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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.
Calling all bon vivants! If you appreciate a good glass of wine perfectly paired with fine food, experience it as it should be at Passport to Dry Creek Valley in California’s Sonoma County. In 2014, the annual weekend event will take place in late April throughout Sonoma’s revered Dry Creek Valley wine region, about an hour’s drive north of San Francisco. The region is home to more than 9,000 acres of vineyards, including some of the gnarliest clusters of old-vine zinfandel in the world.
You’ve been working hard to achieve your financial goals, dreaming of the days when you will be able to enjoy retirement. But are you doing enough now to ensure you can maintain your accustomed lifestyle into the future? Here, local financial advisers share the most important factors when it comes to setting aside money today for a brighter tomorrow.
Sedans offer a practical way to transport your family economically with the availability of several attractive attributes, including luxury, performance and all-weather mobility. Several sedans offer all-wheel-drive, which means that power is distributed to all four wheels to improve handling, as well as traction in wet conditions.
Whether it’s an annual check-up, your child’s sports physical or an appointment to discuss a pressing health concern, you need to make the most of your doctor’s appointments. A little preparation and a few simple strategies will help you achieve that.
One goal inspired Sam and Susan Hais to go to law school: justice. Decades later, that same goal remains the driving force of their law firm, Hais, Hais, Goldberger & Lambson. “What really matters to us is achieving the Holy Grail in the law field, which is justice,” Sam says. “We believe justice is a right, not a privilege.”
Story: Elizabeth, a professional actress, is struggling to understand and accept a personal tragedy that has left her life tattered and torn. During a long flight layover, she renews her friendship with a photographer who shows her pictures of his recent travels. Among the photos is one of Thao, a 25-year-old Vietnamese woman who was born severely deformed as a result of Agent Orange.
On the day of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light the Night walk last year, the Giunta family was having a particularly difficult time. Luke, who had recently turned 10, was less than two months into treatment for lymphoma. It was a treatment day at the hospital, so he was feeling sick from the chemotherapy and didn’t feel up to the walk. “We had people coming in from all over the Midwest, so I told him, Just go and say hello, and I’ll take you home whenever you want to go,” says mom Becky Giunta. “But adrenaline is a marvelous thing! They had a break at the first mile, where everyone was thinking that might be enough—but he was saying, Let’s keep going! What it did that day was amazing—the transformation was pretty cool.”
Anyone can drive up in a truck and say they will fix your creaky stairs, leaky pipe or questionable electrical wiring. But hire the wrong handyman, and that new paint job in your family room might turn into more trouble—and a bigger mess—than you bargained for. We turned to local handymen Dave Dothage of Aspen Home Maintenance and Greg Filley of Kirkwood Handyman for recommendations on the best questions to ask before your job is started, to make sure it gets done right.
If Maryville University isn’t top-of-mind when you’re thinking about St. Louis’ great universities, you might want to re-think that list, says university president Mark Lombardi. “St. Louis deserves another great university; and the good news is, they’ve got one—it’s Maryville University.”
There’s no doubt that this has been one of the worst summers for Hollywood in recent memory. Correction: Hollywood actually did pretty well. We were the ones who had to suffer. And every time a big-budget movie faltered this summer, it didn't simply disappoint, it went down in flames. You can almost hear Will Smith and Johnny Depp laughing over single malts at Teddy’s:
Even if you don’t know the true story of Oscar Grant’s life, the tragedy that unfolds on New Year’s Eve 2008 comes as no big shock in this film. Nevertheless, the grim reality resonates profoundly. Sadly, a story like this is not an isolated incident. However, first-time writer/director Ryan Coogler has stripped away many of the external elements and focused on what truly is a compelling subject: Oscar Grant.
Story: Business is not exactly booming, much less blooming, at Mushnik’s Florist Shop on Skid Row. It’s so bad that Mr. Mushnik informs his two employees, Seymour and Audrey, that’s he’s going to close it down.
Duck, duck…A red carpet welcomed the legendary Peabody Ducks to St. Louis and the University City Children's Center (UCCC). Escorted by Duckmaster Anthony Petrina, the world-famous flock of fowl from The Peabody hotel in Memphis visited the Center last week. Just as they do twice a day in the lobby of The Peabody, the ducks paraded up a red carpet to accompanying music. During their appearance, the Duckmaster also talked with UCCC preschoolers about the ducks’ history and their care, as well as how the children can help protect the environment and all living things.
For those with a need for speed, a sports car is the perfect solution for your compulsion. Offering looks, performance and fun, a sports car is a viable option for anyone who enjoys driving.
Story: Lampooning the hallowed Arthurian legend, Monty Python’s Spamalot details in irreverent fashion the story of England’s King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table and how they might have come to be.