William Vatterott, a Roman Catholic priest from St. Louis, was indicted yesterday on a federal child pornography charge -- and could ultimately face ten years in prison and fines of up to $25,000. Vatterott, 36, will appear in federal court later this week or early next week to respond to the indi ... More >>
Ballwin police say that Johanna Walker, 81, shot and killed her 41-year-old son last night after he attacked her with a large fixed-blade knife. Brian Walker sustained gunshot wounds to the upper torso, police say and was pronounced dead just before 2 a.m. at Mercy Hospital. Johanna Walker also ... More >>
This week I take the long (long), but overdue drive west to BBQ ASAP (15581 Manchester Road, Ballwin; 636-256-1908) for award-winning brisket, pulled pork and more. My review of BBQ ASAP is now available online.
Sometimes people just have urges they cannot control. Like shooting people. Random people on the highway. You know that feeling? No? Well, apparently, Ballwin resident Sepid Majid Salem had that classic, irresistible must-shoot-at-strangers-driving-in-their-cars-right-now urge this week -- and act ... More >>
The St. Louis pizza scene has the thin crust covered, but a new addition is looking a little deeper into the market: Jet's Pizza (14940 Manchester Road, Ballwin; 636-220-8929) has set foot in Missouri with its first store in Ballwin. Jet's, a national pizza chain with more than 275 locations nation ... More >>
Does St. Louis need another pizza joint? That's merely a rhetorical question, you understand. Jet's Pizza is now open at 14940 Manchester Road in Ballwin. This is the first Missouri location for a chain that brothers Eugene and John Jetts founded in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1978. The chain ... More >>
REMINDER: The Wing Ding is THIS EVENING. Support a great cause and then make a night of it by going to Riverfront Times' Artopia afterward! Do you like wings? Do you like supporting worthy causes? Are you free next Thursday, August 23, from 6-9 p.m.? Then you should join Gut Check at UCP Heartland ... More >>
- Oceano Bistro (44 North Brentwood Boulevard, Clayton; 314-721-9400) has opened its second location at 16125 Chesterfield Parkway West, the Chesterfield address previously occupied by Andria's Steakhouse. The seafood-focused restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily and brunch on Sunday. You ca ... More >>
In what has swiftly become a familiar refrain this summer, two more people have died because of the non-stop heat. The deceased are:Franklin Trumperter, 89, of Ballwin. His body was discovered Tuesday. He had central air, but authorities believe now it wasn't working and that Trumperter had turned i ... More >>
Merbs Candies (4000 South Grand; 314-832-7117) has been a St. Louis favorite since 1921. This old-fashioned candy shop handcrafts all its chocolates, hard candies, candied apples and a variety of other specialties throughout the year. While all the delightful sweets are whipped up at the original lo ... More >>
On Sunday, April 22, the Thai Association of Greater St. Louis hosts its annual Traditional Thai New Year Festival, also known as the Songkran Festival, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Thai Buddhist Temple of Greater St. Louis (890 Lindsay Lane, Florissant; 314-839-3115). The event is free to atten ... More >>
Bhi Bhiman is an unlikely young hero for whatever remains of the folk-side of the singer-songwriter scene. The 29-year-old, second-generation Sri Lankan American grew up in Ballwin, Missouri. His new record, Bhiman,, is an album that twists and turns and sometimes sails through Americana conceits, i ... More >>
Cheryl HugheyBeyond Bacon Grease, local writer Cheryl Hughey's reduced-fat cookbookBallwin-based food writer Cheryl Hughey took a long journey to changing her health through her diet that included going vegetarian and finding ways to lower fat in her favorite recipes. She has chronicled her f ... More >>
Jeremy Burkhalter needs a nickname. When you're able to pull off more than 100 crimes in the suburbs -- more than 50 crimes in the affluent city of Ballwin alone -- to support your heroin habit, prompting multiple police jurisdictions, along with the U.S. Marshals, to engage in a collaborati ... More >>
image viaBorders wants your help to make its St. Peters, Chesterfield and Ballwin stores look this...clean and well-lighted.It was only two days ago that the Borders Group filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and published a list of the 200 stores doomed to extinction, but the chain mea ... More >>
Kit KellisonLewis Greenberg shows off part of Holocaust Revisited.Lewis Greenberg, the Ballwin artist whose sprawling lawn sculpture Holocaust Revisited got him in hot water first with his neighbors then with the city of Ballwin, began serving a twenty-day sentence in the St. Louis County Jai ... More >>
Martin Pion is founder of MO-GASP (Missouri Group Against Smoking Pollution)Washington University researchers recently released a study of smoking pollution levels in various restaurants and bars in metro St. Louis. Airborne nicotine was used as a measure of secondhand smoke (SHS). Important ... More >>
Not coming soon to a neighborhood near you....The rumors were exciting -- and shockingly specific. IKEA was coming to St. Louis, to a strip mall on Manchester Road in Ballwin! The deal had apparently been in the works for at least six months! Insiders knew everything, but had been told to keep qu ... More >>
Lewis Greenberg says his front-yard art project is his way of fighting anti-Semitism.Back in 2004, Lewis Greenberg embarked on a ambitious project to honor the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. To commemorate the Holocaust, Greenberg assembled a sprawling art installation th ... More >>
This week was fraught with accusations and threats over the passage of federal health-care reform that could have provided us dozens of potential Ass Clown candidates. Instead, let's tone down the political rhetoric for a moment to concentrate on some non-partisan scoundrels whose acts of stupidi ... More >>
Courtesy St. Louis County Police DepartmentTessa Vanvlerah, 20, of Ballwin.The St. Louis County Police Department has arrested Tessa Vanvlerah on charges of rape, statutory sodomy, child pornography and incest in an alleged sex crime that involves her thirteen-month-old daughter. The 20-year-old ... More >>
Kit KellisonGreenberg and some of his art in 2007.As far as the local judicial system is concerned, Lewis Greenberg's art is still a danger to society. A St. Louis County circuit judge yesterday upheld a ruling by the Ballwin municipal court that Greenberg's yard installation, The Holocaust Revis ... More >>
Yesterday we mentioned that the Clayton Board of Aldermen was set to vote last night on an ordinance prohibiting smoking in the city's restaurants and bars. And today we're back to report that the measure passed. By next July all bars and restaurants in the city (and 80 percent of hotel rooms) must ... More >>
photo by Kit KellisonLewis Greenberg and a small sampling of his art.At 1 p.m. yesterday, Lewis Greenberg, his lawyers, his lucky hat, a small group of supporters and a slightly larger contingent of belligerent neighbors gathered in a Clayton courtroom to determine once and for all whether Greenberg ... More >>
It's election day in St. Louis and other locales. Election officials in St. Louis are predicting low turnouts, which should help the incumbent mayor -- Francis Slay -- topple Maida Coleman. Meanwhile, in Town & Country alderman John Hoffmann fights the good fight against incumbent mayor Jon Dalt ... More >>
Lewis Greenberg argues his lawn is art in court.
Hey America: Stop it with your eminent domain and wimpiness, already!
A Ballwin neighborhood continues to boil over Lewis Greenberg's art project: a remembrance of Nazi atrocities.
"So I took some aspirin and read it again."
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