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If just a couple of drops were going to hit me, I would have risked it in my Sunday casual best.   My long wait of being a chosen one for the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge was over; the only problem was I was a long way from home and wearing something more appropriate for a proper prayer rather than a...
There is really only one head nod I would consider smooth.   Welders own it. The cool cranium twitch happens right before they are about to light it up, and it throws the safety mask down with a little bit of determined attitude.   Robots do not have the corneas for this kind of split-second mojo...
The town of Robbins is one of the poorest places to live in Illinois. In 2013, the trampled neighborhood finally made it into everyday conversation (and it probably was a half-day at best) when its police captain was fired for basically impersonating an officer. Oh, he held a Robbins badge, but...
I saw a basketball hoop before the circling barbed wire. I was close to Mark Zimmerman, but had no idea I would share his mindset, if only for a brief moment. There is a halfway house, complete with half-court entertainment, in Seneca County, Ohio, about 1,000 ft from the DOT offices. I do not...
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Everyone knows a hill of soybeans is worth something. The crop is a huge economic driver for the U.S., and the Illinois Soybean Association is trying to play a huge role in the next transportation-funding bill.   Last week I received a packet from the group in the mail. In it contained a zip drive...
I haven’t seen anything flying overhead, but if there were it would generate quite a buzz. That’s because the speed violations would be many, and some controversial.   The Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) is currently under construction, and it is a route I take to work just about every morning. The...
He was face down in the icy snow on our front yard, and I was not about to lift him up. It was the dead of winter and we were trying to sell our house, and the dead-end of a real estate agent we were working with had a contract that was ticking close to expiration. For 90 days he failed to bring in...

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