Both St. Louis and Kansas City consistently make the top ten national lists for high levels of crime -- which is why Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster is hosting a four-day Urban Crime Summit this month aimed at exploring potential policy solutions. For this effort, Missouri is bringing in New ... More >>
Image viaDo you love oysters? Looks like you might have two choices:1) Eat all you can now before they disappear for good.2) Don't eat them at all -- for a while, at least -- until the population rebounds.A new study from the Nature Conservatory and the University of California has found that oys ... More >>
image viaOctober has been a rough month for Jonathan Franzen. First his glasses got stolen. Then he didn't get nominated for the National Book Award. And now Freedom has been overtaken and surpassed on the Amazon best-seller list by volume one of The Autobiography of Mark Twain. Yeah, Franzen ... More >>
image viaDurbin: Slave to Monsanto?A hysterical rumor has been making its way through the Internet over the past few months alleging that Senate Bill 510, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, is a threat to small farmers and gardeners who like to grow their own fruits and vegetables. Worse, ... More >>
Image source104 years ago, when he was 70 years old, Mark Twain began dictating his autobiography to a stenographer. He finished shortly before his death on April 21, 1910. The finished manuscript came in at more than 500,000 words, but Twain didn't expect the whole thing to be published. "F ... More >>
'Tis the season for gift-giving, and if you have some wine lovers on your shopping list, you may be puzzled over what to give them. Having been both a giver and a receiver of wine-related gifts for many years, I offer the following humble suggestions:Gift CertificatesFrom my experience, buying w ... More >>
Photo by Nicholas PhillipsA sort-of bloomingThe corpse flower at UMSL hath bloomed!!! (Well, it opened up slightly.)But the Daily RFT can assure you: on Sunday, it did smell like a rotting corpse. And it did remind us of death. I.e., your death. My death. The death that awaits each of us, always. Bu ... More >>
Back before the season even started, I picked out seven players in the Cards' minor league system that I thought bore watching. Well, the minor league seasons are right about a third of the way through, and I thought the off-day would make a good opportunity to take a look at those players and see h ... More >>
The Mexican calls dibbies on Spanish
Dr. William J. Catalona built an unrivaled repository of blood and tissue samples. Washington University wants to keep it. Now a judge will decide: Who owns the prostates?
The Fucking Champs wage their solitary war on the wuss hegemony, the indie-rock cabal, the bass and soundmen
Modern-day Daniel Boones are a deer's best friend -- and its worst nightmare
Thousands of feral dogs -- abandoned to disease, starvation and inevitable death -- are leading short and brutal lives in the no-man's-land between domestication and wildness. For a lucky few, Randy Grim is their unlikely savior.