6 Things We Learned About Todd Akin From His Two-Hour KMOX Interview

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Todd Akin
Say what you will about Todd Akin, but the man is not a quitter.

Infamous for wrecking his Senate campaign in 2012 -- when his brain failed to shut down that whole thing his mouth was saying about rape -- Missouri's prodigal son came out swinging this month with a national book tour to promote Firing Back: Taking on the Party Bosses and Media Elite to Protect Our Faith.

Akin stopped into various local media outlets this week to bare his not-so-contrite soul in extensive interviews with KWMU's Don Marsh and KMOX's conservative radio host Mark Reardon, among others.

The tour showed Akin in vintage form: He blamed the media and Republican leadership for his campaign loss, compared himself to Joseph McCarthy and reneged on his apologies for the "legitimate rape" comments that got him in trouble in the first place. Also, he believes that abortion "easily trumps slavery as the greatest moral evil in American history." Yup, that sounds like the Akin we know.


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Blues Let Fans Ask Coach Ken Hitchcock Questions on Twitter, Things Get Crazy

Categories: Blues, Sports

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Ken Hitchcock be like, "What?"
It's summer. There's no hockey anywhere, and puck fans are desperate for hockey news. So the Blues decided to do their fans a solid and hold a Q&A on Twitter allowing their fans to ask head coach Ken Hitchcock questions by using the hashtag #AskHitch.

But instead of asking about hockey, many Blues fans mostly decided to crack wise, asking "Hitch" about everything from how to get butter out of one's hair to how the appropriate number of balloons for a birthday party.

And it was great because it offered scientific evidence that non-hockey months are not good for society.

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Steve McQueen's Missouri Years, an Illustrated History

Categories: Arts, History

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Long before actor Steve McQueen famously hopped behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang in Bullitt or broke out of a POW camp in The Great Escape, the actor -- once dubbed the "King of Cool" -- was a rejected child, living on a hog farm in central Missouri.

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UCLA Adds Spanish Lake Documentary to Class Syllabus

Categories: Movies

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A Spanish Lake resident talks about his hometown in the documentary.
A Spanish Lake filmmaker's poignant documentary about his hometown's rapid decline is gaining traction at universities across the country.

The University of California, Los Angeles is the first school to add the newly released Spanish Lake to a class syllabus. Students will watch the film for the course Urban Planning M275: Community Development and Housing Policy, during the second week of classes, which focus on the role of the state in housing.


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Michael Sam Admits Thinking He Shouldn't Have Come Out During NFL Draft

Categories: LGBT, Sports

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Michael Sam in his Mizzou days.
As the 2014 NFL draft went into its third and final day, Michael Sam says he was afraid his decision to come out publicly would mean he'd never hear his name called.

The SEC's Defensive Player of the Year admits he feared his sexuality would stop him from achieving his dream of playing professional football during an interview with Good Morning America co-anchor Robin Roberts.

"I was kind of second-guessing myself, whether, you know, maybe football turned its back on me," Sam says. "I was like, 'Maybe I shouldn't have done what I did.'"

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No Answer on Lyft in St. Louis Until August 2015. Yes, 2015.

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Lyft says its working with city leaders to bring its services to St. Louis.
What was supposed to be a quick trial over a restraining order has grown into a larger case after the ride-share app Lyft and the Metropolitan Taxicab Commission agreed to delay their court case until August 2015.

Judge Joan Moriarty already issued a preliminary injunction against Lyft earlier this week barring the company from operating in St. Louis.


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Taxi Commission Delays Decision On Key Issue Keeping Uber from St. Louis (UPDATE)

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Uber wants to open its premium sedan service, UberBLACK, in St. Louis.
UPDATE, 6:30 p.m.: Read below the jump for a statement from Uber.

The Metropolitan Taxicab Commission voted today to change its ride-for-hire and allow room for Uber to launch in St. Louis, the largest U.S. market the app-based car service.

But the MTC delayed deciding on the biggest obstacle barring Uber from St. Louis: charging a $25 minimum fare.

Uber, which hasn't officially applied for a taxi license, has said its business model can't function under some of the rules and proposed rules the taxi authority wants to enforce, including a proposed $25 minimum fare. Before Tuesday's meeting even started, Uber sent emails to supporters warning them that forcing a $25 minimum fee is a non-starter.

"St. Louis is the largest city in the U.S. that does not provide residents and visitors access to transportation options such as Uber," the email says. "Imposing fare minimums and other protectionist regulations driven by the taxi industry are the reason why."

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Andres Wiltz Gets Probation for Beating Kitten to Death

Categories: Animals, Crime

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This is not the kitten who died, but it was probably just as adorable.
A St. Louis man pleaded guilty to hitting a kitten so hard, that it had to be euthanized. He'll serve probation for the cruel deed.

On December 9, 2013, Andres Wiltz brought a five-month-old, short-hair feline into the St. Louis Cat Clinic. According to a probable cause statement, "the feline was pale, cold, and straining to breathe." Veterinarians determined that the suffering kitty had a bruised chest, a large hematoma on its kidney and a torn lung.

The animal docs took x-rays, too. That showed a broken pelvis and broken ribs.
The kitten was too far gone, and the decision was made to put it to sleep.


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Vines Brothers Bring STL Style to St. Louis Cardinals, Modern Family

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Randy and Jeff Vines are bringing STL Style to the Cardinals and Modern Family.

The St. Louis Cardinals and Modern Family like to do it in style -- STL Style, that is.

This summer, the baseball team with the best fans and the television show with the biggest audience are turning to a small design and print shop in St. Louis for some of their biggest fashion needs. STL Style owners Jeff and Randy Vines and their team of city-proud designers are on deck to provide winning looks for the Cardinals' "Christmas in July" T-shirt giveaway for the Wednesday, July 23, game and for Modern Family's upcoming baby and toddler line.

"We're thrilled! Sometimes we pinch ourselves," Jeff Vines tells Daily RFT. "We can't believe we'd have this broad of a reach when we started out so many years ago, just the two of us."


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"You Just Don't See That In New York:" MTV Exec Studies the Millennials of St. Louis

Categories: Hipster News

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What do the milennials have to teach MTV?
Alison Hillhouse doesn't like to use the word "hipster."

As MTV's vice president of Insights Innovation, Hillhouse, 37, is tasked with studying young people -- including those who fall under that deprecatory label -- and glean new truths or trends that guide developers to create the popular network's new hit show.

So when she arrived from New York to study the revitalization of a city she'd once called home, she didn't ask where the "hipster" hang-outs were. She asked to talk to the artists, the entrepreneurs, the gadflies, the city-dwellers, the movers and shakers, the tastemakers of the millennial generation.

And her search took her to Cherokee Street.

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