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  • Sycamore man sentenced for sexually assaulting 7-year-old

    SYCAMORE – The victim’s parents asked for the maximum of 67 years in prison. Prosecutors suggested 20 years; the defense attorney suggested ...

    April 22, 2014 - 10:59 pm
  • Wizards beat Bulls in OT to take 2-0 lead

    CHICAGO – Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points, Nene scored six of his 17 in overtime and the Washington ...

    April 22, 2014 - 11:49 pm
  • A springtime approach to the classic crabcake

    As the weather gets warmer, I cook lighter. And in The Husband’s taxonomy of food, crabcakes are relatively light. So I thought I’d employ o ...

    April 22, 2014 - 11:10 pm
  • PREP BASEBALL INSIDER: Sycamore able to close

    Sycamore coach Jason Cavanaugh hoped the Spartans wouldn’t be content. With a Northern Illinois Big 12 East season-opening series win alread ...

    April 22, 2014 - 10:19 pm
  • Tech boom presents new wrinkles for Wrigley Field

    CHICAGO – During a recent game at Wrigley Field, John Weber was using a pencil and scorecard to expertly track the game between his hometown ...

    April 22, 2014 - 10:08 pm
  • In Internet TV case, justices show concern

    WASHINGTON – Grappling with fast-changing technology, Supreme Court justices debated Tuesday whether they can protect the copyrights of TV b ...

    April 22, 2014 - 10:24 pm
  • Rand Paul: School choice could expand GOP

    CHICAGO – Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said voters in perennial Democratic strongholds such as Chicago and Milwaukee will think differently if th ...

    April 22, 2014 - 10:23 pm
  • Navalny’s conviction a chilling message

    MOSCOW – A Moscow judge on Tuesday left open the possibility of jailing President Vladimir Putin’s main critic for years, a sign of Putin’s ...

    April 22, 2014 - 10:22 pm
  • Tigers hold off White Sox for win

    DETROIT – Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer, Justin Verlander pitched seven solid innings and the Detroit Tigers held on for an 8-6 victory ...

    April 22, 2014 - 11:01 pm
  • Pet of the Week: Sally

    Meet Sally. Sally is a 2-year-old rat terrier mix available for adoption at Tails Humane Society in DeKalb. Sally was brought to Tails in Ma ...

    April 21, 2014 - 10:44 am
  • Crime Mugs, April 2014

    A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reas ...

    April 18, 2014 - 4:48 pm
  • Picture This: Emotional aftermath

    The face that Tonda Ranken has in this photograph is one I know well. It’s the blank stare of grief that happens when so many thoughts are g ...

    April 18, 2014 - 8:42 am
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  • McCullough appealing 1957 murder conviction

    SYCAMORE – Jack McCullough brought a box of FBI documents to his sentencing hearing for the killing of Maria Ridulph that he said prove his innocence, ...
    April 22, 2014 - 10:40 pm
  • Sycamore man sentenced for sexually assaulting 7-year-old

    SYCAMORE – The victim’s parents asked for the maximum of 67 years in prison. Prosecutors suggested 20 years; the defense attorney suggested the 15-yea ...
    April 22, 2014 - 10:59 pm
  • April 23 police reports

    Note to readers: Information in Police Reports is obtained from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and city police departments. Individuals listed in ...
    April 22, 2014 - 10:34 pm
  • April 22 police reports

    Note to readers: Information in Police Reports is obtained from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and city police departments. Individuals listed in ...
    April 22, 2014 - 8:00 am
  • April 20 police reports

    Note to readers: Information in Police Reports is obtained from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and city police departments. Individuals listed in ...
    April 21, 2014 - 8:33 am
  • Black to ask judge to reduce prison sentence

    SYCAMORE – Benjamin Black’s attorney will ask a judge Thursday to reduce his 12-year prison sentence for having heroin in his system during a crash th ...
    April 18, 2014 - 11:23 pm
  • Waterman man accused of beating, choking girlfriend

    SYCAMORE – A 24-year-old Waterman man accused of beating his live-in girlfriend was charged with violating an order of protection for allegedly callin ...
    April 18, 2014 - 11:21 pm
  • Crime Mugs, April 2014

    A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the state’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable dou ...
    April 18, 2014 - 4:48 pm
  • April 17 police reports

    Note to readers: Information in Police Reports is obtained from the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office and city police departments. Individuals listed in ...
    April 18, 2014 - 12:04 am
  • Sentencing delayed for man who left children behind after Sycamore crash

    SYCAMORE – DeKalb County Judge John McAdams thinks there might be a better option for James Colpen than prison or probation.
    April 18, 2014 - 12:07 am
  • Olson: Jesus would approve of diaper effort

    Is there a figure whose name and likeness are invoked more than Jesus?He was on Earth almost 2,000 y ...
    April 18, 2014 - 11:11 pm
  • Akst: Calling all Vulcans: please visit

    I don’t speak Klingon, but I have loved “Star Trek” TV shows and movies for years. I particularly like the explanation (revealed in “Star Trek: First ...
    April 18, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Picture This: Emotional aftermath

    The face that Tonda Ranken has in this photograph is one I know well. It’s the blank stare of grief that happens when so many thoughts are going throu ...
    April 18, 2014 - 8:42 am
  • Schrader: Cane provides history mystery

    Our neighbor Sally Stevens presented me with a “history mystery” recently and I jumped at the challenge. It seems a friend of hers, retired Sycamore S ...
    April 15, 2014 - 12:16 am
  • Olson: Apology given, pain remains

    Although we’ve written countless stories about Patricia Schmidt’s trial and acquittal, she didn’t become a real person to me until Friday morning.
    April 12, 2014 - 9:09 am
  • Akst: Flat Stanley is simple, fun

    Classroom learning is crucial. As a teacher, I’m not aware of any really effective substitute or replacement for it.
    April 11, 2014 - 8:50 am
  • Duchnowski: He passed the dog test

    My boyfriend was more nervous about our dogs meeting than meeting my parents. By Rob’s way of thinki ...
    April 9, 2014 - 7:19 am
  • Olson: Justice system not ruled by popular opinion

    Police can arrest you and haul you to jail in handcuffs. They can book you and photograph you, take your fingerprints and your bodily fluids. You can ...
    April 7, 2014 - 12:39 pm
  • Akst: Arts, a good investment

    My brother-in-law’s March 21 announcement was worrisome but not completely a surprise.Bruce had post ...
    April 7, 2014 - 12:54 pm
  • Duchnowski: ‘Cowgirl crook’ and local prosecutor hit TV

    Joseph Pedersen wouldn’t call Rita Crundwell “the cunning cowgirl crook,” as the federal prosecutor isn’t prone to giving defendants snazzy names.
    April 7, 2014 - 12:48 pm

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