County Executive Dooley Says St. Louis Post-Dispatch Political Cartoon of Him is Racist

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Charlie Dooley.
St. Louis almost got through the primary election for county executive without any huge accusations of racism. Almost.

With only a week to go, it's still hard to know whom voters will support on Election Day. Can County Executive Charlie Dooley mobilize the base that's supported him for a decade and keep his seat? Or will challenger Steve Stenger, chairman of the county council, win enough voters to his side with his message that "ten years is long enough"?

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch tried to help its readers answer that question this weekend by endorsing Stenger, an unsurprising move after years of editorial critiques of Dooley's cronyism and bungled political projects.

But it wasn't the endorsement that riled Dooley. It was the political cartoon, in which a smiling Dooley in a blue, pin-striped suit paints over the "here" on his "The buck stops here" desk plate, which now reads, "The buck stops."

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Former St. Louisan Who Joined Israeli Military Injured in Gaza

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A former St. Louisan who joined the Israel Defense Forces was injured by an explosive device in Gaza on Wednesday during ground operations.

The St. Louis Jewish Light reports that Max Levin, 21, was part of a special unit that handled and disarmed explosive devices. During a house-to-house mission, the unit opened a door to a home that had an explosive device, according to Levin's father, Bud Levin, a former longtime CEO of Midwest Petroleum Co.

Three other IDF soldiers were killed. Levin suffered a shrapnel would to the head but is currently in "satisfactory condition" at a hospital outside Tel Aviv.

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6 Things We Learned About Todd Akin From His Two-Hour KMOX Interview

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Todd Akin
Say what you will about Todd Akin, but the man is not a quitter.

Infamous for wrecking his Senate campaign in 2012 -- when his brain failed to shut down that whole thing his mouth was saying about rape -- Missouri's prodigal son came out swinging this month with a national book tour to promote Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith.

Akin stopped into various local media outlets this week to bare his not-so-contrite soul in extensive interviews with KWMU's Don Marsh and KMOX's conservative radio host Mark Reardon, among others.

The tour showed Akin in vintage form: He blamed the media and Republican leadership for his campaign loss, compared himself to Joseph McCarthy and reneged on his apologies for the "legitimate rape" comments that got him in trouble in the first place. Also, he believes that abortion "easily trumps slavery as the greatest moral evil in American history." Yup, that sounds like the Akin we know.

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Fundraiser Created for Ad Campaign Asking Gov. Nixon to Free Jeff Mizanskey

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Efforts to free Jeff Mizanskey, Missouri's only prisoner serving life without parole for marijuana charges, are continuing with an online fundraiser that seeks to raise money for a media blitz that would aim to persuade Governor Jay Nixon to grant clemency.

The goal of the Indiegogo campaign is to raise $21,000 -- a symbolic amount to represent the 21 years that Mizanskey has been imprisoned -- for a series of ads for print, radio, TV, online and billboards. The radio and TV ads will feature Mizanskey himself.

The fundraiser was created by Aaron Malin, a researcher for Show-Me Cannabis (although this is not a project directed by the marijuana reform group). Mizanskey's brother, Mike Mizanskey, is also assisting with the fundraiser.

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5 Ways Uber Could Change Ride-For-Hire Rules in St. Louis

Will St. Louis allow Uber Black? It's up to the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission.
After months of slow negotiations, the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission released proposed rule changes that could pave the way for Uber to open in St. Louis.

While many of the proposed code revisions seem like minor updates -- such as allowing electronic ride tickets as well as written ones -- they'll have an impact on premium sedan ride-for-hire services across the city and county.

In May, Mayor Francis Slay threw his hat into the ring, personally encouraging the taxi authority to adopt alterations proposed by Uber.

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Stenger Makes His Case for County Executive, Dooley Calls Criticisms "Foolishness"

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County Executive Charlie Dooley poses with supporters at the debate before the August 5 primary.
In what is likely to be the only debate in the race for St. Louis County's top spot, four of the candidates for County Executive attacked ten-year incumbent Charlie Dooley for two hours over the problems facing the county, including FBI investigations, mismanaged projects and a shrinking population.

Dooley grimaced through the beating, dismissing the criticisms as "foolishness" and "falsehood."

"There is nobody on this platform that has more experience and knowledge about St. Louis County," Dooley told the crowd of about 200 people. "I'm the only one at this table who truly understands what it takes to be leadership, and sometimes it's not pleasant."

And his opponents? "They don't even know what they don't know," Dooley says.

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Dooley Attack Ad Accuses Stenger of Defending Human Trafficking Ring [VIDEO]

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The Charlie Dooley campaign's latest ad.
After weeks of running feel-good, "Team Dooley" campaign spots, County Executive Charlie Dooley went on the offensive Wednesday with a campaign ad accusing challenger Steve Stenger of using victim-blaming tactics when he defended human traffickers as an attorney.

Stenger has released two attack ads of his own accusing Dooley's administration of turning victims of domestic violence away from the county shelter. Now, Dooley's campaign is trying to turn Stenger's words against him, casting his professional defense of an egregious prostitution ring as proof of his personal leanings.

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Alderman Florida Takes Charge After Recorder of Deeds Resigns Over Nepotism Claims

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Jennifer Florida, the new Recorder of Deeds for St. Louis.
Recorder of Deeds isn't the most exciting position in City Hall. Recorders don't typically make much news while officiating the city's official records, including birth, death and marriage certificates.

But the last month hasn't been typical.

After making a splash in the headlines for signing four same-sex marriage certificates in St. Louis last month, former Recorder of Deeds Sharon Q. Carpenter was forced to resign from the post she's held for nearly 34 years after admitting to nepotisic hiring practices.

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At Vigil for Palestinians Killed in Gaza, Protesters Criticize Media, U.S. Aid to Israel

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Activist Suhad Khatib addresses the crowd.
People gathered in front of the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church on Lindell Boulevard Sunday to mourn the nearly 200 Palestinians killed by Israeli military attacks over the past week. But they also came to protest what they claim to be is unfair media coverage and a U.S. government that sends vast amounts of money in military aid to Israel.

The battle between Israel and Hamas has been bloody. But in the past few days, nearly all of that blood has shed from Palestinians. Hamas is guilty of firing hundreds of rockets into Israel, but Israel has been criticized for being too heavy-handed with its attacks in Gaza, one of the most densely populated cities on earth. Those attacks have resulted in 172 deaths, according to Sunday night reports. Most of the dead are civilians, including young children. Israel, meanwhile, has no deaths reported in this latest battle.

And while the violence in Gaza might be a long way from St. Louis, the Palestinian population here, as well as many other supporters, had something to say about it.

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Todd Akin Returns, Takes Back Apology, Uses the Word "Legitimate" A Lot

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Welcome back, Todd Akin.
After eighteen months of sitting in the corner like a pouting toddler, former Missouri Representative Todd Akin thinks he's paid his dues for telling rape victims their wombs magically divine the difference between "legitimate rape" sperm from dirty, out-of-wedlock sex sperm.

Sick of feeling like a scapegoat and a punchline, Akin has back in a big way. His book, Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith and Freedom, comes out tomorrow, and Akin is promoting it by talking about rape, using the word "legitimate" and taking back his apology for his notorious 2012 remarks.

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