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Nov 15, 2014

A world away from Ferguson protests in quiet St. Louis suburb

By Scott Malone

FLORISSANT Mo. (Reuters) – In this quiet city just north of Ferguson, Missouri, the neat streets of small homes and shops show no signs of the racial tension that has gripped the adjacent St. Louis suburb since the fatal police shooting in August of an unarmed black teen.

In riot-scarred Ferguson, many businesses remain boarded up three months since the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Florissant shows no obvious mark of racial tensions, apart from a few “I Love Ferguson” signs put up to show support for its southern neighbor.

Nov 15, 2014
Nov 15, 2014

Parents of slain Missouri teen return home after U.N. testimony

LOUIS (Reuters) – The parents of the unarmed black teenager shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, said on Friday that they hoped their meeting with a United Nations committee would help to improve the tone of race relations in the United States.

Michael Brown Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, whose 18-year-old son Michael Brown Jr. was killed on Aug. 9, provoking weeks of sometimes violent demonstrations in Ferguson, spoke to reporters at a St. Louis airport after returning from Geneva, where they met with members of the U.N. Committee on Torture.

Nov 15, 2014
Nov 14, 2014
Nov 14, 2014

Awaiting Ferguson grand jury, activists drill protest tactics

LOUIS (Reuters) – In a former union hall in downtown St. Louis, about 100 activists formed a rough circle and, at the instruction of organizer Michael McPhearson, crossed the room wading through a crowd of people going the opposite way.

“How hard was that? How much harder will it be after the grand jury comes back?” McPhearson, executive director of activist group Veterans for Peace, asked the group, which ranged from young black college students to bearded white retirees.

Nov 14, 2014
Nov 14, 2014

St. Louis-area schools will get notice of grand jury’s finding: letter

By Scott Malone

FERGUSON Mo. (Reuters) – A suburban St. Louis school district told parents that it expects to receive at least three hours’ notice from prosecutors when a grand jury decides whether to charge a white police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri.

Officials and residents around Ferguson, which was torn by weeks of sometimes violent protests following the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, 18, were braced on Friday for a report from the grand jury, which has been meeting for weeks and is expected to decide before the month’s end whether to charge officer Darren Wilson.

Nov 14, 2014

Grand jury testimony in black Missouri teen’s slaying nearly done: attorney

By Scott Malone

CLAYTON Mo. (Reuters) – The grand jury decision on whether to indict a white Missouri police officer for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager is nearing, a lawyer for the family said on Thursday, calling for calm in a situation that has put police and residents on edge.

A pathologist hired by the family of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot dead in August in Ferguson, Missouri, testified before the grand jury on Thursday and will likely be one of the final witnesses before a decision is made on whether to indict Darren Wilson, attorney Anthony Gray said.

Nov 13, 2014
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      "Scott Malone is the Boston-based editor in charge for general news overseeing the northeastern United States, where he covers everything from politics to storms to the weird and wonderful of New England. Scott has interviewed newsmakers ranging from Macky Sall, the president of Senegal, to chart-topping rockers Aerosmith. His reporting has taken him from storm-swept New Orleans to the weather observatory atop Mount Washington in New Hampshire."
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