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Couple Who Drew Guns on Protesters Are BLM Supporters

St. Louis couple's lawyer says they don't want to become heroes to those who oppose BLM

(Newser) - A white couple who stood outside their St. Louis mansion and pointed guns at protesters support the Black Lives Matter movement and don't want to become heroes to those who oppose the cause, their attorney said Monday. Video posted online showed Mark McCloskey, 63, and his 61-year-old wife, Patricia,... More »

Protesters Walking by Mansion Confronted by Armed Couple

White couple in St. Louis pointed handgun, rifle at peaceful demonstrators headed to mayor's home

(Newser) - A march to Mayor Lyda Krewson's home over the weekend through St. Louis led to an ominous confrontation between peaceful protesters and a white couple at one of the residences along the way. Krewson has been facing resignation demands after recently doxxing residents for writing letters asking to defund... More »

Retired Cop Allegedly Shot Dead by Looters

Trump tweets tribute to retired St. Louis police captain David Dorn

(Newser) - A retired police captain was fatally shot, apparently by looters, at a St. Louis pawn shop early Tuesday amid ongoing unrest across the US over the killings of black people at the hands of police. The death of David Dorn, 77, was reportedly streamed on Facebook Live before the video... More »

Virus-Stricken Family: It Started With 'Normal Cough'

5 family members infected, with 2 in intensive care

(Newser) - A Missouri family is urging people to stay inside after five members were diagnosed with the coronavirus, including a father and mother in intensive care. Jane Weinhaus, 63, was on a ventilator for more than a week after developing "a normal cough" that wouldn't improve, her son, Ryan,... More »

Guy's Joker 'Performance' Ends in Charge of Terrorist Threat

'I'm planning on killing a bunch of people,' Jeremy Garnier said on livestream

(Newser) - A man in a Joker costume threatened to kill people on a nearly hourlong livestream as he drove around a St. Louis suburb on Monday, according to University City police. "I'm going to start killing people until this reaches a thousand [viewers] and once it reaches a thousand,... More »

Here Are the 'Darkest Corners of America'

Trying to be good? Don't go to these 'sinful' cities IDed by WalletHub

(Newser) - A little bit of hedonism never hurt anybody—but in what WalletHub calls "the darkest corners of America," some of our worst vices are in overdrive. The site examined more than three dozens indicators of "evil deeds" in upward of 180 US cities, broken out into seven... More »

Videos Capture Apparent Meteor in St. Louis

Fireball and boom startle residents

(Newser) - Mercury wasn't the only treat for sky watchers Monday. A fireball streaked through the night sky in the St. Louis area, accompanied by a loud boom, reports the St. Louis Post-Dispatch . The apparent meteor zipped by about 8:45pm, and videos immediately began flooding social media. It's likely... More »

Missouri Health Chief Tracked Planned Parenthood Patients' Periods

Data indicated 4 failed abortions out of thousands

(Newser) - Missouri's health director admitted Tuesday to tracking the menstrual periods of women who visited the sole abortion clinic in the state with the goal of identifying those who had failed procedures. Planned Parenthood's St. Louis clinic is facing accusations of failed medical abortions as it fights to remain... More »

Girl, 5, and Baby Die in Fire After Being Left Home Alone

A 4-year-old is also in critical condition

(Newser) - Two small children died after they were left alone in a St. Louis apartment that caught fire and a woman is in custody while the blaze is investigated, authorities said. A 5-year-old girl died Monday at a hospital, a day after the blaze broke out at the Clinton-Peabody public housing... More »

Teen's Beauty Product Explodes, Blows Hole in Car Roof

Mom warns about keeping cans of dry shampoo, and other aerosol cans, away from heat

(Newser) - Dry shampoo can be handy on the go, but that doesn't mean it should be stored in your car. A Missouri teen learned that the hard way after an aerosol can of dry shampoo exploded in her car's center console, smashed through the sunroof, and landed 50 feet... More »

$100K in Rewards Offered in St. Louis Child Killings

Latest victim was 8-year-old shot dead Friday

(Newser) - St. Louis is offering rewards totaling $100,000 in four unsolved child murders, including that of Jurnee Thompson, an 8-year-old girl who was shot dead outside a restaurant Friday. A $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest in that case and in three other unsolved... More »

Burglary Suspects Pick Wrong Store to Sell Stolen Comics

After allegedly stealing St. Louis man's collection, they went to his comics store with the goods

(Newser) - When someone broke into a storage locker earlier this month and stole Martin Casas' personal collection of 3,000 comic books, which he'd painstakingly built up over three decades, he was put out but not hopeless that they were gone forever. That's because Casas also happens to own... More »

He Expected Cake in Mom's Freezer. Instead, a Baby

'My mom wasn't who I thought she was'

(Newser) - The box had sat in his mother's freezer for as long as Adam Smith could remember. Inside, she told him, was the top of a wedding cake. It was only after Barbara, 68, died of lung cancer on July 21 that Smith learned the truth, per the St. Louis ... More »

A Serial Killer, Faded From Memory, Is Brought Back

The Riverfront Times resurfaces the case of the 'package killer'

(Newser) - He was referred to as the "package killer" for the way the remains of his three known victims were found: The first in between two mattresses whose corners were tied; the second in trash bags bound with wire; the third in a homemade box. The women, found between March... More »

10 Best, Worst Cities to Celebrate July 4

The Big Apple promises the best time, while San Bernardino falls last

(Newser) - Tomorrow is Independence Day, meaning you still have time to get to where the best celebrations are going to be. WalletHub tries to suss those out for you, looking at the 100 most populous cities in the nation across five major categories: affordability, attractions and activities, safety and accessibility, the... More »

For Missouri's Only Abortion Clinic, a 'Last-Minute Reprieve'

St. Louis Planned Parenthood can keep offering abortions at least until Aug. 1 license hearing

(Newser) - A Missouri commissioner on Friday ruled that the state's only abortion clinic can continue providing the service at least until August as a fight over its license plays out, adding that there's a "likelihood" that the clinic will succeed in the dispute. Administrative Hearing Commissioner Sreenivasa Rao... More »

State's Last Abortion Clinic: Mandated Exam Is 'Assault'

Planned Parenthood of St. Louis won't comply with Missouri's pelvic exam rule

(Newser) - Friday is the judge-mandated deadline for Missouri's Department of Health and Senior Services to decide whether to renew the abortion license of the sole remaining abortion clinic in the state. Just two days before the deadline, a defiant move by Planned Parenthood of St. Louis: It will no longer... More »

Woman Spends 2.5 Days Stuck in a Stairwell

Unnamed woman was released from St. Louis jail, didn't follow the directions

(Newser) - A woman who had been arrested in Missouri was subsequently released from the St. Louis Justice Center—but she didn't get out for two more days. The Post-Dispatch explains the unnamed woman had been told to ride the elevator to the first floor, turn right, and exit the building.... More »

Planned Parenthood in St. Louis Stays Open During Court Fight

Judge's order protects clinic while license battle continues

(Newser) - A judge in St. Louis has issued another order allowing Missouri's only clinic that provides abortion services to continue operating, the AP reports. Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer on Monday granted Planned Parenthood's request for a preliminary injunction, which extends his temporary restraining order prohibiting Missouri from allowing the... More »

Newspaper Accused of Jinxing St. Louis Blues

Post-Dispatch prematurely congratulated team

(Newser) - The St. Louis Post-Dispatch congratulated the St. Louis Blues on winning the Stanley Cup in its subscriber-only e-edition Sunday, saying: "Congratulations to our champions, the St. Louis Blues." A letter from team chairman Tom Stillman said: "All of us will remember where we were, what we did... More »

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