Kirkwood

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6:03 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Film Takes New Look At The 2008 Kirkwood City Hall Shooting; Has The Culture Changed?

A still from Sarah Paulsen's film
Credit Sarah Paulsen

On Feb. 7, 2008, Cookie Thornton, a resident of the Meacham Park neighborhood in Kirkwood, entered a Kirkwood City Council meeting and started shooting. Six people died, including Thornton.

Filmmaker Sarah Paulsen has recently produced an animated film, Elegy to Connie, that focuses on the story of Kirkwood Councilwoman Connie Karr, one of the victims, and her efforts to give greater voice to women and minorities.

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Animated Film
9:04 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

STL Art Game-Changers: Sarah Paulsen Animates A Response To Kirkwood Tragedy

Sarah Paulsen
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

The 2008 Kirkwood shooting that left six dead, including council member Connie Karr, stunned and forever changed the community. Now, artist Sarah Paulsen is finding deeper meaning in the tragedy.

Paulsen, 36, grew up in Kirkwood.  “Connie was a really good friend of my mother’s,” she said.

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Kirkwood
9:51 pm
Mon May 12, 2014

Racial Taunt Against 12-Year-Old Girl Stirs Concern In Kirkwood

Antona and Kiden Smith
Credit Dale Singer/St. Louis Public Radio

When Antona Smith saw her 12-year-old daughter, Kiden, walk into Kaldi’s in Kirkwood one afternoon last month, she knew right away that something was wrong.

“She got to me, and I held her,” Smith said in a recent interview at the Kirkwood Public Library. “She was quivering, but she couldn’t tell me at first. So all I could do was hold on to her and ask her what’s wrong, did something happen to you?

“And she was shaking her head yes, something did happen, someone did something to her, but she wasn’t ready to say it yet.”

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Kirkwood Roots
6:37 am
Mon January 16, 2012

Missouri History Museum exhibit traces early history of African American community in Kirkwood

The exhibit "Kirkwood Roots" on display at the Missouri History Museum traces the early history of the African American community in Kirkwood from before the Civil War to after World War II.
Courtesy of Auvelia Arnold

An exhibit now on display at the Missouri History Museum takes a look at the early history of the African American community in Kirkwood.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Julie Bierach spoke with Curator David Lobbig about the multimedia project that traces the first settlement before the Civil War to suburban development after World War II.

When you and your colleagues came up with the idea for “Kirkwood Roots,” what did you envision?

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Crime
12:37 pm
Tue December 20, 2011

Defendant in Mo. sex slave case changes plea

(via Flickr/steakpinball)

A suburban St. Louis man has pleaded guilty to participating in the commercial sex trafficking of a woman whom prosecutors allege was coerced into being a sex slave.

Thirty-three-year-old Bradley Cook of Kirkwood entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Kansas City.

The case revolves around a woman who said she was a teenager when she moved into the rural Lebanon, Mo., trailer of co-defendant Edward Bagley and his wife. The accuser said she was used as a sex slave for years and came to authorities only after going into cardiac arrest after a torture session.

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Top Ten Towns List
4:05 pm
Mon February 14, 2011

Chesterfield, other St. Louis areas named in Mo. "Top Ten Towns" list

"The Awakening," a sculpture by J. Seward Johnson, in Chesterfield, Mo. Chesterfield has been designated "No. 2" on Missouri Life magazine's "Top Ten Towns" in Missouri list.

Chesterfield has been named among the top-ten towns in the state by Missouri Life magazine.

Joplin was listed as the number one town, and was closely followed by Chesterfield, which ranked second.

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