Acclaimed barbecue restaurant 17th Street BBQ (1711 West Highway 50; 618-622-1717) will close its O'Fallon, Illinois, location at the end of the month, co-owner Mike Mills tells us. The other two locations, in Murphysboro and Marion, Illinois, will remain open as well as the catering business. See ... More >>
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 >>
President Barack Obama has designated the tornadoes and flooding Missouri suffered in late May and early June as a "major disaster," opening the federal government's purse strings to assist 27 counties with response and recovery expenses. "This declaration will help communities affected by the sev ... More >>
An Illinois man was sentenced to five months in jail and ordered to pay a $1,500 fine last week for sending threats though the mail. Samirkumar Hasmukhlal Mody, 45, of Lake Egypt (near Carbondale), pleaded guilty earlier this year to mailing a letter in January to the Ramesses Lounge in Marion, I ... More >>
Five St. Louis men have been arrested as part of a federal investigation into racketeering, drug trafficking and murder involving the Wheels of Soul Outlaw Motorcycle Gang. The St. Louis men arrested are:Dominic Henley, 33, of central St. Louis, described as the chapter president;Lawrence Pinks ... More >>
image viaOh, Charlton Heston, why did you have to go and die? The town of Marion, Illinois, needs you! Well, they don't really need you -- their problem isn't gun control -- but they need you to re-enact your greatest film role. No, not Ben Hur, though yes, it would probably be loads of fun t ... More >>
Image sourceThe Illinois House of Representatives asks, "¿Como se dice 'snooze' en español?"On the eve of their summer recess, the Illinois House of Representatives boldly passed a resolution that officially condemns Arizona's harsh new immigration law. Trouble was, they ended up taking the leg ... 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 >>
Many readers have been asking: Where in the world is Don C. Weir, the Town & Country financial advisor who stole $12 million in precious-metal coin investments from dozens of clients? (Check out our feature, "Plot of Gold"). According to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator page, Mr. Weir is ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsCarruthers was known for bringing the brains to the scrappy sports gambling outfit. After more than three years on house arrest, the former CEO of BETonSPORTS today was sentenced to 33 months in a federal prison. David Carruthers, a Scotsman who helmed the now-defunct cyber-sport ... More >>
Jeff SmithJeff Smith sat down yesterday with hosts D.J. Wilson and Fred Hessel of the KDHX news program Collateral Damage. Smith recalled in the interview his reaction when he first learned that his former campaign assistant, State Rep. Steve Brown had tape-recorded their conversations: "Kind of ... More >>
Jeff Smith remains free on bond -- until he gets the letter from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons telling him where and when to report. Susan Uchitelle wanted Jeff Smith to do more community service at Confluence Academy. Vince Estrada wanted the former poli-sci instructor for Washington University to ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/cromelyJulia-schmulia. Here's St. Louis' cookbook star.By now, everybody knows all about Julie & Julia, even those who have no intention of seeing the movie. (A theory on the ridiculous amount of media coverage: Nora Ephron's got the goods on every movie and food writer in N ... More >>
Joseph Franklin rockin the Hitler haircut.Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster today called for the Missouri Supreme Court to set an execution date for Joseph Franklin. Franklin was convicted in 1997 of murdering Gerald Gordon -- twenty years after he shot and killed him in the parking lot of a St ... More >>
The long walk over, Julie Delpy explores what comes next (i.e., the hard part).
Ian goes east and discovers great barbecue.
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Reflections of a failed marriage add up to a failed movie
Week of August 10, 2005
Zombies rise again, this time from Down Under
Jeff Bridges is at his swaggering best in a film about a couple wrecked by loss
Week of March 5, 2003
St. Louis University restores a beautiful building to display terrible art
For more than 25 years, singer Terry Evans has been a fixture in roots music. You might not know his name, but you probably know his music.
Mary and Jeff Clarke feed beauty to the tough world of high fashion. Hard to do from the cornfields of Iowa. Harder still in St. Louis, where too many parents and kids have their dreams exploited for money.
Bogdanovich works out his demons on Citizen Hearst
With his snappy threads, fancy footwork and sordid past, Vance Thompson has cut a swath through St. Louis
Aronofsky's follow-up to Pi is a brutal personal movie about the horrors of drug addiction
From her small-town Baptist roots to her run for public office, Jeanette Mott Oxford has relied on her religious convictions to overcome fear and prejudice -- including her own.
Directed by Mike Hodges