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SERVING DIXON AND THE SURROUNDING AREA SINCE 1851
ROCK ISLAND | THE SHELEY TRIAL
ASHTON | RECREATION
Village making a splash
Jury pool given a stir Of 40 prospective jurors, only three asked to return BY CHRISTI WARREN email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5521
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ABOVE AND BELOW: Construction on the splash pad at Ashton-Franklin Center High School in Ashton continues. Volunteers have stepped up to the plate to make the park a reality.
Water play area under construction on campus of high school BY DAVID GIULIANI email@example.com 800-798-4085, ext. 5525
ASHTON – Summer is expected to start with a splash in Ashton. In April, construction began on a splash pad on the campus of Ashton-Franklin Center High School. “This is a great opportunity for our community,” said Andrew Kida, a former village trustee who supported the project. “It’s one of those things you don’t often see in small communities. A lot of people put in hard work for this. We’re hoping for a long, hot summer for the kids to enjoy it.” For every person who is opposed to the project, he said, two others back it.
ROCK ISLAND – Seven hours after attorneys began questioning prospective jurors for the murder trial of Nicholas Sheley, none have been formally accepted, though that’s not to say they didn’t come close. Forty prospective jurors were brought Judge Jeffrey into the Rock O’Connor Island County Justice CenOnline ter on MonFollow day, but only 15 made it to Sauk Valley Media reportquestioning. Of t h o s e er Christi questioned, 10 Warren on were dismissed Twitter for live for cause, and courtroom two were dis- updates: missed without @SeaWarren cause – one each by the defense and prosecution. Each side is allowed to dismiss seven people without cause. Judge Jeffrey O’Connor can approve an unlimited number of dismissals for cause. The three remaining prospective jurors, two women and one man, were asked to return today.
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YWCA of the Sauk Valley plans tribute to preschool Community invited to celebrate 50 years of program at open house BY PAM EGGEMEIER firstname.lastname@example.org 800-798-4085, ext. 5570
STERLING – The YWCA of the Sauk Valley has planned an event for the community to reminisce and celebrate 50 years of the organization’s preschool program. The public is invited to an open house from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 23 at the YWCA, 412 First Ave. The theme will be “50 Years of Shining Starts.” Memorabilia will be on display dating back to the launch of the program in 1964, with its first teacher, Marjorie Kontos. The preschool will close at the end of this school year. The program now includes two classes of
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‘50 Years of Shining Starts’ What: Open house to mark 50 years of YWCA preschool program When: 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Friday, May 23 Where: The YWCA of the Sauk Valley, 412 First Ave., Sterling 2-year-olds, one of 3-year-olds, and one section of 4- and 5-yearolds. The decision to close was made in March. It was based on several factors, including economics, teacher retirements, and ever-increasing state requirements, said Carol
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Fitzgerald, executive director of YWCA of the Sauk Valley. While many preschools receive state and federal funding, the YWCA preschools must rely on parent fees, a small amount of United Way money, and donations. Last year, it cost about $77,000 to run the program. The open house will feature 50 years of scrapbooks, photos of classes, teachers and fields trips. Guests will be able to contribute their favorite preschool memories for posting. Large display boards will be set up in the auditorium. Tours of the preschool classes and refreshments will be offered. TRIBUTE CONTINUED ON A5
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Abby plays with a doll and her YWCA preschool classmates Mary Margaret (left), Tynlee and Megan April 9 at the school. The program will shut down at the end of the school year. The public is invited to an open house from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. May 23 at the YWCA in Sterling.
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Construction on the splash pad at Ashton-Franklin Center High School in Ashton continues. According to the Ashton Gazette, the construction project was expected to last 4 weeks.
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school site said it would require no land acquisition. They also said the visibility would make Ashton a more attractive place to live. In July 2012, the village trustees voted 4-3 to seek Blum Foundation money. Without the foundationâ€™s money, Kida and others said at the time, the village would have to turn down the state grant. Ashton officials planned a more intricate splash pad than the Dixon Park Districtâ€™s, which opened a few years ago at a cost of $27,000. Dixonâ€™s park, which is next to the former Memorial Pool on Custer Avenue, features water shooting up from the ground. According to the weekly Ashton Gazette, the construction project was expected to last 4 weeks.
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In 2012, the village received $117,500 from the state Department of Natural Resources for the pad, which is an area for water play that has no standing water. Ashton also got a matching grant from the local Blum Foundation, set up after the death of Ashton resident Marilyn Blum in 2003. The project underwent much debate. At a public forum in 2011, Trustee Dave Balch held a public forum on the issue. He and others recommended Griffith Park on the villageâ€™s north side, which, officials said, would require land acquisition. Supporters of the high
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CHAMPAIGN (AP) â€“ A mother knows how fast kids outgrow their clothes, and Carolyn Morris is a mom whoâ€™s found a use for a lot of those clothes. The founder of a new Christian organization, His Kidâ€™s Closet, she has been collecting used childrenâ€™s clothing by the bagful through schools and churches and redistributing it to kids in need throughout the community. For Morris, this just makes sense. People have so much clothing, so why not share? â€œIf everybody keeps donating, people will have what they need, when they need it,â€? she said. A 30-year-old Champaign mother of three, Morris spent 10 years in the Marines (including a year in Iraq) before she began clothing kids in need. She and her husband, also a Marine, moved to Champaign last June from North Carolina so he could attend the University of Illinois. Morris said she came up with the idea for His Kidâ€™s Closet as she started life in Champaign as a Marine Corps Reserve unit member and stayat-home mom to three small children. â€œI was just sort of looking at what I could do with what I have,â€? she recalled. That turned out to be a desire to get surplus clothes to kids, plus a garage at her house that has a 400-square-foot temperature-controlled storage space. Hereâ€™s how His Kidâ€™s Closet works: Donation boxes have been placed
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Carolyn Morris, founder of the new Christian organization His Kidâ€™s Closet, sorts clothing for free distribution to clients April 22 at the Women, Infants, and Children supplemental nutrition program at the Champaign County Health Department. Morris has been collecting used childrenâ€™s clothing by the bagful through schools and churches and redistributing it to kids in need. Morris said she came up with the idea for His Kidâ€™s Closet, as she started life in Champaign as a Marine Corps Reserve unit member and stay-at-home mom to three small children. to leave your gently used, clean kidsâ€™ clothing at 11 Champaign locations â€“ eight public schools, one private school and two churches â€“ plus two University of Illinois campus buildings. The organization then works with school social workers to get the donated clothes to children who need them. So far, drop boxes are only at certain Champaign schools, but Morris said she will fill orders for kids at other Champaign County schools without drop boxes. Ideally, though, she would like to see those other schools add drop boxes, at least temporarily, to help make the program selfsustaining. Over the summer, Morris said she plans to shift drop boxes to day care centers and more churches, while the schools are closed.
Clothing donations also come in from the local consignment store, All Things Kids, and the seasonal kidsâ€™ usedmerchandise sale, One Week Boutique, and a clothing distribution is done once a week at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District to clients in the Women, Infants, and Children supplemental nutrition program. The WIC clothing giveaway is done with the help of volunteers, and Morris said more are needed to expand this service to twice a week. She will also need volunteers to replace many of the UI student volunteers who will be gone during the summer, she said. This organization runs on all-volunteer labor, and without a money source other than what its own founder kicks in.
Morris said she added to the clothing donations by buying some coats and shoes with her own money to give away. â€œThere is no money coming in,â€? she said. â€œIâ€™m donating a little money to an account I have opened for it, so we can do basic necessities.â€? Morris has registered her organization with the state as a nonprofit and filed an application with the IRS to make His Kidâ€™s Closet a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. But while her application with the IRS is pending, His Kidâ€™s Closet is operating under a link with the nonprofit PTA at Kenwood Elementary School. Donations can be made to the PTA with His Kidâ€™s Closet in the memo line, and the group will receive the money, PTA President Terra Larsen said.
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DIXON â€“ The 2014 Dixon Petunia Festival buttons are now available. The buttons date back to the first year â€“ 1964 â€“ when the Beta Sigma Phi sorority was given permission by the festival board to produce the official button. The Petunia Festival celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with music, food and events July 2-6.
This yearâ€™s button was designed by Sandy Schuler of Dixon, who works at Dezine 99. The design includes a picture of the Dixon arch, fireworks and the words, â€œFifty Years of Memories.â€? Buttons cost $3 and are available to the Dixon Welcome Center, the Northwest Territory Historic Center or by calling Helen Bothe at 815284-7626. The sorority has used previous proceeds to buy books for the Dixon Public Library, given food to a local food pantry and donated money to Granny Rose Animal Shelter, among other things.
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STERLING â€“ Police arrested a Sterling man Sunday in connection with attempted armed robberies outside of Dairy Queen and the BP service station. After an investigation, police arrested Jordan L. Wyatt, 19, who was charged with two counts each of attempted armed robbery, unlawful use of a weapon, and aggravated assault. The first robbery happened at Dairy Queen shortly before 9 p.m. and the other about 15 min-
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OBITUARIES Ray D. Forney ASHTON â€“ Ray J. Forney, 84, of Ashton, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2014, at his home. Ray was born May 24, 1929, in Ogle County, the son of Ruben and Cora (Bogard) Forney. He served in the Army during World War II. Ray married Alvera D. Partington on Jan. 1, 1950, in Dixon. She preceded him in death on Nov. 26, 2013. He owned and operated Ray J. Forney Trucking. He was the mayor of Ashton for 28 years, serving from 1977 to 2005. He was a member of Ashton United Methodist Church, American Legion Post 345, a life member of Ashton Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite of Freeport â€“ Tebala Shrine, and a past director of the Honda Patrol. He also was past president of the Illinois Municipal League, Northern Illinois Mayor Association, and Rock River Development.
Ray is survived by his three grandchildren, Kyle (Janna) Mahaffey and Megan (Clinton) Keene, both of Ashton, and Kirsten Mahaffey of Rock Falls; two sisters, Hazel Stein of Byron and Violet (Roger) Kleffel of Rockford; and four great-grandchildren. He also was preceded in death by his daughter, Rita J. Mahaffey; brother, Albert Forney; and sister, Dorothy Todd. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m., Wednesday at Unger-Horner Funeral Home, 400 N. Sixth St., Rochelle. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Ashton United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Sang Hun Han, pastor, officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Ashton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to United Methodist Church of Ashton. Visit ungerhorner. com to send condolences.
Walter T. Hinrichs ROCK FALLS â€“ Walter T. Hinrichs, 82, of Rock Falls, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Rock Falls Rehabilitation Center. Walter was born May 24, 1931, in rural Sterling, the son of Henry F. and Alma (Heilener) Hinrichs. He served in the Army during the Korean War. Following his term in the service, Walter farmed around the Sterling-Rock Falls area. In 1996, he retired from Northwestern Steel and Wire Co. after 31 years of service. He was a member of New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling. On Feb. 14, 1954, he married Betty Rhodes in Rock Falls. She survives him. Together, they were blessed with three children, Diane Yoeckle of Sterling, Marcia (Tom) Rucker of Rock Falls, and Gary (Cathy) Hinrichs of Prophetstown. Walter was very proud of his five grandchil-
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dren, Nathaniel (Betsy) Rucker of Sumner, Iowa, Erin Rucker of Rock Falls, Patrick Hinrichs of Prophetstown, Sarah (Chris) Vacanti of Omaha, Nebraska, and Staci (Nic Lenox) Hinrichs of Galesburg. His six great-grandchildren also brought much joy to his life. Walter also is survived by two sisters, Lucille (Merle) Wolfley and Nancy Riesselman, both of Sterling. He was preceded in death by his parents; four brothers, LeRoy, Ben, Arthur, and Paul; four sisters, Edna, Anna, Betty, and Jean; and a son-inlaw, Craig Yoeckle. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at McDonald Funeral Home, 1002 12th Ave., Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at New Life Lutheran Church in Sterling. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. A memorial will be established.
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of Menifee, California.; one son, Jack (Tammy) Duncan of Rock Falls; 13 grandchildren, Michelle Reynolds, Spencer Burnop, Aaron Kobbeman, Nahshon Garza, Kirstie Milne, Joseph Deets, Angela Rice, Timothy Garza, Nichole Devers, Lucas Brainerd, Kenneth Courtright, Caleb Brainerd, and Christopher Duncan; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William â€œWillieâ€? Duncan and James Duncan; and three sisters, Eula Harmon, Mary Frances â€œTuttieâ€? Duncan, and his twin sister, Alice May Dowell. Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling, with the Rev Roger Carlson officiating. McDonald Funeral Homes is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Unity Hospice. Visit mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.
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STERLING â€“ Charles Raymond â€œBubbieâ€? Duncan, 81, of Sterling, died Monday, May 12, 2014, at Franklin Grove Living and Rehabilitation Center. Charles was born June 8, 1932, in Chilhowie, Virginia, to Brack and Lockie (Bailey) Duncan. He married Helen Kathleen Porter on Aug. 25, 1951. Charles worked for 31 years as a machine operator at Northwestern Steel and Wire Co., and for 20 years with Lee Wayne Co. in Sterling as a handyman and groundskeeper, before his retirement. He enjoyed carpentry. He was an avid gardener, and loved spending time with his family and friends. Survivors include his wife, Helen; six daughters, Janet (James) Burnop of League City, Texas, Diana (Richard) Hammer of Dixon, Phyllis (Raul) Garza of Rock Falls, Dreama (Robert) Brainerd of Lost Nation, Bonnie (William) Turner of Dry Ridge, Kentucky., and Sarah Duncan (Martin Ramirez)
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DEKALB â€“ Gary Rodger Tripp, 72, of DeKalb, died Friday, May 9, 2014, at his home. He was born May 25, 1941, in Jonesboro, the son of Carl S. and Christena (Baker) Tripp. Gary married Kay F. Strawbridge on Oct. 25, 1962. He worked for 41 years at Swift & Co. Gary was an avid fisherman and hunter, and a member of Sycamore Sportsmanâ€™s Club. Gary loved college basketball, especially during March Madness, and was a fan of the Chicago Cubs. He is survived by his
wife, Kay; children, Jim (Cynthia) Tripp of Deer Island, Oregon, and Sandra (Michael) Shoemaker of Eldena; 12 grandchildren; and 14 greatgrandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents. There will be no services. Cremation rites will be accorded. Anderson Funeral Home Crematory in DeKalb is handling arrangements. A memorial will be established to KishHealth System Hospice. Visit andersonfuneralhomeltd.com to send condolences.
Michael Bates DIXON â€“ Michael Bates, 49, of Dixon, died Monday, May 12, 2014, at his home. McDonald Funeral Homes is handling arrangements.
Overtreating Medicare patients might costs billions Findings are in an analysis of claims data for 1.3 million patients in 2009 CHICAGO (AP) â€“ A new study suggests that in a single year, up to 42 percent of Medicare patients got at least one medical procedure they didnâ€™t need â€“ overtreatment that cost as much as $8 billion. The treatments included prostate cancer screening for men beyond the age most experts recommend, and imaging tests in older
women for osteoporosis at too frequent intervals. The treatments also included invasive heart and kidney procedures that research has shown are no better than medicine, and potentially more risky. The findings are in an analysis of Medicare claims data for 1.3 million patients in 2009. The researchers devised a list
of 26 â€œlow-valueâ€? procedures they determined reflect likely overuse. The list was compiled from research evidence and recommendations from several medical groups. Lead author Aaron Schwartz of Harvard Medical Schoolâ€™s health care policy department and colleagues acknowledged that Medicare claims may lack details about patients that might justify some procedures. But using more conser-
vative criteria, they still found that 25 percent of patients received at least one wasteful service, totaling almost $2 billion. The results, published online Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, are only a snapshot and the researchers said there are likely many other procedures that are sometimes performed with little benefit for Medicare patients. â€œWe hope that development of better measures of low-value care will
ultimately spur development of interventions to reduce unnecessary care,â€? the journal editors wrote in an editorial. A 2012 Institute of Medicine report on overall U.S. health spending concluded that about 30 percent, or $750 billion, reflects overtreatment, excessive costs and other problems. The new study also follows the governmentâ€™s release last month of Medicare billing records for 880,000 physicians
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Presentation of evidence is expected to begin at the end of this week in Sheleyâ€™s third murder trial.
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with a hammer. Sheley already is serving two life sentences for the murders of Ronald Randall, 65, of Galesburg, and Russell Reed, 93, of Sterling; and is charged in the deaths of Arkansas
couple Jill and Tom Estes, both 54, who were killed in Festus, Missouri. Prosecutors say the string of deaths occurred during a weeklong, drug- and alcohol-fueled killing spree during the summer of 2008.
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and other health care providers, data that consumer advocates and others said might indicate whether some doctors are providing quality cost-effective care or ordering needless services. That data revealed vast differences in Medicare payments, and an agency administrator said Medicare would look into doctors and others who received huge reimbursements, which could suggest overtreatment.
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More than half had connections SPRINGFIELD (AP) â€“ Dozens of state jobs involved in a dispute over whether they should be free of politics were filled by Gov. Pat Quinnâ€™s administration with candidates who were politically connected or gave campaign money to the governorâ€™s party, an Associated Press review of state documents shows. In a review of government emails provided by Quinnâ€™s office, the AP found that more than half of 45 hires at the Department of Transportation had connections. For instance, four held jobs in Quinnâ€™s office or worked for another Democrat before moving to IDOT; nine are relatives of officeholders, party officials, union representatives or others who are politically connected; seven are politically active, either as officeholders or party officials; three have donated to campaign committees; and two have served on campaign payrolls, including for legislators. They were hired for posts in a process closed to the public, and itâ€™s not clear whether they all adhered to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that lays out strict rules against improperly giving taxpayer-funded jobs to people based on political connections. The Quinn administration says the jobs should be exempt from the ruling because they are sensitive policy-making positions, but one of the jobs was pre-screening the hire of highway maintenance workers. The AP review is the first to publicly reveal the identities and connections of some of the people hired by IDOT under Quinn as part of a hiring process that is being challenged in federal court and has drawn scrutiny from the state inspector general and lawmakers. The program also has become an issue in Quinnâ€™s campaign for re-election, as Republican rival Bruce Rauner attempts to undermine
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Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider are shown in October 2012 at the official opening of a section of Illinois Highway 255 in Godfrey. An Associated Press review shows dozens of state jobs that a federal lawsuit claims should have been free of politics were filled by people who were politically connected or gave money to Gov. Pat Quinnâ€™s party. Among those Illinois Department of Transportation hires were Democratic county committeemen and their relatives, campaign workers and a former Chicago alderman. the governorâ€™s assertion that he has cleaned up Illinois government after two predecessors were sentenced to prison. Michael Shakman, a Chicago attorney and anti-patronage activist who asked a federal judge last month to order an investigation into hiring under Quinn, said the APâ€™s findings were not surprising, given the stateâ€™s history. â€œThis is consistent with what we thought was going on,â€? Shakman said. â€œItâ€™s why we need to get an independent monitor to sort through some of this.â€? Quinn repeatedly says he has â€œzero toleranceâ€? for any wrongdoing and has cracked down on hiring procedures since taking over in 2009 for now-imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich â€“ a position reiterated by his spokeswoman, Brooke Anderson, when presented with the AP findings. IDOT Spokesman Guy Tridgell said the department follows the rules. He said the agency was allowed to make the hires under an exemption from state rules thatâ€™s reserved for policy makers or other members of a governorâ€™s inner circle.
â€œThe credentials of prospective employees are reviewed and if they are a good fit and can provide good service to the agency, they are considered for employment,â€? Tridgell said in an emailed statement. At issue is whether the jobs were properly publicized to allow anyone to apply, regardless of whether the successful candidate was competent. The Better Government Association reported last summer that as many as 200 jobs categorized as â€œstaff assistantsâ€? were improperly filled under both Blagojevich and Quinn based on â€œclout instead of competence.â€? IDOT says state officials reviewed the roster of remaining staff assistants and found that 48 of 60 indeed should have been protected by the Supreme Courtâ€™s Rutan ruling, meaning their jobs should not have been given to employees based on connections or loyalty. But state officials say it could cost millions of dollars in court expenses, if they tried to reopen hiring for those posts. Quinnâ€™s office has not detailed which of those 60 jobs were reclassified, but provided the
AP with 137 pages of emails between IDOT supervisors and the governorâ€™s office addressing both staff assistants and other positions. Listed were about 45 people hired mostly in 2011 and deemed exempt from Rutan rules by the administration. As part of its reporting, the AP attempted to contact each person, but among roughly two dozen reached, all either did not return phone messages, declined to comment or referred AP to IDOT. Among the 45 hires was Kathleen Vehovic, the daughter of former Sangamon County Democratic party chairman Todd Renfrow. Vehovic was hired to a $39,000-a-year post after serving repeatedly filling emergency positions. One email said Vehovic â€œperformed exceptionallyâ€? and was â€œcriticalâ€? to bureau operations because she coordinates pre-employment screening for snow removal and highway maintenance workers. Shakman said the job â€œobviouslyâ€? should not have been exempt from state hiring rules. Vehovic did not respond to requests for comment left by phone and during a visit to her home.
ST. LOUIS (AP) â€“ The Mississippi River is creeping up again, flooding some low-lying roads and agricultural land in parts of Iowa, Illinois and Missouri. Flood watchers say itâ€™s all typical spring flooding, but with rain in the forecast, theyâ€™re not taking anything for granted. â€œWe have chances of rain pretty much throughout the next week,â€? National Weather Service hydrologist Mark Fuchs said Monday. â€œNone of them look heavy, but that could change if you get the right kind of nuance in the atmosphere. â€œWeâ€™re going to be cautiously aware of whatâ€™s going on in the next 7 days.â€? The National Weather Service reported that the
river is generally a foot or two above technical flood stage from southern Iowa south to near St. Louis. The river is well within its banks from St. Louis and south. Very little damage occurs with flooding at this level, but some roads in areas unprotected by levees are closed. A few buildings were threatened in the small Iowa towns of Montrose and Niota. In Missouri, a small park near Clarksville was starting to flood. Clarksville â€“ one of the few towns without a levee or floodwall â€“ was not threatened. A state road near Elsberry was wet and several acres of farmland were under water. Since the 1993 flood, governments have extended levees, built floodwalls and bought out property in the flood plain. As a result, the impact of flooding has been lessened.
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Compiling a half-centuryâ€™s worth of history was no small task. â€œWeâ€™re fortunate we kept scrapbooks and old newspaper clippings,â€? Rebecca Munoz-Ripley, YWCA director of marketing and community services, said. â€œThe clippings go back to the first year â€“ itâ€™s fascinating to go back and look at everything.â€? The final class days are Thursday for the 2- and 3-year-olds, and Friday for the 4-year-olds. The school year officially ends with class picnics May 19 and 20. Fitzgerald said the open house is meant for the entire community,
because so many people played roles in serving so many children over the years. â€œWe want to celebrate every special child, every amazing teacher, and all of the generous contributions from our community that have sustained us over the years,â€? Fitzgerald said. Munoz-Ripley said the preschool program has touched just about every segment of the community. â€œThatâ€™s what gives this event so much meaning,â€? she said. â€œBusinesses have given us tours, people have made donation, and so many have come to preschool to speak. Itâ€™s important that everyone feels this tribute is for them.â€?
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uring his first term in Congress, U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren, a Republican from suburban Winfield who was elected in 2010, represented Lee County and parts of Whiteside and Bureau counties in the former 14th House District. Sauk Valley issues on a congressmanâ€™s radar traditionally include agriculture, manufacturing, education, energy, and the economy in general. After the 14th District was redrawn into a mainly suburban district, Hultgren, who was re-elected in 2012, has taken on a much different but very noble cause â€“ combating human trafficking. Hultgren, who calls human trafficking â€œa modern form of slavery,â€? said it plagues our nation and the world, with an estimated 21 million people worldwide â€“ men, women and children â€“ exploited through forced prostitution or forced labor. â€œWe hear of girls in Africa being sold into slavery, but this problem extends even to our own backyards,â€? Hultgren said last week. â€œWe cannot turn a
Human trafficking is a problem, not just elsewhere in the world but also in Illinois, according to a congressman who formerly represented the Sauk Valley. Kudos to U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren for combating this insidious modern form of slavery.
blind eye to whatâ€™s going tice, Hultgren said he on in the shadows, and has made it a priority what is at the root cause to combat human trafof it,â€? he said. ficking. The root causes He has worked to include an bring awareness to increased demand the issue by speakfor prostitution ing out against it and pornography, on various occaand governmentsions. Last week, sanctioned prostiHultgren hosted tution, according a presentation for U.S. Rep. to Laila Mickelwait members of ConRandy of Exodus Cry, an gress and their Hultgren international antistaffs at the U.S. R-14th human trafficking Capitol about the District group. As a member root causes that In Illinois, fuel sex slavery, of the human trafficking Congressional and what can Human arrests are cenbe done to stop Trafficking tered on Chicago human trafficking. Caucus, and Cook County, Last summer, he Hultgren is involved in the hosted a screenHultgren wrote fight against in a recent newsing in Washington modern paper column. of a documentary slavery. But 10 percent about human trafof human trafficking ficking and sex slavery. arrests happen in the He joined the Congrescollar counties. sional Human TraffickIt is not too much of a ing Caucus and was stretch to believe that its chosen as a member victims pass through our of the Congressional region. Human Trafficking Task Angered by the injusForce. Its goal is to pro-
duce legislation to fight the scourge at home and abroad, as well as help the victims. Hultgren encourages people to be vigilant and look for red flags that might indicate that someone is a human trafficking victim. Those red flags: Are people that you know afraid to freely leave their homes or workplaces? Do they appear scared, submissive, or coached on what to say? Do they lack personal possessions or a stable living situation? Are there any signs of physical or mental abuse? Hultgren encourages people who notice such signs to take them seriously and contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 888-373-7888. It remains to be seen whether Hultgrenâ€™s efforts can make a dent in what he calls â€œa fastgrowing global criminal enterprise that generates $32 billion annually and entraps millions of victims.â€? But we are pleased to salute our regionâ€™s former congressman for taking up such an important cause.
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Great activities at the library, senior center ANNA A. HATZIPANAGIOTIS Mount Morris
I would like to thank the Mount Morris Library and the Rock River Center in Oregon for the free activities available to all of us, sort of whatever â€œtrips your trigger.â€? Once a month, the library offers a timely presentation. This month, two presentations were available: one was a very fine program on autism, since this is Autism Awareness Month; the
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other will be May 18 by the author Abbie Reese, who wrote â€œDedicated to God,â€? an oral history of cloistered nuns. The Rock River Center has many fine, free, regular programs such as carving, cards, bingo, making quilts and making cards; monthly birthday celebrations the second Tuesday; potluck with singing led by Margo Ackland prior to lunch; old news, book club, stump jumpers, etc. The various computer classes are offered free. One very fine program, Viking Ship, on a stormy Sunday evening, had a
What do you think? Let us know. Write your own letter to the editor and send it to: letters@saukvalley. com good turnout and was excellent. The ship sailed from Norway to Chicago for the 1893 Worldâ€™s Columbian Exposition via the ocean and Great Lakes. The May 3 Spelling Bee was fun, and the next round will be at the Rock River Center sometime in June. It is a very fine facility, the employees and volunteers are friendly and capable, with the
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space needed being available. Linda Duffy, activities director, also plans trips. One such trip is the Patty Waszak/White Fence Farm, which sounds great. On April 24, we enjoyed 10 arm-chair trips with the American Classic 2014 Tour preview. May 9 was Ladies Spa Day, a morning of fun and relaxation. So donâ€™t isolate yourselves. Come on out for whatever you most enjoy. The library and the Rock River Center have ample parking, everyone is friendly and has a good time, and there is always coffee.
Itâ€™s been assumed all along that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madiganâ€™s proposal to spend $100 million to help build Barack Obamaâ€™s presidential library was designed to put the Republicans on the spot and perhaps provoke an over-the-top, maybe even racial response, which would help gin up Democratic turnout a bit this November. President Obama has put the libraryâ€™s location out to bid, so Madiganâ€™s proposal is ostensibly designed to help Chicago attract what will likely be a pretty big tourist destination. But politics is just about everything in Springfield these days. Democrats are hoping to crowd the November ballot with enough measures to help gin up their party base and get them out to vote. A constitutional amendment to forbid any voter discrimination along racial, ethnic, gender, etc., grounds was already approved for the ballot. A non-binding referendum on whether voters want to increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour is being prepared. So, this was mainly seen as just another in a series of ploys to fire up the base. But the Republicans have so far played it quite well, publicly pledging their own support for the library and focusing on the cost. No Republican legislator has yet crossed the line. President Obama may not be all that popular elsewhere, but polling has consistently shown he remains popular here. Thereâ€™s no sense attacking him and risking a backlash. Plus, the Republicans make a good point. Obama has proved to be an incredible fundraiser. He still has a lot of very wealthy supporters, and he just doesnâ€™t need any help raising money. The government doesnâ€™t really need to be involved. ILLINOISANS o v e r whelmingly agree with the GOP. â€œAs you may know,â€? 1,029 likely voters were told May 7 in a Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll, â€œsome lawmakers in Springfield want the state to commit $100 million to help pay for the construction of the future presidential library for Barack Obama, if it is located in Illinois. Weâ€™d like to know whether or not you generally approve or disapprove of that $100 million proposal.â€? Just a scant 29 percent approved, while an overwhelming 67 percent disapproved. A mere 4 percent were unsure. The only demographic support for the project
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wasnâ€™t even majority support. A plurality of Chicagoans supported the idea, 48-43, as well as a slim plurality of African-Americans, 45-44. But a plurality of Democrats actually was against the plan, 48-44. And the idea is hugely unpopular with everybody else. A whopping 68 percent of women, 66 percent of men, 75 percent of independents, 80 percent of President Republicans, Barack 74 percent of Obama both Latinos Although and whites, Obama is popular in his 65 percent of suburhome state, Illinoisans ban Cook are not residents, keen about spending state 72 percent money to of collar lure his future county resipresidential dents, and library, 77 percent according to columnist of downstatRich Miller. ers opposed state funding for the Obama presidential library. The pollâ€™s margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 percent; 23 percent were cellphone users. BUT EVEN MORE SAID the state couldnâ€™t afford to help build the library. â€œNo matter how you feel about the presidential library,â€? respondents were asked, â€œdo you believe the state can afford to support it?â€? Only 21 percent said the state could afford it, while an overwhelming 71 percent said it couldnâ€™t. An additional 8 percent were unsure. Not a single demographic category said the state could afford the project. Speaker Madigan has had a few misfires this year. He wanted to put a constitutional amendment on the ballot to levy a surcharge on income over a million dollars, but he couldnâ€™t round up enough votes. Madigan said in March that he wanted to make the income tax increase permanent, but last year 11 of his members â€“ many of whom are his most politically vulnerable â€“ introduced a bill to roll the tax hike all the way back. He has 71 Democrats, and he needs 60 to pass the permanent extension measure. That gives him no wiggle room at all. And, as the poll makes clear, Madigan badly miscalculated with this Obama library thing, both with Republican legislators and the voting public.
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Sex offender registry covers gamut of offenses Dear Abby: As a licensed psychotherapist who has worked with both victims and perpetrators of sexual abuse over the past 25 years, I would like to respond to “Stunned in the City” (Jan. 22), who found her co-worker’s name on a website for registered sex offenders. Registered sex offenders have been convicted and incarcerated for their crimes as well as serving a probationary period upon release. However, unlike other criminal offenses, they never finish “serving their time” – both in the areas of WHERE they can live and HOW they can live (employment). They continue to serve a
dearABBY Abigail Van Buren’s (Jeanne Phillips) column appears during the week through Universal Press Syndicate.
sentence that can never be completed and are stigmatized for the rest of their lives. The reason for this is because of a “one-sizefits-all” approach to punishment, be it a one-time offender or a serial rapist. Most sexual abusers are either members of the
family or a close family friend, and most are never reported. Only a small percentage of registered offenders pose a danger and should be under surveillance. The others should be allowed a second chance to continue with their lives without undue harassment. If “Stunned” reports her co-worker to her employer, she will jeopardize his livelihood, which he needs to redeem his life. – Already Paid His Debt Dear A.P.H.D.: I received mail from mental health professionals, employers, parents and people who are on the sex offenders’ list regard-
ing “Stunned’s” letter. All of them stated that the range of crimes that can add someone to the list is very broad. The list is no more than a STARTING point for people to begin their own research into public records before telling an employer or another person. Read on: Dear Abby: For more than 20 years, I have employed a man who is a convicted sex offender. He paid his debt to society for having sex with a minor when he was in his 20s. It will haunt him for the rest of his life. The pictures you see online are recent because the authorities
require updated photos yearly. I empathize with him, because I dated a 15-year-old when I was 19 – with her parents’ approval – but today it could mean jail time and a ruined life. There is no demarcation between being dumb and being truly criminal, so everyone is labeled the same. I suggest that we all stay aware of those labeled sexual predators, but approach the sexual offenders case-by-case. – Justice For All Dear Abby: Inclusion on the registry can be the result of something that would not pose a danger to anyone – urinating in
public, or having sex with a younger girlfriend when you yourself are a minor. If you see a neighbor or co-worker on such a list, no one should jump to conclusions before doing more research about the actual offense. It may be nothing to worry about at all, or it might be something to react to. But you won’t know until you find out more than a simple listing. – Rebecca in San Diego Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at www.DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.
SUPPORT GROUPS, CLUBS, AND SERVICES Wednesday, May 14 Women, infants and children clinic; and family planning services, all by appointment only, Lee County Health Department, 309 S. Galena Ave., Suite 100, Dixon, 815-284-3371. Dixon Kiwanis Club meeting, 7 a.m., KSB Hospital private dining room, 403 E. First St., Dixon. Whiteside County Health Department free blood pressure clinic, 7:30-8:30 a.m., J.J.’s Restaurant, 337 N. Main Ave., Milledgeville, 815-772-4213. Rock River Center Board meeting, 7:30 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Whiteside County Health Department free blood pressure clinic, 8:30-9:30 a.m., The Eureka Inn, 110 E. Third St., Prophetstown, 815-772-4213. Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, 9-11 a.m., Northland Mall, 2900 E. Lincolnway, Sterling. Henry Pratt Retiree breakfast, 9 a.m., Red Apple, 1130 Franklin Grove Road, Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., women’s group; noon; 3:30 p.m.; 7 p.m., Bazaar Americana, 609 W. Third St., Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., closed, Church of the Brethren, 215 North Court St., Dixon. Mercy Nursing free blood pressure checks, 9-10:30 a.m., Polo Senior Center, 101 E. Mason St. Nurturing Program, 9:15 a.m., Sinnissippi Centers Inc., 2611 Woodlawn Road, Sterling, 815625-0013 or 800-782-1584. Rock River Center representative, 9:30-11 a.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave. Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Rules of the Road class, 10 a.m., Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. American Red Cross blood drive, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 112 W. Second St., Rock Falls. Appointments: 815-625-0382 or 800733-2767. Blood pressure checks, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Lee County Council On Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-288-2117. Mercy Nursing Services free blood pressure clinic, 11 a.m.noon, Dixon Food Center – Red Fox, 500 Chicago Ave., Dixon. Blood pressure checks, 11 a.m.-noon, Whiteside County Senior Center, 1207 W. Ninth St., Sterling, 815-622-9230. Lunch and Learn, noon, Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Center, 1637 Plock Road, Dixon, 815288-4673. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. Fifth St., Oregon. Lee County Welfare Council, noon, Mr. Tequila, 844 N. Galena Ave., Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, Big Book; 6 p.m., closed, Big Book, tradition, 90-92 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, grapevine; 3:30 p.m. closed; 6 p.m., closed, Spanish; 7 p.m. closed, Bazaar Americana, 609 W. Third St., Sterling. Reality Check Narcotics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 506 Fifth Ave., Rock Falls, 779-245-8214. Downstairs, west door. Sauk Valley Alcoholics Anonymous Group, noon, 8 p.m., open, Big Book, 1503 First Ave., Rock Falls, back door. Free blood pressure checks, 1-3 p.m., Amboy Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 15 W. Wasson Road, Amboy, 815-8572550. Woodworkers, 1- p.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave., Rochelle, 815-562-5050. Milledgeville Woman’s Club, 1:30 p.m., Milledgeville library, 18 W. Fifth St. Alcoholics Anonymous, 1:30 p.m., closed, Rochelle Community Hospital, 900 N. Second St. Women’s Support Group, 5-6:30 p.m., Choices Domestic Violence Program office, 114 W. Market St., Mount Carroll.
Buddy Bags packing, 5-6 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 421 S. Peoria Ave., Dixon, 815541-2122. Alcoholics Anonymous, 5:30 p.m., closed, steps, tradition, United Methodist Church, 201 E. Chicago Ave., Davis Junction. Pearl, a self-esteem support group of the YWCA Domestic Violence Program, 6 p.m., 815625-0333. Sauk Valley Gold Wing Riders, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. meeting, Rock Falls Candlelight, 2200 First Ave., 815-625-6763. Buddy Bags donations accepted, 6-7 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 421 S. Peoria Ave., Dixon, 815-541-2122. AWANA, 6:30-8 p.m., 3 years through sixth grade, Northside Baptist Church, 598 River Lane, Dixon, 815-288-5212. AMVETS 123, 7 p.m., Veterans of Foreign Wars Post, 1560 Franklin Grove Road, Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., open, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 960 U.S. Route 52, Amboy. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, First Presbyterian Church, 1100 Calvin Road, Rochelle. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, 808 Freeport Road, Sterling. Northern Illinois Divers Association, 7:30 p.m., Angelo’s II, 2525 E. Lincolnway, Sterling. Northern Illinois Star Gazers meeting, 7:30 p.m., Room 3G12, biology lab, Sauk Valley Community College, 173 state Route 2, Dixon, 815-288-2852. Rock River Grange, 7:30 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 1409 N. Galena Ave., Dixon, 815-973-1490. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., closed, Polo Town Hall, 117 N. Franklin Ave.
Thursday, May 15 Childhood immunization clinic; women, infants and children clinic; and family planning services, all by appointment only, Lee County Health Department, 309 S. Galena Ave., Suite 100, Dixon, 815-284-3371. Abuse Changing team, 815625-0338. Twin City Sunrise Rotary, 7 a.m., Ryberg Auditorium, CGH Medical Center, 100 E. LeFevre Road, Sterling. Free blood sugar screenings, 8-9 a.m., Community Health Services Department, Mendota Community Hospital, 1401 E. 12th St., Mendota. 815-539-7461, ext. 3291, weekdays. Tests can be fasting or 2 hours after eating. North Central Illinois Logistics Council, 8-9:30 a.m., Illinois Valley Community College Room C316, 815 N. Orlando Smith Ave., Oglesby, 815-220-3425. TOPS IL 1426, 8:30-9 a.m. weigh-in, meeting at 9 a.m., Coloma Homes, 401 W. 18th St., Rock Falls. Foot doctor, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Hub City Senior Center, 401 Cherry Ave. Rochelle. Appointments: 815-562-5050. Golden K Kiwanis, 9:30 a.m., YMCA, 2505 YMCA Way, Sterling. Free blood pressure checks, 10-11:30 a.m., Oregon Healthcare Center, 811 S. 10th St. Prairie State Legal representative, 10 a.m., Rock River Center, 810 S. 10th St., Oregon, 815-732-3252. Whiteside County Senior Center outreach caseworker, 10-11 a.m., Robert Fulton Community Center and Transit Facility, 912 Fourth Ave., Fulton, 815-6229230. ’49ers, 11:30 a.m., Maxson Restaurant and Riverboat, 1469
state Route 2 N., Oregon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., closed, Big Book, 90-92 S. Hennepin Ave., Dixon. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 114 S. Fifth St., Oregon. Parish Nurse Networking meeting, noon, CGH Professional Building, 15 W. Third St., Sterling, 815-625-0400, ext. 5425. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon, closed; 5:30, open, beginners; 7 p.m., closed, step, Bazaar Americana, 609 W. Third St., Sterling. Reality Check Narcotics Anonymous, noon, 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 506 Fifth Ave., Rock Falls, 779-245-8214. Downstairs, west door. Sauk Valley Alcoholics Anonymous Group, noon, open, 12 and 12; 8 p.m., closed, 12 and 12, 1503 First Ave., Rock Falls, back door. Healthy Lifestyles Club, 1, 7 p.m., Mendota Community Hospital ground-floor conference room, 1401 E. 12th St., Mendota, 815539-7461, ext. 5319. Alcoholics Anonymous, 2:30 p.m., closed, clearance required, BAAbble on for Life Prison Group, 815-973-6150. Narcotics Anonymous, 4-5 p.m., Sinnissippi Centers, 2611
Woodlawn Road, Sterling, 815625-0013. Helping Understand Grief for Survivors (HUGS), 5:30-6:30 p.m., Serenity Hospice & Home, 1658 S. state Route 2, Oregon. Call 815-732-2499 by noon Thursday. If no one calls, the meeting will be canceled. Overeaters Anonymous, 5:30 p.m., Lee County Council on Aging, 100 W. Second St., Dixon, 815-441-4452. Fibromyalgia Support Group, 6 p.m., Suite 215, Positive Changes Acupuncture, 609 W. Third St., Sterling, 815-499-5425. Breast Cancer Networking Group, 6-7 p.m., Home of Hope Cancer Wellness Centers, 1637 Plock Road, Dixon, 815-2884673. TOPS, 6:30 p.m., Rock Falls United Methodist Church, 210 Fourth Ave., 815-625-0431. River Cities Quilters Guild, 7 p.m., Fulton Presbyterian Church, 311 N. Ninth St., 815499-5618. Dixon Veterans of Foreign Wars, 7 p.m., VFW Post, 1560 Franklin Grove Road, Dixon. Dixon Area Garden Club, 7 p.m., Plum Creek Garden, 626 Palmyra Road, Dixon. Al-Anon, 7 p.m., St. John
Lutheran Church, 703 Third Ave., Sterling. Marine Corps League, 7 p.m., Rock Falls American Legion, 712 Fourth Ave, 815-625-9058. Sauk Valley Landlord Association meeting, 7 p.m., Coventry Living Center, 612 W. St. Mary’s Road, Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, and Al-Anon, 7 p.m., United Methodist Church, 709 Fourth Ave., Rochelle. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., closed, 808 Freeport Road, Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 p.m., open, Big Book, Rolling Hills Center, 201 state Route 64, Lanark. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., closed, St. Anne Church, 401 N. Cherry St., Morrison. Rock River Valley Barbershop Chorus practice, 7:30 p.m., Rock Falls Community Building, 603 W. 10th St., 815-284-7569. Sterling Rock River Masonic Lodge 612, 7:30 p.m., 113½ W. Third St., Sterling. Alcoholics Anonymous, 8 p.m., closed, United Steelworkers, 502 Woodburn Ave., Sterling. Volunteer Care Center of Lee County, 403 E. First St., Dixon. Appointment: 815-284-9555.
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Insurgents declare independence Leader seeks release Separatists seek to join with Russia DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) â€“ Pro-Moscow insurgents in eastern Ukraine declared independence Monday and sought to join Russia, undermining upcoming presidential elections, strengthening the Kremlinâ€™s hand and putting pressure on Kiev to hold talks with the separatists following a referendum on self-rule. Russia signaled it has no intention of subsuming eastern Ukraine the way it annexed Crimea in March. Instead, Moscow is pushing to include eastern regions in negotiations on Ukraineâ€™s future â€“ suggesting that Russia prefers a political rather than a military solution to its worst standoff with the West since the Cold War. Such talks are central to a potential path toward peace outlined Monday by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The plan
Pro-Russian gunmen and activists react Monday while listening to a speaker as they declare independence for the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine. Pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine declared independence Monday for the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, following their contentious referendum ballot. laid out by Swiss President Didier Burkhalter calls on all sides to refrain from violence and urges immediate amnesty, talks on decentralization and the status of the Russian language. Thatâ€™s a key complaint of insurgents who have seized power in eastern regions and clashed with government troops and police.
But itâ€™s up to the Ukrainian government to take the next step. Acting Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk pledged to hold a dialogue with Ukraineâ€™s east. But he gave no specifics and stopped short of addressing Sundayâ€™s referendum and the declarations of independence in the pro-Mos-
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cow regions of Donetsk and Luhansk. â€œWe would like to launch the broad national dialogue with the east, center, the west, and all of Ukraine,â€? Yatsenyuk said in a news conference in Brussels, adding that the agenda for talks should include changes to the constitution that would give more powers to the regions. Ukraineâ€™s central government and the West say the Kremlin has encouraged weeks of unrest in eastern Ukraine in a possible attempt to grab more land. Russia says thatâ€™s not so, and accuses the West of meddling in a region that Moscow sees as its backyard. The Ukrainian governmentâ€™s room to maneuver is shrinking. With national presidential elections scheduled for May 25, the regions of Donetsk and Luhansk declared independence Monday, and those in Donetsk even asked to join enormous neighbor Russia instead.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) â€“ Under the guns of their captors, dozens of barefoot girls sat huddled together wearing gray Muslim veils as they chanted Quranic verses in Arabic. Some Christians among them said they had converted to Islam. â€œI swear to almighty Allah, you will not see them again until you release our brothers that you have captured,â€? the leader of the Boko Haram terrorist network threatened, an assault rifle slung across his chest. A video released by the group Monday offered the first public glimpse of what it claimed were some of the nearly 300 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped a month ago. The girlsâ€™ plight has
spurred a global movement to secure their freedom. It is not known how many suspected Boko Haram members are detained by security forces. Hundreds were killed last month when leader Abubakar Shekauâ€™s fighters stormed the militaryâ€™s main northeastern barracks in Maiduguri, the terror groupâ€™s birthplace and the headquarters of a year-old military state of emergency to put down the 5-year-old Islamic uprising. In the video, two of the girls were singled out for questioning. â€œWhy have you become a Muslim?â€? one girl, who looked to be in her early teens, was asked. â€œThe reason why I became a Muslim is because the path we are on is not the right path,â€? the girl said, nervously shifting her body from side to side, her eyes darting back and forth.
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John Buchan, a Scottish politician and novelist, whose most famous book was “The Thirty-Nine Steps,” said, “Every man at the bottom of his heart believes that he is a born detective.” It helps if a bridge player is a detective, uncovering clues from the bidding and play. But another word in that sentence is important in today’s deal. South is in three no-trump. West leads the spade queen. Given that the defenders can take only four tricks in spades, how should declarer plan to win the last nine? South starts with six top tricks: four hearts, one diamond and one club. He needs to deduce that if the club finesse is losing, the contract is hopeless. But if that finesse
is winning, he can rake in nine tricks: four hearts, one diamond and four clubs. So, on the fourth spade, declarer must discard his diamond queen. Yes, this risks going
several down if the club finesse fails, but pitching a club instead would leave South needing both minor-suit finesses to work. Then, after taking the fifth trick with his diamond ace, how should declarer continue? He must realize that he might need to take the club finesse three times. But he has only one dummy entry, in hearts, and he must stay in the dummy while repeating the club finesse. This requires first leading the bottom card in dummy’s clubs that can hold the trick when East has the club king. South must lead first the club nine. When that holds, he runs the club jack. Then he plays a club to his queen and claims. If declarer first leads dummy’s club jack, East can defeat the contract. Work out how. © 2014 UFS
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Another decrease planned in October CHAMPAIGN (AP) â€“ Some communities are reconsidering where they get electricity after learning that Ameren Illinois will implement two rate decreases this year. Ameren likely will drop electric-supply rates about 7 percent next month, on top of a decrease scheduled for October, meaning the utility might offer better prices than some alternative suppliers, The Champaign News-Gazette reported Monday. Hundreds of Illinois communities adopted aggregation, which allows them to bundle residential and small business customers
to buy cheaper electricity in bulk from smaller suppliers. But Amerenâ€™s proposed default rate for June through September is lower than what many cities brokered, and the rate taking effect in October is even lower. Champaign plans to put its aggregation program on hold for at least a year, and its 26,000 customers will be switched automatically to Ameren if they do nothing. Those who donâ€™t want to switch to Ameren have 60 days after the program expires to find their own supplier. But customers in nearby Urbana automatically will stay on the municipal rate negotiated under aggregation unless they choose to switch to Ameren. They
may drop out of the program without penalty. Urbana considered its sustainability goals when deciding to keep its program, because it bought renewable-energy credits to offset 100 percent of its electric use, said Mike Monson, chief of staff for Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing. Experts say customersâ€™ overall bill might not change much if they switch to Ameren, because the rate decreases are for electric supply, not for the utilityâ€™s costs to deliver it. Delivery rates are increasing to help pay for a 10-year project to modernize the electric grid. Savings in electricity costs could be offset by increased delivery costs.
MONEY & MARKETS The following stock quotations, as of 5 p.m., are provided as a community service by Chad Weigle of Edward Jones, Dixon and Raymond James and Associates, Sterling. Abbott...................................39.26 Alcoa.....................................13.80 AltriaCorp.............................40.36 Autonation...........................55.69 American Express................89.65 Arris-Group..........................29.24 Apple..................................592.83 ADM.....................................44.67 AT&T.....................................36.57 Bank of America...................15.07 Boeing.................................132.61 BorgWarner..........................61.11 BP..........................................50.70 Caseyâ€™s..................................69.76 Caterpillar...........................106.19 CenturyLink.........................36.73 Chevron..............................125.21 Cisco.....................................23.19 Citigroup...............................47.27 CNW.....................................44.65 CocaCola..............................40.82
ConAgra................................30.95 Dean.....................................15.02 Deere & Co...........................93.63 Disney...................................82.39 Donaldson............................42.89 DuPont..................................68.18 Exxon..................................102.22 Ford......................................15.84 Exelon...................................35.40 GE.........................................26.84 FifthThird.............................20.88 HawaiianElectric.................23.75 Hewlett Packard...................32.81 HomeDepot.........................77.72 Intel Corp.............................26.37 IBM.....................................192.53 IntlPaper...............................47.35 JCPenney................................9.18 JohnsonControls..................45.31 Johnson&Johnson.............100.55 JPMorgan Chase..................54.65 Kraft......................................57.42 Kroger...................................46.68 Leggett&Platt.......................33.84 Manpower............................83.72 McDonaldâ€™s........................102.85 Merck&Co.............................55.29
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Hillshire Farm products are displayed in the meat case at Quality Market in Barre, Vt. Hillshire Brands is buying Pinnacle Foods, whose brands include Duncan Hines and Aunt Jemima, in a cash-andstock deal valued at approximately $4.23 billion, the companies announced Monday. like products that are more than just meat,â€? Connolly said. Hillshire, which has been struggling with weak sales, also said last month that it was buying Vanâ€™s Natural Foods, which makes gluten-free products including cereal, chips and snack bars. Given its reduced reliance on meat, the new Hillshire is expected to have significantly higher profit margins. Rising prices for meat
have hurt Hillshireâ€™s profit margins and led the company to increase prices in stores. Still, some of Pinnacleâ€™s brands such as HungryMan are seen as having an outdated image at a time when many people are trying to move away from foods they feel are processed or unhealthy. The frozen food industry even plans to launch its first TV ad today, defending the nutritional benefits of its products.
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HICAGO – With 15 minutes, 27 seconds left in the third period of a tied, tense game Sunday night at the United Center, it was long past time for the Blackhawks to get serious. Captain Serious, of course. Jonathan Toews detests that nickname, almost as much as he hates losses, and an indigestible one loomed before the Blackhawks captain bailed them out again in a 2-1 victory. Patrick Sharp flung the puck at the net, Wild defenseman Ryan Suter batted it off Marian Hossa, and Toews backhanded it past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov for the game-winner that gave the Hawks a perilous 3-2 series lead. Late Friday night after the Wild beat the Hawks for the second straight game at the Xcel Energy Center and Toews went scoreless in St. Paul, a sarcastic host for KFAN asked his listeners if No. 19 had made the trip. Two long days later, nobody in Minnesota wondered after Toews made his presence felt when and where it mattered most. In the closest thing to a must-win game the Hawks have played this postseason, Toews camped out in front of the net, a spot his team has been too quick to vacate.
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AFC’s Allison Prestegaard spent the winter swatting away shot attempts. She did so at a record pace and has landed in the IHSA record book for blocks in a season (165) and blocks in a game (16).
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AFC junior center Prestegaard handles rejections well She also blocked 12 shots in a game twice – against Polo on Jan. 21 and Dakota on Feb. 4. Jones blocked 21 shots in a game twice in School: AFC Class: Junior her career, while Hononegah’s Nicole Smith At some point, you would think some FYI: First-year starter for Raiders in 2013achieved the feat once, in the 2010-11 season. teams would come to the conclusion that 14 basketball season. ... Averaged 8.8 Prestegaard’s height, combined with an enough is enough. points, 8.6 rebounds and 6.9 blocks per 80-inch wingspan and good instincts, make Working the ball inside for high-percentgame. ... Block total was tops in the state. her a perfect storm for rejection. age shots is the way to go for most girls “I’ve definitely been blessed with the basketball squads in the area, but not necheight thing,” said Prestegaard, whose Prestegaard was listed in two categories. essarily when going against AFC. That’s mother, Kathy, stands 5-10, and father, The 165 blocks for a season is the 20thbecause Allison Prestegaard is back there, most in IHSA girls basketball history. Brielle Joel, is 6-3. “There’s instances where they waiting like a human flyswatter. Jones of Deland-Weldon blocked 240 shots just shoot it right into my hands, but someIn 24 games this past season, the 6-foot-3 in the 2007-08 season. times I have to move around and block junior rejected 165 shots, an average of 6.9 shots from behind. That helps a lot. It just In a single game, Prestegaard blocked each game. When the IHSA updated its girls 16 shots against Amboy on Feb. 16, which kind of comes naturally for me.” basketball individual records on May 8, ties her for seventh-most in a single game. BLOCK CONTINUED ON B5
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Star of the meet: Jack Nitz, Sterling, earned Golden Warriors’ lone win at No. 1 singles in straight sets Up next: Sterling at United Township, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday; St. Bede at Newman, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday It was Reuter’s first singles match win of his 1-year career, and it helped the Comets to a 5-1 victory over host Sterling on Monday afternoon. He improved his singles record to 1-2, and possibly earned himself a spot on a singles court come the conference and sectional meets in the coming weeks after impressing his coach. MESSAGE CONTINUED ON B4
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