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  • Saudi council wants to lift driving ban on women Nov 7, 2014 3:03 PM
    Under the recommendations, only women over 30 would be allowed to drive and they would need permission from a male relative — usually a husband, father or brother — to do so.

     
  • Top Elgin headlines 50, 75 and 100 years ago Nov 6, 2014 6:24 PM
    Jerry Turnquist looks at the history of Elgin -- through newspaper headlines from 50, 75 and 100 years ago.

     
  • South Elgin resident celebrates 100th birthday Nov 3, 2014 2:43 PM
    In the year Erie Rosson was born, Woodrow Wilson was president of the United States. Charlie Chaplin made his film debut. World War I was beginning, and Martha, the last passenger pigeon, passed away. Rosson, who celebrated her 100th birthday on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in South Elgin, has seen a lot of changes over her lifetime, but she lives to tell tales of growing up and raising her own family on a farm in Anna, a community 20 minutes east of the Mississippi River in southern Illinois.

     
  • Custom urns courtesy of 3-D printer Oct 25, 2014 2:02 PM
    A Minnesota startup is using a 3-D printer to create custom urns shaped like objects that were important to the person whose remains they hold.The Eden Prairie-based Foreverence offers urns made with a ceramic material that looks different than the plastic material typically produced by a 3-D printer.

     
  • Top-secret space plane lands on California coast Oct 17, 2014 7:36 PM
    The X-37B program has been an orphan of sorts, bouncing since its inception in 1999 between several federal agencies, NASA among them. It now resides under the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office. The plane that landed Friday is one of two built by Boeing.

     
  • Justin Priest, thought to be dead, answers the door Oct 10, 2014 7:19 PM
    The trooper informed them that Justin, a private fisheries biologist in Anchorage, had died in Juneau.The trooper gave them a Juneau police phone number. When the couple called there, an officer said Justin’s car had crashed into a tree at high speed. That didn’t sound like Justin, Karen said. The officer said they investigation was ongoing, which to her implied alcohol use, and that didn’t sound right either, she said.

     
  • Elgin area veterans are needed for special video project Oct 8, 2014 12:42 PM
    Elgin area veterans are sought for a video that's now in production. The tribute video will feature stories, photos and memorabilia shared by local veterans.

     
  • Man floating in bubble rescued by Coast Guard Oct 4, 2014 9:41 PM
    The “Hydro Pod” is a large bubble made of 0.11-inch-thick plastic, Baluchi’s website, “Run With Reza” says. The bubble, which he propelled forward by running inside and pushing it with his arms, was housed in a large aluminum-type frame studded at intervals with inflated soccer balls. A man who appears on a video during the bubble’s construction compares it to a hamster wheel.

     
  • 'Frozen' characters, Ninja Turtles and zombies popular this Halloween Oct 3, 2014 11:29 AM
    The days of cutting holes in your mother's sheets and calling yourself a ghost are over. This Halloween, super heroes and characters from Disney's “Frozen” will most likely be ringing your doorbell, according to Alex Brunello, manager of Spirit Halloween in Palatine.

     
  • 32 still missing after volcano erupts in Japan Sep 27, 2014 9:26 PM
    Many of those who made it down emerged with clothes and backpacks covered in ash. They reported being engulfed in total darkness for several minutes.Mikio Oguro, an NHK journalist who was on the slope on an unrelated assignment, told the station that he saw massive smoke coming out of the crater, blocking sunlight and reducing visibility to zero.

     
  • Think you drink a lot? You’d be surprised Sep 25, 2014 1:27 PM
    The top 10 percent of American drinkers — 24 million adults over age 18 — consume, on average, 74 alcoholic drinks per week. That works out to a little more than four-and-a-half 750 ml bottles of Jack Daniels, 18 bottles of wine, or three 24-can cases of beer. In one week.

     
  • University of Michigan moving centuries-old tree Sep 23, 2014 4:16 PM
    The oak dates to at least 1764, which is 73 years before the university moved from Detroit to Ann Arbor and 60 years before the founding of the city that’s named in honor of the founders’ wives and the natural arbor created by the massive oaks.

     
  • Book series explores the supernatural in Elgin Sep 23, 2014 4:20 PM
    The Elgin Area Historical Society Museum, located in Old Main on the campus of Elgin Academy, 316 Park St., will be the setting for the formal launch of a six-volume comprehensive overview of the “uncommon” history of the area. “The Uncommon History of Elgin, Illinois and Surrounds” by Michael J. Murschel will be launched at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, with a presentation followed by a question and answer session and book signing.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
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