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Owners of the Park Ridge Apartments in Ferguson are trying to play hardball after inspectors turned up multiple health and safety violations. When the county threatened to suspend Section 8 rental aid payments, the owner told voucher holders they were being evicted, which is unlawful. The company's behavior is typical of those that place profits above service when it comes to housing the poor.

What may have worked for Gov. Eric Greitens in the military is not going over so well in Missouri. His heavy-handed takeover of the Missouri Board of Education late last year has backfired, leaving the board without a quorum to make important decisions affecting students, educators and families.

After Greitens clumsily stacked the eight-member board that oversees Missouri’s public schools the last six months of 2017, there remain only three members on the board who have been confirmed by the Senate. Greitens appointed 10 people for five spots, and then removed two who did not seem fully committed to his goal of removing the widely respected commissioner, Margie Vandeven. Two others declined and one resigned.