Happy Thanksgiving, St. Louis! We've come a long way in the last three months, Lou. We've seen fires, tear gas, blood, tears and outrage. While today's national day of gratitude can't take away from the pain this city has been through, it is a good time to remember what's worth a hearty, "Thanks." ... More >>
The shooting death of Michael Brown on August 9 immediately inspired a wide range of emotions and reactions nationwide, and the grand jury's decision on November 24 not to bring charges against Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson has reignited those feelings. This week, citizens around the countr ... More >>
They gathered in the designated "safe space" -- MoKaBe's, a Tower Grove South coffeehouse that's usually filled with the din of clinking cups and chatting patrons. But when 8 p.m. rolled around last night, an eerie silence descended. For thirteen minutes around 80 people sat captivated by the voice ... More >>
When a dozen teen girls in blackface ran onto the Sullivan High School football field November 5 for a powder-puff game, Jennifer Schmidt recalls her gut reaction as, "Oh my gosh." "And then I thought, 'Oh, they don't mean anything by it. Just let it go. No one thinks anything of it.' I didn't thi ... More >>
OMG! SNOW! It's snow, St. Louis! River City tends to freak out a little on the first official day of snow, though this year's snowfall comes a little earlier than expected. Pockets of the region saw between one and three inches of powder fall from the sky -- even with a week and a half to go before ... More >>
The tweet appeared on Wednesday, October 1. "I know someone sitting on the grand jury in this case," it read. "There isn't enough at this point to warrant an arrest #Ferguson." Although it was deleted within moments, eagle-eyed activists quickly screen-grabbed it and began asking why a member of ... More >>
Tazé Mediterranean Street Food is the latest restaurant to join the Mercantile Exchange Building (a.k.a. the MX) downtown at 626 Washington Avenue. The fast-casual restaurant will focus on housemade Mediterranean delicacies from owners Justin and Casey Roth and chef Matt Borchardt. See also: Firs ... More >>
Own a gun in Missouri? Legally? With a concealed carry license? Well, congratulations are in order, because you can open carry that gun all you want, seemingly anywhere, and nobody -- not St. Louis mayor Francis Slay, state legislators or the cops -- will stop you. That's the takeaway from Saturda ... More >>
If you've filled your car up with gas recently, you may have noticed that prices have been amazingly low recently. Gas prices typically dip as summer ends, but throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area and around the country, drivers are finding prices at less than $3 per gallon. Experts say a sl ... More >>
Clouds of tear gas. Cars overturned. Street signs torn down. Fires in the streets. Helicopters circling. Scores of arrests and injuries -- It all sounds a little like a Ferguson protest. But it's not. While Ferguson and Shaw demonstrators made it through the weekend without any massive disruptions ... More >>
No storefront on Main Street St. Charles seems to stay empty for long. Cooper's Legendary American Pub (140 North Main Street, St. Charles; 636-724-5505) opened October 14 in the former Eros Eclectic Greek Taverna space. The owners describe it as an upscale sports bar with the "coldest beer on Main ... More >>
The last two months have brought wave after wave of protests and demonstrations to the city of St. Louis. What started as an outpouring of grief and anger over the death of one black teen has grown into a movement known around the world. But as the protests move from Ferguson to Shaw (to South Gran ... More >>
Acts of civil disobedience took center stage in St. Louis this weekend, as youth organizers wrangled local activists and out-of-state visitors in town for "Ferguson October." The event has drawn thousands to St. Louis to publicly oppose police brutality. "We're here to destroy systemic racism and ... More >>
Protesters lashed out at police on South Grand Boulevard Thursday night, injuring an officer and breaking windows near the site where an off-duty St. Louis police officer fatally shot eighteen-year-old Vonderrit D. Myers Jr. the night before. Eight protesters were arrested after police broke up the ... More >>
It's our favorite time of year! Here at Daily RFT, there's nothing we like better than recognizing the people, businesses and projects making St. Louis a better place to live. Our 2014 Best Of Awards came out this week, and we're celebrating in a week with a party at the MOTO Museum. You're invited ... More >>
Four years ago Google announced that it would test an ultra-high-speed fiber network in one United States city before exploring how to deploy similar networks across the country. With a speed of about 100 times faster than the standard Internet connection -- one gigabit per second -- Google Fiber in ... More >>
Time traveler Rapper MC Hammer, best known for his 1990 hit "U Can't Touch This" (now 24 years old; Jesus Christ) took time out of his busy(?) schedule to visit Ferguson this week, meeting with Alderman Antonio French and attending the funeral services for Mike Brown. This adds to the growing list o ... More >>
Before presenting the award for Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards this past Sunday, rapper Common spoke briefly about slain teen Mike Brown and the tension in Ferguson since Brown was shot by a police officer on August 9 before leading those assembled in a moment of silence. "Hi ... More >>
St. Louis rapper Nelly made his way to Ferguson this week, arriving on Monday evening to address the crowds gathered there in protest of the August 9 shooting of Mike Brown. As he spoke, some members of the throng expressed outrage that he had not arrived on the scene sooner. When Nelly spoke of the ... More >>
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 >>
Another long night begins. After two nights under a state-mandated curfew failed to quell escalating violence in Ferguson, the St. Louis suburb prepared Monday for a night without a curfew under the watchful gaze of the newest security force on the scene, the National Guard. The atmosphere in Ferg ... More >>
How can police keep people safe when their very presence incites fury and rioting? That's the problem Ferguson, Missouri, faced as a seventh day of rage sparked by the killing of unarmed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown brought more riots, looting, militarized police and tear gas to this typically q ... More >>
Rain usually puts a damper on outdoor events, but the waterworks only whipped up a storm of support for the Ferguson Farmers Market on August 16. The morning after a tumultuous night, community champions braved a downpour to purchase fresh produce and share a few smiles in a town that has been at t ... More >>
The shooting death of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown has elicited plenty of reaction -- from Brown's family members who lost a college-bound young man, from citizens who protest the police's handling of the case, from militarized police officers who point sniper rifles at residents and from concern ... More >>
As demonstrations against Ferguson Police descended into a fourth night of tear gas, rubber bullets and chaos, heavily militarized police officers briefly detained two national journalists, arrested a St. Louis Alderman sharing video of clashes and tear gassed a broadcast news crew. Police actions ... More >>
What's different about this year's Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio? Well, the cops for one thing.
It's summer. There's no hockey anywhere, and puck fans are desperate for hockey news. So the Blues decided to do their fans a solid and hold a Q&A on Twitter allowing their fans to ask head coach Ken Hitchcock questions by using the hashtag #AskHitch. But instead of asking about hockey, many Blues ... More >>
With the gorgeous weather St. Louis has been having, it certainly feels like life is a song here in the Gateway City. Recent visits by Glee cast members simply add the grace note. St. Louis had its first taste of Glee when Alex Newell served up a saucy headlining set during this year's PrideFest do ... More >>
Washington University researchers spent eight months analyzing tweets about marijuana use and came to the conclusion that young people might be influenced by pictures of Spongebob Squarepants smoking weed. In the study, which was paid for by the National Institutes of Health and the National Instit ... More >>
Which is more newsworthy: severe, dangerous weather nearing St. Louis or the final race in a major American sporting event? KSDK (Channel 5) chose weather Saturday afternoon as storms brought two confirmed tornadoes into the metro area, including one that damaged several businesses in St. Peters a ... More >>
Players and fans alike were humming "Hail! Hail! Rock & Roll" during Wednesday's Cardinals game, as the team honored music legend and St. Louis native Chuck Berry with his own bobblehead. The 87-year-old Polar Music Prize recipient accepted his plastic likeness in person and also threw out the cerem ... More >>
We've got more details on the creepy bathroom photo mistakenly tweeted from an official Southeast Missouri State University Twitter account last Friday. A source tells Daily RFT that the two semi-nude women in the photo are actually student athletes at the college, and the photo itself was taken and ... More >>
As we reported earlier this week, the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race is headed to St. Louis this weekend. Four trucks form all over the country will be slinging food for our beautiful Memorial Day weekend. The thing about food trucks, though, is they move -- so we've got you covered. See als ... More >>
California may be hundreds of miles away, but St. Louis is getting a little taste of Venice Beach this weekend, thanks to Beach Cruiser food truck. The three friends behind the wheel are driving cross-country as part of the Food Network's Great Food Truck Race. See also: The Best Food Porn of Food ... More >>
It's a tale as old as Twitter: A PR peon tweets a harmless message from their employers' official Twitter account and -- oops! -- mistakenly links to the wrong photo. Occasionally, it's a very wrong photo. Southeast Missouri State University became the most recent victim of copy-paste tweeting on ... More >>
The 2014 Riverfront Times Music Showcase will be held this year on June 7 in the Grove! Think of it as St. Louis music's own official holiday and consider this the season. Throughout May we at RFT Music will be making our cases for all 140 bands and artists nominated for an RFT Music Award this year ... More >>
Historic news hit the sports world this weekend when the St. Louis Rams drafted former University of Missouri defensive end Michael Sam, making him the first publicly out gay man on a National Football League roster. Sam wasn't drafted until late in the seventh round, the 249th player selected to j ... More >>
If you've ever thought about donating to help a local cause, today's the day. Give STL Day is St. Louis' first 24-hour marathon fundraiser aimed at promoting more than 500 local community-betterment organizations. From midnight on Tuesday to midnight on Wednesday, organizers will be taking donation ... More >>
St. Louis Blues fans are blowing up Twitter this week as the team prepares to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL playoffs. But one hashtag in particular is causing some confusion between hockey fans and casual tweeters.
St. Louis is experiencing a barbecue boom. We already have more than a few top-notch joints, and last week saw several announcements of more to come. This pulled pork sandwich is from a place that isn't super established, but it sure is delicious. Think you know where we got it? Take a guess and win ... More >>
In today's "no duh" news, two studies out of the University of Missouri say people who spend lots of time on Facebook and Twitter are more likely to fight, cheat or break up with their romantic partner over Facebook- and Twitter-related conflicts.
So far, this spring is shaping up to have as much extreme weather as the frozen winter St. Louis just survived.
Bloody cops chasing broken-faced bandits. Treacherous drifters nursing a hangover. Downtown dons steeped in golden-toilet luxury. These are the kinds of characters and tales that have made the St. Louis Evening Whirl a St. Louis institution since 1938. And ever since the iconic paper started (seri ... More >>
Break out those Cardinal-red jerseys, folks. It's officially Opening Day! The St. Louis Cardinals take on the Cincinnati Reds away today. The Redbirds' first game hasn't even started yet, but fans are reaching a fever pitch on Twitter:
New Zealand singer-songwriter Lorde will be performing at the Peabody Opera House tonight, but evidently the Grammy Award-winning young songstress arrived in St. Louis a day early to catch a show by the legendary Chuck Berry.
You may not have noticed the nationwide march of white supremacists carrying signs that "'Diversity'=White Genocide" on Saturday. That's good. You weren't supposed to.
We don't want to jinx anything, but it sure is starting to feel like spring in St. Louis. After a winter full of polar vortices, frost quakes and far too many snow days, St. Louisans are itching to feel the sun on their skin -- and to get those salt stains off their cars.
Still in a Super Bowl hangover/food coma? We've got just the thing to make you feel better: our weekly guessing game. This tomato basil soup really hit the spot during this cold weather, and it was perfectly paired with half a turkey sandwich. Be the first to guess where we ate it and we'll give you ... More >>
Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson will take to Twitter today in a Q&A with any tweeps who have questions about crime fighting in St. Louis. The chat runs from noon to 1:30 p.m. To ask a question, tweet at the chief's Twitter handle: @ChiefSLMPD. If you can't think of any questions, we have a fe ... More >>
Getting your celebrity gossip from TMZ is soooooo 2009, dude. Each Thursday in "Twitter Litter," RFT Music rounds up the week's best meltdowns, ego battles and WTFness from rockers, rappers and DJs who aren't afraid of a little hashtag action. This is the final installment of "Twitter Litter," so it ... More >>