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    There were probably many U.S. Department of Agriculture political appointees and career civil service workers on the team that assembled the “trade aid” bail out announced by the White House last week for farmers. 

      Agriculture is at center stage in White House political theatrics and the audience of farmers is finding out the script is unwritten and the actors are ad libbing their lines.

        All kinds of people make up this great nation. Seniors, soldiers, individuals with disabilities and newlyweds — they are the workers, civic leaders, social workers and artistic creators of countless things and ideas that help us have better lives every day. All of our collective talents and …

        The Chicago Blackhawks will not wear Pride-themed warmup jerseys before Sunday’s Pride Night game against Vancouver because of security concerns involving a Russian law that expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBTQ rights in the country. The decision was made by the NHL organization following discussions with security officials within and outside the franchise, according to a person familiar with the situation who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the move. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law in December that significantly expands restrictions on activities seen as promoting LGBTQ rights in the country.

        The mother of a 2-year-old northwestern Indiana girl who died after accidentally shooting herself with a gun she found in her home has been charged with neglect of a dependent. Online court records show the charge has been filed against 28-year-old Abigail Rodriguez of Portage. Hours after shooting herself on Feb. 7, Grace Rodriguez died at Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. A Portage police officer wrote in an affidavit that Abigail Rodriguez told investigators that she and her daughter were in the girl’s bedroom when Grace wandered into her mother’s room and shot herself with a 9 mm handgun.

        The last of three ex-correctional officers convicted in the beating death of an Illinois prison inmate has been sentenced to six years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Sue Myerscough handed the sentence Wednesday to Willie Hedden. The 44-year-old Hedden pleaded guilty to civil rights violations and obstruction charges after beating inmate Larry Earvin in May 2018 at Western Illinois Correctional Center. Hedden's cooperation included testifying against co-defendants Todd Sheffler and Alex Banta. Myerscough sentenced each of them to 20 years behind bars.


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