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Adrian Franks' Portrait of Michael Brown.
Image Courtesy of the Artist.

Artist Adrian Franks is no stranger to producing work based on tragedy. He’s produced a series of images based on the deaths of black men at the hands of law enforcement -- a series that includes Eric Garner, Sean Bell and now Michael Brown. Franks’ black and red image of Michael Brown with the lettering “My Hands Are Up” is gaining traction on social media. He recently spoke with reporter Willis Arnold about the image and his reaction to the news of Brown’s death. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Most Ferguson businesses affected by Sunday night’s riots have re-opened their doors, although many of their windows are covered in plywood.

At Zisser Auto & Tire, owner John Zisser chose to paint the wood covering the business’ floor-to-ceiling windows.

Yet his emotions remain raw about Sunday night’s riots and looting.

"It was just devastating. It took the life right out of me," he said. "Twenty-five, 30, 40 people just walking through and taking anything out they could carry."

Ferguson Farmers Market

The first day of classes in the Ferguson-Florissant School District has been postponed, following the shooting death of Michael Brown and its aftermath. Classes were scheduled to begin Thursday but the district announced late Wednesday that school will now start on Monday.

On its Facebook page, the district said the decisions was made "In order to allow additional time for the situation to stabilize and for all of our students and their families to resume normal routines ... "

/photo by Kathryn Banks

Emotions continue to run high as people throughout the greater St. Louis area try to process the fatal shooting by police of an unarmed young man.

Peaceful protests that followed the death of Michael Brown, 18, at the hands of a Ferguson police officer on Saturday turned to violence on Sunday. And the chaos continued early Wednesday, when a St. Louis County officer shot and critically injured a man authorities say pointed a gun at officers near a protest site.

Volunteers Move In To Clean Up Ferguson

Aug 13, 2014

While the nights have been marred by violence in Ferguson, during the day groups continue to move through the city to clean up broken bottles, graffiti, and remnants of rubber bullets and tear gas canisters.

David Schaper / NPR

Faith leaders from across the St. Louis region gathered at Christ the King United Church of Christ in Florissant last night and asked for sustained efforts to bridge racial divides and support for young African Americans.

They also sought answers to lingering questions that surround the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson this past Saturday.

St. Louis Public Radio

A number of young professionals are changing St. Louis in positive ways. But these days, it’s difficult to start any conversation without talking about the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown and the protests and police presence that remain in Ferguson.

(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Activists who work in north St. Louis County sought to use a fourth day of protests over the shooting death of Michael Brown to channel some of the lingering anger and frustration into productive conversations.

Brown was 18 and two days away from college when he was shot and killed by an as-yet unidentified Ferguson police officer on Saturday. A peaceful protest on Sunday spiraled into a night of violence and looting. And on Monday, police officers used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse a crowd that had gathered at one of the businesses that had been looted.

Bill Greenblatt | UPI

Standing on the steps of the Old Courthouse downtown, the Rev. Al Sharpton said Tuesday that he didn’t come to St. Louis in the wake of Michael Brown’s death to prompt division but to seek answers.

Until Brown’s family and the larger community have those answers, the civil rights leader told a news conference, it will be hard to achieve the peace and trust that everyone is looking for.

St. Louis rapper Tef Poe.
Courtesy of the Artist

St. Louis artists have responded to the shooting death of Ferguson teen Michael Brown — and the ensuing protests  — with both frustration and compassion. Some reacted as fathers and former Ferguson residents while others actively joined into the weekend's protests.

Rapper Tef Poe, was in Ferguson Sunday and said he expects the events of the weekend to reverberate throughout the St. Louis hip hop community.

“I was on the ground pretty early on in the situation,” said Tef Poe. “When I got to the scene, I could still see Mike’s blood in the middle of the street.”

Berkeley website

A town hall meeting called by the NAACP in the wake of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson was urged Monday evening to channel anger into productive change, but not every member of the overflow crowd seemed ready to leave the community’s rage behind.

For about 90 minutes, speakers at Murchison Tabernacle CME Church at 7629 Natural Bridge Road talked about what some called an “unfolding tragedy,” reminding everyone that the real focus should be on the fatal shooting of Brown by a Ferguson police officer, not the disturbance and looting that followed.

Chris McDaniel, St. Louis Public Radio

"The people who did the damage to this store are not our customers,” Mike Jacob said, looking around his ransacked store. “100 percent not our customers. The community here is very good, smart people. Very good people.”

Jacob owns the convenience store Sam's Meat Market and Liquor on W. Florissant Ave., one of the dozens of businesses in the process of rebuilding after rioters vandalized and stole from stores in Ferguson.

Rachel Lippmann / St. Louis Public Radio

Saturday's shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson resulted in overnight violence, including looting, arson and gunshots. As cleanup began Monday morning, so did discussions about the tension throughout the St. Louis area, the response in Ferguson, and the lack of information about Saturday’s shooting.

“There should be no need anywhere for a young man to lose his life,” said Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III. “We need to start talking about bridging the gap between law enforcement and the young people in the community.

Turmoil In Ferguson, In One Word

Aug 11, 2014

After 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot Saturday, and a peaceful protest turned into a night of looting, arson and violence late Sunday, we asked live-blog and Twitter followers to put their feelings on the one word.

Rachel Lippmann / St. Louis Public Radio

Updated at 7 a.m. Monday The situation in Ferguson has settled down following a night of destruction. There is no more systematic looting, but small groups are still casing stores, according to St. Louis County Police spokesman Brian Schellman. "When it happened, it happened very quickly." Around 300 officers were involved in the response as the violence spread quickly into nearby communities including Jennings and possibly Dellwood. It could turn out to be one of the most violent nights in recent St. Louis history. "I've been a policeman for 12 years, all with the St.

Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

This is a fast moving story and we will update here when we can give a more complete picture about what we know. 

For the latest real-time updates follow our reporter Rachel Lippmann on Twitter @rlippmann.

Amid a second day of protests, St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar gave the first details from his department’s investigation into the fatal shooting Saturday of 18-year-old Mike Brown by an unidentified Ferguson police officer outside the Canfield Green Apartment complex.

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Metro is building the North County Transit Center to make the public transit experience more comfortable for big chunk of its ridership. But Metro COO Ray Friem jokingly said his agency has an ulterior motive for the project.

“I’ll be honest with you. The real reason to do this is to say that a bus system took over a car dealership,” Friem said on Tuesday. “Who would have thought that was ever going to happen?”

Another apparent heat-related death has been reported in St. Louis County, bringing the total in that area to four this year.

The St. Louis County Medical Examiner said a 73-year-old woman is the latest person in the County thought to have succumbed to the heat.

The woman, who lived on Wayside Dr. in Ferguson, was found July 28, but may have been dead for as long as two weeks, according to the medical examiner's office.

Air conditioning was off and the windows shut in the home where the woman was found.

(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

Cleanup operations are ongoing in St. Louis as the region recovers from the worst tornado in over 40 years.

Lambert St. Louis Airport will be back up to 100 percent capacity by tomorrow.

Airport officials have relocated American airlines into the unused D Concourse.  This is after hundreds of windows were blown out and severe damage to the roof of the C Concourse.

Zero deaths and only minor injuries were reported.

In the nearby town of Ferguson,  Peter Menke owns one of nearly 800 homes that have been condemned because of storm damage.