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There is Still Time to Enjoy The St. Louis Film Festival

by Sandra Olmsted

Each year the St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) bring an amazing array of film to the St. Louis public including some first run movies that haven’t opened yet, and some films which will never play in anywhere else in St. Louis. Because playing at SLIFF qualifies films for to be considered for a nomination by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, many of the international films are the “official selections” of their country of origin. Thus they are consideration as Best Foreign Language Film, of which five will be nominated for an Oscar.

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Cheating in Youth Sports Prompts Lots of Feedback

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

I can’t believe the feedback that I have received on my column over the past few weeks about cheating. I don’t know if it is the aspect of cheating or the aspect of teaching my kids honesty and integrity, but it has really struck a nerve. I have had several people stop me and tell me about their personal stories, some going back 20 and 30 years ago.

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Lutheran North, Cardinal Ritter In Class 2 Football Quarterfinals

By Jim Wieners

While area high school football teams saw their seasons end as late as last weekend (see related article on Hazelwood Central) Lutheran High School North and Cardinal Ritter College Prep remain alive in Class Two.

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CBC Shuts-out Hazelwood Central Again, On 26-Game Winning Streak

By Jim Wieners

For the third time in the last four Football meetings including the last two Class Six, District Two Finals (a.k.a. Quarterfinals) Christian Brothers College High School sent home visting Hazelwood Central without the Hawks scoring a point and ending their season in the process.

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Two Political Films: Truth and Our Brand Is Crisis

by Sandra Olmsted

Truth and Our Brand Is Crisis both raise questions about political power and our process political. Writer/director James Vanderbilt’s Truth recounts the events of “MemoGate” which took down Dan Rather (Robert Redford) and Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett) and changed investigative reporting, according to the film. Director David Gordon Green’s Our Brand Is Crisis sheds light on how campaign strategists spin their candidates for the ultimate goal of settling their own personal grudges. While Truth has Oscar-worthy performances and extremely high production values, Our Brand Is Crisis doesn’t live up to its potential, but still has a perspective that will hopefully make voters think twice about what they are hearing about and from candidates.

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Forgiveness Favors the Forgiver as well as the Forgiven

A Boomer’s Journal

Tom Amsel. pg 2jpgBy Tom Anselm

 There are some universal truths that we all can adhere to on our journey. Love is better than hate, at all times. The sun will come out tomorrow, despite the forecast. The Cubs will never, ever win the World Series. Another is that we all, each and every darn one of us, have been wronged by someone at some point in our lives. Maybe it was a teacher, or a coach, or a spouse. It could have been a boss, or a friend, or our very own child. It could have been the guy who slammed your bumper in the parking lot and weaseled off into the darkness. Being wronged happens, and will continue to happen, as long as we continue to draw breath.

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