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A teen life stalled: Tamika Pledger tried to save her from the brawl

Tamika Pledger had wanted to be elected to the Unified Government’s Board of Commissioners. But after one horrible January wreck, she’s charged with the involuntary death of Tierra Smith, 16. And the young relative who Pledger had sought to help is coach surfing, virtually homeless.

Mary Sanchez

Upset with President Obama, GOP punishes young immigrants

Missouri’s legislature slipped a wording change into a bill solely to target some immigrant students enrolled in the state’s colleges and universities, almost ensuring that many will have to drop out. The ACLU, immigration attorneys, high school educators, and the state’s colleges and universities are all seeking ways to mitigate the damage.