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A picture taken from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza Border on Thursday shows smoke rising from buildings in the Gaza Strip after a rocket fired from Gaza landed short of its target. | Getty Images

Israel seeks only to survive

It was Friday night, the beginning of the Jewish Shabbat (Sabbath), and our host family had graciously invited us to join them for dinner. Before the meal, the parents proudly welcomed their 20-year-old son, who was back from the Gaza front for the weekend. This meal was part of a whirlwind trip to Israel, sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation. So what did the group and I learn? First, we saw the immense gratitude Israel had for the friendship between our two nations.

IDOT cuts jobs at center of Quinn hiring dispute

Gov. Pat Quinn's administration, stung by a federal lawsuit alleging illegal hiring amid a tough re-election campaign, announced Thursday it will eliminate 58 transportation agency jobs at the center of the dispute.

John and Diane Foley, parents of James Foley, talk to reporters Wednesday outside their home in Rochester, N.H. (AP File Photo/Jim Cole)

Haters here don’t see similarity to Islamic State

A few weeks after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, our reeling nation was paid a surprise visit. “What kind of people do they think we are?” Winston Churchill said to a joint session of Congress, of our attackers. “Is it possible that they do not realize that we shall never cease to persevere against them?” Of all the stirring phrases that Churchill uttered, that one question, for me, echoes most over the years: It rang out on 9/11, and came to mind again this week when the brutal Islamic State posted a video of a black-clad terrorist standing beside the kneeling figure of James Foley, an American journalist.

Maria Bucio, director of La Casa, in Pilsen in 2012 . File Photo. | John H. White~Sun-Times

College dorm in Pilsen says ‘hola’

Polo Briones got a reasonably priced alternative to campus housing when the senior at the University of Illinois at Chicago moved to La Casa, a college dormitory in Pilsen for students attending colleges all over the city. Two years ago I wrote about the opening of La Casa, the first dormitory of its kind in the U.S., designed to house 100 full-time college students spread throughout the city. I stopped by again this week for an update.


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.

50,000 drivers need to claim money from idle I-Pass accounts

Within the next several weeks, 50,000 motorists with a total of $2.2 million in idle I-Pass accounts will get letters telling them to contact the Illinois Tollway by Oct. 1, or else their I-Pass account balances will be transferred to the state’s unclaimed property program, officials warned Thursday.

Defense attorney Beau Brindley is accused in a federal indictment of coaching a witness to commit perjury in a drug case. | Sun-Times File Photo

Rising star defense lawyer charged with obstruction in drug case

Just two years ago, lawyer Beau Brindley stood at one of the peaks of his brilliant young career — representing drug dealer Alexander Vasquez in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

But on Thursday, Brindley’s status as a rising star of Chicago’s criminal defense bar took a severe blow when he was federally indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice in Vasquez’s case.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry | AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

5 things to know about case against Rick Perry

AUSTIN, Texas — In the week since he was indicted for abuse of power and public coercion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his supporters have insisted the charges against the Republican governor are politically motivated. Perry has pleaded not guilty, and he continues to visit early-primary states and talk with voters as he mulls a 2016 presidential run.

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.