Protest ordinance
1:21 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Appeals court strikes down St. Louis protest ordinance

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

Updated at 8:35 p.m. with statement from city.

A federal appeals court has ruled that a St. Louis city ordinance regulating street-side protests "excessively chills free speech" because it does not make clear exactly when those protests become a traffic hazard.

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The Two-Way
1:09 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Spectacular: The descent of Curiosity as seen from NASA's Mars orbiter

The Mars rover Curiosity.
NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 1:24 pm

This photograph brings some perspective to the amazing feat of landing a small vehicle on Mars:

The picture was taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter just as the spacecraft carrying Curiosity deployed its parachute. The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment at The University of Arizona, which released the image, explains:

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George Ryan
12:05 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Federal court denies ex-Illinois governor Ryan's appeal

Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan.
(via Flickr/myoldpostcards)

A federal court in Chicago has denied former Illinois Gov. George Ryan's appeal seeking his release from prison.

The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a complex 16-page ruling Monday denying the 78-year-old Republican's appeal for release from the Indiana prison where he's serving a 6 1/2-year sentence for corruption.

The appeal was widely seen as Ryan's last chance to get out of prison early. He is due to be freed in mid-2013.

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Morning round-up
9:20 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Morning headlines: Monday, August 6, 2012

(via Flickr/Indofunk Satish)

Police search for missing boy

Searchers are looking for a 12-year-old St. Louis County boy last seen Sunday night after telling his family he was going to swing on a rope on the Meramec River. A missing person advisory went out early Monday morning for Christopher Marks. He was last seen at about 7:30 p.m. last night in Pacific. Police are assembling this morning at the river with plans to search the water and the heavily-wooded area near it.

Lambert Airport detours end this morning

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GOP Mo. Sec. of State race
6:32 am
Mon August 6, 2012

GOP race for Mo. Secretary of State finally heats up after quiet start

Republican contenders for Mo. Sec. of State, L-R: Scott Rupp (R, Wentzville), Shane Schoeller (R, Willard), and Bill Stouffer (R, Napton).
Provided photos/Flickr

Robin Carnahan’s decision to not seek a third term as Missouri Secretary of State has opened the door for seven hopefuls from four different political parties.  The contest had been relatively quiet until about two weeks ago, when the three Republican contenders began airing TV ads and stepping up their campaign appearances.  St. Louis Public Radio’s Marshall Griffin takes a look at the three GOP candidates who want to become Missouri’s next Secretary of State:

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Roadwork at Lambert
4:00 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Months of roadwork coming to an end at Lambert

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
(via Flickr/dbking)

If you’re dropping someone off at Lambert Airport Monday morning expect a welcome surprise.

Months of roadwork has been completed and detours in front of baggage claim at Lambert’s Terminal 1 are coming to an end.

“So, it’s back to normal for our travelers as well as those picking up passengers,” Airport Spokesman Jeff Lea said.

Passenger pickup and most of the of the ground transportation loading areas are back to normal, too.

The majority of lower level exits will reopen Monday, as well, but some work will continue on the west end of the roadway.

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Developing: Shooting at Sikh Temple
1:45 pm
Sun August 5, 2012

Developing: Shooting at Sikh Temple In Wisconsin

A woman waits outside the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in Oak Creek, Wis, where a gunman opened fire and killed six people. The gunman was killed by police.
Jeffrey Phelps AP

Originally published on Mon August 6, 2012 7:47 am

A shooting at a Sikh Temple in a suburb of Milwaukee today has left at least seven people dead, including the gunman, police say.

The crime is being treated as a "domestic terrorist-type incident," authorities say.

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Mars rover Curiosity
6:39 am
Sun August 5, 2012

‘Curiosity’ reaches Mars tonight: Wash U researcher helps rover traverse red planet

With a body that's more than 9 feet wide and 9 feet long, the NASA Mars rover Curiosity is much bigger than the older Mars exploration rovers Spirit and Opportunity.
(Image courtesy of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)

Not long after midnight central time tonight, the rover known as Curiosity will land on Mars.

It will take the rover seven minutes to get from the Mars atmosphere to the planet's surface. But because it takes about twice that long for signals to travel from Mars to Earth, scientists won't know anything about the landing until after it's already over.

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Participation Nation
2:09 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

Going the extra inning in St. Louis, Mo.

Marathon baseball players in St. Louis. A recent game helped raise more than $150,000 for a local charity.
Courtesy of World Record Charity Events

Originally published on Sun August 5, 2012 9:07 am

This month we are collecting your stories about the good things Americans are doing to make their community a better place. Some of your contributions will become blog posts and the project will end with a story that weaves together submissions to make a story of Americans by Americans for Americans.

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Weekend Events
1:57 pm
Sat August 4, 2012

1,000 origami cranes up for “adoption” this weekend

Courtesy STL Crane Project

Art Hill in Forest Park is the temporary home for 1,000 origami cranes this weekend. 

More than 100 volunteers helped make the cranes, which can be “adopted” for $10 each at 10 a.m. Sunday. 

The proceeds go to benefit Backstoppers, a local charity that assists the families of public safety workers who die in the line of duty. 

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