Month: September 2010

for road safety, west coast is best coast

We’ve all seen them: The trucks straddling the center line. The mini vans that ping pong back and forth, bouncing from one side of the lane to the other, just on the brink of sideswiping a parked car on the right, only to sway back and come dangerously close to their left-lane neighbor. The compact […] Read more…

joe brazil: stay off the roads, biker dummies

St. Charles County Council struck down a proposal Monday night that would have banned bicyclists from the narrow semi-rural roads in the county, reports the Post-Dispatch. The County Council voted unanimously, 6-0, against the ban. (One council member was absent from the meeting.) Even Councilman Joe Brazil, who has been a fervent advocate for the […] Read more…

birth control: reader reactions to ‘she’s not there’

She’s Not…Where? Whether I’m an undercover reporter for a conservative political agenda, or I actually am a deathscort, there’s no question that reader reaction to She’s Not There, my RFT feature about men and abortion, was strong. Head over to the Riverfront Times to witness the blowback. Read more…

alderman charles troupe wants you to stop drinking in public

St. Louis City Alderman Charles Troupe would like to know what, exactly, is in that cup, please. Troupe, who represents St. Louis’ first ward, had the first reading of a bill he sponsored at meeting of the Board of Aldermen last Friday. Simply put, Board Bill No. 146 would like you to stop having fun, […] Read more…

will the new rich-people bread co. be pay-what-you-will?

Gut Check heard recently that St. Louis Bread Co. intends to open a new location on the north side of Plaza Frontenac, near Brio Tuscan Grille. ​Hat tip to the lovely and charming Deb Peterson for the scoop. The real question, beyond the blah-blah details of square footage and whether they’ll offer pedicures, is whether the Frontenac […] Read more…

anti-puppy mill fundraising goes to the dogs

Fundraising in support of Proposition B, the anti-puppy mill initiative that will be on Missouri’s ballot come November 2, is far outstripping the funds raised by those who oppose its passage, reports the St. Louis Beacon. The Humane Society of the United States has contributed more than $1 million to push along passage of Prop B, […] Read more…

confessions of a ‘femi-nazi deathscort’

On Saturday, August 14, I woke up very early, got dressed and got into my car. I stopped to get a coffee, and, soon enough, was in Granite City, Illinois, outside the Hope Clinic for Women, a blocky concrete structure with purple signage and an overflow of protestors. They just happen to perform abortions at […] Read more…

not just political pawns: men become abortion activists

Please make sure to read the Riverfront Times feature, “She’s Not There,” which discusses how activists on both sides of the debate are increasingly paying attention to men affected by abortion. Men aren’t only the latest bargaining chips of abortion rhetoric — increasingly, they are volunteering for the cause and getting involved in a significant way. […] Read more…

she’s not there–abortion activists have a new target: men

(This story appeared on the cover of the Sept. 9 edition of The Riverfront Times. Names marked with an asterisk have been changed to protect the subject’s identity.) They were halcyon days: Joe* was seventeen years old, a senior at a St. Louis high school. He had a close group of friends, excelled at sports […] Read more…

big muddy blues festival and blues week to face off this weekend

In the epic battle between Laclede’s Landing and, well, the rest of downtown, who will prevail? We’re talking, of course, about the dueling blues festivals going head to head in the two areas: the inaugural St. Louis Bluesweek in the downtown corner, and Big Muddy Blues Festival representing Laclede’s Landing. The ten-day Bluesweek began August 27, […] Read more…

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