Protesters Close Galleria and West County Center on Black Friday

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Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
Demonstrators demanding justice for Michael Brown took their protest to two of St. Louis' toniest malls today, closing down the Galleria and West County Center on the busiest shopping day of the year.

About 100 protesters hit the Galleria around 1 p.m. and later staged a "die in" on the floor of the mall.

The mall later closed temporarily from around 2 p.m. till 4 p.m. Richmond Heights police reportedly made no arrests.

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Missouri Man Busted for Producing, Requesting "Custom" Child Pornography

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After pleading guilty to five felony child-pornography charges, Gary A. Dotson of Pacific has been sentenced to 24 years in prison.

An FBI and Franklin County Sheriff's Department investigation revealed Dotson, 32, traded sexual images of children online on an "almost daily basis," according to the U.S. attorney's office.

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9 Things To Be Thankful For in St. Louis

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Steve Truesdell
Volunteers transform South Grand's broken windows into painted murals.
Happy Thanksgiving, St. Louis!

We've come a long way in the last three months, Lou. We've seen fires, tear gas, blood, tears and outrage. While today's national day of gratitude can't take away from the pain this city has been through, it is a good time to remember what's worth a hearty, "Thanks."

So here are nine things we at the Riverfront Times are thankful for in a St. Louis forever changed by the shooting death of Michael Brown.

We are thankful for...

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How St. Louis County Voters Could Fire Bob McCulloch

Categories: Ferguson

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Theo Welling
Protesters are directing their (somewhat misspelled) anger at St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch -- but could they remove him from office? (See more protest photos here).
It's been two days since St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch delivered his rambling, shade-filled announcement of the non-indictment of Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, and the ensuing confusion, doubt and anger -- and occasional violence -- continues to rock the St. Louis region.

But while analysis of McCulloch's announcement initially focused on the curious timing of the press conference, journalists and other experts have been tearing through the hundreds of pages of witness testimony from the grand-jury investigation. The picture that has emerged, so far, is conflicted: Though abnormal, experts say McCulloch's handling the grand jury doesn't appear illegal. On the other hand, McCulloch has been accused of being a self-serving tactician who schemed to both overwhelm the grand jury and protect himself from the inevitable backlash to the non-indictment.

All of this got us thinking: If there was enough popular discontent with McCulloch, could he be recalled from office?

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PHOTOS: Cities Across America Protest for Ferguson

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Tony Nelson for Minneapolis City Pages
Minneapolis was just one of many cities to stage demonstrations in support of Ferguson.

The shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9 immediately inspired a wide range of emotions and reactions nationwide, and the grand jury's decision on November 24 not to bring charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has reignited those feelings.

This week, citizens around the country (and elsewhere) vocalized their concerns about what they believe is a corrupt judicial system by marching through their own city streets. From Los Angeles to New York, Miami to Seattle, demonstrators showed their support for Brown's family and for Ferguson. The movement is similar to national protests and vigils that occurred in August. Below, we've collected just a few of the photos taken in cities nationwide, including those snapped by our Voice Media sister newspapers.

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[VIDEO] Blacks and Whites in Clayton Unite in Anger, Sadness After Grand Jury Decision

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Tony Barsanti
Tears and hugs after the grand jury's announcement.
As St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch read the grand jury's decision inside the justice center in Clayton, a small, racially-mixed crowd gathered outside, surrounded by swarms of media, to hear the announcement.

After a long prelude from McCulloch, the final decision came down: no true bill. Riverfront Times videographer Tony Barsanti captures spontaneous outpouring of anger, sadness and neighborly outreach that happens next:

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National Guard a Welcome Sight for Long-Time Downtown Ferguson Resident

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Mitch Ryals
Greg Hilderbrand and Laura Charles guard their apartment Monday night in Ferguson.
Greg Hilderbrand welcomed the National Guard soldiers milling around his back door Tuesday afternoon. Unfortunately, they were a day late.

During a chaotic Monday night, the National Guard was no where to be found as angry rioters looted and burned dozens of businesses in Ferguson following a grand jury's decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson. On Tuesday, Governor Jay Nixon ordered 2,200 National Guard troops to protect the city.

Hilderbrand's loft apartment above the Chinese Gourmet restaurant on South Florissant Road narrowly escaped being a target of Monday's vandalism.


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Cindy Tower: Artist Opens Up New Bruno David Projects with Road Show

Categories: Arts

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Cindy Tower, Indian Cave (diptych), 2010. Oil on canvas, 18 by 48 inches.
In a show of confidence in the St. Louis art market, Bruno David Gallery opens its new space, Bruno David Projects, with Cindy Tower: Road Show, a collection of paintings and video by the long-time gallery artist. Formerly the private studio of Frank Schwaiger (another David artist), the new space is intended to be a less formal venue, where artists can present experimental works that are ill-suited to a traditional gallery's commercial setting.

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Motown: Musical About Famed Record Label Features All the Hits -- And a Miss

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Joan Marcus
Motown: The Musical brings you the Jackson 5...and lots more.
One thing's for sure: You can't wrong with the music in Motown: The Musical, the joyous if frenetic tale of Motown Records, Berry Gordy's Detroit label that not only discovered genre-defining greats like the Jackson 5 and the Supremes, but also acted as a critical cultural bridge between white Americans and their black counterparts during the racially tumultuous 1960s and '70s.

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[VIDEO] Why Anthony Shahid Wears Chains, Brings Stuffed Dogs to Ferguson Protests

Categories: Ferguson

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It's always easy to spot Anthony Shahid at a protest.
Ever watch TV footage or a livestream of a Ferguson protest and wonder, "Wait, who is the guy with the chains and stuffed dogs?"

Allow us to introduce you. He's Anthony Shahid, a leading St. Louis-area civil-rights activist and a regular face at the protests spurred by the fatal shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

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