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  • Olson: Businesses big part of local identity

    When Joe and Valerie Cranden bought Ollie’s Frozen Custard in 2000, they knew they weren’t just buying an ice cream place.
    Aug. 1, 2014 - 11:51 pm
  • Carifio: SchedulePalooza only the beginning

    Social media is a very easy thing to screw up. Twitter has brought down pundits, politicians, athlet ...
    Aug. 1, 2014 - 11:31 pm
  • Schultz: Race-baiting for life, redux

    The billboards loom over two of the poorest parts of Cleveland, in black neighborhoods that have yet to experience the celebrated renaissance of this ...
    July 31, 2014 - 11:07 pm
  • Akst: Got those electric utility choosing blues

    It was a sales-pitch-looking letter that could have gone directly to the recycle bin, but I opened it.
    Aug. 1, 2014 - 8:57 am
  • Korcek's Corner: NIU’s future draws on its past

    The future is your past. The past is your future. Some people understand such a notion. Others do no ...
    July 29, 2014 - 11:32 pm
  • Olson: Forget about 'right to be forgotten'

    At most any newspaper that runs them, the local police reports probably generate the most reader calls – and some of the most consistent reader intere ...
    July 25, 2014 - 11:25 pm
  • Akst: Sycamore referendum plan is on

    The Sycamore Park District just voted to add a referendum to the November ballot. If it passes, residents would pay about $81 more a year in property ...
    July 24, 2014 - 11:48 pm
  • Schrader: Land prices and the Potawatomi

    Farmland can go for $10,000 an acre or more in DeKalb County, but only once has it fetched the astronomical sum of $69,069 a acre.
    July 22, 2014 - 11:10 am
  • Olson: Rauner an earnest if not natural pol

    Bruce Rauner isn’t endowed with the charisma or magnetism of a natural politician, but he came off as an earnest guy in his visit to DeKalb this week.
    July 18, 2014 - 10:06 pm
  • AKST: Assessing virtual vulnerability

    NAPERVILLE – I’m at Barnes & Noble, using free Wi-Fi to get online. I’m “unsecured,” and others can potentially see and capture my online activity.
    July 18, 2014 - 12:10 am
  • Olson: DeKalb’s nuggets deserve more fame

    Springfield has the horseshoe. Chicago has deep-dish pizza. DeKalb has nuggets. If you haven’t read ...
    July 12, 2014 - 12:48 am
  • AKST: Know your enemy, then shred it

    I’ve been busy destroying my past.Not in an exotic way, like removing my fingerprints with acid so t ...
    July 10, 2014 - 11:16 pm
  • SCHRADER: Tale of two cities and their mayors

    The mayors of DeKalb and Livermore, California, have never met, but they have quite a bit in common.
    July 7, 2014 - 10:49 pm
  • CLARK-MOE: My body, my employer, my abortion

    I was thrilled to work for the federal government for six years. I believe passionately in the importance of public service, and I had both job securi ...
    July 7, 2014 - 10:15 pm
  • Olson: Downtown an odd place for one of ‘those stores’

    Once you reach a certain age, you know if there’s one of “those stores” in your town. Outside the to ...
    July 4, 2014 - 11:57 pm
  • AKST: Flags, fingers and the Fourth of July

    Not making this column about Independence Day would be like writing about Seattle without mentioning coffee. Thus, I humbly offer two topics associate ...
    July 3, 2014 - 11:15 pm
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