Answer Man

Discus thrower contended with rough weather

Kelsey Card, a Carlinville High School grad who attended University of Wisconsin, qualified to throw the discus during the summer Olympics in Rio. Because of her 25th place finish there, she did not advance to the finals. Strong winds and rain delayed the track and field program, and may have hampered her throws.


Ana Veciana-Suarez: Paying kindness forward

Sometimes we need a story, a singular example that proves greed is not the governing canon of the world, that executives are sometimes willing to surrender profits for the greater good, and that a charitable act can also translate into a smart public relations move.


Lori Borgman: Let them eat cake � lots of it

I should be in an advertisement with crumbs and frosting all over my face and a large headline that reads, "Got Cake?" We have celebrated 10 family birthdays in the past several months. We've had a lot of cake - according to the scales, about three pounds' worth.


Ask Mr. Dad: When it comes to discipline, babies are like cats. Really

Dear Mr. Dad: My 7-month old baby is a holy terror. He's a very active crawler and is already starting to climb all over the place too, plus he puts everything into his mouth! It seems like I'm always saying "No" to him, but he just ignores me and keeps on doing what he's doing. He definitely needs discipline. What can I do to punish him in a way that will get him to change his behavior?


Ex-etiquette: Kids vacation with dad, girlfriend; mom feels betrayed

Q: My ex has lived with a woman for about a year and a half. It was fine at first and I didn't mind, but they recently went on a trip with the kids, ages 8 and 11, and I realized this isn't ok with me - to the point where I feel my boys have betrayed me by going on an overnight with them. I don't want to even talk to them when they come home. I'm to the point where I want to tell them either choose me or her. In my mind a new woman will never be in my kid's family-ever - and the next time they go on vacation I think I should be included because I don't think it is right that she spend time with my children if I want to be there. What's good ex-etiquette?


Living with Children: Math not necessarily the problem

Q: Our sixth-grade son has always been an excellent math student. This year, however, he melts down every time he does math homework. Within minutes, he becomes highly agitated, begins crying, and says it's too hard and he can't do it. We spoke with his teacher who says that he's having no problem in class. She had no explanation for what we're seeing at home. When he begins crying, my husband usually goes to help him, but that only makes matters worse. Your advice would be much appreciated.

Metro-East News

97-year-old World War II veteran teaches son about giving back

The community of Caseyville paid tribute to a 97-year-old World War II veteran over the weekend as they dedicated Long Street. Marcellus Obernuefemann, a former Caseyville resident and lifetime member of Caseyville VFW Post 1117, was receptive as he smiled and nodded to those who came to honor him. The lesson Gary Obernuefemann learned from his father — “community service ... to give back.”

BND Magazine

2 recipes that lure kids to eat dinner

In this week’s food column by Suzanne Boyle, parents may find making dinner easier this fall with a pair of back-to-school recipes meant for kids and adults to enjoy together. Try Simple Hamburger Hot Dish and Smoky Barbecue Chicken Tenders from Betty Crocker.


Simple rules for kids taking cellphones to school

Whether your kid is heading to school toting a brand-new device or is already a cellphone pro, you want everyone on the same page about the dos and don'ts. You can keep an eye on kids at home (kind of), but at school, they're on their own. As with any kind of boundary setting, these conversations can be tense. Fortunately, there are only five rules for them to remember - and one for you, to show that you're all in this together.


Ghirardelli Square circles back with a high-end style

A relentless icy wind swept in from San Francisco Bay, blowing away the fog to reveal the 19th century three-masted schooner C.A. Thayer anchored offshore. Farther out, Alcatraz Island was circled by seagulls and besieged by an armada of tour boats plowing through the chop.

Home & Garden

How to keep your home from looking dated

Trends happen to the best of us, as they should. Everyone should relish the style of their current era, live in the moment and make memories in their own heyday. Unfortunately style isn't eternal, and sometimes no matter how much money and time you invest in decorating your home (or how few trends you fall for), your interior decor becomes dated, and the look you once loved doesn't work as well.

Home & Garden

Plumber: High hopes for low-height toilet

Q: Dear Ed: I am a loyal reader and remember an article from the past about toilet tank height. I have a very old low-profile toilet and above the tank is a built-in cabinet with drawers and storage. I cannot remove the cabinet without going into a remodel of my bathroom. Do they still make toilets with very low tanks? Please help, the old toilet is leaking on the floor!

Home & Garden

Fountains make a splash

Fountains have been around since Roman times. In the ancient world, they were purely functional, employing springs or aqueducts to provide water for drinking, bathing and cleaning to even the smallest villages. Modest, centrally located and fed by gravity, public fountains were the focus of a simple communal existence.


BoBeck's Sports Bar and Grill in Waterloo

Stop by for wings, burgers, cod and walleye. Watch sand volleyball. Listen to music.
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BoBeck's Sports Bar and Grill in Waterloo

Stone sculptor Paul Bayer is one of 100 artists at Midwest Salute to the Arts 2:05

Stone sculptor Paul Bayer is one of 100 artists at Midwest Salute to the Arts

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When Black Girls Write II

Nature's wonders: when lava meets ocean 1:07

Nature's wonders: when lava meets ocean