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Dawn Patrol: Wintry mix to start the week; Bears lose

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, right, meets with Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles after Sunday’s game.

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, right, meets with Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles after Sunday's game.

 

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Wintry mix leaves snow, slick roads across suburbs

The suburbs received a wintry mix yesterday morning, with temperatures hovering around the freezing mark. More snow is expected early in the week, with a 40 percent chance today, a 30 percent chance on Tuesday and a 50 percent chance for Christmas Day. Full story.

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Thome talks baseball with suburban youngsters

Former White Sox power-hitter Jim Thome thrilled a group of suburban youngsters yesterday when he led a three-hour hitting clinic at the Bulls/White Sox Academy in Lisle. Thome talked to the young ballplayers, who ranged in age from 7 to 14, about the mental and physical aspects of hitting -- how to stand at the plate, how to stride into a swing, how to approach each at-bat with the proper mindset. Full story.

Author returning to Naperville with tale of second chance, survival

Rachel Louise Snyder writes about survival. She's lived for years among genocide survivors in Cambodia and told their stories for global audiences. She's survived a tough childhood and teenage drug abuse to become an international freelance writer and tenure-track professor. In the end, though, Snyder says she owes a great deal of her own survival to one man in Naperville who gave her a second chance. Full story.

Dogs rescued from North Chicago apartment up for adoption

Five dogs rescued by police last week from a North Chicago apartment will are up for adoption in Bloomingdale, according to a news release. The People and Animals in Community Together Human Society -- which operates out of the Petco store at 412 W. Army Trail Road in Bloomingdale -- has listed the dogs on its website. Full story.

Inverness couple want to share Christmas spirit

An Inverness couple who have a very special relationship with Santa Claus want to hear your own memories of everyone's favorite elf. Frank Sesko has been "bringing Santa Claus" to friends, relatives, nursing homes and schools for 50 years and his wife, Mary Ann, provides him with a lot of support, including a red suit. Now, the Seskos want to publish a book full of special Santa memories. Full story.

Weather

Skies are expected to remain mostly cloudy Monday with snow flurries possible throughout the day. While the high temperature will be 18 degrees, it will feel more like 6, and tonight's low could dip to 2 degrees with continued snow flurries before another cold day Tuesday. Full forecast.

Traffic

Drivers may experience brief congestion on southbound Route 12 in Kildeer and Palatine and on eastbound Route 390 approaching Rohlwing Road, but the majority of expressways and tollways are clear this morning. Construction projects may be ongoing on Swift Road in Glendale Heights between Army Trail Road and Collins Avenue, and on Algonquin Road through Algonquin. Full traffic from ABC 7 Chicago.

Bears annihilated by Eagles, 54-11

Nick Foles threw two touchdown passes, LeSean McCoy ran for two scores and the Philadelphia Eagles routed the Bears 54-11 last night in a matchup of first-place teams with opposite stakes. Chicago's loss sets up two winner-take-all games for NFC division crowns next week. Full story.

Bears' DT Henry Melton arrested in Texas bar dispute

Pro Bowl defensive tackle Henry Melton, who has been on injured reserve with torn ligaments in his left knee since Sept. 27, was arrested in Grapevine, Texas, early yesterday morning and charged with public intoxication and misdemeanor assault after a fracas with staff members at a bar. Full story.

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