Every couple weeks, starting now, RFT Music takes a hard listen to the music in which millions of Americans soak. Brad Paisley, "Southern Comfort Zone" Current Billboard Country Singles Chart Position: 10 The Verdict: Holy shit, songs on the radio can still be important! So, here, in a shimmering ... More >>
Archer FarmsTurmeric's fantastic stuff. It gives curry its golden hue. It's an antioxidant and a natural food preservative. Research has shown it can help people with Alzheimer's disease and cancer. It has been used for centuries as a digestive aid. And now if you eat enough turmeric from T ... More >>
Image viaOrange roughy, a species singled out for protection by GreenpeaceGreenpeace has released its latest report on the sustainable-seafood efforts of major supermarkets.The bad news is that none of the major chains scored over 70 points on the 100-point scale, the mark for being considered a ... More >>
Katie Moulton Target is going "P Fresh": sounds like a personal problem to us here at Gut Check, but the retailer isn't being shy - just a little coy - about its new store concept. Next Sunday, March 27, three local Target stores will relaunch with the P Fresh concept, which features an exp ... More >>
Thanks to a piece in Mother Jones, "Are These Cupcakes Racist?", Duncan Hines has pulled a YouTube video featuring chocolate-glazed anamorphic rapping cupcakes. Apparently, people think that white cupcakes burstingt into hip-hop beats once they're coated in chocolate might perhaps be a bit questiona ... More >>
Image viaFirst, Wal-Mart entered the market for organic produce. Now, the New York Times reports, Wal-Mart plans to expand the amount of local produce it sells. "No other retailer has the ability to make more of a difference than Wal-Mart," the retailer's president and chief executive, Michael T. ... More >>
It looks the world's best Scrabble word -- but St. Louis-based Energizer says its new "Qi"-enabled device is actually a way for users of cell phones, digital cameras, and MP3 players to simplify their lives.Ingenious.As Energizer explains, the Wireless Power Consortium developed Qi standards so t ... More >>
The beauty of the craft website Etsy is that a simple fifteen-minute search can introduce you a plethora of objects you never knew existed but that you need right now. Here are some creations by local Etsy-ers. image viaCocoa with Sherlock Photo Notecard by Mysterious Jottings. "The perfect ... More >>
The Associated Press reported yesterday:Parish priest Tim Jones says it's OK to shoplift at times as long as you don't take more than you need - but British police, retailers and clergy disagree. Jones says people in desperate need may at times be justified shoplifting items from large chain stores ... More >>
But of course!Who wants to clean up hamster poop and pony up for rodent feed when fake little critters are available for only $7.99?Or, were available. The New York Times reports that Ladue-based Cepia LLC can't keep the shelves at Toys 'R Us, Wal-mart and Target stocked with its crazy-popular Zhu Z ... More >>
Over at the Columbia Daily Tribune, columnist T. J. Greaney has composed a strange tribute to Robert Bolivar DePugh, leader of an anti-Communist militia group (or a domestic terrorism cell, depending on your point of view) called the Minutemen. DePugh died June 30 in his basement apartment, beneath ... More >>
We could pretend that going to the supermarket is a new kind of adventure now that times are tight. Shopping trips become infinitely more exciting when you add the element of mental calculation. It's almost like going on The Price is Right, except without Bob Barker. How much food can you get for 2 ... More >>
Clinics that treat the poor rely on free medical samples, but pharmaceuticals say there's got to be a better way.
Unreal takes a local celeb inside our actor's studio, browses for Star Trek figurines and says hello to "The Pampered Queer."
Citizen Cope turns hip-hop on its tail
Week of November 5, 2003
Two curators take a circular approach to art
With the determination of a Missouri mule, Mayor Mike Swoboda drags a $40 million development into the heart of Kirkwood
To the TIF victors go the spoils in Crestwood
Well-heeled cities and developers keep TIF reform at bay
Kellwood's taking fashion forward by making virtually all our clothes in the Third World. But the St. Louis giant carefully cloaks its operations, its plant locations and its monitoring of labor conditions.
Developers like the Sansone Group are using a state law to rake in millions of tax dollars for retail projects in the burbs. Trouble is, the legislation was designed to help blighted inner cities.