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High-Speed Boat Flips on Lake of the Ozarks, Kills Mike Fiore After Horrific Crash [VIDEO]

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A boat racing in the Lake of the Ozarks Shootout flips into the air and crashes.
The founder of an offshore powerboat company died Tuesday after his boat launched into the air, flipped and crash-landed on the Lake of the Ozarks during a racing event.

Michael Fiore, 44, was the throttleman in a 42-foot catamaran when it crashed Saturday on the milelong racing course. He was airlifted to a hospital in Columbia, where he died after complications from surgery, according to Lake News Online.


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Klanfight: Rival KKK Groups Feud Over Darren Wilson Fundraiser

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Frank Ancona (center), the Imperial Wizard of Missouri-based Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.
You'd think the Ku Klux Klan would be on the same page when it comes to Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson cop who shot and killed an eighteen-year-old black teenager named Michael Brown on August 9.

Yet, it seems even cross-burning, hood-wearing white supremacists disagree on officially supporting Wilson.

One one side there's Charles Murray, the national head of the South Carolina-based New Knights Empire of the Ku Klux Klan. He tells Daily RFT the group's Missouri chapter is throwing a fundraiser tomorrow for Wilson in Sullivan, a town about an hour's drive southwest of Ferguson. On the other side of the debate is Missouri's own media-friendly Klansman Frank Ancona, head of the Traditionalist American Knights of the Ku Klux Klan.

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Nixon Calls National Guard to Ferguson, Cites "Deliberate, Coordinated" Attacks on Police

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Danny Wicentowski
Police fired both tear gas and smoke grenades at protesters Sunday night.
Update 1 p.m.: There will be no curfew tonight, according to a statement released this afternoon from the governor's office. The National Guard will be on the scene. See below for more details. End of update.

Following the most violent night in Ferguson since last Sunday, Governor Jay Nixon announced early Monday morning that he's sending National Guard troops to the troubled north-county suburb.

"Tonight, a day of hope, prayers and peaceful protests was marred by the violent criminal acts of an organized and growing number of individuals, many from outside the community and state, whose actions are putting the residents and businesses of Ferguson at risk," said the governor in a statement that accompanied his executive order.

Reports of shots fired around 8:30 p.m. last night derailed what had been a massive -- yet peaceful -- demonstration along West Florissant Avenue. Police later reported multiple gunshot victims shot by civilians (not police) and molotov-cocktail attacks on officers.

"Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard to assist...in restoring peace and order to this community," Nixon said.

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Police to Ferguson Bystanders: "You Are in the Middle of a War Zone"

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Danny Wicentowski
Welcome to Ferguson.
The heavily armed police officer in riot gear was not amused.

"You guys are in the middle of a war zone," he told Daily RFT. We -- along with two other journalists and two Ferguson residents -- had just emerged from a wall of shrubbery 50 feet away from the officer, who stood watch with several other heavily-armed cops in a grassy lot overlooking the beleaguered suburb. We had crept into the restricted area through a hole in a fence and down a muddy path. He ordered us to leave.

"You guys gotta realize that if you guys get your butts in a jam, we can't come get you. You guys are going to have to roll out."

The officer may not have realized the irony of his statement. Last night, scores of Ferguson and north county residents encountered an aggravating "jam" of their own, one caused by police blockades at major intersections and a highway exit. Many found themselves trapped in an aimless search for an unobstructed route home.


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NAACP Leader Calls for Restraint in Ferguson, Demands "Unfiltered" Truth in Teen's Shooting

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Theo Welling
NAACP President Cornell Brooks called for a halt to looting in Ferguson at yesterday's press conference.
The Murchison Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Normandy was built to sit 600, and it overflowed yesterday evening during an NAACP-led press conference that seemed to alternate between righteous hope and fever-pitch anger.

"We're talking about somebody's son, we're talking about the sons of our community," said NAACP President Cornell Brooks, who spoke at length on the virtues of non-violent justice while police and protesters continued to clash in Ferguson, where 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed on Saturday.

"We want no more and we want certainly want no less than the truth, unfiltered, un-manufactured," spoke Brooks, referring to the disputed circumstances surrounding the unarmed teenager's death. "We want the truth for his family, for this young man and for this community. We deserve that."

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After Night of Looting in Ferguson, Protesters March Looking for Answers

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Photos by Mitch Ryals
Davion Lorich asks police officers if they feel bad about what happened.
By 9:30 a.m. Monday, with the smoke and violence of last night's looting and riots gone, a crowd of some 50 demonstrators arrived in front of Ferguson's police and fire departments to continue the protests over the death of Michael Brown.

Meru Muad'Dib of Bellefontaine Neighbors and Camelia Murphy of Pagedale stood directly across from Vincenzo's Restaurant where officers in riot gear waited.

"Those were different people out there last night," Muad'Dib said. "They took advantage of the situation. Don't commit crimes in the name of Mike Brown," he pleaded.

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Ferguson Riots: North County Business Owners (Some Armed) Survey the Damage

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Bryan Sutter
Mike Gutierrez (left) and Adam Weinstein (third from left) brought guns to guard their store during the riots in Ferguson last night.
Nobody is robbing St. Louis Ink Tattoo Studio anytime soon. Or County Guns, for that matter.

The two north-county businesses share a storefront in a Florissant strip mall less than ten minute drive from the epicenter of last night's riots in Ferguson. After nightfall, what began as a community's peaceful demonstration against the Ferguson Police Department's shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown turned increasingly violent. Crowds plundered a QuikTrip and burned it to the ground, and local news began reporting brazen raids on other stores in the area.

After hearing of the roving bands of looters, Mike Gutierrez knew he had to protect his tattoo shop. He brought a posse with him, including Adam Weinstein, owner of County Guns, who was acutely worried about criminals getting their hands on his merchandise.

"We didn't want them coming in here and then running around with a bunch of free guns," Weinstein told Daily RFT when we arrive at the store around 12:30 a.m. this morning. Weinstein was outfitted with an assault rifle, pistol and tactical vest. Gutierrez cradled his own rifle in his hands.

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Real Estate Company Accused of Stealing 87,000 Property Records from Franklin County

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Stealing property records was a lot harder when you had to actually carry them away. Thanks for nothing, computers.
Stealing private data is big business. Just ask the millions of Target customers whose credit card numbers were swiped by hackers in 2013.

But as Franklin County Recorder of Deeds Sharon Birkman found that out last month, stealing public data can be pretty big business, too. She claims 87,000 property records were copied from the county's servers and likely sold at profit by LPS Real Estate Data Solutions.

"This company is stealing tax payers' information," says Birkman. She tells Daily RFT that she was deposed three weeks ago by lawyers from Fidlar Technologies, the software company that runs Franklin County's online data access program. Fidlar first informed her of the alleged theft back in March 2013, but she says she didn't know the exact number of documents taken until her deposition.

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Video: Watch MODOT Make a Bridge Disappear in 30 Seconds

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...for some time-lapse destruction porn?
Demolitions are part of daily life for the hardworking folks at the Missouri Department of Transportation. Sure, they can try to preserve or repair aging infrastructure, but sometimes they can't. Sometimes obliterating the old and broken is necessary, and from the rubble emerges a better, safer place for people to travel.

Then again, demolitions also look really, really cool.

Case in point: the Route B bridge over Business Loop 70 in Columbia. It was there on Friday, and by Monday it was gone. Erased. Lucky for us, MODOT captured the entire proces on a time-lapse video, shrinking a weekend's worth of work to 30 seconds.


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After 112 Years, Society of American Magicians Elects First Black President in St. Louis

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Caroline Yoo
Kendrick "ICE" McDonald was inaugurated on Thursday as the first black national president in The Society of American Magicians's 112-year history.
"Illustrious compeers!" shouts magician Dal Sanders, his mic-amplified voice booming across a 21st floor meeting hall within the Renaissance Grand Hotel in downtown St. Louis on Thursday.

"It is my duty to govern with mission and unity," he continues, "to expound the law, to obligate neophytes and to instruct in the mysteries. By the power invested in the presiding officer of The Society of American Magicians, I now declare open and ready for business this regular meeting of the Society."

"To the honor of our most illustrious," intones an audience of roughly 120 other magicians. Little has changed in the Masonic-style rituals of The Society of American Magicians since its founding in 1902, but this year's annual convention, which happened to be held this week in St. Louis, was very different: At the Thursday meeting's conclusion, Sanders passed the national presidency of the Society to Kendrick "ICE" McDonald, the first African American to ever hold the position.


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