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   Former St. Louis corrections commissioner Gene Stubblefield says his termination in 2012 was racially motivated.  On Monday, he filed an employment discrimination complaint in federal court under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, according to a report in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  

   Mayor Francis Slay had removed Stubblefield from his post in 2011 after a series of jailbreaks and financial trouble in the corrections department.

   St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson had been the mayor's operations director at that time.  He investigated the management at the jail and reported several problems.  

   The city's Civil Service Commission upheld Stubblefield's firing the next year.  

   Stubblefield claims he was wrongly accused and says white city employees haven't been fired for similar misconduct.

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   A new system for summoning jurors in the City of St. Louis is leaving some people out in the cold.  
   The St. Louis Circuit Court moved last year to a jury summoning system run by the Office of State Courts Administrator.  
   Jury Supervisor Joanne Martin tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the new system isn't able to handle the workload in St. Louis, which uses more jurors than any other circuit in the state.  Martin told the paper that the rate of juror response has dropped to about 25 percent, from 45 percent, since the switch.  So they began summoning more people.  
   Martin says that helped, but yesterday, when the court needed 450 jurors, 750 showed up.  The extra 300 people caused a log jam that forced jurors to line up outside the courthouse for 15 minutes or more in near-zero temperatures.  
   The court is working with OSCA to resolve the issues with the system.
 
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   Fire investigators still aren't sure what sparked an early morning home fire Monday that killed two Berkeley children and injured their parents.  
   Authorities say Stephen and Cheronna Towns escaped their burning home with their eight month old daughter by climbing out a bedroom window.  The couple was unable to reach their two young sons, 4 year old Stephen Junior and 3 year old Isiah.  Both boys died.  Their parents are hospitalized with burns and other injuries.  The baby wasn't hurt.  
   Stephen Towns is half of the gospel hip hop duo, Forever.  Because of his love of music, friends are organizing a benefit concert for the family.  In the mean time, they've set up an online fundraiser at  https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/9hG5b 
 
 
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   WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House is applauding a University of Missouri football player's decision to announce that he is gay, with President Barack Obama's spokesman, first lady Michelle Obama and Vice President Joe Biden all portraying him as a courageous and inspirational athlete.
   Biden and the first lady took to Twitter on Monday to comment on Michael Sam, the all-American college player who declared publicly on Sunday that he is gay. Mrs. Obama says she "couldn't be prouder" of Sam's courage, both on and off the field.
   The tweet was signed "-mo," which is how the White House marks messages personally sent by the first lady.
   "Your courage is an inspiration to all of us," Biden said. The message was signed "-VP," which designates that the vice president sent it personally.
   Sam could become the first openly homosexual player in the NFL. He's scheduled to participate in the league's weeklong scouting camp, where potential draftees are evaluated, later this month in Indianapolis. He is currently projected to be a mid-round draft pick in May.
   White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president "shares the sentiments expressed by the first lady and the vice president and so many others in marveling at his courage and congratulating him on the decisions he's made, on the support he's had from his team and wishing him well in the future, including in professional football."
   Carney said Sam's announcement should not affect his standing on the NFL draft and that his abilities should be measured by his performance.
   "And in this case, his performance has been exceptional," Carney said.
 
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