Earlier this month conservative lawmakers hijacked a bill seeking to uproot Missouri's abstinence-focused sex-education laws. Now the sponsor of the proposed legislation, Democratic representative Clem Smith, says he's feeling more than a little betrayed. "There was no warning and no legislative c ... More >>
Jedidiah Stout's motto should be: "If at first you don't succeed, try burning it down again." A 29-year-old Iraq War veteran who described himself as "Crazy as Shit" on a dating website, Jedidiah Stout has been implicated in two separate arson cases in Joplin. The FBI arrested Stout last Friday ... More >>
They shout his name at the Missouri State Capitol when lawmakers propose anti-abortion bills. He was the inspiration for an entire episode of Law & Order SVU this season. And now, ladies and gentlemen, Todd "Legitimate Rape" Akin, the failed Senate candidate who got national attention for his cont ... More >>
Should employers and insurers in Missouri be allowed to deny coverage of birth control if it violates their religious beliefs? A federal judge, as we reported earlier this week, ruled that they cannot be exempt -- in a decision overturning a Missouri law that directly contradicted President Barack O ... More >>
State Senator Gina Walsh says she is well aware that there will likely be opposition to her controversial proposal to repeal the death penalty in Missouri -- but that's not stopping her from pushing forward. "My constituency probably won't like it," she tells Daily RFT. "But this is something I su ... More >>
Yes, it may be a bit self-centered of us to think, as soon as we heard the news yesterday of Pope Benedict XVI's impending resignation, which St. Louisan should replace him? But really, isn't it high time there was a Pope from the Western Hemisphere? And why not from St. Louis, the most Catholic of ... More >>
Republican Representative Eric Burlison knows it's not all that likely he will have much success with his controversial "right-to-work" bill -- a proposal to ban labor union requirements, but that is not stopping him from pushing the bill. "This is about economic freedom and individual liberty," B ... More >>
What's Daily RFT gonna do without Todd Akin in the Senate? After breathing a sigh of relief for our state's integrity, we've gotta admit we'll miss the man who has given us so much in mortifying entertainment, from "legitimate rape" to "at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God" to the p ... More >>
Updated with response from Akin's spokesperson Rick Tyler. In 1995, a month before the Oklahoma City bombing that killed 168 people, Todd Akin sent a local militia group what he later called "a courtesy letter." The now-defunct group, the 1st Missouri Volunteers militia, had invited Akin to spea ... More >>
It may not be a good sign when a senatorial campaign must insist that its candidate possess the baseline qualities of being "humble, intelligent and compassionate." But that's what Missouri Women Standing for Akin has done in a video posted yesterday on YouTube. This arm of the Akin campaign is meet ... More >>
It's official: In Missouri, employers, insurance companies or anyone else involved in an individual's health care can legally refuse to cover the Pill. In a not-so-surprising move, both houses of the Missouri Legislature voted to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of Senate Bill 749. SB 749 give ... More >>
News of Todd Akin's idiocy has spread worldwide, which is kind of good because it means there's a larger pool of people who can inform us where his scientific opinions about rape and conception came from. The Guardian of London went deep into the law books and dug up this gem of jurisprudence: If, ... More >>
Andrew Bird | Eugene Mirmin The Pageant March 22, 2012 Andrew Bird had a rough day. He didn't offer details or share the wherefore and why. Instead, he performed an impromptu cover of Kermit's ballad about individuality and identity, "It's Not Easy Being Green," at his show last evening at the Page ... More >>
If you turned on the Internet recently, you may have seen that South By Southwest is this week. The highlight of the annual Austin, Texas, festival is seeing great bands and discovering new favorites. Inversely, many of the thousands of artists who cram into the state capital are horrible. With good ... More >>
The best way to prevent unwanted pregnancies and abortions, a study finds, is to implant birth control into women's bodies. The Contraceptive Choice Project, which aims to enroll 10,000 women and girls in St. Louis city and county, is a project of Washington University. Participants -- more than ... More >>
7:15 p.m. Friday, June 18. Cicero's, 6691 Delmar Boulevard, University City.
Amen. Here in St. Louis we like to think we clap for the other team when they make a good play. We're gracious and forgiving of our pro athletes (fans here give needle-in-the-butt guys like Mark McGwire minutes-long standing ovations.) We love them, even when they're not talking about sports a ... More >>
In November St. Louis' archdiocesan administrator, Bishop Robert Hermann, made headlines when he told church clergy: "I think any bishop here would consider it a privilege to die tomorrow to bring about an end to abortion." The bishop went on: "If we are willing to die tomorrow, then we should be w ... More >>
By now you've probably heard that "up to 50" students at Normandy Senior High may have been exposed to HIV. (Press release here.)
8:01 p.m. Here we go, the final presidential debate. The carpet's red, the walls are blue and Bob Scheiffer's silver head is telling us the subject is domestic policy. Scheiffer's just introduced the candidates. 8:04 p.m. McCain just blundered -- "Fannie and Freddie May." John looks sleepy, blinkin ... More >>
Yes, Virginia (Roadrunner)
Wednesday, November 30; Frederick's Music Lounge (4454 Chippewa Street)
Thursday, November 3; Blue Note (17 North Ninth Street, Columbia)
Jude Law's Alfie puts a pretty face on a once-ugly story
A loose-lipped former train conductor is looking to get his long-shot congressional bid on track
Saint Lucy's Eyes is too enigmatic for its own good
Although its Broadway production closed after 29 performances, Twilight of the Golds refuses to die
It's not that he's pious. He's simply unfit to serve.
Vote for Gore, vote for Bush -- what's the difference?
Did a state representative yank the purse strings in an effort to frighten off a would-be challenger to one of his closest allies?
Mr. Silva goes to Jefferson City
The Planned Parenthood-sponsored Third Lip Cabaret returns to Cicero's