Cathy “Mama Cat” Daniels, feeding mouths and souls
Jan03

Cathy “Mama Cat” Daniels, feeding mouths and souls

ST. LOUIS—  Four years after the death of Michael Brown Jr. and the Ferguson Uprising, community activist and chef Cathy Daniels, also known as Mama Cat, is still fighting injustice with a home-cooked meal.  “I never saw a soldier win a war hungry. I had to make sure folks were eating,” said Mama Cat. It all started in 2014 during the hot summer days of the Ferguson Uprising when Mama Cat saw a group of young people sleeping outside...

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New Year’s Eve vigil honors St. Louis homicide victims
Jan03

New Year’s Eve vigil honors St. Louis homicide victims

KINGSWAY WEST— “This country needs love right now.” Those were the words that community activist and vice president of community outreach for Better Family Life James Clark said he uttered when he got a brief moment to speak with President Donald Trump. Clark was recently honored by the U.S. Department of Justice for his work against violence in St. Louis. He offered those same words to sorrow-faced families from St. Louis city and...

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New prosecutor makes changes first day in office
Jan03

New prosecutor makes changes first day in office

ST. LOUIS (AP)— St. Louis County’s new prosecuting attorney is shaking up his staff and instituting new policies just two days into the job, his spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday, and a veteran assistant prosecutor who presented evidence to the grand jury after the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson is reportedly among those let go. Former Ferguson Councilman Wesley Bell defeated 28-year incumbent Bob McCulloch in...

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A Tough Week for Black Officials
Jan03

A Tough Week for Black Officials

It was a rough week for black elected officials in St. Louis. Just a few days into 2019 and local media was buzzing with controversies big and small. Bruce Franks, the activist-turned-legislator from south St. Louis, was the subject of a long investigation by KMOV reporter Lauren Trager. Trager, as you may recall, was the journalist who first reported the sexual misconduct allegations against Governor Eric Greitens that eventually led...

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Crime Down, Chief Defends Dept
Dec20

Crime Down, Chief Defends Dept

Crime is down in the city, but St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden said he is focusing on all of the concerns facing the department. Those include building community relationships, proper handling of protests, racial sensitivity, and police accountability.  “We’re going to be an accountable, transparent department and we’re going to work hard,” he said at a sparsely attended Town Hall meeting Wednesday night at Forest Park Community...

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Street Named After Cedric The Entertainer
Dec20

Street Named After Cedric The Entertainer

COVENANT BLU—Just a quarter-mile from Redd Foxx Lane in north St. Louis, now aptly runs Cedric The Entertainer Way, a street named in honor of comedy “King” Cedric “The Entertainer” Kyles.  The entertainer’s street-namesake spans a stretch of Vandeventer Blvd. between Olive and Washington Boulevards, and alongside The Kappa House, where a warm, crowded and joke-filled honoring ceremony occurred last Saturday morning.  “When I was...

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