St. Louis Gets Rolling on Plans For Bike Sharing

Categories: Bikes

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Kansas City does it. So do Denver, D.C., New York and Boston. Is it time for bike sharing in St. Louis?
St. Louis is in line to become one of the next major American cities to launch a bike-share program, but the days of renting a bike are still years away.

A feasibility study released by Great Rivers Greenway this month shows bike sharing could be successful in St. Louis. More than 60 percent of St. Louis residents said they were either likely or very likely to use a bike share, according to the study. Potential riders say they'd use the service mostly to travel to entertainment and special events or while running errands.

But before bike sharing comes to St. Louis, the city will have to complete two major tasks: create a nonprofit organization to head the program, and raise between $2.7 million and $4.2 million in launch and capital costs.

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Slightly Askew Challenges Gender Roles New and Olde in Or,

Categories: Arts

Joey Rumpell/Rumzoo Photography
Slightly Askew untangles Aphra Behn in Or,.
Aphra Behn was arguably the most dangerous playwright in Restoration England. A former spy who believed in personal freedom, free love and the power of the word, Behn's most unsettling trait was perhaps her gender. What sort of woman would write so openly of her sexual desires with Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan army only recently toppled from power?

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"Zoo" Is The Most Popular Word in Online Dating Profiles in Missouri, But Why?

Categories: Sex

Steve Truesdell
Hippo Harbor is pretty romantic.
At first glance, Mashable's map of the most used words on dating profiles, organized by state, makes a lot of sense.

Texans and Oklahomans are talking about oil to potential dates, of course. Floridians mention Disney more than anything else, and Indianans overwhelmingly list NASCAR in their online dating profiles. For three of Missouri's neighbors -- Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas -- the most popular word is "farm." No surprises there.

But the most popular word used in Missouri is a bit of a stumper. Why, Missourians, are we putting the word "zoo" in our online dating profiles?

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St. Louis Rams Quietly Cancel FanFest in Latest Confusing Stadium Development

Categories: Rams

Steve Truesdell
Rams fans will losing some well-liked events this coming season.
Tracing the ins and outs of the St. Louis Rams stadium drama would be lot easier without all these mixed signals.

And no, we're not talking about the plot recently unveiled by the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers to build a shared $1.7 billion stadium near LA. Although that plan may complicate Rams owner Stan Kroenke's own vision to build an LA-area stadium for the Rams, there's also a good chance the Raiders/Chargers deal is a bullshit scare tactic to leverage tax dollars from Oakland and San Diego.

Rather, the mixed signals come from right here in St. Louis, where the Rams have canceled major fan events for the coming season, while at the same time city and NFL officials are polling fans about their feelings toward a new riverfront stadium.

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Cry-Over City: The 17 Best Places to Cry in St. Louis

Categories: Lists

Orin Zebest via Flickr
She's crying because her friends keep calling it Panera instead of St. Louis Bread Company.
Whether you're sniffling or sobbing, blubbering or bawling, everyone needs a good cry in public sometimes. Break-ups, student loans, layoffs, the death of a pet -- any of these can throw us into a full-blown crying jag.

So when the tears threaten to take over, don't run to your car and hide. Embrace your emotions and weep your way to one of these spots.

Here are Daily RFT's picks for top places to cry in St. Louis:

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"Move This Cat To the Suburbs" Fundraiser Aims to Save Foster Pet from St. Louis Crime

Categories: Animals

Courtesy of Melissa Debus
Alonso, or "Hans," a foster cat whose owner is fundraising for a safer home across the county line.
After nine years of living in south St. Louis city, Melissa Debus wants out.

Debus, 31, is over the armed robberies, burglaries and car break-ins she's seen in her neighborhood, Tower Grove South, since she moved there two years ago.

"Our apartment building keeps getting broken into," says Debus, who lives in the 3900 block of McDonald Avenue. Her downstairs neighbor was robbed again Sunday, and burglars took his laptop and television. "He's on first-name terms with the crime lab now."

Debus also wants to save her eleven-month-old foster cat Alonso -- "Hans" for short -- from "slumming it" in the city.

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Drunk Man Accused of Firing Shotgun to Scare Driver Who Stole His Parking Spot

Terry Moore, 52.
We've all dreamed of seeking revenge on the wintertime marauders who steal parking spots after someone finishes the back-breaking work of shoveling them out.

But this drunk St. Louis man took things too far last week, and he's facing two felony guns charges because of it.

After a snowstorm dumped several inches of powdery snow on St. Louis, Terry Moore, 52, shoveled out a spot for his car near his home in the 4100 block of Botanical Avenue, in the Shaw neighborhood, just before midnight on Wednesday night.

But things took a turn when a driver stole the parking space before Moore had a chance to move his car, witnesses told FOX 2 (KTVI-TV).

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McCulloch Explains Why Darren Wilson Wasn't Cross-Examined During Ferguson Grand Jury

Categories: Ferguson

St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Bob McCulloch defended himself to a crowd of students, faculty and some protesters at SLU on Friday.
There are times when transparency can come back to bite you.

Exhibit A: Bob McCulloch, St. Louis County prosecuting attorney. McCulloch's decision to release hundreds of pages of transcripts has not, as he had hoped, satisfied those critics who accuse the seven-term prosecutor of mishandling (or outright manipulating) the grand-jury investigation of former Ferguson officer Darren Wilson. In November, a grand jury failed to indict Wilson for the shooting death of unarmed black teen Michael Brown.

"I find it hard to understand how anyone can complain that we gave this grand jury too much information," McCulloch told a crowd Friday, when he found himself on the defensive throughout much of a symposium on "Policing Post-Ferguson" held at Saint Louis University's School of Law.

"Maybe I'm missing something," he mused. "You may not like the evidence, you may pick it apart, and I expect that on any kind of case, but it's right there in front of you."

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St. Louis' Chris Hayes Is Way Too Nice to Trolls Who Think He's MSNBC's Chris Hayes

Categories: Media

The two Chris Hayes met during the Ferguson protests last year and took this selfie together.
It's an easy mistake.

With two reporters named Chris Hayes in the media, inattentive tweeters are bound to mix up their Twitter handles: @ChrisHayesTV for FOX 2 (KTVI) reporter Chris Hayes, and @ChrisLHayes for MSNBC's host of All In with Chris Hayes.

Hayes (the St. Louis one) has been receiving tweets directed at the MSNBC host for years now. He even added a last line to his bio -- "FOX 2's Chris Hayes should not be confused with MSNBC's Chris Hayes" -- to help clear the confusion.

It didn't work.

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Meet the St. Louis Woman Competing for a One-Way Ticket to Mars

Categories: Bold Types

Courtesy of Maggie Duckworth
Maggie Duckworth is ready to leave Earth forever.
The day that Maggie Duckworth said her first word was not, until then, a special day.

Duckworth's family had just returned to her childhood home in Bridgeton after running errands -- Duckworth can't remember exactly what kind of errands -- when she stopped and turned her eyes to the sky.

"I pointed up at the stars, and I just said, 'Home,'" Duckworth, 30, tells Daily RFT. "They knew that I was destined for space."

Three decades later, as the only St. Louisan named as a finalist for the Mars One mission to build a human colony on the Red Planet, Duckworth feels her destiny may be coming true. A lifetime of peering through telescopes, making star charts and dreaming of space has prepared her to compete fervently for one of twenty-four one-way tickets to Mars.

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