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Thumbs up, thumbs down for Westmont

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014 10:19 a.m. CDT
(Bill Ackerman - backerman@shawmedia.com)
Joe Donar of Woodridge works out flipping a heavy equipment tire at his Iron Flag Crossfit gym in Westmont on July 28, 2014.

Thumbs up to Westmont business owner and CrossFit trainer Joe Donar for competing on an episode of Country Music Television's "Steve Austin Broken Skull Challenge." A reality TV show that is billed as "the ultimate test of strength, stamina and wit," Donar, a 31-year-old former Army Ranger, tackled the "Skullbuster" obstacle course for a shot at $10,000. Although he initially said he felt as if he "didn't belong" with the other contestants, hopefully Donar enjoyed watching himself on TV and gained some meaningful exposure for his business, Crossfit Iron Flag.

Thanks to new technology, meteorologists at the National Weather Service's Romeoville station can now notify the public of dangerous storms faster than ever. A new system installed in June scans the atmosphere every roughly two minutes, as opposed to the prior time of about five minutes. Moreover, the NWS can now issue wireless emergency alerts to cellphone towers, which then send audible noises and warning texts to smartphones in range. It's great to see advanced technology making the world – and the Chicago area – a safer place.

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