Saturday, February 20, 2010

Student charged in NIU shooting held on $500k bond :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago Crime

Student charged in NIU shooting held on $500k bond :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago Crime

The "Chronicle" reported ownership of an AK-47.

I used to live in Russia so I saw AK-47s on a daily basis. I was there during 1997 for the weapon's 50th 'birthday' and I probably read more newspaper articles about it and its maker than I ever expected. Its designer, Mikhail Timofeyevich Kalashnikov, did not make any money off his namesake. Here are some links about him and his weapon:

BBC News article

Another BBC News article, the fully automatic weapon can fire 600 rounds per minute

Kalashnikov Museum, and do not miss the quote on the weapon considered "small arms" by the Russians. What a concept!

Saturday, February 13, 2010


I hope no one else loses family members, students, or co-workers to violence but after another shooting in Huntsville, Alabama, that is an unrealistic hope. It is probably unrealistic to hope that no one else has to evacuate their place of employment under the guard of a heavily-armed tactical unit.

The sight of weapons does not bother me--I lived in Russia and saw AK-47s on a regular if not daily basis. But, I knew the shooting was bad by the looks on the faces of the men and women holding the biggest weapons I had seen in a long time, standing at the doorway of NIU's library.

In case there is any doubt about NIU's notification, I did get pictures of the first alert and the time, 3:20 p.m., and made a screen shot. I forgot my grade book during the evacuation on 2/14 and retrieved it on 2/15 from my office, in a closed building. Frozen in time was the librarian's computer screen. I talked to her later and as I thought, as soon as the alert popped up on her computer screen, she took off. It is still a little hard for me to look at my pictures. The electronic screen shot of the alert as well as the duplicates of over a thousand pictures a co-worker and I took around DeKalb and Sycamore to document the signs of support that business, other schools, and homeowners put up now reside in the University Archives in the Regional History Center at NIU.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Another Reason Why Not Everybody from Illinois is Welcome in Wisconsin . . .

Illinois man allegedly steals ambulance with patient inside

"MADISON, Wis. -- Authorities say a drunken man stole an ambulance from a Wisconsin ski area with the patient and paramedics still inside.

The Dane County Sheriff's Department says emergency responders were treating a patient in the back of the ambulance at the Tyrol Basin Ski and Snowboard Area in Mount Horeb on Monday night. They say a 24-year-old Illinois man got into the vehicle and drove it around the parking lot.

The sheriff's department says deputies arrested the man. But it is unclear how he was stopped." . . .

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Check out a book, file a police report :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago Crime

This may be the first time that one news story fits two blogs:

Check out a book, file a police report :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: Chicago Crime

That would certainly discourage the sex offenders from coming into the library to surf the Web for porn.

Good riddance!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

DeKalb firefighters breathe easier | Daily Chronicle

DeKalb firefighters breathe easier | Daily Chronicle

I cut back on the number of items re-posted from the Chronicle after they changed to a paid service for archived articles. Enjoy this article while it lasts!

Do Not Drink and Rob

Suspect robs grocery store of more booze, hides in police station