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Missouri denies license for last remaining PP-affiliated abortion clinic

Why did the state deny the license? State health officials issued a new rule that women required an extra, “invasive” pelvic exam to get an abortion and Planned Parenthood doctors said that was unnecessary and distressing, and refused to comply.

Read the whole story here at the Daily Mail: Missouri’s health department has denied to renew a license to perform abortions for the state’s last remaining clinic.

The ruling on Friday morning puts the state on track to become the first state without a functioning abortion clinic since 1974, when Roe v Wade was passed.

For now, the Planned Parenthood affiliate clinic in St Louis can stay open and continue procedures given a preliminary injunction previously issued by St Louis Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer.

A further court ruling could force the clinic to close. Judge Stelzer says he will issue a written order outlining next steps.

The battle over Missouri’s only abortion clinic returned to court on Friday, the deadline Judge Stelzer imposed for the state to decide whether to renew the clinic’s license.

Missouri’s health department allowed the St Louis Planned Parenthood clinic’s abortion license to lapse effective June 1.

Rulings by Judge Stelzer allowed the clinic to temporarily remain open. He also told the state it can’t simply let the license lapse but must either renew it or deny it. He gave the health department until Friday to decide.

According to Planned Parenthood, no state has been without a functioning abortion clinic since 1974, the year after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.

Health department officials in Missouri have cited concerns at the clinic, including that three ‘failed abortions’ required additional surgeries, and another led to life-threatening complications.

As the license expiration neared, state health officials brought in some conditions that Planned Parenthood would need to comply with to stay active.

On May 24, the state signed a ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill into law, banning abortions once a heartbeat is detectable (roughly around six weeks).

A rule was also imposed that clinicians would need to perform an extra, invasive pelvic exam three days before an abortion, on top of the standard pelvic exam and screening.

Doctors hit back, saying the added step was unnecessary and distressing for women, and the Planned Parenthood-affiliate clinic refused to comply.

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St. Louis resident shoots and kills 1 of 3 men trying to break into home

You can never hear enough about these types of happy endings…

From St. Louis Post-Dispatch: A homeowner shot and killed one of three men trying to break into a St. Louis home late Wednesday, police said.

Police received a call for help about 11 p.m. from a home in the 3900 block of Alberta Street, the department said.

Four people were inside the home, and the caller reported that three men were trying to force their way in.

While officers were on the way, they got another call saying the homeowners had shot one of the men, the department said. The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene after police and paramedics arrived. He has not been identified.

The other two men who had tried to enter the home ran off, police said. Three guns were found at the scene, but it was not immediately clear who they belonged to. Homicide detectives are handling the investigation.

Authorities asked anyone with information to contact CrimeStoppers at 1-866-371-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward.

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Private property rights battle: Court rules Missouri couple must plant grass, even though wife is allergic

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From Kansas City.com: A Missouri couple decided to turn their entire yard into a flower garden.  It turns out, that was against a city ordinance, which says half of residents’ yards must be grass turf.
But the wife is allergic to grass. Now a federal judge has ruled: tough.
So Janice and Carl Duffner are vowing to fight on.
Their city of St. Peters, near St. Louis, put the Duffners on notice that they must comply with the law. The Duffners said at the time they filed their civil rights action in late 2016 they were subject to penalties of $180,000 and 20 years in jail for non-compliance.
“If the city is permitted to impose draconian fines and imprisonment simply because a citizen chooses to cultivate on their own private property lawful, harmless plants of their own choosing instead of a potentially harmful plant of the government’s choosing, there is no longer any principled limit to the government’s control over either the property or the owners,” the Duffners’ complaint stated.
The Duffners bought their home in 2002 and began landscaping that included planting beds, two small ponds, pathways and seating areas. The St. Peters Board of Aldermen adopted the turf ordinance in 2008. At some point, an unidentified person complained to the city that the Duffners had no grass.
The Duffners asked for an exemption but were denied. Instead, the Board of Adjustment in 2014 told them to plant at least 5 percent of their property with grass. They refused.
In its response to the federal complaint, the city noted that the Duffners had first gone to circuit court in St. Charles County and had lost there because they had failed to exhaust their administrative remedies. After a mixed ruling from the Missouri Court of Appeals, the Duffners turned to federal court.
U.S. District Judge John A. Ross (appointed by Obama) last week ruled for the city, saying the Duffners “have failed to identify a fundamental right that is restricted by the Turf Grass Ordinance.” The judge said the Supreme Court has held that “aesthetic considerations constitute a legitimate government purpose.”
Ross also said the Duffners failed to demonstrate that the penalties for violating the turf ordinance are excessive and contrary to the Eighth Amendment.
The Duffners’ attorney, David Roland of the Freedom Center of Missouri, told the Riverfront Times that the couple will appeal.
“My estimation is that this is one of the most important property rights cases in the country right now,” he said. “We’re going to go all hands on deck.”
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This is Chiraq: More than 100 shot over Fourth of July Weekend

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Heckuva job mayor…


From Yahoo: The United States celebrated Independence Day with a long weekend of barbecues and fireworks, but in violence-plagued Chicago more than 101 were hit by gunfire, with 14 dying of their wounds, the Chicago Tribune said on Wednesday.
The youngest of the victims was just 13 years old and the eldest 60, the newspaper said, noting that the shootings were concentrated in the south and west of the country’s third largest city.
The heavy toll came after President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he would be sending federal reinforcements to tackle chronic violence in Chicago, where local police forces were slammed for abuse in a federal report put out last January.
The long bout of holiday violence began on Friday and ended in the early hours of Wednesday, July 5. The holiday started off relatively peacefully but violence quickly escalated on Tuesday afternoon, when 41 people were shot in just 12 hours.
Violence in the city has drawn a great deal of media attention because it is where former president Barack Obama worked as a civil rights attorney and law professor and where he still maintains a high profile.
The rate of violence relative to the size of the population is, however, lower than other US cities such as St Louis or Baltimore (well, guess that makes it better…sarc).
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Most Dangerous Cities in America

We have good news and bad news.

The good news is that, according to FBI statistics, crime is down in the United States for the 5th year in a row. The statistics for 2010 show a 5.5% drop in violent crimes compared to last year. An example is St. Louis, Mo. — last year’s most violent city — saw an impressive 18% decrease in violent crime.

The bad news is that in certain parts of the country, things are getting much worse.

For example, Flint, Michigan — which has the dubious distinction of being the most violent city in America in 2010 — saw a 10% increase in violent crime over last year, with 2,208 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

Here are the 25 most violent cities in America, ranked by the number of violent crimes (murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault) per 100,000 people. The source of this list is an article by Leah Goldman in the Business Insider, May 23, 2011. But the article leaves out an interesting fact.

On average, blacks make up 12.9% of the overall U.S. population. On a hunch I looked up each of the 25 cities on Wikipedia, to find out the racial demographics of each. I found that, with the exception of Miami and Stockton, the percentage of blacks is above the national average in every one of the remaining 23 most violent cities.

AMERICA’S 25 most violent cities:

25. Elizabeth, N.J.: 1,100 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Pop. 120,568 (2000): 55.78% White, 19.98% Black, 49.46% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

24. Lansing, Michigan: 1,101 per 100,000. Pop. 119,128 (2000): 65.28%W, 21.91%B, 10% Hispanic or Latino of any race.

23. Miami, Florida: 1,108 per 100,000. Pop. 362,470 (2000): 34.1% Cuban, 5.6% Nicaraguan, 5.5% Haitian, 3.3% Honduran, 1.7% Dominican, 1.6% Columbian.

22. Kansas City, Missouri: 1,126 per 100,000. 62.8%W, 28.6%B, 9.2% Hispanic/Latino of any race.

21. Nashville, Tennessee: 1,128 per 100,000. 65.9%W, 27.1%B, 7.5% H/L.

20. St. Petersburg, Florida: 1,132 per 100,000. Pop. 244,769 (2010): 68.7%W, 23.9%B, 6.6% H/L.

19. Richmond, Calif.: 1,134 per 100,000. Pop. 103,701 (2010): 17.1%W, 25.9%B, 39.5% H/L.

18. Lowell, Mass.: 1,156 per 100,000. Pop 105,167 (2000): 68.6%W, 16.52% , 4.21%B.

17. Philadelphia, Penn.: 1,189 per 100,000. 43.6%W, 42.5%B, 11.4% H/L.

16. Springfield, Illinois: 1,237 per 100,000. Pop 111,454 (2000): 81.01%W, 15.34%B, 1.2% H/L.

15. Washington, D.C.: 1,242 per 100,000. Pop. 601,657 (2010): 38.5%W, 50.7%B, 9.1% H.

14. Hartford, Conn.: 1,293 per 100,000. Pop. 121,578 (2000): 27.72%W, 38.5%B, 40.52% H/L 9mainly Puerto Rico).

13. Cleveland, Ohio: 1,296 per 100,000. 52.5%B, 40.5%W, 9%H/L.

12. Springfield, Mass.: 1,354 per 100,000. Pop 153,170 (2010): 56.11%W, 21.01%B, 27.18%H.

11. Buffalo, NY: 1,357 per 100,000. 53.8%W, 41.1%B, 8.3%H/L.

10. Stockton, Ca: 1,381 per 100,000. Pop. 291,707 (2010): 37%W, 12.2%B, 40.3%H/L.

9. Rockford, Ill.: 1,453 per 100,000. 150,115 (2000): 72.81%W, 17.37%B, 10.18%H/L.

8. Baltimore, Maryland: 1,455 per 100,000. 33.1%W, 63.2%B, 3%H/L.

7. Little Rock, Arkansas: 1,522 per 100,000. 52.7%W, 42.1%B, 4.7%H/L.

6. Oakland, Ca: 1,530 per 100,000. 25.9%W, 27.3%B, 25.4%H/L.

5. Memphis, Tenn.: 1,539 per 100,000. 31.7%W, 62.6%B, 5% H/L.

4. New Haven, Conn.: 1,584 per 100,000. Pop. 129,779 (2010): 43.46%W, 37.36%B, 9.39% H/L.

3. St. Louis, Mo.: 1,747 per 100,000. Pop. 348,189 (2000): 43.9%W, 49.2%B, 3.5%H/L

2. Detroit, Michigan: 1,887 per 100,000. Pop. 713,777 (2010): 10.6%W, 82.7%B, 6.8% H/L.

1. Flint, Michigan: 2,208 violent crimes per 100,000. Pop. 124,943 (2000): 41.39%W, 53.27%B, 2.99% H/L.

Blacks are the primary victims of black criminals. Blacks and all Americans ignore this stark reality, at our own peril.

~Eowyn

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Most Dangerous US Cities


The Associated Press reports on November 22, 2010, that St. Louis, Missouri, is America’s most dangerous city in 2009, according to a study by CQ Press, using population figures and crime data compiled by the FBI. Crime data include the rates of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft.
The top five most dangerous cities are:

  1. St. Louis, Missouri, which had 2,070.1 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 429.4.
  2. Camden, New Jersey, which was the most dangerous U.S. city in 2008, 2004, and 2003.
  3. Detroit, Michigan.
  4. Flint, Michigan.
  5. Oakland, California.

Residents of the San Francisco Bay Area will be happy to know that you are living in or near America’s 5th (Oakland) and 6th (Richmond) most dangerous cities.
For the second straight year, the safest city with more than 75,000 residents was Colonie, N.Y.
You can look up the crime index of your city by CLICKING HERE. The lower your crime index, the better. 😉
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