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  • Revisit the Roaring ’20s at Jazz Age Party in the Park Sep 10, 2014 5:55 AM
    It’s the closest you’ll get to partying with F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald in the Fox Valley. On Sunday, Sept. 14, Tri-City Swing, in partnership with the St. Charles Arts Council, is sponsoring a free 1920s-era event, Jazz Age Party in the Park, from noon to 5 p.m. in Pottawatomie Park.

     
  • Deer tie up traffic on Golden Gate bridge Sep 6, 2014 2:06 PM
    Authorities say a pair of deer on the Golden Gate bridge snarled traffic in and out of San Francisco during the evening commute.

     
  • Chickens in Elgin? Not so rare 100 years ago Aug 25, 2014 2:39 PM
    Elgin’s current city ordinances are quite to the point when it comes to maintaining farm animals in the city. “Cows, horses, pigs or chickens” and other such creatures are simply not allowed. This may change slightly in the near future as Elgin considers joining other communities in allowing chickens to be raised within the city. Here’s a look at how the 1907 city ordinance addressed such animals within the city confines.

     
  • The summer of 1914: Top news stories in Elgin Aug 21, 2014 4:10 PM
    What do gumball machines, saloons, race cars and doctors have in common? They were all among the top news stories in Elgin 100 years ago. Here's a look at the top headlines in the summer of 1914.

     
  • Veteran project promotes awareness through artwork Aug 16, 2014 7:00 AM
    Navy veteran Michael Woods, 32, of Huntley knows how difficult it is to transition from the military back to civilian life. To bring awareness to what many soldiers experience during that transition, Woods partnered with Veronica Juncer of Mount Prospect to jumpstart a project that showcases veteran-related artwork.

     
  • UK councils field queries on dragons, ghosts Aug 16, 2014 11:58 AM
    Is your town safe from dragon attack? Inquiring minds want to know. A list of the top 10 strangest questions posed by Freedom of Information Act petitioners has been published Saturday, Aug. 16, by England’s Local Government Association.

     
  • Study explores sinister side of meerkats Aug 14, 2014 4:22 PM
    The recent study by a group of British and South African universities, as well as the Kalahari Meerkat Project in South Africa, builds on observations that dominant meerkats use violence to regulate breeding in their own group and to survive in tough, desert environments.

     
  • Wanted: Repeat bank robber with fondness for hats Aug 9, 2014 2:25 PM
    Police say the man donned a range of wacky headpieces as he committed eight bank robberies in New York's Nassau County over the course of 2 ½ months ending July 23.

     
  • Biggest, brightest supermoon coming Sunday Aug 8, 2014 4:17 PM
    Lunar events should be especially exciting to urbanites. “Normally, when cool stuff is happening in the night sky, we miss it because of the light pollution,” Shawn Domagal-Goldman, research space scientist at NASA Goddard, said. “But there’s no such thing as too much light pollution to see the moon. All you need is nighttime and a clear sky. If you live in a city and want to share in the awe of the cosmos, this is the astronomical event for you.”

     
  • Batavia Green Fair aims to inspire eco-friendly lifestyles Aug 6, 2014 2:27 PM
    The Batavia Green Fair on the Fox, formerly known as the Batavia Green Walk, is returning for its seventh annual event with more than just a new name. Fair co-chairman Keith Line said this year, the fair will be more interactive and will reach a wider audience with various new activities, events and entertainment.

     
  • Comet-chasing craft reaches destination after 10-year pursuit Aug 5, 2014 5:25 PM
    The Rosetta mission is the first attempt to orbit and land a probe on a comet. ESA’s first deep-space mission, Giotto, was sent to investigate Halley’s Comet in 1986. The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has also launched two missions to study comets in the past 20 years.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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