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Teddy Washington, 18, was one of 10 African American Washington University students  involved in the July 7, 2018 incident. Washington poses for a portrait on June 27, 2019
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On July 7, 2018, when Teddy Washington was walking with nine other black incoming Washington University students from the IHOP in Clayton back to campus, the last thing he expected was for the night to end in a confrontation with police officers.

“The emotions I think was mostly shock, but it’s that initial adrenaline rush that you just kind of freeze,” Washington, now 18, said. 

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As in years past, metro St. Louisans bid a fond farewell to a number of businesses and eateries in 2018.
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Call it the circle of life for business. Some enterprises will thrive and survive for years, while others fall victim to changing business models, unaffordable overhead costs, changing tastes and other slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.

We decided to round up a number of metro St. Louis closings, some more publicized than others, that happened in 2018.

Psychologists say racial profiling can cause physical and mental health issues including anxiety attacks, insomnia and nightmares.
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When Washington University student Teddy Washington and nine other black incoming freshmen were stopped by Clayton police officers in early July, the group followed the officers’ orders to prove they were not the perpetrators of a recent “dine and dash” at the nearby IHOP.

Several of the students presented their receipts to the officers before they walked back to the restaurant around midnight on July 7, with police vehicles alongside them. The manager of the IHOP confirmed to the officers they were not the suspects and the students were free to leave.