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Backstoppalooza returns in support of the BackStoppers

Fresh from the city’s success with its inaugural event last year, Chesterfield’s Police Department is setting the stage for its second annual Backstoppalooza. The concert will be held Oct. 4 from 5-10 p.m. at the Chesterfield Amphitheater, 631 Veteran's Place Drive.

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Body cameras arrive in Ellisville; other municipalities investigate device

Police officers in the city of Ellisville will soon be sporting body cameras, and other local police departments may not be far behind them. After a City Council meeting on Sept. 17, Ellisville Police Chief Tom Felgate said the department’s shipment of 20 Taser AXON body cameras was due to arrive Sept. 18. The department is currently working on an operational policy for the cameras, and should have the devices in service within the next few weeks, according to Felgate. The cameras plug into a charging dock and upload their recorded data to a cloud server. The 20 cameras cost ...

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Former De Smet Spartan makes the NFL

For Ray Agnew III, it was the moment he had been waiting for since his days at De Smet Jesuit. It was the season opener for the Cleveland Browns. The situation was third and one. The call was for Agnew, a fullback, to get the ball.

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Chaminade ranked No. 10 in the nation in high school boys soccer

The Chaminade Red Devils soccer team is nationally ranked. Chaminade is 8-0-1 and are ranked at No. 10 in the nation by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America in their recent poll. After opening the season with 3-0 victories over Metro Catholic Conference rivals St. Louis University High and CBC, the Red Devils are fresh off a trip to Milwaukee. Chaminade scored a 2-1 victory over Marquette High School and a 2-0 victory over St. Viator. Last week, Chaminade tied De Smet 1-1 and defeated Vianney 3-1. That gives the Red Devils at least a tie for the conference ...

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Pinwheels for Peace

On Friday, Sept. 19, after a prayer service for peace, the students of Most Sacred Heart School in Eureka planted 600 pinwheels on the north side of the church grounds, facing Hwy. 44. The pinwheels were covered with drawings, paintings and messages for peace in the world and in our city and county. The pinwheels were made by students in every grade and are part of a worldwide initiative of the Peace Project in honor of its International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.  

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Editorial: Ferguson affects us all

It was difficult to watch the outburst that was the Sept. 16 St. Louis County Council meeting and not have a strong reaction to it. Protestors from Ferguson filled the room. For two hours they ranted and raved as the council sat – mostly in silence. The wrath of the protestors was largely directed at Steve Stenger, the Democratic candidate for St. Louis County Executive. At one point, St. Louis activist Anthony Shahid approached the dais and came uncomfortably close to Stenger. Hangmen’s nooses around his neck, Shahid made demands of Stenger, but would not let him speak. Whether you ...

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Managing ISIS

To the Editor: I find it both outrageous and humorous in a macabre sort of way that President Obama’s idea of dealing with ISIS or ISIL is to “manage” them. Really? Consider if you had cancer and your doctor told you he was going to “manage” it instead of going all out to kill every cancer cell before it metastasizes.You would stomp out of his office and find another doctor who understands how to deal with this killer disease. Substitute ISIS or ISIL for cancer and Obama for the doctor who would “manage” this and you will plainly see that ...

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Declaring war

To the Editor: Why is it so hard to “declare” war on ISIS (or ISIL)? Hell, we declare war on everything else. There’s the war on women, the war on the wealthy, the war on poverty, the war on religion, and the war on Christmas. We declare war on everything but the enemy of our nation. And why do so many people casually use the term “war”? What happens with war? Sure, heroes arise in war, sometimes there’s gallantry, and true leadership is exposed in war. But mostly, war leaves dead and mangled bodies. It’s destructive, it’s violent, it’s scary, ...

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Police misconduct

To the Editor: It is a fact that a problem will never be solved if it is not clearly identified and understood. The killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson and the subsequent protests and demonstrations resulted in widespread media coverage, including international coverage. However, this was not an isolated event. Around that period police killed unarmed African-American males in St. Louis, California, Ohio and New York, most with multiple gunshots. There is a historical pattern of police in the U. S. killing unarmed African-American males. Most of the time the killings are found to be justified and there are no ...

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Skyway/subway 109

To the Editor: It seems strange that two pedestrian passes across Hwy. 109 within such close proximity made sense to the project planners. One is a bridge (north of the south roundabout), the other a tunnel (south of the north roundabout); that doesn’t seem to give anyone a safety advantage of not having to cross the east/west-stretching roads from the roundabouts. It probably takes less than 5 minutes to walk from one crossing to the other. If we spent money like it was ours, I’ll bet we’d have neither of these, but certainly not both. Also, the new road’s pavement ...

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