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'Awaken'-up call 2: The holiday movie Force is back for second helping

What becomes a holiday movie most? Being released at just the right time, of course. The movie expected to emerge as the biggest holiday attraction of them all is the reawakening of the "Star Wars" franchise.

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Redbirds flocking to 60th Pantagraph All-Star Baseball Game

Sunday's 60th edition of the Pantagraph All-Star Baseball Game will have a distinct Illinois State flavor.

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Slings & arrows: Taking aim at Cupid's big day

Cupid's biggest day of the year may be 72 hours away, but don’t be shocked if one of the bare-bottomed little cherub's arrows grazes an ear before then.

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Timely 'Ragtime': Musical's themes like CNN's headlines

"Ragtime" — the book, the movie and the musical — depicts America's melting pot as a cauldron spilling over into varying levels of chaos and anarchy.

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Changing it up: Dan's new day, and album

BLOOMINGTON — It's the afternoon after, and the thrill isn't gone for Dan Hubbard.

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Hank & Rita do B-N: But will their marriage survive?

The first time ever they said "I love you," it was 1974, when the world was having a nice day, every day.

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Homing in on history: How we got from there to here

BLOOMINGTON — If home is where the heart is, a new exhibit opening Monday in the McLean County Museum of History will be thumping away healthily for years to come.

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Community response helps contain mumps outbreak

BLOOMINGTON — The countywide mumps outbreak — which prompted increased vigilance by hundreds of McLean County residents throughout the fall — could have been worse if people hadn't responded appropriately.

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Force of habits: She's still having fun with nuns

In the beginning ... there was very little. Vickie Quade, co-creator of the longest-running religious comedy in Chicago history, "Late Nite Catechism," had signed on for a mere 12 performances. Two per weekend, over six weeks.

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Whiz kid: Bloomington boy competes on 'Child Genius'

BLOOMINGTON — After getting home from Evans Junior High School, 10-year-old Vivek Abraham completes his 6th grade math homework, then studies for his online astrophysics class at Northwestern University in Evanston.

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Whiz kid: Bloomington boy competes on 'Child Genius' (copy)

BLOOMINGTON — After getting home from Evans Junior High School, 10-year-old Vivek Abraham completes his 6th grade math homework, then studies for his online astrophysics class at Northwestern University in Evanston.

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PawPrint Ministries thrives in bringing benevolence

DECATUR — When Jennifer Dahn answered the call to help the recovery effort at a tornado disaster area in Washington in November 2013, she had no idea she was about to get a vision that would result in smiles and…

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Hard sell: Closing of Streator hospital sparks debate

STREATOR — No one knows what will happen with emergency health care in this LaSalle County town after Monday. "We need a hospital in Streator," said Arlene Martell, a retired teacher and farmer's wife who lives south of Streator.

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Revolving door: Services gap brought suspect back to court

BLOOMINGTON — Little changed in Jason Hopkins' life between a 2005 arson that sent him to prison and a violent incident a decade later in downtown Bloomington that left two people with stab wounds and Hopkins behind bars on attempted…

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Illinois River once gateway to wider world for Bloomington

When railroads first reached this stretch of Central Illinois in the early 1850s, the economic interests of Bloomington and the surrounding countryside turned northward to the emerging commercial and industrial behemoth of Chicago.

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Certification key for beef producers

CLINTON — Even though Larry Martin has owned cattle for decades, he still believes it is worth his time to take more training in cattle handling. Martin’s father, a prominent auctioneer, bought him his first animal when he was only…

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Twin Cities' first babies of 2016 enter the world

BLOOMINGTON — Six-year-old Cole Sanders had a legitimate reason for hoping his new sibling would be a boy. Cole, the oldest son of Neil and Erin Sanders of Bloomington, already had one sister, 2-year-old Campbell, and she was cramping his…

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Helping hand: VAC aids county's 11K veterans

BLOOMINGTON — Esaw Peterson thought his golfing days were over after diabetes took away most of his vision, but help from the McLean County Veterans Assistance Commission brought golf and other activities back into his life.

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