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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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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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Petition Asks GoFundMe to Return Profits from Fundraisers for Officer Darren Wilson

Categories: Michael Brown

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Officer Darren Wilson's second GoFundMe fundraising page.
Supporters of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who sparked weeks of unrest after he shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, have raised so much money to support him that they had to open a second online fundraiser.

On the fundraising website GoFundMe, supporters needed just seventeen days to raise more than $420,000 for the officer, portrayed as either a hero or a monster in many of the reports and conversations around the country about Ferguson.

But a national nonprofit dedicated to strengthening the voice of black America is calling out the popular fundraising site for profiting off Wilson's fundraisers, saying the site is financially exploiting racial intolerance and murder.

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Even North Korea Says Police Shouldn't Have Suppressed Ferguson Protesters

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When North Korea is calling your country "a graveyard of human rights," you know something's wrong.
North Korea loves to hate on the United States. The armistice that stopped the Korean War in 1953 never really ended it, and Kim Jong-un's propaganda machine churns out anti-American rhetoric like we're still knee-deep in bloody conflict.

So it's not surprising that the isolationist regime released its own statement criticizing how law enforcement handled the massive unrest that took over Ferguson after officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown. Quite the opposite. The last few weeks have been a North Korean propaganda minister's wet dream.

But that doesn't make North Korea's statement on the brutal police response to Ferguson protesters any less unsettling.


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Archdiocese Asks St. Louis to Stop Ice Bucket Challenge Donations to ALS Association

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The ice bucket challenge raises money for an organization the Archdiocese of St. Louis says it can't support.
Are you one of the countless philanthropists taking on the ice-bucket challenge and donating to the ALS Association? The Catholic Church says you're doing it wrong.

The St. Louis Archdiocese has released a statement urging Catholics to donate to a research organization that doesn't support embryonic stem cell research.

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