Past and present in Ferguson

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By Michael Brown It would be hard to be alive in America right now and not know something about what has happened in Ferguson, Missouri. A young man has been shot and killed. I have had the surrealistic experience of…

Serendipity for September 2014

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Frank Sinatra released the album, “September of my years” in 1965. I was 17, and he was turning 50 that December. The album, still in my possession, included the Grammy Award winning “It Was a Very Good Year” and other…

Emiquon: Locally grown paradise

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By Mike Miller For a country about a third the size of Illinois, they sure managed to pack a lot into Costa Rica. Active volcanoes, mountains, cloud forests, Pacific and Caribbean mangrove, and several flavors of rainforest are home to…

West Peoria News for September 2014

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Saturday, September 6th is planned for the 14th Annual Night Against Crime from 3:00 until 5:30 p.m. at Franciscan Park. West Peoria Neighborhood Watch, Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, City and Township of West Peoria, West Peoria Fire Department are all…

Welcome columnist Dr. David Trachtenbarg

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This new column starts next month written by Dr. David E. Trachtenbarg, M.D., a family physician at UnityPoint Health Methodist-Proctor, clinical professor at University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and medical director for the Diabetes Care Center in…

Events for September 2014

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MUSIC Sept. 11: Limelight Eventplex presents “redneck rock band” Blackjack Billy, known for their 2013 hit “The Booze Cruise,” with opening act the Joe Stamm Band. (309) 693-1234. Sept. 20: Peoria Symphony Orchestra presents guest violinist Sarah Chang at a…

IGNITEPeoria! — and keep the fire burning

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Must local arts and entertainment be another attraction used to promote potential visitors to be valid, to have value? This month’s arts festival IGNITE Peoria! at the Civic Center on Saturday, August 9 seems to be an admirable endeavor: part…

More nonsense from District 150

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CHANGE 150 PRESIDENT TRANSFERS SONS TO PEORIA CHRISTIAN SCHOOL Encounter with Superintendent Contributes to Tough Decision, the leader of Peoria’s Change 150 group, known for his strong and frequent criticism of the superintendent and board of School District 150, has…

The wisdom of crowds

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James Surowiecki wrote a book a few years ago that began with an anecdote about a crowd that guessed the weight of an ox. When their individual guesses were averaged, they were spot on. The title sums it up: “The…