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Reading Baseball: Baseball Too Slow and Boring: Try Softball Rules

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If baseball really wants to shorten games, perhaps it should consider adopting other softball rules. Softball games, for example, are usually played in six innings, so reducing a baseball game from nine to six innings would, on average, shorten a baseball game by one hour and eliminate the need to stop serving beer after the seventh inning.

SIU signs two court-ready recruits

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“We haven’t had a guy in our program for a long time — a true center — who can play with his back to the basket, defend and score,” Hinson said. “We think Kavion’s upside is incredible.”

Legislators visit Autism Center at SIU

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Dustin Duncan
Weekend Times


Republican legislators Rep. Terri Bryant, R-Murphysboro, Sen. Paul Schimpf, R- Waterloo, and Sen. Dale Fowler, R-Harrisburg, made a trip Monday to the Autism Center at SIU to see what could be done to maintain levels of funding in order for the center to continue its work. 

Stephanie Brown, director of the Autism Society of Southern Illinois, greeted the legislators and gave them a quick glimpse as to what having the center in Carbondale means to families in the Southern Illinois region. 

She said the next option outside of SIU is in Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in St. Louis, where there is currently a six-month waiting list to receive services.

  Additionally, she said the earlier children with autism receive services, the better off they will be, and the fact there is a center in Carbondale means there is a family support nearby to help through tough times. 

Carbondale shooting suspect arrested in Arkansas

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Jarrell Pullen, 22, was arrested by U.S. State Marshals and the Craighead County Sheriff’s Department. He was arrested on a warrant issued by the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s office charging him with first-degree murder.

Murphysboro man indicted for first-degree murder

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On Wednesday, a Jackson County Grand Jury returned a superseding indictment including Cortez Turner, 28, of Murphysboro, in the indictment previously charging Juwan Jackson, 26, of Murphysboro, in connection with a shooting on Oct. 24 resulting in the death of Rogers.

Council approves water and sewer rate increase

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City water customers will see an increase in their rates beginning next spring after the City Council approved a measure Tuesday evening. Under the new system, minimum water and sewer charges will end April 30, 2012, and new fixed rates will take effect May 1. The city’s current fixed rate for water, $3.35 per 1,000 gallons, will rise to $3.69.

VA to build new outpatient clinic in Carbondale

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A new Veterans Affairs medical clinic is expected to open on Carbondale's east side next year. The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Oct. 7 that it had awarded a contract to the Carrington Company of Eureka, Calif., to build a 9,999-square-foot outpatient clinic at 1130 E. Walnut St. at the former location of Office Depot.

Shooting victim a father ‘trying to turn his life around’

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Deaunta R. Spencer died Sept. 14 after a dispute at a residence on the north east of Carbondale. Though he was born in Carbondale, the 20-year-old was from Byltheville, Ark., and is being remembered as a young man ready to take a new lease on life. He likely was killed with a pistol stolen from Carbondale’s chief of police.


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