Thomas Sowell – Amnesty Lite Is Still Amnesty

Not since a 42-to-1 underdog named Buster Douglas knocked out undefeated heavyweight champion Mike Tyson in 1990 has there been an upset like economics professor Dave Brat defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary in Virginia. You couldn’t write a script like this for a movie and have it be believable. Congressman Eric Cantor, with all kinds of name recognition, and outspending his opponent by 5 million dollars to $100,000, lost 55 percent to 45 percent against somebody that virtually nobody ever heard of before. Polls, incidentally, had predicted that Cantor would defeat Brat 62 percent to ...

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Thomas Sowell – The Prisoner Swap Deal

People are arguing about what the United States got out of the deal that swapped five top level terrorist leaders for one American soldier who was, at best, absent from his post in a war zone. Soldiers who served in the same unit with him call him a deserter. The key to this deal, however, is less likely to be what the United States got out of the deal than it is about what Barack Obama got out of the deal. If nothing else, it instantly got the veterans’ hospitals scandals off the front pages of newspapers and pushed these ...

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Cusumano leads Missouri Women’s Golf Association’s state championship by one stroke

Southern Illinois University Carbondale sophomore Brooke Cusumano leads a strong, deep field by one stroke after round one Tuesday (July 8) of the Missouri Women’s Amateur Championship. The three-day 54-hole tournament is being played at Creekmoor Country Club in Raymore. The Westminster Christian Academy graduate  is playing in her second state championship. She finished fifth last year and was the low junior playing in the championship. Cusumano started her day with a birdie on the first hole. Cusumano seemed to have things going her way as she was  standing on the 13th tee at 3-under. However, a bogey on the ...

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Smoothie King offers nutrition on the go for ‘everyone who loves a delicious drink’

Getting a healthy dose of fruits and vegetables is as easy as ordering a delicious, refreshing drink  at Smoothie King. “We are smoothies with a purpose,” said Cherry Villegas, co-owner of the Cottleville and O’Fallon Smoothie King locations. “We have a variety of smoothies to meet your needs. Whether you need to get toned, recover faster from a workout or get enough energy to keep up with your kids, we have a smoothie for you.” Smoothie King also offers smoothies to help customers build muscle or slim down. Customers can add a muscle builder, which contains 100 percent pure Creatine ...

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Business: St. Charles names tourism director

PEOPLE Joseph Ward has been named tourism director for the city of St. Charles. He previously served as executive director of the Longmont Area Visitors Association in Longmont, Colorado; director of the Orange County, Virginia, Department of Tourism and Visitors Bureau; and acting director and sales manager for the Charlottesville/Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau in Charlottesville, Virginia. • • • The CPA firm of Kiefer Bofanti & Co. LLP has announced the promotion of Robb Rohlfing, CPA, CFE, to manager; Jennifer Krupich, CPA, to manager; and Natalie Dziatsel, CPA, to senior accountant. Krupich is a St. Charles resident and specializes ...

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Mature Focus: News and Notes

Grandparent monikers Just as every new baby needs a name, new grandparents need names that their grandchildren will call them. When parenting website babycenter.com surveyed thousands of parents about their grandparental monikers, they found that more than half of today’s families opt for the traditional names: Grandma and Grandpa. Other top names reported for grandmothers included Nana, Grammy, Granny, Mimi, Gram, Nanny, Oma, Mamaw and Gran. For grandfathers, Papa, Granddad, Gramps, Pop-Pop, Poppy, Papaw, Pop, Opa and Pappy were among the most popular. Roughly one in five families surveyed came up with their own grandparent nicknames, such as Honey or ...

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Hard-nosed, gritty Perkins was driving force in Howell’s success

As recent Francis Howell graduate Nic Perkins looks back, there are two things that come strongly to mind when he recalls his time as a high school student-athlete – it boils down to classwork and sports. The catcher and soon to be University of Mississippi Rebel sums it up this way: “It pretty much was classes, studying and preparing for classes and working hard in sports and trying to be the best in three sports (football, basketball and baseball) for four years.” Nic’s hard-driving work ethic paid dividends on his personal player development and paid even bigger dividends for the ...

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St. Peters golfer wins 55th Junior Girls Championship

For Logan Otter, the summer golf season is going great. Otter, who lives in St. Peters, will be a senior this fall at John Burroughs, the defending Class 1 state champion girls golf team. Last fall, she finished third at the state tournament – and her resume has gotten brighter since winning the Missouri Women’s Golf Association 55th annual Junior Girls Championship at WingHaven Country Club in O’Fallon. She followed that win with a victory in the qualifier to represent Missouri in the Big “I” National Championship set for Aug. 5-8 at the Pete Dye Golf Club in Bridgeport, West ...

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Sports Briefs: Metropolitan Open tees off July 10

Men’s Golf The ninth Metropolitan Open for professionals and amateurs begins July 10 and concludes July 12 at The Country Club of St. Albans. The tournament will feature the richest first-place prize yet. With a full field of 72 professionals, first place will be $15,000 this year, up from $13,500 last year. Marthasville native Shawn Jasper, the 2010 and 2011 champion, said the event has developed into one of the top tournaments in the area. “In just a few short years, the Metropolitan Open has become one of the premiere events in the Midwest,” said Jasper, a University of Missouri ...

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Bulletin Board: Local students earn scholarships

Local students earn scholarships Fifty-seven students from Lincoln, Pike, St. Charles and Warren counties received a total of $28,500 in scholarship awards from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust. Scholarship funds are donated by Cuivre River Electric members who participate in Operation Round Up by rounding up their electric bill payments each month to the next highest dollar. Since the program began in 1997, more than $840,000 has been awarded to help over 1,770 area students achieve their academic goals. Local students receiving scholarships are: Kenady Bickel, Nicole Blackburn, Alexandra Boyer, Lauren Brannon, Tanner Bross, Abby Diederich, Annie Drummond, Daniel ...

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