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Awards

  • 2013 - Salute to Excellence Awards/National Association of Black Journalists, published June 28, 2012

    "Daddy Do-Over"

  • 2012 - Salute to Excellence Awards/National Association of Black Journalists, published January 20, 2011

    "Left for Dead"

  • 2012 - AAN AltWeekly Awards, published January 20, 2011

    "Left for Dead"

  • 2011 - Salute to Excellence Awards/National Association of Black Journalists, published June 9, 2010

    "Tears of a Town"

2009 Stories by Nicholas Phillips

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  • To Catch a [Southern Missouri] Predator

    published Jul 24, 2009

     Recently, in the small southern-Missouri town of Crane, a blue mustang was rolling toward a carwash. Its driver - Jeffrey Dale Wommack of Springfield - was expecting to meet up with a 14-year-ol... More >>

  • Best Jokes from Comedy Showcase In Central West End

    published Jul 23, 2009

    Local practitioners of stand-up are confined like lepers to the perimeter of St. Louis - between Westport and the Landing, few venues ever host their kind. But last evening, five of them were lured in... More >>

  • Hey, Sorry About That Hole I Put In Your Colon...Want a Painkiller?

    published Jul 22, 2009

    Imagine that a doctor inserts a thin tube into your intestines to poke around (a.k.a., a colonoscopy), then proceeds to...fall asleep. This actually happened at Des Peres Hospital in 2003, and not bec... More >>

  • Weird Animal Abundance in Missouri

    published Jul 21, 2009

    Mother Nature has been oddly generous to Missouri outdoorsmen this year, and here's one more example.  First we had that huge bumpercrop of paddlefish. Then our state's fishermen started breaking... More >>

  • Don Weir To Get His Just Deserts - But Not Just Yet

    published Jul 20, 2009

    Our feature story last week told the tale of Don C. Weir, Jr., the Town & Country man who stole millions in precious-metal coins from his clients to bankroll a privileged lifestyle. He was suppose... More >>

  • Plot of Gold: Town & Country's Don Weir bled clients out of millions to bankroll a lavish lifestyle

    published July 15, 2009

    On the afternoon of September 11, 2008, a few hours before police had him surrounded, Don C. Weir Jr. opened a Microsoft Word document and... More >>

  • VIDEO: Purple Martins Going Nuts in Forest Park
    FEATURED STORY

    VIDEO: Purple Martins Going Nuts in Forest Park

    published Jul 08, 2009

    The purple martins in Forest Park are SUPER active right now. In the video here, listen how the birds are so loud that you can barely hear purple martin enthusiast John Miller do his commentary. ... More >>

  • More North-Side-Land-Grab Paranoia!

    published Jul 07, 2009

    If you're freaked out about massive land-grabs on the north side, this might fuel your fears slightly. Remember how the Post-Dispatch reported on June 7 that a holding company called Urban Assets LLC ... More >>

  • Cool Idea o' the Day: dArt St. Louis

    published Jul 02, 2009

    Somebody recently rounded up 100 St. Louisans. Made them fling a dart at a map of the city. Gave them a month to travel to that spot and snap a photograph. Posted the photographs online at dartstlouis... More >>

  • Frat Guys Brand Each Other with Cattle Irons

    published Jul 01, 2009

    To all ye Missouri State University incoming freshmen males hoping to join a frat: enjoy a peaceful summer. Your soon-to-be brothers might be sizzling your flesh with a cattle iron in a few months. Th... More >>

  • Area Man featured as "Area Man" in The Onion

    published Jun 29, 2009

    St. Chaz, MO! One of your (fake?) sons adorns the cover of The Onion's 112th Food and Dining Issue: "Potato-Chip Connoisseur Detects Notes of Sour Cream, Onion." Photo of the article is after jump! ... More >>

  • Snatching Up Vacants on the Sly? The City Might Be Watching More Closely Soon...

    published Jun 24, 2009

    When someone quietly buys a bundle of St. Louis properties to redevelop, the buildings can languish and crumble. City Hall might levy fines for code violations, but improvements come slow, if at all. ... More >>

  • Solve the Case of the Missing (Infected) Horses

    published Jun 19, 2009

    Here's an intriguing burglary from a couple nights ago. Why do YOU think this happened? According to state agriculture authorities, a horse was found infected with a parasite on June 8 at an equine ce... More >>

  • Epic Win So Far for MO Fishermen

    published Jun 17, 2009

    Factoid: About five record-breaking fish get caught each year in our state. But with 2009 only half over, Missouri fisherpersons have already broken five records (so says the Missouri Department of Co... More >>

  • Gruesome Puppy Mill Raided; Owners Flee

    published Jun 16, 2009

    Animal-lovers with weak stomachs, stop reading now. An unlicensed dog-breeding farm in south central Missouri got raided last week, authorities have announced. Sounds like a rather sordid affair.Some ... More >>

  • Foul-Stinking Flower Blooms at UMSL!!

    published Jun 08, 2009

    The corpse flower at UMSL hath bloomed!!! (Well, it opened up slightly.)But the Daily RFT can assure you: on Sunday, it did smell like a rotting corpse. And it did remind us of death. I.e., your death... More >>

  • "AAUUGHHGHG!!!" Bobcat Goldthwait In Town Tonight!

    published Jun 05, 2009

    Once the Tazmanian Devil of '80s comedies, Bobcat Goldthwait now prowls mostly off-screen. He recently wrapped up directing his fourth feature film, World's Greatest Dad, which stars Robin Williams an... More >>

  • St. Louis Investigator Says Stray Dogs are Thrown to the Lions in Cuba
    FEATURED STORY

    St. Louis Investigator Says Stray Dogs are Thrown to the Lions in Cuba

    published May 28, 2009

    Police in Havana, Cuba, systematically round up stray dogs on city streets and transport them to the national zoo, where they are fed -- alive -- to big cats such as lions, says a St. Louis private ey... More >>

  • F--k the Police: Shots Ring Out on Cherokee, Part II
    FEATURED STORY

    "F--k the Police": Shots Ring Out on Cherokee, Part II

    published May 27, 2009

    On Sunday, after 17-year-old Ledarius Williams turned his gun on police - who then shot him in the knee -- at the corner of Cherokee Street and Texas Avenue, one responding officer told a resident tha... More >>

  • Shots Ring Out on Cherokee: Part I

    published May 27, 2009

    Editor's note: the author happened to be present when this incident occurred. The two shots cracked open the Sunday air just after 12:30 p.m. Within seconds, squad cars were funnelling in, 17-year-old... More >>

  • Campin' this Weekend? Don't Move Firewood!!!

    published May 22, 2009

    If you're going back to Nature this weekend, do Nature a favor: only use firewood you find at your campsite. Here's why: our state's forests are gettin' downright infested with the emerald ash borer. ... More >>

  • Missouri: Not as Dismally Horrible, Economically Speaking

    published May 20, 2009

    Some new economic indicators might just make this gorgeous Spring day even gorgeous-er: The Missouri Department of Economic Development is out with its new jobs report. After a nine-month uptick in Mi... More >>

  • Who's Snaggin' Catfish within City Limits?

    published May 08, 2009

    Last evening, about a dozen fishermen had their lines thrown out into the freshly-stocked Fairgrounds Park Lake. Here's a profile of one urban outdoorsman:Name/age/profession: Mike Webb, 47, butcher a... More >>

  • MOBOT Selling Off Surplus Plants -- To You

    published May 07, 2009

    Until 4 p.m. today, you've got a chance to witness one of Nature's great mysteries: as the Missouri Botanical Garden liquidates this season's surplus plants, older white ladies with short hair have co... More >>

  • Three of Calvin Huckle's Greatest Burns

    published May 05, 2009

    Okay. One last day to pimp this week's cover story prior to it being lost in cyberspace once we publish our next issue. As you may know, the article spotlights the online hijinks of Paul Kinsella, ali... More >>

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