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    July 11, 2014

    Man With Cardinals, White Sox Face Tattoos Accidentally Kills Fellow Gang Member: Police

    Plenty of the best fans in baseball have St. Louis Cardinals tattoos, just not on the face -- or next to a tattoo for the Chicago White Sox. Richard Magnan faces involuntary manslaughter charges for accidentally shooting and killing his friend and fellow gang member, according to the Chicago Sun-Ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    Jon Gitchoff: Meet the 2014 Best Music Photographers in St. Louis

    Earlier, you helped us select our ten favorite concert photographers in St. Louis. We got well over 100 nominations, after which our panel of judges narrowed the field to just ten folks. In the coming weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists and having them share some of their favori ... More >>

  • Film

    April 11, 2013
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    March 13, 2012

    The Woody Guthrie Centennial Celebration Kicks Off in Tulsa

    On Saturday the world's foremost Woody Guthrie scholars gathered at the University of Tulsa to discuss how Guthrie's Oklahoma roots shaped his music and the Sooner State musicians who've followed in his footsteps. "Different Shades of Red: Woody Guthrie and the Oklahoma Experience at 100" is the fir ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Literally, "See You in Court!"

    It won't exactly be Law & Order, but Illinois' courtroom dramas could soon be coming to a living room near you. In an announcement titled "Extended Media Coverage In the Circuit Courts of Illinois on an Experimental Basis," the Illinois Supreme Court yesterday ordered that video and still cameras ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2011

    Missouri State Band Reignites Debate Over "Dixie"

    Image via"Dixie" came out of blackface minstrel shows in the mid-19th Century.​The song "Dixie" was born from the blackface minstrel shows of the mid-19th century. The lyrics take the perspective, and exaggerated dialect, of a free slave who aches to return to his days of plantation bondage. The f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2011

    Food Fights Signal Bad Manners, End Times.

    Sure, we all love food. But are we willing to fight for it? Go to jail for it? Or, perhaps, die for it? Judging from recent headlines, the End Times have arrived, signaled by that famine horseman who's prompting people to ape shit on one another over snack foods. Or maybe it's just time to offer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    Helicopters Blow Warm Air on Cold Florida Crops

    For a second year in a row, cold threatens Florida's winter crops. NPR reports that farmers are hiring helicopters to hover low over the crops to push warm air downward. It's a desperate measure that costs around $2500 an hour, and last week three helicopters crashed on crop-warming missions. But if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    On November 2, Cast Your Vote for Rich Whitey

    image viaHe may be melanin-impaired, but he still prefers to be known as Whitney, not Whitey.​Uh, sorry, that's Rich Whitney, the Green Party's candidate for governor of Illinois. Unfortunately, his last name is showing up as "Whitey" on electronic voting machines in 23 Chicago wards, about ha ... More >>

  • Culture

    August 25, 2010
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    August 13, 2010

    Factory Farmers and Animal Groups Strike Deal to Expand Chicken Cages

    The New York Times reports that factory farms are starting to provide more space for confined animals in light of consumer preferences and changes in farming laws. They look at West Mansfield, Ohio, where farmers and animal rights activists have struck a deal that will stop construction on tightly c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    Chicagoans Continue to Broaden Horizons, Explore St. Louis

    image viaIntrepid Chicagoan Blair Kamin.​To a Chicagoan, the state of Illinois south of Joliet is nothing but a lot of cornfields, except maybe for Champaign-Urbana, and St. Louis is just a teeny, tiny blip on the distant horizon. But when an intrepid Chicagoan dares to cross those nearly 300 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    What Are You Getting With That Ballpark Hot Dog? You Don't Want to Know.

    Want some rat crap with that $6 hot dog? How do the nation's sports venues fare when food vendors are inspected? All over the place, with many of them not good. ESPN published a major report on the state of concession stand safety. It's good news for St. Louis sports fans: Busch Stadium and Edward J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    A-Foraging We Will Go in San Francisco

    While Midwesterners have gone mushroom hunting for generations, foraging is just catching on in San Francisco's urban culinary jungle. The San Francisco Chronicle features chefs like Iso Rabins, who's been hosting tasting menus of foraged goodies. Chicago's getting a Michelin Guide. According to th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    OMG, New York Times Deigns to Notice St. Louis!

    Screen capture of NYT storyClick for a larger version of this image.​It's so sad that we get so excited when someone from the East Coast bothers to notice our humble little Gateway. Shouldn't they be excited to know that we look up to them, that they're as important to the little ol' Midwest a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    Fairmount Park Fiasco May Get Entire Illinois Racing Board Fired

    Image viaThe Illinois Racing Board is the stick figure​The Illinois House of Representatives voted yesterday to fire every member of the Illinois Racing Board for the agency's handling of a labor dispute earlier this year at Fairmount Park.The bill, HB 5064, passed 89-24 and is sponsored by Rep. J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.11

    ​Missouri state representative Jim Viebrock wants to circumvent federal bans and allow horse slaughter for food in Missouri. Viebrock argues that unwanted and abandoned horses can be slaughtered and sold to European and Japanese markets. (USA Today) New York State legislator introduces bill t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2010

    Together Again? "Mad" Mike Martz and Lovie Smith Could Reunite with Chicago Bears

    Martz caught in a "Lovie affair" in Chicago. ​Former St. Louis Rams head coach Mike Martz interviewed with the Chicago Bears this weekend for the role of offensive coordinator. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Bears head coach Lovie Smith is pushing hard for the team to hire Martz. Before takin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 1.19

    Kraft take-over of Cadbury approved. ( ​ Japan braces for cultural and economic impact of possible tuna export ban. ( cheesemaker returns to old methods. (The Oshkosh Northwestern)Walgreens investigates selling  prepared meals. (Business Week)In another outburst of f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2010

    Chicago Sun-Times Gushes All Over the Delmar Loop​A Chicago Sun-Times travel writer recently received the royal treatment in St. Louis: scoring a rare interview with rock icon Chuck Berry and getting upgraded to a plush suite at the new Moonrise Hotel. And no doubt Delmar Loop impresario Joe Edwards (owner of the Moonrise and on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 11.23

    ​ How to fix Thanksgiving dinner disasters. (Chicago Sun-Times)Jamie Oliver plays matchmaker. ( enjoy Olive Garden and other weird crap. (Duluth News Tribune)Whole Foods to reward employees who improve their health. (San Jose Mercury News)One man and a sandwich start a chain ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 10.27

    ​ Researchers find reason to not mix red wine and fish. (Reuters)Foods for fighting the flu. (WSOC-TV)New Manwich ads touts the food's vegetable content. ( minister brings services to tavern. (Chicago Sun-Times)How to switch to locally-raised meat. (Minneapolis-St. Pau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Burris Preparing to Rest in Pieces

    Roland Burris, the could-be junior Senator from Illinois, is getting on in years. But even when you're 71, it's never too late to stop thinking about the future. And so Burris has created an elaborate tomb for himself in Oak Woods Cemetery on Chicago's South Side.Unlike most people, whose headstones ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 12.23

    In today's news: an unlikely outbreak of food poisoning, tough drunk-driving laws in Brazil and a pricing dilemma for restaurants.

  • Blogs

    October 17, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 10.17

    The FDA details its plans to open inspection offices in China and other countries. (AP) Brain scans reveal a link between obesity and how (or if) we perceive gratification as we eat. (Chicago Sun-Times) A skinny -- of course -- Pennsylvania chef eats a 15-pound hamburger. (SkyNews) - Ian Froeb

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2008

    Return of the Restaurant Crime Blotter! OK, so neither of these cases actually involve a restaurant, but I couldn't pass up the chance to post links, via Man kills and (maybe) eats girlfriend. (AP) Inmates sue over the quality of food served in prison. (Chicago Sun-Times) -Ian Froeb

  • Music

    January 2, 2008

    Career (Remix)

    The trials and tribulations of R. Kelly.

  • News

    December 19, 2007

    2007: The Year in Movies and Music

    A year-end wrap-up of what we adored, what was ignored and what the new year will bring.

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 12/3

    A new report finds that the FDA is underfunded and understaffed. (USA Today) Can Congress improve how the nation's children eat at school? Depends on the passage of the farm bill. (New York Times) Heading to Chicago for the holidays? You might want to hold the ice whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 11/13

    Bird flu strikes Great Britain. No word yet whether it's the feared H5N1 strain. (Guardian) Nitrate- and nitrite-rich foods may help prevent heart attacks. ( Consumer satisfaction with major food producers has dropped. (Chicago Sun-Times) I suppose this i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007

    Small Plates: Wednesday, 7/25 Get well soon. Chef Grant Achatz of Chicago's Alinea -- often named one of the best restaurants in America -- has been diagnosed with an advanced stage of squamous cell carcinoma in his mouth. Achatz is 33 years old. (Chicago Sun-Times) A look at the growing influence a ... More >>

  • Music

    September 15, 2004

    Usher Wants His MTV

    Why a pop megastar still feels neglected by the mainstream

  • Music

    November 5, 2003

    That's Just Nasty

    What's a little statutory rape between R. Kelly and his fans?

  • News

    August 29, 2001

    Blooper Max

    Another security breach surfaces at Illinois' superexpensive supermaximum prison

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    September 27, 2000
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    June 14, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Published the week of June 14-20, 2000

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    June 7, 2000

    Lost at Sea

    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.

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    April 7, 1999
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    March 31, 1999
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    February 24, 1999
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    February 17, 1999