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.
"Up, up, up! Down, down, down! Side, side, side!" the trainer commanded as Jay Brunk, diagnosed five years ago with Parkinson's disease, tried to punch the mitts on the constantly moving hands. "Perfect, perfect, perfect!," the trainer yelled with each thump of Brunk's boxing gloves against the targets.
Four Hindu priests sat cross-legged on the floor in front of silver trays of rice, flowers and vermillion powder, chanting in low baritones that reverberated off the bare walls of the old brick temple.
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.
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.
The camera on the New Horizons space probe weighs just 22.7 pounds and uses just 6.3 watts of power to operate and can take amazing pictures in low-light. The mirrors and chasis of the equipment is made out of aluminum so they would shrink together and maintain the same focal length.
As each of her children grew inside her womb, Joni Vanderwoude felt nothing - not the fluttering first kicks in the beginning, not the bulging of her belly as it stretched to the size of a basketball, not the piercing contractions of labor that usually signal it's time.
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?
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?