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Mayor Orders Clearing of Encampment After Shooting Near City Hall

2 weeks 5 days ago
St. Louis Mayor Tishaura Jones announced Friday that following a shooting downtown that left one dead and another critically injured, the encampment of unhoused people living near the Municipal Courts Building will be cleared. Jones and representatives of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department have so far refused to comment on whether or not anyone from the encampment was actually involved in the shooting. This morning at approximately 7:30 a.m. — hours before the regularly scheduled Board of Aldermen meeting — a St. Louis Metropolitan Police officer was in the area to address a mobile camera trailer, Police Major Janice Bockstruck said during a press conference.
Kallie Cox

The Midnight Company's Spirits to Enforce Offers Otherworldly Fun

2 weeks 5 days ago
After producing several successful theatrical cabarets this spring, the Midnight Company turns its attention to the stage with an impressive production of Mickle Maher’s Spirits to Enforce. The clever script deftly re-imagines the otherworldly spirits released at the end of The Tempest as modern day superheroes on an unusual mission. Smart casting, and a clear vision with choreographic staging by Lucy Cashion, keeps the audience laughing throughout the quick moving mixed worlds comedy.
Tina Farmer

St. Louis Bill Raising Taxes for Early Childhood Education Meets Opposition

2 weeks 5 days ago
A new bill making its way through the St. Louis Board of Aldermen is being supported by a nonprofit organization that says it hopes to make child care more accessible to the average St. Louisan. But the local public school advocacy group Solidarity with SLPS argues it will instead unfairly burden taxpayers and disproportionately support private education systems. Board Bill 7, sponsored by Ward 10 Alderwoman Shameem Clark Hubbard, would add a question to the November 2024 ballot asking voters to approve a levy that would increase the city’s sales tax by 0.5 percent.
Kallie Cox

St. Louis Songwriter’s Ode to ‘Unlucky’ Cicadas Could be the Anthem of 2024

2 weeks 5 days ago
A couple weeks ago, Steve Perron was sitting on his front porch and thinking about cicadas. A former KMOV producer, he remembered all the various stories the station had run about not letting pets scarf up too many of the insects.  “The fact is that the vast majority of them come up out of the ground [and get eaten],” Perron speculates, explaining how he’s spotted very few live bugs.
Jessica Rogen

Maurnice DeClue, Accused of Beating Kaylee Gain, Will Stay in Custody

2 weeks 5 days ago
Dozens of loved ones, community members and faith leaders held their breath as the judge presiding over Maurnice DeClue’s certification hearing weighed whether to release the St. Louis County teenager from its juvenile detention center while she awaits trial. Nearly two months after DeClue was captured on video delivering a brutal beating that left another teen hospitalized, the 15-year-old sat next to her attorney in the small courtroom and held her hands before her face, forehead resting against her fingertips as if in prayer.  “The motion is denied,” St. Louis County Circuit Court Judge Jason Dodson ruled.
Kallie Cox

St. Louis County Men Busted in Brazen ATM Theft

2 weeks 6 days ago
Two men are currently in jail, charged with using a stolen SUV to rip an ATM from its foundation at a St. Louis County bank — an M.O. the two men also may have employed on two other occasions in recent weeks.  St. Louis County Police were already surveilling the Dellwood home that Charles Staples, 35, and Makez Kimble, 34, used as the base of operations for their brazen scheme when, in the early hours of Tuesday morning, they say the two men emerged from the garage in a Dodge Durango. The stolen Durango itself was already known to police, who had obtained a search warrant to track it via the vehicle's WiFi.
Ryan Krull

Tee Rak Serves Delicious Thai Food With Love

2 weeks 6 days ago
In Thai, “tee rak” means “my love” or “my dear,” said Tee Rak chef and founder Alada Poodtajan. “I call my family ‘tee rak,’ I call my husband ‘tee rak,’” she adds. The name reflects her affection for Thai cuisine, but it’s also a call to customers to come and enjoy her food.
Iain Shaw

Missouri Lawmakers Still Cool with Child Marriage, Actually

2 weeks 6 days ago
While most 16-year-olds are thinking about homework or what to wear to prom, at least seven Missouri legislators remain convinced they should be allowed to sign marriage licenses and plan shotgun weddings. Child marriage has been a longstanding embarrassment for the Show Me State. It wasn’t until 2018 that legislators got around to banning marriage for residents 14 years of age and younger — and even then, 50 lawmakers voted no.
Kallie Cox

Thieving Ironton Man Does $100K in Damages to St. Louis Power Station

2 weeks 6 days ago
Did your power flicker last night in south city? If so, it might have been because of the storms rolling through town. It might have also been because of an Ironton man stealing 35 feet of copper wire from a power substation in St. Louis Hills, doing $100,000 of damage in the process. 
Ryan Krull

Drake-Backed Dave's Hot Chicken Is Making a Big Push into St. Louis

2 weeks 6 days ago
 A hot chicken joint backed by Drake is set to land in St. Louis. LA-based Dave's Hot Chicken will bring seven locations in the area, with the first opening up sometime this year. The fast-casual restaurants specialize in sliders and tenders, with a variety of firey spice levels that end in "Reaper."
Jessica Rogen

The Best Concerts in St. Louis This Week: May 9 to 15

2 weeks 6 days ago
This week St. Louis sees a stop from the legendary NYC experimental rock act Swans, who will bring an apocalyptic cacophony of hypnotically delivered nihilism and complex soundscapes to Delmar Hall on Friday. Elsewhere, Atlanta's Mariah the Scientist comes through to the Pageant on Tuesday, fresh off last week's arrest in which she is accused of attacking a woman at a nightclub. (Gonna need that show money for lawyer fees, lest she end up joining her boyfriend Young Thug in the clink.)
Daniel Hill

Wash U to Students: Prepare to 'Unzip Your Regalia' at Commencement

2 weeks 6 days ago
There is a clear undertone of tension on the campus of Washington University as students finish finals and prepare for commencement, Sylvie Raymond, a senior who is graduating this coming Monday, tells RFT. “I'm a little nervous to see how everything plays out and what measures the school takes,” Raymond says. “And obviously, there's always the thought in the back of my mind, like, are they going to cancel graduation?”
Kallie Cox

Rue Lafayette Will Soon See New Life as Lafayette Local

2 weeks 6 days ago
More than 10 years have passed since Rue Lafayette closed, but people in Lafayette Square never stopped talking about it. The cafe at 2026 Lafayette Avenue was reportedly a victim of the divorce of its proprietor Araceli Kopiloff and her husband Richard Zimmer when it shuttered in 2013, and yet no one seemed certain the closure was final, even after the divorce was. Everyone seemed to think something, surely, could be worked out, and the occasional pop-up on-site in the years that followed only kept the flame alive.
Sarah Fenske

Standup Comedian and Musician Tim Convy Is Flying High

3 weeks ago
Tim Convy shows up at a Webster Groves restaurant with a heavily wrapped right thumb, a casualty of a moving accident involving a van door, but he doesn’t let it bother him. Things are going too well for him. Sure, it’s his microphone-holding hand, the one he uses during his stand-up routines as one the area’s top comics.
Steve Leftridge

Pedal’N Pi Sells Great Pizza — And Bikes — in Crystal City

3 weeks ago
A little ways south of St. Louis, close to where the countryside rolls, Pedal’N Pi is fueling customers for the road. If you’re a trail biker – and, actually, if you’re not – this is the place to come. It feels like a good business model, especially when the weather is fine (and it’s a perfect day for a ride) or you happen to have a hankering for some pretty excellent sourdough pizza.
Alexa Beattie

Tennessee Company Disses Citypark as 'Most Unsafe' MLS Stadium

3 weeks ago
A company most St. Louisans have likely never heard of — Bet Tennessee — has dissed the city’s St. Louis SC Stadium by ranking it the number one most unsafe Major League Soccer stadium in the country. Just behind St. Louis in second and third place on the list are Houston Dynamo FC and the Portland Timbers. The sports betting website claims it factored in “the crime rating, total crime index, fanbase ranking, and crime grade,” for the exact zip code of each stadium.
Kallie Cox

‘Missouri Freedom Project’ Will Call Out GOP Enemies of Freedom

3 weeks ago
A progressive advocacy organization launched a new initiative today that aims to “reclaim” the concept of freedom by calling out the hypocritical politicians who use the word — and then vote its opposite. Progress Missouri says its “Missouri Freedom Project” is an effort to chronicle the actions of politicians whose votes and actions stand in opposition to their speeches. “We’re trying to reclaim the word freedom from people who don’t seem to know the meaning,” says Liz McCune, executive director of Progress Missouri.
Kallie Cox