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'Simpsons' character says he went to SIU

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One of SIU’s apparently less-than-distinguished former students showed up on primetime television Sunday evening. On the Oct. 12 episode of “The Simpsons,” Marge Simpson opens a sandwich shop franchise in Springfield but faces 
difficulty when it comes to finding good employees. That’s when Gil Gunderson, Springfield’s perennially down-on-his-luck sad sack, comes walking in with his resume in hand.

Gunshots leave frayed nerves in their wake

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It was just a few minutes after 6 p.m. Tuesday when Josh Brown and his family arrived at Attucks Park for his 6-year-old son’s flag football game. What happened next remains a source of shock and confusion for many. “I heard an initial two or three rounds go off,” said Brown, a longtime Carbondale resident.

Feds: Man threatened destruction at SIU

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A Chicago man now faces eight federal charges after a series of threats he allegedly made to the SIU campus — threats that included bombing three residence halls, unleashing anthrax on campus, and raping and decapitating female students. The charges, filed last week but unsealed Monday, also allege that Derrick Dawon Burns, 21, claimed to have buried multiple bodies in Thompson Woods while depositing others in Campus Lake and that his efforts were part of an ongoing “War on SIU.”

Kilquist, Bryant go on attack, sort of

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The candidates vying to replace Mike Bost as the area’s representative in the Illinois Legislature sparred with each other Thursday over their respective party affiliations, but they generally agreed with each other on many other points. Republican Terri Bryant and Democrat Bill Kilquist worked through a range of issues facing the state and in particular the 115th Legislative District.

New issues arise following fights, assaults

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City and campus organizations are denouncing last weekend’s lawless disturbance on South Illinois Avenue, and a handful of locals now face charges in the wake of the incident that terrorized the Strip early Sept. 20. Carbondale Interim Police Chief Jeff Grubbs called the incident 'sickening,' adding that such behavior is unacceptable for both students and other members of the community.


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