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Dozens gather at Logan Square eatery for ‘Serial’ podcast

The podcast popularized the term “binge listen.”Read more athttp://chicagosuntimes.com/news/dozens-gather-at-logan-square-diner-for-serial-podcast/. Others cradled their chins and looked concerned as the voice of Sarah Koenig, the former Baltimore Sun reporter who created and narrates the podcast, came over the loud speaker of Lula Cafe.The story revolves around Hae-Min Lee and her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, who was charged with strangling Lee and is currently in a Maryland prison.

BY MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporter December 18, 2014 7:54PM

Breakfast smells and tension filled the air of an eatery in Logan Square Thursday morning as a few dozen die hards gathered to listen to the last installment of “Serial,” the viral podcast that gave millions a window into the mysterious 1999 murder and court case of a Baltimore teenager.

One woman closed her eyes and rested her head on folded arms next to a half-eaten breakfast burrito. Others cradled their chins and looked concerned as the voice of Sarah Koenig, the former Baltimore Sun reporter who created and narrates the podcast, came over the loud speaker of Lula Cafe.

The story revolves around Hae-Min Lee and her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, who was charged with strangling Lee and is currently in a Maryland prison. The masterful story telling and Koenig’s dogged re-examination of evidence creates an addictive “Who Done It?” narrative in 12 podcast chapters. The podcast popularized the term “binge listen.”

Read more at

http://chicagosuntimes.com/news/dozens-gather-at-logan-square-diner-for-serial-podcast/

Chicago Sun-Times
Today
17 Points
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Georgia Nicols horoscopes for December 18

However, the Moon also relates to Pluto, which helps you see ways to introduce improvements. Today conversations with others might lead to reforms and improvements either within your family, or related to your kids, or even to your job. 18): You might impress someone in a position of authority by suggesting how to cut costs or make improvements. 19): Intense discussions with a female either in a group or a casual setting might come up with improvements that excite you today.

By GEORGIA NICOLS December 11, 2014 11:24PM

MOON ALERT: We have the all clear to do business (whether $10 or $10 million) and make important decisions. The Moon is in Scorpio.

IF December 18 IS YOUR BIRTHDAY: Actor/humanitarian Brad Pitt (1963) shares your birthday. You are a big thinker. You have big plans, big ideas and big expectations. You also have long-range expectations for your dreams, which is why you never give up when you encounter obstacles. Despite your visionary approach to things, you do not ignore details! This year is the beginning of a fresh, new nine-year cycle for you. Open any door! Start a new business activity.

Updated: December 17, 2014 2:56PM

?ARIES (March 21-April 19): Despite your desire to get away from it all this week, this is a good day to defend your best interests in financial matters and anything to do with shared property or shared debt. You will see a better way of doing something.

?TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Go more than halfway when dealing with others because the Moon is opposite your sign. This simply means you have to be accommodating and ready to compromise a little. In two weeks, when the Moon is in your sign, others can come to you.

?GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Look for ways to improve things at work or how you do your job. But resist the temptation to get angry with a co-worker because ultimately, this is anti-productive. You have to work with this person later. So, what’s the upside?

?CANCER (June 21-July 22):Be patient with children, and likewise, be patient with romantic partners. The Moon is at odds with Mars and so people will easily lose their temper. However, the Moon also relates to Pluto, which helps you see ways to introduce improvements. There is always an upside.

?LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): Look around you at home and make a list of what could be done to improve things. Once you focus on these things, just the fact that you are thinking about them and noticing them, will mean they will get done. “I see you.”

?VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Home and family are your primary concerns; yet, you’re working hard. Today conversations with others might lead to reforms and improvements either within your family, or related to your kids, or even to your job. Talk about your ideas.

?LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): This is a busy time with short trips, increased reading and writing and a jam-packed schedule. Today in particular, you might see ways to improve your finances or make a little money on the side. Or perhaps you see ways to cut costs and come out ahead.

?SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): You are more emotional than usual because the Moon is in your sign, plus it’s lined up with your ruler Pluto. Therefore, you will be direct, forthright and pretty intense about going after what you want. Avoid arguments with someone at home. It’s just not worth it.

?SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): If you work behind the scenes or you work alone, you will probably prefer this. In fact, your research skills are fabulous. It’s easy to feel disgruntled with someone today, especially a neighbor or sibling, which is why you might want to find a quiet refuge. (With dark chocolate.)

?CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Intense discussions with a female either in a group or a casual setting might come up with improvements that excite you today. It might even involve goal setting. You might discuss how to relate to others or how to focus on going after what you really want.

?AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You might impress someone in a position of authority by suggesting how to cut costs or make improvements. Of course, a boss might suggest these things to you and you might not be pleased. But the odds are it’s the other way around and you will slyly impress someone.

?PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): You will be convincing in discussions about racial issues, politics and religion because you fervently believe whatever you say. The crux of the matter is you are seeking ways to improve society, as well as expose the truth about something.

Chicago Sun-Times
18/12
15 Points
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Emanuel denies Willie Wilson petition challenge is racist ploy

We have to meet the threshold to also have the passion to see those ideas through and the fortitutde to make the tough decisions necessary,” he said.“There’s a threshold set up by the Board of Elections. But I really do believe the threshold is about the ideas and the commitment you have for the city of Chicago.”Read more athttp://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/emanuel-denies-petition-challenge-racist-ploy/thu-12182014-127pm.

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter December 18, 2014 4:11PM

Updated: December 18, 2014 9:30PM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday categorically denied that he’s trying to disenfranchise African-American voters by seeking to knock millionaire black businessman Willie Wilson off the ballot.

“All of us? have to meet a threshold ? not just for signatures. We also have to meet a threshold with ideas. We have to meet a threshold with the commmitment to see those ideas through. We have to meet the threshold to also have the passion to see those ideas through and the fortitutde to make the tough decisions necessary,” he said.

“There’s a threshold set up by the Board of Elections. People have challenged me. But I really do believe the threshold is about the ideas and the commitment you have for the city of Chicago.”

Read more at

http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/emanuel-denies-petition-challenge-racist-ploy/thu-12182014-127pm

Chicago Sun-Times
Today
2 Points
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Emanuel vows to introduce his own privatization ordinance

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter December 18, 2014 6:04PM

Mayor Rahm Emanuel vowed Thursday to introduce his own ordinance spelling out how much time a City Council rushed into approving the hated parking meter deal would have to consider privatization deals and how the proceeds would be spent.

READ MORE at http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/emanuel-vows-introduce-his-own-privatization-ordinance/thu-12182014-523pm

Chicago Sun-Times
Today
2 Points
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Garcia vows to hire the 1,000 police officers Emanuel promised

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter December 18, 2014 3:51PM

Updated: December 18, 2014 6:53PM

Mayoral hopeful Jesus “Chuy” Garcia vowed Thursday to deliver on Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s broken promise to hire 1,000 additional Chicago Police officers, arguing that runaway overtime is no substitute for additional manpower.

READ MORE at http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/garcia-vows-hire-1000-police-officers-emanuel-promised/thu-12182014-318pm

Chicago Sun-Times
Today
2 Points
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Emanuel off to Chile on family holiday ? with no apologies

BY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter December 18, 2014 12:27PM

It’s a bit unusual for a Chicago mayor with plummeting poll numbers in the middle of a re-election campaign to go off on an exotic vacation to a place as far away as Chile.

But that’s precisely where Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his family are headed this Christmas, no matter how unusual or cavalier it looks.

On Thursday, Emanuel made no apologies for choosing family over campaigning.

Read more at

http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/emanuel-chile-family-holiday-%E2%80%94-no-apologies/thu-12182014-1204pm

Chicago Sun-Times
Today
2 Points
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Dozens gather at Logan Square eatery for ‘Serial’ podcast

The podcast popularized the term “binge listen.”Read more athttp://chicagosuntimes.com/news/dozens-gather-at-logan-square-diner-for-serial-podcast/. Others cradled their chins and looked concerned as the voice of Sarah Koenig, the former Baltimore Sun reporter who created and narrates the podcast, came over the loud speaker of Lula Cafe.The story revolves around Hae-Min Lee and her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, who was charged with strangling Lee and is currently in a Maryland prison.

BY MITCH DUDEK Staff Reporter December 18, 2014 7:54PM

Breakfast smells and tension filled the air of an eatery in Logan Square Thursday morning as a few dozen die hards gathered to listen to the last installment of “Serial,” the viral podcast that gave millions a window into the mysterious 1999 murder and court case of a Baltimore teenager.

One woman closed her eyes and rested her head on folded arms next to a half-eaten breakfast burrito. Others cradled their chins and looked concerned as the voice of Sarah Koenig, the former Baltimore Sun reporter who created and narrates the podcast, came over the loud speaker of Lula Cafe.

The story revolves around Hae-Min Lee and her ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, who was charged with strangling Lee and is currently in a Maryland prison. The masterful story telling and Koenig’s dogged re-examination of evidence creates an addictive “Who Done It?” narrative in 12 podcast chapters. The podcast popularized the term “binge listen.”

Read more at

http://chicagosuntimes.com/news/dozens-gather-at-logan-square-diner-for-serial-podcast/

Chicago Sun-Times
Today
2 Points
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Brookfield Zoo welcomes another baby dolphin

12, the zoo welcomed another dolphin, a male bottlenose calf born to 9-year-old Allison.READ MORE at: http://chicagosuntimes.com/news/brookfield-zoo-welcomes-another-baby-dolphin/.

BY TINA SFONDELES Staff Reporter December 18, 2014 7:09PM

Updated: December 18, 2014 8:07PM

The Brookfield Zoo is celebrating the birth of a bottlenose dolphin, the second dolphin birth at the west suburban zoo in just five days.

Allie, a 27-year-old bottlenose dolphin, gave birth to a female calf around 2:45 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the Chicago Zoological Society.

On Dec. 12, the zoo welcomed another dolphin, a male bottlenose calf born to 9-year-old Allison.

READ MORE at: http://chicagosuntimes.com/news/brookfield-zoo-welcomes-another-baby-dolphin/

Chicago Sun-Times
Today
2 Points
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Christians around world under siege

Furthermore, a Hindu nationalist group says the day should be devoted to “re-converting” 4,000 Christians to the Hindu faith.Writes Ibrahim, “An increasing number of Christians around the world, especially the Muslim world, are ... ICC’s Persecution.org website and organizations and individuals such as Open Doors and the Gatestone Institute’s Raymond Ibrahim do the good work of trying to keep the plight of Christians in the public eye.

Steve Huntley December 17, 2014 2:38PM

An Egyptian Coptic Christian woman, center-left, cries out in emotion as a Coptic Christian man, center-right, expresses his anger following morning mass inside the Saints Church in Alexandria, Egypt. | The Associated Press

Updated: December 17, 2014 9:31PM

During this season of joyous religious celebrations and especially the holiday cheer enjoyed with family and friends during Christmas time, we should not forget that in too many corners of the world Christianity is under siege with Christians abused, brutalized and murdered.

Ghastly crimes like the kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian Christian school girls by the Islamist terrorists of Boko Haram, the beheadings of Christians by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and the flight from riot and murder by Coptic Christians from Egypt during the Muslim Brotherhood reign make headlines.

But “usually unseen by the world” is the daily reality of Christians being “economically marginalized, denied education for their children, beaten, tortured, raped, imprisoned and sadly even murdered for their faith,” observes Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern.

ICC’s Persecution.org website and organizations and individuals such as Open Doors and the Gatestone Institute’s Raymond Ibrahim do the good work of trying to keep the plight of Christians in the public eye. Their reports, easily accessible on the Internet, make for disturbing reading.

Ibrahim wrote of a Christian convert from Islam in Uganda who established a Christian school. Hassan Muwanguzi was beaten by Muslims, hauled into court on trumped-up charges of “defiling” a Muslim girl, saw his home burned by arson, was sickened by poison, and survived an attack by four Muslims that left his 12-year-old daughter dead.

In a crime that “has shaken Pakistan’s Christian community to the core,” ICC reports, a mob accused a Christian couple of burning pages of the Koran, beat them and burned them alive in a brick kiln. The woman was pregnant; the mob left the couple’s four children orphans.

Open Doors reports that a Christian convert in Egypt faces a five-year prison sentence and that an Anglican church in Nigeria shut down after 11 members were killed in attacks by al-Shabaab terrorists. Open Doors says that in India, Christian pupils and teachers won’t have a Christmas holiday because the government declared Dec. 25 “Good Governance Day” with a student essay competition that day. Furthermore, a Hindu nationalist group says the day should be devoted to “re-converting” 4,000 Christians to the Hindu faith.

Writes Ibrahim, “An increasing number of Christians around the world, especially the Muslim world, are ... losing absolutely everything for their faith.”

If only the United Nations Human Rights Council spent as much time addressing persecution of Christians as it devotes to its biased campaign to demonize Israel. Outside of protests by a few leaders like President Barack Obama, Pope Francis and Prince Charles of Britain, most of the “international community” remains silent about the abuse of Christians.

Christianity is out of favor among the West’s secular elites. Even in America we’ve seen a petty campaign by groups like the Freedom from Religion Foundation to hound displays of Christianity from the public square. Europe seeks to accommodate its growing Muslim populations. It doesn’t always work out well. A German town set aside a portion of a cemetery for Islamic burials only to have Muslim leaders demand that Christian crosses and symbols be removed or covered during Islamic ceremonies, reports Ibrahim.

One thought for this Christmas: A threat to one religion is, in the end, a threat to all ? and to all of us.

Email: [email protected]

Chicago Sun-Times
18/12
14 Points
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Chicago couple found guilty of stealing millions in state grants

Attorney's office.READ MORE at http://politics.suntimes.com/article/springfield/chicago-couple-found-guilty-stealing-millions-state-grants/wed-12172014-414pm. | Seth Perlman/Associated Press Updated: December 17, 2014 4:27PMA jury in Springfield has found a Chicago couple guilty of stealing more than $3 million in taxpayer money in a scheme that involved grants from the Illinois Department of Public Health, according to the U.S.

BY CHRIS FUSCO Staff Reporter December 17, 2014 8:50AM

Leon Dingle Jr. is accused of diverting more than $3 million in grants for his personal use. | Seth Perlman/Associated Press

Updated: December 17, 2014 4:27PM

A jury in Springfield has found a Chicago couple guilty of stealing more than $3 million in taxpayer money in a scheme that involved grants from the Illinois Department of Public Health, according to the U.S. Attorney's office.

READ MORE at http://politics.suntimes.com/article/springfield/chicago-couple-found-guilty-stealing-millions-state-grants/wed-12172014-414pm

Chicago Sun-Times
18/12
14 Points
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Teacher home visits transform learning

As I travel among houses, apartments and units above garages in different neighborhoods and different parts of the city, I try to understand the social dynamics of each household. At his eighth grade graduation, I learned that Bobby had the highest gains on state test scores of the entire eighth grade class.Finally, Ashley’s was a very different story. Also, I observe directly the extent that students and parents understand the class curriculum.

By Lillian Degand December 17, 2014 2:18PM

FALL SEMESTER

This article is part of an on-going series in which area teachers weigh in on the big challenges facing education.

Updated: December 17, 2014 4:51PM

For the last 18 years I have visited the homes of my Chicago public school students. Why? Classroom teachers, parents and most of all, the students benefit from this important component of teaching. During the home visit, I have an individual experience with each of my students. I offer opportunities to learn and suggest support for students.

As I travel among houses, apartments and units above garages in different neighborhoods and different parts of the city, I try to understand the social dynamics of each household. In Chinatown, in Pilsen, in Lakeview, and in the North Park neighborhood, I’ve seen what time parents get home from work and see first hand who oversees schoolwork. Also, I observe directly the extent that students and parents understand the class curriculum. Very often, the families’ request modifications and or/ provide insights into the students’ academic and social status. Amazing and interesting stories are often shared. Whether the story is about a relative or the student, it is a connection that ties the student, the family and me, the teacher, together.

It can be a challenge when we don’t share the same language. I do not speak a word of Chinese, even though I am 100 percent of Chinese descent; however, I understand most of what a parent is trying to communicate by asking the child.

There are many benefits to the home visits for my students, who over the years have included first through sixth graders at four different CPS schools. Believe it or not, 100 percent of parents come for each report card pickup and they stay for lengthy conversations. Another benefit is increased parental support on student homework or discipline issues.

Over 18 years, I’ve learned that home visits are win-win. One student, Candy, blossomed after a home visit. Through her narrative writing and the home visit, I learned that an aunt living with the family was verbally abusing her. Ignoring the aunt during the visit and focusing on Candy was paramount. After the home visit, Candy came to school and was thrilled that her teacher came to her home and saw pictures of her when she was seven years old and a child model in China.

Another winning student was Bobby. I gathered insight through his home visit that he “hated” fifth grade the previous year. At the home visit, his mother and I planned that I would partner him with a more successful student in class. We also realized that Bobby needed special education support. This enabled our team to give him the help he needed, and Bobby passed 6th grade on the honor roll. At his eighth grade graduation, I learned that Bobby had the highest gains on state test scores of the entire eighth grade class.

Finally, Ashley’s was a very different story. She was a student with bone cancer and passed away before the end of the year. Home visits and home schooling provided memorable involvement for me that I will never forget. There are really no words to explain the all-embracing experience I had with Ashley.

How else did the home visits help? While many factors affect student improvement, I believe that changes resulting from the home visits contributed to my students’ high state test scores.

As a personal side note, I felt like a “second mother” to all my students as a result of the home visits. What a fabulous way to connect home and school to foster learning.

Lillian Degand is a long-time Chicago Public Schools elementary school teacher. She currently works at Greeley Elementary and the Ogden International School of Chicago. The Illinois Writing Project is the Sun-Times partner for the Summer School and Fall Semester teacher essay series. The essays reflect the views of the individual writers only.

Chicago Sun-Times
18/12
12 Points

Exclusive: Jeb Bush to hit Chicago Friday as he explores 2016 run

Jeb Bush speaks at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Jeb Bush announced he plans to actively explore a campaign for the 2016 presidential bid on December 16, 2014. In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America.”Bush has many friends in the mainstream Illinois Republican establishment .

December 16, 2014 11:10PM

FILE - DECEMBER 16, 2014: It was reported that Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush announced he plans to actively explore a campaign for the 2016 presidential bid on December 16, 2014. WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 20: Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush speaks at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, November 20, 2014 in Washington, DC. Bush was the opening speaker at the 2014 National Summit on Education Reform conference. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 503816393

Updated: December 17, 2014 11:28AM

WASHINGTON ? Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday announced he will “actively explore” a 2016 presidential run, and I have learned that Bush plans to hit Chicago on Friday to meet with major Illinois GOP donors and fundraisers.

The main Bush event in Chicago is a breakfast with a small number of folks who have known him or his family, which includes, as we all know, two former presidents.

Though the political purpose of the Jeb Bush breakfast in Chicago was not explicitly stated to the invitees, with his Tuesday declaration of interest in 2016, there is an agenda.

Bush said in a Tuesday Facebook post that he will establish a political action committee in January to “help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation.”

“The PAC’s purpose will be to support leaders, ideas and policies that will expand opportunity and prosperity for all Americans. In the coming months, I hope to visit with many of you and have a conversation about restoring the promise of America.”

Bush has many friends in the mainstream Illinois Republican establishment ? but so do New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The three share the same high-end donor base in Illinois and are all also considering 2016 primary bids.

“I think [Bush] represents our best opportunity to win back the White House,” Ray LaHood, the former Illinois congressman and transportation secretary, told me.

CONTINUE READING AT POLITICS.SUNTIMES.COM

Chicago Sun-Times
17/12
18 Points
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4 Downs with Ditka: ‘I turned the game off’

December 17, 2014 12:53AM CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 15: Former head coach Mike Ditka of the Chicago Bears watches from the sidelines during the first quarter at Soldier Field on December 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 507844377 Updated: December 17, 2014 1:22AM1. It has nothing to do with the coaching.READ MORE AT: http://chicagosuntimes.com/sports/4-downs-with-ditka-i-turned-the-game-off/.

December 17, 2014 12:53AM

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 15: Former head coach Mike Ditka of the Chicago Bears watches from the sidelines during the first quarter at Soldier Field on December 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 507844377

Updated: December 17, 2014 1:22AM

1. You have been pretty adamant about not making a head coaching change with the Bears, but in light of the Aaron Kromer incident and the team’s lackluster play, don’t you think they have to make a change?

Well, I think they are going to make a change. The problem I have with it is you can’t keep replacing the coach every two years. And if you think this isn’t a good football team because of the coach, you’re wrong. It has nothing to do with the coaching.

READ MORE AT: http://chicagosuntimes.com/sports/4-downs-with-ditka-i-turned-the-game-off/

Chicago Sun-Times
17/12
15 Points
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Eugenia Last horoscopes for December 17

EUGENIA LAST December 11, 2014 11:25PM CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Milla Jovovich, 39; Bill Pullman, 61; Eugene Levy, 68; Ernie Hudson, 69.Happy Birthday: Watch what’s going on around you at work and at home. A change in the dynamics of a relationship will leave you in emotional turmoil. A change of plans will be upsetting if you feel you are losing control over a situation.

EUGENIA LAST December 11, 2014 11:25PM

CELEBRITIES BORN ON THIS DAY: Milla Jovovich, 39; Bill Pullman, 61; Eugene Levy, 68; Ernie Hudson, 69.

Happy Birthday: Watch what’s going on around you at work and at home. Look carefully at the changes taking place and you will find a way to spin things in your favor. Being cognizant of what everyone else is doing and trying to implement the best of what others have to offer will be your ticket to success, popularity and advancement. Your numbers are 8, 12, 20, 29, 34, 35, 46.

ARIES (March 21-April 19): Move forward with caution. Don’t rely on others to feed you information or to help you make the right choice. Emotions will get in your way if you share your feelings with people who can influence future prospects. Focus on completion. 3 stars

TAURUS (April 20-May 20): You will learn valuable information if you listen to someone you respect or an expert in a field that interests you. Don’t disagree with peers. Size up the situation and continue using your own methods. Love is highlighted. 3 stars

GEMINI (May 21-June 20): Protect what you have. Don’t invest in what someone else suggests. An impulsive purchase or decision will go well over budget. Stick close to home and work on preparing your environment for the turn of the year. 3 stars

CANCER (June 21-July 22): Take a unique approach when dealing with partners, children or people you care about. Your dedication and sense of justice and fair play will be good enough. Don’t feel you have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. Love is on the rise. 5 stars

LEO (July 23-Aug. 22): You may crave a change of scenery, but don’t leave someone out who is counting on you for emotional support. Problems will arise if you let uncertainty affect an important decision you need to make. Overspending will lead to added stress. 2 stars

VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Do something nice for the people you care about. Offer your time, help or suggestions, but don’t overspend trying to buy love and affection. It’s not about the gifts you purchase, it’s your time and help that should win favors. 4 stars

LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22): Be careful what you say. A change in the dynamics of a relationship will leave you in emotional turmoil. Do whatever it takes to live up to your promises, but enforce moderation to avoid a financial setback. Be creative, not frivolous. 3 stars

SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21): Load up your schedule and start checking off your to-do list. Taking on a challenge and using unique means to come up with a good plan that will please someone you love will lead to financial uncertainty. Stick to a budget. 3 stars

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21): Good fortune is heading your way, but the temptation to be a spendthrift will be overpowering. You can make changes without breaking the bank. Focus on doing as much of the legwork as possible to cut your overhead. Be reasonable. 4 stars

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): You’ll be emotional today. Talks will leave you in a quandary. A change of plans will be upsetting if you feel you are losing control over a situation. It’s OK to sit back and let others fend for themselves. 2 stars

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): Stick to what you know and focus on putting your work behind you before the year ends. Emotional matters will escalate if you or someone close to you has overspent. An opportunity to change your vocation will help smooth things over. 2 stars

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20): Ask and you shall receive. Give and take, do what you say and hold others accountable for the offers made. This can be a winning situation if you stick to practical and doable plans. Love is highlighted. 5 stars

Birthday Baby: You are lucky and fun. You are adaptable, charming and popular.

Eugenia’s Web Sites ? eugenialast.com for confidential consultations, eugenialast.com/blog/ for Eugenia’s blog and join Eugenia on twitter/facebook/linkedin

Chicago Sun-Times
18/12
12 Points
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