Looting, Vandalism Reported After Teen Fatally Shot by Police

Photo: Looting seen in Ferguson, Mo., following vigil for black teen fatally shot by police – @PDPJ

‘Anything We Want!’: Looting, Vandalism Reported After Vigil for Unarmed Teen Fatally Shot by Police

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6-year-old Mo. boy, alleged kidnapper found dead in apparent murder-suicide

Markell was raised in part by the kidnapping suspect, who had a previous relationship with the child’s mother.

Markell was raised in part by the kidnapping suspect, who had a previous relationship with the child’s mother.    Michelle Gelling via Facebook

Markell X. Beasley, of Jefferson City, and suspect Demetrius Beasley, 40, who was not his father, were discovered in a Cape Girardeau home with gunshot wounds Tuesday night.

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American Pyramids? Human Sacrifice? What?!

Mystery of the massive fire which ravaged St Louis – America’s most prosperous ancient city

(which had a taste for HUMAN SACRIFICE)

SOURCE    A mysterious fire which destroyed North America’s greatest ancient civilization has led to fascinating discoveries about social tensions, violent tendencies and religious practices within the society.

The city of Cahokia, whose secrets lie underneath where St Louis, Missouri now stands, was ruined by a huge blaze around the year 1170 CE.

Following the disaster, the Native American city changed dramatically -defense walls were built, buildings fortified and a sun symbol incorporated into designs.

The significant changes have led to one nagging historical mystery – just how did the fire start?

The illustration is an aerial perspective of Cahokia Mounds circa AD 1150-1200 which was destroyed by a huge blazeThe class=”illustration is an aerial perspective of Cahokia Mounds circa AD 1150-1200 which was destroyed by a huge blaze

Secrets of the past: Monk's Mound in Colinsville, Illinois is believed to have been built as a place of worship in ancient culturesSecrets of the past: Monk’s Mound in Colinsville, Illinois is believed to have been built as a place of worship in ancient cultures

An 1887 illustration of Monk's Mound blown a little out of proportion. However the ancient civilizations have long been of interest to history buffsAn 1887 illustration of Monk’s Mound blown a little out of proportion. However the ancient civilizations have long been of interest to history buffs

Cahokia, pictured in this illustration, was originally a vast city encircled by “120 pyramids, stretches of farmland and wealthy communities.

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Gay priest is ‘optimistic, but cautious’ over Pope Francis’ olive branch to homosexuals

The Rev. Gary Meier says he believes pontiff’s welcoming attitude may change the Catholic Church.

Undated handout photo of the Reverend Gary M. Meier of St. Louis, MO taken with permission from his website:

St. Louis priest, the Rev. Gary Meier, says the Pope knows ‘the impact of his words.’   fathergary.com

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When I heard what Pope Francis said, I was a little bit surprised. And I felt optimistic — but cautious.

To me, it’s a beginning. What a breath of fresh air to hear a voice that’s not hostile.

There are voices from the pulpit, and there are voices from the pews. This is the first pulpit voice that we’ve heard that has not been judgmental. That gives a lot of people in the LGBT community hope.

Fairway sinkhole swallows golfer at Waterloo course

It also was the first time in the memory of folks who study sinkholes in Illinois that a person has fallen into one.

“I was standing in the middle of the fairway,” Mihal said Monday. “Then, all of a sudden, before I knew it, I was underground.”

Mihal said he fell into the mud floor of an enclosure shaped like a bell, up to 18 feet deep and 10 feet wide. The rescue was precarious, he said, because no one knew whether the surface hole would grow or the enclosure would collapse.

A companion called the course’s pro shop, where general manager Russ Nobbe gathered some rope and a ladder and rushed to the rescue. Mihal had dislocated his shoulder, so Ed Magaletta, a friend and a real estate agent, climbed down and put a rope around Mihal’s waist so he could be hoisted to safety.

The rescue took less than 20 minutes, but Mihal said his mind quickly went to an incident two weeks ago in Seffner, Fla., where a sleeping man dropped into a huge sinkhole that opened beneath his bedroom. Authorities never recovered the body of that victim, Jeffrey Bush, 36.

“That certainly went through my mind when I was down there,” Mihal said. “It looked like it was more room to go down (in the hole). I wasn’t too happy to be in there.”

Mihal is very familiar with the course, northwest of Waterloo, having played it several dozen times over the past 10 years. Before Friday, he said, he was last there for a tournament just after Thanksgiving.

“It’s one of my favorite courses around,” he said. “Always in great shape, with not many houses lining the fairway, diversity in the holes.

“It’s one of the better, if not the best public course in the area.”

Nobbe, the general manager, whose family owns the course, said, “You try to think what you can do to help.” He added, “You’re trying to imagine where in the world there’s a sinkhole on 14.”

Philip Moss, a geologist who has examined the void, said sinkholes are usually visible. But in this case, Mihal said he was standing still as the ground gave way beneath him.

“This guy just really was in the wrong place at the wrong time,” Moss said.

Sinkholes are common in the St. Louis region, he said, because the bedrock here is limestone. It can dissolve in rainwater, which makes an opening he calls a “conduit.” Those large enough to accommodate people are called caves. New openings usually reveal themselves during or right after heavy rain.

“It’s a gradual process that creates a void in the soil,” Moss explained. “Over time, (the void) migrates upward through the soil to where the soil arch gets too thin to support the weight of what’s over it, and it collapses.”

Mihal, an avid golfer who owns a website calledgolfmanna.com, said he can laugh now, even though the bruises remain. He said he is getting more medical tests to make sure the dislocated shoulder is the worst of his injuries.

When friends ask if he plans to golf again, he says, “Sure.”

But he’s not so sure about Annbriar, explaining, “It’d be kind of strange playing that hole again, for sure.”

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