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In An Effort To Make A Lesson Better, Missouri’s Teacher Of The Year Found Himself In The Middle Of Violence

By Jessica Bock, St. Louis Post-Dispatch HAZELWOOD, Mo. — The scar on Chris Holmes’ left temple could be considered a marker of the measures he’ll take to make a lesson matter to his journalism students at Hazelwood West High School. After the fatal shooting of Michael Brown on Aug. 9, Holmes attended what was supposed […]

September 18, 2014

Officer In Ferguson, Missouri Shooting Testifies Before Grand Jury

By Kim Bell and Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch CLAYTON, Mo. — Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson testified here for almost four hours Tuesday in front of the St. Louis County grand jury investigating his Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, a source with knowledge of the investigation said Wednesday. Wilson was not obligated to […]

September 18, 2014

Grand Jury Now Has Until January To Decide Whether To Charge Ferguson Officer

By Christine Byers, St. Louis Post-Dispatch CLAYTON, Mo. — The grand jury considering whether Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson should be criminally charged in the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown now has until Jan. 7 to decide. The extension of the grand jurors’ term of duty does not necessarily mean the job will […]

September 16, 2014

Justice Department To Expand Probe In Michael Brown Shooting

By Chuck Raasch, St. Louis Post-Dispatch WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is preparing to announce as early as Thursday that it will expand its investigation of the police shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, into a broader civil rights probe of the practices of the Ferguson Police Department. Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said Wednesday night […]

September 4, 2014

Ferguson Fundraiser Mystery Solved — Or Is It?

By Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times Two online fundraising pages that raised more than $400,000 for the police officer who killed an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., were shut down this weekend so tax lawyers could decide how best to handle the money, an official told the Los Angeles Times. Mystery has surrounded the […]

September 2, 2014

Hillary Clinton On Ferguson: ‘We Can Do Better’

San Francisco (AFP) — Hillary Clinton, a potential 2016 U.S. presidential candidate, has weighed in for the first time on the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager, saying America can do better. The August 9 killing of Michael Brown, 18, and the subsequent crackdown on demonstrators in the St Louis suburb of Ferguson revived […]

August 29, 2014

Through The Ferguson Unrest, Antonio French Finds A National Following

By Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times FERGUSON, Mo. — Antonio French sat in the front passenger seat of an air-conditioned sedan parked behind a vandalized and boarded-up Red’s BBQ on West Florissant Avenue, scrolling through his iPhone, reading a barrage of tweets, emails, and text messages. Nods of appreciation and media interview requests have kept […]

August 26, 2014

Thousands Attend Michael Brown Funeral

By Kurtis Lee, Molly Hennessy-Fiske, and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times FERGUSON, Mo. — Relatives of Michael Brown urged mourners Monday to turn their anger into a catalyst for change as thousands attended the funeral for Brown, an unarmed black man whose death at the hands of a white police officer has focused attention on […]

August 25, 2014

St. Louis Holds A Peace Fest, With Message From Brown’s Family

By Kurtis Lee and Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times ST. LOUIS — Hundreds gathered at a downtown park Sunday for an annual “Peace Fest” attended by relatives of three young black men killed in controversial shootings: Trayvon Martin of Florida, Oscar Grant of California, and Michael Brown, 18, shot two weeks ago in nearby Ferguson […]

August 25, 2014

Hundreds Of Mourners Wait Outside Church For Michael Brown’s Funeral

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Mourners are gathering at a St. Louis church this morning for the funeral of 18-year-old Michael Brown, whose shooting death Aug. 9 by a police officer began nearly two weeks of unrest in Ferguson. The service is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church. The church can […]

August 25, 2014

Ferguson Protests Subdued And Smaller As National Guard Pulls Out

By Kurtis Lee, Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Richard A. Serrano, Los Angeles Times FERGUSON, Mo. — As Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to begin withdrawing from this St. Louis suburb Thursday, the persistent protests over the police killing of Michael Brown appeared smaller and much more subdued for the second night in a […]

August 22, 2014

Governor Stands Down National Guard In U.S. Riot Town

Ferguson (United States) (AFP) — The governor of the U.S. state of Missouri on Thursday ordered National Guard troops to withdraw from a town gripped by nearly two weeks of protests over a police shooting. Governor Jay Nixon said the soldiers were no longer needed and that state police would handle security in Ferguson, a […]

August 21, 2014

Community Activism Lauded In Calm Ferguson Protests

By Kurtis Lee, Los Angeles Times FERGUSON, Mo. — Community activism and the work of local clergy were lauded by law enforcement officials as the primary influences that led to a relatively calm night of protests overnight in Ferguson. Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ron Johnson said protesters remained orderly and police did not fire tear […]

August 21, 2014

Little Is Known About Ferguson Police Officer Who Shot Michael Brown

By Jeremy Kohler, David Hunn, and Robert Patrick, St. Louis Post-Dispatch ST. LOUIS — Twelve days after he shot and killed an unarmed teen, the Ferguson police officer behind the gun remains an enigma. While state and federal prosecutors investigate whether crimes were committed in the Aug. 9 killing of Mike Brown, and hundreds march […]

August 21, 2014

District Forbids Teachers From Talking About Ferguson Controversy With Students

By Elisa Crouch, St. Louis Post-Dispatch EDWARDSVILLE, Mo. — In many ways, the recent chaos in Ferguson is perfect fodder for high school discussions about the judicial system, civil disobedience, racial divides, and the role of media. But in the Edwardsville School District, teachers in the middle and high schools have been told by principals […]

August 21, 2014

Holder Visits Ferguson, Mo., In Bid To Have ‘Calming Influence’

By Kevin McDermott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch FERGUSON, Mo. — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder met privately on Wednesday with the parents of Michael Brown, part of a one-day swing through the region by the nation’s top law enforcement official in the wake of 12 nights of riots and strife. The stated purpose of Holder’s visit […]

August 21, 2014

Obama Walks Fine Line On Racial Issues

By Jerome Cartillier Washington (AFP) — Under a photo of Barack Obama carried by demonstrators in a town rocked by racially-charged protests, the appeal to America’s first black president is loud and clear: “Please come now.” The poster is among those waved by demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, where an unarmed black teenager was shot and […]

August 19, 2014

Wide Racial Gap In Perceptions Of Ferguson Unrest, Poll Finds

By David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Blacks and whites see the events in Ferguson, Mo., through starkly different lenses, a new nationwide survey shows. The poll from the Pew Research Center, released Monday, shows Americans overall closely divided on whether the shooting by police of unarmed young black man Michael Brown in Ferguson […]

August 18, 2014

Michael Brown Shooting In Ferguson Has A Global Audience

By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — Amnesty International has sent monitors to the scene. Palestinians are tweeting advice on how to cope with tear gas. Tibetan monks have showed up to offer prayers. Russian officials, Iran’s official news agency, and China’s state-run media are offering lectures on human rights abuses. What started as […]

August 18, 2014

Missouri Governor: No Curfew Monday Night

St. Louis Post-Dispatch FERGUSON, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said there will be no curfew Monday night in Ferguson, where a rotating series of official responses to protests have failed to end looting and violence late at night. The Missouri National Guard, called in early Monday morning by Nixon to help keep order in […]

August 18, 2014

National Guard To Help Restore Calm In Ferguson

St. Louis Post-Dispatch FERGUSON, Mo. — Just moments after Missouri Highway Patrol Capt. Ronald S. Johnson announced early Monday that new security steps were planned in Ferguson that would not include National Guard troops, Gov. Jay Nixon announced that he was activating those forces. “Given these deliberate, coordinated, and intensifying violent attacks on lives and […]

August 18, 2014

Michael Brown Family Denounces ‘Devious’ Police Report On Son

By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Matt Pearce and Tina Susman, Los Angeles Times FERGUSON, Mo. — Police bowed to public pressure Friday and named Darren Wilson as the officer who shot to death unarmed teenager Michael Brown, and they released a report that said Brown was being sought in connection with a robbery minutes before the fatal […]

August 15, 2014

Police: Brown Was Suspect In Robbery Before He Was Killed

St. Louis Post-Dispatch FERGUSON, Mo. — A report released Friday by Ferguson, Mo., police identifies Michael Brown as a suspect in a robbery at a convenience store a short time before he was fatally shot by a police officer. Ferguson authorities have identified Darren Wilson as the police officer who shot and killed the unarmed […]

August 15, 2014

Missouri Governor Pledges ‘Different Tone’ For Authorities As Highway Patrol Takes Over

By Kevin McDermott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch FERGUSON, Mo. — Facing a withering national judgment that a community in his state had come to look like “a war zone,” Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered on Thursday that the Missouri State Highway Patrol take over security of Ferguson from St. Louis County police and vowed “a different […]

August 15, 2014

Ferguson Police ID Officer Darren Wilson As Shooter Of Michael Brown

By Kevin Mcdermott, St. Louis Post-Dispatch FERGUSON, Mo. — Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson this morning identified Darren Wilson as the officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager last Saturday. Wilson is a 6-year veteran of the force. He was placed on paid administrative leave after the shooting. Michael Brown, 18, was shot multiple […]

August 15, 2014