So far as I can tell, this is what differentiates a fun conspiracy theory from an annoying one: A fun conspiracy theory puts far too serious a spin on an unserious issue, while an annoying one maps too unserious a worldview over a serious one. Aliens building the pyramids? Fun, unless you're an Egyp ... More >>
Kristie McClanahanThe argument of nature versus nurture seems to be a sure-fire way to pass the time on cable-news shows, particularly when it comes to the "born gay" versus "became that way" argument, but it also pops up during discussions about birth order or, when we were in college, putt ... More >>
A Census employee works the streets of (INSERT MIDWEST CITY) last summer.Yesterday St. Louis officials all but conceded that the 2010 U.S. Census got it right: The city did lose 30,000 people, or 8.3 percent of its population, over the past decade. And while there's been lots of hand-wringing abo ... More >>
Missouri Office of AdministrationEach dot represents 50 people counted during the 2010 Census.Don't know about you, but here at Daily RFT we're still trying to wrap our minds around the glut of U.S. Census data released last week. Which is why we were pleased this morning to stumble upon the webs ... More >>
Today's comment comes on the heals of St. Louis police reporting that crime in St. Louis hit a 43-year low last year with numbers not seen since 1967. Police partially credit their own handy work with the decline. Reader "Rudy Moore" sees it differently:City population is also half of what it was in ... More >>
Time to snackify your soft drinks. The Wall Street Journal says that Pepsi believes customers wants to "snackify" their drinks. What the hell does that mean? It means they're looking for ways to market a new fruit puree that's thin enough to drink but thick enough to be a food. Apple, grape, and che ... More >>
Jonathan Franzen's new book, Freedom, isn't out until Tuesday, but he's already pissed off some pretty prominent women in literary circles. This time, however, it's not Oprah. And he hasn't really done much besides exist and be the recipient of a rave review in the New York Times from another powerf ... More >>
Twitter's cool! Follow me on Twitter and maybe I'll follow you too! We can follow each other! Cool! We can also follow St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay. I try to keep up on Twitter -- you know, a Tweet here, a Tweet there, once in a while a Tweet, Tweet. But I can't hold a candle to the mayor. I've man ... More >>
Image sourceTake five minutes, get counted, help Mayor Slay get some beer and BBQ.Mayor Francis Slay has made a bet with Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser this U.S. census season: Whose city will increase its census form mail-in response rate by the highest percentage?If St. Louis wins, Slay stan ... More >>
MayorSlay.comThe United States census form does not always keep up with the times. On this year's form, for instance, people still have the option to identify themselves as "Negro," a term that all but disappeared in the late 1960s. The Census Bureau defended its decision by claiming that m ... More >>
Yet another Mardi Gras has passed in St. Louis and now only memories (and compromising photos) remain. If you're not entirely worn-out from last weekend, look forward to this weekend: fire-breathing burlesque, a Jersey Shore cast member, munching on crickets and worms and a goth versi ... More >>
Portland: A place white people like.Those are the questions essentially posed by urban affairs blogger Aaron Renn in his latest posting, titled "The White City." Renn takes a look at the mid-sized cities of Portland, Austin, Seattle, Denver and Minneapolis that are routinely hailed as being ... More >>
us.penguingroup.comThere's an interesting article in Salon today about a new book called Cahokia: Ancient America's Great City on the Mississippi by an archaeologist named Timothy Pauketat. Three guesses what it's about, and the last two don't count.According to Pauketat, Cahokia wasn't jus ... More >>
Dennis Brown and Paul Friswold suss out the local theater scene in St. Louis
She feld Jung, in a Freudian sense
The last Temptations of art
Week of February 16, 2005
Outlaw printmakers ransack town
SIUE celebrates Women's History Month with a visit from Gloria Steinem
Bob Brier commands wrapped attention
The maker of a wrenching film on El Salvador's days of terror has a St. Louis link
Afghan arts and culture get a day in the spotlight at local importer MacroSun
Angela Coffel, the first woman in Missouri deemed a sexually violent predator, is locked up despite overwhelming evidence that she isn't one.
History buffs and the morbidly curious will be buoyed by Titanic: The Artifact Exhibit
Republican hopeful can't seem to fight like a man
The city was slow in adopting a jail-suicide expert's advice
Nine centuries ago, Mississippian villagers cached 70 celts underground. Was it a ceremonial offering, or did they just forget?
Friday, Aug. 10; Off Broadway
Who'll get voted out when aldermen redraw ward lines?
American Bottom Archaeology Project
Discovering the value of Chubb's Antiques Roadshow
Andrew Clayton stole rare books from the Jesuits. Now he's hoping they'll forgive him.
Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan