St. Louis, MO – Thousands of people gathered in Tower Grove Park Sunday for St. Louis's gay pride celebration; it was the 24th annual PrideFest. Organizers say their predictions put as many as 50,000 people there.
The day also featured a parade; it came just days after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down laws that ban gay sex.
Gay pride events nationally marked the anniversary of gays fighting back against a police raid on a gay bar in June 1969 in New York.
Chicago, IL – Former Governor George Ryan's long-time top aide Scott Fawell was sentenced today to six-and-a-half years in prison for a racketeering scheme in which state employees and taxpayer dollars were used to fuel campaigns.
The 46-year-old Fawell's voice broke with emotion as he apologized to his politically prominent family before U-S District Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer imposed the sentence.
St. Louis, MO – Today is Cleveland Hammonds' last day St. Louis schools superintendent. He's retiring and says he's proud of his tenure.
During his time, Hammonds oversaw the nation's largest school desegregation plan and the dropout rate fell by 13%.
The district's big budget deficit and attempt to gain accreditation from the state are now for interim superintendent William Roberti to address. Roberti heads a so-called turnaround firm that's usually hired to improve ailing businesses.
Some of the most indelible images of the 1993 flood occurred as the Missouri River overflowed into the Chesterfield Valley.
This area, which was under at least 10 feet of water, has since become the site of what will be one of the largest strip malls in the nation. Not only has the valley recovered from the flood, it's become one of the region's most dynamic centers of new economic growth.
The 1993 flood was both a disaster and a school lesson from which experts learned how to better manage floods.
Officials with the Corps of Engineers say they're better prepared, so the next flood will cause as little damage as possible. But not everyone is convinced that the experts really know what they're doing.