Concert halls to YouTube: Troy student sings across metro-east

Olivia Gregory’s soprano voice earned her a place in the St. Louis Children’s Choir, a professional group that has performed on national and international tours. That means that after a full day of school, Olivia has attended “music school outside of school,” as much as five hours a week and more during performance weeks for the past three years.

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Just one U.S. president had a foreign-born wife

John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the U.S., married Louisa Johnson, who was from England. Technically, first nine presidents and wives were foreign-born. They entered the world as British subjects. Doesn’t look like Shiloh will get its own zipcode any time soon.


Chris Erskine: Got a teen? Consider a puppy crate

At night, we've started experimenting with keeping our youngest son in a crate. He's 13, and in the early stages of a rough pubescence - is that redundant? Aren't all pubescences rough? Like hurricanes and root canals, aren't they all a little harrowing?


Living with Children: New teacher could be cure for disruptive behavior

Q: Our son is a rising second-grader at a private school. Last year, his behavior was often disruptive and sometimes even downright defiant - problems his first grade teacher did not have with him. At home, we have no more than typical "boyishness" - nothing approaching serious. Nonetheless, at the school's request we took him to a private counselor they recommended. When that did no good, the school began insisting he had a disorder and wanted him put on medication - something we will not do. Anyway, we want to take preventive steps to head this off before it becomes an issue in the coming school year. Can you give us any advice?


Lori Borgman: On call for potty training

I fielded four calls before I finally found out that my name and number had been posted on a bathroom wall. It's not as bad as it sounds. My contact info, along with my picture, are on a poster on the bathroom wall where one of the grands is potty training.


Ex-etiquette: Fianc� too friendly with ex-in-laws

Q: I'm having a difficult time accepting the fact that my fiance still "hangs out" at his ex-mother-in-law's house when he picks his daughter up for visitation. I just recently found a video that his ex mother-in-law filmed of my fiance and his daughter playing in her pool together. When I confronted him about it his response was that his daughter didn't want to go out for dinner. She wanted to stay home and go in the pool with him. I feel like I was lied to because I was under the impression they went out to dinner and I was never told otherwise. I also think he's too friendly with his ex. I feel like there needs to be boundaries here. Am I over reacting? Please help! What's good ex-etiquette?


Ask Mr. Dad: Two kids, night and day

Dear Mr. Dad: We have two sons, almost exactly three years apart. The oldest was a dream child in almost every way, but his little brother is pretty much the exact opposite. My husband and I find this surprising, since we tried to do everything with our youngest exactly the same as we did for our oldest. Why are they so different?


MRF Revisited is a new concert series

Festival enthusiast David Thomason brings back bands that performed at SIUE's Mississippi River Festival . Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Ozark Mountain Daredevils return July 29..
MRF Revisited is a new concert series 1:04

MRF Revisited is a new concert series

Jaye Tries: Super Go-Karts 3:05

Jaye Tries: Super Go-Karts

Pet of the week: Pupcake 0:53

Pet of the week: Pupcake

Urban pioneers create Granite City Art and Design District 2:29

Urban pioneers create Granite City Art and Design District