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O’Fallon graduate and author will discuss sex trafficking

1988 O’Fallon Township High School graduate Molly Venzke wrote a novel, “Caged No More,” about human sex trafficking, and the screenplay for a movie of the same name. She will return to O’Fallon this weekend to talk to students, teachers and parents about sex trafficking and will be on hand for a screening of the movie Monday at the O’Fallon 15 Cine.

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Voices of Faith: Does our anger exist for a reason?

Arvind Khetia, a Hindu and an engineer: Anger exists for many reasons. Individual and cumulative anger arises from social and economic injustice and lack of freedom. Some anger may be justified when it is expressed with good intentions, but anger should never turn into rage or violence.

Education

Belleville teen makes pillowcases for kids with cancer

Belleville seventh-grader Natalee Brannaman wanted to do something to make children in the hospital feel better so she decided to make pillowcases to be given to the children at the Bob Costas Cancer Center at Cardinal Glennon Hospital in St. Louis. Her goal was 30, and she ended up donating 126. She hopes her project will earn her the Girl Scout Silver Award.

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Ask Mr. Dad: The downside of praise

Dear Mr. Dad: I'm almost embarrassed to say this, but I'm sick and tired of hearing parents tell their kids that they're "awesome," or "amazing" or "incredible," or any of the other overused words people use these days. The fact is that most kids aren't any of those things. I'm wondering whether we're doing damage to our society with our non-stop praise. What's your take on this?

Living

Ex-etiquette: Find a compromise for Mother's Day celebration

Q: My biological mother died when I was 5-years-old and two years later my father married a wonderful woman who raised me and has always made me feel loved. I regard her as my mom, even though I will never forget my biological mother, but each year when Mother's Day rolls around, my aunt (my mom's sister) wants me to visit the cemetery where my mother is buried and completely disregard Judy. On Mother's Day, of all days, I want to acknowledge Judy for what she has done for me, but it causes a problem every year. What's good ex-etiquette?

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