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  • Work together to end inner-city violence Jul 21, 2014 5:01 AM
    A Chicago letter to the editor: Black youth across this country are faced with a serious challenge that no one black president or mayor maybe able to fix. Violent crimes among black youth ages 17-29 in urban areas have been on the rise, and no one seems to have any real solutions. You hear the stories in the news every day, not to mention on social media, of children being killed while playing in front of their homes. One tragic loss after another, but will it ever end?

  • Official: 2 injured, diesel spilled in Wisconsin derailment Jul 21, 2014 5:14 AM
    Two people were injured and more than a hundred homes were evacuated due to a diesel spill from a train derailment in Wisconsin, according to fire officials. Slinger Fire Department Chief Rick Hanke said three engines and 10 railcars derailed Sunday night. He said trains from Canadian National Railway Co. and Wisconsin & Southern were involved and that officials are investigating the cause.

  • The U.S. Needs fresh ideas for a new kind of unemployment Jul 21, 2014 7:58 AM
    The U.S. labor market is still a long way from healed. The unemployment rate of 6.1 percent, down from 10 percent in 2009, is misleading: Long-term unemployment accounts for a much bigger share of the total than usual. Millions who would like full-time jobs are having to work part time. And millions more have given up looking for work and are no longer part of the count. That’s an awful toll of disappointment and distress. What can be done? Lack of demand remains the chief problem. The Federal Reserve’s power to make up the shortfall seems to have reached its limit -- politically, even if not for economic reasons -- and a paralyzed Washington has said no to further fiscal stimulus. One neglected avenue remains, however: helping to connect the unemployed to companies that are doing well and looking to hire. Those firms do exist, despite flagging overall demand. The unemployment rate varies widely from state to state -- from 7.9 percent in Mississippi to 2.7 percent in North Dakota to 3.5 percent in Nebraska, Utah and Vermont. This shows what’s possible, but at the same time, it’s a puzzle: If labor markets are tight in some places and slack in others, why don’t the unemployed move? This is where policy could usefully focus. High mobility of labor was always seen as a particular strength of the U.S. economy, but lately it has been more myth than reality. Even before the recession, the U.S.’s advantage had been fading. Recently, labor mobility has fallen to its lowest since records began in the 1940s. Removing some of the obstacles that the government has put in the way of people looking for work would help a lot. People can’t or won’t move for various reasons. The unemployed in Michigan may be unaware of openings in Utah. They may lack the needed skills. Plus, moving is expensive: For people with a house to sell, mortgaged for more than it’s worth, moving may be unaffordable. And for families that rely on state-specific government assistance (as many of the unemployed do), moving is complicated. At modest cost, some of these problems can be addressed. First, the government should do more to help unemployed workers search for new jobs -- and not just in the places where they already happen to live. Studies comparing policies in a range of industrialized countries find that job-search assistance -- in the form of job-brokerage services, referrals to training programs and help with the costs of relocating -- is good value for money. It makes a difference and it’s cheap. Subsidies for training or retraining also make sense, so long as they’re carefully designed. This involves bigger outlays, but good training programs can pass the cost-effectiveness test. Granted, the record of the existing federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program is discouraging. Created in the 1960s and changed many times, the TAA was intended to help with job searches and relocation, as well as pay training subsidies to a narrow group of eligible candidates. Periodic evaluations have typically found poor results. The TAA program was slow and complex to administer -- partly because it was meant to help only workers whose jobs were lost to competition from imports. Recently it’s been pruned and may soon disappear altogether. Instead, it should be simplified and then enlarged. The Barack Obama administration has suggested merging it into a new streamlined scheme with wider eligibility -- the New Career Pathways program. That’s a good idea. So far, support in Congress is lacking. U.S. tax and welfare policies need to be streamlined, too. As things stand, both make it much harder for people to move. The tax system is extremely skewed to favor homeownership over renting. That’s not just unfair (renters tend to be poorer), but it’s also inefficient. Mortgage interest is tax-deductible, but rent isn’t. In addition, owning a home, like owning any asset, generates income -- but if you live in your home, the income is implicit and goes untaxed. Trimming the tax advantages of homeownership would encourage more people to rent, and that would make them more mobile. The welfare system adds to the problem because of its insane complexity. There are multiple federal programs for help with food costs, housing, health care, child care and other outlays -- and countless state and local initiatives as well. For many beneficiaries, managing eligibility for these ever-evolving, ever-proliferating programs is a job in itself. Move to another city or state, and you have to start all over. Simplifying and coordinating this array of initiatives should be a much higher priority for government at every level. In many other ways, city, state and federal regulations make it harder for the long-term unemployed to get back to work. Rent controls and zoning rules inhibit the supply of affordable housing in places where demand is high. Occupational licensing, sometimes taken to ludicrous extremes, makes it harder to switch jobs. Relying on tougher minimum-wage rules to reduce poverty in work, rather than using employment subsidies such as the earned income tax credit, hurts the prospects of workers with few or no skills. Putting all this right won’t be easy. The first step is to acknowledge that the U.S. has a new kind of unemployment problem, and that solving it will demand new thinking.

  • Airbus seeks pan-european drone pact as U.K.’S Taranis leads way Jul 21, 2014 7:57 AM
    Airbus Group NV said it favors a pan-European deal on military drones after an Anglo-French agreement from which it’s excluded received government backing and the U.K.’s Taranis model began testing stealth technology. A bilateral approach to developing a combat drone that could succeed aircraft such as the Eurofighter ignores both the capabilities of other countries and the success of more inclusive aerospace programs, Domingo Urena-Raso, who heads Airbus’s military-aircraft operations, said in an interview.

  • Barrington mortgage pro helps Hispanic families Jul 21, 2014 4:50 AM
    Kukec's People features Eduardo Paras of Barrington, who helps Hispanic families obtain mortgages to buy homes.

  • Air Force examines anomalies as Musk’s Spacex seeks launch work Jul 21, 2014 8:00 AM
    The Air Force is examining several anomalies that occurred during Space Exploration Technologies Corp.’s three civilian space flights as part of its review of billionaire Elon Musk’s quest to launch military satellites. While none of the irregularities caused the missions to fail, the Air Force is reviewing corrective actions as it weighs certification of SpaceX.

  • Quinn OKs cannabis use for kids with epilepsy Jul 21, 2014 8:39 AM
    Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation that will allow minors with epilepsy to use medical marijuana.The governor signed the measure Sunday in Chicago. It was sponsored by Democratic state Sen. Iris Martinez of Chicago and Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie.

  • Police say Indiana man killed in crash while chasing wife Jul 21, 2014 8:35 AM
    Police say a man died when he crashed a van near Fort Wayne while his wife and stepdaughter were fleeing from him in another vehicle. Allen County sheriff’s Cpl. Jeremy Tinkel says the man was pronounced dead soon after the crash Sunday night at an intersection near Interstate 469 just outside New Haven.

  • Illinois oy’s death caused by improperly grounded camper Jul 21, 2014 8:37 AM
    The accidental electrocution last month of a 3-year-old Illinois boy was caused by current from an improperly grounded family camper. The (Dixon) Telegraph reports it’s a problem known among recreational vehicle enthusiasts as “hot skin.” Landyn Gerald Keener, a 3-year-old from Amboy, died June 30 when he touched a door handle of the camper while standing on wet ground. Lee County Sheriff John Varga calls it a tragic accident and says nobody was at fault.

  • Chicago sets up affordable housing task force Jul 21, 2014 8:37 AM
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office says a task force has been created in an effort to increase the number of affordable housing units in the city. In a news release, the mayor’s office says the task force will be made up of community leaders, several members of the City Council, developers and others.

  • Off-duty Chicago Police officer killed in crash Jul 21, 2014 8:38 AM
    An off-duty Chicago police officer has been killed in a crash on the Dan Ryan Expressway on the city’s South Side. According to Chicago police, Tito M. Rodriguez was killed in the crash Sunday afternoon. He’d been an officer with the department since May 2013.

  • U.S. companies report rising sales, employment in 2Q Jul 21, 2014 7:54 AM
    Rising sales helped boost hiring and wages at U.S. businesses in the second quarter, and companies are optimistic that the trends will continue this fall, according to a new survey by the National Association for Business Economics.Fifty-seven percent of the 85 respondents to the quarterly survey said sales at their companies rose in the April-June period. That was up from 53 percent in the first quarter and 35 percent in the same period a year ago. Just 5 percent of firms said sales fell during the second quarter.

  • Atlantic City doomed by glut of casinos in region Jul 21, 2014 7:53 AM
    The rapid disintegration of Atlantic City’s casino market might be an early indicator of what could happen in other parts of the country that have too many casinos and not enough gamblers. In the 36th year of casino gambling in New Jersey, which not too long ago had a monopoly on the East Coast, the casino industry is crashing with a suddenness and a fury that has caught many people here by surprise. It started the year with 12 casinos; by mid-September, it could have eight.

  • Finding bargains in people’s garages Jul 21, 2014 8:40 AM
    Jacki McHale looked at the fabric lying at the end of a Joliet driveway and thought, “Gold mine.”McHale, a Channahon resident who has been going to garage sales since she was a kid, has learned to find value in the things people want to get rid of. Like fabric, she said. “Fabric is super high-priced in stores right now,” she said. “If you see it selling for a quarter to a $1, it’s a good deal right there.

  • Wisconsin train crash injures 2 people, spills oil Jul 21, 2014 9:42 AM
    A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in southeastern Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of diesel oil that prompted the evacuation of dozens of homes.

  • Hopkins settles pelvic exam suits for $190 million Jul 21, 2014 12:58 PM
    Johns Hopkins Hospital has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 8,000 patients of a gynecologist who secretly photographed and videotaped women's bodies in the examining room with a pen-like camera he wore around his neck, lawyers said Monday.

  • Ukraine troops attack rebel strongholds ‘across all fronts’ Jul 21, 2014 12:10 PM
    Ukraine targeted pro-Russian separatists who’ve fallen back to two of the nation’s biggest eastern cities, stepping up a four-month military offensive in the wake of last week’s Malaysia Air plane disaster. Government troops seized towns in the Donbas region and took over part of Donetsk, according to a Defense Ministry statement today on Facebook. The army has begun an “advance across all fronts,” Alexander Borodai, prime minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, told reporters. “The time has come when Russia must take a final decision -- to really support Donbas’s Russians or abandon them forever,” rebel commander Igor Strelkov said on his page on Russian-language social media website Vkontakte. After pushing them out of bases in the cities of Slovyansk and Kramatorsk, Ukraine’s government is intensifying its assault on the separatists, whose appeals for Russian intervention haven’t been met. The heightened military campaign comes days after a missile downed flight MH17 in the Donetsk region, killing all 298 people on board. Nations including the U.S and the U.K. say the rebels probably fired the missile. Russian President Vladimir Putin says Ukraine is to blame because it ended a cease-fire with the rebels last month. Putin will tomorrow host a meeting to discuss “matters related to ensuring the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Russian Federation,” the Kremlin said today in an e-mailed statement. ‘Enormous’ Advantage While the insurgents repelled tanks near Donetsk, Ukraine’s forces have an “enormous” technical advantage, according to Borodai, who said he’s seeking a resumption of cease-fire talks. The army deployed warplanes and fired Grad missiles in the outskirts of the city of 1 million, he said. At least four civilians were killed and two wounded during today’s fighting, the Donetsk regional governor’s office said on its website. DTEK, the energy company owned by Ukraine’s richest man, Rinat Akhmetov, said in a statement that drinking-water reserves are sufficient for only five days, even if water supplies are significantly restricted. “If you have the opportunity to leave the city, don’t be afraid to do so,” said Donetsk Governor Serhiy Taruta, who was appointed by the government in Kiev. “The state guarantees that everyone will be cared for.” Weapons Seized Government troops today took control of two cities in the Donetsk region and a city and a village in the Luhansk region, Andriy Lysenko, the spokesman for Defense Ministry, told reporters in Kiev. Donbas is made up of the two regions, which border Russia to the east. “Government troops, acting fast, detained a lot of militants as well as weapons made in Russia,” Lysenko said. Russia denies Ukrainian and U.S. allegations that its supplying arms to the separatists. Gunfire was heard in “many parts” of Donetsk this morning and there was shelling near the airport, the city council said on its website, without providing details of casualties. At 1 p.m. local time, plumes of thick black smoke could be seen rising from the outskirts. “The Ukrainians have just bombed the market near the main train station and also hit a residential building,” said Viktor Nechaevsky, who works at the press service of the Donetsk People’s Republic. “There are victims.” --With assistance from Olga Tanas in Moscow and Daryna Krasnolutska in Kiev. To contact the reporters on this story: Aliaksandr Kudrytski in Minsk, Belarus at; Volodymyr Verbyany in Kiev at To contact the editors responsible for this story: Balazs Penz at Andrew Langley, Andrea Dudik

  • Utah mom accused of killing 6 babies goes to court Jul 21, 2014 1:01 PM
    A Utah woman accused of killing six of her newborns and packing their bodies away in her garage over a decade appeared in briefly in court Monday before a judge pushed back a planned hearing.Attorneys for 39-year-old Megan Huntsman said in Utah's 4th District Court that they needed more time before deciding whether they wanted to request a review of evidence in the case.

  • Shark sightings off Cape Cod a boon for tourism Jul 21, 2014 12:54 PM
    Its reputation as a man-eating predator aside, the great white shark is emerging as a boon for tourism on Cape Cod. Unlike in “Jaws,” in which one of the animals terrorizes a small island, the sharks that have been spotted in growing numbers are stirring more curiosity than fear — and a buying frenzy for shark-related merchandise. Shark T-shirts are everywhere, “Jaws” has been playing in local movie theaters and boats are taking more tourists out to see the huge seal population that keeps the sharks coming.

  • Mike North video: $300,000 won on Mcllroy bet Jul 21, 2014 11:26 AM
    Rory Mcllroy's father and his friends placed bets on the phenom when he was 15 to win the British open and now they are getting to cash in after yesterday's victory.

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