Nostalgia for Sears catalog mail-order homes as the last Sears department store leaves Illinois, the state where it all began

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Sears, the former retail giant that got its start in Chicago, Illinois, recently vacated its last department store in the state.

Sears, Roebuck and Co. was founded in Chicago as a mail-order catalog in 1893 and eventually became the largest retailer in the nation.

The store grew to sell almost…

This and other things I recently learned from Medium’s Help Pages

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I don’t always read the help pages or the articles from Medium’s Creators Hub. I typically get on here and start writing, without a well-thought-out strategy.

But, I received an email today about Medium monetization, which has always been a bit murky to me, so I decided to give it…

It’s been a long haul for everyone, but parents of little kids have had it pretty bad

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In March 2020, my daughter’s school closed, supposedly for two weeks to flatten the curve. Remember when it was all about flattening the curve and we were all in this together?

All in this together has devolved to the point that the extremist hate group, the Proud Boys, make appearances…

An investigation from ProPublica discovered that contaminated chicken is currently being sold to consumers

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The nonprofit newsroom, ProPublica launched an eight-month-long investigation into the possible contamination of America’s chicken supply from a dangerous salmonella strain.

What they found is disturbing.

In May 2018, a “rare and virulent strain of salmonella” began showing up all over the country. …

Also known as the ‘Killer Clown’, five of Gacy’s 33 victims are still unidentified

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The family of Francis Wayne Alexander finally has closure on his disappearance. By using genetic genealogy, authorities were able to identify his body which had been found 45 years ago in the crawl space of serial killer, John Wayne Gacy’s home.

Authorities think the young man was probably 21 or…

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