News archive from 25 December 2012

Lincolnwood gun shop to appeal shooting range denial

With his request to open an indoor shooting range denied by village officials, a longtime Lincolnwood firearms dealer plans to appeal the ruling in court. Last week, the village's Zoning Board of Appeals upheld a zoning officer's decision that...

 

Rihanna donates $1.75M to hospital, gets an unwanted visitor

This past weekend in Barbados, Rihanna was giving, and then she was nearly receiving - an unwanted visit from a swim-up stranger. The Barbadian pop star marked Saturday with a ceremony to commemorate her gift of $1.75 million worth of medical...

 

Store clerk seriously hurt in Hollywood 7-Eleven robbery

Three men, donning black clothing with hoods over their heads and bandanas covering their faces, stormed into a Hollywood convenience store early Monday, attacked the clerk and stole money, according to Hollywood Police. The armed robbery happened...

 
As veterans return, PTSD could become more common in workplace

As veterans return, PTSD could become more common in workplace

At a recent weekly staff meeting, human resources manager Zetta Ferguson noticed that one of her employees wasn't sitting at the conference table. She encouraged the employee who was sitting against the wall, Corey Michael McGee, to join the rest of...

 

Ex-President Bush to spend Christmas in hospital

Houston - Former President George H.W. Bush will spend Christmas in a Houston hospital after developing a fever and weakness following a monthlong, bronchitis-like cough.Bush's spokesman Jim McGrath said Monday that doctors remain "cautiously...

 
Shoppers found bigger sales, smaller crowds

Shoppers found bigger sales, smaller crowds

Shoppers who waited until the final days before Christmas were rewarded with big bargains and lighter crowds. But their last-minute deal hunting may hurt stores. Although fresh data on the holiday shopping season aren't yet available, analysts expect...

 
Thrift stores hoping for end of year boost

Thrift stores hoping for end of year boost

Charity thrift stores in the region are counting on a year-end spike in donations to overcome a shortfall believed to be linked to an outpouring of support for Hurricane Sandy victims. While being careful not to criticize donors for sending money and...

 

YMCA students return home with new perspective

A little boy wearing a tattered white T-shirt greeted Alan Lee when he arrived in Senegal. The child, carrying a small bucket, begged him for money – a sight that caught Alan off guard. “It was heartbreaking,” he said,...

 
Mexico City offers exchange of cash, toys for guns

Mexico City offers exchange of cash, toys for guns

MEXICO CITY -- Mexico City is sponsoring a program offering cash, toys and computer equipment in exchange for guns in a rough neighborhood where a 10-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet as he sat inside a movie theater. The program in the...

 
Mom's best Christmas president is a swaddled bundle of joy in her arms

Mom's best Christmas president is a swaddled bundle of joy in her arms

An East Harlem mom brought home a Christmas surprise Monday for her three daughters — a little brother born so premature doctors feared he’d never survive. Onitria Simmons, 25, struggled to find the right words to describe her emotions as she prepared...

 

Nasty weather threatens Gulf Coast for Christmas

NEW ORLEANS -- Nasty weather, including a chance of strong tornadoes and howling thunderstorms, could be on the way for Christmas Day along the Gulf Coast from east Texas to north Florida. The storms will hold off long enough to let Christmas Eve...

 

State lawmakers want board to revisit decision over groundwater testing

State legislative leaders are urging the Illinois Pollution Control Board to reconsider its decision not to require groundwater testing for quarries that accept truckloads of dirt and debris from construction sites. The latest round of criticism comes...

 
Mexico City offers exchange of cash, toys for guns

Mexico City offers exchange of cash, toys for guns

MEXICO CITY Mexico City is sponsoring a program offering cash, toys and computer equipment in exchange for guns in a rough neighborhood where a 10-year-old boy was killed by a stray bullet as he sat inside a movie theater. The program in the borough...

 

City Council will meet 4 times monthly in 2013

After nearly a year of meeting only three times a month, the Charlotte City Council is returning to four monthly meetings in 2013. Council members said they wanted to spend more time with their families when they approved a compressed calendar in...

 

N.C. rules for toxic air to change

Environmentalists say they will fight rule changes they believe could further weaken North Carolina's protection against industrial emissions of toxic air pollutants. The North Carolina legislature this year exempted pollution sources from state...

 

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