Below are news items from 2015. For more current and breaking news items, see the main news page.
12-31-2015: Why Small Debts Matter So Much To Black Lives
12-31-2015: How Black Lives Matter saved higher education
12-31-2015: List of area roads closed due to high water
Note: See our earlier post; "Is Bill Cosby a Rapist?"
Note: Missouri is one of 28 states with food stamp waivers intact; which may be a crucial resource for some recently affected by flooding.
12-27-2015: Missouri homicide, suicide rates jumped after repeal of background checks, researcher says
Note: A black male college student and black 55 year old mother of five killed by police.
Editorial note: More crime fewer cops, non functioning street lights and other issues, but, at least we got stadium financing approved.
12-23-2015: Feds stop sharing asset forfeitures with local police after $1.2 billion in spending cuts
12-22-2015: Union retirees: Don't cut my pension
Editorial note: More than a million retirees could see their pensions cut in half or more come July 2016. Retired persons on pensions should start familiarizing themselves with the law.
12-22-2015: St. Ann and Foristell collected thousands in 'questionable' municipal court fees, audit says
12-21-2015: ACLU plans to challenge ruling that allows Missouri technical school to drug test incoming students
12-20-2015: Officer in VonDerrit Myers Jr. fatal shooting resigns after crashing car; Drunk driving probe opened
12-18-2015: Lawmakers introduce bans on texting and driving
12-18-2015: St. Louis aldermen approve $150 million in city financing for stadium as Rams mull move to LA
12-18-2015: Goodell: $300 million for St. Louis stadium 'fundamentally inconsistent' with NFL policy
12-17-2015: Dozen municipalities file formal challenge to St. Louis County police standards ordinance
Note: LifeLock, the identity-theft protection company,failed to properly secure its customers’ information and misrepresented the strength of its security.
12-16-2015: Officer in Laquan McDonald shooting indicted
12-16-2015: Report: Ferguson Close to Agreement with DOJ
12-16-2015: Sponsor withdraws Mizzou athlete strike proposal
12-16-2015: McKee and city have deal on NorthSide property
12-15-2015: Cosby sues his accusers: Does that make sense?
Editorial note: In an earlier post, we posed the question, "Is Bill Cosby a Rapist?". So far only seven women are part of the lawsuit, but hopefully the majority of the 40 plus women will be called as witnesses so the world can finally get their story under oath, subject to cross examination, so their credibility can be better determined.
Editorial note: I never understood why the City made people take off work just a make a payment! It always seemed to me to be a form of unnecessary coercion. This is a much needed and welcome change. However, why did it take a protest movement that gained international attention and scrutiny of the Missouri Municipal Court system before the City of St. Louis made a common sense change that had negatively impacted many people; this should have happened years ago.
12-12-2015: Racial bias in everything: Airbnb edition
Editorial note: Holtzclaw, who is white and Asian, was found guilty Thursday on 18 counts, including four counts of first-degree rape, by an all white jury. All of his victims were African American. He had been charged with 36 counts, with 13 women testifying at the trial that Holtzclaw sexually victimized them.
12-11-2015: Citadel suspends students for KKK-type photos
12-11-2015: Residents launch legal challenge to pending sale of St. Louis County park land to Jefferson Barracks
Editorial Note: As a frequent library patron, I will certainly be taking advantage of this. Thank you St. Louis Public Library!
Editorial note: Beware of the "good intentions" of certain laws. This could also be a tool to force low income people, or those suffering a temporary financial crisis out of their home when they can't afford to do cosmetic or minor repairs and accumulate housing code violations. "The road to hell is paved with good intentions".
12-09-2015: Man who tried to hang himself in St. Louis holdover cell dies after struggle with police
Editorial note: Evidently there's no video evidence to refute or confirm the official story. Six to eight officer tried to subdue him. Too bad not one of them had a body cam.
Editorial note: The judge called the lawyer “dishonest and dangerously incompetent” and ordered him to stop “ripping off clients by abandoning them” abusing the bankruptcy process and allowing staffers to practice law without a license. This is why YOU need to increase what you know about the law!
Editorial note: As long as the City can give hundred of millions of dollars to help build a private stadium, they can certainly find $25 million to fund equipment. I VOTE NO!
12-07-2015: Rift between Metro, police deepens
Editorial note: The City of St. Louis can't afford to do basic maintenance, however, it wants to give hundreds of millions of dollars to a billionaire, Stan Kroenke, for his private stadium.
The City gave tax abatements for Busch Stadium, to the Cardinal owners, estimated to be worth at least $143 million.
Tens of millions were spent on millionaire, Paul McKee's failed 8.1 billion redevelopment of North St. Louis, and now the city is planning on spending at least another $20 million, partly to acquire land previously sold to McKee at bargain basement prices, and up to $130 million in total city cost, to stay a viable choice for NGA's 1.6 billion relocation project.
Those are just a few projects that received media attention and scrutiny. How many other projects involving public money for millionaires and billionaire go unnoticed? No wonder the rich just keep getting richer!
Editorial Note: St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 15.44 Division IV Aggressive Begging and St. Louis Ordinance 67918. For any governmental entity to tell individuals it is not okay to communicate their need to the public goes against the First Amendment. "There but for the grace of god go I".
12-03-2015: St. Louis public defender claims police chief, prosecutor unfairly influence gun crime bail
Editorial note: St. Louis voters in 2011 approved the continuation of the earnings tax, but the city faces a renewal vote next year. If the measure doesn’t pass, the tax would be phased out over 10 years. This source of income is no longer guaranteed, which is why we shouldn't even consider partially funding stadiums with tax dollars for billionaire business owners.
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Note: The previous headline for this story was: "NFL owner advises St. Louis stadium planners: Firm up financing "
Note: See Missouri Revised Statutes Chapter 540 for information about grand juries and their proceedings.
Editorial note: Kudos to Chicago protesters. Without economic consequences, most protest will fail. The officer that executed that 17 year old kid, should have been charged with murder immediately.
Laquan McDonald, the murder victim, appears on the dash cam video about 5 minutes and 15 seconds in the video.
11-24-2015: Five Black Lives Matter protesters shot in Minneapolis; police searching for white suspects
Editorial note: It seems disingenuous that now, on the eve of a judge ordered release of the shooting video and more than a year after the killing, the police officer is finally being charged with murder. What took so long? It makes you wonder if this video had not been ordered released, would murder charges have been brought.
Editorial Note: Although, I don't agree with what the article says those students expressed, they had a constitutional right to express their opinion. I applaud the University for denouncing the message. If the university's logo use was unauthorized, I can understand a request for the removal of the logo, but trying to suppress the message by asking Facebook to take it down went too far. Most likely those students have not been exposed to any black history, and the only images of black people they've seen come from media. Historians in this county have distorted the facts of history, excluded non-white voices and opinion and made heroes out of villains.
11-19-2015: Police release body camera video from encounter with man they say shot himself in Normandy last month
11-18-2015: St. Louis teachers reject district pay offer
Note: See your child's teacher salary, scroll to 2014-2015 Missouri Educator Salaries.
11-18-2015: St. Louis City Counselor Winston Calvert resigns
11-17-2015: Ferguson chooses city manager
11-17-2015: Demands for 10 percent black faculty at Mizzou would put it above norm for peer universities
11-16-2015: Metro High sophomore named 'Youth of the Year'
Note: For additional details, see Boys & Girls Club of Greater St. Louis.
11-15-2015: The video that might rip Chicago apart
11-15-2015: Racial strife hits the University of Kansas too
11-14-2015: Black Americans twice as likely as whites to face use of non-fatal police force, US study says
11-13-2015: Mizzou's Pinkel to retire at season's end
Editorial note: Serious food for thought, especially since the FBI reported that white supremacist organizations have infiltrated law enforcement organizations. Also see: Whistleblower Cop: Fellow Officers Getting “Gang Tattoos” To Celebrate Their Shooting Victims
Note: Meeting is open to the public, see official court announcement.
See related post: "Crime Won't Decrease until Oppression Decreases".
11-6-2015: Black Police Officers In St. Louis Say They've Been Targeted By White Cops While Off-Duty
Editorial note: News story didn't really answer the question, find more information here. Also see: "Why your tap water tastes, smells odd" and "St. Louis water develops foul taste and smell". 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.
Editorial note: Just because municipalities can't use traffic tickets anymore as a reliable sources of revenue doesn't mean they can't abuse other areas of enforcement. Use the free information on this site to learn at least the basics, otherwise be prepared to pay!
11-3-2015: Prosecutor: No charges against St. Louis officers in 2014 fatal shooting of Kajieme Powell
11-2-2015: Why your tap water tastes, smells odd
11-2-2015: Jury says Harris-Stowe discriminated, awards dismissed white instructor nearly $5 million
Editorial note: When I was growing up, my family did not own a car, so we relied on buses, there was no Metrolink then. After I lost my job, I considered using public transportation to save costs. However, I realized public transportation would be almost as expensive as using my car. When I graduated from high school, bus fare with a transfer was 60 cents. Minimum wage then was $3.35, so a person with a minimum wage job could take almost six trips for one hour of wages. That same bus fare is now $3.00, so only two trips could be purchased by a minimum wage earner making $7.25 per hour. There are four people in my household, so even if we purchased four $78 monthly passes, the monthly cost would be $312. My older car was paid for, so gas and insurance some months is lower than the cost of using public transportation. The months that my vehicle requires repairs is when my cost may exceed public transportation. Kansas City is lowering many of their bus fares to $1.50, and believes the loss in fare income will be made up with increased ridership.
10-30-2015: Missouri power players join forces in effort to keep spy agency within St. Louis' borders
10-29-2015: Zoo-Museum District OKs new ethics policy
10-29-2015: Murder victim's mother injured when St. Louis officer fires gunshot at her dog, sources say
Editorial note: Woman's son is murdered, she is caring for her grandson, the division of family services comes to take away the grandson, the officer tries to shot the dog protecting the home from a perceived intruder but shots the woman, the dog is then taken to animal control and the chief of police makes a point to say the woman's injuries are minor and non life threatening. Only in St. Louis!
Editorial note: You know it's bad when even police officers aren't safe from police harassment?
10-29-2015: Stopping gun violence likely unconstitutional
10-29-2015: Missouri gets ‘A’ for financial literacy
Note -See: Ku Klux Klan: Invisible Empire
10-28-2015: Columbia, MO – Local groups asking for signatures on marijuana legislation
Editorial Note: Governments officials often lie, which is one of the reasons this site exists. Most people, especially the homeowners in Bridgeton, did not know radioactive waste was buried in their community. Much of our country's atomic material was generated during World War II and the Cold War, waste material was often secretly buried in what was then remote unpopulated areas. Many of those areas are now populated. If you currently live in an area that was vast undeveloped land during World War II; the potential exist that companies secretly or illegally buried atomic waste. The Wall Street Journal article, "Waste Lands – Americas' forgotten nuclear legacy", lists hundreds of sites, including ten St. Louis area locations. Keep in mind, those are just the known or revealed sites.
10-22-2015: Restoring trust in municipal courts
10-21-2015: Legal challenge to controversial St. Louis County rental housing bill ordinance imminent
10-21-2015: St. Louis aldermen push forward eminent domain list for proposed spy agency headquarters
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10-15-2015: How MSD repairs aging pipes across St. Louis
Editorial Note: Need money to help finance a new stadium? Cut unemployment benefits. In 2011 Missouri reduced benefit to 20 weeks from a previous 26 weeks. Unemployment benefits will be reduced to 13 weeks when the new law takes effect. Considering that artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics could eliminate half of existing jobs, benefit cuts will negatively affect many in the upcoming years.
10-14-2015: 'The Rink Rebooted'
Note: Last year, we addressed how black people were excluded from Steinberg in Forest Park.
10-14-2015: Mississippi River Basin Gets A Grade Of D+
10-14-2015: Charlack police on verge of disbanding
Editorial Note: Crime usually increases during the summer months, so the fact that crime has declined since the summer is no surprise. However, crime will rise again during the holidays. Don't be fooled by meaningless statistics.
10-11-2015: Traffic cases increase in some communities
Note: Sunset Hills and Eureka had the highest percentage increases.
Editorial Note: if it's reasonable to shot a twelve year old kid on a playground with a toy gun that's not even pulled out; when exactly is it unreasonable for the police to kill?
Note: Three public meetings are scheduled including on at: St. Louis Gateway Classic Sports Foundation, 2012 Dr. Martin Luther King Drive, St. Louis, Oct. 29, 4-7 p.m.
10-7-2015: Report: St. Louis stadium would cost taxpayers $215 million more than previously believed
10-7-2015: St. Louis mayor, police chief join other city leaders in crime summit with Justice Department
10-5-2015: Revised St. Louis County rental bill will prohibit evictions for domestic violence incidents
Editorial Note: “He felt like he was heard and somebody listened to him and believed him and saw him for the first time on these issues.” If this is how a judge feels, imagine how bad it must be for others with no legal knowledge.
Editorial note: Yet another reason why everyone needs to learn how to protect their rights and defend themselves. I haven't done the research, but this doesn't sound constitutional!
9-29-2015: Southeast Missouri woman claims she's been harassed since she began flipping off town's mayor
9-29-2015: Mentally impaired East St. Louis teen gets $900,000 settlement in false confession lawsuit
9-28-2015: Harvard students look for ways to improve MLK Drive in St. Louis as model for rest of nation
9-27-2015: More crime leads to crowded court docket
9-27-2015: Some St. Louis County cities fear new police requirements are meant to put them out of business
9-23-2015: St. Louis to begin using eminent domain in effort to lure National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
See our library article: Eminent Domain
9-19-2015: Berkeley police begin wearing body cameras
9-18-2015: Kinloch mayor impeached by Board of Aldermen
9-17-2015: St. Louis police discipline central issue as Slay tries to oust civil service commissioner
Editorial note: Mr. Warren Jeffries has already paid $100 in attorney fees and would have to pay an additional $450 fee for that attorney to appear in court next week. This is one of the reasons this site exist. I wonder if Mr. Jeffries will request a trial by jury.
Editorial note: The Hancock Amendment prevented unnecessary taxation from the state.
9-10-2015: NYPD Cops Slam Black Tennis Star To The Concrete On Way To US Open Because He ‘Fit The Description’
Editorial note: The food supply of everyone reading this may be affected by this court decision. See the documentary, "The World According to Monsanto".
Editorial Note: Did the St. Louis City Prosecutor actually not realized in 2007 that it was illegal for police officers to use tickets they seized as evidence of a crime?
9-9-2015: Cops Enter ‘Wrong House’ Without Warrant, Shoot Homeowner and Dog, Then Ask ‘Are We Perfect?’
Editorial note: Propaganda is discussed on the Racial Media Bias page. Notice the CNN headline, "Police: Friendly fire likely wounded officer in wrong-house encounter" and the NBC headline, "Atlanta-Area Cop Critical, Dog Killed When Police Go to Wrong Home" for this event.
Editorial note: A good example of someone with legal knowledge putting it to good use. I have always thought it a little deceptive when companies change the volumn of a substance but use the same container. Usually, once a person becomes accustomed to purchasing a particular brand, they grab the item almost on reflect and don't bother reading the small print. I was unaware of the term "Slack Filling" and law related to it until this lawsuit. Some people may believe this is frivolous, but it will most likely result in companies marking much more clearly when they change the volumn of product contained in it's standard containers.
9-3-2015: ACLU: Documents show St. Louis officers who misued '06 World Series tickets committed crimes
Editorial note: St. Louis has a history of racism, exclusion and denial. Exclusion by it's very nature is unfriendly and that nature is apparent to visitors. The St. Louis question, "Where'd you go to high school?", provides clues about a person's religion, family wealth, and class and is used to make snap decisions about others.St. Louis has aspirations of being a world class city, but world class cities embrace diveristy. Diversity matters because it helps perpetuate different thoughts, ideas and creativity. If you want a city to be exciting, it needs the variety that only diversity can provide.
8-31-2015: Top 10 most dangerous U.S. cities
Note: St. Louis #4, Kansas City #10
Note: Areas with high concentration of black residents seem to be the ones targeted for over taxation. See our Library page for links about how to dispute your Missouri property tax assessment.
8-28-2015: St. Louis aldermen approve $11 minimum wage
8-25-2015: Post-Dispatch Deletes Mention of Fingerprints, DNA Evidence from Coverage of Police Shooting
Note: This is why everyone should learn how to exercise their rights.
8-24-2015: A decade after Katrina
Note: Black family moved into previously all white neighborhood.
8-23-2015: Unemployment Benefits Override Looks Set
8-22-2015: Police union slams circuit attorney over investigation into officer-involved fatal shooting
8-22-2015: Alderman calls for change in St. Louis city leadership, following vigil for Mansur Ball-Bey
Note: See – Protester's rights
8-10-2015: Protesters demand Enterprise use profits from prison commissaries for communities in need
Note: Also see related PD article – Prison services are profitable niche for Bridgeton company
Note: Pagedale City Ordinances; Stl. County Property Maintenance Code, Building Code, and 2009 International Property Maintenance Code. Pagedale's number of violation citations increase almost 500% during a five year period.
Note: When you fight your case and win, there are no court fees to pay on people who lose their cases pay court fees.
8-6-2015: New push in St. Louis City to fight crime by identifying criminals using their social media activity
Note: The Justice Department says it's unconstitutional to punish people for being homeless.
8-6-2015: Civilian Review Board Nominees Unveiled – also see; Slay nominates first members of Civilian Oversight Board of Police
Editorial note: Stan Kroenke, owns the Rams and several other teams and is worth about six billion dollars. The National Football League earned more than 11 billion dollars during the 2014 season. The proposed new stadium will cost about one billion dollars including: $250 million from team ownership, a $200 million National Football League loan to the owners, $187 million in tax incentives, $201 million in state and city bond proceeds and $160 million in seat license sales. If the City was part owners of the Rams, I could see participating in the financing, but certainly Kroenke can afford to build his own stadium, he is afterall a real estate developer. Sincer neither Kroenke or the NFL have made any commitments in return for the proposed $388 million state and city tax incentives and bonds,even if I agreed with the financing it should come with some guarantees. Since both the City and State are having problems funding needed services and infrastructure, it is a particularly bad time to be financing the whims of billionaires. Remember, the existing football stadium is not in disrepair, it simply isn't as nice as some other stadiums.
8-6-2015: 'Coffee with a Cop' Aug. 6 in St. Louis
8-3-2015: St. Louis County Police agree to court settlements with 2 journalists arrested in Ferguson
Editorial note: Perfect example of why it's important to know your rights and how to exercise them.
8-3-2015: No vote needed on St. Louis stadium funding, judge rules; Peacock calls on region to 'rally'
Editorial note: Instead of giving hundreds of millions of dollars in public money for private owners to build a new stadium, maybe that money can be used instead to improve roads, hire police and other truly public uses. I'm voting no on proposition one.
7-31-2015: St. Louis County Biased Against Black Juveniles, Justice Department Finds; also see: Feds accuse St. Louis County Family Court of rights violations and racial bias
7-30-2015: St. Louis police unveil new bike police unit
Editorial Note: Until they stop giving tax dollars and breaks to real estate developers such as Paul McKee and to fund stadiums for billionaires; I'm voting no. The proposed amount for a new football stadium is a larger sum than the bond being voted on.
Note: Learn about Emmett Till.
7-22-2015: Ferguson names new interim police chief
7-16-2015: Missouri Court Of Appeals Finds Juror Research Into Who Receives Punitive Damages Awards Non-Prejudicial
7-13-2015: States Battle Cities Over Minimum Wage
7-9-2015: 'Sweeping' court reform comes as Nixon signs bill to cap cities' revenue, end predatory habits
7-8-2015: News 4 Investigates: Municipalities finding way around proposed traffic ticket revenue limit
Note: Moniteau County is the only jurisdiction in Missouri where the prosecutor isn’t white.
Editorial note: I must give credit to Fair Organizers. I criticized last year the Fair's as I cited examples of subtle racial bias in St. Louis. Although I did not personally attend the Fair, my son attended on July 4th, and I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that fair organizers had booked four black acts.
7-3-2015: St. Louis assistant circuit attorney donates $140,000 to her campaign to replace Jennifer Joyce
6-24-2015: St. Louis to consider mortgaging city buildings to lure National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
6-22-2015: Group with St. Louis ties cited in manifesto that may have been written by Charleston killer
Note: Founder of group was a St. Louis attorney and the current leader of the group is a graduate of John Burroughs and Washington University and a former St. Louis City Public School Board member.
6-16-2015: St. Louis police officer resigns amid allegations of inappropriate sexual contact on duty
6-14-2015: Stress not an excuse for police brutality
6-11-2015: FIRED! Texas teacher let go after saying McKinney pool party ‘almost’ shows need for racial segregation
6-11-2015: Citizens deserve professional policing
Editorial: St. Louis City had argued for decades that local citizens have the right to control their police force and gained control of its police after more than a century of state control. Certain policing practices should be standardized and others made illegal (for both small and large communities). However, telling citizens who live in smaller communities that they don't have the right to determine who polices them is suspect. The ability to hire police was never questioned when many of these same communities had majority white populations. If the residents of certain communities want to get rid of their police force, they can attend council meetings, speak to their representatives and even petition for a ballot measure. Police using excessive force, abusing civil rights and participating in illegal activities is not unique to small communities. Events in Baltimore, North Charleston, Tulsa, New York, Cleveland and most recently McKinney, TX demonstrate that our entire nation has unresolved issues, I lived in North St. Louis County for nearly twenty years before moving back into St. Louis City. I've encountered more abuse and corruption within the first six years of moving back into the City of St. Louis than I ever encountered in North St. Louis County. St. Louis City and County Police have both fired a number of police officers for illegal and questionable practices. Instead of acknowledging that we have a regional problem, blame is being shifted to only certain communities, mostly with majority black populations.
6-10-2015: Judge upholds firing of Chicago cop for racially charged photo; See: 'Disgraceful' photograph and additional information.
6-9-2015: Our Segregated Summers: The police misconduct in McKinney, Texas, is part of America’s long, fraught history of race and swimming.
6-9-2015: A simple cure for municipal courts’ ills
6-8-2015: New stadium costs surpass $3 million
Teens at the pool party told BuzzFeed News the police were called after a fight broke out between adults and youths at the pool after the adults made racist comments telling the black children to leave the area and return to “Section 8 [public] housing.” Brooks, the 15-year-old who shot the YouTube video, told BuzzFeed News many students had arrived at the end-of-school celebration at the pool on guest passes.“I think a bunch of white parents were angry that a bunch of black kids who don’t live in the neighborhood were in the pool,” said Brooks, who is white. “Everyone who was getting put on the ground was black, Mexican, Arabic,” he said. “[The cop] didn’t even look at me. It was kind of like I was invisible.”
The video above underscores the need to learn and understand your rights and how to exercise them. Download the ACLU mobile app, and record questionable actions, especially teens.
6-6-2015: Lawsuit against police over south St. Louis County raid tells only part of the story, neighbors say
SWAT was used to enforce a municipal ordinance violation.
PROTESTERS ARRESTED WASHINGTON AVE ST. LOUIS 5/30
5-28-2015: Municipal courts must be constitutional
Editorial note: Until the funding for stadiums and other private projects funded with public money stops, I'm voting no on any new taxes.
5-24-2015: Gas-tax hike is dead. What's next for MoDOT?
Editorial note: Stop funding stadiums and other private development projects and use public money for public purposes.
Michael Brelo, a white Cleveland police Officer, shot and killed two unarmed black men, Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams was acquitted of voluntary manslaughter and felonious assault charges. This incident occurred two years before the shooting death of 12 year old Tamir Rice by a Cleveland police officer.
5-22-2015: A simple cure for municipal courts’ ills
5-13-2015: Tax increases proposed to hire new officers
5-13-2015: Police Insisted Cornell McKay Was to Blame for a Robbery — It Cost Him Nearly Three Years
5-5-2015: Report calling for consolidation of some St. Louis County police departments draws angry reaction
"Former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch fired Hayes in May 2013, after a six-month internal investigation found multiple officers who said that the lieutenant, who is white, ordered them to target black people in and around shopping centers in South County."
Maryland State Attorney for the city of Baltimore Marilyn Mosby announced on Friday morning that Freddie Gray‘s death in police custody was ruled a homicide by the medical examiner, and that there is sufficient probable cause to file criminal charges against the six officers involved.
The six Baltimore police officers involved in the arrest of Freddie Gray will now face criminal charges ranging from murder to manslaughter to assault. The driver of the police van was charged with second-degree murder, while three officers were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Other officers were also charged with assault in connection with the murder.
St. Louis has been named as one of eight new "Promise Zones," a federal designation that effectively moves parts of the city and county the front of the line in obtaining federal assistance aimed at tackling poverty.
Editorial: This story reminded me about something I saw in the when I was much younger. I can't remember whether it was a documentary, news broadcast or movie, but paraphrasing a white supremacists, "You can't stop us, we're your teachers, policemen, doctors and lawyers and we will win". The hidden white supremacists, the ones with badges, sitting on the judicial bench and in hospital emergency rooms are the ones that worry me. Danny Kaye's scene from the movie Skokie also comes to mind.
4-21-2015: Meet the 79-Year-Old Fighting to Save Her St. Louis Home, Neighborhood From Possible Bulldozing
4-20-2015: Steven Harmon, former St. Louis mayor and police chief's son, explores run for circuit attorney
4-14-2015: Public has a right to records from St. Louis police World Series ticket scandal, appellate court rules
4-9-2015: Pine Lawn mayor took bribes and so did other area officials, his lawyer tells federal jury
UNIFORM FINES, COSTS • Fines are $70.50 plus court costs for most routine moving violations • Fines are $50.50 for non-moving violations. • Speeding fines range from $6 to $8 per mph over the limit. • Court costs are standardized at $24.50.
4-9-2015: Following Lawsuit, Tiny St. Louis Suburb Ends Its 'Illegal' Bail System That Jailed The Poor
4-6-2015: Judge In Tiny City Facing Lawsuit Over Its 'Illegal' Bail System Is Running For Ferguson City Council
4-2-2015: Municipal court reforms include no new charges for missing court date, Missouri speaker says
3-20-2015: New judge takes over in Ferguson