Martin Kaste http://wyso.org en Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops http://wyso.org/post/zero-tolerance-policing-not-racism-say-st-louis-area-cops The protests that followed the shooting death this month of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing, especially in the St Louis area.<p>Many male African-American residents there say police scrutinize them unfairly. "Every time you see a cop, it's like, 'OK, am I going to get messed with?' " says Anthony Ross. "You feel that every single time you get behind your car. Every time."<p>Now, police officers in and around St. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 21:35:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 54822 at http://wyso.org Zero-Tolerance Policing Is Not Racism, Say St. Louis-Area Cops Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only http://wyso.org/post/freemasonry-still-alive-and-well-and-mostly-men-only The members of the Queen Anne Masonic Lodge near downtown Seattle are on the young side. The guy in charge is 26.<p>Danny Done, the lodge's worshipful master, is lounging on his designated chair in the room reserved for private ceremonies.<p>His title comes with a top hat, though he avoids putting it on — he says it makes him look dorky. But he does like other aspects of Masonic regalia, like his Templar sword. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:10:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 54773 at http://wyso.org Freemasonry Still Alive And Well, And (Mostly) Men-Only In Michael Brown's Memory, Pleas For Justice And Calm http://wyso.org/post/more-2000-mourners-gather-lay-michael-brown-rest It was 80 degrees before 8 a.m. in St. Louis, but hundreds of people still lined up early to attend Michael Brown's funeral service Monday.<p>The 18-year-old was laid to rest at the Friendly Temple Missionary Baptist Church, more than two weeks after his shooting death by a white police officer in the suburb of Ferguson, Mo. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 54666 at http://wyso.org In Michael Brown's Memory, Pleas For Justice And Calm Latecomers Bring Fresh Outrage To Weary Ferguson http://wyso.org/post/latecomers-bring-fresh-outrage-weary-ferguson It's been two weeks since Michael Brown was shot, and things on Ferguson's West Florissant Avenue have calmed down a lot. The street has a festive feel, like a county fair or a town square in the old days. Locals sit on lawn chairs, kids are out on their bikes, a BBQ truck belches sweet smoke, and people watch the core group of protestors — 15 people or so — walking their block-long circuit, chanting, "Hands up! Don't Shoot!"<p>What you notice is that the loudest voices now belong to the most recent arrivals. Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:25:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 54624 at http://wyso.org Latecomers Bring Fresh Outrage To Weary Ferguson Even Police Body Cameras Can Lose Sight Of The Truth http://wyso.org/post/even-police-body-cameras-can-lose-sight-truth Ferguson, Mo., found a degree of civic calm this week after days and nights of angry clashes between protestors and the police.<p>Now the city is working to restore trust with residents after a white police officer fatally shot black teenager Michael Brown on Aug. 9. Sat, 23 Aug 2014 15:48:00 +0000 Martin Kaste 54593 at http://wyso.org Even Police Body Cameras Can Lose Sight Of The Truth