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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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In Trump era, reformers take fight to local prosecutor races

DALLAS — If you can’t win big, go small. That’s the strategy gaining momentum among criminal justice reformers in the age of Trump, as the federal government hardens its approach to law enforcement. Instead of pouring money and energy into squeezing change out of Washington, national civil rights organizations are teaming with local groups to push their agendas in county-level district attorney races, where a few thousand votes can determine who asserts the most influence over the local justice system. Picking their targets carefully, and crunching election data to influence…

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Shaun White wins gold medal in halfpipe, U.S.’ 100th all-time gold

Name: Shaun White Sport: Snowboarding Category: Men’s Halfpipe Age: 31 Hometown: San Diego Instagram: @shaunwhite Twitter: @shaunwhite Shaun White reacts his first run in the final of the men’s snowboard halfpipe at the Phoenix Park during the Winter Olympic Games Pyeongchang, South Korea, on on Feb. 14. Martin Bureau / AFP – Getty Images White — universally known as “The Flying Tomato” for the flowing mane of red hair he sported for most of his career — became the first man to win three snowboarding gold medals when he won…

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Urban renewal with a conservative flair

Oklahoma’s schools, faced with a budget crunch, are increasingly going to four-day weeks. The starting salary for teachers hasn’t been raised in 10 years. The prisons are so overcrowded, they have asked for an additional $1 billion. The state is facing an estimated $650 million budget deficit – and it’s likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future, because in this conservative state few want to raise taxes (and they can’t, without three-quarters of the legislature). In short, there’s a big mess at the state capitol in Oklahoma City.…

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This Valentine’s Day, woo your crush like a Wookiee or Klingon – CNET

Sure, you could use hackneyed pick-up lines like “Come here often?” or “Is your name Google? Because you’re the answer to everything I’m searching for.” But when it comes to dating, you should set yourself apart. And nothing will distinguish you more than whispering catchy come-ons like a tall, hairy, handsome humanoid from Kashyyyk. Learn to love like a Klingon. Paramount “Can I buy you a drink?” sounds so much cooler in the Wookiee language of Shyriiwook: “Huwaa muaa mumwa?” With Valentine’s Day approaching, the goal here isn’t just to…

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