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  • Wauconda equine therapy program helps special needs kids Jul 28, 2014 2:30 PM
    Evan Zaloudek, 29, is autistic. Though he is very friendly, he has had problems with speech development and verbalization, said his mother Lorna Zaloudek of Lindenhurst. But in the nine years since he started riding horses at the Partners for Progress barn in Wauconda, she said, Evan’s personality has developed, and his speech has improved. “Since he’s been at the barn, he has just blossomed into this man who talks to anybody and everybody,” Lorna Zaloudek said.

  • Rare blue-colored red king crab caught in Alaska Jul 18, 2014 1:52 PM
    The rare crab has become a rock star of sorts, with people showing up at the Norton Sound Seafood center to have their photos taken with it.

  • Peregrine falcons delay USS Saratoga departure Jul 18, 2014 1:54 PM
    Naval Station Newport contacted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after the nest was discovered in the spring. Their experts said the falcons should be done rearing their offspring by mid-August, and recommended waiting until then to move the ship.

  • Divers, snorkelers converge for undersea ‘concert’ Jul 12, 2014 6:06 PM
    The water-themed playlist included such tunes as the Beatles’ “Octopus’s Garden” and the themes from Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” and television’s classic “Flipper.” Participants described the music as clear and ethereal, with underwater visibility of about 50 feet.

  • Amazon asks FAA for permission to fly drones Jul 11, 2014 4:42 PM
    In a letter to the FAA dated Wednesday, Amazon said it is developing aerial vehicles as part of Amazon Prime Air. The aircraft can travel over 50 miles per hour and carry loads of up to 5 pounds. About 86 percent of Amazon’s deliveries are 5 pounds or less, the company said.

  • Dedication set for Lao Veterans Memorial in Elgin Jul 9, 2014 3:39 PM
    On Saturday, July 19, the public is invited to attend the dedication of a memorial garden to honor Lao veterans who served side by side with U.S. troops during the Vietnam War as part of “The Secret War.”

  • Performer drapes, lights firecrackers on body Jul 5, 2014 1:38 PM
    John Fletcher says that over 16 years he has set off 600,000 firecrackers attached to his body. His ribs have been fractured 17 times and once Fletcher says he was knocked unconscious.

  • Arkansas woman named oldest American Jul 4, 2014 2:38 PM
    Although no birth record exists for Weaver, she celebrates her birthday each year on July 4 and did the same this year.

  • Chestnut gets mustard yellow belt and fiancee Jul 4, 2014 2:18 PM
    High-ranking chowhound Joey “Jaws” Chestnut dropped to one knee and proposed to his longtime girlfriend before Friday’s annual hot dog eating contest, then packed away 61 franks and buns to hold onto his coveted mustard yellow winner’s belt.

  • Dist. 300 ensemble books parade gig Jul 2, 2014 2:05 PM
    The Dundee Middle School Street Ensemble in which kids learn music by beating garbage cans, paint buckets, metal chairs, pots and pans and the like, has booked a parade gig at Sleepy Hollow’s Fourth of July Celebration. The parade steps off at 11:30 a.m. What’s special about the ensemble is it's open to any student, regardless of musical ability or knowledge, according to an email from Matthew Bishop, the ensemble’s director and the school’s music teacher.

  • Station astronauts getting espresso maker Jun 27, 2014 9:42 PM
    The astronauts in space will soon be sipping some good coffee. The International Space Station is getting a real Italian espresso machine.

  • War zones: When drones fall from the sky Jun 20, 2014 6:57 PM
    Military drones have slammed into homes, farms, runways, highways, waterways and, in one case, an Air Force C-130 Hercules transport plane in midair. No one has died in a drone accident, but the documents show that many catastrophes have been narrowly averted, often by a few feet, or a few seconds or pure luck.

  • 44 years later, BHS class ring returned to owner Jun 19, 2014 3:01 PM
    A Facebook page titled "If u grew up in Batavia" has done more than just help residents and former residents share memories. It was recently instrumental in helping a class ring that had been lost for more than 40 years find its way back to its owner.

  • Batavia resident was the ‘father of Flag Day’ Jun 9, 2014 2:00 PM
    Flag Day celebrates its 65th anniversary on Saturday, June 14. Much of the credit for the celebration of our nation’s symbol falls to a former Batavian, Bernard J. Cigrand.

  • Deer that hit van may have been startled off overpass May 29, 2014 6:11 AM
    Spring means deer -- both mature females and offspring -- are on the move and pose a hazard to drivers, an Elgin-based wildlife biologist says. A West Dundee mom and her four children avoided serious harm when a doe lept off an overpass and landed on their minivan this week, just one of thousands of collisions across the state each year.

  • Elgin Armory marks 75th anniversary May 22, 2014 6:30 AM
    Proclaimed a “civic dream come true” when it was dedicated, the Elgin Armory — the longtime home to the Illinois National Guard — is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary.

  • Man charged with tattooing smiley face on girl, 12 May 17, 2014 1:55 PM
    He faces charges of felony aggravated assault, endangering the welfare of a minor, corruption of minors, simple assault and tattooing a minor.

  • Fans honor Dennis Hopper at ‘Easy Rider’ festival May 17, 2014 9:11 PM
    Saturday would have been the late actor and director’s 78th birthday. Hopper lived in Taos — a diverse town known for skiing, art and Hispanic and Native American culture — for years and is buried here.

  • Miss Beazley, former White House Scottie, dies May 17, 2014 4:43 PM
    Miss Beazley was born in October 2004. The pooch was later presented to Laura Bush as a birthday present from her husband. The family pet was featured in a December 2005 video, “A Very Beazley Christmas” — a look at White House holiday life presented from the a dog’s point of view.

  • Judson birder spots rare warbler on Elgin campus May 14, 2014 1:29 PM
    During his past eight years of birding on campus, first as a student and then as an employee of Judson University, Eric Secker has amassed a list of more than 180 species of birds.

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