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    BLOOMINGTON — Francesca Erb is the big wheel of the McLean County Wheelers bike club. She’s serving her first term as the group’s president, the second woman to hold the position in about 30 years.

    Asian carp have gotten much bad publicity, as well they should. They’re poster fish for what’s wrong with America’s import laws – or lack of them – regarding how species of plants and animals are brought here from overseas.

    I don’t know why reporters ended news stories with the number “30” in the past. Some say it was shorthand for “the end,” a holdover from the days when news was sent by Morse code over telegraph.

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    The nine juvenile whooping cranes that passed through The Pantagraph area on their way south on their first ultralight-led migration have apparently decided they didn’t want to wind up in Florida.

    The Associated Press reported a federal study says Lake Erie and some rivers flowing into it would offer ideal habitat for unwanted Asian carp. The U.S. Geological Survey says the Maumee, Sandusky and Grand rivers have temperatures and water flows suitable for spawning by silver and bighead carp.

    BLOOMINGTON -- Scientists think the warm weather in the Midwest this winter will not significantly impact the birds that are seen during the upcoming 15th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count, which runs Friday through Feb. 13.

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