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JILL BARRETT: A GENERIC OFFERING: One afternoon last summer, my 7-year-old niece and I were roller-skating in the park and talking about the finer things in life. These things, we agreed, included blue food, bad TV, parent-free zones and staying up all night.

DA LOOP : Strolling east on Delmar Ave. from Interstate 170 on a sunny afternoon, you'll pass through a nice residential area with splendid architecture. Suddenly, you're passing through two stone pillars with roaring lions and the St. Louis Walk of Fame is buzzing with all kinds of people: young, middle-aged, old, purple-haired, tattooed, pierced, moms, dads and college students. This notorious stretch of Delmar Ave. is the University City Loop.

THE SEAT BELT SAVED HER LIFE, BUT CHANGED IT FOREVER : A year after nearly dying in a summer car crash, UM-St. Louis student Ali Frede is ready to return to classes and the rest of her life.

RAP COMPILATION FILLED WITH SOME OF BEST ARTISTS AROUND : Rap compilations are a-dime-a-dozen. They seem to pop up every day. Finally though, I found a compilation that I like, Dirty Harry Presents...Southern Gangstas.