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Can Blues Forget Bad Streak and Advance During the Playoffs?

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

It’s that time of the year, the sun is out and the temps are on the rise and that means a couple of things: either sitting at the ballpark watching the Birds or sitting next to some ice and watching the Blues.

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Taxation Event Without Representation is Still A Bite in the Old Pants

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By Tom Anselm

We are about to enter a wonderful season of the year. No, I’m not talking about springtime, golf, March Madness, baseball or hockey playoff season. I am, with tongue firmly planted in cheek, referring to… duh duh da duh…. Tax Season.

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Nothing Like the Old Ballyard to Pop The Big Question?

By Randy Gardner

I just read a very interesting article about sports and the many ways that it generates revenues besides the beverage prices that we all know are about 1000% inflated. One of those ways is charging to get engaged at the ballpark.

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New Alton Restaurant Takes Over Location of Former Diva Favorite

**Lisa Kampeter photo** revisedThe Dining Divas

By Lisa Kampeter

It’s always exciting when a new restaurant opens up in our neck of the woods, or at least close to our neck of the woods.  When I got a text from a friend recommending the Dining Divas try a new place in Alton, I was eager to check it out.  Some place new, relatively close to home?  Great!

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Spring Forward Takes Time For Our Biological Clocks to Adjust, But We Always have Fallback

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By Tom Anselm

By now you will hopefully have recovered from that evil manipulation of our biological clock  known as Daylight Saving Time.

I have come to wonder if it  might be the work of sinister social planners who think it is a clever idea to  arbitrarily change the clocks of the world for the purpose of keeping us always slightly off balance.

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It’s Spring, Right? That Means March Bracket Madness

**Randy Gardner photo**By Randy Gardner

It’s hard to believe that Spring is finally here and the only reason I can tell is that it is College Basketball Tournament time, it is surely not by the weather. I am excited about this year’s brackets as there are surprise teams and surprise seeds all over the place.

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