Dorothy Hoffner dies week after setting skydiving record


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Israeli warplanes hammered the Gaza Strip neighborhood by neighborhood today, reducing buildings to rubble and sending people scrambling to find safety.

A recent graduate of Deerfield High School and her mother are believed to be hostages held by Hamas. Natalie Raanan and her mother, Judith, were reported missing while visiting family in Israel during the attacks, according to a letter sent to the school community by Deerfield Principal Kathryn Anderson.

And a senior at Homewood-Flossmoor High School who is studying in Israel recalled the Saturday attack. “It was extremely chaotic. It was really overwhelming,” Josh Jury said.

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Dorothy Hoffner, 104, greets supporters after becoming the oldest person in the world to skydive on Oct. 1, 2023, at Skydive Chicago in Ottawa, Illinois.

Dorothy Hoffner died in her sleep one week after setting the world record to become the oldest skydiver ever. “She was just indefatigable. She just kept going.” Read more here.

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Israel bombarded downtown Gaza City on Tuesday and expanded a massive mobilization of reservists, vowing punishing retaliation against the Hamas militant group that increasingly left residents of the tiny Palestinian territory with nowhere to go. Read more here.

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