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  • Ronald Bieberitz Sr. faces new child sex abuse charge

    SYCAMORE – A police investigation has led to new sex abuse charges against a Sycamore man who is one of three in his family facing such charges.
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 12:01 am
  • Bradley Olsen case to be on TV

    DeKALB – Almost eight years after Bradley Olsen disappeared, his mother hopes to shed light on his case with a segment on TV. On Saturday, a 15-minute ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:47 pm
  • DeKalb man accused of creating child porn

    DeKALB – An 18-year-old DeKalb man accused of videotaping himself having sex with a teenage girl and disseminating the images remained in DeKalb Count ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 11:52 pm
  • DeKalb police: Man threatened to burn apartment

    DeKALB – A 30-year-old Chicago man is facing felony charges after police said he sprayed lighter fluid on a DeKalb apartment and threatened to burn it ...
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 11:50 pm
  • Woman held in connection with hit-and-run

    MALTA – A 27-year-old Lee woman faces two felony charges after she hit a pedestrian in rural Malta and continued driving, police said.
    Dec. 15, 2014 - 10:58 am
  • Dec. 13 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 ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 11:03 pm
  • Bond halved for man accused of child sex abuse

    SYCAMORE – A DeKalb County judge halved bond Friday for a 23-year-old Sycamore man accused of sexually abusing two young sisters in 2008, although his ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 11:29 am
  • Bond reduced in Sycamore child porn case

    SYCAMORE – A DeKalb County judge reduced bail for a 33-year-old Sycamore accused of videotaping a girl in a bathroom, but added a new stipulation: Kar ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 10:54 pm
  • Another Bieberitz family member charged with sex abuse

    DeKALB – An investigation into sex offender Ronald Bieberitz Sr. allegedly violating prohibitions on contact with children has led to a third member o ...
    Dec. 18, 2014 - 11:30 am
  • Sycamore man faces new child porn charges

    SYCAMORE – A 33-year-old Sycamore man accused of possessing child pornography faces new charges alleging he videotaped women in the restroom without t ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 12:06 am
  • Jason Akst: Does life reflect art, or vice versa?

    I read somewhere that a columnist’s job is to lend context and perspective to complex situations. So, we are supposed to blather on, but said blatheri ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 12:28 am
  • Fossil fuels do more good than harm

    People argue about whether the “consensus” of scientists is that we face disaster because of global warming. Instead of debating whether man’s greenho ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 11:01 pm
  • Olson: Maybe you should run for office

    Beginning Monday and continuing through Dec. 22, people interested in running for local office will be able to submit nominating petitions to appear o ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 10:56 pm
  • Barry Schrader: Samuel Churchill’s heroics

    A young man named Samuel Churchill left his native Vermont to travel to DeKalb County in the spring of 1861, first to work for C. W. Broughton and eve ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 12:00 am
  • Eric Olson: Caboose baby derails plans

    Only 17 years to go.That was my thought this week, when Avery the caboose baby turned 1.That and, of ...
    Dec. 6, 2014 - 12:44 pm
  • Jason Akst: Honoring the lowly ellipsis

    Visualize Amarillo, Texas, in the center of a 300-mile circle. Beginning in 1930 and lasting until a week before his death in 1992, the Amarillo Globe ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 12:35 am
  • Does ‘Star Wars’ really need more politics?

    The approach of the new “Star Wars” movie means new opportunities to write about politics in that far, far, far away galaxy. As much as I’d like to re ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 11:29 pm
  • Don’t worry about ‘currency wars’

    John Maynard Keynes memorably noted how often people who consider themselves practical are really “the slaves of some defunct economist.” Outdated or ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 11:28 pm
  • The problem with telling kids they’re ‘special’

    It is natural for parents to value their child – and feeling valued is key to children’s well-being; but some parents “overvalue” their child, believi ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 10:11 pm
  • Understanding white privilege

    What follows is for the benefit of one William James O’Reilly Jr. – “Bill” to his fans.Last summer, ...
    Dec. 2, 2014 - 10:11 pm
  • Our View: Celebrate the holidays responsibly

    Are you traveling somewhere for the holidays? You’re definitely not alone there. AAA estimates that ...
    Dec. 19, 2014 - 12:02 am
  • Our View: Parking compromise seems fair

    The DeKalb City Council’s requirement that the Ellwood House Association add eight more parking spaces to property that includes the Ellwood House Mus ...
    Dec. 17, 2014 - 11:59 pm
  • Our View: Fight the flu

    Even if you followed the directives from health officials and got a flu shot months ago, it appears there’s a real risk of contracting the flu this se ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:13 pm
  • Our View: Thumbs-up, thumbs-down

    Thumbs-up: To the DeKalb Municipal Band, which is celebrating its 160th year with a concert tonight. The band will present its first holiday gala at 7 ...
    Dec. 12, 2014 - 11:01 pm
  • Our View: Time to let Barnes & Noble bookstore go

    The phone calls to Barnes & Noble and Mid-America Management, the company that owns the bookstore’s building, can stop now. Barnes & Noble is giving u ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 12:07 am
  • Our View: Judy Baar Topinka was devoted to Illinois

    Before she was a politician, Judy Baar Topinka was an award-winning journalist. Topinka, 70, died early Wednesday, less than a day after she suffered ...
    Dec. 11, 2014 - 12:09 am
  • Our view: These protesters are not different

    In the wake of a grand jury decision last week not to indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, there has been ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 10:13 pm
  • Our View: Thumbs-up, thumbs-down

    Thumbs-up: For connecting local pedestrian paths. This week, local county and city officials stretched a ribbon across a section of sidewalk along Bet ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 11:27 pm
  • Our view: No lame-duck session is good

    There is good news and bad news regarding state government this week. The bad news, of course, is th ...
    Dec. 5, 2014 - 12:05 am
  • Our View: Breaking out of zero growth

    Several vacant lots in DeKalb’s Rivermist subdivision are to be sold at auction today after the developers of the subdivision decided to let them fall ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 11:26 pm
  • Eggnog: Once-a-year things must be the best

    Eggnog is a funny thing. We crave it for one month a year, then never think about it again.And when ...
    Dec. 16, 2014 - 10:09 pm
  • 12 cookies inspired by candy bars

    If you prefer caramel to calling birds and peanut butter to partridges in pear trees, we’ve got a better way to count down to Christmas with 12 cookie ...
    Dec. 9, 2014 - 10:17 pm
  • Dorie Greenspan breaks down easy techniques for the cut holiday cookie

    Around the world, it’s time for holiday cookies: German springerles rolled out with patterned rolling pins; Dutch speculoos as tall as St. Nick and as ...
    Dec. 3, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Short on time? Start with a mix

    Start with a 12-ounce bag of stuffing mix, flavor of your choice. Prepare according to package directions, but add one of the following combinations b ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • A 101 on great turkey stuffing

    For many Americans, the true star of the Thanksgiving table is not the big bird, but the stuffing (usually moistened with gravy). Given that, I believ ...
    Nov. 26, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • 10 more ideas for potatoes

    Truth is, mashed potatoes don’t need a whole lot of love to come out pretty darn amazing. A little butter (OK, a lot of butter), a little cream or mil ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Eggs make all the difference in mashed potatoes

    Much as I’d like to take credit for this rich version of mashed potatoes, that honor goes to Stanley Tucci. Or rather, to Stanley Tucci’s wife.
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Small changes make better holiday mashed potatoes

    I’ve made mountains of mashed potatoes in my little life, faithfully adhering to the method I was taught in cooking school. And I’ve always been reaso ...
    Nov. 19, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Fresh take on an herb-roasted Thanksgiving turkey

    There is something splendid about an herb-roasted Thanksgiving turkey, not the least of which is the way it fills the home with rich, savory aromas.
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 5:30 am
  • Spice up Thanksgiving with barbecue-rubbed turkey

    It occurred to us recently that many of the same flavors we crave on grilled meats during the summer also would be superb on roasted turkey at Thanksg ...
    Nov. 12, 2014 - 5:30 am

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