Update below: A gay couple that recently got engaged says that the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is intentionally rejecting their engagement announcement that they want to run in print, because they have some sort of unwritten policy against same-sex couples. The accusation of the duo Kurt Lee and Kyle Ha ... More >>
The 2012 season will kick off this weekend for the St. Louis Rams, as they take on the Detroit Lions in the burned-out ruins of an abandoned auto plant, kind of a Thunderdome situation. It's going to be awesome. Okay, so the game will actually take place at Ford Stadium in Detroit, which is onl ... More >>
Early last year, RFT Music featured a story on local punk rock entrepreneur, Mike Jones, and his record label I Hate Punk Rock Records. The end of the article alluded to a huge project Jones had in the works. After numerous visits from building inspectors, countless trips to hardware stores and lumb ... More >>
Better Days has existed since the beginning of 2010, comprised of hardcore scene veterans and former members of local favorites To No End, the Requiem and Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting (as well as many more). Playing catchy, melodic anthems drenched in positivity and good times, Better Days ... More >>
Nothing is official yet, but based on verbal potshots, it seems that St. Louis boxing phenom Devon Alexander could face IBF welterweight champion Randall Bailey in an August bout on Showtime. Bailey shocked the boxing world June 9 when he knocked out the undefeated Mike Jones in an undercard match p ... More >>
Midwest China Hub Commission Chair Mike Jones all but admitted defeat in the battle to pry tax breaks and public money from Missourians in order to build a dedicated aviation center at Lambert St. Louis International Airport. Jones blamed Missouri for being "cheap" as the main reason why the prop ... More >>
Who's spinning yarns when it comes to St. Louis' Aerotropolis? Business and political leaders or the industry experts?The story appearing Saturday in China Daily sounded promising for St. Louis and its quest to transform Lambert St. Louis International Airport into a major cargo hub with China."S ... More >>
photo courtesy of Mike JonesAs major record labels continue to consolidate their lineups, it might seem an unlikely time to start an independent record label. Yet, for Mike Jones, founder of I Hate Punk Rock Records, starting his label in the mid 2000s came as naturally as expanding his perso ... More >>
Mike JonesWin me!In this week's paper, Michael Dauphin profiled I Hate Punk Rock records, the local label responsible for releasing music from locals such as the Disappeared, ((Thorlock)), the Haddonfields and Black for a Second. Courtesy of Mike Jones of IHPR, A to Z has a prize pack featuri ... More >>
Image viaFrank BergmanLast Friday, Cahokia Mayor Frank Bergman rear-ended another driver in St. Charles. His $38,000 SUV, which is paid for by the village, was badly damaged but perhaps not as bad as Bergman's reputation after a reporter apparently caught him fibbing about what caused the acciden ... More >>
photo by Keegan Hamilton Darran Kelly, chief of the Kinloch Fire Protection DistrictThe Kinloch fire station is one of the nicest buildings in town, but that doesn't mean it's in good shape. The heater is broken, some of the windows are boarded-up, and until recently, a blue tarp, dubbed " ... More >>
The St. Louis County Council last night was presented a bill that would ask residents to vote on an ordinance banning indoor smoking in bars and restaurants. The bill proposed by council member Barbara Fraser had few provisions, though more could be added next week. Among those being considered are ... More >>
I don't know anything about the death of Steve McNair, nor do I wish to speculate. A lot of sordid, sad details are coming out about the man's life, and there's entirely too much sanctimony flying around right now. I'm not going to do that. I've done awful, awful things in my life. I imagine qu ... More >>
In this week's dead tree edition of RFT, I reported on the troubles facing the Kinloch police department, including a recent strike by the city's cops and allegations of unpaid wages and dangerous working conditions. One detail about the city that was only touched on briefly in the story is ... More >>
A local developer continues to gobble up land on the city's north side.
Week of December 28, 2006
Buried in bureaucratic incompetence and scandal, Pine Lawn might be headed for a pine box.
Want a Girls Gone Wild video? The city can hook you up. Plus: a box full of even more naughty tapes, and a paean to the cars that go boom.
Hip-hop's trends in 2005
Still no Jigga, but Kanye, some loveable Limeys and a great Beyoncé substitute held it down
The People's Champ (Swishahouse)
Who Is Mike Jones? (Swisahouse/Asylum)
SLU president Lawrence Biondi says he leased his Trova from the city fair and square, for $10 a year. Others beg to differ.
To your table
Could the mayor's uncanny habit of making enemies wreck the charter-reform effort?
Plus: charter control; the opera comes to town; and so does the wrecking ball
Different factions scramble for the spring school-board elections, but ex-Mayor Schoemehl looks like one of the few who's interested.
The Cards overreached -- now San Francisco shows them the way
Racial appeals of last week's primary are reminders of St. Louis' Southern streak
For eight years, the city has kept Mark Finney from replacing the historic Syndicate Trust Building with a parking garage. He says, "Buy it or get the hell out of the way." It's time to put up or shut up.
Clarence Harmon gears up for his re-election effort without his go-to guy
With this presidential debate, the highlights didn't come from Bush or Gore
There's a new game in town as the Cardinals square off with the city over how to finance a new stadium
Published the week of September 6-12, 2000
Craig Heller sees the future of downtown -- and it works
Is the deputy mayor's wife beyond reproach, and who started these rumors, anyway?
City residents' bold stand against retailer strikes a hopeful chord
The St. Louis Board of Aldermen have passed a bill funding the new convention-center hotel, but many of the lawmakers aren't very happy with their handiwork; plus, other St. Louis follies and foibles
Ex-Mayor Vincent Schoemehl swings a headache ball at the city's convention-center-hotel deal -- and misses
The Missouri Botanical Garden teams up with the Shaw Neighborhood, infamous for its feuds, to reach across I-44 in an effort to rescue McRee Town. All that's needed are a few miracles and about $50 million.
Convention-hotel plan makes past fiascos look like genius
The developers of the proposed downtown convention-hotel complex are asking for $116 million in public funding, but they refuse to guarantee that the jobs they create won't be mimimum-wage
A coalition of St. Louis mayors looking to change the city's charter finds the going rough