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Delayed sale

Attorney P. Michael Campbell, left, calls off until next week the foreclosure sale of the Sheraton St. Louis City Center Hotel & Suites. Campbell, of Stinson Morrison Hecker, was acting as trustee in the sale, which was continued until noon Sept. 15.

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A plea for change

St. Louis County Circuit Judge Michael Burton speaks Tuesday before a task force on domestic violence convened by Attorney General Chris Koster at the Eric P. Newman Education Center in St. Louis.

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Making their bid

John and Pattaya Bartels bid on a couple properties in their ZIP code Monday night at an REDC auction of foreclosures in St. Louis. California-based REDC held the last in a four-city auction series Tuesday night at the Kansas City Convention Center. Forty-seven properties sold for a total of $1.7 million at the Kansas City event, which drew 125 people, said Rick Weinberg, spokesman for REDC. The auctions work well to unload banks’ “massive inventory of foreclosures,” Weinberg said.

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Do I hear…

REDC bidding assistant Jet Savoy encourages a bidder to go higher at a Monday night sale of foreclosed properties at the Millennium Hotel St. Louis downtown. California auction company REDC reported more than 200 people attended the sale, spending $1.5 million. One St. Louis home sold for $4,000, a fraction of its previous value of $115,000.

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Bearing the flag

Erica Isufaj, 4, sits with her parents, Robert and Rovena, as they wait to be sworn in as United States citizens in a Flag Day ceremony at the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis Monday. The Isufaj family is from Albania.

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A change from courtroom work

Jim Susman, executive director of the Lawyers Association of St. Louis, pounds in a nail alongside other volunteers on a Habitat for Humanity sit in North St. Louis Saturday. Ten association members worked on the frames of three homes.

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Furniture to food

Cord Moving & Storage Co. employees Bill Prewett and Geannie Barger move file cabinets and desks on the loading dock of One Metropolitan Square downtown Thursday. Bryan Cave, which was moving the furniture from one office to another, plans to eventually donate it to Operation Food Search’s Furniture and Metal to Food initiative.

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Pro bono honor

Then American Bar Association President Thomas Wells, center, and Bryan Cave Chairman Don Lents talk with exonerated prisoner Joshua Kezer, left, in Bryan Cave’s box at a St. Louis Cardinals game last year. Attorneys at Bryan Cave’s St. Louis office volunteered their services and worked to free Kezer, who spent nearly half his life in jail for a murder he did not commit. The firm will be honored Aug. 9 with the 2010 American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award for its volunteer efforts. Attorneys in the firm’s U.S. offices spent nearly 47,000 hours in 2009 performing pro bono legal services, up from a little over 36,000 hours in 2008, the firm said in a press release.

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