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Robert Patrick
Calls for peace come as Ferguson decision looms

CLAYTON, Mo. Workers put protective film on jail windows here. Protest leaders called for peace. The city mayor and county executive promised cooperation. A school district canceled classes. The region, as a whole, scrambled Friday to prepare for what many assume is an imminent grand jury decision in the shooting death of Michael Brown. The pleas for calm came all the way from the top. U.S. Attorney Eric Holder exhorted protesters and police to "minimize needless confrontation" in a video posted on the Justice Department's website. And late Friday, ABC released excerpts of an interview with President Barack Obama in which the president had a similar refrain. "This is a...