DAN MORAN: The good cheer spread far and wide on social media as Lake County woke up to a March 5 with four more inches of snow on top of a foot already on the ground.
DAN MORAN: Children of the Cold War will recall it as the Ukraine, kind of like the Netherlands or the Philippines or the Chain O’ Lakes. Now our children are being told that it is simply Ukraine, and everyone was told on Monday that rising tension in that neighbor of Russia was the reason oil spiked up $2 a barrel.
DAN MORAN: The ground was shaken at the very start of Oscar Week when a Reuters/Ipsos poll reported that two-thirds of Americans had yet to see any of the nine films nominated for Best Picture.
DAN MORAN: We have a resolution to a story covered in this space over the past few months about the Waukegan-based Rhythm Academy of Dance (RAD) seeking a new home after being evicted from its location in the old YMCA Building on County Street.
DAN MORAN: There is bad news and bad news to report on the Lake County traffic front. In an attempt at optimism, we’ll go with the bad news first.
DAN MORAN: Reading the fine print in the Illinois State Board of Education policy regarding Emergency Days, we come across a fascinating concept: Act of God Days.
DAN MORAN: A one-time editor at your Lake County News-Sun who had lived for some time in Los Angeles once announced that no one in Chicago was allowed to complain about traffic.
DAN MORAN: The last time I darkened a door at what is now called the Pleasant Prairie Premium Outlets, it was the 10th anniversary of the Air Jordan, and the Nike outlet had the original, iconic red-and-black models on sale for twenty bucks.
DAN MORAN: Well, I hope you didn’t have any big plans in the coming decades, because we’ve all been handed a ton of homework to complete between now and the time we kick the bucket.
DAN MORAN: Between 2007 and 2009, California, Louisiana, Minnesota and Washington were among the first states to ban a risky practice that had become routine: texting while driving.
DAN MORAN: OK, I don’t want to discuss this any more than is necessary, but my family had this vehicle that had about 100,000 miles and was in good enough shape that we were shooting for about 50,000 more. I mean, it was paid off and everything.
DAN MORAN: Waukegan is a city of two tales in this edition of local blips on the pop-culture radar — and sometimes, those blips are bigger than others.
DAN MORAN: Out in the west end of the county, around the point where things start to take on a McHenry County feel, there’s a conglomeration of roadways that already has most of the bells and whistles associated with traffic improvements.
DAN MORAN: After twelve months and a reported $20,000 worth of studying and/or professional consulting, the verdict is in when it comes to selecting a new mascot name for the University of Illinois at Springfield: Prairie Stars. Which is also the current name.
DAN MORAN: January 2014 is dead. Long live February 2014? Wait — let’s not dwell on the harsh fact that we still have to grapple with another month of winter, as defined in the meteorological sense.
DAN MORAN: One of the many lessons I learned at old Gordon Technical High School back in the Big ’80s is that change is constant, except when you need it for the bus.