Former vice president Al Gore is totally a vegan now. Just like Bill Clinton! Forbes and the Washington Post are both reporting that he's given up animal products. But, hey, guess what -- Gut Check totally already knew that. Back in February, Gore came to St. Louis for his book tour and got a vega ... More >>
Last week, we wrote about yet another national crime ranking that put St. Louis at the top -- which, unsurprisingly, the mayor and the police department were quick to dismiss. Their argument is that the methodology of these rankings is inherently flawed and that these reports make the metro area see ... More >>
St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites.
The voicemail sent a chill straight down Gut Check's spine and back up again: "Hi, this is Alison ________. I'm calling from Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern. There was a piece that was published about Andrew Zimmern coming to the Soulard Market. The network has just asked me to give you guys a ca ... More >>
For the 25th consecutive year, Anheuser-Busch is once again the sole beer sponsor of the Super Bowl. This year the St. Louis-based brewer plans to unveil at least four commercials during Sunday's big game that is expected to draw at least 111 million viewers. See also: - Anheuser-Busch Dethroned ... More >>
St. Louis earned a place on a Forbes magazine list alongside the likes of New York City and Los Angeles. Unfortunately that list was of the dirtiest cities in America, as determined by air and water quality.
Last week Politico broke down information from a recent review of Federal Election Commission reports detailing Mitt Romney and Barack Obama's campaign spending. It contains everything from office supplies and gas expenses to which hotels and restaurants the respective campaigns patronize most often ... More >>
The owner of the St. Louis Rams is making news this week, but not for anything regarding the uncertain future of his football franchise.
Should have seen this coming -- after Rep. Todd Akin's incredibly stupid comments about "legitimate rape" someone has started producing "illegitimate rape" whistles. But the product has a major design flaw. As the producers say in their own promotional literature, there is no such thing as "illegit ... More >>
Sue Wallis' Unified Equine announced yesterday that Rockville, Missouri, population 150 or so, would be home to the company's first food-grade horse slaughter plant by the end of the summer. This is the second proposed Missouri location for the Wyoming state senator's plant. Mountain Grove was the f ... More >>
Forbes has published a damning indictment of what the article's headline calls "Food's Biggest Scam": Kobe beef. Author Larry Olmstead doesn't pull his punches: You cannot buy Japanese Kobe beef in this country. Not in stores, not by mail, and certainly not in restaurants. No matter how much you ha ... More >>
Akon hasn't been perfect throughout his career, but it's hard to accuse him of being selfish. The St. Louis native developed a propensity to share the spotlight with other artists, even if it means his presence isn't always noticed. That cooperative mentality allowed Akon's behind-the-scenes career ... More >>
Billionaire sports fan Stan Kroenke has been approved by the Los Angeles Dodgers (and its investment bank) to meet with Major League Baseball concerning his offer to buy the team. Kroenke is not the only big-bucks guy to get that approval. According to the anonymous sources "very close to the sal ... More >>
Monsanto is a huge, environment-contaminating, organic-seed-modifying beast, sure, but the company must be doing alright. After all, Forbes loves them. The business magazine recently released its list of the country's most innovative companies, and Monsanto hits the rankings high, at No. 10 ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergA tasty spread at Salume BedduYesterday lifestyle columnist Larry Olmsted of Forbes declared Salume Beddu the best salami in the country. "It's pretty crazy. We are both incredibly humbled by the article," Salume Beddu co-owner Mark Sanfilippo told Gut Check. "We just tr ... More >>
Photo: Jennifer SilverbergOutside the Doe Run smelter in Herculaneum.The Herculaneum-based lead company, Doe Run, made news twice this week for two wildly different issues. On Tuesday, a trial began in St. Louis Circuit Court in which sixteen families from Herculaneum are suing Doe Run on claims ... More >>
AOL Have the big food blogs officially run out of topics, or are they succumbing because of foodie backlash? Forbes reported yesterday that AOL's axing 30 of their brands, including six-year-old food website Slashfood. The website will be absorbed by the still-new food section at the Huffin ... More >>
A report out yesterday ranks metropolitan St. Louis as one of the most "toxic" (i.e. polluted) cities in the nation. The study by Forbes.com looked at cities based on five factors: air quality, water quality, the number of nearby Superfund sites, amount of days when the air-quality index (AQI) ex ... More >>
Stan Kroenke can move forward on his plans for a Belleville Walmart.Sure he's worth nearly $3 billion, according to Forbes magazine, but, hey, business is business. And earlier this month, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke won another sweetheart deal for his bread-and-butter business: the Walmart ... More >>
Not so fast with that speedy chicken salad. Chicago Breaking News reports a recall of 72,000 pounds of canned chicken salad sold under the name "Bumble Bee Lunch on the Run Chicken Salad Complete Lunch Kit" and "Bumble Bee Chicken Salad with Crackers." Consumer complaints of hard plastic in the prod ... More >>
Okay, okay. We get it. We're all obsessed with where we rank, even if the data that fuels these most/best/worst cities' lists is contrived at best and completely unreliable at worst. So we can't blame Forbes for riding the trend with its newly-released "Most Dangerous Cities" list.Nope. Doesn't look ... More >>
image viaThis kind of devotion is only worth a number 10 ranking?It had to happen. They've already ranked everything else (and by "they" we mean The Media), so why not sports fans? Is it really possible to give an objective rating to a city's sports fans? Can you say that the citizens of one ... More >>
Forbes.com just published a handy tool today where folks can track population migration from county-to-county based on data the Internal Revenue Service collected from 2008. Here's the migration pattern for St. Louis city: Image sourceThe black lines show where people came to St. Louis from ... More >>
Image sourceNow THAT is a well-reasoned and objective top ten list.This week's RFT feature story takes a satirical look at the arbitrary and often asinine world of online rankings, studies and surveys. We're talking about the lists that attempt to quantify the unquantifiable and compare the uniqu ... More >>
The largest investor in the St. Louis Blues, TowerBrook Capital Partners, wants to sell its ownership stake in the NHL franchise. TowerBrook -- a New York-based, private-equity firm -- never planned on being with the Blues for the long run. The company is friendly with Blues chairman and principa ... More >>
Foot-and-mouth disease is back. Three cows were found with the condition's mouth sores, so Japan has banned the export of beef for three months, according to Forbes. It's the first case of foot-and-mouth reported in Japan in ten years. Jack in the Box has introduced self-service kiosks. Slashfood ... More >>
Bill DeWitt Jr. as depicted in a 2001 RFT cover story.It's the Cardinals home opener this afternoon, and if the team's owner Bill DeWitt Jr. were to give a speech today, one suspects it would begin: "The state of Redbird Nation is strong." The Cardinals have won their first two series on th ... More >>
Image sourceEven a billionaire has a right to be cranky when he drops 80 places on Forbes's list of the world's richest people.Times are tough here in St. Louis, even for billionaires. In Forbes magazine's annual ranking of the world's richest people, Enterprise Rent-a-Car owner Jack Taylor fell ... More >>
Another week, another poll ranking St. Louis as one of the crappiest places to live. This one from Forbes, which is out with its survey of "America's Most Miserable Cities". The magazine ranks cities based on a number of factors, including: unemploymenttaxes (both sales and income)commute timesvi ... More >>
The Anheuser-Busch InBev beat remains vacant, but the local daily is beefing up its investigative chops in other areas with the just-announced hiring of two new reporters. Jim Doyle, a former investigative reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle who's been covering airier subjects of late, will wor ... More >>
Bernie Miklasz of the Post-Dispatch scooped everyone late last night with the big news that Shahid Khan, an Urbana, Illinois-based businessman, is the new owner of the St. Louis Rams.With the ownership question answered, can the Rams returning to their winning ways?Khan is president of Flex-N-Gat ... More >>
Forbes Travel Guide -- formerly known as Mobil Travel Guide -- is out with its annual star ratings of restaurants nationwide, and Downtown institution Tony's (410 Market Street; website) is the highest-rated St. Louis restaurant, scoring four out of a maximum five stars. The only other four- star re ... More >>
media.photobucket.com/image/we suck/emilyandbobbyAt first it seemed like an aberration that St. Louis and the Show-Me State consistently came in last (or first in a bad way) in every national poll, study, and ranking under the sun.First we topped that dubious "most dangerous city in America" poll ... More >>
Chipotle takes lead on supporting fair treatment of migrant tomato workers. (Gourmet)In defense of canned food, and the family who lived on stuff in their pantry all summer. (The Boston Globe, Omaha World-Herald)What's the big deal with the little hoki fish? (Dailyfinance.com)Is vegetable ... More >>
fanshop.sfgate.comWhen it comes to inflated valuations, the Rams are solid gold.If somehow you haven't heard yet, the St. Louis Rams are up for sale to the highest bidder, leaving open the possibility that the franchise could move out of Missouri. Sports columnist Bernie Miklasz broke the news Sunda ... More >>
Hey, Bill and Nancy Laurie: Unreal's got $200 and a hot new dance craze! Plus, we learn how to dupe the beer vendors at Fair Saint Louis, join a local blog in the clubhouse and get Matt Blunt's feelings on (Confederate) flag-burning.
The Cardinals have billed Michael E. Pulitzer as an owner, even when he wasn't. Now that he is, can we trust the Post to tell the truth?
Published the week of September 20-26, 2000
The strategy for a new baseball stadium includes enlisting the involvement of key downtown developers while limiting public say over subsidies
Developers like the Sansone Group are using a state law to rake in millions of tax dollars for retail projects in the burbs. Trouble is, the legislation was designed to help blighted inner cities.