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Chuck Berry was indisputably king of rock 'n' roll

JUST as there are lots of things that are debatable in life, rock 'n' roll has been known to pit even best friends against each other when it comes to arguing the fine points of the music that changed America in the middle of the last century. But the one

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Buddy program enriches lives of veterans, students

FIFTH-GRADE students at St. Dominic School and residents of the Illinois Veterans Home are benefiting from a buddy program that brings them together once a month. Joann Ellerman's class members are paired up with veterans who share their memories and wisd

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Tinkering with drinking age a bad idea

LEGISLATION proposed in the Illinois General Assembly would allow people who are 18 years old, but not yet 21, to consume wine or beer in restaurants if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. With due respect for parental rights, this is a bad idea

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Spring weather welcome, although unpredictable

SPRING'S arrival today puts an official stamp on the start of a season known for mild temperatures, planting on farms and in gardens, a return to more outdoor activities and the occasional spring rain. National Weather Service forecasts for this week are

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Contributions show that community values QU

QUINCY University found itself facing an uncertain future last fall when the school discovered an unexpected $5 million budgetary shortfall for this fiscal year.

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There's no scandal in U.S. attorney resignations

THERE was considerable consternation in some circles last week when the Justice Department asked 46 holdover U.S. attorneys to resign. However, U.S. attorneys serve at the president's pleasure. Many had already left or were making plans for their departur

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Democracy also requires sunshine to flourish

SUNSHINE Week sheds light annually on the importance of public access to information. This week, now in its 12th year, is set aside to emphasize not just the media's access, but the right of ordinary people to get the government information they want for

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Armed services must stop degrading women

WE have seen this too many times before. Military personnel involved in sexual harassment. Top brass vows reforms. A few take the fall, maybe even a commanding officer or two. But there is always another act, often more disturbing and embarrassing than th

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Defying stereotypes, distracted driving puts everyone in danger

IN recent years, we've heard a lot about the rising number of millennials who never bother to learn how to drive. They're the first generation of Americans since automobiles rolled off the assembly lines of Detroit to have no interest in the teen ritual o

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Robust jobs report sign of good times, at long last

THE February jobs report released last week is the latest indicator that the United States is experiencing one of its most positive economic periods ever. Employers added a robust 235,000 jobs in February and raised pay at a healthy pace, making it all bu