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Board of Education President David J. Vitale talks at the Chicago Public School Board meeting on Wednesday. | Chandler West/For Sun-Times Media

Chicago Board of Education passes $5.76 billion budget

Targeting civilians is Hamas strategy

It’s pretty clear that the Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine didn’t deliberately target a civilian jetliner; they thought they were shooting at a Ukrainian military plane. It’s crystal clear that Hamas is aiming rockets at Israel’s Ben Gurion International Airport, and a missile hitting an airliner taking off, landing or on the ground would be a deliberate attack on a civilian plane.

West Side Ald. Deborah Graham (29th) talks to reporters after Wednesday's License Committee meeting about her watered-down to exempt restaurants from her crackdown on BYOB's. Photo by Fran Spielman.

Watered-down BYOB crackdown advances with restaurants exempt

Bringing your own bottle of wine to a restaurant is a Chicago tradition that customers like and restaurant owners and their local aldermen want to keep. West Side Ald. Deborah Graham (29th) finally understands that — albeit eight months late. On Wednesday, Graham convinced her once recalcitrant colleagues on the City Council’s License Committee to go along with a watered-down ordinance that exempts restaurants, but still allows aldermen to strip BYOB privileges from parts of their wards.

A Chicago Architecture Tour on Segway takes a break in 2005. File Photo. Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Segways shifted to protected bike lane near Millennium Park

Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) isn’t done regulating Segways — even after imposing limits on speed and tour size. On Wednesday, Reilly convinced his colleagues on the City Council’s Transportation Committee to let Segways use a new and improved protected bike lane on upper East Randolph between Michigan Ave.nue and North Harbor Drive.

 

Three Ways ACA is affecting Business

More often than not, when healthcare reform is brought up, the impact and the interests of businesses are lumped together, as if each faces with the same challenges as the next.

Vice President Joe Biden speaks on voting rights at the NAACP annual convention in Las Vegas. | AP Photo

Biden blasts voting restrictions in speech to NAACP

LAS VEGAS — Vice President Joe Biden Wednesday called on members of the NAACP to spread the word about what he called "a hailstorm" of measures to restrict citizens' ability to vote, trying to rally the Democratic Party's base before the midterm elections.

The city will offer thousands of motorists who were nabbed by red-light cameras at a dozen intersections a chance to appeal those tickets one more time. That could add up to about 9,000 tickets. | Sun-Times File Photo

Emanuel offers appeal for 9,000 mysterious red-light tickets

Motorists who got one of the roughly 9,000 tickets issued during apparent "spikes" in red-light camera enforcement at a dozen intersections will be notified of a chance to have those violations reviewed one more time, under a plan unveiled Wednesday.

Who is benefiting from the Lawndale Diabetes Project?

Gerry Allen, a resident of North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side, suffered for years with unmanaged diabetes. But, thanks to an expanded community health initiative launched in April 2012 between a local hospital  and an insurance provider, he did something he thought he’d never do.