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    July 8, 2014

    VIDEOS: Kansas City Schlitterbahn Tests World's Tallest, Fastest Water Slide

    After six weeks and $1 million worth of delays, Kansas City's Schlitterbahn water park is finally testing its newest water slide, billed as the world's tallest, fastest and steepest. Named after the German word for "going insane," the Verruckt water slide has 264 steps leading to the top, where fou ... More >>

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    July 15, 2013

    Twinkies Have Arrived in St. Louis!

    Hostess is finally back in business. The first batch of Twinkies arrived in St. Louis this weekend before today's national rollout. Hostess also announced that the new and improved snacks now have a longer shelf life: 45 days.

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    October 16, 2012

    First Look: 5 Star Burgers

    It's been a long road for Steve Gontram. The former owner and chef of Harvest (1059 South Big Bend Boulevard, Richmond Heights; 314-645-3522) has been pining for years to open a St. Louis outpost of 5 Star Burgers (8125 Maryland Avenue, Clayton; 314-720-4350), a business that he and his father found ... More >>

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    April 13, 2012

    USA Today Celebrates Imo's, Jilly's

    Would ya look at that. St. Louis-style pizza is having itself what we in the media call "a moment": Last week, there was a long, approving article on our cracker-thin, Provel-topped pie on pizza-centric blog Slice. Now, USA Today has turned over its "Great American Bites" column to an appreciation ... More >>

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    January 5, 2012

    Zombies Latest Explanation for Colony Collapse Disorder

    ​Everything from pesticides to cell-phone towers has been posited as the cause of colony collapse disorder, which since 2006 has dramatically reduced the population of honeybees, whose pollination is vital to the agricultural system.(Riverfront Times has been following this story from almost the b ... More >>

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    December 8, 2011

    Billikens Shut Down Vermont; Majerus Compares Mitchell's Return To "That Movie Girl Interrupted."

    Albert SamahaKwamain Mitchell puts up a long range jumper over Catamount defender Matt Glass in the second half of the Billikens' 62-43 win.​Forty-five minutes before tip-off, a man in a black beenie and black jacket with fur-lined hood was shuffling down South Compton Avenue shouting at the packs ... More >>

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    August 4, 2011

    Salmonella Found in Ground Turkey [Updated 2x]

    Image via Turkey meat is grounds for concern.​Update #2: (Thursday, August 4, 6:45 a.m.) Meat processor Cargill yesterday announced a voluntary recall of 36 million pounds of ground turkey produced at its Springdale, Arkansas, processing plant and sold under the "Honeysuckle White" brand. A ... More >>

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    May 5, 2011
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    March 24, 2011

    Wall of Shame

    CNN, USA Today and other media organizations got fooled

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    December 1, 2010

    Food Safety Bill in Trouble Already?

    Despite passing the Senate yesterday, the Food Safety Bill might stall because of a technical error. Roll Call explains that a provision added to the bill in the Senate violates the Constitutional rule that only the House can write tax laws. When the bill returns to the House today, representatives ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    7-11 Doesn't Want to be Opportunisitc, Preceeds to Beat Slurpee Summit Idea to Pulp

    7-11 freaks out at the prospect of a Slurpee Summit. USA Today reports that the company got really excited when President Obama suggested the possibility of a "Slurpee summit" with the new Republican leadership. They've contacted the White House and offered to cater the summit. A new ad campaign wil ... More >>

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    November 2, 2010

    Well, Duh: Cats Improve Your Life, Study Says

    World's most adorable health tonic: Zsa Zsa Meinzer​A story that appeared in today's USA Today -- and promptly made the rounds, getting linked on Jezebel and forwarded around with lightning speed -- quotes research from the University of Missouri that anyone with a brain in her head already knows. ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Farm Aid Marks 25 Years of Supporting Farmers

    For the 25th year, Farm Aid combined music, agriculture and food, this time in Milwaukee. USA Today covered the festival, emphasizing its support of family farms. Performer Jason Mraz said, "This is the one concert (and) cause that affects everybody. This is about our food. Farm Aid reminds us that ... More >>

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    October 1, 2010

    USA Today Names Great Burger Joint in Missouri (All Those Other States, Too)

    USA Today, as part of its "Great American Bites," recently asked experts from each state and Washington, D.C., to choose a great burger. For Missouri, Show-Me Missouri magazine editor Gary Figgins selected Schindler's Tavern, which is located outside Benton, southwest of Cape Girardeau:Others may cl ... More >>

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    September 30, 2010

    Israeli Doctor Publishes the Country's First Pork Cookbook

    An Israeli pork cookbook? The New York Times says it's a real thing. Despite over 50 years of laws banning the sale and farming of pork in Israel, enough legal loopholes exist to get pork to the non-kosher residents of the country. Dr. Eli Landau has published "The White Cookbook", which is thought ... More >>

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    September 29, 2010

    The Ramsey Curse? A Second Reality TV Chef Commits Suicide

    A second chef featured on Gordon Ramsey's shows has committed suicide. The New York Post reports that Joseph Cerniglia, owner/chef of Campania in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge. His restaurant appeared on the first season of the U.S. version of "Kitchen ... More >>

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    September 28, 2010

    Nestle Invests in Disease-Fighting Food Research

    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 >>

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    September 21, 2010

    Kentucky Man to Use the Caffeine Defense in Murder Trial

    Too much caffeine makes him tense. CNN reports that a Kentucky man claims that he murdered his wife because his high caffeine consumption made him crazy. He claimed he had consumed a great deal of soda, diet pills with caffeine, and No Fear energy drink before strangling his wife with an extension c ... More >>

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    September 17, 2010

    Gut Check's Week in Tweets

    ​Don't you know? Gut Check has a Twitter account. You can follow us @gutcheckstl.Here's some of what you missed on the Twitter feed this week: Lady Gaga Wears Meat Dress at Video Music Awards #ladygaga #meat #blatantpanderingforpageviews RT @stlhops: Schlafly Portfolio Changes ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 6.14

    In World Cup-frenzied South Africa, nutrition researchers are concerned about the amount of junk food advertising during FIFA games. The Tabelo Times quotes the World Cancer Research Fund: "It is disappointing that these companies have been chosen as sponsors and partners." Can't get enough Food N ... More >>

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    May 5, 2010

    The Morning Brew: 5.5

    It's Cinco de Mayo - how many pickled jalapenos can you cram down your gullet? Eat Me Daily reports that a new world record in pickled jalapeno eating was set last weekend by some poor fool willing do down 275 of the vinegar heat bombs during double overtime. But he's a professional eater. The amat ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    St. Louis: Sixth Drunkest City

    Books have been written about our love affair with booze, and all we get is a lousy No. 6 ranking?​Next month Men's Health will come out with its listing of the "100 Drunkest Cities in America." As of right now, the magazine's website has yet to publish the findings, but USA Today has the scoop. F ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    Somewhere Joe Buck is Smiling

    Image ViaSee the joy on Artie Lange's face as he ruins Joe Buck's talk show career​And that smile probably arrived shortly after reading this headline in yesterday's USA Today: "Howard Stern Sidekick Artie Lange Hospitalized."Details of Lange's condition are pretty scarce at this point -- the only ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    The Only Way The Rams Could Get Worse? Swine Flu.

    Image Via​Just when it seems like they've hit bottom......USA Today reports that the Rams had to cancel practice today because of a swine flu outbreak. The St. Louis Rams canceled practice on Thursday after the team confirmed cases of swine flu/H1N1 within the team. There's no word yet on how many ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 10.16

    ​ Ethiopian agronomist wins World Food Prize. (USA Today)Thinning a suburban deer herd means meat for the needy. (Kansas City Star)Do you need 76 tons of frozen British fruit pies? Check Ebay. (UPI)Hipster demand drives Pabst Blue Ribbon prices. (NBC Los Angeles)Some highlights from the New ... More >>

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    October 6, 2009

    Apropos of Nothing: LEGO David Bowie, New Order Autograph Forgeries and New-Wave Kids

    *The video game LEGO Rock Band is due out later this year. And two of the artists included in the game are Iggy Pop and David Bowie. Why yes, you can totally play "Let's Dance," as a plastic model of Bowie croons along. The game's attention to detail is incredible: Iggy's abs are killer, and the blo ... More >>

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    September 1, 2009

    St. Louisan Looking for Cheap Health Care Ends Up In Mexico

    toddalbert.comChina may be cheaper, but Mexico is closer...​Ahh, it's a beautiful sunny day and all is well and good in the anti-health-care heartland that is St. Louis. It seems like just yesterday that a few ass clowns were inciting a near-riot at a town hall meeting on health care and today com ... More >>

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    August 18, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 8.18

    ​NASA's busy in the kitchen, improving food for the International Space Station and developing meals for Mars. (Los Angeles Times, USA Today)Soda and juice linked to fatty liver. Beer linked to better bone density. And we're still not sure about how coffee and headaches work. (The Telegraph, B ... More >>

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    July 21, 2009

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 7.21

    A new report finds the greatest drop in restaurant visits in nearly 30 years. (Reuters)Will mobile slaughterhouses be the next big thing in locally-sourced food? (AP)Starbucks is experimenting with coffeehouses (not called Starbucks) that also serve beer and wine. (USA Today)

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    February 11, 2009

    Missouri a Red State in Ways We Hadn't Thought Of

    In between watching our admittedly already crappy retirement account go further down the crapper along with the Dow yesterday, Unreal happened upon this nifty USA Today feature that plots a 2009-'10 jobs forecast on graphs and maps.Always a sucker for graphs and maps, we clicked around awhile....See ... More >>

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    February 3, 2009

    Second Spin: June Pointer, Baby Sister

    Artist: June Pointer Album: Baby Sister From: Vintage Vinyl Year: 1983 Label: Planet Records What it sounds like: The youngest Pointer sister takes a turn as a nymphomaniacal disco diva.

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    February 2, 2009

    Anheuser-Busch Dethroned After 10 Straight Years With Best Super Bowl Commercial

    The results are in for USA Today's annual Super Bowl Ad Meter ratings, and for the first time in a decade the winner isn't Anheuser-Busch (or AB InBev, as we affectionately refer to it today).Also for the first-time ever the best commercial wasn't created by an advertising company. This year's top s ... More >>

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    January 13, 2009

    Local College Hoops: A Rundown on The Rundown

    So what if March is still two months away? It certainly hasn't stopped ESPN's Joe Lunardi from updating his highly addictive Bracketology feature and projecting the entire 65 team NCAA tournament field despite the fact that most teams have only played one or two conference games and perhaps a pushov ... More >>

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    July 15, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 7.15

    InBev will buy Anheuser-Busch. Now, the reaction. (St. Louis Business Journal) One possible upside: More beers for Americans to try. (Reuters) But what about Anheuser-Busch's unparalleled sports marketing? (USA Today) Starbucks continues its makeover, introducing a new smoothie. (BusinessWeek) F ... More >>

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    June 30, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 6.30

    The FDA continues to seek the source of the salmonella outbreak in tomatoes -- though some wonder if tomatoes really are the culprit. (Washington Post) An in-depth look at how nations hoarding food is worsening the food crisis. (New York Times) Remember the outbreak of botulism in chili-dog sauce ... More >>

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    April 25, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Friday, 4.25

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon calls for action to combat the global food crisis. (AP) The crisis has led a few European leaders to rethink their support for biofuels. (USA Today) A federal appeals court blocks enforcement of New York City's new law forcing chain restaurants to post calorie co ... More >>

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    March 31, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 3.31

    The recall of salmonella-tainted cantaloupe continues to expand. (UPI) Recent history indicates that if the U.S. does enter a recession, restaurants will fare better than you might think. (New York Times) The cost of the Westland/Hallmark meat recall is still being calculated. (USA Today) Another ... More >>

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    March 3, 2008
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    February 25, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 2.25 A good opinion piece on why, in the wake of the recent recall of 143 million pounds of frozen beef, better inspections aren't enough. (Los Angeles Times) French President Nicolas Sarkozy wants the United Nations to declare his nation's cuisine part of the world's cultural heritage ... More >>

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    February 6, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 2.6 As you might expect, a proposed bill in Mississippi to ban the obese from restaurants has generated a fair amount of outrage. (USA Today) A plea for a reasoned, moderate debate on eating cloned animals. (New York Times) KFC without the F? What would the Colonel say? (C ... More >>

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    February 5, 2008

    Today's Food News A fascinating -- and disturbing -- medical mystery when workers at a Minnesota pork-packing plant come down with an unknown neurological disorder. Warning: If the phrase "aerosolized brain matter" grosses you out, you might want to skip this one. (New York Times) President Bu ... More >>

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    January 10, 2008

    The Morning Brew: Monday, 1.10 The American Academy of Pediatrics says parents don't need to avoid certain foods to prevent their children from developing allergies. (AP) Curious how the big chain restaurants deal with new-year-resolution dieters? Well, then you don't have to click on the link, smartass. ( ... More >>

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    December 19, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Wednesday, 12/19 Great news about one of the country's best chefs: Grant Achatz of Chicago's Alinea is cancer-free. Achatz was battling cancer of the mouth. (New York Times) A look at the FDA's increased food-safety budget for next year -- and why the increase won't be as much as it seem ... More >>

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    November 19, 2007
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    October 23, 2007

    The Morning Brew: Tuesday, 10/23

    Disney opts to get rid of transfats from theme parks in Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong in addition to U.S. parks. (International Herald Tribune) The more fast food you eat, the fatter you get. Well, duh. (USA Today) The five-second rule never applies. Ever. (Indianapolis St ... More >>

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    September 24, 2003

    Best Cemetery

    Calvary Cemetery

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    December 25, 2002

    Muted Joy

    The food at the Marquee's fine, though devoid of any star quality

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