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Low prices, low pay at Wal-Mart

A study recently came out that listed Walmart employees as making less than other retail employees. Show is the DeKalb Walmart, located at 2300 Sycamore Rd.

Danny Ciamprone

May 8, 2011

“Always low prices, always,” has been Wal-Mart’s slogan for a long time. The retail giant offers not only low prices, but low wages, according to a new report by the University of California, Berkeley.  Wal-Mart pays its employees 14.5 percent less than other leading retail companies, accordin...

NIU graduate student is contestant in Ultimate Wedding Contest

Danny Ciamprone

May 3, 2011

DeKALB | Draped in his Superman t-shirt, surrounded by thousands of tourists and so nervous he forgot everything he planned to say, Theo Plothe took out the wedding ring he had been carrying in his pocket for days and asked his girlfriend, Amber Buck, to marry him. “At the end of the day, this is all...

Reviewing nuclear safety in Illinois

A map of nuclear power plants in Illinois and their relation to DeKalb.

Danny Ciamprone

May 3, 2011

With the recent devastation at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan, there are questions about the safety of the numerous power plants in America. Illinois has the most nuclear plants in the U.S. at 13, and because of the Japanese crisis, many concerns are being raised. David Kraft, dir...

Dead fish wash ashore in East Lagoon

A school of dead fish are floating the East Lagoon after being washed ashore on April 21.

Danny Ciamprone

May 3, 2011

DeKALB | The smell of dead fish has recently filled the air by the East Lagoon with many washed up on shore. Mike Saari, director of the NIU physical plant, said the main cause of this is when a body of water, such as the lagoon, thaws out during the spring. This temperature change makes the water turb...

Impact of bin Laden’s death debated by NIU professors, students

Danny Ciamprone & Felix Sarver

May 3, 2011

DeKALB | After a 10-year manhunt, the U.S. military and President Barack Obama confirmed Sunday night Osama bin Laden, the leader of al Qaeda, had been killed in a firefight in northern Pakistan. In a speech delivered shortly after the news broke, Obama said over the last 10 years the military has dis...

Legal options: Council votes to review proposals from outside contractors for city attorney

First ward alderman Bertrand Simpson listens to debate about outsourcing the city attorney and assistant city attorney's position Monday night at the regular meeting of the DeKalb City Council.

Danny Ciamprone

April 25, 2011

DeKalb City Council voted Monday to view proposals from outside contractors to perform the services of city attorney. The council directed a Request for Proposal (RFP), which asks private contractors to perform services held by the city attorney. Norma Guess, the former city attorney, died March 12 of ...

Groundbreaking ceremony starts production of new residence hall

Project leaders for NIU's new residence hall break ground on site Monday afternoon, located north of Lincoln Hall. The hall is expected to be completed for the Fall 2012 semester.

Danny Ciamprone

April 18, 2011

DeKALB | NIU President John Peters led the groundbreaking ceremony Monday for what he called the “most important project” in the school’s history. Production has now started on the 1,000-bed residential facility for first-year students located north of Lincoln Hall. The new complex will have t...

DeKalb county churches volunteer abroad in Nicaragua

Students and church leaders from Glad Tidings Assembly of God and Bethel Assembly of God traveled to Nicaragua to help out a an aid camp.

Danny Ciamprone

April 18, 2011

DeKALB | In the second poorest country in the Northern Hemisphere, pieces of scrap metal are what children call home and garbage from the dump is what they call food. But for a week in March, they were aided by this community. From March 19 to 26, 10 students and church leaders from Glad Tidings Ass...

Teen pregnancy drops 40 percent, a 70 year low

Danny Ciamprone

April 14, 2011

Over the past 20 years, the teen pregnancy rate has dropped by 40 percent, making it the lowest rate in 70 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Despite this, 400,000 teen girls, aged 15-19, still give birth each year in the United States, according to a 2011 report by the C...

NIU Cares Day is volunteer opportunity for students, faculty, staff

Mike Greene | Northern Star
Freshman sociology major and member of Omega Delta Danny Salazar helps paint the walls of First Church of Nazarene one afternoon as part of a past NIU Cares Day. Salazar and other members of Omega Delta started the day off washing windows at Lincoln Elementary and continued serving the community by painting and landscaping at the church.

Danny Ciamprone

April 13, 2011

Everyone says they care; now NIU is proving it. On Saturday, NIU will hold its fifth annual NIU Cares Day, which is a campus-wide day of community service. The goal is to bring students, faculty and staff together to complete service projects in the county to thank community agencies for their support of NIU. Bec...

Nematodes threaten grain yield

Nematodes threaten grain yield

Danny Ciamprone

April 13, 2011

DeKALB | Most of the land in DeKalb is farmland, and therefore much of the city's revenue comes from crops and property taxes. There is, however, a predator aimed at disrupting this, and worse yet, is invisible to the naked eye. The corn nematode is a microscopic worm that can stunt corn plants, mak...

Filing your taxes does not have to be scary

Danny Ciamprone

April 13, 2011

DeKALB | Going to the dentist, having to report for jury duty and filing one's taxes are a few of the most dreaded tasks for some Americans. According to several tax professionals though, taxes are not as scary as most people make them out to be. Senaida Avalos, office manager at H&R Block, 830 W...