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Letters recently sent from two female inmates at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Perryville describe their growing desperation as their basic hygienic supplies disappeared.

"I ran out on Saturday 9/30," one wrote, "and although I continually asked for [toilet paper], was told they were out. They did have pads that I used as [toilet paper] until Monday 10/1 when they ran out. I then had to use a wash rag until Wed morn."

In 2014, Cohen surprised the Manhattan audience of a closed listening session of Popular Problems, his newest album at the time, by popping in not to sing, but simply say hello and look at everyone like they were aliens. At the time, I remember thinking that everything seemed to be a Very Serious Lark to Leonard.

Two years later, Cohen died. But just before that, he had put the finishing touches on a final book, The Flame, which was released on Oct. 2. It comes with an audio version of the works inside it, read by stars of film and literature.

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Washington, D.C. – A southern Illinois Congressman is behind a bill to improve the rail service offered by Amtrak.

Collinsville Republican John Shimkus voted for the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act of 2008.

It would require Amtrak to implement an improved accounting and financial reporting system, submit a report on the revenues and costs of each route and to submit a five-year business plan.

Ina, IL – A previously closed campground at Rend Lake is re-opening...
The Army Corps of Engineers released funds that will allow for the opening of the South Marcum campground.
The Corps announced in February that the campground would be closed all season because of funding cuts. But the St. Louis District recently received some funds that were previously collected to pay for a new computer reservation system.
Rend lake will receive $51,500 and Carlyle Lake will receive $15,000.

Crossville, IL – A white county roadway is closed due to flooding.

The Illinois Department of Transportation says Route 14 east of Crossville near the Fox River Bridge will be closed indefinitely until the flood waters recede.

Motorists are urged to follow the marked detour route.

Carbondale – A WHITE COUNTY ROADWAY IS CLOSED DUE TO FLOODING.
THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SAYS ROUTE 14 EAST OF CROSSVILLE - NEAR THE FOX RIVER BRIDGE - WILL BE CLOSED INDEFINITELY UNTIL THE FLOOD WATERS RECEDE.
MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO FOLLOW THE MARKED DETOUR ROUTE.

Carbondale – WSIU TV CHANNEL 8 AND D-TV CHANNEL 40 WILL BE OFF THE AIR ON MONDAY, JUNE 16TH BEGINNING AT 5:30AM.
THE OUTAGE IS FOR PLANNED MAINTENANCE WORK ON THE TV STATION'S ANTENNA.
THE OUTAGE IS EXPECTED TO LAST FOR SEVERAL HOURS.
WSIU TV REGRETS THE INCONVENIENCE. MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THE OUTAGE WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE ON-LINE AT WSIU.ORG

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