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Julie Pryde, who'll be honored Thursday with the Girl Scouts' 2021 Woman of Distinction Award, tells us about a few of her favorite things, including her collection of rainbow masks. "I ordered 10 at the start of the pandemic. They were being sold as a fundraiser for LGBTQ youth programs."

Long before becoming the UI's Morris Professor of Materials Science & Engineering, then-Ph.D. student Ken Schweizer shared a campus home with a family of raccoons. "Most bizarrely, they learned how to climb a three-story fire escape and enter a hole in the roof, allowing them to run around inside the walls of the house."

Having created the “Saw” and “Conjuring” franchises and directed entries in the “Fast and Furious” and “Aquaman” series, James Wan has become a genre director of note. His efforts have generated billions for Warner Bros., and as a result, he’s been allowed some latitude where his own films a…

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Illinois lawmakers and Gov. J.B. Pritzker again have rewarded scandal-beset Exelon Corp. with more money from its Illinois customers.