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Jeff Roberson | Associated Press

DOJ has limited power to force changes in area's municipal courts

The Justice Department has neither the authority nor the staffing to expand its investigation of unconstitutional police and court practices from Ferguson to surrounding municipalities, legal experts say.
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Cityscape

Missouri's 'Marshall the Miracle Dog' returns to the silver screen

"Cityscape" host Steve Potter talked with filmmaker Jay Kanzler about the remarkable story of how Marshall was rescued from deplorable conditions in 2010.

The Rundown

Week in review: Reckonings in Ferguson and in politics

Among this week's top news, Justice Department investigations in Ferguson and a call for reform at Auditor Tom Schweich's funeral.

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Floris M. Oosterveld | Flickr | cropped

Go ahead St. Louis, take your selfie sticks to local museums

Selfie sticks. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re here; and they seem to be getting more popular. This week, the Smithsonian Institution — the world’s largest collection of museums, which includes the Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum and Portrait Gallery — banned the use of selfie sticks.
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Working on new chandelier from "Phantom"
Nancy Fowler

What's different about The Fox's 'new' Phantom?

A new chandelier, updated special effects and a sense that the main characters have spent some time in a therapist’s chair: these are all changes included in Cameron Mackintosh's new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's “The Phantom of the Opera.”
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One of the many plywood murals that appeared in Ferguson after the grand jury decision.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

We know that you listen to us on air and check our website for news and information about our region. We hope that you look at our website every day, but we know that's not always possible. So, once a week, on Friday, we will highlight some of the website's top stories of the week.

A reckoning in Ferguson...

DOJ has limited power to force changes in area's municipal courts

The rubble of a burned down business on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio | File photo

Facts matter. Two Justice Department reports about Ferguson brought that home this week.

Anniversary (B&D), 2012, 44“ x 57”, digital print on Somerset Velvet, edition # 1/3.   Bruno David
Courtesy of Bruno David Projects and the Artist

Heather Bennett’s photography often leads her on a quest for objects like classic cars, vintage dresses and snakeskin purses. Sometimes the props are a little stranger. During one shoot Bennett searched for a pair of brass knuckles, but had no luck.  Bennett's friend was a model for the shoot, and surprised Bennett. He offered to let her use his pair.

“I was like why do two of my friends have brass knuckles? I was a little shocked by that,” said the photographer.

(via Flickr/lowjumpingfrog)

A month before the April election, the St. Louis County Election Board is acknowledging that the ballot for the city of Jennings is faulty – and a special election will need to be held later to correct it.

New county Democratic elections director Eric Fey says the problem is not of the board’s making.

Michael Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, listens on March 5 as attorney Daryl Parks announces the family's intent to sue former police officer Darren Wilson and the city of Ferguson for her son's death.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not face criminal charges for shooting and killing Michael Brown in August — but he may still end up in a courtroom over the incident.

S. Wray Clay of the United Way of Greater St. Louis, speaks during a presentation of the annual Kids Count report in East St. Louis.
Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

“We need to do something different.”  

That was S. Wary Clay's message to parents during a presentation Thursday of the 2015 Kids Count report at the Lessie Bates Davis Family Development Center in East St. Louis.

St. Clair County, which includes East St. Louis, has a 30.3 percent childhood poverty rate, the second-highest for all counties in Illinois. Nearby Marion County's rate is 30.5 percent.

St. Louis Board of Aldermen President Lewis Reed won a landslide victory in the Democratic primary. His lack of real competition may have affected voter turnout throughout the city.
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

Tuesday's Board of Aldermen elections contained several surprises and notable takeaways.

Rick Dildine
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Just months after leaving Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Rick Dildine is returning to his post of executive and artistic director.

Attorney General Eric Holder visited Ferguson Aug. 20.
Office of U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay

The Ferguson police department and municipal court engaged in such a widespread pattern of unconstitutional conduct that it lost the trust of the people, the Justice Department concluded after a seven-month investigation.

About 50 demonstrators chant the names of people who have died a the hands of police followed by 'Fight back' on Wednesday, March 4, 2015.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Demonstrators returned to a familiar locale last night in response to the U.S. Department of Justice reports on Ferguson – the street in front of the police department.

Standing in the cold street, about 50 people blocked traffic as two Ferguson police cars look on. They chanted the names of those who have died at the hands of area police in the last few months, and held an upside-down flag listing their names. Prominent on the list were Michael Brown, VonDerrit Myers and Kajieme Powell.

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