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When Divorce Leads To A Happily Ever After For A Small Business

By Yuki Noguchi

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Rhonda Sanderson and her ex-husband, John Amato III, shown here in 2010, helped make a business thrive after they divorced.

Married couples in America co-own 3.7 million small businesses, according to the Census Bureau, and the arrangement can be fruitful when both marriage and business are going well. But what happens when it doesn't? Most of the time, when the love dies, the business relationship ends, too.

Categories: Business

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Putin Tells Snowden That Russia Doesn’t Do Mass Surveillance

By Mark Memmott

Saying that because they're both former spies they can speak the same language, Russian President Vladimir Putin told "NSA leaker" Edward Snowden on Thursday that his nation does not have a "mass system" that collects data about Russian citizens' phone calls and other electronic communications.

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U of I Trustees Setting Search Committee, Exploring Supplemental Retirement Options

By The Associated Press, With Additional Reporting from Illinois Public Media

University of Illinois trustees will hold a special meeting Friday to name the 19 members of the search committee that will look for a new president.  They'll also look into options for a supplemental plan to help employees make up for an expected loss in pension funds.
U of I President Robert Easter has said he plans to retire in June 2015. The university has said it hopes to have a replacement selected by January.
The committee will include trustees, faculty members, students, as well representatives from UI Alumni Association and the UI Foundation, among others.
The trustees oversee all three university campuses and will have the final say on a replacement for Easter.
Easter has been president since 2012. He replaced Michael Hogan who resigned under pressure from faculty who were unhappy over his plans for the university.
Easter was previously a faculty member, dean, provost and chancellor on the Champaign-Urbana campus.

U of I administrators have looked at a few options for helping employees who expect to lose out on a portion of their retirement funds with last year's passage of the pension reform plan.  But the News-Gazette reports that no decision is expected at Friday's meeting.

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“That was the saddest moment of my life…being told I’m not capable of working.”

Ann and Robert Russell of Champaign interviewed each other about living with Robert’s mental illness as a part of our series “Unmet Needs: Living with mental illness in central Illinois.”

By Sean Powers and Lindsey Moon

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Ann and Robert Russell in 1972 after he returned home from Vietnam.

Robert Russell enlisted in the Army shortly after starting college at the University of Illinois in the late 1960’s because he needed the money. A few years later, when he was home on leave from Berlin, Germany, he met his wife Ann on a blind date. After just a few evenings together, they decided to marry, and have stayed married for the last 42 years. 

Categories: Health, Mental Health

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