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Volo Auto Museum seeks to relocate Des Plaines McDonald's museumA replica of Ray Kroc's first McDonald's franchise, which opened April 15, 1955, is now a museum in Des Plaines. McDonald's Corp. has announced it will demolish the museum. Kroc built his first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, after franchising the brand from the original owners, Richard and Maurice McDonald.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:29:00 GMT

VOLO – The Volo Auto Museum has reached out to McDonald's Corp. to try to relocate the museum and replica of the hamburger chain's first restaurant from Des Plaines to Volo. McDonald's previously said the building will be razed in December.

In a Facebook post shared more than 1,000 times, the Volo Auto Museum said it reached out to the burger giant to try to save the McDonald's Store No. 1 Museum.

"We have been contacted by numerous residents about the closing and demolition of the Des Plaines McDonald's museum with pleas to save it and relocate it in Volo. We love the idea!" the auto museum said in the post. "We’ve reached out to McDonald's headquarters hoping there is an agreement that could be made."

McDonald's Corp. previously announced that the building would be destroyed next month and the land donated to Des Plaines, citing poor attendance as the reason for its removal.

Ray Kroc built the first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines. He franchised the brand from the original owners, Richard and Maurice McDonald. The museum opened in 1985 with Kroc's original sign out front.

The auto museum is asking residents to cast their votes to decide whether relocating the replica is a good idea.

Brian Grams, director of the Volo Auto Museum, said in a statement that his goal is to relocate and restore the entire structure.

“Our interest is in preserving this American icon,” Grams said. “If, for some reason, it does not work out that we can move the entire structure, we certainly hope to come away with some artifacts. But the goal is the whole thing. We’ll see.”

• The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A replica of Ray Kroc's first McDonald's franchise, which opened April 15, 1955, is now a museum in Des Plaines. McDonald's Corp. has announced it will demolish the museum. Kroc built his first restaurant in 1955 in Des Plaines, after franchising the brand from the original owners, Richard and Maurice McDonald.


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Island Lake teen cited in Cary crash that damaged power pole

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 23:19:00 GMT

CARY – An 18-year-old Island Lake man was cited after crashing his vehicle into a power pole Tuesday night in Cary, police said.

The crash occurred about 11:30 p.m., when a vehicle hit a pole on Silver Lake Road at Sterling Ridge Boulevard, Cary Deputy Police Chief Jim Fillmore said. The crash caused a minor disruption to power in the area and closed the road for about an hour, Fillmore said.

He said no one was injured in the crash.

ComEd was at the scene Tuesday night and continued to make repairs throughout Wednesday morning, Fillmore said.

The driver, Tyler Galanos, was cited for failure to reduce speed, Fillmore said.


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Family member of Cary man found unresponsive at McHenry County jail says death was suicideThomas Doheny - was a successful business entrepreneur, who followed in his grandfather Earl's footsteps in the Sewer Cleaning Industry, his partner said. Tom was well known for his 30+ year history in the sewer cleaning industry. He made significant professional contributions and had a true entrepreneur spirit. He had a passion for customer service and all who worked for him considered him a friend. Tom will be remembered for his unique sense of humor, love of flying, bike riding, artistic talent, boating, Tokyo drifting and his collection of uncommon one-of-a kind items. Most of all Tom loved spending time with and entertaining his family and friends.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 22:47:00 GMT

WOODSTOCK – The partner of a Cary man found unresponsive at the McHenry County jail Friday said the man killed himself because he could no longer keep up with mounting child support fees. Jail staff discovered Tom M. Doheny, 51, while they were doing rounds at 8:10 p.m. Friday. Doheny was taken to Centegra Woodstock Medical Center by ambulance. Doheny was pronounced dead at 8:53 p.m., according to a news release from the McHenry County Coroner’s Office. McHenry County Coroner Anne Majewski said Tuesday that an official cause of death hasn't been determined, and declined to comment on speculation the death was a suicide. An official statement from the coroner's office could come in the next few weeks, Majewski said. The McHenry County Major Investigation Assistance Team continues to investigate Doheny's death. In an email Tuesday, McHenry Police Chief John Birk declined to comment whether Doheny was on suicide watch. Jail officials did not say what access Doheny might have had to items that could have caused him harm. Although officials have been tight-lipped, Doheny's partner, Sandra Avila, said the prospect of remaining at the county jail for unpaid fees he couldn't afford became overwhelming. "He did take his own life in there," Avila said. "He was in contempt of court because he was behind on his child support." Avila and Doheny were never legally married, but celebrated their union Sept. 30, she said. They lived together in their Cary home, until Nov. 1, when Doheny was found in contempt of court for unpaid expenses stemming from a 2014 divorce. McHenry County Judge Michael Coppedge ordered Doheny to stay at the McHenry County jail for an "indeterminate period" until he could pay $125,000, court records show. Neither Coppedge nor attorneys representing Doheny's ex-wife were immediately available to comment Wednesday. "How do they expect him to pay for something when he doesn’t have it – and now he’s in jail?" Avila said. "He was trying to make the best he could and they took that away from him. That’s something that’s wrong with the system, and that’s something that’s got to change." Doheny left behind letters for Avila and his children. The letters remained in police custody Wednesday, Avila said. The father of three spent more than 30 years working in the sewer cleaning industry. He left fond impressions with his customers at Doheny Inc., an industrial equipment supplier in Island Lake, where he used to work. One of Doheny's long-time co-worker's, Meagan Meyers recalled her former supervisor as someone with a light heart and good intentions, who liked to let loose with a Jack and Coke. "I would want [people] to know that he was a very happy person. He always had a smile on his face. He was always a giver, never a taker," Meyers said. "He loved what he did. He loved his kids. He loved Sandy." Avila will host a memorial service for Doheny at noon Saturday at the Cary Country Club, 2400 Grove Lane. As of Wednesday morning, more than 1,000 of Doheny's friends and family were expected to attend, Avila said. Official funeral arrangements have not been announced. Thomas Doheny - was a successful business entrepreneur, who followed in his grandfather Earl's footsteps in the Sewer Cleaning Industry, his partner said. Tom was well known for his 30+ year history in the sewer cleaning industry. He made significant professional contributions and had a true entrepreneur spirit. He had a passion for customer service and all who worked for him considered him a friend. Tom will be remembered for his unique sense of humor, love of flying, bike riding, artistic ta[...]


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2017 Illinois Farm Economics Summit scheduled at 5 sites

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 21:21:00 GMT

This year’s Illinois Farm Economics Summit will address the profitability of Illinois agriculture and how to manage financial stress.

The University of Illinois Extension and members of the farmdoc team from the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics in the College of ACES is offering a series of five Farm Economics Summit meetings to help producers with key issues they’re facing.

“Although very good crops in many parts of the state in 2016 helped incomes recover, the story of Illinois agriculture continued to be one of managing financial stress,” said U of I agricultural economist Scott Irwin. “The stress has been brought on by low corn, soybean and wheat prices, and costs of production that have adjusted somewhat slowly to the new price realities. Producers and landowners continue to face a series of difficult management challenges as they grapple with adjusting to the current environment of low grain prices.”

Speakers from the U of I farmdoc team will explore the farm profitability outlook and management challenges from several perspectives, including the 2018 outlook for crop and livestock prices, soybean yield trends, an update on the next farm bill, the financial position of Illinois farms, habits of financially resilient farm operations, and crop economics for 2018.

The format for the meeting will be fast-paced and allow plenty of time for questions from the audience.

Irwin said farm owners, operators, ag lenders and agribusiness professionals will benefit from the information presented at this year’s summit.

Sponsored by U of I Extension, the farm economics summit will be offered at five different locations:

• Monday, Dec. 18 – DeKalb, Faranda’s Banquet Center

• Tuesday, Dec. 19 – Peoria, Par-A-Dice Hotel Casino

• Wednesday, Dec. 20 – Springfield, Crowne Plaza

• Thursday, Dec. 21 – Carlyle, Bretz Wildlife Lodge and Winery

• Friday, Dec. 22 – Champaign, iHotel and Conference Center

Registration and coffee will begin at 7:45 a.m. Sessions will begin at 8:15 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m. The advance registration fee is $70 per person and includes lunch, refreshments, and all meeting materials. The deadline for advance registration is Dec. 11. Registration at the door is $75 per person as space permits.

For questions about registration, contact Nancy Simpson at nsimp1@illinois.edu or 217-244-9687.

Visit farmdoc.illinois.edu for the complete agenda and list of speakers.


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Poll: 1 in 3 Americans dreads political talk at ThanksgivingPresident Donald Trump points to reporters after speaking at the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Washington, as he and his family were leaving for a Thanksgiving trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)In this Nov. 21, 2017, photo, President Donald Trump pardons Drumstick during the National Thanksgiving Turkey Pardoning Ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. A poll shows more than a third of Americans dread the prospect of political talk over Thanksgiving. The survey by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that just 2 in 10 are eager to discuss politics. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 14:26:00 GMT

WASHINGTON – Bring on the turkey — but maybe hold the politics. Thanksgiving is Glenn Rogers' favorite holiday, when people gather around the table and talk about things to celebrate from the past year. But Donald Trump's presidency isn't something everyone in the Rogers family is toasting. "For the most part, we get to the point where we know that we're not going to agree with each other and it gets dropped," says the 67-year-old manufacturing consultant, who says he voted less for Trump than against Democrat Hillary Clinton. With a cascade of sexual misconduct scandals now echoing similar allegations against Trump during the campaign, tempers on the subject of Trump may not have cooled, says Rogers. "When you start talking about it now, there's still some, I think, real animosity when you start talking about character." Rogers is among more than a third of Americans who say they dread the prospect of politics coming up over Thanksgiving, compared with just 2 in 10 who say they're eager to talk politics, according to a new poll by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. Four in 10 don't feel strongly either way. Democrats are slightly more likely than Republicans to say they're uneasy about political discussions at the table, 39 percent to 33 percent. And women are more likely than men to say they dread the thought of talking politics, 41 percent to 31 percent. Those who do think there's at least some possibility of politics coming up are somewhat more likely to feel optimistic about it than Americans as a whole. Among this group, 30 percent say they'd be eager to talk politics and 34 percent would dread it. The debate over whether to talk politics at Thanksgiving — or not — is about as American as the traditional feast itself. By Christmas 2016, 39 percent of U.S. adults said their families avoided conversations about politics, according to the Pew Research Center. But Americans are still trying to figure out how to talk about the subject in the age of Trump, and amid the sexual misconduct allegations that have ignited a new debate over standards for conduct between men and women. The conversation, some analysts and respondents say, touches on identity among people who group themselves by other factors, such as family, friendship or geography. Ten months into Trump's difficult presidency, he remains a historically unpopular president and a deeply polarizing force in the United States. His drives to crack down on immigration in the name of national security and the economy cut right to the question of who is an American. And his defense on Tuesday of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore, the former Alabama judge accused by six women of pursuing romantic relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was in his 30s, comes amid a wider deluge of sexual misconduct scandals. Those engulfed include an array of politicians and policymakers — past, present, aspiring and presidential — of all partisan stripes. For any mention of Moore, who denies the accusations against him, there's Democratic Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota, who has apologized or said he feels bad about the allegations against him. For every mention of the "Access Hollywood" tape in which Trump could be heard bragging about touching women without their consent, there are allegations that Democratic President Bill Clinton assaulted women. Both men deny the accusations. Trump won the 2016 election, even though more than a dozen women accused him of sexual misconduct, and roughly half of all voters said they were bothered by his treatment of women, according to exit polls. Trump called the allegations false and said he[...]


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Uber reveals cover-up of hack affecting 57M riders, driversFILE - In this March 15, 2017, file photo, a sign marks a pick-up point for the Uber car service at LaGuardia Airport in New York. Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers. The revelation Tuesday marks the latest stain on Uber's reputation. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:40:00 GMT

SAN FRANCISCO — Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about more than 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service's customers and drivers. So far, there's no evidence that the data taken has been misused, according to a Tuesday blog post by Uber's recently hired CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi. Part of the reason nothing malicious has happened is because Uber acknowledges paying the hackers $100,000 to destroy the stolen information. The revelation marks the latest stain on Uber's reputation. The San Francisco company ousted Travis Kalanick as CEO in June after an internal investigation concluded he had built a culture that allowed female workers to be sexually harassed and encouraged employees to push legal limits. It's also the latest major breach involving a prominent company that didn't notify the people that could be potentially harmed for months or even years after the break-in occurred. Yahoo didn't make its first disclosure about hacks that hit 3 billion user accounts during 2013 and 2014 until September 2016. Credit reporting service Equifax waited several months before revealing this past September that hackers had carted off the Social Security numbers of 145 million Americans. Khosrowshahi criticized Uber's handling of its data theft in his blog post. "While I can't erase the past, I can commit on behalf of every Uber employee that we will learn from our mistakes," Khosrowshahi wrote. "We are changing the way we do business, putting integrity at the core of every decision we make and working hard to earn the trust of our customers." That pledge shouldn't excuse Uber's previous regime for its egregious behavior, said Sam Curry, chief security officer for the computer security firm Cybereason. "The truly scary thing here is that Uber paid a bribe, essentially a ransom to make this breach go away, and they acted as if they were above the law," Curry said. "Those people responsible for the integrity and confidentiality of the data in-fact covered it up." The heist took the names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of 57 million riders around the world. The thieves also nabbed the driver's license numbers of 600,000 Uber drivers in the U.S. Uber waited until Tuesday to begin notifying the drivers with compromised driver's licenses, which can be particularly useful for perpetrating identify theft. For that reason, Uber will now pay for free credit-report monitoring and identity theft protection services for the affected drivers. Kalanick, who still sits on Uber's board of directors, declined to comment on the data breach that took place in October 2016. Uber says the response to the hack was handled by its chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, a former federal prosecutor whom Kalanick lured away from Facebook in 2015. As part of his effort to set things right, Khosrowshahi extracted Sullivan's resignation from Uber and also jettisoned Craig Clark, a lawyer who reported to Sullivan. Clark didn't immediately respond to a request for comment sent through his LinkedIn profile. Efforts to reach Sullivan were unsuccessful. Uber's silence about its breach came while it was negotiating with the Federal Trade Commission about its handling of its riders' information. Earlier in 2016, the company reached a settlement with the New York attorney general requiring it to take steps to be more vigilant about protecting the information that its app stores about its riders. As part of that settlement, Uber [...]


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US Navy plane with 11 aboard crashes into Pacific; 8 rescuedFILE - In this March 14, 2017, file photo, a U.S. Navy C-2 Greyhound approaches the deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during the annual joint military exercise called Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States at an unidentified location in the international waters, east of the Korean Peninsula. A similar type of the U.S. Navy plane carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, while on the way to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, the Navy said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:37:00 GMT

TOKYO — Eight people were rescued and three remained missing after a U.S. Navy plane crashed into the western Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, the Navy said.

The C-2 "Greyhound" transport aircraft came down about 500 nautical miles (925 kilometers) southeast of Okinawa as it was bringing passengers and cargo from Japan to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, the Navy said in a statement.

The Reagan was operating in the Philippine Sea during a joint exercise with Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force when the twin-propeller plane crashed at 2:45 p.m. Japan time. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear and the incident will be investigated, the Navy said.

Eight people were rescued about 40 minutes later. They were taken to the Reagan for medical evaluation and are in good condition, the Navy said.

U.S. and Japanese naval ships and aircraft are searching for the missing. Japan's Defense Ministry said the crash site is about 150 kilometers (90 miles) northwest of Okinotorishima, a Japanese atoll.

The names of the crew and passengers are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Philippine military spokesman Maj. Gen. Restituto Padilla said his military alerted its ships and aircraft shortly after learning about the crash but could not provide help because of the distance from the country.

The Nov. 16-26 joint exercise in waters off Okinawa has been described by the Navy as the "premier training event" between the U.S. and Japanese navies, designed to increase defensive readiness and interoperability in air and sea operations.

The Navy's Japan-based 7th Fleet has had two fatal accidents in Asian waters this year, leaving 17 sailors dead and prompting the removal of eight top Navy officers from their posts, including the 7th Fleet commander.

The USS John S. McCain and an oil tanker collided near Singapore in August, leaving 10 U.S. sailors dead. Seven sailors died in June when the USS Fitzgerald and a container ship collided off Japan.

The Navy has concluded that the collisions were avoidable and resulted from widespread failures by the crews and commanders, who didn't quickly recognize and respond to unfolding emergencies. A Navy report recommended numerous changes to address the problems, ranging from improved training to increasing sleep and stress management for sailors.

FILE - In this March 14, 2017, file photo, a U.S. Navy C-2 Greyhound approaches the deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson during the annual joint military exercise called Foal Eagle between South Korea and the United States at an unidentified location in the international waters, east of the Korean Peninsula. A similar type of the U.S. Navy plane carrying 11 crew and passengers crashed into the Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, while on the way to the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier, the Navy said. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)


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UN court convicts Mladic of genocide over Bosnia's horrorsFILE - A May 29, 2011 file photo shows Bosnian Serb protesters holding posters depicting former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, during a protest in Mladic's hometown of Kalinovik, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ratko Mladic will learn his fate on Nov. 22, 2017, when U.N. judges deliver verdicts in his genocide and war crimes trial. (AP Photo/Amel Emric, File)

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:35:00 GMT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — The United Nations' Yugoslav war crimes tribunal convicted Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic on Wednesday of genocide and crimes against humanity, and sentenced him to life in prison for atrocities during Bosnia's 1992-1995 war. Mladic, 75, was found guilty of commanding forces responsible for crimes including the worst atrocities of the war — the deadly three-year siege of the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, and the 1995 massacre of some 8,000 Muslim men and boys in the eastern enclave of Srebrenica, which was Europe's worst mass killing since World War II. A three-judge panel at the court formally known as the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia convicted Mladic of 10 of 11 counts in a dramatic climax to a groundbreaking effort to seek justice for the wars in the former Yugoslavia. Presiding Judge Alphons Orie read out the judgment Wednesday after ordering Mladic out of the courtroom for the final verdict over an angry outburst. "The crimes committed rank among the most heinous known to humankind," he said. Mothers of Srebrenica's victims clapped when the convictions were read out. Mladic's son Darko said: "I'm not surprised. The court was totally biased from the start." Bosniaks and Serbs watched from near and far as the long-awaited climax approached. Wednesday's judgment marks the end of the final trial at the tribunal, which was set up in 1993, while fierce fighting was still raging in Bosnia. Emotions ran high outside the courtroom, with a small skirmish reflecting lingering tensions between Serbs and Bosniaks over the trial and the war. Despite ailing health, Mladic looked relaxed, greeting lawyers and giving a thumbs-up to photographers in court. He nodded regularly as presiding Judge Alphons Orie read out descriptions of atrocities by Bosnian Serb forces, one by one. Then Mladic's lawyer asked for a delay because the general was suffering high blood pressure. The judge refused, and Mladic burst out with criticism and was ordered to leave the room. Prosecutors had sought a life sentence, while Mladic's defense lawyers said he should be acquitted on all counts. Orie said the court confirmed that "genocide, persecution, extermination, murder and the inhuman act of forcible transfer were committed in or around Srebrenica" in 1995. Previous judgments have said it was genocide. However, Orie said the court is "not convinced" of genocidal intent in six other municipalities, in line with previous judgments. The conflict in the former Yugoslavia erupted after the breakup of the former multi-ethnic federation in the early 1990s, with the worst crimes taking place in Bosnia. More than 100,000 people died and millions lost their homes before a peace agreement was signed in 1995. Mladic went into hiding for around ten years before his arrest in Serbia in May 2011. Mladic's political master during the war, former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic was also convicted last year for genocide and sentenced to 40 years. He has appealed the ruling. The man widely blamed for fomenting wars across the Balkans, former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, died in his UN cell in 2006 before tribunal judges could reach verdicts in his trial. FILE - A May 29, 2011 file photo shows Bosnian Serb protesters holding posters depicting former Bosnian Serb army chief Ratko Mladic, during a protest in Mladic's hometown of Kalinovik, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Ratko Mladic will learn his fate on Nov. 22,[...]


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On surprise Russia trip, Assad and Putin talk post-war SyriaAP photo Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Bocharov Ruchei residence Monday in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Putin has met with Assad ahead of a summit between Russia, Turkey and Iran and a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva, Russian and Syrian state media reported Tuesday.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:44:00 GMT

MOSCOW – On a surprise trip to Russia, Syria’s Bashar Assad discussed potential new peace initiatives for postwar Syria with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who declared that Russia’s two-year military campaign in Syria is wrapping up, the Kremlin said Tuesday. Moscow released footage of Assad warmly embracing Putin, who hosted him in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Monday, ahead of a summit between Russia, Turkey and Iran and a new round of Syria peace talks in Geneva later this month. The meeting was unannounced, and the Kremlin did not make it public until Tuesday morning. “I passed to [Putin] and all Russian people our greetings and gratitude for all of the efforts that Russia made to save our country,” Assad told Russia’s top brass in televised remarks. Assad has only ventured outside his war-ravaged nation twice since the conflict began – both times to Russia. This week’s visit to meet Putin is his second since the crisis began in March 2011, leading to a civil war that has killed about 400,000 people and resulted in millions of refugees. The first was in October 2015, weeks after Russia launched its military campaign in Syria to shore up Assad’s forces, which turned the war in favor of Assad. The meeting in Sochi, which lasted three hours, preceded a summit between the presidents of Iran, Russia and Turkey set for Wednesday at the same venue. Iran and Russia have been Assad’s main backers, while Turkey supports the opposition. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the Russian president previously had assured the leaders of Turkey and Iran that “Russia will work with Syrian leadership to prepare the groundwork for the understandings that could be reached in Sochi on Wednesday and to make sure that agreements that could be reached would be viable.” It wasn’t immediately clear whether the Kremlin put any pressure on Assad to accept a new deal brokered by Russia, Turkey and Iran – or whether that deal would involve Assad staying on as president once the war is over – but Assad signaled his intention to hold his ground in future Syria peace talks. “We count on Russia’s support to keep foreign players from interfering into the political process,” he said during the talks with Putin. Assad is believed to have left Sochi after the meeting and returned to Damascus. Asked whether Putin and Assad have talked about the Syrian president’s future in postwar Syria, Peskov said “possible options for political settlement have been discussed” and added that “only the Syrian people could determine Assad’s role.” Despite pressure from other nations that Assad step down, Moscow has insisted that it is up to the Syrian people to vote him in or out. The Kremlin said Putin would phone President Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman to discuss the situation in Syria on Wednesday. To prepare for Wednesday’s mini-summit, military chiefs of Russia, Turkey and Iran met in Sochi on Tuesday and agreed to coordinate their efforts in Syria. Russia’s defense ministry said the three military chiefs discussed in Sochi “concrete steps to complete the elimination of the remaining IS and Nusra Front formations” in Syria, referring to Islamic State fighters and Syria’s al-Qaida affiliate as it was formerly known. The three also agreed to improve coordination in a safety zone in the Idlib province in Syria’s northwest. Russia, Turkey and Iran earlier th[...]


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Robert Mugabe resigns as Zimbabwe's president after 37 yearsAP photo An unemployed man reads up on Zimbabwean constitutional law to understand the process of possible presidential impeachment Tuesday in a park opposite the parliament building in downtown Harare, Zimbabwe. Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe should acknowledge the nation's "insatiable desire" for a leadership change and resign immediately, the recently fired vice president and likely successor to the 93-year-old leader said Tuesday.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:44:00 GMT

HARARE, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, who once vowed to rule for life, resigned Tuesday, succumbing to a week of overwhelming pressure from the military that put him under house arrest, lawmakers from the ruling party and opposition who started impeachment proceedings, and a population that surged into the streets to say 37 years in power was enough. The capital, Harare, erupted in jubilation after news spread that the 93-year-old leader’s resignation letter had been read out by the speaker of parliament, whose members had gathered to impeach Mugabe after he ignored escalating calls to quit since a military takeover. Well into the night, cars honked and people danced and sang in a spectacle of free expression that would have been impossible during his years in power. His early promise after the end of white minority rule in 1980 was overtaken by economic collapse, government dysfunction and human rights violations. “Welcome to the new Zimbabwe!” people chanted outside the conference center where the lawmakers had met. “This is the best day of my life,” one man declared as euphoric citizens celebrated on top of cars, clustered around a tank and shook hands with soldiers who were hailed as saviors for their role in dislodging Mugabe, a once-formidable politician who crushed dissent or sidelined opponents but, in the end, was a lonely figure abandoned by virtually all of his allies. “Change was overdue. ... Maybe this change will bring jobs,” said 23-year-old Thomas Manase, an unemployed university graduate. It was a call echoed by many, and which pointed to the challenges ahead for Zimbabwe, which used to be a regional breadbasket but has since suffered hyperinflation, cash shortages, chronic mismanagement and massive joblessness. And, although Zimbabweans seemed almost universally united in their wish to see an end to the Mugabe era, the hard work of building institutions and preparing for what they hope are free and fair elections scheduled for next year has yet to begin. Mugabe, who was the world’s oldest head of state, said in his resignation letter that legal procedures should be followed to install a new president “no later than tomorrow.” “My decision to resign is voluntary on my part and arises from my concern for the welfare of the people of Zimbabwe and my desire for a smooth, nonviolent transfer of power,” Mugabe said in the message read by parliamentary speaker Jacob Mudenda. Recently ousted Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa was to take over as the country’s leader within 48 hours so that he can move “with speed to work for the country,” said Lovemore Matuke, a ruling party official. Mnangagwa, who fled the country after his Nov. 6 firing, “is not far from here,” Matuke added. Mugabe’s resignation ended impeachment proceedings brought by the ruling ZANU-PF party after its Central Committee voted to oust him as party leader and replace him with Mnangagwa, a former justice and defense minister who served for decades as Mugabe’s enforcer, a role that earned him the moniker, “Crocodile.” Many opposition supporters detest Mnangagwa and believe he was instrumental in the army killings of thousands of people when Mugabe moved against a political rival in the 1980s. So far, Mnangagwa has used inclusive language, saying in a statement before Mugabe’s resignation that all Zimbabweans should work together to advance their nation. [...]


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Trial date set for Kingston man, 19, accused of raping 2 girlsBrenton Cleveland of Kingston appears in Judge Robbin Stuckert's courtroom with attorneys Gary Johnson (left) and R. James Haule (right) on Tuesday at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore.Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com Chief Judge Robbin Stuckert sets a trial date for Brenton Cleveland inside her courtroom on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore.Matthew Apgar - mapgar@shawmedia.com Attorneys Gary Johnson (right) and R. James Haule, representing Brenton Cleveland of Kingston, talk in the jury box on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 at the DeKalb County Courthouse in Sycamore. Cleveland elected to turn down a plea deal and will fight his case in trial, starting on April 4. Cleveland is accused of raping two women at his 18th birthday party.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:44:00 GMT

SYCAMORE – While Brenton W. Cleveland, a 19-year-old Kingston man accused of raping two girls at his 18th birthday party in 2016, had his trial set Tuesday, his mother is in trouble with the law, as well. Cleveland will have a bench trial – one of two, since his lawyers won a motion to have the two alleged rapes tried separately – starting at 10 a.m. April 4. Assistant State’s Attorney Alicia Caplan and one of Cleveland’s two lawyers, Gary Johnson, agreed it will take two or three days. “The reason the trial was pushed out a little bit is the prosecution has trials coming up, I have trials,” Johnson said. “We all have things coming up we have to take care of.” Cleveland, of the 34700 block of Glidden Road, has been free on $250,000 bond since June 2016. He faces charges of unlawful restraint, aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal sexual assault stemming from incidents involving two separate victims at his parents’ home May 14, 2016, police have said. Caplan said Jennifer D. Cleveland, 49, also of the 34700 block of Glidden Road and the Kingston Township tax assessor, is Brenton’s mother. Court records show that she has been charged with forgery, official misconduct and failure of a local assessment officer to perform duties. According to records, on Aug. 25, Jennifer Cleveland filed a request to reduce the assessed value of “her son’s newly bought property” in the 8700 block of South Rood Road in Kingston, and that she also filed two requests to reduce the property tax because of destruction on the property, and signed the former owner’s name. Those requests were filed Sept. 21 and Oct. 23, according to the records, which show she was charged Nov. 16 and posted $200 bail on a warrant Tuesday. According to the township’s assessed values for 2017, the property’s owner is listed as Tanner Cleveland, with a value of $68,926. She’s due in court at 1:30 p.m. Nov. 29. Shortly after Brenton Cleveland’s arrest, Tanner Cleveland lashed out on Facebook at people upset over Brenton being allowed to go with his family on an out-of-state vacation, and said his younger brother didn’t rape the girls. Tanner Cleveland’s comments briefly appeared on the Daily Chronicle’s Facebook page, where the newspaper posted a link to a story about Brenton Cleveland’s court-sanctioned family vacation to Wisconsin while he was free on $25,000 bail. The posts later were deleted; the Daily Chronicle preserved them with screenshots. In other posts, the older brother questioned why the victims didn’t come forward sooner, why they allegedly posted photos of themselves having fun at Six Flags Great America a few days after the party, and why they allegedly stayed at the party. Brenton Cleveland is due in court Jan. 16 for a status hearing, by which time Johnson said he thinks all discovery for his case will be completed “and everybody will have their ducks in a row.” Johnson declined to comment further on the case, including on why a bench trial was chosen, rather than a jury trial. Cleveland and his supporters declined to comment altogether. He’s been out on bail since June 2016, when he posted $25,000. He also has posted $1,000 on a reckless driving charge, and is wearing two bracelets – one from after he was sentenced to 18 months of court supervision and fined $325 af[...]


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Thanksgiving Day race in Crystal Lake's Lippold Park to collect donations for food pantry

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:43:00 GMT

CRYSTAL LAKE – There were 35 runners in the first Thanksgiving Day 5K Run/Walk at Lippold Park 18 years ago.

Last year, more than 1,000 people burned some calories in the morning before heading home for a feast.

They didn’t just show up to the park to run, however. They raised $5,692 for the Crystal Lake Food Pantry and collected 1,500 pounds of food.

The race is put on by the Hillstriders Running Club, which has about 100 members. They come out and help collect donations on race day.

“It’s become a family tradition in Crystal Lake,” Hillstriders Vice President Jerry Sullivan said. “People come out with dogs, strollers and kids. It’s not a highly stressful race. You get some college kids coming out to run while they’re on break.”

The race begins a 8 a.m. sharp whether there’s rain, sleet, snow or sun, and has no official entry fee. Participants are asked to bring cash or food donations that go to the food pantry.

It is recommended that participants donate money to food pantries rather than food. That’s because a pantry often can get six or seven times the food with cash than it would through a food donation, Sullivan said.

In 2016, 99.5 percent of every dollar donated to the Crystal Lake Food Pantry was spent on food and programs, according to CLfoodpantry.com. Administrative costs were only 0.5 percent.

People can register for the race from noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the The Running Depot, 30 N. Williams St. H., in downtown Crystal Lake, and from 6 to 7:30 a.m. Thursday at Lippold Park, 851 Route 176, Crystal Lake, before the race. Those interested will be asked to sign a waiver to participate. The course is flat and mostly crushed limestone, according to Hillstriders.com.

The Running Depot will award $100 gift certificates to both the first-place male and female finishers.




Woman, baby injured in unincorporated Spring Grove rollover crashShaw Media file photo

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:43:00 GMT

SPRING GROVE – A woman and a baby suffered minor injuries Monday night after their van rolled over in unincorporated Spring Grove.

Emergency crews from Richmond and Spring Grove responded about 7:05 p.m. Monday to the intersection of Route 173 and Winn Road in unincorporated Spring Grove for a two-vehicle rollover crash, Richmond Fire Chief Rick Gallas said.

When responders arrived, they found a van on its side. It had collided with a midsized car, Gallas said.

A woman and a baby, who were in the van, were taken to Centegra Hospital-McHenry with minor injuries, and the male driver from the midsized car signed a refusal for treatment.

Gallas said he did not know any identifying information about the individuals involved in the crash.

The baby was riding in a car seat, Gallas said.

Spring Grove police and McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies also responded to the incident. Deputies helped in blocking off the roadway for about 20 minutes.

Spring Grove police could not be reached Tuesday morning regarding information about the crash.

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McHenry Chamber accepting nominations for Frank E. Low Award

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:42:00 GMT

McHENRY – The McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the Frank E. Low Award, the organization’s highest award to an individual for distinguished community service.

A person nominated in previous years must be renominated this year to receive consideration by the judging panel.

The award will be presented at the Chamber’s annual Dinner Dance scheduled for Jan. 27, according to a news release from the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce.

The deadline for nominations is Dec. 8. Nomination forms and criteria sheets are available at the Chamber office, 1257 N. Green St., McHenry, or online at www.mchenrychamber.com.




Huntley teen charged with hate crime after making racially charged Xbox Live statements, police say

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:42:00 GMT

HUNTLEY – A Huntley teenager faces hate crime charges after making racially charged comments on Xbox Live, police said Tuesday.

Police arrested a 13-year-old Huntley resident, who remained at the Kane County Juvenile Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon, according to a news release from Huntley police.

The McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office approved a series of charges after Huntley and Lake in the Hills police early last week investigated claims that a Marlowe Middle School student received racially motivated threats made on Xbox Live, police said.

Xbox Live is an online gaming platform, where players can talk to each other through microphones or messaging systems.

The teen is charged with disorderly conduct, obstructing a peace officer, harassment by electronic communication and committing a hate crime, police said.

Police didn’t provide further details about the situation or the charges, because the case is ongoing and involves minors, according to the release.

Representatives from the Huntley Police Department were not available to comment.

The 13-year-old charged in connection with this threat is not the same person who was charged with a hate crime after posting a threatening video on social media in October, police said.


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Sen. Pamela Althoff to run for McHenry County Board District 4Pam Althoff

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:42:00 GMT

WOODSTOCK – State Sen. Pamela Althoff will run for the McHenry County Board’s District 4 seat.

“It’s time for me to come home,” Althoff told the Northwest Herald on Tuesday. “I believe that I’ve learned a great deal. It’s time to bring all of that experience and knowledge back home.”

The McHenry native and Republican has served as a member of the Illinois State Senate since 2003. She has backed legislation to expand agriculture, increase open space and promote economic growth.

She serves as the Senate Republican Caucus chairwoman and is the minority spokeswoman for the Revenue and Licensed Activities & Pensions committees.

The race for Althoff’s seat, Illinois Senate District 32, now includes two Republican McHenry County Board members: John Reinert and Craig Wilcox. Democrat Mary Mahady also is running.

If elected, Althoff said she plans to focus her energy on ensuring the long-term sustainability the Fox River Waterway, a subject she championed as a senator.

Althoff said she can’t wait to come back to McHenry County, where she can rub shoulders with people from her community.

“That’s what I’m looking forward to,” Althoff said. “Seeing people I know.”

Before she joined the Senate, Althoff served as the city of McHenry’s mayor from 2001 to 2003.

The former special education teacher also worked as an assistant administrator with the McHenry Area Chamber of Commerce and the McHenry city clerk and collector.

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Firefighters navigate mud to extinguish tractor fire in HebronFirefighters work to contain flames that engulfed a farm tractor in a corn field along Greenwood Rd. north of Vanderkarr Rd. in Hebron Township on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. Due to the muddy terrain, officials called in brush trucks from several neighboring departments to access the fire and extinguish the flames. No injuries were reported.Firefighters work to contain flames that engulfed a farm tractor in a corn field along Greenwood Rd. north of Vanderkarr Rd. in Hebron Township on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. Due to the muddy terrain, officials called in brush trucks from several neighboring departments to access the fire and extinguish the flames. No injuries were reported.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:41:00 GMT

HEBRON – There were no injuries Tuesday morning in Hebron after a tractor caught fire in a field.

Hebron-Alden-Greenwood Fire Protection District Chief Tom Linneman said firefighters were dispatched at 10:38 a.m. to a farm field along Greenwood Road north of Vanderkarr Road for a report of a tractor fire.

Because the tractor was 2,000 to 3,000 feet away from the nearest roadway and muddy terrain was in between, the district needed assistance from Spring Grove, Richmond and Woodstock fire departments. Each brought brush trucks to the scene.

First responders returned to quarters about noon Tuesday.

Firefighters were unable to determine the cause of the fire, but it remains under investigation by the district.

Firefighters work to contain flames that engulfed a farm tractor in a corn field along Greenwood Rd. north of Vanderkarr Rd. in Hebron Township on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. Due to the muddy terrain, officials called in brush trucks from several neighboring departments to access the fire and extinguish the flames. No injuries were reported.Firefighters work to contain flames that engulfed a farm tractor in a corn field along Greenwood Rd. north of Vanderkarr Rd. in Hebron Township on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. Due to the muddy terrain, officials called in brush trucks from several neighboring departments to access the fire and extinguish the flames. No injuries were reported.


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Illinois State Police warn drivers to be cautious as U.S. sees highest Thanksgiving travel volume since 2005With luggage in hand, travelers make their way toward Terminal A at O'Hare International Airport on Nov. 23, 2011, in Chicago. Thursday marks the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the busiest travel days of the year.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:38:00 GMT

Millions of motorists will take to Illinois roads over the Thanksgiving weekend, and the Illinois State Police want to ensure safe travels.

AAA projected that the U.S. will experience its highest Thanksgiving travel push in 12 years.

“50.9 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 3.3 percent increase over last year,” a AAA release stated.

“A strong economy and labor market are generating rising incomes and higher consumer confidence, fueling a strong year for the travel industry, which will continue into the holiday season,” AAA senior vice president of travel and publishing Bill Sutherland said in a statement.

Police advised that drivers keep their eyes on the road, watch their speed, buckle seat belts and refrain from drinking and driving, according to a news release.

ISP District 5 commander Capt. Darryl Bogard called speeding, seat belts, distracted driving and driving under the influence the “Fatal Four” violations, according to a statement.

Troopers also will do their part by being on watch for drivers exceeding speed limits and those who choose to drive distracted. Additional patrols will be employed to help remove intoxicated drivers from the roads.

“Remember, buzzed driving is drunken driving,” the release said.

ISP is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation and other law enforcement agencies to remind motorists to Click It or Ticket. The Click It or Ticket campaign officially started Friday. The goal of this high-visibility effort is to reduce motor vehicle crashes that result in injuries and fatalities. Stepped-up patrols and seat belt enforcement zones will be seen throughout the state through Monday.

“Seat belt use is even more important for children. They can sustain serious injuries in a crash,” ISP District 2 commander Capt. Michael J. Kraft said in a statement. “Help them buckle up, and make sure your child restraint systems are properly secured in your vehicle.”

Gas prices declined nationwide as of Monday, according to a news release from AAA, but Illinois drivers are seeing a 50 cent increase at the pump from this time last year. The national average was $2.54, and the Illinois average was $2.70 Monday.

A spill in the Keystone pipeline, which carries crude oil to refineries in the Midwest, will continue to affect prices as long as the pipeline is shut down.

With luggage in hand, travelers make their way toward Terminal A at O'Hare International Airport on Nov. 23, 2011, in Chicago. Thursday marks the Thanksgiving holiday, one of the busiest travel days of the year.


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McHenry Middle School students hear story of Lost Boys of SudanH. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com Two of the Lost Boys of Sudan, Peter Magai Bul (cq) (left) and Gabriel Dut spoke to McHenry Middle School students on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. The students have been reading “A Long Walk to Water,” which is based on a true story about a Sudanese Lost Boy. After a three month journey by foot, as unaccompanied minors fleeing civil war in Sudan, Bul and Dut spent years in refugee camps before arriving in th US for the next step in their journey.H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com Lost Boy of Sudan Peter Magai Bul (cq) explains how he fled his village in Sudan at the age of 7 during a visit to McHenry Middle School on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. After a three month journey by foot, as an unaccompanied minor fleeing the civil war in Sudan, Bul spent years in refugee camps before finally making it to the US for the next step in his journey.H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com Lost Boy of Sudan, Peter Magai Bul (cq) speaks to McHenry Middle School students on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. The students have been reading “A Long Walk to Water,” which is based on a true story about a Sudanese Lost Boy. Bul, a Sudanese refugee, fled his village in Sudan at the age of 7.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:38:00 GMT

McHENRY – McHenry School District 15 students heard a story of perseverance, survival and gratitude Tuesday after a schoolwide study on the Lost Boys of Sudan. Gabriel Dut and Peter Magai Bul are two people who survived the trek from Sudan to Kenya, a journey that took place in the 1980s and early 1990s during the Second Sudanese Civil War. About 26,000 Sudanese boys were forced to flee the violence and 10,000 to 12,000 boys survived the monthslong walk to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. The two are part of the Chicago Association for the Lost Boys of Sudan, an organization formed in 2001 when the refugees began arriving in the area. The group assists in helping with emergency support, education, medical help and employment. About 120 Lost Boys moved to Chicago after poor living conditions at the Kenyan camp gave the U.S. reason to relocate about 4,000 of them to the states, according to the association’s website. The story has been told in documentary, movie, TedTalk, school presentation and book form. McHenry Middle School students have been reading the book “A Long Walk to Water,” which is an account of the tale as part of a global reading program for the past six weeks. On Tuesday, students heard a presentation for Dut and Bul about their story of living through the experience. McHenry Middle School Principal Mike Glover said he hoped that students took away a feeling of gratefulness from the study. “It’s a great big world out there, and there are things that we have and are lucky to have,” he said. “These guys literally had to walk all day to get water. … I know [the students] are ready to go for Thanksgiving and can be grateful for all the things they have.” Dut and Bul also spoke about the importance of gratitude and positivity while fielding questions from students about their experiences, family and life in Sudan. “You can do what you want in life,” Dut said. “Despite challenges you may face at a young age.” Students read “A Long Walk to Water” as part of the Global Read Aloud program, created in 2010 with the intent of bringing educators and students from around the world together. Schools sign up for the program and all read the same book over the course of six weeks. Classrooms can connect with each other to talk about the book and lessons via Google learning apps. H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com Two of the Lost Boys of Sudan, Peter Magai Bul (cq) (left) and Gabriel Dut spoke to McHenry Middle School students on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. The students have been reading “A Long Walk to Water,” which is based on a true story about a Sudanese Lost Boy. After a three month journey by foot, as unaccompanied minors fleeing civil war in Sudan, Bul and Dut spent years in refugee camps before arriving in th US for the next step in their journey.H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com Lost Boy of Sudan Peter Magai Bul (cq) explains how he fled his village in Sudan at the age of 7 during a visit to McHenry Middle School on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. After a three month journey by foot, as an unaccompanied minor fleeing the civil war in Sudan, Bul spent years in refugee camps before finally making it to the US for the next step in his journey.H. Rick Bamman - hbamman@shawmedia.com Lost Boy of Sudan, Peter Magai Bul (cq) speaks to McH[...]


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Thanksgiving tribe reclaims language lost to colonizationAP photo A child in a combined pre-kindergarten and kindergarten Wampanoag language immersion class removes kernels from an ear of corn Oct. 12 at the Wampanoag Tribe Community and Government Center in Mashpee, Mass.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:37:00 GMT

MASHPEE, Mass. – The Massachusetts tribe whose ancestors shared a Thanksgiving meal with the Pilgrims nearly 400 years ago is reclaiming its long-lost language, one schoolchild at a time. “Weesowee mahkusunash,” said teacher Siobhan Brown, using the Wampanoag phrase for “yellow shoes” as she reads to a preschool class from Sandra Boynton’s popular children’s book “Blue Hat, Green Hat.” The Mukayuhsak Weekuw – or “Children’s House” – is an immersion school launched by the Cape Cod-based Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, whose ancestors hosted a harvest celebration with the Pilgrims in 1621 that helped form the basis for the country’s Thanksgiving tradition. The 19 children from Wampanoag households that Brown and other teachers instruct are being taught exclusively in Wopanaotooaok, a language that had not been spoken for at least a century until the tribe started an effort to reclaim it more than two decades ago. The language brought to the English lexicon words like pumpkin (spelled pohpukun in Wopanaotooaok), moccasin (mahkus), skunk (sukok), powwow (pawaw) and Massachusetts (masachoosut), but, like hundreds of other native tongues, fell victim to the erosion of indigenous culture through centuries of colonialism. “From having had no speakers for six generations to having 500 students attend some sort of class in the last 25 years? It’s more than I could have ever expected in my lifetime,” said Jessie “Little Doe” Baird, the tribe’s vice chairwoman, who is almost singularly responsible for the rebirth of the language, which tribal members refer to simply as Wampanoag. Now in its second year, the immersion school is a key milestone in Baird’s legacy, but it’s not the only way the tribe is ensuring its language is never lost again. At the public high school this year, seven students are enrolled in the district’s first Wampanoag language class, which is funded and staffed by the tribe. Up the road, volunteers host free language learning sessions for families each Friday at the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Museum. And within the tribe’s government building – one floor up from the immersion school – tribal elders gather twice a week for an hourlong lesson before lunch. “Sometimes it goes in one ear and out the other,” said Pauline Peters, a 78-year-old Hyannis resident who has been attending the informal sessions for about three years. “It takes us elders a while to get things. The kids at the immersion school correct us all the time.” The movement to revitalize native American languages started gaining traction in the 1990s and today, most of country’s more than 550 tribes are engaged in some form of language preservation work, said Diana Cournoyer, of the National Indian Education Association. But the Mashpee Wampanoag stand out because they’re one of the few tribes to have brought back their language despite not having any surviving adult speakers, said Teresa McCarty, a cultural anthropologist and applied linguist at the University of California Los Angeles. “Imagine learning to speak, read, and write a language that you have never heard spoken and for which no oral records exist,” she said. “It’s a human [...]


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Crystal Lake-based School District 155 approves tax levy increaseSarah Nader - snader@shawmedia.com The Crystal Lake-based School District 155 Board met Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017 in Crystal Lake.Sarah Nader - snader@shawmedia.com Dave Mazurk of Crystal Lake spoke out against the proposed tax levy at the District 155 Board meeting in Crystal Lake Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.Sarah Nader - snader@shawmedia.com Board President Adam Guss (left) and Vice President Jason Blake speak during Tuesday's District 155 board meeting in Crystal Lake Nov. 21, 2017.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:37:00 GMT

CRYSTAL LAKE – Not a single person who spoke Tuesday night at a meeting of the Community High School District 155 Board was in favor of a tax levy increase. Everyone who stepped to the podium was against it. Dave Mazurk, a 35-year resident of Crystal Lake, wants to remain here. “But I’m afraid I may not be able to, the way property taxes are going up,” Mazurk said before the board’s vote. But the board still passed, with a 4-3 vote, an estimated levy increase of 2.44 percent. Board members Dave Secrest, Ron Ludwig and Nicole Pavoris voted yes. Board Vice President Jason Blake and members Rosemary Kurtz and Amy Blazier voted no. Board President Adam Guss cast the tie-breaking yes vote. The board followed that with a unanimous vote to abate $1.2 million in debt service from the levy, which drops the levy request from $75,795,782 to $74,595,782. The district estimates that with the $1.2 million abatement, the tax levy request that was approved Tuesday night will mean a 0.79 percent increase from the previous year, which is less than the rate of inflation. The 2.44 percent increase was tentatively approved by the board in October, but Blake, Kurtz and Blazier led an effort during a Nov. 14 committee meeting to compromise and abate the $1.2 million. Kurtz pushed for a tax levy freeze Tuesday night, but it didn’t go anywhere. The district now will use $1.2 million of its estimated $50 million in cash reserves to pay some of its bond debt. Under the levy request approved Tuesday night, according to the district’s projections, the owner of a $200,000 house would pay $7.94 more in property taxes to the district than in the previous year; and the owner of a $300,000 house would pay $11.90 more in property taxes to the district than the previous year. Individual tax bills may go up or down based on housing assessments. District 155 has no control over the equalized assessed value of homes. The meeting room at the District 155 Center for Education was standing-room only. During more than an hour of public comment from taxpayers, residents of the district told stories of getting laughed at by family, friends and acquaintances in other states who are paying less in property taxes for much larger houses. People are ready to move out of the state, Mazurk said, but not because of the weather – because of the property taxes. “When is enough gonna be enough?” Mazurk asked the board, twice. The exodus Mazurk is referring to already has started. According to U.S. Census data, the state of Illinois led the country in residents lost to other states for the third straight year in 2016. Mazurk saw it firsthand. “My youngest son went to Colorado. He’s never coming back,” Mazurk said. “He laughs at what we’re spending over here.” A group of McHenry County real estate agents testified to the difficulty homeowners are having selling their homes, and how they’ve seen many clients move out of state, particularly to Wisconsin. With the district’s cont[...]


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Crystal Lake-based School District 155 approves tax levy increaseDave Mazurk, a 35-year resident of Crystal Lake, wants to remain here. “But I’m afraid I may not be able to, the way property taxes are going up,” Mazurk said before the board’s vote. But the board still passed, with a 4-3 vote, an estimated levy increase of 2.44 percent.Board members Dave Secrest, Ron Ludwig and Nicole Pavoris voted yes. Board Vice President Jason Blake and members Rosemary Kurtz and Amy Blazier voted no. Board President Adam Guss cast the tie-breaking yes vote. The board followed that with a unanimous vote to abate $1.2 million in debt service from the levy, which drops the levy request from $75,795,782 to $74,595,782. The district estimates that with the $1.2 million abatement, the tax levy request that was approved Tuesday night will mean a 0.79 percent increase from the previous year, which is less than the rate of inflation.The 2.44 percent increase was tentatively approved by the board in October, but Blake, Kurtz and Blazier led an effort during a Nov. 14 committee meeting to compromise and abate the $1.2 million.Kurtz pushed for a tax levy freeze Tuesday night, but it didn’t go anywhere. The district now will use $1.2 million of its estimated $50 million in cash reserves to pay some of its bond debt. Under the levy request approved Tuesday night, according to the district’s projections, the owner of a $200,000 house would pay $7.94 more in property taxes to the district than in the previous year; and the owner of a $300,000 house would pay $11.90 more in property taxes to the district than the previous year.Individual tax bills may go up or down based on housing assessments. District 155 has no control over the equalized assessed value of homes. The meeting room at the District 155 Center for Education was standing-room only. During more than an hour of public comment from taxpayers, residents of the district told stories of getting laughed at by family, friends and acquaintances in other states who are paying less in property taxes for much larger houses.People are ready to move out of the state, Mazurk said, but not because of the weather – because of the property taxes. “When is enough gonna be enough?” Mazurk asked the board, twice. The exodus Mazurk is referring to already has started. According to U.S. Census data, the state of Illinois led the country in residents lost to other states for the third straight year in 2016. Mazurk saw it firsthand. “My youngest son went to Colorado. He’s never coming back,” Mazurk said. “He laughs at what we’re spending over here.”A group of McHenry County real estate agents testified to the difficulty homeowners are having selling their homes, and how they’ve seen many clients move out of state, particularly to Wisconsin. With the district’s continuing enrollment decline and lack of new homes, residents were appalled at the district’s request for more money. Many said they haven’t gotten raises in their jobs and have lost value in their homes because no one wants to move to the area and pay some of the highest property tax rates in the country.The district pointed out that there are 22 public school districts in McHenry County, and District 155 is one of two school districts that decreased its overall tax extension for the two previous years. After factoring in the abatement, the 2017 estimated tax extension still should be less than both the 2014 and 2015 tax extensions, the district said in a news release sent out after the meeting. But several residents said it’s not good enough. Lakewood resident Zach Zenner said the primary argument he saw initially seemed to be that District 155 isn’t as “bad as the other districts in McHenry County.”

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 06:36:00 GMT

CRYSTAL LAKE – Not a single person who spoke Tuesday night at a meeting of the Community High School District 155 Board was in favor of a tax levy increase. Everyone who stepped to the podium was against it. Dave Mazurk, a 35-year resident of Crystal Lake, wants to remain here. “But I’m afraid I may not be able to, the way property taxes are going up,” Mazurk said before the board’s vote. But the board still passed, with a 4-3 vote, an estimated levy increase of 2.44 percent.Board members Dave Secrest, Ron Ludwig and Nicole Pavoris voted yes. Board Vice President Jason Blake and members Rosemary Kurtz and Amy Blazier voted no. Board President Adam Guss cast the tie-breaking yes vote. The board followed that with a unanimous vote to abate $1.2 million in debt service from the levy, which drops the levy request from $75,795,782 to $74,595,782. The district estimates that with the $1.2 million abatement, the tax levy request that was approved Tuesday night will mean a 0.79 percent increase from the previous year, which is less than the rate of inflation.The 2.44 percent increase was tentatively approved by the board in October, but Blake, Kurtz and Blazier led an effort during a Nov. 14 committee meeting to compromise and abate the $1.2 million.Kurtz pushed for a tax levy freeze Tuesday night, but it didn’t go anywhere. The district now will use $1.2 million of its estimated $50 million in cash reserves to pay some of its bond debt. Under the levy request approved Tuesday night, according to the district’s projections, the owner of a $200,000 house would pay $7.94 more in property taxes to the district than in the previous year; and the owner of a $300,000 house would pay $11.90 more in property taxes to the district than the previous year.Individual tax bills may go up or down based on housing assessments. District 155 has no control over the equalized assessed value of homes. The meeting room at the District 155 Center for Education was standing-room only. During more than an hour of public comment from taxpayers, residents of the district told stories of getting laughed at by family, friends and acquaintances in other states who are paying less in property taxes for much larger houses.People are ready to move out of the state, Mazurk said, but not because of the weather – because of the property taxes. “When is enough gonna be enough?” Mazurk asked the board, twice. The exodus Mazurk is referring to already has started. According to U.S. Census data, the state of Illinois led the country in residents lost to other states for the third straight year in 2016. Mazurk saw it firsthand. “My youngest son went to Colorado. He’s never coming back,” Mazurk said. “He laughs at what we’re spending over here.”A group of McHenry County real estate agents testified to the difficulty homeowners are having selling their homes, and how they’ve seen many clients move out of state, particularly to Wisconsin. With the district’s continuing enrollment decline and lack of new homes, residents were appalled at the district’s request for more money. Many said they haven’t gotten raises in their jobs and have lost value in their homes because no one wants to move to the area and pay some of the highest property tax rates in the country.The district pointed out that there are 22 public school districts in McHenry County, and District 155 is one of two school districts that decrea[...]


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US slaps new sanctions on North Korean, Chinese companiesAP photo Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listens as President Donald Trump announces that the United States will designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism during a cabinet meeting at the White House Monday in Washington.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:27:00 GMT

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration imposed new sanctions Tuesday on a slew of North Korean shipping firms and Chinese trading companies in its latest push to isolate the rogue nation over its nuclear weapons development and deprive it of revenue. The Treasury Department also designated a North Korean corporation involved in exporting workers overseas. The action came a day after the U.S. returned North Korea to its list of state sponsors of terrorism. “These designations include companies that have engaged in trade with North Korea cumulatively worth hundreds of millions of dollars,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “We are also sanctioning the shipping and transportation companies, and their vessels, that facilitate North Korea’s trade and its deceptive maneuvers.” Among the companies targeted were four Chinese-based companies and one Chinese individual said to have deep commercial ties with North Korea. The sanctions were imposed under a September executive order that opened the way for the U.S. to punish foreign companies dealing with the North. It bars those sanctioned from holding U.S. assets or doing business with Americans. The Dandong Kehua Economy & Trade Co. Ltd., Dandong Xianghe Trading Co. Ltd., and Dandong Hongda Trade Co. Ltd. are alleged to have exported about $650 million worth of goods to North Korea and imported more than $100 million from North Korea since 2013. The goods included notebook computers, anthracite coal, iron and other commodities and ferrous products. Also sanctioned were Chinese national Sun Sidong and his company, Dandong Dongyuan Industrial Co., said to have exported more than $28 million worth of goods to the North. The targeting of Chinese companies is a sore point with Beijing, whose help Trump is counting on to put an economic squeeze on Pyongyang. China recently sent its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years to discuss the tense state of affairs on the Korean Peninsula. “China firmly opposes unilateral sanctions out of the U.N. Security Council framework,” the Chinese Embassy in Washington said Tuesday, “especially the imposition of the so-called ‘long-arm jurisdiction’ by other countries in accordance with their domestic laws.” As part of its effort to stymie North Korean transportation networks, the Treasury Department sanctioned North Korea’s Maritime Administration and its transport ministry, six North Korean shipping and trading companies and 20 of their vessels, which are all North Korean-flagged. It accused North Korea of deceptive shipping practices, including ship-to-ship transfers, which is prohibited under U.N. sanctions that have been imposed in response to Pyongyang’s rapid tempo of nuclear and ballistic missile tests. The Treasury statement included aerial photos of what it said was Korea Kumbyol Trading Company’s vessel Rye Song Gang 1 possibly transferring oil to evade sanctions that have restricted fuel exports to the North. Also sanctioned was the Korea South-South Cooperation Corporation, said to have exported North Korean workers to China, Russia, Cambodia and Poland to generate revenue [...]


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Trump, Putin discuss Syria, NKorea, more in hour-plus callIn this photo taken on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Russian state TV said the two leaders held bilateral talks on Monday and then met with Russian military chiefs. It was the second time Assad has traveled to Russia to meet with Putin in the course of the country's six-year civil war. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:27:00 GMT

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump and Russia’s Vladimir Putin discussed efforts to bring peace to war-torn Syria during an hour-plus phone call Tuesday. Iran, North Korea and Ukraine also were on the agenda, the White House said.

Trump called it a “great call” Tuesday afternoon as he left the White House to spend Thanksgiving in Florida. Noting the length, he said he and Putin spoke “very strongly about bringing peace to Syria” and “very strongly about North Korea.”

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Trump’s phone call with the Russian president came a day after Putin met with Syrian President Bashar Assad. Putin hosted Assad at a Black Sea resort ahead of a summit later this week with Russia, Turkey and Iran. Assad was called to Russia to get him to agree to potential peace initiatives drafted by the other three countries, the Kremlin said.

The Kremlin said Putin briefed Trump in the phone call about his talks with Assad and plans for a political settlement in Syria. Putin also called for coordination of anti-terror efforts with the U.S., the Kremlin said, adding that Afghanistan was also discussed.

In this photo taken on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, shakes hand with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the Bocharov Ruchei residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, Russia. Russian state TV said the two leaders held bilateral talks on Monday and then met with Russian military chiefs. It was the second time Assad has traveled to Russia to meet with Putin in the course of the country's six-year civil war. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)


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4 children, 2 adults killed in rural northern Illinois fireAP photo Fire investigators work at the scene of a fatal fire Tuesday outside of Dixon, IL. Authorities say two adults and four children died in the early morning house fire.

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:26:00 GMT

DIXON – Four children and two adults from the same family died in a house fire early Tuesday in rural northern Illinois, the local sheriff said.

Authorities received a 911 call about midnight reporting smoke in the basement of a home outside Dixon in the unincorporated community of Lost Nation, according to the Ogle County Sheriff’s Office.

Firefighters arrived to find the home “fully engulfed” in the blaze.

Investigators haven’t found anything suspicious about the fire, Sheriff Brian VanVickle said.

The ages of the children haven’t been released, and autopsies are planned, he said. Ogle County Coroner Louis Finch said the bodies were so badly burned that his office will need dental records to determine identification.

VanVickle said the home’s roof collapsed. He said a few walls were left, “but there’s not much remaining of the residence.”

Capt. Isaac Demmig of the Dixon Rural Fire Department said it was impossible for firefighters to enter the house until the fire was brought under control, but when they did go inside, they found that all six were dead.

First responders from 10 fire departments responded to the blaze, Demmig said.

He would not say where in the house the bodies were found.

The sheriff’s office, Illinois State Fire Marshal and Illinois State Police are investigating the cause of the fire.

VanVickle described Lost Nation as a subdivision in a woodsy area with a lake in a very rural and remote part of the county.

It is about 90 miles west of downtown Chicago.

“I’ve talked with some of the neighbors, and it’s a typical Midwest community where most people know their neighbors and are friends with them,” VanVickle said.

AP photo Fire investigators work at the scene of a fatal fire Tuesday outside of Dixon, IL. Authorities say two adults and four children died in the early morning house fire.


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IHSF Podcast 027: Championship weekend preview and predictions

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:14:08 GMT

It's the season finale with Kyle Nabors, Joe Stevenson and Steve Soucie breaking down this weekend's state championship games and sharing their predictions for all eight classes.

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'We don't need a liberal:' Trump discounts Roy Moore accusationsPresident Donald Trump speaks to reporters before leaving the White House, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Washington for a Thanksgiving trip to Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:16:00 GMT

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Tuesday discounted allegations of sexual assault against Alabama Republican Senate nominee Roy Moore and said voters should not support Moore's "liberal" rival. Trump addressed the swirling controversy surrounding Moore for the first time since top Republican leaders called on Moore to step aside more than a week ago. "We don't need a liberal person in there," Trump said of Moore's rival, Democrat Doug Jones. "We don't need somebody who's soft on crime like Jones." Trump said he will announce next week whether he will campaign on Moore's behalf. Trump spoke to reporters at the White House before leaving for a Thanksgiving break at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. Six women have accused Moore of pursuing romantic relationships with them when they were teenagers and he was an assistant district attorney in his 30s. Two have accused him of assault or molestation; he vehemently denies it. Trump, who won election last fall despite more than a dozen accusations of sexual misconduct against him personally, dismissed questions from reporters about backing a man accused of sexual assault over a man who is a Democrat. Trump pointed to Moore's assertions that he did nothing wrong. "Roy Moore denies it, that's all I can say," Trump said. "He denies it." He also noted that the allegations concerned behavior alleged to have happened decades ago. "Forty years is a long time," Trump said, questioning why it took so long for Moore's accusers to come forward. Previously, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had said only that Trump "thinks that the people of Alabama should make the decision on who their next senator should be." Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Paul Ryan, both Republicans, have both called on Moore to leave the race in light of the accusations. The Republican National Committee and the National Republican Senatorial Committee have pulled their support for Moore's campaign ahead of the Dec. 12 special election to fill the seat once held by Republican Jeff Sessions, now the U.S. attorney general. The allegations against Moore come amid a national reckoning over misdeeds by powerful men in media, business and politics. Trump said he is "very happy" that women are speaking out about their experiences. "I think it's a very special time because a lot of things are coming out and I think that's good for our society and I think it's very, very good for women," Trump said. More than a dozen women came forward in the waning days of the 2016 presidential election to say that Trump had sexually assaulted or harassed them over the years. He denied it. He was also caught on tape in 2005 boasting that he could grab women's private parts. "When you're a star, they let you do it," Trump said on the "Access Hollywood" tape. Trump declined to answer Tuesday when asked why he does not believe Moore's accusers. Jones began airing a new ad Monday that features [...]


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Crystal Lake physical therapist accused of groping patientShaw Media photo A Crystal Lake physical therapist Michael Lim, 39, of the 1300 block of Almaden Lane, Gurnee, is accused of groping patient. Lim faces battery charges after police say he inappropriately touched a patient during a massage at Advanced Pain Rehab, 7115 Virginia Road, in Crystal Lake.A Crystal Lake physical therapist faces battery charges after police say he inappropriately touched a patient during a massage. Michael Lim, 39, of the 1300 block of Almaden Lane, Gurnee, turned himself in to police Thursday, according to news release from the Crystal Lake Police Department Monday.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 22:04:00 GMT

CRYSTAL LAKE – A Crystal Lake physical therapist faces battery charges after police said he inappropriately touched a patient during a massage.

Michael Lim, 39, of the 10700 block of Santa Fe Trail, Huntley, turned himself in to police Thursday, according to news release Monday from the Crystal Lake Police Department.

Lim is a physical therapist at Advanced Pain Rehab, 7115 Virginia Road, Crystal Lake, according to the release.

His license to practice physical therapy will not be affected by his charges unless a judge were to order his license be revoked, according to an Illinois Department of Professional Regulations representative.

Lim's arrest stems from a police investigation into a woman's claim that on Sept. 26, Lim groped her while giving her a massage. It was the woman's second appointment with Lim, police said.

Police issued a warrant for Lim's arrest Thursday, and he turned himself in later that same day, according to the release.

The McHenry County State's Attorney's Office has charged Lim with battery. If he is convicted, he could be sentenced to less than a year in prison.

Neither the Crystal Lake Police Department nor the McHenry County State's Attorneys Office were available to provide further details about the charge.

Lim's bond was set at $1,500 and he was released after he posted $150 bail, court records show.

Lim declined to comment when reached by phone Monday morning.

He is due back in court Nov. 28.

Police are encouraging anyone with information to call the Crystal Lake Police Department at 815-356-3620, or Crime Stoppers at 800-762-7867.

Editor's note: Michael Lim's address was corrected in this story. The original address provided in a news release from the Crystal Lake Police Department was incorrect.

Shaw Media photo A Crystal Lake physical therapist Michael Lim, 39, of the 1300 block of Almaden Lane, Gurnee, is accused of groping patient. Lim faces battery charges after police say he inappropriately touched a patient during a massage at Advanced Pain Rehab, 7115 Virginia Road, in Crystal Lake.A Crystal Lake physical therapist faces battery charges after police say he inappropriately touched a patient during a massage. Michael Lim, 39, of the 1300 block of Almaden Lane, Gurnee, turned himself in to police Thursday, according to news release from the Crystal Lake Police Department Monday.


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NWH Prep Football Podcast 038: Prairie Ridge state title game preview

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 21:46:27 GMT

Northwest Herald sports reporters Joe Stevenson and Sean Hammond and sports editor Kyle Nabors talk about Prairie Ridge in the Class 6A title game. What can we expect from the Wolves in DeKalb?

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Crime mugs for November 2017 in McHenry CountyVonnie Hansen, 39, of the 700 block of University Street, Harvard, charged with possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.Molly Henderson, 60, of the 700 block of University Street, Harvard, charged with possession of a controlled substance. The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.James K. Kaiser, 46, of the 1000 block of North River Road, McHenry, is facing home invasion and aggravated battery charges. The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.Sean Mara, 24, of the 1300 block of Surey Court, Algonquin, charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer and resisting a peace officer. The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.Joseph Shaffer, 31, of the 9000 block of County Road B, Sharon, Wisconsin, charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.Benjamin A. Iandola, 21, of the 3100 block of Lincoln Road, McHenry, charged with home invasion, theft, domestic battery, interference with the reporting domestic violence, criminal damage to property, and resisting a peace officer. The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.Brian Quilici of Oswego, charged with driving in the wrong lane, driving under the influence of alcohol and operating an uninsured vehicle. The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:44:00 GMT

The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Vonnie Hansen, 39, of the 700 block of University Street, Harvard, charged with possession of a controlled substance, delivery of a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a park, delivery of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.Molly Henderson, 60, of the 700 block of University Street, Harvard, charged with possession of a controlled substance. The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.James K. Kaiser, 46, of the 1000 block of North River Road, McHenry, is facing home invasion and aggravated battery charges. The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.Sean Mara, 24, of the 1300 block of Surey Court, Algonquin, charged with aggravated battery to a peace officer and resisting a peace officer. The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.Joseph Shaffer, 31, of the 9000 block of County Road B, Sharon, Wisconsin, charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.Benjamin A. Iandola, 21, of the 3100 block of Lincoln Road, McHenry, charged with home invasion, theft, domestic battery, interference with the reporting domestic violence, criminal damage to property, and resisting a peace officer. The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.Brian Quilici of Oswego, charged with driving in the wrong lane, driving under the influence of alcohol and operating an uninsured vehicle. The charges against the individuals listed are not a proof of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.


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A more expensive internet bill? FCC chairman Ajit Pai sets out to repeal 'net neutrality' rulesFILE - In this Feb. 26, 2015, file photo, Federal Communication Commission Commissioner Ajit Pai speaks during an open hearing and vote on "Net Neutrality" in Washington. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is following through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally. Pai distributed his alternative plan to the net neutrality rules to other FCC commissioners Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in preparation for a Dec. 14 vote on the proposal. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:20:00 GMT

WASHINGTON – Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday followed through on his pledge to repeal 2015 regulations designed to ensure that internet service providers treat all online content and apps equally, setting up a showdown with consumer groups and internet companies who fear the move will stifle competition and innovation. The current rules, known as net neutrality, impose utility-style regulation on ISPs such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon to prevent them from favoring their own digital services over those of their rivals. Pai said that he believes the net neutrality rules adopted during the Obama administration discourage the ISPs from making investments in their network that would provide even better and faster online access. "Under my proposal, the federal government will stop micromanaging the internet," Pai said in a statement. Pai distributed his alternative plan to other FCC commissioners Tuesday in preparation for a Dec. 14 vote on the proposal. He promised to release his entire proposal Wednesday. The attempt to repeal net neutrality has triggered protests from consumer groups and internet companies. More than 22 million comments have been filed with the FCC about whether net neutrality should be rolled back. The Internet Association, a group whose members include major internet companies such as Google and Amazon, vowed to continue to fight to keep the current net neutrality rules intact. "Consumers have little choice in their ISP, and service providers should not be allowed to use this gatekeeper position at the point of connection to discriminate against websites and apps," the group's CEO Michael Beckerman said in a Tuesday statement. Consumers Union predicted a repeal of net neutrality would allow ISPs to raise their prices and give preferential treatment to certain sites and apps. "Strong net neutrality rules are vital to consumers' everyday lives and essential to preserving the internet as we know it today — an open marketplace where websites large and small compete on equal terms and where information and ideas move freely," said Jonathan Schwantes, the advocacy group's senior policy counsel. Two of the FCC's five voting commissioners signaled they will oppose Pai's plan. Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel derided Pai's plan as "ridiculous and offensive to the millions of Americans who use the internet every day." Commissioner Mignon L. Clyburn skewered Pai's proposals as "a giveaway to the nation's largest communications companies, at the expense of consumers and innovation." Rosenworcel and Clyburn are the lone Democrats on the FCC. Pai's proposal on net neutrality comes after the Republican-dominated commission voted 3-2 last week to weaken rules meant to support independent local media, undoing a ban on companies owning newspapers and broadcast stations in a single market. [...]


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CBS News fires Charlie Rose following sex allegationsFILE - In this April 26, 2016 file photo, Charlie Rose attends the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world in New York. The Washington Post says eight women have accused television host Charlie Rose of multiple unwanted sexual advances and inappropriate behavior. CBS News suspended Charlie Rose and PBS is to halt production and distribution of a show following the sexual harassment report. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 18:18:00 GMT

NEW YORK – CBS News fired morning show host Charlie Rose on Tuesday, less than 24 hours after several women who worked with him on his PBS interview show alleged a pattern of sexual misconduct, including groping and walking naked in front of them. The network's news president, David Rhodes, said there is nothing more important than assuring a safe, professional workplace. To date, there have been no accusations of bad behavior by Rose from people who work at CBS News. He's been a co-host of "CBS This Morning" since 2012 and a contributor to "60 Minutes." The allegations, first outlined in The Washington Post, are from people who worked with him or prospective employees at his nightly PBS show, which has been suspended by that network. "I've often heard that things used to be different," Rhodes said in a memo to CBS News staff. "And no one may be able to correct the past. But what may once have been accepted should not ever have been acceptable." He noted that CBS News has reported on sexual misconduct revelations at other media companies for the past two years. "Our credibility in that reporting requires credibility managing basic standards of behavior," he wrote. "That is why we have taken these actions." There's been a flood of misconduct stories involving prominent men since The New York Times reported on Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein this fall. Predating that are harassment accusations that cost former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes and the network's top personality, Bill O'Reilly, their jobs. Several women have accused Rose of touching them on the breasts, buttocks or thigh, emerging naked from a shower when they were working at his residence and, in one case, calling a 21-year-old staffer to tell his fantasies of seeing her swim in the nude. A former associate producer for Rose's PBS show, Reah Bravo, told the Washington Post: "He was a sexual predator, and I was his victim." Rose had no immediate reaction to his firing. In a statement late Monday, he apologized for his actions and said he was "deeply embarrassed." Rose's two co-hosts on "CBS This Morning," Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell, were sharply critical of their colleague on the air Tuesday. The story of Rose's behavior led his former broadcast. "This is a moment that demands a frank and honest assessment about where we stand and more generally the safety of women," O'Donnell said. "Let me be very clear. There is no excuse for this alleged behavior." King said she considered Rose a friend and held him in high regard, but was struggling because "what do you say when someone that you deeply care about has done something so horrible? "How do you wrap your brain around that?" she said. "I'm really grappling with that. That said, Charlie does not get a pass here. He doesn't get a pass from anyone in this room." She said that while the story described a Rose she did not know, "I'm also clearly on the side of the wome[...]


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Coal City man pleads not guilty to killing bartender girlfriendWill County investigators search the Outlaws Motorcycle Club's clubhouse Thursday after Kaitlyn Kearns, a 24-year-old bartender from Joliet, was found dead from a gunshot in a rural area of Kankakee County, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 17:26:00 GMT

JOLIET – A Coal City man charged with shooting and killing his bartender girlfriend pleaded not guilty at his first court appearance Monday. Jeremy Boshears, 32, appeared on video in Will County Circuit Judge Carla Alessio Policandriotes' courtroom, where his attorney, Neil Patel, said he pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder. Patel said he plans to file a motion to preserve evidence in the case. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Dec. 13. Boshears' wife and other family members were present at Monday's hearing. They declined to comment on the case. Boshears was charged in connection with the death of 24-year-old Kaitlyn Kearns, who was reported missing Nov. 14. She last was seen at 1:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at Woody's bar. She was a bartender at the 1008 E. Washington St. tavern. Will County Sheriff's detectives found Kearns’ body in the back of her 1996 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The Cherokee was parked inside a pole barn in Aroma Park Township in Kankakee County. Kearns was killed by a single gunshot to the head. Police believe the owner of the Kankakee County property was not involved in the killing or concealing of Kearns' body, and was unaware the body had been left there. Lt. Dan Jungles of the Will County Sheriff's Office said Monday that someone he refused to identify drove Boshears from Aroma Park Township after Kearns' death. He said he highly doubts that person will face charges. After Kearns’ body was found, sheriff’s deputies broke down the door of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club’s clubhouse on East Washington Street and searched it Thursday morning. The Outlaws’ clubhouse is down the street from Woody’s bar. Jungles declined to say why the clubhouse was searched. “There’s a lot of details in this case I can’t give out because we’re still working it,” Jungles said. He said the case still is being investigated, and that sheriff's deputies "never rule anything out until we can't." During the search of the Outlaws' clubhouse, a white Dodge Charger was towed from an alley alongside the building. The Charger was registered to Boshears, according to state records. Patel declined to comment when asked whether Boshears was a member of the Outlaws. He said Boshears is married, has a son and works a job where he installs commercial doors. Woody’s manager Shari Depratt said in a message to The Herald-News that she had no comment except to say of Boshears, “I love that kid. I considered him my son.” Lou Panos of Hinsdale established a GoFundMe fundraiser for Kearns. As of Monday, it had raised $16,375. The fund was established to help Kearns' family cope with the tragedy. Boshears initially was charged Friday with concealment of a homicidal death in Kankakee County. Boshears arrived at the Will County jail sho[...]


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Carjacking charges dismissed against three arrested near Harvard

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:10:00 GMT

WOODSTOCK – Carjacking charges were dismissed for three people accused of taking a 2005 Chrysler 300 from a home near Harvard in May.

Genaro Pena, 35, of Harvard and Alex P. Gonzaque, 34, and Hayley Halpin, 38, of Walworth, Wisconsin, were arrested May 12 and charged with vehicular hijacking, which could have landed them four to 15 years in prison.

The hijacking charges, however, have since been dismissed and additional, less serious charges were filed in their stead, court records show. Both Halpin and Gonzaque pleaded guilty to misdemeanor offenses; however, Pena continues to plead not guilty on all charges.

Rather than serving as many as 15 years in prison, Halpin accepted a plea deal and was ordered to pay $375 in fines after pleading guilty Sept. 5 to violating the Collateral Recovery Act, court records show. The Collateral Recovery Act deals with repossession agencies, among other things.

Gonzaque also took a plea deal and pleaded guilty to possession of a stolen vehicle. He was credited for 120 days served in the McHenry County Jail, sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to pay $1,572, court records show.

On Thursday, Gonzaque began the process to appeal his conviction, according to court documents. Representatives from the McHenry County Public Defender’s Office were not available to comment on details surrounding the appeal.

Still facing felony charges, Pena has pleaded not guilty to possession of a stolen vehicle, criminal trespass to vehicles and violating the Collateral Recovery Act, court records show.

McHenry County Sheriff’s deputies responded May 12 to the 7800 block of Graf Road for a reported vehicle theft at a home near Harvard. Deputies were told that Pena, Gonzaque and Halpin told the owner of the Chrysler that they were going to take the vehicle, according to a news release at the time from the McHenry County Sheriff’s Office.

In a June 21 letter to a McHenry County judge, Halpin wrote that the situation was “a big misunderstanding.”

Pena’s next court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 13.


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Lakewood hires new chief administrator after months of uncertaintyLakewood Village President Paul Serwatka

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 15:08:00 GMT

LAKEWOOD – The village has a new lead administrator. Jeannine Smith, a former Prairie Grove village administrator and West Dundee economic development coordinator, was approved Nov. 14 by the Lakewood Village Board with a 5-1 vote. Smith was the top choice of Lakewood Village President Paul Serwatka, who was on a quest to find an administrator with experience in both finance and village management to handle the village’s day-to-day business.  Although the appointment of Smith – who worked for Prairie Grove from 2006 to 2015 – was supported with a near-unanimous vote, it wasn’t without controversy. Several board members acknowledged that Smith has a great resume and endorsements, but were upset they didn’t have anyone else to compare her with. Trustee Jason McMahon said he was torn on the appointment of Smith because he knows the village needs an administrator and acknowledged her credentials – but there wasn’t anybody else presented for board consideration. “I’m concerned we didn’t get to see any other candidates,” McMahon said in an audio recording of the Nov. 14 meeting posted to the village’s website. Trustee Richard Ritchie, who ran on the same Lakewood Tax-Fighter ticket with Serwatka when they were elected in April, said he wanted to table the vote. Serwatka said some board members are not pleased that as a village president, he has more discretion than trustees in hires of key positions, such as police chief and village administrator. “If I can’t have a person who I feel is capable and qualified, and of the right mindset, I can’t keep those promises,” Serwatka said, referring to the Lakewood Tax-Fighter campaign to cut village spending and taxes. Serwatka reminded everyone that it’s now tax levy season, and the village’s levy has to be set by the end of December. “Our alternative, if we walk away from this, is to put in a call to temp agencies to get someone in here and get temporary finance people in here,” Serwatka said during the meeting. The village went two and a half months without an administrator after the late August resignation of Julie Heather Meister, who was the village’s chief administrative officer for less than a month. In July, the board approved eliminating the village manager, deputy village manager and finance director positions, and consolidating those duties into a new chief administrative officer role that Meister briefly held. Serwatka intended for months to eliminate redundancy in the village administration and as a result, cut costs. The hire of Smith essentially makes that process complete. Smith will make $138,000 in this contract, which goes through April. Serwatka noted it’s typical for top municipal adm[...]Lakewood Village President Paul Serwatka


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Hindu temple proposed for vacant property in Lake in the Hills

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:11:00 GMT

LAKE IN THE HILLS – A Hindu temple is proposed for a vacant Lake in the Hills property that used to be a church.

Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha Midwest Inc. applied for a conditional religious use for 1300 Cunat Court, interim Community Development Director Fred Mullard said.

The property is zoned for a multifamily dwelling district and previously was Crossway Church and social service agency Northern Illinois Center for Autism.

Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha Midwest Inc. is the Midwest organization of the BAPS denomination of the Hindu religion, headquartered in Piscataway, New Jersey. It serves as a “spiritual and volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity and selfless service,” according to village documents.

The organization previously rented space from the village and held religious services at Village Hall for the past seven years while looking for a permanent space.

“This will give them a more permanent space that they can use on a regular basis and will give them a bigger ability to complete programs and serve the public,” Mullard said. “It will help give them a level of permanence, and they won’t have to vacate everything and take everything down at the end of the evening at Village Hall.”

The facility will be used from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday and Sunday and 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday.

There are no proposed plans to make physical changes to the property.

Events held at the temple will include religious classes, prayer ceremonies, scripture readings, dining and occasional community service activities, such as blood donation drives and walkathons to support charities.

Outdoor athletic facilities and parking lots are between the building and residential homes that will help buffer noise, according to the application. The temple will be used at nonpeak traffic hours.

The conditional use request was approved by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Nov. 13 and will be voted on by the Village Board on Dec. 14, Mullard said.


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Shootings put semi-automatic rifles ads under new scrutinyIn this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, a magazine advertisement for an AR-style firearm describes the ability to customize the firearm and shows soldiers in combat. AR-platform firearms are often marketed using words that emphasizes the firearm's ability to be customized and evoke a sense of patriotism, freedom and military strength. (AP Photo/Lisa Marie Pane)

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:10:00 GMT

ATLANTA – The ads leap out from the pages of almost any gun magazine: Soldiers wearing greasepaint and camouflage wield military-style rifles depicted as essential to the American way of life. A promotional spot by the Mossberg brand boasts of weapons “engineered to the specs of freedom and independence.” The ad campaigns by major gun makers did not pause after mass shootings at a Las Vegas country music concert and a Texas church, and the slick messages are big drivers of sales ahead of Black Friday, by far the heaviest shopping day each year for firearms. But the marketing tactics for the semi-automatic weapons known as AR rifles are under new scrutiny after the recent attacks. Gun-control activists say the ads risk inspiring the next shooter, while gun-rights advocates insist the weapons are being blamed for the works of deranged individuals. “Guns are not sold on the basis of being just tools,” said gun industry expert Adam Winkler, a professor at the University of California Los Angeles School of Law and author of a book about the Second Amendment. “They’re being sold as an embodiment of American values.” The advertisements have become a focal point in the court case against a gun company over the 2012 massacre at a Connecticut elementary school where gunman Adam Lanza used a Bushmaster AR-15-style rifle to kill 20 children and six adults. Bushmaster has advertised its AR weapons with the slogan “consider your man card reissued.” Relatives of the Sandy Hook victims alleged in a lawsuit that the maker of the Bushmaster was negligent by marketing military-style weapons to young people who may be unstable and intent on inflicting mass casualties. The lawsuit against Remington Arms was dismissed because of broad immunity granted to the gun industry, but the Connecticut Supreme Court is weighing whether to reinstate it. “They used images of soldiers in combat. They used slogans invoking battle and high-pressure missions,” Joshua Koskoff, a lawyer for the families, told justices at a hearing. “Remington may never have known Adam Lanza, but they had been courting him for years.” Most mass shootings – defined by federal authorities as involving four or more deaths outside the home – are carried out with handguns. But this year, gunmen have used AR-style firearms in mass shootings in Las Vegas, Texas and Northern California. They also were used in the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting and in 2015 in San Bernardino, California. The rifles are involved in only a small percentage of gun deaths each year. Of the approximately 13,000 gun deaths excluding suicides that happen annually in the U.S., about 300 involve the use of rifles – both AR-style and more traditional long guns. To Erich Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, gun-control advocates focus on vilifying the weapon and n[...]


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Manson has endured as the face of evil for nearly 50 yearsFILE - In this June 10, 1981 file photo, convicted murderer Charles Manson is photographed during an interview with television talk show host Tom Snyder in a medical facility in Vacaville, Calif. Authorities say Manson, cult leader and mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate and several others, died on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. He was 83. (AP Photo, File)

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:09:00 GMT

LOS ANGELES – Other killers snuffed out far more lives than Charles Manson did in 1969. Yet he has endured for nearly a half century as the personification of evil, even in an age in which mass shootings leave dozens dead at a time. Manson, the hippie cult leader who died Sunday at 83, horrified America more than a generation ago with the way he seemed to have turned young people murderously against everything their parents cherished. That horror continued long after he had been locked up, in large part because of the demonic image that crime experts say he cultivated with his bizarre behavior and his searing, wild-eyed gaze. “He had that maniacal look that was always so striking,” said James Alan Fox, a criminology professor at Northeastern University in Boston, calling Manson the most notorious killer of all time. “Manson was memorable: his voice, his appearance, his mannerisms, as well as his crimes and the ‘crazy Charlie’ act he put on.” Manson was convicted of orchestrating the slaughter of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six other people over two successive August nights in Los Angeles. Prosecutors said he was trying to foment a race war, an idea he supposedly got from a misreading of the Beatles song “Helter Skelter.” He was sentenced to death, but that was commuted to life in prison after the California Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in 1972. The murders were horrific in their brutality. Tate, a beautiful 26-year-old actress known for “Valley of the Dolls,” was stabbed and hung from a rafter in her living room. The intruders scrawled “Pigs” and a misspelled “Healter Skelter” in the victims’ blood. To his long rap sheet, historians might add this: accessory to the murder of the 1960s. The Manson family’s crimes, along with the deadly violence that erupted later in 1969 during a Rolling Stones concert at California’s Altamont Speedway, seemed to mark the demise of the hippie ideal of peace and love. Manson’s notoriety developed in part because he played an integral role ending the mood of wishfulness and illusion that marked that era, said Todd Gitlin, author of “The Sixties: Years of Hope, Days of Rage.” Although Manson wasn’t typical of the counterculture, he could be seen as the poster child for violence that some associated with the anti-establishment movement. Gitlin said he and others in the underground press were as aghast at the crimes as those in the so-called silent majority, which President Richard Nixon had dubbed the older generation. “The country was deeply divided,” Gitlin said. “One of the things that deeply divided it was culture. So Manson was a gift to those Americans who felt that once you escaped from button-down America, you were prone to become a dangerous sicko.” Althoug[...]


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Warming to make thunderstorms larger and more frequentAP file photo Downtown businesses are reflected May 5, 2010, in floodwaters from the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tenn. A study released Monday predicts that summer thunderstorms in North America likely will be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:09:00 GMT

WASHINGTON – Summer thunderstorms in North America likely will be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding, a new study says.

Future storms also will be wilder, soaking entire cities and huge portions of states, according to a federally funded study released Monday in the journal Nature Climate Change.

The U.S. in recent years has experienced prolonged drenchings that have doused Nashville in 2010, West Virginia and Louisiana in 2016 and Houston this year. The disasters cost about $20 billion a year in damage.

By the end of century if emissions aren’t curbed, these gully washers will be much worse because they will get bigger, said Andreas Prein, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, who led the study.

Prein and colleagues used high-resolution computer simulations to see how global warming likely will change the large thunderstorms that already are daily summer events in North America. Previous studies projected more frequent and wetter storms, but this is the first research to show they likely will be more widespread, covering an entire city instead of only half of it, Prein said.

“We see increases that are beyond our expectations ... far beyond our expectations,” Prein said. “It looks everything that can go wrong does go wrong concerning flooding.”

With the size of the storm factored in, the total amount of rain in the U.S. South is projected to jump 80 percent between now and the end of the century, Prein said.

For Mexico, the increase in rainfall would be 70 percent and 60 percent in the U.S. Southwest. Canada and the rest of the U.S. should expect a 40 percent rain increase from current levels.

About half of those increases are from the storms being larger, Prein said.

These types of storms include tropical storms, but most of the storms studied are average thunderstorms.

“You can really think about these storms as rivers that come from the skies,” Prein said. “The largest ones are several times the Mississippi River discharge.”

Victor Gensini, a meteorology professor at the Northern Illinois University who wasn’t part of the team, praised the study as new and exciting.

AP file photo Downtown businesses are reflected May 5, 2010, in floodwaters from the Cumberland River in Nashville, Tenn. A study released Monday predicts that summer thunderstorms in North America likely will be larger, wetter and more frequent in a warmer world, dumping 80 percent more rain in some areas and worsening flooding.


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Zimbabwe's Mugabe ignores calls to quit, faces impeachmentAP photo Zimbabweans raise their hands in prayer during a Christian peace and prayer rally Monday in central Harare, Zimbabwe. Longtime President Robert Mugabe ignored a midday deadline set by the ruling party to step down or face impeachment proceedings, while Zimbabweans stunned by his lack of resignation during a national address vowed more protests to make him leave.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:09:00 GMT

HARARE, Zimbabwe – Zimbabweans mobilized Monday for a major push to oust President Robert Mugabe, an increasingly isolated figure who faces impeachment proceedings and more street demonstrations even as he ignores calls to resign. While there is a widespread consensus that the 93-year-old president should step down after nearly four decades in power, Mugabe has refused. The country has known no other leader since independence from white minority rule in 1980. The conflicted role of the military, widely hailed as a savior after effectively stripping Mugabe of his authority last week, is under scrutiny after its generals flanked him during a televised address Sunday night in which he asserted that he remained the “commander in chief” and referred to “our well-cherished constitutional order.” The generals have been involved in talks with him on a way out of the leadership crisis. While they acted outside his authority by sending tanks into the streets, they also projected deference in sitting by at the official residence, State House, as Mugabe told the nation he was still in charge. Although Mugabe’s powers as a wily, ruthless tactician have faded with age, his remarks seemed to reflect a keen understanding of the quandary of those trying to pry him from office: It would be easy enough at this stage to eject him, but perceptions that he is being illegally toppled, or is the target of a military coup, would undermine the credibility of any successor and muddy the international relationships of a new government. Zimbabwe’s association of war veterans, which is close to the military, said the generals are in an awkward position because their formal role requires them to protect Mugabe from civilian protesters such as those who poured into Harare’s streets on the weekend. It is time for the military to step back and let the parliament and, if necessary, demonstrators remove the longtime leader, said Chris Mutsvangwa, head of the association. “We cannot continue to have the generals seen as arbiters of the political destiny of Zimbabwe. It is not their purpose,” Mutsvangwa said. Later Monday, the military said in a statement that it held further meetings with Mugabe since his speech in which he ignored calls to resign. The statement said Mugabe is working toward “a definitive solution and roadmap for the country.” In a news conference on state-run TV, the military said it was encouraged by new developments that include “contact” between Mugabe and ousted Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who has close ties to the military and is poised to succeed him. The military said Mnangagwa will return to Zimbabwe “shortly.” Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU-PF party expressed confidence that it could impeach Mugabe this week if it s[...]


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U.S. declares N. Korea a terror sponsor; new sanctions expectedAP photo Secretary of State Rex Tillerson listens as President Donald Trump announces that the U.S. will designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism during a cabinet meeting Monday at the White House in Washington, D.C.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:08:00 GMT

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump announced Monday that the U.S. is putting North Korea’s “murderous regime” on America’s terrorism blacklist, despite questions about Pyongyang’s support for international attacks beyond the assassination of its leader’s half brother in February. Trump said the designation as a state sponsor of terror was long overdue, and he promised a new wave of sanctions as part of a “maximum pressure campaign” over North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons that could soon pose a direct threat to the U.S. mainland. North Korea will join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the blacklist. The North had been designated for two decades until 2008 when it was removed in a bid to salvage international talks aimed at halting its nuclear efforts. The talks collapsed soon after and haven’t been revived since. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the designation was a “very symbolic move” with limited practical effects, although it could close a “few loopholes” in a tough sanctions regime that was starting to bite in Pyongyang. He said anecdotal evidence and intelligence suggests the North is suffering fuel shortages, with queues at gas station, and its revenues are down. Still, Tillerson also acknowledged a two-month pause in the North’s rapid tempo of nuclear and missile tests and said there was still hope for diplomacy. With tougher sanctions in the offing, he warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, ‘This is only going to get worse until you’re ready to come and talk.” The designation is likely to exacerbate sour relations between Washington and Pyongyang that have turned uglier with name-calling between Trump and Kim. There was strong bipartisan support for the move in Congress, which had passed legislation in August requiring the State Department to make a determination on the issue. “In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism, including assassinations on foreign soil,” Trump said as he announced the designation at a Cabinet meeting at the White House.  The action had been debated for months inside the administration, with some officials at the State Department arguing that North Korea did not meet the legal standard to be relisted as a state sponsor of terrorism. U.S. officials involved in the internal deliberations said there was no debate over whether the slaying of Kim’s half brother Kim Jong Nam was a terrorist act. Malaysian authorities have said he was killed by two women who smeared suspected VX nerve agent onto his face at Kuala Lumpur airport Feb. 13. Lawyers said there had to be more than one incident, and there was disagreement over whether the treatment of Am[...]


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Judge dismisses one of two civil lawsuits against former House Speaker Dennis HastertKristi Browne, attorney for Richard Doe, addresses reporters after a hearing Monday at the Kendall County Courthouse in Yorkville, where Judge Robert Pilmer ruled to dismiss Doe's lawsuit against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Doe accused Hastert of sexually abusing him in the early 1970s, but attorneys for Hastert argued that the statute of limitations had run out on such a complaint, and Pilmer agreed. Standing to the right of Browne is fellow Richard Doe attorney Peter Evans.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:07:00 GMT

A Kendall County judge has dismissed one of the two civil lawsuits filed against former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert of Plano. A plaintiff, identified in court documents as Richard Doe, alleged that Hastert molested him in the early 1970s when Hastert was a teacher and coach at Yorkville High School, and that when he went to the state’s attorney’s office in the 1980s to file a complaint about it, he was discouraged from doing so. Judge Robert Pilmer ruled at a hearing Monday morning in Yorkville that he agreed with Hastert’s attorneys that Richard Doe’s charge in his lawsuit against Hastert was beyond the statute of limitations. Pilmer dismissed the lawsuit with prejudice, meaning that it cannot be refiled. John Ellis, a Chicago attorney representing Hastert, argued in court that the statute of limitations would have begun once Richard Doe turned 18, and then two years after that. Ellis said that by the time Doe came to Kendall County State’s Attorney Dallas Ingemunson in 1984 or 1985, the statute of limitations had run out for criminal prosecution. However, he said, Hastert denies the allegations made by Doe. Attorney Kristi Browne, representing Richard Doe, said after the hearing that she will determine whether to ask Pilmer to reconsider his decision. “Clearly, we’re disappointed,” she said. “We were hoping we would have a chance to go forward. We’ll have to explore our options in terms of a motion to reconsider.” In the meantime, Browne also is considering filing a lawsuit against Yorkville School District 115; a hearing on that matter was set for Feb. 23. “We haven’t made a claim against the school district yet, but we have asked for discovery [documents related to Hastert] in order to investigate the possibility of a claim,” she said. “It’s our position that what happened today doesn’t forgo that process. The school district has been collecting discovery to turn over to us.” Browne said her argument is that Ingemunson’s alleged statements to her client that he would be sued civilly or charged criminally if he filed a complaint against Hastert would have reset and extend the statute of limitations in the case. Ingemunson has denied ever handling such a complaint. “It was our argument that that should extend the statute of limitations for our client until such point in time that he was confident enough to come forward with his claim,” Browne said. “Obviously, in this case, when you’re dealing with someone very powerful, that didn’t really come to light for our client until somebody else, the federal government, in fact, indicted him and these facts came to light.” Browne also is the attorney for Jame[...]


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Infant burned during Crystal Lake cooking accident, police official saysAlex Vucha – For Shaw Media A person injured in a cooking incident was air lifted by a Flight for Life helicopter from the parking lot of Crystal Lake South High School to a trauma center for treatment, according to a release from Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department. The injury occurred at 4:07 p.m. Sunday, according to authorities.Alex Vucha – For Shaw Media Flight for Life helicopter crew members and Crystal Lake paramedics prepare a person injured in a cooking incident on Sunday. The victim was air lifted from the parking lot of Crystal Lake South High School to a trauma center for treatment, according to a release from Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:06:00 GMT

CRYSTAL LAKE – An infant was burned late Sunday afternoon during a cooking accident, police said.

The injury occurred about 4 p.m. Sunday in a home on the 200 block of Dartmoor Drive. The baby experienced “significant burns on various parts of their body” after having hot food spilled on them, Crystal Lake Deputy Chief Derek Hyrkas said.

“We are looking into the circumstances but don’t believe this was anything more than a tragic accident,” he said.

Hyrkas said Monday that the baby is alive, but he doesn’t know the condition.

Flight for Life transported the baby from the parking lot of Crystal Lake South High School to a trauma facility.

Crystal Lake police assisted securing the landing zone, and the Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department also responded.

Alex Vucha – For Shaw Media A person injured in a cooking incident was air lifted by a Flight for Life helicopter from the parking lot of Crystal Lake South High School to a trauma center for treatment, according to a release from Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department. The injury occurred at 4:07 p.m. Sunday, according to authorities.Alex Vucha – For Shaw Media Flight for Life helicopter crew members and Crystal Lake paramedics prepare a person injured in a cooking incident on Sunday. The victim was air lifted from the parking lot of Crystal Lake South High School to a trauma center for treatment, according to a release from Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department.


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McHenry County Board members offer up IMRF pension alternative for elected officials[John Reinert] McHenry County Board members John Reinert and James Kearns, developed a proposal encouraging countywide elected officials to enroll in private retirement plans rather than plans through the state's pension system.Sarah Nader - snader@shawmedia.com [James Kearns] McHenry County Board members John Reinert and James Kearns, developed a proposal encouraging countywide elected officials to enroll in private retirement plans rather than plans through the state's pension system.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:05:00 GMT

WOODSTOCK – A pair of McHenry County Board members have put together a proposal encouraging countywide elected officials to enroll in private retirement plans rather than plans through the state’s pension system. Developed by board members John Reinert and James Kearns, the plan would offer elected officials in nine county offices the opportunity to enroll in a deferred compensation plan with a one-to-one contribution match – but only if they do not participate in the $35.8 billion Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund. The plan follows on the heels of a proposal from McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks that aimed to altogether end IMRF participation for the County Board chairman, state’s attorney, county clerk, circuit clerk, treasurer, auditor, recorder, coroner and sheriff. The county’s coroner, recorder and sheriff already have opted out of receiving pensions. Although the pension debate has been a hot-button topic at recent County Board meetings, some board members worried that cutting the pensions of elected officials would be a problem in the courts. “The County Board led the way when it decided last year to eliminate its own IMRF pensions, but state law currently prevents us from taking the next logical step and eliminating it for countywide officeholders,” County Board member John Reinert, R-Crystal Lake, said in a statement. The latest proposal, set to appear before the Human Resources Committee on Tuesday morning, gives elected officials the option to enroll in a 457 deferred compensation plan – a retirement plan for government employees that is similar to a 401(k) plan. The county would provide a one-to-one contribution match that would not exceed $8,000 a year. The proposal would allow officials to be more proactive about their savings, Kearns said. “It takes a decade of service to become eligible for IMRF – for a countywide elected official, that means getting elected and then re-elected twice,” Kearns said in a statement. “This plan gives future elected officials the more sensible option of being able to immediately save for their retirement.” In June 2016, all 24 members of the McHenry County Board voted to end participation in the IMRF for themselves and those elected after them. The resolution not only eliminated eligibility for new members on Dec. 1, but also the accumulation of credit for pensions for existing members, including the chairman. In February 2016, Franks asked the IMRF to open an investigation into whether County Board members were working the required 1,000 hours a year to quality for pensions. The IMRF could not find evidence to conclude whether County Board members w[...]


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Harvard's former Motorola campus delinquent property taxes sold to auction companyShaw Media File Photo Former Motorola Plant in Harvard. The company that bought the 1.5-million-square-foot former Motorola facility in Havard did not pay its taxes. The taxes were then sold.

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 06:04:00 GMT

HARVARD – An auction company has bought delinquent property taxes for Harvard’s former Motorola campus. The largely absent owner of the former Motorola campus in Harvard allowed property taxes on the 1.5 million-square-foot campus to fall delinquent when he failed to pay the second installment on the $325,437 tax bill Sept 9. An auction company bought the taxes at a McHenry County tax sale Oct. 30, according to county records. When property taxes are sold, the investor puts a lien on the property that it can then hold for two and a half to three years. If the owner of the property doesn’t pay back the taxes, the investor can take control of the property, McHenry County Deputy Chief Treasurer Cindy Kozlowski said. “We need to get the money immediately to distribute it to the taxing districts,” she said. This isn’t the first time an owner of the 325-acre campus has allowed taxes to go delinquent. Florida-based Optima International bought the property for $16.75 million in 2008. It owed the county more than $329,000 in taxes in 2014. ComEd sued Optima the same year for $545,816 in outstanding bills, and the electricity was shut off. The property at 2001 N. Division St. has been vacant since 2003. Dearborn, Michigan-based Edward Harvard Holdings bought the site in an online auction in 2016 for $9.3 million. Owner Xiao Hua Gong submitted an incomplete application for economic incentives through the Harvard Woodstock Enterprise Zone for a proposed $32 million project that would launch smartphone manufacturing at the site in March. Officials with the enterprise zone and the city of Harvard have yet to meet with the owner and discuss the status of the project, said Charles Eldredge, who heads up the zone. “We have repeatedly tried to meet with them and they haven’t made themselves available,” Eldredge said. “We don’t know what his plans are at this point.” The electricity on the site still was on, and the staff have been maintaining the property as of several weeks ago, Eldredge said. “We’d be much happier if the owner was communicating with us as to his plans,” he said. “We feel we are in the dark, and as a result, we don’t know what to think.” It’s fairly common for taxes on a commercial property to end up in a tax sale, Eldredge said. “It may or may not be a serious issue,” he said. “The owner has a right to redeem them for a considerable period of time. This may be a way to conserve cash flow as he develops plans or it may be evidence of something more disquieting.” Eldredge said he [...]


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Victoria's Secret show in China struts on despite controversyModel Stella Maxwell wears a creation during the Victoria's Secret fashion show at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 22:36:00 GMT

SHANGHAI – Gigi Hadid and Katy Perry didn't make it but the Victoria's Secret show in Shanghai managed to strut on Monday without them, surviving a controversy over visa issues and a model who slipped and fell during the show. Fifty-five models walked the catwalk inside the Mercedes-Benz Arena, serenaded by Harry Styles, R&B star Miguel, Tony Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr. and Chinese singer Jane Zhang. Styles sang "Only Angel" and later "Kiwi." Chinese media reported that Hadid and Perry were denied visas. Bella Hadid, Gigi's sister, appeared in the second act of the show, donning blue feather wings, a black high-neck, push-up bra and topped off with hand painted leather gloves. In a show segment titled "Goddess," Victoria's Secret models donned massive floor-sweeping silk wings with gold and silver sequined lingerie — and plenty of bling. Model Lais Ribeiro was charged with the task of carrying 300 carats down the catwalk while sporting the Champagne Nights Fantasy Bra studded with 6,000 gemstones. Designed by Mouawad, organizers said the bra valued at $2 million took nearly 350 hours to create. It features diamonds, yellow sapphires and blue topaz. The show ended with a tribute to lingerie designs based on various ethnic and native origins — with models donning rainbow colored feathers and beaded jewelry. Shanghai-native Ming Xi slipped and fell to her knees, saying afterward she felt "so disappointed with myself." A nearby model helped her up and she said many of the others asked if she was OK. "That's what Victoria's Secret is — everyone loves each other and we have the most beautiful family in the world." In addition to Hadid, Xi and Ribeiro, the models included Adriana Lima, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel, Karlie Kloss, Lily Aldridge, Elsa Hosk, Jasmine Tookes, Taylor Hill and Martha Hunt. Hadid and Perry were scheduled to take part but bowed out just days before the show. Hadid's no-show came a few months after Chinese internet users accused her of racist behavior. She had been seen squinting her eyes on an Instagram video. Observers said Perry caused some controversy in China in 2015 for wearing a sunflower-adorned dress while performing in Taiwan. The flower is an emblem of the island's anti-China movement. It is not uncommon for entertainers to be denied visas by Chinese authorities for political reasons. The Global Times, an official newspaper of the ruling Chinese Communist Party, published a commentary on Monday title[...]


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A sauna, a private pond and more of what $779,000 can get you in BarringtonBarrington home listed for sale on Zillow: 6 Raintree Place. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5,500 square feet. Listing price: $779,000. Estimated mortgage: $3,039 per month. This Barrington Hills estate is located on 5.1 acres and includes a private pond. On the inside is a large kitchen with a center island, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a large breakfast room. The family room has a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace with a wood planked cathedral ceiling and multiple access points to the wraparound deck. The master suite has a private screened porch and a sitting room. The walk-out lower level has rec/game/exercise rooms and a sauna. Listing agent: Blake Bauer: 847-379-1587Barrington home listed for sale on Zillow: 6 Raintree Place. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5,500 square feet. Listing price: $779,000. Estimated mortgage: $3,039 per month. This Barrington Hills estate is located on 5.1 acres and includes a private pond. On the inside is a large kitchen with a center island, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a large breakfast room. The family room has a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace with a wood planked cathedral ceiling and multiple access points to the wraparound deck. The master suite has a private screened porch and a sitting room. The walk-out lower level has rec/game/exercise rooms and a sauna. Listing agent: Blake Bauer: 847-379-1587EntranceLiving room with fireplaceDining roomKitchenFamily roomMaster bedroomMaster bathroomOne of five bedroomsLower level with game roomSaunaBasketball court

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Ever drive by a house and wonder what it looks like inside? Or how much does it cost? Check out this Barrington home, listed for sale on Zillow.

Barrington home listed for sale on Zillow: 6 Raintree Place. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5,500 square feet. Listing price: $779,000. Estimated mortgage: $3,039 per month. This Barrington Hills estate is located on 5.1 acres and includes a private pond. On the inside is a large kitchen with a center island, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a large breakfast room. The family room has a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace with a wood planked cathedral ceiling and multiple access points to the wraparound deck. The master suite has a private screened porch and a sitting room. The walk-out lower level has rec/game/exercise rooms and a sauna. Listing agent: Blake Bauer: 847-379-1587Barrington home listed for sale on Zillow: 6 Raintree Place. 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 5,500 square feet. Listing price: $779,000. Estimated mortgage: $3,039 per month. This Barrington Hills estate is located on 5.1 acres and includes a private pond. On the inside is a large kitchen with a center island, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and a large breakfast room. The family room has a floor-to-ceiling brick fireplace with a wood planked cathedral ceiling and multiple access points to the wraparound deck. The master suite has a private screened porch and a sitting room. The walk-out lower level has rec/game/exercise rooms and a sauna. Listing agent: Blake Bauer: 847-379-1587EntranceLiving room with fireplaceDining roomKitchenFamily roomMaster bedroomMaster bathroomOne of five bedroomsLower level with game roomSaunaBasketball court


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Trump says U.S. will declare North Korea a state sponsor of terrorPresident Donald Trump announces that the United States will designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Washington. From left, acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:28:00 GMT

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump announced Monday that the U.S. will designate North Korea as a state sponsor of terror amid heightened nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula. Trump said the designation will impose further penalties on the country. He called it a long overdue step and part of the U.S. "maximum pressure campaign" against the North. North Korea would join Iran, Sudan and Syria on the list of state sponsors of terror. "In addition to threatening the world by nuclear devastation, North Korea has repeatedly supported acts of international terrorism including assassinations on foreign soil," Trump said during a Cabinet meeting. U.S. officials cited the killing of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's estranged half brother in a Malaysian airport in February as an act of terrorism. The designation had been debated for months inside the administration, with some officials at the State Department arguing that North Korea did not meet the legal standard to be relisted as a state sponsor of terrorism. U.S. officials involved in the internal deliberations said there was no debate over whether the slaying of half-brother Kim Jong Nam was a terrorist act. However, lawyers said there had to be more than one incident, and there was disagreement over whether the treatment of American student Otto Warmbier, who died of injuries suffered in North Korean custody, constituted terrorism. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly about the deliberations and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. The move returns North Korea to the ignominious list for the first time since 2008, when the North was removed in a bid to salvage a deal to halt its nuclear development. In the years since, the North has made advanced leaps in both its nuclear and missile programs, proving the capacity to reach U.S. territories with the devastating weapons earlier this year. Trump has faced pressure from congressional lawmakers to relist the country amid its advancing nuclear missile program, though some fear it could increase already heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula. President Donald Trump announces that the United States will designate North Korea a state sponsor of terrorism during a cabinet meeting at the White House, Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in Washington. From left, acting Secretary of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Trump. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)[...]


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Hippie cult leader Charles Manson dead at 83FILE - In this 1969 file photo, Charles Manson is escorted to his arraignment on conspiracy-murder charges in connection with the Sharon Tate murder case. Authorities say Manson, cult leader and mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate and several others, died on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. He was 83. (AP Photo, File)FILE- This Aug. 14, 2017 photo provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation shows Charles Manson. Authorities say Manson, cult leader and mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate and several others, died on Sunday, Nov. 19. He was 83. (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation via AP, File)FILE - In this Feb. 4, 1986, file photo, convicted murderer Charles Manson looks towards the parole board in San Quentin, Calif. Authorities say Manson, cult leader and mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate and several others, died on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. He was 83.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)FILE - In this Feb. 4, 1986, file photo, convicted mass murder Charles Manson reads a rambling statement at his parole hearing in San Quentin, Calif. Manson, who is serving life in prison for the murder of actress Sharon Tate and five others, said he would go to Libya, Iran, South America or France if released. Authorities say Manson, cult leader and mastermind behind 1969 deaths of Tate and several others, died on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. He was 83. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)FILE - In this June 10, 1981 file photo, convicted murderer Charles Manson is photographed during an interview with television talk show host Tom Snyder in a medical facility in Vacaville, Calif. Authorities say Manson, cult leader and mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate and several others, died on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. He was 83. (AP Photo, File)FILE - In this March 12, 1971 file photo, Charles Manson, with a swastika on his forehead, walks to court in Los Angeles, during the the penalty phase of the Sharon Tate trial after being convicted of murder in the deaths of Tate and six others. Authorities say Manson, cult leader and mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate and six others, died on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. He was 83. (AP Photo, File)FILE - In this March 5, 1971 file photo, Charles Manson arrives in a courtroom in Los Angeles, Calif. Authorities say Manson, cult leader and mastermind behind 1969 deaths of actress Sharon Tate and several others, died on Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. He was 83. (AP Photo, File)

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 17:11:00 GMT

LOS ANGELES – Charles Manson, the hippie cult leader who became the hypnotic-eyed face of evil across America after masterminding the gruesome murders of pregnant actress Sharon Tate and six others in Los Angeles during the summer of 1969, died Sunday night after nearly a half-century in prison. He was 83. Manson died of natural causes at a California hospital while serving a life sentence, his name synonymous to this day with unspeakable violence and depravity. Michele Hanisee, president of the Association of Deputy District Attorneys for Los Angeles County, reacted to the death by quoting the late Vincent Bugliosi, the prosecutor who put Manson behind bars. Bugliosi said: "Manson was an evil, sophisticated con man with twisted and warped moral values." "Today, Manson's victims are the ones who should be remembered and mourned on the occasion of his death," Hanisee said. A petty criminal who had been in and out of jail since childhood, the charismatic, guru-like Manson surrounded himself in the 1960s with runaways and other lost souls and then sent his disciples to butcher some of L.A.'s rich and famous in what prosecutors said was a bid to trigger a race war — an idea he got from a twisted reading of the Beatles song "Helter Skelter." The slayings horrified the world and, together with the deadly violence that erupted later in 1969 during a Rolling Stones concert at California's Altamont Speedway, exposed the dangerous, drugged-out underside of the counterculture movement and seemed to mark the death of the era of peace and love. Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Manson maintained during his tumultuous trial in 1970 that he was innocent and that society itself was guilty. "These children that come at you with knives, they are your children. You taught them; I didn't teach them. I just tried to help them stand up," he said in a courtroom soliloquy. Linda Deutsch, the longtime courts reporter for The Associated Press who covered the Manson case, said he "left a legacy of evil and hate and murder." "He was able to take young people who were impressionable and convince them he had the answer to everything and he turned them into killers," she said. "It was beyond anything we had ever seen before in this country." California Corrections Department spokeswoman Vicky Waters said it has yet to be determined what happens to Manson's body. It was also unclear if Manson requested funeral services of any sort. Prison officials previously[...]


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Seal leaky ducts to reduce energy costs

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 16:59:55 GMT

“Duct repairs could be the most important energy improvement measure you can do, especially if your ducts are in the attic,” states the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).  “Ducts that leak heated air into unheated spaces can add hundreds of dollars a year to your heating bills.”

What are ducts?  Ductwork is a branching network of tubes that distributes hot or cold air to various rooms throughout the house.  Ducts are usually made of sheet metal, fiberglass board, or flexible plastic and wire composite, snaking within the walls, floors, and ceilings.  Dampers are valves or plates that stop or regulate air flow inside a duct.

Depending on the season, heated or cooled air travels through a home’s ductwork with a forced air system. “Proper ducts can make a big difference in both cost and effectiveness in heating and cooling the home.  The duct system can also have an effect on the health of the occupants through the distribution of indoor air pollutants,” DOE adds.

“Usually you see only the duct’s outlet, which is a register covered with grillwork.  A typical duct system loses 25 to 40 percent of the heating or cooling energy produced by the furnace, heat pump, or air conditioner,” DOE explains.

“Duct systems lose energy in two ways:  by conduction of heat from the warm surface, and air leakage through small cracks and seams.  Telltale signs of duct problems include disconnected, torn, damaged, or un-insulated ducts.

“Changes and repairs to a duct system should always be performed by a qualified professional,” states DOE.  Professional heating, ventilation and air-conditioning contractors can blow air through the ducts to check for leaks, damage, and insufficient insulation.

For more information, contact Dowe & Wagner, a full-service heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning company based in Richmond at (815) 678-3000, or visit

http://doweandwagner.com/

 

 


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