Public safety to go under microscope at meeting
May10

Public safety to go under microscope at meeting

To improve public safety in the city, 23rd Ward Alderman Joe Vaccaro says it’s time to put everything on the table and look at it. Vaccaro, the newly-appointed head of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen’s Public Safety Committee, has called a meeting of that group for 2:30 p.m. Wednesday to discuss a wide-ranging list of issues. In the meeting in the City Hall’s Kennedy Room, the committee will look at such issues is the lack of police...

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Close the Workhouse hosts “People’s Budget Hearing”
Apr30

Close the Workhouse hosts “People’s Budget Hearing”

GRAND CENTER – The Close the Workhouse campaign convened last Thursday evening at the Deaconess Foundation for what they called a “People’s Budget Hearing” for constituents, whom they say probably couldn’t make Mayor Lyda Krewson’s 10 a.m. public budget meeting. Campaigners added the $16 million Workhouse operational cost to their list of reasons to close the medium security institution. The say that sum of the city budget could...

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Mourners march, calling for end to the violence
Apr26

Mourners march, calling for end to the violence

HAMILTON HEIGHTS – While tears, grimaces, rage, sad stories and photos of murder victims permeated the Move March for mourners on Saturday, attendees resolved to win the fight against gun-violence. “We will win this fight,” said State Rep. Bruce Franks, followed by an emphatic drumbeat epiphany and good-spirited crowd eruption during a post-march rally at BFL Cultural Educational and Business Center. “To these mothers – I...

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Support for surviving siblings
Apr26

Support for surviving siblings

TOWER GROVE EAST – Losing a family member to gun violence without subsequent support and coping resources is quite prevalent in the black community. Cheeraz Gormon, who lost her younger brother to gun violence, says, “No more.” Stricken with uniquely overwhelming and untreated grief, she founded the Sibling Support Network, which she began working on the day after her brother’s untimely death in 2013. SSN officially launched in...

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National Guard in north St. Louis? ‘Unacceptable’, says Public Safety Director
Apr10

National Guard in north St. Louis? ‘Unacceptable’, says Public Safety Director

A north side alderman is being criticized for his call for a military presence in the streets of St. Louis to address the high rate of violence. Over the weekend, Brandon Bosley, a freshman alderman who represents the 3rd Ward, shocked many by calling on Missouri Governor Mike Parson to send the National Guard to patrol the streets of St. Louis City. “We’re going to have tanks on every damn corner,” Bosley told the Post-Dispatch....

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Week to honor crime victims begins this weekend
Apr04

Week to honor crime victims begins this weekend

Kate Alexander knows the pain that a gunshot death can cause to a family member or friend of a victim. As a therapist for the Crime Victim Center of St. Louis, she’s heard their stories. Now that center is taking steps to remember the number of gunshot victims and to cut the number of future victims, by sponsoring National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in this area. The week sponsored by the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime will be April...

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