• Fireworks safety

    Staff Report Each July 4, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks in the United States. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks –— devastating burns,...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Boaters encouraged to take ‘Safe Summer Pledge’

    Staff Report WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Fourth of July celebration is right around the corner and is a popular time for boaters to get out and enjoy being on the water with family and friends. But, with...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Founders Market begins July 7 at YouthBuild

    Staff Report YouthBuild Rockford, 917 S. Main St., will host a Founders Market the first and third Saturdays of the month, beginning July 7 and running through Sept. 15. The market, which will feature food growers, artisans...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Tips for staying hydrated during the dog days of summer

    By Doug Halberstadt Sports Columnist We are in the middle of a heat wave. It’s not often that we experience this many days of temperatures consistently 90 or above. For the casual athlete, that can make things...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Sevendust headlines July 12 ByronFest Rocks the Rock concert

    Staff Report BYRON, Ill. — Sevendust, Pop Evil, Nonpoint, Soil, Beyond Threshold, The Last Vegas and Wayland will perform at the first ByronFest Rocks the Rock concert beginning at 4 p.m., Thursday, July 12. The event will...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • HOMES continues fight against the megadairy

    Staff Report The citizens’ group, HOMES (Helping Others Maintain Environmental Standards) in Jo Daviess County is continuing its fight against A.J. Bos, the megadairy they say threatens the quality of life in their rural area by unregulated...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Guest Column: Facts often ignored in coverage of public employee pensions

    By Cinda Klickna President, Illinois Education Association As a career teacher, facts are very important to me. Without facts, we’d have chaos in our classrooms. So, it’s frustrating to see that facts are usually ignored or misrepresented...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Editorial cartoon by Charles Story: Landfill expansion

    From the July 4-10, 2012, issue

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Industrial, gothic music DJ event at Bar 3 July 7

    Staff Report Bar 3 of Rockford is hosting another night showcasing gothic and industrial music. The unique DJ event, titled “Ritual Control,” will be from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday, July 7, at Bar 3, 326...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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  • Guest Column: How to save Social Security 101

    By David Soll We have all heard the rumors that Social Security is on the verge of bankruptcy within the next decade or so. This is currently true if we do nothing. It frustrates me when politicians...

    • Posted July 3, 2012
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