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Dream on

... if you've ever dreamed of visiting outer space, try driving the streets of Bloomington-Normal.

One small step for man. One giant pothole for mankind.

The Twin Cities have five seasons: spring, summer, fall, winter and potholes. This year's crop is particularly gruesome, providing a mogul course even Norwegians skiers would reconsider. The freeze-thaw cycle this year cycled more frequently, so asphalt expanded and contracted more often. Patches, when there are some, can be scraped off by a snowplow or crumpled into pieces by another series of cold-then-warm weather.

When you have responsibility for hundreds of miles of road, you have to balance the need to fix the potholes with the reality that you may have money only to do it once.

Until then, we have to buckle up, tighten the helmets, put in our mouthguards, and outfit the lunar rovers with skis.

Cheers

... to the staffs at Illinois State and Illinois Wesleyan universities whose work attracts grant funding, allowing the work to expand in scope and length so many more may benefit.

The most recent example is a water quality project at ISU.

For all the headlines the schools generate, it's easy to overlook the bread-and-butter work that universities do to make our world a better place.

Replay

... Normal wants to make it clear that spending $47,000 for a sports complex study is different than spending millions on a sports complex.

The Bloomington-Normal Convention and Visitors Bureau will help with the cost of the study, but it doesn't seem the city of Bloomington will.

That may be short-sighted, should Bloomington someday have a similar study and want help from Normal.

Cheers

... to Chicago Cubs player Anthony Rizzo, who attended Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and returned there to help the community rebound from last week's mass shooting.

That sounds like something a true-blue Cubbie would do.

Cheers

... to CBS Sports for a recent profile in courage about Keita Bates-Diop, his brother Kai, their parents and the athletic trainers who saved Kai's life.

Keita, a University High product who plays for Ohio State's basketball team, has been gaining national attention after a couple of double-digit games. Sunday's CBS piece follows a Big Ten Network story that told much the same tale:

Kai was practicing at U High when he fell unconscious and stopped breathing when his heart stopped. The trainers started CPR and saved his life.

In these days of bad news, it's nice to see good news come from what could've been a tragedy.

Reminder

... Early voting has started for the March 20 primary election. For locations and times, contact your county clerk or election authority.

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