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Joplin Parks and Recreation family activities – Feb. 14 and 22

On Friday, February 14, parents can enjoy a night out while the kids have fun at the Parks and Recreation activity, Kids’ Night Out. Offered for children ages 5 to 12, and held at the Joplin Athletic Center, this event offers a variety of fun and entertainment plus pizza and snacks. The evening includes Wii video games, craft projects and other active games for children. The event runs from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and is offered for $15 per child.

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HGTV’s ‘Rehab Addict’ battles blight to save old houses

She has a hot TV home-improvement show and her own crew, but that doesn’t mean Nicole Curtis is immune from typical homeowner headaches.
During the holidays, the star of “Rehab Addict” got hit with a very Minnesota problem: frozen pipes after the furnace failed in her century-old Uptown Minneapolis home.
Curtis, per usual, was a woman of swift action and words, ripping out her plumbing and sharing the saga with her legion of Facebook followers.
“I basically just gutted my whole house, […]

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Amanda Knox trials: A complete history

FLORENCE, Italy — The three trials of Amanda Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito have reached conflicting conclusions and left outsiders puzzled by the intricacies of the Italian justice system. Here is a look at the legal path the case has taken since the body of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher, Knox’s roommate, was found on Nov. 2, 2007, in the Italian university town of Perugia.
THE OVERALL LEGAL JOURNEY
Knox’s and Sollecito’s legal journey began with […]

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Suspicious powder mailed to hotels near Super Bowl

CARLSTADT, N.J. — The FBI and other law enforcement are investigating a suspicious white powder that was mailed to at least five New Jersey hotels near the site of Sunday’s Super Bowl.
Carlstadt Police Det. John Cleary says someone at an Econo Lodge found the substance in an envelope on Friday.
Cleary says similar mailings arrived at the Homestead Inn in East Rutherford and a Renaissance Inn in Rutherford. He says investigators intercepted additional envelopes from a mail truck before it […]