Robert Cohen

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Robert Cohen is a photographer at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The Fountain Park statue of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was removed for restoration the first time since its 1978 installation on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. The bronze statue, sculpted by Rudolph Torrini in 1977 and cast in Florence, Italy, will have cracks repaired and be cleaned, polished and back in place in about 2 weeks. Tony Rocca and Nick Birsa of AKT Studios removed the statue early in the morning as neighbors began to gather. "The community came out and said 'What are you doing with Martin?'," said Rocca, who assured them that he would soon return.

Five vacant homes were demolished by area construction crews and volunteers during the second of four Clean Sweep events on Saturday, June 30, 2018, in the Jeff Vanderlou neighborhood. Contractors partnering with the Regional Business Council and Better Family Life joined volunteers and St. Louis city workers who cut grass and picked up trash around vacant lots and buildings in the neighborhood. The four Clean Sweep events will next target the Walnut Park and Penrose neighborhoods.

Zookeepers celebrated Lily, Ella and Sukari on World Giraffe Day yesterday at the St. Louis Zoo. The longest-necked land animals were treated to leafy branches and other enrichment food as visitors learned more about their lives on the summer solstice, the the longest day of the year.

"I put flags out everyday," said Wiechens who has run the store originally built as Vinke Drugstore in 1869, for 45 years. "It's just the proper thing to do for our veterans." 

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