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    February 7, 2014

    After a St. Louis Father's Tearful Plea, Facebook Makes Look Back Video for Dead Son

    Facebook will make a special look back video for a St. Louis father whose son died last year after his tearful YouTube plea went viral Wednesday. John Berlin can't access the Facebook account of his son Jesse, who died at the age of 22 on January 28, 2012. He doesn't have the password Without acce ... More >>

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    October 18, 2013

    Stan Musial's Grandson Brian Schwarze Hassled by Dodgers Fans

    According to (and buried way far down in) a sports column published in USA Today, Dodgers fans in Los Angeles yelled, threatened, threw popcorn at and tried to trip the grandson of Stan "The Man" Musial and his friends while they watched Games 3 and 4 of the postseason series against the Cardinals t ... More >>

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    September 10, 2013

    McDonald's Kansas City Introduces the Multi-Person "Blitz Box"

    McDonald's (multiple locations) is testing out its latest gimmick in Kansas City: the "Blitz Box." The box is a $14.99 "multi-person meal" that has never been sold in the United States before. The idea is to boost sales -- you know, because McDonald's is really struggling. See also: McDonald's Film ... More >>

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    August 23, 2013

    Kendrick Lamar's "Control" Verse Was an Exciting Moment for Hip-Hop -- And Now It's Over

    Editor: Tef Poe is an artist from St. Louis city. Through powerful imagery and complicated honesty, he has earned a reputation as one of the best rappers telling the story of St. Louis, which is about much more than one place. Poe has been featured in music publications such as XXL and Urb Magazine. ... More >>

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    August 9, 2013

    Missouri Miracle? Mystery Priest Appears, Disappears At Highway Crash, Rescuers Say

    A traffic accident and subsequent rescue mission in Missouri is getting international attention this week, not because the emergency crew was successful in saving a woman's life -- but because a mysterious priest allegedly appeared seemingly out of nowhere to calmly offer a prayer. And then he dis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2013

    How Old Is Too Old to Break Into the Rap Game?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

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    May 10, 2013

    Riverfront Times Finalist for Five Awards from National Association of Black Journalists

    The National Association of Black Journalists has named five feature stories published last year in Riverfront Times as finalists for its 2013 "Salute to Excellence Awards." The stories are: - Code Dead, freelance writer Christopher Tritto's examination into the encrypted note left on a dead man' ... More >>

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    January 30, 2013

    VIDEOS: Catch a Glimpse of Anheuser-Busch's 2013 Super Bowl Ads

    For the 25th consecutive year, Anheuser-Busch is once again the sole beer sponsor of the Super Bowl. This year the St. Louis-based brewer plans to unveil at least four commercials during Sunday's big game that is expected to draw at least 111 million viewers. See also: - Anheuser-Busch Dethroned ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012
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    October 23, 2012

    Why Do So Many People Love Mumford and Sons?

    Babel, the second release by the English folk quartet Mumford and Sons, is in its third week atop the Billboard Album chart. This surely makes their parents and accountants happy, but the fact that such luminaries as Matchbox Twenty, Linkin Park and the Zac Brown Band have recently held this spot de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    The Coldest Cut: Eat Your Cold Cuts Hot (With Poll!)

    Image viaListeria monocytogenes: Goes well with honey ham, yellow American.​Do you enjoy cold cuts, in sandwich form or, perhaps, eaten directly from the wrapped deli package while standing in front of the fridge 'round midnight? Are you over the age of 50?THEN PUT THOSE COLD CUTS DOWN, MY FRIEND. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2011

    Daily Beast: Our Moms Are Happier Than Yours

    USA Today​According to the oh-so-scientific pollsters of the Daily Beast, St. Louisans, among other things, have nicotine addictions and a lack of book-smarts. So it's nice to know that the latest ranking chart of the pop-political website, released this week for Mother's Day, suggests that ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2011

    Even More Shit Colby Rasmus' Dad Says

    Courtesy of Tony RasmusA young Colby Rasmus with his dad (far left), his mom (far right) and some teammates.​ In this week's print edition, RFT freelancer Larry Borowsky notched an exclusive interview with Tony Rasmus -- the voluble father of Cards' phenom Colby Rasmus. Not surprisingly, Rasmus ha ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011
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    March 22, 2011

    New Release Highlights for March 22: The Strokes, Panic! at the Disco, Jennifer Hudson 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.) Acid House Kings' Music Sounds Better With You​*Acid House Kings, Music Sounds Better With You TheLineofBestFit reviewed Music Sounds Better With You: "This ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    Wash U Lady Bears Battle Their Way to D-3 Final Four

    Washington University​Yeah, yeah, Mizzou and Illinois pussyfooted their way into the NCAA tournament, which gives area hoopsters another week to celebrate mediocrity. But if you're looking for a more legit reason to get your March Madness on this week, turn your attention toward another set of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2010

    Another Egg Recall; Missouri Included

    Image viaIncredible? Edible? Not so much.​News over the wire this morning of another egg recall: 288,000 eggs from Croton, Ohio-based Ohio Fresh Eggs, distributed by Cal-Maine Foods, have tested positive for salmonella. The affected eggs were distributed in Missouri.The FDA website has a list of r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    EPA: Factory Explosion in Venice Caused "Significant Environmental Concern"

    The red circle shows Magnesium Elektron's facility on the border of Venice and Madison in a residential area. ​The residents of Venice, Illinois, claim that the massive factory on the north side of their town, across the river from St. Louis on State Route 3, has been poisoning them for decades. N ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2010

    Food Packaging Labels Are Misleading

    They fixed the nutrition labels on the back of food packages, now let's fix the front, says the National Academy of Sciences. The Los Angeles Times reports that the independent research group found that nutritional claims on the front of packages are often misleading. An upcoming study will report o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2010

    Frito-Lay Sacks Absurdly Loud "Green" Sun Chips Bag

    Over the past year or so, anyone who has tried Frito-Lay's Sun Chips in the snack's new compostable bag has had the same two thoughts.1) Upon seeing the bag: "It's so great a major food company is doing something to help the planet. And Sun Chips are pretty tasty. I'll buy some."2) Upon opening the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Lady Gaga Wears Meat Dress at Video Music Awards [Updated]

    Screenshot: www.usatoday.comAnimals were harmed in the making of this dress.​The headline says it all. Intermittently interesting pop megastar Lady Gaga wore multiple outfits during MTV's annual onanistic self-tribute Video Music Awards. One outfit was a dress made out of raw meat.USA Today has th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Salmonella Patients Testify in Congressional Food Safety Hearings

    As reported yesterday, several giant egg farms are testifying before Congress after last month's massive salmonella recall. Also testifying - several people sickened in the outbreak, including a 77-year-old Colorado grandmother who nearly died from salmonella-related septic shock. Despite not being ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    A-B's New Ad Strategy: 'Grab Some Buds' aka Free Beer!

    image via​Anheuser-Busch unveiled a new advertising strategy for Budweiser today, reports USA Today. Brace yourselves, because it's a revolutionary one:FREE BEER!! The idea behind the company's new "Grab some Buds" campaign is targeted toward the under-30s who guzzle astonishing amounts ... More >>

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    August 30, 2010

    Cargill Meat Solutions Recalls Ground Beef

    More recalls. A Pennsylvania company recalled 8500 pounds of ground beef for suspected E. coli contamination. The Washington Post reports that the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service found a link between Cargill Meat Solutions in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, and three cases of the infection in Ma ... More >>

  • Music

    August 25, 2010
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    August 18, 2010

    Illinois Farmers Get a PR Makeover

    llinois farmers are getting a public relations makeover, thanks to the effects of Food Inc. and King Corn. The Associated Press reports that a campaign funded by the Illinois Beef Association, Illinois Corn Marketing Board, and Illinois Soybean Association was announced at the Illinois State Fair as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    Fake Reefer Madness: Missouri Called the "Epicenter" of K2 "Epidemic"

    Image SourceAre women crying and men dying for K2 yet?​The sensationalism surrounding K2 and Spice synthetic marijuana was pushed to new heights this weekend with an article on the substance in USA Today.The (fairly) brief story details the efforts of "nearly a dozen states and several cities" to ... 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 14, 2010
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    March 30, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.30

    The morning brew's a little sluggish this morning -- but hey, it's still morning! Why's everyone hatin' on canned and frozen vegetables? Slate's Daniel Engber takes foodies to the woodshed. "I know it sounds weird," Engber writes. "A crisp salad of watercress and red onions must be more wholesome t ... More >>

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    March 25, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.25

    ​Senate passes massive school lunch bill. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 will require schools to be alerted to food recalls and improve nutritional standards. (USA Today) While American populations of domesticated honeybees continues to decrease, their increasing around the world. ... More >>

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    March 11, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 3.11

    ​Missouri state representative Jim Viebrock wants to circumvent federal bans and allow horse slaughter for food in Missouri. Viebrock argues that unwanted and abandoned horses can be slaughtered and sold to European and Japanese markets. (USA Today) New York State legislator introduces bill t ... More >>

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    October 17, 2008
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    November 15, 2006

    Broom Service

    Residence Inn-Westport receives a request from beyond the grave (sorta). Plus: We chat with baseball's "Designated Hebrew," stack the Lou against Camden, New Jersey, and learn how to live flea-free.

  • News

    October 5, 2005

    See Me, Hear Me, Read Me

    Ethical issues take a back seat to synergy and branding in local sports media

  • News

    December 22, 2004

    Attack of the Blog

    A Post reporter is suspended for extracurricular Internet activities

  • Music

    February 25, 2004

    iPod, youPod

    Digital music lets us carry our personalities in our pockets

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    August 20, 2003

    The Mallinckrodt Project

    Week of August 20, 2003

  • Culture

    June 19, 2002

    Duh Press

    Fear and self-loathing at the Minority Report junket

  • News

    August 29, 2001

    Letters

    Week of August 29, 2001

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    June 20, 2001

    Letters

    Week of June 20, 2001

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    August 30, 2000

    Party Crashers

    Ralph Nader tries to derail the corporate-sponsored presidential debates with a lawsuit. Protesters have their own plans to disrupt the Bush-Gore affair at Wash. U.

  • News

    June 28, 2000

    Getting What You Don't Pay For

    Success ruins some of baseball owners' most tearful tales

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    June 2, 1999
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    May 12, 1999
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    May 12, 1999
  • Film

    March 24, 1999
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    March 10, 1999

    Second Sight

    Losing her eyesight hasn't kept a Shrewsbury mother and housewife from enjoying the people and activities she loves

  • News

    January 13, 1999

    The Final Bell

    The passing of wrestling promoter Sam Muchnick rekindles interest in the wrestling days of yore

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