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    May 19, 2014

    Tesla Remains Legal in Missouri, Legislature to Reconsider Ban Next Year

    Tesla won a major legislative battle last week when Republican leadership decided to pump the brakes on a bill that would effectively have kicked the electric car company out of Missouri. Tesla, which has a service center in St. Louis, says it sells cars directly to consumers -- not through franchi ... More >>

  • Film

    August 29, 2013
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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 >>

  • 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 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 19, 2011

    The Inverted Forest -- New Novel by St. Louis Author John Dalton -- Hits Stores Today

    St. Louis author John Dalton's second novel comes out today to advance praise from critics.​Somewhere in the next room, John Dalton's two daughters are watching Curious George cartoons as he explains his next project, a book that he frequently refers to as "strange and dark." It took the St. L ... 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 21, 2010

    Blessed are the Cheese-Makers; They are Keeping Their Farms

    The rough economy has led many dairy farmers to artisan cheese-making. The Los Angeles Times interviews several farmers-turned-cheese-makers who faced losing their farms, but have found success in embracing traditional cheese-making. With all the talk about how horrible school lunches are, has any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Giant Organic Egg Farms Come Under Fire

    Not all organic eggs are created equal. Mother Jones looks at organic factory egg farms, which have been investigated by the Cornucopia Institute, an organic foods advocacy group. They've filed a complaint against farms for violating organic standards, and exposes the eleven major organic egg produc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Locavores Get What They Pay For

    When food activist Michael Pollan put a price tag on some local foods ($8/dozen eggs, $3.90/lb. peaches), he came off as a locavore elitist. The Wall Street Journal investigates to see if this is true, and finds that consumers often get what they pay for. The Chicago Tribune investigates the true ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Carrot Vending Machines Arrive at Schools

    The baby carrot takeover marches on, with schools receiving carrot vending machines. The Middletown (Ohio) Journal reports that Bolthouse Farms in Bakersfield, California, is test marketing the machines in Mason, Ohio, and Syracuse, New York, for two months. Seventy New Yorkers made a pizza run in ... 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 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

    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 27, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.27

    Sold! Pabst Brewing Company, the maker of PBR and Schlitz, is finally sold. The Wall Street Journal reports that food investor C. Dean Metropoulos has purchased to company for $250 million. Metropoulos has built his fortune on buying small food companies, like Vlasic Pickles and Bumble Bee Tuna, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.27

    Sold! Pabst Brewing Company, the maker of PBR and Schlitz, is finally sold. The Wall Street Journal reports that food investor C. Dean Metropoulos has purchased to company for $250 million. Metropoulos has built his fortune on buying small food companies, like Vlasic Pickles and Bumble Bee Tuna, t ... 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

    April 6, 2010

    What Will You Do for $5? Website Offers You the Chance to Boast Your $5 Services

    ​The value of $5 seems to decline as we grow older. A crisp $5 bill in a birthday card represented near infinite possibility (candy? a lot of candy?!) but as we age, it might be just enough to cover "value" meal at a fast food restaurant. Still, the idea of five bucks still carries weight with fo ... 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

    August 31, 2009

    Acquitted "Cyber Bully" Lori Drew Finds Herself a Victim of Online Tormenters​Technically this is old news-- the judge in the case said way back on July 2 that he had "tentatively" decided to overrule the LA jury's three guilty verdicts and acquit Drew on misdemeanor charges of violating MySpace's "Terms of Service" agreement. But, as of last Friday, the judge ... More >>

  • Articles

    August 26, 2009
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    August 18, 2009

    Armadillo Plays Well in Peoria, So Why Not St. Louis? Peoria "Armadillo"​The Wall Street Journal had an interesting article yesterday about the way the Peoria, Illinois, police deal with nuisance properties. Their solution? An unmanned armored truck that the police park outside the homes of drug dealers and oth ... More >>

  • News

    June 17, 2009
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    April 20, 2009

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

    My 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 outposts of his ridiculously popular Sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 3.13

    Salmonella cases continue occur, mostly from peanut-butter crackers. (MSNBC)(Note to fellow RFT employees reading this: That includes the crackers in our vending machine!)A new Chinese food scandal? Questions about injecting meat with water. (Wall Street Journal)Sting is releasing his own wine. Is t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 13, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 2.13

    Once again, the big news this morning: Three St. Louis chefs are semifinalists for this year's James Beard Awards.Texas recalls everything shipped -- ever -- from a now-shuttered Peanut Corp. of America plant. (AP)Consumer spending on food fell in the fourth quarter. (Wall Street Journal)Is the coin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2009

    Wall Street Journal, er Post-Dispatch, Offers Deal You Can't Afford To Ignore

    I'm pretty sure my copy of the Post-Dispatch never arrived this morning. Then again, it could be buried under eight inches of snow in the front yard. Regardless, I'm thinking it's time to cancel my subscription and re-subscribe a.s.a.p!That's because for a "limited time" the paper is offering daily ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2008

    The Cosby Show Cast Today: Bill's Got a Rap Album in the Works

    The people behind the The Cosby Show, the standard-bearer of the 1980s American nuclear family, are rolling out the DVDs of each season, with seasons seven and eight arriving on shelves today. While many avid TV viewers still couch it for a few hours every couple of weeknights, some of us just w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2008

    Post-Dispatch Headline of the Day

    Unreal beats our head against the faux maple veneer of our desk on a daily basis trying to come up with the perfect headline. We have at our disposal dictionaries, thesauri, transcripts of old Simpsons episodes, subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal, St. Louis Magazine and the Evening Whirl. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8/13

    Another week, another food to avoid: oysters from the southern tip of the Hood Canal in Washington state. The culprit this time is the bacterial illness vibriosis. (Seattle Times) A look at the growing backlash against bottled water, and the guilt it's inspiring in bo ... More >>

  • Film

    July 25, 2007

    It Doesn't Suck!

    Breathe easy, Simpsons fans.

  • Film

    June 20, 2007

    Pearl Harbor

    Doing justice to Mariane and Daniels story.

  • Film

    July 26, 2006

    The Metamorphosis

    Boy turns bug in redemptive kiddie-lit adaptation

  • 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?

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    September 29, 2004

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    June 9, 1999
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