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Director of Newsroom Development David Arkin offers some tips on how to make your Fourth of July coverage sparkle.
Behind the Story: How planning landed key photo of murderer.
Writing coach: Read Casey Laughman’s writing coach blog at http://www.ghnewsroom.com/blogs.php?aid=16. This week’s topic: Bad weather, good writing.
In a hail of gunfire, Shelton Gang was driven out of Illinois
The Shelton Gang, which terrorized Peoria for years, came to a violent end when several members were shot to death. The murders have never been solved. In a two-part series, Peoria Journal Star columnist Phil Luciano explores the case and talks to a former safecracker who may know the answer.
STATE BRIEFS: News from around the state. POSTED.
MINIMUM WAGE: Went up to $7.75 an hour Tuesday in Illinois. Talking to employers, and hopefully an employee or two, about impact. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau. Story has been pushed back to Sunday publication.
From the Statehouse:
--Statehouse Insider. By Doug Finke of the State Capitol bureau.
--Capitol Notebook. By the State Capitol bureau staff.
NOTABLE VETERAN: Harry Lintz, a 92-year-old WWII vet with a Purple Heart died this week. Despite having only one arm, Lintz built his own home and played baseball on the side. By Terry Bibo of the Peoria Journal Star. TENTATIVE.
ULTRALIGHT CRASH: An ultralight plane struck a house Thursday morning in Williamsfield. The homeowners just brought home a new baby yesterday, and the plane's owner is their neighbor. No injuries were reported, but the plane was badly damaged. By Matt Buedel of the Peoria Journal Star. Will be posted this evening.
Killing spree suspect in Knox County jail
GALESBURG – A man suspected in a killing spree that left eight people dead has been transferred to Knox County, where he's accused of killing a 65-year-old Galesburg man. Knox County authorities picked Nicholas Sheley up in Madison County, where he was arrested Tuesday night outside a bar. He's now in the Knox County jail awaiting an afternoon court appearance. From the Galesburg Register-Mail.
Henderson County to cut holes in levee
GLADSTONE – With 28,000 acres of farmland under water from flooding at the broken levee in Gulfport, Henderson County officials plan to cut holes in the levee to allow water back into the receding Mississippi River. By Gary Tomlin of the Peoria Journal Star.
HOLIDAY INN RETURNS: The Holiday Inn chain plans to return to the Springfield market with a full-service hotel after an eight-year absence. Johnson Development Co., which has Staybridge and Hampton Inn & Suites in Prairie Crossing expects to start construction next door this summer, open in 2009. By Tim Landis of the State Journal-Register. HELD.
Still winning for losing
PEORIA HEIGHTS – Scott Senti is still a loser — and proud of it. About 2 1⁄2 years ago, the nation watched Senti and his family melt the pounds on the NBC show "The Biggest Loser Special Edition: The ‘Little Italy Family’ vs. ‘The 1950s Diner Family.’" Since then, the Senti family of Peoria Heights has seen weight fluctuations. Scott Senti, on the other hand, has defied percentages by keeping off the pounds long-term. By Ryan Ori of the Peoria Journal Star.
Finding balance among the birds
PECATONICA – Behind black entrance gates are buildings and artesian wells, an oasis in an expanse of farmland. The 20-acre grounds of the Illinois Vipassana Meditation Center are quiet except for birds and whispering winds. By Hilary Matheson of the Freeport Journal-Standard.
BRITT: Toon on John McCain and his $%@**!!! anger issues. POSTED.
Wood on Words: A brief history of specs
If you have something made “on spec,” it’s likely to turn out the way you expected. However, if you invest in something “on spec,” it’s risky business.
Pam Adams: America is colored purple
Rather than red, white and blue, shall we celebrate purple on the Fourth of July? Specifically, the splendid royal purple of Michelle Obama's dress on the night her husband became the presumptive Democratic nominee for president of the United States.
Phil Luciano: Chicago aghast at hillbilly smokers
For an astounding expose this week, the Chicago Tribune dared to send reporters into unfamiliar, mysterious territory: Downstate Illinois.
Bernard Schoenburg: Answers about IDOT division’s move come up short
The Blagojevich administration, not known for straight answers, is at it again.
Editorial: Time to face fiscal reality, legislators
State Rep. Gary Hannig, D-Litchfield, seems to think everything with the budget process in Illinois is just hunky-dory. Submit a budget that’s $1.5 billion over balance? Not a problem. An editorial from the State Journal-Register.
Editorial: What makes a patriot?
It sometimes seems that every time we take a step forward in this country, we take two more back. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
MIKE NADEL: Nadel will be writing from this weekend’s Cubs-Cardinals series in St. Louis.
Jane Miller: Trying times for two-time Cup champ
In the Fast Lane: Once again on Sunday, Tony Stewart managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory at New Hampshire.