ISIS Wants to Kill Twitter Co-Founder, St. Louis Native Jack Dorsey

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A threat on the life of Jack Dorsey posted by supporters of the Islamic State.
As Twitter continues to shut down accounts belonging to supporters of the Islamic State, the terrorist group is fighting back by threatening to kill Twitter co-founder and St. Louis native Jack Dorsey.

A pro-ISIS group called on followers to target and kill Dorsey and Twitter employees in retaliation for the social-networking site shutting down accounts ISIS uses to communicate with and recruit new followers. The online threat, posted on the anonymous website Pastebin, is illustrated with a digitally altered image of Dorsey in the cross hairs of a gun.

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Ferguson and Jennings Sued for Throwing Poor People in Debtors' Prisons

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Eric Fogleman
The ArchCity Defenders' Thomas Harvey (center) and other civil-rights attorneys are suing Ferguson and Jennings for jailing poor people.
Some call them America's debtors' prisons. Some call it the new Jim Crow. But for the poor of St. Louis' north county, the exploitative web of municipal courts and predatory police departments represent burdens of everyday life.

However, six months since a Ferguson cop shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown, little has been done to fundamentally reform court systems that many see as emblematic of the divide between north county's black communities and police. On Sunday, civil-rights lawyers took the fight directly to court by filing two lawsuits against Ferguson and nearby Jennings. They accuse the cities of violating the U.S. Constitution by jailing defendants without checking to see if they lack the ability to pay.

"The City's modern debtors' prison scheme has been increasingly profitable to the City of Ferguson, earning it millions of dollars over the past several years," reads one of the lawsuits, echoing the criticism that these municipal courts merely serve as money generators for flagging city budgets. "It has also devastated the City's poor, trapping them for years in a cycle of increased fees, debts, extortion, and cruel jailings."

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Charles Manson's St. Louis-Area Fiancée Is Marrying Him For His Corpse: Report

Charles Manson's booking photo.
Charles Manson's 27-year-old fiancée wants to marry the notorious mass murderer so she'll have legal claim to his body when he dies, according to the New York Post.

Manson's bride-to-be Afton Elaine Burton -- who goes by Star, the nickname Manson gave her -- wants to keep his body on display in a glass case and charge visitors to see it, says journalist Daniel Simone, who is looking to publish a book called The Retrial of Charles Manson.

Star grew up 40 miles north of St. Louis in Bunker Hill, Illinois, and moved to California as a teenager to be near Manson.

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Charles Manson Doesn't Wed St. Louis-Area Bride, Lets Marriage License Expire

What's the hold up, Charlie? Cold feet?
He's still single, ladies.

America's most infamous mass murderer Charles Manson and his wife-to-be, who grew up 40 miles north of St. Louis, missed their chance to get married this weekend. Their marriage license expires Thursday, but Corcoran State Prison, where 80-year-old Manson is serving a life sentence, doesn't allow inmate weddings on weekdays.

"A Manson wedding did not take place," a spokeswoman with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told the Los Angeles Times.

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Missouri Smokers Lose $1.7 Million in Health-Care Costs, Lost Wages: Study

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Smoking: It'll cost ya!
Missouri may have some of the lowest cigarette prices in the country, but a new study says the hidden costs of smoking take a million dollars out of Missourians' wallets.

Personal finance website WalletHub calculated how much money smokers lose on health-care costs, income loss and increases in homeowner's insurance costs. The study even analyzes how much money smokers would earn if they invested in stock instead of dropping buckets on cigs.

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Star Clipper Comics Announces Closure

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Theo Welling
Star Clipper's 2014 Free Comic Book Day was another star-studded affair.
St. Louis comic shop institution Star Clipper will close after 27 years in business.

Owners A.J. and Ben Trujillo made the announcement this morning on Facebook, breaking the hearts of thousands of comic fans and pop-culture enthusiasts in the process.

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Kevin Costner Does Not Want Your St. Louis-Themed Birthday Gift, KSDK

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KSDK-TV Channel 5
"Please stop. I don't want it. Please."
Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Costner has a smile that starts in his eyes, with corners that crinkle with delight when he talks about his love for his wife or his daughter's singing.

But there was no delighted crinkling -- only empty pools of anguish -- in Coster's eyes Tuesday morning when the movie star realized that KSDK-TV (Channel 5) had a special birthday surprised planned for him on air.

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The Riverfront Times 2014 News Quiz!

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Dan Zettwoch
Lyft made news in St. Louis this year, but why? See question No. 2.

It's been a long year in St. Louis. A very serious year dominated by one main story.
Yet even amid the most trying times of hashtag Ferguson, unintentionally humorous side
stories developed. Remember, for example, Governor Jay Nixon's tortured response during a Ferguson press conference when questioned, "Does the buck ultimately stop with you?"

Moreover, as 2014 makes its slow crawl into extinction, it's arguable that if ever St. Louis needed to laugh at itself, it's this year. So it is that Riverfront Times has once again composed our annual News Challenge of the most regrettable, odd and funny occurrences of the year — Ferguson included.

Sharpen your pencils and see how much of the detestable 2014 you can recall by comparing your answers to the correct answers on Page 2 of this post.

Sorry, perennial News Challenge champion, Don Weber: There's no bucket of RFT swag to win this year. We're providing the answers in the current issue because everyone wants instant gratification. Also, we're all out of crap.

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St. Louis Named Top 5 City for Young Veterans

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Thank you for your service. Now come move to St. Louis!
St. Louis' recent downtown revitalization and low housing costs are just two of the reasons why young veterans should consider moving here after service, according to a study.

The USAA, which provides insurance and financial services to 10.4 million current and former members of the U.S. military, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation released a list of ten of the top cities where young vets can transition out of military life and into a civilian career. St. Louis ranks No. 5 this year, after not making the list at all in 2013.

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Time Is Running Out for St. Louis City's Free Warrant Forgiveness Program [UPDATE]

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St. Louis municipal courthouse at 1520 Market Street, where you can get a new court date and keep that warrant cleared.
Don't want a warrant on your record? St. Louis city is offering the 71,000 traffic offenders still facing warrants in the city a free way to get a new court date without facing arrest, but the program expires at the end of the year.

The city forgave 220,000 traffic-related warrants in October, one month after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown, as protests in Ferguson shone a spotlight on municipal courts that use traffic violations and court fees to pad city budgets.

UPDATE, 12/29: With two-and-a-half days left, the city has extended the hours of the municipal courthouse so more people can schedule court dates and stay warrant-free. Get details below.

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