If you ask Wayne Bell, it's never too early to expose your kids to the Tea Party, Ted Cruz or the 9/11 attacks. Bell's company, Clayton-based Really Big Coloring Books Inc., has pumped out a diverse selection of politicized coloring books for the past five years, and he thinks it's high time schoo ... More >>
It's nothing out of the ordinary for the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri to call Abdul Kadir Mohamed. A Somali immigrant turned immigration attorney, Mohamed, 30, has often worked pro bono cases for the ACLU. So he wasn't surprised when the group's executive director, John Chasno ... More >>
The Civil Wars just posted an announcement on Facebook cancelling all upcoming tour dates due to "internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition" -- effectively declaring the end of the band. This is a huge surprise for a duo decidedly on the rise -- fresh off a pair of Grammys and even ... More >>
It has been eleven years since the attacks on the World Trade Center, and while the feelings brought up by the events are still complicated, we can view its aftermath with some clarity. With over a decade of hindsight, many of the songs written after the attacks display less than healthy attitudes t ... More >>
Author Barbara Wright is out with her latest novel, Crow, the story of a young boy who witnessed the Wilmington Race Riots of 1898. Daily RFT caught up with the Denver-based writer prior to her reading this Wednesday (7 p.m.) at Left Bank Books. Daily RFT: You grew up in North Carolina. Did you hea ... More >>
The leading federal crime fighter in the St. Louis region has stepped down, KMOX reports. Special Agent in Charge Dennis L. Baker put in his last day on Friday, having reached the bureau's mandatory retirement age of 57. Baker took over the St. Louis Division in November of 2010 after his predeces ... More >>
Update, 11/21/11: The Civil Wars has officially sold out the Pageant, less than a year after selling out the Old Rock House. Original post follows... Classicist folk band the Civil Wars is coming back to St. Louis. The time off has been good to the duo -- April's show at Old Rock House was a sold ... More >>
Photos: Chad GarrisonOccupySTL protesters greet Cardinals fans last night near Kiener Plaza.Daily RFT didn't stick around long enough last night to see the police issue citations to protesters occupying Kiener Plaza in downtown St. Louis. In hindsight, we're glad we didn't. It would've been a lon ... More >>
Russ CarnahanFor more than a month, members of the St. Louis Palestine Solidarity Committee have been angling for face time with Democratic Congressman Russ Carnahan. But they say his staffers have been blowing off their calls and emails -- and ignored a deadline they set for getting a meeting on ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsWe will never forget. Unless we overdo it on the 9/11 commemorative wine.In the decade since the 9/11 terror attacks, there's been no shortage of commemoration. Some touching and beautiful. Others ham-fisted but heartfelt. And some that were blatantly out to make a buck on a ... More >>
This one doesn't make the cut, unfortunately.It's Fourth of July weekend, and in the haze of the heat, barbecue, domestic beer, and red-white-and-blue buntings, it's easy to get caught up in ranting-chanting, "USA! USA! USA!" The founding fathers and a lot of musicians might not agree with ... More >>
President Barack Obama says "we don't need to spike the football" in explaining why his administration won't release photos of Osama bin Laden showing the al-Qaida leader after he was fatally shot in the head. Conspiracy theorists, start your engines...
John McCain managed quite a feat this week: He somehow got both Glenn Beck and John Stewart to agree with each other. The issue? How flat-out wrong the Arizona senator is when he says that U.S.-born people merely suspected of being terrorists should be denied their Miranda rights. Agree with McCain ... More >>
David Ray GriffinControversial author David Ray Griffin is scheduled to speak at Webster University this month. Griffin, a former theology and religion professor from California has penned numerous conspiracy tomes surrounding the New York City attack of September 11, 2001. On Thursday, April 29, ... More >>
Gary Nodler: Leader of a queer debate in Jeff City.Updated 11:50 a.m.Gary Nodler just called Daily RFT to inform us that Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger got the context of his argument wrong during yesterday's committee meeting debating whether or not gays should be allowed to openly serve ... More >>
Good news from the 3rd battalion, 24th Marine Corps regiment based in Bridgeton: The 1,500-man ensemble is shipping out of Iraq, and, as Lt. Col. Shane Tomko puts it, "They're all in one piece."The U.S. Army will keep some troops in Iraq until 2011, but the 3/24 was the last Marine unit to deploy ... More >>
I just can't envision myself, you know, the big straw hat and a Hawaiian shirt sitting on some beach. Particularly since I quit drinking.- President George W. Bush at his final press conference, 1.12.09This is the most self-aware statement our soon-to-be former president has ever uttered. Not only b ... More >>
In today's news: guilty pleas in China's melamine scandal, a food crisis in the Gaza Strip and wine sales in the recession.
This is so freakin' stupid it deserves its own post: Dunkin' Donuts is pulling a new ad featuring Rachael Ray because some right-wing nut jobs believe it somehow shows support for terrorists. (Boston.com) -Ian Froeb
Don't let Paul Haggis' heavy hand stop you from seeing his latest.
Breaking out of the pack of Iraq war docs, No End in Sight devestates.
And pencils and paper, too
Friday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m. Pop's (1403 Mississippi Avenue, Sauget, Illinois)
Wednesday, December 14; the Savvis Center (South 14th Street and Clark Avenue)
We chat with Phil Lesh, listen to a new kind of protest song and take a trip into the shadows of the Old School
Meet Samir, the St. Louis auto mechanic who pulled Saddam Hussein from his spider hole
Thursday, July 8; Mississippi Nights
Inside Al-Jazeera, journalists tell a familiar story unfamiliarly
Michael Moore goes Bushwhacking in Fahrenheit 9/11
Why can't Americans make TV shows as good as Brit import MI-5?
If you must drop a bomb, drop it here -- not there
Week of April 3, 2002
This year, a handful of shows provided the healing power of laughter
On September 11, the world needed superheroes. It found them not in comic books, but in real life.
All of a sudden, some immigrants are compelled to show their patriotism
After nearly three decades on the run, a fugitive from the raucous anti-war era is outed
Father James Carney left St. Louis to work with the poor in Honduras, putting him at odds with both church and state. Fifteen years after his mysterious death, a new CIA report raises more questions than answers.