Traffic fatalities continued to surge in first half of 2016

Traffic fatalities were up 9 percent in the first six months of this year compared with the same period last year, continuing a surge in deaths that began two years ago as the economy improved and travel picked up, according to preliminary estimates released Tuesday by the National Safety Council.

Oh baby, is Oliver Hamilton in trouble

Before he spent $230,000 on an East St. Louis Township credit card, Supervisor Oliver W. Hamilton received $628,966 in contracts through an office managed by his son’s mother. When he needed to pay child support, he got a new title. Talk about coincidence

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Gateway Grizzlies outfielder shatters windshield with grand slam

Brandon Thomas, Gateway Grizzlies outfielder and former New York Yankees draft pick, put his team is on top of Frontier League foe Joliet Slammers. But the blast landed on his own Toyota Tundra and shattered the windshield. The hit has made him a household name, thanks to ESPN SportsCenter and other news outlets.
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Gateway Grizzlies outfielder shatters windshield with grand slam 0:41

Gateway Grizzlies outfielder shatters windshield with grand slam

BND photographer hit by Knockerball at Jaycees Park event Saturday 0:14

BND photographer hit by Knockerball at Jaycees Park event Saturday

Nature's wonders: when lava meets ocean 1:07

Nature's wonders: when lava meets ocean

Making perfect pour-over coffee 1:10

Making perfect pour-over coffee