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Westminster Students Participate in UMSL Bridge Program

Westminster Christian Academy students prepared for college and beyond through their enrollment and participation in the University of Missouri-St. Louis’ Bridge Program. Each year, students may apply to the pre-collegiate program for opportunities to excel in math, writing and science, and to prepare for college and career. Westminster Christian Academy Director of Diversity Aaron Layton is in his fifth year as Bridge instructor and teaches an intensive writing course “I really admire these students because they have chosen to spend four weeks out of their summer participating in such an intensive program,” Layton said. “The UMSL Bridge Program will equip ...

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Editorial: A nation of nomophobes

Admit it, you’re never more than a few steps away from some form of technology. Your computer sits in your lap or fits in your hand. Your phone is perpetually in your purse or pocket. It might even be in your ear, although bluetooth doesn’t seem to be as popular as it once was. If by some chance you leave the house without your phone, you make a u-turn and retrieve it. Who knows who might call while you’re running to the market for a loaf of bread and a gallon of milk? We have become a nation of nomophobes. ...

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Cover art questioned

To the Editor: With almost 30 out of the 68 profiled businesses with women as sole-owners or quoted directors, your cover illustration shows only male images. In 2014. Really? Lynne Gronefeld Creve Coeur

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In favor of the Lafayette greenhouse

To the Editor:  Speaking as a soon-to-be senior at Lafayette this fall, I approve of any plans to institute a greenhouse. Such a resource would be fully utilized to enrich the entire Lafayette community. I, myself, have learned many skills and gained experience in various areas via practical arts courses offered at Lafayette. I would appreciate the availability of even more practical learning. If Mr. Shaughnessy’s findings are met with approval from the Rockwood School District Board of Education, the attached greenhouse will greatly benefit the school, the students and the community. Ian Greenwood  

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Responding to ‘Border Madness’

To the Editor: Here he goes again. Thomas Sowell in “Bordering on Madness” (West Newsmagazine, July 30) bemoans our lack of immigration policy and yet Republicans have refused to bring immigration reform to the table. They have blocked every effort to do so. President Obama has greatly increased border security but it takes money and the House has refused again to fund increased border patrols. We cannot place a border guard every 10 feet. The great wall has been breached by smugglers time and again. Deportations are up and have been vastly increased under Obama. Sowell apparently accuses recent immigrants ...

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Regarding ‘Applauding Gov. Perry’

To the Editor: The border madness is without a doubt a national disgrace. It is a moral failure that belies belief!! Children sent by desperate parents hundreds of miles alone with no food, money or an adult. We have to make some hard choices, painful as they might be. However Mr. Stoeffler’s solution (“Letters to the Editor,” West Newsmagazine, July 30) is so absurd its makes me laugh. Missouri is never going to provide money or allow the National Guard to be deployed. Stoeffler reminds me of  a modern day “Man of LaMancha” dreaming the impossible dream. This theme is ...

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Regarding Ellisville development

To the Editor: Wonder how much money it would take to entice enough businesses, and subsidize them if necessary, to revitalize the core business district of Ellisville? I am guessing that $10 million would be only a drop in the bucket. We now are treated to the election celebration of  how “We stuck it to Walmart.” We denied those rich Waltons that $10 million. Expect to see that slogan again every election in the future. Walmart is really about creating a “destination” – a reason for large numbers of people to decide to travel to their locations. That is the ...

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Parkway takes 20 percent of speech and debate state titles

Parkway schools brought home three of the 15 state championship titles at the recent State Speech and Debate Tournament at the University of Missouri. Under the leadership of West High’s Cara Borgsmille-Hurst, Keerthi Gondi and Laura Santangelo won policy debate, while Noreen Webster won original oratory. In addition, Yasmin Younis took eighth in dramatic interpretation and Gondi also took sixth in international extemporaneous speaking. Under the leadership of South High’s Mike Hachmeister, Mark Kozeny and Omar Abdel-Hamid, Brian Cheng and Jay Patel took first place in public forum debate, winning the 10th Speech and Debate State Championship in Parkway South ...

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Girls on the Run participants

The St. John School Girls on the Run team, captained by Jen Baker, ran their 5K downtown on May 10 with 9,000 other GOTR participants, the largest in the country. Baker, Angie Birk, Maria Clement, Deb Mayer, and Erin Shidner served as volunteer leaders at the event. The Girls on the Run team also received an Honorable Mention from the Bill & Amy Koman Award for Excellence in Community Service for making cards for sick children in local hospitals to boost their spirits.  

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Back to School Sales Tax Holiday runs Aug. 1-3

Back-to-school shoppers will want to mark their calendars for Missouri’s annual, three-day Back to School Sales Tax Holiday, which this year will begin at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 1 and continue through Sunday, Aug. 3. During that time period, consumers will not be charged the state sales tax of 4.225 percent on certain back-to-school purchases. Clothing, school supplies, computer software, personal computers and computer peripheral devices are included in the tax-exempted items. Specifically, Missouri statute defines those items as follows: • Clothing is defined as “any article of wearing apparel, including footwear, intended to be worn on or about ...

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