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Clouds of tear gas on West Florissant Ave. August 2014
Durrie Bouscaren

Settlement reached: Police must warn before use of tear gas or other chemical agents

(Updated 4:12 p.m. with comments from attorneys.) The three agencies that made up the "unified command" during protests in Ferguson over the summer will have to provide warning before using tear gas or other chemical agents to disperse peaceful crowds.
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Cityscape

Got a secret? Don't tell Paula Poundstone

The comedian will be in St. Louis on Saturday.

The Listening Project: What's the best way to build up communities?

At North Side Community School, family members discuss how they're investing in improving the Fairgrounds neighborhood.

Cut & Paste Podcast: Turner Center artist Alehra Evans

“My life wasn’t always good. But life is what you make it," says Evans. She paints at Turner Center, which serves disabled artists.

Arts/Life

From "Soko Sonko"
Washington University

African Film Festival offerings may surprise, delight St. Louisans

The journey of finding yourself, the possibility of a pregnant man and a madcap trip to a hair stylist are all themes in this weekend’s African Film Festival at St. Louis’ Washington University.
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File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

Week in review: All politics is local

Among this week's top stories: a preview of upcoming municipal elections, a look at the tangled web of prosecutors and judges in municipal courts and Lori Waxman's instant art reviews.
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John Lithgow
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Actor John Lithgow loves stories.

“Storytelling was a big part of my growing up. I’m sure that’s why I’m an actor,” Lithgow told “Cityscape” producer Alex Heuer. “Shakespeare had great stories, but all of us have great stories. If you sit down with anyone and ask them about their lives, they can bring you to tears or cripple you with laughter — we all have stories.”

That’s the secret to Lithgow’s one-man show “Stories by Heart,” which he brings to St. Louis on Saturday. In it, Lithgow tells stories about his life and shares stories by others.

File photo | Rachel Heidenry | St. Louis Beacon

Among this week's top stories: a preview of upcoming municipal elections, a look at the tangled web of prosecutors and judges in municipal courts and Lori Waxman's instant art reviews.

Missouri governor's office

While in Europe, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s trade entourage has held a lot of meetings, but so far has yet to strike any deals.

That was the message in the governor’s progress report, delivered via a telephone call Wednesday from Munich in Germany.

Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

The St. Louis area is filled with open wounds. That’s how Affton resident Peggy Keilholz put it when she stepped to the microphone during public comment at Wednesday’s Ferguson Commission meeting.

“Darren Wilson killed Michael Brown Jr. That is a fact which no one disputes,” Keilholz said. “No matter what the criminal justice or civil justice system does or does not do, the death of Michael Brown Jr. is a wound which needs to be healed. Some people who were not peaceful protestors hurled insults, spit and other objects at law enforcement personnel. This is a wound which needs to be healed.”

(via Flickr/lowjumpingfrog)

What if you held an election and hardly anyone showed up?

Alehra Evans and Sheila Suderwalla
Durrie Bouscaren

You can tell a lot just by just looking at Alehra Evans. That she’s a joyful, creative person, for one. Wearing a puffy white peony in her hair, sporting a gold-toned animal-print jacket and multi-layered gold earrings, she's clearly into the art of fashion.

Members of the Justice Department’s civil rights team will meet with Ferguson residents Thursday night in the first of several such meetings following the release of the department’s investigative report finding patterns of racial bias in the city’s police department and municipal court.

Grandmaster Yasser Seirawan plays a seven-board simul during a Venture Cafe gathering in the Cortex Innovation Community in early March.
Provided by Cortex Innovation Community

The United States Chess Federation, the governing body for chess competition in the U.S., recently announced that it has opened an office here in the nation’s capital of chess. The new St. Louis hub looks to handle marketing and development efforts for the organization, which received 501(c)(3) non-profit status last year, while customer and membership services continue to operate from its headquarters in Crossville, Tenn.

fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson at right
Bill Greenblatt | UPI | File photo

The delay in getting a proposed $200 million bond issue in front of St. Louis voters is starting to complicate the process of putting together the city's budget for the 2016 fiscal year.

Granite City Steel Mill
Davd Schaper|NPR

A Metro East community is dealing with the temporary shutdown of a major employer for the second time in less than a decade.

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We Live Here: Growing up apart

Podcast #3: In St. Louis, people of different races seldom live next to each other. Kids talk about why that matters — and why it's so hard to change.

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All Ferguson: Your guide to the facts, issues and Justice Department reports

The death of 18-year-old Michael Brown brought to the fore issues that have been developing for decades. Here are our efforts to illuminate what has happened and reflect on-going conversations.

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