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the truth behind the 'first marijuana overdose death' headlines

a case report about the seizure and death of an 11-month old after exposure to cannabis has prompted headlines about "the first marijuana overdose death" this week.except that's not what the doctors meant."we are absolutely not saying that marijuana killed that child," said thomas nappe, an author of the report who is now the director of medical toxicology at st. luke's university health network in bethlehem, pennsylvania.nappe, who co-authored the report with christopher hoyte, explained that the doctors simply observed this unusual sequence of events, documented it and alerted the medical community that it is worth studying a possible relationship between cannabis and the child's cause of death, myocarditis, or inflammation of the heart muscle.their observations appeared in the august edition of the journal clinical practice and cases in emergency medicine as a case report, which is significantly different from a scientific study or research report that can be used to establish a causal relationship.a spokesman for denver health wrote in an email that hoyte would not be available for an interview late thursday.the report states that the child experienced an "unstable motel-living situation" and the parents admitted to drug possessions, including cannabis. nappe said the authors urge parents to be vigilant and keep cannabis out of reach of children.the report recommends: "in states where cannabis is legalized, it is important that physicians not only counsel parent...





woman fought off knife-wielding attacker by hitting him with her phone: lake forest police

a woman was able to fight off a knife-wielding attacker in lake forest friday night by striking him in the head with her cell phone, lake forest police said.the victim said a man with a large kitchen knife approached her shortly before 5:20 p.m. in the 1000 block of north western avenue, according a police department news release. after she struck him several times with her phone, the suspect fled, the release said.police set up a perimeter and attempted to locate the man using a k-9 unit from gurnee but were not successful, the release said. the woman was treated and released from northwestern lake forest hospital for a minor cut on her hand.the suspect is described as a 17- to 19-year-old white man with a thin build and standing about 5-foot-9, police said. he was wearing a dark hoodie, puffy winter jacket and dark cargo pants.anyone with further information on the case is asked to contact detective adam milczarek at [email protected] @abderholden





robocalls unplugged: phone companies get new tools to block spam calls

phone companies will have greater authority to block unwanted calls from reaching customers, since regulators adopted new rules to combat automated messages known as robocalls.rules adopted thursday by the federal communications commission represent the latest tools against robocalls, which pester people, sometimes multiple times each day, and often push scams. the fcc, which regulates the country's phone, broadcast tv and internet services, also hopes that recent big fines will help deter scammers.phone companies already can block some calls that trick consumers by showing up on caller id with fake numbers. the new rules make clear that they can block additional calls that are likely scams, such as numbers that start with a 911 area code or that aren’t currently assigned to anyone.the changes won't stop robocalls completely, though experts say these steps are a good start.why is this happening?the federal and state “do not call” lists are supposed to protect people from unwanted calls from telemarketers. but scammers don't care about breaking the law.scammers reach people cheaply and easily using autodialers, which spew out a large number of calls automatically. it's estimated that americans receive tens of millions of robocalls every day. not all of them are fraudsters, of course. pharmacies send automated messages about prescriptions being filled, for example. but too often, calls much such claims as you owe the irs money, microsoft is on the line to fix your com...





290 coaches, officials tied to u.s. olympic groups have been accused of sexual misconduct since 1982

as the number of women accusing former olympic gymnastics team physician larry nassar of sexual assault has continued to rise this year - surpassing 130, including at least five former team usa members - victims, lawyers and members of congress have directed outrage at usa gymnastics, whose chief executive resigned in march.while the nassar case has captured public attention because of the renown of a few of his accusers, it is far from an isolated instance. the problem of sexual abuse in olympic sports organizations extends well beyond the confines of one sport, or one executive.more than 290 coaches and officials associated with america's olympic sports organizations have been publicly accused of sexual misconduct since 1982, according to a washington post review of sport governing body banned lists, news clips, and court records in several states. the figure spans parts of 15 sports and amounts to an average of eight adults connected to an olympic organization accused of sexual misconduct every year - or about one every six weeks - for more than 36 years.the figure includes more than 175 officials convicted of sex crimes as well as those who never faced criminal charges and have denied claims, such as andy gabel, an olympian and former u.s. speedskating president banned from the sport in 2013 after two women alleged he forced himself on them; and don peters, the 1984 olympic gymnastics coach banned after two women alleged he had sex with them when they were teenagers.the ...





man dies after being found shot in driveway, graylake police say

a 38-year-old man died early saturday morning after being found shot in a hainesville driveway in what police are describing as a domestic violence-related incident.grayslake police were dispatched to 110 w. big horn drive at 11:26 p.m. friday, where the man was lying face down in the driveway and three other occupants of the house outside, grayslake police chief phillip perlini said in a news release.the man, whose name was not released, was transported to advocate condell medical center in libertyville, where he died at 12:35 a.m. saturday, the release said. an autopsy is scheduled for monday.no charges were filed as of saturday afternoon, perlini said.sgt. christopher covelli, of the lake county sheriff's office, said evidence technicians from the lake county major crime task force were at the scene [email protected] @abderholden





former bears, illini standout j.c. caroline dead at 84

j.c. caroline, a legendary running back at illinois who went on to a decorated 10-year career primarily as a defensive back with the bears, died friday in urbana, ill. he was 84.caroline is the second member of the 1963 bears championship team to die this month. joe fortunato, a linebacker on the title-winning team, died nov. 6. he was 87.caroline stands with red grange as one of the best running backs in illini history. caroline led the nation in rushing as a sophomore in 1953, gaining 1,256 yards to set the big ten record at the time and helping the illini to a 7-1-1 record and a share of the conference title. he finished seventh in heisman trophy balloting.caroline signed with the montreal alouettes of the cfl in 1955 and joined the bears a year later, playing primarily defensive back. he was selected to the pro bowl as a rookie in 1956 and finished his career with 24 interceptions. he played both ways his first three seasons, getting some action as a halfback.after his playing career, caroline was an assistant coach at illinois before a long run as a physical education teacher and coach in urbana. he was inducted into the college football hall of fame in 1980.bears great joe fortunato dead at 87 »





a ceo's nightmare: an endorsement from the alt-right

the neo-nazis were hungry. they had spent the day in a charlottesville, virginia, courthouse testifying at the preliminary hearing for a white nationalist jailed for pepper-spraying counterprotesters during august's deadly unite the right rally. now, after the long drive home to alexandria, virginia, they craved pizza."we were going to order from the local place where we get pizza all the time, but we said no, papa john's is the official pizza of the alt-right now," said eli mosley, the 26-year-old leader of the white separatist group identity evropa. "we're just supporting the brands that support us."that show of support - unsolicited and unwanted by papa john's - exhibits an emerging danger to major american brands negotiating the racial politics that have cleaved the country.it is no longer enough for companies to keep a low profile when it comes to polarizing issues involving race, brand experts say. instead, some companies are preemptively stating their positions, hoping to avoid being hijacked by white supremacists eager to spread their ideas into the mainstream by tying themselves to household brands, from pizzas and burgers to sneakers and cars. this week, papa john's tweeted an explicit rejection of neo-nazi ideas."companies need to take a public stand on issues that are affecting consumers in advance of being co-opted," said heide gardner, chief diversity and inclusion officer at ipg, one of the world's largest advertising and marketing conglomerates. "...





man found dead in cell at mchenry county jail

a 51-year-old man was pronounced dead friday night after he was found unresponsive in a single cell at mchenry county jail.according to a news release from the mchenry county coronor's office, the man was found unresponsive friday during routine rounds.he was taken to centegra woodstock medical center where he was pronounced dead at 8:53 p.m., the release said. he was identified as thomas m. doheny of cary.the cause of death was pending an autopsy scheduled sunday.





protesters urge more 'common-sense' rules for gun ownership near hammond cabela's

scott houldieson had something of a captive audience last week as he passed out fliers for saturday's common sense gun law protest in hammond during uaw 551's union hall turkey drive.one man expressed his displeasure with the effort, said houldieson, who spoke while he and 10 others participated in the protest near the cabela's sporting goods store. houldieson said the man told him he has an ar-15 semi-automatic with a controversial bump stock as well as a fully automatic rifle, although he had to jump over a few more hurdles to get the latter."i asked him what the problem was. (he was) able to get it, so why not put a bump stock under the same regulations (and make it a little tougher to get as well)?" houldieson said. "he did agree with me on that, but i'm still not sure i changed his mind. and i guess he just takes it out to the range to shoot for fun.""we should teach him sudoku," protester eakta kamal, of munster, said.the protesters — many of them members of the progressive democrats of america's calumet region chapter — decided to hold the protest shortly after the october mass shooting in las vegas, which was followed only a month later by the sutherland springs, texas, church, kamal said. considering that 93 people die from gun violence every day, the numbers add up to a mass shooting every day, she said."we don't want to take away guns. we want to eliminate the loopholes for purchasing guns person-to-person or at gun shows without background checks,...





anthony mangano's big play helps lake zurich reach 7a state final

lake zurich sophomore anthony mangano spends most of the spring and summer fetching baseballs.whether he's in the outfield or at shortstop, mangano has built a reputation as a strong defensive player.this fall, he has brought that reputation to the gridiron, where his big plays at defensive back have aided the bears.his interception with 26 seconds left in the fourth quarter saturday sealed lake zurich's 14-7 win against mount carmel in the class 7a state semifinals in lake zurich.the third-seeded bears (13-0) advanced to their fifth state title game and their first since 2013. they will play fourth-seeded batavia (12-1) at 4 p.m. saturday in the 7a final at huskie stadium in dekalb.mangano dove to the cold ground, snaring mount carmel quarterback radomir premovic's pass at lake zurich's 5-yard line. it was mangano's sixth interception this season."i was thinking it was going to be a play-action play," mangano said. "i saw their quarterback scramble, and my receiver was right next to me. i just stared the quarterback down. i was right there to catch it and just cradled it like a baby."mangano's ball-hawking ability has boosted an already solid defense. the caravan (9-4) entered the semifinals averaging 33.8 points per game, but the bears' defense held them to 153 yards rushing and 26 passing.lake zurich linebacker jack sanborn, a wisconsin recruit, said mangano does not look or play like a first-year varsity player."he's jumped right in ever since summer and has ...





anti-gay supporters rally for roy moore, worrying lgbt community

a smiling roy moore stood shoulder to shoulder with his fiercest religious allies.flanked by a huge sign for moore's senate campaign, one supporter railed against the "lgbt mafia" and "homosexualist gay terrorism." another warned that "homosexual sodomy" destroys those who participate in it and the nations that allow it. and still another described same-sex marriage as "a mirage" because "it's phony and fake."thursday's news conference was designed to send a powerful message to the political world that religious conservatives across america remain committed to moore, a christian conservative and former judge whose alabama senate campaign has been rocked by mounting allegations of sexual misconduct. the event also revealed an aggressive strain of homophobia rarely seen in mainstream politics — in recent years, at least.in the days since, religious liberals have stepped forward to express their opposition to moore. more than 50 alabama pastors signed a letter saying moore has demonstrated "extremist values" incompatible with traditional christianity and is unfit to serve in the senate. and an anti-moore rally at a birmingham church on saturday drew more than 100 people, some of whom carried signs decrying his opposition to gay rights.but in a senate campaign suddenly hyper focused on moore's relationships with teenage girls decades ago, moore's hardline stance on gay rights and other lgbt issues has become little more than an afterthought for many voters as e...





eric peterson's two td catches carry batavia past benet in 7a semifinals

batavia's eric peterson said he never had played football in the snow before, but he looked right at home saturday in cold, sloppy conditions at benedictine.peterson, a 6-foot-3 wide receiver, caught three passes for 54 yards from quarterback riley cooper in the second quarter, including two for touchdowns in a span of 1 minute, 40 seconds.those scores sparked batavia's comeback from a 13-0 deficit as the bulldogs went on to a 23-13 victory over benet in the class 7a state semifinals.batavia (12-1) advances to saturday's 7a championship game at northern illinois, hoping to duplicate the feat of the program's 2013 team, which won a 6a state title at niu when seniors on this year's team were in eighth grade.junior linebacker michael jansey was thrilled for his teammates. "me and the boys have talked about this," he said. "we finally made it. it means so much."batavia will play lake zurich (13-0), a 14-7 winner over mount carmel in the other 7a semifinal.bulldogs coach dennis piron, surrounded by exuberant players and fans who stormed the field after the game, told them he had bad news for their parents."we're going to practice on thanksgiving day," piron said. "we're going to have the ultimate turkey bowl."it didn't look that way early as the redwings (9-4) took a 13-0 lead in the first quarter behind sophomore quarterback colin gillespie, who twice marched his team down the field with key passes to 6-7 wide receiver jack eschenbach.gillespie has filled in for s...





davion brooks' interception sets up mount carmel, but lake zurich prevails

when all looked lost, mount carmel defensive back davion brooks provided hope.the 5-foot-10, 175-pound junior delivered an interception with 2:54 left in the fourth quarter of saturday's class 7a semifinal against lake zurich. it put the caravan in position to tie the game or win with a score and two-point conversion."when their quarterback (evan lewandowski) would roll out to his right, he liked to throw the ball across the field," brooks said. "i saw the ball in the air and went to go get it."trailing 14-7 on the road, mount carmel took over at the bears 37-yard line. the caravan drove to the 20 before anthony mangano intercepted radomir premovic's pass at the 3 with 26 seconds left to secure a 14-7 win."i thought our offense was going to score," brooks said.the bears (13-0) will play batavia (12-1) for the 7a state title at 4 p.m. saturday in dekalb.for mount carmel (9-4), it was a valiant effort. on paper, the 18th-seeded caravan faced long odds to upend third-seeded lake zurich at home. they nearly pulled off the upset.a steady snowfall and stiff northerly breeze favored a ground attack, which fit perfectly into the caravan's triple-option attack."our offense is built for this type of weather," mount carmel coach frank lenti said. "but we made too many mistakes. how many times can you jump offsides? i felt like we were doing it all game."the reality was the caravan were whistled for seven penalties that resulted in 60 yards.still, they went toe to toe with t...





bartender's boyfriend charged with first-degree murder in her death, bail set at $10 million

a coal city man has been charged with the shooting death of a 24-year-old new lenox township woman whom he had been dating recently, officials said.will county authorities saturday charged jeremy boshears, 32, with three counts of first-degree murder in the death of kaitlyn kearns. an arrest warrant signed saturday set bail at $10 million.boshears was taken into custody friday and held on $250,000 bail after being charged by the kankakee county state’s attorney’s office with concealment of a homicide. kearns’ body was discovered last week in her vehicle in a rural part of the county.will county authorities continued to work on the case following the initial charges being filed, giving investigators time to develop additional information that led to the murder charges, said charles pelkie, a spokesman for the will county state’s attorney’s office.kankakee county state’s attorney jim rowe has agreed to dismiss the concealment of a homicide charge so a similar charge can be filed in will county and all of the charges can be tried together, pelkie said in a news release.jeremy boshears, an alleged member of the outlaws motorcycle club, is being charged with concealing the death of his girlfriend kaitlyn kearns, officials said.jeremy boshears, an alleged member of the outlaws motorcycle club, is being charged with concealing the death of his girlfriend kaitlyn kearns, officials said.authorities said boshears and kearns had been dating for two weeks. they met about four...





police, first responders get drone training at elgin community college

when elgin police crafted an unmanned drone policy this year for the department, a process took place. meetings were held, drafts were fine-tuned and residents were allowed to weigh in during public forums.as elgin police officer matt udelhoven put it, using a drone isn't simply learning how to fly the small aircraft. it's about doing it in a way that the community knows the department isn't doing it without a purpose, he said."it's one thing when the fire department wants (a drone) to check on a fire; it's another when police want to fly a drone," udelhoven said during a drone training session thursday held by elgin community college. "the public immediately thinks, 'oh, they want to look through our windows.'"udelhoven and two other elgin officers conducted the daylong event to help other first responder and police departments, including those from huntley, aurora, hanover township and south elgin, as they begin putting together their own drone policies.the program was held at ecc's center for emergency services in burlington and was the first of its kind for the school, said john fahy, director of academic programming and public safety training. there may be similar programs offered in the future, depending on interest from other groups, he said.the elgin officers are instructors with midwest aerial photography, an elgin company that specializes in aerial photography and drone program training. the college hired the company to conduct its first effort with the ...





river grove exploring tax increase to meet critical spending needs

facing stagnant revenues and increased pension and operational costs, river grove officials have called for a public hearing that eventually could lead to a property tax hike to address fund balances dropping to critical levels.at their nov. 16 meeting, river grove trustees approved a plan to hold a truth-in-taxation and levy public hearing at the dec. 7 village board meeting. the meeting is to be held starting at 7 p.m. dec. 7 at 2607 thatcher ave.trustees made the first move on addressing a financial situation that they said has grown critical, holding a first reading toward repealing a 2010-2014 ordinance that limited the property tax dollars the village could receive as a home rule community.the ordinance actually results in the village receiving less in property taxes than a non-home rule unit, said greg peters, who was brought in as an interim comptroller a year ago to revamp the village finances. in a detailed presentation, he said the ordinance's impacts include declining fund balances in the general operating fund and an inability to adequately fund municipal pensions, as well as an inability to fund needed infrastructure, capital and fleet improvements and replacements.since 2010, fund balances "have dramatically decreased over time, mainly because your other revenue sources for operations have not kept up with inflation," he said. "so what's happened is back in 2010-2011 the village had an excess of $5 million in its general corporate fund. it ended last year ...





lavar ball says trump did nothing for his son and his ucla teammates in china

president donald trump is exhorting three suspended ucla basketball players to thank chinese president xi jinping for their freedom following a shoplifting incident while they were in china. trump had tweeted wednesday: "do you think the three ucla basketball players will say thank you president... (associated press)





cowboys owner jerry jones apologizes for racial remark in video

dallas cowboys owner jerry jones has apologized after a gossip website posted a 4-year-old video of him making a racially insensitive comment.the blast website reported the video was shot in 2013 at a dallas hotel by a white man who asked jones if he would tape a message for his fiancee. jones appeared to be joking when he said, "hey, jennifer, congratulations on the wedding. now, you know he's with a black girl tonight, don't you?"after the video's release friday, jones apologized in a statement issued by the team, saying, "that comment was inappropriate. it's not who i am, and i'm sorry."the website reported the video was shared by someone who thought it was relevant in light of players sitting or kneeling in protest during the national anthem in the nfl. former san francisco quarterback colin kaepernick started the protests last year to bring awareness to issues of racial inequality.jones has been outspoken in his view that players should stand during the anthem, at one point saying he would bench any player who disrespected the flag.





what will schumer do? franken's troubles test his bond with the senate minority leader

franken quickly fell in line with the more liberal wing of his caucus, but he became a quick supporter of schumer's march up the leadership ranks. that helped provide cover for the new yorker with the more progressive wing of the caucus and the activist base, whose trust in schumer has been tenuous given his long ties to wall street donors.before schumer became the democratic leader, franken had given him a nickname that made clear where he thought schumer's rise would end, likening him to the most powerful majority leader ever. "i call him the jewish lbj," franken told the washington post in an interview last year.this was supposed to be franken's breakout year. his close friend took over the caucus, and the former comedian published a new book, "giant of the senate."he had started to appear on more sunday political talk shows and sat for more profiles in the national media, using his wit and celebrity image to serve as a counter to trump's own celebrity.some had even whispered that franken would be the right fit to run against trump in 2020."i really like this job. i like representing the people of minnesota," he told the post in the spring. "i feel like i'm really beginning to know this job."now, franken has a new fight on his hands to keep this job - and it may be out of his longtime ally's hands. "i hope and expect that the ethics committee will fully investigate this troubling incident," schumer said, "as they should with any credible allegation of sexu...





milwaukee man charged in carjacking that killed accomplice

a milwaukee man is facing felony charges after the carjacking of an 88-year-old man ended in a crash that killed his accomplice, police said.deangelo williams, 21, was charged friday with aggravated vehicular hijacking with a firearm, armed robbery and murder, according to chicago police.about 9:45 a.m. wednesday, an 88-year-old man was returning from the gym when he was confronted in the 1000 block of west 61st street by two people who were wearing masks, according to authorities and his family.the two men pulled out a weapon and the owner of the vehicle handed over the keys to his 2003 silver lincoln, officials said. the men then sped off, going north on aberdeen street, then went north on wentworth avenue, police said.officers spotted the lincoln.seconds later, the lincoln struck a semi-truck and slammed into a retaining wall in the 4900 block of south wentworth avenue, authorities have said.the driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene. the passenger, williams, was taken in critical condition to stroger hospital, police said.according to cook county court records, williams was ordered held without bond.