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Rated PG: Agatucci's expands into frozen pizza

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Normally the words "frozen" and "pizza" don't go together in my vocabulary. It's from my youth, when frozen pizza featured crust that could be used as a shipping crate and sauce that probably had been rejected by reputable tomato sauce manufacturers.

I remember wondering if the cheese was real and I didn't want to think about where the "meat" might have originated. I was afraid it was something the cat dragged in ... literally.

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Rated PG: Flood mixed with snow? Come on!

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floodingI took a quick drive through downtown Peoria early Friday afternoon and wasn't surprised to see large piles of sand on Water Street, sand that was being put into bags and stacked atop concrete barriers in the middle of the road between Liberty and State streets.

It seems we've had quite a bit of flooding the last few years,...

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Why I Celebrate Women's History Month

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It's Women's History Month, a time when I think of the trailblazers who paved the way to give women like myself the opportunity to serve.

I think of several Illinois women, like Jane Addams, who was the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize and was the founder of the Hull House in Chicago, which helped lift women and families out of poverty.

I'm also reminded of Lydia Moss Bradley, the founder of Bradley University...

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Rated PG: Beware of Philippine email scam

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scam-alert-picI've known Debbie Ritschel a long time and have always found her to be pretty darn smart. At the very least I was sure she's literate.

So when I got an e-mail purporting to be from her that asked me to send her money so she could return home from a trip to the Philippines — during which she was mugged and...

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LaHood won't wait long for a call

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lahood129It was great seeing U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Warehouse District on Friday. After all, his considerable "pull" in Washington helped garner the $10 million federal TIGER II grant that will be used to helped develop the Warehouse District in his native Peoria.

So what...

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Rated PG: Cancer research will go on despite Dr. Rao departure

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rao-001The local business and medical community appeared to be taken quite by surprise with the sudden departure early this week of Dr. Jasti Rao, head of cancer research at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria.

It is no surprise, then, that some in the community are concerned about what Rao's departure means to...

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Block by block: Building a church on the Yucatan Peninsula

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mayan-church1The author, Terry Towery, with two youngsters from a tiny Mayan village where a group of Peorians work each year during a mission trip.

By this time next Thursday, I'll be hot and sweaty and wondering, yet again, just what in God's name I've gotten myself into. If all goes as planned, I will be working with a group of...

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