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  • Tragically, the sports world has suffered a great loss Jan 23, 2015 9:46 PM
    “Tragic” and “great” are two words misused and abused in sports. Reading or hearing the term “tragic loss” coupled with a game has always made me cringe. Ending up on the wrong end of the scoreboard in a game or meet should not be equated with losses that truly matter. Then there is the overuse of great. A great play, a great game or a great guy all get thrown around much too easily. But the shocking news about the death of Daily Herald sports writer Mike Spellman on Tuesday was truly a tragic loss of a great guy.

  • Grant’s Bailey has to play it safe Jan 22, 2015 10:16 PM
    Grant forward Pierre Bailey felt chest pains and a shortness of breath at a recent practice. Pierre's older brother Nate Williams supposedly had something similar to a heart attack when he was in seventh grade, and everyone was worried Pierre could have the same health issue. Over the last two weeks, Bailey has undergone all kinds of tests and they have come back normal. He's hoping to get back on the court soon.

  • Slusher: When a death in the ‘news family’ becomes news Jan 22, 2015 1:01 AM
    Columnist Jim Slusher: A newspaper is a peculiar sort of family. Reporters, photographers, editors, clerks, advertising sales people, artists all forge relationships under stressful and unpredictable circumstances into a bond of great strength.

  • When the pope speaks about women ... Jan 22, 2015 1:01 AM
    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Forget E.F. Hutton. It’s P.F. (Pope Francis) these days who, when he talks, people listen.

  • Lessons from a kid, a cop and a cold winter’s day Jan 22, 2015 11:07 AM
    Our Ken Potts sets aside all the bad news to share a simple but hopeful story of a kid, a cop and a cold winter's day.

  • Reel life: Woodstock Theatre honors Harold Ramis Jan 22, 2015 6:00 AM
    Late great Chicago comic actor and filmmaker Harold Ramis will be honored Saturday, Jan. 31, when a Woodstock Theatre auditorium is dedicated to his memory, followed by a free showing os his 1993 comedy classic, "Groundhog Day." The After Hours Film Society presents Oscar contender "Citizenfour" at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove Monday, Jan. 26.

  • Even Pacino can’t save ‘Humbling’ Jan 22, 2015 6:00 AM
    "The Humbling” presents a posterior-testing sexual fantasy about a once-great stage actor (Al Pacino) suffering from a midlife crisis and a perception problem: it’s becoming difficult for him to tell the difference between make-believe and reality. Not a fan of voice-over narration? Or lazy use of psychiatrists providing constant commentary on character motivations? This movie has both.

  • Constable: Can lingering decorations get you in trouble? Jan 22, 2015 5:30 AM
    Folks who insist on making a “War on Christmas” out of a simple “happy holidays” might be cheered by this news from the suburban front: In the Battle Against Christmas Decorations, there appears to be a cease-fire. At least when it comes to how long you can keep that plastic Santa on your roof.

  • Bears finally getting some things right Jan 23, 2015 8:05 AM
    The Chicago Bears have made some very un- Bear like changes recently and Mike North is hoping it translates on the field.

  • St. Charles North hosting its second Lift-A-Thon Jan 22, 2015 10:04 PM
    It was obvious on the football field last fall that St. Charles North was big and strong.

  • Looking for clues in league races Jan 22, 2015 11:21 PM
    We might be clueless now, but we’re about to learn an awful lot. A lot about boys and girls basketball, specifically how some of these tight conference races in DuPage County are going to turn out.

  • Muhammad’s example that truly faithful follow Jan 21, 2015 1:01 AM
    Guest columnist Javeed Akhter: If Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) were alive, I am certain he would look at actions of those who kill to honor his name and say, “They are not amongst us.”

  • Disrupting the American Dream Jan 21, 2015 1:01 AM
    Columnist Richard Cohen: Mercedes-Benz wants to develop a driverless car. Google already has one. This is exceedingly bad news for auto body shops, ambulance-chasing lawyers and others.

  • Judson University launches ‘Shark Tank’ event Jan 21, 2015 1:43 PM
    Judson University is launching its first entrepreneurial competition this spring dubbed “Judson Shark Tank.” Inspired by the ABC Network’s reality business pitch series “Shark Tank,” Judson’s event aims to encourage those with start-up ideas to seriously consider how they can elevate a concept to the next level.

  • Ask the Nutritionist: Add cartenoid-rich winter squash, sweet potatoes to cold-weather menus Jan 21, 2015 6:01 AM
    Winter squash, pumpkin and sweet potatoes are packed with potassium, which seems to promote good blood pressure control. All are good sources of vitamin C, too, with sweet potatoes containing the highest amounts. Sweet potatoes are richer in natural sugars and starches than most vegetables, making them higher in calories.

  • Culinary adventures: Fondue makes for fun game-day feasting Jan 21, 2015 6:01 AM
    Fondue comes from the French fondre, meaning “to melt,” and dates back to 18th century Switzerland as a way to use aged cheeses and breads to feed families who had limited access to fresh foods during the winter time. Today, fondue has morphed into a fun food for young and oldgatherings large and small. Try Penny Kazmier's traditional take on fondue at your next game-day gathering or family dinner.

  • Griffin: Municipal retirees' insurance cost taxpayers millions Jan 21, 2015 10:51 AM
    More than 2,100 former employees in 57 suburbs cost taxpayers almost $16.5 million in health insurance costs last year. And experts expect that figure to keep rising as more municipal employees head into retirement before they are eligible for Medicare at age 65. But even then, Medicare eligibility only reduces the municipal burden, rather than putting an end to it.

  • Rozner: Mike Spellman will be dearly missed Jan 21, 2015 11:09 PM
    Barry Rozner says his conversations with Mike Spellman were always a joy, filled with laughter and cheap shots, and quick phone calls often turned into an hour of nonsense. "He was my friend and I will miss him," Rozner writes about Mike in his column.

  • Jack’s Army is on the march again Jan 21, 2015 10:42 PM
    Like all new parents, Mike and Liz Pribaz thought their beautiful baby boy was one in a million. They didn’t realize how right they were.

  • Imrem: Spellman truly a man of the people Jan 21, 2015 11:13 PM
    Daily Herald sports writer Mike Spellman's death leaves a big hole in our hearts and a bigger void in our lives.

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