St. Louis advocate for homeless wins court fight over tent site

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on September 3, 2013 at 11:15 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 3 at 5:46 PM

ST. LOUIS -- A St. Louis pastor arrested last year over a shuttered homeless camp now says he is returning to that site for worship.

The Rev. Larry Rice sued the city of St. Louis in federal court after his June 2012 arrest involving a two-acre site near the Missouri Botanical Garden.

KMOX-AM  reports that Rice plans to resurrect his “Integrity Village” on a grassy lot near the intersection of Interstate 44 and Vandeventer Avenue after the court preliminarily ruled he could erect a tent there for religious services.

Rice suggested he may risk again defying the city and allow the homeless “to (fall) asleep under the big tent.”

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