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Shining the light on chicken

Lynda Balslev Chicken has every right to be exciting. The humble bird is often dismissed, considered boring or too quick to dry out when cooked. Well, think again. Chicken is uncomplicated, reliable and an all-around crowd-pleaser. More important, it loves a good rub or marinade and will obligingly absorb a sauce’s flavors, spices and aromatics…

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Oldest living conjoined twins, Lori and George Schappell, die at 62

READING, Pa. (AP) — Conjoined twins Lori and George Schappell, who pursued separate careers, interests and relationships during lives that defied medical expectations, died this month in Pennsylvania, according to funeral home officials. They were 62. The twins, listed by Guinness World Records as the oldest living conjoined twins, died April 7 at the Hospital…

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Civil War dominates the senses; oozes with pertinence

Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Writer To what degree of self awareness do we prefer from our movies? In the case of A24’s latest film, Civil War, it allows you to decide the level you see, hear and read into with every scene keeping you guessing the direction and each answer unlocking a new division of our…

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Auditions open for Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat

Summer Repertory Theatre at Blackburn College is pleased to announce open auditions for the July 2024 production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Auditions will be held at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Carlinville. Those who wish to audition must be at least 7 years old. There is no other age restriction. Children…

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Edinburg School Art Club takes field trip to Chicago Art Institute

CHICAGO — On Friday, March 22, 2024, before Spring Break, seven Edinburg School Art Club Contest winners traveled to Chicago to visit the world-famous Art Institute of Chicago. The first stop on the field trip was to stretch my legs and buy snacks at “Wally” near Pontiac. Upon arriving, the small bus was parked, and…

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Disney allowed to pause its federal lawsuit against Florida governor as part of settlement deal

MIKE SCHNEIDER Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An appellate court on Monday granted Disney’s request for a two-month pause in a federal lawsuit against Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and his appointees to Walt Disney World’s governing district after the two sides reached a settlement on separate litigation in state court. Disney’s request last Friday…

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Tangy goat cheese balances meaty mushrooms in a simple vegetarian salad

CHRISTOPHER KIMBALL Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street A good salad strikes a perfect balance of textures and flavors, but it’s easy to overdo it with rich ingredients, especially when striving to add savory elements. For a vegetarian salad that hits all the right notes, combine tangy cheese with meaty mushrooms and bitter greens. In this recipe…

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Let Quinoa do the heady lifting in this salad

Lynda Balslev Don’t mistake this salad for tabbouleh. While it certainly bears a resemblance, it’s not the traditional Levantine bulgur salad tumbled with tomatoes, onions and fresh green herbs. Instead, this salad veers south for inspiration and replaces the bulgur with quinoa. Quinoa is a South American crop which produces small seeds that are nutrient-rich…

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20 songs to rock out with during eclipse

MARIA SHERMAN AP Music Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) — The total solar eclipse is quickly approaching. While you prepare to hit the road towards the path of total darkness or anticipate hours of traffic coming out of your watch party, you’ll need something to listen to. And we’ve got your back. Across 20 tracks, here’s…

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