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    March 19, 2014

    Eminem, Skrillex Leaked as Lollapalooza Headliners; World Shrugs

    In recent weeks St. Louis has had a bit of a hard-on for Lollapalooza. After all, representatives from Los Angeles-based ICM Partners and leaders from our board of aldermen have told us time and again that the proposed Summer Rocks festivals will offer the Gateway City a multi-stage, multi-act, mult ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2013

    Illinois House Approves Same-Sex Marriage

    The Illinois House of Representatives voted to approve gay marriage Tuesday, making it the fourteenth state (plus Washington D.C.) to expand marriage rights. Two other Midwestern states -- Iowa and Minnesota -- have also legalized gay marriage, but legal gay marriage in Illinois means much shorter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Star Trek Fans, Rejoice! Illinois Government Website Translates to Klingon Language

    Jay Rowell, director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES), is a big Star Trek fan. That made it all the more intriguing when he and his staff discovered that the language translator tool his agency uses for the department website just so happens to have has the unusual option of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2012

    Lollapalooza Suspended, Resumed After Dangerous Weather Conditions

    By Erik Thompson With additional reporting by Reed FischerThe 2012 installment of Lollapalooza has thus far brought the requisite extremes, in terms of performances and potent weather. A two-hour delay cut through the middle of Saturday's entertainment at Chicago's Grant Park, and a good many peopl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2012

    Just How Hot is 108 Degrees?: Daily RFT Time-Travels Back to 1954 to Find Out

    The National Weather Service predicts that the temperature will hit 108 degrees this afternoon. That's only a few degrees more than 105, which we've lived through plenty of times, but 108 seems more significant somehow, maybe because the last time it was ever this hot in St. Louis was back in July o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2011

    Can the Cards Survive the Deadly Ex-Cubs Factor? [UPDATED]

    Do the Cardinals need one of these?​Update October 31: It turns out they can! (It was proven in 2008 when the Rays lost to the Phillies that minor-leaguers do count as ex-Cubs.) Which means...if the Ex-Cubs curse has been broken, is the Curse of the Goat far behind? Dare we say -- Cubs in 2012 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    The Obamas Still Proud of That Chili Recipe

    Ian FroebThe Obamas' chili, as prepared by Gut Check in 2008​Skimming Eater this morning, I couldn't not click on the link to an article titled "Michelle Obama, Your Chili Is Bullshit" -- and not just because that's one helluva compelling headline.You see, three years ago, Gut Check made the chili ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    New Release Highlights For November 9: Cee-Lo Green, Floacist, Kid Cudi and More

    (New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.) Floacist's Floetic Soul​*Floacist, Floetic Soul says of the new record, "With Floetic Soul, Stewart successfully continues the neo-soul and po ... 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 2, 2010

    Porcinis to Die For.

    Good enough to die for? Eighteen Italian mushroom-foragers have died in ten days. According to the Guardian, it's not the mushrooms that are deadly; it's the terrain. Weather conditions this have have led to an explosion of porcinis in mountainous northern Italy, which has led to exceptionally compe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Blagojevich Won't Be Retried -- Rob Blagojevich, That Is

    image viaThe Blagojevich brothers in 1960.​If you think Rod Blagojevich is annoying now, just imagine how he must have been as a child. Now imagine having him for your little brother. By that criterion, Robert Blagojevich should be up for sainthood. Well, Rob is finally getting his just rewar ... 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

    Chicagoans Continue to Broaden Horizons, Explore St. Louis

    image viaIntrepid Chicagoan Blair Kamin.​To a Chicagoan, the state of Illinois south of Joliet is nothing but a lot of cornfields, except maybe for Champaign-Urbana, and St. Louis is just a teeny, tiny blip on the distant horizon. But when an intrepid Chicagoan dares to cross those nearly 300 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Brazillian Meatpackers Ditch Amazon-Threatening Beef

    The three largest meatpackers in Brazil veer away from environmentally unfriendly ranches. Food Safety News reports that the move to stop doing business with 221 ranches came after a Greenpeace report on cattle farming's effects of Amazon deforestation. The meatpacking industry intends to cut more e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    Blago Won't Testify After All; Wife Loses Chance to Catch Up on Summer Reading

    image viaWould this man lie to you?​Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who, for the past year and a half, has been proclaiming his innocence to anyone who will listen (and even some who don't care), has decided to hold his tongue, for once. Blago announced his intention earlier this we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.14

    Raw milk advocates protest on Boston Commons, complete with cows. The Atlantic reports that even though Massachusetts is one of the 28 states where raw milk sales are legal, proponents are displeased that it's only legal to purchase raw milk directly from farmers because of control by corporate da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.6

    The latest food news from the Gulf Coast oil spill, courtesy of Business Week: fishing will stay banned until May 15 at a minimum. Estimates predict the spill it threatening twenty-five percent of the U.S.'s total fresh fish. Louisiana crab suppliers are charging $170/barrel, as opposed to $120/ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.6

    The latest food news from the Gulf Coast oil spill, courtesy of Business Week: fishing will stay banned until May 15 at a minimum. Estimates predict the spill it threatening twenty-five percent of the U.S.'s total fresh fish. Louisiana crab suppliers are charging $170/barrel, as opposed to $120/ba ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 4.30

    As the oil from last week's rig explosion creeps closer to the Louisiana coast, New Orleans restaurants are becoming concerned about the fate of their local seafood, especially on the verge of oyster reproduction season. The Chicago Tribune interviewed people whose livelihoods rely on Gulf oysters t ... More >>

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    April 29, 2010

    Hot Thumbs: Illinois Lawmakers Loosen Teen Sexting Laws

    Image viaThe phone of an Illinois lawmaker or an Illinois teenager?​Under current Illinois law, if a sixteen-year-old girl takes a revealing picture of herself with her cell phone camera and sends the pic to her seventeen-year-old boyfriend, it's possible that both of them could be arrested and ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 12, 2010

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 2.12

    ​ Gap in meat inspection process makes customers vulnerable to E. coli. (Chicago Tribune)British study finds that soy-based vegetarian diets might be more harmful to the environment than eating meat. (Times Online)A warning to anyone who might dare to complain about the coffee at Tim Horton' ... More >>

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    December 2, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 12.2

    ​ How to eat healthy at airports. (Washington Post)A remembrance of coffee shops past. (Chicago Tribune)Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher interning with the USDA. (ESPN)Singapore's Satay Man is the last of a dying breed. (The Atlantic)Monsanto draws antitrust scrutiny. (Washington Post)

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    November 6, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 11.6

    ​ Big chefs write about home cooking. (Los Angeles Times)Angostura bitters shortage could cause problems for cocktail lovers. (The Guardian)Universal student breakfast program choking on sugar. (Chicago Tribune)MU's new Enology and Viticulture program gets national press attention. (NPR)After ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2009

    Lots Happening in the Newsroom at 900 North Tucker

    Photo ViaJoe Mahr​Let's start with the bad news: the imminent departure of St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigative reporter Joe Mahr (who the RFT just named its Best Reporter of 2009 earlier this month.) You probably saw his byline, along with that of fellow muckraker Jeremy Kohler, atop this past w ... More >>

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    July 15, 2009
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    July 6, 2009

    The Best of Gut Check: Hecho en Mexico

    While Gut Check is on vacation, enjoy highlights from the past two years. Every few years I fail miserably to overcome my adolescent's addiction to Coca-Cola. I make it a few weeks or months -- but then, usually without thinking about it, I'm dropping fifty cents into the office soda machine or snag ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2009

    St. Louis T-Shirt Maker Inspires Chicago Copycats; White Sox Manager a Fan

    Ozzie GuillenChicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen might not know it, but he's a fan of St. Louis-based Rina Wear clothing company. The Chicago Tribune reports that prior to today's inter-league match between the White Sox and Cubs at Wrigley Field, Guillen came across a street vendor selling T-sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2009

    St. Louis to Chicago in Under Four Hours By Train

    It may be possible in the not-too-distant future. Yesterday President Barack Obama unveiled plans for a high-speed rail network throughout the United States. A Midwestern route -- with a hub based in Chicago -- could go online in 2012 connecting the Windy City with Milwaukee and Detroit. Another lin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2009

    Chicago Pizzeria Owners Bitter Over Obama's Perfidious Preference for Pi

    It was only a matter of time. News of President Obama's invitation to Pi's Chris Sommers,  Ryan Mangilardo and Anne Schuermann to cater a White House dinner has reached Chicago, and, according to the Chicago Tribune, pizzeria owners there are taking his decision personally.Marc Malnati, owner o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    My, You Look Nice Today

    In this week's dead-tree edition of the RFT, Unreal had a review of a new "M/M" romance called Transgressions. M/M romances are historical tales of deep and abiding love between two men and Transgressions itself is the poignant tale of the star-crossed relationship between two young men during the E ... More >>

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    February 17, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 2.17

    Scientists say that, in terms of agriculture's contribution to global warming, hamburgers are the Hummer of food. (AP)Several sates are looking to lessen restrictions on sales of beer, wine and liquor to boost the sagging economy. (AP)The quest to find the true origin of Chicago deep-dish pizza. (Ch ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    Blagojevich and the Cubs: It Gets Better

    From page 44 of the indictment of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, about the deal the Tribune Company was seeking on behalf of the Cubs (via Talking Points Memo): "During the call, Rod Blagojevich's wife can be heard in the background telling Rod Blagojevich to tell Deputy Governor A 'to hold up t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2008

    File: View the Criminal Complaint Against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich

    By now you've probably heard about Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich being arrested early this morning by the FBI. Things have gotten strange in Chicago lately, what with Blago's alleged corruption finally imploding, the Tribune Company filing for bankruptcy protection and the perrennial losers, tho ... More >>

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    July 16, 2008
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    July 7, 2008

    Gross Street, Indeed: Dog Gnaws Off Owner's Toe

    A 56-year-old Alton, Illinois, woman is recovering after her pet gnawed off her big toe while she was asleep, reported The (Alton) Telegraph on July 2. Not Linda Floyd's dog. Linda Floyd -- who lives on Gross Street in the river city -- was asleep on Monday, June 30 when her miniat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 5.27

    The battle is joined: Anheuser-Busch rejects InBev's takeover bid and announces plans to cut operating costs. (Bloomberg) It's not just biofuels and floods: Colony collapse disorder could contribute to rising food costs. (AP) Chicago prepares for its annual Taste of Chicago event, hoping that last ... More >>

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    February 19, 2008
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    August 22, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 8/22

    More details on why a federal judge sided with Whole Foods Market rather than the FTC: Judge Paul Friedman didn't care much about Whole Foods CEO John Mackey's online alter ego rahodeb, and Friedman believed Whole Foods' argument that it wouldn't raise its prices after acquiring Wild Oats. (Reuters) ... More >>

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    August 20, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 8/20

    New week. Same old stories. A wrap-up of last week's developments in the Whole Foods-Wild Oats saga: The FTC appeals judge's ruling; judge denies stay of the merger. (Houston Chronicle) The FDA decides not to close seven food-safety labs in light of all the recent p ... More >>

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    July 10, 2007

    Hecho en Mexico

    photo: Ian Froeb Even better than the real thing? Every few years I fail miserably to overcome my adolescent's addiction to Coca-Cola. I make it a few weeks or months -- but then, usually without thinking about it, I'm dropping fifty cents into the office soda machine or snagging a Coke ... More >>

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    September 24, 2003

    Best TV News Anchor

    Kathryn Jamboretz
    KPLR-TV (Channel 11)

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    April 23, 2003

    Release the Hounds!

    Dogs are born free, but parks are extra

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    October 9, 2002

    I Eat My Young

    Popular Post columnist comes clean, unleashing a cavalcade of confessions

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    April 4, 2001

    Pulitzer's New Prize

    The Cardinals have billed Michael E. Pulitzer as an owner, even when he wasn't. Now that he is, can we trust the Post to tell the truth?

  • News

    June 7, 2000

    Lost at Sea

    Editor Cole Campbell has left in his dinghy, and the mutineers at the Post-Dispatch are jubilant. Now, the flagship is listing and the crew has no idea where it's headed.

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