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Author Spotlight: Kerry Nenn of Lakewood

Author Spotlight: Kerry Nenn of Lakewood

Hometown: Lakewood Latest Book: “24 Ways To Serve Through Your Day” Publisher: Nenn Pen, Ink Release Date: March 24, 2017 Available: Online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble What’s your new book about? Do you want to serve but can’t find the time? Maybe you’re unsure what you have to offer. When you think about serving, what comes to mind? Saturdays at the soup kitchen? Mission trips to Mozambique? These are great...
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Jail to job: New York City to give jobs to released inmates

Jail to job: New York City to give jobs to released inmates

NEW YORK – Neftali Thomas Diaz swears he’s done with Rikers Island. After being locked up twice at the notorious New York City jail for stealing a credit card and violating parole, Diaz entered a private jobs program. Once he’s back on his feet with a paycheck, Diaz said, “I know I’m not ever going back there – ever.” New York City is betting that Diaz and other low-level offenders like him are right about the salvation in second-chance employment. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city will spend $10...
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American Airlines tries to learn from United's mistakes in incident

American Airlines tries to learn from United's mistakes in incident

NEW YORK – Another day, another cellphone video of a conflict on an airplane. American Airlines said it grounded a flight attendant who got into a verbal confrontation with a passenger on a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas-Fort Worth. Spokeswoman Leslie Scott says the airline is looking into whether the male flight attendant violently took away a stroller from the female passenger just before she boarded a Friday flight from San Francisco to Dallas. He has been removed from duty in the meantime. In an...
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Health care quagmire awaiting Congress as possible shutdown looms

Health care quagmire awaiting Congress as possible shutdown looms

WASHINGTON – Lawmakers returning to Washington this coming week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. Trump’s GOP allies control Congress, but they’ve been unable to send him a single major bill as his presidency faces the symbolic 100-day mark April 29 – the very day when the government, in a worst-case scenario, could shut down. Feeling pressure to deliver results, Trump...
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Illinois receives $16M to fight opioid addiction crisis

CHICAGO – Illinois is receiving more than $16 million in federal money to help fight a prescription drug addiction crisis. Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grants. The money will go toward prevention, treatment and recovery services. Duckworth said the money "will go a long way toward ending the opioid epidemic." Durbin said it's a crisis that affects every community in Illinois, from urban to suburban and rural. Nationwide, more than 33,000 deaths...
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Venezuelans march in memory of those killed in antigovernment unrest

Venezuelans march in memory of those killed in antigovernment unrest

CARACAS, Venezuela – Thousands of Venezuelans dressed in white marched in the capital Saturday to pay homage to the at least 20 people killed in antigovernment unrest in recent weeks. Protests have been roiling Venezuela on an almost daily basis since the pro-government Supreme Court stripped congress of its last powers three weeks ago, a decision later reversed amid a storm of international rebuke. But for the first since the protests began, demonstrators managed to cross from the wealthier eastern side of Caracas to the traditionally...
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Woman who embezzled from Chicago Field Museum gets prison

CHICAGO – An ex-employee of Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History who authorities said stole nearly $1 million from the institution has been sentenced to three years in federal prison. The Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times reported that Caryn Benson was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang. He says the theft was a serious offense and abuse of the public trust. Benson declined Chang's offer to make a statement. Chang ordered Benson to reimburse the $906,000 authorities said she took over a...
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Afghan officials: 100 casualties in Afghanistan attack

Afghan officials: 100 casualties in Afghanistan attack

KABUL, Afghanistan – Authorities on Saturday raised the casualty toll to 100 in an attack on a military compound in northern Afghanistan a day earlier by gunmen and suicide bombers wearing army uniforms. Gen. Daulat Waziri, spokesman for the Afghanistan Ministry of Defense, said the attack Friday on a compound of the 209th Corps of the Afghan National Army left dozens of soldiers and other personnel dead or wounded. Reports conflicted on the death toll, but at least two sources within the army corps and a provincial security official,...
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Trump awards Purple Heart at Walter Reed military hospital

Trump awards Purple Heart at Walter Reed military hospital

BETHESDA, Md. – President Donald Trump on Saturday awarded a Purple Heart to an Army sergeant recently wounded in Afghanistan, the first of many Trump likely will award during his service as commander in chief of the U.S. military. "When I heard about this ... I wanted to do it myself," Trump said during a brief ceremony at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, outside Washington. The medal went to Sgt. 1st Class Alvaro Barrientos, who was wounded in action March 17 in Afghanistan during what is now America's longest war. The White...
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Chicago law firms cultivate new cannabis-specific practices

CHICAGO – Law firms throughout Chicago, from national firms to solo operations, are carving out cannabis practices as marijuana use gains acceptance. Firms are increasingly offering to help companies navigate the highly regulated world of medical marijuana in Illinois and elsewhere, the Chicago Tribune reported. The stigma surrounding the federally illegal drug has barred some firms from advertising their cannabis practices. Dina Rollman and Bryna Dahlin formed a firm in January 2016 to focus on the cannabis...
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Science advocates across U.S. fan out in global show of support

Science advocates across U.S. fan out in global show of support

WASHINGTON – The world saw brain power take a different form Saturday. From the Washington Monument to Germany’s Brandenburg Gate and even to Greenland, scientists, students and research advocates rallied on an often soggy Earth Day, conveying a global message about scientific freedom without political interference, the need for adequate spending for future breakthroughs and just the general value of scientific pursuits. They came in numbers that were mammoth if not quite astronomical. “We didn’t choose...
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U.S. sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

U.S. sanctuary cities threatened with loss of federal grant money

WASHINGTON – The Trump administration intensified its threats to crack down on so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration authorities, warning nine jurisdictions Friday that they may lose coveted law enforcement grant money unless they document cooperation. It sent letters to officials in California and major cities including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and New Orleans, all places the Justice Department’s inspector general has identified as limiting the information local law enforcement can provide to federal immigration...
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Cumpata: McHenry County could be attractive destination for Millennials

We hear a lot about Millennials these days and for good reason.   According to a recent report released from the Pew Research Foundation, Millennials (age 18-34) surpassed Baby Boomers (age 51-69) in 2016 as the largest living generation in the United States with a total population of 75.4 million people.   You may have heard that the Millennial generation was flocking to the cities wanting the convenience of city living. But the pendulum is now beginning to swing back to the suburbs. It seems that as they get married and start...
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Marengo to swear in new mayor Monday

MARENGO – Village officials will swear in the new mayor Monday. The Marengo City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at Marengo City Hall, 132 E. Prairie St., where John Koziol will be sworn in as mayor. Koziol defeated incumbent Don Lockhart in the April 4 election, coming in with 480 votes to Lockhart’s 391. Challenger John Arient trailed with 231 votes. Aldermen Dennis Hammortree, Matt Keenum, Mike Miller, Steve Mortensen and Nicole DeBoer will also be sworn in Monday. All are incumbents. ...
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Rotary Club of McHenry seeks sponsors for Blues, Brews & BBQ’s

McHENRY – Rotary Club of McHenry members are looking for sponsors for this summer’s Blues, Brews & BBQ’s event.  A number of ways to help exist, with everything from $100 Friends of Rotary sponsorships to an overall event naming-rights investment of $5,000, according to a news release. “This is the club’s only major fundraising activity of the year,” said Donna Schaefer, who co-chairs the event with Don Tonyan. “Sponsors help defray the cost of running it, including paying the performers, paying the tent providers and other...