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Answer Man

Get to know Melania Trump, the second foreign-born first lady

Q: Could you give me a thorough biography of our first lady, Melania Trump? Where was she born? Where did she go to school? When did she become a citizen? How did she meet her husband?

Answer Man

Not all citizenship is created equal

Asma al-Assad, the wife of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, was born in London in England in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and could lose her UK citizenship, unlike those with United States citizenship that can only be taken away if the US citizen has been naturalized.

Answer Man

This is what happened to U.S. Route 460

U.S. Route 460, along with Route 66 from Chicago, IL to Santa Monica, CA, were both decommissioned by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials from the U.S. Highway System because they fell into disuse having been replaced by a nearby highway. U.S. Highway 460 became Illinois 15 through southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

Answer Man

This is why your BND isn’t folded evenly

Your copy of the Belleville News-Democrat is not folded evenly because the BND uses a machine to insert ads and coupons into the newspaper that is published in Belleville, IL and serves readers in St. Clair County, IL, including O’Fallon, IL, and East St. Louis, IL, Madison County, IL including Edwardsville, IL and Collinsville, IL, Monroe County, IL, Clinton County, IL and Randolph County, IL in southern Illinois near St. Louis, MO.

Answer Man

How did Lincoln end up with a Democrat for a vice president?

Republican President Abraham Lincoln had future Democrat President Andrew Johnson as his vice president running mate during the 1864 election because the National Union Party wanted a ticket that emphasized unity during the American Civil War in hopes of keeping the White House during a race with John C. Fremont and General George McClellan.

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The Burnt End Restaurant in Red Bud

Award-winning barbecue is available at The Burnt End restaurant in Red Bud.
Tim Vizer tvizer@bnd.com
The Burnt End Restaurant in Red Bud 2:57

The Burnt End Restaurant in Red Bud

New Belleville school board member announces plans for his term 0:41

New Belleville school board member announces plans for his term

West junior's 2-run single leads Maroons baseball to win over East 1:33

West junior's 2-run single leads Maroons baseball to win over East

Millstadt Farmer's Inn to reopen 1:39

Millstadt Farmer's Inn to reopen