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Michelle Obama Came to a St. Louis Target and Left Us a Present

1 day 14 hours ago
Former First Lady Michelle Obama was in the St. Louis area in recent days. And not only did she stop by one of our local Target stores, she also left a gift behind at it. Obama uploaded a video to X that shows her looking totally like herself and yet totally incognito, shopping at a suburban St. Louis Target in a sweatshirt and ballcap.
Sarah Fenske

Students Demand Wash U Drop Charges Against Pro-Palestine Protestors

1 day 14 hours ago
In the past few weeks Washington University has joined a growing number of college campuses nationwide disciplining student protestors advocating for Palestine. Now activists plan to rally against the administration’s response and continue to call for divestment from Boeing.  Tomorrow activists will participate in an art build from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and a divestment rally from 1:45 to 3:00 p.m. outside Brookings Hall on Wash U’s Quad.
Kallie Cox

Teen McDonald’s Employee Was Beaten by Adult Customer in Parking Lot

1 day 19 hours ago
A 25-year-old man is in custody after a fight outside a Florissant McDonald's in which a 15-year-old employee had her head slammed into the ground. Police are still seeking information about others involved in the fight. Video of the incident posted on social media allegedly shows Johnny Ricks pulling Aryiah Lynch by her hair in the parking lot and assaulting her multiple times near the drive-thru of the restaurant.
Ryan Krull

One of St. Louis' First Tesla Cybertrucks Is an Attention Getter

1 day 20 hours ago
Chris LaBarge caused a minor commotion on the Hill Monday when he pulled up in front of the Digregorio’s Market in his new Tesla Cybertruck. Say what you will about Elon Musk's car company, but there was no shortage of passersby coming up to LaBarge to admire the stainless steel, futuristic-looking electric pickup and ask him questions about it.  The Cybertruck weighs about 7,000 pounds and can go from zero to 60 mph in three seconds.
Ryan Krull

St. Louis Artist Uses Plastic Trash to Make a Point

1 day 22 hours ago
If you walk down Locust Street in Midtown and peer in the window of the old Moon Building you’ll see a colorful display of art pieces. Look closer, though, and you’ll realize they’re all trash.  The sculptures were made by Adrienne Outlaw, who addresses plastic pollution through her new exhibit Consumed. 
Paula Tredway

St. Louis Public Radio Argues It Can’t Be Sued for Defamation

1 day 23 hours ago
At a hearing yesterday in a lawsuit brought by the former general manager of St. Louis Public Radio, an attorney representing the station put forth a surprising defense: that the local NPR affiliate is unique among the major news outlets in town in that it can't be sued for defamation. Tim Eby's lawsuit is against the University of Missouri Board of Curators, which operates the radio station. He alleges that the station published false statements about him, including that he “chose to uphold white supremacy” and mismanaged the station's finances.
Ryan Krull

Missouri Got High as Hell in the Past Year

2 days ago
Missouri's first year of (legal) recreational marijuana sales brought record-breaking profits and criminal justice reforms to the state. The state said yes to Amendment 3 legalizing adult recreational use in November 2022, with 53 percent of voters approving. Sales began in December of that year.
Kallie Cox

Headless Bat Unleashes a Pizza Roll Pizza on an Unsuspecting St. Louis

2 days 16 hours ago
As we’re sure you all know, this Saturday is 4/20, and with all the toking that we know you’ll be doing (it’s OK, us too) comes the inevitable munchies. And as every high-as-a-kite consumer of garbage cuisine knows, nothing combats those munchies harder than pizza rolls — except, perhaps, the new soon-to-be stoner staple that is Pizza Roll Pizza. The Headless Bat announced today on Instagram that this Saturday they will be celebrating the High Holiday by offering a one-of-a-kind limited pie topped with pepperoni pizza rolls, sausage, cheese and Cool Ranch Doritos to add that perfect crunch, along with a side of ranch.
Paula Tredway

Man Who Threatened St. Louis Judge Can Be Released on Bond

2 days 18 hours ago
An Illinois man who allegedly made threats against a St. Louis judge is now out of jail on bond after almost six weeks in the city jail.  After a hearing this morning, Erick Buntyn was allowed out of the City Justice Center so long as he posts $1,000 and submits to GPS monitoring. His defense attorney says that option should have been made available much sooner.
Ryan Krull

St. Louis Jail Blocks Attorneys From Hand-Delivering Paper to Clients

2 days 19 hours ago
The St. Louis jail has found yet another way to interfere with the work of attorneys who have clients locked up inside. The latest policy implemented by administrators at the City Justice Center is one that lawyers say unnecessarily complicates their efforts to deliver legal documents to clients inside the troubled facility. It concerns the “paper pass,” a narrow opening in the booths where attorneys speak to clients through glass. 
Ryan Krull

Don’t Wait for the Marlboro Man Is an Oddly Comforting Drama

2 days 19 hours ago
Though it is one of the smaller professional companies in town, Upstream Theater has earned a reputation for producing intimate, well-acted dramas that are both highly entertaining and deeply thought provoking. The U.S. premiere of Don’t Wait for the Marlboro Man, written by Olivier Garofalo and translated and directed by Philip Boehm, is another captivating production from the company. Sarah, a successful and busy professional working on an important project, is impatiently sitting in a hospital waiting area, her attention equally divided between her cell phone and the operating room nearby.
Tina Farmer

Here’s How St. Louis’ New Liquor License Process Will Work

2 days 22 hours ago
After meeting some initial pushback, St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones has signed a law streamlining the liquor license process for restaurateurs and brewpub owners.  Board Bill 60, sponsored by 4th Ward Alderman Bret Narayan and co-sponsored by Aldermanic President Megan Green and 6th Ward Alderwoman Daniela Velazquez, was signed into law by Jones on Tuesday.
Kallie Cox

The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week: April 18 to 24

3 days ago
This week brings multiple varieties of hardcore punk to St. Louis, with Better Lovers set to offer Off Broadway on Friday the mathy metalcore you'd expect from a group whose ranks include former members of Every Time I Die and the Dillinger Escape Plan; Modern Life Is War bringing its driving, anthemic hardcore and heart-on-sleeve lyricism to Off Broadway on Saturday; and Chicago upstarts Stress Positions serving up some relentlessly fast and chaotic powerviolence-adjacent fury at a DIY show at Rootwad Park on Monday. Elsewhere, Doyle of the Misfits brings some spooky Halloween music to Red Flag, indie-rock darlings the Mountain Goats come armed to their tin-can-crunching teeth with smartly crafted jams and unparalleled lyricism, and Dave Grohl's ex (and St. Louis native!) Louise Post of Veruca Salt fame makes a much-welcomed return to the city that raised her.
Daniel Hill

City's FY 2025 Budget Would Cut Jail Funds, Increase Juvenile Detention Center

3 days 12 hours ago
The Board of Estimate and Apportionment met today to present the fiscal year 2025 budget to City of St. Louis leaders. The budget included extra funding for the juvenile detention center to hire additional staff amid an influx of teen detainees. In 2021, long-awaited “Raise the Age” reforms went into effect in Missouri.
Kallie Cox

Nelly Hints at the Resurrection of Apple Bottoms Jeans

3 days 15 hours ago
As Flo Rida once said, “Shawty had them Apple Bottoms jeans, boots with the fur, the whole club was looking at her.” But it's Nelly who is calling 2024 the year of Apple Bottoms jeans. Over the weekend, Nelly hinted on his Instagram that he’s bringing the jeans back by sharing a photo of some women sporting the clothing line with the caption, “2024 DON’T CALL IT A COMEBACK..!!” Apple Bottoms, founded by Nelly back in 2003, is a nostalgic clothing brand designed to accentuate women’s natural curves, giving them, well, an apple bottom.
Paula Tredway

Mom Accused of Child Abuse Says She Felt ‘Adrenaline Rush’ Torturing Her Infant

3 days 18 hours ago
Thanks to St. Louis law enforcement obtaining text messages sent by a woman residing at a shelter for homeless mothers, an infant's life may have very well been saved. Police say that Emma Rigdon, 20, who was staying at a shelter in Old North St. Louis, filmed herself on her phone abusing the young male child. Rigdon allegedly pinched and slapped the baby's leg and then placed her hand over his nose and mouth, presumably to cause intentional difficulty breathing.
Ryan Krull

The Best Things to Do in St. Louis This Weekend: April 18 to 21

3 days 18 hours ago
Thursday 04/18 Cue the Comedy The very funny Shannon Fiedler is coming to the Helium Comedy Club (1151 Saint Louis Galleria Street, Richmond Heights) as part of her nationwide tour, bringing with her the hilarious impressions and observational comedy that has made her a certified TikTok star with more than 200,000 followers to her name. Fiedler is perhaps best known for her send-ups of denizens of various cities across the country — with characters including "the brash Bostonian" and "the naive Minnesotan."
Riverfront Times Staff

St. Louis' Crash Apparatus Shows the Sickness of Car Dominance

4 days ago
We are inured to the violence of our car-centric transportation system. Crashes are just part of the deal, right? As drivers we accept the inconvenience of a lane closure, perhaps the fleeting gratitude that we weren't involved this time, and we move on.
Christian Frommelt