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Watson: Why I Dive for Cover

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“Ahhhhh!” “Ooh, ooh, ooh!” “Get out of my way!”

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Rep. Bustos: Cooperation must sideline partisanship

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Bustos-IL17-picFor too long, Democrats and Republicans in Washington have put scoring political points above working together to find solutions that benefit the people they've sworn to represent. We were elected not to point fingers but to lead, to be part of the solution, not part of the problem.

The people of our region have made it clear that their...

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Frizzi: The 25th Anniversary of the 25th Anniversary

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The date of Nov. 22 still brings a chill to those of us who are old enough to remember the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the 50th anniversary of which comes this year.

Those of us who do remember are, I'd say, 55 years old or over. I was a 6-year-old first grader in Pittsburgh at the time, but still remember vividly.

I also remember the 25th anniversary of the shooting. I was a 31 year old living in Dallas in 1988.

After...

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Doc Watson: Pro Bowl streaker - a double standard?

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girlsI didn't watch the NFL's meaningless Pro Bowl game in Hawaii Sunday, aside from a few plays I saw at Crusens that night after our men's league hockey game. But I think all of my hockey mates would've watched had we seen a fitness gal streaking during the game.

I read the story about Katrina Torres, a fitness model, gym worker and former college soccer player who now...

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Frizzi Toon: Honoring our veterans

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Bob Miller: Looking ahead at the stock markets

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Choose wisely

Looking ahead at
the stock markets

By Bob Miller

Choosing
where you will find investment returns for the upcoming year is fun for readers
and crystal ball-gazers alike. Allow us to
share some thoughts of our own, representing
our conclusions from a conglomeration of
opinions I've collected.

1) U.S. interest rates
have seen their low point and will likely rise a bit...

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Knight: St. Francis, 'patron of a harrowed tribe'

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de-sales-colorYears ago, not long after my wife and I were sacramentally married in the Catholic Church after awesome Cursillo weekend experiences, I chose St. Francis de Sales as my Confirmation saint.

A patron saint of journalists, De Sales was an advocate, priest and reporter, and 410 years ago this month he sent a report to the Pope prefaced with the comment...

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Doc Watson: St. Jude tour humbling; need for help is growing

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I toured the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis last month to learn more in person and get a feel for this unique place. Like the Peoria Midwest Afflilate, a visit leaves you upbeat and humbled. The young patients generally are smiling, not moping, despite their hardship. It's the only hospital that can be described as "cheery."

St. Jude kids are made to feel at home, right from the get-go. The check-in office has desks and...

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Miller: Stock markets affect the economy, so what lies ahead?

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As a financial advisor, I get asked a lot of questions. People expect that I will provide quick yes or no answers, whisper the name of the next big stock, or be able to predict the major market events.

It's not that simple. I can look at indicators, look at the past, and give you my opinion based on experience and knowledge. Here are a few questions I get asked a lot.

(Q.) What's the market going to do?    (A.) It...

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Watson: The Stones' rock film kicked it; Aerosmith up next

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aerosmithThe Peoria Riverfront Museum enjoyed a good turnout for the first-ever Thursdays Rock concert film series last night (Jan. 16), and the featured band, The Rolling Stones, hit it out of the park. The event was sponsored...

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Frizzi: Sometimes, I feel like a walnut

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squirrel2I don't like working in the yard. I never did.

My wife Heddy loves it. She comes by it honestly. Everyone in her family loves to dig holes, plant plants and watch them grow. My neighbor, Vicky, has a backyard garden that would rival many municipal parks. I couldn't be happier for them. I enjoy their hard work and dedication as I sit in my chaise with a...

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FrizziToon: Happy New Year!

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FRIZZITOONS-NY14

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Frizzi: There used to be a ballpark right here

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"And the sky has gotten cloudy
when it used to be so clear
and the summer....went so quickly...
this year....

"Yes, there used to be a ball park...
right here...."

Written by: Joe Raposo
Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

One of the things I believe sets baseball apart from the other sports is baseball's appreciation for...

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Frizzi: Another 'fra-gee-lay' Christmas story

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FRIZZI-PEORIAN-LEGLAMP

I can honestly say that I have never ever laughed so hard...

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Knight: Every day should be a 'dog day'

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As the government shutdown vanishes for a few weeks, the lack of even superficial relationships on Capitol Hill makes one long for some positive parallel in constructive interactions.

Even connections that may be partly illusions.

Take dogs. For millennia, human beings across oceans and continents have had dogs. They helped with hunting. They helped with herding when farming developed. They helped with guarding when people set...

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Knight: Tornado victims could use musical recording, too

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heartland-USAWeeks after 17 devastating tornados swept a destructive path through central Illinois, and hours before an impressive lineup of Midwest rock 'n' roll recording artists play a benefit for area victims at Bloomington's U.S. Cellular Coliseum, a feeling arises: Perhaps a next step could be a recording of regional musicians to use their talents to pitch in,...

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Friizi Toon: Now that's politically correct!

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Frizzi Toon: Happy Thanksgiving!

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Frizzi: The Finger and the Ring

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On Oct. 9, 2013, at 2:12 in the afternoon, my wife, Heddy and I will be married for 20 years. Being married to the same gal for 20 years is pretty rare these days. Then again, so is Heddy.

I love my wife. She's the only one I ever had. (For the record, I stole that line from Jack Benny's autobiography, "Sunday Nights at Seven".) I always liked the way that sounded.

I met my wife in 1990 when I stole her barstool. Back then, we...

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Frizzi: Some Sunday morning

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My wife Heddy and I live right...

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Uh, Vlad... ?

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FRIZZITOONS-WELCOME

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