The most sinful city in America is also the deadliest. Making the rounds this week is yet another negative ranking that has St. Louis occupying the No. 1 spot. The Conservative Post has named St. Louis the "most deadly" place to live in America in its latest top ten list, beating out Memphis, Hous ... More >>
It's that time of year: Today, the Riverfront Times Best of St. Louis 2011 will hit newsstands around town. You'll probably hear and feel it before you see it. It's a huge issue, and when the stack hits the ground, it registers with the USGS.You don't have to wait to pick up the dead-tree version ... More >>
Kelly Brady, USGSUSGS personnel sample water on the Missouri River at Hermann last month.A new study out today indicates that the Mississippi River Basin (that includes the Missouri and Illinois Rivers) remains just as polluted from nitrates today as it was in the 1980s.The news comes despite eff ... More >>
This year's dead zone from Mississippi River flooding could exceed the 2002 record shown here.We know it's just a coincidence that the motto for New Hampshire is "Live Free or Die." Still, we couldn't help but see some gallows humor in that slogan when the U.S. Geological Survey announced today t ... More >>
A 4.2 magnitude earthquake rattled the St. Louis region around 3:10 a.m. today, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The temblor originated near Richwoods, Missouri, (approximately 51 miles southwest of St. Louis) and could be felt as far away as Alabama. No injuries or major damage have been re ... More >>
The first step is admitting you have a problem.Attorney General Chris Koster yesterday proposed twelve recommendation for improving the notoriously icky water quality at the Lake of the Ozarks.Here at Riverfront Times we are amazed that none of the twelve steps (described below) have anything to ... More >>
Space geeks have been crapping their pants since news hit the Interwebs Monday that NASA was holding a press conference "to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life." The announcement further defined astrobiology as "the study of the origin ... More >>
There was a small earthquake early this morning along the New Madrid Fault. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake took place in southeastern Missouri at 04:27:18 a.m. The USGS pinpoints the epicenter at 36.600°N, 89.560°W, which for the rest of us means: "in the Boot Heel" -- about ... More >>
Contemporary Museum St. Louis discovers treasure with the help of some maps
Henry Marganski's pigeons fly the coop all the time. Some race back, and some don't.
Nobody knows why the babies are dying near Weldon Spring. But the grownups can't help asking whether the site's toxic stew is to blame.
The River des Peres tells the history of St. Louis -- our relationship to nature, to this place, to our own waste. Now there's talk of "beautifying" the river we never got around to cleaning.
Dowsing has long been used to find water, but contemporary practitioners are also plumbing spiritual depths
The earthquake hazard here may be greater than you think. And planning for it is less than you'd expect.
Steve McCracken has overseen a 13-year, $800 million cleanup and burial of the radioactive waste at Weldon Spring. Now that the odyssey is nearing its end, one thought haunts him -- how to warn people in the future not to dig it up.