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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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

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

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 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"

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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