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Trisha Davidson doesn't want your sympathy, just your attention. The 30-year-old realizes she caused many of her own troubles by chasing ...

Michael Gibson and Scott Fritts hitchhiked across America and enjoyed just about everything they saw — except one place. Care to guess where?

Ten years ago Tuesday night, 7-year-old Dalton Mesarchik stood safely inside his home, near his family.

I've seen many chunks of neglect, disrepair and blight, from Peoria to the Third World. But I'd never seen anything like the cascade inside a two-story rental house at 2102 W. Howett St., where the city is hoping for a peaceful resolution of a nasty renter-landlord feud.

Kyle Weeks, 13, of Peoria stands next to a black bear killed in a collision with an SUV in Wisconsin during a recent fishing trip. Weeks, brother Jared Weeks, 11, and father Chip Weeks, 47, were passengers in the SUV, operated by Gene Moore, 66, of Peoria.

Sunday in Peoria, a wayward squirrel damaged a transformer in a substation on East Hines Place, contributing to the loss of electricity to 6,500 Ameren customers, including the Journal Star.

In this 2005 photo, seated left to right, Natalie Brady, mother, Jamie Brady; and sister, Katie Brady enjoy a seat by the fireplace at Jamie Brady's Germantown Hills home. Natalie Brady was murdered over this Memorial Day weekend in Chicago while awaiting trial in Peoria County on heroin-trafficking charges. The murder case remains unsolved.

Todd Hollis, the head coach of the Elmwood/Brimfield football team, directs a play during practice Thursday afternoon at the high school in Elmwood. Hollis' coaching method extends to discussions about life and sharing life lessons.

Sgt. Jesse Barth, a mechanic with the Illinois National Guard, pauses for this undated photo during a one-year tour in Iraq that stretched between 2006 and 2007. Barth, along with about 30 other veterans enrolled at Illinois Central College, have not received various education benefits from the U.S. Veterans Administration. Barth has been unable to get the VA to answer his calls to explain the delay, and ICC hasn't had much better luck with the agency.

In the fantasy-world movie on the life of Jay Schneider, his role would go to Jimmy Stewart at his persistent and hopeful best.

From a lonely Western mountainside, Daniel Noe came home Tuesday, 34 years late. Noe, 22, was laid to rest in Peoria after a funeral Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Washington.

Ever think of what to have for your last meal? I'm not sure if Bob Babcock ever wondered about that question.

Amid the bullets and break-ins and other bad stuff around her home, a South Peoria resident finally hit her snapping point and called the cops. About tomato plants.

If you root for the little guy, you'd hope an ongoing drama threatening Small Town America would have a happy Hollywood ending. But in this tragedy, Hollywood is the bad guy.

For Diana and Scott Piper, their outlook on life has dramatically changed since Diana received a new kidney and Scott donated his to a living donor program. Diana suffered serious injuries, including kidney damage, after being hit by a drunk driver in 1987.

A decomposing hog lies in a grazing pasture in rural Trivoli outside cornfields farmed by Greg Johnson. He says neighbor Randy Knussman won't keep his pigs from eating Johnson's corn, so Johnson has shot as many as 30 of the trespassing animals.

I'm primed to cruise back in time and into a drive-in theater. There's hasn't been one around Peoria in quite a spell, since the Star-Lite in Pekin burned down in '91. But Landmark Cinemas is opening a drive-in, possibly by Friday, in the overflow parking lot along Dries Lane.

Members of a new charity called Steel Horsemen for Homeless Heroes take a break from shooting a group photo in their sundresses to wave at traffic Monday on Adams Street.

Can decriminalizing marijuana actually boost law enforcement?

The Stars and Stripes fly upside-down outside the rural Bartonville home of Art Palmer. He says his protest, which has generated complaints from veterans and a call to police, signifies distress over politics and policies that fly in the face of the Constitution.

Tim Wilson pauses at his roadside vegetable stand outside his home in Germantown Hills. As a gift to the community, he gives away all of his produce -- though he accepts modest donations to help defray costs and keep the stand going every year.

When the unexpected hits Ivy Greer, her whole world gets shaken - for bad and good. The 13-year-old endured the bad last year, when a cardiac arrest left doctors wondering if she'd ever again get out of bed.

In this 1992 photo, pharmacist Wade Meloan (now deceased) poses at the elaborate gravestone for Norma Jean, a circus elephant tragically killed 40 Julys ago in the Mississippi River town of Oquawka. Meloan, a pharmacist who spearheaded the effort to build the memorial, liked to say, "If you can't go through life helping people, even if it's only a dead elephant, then there's no use in you being here."

Sascha the Hamm's bear, long depicted throwing a strike on a mural outside Bowl-Mor lanes in Peoria, crumbled along with the rest of the building during demolition late last month. But the bear's head survives as a lovely display inside the garage of a particular Peoria newspaper columnist/Hamm's aficionado.