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 CLEVELAND (AP) - The Cleveland man accused of holding three women captive in his home for over a decade has pleaded not guilty to additional charges.

An expanded indictment charges Ariel Castro with 512 counts of kidnapping and 446 counts of rape, among other crimes.

Castro was arrested in May after the women escaped to freedom.

 

He may be "gettin by on Central Time" but St. Louis' own Pokey LeFarge has made the big time out East.

The 30-year-old and his band appeared with David Letterman on Late Night with David Letterman last night to huge applause and an enthusiastic Letterman. Their musical style is known as "American Roots" genre. Letterman joked about going on tour with the band at the end of their performance. 





According to his bio, Andrew Heissler aka Pokey LaFarge took an interest in history and literature during his childhood and was greatly influenced by his grandfathers. One was a member of the St. Louis Banjo Club, who gave Pokey his first guitar and tenor banjo. The other, an amateur historian, taught LaFarge about the American Civil War and World War II.  

LeFarge met Ryan Koenig and Joey Glynn of the St. Louis band The Rum Drum Ramblers while he was playing on a street in Asheville, North Carolina. Adam Hoskins joined Glynn and Koenig to form the South City Three. As of late 2012 / early 2013, the group were joined by TJ Muller (cornet) and Chloe Feoranzo (clarinet).

https://www.facebook.com/PokeyLaFarge

Carbondale, IL lifts ban on Halloween bar business

Wednesday, 17 July 2013 07:03 Published in Local News

 CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - For the first time in more than a decade, bars in downtown Carbondale will be allowed to open on Halloween.

   City Council members voted 4-2 on Tuesday to let bars in an area known as "The Strip" operate this year. City officials say they'll allow the bars to open for business as part of a one-year experiment.

   The bars have had to shut down for the past 12 years after rioting and vandalism in the college town in far-southern Illinois.

   Councilwoman Jane Adams says she supports the change, which will allow three bars to operate.

   She says the new regulations won't lead to a "street party."

   But Mayor Joel Fritzler voted against the move. He says any Halloween mayhem could hamper development.

 

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