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Incredible meteor shower creates a light show 

April 21, 2016
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I was fortunate to observe an incredible meteor shower March 23-27, 2016 in the night skies over Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. I didn’t know what it was at first. The colorful flashes of light pierced the sky at such speed it was hard to register at times. When I finally realized that it was...

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Cook County Headlines Pro GMO Campaign

September 29, 2015
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Cook County Headlines Pro GMO Campaign

GMO feed the starving children of India, there is no proven health risk associated with consuming them, they preserve nature, improve quality of life and yield foods with more vitamins and calories – those were the arguments of the pro GMO agenda headlined by the Cook County PR rep Kim Morton at the Palatine Public Library tonight....

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Two Gringos in Panama and The Pirate Islands.

May 13, 2015
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The adventures of two Americans on the isthmus of Panama. March 2015. True story. If you are heading to Panama, there are a few things you should prepare for: mosquitos, garbage, tolls, hot weather with certain scarceness of a/c and very little beaches. People in general are very friendly, they are eager to help...

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Historical blizzard breaks record for the most snow in 24 hrs in Chicago!!

February 2, 2015
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“A snowstorm over Chicago and the surrounding areas has broken a record for the most snow that has fallen in a 24-hour period. As a Blizzard Warning remains in effect, there’s a potential for 18 inches of snow on the ground in some parts of the area along with high wind speeds and sustained...

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Rare albino skunk spotted in Chicago suburbs

November 11, 2014
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A rare albino skunk was spotted in Chicago suburbs on November 10, 2014. Residents of a small town of Palatine followed a furry white tail coming out of an open garage door wondering what kind of creature it was, thinking it was a fox. It wasn’t. After a second spotting that very same night...

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You’ve got to put Tennessee on your list!

June 7, 2014
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Welcome to the Great Smoky Mountains, hot, spicy, lemony-sweet and simply breathtaking! Before the Memorial Day weekend this year, Tennessee was never on my list of places to visit. But the flatness of the Midwest and the longing for the high landscapes prompted me me to search and zero in on the closest mountain...

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Golf ball size hail causes substantial damage in Chicago NW suburbs

April 15, 2014
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On April 12, 2014 it hailed and it hailed hard. The ice balls the size of golf balls fell out of the sky around 11:30 am and bounced off cars and roofs of houses in Palatine and other surrounding areas in Chicago North Western suburbs. That day the weather was about 70F and the...

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Transit of Venus 2012 Photos- Not for another 100 years!

June 6, 2012
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Transit of Venus 2012 Photos- Not for another 100 years!

Today’s afternoon has been marked by a significant celestial event. Venus was crossing in front of our Sun for about 7 hours. And even though Venus appeared nothing more than a little black dot and could only be seen with special solar filters, it was a big deal in history! This event is not...

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Bay Area gets spectacular Solar Eclipse show May 20, 2012

May 21, 2012
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San Francisco Bay Area got a spectacular Solar Eclipse show today. This type of eclipse is called annular, which means, the Sun and Moon are exactly in line, but the apparent size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun, so the Sun appears as a very bright ring, or annulus, surrounding...

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One year since BP Oil Spill: What did we learn??

April 21, 2011
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It has been one year since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which many called the worst environmental disaster ever. That is, of course, before the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan. I think this one will top the list. But yet, athorities assure us that there no reason for concern...

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