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Posted: Oct. 16, 2013 7:33 am Updated: Mar. 19, 2014 5:14 am

SALVATION ARMY THRIFT STORE: Quincy Salvation Army officials are making an announcement Wednesday morning.
GEMS SALE: The Quincy Civic Center Authority is contemplating selling the Quincy Gems after the wooden bat summer baseball team lost at least $55,000 combined the past two seasons.
FORUM: Quincy school officials started getting some input from the community Tuesday on what should be done about the district's aging school buildings.

EIGHINGER COLUMN: The recognition of people and events has gotten way out of hand in this country. In the process, we have overlooked some deserving celebrations.
CASEY KASEM: A judge said he did not see an urgent need to intervene in the affairs of Casey Kasem after a court-appointed attorney told him Tuesday the ailing radio host is receiving adequate medical care for advanced Parkinson's disease.

BUDGET BATTLE: Senate leaders are optimistic about forging an eleventh-hour bipartisan deal preventing a possible federal default and ending the partial government shutdown after Republican divisions forced GOP leaders to drop efforts to ram their own version through the House.
NUCLEAR SAFETY: The number of safety violations at U.S. nuclear power plants varies dramatically from region to region, pointing to inconsistent enforcement in a fleet now operating mostly beyond original 40-year licenses, according to a congressional study awaiting release.
GIRL'S SUICIDE-BULLYING: After 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick committed suicide last month, one of her tormenters continued to make comments about her online, even bragging about the bullying, a sheriff says. A 14-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl allegedly responsible in large part for the bullying, which apparently began over a boyfriend, have been arrested.
SCHOOL SHOOTING-DEMOLITION: As the old Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown is demolished, contractors will pulverize all the concrete into dust and ensure any steel is melted down, and workers will be required to sign confidentiality agreements. Nearly a year after a gunman killed 20 children and six educators there, officials say the precautions are designed to keep anybody from exploiting any remaining part of the building.
COLORADO SHOOTING: Defense lawyers argue that statements made by gunman James Holmes at the scene of the movie theater shooting violated his constitutional rights.
IRAN-NUCLEAR: Nuclear talks roll into their second and decisive day, with six world powers taking a close look at what Iran is describing as a possible breakthrough deal that could ease suspicions it is interested in nuclear arms and lead to the easing of crippling international sanctions on its economy.
TERROR TRIALS: An alleged al-Qaida figure who was snatched off the streets in Libya and interrogated for a week aboard a U.S. warship pleads not guilty in New York in a case that has thrown a spotlight on the Obama administration's quietly effective campaign of prosecuting terror suspects in the federal courts, not in front of military tribunals.
OBAMA-MEDAL OF HONOR: Four years after risking his life in Afghanistan, William D. Swenson receives the Medal of Honor for battlefield bravery in a situation with odd twists: The young Army captain questioned the judgment of his superiors, and the nomination for his award was mysteriously delayed. Swenson is the second Medal of Honor winner from the same battle in 2009.
BRIEFLY: Study: Where seniors live affects what medications prescribed, whether they're the best kind; Disgraced former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, driven from office by allegations of sexual harassment, pleads guilty to 3 criminal counts involving 3 women; The death toll from a powerful earthquake in the Philippines rises to 93, and rescuers struggle to reach patients in a collapsed hospital; Sixty-three Cleveland patrol officers are suspended in long chase, shooting that left 2 people dead; Former Halliburton manager to be arraigned in federal court on charges that he destroyed evidence after BP's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; Justices seem ready to uphold Michigan's voter ban on affirmative action; Fertility clinics aiding same-sex couples; ‘2-mom' approach lets both share biological role; Scientists who helped calculate oil spilled from a broken BP well into the Gulf of Mexico are questioning the methodology used to estimate the amount of crude that recently leaked from a ruptured pipeline into a North Dakota wheat field; A baggage handler is arrested in connection with dry ice explosions at Los Angeles International Airport after police step up patrols and increase its checks on employees.

SCAM SAFETY: When it comes to dealing with a potential scam artist, the Illinois Attorney General has one simple piece of advice for people: Just hang up.
CITY COUNCIL: Ridgeview Subdivision got a vote of confidence from the Quincy City Council on Tuesday night. Aldermen heard some of the same concerns about traffic congestion and safety concerns that had been raised at a Quincy Plan Commission hearing.
COUNTY BOARD: The chairman of the Adams County Finance Committee hopes that contract negotiations with the county's bargaining units are complete by the end of October in order to make the necessary adjustments to the county's proposed budget.
AMBULANCE BOARD: Returns from an in-house billing system appear to be giving Adams County Ambulance officials a sigh of relief.
MALLADY FEDERAL CHARGES: A Quincy man who twice was arrested on methamphetamine charges this year has had federal drug charges filed against him.
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ILLINI WEST: Illini West School Board held a special meeting Tuesday night to review building survey results. The results will be released at next week's board meeting, and board members will set a public forum to discuss the survey.
PCC: Pittsfield City Council met Tuesday night and approved a one-time contribution, rather than a tax increase, to help the Park Board.
ILLINOIS PENSIONS-CULLERTON: A solution to the Illinois pension crisis could be reached during the fall legislative session, even if the committee tasked with solving the crisis remains split, Senate President John Cullerton said.
ILLINOIS GUN-LEGISLATION: Chicago's top leaders are launching an aggressive push for legislation that will increase gun crime penalties, billing it as a way to combat the city's persistent street violence.
SMALL TOWN SWINDLE: Officials of the northern Illinois city of Dixon are poised to approve a $40 million settlement in connection with former comptroller Rita Crundwell's theft of millions of dollars in public money.
MISSOURI-TEEN SEXUAL ASSAULT CASE: A woman who says her family was forced to move from a northwest Missouri town after her 14-year-old daughter was plied with alcohol and sexually assaulted nearly two years ago disputed authorities' claims that she and her daughter stopped cooperating with investigators.
MISSOURI-EXECUTION DRUG: Now that Missouri has decided against using the anesthetic propofol, the state faces a dwindling list of options as it seeks to restart the death penalty.
ZOOKEEPER KILLED: Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield responded to concerns raised by inspectors about the handling of elephants long before a zookeeper was killed by an elephant last week, zoo officials said.
EVENT CANCELED: Mark Twain Lake Halloween event canceled due to federal government shutdown.
BRIEFLY: Authorities have released the name of a 52-year-old woman who died after a fatal house fire in far-southern Illinois; Officials in a northern Illinois county say they've managed to get rid of a bat infestation in the old Lee County Courthouse; The Illinois Department on Aging says seniors and disabled people can get free help enrolling in Medicare; State lawmakers are scheduled to hear concerns raised by faculty and labor leaders about the possible consolidation of the University of Illinois' School of Labor and Employment Relations with another school on campus; The Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum is marking the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.

FITCH RATINGS: Fitch credit rating agency warns that it is reviewing the U.S. government's AAA credit rating for a possible downgrade, citing the impasse in Washington that has raised the threat of a default on the nation's debt.
FERTILIZER PLANT: Illinois and Iowa are not the only states being considered as the possible home of a $1.2 billion fertilizer plant, Gov. Pat Quinn said.
APPLE-BURBERRY: Style matters. That's something Apple has always known. Its   stores shape consumer perceptions about its devices, and now the company is entrusting the management of its retail operation to Angela Ahrendts, a respected executive who combined a touch of glamour with technological savvy to re-establish Burberry as one of the world's most luxurious brands.
DIET SODAS-PRESSURE: Diet Coke, the country's No. 2 soda, may be losing some of its pop. During a conference call, a Coca-Cola executive notes that Diet Coke is "under a bit of pressure" because of people's concerns over its ingredients, alluding to growing wariness of artificial sweeteners.
BRIEFCASE: Yahoo is regaining its appeal among investors a lot faster than with the online advertisers who generate most of its revenue; Bank of America Corp. reports quarterly financial results; The National Association of Home Builders reports on its index of confidence among U.S. homebuilders for October; Apple is holding an event in San Francisco next week to announce new products — likely updated iPads.

CHILD PORN-SENTENCE: A southwestern Illinois man has been ordered to spend more than eight years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography.
BANK ROBBERY-LAWYER: As early week dockets go, Tuesday morning's lineup in Warren County Circuit Court was fairly routine: drug possession, sex assaults, probation violations and other cases — more than 150 in all. But there was one outlier. A 64-year-old eastern Missouri lawyer, the product of one of St. Louis' most exclusive private schools and Washington University law school, stood shackled at his wrists and ankles, charged with robbing a small-town bank at gunpoint and wounding a state trooper, who only survived thanks to his bulletproof vest.
CHILD-TRASH BIN: Prosecutors have dropped charges against a St. Louis woman whose child's body was found in a trash bin in 2011. Melissa Shawneece Jackson, 30, was scheduled to go on trial next Monday on charges of first-degree murder and child abuse in the May 2011 death of her 18-month-old son, Marquell. His badly beaten body was found in a trash bin behind his home on May 27, 2011. She had maintained her innocence and pleaded not guilty.
FLORIDA EXECUTION: It's been more than 27 years since William Happ strangled Angie Crowley and 24 years since he was sentenced to die. His sentence was carried out Tuesday evening: death by chemical injection at Florida State Prison. In a final statement, Happ expressed remorse for his actions. "To my agonizing shame, I must confess to the crime," he said in a slow, deliberate voice. "I wish to offer my most sincere, heartfelt apology. I have prayed for the good Lord to forgive me for my sins. But I understand why those here cannot."
DEATH BY FORGERY: A Kansas City attorney accused of killing her father and his girlfriend has pleaded not guilty in their deaths.
DEKALB DRUGS: DeKalb police have created a new way to fight larger drug traffickers.
OVERDOSE DEATH: A 24-year-old St. Charles woman has been sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with a heroin overdose death.
BASEBALL BAT ATTACK-TRIAL: Opening arguments are scheduled in the trial of a Chicago man accused of using a baseball bat to attack two young women in 2010 as they walked home after a night of dancing.

PORTLY PRESIDENT:  Got a nagging doctor? The 27th president, William H. Taft did, way back in the early 1900s. A medical historian has analyzed letters between the two, complete with food diaries and daily weigh-ins surely recognizable to many of today's dieters.
HEALTH NOTEBOOK:  First electrophysiology procedure at the Heart and Vascular Center at Blessing Hospital; Blessing Hospital, Blessing Home Care, and Blessing Hospice and Palliative Care again have earned accreditation from The Joint Commission; Dr. Mark D. Snyder, an anesthesiologist, has been named director of anesthesiology at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
AMISH COOK: We had some very happy children last night. Minnie, the miniature pony that daughter Susan trained, and who also is the mother of our miniature pony, Prancer, is ours to keep now.

QU OFFER RECRUITS: The QU men's basketball team has offered scholarships to three high school talents in Chicago.
SCHUCKMAN COLUMN: The Culver-Stockton College women's soccer team survives tests of unity and family by sticking together.
DEVILS GET ROCKED: The QHS volleyball team sees a 26-match winning streak in Western Big Six Conference play end with a loss at Rock Island.