An annual Gallup poll shows Missouri's well-being has taken a beating in the last year. Missouri dropped in the rankings to No. 43 from No. 38, putting the Show-Me State in the bottom quintile with West Virginia, Kentucky and Mississippi.
Inmates at an Illinois prison say they don't know why they are being held in a new high-security unit that is infested with mice, filth, and freezing cold temperatures, so they've decided to go on a hunger strike to protest the conditions. But the prison denies the poor conditions and says the inmat ... More >>
Citing their client's need to stay in a drug rehabilitation facility, attorneys for former St. Clair County circuit judge Michael Cook have asked that his trial date be pushed back. Cook checked himself into a rehab facility in Minnesota as a condition of his bond after police arrested him in late ... More >>
For some vegan and vegetarian-friendly options, head out to PuraVegan (307 Belt Avenue; 314-932-5144) and try some new menu items as well as crowd favorites. The gluten-free specialty café (not to mention yoga studio) recently shifted its limited dinner-only hours to include daytime breakfast and l ... More >>
[This week's music features explores the music therapy program, headed by Christy Merrell, at St. Louis' renowned Children's Hospital. Writer Jaime Lees had more on the subject to discuss than our print wordcount constraints would allow.] I wrote the music feature this week, and in the eight or so ... More >>
Government resources are wasted on overly harsh prosecutions for those caught with small amounts of marijuana -- such that the system can be unfair to those charged and unnecessarily drains law enforcement resources. This is the thinking behind Alderman Shane Cohn's proposal to lower the consequence ... More >>
So this is spooky -- and very sad. The spooky part is this: Derek Ficik, a 26-year-old from Maryland Heights, has been charged with making a terrorist threat of a particular kind. On Sunday, cops say, he called pastor Marc Simka of Matthias' Lot Church in St. Charles and -- over the course of ... More >>
Update: Sarah Kendzior and Liza Long release a joint statement, via Kendzior's website. Yesterday, a personal essay entitled "I Am Adam Lanza's Mother" lit the internet on fire. It was published on the website Gawker, but it originally appeared Friday as an entry on a so-called "mommyblog" called T ... More >>
Update: The victim has been identified as David Douglas. Daily RFT also received a response from Reverend Rice. According to the St. Louis police, a 46-year-old man plummeted to his death on Tuesday at the New Life Evangelistic Center in downtown. The center, run by Reverend Larry Rice, has been a ... More >>
It's no secret that folks in the St. Louis region like to throw a few back from time time. Sometimes every day, in fact. We live in a beer town, and many of us are quite proud of that piece of our cultural heritage, thank you very much. But is it possible to split up the alcohol-consumption demogra ... More >>
This space for rent.Noting that state funding for student transportation has been slashed as Missouri deals with a very tight budget, State Representative Mike Kelley (R-Lamar) proposed a new idea: Advertising on both the outside and inside of school buses. HB1273 would permit the State Board of ... More >>
A work in progress--it's ready now!It's bigger. It's better. And you're invited.The LGBT Center of St. Louis has moved to new digs on Manchester Avenue in the Grove, and this Sunday is an open house. From 2 to 6 p.m., stop on by the new home of the community resource for the lesbian, gay, bisexua ... More >>
Pregnancy: Not as easy as it seems.No doubt about it, pregnancy is a bitch. The nausea. The stress. The hormones. It' also tough on the mothers we're told. But, it's the fathers-to-be who most often suffer silently, according to new research out from University of Missouri. "Too often, men are tr ... More >>
In recent years, the act of raiding mom and dad's liquor cabinet has spun off into raiding grandma's medicine cabinet for kids who want to get buzzed. "Pharm parties" have cropped up across the nation, involving prescription drugs like Oxycodone, Fentanyl and Percoset. Opiate-drug addictions, ... More >>
photo by Jennifer SilverbergAs we reported last week, Kendra Holliday, the woman behind one of St. Louis' raciest blogs, The Beautiful Kind, is facing what she calls "the worst thing imaginable" since revealing her true identity in a Riverfront Times profile.Hollidy's ex-husband is suing to modif ... More >>
Drink up! Time published a report that heavy drinkers live longer than non-drinkers. Alcoholics Anonymous has always attributed this to many non-drinkers being recovering alcoholics who damage their bodies beyond repair before they stopped drinking. But a new study claims people who don't drink have ... More >>
Image sourceThey're talking! They're happy! We should be more like them!Happy People Have Better Conversations Than You Do: Apparently Jean-Paul Sartre was wrong: Hell is not other people. The happiest people, a new study from Washington University and the University of Arizona shows, are the ... More >>
Last season the St. Louis Cardinals' Khalil Greene was put on the disabled list twice, missing 46 games, because of his recurring social anxiety disorder. In 77 games, he hit just .200 -- and made $6.5 million. The 30-year-old Greene, a one-time offensive spark plug for the San Diego ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/blazin glory We have an enduring preoccupation with happiness. It's an American art form. Pollsters are constantly probing our psyches, measuring our mood swings, tracking our current level of contentment. Interestingly, though hardly surprising -- as T ... More >>
Monkey may be a "Dick" but it's no service animal.Remember the story of Debby Rose? She's the woman from Springfield, Missouri, who claims she suffers a social-anxiety disorder and needs monkeys -- 26 of 'em at last count -- to help ease her pains. The monkeys are the bane of her neighbors who cl ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/syl2007Unreal has just been informed that the biggest question that plagues single women is "Why are all the good men taken?"This came as a surprise to us, because we always believed the lament of the single woman (well, actually, women in general) was "Why are men such assholes ... More >>
http://www.flickr.com/photos/dno1967/ / CC BY 2.0Imagine that a doctor inserts a thin tube into your intestines to poke around (a.k.a., a colonoscopy), then proceeds to...fall asleep. This actually happened at Des Peres Hospital in 2003, and not because the physician was bored. Dr. Michael Impey was ... More >>
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7 p.m. Sunday, November 25. Creepy Crawl, 3524 Washington Boulevard
9 p.m. Friday, March 23. Blueberry Hill's Duck Room (6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City).
Broadway Oyster Bar, 736 South Broadway, St. Louis; 314-621-8811.
Court-ordered classes for two-bit crooks: Are they a waste of time and money?
Unreal visits an anger-management expert. Then, feeling better, we scan the Bargain Box for a money-maker (note: not for shaking) and talk about psychiatrist-patient luv with a Scientologist (oops). Plus: the local blog of an alleged killer.
Week of September 8, 2004
Week of May 19, 2004
Warning: Sitting through blue/orange may be hazardous to your mental health
Altered States of America (Relapse)
In Das Experiment, ordinary volunteers quickly turn totalitarian
Soul Rush (Lakeshore)
Faced with an unprecedented rash of inmate suicides, St. Louis was slow to respond. Now there's a new jailhouse boss in town.
Sunday, July 1; Riverport Amphitheatre
Normandy settles with a former instructor accused of exposing a high-school principal's shocking behavior
Transcendental Blues (E Squared)
Sunday, July 23; Blue Note (Columbia, Mo.)
Co-written and directed by Bobby and Peter Farrelly
Drag Queens in Limousines (Groove House)
Co-written and directed by James Mangold
Luciano Silveira and Michele Wioskowski were convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old girl. But there's a lot the jury never heard.