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    September 10, 2014

    A Honduran Teen Risked It All to Join Her Family in St. Louis. Will She Be Allowed to Stay?

    The past few months have been about making up for lost time for sixteen-year-old Karla and her family. The Honduran national with a baby face and a radiant smile hasn't lived under the same roof as her parents since she was an infant, and she's only met her U.S.-born brother once, when he came to vi ... More >>

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    August 4, 2014

    St. Louis Applies to Shelter Migrant Children Overwhelming U.S. Border

    As the gang violence and drug wars ravaging Central American countries propel waves of homeless, needy children to the southern border of the United States, St. Louis city and county governments are applying for federal dollars to pay for 60 migrant children to find shelter in St. Louis. Mayor Fran ... More >>

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    February 19, 2014

    The Ten Step Illustrated Pot Moocher's Guide to Getting High at Shows

    By Vanessa Quilantan Marijuana and music have gone hand in hand for decades. In the '60s, when Bob Dylan smoked out the Beatles for the first time and howled, "Everybody must get stoned!" on the opening track of Blonde on Blonde, middle America was frightened by the reefer madness of rock & roll. L ... More >>

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    August 30, 2013

    Missouri Same-Sex Couples Can Access Federal Benefits After Supreme Court DOMA Ruling

    When the United States Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this summer, local gay rights advocates celebrated -- even if the landmark decision had little immediate impact for a state like Missouri, which still has a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. But in the months ... More >>

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    August 15, 2013

    Obamacare: Rep. Paul Wieland Sues Feds Over "Intrinsically Evil" Plan Covering Birth Control

    In July State Representative Paul Wieland says he was faced with a difficult choice: Enroll in an "immoral" health-care plan that covers birth control or cancel his health insurance for his family all together. He went with a third option: Sue the federal government. "My wife and I take our fait ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2013

    Missouri Hospital Under Attack For Barring Gay Partner Visitation Rights

    A petition is in the works as angry comments continue to accumulate on the Facebook page for Research Medical Center in suburban Kansas City. Yesterday, news broke that it forced a gay man from the bedside of his sick partner. In an interview with FOX 4 News, Roger Gorley says that he w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2013

    Of Course You Don't Want to Find a Mouse in Your Salad -- But You Shouldn't Want Bagged Greens in It, Either

    Is there any specimen of contemporary consumer convenience more beautiful than the bagged salad? The shiny plastic clamors for our attention from the supermarket shelves. You want a specific leaf? Bags trumpet the virtues of arugula or iceberg, baby spinach or hearts of romaine. Can't decide? Grab a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2013

    St. Louis Archdiocese Fight Against Contraception: Mandate Lawsuit Dismissed

    Last May, the Archdiocese of St. Louis and Catholic Charities went up against the United States government with a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a health care contraception mandate -- and this week, a federal judge decided to dismiss the case. But the battle is not over. So say offic ... More >>

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    March 29, 2012

    Unlikely Food Product Names: "Golden Smell" Edition

    As part of our lifelong commitment to self-edification, Gut Check subscribes to a plethora of e-mail lists generated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the result being that our brain is hopelessly saturated with information that's of infinitesimal use to us (along with just about ... More >>

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    March 22, 2012

    Springfield Asks Feds to Shut Down Larry Rice's Day Shelter

    ​Claiming to be fed up with handling complaints leveled at Larry Rice's Veteran's Coming Home Center, Springfield City Manager Greg Burris has formally requested on behalf of Springfield civic leaders that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rescind the deed to the center.The move wou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    Hercules Agrees to $245K EPA Fine Over Clean Air Act Violations

    ​A chemical manufacturing plant in Louisiana, Missouri, just north of St. Louis, failed to properly monitor for leaks of hazardous air pollutants, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency charges -- leading to a $245,521 fine. The settlement was filed in federal court this morning, four years ... More >>

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    August 5, 2011

    Dancin' in the Streets About Birth Control, Bollywood-Style

    Dancing birth control pack? Check.​By now, surely you've heard that the Department of Health and Human Services has determined that birth control is basic preventive health care and is required to be provided without a co-pay by health insurers. (You've probably also heard about the moronic compar ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011
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    February 17, 2011

    U.S. House Voting to Defund Planned Parenthood

    Rep. Mike Pence doesn't want you to have these.​As soon as today or tomorrow, members of the U.S. House of Representatives could approve bills to strip Planned Parenthood and other reproductive care centers of federal funding. Such a move would leave millions of low-income women nationwide without ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2011

    Tyson Foods Visionary Dies.

    Donald J. Tyson, who turned his father's Arkansas chicken business into one of the largest meat producers in the world, died yesterday. He was 80 years old. The New York Times has his obituary, featuring the story of Tyson Foods' massive growth under Mr. Tyson. He retired in 1994, but not before fin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    DEA Bans Synthetic Marijuana Chemicals

    The DEA has outlawed these "highly abused" substances​The Drug Enforcement Administration enacted an emergency ban today on five chemicals used to manufacture "fake pot" products such as K2, Spice and Blaze. According to the agency's website, the chemicals are now listed alongside heroin, cocaine ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Wash U Program Aims to Prevent Pregnancy in Foster Girls

    ​Nearly half of all girls in Missouri's foster care system are pregnant or give birth before age 19. That's a lot of babies facing challenges from their first breath of life -- many of these girls and young women are aging out of the system without health insurance of their own or a reliable safet ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2010

    Aging LGBT Folks Get Federal Boost

    ​Yesterday, the National Resource Center on LGBT Aging launched with a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It's the first group of its kind: a federally funded/administered assistance-and-advocacy support network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans as they ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    USA Today Tells the Sad Story of Venice, Illinois

    ​Back in January, Riverfront Times published "Meltdown in Venice," a feature story detailing the  many troubles of Venice, a tiny, rundown industry town just across the river from St. Louis in southern Illinois. Hundreds of people there -- almost all of whom are poor and black -- suffer from ... More >>

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    June 16, 2010
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    February 18, 2010

    Fake Reefer Madness: From Kansas To New Orleans, K2 Synthetic Marijuana Is a Hot Topic

    Image Via K2 or 1932?​Our counterparts at The Pitch in Kansas City  have been high on K2 synthetic marijuana for months.They started writing about the controversy in Kansas over the faux-dope back in November, when Republican lawmakers in that state began pushing to ban the substa ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009
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    June 18, 2009

    Podiatry and Crime: Who Knew?

    focusedfootcare.comUntil this past week, we here at Daily RFT had no idea about the clear connection between foot medicine and crime. But certainly such a connection exists. Consider the case of David Quang Pham. He's the St. Louis podiatrist indicted last week for fraudulently billing Medicaid and ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Podiatrist Charged With Bilking Medicaid; Billed Amputees with No Feet Pham, I presume?At first glance a press release today from the U.S. Attorney's office looks like dozens of dull media alerts the prosecutor routinely sends out alleging Medicaid fraud. Then I noticed this outrageous line in the release regarding podiatrist David Quang P ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 3.27

    A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services finds a lack of proper record-keeping on safety issues throughout the food chain. (Reuters)NBC has canceled superstar chef Marco Pierre White's first U.S. cooking show, Chopping Block, after only three episodes. (Eater)A dairy surplus at ... More >>

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    February 4, 2009

    CDC Goes New-Media Crazy over Salmonella Outbreak

    Regular Gut Check readers know that the recall of peanut-butter products possibly contaminated by salmonella has dominated the food-news headlines these past few weeks. Now the CDC, FDA and the Department of Health and Human Services are turning to so-called new media to convey the latest informatio ... More >>

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    September 10, 2007
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    May 12, 2004

    Get Poked, Get Paid

    Clinical drug trials offer good money, comfy dorms -- and sometimes even a free buzz. But beware: They're gonna suck your blood like Dracula.

  • News

    February 25, 2004

    Homeless Holy Wars

    The defiant Reverend Larry Rice infuriates big developers and city leaders over a proposed shelter in a downtown federal building

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    October 1, 2003

    These You've Got to See

    Five educational films that'll alter your mind

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    January 8, 2003

    Left Behind

    Bellefontaine Neighbors residents have lived -- and died -- with asbestos for years. The problem's an open secret, but little has been done.

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    December 18, 2002

    Standard of Care

    When a childbirth went terribly wrong, the blame game began. Dodging responsibility was everybody's first order of business.

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    January 30, 2002

    Hard to Heal

    Fred Rottnek, doctor to the downtrodden, tried his luck playing the boardroom politics of one of the city's most prestigious charities, Grace Hill. He lost. So did the homeless of St. Louis.

  • News

    December 26, 2001

    Heavy-Metal Racket

    John Chamis and other residents of lead-contaminated Herculaneum are tired of getting jerked around by regulators and by Doe Run. They're demanding answers -- and results.

  • News

    August 9, 2000

    Daycare Nightmares

    In response to growing demand, the number of daycare facilities in Missouri is increasing each year. So are the problems.

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    May 24, 2000

    Letters to the Editor

    Published the week of May 24, 2000

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    May 10, 2000

    Throwing in the Towel

    Under mounting pressure, a local nonprofit agency finally agrees to give up its contract to provide Head Start services to 2,500 preschoolers

  • News

    January 12, 2000


    For years now, the Human Development Corp. has taken in millions of tax dollars to provide Head Start services for 2,500 of the city's low-income children. It has never come close. And the problems just begin there.

  • News

    December 22, 1999


    Thousands of St. Louis children are stuck for years in foster care before they get permanent homes.
    The feds are demanding the wait be shorter. But for the city, that's easier said than done.

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    August 11, 1999

    Seeing Red

    After years of taking it on the chin, Bob Goeggel struck back at his competitor. Thanks to his accusations of fraud, the state's largest ambulance company is on the operating table and the feds are doing the cutting.