Business at Dellena Jones' 911 Hair Salon, one of the many boarded-up storefronts along West Florissant Avenue in Ferguson, is down 70 percent after protests started there in August. It's a common story on this street, where the burned-out husk of the QuikTrip looms as a reminder of the weeks of un ... More >>
Organizers for the Ferguson October "Weekend of Resistance" capped off multiple days of noisy demonstrations yesterday with "Moral Monday," which consisted of a string of acts of civil disobedience and multiple arrests. Starting in the morning with two separate actions in Ferguson and continuing wel ... More >>
Acts of civil disobedience took center stage in St. Louis this weekend, as youth organizers wrangled local activists and out-of-state visitors in town for "Ferguson October." The event has drawn thousands to St. Louis to publicly oppose police brutality. "We're here to destroy systemic racism and ... More >>
Since the death of Michael Brown, protesters have flocked to two parking lots to hold demonstrations, arriving early in the morning and sometimes sleeping in tents or on the ground. There's the parking lot in front of Andy Wurm Tire and Wheel, on South Florissant Road, where Wurm gave permission t ... More >>
Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis city. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>
Opinion pages are supposed to be provocative, but Jim Robertson, managing editor at the Columbia Daily Tribune, admits Wednesday's editorial cartoon may have gone a little overboard. Twitter erupted in fury after the Tribune ran a syndicated Gary McCoy cartoon based on the looting and riots that gr ... More >>
The QuikTrip at West Florissant Avenue and Northwinds Estates Drive has become ground zero, as the press corps here likes to say, for the unrest that grips Ferguson. By day, it has served as a lively gathering place, a shelter from the rain and an icon of reclamation on a street that draws peaceful ... More >>
At the end of another dangerous night in Ferguson, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson offered an emotional plea to the media on Monday: Please stop putting officers in danger and glamorizing violent agitators in your quest for Internet virality. Johnson seemed near tears as he illust ... More >>
Ferguson residents are getting used to the clinging aroma of tear gas every morning. On Monday night, law enforcement launched volley after volley of tear gas canisters at Canfield Drive, West Florissant Avenue and Northwinds Estates Drive -- not to mention rubber bullets and the expected variety ... More >>
After Friday night's chaos in Ferguson, the atmosphere here returned to uncertainty, fear and anger. A quick recap: On Thursday, police authority in Ferguson shifted from the St. Louis County Police Department to Captain Ron Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. Johnson boosted residents' ho ... More >>
For the first time since unrest started over the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed eighteen-year-old, Ferguson is now under curfew after Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency. Ferguson residents and protesters have reacted angrily to the curfew, which starts at midnight and goes until ... More >>
A Ferguson Police officer named Darren Wilson, an officer with six years on the force and no disciplinary record, is the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on Saturday, says chief Tom Jackson. Jackson released Wilson's name to the media as well as information about a strongarm robbery that o ... More >>
For the first time this week, St. Louisans didn't wake up this morning to pictures depicting riot police aiming sniper rifles at nonviolent protesters, arresting journalists or blockading residential streets in Ferguson. Instead, today's photos showed thousands parading down West Florissant Avenue ... More >>
Ferguson police this morning released the name of the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on Saturday. Darren Wilson is a six-year veteran of the Ferguson police force with a clean record, according to Chief Tom Jackson who delivered the long-awaited news at a press conference this morning in ... More >>
The screenshot above of St. Louis hip-hop artist Prince Ea walking past an entourage of fully equipped militants and armored vehicles looks like a staged setting out of a high-budget music video or action movie, but it's not. The startling scenery filmed during Ferguson protests is one-hundred perce ... More >>
Nighttime in north county is mired with heated confrontations between protesters and police, but during the day people from all over the city come to clean up. While looting ended on Sunday, nightly protests persist, and broken glass and garbage -- not all left over from protests -- line the stree ... More >>
For awhile, Wednesday night's protest in Ferguson looked like the most peaceful gathering since the Saturday shooting of an unarmed black teenager named Michael Brown. The calm wouldn't last long.
Many have noted that at Michael Brown rallies, like the one convened by the NAACP on Monday evening, the crowd that arrives to speak about nonviolence and collaboration is older and predominantly female. That might have also been the case last night at the Greater St. Mark's Family Church, where Rev ... More >>
When it comes to dramatic bluster, there are few that can match Anonymous. The anarchist hacking network has a reputation for targeting perceived injustices worldwide with creepily narrated video messages and attacks on computer systems. But it appears the death of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown ... More >>
The Murchison Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal Church in Normandy was built to sit 600, and it overflowed yesterday evening during an NAACP-led press conference that seemed to alternate between righteous hope and fever-pitch anger. "We're talking about somebody's son, we're talking about th ... More >>
Erica Hampton didn't let her two young children watch the chaos unfold in Ferguson Sunday night. But as the sun rose Monday morning to reveal smoldering ashes and broken glass, she sat down with her ten-year-old son to talk about the destruction wreaked on the town. "We talked about it, and we deci ... More >>
The heavily armed police officer in riot gear was not amused. "You guys are in the middle of a war zone," he told Daily RFT. We -- along with two other journalists and two Ferguson residents -- had just emerged from a wall of shrubbery 50 feet away from the officer, who stood watch with several ot ... More >>
Back in March, Gut Check bought five plain glazed doughnuts from five local shops and pitted them against one another in a blind taste test. Pharaoh's Donuts (200 North Seventh Street) beat out Strange Donuts, World's Fair Donuts, a doughnut of humble origins from Schnucks and Donut Drive-In. Were y ... More >>
In this biweekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. Kens ... More >>
Update: St. Louis county police have announced that Florissant resident Jerrin Brown, 32, has been charged in the homicide of Paul Moore, a twenty-year-old who, as we reported yesterday, showed up to a gas station early Sunday morning with gunshot wounds -- and soon after died. Our original coverage ... More >>
QuikTrip was accused before of price cutting.You love their corndogs, taquitos and bathtub-sized fountain drinks. And the cheap gas isn't bad, either. But is QuikTrip's low-priced petrol illegally inexpensive? That's what a lawsuit filed last week in federal court contends. Members of t ... More >>
The good folks at Mobil on the Run have given us some notable pieces of advertisement over the past couple years, but I have yet to see a new commercial from them this baseball season, regarding the number six or any other numbers, serious or otherwise. To which I say: bunk! We need cheap drink ... More >>
Earlier this week, I partook in a perilous act: I read the commentary on a news story from another local news website. I found one regarding a change of ownership at Southtown Pub, neighbor of Black Derby Saloon and high on my list of potential dives to investigate. In addition to claiming an impro ... More >>
Jennifer SilverbergThis week I visit Pearl Café, a Thai restaurant that opened earlier this year at 8416 North Lindbergh Boulevard in Florissant:The Thai restaurant Pearl Café doesn't hide so much as hunker down -- one more squat, featureless building on a long stretch of Lindbergh Boulevard lo ... More >>
User "Jellyfish Juice," Wikimedia CommonsThere's no rule that says good sweets can't be cheap. Anyone with a sweet tooth worth its weight in Hostess CupCakes and Hershey's Milk Chocolate can tell you that. Sometimes, cheap simplicity hits the spot better than ornate decadence. You might not know ... More >>
Zach Dyer is a writer living in Saint Louis. He did his thesis research on coffee farmers in Southern Mexico. Since then, he has visited coffee plantations in Costa Rica and Mexico as well as roasters and cafés across the U.S. He blogs about coffee for Gut Check every Wednesday.Last September, McDo ... More >>
I first mentioned ToastedRav.com's Tour de Frankfurter a couple of weeks ago. The event, which takes place this Thursday, is an effort to eat 24 hot dogs at 24 St. Louis locations in 24 hours. Well, ToastedRav.com has released its route, and I have to say it's pretty impressive. Of course, it would ... More >>
My review of the new restaurant at the wine shop and gourmet market Starrs is now available online. Click here to read. photo: Jennifer Silverberg Also in this week's issue: In the mood to celebrate, Malcolm tries to keep down a QuikTrip double cheeseburger, while Kristie plays an interes ... More >>
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