As the nation gears up for the Final Four of men's basketball this weekend, a lesser known college tournament will take place in suburban Washington, D.C. That's right sports fans, who's ready for the Final Four of chess?!
Answer: The Webster University chess team. Its members have spent thousands ... More >>
Since the forced departure of Chief Illiniwek in February 2007, the University of Illinois has been mascot-less. While their Big Ten rivals have fielded ancient Greek warriors, oversized and suspiciously cuddly hawks, badgers and wildcats, not to mention whatever the hell Ohio State's Brutus Buckeye ... More >>
Springfield, Illinois-based songwriter Ben Bedford finds his muse in the Midwest - the landscape, the people, the diction, the names of the rivers and towns. Across three albums, and especially on the just-released What We Lost, he transcends local color and the minutiae of his considerable, even bo ... More >>
Our good friends at the Daily Beast have decided to torment us with another set of rankings, this time a list of the 25 smartest cities in this fine nation of ours. Last time they did this, St. Louis came in 32nd. But this time, instead of using statistics, they're relying on science! Stats can be c ... More >>
Even 900 years ago, big cities had suburbs. The biggest city in North America then was Cahokia, and its suburbs stretched westward across the Mississippi River and north across most of what is now East St. Louis. We know that the Cahokians had a nasty habit of using their suburban neighbors as human ... More >>
wikimedia commonsThe current issue of Interview Magazine has Christopher Bollen interviewing R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, and their conversation leads them to a couple interesting tidbits about St. Louis. Stipe, as you may be aware, graduated from high school in Collinsville. He tells Boll ... More >>
www.parkwayexterminating.comGood night, sleep tight, don't let the...Oh, shudder! Over the weekend, a student at the University of Illinois in Urbana reported bed bugs in her dorm room at Evans Hall.School officials told the News-Gazette that the problem was quickly contained, and didn't spread p ... More >>
You know what they say: If there's snow in the branches...This morning, the Cardinals announced that they're also postponing a baseball game between University of Missouri and University of Illinois that had been scheduled for tonight at Busch Stadium. Cold temperatures and a forecast for evening ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsAll winter we've braced for ice-induced power outages. Who knew it would be a string of surprise thunderstorms and tornadoes that would leave more than 30,000 St. Louisans in the dark?
Now that the power's coming back, it's time to investigate the damage done by a dead fridge an ... More >>
gizmodo.comLet the label speak for itself.
Holy crap, Taco Bell! Your beef is alleged to be only 36 percent beef! How could Yum! Brands have lied to Americans for all these years?
The big to-do started on Tuesday, when Montgomery, Alabama, law firm Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & M ... More >>
This is part one of Robin Wheeler's Chef's Choice profile of Amy Zupanci of Fond and Township Grocer in Edwardsville, Illinois. Part two, a
Q&A with Zupanci, follows on Friday and part three, a recipe, on Monday.Robin WheelerAmy Zupanci, chef and owner of Fond and Township GrocerWhen Amy Zupa ... More >>
A University of Illinois study released last week reports that St. Louis, Memphis and other towns near the New Madrid fault line are ill-prepared for a possible 7.7 magnitude earthquake. The study commissioned by the Federal Emergency Management Agency found that such a temblor could leave 3,500 ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsWhat a hap, hap, happy place!The Daily Beast taketh. A lot. Every week, it seems, the website comes up with another set of rankings designed to humiliate and anger St. Louisans. We live in the 21st craziest city with the 45th worst traffic jams in a state with the 44th uglies ... More >>
Despite an ugly loss last week in the first round of the Big 12 Championship, University of Missouri has earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers are a No. 10 seed in the eastern bracket and play the Tigers (of Clemson, No. 7 seed) at 1:45 p.m. on Friday in Buffalo. Win that game and Mizzo ... More >>
Hours before the U.S. Senate vote on health care late last night, Heath Ledger-esque posters of Senator Claire McCaskill went up on telephone poles and lampposts across the metro region. Blogger GatewayPundit is curating sight'ems. www.gatewaypundit.firstthings.comSimilar caricatures of President ... More >>
Author thrives on a candy-filled diet. (The New York Times)Halloween wines: trick or treat? (San Antonio Express-News)How to throw a dinner party. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)University of Illinois gets a nod for being vegetarian-friendly. (Daily Illini)Septuagenarian lobster spared in NYC re ... More >>
Tigers: Their back.For the first time since upsetting University of Illinois in week one of the college football season, the Mizzou Tigers are a "ranked team," earning the No. 24 slot in this week's Associated Press poll. The football team slid into the Top 25 by doing something it hasn't done al ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/34284761@N04Yesterday, just in time for the arrival of this year's freshman class at Washington University, U.S. News and World Report released its annual college rankings for 2010. Wash. U. came in at number 12, tying with Northwestern. (Just call 'em the Princeton and Yale of ... More >>