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Rams Better Turn It Around If They Expect To See Fans at the Dome

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

Now that we are two games into the Rams preseason, I feel worse about the upcoming Rams season than I did at the beginning of camp. I know it’s preseason, the starters have only played a few sets of downs but the team is not looking good on either side of the ball.

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No Escape: High Tension, Low Concept, Great Acting from Some Big Name Cast

by Sandra Olmsted

Writer/director John Erick Dowdle’s No Escape delivers plenty of gripping, edge-of-the-seat suspense and action, but lacks character development and depth. Thankfully, the acting is topnotch! After his own business fails, Jack Dwyer (Owen Wilson) takes a job with an American company contracted to build a water purification plant in an unnamed Southeast Asian country which borders Vietnam.

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Rams Taking Another Chance With Contract Extension to Nick Foles

By Randy Gardner

**Randy Gardner photo**Here we go again with the St. Louis Rams. Did they not learn a lesson with Sam Bradford, paying him all of this money and then everything falling apart? Now the Rams bring in Nick Foles and pay him almost half of what they paid Sam but on a scale of year-to-year it could be more.

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Ricki and the Flash: Music-laced Dramedy Not a Comedy For Star Meryl Streep

 by Sandra Olmsted

While director Jonathan Demme’s new film, Ricki and the Flash, has some chuckles, for the most part it is an uplifting, family-affirming dramedy, with some great musical performances by Meryl Streep, the star of the film, and her band. Screenwriter Diablo Cody, who won an Academy Award for Juno, never reaches that perfect blend of pathos and wry wit in Ricki and the Flash.

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Football District With Trinity Catholic, Lutheran North Has One Less Team

 

By Jim Wieners

Usually in Prep Football in Missouri each District in Classes One-Four (eight districts per class) and Class Six (four districts) have eight teams per district but sometimes circumstances may see some of those districts with less than eight teams, thus resulting in a first-round bye.

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School Starts Way Before Summer Ends; Teachers Deserve An Early ‘Thank You’

A Boomer’s Journal

Tom Amsel. pg 2jpg   Here we are, smack dab in the middle of the dog days of summer and for a whole lot of kids in our area, summer is effectively over. That’s because they are back inside the hallowed halls of learning. This also means that the summer season ceased even a week earlier for educators and school staff. They were called back to duty for mind-and-rear-end numbing meetings and mandatory staff development sessions, not to mention the task of getting their rooms and books and lesson plans ready for another new crop of darlings.

If you detect a slight ‘snark’ to my tone, you are correct.

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