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Early in the new Netflix documentary Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend Of Walter Mercado, actor Eugenio Derbez says that when he first saw Mercado, he couldn't decide whether he was looking at a man, a woman, or a sorcerer. The answer, of course, is that he was just looking at Walter Mercado.

Charlie Kaufman's Antkind is a novel only Charlie Kaufman could have written. I'm aware of how vague that sentence is, but I assure you it fits the novel perfectly. Antkind is strange, disjointed, and obsessive. It's also a wildly imaginative narrative in which Kaufman mentions himself several times, discusses his own work, and claims no one has made a "real" movie about New York.

Ina Park has been in a monogamous marriage for more than 15 years, but she feels like she has been having one safe sex conversation after another these days.

There was the time she and some close friends spent a few hours together without wearing masks, and she later realized she needed to ask: "Are you seeing other people?"

Or the time when she got a text from the mother of her son's friend. The mom suggested letting the boys play basketball together at her home, which led to detailed negotiations about risk tolerance, boundaries and types of protection.

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Authorities are looking for a southeast Missouri man who is accused of punching a 12-year-old street performer in the head in an attack that was captured on Facebook Live and has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times.

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A variety of southern Illinois stakeholders have formed a new community development non-profit, to fight economic hardship in far southern Illinois.  The new group is called One Shawnee and President, State Representative Patrick Windhorst says this new partnership will work from the bottom up.

Illinois logged an additional 587 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, and 37 new deaths linked to the disease.

Overall, the state's positive test count is now 148,452, with 7,063 deaths - cases now have been logged in all of Illinois' 102 counties.

Carbondale Policing Town Hall Set For July 9th

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In light of protests around the country, the Carbondale NAACP and city officials will be holding a policing town hall on Thursday, July 9th.

The panel will include Fire and Police Commissioner Randy Burnside, Jackson County State’s Attorney Michael Carr, social activist Michael Coleman, Chief of Police Max Grubbs, Carbondale NAACP member Nancy Maxwell, City Manager Gary Williams, and IL NAACP member Robert Moore.

Williamson County Sheriff Bennie Vick wants to warn residents of a series of catalytic converter thefts.

These converters are a required part of the exhaust system on any vehicle manufactured after 1974. Many contain small amounts of valuable metals, which makes them attractive to thieves.

WSIU News Morning Update (7/7/20)

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Dan Klefstad and Leah Lerner report this morning's news for July 7th.

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WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Carbondale Mayor Mike Henry and City Manager Gary Williams. Communities across the region have lost revenue due to the COVID-19 restrictions, and leaders say they're hopeful as people get back out, there will be a positive economic impact.

Drivers in Illinois will no longer have their license or vehicle registration suspended for unpaid parking fines and tollway violations. 

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SIU Carbondale's new chancellor officially began his tenure Monday, and he says he's building the list of things he wants to accomplish.

Coming to town amid a global pandemic adds to the challenge of the new job. But Austin Lane says he's equal to the task. He says getting students back on campus is his main focus right now, balancing the financial needs of the university with making sure everyone is safe.

FDA Warns Against Methanol In Hand Sanitizers

Jul 6, 2020
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The FDA is warning consumers about hand sanitizers which may be toxic - because they're made with methanol. There have been no reports of injuries from these hand sanitizers so far, but methanol is not an approved ingredient for hand sanitizer.

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