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East St. Louis has had it tough. But here’s how one woman celebrates the good.

Charmaine Savage wouldn’t want to start a conversation about herself with grim stereotypes of East St. Louis, Ill., her hometown. But her effort to rebrand this struggling city across the Mississippi River from St. Louis with a magazine featuring nothing but success stories wouldn’t stand out so much without acknowledgment of the state of affairs here. A once-prosperous manufacturing, rail, and shipping center, East St. Louis had a peak population of 80,000 around 1950. That has dwindled to about 25,000 because of deindustrialization, white (and black) flight, violent crime that…

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Sport 

Roger Federer overtakes Rafael Nadal as world No 1 with victory over Robin Haase

Federer survived a scare to beat Haase and, in doing so, climb above Nadal at the top of the ATP Tour rankings for the first time since 2012. The Swiss endured a difficult start, losing the first set 6-4.  But the 36-year-old rediscovered his best form and mojo in the second set, winning 6-1.  From that moment on everything was plainsailing with Roger Federer cruising to victory.  The veteran will now occupy top spot for the first time since 2012, where he regained the rank after beating Andy Murray at…

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How To 

3 free apps to help you pick the perfect wine – CNET

I know nothing about wine other than reds give me an unfairly severe hangover if I drink more than two glasses of it. Thus, I tend to shy away from wine except for holiday dinners and special occasions. For Valentine’s Day, I will look for a good bottle of red for my wife and I to drink with dinner. Since I don’t buy wine with regularity, I am quickly overwhelmed by the selection of wines at my local wine store or by any wine list at a restaurant. Armed with…

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Moment US destroys Russian tanks ‘killing hundreds of soldiers’ as conflict ERUPTS

The US-led coalition drone destroyed the Russian-designed tank in eastern Syria close to the scene of last week’s attack on pro-regime forces that left more than 100 Damascus loyalists dead. But both Russia and America gave hazy details about the event, which, if true would rank as the biggest clash between American and Russian forces since the end of the Cold War. The aggressive strike on the T-72 tank occurred on Saturday near Al Tabiyeh, in Deir Ezzor province, the Pentagon said in a statement. Russian news, as well as…

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How to give your partner a fitness tracker for Valentine’s Day (and get away with it) – CNET

Will the gift of a fitness tracker land you in the doghouse? Not if you buy one for yourself, too. Garmin Valentine’s Day is all above love, right? That means flowers, chocolates, a nice dinner out — and maybe a fitness band? Whoa, whoa, whoa. As gifts go, fitness bands rank right up there with self-help books and vacuum cleaners in saying, “I don’t love you just the way you are” and “I put absolutely no thought into this.” At least, that’s the conventional wisdom. But allow me to fly…

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Entertainment 

Capcom news – Monster Hunter World DLC guide: How to get EXCLUSIVE new gear on PS4

Monster Hunter World fans can unlock exclusive new DLC on PS4. Capcom has revealed new details about The Proving event in Monster Hunter World. Players can unlock Horizon Zero Dawn armour and lead character Aloy’s bow by completing The Proving. Capcom has provided players with a brief guide on how to unlock the armour, which involves reaching level 11. Reaching level 11 is the beginning, however, as players will also need to face a giant Anjanath. “The Proving is fast approaching!” reads a Capcom tweet. “Get to Hunter Rank 11…

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German coalition CRISIS: Schulz to hand over the reigns of SPD after shock resignation

Ms Nahles, 47, is the head of the SPD’s parliamentary group and is expected to become caretaker leader before she is confirmed as leader at the party conference. Mr Schulz, 62, announced he would step down as leader of the party last week to become foreign minister under a new coalition with Angela Merkel. But he has since withdrawn from the race to become foreign minister, after promising not to service in a Merkel-led government before the election, according to German publication Suddeutsch Zeitung. The embattled leader of the SPD…

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‘Gift’ your partner a fitness band for Valentine’s Day – CNET

Will the gift of a fitness tracker land you in the doghouse? Not if you buy one for yourself, too. Garmin Valentine’s Day is all above love, right? That means flowers, chocolates, a nice dinner out — and maybe a fitness band? Whoa, whoa, whoa. As gifts go, fitness bands rank right up there with self-help books and vacuum cleaners in saying, “I don’t love you just the way you are” and “I put absolutely no thought into this.” At least, that’s the conventional wisdom. But allow me to fly…

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Lifestyle 

eBay: £2 coin with THIS error selling for £5,000 online– do you have one in your wallet?

Ebay is a brilliant platform to find rare and collectable coins – and to sell them, if you find you have one. A rare Charles Dickens £2 coin is selling for a whopping £5,000 on the buying and selling site, thanks to its rare status and unusual errors.  The seller, neanderthal1958, is based in York, UK, and has listed the coin, which they sell is in “fair condition”. The caption reads: “Very very rare Charles Dickens 2 pound coin 2012 Royal Mint mistakes x2.” The first mistake, it is revealed,…

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New head of U.S. embassy in Cuba faces critical road ahead

MIAMI, Florida — A new chargé d’affaires begins his role at the U.S. Embassy in Cuba Saturday as relations between the U.S. and Cuba are at a low point since diplomatic relations were renewed in 2015 after more than 50 years of hostilities. Just this week, the U.S. received a barrage of criticism for creating an internet task force with the aim of expanding internet access on the island. According to a State Department official speaking on background to NBC News, Philip Goldberg is scheduled to assume duties as the…

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