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    November 25, 2014

    After Promises of Advance Notice, Nighttime Release of Grand Jury Decision Stuns St. Louis

    Just 24 hours ago, everybody in St. Louis seemed to know someone getting advance notice of the grand jury's decision regarding the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Law enforcement officers said they'd get 48 hours notice from officials. So did medical workers. Schools promised to give parents sever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2014

    Prosecutor McCulloch Addresses Grand Jury Critics: No, He Can't Indict a Ham Sandwich

    The prosecutor overseeing the grand jury investigation into Ferguson cop Darren Wilson's shooting of Michael Brown needed to get a few things off his chest yesterday, so he hopped on KTRS 550 to dispel the "misinformation" being spread by his loudest critics. Public opposition to St. Louis Prosecu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    No Journalists, Outsiders Allowed at Ferguson Town Hall Meetings

    What are you doing tonight? If you're closely following the aftermath of Michael Brown's death, you may have planned on attending the first of five town hall meetings in Ferguson. After all, this first meeting, with a program billed as "addressing misperceptions about the city of Ferguson," seems ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Ferguson Protesters to Shut Down Highway, Call for New Prosecutor in Michael Brown Case

    Long-time St. Louis activist Anthony Shahid will lead protesters across Interstate 70 today, shutting down the highway to protest the lack of a special prosecutor on the Michael Brown court case. Protesters plan to meet at 3 p.m. at Hanley Road and then block the highway. "It is going to cause peo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2014

    Feds to Launch New Civil Rights Probe into Ferguson Police Department

    The U.S. Department of Justice will open another civil-rights investigation, this time into the entire operations of the Ferguson Police Department. Anonymous officials leaked details to national media outlets, first to the Washington Post, on Wednesday about the investigation, which is separate fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    Why Police Will Continue to Arrest Journalists in Ferguson

    At the end of another dangerous night in Ferguson, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson offered an emotional plea to the media on Monday: Please stop putting officers in danger and glamorizing violent agitators in your quest for Internet virality. Johnson seemed near tears as he illust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    Cops in Ferguson Detain Journalists, Threaten to Shoot Cameraman, Mace Reporter

    As armed protesters facing off with heavily militarized security forces continue to face off in nightly violence in Ferguson, journalists on the scene are increasingly coming under threat of arrest or injury from police officers. With tens of thousands of people watching via live stream, a police o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2013

    Six Musicians You Didn't Know Might Be Bigots

    Bob Dylan is being sued. For supposedly being racist. Could the harmonica enthusiast born Robert Allen Zimmerman -- the man whose ejaculate created national treasure Jakob Dylan of the Wallflowers -- truly be a bigot? Sure, he could be. Or maybe his comment likening Croatians to Nazis was misinterpr ... More >>

  • Music

    May 9, 2013
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    August 21, 2012

    Romney Calls on Akin to Drop Senate Bid, Akin Tells Romney to Mind His Own Damn Business

    The Washington Post reports that Mitt Romney has joined the overwhelming chorus of Republicans calling on Todd Akin to drop out of the Senate race today. The Romney campaign reportedly released a statement from the presidential candidate: As I said yesterday, Todd Akin's comments were offensive a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2011

    St. Louis Area and Northeast U.S. Face Pumpkin Shortages

    Image viaWe're bummin' too, Mr. Pumpkin.​This summer's freaky weather -- floods to droughts and the scorching heat -- has done a number on the local pumpkin harvest. Last night FOX 2 reported that the St. Louis area's pumpkin crops are smaller this year, both in crop and fruit size. Harvest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2011

    Restaurant Tidbits from Jim Fiala, Pi

    Jennifer SilverbergThe Terrace View, a Jim Fiala restaurant, at Citygarden downtown​I'm nursing a high ankle sprain -- imagine me making a puppy-dog sad face, asking for your pity -- which means I'm currently housebound and just a skosh behind the curve. At any rate, lots of chef shuffling over th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2011

    Food Safety Law Leads to Food Tracking Frenzy

    Now that the federal food safety law is in effect, the Washington Post looks at what food producers are doing to meet new criteria for food traceability. The law requires all parts of the food distribution chain to be able to quickly trace where food items came from through electronic records to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Food Banks Conflicted Over Junk Food Donations

    Just because they're hungry doesn't mean they should have junk food. NPR covers the touchy subject of how desperate food pantries manage junk food donations. Grocery stores often donate damaged items like soda and chips, which food banks are loathe to forgo for fear of losing healthy donations from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    KFC Does Christmas Right ... in Japan

    What do people in Japan eat for Christmas dinner? KFC, of course. Laos News reports that the American chicken chain has created a Christmas tradition of eating fried chicken in Japan. Their catchy marketing slogan is, "At Christmas you eat chicken."If it's a KFC in Brazil, they'd better get ready to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    What Americans Need to Know About Hunger

    In this week of overabundance, the Washington Post takes a look at the five biggest myths about hunger in America. Turns out some Americans do go hungry, helping them isn't just a good deed, it's not just about kids, we can't solve hunger with the food we waste, and it's not just about food.Where ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    MoMA Exhibits Kitchen Evolution. And Then We Eat Candy With Wine.

    The Museum of Modern Art in New York features an exhibit on the design evolution of the kitchen. The Washington Post covers the kitchen-as-art history exhibit, called "Counter Space: Design and the Modern Kitchen," which displays kitchens and gadgets from the last century. It illustrates how, as peo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2010

    Food Jouranlism Pioneer Michael Batterberry Dies at 78

    Michael Batterberry, founder of Food and Wine and Food Arts magazines, has died. The 78-year-old died on Thursday after a long illness. He also wrote 18 books, many on food or dining. Wine Spectator has his full obituary. Forget the warm milk and turkey. The Washington Post reports foods that hin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2010

    Arnold, Missouri Makes a Cameo in "Top Secret America"

    Big Brother lives in Arnold, MO​The investigative report "Top Secret America" published early last week by The Washington Post offers a startling peak into the mysterious world inhabited Big Brother. The authors describe how the NSA intercepts billions of phone calls, emails and text messages each ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 4, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 6.4

    With the backlash against questionable health claims in food advertising, Kellogg's has opted to restrict advertising in light of two FTC investigations for false health claims in less than a year. The New York Times reports that a claim to improve child immune function on Rice Krispies packaging l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.26

    Although a $1.5 billion settlement was reached months ago for discriminated African-American farmers, the plaintiffs have yet to see the money. Roland S. Martin of CNN gives his take on the situation, and how the history of American racism has affected black farmers. The food safety bill's still ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.20

    The air travel catastrophe caused by Iceland's volcano can teach some important lessons about eating locally in the U.K. The Guardian detailed how the huge ash cloud is preventing Kenyan produce imports from reaching western Europe. Tons of fruits and vegetables have already been dumped because the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.8

    The government thinks the FDA needs to step up food inspections. Despite a rash of recalls in the past six years, the FDA has inspected less than half of the organizations it regulates with the number dropping annually. The food safety legislation currently in Congress would provide more resources ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2010

    Forget the Tea Party -- Coffee is the New Beverage of Political Action St. Louis Coffee Party will reign supreme?​The St. Louis Tea Party turned one year old last weekend. To celebrate, not one, but two, fledgling political groups are throwing their own warm beverage parties. Coincidentally, but not surprisingly, both call themselves ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2010

    Former MO Congressman Cashing In on Move to Legalize Online Gambling

    Wikimedia CommonsWelcome to the poker "lobby." We'll start you with $300,000...​The Washington Post published an interesting read earlier this week about Dems in Congress who are gunning to overturn laws that make Internet gambling illegal. Rep. Barney Frank and others want the government to regul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Hip-Hop Fact-checking Fail, Public Enemy-Style

    Tip of the hat to co-worker Nick P., who stumbled upon the following correction in the Washington Post. The Public Enemy song to which it refers, "911 Is a Joke," comes from the group's seminal 1990 album, Fear of a Black Planet. In other words, the song existed a full eleven years before 9/11. Even ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2009

    Voters in More and More Cities Elect to Do Away with Red-Light Cameras

    ​Last week's post about a St. Louis driver who defended himself -- and won! -- a trial vs. the city and a red-light camera ticket, generated lots of traffic on Daily RFT.So, here's another story that should rile up those of you who hate those pesky red-light cameras. In cities where the cameras ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 11.11

    ​ Oysters might soon be sanitized for your protection. (Washington Post)It's the bird versus the sides in the Thanksgiving dinner battle royale. (The New York Times)A look at the Americas Food and Beverage Show in Miami. (Miami New Times)Cheese thieves retaliate with steak knives and flingin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 4.10

    The CDC reports what should be clear to those who've been reading Gut Check since its inception: The U.S. is no longer making progress dealing with food-safety issues. (Washington Post)A new reports finds that increased ethanol use could lead to higher costs for government-funded food programs. (AP) ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 4.3

    The FDA looks at a New York processing plant in the pistachio salmonella case. (AP)In spite of multiple problems involving peanuts, the FDA still hasn't strengthened its safety requirements for the legume. (Washington Post)A new study from Johns Hopkins suggests that drink calories are harder to she ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 2.16

    A lengthy, but illuminating, history of the disgraced Peanut Corp. of America and its founding family, the Parnells. (Washington Post)In light of the current salmonella outbreak, Americans are eating less peanut products, even in cases when there is no risk. (UPI)A controversial plan to save the Che ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 1.7

    In today's news: Eat less, stock your pantry right and consider the virtues of squirrel meat.

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 7.25

    Europe's Food Safety Authority says no, for now, to meat and milk from cloned animals. (New York Times) A Florida congressman wants tomato growers compensated for losses due to the salmonella scare. (Wall Street Journal) The return of the restaurant review in New Orleans. (New York Times) The EPA ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 6.30

    The FDA continues to seek the source of the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes -- though some wonder if tomatoes really are the culprit. (Washington Post) An in-depth look at how nations hoarding food is worsening the food crisis. (New York Times) Remember the outbreak of botulism in chili-dog sauce ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 6.10

    Farmers worldwide fear this year's harvests may not be good enough to help the global food crisis. (New York Times) Fears of salmonella lead several restaurants and stores to pull tomatoes from their menu and shelves, while the FDA continues to seek the contamination's source. (Washington Post) Re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 15, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Thursday, 5.15

    April saw the largest one-month rise in food costs in the U.S. since 1990. (Washington Post) The Bush administration and the International Monetary Fund disagree over the role of biofuels in rising food costs. (AP) The House passes the farm bill with a veto-proof majority. President Bush objects t ... More >>

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    March 13, 2008
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    February 29, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 2.29 Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer rejects a ban on "downer" cattle in the food supply in light of the Westland/Hallmark beef recall. Schafer also believes the current penalties for companies that violate USDA regulations are tough enough. (Washington Post) Companies that purchased ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2007

    The Morning Grog: Wednesday, 9/19

    Avast, ye scurvy -- oh, screw it. More details on food firms' plans to have the FDA oversee imported food. (Washington Post) A trip to the farmers' market and a homemade lunch with the inimitable Alice Waters. Who is looking for a friend, by the way. (New York Times) I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2007

    Fear & Swine

    Sunday's Washington Post published a very long article on the epidemic that over the past couple of years has been devastating China's pig farms. (Registration required.) Chinese officials believe the epidemic is a respiratory and reproductive illness called blue ear disease. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 9/4

    After a long weekend, Gut Check returns for its fourth month of news, reviews and more. I'm not sure how much we'll fit into the short week, but I'm confident whatever we serve up will be tasty. Now, the news: Michael Jackson, the world's foremost authority on beer, passe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2007

    Small Plates: Monday, 7/30

    I'm still trying to figure out what to call this segment instead of Small Plates. Given Gut Check's love of bad puns, I'm sure the new name will inspire more than a few groans and forehead slaps. Good stuff today. Chesterfield restaurant Aqua Vin is facing eviction by its landlord, Sachs Propertie ... More >>

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    July 9, 2007

    Small Plates: Monday, 7/9

    source: Dude always creeped me out. For your morning coffee (or that first break of a long work week): - A scientist at my undergrad alma mater, the University of Maryland, College Park, is trying to design a better strawberry. (Baltimore Sun) - A movement tryin ... More >>

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    March 8, 2007

    Small Plates: Thursday, 3/8

    Acero is now open at 7266 Manchester Road in Maplewood (the space last occupied by Arthur Clay's). The restaurant and wine bar featuring northern Italian cuisine -- an enoteca -- is the third area restaurant from Jim Fiala, who also owns Liluma and The Crossing. Acero is open for dinner from 5 to 10 ... More >>

  • Dining

    July 9, 2003

    Out of the Loop

    Addis is a pretty good Ethiopian restaurant with all the charm of a strip-mall liquor store

  • Best of St. Louis

    September 27, 2000

    Best Cartoonist

    Bob Staake

  • Culture

    November 24, 1999


    SLSO artistic adviser Tim Page has come a long way since his film debut at age 12

  • News

    September 15, 1999


    Should Jim Hanifan's drunken-driving arrest have led local newscasts?... Trouble in the fine print at the Post.... Is congressional candidate William Federer the best the Republicans can find to run against Richard Gephardt?

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