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  • Strike negotiations break down again in Waukegan Oct 16, 2014 7:38 PM
    A strike in Waukegan Unit District 60 will continue into the weekend, now two weeks after some 1,200 teachers hit the picket lines. District officials said that schools would remained closed, after negotiations broke down again Wednesday night.

     
  • Join Oct. 21 workshop on Carpentersville intersection improvements Oct 16, 2014 7:11 PM
    The village of Carpentersville is looking to improve the intersection of Washington and Main streets in the Old Town Area and wants to hear from residents. During peak hours, the intersection presents traffic and safety problems for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. To address these problems, the village is conducting a health impact assessment of potential transportation improvement plans.

     
  • Larkin to honor ESHOF inductees Oct 16, 2014 7:12 PM
    Larkin High School will hold an Elgin Sports Hall of Fame Alumni Night Friday when the Royals host crosstown rival Elgin in Upstate Eight Conference football action at Memorial Field.

     
  • VNA Hospice will offer grief support group Oct 16, 2014 7:18 PM
    VNA Hospice will offer a grief support group from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, at Moss Funeral Home in downtown St. Charles. A second group will meet on Thursday, Nov. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at VNA Health Care in Aurora.

     
  • Syria Kurdish official appeals for arms for Kobani Oct 16, 2014 11:25 AM
    MURSITPINAR, Turkey — A Syrian Kurdish official called on the international community on Thursday to allow weapons into the border town of Kobani, saying the town was still in danger from Islamic State militants, despite small advances by Kurdish fighters. Idriss Nassan, deputy head of Kobani’s foreign relations committee said airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition were “effective” but not enough to defeat the jihadis. The Islamic State group fighters can bring in reinforcements and weapons from a matrix of other villages and towns in the area that they control, something that has so far confounded the Kurdish fighters. The Islamic State group launched its offensive on Kobani in mid-September, capturing dozens of nearby Kurdish villages and a third of the town in lightning advances that sent tens of thousands of civilians fleeing across the nearby border into Turkey in one of the worst refugee crises since the Syrian conflict erupted over three years ago. But it is unclear what the international community can do, even if leading global powers had the will to arm the Kurdish fighters there. The neighboring Turkish government views the Kurdish fighters with deep suspicion, has prevented young men from crossing into Syria to fight alongside gunmen there, and has even shelled Kurdish positions. Nassan’s comments came a day after the Pentagon spokesman said Kobani remains under threat of falling to the Islamic State fighters. Rear Adm. John Kirby said two weeks of airstrikes have killed hundreds of Islamic State fighters, and have stiffened Kobani’s defenders. On Thursday, the U.S. conducted 14 airstrikes — hitting buildings controlled by the group, sniping positions and a heavy machine gun, according to a statement issued by the U.S. military’s central command. The CENTCOM statement said that the airstrikes were slowing down Islamic State fighters, “but that the security situation on the ground in Kobani remains tenuous.” The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the death toll since the Islamic State offensive began has reached more than 660. It said the dead include 20 civilians, 258 Kurdish fighters, 374 jihadi fighters and nine Syrian rebels who are fighting on the Kurds’ side. The Observatory and Nassan reported sporadic clashes in Kobani Thursday as well as sniper fire on the eastern and southeastern edge of the town. “From the start we said the coalition’s airstrikes will not be able to save Kobani or to defeat the (Islamic State group) in the area,” Nassan said by telephone. “We call upon the international community to open a humanitarian safe passage to allow in food, medicine, and weapons supplies.” “Kobani is not fighting for itself alone. Kobani is fighting for the world community. This is a battle against terrorism,” he said. Bolstered by intensified U.S.-led coalition airstrikes targeting the Islamic State group, Kurdish militiamen were able to regain some of the positions they lost over the past few days. ———— Associated Press writer Bassem Mroue contributed to this report from Beirut.

     
  • Millions plan to participate in earthquake drill Oct 16, 2014 11:25 AM
    Millions of people plan to drop, cover and hold on in a drill Thursday to prepare communities in California and elsewhere for the next big earthquake. More than 10 million Californians signed up to participate at 10:16 a.m. PDT, in addition to another 15 million people this year in dozens of states and countries including Italy and Canada, according to organizers.

     
  • Mike Dukakis to testify in Tsarnaev friend’s trial Oct 16, 2014 11:25 AM
    Former Massachusetts governor and 1988 Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Dukakis was ready to take the stand Thursday as a defense witness for a friend of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

     
  • University of Minnesota knocks down tweet claiming Ebola airborne Oct 16, 2014 11:25 AM
    University of Minnesota officials are knocking down a tweet claiming its researchers say is Ebola is airborne. University spokeswoman Caroline Marin told the Star Tribune in Minneapolis that the university never made such a claim.

     
  • AP: Iran looks at compromise nuke offer Oct 16, 2014 11:25 AM
    Iran is considering a U.S. proposal at nuclear talks that would allow it to keep more of its nuclear infrastructure intact while still reducing its ability to make an atomic bomb, two diplomats told The Associated Press on Thursday.

     
  • Fan dispute at Fla. debate prompts finger-pointing Oct 16, 2014 10:56 AM
    It’s no secret in Florida that former Gov. Charlie Crist likes to stay cool by using a portable fan. Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s efforts to turn Crist’s devotion to the device into a debate-night advantage disrupted the start of their second televised encounter Wednesday night. And the finger-pointing over “fangate” that followed brought renewed ridicule Thursday to Florida’s elections.

     
  • Nepal blizzard, avalanche death toll rises to 27 Oct 16, 2014 10:56 AM
    Search teams in army helicopters rescued dozens of stranded foreign trekkers and recovered more bodies of victims of a blizzard and avalanches in Nepal’s northern mountains Thursday, raising the death toll to 27.

     
  • UN says Ebola death toll rising to 4,500 this week Oct 16, 2014 10:57 AM
    The death toll from the Ebola crisis will rise to more than 4,500 lives this week from among 9,000 people infected by the deadly disease, a top official with the U.N. health agency said Thursday.

     
  • Dogs communicate with us three different ways Oct 16, 2014 10:58 AM
    I’ve always been interested in language and communication. Some people enjoy Sudoku and solving calculus equations, give me a sentence to diagram. Recently, I’ve been reading about dognition and dogs understanding and using human vocabulary; communicating with us.

     
  • UN rights chief: Ebola, extremists ‘twin plagues’ Oct 16, 2014 10:58 AM
    U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein drew comparisons between the Ebola outbreak and the Islamic State group Thursday, labeling them “twin plagues” upon the world that were allowed to gain strength because of widespread neglect and misunderstanding.

     
  • Mike North video: KC proves bullpen is the key Oct 16, 2014 11:03 AM
    The Kansas City Royals are going to the World Series, in large part due to a great bullpen. Mike North thinks the Chicago Cubs and White Sox should concentrate on that part of the game a little more.

     
  • Warhol’s ‘Marilyns’ unsold at London auction Oct 16, 2014 9:21 AM
    Bloomberg News Phillips tallied a less-than- expected 14.9 million pounds ($23.8 million) at its contemporary art sale coinciding with London’s Frieze week as major works by Andy Warhol and Gerhard Richter failed to sell. The evening auction at Phillips, which took place yesterday in its new London home on Berkeley Square in the wealthy Mayfair neighborhood, fell short of the company’s low estimate of 15.5 million pounds as 37 of the 46 offered lots found buyers. Warhol’s 1986 “Four Marilyns” silkscreen, estimated at 1.2 million to 1.8 million pounds, didn’t find a taker. Nor did Richter’s 1985 abstract canvas “U.L.,” which the auction house had valued at 1.5 million to 2 million pounds. Clients from New York who were interested in the Warhol decided to pass because they hadn’t seen it in person, Michael McGinnis, president of Phillips, told reporters after the auction. The portrait of Marilyn Monroe has a black background with four images of the actress that look like a photo negative. “They were resistant to buying without standing in front of it,” McGinnis said. “I’m sure I’ll be making a private sale when I bring it back to New York.” The Richter didn’t sell because bidders may be worried that prices for his work are losing steam after his “Netz,” a red, yellow and green abstract painting estimated at as much as 10 million pounds, failed to find a purchaser at Christie’s sale in London on Oct. 13. “Netz” was sold after the auction to a private U.S. collector for 5.5 million pounds, Christie’s said. “It spooked people and that had an impact on this result,” McGinnis said. Edward Dolman, chief executive officer of Phillips, said in an interview after the auction that he was “very happy” with the sale. “There was solid bidding and 80 percent of the lots sold, which is very respectable,” Dolman said. “I don’t think this is a sign of market weakness. We had two works that were more expensive that failed to sell for understandable reasons.” Two other works by Warhol didn’t find takers. “Untitled (The Ambassador’s Wife),” a 1982 silkscreen double panel, was estimated at 300,000 to 500,000 pounds. “Guns,” a 1981 silkscreen of two weapons, had a range of 500,000 to 700,000 pounds. Christopher Wool’s untitled 1990 alkyd and acrylic image of black birds on aluminum was the top lot as it sold for 2.1 million pounds, near the high end of its predicted range. Damien Hirst’s dots on canvas from 2007 fetched 578,500 pounds, beating its low estimate of 550,000 pounds. Banksy’s 2006 submerged telephone booth under rocks, which is made of metal and acrylic glass, sold for 722,500 pounds, surpassing its high estimate of 500,000 pounds. A fiberglass resin sculpture of a pink creature with outsized rabbit-like ears by the Brooklyn, New York-based artist Kaws sold for 266,500 pounds, beating its estimate of 150,000 to 250,000 pounds. It set an auction record for the artist, whose previous mark of 181,658 pounds was reached at Sotheby’s in New York in May, according to Phillips. Tauba Auerbach’s 2010 pale canvas with an assortment of creases sold for 1.14 million pounds, slightly surpassing her previous peak. Phillips is owned by Moscow-based Mercury Group. To contact the reporter on this story: Mary Romano in New York at mromano6bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Christian Baumgaertel at cbaumgaertelbloomberg.net Josh Friedman, Rob Golum

     
  • Mattel 3Q: Barbie, American Girl sales down Oct 16, 2014 9:18 AM
    Mattel’s got girl problems, and they start with Barbie. Sales of the iconic doll continued to slide in the toymaker’s third quarter and a surprising drop in sales of American Girl toys is putting additional pressure on the company as it heads into the crucial holiday season.

     
  • US jobless aid applications fall to 14-year low Oct 16, 2014 9:33 AM
    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest sign of a strengthening labor market that could help blunt worries about the impact of weak global growth.

     
  • Des Plaines speech language specialist earns national honor Oct 16, 2014 3:08 PM
    Meet this week's Neighbors in the News, people of accomplishment in the Northwest suburbs.

     
  • Holiday light recycling in SWANCC communities Oct 16, 2014 3:19 PM
    The Solid Waste Agency of Northern Cook County and its member communities are offering a Holiday Light Recycling Program at no cost to its residents.

     
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