Ann Leckie shuffles the stack of rejection letters she has spread across a small wooden table. Seated in an engulfing armchair in the foyer of the Webster University library, the gray-haired 48-year-old peers down at them through a set of bookish, black-framed glasses. She's soft-spoken and almost s ... More >>
Los Punk (2709 Cherokee Street; 314-932-5411) chef-owner Brian Thomas and general manager Sean White play in a cow-punk band together called Millstadt Justice, named after their hometown across the river. In their self-proclaimed "punk rock saloon," a couple of amps, a guitar and drums linger in th ... More >>
A notoriously tough biology professor in Union is threatening to drop a scholarship student athlete from her class if she misses one lecture to play in this weekend's national volleyball tournament. Hannah Leslie, a nineteen-year-old from Washington, has missed three classes at East Central College ... More >>
The airline industry needs cash in a major way. Overall profits were down some $3 billion last year, and so airlines have started rolling out well-publicized, much-maligned fees for things like checked bags and carry-on luggage. (Enjoy using that armrest for free while you still can.) Thankfully, ... More >>
A new report out by the Brookings Institution, an independent research group, shows that the number of Americans living in extreme concentrated poverty grew by a third over the past decade, climbing from 9.1 to 10.5 percent since 2000, according to census data. The jump in extreme concentra ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsWither, Tony Packo's? Hot-dog lawsuits in Toledo and Chicago. At least these problems aren't Congressional in nature. Some of the nation's favorite hot dog institutions have troubles more judiciary and executive in nature. In Chicago, Vienna Beef is suing Scott D. Ladany, a ... 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 >>
Adrienne Nicole MartinWhile the tragic death of Adrienne Nicole Martin remains shrouded in mystery, her passing confirms one thing: St. Louis' most notorious bachelor is back on the prowl.August Busch IV, who served as CEO of Anheuser-Busch prior to its acquisition by InBev, reportedly had been d ... More >>
This incident occurred in Toledo, Ohio, on New Year's Day. However, the surveillance-camera footage wasn't released until now, via Eater. A McDonald's drive-thru customer, apparently unable to order McNuggets at this time of day, goes completely nuts. No sound, but rather violent. Proceed with cauti ... More >>
Busch IV, circa the mid-1990s when the spanking episode allegedly took place.We hadn't either, until we talked to Jeff Lamb. Lamb is a voice-over talent in Toledo and just released a self-published book recalling his days as a radio host in the '80s and '90s.One of the teasers for Lamb's book, "I ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/twofivethreetwoWhat the eff is going on with all the Chuck E. Cheese mayhem across the Midwest in the last couple weeks? Exhibit A: the brawl that broke out Saturday night at the Chuck E. Cheese franchise near South County Mall. This was between adults, mind you. Even celeb goss ... More >>
Another week, another poll ranking St. Louis as one of the crappiest places to live. This one from Forbes, which is out with its survey of "America's Most Miserable Cities". The magazine ranks cities based on a number of factors, including: unemploymenttaxes (both sales and income)commute timesvi ... More >>
Men's Health and Women's Health magazines have come out with their ranking of the 100 best -- and worst -- cities in America for healthy living. St. Louis ranks as the second-worst city in both Men's Health and Women's Health, with only Bakersfield, California, and Charleston, West Virginia, respect ... More >>
www.ewg.orgIn a town thirsty for good news, it's no surprise Mayor Francis Slay is crowing about St. Louis' latest triumph. What's the cause for celebration? The U.S. Conference of Mayors recently named St. Louis as the city with the "Best Tasting City Water in America." Take that, Cahokia! But be ... More >>
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Week of August 24, 2005
Jasoom's banana milkshake martini is awesome. If only the rest of the menu had such panache.
Ludacris chooses a homegrown opener in Chingy
The New Yorker knows that a dry crack is a happy crack, Dick Gephardt can't wait for a slice of peach pie and Blake Ashby phones it in; plus a Sanford-Brown update, dueling Bosnian beauty queens and banter with comedian/shine man Jules Summerville
Drugs could have saved the world from Black, Black Ocean
Ghouls and grief along the Columbia debris trail
Amores Perros sears its characters (dogs included) to a crisp as it leads them to a kind of redemption
After a tour of St. Louis' finest, our reviewer knows from deli
A great orchestra at great risk, the SLSO seeks major donors to close the endowment gap between their $28 million and the $100 million of their competitors
Father James Carney left St. Louis to work with the poor in Honduras, putting him at odds with both church and state. Fifteen years after his mysterious death, a new CIA report raises more questions than answers.
Radio gadfly and author Jim Hightower discusses his talk show, the fate of the populist movement and the perils of the middle of the road