Blink and you'll miss the rising star that is Nikki Hill, a young, powerhouse R&B and rock & roll singer and songwriter, living right here in St. Louis -- when she isn't on the road, which is virtually non-stop. Blink again and you'll miss her second release in 2013, an EP called Soul Meets Country! ... More >>
Blockbuster is closing the handful of stores still open in Missouri by next year in a third and final round of cuts eliminating the video store's retail operations nationwide. Dish Network, owners of Blockbuster, announced Wednesday they are shuttering 300 retail stores and ending the video-by-mail ... More >>
Tomorrow is Yom Kippur, the Day of the Atonement and the holiest day of the Jewish year. It's a time for confessing sins, begging the pardon of everyone you have offended over the past year and praying desperately for God to inscribe you in the Book of Life for the next one. In order to show how tru ... More >>
Askinosie Chocolate based in Springfield, Missouri, was recently awarded its fifth silver Sofi Award in the category of "Outstanding Chocolate" by the National Association of Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) for its new dark milk chocolate and black licorice bar. It's also a finalist for the organizati ... More >>
Damon Riddick may be the coolest dude alive. Better known as Dam-Funk, Riddick is a walking embodiment of West Coast Relaxation, creating an electrifying brand of modern funk. Heavily inspired by the synth-based funk of the late '70s/early '80s, his music is full of interstellar synthesizers rife wi ... More >>
Robin WheelerSlurpees are best served cold.Oh thank heaven! Free Slurpee Day lands on what might be the hottest day of 2011! In St. Louis, does 7-11 cross anyone's mind on any day other than July 11 (Get it? 7-11.)? Not really. The granddaddy of all convenience stores - the first one opened ... More >>
Image ViaWhat do the countries of Scandinavia have in common? For one thing, Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland are some of the happiest places on Earth. Every time a new study comes out attempting to quantify "life satisfaction," these countries hold court in the top ten, trading off the nu ... More >>
Welcome to Spice World, in which Gut Check zeroes in on overlooked spices from around the globe, introducing those you may not own -- and probably should. Kristie McClanahanWhole dill seed. Perfect for pickling if you're not in a hurry.History: Though today the word "dill" is right at home n ... More >>
Welcome to Spice World, in which Gut Check looks at overlooked spices from around the world, introducing those you don't own but probably should. Kristie McClanahanHistory: After the garden produced a comically large number of cucumbers -- and after giving them away to family, friends, stranger ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/amin_tabriziLane Wallace came to an astonishing revelation two weeks ago, which she very kindly shared in The Atlantic: It is better to be unemployed in New York, L.A. or Silicon Valley than anywhere else in this great nation of ours.Of course, if all those unemployed New Yorkers o ... More >>
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