With temperatures predicted to crest 80 degrees today in St. Louis, Gut Check could use some ice cream -- but then, couldn't we always? Today is Ben & Jerry's annual Free Cone Day, with area locations slinging free scoops of ice cream from Noon to 8 p.m. Find out where to get your free sugar fix af ... More >>
The Good Food Awards celebrate food that's good in all senses of the word: tasty and ethical and responsible. That is to say, food that's all natural, made by actual people who respect animals and the environment and the seasons and the culture of the people who produce it. It's food that costs a li ... More >>
As bizarre lawsuits go, it was the case that kept on giving. In 2009, Ronald Ball of Granite City sued PepsiCo, claiming he'd gotten sick from drinking a can of Mountain Dew.It wasn't the soft drink, though, that caused him to vomit up the neon green beverage. It was the mouse he says he found insid ... More >>
The important thing to do as you hear the news in this blog post is to remain calm. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes and picture puppies frolicking in a field. Take another deep breath. Do you practice yoga? Go over into the corner and assume whatever position puts you in touch with your inne ... More >>
OK, so maybe you shrugged your shoulders at yesterday's news about the FDA's warning on Korean shellfish. Fair enough. Not exactly an everyday purchase around these parts. Bagged salad, on the other hand... The FDA has announced that River Ranch Fresh Foods of Salinas, California, has expanded its ... More >>
Today marks Ben & Jerry's annual Free Cone Day, with area locations slinging free scoops of ice cream from Noon to 8 p.m. Though many of its St. Louis stores have shuttered in the last few years, three shops still stand, and two are participating in Free Cone Day: Ben & Jerry's U. City (6380 Delmar ... More >>
Is anybody in America more hospitable to small tobacco companies than the Show-Me State? Not only do we levy the lowest cigarette tax in the entire nation (a paltry 17 cents per pack). Our legislature is the only one that forces Big Tobacco to cough up payments for smoking-related health co ... More >>
Rick Jordan has one word of advice for Valentine's Day shoppers: "Stop asking for chocolate covered strawberries when they're out of season!" Jordan proclaims wearily from his west county chocolate store, RJ Chocolatier (14882 Clayton Road, Chesterfield; 636-230-9300). Jordan, in chocolate-making c ... More >>
Wellston Food Market in the 6200 block of Page.KTVI reports that one person is dead and six other people injured this afternoon in a mass shooting, at least part of which occurred at the Wellston Food Market on Page Avenue. Developing...
Thanks, Bobby Flay. The Spicy Mango Diet Pepsi and Pineapple Chipotle Diet Pepsi you commissioned for your "Tacos & Tequila" event last weekend most certainly increased the Patron consumption. At least PepsiCo had the good sense to not put these flavors on the mass market. They already have enough ... More >>
From the Department of Awesome Stuff People Send Me Apropos of Nothing, here are two ads for a Japanese noodle company featuring James Brown:
Just because you light up doesn't mean Big Tobacco has to share the cost of your subsequent hospital care, a St. Louis jury decided today.After thirteen years of litigation, three months of trial and just over six days of jury deliberations, a group of 37 area hospitals have struck out in their a ... More >>
freakingfitness.comOne person in 133 is gluten intolerant, and they're joining forces to hold the first Gluten Free Food Labeling Summit. The group 1in133.org will host the May 4 event in Washington, D.C., in an attempt to get legislators and food producers to follow the 2007 Food Allergen La ... More >>
Did you get snowed?Attorney General Chris Koster announced yesterday that he has filed a lawsuit against the world's leading manufacturers of flat screen LCD panels, alleging a conspiracy to fix the prices of their products. The AG is encouraging Missouri consumers, businesses, or organizations ... More >>
Carnahan: Says he wants answers to "deeply disturbing" allegations. The House Veterans' Affair Committee is holding a hearing today in the Eagleton Courthouse looking into revelations made earlier this month that as many as 1,800 people may have been exposed to hepatitis or HIV from improperly cl ... More >>
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Q: What's worse than a trip to the dentist? A: A letter from the dentist telling you that his dirty dental tools may have exposed you to hepatitis or HIV. More than 1,800 veterans received such a letter this week informing them that St. Louis VA Medical Center had not properly cleaned its dental ... More >>
The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species vote against a fishing ban that might save the endangered bluefin tuna. (The Atlantic) The latest in hipster dining? Food stamps. Perfect for the poor graduate student who doesn't want to do the "living on ramen thing". (Salon.com) ... More >>
Oliver Strand of GQ magazine has named Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company one of the ten best places for coffee in the United States. Kaldi's illustrious company on the list includes such nationally well-known coffee purveyors as Intelligentsia of Chicago and Los Angeles and Stumptown of Portland (Oreg ... More >>
Thomas Faulkner on the Purina Cat Chow diet.The former director of marketing for Nestle Purina Petcare has been indicted on fraud charges for use of his company credit card. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Thomas Faulkner billed the company more than $250,000 in fraudulent invoices that he ... More >>
"It smells sweet, like candy," my friend said as I extended my wrist to his nose. My skin had absorbed the caramel flavors that had been wafting around me all day like a welcome second-hand smoke. It was the smell of coffee roasting.It was a bad day to hang out near a coffee roaster -- much less two ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsThe New York Times reports today that "dozens of municipalities across the nation" have passed laws banning smoking on beaches and playgrounds, because citizens are sick of not only stepping on cigarette butts, but paying millions of dollars a year to clean them up.From the Times:
This just in from Chris Koster. The state's attorney general is pleased to announce that his office received payments of $155,768,810.48 in tobacco-settlement money in April. What most impresses me is not the $155 million. It's that we have an attorney general who's willing to fight for that last 48 ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsSwitchgrass & plastic: Not your daddy's weedCombing our fine city streets, we've all been accosted by a fluttering plastic bag chucked out of a car by some littering schmuck, and thought, yuck. Well get this: A pair of Mizzou plant scientists envision much of Missouri covered in ... More >>
MSNBC reports that Starbucks will close 300 additional stores and cut 6,700 jobs, both at those closed stores and at its corporate offices. The coffee giant saw its profit drop 69% during the first quarter of its fiscal year. No word yet on where and when the closings will occur.
In today's news: food makers ask Obama for help, Kenya asks for help and genetically engineered animals.
Kopper does a great job explaining why the St. Louis Music Inc. Funeral show matters. The details of the gig are as follows: Saturday, December 13, at the Kat Club (1440 North Broadway, next to Shady Jack’s). Doors open at 7:00 p.m., tickets are $5 and it's a 21-plus show. Bands on the bill have m ... More >>
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Jones Soda and the greatest Web site in the world, I Can Has Cheezburger, have teamed to give you -- yes, you! -- a chance to have your very own Lolcat appear on a Jones Soda label. Details on the contest right here. -Ian Froeb
You may have had your fill of the Boeing vs. Northrop Grumman/European Aeronautic Defence and Space (EADS) air force tanker brouhaha. But I don't recall reading as many specifics of Boeing's protest as former RFT staffer Mike Seely offers in a blog post at our sister paper Seattle Weekly. Seely sp ... More >>
Frozen turkey and chicken pot pies from Banquet (owned by ConAgra) are the likely culprits of a salmonella outbreak. (CNN) -Ian Froeb
When you dial 911 on your cell phone, there's a good chance dispatchers will have no idea where you are.
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The City of St. Louis could make case law if it can convince the Missouri Supreme Court it has a right to sue paint manufacturers over lead poisoning -- even if the city isn't sure which companies are to blame. The suit, filed against Benjamin Moore & Co., Millennium Chemicals, NL Industries, XBD I ... More >>
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A giant quarry and the world's largest cement kiln are being welcomed by Ste. Genevieve County. But the operation may leave St. Louis gasping for air.
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As gun makers stockpile money for a PR and marketing battle to convince still more citizens to take up arms, besieged cities such as St. Louis aren't taking it lying down. They're returning fire with lawsuits.