St. Louis Is the Most Affordable Rental Market for New Grads

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St. Louis is No. 1 for grads seeking affordable rent, according to a new Trulia study.

If you're a new graduate looking for a city where you can actually afford an apartment without bunking up three to a bedroom, look no further.

St. Louis is where you ought to move.

That's according to a new study from real estate site Trulia, which compared salary data for new graduates with the cost of rental housing. St. Louis' combination of relatively generous starting salaries, coupled with extremely affordable housing, earned it the study's No. 1 spot as the most affordable rental market for new grads in the U.S.

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Missouri's "Most Distinctive" Cause of Death Is Highly Contagious and Really Scary

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The new map from the Centers for Disease Control. See below for a version with key.
Odds are likely that most of us will die of heart disease or cancer. Statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that far more Americans die of those two maladies than the next eight combined.

So that's the big picture. But when the CDC drilled down in a brand-new analysis, it found that far less prevalent causes of death were distinctive to certain states.

And in Missouri, the most distinctive cause of death is an incredibly scary one: meningococcal infection.

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Calling All Artists: How to Sign Up for Health Insurance (And Get Free Beer) in St. Louis

James Lovings, a CAASTL counselor, signs Tim Rakel (R) up for health insurance.
If you caught the hilarious propaganda-slash-comedy sketch that was Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis last week, you might know that the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is rapidly approaching.

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William S. Burroughs: Cemetery Lays Wreath And Serves Cake For Author's 100th "Birthday"

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Sadly, someone forgot to lace William S. Burroughs' birthday cake with Moroccan heroin.
This week's print edition contains a fantastically illustrated account of the life of St. Louis-author William S. Burroughs. He's the Beat writer, counterculture icon and heroin junkie whose wild life produced some of literature's most transgressive and innovative works, including the novels Naked Lunch and The Soft Machine.

Burroughs died in 1997, and yesterday marked one-hundred years since the writer's birth. So, the Bellefontaine Cemetery arranged a memorial service and reception (with cake) for arguably its most famous resident.

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"Shaking Meditation" is Now Officially a Thing in St. Louis

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Ratu Bagus wants You to SHAKE!
In a wide-open, candlelit room at Casa Bagus on Clayton Rd., world techno music plays as several people shake their bodies with no discernible order. They don't move in coordination with the music nor each other. They just shake, at moments gently, at others wildly, and every few minutes a chant or a grunt is heard.

This is bio-energy meditation, or "shaking" meditation as it's more commonly known, a fairly new practice that has just arrived in St. Louis.

"[Shaking meditation] is about connecting to an energy that's available to everybody," Dieter Pauwels, a life coach and business consultant who leads the class, tells Daily RFT.

Pauwels tells students to slightly bend their knees, keep their feet in place, put hands forward, and use the small of their back to push their body into a shaking motion that's is reminiscent of somebody twerking passionately in a very enclosed space. As students shake, they're encouraged to chant - this helps them stay focused.

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Hustler Founder Larry Flynt to Missouri: Don't Execute Joseph Franklin

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Larry Flynt
Larry Flynt hasn't forgiven Joseph Franklin, the serial-killing white supremacist who 35 years ago shot and paralyzed Flynt on the steps of Georgia courthouse after Hustler ran a photo spread of an interracial couple.

Franklin is set to be executed on November 20 for a laundry list of horrific killings, not to mention a handful of bank robberies and bombed synagogues.

But Flynt doesn't want Franklin dead.

In a guest column published Thursday in The Hollywood Reporter, the porno patriarch argued that keeping Franklin locked up for life was punishment enough.

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Martin Manley's Sports Blog May Be Removed From Internet Due to Suicide Post (UPDATE)

Martin Manley died on his 60th birthday.
Update: Yahoo has made its decision on the fate of Manley's blog.

Martin Manley, a former Kansas City Star reporter, gained worldwide notoriety last week after he posted a website coinciding with his own suicide. The site,, was meant to explain his reasons but also serve as a testament to Manley's life. The tabs discuss his opinions on various topics, career and family history.

Two days later, Yahoo removed the site from the internet, saying it violated the terms of service. They declined the family's request that the site be reposted.

Now, according to Manley's sister, Yahoo intends to take down Sports in Review, the sports blog Manley maintained up until his death because it mentions the suicide.

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Martin Manley's Family Pleads With Yahoo to Repost His Suicide Website (UPDATE)

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Martin Manley expected his site to stay up for five years after his death.
Update: Daily RFT just spoke with Barbie Flick, Manley's sister. She's come to a resolution with Yahoo.

Last week, former Kansas City Star reporter Martin Manley killed himself in the parking lot of the Overland Park Police Station. Soon afterward, the world discovered he'd left behind a meticulously assembled website called "Martin Manley: My Life and Death." The voluminous writings catalog the rationale behind Manley's final act, his childhood and life, and his views on everything from crime to his favorite pizza toppings.

The site went viral last week, but by Friday evening the link was dead. It turned out that Yahoo removed it, despite the fact that Manley prepaid for five years.

Now Manley's family has weighed in on Yahoo's decision.

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Martin Manley, Former Kansas City Star Reporter, Posts Website Explaining His Suicide (UPDATE)

R.I.P. Martin Manley 1953-2013.
Update: Yahoo has removed Manley's site from the internet.

A former Kansas City Star reporter committed suicide at 5 a.m. yesterday morning in the parking lot of the Overland Park City Police Department.

What made news of the death go from simply tragic to bizarre is the fact that Martin Manley, 60, left behind a website that chronicles his life, his views on everything from movies to 9/11, and spells out the reasons he committed suicide.

"Today is August 15, 2013. Today is my 60th birthday. Today is the last day of my life," the home page reads. "Today, I committed suicide. Today, is the first day this site is active, but it will be here for years to come."

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Virginia Johnson, Renowned Washington University Sex Researcher, Dead at 88

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Virginia Johnson appears on Larry King.
Virginia Johnson, half of the world-famous sex research duo Masters and Johnson, died Wednesday at the age of 88. According to the Post-Dispatch, she was at the Altenheim assisted living center in south St. Louis at the time.

Johnson likely did not anticipate becoming one of the most famous sex experts of all time when she answered an ad for an assistant for a Washington University gynecologist named William Masters in 1957. She went on to become his collaborator, a research assistant and -- for a time -- his wife as well.

Together, the pair debunked many sexual myths by observing sex in a laboratory setting.

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