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Missouri Supreme Court Disbars Attorney Tied to Chuck Norman Estate, Real Estate Scam

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The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday disbarred Lisa Krempasky, an attorney caught up in a massive real estate scam that cost St. Louis investors tens of millions of dollars.

Last year Krempasky agreed to give up her law license for three years following an investigation by the Secretary of State's Office that found she misled financial backers caught up in the scheme. The St. Louis attorney has since appealed to the court to shorten those sanctions to one year. But in disbarring her this week, the Supreme Court in effect lengthened the penalty against her by two years. (Disbarment in Missouri lasts for five years.)

"The court finds that [Krempasky] is guilty of professional misconduct and should be disciplined," wrote Chief Justice Mary Russell in an order handed down October 28.

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Greene County Sheriff Candidate Beats Felony Charge Filed by Current Sheriff

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Courtesy of Luke Lamb
Luke Lamb (left), a "constitutional sheriff's candidate," beat a jury-tampering charge last week and is back on the campaign trail.
Luke Lamb has reason to be wary of juries. A candidate for sheriff in Greene County, Illinois (about 60 miles north of St. Louis), he was charged in March with unlawful communication with a juror -- a felony -- after posting a few giddy Facebook comments to a friend who had been selected for jury duty.

Last week, however, it was a jury that saved Lamb's political career. After a two-day trial, twelve jurors unanimously voted not guilty on October 23. That means Lamb can restart his political campaign against the cop who cited him with jury tampering -- current Greene County sheriff, Robert McMillen.

"It felt amazing to be free," says Lamb, who was forced to put his campaign on hold for months while his lawyer fought the felony charge. Now, it's all election, all the time. He's leaving fliers on doors, shaking hands, erecting lawn signs shaped like paper Liberty Bells and delivering speeches from the back of a pickup trucks. He's got a lot of ground to cover before the November 4 election.

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Here's the Agreement that Ended the Occupation of Saint Louis University

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Danny Wicentowski
Hundreds of protesters swarmed the Saint Louis University campus last week, demanding action. It seems the university's president listened.
The sit-in dubbed Occupy SLU ended quietly this weekend. By Saturday afternoon, not a tent could be found near the clock tower where protesters massed during the early morning hours of October 13, waving upside-down American flags, raising fists in the air and calling to Saint Louis University students -- "Out of the dorms, into the streets!"

The movement to occupy the private, Jesuit institution kicked off last week's "Moral Monday," and by that day's end more than 50 people had been arrested in a series of protest events around St. Louis. On October 18 protesters and school officials agreed to end the sit-in. In a written statement, SLU president Fred Pestello attributed the end Occupy SLU to "many intense hours of outreach and conversation" with protesters and other community activists.

However, it seems that those intense conversations yielded more than just a broadly worded statement from SLU's president. Shortly after protesters left the campus, a photo of a printed agreement between the school and three protest groups began circulating on social media and right-wing blogs.


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15 People Who Can't Believe How Cheap Gas is in St. Louis Right Now

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Phillip Leara on Flickr
The gas prices are as small as the Amoco sign is large.
If you've filled your car up with gas recently, you may have noticed that prices have been amazingly low recently.

Gas prices dropped to an average of $2.70 per gallon Monday, the lowest point since 2010. Gas prices typically dip as summer ends, but throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area and around the country, drivers have been finding finding prices at less than $3 per gallon for weeks.

Experts say a slowdown in China and domestic production here in the U.S. is to thank. When the U.S. produces more oil locally and China pulls back on how much it is consuming, the supply of gas on the international market opens up, driving prices down, Isaac Arnsdorf of Bloomberg News tells PBS.

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Engineers Will Rappel 630-Foot Gateway Arch This Week to Collect Stain Samples

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Mitch Ryals
Engineers removed windows and opened the hatch at the top of the Arch Tuesday to prepare for "industrial rope access" to take stain samples.
Engineers plan to descend the north leg of the Gateway Arch Thursday, weather permitting, to take samples of stains on the exterior of the monument. The excursion will be one of the few times since the Arch was completed in 1965 that anyone has climbed (with permission) on the Arch's exterior.

A crew of engineers began installing an anemometer (which measures wind gusts) and the system of ropes Tuesday that will anchor two individuals as they descend the Arch's north leg. The ropes will exit through the hatch at the apex of the 630-foot-tall Arch and loop through each of the windows along the north side.


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Protesters Occupy Saint Louis University, Promise Further Civil Disobedience After Shaw Shooting

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Photos by Danny Wicentowski
On Monday morning, hundreds poured into Saint Louis University's Frost Campus to stage a sit-in and to protest police brutality.
Acts of civil disobedience took center stage in St. Louis this weekend, as youth organizers wrangled local activists and out-of-state visitors in town for "Ferguson October." The event has drawn thousands to St. Louis to publicly oppose police brutality.

"We're here to destroy systemic racism and white supremacy!" shouted one organizer at the crowd surrounding the clock tower in Saint Louis University's midtown campus around 2 a.m. Monday morning. Most of the group had marched from a rally in the Shaw neighborhood, the scene of last week's police shooting that left eighteen-year-old Vonderitt Myers dead.

Myers' death ignited a new round of protests over law enforcement's treatment of young black men, and organizers tell Daily RFT that the shooting, along with an influx of activists from all over the county, laid the perfect groundwork for so-called "direct action."

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[UPDATED] St. Louis Police Officer Kills Teenager in Shaw Neighborhood, Ignites Fresh Protests

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Danny Wicentowski
Chief Sam Dotson says the deceased had a gun and "was no stranger to law enforcement."
Updated 10 a.m. with information regarding previous charges against the deceased suspect for unlawful use of a weapon and resisting arrest.

Updated 1:15 p.m. with police incident summary of shooting as well as information regarding damage to police vehicles and an arrest of an individual during the protests following the shooting.

Updated 3:45 p.m. with news that the St. Louis Circuit Attorneys Office plans to partner with the U.S. Attorney's Office to investigate the shooting.

A St. Louis police officer, working a secondary job for a private security firm, shot and killed an eighteen-year-old male Wednesday while patrolling the Shaw Neighborhood.

According to police, the officer was in his police uniform, but working for Hi-Tech Security around 7:30 p.m. yesterday, when he drove past three young African American males in the 4100 block of Shaw Boulevard. Upon seeing the officer, the group began to run. St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson told reporters at a press conference last night that based on the way one of the men was running -- "holding his waistband, not running at full stride" -- the officer believed he had a gun.


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The 10 Most-Read Riverfront Times News Stories in September 2014

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One of our most-read news stories from September was about the fundraisers for officer Darren Wilson.
It's no surprise to us that Michael Brown and the protests in Ferguson that followed his death have dominated our Web traffic this month.

Weeks after Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot Brown in the street, St. Louis is still teeming with anger and frustration -- which could boil over again if Wilson isn't indicted for a crime, as reader interest in story No. 7 shows.

But beyond Ferguson, Daily RFT readers also found stories about another street crime, an exiled priest and Missouri's high school mascots click-worthy.

Here are our ten most-read news stories, in reverse order, for September with a small explainer pulled from each post:


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Colleen Segbers: Mom May Have Saved Daughter from Fatal Accident Before Dying

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The south-city Walgreens where Colleen Segbers died.
The story of a south-city mother's final sacrifice spread across St. Louis Tuesday as friends and strangers alike donated thousands of dollars to support the ten-year-old daughter she left behind.

Colleen Segbers, 33, died Monday when a 58-year-old woman accidentally drove into her at a Walgreens at Gravois and Holly Hills avenues around 5:40 p.m. The St. Louis Fire Department told media that Segbers may have pushed her daughter, Gwen, out of the way in the nick of time, saving her life.


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[UPDATED] St. Louis Man Videotapes Street Fight, Gets Assaulted Himself; Police Respond, Shrug

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Courtesy Andrew Doty
When these men saw Andrew Doty filming them assaulting someone in a vehicle, they turned their anger and violence toward him.
Andrew Doty and his girlfriend were walking from their apartment in Tower Grove East to get some dinner last night along South Grand Boulevard when they stumbled upon a group of men huddled around a white SUV on Pestalozzi Street, just off Grand Boulevard.

The scene seemed a bit unusual, Doty, 27, remembers thinking, but his first instinct was to keep walking. Then he locked eyes with a woman in the back seat that Doty believes was being beaten by the men.

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