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    July 11, 2013

    Is It OK to Buy Records at Urban Outfitters?

    By Chris Chafin The other day, I found myself flipping through records in massive clothing chain Urban Outfitters. I know. I had certain expectations about what I'd find: Bob Marley, Dr. Dre, maybe some new dance records like Niki & The Dove, and not much else. Basically, the vinyl equivalent of a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    Kansas City-Area Library Uses Butchering Demonstration to Lure Patrons

    These are exciting times for library users. Not only can you go to the library to check out books for free, you can also go for a live demonstration of hog butchering! Well, uh, you can do that in Overland Park, Kansas, just outside of Kansas City. Not here. Not yet. But isn't it glorious to know ... More >>

  • News

    January 10, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 12, 2012

    Olive Garden Reviewer Marilyn Hagerty's Victory Tour

    Last week, Grand Forks, North Dakota, Herald restaurant critic Marilyn Hagerty wrote a review of her town's new Olive Garden. The review went viral, first because of snark, but then because Marilyn Hagerty is a complete badass whose reaction to the whole to-do -- in sum: I'm just doing my job; get a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2012

    Ayad Akhtar Talks About American Dervish, The Invisible Hand, Bacon and Seinfeld

    Ayad Akhtar is a lucky man. His first novel, American Dervish, came out in January and has received extravagant praise from the likes of the New York Times and NPR; you can hear him read from it this Wednesday, February 29, at Left Bank Books. Next month, for a few days anyway, he will have two play ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2011

    Local Booksellers Racing to Fill Borders-Shaped Hole

    If you've been one of the many circling the carcass of the Borders in Brentwood at its going-out-of-business sale (and, judging from the length of the lines, which are Christmas-length, you probably are), you may have observed this leaflet on the checkout counter: ​This is not an act of corpo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2011

    Salmonella Detected in Cargill Turkey Last Year

    ​The Wall Street Journal reports today that the USDA first detected salmonella Heidelberg in Cargill's Springdale, Arkansas, turkey-processing plant last year but was restricted by its own rules from doing anything about it.Cargill recalled 36 million pounds of ground turkey after at least 77 peop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2011

    Say Goodbye to Borders

    image viaSo long, Borders. We'll miss you. We're sorry you had to go out like this.​After failing to find another buyer after last week's deal with a private investor fell through, Borders has declared unconditional surrender. The bookstore chain, which has been on the brink of death since it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2011

    Spotify's US Launch Approaches; Which Music Service Are You?

    ​Music fans in the United States don't have a lot to envy of their European brothers and sisters, at least unless they're big fans of Abba or the kind of sticky, glitter-covered dance-pop that usually just makes me really want to leave the youth hostel and brush my teeth. One exception: Spotif ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    Helicopter Drones: U.S. Military's Newest Toy

    ​You know about the drone airplanes used in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but did you know that the U.S. military also has drone helicopters? The Navy currently has several Fire Scout helicopters aboard its warships overseas and plans to soon add a total of 168 of the remote-controlled aircraf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2011

    Clayton Gets Vito Rancanelli's Mad Tomato

    Robin WheelerMad Tomato in Clayton​ If there's any doubt that Vito Rancanelli, Jr. is using fresh, local food at Mad Tomato, his new venture in Clayton, just spend a few minutes in the dining room at lunchtime. First, a farmer with a young daughter arrives, carrying a case of fresh asparagus. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Twitter Co-Founder, St. Louis Native Jack Dorsey Raises $27 Million for Square

    Jack Dorsey​The Wall Street Journal reports this week that Jack Dorsey has raised $27.5 million in venture capital for his latest start-up, Square, that allows smart phones to process credit-card payments.The funds come courtesy of Sequoia Capital, the California-based firm that provided early see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2010

    Poisoned Candy, Free Lifetime KFC, and Other Halloween Food Horrors

    What's scarier - urban legends about psychos contaminating Halloween candy with poison and sharp things, or dressing up as Colonel Sanders to win a lifetime supply of KFC? The Atlantic debunks spooky tales of razor blades and cyanide in treats, giving evidence that most "Halloween sadist" stories ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Chilean Wine Sales Skyrocket After Mine Drama

    Chilean miner rescue leads to increase in Chilean wine sales. Harper's Wine and Spirits notes that British retailer Tesco has had a 325% increase in sales of wine from Chile since the rescue of the miners who'd been trapped since August. Gourmet Live shares one of the stories from their iPad app r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2010

    It's Official: Rams Are Nation's Least Popular Team

    As if we needed a study to confirm this.​A new study by the media-research firm Nielsen Co. confirms what you may have expected about the St. Louis Rams. Not only does no one in St. Louis care about the team but neither does a national audience. The study specifically looked at last year's season ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Food Prices Spark Riots in Africa

    Food riots in Mozambique have killed 10 people and led to 142 arrests. Reuters Africa reports that because of a 30 percent increase in bread prices, angry citizens have organized bloody, fiery protests via text messages. Wheat prices have soared because of drought in Russia. Farmers markets are pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2010

    Walmart Sandwiches Recalled

    Deli meat used in Walmart sandwiches recalled for possible listeria contamination. Food Safety News reports that Zemco from Buffalo, New York, has recalled over 380,000 pounds of meat. None of the meat was sold as retail product; it was all used for Walmart's Marketside Grab and Go Sandwiches. Par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2010

    Lagging Floral Industry Leads to Farming Innovations

    What to do with all those vacant greenhouses? A California man turns them into aquaponic farms. The San Jose Mercury News talks to Chris Newman, who's taking spaces vacated by bankrupt nurseries and using them for aquaculture (fish farming) and hydroponics (growing plants in water). Tennis won't b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Don't Panic Over Halal Food Carts Near Ground Zero.

    Good God, no! They're selling Halal food at Ground Zero! The Washington Post sensibly explains to a concerned reader why selling food that adheres to Islamic law in Lower Manhattan isn't threatening.An English professor was forcibly removed from a Manhattan Starbucks because she refused to participa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2010

    Beef From Cloned Bulls in the Food Chain

    Last week a U.K. farmer anonymously confessed to selling illegal milk from cloned cows. Now the Guardian announces that beef from cloned bulls has entered the food chain. Two bulls were sold for food by a Scottish farm, one last summer and a second in May. The farm, which is the largest breeder of H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2010

    The Newspaperless Newsstand: The Planet's Daily News Kiosk Faces Financial Strife

    Kase Wickman​Anthony M. Streekfuss, known to most simply as Tony, is a jack of all trades: He acts as an early morning security lookout for businesses in St. Louis' Central West End, gossips with the locals, and spoils passing canines with the dog treats he has on his person at all times. As owner ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    Cupcakes Apparently No Longer Trendy, But Essential Economic "Drivers"

    Image via​In October of 2007, I wrote a review of two new cupcake-centric bakeries: the Cupcakery (soon to be renamed the Cup) and Jilly's Cupcake Bar.I marked this as the moment when the cupcake craze finally reached our fair city. As part of my review of the two bakeries, I traced the history of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2010

    Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms: The Supreme Court Rules, Everyone Claims Victory

    Image viaEven Alfalfa is smiling about yesterday's ruling on alfalfa.​Gut Check hasn't read much case law since our high-school debate career ended and our briefcase (and trophies!) went into storage in our parents' garage. However, we were fairly certain that when the Supreme Court issued a rulin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2010

    St. Louis Teapartier Gina Loudon Wants You to BUYcott Stuff Associated With Arizona

    Image viaLocal Tea Partier Gina Loudon on The Daily Showa few months ago.​From the uber-conservative local lady that brought you the Buycott of Whole Foods last fall (then went on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart to chat about it): The St. Louis Tea Party's Gina Loudon is showing solidarity with Ar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.29

    What makes a farmers market? In a small town in Wisconsin, farmers are clashing with vendors who sell produce they buy at auction. The Wall Street Journal examines the feud in Tomah, where a farmer claims to have received violent threats from resellers. Stacey Miller, executive director of The Farme ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    I Stand Corrected: This Could Redeem Dunkin' Donuts Coffee

    Ian FroebStill swill, but now redeemable?​Last month, prompted by the hysteria surrounding the return of Dunkin' Donuts to St. Louis, I ventured to the new location to try the supposedly awesome coffee. My verdict? Dunkin' Donuts coffee is irredeemable swill.I was wrong. An article in yesterday's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.22

    With last night's debut of "Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution", the reviews are rolling in. The Washington Post recognizes it's pap but can't look away. (The Washington Post) New York mobile food vendors turn to Twitter. The immediacy of the social networking site allows owners to tell followers wher ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.17

    ​Genetically-altered beets will be harvested, orders a federal court judge. In a suit filed in 2007, a collection of environmental groups and organic farmers sued to stop the use of the Monsanto-developed beet seeds in 2010. Due to the plaintiffs filing suit too late in the harvest season, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.15

    ​Arabic food arrives at the U.S.'s biggest Marine base. A combination of veterans returning from the Middle East with a taste for the cuisine outweighs the fear wrought by the Fort Hood massacre, making a Lebanese-American's shawarma stand a hit. (Wall Street Journal) Lower prices on healthy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 12, 2010

    Monsanto Subject of Antitrust Workshop Today in Iowa with U.S. Attorney General

    ​Updated at 11:50 a.m. Competitors, activists, farmers, politicians. They all get a chance to weigh in on St. Louis-based Monsanto today at a "workshop" in Iowa that's to focus on antitrust behavior in the agriculture industry. In attendance at today's meeting will be U.S. Attorney General Eric Ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Matthew Davis Talks About Mongolia and His Book When Things Get Dark

    Image via​In the summer of 2000 Matthew Davis, a recent graduate of the University of Missouri, moved to Tsetserleg, a small town in the Mongolian countryside, to begin a two-year hitch in the Peace Corps. Now, nearly ten years later, he's written a book about his experiences there, When Things Ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2009

    Missouri Rep. Ike Skelton's Lonely Cry to Get General McChrystal to Testify

    Photo Via U.S. Army troops in 2006 in Kunar province, Afghanistan.​ General Stanley A. McChrystal​Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan recently opined how strange it is that General Stanley McChrystal, our top commander in Afghanistan, has not been asked to testify before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Cardinals' Dan McLaughlin is Baseball's Second-Biggest Blabbermouth

    Last August, the ever-brooding Jeff Kent, finishing out his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, threw one of his patented hissy fits when a Los Angeles Times columnist had the temerity to suggest that Manny Ramirez's arrival had helped Kent raise his batting average by twenty points. Wikiped ... More >>

  • Articles

    August 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Is MySpace Dead Yet?

    Even with fewer and fewer people using it, MySpace is still a behemoth. The social media company has over 125 million users and is still clocking about 70 million page views a month. Revenue averages $250 million a year. But none of this really means anything without some context, and the announceme ... More >>

  • News

    June 17, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 20, 2009

    Hey, Danny Meyer! Cards Fans Gotta Eat, Too!

    User "Metsfan84," Wikimedia CommonsMy colleague Chad Garrison passed along this Wall Street Journal article reviewing the food at the Yankees' and the Mets' new stadiums. Restaurateur extraordinaire Danny Meyer receives a whole lotta love for his offerings at the Mets' Citi Field. These include outp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2008

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Gets Political With Its Online Advertising

    On the eve of Election Day two weeks ago, some online readers of the Post-Dispatch opened their inboxes to find an intriguing note from the local daily: an e-mail touting Proposition A, the controversial gambling ballot initiative that aimed to do away with the $500 loss limits enforced at the state ... More >>

  • News

    October 22, 2008
  • News

    September 19, 2007

    The Case of the Shanghai Shamus

    A shy St. Louis poet pens subversive detective stories set in his communist homeland.

  • Film

    June 20, 2007

    Pearl Harbor

    Doing justice to Mariane and Daniels story.

  • News

    May 17, 2006


    For once, Unreal is scared to get between the sheets. Plus: Anheuser-Busch gets buzzed, and the Francis Howell School District plans to take back Christmas.

  • News

    December 21, 2005

    They Did What?

    2005's Top WTF? moments

  • News

    September 21, 2005

    Shiver We Timbers

    Yarr! Unreal's a-searchin' for booty (but, please, not those VH1 Divas Live CDs). Plus, we go gaga over a QVC pitchman and meet a local blogger who needs to get something off her chest.

  • News

    February 2, 2005

    Burnt Offering

    Did the Post-Dispatch try to buy itself?

  • Dining

    October 20, 2004

    Raising the Bar

    Anthony's brings class and comfort to the power meal

  • News

    October 20, 2004

    You Want Fries with That?

    Unreal finally finds happiness with that elusive combination of beer, prophylaxes and popcorn shrimp; plus, Whitey Herzog in a Misfits T-shirt!

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 29, 2004

    Best Power Lunch

    Anthony's Bar

  • Music

    June 9, 1999
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