War on mosquitoes being fought on two wheels

For decades, man has waged war on mosquitoes. And the mosquito has always triumphed.

Then came the bicycle.

The velocipede has been around close to 200 years but is newly doing battle on all the larvae that thrive in abandoned tires, as well as seeking out disease carriers.

Ted Kooser: An American Life in Poetry, July 16, 2017

U.S. Poet Laureate, 2004-06

The Reluctant Townie: The smoking gun of an eagle-eyed son

A bald eagle had been shot to death on the front lawn of the White House, its carcass riddled with a tight grouping of bullet wounds that suggested a semiautomatic rifle.

It bled out on the lawn, a grotesque mound of feathers and viscera on full display for the tourists who gathered in front of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in the early morning hours to see the West Wing.

Don Follis: Sunny Bear said, 'Pray for me, Rev'

On Fridays during my study break out here in Phoenix, I have been going out on the streets with a team from Phoenix Rescue Mission. Early last week we traveled to a park in west Phoenix, one of the many places in metro Phoenix where some of the estimated 18,000 homeless people are known to hang out.

Getting Personal: Chester L. Alwes

Each week, we offer a Q&A with a local personality. Today, 69-year-old Mahomet resident Chester L. Alwes, the soon-to-be emeritus music director of the Baroque Artists of Champaign Urbana (BACH) and a retired associate professor of music at the University of Illinois, chats with staff writer Melissa Merli. His final concert as conductor of BACH will be 'Music for Royalty' at 7:30 p.m.

Travel/Memphis: Visiting Miss Daisy


At the time of Frances Neely Mallory's death in 1969 at the age of 98, the affluence and former glory of Adams Avenue, the site of her residence for nearly 90 years, had long since passed her by.

C-U haiku, July 16, 2017


moonless night

reading a lover's letter

with firefly-lit lantern

— Justice Joseph Prah, Accra, Ghana

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Ruth Siburt: A good introduction to chapter books

Once in a while, I worry that beginning chapter books are an underserved area of children's literature in my reviews. Chapter books are a pretty big deal in a young reader's life, when they can transition from mostly pictures to mostly text.

Writing engaging, approachable stories at second- and third-grade reading levels also is a pretty big deal.

In the Garden: Attracting butterflies


Religion calendar, July 14-20, 2017

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