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Last weekend, Jackie Joyner-Kersee watched the opening ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Sochi from her West St. Louis County home with a smile on her face. Come to think of it, there isn't much of anything she does without a smile on her face! And why not? She became a six-time Olympic medalist (3 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals in heptathlon and long jump) as a member of Team U.S.A. in four different Olympic games (Los Angeles, 1984; Seoul, 1988; Barcelona, 1992; and Atlanta, 1996). She was named by Sports Illustrated as the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century. Indeed, she has had a lot to smile about. “I realize I've been blessed,” she says. “There are times when I have bad days, but the smile helps me keep things in perspective—and really recognize my blessings.”
The sixth annual Festivale to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will be held on Saturday, March 8, at Neo on Locust, 2801 Locust St. VIP admission will be from 7 to 8 p.m. with general admission beginning at 8 p.m. The event concludes at 10:30 p.m. This year's event has a speakeasy theme and features beers from some of the area's best breweries, as well as apps, entertainment, raffles and a silent auction. For more info and to purchase tickets, head online to cff.org.
To quote the actors (I’m guessing) right before they shot the pie-baking scene, Let’s just get this over with! Here is my list of grievances:
Well, we are mid-awards season—an underwhelming awards season at that—and we’re finally through January, notoriously the worst month of the year for movies. It’s gray outside and grim in the cineplex. Nevertheless, refusing to give up on a Hollywood that seems to have done nothing but disappoint over the past year, we look to the future. We cling to the hope that when the new buds appear, so will a new crop of movies--a bountiful harvest of action, comedy, drama and suspense. So, renew your Netflix account and Hulu Plus for the next couple of weeks, and then get excited to go to the movies.
It stands to reason, the higher your net worth, the better off you are today and for the future. While this may be true, local advisers say what's more important is that your net worth shows whether you’re on track to reach your personal goals.
After the spate of awful action movies to hit theaters in the past 10 months or so, suffice it to say, the cinematic bar has been lowered. Really, all I hope for these days is a car chase, an explosion and a likeable good guy who wins in the end. A plot, you say? Well, that would be nice certainly. So, imagine my surprise when I sit down to this: a prequel to the intelligent and wildly successful films based on the Tom Clancy novels. There’s a car chase and an explosion—there also is an extremely well-crafted, interesting and engaging thriller. Who knew?
What if your family was faced with the sudden loss of a loved one, and you were responsible for gathering all the pertinent paperwork at a moment’s notice? That’s exactly what happened to Richard Fox when his father unexpectedly passed away.
On a glitter-clad runway, 19-year-old Devon Windsor of Ladue walked—or rather, strutted—into the homes of 10 million or so television viewers.
Story: Lyman Felt is recovering in the hospital after being involved in a serious car accident, careening down a mountain road in wintry conditions in upstate New York. In and out of delirium, he imagines that his wife Theo and grown daughter Bessie have arrived from New York City to visit him. He also hallucinates that Leah, his other wife, has come to the hospital to see him, too.
Chris Sloan grew up in St. Charles County and already has a lot of life in 31 years. He began it by developing into the best basketball player in Francis Howell North history, scoring almost 1,900 hundred points and leading the school to its only Final Four appearence. At Saint Louis University, he started more than 100 games for three years. He scored 700 points, grabbed 400 rebounds and dished out 150 assists. The 6-foot, 7-inch Sloan was a coach's dream for Lorenzo Romar and Brad Soderberg.
Mary Ruth Wagner has quite the resume: The Ursuline Academy grad served as student ambassador, a youth retreat leader and a varsity athlete, in addition to being a frequent volunteer. Her community work includes volunteering with Saint Louis Crisis Nursery for her junior service project at Ursuline—a school which features the motto, Serviam, as she notes—in addition to work with the Pujols Family Foundation.
Whether you’re planning for marriage, a home purchase, the birth of a child, a college education or retirement, Wells Fargo Advisors has resources to guide you each step of the way. “We have the ability to help clients through practically every financial decision in their lives, at their pace,” says Seth Barnes, senior VP and Frontenac branch manager. “All the while, our most important goal is to help them succeed financially.”
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the James S. McDonnell Planetarium, a state-of-the-art LED system has been installed that displays the building’s iconic shell in stunning colors on a nightly basis.
In today’s world, we are getting used to instant gratification. Many smart phones, tablets, computers and other hi-tech items change—improve—so fast these days, it sometimes seems like a minor miracle. In 1969, there was sufficient technology in this country to send men to the moon. The computing power of those days was so limited, though, that nobody—and I mean nobody—would want a cell phone, computer or any other devices based solely on that era’s technology.
Vince Vaughn stars in yet another mediocre sell-out; this time, playing an average Joe, who, through sperm donations, has fathered hundreds of children. It’s a 5.
Story: When Ben and Franklyn met in college, they knew they’d be best friends, as in “Ben Franklin,” you know? Several years later, Ben is a successful Los Angeles businessman operating a string of ‘Big and Tall’ men’s shops, while Franklyn pays the bills as an employee of a prominent law firm run by his father-in-law. What he really wants, though, is a career as a writer, so he’s taking a night-school course to help in that endeavor.
It takes a brave visionary to make big things happen in big spaces. Bob O’Loughlin is doing just that with his renovation—or better yet, reinvention—of St. Louis Union Station.
Well, I’m not delighted. I’m not disappointed. I’m not teary (not too teary). I’m not charmed. What I am is incensed. This movie pulls what I refer to as a 'trailer dupe.' That’s where the trailer leads you to believe a movie is one thing—in this case a heartwarming comic adventure to reunite a mother with her long-lost son--but the film is something else entirely.
The Baldwin Report
So something funny happened last week. It’s not earth-shattering or anything, but it did kind of creep up on me. Birthdays don’t exactly appear out of nowhere. On some level, we know when our kids’ birthdays are coming up. Punch’s big day shouldn’t have been a shock. We’ve been celebrating it for years, after all. I remember the first one vividly as it was the night of the infamous Bush-Gore presidential election, dimpled chads and all. Nevertheless, when he burst through the bedroom door that morning and announced, I’m a teenager! It hit me like a safe falling from a roof: I have three teenagers.
You don’t need to be told once again how dangerous smoking is. Yet, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that approximately one in five (American) adults smokes, and that half of them who continue to smoke will die from smoking-related causes.
Jack Straub and his son, Trip, are looking at the old snapshots that hang on the walls inside the Straub’s Markets office in Clayton. One picture shows a long row of telephone operators taking calls for home delivery service: All are wearing bulky black headsets with thick cords fitted over coiffed hairdos, their legs are crossed and they’re flashing big 1940s smiles.
Drip, drip, drip...It’s not your leaky faucet. It’s your nose.
Story: Set in Russia at the end of the 19th century, The Good Doctor consists of eight comic vignettes, four in each act, that present snapshots of life, mostly in Moscow, among people at all levels of society.