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Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Nicholas Arzio April 23, 2014 at 10:36 pm
Beef cake!
Sunny in SD April 23, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Starting the diabetes early........
Socrates Cee April 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm
Now that is something. Imagine how big this baby will be in a couple of years. He probably won'tRead More even fit through a regular door!
Tim F April 23, 2014 at 09:20 pm
Illinois receives 100% of the lottery profits, right! Oh I'm sorry, that's what Illinois said inRead More the 1970's when the lottery came to be. Where did all of those dollars go? GENERAL FUND? I remember so many "temporary" income tax increases as well too. Liars? Lawyers? Same thing?
Amin Falaq April 23, 2014 at 10:24 pm
Tim F. I was just about to address the same issue of the lottery getting approved based on itRead More proceeds would be earmarked for Illinois schools.
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Socrates April 23, 2014 at 11:50 pm
I would want to be briefed by both sides, but from the text, it appears the police are reportingRead More what he said at the time. He could not know in advance whether they were armed or not - since they could have had concealed weapons. Unless he was a trained and experienced gun fighter, once the action started he was acting on pure instinct and terror, as any vet will tell you about their first time in dangerous combat. The episode was unfortunate indeed, but unless I'm missing something here, there is no homicide case due to age and circumstances.
Steve April 24, 2014 at 12:11 am
Well said, in a nutshell.
Heywood April 24, 2014 at 01:52 am
They were popular break-in kids who will break-in no more. LOL
Herc April 23, 2014 at 06:31 pm
Plainfield central is unranked. Scores are about the same as Joliet West.
David Greenberg April 23, 2014 at 06:42 pm
So the questions are: "What does #1 do that's better than HPHS? How can HPHS improve? What'sRead More holding us back?" Compare and contrast.
Bernard Johnson April 24, 2014 at 12:48 am
The 'quality adjustment' to the AP results appear to be the only basis as to why DHS wasn't rankedRead More above Stevenson - as the # 1 truly 'public' [taking all comers - not getting to pick and choose its student body - like the academies and/or magnets] in the State of Illinois. OK, so, DHS will have to 'try harder.' As for Highland-Park, what's the story over there; and the same goes for New Trier? My, how the once mighty have fallen. Go Big Red!
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Case closed April 23, 2014 at 07:39 pm
One more comment. Doesn't that pic wanna make you vomit. Gross bogus women. Case closed
Mike April 23, 2014 at 08:48 pm
No Hillary. Vote GOP. Stop the decline of America.
Frank Estrada April 24, 2014 at 01:24 am
The best populist the Dims can serve up...what a joke.
Paul Shafer April 23, 2014 at 11:35 am
The Cubs are spending longer rebuilding than it took us to rebuild Germany after WWII.
Jon Hall April 23, 2014 at 08:49 pm
Memories? No soap in the rest rooms. Broken seats. All those Mike Schmidt dingers. It's a dump.Read More Demolish it.
D L April 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm
...and then they blow a lead in the 9th inning! Only the "SCRUBS can do that on such a historicRead More day !!
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Daniella Ruiz April 23, 2014 at 01:50 pm
Linda Mahoney >> the doorbell prank was just that, a prank, that involved actual self risk,Read More courage and cost nothing to do. these brats today have no respect for wasting resouces whilst sitting ontheir fanny all day.
Steven Oathkeeper April 23, 2014 at 08:09 pm
Like the video game has something to do with it, who writes this rubbish? Next they will be sayingRead More is a shooter and we here to grab all your guns. As if. ~OathkeeprOne. constitution before corrupt govt.
mplo April 24, 2014 at 02:51 am
What kind of a stupid, malicious idiot would pull that sort of a prank? I agree that the kid whoRead More made the phone call to the SWAT team about his opposing video games player was a sore loser, which is why he did that, but he should be criminally prosecuted, made to pay the bill, and perhaps do some community service in order to pay off that big bill. Hopefully, that kid will learn a lesson if he is prosecuted for his prank, which he should be.
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Brandi Ink-This April 23, 2014 at 11:31 am
As a member of the family to the woman who passed Sue Jones I request you change the wording of thisRead More article due to misleading of false fault on the pick up truck who wasn't at fault and she is being charged. If you would have got the facts or wrote correctly you would have know it was the Camaro's fault. Please see the below article with facts and change the wording. Posted : Wednesday, 23 April 2014 9:08AM Serena Woman Charged With DUI After Fatal Crash Rick Koshko news@ottawaradio.net Yorkville, Ill. -- A driving under the influence charge against a Serena woman is likely to be upgraded because another driver died in a crash she was involved in. Fifty-six year old Susan Bedenk was in fair condition Wednesday morning at St. Francis Medical Center in Peoria.      State Police say Bedenk ran into another vehicle head-on at U.S. 52 at Brisbin Rd. south of Oswego Monday afternoon.      Sixty-six year old Susan Jones of Joliet died. Jones’s husband, 68-year old Michael Jones, survived and was taken to Morris Hospital.
Laure VanAsselt April 23, 2014 at 09:15 am
Way to go... Warn everyone first. Good job. NOT!
Roy Rumaner April 23, 2014 at 10:52 am
If I'm not mistaken, I think they are required by law to post that these checks will happen aheadRead More of time.
JR April 23, 2014 at 09:47 am
Even if we threw them in jail their brainless voting bases would still reelect them.
Jan Werth April 23, 2014 at 09:59 am
Illinois is one of the top most corrupt states in the USA. I have two more years in this GodRead More forsaken state, then after my daughter finishes school, I'm out of here! My home may be paid off, but I still pay at least $500 a month for property taxes--and I live in the older section with a 55 year old house!!
carol j dixon April 23, 2014 at 11:27 am
Shameful! The audacity to want more is as bold as cat manure. They sell the lottery, lease theRead More toll way, to their friends, all the while saying they need more money. This really stinks.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 12:52 am
they don't need college to hold a lamp on my lawn
monkey lewis April 24, 2014 at 12:52 am
word
Porter gladstone April 24, 2014 at 01:08 am
yep monkey---most homes have electricity. Guess hillbillys paying people still? didnt thinkRead More there were that many idiots out there who dont wire their homes?
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Cindy April 23, 2014 at 06:42 pm
And now watch--all the booze drinkers will POUNCE on me just because I spoke up against theirRead More precious alcohol. This has happened before on this site, when I spoke up about the wine and cheese shop, etc. The booze drinkers have said TERRIBLE things to me. And of course they all accuse me of thinking that they are "bad people". OH THAT MAKES ME SO MAD. I do NOT think that anybody is a "bad person"! I am just trying to help people understand why we shouldn't use mind-altering drugs! And again, alcohol is a DRUG! Just because it's legal doesn't make it right! And all the booze drinkers would NEVER smoke pot. Heck no, because "drugs are bad" and they aren't drug users. But they ARE drug users! And of course they ALL use the excuse that "Jesus drank wine." Oh that drives me nuts. I have explained over and over that it still doesn't make it right to use alcohol! Times were different back then, and in many cases the water was unsafe and they had to use wine to avoid being sick. And there is also evidence that the wine they used back then was not as we know it today, but more like grape juice. But the fact remains that we know more today! We know that alcohol is a TOXIN, that it poisons cells. Even in low doses, alcohol significantly increases the risk of breast cancer in women, along with liver and rectum cancer. LOW DOSES! And people think that red wine is good for your heart. Well studies show you'd have to drink hundreds of bottles a day to get any benefit, and it's only common sense that the benefit is in the GRAPES, not the alcohol! Again, alcohol is a toxin! But the booze drinkers will STILL tell me about the health benefits of alcohol. So what am I supposed to do, tell God he is wrong, and drop out of my church? I have explained over and over that I'm a convert to the Mormon church, and we have The Word of Wisdom which we believe to be direct revelation from God saying that alcohol, tea, coffee, cigarettes and mind-altering drugs like marijuana are not for the body. We are taught the moral and physical reasons to avoid using these things. This HELPS us! It is GOOD to know why we shouldn't use these things! But as I've said many, many times, I didn't drink alcohol even BEFORE I became Mormon! I experimented with it a bit in my college days, to be bad and cool and loosen up at a party, but I outgrew all that by the time I was 20 or so! And this was BEFORE I joined the Church! And my husband isn't Mormon and HE doesn't drink! You shouldn't have to be religious or Mormon to know not to drink. It's just common sense! My whole point is that a grown adult should be WELL PAST the age where they'd want to use a mind-altering drug to get high, stoned, buzzed, relax and unwind, have "fun", celebrate, socialize, etc. What a thing to do! But now watch, the booze drinkers will pounce on me for this, too. They'll blame my religion on my stance on alcohol and marijuana, even tho I specifically said that I had stopped drinking BEFORE I joined the LDS church, and that my husband isn't Mormon and HE doesn't drink. This happens all the time. Every time I bring up that I'm Mormon, the pot smokers and booze drinkers use this against me. It drives me nuts. I only brought up my religion to tell you where I'm coming from and how annoying it is when people tell me that there is nothing wrong with using these things. Because again, what am I supposed to do, tell God he is wrong and drop out of the church because people on the Internet are telling me it's okay to drink and smoke pot?? I can't do that! My faith is very important to me! But again, I had stopped drinking even BEFORE I became Mormon, and I sure never smoked POT! Never!
Cindy April 23, 2014 at 06:47 pm
It's just so frustrating to think that I have written to the wineries and public officials, tryingRead More to talk some sense into them and help them see what a bad example they are setting by promoting and glorifying alcohol, and it has done no good at all. They are STILL having this annual booze fest. They have a wine-tasting AND a beer festival. Again, what example does that set for any young people in the community? That when you grow up, it's good to use a mind-altering DRUG to have "fun"? That is NOT what true fun is! And how will we EVER get the pot smokers to understand why it is wrong and immature to use drugs, as long as grown adults think nothing of using a mind-altering drug in the form of alcohol??? Think about it! And again, would Oswego have a "pot festival" or a "weed-tasting" or a "marijuana-fest"? Of course not! At least I HOPE not! But yet they think nothing of having these big hoopla "festivals" promoting and glorifying alcohol, a toxic, highly-addictive psychoactive drug. That is just TERRIBLE! People need to GROW UP. We shouldn't use mind-altering drugs to get high, stoned, buzzed, relax and unwind, have "fun", etc. And all you people who drink booze yet say you would never smoke pot, well you are hypocrites! And what gets me is that I have ranted against alcohol for TEN YEARS, writing tons of blogs, thousands of comments, even a BOOK on why we shouldn't smoke pot or drink alcohol! I thought I had made a difference in the world! Yet after years of typing my fingers to the bone, Oswego STILL has not one but TWO booze festivals! It is just infuriating! And again, watch all the hate I get from the booze drinkers. They will all POUNCE on my comments and say mean, horrible things, just like what they said on the other message boards. This shows what they are like, the type of people who use alcohol.
Cindy April 23, 2014 at 06:50 pm
Anyway, the Oswego police need to know that there ARE people who will not be participating in any ofRead More these booze fests, and who are disgusted by them! And if any of the police in Oswego think nothing is wrong with using alcohol, they need to realize that a casual booze drinker is no better than a casual pot smoker, except they aren't breaking the law! They are after the same psychoactive effect, that "buzz" one gets from a mind-altering drug. And that is not good! A grown adult should set an example and NOT DRINK OR SMOKE POT!
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
Susan Harris April 23, 2014 at 09:12 pm
Tamara, what social studies standards are you talking about? The Common Core only covers standardsRead More in literacy and math. There are no CC standards for science or history. Are you talking about state standards?
Tamara April 23, 2014 at 10:35 pm
Common Core has science and social studies standards - they were written after math and ELA - theyRead More have not been implemented yet. They are more controversial so math and ELA was put thru first to pave the way.
Tamara April 23, 2014 at 11:18 pm
Many articles on CC not being validated, and reducing standards and achievement - not the other wayRead More around... http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?ca=7bf08782-fe34-49d9-ba23-f95e21905f04&c=d6f00600-ac37-11e3-8bb0-d4ae528ed502&ch=d7b7c2d0-ac37-11e3-8bc0-d4ae528ed502
State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), House Minority Leader
Gary April 23, 2014 at 05:20 pm
We'll promise him that he can "keep his library in Chicago if he wants". he-he-he-he.Read More I'm sure he'll understand.
Independence666 April 23, 2014 at 08:29 pm
Obama is a rank amateur whose clueless policies will take many years to recover from. Hopefully,Read More the Congress will shut him down after the November election.
swimmer April 23, 2014 at 08:41 pm
How long do you think it will take to recover from the deficits, left from Bush's wars?
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 09:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 01:39 pm
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
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Kim Fox April 22, 2014 at 05:42 pm
I don't believe this kid is competent enough to make those decisions. Those kids need to beRead More prosecuted to the fullest and if the does judge does not agree he needs to step down.
Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 04:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.