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    I get nostalgic at this time of year. Whenever I see incoming SIU students and their parents it makes me think of the exciting days when I left my boyhood home in Rockford to begin my college studies at Valparaiso University, in northwest Indiana.

      Just six months ago, we were huddling against the cold and throwing more logs on the fire -- unless we were slipping on ice or skidding into snowdrifts. Ah, the memories.

      Three women killed in a weekend shooting at a short-term rental home in an upscale Los Angeles neighborhood have been identified, while police continued to search for suspects. Four other people were wounded, two critically, when gunfire erupted around 2:30 a.m. Saturday at the property in the Beverly Crest area. The Los Angeles County coroner’s office on Sunday identified those killed as: Iyana Hutton, 33, of Chicago; Nenah Davis, 29, of Bolingbrook, Illinois; and Destiny Sims, 26, of Buckeye, Arizona. Investigators are trying to determine if there was a party at the rental home or what type of gathering was occurring at the time off the shooting.


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