• Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    Archaeologists Dig in Brooklyn, IL for Signs of Slave-Freeing Founder Priscilla Baltimore

    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 >>

  • News

    May 8, 2014
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    March 6, 2014

    Same-Sex Marriage Comes Early to Illinois

    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.

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    MO HealthNet Division Sends Private Info of 1,300 People to Wrong Addresses Over 2 Years

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2012

    The Ten Best Shows In St. Louis This Weekend: September 14 to 16

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Americans Hate Lawsuits, According to Poll by Group that Hates Lawsuits

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Oh Lordy! Harley Owners Blame Church for Damaged Bikes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2012

    KSDK Knows When You're Going to Die, Based on ZIP Code

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2012

    Ten Best Food Events This Weekend: February 17-19

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Happy Birthday Shirley Brown, Enemy to Hussies Everywhere

    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[1] of the time a girlfriend shak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    The Ten Best Things to do in St. Louis This Weekend: September 16 to 18

    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 >>

  • Music

    July 21, 2011
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    December 15, 2010

    Madison and St. Clair Counties Named "Judicial Hellholes" -- Again​The 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    Gateway Raceway Shutting Down

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 21, 2010

    Jessie Hampton, Malcolm Johnson Charged in Murder of Ralph Hill in July

    Jessie Hampton (left) and Malcolm Johnson​St. 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    New and Old Worlds Collide: Was Man Texting and Driving When He Struck Amish Buggy?

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    "Hoggy" in Handcuffs for Accidentally Shooting Toddler in the Face

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 19, 2010

    A Freak Shooting To Brighten Your Friday / CC BY 2.0​Someone 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Pink Handcuffs Can't Hold Brooklyn Man Arrested For Burning Rubber

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Death of Amish Man on Highway 63 Ruled a Homicide, Police Want Cell Phone Records / CC BY-SA 2.0​You 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 >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Young Amish Man Driving Horse-and-Buggy on State Highway Rear-Ended in Fatal Crash / CC BY-SA 2.0​A 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2009

    10 Things to Do Under $10 This Weekend in St. Louis, December 18-20, 2009

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2009

    Asbestos Cases Once Again Earning Madison County Title of "Judicial Hellhole"

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Tour Diary: The Blind Eyes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2009

    Stooge Robbers, Clueless Mothers, Bigoted Wackos: Who Is This Week's Ass Clown?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2009

    Is Baiting Its Racist Commenters with Photo of Kidnapping Victim "Lil' Pimp"?

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    St. Louis Food Blog Digest: 5.16-5.22

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2008

    Mizzou: You're so Gay

    Columbia, Missouri, University of Missouri, Mizzou, Out Traveler, Gay-Friendly College Towns

  • News

    January 16, 2008

    Sacred Garbage?

    Native Americans trash plans to expand a sprawling Illinois landfill.

  • News

    June 13, 2007

    Strong Bonds

    Joe to Hank Aaron: Don't sell out! Back Barry!

  • News

    November 22, 2006

    Planet Granite

    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.

  • News

    November 8, 2006

    What, a Dump?

    Environmentalists decry the expansion of a gigantic Illinois landfill.

  • News

    May 31, 2006

    Ask a Negro Leaguer Column

    Week of June 1, 2006

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    May 10, 2006

    Ask a Negro Leaguer Column

    Week of May 9, 2006

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    April 26, 2006

    Ask a Negro Leaguer Column

    Week of April 27, 2006

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    October 12, 2005

    Ask a Negro Leaguer Column

    Week of October 12, 2005

  • Calendar

    June 22, 2005

    Here's to You, Ms. Robinson

    We love you more than you can know

  • Film

    April 20, 2005


    The town of Madison deserves more than this sports-movie cliché

  • Calendar

    September 1, 2004

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Week of September 1, 2004

  • Calendar

    July 28, 2004

    A Turbid Time

    Turbid means "muddy"

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 24, 2003

    Best Worthy Cause

    Great Rivers Land Trust

  • Calendar

    August 6, 2003

    Lap Dance

    Emerson Indy 250 is fast & furious

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 26, 2001
  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Rural Bicycle Ride

    Monroe and Randolph Counties, Ill.

  • Calendar

    July 19, 2000

    Herc Jerk

    Celebrated strongman Magnus Ver Magnusson makes tracks at Gateway International Raceway

  • Calendar

    June 21, 2000

    Drag Hags

    Life on the drag strip is fast, not at all cheap and just barely under control

  • Calendar

    May 31, 2000

    Pale Horseradish, Pale Diner

    There'll be a hot time in the old town when Collinsville hosts the 13th annual International Horseradish Festival

  • Music

    September 1, 1999

    Interstellar Dreamfest

    Friday-Monday, Sept. 3-6; Oak Shores Retreat, outside Mount Vernon, Ill.

  • News

    September 1, 1999

    The Merchant of Venice

    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.

  • Calendar

    May 26, 1999

    Night & Day

    May 26 - June 2, 1999

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