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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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MUSIC Feb. 2:  Red Sun Rising, with Drugs Delaney. 8 p.m. Limelight Eventplex. 693-1234. Feb. 5: Chris Janson. 8 p.m. Limelight Eventplex. 693-1234. Feb. 5: Judy Page & Friends. 8 p.m. Rhythm Kitchen Music Café. 676-9668. Feb. 5: The Brazilionaires…

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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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Lost and Found Creativity We frequently hear people complain of not being creative because they “can’t even draw a straight line.” Creativity and rendering skills frequently coexist, but you don’t have to draw straight lines in order to enjoy being…

Labor Roundup

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…

Elder Care Concerns

BY DAVE WEIMAN For some elders, the ideal solution to diminishing physical capabilities and/or minor medical concerns, is to have caregivers come to their home. There is a growing number of organizations that are available to provide this level of…

Central Illinois: A Cancer Cluster?

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Kim Crandall, who has expressed concern about the growing number of friends and neighbors in her Morton community diagnosed with cancer, walks her pomeranian-poodle mix dogs near a cornfield in an early morning fog.  Many agricultural and lawn care chemicals drift from the sites where they are applied and can volatilize and spread in fog and rain.

BY CLARE HOWARD Kim Crandall walks her dogs, Roo and Mia, everyday on the streets around her Morton home and in the nearby park bordering corn and soybean fields. The walk gives her time to reflect on an alarming pattern…

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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…

More jobs in clean energy than in fossil fuels

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  Aaron Mair, national president of the Sierra Club, spoke in Peoria at the state NAACP conference and said it’s a “false trick” to protect the coal industry because it provides jobs. Now Robert Pollin, distinguished professor of economics at…

JUSTICE reform can be inspired by JUST US

Corrections officials will tell you that most inmates regret they did something stupid; they want to do their prison time; and, most importantly, they have a sincere desire to change. Yet, correctional officials will also tell you that those who…

Choice Makes Moral Sense

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  Life is full of difficult choices. Everyone agrees on that. Should I enlist in the military? Should I get a divorce? Should I have surgery? No one can make these difficult choices go away. They are part of life.…

Land and Water Conservation Fund Survives

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Late in the day on Dec. 16, a 50-year-old conservation program survived to see another day (we hope). The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) was passed and signed into law on Sept. 3, 1964. Since that date, over $3.6…

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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…

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West Peoria dedicated signs on both ends of Park Road to local musician Jimmy Binkley on Dec. 11. Park Road was chosen because of Binkley’s 12 years entertaining at Sky Harbor. Mr. Binkley died recently; his life was celebrated at…

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Have you heard of the “Streisand Effect?” The website Informy.com provides a brief description of it: “We know now that the more fuss somebody makes about something on the internet, attempting to get it removed, the greater awareness people have…