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    Marcella "Marcie" Haun of Goreville will celebrate her 80th birthday at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at Walt's in Marion, with family and friends .

      Clyde Brymer of Johnston City will celebrate his 93rd birthday with family.

        Dorothy Heilig of Carbondale celebrated her 100th birthday at a party for family and friends at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in Liberty Village in Carbondale.

          Dorothy Heilig of Carbondale will celebrate her 100th birthday at a party for family and friends at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18, in Liberty Village in Carbondale.

            Editor's Note: This ran in Sunday's edition. We're reprinting it because of a mistake in a daughter's name.

            If you have a garage just waiting for a facelift, you won’ t find a better DIY job than painting it. Consider renting a paint sprayer for the day, and get ready for a transformation. The real work involves preparing the siding before painting, which depends on its condition.

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            Content by Brand Ave. Studios. The annual Amazon Prime Day is coming July 12 and 13, and per usual will offer discounts on many of your favorite things.

            Asian shares have advanced across the board as buying sets in after the lull of a U.S. national holiday. Analysts said the optimism may be driven by expectations the U.S. may decide to cut Chinese tariffs, a welcome move that would also help tame inflation. Investors have been encouraged as restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic are gradually lifted across the region, including in Japan, which had been booming with tourists from abroad ahead of the pandemic. But risks remain because of inflation and slowing economic activity in some countries. A resurgence in COVID-19 infections in Europe, the U.S. and parts of Asia is also looming, bringing the threat of a reversion to pandemic precautions.

            Hong Kong’s new leader John Lee says he will work on easing restrictions for travelers while balancing the risks of a coronavirus outbreak overwhelming the health care system. He spoke at his first news conference since becoming Hong Kong's chief executive. Hong Kong and mainland China are among the few places in the world that still quarantine arrivals. Lee said Tuesday he was “conscious” of the need for Hong Kong to remain open to travelers. He also said Hong Kong had a “constitutional duty” to enact its own national security law. Enacting Article 23 of the Basic Law has been controversial. But the legislature is now filled with pro-Beijing lawmakers after a crackdown on dissent, and the laws are more likely to pass.

            Independence Day celebrations in the United States have been rattled by a shooting that left at least six people dead at a parade in Illinois. The shooting further rocked a nation already awash in turmoil over high court rulings on abortion and guns as well as hearings on the Jan. 6 insurrection. Police say at least 30 other people were wounded in the attack in the Chicago suburb of Highland Park. Authorities brought a person of interest into custody Monday evening. The latest mass shooting came as the nation tried to find cause to celebrate its founding and the bonds that still hold it together.

            A detention center in the wind-swept California desert town of Adelanto could house nearly 2,000 migrants facing the prospect of deportation. These days, it’s nearly empty. The facility is an extreme example of how the U.S. government’s use of guaranteed minimum payments in contracts with private companies to house immigrant detainees can have a potential financial downside. The U.S. government pays to guarantee 30,000 immigration detention beds in four dozen facilities, but so far this fiscal year about half of them on average have been occupied, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement data. In the last two years, immigration detention facilities across the United States have been underutilized as authorities needed to space out detainees due to COVID-19.

            If you’re looking for an easier way to keep your plants dust-free and clean, use these plant dusting gloves @_forthehome recommends. You can also check for any issues with the leaves while you dust.

            Succulents are often sold as the easiest houseplants to care for, but a couple of common mistakes can leave you with a mushy, moldy plant. Try these tips from @roominbloomnyc to keep them healthy.

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