Commentary

United States water infrastructure challenges are real

    Water issues have been a frequent topic in the news lately, from large main breaks like the one that affected UCLA’s historic Pauley Pavilion to the algae bloom in Toledo’s source water.    Stories about water system issues come and go from the news headlines, but the challenges they represent are constant topics of discussion…

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A lesson by way of the maiden millionairess of Madison County

    She was the daughter of Bulgarian immigrants, who died a millionairess and left her fortune to no one.    Mary Petroff, a Madison County woman, died on Sept. 5, 2011, leaving a $1.3 million estate. She was 97.    At the time of her death, she was living in an Edwardsville nursing home. She had no…

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