A couple weeks ago, Gut Check came into possession of some mystery produce: the pawpaw fruit. As soon as we learned some of its common nicknames, "a poor man's banana" and "American custard apple," we were intrigued. What is this? Where did it come from? What can we do with it? Enter Andy Moore, w ... More >>
Patrick Bray, a 51-year-old worker on the Blanchette Bridge rehabilitation project, was preparing this month for his retirement. Just a few weeks ago, he told his brother that he only needed to work 56 more hours but planned to stay on until July 1 so he could provide insurance for his granddaughter ... More >>
Want to try something old and new for Christmas dinner? Sassafras Valley Farm -- located in Morrison, on the southern bank of the Missouri River midway between St. Louis and Jefferson City -- has the answer: Goose! But you have to act fast and order it by tomorrow, Tuesday, December 18.
It'll take a few billion years for 8,700 tons of radioactive waste illegally dumped in a suburban landfill in St. Louis County in the 1970s to stop emitting deadly radionuclides. But before that happens, if this apocalyptic cocktail of Cold War-era nuclear byproducts and municipal toxic waste (jus ... More >>
Daniel Alvarez is doing a super crazy thing. Back in June he dumped a big yellow sea kayak into Lake Superior near the northern most tip of Minnesota and started paddling southward for Key West. As in Florida. He is out of his mind. He is also having the time of his life. We talked to Alvarez las ... More >>
Laura Ann MillerVin de Set's rooftop barThere are plenty of ways to get barbecue and fireworks fixes this holiday weekend. Check out the Red, White and Brew Bash at Llywelyn's in St. Charles or visit Fair St. Louis. Alternatively, avoid the hustle and bustle of big crowds altogether by checki ... More >>
Laura Ann MillerDel Taco: Set to join Noah's Ark and the Parkmoor?We're all abuzz about the possible demolition of the Googie-style Del Taco on Grand, enough to merit Facebook pages and news stories about how outraged -- outraged! -- we are as a city. Were we equally outraged when these othe ... More >>
Image viaCpt. Nathaniel Lyon -- Unionist, religious, and pretty brutal"Sophocles himself could not have better staged the tragedy that unfolded in Missouri in the spring and summer of 1861." So wrote University of Cincinnati Professor Christopher Phillips over the weekend in The New York Times w ... More >>
Image viaThe DNR has been keeping Native American bones like these for decades. UPDATE 3:47 pm: The parties just settled today. Details forthcoming....The Sac and Fox Nation wants its grandfathers back. Right now, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources is storing tribal bones in banke ... More >>
Years behind schedule, the $5-million Lewis and Clark Tower is set to open this Friday. Those of you who've driven Route 3 from East St. Louis to Alton no doubt have seen the structure -- rising 150 feet above the flood plains of Hartford, Illinois. The idea for the edifice was first hatched in 2 ... More >>
Dude, it's 4/20 this week, and you know what that means! (Hee, hee.) It's time to celebrate marijuana's unofficial holiday, and here to help you plan your day is Daily RFT. Behold! Our gift to you: A list of twenty great ways to spend April 20 in St. Louis -- be you baked, half-baked or, stone-cold ... More >>
Astute city-watchers will have noticed some changes on the six-block stretch of South Grand Boulevard between Arsenal and Utah in the past few months: fewer driving lanes, new stoplight patterns, wider crosswalks and those weird little bulb things to keep impatient drivers from trying to cut ahead a ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/bbumThe drowning occurred near Huntsdale, Missouri, a stop along the Katy Trail.Here's a heart-wrenching story from over the weekend. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports that 15-year-old Corey Morris died Saturday after saving an 8-year-old from drowning in the Missouri River. Th ... More >>
It's time to dig in
See all those little suckers? Did you know that they're an invasive species and a linchpin of modern agriculture? That they're dying off by the million and no one's sure why?
The Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre is a warm-weather idyll.
You won't want to miss these hot summer events
Tiny planes, big fun
It's folking awesome!
The Bard at Les Bourgeois
Week of July 7, 2004
A theater field trip to bucolic Arrow Rock is well worth the drive
Week of June 2, 2004
Flow in slow-mo, yo
Don't let the Lou become the sole property of Bloosiers; plus, we try to go on a wholesome date (to Mel's new movie, perhaps?), visit one of the few remaining typewriter stores, learn a thing or two about balls and make some super suggestions for Lambert
A misdirected press release provides endless amusement to our favorite invertebrate
Local professor compiles a roadmap to a St. Louis many never knew existed
Jean Carnahan's shooting prowess could take her into the trenches
A contractual snafu keeps kids from their foster and adoptive parents
St. Louis Swarm
In the '50s, St. Louis took over maintenance of state roads in the city. Now, the city can't give back that responsibility.
Hazelwood schools blocked apartments to protect test scores
Modern-day Daniel Boones are a deer's best friend -- and its worst nightmare
The armadillo, Texas' best-known critter, migrates to Missouri
A journey with Missouri writer William Least Heat-Moon deep into America and his mind's interior landscape
Former state Sen. J.B. "Jet" Banks will probably make at least $36,000 a year as a retired felon
How the Page Avenue extension has been good for influential road-builder Fred Weber Inc. -- through construction contracts, profitable land sales and a sweet deal with St. Louis County to expand its golf course
Steve McCracken has overseen a 13-year, $800 million cleanup and burial of the radioactive waste at Weldon Spring. Now that the odyssey is nearing its end, one thought haunts him -- how to warn people in the future not to dig it up.
When the Arena is imploded later this month, a valuable example of a locally based but nationally renowned architect's work will be lost