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Prescribed burns are conduct to help restore and manage public prairies in the city with plant communities indigenous to the region and to improve ecological conditions.

Last August, Daysia Holiday decided to try one more time to join the Army. She’d taken the academic test and failed three times. So, when she was offered a slot in a new Army prep course to improve her scores and qualify for basic training, she jumped at it. She is now a graduate of Army basic training and just finished her advanced instruction at Fort Lee, Virginia. She's one of about 5,400 soldiers who have graduated from the Army course, which gives lower-performing recruits a chance to meet military standards. The Army is using the course to fill the ranks after falling short of its recruitment goals last year.

A 16-month-old child has died from a gunshot wound at a northwestern Indiana apartment, but investigators are providing few details. Tippecanoe County Coroner Carrie Costello says the shooting Tuesday killed Isiah Johnson. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday to determine the boy’s cause and manner of death. Lafayette Police Lt. Matt Gard says the shooting at the Romney Meadows apartment complex in Lafayette was reported around 3 p.m. He says a no resuscitation was performed by first responders. Gard says one adult and two children were inside the apartment and all three have been interviewed by investigators. No arrests have been made.

A former Southern California man who convinced troubled girls as young as 12 to perform masochistic acts and urged one to become his sex slave has been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison. Matthew Locher was sentenced in Los Angeles on Tuesday by a judge who called him “a parent’s worst nightmare.” Prosecutors say the former Redondo Beach man got into online conversations with girls suffering from mental health issues, grooming them to harm themselves and send him images. Authorities also say that, encouraged by Locher, a 12-year-old girl ran away from her Ohio home after setting it on fire in a failed bid to kill her parents.


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