Patch Flash: O’Hare to Get Faster Security Scanners By Thanksgiving

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Faster lines and less-invasive security screenings are on the horizon for passengers traveling through O'Hare International Airport. The TSA announced Monday it will phase out the controversial "X-ray" body scanners from O'Hare and four other major airports in favor of millimeter wave Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) machines that render a generic human body outline. the TSA estimates O'Hare will have up to 14 of the new scanners up and running by Thanksgiving. A mix of the backscatter and AIT machines will be used until all of the old machines have been replaced.

For one Aurora resident, his hundreds-strong bird hoarding obsession started with a single rescued parakeet. Over the past seven years, Dave Skeberdis had been buying and rescuing birds, going through more than a hundred pounds of birdfeed each week to nourish them. City officials discovered the flurry of birds — along with garbage and bird feces — after a painting contractor working outside Skeberdis' home noticed several dead birds and called officials. Skeberdis said he comes from a family of hoarders and admitted his "obsession" had gotten out of hand.

Lake County animal investigators say that a man recently charged with murder in Phoenix nearly starved his dog to death four years ago in Island Lake. “This case was in the top five of our most serious cases in the history of AEAR,” Sandy Wisniewski of Libertyville-based Animal Education and Rescue (AEAR) said. She said it points to connection between animal cruelty and other violent crimes.

who has owned the Trattoria Giacomo Restaurant in Highwood since 1998. Lake County Coroner Artis Yancey said the cause of death has not been released yet, as he's still waiting on reports from the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

Within hours after Radcliffe Haughton shot and killed three women and wounded four more in a  Larry Barton, the leading adviser to the FBI on workplace crimes, said he and the federal crime agency are looking into whether Haughton might have been “inspired” by a shooting Thursday that killed three women in a beauty salon in Casselberry, FL, a suburb of Orlando.

Jose October 24, 2012 at 10:08 PM
People forgetting 9-11 ??? keep complaining and weakening airport security , don't complaint when another plane is hijack by terrorists. Complainers all you are doing is weakening security. Don't complaint or blame TSA when another plane goes down.
Pat Craig October 24, 2012 at 11:24 PM
Groping 6 year olds and grannies does nothing to "make us safe", Jose'. Look at how many El Al flights have been hijacked... none. And why is that? Because Israli security is not concerned with PC garbage, only with keeping passengers safe. So they profile... and quite successfully.
Tony October 24, 2012 at 11:37 PM
more radiation = more dead people
RonnieTheLimoDriver October 25, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Jose- Do you know how many terrorists the TSA has stopped at the airport? By their own stats? What do you think 100, no maybe 20-30, no, maybe 10, keep trying, how about 0! That’s right. 0. They have arrested some dummies who tried to bring guns on planes, and a bunch of people with drugs, but not a single terrorist. I hope people keep complaining when their rights are violated. That is what makes America great.
Elizabeth R October 25, 2012 at 02:25 AM
For being one of the busiest airports, O'Hare's security is one big slow mess and has to rank as one of the worst. Midway, blow's O'Hare away for ease and speed. Anything to improve O'Hare is appreciated, it is a joke right now.
RationalTht October 25, 2012 at 03:39 AM
They are groping 6 year olds and grandmas so as not to "profile". It does not matter that the grandmas and kids are not terrorists, you cannot "offend" people because they are more members of a population that does include terrorists. Wasted time and money just to be PC.
RationalTht October 25, 2012 at 03:42 AM
You flying United or American? I normally fly United, but due to destination, had to fly American this week. I was surprised on how quickly I went through security. Granted, it could have been a fluke, but I have NEVER gotten through security at the United terminal in a similar time over the past FEW YEARS.
Rob October 25, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Hey Tony, last I checked everyone dies, it's part of the cycle of life! I was at LAX last week, they have 2-3 times the number of security personel as OHare...I was shocked, felt like I was in Israel and very safe. I get the rights argument and you have several choices, drive, bus, train, charter your own flight. I'll take the radiation and pat down.
G.G. October 25, 2012 at 06:33 PM
Next time you go to the airport, remember that you all have to raise your hands, submit to unwarranted searches, show your papers and OBEY the government. Welcome to the USofA!
Rob October 26, 2012 at 05:04 PM
A small price to pay, for the safety of my family...again if you don't like it...YOU have choices. Dont fly or charter your own plane. Pack your family into your family sedan and drive across this beautiful country that you seem to despise, get on a boat and go back to wherever your ancestors came from, the same way they got here. BTW G.G. What is your solution for safe air travel?
G.G. October 26, 2012 at 06:41 PM
Is air travel dangerous? I dont think anyone is going to try hijacking airliners again. In EVERY case where a terrorist tried something after 9-11, it was PASSENGERS not the TSA that caught / thwarted the action (underware bomber, shoe bomber etc). People who give up liberty for safety deserve neither. Maybe YOU should think about protecting your family instead of relying on the government. P.S. I dont despise the country at all, I love liberty and freedom (Sadly these things are being eroded), what I despise is the encroachment of the heavy hand of the government. Maybe we should issue everyone that boards a plane a boxcutter?
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