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  • Joshua Smoron of Gurnee realizes he’s just taken second place in the championship round of the state competition of the National Geographic Bee, held Friday at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn.

    Gurnee, Oak Brook kids place 2nd, 3rd at state Geographic BeeApr 4, 2014 12:00 AM
    Joshua Smoron, a seventh-grader from Gurnee, took second place at the Illinois Geographic Bee Friday. Of the 100 fifth- through eighth-graders who competed in the bee, more than 30 students were from the suburbs. “It’s just amazing what these kids know, and at such a young age,” said Michael Middleton, Illinois Geographic Bee coordinator.

     
  • Wisconsin residents help neighbors short on propane Feb 7, 2014 12:00 AM
    ďI know everybody, and Iím watching my neighbors and friends suffer through this,Ē said Tom Oldenburg, who owns and operates Driftwood Sport and Fuel just off U.S. 141 in Amberg. ďItís hard.Ē

     
  •  Egyptian gather Saturday in the ruins of the Evangelical Church of Malawi after it was ransacked, looted and burned on Thursday by an angry mob, in Malawi. In the province south of Cairo, protesters attacked two Christian churches, security officials said.

    Egyptian Islamists hit Christian churches Aug 17, 2013 12:00 AM
    Attacks increased after the Islamists rose to power in the wake of the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that drove Hosni Mubarak from power, emboldening extremists. But Christians have come further under fire since President Mohammed Morsi was ousted on July 3, sparking a wave of Islamist anger led by Morsiís Muslim Brotherhood.

     
  • Pope Francis blesses a sick or disabled person wearing Harley-Davidson garb at the end of a pro-life Mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican Sunday. Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley Davidsons and their riders as the American motorcycle manufacturer celebrated its 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.

    Pope blesses hundreds of Harley-Davidsons Jun 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Biker culture came to the Vatican on Sunday as Pope Francis blessed thousands of Harley-Davidsons and their riders celebrating the manufacturer's 110th anniversary with a loud parade and plenty of leather.

     
  •  The Solar Impulse takes flight during the second leg of the 2013 Across America mission at Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. The solar-powered plane neared the close of a cross-continental journey and landed at Dulles International Airport outside the nationís capital early Sunday.

    Solar plane lands near Washington Jun 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    A solar-powered plane nearing the close of a cross-continental journey landed at Dulles International Airport outside the nationís capital early Sunday, only one short leg to New York remaining on a voyage that opened in May.

     
  • UK police: 5 from diverted plane claim asylum Jun 16, 2013 12:00 AM
    Five passengers from an EgyptAir flight diverted to a Scottish airport over an apparent threat to destroy the aircraft are now seeking asylum in Britain, authorities said Sunday. New York-bound Flight 985 from Cairo was forced to make an emergency landing on Saturday after a threatening note was found in the planeís washroom.

     
  • Founded in 1894 as an orphanage, the local charity ChildServ now provides a broad range of services in our communities, says trustee and active volunteer Joyce Carrasco of Elgin.

    Military roots nourish Elgin woman's veteran advocacyJun 13, 2013 12:00 AM
    Military service places a stress on families. No one knows that better than Joyce Carrasco of Elgin. Carrasco grew up in a military home, has two adult children currently serving in the military and sees the burden that can put on her grandchildren. “On my father's side, there were 11 children and all 11 children served in the military,” says Carrasco. “The story goes that my grandmother had 11 Blue Stars in her window, and I cherish that story.”

     
  • A woman prepares to choose her numbers on a lottery ticket Saturday in Oakland, Calif. The record Powerball jackpot has climbed to $600 million, and lottery officials say the winning ticket was sold in Florida.

    $590M-plus Powerball: 1 winning ticket sold in Florida May 19, 2013 12:00 AM
    It's all about the odds, and one lone ticket in Florida has beaten them all by matching each of the numbers drawn for the highest Powerball jackpot in history at an estimated $590.5 million, lottery officials said Sunday. The single winner was sold at a supermarket in Zephyrhills, Fla., according to Florida Lottery executive Cindy O'Connell. "This would be the sixth Florida Powerball winner.”

     
  • U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses the Roe vs. Wade case on it's 40th anniversary with University of Chicago Law School Professor Geoffrey Stone at The University of Chicago Law School Saturday.

    Ginsburg says Roe gave abortion opponents targetMay 12, 2013 12:00 AM
    One of the most liberal members of the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg could be expected to give a rousing defense of Roe v. Wade in reflecting on the landmark vote 40 years after it established a nationwide right to abortion. Instead, Ginsburg told an audience Saturday at the University of Chicago Law School that while she supports a woman's right to choose, she feels the ruling by her predecessors on the court was too sweeping and gave abortion opponents a symbol to target. Ever since, she said, the momentum has been on the other side, with anger over Roe fueling a state-by-state campaign that has placed more restrictions on abortion.

     
  • Libertyville High School Orchestra director Jeremy Marino leads musicians as they rehearse for their trip to Cuba. The school’s musicians have performed around the world through the years, but this is the first trip to the small Caribbean nation, which has been at political odds with the United States for decades.

    A world of difference in spring breaks for kids who travel Apr 4, 2013 12:00 AM
    Once the domain of wealthy adults, international travel is becoming more and more common for high school teens. Hundreds of suburban high-schoolers each year spend time abroad on school-sponsored trips.

     
  •  Spinach, red pepper and feta come together in a Mediterranean-inspired strata; serve it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    Mediterranean StrataMar 6, 2013 12:00 AM
    Greek Strata

     
  • Illinois' unemployment drops in all metro areasOct 25, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Illinois Department of Employment Security says there's good news in Illinois' latest unemployment figures. For September, the unemployment rates are down in all of Illinois' metro areas compared to last year.

     
  • Richard Calica, director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

    Illinois' child welfare agency cancels layoffsOct 12, 2012 12:00 AM
    The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services canceled plans to lay off 375 employees after state lawmakers signaled they were willing to restore some of the millions of dollars in department funding that had been cut from next year's budget. The agency's director, Richard Calica, announced the change in a memo to staff Thursday.

     
  •  Erienne Barry is finishing off a stellar four-year career at St. Charles East.

    Barry brings refreshing perspective to volleyball court Oct 11, 2012 12:00 AM
    Itís hard to believe an athlete who says, ďIím happy that I tore my ACL.Ē But when St. Charles East senior Erienne Barry says it with such sunny enthusiasm, it must be so.

     
  •  Re-enactor Claude Pagacz of Elmhurst explains a Civil War-era cannon to Matt Fink of Naperville on Saturday during Depot Days in Lisle.

    Lisle Depot Days brings visitors back in time Sep 13, 2012 12:00 AM
    Providing opportunities to "enjoy yesterday today" was the aim of Lisle Heritage Society volunteers who hosted the first day of Depot Days Saturday in conjunction with the Lisle Park District. The event brought Civil War cannon-firing demonstrations, 19th Century children's games, hay rides and tours of Lisle's pioneer cemetery to The Museums at Lisle Station Park, where families took a step back in time.

     
  • When this photograph of 3-year-old Walter Santi was taken in 1926, the New Mexico town where he was born had a name the locals liked. By World War II, the town name of Swastika had to go, recalls Santi, now a Bloomingdale resident.

    Offensive names, like Bloomington manís birthplace, vanish from mapMay 2, 2012 12:00 AM
    Geographic names change with the time. I think that's good news for the Bloomingdale resident who was born in Swastica, N.M.

     
  • E-Cycle at Friendship Park Conservatory April 20-21Mar 23, 2012 12:00 AM
    Mt. Prospect Park District and Com 2 Recycling Solutions are teaming up for another e-cycling event at Friendship Park Conservatory. On Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, from 9 a.m. to noon bring old cell phones, digital cameras, fax machines, televisions, video games units, keyboards and much more and dispose of these items safely and without charge.

     
  • A new boundary scenario that featured the potential closing of Washington Junior High School sent more than 100 angry parents to Monday night's meeting.

    Naperville District 203 on boundary maps: ‘We screwed up' Dec 5, 2011 12:00 AM
    Naperville District 203 officials led off Monday night's meeting with a series of apologies for the way it communicated Friday new district boundary maps that included the closing of both Ellsworth Elementary and Washington junior high schools. “Unfortunately, in our efforts to be transparent, you're seeing the sausage being made,” said board President Mike Jaensch. “There is stuff in there that is not good, but you have to look at all options.”

     
  • Republican presidential candidates from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman stand for the National Anthem before a Republican presidential debate in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Don't slash military budget, GOP contenders say Nov 22, 2011 12:00 AM
    Republican presidential hopefuls warned in near unanimity against deep cuts in the nation's defense budget Tuesday night, criticizing President Barack Obama in campaign debate but disagreeing over the extent of reductions the Pentagon should absorb as part of an effort to reduce deficits and repair the frail economy.

     
  •  Rudbeckia flower and leaves in a birdbath in my backyard in Glenview on October 21st. The bright color saturation and worn framing was created using the Little Orange Box setting with Retro Camera for Android.

    Images: Smartphone apps produce autumn beauty Nov 10, 2011 12:00 AM
    The Daily Herald photography photo staff, armed only with smart phone cameras, set out for two-weeks to record one of the most colorful and longest running fall color seasons in the Chicago suburbs. Just because the camera is inside a phone, doesn't mean you can't make beautiful photos.

     
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