15-Year-Old Suspect Arrested After Shooting in Delmar Loop

Categories: Crime

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The 6100 block of Delmar Boulevard.

Two freelance photographers were in the Delmar Loop Saturday night to cover a Ferguson-related protest when they say a fifteen-year-old suspect took a shot at them.

"I saw it in his hands, I saw the muzzle flash when he shot at us," says James Cooper, a Kirkwood resident who has covered the protests extensively since this past summer. "I think we just happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time."

The incident occurred at about 10:30 p.m., following a protest in the Loop during which activists marched in the street and closed down the busy intersection of Skinker and Delmar boulevards. However, the shooting happened after organizers had declared the action a success and demonstrators dispersed.

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Missouri Lawmakers Think Welfare Recipients Waste Money on Fish, Steak and Porn

Categories: Politics

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Seafood: A luxury Missouri's welfare recipients don't deserve?
They say if you give a man a fish, he'll eat for a day. But teach the man to fish, and you will feed him for a lifetime.

Some Missouri lawmakers have seemingly taken the old saying and distilled it down to its most reductive lesson: Don't give fish to poor people.

Indeed, there seems to be something a bit twisted in Republican Representative Rick Brattin's House Bill 813, which would bar Missouri's roughly 930,000 food-stamp recipients from using their government payouts to buy seafood. The bill would also ban energy drinks, soda, cookies, chips and steak.

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Riverfront Times Seeks a Newshound Freelancer

Categories: Media

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Riverfront Times is hiring a freelancer to contribute weekly to our news blog, Daily RFT.

We're looking for a writer who can contribute between three to five posts a week on everything from quick, breaking news to longer, more researched stories. That means we need a true news junkie who's always up to date on what's happening in St. Louis. It also means we need someone who can turn around well-written, well-reported posts on a tight deadline. It's fast-paced work, and we need someone with great news judgment.

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[VIDEO] Curtis Tinsley: Drawing Comics in a Post-Star Clipper Era

Categories: Video

Curtis Tinsley, a local illustrator and the pen behind our regular Crit Pick Comics feature -- walks us through some of his latest work (hey there, runaway sperms) and the genesis of his own business, Silverhand Comics.

He also touches on the recent Star Clipper closure, which was a real disappointment for comic appreciators around St. Louis. However, there is an underground indie comic scene building in St. Louis, and Tinlsey and company are on the frontlines.

Video and editing by Steph Zimmerman.

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PHOTOS: St. Louis Firefighters Battle a Blaze at Woodworking Studio

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Photos by Danny Wicentowski
Firefighters such as Aaron Buchanan, in the white shirt, are never really off duty.
Gray smoke filled the sky above a St. Louis woodworking shop yesterday as flames spread through a lacquering shed holding antique furniture, church furnishings and commissioned pieces awaiting a craftsman's finishing touch.

The blaze started around 11:45 a.m. Thursday when workers preparing to pave the store's parking lot noticed flames and smoke billowing from front of the structure. Daily RFT happened to be at the scene before the firefighters arrived and captured this photo diary of the department at work -- including the removal of many beautiful, but ruined, pieces of antique furniture from the building.

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Missouri History Museum Cancels Ferguson Event Over Inclusion of Palestine

Categories: Ferguson, News

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Supporters of Palestine held a vigil last year during the most recent war in Gaza.
Anyone who has sat through a rain-delayed baseball game can attest that there are times when, as the saying goes, the best laid plans go awry. But, as a group of student organizers and local activists learned Tuesday, plans can also go awry when the Missouri History Museum decides the issue of Palestine is too controversial to be handled at a public event.

The event in question, titled "Ferguson to Ayotzinapa to Palestine: Solidarity and Collaborative Action," was scheduled to run Thursday night and had been advertised as such for weeks on the museum's website. So organizers were surprised when museum officials abruptly changed their minds, demanding Palestine be removed from the event's program. The organizers refused.

"They gave us an ultimatum, either that we don't include Palestine or that we don't do the event. So at that point we said that we weren't going to do the event," Bradley Schlesinger, one of the event's organizers, told Washington University's Student Life.

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Woman Sues Florissant Police in Federal Court for Excessive Force, Civil Rights Violations

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Joy Arnold and Officer Kyle Feldman just moments before the altercation at the center of a lawsuit.

Joy Arnold and the Florissant Police Department agree on one thing: She should never have been arrested on March 29, 2014.

Weeks before then, Arnold was pulled over in the north-county municipality and charged with an infraction for a "defective muffler." She was fined and entered into a payment plan with the city, but found herself short on funds for her February 2014 installment. She was able to pay only a portion at the beginning of the month, and a Florissant court clerk called to tell her she needed to get up to date or risk a warrant being issued for her arrest. Arnold did manage to make the payment before the end of February, and pay for March as well.

It didn't matter. Owing to a clerical error, Arnold's account was never brought up to date and a warrant for her arrest still went out. That's what led to a physical altercation in the Florissant jail that is now the center of a federal civil-rights lawsuit between Arnold and the city's cops.

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Happy Sunshine Week! Here are Missouri's Top 6 Most Secretive Organizations

Categories: News

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Chad Garrison
Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson resigned after revelations about the city's policing tactics.
Open records can do amazing things. Just this week, Associated Press reporters used a combination of campaign records, vehicle records and Instagram to root out the shady expenses being billed by (now-resigned) Illinois congressman Aaron Schock. Here at Riverfront Times, we recently used Missouri's Sunshine Law to uncover troubling patterns in drug-offender sentencing. On the more mundane side of things, we benefit from the Sunshine Law every time we report from open government meetings.

Whether national or local, the various Sunshine laws represent versatile tools for opening governmental process to the masses, and so it makes sense that ten years ago the American Society of News Editors founded Sunshine Week, which kicked off on Monday.

However, Missouri's Sunshine Law regularly frustrates local advocacy groups and journalists. Not because of flaws in the law itself, per se, but because certain government agencies, legislative bodies and courts view compliance with the Sunshine Law as a mere suggestion.

So in celebration of Sunshine Week, we've compiled a list of Missouri's top six most transparency-averse governments, people and agencies.

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The Rep's Buyer & Cellar Looks Inside Babs' Fantasyland

Categories: Arts

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Jeremy Webb in the Rep's current one-man show, Buyer & Cellar.
Before Jonathan Tolins' Buyer & Cellar can actually start, the sole actor (Jeremy Webb, directed by Wendy Dann) issues a reminder that everything he's about to relate is fictitious. At first blush this seems unnecessary — you bought your tickets knowing this is a play, after all — but it's more than legalese. "Everything is fictitious" is the leitmotif of this funny and frothy play, in which Barbra Streisand hires actor Alex More to maintain the shops she's had built in her Malibu basement.

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Cecil Clayton, Brain-Injured Man Who Killed Deputy, Executed [UPDATE]

Categories: Death Penalty

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Update: Cecil Clayton died last night at 9:21 p.m. from a lethal injection. Continue reading for a statement from his attorney and Governor Jay Nixon.

Unless his attorneys are able to work some last-minute magic, 74-year-old Cecil Clayton will die tonight at 6 p.m. by lethal injection. This is despite the fact that he is missing about 8 percent of his total brain mass and 20 percent of one frontal lobe (as pictured above), and suffers from dementia. The Missouri Supreme Court ruled on Saturday that Clayton is mentally fit enough to be executed.

The accident that caused the brain injury occurred 24 years before Clayton shot and killed a sheriff's deputy named Christopher Lee Castetter, who was only 29 years old. Clayton shot him at point-blank range while he was seated in his patrol vehicle, his gun still in its holster.

Elizabeth Unger Carlyle, one of Clayton's attorneys, says that while Castetter's death was a "tragedy," Clayton is currently too mentally impaired for execution.

"The problem is that in this country we say that we only execute the worst of the worst. You can see there's a big hole in his right frontal lobe -- that's what controls impulse control and reasoning," she says. "He's just not tracking what really happening, what's going on, he's not able to respond well to it, or even be able to understand what's happening to him in any rational way. And that's just not the person that we ought to be executing."

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