Updated 12:12 p.m. Debate today was canceled last minute as the bill was placed on the board's informal calendar. Bill is now schedule for discussion at next Friday's meeting.The citywide smoking ban floated by Ward 28 Alderwoman Lyda Krewson goes to the floor of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen toda ... More >>
Photo: Chad GarrisonCitizen's Against Prop. N: Rev. Harold Hendrick, Fred Teutenberg, Scott Simon, Jon Rand, Bill HanneganA somewhat unlikely group of bar owners, bowling advocates, tobacco salesman and -- yes -- a Christian radio host, gathered today in University City to announce their oppositi ... More >>
Smoking debate drags on.As mentioned yesterday on this blog, folks on both side of the smoking ban debate aren't happy with a bill that would ask St. Louis County voters to prohibit tobacco use in most businesses. For smoking advocates and many business owners, the bill is an unfair encroachment ... More >>
It's not a perfect bill, but it's the best one County Councilwoman Barbara Fraser thought she could get her fellow council members to endorse.
The St. Louis County Council voted 4-3 last night to move forward on a bill that would ask residents to vote on a smoking ban on the Nov. 3 ballot.The bill exempts casinos from the ban as well as taverns that generate more than 75 percent of their revenue from alcohol sales. Those exemptions would b ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/lolololoriAdorable downtown KirkwoodAfter a citizen's group forced the Kirkwood City Council to consider an initiative to ban smoking in city bars and restaurant, the measure will now go before voters. Earlier this month Kirkwood residents opposed to public smoking collected enough ... More >>
Yesterday we mentioned that the Clayton Board of Aldermen was set to vote last night on an ordinance prohibiting smoking in the city's restaurants and bars. And today we're back to report that the measure passed. By next July all bars and restaurants in the city (and 80 percent of hotel rooms) must ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/alexfilesThe news came from England yesterday that orchestra conductor Sir Edward Downes, 85, and his wife Joan, 74, committed suicide together last week in Switzerland with the aid of a right-to-die organization called Dignitas.Lady Downes was terminally ill and in the last stages ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/noprawnsDr. Pham, I presume?At first glance a press release today from the U.S. Attorney's office looks like dozens of dull media alerts the prosecutor routinely sends out alleging Medicaid fraud. Then I noticed this outrageous line in the release regarding podiatrist David Quang P ... More >>
Photo by Jennifer Silverberg; Sheriff illustration by Kenn MinterAlderman John Hoffmann wants to put out the butts in Town & CountryLast week's "Butt Heads" feature story did not include stats or insights from munis with less than 15,000 people. Town & Country, with 11,000 inhabitants, thus ... More >>
via WikipediaThis press release just in from the Red Cross, St. Louis Area Chapter, regarding the Swine Flu outbreak:"Think of this swine flu outbreak like severe weather. If you thought a storm was coming - you would take steps to prepare yourself," said Nicole Holtgrefe, director of preparedness a ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/carolinespicsRegional legislators are taking note a proposed bill in St. Louis City calling for a ban on smoking in bars and restaurants. The bill, proposed by Central West End alderwoman Lyda Krewson, would not go into effect unless St. Louis County passed a similar ban. Yesterday ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsNothin' like a "brief" run in the parkNormally, Unreal would buckle up and run at the merest mention of the word "colorectal," but Unreal's pants practically plunked straight to the parquet this morning after we opened a catchy little e-mail entitled "Undy 5000." Has anyone heard of ... More >>
In case you haven't seen it yet, my RFT colleague Keegan Hamilton has a great story in this week's paper about Bill Hannegan, a smokers' rights activist and founder of the blog Keep St. Louis Free. (As in, keep St. Louis free for smokers.) I won't ruin Keegan's story, but Hannegan has qui ... More >>
A list of New Year's resolutions for the bands, venues and fans of the local music scene.
"V" Is for Vagina
"V" Is for Vagina
A stealth bill has legalized midwifery in Missouri for now.
You're not a doctor, but Trauma Center lets you play one on TV.
Two local researchers believe they may have found a new treatment for Parkinson's disease.
Music news you can use
Time again to take the year-end quiz
Unreal culls the juicy bits from a $450 blogging workshop, learns that it's OK (even good) to talk about colorectal cancer and finds a very timely local blog. Plus: Anheuser-Busch is no longer accepting quarters!
Unreal discovers the true cause of a pain in the ass, gets a bargain on a pope-touched bandana and asks the eternal question, "Whither pajamas?"
Unreal performs a public service for the revelers of Party Cove, meets a guy who's really into whips and finds happiness with a Hazelwood man's Back Washer. Plus, we surf over to the blog of a local cereal connoisseur.
The last Temptations of art
Unreal shills for Boeing (in song!), gets the straight poop on irritable bowel syndrome and sniffs out a local blogger. Plus: Is this billboard for a childhood center -- or a hot new album?
Sometimes Mother Nature can use a little human intervention
Gee whiz, Wally: the Beav talks to Unreal about psoriasis! Plus, we see how the Lou stacks up to Beantown, try to understand the appeal of the Pet Building and administer a Harold Ramis quiz
Clinical drug trials offer good money, comfy dorms -- and sometimes even a free buzz. But beware: They're gonna suck your blood like Dracula.
At this benefit concert, you'll get the blues and a local Web site will get the green
Elephant funerals and turtle necropsies: It's all in a day's work for the Saint Louis Zoo's Dr. Mary Duncan
Week of October 1, 2003
A local singer/songwriter survives cancer and tours the UK with the Handsome Family
Asbestos still takes its toll, but the lawsuits and victims are changing
Bellefontaine Neighbors residents have lived -- and died -- with asbestos for years. The problem's an open secret, but little has been done.
Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens is not so much a eulogy of AIDS victims as it is a celebration of life
The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis weaves poetry and modern medicine in Wit
After years of taking it on the chin, Bob Goeggel struck back at his competitor. Thanks to his accusations of fraud, the state's largest ambulance company is on the operating table and the feds are doing the cutting.
St. John's Mercy Medical Center alienated their RNs when they turned to less experienced caregivers to save money. Now they're paying for it.
The parents of Elliot Bennett, like the parents of many autistic children, want their child in a regular classroom. Inclusion's the trend -- and a federal mandate. But most schools aren't ready to make room.
In the chaos of the ER, patients with mental or behavioral problems receive scant attention
Planned Parenthood seeks to require Missouri's health-insurance industry to get consistent and provide coverage for birth control