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  • Brain-eating amoeba case in Arkansas linked to warm water, drought

    By Meghan Evans Meteorologist for AccuWeather.com STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — AccuWeather reports a 12-year-old girl contracted a rare infection caused by a brain-eating amoeba in Arkansas, and it may be tied to summer heat and drought conditions,...

    • Posted July 31, 2013
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  • Festa Italiana set for Aug. 2-4 on the grounds of Boylan Catholic High School

    Online Staff Report Food, music and fun! The Greater Rockford Italian American Association (GRIAA) invites you to the 35th Annual Festa Italiana, celebrating the Italian heritage and culture in Rockford. The party takes place Aug. 2-4 on...

    • Posted July 31, 2013
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  • ‘Enchanted’ featured Aug. 2 at Friday Night Flix in Davis Park

    Online Staff Report Enchanted is the Friday Night Flix feature film for Friday, Aug. 2. Gates will open to patrons at 7 p.m., and the movie will begin at sundown on the north lawn of Davis Park,...

    • Posted July 31, 2013
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  • City hires Comprehensive Planning manager

    Todd Cagnoni, interim director of the City of Rockford Community and Economic Development Department, has announced the hiring of David Sidney as the manager of Comprehensive Planning and Design for the City of Rockford. Sidney is a...

    • Posted July 31, 2013
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  • Vince’s Notes: Thrift Shop brings together former EIEIO members, Bun E. Carlos

    By Vince Chiarelli Well-known local and regional musicians have formed a new band called “Thrift Shop.” The bio from the band’s webpage says, “2 guys are original members of Cheap Trick. 2 guys are original EIEIO’s. 1...

    • Posted July 31, 2013
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  • Response to John Kight about guns

    Editor’s note: The following is in response to the July 17-23 Letter to the Editor, “Response to Tim Hughes’ rebuttal on gun law enforcement,” by John Kight, which was in response to Hughes’ July 3-9 Letter to...

    • Posted July 31, 2013
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  • The dandelion — noxious weed or unappreciated herb?

    By Susan Johnson Copy Editor Living — and specifically eating — “green” just got more difficult if you live in the Chicago area. As John Kass reported in the Friday, June 28, Chicago Tribune, John Taris, a...

    • Posted July 31, 2013
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  • Health Department offers back-to-school clinic

    Staff Report Winnebago County Health Department (WCHD) will offer “Head over Heels for Good Health,” its fourth annual back-to-school health clinic, from 3 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 555 N. Court St., Rockford. The event...

    • Posted July 31, 2013
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  • Meet John Doe: Be alert to bias in the local press

    By Paul Gorski “They couldn’t print it if it wasn’t true,” a friend of mine used to joke when we discussed news reporting by newspapers and other news outlets. Why, sure they can, because if a newspaper...

    • Posted July 31, 2013
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  • Growing, preparing and preserving your own food

    By Drs. Robert & Sonia Vogl President and Vice President, Illinois Renewable Energy Association Food independence has become a true local sustainability and energy success story. Six years ago, keynoter Alisa Smith’s presentation at the Illinois Renewable...

    • Posted July 31, 2013
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