They're here. They're queer. And now they're married. Gay marriage arrived suddenly in Missouri on Wednesday night when four gay couples wed in Mayor Francis Slay's office in a top-secret ceremony. Each bride and groom knew they'd be jumping head first into a contentious and litigious public deba ... More >>
Missouri didn't get a whole lot of attention in the 2012 presidential race, but things could be quite different in 2016. That is if the mayors of St. Louis and Kansas City have their way. Kansas City is buzzing this week about the potential for the city to host the 2016 Republican National Convent ... More >>
If life in St. Louis is better than it was four years ago, it still ain't got nothin' on the summer of 1916--the last time we hosted the Democratic National Convention. You might remember that in 2010, St. Louis was a finalist to host the convention that brought 35,000 people to Charlotte, NC this ... More >>
Last week, Gut Check offered up a list of ten snacks to pair with Republican National Convention coverage. Of course, the fun doesn't stop there. On Tuesday, September 4, the Democratic National Convention kicked off in Charlotte, North Carolina, prompting Gut Check to brainstorm another set of them ... More >>
With the Democratic National Convention kicking off last night and some old crazy guy yelling at a chair last week, it's beginning to look a lot like election season everywhere you go. Only, there's a teensy problem going on at the St. Louis County Board of Elections: They're about a thousand poll ... More >>
8 p.m. Saturday, July 21. Soldiers Memorial, 1315 Chestnut Street.
My word of the day calendar says that today's word is "skirl", which conveniently is defined as a musical term. Unfortunately, it is one that typically involves the act of bagpipin', and none of the bands listed this week feature that particular instrument. MISSED OPPORTUNITIES. Alberta Cross plays ... More >>
Chuck Berry turns 85 today.To the outsider, St. Louis' music scene could be represented by the sing-songy rhymes of Nelly or the Urge's frantic musical elixir. But the town's musical identity -- and the world of rock n' roll -- would be indisputably different without a man celebrating his 85t ... More >>
Look, I can explain. I was suffering altitude sickness.A once high-flying Missouri politician plummeted to Earth yesterday. The only question now: Can she survive the wreckage? Claire McCaskill's reputation took perhaps its biggest hit in her nearly five years in the U.S. Senate on Mo ... More >>
Image viaMcCaskill: NYT got it all twisted!Now that a New York Times piece has suggested that Senator Claire McCaskill torpedoed St. Louis' bid for the 2011 Democratic Convention, she's fighting back. The gist of the article was that she publicly supported bringing the convention here, but ... More >>
Mayor Francis Slay says St. Louis must get off the mat, try again for 2016. It's official. St. Louis has lost its bid for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. This morning Michelle Obama emailed members of the Democratic National Committee informing them of the decision to host the convention ... More >>
Photo: Egan O'KeefeThe mayor and an attendee at last night's RFT Web Awards.DailyRFT had a chance catch up with Mayor Francis Slay last night at Riverfront Times' Web Awards. (The mayor, btw, had a great time, according to his tweets.)After discussing social media with Slay -- a nominee for our c ... More >>
Charlotte Mayor Anthony FoxxEarlier this week Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill fretted that St. Louis may not win the bid for the 2012 Democratic National Convention because she's heard nothing in recent weeks about the event from the White House. Apparently, though, McCaskill isn't the only one ... More >>
Senator Claire McCaskill hasn't heard that St. Louis will or will not host the 2012 DNC convention. In fact, she hasn't heard a thing and the silence from the White House may not bode well. "I wish I knew. I'm worried that I don't, to tell you the truth," McCaskill told the Post-Dispatch yesterday. ... More >>
Readers of Mayor Francis Slay's blog may have wondered last week why St. Louis' top elected official was so quick to praise President Barack Obama over the contentious tax bill he's working out with Republicans. On Sunday, the New York Times provided an explanation. Slay had to keep up with the m ... More >>
These seven politicians surely have good excuses for their slurred speech and bizarre commentary. They'd probably say they're just fatigued from the road -- or too busy serving the people. Call us cynics, but we happen to think that they're drunk beyond belief after enjoying some of their own secret ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/local_louisville/When Democratic officials dropped by St. Louis last week to unofficially check out whether we can handle their next convention, we really showed 'em something. And I'm not talking about Chuck Berry and Nelly (though our native sons did a fine job). What I'm talk ... More >>
Face it: St. Louis just can't cover up all its zits.Sure, the 2012 Democratic Convention could bring millions of dollars to the St. Louis economy. And, yes, it would be a great way for St. Louis to showcase to the world its recent downtown renovations -- City Garden, Washington Ave., Post Office ... More >>
Last Thursday, local icons Nelly and Chuck Berry played a free show at Kiener Plaza in support of the city's bid for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Photographer Erin Kinsella was there and brought back the following pictures. Enjoy! Erin KinsellaBehold! An entire slideshow of Nelly ... More >>
johnnyjet.comRock legend Chuck Berry (and a special mystery guest) will be performing at Kiener Plaza next Thursday, July 29, in support of the city's bid for the 2012 Democratic National Convention. St. Louis is one of four finalists. Tickets are free, but according to www.stl2012.org, "the ... More >>
If not his music, hopefully his skipper's cap will lead political operatives to awarding St. Louis the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Yeah, that's right. Next Thursday the legendary Chuck Berry is scheduled to a play a free concert at Kiener Plaza in the hopes of drawing attention to St. Lo ... More >>
The St. Louis bid to host the 2012 Democratic Convention moved one step closer to reality yesterday when the city was named as one of four finalists for the event. Other cities in contention are Charlotte, Cleveland and Minneapolis. The event -- scheduled for the week of September 3, 2012 -- woul ... More >>
In the summer of 1964, hundreds of young northerners descended upon Mississippi to register black voters and teach in "Freedom Schools." Among them were Charles McLaurin, Chris Hexter and Tracy Sugarman, who were all based in the town of Ruleville in Sunflower County. McLaurin was the project direct ... More >>
The 1916 Democratic convention held in the old St. Louis Coliseum.The St. Louis Tea Party could soon get a big motivational boost -- provided it's still around in two years.Today the St. Louis Convention and Visitor's Commission announced it is bidding to host the Democratic National Convention i ... More >>
With each passing day, the St. Louis Cardinals' decision to hire Mark McGwire as hitting coach is becoming a PR disaster of epic dimensions. Current ballplayers and Hall of Famers alike have turned against him, in many cases, quite bitterly. Ex-Cardinal great and Fox Sports Midwest an ... More >>
mayorslay.comThe mayor doesn't suggest you cast a vote for him. Now that 2010 is afoot, St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay wants your take on the biggest news-makers of 2009, a la Time magazine's "Person of the Year". In his weekly poll released today, Slay asks you to pick from his pre-fab list of las ... More >>
Ohlsen's mug shot as it appears in an arrest report from March 2008 when police in Ladue found him in possession of a stolen .40 caliber Glock handgun. If you didn't see it yesterday, the Post-Dispatch ran a front-page article on Milton "Skip" Ohlsen, the man behind a federal probe into state Sen ... More >>
9 p.m. Saturday, November 22. Dante's, 3221 Olive Street.
This morning, President-elect Barack Obama and wife Michelle visited with President Bush and wife Laura at the White House, where the Illinois senator apparently got his first look inside the Oval Office. Obama greets supporters in St. Louis in October (Lyle Whitworth) While Obama was familiariz ... More >>
Japan's plan to donate excess rice to nations severely affected by the food crisis might cause a trade dispute with the U.S. (New York Times) Lord, help us all: Whole Foods CEO John Mackey is blogging again. (Grub Street) Is fasting the key to beating jet lag? (BBC News) Good beer news: Ethanol m ... More >>
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