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Michael Sam Cut from St. Louis Rams Roster, Practice Squad

Categories: Sports

If Michael Sam is going to be the first out gay player to play in the NFL, it probably won't be with the St. Louis Rams.

Coach Jeff Fisher called Sam last weekend and met with him Sunday to tell him he's one of four players cut from the Rams' 53-player roster.

"It was a football decision just like it was a football decision back in May to draft Mike," Fisher tells Yahoo Sports. "It's been all about football. I was pulling for Mike; I really was. I don't say that very often."


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Drunk Guy Gets in Argument, Punches Woman, Stabs Man, Gets Arrested

Categories: Crime

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The 3500 block of Delor Street, facing east from S. Grand Boulevard.
A drunken argument turned violent late Sunday night when a man punched a woman and then attacked the man who tried to stop him, according to St. Louis Metropolitan Police.

The men and woman were intoxicated when an argument broke out at 11:30 p.m. in the 3500 block of Delor Street, near South Grand Boulevard, according to police. The suspect, a 51-year-old man, punched the 53-year-old woman.


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Hundreds Join Michael Brown's Parents in March to Ferguson Police Station (PHOTOS)

Categories: Michael Brown

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All photos by Bryan Sutter
Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown's mother, throws up the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" sign at the Ferguson Police station.
More than 1,000 people from all over the country joined together on Canfield Drive this weekend to march, like civil rights protesters before them, against police brutality in Ferguson and around the country.

The crowd invoked the spirit of Selma and sang out with chants as it marched to the Ferguson Police station, letting loose three weeks-worth of anger, sadness and frustration caused by the death of Michael Brown, the unarmed eighteen-year-old whose death ignited weeks of sometimes-violent clashes with police here.

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Riverfront Times Seeks Juvenile Records for Officer Darren Wilson

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A 2002 yearbook photo of juvenile Darren Wilson.
In response to a number of inquiries today, the Riverfront Times confirms that it is seeking the juvenile records of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the man who shot and killed Michael Brown.

After the Post-Dispatch announced Friday that it is seeking the juvenile records for Brown, many people on Twitter asked that the same scrutiny be placed upon Wilson, who is currently under investigation for the shooting death of the unarmed 18-year-old man.

This is just one avenue of many in our continuing commitment to cover a significant news story for our community.

We have taken this action as a professional news organization, independently and not in conjunction with any other organization, as we seek to report facts and not rely on innuendo or speculation.

Continue on for the Post-Dispatch's announcement that it's seeking the Brown's juvenile records.

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High-Speed Boat Flips on Lake of the Ozarks, Kills Mike Fiore After Horrific Crash [VIDEO]

Categories: News

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via YouTube
A boat racing in the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout flips into the air and crashes.
The founder of an offshore powerboat company died Tuesday after his boat launched into the air, flipped and crash-landed on the Lake of the Ozarks during a racing event.

Michael Fiore, 44, was the throttleman in a 42-foot catamaran when it crashed Saturday on the milelong racing course. He was airlifted to a hospital in Columbia, where he died after complications from surgery, according to Lake News Online.


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Animal House Turns Saturdays into "Caturdays" with Extended Adoption Hours, Goodie Bags

Categories: Animals

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"Will you adopt me on Caturday?"
Animal House, a nonprofit, no-kill cat shelter in St. Louis, is crawling with kittens, so it's turning Saturdays into "Caturday" adoption days.

More than 70 baby kittens have come to the shelter in the last few months, in addition to the nearly 250 cats and kittens already looking for a forever home. The shelter typically opens three days a week for adoptions, but starting on Saturday, September 6, it'll also open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Saturday.


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Ferguson Cop Who Arrested Journalists Named in $40 Million Police Brutality Lawsuit

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Ferguson police officer Justin Cosma arrested two journalists on August 13.
Forty million dollars.

That's the sum of the charges listed in a 28-page federal lawsuit filed yesterday against St. Louis County and Ferguson law-enforcement officials. The accusations themselves detail a pattern of civil-rights abuses against protesters in the days following the death of Michael Brown. Six plaintiffs allege they were beaten, tear gassed, shot with rubber bullets and falsely arrested, among other offenses.

Notably, the lawsuit -- which was filed by Malik Shabazz's Washington, D.C.-based Black Lawyers for Justice -- appears to target multiple "John Doe" police officers. They are unnamed because the cops didn't wear name tags and refused to identify themselves when questioned.

The lawsuit lists only one officer by name: Justin Cosma, the same Ferguson cop linked to the arrests of two national journalists who were sitting in a Ferguson McDonald's on August 13. According to the lawsuit, Cosma arrested a mom and her seventeen-year-old son in that very same McDonald's, on the same day, and apparently during the same incident that led to the reporters' arrests.

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Heal STL: Ferguson Nonprofit Braces for More Violence If Darren Wilson Isn't Indicted

Categories: Michael Brown

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Photos by Lindsay Toler
Antonio French says there will be more violence if Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson isn't indicted. "That's predictable."
The nightly violent standoffs between police and protesters in Ferguson may have stopped, but the anger that fueled two weeks of unrest here -- anger at police, at elected officials, at oppression -- remains.

And if Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson isn't charged with a crime for shooting and killing unarmed teen Michael Brown, anger could again swell into chaos.

"If there isn't an indictment, we're going to see the same thing again," says Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman who has emerged as one of the leaders behind the movement for change and peace in Ferguson. "That's predictable. It's going to get bad."

But this time, community leaders won't be caught off-guard and "flat-footed," as French says, by the anger. By the time the grand jury decides on Wilson's fate five or more weeks from now, things will be different.

That's where Heal STL comes in.

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Lawyer, NAACP Say Newly Released Recording Captures Audio of Michael Brown Shooting [UPDATE]

Categories: Michael Brown

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Jessica Lussenhop
The site of the shooting on Canfield Drive.

Updated 8/28/14 12:50 p.m.: A statement from the makers of the app which recorded the original video say they have authenticated the tape. Click through for the full release.

A newly discovered snippet of video from an unnamed Canfield Green resident allegedly contains audio of the gunfire that killed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown. Much has been made already about the number of shots heard -- about ten or eleven -- and the pause between the volleys, though the tape has not yet been declared authentic by the FBI or the St. Louis County Police Department.

However, Adolphus Pruitt, president of the local St. Louis NAACP chapter, says he believes the audio is the real deal. He says his office has acted as a liaison between the witnesses who are afraid to come forward for fear of retribution and the FBI agents investigating the case. That's how he met the man who made the tape as well as his lawyer, Lopa Blumenthal.

"I met at the attorney's office, and they played it and gave us a copy of our records," Pruitt says. "I'm convinced."

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Sham Film Festival to Unleash Web's Best Short Parodies on St. Louis

Categories: Community, Movies

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Courtesy of Matthew Newlin
A still from Little Man of Steel, which will be screened on October 24 during the Sham Film Festival.
In the past, the greatest film parodies were crafted by professionals. This is Spinal Tap, Airplane and The Naked Gun offered the highest-quality mockery money could buy, while sketch-comedy shows like SNL married production values with the funniest comedians in the world. Then the Internet came along, and parody videos exploded.

Matthew Newlin and John Reynolds want to celebrate those short-form parodies by putting them on a big screen. The two St. Louisans are organizing the first ever Sham Film Festival -- opening October 24 -- as a showcase for short-form film parodies that inhabit YouTube and sites like College Humor and Funny or Die.

"I kept seeing all these videos posted online, the fake movie trailers, the spoofs that people do themselves -- but they're excellent," says Newlin, 31, who came up with the idea for the festival about a year ago. "The quality and creativity and the originality is there, and these people are filmmakers that are not getting their due. Let's give them some attention."

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