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    A 59-year-old Louisville-based artist won Best of Show at the 2016 Midwest Salute to the Arts.

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Here’s the Midwest Salute to the Arts schedule

Fairview Heights presents the 29th Midwest Salute to the Arts from 6-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday at Moody Park. This event features art displays, art and craft demonstrations, kid’s activities, a food court and more. Admission is free.

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The story of the last public hanging in Macoupin County

Q: My mom once told me a story about her dad, who was a former sheriff of Macoupin County. She said that one day when she was a little girl, she ran after her dad, begging, “Take me riding with you today, Daddy!” He answered, “No, honey, I can’t. I’ve got to run a hanging today at the courthouse.” My question: How were public executions run in the old days?

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Ex-etiquette: Ex sends late-night, non-emergency texts

Q: My boyfriend's ex texts him in the middle of the night. It's not romantic; it's usually something like, "Don't forget Jason's soccer game is tomorrow," but it drives me crazy. He doesn't see anything wrong with it and will not say anything to her. What's good ex-etiquette?

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Living with Children: Parent portals shift homework responsibilities

Q: Our son attends first grade at the local public school. At the beginning of the school year, all the parents were basically told that we are expected to go to the school's parent website every day to keep up with our kids' homework assignments. In addition, the "Parent Portal," as it's called, also lets us know what we are expected to help with at home. In effect, we are being made responsible for what, in our estimation, is a teacher's responsibility. We are expected to know the material, monitor homework, and see to it that every assignment is not only done, but done properly. I've talked to several other parents who are not inclined to cooperate, but we all feel like we're caught between a rock and a hard place. Advice?

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Ask Mr. Dad: Stranger danger: Myths and facts

Dear Mr. Dad: Every time there's an amber alert or new story about a kidnapping or sex trafficking or the murder of a child, my kids panic – and, honestly, so do I. I have no idea how to keep my children safe, and the whole don't-talk-to-strangers thing seems pretty useless. Is there anything I can do to protect my children and reassure them?

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App review: GLOBE Observer, NASA app helps kids observe celestial happenings

Parents need to know that GLOBE Observer is an app that allows kids to make and share observations of clouds and mosquito habitats. Special natural occurrences also appear in the app for data collection, like the 2017 eclipse. Observations are stored on the device and can be shared using social media or by sending them directly to the NASA database. Note that email address must be provided to register, and access to your location is required. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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Game review: 'Mega Man Legacy Collection 2,' boosts difficulty and introduces new challenges

Parents need to know that "Mega Man Legacy Collection 2" is a set of platforming action games. Unlike the first collection, there are four games included in this set, two emulated ports from the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) and two downloadable titles designed in the style of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games. The four games come with simple controls, but this long-running franchise is known for extreme spikes in difficulty that will easily frustrate some players. While battle constantly happens between jumping and level exploration sequences, it's all between robots that explode when destroyed without blood or gore. Parents should be aware that this is the latest game in a long running franchise, which spans cartoons, action figures, and other products.

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Bus sojourn takes in sights of the American West

Old Faithful isn't as faithful as it is supposed to be, at least according to an impatient gentleman standing right behind me at Yellowstone National Park. The posted prediction time for its eruption on that sunny yet cool summer afternoon is 2:25, but the geyser seems in no hurry except for a few preliminary wisps of steam.

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