Disgraced Former GOP House Speaker Rod Jetton Disinvited from Prayer Breakfast

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In the wake of scandal, Rod Jetton turned his downfall into a career.
The church flyer promoting former state representative Rod Jetton's speech was heavy on inspiration and light on details.

"Rod's candid way of explaining his mistakes and pointing out the dangers of putting
his career in front of his faith and family will be of great benefit to fathers focused on accomplishing their professional goals," the flyer read. Hosted by First Baptist Church in Arnold, Jetton's speech was to take place during a men's-only prayer breakfast on August 15.

The flyer continued: "His ability to identify the early warning signs of pride, bitterness and paranoia in his life are exactly the type of cautionary advice anyone who is experiencing success needs to hear."

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St. Louis Native Goldie Taylor: Segregation "Tears Up the Road to the American Dream"

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Courtesy of Goldie Taylor
Writer, journalist, TV correspondent, U.S. Marine, advertising executive. St. Louis native Goldie Taylor has had more careers than most, but social justice is her passion.

A longtime contributor to MSNBC and CNN on social and political issues, Taylor is author of The January Girl and has written for publications such as, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Marie Claire, and others. She recently relocated from Atlanta, Georgia to Washington, D.C., to write for the Blue Nation Review and focus on national television segments.

Taylor is coming back to her hometown next week to emcee JCI's Symposium on Social Equality: The Search for Human Dignity in the 21st Century. Along with several other media figures and professors, she will speak at the global nonprofit's event, held this year on July 23 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center, University of Missouri- St. Louis Campus.

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Dent County, Missouri Will Lower Flags to Half-Mast to Mourn Gay Marriage "Abomination" (UPDATE)

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Half-mast flags are a common sign of mourning. But have they ever mourned something a Supreme Court decision?

UPDATE: The county commission has already backed away from its plans to lower the flag. See our latest post for the most recent information.

Original story follows ....

The County Commission of Dent County, Missouri, voted unanimously today to lower flags on two county buildings to protest the U.S. Supreme Court's June 26 decision legalizing gay marriage -- or, as the county's presiding commissioner puts it, "the U.S. high court's stamp of approval of what God speaks of as an abomination."

Those flags, on the Dent County Courthouse and Judicial Building, will be lowered below half-mast on the 26th of each month until June 2016, so that "all who see these flags at this lowered position be reminded of this despicable Supreme Court travesty," per a letter written by Presiding Commissioner Darrell Skiles and first reported in the Salem News Online.

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Fire Engulfs Warehouse in The Hill (PHOTOS)

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Photo by Jaime Lees
More than 100 firefighters responded to the scene.

A four-alarm fire engulfed a large warehouse in the Hill neighborhood last night.

Our correspondent Jaime Lees was on the scene at the 3000 block of Daggett, near Hereford; she captured these pictures of the blaze.

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Alderman Who Sunk $15 Minimum Wage Increase Sponsored Bill Granting Bonuses to Workers Like His Wife

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Jon Gitchoff
St. Louis fast food workers and their supporters have protested low wages for years. Here they are demonstrating in December 2013.
Activists and politicians backing a higher minimum wage in St. Louis received an unwelcome surprise to start the weekend. On Friday, 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro unilaterally cancelled all future hearings on a bill that would raise the minimum wage from its current $7.65 to $15. Many experts believe Vaccaro's move likely killed the bill.

There's a lot to unpack here, and the talented folks over at St. Louis Public Radio (90.7 FM) and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have both offered detailed articles on what this means for the future of the city's minimum wage.

But there's one item we couldn't help but point out ourselves: That despite Vaccaro's opposition to a city minimum wage hike, we already know he's fine with some types of wage increases -- that is, as long as the extra cash could benefit his wife.

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Satanic Temple Adds Federal Lawsuit to Campaign Against Missouri Abortion Restrictions

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The Satanic Temple is a religion, but only sort of.

On one hand, its proponents don't believe in God or any supernatural force in the universe -- but they do profess sincerely held beliefs, like trust in modern medical science and bodily autonomy. In a lawsuit filed in federal court yesterday, the Satanic Temple advanced its argument that Missouri's abortion restrictions trample on those beliefs and violate its members' Constitutional rights.

When we last checked in with those godless agitators, the Satanic Temple was spearheading a campaign to help "Mary" (not her real name), a 22-year-old mechanic and Satanic Temple member who has the misfortune of living hundreds of miles away from the state's only abortion facility, the Planned Parenthood in the Central West End. Mary's case highlighted the burden Missouri's recent abortion restrictions places on women, which include a 72-hour waiting period and a mandate to read medically inaccurate "informed consent" documents that are designed to scare women out of going through with the procedure.

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"Draw Muhammad" Billboard Defaced in North St. Louis

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A reader spotted this defaced billboard in north city St. Louis.

UPDATE: We updated this story at 7 a.m. on June 24. Scroll to the bottom of the latest.

The 100 billboards that Pamela Geller's American Freedom Defense Institute, or AFDI, sprinkled throughout St. Louis call on viewers to "Support Free Speech" -- arguing that the very fact that Muslim extremists would say you can't draw Muhammad is reason enough to do it. But at least one St. Louis tagger had a different take, defacing a Geller-sponsored billboard in north St. Louis with the words "FUCK HATE" and "ONE LOVE."

See also: Billboard Owner Explains Why He Volunteered to Post "Draw Muhammad" Ads in St. Louis

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Billboard Owner Explains Why He Volunteered to Post "Draw Muhammad" Ads in St. Louis

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Courtesy of Daniel Fuller.
One of the Muhammad posters, at Cass and Jefferson avenues in St. Louis.
Yesterday, we reported on those Muhammad billboards you may have spotted around St. Louis lately. Now, after talking to the owner of those billboards, we have a better idea of how they got there.

The way Daniel "Boone" Fuller tells it, he reached out to divisive free speech activist Pamela Geller after the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority opted to ban all issue-oriented ads rather than let Geller's American Freedom Defense Initiative, or AFDI, post ads featuring Muhammad on its subway cars. (A ban aimed solely at Geller's ads would have violated federal law.)

"I felt that was egregious, an overreach," says Fuller, owner/CEO of St. Louis-based Adunity Media LLC. "It kind of stuck in my craw. So I sent her an email, and I said I have 500 billboard displays in St. Louis, and I will accept your ad."

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Why Are Billboards of Muhammad Popping Up Around St. Louis?

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The illustration on this billboard was the winning entry in Pamela Geller's "Draw Muhammad" contest.
Car dealerships, diners, casinos and lawyers -- those are the things typically shown on billboards in St. Louis. Lots of lawyers. Maybe a few concerts.

Last week, however, Pamela Geller's American Freedom Defense Initiative, or AFDI, announced that it had erected billboards in St. Louis bearing an illustration of Muhammad waving a sword and snarling "You can't draw me!"

Ostensibly, the billboards are intended as a rallying cry for free speech against the encroachment of Sharia, which is the legal code of Islam, as well as the spineless liberal media that ... actually, we'll just let Geller explain it:

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Crime Pays: Woman Finds $100 Bill in Car Trashed by Thieves

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All photos courtesy of Wendy Reich
Hey car thieves, we think you dropped something...
Last week, while rooting around in the back seat of her Jeep Grand Cherokee, Wendy Reich spotted what she thought was a dollar bill poking out from beneath the floor mat of the driver's side passenger seat.

Lifting the mat, she found herself face to face with Benjamin Franklin.

A lucky find, right? But Reich isn't the kind of person who has hundred-dollar bills floating around willy-nilly, and she certainly didn't remember losing the cash. There was only one explanation: The bill must have been left by the thieves who jacked the Jeep more than five months ago.

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