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Kewanee Graduate Jake Pinnick on Life in Wudan China and Dedicating His Life to the Martial Arts
Several years ago, WKEI profiled a Kewanee graduate and Black Hawk College East Campus graduate, Jake Pinnick, who had left Kewanee to travel to the far East to learn more read more

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The Queen then took her place on the Great Throne in the House of Lords, and gave the signal for MPs to be summoned, her first major royal duty since Prince Philip’s funeral. The State Opening of Parliament is usually the most colourful event of the parliamentary year and is steeped in tradition.

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It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

An Online Book of Condolence is now available on the Royal website for those who wish to send a personal message of condolence: https://bit.ly/3rZF8tT
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John Ernst Steinbeck Jr. (February 27, 1902 – December 20, 1968) was an American author and the 1962 Nobel Prize in Literature winner “for his realistic and imaginative writings, combining as they do sympathetic humour and keen social perception.” He has been called “a giant of American letters,” and many of his works are considered classics of Western literature.

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — New Year’s Eve got off to a rocky start early Thursday as a 3.6 magnitude struck along the San Andreas Fault just south of Muir Beach and was felt widely in San Francisco and Marin County. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the quake struck at 5:41 a.m. with the epicenter on the famed fault line in the read more

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As one of the most photographed women in the world, Queen Elizabeth II’s reign has been documented through a camera lens from the very start. Following the death of her father King George VI on February 6, 1952, Elizabeth II’s coronation took place at Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953, when she was just 25-years-old. Over the read more

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“This is easily the best of its kind I have ever seen,” said Dustin Johnston, Director of U.S. Currency at Heritage Auctions, which sold the note Friday evening, September 18, as part of a five-day event. “This is the finest example ever offered of a perennial trophy note and we were pleased to offer it at auction.”

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Cleanest country should keep the sea clean too.

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Oct 18, 2020
Forbes: Japan To Release Radioactive Fukushima Water Into Ocean
The new Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, is facing additional international pressure over the weekend, amid reports that Japan will be accelerating plans to dump read more

(quote) Sprigs of myrtle were included in Princess Beatrice’s breathtaking bridal bouquet. Reverend Anthony Ball, Canon of Westminster, places the bouquet on the Unknown Warrior’s Grave, in-keeping with royal tradition. Both the Queen and Prince Philip attended the wedding ceremony that was held in secret after the couple’s original plan to wed at the Chapel Royal of St James’s Palace, in London, on 29 May was postponed by coronavirus. Socially distanced wedding – Smiling with pride, the Queen and Prince Philip may have been required to keep their distance from newlyweds Princess Beatrice and Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi – but a Royal relationship has rarely been closer. Beatrice married on Friday wearing both a tiara and vintage dress generously lent to her by her grandmother. The Queen Mary diamond fringe tiara, fashioned in 1919 from a necklace given to the current Queen’s grandmother by Queen Victoria, is a treasured heirloom. Duke of Edinburgh looks back to his best beaming alongside the Queen in Princess Beatrice wedding picture Comments from readers: “It’s impressive a fella of his age walking so upright and without the use of a stick.” “He looks wonderful. His posture is amazing” high-spirit, low-key reception (unquote) Photo courtesy PA

91-year-old veteran and former sailor of the Baltic Fleet at the Victory Parade in 2015, celebrating 70 years after WWII
Victory Day: Belarus swaggers on parade, 2020
WWII veteran poses after the Victory Day parade in Red Square, 2014
The Guard of Honor of the Chinese PLA take part in the military parade in Red Square, 2020, marking 75th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War
A 97-year-old World War II veteran attends a memorial ceremony marking the 74 anniversary of the end of World War II at the Antakalnis memorial in Lithuania, 2020

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Belarus is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe. Its capital and most populous city is Minsk. Over 40% of its 207,600 square kilometres (80,200 sq mi) is forested. Its major economic sectors are service industries and manufacturing.

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POLLING AWAY – Brits want Meghan Markle and Prince Harry stripped of cash and kicked out of their Windsor home, poll reveals An exclusive YouGov poll for The Sun on Sunday reveals an overwhelming 46 per cent of support the idea of them “stepping back” from their duties and are in favour of a slimmed-down royal family.
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Stunning photograph shows an ancient tradition dating back to 960 AD
This is the spectacular moment a fisherman with a close bond to cormorants used a flock of birds to catch big fish in a centuries old ritual in southern China. Photographer Julia Wimmerlin said: ‘Seeing this whole process and the beautiful setting where it takes place just takes your breath away.

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Then and now: the Spencer Dam near Spencer in November 2013, top, vs. March 2019, after the dam came crashing dow during a flood (below)

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America’s aging dams could put tens of thousands of people across 44 states at risk of deadly floods as 1,700 are rated ‘poor or unsatisfactory’
Built for flood control, irrigation, water supply, hydropower, recreation or industrial waste storage, read more