Nov 6, 2014

Judge overturns Missouri ban on gay marriage

A judge overturned Missouri’s ban on gay marriage on Wednesday in a ruling that could add the state to a growing list of those where same-sex marriages are legal. St. Louis Circuit Judge Rex Burlison, who heard arguments on Sept. 29, determined the law ...

Thousands attend Missouri funeral for Ferguson teen killed by cop

Aug 26, 2014

Thousands attend Missouri funeral for Ferguson teen killed by cop

Relatives said goodbye Monday to the 18-year-old Missouri man who was shot and killed by a police officer, remembering him as a “gentle soul” with a deep and growing faith in Christianity and ambitions that one day “the world would know his name.” Thousands ...

National Guard to withdraw from riot-torn Ferguson as tensions ease

Aug 22, 2014

National Guard to withdraw from riot-torn Ferguson as tensions ease

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the withdrawal on Thursday of National Guard troops from riot-torn Ferguson, where tensions have eased after sometimes violent protests were staged nightly since police killed an unarmed black teenager. Peaceful demonstrations overnight were the calmest street gatherings in the ...

'Change is coming' after police shooting in Ferguson, Holder says

Aug 21, 2014

'Change is coming' after police shooting in Ferguson, Holder says

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder reassured college students that “change is coming” Wednesday in suburban St. Louis near the community where a white police officer shot to death an unarmed black 18-year-old and sparked days of furious protests. Meanwhile, a small group of protesters ...

Justice's goal in Ferguson: ensuring truth

Aug 19, 2014

Justice's goal in Ferguson: ensuring truth

The U.S. Department of Justice has mounted an unusually swift and aggressive response to the death of Michael Brown, from an independent autopsy to dozens of FBI agents combing Ferguson, Missouri, for witnesses to the shooting of the unarmed black 18-year-old by a white ...

Obama dances on a knife edge addressing U.S. race questions

Aug 18, 2014

Obama dances on a knife edge addressing U.S. race questions

by Julie Pace

For President Barack Obama, the intersection of race and the law has revealed both the pitfalls and the power of wading into these delicate matters as America’s first black president. Just months after being sworn in, Obama rapped police in Massachusetts for acting “stupidly” ...