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A 2012 death of a Northern Illinois University student during a fraternity function could change a century’s worth of legal precedence when it comes to social host liability and alcohol. That’s if the state Supreme Court sides with the family of the deceased after last week’s hearing.

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Dozens of crosses line sidewalks near the MLK Commons. Each is adorned by a red heart, and the victim’s name and age.

A number on each cross represents a murder in Chicago this year.

Greg Zanis, a carpenter from Aurora, says he plans to build a cross for each victim. He takes them to different locations, like Englewood in Chicago.

For NIU students like Matthew Moore, the collection is eye-opening. He says the community needs to work together to stop the line of crosses from growing longer.

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The Winnebago County Coroner released the official cause of death for a former Northern Illinois University football player.  

Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz says Alex Kube died from cardiac arrhythmia, cardiomegaly and left ventricular hypertrophy. He says that means Kube’s heart stopped beating because his heart was enlarged due to a thickened left ventricle.

Hintz says Kube’s heart weighed more than 700 grams.

“To give you an example, you know, I’m 220 pounds at five foot, ten inches,” Hintz said. “My heart should weigh about 300 grams.”

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A former Northern Illinois University football player who died last week at the age of 29 had an enlarged heart, but the actual cause of death has yet to be determined. 

Alex Kube was pronounced dead Wednesday night at Rockford Memorial Hospital.

Kube most recently was an assistant football coach at Rockford East High School. He had been a star linebacker for NIU and a football star at Cary-Grove High School, where he graduated in 2006.

Winnebago County Coroner Bill Hintz says an autopsy was performed Thursday.

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The President’s recent executive order put in place a 90-day ban on entry visas for immigrants from seven predominantly Muslim nations (Syria, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen).  And it’s worrying the international community at NIU.

The concern is particularly strong among those present on a student visa.  Stephanie Brown, Associate Director of the International Student and Faculty Office, says only a small number of NIU's roughly 1,100 international students are affected directly. 

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