7-2016: Alleged KCK bank robber, 70, chooses prison over home and wife

9-7-2016: 'Widespread problems' in Wellston court include missing files, mismanagement of money, auditor says

9-7-2016: Missouri could launch overhaul of state worker pay in January

9-7-2016: When LSU football loses, Louisiana judges give harsher sentences, mostly to black juveniles

9-6-2016: Former Warren County sheriff's deputy who lied about fake ambush is sentenced

9-6-2016: Calif. university latest to establish 'black-only' housing

9-6-2016: Car loans now top $1 trillion as delinquency rates rise

9-6-2016: Messenger: Speed trap highlights policing-for-profit dilemma

9-6-2016: London City Airport flights disrupted by Black Lives Matter protesters

9-6-2016: Is St. Louis Public Schools getting closer to elected control?

9-6-2016: Secret Service agent's testimony shines light on use of shadowy cellphone tracker in St. Louis

9-5-2016: How history forgot the black women behind Nasa’s space race

9-5-2016: South Carolina officer fired 13 months after killing unarmed teen

9-5-2016: He spent a year in jail and lost his business, but they had the wrong Carlos

9-5-2016: Roger Ailes Hints at Suit Against New York Magazine

Editorial note: Discover Roger Ailes alleged role in the "War Against Black People" when he was part of President Nixon's administration.

9-5-2016: Two Chicago cops face firing decade after off-duty beating captured on video

9-5-2016: Man Claims Off-Duty Miami Cop Choked Him in front of Children, Arrested Him To Cover It Up

9-5-2016: Walmart Stores In White Neighborhoods Are 'Better': Study Claims

Editorial note: As a former airline employee, this was very obvious. I'm sure if you poll any group of people who travel a lot and shop at Wal-Mart, they will agree with the findings. However, this is not unique to Wal-Mart. Stores in Black areas are allowed to degrade. Poor management leads to dirty disorganized store with horrible customer service. Some of the store's customers then go to another location. After a while, the brand will announce their stores in Black areas are closed because they aren't profitable. They become unprofitable because the condition of the store sends customers elsewhere. Schnucks has closed at least three stores, Kingshighway & Delmar, 10th and Cass and Grand and Kossuth where I personally observed a similar cause and effect. I visited the Schnucks at Natural Bridge and Union the other day which had noticible odor upon walking thru the door. Aldi now gets about half of the money I used to spend at Schnucks. However, customers must complain when conditions or service is unacceptable, otherwise, nothing will change.

9-5-2016: Bayer boosts offer for Monsanto to more than $65 billion

Editorial note: See our post "Bayer and Monsanto a marriage made in Hell".

9-5-2016: Is it Time to Drop “The Star-Spangled Banner”? 

Editorial note: The suggestion to use "America The Beautiful" become the new national anthem.

9-5-2016: Soccer star Megan Rapinoe follows Colin Kaepernick in kneeling for anthem

Editorial note: “The Star-Spangled Banner,” was written by a slave owner who celebrated to deaths of runaway slaves in the third verse of the song. Since the National Anthem only contains the first verse, many Americans are unaware of the racist origins. See our related Kaepernick post.

9-5-2016: 7 Iowa teachers guilty of sex abuse get no prison time

9-4-2016: Aryan Brotherhood of Texas members, associates convicted in meth ring

Editorial note: Why doesn't the media ever refer to these groups as thugs, gangsters, drug dealers or gang members?

9-4-2016: New opioid douses pain without being addictive or deadly in primates

Editorial note: Forgive me if I remain skeptical. The makers of Oxycotin concealed it's addictive nature and outright lied when they said the time-released nature of Oxycotin made their opiod drug less addictive. 

9-4-2016: Messenger: NAACP seeks Justice Department help for St. Louis transit funding

9-3-2016: Police: Sovereign citizen attempts to reach for gun while resisting arrest in Slidell

Editorial note: Armed white men seem to survive police encounters better than unarmed black men. See our related "Bogus Legal Theory of Sovereign Citizen" page. 

9-3-2016: Borrowed time: US library to enforce jail sentences for overdue books

9-3-2016: Colin Kaepernick jersey sales go up after anthem protest

Editorial note: As of this afternoon, Kaepernick's become the top-selling jersey overall in the team shop, ahead of Jerry Rice, Joe Montana, NaVorro Bowman, and the customizable jerseys. We're excited to see the support people are demonstrating. When entertainers and athletes speak up for us, we must stand with them. See our related post.

9-3-2016: Kaepernick anthem protest: Police threaten boycott

9-2-2016: Colin Kaepernick’s Real Problem: He’s Not White

9-2-2016: How Spy Tech Firms Let Governments See Everything on a Smartphone

9-2-2016: This small Indiana county sends more people to prison than San Francisco and Durham, N.C., combined. Why?

9-2-2016: Shotgun-wielding man accused of yelling racial slur, threatening to kill people near Alabama Wal-Mart

Editorial note: A Black man, John Crawford III, carrying an unloaded air rifle picked up off a store shelf and an 18 year old unarmed black teen, William Chapman II, were both killed at Wal-Marts by police, however, a White man carrying a shotgun and threatening to kill people is not killed or even shot, but taken into custody. Crawford’s death was in Ohio an open-carry state, where an individual without a permit can carry a gun in public—even in stores—so long as it is visible. I guess it’s open carry for Whites and open season on Blacks. Crawford's girlfriend, Tasha Thomas, who police subjected to a hostile interrogation died in a bizzare car accident weeks after Crawford's death. 

9-2-2016: St. Louis officer fatally shoots man who fled traffic stop, opened fire

9-2-2016: Ex-deputy in South Carolina spared charges after throwing student

9-2-2016: Green Street makes offer for city property in Grove area

9-2-2016: FDA Orders Antibacterials Removed From Consumer Soaps

9-2-2016: Messenger: Court ruling puts Missouri confidentiality for rape victims in question

9-2-2016: Judge orders new election for Hubbard/Franks state representative race in St. Louis

9-2-2016: East-West Gateway approves $5 million for MetroLink expansion studies

9-1-2016: ACLU sues for release of Philando Castile dashcam footage

9-1-2016: Imprisoned ex-Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal denied hepatitis C treatment

9-1-2016: Georgetown to Give Slave Descendants Priority for Admission

9-1-2016: Filling Police Vacancies is Latest Struggle for Ferguson

Editorial note: Starting salary is $45,000, employment information.

9-1-2016: Horrible St. Louis landlord evicted tenants after they refused sex: DOJ

9-1-2016: City health dept. offers free lead tests age 6 and younger

9-1-2016: Missouri judge fines state for violating open-records law in Lake of the Ozarks drowning case

9-1-2016: St. Louis police wrap up probes of 3 officer-involved shootings, turn results over to prosecutors

Editorial note: WOW! Three shootings all from differents months last year and suddenly turned over to the outgoing prosecutor just in time for her to settle before the new prosecutor takes office. PREDICTION – All shotings will be ruled justified. Hopefully the new prosecutor will review past officer involved shotings herself.

9-1-2016: Competition for FREE Restaurant Space in North St. Louis

9-1-2016: Absentee ballot case – Franks v. Hubbard – now in judge's hands

Editorial note: Missouri election laws, RSMO 115, allow registered voters to vote absentee if they meet one of the following requirements under RSMO 115.277:

  • Will be absent from their voting jurisdiction on Election Day.
  • Are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability, or caring for an incapacitated person.
  • Are restricted by religious belief or practice.
  • Are employed by an election authority.
  • Are incarcerated, but have retained all voting qualifications.

Absentee voting is covered under Missouri Revised Statutes sections 115.275 through 115.304

9-1-2016: Judge Says Tesla Can't Sell Directly to Missouri Customers

9-1-2016: Man gets 40 years in jail after rejecting plea deal that would have freed him immediately

9-1-2016: Missouri ID won't be enough to enter Scott AFB as new REAL ID standards land this month

9-1-2016: Millions of bees dead after South Carolina sprays for Zika-spreading mosquitoes

9-1-2016: Report: Valley Park levee was built too high, and neighbors paid the price

Editorial note: Common sense points to corruption. Before now, no one was able determine the levee was eight feet above what was allowed? No one was capable of measuring? 

9-1-2016: Former St. Louis prosecutor who helped cover up beating of suspect loses her law license

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