Our week of frigid temperatures and frozen rain has begun, St. Louis. Arctic winds are pushing south, bringing sleet and snow into the St. Louis area Thursday just as morning rush hour started. Here's what the weather experts are saying.
Someone in St. Louis just won $2 million in the Missouri Lottery. Is it you?
The art of cartography is not dead. As Internet news becomes more visual and personalized, interesting maps seem to go viral once a week. These online maps aren't meant for navigation -- we have GPS for that -- but whether they're created by geographers, sociologists or idiot British people, there' ... More >>
Need a holiday gift idea for a teenage girl that's not princess-themed? Franklin County native Amy Spalding returns to St. Louis from her home in Los Angeles this week to sign and read from her new young adult novel set in Webster Groves, South Grand and the Loop.
The 22-year-old man suspected of shooting an off-duty police officer visiting his family was already in jail for a felony gun possession charge. David D. Williams is charged with 1st degree assault on a law enforcement officer, 1st degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action after shooti ... More >>
Slip on your raincoats, St. Louis. A coming storm could leave us covered in wintry white precipitation.
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November was a busy month for St. Louis criminals. The city hit a depressing milestone: 100 murders so far in 2013. The U.S. Supreme Court had to step in to allow Missouri to execute racist serial killer Joseph Franklin. Plus, remember that guy who killed his neighbor in the great pork steak v. pork ... More >>
Happy Thanksgiving, River City! As America celebrates overeating and bargain prices (that's what Thanksgiving is about, right?), escape from the dining room and spend Turkey Day in some of our favorite St. Louis spots:
The Archive bookstore is closing for good, and its owners have so many boxes of books to sell off that they're extending their all-books-are-one-dollar sale, possibly for another two weeks.
As David Freese leaves the Cardinals to play ball with Albert Pujols in Los Angeles, Daily RFT began to wonder: Who should fill the baseball all-star's three-year contract to be the spokester for St. Louis staple Imo's Pizza? We have a few ideas.
St. Louisan Jenn Desse scored big on ABC's Shark Tank Friday, winning a $55,000 investment from QVC queen Lori Greiner for her invention Pursecase, a stylish phone-caddy-slash-wallet-slash-pocket-mirror.
Dennis D. Norise, 39, was gunned down in 5300 block of St. Louis Avenue Sunday morning, making him the 100th homicide in St. Louis in 2013. Norise, who lived in Ferguson, was found dead in an alley in north city with multiple gunshot wounds, according to St. Louis Metropolitan Police.
Need a summer dream to get you through months of Missouri winter? We've got just the thing. Schlitterbahn is building the world's tallest and fastest water slide in Kansas City. Named for the German word for "insane," Verruckt has 264 steps leading to the top, where four-person rafts will take ride ... More >>
Terry G. Smith, of O'Fallon, says he is not guilty of keeping his 6-year-old autistic son naked and covered in excrement in what police describe as a crude, makeshift cage.
Governor Jay Nixon shot an eleven-point buck in Clark County last weekend, on the opening day of firearms deer season.
Criminal charges against a Cathedral Basilica priest accused of sexually abusing a teen in his parish were dropped earlier this month. Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang, 30, was not alone with the victim, the court ruled, so child-endangerment and witness-tampering charges have been dropped, according ... More >>
In a crime that makes peeing in the pool look downright normal, an Illinois man faces three felony charges of public indecency and sexual exploitation of a child after getting caught pickling his own peter in a community-college pool Monday.
Ever wish you could have all the benefits of dating without actually speaking to another person? Want to show off to your friends and family without going to any effort? Do you have more money than social skills? There's an app for that. Invisible Girlfriend, designed to provide credible-though-fa ... More >>
Their team may have lost, but St. Louis Bosnians went wild watching a world-class soccer friendly last night in a game largely overshadowed by America's love for Monday Night Football. Nearly all of the 30,000 fans at the game were loud-and-proud Bosnians, some even setting of flares in Busch Stadi ... More >>
Tyrell Davidson, 16, faces first-degree murder, first degree assault and armed criminal action charges after a teenage feud turned into a drive-by shooting. The teens were partying at Club 187, at Martin Luther King Drive and Marcus Avenue, in September when a suspect threatened to shoot a rival gr ... More >>
The U.S. State Department keeps a list of countries where extreme human-rights abuses, active military conflicts or weather disasters would prevent Americans from vacationing safely. Turns out, other countries have the same list -- and St. Louis is on it.
Two north-city men died after being shot in the face in unrelated incidents Tuesday, according to police. Tom A. Jones, Jr., a 36-year-old black man, was found in a running car in the 1500 block of Cass Avenue. He had gunshot wounds in his face, the side of his head, shoulder, chest and side. He wa ... More >>
The Humane Society of Missouri and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office rescued 253 animals, including 192 rabbits, 25 goats, 21 chickens, 10 cats, four dogs and a duck from a property near St. Clair Tuesday. The animals were living in filthy conditions on a property where, in 2010, 158 rabbits, do ... More >>
Three fluffy Maltese puppies are safe and healthy after being dognapped over the weekend by an unidentified blonde woman and returned by a mysterious Good Samaritan. The dognapper -- who stole puppies from two Petland stores in Chicago on Friday and one in Lake St. Louis on Saturday -- is caught on ... More >>
A jury found John Cunningham, 44, guilty of voluntary manslaughter Friday after he shot and killed his uncle during an argument over pork steaks. Cunningham was trying to convince his uncle, Lessie Lowe, 44, that the cuts of meat they were about to cook were pork steaks, not pork chops. Lowe disagr ... More >>
The St. Louis Archdiocese has paid $10 million in ten years in legal fees and victim payments associated with clergy misconduct, including sexual abuse, according to the church's annual financial report. The Catholic church in St. Louis paid $943,700 in abuse and misconduct costs in 2013, compared ... More >>
Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson will take to Twitter today in a Q&A with any tweeps who have questions about crime fighting in St. Louis. The chat runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. To ask a question, tweet at the chief's Twitter handle: @ChiefSLMPD. If you can't think of any questions, we have a fe ... More >>
The Missouri Department of Labor will increase the minimum wage to $7.50 per hour from $7.35 on January 1. The 15 cent increase follows a 2006 ballot measure where Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved cost of living increases for the state minimum wage. As prices of everyday goods -- including ... More >>
We Missourians get stuck with a lot of stereotypes -- meth heads, hillbillies, storm watchers. It's about time we fought back with a few broad brush strokes of our own. Hanna Katee Williamson's map of the U.S. according to a St. Louisan went viral on Facebook last week, earning more than 2,700 shar ... More >>
A Halloween photo of three Washington University students dressed in military fatigues pointing Super Soakers at a student dressed as Osama bin Laden went viral Wednesday, sparking outrage over anti-Muslim sentiments on the Danforth campus. College officials called an emergency meeting Thursday mor ... More >>
You're invited! Daily RFT is rocking the night away in honor of St. Louis' best businesses, musicians and more. We're always open to receiving your news tips via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, but tonight we'll be out in full force. And we'd love for you to join us! The 2013 Riverfron ... More >>
Stray Rescue reports they rescued 22 dogs, including two litters of puppies, from three separate St. Louis neighborhoods on Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning. "That's a crazy amount in that amount of time," says director Jennie Foster. "Nobody could do that every day. We couldn't afford it. ... More >>
The Illinois House of Representatives voted to approve gay marriage Tuesday, making it the fourteenth state (plus Washington D.C.) to expand marriage rights. Two other Midwestern states -- Iowa and Minnesota -- have also legalized gay marriage, but legal gay marriage in Illinois means much shorter ... More >>
Happy Halloween, Daily RFT readers! Don't waste your time with phony ghost stories. St. Louis has plenty of "real" tales of hauntings, possessions and more. Here are three of our favorite St. Louis ghost stories. Click the title to read the full story. 1. The Bubblehead Family Maybe they were the ... More >>
By Halloween night, the St. Louis Cardinals will be the winners or the losers of the 2013 World Series. Either way, we're expecting some epic Cardinals-themed Halloween costumes. (Now if only we could find some Cardinals-themed jokes to tell! Help us out and leave yours in the comments.) Here are ... More >>
If Leslie Knope needs a lawyer, she should call Pawnee's premier legal firm: Babip, Pecota, Vorp & Eckstein. Those first three are baseball sabermetrics statistics (Batting Average on Balls in Play, Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm and Value over Replacement Player), but ... More >>
Lester Davis, 57, was sentenced to 14 years in jail Monday after shooting up a Wentzville barber shop during a conversation about the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Davis, of Wentzville, pleaded guilty to second-degree assault, armed criminal action and being a f ... More >>
Howdy, y'all! Welcome to the Daily RFT, the news blog for the Riverfront Times. I'm your host, brand-new staff writer Lindsay Toler. Let's play, Who's Sittin' on a Hot Scoop? Every so often, we reach out to you, loyal blog readers, for story ideas. We get some really, really, really, really great ... More >>
In an effective-yet-stupid move, hawkers for counterfeit World Series tickets in St. Louis are letting their customers snap photos of them as a kind of insurance policy. Trouble is, that just leaves Cardinals fans with fake tickets, no money and a photo on their phone. St. Louis Metropolitan Polic ... More >>
The St. Louis Cardinals are a gay butt sex team -- at least, that's according to Wikipedia. Someone hacked the team's Wikipedia page, and while the three-word addition was promptly removed by Wiki editors, the description lingered on Google's and Bing's Cardinals search pages. If you Googled the C ... More >>
This yeeah's World Series against the Bahston Red Sawx should be wicked ahwesome. Since Game One is ova theah, St. Louis-based Rookies App is building (and tweeting) fake Cardinals baseball cards translated into Boston-ese. Want to make your own Cardinals translations? First, here's how to speak pr ... More >>
The Lewis & Clark Branch of the St. Louis County Library is an architectural marvel -- a midcentury, modernist design with stained glass windows. But it's also 50 years old and 20 percent too small, according to the ten-year library facilities plan voters funded with a $108 million bond last year, ... More >>
It's Game Day, Birds! The Commissioner's Trophy and a year's worth of bragging rights are at stake for the St. Louis Cardinals, and fans are finding ways to make the Fall Classic even more interesting. We found politicians, radio stations and even churches who are wagering on the series. Here are s ... More >>
"I was buried alive yesterday." That's how Robert Stief, 32, remembers it. On October 13, he was sitting by the train tracks in south St. Louis waiting for friends to wander back from the corner store with a typical breakfast: Vess sodas and a Payday. Suddenly, he woke up "in a concrete coffin," ... More >>
Live in St. Louis? Don't like sports? Still want to have a social life? Here's why everyone in town has athletics on the brain lately: 1. Rams: After the St. Louis Rams lost the game and their quarterback to an injury Sunday, the NFL Network says the team could be eyeing Tim Tebow, also a Heisman T ... More >>
Missouri Rep. Kevin Elmer, R-Nixa, snapped a photo of a teen girl's chest and tweeted it last week because he was offended by her Nixa High School gay-straight alliance t-shirt. Double trouble: He tweeted the photo on October 17, which is Spirit Day, a three-year-old holiday dedicated to celebratin ... More >>
If you love Christmas and want to go all out this holiday -- lights, stockings, nativity scenes, carols, the works -- this is your year. A new Missouri law says no one, not even the government, can restrict your celebration in any public space. Folks can practice, mention, celebrate or discuss any ... More >>
The closer St. Louis gets to the World Series, the more post-season rally jams pop up on YouTube in honor of the Cardinals. Writing a cringe-worthy fan song takes more than finding rhymes for "Red October" and "Carlos Beltran." Take a few tips from our nine favorite Cardinals rally songs:
The circus is in town this weekend, and St. Louis animal-rights activists are turning out to try to convince showgoers that the Greatest Show on Earth is actually the saddest. Christina Tenti, of south St. Louis County, and her volunteers with the St. Louis Animal Rights Team say they're protesting ... More >>