The Two-Way
8:01 am
Mon December 16, 2013

'Billy Jack' Creator Tom Laughlin Dies

"Billy Jack" — actor Tom Laughlin, who died last week.
TC Laughlin Public Relations

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 8:54 am

  • A bit of 'One Tin Soldier'

Tom Laughlin, who invented and played the movie character "Billy Jack" — a half-white, half Native American Vietnam veteran who used martial arts skills to battle racists — died last week.

Late Sunday, The Associated Press reported that Laughlin's daughter said "he died Thursday at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Laughlin was 82 and Teresa Laughlin, who acted in the Billy Jack movies, said the cause of death was complications from pneumonia."

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State News
7:42 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Annual Christmas bird count begins

Credit Steve Hager

While most of us will spend the holidays celebrating with family and friends, a Quad Cities man will devote most of the next three weeks to his binoculars and notebook. The annual Christmas Bird Count started Sunday at thousands of sites in North and South America. IPR'S Herb Trix reports. 

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The Two-Way
7:42 am
Mon December 16, 2013

6 Things To Know About Chile's Once And Future President

Presidential candidate Michelle Bachelet waves during a victory rally in Santiago, Chile, on Sunday. She defeated her conservative rival Evelyn Matthei with 62 percent of the vote.
Luis Hidalgo AP

Chilean voters returned Michelle Bachelet to the presidency Sunday, in a landslide victory in the runoff against her conservative rival, Evelyn Matthei.

Here are five things to know about Bachelet and her return to power:

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Peoria Public Radio News
7:11 am
Mon December 16, 2013

CityLink deciding on Sunday service

CityLink is looking for public input on whether Sunday service should be added to the standard schedule. The Greater Peoria Area Mass Transit District currently runs a fixed bus route service six days a week. The Saturday schedule is slightly different.  

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The Two-Way
6:46 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Book News: Trayvon Martin's Parents Talking To Publishers

Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin, parents of slain teen Trayvon Martin, during an April 2012 news conference.
Paul J. Richards AFP/Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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Games & Humor
6:35 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Video For Canadian Beer Pong Goes Viral

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm David Greene with another edition of we don't like to laugh at our neighbors to the north, but... This time, Canadian beer pong. Picture an air hockey table and at each end, holes for cups of beer. Shoot the puck into one of your opponent's cups, and he has to drink the contents. The guys who invented the game posted an image of their table over the weekend. It went viral.

Europe
6:31 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Retired Butler Doesn't Want To Spend Christmas Alone

A retired butler has been "completely overwhelmed" by the response to a story about him in The Irish Post. James Gray put an ad in the paper, saying he's spent the last 10 Christmases alone, and he wanted this year to be different.

Storms
6:15 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Local communities applying for FEMA public assistance

The deadline for communities affected by last month’s devastating weather to submit for federal public assistance is Tuesday. The Tazewell County Board and the Washington, Pekin and East Peoria councils voted on declaring a local public disaster last week. Dawn Cook directs the Tazewell County Emergency Management Agency. She says a local declaration allows communities to ask for more federal assistance not included in original estimates:

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The Two-Way
5:59 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Joan Fontaine, 'Coolly Beautiful' Oscar Winner, Dies

Actress Joan Fontaine in 1944.
Dan Grossi AP

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 6:50 am

She was a "patrician blond ... who rose to stardom as a haunted second wife" in Hitchcock's Rebecca and "the coolly beautiful 1940s actress who won an Academy Award for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's Suspicion."

Joan Fontaine died Sunday at the age of 96.

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Business
4:03 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Amazon's Workers In Germany Strike Over Pay

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 6:11 am

About 1,000 unionized Amazon workers in Germany are going on strike in the midst of the crucial holiday season. They're asking to be paid on a similar scale to the mail order and retail sectors.

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