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How My Aunt Became My Grandmother My aunt, Geneva “Ginny” Nailing, was a woman with a plan. She wanted more out of life. She wanted people’s voices to be heard and their rights to be respected. She was determined to…

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My family and I decided to immerse ourselves in a movie marathon a couple of weeks ago in which we certainly fed our craving for cinematic diversity. One such morsel was a film, starring two veteran actors, entitled “Walk in…

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Cornstock produced Tom Stoppard’s play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” at its Winter Playhouse in upper Bradley Park during the middle two weekends of January. The play has become a classic of modern theater and won a Tony and New…

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Journalists blast Supreme Court. In Chicago, journalists are reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to let stand a lower court ruling letting police sue news media for disclosing officers’ physical descriptions, and the international president of the News Guild-CWA argues…

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Many Generics Are No Bargain Generic drugs have been considered bargains. Unfortunately, prices of many generic drugs have skyrocketed. An example in the news is the generic medication albendazole used to treat parasitic infections. In 2008, the average cost per…

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REOPEN WOODRUFF? At the December meeting of the board of Peoria School District 150, members discussed a variety of subjects including poor test scores with only 2 percent passing at Peoria High and 5 percent at Manual. Former Woodruff High…

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The steel bins are innocuously, innocently tucked into corners of parking lots, silently pleading for donations slipped into flip-down doors. But contributions to these bins may not help the needy as much as people assume. In fact, the donations are…

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By our own admission, we are a family of planners. Mother, father, one son, two daughters who enjoy involvement in the many excellent, fun-filled, necessary, enjoyable, and “helping us become better people” activities life offers. Sometimes we’re participants, other times observers. We’re extroverts…