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    And in other news of the WS and opera (!), (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 12:22:18 AM EST
    mezzo soprano Joyce di Donato, who grew up in Kansas City, is left off the Royals (actually the MLB's) WS national anthem singers roster.


    Clayton police have paranormal powers (none / 0) (#2)
    by MO Blue on Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 12:29:24 AM EST
    They can sense that a crime will be committed and arrest the perp before they actually do anything illegal.

    Clayton police used their extrasensory powers when arresting  activist Elizabeth Vega.

    "Clayton Police Chief Kevin Murphy said the demonstrator was charged with assault because police sensed the pumpkin was about to be lobbed in the `direction of officers arresting another person,'" the Post-Dispatch reported.


    Keystone Cops (none / 0) (#3)
    by MO Blue on Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 12:33:33 AM EST
    look better all the time.

    Link isn't working on my mini. (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 12:37:10 AM EST
    Maybe Clayton PD is proactive b/c of the East coast pumpkin festival riot?  [snk.]

    Thanks (none / 0) (#6)
    by MO Blue on Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 01:23:36 AM EST
    Thought I finally got a link right using my Ipad. Guess not.

    Yes this protest was to highlight comparison.

    At one point in the evening, over 4,000 people, mostly white male college students, were gathered in the community of 23,000. The students were causing chaos throughout the evening, as liquor bottles were thrown, stores were broken into and cars were tipped over. Bonfires were set throughout the town's streets. Light posts and signs were torn out of the ground. Town residents reported that most in the crowd were loud, obnoxious and drunk. At least 20 people were taken to area hospitals for various injuries, mostly from thrown bottles. This is also not a new thing for Keene. Last year, 140 arrests were made at the pumpkin fest.

    Eventually, after copious amounts of property damage had been done by the out-of-control students, riot police were called into the scene to disperse the crowd. People in the crowd apparently started throwing beer bottles at the police and shouted obscenities. Tear gas was shot into the crowd and pepper spray was used on individuals who allegedly confronted police in a physical manner. One 18-year-old student told the local paper Saturday night that it was a "blast to do things you aren't supposed to be doing." He also suggested that the students were revolting from the cops.

    Much like with riots in the aftermath of sporting events, this is going to be seen as kids just blowing off steam, having a little too much fun and just taking things a bit too far. Now, compare this to the coverage that we've seen by the mainstream media in regards to protests in Ferguson. link

    Corrected Link (none / 0) (#5)
    by MO Blue on Wed Oct 22, 2014 at 01:15:46 AM EST