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KMOV reporter Brittany Noble (@BrittanyNoble) on her station’s news truck window being broken:


Residents Outraged Following Shooting Of Unarmed St. Louis Black Teenager

An officer involved shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri has hundreds taking to the streets to protest and many more expressing their outrage on Twitter.


Multiple police agencies were called to Ferguson, Missouri Saturday afternoon after a fatal officer-involved shooting, sparking outrage among hundreds of residents.

News 4’s Cory Stark, who is on the scene, said he saw a man lying dead on Coppercreek Road. Police confirm there was an officer-involved shooting, near the Canfield Green Apartments. A large section of West Florissant Avenue was closed by police at Canfield Drive.

According to Stark, there are at least 100 police cars and numerous officers armed with M-16’s in the area. Stark also says hundreds of people have gathered at the intersection of West Florissant Avenue and Canfield Drive to protest the incident. A large police force from 15 different departments responded, including riot-control officers.

Multiple witnesses say 18-year-old Mike Brown had no weapon on him, had his hands up in the air, but was shot by authorities multiple times.

"He (the officer) shot again and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air," said Dorian Johnson, a friend Brown’s. "He started to get down and the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots."

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A Ferguson Police Department officer’s racially motivated decision to unjustly shoot Michael Brown, an African-American teenager who was unarmed (and was going to start college on Monday), is a very sad tragedy, and is yet more reason why “Stand Your Ground” Laws are bad. This story has many tragic parallels with George Zimmerman’s senseless murder of Trayvon Martin and the NYPD’s heinous actions directed against Eric Garner. 

h/t: Nicholas Pistor at

H/T: Danny Wicentowski at Daily RFT

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While the state of Missouri celebrates that one of its most recent college football stars, Michael Sam, will remain in The Show Me State with the St. Louis Rams, his high-profile job may be a galvanizing force for securing LGBT rights in Missouri.

Sam, who will report to the team in July for training, may become a symbol for efforts to overturn Missouri’s laws on marriage equality, or address its workplace antidiscrimination protections, and other LGBT rights issues, according to USA Today.

The state’s current nondiscrimination act currently does not include protections for LGBT workers, according to the statewide equality organization, PROMO. The Missouri Nondiscrimination Act, or MONA, is up for consideration, and would extend the existing law to prohibit employment, housing, and public accommodation discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The bill was the subject of a public hearing in March, but has yet to pass.

Dara Strickland, an attorney and the board president of the LGBT Community Center in St. Louis, said a gay person can apply for jobs in the state, but there “there’s no protection for bwing asked, ‘By the way, are you gay?’ and being explicitly told, ‘You know, we don’t hire gay people.’”

As far as marriage equality, the state has had a constitutional ban on the books since 2004. In February, the ACLU and PROMO filed a lawsuit challenging the ban on behalf of eight same-sex couples.

According to the Human Rights Campaign, Missouri also lacks LGBT protections for housing, public accommodations, and has limited protections against bullying for LGBT students. The state does address hate crimes on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

On the Schlafly name battle, I’d say Phyllis Schlafly (who is a disgrace to her gender and this country with her far-right views) has lost this battle to the beer maker Tom Schlafly.
Please go away, Mrs. “Stop ERA” Schlafly! 

H/T: Lisa Brown at


ST. LOUIS • Longtime reporter and weekend show host Charles Jaco is leaving KTVI (Channel 2), according to the station.

“After 11 years of journalistic service to St. Louis, Fox 2 and reporter Charles Jaco have mutually agreed to part ways,” the station’s general manager, Spencer Koch, said in a statement. “We thank Charles for his service and wish him all the best in his future plans and pursuits.”

KTVI’s news director, Audrey Prywitch, emailed the statement to the Post-Dispatch but declined to comment further.

Jaco addressed his departure on Twitter, saying: “From Iraq in ’03 to Todd Akin in ’12, a great time. Thanks, guys! Now working on new book. Stay tuned!”

Jaco, 63, gave no details and could not be reached for comment.

Before joining KTVI in 2003, Jaco worked for KMOX-AM for seven years. He worked at CNN before that, reporting on the Persian Gulf War from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait City. He is a native of Poplar Bluff, Mo.

Jaco has also has hosted a weekend talk show, “The Jaco Report,” which drew national headlines for his August 2012 interview with then-Congressman Todd Akin of Wildwood.

The interview during Akin’s run for the U.S. Senate became controversial when Jaco asked Akin about his opposition to abortion in instances of rape. Akin answered that pregnancies caused by rape were rare, adding “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

KTVI is owned by the Tribune Co., which closed on a deal last year to buy KTVI and 15 other television stations from Local TV Holdings for $2.7 billion.

A very sad day for St. Louis and integrity in STL media. Charles Jaco was a great truth-teller who kept Todd Akin out of office. 

This is the 2nd stupid blunder that Fox2/KPLR11 has been made in the past 2 months. 
First, the infamous scheduling swap that got Angie Mock ejected off the morning shift (thus putting Kim Hudson in Mock’s old slot, and Anthony Kiekow in Hudson’s old slot), now this.

h/t: Joel Currier at 

(KMOV) – The Planned Parenthood president wants more action from city leaders for increasingly hostile protesters intimidating patients and staff at a local facility.

“They called me baby killer. I wasn’t even there for that, I was there for a checkup,” said Erica Kalb as she walked into the facility on Forest Park Parkway.

After her appointment, she tried to leave and things, she said, got scary.

“When they started sticking their arms in my car, I had to grab my pepper spray,” she said.

Paula Gianino, President of Planned Parenthood, said patients and staff are subjected to verbal abuse, intimidation and protesters even walk across the driveway to block cars from driving in.

“Incredibly disturbing, our picketers are becoming increasingly hostile toward everyone who comes to this clinic,” said Gianino. “That’s what we see on a day in and day out basis and I can tell you we are frustrated by it.”

She said she would like to get city leaders to pass better ordinances so police can protect the driveway of any business being picketed.

“So we don’t have the potential for danger for an accident, for tensions to flair. Those kind of things will and do happen,” said Gianino.

“I shouldn’t feel intimidated whenever I go in to take care of my own body,” said Kalb.  “I was there for a women’s wellness exam and I’m getting harassed for it.”

Now Planned Parenthood hands out cards to patients who feel harassed or threatened by protesters. It urges patients to call the mayor’s office to push for a new ordinance.

Kalb said she called and was transferred four times, given a different number and was then told to simply call the police.

Planned Parenthood’s right in demanding more protection for its patients and staff from hostile fake “Christian” anti-choice harassers who are protesting outside the clinic. 


h/t: Ken Leiser at