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“Victoria & Abdul”: Oscar-Worthy Period Drama

Queen Victoria, Empress of India, (Judi Dench) and her humble subject Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal).

Queen Victoria, Empress of India, (Judi Dench) and her humble subject Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal).

By Sandra Olmsted

Director Stephen Frears’ account of the real life friendship between Queen Victoria, Empress of India, (Judi Dench) and her humble subject Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a Muslim clerk, reveals historical events that only recently came to light.

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“Battle of the Sexes”: Game, Set, Zeitgeist

Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) left in photo, and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) right in photo, star in "Battle of the Sexes."

Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) left in photo, and Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) right in photo, star in “Battle of the Sexes.”

By Sandra Olmsted

By 1970, women in any number of roles in society were demanding equality. They wanted to sign for their own loans, choose any careers, succeed on their own merit, and be paid the same as men for the same jobs. This was never more true than in the world of sports.

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A BOOMER’S JOURNAL: Early TV: When the West Called My Name

by Tom Anselm

“From the clear blue of the Western sky comes… Sky King.”

The Title Credits of "Sky King" from youtube: .

The Title Credits of “Sky King” from youtube: <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0KEblrgf0g>.

So went the opening line of one of the many shows with Western themes that populated the few channels of black-and-white television in the early days of that medium. Sky King caught criminals and found lost hikers from his twin-engine Cessna ‘The Songbird’ out of his Flying Crown Ranch, along with niece Penny and nephew Clipper. How about that for an adventure-packed weekly plot?

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Hazelwood Central Takes 34-Game League Grid Win Streak (To) West

By Jim Wieners

1395780654_hazelwood_central_hawks   When the St. Louis Suburban Public High School Athletic and Activities Association realigned the Suburban Conferences, Hazelwood Central Football won the last 16 consecutive Suburban North Conference games.

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Hazelwood West, IWA Softball Are District Top Seeds at Springfield

jim's logo copyBy Jim Wieners

High School Softball road to the Oct. 20-21 State Tournaments, at Killian Sports Complex in Springfield started Wednesday, Oct. 4 ,with districts, which end Friday, Oct. 6. After districts, the sectionals will follow Oct. 11 at odd-numbered districts followed Oct 14 with quarterfinals at sites to be determined.

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With Cards Out of the Playoffs, Should We Pick an NFL Team?

Randy Gardner

Randy Gardner

By Randy Gardner

So the Cardinals are done this year, the second year in the row they missed the playoffs.And now the Rams are 3-1 but nobody around here seems to care. But perhaps we still have a team to root for in the NFL, that being the cross-state 4-0 Kansas City Chiefs.

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