Ferguson picks Ella Jones as first African American and a first woman mayor

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Ella Jones receives news that she has been elected the next mayor of Ferguson at her watch party outside the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center in Ferguson on Tuesday, June 02, 2020. Photo by Chris Kohley, ckohley@post-dispatch.com.

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Ferguson mayoral candidate Ella Jones mingles at her watch party outside the Ferguson Community Empowerment Center in Ferguson on Tuesday, June 02, 2020. Photo by Chris Kohley, ckohley@post-dispatch.com.

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Voters line up to check-in and receive their ballots, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Ferguson at the Johnson-Wabash school. The replacement of the mayor is one of the issues on the ballot. Photo by Hillary Levin, hlevin@post-dispatch.com

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY — Councilwoman Ella Jones was elected mayor of Ferguson on Tuesday, becoming the first African American to lead the St. Louis suburb that became nationally known after a police officer killed a black teen. (Hands Up Don’t Shoot)


Jones, who also will be the first woman to serve as the city’s mayor, secured her historic victory with 54% of the vote over Councilwoman Heather Robinett, who had 46%.


“It’s just our time,” Jones, 65, said in an interview Tuesday night. “It’s just my time to do right by the people.”


Asked what her election means for Ferguson’s black residents, she responded: “One word: inclusion.”


Meanwhile, Wildwood Mayor Jim Bowlin and Richmond Heights Mayor Jim Thomson easily turned back challengers and secured new terms.


In another mayoral race, longtime incumbent Ted Hoskins of Berkeley was defeated by challenger Babatunde Deinbo, a former mayor, 42% to 34%. A third candidate, Barbara Jean Holmes, trailed.


The St. Louis County Election Board said all those results were based on 100% of the polling places reporting countywide.


This was the second time Jones ran for mayor in Ferguson. In 2017, she lost to incumbent James Knowles III, who was barred by term limits from seeking a fourth term Tuesday.


The city voted shortly after it was the scene of a new round of protests and violence over the weekend that was reminiscent of the strife in 2014 following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a white Ferguson police officer.


Both Jones and Robinett, 49, said if elected they would help Ferguson to continue implementing changes in city practices since the 2014 unrest, including a consent decree, worked out with the federal government.


They also said they supported the goals of peaceful protesters upset with the death of May 25 of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, a black man, while in police custody. But they said they deplored the violence that followed.


Jones said Tuesday night that one of her initial goals as mayor would be “to help stabilize the businesses in Ferguson,” especially those damaged in the recent violence.


She also said she would work to bring the city council together on that and other issues.


Jones’ election continues a significant increase in African American political influence in the city in recent years. In 2014, there was just one black council member. Now there are four out of six, although Jones will be moving soon, of course, into the mayor’s seat.


The mayoral race in nearby Berkeley was unusual because it featured an incumbent, Hoskins, seeking reelection despite pending felony charges filed against him last year.


The charges allege that Hoskins, in the months leading up to the April 2018 election for four city council seats, submitted fraudulent voter applications and other documents from at least three residents.


Hoskins, 81, a former state representative, insisted he had done nothing wrong and said he was running on his record. He also promised to work to follow through on city plans to build a community center.


Deinbo, 69, had said he’d work to hire more police. The third candidate, Holmes, 80, a retired Berkeley finance official, said she’d try to set up an activity center for kids.


Also losing reelection bids were the mayors of Breckenridge Hills and Velda Village Hills, Mary Aman, and Earlene Luster.


Aman was defeated by former Mayor Jack Shrewsbury in a close three-way race, while Luster lost to Patricia Ross in a four-way contest.


Winning reelection in contested races were the mayors of Bel-Ridge, Sunset Hills, Valley Park, and Bellerive Acres.


In Pagedale, voters chose the Rev. Ernest “EG” Shields, a prominent pastor, to succeed longtime Mayor Mary Louise Carter, who didn’t seek reelection.


Voters in Cool Valley picked Jayson Stewart over two opponents to succeed Mayor Viola Murphy, who didn’t run again.


In Wildwood, Bowlin, 55, defeated his opponent, Councilman Niles Stephens, 41. In Richmond Heights, Thomson, 73, defeated former Councilman Paul Lore, 65.


Among cities approving sales tax increases were Byrnes Mill, Breckenridge Hills, Dellwood, Maplewood, and Herculaneum.


Property tax increases were approved in Glendale, Olivette and the Monarch, Riverview, and Spanish Lake fire protection districts, some in connection with bond issues. Voters in the Hillsboro, Pacific, and Dunklin fire districts and Big River Ambulance District turned down property tax hikes.


Tuesday’s local-level election, which had been scheduled for April 7 across Missouri, was delayed two months by an executive order issued by Gov. Mike Parson to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus.


While the election was delayed because of concerns over the coronavirus, concern over COVID-19 was still very much part of the background for Tuesday’s election.


Absentee voting soared and many election judges refused to work at the polls. That was especially true in St. Louis County, where 360 polling places were consolidated into 160.

Updated at 11:50 p.m.

They Soon Forgot His Works Ps 106 12 13

Psalms 106 12-13


In Ps 106:13 the Psalmist said, “They soon forgot his works.” In the context, he is talking about Israel forgetting all that God did for them when He brought them out of Egypt and through the Red Sea, Ps 106:7-10. They soon forgot that the Lord had destroyed their enemies in the Red Sea. “There was not one of them left,” Ps 106:11. How in the world could they ever forget that? They even sang a song about this great deliverance and victory which is recorded for us in Exodus 15. People have short memories when it comes to things like this. How does the old adage go? The only thing men never learn from history is that they never learn from history.


Now, in the past couple of months, hopefully, the Lord has done great things for you. He certainly has done great things for me. My heart and spirit have truly been revived. God has made some significant changes in my life for the better. However, you and I run the risk of forgetting all that the Lord has done for us recently. We could easily slip right back into the old ways of doing things like we did before we quit meeting together at church. We cannot let that happen.


As a safeguard against falling into the same trap Israel fell into, it will help us to see why they soon forgot his works. If we can identify the source of the problem we can address it better and, hopefully, keep from forgetting what the Lord has shown us and done for us. They soon forgot His works:


Because they quit believing His words – Ps 106:12 – “Then believed they His words.” They believed right then, but they didn’t keep believing His words. Everything that has changed in my life and in the lives of others with whom I have visited is directly related to things in the words of God. God has revealed His truth directly out of His words and applied these truths in our lives. We know and understand things now that we didn’t fully understand before. In Ps 106:7, the Psalmist said, “Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt.” But then in Ps 106:12, he said, “Then believed they His words.”


The Jews caught on to what God had been saying to them. He told them He was going to deliver them after He plagued Egypt. But when the plagues started and Israel’s workload increased significantly, the Jews weren’t so sure that God knew what He was doing. After Egypt had been destroyed, they had been freed, and their enemies had been totally destroyed, they got it. They understood and they believed God. At least they believed His words for a little while. They soon forgot.


If you think about some of the things you have just learned, God has been trying to teach you these lessons already. It took what you have just been through to get them. Now that you have learned and you believe what God has shown you, don’t forget. Write down what you have learned and review it from time to time to help you remember.


Because they quit singing his praises – Ps 106:12 – “They sang His praise.” Exodus 15 is an excellent song with many references to the second coming of Jesus Christ. It’s a song that Israel could sing today with as much spirit as they did when they sang it in the wilderness. This song is a constant reminder, not only of God’s great deliverance back then but also His even greater deliverance in the future. That song is just like many of the songs we sing today. Those songs used to be so sweet to you. And when you hear those songs sung from the heart by people who are praising the Lord for His wonderful works in their lives, there is no greater sound on this earth. The Spirit of God truly honors that singing.


But Israel quit singing songs to the Lord. They switched from the song in Ex 15 to the song they started singing in Ex 32. They were singing to a golden calf, see Ex 32:18. How in the world could that have happened? It happened because they wanted music that was louder; it sounded to Joshua like war, Ex 32:17. They wanted music that was sensual, something they could feel. They danced to this music, Ex 32:19. They wanted something that was visual. They could see the calf. They wanted music where they could show more flesh; many of them were naked, Ex 32:25. They wanted to worship where they could play, Ex 32:6. They had some of the right lyrics in their new song, Ex 32:4-5, but they weren’t worshipping God. If you let your songs change, you are going to soon forget His works, just like Israel did. Instead, you ought to sing songs to God with as much spirit and joy as you have ever sung them. They’re a constant reminder.


Because they quit waiting on his counsel – Ps 106:13 – “They waited not for His counsel.” It was not Israel’s idea to leave Egypt and travel through the wilderness to Canaan. It was God’s idea. It was not Israel’s idea to gain possession of the land by defeating the inhabitants, it was God’s idea. Though it was in David’s heart to build a temple for the Lord, it was God’s design and it was God’s desire that Solomon, rather than David, build it. You see, all of these things were according to God’s counsel, not men’s.


When Israel quit waiting for God’s counsel, they went after the idols of the nations around them and they forgot God. It is unbelievable how many Christians are living their lives today without waiting for the counsel of God. Even Bible believers will receive counsel through the preaching and teaching of God’s words and within a day fall right back into their own ways of doing things. When you don’t seek and wait for the counsel of God on the matters in your life, you are setting yourself up to forget His works. You’ll turn, instead, to your own lusts. Like Israel in Numbers 21, you will end up tempting God by demanding your own way and turning from His way. You’ll forget.


Conclusion: Ps 106:12-13 shows you why Israel soon forgot His works. You don’t want to look back on these days a few months from now and say, “why did I forget the works of the Lord in my life back then?” You see where this problem could arise. So, keep believing His words and keep learning the lessons that God reveals to you out of His words. Keep singing His praises. Ask God to put a song in your heart when you fall asleep and another song in your heart when you awake. And keep waiting on His counsel. Don’t make a move until you know, for sure, which way God is leading you.

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Why Is My Blood Sugar High in the Morning?

That early morning jump in your blood sugar? It’s called the dawn phenomenon or the dawn effect. It usually happens between 2 and 8 a.m.

But why?

How It Works

Generally, the normal hormonal changes your body makes in the morning will boost your blood sugar, whether you have diabetes or not. If you don’t, your body just makes more insulin to balance everything out. You don’t even notice that it’s happening.


But if you have diabetes, it’s different. Since your body doesn’t respond to insulin the same as most, your fasting blood sugar reading can go up, even if you follow a strict diet.


The boost in sugar is your body’s way of making sure you have enough energy to get up and start the day. If you have diabetes, your body may not have enough insulin to counteract these hormones. That disrupts the delicate balance that you work so hard to keep, and your sugar readings can be too high by morning.


The effects of the dawn phenomenon can vary from person to person, even from day today.


Some researchers believe the natural overnight release of what is called counter-regulatory hormones — like growth hormones, cortisol, glucagon, and epinephrine — makes your insulin resistance stronger. This will make your blood sugar go up.


You may also have high blood sugar in the morning because:


  • You didn’t have enough insulin the night before.
  • You took too much or too little medicine.
  • You ate the wrong snack before bedtime.

What You Can Do

If the dawn phenomenon affects you, try to:


  • Eat dinner earlier in the evening.
  • Do something active after dinner, like going for a walk.
  • Check with your health care provider about the medicine you’re taking.
  • Eat breakfast. It helps bring your blood sugar back to normal, which tells your body that it’s time to rein in the anti-insulin hormones.
  • Eat a snack with some carbohydrates and protein before bed.

You’ll also want to avoid all sugar-sweetened beverages, like soda, fruit punch, fruit drinks, and sweet tea. Just a single serving can raise your blood sugar — and, in some cases, give you hundreds of extra calories.


If you have diabetes, chances are your blood sugar will be higher in the morning from time to time. That may not be something to be overly concerned about. If it happens for several mornings in a row, check it once during the night — around 2 or 3 a.m. — for a few nights. Then, take those numbers to your doctor. She can figure out if you really have the dawn phenomenon, or if something else is causing those higher morning numbers.