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Carisa, the 14-and-a-half pound baby born to Burlington mother Caroline Ruscak. Credit: Massachusetts General Hospital
Nicholas Arzio April 23, 2014 at 10:36 pm
Beef cake!
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!
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! $$$$ It is not about teaching our kids anymore - it rather is about how much each teacher makes and how generous their pensions benefits will be! $$$$$ We ourselves went to school where it was common to have up to 30 plus kids in each class, some of the classes were actually held in trailers! $$$$ OMG the horror! We pride ourselves by having NEW, modern buildings, small student classes, and fancy landscaping, while allowing America to fall behind in the education of our children. If we expect our children to compete in the World job markets of today - we need to change our educational perspectives and curriculum to accommodate the demands of industry! Wake up people - our education system is broken and many of you remain intent to throw more money at it - is this really the American way? Throw more money at it and hope it all goes away? $$$$ Wake up! This is not about our kids, their education, or their futures, it is about teachers, their salaries, their comforts, and personal security! $$$$ Do any of you over 45 - recall your own schools, what was taught, and by real teachers, not these modern educators with doctorates degrees which do little to teach our children to compete with the market. Bricks, mortar, and new buildings don't educate our young, nor does graduate and doctor degrees! The kids get their education from the few remaining teachers who really care about their personal integrity, abilities, virtues and our children's futures! $$$$ Or we know that there remain some who really want the best for our young while doing their best to teach, but they are far from removed from their union demands or the buckets of gold which many school boards believe we taxpayers can continue to support! $$$$ The system is broken - it requires our attention as parents taxpayers, and responsible adults!
Maureen April 24, 2014 at 10:00 am
To the complainers about how overfunded teachers and schools are, have you ever set foot in aRead More classroom today? What is your brilliant solution to solve thee problem of these money hungry teachers that don't seem to really care about students? After all, of course they got in to teaching for the cushy pensions...
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tamarya April 24, 2014 at 09:03 am
The bottom line is if these were grown adults no one would care they were shot, well sorry justRead More because they are teenagers does not make it any worst than if they were in their 50's. If roles were reversed and this elderly man broke into the teenagers home they would get a metal of honor if they shot him, same as he should for shooting them. I will teach my kids you threaten someones life you will be lucky if you leave the situation alive.
Bowie Thelonius April 24, 2014 at 10:03 am
So because these two idiots were "popular" high school students this guy is charged withRead More murder? They broke into his home and invaded his sanctuary. I'd have have shot them myself. Two less future criminals.
Bowie Thelonius April 24, 2014 at 10:04 am
Oh yeah, home invasion is a crime. Too bad they didn't know that.
Eric Norris April 24, 2014 at 06:50 am
Disappointed Bolingbrook was unranked in the nationwide rankings.
BB Newbie April 24, 2014 at 09:36 am
I see many Naperville schools ranked, I wonder of Heroin usage stats play a roll in determiningRead More rank???
John Tips April 24, 2014 at 10:13 am
With all the taxes we pay here in Plainfield we wonder why we are not at the top of this list alongRead More with Highland Park, Naperville or Arlington Heights? Administrators not making enough money $$$$ 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.
Bob Zahm April 24, 2014 at 08:23 am
@Love All - not sure what comments were removed, but looking if they were anything like the racistRead More trash "monkey" lewis posts, they violate terms of service and should be removed.
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
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.
Jennifer April 24, 2014 at 07:53 am
So Cow Dung, Gary has said it all in a much more straight-forward way. Everything he says is true,Read More and the information can be found, and checked, in MANY places. Just NOT on the Common Core website.
Jennifer April 24, 2014 at 08:00 am
Why do I have a problem with the Gates foundation? I think I said it before. They funded theRead More organizations that wrote the standards. They funded the organizations that reviewed the standards. They fuinded every group that supposedly had "input" into the development of the standards. There is NO record of what the "input" consisted of, or if any of it was implemented. All we really have on record is the Content advisor for Mathematics, Jim Milgrim, prof. at Stanford, explaining why he refused to endorse the math standard. We have the English Language content advisor, Sandra Slotsky, explaining why she, likewise, could not sign off on the standards. And she explains that she has sat on many such committees before, in her role in developing Massachussetts very well-respected standards, and she said that this is the first time she was required to sign a non-disclosure. She said such committees are usually subject to "Sunshine" laws. These are specific people, highly qualified people, giving specific and detailed testimony. But you would rather keep pointing to the CC website vaguely referring to "how educators were involved".
Jennifer April 24, 2014 at 08:39 am
I looked at the Wisconsin link you provided, and it gave a list of teachers on an ELA standardsRead More leadership team. This was out of context, and undated, so I dont really have an indication that it had anything to do with reviewing the CC standards, but assuming you just didn't copy enough pages into the link.....thay could list every teacher in America, by name, school, and department. If there are no records of what, if any recommendations were made, leading to what if any changes to the standards, I dont really see what that would prove. And since, as I have said, teachers and administrators at the local level are presumably under a gag order - if their states have signed agreements similar to NY - I don't know how we can be expected to trust anything about the CC. As I have said, I have several friends from college and HS who have been teaching for 25 + yrs, and my sister-in-law is a Vice Principal at a highly-ranked school in a highly-ranked state - and they all, across the board, HATE the program and what it does to children. And you can read the standards, but you do not have access to the agreements the states have signed, and do not know what other , untried methods of teaching will be mandatory under the Core.
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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Dee April 24, 2014 at 08:50 am
Paula, Pentecostalism is a cult!
lablover April 24, 2014 at 09:24 am
It would be nice to collectively SHUT DOWN DEE !!
Dee April 24, 2014 at 09:29 am
Easy, just stop responding or referencing me. But I think you like it.
John Belushi and Bill Murray, Chicago's comedy gift to America. You're welcome.
sklogw April 21, 2014 at 02:53 pm
HaHa very funny Mother F******
sklogw April 21, 2014 at 02:54 pm
A quote from Eddie Murphy (Not from Chicago) LMAO
Gary April 21, 2014 at 04:28 pm
Well ... Illinois IS a national joke, so ....
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bg robbins April 22, 2014 at 10:39 am
I don't think were doing starving people any favors by sending them hot dogs that might make themRead More sick.
BiteMeFanBoy1 April 22, 2014 at 02:28 pm
Just another argument for KOSHER hot dogs..... All of the great taste and NONE OF THE CRAP !
Bill Harvey April 22, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Poland has already outlawed kosher killing as inhumane--it involves voiding the arteries of theRead More animal's tainted blood while it is still alive....The US will soon follow despite its Jewish lobby.
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monkey lewis April 22, 2014 at 01:30 am
Father to many married to none and in case Ya all wondered Im really well hung
B. Dub April 22, 2014 at 10:34 am
Agranon - I'm a moron because I am tired of everybody and his mother trying to put themselves inRead More every story? Then so be it - I'm a moron. To be honest, I am also really tired of all the people that were compelled to run the Boston Marathon because "I had to finish for all those who couldn't." Get over yourself. It was a tragedy. Those responsible should be ripped apart by dogs. I sincerely hope the families of those affected can move on somehow. But how does Mary Jane Smith running the marathon help ANYBODY but herself? She's not doing it for "those who can't". She's doing it to maybe get on TV and she's probably feeling a little sanctimonious because she ran 26.2 miles and you didn't. It's like, "what did YOU do to help these people?" Same as you - nothing.
Geoffrey Koppel April 22, 2014 at 03:52 pm
If this is a think tank, someone should change the filter.
lauribe2000 April 21, 2014 at 07:28 am
https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20080731055339AA4FPib I would be happy to copy editRead More part time for this publication. It seems as though you need someone. In English, you don't say "a dozen of" anything.