Brooklyn, Illinois has two things going for it: History and strip clubs. Even with a population of just 650, the village is arguably the Sin City of the Metro East. Yet, just a few blocks away from the neon fleshpots on South 3rd Street, the other side of Brooklyn is coming to life. On the corner o ... More >>
Madison and St. Clair counties, both just across the river from St. Louis, are allowing same-sex couples to marry three months ahead of schedule.
Between October 16, 2011 and June 7, 2013, government officials with the MO HealthNet Division accidentally sent the personal information of more than 1,300 people to the wrong addresses. That is according to the Missouri Department of Social Services, which is, under federal and state privacy laws, ... More >>
The office has been hectic lately. Next week is our big Best Of St. Louis issue. Things have occasionally gotten ugly; the "motherfuckers" are flying with unusual frequency, weary staffers are resorting to puns (puns!) in conversation and the jello shots just don't seem to have enough kick to 'em la ... More >>
The American Tort Reform Association -- the group that once deemed the Illinois counties of Madison and St. Clair "judicial hellholes" -- has just released the results of a poll on how U.S. citizens feel about lawsuits. Guess what they found? That almost everybody agrees with them! Among the f ... More >>
One usually thinks of bikers as "sinners" and churchgoers -- especially those who attend a chapel called Peace Free Will Baptist -- as pretty moral folks. Perhaps even too moral. But, oh, no! Lordy, no! Not according to what has got to be one of the most frivolous local lawsuits in years. And ... More >>
To hype last night's "I-Team Investigation," KSDK-TV (Channel 5) had been running a promo piece that featured two cartoon guys. Cartoon Guy No. 1 is Joe, who, the voiceover says, lives in St. Charles. He's got glasses and kind of looks like George Costanza. Cartoon Guy No. 2, Doug, favors a young Pa ... More >>
Friday (Feb. 17): Third Friday Open House @ Third Degree Glass Factory New Orleans motifs await at this month's open house event, featuring live entertainment, a free s'mores bar, pomegranate martinis and a small tapas menu featuring items like mixed salad with cajun shrimp, crawfish bisque and ho ... More >>
This post is dedicated to all the creepsters out there. You know who I'm talking about: dudes who troll for tail while their significant others obliviously go about their day. These philanders think they can get away with their serial cheating, but almost 97 percent of the time a girlfriend shak ... More >>
What do you mean those mushrooms were "medicinal"? It seems like just yesterday we were welcoming the return of fall and trying to find somewhere to stand in the Pageant for Bon Iver. But another week has come and gone, and you, as usual, have no excuse to be bored this weekend. DJ Lance Roc ... More >>
judicialhellholes.orgThe American Tort Reform Association has once again included Madison and St. Clair counties to its annual listing of so-called Judicial Hellholes. St. Clair was named to the list from 2004 through 2007. Madison County has been on the list in all but one year since 2002. St. C ... More >>
image viaThe Gateway Raceway in happier days.It's not just a sad day for Democrats, it's a sad day for St. Louis NASCAR fans, too. Dover Motorsports, which owns the Gateway International Raceway in Madison, Illinois, announced this morning that it was shutting down the racetrack for good. Li ... More >>
Jessie Hampton (left) and Malcolm JohnsonSt. Louis police last week nabbed the men they believe are responsible for an early-morning attack that left one man dead and another critically injured. The incident occurred around 4 a.m. July 12 when police were called to the 2000 block of Madison in no ... More >>
That's the speculation in mid-Missouri where a man was charged yesterday with second-degree involuntary manslaughter slamming into an Amish buggy in January.According to reports, 43-year-old Jeffrey Fleming of Staunton, Illinois, was traveling down Highway 63 in rural Randolph County this past Ja ... More >>
Madison Police DepartmentEmmitt Gordon, Jr., a.k.a., "Hoggy"A 30-year-old Madison man known as "Hoggy" is in custody and charged with popping off a round that sailed three blocks and landed in a toddler's face. The child was sitting on his grandfather's lap at the time (we blogged it a week ago). ... More >>
http://www.flickr.com/photos/scubabix/ / CC BY 2.0Someone was shot in the face yesterday in Madison, Illinois. It was a two-year-old boy. He was sitting on his grandfather's lap around 5:45 p.m. when it happened. The bullet apparently came through the window, randomly, from two blocks away. From ... More >>
Image ViaCops love donuts but not this kind.Just when you think crime and punishment in the metro east suburbs can't get anymore absurd (Taco Bell police chase, anyone?) a guy goes and escapes from the pink handcuffs of a female Brooklyn police officer.A 23-year-old man -- police declined to name ... More >>
http://www.flickr.com/photos/passer-by/ / CC BY-SA 2.0You may recall how, last month, 29-year-old Eli Borntrager of Madison died after getting thrown from his horse-and-buggy in a crash on Highway 63 near Moberly. According to the story in the Hannibal Courier-Post, police have ruled it a h ... More >>
http://www.flickr.com/photos/passer-by/ / CC BY-SA 2.0A very sad story in north-central Missouri of two worlds colliding (literally and figuratively): A 29-year-old Amish man who was steering his horse-and-buggy south on Highway 63 near Moberly, Missouri on Tuesday was rear-ended by a vehicle cru ... More >>
This is the last non-holiday weekend 'til 2010, so get out there and enjoy it! Here are our ten suggestions for things to do this weekend that will cost your $10 or less! Image ViaJimmy Keuhnle brings his fluffy performance art to the Gateway Arch Friday.Inflatable Suit Performance Tour at the Ga ... More >>
A skech inside a Madison County courtroom.Earlier this decade Madison County, Illinois, earned the title "Judicial Hellhole" thanks to the outrageous number of asbestos cases filed there. In 2003 alone trial attorneys filed an astounding 953 asbestos claims in the county -- most of which had noth ... More >>
The Blind Eyes are Seth Porter, Kevin Schneider and Matt Picker. They are playing on October 17 at Off Broadway with the Safes, Gentleman Auction House, and Beth Bombara. But last weekend, they trekked to the upper Midwest for a few shows. Porter was kind enough to share what happened. Read below! ... More >>
A quick word before we begin this week's Ass Clown voting. For those of you scratching your heads as to why Christopher Coleman has not yet appeared in our weekly Ass Clown showdown, the answer is simple: It wouldn't be fair to the other contestants. That's because each week we learn something new a ... More >>
If you haven't logged into the Post-Dispatch's website this afternoon, you're missing a colorful game of cat-and-mouse between the site's moderators and its online commenters. The latter are having a field day with a photo and caption of Cortez King, the five-month-old baby kidnapped (and returned) ... More >>
Gut Check dishes on our favorite St. Louis food blogs.Show Me Vegan: Lisa makes smoky black-bean soup with cilantro sauce.St. Louis Eats & Drinks: The Pollacks visit one of my favorites, Nachomama's.STL Hops: A special series from Mike and a couple of friends -- how to spend 36 hours in Madiso ... More >>
Columbia, Missouri, University of Missouri, Mizzou, Out Traveler, Gay-Friendly College Towns
Native Americans trash plans to expand a sprawling Illinois landfill.
Joe to Hank Aaron: Don't sell out! Back Barry!
Yippee: Unreal finds a way to interact (virtually) with the world's sexiest people! Plus -- Granite City's relative suckiness, McDonald's bad 'tude and Circuit City's parking-lot campers.
Environmentalists decry the expansion of a gigantic Illinois landfill.
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We love you more than you can know
The town of Madison deserves more than this sports-movie cliché
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Turbid means "muddy"
Great Rivers Land Trust
Emerson Indy 250 is fast & furious
Old Chain Of Rocks Bridge
Monroe and Randolph Counties, Ill.
Celebrated strongman Magnus Ver Magnusson makes tracks at Gateway International Raceway
Life on the drag strip is fast, not at all cheap and just barely under control
There'll be a hot time in the old town when Collinsville hosts the 13th annual International Horseradish Festival
Friday-Monday, Sept. 3-6; Oak Shores Retreat, outside Mount Vernon, Ill.
The McKinley Bridge is broke structurally and financially and everyone wants it fixed. Trouble is, Mayor Tyrone Echols of Venice isn't about to give away the city's bridge. But he could be talked into trading it.
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