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Monday, 20 January 2014 02:39

Urban streets named for MLK still struggle

   ST. LOUIS (AP) - Nearly three decades into the observance of Monday's federal holiday, the continuing decline of the most visible symbols of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy has some calling for a renewed commitment to the hundreds of city streets that bear his name.
   In St. Louis, the nonprofit Beloved Streets of America is working to revitalize a downtrodden six mile stretch of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive marked by vacant lots, crumbling buildings and a preponderance of liquor stores, pawn shops and check-cashing businesses. Project leaders hope to expand the efforts to cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, New York and Seattle.
   The group takes its name from King's advocacy of a "beloved community" he hoped would emerge from the nonviolent protests for racial equality of the 1950s and `60s.
 
 
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   Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a two-alarm fire that shut down a busy St. Louis County roadway for several hours Sunday evening.  Flames and smoke from the fire along Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Wellston could be seen for miles.  

   King Drive was closed just west of Kielien for about four hours while firefighters from seven departments battled the blaze.  

   The fire destroyed a warehouse on the site of an old car dealership.  

   Fire officials say the building was vacant, and no one was hurt.

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