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Scotland is doing big, big things

Did you know Scotland isn’t really an independent nation? I know, I was surprised too, so I did some research. Scotland is a part of the United Kingdom. The U.K. consists of Wales, Northern Ireland, England and Scotland. It started out with just England and Scotland in 1707. England and Scotland have been tied to each […]

Juicy J announced as homecoming artist

At the Morgan University Center noon Thursday, Sept. 18, the Govs Programming Council announced  Juicy J will be the 2014 homecoming artist. The concert will be held during this year’s homecoming week on Thursday, Nov. 6. Juicy J is originally a member of the hip-hop collective Three 6 Mafia, alongside DJ Paul, Koopsta Knicca and Crunchy […]

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A day in the life of a sixth year senior

>> Katherine McCully, Guest Writer You know what’s weird? When your friends start having babies on purpose. Like they planned it out and registered at Target and stuff. It’s also strange when you start working with people who were born in the year when you had to learn to tie your shoes before you could start first […]

Dogs on Deployment gives temporary home to military pets

>>Elena Spradlin, Staff Writer Dogs on Deployment is a non-profit organization that connects active-duty military members to volunteers willing to foster their pets while their owners are called away for duty or other military commitments. The organization was created in 2011 after military couple Shawn and Alisa Johnson were forced to find a place for their […]

Sports

Monday Blog: Four takeaways from Eastern Illinois

“That’ll be another Panthers…first down!” The PA announcer at O’Brien Field on Saturday set the crowd up with the first portion of it as Eastern Illinois moved the chains, and those on the home side finished the sentence. But after 31 first downs by the Panthers against APSU, the crowd had lost its energy — […]

Govs open OVC play with loss to Panthers

CHARLESTON, Ill. — A cannon was mounted in the far corner of O’Brien Field, and after each touchdown scored by Eastern Illinois on Saturday, the sound erupted throughout the facility. At first, a visiting fan would have been caught off guard by its firing, but as the Panthers pulled away to defeat APSU, 63-7, everyone […]

Perspectives

White House threatens to ban selfies with Obama

>> Chelsea Leonard The Boston Red Sox’s David Ortiz lucked up with taking what may be the last presidential selfie with Obama. Ortiz snapped the shot while he visited the White House with the 2013 World Series winners. Unknown to the president, Ortiz has an endorsement deal with Samsung, the company that sponsors the phone […]

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Appeals court upholds torture-slaying sentence

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A state appeals court has upheld the conviction and sentence of one of the men who kidnapped, tortured and murdered a Knoxville couple in 2007. Letalvis Cobbins claimed his trial was tainted by the drug use and misconduct of former Knoxville Judge Richard Baumgartner. On Friday, Sept. 12, a three-judge panel […]

Memphis boy to serve time for killing sister

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Memphis boy who pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his sister has been sentenced to serve time in a youth facility until his 19th birthday. WMC-TV (http://bit.ly/1wzw6Vd) reports the sentence was handed down Monday, Sept. 15, in juvenile court. Prosecutors said the boy was 13 when he fatally shot his 10-year-old […]

Tim McGraw, Faith Hill score another hit together

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tim McGraw has a reputation for picking the right songs over the course of his 20-year career, although he says he had some help on his latest hit. His nostalgic country single “Meanwhile Back at Mama’s” was clearly a winner after he saw the reaction that his wife and fellow country […]

Man dies after walking in front of tractor-trailer

FESTUS, Mo. (AP) — A 21-year-old St. Louis-area man is dead after walking into the path of a tractor-trailer on Interstate 55. The Missouri State Highway Patrol says Elijah Lebcowitz of Eureka was struck about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 10, in Jefferson County after walking in front of a tractor-trailer driven by a man from […]