As a kid, St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch's dad warned him that folks might poke fun at his last name. So he is thus not too bothered by Post-Dispatch columnist Bill McClellan's latest piece, which is structured as a memo to St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley with "Subject: Life's a F ... More >>
Everybody knows about the murder of volleyball player Megan Boken in the Central West End last August. Fewer people know about the murder of 18-year-old Aniya Cook just weeks earlier. But those who read Bill McClellan's haunting column in the Post-Dispatch on August 26 will remember. And they'll be ... More >>
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus famously said, "You cannot step twice into the same stream." Nor can you click twice into the same Twitter. But the following five members of our city's Twattering class seem like a good read every time we wade in -- if for only 135 characters.
[UPDATE: Moments after this post went live, the MaryJunckFake account was suspended by Twitter. Spoilsports.]Well, that didn't take long. After Friday's purge at the Post-Dispatch, someone took to Twitter on Saturday to give voice to Mary Junck's inner Marie Antoinette. MaryJunckFake has thus far ex ... More >>
image viaWatch out, she may be packing an iPhone.As everybody knows, the Christmas-shopping season is the most hectic time to be in retail -- as both a seller and as a consumer -- and this year, there's an extra frisson of excitement in St. Louis bookstores, thanks to some corporate espionage ... More >>
- Central West End institution Duff's (392 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-0522) is for sale, according to an item (subscription required) in the current issue of the St. Louis Business Journal. Duff's opened in 1972, part of the fabled "Class of '72" of St. Louis restaurants. This weekend, Post-Dis ... More >>
Here's your weekly St. Louis bestseller list for the week ending October 30, as compiled by the St. Louis Independent Booksellers Alliance and based on sales at Left Bank Books, Main Street Books, Pudd'nhead Books, Subterranean Books and Sue's News. Unbelievable as it may sound, on this wee ... More >>
The City Museum has always been a friend to St. Louis artists of all kinds. From employing local artists to work on the establishment's many oddball attractions, hosting art shows to providing a venue for some of the most memorable concerts in town (Fishbone, anyone?), St. Louis has always been able ... More >>
break.comJust like the Loop and Galleria troublemakers, this guy probably didn't pay his fare either!In 2008 Riverfront Times (and yours truly) took a lot of flack for a story examining the role MetroLink may play as a conduit to crime. At the time, the Galleria shopping mall and the Delmar Loop ... More >>
Here's a fun dichotomy, courtesy of today's Post-Dispatch. Apparently CVC's marketing slogan is code for getting out of town -- each weekend.On Page One the newspaper continues its coverage about how state senator Jim Lembke (R - South County) wants to block out-of-work Missourians from receiving ... More >>
Arthur Lieber: an unlikely candidate, and now an authorIt was roughly a year ago that Arthur Lieber started getting concerned. A self-described progressive Democrat, he was no fan of Todd Akin, the conservative Republican who represents Missouri's 2nd Congressional District. And as best Lieber co ... More >>
courtesy of Urban Review STLBallpark Village: Attractive, no?This just in ...We're hearing via St. Louis Public Radio's Rachel Lippmann that the Missouri Downtown Economic Stimulus Authority has given its approval for a tax incentive package for the long-stalled Ballpark Village project.The packa ... More >>
courtesy Danforth CenterPack 'em up, ship 'em out: Donald Danforth Plant Science Center volunteers pack famine-fighting meals for shipment to nations in need.When it comes to the juxtaposition of hunger in sub-Saharan Africa with the wealthier enclaves of any First World city, it seems like t ... More >>
McClellanShow of hands: Who out there read Bill McClellan's fantastic column yesterday on James Kornhardt -- the former Mehlville fireman convicted this week of killing a man in a 1992 murder-for-hire plot? McClellan's piece had what no other media (including Daily RFT) offered in their coverage ... More >>
Bill McClellan last Friday columnized in the Post-Dispatch about a couple of local panhandlers and how they ply their trade, a snapshot tale of young man named Dave and his girlfriend Andrea standing on a corner holding a cardboard sign that read: "Lost Job, Lost House, Desperate." Turns o ... More >>
Dear Obama: May you not succeed. President Obama is sure to encounter all kinds of crazy today in the S-T-L as Tea Partiers do their red-alert paranoia dance wherever he goes. But surely he can turn his lonely eyes to the adoring liberal St. Louis media? Right? Ennnnh....here's Bill McClellan in ... More >>
Back in the day, newsboys and a few -girls from competitive dailies used to race each other to deadline. The afternoon paper wanted to beat the morning rag, and vice versa. This was generally friendly jousting, mind you, which closed with the wordsmiths bellying up to the bar elbow to elbow, and buy ... More >>
Bill McClellan devoted his column this past Sunday, September 6, to telling the story of Marcia Sindel, owner of La Dolce Via (4474 Arco Avenue; website). Sindel has no health insurance, is in debt for throat surgery from two years ago and is facing two surgeries, one on her gall bladder and the ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsOne caller to Brennan's show last week suggested that the statue go in the women's bathroom at Blueberry Hill. Edwards didn't entertain the idea. KMOX morning talker Charlie Brennan, along with Joe Edwards, the unofficial emperor of the Delmar Loop, have rolled out plans to erect a ... More >>
Interesting blogpost over at Daily RFT by Kristen Hinman, who reports that KMOX radio host Charlie Brennan and Loop impresario Joe Edwards want to erect a statue of legend Chuck Berry near Blueberry Hill. Hinman reports:Edwards told Brennan on the air last Thursday that he has a spot marked between ... More >>
American Journalism Review just published a piece about newspaper accuracy where layoffs-meet-the-Internet, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is the main character in the 3,530-word article.Only hard-core media wonks will appreciate all three-thousand of those words, so I've taken the liberty of posti ... More >>
Here's the good news: Next year's Fat Tuesday parade and party in the Carondelet is guaranteed to be bigger than this year's event. Why? Because a paltry dozen people showed up for last night's inaugural Fat Tuesday soiree in the south city neighborhood. If fewer folks attend next year, it will ceas ... More >>
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Sam Simon, a headline grabber of late, is out as Director of Public Safety for the city of St. Louis, and mayoral aide Charles Bryson is taking his place, effective today. www.stlcityblue.com Meet the new boss: St. Louis Public Safety Director Charles Bryson replaces Sam Simon, effective today S ... More >>
Last month Bill McClellan wrote a column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about troubles George Randall was having opening a wine and spirits store in McKinley Heights. After he'd invested nearly $100,000 transforming an old warehouse into a retail destination at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Int ... More >>
...until Unreal puts our eye out. Plus: We hit the lake for some high-speed action, then attempt to chill with Chuck Berry.
Unreal gets the first crack at the new 'Link. Plus, Bill McClellan takes pride in "his band," and being named one of the nation's angriest cities really pisses us off. Grr.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Christ, can't a guy get a little peace around here?
Columnist is the first casualty of the P-D's exposé on the sheriff's department
He can turn bricks into gold, junk into antiques, disasters into opportunities. But Pete Rothschild just can't transform his reputation.
Dolores Shante, St. Louis American
Tragic as his story might be, convicted killer isn't living in a perfect world
Despite glowing coverage of local gay events in the Post-Dispatch, bigotry is alive and well
Editor Cole Campbell has left in his dinghy, and the mutineers at the Post-Dispatch are jubilant. Now, the flagship is listing and the crew has no idea where it's headed.
St. Louis comings and goings in anno Domini 1999