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Many years ago I took my kids on a cross-country train trip. Amtrak was offering a great deal: I paid full fare for myself, half fare for the first kid, and the second kid rode for free. Comment?
Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a Chicago author who wrote a heart-wrenching column called "You May Want to Marry My Husband" while battling ovarian cancer, died Monday at 51. Rosenthal was a prolific creator described on her website as "a person who likes to make things." That description includes children's books and "grown-up books," salads, short films, "connections with the universe," "something out of nothing" and "wishes." Comment?
Mattie Smith Colin, a reporter for the Chicago Defender, was dispatched to a Chicago train station in 1955 to cover the return of Emmett Till's body. A deeply moving experience, covering what would become a flashpoint in the civil rights movement, Colin eloquently captured the anguish of Till's mother as her young, black son, slain in Mississippi after reportedly whistling at a white woman, was returned to her. Comment?
Oat production in Canada, the world's biggest exporter, is set to plunge after rain and snow delayed harvests across the Prairie Provinces. Because the crop spent too much time in wet fields, grain quality declined, which means more will end up as livestock feed and less will be suitable for making food products like Cheerios breakfast cereal. Comment?
Hollis R. Porter, 83, passed away Thursday evening July 7, 2016 at The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle. He was born Dec. 2, 1932 in Masardis, the son of Avon and Alta Porter. Comment?
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