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Blago to Patti: ‘The end of this nightmare must surely be near'

politics.suntimes.com — Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is still awaiting word on his appeal in a federal prison outside of Denver, must be one proud dad. Sneed is told his daughter, Amy, 18, just got accepted at Northwestern University and will be studying journalism at Medill. "She wants to be a reporter," said a source.
Aug 26, 2014

MT @Suntimes: Blago to Patti in letter: ‘The end of this nightmare must surely be near.' sun-tim.es/1tSHd78 pic.twitter.com/mwVaP5Mlec

Aug 26, 2014

RT @dmihalopoulos: Amy Blagojevich, 18, will study at Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism #twill politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag…

Aug 26, 2014

Blago's daughter got accepted at Northwestern and will be studying journalism at Medill, apparently. Congrats to her. politics.suntimes.com/article/chicag…

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Dump ‘Fake IG,’ give Ferguson more power

suntimes.com — EDITORIAL: It's time to pull the plug on the Chicago City Council's inspector general, an office we not-so-affectionately call the "fake IG." The office - dreamed up in 2010 by aldermen who sought to appear reform-minded but actually wanted a do-nothing office with no real power to effectively investigate them - was doomed from the start.

Steinberg: O doughnut chain! Canada flips as Burger King buys Tim Hortons

suntimes.com — I do not love Burger King because I've never loved Burger King. McDonald's, all shiny white and red tile, showed up and won me when I was a wee lad. So had the news Tuesday been that Burger King was going out of business, except for sincere sorrow at the loss of jobs; I'd be indifferent.
Aug 27, 2014

Steinberg: O doughnut chain! Canada flips as Burger King buys Tim Hortons - Chicago Sun-Times: suntimes.com/news/steinberg…

Aug 26, 2014

And @robyndoolittle hung up the phone, grateful to not be speaking about Rob Ford for once. suntimes.com/news/steinberg…

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Ramble with the Lady: First hedge apple & Luddite leanings

Aug 27, 2014

Carmen Salvino & Charles Demuth, a world first. Ramble with the Lady: First hedge apple & Luddite leanings | Voices: voices.suntimes.com/sports/ramble-…

North Korea fires shot at U.S., the 'graveyard of human rights'

politics.suntimes.com — SEOUL, South Korea - North Korea's government said Wednesday that the police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, is evidence that the United States is a "graveyard of human rights."
Aug 27, 2014

OH SURE RT @CSTearlyoften: North Korea has weighed in on #Ferguson, calling the U.S. a 'graveyard of human rights.' sun-tim.es/1tbVHCj

Person struck, killed on Metra UPNW line near Des Plaines

barrington.suntimes.com — A pedestrian was fatally struck by a Metra Union Pacific Northwest train Tuesday evening in Des Plaines. The incident occurred about 5:10 at the Des Plaines Train Depot at 1501 E. Miner St., according to a Metra spokesman and police. Outbound train No. 629 had been scheduled to arrive at Crystal Lake at 5:56 p.m.
Aug 27, 2014

RT @Barrington_CR: A man was fatally struck by UP-NW #Metra train in Des Plaines last night — bit.ly/1p8erLa

50 years of demographic changes in America in eight graphics

politics.suntimes.com — How has the racial disparity changed in America over the last half-century? While the black-white gap has narrowed in some categories, it's widened in some and stayed the same in others, according to data compiled from Pew Research.
Aug 27, 2014

50 years of demographic changes in America in eight graphics politics.suntimes.com/article/washin… Via @cstearlyoften

Police: Man attacked elderly neighbor over fishing tackle, $8

Aug 27, 2014

RT @CSTbreaking: Police: Man attacked elderly neighbor over fishing tackle, $8 sun-tim.es/1qfQeql

New experiment at Fermilab focuses on nature of space itself

couriernews.suntimes.com — A unique experiment at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia called the Holometer has started collecting data that will answer some mind-bending questions about our universe, scientists at the facility say. The experiment focuses on whether our concept of three-dimensional space is just an illusion.

Jim Hoel, POW in ‘Great Escape’ camp in WWII, dies at 92

suntimes.com — The phone trilled at 6:30 in the morning at Jim Hoel's Evanston home on August 27, 2003, a day that proved unassailably that truth is stranger than fiction. He fumbled for the phone and listened as a man with an English accent asked, "Hello, is this Jim Hoel?"
Aug 26, 2014

MT @Suntimes: Jim Hoel, WWII POW whose story was basis for "The Great Escape," dead at 92. sun-tim.es/1rxYzt6 pic.twitter.com/Gp1CvvCD7x

Aug 26, 2014

Jim Hoel, POW in ‘Great Escape’ camp in WWII, dies at 92 - Chicago Sun-Times: suntimes.com/news/obituarie…

Aug 26, 2014

Jim Hoel, POW in WWII ‘Great Escape’ camp, left many comrades in #Netherlands American Cemetery - Chicago Sun-Times: tinyurl.com/q7qnflk#.U_zIC…

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Gov. Quinn signs law protecting pregnant women in workplace

politics.suntimes.com — Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday signed into law a measure that will give added protections to women who are working while they are pregnant. "No pregnant woman should have to choose between having her baby and keeping her job," Quinn said.

Judge’s brutal questions suggest Indiana, Wisconsin may soon have same-sex marriage

suntimes.com — Indiana Solicitor General Thomas Fischer was a scant 35 seconds into his defense of his state's ban on gay marriage Tuesday when Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner let him know where he stood.
Aug 26, 2014

Judge’s brutal questions suggest Indiana, Wisconsin may soon have same-sex marriage - Chicago Sun-Times: suntimes.com/news/brown/294…

Emanuel fires back at City Council's inspector general

politics.suntimes.com — Mayor Rahm Emanuel fired back at the City Council's handpicked inspector general Tuesday for daring to question the mayor's commitment to ethics reform. After exhausting his $354,000-a-year budget, Faisal Khan accused the mayor this week of sending an "alarmingly demoralizing message" about the importance of ethics oversight by ignoring Khan's year-long demand for more money.

Lincoln Park Zoo’s youngest black rhino celebrates first birthday

“The Arsonists” lights a blazing, provocative fire