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Baltimore Logs 300 Homicides for 1st Time Since 1999

But murder motives remain the same, official says

(Newser) - Bad news for Baltimore: The city now has 300 homicides on record for the first time in 16 years, the Baltimore Sun reports. That's thanks to two fresh murders on Saturday—a stabbing and a shooting—which continued a spike in violence that's seen more than one murder... More »

Residents Get Antsy as Landfill Fire Burns Near Nuclear Waste

Conflicting reports add to confusion near St. Louis

(Newser) - Dawn Chapman compares an underground fire at a landfill outside St. Louis to a train whose brakes have failed: In order to prevent a disaster, "you either have to stop that train or you have to clear the tracks," she says, per NPR . The reason for her analogy?... More »

Suspect Charged in 2 of the St. Louis Church Fires

Authorities no longer suspect a hate crime

(Newser) - Authorities charged A 35-year-old black St. Louis man with arson following fires at two predominantly African-American churches earlier this month and federal investigators said they no longer believe the incidents were a hate crime. David Lopez Jackson was charged Friday in St. Louis Circuit Court with two counts of second-degree... More »

Live Exorcism Airs on TV Friday Night

Bishop, psychic will be on hand for 'dangerous' rite: network

(Newser) - This should get you in the Halloween mood: The cable channel Destination America says it will broadcast a live exorcism on the St. Louis residence that once housed the inspiration for the film The Exorcist at 9pm EDT on Friday. Catholic priests performed a series of exorcisms on a Maryland... More »

'Miracle Church' Targeted in St. Louis' 7th Arson

Authorities hope $9K reward will lead them to suspect

(Newser) - A church considered to be the first miracle west of the Mississippi River became the seventh to be targeted by a suspected arsonist in St. Louis early Thursday. Like other arson cases since Oct. 8, the front exterior doors of the rectory of the Shrine of St. Joseph were set... More »

Somebody Is Torching Churches Around St. Louis

6 black churches set on fire in 10 days

(Newser) - Six black churches have been torched in the St. Louis area since Oct. 8 and police say they don't have a suspect—or a motive. "We believe that this fire-setting activity is meant to send a message," the St. Louis Police and Fire departments and the ATF... More »

Underground Fire May Be Moving Closer to Nuclear Waste

Officials near St. Louis write emergency plan

(Newser) - Two things you never want to see together: an inextinguishable underground fire and a nuclear waste dump. But they're only 1,200 feet apart in an area north of St. Louis and may be growing closer, the AP reports. The underground fire at Bridgeton Landfill has been burning for... More »

11-Year-Old Kills Teen, 16, Under Murky Circumstances

Neighbors say it was cold-blooded murder; police are calling it a home invasion

(Newser) - An 11-year-old boy fatally shot a 16-year-old in the head in North St. Louis County yesterday in what police say was a home invasion, though neighbors believe it was cold-blooded murder. According to police, the teen entered an unlocked home after two prior attempts to break in and was shot... More »

Teen Killed by St. Louis Cops Was Shot in Back

Chief says Mansur Ball-Bey's autopsy means little at this point

(Newser) - This doesn't bode well heading into the weekend: An autopsy reveals that the young black man killed by police during a chase on Wednesday was shot in the back, reports KSDK-TV . Police maintain that 18-year-old Mansur Ball-Bey turned and pointed a gun at pursuing officers who were serving a... More »

New Fatal Police Shooting Raises Tensions in St. Louis

It came as protesters gathered to mark the anniversary of a different one

(Newser) - St. Louis police shot to death a black man today who allegedly pointed a gun at officers, raising tensions on a day when protesters were already gathering to mark the anniversary of another fatal police shooting, reports the Post-Dispatch . In today's shooting, police say they were serving a search... More »

Man Shot by Ferguson Police Charged With Assault

State of emergency is declared amid new protests

(Newser) - This afternoon brings no sign of a letup in tension in Ferguson: The St. Louis County executive has declared a state of emergency, the man critically wounded by police officers last night has been charged with assault, and about 50 protesters were arrested at a federal courthouse in St. Louis.... More »

St. Louis 'Stolen Babies' Mystery Deepens

'Glaring inconsistencies' in record could point to cover-up

(Newser) - The "stolen babies" mystery uncovered by the touching reunion of Zella Jackson Price and her long-lost daughter keeps getting murkier. Price says she was told by a nurse at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in St. Louis that her daughter died soon after birth in 1965, but adoption records cited... More »

18 Black Women Suspect Hospital Stole Their Babies

Allegations emerge at now-closed facility in St. Louis

(Newser) - What began has a remarkable mother-daughter reunion has led to something downright sinister: accusations that hospital employees stole newborns from poor black mothers and sold them for profit. The story began to emerge when Melanie Gilmore's children tracked down her birth mother as a birthday surprise. That stunned the... More »

St. Louis Marathon Winner Cheated, Loses Title

Race officials say Kendall Schler didn't finish third last year, either

(Newser) - Kendall Schler was the first woman to cross the finish line in Sunday's St. Louis Marathon, but it turns out she took a short cut. Race officials have stripped her of the win after determining that she slipped onto the course late, after the final checkpoint, and cruised to... More »

St. Louis Cops Fume Over Rams' Ferguson Protest

Some players walked onto field with their hands up

(Newser) - At yesterday's game, five players for the St. Louis Rams took to the field with their hands up, showing solidarity with protesters against the shooting of Michael Brown . "We wanted to come out and show our respect to the protests and the people who have been doing a... More »

Ferguson Protesters Target Black Friday

They shout slogans in St. Louis-area Walmarts

(Newser) - Dozens of people have interrupted holiday shopping at major retail stores around the St. Louis area to speak out about a grand jury's decision not to indict the officer who fatally shot Michael Brown. The protests began Thanksgiving night and continued early today. Protesters spent a few minutes at... More »

New Autopsy: Michael Brown Shot in Hand at Close Range

Supports 'significant altercation' in car; Toxicology finds pot in his system

(Newser) - Two different autopsies, two different conclusions: The official St. Louis County autopsy of Michael Brown , killed by officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, indicates the Ferguson teen was shot at close range in the hand—contrasting with results of a private autopsy released Aug. 18 that said Brown had no... More »

St. Louis Cops: Dead Teen Had Gunshot Residue

Say tests prove Vonderrit Myers fired in fatal exchange with off-duty cop

(Newser) - Gunshot residue was on the hand, waistband, and shirt of an 18-year-old man killed by a St. Louis police officer last week , authorities said yesterday. Police union leaders said the lab test by the Missouri State Highway Patrol dispels claims that Vonderrit Myers didn't shoot at the officer on... More »

St. Louis Protesters Decry 'Epidemic of Police Violence'

Protest meant 'to destroy systematic racism and white supremacy,' organizer says

(Newser) - Demonstrators marched to St. Louis University early today, then hunkered down for a sit-in to cap three days of protest against what organizers are calling an "epidemic of police violence," the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Although police and campus security hovered around both the march and sit-in, no... More »

St. Louis Cops, Protesters Face Off for 2nd Night

City a 'racial powder keg' after latest police shooting

(Newser) - Protesters angered by the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by police faced off with officers in south St. Louis for a second night last night as accusations of racial profiling prompted calls for a federal investigation ahead of a weekend of planned rallies and civil disobedience. State and city... More »

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