Ferguson has emerged as the top local (and national) story of the year.
The Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson has raised questions about policing, poverty, government policy and funding, and safety. But some of the biggest questions have been about race and equality.
You’ve stumbled across the cakes, watched the fireworks and heard the stories about St. Louis’ 250th anniversary. But nearby Belleville also is celebrating a milestone: 2014 marked the Illinois city’s bicentennial.
Belleville was founded in 1814 when George Blair donated an acre of his farmland for the city, part of a deal that moved the St. Clair County seat from Cahokia, on the Mississippi River, to the center of the county.
It’s been a tumultuous year for Ferguson and its residents.
After the August shooting death of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson, questions about race, bias, government, community and civil disobedience were raised and confronted to varying degrees. Among those working to address problems is Ferguson City Councilman Dwayne James. Nearly 70 percent of Ferguson’s population is black. In a city criticized for its mostly white leadership, James is the only black councilman.
As 2014 draws to a close, “St. Louis on the Air” looked back at the biggest local and regional stories of the year.
Topping the list was the August shooting death of Michael Brown by Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson, and the protests, demonstrations, grand jury announcement, and conversations that have followed. Leadership has repeatedly come under fire regarding Ferguson, at the local, state and national levels.
An illustration by Rachel Liang, who was a fifth-grade student at Twin Oaks Christian School in Ballwin at the time, accompanies "The Disk in the Sky," a story written last year by Sydney Kinzy, who was an eighth-grader at Parkway West Middle School.
As St. Louis celebrates 250 years, several books have explored the city’s history. Add one more to the list, but this one tells the tales through timelines.
“St. Louis: An Illustrated Timeline” offers a tour through St. Louis’ past (and future, as the book ends in 2016) with vignettes for noteworthy years. It also has what author Carol Ferring Shepley calls a “wide-angle view” of the city.