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The Institute Director - Chapters One through Six (Pages 1 - 30)

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Chapter One
Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
In a warehouse parking lot near Walter Reed Medical Center, the Mormon institute director fumbled with the cellophaned pack, retrieving and lighting his first cigarette in thirty-eight years. He barely inhaled as he smoked it through, surprised how familiar it was to his senses. The ash glowed orange and the smoke spun his head as it wafted out the car’s open windows. He looked at his hands as he lit his second, wondering if the small tremors were from the fresh nicotine, the high stakes of the day or another dose of guilt settling into his bones.
Ben Samuels remembered he’d scarcely heard his alarm go off that morning, as he’d been up and dressed. His wife had hit snooze and returned to her sleep. She didn’t think to check on him, nor make an effort to rise. Would Marge have done different had she known what was happening? Maybe, maybe not -- she’d become so distant over the past months.
He stared down at his cigarette.
I bet she’d notice this.
.....
That morning alarm rang as Ben stood with a vacant gaze out his kitchen window, oatmeal bubbling on the stove. Dawn’s light gathered across the plain backyard, the sky clear and the grass begging a mow -- the start of a hot July day in Morgantown, West Virginia. Oats done, he grabbed milk from the fridge and made his way to the table, wholly uninterested in the meal.
He pushed aside his old high school yearbook and opened his laptop, commencing a read-through of his regular websites as he ate -- the Mormon Newsroom, USA Today, Consumer Reports and Amazon, the last to check on a backordered hedge trimmer blade. Only then did he reluctantly click onto the front page of the local paper. He finished his breakfast as he re-read the article detailing John Southland’s bike accident. Though it failed to identify him by his correct name, Ben knew it was his old college roommate under the police blanket in the photos.
He sighed and picked up his yearbook for the third time since learning of John’s death, or John’s murder or whatever it had been. Rogers High School, Spokane, Washington. Class of 1979. Page forty-four, Samuels before Southland, both their senior pictures on the same tuxedoed page. He ran his finger along a faded ballpoint line drawn circuitous between the two of them, “Race On!” written in the margin. Forty years and now a funeral instead of a class reunion, not that John would have attended anyway.
Should he call the authorities? Wake up Marge and tell her everything? His main thought was to do nothing. The paper showed the situation in-hand and it was really none of his business. But Ben couldn’t shake the dread that had gripped him during John’s surprise visit the week before.
He looked around his quiet kitchen half-expecting a calamity to break out. Nothing out of order besides the squeak of the air conditioner, he took a bright yellow USB thumb drive from his pocket and inserted it into his computer. He keyed down and opened the lone video file, still amazed at John’s resolve. There it was -- a silent and grainy footage, a prisoner restrained and bleeding at the end of a penitentiary hallway. Two men exiting the frame, the bald one halfway out and unrecognizable, the other tall and in view. The tall man turning back. Ben winced as the man pulled out what must have been a syringe full of something evil and plunged it into the prisoner’s neck. The prisoner struggled, then slumped at his feet. Ben scooted his chair close and watched again -- starting, stopping, reversing and witnessing once more. It was the most horrible thing he’d ever seen. But had John been correct?
He looked up at Marge’s knick-knacks on the plaster wall. Staring back was a kitschy cross-stitch their oldest daughter had finished fifteen years prior. It read ‘Just Do It,’ the famous quote from both the Mormon prophet Spencer Kimball and a certain Oregon shoe company.
John Southland had been so convinced and so desperate for help. Ben had heard him out in his institute office but done nothing. Now he was dead, like he’d predicted, and Ben had his evidence.
Just Do It.
He turned and rummaged through a worn-out credenza drawer, finding a red envelope. He grabbed a half-sheet of paper, searched for a location on his web browser, wrote his note and sealed it up. A final glance at the cross-stitch and the decision was made. Ben quietly put his dishes in the sink and hurried to his car, an uneasy three-hour drive to Washington, DC ahead of him.
 
Chapter Two
Two Weeks Prior
The only thing interesting about the old split-level colonial atop North Tremont Avenue was its view toward Greensburg’s historic beaux-arts courthouse. The county kept it lit at night and John Southland had come to appreciate its ostentatious dome. He gazed at it most evenings with cold beer in hand, sitting on the concrete steps outside the postwar brick and clapboard home.
The panorama was between telephone wires and across a wide working-class valley, the house on the wrong side of the tracks and long-ago apportioned into three separate apartments to maximize revenue. John had been given the walkup on the main floor -- a creaky sitting room in front of a Formica kitchen with two worn-out bedrooms down a hall. Beneath him was a small basement unit, the third apartment accessed from the blacktop alley around the back.
For most, it would be a dilapidated and bleak place to live. For John, it was a mansion. He reveled in the freedom and the space, twenty years of incarceration fresh in his rearview mirror. The small pleasure of a beer with a view seemed almost magical from day one.
He hadn’t met many neighbors yet. There’d been an occasional ‘Hello, I’m Jimmy Montano,’ but John had remained quiet, taking to heart his WITSEC Inspector’s advice to start slow with the introductions. He filled his plate instead with his new job and all the rules and regulations that came with being a parolee within the U.S. Marshals Service Witness Protection Program. The secret he held also made him careful, a ticking bomb tucked an inch below his veneer.
There’d been only one purchase beyond the necessities, an old Bianchi Celeste from a pawnshop owner who had little concept of its worth. They agreed on a hundred dollars and soon the mint green racer was performing like a European custom. John set out to regain his pre-prison cycling form, spending his evenings and off-days riding the hills of Pennsylvania’s Westmoreland County. He was careful to not cross the government line as WITSEC rules didn’t allow such excursions for at least six months.
His other pastime was more critical -- finding Ben Samuels. Early attempts had been fruitless. His old friend’s name was nowhere to be found on the Mormon Church’s voluminous website. John checked multiple times, waiting over a month before calling the 800 number in Salt Lake City, not wanting one shred of connection to the threat that beset him. Out of options, he used the counter phone at the downtown library after a final attempt searching the site.
“The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, how may I help you?”
“I’m trying to get in touch with one of your employees. A man who works for your church.”
“Name please.”
“Ben Samuels.”
“Which department?”
“No idea. Sorry.”
“Just a moment.”
The woman was quickly back on the line. “Yes, I found him. He works for the CES.”
“CES?”
“Church Educational System. I’ll transfer you.”
The phone clicked and another woman picked up the call. “CES, how may I help you?”
“Ben Samuels, please.”
“Who?”
“I’d like to speak with Ben Samuels.”
“…May I ask who you’re with?”
“No one, ma’am. I’m just trying to reach him.”
“He no longer works here, in our offices.”
“Can you transfer me to his location?”
“Please hold a moment.”
“I’m an old friend of his.”
“Yes sir. Please hold.”
The line switched and John found himself listening to what he recognized as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. It was thirty seconds before someone came back on.
“This is Associate Director Oscar Trejo, may I ask who’s calling?”
The authority in the man’s voice made John want to hang up. “…James. James Montano. I’m trying to reach Ben Samuels.”
“I see. Well, I can tell you he’s no longer here.”
“Does he still work for your church?”
“For the time being. He’s out east, in West Virginia.”
John stood up straight. Ben was nearby. “Do you have a number?”
“I must ask, are you with the press?”
“The press? You mean like a reporter?”
“Yes sir.”
“No, nothing like that. Just a friend.”
John held his breath. The administrator paused, then relented. “…OK, I’ll take you at your word. I’ll give you back to my secretary and she can provide the phone number to the Morgantown Institute.”
John didn’t wait, hanging up as the Tabernacle Choir started a new hymn. He walked back to his allotted computer terminal and keyed in “Mormon Institute, Morgantown West Virginia.” The screen refreshed and the location came up. It was no more than an hour away.
The proximity and the urgency of the story he needed to share made the trip too tempting, WITSEC rules be damned. He bummed a ride from a co-worker as soon as he could. They left early and were back in Greensburg by noon, John sullen and quiet on the way home.
He’d tried his best to convince Ben in his office, but it didn’t seem his former soigneur was going to help. It left John only one option. He called his WITSEC inspector and made an appointment to share what he knew. At least the video on the remaining USB thumb drive was in good condition. He’d become adept at hiding it, choosing a space under a loose floorboard the day he arrived.
He was anxious the night before the meeting. The last thing he wanted was to be hurled back into prison on some sort of technicality. He tossed and turned until settling into a deep sleep after 2am, oblivious to the quiet crunch of a C-rake lock pick and the turn of his front door knob.
.....
John woke to the barrel of a Glock pistol shoved against his shoulder, the beam of a flashlight dancing across the bed.
“Wake up.”
John rolled over. The handgun and nine hundred lumens flashed in his eyes. “What’s going on?”
“Get dressed. You’re going for a ride.”
“What? Turn that light off.”
“Get up. That’s the last time I’m going to tell you.”
John scooted to the edge of the bed. “Who are you?”
“A friend or a nightmare. Your decision. Like I said, it’s time for a ride. Put on your bike gear.”
John’s head cleared. He stood and didn’t ask any more questions -- the intruder wasn’t playing a game. He went to the dresser and pulled on his lone pair of bike shorts, then picked up his socks and cycling shoes.
The man tossed him a T-shirt hanging from a chair. “Slow and steady. Head out the front door.”
A panel van waited outside. Its cargo door was open and a driver sat behind a tinted window. John’s Bianchi was already stowed in the back. He got in and sat beside it while the man with the gun jumped in after him and slid the door shut. The van pulled away from the curb, the Glock held steady toward John’s chest.
John didn’t understand. Why the bike? If they were going to kill him, they’d have shot him in bed. Did they know about the video?
“Where are we going?”
The man wagged his gun. “Shut up. Just sit there.”
Maybe it was something else? Someone he’d testified against returning to settle a score? A midnight visit from one of the cartels? There were too many enemies to keep straight and it would do no good to ask. He went quiet, focusing his eyes beyond his captor, out the back windows.
He could tell by the streetlights and the storefronts they were headed south on State Highway 119 over I-70 toward Uniontown, and that they turned east on Pechin Parkway after the county fairgrounds. Even in the dark it was easy to track the route. He’d ridden it several times over the six weeks he’d lived in Greensburg.
A mile further and the van came to a stop in front of a deserted cement plant. The driver got out and walked away. In the distance, John heard a chain rattle and a gate swing open. There was a whistle back toward the van.
The man with the gun turned on his flashlight and slid open the door. “Put on your shoes.”
John did as he was told and followed him outside.
“Forgetting something?”
“What?”
“Your bike. You can ride home from here.”
A car’s headlights appeared around the bend as John stepped back to the van. The car slowed as it passed and the man lowered his gun. John thought to jump into the road, but it went by before he had the chance.
The man was undeterred. “Get your bike and ride.”
John pulled the Bianchi forward and onto the ground. He spun it around and climbed on. The man turned off his flashlight and stepped close, the scene illuminated only by the van’s taillights. John noticed his captor was at least four inches shorter than himself.
“One more thing.”
The man leaned in and thrust a five-inch tactical knife through John’s right side, even with his stomach. It penetrated his abdomen, slicing his liver, spleen and tearing through his intestines. John screamed and collapsed to his handlebars, the knife held hard inside him, the pain both sharp and dull. The man wrapped his other arm around John’s back and held him steady.
John gasped, his gut burning and blood starting to spill. “Why?” The man yanked the knife out and dropped it to the ground. He grabbed his gun and pressed it to the back of John’s skull. “Justice for the people you murdered. Now ride home. If you make it, you’ll live.”
John didn’t move, blood flowing down his side. He tried to speak but fluid pooled in his throat.
The man gave him a shove. “Ride!”
There was nothing left to do. John pushed off and clicked into his pedals, his right hand pressing his wound and tears streaming down his face. The Glock followed his every move.
Fifty yards, one hundred yards and forward. John was delirious and confused with only his God-given talent keeping him upright. He thought of Greensburg, his new home. The stone steps, the beer. His new job, his new life. There was no way he’d make it. A cry for help on the main road was his only hope. But there had to be separation. He had to get away. He ignored the wound and tried to stand from his saddle, pouring what little he had left into the bike.
He’d made it almost a half mile before he sensed headlights gaining on him, the whine of a powerful engine closing in. John tried to swerve, but the blood loss caused his reactions to slow. The empty cement truck hit him square at forty miles an hour, its barrel spinning as the undercarriage bounced over him like an animal in the roadway. John’s last thought was of his old college roommate, a final prayer sent skyward that Ben Samuels would do the right thing.
 
Chapter Three
Tuesday, July 16th
The courier service delivered the red envelope to the front security desk of the Robert F. Kennedy Justice Building during the lunch hour. It was examined and time-stamped by the Mail Services Risk Assessment Team and hand-delivered to Susan Rivas, the United States Solicitor General’s Confidential Secretary. The unusual color caught her attention. She found it odd, a short note marked “For the immediate eyes of the United States Solicitor General only,” with no return address. Deciding it was warranted and straightening her skirt, Susan took it through the whitewood archway into the solicitor’s office.
She found Walter Peterson alone and busy, three hours into a session of summer prep for the upcoming autumn Supreme Court term. He’d finished the lunch she’d brought him from the executive dining room and there’d been no other interruptions since the morning’s staff meeting. He glanced up as she passed the flag array by the chesterfield sofas, coming forward to his desk. Handed the envelope, he emptied it and read the half-sheet scrap inside.
“I am an LDS Institute Director. I know what you are doing. Meet tonight at 10pm, 5300 West Cedar, Bethesda, Maryland.”
Susan stood silent, watching him turn it over and look back at the envelope. He found a similar result -- there was nothing indicating authorship outside shaky penmanship. He looked at her and again at the letter. “Who delivered this?”
“Mail Services brought it to my desk. Any idea what it’s about?”
“No.”
“Anything you’d have me do?”
“…Nothing. I’ll check it through Chris later.”
“Are you sure? I could have him come over, maybe the FBI as well?”
“I’ll take care of it.”
Susan was used to the abruptness. She knew to be on her toes around the solicitor. “Alright. Anything else for me?”
Peterson re-read the short message and then laid it down. “Has SCOTUS gotten back about October’s schedule? Everyone was concerned this morning. The session is still three months away, but it’s normal to have a draft docket by now.”
Susan shook her head. The Supreme Court’s administrative officer had told her it would be several more days. Peterson grunted and adjusted his reading glasses. “What about the Penitentiary Commission? I’ve made a couple site visits as the attorney general requested. If I’m going again it needs to be soon, before we ramp to full speed for the fall.”
“I’ll check that for you. The calendar has a Commission meeting next week. You know, the AG isn’t expecting you to attend everything as you’re doing this ad hoc.”
“All hands on deck, Susan. Besides, it gets me out and around the country. Boots on the ground, so to speak.”
“Yes sir.”
He nodded and returned to his files.
Susan had to hide a half-grin as she walked away. The idea of her venerable Mormon boss a ‘boots on the ground’ anything was farcical. Bald, obese and unfit for any activity requiring sturdy shoes, she’d never met a man more behind the desk, blue blood and patrician. A woman on her block was LDS and Susan knew her to be the sweetest neighbor around. She couldn’t imagine Peterson neighbor to anyone.
She glanced back from the doorway. Peterson had picked up the phone and was starting a call, the anonymous note in his hand. Susan turned to her workstation and watched the PBX screen. Deputy U.S. Marshal Chris Powers’ line went active five seconds later.
 
Chapter Four
Ben found more time on his hands than he’d anticipated after watching the courier deliver his note. He drove north out of downtown to the small Bethesda warehouse he’d chosen online. Arriving, he found it unfenced and back from the main road, secluded with hills and heavy trees bordering two sides. He circled it and set the stage. Light pole placements were noted, as was the fact there were no exterior cameras in place. He marked a corner spot to park and patted himself on the back as he left. It seemed perfect.
He continued north on Old Georgetown Road through DC suburbia and past a large shopping area. His Honda Accord then merged east onto the Capital Beltway. He smiled as mecca quickly appeared on his left. Though half-hidden in the dense summer green, it stood elegant and soaring above the landscape. The Washington, DC LDS Temple, the single-most recognizable Mormon setting on the American east coast. He exited Georgia Avenue and was soon in the busy parking lot, the spired white building in front of him.
Ben felt no inclination to go inside. It was enough to be on the grounds, even in the summer heat. It brought the first bit of peace since his visit with John. He found a garden bench across from his car, walked over and sat down. Bowing his head, he offered a short prayer for guidance and help -- even a sign that he was on the right path.
That the solicitor general was also LDS and had probably sat on the same bench loomed large in his mind. Walter Peterson was one of the most famous Latter-day Saints in the world, Mormons looking to him with much the same esteem as the senior leaders of their church. A cult of personality existed, his name mentioned in the same breath with Hall of Fame LDS athletes, entertainers and politicians. Few Latter-day Saints were held in higher regard. A surprise appointment by an unconventional president three years prior, Peterson’s Senate confirmation had been can’t-miss television for Mormons across the country. His legal acumen and forceful confidence impressed everyone and left his church community beaming with pride.
Peterson being such a prominent member of his church had been the tipping point in Ben’s decision to confront him. As the good solicitor surely desired protection of his image and standing, Ben reasoned he’d be amenable to such a discussion. The hope was for a brother-to-brother recognition, some sort of ease-the-throttle-back, get everything on the table, save-face. Foolish? Yes. Dangerous? Maybe. He at least took comfort that Mormons were well-known for such admirable foolishness on occasion.
An older, Sunday-dressed couple turned toward him, smiling and holding hands as they walked. Ben shook his head and sighed. His own marriage was far from a mirror image. As Peterson had risen, he’d gone the other way. Purpose had eluded him since his demotion and transfer to West Virginia, his wife feeling the effects even more so. Though they’d both fought depression and a sense of futility in their new surrounds, Marge had isolated herself to the point their relationship had started to strain -- Ben’s ‘what can I do to help’ met too-often with a cold stare and the covers pulled tight.
The couple approached. Ben realized he had no tie on and probably looked out of place. He compensated by standing to greet them.
The woman smiled. “Such a beautiful day to be at the temple.”
“Yes Ma’am.”
She stopped and pointed to cars across the parking lot. “The different license plates are always so interesting.”
“Excuse me?”
“Look at that row. People here today from Virginia, Ohio, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Massachusetts. I love that. Summer vacation must have them on the road -- so nice they chose to come to the House of the Lord along their way.”
Ben played along, pointing at his car backed into its spot. “What about that one?”
The woman looked and then turned back, perplexed. “I have no idea, it doesn’t have a front plate.”
Ben smiled. “That’s mine. I live in West Virginia where front plates aren’t required.”
The woman laughed. “We’ll include you in our count anyway.”
Keen to beat the heat, the woman’s husband patted her arm and looked toward Ben. “You have a nice day.”
Ben stood staring at the cars as they walked off. It was interesting commentary, something to share with his students back at the institute in Morgantown. He thought of all the license plates he’d owned over the course of his life. Washington, Arizona, Florida, Texas, Utah and now West Virginia. He’d have a nice display for his garage had he kept them.
Then, an instant realization of a flaw. Ben looked down the walk at the elderly couple and back at his car. If Peterson had his plate checked, he’d discover who he was. Ben wasn’t ready for that. If John Southland had been correct, Peterson was a menace. The short-lived peace in his heart evaporated. He felt the entire impetuous idea unravel, the grand confrontation less noble by the second.
You’re going to get yourself killed.
He returned to his car with his shoulders low and exited the lot without another thought toward the temple. He headed west, toward the shopping centers on Old Georgetown Road, intent on lunch and little else.
 
Chapter Five
June 1st, 1990
CES Area Director Oscar Trejo waited for his boss on the eighth floor of the LDS Church Office Building. He was off the clock and self-conscious minus a suit, visiting Salt Lake City on a vacation day to attend a family function. He hadn’t planned on the summons and was glad he at least had a white shirt and tie to wear.
Ushered into Associate Director Ronald Hayes’s large office by a secretary and left alone, Trejo found an oversized U.S. map propped on an easel beside the desk. Multi-colored stickpins were placed in college towns throughout the eastern United States. Trejo figured they were potential sites for the new Regional Select Institutes, knowing Church Educational System leadership had appointed Hayes to oversee the project. He was studying the map when the Associate Director entered and shut the door. Trejo pointed at the stick pins and spoke with his usual candor. “Are these what I think they are?”
Hayes smiled. “If by ‘these’ you mean potential Regional Select Institute sites, the answer is yes.”
“May I speak freely, sir?”
“I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
Trejo ran his index finger down the right side of the map. “I don’t like it.”
“What’s not to like?”
“These ‘RSI’s. I don’t like the concept or the philosophy. Are we really going to encourage these students to not come to Brigham Young University or institute programs in Utah, urging them instead to stay back east for college?”
“That’s the general idea, yes.”
Hayes scooted past Trejo and sat down at his desk. He opened the center drawer and retrieved a paper-clipped set of four index cards. Trejo continued as he moved to a chair opposite his boss. “Why would we do that? How is it better than bringing them out west? Many of the eastern programs have less than a hundred students.”
Hayes took a deep breath and looked across the desk. “How are you, Oscar?”
Trejo grinned, realizing he’d jumped ahead. “Fine, sir.”
“Wife and kids?”
“Everyone’s good. They’re all waiting for me at my in-laws’. We’re attending a high school graduation tonight.”
“Who’s graduating?”
“My wife’s sister.”
“Wow. I know you’re the youngest of our Area Directors, but to have a sister-in-law graduating from high school is quite something. How old are you?”
“I’m thirty-eight, my wife’s thirty-three. She’s the oldest in her family, with eight brothers and sisters. This is the last of them.”
“Well, I hope you enjoy yourselves. When are you heading back to Arizona?”
“Tomorrow. The family will stay here a while, now that school’s out. How did you know I was even in Utah?”
“Simple. I called your office in Phoenix and found you were on the road. Your secretary gave me the number where you were staying.” “How can I help?”
“For starters, let me address your point about low enrollment at our eastern institutes. What about the students there now, Oscar? Don’t you think they would appreciate extra resources and more LDS kids joining them?”
Trejo ignored the logic. “It seems like we’re conducting an experiment which might hurt more than help in the long run.”
“The long run is why we’re doing this. The idea is to foster organic, regional growth. LDS students staying in their home areas to attend college, meeting others doing the same, marrying and settling where they’re from. Growing the church that way.”
“Sounds pie in the sky.”
Hayes shuffled his cards. “What about your Arizona Area? If I’m not mistaken, you have over five thousand Mormon students attending non-LDS colleges and their adjacent institutes down there. Why not shoot for those numbers elsewhere? Ignoring these sorts of things not only stalls the growth of our institutes outside the inter-mountain west, it very well hinders the growth of the church in those regions as well.
How many of these kids who come to Utah wind up going back to where they’re from after they graduate? And what happens to those areas of the church when they leave? Like a leaky faucet, a constant drip of strength exiting the very places that not only need them, but the spots these young folks call home. And where do they wind up? They either stay here, where we already have an overflowing strength, or land in a third place with no roots and a yearning to move yet again. No Oscar, I don’t see it like you seem to anymore. Fortifying institute programs to retain many of these students in their home areas is what we should be doing, and these RSI’s are just what the doctor ordered.”
Hayes doled out the index cards across his desk. Trejo sat forward and watched. College Station, Texas; Gainesville, Florida; Blacksburg, Virginia and East Lansing, Michigan. Texas A&M, the University of Florida, Virginia Tech and Michigan State -- already four of the largest institute programs east of the Rocky Mountains. Hayes looked up and continued. “These are the four we’ve decided to start with and the groundwork has already been laid. Marketing materials have been drafted and Church architects have visited the sites, submitting plans to renovate and expand each one. I now have to recommend additional staff, including full-fledged assistant directors at each location.”
Hayes picked up a card and got to his point. “Tell me about this fellow you have in Mesa, Ben Samuels.”
“Samuels? Great guy with a full head of steam.”
“So I’ve heard. He has a Master’s in Higher Education and was baptized in an institute font. If his interview goes well, I’m thinking of sending him here….”
Hayes handed Trejo the card in his hand. Trejo took it, reading it aloud. “Gainesville, Florida. The University of Florida.”
He turned serious. “Well, if you’re going to do this, I think Ben’s perfect. Amazing really. How did you hear about him?”
“He’s inquired about moving from our high school seminary programs to the collegiate institutes.”
Trejo smiled. “He’s an interesting case study. A convert who never attended high school seminary, now teaching it and doing quite well. He’s been in Mesa several years and seems content, but it wouldn’t surprise me if bigger things were ahead for Ben.”
“He grew up in Spokane, Washington, right?”
“I think so. He joined the church while attending Washington State University, in Pullman. He’s told me that. His wife introduced him to the missionaries, back when they were dating.”
“I look forward to meeting him.”
“I have a different idea for you. If you’re serious about this ‘homegrown’ business, why not assign someone who happens to be from Florida to be the new assistant director? Send that person home and leave Samuels in Arizona. We’d hate to lose him.”
Hayes put his elbows on his desk and leaned forward. “Excellent question, Oscar. It goes to my larger point. We’ve actually looked into that, at all four sites. Would you believe we don’t have a single qualified CES employee who hails from Texas, Florida, Virginia or Michigan? Think about that -- it’s a telling fact. Twenty or thirty years from now, we hope to find a different circumstance. Maybe you’ll be sitting in my chair by then. If you are, I hope you’ll find more options than I have today.”
Trejo wasn’t ready to quit. “I still don’t like it, sir. As a parent, I’ll do everything I can to get my kids to one of our church colleges and would only consider something like an RSI as a last resort. I wouldn’t even want them at the major Arizona universities attending the institute programs I oversee. I want them here in Utah, where we’re at our best.”
“I understand, and we’re not interested in weakening the church schools. This will be an additional, fortified resource to work in tandem with what we have here in the inter-mountain west. Let’s not forget, these institute programs already exist. Our goal is to strengthen them, create a few gems to shine bright and give the LDS students from these areas another solid option to consider.” “What about financial considerations? One of the great benefits of church colleges is the tithing-supported low cost. Certainly BYU is a cheaper option than the University of Florida.”
“We’re working on that as well. As part of the roll-out, LDS endowments and scholarships will be set up and encouraged at each RSI site. We’ll be asking the membership to consider donations. It’ll defray the cost differences and further enhance the visibility and viability of the programs.”
“Do you think you’ll get much in the way of contributions?”
“I’m confident we will. These programs might be small, but they’ve had their successes over the years. We’ll be reaching out to the alumni, as well as the general membership. I believe it will work, and work well.”
“Florida would be lucky to have someone like Ben Samuels. Why not send him to Washington, where he’s from? I’m sure he’d love that. I visited his classroom a couple months ago. He had a Washington State banner on his wall.”
Hayes reached over and retrieved the card from his area director. “No, it’s east of the Rockies where the interest lies. If these four programs are successful, we’ll expand from there. As you’ve said, it seems Ben will do well wherever he’s assigned. At least for now, it’s Florida that’s in the cards for him.”
 
Chapter Six
Tuesday, July 16th
Ben was still smoking when the black SUV entered the parking lot and disappeared to the other side of the warehouse. Opening his door, he cursed himself for being so dramatic with the cigarettes. He’d smoked for three hours straight, more in remembrance of a life long passed than any desire to calm his nerves. He got out, stubbed his last one and threw the almost-empty pack in a nearby dumpster.
Enough of that.
He took a deep breath and headed the other way around, rehearsing what he would say.
I know what you did. I know what you are doing…
The SUV’s yellow fog lamps brightened his path as he turned the final corner, the vehicle fifty yards ahead. A man was standing outside the open driver’s door. He reached in and flipped on the high beams, assaulting Ben’s eyes with a blinding white.
“That’s far enough.”
Ben stopped and raised his hands halfway as the man came toward him. He was short and thin, quite the opposite from what Ben knew of Walter Peterson’s large build. The man’s suit, tie and confident gait identified him as a deputy or agent, a man with a badge and a gun. He approached, looked Ben over and then patted him down, spinning him around to double-check.
“What’s your name and what do you want with the Solicitor General?”
“I need to speak with him.”
“I need to see some ID.”
“I’d rather not disclose who I am. Is he with you?”
“Did you write that note?”
Ben started to answer but saw another man climb out of the SUV, shutting the door behind him. “Chris, it’s ok, send him over.” Chris forced a smile. “I guess you win. Follow me.”
Peterson’s thickset frame cast a wide shadow in the dim light. Tall and overweight to a fault without a hair on his head, he resembled a former athlete who’d let himself go, his glory years decades behind him. He was dressed to match his guard, but as they came to the passenger side of the SUV, Ben could tell his suit and tie were from a much better store -- the United States Solicitor General before him.
Ben hesitated then stepped close, an image of his dead friend appearing in his mind. Peterson wrinkled his nose and leaned back on his heels. “Who are you and what’s this cloak and dagger business about?”
Ben glanced at Chris, astonished he’d made it to the moment at hand. He turned and looked Peterson in the eye. “Never mind who I am. I’m here about James Montano.”
Peterson raised his eyebrows. “Who?”
“I’m sure you know the name.”
Peterson scraped his shoe across the asphalt. “The note you wrote this morning. You’re an institute director for the Church? Where?”
“Yes, I work for the Church out here. Telling you that was the only way I could get this meeting. But I’m not here to talk about me. I want to talk about James Montano.”
“Again, I don’t know anyone by that name. To be honest, this is quite strange. If you aren’t going to tell me more about you, this little waste of my time is over.”
Peterson turned and reached for his door. Ben gathered himself and brought forward his case. “I think you killed him…. And if you did, I know he’s not the only one.”
His fist on the handle, Peterson stared at the reflection in the window and seemed lost in thought. He then straightened and swung back, his demeanor cold, his voice that of a seasoned prosecutor. “First, would that be cigarettes I smell? Mormon institute director? I think not.”
Ben tried to reply but was cut off.
“Second, I have no idea what you’re talking about and it’s obvious you don’t know what you’re doing here. Third, though I haven’t had the privilege of an introduction, you seem to know who I am. I would think that might give you pause. I know nothing of a ‘James Montano.’ I suggest you slink back to your car and head home before you find yourself in serious trouble.”
Ben pressed as Chris stepped forward to intercede. “James ‘Jimmy’ Montano, AKA John Southland, witness protection case WS436C. Found dead in a ditch three days ago, south of Greensburg, Pennsylvania. He came to me last week, told me everything and gave me proof.”
Peterson’s bald head cocked to the right, his eyes widening at the mention of John’s real name. He dropped his hand from the SUV’s door and started toward Ben, raising his chin like a prizefighter sizing up an opponent.
Ben caught his breath and stepped back. Chris grabbed his arm and shuffled him off, letting him go in front of the headlights.
“Stand still with your hands where I can see them. Stay like that until we leave.”
Awash in the light, Ben watched as Chris went back behind Peterson, who stood glaring his way. He opened the rear passenger door and tugged on the solicitor general’s coat.
“Come on boss, let’s go.”
Peterson sneered and shook his head, then turned and climbed back into the vehicle. Chris retreated to his driver’s seat and put the SUV into reverse. Ben stayed put, his nerves shot and mind racing, the taste of something much worse than cigarettes in his mouth.
.....
Peterson pulled out his phone and sent a text to Neck, stationed nearby in a stand of hackberry trees.
-Stand down.
He looked out the window and up the hill, catching a glimpse of his lanky security assistant lowering his sniper rifle. Peterson then turned toward the windshield and took stock of the so-called institute director. Just under six feet tall and waspy white, he had a pot belly, balding salt and pepper hair, cheap shoes, wire-framed glasses and a skittish demeanor. The typical build of a fellow Mormon in his mid-fifties. Though he resisted the thought, he had to admit -- every box was checked.
“Proof? What proof could he have?”
He ordered Chris to step on it and they were gone.
 
END OF EXCERPT....
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2019.10.10 15:10 assessment_bot [ Fatal(5) ] [ 10/03/2019 ] Socata TBM 700, Lansing/ MI

On October 3, 2019, about 0858 eastern daylight time, a Socata TBM 700 airplane, N700AQ, collided with terrain while on an instrument approach to Capital Region International Airport (LAN), Lansing, Michigan. The commercial pilot, pilot-rated passenger, and 3 passengers were fatally injured. The remaining passenger sustained serious injuries. The airplane was substantially damaged. The airplane was owned by N700AQ LLC and operated under Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 91 on an instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan. Day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site. The cross-country business flight departed Indy South Greenwood Airport (HFY), Greenwood, Indiana, at 0800.
According to automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) data that was transmitted from the airplane to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) air traffic control (ATC), the flight departed runway 19 at HFY and turned northeast toward MAREO intersection where it turned north toward LAN. The airplane subsequently climbed to flight level 190 (19,000 ft pressure altitude). At 0834:24, the flight entered a cruise descent from flight level 190 and was progressively cleared down to 3,000 ft mean sea level (msl). According to ATC communications, the pilot was provided radar vectors to join the localizer for the instrument landing system (ILS) runway 10R approach at LAN. At 0853:03, the approach controller stated, "TBM zero alpha quebec, five miles from FAMLI, turn right, ah, right heading zero seven zero, maintain three thousand until established on the localizer, cleared the ILS one zero right." The pilot responded, "Zero seven zero, ah, we're cleared for the ILS ten right into, ah, Lansing." The ADS-B data indicated the airplane entered a right turn and joined the localizer inbound.
At 0854:27, the approach controller stated, "TBM zero alpha quebec, contact Lansing tower one one niner point niner, good day." The pilot responded, "One nineteen ninety, seven hundred alpha quebec." At 0855:29, the airplane crossed over the outer marker (FAMLI) at 2,302 ft msl and continued to descend on the glideslope while established inbound on the localizer toward runway 10R. The airplane had a calculated true airspeed of 168 knots when it crossed over the outer marker. Between 0855:29 and 0857:45, the airplane continued to decelerate from 168 knots to 64 knots.
At 0854:36, the pilot established contact with the Lansing tower controller and reported being established on the ILS Runway 10R instrument approach. At 0854:39, the tower controller stated, "Seven zero zero alpha quebec, Lansing, ah, tower, the winds are calm, one zero right cleared to land." The pilot responded, "Cleared to land, ah, ten right, seven hundred alpha quebec." There were no additional communications received from the pilot. At 0858:13, the tower controller attempted to contact the pilot over the tower frequency without success.
The ADS-B data indicated that at 0857:06 the airplane was about 1.3 miles from the runway threshold at 1,250 ft msl (about 400 ft above the runway elevation) and established on the localizer inbound to the runway. At 0857:37, the airplane was 0.5 mile from the runway threshold at 1,041 ft msl (about 180 ft above the runway elevation) when it entered a shallow climb and a left turn away from the runway heading. When the left turn began, the airplane had decelerated to 72 knots. Between 0857:37 and 0857:45, the airplane continued to decelerate to 64 knots while it climbed to 1,059 ft. At 0857:45, the final ADS-B datapoint was located about 300 ft north of the localizer centerline and 0.36 miles from the runway 10R threshold. The final ADS-B datapoint was about 480 ft southwest of the initial impact point with terrain.
According to FAA records, the 48-year-old pilot held a commercial pilot certificate with single-engine land and instrument airplane ratings. His most recent FAA second-class medical certificate was issued on January 4, 2019, with no restrictions or limitations. On the application for his current medical certificate, the pilot reported having accumulated 1,325 total hours of flight experience and 125 hours within the previous 6 months.
The pilot's flight history was established using his logbook. The final logbook entry was dated September 30, 2019, at which time he had accumulated 1,403.8 hours total flight time. The pilot had 1,404.8 hours total flight experience including the 1 hour accident flight. The pilot had flown 1,375 hours in single-engine airplanes and 29.8 hours multi-engine airplanes. He had logged 1,365 hours as pilot-in-command, all of which were flown in single-engine airplanes. He had flown 250.6 hours, 125.9 hours, 88.2 hours, and 35.5 hours during the year, 6 months, 90 days, and month before the accident, respectively. Based on available information, the 1 hour accident flight was his only flight time during the previous 24 hours.
The pilot's most recent flight review, as required by Title 14 CFR 61.56, was completed upon the issuance of his commercial pilot certificate dated May 8, 2019. His last instrument proficiency check was completed in a Redbird SR22 simulator on September 12, 2019. He completed the SIMCOM TBM 700 Initial Course on September 30, 2018. According to the pilot's logbook, he had flown 76.4 hours and 9.8 hours in Socata TBM 700 and TBM 850 airplanes, respectively. The pilot had logged all of his Socata TBM 700 flight time during the 12 months before the accident.
According to FAA records, the 67-year-old pilot-rated passenger held a commercial pilot certificate with single-engine land and instrument airplane ratings. He also held a flight instructor certificate for single-engine land and instrument. The pilot did not possess a valid FAA medical certificate; his previous third-class medical certificate expired on August 31, 2017. The pilot obtained the required comprehensive medical examination for BasicMed from his physician on September 25, 2017, and completed the required medical education course on February 19, 2018. A pilot logbook was not located during the onsite investigation.
The airplane, a Socata TBM 700 C2, serial number 252, was manufactured in 2003. The low-wing airplane was of conventional aluminum construction and was equipped with a retractable tricycle landing gear and a pressurized cabin that was configured to seat six individuals. The airplane was powered by a 700 shaft-horsepower Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-64 turbo-propeller engine, serial number PCE-PM-0140, through a 4-blade, constant speed, full-feathering, Hartzell HC-E4N-3/E9083SK propeller assembly, serial number HH1456. The airplane was approved for operations in instrument meteorological conditions and in known icing conditions. The airplane had a maximum allowable takeoff weight of 7,394 pounds. On May 12, 2003, the airplane was issued a standard airworthiness certificate and a registration number when it was imported into the United States after manufacture in France. The current airplane owner purchased the airplane on July 31, 2018.
According to maintenance records, the airplane had been maintained under the provisions of an approved manufacturer inspection program. The most recent annual inspection was completed on June 1, 2019, at 3,512.3 hours total airframe time. At the time of the accident, the airframe, engine, and propeller had accumulated 3,550.6 hours since new. The engine had accumulated 1,184.8 hours since its last hot section inspection. The propeller had accumulated 1,089.4 hours since its last overhaul. The static system, altimeter system, automatic pressure altitude reporting system, and transponder were last tested on April 10, 2018. A postaccident review of the available maintenance records found no history of unresolved airworthiness issues.
The airplane had two fuel tanks, one located in each wing, and a total fuel capacity of 290.6 gallons (281.6 gallons usable). The airplane had been fueled with 100 gallons of fuel before the flight, and according to available fueling documentation and airplane use logs, the airplane had about 176 gallons onboard before the flight.
According to the current weight-and-balance record, dated May 24, 2017, the airplane had an empty weight of 4,674.28 lbs and a useful load of 2,719.92 lbs. The empty weight center-of-gravity (CG) was 187.17 inches aft of the datum. At maximum takeoff weight, 7,394 lbs, the forward and aft CG limits were 187 inches and 193.65 inches, respectively.
The airplane's weight and balance at takeoff were calculated using the reported weights and seat positions for the pilot and the 5 passengers, fueling receipts/invoices, and recent flight tracking data. Based on the available data, the takeoff weight and CG location were estimated to be 7,626.28 lbs and 196.18 inches, respectively. At takeoff, the airplane was about 232 lbs over the maximum allowable takeoff weight and about 2.53 inches past the aft CG limit. The engine burned about 70 gallons (476 lbs) of fuel during the flight. The estimated airplane weight and CG location at the time of impact were 7,150.28 lbs and 196.60 inches, respectively. At impact, the airplane was about 126 lbs over the maximum allowable landing weight and 2.95 inches past the aft CG limit.
According to the Socata TBM 700 C2 Pilot Operating Handbook (POH), Supplement No. 41, the aerodynamic stall speed at maximum takeoff weight with the landing gear and flaps extended for landing is 65 knots. The aerodynamic stall speed at maximum takeoff weight with the landing gear and flaps extended for takeoff is 77 knots. The aerodynamic stall speed at maximum takeoff weight with the landing gear and flaps retracted is 83 knots. The approach speed with flaps in the landing position is 85 knots.
A postaccident review of available meteorological data established that day instrument meteorological conditions prevailed at the accident site. At 0853, about 5 minutes before the accident, the LAN automated surface observing system reported a calm wind, 1.25 miles surface visibility, light rain with mist, 400 ft above ground level (agl) overcast ceiling, temperature 12C, dew point 11C, and an altimeter setting of 29.93 inches of mercury. At 0906, about 8 minutes after the accident, the LAN automated surface observing system reported a calm wind, 1 mile surface visibility, light rain with mist, a vertical visibility of 500 ft agl, temperature 12C, dew point 12C, and an altimeter setting of 29.94 inches of mercury.
Capital Region International Airport, a public airport located about 3 miles northwest of Lansing, Michigan, was owned and operated by Capital Region Airport Authority. The airport field elevation was 861 ft msl. The airport was served by three asphalt runways, runway 1028L (8,506 ft by 150 ft), runway 6/24 (5,003 ft by 120 ft), and runway 1028L (8,506 ft by 150 ft), runway 10L/28R (3,601 ft by 75 ft). The airport was equipped with an air traffic control tower that was operational at the time of the accident.
During an ILS approach, the localizer provides lateral guidance for the final approach course, and the glideslope provides vertical guidance as the aircraft descends toward the runway. For a precision approach, such as an ILS approach, the missed approach point is where the aircraft reaches the decision altitude while on the glideslope.
The published inbound course for the ILS runway 10R approach at LAN was 096 magnetic, the crossing altitude for the final approach fix (FAMLI) was 2,367 ft msl, and the distance between FAMLI and the runway 10R threshold was 4.5 nm. The touchdown zone elevation was 861 ft msl. The decision altitude was 1,061 ft msl (200 ft agl) and required 2,400 ft runway visibility range (RVR). The missed approach procedure was to climb on runway heading to 2,000 ft msl, then make a left turn to a 070 magnetic heading and climb to 2,700 ft msl, then join the 257 radial from the Flint vortac, and hold at ERRYS intersection.
The initial impact was in an open grass field located about 0.3 miles west-northwest of the runway 10R threshold. The initial impact was identified by a large area of grass that had been pushed down and preceded a 135 ft long ground scar that was oriented on a 060 bearing. The initial impact point measured 42 ft wide and was consistent with the wingspan of the airplane. The lower VHF antenna, the left main landing gear door, and several flap track fairings had separated from the airplane and were located along the wreckage debris path.
The main wreckage consisted of the entire airplane. Both wings and the empennage remained attached to the fuselage. All flight control surfaces remained attached to their respective hinges. Flight control continuity for the elevator, rudder, and right aileron were confirmed from the forward cabin to each flight control surface. Flight control continuity to the left aileron could not be established due to impact damage; however, the observed cable separations near the left wing root were consistent with overstress. Both spoilers were retracted and remained connected to their respective ailerons. The wing flap actuator jack screws were found halfway between the takeoff and landing positions. The left main landing gear and nose gear were fully retracted and on their respective actuator up-locks. The right main landing gear had retracted into its wheel well; however, the right gear was not secured by its respective actuator up-lock. Both the rudder and elevator trim surfaces were found in a neutral position. The throttle was found in the flight idle position, the propeller lever was full forward, and the condition lever was full forward. The fuel manual override was closed and gated. The flap selector was found in the "UP" and locked position. The landing gear selector switch was found in the "UP" position. The fuel system switch was found on "AUTO" and the engine was using fuel from the left fuel tank at impact. Both fuel tanks had ruptured during impact and there was a strong odor of Jet-A aviation fuel at the accident site.
The engine remained attached to its respective engine mounts. There was a complete fracture of the propeller shaft and reduction gearbox housing forward of the 2nd stage reduction gears. Engine oil was found on the outside of the engine cowling, windscreen, and extending 20 ft in front of the engine on the ground. Much of the engine oil had been pumped out of the engine after impact. There was compressive impact damage to the exhaust case at the 6 o'clock position. Engine control continuity was established from the cockpit to the fuel control unit. The propeller speed setting lever and reset cables had separated from the propeller governor; however, free movement of the cables were observed when the cockpit levers were moved by hand. The compressor rotor was free to turn with no anomalies and continuity was established with the accessory gearbox. Fuel discharged from hoses when the fuel pump was rotated. The fuel filter bowl was about full of fuel, which appeared clear with no significant debris or phase separation. Both magnetic chip detectors were free of any metallic particles. There was some minor foreign object debris found on the leading edge of several 1st stage compressor blades, and there was vegetation debris found in the inlet screen. The compressor turbine (CT) and power turbine (PT) were intact with all blades present. There were rotational contact signatures observed on the CT blades downstream platforms from contact with the inner shroud of the upstream side of the 1st stage PT vane ring. The 1st stage PT blade tips displayed rubbing, and corresponding rubbing was observed on the shroud at the 6 and 12 o'clock positions. Some of the upstream blade platforms displayed rubbing with the inner shroud of the downstream side of the 1st stage PT vane ring.
The propeller assembly remained attached to the engine propeller shaft that fractured from the engine reduction gear box during impact. One propeller blade was bent in the forward/thrust direction. The remaining three propeller blades were bent in the aft direction. All four propeller blades exhibited chordwise/rotational scoring on the camber side with paint discoloration from the tip to the outboard end of the deice boot. Three blades exhibited chordwise/rotational scoring on the face side. The spinner dome was dented adjacent to one propeller blade with a counterweight impression area with the centeaverage angle of about 44. The pitch change rod was in the feathered position. Three propeller blades could be rotated by hand force due to fractured pitch change mechanisms. One propeller blade had been forcefully rotated beyond the reverse stop position, two blades were in an approximate low pitch position, and one blade was in an approximate feathered position. The beta ring appeared intact and undamaged with the carbon block and beta arm in position. The beta arm and valve moved freely.
Category Data Category Data Category Data
Event Id: 20191003X13056 Investigation Type: Accident Accident Number: CEN20FA001
Event Date: 10/03/2019 Location: Lansing, MI Country: United States
Latitude: 42.780278 Longitude: -84.606111 Airport Code: LAN
Airport Name: Capital Region International Injury Severity: Fatal(5) Aircraft Damage: Substantial
Aircraft Category: Airplane Registration Number: N700AQ Make: Socata
Model: TBM 700 Amateur Built: No Number of Engines: 1
Engine Type: Turbo Prop FAR Description: Part 91: General Aviation Schedule:
Purpose of Flight: Business Air Carrier: Total Fatal Injuries: 5
Total Serious Injuries: 1 Total Minor Injuries: Total Uninjured:
Weather Condition: IMC Broad Phase of Flight: APPROACH Report Status: Preliminary
Publication Date: 10/09/2019
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2019.08.03 12:44 Engagedmusician 06.15.19 Midwest Wedding Recap + Budget Breakdown (DETAILED!)

Good morning, Weddit! I always found recaps to be useful, especially the budget breakdowns, so seven weeks later, I'm finally getting time to write everything up. I'm A-type to the max, so I made sure to document absolutely everything.
First, PICTURES! They're all out of order because I had to go with non-imgur because Imgur was only uploading 4/60 pictures before telling me the rest are not able to be uploaded. Oh welllll. Also, I apologize for any grammatical mistakes. It's 1:30am and I haven't stayed up this late in months..
I married my amazing husband June 15th of this year, after being engaged for 23 months. We went with a longer engagement because I was about to leave for my master's program across the country. I wanted to finish grad school before getting married, so I was doing my planning a mid-Michigan wedding while in New Mexico. I did end up booking almost all my vendors about 18 months before the wedding because that was the time I was home in the midwest for Christmas.

Number Breakdown:

Invited: 145
Declined: 44
No shows: 2 - one was a friend who came down with really bad stomach flu the night before the wedding and couldn't make the four hour drive out (way understandable) and the other was a "friend" from undergrad who decided to tell us the groom that because of one other wedding that summer, he didn't think he could take off work. Yeah. Never told the bride or anything. That one pissed me off a lot.
*Besides my family, all his family and our friends were from out-of-state, so a lot of those who declined were to be expected. A few however were very unexpected and it was disappointing. I was worried over not having enough people but right around 100 ended up being PERFECT. I got a chance to talk to everyone, there was plenty of space, and it saved a heck of a lot of money!

Cost Breakdown

Budget Expectations
Initial expectations: $15,000 <-- we were not factoring in honeymoon expenses for this
Actual spending: $13,720 not including honeymoon events; $14,702 including honeymoon events
*We actually were able to pay off everything before taking any of the money we received from parents, which felt really good. Everything they gave us went to pay ourselves back for larger purchases, go to the misc. charges close to the wedding, and covered our honeymoon events.

I did a LOT of DIY. And when I DIY, I make sure it looks just as high of quality as any product sold on etsy. I totally get why people pay high end for products. I just felt that if I could make it myself, I couldn't really justify paying it. Which was totally fine because I LOVE crafting. It took tons of time, but I got so many compliments, it made all the time I spent so worth it.

VENDORS:

Venue - Cherry Barc Farm in Vermontville, Michigan. $4,000
We had the venue from 9am until 11pm on a Saturday. This cost included outside the barn for the ceremony and inside for the reception, all 12.5 acres for pictures. Photobooth and all props were included for three hours along with a cute scrapbook of all the photos taken. Two bartenders were provided along with a freezer, wine cooler, and a whole bar area. There was a whole loft available to get ready with the girls and the farm has animals! Guests loved taking pictures with the goats and ducks. I loved walking onto the property and being greeted by 10 French bulldogs!!

Day of Coordinating/Decorating - $1500
Our venue owner offers a service where she can be a coordinator and do the decorating the day of. We figured this cost could be worth it and holy crap was it. She had the entire venue set up, was the point person for all vendors, set up and decorated everything, helped pin on boutonnieres, provided lunch for the bridal party, greeted guests, and answered my stupid worries I had at 1am. This was so so worth this extra fee to have the reassurance someone else had my back. I did not have to worry about a single thing that day, which for me, never happens.

Food - Center of the Plate Catering - $1700
WAS AMAZING. We went with a buffet style. People hate on buffets, but I like being able to pick and choose what I eat! We had rolls, a Michigan Cherry and walnut salad, top round with a horseradish au jus, grilled chicken with a cherry-apple compote, roasted herb potatoes, and butter and garlic green beans. Every bite was amazing. The service was also majorly efficient, getting through all the tables really quickly. I'm thankful we went with a sweetheart table so we could have a few minutes to chat and eat before talking.
This also includes the price of table side water service and having lemonade and tea for non-alcoholic options

Photography - Kapture my Heart Photography - $1550
We had very few expectations and just wanted a mix of standard shots and candid pictures that would capture all the emotions. She went above and beyond to do that. All of our pictures look incredible and she was so flexible when we had ideas to try different poses at various locations. AND our photographer did all this while pregnant!! She is the sweetest mama that put so much thought and love into capturing our beautiful day. We have so many favorite pictures that made us laugh, cry, and just remember our amazing day.

Videography - DTA Productions- $600
I kept going back and forth on videography. I wanted it badly, but I didn't want to pay thousands upon thousands for it. There was a guy who posted to a local bride page, saying he wanted to get into wedding videography and has some deals. He ended up working with me to create my own contract of sorts. I wanted the big parts - ceremony, speeches, dances, some dancing. I did not want the getting ready bits. So we cut a deal and made that happen! He had one or two wedding videos prior to me booking him and they were stunning. I cannot wait to see what he has created for ours!!

HaiMakeup - Bombshell Beauty Solutions - $175 + I can't remember what I put in her card for a tip
I was nervous about this vendor at first to be honest because her prices were so low! It was $100 TOTAL for me to do a hair and makeup trial and day of hair and makeup. This included falsies and airbrush makeup. For the girls, it was $75 for hair and airbrush makeup and went down from there for those only doing one service. Every other place I checked was at least double. So she ended up giving me a bride who just got married as a reference, who raved about this lady's work. And it was stunning. My trial was on my birthday (see previous post for pics) and I felt even more beautiful the day of. My makeup held up all day - even through all the tears! - and hair held up throughout the next day because I was afraid to deal with washing it because of the teased-ness hahah. I ended up paying for mine and covering my MOH's because she did so much for me throughout that weekend. Everyone else decided what they wanted and covered it themselves.

Cake and Cupcakes - Cortneygirl's Cake Closet - $585
When I was in high school, my AP History teacher mentioned his wife starting a bakery. Once I got engaged, I reached out to see if she still did! It was important to me to help out a local business, especially a family I loved throughout high school. She had a huge list of options of cake and cupcake flavors, and was also willing to mix and match to create a custom menu for us. We ended up going with simple flavors - 4 dozen cupcakes were dark chocolate with a dark chocolate buttercream, 4 dozen were vanilla with a french vanilla buttercream, and our cake was a small, 2 tier raspberry with french vanilla buttercream. They were so rich and fluffy, and we received countless compliments. No leftovers was a huge plus, besides the top tier of the cake we froze!
This also included the transport and set up of all the cakes and cupcakes!
$15 of that cost was Amazon for the gold liners we put the cupcakes in. Any extras we just donated to our baker!

DJ - ArJay Music & Memories - $500
As a musician, having the right music is always incredibly important to me. Part of me was thinking of creating a spotify playlist myself, but after talking with multiple DJs, I found our DJ. We had one request being no country music, but gave him a very small request list to maximize his creativity. And he created the absolute BEST reception vibe. Friends danced from right after our parent dances until 11pm when the reception closed. He provided a huge range of genres, reaching all ages of guests. Once more of the older guests left, his music turned more to the 80s and 90s, which was perfect for all our friends. We also got to impress our friends with our swing dancing multiple times that night.

Ice Cream - MSU Dairy Store - $67
Definitely a last minute decision to add ice cream and I'm so glad we did. Went to the Michigan State Dairy store and got 90 little 5oz cups. If any of you have been to this place in East Lansing, the ice cream is incredible. So that was a nice local touch to add for all those coming from out of state!

Booze - $500
We did just wine and beer to make life easy. Toasts were with whatever you had. I didn't want to deal with buying mixers and liquor so we kept it simple. Almost did two signature drinks and then that went in the fuck it bucket. No one had any complaints about free booze soooo whatever.
$300 Wine from Costco. I thought we were going overboard but turns out...everyone loves wine. We got 36 1.5L bottles - 10 pino grigo, 10 sav., 16 red sangria. I think we had 6 bottles left over, which I will gladly drink.
$150 Keg of Bell's Oberon. I think we ended up having about 1/4 left at the end of the night? But definitely worth it to get the keg. I think it was another $50ish or so to rent the keg or something and then we just brought a tap with us.

Flowers - $200
I think besides the veil, I'm most proud of the flowers. I used fake flowers from afloral.com and I was super worried people would judge me for this but dammit, I wanted something I could keep. The part I'm super proud of is I ended up making about 400+ sheet music roses (definitely pictures in previous posts of mine. and in the album above). My coordinator went above and beyond with these. I told her to put them anywhere because I had so many leftover, so they were on the tables and on the cake and all over. And guests actually took them as favors! Any extra that were left I donated to the venue :) But that crafting project was what kept me sane first semester of grad school - hot gluing flowers + planet earth. And I love seeing how the bouquets turned out in pictures. Each bouquet was unique and different and the girls get to take them home and use them wherever they want.

Rings - $400 from Etsy. Seller for groom's ring: RobAndLean
When we got engaged, we were both recent grads who didn't want to spend a lot of money. I didn't feel right with the whole blood money diamond thing, so I started looking into lab created diamonds. I felt WAY better about that and I really didn't want to spend a lot because I knew I was moving to Albuquerque - aka super bad crime area. I didn't want to deal with insurance, so both our rings cost $200. Easily replaced if needed, but you really can't tell! I love telling the story behind mine as it really fascinates people. His is a ring with meteorite and some sort of blue wood? I got it for the meteorite because he's a big space nerd :) And he has gotten so many compliments on it being so different!

Dress(es) - $55
My wedding dress was a gift from my mom, which was super sweet and unexpected. So I'm not factoring that into the cost at all. I was able to pee in the wedding dress. And it turns out, by the end of the night I was swing dancing in it too. And went out to the bars after, which was GREAT.
I did end up having to get a dress for our first dance because it was a swing dance! I wanted something I knew I would wear again (aka not white) so I went with an inexpensive dress off Etsy. It's super cute and I can definitely wear it more. We had a really fast changing system between the coordinator, my mom, and MOH who all helped me get in and out of dresses in under a minute ahah!

Alterations - $55
HOLY CRAP. This was a steal. It was a lady in town that has a small business out of her basement to do wedding dress, prom dress, and dance dress alterations! I had to have the straps shortened, the back fixed a bit so it would lay right, a good 8 inches cut off the bottom, and a bustle. FIFTY FIVE DOLLARS. And the work she did was amazing. She even took some rhinestones and sparkles from the strap bits she cut off and sewed it onto my skirt so it actually looked like the bustle belonged there!! And I was super adamant on a single point bustle. I didn't want to deal with the hassle of anything beyond that.

Veil - $10
Thank you Joann's! 2 snaps, 2 sparkly things to sew onto the snaps, and 3 yards of on sale glitter tulle was all we needed! I think this is the part I'm most proud of. I saw a veil cape on Etsy and knew I wanted it. But I really couldn't justify spending $100+ on a veil. No judgement to those who do, I just couldn't afford that. So next best option - get bright pink tulle to practice (shown in a previous post) and make my own! It was just the right amount of extra to look and feel like a badass :)

Shoes - $12
I managed to find my ceremony shoes at a thrift shop in Albuquerque for way cheap. They were insanely comfortable and added a few inches to my very short (5'00") frame.
My swing dancing shoes were just some sneakers I got at Payless's Going-out-of-Business sale (RIP, Payless) so I didn't really factor that into the cost at all

Groom's Tux - FREE!
We used Generation Tux, as his groomsmen are spread across the country and they were AWESOME. The customer service is fantastic and the fits for every groomsman was spot on. I think it was about $100 to rent for the groomsmen - we did just jackets and pants - and because we had 6 guys, the groom's was free. We also got two free try-ons sent to the groom to make sure the fit was right and we actually only used one of those because the fit was perfect. After the wedding, we decided to buy his suit. For his fitted suit jacket, pants, and vest it ended up being $480. Not factoring that into the cost because that was a decision made from gift money we received.

Bridesmaid Dresses
The color was freaking perfect. We used Kennedy Blue because Azazie didn't have the exact shade I wanted. Their fuchsia was too "hot pink-y" and I wanted a berry tone. They all ended up ordering on or around black friday and got 30% off or something like that? the dresses ended up being around/under $100 and most just had a few alterations to make a hew and adjust the boob area. So not bad at all! Each girl got to choose her own length and style. Originally, I told them they could find a dress they liked off any website, but they all loved the Kennedy Blue dresses so it just worked out. And my MOH's dress had pockets. ALL THE SNACKS.

Paper:

Save the Dates and Invites - $68
Vistaprint Black Friday sale. 50% off, I think I ordered 90 of each? I had a few left over, which I sent to Disney/famous people/etc. The Save the Dates were postcards because stamps were cheaper and then my invites were just a simple front and back one page thing. All of the info people normally add in, I just had on my website!
Stamps - $116
I believe I ordered 80 postcard stamps for $28 and then I got a bulk order of 200 forever stamps for invites and thank yous off Etsy for $88. I didn't go through all the normal stamps which is great because now I actually have stamps!
Guest Book - $74 + $25 frame
I initially was going to watercolor a cool guest book design, but then I found this cool night sky one! I got that custom made to the skies of: The day we met, the night we got engaged, and our wedding day. The Etsy seller was OurLoveWasBornand they were great to work with. I was able to customize everything and shipping was really quick. I ended up going to Hobby Lobby and getting 50% off a large frame for it.

GIFTS

Parents - $200, ended up being around $50 for each parent, ish?
Father of the Bride and Mother of the Groom - We got a bunch of KBS beer for each of them
Mother of the Bride - She collects Precious Moments and I found a Precious Moment of a bride and her mom so that was a win. Made her cry :)
Father of the Groom - He LOVES the Beatles. They have those laser-cut vinyl records turned into clocks on etsy and I found one with cut outs of the four Beatles and their logo.
Bridal Party - I made every single person in our bridal party those hangers. Again, I couldn't justify spending all that money on etsy, so I just used pictures from etsy as guidelines on how to bend wire and I spent an afternoon making around 30 for under $20! I know I posted pictures of this previously!

Groomsmen - $200
After a lot of research, the groom decided he wanted to go with custom ties that the guys would want to wear more than once. We went with Knotty Tie, an awesome company based out of Denver. They have a $10 color matching chart you can order, match to your color, and send back for a refund, which we did. We were able to get the exact shade of berry + some surrounding shades to use for contrast. Every groomsman went to the website and picked the design they wanted. The groom wanted to be in charge of this (heck yes!) and then went in and designed the ties himself. You can pay a fee to get a designer to do it, or you can just go in (no fee) and throw the colors you want in. The ties look AWESOME. The groom had a space bowtie and the groomsmen all went with skinny ties in the following patterns: dinosaurs, octopi, mountains with little camper guys, hops, floral, and light speed lines. The guys loved being able to pick their own tie and we loved that they all want to wear them again.

Bridesmaids - roughly $100ishhh thanks to post-Christmas sales and coupons?
I did the bridesmaid gifts in stages and they got a lot of small things rolled into one package. During after Christmas sales, I picked up these super cute makeup bags that came in sets of three from Michaels ($20), candles and lotion from B&BW ($20), earrings from Kohl's ($25), and fabric from Joann's ($35). I wanted some sort of cardigan for the getting ready morning in the barn, but I didn't want those silk robes because 1. it was so expensive off etsy, 2. I don't think I would have ever worn mine again, and 3. Like I said above, I can just do it myself.
So I got their favorite colors and I found fabric unique to each girl (just like all the other gifts for them, it varied person to person). I ended up getting enough fabric to make 7 cardigans - 4 girls, Mother of the Bride, myself, and a gift for our coordinator. I found a super simple pattern online and I think they each took maybe a half hour tops to make? And now the girls all have a light cardigan they can wear around whereever!!

Officiant - $160
Aka the older brother of the groom. We initially got him this mug off Etsy that has a caricature of his face and on the back says "Thank you for marrying us!" We weren't sure what else to get until he actually asked if he could get a minister robe and stole because why the heck not. We had some extra money in the budget so we splurged and bought the fancy robe with velvet trim and the stole. I think he lost the robe....but whatever, that was his gift hahaha. He wore the stole to the rehearsal and reception and the bar after. so definitely got our money's worth there!

Ushers - $40
The three younger brothers of the bride and groom. Our colors were berry, gold, and green for the whole thing, so we got each of them a pair of suspenders as a small thank you. Each brother wanted a specific color and thankfully it all worked out great with giving those out. All these were from Amazon too!

Misc. Things

Flowermen baskets from Michael's and real rose pedals - $20We had two extra groomsmen and I thought of the idea of making them flowermen. They were freaking perfect at the job, tossing rose pedals at guests, at each other, and turning it into a huge spectacle. I'm just sad I was hiding and couldn't see it happen!!
Website - $20I used Minted for my website and decided to upgrade. They have a thing where it's $20 for a year and you get a custom url + a lot of extra add-ons with the website. Definitely worth it and made our life a lot easier. After that year, the add-ons stay but it goes back to some .minted url.
License - $20
Insurance - $188 , this covered a $1,000,000 liability and $1,000,000 alcohol policy or something like that. It was a simple 1 night coverage through some event website online.
Cake Topper - FREE. With the extra wire from the hangers, I made my own cake topper because I was lazy and didn't to put in another Amazon order hahhh.
Place cards - $8 off Amazon
Table numbers - $8 off Amazon for a set of 10!
Spray Paint - $6 from Hobby Lobby - green for the table numbers and gold for the card box!
Card box - Free from a friend who got it from Goodwill for her wedding! All I needed was to spraypaint it!
Guest favors -Magnetic Photo Booth Frames - $36 from AmazonFavors were already in the fuck it bucket until I found these photo frames on Amazon! It was a pack of 100 for $36 and we threw one at every place setting. Some people left theirs and that's great! I ended up with 5 and some friends left with multiple for various pictures they got at the photobooth! Highly recommend as a favor if you don't want to do food or trinkets. This was way practical!
Self Tanner - $36 from Amazon - Brand was Beauty by EarthI had some realllllly bad tan lines I wanted to fix and I had never tried self tanner before. I was nervous so I spent a little more than I normally would have because I wanted it to be a good quality that didn't look orange. It was great and looked so natural!
Umbrellas - FREE...sortaWedding week was sponsored by Amazon Prime - I wish. Four days before the wedding, the weather was still looking like 50/50 shit. So I ordered 10 white umbrella from prime that I could easily get a refund for if needed. I didn't want to deal with the clear or the bubble ones because I knew if I brought them, I wouldn't need them. Lo and behold, we bring the umbrellas and no rain until a slight mist in the evening. So that was great.
Rain Boots - $20 from AmazonSame reason as above except I kept these because I needed rain boots anyways. I ordered green glitter ones so they would fit in with the colors and they're way cute!
Pasties - $7 from AmazonI couldn't wear a bra with my dress and I didn't want everyone seeing nips during my first dance. No thanks haha
Shoe in the ground things - $9 off Amazon for a set of 9 pairsThese are the heel stoppers so we wouldn't sink. This set had 3 small, medium, and large and were plenty to offer to bridesmaids, my mom, and close friends we knew would need them!
Dress Preservation - $200 I do believe

Other Events:

Rehearsal dinner - $250
Super simple rehearsal dinner for 20 people. I wanted pizza and beer. Ordered 8 pizzas ahead of time from the local pizza shop ($150) and took those to the local brewery that has beer only and you bring your own food in. Sat and drank beer. We told everyone we'd cover the first couple rounds but after one round, people just started paying for themselves and us! So we covered the first round and tipped the owners so well. The brewery was an awesome vibe for just hanging out, drinking, and playing a bunch of board games.
Honeymoon -$982
We had a trip all planned out to Maine. Husband got offered an internship at NASA down on Cape Canaveral so we cut the Maine trip. In exchange, once loans are paid, we're backpacking Europe ;) The day after the wedding, we had to fly him back down to Florida and I drove down a couple days later. I was in Florida for a month with him, so I suprised him with an unconvential honeymoon of weekend getaway trips to places! Universal weekend 1, Goat Yoga and a fancy cooking class weekend 2, weekend 3 was a bioluminesent kayaking tour that got cancelled :( so we explored Clearwater Beach, Cocoa Beach, and saw Far From Home! And weekend 4 was a brewery and more beaching before I had to leave!
$500 tickets to Universal. Park hopper passes for two days$16 four Lyft trips between our Airbnb and Universal (cheaper than parking there!)$100 Airbnb guest house outside Universal$50 Airbnb in Clearwater$50 Goat Yoga$150 Fancy cooking class at Truffles & Trifles$16 Far From Home$100 Meals out exploring and brewery flights

How did it all go??

It was fantastic. Best day and best weekend with so many of our closest family and friends. I could not have asked for a better day. You know you're marrying the right man when his vows end with "There is a bomb at this wedding...your butt. Your butt is the bomb." I laughed so freaking hard at that.
I could rave about how amazing it was for pages, but this is long enough. Everyone says their wedding day was the best ever. And it was. Seeing so much love and so much support was everything. The weather held off, but we had backup plans. Yeah two people didn't show up, but 100 did. That's what matters. And I got to stand at the end of the aisle and make my husband cry with my vows. Hell. Yes. I also don't want to ramble more because it's 2am and I'm really exhausted haha.

What went wrong?
Honestly, NOTHING. I had it planned to a T and everything went off without a hitch. I got so many comments from vendors about how they've never experienced a wedding that didn't experience some sort of delay. Nope. Everything that was supposed to happen, happened right when it was supposed to happen. So that was incredible really. And I'm so pumped. And thank you rain lords, for holding off the garbage weather until the following day when it downpoured.
I guess one tiny thing that's sort of funny is during pictures, flies kept getting caught up under my tulle. No idea how they got there, but we would often have to pick through layers of tulle to get these dang flies hahaha.

Advice to future brides
Don't be afraid to put your own spin on things! It's so easy to get caught up in "you must do this, this is what's trending!" Throw that in the Fuck-It Bucket. Do what makes YOU and your hubby happy. We did not like the idea of a unity candle or sand. But we wanted a picture with everyone. So we created the "Unity selfie," having our guests be a part of that. This was also why we went with Flowermen. Because. We. Could. :)
Sweetheart table was awesome. It gave us time to talk as a couple and laugh and look around to see our friends and family having a great time. It was also really nice for our bridal party with guests, the guests weren't left our and lonely. Our friends really appreciated being sat with their friends too.
First look. This was AWESOME. Hubby freaking sobbed. He cried more than I did. Which was awesome. It was nice to get time to hang out and take pictures and not feel the pressure of everyone's eyes watching.
Take time as newlyweds to walk somewhere and just view everything to take it is. Everyone says it goes by fast and it did. Especially after I hit my second wave of energy after the exhaustion. So we snuck off multiple times to the top loft to just look down at everyone and smile and cry, just overwhelmed with gratitute toward all the people that came to support and love us.

Things I'm glad I put in the Fuck-It Bucket

- Favors. Those things didn't matter and no one would have noticed!
- Real flowers. Fuck it, I want to keep my flowers!
- Calligraphy. I wanted to learn but I got lazy and remembered people just toss out the envelope asap anyways! Kudos to the people who can do that. I figured my normal handwriting will be good enough ;)
- Video of bridesmaids getting ready. We were all so tired and it was nice to just have a morning to chill. I'm glad I didn't have to deal with trying to look put together and professional. We had our own dance party and took our own videos.
- Family drama. FUCK. THAT. Nope I was not about to deal with the fact we said no young kids and the groom's cousin decided her 1 year old is the exception to that rule. I was done and didn't care anymore.
-THE WEATHER. We were watching a radar a half hour before the ceremony because it looked like it was going to dump on us...yay June in the Midwest, and we ended up starting our ceremony a few minutes early! We weren't sure what was going to happen and at that point, and a day before, I really didn't care. Whatever was going to happen would happen. And that was that!

I hope you enjoy! I enjoyed finally getting to put all my planning into writing somewhere. I hope this helps some bride somewhere! :)
(edited because I forgot about the hangers and cake topper)
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2018.10.28 15:06 Unicorn-Tech-Startup Sorry, Michigan tech startups… [A complete reveal of tech startup scene in Michigan]

This post is an extended version of my previous post talking about the tech startup scene in Michigan ( Michigan Tech Startups. Are you joking?) which get 1.5K reads from Medium and Reddit in less than 5 days. The comments were vastly different. Some people criticize my intention for writing this post, and some appreciated the useful information in it such as what to know when starting a tech startup in Michigan and what is the small business ecosystem like in Michigan. So I think it would be necessary to re-write it and elaborate more on the points I already made plus some new points. (A bonus for the best business to start in Michigan)
Before reading this post, please be mindful about
  1. This post is an extraction of my personal experience in the tech startup scene in Michigan and talking with / seeing other dozens of tech startup founders in Michigan
  2. Even though I’m mainly talking about tech startups here, but I think everyone who wants to start a business in Michigan will benefit from it
  3. My intention is to inform current tech entrepreneurs in Michigan or someone plans to start a tech startup in Michigan with the basic knowledge. To that intention, if you have more things to add on to help them, please leave your thoughts in the comments section.
  4. My personal purpose for this post is to encourage tech entrepreneurs in Michigan not to give up their startups or even a startup idea so quickly if things get hard. Most often, it may not be your personal problem or your startups'. Keep grinding because the world needs entrepreneurs like you to constantly improve.

Let’s start
Before writing this post, I literally searched “Michigan Startups” on Reddit, There is 0 subreddit group result, The closest one is Ann Arbor Startups with 22 subscribers and the last post was 2 years ago. Put it into a perspective, there is another subreddit group called Michigan Beer with 5,000 subscribers and the last post was 10 hours ago.
I think that can somehow give us a sense what the startup scene looks like in Michigan
Before sharing my tech startup experience, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a software developer and moved to Michigan from California a couple of years ago. The reason for moving was for work at that time. I had experience generating startup ideas, turning it to a product (software, or a mobile app) and running and growing to a sustainable business. I’m currently running a tech startup. I mostly stay in Oakland County and Ann Arbor area.
Ok, let’s get into the meat.

Smart Zone
I assume if you are in the startup field, no matter tech or non-tech or event small business in Michigan, you probably heard about Smart Zone .
The difference between a startup and a small business is the scalability. For example, a local barbarshop can only serve limited amount of people in certain areas, but startups such as early stage Uber or Spanx had the potential to reach people globally 
Back to smart zone, it is basically a concept that the whole Michigan is divided into 20 areas and each area has a business service center to help ambitious entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses. Some of them even have an incubator program to provide some business and financial related seminars, lectures and other related services.
However, if you are in tech such as software / mobile / internet, you are in bad luck, because
  1. To get their help especially financially, you have to register your company in certain areas in Michigan and you have to stay there for at least 2-5 years, which is like a locked contract. It doesn’t seem like such a big deal. However, it will not benefit you in the long term if you choose to register in Delaware instead, which has tax advantage and better legal support for businesses
  2. They do not give you cash. They pay for your non-technical services, such as marketing and legal stuff (note: marketing doesn’t include your Facebook or Google ads, it only pays for marketing agents’ work), Basically, the money they pay will eventually go back to their own people or people who they have connections with. So, if you are not a tech founder, or do not have a tech co-founder in your team. You are screwed because you still need money out of your own pocket to build your product.
  3. You have to know the primary goal of the smart zones is to increase job opportunities and support some native industries such as defense, automotive, mobility things. As a tech startup, you probably want to stay lean as long as possible and will not hire anyone besides paying yourself and your co-founders until you start making a good amount of money. So how can you get along with them in a long term? Different goals!!

Incubator / Accelerator
It is surprising that Michigan actually has accelerator programs. To name a few: Desai and Sparks in Ann Arbor, Conquer in Lansing, and TechTown in Detroit
From these locations, you may already figure these accelerators are tied to universities: U of M is in Ann Arbor, Michigan State University is in Lansing, Wayne State University is in Detroit. These programs are mostly for students in these universities or for their alumina. It is hard for outsiders to get in, I personally tried and people who I know have the same experience. So, if you are not connected with these schools somehow, you will probably not get accepted, even if you have a great idea and a working prototype.
Even if you get in the programs, the outcomes will not be as good as you may think (more on this later). Also, to be honest, it is not worth the effort to try to get in when you have other great accelerators out there such as Y Combinator, AngelPad, and TechStars which can truly help you grow, build strong relationships with investors and offer valuable advice.

Investors and advisors
Very straightforward, First, there are not many angel investors who actively look for startups to invest. There are some VCs who I guess gathered money from rich individuals like doctors and lawyers to fund some companies. Accelerators here usually play the angel investors’ roles, but I got insider information that so many startups in the accelerators were founded by local university students and failed so quickly due to many reasons (lack of commitment, bad idea, too small of the market…).
Personally, I believe doing a startup is a full time job, if you have a good product, you do not have other time than focusing on building and selling your product. You can not go to school / work and run your startups at same time. That’s probably Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates dropped out of colleges to start their companies. 
So, due to the low quality of the startups they accept, these accelerators end up not getting their investments back.That’s why you do not find many accelerators / incubator programs in Michigan because it is a money-losing business.
VCs are super conservative, and most of them only invest in automotive, food, real estate, and other traditional business. I know a few who invest in tech company but only limited to enterprise software companies because Michigan still has the biggest automotive industry with OEMs and suppliers. Their internal software sucks.
If you are making some tech/digital products for end customers, you will hardly raise money from VC in Michigan. Put in this way, if Mark Zuckerberg raise money for Facebook in Michigan 12 years ago, he probably won’t get a dime regardless of the bad economy around that time in Michigan.
Compare to so few angel investors, there are so many advisors who are on the board of many startups. They are helpful in their own domains such as legal, finance, etc, but few of them had ever built/ grown / run a startup themselves, so their startup advice doesn’t carry much weight.

Developers v.s. Entrepreneurs
There is always a dilemma you need to solve if you want to start a tech startup in Michigan. “Entrepreneurs and developers do not go hand by hand.” Most ambitious entrepreneurs have no tech skills and most developers are employees who have no entrepreneurial spirits. For example, in Michigan, most successful entrepreneurs / businessmen/women are non-tech business owners ranging from CEO of a big franchise movie theater to a small bakery. Most of them do not care about tech. People in tech are mostly developers working at companies ranging from 5 people studios to giant auto OEMs. Most of them are happy with their paycheck so they will not think about starting a tech startup when they can make money by doing some fairly easy work. So be careful about who you partner with if you can’t do something yourself.

Ann Arbor - the tech startup hub
If you can guess a city that is most related to tech in Michigan, Ann Arbor should be on your top of the list. There are many good developers I encountered in Ann Arbor. They can code and make something but they lack the entrepreneurial spirits as mentioned before. Most people in Michigan who get in tech is to get a good paycheck, not to start a company or change the world for better. That’s why there are many coding boot camps or schools such as Grand Circus. (80% new developers in Detroit will tell you they are somehow associated with Grand Circus, and most of them start coding for the big check).
If your main goal of starting a tech startups is to make a lot of money, you probably will fail very quickly, because money is just not a big enough motivation to push your through startup hardships. 
Part of the reason why Ann Arbor is tech hub in Michigan is because of U of M, which is ranked very high on any university ranking sites. There is no doubt that the school spends a lot of money on their buildings exteriors and interiors to attract students. However, just like most other universities, you do not really learn many practical skills from there even if you are a computer science student. Here is my personal experience. One day, I went to one of the biggest computer labs in the CS building and asked more than 30 students there if they know how to program in Swift ( the programming language used to make native iOS apps), everyone said no. When I got back home and search their curriculum, only one course is related to mobile development. However, stats show more than 75% of people are using mobile phones for personal use compared to 40% using a desktop. So just as most other universities in the US, students are not well trained to stay up to date.
There are many great meetups, one of my favorites is AA New Tech, where every month you can see tech-related startups present their companies, then you can network with presenters. However, although the meetup place is in one of the UM Ann Arbor building, 70% of the audience are over 30 years old and from other cities outside of Ann Arbor. Very few students are in the audience. Students are not well involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Ann Arbor
I feel for universities to teach entrepreneurship is like for Chipotle to sell Pizza. Because the initial purpose of public education is to train people for work, not to start a company. Even that, current universities obviously failed both ways. First, we are no longer in a industrial era and we do not need a lot of workers / employees (more than 50% of people currently are self-employeed or freelancers in the gig economy era). . Second, even if the purpose to train workers holds true, universities sill do not teach practical skills needed to perform at a job. 
So in short, you can say AA is the Tech Hub in Michigan, but no way near compared to Silicon Valley’s standard and hardcore entrepreneurship.

Common people
I had experience running my own entrepreneurship meetup with 1300+ members in Michigan and personally talked to more than 300 of them. One of the things I found out is the entrepreneurial spirit is seriously lacking. Most people talk a lot, few of them take actions, and very few have the grit to persevere long enough to see some results. I guess it is a big environmental issue. Michigan is a heavily industrial state with the biggest automotive industry. So most people have the industrial worker mentality and are more interested in the traditional Real Estate business. The process looks like this; Graduate university -> Find a decent job in big companies -> Buy some mortgages -> Rent them out -> Start collecting money and save salary at the same time -> Hope to get enough money to quit a job as soon as possible
With that working employee mentality, few people have the courage to take the leap and start their own tech startup.

Bonus: what’s the best business to start in Michigan
After observing businesses around the lower side of Michigan, you will more likely succeed if you start the following business
  1. Small food joints or food trucks: because
    1. People here love food to a different level. There is countless time I see many of my friends getting ready for 2 hours, driving for 30 plus minutes and waiting for 1 hour to dine in a popular restaurant in Detroit. Not even mention I saw people post on Facebook that they waited for 2 hours in a line for some free BBQ in a food festival. (yes, there are multiple food festivals in Michigan around the year.)
    2. There is not much to do in Michigan especially during the 6+ months of winter. I guess that’s why delicious food at a local restaurants become one of the best options.
    3. You can get investment and the odds are pretty high. Quick story, this summer June 22, there was a big Small Business / Startups pitch competition called Quicken Loans Detroit Dem Day where 15 entrepreneurs pitched their companies to win over 1 million dollar investment, These 15 companies are categorized into 3 different groups based on the age of the company. Each group has a tech-related startup. Guess what was the result? All 3 winners are in the food industry, Popcorn stores, bakery store, and frozen fruit plant. Did I say the last year winner was a cupcake store in Detroit too?
    4. If you keep the size small, such as selling at the farmers market at the beginning, you can make a decent amount of money and not need to worry about the operation stuff.
  2. Coffee shops near universities
    1. Almost every coffee shops around college campus are full if not packed. Regardless of the taste of the coffee or whatever you are selling. If you have a cozy environment and a high-speed wifi. You are good to go.
    2. Just be careful about the revenue drop during the summer break. Even that, your business is still in a great shape
  3. More….(you may know some too, leave your recommended business to start in Michigan)

Conclusion:
If you are a hardcore entrepreneur, you can make it happen no matter where you are especially for tech and internet stuff. The only difference is the amount of help and the quality of the help you can get from your surroundings.
In my personal opinion, I do not think Michigan is the best place to start a tech startup unless you are doing something closely related to the automotive industry. Even that, you probably will not be able to compete with other tech giants on the west coast. What's new in the automotive industry? I guess self-driving car. Aren’t Google, Tesla, and Uber the leaders in the self-driving car industry?
Even Paul Graham (founder of Y-Combinator) said in his blog “ The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups“ The number 2 mistake is the Wrong Location. In his words,

"Startups prosper in some places and not others. Silicon Valley dominates, then Boston, then Seattle, Austin, Denver, and New York. After that there's not much. Even in New York the number of startups per capita is probably a 20th of what it is in Silicon Valley. In towns like Houston and Chicago and Detroit it's too small to measure…
…Who knows exactly how these factors combine to boost startups in Silicon Valley and squish them in Detroit, but it's clear they do from the number of startups per capita in each.”

Let me know what you think about the tech startup scene in Michigan and what other things you'd like to add on to inform other tech founders or founder-to-be in Michigan. If you find this information useful, please upvote or share so other people can benefit as well. 

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2018.10.28 14:32 Unicorn-Tech-Startup Sorry, Michigan tech startups… [A complete reveal of tech startup scene in Michigan]

This post is an extended version of my previous post talking about the tech startup scene in Michigan ( Michigan Tech Startups. Are you joking?) which get 1.5K reads from Medium and Reddit in less than 5 days. The comments were vastly different. Some people criticize my intention for writing this post, and some appreciated the useful information in it such as what to know when starting a tech startup in Michigan and what is the small business ecosystem like in Michigan. So I think it would be necessary to re-write it and elaborate more on the points I already made plus some new points. (A bonus for the best business to start in Michigan)
Before reading this post, please be mindful about
  1. This post is an extraction of my personal experience in the tech startup scene in Michigan and talking with / seeing other dozens of tech startup founders in Michigan
  2. Even though I’m mainly talking about tech startups here, but I think everyone who wants to start a business in Michigan will benefit from it
  3. My intention is to inform current tech entrepreneurs in Michigan or someone plans to start a tech startup in Michigan with the basic knowledge. To that intention, if you have more things to add on to help them, please leave your thoughts in the comments section.
  4. My personal purpose for this post is to encourage tech entrepreneurs in Michigan not to give up their startups or even a startup idea so quickly if things get hard. Most often, it may not be your personal problem or your startups'. Keep grinding because the world needs entrepreneurs like you to constantly improve.

Let’s start
Before writing this post, I literally searched “Michigan Startups” on Reddit, There is 0 subreddit group result, The closest one is Ann Arbor Startups with 22 subscribers and the last post was 2 years ago. Put it into a perspective, there is another subreddit group called Michigan Beer with 5,000 subscribers and the last post was 10 hours ago.
I think that can somehow give us a sense what the startup scene looks like in Michigan
Before sharing my tech startup experience, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a software developer and moved to Michigan from California a couple of years ago. The reason for moving was for work at that time. I had experience generating startup ideas, turning it to a product (software, or a mobile app) and running and growing to a sustainable business. I’m currently running a tech startup. I mostly stay in Oakland County and Ann Arbor area.
Ok, let’s get into the meat.

Smart Zone
I assume if you are in the startup field, no matter tech or non-tech or event small business in Michigan, you probably heard about Smart Zone .
The difference between a startup and a small business is the scalability. For example, a local barbarshop can only serve limited amount of people in certain areas, but startups such as early stage Uber or Spanx had the potential to reach people globally 
Back to smart zone, it is basically a concept that the whole Michigan is divided into 20 areas and each area has a business service center to help ambitious entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses. Some of them even have an incubator program to provide some business and financial related seminars, lectures and other related services.
However, if you are in tech such as software / mobile / internet, you are in bad luck, because
  1. To get their help especially financially, you have to register your company in certain areas in Michigan and you have to stay there for at least 2-5 years, which is like a locked contract. It doesn’t seem like such a big deal. However, it will not benefit you in the long term if you choose to register in Delaware instead, which has tax advantage and better legal support for businesses
  2. They do not give you cash. They pay for your non-technical services, such as marketing and legal stuff (note: marketing doesn’t include your Facebook or Google ads, it only pays for marketing agents’ work), Basically, the money they pay will eventually go back to their own people or people who they have connections with. So, if you are not a tech founder, or do not have a tech co-founder in your team. You are screwed because you still need money out of your own pocket to build your product.
  3. You have to know the primary goal of the smart zones is to increase job opportunities and support some native industries such as defense, automotive, mobility things. As a tech startup, you probably want to stay lean as long as possible and will not hire anyone besides paying yourself and your co-founders until you start making a good amount of money. So how can you get along with them in a long term? Different goals!!

Incubator / Accelerator
It is surprising that Michigan actually has accelerator programs. To name a few: Desai and Sparks in Ann Arbor, Conquer in Lansing, and TechTown in Detroit
From these locations, you may already figure these accelerators are tied to universities: U of M is in Ann Arbor, Michigan State University is in Lansing, Wayne State University is in Detroit. These programs are mostly for students in these universities or for their alumina. It is hard for outsiders to get in, I personally tried and people who I know have the same experience. So, if you are not connected with these schools somehow, you will probably not get accepted, even if you have a great idea and a working prototype.
Even if you get in the programs, the outcomes will not be as good as you may think (more on this later). Also, to be honest, it is not worth the effort to try to get in when you have other great accelerators out there such as Y Combinator, AngelPad, and TechStars which can truly help you grow, build strong relationships with investors and offer valuable advice.

Investors and advisors
Very straightforward, First, there are not many angel investors who actively look for startups to invest. There are some VCs who I guess gathered money from rich individuals like doctors and lawyers to fund some companies. Accelerators here usually play the angel investors’ roles, but I got insider information that so many startups in the accelerators were founded by local university students and failed so quickly due to many reasons (lack of commitment, bad idea, too small of the market…).
Personally, I believe doing a startup is a full time job, if you have a good product, you do not have other time than focusing on building and selling your product. You can not go to school / work and run your startups at same time. That’s probably Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates dropped out of colleges to start their companies. 
So, due to the low quality of the startups they accept, these accelerators end up not getting their investments back.That’s why you do not find many accelerators / incubator programs in Michigan because it is a money-losing business.
VCs are super conservative, and most of them only invest in automotive, food, real estate, and other traditional business. I know a few who invest in tech company but only limited to enterprise software companies because Michigan still has the biggest automotive industry with OEMs and suppliers. Their internal software sucks.
If you are making some tech/digital products for end customers, you will hardly raise money from VC in Michigan. Put in this way, if Mark Zuckerberg raise money for Facebook in Michigan 12 years ago, he probably won’t get a dime regardless of the bad economy around that time in Michigan.
Compare to so few angel investors, there are so many advisors who are on the board of many startups. They are helpful in their own domains such as legal, finance, etc, but few of them had ever built/ grown / run a startup themselves, so their startup advice doesn’t carry much weight.

Developers v.s. Entrepreneurs
There is always a dilemma you need to solve if you want to start a tech startup in Michigan. “Entrepreneurs and developers do not go hand by hand.” Most ambitious entrepreneurs have no tech skills and most developers are employees who have no entrepreneurial spirits. For example, in Michigan, most successful entrepreneurs / businessmen/women are non-tech business owners ranging from CEO of a big franchise movie theater to a small bakery. Most of them do not care about tech. People in tech are mostly developers working at companies ranging from 5 people studios to giant auto OEMs. Most of them are happy with their paycheck so they will not think about starting a tech startup when they can make money by doing some fairly easy work. So be careful about who you partner with if you can’t do something yourself.

Ann Arbor - the tech startup hub
If you can guess a city that is most related to tech in Michigan, Ann Arbor should be on your top of the list. There are many good developers I encountered in Ann Arbor. They can code and make something but they lack the entrepreneurial spirits as mentioned before. Most people in Michigan who get in tech is to get a good paycheck, not to start a company or change the world for better. That’s why there are many coding boot camps or schools such as Grand Circus. (80% new developers in Detroit will tell you they are somehow associated with Grand Circus, and most of them start coding for the big check).
If your main goal of starting a tech startups is to make a lot of money, you probably will fail very quickly, because money is just not a big enough motivation to push your through startup hardships. 
Part of the reason why Ann Arbor is tech hub in Michigan is because of U of M, which is ranked very high on any university ranking sites. There is no doubt that the school spends a lot of money on their buildings exteriors and interiors to attract students. However, just like most other universities, you do not really learn many practical skills from there even if you are a computer science student. Here is my personal experience. One day, I went to one of the biggest computer labs in the CS building and asked more than 30 students there if they know how to program in Swift ( the programming language used to make native iOS apps), everyone said no. When I got back home and search their curriculum, only one course is related to mobile development. However, stats show more than 75% of people are using mobile phones for personal use compared to 40% using a desktop. So just as most other universities in the US, students are not well trained to stay up to date.
There are many great meetups, one of my favorites is AA New Tech, where every month you can see tech-related startups present their companies, then you can network with presenters. However, although the meetup place is in one of the UM Ann Arbor building, 70% of the audience are over 30 years old and from other cities outside of Ann Arbor. Very few students are in the audience. Students are not well involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Ann Arbor
I feel for universities to teach entrepreneurship is like for Chipotle to sell Pizza. Because the initial purpose of public education is to train people for work, not to start a company. Even that, current universities obviously failed both ways. First, we are no longer in a industrial era and we do not need a lot of workers / employees (more than 50% of people currently are self-employeed or freelancers in the gig economy era). . Second, even if the purpose to train workers holds true, universities sill do not teach practical skills needed to perform at a job. 
So in short, you can say AA is the Tech Hub in Michigan, but no way near compared to Silicon Valley’s standard and hardcore entrepreneurship.

Common people
I had experience running my own entrepreneurship meetup with 1300+ members in Michigan and personally talked to more than 300 of them. One of the things I found out is the entrepreneurial spirit is seriously lacking. Most people talk a lot, few of them take actions, and very few have the grit to persevere long enough to see some results. I guess it is a big environmental issue. Michigan is a heavily industrial state with the biggest automotive industry. So most people have the industrial worker mentality and are more interested in the traditional Real Estate business. The process looks like this; Graduate university -> Find a decent job in big companies -> Buy some mortgages -> Rent them out -> Start collecting money and save salary at the same time -> Hope to get enough money to quit a job as soon as possible
With that working employee mentality, few people have the courage to take the leap and start their own tech startup.

Bonus: what’s the best business to start in Michigan
After observing businesses around the lower side of Michigan, you will more likely succeed if you start the following business
  1. Small food joints or food trucks: because
    1. People here love food to a different level. There is countless time I see many of my friends getting ready for 2 hours, driving for 30 plus minutes and waiting for 1 hour to dine in a popular restaurant in Detroit. Not even mention I saw people post on Facebook that they waited for 2 hours in a line for some free BBQ in a food festival. (yes, there are multiple food festivals in Michigan around the year.)
    2. There is not much to do in Michigan especially during the 6+ months of winter. I guess that’s why delicious food at a local restaurants become one of the best options.
    3. You can get investment and the odds are pretty high. Quick story, this summer June 22, there was a big Small Business / Startups pitch competition called Quicken Loans Detroit Dem Day where 15 entrepreneurs pitched their companies to win over 1 million dollar investment, These 15 companies are categorized into 3 different groups based on the age of the company. Each group has a tech-related startup. Guess what was the result? All 3 winners are in the food industry, Popcorn stores, bakery store, and frozen fruit plant. Did I say the last year winner was a cupcake store in Detroit too?
    4. If you keep the size small, such as selling at the farmers market at the beginning, you can make a decent amount of money and not need to worry about the operation stuff.
  2. Coffee shops near universities
    1. Almost every coffee shops around college campus are full if not packed. Regardless of the taste of the coffee or whatever you are selling. If you have a cozy environment and a high-speed wifi. You are good to go.
    2. Just be careful about the revenue drop during the summer break. Even that, your business is still in a great shape
  3. More….(you may know some too, leave your recommended business to start in Michigan)

Conclusion:
If you are a hardcore entrepreneur, you can make it happen no matter where you are especially for tech and internet stuff. The only difference is the amount of help and the quality of the help you can get from your surroundings.
In my personal opinion, I do not think Michigan is the best place to start a tech startup unless you are doing something closely related to the automotive industry. Even that, you probably will not be able to compete with other tech giants on the west coast. What's new in the automotive industry? I guess self-driving car. Aren’t Google, Tesla, and Uber the leaders in the self-driving car industry?
Even Paul Graham (founder of Y-Combinator) said in his blog “ The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups“ The number 2 mistake is the Wrong Location. In his words,

"Startups prosper in some places and not others. Silicon Valley dominates, then Boston, then Seattle, Austin, Denver, and New York. After that there's not much. Even in New York the number of startups per capita is probably a 20th of what it is in Silicon Valley. In towns like Houston and Chicago and Detroit it's too small to measure…
…Who knows exactly how these factors combine to boost startups in Silicon Valley and squish them in Detroit, but it's clear they do from the number of startups per capita in each.”

Let me know what you think about the tech startup scene in Michigan and what other things you'd like to add on to inform other tech founders or founder-to-be in Michigan. If you find this information useful, please upvote or share so other people can benefit as well. 
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2018.10.28 02:03 Unicorn-Tech-Startup Sorry, Michigan tech startups… [A complete reveal of tech startup scene in Michigan]

This post is an extended version of my previous post talking about the tech startup scene in Michigan ( Michigan Tech Startups. Are you joking?) which get 1.5K reads from Medium and Reddit in less than 5 days. The comments were vastly different. Some people criticize my intention for writing this post, and some appreciated the useful information in it such as what to know when starting a tech startup in Michigan and what is the small business ecosystem like in Michigan. So I think it would be necessary to re-write it and elaborate more on the points I already made plus some new points. (A bonus for the best business to start in Michigan)
Before reading this post, please be mindful about
  1. This post is an extraction of my personal experience in the tech startup scene in Michigan and talking with / seeing other dozens of tech startup founders in Michigan
  2. Even though I’m mainly talking about tech startups here, but I think everyone who wants to start a business in Michigan will benefit from it
  3. My intention is to inform current tech entrepreneurs in Michigan or someone plans to start a tech startup in Michigan with the basic knowledge. To that intention, if you have more things to add on to help them, please leave your thoughts in the comments section.
  4. My personal purpose for this post is to encourage tech entrepreneurs in Michigan not to give up their startups or even a startup idea so quickly if things get hard. Most often, it may not be your personal problem or your startups'. Keep grinding because the world needs entrepreneurs like you to constantly improve.

Let’s start
Before writing this post, I literally searched “Michigan Startups” on Reddit, There is 0 subreddit group result, The closest one is Ann Arbor Startups with 22 subscribers and the last post was 2 years ago. Put it into a perspective, there is another subreddit group called Michigan Beer with 5,000 subscribers and the last post was 10 hours ago.
I think that can somehow give us a sense what the startup scene looks like in Michigan
Before sharing my tech startup experience, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I am a software developer and moved to Michigan from California a couple of years ago. The reason for moving was for work at that time. I had experience generating startup ideas, turning it to a product (software, or a mobile app) and running and growing to a sustainable business. I’m currently running a tech startup. I mostly stay in Oakland County and Ann Arbor area.
Ok, let’s get into the meat.

Smart Zone
I assume if you are in the startup field, no matter tech or non-tech or event small business in Michigan, you probably heard about Smart Zone .
The difference between a startup and a small business is the scalability. For example, a local barbarshop can only serve limited amount of people in certain areas, but startups such as early stage Uber or Spanx had the potential to reach people globally 
Back to smart zone, it is basically a concept that the whole Michigan is divided into 20 areas and each area has a business service center to help ambitious entrepreneurs start or grow their businesses. Some of them even have an incubator program to provide some business and financial related seminars, lectures and other related services.
However, if you are in tech such as software / mobile / internet, you are in bad luck, because
  1. To get their help especially financially, you have to register your company in certain areas in Michigan and you have to stay there for at least 2-5 years, which is like a locked contract. It doesn’t seem like such a big deal. However, it will not benefit you in the long term if you choose to register in Delaware instead, which has tax advantage and better legal support for businesses
  2. They do not give you cash. They pay for your non-technical services, such as marketing and legal stuff (note: marketing doesn’t include your Facebook or Google ads, it only pays for marketing agents’ work), Basically, the money they pay will eventually go back to their own people or people who they have connections with. So, if you are not a tech founder, or do not have a tech co-founder in your team. You are screwed because you still need money out of your own pocket to build your product.
  3. You have to know the primary goal of the smart zones is to increase job opportunities and support some native industries such as defense, automotive, mobility things. As a tech startup, you probably want to stay lean as long as possible and will not hire anyone besides paying yourself and your co-founders until you start making a good amount of money. So how can you get along with them in a long term? Different goals!!

Incubator / Accelerator
It is surprising that Michigan actually has accelerator programs. To name a few: Desai and Sparks in Ann Arbor, Conquer in Lansing, and TechTown in Detroit
From these locations, you may already figure these accelerators are tied to universities: U of M is in Ann Arbor, Michigan State University is in Lansing, Wayne State University is in Detroit. These programs are mostly for students in these universities or for their alumina. It is hard for outsiders to get in, I personally tried and people who I know have the same experience. So, if you are not connected with these schools somehow, you will probably not get accepted, even if you have a great idea and a working prototype.
Even if you get in the programs, the outcomes will not be as good as you may think (more on this later). Also, to be honest, it is not worth the effort to try to get in when you have other great accelerators out there such as Y Combinator, AngelPad, and TechStars which can truly help you grow, build strong relationships with investors and offer valuable advice.

Investors and advisors
Very straightforward, First, there are not many angel investors who actively look for startups to invest. There are some VCs who I guess gathered money from rich individuals like doctors and lawyers to fund some companies. Accelerators here usually play the angel investors’ roles, but I got insider information that so many startups in the accelerators were founded by local university students and failed so quickly due to many reasons (lack of commitment, bad idea, too small of the market…).
Personally, I believe doing a startup is a full time job, if you have a good product, you do not have other time than focusing on building and selling your product. You can not go to school / work and run your startups at same time. That’s probably Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates dropped out of colleges to start their companies. 
So, due to the low quality of the startups they accept, these accelerators end up not getting their investments back.That’s why you do not find many accelerators / incubator programs in Michigan because it is a money-losing business.
VCs are super conservative, and most of them only invest in automotive, food, real estate, and other traditional business. I know a few who invest in tech company but only limited to enterprise software companies because Michigan still has the biggest automotive industry with OEMs and suppliers. Their internal software sucks.
If you are making some tech/digital products for end customers, you will hardly raise money from VC in Michigan. Put in this way, if Mark Zuckerberg raise money for Facebook in Michigan 12 years ago, he probably won’t get a dime regardless of the bad economy around that time in Michigan.
Compare to so few angel investors, there are so many advisors who are on the board of many startups. They are helpful in their own domains such as legal, finance, etc, but few of them had ever built/ grown / run a startup themselves, so their startup advice doesn’t carry much weight.

Developers v.s. Entrepreneurs
There is always a dilemma you need to solve if you want to start a tech startup in Michigan. “Entrepreneurs and developers do not go hand by hand.” Most ambitious entrepreneurs have no tech skills and most developers are employees who have no entrepreneurial spirits. For example, in Michigan, most successful entrepreneurs / businessmen/women are non-tech business owners ranging from CEO of a big franchise movie theater to a small bakery. Most of them do not care about tech. People in tech are mostly developers working at companies ranging from 5 people studios to giant auto OEMs. Most of them are happy with their paycheck so they will not think about starting a tech startup when they can make money by doing some fairly easy work. So be careful about who you partner with if you can’t do something yourself.

Ann Arbor - the tech startup hub
If you can guess a city that is most related to tech in Michigan, Ann Arbor should be on your top of the list. There are many good developers I encountered in Ann Arbor. They can code and make something but they lack the entrepreneurial spirits as mentioned before. Most people in Michigan who get in tech is to get a good paycheck, not to start a company or change the world for better. That’s why there are many coding boot camps or schools such as Grand Circus. (80% new developers in Detroit will tell you they are somehow associated with Grand Circus, and most of them start coding for the big check).
If your main goal of starting a tech startups is to make a lot of money, you probably will fail very quickly, because money is just not a big enough motivation to push your through startup hardships. 
Part of the reason why Ann Arbor is tech hub in Michigan is because of U of M, which is ranked very high on any university ranking sites. There is no doubt that the school spends a lot of money on their buildings exteriors and interiors to attract students. However, just like most other universities, you do not really learn many practical skills from there even if you are a computer science student. Here is my personal experience. One day, I went to one of the biggest computer labs in the CS building and asked more than 30 students there if they know how to program in Swift ( the programming language used to make native iOS apps), everyone said no. When I got back home and search their curriculum, only one course is related to mobile development. However, stats show more than 75% of people are using mobile phones for personal use compared to 40% using a desktop. So just as most other universities in the US, students are not well trained to stay up to date.
There are many great meetups, one of my favorites is AA New Tech, where every month you can see tech-related startups present their companies, then you can network with presenters. However, although the meetup place is in one of the UM Ann Arbor building, 70% of the audience are over 30 years old and from other cities outside of Ann Arbor. Very few students are in the audience. Students are not well involved in the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Ann Arbor
I feel for universities to teach entrepreneurship is like for Chipotle to sell Pizza. Because the initial purpose of public education is to train people for work, not to start a company. Even that, current universities obviously failed both ways. First, we are no longer in a industrial era and we do not need a lot of workers / employees (more than 50% of people currently are self-employeed or freelancers in the gig economy era). . Second, even if the purpose to train workers holds true, universities sill do not teach practical skills needed to perform at a job. 
So in short, you can say AA is the Tech Hub in Michigan, but no way near compared to Silicon Valley’s standard and hardcore entrepreneurship.

Common people
I had experience running my own entrepreneurship meetup with 1300+ members in Michigan and personally talked to more than 300 of them. One of the things I found out is the entrepreneurial spirit is seriously lacking. Most people talk a lot, few of them take actions, and very few have the grit to persevere long enough to see some results. I guess it is a big environmental issue. Michigan is a heavily industrial state with the biggest automotive industry. So most people have the industrial worker mentality and are more interested in the traditional Real Estate business. The process looks like this; Graduate university -> Find a decent job in big companies -> Buy some mortgages -> Rent them out -> Start collecting money and save salary at the same time -> Hope to get enough money to quit a job as soon as possible
With that working employee mentality, few people have the courage to take the leap and start their own tech startup.

Bonus: what’s the best business to start in Michigan
After observing businesses around the lower side of Michigan, you will more likely succeed if you start the following business
  1. Small food joints or food trucks: because
    1. People here love food to a different level. There is countless time I see many of my friends getting ready for 2 hours, driving for 30 plus minutes and waiting for 1 hour to dine in a popular restaurant in Detroit. Not even mention I saw people post on Facebook that they waited for 2 hours in a line for some free BBQ in a food festival. (yes, there are multiple food festivals in Michigan around the year.)
    2. There is not much to do in Michigan especially during the 6+ months of winter. I guess that’s why delicious food at a local restaurants become one of the best options.
    3. You can get investment and the odds are pretty high. Quick story, this summer June 22, there was a big Small Business / Startups pitch competition called Quicken Loans Detroit Dem Day where 15 entrepreneurs pitched their companies to win over 1 million dollar investment, These 15 companies are categorized into 3 different groups based on the age of the company. Each group has a tech-related startup. Guess what was the result? All 3 winners are in the food industry, Popcorn stores, bakery store, and frozen fruit plant. Did I say the last year winner was a cupcake store in Detroit too?
    4. If you keep the size small, such as selling at the farmers market at the beginning, you can make a decent amount of money and not need to worry about the operation stuff.
  2. Coffee shops near universities
    1. Almost every coffee shops around college campus are full if not packed. Regardless of the taste of the coffee or whatever you are selling. If you have a cozy environment and a high-speed wifi. You are good to go.
    2. Just be careful about the revenue drop during the summer break. Even that, your business is still in a great shape
  3. More….(you may know some too, leave your recommended business to start in Michigan)

Conclusion:
If you are a hardcore entrepreneur, you can make it happen no matter where you are especially for tech and internet stuff. The only difference is the amount of help and the quality of the help you can get from your surroundings.
In my personal opinion, I do not think Michigan is the best place to start a tech startup unless you are doing something closely related to the automotive industry. Even that, you probably will not be able to compete with other tech giants on the west coast. What's new in the automotive industry? I guess self-driving car. Aren’t Google, Tesla, and Uber the leaders in the self-driving car industry?
Even Paul Graham (founder of Y-Combinator) said in his blog “ The 18 Mistakes That Kill Startups“ The number 2 mistake is the Wrong Location. In his words,

"Startups prosper in some places and not others. Silicon Valley dominates, then Boston, then Seattle, Austin, Denver, and New York. After that there's not much. Even in New York the number of startups per capita is probably a 20th of what it is in Silicon Valley. In towns like Houston and Chicago and Detroit it's too small to measure…
…Who knows exactly how these factors combine to boost startups in Silicon Valley and squish them in Detroit, but it's clear they do from the number of startups per capita in each.”

Let me know what you think about the tech startup scene in Michigan and what other things you'd like to add on to inform other tech founders or founder-to-be in Michigan. If you find this information useful, please upvote or share so other people can benefit as well. 

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2016.12.25 16:27 emememaker73 The Week In Review: Suburban News of the Past Week (12/25/16)

Sunday:
NORTH:
∙ 1. Gurnee police could get up to $115,000 by auctioning off some of former Lake Villa burglar's cache (Daily Herald)
∙ 2. Gurnee police seek suspect in theft of electronics from residence (Daily Herald)
∙ 3. Woodland Elementary School District 50 accepting nominations for Gurnee Teacher of the Year until Jan. 27, 2017 (Daily Herald)
∙ 4. North Chicago man dead, Beach Park man injured in Wadsworth crash (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST
∙ 5. Repeat drunk driver from Mount Prospect pleads guilty to DUI crash that nearly killed Illinois State Trooper near Elmhurst in 2014, sentenced to 13 years in prison (Chicago Tribune)
WEST
∙ 6. Rosemont acquires industrial building near Allstate Arena for $1 (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST
∙ 7. Teen arrested after entering Oswego High School, allegedly fighting with staff when asked to leave (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
SOUTH
∙ 8. Chicago funeral home and church present gifts to family of security guard shot to death in November in Harvey (CBS 2)
∙ 9. Divers search pond for four hours after car goes into the water in Lynwood (ABC 7)
NORTHWEST INDIANA
∙ 10. Portage Township school board set to install new superintendent following predecessor's sudden resignation in November (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 11. Crown Point's proposed Galleria Center at apparent standstill nearly one year after 'coming soon' signs put up (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 12. Valparaiso Parks Department hires new recreation superintendent and new youth-program director, promotes customer-service administrator (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 13. Portage Utility Services to undertaken $5.8 million in projects in 2017, including a new building for field services at wastewater-treatment plant (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 14. City of Gary, Gary Community School Corporation work on agreement that could provide $200,000-$300,000 in tax-increment finance money to help shore up district's finances (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 15. NIPSCO gets approval to shut down coal-powered Bailly Generating Station in Chesterton (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 16. Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to give a combined $5.6 million to East Chicago, Gary and Hammond to battle residential blight (ABC 7)
REGIONAL
∙ 17. Number of citations issued by Illinois State Troopers down 40 percent since 2010; statewide number of traffic fatalities exceeds 1,000 (State Journal-Register)
Monday:
NORTH
∙ 18. Libertyville village administrator set to retire after 25 years on the job (Daily Herald)
∙ 19. Remains discovered in Kenosha woods identified as Chicago man missing since 2012 (ABC 7)
∙ 20. Woman robbed at gunpoint along Washington Street in Waukegan (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 21. Evanston man dies of asphyxia after becoming trapped in washing machine (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 22. Wauconda man wanted for car burglaries jumps out second-floor window to escape police, but his footprints lead to his home (Daily Herald)
∙ 23. Mundelein trustee seeking re-election has to scramble to collect signatures after ballot petition disappears from her car (WBBM AM 780)
NORTHWEST
∙ 24. Des Plaines man sues McDonald's claiming two-cheeseburger Extra Value Meal is more expensive than buying items a la carte (Chicago Tribune)
∙ 25. Wheeling man sentenced to four years in prison after admitting he sold LSD to undercover cop in July (Daily Herald)
∙ 26. Chicago man charged with fourth DUI in Streamwood (Daily Herald)
∙ 27. Sewer-replacement project a big part of Barrington's $30.2 million fiscal year 2017 budget (Daily Herald)
WEST
∙ 28. Two teens, two adults arrested after disruption as classes let out at East Aurora High School; school-resource officer, dean reported injured (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
∙ 29. Man struck by Metra train on Dec. 17 in Hinsdale dies (Chicago Sun-Times)
SOUTH
∙ 30. Man found dead in car that sank into Lynwood pond (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
NORTHWEST INDIANA
∙ 31. Valparaiso computer store robbed second time in one week (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 32. Indiana Court of Appeals unanimously affirms Gary cold-case murder conviction (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 33. Gary man accused of threatening man whose house he allegedly burglarized, got away with $800 worth of electronics and medication (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 34. Gary official says snowplow with city's logo seen plowing Portage parking lot is no longer owned by Gary (Northwest Indiana Times)
Tuesday:
NORTH
∙ 35. Maintenance workers touch off fire while trying to thaw out frozen pipe at Gurnee apartment building; two families displaced (Daily Herald)
∙ 36. No injuries reported following kitchen fire at The Mather high-rise in Evanston (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 37. Wauconda to switch 150 street lights to LED fixtures which will save the village money (Daily Herald)
∙ 38. Rhode Island-based investment firm buys Hilton Garden Inn in Evanston (Crain's Chicago Business)
NORTHWEST
∙ 39. Prospect Heights police revive man who overdosed on heroin after he was involved in a car crash (CBS 2)
∙ 40. Four siblings suffer burns, frostbite after after mattress catches fire in Elgin home (NBC 5)
∙ 41. Multimillionaire owner of Cancer Treatment Center claims in McHenry County court he can't afford ex-wife's $400,000-a-month maintenance (Chicago Tribune)
∙ 42. Hebron village president to run for re-election despite pending drug and gun charges against him (Chicago Tribune)
∙ 43. Des Plaines mayor casts tie-breaking vote to approve 236-unit apartment complex to be built at East River and Golf roads (Daily Herald)
∙ 44. Gurnee Village Board approves use of body cameras, stun guns for police officers (Daily Herald)
∙ 45. Texas man found guilty of stabbing his grandmother to death in East Dundee (Chicago Tribune/Elgin Courier-News)
∙ 46. Buffalo Grove police dog tracks down marijuana, cash, drug paraphernalia during home search (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 47. South Elgin village president faces challenge from current, former trustees in bid for re-election (Daily Herald)
∙ 48. Des Plaines alderman urges outgoing city clerk to not spend $1,500 education/travel stipend before she leaves office (Daily Herald)
∙ 49. Buffalo Grove Village Board OKs proposed Woodman's Food Market on Milwaukee Avenue (Daily Herald)
WEST
∙ 50. Former West Chicago resident voices shrimp, bunny, spider, red panda in movie 'Sing' (Daily Herald)
∙ 51. St. Charles City Council names parking deck after former Mayor Sue Klinkhamer, who drove redevelopment of First Street (Daily Herald)
∙ 52. Man sentenced to 126 years in prison for home invasion, sexual assault in Forest Park (Chicago Tribune)
∙ 53. 7-Eleven store in St. Charles robbed after suspect claimed to have a weapon (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 54. Cook County judge allows convent's lawsuit against strip club to proceed (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 55. Former Oak Park-River Forest High School teacher sentenced to two years of probation for sexual relationship with student (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 56. City of Warrenville eyes buying shuttered gas station at Batavia and Warrenville roads with hopes of redevelopment (Daily Herald)
∙ 57. Bill Murray, brothers propose 'Caddyshack' restaurant/bar in Rosemont (NBC 5)
SOUTHWEST
∙ 58. Plainfield family, police distribute carbon-monoxide detectors following deaths of mother, daughter (WBBM AM 780)
SOUTH
∙ 59. Worker at Calumet City daycare hit in face by stray bullet in front of 40 children (CBS 2)
∙ 60. Veteran and her family left without heat after Markham workers rupture gas pipeline while fixing water-main break (CBS 2)
∙ 61. Police release sketch of suspect who attacked Illinois Trooper in November off I-294 near Harvey (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 62. South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association selects veteran planner as new executive director (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 63. Chicago Heights man identified as victim of car crash into pond in Lynwood (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
∙ 64. Four teens charged in fatal shooting at River Oaks Mall in Calumet City (Chicago Tribune)
∙ 65. Calumet City council approves referendum for voters to decide fate of $15-an-hour minimum wage, a first in Illinois (NBC 5)
NORTHWEST INDIANA
∙ 66. Indiana rises to 39th best in healthiest states from 41st place (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 67. Man held on charges of stabbing another man in the chest following argument at victim's Highland home (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 68. Man hospitalized after apparently shooting himself in the leg, initially told police somebody else shot him while trying to enter his home (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
∙ 69. Owner of Gary recycling company/former owner of Chicago Heights firm indicted after allegedly reselling hazardous materials, some of which ended up in landfills overseas (CBS 2)
Wednesday:
NORTH
∙ 70. Wilmette personal trainer pleads guilty to knowingly passing on HIV to three women he dated (Chicago Tribune)
∙ 71. Former Waukegan High School assistant rifle-team coach to go on trial for having sex with student (Chicago Tribune)
∙ 72. Gunshots fired near Waukegan's Alternative/Optional Education Center; high school's Washington campus also put on soft lockdown (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 73. Amazon announces plans for new distribution center in Waukegan (Crain's Chicago Business)
∙ 74. Antioch-area man arrested after month-long drug investigation; also charged with possession of a firearm by a felon (CBS 2)
∙ 75. Skokie man charged with reckless homicide for Nov. 17 drunk-driving crash that killed his passenger (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 76. Village of Wauconda increases fee for setting up an ice-fishing shelter on Bangs Lake to $25 for 24-hour permit and to $45 for full-winter permit (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST
∙ 77. Two pre-teen girls fighting accusation of shoplifting at Algonquin Target store (ABC 7)
∙ 78. Chicago begins $220 million expansion of O'Hare Northeast Cargo Center; project expected to last three years (WGN TV)
∙ 79. West Dundee Village Board approves 14.5-percent property-tax increase (Daily Herald)
∙ 80. McHenry County Board chairman's committee-consolidation proposal approved (Daily Herald)
∙ 81. Streamwood Park District vice president, previously five-time president, dies at 53 (Daily Herald)
WEST
∙ 82. Naperville police seek two men who stole saw blades from a store for the second time in four days (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 83. Naperville promotes career police commander to deputy chief (Daily Herald)
∙ 84. Body found near Aurora believed to be missing Aurora woman (Daily Herald)
∙ 85. Glendale Heights man charged with possession of child pornography (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 86. Aurora man convicted of possessing 20 pounds of heroin, money laundering (Daily Herald)
∙ 87. DuPage County Democratic Party raises issues with consolidation of Election Commission and County Clerk's Office (Daily Herald)
∙ 88. Naperville, Chicago investment firms form joint venture to buy River Run Apartments in Naperville for $47.8 million (Crain's Chicago Business)
SOUTHWEST
∙ 89. Oak Lawn sandwich shop robbed at gunpoint (CBS 2)
∙ 90. Off-duty Chicago cop acquitted of shooting at off-duty Merrionette Park policeman and off-duty firefighter he tried to scare off during November 2014 confrontation in Chicago (CBS 2)
SOUTH
∙ 91. Dolton man charged with aggravated DUI in Posen car crash that killed three (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
∙ 92. Midlothian man shot to death while warming up his wife's car at Midlothian apartment complex (NBC 5)
NORTHWEST INDIANA
∙ 93. Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration fines U.S. Steel $28,000 in relation to June death of worker at Gary Works (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 94. Crown Point City Council approves emergency-vehicle-preemption system as part of six-community agreement (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 95. Merrillville Town Council selects Superior Ambulance to provide emergency-medical service, but town, company still have to negotiate contract (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 96. LaPorte man charged with OWI after crashing his car into a utility pole while his blood-alcohol concentration was 0.326 (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 97. Man charged in 2011 murder of Michigan City woman who died of a gunshot at Krueger Memorial Park when argument within another group led to gunfire (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 98. Battery charges against Merrillville doctor accused of attacking an assistant in Hobart dismissed by judge (Northwest Indiana Times)
Thursday:
NORTH
∙ 99. BMO Bank in Waukegan robbed (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 100. Federal prosecutors indict Vernon Hills man for Ponzi-style scheme after defrauding people of their retirement funds (Chicago Tribune/Vernon Hills Review)
∙ 101. Police investigate apparent fraudulent 911 calls from Lake Zurich teen, claiming he'd murdered his parents, then that he planned to detonate a bomb with his sister present and house in question turns out empty (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST
∙ 102. Hoffman Estate man dies in early-morning house fire (NBC 5)
∙ 103. Fox Valley River Public Library District cancels planned purchase of 11-acre site in West Dundee for proposed new library after voters reject tax-increase referendum (Daily Herald)
∙ 104. Upscale Asian restaurant Shakou opens location in Arlington Heights at recently vacated Armand's Pizzeria site (Daily Herald)
∙ 105. Mount Prospect builder Nick Papanicholas Sr. dies 68 days after suffering cardiac arrest; community recalls his influence on area (Daily Herald)
∙ 106. Des Plaines man sentenced to 27 years in prison for 'vicious' stabbing of Vernon Hills woman (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
∙ 107. Parent, child struck in crosswalk in Park Ridge after failing to follow directions from crossing guard (Chicago Tribune/Park Ridge Herald-Advocate)
∙ 108. Longtime Palatine prosecutor Michael Gerber sworn in as judge in Cook County Circuit Court (Daily Herald)
WEST
∙ 109. St. Charles aldermen concerned about restaurant's plan for March 4 'wine walk' with 25 stops at each of which participants consume 1-ounce samples (Daily Herald)
∙ 110. Second man sought for 2013 murder in Berwyn is arrested in Florida (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 111. Warrenville Park District executive director to retire at year's end (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST
∙ 112. Firefighter from Shorewood who is a single father with a son with brain cancer gets holiday surprise from fellow Frankfort firefighters (WGN TV)
SOUTH
∙ 113. Two social workers allege they were fired from Burnham nursing home for refusing to fabricate medical records to cover up abuse of patients (Chicago Tribune)
∙ 114. Chicago man dies after being hit by vehicle in Summit (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA
∙ 115. Valparaiso officials launch online portal giving public access to city's, utility district's financial, performance information (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 116. Death of East Chicago man in Oct. 9 shooting in Chicago ruled homicide (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 117. Chicago man arrested after allegedly stealing items from cars in Hammond's South Shore Line parking lot (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 118. Valparaiso closes on purchase of Clifford Stone & Material property for future park site (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 119. Munster police investigate theft of $2,500 worth of cigarettes from tobacco shop (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
∙ 120. Four people convicted of kidnapping, torture of two suburban students studying at University of Rochester (New York) sentenced to prison (Chicago Tribune)
∙ 121. Cook County deputy police chief under investigation after allegedly using law-enforcement credentials to get relative into World Series game at Wrigley Field (ABC 7)
Friday:
NORTH
∙ 122. Frozen pipes, boiler malfunction blamed for Round Lake Park house fire (Daily Herald)
∙ 123. Frank Lloyd Wright's first commissioned Prairie Style house in River Forest sells for $1,375,000 (Chicago Tribune)
∙ 124. Waukegan woman charged with DUI after driving her car into a Lake County Sheriff's squad car protecting the scene of an earlier accident in Mettawa (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
∙ 125. Federal jury decides that Costco Wholesale Corp. must pay $250,000 to former worker from Glenview store who was sexually harassed by customer (Chicago Tribune)
∙ 126. Man, woman from Beach Park arrested for armed robbery of Beach Park gas station (Daily Herald)
∙ 127. Fox Lake looks to add elevator, 'splash pad' as part of upgrades at Lakefront Park (Daily Herald)
∙ 128. Village of Lincolnshire extends overnight parking permission on all streets until Jan. 4, 2017, but moving vehicles still needed if there is at least 1 inch of snowfall (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST
∙ 129. Federal prosecutors allege in indictment that Schaumburg man bragged about being a mobster, threatening victims with a blowtorch (Daily Herald)
∙ 130. Arlington Heights Memorial Library plans $1 million upgrade to lower-level parking lot to improve safety for pedestrians, motorists (Daily Herald)
∙ 131. Elgin City Council approves disputed sale of parking lot to allow St. Joseph Catholic Church to expand (Daily Herald)
∙ 132. Wall to Wall Retro store in Elgin to close Dec. 31 (Daily Herald)
∙ 133. Chicago woman accused of firing two gunshots after dispute at a bar in downtown Elgin (Daily Herald)
∙ 134. Wheeling Plan Commission OKs Binny's Beverage Depot's request to open in May (Daily Herald)
WEST
∙ 135. CEO of Elk Grove Village-based Little Lady Foods resigns abruptly (Crain's Chicago Business)
∙ 136. Man arrested after Bellwood barricade situation that forced evacuation of 11 children from daycare center next door (Chicago Tribune)
∙ 137. Four luxury vehicles severely damaged when car-carrier truck tried to go under viaduct too short for it in Riverside (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 138. College of DuPage hires Aurora CFO/city treasurer as vice president of finance and treasurer (Daily Herald)
∙ 139. Aurora man charged with attempted murder after Dec. 21 incident in which he stabbed another man through the window of a car (Daily Herald)
∙ 140. Aurora police investigate two shootings, car crash into apartment building that appear to be related (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST
∙ 141. Sandwich man arrested for Nov. 11 residential burglary in Oswego (Chicago Sun-Times)
∙ 142. Kendall County Crime Stoppers offers $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in theft case out of Boulder Hill (Chicago Sun-Times)
SOUTH
∙ 143. WGN employee from Lansing becomes victim of package-stealing thief, catches suspect on home-security camera (WGN TV)
NORTHWEST INDIANA
∙ 144. Police identify body found on Oct. 3 in Little Calumet River near Gary as Gary resident (CBS 2)
∙ 145. Schererville man killed in head-on crash in Hammond; Crown Point man taken to hospital (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 146. Food Bank of Northwest Indiana promotes deputy directodevelopment manager to executive director's post (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 147. Taco-delivery driver reportedly knocked out, food and some money stolen from him in Hammond (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 148. Chicago, Hickory Hills men accused of stealing elderly Merrillville woman's wedding ring while claiming to work for a water company (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 149. Intoxicated LaPorte man arrested after running barefoot from drunk-driving car crash (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 150. Kingsford Heights clerk-treasurer and assistant forced to repay a total of $405 to town after state audit criticizes town's bookkeeping methods (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
∙ 151. Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund to investigate whether Bensenville Park District's interim director qualifies for pensions at three other jobs he holds concurrently (CBS 2)
Saturday:
NORTH
∙ 152. Community High School District 128 foundation grants $22,000 in funds for 17 innovative projects at Libertyville, Vernon Hills high schools (Daily Herald)
∙ 153. Person of interest in custody after fatal shooting of man found slumped over in car in Libertyville (Chicago Tribune)
NORTHWEST
∙ 154. Arlington Heights police seek suspect in carjacking that occurred about noon Friday (Daily Herald)
∙ 155. Village of Schaumburg's plans for 2017 include street repairs, watesewer improvements, new tree plantings (Daily Herald)
∙ 156. 71-year-old Lake in the Hills man charged with raping girl younger than 13 at Woodstock movie theater (Daily Herald)
∙ 157. Gilberts teen charged with possession of LSD tablets, marijuana, THC oil, prescription drugs after tip leads police to search home (Daily Herald)
WEST
∙ 158. Geneva Public Library to put $21.8 million ballot question to voters in April; proposed site is location of former Sixth Street School (Daily Herald)
∙ 159. 101-year-old woman found dead after house fire in Maywood (Chicago Sun-Times)
SOUTHWEST
∙ 160. Man shot to death while driving on Joliet's Broadway Street (Chicago Sun-Times)
SOUTH
∙ 161. Moody's rating agency lowers Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210's bonds to 'junk' status (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
NORTHWEST INDIANA
∙ 162. Hammond installs beacon signal along Erie-Lackawanna Trail at 165th Street, Howard Avenue to improve safety for cyclists, pedestrians (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 163. Lake County Sheriff's Office secures 30 arrest warrants for drug charges (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 164. Gary Community School Corp. board extends superintendent's contract two years, closes two schools, eliminates New Tech perogram (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 165. New Franciscan Health hospital being built near I-94 in Michigan City to feature ambulance base (Northwest Indiana Times)
∙ 166. Gary apartment fire leaves three children dead, mother injured; homicide squad investigating incident (Chicago Sun-Times)
REGIONAL
∙ 167. 'The Founder' movie tells story of complicated, driven salesman-turned-self-proclaimed founder of McDonald's, Ray Kroc (Chicago Tribune)
∙ 168. Incidents of gun violence on party buses reveal gray area in Illinois' conceal-carry law (Northwest Indiana Times)
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2016.11.22 03:47 Cerce_Tentones List of County Conventions, Meetings, And More!

Alright folks; times are coming up for us to take part in the political process. I've written here a big list of everything that's going to be going on. Not every county is represented because not every county likes to list their events online for some God-awful reason.
Try and bring some kind of dish to serve, something light and snacky; some of these meetings request this outright, but I think it'd be a good first impression. Don't go bake a turkey or something.
Let's kill with kindness. These are not the folks who screwed us over; that'd be the DNC itself.
MANY of the county conventions require you to be a member of the state democratic party 30 days prior to the election. Be aware of this going in!
If you've been pinged here, it's simply because I've seen you post and you've been looking for things to do in the state or are upset at the current status of things. Here's your chance to impact Michigan. Here's where it starts!
I'll update this as I find more information on different county parties; make sure to show up and get involved! Even if it's too late to run locally, we can still build support for the post-2018 elections. Rome was not built in a day. Best of luck, and if you need help let me know! Some counties were left out due to me running out of time at work, but most that were left out were due to lack of information.
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2016.10.23 17:07 emememaker73 The Week In Review: Suburban News of the Past Week (10/23/16)

Sunday:
NORTHWEST:
· 1. Buffalo Grove to abate $650,000 in property taxes as village board prepares to raise property-tax levy by 2.64 percent (Daily Herald)
· 2. Wheeling Township referendum could eliminate road commission's position (Daily Herald)
· 3. Motorcyclist dies after wrong-way crash on Route 31 in Algonquin (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 4. Brookfield woman charged with felony DUI after picking up teen from Riverside school; driver had BAC of 0.262 (CBS 2)
SOUTHWEST:
· 5. Western Spring police evacuate Lyons Township High School's South Campus after report that man with a gun entered building (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 6. Residents, churches to gather Oct. 29 in Merrillville for prayer breakfast in honor of first responders (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 7. Dog-grooming business gets support for zoning exception to locate in Merrillville (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 8. Schererville Plan Commission gives thumbs-up to church, gas station along Austin Avenue (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 9. Cook County sheriff seeks legislation that will allow his office to seek lower bail for detainees with little access to money (CBS 2)
Monday:
NORTH:
· 10. Energy company donates aeroponic 'tower gardens' to Waukegan magnet school (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 11. Waukegan Walmart reportedly robbed at gunpoint (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 12. Family of suicide victim sues Mundelein High School District 120, claiming officials failed to use state-mandated suicide-prevention protocols that could have prevented her death (Daily Herald)
· 13. Highland Park's Musically Human Theatre pulls plug on Sondheim's 'Passion,' blaming construction delays; no refunds expected (Crain's Chicago Business)
NORTHWEST:
· 14. Spring Grove man killed in crash with semi on Route 14 near Woodstock (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 15. Child-sex offender arrested after giving guitar lessons to underage students in Woodstock (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 16. Mount Prospect Village Clerk Lisa Angell dies from pancreatic cancer (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 17. Wood Dale creator of Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce gives his time to help inner-city youth (Daily Herald)
· 18. Downers Grove mother joins fight to prevent unfiltered images, videos from crash scenes from appearing on social media (Chicago Tribune)
· 19. Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest rejects hostile takeover bid by First American Bank, claiming big institution's motive is payback for moving data-processing contract (Crain's Chicago Business)
SOUTHWEST:
· 20. Body discovered in reportedly abandoned SUV in Joliet Township (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 21. Dash-cam video shows high-speed chase that led to deadly, fiery crash stemming from Tinley Park bank robbery on July 1 (CBS 2)
SOUTH:
· 22. Lansing woman killed in accident (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 23. Alsip woman charged with hate crime after video of tirade at Chicago's Margarita Festival posted to YouTube went viral (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 24. Woman killed in car crash in Gary (CBS 2)
· 25. Man convicted of 1981 murder of Gary policeman scheduled to be freed in February (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 26. Hobart to expand analysis of stormwater master plan to include parts of city in Ross Township (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 27. Fire does substantial damage to Gary funeral home (Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune)
· 28. State study: Indiana should appoint nine-member commission to redraw Congressional, legislative districts, not General Assembly (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 29. Lake County employee who claimed she was fired for political reasons rehired, given $30,000 cash settlement (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 30. Gary man wounded in shooting on Sunday in city's Glen Park neighborhood (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 31. Gary police investigate death of pedestrian hit by vehicle in Midtown (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 32. BGA: Cook County-based Metropolitan Water Reclamation District paying an average of $97,791 to its 1,861 employees (Daily Herald)
Tuesday:
NORTH:
· 33. Windsurfer rescued from 'very choppy' waters in Lake Michigan off Lee Street Beach in Evanston (Chicago Tribune)
· 34. Mundelein to finish removal of borer-infested ash trees in spring 2017 (Daily Herald)
· 35. Suspect in drug investigation arrested for unlawful use of weapon after Evanston police find loaded shotgun in his backpack (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 36. Village Carpet to close store in Winnetka after 52 years in business (Crain's Chicago Business)
NORTHWEST:
· 37. Elgin Area School District U-46 signs off on agreement giving Elgin Police access to video-surveillance system in its 53 schools (Daily Herald)
· 38. Des Plaines officials remain divided over possible pedestrian underpass underneath Northwest Highway's S-curve (Daily Herald)
· 39. Investors with plans for Turkish trade center eye former East Dundee Walmart site (Daily Herald)
· 40. Arlington Heights Village Board approves $15 million addition to Thomas Middle School (Daily Herald)
· 41. Arlington Heights police seek suspect, information about armed robbery of gas station on Arlington Heights Road (Daily Herald)
· 42. Sales of DVDs, posters from movies shot in Elgin to benefit South Elgin-based Anderson Animal Shelter (Daily Herald)
· 43. Olympic skating star Kristi Yamaguchi reads from her third book during visit to Hoffman Estate elementary school (Daily Herald)
· 44. Florida-based Paragon Theaters acquires Star Cinema Grill in Arlington Heights (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 45. New veterans memorial at Lisle Community Park to be unveiled during ceremony on Veterans Day (Nov. 11) (Daily Herald)
· 46. Batavia man sentenced to six years in prison for sexual assault of a child younger than 12 years of age (CBS 2)
· 47. Dolton man arrested in Hinsdale after luring boy; had made other attempts (ABC 7)
· 48. Hinsdale South High School student charged with disorderly conduct for making threats to shoot up the school (Chicago Tribune/The Doings)
· 49. Oswego man convicted of paying for sex with a child (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 50. Maryland-based investment company buys Woodridge's Seven Gates Ice Arena after previous owner defaulted on debt (Crain's Chicago Business)
SOUTHWEST:
· 51. Orland Park Village Board approves $150,000 salary for village president (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
· 52. Family of Harwood Heights man killed in Hickory Hills sues FedEx, driver after Oct. 5 crash in which a semi hit motorcycle (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 53. Worker injured when roof partially collapsed on him sues subcontractor, alleging that company created hole in gas line that lead to explosion in Romeoville (ABC 7)
· 54. Joliet man arrested on charge of killing long-time acquaintance in Homer Glen auto shop after he rejected other man's sexual advances (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 55. Man who turned himself in to Orland Park police on potential child-luring released without charges (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 56. Dead man found at Woodridge golf course on Saturday, Oct. 15 identified as Woodridge resident (Daily Herald)
SOUTH:
· 57. Dolton woman given life sentence for 2011 murder of pregnant Alsip teen (FOX 32)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 58. Hammond man files complaint after city police stop him from filming outside federal courthouse, question him (Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune)
· 59. Gary man saves girlfriend from drowning after SUV rolls into Pine Lake in LaPorte (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 60. Indiana Department of Transportation presents plan to widen I-65 during hearing in Crown Point (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 61. Merrillville man arrested for felony theft after pushing man up against wall outside Hammond hotel, stealing his wallet (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 62. Portage man charged with sexually abusing girl at East Chicago's Block Junior High (Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune)
· 63. Portage Township Parks Department seeks residents' input on five-year master plan (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 64. Cook County voters to get say on potential merging of County Clerk's Office, Recorder of Deeds Office on Nov. 8 ballot (Daily Herald)
Wednesday:
NORTH:
· 65. Haunted Volo: Tales of ghostly apparition at antique mall, farmhouse (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 66. Lake Forest man's drone business catches interest from real-estate agencies, builders (Chicago Tribune/Lake Forester)
· 67. Lake Forest-based Colbert Packaging moving 65 jobs to Kenosha, citing Wisconsin's 'favorable business climate' (Chicago Tribune)
· 68. Round Lake Park man arrested in Round Lake on charges of residential burglary (Daily Herald)
· 69. Lake County Board contracts Aurora engineering firm to begin process on realignment of Cedar Lake Road in downtown Round Lake (Daily Herald)
· 70. District 125 direct architects to design another addition to Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 71. Federal judge rejects petition for injunction against ban on transgender student using girls' locker room at Fremd High School in Palatine (CBS 2)
· 72. Mount Prospect's Central Continental Bakery seeing jump in demand for Cubs cookies (CBS 2)
· 73. Suburban technician rescues woman, baby from car overturned as result of Schaumburg crash (NBC 5)
· 74. Mount Prospect dissolves tax-increment finance district; sets Dec. 20 public hearing for new TIF district (Daily Herald)
· 75. Prospect Heights promotes deputy fire chief to lead department (Daily Herald)
· 76. Rolling Meadows City Council votes 4-3 to reject purchase of former Dominick's building (Daily Herald)
· 77. OSHA cites, fines Elgin-based Omega Demolition over accident that killed one worker, injured three others working on I-90 bridge in Des Plaines (Chicago Tribune)
· 78. Des Plaines: Buyout of seven flood-prone houses to proceed after delay caused by state budget impasse (Daily Herald)
· 79. Rutland-Dundee Fire Protection District forms citizens-advisory committee to assess feasibility of merger with West Dundee Fire Department (Daily Herald)
· 80. Village of Schaumburg plans to name plaza near Municipal Center after late first village attorney Jack Siegel (Daily Herald)
· 81. Rockford-based Rubloff Development facing loss of Woodscreek Commons in Algonquin after defaulting on $28.6 million mortgage (Crain's Chicago Business)
WEST:
· 82. Carol Stream Village Board supports larger, $19 million plan for expansion of current village hall, temporary relocation of village staff (Daily Herald)
· 83. Bank on Cermak Road in Berwyn robbed (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 84. Pioneer Child Care moving out of Lombard Elementary School District 44 building after 35 years of service (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 85. Pedestrian dies from injuries a week and a half after being struck by a vehicle in Burbank (Chicago Sun-Times)
SOUTH:
· 86. Harvey man charged with taking a minor across state borders for prostitution (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 87. Former attorney from Frankfort sentenced to 30 years in prison for soliciting fellow inmate to kill his ex-wife (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 88. Kouts town councillor who was forced to resign because of law barring town employees from holding elective positions is sole applicant for vacant 2nd District seat (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 89. Engineer presents proposal for Casey's General Store to Crown Point Plan Commission (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 90. Lansing man dies as result of car crash in Dyer (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 91. Merrillville teen struck by car while walking in Merrillville dies from his injuries (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 92. Discovery of animal bone suspends dredging operation in Indiana Harbor Ship Canal in East Chicago (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 93. Former Lake County Jail guard pleads guilty to taking $400 bribe to deliver cell phone to alleged gang member (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 94. Cook County commissioner raises concerns about how county is handling strays, saying some suburban shelters are killing people's pets (CBS 2)
· 95. Two Illinois Democratic political operatives lose jobs after video shows them explaining how they've disrupted Republican events, planned to cover up voter fraud (Chicago Tribune)
Thursday:
NORTH:
· 96. Vernon Hills gives informal go-ahead for plan to convert vacant CDW/Allstate Insurance office building into psychiatric hospital (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 97. Community Unit School District 300 expects to save on energy costs after installing solar panels at Jacobs High School in Algonquin (Daily Herald)
· 98. Truck crashes and overturns, spilling diesel fuel and hydraulic fluid on Route 31 in Carpentersville (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 99. Schaumburg Township Elementary School District 54 works toward sale of property next to Conant High School (Daily Herald)
· 100. Lake in the Hills establishes 5 percent amusement tax, which currently will only affect the cost of tickets at AMC 12 movie theater, starting Jan. 1, 2017 (Daily Herald)
· 101. Des Plaines Elementary School District 62 to dedicate new playground at South Elementary on Tuesday, Oct. 25 (Daily Herald)
· 102. Death of Barrington Hills man found in burning van in Chicago ruled homicide (CBS 2)
WEST:
· 103. Riverside police free deer whose antlers got stuck in hammock (FOX 32)
· 104. DuPage County Sheriff's Office releases images of what parents of dead baby dumped in unincorporated Wheaton may look like (Chicago Tribune)
· 105. Rush University Medical Center ambulance designed to scan, treat stroke victims more quickly to service 5-mile radius of Oak Park Hospital; Northwestern University unit to serve six western suburbs (Chicago Tribune)
· 106. Four Chicago men, one Downers Grove man arrested for disturbance, shooting near Westmont (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 107. Troubled Elgin-based Omega Demolition gave $80,000 to Rosemont mayor's election campaigns, got $212,725 demolition job in 2014 (Daily Herald)
· 108. Workers from Wheaton-based Wisdom Moving Company hide woman escaping gun-wielding ex-boyfriend, who commits suicide in Chicago's Loop (WGN TV)
SOUTHWEST:
· 109. Two Orland Park junior-high students sue Orland School District 135, claiming officials should have known about coach's sex-abuse arrest in Joliet (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 110. Actor Justin Hartley, an Orland Park native, appears on 'Ellen' (Chicago Tribune)
· 111. Suspect in gun theft from Plainfield house found dead in Chicago home (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 112. Intersection of Harlem Avenue, West 71st Street in Bridgeview closed after serious crash (ABC 7)
SOUTH:
· 113. Sunnybrook Elementary School District 171 board secretary resigns; superintendent to solicit residents to apply for vacancy (Northwest Indiana Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 114. Indiana Secretary of State: Thousands of altered voter registrations may just be voters trying to correct name, birth dates before election (Chicago Tribune/Post-Tribune)
· 115. Woman, man shot along Delaware Street in Gary (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 116. Lake County Board OK $300,000 toward left turn lane on 109th Street at U.S. 41, which sheriff calls 'very dangerous intersection' (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 117. Munster Town Council comes out against Trans-Pacific Partnership (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 118. LaPorte man who claimed to beat up scary clown charged with falsely reporting a crime (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 119. Fire does extensive damage to Portage apartment building (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 120. Insurance company reimburses LaPorte County for $152,000 embezzled by former deputy auditor with gambling addiction (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 121. Cook County grand jury indicts attorney who posed as judge at Markham courthouse on criminal charges, but what those are isn't disclosed (Chicago Tribune)
Friday:
NORTH:
· 122. Highland Park raises minimum age to purchase tobacco products to 21 beginning Jan. 1, 2017 (FOX 32)
· 123. Mundelein School Elementary School District 75 janitor sentenced to 18 years in jail for sexual assault of minor in 2007 (CBS 2)
· 124. Residents of senior-oriented subdivision petition Grayslake High School District 127, Grayslake Elementary School District 46 boards to keep property-tax levy increase to 0.3 percent at most (Daily Herald)
· 125. Waukegan woman pleads guilty to murder in 2014 death of daughter whom she punched in the stomach, perforating it and leading to fatal infection (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 126. Waukegan School District 60 pays out $200,000 for substitutes due to teacher absences during first five weeks of school this year (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 127. Vernon Hills man arrested after stealing items from unlocked cars, trying to break into Long Grove house; homeowner shot at him as he fled (Chicago Tribune/Vernon Hills Review)
· 128. Antioch sues to close church's resale shop, citing lack of bathrooms, strict zoning (Daily Herald)
· 129. Leaders of shuttered Kirk of the Lakes Presbyterian Church in Mundelein donate $700,000 to 34 charities, following sale of church property (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 130. 'Highly intoxicated' Des Plaines man attacks Arlington Heights police officers who find him sleeping on sidewalk (Daily Herald)
· 131. Mount Prospect reports sales-tax revenue exceeding property taxes for first time in village history (Daily Herald)
· 132. Chicago man who shot a gun inside a Megabus in Des Plaines pleads guilty, sentenced to 20 years in prison; another 7 years added for battery to peace officer (Daily Herald)
· 133. Metropolis Ballroom in Arlington Heights seeks to expand space to serve larger groups, especially for weddings (Daily Herald)
· 134. Naperville firefighter arrested for possession of child pornography at his Elgin home (Chicago Tribune)
· 135. Des Plaines-based Gas Technology Institute receives $80 million in funds to design, build and operate clean-energy power plant in Texas (Daily Herald)
· 136. Sister of Nicole Brown Simpson appears at fundraiser for Palatine-based WINGS to speak about violence against women (CBS 2)
· 137. Kentucky man charged with sexual abuse of a minor in Palatine, Hoffman Estates, after sharing details, photos online with Washington, D.C. cop (FOX 32)
WEST:
· 138. Riverside police chief named chairman of Illinois Impaired Driving Task Force (FOX 32)
· 139. Lombard, St. Charles men arrested for armed robbery in Glendale Heights (Daily Herald)
· 140. Construction of LA Fitness along Wheaton's Roosevelt Road set to start, despite residents' objections (Daily Herald)
· 141. Geneva City Council to debate creation of stormwater utility to dedicate funds to stormwater system (Daily Herald)
SOUTH:
· 142. Monee mayor, also the village's liquor commissioner, accused of collusion in threatening to close down liquor store in building he owns (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
· 143. Family of two Joliet children who drowned in Kankakee River on Memorial Day sue City of Wilmington for $1 million (Chicago Tribune)
· 144. Suspect in bank robberies in Bridgeview, Midlothian and Oak Lawn sought for another heist in Midlothian (FOX 32)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 145. Union Township man seeks to overturn 60-year sentence for murdering ex-girlfriend (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 146. Valparaiso middle-schoolers spend day doing community service at local church (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 147. 19-year-old man with lengthy criminal record sentenced to 62 years in prison for shooting death of Portage man in front of his family (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 148. Munster Medical Research Foundation to propose building hospital on Broadway in Crown Point (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 149. Four Illinois residents charged with robbing Munster Target store on Sept. 19 (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 150. Federal judge dismisses lawsuit against City of Hammond, Hammond police officer over shooting death of their dog that was reported running loose after getting through invisible fence (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 151. Ground broken for Mascots Hall of Fame in Whiting (ABC 7)
Saturday:
NORTH:
· 152. Arlington Heights woman, Waukegan man charged with identity theft after burglarizing vehicles in Gurnee (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 153. Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle on Milwaukee Avenue in Glenview (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 154. Evanston police officer injured after being struck by dump truck (FOX 32)
NORTHWEST:
· 155. Chicago man dead after his car crashed into building in Des Plaines (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 156. Elgin man charged with sexually assaulting woman who accepted a ride from him and another man at a Hoffman Estate bar (CBS 2)
WEST:
· 157. Aurora man arrested for theft of puppy from Naperville pet store (Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun)
· 158. Parents of middle-school students seek vote on St. Charles Community Unit School District 303's plan to close facility (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 159. Tire Rack Street Survival course at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet teaches teens how real-life skills in driving emergencies (WGN TV)
SOUTH:
· 160. Village of Lansing to replace 9,400 water meters to bring water system up to date and curb abuse (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 161. Boy Scout dead after being hit by vehicle outside Bremen High School in Midlothian, minutes after receiving service award (CBS 2)
· 162. New Lenox man charged with robbing Frankfort bank while his girlfriend, her child waited in the car (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 163. LaPorte man charged with felony operating while intoxicated after his moped is spotted veering into oncoming traffic following prior OWI conviction (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 164. Gary man, woman found shot to death in remote part of city (WGN TV)
· 165. Military technician from LaPorte invents device to more safely disassemble Howitzer gun; could save U.S. Army hundreds of thousands of dollars annually (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 166. CSX bridge over Samuelson Road in Portage likely to be replaced in 2017, providing a two-lane underpass (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 167. Merrillville liquor store destroyed in early-morning blaze (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 168. Traveling war memorial opens week-long display at Crown Point's First United Church (Northwest Indiana Times)
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2016.10.16 15:59 emememaker73 The Week In Review: Suburban News of the Past Week (10/16/16)

Sunday:
NORTH:
· 1. Ingleside woman fatally struck by SUV near Ingleside (CBS 2)
· 2. Zion man found dead along road in Beach Park (FOX 32)
· 3. Body found in burning car in Skokie (CBS 2)
NORTHWEST:
· 4. Arlington Heights police investigate series of 'creepy clown' sightings (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 5. 100 turn out for walk remembering babies lost to miscarriage, stillbirth, newborn death (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 6. Aurora man catches Travis Wood's history-making home-run ball, returns it to Cubs pitcher (Chicago Tribune)
SOUTH:
· 7. Man killed, three people injured in crash into Dumpster while going the wrong way on Greenwood Road in Dolton (CBS 2)
· 8. Driver shot on Tri-State Tollway in Markham, suffers non-life-threatening injuries (CBS 2)
· 9. Woman dies day after being shot in Chicago Heights (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 10. Michigan City cyclist killed after being struck from behind by a car on U.S. 20 near LaPorte/Porter county line (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 11. Indiana Association of School Superintendents names Union Township School Corp. superintendent District 1 Superintendent of the Year for 2017 (Northwest Indiana Times)
Monday:
NORTHWEST:
· 12. IDOT secretary: 'We need to rethink the whole pedestrian-safety issue' in wake of crash that killed cyclist in Mount Prospect crosswalk (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 13. Ten years after housing market crashed, one Naperville subdivision stands as a monument to the limits of suburban sprawl (Crain's Chicago Business)
· 14. Elk Grove Village-based First American Bank launches hostile-takeover bid of Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest (Crain's Chicago Business)
· 15. 'Made in Chicago' profiles Elk Grove Village-based Forest Packaging (CBS 2)
· 16. Naperville police investigate locker-room burglaries at XSport Fitness (ABC 7)
· 17. Sugar Grove Village Board approves sales-tax rebate up to $200,000 to help new owner of Citgo station up and running (Daily Herald)
· 18. Nationally ranked powerlifter from Glendale Heights opens gym in Carol Stream (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 19. State representative from Oswego, challenger back bill to make charities special victims, meaning tougher consequences for people who steal from them (Daily Herald)
· 20. Chicago man charged with armed robbery of Evergreen Park game store, Berkeley pizzeria (Chicago Tribune/Elm Leaves)
SOUTH:
· 21. Lansing teen dies after being shot along Torrence Avenue (Northwest Indiana Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 22. Whiting City Council approves $7.3 million budget for 2017 (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 23. St. John Plan Commission OKs plat for new subdivision off U.S. 231 and Parrish Avenue (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 24. East Chicago man dies after being shot during argument in Chicago (CBS 2)
· 25. Indiana Torch Relay celebrating state's bicentennial passes through in Valparaiso (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 26. Two men plead guilty in 2013 murder of Gary man during home invasion related to drugs (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 27. Teen arrested after allegedly firing handgun at Valparaiso apartment (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 28. Cyclist's death in Mount Prospect prompts update to Illinois Secretary of State's 'Rules of the Road' manual (Chicago Tribune/Arlington Heights Post)
· 29. Some Cook County municipalities look to institute resolutions blocking county's mandate on paid-sick leave (Daily Herald)
Tuesday:
NORTH:
· 30. Evanston native catches Jake Arrieta's three-run homer ball at AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco (CBS 2)
· 31. Evanston townhouse fire displaces several families; one firefight injured battling flames (FOX 32)
· 32. Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 shelves $7 million plan for second gym at Vernon Hills building (Daily Herald)
· 33. Waukegan High School counselor dies from renal failure, left his mark on community (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
NORTHWEST:
· 34. Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect, Rolling Meadows and Schaumburg consider joint business incubator (Daily Herald)
· 35. Ex-McHenry County man sentenced to time served in prison, $500 fine for sexual assault of intoxicated woman (Chicago Tribune)
· 36. Huntley man who had beaten wife before pleads guilty to her 2015 murder (Chicago Tribune)
· 37. Algonquin to provide infrastructure to bring high-speed Internet to Algonquin Corporate Campus (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 38. University of Illinois basketball coach Dee Brown (a Proviso East star) resigns, citing personal reasons (Chicago Tribune)
· 39. Brookfield man charged with stalking ex-girlfriend in Riverside (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 40. Northlake woman dies after being pinned beneath car driven by boyfriend in parking lot of Melrose Park store (Chicago Tribune/Franklin Park Herald-Journal)
· 41. Cicero man sentenced to 16 years in prison for dealing heroin in DuPage County (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 42. Man shot in Maywood dies at hospital (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 43. Kane County Board to discuss chairman's power after state's attorney says Lauzen illegally approved legal contract (Daily Herald)
· 44. West Chicago urges St. Charles to reject proposed annexation that would lead to development of 400-unit apartment complex and more (Daily Herald)
· 45. West Chicago Development Committee rejects proposal to limit where gun shops can locate (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 46. Orland School District 135 bus driver (an Alsip resident) charged with aggravated battery to a child with special needs (CBS 2)
· 47. Up to $200,000 still missing from Kendall County Food Pantry, nearly four months after ex-executive director's drug-induced death (CBS 2)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 48. Schererville resident, Crown Point Board of Zoning Appeals member work to restore park to homeowners association after it was sold to California real-estate investor in tax sale (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 49. Portage mayor submits claims for city to cover legal expenses incurred during FBI investigation (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 50. Police seek truck driver who left scene on I-65 near Fair Oaks, Ind., after striking and killing Lombard woman (Chicago Tribune/Gary Post-Tribune)
Wednesday:
NORTH:
· 51. Former Round Lake Village Clerk Lillian Mary Frost passes away at 82 (Daily Herald)
· 52. Long Grove hopes extension of water main into downtown will retain and attract businesses, as well as provide better fire protection (Daily Herald)
· 53. Developer proposes 44-unit townhouse development near Lincolnshire close to Des Plaines River (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 54. Des Plaines man charged with bank robbery tells authorities he planned to use stolen money to buy a house (Daily Herald)
· 55. Woodstock woman charged with aggravated battery after punching, hitting ex-boyfriend with car at Woodstock Train Depot (CBS 2)
WEST:
· 56. Preservationists say about 1,000 people signed petition to save McKee House at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve near Glen Ellyn (Daily Herald)
· 57. Batavia aldermen support creating new liquor-license category that will allow movie theaters to serve alcohol (Daily Herald)
· 58. Oak Brook-based McDonald's limiting use of Ronald McDonald in wake of creepy-clown scare (Crain's Chicago Business)
· 59. Man sentenced to 7 years in prison for DUI crash in Kane County that severed motorcyclist's leg (CBS 2)
· 60. Website SmartAsset lists Aurora as third-best place to trick-or-treat; says residents 'take Halloween seriously' (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
· 61. Oak Brook resident pushes for ban on pit bulls, Rottweilers; village board likely to discuss issue (Chicago Tribune/The Doings)
· 62. Aurora City Council OKs contract to continue work on Metra's Route 59 station (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 63. Gas explosion injures two Nicor workers, destroys part of townhouse complex in Romeoville (Chicago Tribune)
· 64. Romeoville townhouse rocked by gas explosion had similar incident in 1999 (CBS 2)
· 65. Passenger killed in pickup-vs.-sedan crash on Route 47 in Yorkville (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
· 66. Homeless man struck by luxury vehicle in Joliet, later dies of injuries (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 67. Police: Despite reports, student pilot killed in Connecticut crash had no connections to Orland Hills (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 68. Tavern on Main gets façade grant from Crown Point to help convert former gift shop into barestaurant with banquet room (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 69. Region Ale in Schererville one of Northwest Indiana's largest craft-beer taprooms, featuring brews from across Indiana (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 70. East Chicago's Indy Cafe announces closure (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 71. Gary man pleads guilty to reduce charge in 2015 car-crash/hypothermia death of Cedar Lake man (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 72. LaPorte man killed after driver loses control of car in construction zone on I-65 in Hobart (CBS 2)
· 73. Schererville man pleads guilty to transporting three prostitutes from Chicago to his home, denies knowing they were underage (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 74. Griffith convenience store robbed at gunpoint (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 75. Ex-CEO, ex-COO of American Senior Communities (with locations in Lowell, Valparaiso) face federal charges of taking millions of dollars in kickback scheme (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 76. Suburban Bar Coalition presents its evaluations on Cook County judges seeking retention in Nov. 8 election (Daily Herald)
Thursday:
NORTH:
· 77. Fire official: 3-year-old Waukegan boy shot himself after taking father's handgun from dresser (NBC 5)
· 78. Evanston police arrest five Chicago men, one Evanston man in connection with marijuana ring (Chicago Tribune/Evanston Review)
· 79. Developer moving ahead on plans for new houses in Clublands of Antioch (Daily Herald)
· 80. Waukegan School District 60 considers policy to prohibit isolation, restraint for special-education students (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
NORTHWEST:
· 81. Elgin likely to institute trial ban of 'chronic nuisance' offenders from public parks, downtown area (Daily Herald)
· 82. Des Plaines plans more funds to buy out flood-prone properties in 2017 (Daily Herald)
· 83. Elgin plans adult outdoor-fitness equipment at Grolich Park and a new park near Eastside Recreation Center (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 84. St. Charles police seek burglary suspect who broke into salon through empty store next door (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 85. Wheaton-Warrenville Community School District 200 reviews survey results: Early-childhood center, middle-school performing-arts center draw opposition (Daily Herald)
· 86. Man manages to stop hit-and-run driver after jumping on suspect's car's hood (CBS 2)
· 87. U.S. Rep. Peter Roskum (R-Winfield) flip-flips back to supporting Donald Trump (NBC 5)
· 88. Steel-drum band at Oak Park's Hatch Elementary School perform cover of song 'Go Cubs Go' (NBC 5)
· 89. Melrose Park man previous arrested for child porn in 1989 sentenced to 17½ years in prison for 2014 case (Chicago Tribune)
· 90. Maywood man charged with murdering accomplice in attempted robbery outside Maywood bank (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 91. Batavia alderman recommends loosening overnight on-street parking rules for families with more vehicles than driveway space (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 92. Argonne National Laboratory scans arm from Field Museum's Tyrannosaurus rex and finds it was seldom used (CBS 2)
· 93. Man who robbed Oak Lawn bank suspected in three others: in Bridgeview, in Midlothian and a second in Oak Lawn (CBS 2)
· 94. Ex-Prairie Grove cop charged with DUI admits to drinking two cups of eggnog before shift that ended with his police SUV crashed into a pole (Chicago Tribune)
SOUTH:
· 95. Former Hazel Crest community-policing administrator sues village, claiming he was fired for not supporting village president (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
· 96. Bremen High School football player keeping mother's death in mind as he motivates himself to play harder (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 97. Driver who drove around construction barricades and got stuck escapes car before it is struck by a train in Gary (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 98. Narcotics sweep leads to 29 arrests in Michigan City (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 99. LaPorte, Marion counties join Lake County High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area to help combat drug operations (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 100. Project that will enclose ditch along Portage's Airport Road on docket for work this autumn (Northwest Indiana Times)
Friday:
NORTH:
· 101. IDOT requests money from Lake County to pay for salting, snow-plowing this winter (Daily Herald)
· 102. Waukegan pedestrian killed in hit-and-run collision on Dugdale Road (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 103. Round Lake Park ballot initiative will ask voters to approve $5.4 million in bonds to bolster underfunded police pension (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 104. Work expected to begin this week on Rosemont's new baseball stadium (Daily Herald)
· 105. Park Ridge parochial school among Chicago Archdiocese with elevated lead levels in water (Chicago Tribune/Park Ridge Herald-Advocate)
WEST:
· 106. Veterans take 'dream flights' in World War II-era biplane at DuPage Airport in West Chicago (Daily Herald)
· 107. Lisle Unit School District 202 discovers volumes of school records dating back to 1845, donates items to Lisle Heritage Society (Daily Herald)
· 108. Elmhurst History Museum has exhibit on Marion Mahony Griffin, the first woman registered to practice architecture in Illinois (Chicago Tribune)
· 109. Naperville man dies after jumping over concrete barrier along I-355 near Lemont (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 110. Addison Fire Protection District spends $16,283 on 19 sets of bulletproof vests, ballistic helmets for firefighters, paramedics (Daily Herald)
· 111. Wheaton College professor completes '50 State Marathon Club' challenge (Daily Herald)
· 112. Elmhurst mother claims racial discrimination after preschool teacher objects to coconut oil in girl's hair (CBS 2)
SOUTHWEST:
· 113. Family from Braidwood moves to New York City so twins conjoined at the head can be separated (CBS 2)
· 114. Orland Park Village Board to consider expanding mayor's role, hiking salary from $40,000 to $150,000 (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
SOUTH:
· 115. Car bursts into flames after crashing into median barrier on I-57 in Calumet Park (ABC 7)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 116. Two 18-year-olds found shot to death inside a car in Gary (CBS 2)
· 117. Gary police officer shoots man who tried to run him over (NBC 5)
· 118. East branch of Little Calumet River reopens to kayakers between Westchester Township and Porter (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 119. St. John police put use-of-force, other data on department's website (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 120. Boyfriend charged in murder of Lake Station woman (Chicago Tribune/Gary Post-Tribune)
· 121. Bartender from Hammond collects $5,000 tip from San Francisco fan at Wrigleyville bar (Chicago Tribune/Gary Post-Tribune)
· 122. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency releases interactive map with data about East Chicago Superfund site (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 123. Ex-Lake County Sheriff's deputy pleads guilty to four felony drug charges as part of plea deal (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 124. Public hearings slated for Nov. 3 and 4 after Metra proposes 5.8 percent fare hike (WGN TV)
· 125. Metra board chooses Lake Forest accountant Norman Carlson as new chairman (Daily Herald)
· 126. Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission urges Illinois Supreme Court to remove lawyer accused of illegally acting as judge at Markham courthouse (FOX 32)
Saturday:
NORTH:
· 127. Northbrook-based Astellas Pharma enters agreement with World Anti-Doping Agency to fight misuse of one of its products (Chicago Tribune)
· 128. Evanston taxi driver honored as Chicago's Top Cabbie for 2016, gets free taxicab medallion (Chicago Tribune)
NORTHWEST:
· 129. Chicago man convicted on multiple drug charges sentenced to 7½ years in prison in Kane County (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 130. Private alarm-monitoring companies raise issue with Schaumburg ordinance that directs all alarm monitoring to Northwest Dispatch Center (Daily Herald)
· 131. Detached tire crashes through SUV's windshield on Route 53 in Elk Grove Village; SUV's driver taken to hospital (ABC 7)
· 132. Woodstock Police Department's first canine passes away (CBS 2)
· 133. Two vehicles destroyed after Elgin car-repair shop catches fire (Chicago Sun-Times)
WEST:
· 134. Naperville man sentenced to 3½ years in prison for two hair-salon burglaries; he is suspected in 83 more throughout Chicago and the suburbs (Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun)
· 135. Former truancy officer sentenced to 12 years in jail for sexually assaulting girl at East Aurora High School (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 136. Body discovered near pond at Woodridge golf course (WGN TV)
· 137. Geneva's new 2-percent 'places to eat' tax goes into effect Jan. 1, 2017 (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
SOUTH:
· 138. Person dies after being shot in Calumet City (CBS 2)
· 139. Humane Society of the United States files false-advertising claim against Lansing-based Davidson's Safest Choice eggs (Chicago Tribune)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 140. LaPorte County jury finds LaPorte man guilty of incest of two children (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 141. Contractor halts construction on I-65 following death of LaPorte man; incident being investigated by Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 142. Schools in Chicago area incorporated Tchoukball into physical education (Chicago Tribune)
· 143. Cook County Jail sees unusual number of guards call in sick; Sheriff's Office blaming sick-out on Cubs' playoff game (CBS 2)
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2016.10.02 15:36 emememaker73 The Week In Review: Suburban News of the Past Week (10/2/16)

Sunday:
NORTH:
· 1. Pickup truck crashes into Round Lake house; no injuries reported (ABC 7)
· 2. Mundelein man killed in shooting near University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus; three other people injured (Chicago Tribune)
· 3. 67-year-old woman in critical condition after apparently falling off pier in Evanston (Chicago Tribune)
· 4. Five teens hospitalized after overdosing on Xanax, drinking alcohol at party in Tower Lakes (NBC 5)
· 5. Woman dies after her car veered off the road and struck a tree in Wadsworth (Chicago Tribune)
· 6. Man stabbed outside Ingleside bar; undergoes surgery for non-life-threating wound (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST:
· 7. Judson University becomes first Christian college in Illinois to offer classes for students with intellectual disabilities (ABC 7)
· 8. Inaugural Kickstand Classic bicycle race rolls through downtown Bartlett (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 9. Naperville student's anti-cyberbullying app lands $100,000 investment on 'Shark Tank' (Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun)
· 10. Glen Ellyn Historical Society's Tavern Day teaches community lessons about the 1840s (Daily Herald)
· 11. Nordstrom Rack officially opens at Rosemont's Fashion Outlets of Chicago (Daily Herald)
SOUTH:
· 12. Park Forest woman killed in crash on I-80 in Frankfort Township (CBS 2)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 13. Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority, South Shore Convention and Visitors Bureau talk about need for convention center in wake of decision to demolish Star Plaza complex in Merillville (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 14. Westville motorcyclist struck and killed by minivan that ran a stop sign (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 15. Questions linger as East Chicago Housing Authority prepares to move 1,000 people out of West Calumet Housing Complex (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 16. Homeless man's body discovered in woods in Valparaiso (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 17. Work begins on new subdivision near Valparaiso elementary school (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 18. Construction of flood-relief project in Hobart could start after new 3rd Street bridge is completed (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 19. St. John to raise sewer rates 10 percent to buy larger portion of capacity at Schererville water-treatment plant (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 20. Portage police, fire station openings to have chain of handcuffs, fire hose in place of ribbons (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 21. Michigan City to take residents' input online about parks master plan (Northwest Indiana Times)
Monday:
NORTH:
· 22. Niles grandfather sues 13-year-old grandson over grandmother's death after she was struck by a vehicle she'd given grandson the keys to in order to shift the gear (CBS 2)
· 23. Former owner of Walgreens Charles R. Walgreen III dies at age 80 at his Lake Forest home (Chicago Tribune)
· 24. Gun-control advocates converge on downtown Glencoe, urging shop owners to put up 'no guns' stickers (Chicago Tribune/Northbrook Star)
NORTHWEST:
· 25. Mount Prospect's Jelly Café steps up to help after waitress' son has near-fatal brain hemorrhage (Daily Herald)
· 26. Proponents of charter school for at-risk kids in Elgin Area Unit School District U-46 revive proposal, with hopes of getting federal funds (Daily Herald)
· 27. Body of man found dead in burning vehicle in Chicago identified as Barrington Hills man, co-owner of Elgin-based Omega Demolition (WGN TV)
· 28. Electric fire at Union Station in Chicago forces cancellation of train on Milwaukee District West Line (FOX 32)
· 29. Arlington Heights Memorial Library board still discussing possibility of north branch, but no decision has yet been made (Daily Herald)
· 30. Elgin man sentenced to 87 days in jail, 30 months probation, $654 in fines for intentionally striking an acquaintence with his car (Daily Herald)
· 31. Des Plaines City Council considering $1,000 limit or complete ban on campaign contributions from companies that do business with the city (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 32. 793 people participate in Walk Against Alzheimer's at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village (Daily Herald)
· 33. Oak Brook man becomes second in U.S. to undergo aortic-valve replacement surgery (Daily Herald)
· 34. 15-year-old Lombard student dies after apparently choking on food in Villa Park high school cafeteria (CBS 2)
· 35. Chicago gang member with numerous weapons offenses charged with murder of Berwyn man following shooting near Millennium Park (NBC 5)
· 36. Bloomingdale woman pleads guilty to stealing more than $10,000 from school PTO's bank account to pay personal expenses (Chicago Tribune)
· 37. West Chicago City Council appoints new 6th Ward alderman (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 38. Woman killed, brother and daughter wounded in shooting along Washington Street in Joliet (Chicago Tribune)
· 39. Illinois State Museum's Lockport Gallery reopens as state funding starts to flow again (Chicago Tribune)
· 40. Montgomery teen held on weapons, traffic violations found hanging in LaSalle County Jail (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
SOUTH:
· 41. Riverdale man charged with robbing Matteson bank on Friday, Sept. 23 (CBS 2)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 42. Man shot, wounded by Hammond police officer after allegedly pointing shotgun at police investigating report of shots fired in home (Chicago Tribune/Gary Post-Tribune)
· 43. Police: Speed a factor in car crash that claimed life of Michigan City man, injured passenger (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 44. More than half the $36,000 cost raised for bronze police-officer statue that will stand in front of Michigan City Police Station (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 45. Three Chicagoans and a woman from Pennsylvania charged in theft of laptop from Crown Point tattoo parlor (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 46. Lake County Council approves $161.6 million budget, which includes pay raises for elected officials and county employees (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 47. Burns Harbor man arrested after crashing van into liquor store and injuring store employee; four other people arrested at nearby motel where an underage-drinking party took place (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 48. Video helps police track down alleged drunk driver from Union Mills (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 49. Some suburban school districts are giving tens of thousands of dollars in bonuses to retired teachers and administrators, despite state law limiting such payments (Chicago Tribune)
· 50. Lake County member of Metra board of directors likely to replace current chairman when current term expires on Nov. 2 (Crain's Chicago Business)
Tuesday:
NORTH:
· 51. Northwestern University officials to review concerns over dorm proposal, other options (Chicago Tribune/Evanston Review)
· 52. Blue Island man found dead in field near strip mall along Golf Road in Niles (Chicago Tribune/Niles Herald-Spectator)
· 53. Evanston Post Office renamed for former Congressman, judge Abner J. Mikva (Chicago Tribune/Evanston Review)
· 54. Experts discuss living near coyotes (Chicago Tribune/Lake Forester)
· 55. Libertyville reviewing proposal for large new subdivision on University of St. Mary of the Lake property (Daily Herald)
· 56. Skokie man gets 2 years probation, must register as a sex offender for 10 years for sexually abusing teenage girl he called his 'girlfriend' (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 57. Early-morning truck fire causes major delays on Tri-State Tollway near Dundee Road in Northbrook (ABC 7)
· 58. Parents in Elgin Area Unit School District U-46 cheer and jeer school board over transgender locker-room policy (Daily Herald)
· 59. Hanover Park man sentenced to four years in prison for Streamwood burglary (Daily Herald)
· 60. Some Hoffman Estates schools locked down after report of armed person at large following intentional car crash on Kent Road (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 61. Bodies of deceased veterans that go unclaimed being left in Hines V.A. Hospital morgue for months, according to a whistleblower (CBS 2)
· 62. Woman dies of injuries one day after car crash in Maywood (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 63. Suspect in three bank robberies in DuPage County apprehended following Warrenville heist on Monday (Daily Herald)
· 64. Warrenville, DuPage County officials hail completion of flood-control projects (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 65. Operator of Homer Glen tobacco shop charged with defrauding Illinois of more than $400,000 in sales taxes (Chicago Sun-Times)
SOUTH:
· 66. Lansing man killed in shooting on Chicago's South Side (Northwest Indiana Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 67. Two of three suspects arrested in Michigan City in theft of box trucks and tires (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 68. Bunker Hill man facing charges after striking two pedestrians in Hammond (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 69. Merrillville man sentenced to five years in prison as part of plea deal for breaking into Indiana University Northwest building in Gary (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 70. 16 houses, five apartment buildings to be torn down to make way for stormwater detention pond in Hammond (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 71. United Foundation of LaPorte County deeds Unity Park to City of LaPorte (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 72. Hobart's Southlake Mall to be home to Porkchop restaurant, La Senza lingerie store, Jimmy Jazz streetwear retailer (Northwest Indiana Times)
Wednesday:
NORTH:
· 73. Warrant issued for arrest of man who shot Mundelein resident to death in downstate Champaign (WGN TV)
· 74. Knife-wielding man robs business in Norridge after hitting two Chicago stores (CBS 2)
· 75. Eight schools in Buffalo Grove, Deerfield, Green Oaks, Lincolnshire, Long Grove awarded National Blue Ribbon status (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 76. Village of Mount Prospect, chamber of commerce, library, Downtown Merchants Association receive bronze star for entrepreneurs initiative (Daily Herald)
· 77. Palatine man who pleaded guilty to fourth DUI sentenced to four years in prison following June 13 crash (Daily Herald)
· 78. Schaumburg Village Board approves purchase of office buildings to make way for new entertainment district (Daily Herald)
· 79. Woman charged with unlawfully buying and selling guns, some of which ended up in hands of Chicago gang members, for profit (CBS 2)
· 80. Three Barrington elementary schools recognized with National Blue Ribbon School awards (Daily Herald)
· 81. 12-year-old persuades West Dundee officials to consider preserving historic pump house (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 82. Man robs U.S. Bank branch in Wood Dale (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 83. Kane County Forest Preserve Board expects to end tax-levy freeze in 2017, as revenues decline (Daily Herald)
· 84. Warrenville-based Two Brothers Brewing opens The Craftsman, a three-floor bakery/café/juice badeli/market/restaurant, with cocktail bar coming soon in Naperville (Chicago Tribune)
· 85. Elk Grove Village, public-works union sign off on 5-year contract, which includes raises from 2 to 2.5 percent (Daily Herald)
· 86. Kennedy Junior High School in Lisle named National Blue Ribbon School for third time in its history (Daily Herald)
· 87. Attorneys say police unlawfully searched cell phone of Naperville graffiti artist known for 'Simpsons' art (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 88. Skokie man charged with armed robbery of Plainfield Target store on Aug. 28 (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 89. Oswego-based Community School District 308 to repay $1.5 million in state aid because daily attendance figures were off by 243 students (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
SOUTH:
· 90. Fire destroys abandoned Harvey house (ABC 7)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 91. Parent company of Horseshoe Casino in Hammond reaches deal to exit Chapter 11 bankruptcy (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 92. Konrady Plastics to hire 14 new workers following expansion that will nearly double its Portage factory (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 93. Merrillville police officer strikes pedestrian with vehicle while on patrol (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 94. Ex-Lake Station mayor sentenced to four years in prison, repay $26,755 for using campaign, food-pantry funds to gamble; wife sentenced to two years in prison (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 95. Merrillville surgeon facing charge of battery for striking an assistant with medical instruments at Hobart hospital (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 96. Portage man accused of beating woman collecting boyfriend's $500 debt (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 97. Man seriously wounded in East Chicago shooting (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 98. Cook County Health Department reports three deaths from West Nile virus, only such deaths in Illinois so far during 2016 (FOX 32)
· 99. Rusty patch bumblebee may be placed on endangered-species list (CBS 2)
Thursday:
NORTH:
· 100. Mundelein woman pleads guilty to sexually assaulting music student at Webster Middle School in Waukegan, sentenced to 14 years in prison (Daily Herald)
· 101. Mundelein High School District 120 ends block scheduling; new bell schedule to begin with 2017-18 school year (Daily Herald)
· 102. Chicago man sentenced to five years in jail for 2015 stabbing inside Skokie bar (Chicago Tribune/Skokie Review)
· 103. Family, supporters of Housing Opportunity Development Corp. president who died in 2013 for opening of afforable-housing complex in Glenview (Chicago Tribune/Glenview Announcements)
· 104. Employees of Riverwoods-based Discovery Financial Services and KaBOOM! build playgrounds in Park City, Zion (Daily Herald)
· 105. Evanston woman charged with felony disorderly conduct for sending profanity-laced letter with 'granular substance' in envelope to Illinois Tollway Authority (NBC 5)
NORTHWEST:
· 106. Bartlett village president to seek re-election to second term (Daily Herald)
· 107. Woman's body found at Bensenville golf course; authorities believe she was killed near Melrose Park (Chicago Tribune)
· 108. Ford donates $10,000 to Hoffman Estates-based GiGi's Playhouse on The Steve Harvey Show (Daily Herald)
· 109. D'licious Crepes and Roti in Bartlett gets liquor license (Daily Herald)
· 110. Video causes stir in controversial plan to close Palatine's oldest elementary school and build two new buildings (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 111. Jury deems 63-year-old Hillside man 'sexually violent' (CBS 2)
· 112. Illinois auditor general releases College of DuPage audit, recommends 19 ideas to improve oversight, operations and transparency (Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun)
· 113. Addison man sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing child porn (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 114. Former Calamos Investments employee sues Naperville-based asset manager, claiming he was fired for telling top execs about 'imminent risks' to the company (Crain's Chicago Business)
SOUTHWEST:
· 115. Supporters, opponents of Donald Trump clash outside GOP presidential candidate's fundraiser in Bolingbrook (Chicago Tribune)
SOUTH:
· 116. Lincoln-Way High School District 210 teachers-union president calls for hiring of full-time compliance officer (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 117. Munster-based startup Sonam Technologies creates device that assesses concussion risk on playgrounds, athletic fields (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 118. Chicago man pleads guilty to armed robbery of St. John store (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 119. Indiana Congressman introduces legislation to turn Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore into national park (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 120. Guns taken during burglary at Griffith sporting-goods store (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 121. Crown Point teen walking around in clown mask apparently spooks neighbors, who call police (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 122. Portage begins $2.1 million in paving projects (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 123. RNC rolls out Gigabit Internet service in Chicago area (Chicago Sun-Times)
Friday:
NORTH:
· 124. Cook County State's Attorney's Office drops perjury case against four police officers, including one Glenview cop, after attorney alleges charges were under out-of-date law (Chicago Tribune)
· 125. Lake County judge removes former Woodland Elementary School District 50 board member from lawsuit over her husband's company getting contract for athletic uniforms, school-spirit wear (Daily Herald)
· 126. Man sought for shooting death of Mundelein man in Champaign turns himself in to police (Daily Herald)
· 127. Judge lets guilty verdict stand against worker from Lincolnshire daycare center in death of Deerfield toddler (Chicago Tribune)
· 128. Fox Lake man charged with burglary, theft, electronic telephone harassment after threatening to kill a police officer (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 129. Winnekta man indicted on commodities, wire fraud charges for having falsely inflated value of options, costing now-defunct Rock Capital Markets $13 million (Chicago Tribune)
· 130. Waukegan man charged with sending inappropriate text to teenage girl while working as bus aid for Illinois Central Bus Company (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 131. Emmons Elementary School District 33, Grass Lake Elementary School District 36 to explore consolidation of one-school districts in Antioch area (Daily Herald)
· 132. New York-based Mrs. Green's Neighborhood Market to close Winnekta location on Oct. 16 (Crain's Chicago Business)
· 133. Bennison's Bakery in Evanston tracking sales of U.S. presidential candidate-inspired sweets (CBS 2)
NORTHWEST:
· 134. Fox River Grove resident Richard Trentlage, who wrote the classic Oscar Mayer jingle, passes away at 87 (ABC 7)
· 135. Rolling Meadows Mayor Tom Rooney sworn in as state Senator for Illinois' 27th District (Daily Herald)
· 136. Boston Fish Market looking at possible location in Wheeling (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 137. Joliet man sentenced to 25 years in prison for 2014 murder during drug deal in Aurora (CBS2)
· 138. Naperville golf club remembers course designer and golf legend Arnold Palmer, who passed away this week at 87 (Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun)
· 139. Elderly woman killed in car crash as she exited Countryside bowling alley's parking lot onto Joliet Road (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 140. Two people in custody in stabbing death of Melrose Park woman whose body was found at Bensenville golf course (Chicago Tribune)
· 141. Ex-Aurora priest pleads not guilty to charges he sexually abused two children over three years (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
· 142. Downtown Wheaton Association to have Witches of Wheaton event on Thursday, Oct. 15, with drinks and promotions for women (Daily Herald)
· 143. National Research Center to mail citizen surveys to 3,000 randomly selected Lombard residents during mid-October (Daily Herald)
SOUTH:
· 144. Teen from Calumet City/Lansing area shot to death on first day of school in Chicago (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
· 145. Surveillance camera catches man trying to abduct woman in Harvey (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 146. Judge issues guilty verdict in 5-year-old DUI/reckless-homicide case involving an accident that killed a man and maimed his wife in Matteson (ABC 7)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 147. Portage Board of Works declares emergency to expedite walkway repairs along Burns Waterway (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 148. Crown Point working to eliminate triple-billing for hydrants in Prairie View subdivision (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 149. Two men sought in armed robbery of East Chicago Dollar General (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 150. Police classify Hobart man's train death in Lake Station as suicide (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 151. U.S. EPA scheduled to begin East Chicago lead cleanup on Sunday (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 152. Positive-train control still a challenge for Metra (CBS 2)
· 153. Legal Roundup: Naperville teen charged with forgery for sending out phony Illinois Tollway violation notices (Daily Herald)
Saturday:
NORTH:
· 154. Fremd High School football players help wheelchair-bound coach/Navy veteran stand for national anthem at Friday night's game (NBC 5)
NORTHWEST:
· 155. Man found guilty but mentally ill in brutal beating and murder of Island Lake woman in 2014 (Chicago Tribune)
· 156. Elk Grove Village woman charged driving in violation of a restriction, improper passing of a vehicle dropped at a crosswalk in June 10 crash that killed bicyclist in Mount Prospect (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 157. Students with Down syndrome crowned Homecoming king and queen at Barrington High School (NBC 5)
· 158. Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee celebrating autumn through Oct. 30 (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 159. Boyfriend charged in stabbing death of woman whose body was found at Bensenville golf course (CBS 2)
SOUTH:
· 160. Huffing chemicals may be responsible for Blue Island man's death near Niles strip mall (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
· 161. Sunnybrook Elementary School District 171 reports zero detentions, suspensions since beginning of school year (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 162. Toxic heroin additive found in Will County (Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 163. Valparaiso man killed while working at Gary Works steel mill (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 164. Tri-Creek School Corp. board makes moves on bond issues to save $1.8 million (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 165. City of Portage transfers former Crisman school property to Redevelopment Commission in hopes of selling, redeveloping it (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 166. NIPSCO offers no explanation for power outage affecting 931 Munster customers on Friday (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 167. Porter County implements stormwater fees to help fund improvements to reduce flooding, drainage concerns (Northwest Indiana Times)
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2016.09.25 16:21 emememaker73 The Week In Review: Suburban News of the Past Week (9/25/16)

Sunday:
NORTH:
· 1. Skokie police round up horse that escaped a Morton Grove stable, trotted up Golf Road to Old Orchard Mall (FOX 32)
· 2. Five people injured in car crash on Route 12 in Volo (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST:
· 3. Mount Prospect woman scammed out of $1,370 in Internet scam (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 4. Owner of Glen Ellyn-based police-training program responds to criticism of Bulletproof Warrior class (Daily Herald)
· 5. DuPage County Board member Tonia Khouri (R-Aurora) improperly claimed household exemptions on rental properties (Daily Herald)
· 6. Glen Ellyn native, financier bringing financial help, attention to homeless in New York City (Chicago Tribune)
· 7. Aurora woman killed when the ATV she was riding runs stop sign, hits SUV in Aurora Township (CBS 2)
SOUTHWEST:
· 8. Off-duty Chicago police officer killed while riding motorcycle when vehicle ran red light and struck him and his motorcycle in Forest View (CBS 2)
· 9. Joliet woman charged with DUI in crash that killed Plainfield motorcyclist on Route 59 in Joliet (Chicago Sun-Times)
SOUTH:
· 10. Beecher music-engineering company helping the visually-impaired produce music (ABC 7)
· 11. Man robs Steger bank (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 12. Lake Station mayor, City Council seek residents' input on potential sale of Water Department to private company (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 13. State Rep. Michael Aylesworth (R-Hebron) to have town-hall meetings in Cedar Lake, Hebron, Kouts, Lowell (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 14. Indiana Court of Appeals rules that LaPorte man received fair trial in 1993 murder case, won't reduce his 40-year sentence (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 15. Metropolitan School District of Boone Township officials concerned about decreasing enrollment numbers (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 16. Study shows drugmakers fought limits on prescription opioids (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 17. Few south, southwest suburbs ban video gambling, but some are looking to put limits on new businesses with such gaming (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
· 18. Alsip Nurseries incorporates nonprofit rescue centers to find permanent homes for pets (Northwest Indiana Times)
Monday:
NORTH:
· 19. Woman dies as result of house fire in Island Lake (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 20. Evanston claims Home Depot refusing to pay $15,000 from garbage-collection stickers (CBS 2/WBBM AM 780)
· 21. New Highland Park drug-treatment center focuses on breaking opioid-dependence cycle (Chicago Tribune/Highland Park News)
NORTHWEST:
· 22. Park Ridge catering service shuts down after city suspends its business license due to lack of electricity at facility (Chicago Tribune/Park Ridge Herald-Advocate)
· 23. Barrington man pleads guilty to possession of child porn; sentenced to 2 years probation; must register as sex offender (Daily Herald)
· 24. Owner of Arlington Heights barber shop killed in motorcycle crash Sunday in Palatine (Daily Herald)
· 25. School bus with 54 students aboard hits car that slid through stop sign in East Dundee (Chicago Tribune/Elgin Courier-News)
WEST:
· 26. 63rd annual American Indian Center of Chicago Powwow held at Busse Woods in Elk Grove Village (Daily Herald)
· 27. Aurora police seek men involved in armed robbery, carjacking, hit-and-run crash (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
· 28. Naperville's Downtown 2030 plan has less brick sidewalks and trees, more concrete and potted plants (Daily Herald)
· 29. Man wearing Batman mask robs Glen Ellyn bank (CBS 2)
· 30. LaGrange Park pilot and a student killed in plane crash in Wisconsin (CBS 2)
· 31. Federal prosecutors indict Maywood tax-preparer on charge of fraudulently getting $315,393 in unemployment benefits (FOX 32)
· 32. Cicero firefighters sustain minor injuries while fighting blaze involving two buildings (Chicago Tribune)
· 33. Batavia resident (a middle-school teacher in Elgin) inducted into 4-H Hall of Fame after running Batavia club for more than 10 years (Daily Herald)
· 34. College of DuPage's enrollment number decline for second straight year (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 35. Joliet man convicted of murder in shooting of teen, shooting death of teen's father in argument over $400 cashier's check (CBS 2)
· 36. Will County Sheriff's canine unit finds more than five pounds of cocaine, meth hidden in muffler of Colorado man (FOX 32)
· 37. Chicago man arrested after trying to open a bank account with fake identification in Western Springs (Chicago Tribune/The Doings)
SOUTH:
· 38. Social Security Administration drains Calumet City senior citizen's bank account after claiming she's dead (NBC 5)
· 39. Metra's Rock Island Line stopped in Robbins due to mechanical problems (NBC 5)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 40. One person found dead with severe burns after fiery crash near Lowell Airport (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 41. Valparaiso animal-rescue center holds 'speed-dating' event for dogs, prospective pet owners (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 42. Highland authorizes funds for South Shore Railroad's West Lake Corridor extension project (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 43. LaPorte County Sheriff's Office issued 77 tickets during 25-day 'Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over' campaign (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 44. Merrillville Kmart to close in December (Chicago Tribune/Gary Post-Tribune)
· 45. Hobart residents turn out to oppose rezoning of Harms Road farmland to light-industrial use (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 46. Worker critically injured when crane on rail car tips over in Schneider (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 47. OPINION: Railroad trespassing remains a major problem, despite drop in deaths associated with it (Chicago Tribune)
· 48. Money magazine names Hoffman Estates, Naperville among its Top 50 'Best Places to Live' (Daily Herald)
Tuesday:
NORTH:
· 49. Eight people injured in crash involving semi, six cars on I-94 in Gurnee (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 50. Wauconda Village Board to consider ordinance regulating keeping of chickens in residential back yards (Daily Herald)
· 51. Grayslake bank robbed (Daily Herald)
· 52. Wheeling officials OK church's move to property zoned for industrial/office use (Daily Herald)
· 53. Man sought for robbing teen in parking lot at Gurnee McDonald's (CBS 2)
NORTHWEST:
· 54. River Forest's Triton College offers self-defence classes as way for students to protect themselves from attack (CBS 2)
· 55. Dundee-Crown High School student wows judges on 'The Voice' (Chicago Tribune)
· 56. Mount Prospect, state officials plan to address concerns over pedestrian crossing at Central Avenue and Weller Lane following cyclist's June 9 death in crosswalk (Daily Herald)
· 57. Former Prospect High School English teacher, debate coach loses battle with Alzheimer's at age 72 (Daily Herald)
· 58. Suspicious garage fire leaves Carpentersville house uninhabitable (Daily Herald)
· 59. Harvard city clerk arrested on child-porn charges at Harvard City Hall (Chicago Tribune)
WEST:
· 60. Berkeley Police: Man who was struck and killed by train in Union Pacific rail yard committed suicide (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 61. Alumnus of Montini Catholic High School in Lombard makes most out of resemblance to Barack Obama (Daily Herald)
· 62. Ex-Illinois Guardsman from Aurora sentenced to 30 years in prison for terror plot at Joliet Arsenal; cousin given 21-year sentence (Chicago Tribune)
· 63. Bellwood School District 88 administration office under armed guard for two years since controversial superintendent's hiring (Chicago Tribune)
· 64. Former dean of St. Charles North High School charged with sexual assault of student (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
· 65. DuPage County scraps idea of having traffic court at Naperville's Safety Town (Daily Herald)
· 66. DuPage County gives Salt Creek Sanitation District OK to continue operating as separate entity (Daily Herald)
· 67. Batavia City Council moves ahead with $600,000 purchase of building for One North Washington development (Daily Herald)
· 68. South Elgin police officer finds St. Charles man reported as missing; man taken to hospital (CBS 2)
· 69. Wheaton man charged with robbing Clarendon Hills bank (CBS 2)
SOUTHWEST:
· 70. Evergreen Park coach who accused Chicago's Jackie Robinson West of taking players from outside their area sues Little League, claiming they covered up scandal (CBS 2)
· 71. Hoffman Estates-based Sears to close Kmarts in New Lenox, Joliet, Tinley Park, citing lack of profitability (Chicago Tribune)
SOUTH:
· 72. Car crashes into wall, closing three lanes of Tri-State Tollway in Hickory Hills (NBC 5)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 73. Panda Express puts forward plan for new location in Valparaiso (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 74. Maplewood Cemetery caretaker urges Crown Point City Council to plan for cemetery's expansion (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 75. BP's Whiting Refinery shuts down two units for at least one week for maintenance (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 76. Three people arrested after trying to pass counterfeit $100 bills in Portage, Valparaiso (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 77. Cedar Lake, Hobart men sentenced for their part in Carpenters Union health-care fraud (Northwest Indiana Times)
Wednesday:
NORTH:
· 78. Northbrook-based Maurice Sporting Goods closings its Northbrook warehouse, moving some operations to Georgia (Chicago Tribune/Northbrook Star)
· 79. Village of Mundelein unveils potential plans for downtown area (Daily Herald)
· 80. Illinois State Police looking at video that shows semi crashing into line of vehicles on I-94 in Gurnee (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
NORTHWEST:
· 81. Barrington Area Unit School District 220 to keep current middle-school boundaries (Daily Herald)
· 82. Park Ridge-based Koch Foods cited for workplace-safety issues at Mississippi chicken-processing plant; faces $88,632 in fines (Crain's Chicago Business)
· 83. Chicago bicyclist hit and killed by motorcycle in Franklin Park (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 84. Man who said he had a weapon robs Park Ridge store (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 85. Mount Prospect annexes 78 acres along Algonquin Road; move takes away 46 percent of Elk Grove Township Fire District's tax base (Daily Herald)
· 86. Gail's Carriage Inn opens in Arlington Heights (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 87. Aurora man pleads guilty to strangling estranged girlfriend to death in 2014 (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
· 88. Oswego man jumps into Fox River to avoid North Aurora police; Aurora officer pulls him from river, arrests him (Daily Herald)
· 89. Naperville signs off on new agreement for vehicle test-drive track that will mean $48,000 annually for the city to maintain facility (Daily Herald)
· 90. Aurora man accused of hitting another man over the head with a bottle of Scotch at a wedding party in Aurora (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
· 91. Lombard student dies after 'medical emergency' at Willowbrook High School in Villa Park (Chicago Tribune)
· 92. Wheaton College employee charged with possession of child pornography, held on $250,000 bond (Chicago Tribune)
· 93. Warrant out for arrest of man, accused of fatal August shooting in Cicero (Chicago Sun-Times)
SOUTHWEST:
· 94. Lockport man struck and killed by train on Canadian National Railroad tracks (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 95. Will County Sheriff's deputies arrest Bolingbrook man on charges of possession/delivery of drugs, discover fake U.S. Marshal's badge, weapons in car and meth lab in his home (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 96. Tinley Park postal worker arrested for delivering marijuana, other drug products to two men (Chicago Sun-Times)
SOUTH:
· 97. Harvey cop goes unpunished after allegations made of sexual assault, battery of two pregnant women, one of whom suffered miscarriage (CBS 2)
· 98. Dolton veterinarian clinic manager pleads guilty to charges of animal cruelty after four dogs found dead of starvation two years ago; veterinarian found not guilty (ABC 7)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 99. Menards wants to move to vacancy-prone shopping mall property in Griffith, but wants current businesses moved (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 100. Chesterton High School tries for world's largest field trip, busing more than 2,000 students to 43 locations, primarily Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 101. Fagen Pharmacy to move its East Chicago location to heart of Harbor community in October (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 102. East Chicago planning to move polling place from West Calumet Housing Complex, site of extensive lead contamination (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 103. Munster police seek two men wanted in armed robbery of Target (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 104. Seven men charged in drug ring operating in Michigan City (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 105. Comcast plans to launch wifi-based cell-phone service on hybrid Verizon/Comcast wifi hotspot system in mid-2017 (Crain's Chicago Business)
Thursday:
NORTH:
· 106. Grassroots parents organization asks Grayslake Elementary School District 46 for daily 30-minute recess breaks (Daily Herald)
· 107. Woman found dead at Morton Grove elementary school playground (CBS 2)
· 108. State Rep./Fremont Township Assessor Ed Sullivan Jr. won't run for re-election to either post, plans to launch consultancy (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 109. Elgin residents give input on public-art plan during Cultural Arts Commission forum (Daily Herald)
· 110. Wheeling-based Platinum Pools garners award from The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals for Bull Valley project (Daily Herald)
· 111. Harper College: 55 percent of students met first year requirement to continue on in free-tuition program (Daily Herald)
· 112. Elgin man charged with robbing store in Elgin's Clock Tower Plaza at knifepoint (CBS 2)
· 113. Arlington Heights middle schools aimed to raise $500 for Special Olympics with girls basketball game (Daily Herald)
· 114. Lake in the Hills teen, accused of masterminding kidnapping/torture of an Elgin teen, arrested for possession of cocaine while on electronic monitoring (Daily Herald)
· 115. University of Illinois architecture students to study historic Paul Schweinkher house in Schaumburg for Historic American Buildings Survey (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 116. Family concerned about Aurora woman living on boat near Key West, Fla., from whom they've heard nothing since before Labor Day (NBC 5)
· 117. St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 officials: Haines Middle School could be closed, renovations at Thompson, Wredling could be done without referendum (Daily Herald)
· 118. Wheaton sixth-grader grows half-ton pumpkin in back yard (WGN TV)
· 119. Thieves make away with 100 pairs of women's underwear from Aurora Victoria's Secret store (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
· 120. Baby found dead by Wheaton roadside laid to rest (Chicago Tribune)
· 121. Chicago man dies three months after beating near Oak Park Library; River Forest teen may face murder charges in case (Chicago Tribune/Oak Leaves)
SOUTH:
· 122. Frankfort police release photos of suspects in Sept. 11 vehicle break-ins at parks and parking lots (ABC 7)
· 123. State Sen. Napoleon Harris (D-Harvey) attacked while delivering pizza, follows suspects to South Holland where they were arrested; one was wanted for murder in Georgia (CBS 2/WBBM AM 780)
· 124. Texas man charged with DUI in Sept. 5 crash on I-294 in Hickory Hills that killed his passenger (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 125. Lansing Fire Department adds Munster's Community Hospital to transport options for ambulances (Northwest Indiana Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 126. Neighbors upset by Porter County Public Library's plan to pay someone to move Valparaiso house to make room for outdoor library or pocket park (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 127. Gary Finance Committee considering raises for some employees (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 128. Harvey, Ill., man sentenced to four years in prison for stalking Hammond woman he'd been dating (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 129. Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles unveils bicentennial license plate (NBC 5)
· 130. Surface Transportation Board moves proposed South Shore rail route further south of Lowell Middle School (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 131. Mother of reputed high-ranking Gary gang member sentenced to more than a year in prison for helping him run drugs (Northwest Indiana Times)
Friday:
NORTH:
· 132. Northwestern University student from China struck and killed by cement truck while riding her bicycle in Evanston (Chicago Tribune/Evanston Review)
· 133. Wheeling Village Board reviews proposed Village Hall addition for community meetings (Daily Herald)
· 134. Round Lake Beach man in jail after putting loaded gun in girl's hand and telling her to shoot him (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 135. Six Flags Great America employee rescued after suffering back pain while installing inflatable gorilla (Chicago Tribune/Lake County News-Sun)
· 136. Wauconda High School student arrested after making online threats (Daily Herald)
NORTHWEST:
· 137. Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 to research costs associated with posting videos of board meetings on district's website (Daily Herald)
· 138. Elgin's Gail Borden Public Library to offer Career Online High School program for adults seeking GED accreditation (Daily Herald)
· 139. Des Plaines man, brother charged with defrauding the State of Illinois of more than $450,000 in sales tax from their Crystal Lake gas station (Daily Herald)
· 140. U.S. Marshals arrest Chicago man connected to fatal robbery attempt in Carpentersville (Chicago Tribune/Elgin Courier-News)
· 141. Arlington Heights man held on $245,000 after attacking pregnant woman (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 142. Report: Explicit video of Former State Rep. Sandack (R-Downers Grove) posted to social media prompted his resignation (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 143. Florida burglary gang suspected in thefts from unlocked vehicles and smash-and-grab burglaries in Naperville (Chicago Tribune/Naperville Sun)
· 144. U.S. Bank branch in Glen Ellyn robbed (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 145. Naperville attorney gets his law license suspended following DUI arrest, allegation of depositing client's money into his business account (Daily Herald)
· 146. Oak Brook attorney disbarred following conviction for multimillion-dollar bank fraud (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 147. Kendall County man arrested for Aug. 19 incident in which he fired a gun in the air, then pointed it at a woman near Montgomery (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 148. Lockport farm conducts annual gigantic pumpkin weigh-in (CBS 2)
· 149. Illinois attorney general sues to shut down Will County-based Eagletop Construction, whose owner is accused of defrauding people of more than $150,000 (Chicago Sun-Times)
SOUTH:
· 150. Hammond, Ind., motorcyclist killed in crash on I-80 in Lansing (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 151. SUV hits girl on bicycle in Plainfield; girl airlifted to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 152. Two suspects in Matteson bank robbery arrested in Homewood after police chase ends in crash (NBC 5)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 153. Faith leaders address commonalities of their different religions at Forum on Common Ground in Michigan City (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 154. Northwest Indiana witnesses 13 percent rise in existing-home sales during August 2016 as compared to August 2015 (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 155. Hobart man charged with molesting girl in New Chicago (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 156. Dyer tobacco store robbed (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 157. Man accused of robbing Portage Walmart pepper-sprayed employees as he ran from the store
Saturday:
NORTH:
· 158. Hawthorn Wood teacher challenges Lake County Board chairman in 18th District race (Daily Herald)
WEST:
· 159. Body of Oak Park man identified one year after its discovery in Riverdale garage, where a man was running an unauthorized mortuary (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
· 160. Fox Valley Mall in Aurora increases security following mass stabbing incident in Minnesota mall (Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)
· 161. Home and vehicle burglarized, garage door forced open in St. Charles (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 162. Members of West Chicago Community High School Class of 1966 participate in homecoming parade (Daily Herald)
· 163. Rubicon Technology to close Batavia plant, consolidate operations at Bensenville facility (Daily Herald)
· 164. Lombard to consider proposal for walkable, mixed-use neighborhood north of Yorktown Shopping Center (Daily Herald)
SOUTHWEST:
· 165. Two-alarm fire rips through 1-800-GOT-JUNK facility in Willowbrook (WGN TV)
· 166. New Lenox woman, Palos Heights man charged with conspiracy, trafficking of controlled substances after drugs ordered from Germany are intercepted in New York City (Chicago Tribune/Daily Southtown)
SOUTH:
· 167. Man charged in drug-induced death of teen who attended Queen of Peace High School in Burbank (Chicago Sun-Times)
NORTHWEST INDIANA:
· 168. Schererville man dies as result of car crash in Crown Point (Chicago Sun-Times)
· 169. Crown Point High graduate promotes lacrosse while playing in Europe (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 170. Women report being robbed by man with baseball bat outside Hammond McDonald's (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 171. Tennesee-based company exploring sale of LaPorte, Porter Regional hospitals (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 172. Michigan City woman helps train women in use of firearms as FOID numbers increase in Indiana (Chicago Tribune/Gary Post-Tribune)
· 173. Schererville Town Council issues bonds to cover for $1.61 million borrowed from TIF fund to purchase Illiana Speedway property (Northwest Indiana Times)
· 174. Illinois-based First Midwest Bank to close Standard Bank branches in Hammond, Highland, Merrillville and St. John (Northwest Indiana Times)
REGIONAL
· 175. Lisle cell-phone customer discovers she's being taxed by Chicago and Plainfield on top of her hometown (NBC 5)
· 176. Teachers finding it difficult to teach about American political system during 2016 presidential race (Chicago Tribune)
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2016.04.29 00:55 spartypants17 Where do restricted parking signs apply? In front, behind, between? Parking ticket in MI.

2 days ago, I received a parking ticket for parking on a street with a 2 hour time limit. However, I don't think the signage is appropriate, but I can't find a specific ordinance that details how parking signs are required to be displayed. I am in East Lansing, MI.
Some info: In a nutshell, there were two "2 Hour Parking" signs, not indicating direction, on one street, spaced 600 feet apart, with an intersection in-between that had no signs. All other signs in the area are spaced significantly closer together.
Specifically, I parked southbound on Beal St. 250 feet south (in front) of me was a "2 Hour Parking" sign facing me, just before an intersection (Beal St. and Elm St.). There was no sign posted at the intersection immediately north of (behind) me (Beal St. and Oak St.), but there was a "2 Hour Parking" sign posted at the previous intersection to Beal and Oak (at Beal St. and Grand River Ave.), 350 feet north of where I was parked.
I can't find any info on sign requirements in the municipal ordinances for the city of East Lansing, and am wondering how I was supposed to know that this constitutes a parking violation, and whether it's worth appealing the ticket. I'll post the only potentially relevant material below.
Sec. 44-92. - No stopping, standing, or parking zones. (2.36) The traffic engineer may determine and designate zones where stopping, standing, or parking is prohibited due to hazardous conditions which may exist, or where conditions do exist, which will cause undue delay to traffic. Such zones shall be designated by posting proper signs at such locations, and the distance between the signs shall not be more than 200 feet.
Sec. 44-93. - Tow-away zones. (2.36a) The traffic engineer may establish tow-away zones as follows: (a) At locations already designated as no stopping, no standing, or no parking zones. (b) On streets where the normal width of the roadway is reduced by a building or buildings or by a construction project. (c) At or adjacent to streets and locations where safety and traffic movement is affected by occurrence of a public event. (d) Such tow-away zones shall be designated by posting signs which read "Tow-Away Zone." Such signs shall be posted independently, in conjunction with another sign, or as an extra panel attached below the posted signs which prohibit stopping, standing or parking at the location. The distance between such posted signs shall not be more than 200 feet.
Sec. 44-94. - Current regulations. (2.59) All intersection stops and yield right-of-way requirements, regulations on stopping, standing, or parking; prima facie speed limits; one-way streets, roadways and alleys; crosswalks; restricted turns; through streets; play streets; angle parking zones; all-night parking meter zones and spaces; weight restrictions; no passing zones; traffic control devices heretofore established and effective on the effective date of this code, shall be deemed established hereunder and shall remain effective until rescinded or modified as herein provided.
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2016.04.14 05:29 Older_Wiser2 MtF: I need to apologize to several folks who responded to my post about my ex-wife being so accepting.....

I suggested that transition wise I would never go out attempting to pass as at 67 years old it's highly unlikely the necessary changes from HRT would not do their job in time for me. I still present male and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. But I identify woman internally and now have many feminine traits which I love showing off.
These changes are now speeding up since I added Microgest progesterone 100 mg. My breasts are swelling, my facial features softening considerably - my friends at dinner tonight kept asking what I was doing that would cause me to look so good - they said I looked much younger and I've lost 55 pounds. But they said there was something else they couldn't quite put their finger on.... I KNOW I KNOW!!!!
In my post I was taken to task by a few ladies for using the analogy of gender as a dichotomy and a Likert scale could put someone on the scale of progress or future passing.
As much as I would LOVE to reach a point where I could 100% pass, even if it's just once. So I said that on the scale I'm about a seven - my female characteristics lean towards the female end of the spectrum.
But one Reddit poster in particular said that was a cop out --- I'm either a male or a female. No Likert scales and it's not about your plumbing but your mental attitude and how you perceive yourself. Soooooooooo..... okay ...... I get it but still have been clinging to the idea of a seven.
Then it happened. I've been trying to get into a big university gender clinic and see an endocrinologist for hormone therapy. I've done everything they've asked - I completed an enrollment form where, for the first time, I took a GIANT leap of faith and put my name down declaring myself transgender. That was mid-December. I've heard nothing since. Then a message saying they would only schedule an appointment if they had a letter from my therapist --- which was already written and sent to them. Several more months go by - zip - zero - zilch - nada. So I got a bit pissed and wrote them making my case. I did hear back with apologies of course. Then a social worker called me and it appears as if he's the "gatekeeper" for who gets in and who doesn't get in.
He asked many questions challenging my interest in doing this, the therapist in the letter apparently used a phrase of "exploring his feminine side" and the guy said we don't work with people who want to explore. Towards the end of the call I just got very pissed and said to forget it - I wasn't going to play word games with him and parse every sentence or adjective. I also said if they didn't want me - fine - I'll continue with my DIY program buying estrogen and progesterone online. It's worked good to date and I'll just keep on doing what I do.
BUT - THE ONE KEY THING I WANT TO MENTION TO THOSE WHO RESPONDED TO MY POST IS THAT YOU WERE RIGHT. SAYING THAT I'M A SEVEN DOESN'T WORK - THEY ONLY WANT 10s. If I didn't declare myself a woman and do it quite publicly then I didn't meet their test for admissions.
This was a hard call as I have no idea who this guy is --- he seemed very aggressive, he seemed to enjoy his power as gatekeeper, but he met his match with me. I told him to call my therapist to get a new letter with the correct words and phrases.
Oh - and another issue that came up --- when I enrolled I noted my medical problems over my lifetime which likely impact a diagnosis of intersex or AIS. At the time their program manager wrote to me saying she thought I would be better served by first going to see an endo in the Disorders of Sexual Development Clinic and the endo there could prescribe hormones. But the guy who called me said that if I went to the disorders clinic, which was mostly for children, I might end up with a diagnosis but that diagnosis would need a treatment protocol prescribing estrogen. He said it's very unlikely that would happen. However, if I wanted to go to the general gender clinic the endo could also diagnose the same issues and I could have hormones for the asking.
So I'm now on the roof of my apartment building in East Lansing, Michigan facing northeast towards the University of Michigan campus yelling at the top of my lungs, "I AM A WOMAN!!! HEAR ME ROAR!!!!! All this said, they're scheduling out into August.... :(
Lastly, my apologies in particular to shaedofblue ..... You were right :)
~Joelle
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2016.04.13 19:28 SupaaFast [Match Thread] West Ham United vs. Manchester United

SCORE: 2nd Half
MANCHESTER UNITED (Rashford, Fellaini) 2 - 1 (Tomkins) WEST HAM UNITED
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FA Cup Tie between Manchester United and West Ham United
Date: April 13th, 2016
Kick off BST: 19:00
Venue: Upton Park, London
Starting XI's:
Manchester United F.C. West Ham United F.C
De Gea Randolph
Fosu-Mensah Cresswell
Blind Tomkins
Smalling Ogbonna
Rojo Antonio
Carrick Kouyate
Fellaini Noble
Martial Payet
Herrera Lanzini
Rashford Valencia
Lingard Carroll
Man Utd F.C. SUBS: Romero, Valencia, Young, Schneiderlin, Mata, Memphis, Rooney.
West Ham United F.C. SUBS: Adrian, Obiang, Moses, Collins, Emenike, Hendrie, Oxford
Team news:
  • Schneiderlin is dropped for Fellaini.
  • Herrera comes in for Mata.
  • Rooney's back on the bench!
UPDATES:
FIRST HALF UPDATES:
0' KICK OFF
0' Kick off! United in white, West Ham in claret and blue.
4' West Ham start brighter and have a good chance as Enner Valencia is fed through. His shot is tame though and De Gea gathers.
8' Payet has a free kick on the wing and De Gea is standing a few yards off his line anticipating the cross. Payet tries to curl it in from an obscure angle but Dave isn't having any of it and catches the ball comfortably. All West Ham right now.
13' Fellaini picks the ball up in our half and gallops forward, majestic as can be, before laying off a slightly underweighted ball to Rashford who ends up winning a corner.
17' Fellaini comes close! He's fed through by Lingard, turns his man, but his shot is well tipped over the bar by Randolph!
20' United have looked good in the last five minutes but can't find a way through. Another corner comes to nothing.
25' MANCHESTER UNITED YELLOW CARD Carrick is beaten by Payet and takes him out. It's at quite a distance but I wouldn't put it past Payet...
26' He decides to swing it in but nothing comes of the chance and it's a goal kick.
32' The short spell of United pressure is over and West Ham have taken over a bit again.
33' Carrick blocks off Kouyate and he really needs to be careful. Hey Louis, how about throwing on Schneiderlin? No? Okay...
35' Lingard is fed through by Rashford who does brilliantly to fend off a few West Ham players and burst free but his lack of finishing prowess is exemplified and he smacks it straight into Randolph's leg.
40' United with some sustained pressure again that ends with Carrick attempting a left-footed volley from all of 20 yards. It's been a long time since Carrick has attempted a shot. He did come close though.
45' ONE ADDED MINUTE
45'+1' MANCHESTER UNITED YELLOW CARD Rojo goes into the book for a late tackle on the wing.
45+2' WEST HAM YELLOW CARD Carroll goes in very hard and late on Herrera.
45+2' HALF TIME
45' SECOND HALF KICK OFF
54' MANCHESTER UNITED GOAL Rashford gets the ball from Martial before doing a few step overs and curling an absolute stunner into the top right-hand corner! UNITED LEAD!
61' West Ham trying to get into it but a Kouyate shot from way outside the box is skied over.
61' WEST HAM UNITED SUBSTITUTION Moses ON Valencia OFF
64' Fosu-Mensah is beaten for pace on the edge of the box by Lansing but despite a lot of jostling, he doesn't give away a penalty and it's only a corner that comes to nothing.
68' MANCHESTER UNITED GOAL IT'S TWO! AND IT'S FELLAINI! A LONG BALL INTO THE BOX IS CHESTED DOWN BY FELLAINI AND AFTER A CROSS BY LINGARD, MARTIAL TAKES DOWN THE BALL IN THE BOX AND TRIES SMASHING IT AT GOAL BUT IT'S DEFLECTED INTO FELLAINI WHO KNEES IT INTO THE GOAL!
73' MANCHESTER UNITED YELLOW CARD Ander gets his yellow card for a late-ish tackle on Noble.
74' WEST HAM UNITED SUBSTITUTION West Ham resorting to FIFA 13 tactics as Emenike comes on for Lansing. We'll see what they can do with only 15 minutes for United to hold on.
75' Herrera with a late tackle in the back of Emenike and he goes down with an injury and it looks like he'll escape a card. Noble then carries him off the pitch to speed things up.
75' MANCHESTER UNITED SUBSTITUTION Schneiderlin ON Herrera OFF
77' OH MY! WHERE WOULD WE BE WITHOUT DE GEA?! FROM A CORNER, KOUYATE GETS A TOUCH AT THE NEAR POST AND DE GEA STICKS OUT A LEG TO DEFLECT IT BEHIND! INSTINCTUAL!
78' WEST HAM UNITED GOAL From the resulting corner, Payet goes long to Carroll who nods it across goal to Tomkins who scores with a diving header. He also gets kicked in the chest by Fellaini. They only need one..
85' Lingard and Martial have been doing well with hold-up play in their half and it's coming to the closing stages.
87' Carroll gets his head on a whipped in cross but his header is literally inches over.
89' WEST HAM GOAL DISALLOWED DE GEA MAKES A SUCCESSION OF BRILLIANT SAVES AFTER OUR DEFENCE FORGETS HOW TO FUCKING DO ANYTHING BEFORE KOUYATE HEADS IT OVER HIM INTO THE BACK OF THE NET BUT IT'S OFFSIDE!
90' FOUR MINUTES ADDED
90+2' Payet has a free kick in a dangerous position but the wall does it's job and it's a corner.
90+4' MANCHESTER UNITED SUBSTITUTION Rooney ON Rashford OFF
90+5' FULL TIME
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2016.03.13 16:45 SupaaFast [FA Cup Quarter Final Match Thread] Manchester United vs. West Ham United

SCORE: 2nd Half
MANCHESTER UNITED (Martial) 1-1 (Payet) WEST HAM
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FA Cup Quarter Final Tie between Manchester United and West Ham United
Date: March 13th, 2016
Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester
Starting XI's:
Manchester United F.C. West Ham United F.C
De Gea Randolph
Varela Cresswell
Blind Ogbonna
Smalling Reid
Rojo Antonio
Carrick Noble
Fellaini Kouyate
Herrera Emenike
Lingard Lanzini
Rashford Carroll
Martial Payet
Man Utd F.C. SUBS: Romero, Darmian, Williams, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger, Januzaj, Memphis.
West Ham United F.C. SUBS: Adrian (GK), O'Brien, Song, Obiang, Moses, Sakho, Valencia Subreddits:
Stream(s):
Team news:
  • Herrera returns to the team
  • Looks like a 4-3-3
  • The slow Fellaini/Carrick dream team returns
UPDATES:
FIRST HALF UPDATES:
0' KICK OFF
0' United in red, West Ham are in their light blue. United get us started attacking the East End.
2' WEST HAM YELLOW CARD Two minutes in and Winston Reid has already picked up a booking.
10' United started stronger but West Ham are growing into it and starting to push forward.
17' Payet runs at the United defence, slips Creswell in and crosses to Emenike who has a free header that is straight at King Dave.
27' Very good play by United as Martial plays the ball to Rojo who cuts the ball back but Herrera's weak foot blasts the ball over the bar.
32' Lingard is fouled by Noble but nothing is given.
32' MANCHESTER UNITED YELLOW CARD Fellaini goes into the book seconds later after nothing was given for the obvious Lingard foul because Atkinson is a fucking twat and doesn't know fucking shit. Fellaini stopped Nolan from running onto the back four by pulling him back
36' United burst through the middle on the counter with Herrera but his pass to the wing to Lingard slows the play up completely before a pass back to Carrick allows the entire West Ham team to come back and form two banks of four again for United to try and penetrate.
36' Soapbox Rant: It's fucking depressing that on a counter attack we get to the edge of the box and then fucking stop because there's only one United player in the box. How I long for the days when Rooney, Ronaldo, Tevez, et al were bursting forward to get into the box without jogging to a stop once they cross the fucking halfway line. Jesus having Carrick and Fellaini in midfield is fucking atrocious.
44' A few minutes to go to the half and it's been pretty even so far. Not many shots on goal from either team.
45' ONE MINUTE ADDED
45+1' HALF TIME
45' SECOND HALF KICK OFF
45' The second half kicks off with no changes being made. United will be attacking the Stretford End, with all of us hoping for more attacking impetus.
50' United attacking for the first time this half and win a corner that is duly cleared by West Ham before the ball eventually makes its way back to De Gea.
51' If any of you would like goal news, Kane has scored twice for Spurs to put them two points behind Leicester in the title race. Leicester do, however, have a game in hand that they play tomorrow.
53' WEST HAM YELLOW CARD United have been attacking with more speed down the wings and Lingard is clipped from behind by Payet as he tried to burst onto a through ball near the box. Good chance for us now.
54' The free kick came to nothing although Martial got his head onto it.
55' We have another chance on the other side now...
55' Herrera whips it in with pace but Randolph just catches it easily.
58' WEST HAM YELLOW CARD Kouyate goes into the book for stopping Lingard who was trying to break on the counter attack.
60' Massive, stadium-wide, hand-ball appeals from a Herrera shot that was blasted at goal from just inside the box. It looked like Reid slid in and blocked it with his arm. Good decision from Atkinson though as it hit his leg first before ricocheting onto his arm.
61' WEST HAM SUBSTITUTION Obiang ON Reid OFF
63' WEST HAM SUBSTITUTION Sakho ON Emenike OFF
64' Jesus Christ. Rojo slides in hard and looks late on Payet in the box. Definitely looked like a penalty but Atkinson says nothing. Might be a dive.
65' Nope, Howard Webb is wrong. He says it's a penalty but on the replay, you can clearly see that Rojo pulled back and his knee might have slightly grazed Payet's boot as Payet had already committed to falling to the ground. I think it's a good call by Atkinson but Payet's starting to become dangerous.
66' WEST HAM GOAL As I fucking say that, Payet scores a scorcher from a free kick. Nothing De Gea could do. That was spectacular. Flies in off the inside of the post.
71' MANCHESTER UNITED YELLOW CARD Carrick goes into the book for flying in late on Lansing.
71' With 20 minutes left, United look like they'll not be capitalising on the best chance to win the FA Cup after a 12 year drought.
75' MANCHESTER UNITED SUBSTITUTIONS Schweinsteiger, Memphis ON Fellaini, Rashford OFF
76' Shitting hell. From a corner, Memphis's shot deflects all the way back to Payet who breaks against Varela who is incredibly lucky to win a free kick as Payet was in one-on-one with Dave.
79' WEST HAM YELLOW CARD Antonio goes in very hard and gets incredibly lucky to only get a yellow.
81' WEST HAM SUBSTITUTION Valencia ON Carroll OFF
83' MANCHESTER UNITED GOAL RELIEF WASHES OVER OLD TRAFFORD AS HERRERA LOFTS THE BALL FROM THE WING ACROSS GOAL FOR MARTIAL TO RUN ONTO AND STAB HOME FROM ABOUT A YARD OUT! We need another to prevent a replay!
86' The ball falls to Carrick outside the box and he takes his first shot in about a year but it's low, hard, and just wide of the post.
86' MANCHESTER UNITED SUBSTITUTION Darmian ON Varela OFF
88' Howard Webb busy running his mouth talking about Schweinsteiger blocking off Randolph in the Martial goal. It's true, but still...
90' De Gea makes a brilliant low fingertip save to keep United in the game late on. West Ham corner though..
90' THREE MINUTES ADDED
90+1' Comes to nothing though and West Ham get another corner even though the ball comes off Kouyate...
90+2' ANOTHER corner..
90+3' Corner...another one.
90+3' FULL TIME
We'll need a replay.
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2015.04.25 10:42 throwaway456123890 I am now certain I am going to die alone but for a short time tonight life was a little easier for me.

So first things first I am writing this on my phone, in the middle of the night, at a rest stop in the middle of Michigan, so I am sure there will be typos and bad grammer. Please forgive me. Also I am using a throwaway because I do not want this to lead back to me in L I just want to be able to let it out.
So today has been the worst day in my life but for a short time I was able to forget everything and feel wanted.
It all started about a month ago. I was no longer very hungry and I was getting weird back and stomach pain. After many test it looks like I have exocrine pancreatic cancer stage 2b. I honestly can't tell you what the Doctor said after that my mind kind of shutdown. I am only 35, a month ago I would have told you I was going to live longer than my grandfather and he died at 87.
I left the office with a bunch of paperwork, it is still on the seat next to me, unlooked at. I just started driving. At first I did not have a destination in mind but after driving in circles for a couple of hours I finally decided I was going to see my parents in Maine. They were the only people I could think to tell. I do not have a wife, girlfriend, or even FWB in my life right now. I knew it was over 1000 miles away but I felt like this was not something I wanted to tell over the phone. I have no idea how I am going to tell them or how they are going to react. Badly I suppose. No parent should have to bury their child.
So I decided I was going to cut through Canada, not the fastest was but I have always enjoyed the trip through Michigan. So I could not help myself and I thought back on my adult life. Things that I liked and things that I felt I missed out on. That led me to thinking about Angela (not here real name). Angela and I met shortly after I got out of collage in Orlando and I instantly fell head over heels for her. She was smart, down to earth, and a great person to be around. We met at a book store waiting in line for coffee and we both had the same book in our hands. I had a 8-5 job while she worked at Universal city walk while she was finishing collage. So our schedules were a little off but we made it work.
We had been dating for about three months when a friend decided to have his bachelor party in Orlando. I offered up my place as a base of operations and the best man took it from there. I figured it would work out great Angela always worked Saturday nights so I would not be passing up spending time with her. Well the night finally comes for the party after we had been bar hopping for a couple of hours, we pull into a strip club. No one had told me beforehand that we were going to go to one or else I would have objected. While I had thrown off my Christian ideals by this point I still felt they were degrading to women and that the girls who worked them needed professional help. Not dollar bills. Well I was drunk and it was about 10-1 against me so we went in.
That was when my world crashed down around me. One of the first girls I see is Angela. She is wearing next to nothing sitting on this guys lap. I am not sure how long I stood there before she noticed me across the club but when she did her eyes went wide and she jumped up and ran into the back.
I want to say I was understanding. The man I am today would have at least given her a chance to explain. I was a different person then however, the bible thumping, arrogant, Grade A asshole came out. I handed my keys to my aparment to my friends and stormed out of there. I took a cab to a hotel and spent the night there.I refused to answer her calls. When she came by Monday evening I, at first, refused to answer the door but when I did the vitrol that speed out of my mouth ashames me to this day. She did not deserve that. After the aged faded I his the guilt over what I said by believing we never truly had hanything. After all what could anyone have together when the foundation of the relationship was built on lies?
I accepted years ago that all of that was bullshit. The foundation of our relationship was our feelings for one another. Not what she did for a living.
All of this went through me head as I was driving. I had not been back to a strip club since. But for some reason as I was thinking about it today I made up my mind to go to one. I felt I had to bury the hatchet if you will. So while I was eating dinner I looked up clubs on my way and decided that Déjà vu in Lansing. I stopped by the ATM and pulled out $400 dollars. I then stopped at three gas stations an bought gum and convinced the cashiers to trade my $20's for 5's. I figured they were doing ones 15 years ago. Inflation right?
So I get there about 10:30 and quickly realize I am the only one giving out 5's but refuse to make change. I can't take the money with me right?
I am there for about 30 minutes before I get the courage to accept a lap dance offer. She was very midwestern. Average body natural breasts I figure this will be great just an average girl to get me over this. Well I am not sure what I was expecting but I can tell you it was not what I got. She wanted to talk the entire time. What do I do for a living? Where do I live? That kind of stuff. I was not really there to talk about my life story so I just kind of gave very vague answers.
Afterwards I went back to my seat and just sat there and refused all other offers without even looking at the girls. I just stared either at my drink or at the far wall where it met the ceiling.
I was about to leave my the DJ called for a lineup because they were doing some special. The girls came out one by one till I thought they were all out. They had to walk by me as they came of the stage so I had to say 'no thanks' about a dozen times. When finally she came down.
I missed her name but when I saw her it felt like my would had been kicked. She did not look Angela but she walked like her and she smiled like her. I knew instantly that I would say yes if she asked me. She came right up and asked so I said yes. Now I know there are people who would not have agree with me but I felt she was the cutest one there. I liked her tattoos, her glasses, the fact that she was truly average in size. She was not rail thin but nor was she out of shape. She had a nose ring that seemed to suit her.
The lap dance was amazing. It was sensual and intimate, if that is even possible in a strip club. After it was done I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. I did not care about the cancer, or my job. I was care free.
I am not ashamed to admit that I spent the rest of my money on her. I found out her name from one of the hostess or bartenders or whatever they are called. It was Payton though it might have been spelled Paton I am not sure. I know some people will give me a hard time because I was in a stripclub. That I was there to objectify women no matter how I sugarcoat it. I do not care. I know there will be guys that would give me a hard time for trying to tell them this after all she was just a strioper. I don't care. She helped me when I needed it and I doubt she will ever know.
I know in my heart and in my head that she did not care about me. This was a job for her and she was only in it for the money. However, that is not how she made me FEEL. For a short while I felt cared for, it felt deep, it felt like intimacy. I know it was not real but it allowed me to forget and I could never thank her enough.
I told Payton that her boyfriend better treat her like a Princess because she deserves it. But the truth of the matter is guys, if you have someone in your life that you love never forget that love and learn to forgive.
Part of me wishes I could find Angela and beg for forgiveness. However, it is to late for that. I would not want her taking pity on me and forgiving me because of my situation.
I got in my car and drove off. I did not make it far before I let loose the tears and had to pull over in a rest stop. I know I can deal with what is coming. It is not going to be easy and I probably will not live to see my 40th but I think it will be OK.
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2013.09.19 06:44 tabledresser [Table] IamA Hiran Deraniyagala of BATTLECROSS: A heavy metal thrash band on Metal Blade Records. Ask me Anything! AMA

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If you have to pick 5 musicians that have influenced you the most, who would they be? My first pick is of course Dimebag. Pantera is my all time favorite band and the first time I heard "Far Beyond Driven" it changed my life. I was in 6th grade and it was the first time I had heard a band sound so heavy. His riffs are so memorable and timeless. My second pick is riffmaster James Hetfield. I consider myself a rhythm player and James has such a sick rhythm hand! Master of Puppets and AJFA have some of the most amazing riffs. Jeff Hanneman is my next pick, to me he is an underrated player and wrote some of the best Slayer material. Slayer taught me how to bring the attitude and aggressiveness in writing riffs. A lot of my style comes from them, especially for solos. I love speed! Some of you may not know my next pick as he only played on two albums for a band called "Woe Of Tyrants" but Chris Burns is a genius guitar player. When I saw Woe Of Tyrants play at some small venue back in 2007, I was blown away. They had such amazing stage presence and musicianship. They inspired me to push myself as a musician and I had the pleasure of touring as a fill in back in 2010. Check out "Kingdom Of Might" by Woe Of Tyrants. Lastly, I'm going to go with Tony Asta of that one band Battlecross, lol. I know it might sound cheesy but truly Tony is the biggest reason why I'm here. Him and I grew up together and we eventually got it in our heads that we both wanted to play guitar. He's always pushing me as a musician and really helped me stay dedicated to this when things were tough.
How long did you take to grow that epic mane of yours? My bird's nest of hair probably took about 5 to 6 years. Growing your hair out takes dedication especially when you dont have straight hair because it just looks like you have a afro. I really wanted to cut my hair when I was in the growing process now I'll anyone that tries.
Would you guys ever consider doing a show over here in singapore? Yes of course we would consider playing Singapore but its not entirely up to us. Tell your friends all about us and create a buzz for us over there so a promoter in your country invites us. :)
Does Battlecross need a place to stay after your show on the 31st in Pittsburgh? Maybe, depends on our drive the next day. Come talk to us at the show.
Also, how do you feel about a man attending your show in a bacon costume? I fully support a man in a bacon costume at our show.
What is one band you're wanting to tour with that you have yet to do so? I would love to tour with Testament or Slayer. Both are some of my favorite bands so it would be an honor and a check off my bucketlist.
What has been your most surreal moment on stage? My most surreal moment on stage was playing Orion Music and More. Nothing has beaten that experience so far. Between James Hetfield introducing on stage to playing a packed stage in our hometown, I'd say thats pretty surreal to me.
Hiran, as a guitarist in the almighty BATTLECROSS, i must know, what is your favorite cereal? And do you prefer whole milk or 2%? Rock On!!! Hahaha, favorite cereal is Cinnamon Toast Crunch! I could probably eat a whole box in one sitting. I used to prefer Skim Milk but now I drink Almond Milk. Doesnt give me gas.
As a fellow Detroiter in the metal scene, what would you say to local bands trying to gain exposure? Detroit has a great metal scene (Konkeror, Saprogenic, Writhing, TBDM), but what do you think helped you guys gain popularity so quickly? All great Detroit metal bands! My advice is to stay dedicated, don't settle for any less, practice and tighten your music as much as possible, promote your band in every way possible, support the scene and stay humble, talk to contacts in the industry through email, in person or by phone if you can, don't be annoying by constantly bothering them to help you or listen to you, don't expect the industry to just jump all over you as soon as you send them a song, it takes time!
After seeing you guys play at the Token, it's crazy to have hometown heroes playing Mayhem and more. Love the new record, keep it up. Cheers! I think what has helped us has been our use of social media which is extremely important and staying humble. No one likes an asshole.
Saw you at Mayhem this year you guys were bad ass. Also who has been your favorite band to tour with? Thank you for checking us out at Mayhem. We had a blast! My personal favorite bands to tour with were Origin and God Forbid. Origin was one of the first death metal bands I got into and we did our first major tour with them. They were the coolest bunch of dudes to tour with and some of the most talented by far. They killed it live and I was always in awe of John Longstreth. I would have to say God Forbid was my other favorite because we hit it off with those guys so well. It only took us a day or two to hit it off and they were just great guys all around. It's a bummer they're done.
What is the craziest thing Battlecross has gotten into during an off-date on a tour? Hmm.. we're not really a crazy, wild band. Our first tour we had a friend in Iowa cook us Thanksgiving dinner, it was amazing and truly showed how awesome people can be. Thanks Matt Tucker!
It's all I can think of at the moment. Sorry dude!
Hiran, I see you as one of the "greats" in terms of making amazing riffs. There's never really a weak riff or one that leaves you unsatisfied when listening. That being said, I was wondering what your approach is to making riffs/songs? Do you take a technical approach that involves a good bit of theory? And how do you go about establishing "flow" from riff to riff in a song? Thanks man! Thanks a lot! I really appreciate that. My usual process is to just pick up the guitar and play. I may hear something that inspires me so I'll be in a certain mode. Sometimes I'll set a bpm on the metronome and just play to that to have something to play along to. I never really apply theory to my writing until maybe after a song is laid down but overall I'm more of a player with feel. Tony, Don and I will usually get together and work out how the song should flow. I like to get a lot of their opinions on what I write but I usually don't send anything over until I'm pretty happy with what I have written.
Any thoughts of releasing tab books? Would love to learn some of the tunes. I should say attempt to learn. Thanks. I think we'll be releasing some tabs in the near future.
Hiran! Thanks for the ama. I met you guys in Memphis last year when we opened a show for y'all and God Forbid. Congrats on all the recent success! We're all involved with the business side a bit but our manager handles and oversees everything. She really helps guide us and teaches a lot about the business side.
How involved are you guys with the business aspect of Battlecross outside of social media? What is your least favorite thing to have to put up with in the music business? My least favorite thing is how sensitive people can be in the industry and sometimes the best or right decision is avoided because of "politics" and unfortunately those kind of decisions only hurt the band.
What was your favorite thing about meeting Amon Amarth? They were really cool dudes despite being a little intimidating in appearance, haha. It was awesome to see Johann on stage just looking so beast and then off stage see him walking around in flip flops and a baseball cap. They were such a great band and I honestly had never seen them live until Mayhem.
Did you get a chance to check out anything cool in town during your Nashville shows? I've seen y'all twice here and it'd be neat to hear a story about the hometown. Never had much time to do a lot of exploring but we have walked around the downtown area by all those bars. I really want to try some Tennessee BBQ!
Which band would you most like to tour with in the future? Besides Slayer or Testament, I would love to tour with Lamb Of God or Metallica. Even though we did a festival with Metallica, I would love to tour with them!
Also, obligatory when are you coming to my country question, so, Australia? We just got a new European Agent which will hopefully open doors to Australia soon so maybe by next year?
"European Agent" and "open doors to Australia". How does that fit together? Maybe you mean Austria? No offence my master of guitar. No I didn't mean Austria. What I mean is that we finally secured an agent that books overseas. Eventually once we're playing gigs overseas that opens the door to us to play all over the world and hopefully Australia. Sorry for not clarifying.
Hiran! Thanks for doing this! Battlecross is one of my favorite bands. You guys are seriously awesome. Just had to get that out of the way. What difference has signing to a major metal label made for you guys as musicians? Do you feel that signing with Metal Blade was the time when you realized you "made it"? Do you think signing to a major record label will still be a necessity for rising bands in the future? As for signing to a label, it definitely was a huge milestone for our career. To be basically under a label that has a roster of killer metal bands was a huge deal to me. We definitely owe it to Metal Blade for being a part of our exposure to fans and to the industry. Who knows if Sirius XM would've ever played us if we didn't have an album out on Metal Blade? I think labels really open to the door to bands that don't have access to certain contacts in the industry and distribution. A lot of bands go the DIY way because of how things have changed in the industry and bands have a hard time making any money but the exposure that labels can give a band, especially Metal Blade is almost priceless.
Its going pretty well. And thanks for answering. I love your solo in Never Coming Back though, I think it's one of the most creative solos I've ever heard. Also, I'm so pumped to see you guys play Beast on Halloween night!! Gonna wreck some people during that lol. Siiick!
Who are some of your favorite non-metal musicians? I'm really big Pink Floyd fan, The Wall and Darkside of the Moon are amazing albums. I'm also a huge Michael Jackson fan. Grew up listening to him.
Being in a metal band, do you have any guilty pleasures in music? Maybe some Katy Perry or some Justin Timberlake? Or maybe something else like Tyler, The Creator? I would say that Michael Jackson and Rick James would be my guilty pleasure.
Hey Hiran! Just curious, if you guys did a tour by yourselves, would you be interested in bringing an unsigned band with you? It definitely would be something we would like to do for the future. I love to support unsigned bands but of course we can't just take out anyone.
Is there any chance that you guys come to Germany any time soon? Yes I am sure we will be coming to Germany soon. We just got a new European agent so we're looking to travel to Europe by next year.
What is the best and the worst thing while touring? Best thing are the shows and the people you get to meet, the worst is the lack of comfort like showering and sleeping in a van.
Fav. meal? Favorite meal? Tough question because I really love food. I cant pick one specific kind of food but I will say I love Sea food, Mexican, Chinese, Arabic and Italian food.
How did you guys find together? You rock Sir. Tony and I grew up together so him and I pretty much started the band. Don played bass in a band called Ten Count and we played some shows with them, and Gumby was in a band called I Decay and we played lots of shows with them and were under the same management.
Hiran! Thanks for doing this AMA! My wife and I got to see you at mayhem in Saratoga, NY and meet you guys, you were all super cool and really seem to appreciate your fans, so thanks for that. Thanks for coming out to Mayhem and checking us out man. The fans are the reason why we keep going so it's no big deal to hang out with all of you.
My question- What band should I be listening to that I've never heard of? I would say check out Woe Of Tyrants "Kingdom Of Might", that album influenced me a lot. Unfortunately they're not a band anymore but that album is one of my favorite albums of all time. Also check out some of the great metal bands that Michigan has to offer like Beast In The Field, Hellmouth, GutRot, Writhing, Saprogenic, Konkeror, Genocya, to name a few.
Hey Hiran ! Thanks for the AMA !As a musician, what kind of advice would you give to other musicians looking to make a name for themselves? Hey man, my advice is to stay dedicated, practice, never settle, be humble and support your scene, never stop working, always promote because there are few people out there that will ever care about your band as much as you do. Good luck!
Are you guys going to Tour Canada more??? Yes I'm sure we will. We have some dates on the Hatebreed and Death Angel tours that are in Canada. Not sure when we'll do an extensive run.
What day jobs do you have or previously had? Up until recently I worked at a Mortgage Title Company in between tours. I was a deed specialist, drafting or preparing orders for Quit Claim Deeds to change ownership on title commitments.
Do you guys toke? If you came to Ottawa and I happened to be in the area, would you like to sesh? I'll supply of course. =] I dont really but the other guys in the band do. Thanks for offering!
Hey, huge fan- you guys are easily my favorite newly discovered band that I've found within the last year. How long will you guys set be on the upcoming Hatebreed tour? Can't wait to see you in Hartford on the 27th. Hey man, thanks for checking us out! Our set will be roughly 30 min on the Hatebreed tour as we have an opening spot. See ya soon!
Will you guys be hanging out at the merch booth at all before/during/after the show? Yes we'll definitely be hanging out after our set. Some of us may be hanging out throughout the whole night so please come by and say hello!
One thing I've always wanted to ask is, how is being on tour? How is it being in a band travelling all the time? I just want to know how that lifestyle is. It's always been a dream of mine being a guitarist for 8 years and counting. Being on tour is great man but its only great if you mentally want to be there and do it. Touring can be very uncomfortable especially when you're packed in a van with 5 or 6 other dudes. You always sleep well and don't have the usual comforts like a shower and privacy but when it comes down to the shows you play, the experience of it, the people you meet and the friends you make, it's truly a priceless experience. It has its ups and downs but I truly enjoy touring and thats what makes it easy.
Favorite aspect of touring? Touring with other bands, traveling to new places and meeting new people.
Is there any way you and me can smoke this battlecross bowl together? cough Not much of a smoker man but I'm sure there are a couple of other dudes in the band that would love to. Thanks for buying our bowl!
I seen you guys when you were in Covington, Kentucky about a year ago. It was the first time I'd heard of you guys and you fucking killed it! How was it touring with All Shall Perish and In Flames? It was awesome! One of my favorite tours to be a part of. ASP and In Flames were great guys and a pleasure to tour with.
Thanks for doing an AMA, you guys are awesome. What guitars do you own, which is your favorite, and why? Thanks man! I own about 7 guitars, about 5 LTDs and two ESPs. My favorite guitar is my recent Red Horizon FR-II. It feels, plays and looks great and the Floyd Rose on it is one of the best I've played on a guitar.
What's the hardest thing about being in a band? I would say the hardest thing is trying to keep everyone happy and thats not always easy. Sometimes you don't always see eye to eye but you learn to compromise and do whats best for the band.
Hey Hiran, I love the band just saw you guys at Mayhem the show was amazing. How old were you when you first started playing and who was your inspiration? I was about 14 when I started playing guitar and my early inspirations were bands like Korn and Rage Against the Machine but once I heard Pantera, I was changed forever!
Who are your favorite guitarists? Since I've listed names so much I'll just list the bands- Pantera, Slayer, Metallica, Black Sabbath, Cannibal Corpse, Goatwhore, Meshuggah, Woe Of Tyrants, Megadeth, Testament, Pig Destroyer, Cephalic Carnage, to name a few.
Who has been your favorite band to tour with so far? Favorite bands to tour with were Origin, God Forbid, Killswitch Engage, All Shall Perish, In Flames, Children Of Bodom, Amon Amarth, Goatwhore, Hate Eternal and Five Finger Death Punch.
Would you guys ever consider coming to Oregon (specifically Southern Oregon)? Of course it just depends on if the promoter in your area books us.
Hey Hiran, gotta say I love War of Will. What was the inspiration for this album? Thanks for doing this AMA and I'm looking forward to seeing you guys in Des Moines in October. Thanks man! War Of Will was inspired by a lot of different things. We had become so much tighter as a band from touring so we grew as musicians. We all drew from our own personal influences but for me especially I would say that Death, Slayer, Testament and Goatwhore were some big influences for me on this record. See ya soon man!
Hey how's it going man! My question is how did you get your band to where you are now? Good man, thanks for asking! It's a long answer to a short question lol but I will sum it up that we basically worked hard for about 10 years building our name, going through different members, promoting ourselves and always practicing to tighten our sound. We've been fortunate to come across some awesome people who have joined our team to help build our career, one being our manager Velda. But of course the people we've been fortunate enough to have in our lives didn't come by chance. We put in the work and still have the same ethic and drive as always. We're humble and loyal and that goes a long way in this industry.
Will you be my friend? :D. Sure :-)
Favorite show you've played so far? Oh man such a tough question. Each show we've played has something special about it but I guess if I had to pick one it would be our show at Orion Music and More with Metallica.
I also wanted to take the chance to say thanks for the amazing show at Mayhem this year.and you guys should come to Pensacola, Florida kthx. Thank you for coming out man! Hopefully we'll be back in Florida soon!
saw you guys in St. Paul, Mn when Fallujah had an accident and could play the show (opening for Goatwhore?). You guys really took off from there. Was that a right place, right time kind of a break or do you think Battlecross was on that track anyway? That was one of our favorite shows on that tour and we were very fortunate to have been on that tour. I definitely think that the tour was a stepping stone in our career. Unfortunately it was last minute notice for us to join that tour so we didnt have much time to prepare or bring merch but it definitely was one of the highlights of touring especially for me being a huge Goatwhore fan.
So how was it playing orion festival and getting to meet Metallica and play the festival? i seriously was so excited for you guys you really deserve it... That was an amazing experience. Never did I think I'd be standing next to James Hetfield backstage just shooting the breeze! He was an awesome dude and so were the rest of the guys. When they introduced us on stage I about shit myself! Such an unbelievable moment in our career and above all else we got to be in our hometown. Definitely one for the books!
are you ready to shred the middle east in boston? cause i for sure am. See you in Boston!
My brother-in-law bought me tickets for you guys one time when I had no clue who you were, you played at the Machine Shop. It was one of the sweetest shows I've ever seen! \m/ What music are you majorly interested in outside of metal? Hmm, I listen to a lot of metal but I guess it would have to be classic rock like Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, etc.
Who are your biggest guitar influences? My biggest guitar influences would be Dimebag, James Hetfield, Jeff Hanneman, Tony Iommi, Randy Rhodes and Chris Burns.
Woohoo! Met you guys in Louisville at the Mayhem tour. I made you all sign my cd :D. My question is, do you remember me? Haha. You guys rock! Uhhh we meet a lot of people and sign a lot of CDs so forgive me if I dont but a picture would help ;-)
Do you have any tips for young guitarist like myself that are trying to build up speed? Or any other tips for learning guitarists? Btw- You guys were awesome at the Austin Mayhem Fest, i even got to meet you guys there :) Keep up the awesome music \m/ I would recommend practicing to a metronome and build up speeds. Practice maybe a scale or a little melody that you can slowly build up speed or learn some songs that are fast :)
Hiran: what was your favorite show of the In Flames tour? Any specific moments stand out? Hmm, lots of good shows on that tour. A lot of shows in Canada were amazing like Vancouver and Guelph. That was one of my favorite tours besides driving through the snow, hahaha!
Have you ever planned a whole day around dining at Bill's Hotdog and Sasparilla stand in Ypsilanti on Michigan Ave.? No I actually have never heard of that place.
We filmed at the Packard Plant and I believe that issue was worked out with the director.
Hi Hiran. I just came down from the U.P. and seen you guys at mayhem. you were incredible. I was completely blown away. Where were some of your favorite spots to play when you were starting out. Up here is hard for metal musicians to get a place to play what places were your favorites and which were the worst? Hey man thats awesome! Thanks for making the trek and catching our set. Some of our favorite spots to play in Michigan when we were starting out were the Token Lounge in Westland, Mac's Bar in Lansing, Machine Shop in Flint and Cricket's Pub in Muskegon. We also did some shows down in Evansville, Indiana at a place called the Duck Inn. All those venues hold some great memories for us.
Hey Hiran, thanks for the amazing show at the mayhem festival in Albuquerque, I appreciate you and your band and I can't wait to see you with death angel. Who is your favorite singer? My favorite singer is probably Phil Anselmo but I really have to mention Chuck Billy from Testament and Ben Falgoust from Solient Green. Those guys have unique voices that sounded so powerful. I wish I could have a voice like that. Honorable mentions also go to Piotr from Vader, Ozzy, George "Corpsegrinder" from Cannibal Corpse.
You guys are freaking awesome!! I have both of your albums and I hope to be able to catch you guys on tour!! What bands were an influence on your sound? Thanks so much! We influenced by a variety of different bands because we all listen to different music. I would say a majority of our sound is drawn from bands like Pantera, Slayer, Metallica, Testament, Hatebreed, GWAR.
I had never heard of you guys until the Tresspass tour stop in Beaumont, and you guys blew me the fuck away. Just saying you guys are great and keep it up. Also you signed my ticket so thanks for that. Thanks a lot! Trespass was a great tour for us and we're thankful for all the fans we made on that tour.
Just wanted to say thanks for doing this AMA. Can't wait to see you guys in Phoenix on the Death Angel tour. It will be one hell of a night. You're welcome dude! Looking forward to it!
Hiran, what are your favorite metal songs to smoke weed to? Not much of a smoker but I would have to say Electric Wizard's "Dopethrone" album is the esstential pot smoking album along with Bongzilla "Gateway" and definitely Black Sabbath, Down and Witchcraft.
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2012.06.21 00:55 tabledresser [Table] IAMA Deaf Girl (18). Any questions regarding random stuff?

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Do people in your dreams talk to you in sign language? I am actually really glad you asked. I became deaf, so I know what I sound like when I speak. I was diagnosed at the age of 13, so I didn't have to know sign language until then. My dreams are still in full voice. I haven't even had one single dream where my hearing is anything but normal, so no. I do know that people who never could hear THINK and DREAM in sign language, because it is all they know.
That'd really get me down, having a dream in sound but waking up to no sound. I'm sorry. But you seem like a nice lady who is optimistic and bright. I'm glad your challenge doesn't depress you, but you accept. Thanks! :D and yes it is frustrating.
That's really interesting to know, thanks. I just imagine myself talking to someone in sign language in their dreams, while in reality, I don't know any ASL at all. It's sort of like that. People who are born deaf dream like that. I personnaly do not even know enough sign language to do that. I have had dreams in Spanish more than in sign language. The only dream I have had that is close is that I had a daughter who couldn't talk to me. Like she would wave her arms as if I couldn't understand her.
Sometimes when I dream people speak gibberish...I wonder if someone in one of my dreams was signing to me and I interpreted as gibberish when they were actually trying to tell me something... I've gone too deep. That usually means that you don't know the language. It is a sign that you need to get out more. Most people when they DO dream about stuff like that assume that it was just body language. The real wonder is whether the dream you understood that.
I'm hearing but learned sign language as a preteen and am now fluent. Once in a while I'll have a dream that's entirely in sign language, especially if there's a Deaf person I know involved in the dream. WOW! That is really cool! I hope that happens when I get that good! :D.
What do you wish you can hear most? Are you okay with the fact that you're deaf? I wish that I could hear my boyfriend talk to me at night. It get awkward sometimes because he says "i love you" and i think its "i wanna fuck you". :/ I am okay with it, because I will be having surgery in about 10 years for it.
To be fair, if he loves you chances are he also probably wants to fuck you... That is always the advantage to it. lol.
Maybe he is saying elephant juice? Trust me, we went through that stage.
If he says, "I love you" and you start fucking him, he's probably not going to complain. Never does.
Right, or just think he's saying "elephant (or olive) juice". I remember some joke about saying those words silently to someone in elementary school because it would look like you were saying I love you. Lip reading is easier as you practice. You learn to read it in contex. Example, when you are watching a movie, you assume the characters are talking about a certain thing when they lisp to their cohorts.
Actually, how does the lip reading thing work when you seemingly have so many different mouth movements that could be making similar sounds. Also, though I've certainly never tried reading lips to any serious degree, don't a lot of people move their mouths differently, or is it all so similar that there are certain cues I just don't notice? Every single person varies to a degree, but race actually plays the biggest role. (mumbling is common) White people enunciate more because their lips are naturally smaller. Black people have very full lips, so they mumble more. I still find it difficult to read their lips at a distance.
Curious, if you are having sex can you tell how loud your being? Actually I guess I'm just curious in both general noise making through out the day and also in situations like sex where the noise making may be slightly more involuntary. My partner usually tells me, but I can always tell how loud he is. :)
I'm also deaf, and I'm very curious as to what this surgery you referred to will be. Cochlear implant! Don't be afraid to have it, as the results are rewarding. There have been comments about people who are deaf from birth not wanting it, and I believe it is your choice.
Any reason for want to get cochlear implants it's a big deal on the deaf community to Embrace deafness and not see it as an illness but as part of your identity. my deaf friend wouldn't do it. And as a hoh person myself I would if I needed to. I have about 70db of loss in each ear. I like music too much. But I know the quality would suffer greatly. I can sortof lip read and know basic sign because of my friend. What did you use to learn sign ? I still need to work on it:) I have a book. lol. I don't see it as an illness, i see it as a.... challenge. I am getting the implant for the sake of other people, not for myself. I want to be able to give my kids a mom that doesn't constantly seem like a burden, ya know?
How would you know if they said olive juice. They would laugh. lol. but i don't usually care either.
Maybe relevant. OH MY GOD!! I am totally taking that link! lol :D.
I'm not deaf, but after years of being friends with deaf people, I lip read quite well, and quite often, to the point that It's very hard for me to understand people If I can't see their lips moving. (I also watch tv with subtitles, but when I go to the doctor they say my hearing is fine) Anyway- On to my question. While I was in college I had friends that spoke Latin languages, and friends that spoke Asian languages, as their second languages, and I found that those that had been learning asian languages (Chinese, Korean, Japanese) Didn't move their mouth, as much, if at all, while those that had been studying latin languages, (or just english) moved their lips more. Do you see this at all? (Or am I just crazy) All races and languages affect how they can be lipread. Ex. black people have bigger lips, so they mumble constantly. It is harder for me to see their words.
I can't tell if that's kind of racist or not..... It isn't racist. It is the truth. They have genetically bigger mouths, that's all. Other races that influence speech are arabic, chinese, and especially hispanic. they have more dialecs, so they sound different with the lip reading.
Oh, I've been an implant user since I was three, I was profoundly deaf since birth. They're fantastic technology, may I ask why you have to wait ten years? I am not deaf enough, ironically. Plus, I am part of a study, and they need me to stay in my present condition as long as possible for research.
Don't forget to bring it back. Anyway I can pay for it? lol.
Obligatory Link to i1.kym-cdn.com. facepalm Its logic.
Can people understand you clearly when you talk? Yes they can! I was able to hear myself talk for 16 years, so I am not affected by it as much as other deaf people.
Are you in college? Do you have a signer for your lectures? Also, how do you wake up in the mornings? Vibrating alarm?? [I do that with my cell phone sometimes and it wake me up.] I am in college, and I lip read. I also wear a hearing aid that has a microphone on sinc. I give it to the professor and I can (almost) hear it perfectly. I use a bed shaker to wake up in the morning, it shakes me awake.
I'll be your bed shaker ;-) I will see myself out Lol Thank you so much! Free of charge?
Damn it I want a shaking bed now. 40 bucks online. :D.
I need to get me one of those things, I have to set about 5 alarms to get up in the morning. I'm not hard of hearing, just a heavy sleeper and quite lazy. A lot of people with your problem have them. They are 40 bucks. I have the Sound Alert. Look it up! IT WORKS!
No. You'll have to go on a date with me first, get free food, maybe two free games of bowling, and have a dude cuddle alongside you all night. I know it kinda sucks because so many girls tell me they aren't interested. Link to i.imgur.com. Dang. Where do you live again? ;) lol.
"A girl on reddit asked me where I live, AMA" I did ask! lol But you refuse to answer!! Let me know when you stop by Michigan.
Ooh, ooh, im in mi! UPVOTE.
I'm in the Carolinas....sorry! No bed shaking anytime soon.... DARN! :( I was looking forward to it.
I live there..(; Oh do you? lol.
Mayo...mayo... is that some kind of instrument? If it is, I wouldn't be able to hear it anyways. lol.
1.Can deaf people still suffer from tinnitus (ringing in the ears)? Yes they can. I originally suffered from tinnitus. Deaf people usually don't know the difference though, because it is practically silence.
2.If you go to concerts or other venues with music do you enjoy the vibrations of the subwoofers and such? I take out my hearing aids when I go to concerts. When I went to see Ted Nugent, I had to stand by the speaker so that I could feel the music.
3.I understand from previous deaf IAMAs there's multiple schools of thought regarding signing, do you use ASL, something else, or interchange freely between multiple methods? I use rough ASL, but only as a back up. I find it much easier on others if I lip read, and it is a lot easier.
4.What type of hearing loss, why hearing aides can't help you (if they can't)? I have Sensorineural Hearing Loss. It means that my nerves are junk. I do wear hearing aids, but it actually makes it worse by amplifing the waves. I will need a cochlear implant when it vanishes completely.
I was placed in front of a speaker at a nugent concert. That guy sets his music LOUD I felt it as much as I heard it. Ted Nugent is simply loud and awesome. :D If my car speakers were any louder my car would shake from his music. lol.
So, your nerves are bad? Does that mean that your hearing degenerated over time?... It wasn't an external cause like illness or a loud noise? The cause is internal, but external noise worsened it. There is a thread below saying how I became deaf.
I see you also read lips and sign. How long did it take for you to learn how? Have your family and friends learned to sign with you? Do you feel like strangers are generally willing and accepting? It took a while, and Im still learning. I read lips way better than I can sign. My mom tries, but she sucks at it. lol. My one friend is actually learning sign language just for me. Strangers don't usually know upfront unless i tell them, the hearing aid is somewhat hidden. The ones who do find out are nice. I only had one person ever truly discriminate me, and the entire restaurant was on my side. :D.
Morning wake up music, stranglehold, loud, that with coffee and im good to go. Wish it was that easy for me.
I bet his speakers go up to 11. )
Is the story behind the discrimination an interesting one? Ok so I was a waitress for two years in a local restaurant. Last year, it was really busy and this woman would not give me a break. I repeatedly asked her to speak up, and she eventually replied with "ARE YOU FUCKING DEAF OR SOMETHING?!" The ENTIRE restaurant fell silent, as they all knew me. I didn't say anything due to shock. Eventually, a guy came over and told her, "Yes, yes she is. Now repeat you order, and she will do her best." She responded with "WELL GET ME A WAITRESS WHO CAN FUCKING HEAR ME!!" She is no longer aloud in that restaurant, even though I no longer work there. :D.
Oh, believe me, I'm not a morning person. Every bit of stimulant helps. I'm also curious about something, what do you use for a smoke detector or fire alarm? Something similar to an alarm clock? I'm a fireman and have never seen or discussed any of these devices, something I'd like to know about. I know that there are devices that do the same thing to my bed, except it is for doorbells and smoke alarms. All of these systems have bright lights aswell, incase we are standing up. I don't have any of these. Better be ready to drag me out!
She is no longer aloud in that restaurant. Wasn't that her problem in the first place? Ha ha! I get it.
Good to know she got what she deserves. True Story: When I met my college professor in biology online I had given her this voice of Effie from the hunger games. When I actually met her in person, I was spot on! :D.
You mentioned you sometimes remember how thing sounded. If you're faced with something which you didn't hear before becoming deaf do you imagine what it would sound like, from giving people voices to machinery sounds for example? Other things that are hard usually involve music and fire sirens. In school, i couldn't hear them for the longest time. When I first got my aides, I nearly pissed myself at the new sound. Music, especially pop, is harder because I don't originally know the beat, and I have to look up the lyrics in order to follow it better.
Modern houses are kindling boxes I'm sorry to say. I suggest you find something. The majority of fire deaths/near deaths I've been involved with are in houses without a working detector. I'm glad you care! :D.
Hate to sound like I'm lecturing, but it is a big concern of mine. And I live with people who CAN hear it, so I have a back up!
How does it affect your social life? Greatly. If they don't see that I don't hear well, it can get overwhelming. The friends that I hand around all know that I am hearing impaired, so when they talk the always look at me and speak clearly. But when I was waitressing no one knew, so I had to make an extra effort to pay attention. Sometimes it ended badly. Once it even ended in discrimination, and they had to get kicked out of the restaurant.
Expand on the discrimination? I am assuming they asked for a "normal" waitress or some bull shit like that. There is a thread on here about it, and I will try to find it for you. Give me a couple minutes.
Just to be clear. I do not discriminate nor have ill feelings towards you with that comment. Ok so I was a waitress for two years in a local restaurant. Last year, it was really busy and this woman would not give me a break. I repeatedly asked her to speak up, and she eventually replied with "ARE YOU FUCKING DEAF OR SOMETHING?!" The ENTIRE restaurant fell silent, as they all knew me. I didn't say anything due to shock. Eventually, a guy came over and told her, "Yes, yes she is. Now repeat you order, and she will do her best." She responded with "WELL GET ME A WAITRESS WHO CAN FUCKING HEAR ME!!" She is no longer aloud in that restaurant, even though I no longer work there. :D.
Never thought of it before but now I am curious; how do you wake up in the morning? Is your body just used to a certain time or do you have some kind of light alarm or something? Some people prefer the light, but I use a bed shaker. Picture the most powerful vibrator hooked to your alarm clock. You put it under your pillow most effective and it shakes you awake. Before I got that, I naturally woke up at 6 am.
I remember having an old nokia phone, the alarm in that was insane. put that under the pillow, the vibration alone would wake me up instantly, followed by ascending alarm music! EXACTLY.
Ugh 6am...couldn't do it lol. After 5 years of not being to hear an alarm clock before I got the bed shaker, it was usefull.
YES! Remember when you were in high school and you just wanted to zone out in class? In math one day I felt like that and just took the batteries out of my hearing aids. no one noticed. I ended up being able to skip the class in order to "find" more batteries. :D Also, I sleep like a BABY! Other advantages include: easier to ignore people, more quiet time, and being able to answer "ARE YOU FUCKING DEAF?" with an honest YES. The look on their face is PRICELESS.
being able to answer "ARE YOU FUCKING DEAF?" with an honest YES. The look on their face is PRICELESS. You must feel so gloriously smug in that moment. The look on their face is PRICELESS. And yes, yes I do. I notified them of my condition while making them feel like dirt for giving me a hard time. :D.
That's awesome! Thanks for answering! No prob.
How well can you actually lip read? How far away can you read lips? It depends on race and the speed they talk. White people have smaller lips, so they enunciate more. I can read them across the restaurant. Black people have fuller lips, so they tend to mumble. I find it hard to read them even up close sometimes. BEING HONEST. If they talk too slow or too fast, i just give up. lol.
Can you read these lips? Lol, jk. Actually, no need. There are subtitiles at the bottom!
Does the deaf community shun you for not being deaf from birth like in this show I once watched? ...Is there really a community? Yes there really is a community. And I am considered different because of it. They are secretly jealous, but I get made fun of sometimes. I have been called MJ due to my "transformation".
It's like this. I got to witness one of the essential senses we need to survive deteriorate to almost nothing withing a VERY short time. They never even had the chance to hear their mom's voice when they were born.
Sad...i can imagine their frustration. No reason to be a jerk to you though (so I hope they aren't). I have gotten used to it. The only really annoying part is when they DONT put it at the bottom of the screen. It blocks more of the screen.
Also, is closed captioning pretty annoying? I've seen it in restaurants and sometimes they will try to describe a sound "clink" or i've seen them mess up, try to fix it a time or two, then give up. Seems like you're probably seen some funny stuff probably with live TV mostly. When I was in high school and we watched movies we had to have the captions on for me. I remember some of the kids laughing when it would say "water drips" and other sound effects. lol.
Has being deaf ever been an advantage? YES! Remember when you were in high school and you just wanted to zone out in class? In math one day I felt like that and just took the batteries out of my hearing aids. no one noticed. I ended up being able to skip the class in order to "find" more batteries. :D Also, I sleep like a BABY!
This is my favorite part about being deaf too. :D.
Damn, I wish I was deaf. It has it's advantages.
What kind of careers do deaf people go into? All of them. You would be surprised how often they just pick one they want. None of us are language translators though. I am going to be an Audiologist (hearing doctor) because it is sort of an inspirational thing.
Are you a member of the Deaf Culture? I would consider myself a member, yes. And there are many books as to how to deal with them. (I would try google, but make sure they are written by actual deaf people.)
Could you tell me some hints (read: differences) for dealing with that population? Grammar is different. It is loose. For example, when signing "How are you?" you actually sign "How" and "You". the "Are" is self exclamatory. It is VERY paraphrased, so actual translation is never completely and 100 percent accurate.
Could you describe the grammar of ASL? Deaf patients are survivors. They generally don't want that to be taken away. I use my hearing loss as a motivational tool to complete my studies. I don't have concerns as far as how they will percieve me, because I feel I will be able to relate to them more than a regular hearing audiologist.
Would you agree? My experience is that I wish I had someone to talk to about the psychological aspects of hearing loss when I first got them. I had to learn it all myself. I feel i would be able to provide that to a patient, so that they might feel more comfortable with it.
I'm a Speech therapy grad. student who's worked with many audiologists (sister professions) do you have any concerns about how Deaf patients (members of the Deaf community) will perceive you? Deaf people don't usually approve of it because in a way they become MORE disabled. Hearing normally and hearing with a cochlear implant are two very different things, and it is a difficult adjustment to make. Ultimately, it is their decision. :) I choose to have it, when the time comes.
Thank you so much! I was wondering ever since I saw that gws comic a few months ago and I don't seem to have any deaf friends. Maybe you have friends with selective hearing?
Dang. Where do you live again? ;) lol. Aren't interested? WHERE DO YOU LIVE?!? lol.
Boy was expecting awkward rejection. That he was prepared for. Being taken up on his offer? Not so much. Runs and hides. Lol ikr?
I have to ask. Do you have special flashing fire detectors in your home? Also can you drive? If so, is it harder to notice bikers and ambulances with out being able to hear them? I do not. I am a light sleeper though. I live with someone who's sole purpose is to wake me up if one happens. I can drive. Bikers are hard, I have to look constantly. Ambulances and policemen have the lights that are definately noticable. And it is actually one of the frequencies I can still roughly hear.
Thanks for the insight. One last question if you don't mind. Do you think your parents have ever seen you as a burdon ( I'm terriable with spelling) or are they supportive and just happy to have you? A bit of both. I can tell that I frustrate them sometimes and I get self-conscious. "Can you get that?" "What?" "NEVERMIND!!"
Haha well thank you again for the insight. No prob! AMA.
How do you/would you feel about sign language students trying to sign to you? I've had to practice signing for my ASL classes by going to deaf events and trying to have a conversation. I always wonder how deaf people generally feel about sign language students trying to sign to them. Is it/would it be annoying to you because they may sign poorly or not comprehend everything, or would you be happy they're making an effort? I would be happy with their effort. I personally don't know a whole lot, as I didn't need it until recently. People who would go out of their way to learn something like that shouldn't be discouraged, they should be encouraged.
Thank you for posting this; there are so many questions that I've had that you have answered. I finally created my account just to thank you and upvote this thread. I love answering questions! Thanks for asking! continue if I didn't elaborate well enough!
As someone who has experienced partial hearing loss in one ear and some loss of ability to sing, due to a severe infection, I am curious about your experience. I'm also curious about your musical experience since diagnosis, since I used to play the saxophone and sing, before my illness, but don't anymore. Is your hearing loss bilateral? Is it equally bilateral? Did you experience the same gradual rate of hearing loss in both ears over time, or did one side go faster than the other? If it wasn't equal, did the irregularity wreak havoc with your ability to determine the direction of origination of sounds? As your hearing loss became more profound, did you have more and more trouble picking voices out in a crowd? I ask this last question because that is the thing with which I seem to have the most difficulty. You mentioned that you were in (school?) band as a trumpeteer; and that contributed to your hearing loss. Are you still musical? (Aside from Nugent concerts, which being from a bit south of Lansing, I know is pretty much mandatory.) You have said that you read lips and speak well, did you used to sing, and do you anymore? My hearing loss is bilateral. It is nearly equal, slightly better in the left. It was pretty equal through deterioration. Voices are starting to change, and I can't recognize them anymore. I am still musical, but I play piano now and sing instead. I still sing, more now than before. :D.
I've always wanted to ask a deaf person this. Can you hear yourself swallow or sniff? I know it seems stupid for me to ask but I've been wondering for a long time and I still don't know. I can not anymore, no.
What kind of alarm clock do you use? I imagine it's some sort of box with an arm and a cartoon like glove on the end that comes out and pokes you. Please let this be true. The alarm clock is actually a bed shaker. It is like a super-vibrator that shakes me up. I want to know more about that clock you mentioned though...
Do you hate Fran Drescher even though you can't hear her? When I was driving a cab I once met a blind lady (from birth even) who, in the 20 minutes I was in the cab with her, revealed that she hated black people. I don't know who Fran Drescher is. I am not racist, I actually have mostly black friends.
I was like, "How does she know I'm not black? Must be the voice." To this day, I wish I'd done a black voice and really freaked her out. Black people tend to have a certain way they talk. Males are usually deeper, and the women talk louder and give more of an independent attitude. A blind person can easily tell the difference because of the voices.
I actually have a small circular alarm clock no bigger than my palm that I place under the pillow, only annoyance is it doesn't really tell you when the batteries are low. That's the shape of my bed shaker!
She was on the Nanny and has an awful voice that everyone makes fun of. OH! Yes I still remember her voice from when I was like 6. It never bothered me, I just figured she at least dressed better than Snooki. :D.
Also those sign language translators I see at school board meetings or on stage at certain concerts can't POSSIBLY be saying every word that is said, are they? It's paraphrasing, but its easy to fill in the blanks. Most signs mean more than one word also, so it cuts it shore. For example, it only takes two signs to say "I am going to the store."
Ah, like Kevin? Pretty much lol.
I'm sorry but do you "forget" that sounds are associated with actions or events? No. I never forget a sound. However, I find it harder to recognize sounds. Example: I can't distinguish who is talking to me, my mom or my sister, if i don't see them.
Do you not hold in your farts, or fear your farts are making sounds while you can't hear them but everyone else is aware of them? I usually let them rip. The look on people's faces amuses me when they see a hot girl just RIP. xD.
How do you wake up when you travel? Do you use the vibrate function as an alarm on your cell phone? My bed shaker is portable! As long as I have an outlet, I have an alarm clock.
Do you feel that your other senses are stronger to make up for your lack of hearing? I feel vibrations more, but I think it is that I am noticing it more than anything else.
Do accents come through when you lip read? YES! I met an Asian once that was strait off the boat and I about slapped him! His accent distorted the way his lips moved, and I thought he said he was going to rape me when he really said that I have an amazing smile. He is now my best friend. :D.
Hmm. Been waiting for an AMA from a deaf person, and have been considering trying my own, as I'm pretty limited in my hearing as well. That would require effort, though :P. I have been answering ALL comments. Its been like 4 hours now. lol.
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