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Flood victim? Here’s help

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If you’re a flood victim, FEMA opened four offices in the STL today.  You can go to any of the offices to get help.  In St Louis County the office is at the Jefferson Barracks Visitor Center.  In St Charles County FEMA has set up at Immaculate Conception Community Center in West Alton.  For Franklin County, head to the Tri-County ... Read More »

Advice From a Billionaire

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Business Insider reached out to billionaire Mark Cuban to ask about his tips for big time lottery winners.  Here’s what he said. Hire a tax attorney. Don’t take the lump sum.  You don’t want to blow it all in one spot. If you weren’t happy yesterday, you won’t be happy tomorrow.  It’s money.  It’s not happiness. Tell all your friends ... Read More »

How to make Thanksgiving more fun

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You’re probably going to spend Thanksgiving with family, right?  Here’s how to make it more fun.  Do a drinking game!  For instance, when your mom apologizes for the turkey being too dry, have a drink. When your uncle asks you to pull his finger, have a drink. When a cousin announces he’s coming out of the closet, drink. When your ... Read More »

Attention Mom, Dad

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Making children wait for treats does NOT improve their self control.  Researchers studied 150 three-year-olds and had them play a self control game where they had to wait for treats.  They found that making the kids wait didn’t improve their self control.  It only made them cry. Here’s my take.  I don’t know many three-year-olds with ANY self control.  Come ... Read More »

World Cup Action

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The St Louis Cardinals and U.S. Soccer have released a schedule of events surrounding the U.S. Men’s National Team World Cup qualifying match against Saint Vincent and the Grenadines this Friday night at Busch Stadium.  Festivities are launched Thursday when FanHQ opens at Ballpark Village.  The party starts at 7pm with free admission and music by Feel Good Inc. The 8th Street ... Read More »

Are we becoming less social?

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Recent research would say, “Yes, we are becoming less social.”  In fact, it’s social media that is actually making us less social.  In a recent survey, 87% of people admitted to missing out on a conversation because they were distracted by their smartphone.  It appears that talking face-to-face is fading away. Read More »

When should you get your kid a cell phone?

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Experts say that depends on their maturity level.  Cell phones can be a big distraction at school.   But, by the time your child is a teenager, they should probably have a cell phone.  Twice as many children have cell phones now as in 2004.  Most teens – 85% from 14 to 17 have them.  So do 69% of 11 to 14 ... Read More »

Laugh an hour earlier

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Starting today, we’re beginning and ending your work day with the Hour and Six Minute Commercial Free Music Sweep.  The first sweep airs at 8:50am, and the second one kicks off at 4:50pm.  So, we’re moving the Laughter at 5 After from 5:05pm to 4:05. It means more music and earlier laughs! Read More »

People trust Apple more than the government

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Researchers surveyed people all over the world to find out what companies and organizations they trust.  The conclusion is that people would rather give their personal information to a brand than to politicians.  Apple was the most trusted followed by Google and Microsoft.  Facebook finished near the bottom but ahead of the government. Personally, I think the government is behind ... Read More »

Can’t afford a babysitter?

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You’re not alone.  Childcare now costs more than rent in a majority of states. (including Missouri and Illinois).  With more parents working, demand is way up for nannies and daycare centers.  In fact, demand is up 168% since 1990! Read More »