A disagreement between 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French and Mayor Francis Slay's office is threatening to further delay the opening of the brand new, $20 million O'Fallon Park Recreation Center. On Friday, when the aldermen returned from their summer break, French took the opportunity to point out ... More >>
Dan Deacon will play the Firebird this Sunday. It will be a good time; in this week's print issue RFT Music writer Ryan Wasoba gets you up to speed: "The solo performer built a reputation making tongue-in-cheek electro pop and treating his shows like enormous games of Simon Says." But Deacon has mo ... More >>
Today Attorney General Chris Koster is expected to release details of the St. Louis Rams' counter-proposal on how to fix up the Edward Jones Dome -- despite objections from the football team and the Convention and Visitors Commission. We're not saying who, but someone very close to the negotiations ... More >>
Today's comment comes in response to a post revealing the 10 highest-paid CEO's in Missouri. No. 2 on the list, with 2010 compensation of $13.1 million, is Monsanto's Hugh Grant. That name caused a romantic-comedy flashback for commenter "Oh," who writes:The CEO of Monsanto deserves his 13.1 mill ... More >>
A WikiLeaks cable indicates that the U.S. was advised to start a trade war with European Union members who banned genetically modified grains. The Guardian reports that in 2007, France attempted to ban a form of Monsanto's GM corn, leading to ambassador Craig Stapleton asking the U.S. to penalize co ... More >>
image viaHere in St. Louis, lots and lots of people are working tirelessly to explain the meaning of life -- not in the philosophical sense, but literally: How does the universe work? Here are some of the discoveries they've made this month, as reported in Riverfront Times and Daily RFT: Bar ... More >>
Oh Lolli Lolli, which opened in August.This week, Gut Check was chock-full of local restaurant news. Ian posted a rundown of August's restaurant openings and closings, and we also reported on scheduled openings of Lester's Tavern and a new Wasabi location. Then we checked out the revamped ... More >>
The rest of the world doesn't want our genetically-modified seeds. The Atlantic reports Thai farmers protesting modified rice via opera, Haitian farmers burning bags of Roundup Ready seeds donated by Monsanto, and where modified alfalfa, beets and soy stand in the U.S. Corporate employees bond o ... More >>
The seed company everybody loves to hate will roll its "mobile technology unit" into Wentzville next week for three days of plant-breeding and other demos.The 53-footer "semi truck on steroids," as one Monsanto employee terms it, travels the country trying to sow interest in St. Louis-based Monsa ... More >>
Genetically-altered beets will be harvested, orders a federal court judge. In a suit filed in 2007, a collection of environmental groups and organic farmers sued to stop the use of the Monsanto-developed beet seeds in 2010. Due to the plaintiffs filing suit too late in the harvest season, the ... More >>
Laclede: It's a gas -- unless you're gay. The Laclede Group, whose primary subsidiary is Laclede Gas, has earned the dubious distinction of finishing tied with Exxon Mobil Corp. as the worst place in the nation to work if you're gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered. A total o ... More >>
Alberto Gottardo, Wikimedia CommonsWhat better time than the onset of warm weather for a delicious beer? So what better time than June for the first St. Louis Craft Beer Week? A week filled with tastings, talks and more tastings celebrated the booming craft-beer scene in St. Louis. And speakin ... More >>
There's a good chance your food didn't come from anyone like her.If there's one area of food where the Novice Foodie isn't such a novice, it's local, organic and sustainable foods -- a.k.a. Slow Food. I've been digging around to learn where my food comes from since I saw Canadian farmer/activist ... More >>
How to eat healthy at airports. (Washington Post)A remembrance of coffee shops past. (Chicago Tribune)Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher interning with the USDA. (ESPN)Singapore's Satay Man is the last of a dying breed. (The Atlantic)Monsanto draws antitrust scrutiny. (Washington Post)
Jennifer SilverbergWhy do we love Five Guys Burgers and Fries so? Because it makes us smile like that baby over there. A trip to our favorite fast-food chain was definitely the highlight of Gut Check's week, but it certainly wasn't the only highlight.What else happened?The Sneak smuggled mochi ice c ... More >>
Fernando de Sousa, Wikimedia Commons Dara Strickland is a leading expert on sneaking food and drink into the movies. She reports on her exploits for Gut Check (from an undisclosed location) every Monday.Show: The pageantry of early spring, Missouri Botanical Garden.Food: One liter of sangria, minia ... More >>
The first nominee for Gut Check's 2008 Thing of the Year is author Michael Pollan.
The "anarchists" finally get their day in court.
Local scientist/historian Dennis Owsley compiles a history of jazz, while Calexico talk about their new music.
Time again to take the year-end quiz
A new film denouncing corporate ruthlessness could use some downsizing of its own
A new exhibit reanimates Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and the controversy over bioethics
Brown Derby Wine Cellar
Metamorphoses is a wet dreamscape, and Kimberly Akimbo has a skewed charm
Week of July 9, 2003
Week of July 2, 2003
The brouhaha surrounding this year's World Agricultural Forum said a lot about St. Louis. And a lot of what it said wasn't very good.
If you must drop a bomb, drop it here -- not there
The St. Louis Independent Media Center makes its own fun to raise its own funds
For a price, Ashcroft can be a regular guy
Photographer Julie Moos documents the people in the middle of the biotech-foods industry
The San Francisco Mime Company is anything but silent in its presentation of Eating It, a political statement wrapped in cornhusk
The powerful Pipefitters union has a simple plan to provide job security for its members: It wants to take away other people's work.
A North St. Louis medical-waste incinerator has spewed dioxin for a decade. Nearby residents say it's time to fight the fire.
Scott Joplin receives a celebratory homecoming with Opera Theatre of St. Louis' revival of Treemonisha
The job market for information-technology grads is hot, but you'd better hone your people skills as well if you want to be really cool
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