The first thing one notices about Nancy Allen is her Missouri twang. "My mother had a very pronounced Ozark accent, and I'm told I sound like her," says Allen. "I am stubbornly and defiantly Ozarkian." Yet as proud as she is of her Southern Missouri heritage (Allen traces her family's Show-Me-St ... More >>
Missouri State University is considering banning Nerf guns from campus after students playing a zombie role-playing game led a professor to call 911 to report an active shooter. College students across the country join the annual Humans vs. Zombies game, but after just a few years, Missouri State's ... More >>
A notoriously tough biology professor in Union is threatening to drop a scholarship student athlete from her class if she misses one lecture to play in this weekend's national volleyball tournament. Hannah Leslie, a nineteen-year-old from Washington, has missed three classes at East Central College ... More >>
Benjamin Schweitzer says that when he put five bullets into Frederic "Nic" Moses, he thought there was an intruder in his house, even though Moses was his friend and was a guest in his home at the time. For that, he was charged with "reckless homicide" instead of murder, and was sentenced to the m ... More >>
The sole St. Louis location of Red Mango (104 N. Kirkwood Road; Kirkwood), the frozen yogurt chain, has closed. Froyo is all the rage lately, and Red Mango offered all-natural, gluten-free treats -- so what gives? There was no answer when we called the Kirkwood location, and although Red Mango corp ... More >>
Two small chemical bombs apparently detonated inside a Missouri State University sorority house yesterday causing minor injuries to one individual. The incident at the Gamma Phi Beta sorority house involved "two chemical overpressure devices that were found to have exploded," the Springfield Fire ... More >>
Across Missouri, as we reported last month, black and Hispanic drivers face a disproportionate number of police stops. The city of Springfield, new data shows, is apparently no exception. A report released yesterday by Springfield's police chief, Paul Williams, shows that African Americans in the ... More >>
Maggie Lehman was eleven years old when her father caught her singing in her bedroom and persuaded her to audition for a local play. She landed that role, and her career in acting was born. Now in her late-twenties, Lehman makes her network television debut tonight, playing the role of an abused hou ... More >>
An embarrassing mistake by the Missouri State University Bookstore is going viral this afternoon, after the Springfield News-Leader noticed an interesting typo on a bag being distributed on campus. It appears the bags came free with the bookstore's "textbook reservation" service, which conveniently ... More >>
The city of St. Louis saw 113 homicides in 2012 -- the exact same tally as the previous year. Some of these homicides got more press than others. Sarah Billingsley-Walker, age 18, was Vashon High School's homecoming queen and co-valedictorian. She was strangled to death. Aniya Cook, also 18, was a N ... More >>
Everybody knows about the murder of volleyball player Megan Boken in the Central West End last August. Fewer people know about the murder of 18-year-old Aniya Cook just weeks earlier. But those who read Bill McClellan's haunting column in the Post-Dispatch on August 26 will remember. And they'll be ... More >>
So far this year, most candidates for statewide office have made the pilgrimage. They've stepped into the inner sanctums of the Post-Dispatch and The Kansas City Star. They pow-wowed with the editorial boards, fielded uncomfortable questions, asked for a kiss on the forehead.&nbs ... More >>
Like a lot of people, Charles Davis was both fascinated and appalled by reports out of Republic that Wesley Scroggins, a management professor at Missouri State who home-schooled his own children, had requested that the school district remove three books from its libraries: Slaughterhouse-Five by Kur ... More >>
On Saturday the world's foremost Woody Guthrie scholars gathered at the University of Tulsa to discuss how Guthrie's Oklahoma roots shaped his music and the Sooner State musicians who've followed in his footsteps. "Different Shades of Red: Woody Guthrie and the Oklahoma Experience at 100" is the fir ... More >>
OK. Lots of stuff coming across the wire today -- including the very cool news of a local chef appearing on a new Bravo food show (more on that very soon!) -- so let's clear the decks of some more tidbits from the past few days. - Monday's "Tidbits" mentioned two more food trucks for St. Louis' eve ... More >>
Citing both an increase in the number of infestation reports in Missouri communities and a special request from state health officials, State Senator Kevin Engler (R-Farmington) introduced legislation yesterday that sets new standards for tenants and landlords when it comes to reporting bedbugs.
Image via"Dixie" came out of blackface minstrel shows in the mid-19th Century.The song "Dixie" was born from the blackface minstrel shows of the mid-19th century. The lyrics take the perspective, and exaggerated dialect, of a free slave who aches to return to his days of plantation bondage. The f ... More >>
image viaGuess who left Hogwarts to go work at the Republic school libraries?Hey, guess what kids? Banned Books Week starts on Saturday, and the fine, upstanding citizens of Republic, Missourah, are all ready to celebrate. In June, you may recall, Republic's school board banned two books from ... More >>
The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library in the author's hometown of Indianapolis is stepping up to assist high-school students in the small southwestern Missouri town of Republic. Last month the school district in Republic announced that it would pull Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five from the high-schoo ... More >>
We're starting to get into territory where the names are hard to find and the scouting info thin on the ground, ladies and gentlemen. Of the 10 players the Cardinals drafted between the 11th and 20th rounds, there were only four whose names I had heard before the draft. Which, I'm somewhat sorry ... More >>
Stephen Cancila: Former dealership manager has a new business planTake it from this occasional customer: There is nothing less fun than buying a used car. You may be the kind of no-nonsense shopper who knows what you want and has your checkbook in hand. They're still going to insist on dick ... More >>
Welcome to Girl Walks into a Bar, a weekly Gut Check feature that spotlights local bars and bartenders. This week Katie Moulton profiles Cafe Eau bartender JR Gosnell. Below is a Q&A with Gosnell, followed by the recipe for his own shot, the White Nasty. Katie MoultonWould you try a drink called th ... More >>
Can we just lay the rumors to rest that Barack Obama is not an American citizen? He was born in Hawaii in 1961 -- two years after it became a state. Not Kenya. Hawaii. Even Glenn Beck has shut up about this, maybe because the claims are so ridiculous the Supreme Court doesn't want to waste its time. ... More >>
This ain't your typical sack race. Today, February 14, St. Louis native Scott Hall will represent Missouri at the 2011 National Grocers Association Best Bagger Championship. Having out-bagged all comers at the state level, Hall is set to compete against professional grocery baggers from 21 st ... More >>
This weekend, the Bible Belt's nonbelievers are converging in Springfield, MO for the third annual Skepticon, a conference devoted to atheism and skepticism in general. The free three-day conference at the Springfield Expo Center is financed through donations and gets some support from Missouri S ... More >>
image viaThis is Wesley Scroggins, the man who will protect the children of Republic from dirty books.And by "banned books" we don't mean honoring books that allegedly concerned parents want removed from library shelves so they don't corrupt their sweet little innocents. We mean a concerted e ... More >>
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgifford/ / CC BY-SA 2.0To all ye Missouri State University incoming freshmen males hoping to join a frat: enjoy a peaceful summer. Your soon-to-be brothers might be sizzling your flesh with a cattle iron in a few months. The Daily RFT may have been a little slow to pick ... More >>
Just some of the hot Twitter action you might have missed last night, Monday June 1:Alyson Carter AKA Shanghai Lily of the Arch Rival Roller Girls.Robin Wheeler Mama likes to knit, listen to loud music, cook, write, cuss & refer to herself in third person.
The New York Times had a fun interview last week with actor John Goodman. The big man from Affton is in New York these days playing the character Pozzo aside Nathan Lane (and others) in a stage production of "Waiting for Godot." Goodman tells the Times of his 30-year battle with alcohol ("I don't kn ... More >>
Employing the same sort of logic that St. Louis alderman Quincy Troupe used when he suggested earlier this year that every north St. Louisan should pack a pistol in order protect themselves from crime, the Missouri House of Representatives gave final passage yesterday to an amendment that would allo ... More >>
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