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Twitter and other social media played a significant role in news coverage of the often violent reactions in the aftermath of last August’s shooting of an unarmed 18-year-old Ferguson, Missouri man by a white policeman. “It really became a Twitter-based story,” said Antonio French, a St. Louis alderman and active user of social media, who …

“It was my day off and I was just doing dad stuff,” said David Carson, staff photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about the day that “blew-up (his) career.” Carson was shopping with his daughter on August 9, 2014 when he read tweets that 18-year-old Michael Brown had been shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri by officer …

Although she sat perched in a plush armchair inside the Student Union Building on a sprawling university campus, she was not a student, at least, not anymore. Dissatisfied with her classes and scheduling, she ceased her academic studies to pursue an education in something a little less orthodox. She decided to swap her textbooks for …

Cody Noyes reclined in the leg press machine at the Rec Center on campus stretching and loosening up for an attempt to lift triple his body weight with only his legs. Noyes, 23, an Integrated Studies major, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy as a baby. The disease usually limits mobility and Noyes, in earlier years, …

Across town, voters line up to cast their ballot at the county courthouse, locals schools and churches. However, Bud’s Tire Pro, the smallest voting precinct in Rutherford County, is experiencing a typical day of business. With no sign of voters in the store, owner Bud Mitchell is out cutting down a tree while his wife Kay Mitchell …

More than 40 years ago, a break-in at the Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate office building in Washington, D.C., thrust the United States into a period of unease, and journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein of The Washington Post forever tied their names to what would become one of the most famous political scandals in …