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What it was like to be in Katmandu airport when the earthquake hit. First-hand accounts from some suburban natives. #nepal   #earthquake   #Inverness  @dailyherald
The plane started bouncing on the pavement, its wings flapping like a bird. That's part of the surreal experience some suburban natives had while leaving Nepal Sunday during the devastating earthquake that struck Kathmandu. "We looked up into the foothills, and saw big clouds of dust from things collapsing," said Inverness native Dean Tatooles, the son of Inverness Village President Jack Tatooles.
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An uplifting story for anyone who's ever dreamed of playing in a rock band. #Kansas   #Lombard   #RonniePlatt   #rock  
In a dream-come-true scenario similar to the movie "Rock Star," suburban classic rock cover band singer Ronnie Platt, of Lombard, has been tapped to be the new lead singer of Kansas -- the real band! "I'm going to be filling the shoes of one of my biggest idols. How flattering is that?" said Platt, 52, who will still perform more than a dozen suburban shows this month with his current band, ARRA.
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If you love #AustinMahone#JustinBieber, or just hip-hop dance, you'll want to read about this #Elburn native and choreographer.
Aubree Storm, who grew up in Elburn, has criss-crossed the globe these past few years working as a choreographer and hip-hop dancer for some of the world's biggest teen pop stars, including Justin Bieber. She's now a contributing choreographer for singer Austin Mahone. "Every TV performance you see (of Mahone), I stage."
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After watching this Academy Award-nominated documentary on #HBO, you might think twice about prison hospice programs. #Oswego #Montgomery  #DailyHerald  http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140616/news/140618757/
Filmmaker Edgar Barens is going back to jail. In fact, the Oswego native is going to 50 prisons this fall, showing inmates and wardens his Academy Award-nominated documentary, "Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall." Barens' goal is to get the jails to start inmate-run, privately funded hospice programs. "If I can get it out there ... I think it's going to be a game changer," said Barens.
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It's been a get-me-outta-here winter in #Chicago. Here's where people are going this spring. http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20140223/entlife/140229594/ #travel #dailyherald   
It’s been a get-me-outta-here kind of winter. People craving a change of scenery or weather are booking lots of beach vacations now. But they’re also planning trips to explore Cuban culture and food in Havana, cruise past castles on a German river, or rent a hip condo in San Francisco. Travel experts from around the world converged in Rosemont last month during the Chicago Travel & Adventure Show, sharing what’s hot in travel.
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Love this 1988 photo of Batavia native/TV writer Kevin Jakubowski opening his new Nintendo Entertainment System on Christmas morning. (Why did we always wear robes back then?) If you love 1980s nostalgia, check out his very funny book, "8-Bit Christmas." http://www.dailyherald.com/article/20131223/entlife/712239875/
Christmas in the suburbs was magical for TV writer Kevin Jakubowski.Growing up in Batavia in the 1980s, he remembers getting the gift of his 9-year-old dreams – a Nintendo 8-Bit Entertainment System. The experience was so profound, he wrote a book about it.“8-Bit Christmas” is the first novel by Jakubowski, 34, a comedy writer for shows on Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, who also wrote the movie “Assassination of a High School President” starring...
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Gotta admit, I'm anxious to see what happens in tomorrow's #Scotland independence vote. So are these suburban Chicago Scots. #ScotlandDecides   #YesBecause  #BetterTogether 
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This would have been the best summer job for a young person! A fun read for anyone who remembers the old #PoplarCreek Music Theatre. I saw #PhilCollins   #JimmyBuffett , #FrankSinatra  and #TinaTurner  there, among others ... great memories.
The time Frank Sinatra forgot his sheet music, or the day Neil Diamond played softball with the staff, or when Joe Cocker's crew lost a piano leg. Those who worked at the Poplar Creek Music Theatre in Hoffman Estates have plenty of memories of the venue 20 years after it closed. "There was just something special about the place. It touched a lot of people's lives," said Sue Syslo-Baran, of Streamwood.
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Here's one of the guys who made "The Fault in Our Stars" a great movie. #Libertyville #FIOS #DailyHerald  
They filmed a scene in the movie, "The Fault in Our Stars," where Hazel (Shailene Woodley) makes herself a cup of tea while talking to her mom. The tea-making part of the scene got cut in the editing process, creating a challenge for Libertyville native Greg Borkman. Borkman, 26, performed all sorts of film editing tricks while helping to edit the blockbuster movie, and the experience is opening doors for him to do other visual and creative wor...
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Forgiveness before death. Incredible. #hoffmanestates   #engelhardt   #dailyherald  
Laura Engelhardt forgave her killer before she died, her sister, Amanda, testified Wednesday during the first day of the Hoffman Estates triple murder trial. About a dozen of Laura's friends are attending the trial, as are many other supporters of the Engelhardt family. "(Laura) was just the best person I know. Still is," said one friend, wearing a purple ribbon, the color representing domestic violence, with the names "Marlene, Laura and Al" wr...
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Cameron Esposito is hilarious! This suburban-bred comedian is featured in this week's Daily Herald Suburbs to Showbiz column. Be sure to watch the attached videos. 
Every time the Benet Academy football team scored, Cameron Esposito got out in front of the crowd — dressed in the school’s redwing mascot costume — and flapped her wings once for every point. “I was dating the football team captain, so I had a vested interest ... and being a giant red bird was the closest I ever was going to get to being a cheerleader,” she said. Her suburban childhood laid the groundwork for a stand-up comedy career.
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The game you either love, or hate ... a group of suburban friends are behind Amazon.com's top-selling card game this holiday season, Cards Against Humanity.
They call it “a card game for horrible people.” One reviewer said it's only “for the crass and jaded.” Yet, Cards Against Humanity is the best-selling toy on Amazon.com this holiday season. “It's an inside joke that's gotten out of control,” says Max Temkin, 26, the Highland Park native who created the game with childhood friends Josh Dillon, Daniel Dranove, Eli Halpern, Ben Hantoot, David Munk, David Pinsof and Eliot Weinstein.
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