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A sly bit of paperwork magic allowed the St. Louis County's Pet Adoption Center to obscure the causes of more than half of its reported cases of euthanasia last year, according to an audit.

The findings in the 268-page audit by Citygate Associates call into question the once-celebrated drop in the shelter's kill rate.

The consulting firm was hired last year for $85,000 by the County Council to audit the operations of an animal shelter that had long been dogged by controversy and allegations of mismanagement, some of which were first reported by Riverfront Times in January 2018.…
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In what is surely an early contender for "heist of the century," a Missouri man is facing burglary charges after he allegedly drunkenly broke into a bank and immediately passed out without successfully stealing anything.

The incident happened in Booneville, about two hours west of St. Louis. The Columbia Tribune reports that Eric Preston Miller, 35, allegedly broke out a window at First State Community Bank at 3:12 a.m. on July 7 before climbing inside.

According to a probable cause statement, Miller looked to be intoxicated in security footage, and he reportedly passed out immediately upon entry — in fact, even as he was actually climbing through the window. He stayed asleep for almost three hours, police say.

After that well-earned catnap, our alleged would-be bank robber awoke around 6:03 a.m., whereupon he set about kicking through another window, police say — this one part of the bank's interior, which set off an alarm.…
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St. Louis police responded late last night to reports of a shooting and found a vehicle engulfed in flames.

Once the fire was extinguished, officers looked inside and found the body of a man who had been shot and badly burned, police say. They soon learned he and a sixteen-year-old girl had been in the vehicle when an unknown shooter or shooters fired into through the window.

The man, who was hit, tried to speed away but crashed in the 5900 block of Julian Avenue in the city's West End neighborhood.…
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San Francisco artist fnnch has returned home to St. Louis to paint a massive 35-by-50-foot mural at the Centene Center for the Arts.

fnnch (pronounced Finch) is partnering with the Arts and Education Council and the Gateway Arts Foundation and will paint four honey bears on the wall of the building.

Each bear will have a theme: a paintbrush symbolizing St. Louis’ art culture, a top hat to the “gilded age past of St. Louis,” a hockey stick symbolizing the Blues winning the Stanley Cup and a bear with a violin to represent the performing arts scene in St. Louis.


“It’s pop art," fnnch says.…
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Venezuela. Laos.…
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It has been a good couple of months for the Riverfront Times. Over the weekend, the Association for Alternative News, the top organization for alt weeklies, recognized one of our staffers and a talented contributor with national awards in Boulder, Colorado at its annual convention.

RFT Art Director Evan Sult won second place in the illustration category for his powerful cover, "Title Mine," drawing readers into an important feature story on Washington University's handling of sexual assault allegations.

Contributing writer Robert Lagellier also won second place in the feature writing category for his story, "The Pool Repairman and the Hollywood Hustle," a wild tale if there ever was one.

And as long as we're bragging, staff writer Danny Wicentowski cleaned up in June at the Society of Professional Journalists 2019 Diamond Journalism Awards.…
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William Olsten, a former St. Louis police officer who was charged in January with first-degree assault and armed criminal action for his part in a violent confrontation last year outside of Bomber O'Brien's, is now facing more felony criminal charges for a separate incident.

St. Louis prosecutors have charged Olsten with three felony counts of third-degree assault for pepper-spraying people during a police protest in September 2017 outside of Busch Stadium.

Once a member of the police department's special operations unit, Olsten was among officers assigned that night to monitor the protests that followed the acquittal of ex-St. Louis cop Jason Stockley in the 2011 killing of Anthony Lamar Smith.…
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It’s been a wild year for St. Louis weather. Temperatures earlier this year (even earlier this week) were mild, but the rain has seemed never-ending, with cloudy skies and epic flooding all across our area.
Now that it’s Cardinal’s baseball time, the heat is on.…
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Kalyn McNeil, who makes invasive, sensual R&B under the name Bloom, knows how to set the mood. Her songs ripple like pinpricks across the skin, and the relatively unadorned production places due emphasis on her expressive, octave-spanning voice.…

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