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B-N Activists Join Protest Of Migrant Separation Policy At Border

Two Bloomington activists traveled to Texas on Sunday for a Father’s Day protest of the Trump administration’s decision to separate children from their families as a way to curb illegal immigration.

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Local Cases Shed Light On Witness Intimidation In Digital Age

For police and prosecutors, it’s never been easy to get witnesses to testify, especially in cases involving violent crime where retribution is a real concern. Social media has made it even harder.

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Music Stories

Harmonius Wail at Stoughton WI Opera House
Nick Berard

The husband-wife team behind the Madison, Wisconsin-based Harmonious Wail says their resolve to play uplifting music was tested when their son died three years ago.

Photos: Big Crowd At GLT Summer Concert

Jun 10, 2018
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A big crowd was rewarded with great weather Saturday at the annual GLT Summer Concert.

Shemekia Copeland
Suzanne Foschino

GLT Summer Concert headliner Shemekia Copeland said she was caught off guard when the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois officially declared her to be “The New Queen Of The Blues” at the 2011 Chicago Blues Festival.

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Deborah Epstein has spent her professional life fighting for victims of domestic violence. But protecting such victims is also what Epstein says led her to step down from a commission meant to tackle the issue of domestic violence in the National Football League.

Three months ago the students from South Florida established themselves as a potent force in the gun debate with the March For Our Lives rally. This summer they're hitting the road with a new mission: turn the wave of young activism they helped spark into an energized voting bloc for the November mid-term elections.

At the annual end-of-year peace march in Chicago, organized by St. Sabina Catholic Church, Grammy-winners Chance the Rapper and Jennifer Hudson, along with former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, joined the Parkland survivors to launch a bus tour called Road to Change.

A Spy Talks About His Time In Al-Qaida

Jun 16, 2018

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And now it's time for sports.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

Thirty-eight calves, between two and four months old, moo and kick at the dirt floor in a steel barn in Brush, Colo. One by one, a handler leads them from the pen to a narrow chute, where their legs are restrained and they're lifted onto a hydraulic table.

Prediction

Jun 16, 2018

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Now, panel, what is next for that crazy now famous raccoon - Roxanne Roberts?

ROXANNE ROBERTS: Eager to cash in on her newfound fame, the raccoon wants to replace Scott Pruitt as EPA administrator.

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SAGAL: Hari Kondabolu?

Lightning Fill In The Blank

Jun 16, 2018

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Now, onto our final game, Lightning Fill In The Blank. Each of our players will have 60 seconds to answer as many fill-in-the-blank questions as he or she can - each correct answer now worth two points. Bill, can you give us the scores?

Limericks

Jun 16, 2018

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Emily Freeman, a writer in Montana, grew up unaffiliated to a religion — culturally Jewish on her father's side, a smattering of churchgoing on her mother's. She and her husband Nathan Freeman talked about not identifying as religious — but they didn't really discuss how it would affect their parenting.

"I think we put it in the big basket of things that we figured we had so much time to think about," Emily joked.

But then they had kids, and the kids came home from their grandfather's house talking about Bible stories.

The Department of Homeland Security says 1,995 minors were separated from their "alleged adult guardians" at the southern border in just over a monthlong period.

A DHS spokesman said the separations occurred between April 19 and the end of May under the administration's relatively new "zero tolerance" policy, in which parents have also been arrested.

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