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"Death Grip" by Elaine Viets; Severn (208 pages, $28.99) ——— The wealthy St. Louis suburb of Chouteau Forest is known for its beautiful homes and well-kept lawns, but it also is known as a place that guards its secrets. Here, “local robber barons hung onto their money, their grudges, their sins and scandals.” Death investigator Angela Richman knows all too well the evil that lurks beneath the ...

Firebrand Black leader Malcolm X is arguably the most famous American to have had a personal transformation in prison. But for millions of others serving time in the world's largest correctional system, prison is not a place for correction. Instead, inmates become hardened, or broken. By dint of his own imagination and fierce longing to be a healed and healing person, Reginald Dwayne Betts has ...

ST. LOUIS — The back hardwood stairs of the historic Taille de Noyer, an antebellum home in Florissant, Missouri that started as a two-room log cabin for fur traders, tell many stories. The stairs are worn and dipped in the middle, points out the foreword of a new book about slavery in north St. Louis County. “Let us remember that some of the feet on those steps did not walk there by choice, ...

"The Killer's Shadow: The FBI's Hunt for a White Supremacist Killer" by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker; Dey St. (304 pages, $16.99) ——— The names Ted Bundy, Zodiac Killer, Jack the Ripper and Jeffrey Dahmer resonate across America, while the names of other men who committed horrific crimes do not. Such is the case with Joseph Paul Franklin. Franklin hated Black people and Jewish people. A ...

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TRUMP, on abusive policing: “President Obama and Vice President Biden never even tried to fix this during their eight-year period. The reason they didn’t try is because they had no idea how to do it.” — Tuesday at the White House.

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No list of clutch shots is complete without Michael Jordan's jumper to lift North Carolina over Georgetown for the 1982 title. Indiana's Keith Smart deserves a nod for his winner over Syracuse for the 1987 championship. Tyus Edney still is cursed by Missouri fans for his coast-to-coast layup in the second round of the 1994 tournament. And the indelible image of Loyola Marymount’s Bo Kimball making a left-handed free throw in a first-round blowout of New Mexico State in 1990 to honor his best friend Hank Gathers, who had died days earlier from a heart issue, remains the stuff of NCAA lore.

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