By Emily Lundquist
Ten dollars a month is a small price to pay for practically every piece of recorded music except The Beatles. Which is why, late last year, I signed up for Spotify. Only two months in, however, I was out, and feeling like I'd been ripped off. Turns out I'm not the only one.
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If you're one of the few poor souls who have no taste buds and therefore love Four Loko, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is worried about you.
On February 12, the FTC reached an agreement with Phusion Projects, LLC, makers of Four Loko, a carbonated, fruity malt beverage. Phusion is now required ... More >>
Claire McCaskill: Not too pumped about gas prices.With Memorial Day around the corner and gas prices flirting with the $4-a-gallon mark, Sen. Claire McCaskill and three colleagues yesterday sent a letter to Federal Trade Commission Chairman Jon Leibowitz, calling on him to investigate potenti ... More >>
It's not just Jamie Oliver trying to save American kids from their parents. The Law is getting involved. Again.
Reuters reports today that the Federal Trade Commission, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Food and Drug Administration and U.S. Department of Agricultu ... More >>
For a second year in a row, cold threatens Florida's winter crops. NPR reports that farmers are hiring helicopters to hover low over the crops to push warm air downward. It's a desperate measure that costs around $2500 an hour, and last week three helicopters crashed on crop-warming missions. But if ... More >>
As the Federal Trade Commission cracks down on POM Wonderful for making questionable health claims, the Wall Street Journal reports that food giant Nestle is looking to expand their stake in "functional foods" - foods that might prevent diseases. The company's investing over $500 million into resear ... More >>
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 >>
Image viaJay Angoff, former Missouri bureaucrat, is now Obama's big insurance guy in D.C. The gigantic healthcare overhaul that Obama et al somehow pulled off this year is going to so deeply change the health insurance game, they had to create a whole new federal body just to deal with it-- and t ... More >>
This weekend's especially good for having fun on a budget: You can find proudly weird $5 art auctions, the free opening of Grant's Farm's season, local hip-hop shows and more. Here are our ten suggestions for weekend fun that will cost you less than $10. Looking for live music? Here's the weekend co ... More >>
Shred Day: Dwight Schrute approved.Not going to the KKK picnic on Saturday? Don't worry there's still plenty of other things to do in and around St. Louis that day. Like, for instance, celebrating St. Louis annual Shred Day. What is Shred Day? Why it's only the best darn holiday of the season -- ... More >>
Updated at 11:50 a.m. Competitors, activists, farmers, politicians. They all get a chance to weigh in on St. Louis-based Monsanto today at a "workshop" in Iowa that's to focus on antitrust behavior in the agriculture industry. In attendance at today's meeting will be U.S. Attorney General Eric Ho ... More >>
So apparently the FTC now mandates I tell you what the category title Gut Check's Swag Bag should imply: I was sent a free 750-ml bottle of Seagram's 7 Dark Honey blended whiskey to sample.It arrived after the holidays, thus sparing my wife, in-laws and myself untold whiskey-inspired hi-jinks.
Food (and other) bloggers risk FTC fines if they don't disclose paid product reviews. (Wired)Ruth Reichl speaks on Gourmet's closing. (The New York Times)The beef bait and switch - is it really Kobe? (Miami New Times)Food-bourne illnesses might be the price of convenience. Here's the top t ... More >>
Add Mizzou to the list of schools that fail to see the "genius" of the Bud Light Fan Can. Chancellor Brady Deaton has officially registered his disapproval.As Chad reported last week, Fan Cans, A-B's latest ad campaign for the fall, involves selling cans of Bud-Light decorated ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/jusumCan't you imagine this headline getting read in a sonorous voice? Maybe even by McGruff? Anyway, our friends at the FBI are always eager to help us out, which is why they've sent out this press release about how to avoid online auction fraud. Now if only they could tell us how ... More >>