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Update: After least four says of of denial of service attacks, the main St. Louis County government website was restored on Monday, August 18. Work was still continuing on restoring auxiliary sites.

Updated at 12:30 on Friday August 15 with the latest on the St. Louis County website.

When Antonio French noticed social media activity bubbling up about Michael Brown’s shooting death last weekend, the St. Louis alderman got in his car and drove to Ferguson. 

What he said he saw was striking: Police from neighboring municipalities had formed a “human shield” around the scene. Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, was screaming and crying over not knowing what happened to her 18-year-old son. And Brown’s body was still in the street after being shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer.

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Last week Chancellor Loftin joined us on Intersection for a big-think conversation on his vision for MU, a fiscal path forwards, and steps the University is taking to keep students safe. His professional qualifications were readily known when he arrived on campus, but what much of MU was not expecting was a quirky and engaging Twitter aficionado. As the semester winds to a close, KBIA's Andrew Gibson compiled some of the Chancellor's finest Twitter moments. 

Pope Francis released his first encyclical this morning, completeing the work that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI had begun.

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Social media pioneer Andy Carvin drew high praise from fellow journalists for his coverage of the revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya and Syria.  The NPR reporter and strategist tracked the Arab Spring events in real time, from thousands of miles away in Washington.

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University of Central Missouri President Chuck Ambrose wants to hear from his students on Twitter.

Ambrose is hosting a two-hour "Tweet Chat" with students at the Warrensburg school starting at noon Tuesday.

The school says anyone interested in the university is also welcome to participate.
More than 1,600 people follow Ambrose on Twitter, where he is known as @UCMAmbrose. Tuesday's event will be his first live chat using the format.

Last year, the University of Missouri School of  Journalism gave eight individuals the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.

Earlier this month, the University of Missouri School of  Journalism gave eight individuals the Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism.