Were the ground not saturated with city, St. Louis would be pseudo-prairie—no dry season but chock-full of grasslands. Rivers run wily underground, so mosquitoes seem to sprout from the earth just to greet you. High noon in August is a stagnant heat, the kind that weighs heavy on your shoulders. A thousand miles from either ocean makes the Midwest relentless like that. The breeze trickles in lazily, if at all.
Yesterday, the Ferguson, Mo. police department announced that it would not release the name of the officer who shot and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday. "The value of releasing the name is far outweighed by the risk of harm to the officer and his family," said Thomas Jackson, chief of the Ferguson police department.