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Many Arrests in Ferguson as Another Police Shooting Sparks New Outrage in STL

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Police get ready to make an arrest Tuesday in Ferguson.
Tuesday saw two protests over separate police shootings: the continuation of the Ferguson saga and a new protest in north St. Louis over the killing of a man armed only with what witnesses claim was a butter knife.

The new protest sprung up in front of the location of St. Louis' latest police shooting. Early Tuesday, 23-year-old Kajieme Powell was shot dead by an officer of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. According to witnesses, Powell walked out of the store on Riverview Boulevard and MacLaren Avenue without paying for a pastry.

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St. Louis Shakespeare's Sweet Little Liar

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Kim Carlson
Jared Sans-Agero and Ben Ritchie in The Liar.
As St. Louis Shakespeare continues its landmark 30th anniversary season, completing the Bard's canon and beginning the cycle anew with last month's production of Hamlet, the small company is taking a decidedly modern detour with The Liar, David Ives' sparkling farce based on an obscure 1643 work by the French playwright Pierre Corneille.

Just where Corneille's work ends and Ives' begins is not entirely clear. Although Ives has retained Corneille's structure and written the entire play in rhyming couplets, Ives' The Liar bursts with reimagined characters and new relationships. It is more than a mere translation. It is, to quote the playwright, a translaptation.

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With Schools Closed, Teachers and Volunteers Hold Class at Ferguson Library

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Photo by Mitch Ryals
Shaila and Janeatha Evans show off their art projects at the Ferguson Public Library.

For the past three nights, Shaila Evans has packed her book bag and set it by the front door hoping to go to school the next day. And every morning she has been disappointed.

The Ferguson-Florissant School District was supposed to begin classes Thursday, August 14. Owing to the protests and riots, the district postponed the beginning of the school year to the following Monday, August 18, but then canceled classes for the entire week altogether.

"She's really anxious to start school," says her mother, Janeatha Evans. "She loves school, and she's been saying how she wants to start learning and making new friends."


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Grand Jury Hears Evidence in Michael Brown Shooting Case Today

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Prosecutor Bob McCulloch at a press conference last week.
According to a spokesman for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch, a grand jury will begin hearing evidence in the Michael Brown shooting today -- though he gave one caveat.

"[We are] attempting to present evidence," said Edward Magee yesterday. "It depends on the availability and actual appearance of the witnesses."

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Ferguson Residents Try to Make Do Living in a War Zone of Tear Gas, Explosions

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Photo by Danny Wicentowski
Tear gas wafts over West Florissant Avenue Sunday night
Brittany Townsend sat on her front stoop Sunday around 10 p.m. with a weary look on her face. An hour earlier police on nearby West Florissant Avenue began shooting tear gas at protesters in an attempt to disperse the crowd. Now the noxious fumes had drifted into her yard as they have nearly each night since demonstrators in Ferguson began protesting the police shooting of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown.

"It's not been easy living here," said Townsend, who's home on Lang Drive back up to the Public Storage on West Florissant. "I have a two-year-old daughter, and to throw tear gas down a residential street in front of my house, in the back of my house, past my house is not right."

Townsend's complaint is echoed by other nearby residents whose lives and comfort have been upended by the nightly sting of tear gas in the air and chaos occurring just a block or two away.

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Mya Aaten-White, Ferguson Shooting Victim, Says Police Have Not Interviewed Her

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Courtesy of Mya Aaten-White
A selfie Mya Aaten-White took in the ambulance on August 12, 2014.

Here's what Mya Aaten-White remembers from the night of August 12: It was about 11 p.m. She was walking back to her car on Highmont Drive near the burned-out QuikTrip after attending a Mike Brown rally in Ferguson. There were a few people in front of her. Suddenly, shots rang out. Everyone dropped to the ground and covered their heads. When she sat up, Aaten-White knew something was wrong.

"Oh my God, you're shot in the head," she recalls a young man telling her.

Several young men carried her into a nearby house where the residents called 911. She says police officers -- she believes they were St. Louis County police -- interviewed her briefly before she was taken to the hospital. She was able to take the above photo in the ambulance and upload it to Instagram. It went viral.

Now, a little over a week later, Aaten-White wants to know why no one in law enforcement has followed up with her about her case. Stranger still, she says, she doesn't know what happened to the bullet that doctors removed from her skull.

"Someone has the bullet. Someone has the bullet, and it was an officer," says her attorney, Marwan Porter.

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PHOTOS: Police Restraint Tested in Ferguson Monday Night

Categories: Michael Brown

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All photos by Danny Wicentowski
Police appeared committed to nonviolent responses Monday night.
Ferguson residents are getting used to the clinging aroma of tear gas every morning.

On Monday night law enforcement launched volley after volley of tear-gas canisters at Canfield Drive, West Florissant Avenue and Northwinds Estates Drive -- not to mention rubber bullets and the expected variety of flash-bang grenades, pepper bombs and smoke. Add in two people shot, 31 arrests and numerous journalists detained, and you've got another thoroughly awful night in Ferguson.

However, Daily RFT observed police officers willfully ignoring countless taunts and minor threats. Even not so minor threats, like thrown glass bottles and rocks, failed to set off police reprisals as they did during prior confrontations.

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Amnesty International: "A Human-Rights Crisis" in Ferguson

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Jessica Lussenhop
Amnesty International out in Florissant last night.

Ten Amnesty International staffers were out observing last night's march in Ferguson, including executive director Steven Hawkins, who's in town from New York City. When Daily RFT caught up with him in the media staging area, he did not mince words about what he was seeing.

"This is a human-rights crisis in America," he said, calling the fact that marchers were not being allowed to congregate a "violation of international human rights" law.

Hawkins said he asked Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson if Amnesty International observers could patrol alongside police and was denied. His organization is preparing to make recommendations on how the situation can be better handled and to ask Attorney General Eric Holder to broaden his federal investigation to include the tactics being used by local law enforcement on demonstrators in Ferguson.

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After Forcing Ferguson Protesters to March in Confined Protest Area, Tear Gas Again

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Ray Downs
Protesters Monday night.
It started out as a day of walking and ended up a night of gas, gunshots and a protester who came back to the scene just to pick up the trash left by his fellow protesters.

"Keep moving!" barked a police officer at a protester who stopped on the street to talk to a friend.

That was the rule Monday afternoon: Keep moving, and you can protest. Stop, and you'd be subject to arrest. For most of the day, protesters marched back and forth on the West Florissant sidewalk between Canfield Drive and Ferguson Avenue. They weren't allowed to go any further. And walking into the street could mean a night in jail.

Not everybody appreciated the rules, especially in the August heat. As the day went on, protesters complained about the restrictions on the protest set forth by police.

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Why Michael Brown's Legal Team Is Winning the PR War as Prosecutor, Accused Cop Sit Out

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Jessica Lussenhop
The parents of Michael Brown (center) with attorney Benjamin Crump (right) at a news conference last week.
As they've done on multiple occasions throughout the past week, the attorneys representing the family of Michael Brown held a televised news conference yesterday. And this one revealed a bigger bombshell than most.

Standing at a podium alongside an independent medical examiner retained by the family, attorney Benjamin Crump divulged that the eighteen-year-old Brown had been shot at least six times, with the fatal blow entering the top of his skull.

"It verifies the worst that the family thinks happened -- that he was executed," Crump told reporters.

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