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American Idol Contestants That Did Not Win
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‘American Idol’ Contestants That Did Not Win, But Still Became Stars

'American Idol' has been introducing us to stars for over a decade. Some of the winners from the reality competition, now airing its final season, have been more successful than others, but winning is not necessarily required to reach super-stardom. In fact, when looking at album sales from American Idol alumni, two of the top five did not win the seasons on which they appeared. Here are five former 'American Idol' contestants that did not win, but have still achieved massive success following their appearances on the show.

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Couple On Unsuccessful Blind Date In Restaurant
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Relationship Deal Breakers [Interview]

Valentine's Day comes around every year, and whether you get really excited about the holiday, or absolutely loathe the holiday, usually depends on whether or not you have a significant other on February 14. Sometimes relationships end for very good reasons, sometimes they end for very bad reasons, and sometimes they end for totally absurd reasons! Dr. LeslieBeth Wish is an award-winning, nationally honored psychotherapist and author of the research-based book, Smart Relationships:  How Successful Women Can Find True Love. She took some time to answer a few questions regarding relationship "deal breakers," ranging from the serious to the laughable.

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Missouri Might owe you Money

Here's something that's kind of fun to do. It only takes a second, and you might discover that you are owed some money that you didn't even know about. I did a search at Missouri's Unclaimed Property Database on the State Treasurer's website and found out that I was owed ... $0.89! Maybe you'll have more luck than I did. 

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Dorsey's Rock - Blues in the District
Kurt Parsons

Here is The 2016 Blues in The District Concert Schedule

The District has announced the dates for the 2016 Blues in the District concerts. The first Blues in the District concert is set for June 10 with five other concerts set for June, July and August.  This will mark the 20th season for the Blues in the District Concert series. Expect me to be in Washington Park in just 126 days next to "my" rock (see above) again this summer.

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Super Bowl
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Fun Facts About Super Bowl Ads

The Super Bowl is Sunday. It's the one time of the year when you actually want to watch commercials on TV. Some people even DVR them. A record amount of money is being spent by advertisers for this year's game, according to Advertising Age. Here are a few fun facts about Super Bowl commercials that might surprise you.

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Y101 Bridal Expo
Kurt Parsons

The Y101 Bridal Expo is This Saturday in Quincy

The Quincy area’s premier Bridal Expo is returning to The Ambiance this Saturday January 30 for its 18th year!  The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. and is FREE to attend.

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Bigfoot Outdoors
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Do You Believe in Momo, the Missouri Monster? [Poll]

An interesting story was trending on Facebook last summer about the "Lizard Man" that supposedly lives in Bishopville, South Carolina. I had never heard of the Lizard Man. I have heard about reptile men, the Moth Man, chupacabras, and of course, Momo, the Missouri Monster.

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Maid Rite - Quincy, Illinois
Kurt Parsons

The Best Regional Foods in the Midwest

I learned something recently while watching PBS, and I bet I'm not the only one that did not know this.

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Natallia Hudyma
Natallia Hudyma

Strange Town Names in Illinois, Missouri and Iowa

There are a lot of strange places in America, and there are a lot of weird town names. Maybe you've heard of Intercourse, Pennsylvania? What about Santa Claus, Indiana, Hell, Michigan or Friendly, West Virginia? Every state has at least a handful of town names that raise eyebrows. Here are a few crazy town names from Illinois, Missouri and Iowa.

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Alan Madden Gravesite, Jeff Dorsey
Alan Madden Gravesite, Jeff Dorsey

Little Alan Madden to Be Remembered Tonight

It was the morning of January 11, 1981 and 5-year-old Alan Edward Madden awakened to what unfortunately would be the final day of his life. What happened to this little defenseless boy goes beyond description. At the age of 5, little Alan was beaten to death by his mother, Pamela Berg, and her boyfriend from Peoria, James Crain.  Both were tried and convicted.

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