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  • R.I.P. Dave Ricketts and Bobby Murcer

    published Jul 14, 2008

    This past weekend saw the passing of (at least) two former major leaguers: Cardinals backup catcher Dave Ricketts died days after his 73rd birthday, and Yankees third sacker Bobby Murcer died at age 6... More >>

  • R.I.P. Dave Ricketts and Bobby Murcer

    published Jul 14, 2008

    This past weekend saw the passing of (at least) two former major leaguers: Cardinals backup catcher Dave Ricketts died days after his 73rd birthday, and Yankees third sacker Bobby Murcer died at age 6... More >>

  • R.I.P. Dave Ricketts and Bobby Murcer

    published Jul 14, 2008

    This past weekend saw the passing of (at least) two former major leaguers: Cardinals backup catcher Dave Ricketts died days after his 73rd birthday, and Yankees third sacker Bobby Murcer died at age 6... More >>

  • Meet the New Boss! InBev CEO Carlos Brito

    published Jul 11, 2008

    We don't know about you, but Unreal was thirsty for more after reading the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's "exclusive interview" with InBev chief/Anheuser-Busch bidder Carlos Brito. In his informal meeting ... More >>

  • The Beer Vending Machines Are Coming! (But Don't Get Your Hopes Up)

    published Jul 10, 2008

    As close readers of STLog might already be aware, Unreal is fortunate to have access to a beer vending machine, which resides in an advertising staff conference room at Riverfront Times Command Centra... More >>

  • R.I.P. Clay Felker...Take a Bow, Webster Groves!

    published Jul 02, 2008

    In reading today's New York Times obit on the death of the one of journalism's titanic figures, Unreal was happily stunned to learn that Clay Felker was born and raised in Webster Groves. Yes, the ... More >>

  • No BS: RFT Softball Squad Is Victorious

    published Jul 01, 2008

    Perhaps it was the addition of Busch beer to the dugout cooler Monday night. How else to explain RFT's rise from the valley to the mountaintop? philg@mit.edu PigPen says: "That's 'scrappy,' not 'sc... More >>

  • No BS: RFT Softball Squad Is Victorious

    published Jul 01, 2008

    Perhaps it was the addition of Busch beer to the dugout cooler Monday night. How else to explain RFT's rise from the valley to the mountaintop? philg@mit.edu PigPen says: "That's 'scrappy,' not 'sc... More >>

  • Stop the Flooding: Eat a Muskrat!

    published Jun 27, 2008

    Officials in Lincoln County are blaming the breach in the Mississippi River levee at Winfield on... ...muskrats. fws.gov Eat more muskrat! Here's the gist from a CNN.com story headlined "Muskrats ... More >>

  • Stop the Flooding: Eat a Muskrat!

    published Jun 27, 2008

    Officials in Lincoln County are blaming the breach in the Mississippi River levee at Winfield on... ...muskrats. fws.gov Eat more muskrat! Here's the gist from a CNN.com story headlined "Muskrats ... More >>

  • Tremor Time Again: Did You Feel the Earth Move?

    published Jun 27, 2008

    There was a small earthquake early this morning along the New Madrid Fault. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake took place in southeastern Missouri at 04:27:18 a.m. The USGS pinpoints... More >>

  • Barack Obama's Embarrassing Secret: B.O.!

    published Jun 26, 2008

    Unreal would never be confused with a political junkie, but we do peruse the national press from time to time, so perhaps it was inevitable that we'd happen upon this piece by Adam Nagourney and Jeff ... More >>

  • Wal-Mart Heiress Paige Laurie: Off the Market

    published Jun 24, 2008

    Update: STL Today's gossip guru Deb Peterson followed this story in a June 28 column that referred to the Laurie matrimony as a "wing-ding doozy of a wedding." Good ol' Deb. She's never at a loss when... More >>

  • Alleged Copia Fire Starter Nabbed

    published Jun 20, 2008

    An ex-employee of Copia Urban Winery and Market, the Washington Avenue dining spot that was lost in an early-morning blaze last December, faces federal arson charges. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway... More >>

  • RFT Softball: Comeback Spoiled in Extra Innings

    published Jun 17, 2008

    The addition of ace pitcher and RFT circulation manager Kevin Powers wasn't enough to ensure victory last night in a tightly contested game versus Chevy's Fresh Mex. www.theage.com.au Second basewo... More >>

  • RFT Softball: Comeback Spoiled in Extra Innings

    published Jun 17, 2008

    The addition of ace pitcher and RFT circulation manager Kevin Powers wasn't enough to ensure victory last night in a tightly contested game versus Chevy's Fresh Mex. www.theage.com.au Second basewo... More >>

  • RFT Softball: Comeback Spoiled in Extra Innings

    published Jun 17, 2008

    The addition of ace pitcher and RFT circulation manager Kevin Powers wasn't enough to ensure victory last night in a tightly contested game versus Chevy's Fresh Mex. www.theage.com.au Second basewo... More >>

  • Eero Saarinen's Legacy: More from the Man Who Gave Us the Arch

    published Jun 16, 2008

    Ask any St. Louisan who designed the Gateway Arch and he or she might be able to tell you. Then ask 'em to try to name something else Eero Saarinen designed. www.britannica.com We couldn't either.... More >>

  • Basketball by the Book: The Post Dispatch's Selective Distortion

    published Jun 13, 2008

    Yesterday's St. Louis Post-Dispatch brought a front-page story by David Hunn detailing how the Missouri State High School Activities Association yanked three state basketball championships from Vashon... More >>

  • Barbecue Guru Steven Raichlen Addresses Common Grilling Mistakes

    published Jun 11, 2008

    In honor of barbecue season and the tenth anniversary of the publication of his indispensible tome The Barbecue! Bible, author Steven Raichlen will put in an appearance at the St. Louis Jewish Commu... More >>

  • Twangfest: Hayes Carll

    published June 4, 2008

    His first major-label disc, Trouble in Mind, is all over the map — there's even a Tom Waits cover — but give him a chance... More >>

  • KWMU (90.7 FM) General Manager Patricia Wente "Terminated"

    published Jun 02, 2008

    University of Missouri-St. Louis chancellor Thomas George today fired longtime KWMU (90.7 FM) general manager Patty Wente. bill greenblatt/UPI KWMU (90.7 FM) general manager Patty Wente, who was fi... More >>

  • Paul McKee's Yard-Maintenance Update: Mow Your Own Lawn, Mister!

    published May 23, 2008

    Ever play red light, green light? The manner in which a plan to mow Paul McKee's lawns on the public dime is unfolding sounds a bit like that playground game. First Marvin Steele, a construction b... More >>

  • St. Louis Alderman Charles Quincy Troupe Says Red-Light Cameras Must Go

    published May 23, 2008

    St. Louis Alderman Charles Quincy Troupe (Ward 1) has introduced a bill to repeal the ordinance allowing the use of red-light cameras in the city. farm1.static.flickr.com Troupe's bill would end t... More >>

  • Update: Mow Your Lawn, Mister McKee?

    published May 20, 2008

    Use federal money to put teenagers to work on nuisance properties in north St. Louis? Mayor Francis Slay gave the idea a "thumbs up" back in March, when Congressman William "Lacy" Clay obtained a $53... More >>

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