Hastert indictment has Illinois hometown sifting memories

. Before he was U.S. House speaker and second in line to the president, Dennis Hastert was known around Yorkville, Ill., as Denny the coach, a beloved mentor to youths on the high school wrestling team and in local Scouting groups who organized trips to broaden the students’ experiences.


Stellar spellers get stumped by written test

Two South Florida eighth graders — Jack Benveniste-Plitt, 14, from Surfside, and Trishala Kumar, 13, from Miramar —survived the first three rounds of the national spelling bee, only to get stymied by a difficult written test.


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Andres Oppenheimer

Cuba: Very big fuss over very small economy

President Barack Obama’s historic normalization talks with Cuba have brought about a lot of excitement in business circles, and hardly a day goes by without new reports of U.S. investors, lawyers and entrepreneurs flocking to the island. But I’m afraid most of them will lose their shirts there.

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