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Man Furious Someone Painted Cookie Monster on His Building
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Man Furious Someone Painted Cookie Monster on His Building

Artist in Peoria, Ill., says he was paid by building owner 'Nate' to create mural; real owner says no

(Newser) - The monolith isn't the only artistic mystery floating around these days. On Dec. 1, artist Joshua Hawkins proudly thanked the team that helped him paint a huge Cookie Monster mural on the side of a vacant building in Peoria, Ill., which he'd been commissioned to create at the...

School Hit With Virus Makes 'Extreme' Move

Bradley University in Illinois quarantines all of its students for 2 weeks

(Newser) - Bradley University in Illinois has ordered every single one of its students to quarantine for two weeks after counting dozens of coronavirus cases over the past couple of weeks. The private university in Peoria—which had some 4,600 undergraduate students last year—had counted about 50 cases as of...

Shootings Follow Fight in Crowd, Leaving 13 Wounded

No arrests are made in violence on Peoria Riverfront

(Newser) - A shooting along the Peoria Riverfront left 13 people wounded early Sunday. Police arrived after 4:30am to find about 200 people gathered, the Peoria Journal Star reports, and reported that there had been a fight among the crowd. They found a man and woman who had been shot and...

10 Worst Cities for African Americans
10 Worst Cities for
African Americans

10 Worst Cities for African Americans

Peoria, Ill., tops the list

(Newser) - 24/7 Wall St. has ranked the worst US cities for African-Americans, by comparing income, poverty, and education levels, as well as rates of homeownership, unemployment, incarceration, and mortality, to those of white Americans. The 10 worst:

Thousands Homeless as Midwest Reels From Tornadoes

6 dead as damage from scores of twisters still being assessed

(Newser) - The extent of destruction is still unknown after scores of tornadoes ripped through the Midwest yesterday , killing at least six people and decimating entire neighborhoods in the hardest-hit towns in Illinois. The National Weather Service says the tornadoes were spawned by an unusually strong and fast-moving storm system that moved...

Tornadoes Hit Midwest, Crush Illinois 'Hood

At least 5 dead, officials confirm

(Newser) - Intense thunderstorms and tornadoes swept across the Midwest today, causing extensive damage in several central Illinois communities and killing five, officials confirmed. Among the deaths: An elderly man and his sister who died when a tornado struck their farm house in southern Illinois' Washington County. The tornadoes sent people scrambling...

New Search for Stacy Peterson Yields Zilch

Cops excavate

(Newser) - Investigators came up empty-handed in their search for Stacy Peterson's body yesterday. Acting on a tip from an inmate who claimed Drew Peterson told him, police excavated a 10-by-10 area of a rural Peoria farm, to no avail. "I don't want to allude to (the idea that) we're looking...

Caterpillar Boss Contradicts Obama on Jobs

Even more layoffs will be needed before stimulus works: CEO

(Newser) - Caterpillar's CEO said the stimulus package would let the company start rehiring laid-off workers, according to President Obama—but he was swiftly contradicted by the boss himself, ABC News reports. CEO James Owens said that even with the stimulus package, the massive scale of the downturn would require the firm...

Congress Braces for Youthquake
Congress Braces for Youthquake

Congress Braces for Youthquake

Blue-haired lawmakers see resurgence of 20-, 30-somethings

(Newser) - Generations X and Y are setting their sights on Washington—and not as congressional pages, reports the Hill. More than a dozen candidates under 40 have a good shot at winning seats, potentially shaving a few years off the average legislator age, now nearing 60. But much like Barack Obama,...

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