For writers, there are few spaces more motivating, focusing and inspirational than a window seat on a train. Walt Disney came up with Mickey Mouse on a train. Same thing with J.K. Rowling, who says Harry Potter popped into her head fully-formed on a crowded car. And now 24 writers will get a spec ... More >>
Carmel Limousine, St. Louis' first app-based car-hailing service, won't be ready for another week. The company hoped to start St. Louis service on Monday, officially bringing the Lou into the growing circle of dozens of major American cities with access to a car and driver at the push of a button.
It's not Uber. It's not Lyft. Turns out, New York City's Carmel is the first app-based ride-hailing service to cross the finish line into St. Louis, and they beat the competition by following the rules.
St. Louis is just days away from joining the more than 35 American cities and dozens of countries using apps to call for a cheap and easy car service. That's according to St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, who enigmatically tweeted about the coming service Sunday afternoon.
In this week's music feature, RFT Music talks Jack Buck, a noisy St. Louis rock band that, in its three-year tenure, put out two memorable records and made a racket on every stage that it hit. Check out the full write-up on Jack Buck, plan on catching them one last time tonight during their last St. ... More >>
Metro St. Louis had more people moving out of the region than moving in this summer, according to data from St. Louis-based United Van Lines. The nation's largest moving firm, United has been tracking annual domestic migration for the past 36 years on a state-by-state basis. Over the past two years ... More >>
The Federal Aviation Administration has put the kibosh on the Missouri School of Journalism's groundbreaking drone program. "Based on your university website, you are currently operating a UAS (unmanned aircraft system) without proper authorization," reads the letter sent to Scott Pham, founder an ... More >>
Some development news this week at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport: A jet company is moving in! Airport officials announced yesterday that Jet Linx, a company that offers private jet services for its members, will have a new base in St. Louis utilizing facilities formerly used for the Miss ... More >>
[Editor's Note: Long-time concert photographer Andrew Youssef found out two years ago that he had stage IV colon cancer. In that time, he has continued to shoot tons of music events, on top of other freelance work and working a day job at a hospital, of all places. As he continues to fight for his l ... More >>
Something cool is happening at Lambert Airport, guys! It will soon offer free Wi-Fi! For twenty minutes, that is. Airport officials announced this week that it plans to "modify its Wi-Fi network" to enable passengers and visitors to connect to wireless Internet access for free for one daily logi ... More >>
While some are concerned that drones may violate privacy rights through increased surveillance, two key law enforcement officials in St. Louis have now formally expressed interest in the technology -- which they say could be a helpful tool in police chases. "One significant issue that I believe th ... More >>
"There will be drones." So says St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay in a tweet yesterday on the controversial airplane surveillance technology. Maggie Crane, spokeswoman for Slay, tells Daily RFT today that the mayor is referring to the federal government's use of drones and says that St. Louis may at s ... More >>
The Visual Stimulations for People Who Were High Coachella's art installations -- the ones designed to impress you while you're high, aka all of them -- were particularly impressive this year. There was the tesla coil, the crane that was formerly a flower but now a praying mantis, the giant floresce ... More >>
Dan Lloyd has been watching his beloved BarCycle sit idle in a garage in Soulard almost all summer long, and it turns out that it was all likely for naught. At its morning hearing, the general counsel for the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission said the body has no jurisdiction over BarCycle and that i ... More >>
The Shins | The Antlers | Deep Sea Diver June 4, 2012 The Pageant "Should I be surprised at the amount of fist-pumping happening in the audience?" I wondered to myself last night on the Pageant floor during the Shins first song of the night, "Phantom Limb," from 2007's Wincing the Night Away. It wa ... More >>
KMOV and KTVI both report that a pedestrian was hit by an Amtrak train just before 5 p.m. near Leffingwell and Scott avenues in Kirkwood (the railroad crossing at the intersection, above). The person was wearing headphones at the time, and witnesses claimed the train blew its whistle prior to the at ... More >>
The Shins was indie-rock royalty, ruling the last decade with a often-brilliant combination of soft-spoken and frenetic music. Yet the band seemed to evaporate after the release of 2007's Wincing the Night Away, leaving fans to either listen to Oh Inverted World for a much-needed nostalgic fix or to ... More >>
The Springfield and Cape Girardeau mail processing centers will be consolidated this year by the United States Postal Service, at a cost of 136 positions combined. Some of those jobs may be transferred to the Kansas City and Downtown St. Louis Sorting and Processing Facilities, which are assuming ... More >>
This space for rent.Noting that state funding for student transportation has been slashed as Missouri deals with a very tight budget, State Representative Mike Kelley (R-Lamar) proposed a new idea: Advertising on both the outside and inside of school buses. HB1273 would permit the State Board of ... More >>
The Shins, dormant for the last few years, will return in 2012 with Port of Morrow and a U.S. tour that includes a stop at the Pageant (6161 Delmar Boulevard, 314-726-616) on June 4. Tickets are $32 for general admission or $37 for reserved balcony spots and go on sale Friday at 5 p.m. The Shins, ... More >>
Here's why your package from Humboldt didn't arrive in time for Christmas: Sergeant Larry J. Davis of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department enjoys his job so much that he allegedly took work home with him on a regular basis. Davis is assigned to the Central Patrol Division-Special Operatio ... More >>
Remember one those classic intros to Cheers when Norm walks into the bar and Woody asks him how he's doing? Norm responds: "It's a dog-eat-dog world, Woody, and I'm wearing MilkBone underwear." I recalled that scene this morning when reading the latest dust up regarding St. Louis' problem with st ... More >>
Look, boss! The plane! The plane!Media is invited this afternoon to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to witness the first of what city officials hope will be thousands of more cargo flights from China. The China Cargo Airlines jet is scheduled to land at 4 p.m. The governor, local official ... More >>
A US Airways flight form New York to Phoenix this morning made an unexpected stop at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Jeff Lea, spokesman for the airport, tells Daily RFT that the plane landed at 7:50 a.m. because of a "security-related concern." Passengers were taken off the plane. An in ... More >>
Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge has done her part. Will legislators follow?As legislators in Jefferson City yesterday continued to debate $360 million in tax credits to help fund an international cargo hub at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, the airport's director, Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, plowed f ... More >>
When's the last time you sent a letter...or mailed anything at all besides a rent check? It's probably been a while; you probably do most of your correspondence online.The United States Post Office is taking notice. Today, the USPS released a list of 3,653 post offices nationwide to be studied fo ... More >>
Amtrak: Now free to move about Missouri.Amtrak will restore full service between St. Louis and Kansas City beginning Wednesday. Flooding along the Missouri River forced Amtrak to reduce its runs between the two cities earlier this month after Union Pacific switched more of its freight traffic ont ... More >>
The Union Pacific line west of Jefferson City as viewed this morning.Flood waters along the Missouri River have forced the Union Pacific railroad to divert its freight trains to a line of track the carrier shares with Amtrak. The resulting congestion has forced the passenger train to temporarily ... More >>
Michael Webber: Says St. Louis is paying to hear what it wants to about the China Hub.Michael Webber, an air-cargo consultant based out of Kansas City, took a lot of heat yesterday from Daily RFT commenters when we re-published some of his thoughts on St. Louis' plans to transform Lambert Field i ... More >>
Look! Is that a Chinese cargo jet about to land in St. Louis, or just pie in the sky?Air cargo consultant Michael Webber does not mince words then it comes to questioning the promises tied to the proposed Midwest China Hub at Lambert St. Louis International Airport. Webber argues that the cargo h ... More >>
city-data.comBricklayers' handiwork accents a typical St. Louis street.St. Louis is renowned for its brick architecture, but don't expect to see a lot of new masonry going up in the immediate future. That's because as of 12 a.m. yesterday, the 1,000 members of Bricklayers Local 1 are on strike. T ... More >>
Teachers' rights to bargain collectively in Missouri are now headed to the state supreme court.Are Missouri school boards required to collectively bargain with unions representing their faculties -- and, even more importantly, to do so in good faith?That's the question now heading to the Missouri ... More >>
It's up to you to prevent this.We're No. 5! Celebratory chomps all around.OK, it's not actually that funny. The U.S. Postal Service today released data on the nation's top cities for dog attacks on postal carriers, and St. Louis tied for fifth (along with San Antonio) with 39 attacks in 2010. Hou ... More >>
The passenger train route from St. Louis to KC as seen today and the foreseeable future.Republican legislators today rejected an attempt to place into the state budget a provision for high-speed rail linking St. Louis to Kansas City. Last month, Governor Jay Nixon announced that Missouri would bi ... More >>
Kansas City Here I Come?The Cardinals are scheduled to square off against the Royals in an interleague series beginning May 2 in Kansas City. Warning to all fans traveling by train: The tracks ain't exactly in perfect shape, and the schedule isn't always reliable. At least that's what Gov. J ... More >>
An extra airport fee to fund the taxicab commission is legal, its lawyer says.Last week, we told you about the lawsuit filed by a pair of taxi drivers, alleging that the $1 fee assessed on cabs leaving Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is an illegal tax.But within days of the class action s ... More >>
Two St. Louis cabbies say they've been unfairly assessed $1 each time they leave Lambert.A pair of cabbies has filed a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission, arguing that the $1 fee they're required to pay for each trip through Lambert St. Louis International Airport constitutes an ... More >>
Reuters released a special report last week about how post-Cold War diplomats were put to work advocating for U.S. business interests abroad, at times straddling the line between being diplomats and hucksters. Case in point: American company Lockheed Martin wanted to unload some F-16 fighte ... More >>
greenecountyil.com/ferryA ferry boat operator and a brave sheriff's deputy teamed up to rescue a Calhoun County man from the icy Illinois River on Saturday. Charles Sidwell, 58, of Kampsville, sent his his 2002 Grand Cherokee flying into the river around 10:30 p.m. February 19 when he failed to s ... More >>
Today's comment comes from reader Sally Smith, responding to Chad Garrison's report on the hullabaloo surrounding local blogger Jim Hoft's dumbass remarks about CNN's Lara Logan:I don't understand why Jim Hoft thinks Lara Logan is some kind of 'liberal mindset' in the first place. She was critical ... More >>
9 p.m. Wednesday, January 26. The Billiken Club, 20 North Grand Boulevard in the Busch Student Center at Saint Louis University.
image viaThe ol' 844 steams down the track.Update, January 18: The Little Rock Express beat out the Tuscola Turn, 76,217 votes to 73,175. Daily RFT apologizes to Tuscolans who cannot take a little trash-talking in the name of friendly competition. -------- The nineteenth century was definit ... More >>
kaciestarrtriplett.comKacie Starr Triplett (Ward 6) leads the Board of Aldermen with $1,327 in lobbyist expenditures this year.Poor St. Louis Aldermen. Sure, their $32,000 a year salary is nothing to sneeze at and roughly on par with what state reps ($36k) and senators ($31k) earn. But when it co ... More >>
image viaIs nothing sacred?Thomas Riner, who sorted mail at the U.S. Postal Service processing center downtown, was convicted in a federal court last Wednesday, November 10, of nine counts of mail tampering and one count of mail theft. All ten cases involved taking money and gift cards from b ... More >>
7 p.m. Friday, September 10. Roberts Orpheum Theater, 416 North Ninth Street.
9 p.m. Friday, January 15. The Fox Hole at the Atomic Cowboy, 4140 Manchester Avenue.