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Shooting reported on Louisiana college campus; 2 injured

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HAMMOND, La. (AP) — Southeastern Louisiana University says two people have suffered non-life threatening injuries after gunshots were fired on campus. In a Friday morning tweet, the school says there’s no current threat to campus and university police are investigating the incident. No other details were immediately available. More>>

Race for the Cure season kicks off

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Race for the Cure is May12 in Peoria.

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Republican representative proposes ban on local right-to-work zones

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A Streator Republican is proposing a new law that would bar local municipalities from forming "right-to-work zones." 

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Bloomington shots fired incident under investigation

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The Bloomington Police Department is investigating after shots were fired into a residence. 

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Airport reopens, man arrested following security incident at PIA Video included

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One man is in custody, after trying to ram a stolen vehicle into the front of the Peoria International Airport's main terminal. 

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Two arrested for multiple suspected business burglaries

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Two men have been arrested in connection with multiple business burglaries across central Illinois. The Peoria County Sheriff's Office says Eric Schaad of Peoria and Richard Hoyle of Pekin were caught in the act of breaking into a Bellevue bar around 6 AM Sunday morning. The two were arrested on numerous counts of Business Burglary, Criminal Damage to Property and Possession of Burglary Tools. The pair are suspected of being involved in over 15 business burglaries in the Peoria area. More>>

Looking to start your own business? A workshop may help

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If you are interested in starting your own business and do not know where to start, you may be in luck! The Minority Business Development Center and the Small Business Development Center at Bradley have teamed up to provide a free workshop. The workshop took place at the Minority Business Development Center Saturday.  The workshops teach things like getting your business name registered, insurance and business plans.  They offer classes every month.  "You don'...

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School districts and college say Rauner's pension proposal would hurt budgets Video included

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Governor Bruce Rauner wants school districts, state colleges and universities to take over paying teacher pension costs.  Rauner says the pension costs shift is needed to help get the state's finances back in order.   A spokesman for Illinois State University said any shift in  teacher pension  and healthcare costs to the college could potentially wipe out it's annual state appropriation.  "It would be a costly process and if this is something that ends ... More>>

Caterpillar tax penalty increased to $2.3b by IRS

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The Internal Revenue Service wants Caterpillar to pay more than $2.3 billion in back taxes, the company said in a filing Thursday. 

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Home and History: Lincoln-Douglas debates paved Lincoln's road to the White House Video included

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This week these United States celebrate Abe Lincoln’s 209th birthday. And because it's also Black History Month, we're heading back to where Lincoln caught America’s attention through a series of debates, including one at Knox College. 

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Comedian Kevin Hart playing in Peoria this April

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Comedian Kevin Hart of "Jumanji" fame is heading to Peoria this spring.  Hart will play at the Peoria Civic Center on April 26. 

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Monmouth student arrested with pellet gun at school

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A student at a Monmouth alternative school was arrested Thursday morning after attempting to bring a pellet gun into the building.

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Governor Rauner's 2019 budget raising questions even among Republican Party members Video included

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Local school districts , state colleges and universities would pay more of their teacher retirement and healthcare costs under the governor's 2019 budget proposal "In our system the state gets pension bills and just pays the tab.  Our budget proposal shifts costs closer to home so people can question the expenses and deal with them more directly," Rauner said.   Two weeks ago Rauner promised to balance his budget proposal.   But some legislators question whet... More>>

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Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel in receivership; will be sold: report

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The troubled Marriott Pere Marquette Hotel is now in receivership and will be sold. 

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No injuries reported in Bartonville apartment blaze

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No one was injured in a large apartment fire in Bartonville Wednesday morning.  

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Local distillery announces closure after 4 years in business

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East Peoria's J.K. Williams Distilling is going out of business after more than four years.  

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Groups advocate for Welcoming City ordinance at Bloomington City Council meeting

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Several groups in central Illinois turned out at Bloomington's City council meeting Monday, showing support for local "dreamers".

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Parent reaction to Richwoods High School teacher's arrest

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A Peoria teacher is behind bars, leaving some students and their families in a state of disbelief. 

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First day on job for new Peoria Acting Police Chief Video included

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Peoria's new acting police chief said he wants to try and restore public trust with the police department.  Former Assistant Chief Loren Marion III spent his first full day at work following Friday's abrupt retirement of Chief Jerry Mitchell. Marion said he's taking the new job one day at a time.   Acting Chief Loren Marion said he hopes to use the Police Community Advisory Committee to help build trust among the public.   "An officer is driving down the street an... More>>

Peoria Ag Lab closure proposed in president's 2019 budget proposal

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The Peoria National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research is again slated for closure in a presidential budget proposal. 

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Local lawmakers discuss concerns at legislative breakfast

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During a legislative breakfast Friday, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle put away their differences and broke bread in hopes of working together to address issues facing the city of Peoria. 

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Too young to smoke? IL bill seeks to raise smoking age Video included

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A bill in Springfield called Tobacco 21 wants to raise the minimum age to buy smoking products.  Fourteen Illinois cities and counties have already adopted local ordinances to that degree.  Reports across Illinois said under the Tobacco 21 measure, those younger than 21 would not be able to buy tobacco products, including nicotine products and e-cigarettes.  Even if the bill passes and becomes state law, some Bradley Students do not think it will change much.  ... More>>

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UPDATE: Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell steps down amid investigation; Marion named Acting Chief

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Peoria Police Chief Jerry Mitchell is leaving his job amid an investigation into his alleged misconduct involving a female subordinate, the Peoria Journal Star reports.  

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UPDATE: Missing child situation resolved without charges

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UPDATE: Bloomington police said the baby has been located. Police are following up on the case. 

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Home and History: Celebrating 200 Years New Exhibit Opens Saturday

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A new exhibit spotlights Illinois history at Peoria's Riverfront Museum.

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Buddy Check 25: Genetic testing can help to better understand breast cancer risk

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In today's Buddy Check 25 report, research shows the breast cancer risk linked to family history may be due to inherited gene mutations or shared lifestyle factors that increase risk. 

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BREAKING: Putnam body found in ditch identified as 16-year-old

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The Putnam County Sheriff's Department reported a body found Saturday afternoon in a ditch in rural Putnam County. The body was found around 12:57PM off County Highway 850 North, near Granville Township, reports the News Tribune. Police are currently investigating, with multiple departments involved including State Police.

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BREAKING: Jim Thome selected for Baseball Hall of Fame

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Peoria native, Jim Thome, gets the call to the baseball hall of fame on his first year of eligibility. Thome's career highlights is one to rival the likes Bonds, Ruth, and, McGwire. His 612 career home runs ranks 8th in MLB history and fans consider him one of the best hitters in baseball history. 

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Governor: 1 dead, many wounded in Kentucky school shooting

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BENTON, Ky. (AP) — Authorities are reporting one person was killed and many were wounded in a high school shooting in rural Kentucky. 

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Could Illinois legalize recreational marijuana? Proposal on the table.

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Lawmakers are looking at recreational marijuana as a possible source of revenue. House and Senate committees met in Chicago for their fourth meeting about the taxing and regulation of legalized recreational cannabis. 

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Water crews strike gas line in Pekin neighborhood

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Pekin emergency responders are on scene of a gas line leak. Illinois American Water said a crew hit a poorly marked line on Friday morning. 

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City of Peoria creates new position for race relations, disability rights Video included

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The city of Peoria is taking a big step to focus on civil rights and equality. They've created a new position to focus on that and make the community better for everyone. Improving race relations, civil rights, disability rights and equal opportunities through outreach and education is the goal for this new role.

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Large fire burns for hours at Uftring Chevrolet in Washington

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Several fire departments are currently fighting a large fire at the Uftring car dealership in Washington. Not much is known about the fire at this time, including the cause or potential injuries.  This post will be updated. 

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Four-vehicle accident backed up I-74 traffic in East Peoria during morning commute

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UPDATE: The road is now cleared. There isn't any word on any injuries yet. 

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Kroger closing 2 Peoria stores at the end of January

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Kroger is shutting down two of its Peoria grocery stores at the end of the month.  

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Peoria County Sheriff's Office cuts services with 2018 budget Video included

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Many agencies have scrambled to put together a budget as the new year inches closer. Among those, the Peoria County Sheriff's Office.  One of the big changes includes eliminating the custodial service the county jail has been using for over three decades.

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"Unfounded anthrax threat" responsible for Bloomington road closure

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The Bloomington Fire Department said an unfounded anthrax threat was responsible for Wednesday morning's road closure on Empire near Central Illinois Regional Airport. 

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Black Friday shopping changes bring mixed responses

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Peoria, Ill. (WEEK) - The biggest shopping day of the year is continuously changing. This year many stores opening on Thanksgiving morning, instead of waiting until the traditional Black Friday. Bergner's manager, Angela Baptiste, says the Grand Prairie location had a huge turnout on Turkey Day. "It was different than what we've ever done but again, we saw a lot of people that were able to come in and shop before their Thanksgiving and a lot of people came after, so we were able... More>>

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UPDATE: Police say "large scale fight" started at Round 1, spilled out to main mall area

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There are no reports of injuries or arrests at this time after a "large scale" fight broke out at the new Round 1 arcade in Peoria's Northwoods Mall Saturday.

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UPDATE: Missing 9-year-old girl found

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UPDATE: A missing 9-year-old girl was found and is now safe.

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Charley Steiner, Larry King return to Bradley for annual symposium

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Peoria, Ill. (WEEK) - Sports broadcasting legend, Charley Steiner, is back on the Bradley University campus. The Emmy Award winner, National Radio Hall of Fame inductee and LA Dodgers announcer is a 1971 Bradley Alum. He's in town for the Charley Steiner School of Sports Communication symposium. The 3rd annual event brought in big names and packed the auditorium.  "To have a school in my name and students actually majoring in what we're doing... It's a thrill. I can't ... More>>

Social media specialist urges parents to talk about appropriate media usage

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Recent incidents on social media are bringing the app 'Snapchat' into the spotlight. Social media specialists say it's time to have conversations with our teens.

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Affordable Care Act enrollment begins, shortened to six weeks

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If you rely on Obamacare for your health coverage, you need to act fast. November 2nd starts the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, but the season is now shortened to six weeks.

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Wraparound initiative project on the way to support Peoria Public Schools

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Peoria, Ill. (WEEK) -- Students and teachers inside Peoria Public Schools are struggling this week with the news that one of their community was claimed by gunfire. Trayvon Harris was just 16-years-old when he was fatally shot Sunday afternoon. For two days administrators, city officials and local organizations have been working on a plan to improve the lives of their students. This is all being done with the help of the Centergy Project - a student initiative. This program off...

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Police on the lookout for impaired, distracted drivers this Halloween weekend

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Peoria County Sheriff, Brian Asbell, says Halloween weekend has actually surpassed new year's eve as a drinking holiday. 

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Lakeview Aquatic Center, Detweiller Golf Course may close with budget proposal

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Detweiller Golf Course, Lakeview Aquatic Center and Glenn Oak tennis courts could potentially shut down to save money. 

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Amusement park approval in Peoria raises concern from neighbors

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Go-karts, batting cages and bumper boats are now in the works for Peoria. A proposed amusement park off of Orange Prairie road was approved Tuesday night at the city council meeting.

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  • Judge grants continuance for city of Peoria in Pere Marquette refinancing case

    Judge grants continuance for city of Peoria in Pere Marquette refinancing case

    Thursday, January 11 2018 5:06 PM EST2018-01-11 22:06:51 GMT
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    The road to refinancing the Marriott Pere Marquette in downtown Peoria has hit another bump in the road. Thursday, a county judge grants the city a continuance for the hotel's refinancing case. The hearing went longer than expected as many arguments were heard from both the representatives for the city of Peoria and the hotel.

    The road to refinancing the Marriott Pere Marquette in downtown Peoria has hit another bump in the road. Thursday, a county judge grants the city a continuance for the hotel's refinancing case. The hearing went longer than expected as many arguments were heard from both the representatives for the city of Peoria and the hotel.

  • Protecting your car against dangerous temperatures

    Protecting your car against dangerous temperatures

    Tuesday, January 2 2018 7:19 PM EST2018-01-03 00:19:47 GMT

    With dangerously cold conditions... the first thing you should do is bundle up to keep yourself safe. But, your vehicle's health could be at risk, too.

    With dangerously cold conditions... the first thing you should do is bundle up to keep yourself safe. But, your vehicle's health could be at risk, too.

  • Area citizens recognized for continuous philanthropic work

    Area citizens recognized for continuous philanthropic work

    Wednesday, November 8 2017 7:29 PM EST2017-11-09 00:29:34 GMT

    Some of the most generous people in the heart of Illinois were recognized publicly today. It happened at the 34th National Philanthropy Day luncheon. 

    Some of the most generous people in the heart of Illinois were recognized publicly today. It happened at the 34th National Philanthropy Day luncheon. 

  • Single-vehicle accident kills 19-year-old man in Bloomington

    Single-vehicle accident kills 19-year-old man in Bloomington

    Sunday, November 5 2017 12:18 AM EDT2017-11-05 04:18:54 GMT
    Bloomington, Ill. (WEEK) - One man is dead and another was taken to the hospital after a single-vehicle accident in Bloomington.  The 19-year-old man that died was identified as David Stiles V. of Bloomington. The accident happened Saturday morning near 8285 North 1900 East Road when Stiles' truck drove into a tree and he was ejected from the car. The incident remains under investigation and toxicology result are pending.
    Bloomington, Ill. (WEEK) - One man is dead and another was taken to the hospital after a single-vehicle accident in Bloomington.  The 19-year-old man that died was identified as David Stiles V. of Bloomington. The accident happened Saturday morning near 8285 North 1900 East Road when Stiles' truck drove into a tree and he was ejected from the car. The incident remains under investigation and toxicology result are pending.
  • Tricoci Beauty honoring military with free haircut day

    Tricoci Beauty honoring military with free haircut day

    Saturday, November 4 2017 11:48 PM EDT2017-11-05 03:48:35 GMT
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    Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is honoring veterans and active military members with a special day just for them. Free haircuts will be available on Friday, November 10th.

    Tricoci University of Beauty Culture is honoring veterans and active military members with a special day just for them. Free haircuts will be available on Friday, November 10th.

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  • Former NFL player detained by police after Instagram post

    Former NFL player detained by police after Instagram post

    Friday, February 23 2018 7:26 PM EST2018-02-24 00:26:41 GMT
    A law enforcement official says former Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin was taken into Los Angeles police custody after a threatening Instagram post and is being questioned but is not under arrest.
    A law enforcement official says former Miami Dolphins player Jonathan Martin was taken into Los Angeles police custody after a threatening Instagram post and is being questioned but is not under arrest.
  • Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide his bald spot

    Trump says he goes to great lengths to hide his bald spot

    Friday, February 23 2018 7:25 PM EST2018-02-24 00:25:44 GMT
    (AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump gestures as he makes a joke about his hair during remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md.(AP Photo/Evan Vucci). President Donald Trump gestures as he makes a joke about his hair during remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Oxon Hill, Md.
    Now it can be told: President Donald Trump goes to great lengths to hide the bald spot revealed in a recent photo.
    Now it can be told: President Donald Trump goes to great lengths to hide the bald spot revealed in a recent photo.
  • 5 things you probably didn't know about the Oscars

    5 things you probably didn't know about the Oscars

    Friday, February 23 2018 7:07 PM EST2018-02-24 00:07:16 GMT
    (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, actress Rosamund Pike arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. There are two paths on the Oscars red carpet: one for famous people, and one for everyone else. Stanchions an...(Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP, File). FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2015 file photo, actress Rosamund Pike arrives at the Oscars in Los Angeles. There are two paths on the Oscars red carpet: one for famous people, and one for everyone else. Stanchions an...
    You have a firm grip on this year's Oscar nominees, last year's winners and what host Jimmy Kimmel will undoubtedly joke about (and the best picture award goes to ... oops). But there are aspects of Hollywood's...
    You have a firm grip on this year's Oscar nominees, last year's winners and what host Jimmy Kimmel will undoubtedly joke about (and the best picture award goes to ... oops). But there are aspects of Hollywood's stellar ceremony that may be a surprise.
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