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Gapers Block published from April 22, 2003 to Jan. 1, 2016. The site will remain up in archive form. Please visit Third Coast Review, a new site by several GB alumni.
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Thursday, February 29

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The Tribune has uncovered a bizarre hoax perpetrated on Southern Illinois University's school newspaper and beyond. Two years ago, the Daily Egyptian received a letter from an 8-year-old girl named Kodee. Her father, Sgt. Dan Kennings, was in Iraq. Her letter became a column, which continued to appear in the paper until recently, when news came that Kennings had been killed. Tribune reporters headed down to Carbondale to report on the story, and instead discovered that Dan Kennings didn't exist. Blogger Out of the Box has a little more, as does the Southern Illinoisian.

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