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Barack Obama wins Emmy for narrating national parks series

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barack Obama is halfway to an EGOT. The former president won an Emmy Award on Saturday to go with his two Grammys. Obama won the best narrator Emmy for his work on the Netflix documentary series, “Our Great National Parks.” The five-part show, which features national parks from around the globe,…

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Ruby Bridges, desegregation trailblazer, writes kid’s book

JAY REEVES Associated Press Ruby Bridges was a 6-year-old first-grader when she walked past jeering crowds of white people to become one of the first Black students at racially segregated schools in New Orleans more than six decades ago. Now, with teaching about race in America more complicated than it’s ever been, she’s authored a…

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Meghan speaks about her efforts ‘forgiving’ royal family

LONDON (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, says that “just by existing,” she and her husband Prince Harry “upset the dynamic of the hierarchy” when they were in the U.K. The former actress made headlines in Britain on Tuesday with comments made during an interview with U.S. magazine The Cut. In the interview published…

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Atlanta prosecutor: Gang targeted celebrities, influencers

ATLANTA (AP) — A prosecutor on Monday announced a sprawling indictment targeting members of what she said is a violent street gang that has been targeting the Atlanta area homes of famous athletes, entertainers and others who flaunt expensive possessions on social media. Singer Mariah Carey, Marlo Hampton of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Atlanta…

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Two more R. Kelly accusers testify at trial in Chicago

MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Two more accusers took the witness stand at R. Kelly’s child pornography and solicitation of minors trial Monday, bringing to three the total number of accusers to have testified to date at the federal trial in Chicago. The first accuser, who testified two weeks ago under…

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Rainbow Reminder

TAYLORVILLE — “Success is not Final, Failure is not Fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts.” Former United Kingdom Prime Minister Winston Churchill understood a thing or two about perseverance. The political figure lead the UK through the horrors of the Second World War (1940-1945). Above is the rainbow that came after yesterday’s…

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Engine problem leads NASA to scrub launch of new moon rocket

MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A fuel leak and then an engine problem during final liftoff preparations led NASA to scrub the launch of its mighty new moon rocket Monday morning on a shakedown flight with three test dummies aboard. The next launch attempt will not take place until Friday…

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Behind Closed Doors: What’s in store for the 100 E. Market building?

Kim Paisley-Jones Breeze-Courier Writer “It has been said that, at it’s best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future.” — William Murtagh, the rst keeper of the National Register of Historic Places TAYLORVILLE — The building located at 100 E. Market Street in Taylorville has…

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Optimist hears from Scooters manager Mitch Parrish

TAYLORVILLE — The Taylorville Optimist Club held its regular meeting on Thursday, August 25, 2022, in the Community Room of the People’s Bank. President John Crist called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the opening prayer by Pastor Steve Robinson. Guest speaker for the morning was Mitch Parrish, manager of…

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Serena Williams tells Meghan of baby’s injury before match

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Serena Williams and Meghan recount challenges they’ve experienced as working mothers on the Duchess of Sussex’s first podcast, including stories of having to work soon after scary incidents involving their children. Williams, a 23-time Grand Slam champion who said recently “the countdown has begun” to her retirement, recounted on Meghan’s “Archetypes”…

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