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Ethical Society Of Police Report Details Systemic Racism in St. Louis Police Department

The Ethical Society of Police is calling for the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department to confront the systemic racism within its department.

In a report released Tuesday, the organization detailed complaints by current and former officers and other employees of corruption within the department and unfair hiring practices.

The report includes 25 recommendations to the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department and the city’s Department of Personnel. They include a grand jury review of in custody deaths and shootings by officers and requiring all undercover officers to wear body cameras.

Current and former officers and other police department employees worked on the report for about two months. It notes that the police department has inconsistently followed the city’s civil service rules since the city regained control of the police department in 2013 from the state.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/2020-08-12/ethical-society-of-police-report-details-systemic-racism-in-st-louis-police-department

St. Louis City SC Is The Official Name Of The Region's First Major League Soccer Team

Time to add a new team jersey to your St. Louis sports collection — St. Louis City SC.

That’s the official name of St. Louis’ Major League Soccer team. The ownership group, previously known as MLS4TheLou, announced the name, crest and colors during a virtual event on Thursday. The team’s colors are red, blue, white and yellow. The crest contains those colors, playing off the city's flag, and a graphic of the Gateway Arch.

The St. Louis City SC name was selected from a pool of thousands submitted by fans to the ownership group. It beat out suggested names like Lazer Snakes, Kicky McKickertons Football Club and the St. Louis T-Ravs.

The ownership group originally planned to release the team details at a large in-person event in March but switched to a virtual event showing cardboard cutouts of fans due to the pandemic.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/economy-business/2020-08-13/st-louis-city-sc-is-the-official-name-of-the-regions-first-major-league-soccer-team

Wash U Researchers Genetically Engineer Coronavirus Lookalike

Scientists need a lot of safety equipment to study the coronavirus in a research lab: biohazard suits, respirators, custom airflow systems.

Not every lab meets the safety standards to work with potentially lethal viruses — and getting certified can take years.

“There isn't really enough capacity for the current demand to work with SARS-CoV-2, so it’s created a bottleneck,” said Sean Whelan, a microbiology professor and virologist at Washington University.

To allow more labs to conduct coronavirus research, Whelan and a team of Washington University researchers devised a workaround: a genetically engineered virus.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/health-science-environment/2020-08-10/wash-u-researchers-genetically-engineer-coronavirus-lookalike

Mark Twain National Forest Turns To Goats To Manage Invasive Plants

Removing nonnative plants from the glades and fields in a vast forest can be expensive and harmful to the environment.

That’s why Mark Twain National Forest is deploying a herd of goats to eat their way out of the problem.

Plants like blackberries and kudzu can turn a field from a grassy habitat for turkeys and quail into an overgrown thicket.

“They create a large canopy. They compete for nutrients. And then they push out and eliminate a lot of the desirable native species that we have,” said Brian Davidson, Botany and Invasive Species program manager at the Mark Twain forest.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/health-science-environment/2020-08-12/mark-twain-national-forest-turns-to-goats-to-manage-invasive-plants

St. Louis Symphony Cancels Fall Concerts, Plans Online Content

St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is canceling its scheduled concerts through at least the end of the year because of the coronavirus. The organization plans to ramp up its offerings of new content online while Powell Hall remains closed to the public.

St. Louis Department of Health regulations allow for large venues to reopen at up to 75% of audience capacity. But it’s still not safe to gather the full orchestra or perform for audiences, Music Director Stéphane Denève said Tuesday.

“The situation deteriorated quite strongly in July,” Denève said of coronavirus case counts, which began steadily rising in St. Louis after local and regional officials relaxed stay-at-home orders in June.

The organization announced that it will resume its 2020-21 season as scheduled in January, but its leaders conceded that any reopening date remains tentative and depends on the state of coronavirus spread.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/2020-08-11/st-louis-symphony-cancels-fall-concerts-plans-online-content

Krewson Considers Renewed Restrictions As Coronavirus Spreads Throughout St. Louis

St. Louis businesses could again see new rules limiting crowds and other restrictions to keep the coronavirus from spreading.

City officials are weighing the decision to put more rules in place, Mayor Lyda Krewson said on Monday during a livestreamed chat. The virus is more widespread across the city, and the rate of people testing positive is still too high, she said.

“We are considering making some additional restrictions, and we’ll probably visit with you about that … unless the numbers get better in the next couple of days,” Krewson said. “The restrictions we are considering would likely reduce some capacity guidelines.”

Any restrictions would likely take into account the younger age of coronavirus patients, Krewson said. Half the people who have tested positive in the week ending Sunday were in their 20s and 30s.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/health-science-environment/2020-08-11/krewson-considers-renewed-restrictions-as-coronavirus-spreads-throughout-st-louis?

Missouri Legislators Will Consider Special Session Violent Crime Bills Individually

The Missouri House announced Tuesday it is breaking up Gov. Mike Parson’s tough-on-crime package of special session legislation into one-subject bills.

House Speaker Elijah Haahr said the House is breaking up the package into single subjects to “protect the integrity of the lawmaking process.”

This comes after Parson announced Monday an addition to the package that would allow the attorney general to prosecute crimes in St. Louis.

The House had been expected to wrap up Wednesday but now won’t take up the individual bills until Aug. 24.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/government-politics-issues/2020-08-10/parson-wants-attorney-general-to-intervene-in-st-louis-murder-prosecutions?

Do-It-Yourself Contact Tracing for 1.3 Million: A Union Jumps In

The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union is stepping in where the government has failed, running its own coronavirus contact-tracing program for 1.3 million members.

Since the Covid-19 outbreak hit, the union has sent agents into grocery stores, meatpacking plants and food-processing facilities. They talk to workers and comb work schedules to figure out who might have been exposed. Then, they notify the employer’s human resources department and direct workers to free testing sites, some provided by the union.

The program fills a void left by the Trump administration, which has failed to create a national test-and-trace regimen -- and is an active advertisement for a labor movement that’s been waning for decades. Local health departments, which usually perform the function, have been overwhelmed by a disease that has sickened more than 4.8 million Americans and killed more than 158,000. And in any event, testing delays make contact tracing impractical in many areas.

In such disarray, workers must fend for themselves, said Marc Perrone, international president of the union.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-10/with-official-systems-swamped-union-gets-into-contact-tracing?

Students, Landlords Overwhelmed As Wash U Restricts On-Campus Housing Options

Some Washington University students are scrambling to find apartments after the university announced last week that it would decrease available on-campus housing to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on campus.

After Wash U announced its plans on July 31, students flooded Facebook groups to find housing near the school’s campus west of Forest Park.

“Hi there! A sad and confused Wash U senior here,” started one message from a sorority member looking for housing for herself and three friends. Other students described themselves as “scrambling” in social media posts.

The average cost of a one-bedroom apartment in St. Louis has increased by 15% in the past year, according to Zumper’s National Rent Report. Several real estate offices leasing apartments told St. Louis Public Radio they’re now receiving far more applications than they have units to lease.

https://news.stlpublicradio.org/education/2020-08-09/students-landlords-overwhelmed-as-wash-u-restricts-on-campus-housing-options?

How a global board games giant exploited Ireland's Magdalene


It’s almost impossible to think of my childhood in 1980s Dublin and not to think about Elsie. Elsie, my great aunt, was hilarious, caring, kind hearted, and good natured. But there was a strange, childlike innocence about her.

She was, I would later figure out, institutionalised by a totalitarian regime that had corruption and cruelty built into its DNA.

When we normally think of the Magdalene laundry scandals, the era most of us tend to associate it with is the Catholic theocracy of the 1950s. Black and white photos of women with scowls on their faces and nuns in white robes. It’s something we recognise from films. But not something we associate with modern Ireland.

As recently as the 1980s and 1990s, though, I remember witnessing at first hand, this world, where fervent religiosity melded with an invisible, and profitable economy. Elsie lived, and worked, in one of those infamous convent homes.

http://littleatoms.com/penance-industry

This is a fairly long piece but I hope that some can find time to give it a read and understand how these women were exploited by a very brutal system.
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