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Soundsuits: The Wearable Art of Nick Cave

Categories: Arts

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Nick Cave, American, born 1959; Speak Louder, 2011; mixed media including black mother of pearl buttons, embroidery floss, upholstery, metal armature, and mannequin; Photos by James Prinz Photography. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York © Nick Cave
Continued unrest over the shooting death of Michael Brown may seem a world away from Currents 109: Nick Cave, the boisterous new show at the Saint Louis Art Museum that features the Missouri-born artist's bedazzling Soundsuits — wearable sculptures that burst with found objects to create rhapsodic, carnivalesque human forms that are at once foreign and familiar.

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Joe Buck: My Father Wouldn't Have Let Kroenke Stay Silent on Rams Future

Categories: Sports

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Will they stay or will they go?
Well, are you happy now, Stan Kroenke? You've gone and disappointed Joe Buck.

The son of legendary sportscaster Jack Buck criticized Kroenke, the Walmart heir billionaire owner of the St. Louis Rams, for staying silent on persistent rumors that he's trying to take the team to Los Angeles.

"I don't know how you're an NFL owner in a city like this with the kind of sports fans we have here and you're as invisible as this man has been," Buck said on FOX 2's Sports Final with Martin Kilcoyne.

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St. Louis Tactical Gear Shop Sees Spike in Sales, More Law Enforcement Customers

Categories: Ferguson

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Photos via TacticalGear.com
Sales at TacticalGear.com and the company's Chesterfield store are up more than 20 percent.
St. Louis-based TacticalGear.com is crediting the "Ferguson phenomenon" for a double-digit bump in sales.

Sales from last week are 21 percent higher than sales for the same week last year, a jump CEO Chad Weinman calls "significant growth." Weinman says the uptick is especially noticeable at TacticalGear.com's Chesterfield store, where many of his customers are Department of Homeland Security and Missouri State Highway Patrol officers arriving in St. Louis to handle security at expected future protests.

"You can feel the tension in the air," Weinman tells Daily RFT. "I think everybody is a little on edge, and people are taking steps to ensure their safety and the safety of their families."

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All Is Calm: Mustard Seed Theatre Recycles a New Holiday Favorite

Categories: Arts

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John Lamb
Mustard Seed stages All Is Calm.
Hoping lightning will strike twice, Mustard Seed Theatre is reprising last year's popular staging of Peter Rothstein's, All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914, an a cappella musical about the impromptu truce that emerged between British and German soldiers during World War I.

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Charles Manson and His St. Louis-Area Bride Apply For Marriage License

Categories: News

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Charles Manson, the groom-to-be.
Cue the wedding bells and chill the Champagne. Charles Manson is getting married.

Afton Elaine Burton is the 80-year-old mass murderer's fiancee, as Daily RFT reported a year ago. Burton, a 26-year-old Susan Atkins look-alike who now goes by the name Star, grew up 40 miles north of St. Louis in Bunker Hill, Illinois, where her parents and two brothers still live.

The killer couple hasn't set a date yet, but Kings County has issued them a marriage license, according to the Associated Press. A prison wedding coordinator is organizing the ceremony, which will be in an inmate visiting room at California's Corcoran State Prison. The couple is allowed to invite ten non-inmate guests.

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Untangling the Wrongful-Death Lawsuit That Blames Wash. U. for Fall From High Rise

Categories: Longform

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Courtesy of Soh family
Yongsang Soh.

As October 26, 2013, bled into a new day, Yongsang Soh sat at a table at the Ameristar Casino in St. Charles with three friends, all seemingly content with drinking and gambling their way into Sunday.

Affluent, serious and handsome, Soh appears in photos with a messy mop of black hair, a barely there smile and a narrow, refined face that takes after his mother's. A thrill seeker and devoted Cardinals fan, Soh had recently purchased two tickets to see his team play in the World Series against the Boston Red Sox. The next month, Soh, a senior enrolled in Washington University's notoriously demanding Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, planned to spend Thanksgiving break in Las Vegas.

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch Endorses Missouri Efforts to Legalize Marijuana in 2016

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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the Show-Me State may be ready to legalize weed.
Is Missouri ready to join Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and Washington, D.C., in legalizing marijuana? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch thinks so.

The editorial board for St. Louis' metro daily newspaper has often supported legalizing pot, especially with this region's history of hemp agricultural production. But a week after Show-Me Cannabis filed the first round of paperwork to get the issue on the 2016 ballot, the Post-Dispatch published a piece headlined, "Editorial: Could pot legalization make Missouri's 2016 ballot? Let's hope so."

"Let the great pot debate of 2016 begin," the editorial says.

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Fundraiser Aims to Keep "Pants Up, Don't Loot" Billboard in Florissant As Long As Possible

Categories: Ferguson

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The proposed billboard would read, "#PantsUpDon'tLoot."
An online fundraiser to put up a Florissant billboard aimed at Ferguson protesters has reached its $3,000 goal and is still raising money with 31 days left.

The Indiegogo campaign aims to put up a billboard in Florissant, a St. Louis suburb near Ferguson, that reads, "#PantsUpDon'tLoot." The promise to display two racial stereotypes in one hashtag on a north St. Louis County billboard brought in $3,000 in donations, enough to rent a billboard for at least a month, though the real goal is to earn enough money to keep it up even longer.

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St. Louis Collectors Lend Works for Rare Exhibit of African American Art [Video]

Categories: Arts

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Adrian O. Walker discusses his portraits of Dick Gregory, Moruf, Cornel West and Iman Omari.
This is the last week to check out Other Ways; Other Times: Influences of the African-American Tradition from St. Louis Collections at the Philip Slein Gallery (4735 McPherson Avenue; 314-361-2617).

"It's really a who's who of African American artists over the last nearly 100 years," says Slein of the exhibit that features works from Ellen Gallagher, Toyin Odutola, Jean-Michel Basquiat and others.

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Jaris Hayden, Former Ferguson Corrections Officer, Charged with Raping Inmate in City Jail

Categories: Crime, Ferguson

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Jessica Lussenhop

A former City of Ferguson corrections officer has been charged with the rape of a jail inmate. The incident occurred back on October 9, 2013, but the charges against Jaris Hayden -- for felony sexual contact with an inmate and permitting an escape -- were just filed on November 5 of this year.

The indictment came just a week and a half before the victim, identified only as J.W., filed a suit in federal court against the City of Ferguson as well as Hayden. She was in custody for driving with expired plates and giving a police officer a fake name.

"When you read the case, you're going to see there's claims against Ferguson that state that Ferguson's department has customs and practices that are so bad that those practices cause those incidents," says W. Bevis Schock, the attorney representing J.W.

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