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Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Sunny in SD April 23, 2014 at 10:49 pm
Starting the diabetes early........
Socrates Cee April 23, 2014 at 11:24 pm
Now that is something. Imagine how big this baby will be in a couple of years. He probably won'tRead More even fit through a regular door!
Alison McArty April 24, 2014 at 10:35 am
Sunny do you have any scientific information whatsoever to back up your asinine comment?
John Roberts April 24, 2014 at 08:28 am
They get enough that the school will have you arrested if they find out your kid does not go the theRead More correct district they live in. WHY so much? While we sit and learn for months and coloring pictures in 8th grade of Malcom X MLK the people your government does not want you to be like in the first place. We file for grants for after school programs to teach English, math,science. Just look at the school today my kid says for the last quarter they haven't done anything but watch movies and hang around. Is this because of the grade issue? If your school does not meet the standards they want to shut it down. How do you go around that? You stuff as much as you can into them first 3 quarters.4 quarter they start out with A's if you do no work then all got A's on last quarter almost guaranteeing a pass. It's all becoming Government against the teachers...then teachers against the students and parents for money for their school. Actually arresting parents that have their kids going to schools outside their districts. Freedom of choice...Freedom!!...Not in America.
John Tips April 24, 2014 at 09:20 am
We are tired of listening to our schools and teachers bellyaching about money! All the schoolRead More districts are well over financed in Northern Illinois by overly generous school boards, grants, and federal dollars! School districts continue to overburden homeowners through tax assessments! $$$$ It is not about teaching our kids anymore - it rather is about how much each teacher makes and how generous their pensions benefits will be! $$$$$ We ourselves went to school where it was common to have up to 30 plus kids in each class, some of the classes were actually held in trailers! $$$$ OMG the horror! We pride ourselves by having NEW, modern buildings, small student classes, and fancy landscaping, while allowing America to fall behind in the education of our children. If we expect our children to compete in the World job markets of today - we need to change our educational perspectives and curriculum to accommodate the demands of industry! Wake up people - our education system is broken and many of you remain intent to throw more money at it - is this really the American way? Throw more money at it and hope it all goes away? $$$$ Wake up! This is not about our kids, their education, or their futures, it is about teachers, their salaries, their comforts, and personal security! $$$$ Do any of you over 45 - recall your own schools, what was taught, and by real teachers, not these modern educators with doctorates degrees which do little to teach our children to compete with the market. Bricks, mortar, and new buildings don't educate our young, nor does graduate and doctor degrees! The kids get their education from the few remaining teachers who really care about their personal integrity, abilities, virtues and our children's futures! $$$$ Or we know that there remain some who really want the best for our young while doing their best to teach, but they are far from removed from their union demands or the buckets of gold which many school boards believe we taxpayers can continue to support! $$$$ The system is broken - it requires our attention as parents taxpayers, and responsible adults!
Maureen April 24, 2014 at 10:00 am
To the complainers about how overfunded teachers and schools are, have you ever set foot in aRead More classroom today? What is your brilliant solution to solve thee problem of these money hungry teachers that don't seem to really care about students? After all, of course they got in to teaching for the cushy pensions...
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Pat Kittle April 24, 2014 at 10:23 am
"mystuy" -- Please don't play your stupid Race Card on us. Your precious Saint Trayvon gotRead More ultra-sympathetic media coverage NATIONWIDE for OVER A YEAR -- far more than these white criminals. And Saint Trayvon was a racist homophobic violent gangsta-wannabe, bashing Zimmerman's head into the pavement when he got shot.
Mrs. G. April 24, 2014 at 10:42 am
I remember a case in Canada years ago. A very nice looking couple got married (young) and killed oneRead More of her siblings...and didn't stop there. I believe they were called Barbie and Ken by the media. They might have been beautiful on the outside, but they had a very dark inside.
mngordo April 24, 2014 at 10:48 am
Does anyone know the outcome of this trial as of today - 4/24/14. I am anti-gun, anti-violence butRead More even if this gentleman was waiting in his basement just wishing to do harm to anyone who might break in, the fact remains that if no one broke in, our shooter would just become a very bored person. But for those Trayvon Martin haters out there, my thought was that if Zimmerman hadn't stalked him, he'd be alive today. He was in the wrong, period. And to tie this together, everyone would have been better off if Zimmerman just sat down and patrolled his own basement. Guns and stupidity are a more deadly mix than gasoline and matches. JMHO.
Eric Norris April 24, 2014 at 06:50 am
Disappointed Bolingbrook was unranked in the nationwide rankings.
BB Newbie April 24, 2014 at 09:36 am
I see many Naperville schools ranked, I wonder of Heroin usage stats play a roll in determiningRead More rank???
John Tips April 24, 2014 at 10:13 am
With all the taxes we pay here in Plainfield we wonder why we are not at the top of this list alongRead More with Highland Park, Naperville or Arlington Heights? Administrators not making enough money $$$$ with their benefits? Must be then that we have stupid kids here...
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B. Dub April 24, 2014 at 08:57 am
Michael - the "progeny" vs. "prodigy" was an example that I was using for theRead More whole board here (or any other board). No, your post was fine and obviously I didn't misunderstand you. I was aiming that more at a lot of folks whom I truly can't understand. You just happened to be lucky enough to misuse a word and then accuse people of not comprehending what they're reading. As far as labelling me/us as woman-haters, again that was aimed at a few other people. And actually, if I am a troll, I just troll for the opportunity to rip on people for using sweeping generalities.
Jim baker April 24, 2014 at 09:25 am
Madam Secretary how'd that Arab Spring work out for you in Egypt? How'd that reset with Russia andRead More Putin work out for you and your boss? And most notable how'd that screw up in Benghazi where 4 Americans died as a result of your inept attention to detail occurred? Well I Guess you could be admired for flying around the World for 4 years and accomplishing... well .. nothing all but frequent Flier Miles all the while bring back that '70s style with the Pantsuit. Not to worry after all "What at this point difference does it make? Will the students query her on any of this? Probably not because she will be in her liberal comfort zone a BC and UCONN.
JJ Mclure April 24, 2014 at 09:30 am
she's a hag and a scammer
D L April 23, 2014 at 10:22 pm
...and then they blow a lead in the 9th inning! Only the "SCRUBS can do that on such a historicRead More day !!
Albert Gazalooch April 24, 2014 at 08:02 am
All Wrigley needs now is a decent home team to play there!
Gary April 24, 2014 at 09:16 am
Wrigley field has a goat problem.
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nascarblue April 24, 2014 at 06:24 am
this "to me" is not funny, the swat teams are used for serious issues, hostage taking,Read More etc. to have a swat team called to a home behind a video game is stupid, these swat members are trained to save lives, etc. to be called to a home behind a video game is not funny, what happens if a REAL call comes in and swat is needed there, I hope they catch the idiot that called swat and he gets what he/she deserves
John Strother April 24, 2014 at 07:38 am
with caller ID they should be able to point to the caller. Sorry but an out of state telephoneRead More number should be a tip off.
Eddie April 24, 2014 at 07:52 am
The caller used Skype, via the Internet, and will probably never be found if he took certainRead More precautions unless he's running his mouth about this prank.
Colleen McAbee April 24, 2014 at 05:44 am
Danielle: When I inquired as to whether the proposed site for LA Fitness was the current OakFestRead More area, I was simply looking for a point of reference as to the location itself. Not worried about OakFest. Although my husband and I do enjoy attending to listen to the bands, I too, am far more concerned about tax revenue for Oak Forest, than I am for OakFest.
Melissa Gula April 24, 2014 at 06:51 am
New businesses have the potential to lower property taxes for the city's residents. I am all for aRead More new business coming in! My family and I very much enjoy Oak Fest, and it provides an opportunities for families to become involved in their city as well as earn money for various local organizations, booster clubs, etc. Oak Fest is a big deal in our community and has tremendous value to a lot of people...it shouldn't be so easily dismissed. Hopefully our leaders will make this happen in a way that is beneficial to the community! If you are unhappy with our current leadership, I suggest going to a city hall meeting or making sure you vote each election. I for one, an optimistic about this possibility!
jack hess April 24, 2014 at 10:16 am
Does any one know what's going on with the Country Club Hills outlet mall ? If it is built , willRead More Oak Forest get to share any tax revenues since it's sits on Oak Forest city boundaries ? You know this will bring more traffic to our area. You know that Oak Forest police and fire dept. will have to lend a hand with any emergencies at this outlet .
JR April 23, 2014 at 09:47 am
Even if we threw them in jail their brainless voting bases would still reelect them.
Jan Werth April 23, 2014 at 09:59 am
Illinois is one of the top most corrupt states in the USA. I have two more years in this GodRead More forsaken state, then after my daughter finishes school, I'm out of here! My home may be paid off, but I still pay at least $500 a month for property taxes--and I live in the older section with a 55 year old house!!
carol j dixon April 23, 2014 at 11:27 am
Shameful! The audacity to want more is as bold as cat manure. They sell the lottery, lease theRead More toll way, to their friends, all the while saying they need more money. This really stinks.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions.
Porter gladstone April 24, 2014 at 08:30 am
think monkey shud be left up.... great example of what people face. its obviouslyRead More meant as provocation. but if u leave it up--they only look like the jerk... should embarrass monkey more than offend anyone. they are obviously just a dope.
JJ Mclure April 24, 2014 at 09:33 am
the monkeys should stay in Africa
J. W. MacMahon April 24, 2014 at 10:44 am
You cannot offer education to any person who has not had the foundation of paternal guidanceRead More beginning at birth. The maturation of the human entity revolves around initial care as an infant which means communication both oral and by tactile sensation. NURSING an infant is one of the MOST importatnt things that may be offered as a beginning point. Any amount of the process is good, but continuing for the better part of a year is best. TALKING to the infant is also paramount in awakening the receptiveness of the brain as the eyes develop and begin to truly see. Show and demonstrate any and all things. And continue through the pre-teen years. When ANY child is prepared in these ways he or she will be READY to begin secondary schooling and on into the college level and become a resposible, productive AMERICAN. Do as I did. Finish high school. Go to college & get a degree (I paid for myself). Be RESPONSIBLE for yourself. AND Be a GOOD PARENT.. PEPARE your child. THAT is YOUR JOB!!! And THANKS to my parents!!! RxJiMac/Atlanta
Everyday Mathematics is just one of the programs that makes a heck of a lot of $ off of the millions of textbooks sold to schools that teach to the 'Core.' The Common Core isn't just restricting for teachers & students, it's lining people's pockets.
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 10:35 am
From the WEAC (Wisconsin teachers union) website:Read More :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: "Common myths, such as “No teachers were involved in writing the CCSS” and “Common core reduces the reading of fiction and literature” are simply incorrect. More than a dozen teachers were on the writing team for the Common Core State Standards, coordinated by the National Governors Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers. In Wisconsin, standards leadership teams, made up entirely of Wisconsin educators and content experts in mathematics and English-language arts, provided feedback to multiple drafts of the Common Core State Standards before they were released." :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: http://www.weac.org/news_and_publications/13-10-23/DPI_provides_fact_check_on_Common_Core.aspx
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 10:37 am
From the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website:Read More ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: "Myth: No teachers were involved in writing the CCSS. Fact: The standards drafting process relied on teachers and standards experts from across the country. Wisconsin teachers played an important role in the reviewing and release of the standards." :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: http://commoncore.dpi.wi.gov/common-core-myths-and-facts
CowDung April 24, 2014 at 10:46 am
" Tamara April 23, 2014 at 09:24 PM People that are pro-Common Core like to say the same thingsRead More over and over like, anti-Common Core people did not read the standards. They have no proof of that but they like to say it as if it validates Common Core.." ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: We say stuff like that because anti-CC people are making wildly inaccurate claims about "Common Core Math" and CC 'requiring students to not use traditional methods for multiplication and division', and the like. If one has actually read the CC Standards, they would realize that statements like that are absolutely false.
State Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs), House Minority Leader
swimmer April 23, 2014 at 08:41 pm
How long do you think it will take to recover from the deficits, left from Bush's wars?
Independence666 April 24, 2014 at 05:28 am
If the clueless Obama would have signed on to Ryan's budget, we would have been well on our wayRead More toward eliminating the deficit. Instead, he chose to drive us over the cliff. He has been an absolute failure.
swimmer April 24, 2014 at 06:37 am
If Ryan and his cohorts started to slash corporate welfare along with everything else, perhaps itRead More would be worth considering
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Paul April 22, 2014 at 08:10 pm
Netflix is hands down the best deal going, and it has been a bargain for YEARS. I guess theRead More nonsensical whiners who complain about a long-delayed, $2 a MONTH increase are worried it will cost them a (partial) SINGLE LATTE. Utterly ridiculous.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 09:36 am
TO MICHAEL BRENNICK: Leftist, Democra... WHAT? You think Comcast is part of the so-calledRead More "liberal" media (which, by the way, doesn't even exist)? Are you freakin' KIDDIN' me? [shakes head in disbelief] Wow. The FOX NEWS CHANNEL should be held criminally liable for what it has done to your brain.
Gregg L. DesElms April 23, 2014 at 01:39 pm
FOR THOSE WHO LIKE AMAZON PRIME OVER NETFLIX: Here's an interesting article from today (23 Apr 2014)Read More about how Amazon Prime just got HBO to stream at least some of its older content, plus "HBO GO," to Amazon's new Fire TV box, thereby making NetFlix upset because NetFlix (nor any other streaming service, including HULU) has never been able to get any HBO content; and so Amazon has scored a real coup! On the Fierce Wireless website | http://bit.ly/1i9J0l7 | Interesting.
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Pat Mcloughlin April 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm
Sorry, Autistic boy, but there are a multitude of crimes here. These so called 'friends' abused youRead More terribly ~ called 'bullying', & that alone cannot be tolerated. Then, there is animal cruelty involved, another terrible crime, plus, harassment of all kinds, leudness, & who knows what else. These 'friends' need to be charged & made aware of the seriousness of their deeds, punished accordingly & helped through proper mental councelling.
nonoise April 23, 2014 at 04:49 pm
It is probly the parents that want to drop the charges, not the boy. They shouldn't. I don'tRead More know why they would want to drop the charges.
Peggy Prater Mcmillan April 24, 2014 at 10:01 am
Those boys need to be punished, if they are doing things like that, no telling what they will beRead More like when they are older.
Danni April 22, 2014 at 11:49 pm
About that library-think it will be filled with graffiti and out of control theft by a certainRead More segment of the gangbangers, flashmob, driveby shooter, grammar school dropout, gun-toting druggie type?
jack hess April 23, 2014 at 09:03 am
God save the over TAX Citizens of Illinois. I wish i could sell my home, an move out of one of theRead More most corrupt state in the U.S. and Crook County ,but would take a big loss on my home. We have more convicted felons State Legislators than any other state. Ask yourself why ? Look at the legislators who running the state gambling committee! Ask yourself why do Crook County Part -time Commissioners and all part time State Legislators get a ( Full-Time Pension).
Phaedrus Pirsig April 23, 2014 at 11:56 am
TC, Illinois has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, pretty sure we could fillRead More those teaching spots overnight. With the technology we have today we could easily supplement the cost of these state breaking pensions that fraudulently get bumped up in a teacher's final years. Charter schools are doing a better job without union teachers. During Chicago's teacher strike I listened to union teachers that barely spoke English. No complaints about the salaries, just get rid of the pensions.
Grumpy Old Man April 22, 2014 at 07:25 am
I should have said no Ford Foundation grants. There will always be foundations giving out grants.Read More Hopefully they won't do as the Ford Foundation did and give a grant to Jeff Ford and his gang.
Edward Andrysiak April 22, 2014 at 01:09 pm
Well, here comes more get rid of the guns talk. You seldom hear why the gangs are at war. The reasonRead More is market share. It's about money. That is how they support themselves. So, let's concentrate on removing what the fight over...drug sales, prostitution and the like. Rid the neighborhoods of that and there will be less to fight over. Squeeeeeze their profits down to zero and there will be less violence!
Daniella Ruiz April 23, 2014 at 02:27 pm
Hey Oprah, where are you?? out in the streets helping these thugs find a new way of life?? with allRead More that cash and negro power behind you, you should be able to fix this in one show.
Mineta San José International Airport. Wikimedia.
april ann April 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm
I agree with B. Dub 100%! How was this kid able to scale a fence and just walk right over to theRead More plane? TSA: for all the harassing you do in the terminal...you ain't all that!! As far as the kid being a runaway..maybe he does face some serious abuse issues at home. He's damn lucky to be alive. But, I raised three boys, and a 16 year old boy can runaway for any collage of reasons. My kids never ran away but, I'm wondering if the fact that the plane was going to HAWAII has anything to do with it. It sounds a little compulsive to me. CPA need good follow up on this. Thank you lucky stars kid!
Lee Jacobsen April 22, 2014 at 05:42 pm
It wasn't a miracle that he survived, it was Easter Sunday, and good things always happen.Read More "always look on the bright side of life"......Life of Brian........overlooked miracle worker....... Not a problem to let other kids of similar intelligence do the same thing, it will improve the human gene pool immensely, and the human race will benefit overall as a result.
mimi April 23, 2014 at 01:09 pm
There are two separate issues here. The first and certainly the most obvious is security failure.Read More The second is to determine what is in the best interest of the teen, as well as the public.. He needs a psych eval, at the very least. Then again, so does most of the public.
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Charles Wipperwill April 24, 2014 at 10:41 am
As for Momma Milkbags, yes, they are large-- she's rather pudgy afterall, what do you expect?-- butRead More I think her clothing was fine; and I bet she wasn't as 'exposed' as a hundred others.
Charles Wipperwill April 24, 2014 at 10:45 am
Boob, er, Bob, Only one top in the pics. The black one you think is shirt #2 is the same as theRead More rest; the shadows make it appear all-black
Dee April 24, 2014 at 10:49 am
John 3:3. You must be born again.