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Rams Last Minute Lose Bring Back Thoughts of Life-Changing Decisions

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

Can you ever get any closer to victory than the Rams did Sunday during the San Diego game. After a great game both on offense and defense, the Rams drove the ball down to the 3-yard line with under a minute left. Instead of running like they have been successful at all day, they decided to call a pass play and the worst thing happened, they were picked off and the game was over.

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Grey Sunday Gives Time to Reflect On Gloom on Region and the Walls

Tom Amsel. pg 2jpgA Boomer’s Journal

By Tom Anselm

(Editors note: This column went to press at a time when the St. Louis County grand jury had yet to announce its findings.)

They gray skies have come to us early this year. Looking out the window of our second-floor bedroom, it almost looks like January. A similar gloom has descended on our region as well, as we sit in anticipation of the results of a grand jury investigation the likes of which few of us have ever experienced.

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Halloween Rituals Have Changed

Mr. Fuddy-duddy Longs for Yesteryear’s Halloween

   By Tom Anselm

Tom Amsel. pg 2jpgLike most holidays in our post-modern society, Halloween has become very complicated. There are elaborate and ghoulish haunted houses, Six Flags Fright Fest, full blown retail-outlets with aisle upon aisle of spooky paraphernalia and every conceivable costume known to man and zombies. And the gruesomeness-meter hits ‘tilt’ in every neighborhood with a yard display that makes “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” look like “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.” And so at the risk of sounding like Mr. Fuddy-duddy, I gotta say this just ain’t right.

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Oscar Tavares Shows That Today is a Gift; Tomorrow is Uncertain

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

I always talk about life being short and living every day to its fullest, but we rarely stop and think about that statement until something happens like the death of Oscar Tavares. I didn’t realize that so many people were predicting that he would be a great ball player and hitter, like Albert Pujols.

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Rams Give Us a Wild Ride; Mike Matheny Still the Right Guy For Manager

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

On Sunday afternoon I was preparing to get my column ready by talking about the domination of the Seahawks by the Rams. Then by halftime, I was changing the script. By the end of the game I was going to write the same old column, the Rams blow another one.

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Interview with Brian Fletcher

Former Ferguson Mayor Continues Crusade to Promote City’s Virtues

By Tom Anselm

If ever there was a guy who is bullish on the future of Ferguson, it would have to be Brian Fletcher. The Independent News recently talked with the former mayor of that city. He is currently spear-heading the extensive activities of the “I (Heart) Ferguson Committee”. This organization has risen in prominence as an enterprise that has reached 16 countries and 42 states with sales of its yard signs, coffee mugs, cozies, tee shirts and other items emblazoned with the committee’s signature logo. Sales may be the wrong word to use here, since all items are acquired through donation.

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