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Twins study offers valuable data on space travel

WHEN astronaut Scott Kelly returned to Earth after nearly a year on the International Space Station, he was 2 inches taller than his twin brother, astronaut Mark Kelly. When Scott left for the mission, he and his earthbound brother were the same height. W

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Toys for Tots touches thousands locally

Thousands of children in the tri-state area experienced what they might have seen as a Christmas miracle late last year thanks to Toys for Tots and its many supporters. More than 19,000 new toys went to toddlers, children and a few teens in West-Central I

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Enforcement of cellphone laws will make Quincy streets safer

DRIVERS who use cellphones without a hands-free device have been put on notice that Quincy police will be writing tickets this year. Enforcement of cellphone laws will be a good thing and will make streets safer. Use of a cellphone without a hands-free de

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Road to heart health begins with simple questions

WHEN it comes to heart disease, we're not only our brother's keeper -- we're our own, too. One in every 4 U.S. deaths is caused by a heart disease-related issue. In addition, every year more than 700,000 Americans ...

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Black History Month a time to remember, refocus

BLACK History Month is an annual opportunity for all of us to celebrate the history and accomplishments of the black community. Carter G. Woodson, a founder of the Association for the Study of African American History, first came up with the idea of what

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It's long past time for action on Illinois budget

THE Illinois Senate returns to Springfield on Tuesday to resume negotiations on a complex, 13-bill package aimed at finally bringing an end to a crippling, nearly two-year budget stalemate.

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Anti-violence initiative warrants consideration

A SPIKE in violent crime in Quincy has local law enforcement agencies pushing to implement a new initiative that has proved to be effective in dozens of cities across the country to help reverse that trend. The Quincy Turn Around Partnership Anti-Violence

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Special anti-crime unit taking on Hannibal drug trade

A SPIKE in arrests by the Hannibal Police Department is strong evidence that a special unit is making headway in efforts to curb the drug trade. Police Chief Lyndell Davis set up the Anti-Crime Enforcement Squad in July 2015. Since that time, a police ser

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Quincy Catholic schools have strong tradition of quality education, faith, service

About 1.9 million American students and 150,000 educators are in the middle of National Catholic Schools Week celebrations. At Quincy Notre Dame High School and Quincy's four Catholic elementary schools the emphasis is on a quality education that ties tog

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Rising racial tensions a symptom of injustice

A POLL released in October found that most Americans believe relations between whites and blacks worsened during Barack Obama's presidency. The CNN/ORC poll found that 54 percent held that view -- 40 percent of blacks and 57 percent of whites. That's a dra