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Sep 10, 2014

Closing Brooklyn movie rental store reflects changing digital age

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Before launching a closing sale at her movie rental store in Brooklyn last week, Kathy Smelyansky looked around at the thousands of DVDs and wondered if she would ever sell them.

Business was not what it used to be, and summer sales had been slow. But after she put a large yellow “going out of business” sign in the front window of Video Gallery, one of the last independent movie stores in the New York borough, people immediately began to stream in.

Sep 10, 2014

Morgan Stanley seeks profit in natgas exports where others failed

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Morgan Stanley’s unorthodox plan to export U.S. compressed natural gas could give the Wall Street bank quick access to emerging Caribbean markets – if it can find a way to ship the fuel in bulk after decades of other failed attempts.

A Morgan Stanley subsidiary in May applied for a license to export CNG from Freeport in Texas, one of the only applications of its kind in the United States. The plan, at an initial cost of $200 million, is to load pressurized containers up to 40 feet in length filled with CNG onto ships for export.

Sep 10, 2014

Analysis – Morgan Stanley seeks profit in natgas exports where others failed

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Morgan Stanley’s unorthodox plan to export U.S. compressed natural gas could give the Wall Street bank quick access to emerging Caribbean markets – if it can find a way to ship the fuel in bulk after decades of other failed attempts.

A Morgan Stanley subsidiary in May applied for a license to export CNG from Freeport in Texas, one of the only applications of its kind in the United States. The plan, at an initial cost of $200 million (124 million pounds), is to load pressurized containers up to 40 feet in length filled with CNG onto ships for export.

Aug 28, 2014

After the riots, Ferguson businesses long for normal

By Edward McAllister

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – When Ferguson business owner Chantelle Nickson-Clark spoke at a St. Louis County council meeting this week her voice shook with anger.

The Swiish Bar and Grill that she owns in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson was forced to shut for 17 days after the police shooting of an unarmed black teen on Aug. 9 sparked violent clashes between police and protesters and led law enforcement to close the area in front of her building.

Aug 27, 2014

Demonstrations resume in Missouri over shooting death of black teen

LOUIS (Reuters) – More than 100 demonstrators marched peacefully in St. Louis on Tuesday demanding the arrest of a white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri.

The death of Michael Brown, 18, focused global attention on the state of race relations in the United States and evoked memories of other racially charged cases, including the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American, in Florida in 2012.

Aug 26, 2014

Michael Brown remembered in Missouri with calls for peace, justice

LOUIS, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Family and supporters of
Michael Brown on Monday celebrated the life of the black
teenager killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri,
in a music-filled funeral service ringing with calls for peace
and police reforms.

Brown’s body lay in a black and gold casket at the Friendly
Temple Missionary Baptist Church, topped with the St. Louis
Cardinals baseball cap he was wearing when he was shot dead on
Aug. 9.

Aug 25, 2014

Slain Missouri teen remembered with calls for peace, justice

LOUIS, Aug 25 (Reuters) – Family and supporters on
Monday celebrated the life of Michael Brown, a black teenager
slain by police in Ferguson, Missouri, with a music-filled
funeral service and calls to remember him with peace and
political change.

Brown’s body lay at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist
Church in a black and gold casket, topped with the St. Louis
Cardinals baseball cap he was wearing when he was killed on Aug.
9 in nearby Ferguson by a white police officer.

Aug 25, 2014

Mourners, civil rights leaders attend funeral of slain Missouri teen

LOUIS (Reuters) – Mourners sang, clapped and danced on Monday at funeral services for Michael Brown, remembering the slain black teenager with words of goodwill and joy rather than the violence and outrage that followed his killing by a white police officer.

Brown’s body lay at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church in a black and gold casket, topped with the St. Louis Cardinals baseball cap he was wearing when he was killed on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri.

Aug 25, 2014

Father of black Ferguson teen appeals for calm at funeral

By Nick Carey and Edward McAllister

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – The father of Michael Brown, the black teenager who was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9, appealed for calm as family, politicians and activists gathered for the funeral on Monday following weeks of unrest.

The sometimes violent protests have spawned headlines around the world and have focused attention on racial issues in the United States. Local police have been criticised for mass arrests and the use of heavy-handed tactics and military gear.

Aug 25, 2014

Brown supporters from near and far form striking Ferguson tableau

By Nick Carey and Edward McAllister

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – When the call came just after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in this St. Louis suburb, Reggie Jones didn’t hesitate. He packed his bag, took time off work and came straight to Ferguson, Missouri.

A friend had asked the 40-year-old screen printer to make the trip from his home in Charlotte, North Carolina, and produce a T-shirt to help support the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old who was shot dead by Officer Darren Wilson.