Mark your Calendar

Friday, Oct. 31

Project Hands at St. Catherine Retirement Community, 3350 St. Catherine St. at 2 p.m. Volunteers needed to knit, crochet and quilt for various children’s organizations on the last Friday of every month. RSVP by calling 838-3877.

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John Wick is Laughable But Enjoyable at Same Time

By Sandra Olmsted

Although co-directors David Leitch and Chad Stahelski’s over the top John Wick hypes up every troupe in the revenge-thriller genre, they make the film enjoyable because of its brazen, nearly tongue-in-cheek self-parody. The familiar basic plot, as in Death Wish, doesn’t offer many surprises, but John Wick has a certain verve. In a script too often on the nose, screenwriter Derek Kolstad’s main character might have been more appropriate named Fuse because he’s about to explode.

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Operation Christmas Child Collection Week

Churches, businesses, and homes in the St. Louis area will serve as collection sites for Operation Christmas Child (OCC). These drop-off locations hope to collect 40,325 gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need during OCC’s National Collection Week, Nov. 17–24.

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Florissant Council Approves CD Block Grant, Fiscal Action Plan

By Jeremy Thomas

The Florissant City Council met Monday, Oct 27 to discuss bills up for first readings, including the new budget that goes into effect Dec. 1, along with several other topics on the agenda. The council voted to approve the authorization of $10,000 from the general revenue fund to an account labeled “telephones” to cover the expenses for the remainder of the fiscal year.

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Nightcrawler: The Dark Under Belly of TV News

By Sandra Olmsted

Just as Network and Broadcast News indicted news media of their day, Nightcrawler revels in the underbelly of news-ertainment and its desire to win rates over reporting and analyzing the events of the day.

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Governor Nixon Praises Hazelwood Students During Visit to West High

Governor Jay Nixon meets with West High students, Supt. Grayling Tobias and Hazelwood West High principal Dennis Newell.

Governor Jay Nixon meets with West High students, Supt. Grayling Tobias and Hazelwood West High principal Dennis Newell.

Governor Jay Nixon congratulated students and administrators in the Hazelwood School District during a visit at Hazelwood West High School on Oct. 23. Nixon held a student round table discussion about public education and took questions from West High students about college and career readiness, MAP scores, grade point averages and other educational topics.

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