Neighbors Still Trying to Stop the Loop Trolley With Legal Roadblocks

Categories: Bidness, Blowback

Neighbors are moving forward with one of two lawsuits against the Loop Trolley project.
As utility crews prepare Delmar Boulevard for the construction of the $43 million Loop Trolley line, three neighbors and a Delmar Loop business owner are pushing for a federal lawsuit to stop it altogether.

The four people challenging the Loop Trolley filed a lawsuit last October saying the project is unlawful. A U.S. district judge threw out the lawsuit, saying the three neighbors have no legal standing and that the business owner missed his chance to sue. Now, all four are appealing that decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals, asking for another chance to argue against the trolley project.

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Too Good for Goodwill? Eureka Blocks Proposed Goodwill Store By Doing Nothing

Categories: Blowback, Politics

MERS Goodwill
If Eureka ever does get a Goodwill store, this is what it will look like.
With silence and obtuse inaction, Eureka city government is preventing MERS Goodwill from opening a store in the town.

Goodwill officials say they've never experienced such a resounding-yet-mysterious refusal to their stores, which they say create jobs, bring shoppers to the area and support their mission to help the unemployed. Chief of staff Dave Kutchback says he hasn't seen a community reject Goodwill like this in the thirteen years he's been working there.

"They've been unwilling to give us a reason for not wanting (a store,)" Kutchback tells Daily RFT. "We directly asked for that reason, and the city attorney explained to us that they don't have to give us a reason for not approving the store."

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LISTEN: 911 Callers Tell Dispatcher Sunset Hills Mayor Ran Cyclist Off the Road

Tom Carlson
Mayor Mark Furrer's Mercedes parked outside Sunset Hills City Hall.
In 911 calls made after Sunset Hills mayor Mark Furrer and cyclist Randy Murdick collided last week, Murdick tells dispatchers he was run off the road by a car, and a witness screams at the driver to stop leaving the scene.

The full two-minute audio clip, obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, records two callers, a witness and Murdick himself, describing a hit-and-run.

"I want to report a hit-and-run over here on Old Gravois Road, right here by Delta Dental," the witness tells the 911 dispatcher, later saying, "The guy hit a bicyclist, drove off and then turned around and came back."

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St. Louis Leasing Manager Claims She Was Fired for Burlesque Alter-Ego

Categories: Blowback

Levi Nance Photography
Victoria Burwell performs burlesque as "Vera Valentinaa" -- a fact she claims rankled her corporate bosses.
The way she tells it, Victoria Burwell arrived at her job Monday morning in good spirits. Hired in February by the Lindell Strip apartments, the strikingly blonde 25-year-old had risen to become the leasing and marketing manager, heading a team of consultants and assistants who gave tours to prospective residents -- mostly college students.

"I was on time for work, we'd had a great leasing week and everything seemed to be fine and dandy," she recalls. "Then they called me into the office and asked me, 'Do you dance outside of work?'"

What happened next ripped the tassels right off Burwell's day: She claims a corporate human resource officer began interrogating her over the phone about her other job -- as burlesque dancer "Vera Valentinaa." Burwell says she was accused of "soliciting" a resident to attend one of her shows during an apartment tour.

"She fired me over the phone," Burwell says. "She said, basically, 'We're going to have to let you go on the basis of impropriety since your outside ventures are a negative reflection on our company.'"

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St. Louis Superman Says Security Banned Him from Busch Stadium (UPDATE)

Categories: Blowback

Steve Truesdell
Superman says he never forced fans to pay him gratuity.
Who will save the day now?

Charlee Soffer, better known as the St. Louis Superman, announced Wednesday that security has banned him from entertaining baseball fans outside Busch Stadium.

Another street performer -- who was demanding gratuity from passers-by -- told security that Soffer and another Busch Stadium staple, Joe the Balloon Man, were also forcing money from people, Soffer says.

See also: St. Louis Superman Breaks Up Fight, Saves the Day at Busch Stadium

UPDATE, 3 p.m.: Great news, Superman. Stadium officials say Soffer, Joe the Balloon Man and any other street performers who follow the ballclub's rules prohibiting soliciting are welcome outside the stadium. A Cardinals spokeswoman says Superman has never caused a safety issue, but when someone told security that Soffer was soliciting, security officers told Soffer he was not allowed to ask for money. End of update.

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14 Reasons St. Louis Drivers are the Absolute Worst

Categories: Blowback

Jon Gitchoff
Jeez, use your turn signal, asshole.

A few weeks ago, a survey declared that St. Louis has the third most courteous drivers in the U.S. It seems that most people agree with that assessment, at least according to the comments under the post we wrote about it. But others pointed out that "most courteous" is not the same as saying St. Louis has the "best" drivers.

Daily RFT couldn't agree more with that last part because let's be real: St. Louis drivers are (often but not always) the absolute WORST. Here's why.

See also: St. Louis Has the 3rd Most Courteous Drivers in U.S.: Study

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Hidden Cash St. Louis Is Upsetting and Weirdly Racist, But Who Cares, Free Money

Categories: Blowback

Who cares about social equality when there's FREE MONEY?
If your idea of a good time is watching people dig through trash over the possibility of finding $30, then it's been a great week for you.

Hidden Cash St. Louis is part charity, part social experiment, part game and part social-media craze. Inspired by a uniquely generous real estate developer in California, Hidden Cash St. Louis' organizers hide envelopes of money and tweet clues, drawing hundreds of harried treasure hunters.

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Monsanto Protesters Picket Against GMOs, Honey Bee Deaths at Headquarters [PHOTOS]

Photos by Jon Gitchoff
Protesters demonstrate on the road outside Monsanto's headquarters in Creve Coeur. SEE ALL PHOTOS HERE.
Hundreds of protesters demonstrated outside of Monsanto's corporate headquarters in west St. Louis County this weekend as part of an international march against the agrichemical giant.

The Creve Coeur protesters joined anti-Monsanto demonstrators staging protests in 47 states and 52 countries on Saturday, according to organizers. There were no arrests in St. Louis, the Creve Coeur Police told KSDK.

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Father of SE Missouri Student Shown in NSFW Photo Tweet Incensed at University Response

Categories: Blowback

An employee of the Southeast Missouri Redhawks tweeted himself out of a job last week.
We've got more details on the creepy bathroom photo mistakenly tweeted from an official Southeast Missouri State University Twitter account last Friday. A source tells Daily RFT that the two semi-nude women in the photo are actually student athletes at the college, and the photo itself was taken and publicized without their consent.

In a prepared statement, SEMO Redhawks sports information director Jeff Honza says the investigation into the incident is complete, and the school took "appropriate action" to prevent this kind of thing from happening again. He would not tell Daily RFT who actually sent the offending tweet.

But our source -- the father of one of the women in the photo -- filled us in on the rest of the story. Not surprisingly, he's mad as hell.

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Car Salesman Sued For Scamming Customers Says His Customers Are To Blame

Exclusive Imports, where a state lawsuit claims Tadarrell Qualls operated a used car racket.
Tadarrell Qualls is tired of being portrayed as the bad guy. A north city auto broker, Qualls is being sued by the state for allegedly selling pre-owned vehicles without titles, leaving customers with a hefty bill for cars they can't legally register or drive.

We first learned about Qualls when KMOV aired the latest in a string of reports targeting his previous dealership, Top Quality Auto, and his current consulting business. The report captured Qualls' wife in a magnificently goofy meltdown in which she clearly had no intention of playing a round of "gotcha!" with KMOV reporter Chris Nagus.

After more than a year chasing this story, KMOV has never managed to interview Qualls. We got in touch with him yesterday. He tells Daily RFT that KMOV and Attorney General Chris Koster are being manipulated by a few scheming customers trying shake down his legitimate business.

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