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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?
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Aunt April 24, 2014 at 10:02 am
Blaine may be wanting to do good but her tactics are quite off. If these allegations are true mayRead More God bring them forward.
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...
ayar April 24, 2014 at 10:57 am
@John Tips "We ourselves went to school where it was common to have up to 30 plus kids in eachRead More class, some of the classes were actually held in trailers! $$$$ OMG the horror!" Duude, that was back in the day when one parent was able to STAY HOME and work with the kid, and SUPPORTED the teacher. These days, not so much. Oh, and your facts about Northern Illinois getting paid a plenty ? maybe for the Management [Admins] but not so much for the workers [Teachers]. You can't "want fries with that" mentality when it comes to teaching. If you do that, the smart educators will get into another field [wouldn't you ?]. You have to class teachers into the same area as corporate trainers and their base pay. As far as getting "plenty" of money, based on population per capita, we need more. Mr. Kirk, Mr. Durbin, Mr. Foster, please help the state you represent out and get hustling and turn the money pipe back on. Oh, and those people talking about the lottery money ? RIGHT ON. We've got to (1) un-"privatize" it, (2) make the big wins a bit lower, and (3) pipe that money back into the school system, [yes, TRS as well as general school money]. You'd be amazed at how much better off we'd be. Work the numbers.
John Tips April 24, 2014 at 11:04 am
Maureen, not all teachers are money hungry! Many however have lost the drive to teach our children.Read More We taxpayers are continually assessed more money, but are getting less for our bucks. Pensions, benefits and allegations of impropriety with our children by teachers are privallent in the news today. We build nice cushiony new buildings, but our children's test scores are overall falling - Why? We put so much money into our school systems today but our overall education is faltering - why? Are our kids dumber then we were - or is it that we have become a society bent on money instead of values? When we make a purchase of anything we look for value, as we don't purchase overpriced items. Today we question the value of the educational support by teachers and administrators who appear more self indulgent then performing the job of instructor/educators. When we were in high school the schools did not charge for parking, or many extra activities. Yet today we have a huge tax burden associated with our educational activities, from grade schools to universities and our kids don't know how to spell or write/read cursive - leaving them behind in World grade education! The system is broken!
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Honestly IPO April 23, 2014 at 05:58 pm
I believe this is a great idea. Why shouldn't a calming herb be mainstream? I graduated highRead More school in 79 and NONE of the "pot heads" I knew then moved on to harder drugs nor are any of them is jail for involuntary manslaughter. Of the 3 heavy drinkers I knew then 2 are in jail. Plus marijuana has true and proven medicinal properties. Disagree? Ask the parents whose kids have seizures hour after hour who after ingesting a certain strain of marijuana stop seizing and the amount of seizures drops dramatically. Or the cancer patient who can't eat due to chemo, given pot brownies, they can eat and keep it down. This helps put weight on and gives strength to fight their cancer. Anything in excess is wrong, moderation is the key. A small amount of pot ingested mellows people out. A small amount of alcohol , 2 or 3 shots, puts everyone at risk if drinker gets behind the wheel of a car. Colorado has gotten this right.
anthony April 23, 2014 at 08:09 pm
Yea back in the day prided myself on living like Sanford and son... never cared to much aboutRead More anything..... Then i got in shape and was literally dragged in to every hypocrisy and corruption a body could take ANYBODY.... Make no mistake these cook co dramas ....this Harvey Markham EP OL CR OP TP crowd made it legal .. Our "civic minded" advocate our gentle former with his "priv" meetings made it legal But most of all Law Enforcements inability to adhere to procedure tipped the scales .... Not if but when ......greed is universal
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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.
Naive One April 24, 2014 at 11:06 am
I sounds like Mr Smith lured these young men into his house with a flagrant display of furniture andRead More appliances.
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.
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.
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
Porter gladstone April 24, 2014 at 10:53 am
So Barack Obama was raised by his grandparents--mother left him to pursue her own stuff. It's aRead More great formula, but as they say you can't pick your parents.
J. W. MacMahon April 24, 2014 at 11:06 am
Looks like the grandparents did a pretty good job...And a parent may NOT be the persons thatRead More conceived you...
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Tom RS. April 23, 2014 at 07:01 am
To each his own. Renting offers mobility but I have yet to meet anyone who "sold" hisRead More apartment and made a profit.
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.
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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.