Reed calls for ‘Ceasefire’ at Tower Grove meeting
Jan22

Reed calls for ‘Ceasefire’ at Tower Grove meeting

SHAW – Statistics say a small percentage of the population commits most of the homicides. If you can find the potential murderers in that one percent, you might be able to cut back on the number of homicides.  That’s the main idea behind Operation Ceasefire, a program that has reduced the murder rate in cities throughout the country by ensuring those who might commit crimes get the services they need to stay free from crime.   “A lot...

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Freed from jail, trapped by monitoring fees
Jan18

Freed from jail, trapped by monitoring fees

DOWNTOWN — Local legal organizations such as the Arch City Defenders, the St. Louis Public Defender’s Office, The Bail Project and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Missouri co-signed a letter to the 22nd Judicial Circuit, describing what they call the unfairness of forcing those who have been arrested and then released on bail to use a private pretrial service and electronic monitoring company. Jocelyn Garner was ordered...

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Battle for the Board
Jan10

Battle for the Board

DOWNTOWN—The Jan. 4 filing deadline for the St. Louis aldermanic races ended with 42 candidates in the running for positions on the Board of Aldermen. Each of the even-numbered wards and the office of the president are up for election this year. For the higher numbered wards, this will be their last aldermanic election as the number of wards will be reduced from 28 to just 14 after the 2020 census. By far, the highest profile contest...

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Yeyo Arts Collective Coming North
Jan10

Yeyo Arts Collective Coming North

GREATER VILLE — Yeyo Arts Collective has been empowering women and families through the arts across the St. Louis region for nine years. Now founder and coordinator Dail Chambers says it’s time to bring their programs to the north side. The organization focuses on building leadership qualities through art and culture, hoping to build up prosperity and resources in black neighborhoods. The collective began with a gallery in the Locust...

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Heroin overdoses on the rise in Missouri, blacks die at higher rates
Jan10

Heroin overdoses on the rise in Missouri, blacks die at higher rates

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, heroin use and deaths from heroin overdoses have been increasing in Missouri since at least 2013. Data reported in 2016 showed a rate of more than 15 heroin related deaths per 100,000 people in the state, compared to a national average of about 13 deaths per 100,000 people. The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse estimates that one person dies everyday from a heroin overdose...

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The Heroine Fighting Heroin
Jan10

The Heroine Fighting Heroin

For 33 years, Daryl Tandy (not his real name) was decimated, debilitated and controlled by heroin. His struggle was exacerbated by jail sentences, financial struggles, and a lack of public health outreach or intervention options. If it had not been for the strength of values and faith instilled by his late mother, Tandy, who is now four years clean, said he would still be hooked on heroin. “People really don’t have a complete...

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