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Kinloch dedicates its walk of fame
Saturday June 26, 2010 - Kinloch - U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters of California, a Kinloch native, arrives Saturday at the recently dedicated Kinloch Blvd. "Walk of Fame" dedication ceremony. Lewis was one of the honorary guests who have a plaque dedicated to them on the sidewalk. Kinloch Mayor Keith Conway installed the sidewalk to promote Kinloch's historic community. Photo by Christian Gooden cgooden@post-dispatch.com

With the House Ethics Committee making quick work of U.S. Rep. Charlie Rangel, St. Louis native Maxine Waters is next on the Capitol Hill hot seat

The California Democrat -- who grew up around St. Louis and graduated from Vashon High -- is scheduled to appear before the Ethics Committee Nov. 29 on charges she used her influence to help a bank her husband owned stock in.

Waters and her chief of staff -- who is also her grandson -- are accused of arranging a meeting for OneUnited Bank with the Treasury Department, which ultimately provided the bank $12 million in federal bailout funds.

Besides owning a stake of the bank, Waters' husband was previously on the board of directors.

Waters, 72, still has family in the St. Louis area, including U.S. Rep. Lacy Clay, a distant cousin. She was in town as recently as June, when she was inducted into the into the Kinloch Hall of Fame.

Her trial in front of the House Ethics Committee is expected to last longer than Rangel's, who made an abrupt exit after bemoaning his lack of legal representation.

Waters, unlike Rangel, has established a legal defense fund, and has vowed to show the charges against her are "frivolous and unfounded."

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