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2008-07-14 03:00:39

By Paul Swiech, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 14--BLOOMINGTON -- Two behind-the-scenes projects beginning at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center are designed to keep patients and staff safe and comfortable. The two projects total nearly $6 million and are designed to address current needs and account for future growth at St. Joseph, said Larry Wills, vice president of hospital operations. The first project, totaling $4,107,000, is a 4,600-square-foot addition to the back of the...

2008-07-13 06:00:18

By Michele Steinbacher, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 13--NORMAL -- The Sugar Creeks Arts Festival turns 25 this weekend. And true to the style it's developed over the years, both new and old friends browsed the 170-booth juried festival and sale. -- | Despite an early morning shower and late afternoon storm clouds, the fest stayed sunny -- matching the sunshine logo it's carried for a quarter of a century. Among first-time shoppers were Pete and Jessica Terrence of Normal....

2008-07-10 18:00:23

By Ryan Denham, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 10--MCLEAN -- Cleaning up the site of a semitrailer truck crash that spilled up to 200 gallons of diesel fuel into a creek area may take several days, but state officials said Wednesday that proactive measures taken by emergency responders and the trucking company lessened the impact. Kevin E. Rife, 60, of Plano was northbound on Interstate 55 around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday when he lost control of the truck, crossed into southbound traffic...

2008-07-10 03:00:26

By Phyllis Coulter, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 10--NORMAL -- The Unit 5 school district, which celebrated on Wednesday the 60th anniversary of its own founding, moved closer to creating the area's first charter school. The Normal-based district's school board voted at Wednesday's meeting to partner with YouthBuild McLean County to operate the new high school. The next step for the YouthBuild McLean County Charter School will be getting Illinois State Board of Education...

2008-07-09 18:00:18

By The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 9--MCLEAN -- An official with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday was evaluating the site of a semitrailer truck crash that spilled an unknown amount of diesel fuel into a nearby creek and injured the truck's driver Tuesday night, authorities said. Kevin E. Rife, 60, of Plano told police he was northbound on Interstate 55 at Funks Grove around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday when the trailer began to jackknife and he lost control of the...

2008-07-09 03:00:25

By Tony Sapochetti, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 9--SAUNEMIN -- Although the public hearing Tuesday night at the Saunemin Elementary School was relatively quiet, those who did attend voiced their support for the school building a new gym. About five people showed up to the Saunemin Elementary school board meeting to hear details about the project. Those present seemed to be related to the school, whether currently or past employed, and although they did not share their...

2008-07-08 18:00:34

By Phyllis Coulter, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 8--NEW 2 P.M. NORMAL -- The Unit 5 school board will mark its 60th birthday with a plan to establish its first charter school. The Normal-based district will hold a public hearing at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday to consider YouthBuild McLean County's proposal to become a charter school. After the hearing, the board will vote whether to approve the proposal. The nearest Illinois charter schools are in Decatur and Springfield; most are in...

2008-07-08 18:00:17

By Tony Sapochetti, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 8--PONTIAC -- Two families were permanently dismissed from a lawsuit Tuesday alleging their children supplied alcohol to a 2007 party that led to a Fairbury teen's death. Calvin and Ann Zimmerman and Bradley and Sandra Crane were dismissed from the civil lawsuit filed by Rick Steidinger, father of 16-year-old Travis Steidinger, and several other family members. The civil suit was filed in February and originally accused the...

2008-07-07 03:00:17

By Bob Holliday, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 7--BLOOMINGTON -- Erin Collins, 3, of Normal, grabbed a handful of Cheerios to feed the five meerkats scrambling in their enclosure at Miller Park Zoo. The smiling red-head tyke had fun during a zoo outing for several dozen children that also served as a lesson in healthy eating, exercise and hygiene. Zookeeper Tiffany Villwock said Zoo CAFE (Children, Animals, Food, Enrichment) has a purpose. "We want the kids to see that our...

2008-07-04 03:00:17

By Michelle Koetters, The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill. Jul. 4--BLOOMINGTON -- The number of flights from the Twin Cities to Chicago will be halved this fall. United Express will no longer fly out of the Central Illinois Regional Airport in Bloomington after Nov. 2, said Carl Olson, airport executive director. The loss of service is part of United Airlines' plan to cut 17 percent of its domestic flights this year, Olson said Thursday. Airlines across the country are in a crisis...


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Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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