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Protesters in Ferguson, Mo., ignore pleas to stay home
Protesters in Ferguson, Mo., ignore pleas to stay home

As this troubled town awaited the arrival of U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr., local officials pleaded for calm Tuesday, protesters ignored requests to stay home, and schools remained closed for fear of the violence that has clutched Ferguson for nearly two weeks. A heavy police presence assembled, closing down the main street, where repeated confrontations have riveted an international audience in the aftermath of the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man, by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson police officer. The Rev. Robert White of the Peace of Mind Church in St. Louis was among the older community leaders seeking to maintain the peace. He urged...

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