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Former Illinois Secretary of State Paul Powell made headlines for the $800,000 in cash stuffed in shoeboxes found when he died. For more than half a century, a Powell-established $250,000 trust sustained his legacy. But the account that maintained his birthplace as a museum will soon run dry. AP hide caption

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Opinion: Welcome to Payola World!

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Alexei Navalny in Berlin in 2020, surrounded by his wife and two children. Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: Navalny's spirit and legacy live on

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Opinion: This Valentine's Day, I'm giving the gift of hearing

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Nigeria's global star Burna Boy (center) is nominated in Grammy's new category "best African music performance." Nominees are from Nigeria, South Africa and Benin. Other African musicians feel neglected. Mulatu Astatke (left) is a pioneer of Ethio-jazz in Ethiopia, which has never earned a Grammy nod. North African musicians have rarely been nominated. At right: Tunisian singer Emel Mathlouthi. Alexis Maryon, Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Karl Lagerfeld, courtesy of the artist hide caption

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An aerial view of Chicago. In the past few days, at least six high school students in the city have been shot outside their schools. AP hide caption

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Opinion: Their deaths leave holes that will never be filled

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Here we go again: Time loop stories were around long before the 1993 movie Groundhog Day. So a friendly reminder that one person's discovery of something isn't the same as its invention. Columbia Pictures/Getty Images hide caption

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Charles Osgood, anchor of CBS's "Sunday Morning," posed for a portrait on the set in 1999. Osgood, who anchored the popular news magazine's for more than two decades, was host of the long-running radio program "The Osgood File" and was referred to as CBS News' poet-in-residence, has died. Suzanne Plunkett/AP hide caption

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Opinion: Charles Osgood was an anchorman, and a poet

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We asked our readers to send in their wishes for 2024, and many of you expressed a hope that humans pay attention to the health of the planet. The woman pictured above is one of the nomadic Wodaabe people — cattle herders who live mainly in Chad and Niger. Their lifestyle is affected by higher temperatures, shifting winds and changing precipitation patterns due to climate change. Marco Longari/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: George Carlin wasn't predictable, unlike AI

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Opinion: Being robbed of a dog is a theft from the heart of our lives

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The Nisei Lounge in the Wrigleyville neighborhood of Chicago produces a candy cane Mal?rt for the holidays. Charles Rex Arbogast/AP hide caption

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Opinion: In Chicago, Mal?rt is a tradition

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Norman Lear has died. He was a writer, director and producer who revolutionized prime time television with such topical hits as All in the Family and Maude and propelled political and social turmoil into the once-insulated world of sitcoms. Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP hide caption

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Opinion: Norman Lear shocked, thrilled, and stirred television viewers

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Opinion: School shows are a magical part of the holidays

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Palestinians evacuate the area following an Israeli airstrike on the Sousi mosque in Gaza City on Oct. 9. Mahmud Hams/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: What gets lost in the 'Big Picture'

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Liverpool's Colombian midfielder Luis Diaz celebrates after scoring the equalizing goal during the English Premier League football match between Luton Town and Liverpool at Kenilworth Road in Luton, north of London on November 5, 2023. JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Opinion: At last, freedom for dad

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