Throughout the whole of the English vernacular, nary are there etymological compositions quite so objectionably mellifluous as are those employed in the odious overindulgent offenses of music journalists. Such belittlingly belletristic behavior burdens the reader and introduces intensely inhibitive ... More >>
Last week Gut Check was so enamored with the news that Subway was test marketing Doritos nachos at select locations inside Wal-Mart stores nationwide that we recreated the dish for taste test purposes. The next day a tipster informed us that several Subway restaurants housed in St. Louis Wal-Mart st ... More >>
Now that authorities have been cracking down on dog-on-dog fighting, will cats be the next victims? Prosecutors in Madison County, Illinois, have charged 47-year-old Denis Soto with aggravated cruelty to animals, after he allegedly ordered his two German shepherds to attack a cat walking acr ... More >>
commons.wikimedia.orgMatt Holliday and a bottle of wine pair nicely in a weekend event. It's been a busy week. Why not kick back and unwind with some food and live music at events such as Harvest Sessions at the Tower Grove Farmers' Market or the Second Annual Green Tie Affair at The Green Ce ... More >>
A sign in Collinsville snapped back in 1983. (Images courtesy of The Painted Ad).St. Louis author and photographer William Stage is out with a new book on one of his favorite subjects: the vanishing, brick-wall advertisements that once decorated buildings across America. Today these signs serve a ... More >>
wikimedia commonsThe current issue of Interview Magazine has Christopher Bollen interviewing R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, and their conversation leads them to a couple interesting tidbits about St. Louis. Stipe, as you may be aware, graduated from high school in Collinsville. He tells Boll ... More >>
Sunday was the final day for Outlaw Blues at 1214 Central Park Drive in O'Fallon, Illinois. The southern-themed restaurant, open since 2008, will reopen as a third outpost of Ravanelli's Restaurant on Wednesday. It's not a huge change, since Steve Edwards of Ravanelli's has always owned Outlaw Blu ... More >>
Michael Pollan's 2007 best seller The Omnivore's Dilemma documented the industrialization of the world's food supply and whipped the foodie vanguard into a self-righteous froth. His encore, the "Manifesto" In Defense of Food, revealed the author as a proselytizing zealot/minimalist poet. ("Eat food. ... More >>
It's that time of the week. Time to vote for the local newsmaker of the week whose words or actions brought them the most shame/humiliation. In other words, who's the Ass Clown of the Week? And the nominees... 1. John Shimkus: The Republican from Collinsville, Illinois, said this week that he was ... More >>
Image sourceHopefully Devon "The Great" Alexander doesn't KO the local gamblers. The sweet science and the sport of kings. They are hands-down the two greatest sports on which to gamble. Both of them are coming to St. Louis tomorrow, live and in full effect. Devon Alexander will take on Andriy Ko ... More >>
This is what has to be a front-runner for most memorable local mugshot of the year (along with the photo of Arvon Brown released yesterday). Madison County Sheriff's Department mugshotOf all the shirts one could be wearing when arrested, this has to be one of the worst.The (Alton) Telegraph repor ... More >>
Image viaLocal gamblers will get to see this 52 days this year at Fairmount Park.After winter filled with labor disputes and political wrangling nearly left the track with just three days of live racing in 2010, Fairmount Park kicks off the first of 52 days of thoroughbred action this afternoon w ... More >>
Image viaThat's what Ricky Griffin said.Ricky Griffin Sr., a 43-year-old man from Collinsville, was sentenced yesterday to 24 years in federal prison for his "role in marijuana conspiracy." According to a press release from the Southern Illinois U.S. Attorney's office, "The conspiracy operated ... More >>
Image viaA cowboy with a very big, um, rooster.Cock. There, we said it. Laugh it up perverts.According to Wikipedia, the word has multiple definitions. Primarily it refers to any male bird, especially a cockerel or male chicken. It's also a verb that means to prepare the hammer of a firearm for f ... More >>
Just got off the phone with Lanny Brooks, director of the Illinois Horseman's Benevolent and Protective Association. He confirmed the early reports that Fairmount Park will indeed host 52 days of horse racing in 2010, a full schedule.Image ViaThe announcement was made official at a 1:30 p.m. pres ... More >>
Four. That's the number of state union workers at the Fairmount Park racetrack in Collinsville who are at odds with the Illinois Racing Board.Three. That's how many days of racing the track will be limited to in 2010 -- April 27, 30, and May 1 -- if the dispute isn't resolved by February 1.Hundreds. ... More >>
As reported last night, St. Louis police say four people, including the gunman, died yesterday in a deadly assault at the ABB Incorporated plant in north St. Louis. Five others were taken to the hospital where as of last night two remained in critical condition and two more in fair condition. A fift ... More >>
The first full week of work after the holidays is always a killer. Sure, you come in on Monday morning, buzzed and amped for the week ahead, but by Thursday you're as defeated and tired as Dilbert on quaaludes. Re-energize, then, this weekend with some of these inexpensive entertainment op ... More >>
Image viaThe owners of Fairmount Park might as well have hit a superfecta, a quadrella, and a pick four in the same afternoon of betting -- the jackpot they're about to cash-in is just that huge.Today, after nearly three years of legal wrangling, the area's only horse track will likely finally re ... More >>
After trying for years to get slot machines at tracks, the Illinois horse-racing community is hoping the next-best thing will help the troubled industry. Yesterday the Illinois Racing Board legalized online gambling for horse racing. As the Belleville News-Democrat reports this morning, the ... More >>
In the movie The Wrestler, Necro Butcher memorably assaults his opponent Randy "The Ram" Robinson (played by actor Mickey Rourke) with a staple gun, barbed wire and plate-glass window. And while Rourke is no longer manhandling "heels" inside the square circle, Butcher remains a very real wrest ... More >>
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The literary world is abuzz over Daniel Woodrell, bard of the Ozarks.
Yippee: Unreal finds a way to interact (virtually) with the world's sexiest people! Plus -- Granite City's relative suckiness, McDonald's bad 'tude and Circuit City's parking-lot campers.
St. Louis-area bicyclists are still bitter over the sentence given to the man who accidentally killed Michael Katz.
B-Sides reads Johnny O & the Jerks' tour diary, rocks to a scroll and gets to know Shauna Kapica
Week of March 9, 2006
The metro east is the corner pocket for some of the nation's top pool sharks. Bring it on, ESPN!
Team tennis in St. Louis
Water you doing for Father's Day?
A paean to the big bad bottle
Blind Phyllis learns the "Tush Push"
A good time is in the cards
The fashion-forward minds behind Rock Star Rags, St. Louis' invite-only vintage clothing warehouse
Bathtub-toy race for charity
Gateway Men's Chorus sings out
Frank Brown was butchered in 1996. His killer still hasn't paid the price.
Collinsville's Miners' Theater hosts a horrifying spectacle
Sunday, July 29; Ramp Riders Skate Park
A return visit to Top of the Riverfront
June 30 - July 1, 1999
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