Ten inmates at a Missouri jail got a special treat when a guard took them outside to see a patriotic fireworks display on July 4. But the real fireworks started back inside when authorities realized one of the inmates had escaped. Jason McClurg, 32, broke free from Shannon County jail in Eminence, ... More >>
St. Louis' long-running hardcore favorite Cardiac Arrest will be releasing its first new material in seven years (and first ever full-length) on Saturday, July 19. Those familiar with frontman Rob Ruzicka -- a longtime booker of punk and hardcore in St. Louis -- know to expect the unexpected, and Ru ... More >>
Picture, if you will, that you are standing in between two people. Look to your right, then to your left. If you are standing in this little huddle in Missouri 20 years from today, more than likely two of the three of you will be obese. At least, that's the vision of the future a new report out fro ... More >>
When we last checked in with the Heart Attack Grill -- where you can order the almost-10,000-calorie "Quadruple Bypass Burger" (add twenty slices of bacon for just $3.69 more!), fries cooked in pure lard and butterfat milkshakes ("literally pure cream!") -- a diner had suffered a heart attack at the ... More >>
Every now and then, Gut Check puts away our snark and presents a story without comment. This is one of those occasions. A man dining at the Heart Attack Grill, a Las Vegas restaurant that offers "Triple Bypass Burgers" and French fries cooked in pure lard and clothes its waitresses in masturbatory ... More >>
Image viaSeriously, wtf was up at the former Boggs firm?Statistically, it's pretty rare for a 39-year-old to die of cardiac arrest. That's the first unusual aspect of the death of Wade J. Thomas, a Kansas City-based attorney who passed away on New Year's Day. The second: He used to work for the l ... More >>
8 p.m. Sunday, December 18. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.
John Gotti died of throat cancer while incarcerated at the U.S. Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Missouri.The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Statistics released a bunch of numbers yesterday offering an exhaustive demographic account of inmates who are dying in p ... More >>
A curious suit over questionable meat.At a news conference today in St. Louis, Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster announced that he's filed a civil suit against a meat processor with stores in Overland and Festus on claims that the company mislabeled some of its products. According to the att ... More >>
Public Enemy, NWA, Tupac... 79-year-old Velma Fortune, shining a light on police brutality. Updated at 11:30 a.m. to include a statement from McPherson Police Chief Dennis Shaw. Two McPherson, Kansas, police officers snatched the cane of a 79-year-old woman, handcuffed her and dragged her a ... More >>
August Busch IVThe Post-Dispatch reports that August Busch IV has been sued in St. Louis County Circuit Court over the death last December of his girlfriend, Adrienne Martin. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed today on behalf of Martin's eight-year-old son, Blake Alexander Martin. Blake's fathe ... More >>
image viaIt seems wrong to say that some people are more deserving of heart attacks than others, but when a person with a propensity for smoking and eating slingers and a lack of interest in exercise suffers a coronary, let's just say no one is very much surprised. But what about when a pers ... More >>
August Busch IV had straw with cocaine in bedroom and pill bottles with illegal drug residue in bathroom.Update: At a news conference this afternoon, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch said that August Busch IV "refused" to cooperate with its investigation, and it could not file charges ag ... More >>
image viaDr. Gerald W. Dorn IIResearchers at Washington University have identified a gene sequence that indicates a person is at risk for heart failure even before there are any outward signs, like high blood pressure. Surprisingly, this gene isn't connected to the heart. It's related to the ... More >>
8:30 and 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, December 1, through Saturday, December 4.
Image viaDrug moneyIf you read this week's feature story on the addiction-curing hallucinogenic drug ibogaine and non-hallucinogenic alternatives like 18-MC, you might have been left wondering, "If this stuff works as well as everybody says it does, why hasn't a pharmaceutical company started sel ... More >>
Sad news: Garden Spot Market in the Soulard Market, which opened just last year, is closed for good. The Shupp family, which owns Garden Spot and also Rick's Garden Spot Meats in Kell, Illinois, is moving to Maryland. "It's time for a change," says Melissa Shupp, speaking on behalf of the family. " ... More >>
Courtesy St. Louis Children's HospitalOwen Stark uses an artificial lungA 2-year-old boy from Eldon, Mo. is alive today thanks to a novel use of an artificial lung at St. Louis Children's Hospital. And his treatment may pave the way for other kids to make use of artificial lungs as well. He's the ... More >>
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.
Shocking! Chefs sometimes smoke pot. The New York Times examines the marijuana culture that often goes side by side with professional kitchens. While cocaine was the kitchen drug of choice in the nouvelle cuisine 1980s, today's heavier rustic foods favor something a bit more mellow. "'There has be ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, April 10. Fubar, 3108 Locust Street.
9 p.m. Saturday, December 26. The Fox Hole at Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Avenue.
Yesterday on Cherokee, neighboring shops -- Binge & Purge and Apop Records -- hosted bands and barbecue, for an end-of-summer party. Pat Sajak Assassins, The Fins, Suburban Smash, Medical Tourists, Maximum Effort, God Fodder, Cardiac Arrest, Kansas City's Dark Ages and Lester Shy and The Shyphon ... More >>
A California company recalls romaine lettuce for possible salmonella contamination. (CNN)A man with high blood pressure sues Denny's for not disclosing sodium levels in its food. (UPI)Morgan Spurlock's anti-McDonald's movie Super Size Me is going to become a...comic book? (Chow.com)
Got word last weekend that long-time Mississippi Nights/Pageant bartender Tim Mullen died of a heart attack last Friday. He was in his early '50s. Mullen was known for always wearing a Cardinals hat and glasses, and was a 25-year-plus employee of both venues.Courtesy of Vintage Vinyl
Sad news to report about Russ Rankin, a.k.a. DJ Ranx of KDHX and the leader of Dubtronix: He had a stroke and a heart attack last week. To help defray medical bills, stalwart local reggae acts Murder City Players, Youth & Roots and Yard Squad will be performing a benefit show ... More >>
We stared at one other, he and I, counting heartbeats while the silence mounted. Would he be the first to speak, or would I profane the quiet with clumsy speech? A joke, a riddle, something inappropriate in its candor? The possibilities for embarrassment were infinite. "We're deep in the thicke ... More >>
How the perception of gender roles at restaurants have -- and haven't -- changed. (New York Times) The role that small dairy farmers have played in China's melamine scandal. (Los Angeles Times) Dark chocolate may help heart health, a new study finds. (Reuters) - Ian Froeb
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My review of the Original SoupMan is now available online. Click here to read. Keep your cholesterol down? Also in this week's issue: Malcom tries to keep down Promise Activ Peach SuperShots (and his cholesterol), while Kristie sips Glen Ellen merlot and tries to keep straight who's who a ... More >>
302 North Kingshighway Blvd.
7 p.m. Tuesday, June 12. Pop's, 1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois.
7 p.m. Wednesday, February 7. Creepy Crawl (3524 Washington Boulevard).
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Minnesota's most famous export sits and chats for a spell
Barnes-Jewish Hospital (BJH South) Cafeteria