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Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNever mind the bar fight right across the street from the police station in late July that came close to being a riot. Or that someone may have been embezzling hundreds of thousands of dollars from the Elgin Employees Credit Union.

The most brazen local crime of the year happened recently when some rapscallion took the Northeast Neighborhood Association's beloved blue tulip. Or, at least they think someone took it.

The lawn ornament has been used for years used to mark the spot where the neighbors gather to have soirees. It's very Gatsby of them. At the same time, since they don't exactly keep this a secret, it seems like something "Crimestoppers" would frown upon as it pretty much tips off burglars where everyone on the block might be and perhaps even guide a clever thief to free snacks and beer if not jewelry and trinkets.

Either way, the Internet is all atwitter in Elgin about this dastardly deed.

I've offered to hold a fundraiser to collect the $20 to buy a new one, selling blue ribbons or armbands in unity with the NENAs. But, nay, like Inspector Javert in Les Miserables, the NENA crew won't rest until it has its Jean Valjean behind bars -- or its wooden flower back.


Some theories what may have happened to The Blue Tulip, after the jump.

Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


Our Idiot Brother



A stoner gets busted, does short time, and winds up crashing on the couches of his sister. It stars Paul Rudd because Jeff Bridges is too old. As a rule, I don't like hippies. It's 2011. If you're gonna be that retro, you might as well be Amish. Plus, stoners remind me of spoiled rich kids I went to school with who smoked pot, did mushrooms and were into skiing.

Beer rating: A six pack of Red Stripe.


Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark, after the jump.

Thumbnail image for emily.jpgOn Mondays when the Community Unit School District 300 Board of Education meets at Westfield Community School in Algonquin, your friendly neighborhood mobile journalist works from nearby Cafe Firefly, 301 S. Main Street, Algonquin.

Yesterday was one such Monday.

The school board presented a not-quite balanced 2011-12 budget, even after all those controversial cuts, at that meeting. You can read my article about it -- "D300 budget comes up short" -- on The Courier-News website.

But the biggest news that came out of Algonquin yesterday is this...

Jesus appeared to me in the pattern on the tile floor in the women's bathroom at Cafe Firefly. (OK, I'm only half-serious. But who doesn't love a good Jesus apparition story?)


Does anybody else see Jesus in the tile floor at @cafefirefly... on Twitpic
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I see a perfect Werner Sallman Jesus. Do you see Him?

What does this mean?


-- Emily McFarlan, Readers' Reporter

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for emily.jpgI've already eaten my way through the Kane County Fair -- twice.

But when it came to the Illinois State Fair, which ends today in Springfield, there was only one food, fried or on a stick, I was interested in: Fried Kool-Aid.

Fried Kool-Aid made a splash at the beginning of the fair season (which I keep close tabs on, having grown up in Springfield) when it turned up at a California county fair. (It since has been overshadowed by straight-up fried butter, which fascinated reporters following Republican presidential candidates at the Iowa State Fair.)


REALLY wants this to happen! #ILSTATEFAIR #friedkoolaid on Twitpic
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The women behind the Fried What! booth at the Illinois State Fair declined to explain how one fries Kool-Aid -- "It is what it is," one told me this weekend -- but "Chicken Charlie," the California man who claims responsibility for the treat, told TIME he starts with a "thick, sherbet-like mix of the drink powder, flour and water."

That ends up a meatball-looking cake ball sprinkled with powdered sugar that Elginite Gary Percy, who has tried fried Kool-Aid elsewhere, has described on Twitter as smelling of Play-Doh.


...And it looks like this. #friedkoolaid #ILSTATEFAIR on Twitpic
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What fried Kool-Aid tastes like, after the jump.

Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


Fright Night



This is yet another remake, right? The movie's about a guy who thinks a neighbor is a vampire, so he gets one of the guys who played Dr. Who to help him battle the pain in the neck. If I had a neighbor I thought was a vampire, I'd make lots of garlic dishes, buy a sun lamp, get some of those cheesy faux tattoo T shirts with crosses on them and put silver bullets in my gun.

Beer rating: Speaking of silver bullets, a case of Coors Light.


Conan The Barbarian, after the jump.

Thumbnail image for danahey2 copy.jpgNOTE: In a revival of this "classic" Friday feature, Courier-News reporter Mike Danahey guesses how much beer (or other beverage of choice) it might take him to pay money to see a recently-released movie. His opinions are based on trailers, ads and advance hype.

Here are some of the movies playing this weekend...


The Change-Up



I've got a better idea for a movie about people who swap brains and bodies. How about one where a gay guy and a lesbian accidentally touch a magic swizzle stick in a watermelon martini which somehow causes the gay guy's brain to be in the lesbian's body and the lesbian's brain to be in the dude's body. Would this make them straight? Would Michelle Bachman's husband approve?

Beer rating: One of those six packs where you get to pick which beers go into it.


Rise of the Planet of the Apes, after the jump.

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