Tuffy Gessling, the rodeo clown at the center of the Missouri State Fair controversy, has developed a large online following, as we noted earlier this week. Turns out, his celebrity was only just beginning and has since skyrocketed -- in the last few days earning him praise from high-profile pundits ... More >>
It's been four days since the controversial performance of a Missouri State Fair rodeo clown dressed as Obama -- but the condemning statements and the calls for investigations continue to roll in. Yesterday, we reported that Mark Ficken, the announcer during the stunt who alleges he was not behind ... More >>
We reported yesterday that the Washington University chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity was suspended this week after allegations surfaced that pledges played a racist prank on fellow students. Now, officials are pushing forward with an investigation into the matter, and Vice Chancellor f ... More >>
In this week's music feature, Calvin Cox explains the unlikely rise of Wild Bill Young, whose country music career is approaching a tipping point. He's dealt with mismatched expectations based on his race since he started singing, but he told us he doesn't want that to be his defining characteristic ... More >>
Yesterday, thousands marched down Fifth Avenue in New York City to quietly protest perceived racial profiling in the NYPD's stop-and-frisk policy. Organizers say they made a conscious effort to mimic something that happened there a century ago: The silent march that took place in the wake of t ... More >>
Attorney General Chris Koster today released the Missouri Vehicle Stops Report, which breaks down the total number of traffic stops, vehicle searches and arrest rate by race. The report also calculates what's called "the disparity index," which releates each racial group's total proportion of traffi ... More >>
Christine Byers over at the Post-Dispatch has the amazing story of crime union between an avowed white supremacist eagerly going into business with a black gang member in order to circumvent the federal laws regarding the purchase of cold medicine so they could use the pseudoephedrine to make met ... More >>
"I myself don't choose to be a third generation welfare mother. I want to work in the field that I'm trained in," says Dent.Tiama Dent is a single mother of two children and a graduate of the Illinois Department of Transportation's Highway Construction Preparatory Training program. The eight-w ... More >>
thedefendersonline.comAnother set of numbers has been compiled that suggests the Missouri justice system is plagued by racial disparities. This time, the stats indicate that a disproportionate number of black kids are transfered to adult courts, where they're threatened with prison time in pl ... More >>
The St. Louis metro area clocks in at (un)lucky No. 7 in terms of black/white racial segregation among the country's largest urban regions. That's according to 2009 data released by the U.S. Census Bureau, which was analyzed by A.P. and Post-Dispatch reporters and summarized in an article this mo ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the St. Louis theater scene
Sheriff Joe Arpaio wants you to vote for Ed.The latest endorsement (not from a dead man) for Ed Martin comes from Joe Arpaio the self-branded "World's Toughest Sheriff" out of Maricopa County, Arizona. The Republican congressional candidate looking to unseat Russ Carnahan announced Arpaio's endor ... More >>
James O'Keefe learns that pimpin' ain't easy.It keeps getting worse for political activist (and pride of the St. Louis Tea Party) James O'Keefe. Last week he was arrested for illegally attempting to access the phone lines of Lousiana Senator Mary Landrieu. Over the weekend Daily RFT voters ... More >>
Prison photoJames von BrunnJames von Brunn, the 89-year-old St. Louis native and Washington University graduate who made headlines in June for storming the National Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. and killing a security guard, has died in prison, according to several news reports.Von Brunn di ... More >>
Remember the indignation in 2007 when Mayor Francis Slay demoted the city's first African-American fire chief, Sherman George? The move enraged the city's black majority. Protests followed. Slay was booed from a public speaking event, and more than a few people predicted that the feud would cost Sla ... More >>
The Mexican muses on the high rate of DUIs among Hispanics.
You are what you eat: The story of a culture, told through its cuisine.
Week of March 30, 2006
Magic Johnson's proposed north St. Louis development is dead
We chat with a fresh-faced John Oates, pick the brain behind M.O.T.O. and play a scary game with Burnt by the Sun
Here's how the Board of Education could raise money for St. Louis schools: Charge admission to its meetings
Across the country, historical minstrelsy is re-emerging to the shock of many
To save St. Louis public schools, Bill Roberti and his band of hired guns plan to blow things up. Who'll pick up the pieces when they're gone?
Nance says City Hall didn't influence the Clergy Coalition's delay on home rule
Rilla Askew penetrates the decades of silence surrounding the Tulsa race riot of 1921 in her novel Fire in Beulah
Lafayette Square has a plan to keep the riffraff from mucking up the neighborhood
"Around the world, gypsies have historically been victims of rejection and abuse"
The film Men of Bronze: The Black American Heroes of World War I chronicles the warm welcome of American jazzmen by their French hosts