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    Suburban schools changing how they discuss heroin

    Students in Cristy Hefner’s health classes at Crone Middle School in Naperville are learning about heroin through the new Robert Crown Center Heroin Prevention Program. The program includes interactive software, seen on the projection screen, that tells the story of a local heroin addict.

    Dec 19, 2014 5:30 AM

    In response to the rise in local heroin use, educators say classroom scare tactics about the perils of drugs in general are evolving into lessons that take a science-based look at addiction and opioids, including heroin. “Our kids are so sophisticated today,” says DuPage County Regional Superintendent Darlene Ruscitti. “It’s a whole different type of learning going on.”


    Barrington High alum in ‘Amazing Race’ final four

    Amy DeJong, left, and teammate Maya Warren have made it to the season finale of the CBS reality show “The Amazing Race,” which airs at 7 tonight. DeJong is a 2008 graduate of Barrington High School. She could win a share of the $1 million top prize.

    Dec 19, 2014 5:30 AM

    For 12 weeks, millions of viewers have watched Amy DeJong as she navigated a boat at Oxford University in England, crossed a canyon on a rope bridge in Morocco, and plowed a rice paddy in the Philippines. On Friday, viewers might see the 24-year-old Barrington High School alum win a share of a $1 million prize. DeJong has made it to the final episode of the CBS reality show “The Amazing Race,” which will air at 7 p.m. Friday night.

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    Long Grove's Broken Earth offers taste of wine country

    General manager Connie Martorano pours a glass of wine at Broken Earth Winery in Long Grove.

    Dec 19, 2014 6:10 AM

    Sisters Marsha Forsythe and Melissa Bernadette have ties to both the suburbs and California's wine country — and celebrate both with the new Broken Earth Winery. The wine bar is located in downtown Long Grove, where the women grew up. And the laid-back, cozy spot, which opened early this fall, serves and sells selections from their family-owned winery in Paso Robles.


    2 tax-break deals OK’d to lure tech firm to Gurnee

    Kristina Kovarik

    Dec 19, 2014 5:30 AM

    Two school districts have agreed on property tax breaks for Akhan Semiconductor Inc. as part of a larger proposed incentive package to bring the technology company to Gurnee. “If it’s a good direction for the community, it’s a good direction for the schools,” District 50 board President Mark Vondracek said.


    Metropolis hires a new director

    Officials at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Thursday announced the hiring of new executive director Joe Keefe.

    Dec 19, 2014 5:30 AM

    The Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights has hired a veteran of Chicago’s Second City as its next executive director. Joe Keefe, who also has written and produced for a number of theatrical and television productions, will take the helm at Metropolis on Jan. 1, officials announced Thursday night.


    St. Charles students expelled for computer attack

    Two St. Charles East High School students were expelled after shutting down the district’s computer network over the course of a month.

    Dec 18, 2014 6:52 PM

    Two St. Charles East High School students successfully shut down District 303's network for the better part of a month in an ongoing denial-of-service attack. They were expelled for the rest of the year, but it cost the district about $9,000. “It clearly made life very difficult for our teaching staff,” Superintendent Don Schlomann said. “I think, clearly, that had a great deal of impact on our classrooms. And that was the most concerning part of this for me.”

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