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    February 26, 2014

    Missouri Bill Would Allow Businesses To Refuse Service If "Substantially Motivated" By Religion

    A Republican state senator introduced a bill this week that would allow Missouri business owners who feel "substantially motivated by religious belief" to discriminate against certain customers. The bill was introduced Monday by Republican Wayne Wallingford. In 2013, the two-term Senator from Cap ... More >>

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    August 20, 2013

    Martin Manley's Family Pleads With Yahoo to Repost His Suicide Website

    Last week, former Kansas City Star reporter Martin Manley killed himself in the parking lot of the Overland Park Police Station. Soon afterward, the world discovered he'd left behind a meticulously assembled website called "Martin Manley: My Life and Death." The voluminous writings catalog the ratio ... More >>

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    August 16, 2013

    Martin Manley, Former Kansas City Star Reporter, Posts Website Explaining His Suicide

    A former Kansas City Star reporter committed suicide at 5 a.m. yesterday morning in the parking lot of the Overland Park City Police Department. What made news of the death go from simply tragic to bizarre is the fact that Martin Manley, 60, left behind a website that chronicles his life, his views ... More >>

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    June 6, 2013
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    March 7, 2013

    St. Louis Rules, Kansas City Drools: A Response to the Kansas City Star

    Here at RFT, we did a double take when we stumbled on a Kansas City Star headline this week that read, "KC is rising while St. Louis keeps falling." Then we actually read the column by Yael T. Abouhalkah, who argues that "Kansas City is superior to St. Louis." Really? We can't let this one go. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2012

    The Pros and Cons of "Local Control," a.k.a. Prop A

    All right, Missourians! What should we do about "local control" of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, also known as Proposition A?Advocates of the measure insist that the current system of oversight -- under which the cops ultimately answer to a board appointed by the governor -- is a sha ... More >>

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    October 18, 2012

    Ed Martin Won't Meet With Editorial Boards: A Rare (and Probably Smart) Move

    So far this year, most candidates for statewide office have made the pilgrimage. They've stepped into the inner sanctums of the Post-Dispatch and The Kansas City Star. They pow-wowed with the editorial boards, fielded uncomfortable questions, asked for a kiss on the forehead.&nbs ... More >>

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    July 5, 2012

    Anybody Need A Hand? Body Parts Fished Out of the Little Blue River

    Last Monday a kayaker on the Little Blue River in Independence, Missouri, found something unusual in the water just north of E.R.D. Mize Road: a skeletonized human hand. Eight days later and ten miles downstream, the other shoe dropped. On Tuesday of this week, a shoe was found with what has been de ... More >>

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    June 11, 2012

    Humberto Quintero "Slanty-Eye"-Bombs Bruce Chen Interview

    The Kansas City Royals not only lost their weekend series against the Pirates, they gave up a little dignity as well. During his interview with Fox at the bottom of the fourth inning on Saturday, pitcher Bruce Chen was being mocked in the background by his fellow teammates. It was mostly harmless h ... More >>

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    May 22, 2012

    UPDATE: Giving the Rush Bust All the Honor it Deserves

    UPDATE May 22, 3 p.m.: Our plans have been foiled. ABC News reports that a 24-hour surveillance camera will be placed in front of the Rush bust. It is the only statue in the Hall of Famous Missourians to be so honored. ------- Despite the best efforts of House Democrats, the bust of Rush Limbaugh ... More >>

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    May 17, 2012

    John Howard Now Has Two-and-a-Half Six Packs Worth of DUI Arrests

    Branson man John Charles Howard, 50, has been charged with DUI fourteen times in Missouri and Kansas. Monday night in Overland Park, Kansas, he racked up lucky number 15. This one came with an increased degree of difficulty however: He was fleeing the scene of a suspected crime.

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    May 14, 2012

    Rush Bust Unveiled in MO State Capitol Amid Lies, Secrecy and Bitterness

    Oh, that we were in Jefferson City right now, under the capitol dome, on the House floor where, at this very minute, legislators are proudly unveiling the latest statue to grace the Hall of Famous Missourians: the long-awaited (by somebody, probably) bust of Rush Limbaugh. But wait! It looks as tho ... More >>

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    April 27, 2012

    Kansas City Gets High-Tech Gunshot Detector -- Where's Ours?

    Kansas City's Police Chief Darryl Forte plans to use some leftover federal grant money to install SpotShotter, a sophisticated rig of audio sensors placed strategically throughout the city that can detect a gunshot and then notify police -- within 25 seconds -- where the shot was fired. The system c ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    And We Wonder Why Apes Throw Feces at Us?

    ​A pair of male lowland gorillas experienced a few hours of freedom yesterday at the Kansas City Zoo. According to the Kansas City Star, the 400-pound primates made their into a zookeepers' area where they were able to glimpse inside the enclosure that houses the zoo's female gorillas. "They were ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Tonight! Strippers, Live and On-Screen!

    ​Never doubt man's ability to adapt -- especially if the adaptation allows him to see naked ladies. Dick Snow, owner of Bazooka's strip club in Kansas City, has finagled his way around Missouri's law that prohibits anyone from being fully nude in a strip club.(It seems so crazy when you see it in ... More >>

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    January 25, 2012

    Tobacco Tax Campaign Has Become a Pile-On

    Image viaLotta butts in this campaign​Right now, all kinds of folks are clamoring for an increase in Missouri's tobacco tax -- at 17 cents per pack, the lowest in the nation. Yet so far, nobody's pulling in exactly the same direction.   Yesterday, state Representative Mary Still, a Democ ... More >>

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    August 11, 2011

    Dems Demand Explanation from Peter Kinder

    The Lt. Gov is allegedly so bad, Werner Herzog should make a movie about him!​Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder still hasn't gotten back to us with any sort of denial, rebuttal or explanation for the allegations coming from ex-stripper Tammy Chapman, who told Daily RFT that the Republican offered t ... More >>

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    June 10, 2011

    Five-Year-Old Girl Drowns St. Louis Toddler in Kansas City; Wanted Baby to Stop Crying

    Image via Kansas City StarJermane Johnson Jr.​Authorities in Kansas City now believe that a five-year-old girl intentionally drowned an 18-month-old boy last week in an effort to stop him from crying. The victim, Jermane Johnson of St. Louis, had been staying with relatives in Kansas City for seve ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Claire McCaskill Asks FTC Chair to Watch for Gas Gouging

    Claire McCaskill: Not too pumped about gas prices.​With Memorial Day around the corner and gas prices flirting with the $4-a-gallon mark, Sen. Claire McCaskill and three colleagues yesterday sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, calling on him to investigate potenti ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Challenging Nudity Restrictions on Missouri Adult Businesses

    ​A Cole County judge last week granted a summary judgment request that has -- for now -- thrown out a lawsuit challenging Missouri's recent restrictions on strip clubs and adult bookstores. The Missouri Legislature last year passed sweeping reforms that outlaw nudity at such businesses in addition ... More >>

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    February 4, 2011

    Dr Pepper Test Markets Manly Diet Soda

    Across the state, Dr Pepper's trying to appeal to men who enjoy diet soda but hate how drinking it makes them look oh so very girly. The Kansas City Star reports that the company's test marketing their new product, Dr Pepper 10 to the beef-loving cowboys in Kansas City. The newspaper says, "Accord ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Egg Producers Sued for Price Inflation

    Egg producers are in trouble again. Not because of salmonella, but because of egg price inflation. The Kansas City Star reports that the Associated Wholesale Grocers in Kansas City, Kansas, filed suit against a "cartel" of egg producers that it alleges has conspired since 1999 to raise egg prices. E ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    Casey Brezik: Paranoid Schizophrenic Intended to Kill Gov. Jay Nixon

    Image ViaBrezik: Wore bullet-proof vest to school Tuesday.​The man who allegedly stabbed a community college official on Tuesday just before a scheduled appearance of Governor Jay Nixon had intended to kill the governor. The Kansas City Star reports that 22-year-old Casey Brezik, a student at Metr ... More >>

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    September 16, 2010

    IHOP Sues a Kansas City Church Over Same Acronym

    IHOP sues IHOP. The Kansas City Star explains that the International House of Pancakes is suing Kansas City's International House of Prayer, a mission that uses the same acronym. Although the mission's been open for a decade, the pancake giant just filed the suit as the mission has grown to include ... More >>

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    July 26, 2010

    The Missouri National Guard Has a Suicide Problem

    And, no, it's not jihadists strapping bombs to themselves. (Thank God.)Unfortunately, for reasons still unknown, six members of the state's National Guard have killed themselves this year. That's the most in one year since the Guard starting keeping track in 2001. Remarkably, none of the six were de ... More >>

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    March 17, 2010

    Missouri Representatives "Draw A Line in the Sand" On Federal Health Care Reform

    Image Via Do not snort this line​The Missouri House of Representatives has launched a preemptive strike against Obamacare, passing legislation intended to make sure the Show-Me State is not affected by any federal health care reform efforts.Yesterday, the House approved a state constitution ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Tax-Exempt Missouri Yacht Buyers Might Be Drowned by Bills

    Wikimedia CommonsAhoy, Jeff City! Days may be numbered for yacht owners' tax exemptions.​OK, what's more surprising about this scoop from the Kansas City Star? A) that Missouri is home to some 16,000 yachts, or, B) that none of 'em are subject to state sales taxes.The Star reports that as Jeff Cit ... More >>

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    January 22, 2010

    Rod Jetton is Having a Rough Week: Former House Speaker Now Faces Federal Investigation

    ​Yesterday a circuit court judge set a preliminary hearing date for the assault charges facing Rod Jetton. The former Missouri Speaker of the House has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which stem from an alleged sexual assault that occurred during rough sex with a Sikeston woman. (He claims his ... More >>

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    December 7, 2009

    Former Missouri House Speaker, Rod Jetton, Charged with Assault in Kinky S&M Game​The political blog of the Kansas City Star is reporting that former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton, now a Jefferson City political consultant, has been charged with felony assault. The alleged incident occurred last month in Sikeston, Missouri. The complaint asserts that the R ... More >>

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    November 10, 2009

    And You Thought Town & Country Had A Deer Problem

    Image Via​It seems like just yesterday that a ten-point buck sauntered into a Home Depot in Town & Country and began to wreak havoc. You'll recall in that incident how a renegade Bambi tried to fight an ornamental deer statue, broke off an antler in the process, and then headed into the hardwa ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 10.16

    ​ Ethiopian agronomist wins World Food Prize. (USA Today)Thinning a suburban deer herd means meat for the needy. (Kansas City Star)Do you need 76 tons of frozen British fruit pies? Check Ebay. (UPI)Hipster demand drives Pabst Blue Ribbon prices. (NBC Los Angeles)Some highlights from the New ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    They Have Licensed Puppy Mills?

    unrealitymag.comDisney villain a potential Missouri representative?​It's déjá vu all over again in the puppy mill capital of America. Authorities raided a kennel near Rolla and rescued more than 100 little pooches- poodles, Yorkshires, and mini-Pinschers -- kept in filthy conditions and tin ... More >>

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    September 10, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 9.10

    ​ President Obama endorses higher taxes on soda to help fund food stamps. (Kansas City Star)New FDA rule and reporting systems aims for contaminated food to be reported faster. (The Boston Globe)September 21 issue of The Nation focuses on food, with writings by Alice Waters and Michael Pollan ... More >>

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    August 25, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 8.25

    ​ WIC to include fruits, vegetables and bread after 34 years. (Lincoln Journal Star)Egypt names the best dates of the year after President Obama. (Associated Press)Restaurant in southern Missouri town allowed to serve alcohol. What's next? Legalized dancing? Elsewhere in the state, Boulevard ... More >>

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    August 21, 2009

    Ten Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend, August 21-23, 2009

    For those of you still in college, this is the last weekend of summer. Time to get out there and make as many mistakes as possible in the next 48 hours before lying to yourself that you're "really going to hit the books" this semester. For the rest of us, there's a variety of cheap choices this week ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Missouri Car Thieves Motto: Steal American​Ever wonder how one of Detroit's finest automobiles became the stripped hoopty cruising down Kingshighway? According to data compiled by a Missouri insurance group, it's because the Show-Me State's car thieves love to swipe rides that were made in the USA.The most popular ... More >>

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    July 23, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 7.23

    A court rules that a hog farm owes its neighbors for the stink. (Kansas City Star)Starbucks posts a profit, beats analysts' expectations. (New York Post)See how to milk a camel! (Serious Eats)

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    July 8, 2009
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    June 24, 2009

    The Verdict on Kansas City's Smoking Ban: Put Out Your Butts, People

    Wikimedia CommonsKansas City is free to enforce its indoor smoking ban, per an order issued yesterday by the Missouri Court of Appeals-Western District. According to a story today in the Kansas City Star, "Enforcement of the Kansas City smoking ordinance plays an important part in protecting the hea ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 5.6

    Major food firms see an improved economic outlook. (Dow Jones)Kansas City Royals broadcasters are fooled by an -- unintentional? -- Guy Fieri impersonator. (Kansas City Star)Deadspin has the video of the interview.And, in honor of tomorrow's opening of the much anticpated -- by, uh, me, at least -- ... More >>

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    April 20, 2009

    The Dangers of the "So-called '420' Holiday"

    If you've been wondering why your coworker is giggling uncontrollably and/or staring at his/her computer screen with bloodshot eyes, you might want to consider the date: April 20th.Yes, it is 4.20, the "high holiday" of stoner culture. (Also known as Hitler's birthday, the tenth anniversary of Colum ... More >>

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    February 27, 2009

    Tony La Russa: "The Mozart of Overmanagers"

    Kansas City Star columnist Joe Posnanski penned a piece for Sports Illustrated today that attempts to break down what happens inside the manic mind of Cardinals manager Tony La Russa during spring training. In short, Posnanski suggests that TLR spends much of his time reveling in how much more ... More >>

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    January 15, 2009
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    October 31, 2008

    Has Watching SNL Become a Civic Duty?

    Some may think his campaign's a joke, but the AP is reporting that John McCain will appear on Saturday Night Live on Saturday -- tomorrow -- night.

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    July 16, 2008
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    February 26, 2008

    Milestone Christian Academy Pastor/Principal Suspended

    Kansas City’s NBC affiliate took hidden cameras into Milestone Christian Academy, the new school that hoped to become a hoops powerhouse, and which drew from KC and St. Louis schools. Regina Taylor Gilbert, mother of former Career Academy and Vashon High School player Marcel Taylor-Smith, sent me ... More >>

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    February 23, 2008

    Hoop Raiders: More on Milestone Christian Academy

    My article “Hoop Raiders, Part 2” came out Thursday, and has apparently already reached basketball families in Kansas City. Today I heard from the parents of two former Milestone Christian Academy players, each of whom wanted to share a laundry list of complaints about the school. Their kids, Wi ... More >>

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    February 23, 2008

    Hoop Raiders: More on Milestone Christian Academy

    My article “Hoop Raiders, Part 2” came out Thursday, and has apparently already reached basketball families in Kansas City. Today I heard from the parents of two former Milestone Christian Academy players, each of whom wanted to share a laundry list of complaints about the school. Their kids, Wi ... More >>

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    August 23, 2007

    Home Brew

    Kansas City Star restaurant critic Lauren Chapin has written a nice profile of Ray Hill, the St. Louis entrepreneur who crafted Ray Hill's American Pilsner and then struck a brewing and distribution deal with Anheuser-Busch. Worth a read, especially for hopheads and aspiring home-brewers. -Ian Froe ... More >>

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    November 10, 1999


    Entertaining an idea for the St. Louis Blues and the Kiel Opera House; dreaming of an ex-Mayor Harmon; fanning the millennial flames at Channel 4; chanting "We're No. 35! We're No. 35" at the Post-Dispatch

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