Backyard burial case: Brothers from Lyons released without charges, death investigation probe ongoing
Lyons police said two brothers who had been arrested Saturday when human remains were found in their backyard were released without charges Monday. The investigation remains ongoing.chicagotribune.com
Column: Couples’ sex lives took a hit during COVID-19 pandemic. A new book aims to put them back on track.
Sex therapist Ian Kerner's new book, "So Tell Me About The Last Time You Had Sex" arrives just in time to combat what he calls “a perfect storm of libido-debilitating factors” during the pandemic.chicagotribune.com
You’re not lazy — Why you need to stop feeling guilty in lockdown, according to an expert
So there would usually be more time "bleeding out," but Price said this is a good thing. In fact, despite people feeling like they're doing less working from home, Price said studies have actually shown a rise in productivity amid the pandemic. A study published September, commissioned by British telecommunications company Talk Talk, found nearly three in five of the 1,250 U.K. workers surveyed said their productivity had gone up since working from home in lockdown. There have also been a number of studies showing that people have been putting in more hours working remotely this past year. In the book, Price said that even prior to the pandemic people had convinced themselves that "having limitations makes us 'lazy' — and that laziness is always a bad thing."cnbc.com
Notice a spike in your electricity bill? This could be why.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The next time you get your electricity bill, don’t be surprised if it’s a little higher. JEA spokesperson Simone Garvey-Ewan says paying more to use electricity is expected during the time of year when temperatures drop. “When you adjust it by more than two degrees, your HVAC system works a lot harder and that caused more energy use and that causes a higher bill,” Garvey-Ewan said. But she said there are also heat strips inside the heating system, which are like coils on an electric stove. So as long as they run, your electricity bill continues to rise.
Jacksonville firefighters respond to house for fire 3 times in 2 days
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A state fire marshal has been called to investigate what caused a house in Arlington to catch fire three times over the last two days. Jacksonville firefighters first responded to the home on Aletha Drive before 2 a.m. Wednesday. Firefighters determined the fire started in a crawl space area underneath the home Wednesday morning. They were able to put the flames out quickly during their initial call but returned before 6 a.m. when the fire reignited. Thursday morning around 5:30, firefighters returned a third time when flames were seen in the back of the home and along the ridgeline.
Rock Island girl, 3, fell out of window and died from cold overnight, police say
The home is in the Quad Cities area, which is located along the Illinois-Iowa state line. She was pronounced dead at a hospital and preliminary autopsy findings show she died from hypothermia, The Moline Dispatch and Rock Island Argus reported.chicagotribune.com
Joliet police shoot, kill Naperville man, 19, after he made 911 call, then threatened them with what turned out to be BB gun, authorities say
Alvarez was inside her home when she heard about 10 gunshots. She and her children hit the floor and moved away from the windows when the shooting started. When she returned moments later to look out her window, she saw a man on the ground and Joliet police officers trying to revive him.chicagotribune.com
2 injured in Old Town fire, one of them seriously, officials say
The fire started about 12:15 p.m. in a bedroom of a single-family home in the 500 block of West North Avenue, according to Officer Michelle Tannehill, a police spokeswoman. Three people were inside the home: a 31-year-old man, 34-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman.chicagotribune.com
COVID-19 Thanksgiving travel: Rising cases force hard family conversations, last-minute changes
If he does go home, he would drive, but isn’t sure he’s up for the cost of renting a car and 22 hours behind the wheel. Still, it would be the first time he’s spent both Thanksgiving and Christmas away from home.chicagotribune.com
Record early vote leads to tranquil Election Day at polls
About 103 million votes were cast before Election Day, an early voting push prompted by the pandemic. Every Election Day comes with problems as millions of people try to cast ballots simultaneously in 50 states. Those who did vote on Election Day included some who wanted to vote by mail but waited too long to request a ballot or didn’t receive their ballots in time. Anthony Medina, of Phoenix, who turned 18 four months ago, accompanied his cousin, who turned 18 on Election Day, to the polls Tuesday. “Given the difficulty election officials faced with Congress not giving them enough money, with all the disinformation and political fights — yes, I think today was an astounding success on all fronts,” McReynolds said.
13-year-old boy tells Chicago police his 9-year-old brother was accidentally shot and killed by their 5-year-old sibling
The 13-year-old told them Ashton was shot in the back of the head by the 5-year-old and directed them to a second-floor bedroom where police found three guns, police said. One of them, a revolver, had a spent shell casing in the cylinder.chicagotribune.com
'NASA at Home' is bringing space to you daily with incredible resources for all ages
NASA has taken to social media to engage and educate people across the world with a new initiative called NASA at Home . This is a free online resource for people of all ages looking to learn and get excited about science and space while staying at home. More details:NASA has launched their "NASA at Home" initiative to provide free online resources for people of all ages. We hope everyone takes a few moments to explore NASA at Home." NASA at Home also includes videos that will air on NASA Television every weekday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT (1400 to 2000 GMT).space.com
Ready to tackle home improvement projects now that you finally have some time? 5 tips
More time at home has turned into more of an opportunity to do various home improvement projects, although that sometimes can be dangerous. Scott Frankel, co-president of Frankel Building Group in Texas, offered five tips for those who are currently attempting or about to start home renovation projects while quarantined. They aren’t things that are going to necessarily wow your neighbor, but they need to be done.”Don’t bring in outside workers. It’s a real easy way to throw your back out or slip off of a ladder.”Clean out items you don’t need anymore. “When you go to a professional and you say that this is what you want to do, your ideas are organized,” Frankel said.
A triple dose
This great addition to your home can add beauty and energy efficiency all at the same time. Awnings reduce the amount of heat generated on the outside of your home by blocking the sunlight. According to Getwithgreen.com, recent study found that "window awnings can reduce household cooling energy by as much as 26 percent in hot climates". Make sure this company will offer an "Estimate and Visit at no charge". The awning company will also need to do a "Final Measurement" to ensure a perfect fit.