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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.

New SIU logo a no-go for some

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At the beginning of a new semester, three little letters are getting a lot of attention on the SIU campus. Those letters, laid out in a maroon Palatino font and highlighted in white, represent the most visible part of Chancellor Rita Cheng’s new $1.5 million marketing strategy for the university, but their simplicity belies the intense reaction that has come from some corners of a campus still grappling with fiscal woes and labor strife. Cheng, focused on increasing SIU enrollment, said last month the new logo and marketing strategies “will pay big dividends going forward” as she attempts to bolster sagging student numbers.

Grant will help Carbondale Police Department buy new radios

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A grant from the U.S. Department of Justice will help the Carbondale Police Department purchase new portable radios, Police Chief Jody O’Guinn said Tuesday. The $16,802 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grant was announced Aug. 29 by U.S. Rep. Jerry Costello, who added that nearby Marion also will receive almost $12,000. In a release, Costello stressed the need for police to have the best equipment possible.

Groups will unite for ’11 Days of Peace’

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A first-time coalition of local community and government organizations will pool their resources next month for 11 days of events commemorating the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, and they hope their effort leads to similar collaborations in the future. The series of events, dubbed “11 Days for Peace,” begins with a community observance of those terrorist attacks Sept. 11 at the Varsity Center for the Arts.


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