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HOUSECLEANING BEGINS PAGE PROMISES COLLABORATION, HANDS OUT PINK SLIPS FIRST COUNCIL MEETING
FIRST DAY IN OFFICE
BY JEREMY KOHLER St. Louis Post-Dispatch
BY JEREMY KOHLER St. Louis Post-Dispatch
CLAYTON • A day after the St. Louis County
CLAYTON • As Sam Page addressed reporters for the ﬁrst time as St. Louis County executive, he acknowledged that he was not the first to promise to clean up county government. His predecessor, Steve Stenger, who resigned Monday, had once said much the same. Now Stenger faces the possibility of prison and a three-count indictment handed up by a federal grand jury alleging multiple pay-to-play schemes. Page said he would bring a much more respectful and collaborative tone to the job and act immediately to “try to prevent the opportunity
Council voted for its chairman to ascend to county executive, its six remaining members forged ahead with county business Tuesday without addressing the question of how it will operate without a majority party. The appointment of Democrat Sam Page by a 5-1 council vote Monday — hours after the stunning indictment and resignation of County Executive Steve Stenger following a federal “pay to play” sting — left the council split with three Republicans and three Democrats. Vice Chairwoman Hazel Erby, D-1st District, ran the See COUNCIL • Page A4
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St. Louis County Executive Sam Page is applauded by council members Ernie Trakas (left) and Lisa Clancy with Hazel Erby looking on Tuesday during his ﬁrst County Council meeting as county executive.
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RE-CREATING BANGERT ISLAND
Mueller reportedly frustrated with Barr over memo on probe
St. Charles wants $2 million in state support, but some cry foul
BY DEVLIN BARRETT AND MATT ZAPOTOSKY Washington Post
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hope will attract tourists and spending. “We would envision something like San Antonio River Walk, Branson Landing,” said Brad Temme, chief engineer for the city. “Something where you have a mixed-use retail/entertainment district that is alongside a water feature.” The $2 million line item was slipped into
counsel Robert Mueller wrote a letter in late March complaining to Attorney General William Barr that a four-page memo to Congress describing the principal conclusions of the investigation into President Donald Trump “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of Mueller’s work, according to a copy of the letter reviewed Tuesday by The Washington Post. The letter and a subsequent phone call between the two men reveal the degree to which the longtime colleagues and friends disagreed as they handled the legally and politically fraught task of investigating the president. Democrats in Congress are likely to scrutinize Mueller’s complaints to Barr as they contemplate the prospect of opening impeachment
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Bangert Island seen looking northeast toward the Blanchette Bridge and the Ameristar casino Monday in St. Charles.
BY JACK SUNTRUP St. Louis Post-Dispatch
ST. CHARLES • Rising from the muck of the Missouri River is Bangert Island, which isn’t much of an island anymore. Over the years, a silted-in slough replaced a channel that divided the island from mainland St. Charles. With the help of Missouri taxpayers, ofﬁcials want that to change.
Included in the state’s $30 billion budget for next ﬁscal year is a $2 million appropriation to kick-start the digging of a side channel between St. Charles and the island. Ofﬁcials want to use the dug-up dirt to elevate the land surrounding the island, making it less prone to ﬂooding and more attractive to developers. The planned digging is part of an effort to make the riverfront a destination officials
Venezuelan protests turn violent as GuaidÓ renews push BY SCOTT SMITH AND CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA Associated Press
CARACAS, VENEZUELA • Opposition
leader Juan Guaidó took a bold step to revive his movement to seize power in Venezuela, taking to the streets Tuesday to call for a military uprising that drew quick support from the administration of President Donald Trump and ﬁerce resistance from forces loyal to socialist Nicolas Maduro. The violent street battles that
An antigovernment protester walks near a bus that was set on ﬁre Tuesday by opponents of Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro during clashes between rebels and loyalist soldiers in Caracas, Venezuela.
erupted in parts of Caracas were the most serious challenge yet to Maduro’s rule. And while the rebellion seemed to have garnered only limited military support, at least one high-ranking ofﬁcial announced he was breaking with Maduro, in a setback for the embattled president. In an appearance Tuesday night on national television, Maduro declared that the opposition had attempted to impose an “illegitimate government” See VENEZUELA • Page A7
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