Amid alerts and worries, Thanksgiving still beckons

The State Department has issued a chilling worldwide travel alert, warning that the threat of terrorism looms large. Cable news and Twitter carry round-the-clock breaking news of attacks around the world. Police officers patrol major airports with bomb-sniffing dogs and carry intimidating weapons like shotguns and AR-15s.

Redefining cheap flights out of MidAmerica

On the heels of the new flights to Las Vegas, Allegiant Airlines announced that on Feb. 18 they will begin service to Fort Myers, Fla. That means you will soon be able to get to Vegas plus three Florida destinations from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport.

This week's circulars

Lighthouse Learning Center’s Little Light Food Pantry opened in April after noticing a critical need in Cahokia, said Genni Appel, the Lighthouse Learning Center site director in Cahokia. The pantry serves about 160 families every other week.