Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Study Shows Heart Disease, Cancer Deaths Dwarf Violent Crime While Media Focus Near Opposite

Study Shows Heart Disease, Cancer Deaths Dwarf Violent Crime While Media Focus Near Opposite

Study Shows Heart Disease, Cancer Deaths Dwarf Violent Crime While Media Focus Near Opposite, Metamora Herald
Credit: Hannah Ritchie @

from the article:

The coverage in both newspapers here is strikingly similar. And the discrepancy between what we die actually from and what we get informed of in the media is what stands out:

-around one-third of the considered causes of deaths resulted from heart disease, yet this cause of death receives only 2-3 percent of Google searches and media coverage;
-just under one-third of the deaths came from cancer; we actually google cancer a lot (37 percent of searches) and it is a popular entry here on our site; but it receives only 13-14 percent of media coverage;
-we searched for road incidents more frequently than their share of deaths, however, they receive much less attention in the news;
-when it comes to deaths from strokes, Google searches and media coverage are surprisingly balanced;
-the largest discrepancies concern violent forms of death: suicide, homicide and terrorism. All three receive much more relative attention in Google searches and media coverage than their relative share of deaths. When it comes to the media coverage on causes of death, violent deaths account for more than two-thirds of coverage in the New York Times and The Guardian but account for less than 3 percent of the total deaths in the US.
The responsibility in breaking this cycle lies with both media producers and consumers. Will we ever stop reporting and reading the latest news? Unlikely. But we can all be more conscious of how we let this news shape our understanding of the world.

And journalists can do much better in providing context of the broader trends: if reporting on a homicide, for example, include context of how homicide rates are changing over time.6 As media consumers we can be much more aware of the fact that relying on the 24/7 news coverage alone is wholly insufficient for understanding the state of the world. This requires us to check our (often unconscious) bias for single narratives and seek out sources that provide a fact-based perspective on the world.
Local Hip Hop Artist Gaining Notoriety Online

Local Hip Hop Artist Gaining Notoriety Online

Local Hip Hop Artist Gaining Notoriety Online, Metamora Herald

A local hip hop artists music is becoming more popular online. I recently got the opportunity to interview 4oreign and find out more about him and his music.

H: How'd you get into music?

4: I’ve always had a deep love for music my whole life. I have always been fascinated by the thought of being able to create your own style and put your life experiences into songs. I always wanted to be like all the artists I listened to. I finally started getting serious with music about 2 years ago when I realized that it’s something I could be decently talented at. I figured I could start simple and learn from my mistakes and keep improving and push to be the best I can be. I enjoy making music kind of as a hobby because still being in school and sports makes it hard to find a lot of time. Anytime I have a chance I work on music, and hopefully, in the future, it will become more and more serious.

H: What are some of your musical influences?

4: Some of my musical influences at the moment would include my favorite rappers which are Polo G, Lil Tjay, YK Osiris, Quando Rondo, and Yungeen Ace.  The reason that these are my influences is that they all have the same type of style and mood to their songs. They all try to send a message to the people that no matter how bad life gets there’s always a way to make it out. Most of them came from poverty and everyday struggles and I feel that it relates well to people a lot of times.

H: Do you collaborate with others? What is that process?

4: I’ve collaborated with a variety of different producers and artists. Most of the time I will reach out to producers and artists if I feel that they have something that goes along with my style. Sometimes producers and artists message me to collaborate and feature in songs. The song will be set up with an open spot for the feature and then emailed to them and once they have finished their work they send it back and I mix and master the entire song(if not already done by the other artist) and then it’s ready for release.

H: What do you feel is your best song?

4: I feel that my best songs have not yet been released but will be coming out mid-July on an 8 song mixtape. But for the ones that are currently out I would say that Snakes is my most successful and best song given that it’s up over 100k plays and still moving up at a fast rate.

H: How has your music evolved?

4: My music has evolved greatly over the past couple of years. I’ve invested more time, money, and effort into it now.  I used to record music with only my phone and a beats headphones microphone. I’d use an app on my phone called garage band to edit vocals and mix the track. Ever since I started taking it seriously I slowly started investing in more and more equipment for a home studio. Now I feel that my music is improving in quality and professionalism because I finally have a set up that a real studio would have.

H: What's the significance of your rap moniker? What's your rap name mean?

4: The name 4oreign really has no significance to me at all besides maybe the fact that I like foreign clothes, shoes, and cars and the 4 fits in because it has the sound of the f and it is my favorite number. But to be honest the real reason I came up with it is that I needed something a little more interesting than just using my name because all rappers and artist have stage names that are catchy or significant to them.

H: Any performances or news you want to share?

I’ve had multiple opportunities to perform at little gigs around the Peoria area, and even perform in rap showcases but with sports and school, I haven’t really had time to actually go for it. The only news that I’d want to share is that I’ll be releasing a couple of single tracks here in the next few weeks and in mid-July, I’ll be releasing an 8 song mixtape. You can find me on SoundCloud and YouTube and sometime in the next couple of months, I will be on all music platforms.

Give 4oreign's latest track a listen now. WARNING  there are "adult" words used in this music.




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 7:00p to 9:00p • Tuesdays • July 9th – August 13th
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Monday, June 17, 2019

Gage Drier of Germantown Hills Graduates from Albion College

Gage Drier of Germantown Hills Graduates from Albion College

Gage Drier of Germantown Hills Student Graduates from Albion College, Metamora Herald

ALBION, MI (06/17/2019)-- Gage Drier graduated with a degree in communication studies.

Drier is the child of Charles and Jill Drier of Germantown Hills, IL and is a graduate of Metamora Township High School.

"Albion College is a private liberal arts college in Albion, Michigan. The college was founded in 1835 and its undergraduate population was approximately 1,500 students in 2014. They participate in NCAA Division III and the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association."

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Free Fishing Days This Weekend!

Free Fishing Days This Weekend!

Free Fishing Days This Weekend!, Metamora Herald

Illinois Free Fishing Days: June 14 – 17, 2019

The 2019 Illinois Free Fishing Days celebration will take place June 14 – 17, once again coinciding with Father's Day weekend. During this four-day celebration of fishing in Illinois, anglers can fish without purchasing a fishing license, salmon stamp or inland trout stamp. Discover the fun of fishing or introduce your kids to the outdoor adventure of fishing during these free fishing days! If you're new to fishing, here's a guide to everything you need to get started.
University of Iowa celebrates 2019 spring graduates, Dean's List honorees

University of Iowa celebrates 2019 spring graduates, Dean's List honorees


IOWA CITY, IA (06/12/2019)-- More than 4,800 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at the University of Iowa recently participated in graduation ceremonies.

The UI's spring 2019 graduates had an average cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.16 on a 4.0 scale. In addition, 16 percent of the graduating class graduated with multiple majors and 355 undergraduates graduated with honors.

To learn more about the University of Iowa's 2019 spring graduates, click HERE.

Alexa Walker of Metamora, IL 61548

Nicholas Meyer of Germantown Hills, IL 61548

Matthew Wipfler of Metamora, IL 61548

Grant Billimack of Metamora, IL 61548

Zachary Theiler of Germantown Hills, IL 61548

Alex Walka of Germantown Hills, IL 61548

Leah TerBush of Metamora, IL 61548

Nicholas Jones of Germantown Hills, IL 61548

Also, more than 5,700 students at the University of Iowa were named to the UI's Dean's List for the spring 2019 semester.

Undergraduate students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the Tippie College of Business who achieve a grade point average of 3.50 or higher on 12 semester hours or more of UI graded course work during a given semester or summer session and who have no semester hours of "I" (incomplete) or "O" (no grade reported) during the same semester are recognized by inclusion on the Dean's List for that semester.

Undergraduate students in the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine may qualify for the Dean's List with fewer than 12 semester hours of graded credit if deemed appropriate by the college.

College of Nursing students participating in clinical courses must have a total of 12 semester hours of earned credit, with eight semester hours of graded credit with a grade point average of 3.50 or higher.

Robert Kessler of Metamora, IL 61548 (College of Liberal Arts and Sciences)

Sydney Billimack of Metamora, IL 61548 (College of Nursing)

About the University of Iowa

The University of Iowa is one of the nation's premier public research universities, dedicated to academic excellence, groundbreaking discoveries and creations, commitment to Iowa and the world, and a culture that prizes community, diversity, and opportunity.

The UI is known around the world for its leadership in the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to the first and best creative writing program in the world, a world-class academic medical center and one of America's top teaching hospitals, and a can-do culture that fosters a campus-wide dedication to student success.

To learn more about the University of Iowa, visit

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Wild Turkey Facts

Wild Turkey Facts

What type of turkeys do we have around here? Well, the scientific name is "Meleagris gallopavo Silvestri" coined by the ornithologist who first documented the bird in 1817, Louis Jean Pierre Vieillot. Often referred to as Eastern Wild Turkey, as few as one out of a hundred are white in color. Thanks to Mr. J.R. Winkler for sharing the photos. 

Here are a few more interesting facts:

  • Male turkeys are called "toms" or “gobblers;” female turkeys are called "hens."
  • A turkey’s diet consists of seeds, nuts, fruit, insects, and small lizards.
  • Turkeys have a wingspan of up to six feet, which makes them the largest bird in their natural habitat of the open forest by far.
  • Turkey calls can be quite loud. On a clear, quiet day, a gobble made by a male turkey can be heard from a mile away.
  • Turkeys have an extremely wide field of vision because their eyes are located on opposite sides of their head. The positioning of their eyes allows the turkey to see objects on both sides of itself, but limits its depth perception. Turkeys have excellent vision during the day, but limited vision at night.
  • Turkeys have no external ear structures, but they have small holes in their head located behind their eyes where sound can enter. Turkeys can pinpoint sounds up to a mile away.
  • Turkeys do not have a strong sense of smell, and the region of their brain that controls smell is very small compared to other animals.