Nicole Colbert-Botchway always knew she wanted to use her time and talents to help her community, but it wasn’t until she reached high school that she discovered how to do so as an adult. A native of north St. Louis, Colbert-Botchway was a teen when she met attorney Dorothy White-Coleman — who still practices in St. Louis today — while attending an Upward Bound career day on the Saint Louis University campus. Nicole Colbert-Botchway “I just remember her talking about her experience as an attorney [and] about being a SLU alumna, and just identifying with a black career female. I didn’t know of any working black women before then,” Colbert-Botchway said. At that time, she noted, typical careers for women were more limited to areas such as teaching. “I identified [with White-Coleman] as being a woman of color and being her own person, with her own full-time job and being independent,” she said. Colbert-Botchway earned her bachelor’s … [Read more...] about Nicole Colbert-Botchway, Associate Circuit Judge, St. Louis
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Lily Altavena Arizona Republic Published 12:00 p.m. UTC Jul 30, 2018 Classroom chairs are empty. One floor remains unfinished. Hallways lack the sound of footsteps. But in a bright office on the first floor of Gilbert's university building, Jeff Ehrlich is trying to bring back the pitter-patter of student footsteps. Ehrlich, executive director of Park University's newly-minted Gilbert campus, is well aware of the Vaughn Avenue building's history. In 2015, St. Xavier University opened Gilbert's first higher education institution in a Heritage District building the town borrowed $37 million to build and outfit. Less than a year later, citing financial issues at its home campus, St. Xavier shuttered. What ensued was a years-long search for a new tenant. Gilbert approved a lease with Park University this April. The school will occupy 11,000 of the building's 89,000 square-feet for now, paying the town nearly $800,000 in rent over three years. Relics … [Read more...] about Park University moves into former St. Xavier University building in Gilbert
U.S. crimeOfficials in Missouri do not know the whereabouts of more than 1,200 sex offenders, including nearly 800 who committed the most severe offenses, according to a report.State law requires all convicted sex offenders to register their name, address and other information with the chief local law enforcement official, usually the sheriff. The offenders must also regularly verify the information with local law enforcement and notify officials if they move address.However, due to “inadequate enforcement” of the registration requirements, a total 1,259 sex offenders have failed to register their details, accounting for 7.9 percent of the nearly 16,000 registered sex offenders in Missouri, according to a report from State Auditor Nicole Galloway.Galloway said in several counties and the city of St. Louis, the locations of more than 10 percent of registered sex offenders are currently unknown. Of the total 1,259 offenders who have not registered their details, at … [Read more...] about More Than 1,200 Missouri Sex Offenders Missing and the Police Are to Blame
February 21, 2019 By Alisa Nelson A work group made up of educators and parents is creating computer science standards for Missouri’s K-12 public schools. The new measures are a result of the 2018 passage of House Bill 3. The legislation, passed during last September’s special session of the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Mike Parson, teaches career awareness to middle schoolers about STEM – science, technology, engineering and math. It also lets high schoolers swap a math class with a computer science class for graduation. Missouri works to develop computer science standards for K-12 schools During a hearing in Jefferson City this week, one of the work group members said the standards being developed would not require a computer to learn. They could be studied through what is referred to as “unplugged activities”, which involve critical thinking and understanding algorithms. Since technology is a major part of everyday life for many … [Read more...] about Missouri works to develop computer science standards for K-12 schools
Growing up between abandoned buildings and empty lots, Xavier Usanga brought love and affection whenever he could. Those who knew him say he gave off joy like it was a superpower, enveloping everyone he knew in the glow. Last month, a day before starting second grade, the seven-year-old was shot dead in crossfire outside his home. His story is grimly familiar in St Louis, Missouri, a city of more than 300,000 that sits on the west bank of the Mississippi River and where 13 black children have been fatally shot since April. Had those 13 children died in one fast hail of bullets, that tally would rank in the nation’s 20 deadliest mass shootings. If they had been white, it is likely they would have had more media attention. Instead, these children died in the dilapidated parts of town most people are told to avoid – sometimes alone, sometimes as family stood helplessly by. In these corners of the city, parents tell their children the loud banging outside is fireworks, but … [Read more...] about Why are so many black children being shot dead in one US city?