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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.


Phil And Karen Luciano...House Call!

Meanwhile, Back In Peoria... House Call with Phil and Karen Luciano. (Check my blog for the whole post, Pinterest won't pin with a link. The bastards!)

Luciano Pavarotti. Above all, I am an opera singer. This is how people will remember me." . . . "I want to reach as many people as possible with the message of music, of wonderful opera."

from Journal Star

Luciano: Who stole blood from OSF?

Who steals blood?I mean, besides Dracula?

from Journal Star

Luciano: Trump and Clinton could make beautiful music together

“Donald Trump & Hillary Clinton: Duets.” That’s what I kept pondering during Sunday’s debate, as the two kept circling and wandering the stage, microphones in hand.

from Journal Star

Luciano: Squeaky's wheels get reply from BU president in jersey kerfuffle

On The Hilltop, does the Squeaky wheel get the grease?No, not yet, if we’re talking about retiring Squeaky Melchiorre’s basketball jersey.

from Journal Star

Luciano: Central Illinois candidate brought class to first televised presidential debate

In the TV pre-game to Sunday night’s presidential debate, commentators might trace a timeline back to 1960 regarding the first such televised match between White House hopefuls.

#LucianoLigabue Luciano Ligabue: "Con Phil Manzanera c'è stata una facile e immediata sintonia umana. Per quanto riguarda quella musicale, ho visto con quanto impegno ed entusiasmo sta lavorando in qualità di arrangiatore. Tutto questo, insieme alla sua sensibilità e alla sua classe dovrebbe rendere le cose più facili sul palco." #nottedellataranta2015 #salento #melpignano #philmanzanera #paulsimonon

Gaspare Messina (died June 15, 1957) founded the New England Mafia also known as the Patriarca crime family in 1916. Married to Francesca (Reggio) Messina, he immigrated to Brooklyn from Sicily with his wife Francesca, his brother Phillip, and his brother’s wife Giovanna in 1905. Phillip eventually abandoned his family. Several years after their arrival in New York, Don Gaspare, Francesca and Phillip's wife Giovanna moved to Boston, Massachusetts. Gaspare and Francesca had three sons…