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Emanuele Berry

Emanuele Berry is a 2012 graduate of Michigan State University. Prior to coming to St. Louis she worked as a talk show producer at WKAR Public Radio in Michigan. Emanuele also interned at National Public Radio, where she worked at the Arts and Information Desk. Her work has been recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Berry worked with St. Louis Public Radio from 2014 to 2015.

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An investigation by the Berkeley police department says it has confirmed that Antonio Martin pointed a gun at the officer who fatally shot him last Tuesday.

At a news conference this morning, Berkeley Police Chief Frank McCall said several witnesses told police that Martin pointed a gun at the officer. Those witnesses, police said, included the individual who was with Martin at the gas station where the shooting occurred.

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It’s been 35 years since the the song “Rapper's Delight” made its debut on the radio, yet the track still holds a unique magic. It was one of the first commercial successes for rap music and it got its radio start in East St. Louis.

The mere mention of its title sends people stumbling through the opening lyric:

"I said a hip hop,

Hippie to the hippie,

The hip, hip a hop, and you don't stop, a rock it

To the bang bang boogie, say, up jump the boogie,

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, right, swears in the members of the commission. Nov. 19
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Three hundred people answered Gov. Jay Nixon's call to apply for the Ferguson Commission. Of those applicants and others, the governor selected 16 and announced their names on Tuesday. The group includes teachers, attorneys, community organizers, law enforcement officials and protesters from across the region. It has nine blacks and seven whites; six women and 10 men.

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Legislation introduced earlier this week would require businesses to certify their employees' resident status using the federal electronic verification system. Supporters of the bill hope it will discourage illegal immigration.

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Tigrinya, Nepali, Somali, Arabic, Vietnamese: These are just some of the languages that clashed as translators relayed information about becoming a U.S. citizens to more than 100 lawful permanent residents. Many of those in attendance at the St. Louis International Institute event were refugees.

The information session covered requirements for becoming a citizen, the application process, classes available at the International Institute to help prepare for the citizenship interview, medical waiver information and success stories.


President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration could impact foreign-born entrepreneurs looking to invest in St. Louis.

At a panel discussion Wednesday, legal experts addressed the potential benefits of the executive order and current visa options for foreign investors. The event was part of the Advance St. Louis Seminar Series, a collaboration between the Center for Emerging Technologies and the Polsinelli law firm.

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Tasha Davis, executive pastor at the Flood Christian Church, started Sunday service as she usually does, with prayer. But this Sunday’s service was different.

Just feet away, the cinder block building that once housed the Flood Christian Church is destroyed, still marked with black ash from a fire set during chaos last Monday evening. That night, St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch had announced the grand jury's decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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Updated at midnight

Shoppers who wanted to find some deals at the St. Louis Galleria found themselves out of luck Friday, as the mall temporarily closed its doors following a peaceful protest over the grand jury's decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.

About 200 protesters marched, sang, and chanted for nearly two hours. Police stood back and allowed the protests to happen. There were no arrests reported. A large number of stores locked their doors during the demonstration.

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A fire that destroyed a church during Monday night’s chaos in Ferguson is being investigation by the 

U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Burning a church is a federal offense. Investigators said that the fire at the Flood Christian Church was intentionally set.

The Flood Christian Church is just a mile outside of Ferguson. The Rev. Carlton Lee was in shock when he got the call Monday night telling him his church was on fire.

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Many storefronts in Ferguson have been boarded up with plywood. Some are temporary fixes for windows broken during chaotic demonstrations, while other stores boarded up as a preventative measure.

“You know the plywood is kind of depressing,” said Ferguson Resident Leah Bailey.

On Thanksgiving, her family did something about the depressing boards -- painted murals. Bailey says she can’t imagine spending her Thanksgiving any other way.

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The second day of post-grand jury protest in Ferguson unfolded in a familiar pattern. It began peacefully and ended with broken windows, tear gas and instructions to disperse. Forty-five people were arrested, the majority for misdemeanor offenses.

Tear gas was used in Ferguson. Nov. 24 2014
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Protesters and law enforcement officers may have hoped for calm. But reaction to news of the grand jury’s decision to not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting death of Michael Brown ended in arson, looting and tear gas.

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The International Institute of St. Louis last week celebrated 95 years of helping immigrants. The anniversary comes just before the organization moves to its new location next month, the former St. Elizabeth Academy on Arsenal Street.

We spoke with Anna Crosslin, president and CEO of the Institute, about the organization’s history and how its work has evolved to serve the changing needs of those it serves.

How has the International Institute changed over the last few decades?

A pro immigration rally in Kirkwood in 2013 asked that families not be divided.
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As Rosa watched President Barack Obama spell out an executive order on immigration Thursday night, her feelings were mixed. Rosa, who is an undocumented immigrant in St. Louis, asked that we only use her first name.

She could qualify for temporary deportation relief under Obama’s executive action orders — she has a son who is a U.S. citizen. But even though she qualifies, she’s saddened that many fellow immigrants don’t.

Protesters gathered in Clayton today - 101 days after the shooting death of Michael Brown in August.
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It has been 101 days since the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and protesters continue to call for justice.

About 50 protesters gathered Monday in Clayton for the “Carnival of Injustice,” a theatrical protest that organizer Elizabeth Vega hoped would engage people in activist satire and start a dialogue.

"You know the tension is palpable," Vega said. "This is the carnival of injustice, so if we don't laugh we'll cry."

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The St. Louis region looks and feels as though it’s preparing for a big storm. When you drive down West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, most of the store fronts are covered with plywood. Some nearby municipalities are even telling residents stock up on food, gas and supplies. All of this is in preparation for a possible storm of a different kind.

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A Michael Brown supporter is calling for residents in St. Louis and beyond to not shop on Black Friday. The boycott titled “No Justice, No Profit” is being organized by the Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition and religious leaders. The group is asking people to show their support for Michael Brown by not shopping for the entire Thanksgiving weekend, starting Thursday.

Coalition member Dacia Polk said she hopes the boycott shows the community’s power.

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Nine African-American fathers, each from different backgrounds, spoke Tuesday about their experiences with police harassment, their fears for their children and their hopes for a stronger community.

The Father-2-Father panel at Greater St. Mark Family Church in Dellwood included educators, businessmen, clergy leaders and law enforcement officials.

Ferguson resident and panelist Charles Henson, said he attended because a father to father, man to man conversation is needed.

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As organizations and events around Ferguson have evolved after a Ferguson police officer killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, the calls for action are starting to resemble a movement. But if the continued pressure for justice, systemic and social change is in fact a movement, who’s in charge? The short answer is everyone.

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Chants that have become synonymous with protest and Ferguson were altered at a  rally Monday night, where voting took center stage.  

The crowd of nearly 75 at Greater St. Mark Family Church in Ferguson, chanted  “Hands Up, Let's Vote” and “We young … we strong … we gonna to vote all day long.”

The rally, organized by the National Action Network, focused on mobilizing the black community for this year’s midterm election.

Tuesday voters will choose the next St. Louis county executive, a battle mainly between Democrat Steve Stenger and Republican Rick Stream. 

Footage of cell phone video of the Aug. 20, 2014, death of Kajieme Powell
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Legal representatives of the family of Kajieme Powell say they filed a lawsuit seeking financial damages Friday. The 25-year-old was shot and killed by two St. Louis Metropolitan Police officers in August.

The defendants in the suit are the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the two officers involved in the shooting.

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Updated with Friday's leadership breakfast:

When the Rev. Al Sharpton came to Ferguson in August he promised that he would continue to support Michael Browns family as the sought justice. Today he reaffirmed that commitment at a speech in St. Louis.

Sharpton gave the keynote address to about 75 people at a leadership breakfast in St. Louis. The breakfast was part of four days of events being put on by Sharpton’s organization the National Action Network.

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Activists in Ferguson took their conversation beyond St. Louis Wednesday night, with a nationwide conference call. The call featured a panel made up of teachers, youth leaders, parents and "citizen journalists," who have all been active during the protest in Ferguson.

Organizers labeled the event Ferguson Fireside, saying Wednesday’s call was the first of a series of "conversations with America.” People across the nation were able to ask panelists questions using the twitter hashtag #FergusonFireside. They could call in and hear the comments.

Ron Reed was an exuberant Strawberry Shortcake this weekend in the Central West End.
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At the annual Halloween costume contest in St. Louis’ Central West End, all the Halloween staples are present. There are superheroes, vampires and men in dresses.

One man wearing a little red dress for the night’s festivities was Ron Reed. He dressed as Strawberry Shortcake -- high heels, green and white striped thigh high hose and a wig are all included in the ensemble.

Reed says he likes the attention he gets in the outfit.

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An Amnesty International report released Friday addresses human rights concerns raised by how protesters in Ferguson were treated by law enforcement.

In a press release, Steven W. Hawkins, executive director of Amnesty International USA said that “what Amnesty International witnessed in Missouri on the ground this summer underscored that human rights abuses do not just happen across borders and oceans.”

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Updated at 10 p.m., with evening demonstrations.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Justice is calling leaks in the local  investigation of Michael Brown's death "irresponsible" and "highly troubling."

"There seems to be an inappropriate effort to influence public opinion about this case," Dena Iverson told St. Louis Public Radio in a written statement.

The "selective release of information," according to Iverson, goes as far back as August when footage was released  showing Michael Brown in a conflict at a Ferguson convenience store.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III is one of the few north St. Louis County elected officials who is active in Republican politics. Before Michael Brown's shooting death, he pitched the idea of making county offices in a merged St. Louis and St. Louis Count
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The Ferguson community looked to move forward Tuesday evening, at the last in a series of town hall meetings run by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said the last meeting was drastically different from the first town hall, held about a month ago.

“That very first meeting was a lot of venting and frustrations. There was still a lot of anger,” he said. “There are still frustrations, but you know, I just left hugging someone who was screaming at me for the first three or four meetings.”

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St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay met Thursday with youth activist leaders to address a set of demands presented to him on Monday, when protesters stormed City Hall.

The demands include a civilian review board for police and independent reviews for officer shootings resulting in fatalities. Protesters also want all city police to be equipped with body cameras, and for police to give up any military equipment acquired through the Pentagon's 1033 program.

Brittany Ferrell of  Millennial Activists United. Her organization helped coordinator activities during Ferguson October.
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Since Michael Brown’s death one has heard a consistent cry for justice. For many protesters, that justice means the indictment of Officer Darren Wilson, who shot the unarmed 18 year old. That case is before the grand jury. But an indictment is not the only definition of justice, as sought by those who have been demonstrating.

Justice Beyond Indictment

Brittany Ferrell loves nursing.

“Having the ability to touch someone’s life whether they just came into this world, or they are exiting this world, that means a lot to me.”

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Onlookers watched from tall office buildings as about 300 rain soaked protesters marched through Clayton Friday afternoon.

The event marked the start of Ferguson October, a series of rallies, marches, and educational events that will run through Monday. Organizers hope this weekend’s events will build momentum for a nationwide movement against police violence and will keep focus on Michael Brown's shooting.