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Cassini spacecraft sends home photos from Saturn

IT WAS a close encounter of the best kind for NASA this week when the Cassini spacecraft dove between the Saturn's surface and its rings, and emerged with loads of pictures and data. Mission managers acquired Cassini's signal just before midnight Thursday

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Keep safety in mind when driving this spring

NATIONAL transportation officials say 40,200 people died in traffic crashes during 2016, a 6 percent increase from the previous year. That loss of life -- the highest since 2007 -- equates to a city nearly the size of Quincy. It's a tragic reversal from the

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When homes look good, communities benefit

ONE of the true harbingers of spring is not necessarily the first pitch of the baseball season at Busch Stadium or Wrigley Field. In the Quincy area it is the announcement that The Herald-Whig/First Bankers Trust Lookin' Good contest is again underway.

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Blagojevich not alone in paying steep price

AN appeals court in Chicago dealt another legal blow to imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich last week when it rejected his request for another sentencing hearing on his corruption conviction, the latest bid to reduce his 14-year prison term. J

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Subcharge on defaulted student loans should go

MILLIONS of Americans have fallen behind on their student loans. Data from the U.S. Department of Education reveal that 42.4 million people owed $1.3 trillion in federal student loans by the end of 2016, and the average amount owed per borrower had increa

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Thanks for finding billfold

For the gentleman who found my billfold at Bergner's, I give you my sincere thanks.

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QU-JWCC partnership is a positive pact for all

QUINCY University and John Wood Community College are strengthening their educational partnership with new academic transfer agreements that not only will offer significant benefits to local students, but will address critical employer needs.

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Royalty shows common side with mental illness

BRITAIN'S Prince Harry did himself a world of good by seeking professional help for psychological problems stemming from the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana. He did the world a favor by talking publicly about his struggles -- a step that may help

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Missouri Legislature urgently needs to act on road fund solution

ANOTHER session of the Missouri General Assembly is nearing an end, and once again lawmakers have made no progress on repairing the state's deteriorating roads and bridges. The Missouri House last week overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to let voters deci

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Adams County Health Department takes important step

THE Adams County Health Department will soon be helping to fill an important need in some rural communities. A mobile clinic is scheduled to begin offering primary medical, behavioral and oral health care services at schools in Liberty, Payson, Mendon, C