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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

Brown's parents plan to sue Ferguson, Wilson over son's death

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.
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St. Louis on the Air

Local psychologist says Mars One will change the world

"St. Louis on the Air" host Don Marsh talks with Dr. Michael Mahon about the psychology of science fiction and the prospects of the Mars One mission.

On the trail: Answers to five questions about Tuesday's St. Louis primary

Tuesday's Board of Aldermen elections produced several surprises and notable takeaways but not many voters.

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All Ferguson: Your guide to the facts, issues and grand jury evidence

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.

Theater

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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Rick Dildine
Shakespeare Festival St. Louis

Rick Dildine to resume post at Shakespeare Festival STL after only a few months' absence

Just months after leaving Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Rick Dildine is returning to his post of executive and artistic director.
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The rubble of a burned down business on West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson.
File photo by Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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.

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.

After Cafe Natasha was vandalized on Nov. 24, artists painted murals on the boarded-up windows. The owner of Cafe Natasha said relief funds, as well as support from the community, helped bring the restaurant back in business.
Jason Rosenbaum | St. Louis Public Radio

While many businesses damaged during Ferguson-related protests have received help, their experiences and prospects for full recovery vary by neighborhood.

Mary Ellen Ponder
Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

On this edition of Politically Speaking, St. Louis Public Radio’s Jason Rosenbaum, Jo Mannies and Rachel Lippmann welcome Mary Ellen Ponder to the show. 

Ponder was recently appointed chief of staff for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, replacing Jeff Rainford. She is the first woman to serve as chief of staff for a St. Louis mayor.

Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA, looking at a portion of the WCHOF's Bobby Fischer exhibit during October's opening ceremony of Living Like Kings.
Carmody Creative | World Chess Hall of Fame

Last chance to experience Living Like Kings: The Unexpected Collision of Chess and Hip Hop Culture, as the endgame nears for the two-floor, multifaceted art installation on display at the World Chess Hall of Fame. The continuously evolving exhibit, exploring how chess has interwoven within the urban subculture, has included rotating features of music, art, dance and spirituality and now enters final stages before its close next month.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles reads from a prepared text reacting to a Department of Justice report on his city. Knowles did not answer questions from the media.
Bill Greenblatt, UPI

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles provided little indication how his city would respond to a scathing Department of Justice report documenting pervasive racial bias in the city’s police department and municipal court system. But he listed several steps the city was already taking to deal with allegations of bias.

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