• Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    The Guy Walking Across St. Louis with a Goat Needs a Volunteer

    Steve Westcott, the man walking across the country with a goat to raise money for an orphanage in Kenya, needs some help. After about a month in St. Louis talking to people about his mission, getting a tattoo of his goat and even receiving his first ever animal-control citation (thanks, St. Charles ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Steve Westcott is Walking Across St. Louis, and America, With a Goat

    Steve Westcott gets asked about his goat a lot. After two years walking across the country with trusty LeeRoy Brown the goat by his side, Westcott has come up with a few comparisons to offer the curious: A goat is like a toddler in a shopping mall, because it walks so slowly. It's like a good girl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 21, 2014

    Congolese Refugee Family Coming to St. Louis Arrested in Church, Detained in Kenya

    Congolese refugee Justin Semahoro Kimenyerwa thought he was close to bringing his sister and brother's families over to St. Louis. They'd already escaped genocide in the Democratic Republic of Congo and lived as refugees in Kenya. After five years, Kimenyerwa's family was preparing for the final st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    Schlafly Releases its Surprisingly Light Coffee Chocolate Blonde Ale

    Java heads can rejoice at having three coffee beer options at the Schlafly Tap Room (2100 Locust Street; 314-241-2337) this week. In addition to the winter seasonal Coffee Stout, which will be around for a few months, the tap list also includes a coffee variant of the Schlafly Imperial Stout and the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2013

    Tawanda Kunonga: Kansas City Man Convicted for Killing Ex-Girlfriend with Meat Tenderizer

    A Kansas City man will likely serve a life sentence for beating his ex-girlfriend with a meat tenderizer and stabbing her to death, says Attorney General Chris Koster. A Jackson County, Mo., jury found Tawanda Kunonga, 29, of Kansas City, guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action Tues ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 21, 2013
  • Film

    September 6, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 5, 2012

    Gut Check's Ten Snacks to Pair With Democratic Convention Coverage

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2011

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest, 9.5 - 9.11

    ​Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs. Family Style Food: Karen made hibiscus-lime popsicles. Rhubarb and Honey: Kimberly shared her recipe for "in a JIFFY" corn casserole. Iron Stef: Stef got nostalgic and made some Chef Boyardee pizzas.

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Royal Wedding Paaaaartay Begins at London Tea Room at 4 a.m. Sharp

    image viaWhat proud American could fail to be excited about getting up at 4 a.m. to watch the British royal wedding?​Gut Check would like to propose that a true, red-blooded American like yourself would feel a lot less silly watching the Royal Wedding tomorrow morning if you weren't sitting al ... More >>

  • Film

    April 21, 2011
  • Blogs

    March 2, 2011

    Wanna Be on the Presidential Ballot in Missouri? We Need to See Your Birth Certificate, Please

    Can we just lay the rumors to rest that Barack Obama is not an American citizen? He was born in Hawaii in 1961 -- two years after it became a state. Not Kenya. Hawaii. Even Glenn Beck has shut up about this, maybe because the claims are so ridiculous the Supreme Court doesn't want to waste its time. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2010

    Wikileaks Reveals Venezuela's Food Secret

    Wikileaks has a tasty cable from Venezuela. The Atlantic has the cable about Arepera Socialista, a government-owned restaurant opened by Hugo Chavez a year ago. The food's cheap and tasty, and the workers and diners happy.In Chicago, food trucks are on the lam. The Wall Street Journal covers the cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Mohamud Abdi Yusuf: St. Louis Taxi Driver Accused of Funding Somali Terrorists

    Yusuf and his accomplices were believed to be in contact with Aden Hashi Ayrow (above), the leader of al-Shabaab until his death in May 2008 from a missle attack.​A man who immigrated to St. Louis from Somalia and worked as a driver for Express Airport Cab has been charged with funding a terrorist ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2010

    Tea Party Night at Busch Stadium: Socialist or Capitalistic Endeavor?

    They're not called the REDbirds for nothing.​So, a little (red) birdie informs us that this coming Tuesday is Tea Party Night at Busch Stadium. As such, St. Louis members of the political movement have secured $30 tickets to the game for $20. Which begs the question: Is that socialism? Here we hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.20

    The air travel catastrophe caused by Iceland's volcano can teach some important lessons about eating locally in the U.K. The Guardian detailed how the huge ash cloud is preventing Kenyan produce imports from reaching western Europe. Tons of fruits and vegetables have already been dumped because the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Is Irredeemable Swill

    Ian FroebThe irredeemable swill​The opening of the first St. Louis-area Dunkin' Donuts in several years has caused a great deal of excitement around these parts. A post by my colleague Annie Zaleski tracking the progress of the store's construction has gathered 68 comments as of this writing, almo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2010

    Great New Blog: Shut Up, Foodie

    ​Who says we can't laugh at ourselves? Because a new blog called Shut Up, Foodie has Gut Check in stitches this afternoon. (We found it thanks to the folks at Eater.) The blog takes the piss out of everything foodie, from macaroons ("the new cupcake," apparently) to, yes, bacon.I don't get it. Why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    News from the Far Right: Taitz Tells Patriots to Take Up Arms; Davis Might Run for Senate / CC BY-ND 2.0​Voila a couple of quick political tidbits during this no-one-gives-a-sh$t week. 1) First, the always-responsible Dr. Orly Taitz -- a California attorney who believes President Obama is not really a U.S. citizen -- posted a literal call to ... More >>

  • News

    November 4, 2009
  • Blogs

    October 26, 2009

    Lawsuit Brought by Missouri "Birthers" Hinges on Kenyan Newspaper Article

    A lawsuit brought on by Missouri state representatives Cynthia Davis (R-O'Fallon), Tim Jones (R-Eureka) and other "birthers" who believe President Barrack Obama was born overseas, hinges on an obscure Kenyan news report from 2004. As Fired Up! Missouri recounts today, the article appeared online in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2009

    Java Enabled: Dedicated to Coffee and Free for All

    "If you look out that window, you can still see the original smokestack that they put in when they started roasting coffee here," said Mike Marquard, a barista trainer for Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company.We were sitting in the back room of the roaster's DeMun café. Sure enough, tucked away behind ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2009

    Kenyan Women Call for Sex Ban

    As a prophylactic measure against possible violence between supporters of Kenya's president Mwai Kibaki and prime minister Raila Odinga, several Kenyan women's groups have called for a week-long sex strike.Kibaki and Odinga teamed up to form a coalition government early last year in order to stem a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 4.9

    The American cargo ship attacked by pirates yesterday is carrying food aid to Somalia, Kenya and Uganda. (Voice of America)Chimps trade meat for sex. (National Geographic)Flatulence leads to a stabbing in Texas. (AP)

  • Blogs

    February 9, 2009

    The Story of Father John Kaiser, Revisited

    Ten years ago this month, an American-born priest named John Kaiser traveled from his parish in Lolgorien, Kenya, to Nairobi, the capitol, to testify before the Akiwumi Commission, a tribunal established by then-President Daniel arap Moi to investigate the causes of the tribal violence that was tear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 1.20

    Your token food news on this historic day:The latest on the salmonella outbreak in peanut butter, including news of a Kellogg peanut-butter cracker being tainted. (USA Today)Wine enthusiasts are hopeful that Barack Obama's enjoyment of wine will influence wine drinkers nationwide. (Reuters)Kenya cel ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 1.16

    In today's news: food makers ask Obama for help, Kenya asks for help and genetically engineered animals.

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Necaxa defeats C.D. Honduras in Amateur St. Louis Soccer Championship

    Back in July, one of St. Louis' largest amateur soccer leagues, La Liga Latino Americana de Futbol, was the subject of "League of Nations," an RFT feature story. The winning team Necaxa, as photographed in July. Click photo for a high-resolution version. The league has a rough-and-tumble style an ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 10, 2008

    End of the Journey

    Life in Africa during wartime

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2008

    Go! The St. Louis Weekend Calendar, August 29-31, 2008

    Not totally satisfied with your weekend itinerary? Never fear, Go! is here! This regular feature delivers the top nine can’t-miss activities to complete your fun-seeking agenda. Looking for live music? Here's your weekend concert calendar. 1. There's always someone slower than you: The Gateway ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 6.2

    The United Nations lays out an ambitious agenda for the summit on the global food crisis, which begins tomorrow in Rome. (Washington Post) Some aren't happy that Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe will be present at the summit. (AFP) The Israelis aren't happy that Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2007

    This Week's Issue

    What really happened to John Anthony Kaiser, a missionary in Kenya, the night of his death? Ask Amiee Levitt. Unreal discovers Johnnie Brock's already sold out of Hannah Montana costumes, ponders Joe Buck's future in the late-night talk-show circuit and inquires about a massager, stimulus, electric ... More >>

  • News

    October 24, 2007

    The Death of Father Kaiser

    Was it a Kenyan assassin who killed the St. Louis missionary -- or was it madness? Seven years later, the verdict is in.

  • Calendar

    February 14, 2007
  • Film

    August 16, 2006

    Snakes on a Rein

    We slither up to one of the world's best snake-handlers.

  • News

    June 14, 2006

    Snake Penis Envy

    Unreal uncovers the sexy side of snakes, digs for dirt on Pauly Shore and meets a local blogger who almost bowled a perfect game. Almost.

  • Calendar

    March 22, 2006
  • Film

    March 8, 2006

    Dreams Deferred

    Inner-city black boys spend a year in Kenya. Does it change their lives?

  • Film

    February 1, 2006
  • Film

    August 31, 2005

    Low Yield

    The Constant Gardener ripens into a distasteful thriller

  • Music

    September 29, 2004
  • Film

    August 4, 2004

    Lost in Translation

    Sudanese refugees struggle to make their way in America

  • Film

    November 5, 2003

    Fixin' to Die

    My Life Without Me strums lively chords in the face of death

  • Film

    April 2, 2003

    Film Openings

    Week of April 2, 2003

  • Film

    April 2, 2003

    Girls With Balls

    Gurinder Chadha scores with a sporty crowd-pleaser

  • News

    January 8, 2003


    Week of January 8, 2003

  • News

    August 7, 2002

    In Harm's Way

    Flying where no one is allowed to fly, bringing aid to people without hope

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001
  • Calendar

    May 23, 2001

    Shake Your Dashiki

    The St. Louis African Arts Fair spotlights one of America's most important cultural influences

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Coffeehouse

    Shaw's Coffee Ltd.

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