Lyft Plans Weekend Launch in St. Louis, But Will the City Shut It Down?

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An army of pink mustaches is on its way, St. Louis.
Lyft, the app-based, on-demand ride-sharing business based in San Francisco, plans to go live in St. Louis at 7 p.m. Friday.

The company has been building up for months to launch in the Lou, advertising jobs for drivers on Facebook and Craigslist, and interviewing hundreds of applicants at Nebula coworking space on Cherokee Street.


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STL Cops to End World's Oldest Profession by Publicly Shaming Johns with Postcards

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Nobody sends postcards anymore...except the police.
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department wants to put an end to prostitution once and for all, darn it! And they're going to do it with the help of bright yellow postcards.

Captain Dan Howard of the SLMPD's 1st precinct says people in Carondelet and Holly Hills are sick and tired of prostitutes walking the streets, so he's going to put them out of business with a public-shaming campaign. People arrested for prostitution and solicitation will get a snarky postcard informing them of their court date.

Here's what the card says:

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AG Chris Koster Files to Deny Release of "Mike" Anderson But Suggests Path to Parole

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Cornealious "Mike" Anderson. | Courtesy LaQonna Anderson

Yesterday, Attorney General Chris Koster filed a response to Cornealious "Mike" Anderson's plea to be released from a Mississippi County prison. Unsurprisingly, it argues that the judge hearing this case should deny Anderson's request.

Anderson is nine months into a sentence for an armed robbery that took place in 1999 -- he was mistakenly free from prison for thirteen years because of a clerical error, and during those years completely turned his life around. He's a dad, a businessman, an upstanding member of the community. Riverfront Times broke the story of his arrest in July in our cover story "The (Extremely) Long (and Sometimes Forgetful) Arm of the Law."

Anderson's attorney filed a writ of habeas corpus back in December calling this "cruel and unusual punishment" and asking for Anderson's release. While Koster argues against this, his response lays to rest what caused the delayed sentence and includes a possible path for Anderson to be immediately considered for probation.

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Adam Capriglione Sexually Tortured Captive Women With Kitchen Utensils: Police

Categories: Crime

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Adam Capriglione.
A 29-year-old man is in jail after a four-month police investigation revealed he held women captive in his squalid south-county apartment while raping and torturing them with utensils, including scissors, plastic wrap, a mallet, knives and a can opener.

A grand jury indicted Adam Michael Capriglione, of the 13000 block of Butler Oak Drive, on nineteen felony counts, including rape, sodomy, domestic assault and felonious restraint ranging back to 2006.

Capriglione also faces charges of child endangerment for filming himself having sex with a girl under eighteen in 2007 and for exposing a four-year-old to his dangerously unsanitary apartment, where investigators found a knife in a cereal box.

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Want to Change MO's Abstinence-Obsessed Sex-Ed Laws? Not in This Legislature

Categories: Sex

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Mean Girls: A fairly accurate portrayal of Missouri's sexual-education policies.
Earlier this month conservative lawmakers hijacked a bill seeking to uproot Missouri's abstinence-focused sex-education laws. Now the sponsor of the proposed legislation, Democratic representative Clem Smith, says he's feeling more than a little betrayed.

"There was no warning and no legislative courtesy," Smith says, decrying the tactics that gutted his bill, House Bill 1904. Introduced in February, the bill was to overhaul state laws that mandate students learn about the "emotional trauma" of adolescent sex. Instead, legislators morphed the bill into a slightly tweaked mirror image of the existing law.

"They put a Ginsu knife to it and chopped up 90 percent of my bill," bemoans Smith.

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Teen Shoots Teen Boarding Metro Bus

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Buses are for riding, kids, not shooting.
A seventeen-year-old boy was stepping onto a Metro bus in north St. Louis Monday when another teen fired several rounds and struck him in the shoulder, according to St. Louis Metropolitan Police.

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Joe Buck and Michelle Beisner Marry, Invite Troy Aikman, Register for Fancy Kitchen Goods

Categories: Sports

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St. Louis' sports broadcaster extraordinaire Joe Buck married former Broncos cheerleader and current NFL Network reporter Michelle Beisner last weekend in Mexico, reports TMZ.

The couple got engaged last summer after meeting at the Super Bowl in New Orleans in 2013.

See Also: New Yorkers Throwing Pizza on Joe Buck is the Funniest Thing You'll See Today


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Missouri Is the 8th Most Normal State in the U.S.

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What does "normal" really mean, anyway?
In case you were wondering, life here in the Show-Me State is rather normal.

By "normal," we mean close to the national average across 31 social, economic and demographic characteristics. That's how Business Insider measured each state's normalcy for a national ranking, released Monday.

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Kansas Hate Crime Suspect Tells Howard Stern Why He Hates Jews, Loves Hitler So Much

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Can you spot Hitler peering over Glenn Miller's right shoulder?
Before white supremacist and anti-Semite F. Glenn Miller faced state and federal hate-crime charges for killing three at Jewish community centers in Kansas, he wrangled a slot on Howard Stern's radio show to tell America why Missouri should elect him to the U.S. Senate.

"We call Glenn [Miller] the only honest politician out there, actually," Stern says on the 2010 episode. "At least he isn't a lie...Glenn's very upfront about where he stands."


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Great Dane Accused of Killing Dog in Off-Leash Park Released to Owner

Categories: Animals

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Zeus' owners shared photos and stories of their beloved dog online after shocking charges emerged.
Zeus, the Great Dane accused of killing a Golden Retriever at a Wentzville dog park last month, returned home to his family Friday after an autopsy failed to find a cause of death for the Golden.


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