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County 4-H speech winners who advanced to the regional contest, front row, from left, are Silas Masiello, Rosetta Fowler, Grayson Walter and Brady Bradford; back row, from left, are Andrew Buck, Caroline Garrell, Jillian Fowler and Marlee Bradford. Read moreCounty 4-H speech winners

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Cindy Williams, who played Shirley opposite Penny Marshall’s Laverne on the popular sitcom “Laverne & Shirley,” has died. Williams' family said in statement Monday that she died in Los Angeles Wednesday after a brief illness. She was 75. Williams credits included the films “American Graffiti" and “The Conversation.” But she was by far best known for playing the straitlaced Shirley Feeney on the ABC sitcom “Laverne & Shirley.” The show, a spinoff of “Happy Days” was one of the most popular shows on television in its prime. It ran from 1976 to 1983.

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A Chicago prosecutor is dropping sex-abuse charges against singer R. Kelly. The decision follows federal convictions in two different courts that ensure the disgraced R&B star will be locked up for decades. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx made the announcement Monday, a day ahead of a court hearing. Kelly was indicted in 2019 on multiple crimes and accused of sexually abusing four women in Illinois, including three who were minors. Since then, federal juries in Chicago and New York have convicted him of a raft of crimes, including child pornography, enticement, racketeering and sex trafficking. Kelly is already serving a 30-year prison sentence.

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Nothing has caused quite as much a stir around this year’s Oscars as the best-actress nomination for British actress Andrea Riseborough. Riseborough was unexpectedly nominated for her performance as an alcoholic Texas single mother in the scantly seen indie drama “To Leslie,” a pick that has since brought scrutiny from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences. Riseborough rose into the Oscar ranks thanks largely to the grassroots efforts of “To Leslie” director Michael Morris and his wife, actor Mary McCormack. They urged stars to see the film and either host a screening or praise Riseborough’s performance on social media. Now, the academy is examining those tactics.

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County 4-H speech winners who advanced to the regional contest, front row, from left, are Silas Masiello, Rosetta Fowler, Grayson Walter and Brady Bradford; back row, from left, are Andrew Buck, Caroline Garrell, Jillian Fowler and Marlee Bradford. Read moreCounty 4-H speech winners