Ray Spooner standing with his bicycle outside his home in Urbana
Brian Moline/Illinois Public Media
October 15, 2015

Urbana Man With ALS To Bike Across Country

Urbana’s Ray Spooner is planning to ride his bicycle all the way across the country.  He and his group are setting out from San Diego, California this weekend.  But as Illinois Public Media's Brian Moline learned, what Ray is calling his “little ride,” is anything but little.


Marijuana
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October 02, 2015

Illinois Medical Marijuana Applicants Trending Female, Older

Sixty percent of applicants were female. More than half were older than 51. Severe fibromyalgia and cancer led the list of qualifying conditions, followed by spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis


part of the new soft war on women book cover
Jennifer Carrow/Penguin Random House
September 25, 2015

‘New Soft War On Women’ Is Pushing Progress Back

Conventional wisdom says there’s never been a better time to be a woman. For the first time in U.S. History, women make up half of the educated labor force and are earning the majority of advanced degrees. Not so fast. Caryl Rivers says if you look more closely, women now must fight what she dubs the “New Soft War on Women.” That’s the title of a new book she wrote with Rosalind Barnett, just out in paperback. 


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