Pet Talk | It's not a zombie invasion

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Chicago-area police warn of 'zombie raccoons' with distemper

RIVERSIDE (AP) — The warning about "zombie raccoons" may sound like something out of a bad television show, but a suburban Chicago police department says they present serious dangers to family pets.

Actress and singer Doris Day dead at 97

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Doris Day, the sunny blond actress and singer whose frothy comedic roles opposite the likes of Rock Hudson made her one of Hollywood's biggest stars in the 1950s and `60s and a symbol of wholesome American womanhood, died Monday. She was 97.

Pet Talk | Disc degeneration

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Bill requires those who find stray dogs to get them scanned for microchip

SPRINGFIELD — Dog owners who have their four-legged friends microchipped hope doing so will speed their return if they get lost.

Legislation being considered in the General Assembly might also help speed that process.

Wired In: Timothy Fan

Each week, staff writer Paul Wood talks with a high-tech difference-maker. This week, meet Dr. TIMOTHY FAN, a veterinary oncologist at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine who has been researching osteosarcoma and how these malignant bone tumors spread to other parts of the body in dogs, who are particularly vulnerable.

Letter from Birdland | Signs of spring can be found everywhere

Spring has come to Birdland, bringing flooding, but also color to the yard and beyond.

Daffodils and jonquils from bright yellow to pale ivory have opened in abundance. They have been blooming for a while, and I was worried the frost we got last week would nip them, but only a few gave up and lay down.

Pet Talk | Handle with care

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Known for their bright, beautiful coloration and elaborate fin displays, betta fish, more accurately called Siamese fighting fish, are a common household pet.

Letter from Birdland | Father writes about his son's incredible journey

Spring has come to Birdland, and it finds me with my nose in a book.

"Ephphatha" (which means "to be opened." Don't be embarrassed to look up the pronunciation: I had to) by Thomas M. Caulfield details his deaf son's journey through the educational system, basketball teams and a hearing society.

Pet Talk | A common affliction in dogs

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