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8:42 am
Fri October 24, 2014

With Ferguson Protests, 20-Somethings Become First-Time Activists

Dontey Carter (from left), Mel Moffitt, Lenard Smith, Ned Alexander and Allen Frazier are all members of the Lost Voices group, formed after Michael Brown's death in August. They say they want to ensure justice for Michael Brown and other unarmed individuals killed by police officers.
Cheryl Corley NPR

Originally published on Fri October 24, 2014 6:03 am

In the weeks after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., protesters gathered daily at the site of a burned-out convenience store.

About a block away, the empty lot of a boarded-up restaurant became the campsite for a group of young activists called the Lost Voices. During the protests, the group "invited all the people who can't come out every day and wanted to share the experience with us," says Lenard Smith.

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Constitutional Protections
12:01 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Amnesty International Report Addresses Human Rights Abuses In Ferguson

A police line in Ferguson on Aug. 18, 2014
Credit Ray Jones | UPI

An Amnesty International report released today 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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Michael Brown
4:50 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Timing Of Leaked Autopsy Report Hints Grand Jury Decision Is Near

Police lined the sidewalk in front of the Justice Center in Clayton in August.
Credit Nancy Fowler | St. Louis Public Radio | File photo

The timing of the latest leaks about the Ferguson police shooting may make some sense, with the St. Louis County grand jury expected to complete its work within weeks.

“They already know the decision, and they’re trying to prepare people for it,’’ said one source close to the investigation.

That's in line with what former county police chief, Tim Fitch, told KMOX radio. He said that an indictment was unlikely and the leaks are an attempt "to start getting some of the facts out there to kind of let people down slowly."

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'Funeral' Procession
10:20 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Justice Department Spokesman Calls Leaks Inappropriate; Protests Continue In Ferguson, Clayton

Protesters stand on the steps of the St. Louis County Police building.
Credit Emanuele Berry|St. Louis Public Radio

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.

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Art After Ferguson
8:41 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

African-American Art: It’s Not Just For February Anymore, In St. Louis

Kehinde Wiley, detail, ‘After Titian's Penitent Mary Magdalene,’ oil wash on paper, 90 x 60 inches, Courtesy of Susan and David Sherman
Credit Provided by Philip Slein Gallery

Black-owned galleries display African-American art all year long. Many others tend bring out such work only during February, Black History Month. But that’s changing.

Recent shows bucking the trend include an exhibit opening Friday at the Philip Slein Gallery in the Central West End. African-American-themed work from private St. Louis homes comprises “Other Ways, Other Times: Influences of African-American Tradition from St. Louis Collections.”

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Department of Justice
11:03 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Final Ferguson Town Hall Just A Start

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles says he hopes all those who attend the town hall meetings engage with the community and spread the conversations thought Ferguson.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

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 on the Air
2:55 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Missouri Native Cedric ‘The Entertainer’ Invests In St. Louis, Shares His Thoughts On Ferguson

Cedric Antonio Kyles, better known as Cedric the Entertainer, will host a gala in St. Louis on Oct. 25 to benefit SSM St. Mary's
Credit (Courtesy Photo / Used With Permission)

Cedric Antonio Kyles, better known as Cedric “The Entertainer,” spent several of his formative years in St. Louis.

He was born in Jefferson City and moved to Berkeley, in north St. Louis County, after junior high school.

Kyles got his start in comedy by working in clubs in the St. Louis area and his career took off when he appeared on “It's Showtime at the Apollo,” a show he would eventually host. He also performed on “Def Comedy Jam.” His first acting role was on “The Steve Harvey Show” as the lovable P.E. teacher and Harvey’s sidekick, Cedric.

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Community Engagement
1:02 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

What Events Are Happening In Ferguson This Week

Ferguson residents outside a town hall meeting earlier this fall.
Credit Emanuele Berry|St. Louis Public Radio

In the aftermath of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, attention has turned to Ferguson. Below are some events that are tied to the issues raised or that are centered in that community.

Town Hall Meeting – “A Roadmap for Growth: Where do we go from here?”

When: 6-8 p.m. Oct. 21

Where: Ferguson Community Center, 1050 Smith Avenue  

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Police Shooting
9:51 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Could Police Reform In Cincinnati Provide Model For Ferguson?

Iris Roley
Credit William Freivogel for St. Louis Public Radio

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati’s police reform following a deadly police shooting and riots in 2001 has lessons for Ferguson and St. Louis. Here is what the reformers there say:

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On The Trail
9:36 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Ferguson Unrest Makes A Big Impact On Better Together's Underlying Mission

Better Together's studies gained some attention before Michael Brown's death. While their broader goal of easing regional fragmentation may receive some traction, there may be less emphasis on merging St. Louis and St. Louis County and more focus on internal changes to certain cities or towns.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Public Radio

It’s been nearly a year since a group called Better Together formed to look at St. Louis’ regional governance. From the outset, the organization met with optimism – and skepticism. 

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