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Daily Archive : Tuesday May 22, 2012

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    Developer wants rentals, not condos, for Riverside Plaza in Algonquin

    Citing poor housing-market conditions and a lack of financing options, the developer of Riverside Plaza in Algonquin petitioned the village board to allow him to change the planned condo development into rental apartments but got a lukewarm reception at best.

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    Thirty to 35 competitors will participate in the 2012 Naperville Disc Dog Championship on Sunday, May 27. Event coordinator Tom Wehrli said the sport can create a bond between dog owner and dog. “It’s the love of the animal, the bond you’re going to get at the end of the day,” he said. “It’s got to be in your heart.”

    Dog disc championship heads to Naperville

    Dogs will be jumping high and running fast Sunday, May 27, for the 2012 Naperville Disc Dog Championship, starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Naperville Riverwalk Park. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Thirty to 35 dog/owner pairs will compete.

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    Des Plaines approves 7-story parking deck, 9-story hotel

    The Des Plaines City Council Monday night approved preliminary plans for a massive parking garage and a 180-room hotel on a long-vacant property near O'Hare International Airport. Plans include a 7-story parking deck, a roughly 4,000-square-foot fast-food restaurant that may include a drive-through, and a 9-story hotel on a nearly five-acre, formerly city-owned property at the northeast corner of...

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    A police forensic team unpacks equipment to take into Arens Controls in Arlington Heights where a fatal explosion occurred on Tuesday.

    OSHA sole investigator on Arlington Heights explosion

    OSHA investigators are back today at Arens Controls in Arlington Heights to try to determine what caused the explosion Tuesday that killed one employee and injured 12 other people, including three police officers and two firefighters. "There was nothing criminal, so we turned it over to OSHA," Arlington Heights Police Captain Kenneth Galinski said.

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    Suburban mayors: Don't take our income tax share

    Suburban mayors say a Democratic budget plan in Springfield to freeze the local share of state income taxes could take away millions of dollars and even lead to tax hikes to make up for it. “They're not solving the problem, they're just shifting the problem,” said Buffalo Grove Mayor Jeffrey Braiman.

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    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, right, meets with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski at his Chicago office Tuesday.

    Kirk visits with Polish president, receives Commander's Cross

    The world's leaders have largely left Chicago following the conclusion of the NATO summit, yet one extended his stay to see a friend who fell ill just days after a previous visit. Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski on Tuesday paid a visit to U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk at Kirk's downtown Chicago office, awarding him the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland.

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    Jasper Lown's videos have touched on topics as diverse as Big Tobacco, Super Bowl beer ads and making mini-lemon cakes.

    16-year-old Wheaton filmmaker a one-man show

    Jasper Lown is a 16-year-old filmmaking prodigy from Wheaton -- writing, producing and starring in about 40 videos on topics ranging from Super Bowl beer ads to making mini-lemon cakes. "I enjoy the fact that it's an uncommon medium for someone my age to be so wrapped up in," he says. "It's one component of my personality that makes me unique."

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    DuPage County Board members freezetheir pay

    DuPage County Board members and four countywide elected officials won't get a pay raise for at least another four years.Board members agreed Tuesday night to keep their salaries unchanged through the end of November 2016. Nearly all of them make $50,079 annually. If he wins re-election, board member Grant Eckhoff will continuing earning $48,620 a year for the job.

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    Fred Crespo

    Pat Quinn gets plan to eliminate controversial legislative scholarships

    Gov. Pat Quinn will have the opportunity to abolish the controversial legislative scholarship program after the Illinois House voted Monday to do the same. The plan to end the program, sponsored by Rep. Fred Crespo, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, faced a stiff debate on the Illinois House floor but was eventually approved by a 79-32 vote.

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    Following the installation of turf at Memorial Field at Glenbard West in 2010, as well as at Glenbard North in 2009, the final two District 87 schools — South and East — will be getting turf of their own this summer.

    Glenbards moving ahead with artificial turf fields

    Artificial turf will be installed at football fields at Glenbard South and East this summer, ready for the start of the new school year in August. Those are the two final schools to get new turf since Glenbard High School District 87 started a turf replacement program at Glenbard North in 2009, followed by Memorial Field at Glenbard West in 2010.

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    Schaumburg trustees Tuesday required a permit and 45-day limit for portable storage containers on residential property.

    Schaumburg puts time limit on portable storage

    Though Schaumburg proved influential in its near ban of donation boxes in March, village officials Tuesday aspired only to follow others' lead in approving a time limit for portable storage containers like PODS to be kept on residential property. Schaumburg residents must now obtain a village permit at no charge to keep temporary storage units on their property for up to 45 days.

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    Kaotic Creationz Tattoo Studio owner Brian Chapman owns one of eight shops affected by a business license requirement the Aurora City Council passed Tuesday night. To receive a license, a tattoo parlor owner must pay $500 with a $250 yearly renewal fee, provide copies of registration and compliance certificates from the state and county, and prove they have access to a medical provider or service with expertise in tattooing.

    Aurora requires business licenses, medical provider for tattoo parlors

    The eight tattoo parlors in Aurora will be regulated by $500 nontransferable business licenses that govern their hours, ages of employees and access to medical advice after the Aurora City Council on Tuesday night approved the creation of such a license. While several tattoo studio operators said they support city regulations, others said they took issue with how quickly the business license and...

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    Police find drug suspect in lobby of restaurant at Yorktown mall

    A Des Plaines man and a Chicago man are accused of attempting to deal at least a kilogram of heroin after one of them ditched police on a high-speed chase but was later caught hiding at Yorktown Center mall in Lombard, according to a federal complaint filed Tuesday.

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    Images from the St. Edward Catholic High School graduation ceremony Tuesday, May 22, 2012 in St. Charles.

    Images: St. Edward High School graduation
    Images from Tuesday's graduation ceremony for St. Edward Central Catholic High School at St. Patrick's Church in St. Charles on May 22, 2012.

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    What is potassium hydroxide?

    Symptoms from potassium hydroxide exposure sent a dozen people to the hospital following Tuesday's fatal explosion in Arlington Heights. Potassium hydroxide is used in everything from soap to fertilizer to batteries. Exposure to the chemical can cause skin and respiratory problems.

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    Abby Clark, left, and Grace Creighton share a moment after adjusting their caps before the Rosary High School Baccalaureate Mass and Graduation Ceremony at St. John Neumann Church in St. Charles on Tuesday night.

    Images: Rosary High School graduation
    115 graduates took party in Tuesday's graduation ceremony for Rosary High School at St. John Neumann Catholic Church in St. Charles on May 22, 2012.

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    Investigators believe mob was targeting white supremacists

    Five men accused of attacking a group of diners with hammers and metal batons at a South suburban restaurant are in jail, though the fight appears to be continuing online as word spread that the incident was apparently linked to a feud between anti-racism groups and white supremacists.

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    Ryan Crocker, U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, will be leaving his post this summer.

    Ryan Crocker, ambassador to Afghanistan, to leave post

    Ryan Crocker, the unflappable diplomat who became the civilian face of America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan over two administrations, is stepping down as ambassador to Afghanistan and retiring from the U.S. foreign service after a storied tenure in some of the world's most dangerous hotspots.

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    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may still be working on how to respond to what is likely to be a campaign-long scrutiny of the GOP candidate’s tenure at Bain Capital.

    Romney’s playbook on Bain unclear as Obama attacks grow

    The core of his presidential candidacy under attack, Mitt Romney has yet to shape a playbook to defend a quarter-century in the business world that created great riches for him and great hardship, at times, for some American workers.

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    Antioch Rescue Squad accused of harassment in lawsuit

    Three women are suing the Antioch Rescue Squad claiming they suffered frequent sexual harassment and saw rescuers tending to patients while intoxicated during a four-year period. The federal lawsuit, filed in February, contends the employee complained to supervisors about the harassment but were ignored, their attorney said. An attorney representing the Antioch Rescue Squad, would not discuss the...

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    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney padded his lead in the race for convention delegates in Republican presidential primaries Tuesday in Arkansas and Kentucky as he inches closer to the nomination he’s all but certain to win.

    Romney inches closer to nomination

    Mitt Romney swept the Kentucky and Arkansas Republican presidential primaries Tuesday, inching closer to the GOP nomination he is certain to win.

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    Motorola Mobility in Libertyville

    New CEO for Motorola Mobility; new location?

    Motorola Mobility's CEO Sanjay Jha was quickly replaced Tuesday after Google's acquisition of the Libertyville-based company was finalized, renewing concerns about rumors that the new leadership might move the headquarters and its 3,000 employees out of Libertyville. A spokeswoman declined to comment, saying only that the company is "committed to Illinois."

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    State Senate narrowly rejects antibullying legislation

    A push to make Illinois schools adopt more detailed policies to prevent bullying fell short Tuesday in the state Senate amid concerns that its real purpose was to lecture students on embracing homosexuality.The measure fell one vote short of passage, although it could get another chance in the remaining days of the legislative session.

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    Rogelio Montenegro

    West Chicago man sentenced to 18 years for assaulting girl

    A West Chicago man who sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl in 2011 has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. Rogelio Montenegro, 35, pleaded guilty Tuesday and must serve at least 15 years before he is eligible for parole.

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    A sign remembering a tornado victim is seen on a street corner Tuesday in Joplin, Mo. The community is marking the anniversary of an EF-5 tornado that killed 161 people as it cut a wide swath through Joplin a year ago.

    Year later, Joplin looks forward, but it won’t ever forget

    Carrying small American flags and wearing T-shirts bearing the names of friends and loved ones who died when a massive tornado tore through Joplin one year ago, thousands of people made a somber march Tuesday through some of the town's hardest-hit neighborhoods.

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    Elaine Nekritz

    House passes Nekritz bill allowing videotaping of police

    A plan to allow civilians to take video recordings of police officers was approved by the Illinois House on Tuesday. The measure will be sent to the Senate for further debate. -Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat and sponsor of the plan, said it merely updates Illinois' outdated eavesdropping law, which bans the recording of police.

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    Semi rolls over exiting tollway near Libertyville

    A truck driver was injured when a semitrailer rolled over as he was pulling onto Buckley Road from the Tri-State Tollway Tuesday afternoon, according to police.

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    It’s rare, but there have been cases of job applicants being forced to allow interviewers to examine their private social media accounts.

    Legislation would protect job applicants’ passwords

    Illinois workers would be protected from businesses that want access to their Facebook accounts and other social media under legislation sent to the governor's desk. The bill says employers cannot require workers or job applicants to grant access to social media.

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    Miguel Gonzalez-Moreno

    Man who can't hear or speak fit for trial in Elgin bike path attack

    A judge Tuesday ruled that a 33-year-old Elgin man accused of attacking a woman on a bike path is fit to stand trial, even though he can neither hear nor speak nor understand sign language. But the attorney for Miguel Gonzalez-Moreno still has doubts about his client's ability to assist in his defense after he indicated he did not understand what it meant to take an oath to tell the truth and...

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    Pawel D. Szymulewski

    Bartlett man suspected of multiple armed robberies

    A Bartlett man is being held in the Kane County jail on several charges, including armed robbery, while various suburban departments investigate his connection to other local crimes. Pawel D. Szymulewski, 19, last known to reside in the 200 block of Burton Drive, has so far been charged with armed robbery, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a converted motor vehicle, all...

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    Schaumburg man gets 8 years for delivering cocaine

    A Schaumburg man was sentenced to eight years in prison Tuesday in exchange for pleading guilty to two counts of delivery of a controlled substance. Richard Loureiro, 37, admitted selling cocaine to a confidential informant on two occasions last June.

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    Wheeling Memorial Day parade to close Route 83 on Monday

    A portion of Route 83 through Wheeling will be closed for about an hour Monday morning for the village's annual Memorial Day parade. The parade will start at Sam's Club, 1055 McHenry Road, and will travel southeast on McHenry Road to Wheeling AMVETS Post 66, 700 McHenry Road. McHenry Road (Route 83) will be closed from Aptakisic Road to Lexington Drive from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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    Clifford McIlvaine of St. Charles has been found in contempt of court for failing to meet several deadlines to finish the construction project at his home. The work began in 1975.

    McIlvaine will be sentenced in June for contempt of court

    A St. Charles man who the city says has had an unfinished construction project lingering since the 1970s has been found in contempt of court. Clifford McIlvaine faces fines and possible jail time on June 22 when sentenced for missing numerous dates on a construction schedule he and the city agreed upon.

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    Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus were collected last week in Cook and DuPage counties.

    Bird, mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

    The Illinois Department of Public Health said Tuesday that the Chicago Department of Public Health collected a crow May 16 that tested positive. State and DuPage County Health Department workers collected positive mosquito samples on May 17. The mosquitoes were from Lemont and Norridge in Cook County, and Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, Lisle, Westmont and Woodridge in DuPage County.

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    Wauconda couple starting kids book business

    Wauconda residents Shawn and Christine Currie will soon launch Lookio Books, a customizable children's book business that became feasible when a Kickstarter campaign yielded more than $3,000 in three days. "We saw that the competition wasn't capitalizing on the Internet and social media, so we made a concentrated effort to develop those relationships," Shawn Currie said.

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    Nicholas Muniz

    Man accused of touching teens at St. Charles Target

    A 24-year-old Glen Ellyn man faces additional charges that he groped girls at a St. Charles Target this month after a 13-year-old saw his picture in the news and notified police. Nicholas E. Muniz is charged with several counts of discorderly conduct and battery and is due in court on June 22, according to police.

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    Des Plaines hosts river trail bike ride

    Des Plaines will host its second annual Des Plaines River Trail Bike Ride on Saturday, June 2. The ride kicks off at 9 a.m. from the Public Works Garage Facility, 1111 Joseph J. Schwab (Campground) Road, one block east of River Road, off Algonquin Road.

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    Dist. 26 president: early retirement offer win-win for district and teachers

    Cary Elementary District 26 is offering a $20,000 incentive for teachers to retire early. The early retirement option is available for teachers who have been approved to retire under the 2008-2011 contract.

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    Community responds to NCTV-17’s documentary project

    Do you remember what you were doing May 2 in Naperville? A local cable TV channel is planning to remind you, but not until this fall. All 17 members of the Naperville Community Television Channel 17 staff spent 24 straight hours May 2 recording the activities of the city's residents and workforce for a documentary to mark the station's 25th anniversary. Some community members also submitted...

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    Rep. Elaine Nekritz

    House passes Nekritz bill allowing videotaping of police

    Months after its initial proposal and just a day after the NATO summit that made the law a national issue, a plan to allow citizens to take video recordings of police officers was approved by the Illinois House. The proposal would allow citizens to record on-duty police officers in a public place. The House approved it by a 71-45 vote Tuesday, and it will be sent to the Senate for further debate.

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    Geneva examines fixed costs of supplying water, sewer service

    When it comes to the fixed costs of providing water and sewer service to buildings in Geneva, it looks like the various classes of users are being billed for their fair shares.

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    Springfield man arrested on cocaine charges in Elgin

    Elgin police arrested a 41-year-old Springfield, IL man on charges of possessing with intent to deliver a total of more than 100 grams of cocaine on two separate occasions last year. Zachary Bramlett was arrested as part of an undercover drug investigation.

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    Barrington High School administrator on leave, under review

    An administrator at Barrington High School is on paid leave while school officials conduct an internal review of financial and operational aspects of her position, Barrington Unit District 220 officials said Tuesday. The review does not involve any students or threat to their well-being, a district official said.

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    Cary teen likely injured in bike fall, police say

    Cary police say that a teenager who was airlifted to the hospital after he was found lying in a yard and bleeding from his head on Friday likely fell off his bike. The boy was awake and alert on Saturday, though he doesn't remember what happened.

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    Adler Park pool opens:

    Libertyville's Adler Park swimming pool opens for the summer season at noon Saturday, May 26.

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    Barrington man pleads to reduced charges

    A Barrington man pleaded guilty to domestic battery Tuesday after prosecutors reduced the charges from a felony to a misdemeanor. Thomas Abbatemarco, 38, was sentenced to 18 months probation and ordered to undergo drug an alcohol evaluation in exchange for his guilty plea.

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    Praise for Stevenson High:

    For the second time this month, a national magazine has named Stevenson High School as one of the best high schools in America, school officials announced Tuesday.

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    Nonprofit workshop:

    Registration is now open for the half-day training workshop, "Building Capacity of Non-Profits Through Marketing" scheduled for Tuesday, June 12.

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    Millburn school genocide display:

    The annual genocide museum put on by seventh graders at Millburn Central School will open for its final day Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    U.S. Army Spc. Samuel Watts

    Funeral planned for Wheaton soldier

    Visitation for U.S. Army Spc. Samuel Watts, 20, of Wheaton, will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St. Wheaton. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, at St. John Lutheran Church, 410 N. Cross St., Wheaton. Watts died Saturday from injuries he suffered April 25 while serving in Afghanistan.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Tri blotter

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    Police report
    Ann Thompson, 48, of the 200 block of Division Street, Elgin, was arrested and later charged with criminal trespassing Monday, according to police reports. Her bond was set at $5,000, of which she must pay 10 percent in order to be released before her court date, scheduled June 1 in Elgin.

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    Courtesy of Village of Antioch Rendering of a new proposed Antioch pool.

    Antioch to begin construction bidding for new pool

    After being a part of summer in Antioch for 56 years, Williams Park pool is being readied to open June 2 for one last season before an extensive makeover project. A final design has been sent to the Illinois Department of Public Health for review, and construction bidding for the new aquatic center will begin next month. "It gives to village residents what they were looking for," said Shawn Roby,...

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    Chicago police to receive free White Sox tickets

    Chicago police officers will get free tickets to a White Sox game as a thank you for their service during the NATO summit. Chicago White Sox Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf announced Tuesday that all sworn Chicago officers will receive two complimentary tickets to one of 10 select games this season.

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    Chicago man admits trespassing on Mount Rushmore

    Patrick Marshall, 53, whose last known address is Chicago, was arrested by park rangers on Monday afternoon as he clambered on loose rock directly below the carvings of four presidents at the monument in western South Dakota.

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    Lawyers mad about treatment of NATO plot suspects

    Defense attorneys are angry about the way three men accused of making Molotov cocktails and planning to use them to attack President Barack Obama's campaign police headquarters and other targets have been treated in jail.

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    Trustee Laurie Rabattini

    Island Lake trustee ends controversial blog

    Island lake Trustee Laurie Rabattini's blog has been a source of news, opinion and controversy since before she joined the board in 2009. She and her electronic followers used the forum to talk about the issues facing the village, to criticize Mayor Debbie Herrmann and other village officials and to promote various political agendas. However, that source of information has gone dark.

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    Terrell D. Wilson

    Carol Stream man made phony 911 call to evade us, cops say

    A Carol Stream man is facing felony charges for calling 911 and falsely reporting a man with a gun in an effort to avoid his own arrest, police said Tuesday. "He said the only way he could get away was to call 911," an officer said.

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    Students at Northwest Suburban High School District 214’s Newcomer Center in Arlington Heights take part in one of 20 programs in the district that utilize tablet computers. This week the district hosted more than 240 educators from across Illinois at an event showcasing its use of tablets in the classroom.

    District 214 showcases tablet programs for school leaders

    Students and staff from Northwest Suburban High School District 214 hosted the first Mobile Computing Showcase this week to share their experiences with teachers and administrators from more than 30 districts around Illinois looking for the best ways to integrate new technology in the classroom. District 214 for two years has been running pilot programs using tablet computers at all six of its...

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    A sketch of “A Look Back,” which the Batavia City Council chose Monday as the second sculpture to place on the Wilson Street bridge.

    Council selects second sculpture for downtown bridge

    "A Look Back" will be the second sculpture to grace Batavia's Wilson Street bridge. The city council chose the work by artists Oscar Leon and Jessica LoPresti Monday night. The sculpture, to be made of limestone, glass and bronze, will be more than 7 feet tall, and depict the history of the city from the time limestone was forming, through the arrival of the Fox River, into when American Indians...

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    Buffalo Grove officials said Monday they plan to remove about 7,100 parkway ash trees because of infestation by the emerald ash borer. The village joins many of its suburban neighbors in choosing removal over treatment as their primary weapon in the battle against the tree-ravaging pest.

    Buffalo Grove surrenders to emerald ash borer

    The emerald ash borer has a mighty track record of victories in the Northwest Suburbs. It can now add another mark to its tally. Buffalo Grove officials all but waved the white flag of surrender Monday when village trustees learned public works crews will be taking down more than 7,000 parkway ash trees over the next four years because of the insect infestation.

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    Restaurant attack may be battle over views on race

    The men charged in an attack on a group of diners at a Tinley Park restaurant may be tied to conflicting views on race.Prosecutors say the five Indiana men facing felony mob action and other charges assaulted the group because they believed they were associated with white supremacists.

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    Mary Beeson

    Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital nurses honored

    Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital awarded this year's Jean Ewing Nursing Excellence Award to Mary Beeson, RN, of Wadsworth, who works in the Northwestern Grayslake Emergency Center. She received the award during a Nurse's Week luncheon for exemplifying the highest standards of professional and nursing excellence.

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    Illinois Senate rejects anti-bullying legislation

    A push to make Illinois schools adopt more thorough policies to prevent bullying fell short in the state Senate. Some conservatives feared the bill would be used as cover to indoctrinate students. "There are some programs that are not just against bullying in general. Some of them tend to have an agenda of being pro-homosexual," said Sen. Kyle McCarter, a Lebanon Republican.

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    Illinois lawmakers want to monitor vehicle use

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois Senate wants a tighter rein on the use of state-owned vehicles. Senators voted 47-7 Tuesday to require agencies under the governor to determine whether buying cars for employee use is worth the money.

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    Illinois House OK’s ‘modernizing’ eavesdropping law

    SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois House has approved a proposal to allow people to audio record police officers and others in public. The 71-45 vote came after Rep. Elaine Nekritz appeased police concerns that recordings could be manipulated and used against officers in court.

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    Indicted Illinois lawmakers hands out scholarships

    SPRINGFIELD — Bribery charges haven’t stopped an Illinois lawmaker from handing out $185,000 worth of college scholarships.

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    Wheaton looks to increase oversight of downtown group

    Wheaton City Council members say they will continue to develop performance-based benchmarks to measure the success of a group charged with promoting the downtown business district. In addition, the council approved a seven-year agreement Monday that will allow the city to inspect and audit the financial records of the Downtown Wheaton Association with just 48-hour notice to the nonprofit...

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    Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Yukiya Amano, center, speaks to the media in Vienna, Austria, after returning from Iran on Tuesday. Amano said he has reached a deal with Iran on probing suspected work on nuclear weapons and adds that the agreement will “be signed quite soon.”

    Iran signals wider UN access as nuclear talks loom

    Iran made the first move Tuesday in attempts to gain an edge in nuclear talks with the U.S. and other world powers: It agreed in principle to allow U.N. inspectors to restart probes into a military site suspected of harboring tests related to atomic weapons.

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    N. Korea upgrading rocket launch site

    Satellite imagery shows North Korea is upgrading its old launch site in the secretive country's northeast to handle larger rockets, like space launch vehicles and intercontinental missiles, a U.S. institute claimed Monday.

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    Flight lands in Maine over odd passenger behavior

    A US Airways jetliner flying from Paris to Charlotte, N.C., was diverted to a Maine airport on Tuesday after an apparently mentally unstable French passenger announced that she had a surgically implanted device, a U.S. official briefed on the investigation said.

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    Associated Press This undated image released by PFCAuctions shows a vial containing Ronald Reagan’s dried blood residue. A Channel Islands online auction house has angered Ronald Reagan’s foundation by claiming to offer a vial that once contained his blood. The auctioneers say it was used by the laboratory that tested Reagan’s blood when he was hospitalized after a 1981 assassination attempt in Washington. Bidding for the vial had passed the 7,000 pound ($11,000) mark Tuesday May 22, 2012.

    Auction claims it’s selling vial with Reagan blood

    LONDON — A Channel Islands auction house says it’s selling a vial that allegedly contains blood residue from Ronald Reagan — a move denounced Tuesday by the late U.S. president’s foundation.The vial being auctioned online was used by the laboratory that tested Reagan’s blood when he was hospitalized after a 1981 assassination attempt in Washington, the PFCAuctions house said.

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    Renee Denton, director for medical oncology and pediatrics at Freeman Hospital, releases a lantern Tuesday, May 22, 2012 during Morning Has Broken event at Freeman Hospital. The lanterns were in remembrance of the May 22, 2011 tornado victims. The tornado killed 161 people and destroyed one-third of the city, making it the nation’s deadliest single tornado in six decades.

    Joplin remembers deadly tornado, one year later

    JOPLIN, Mo. — Malachi Murdock doesn’t remember the massive tornado that struck Joplin a year ago Tuesday, killing 161 people and nearly killing him.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 19-year-old Rosemont man was arrested in Des Plaines and charged with city ordinance criminal damage to property after he admitted writing graffiti with a black marker while waiting for a bus after coming to town to get job applications, police reports said.

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    Bartlett man suspected of multiple armed robberies

    The Kane County Sheriff's Office is holding a Bartlett man while various suburban departments investigate his possible connection to local crimes. Pawel D. Szymulewski, 19, last known to reside in the 200 block of Burton Drive, has so far been charged with armed robbery, possession of a stolen motor vehicle and possession of a converted motor vehicle, all felonies related to South Elgin cases,...

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    A group of residents opposing the Philhaven development gather outside the Wheeling village board meeting on Monday.

    Wheeling rejects mental health housing

    The Wheeling village board voted down a proposal for Philhaven, a low-income housing complex for residents with mental and physical disabilities, before an overflow crowd on Monday night. More than 120 people filled the village hall and many watched on a television outside the main room as the board listened to more than an hour of public comment for and against the Philhaven project before a 6-1...

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    An unusual fundraiser is planned for a Mundelein-area bar Saturday. The third-annual Chest Waxing Fundraiser honors the memory of Mary Alice Schutz. It’s organized by her children.

    Volunteers to get waxed in Mundelein to fight cancer

    An unusual cancer fundraiser is planned for a Mundelein-area bar on Saturday. The third-annual Chest Waxing Fundraiser is planned in the memory of Mary Alice Schutz by her family. "The young men who do it are doing it for a good cause," said Mundelein resident Pam Meehan, one of Schutz's daughters. "And they survive."

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    Tyler Caruso

    10th annual Tyler Caruso Memorial Concert set for Thursday

    Some people are so special, they continue to have an impact on their community even after they are gone. Tyler Caruso's dream of uniting the community through music lives on in the 10th annual Tyler Brett Caruso Memorial Concert, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in Lincoln Park.

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    Stephanie’s dad, Don Crookston

    Family history carved in her dad’s workbench

    A visit home reminds our Stephanie Penick of some of the lessons she learned -- and provides her with some new insight into her dad and his workbench.

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    Hollyhocks grow in an abandoned garden at a destroyed home in Joplin, Mo. Reconstruction continues in the community as the anniversary of an EF-5 tornado that destroyed a large swath of the city and killed 161 people approaches on May, 22.

    Joplin commemorates anniversary of deadly tornado

    JOPLIN, Mo. — A year after a massive tornado descended on Joplin and blotted out the setting sun, the city awoke Tuesday to bright sunshine as it began a day of solemn remembrance of that tragic spring night in which hundreds were killed or injured.

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    This three-photo combo shows a scene taken on May 28, 2011, top, July 21, 2011, center, and May 7, 2012, bottom, showing progress made in Joplin, Mo. in the year after an EF-5 tornado destroyed a large swath of the city and killed 161 people. In the top photo, Patrick O’Banion salvages items from his devastated home in a neighborhood now mostly cleared of debris.

    From rubble to rebuilding: A year in Joplin, Mo.

    JOPLIN, Mo. — The tornado that hit Joplin, Mo., a year ago took 161 lives, injured hundreds more and destroyed thousands of homes and buildings. It also fractured the landscape of the city and opened the door to a massive rebuilding and recovery operation.

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    In this photo taken Tuesday, May 8, 2012, groundwork is done for the new Mercy Hospital Joplin a couple miles south of the former St. John’s Regional Medical center it replaces in Joplin, Mo. Destroyed by an EF-5 tornado nearly a year ago, the hospital is in its third temporary facility while construction continues on the new building.

    Joplin hospital honors 2011 tornado survivors

    JOPLIN, Mo. — The Joplin, Mo., hospital where hundreds of injured residents sought help after a deadly tornado struck the town one year ago today is honoring its staff, rescue workers and storm survivors at a memorial service.

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    UN nuclear chief: Deal with Iran reached on probe

    VIENNA — Despite some remaining differences, a deal has been reached with Iran that will allow the U.N. nuclear agency to restart a long-stalled probe into suspicions that Tehran has secretly worked on developing nuclear arms, the U.N. nuclear chief said Tuesday.

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    Oregon workers awarded $332K in on-site toilet fight

    PORTLAND, Ore. — Two workers who claimed they were forced to urinate in a bucket have been awarded $332,000 after a jury found they were fired for complaining to Oregon regulators about the lack of an on-site toilet.

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    Bei Bei Shuai, 35, right, Indianapolis, hugs her friend, Sue Mak, second left, as attorney Linda Pence, left, looks on after Shuai’s release on bail from the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis on Tuesday, May 22, 2012. Shuai faces a December trial on charges of murder and feticide. Shuai, a Shanghai native, ate rat poison in a suicide attempt in December 2010 when she was 33 weeks pregnant.

    Indiana woman whose fetus died in suicide try freed

    INDIANAPOLIS — A Chinese immigrant has been released on bond after more than a year in an Indianapolis jail on charges that she killed her 33-week-old fetus by eating rat poison.Thirty-five-year-old Bei Bei Shuai says she is “very happy” to be out of jail Tuesday. Defense attorney Linda Pence says one of Shuai’s first moves will be to call her mother in China.

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    Dharun Ravi, center, sits with his attorneys Philip Nettl, left, and Steve Altman, right, as they listen during his sentencing in New Brunswick, N.J., Monday, May 21, 2012. Ravi, a former Rutgers University student who used a webcam to watch his roommate kiss another man days before the roommate killed himself was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail. A judge also gave 20-year-old Dharun Ravi three years of probation.

    What is hate? Rutgers webcam case rekindles debate

    NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — A week before Dharun Ravi was sentenced to jail for using a webcam to spy on a gay college roommate who later killed himself, supporters rallied behind him, arguing that New Jersey laws should be changed so that someone in his situation could not be found guilty of a hate crime.

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    Niagara Falls emergency officials rescue a man who plunged over Niagara Falls and survived in an apparent suicide attempt, Monday, May 21, 2012. The man is only the third person known to have gone over without a safety device and live. A waiting helicopter flew him to Hamilton General Hospital, where a spokeswoman says he has critical but non-life-threatening injuries.

    Man in stable condition after Niagara Falls plunge

    NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. — A man who survived a plunge of at least 180 feet over Niagara Falls — only the third person known to have done so without a safety device — was in stable condition Tuesday, a day after his apparent suicide attempt that led to a dramatic and painstaking rescue.

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    Antolin Garcia-Torres, 21, was arrested in the abduction of 15-year-old Sierra LaMar, a Northern California teenager who has been missing for more than two months. Garcia-Torres was responsible for LaMar’s disappearance and has been booked into the Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of murder and kidnapping, sheriff’s officials said.

    Man arrested in case of missing Calif. teen

    MORGAN HILL, Calif. — Authorities have arrested a man in the kidnapping and death of a Northern California teenager whose disappearance more than two months ago has prompted hundreds of volunteers to turn out for organized searches.

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    Delays on Metra Milwaukee line after crash near Deerfield

    Delays are taking place on the Metra's Milwaukee District North Line after a train collided with an SUV at a railroad crossing at Half Day Road, Metra officials said.

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    Sue Ellen Eichholz

    Roselle library fills trustee vacancy

    Because she's a regular patron with a savvy for marketing and finance, officials said Sue Ellen Eichholz is the perfect fit to fill a vacancy on the Roselle Public Library Board of Trustees. Eichholz will fill the seat of former Trustee Renee Riley, who stepped down in March when she moved out of state. Riley served for about three years and now Eichholz's seat will expire on April 9, 2013.

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    This is a recent view of Phase 1 of the Bartlett Veterans Memorial, which has been in the making for almost a decade. Phase 1 will be dedicated on Saturday, May 26.

    Phase one of Bartlett memorial ready for dedication

    It has been almost a decade in the making, but a portion of the Bartlett Veterans Memorial will finally be dedicated this weekend, just in time for Memorial Day. Bartlett veteran John Seger said the idea came where he and a few other veterans noticed a memorial that was hidden and filled with debris. "We were quite astonished when we found it,” Seger said.

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    Gina Manola demonstrates a key feature of playing her game, Feed the Woozle, at her home office in Urbana.

    Urbana woman creates children’s games

    It's not all fun and games for Gina Manola — even though they make up a large part of her work.The Urbana woman has developed six children's games — three already on the market and three more to be introduced this summer.

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    Screen capture of video from the International Crane Foundations Crane Chick Cam.

    Baraboo foundation streams video of crane chicks

    The International Crane Foundation in Baraboo is giving the world a chance to watch newly hatched whooping cranes grow. The foundation has launched its Crane Chick Cam, a streaming video of the endangered youngsters.

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    7th Heaven will be performing at an outdoor concert June 10 at Geneva Commons.

    Outdoor concerts return to Geneva Commons

    Geneva Commons is ready for the 10th year of making your summer nights full of free fun. In just two weeks, the outdoor mall's 10th annual Summer Concert Series will begin. Concerts will run every Wednesday and Sunday night throughout June, and until July 1 featuring great local cover bands.

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    Teen charged in Wisconsin car crash that killed 4

    MADISON, Wis. — A Madison teenager is charged in a crash that killed four passengers in his car.

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    C. Indiana county’s fair will go on despite fire

    SHELBYVILLE, Ind. — Organizers plan to put on a central Indiana county fair as best they can despite a weekend fire that destroyed its 133-year-old wooden grandstands.Charred wood and twisted siding are all that is left from the fire early Saturday at the Shelby County Fairgrounds in Shelbyville.

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    Dawn Patrol: Wheaton soldier dies in Afghanistan

    Wheaton soldier dies from wounds suffered in Afghanistan blast. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visits North Chicago after NATO summit. Elgin students to be offered breakfast. Roosters, guns, drugs found during McHenry County raid. Defendant in car surfing case pleads guilty to lesser charges. Man stabbed in Schaumburg.

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    Author and Mundelein native Robert Anderson Powell lived in Mexico's murder capital and covered that nation's worst pro soccer team.

    NATO, Cubs stressful? Try soccer in Mexican murder capital

    NATO clashes and a Cubs losing streak create stress for some of us, but it's nothing like the season Mundelein native Robert Andrew Powell spent covering the worst Mexican soccer team in the most murderous city. “We were not very good,” remembers Powell, who spoke Spanish to communicate with his high school teammates who emigrated from Mexico.

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    Harper updates Palatine council on construction

    Although Harper College doesn't require Palatine's approval to make physical changes, representatives Monday stopped by the village council meeting to bring officials up to speed on its campus master plan. Community college officials outlined four big programs that are beginning to ramp up, including a one-stop admissions and campus/student center.

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    Naperville resident named honorary consul to Slovakia

    A Naperville woman, Rosemary Macko Wisnosky, was named honorary consul of the Slovak Republic in Chicago during ceremonies Monday at Benedictine University.

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    Dodgers shortstop Dee Gordon leaps to avoid the slide by Arizona’s Justin Upton and complete a double play for the final outs of the game Tuesday in Phoenix.

    Dodgers rally in 9th to beat Diamondbacks 8-7

    Ivan De Jesus hit a two-run double with two outs in the ninth to give the Dodgers the lead and Dee Gordon went airborne to turn a game-ending double play as the Los Angeles Dodgers rallied past the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-7 on Tuesday night.

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    Tuesday’s softball scoreboard
    High school results from xxxday's varsity girls softballl games, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s girls soccer scoreboard
    High school results from Tuesday's varsity girls soccer games, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s boys volleyball scoreboard
    High school results from Tuesday's varsity boys volleyball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s baseball scoreboard
    High school results from Tuesday's varsity boys baseball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Angels starter C.J. Wilson had seven strikeouts with two walks Tuesday in Oakland.

    Wilson, Frieri combine on 1-hitter for Angels

    C.J. Wilson and Ernesto Frieri combined on a one-hitter and the Los Angeles Angels broke out of their offensive slump in a 4-0 win over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night. Albert Pujols homered for the third time in seven days while Mark Trumbo and Howie Kendrick both had RBI singles for the Angels, who had scored only five runs in their previous three games combined.

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    The Reds’ Brandon Phillips is congratulated by third base coach Mark Berry after hitting a two-run home run off Atlanta Braves pitcher Brandon Beachy in the first inning Tuesday in Cincinnati.

    Phillips hits 2 HRs to lead Reds over Braves

    Brandon Phillips drove in three runs with a pair of homers off Brandon Beachy on Tuesday night, leading Cincinnati to a 4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves. Rookie shortstop Zack Cozart also homered off Beachy (5-2) as the Reds got the best of another high-powered game.

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    Mets right fielder Lucas Duda slides but can’t come up with a foul ball hit by the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen during the fourth inning Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

    Mets hang on for 3-2 win in Pittsburgh

    His 80 mph knuckler dipping and darting all over the place, R.A. Dickey struck out a career-high 11 as the New York Mets hung on for a 3-2 victory. Dickey (6-1) tied a host of others for the most wins in the majors to continue the best start of his career.

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    New York’s Robinson Cano heads to the dugout after hitting a solo home run Tuesday at home against the Royals.

    Yankees edge Royals 3-2

    Robinson Cano homered, Phil Hughes beat Kansas City for the second time this month and New York eked out a 3-2 victory over the Royals on Tuesday night.

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    Tampa Bay’s Carlos Pena follows his fourth-inning, three-run home run off Toronto pitcher Drew Hutchison Tuesday at home.

    Slumping Pena homers as Rays beat Toronto

    Slumping Carlos Pena may have found his swing at the top of the Tampa Bay lineup. Pena hit a three-run homer during a five-run fourth, and the Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 8-5 on Tuesday night.

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    After throwing 35 pitches and barely escaping the first inning, Texas starter Matt Harrison (5-3) was nearly unhittable Tuesday night in Seattle.

    Texas ends Seattle’s win streak

    Elvis Andrus lined a two-strike pitch into the left-center field gap for a two-run triple, Josh Hamilton made two tremendous catches in center field and added an RBI double, and the Texas Rangers snapped Seattle's win streak at four with a 3-1 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night.

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    The Orioles’ Matt Wieters, right, greets Wilson Betemit at home plate after scoring on Betemit’s home run in the eighth inning Tuesday at home against Boston.

    Orioles beat Red Sox 4-1

    Brian Matusz allowed two hits and struck out nine in 6 1-3 innings, Steve Tolleson and Wilson Betemit both hit two-run homers, and Baltimore beat the Boston Red Sox 4-1 on Tuesday night.

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    Catcher Carlos Santana congratulates pitcher Chris Perez after the Indians beat the Detroit Tigers 5-3 Tuesday in Cleveland.

    Perez gets cheers, save as Indians beat Tigers

    After criticizing Cleveland's fans for failing to support the first-place Indians, Chris Perez wasn't sure what to expect when he came in for the ninth inning with another game on the line. As he entered the field, there was only one sound. The roar carried him.

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    San Francisco’s Buster Posey hits a two-run home run during the sixth inning Tuesday in Milwaukee.

    Posey homers in Giants’ 6-4 win over Brewers

    Buster Posey homered off the Miller Park scoreboard and had three RBIs as the San Francisco Giants beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 on Tuesday night. The Giants won for the eighth time in 11 games despite being outhit 11-5.

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    Washington’s Bryce Harper scores past Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz on a sacrifice fly by Adam LaRoche in the third inning Tuesday in Philadelphia.

    Nationals keep Phillies reeling

    Bryce Harper and the Washington Nationals continued their domination of the Philadelphia Phillies. The big surprise is they did it against ace Roy Halladay.

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    Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright celebrates with catcher Yadier Molina after delivering a four-hitter against the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in St. Louis.

    Wainwright’s complete game is 4-0 Cardinals win

    Adam Wainwright threw a four-hitter and the Cardinals beat the San Diego Padres 4-0 on Tuesday night. It was his first shutout victory since Aug. 6, 2010, and third in his career.

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    The Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco gave up three runs in the first inning, then settled down to set a franchise record for career victories on Tuesday in Miami.

    Nolasco sets win record as Miami beats Rockies 7-6

    On his third try, Ricky Nolasco became the Marlins' sole leader in career wins, improving his record to 69-53 as Miami edged Colorado 7-6 Tuesday night at home.

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    Lythberg, Prospect produce against Meadows

    A 10-day rest did Prospect's Hanna Lythberg a lot of good — and was treacherous to Rolling Meadows. Lythberg, who'd stayed off the pitching mound in recent days due to turf toe, returned to the hill Tuesday and stymied the Mustangs. Prospect blanked host Rolling Meadows 3-0 and will meet Barrington in Saturday's Class 4A regional final.

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    Northwest roundup/No letdown for Conant

    Mid-Suburban League softball champion Conant opened the state tournament with a 5-0 shutout over Hoffman Estates in the Hawks' Class 4A regional semifinal. Seeded No. 1 in the Barrington sectional, the Cougars (30-3) advanced to Saturday's 11 a.m. regional title game against the winner of today's semifinal between No. 8 Hersey and No. 9 Palatine.Senior Briana Cavin (27-2) threw a 6-hitter with 9 strikeouts and she went 3-for-4 with 1 run. Shortstop Allie Bauch was also 3-for-4 with a run teammates while Miranda Cavin, Kim Jacobson, Sarah Thompson, Megan Reff and Barb Linderman had the RBI for Conant. Plus other regional semifinals including softball teams from the northwest suburbs.

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    Northwest roundup/Fremd pulls upset

    Fremd came in seeded 12th and didn't inspire big hopes of an upset when it lost the first game of its regional semifinal against No. 5 Libertyville. But the Vikings rallied for a 16-25, 25-14, 25-19 win to advance to their regional final today. Plus a look at other regional action from the Northwest suburbs.

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    Barrington has OT magic against Boylan

    Barrington's Alex Avers knew exactly where Rockford Boylan goalkeeper Shelby Sonnefeldt was going to be. It just took her a little while to get a shot off. When Avers did get that shot it turned out to be a game-closer, as she drilled it past Sonnefeldt in the second overtime of the Boylan Class 3A sectional semifinal Tuesday. Avers took a pass from Jenna Szczesny in the first minute of the second overtime and put it in the back of the net to give the Fillies a 3-2 win. Barrington (18-5) will go for its fourth straight sectional title at 6:30 p.m. Friday against Huntley, which won its semifinal in a shootout over Jacobs.

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    Baseball/Scouting DuPage County’s Class 3A/4A sectionals
    Neuqua Valley is scorching hot and could make a run like the one that saw the Wildcats finish third at Class 4A state in 2008. Hinsdale South is a No. 2 seed but hasn't had a lengthy postseason since it made the super sectionals in 2004. In Class 3A Glenbard South is trying to turn a strong end to the regular season into a sectional title at home.

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    Warren’s a winner vs. Grant

    Lisiann Rodriguez hit a 2-run triple in a 3-run first inning and added a solo homer in the sixth, as Warren’s softball team opened state tournament play Tuesday with a 4-0 over No. 4 Grant in a semifinal of the Class 4A Warren regional.Lyn DeMeyer had an RBI single in the first off Grant ace Rachel DePouw, as Warren (31-4-1), the top seed in its own regional, advanced to Saturday’s 2:30 p.m. final against the winner of today’s 4:30 p.m. game between No. 2 Zion-Benton and No. 3 McHenry.Amy Ricci added a double for the Blue Devils, while Jana Wagner dominated in the circle. The sophomore pitched all 7 innings, scattering 3 hits, walking one and striking out eight.Carmel 14, Waukegan 0: At Carmel, the regional top seed cruised to a five-inning win over the fourth-seeded Bulldogs in a Class 4A regional semifinal.Kathleen Felicelli continued to swing a hot bat for Carmel, going 3-for-4 with a home run, triple and 5 RBI. Sally Snarski also went 3-for-4, with one of her hits being a double. The Corsairs got 2-hit games from Kelley Dodge, Amy Abel (double, 2 RBI) and Jenny Behan (double). Skyler Zak singled and knocked in 2 runs. Nicole Bitter earned the win, allowing 2 hits and striking out seven in a complete-game performance.Carmel will play in the regional final at 11 a.m. Saturday against the winner of today’s 4:30 p.m. game between No. 2 Libertyville and No. 3 Mundelein at Carmel.

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    Lake Forest puts an end to Lakes’ run

    For yet another year, Lakes' girls soccer team reached the sectional semifinals. The Eagles have made a habit of deep postseason runs in recent seasons, with sectional finals and a supersectional appearance, too. This spring, fifth-seeded Lakes showed a lot of character and promise reaching the sectional again and played well for about a half of Tuesday night's Class 2A semifinal match. But the Eagles (14-10-1) were overwhelmed by the talented No. 2 seed, Lake Forest, in a 5-2 loss Tuesday in Lake Villa.

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    Glenbrook South’s Eleni Haramaras, left, makes contact with Palatine’s Kaitlyn Burke as she tries to control the ball during Tuesday’s game.

    Cronin, Glenbrook South handle Palatine

    Fifth-seeded Glenbrook South and superb striker April Cronin broke the hearts of the Palatine girls soccer faithful Tuesday evening as the Titans overwhelmed the sectional hosts 6-2 to end the season for the No. 13 Pirates (14-9-2), who were hosting semifinal action at Chic Anderson Stadium. Cronin struck three times before 20 minutes had elapsed, and she put the finishing touches on a brilliant offensive show at 53 minutes to give the Titans (19-4-4) their 13th consecutive victory and a place in Friday's sectional final with No. 2 Buffalo Grove.

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    White Sox starter Gavin Floyd gets a visit from pitching coach Don Cooper and catcher A.J. Pierzynski during the Twins’ 4-run second inning Tuesday night. Floyd gave up another 5 runs in the fourth.

    Long day for Floyd, White Sox

    The emotional toll from Tuesday morning's funeral Mass for pregame instructor Kevin Hickey appeared to spill over into the White Sox' game against the Twins. Starter Gavin Floyd had yet another tough outing against Minnesota and the Sox lost 9-2, snapping their four-game winning streak.

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    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com St. Charles North's Kelly Manski, right, makes contact with Geneva's Michaela Loebel as she leaps for a header.

    St. Charles N. ousts Geneva

    At the start of Tuesday's Class 3A Schaumburg Sectional semifinal with Geneva, St. Charles North's Kenzie Rose sported a clean, white headband on her forehead. By the end of the match, that headband was more gray than white, and the smudge that she put on that cloth in the ninth minute of play should be autographed by all the North Stars. That mark came as Rose rose to meet Kelly Manski's left wing corner kick. Rose headed the ball into the net, which certainly set the underdogs on their way to an eventual 2-0 victory.

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    Bianca Catalano of Lake Park makes the catch, but Angela Scalzitti of York is safe after stealing third base during Class 4A girls softball in the Hinsdale South regional on Tuesday.

    Lake Park comeback falls short against York

    Tessa Kroll couldn't believe the pickle she found herself in.Sailing through five innings with a 7-run lead, York's senior pitcher suddenly was a Lake Park hit from losing it all, the bases loaded in a two-run game. Worse, four Kroll walks had contributed to the trouble.

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    St. Viator likes the look of victory

    Since style points don't count for anything in posteason girls soccer, St. Viator is a pretty happy program.The top-seeded Lions pulled out a 1-0 victory over No. 4 Deerfield on Tuesday afternoon in the Class 2A Lakes sectional semifinal in Lake Villa. Katelyn Hammarlund scored the game-winning goal in the 75th minute. The Lions (13-8-4) advance to the sectional championship and will play second-seeded Lake Forest (16-4-2) at 6 p.m. Friday.

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    Tough day off the field too for Sox

    The White Sox said so long to pregame instructor and former relief pitcher Kevin Hickey on Tuesday during a funeral Mass at Old St. Pat's Church. Hickey died last Wednesday at the age of 56. "It's not fun," Paul Konerko said. "Those things are never fun. You know, sometimes life gets in the way of baseball and you see what's really important."

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    Hudson eager to help White Sox wherever needed

    Orlando Hudson officially joined the White Sox Tuesday, less than a week after being waived by the San Diego Padres. Hudson didn't start against the Twins, but he took groundballs at third base in preparation for a shift from second base. Also Tuesday, the Sox placed third baseman Brent Morel on the disabled list with a lumbar back strain.

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    Benet rolls past Glenbard South

    Benet was worried that Tuesday's Class 2A Nazareth sectional semifinal might be a "trap game." It turns out it was the Redwings who set the trap.

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    Elena Pivek of Lisle heads the soccer ball during the Lions’ 1-0 win over St. Edward Tuesday at the Class 1A Hinckley-Big Rock supersectional.

    Lisle downs St. Edward, heads to state

    It didn't matter that the Lisle girls soccer team managed but 3 shots against a stringent St. Edward defense. It only mattered that one of those 3 shots went in the net. Junior Skyler Tomko scored unassisted from the top of the 18-yard box with 16:06 left in the second half, and junior goalkeeper Vanessa Roach stopped 11 shots as Lisle denied St. Edward a return trip to the Class 1A state finals with a 1-0 victory at the Hinckley-Big Rock supersectional Tuesday.

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    Lake County roundup

    Sophomore Michael Heinz hammered 6 kills on 15-of-15 hitting and added 3 aces on 10-of-12 serving, as Vernon Hills’ boys volleyball team defeated Lake Zurich 25-18, 25-16 in a regional semifinal at North Chicago on Tuesday night.No. 3 Vernon Hills (32-4) will play No. 6 Zion-Benton for the regional at 7 p.m. today.Martin Niemczewski (8-of-8 hitting) and Thomas Robinson (7 of 9) added 5 kills apiece for the Cougars. Evan Borden and Max Spiglanin chipped in 3 kills apiece, while Spiglanin also had 3 blocks. Sophomore Ryan Opitz dished out 17 assists on 36-of-36 setting.“We made far too many errors in the first set,” Vernon Hills coach Chris Curry said. “But as coaches, we’re trying to remember that tonight was the first state playoff match for most of the guys we had in uniform tonight. They settled down, and we got everyone some touches. We’re looking forward to the final.”Stevenson d. Lake Forest: At Stevenson, Jason Fleischman had 6 kills and 3 blocks, as the second-seeded Patriots won their regional semifinal 25-5, 25-16 and capture their 30th victory.Stevenson (30-4) also got 5 kills from Collin Ryan, while Jonah May contributed 10 assists (16-of-16 setting. Robbie Redman had 3 aces and 7 digs.Stevenson will play for the regional championship tonight against No. 10 Carmel.Carmel d. Warren: At Stevenson, the 10th-seeded Corsairs rallied for a 14-25, 25-21, 25-22 victory over the seventh-seeded Blue Devils.Carmel trailed in the third set 17-13.Zion-Benton d. Mundelein: At North Chicago, the 11th-seeded Mustangs lost 25-21, 25-15 to the sixth-seeded Zee-Bees.Mundelein got 5 kills apiece from Corey Flores, Parker Tortorello and Blake Burton.

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    Bartlett notches easy win

    Bartlett 11, Hinsdale Central 1: Tori Burke (16-6) threw a 4-hitter with 8 strikeouts as the Hawks (27-8) won in five innings in the semifinals of the Class 4A Bartlett regional. The Hawks will play the winner of today’s game between Glenbard West and Wheaton Warrenville South in the 11 a.m. regional final on Saturday. Sydney Johnson led Bartlett’s offense with a double and a triple.Fremd 5, Streamwood 0: Dani Fisher, Kaylee Jambor and Brittany Delao each had 2 hits for Streamwood in its loss at the Class 4A Fremd regional. Kaitlyn Hedger took the loss for the Sabres (10-23).

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    Lake County roundup

    Sophomore Michael Heinz hammered 6 kills on 15-of-15 hitting and added 3 aces on 10-of-12 serving, as Vernon Hills’ boys volleyball team defeated Lake Zurich 25-18, 25-16 in a regional semifinal at North Chicago on Tuesday night.No. 3 Vernon Hills (32-4) will play No. 6 Zion-Benton for the regional at 7 p.m. today.Martin Niemczewski (8-of-8 hitting) and Thomas Robinson (7 of 9) added 5 kills apiece for the Cougars. Evan Borden and Max Spiglanin chipped in 3 kills apiece, while Spiglanin also had 3 blocks. Sophomore Ryan Opitz dished out 17 assists on 36-of-36 setting.“We made far too many errors in the first set,” Vernon Hills coach Chris Curry said. “But as coaches, we’re trying to remember that tonight was the first state playoff match for most of the guys we had in uniform tonight. They settled down, and we got everyone some touches. We’re looking forward to the final.”Stevenson d. Lake Forest: At Stevenson, Jason Fleischman had 6 kills and 3 blocks, as the second-seeded Patriots won their regional semifinal 25-5, 25-16 and capture their 30th victory.Stevenson (30-4) also got 5 kills from Collin Ryan, while Jonah May contributed 10 assists (16-of-16 setting. Robbie Redman had 3 aces and 7 digs.Stevenson will play for the regional championship tonight against No. 10 Carmel.Carmel d. Warren: At Stevenson, the 10th-seeded Corsairs rallied for a 14-25, 25-21, 25-22 victory over the seventh-seeded Blue Devils.Carmel trailed in the third set 17-13.Zion-Benton d. Mundelein: At North Chicago, the 11th-seeded Mustangs lost 25-21, 25-15 to the sixth-seeded Zee-Bees.Mundelein got 5 kills apiece from Corey Flores, Parker Tortorello and Blake Burton.

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    Prairie Ridge tops Burlington Central

    Defense was the name of the game as Prairie Ridge and Burlington Central battled in the semifinals of the Class 2A Belvidere girls soccer sectional Tuesday night. Both backlines and both goalkeepers put on an exhibition, but the Wolves were able to find the back of the net late in the first half and held on for a 1-0 victory at Funderburg Stadium.

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    Okamoto, Buffalo Grove stop Stevenson

    Second-seeded Buffalo Grove continued its hair-raising ride in the playoffs on Tuesday night when two first-half goals and a sensational spot kick save from senior keeper Katie Okamoto held off fifth-seeded Stevenson in a 2-1 victory at Chic Anderson Stadium in Palatine. The Bison (15-5-1) will face Glenbrook South on Friday night in the Palatine sectional championship after the Titans (19-4-4) rolled past the host Pirates 6-2 in the first of two semifinals.

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    Miami Heat’s Mario Chalmers (15), Joel Anthony, LeBron James (6) and Udonis Haslem (40) cheer late in the fourth quarter of Game 5 of an NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers in Miami.

    James, Wade lead Heat to 115-83 win over Pacers

    Miami took a big step forward. Indiana lost two forwards. Suddenly, the road back to the Eastern Conference finals no longer looks daunting for the Heat. LeBron James scored 30 points, Dwyane Wade added 28, and the Heat moved a win away from the NBA's final four with a 115-83 victory over the hurting Pacers on Tuesday night.

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    Hampshire’s Bram steps down

    When Ken Bram came into the Hampshire softball program seven years ago he admits he knew little about softball. "I played baseball all my life but when I started here I hadn't watched one inning of a softball game," said Bram, who was an assistant that first year and the Whip-Purs' head coach the past six seasons. Bram announced earlier this month that this would be his last season coaching, and Tuesday's 13-4 loss to Burlington Central in the Class 3A regional semifinal at Central marked the end of his tenure in the Hampshire dugout.

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    Cayton’s career, Hersey’s season end at Glenbrook S.

    Hersey senior setter Mark Cayton might have played his finest match ever Tuesday at Glenbrook South, but the host Titans denied the Huskies in boys volleyball regional action in three games.

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    Minnesota Twins’ Justin Morneau watches his three-run home run during the Twins’ five-run fourth inning against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday in Chicago. The White Sox catcher is A.J. Pierzynski.

    Walters throws 1st complete game for Twins

    P.J. Walters tossed his first career complete game and Justin Morneau hit a three-run homer as the Minnesota Twins routed the Chicago White Sox 9-2 on Tuesday night. Walters cruised in his third start of the season to snap Chicago's four-game winning streak. He gave up a solo homer to Gordon Beckham with one out in the first inning, but allowed little else.

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    Cary-Grove finally gets to Huntley

    It takes a special performance to upset the high-powered offense of Cary-Grove's softball team, and Huntley freshman pitcher Haley Spannraft nearly had one of those afternoons. Unfortunately for No. 4 Huntley, it was almost. Through 5 innings, Spannraft worked on what could have been a gem to remember, giving it her all during a 4-hit shutout. Cary-Grove, the Class 4A Huntley regional top seed, failed to get runners in scoring position across in the first, fourth and fifth innings. But Cary-Grove's bats came alive in the sixth. The Trojans capitalized on an error on Jamie Deering's pop fly to left, which opened up the flood gates to a 4-run inning that saw Lindsay Efflandt drive in the first and winning run on a single to lift Cary-Grove into Saturday's regional final with a 4-0 win in Huntley Tuesday afternoon.

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    Upset special? Not this time, says WW South

    Naperville Central was hoping for the type of upset that makes sports so special, but the heavily favored Wheaton Warrenville South boys volleyball team was having no part of any Cinderella stories developing at its expense.

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    Burlington Central comes back to beat Hampshire

    Burlington Central softball coach Cray Allen did not want his Rockets to be "that team." "I did not want to be that story that got out to all the rest of the teams by 6:30," Allen said. "We didn't want to be that team." But until the bottom of the fifth inning on Rocket Hill Tuesday, it looked like Twitter and Facebook might be lighting up with some upset news. The No. 8 Rockets righted the ship in time, though, scoring 9 runs in their final two at-bats to beat Hampshire 13-4 in one semifinal of the Class 3A Burlington Central regional.

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    Energized Elk Grove handles Dundee-Crown

    No one can say the battery for Elk Grove's softball team wasn't charged up to start the IHSA state tournament on Tuesday. Senior pitcher Dani Goranson (4-for-4, 2 RBI) and her classmate and catcher Devan Parkison (3-for-3, 3 RBI, walk) each missed the cycle by one extra base hit as the No. 2-seeded Grenadiers posted a 12-0 five-inning victory over No. 15 Dundee-Crown in their own Class 4A regional. The Grens (27-8) advanced to Saturday's 11 a.m. championship game against the winner of today's 4:30 p.m. semifinal between No. 10 Schaumburg (17-14) and No. 6 Elgin (20-11).

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    Relief pitcher Sean Marshall has worked both as a setup man and closer for manager Dusty Baker’s Reds.

    Former Cubs reliever Sean Marshall has no quibbles about his Reds role
    Cubs fans won't be surprised to know that former fan favorite Sean Marshall is going along with whatever plans the Cincinnati Reds have for their bullpen. And Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles wonders whether Cubs fans would rather have Tyler Colvin and DJ LeMahieu back and part of the team's rebuilding plan.

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    Fish, Verkler merit all-American honors

    Grayslake North’s AJ Fish and Libertyville’s Kevin Verkler were among 11 players from Illinois chosen all-American, the Illinois High School Lacrosse Association announced.Fish was also named first team all-state and first team all-conference. Grayslake North’s Brendan Walker and Matt Schlagetter were named second team all-conference, and their teammates Ben Smith and David Collins were selected honorable mention all-conference.

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    The next time Nick Goshe is on the football sideline, he wil be wearing Fremd colors. He served as Grayslake Central’s head coach the last five years.

    Goshe leaves Grayslake Central in good shape

    Nick Goshe gets a kick out of Grayslake Central soccer. The success of the school's girls volleyball, boys track and cross country, baseball, boys and girls basketball and wrestling programs get him equally juiced and make him proud to be a Ram. He's more than just a fan, though. He's also the head football coach. Well, he was until last Thursday, when he informed his players and Grayslake Central's administration that he was resigning. Goshe's passion, attention to detail, organizational skills, fresh ideas and love and knowledge of football were obvious even during his first two years as head coach, when the Rams won all of one game.So after two straight playoff berths and accomplishments that go beyond wins on the field, it's no surprise that the 33-year-old's desire for another challenge has resulted him moving on to what he hopes are "greener" pastures.

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    Kane County Cougars, Illini announce partnership

    The Kane County Cougars announced a partnership with Illinois Tuesday that will give Fighting Illini fans discounts on tickets to certain Cougars games. The Cougars will host "Illini Night" on June 30.

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    White Sox starter Jake Peavy will have a lot to say about how the team is doing in the AL Central race as the July trade deadline approaches.

    Cubs’ Rizzo, Sox’ Peavy hot topics

    For the next two months, much of the speculation surrounding the Cubs and Sox will involve Jake Peavy and Anthony Rizzo.

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    Questions on Konerko, Kane and so many others

    Questions without answers from inside and outside the world of sports, including "Whose day is it to watch Patrick Kane?"

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    Curtis Tyrrell, director of Golf Course Operations at Medinah Country Club, has been working for more than three years to prepare the course for the 2012 Ryder Cup.

    The man with the plan says all is well

    After three-plus intense years of preparation by Curtis Tyrrell and his staff, including surviving everything Mother Nature could possibly throw his way, the Director of Golf Course Operations, now in his fifth year on the job, is ready for Medinah to assume the spotlight as host for one of golf's biggest international events.

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    Due to an injury, Tom Watson will not be able to defend the Senior PGA Championship title he won last season at Valhalla Golf Club in Kentucky. The 2012 title chase begins Thursday at the new Harbor Shores resort course in Benton Harbor, Mich.

    Former Medinah pro ready for Senior PGA Championship

    In his weekly golf column, Len Ziehm reports on the Chicago connections with the the 73rd Senior PGA Championship, one of the majors on the Champions Tour. It begins a 72-hole run on Thursday at the new Harbor Shores resort course in Benton Harbor, Mich. Mike Harrigan, a former Medinah pro, is in the starting field.

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    Curtis Tyrrell, director of Golf Course Operations at Medinah Country Club, has been working for more than three years to prepare the course for the 2012 Ryder Cup, which runs Sept. 25-30 at Medinah.

    Medinah ready for the Ryder spotlight

    After three-plus intense years of preparation by Curtis Tyrrell and his staff, including surviving everything Mother Nature could possibly throw his way, the Director of Golf Course Operations, now in his fifth year on the job, is ready for Medinah to assume the spotlight as host for one of golf's biggest international events.

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    NFL wins salary cap fight with Redskins, Cowboys

    ATLANTA — An arbitrator has upheld the salary cap reductions the NFL placed on the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins for this and next season.Stephen Burbank ruled Tuesday in favor of the league and dismissed the grievances filed by both teams. The Redskins lost $36 million over two years, and the Cowboys $10 million for overloading contracts during the uncapped 2010 season despite league warnings against such maneuvering.The Cowboys and Redskins, who filed their grievances against the league and players association, said in a joint statement they would “abide by the arbitrator’s decision to dismiss.”“We will continue to focus on our football teams and the 2012 season,” said the statement from the NFC rivals.Before the grievance was filed on May 10, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the reduction forced the team to “go into the future and get some of those dollars that we wouldn’t have had to do had we not had that adjustment. So that will just create a challenge for us in the future.”

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    Detroit Lions defensive lineman Nick Fairley drills against Edmon McClam Monday during practice in Allen Park, Mich.

    Nate Burleson: Lions need less emotion sometimes

    ALLEN PARK, Mich. — Nate Burleson says he didn’t see what fellow Detroit Lions receiver Titus Young did to get himself dismissed from team workouts this week.He just knows what he’d like to see out of the Lions, who lost their cool at times last season and watched their feel-good offseason in which they’ve lost only one key player marred a bit by off-the-field news.“We’re a tough team and I think at times we have to dial down our emotions whether it’s during the season, during workouts, during OTAs,” Burleson said Tuesday. “We just got to know how to turn our energy in the right direction and utilize it for our benefit. If we can do that, I think a lot of people will see an even better season than we had last year.”Detroit earned a spot in the playoffs last year for the first time in more than a decade with its first 10-win season since 1995. Still, Ndamukong Suh infamously stomped on the right arm of Green Bay’s Evan Dietrich-Smith, drawing a two-game suspension, and coach Jim Schwartz got in the face of San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh after a loss. Before losing at New Orleans in the playoffs, Detroit wasted chances to beat the Saints during the regular season with a slew of penalties — including an unnecessary roughness call on Young — that cost the team more than 100 yards.Burleson said he was working out with teammates recently when Young and safety Louis Delmas had a confrontation.“I don’t know if it was a punch, a push, a shove,” Burleson said. “It’s one of those things that happens all the time. To be honest, when I played in Minnesota we fought like every other day. It wasn’t that serious.”Schwartz has declined to say why Young was among the players missing from voluntary workouts.“I know he’s working where he’s at right now,” Burleson said. “Obviously, coach knows about Titus and his situation more than we do.”Burleson said the Lions have a tight-knit team that hangs out a lot off the field. That gives him confidence that the Young-Delmas scrap won’t have a lingering effect in the locker room when the second-year pro is able to rejoin his teammates.“I’m pretty sure when he gets back to work, it’ll be business as usual,” Burleson said. “We’re not concerned. We don’t have any cancers on this team or anybody that is dragging us down. We have a strong team and we’re headed in the right direction.”The Lions have accomplished almost all their goals this offseason — including extending Calvin Johnson’s contract, re-signing Stephen Tulloch and keeping Cliff Avril — but they’ve lamented having to answer non-football questions about four players coming off their rookie season.The Young-related news followed three players — Nick Fairley, Mikel Leshoure and Johnny Culbreath — having marijuana-related run-ins with law enforcement this offseason.“I’m not going to start questioning the organization and the people they select to come here because of a couple mistakes,” Burleson said. “In life, that’s going to happen, especially when you’re young.”

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    NFL passes new pad rules for players

    ATLANTA — The NFL made thigh and knee pads mandatory equipment for the 2013 season, something the players’ union was not pleased with.Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay, chairman of the competition committee, said Tuesday at an owners meeting that because this is a playing rule, the league can apply it unilaterally.“We have a vote of the membership and can implement,” McKay said. “Some of us felt we were remiss that we took it out of the rule book — high school and college makes it mandatory — and in our mind that is how it should be and will be in 2013. “We have some work to do with the union.”McKay said the league will meet with NFL Players Association representatives on the issue, something they have discussed in the past. But the NFLPA argued that the move should be negotiated.“Any change in working conditions is a collectively bargained issue,” the union said. “While the NFL is focused on one element of health and safety today, the NFLPA believes that health and safety requires a comprehensive approach and commitment. We are engaged in and monitor many different issues, such as players’ access to medical records, prescription usage and the situation with professional football’s first responders, NFL referees. “We always look forward to meeting with the NFL to discuss any and all matters related to player health and safety.”If the pads rule does go into effect on the field, it still won’t be until next year so equipment manufacturers can work on safety and comfort.McKay couldn’t see any negatives to adding the thigh and knee pads.“There’s no downside, they have to add some sort of protection,” he said. “In our football system, everyone wears them up to our game. Common sense tells you it has to be safer for (protection against) thigh injuries and knee bruises. If players have worn it in Pop Warner, high school and college ... from a safety standpoint it is time to put it back in.”Former All-Pro safety Troy Vincent, now an NFL vice president, explained why there could be pushback from the players.“It’s psychological. Less pads you are faster, skinnier, that’s just the way I was introduced to the (pro) game,” he said. “It’s a culture shift. They will adjust.”Should a player not have the pads on when he enters a game, he will be sent off the field by a game official. “It’s the same as if he ran on without a helmet,” McKay said. “It is a safety rule.” The owners also voted to move the trading deadline from after Week 6 to after Week 8, and to allow one “marquee” player placed on injured reserve to return to practice after the sixth game and to the lineup after the eighth game. That player must be on the 53-man roster after the final preseason cut.Terrell Suggs, the 2011 Defensive Player of the Year, could fall into that category. Suggs recently underwent surgery for a torn Achilles tendon. If the Ravens believe Suggs can make it back in midseason, as the linebacker has predicted, they could use the IR special designation for him.

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    White Sox scouting report

    The White Sox are back at .500 (21-21) after sweeping a three-game interleague series vs. the Cubs at Wrigley Field and extending their winning streak to four. Minnesota has won four of five but still has the worst record (14-27) in the American League.

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    Antioch catcher senior Joe Gregory is ready to throw.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from track, baseball, softball, tennis and soccer.

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    Buffalo Grove’s Robert Hawkins pitched a shutout against Wheeling during regional quarterfinal play at Buffalo Grove on Monday.

    Hawkins elevates Buffalo Grove

    Buffalo Grove senior left-hander Robert Hawkins went a long time before getting his first varsity victory. Now he has four in a row after throwing a 4-hitter to lead the Bison past Wheeling 4-0 in a Class 4A Stevenson regional quarterfinal.

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    Hinsdale C. ousts Stevenson

    Girls lacrosseHinsdale Central 18, Stevenson 8: With the loss to fourth-seeded Hinsdale Central, Stevenson wrapped up its best season in school history with a 14-6 record.Rachael Banas led the Patriots with 4 goals while Nikki Brodeur added 2 and Erin Rice and Makala Udoni each had 1 goal.

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    Ito’s in at Wisconsin

    Victoria Ito, one of one of the top liberos in the state this season for Buffalo Grove, has been rewarded by signing a letter of intent on May 4 to play Division I volleyball at Wisconsin.

Business

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    Premier Banquets in East Dundee has been fined seven times for noise violations.

    East Dundee banquet hall fined seven times for noise

    An East Dundee business that faced neighborhood opposition long before it even opened has been fined seven times for playing music too loudly. Premier Banquets owes $700 for six violations that occured in March and one more that happened in April. Owner Jim Nagle has since installed sound-proofing insulation to keep the noise down.

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    The core of his presidential candidacy under attack, Mitt Romney has yet to shape a playbook to defend a quarter-century in the business world that created great riches for himself and great hardship, at times, for some American workers.

    Romney's Bain playbook unclear as attacks grow

    The core of his presidential candidacy under attack, Mitt Romney has yet to shape a playbook to defend a quarter-century in the business world that created great riches for himself and great hardship, at times, for some American workers.Romney and his aides have struggled to respond consistently to intensifying criticism about his tenure at Bain Capital and how it would be reflected in his presidency.

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    Dennis Woodside

    The new faces at helm of Motorola Mobility

    Dennis Woodside took over Tuesday as the new chief executive officer of Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility, but who else is at the helm? Here's the new lineup.

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    Greg Brown

    Motorola’s Brown glad to see ‘tough journey’ complete

    Greg Brown, CEO of Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions, said Tuesday's news of Google closing its acquisition on Motorola Mobility was part of a strategy he offered about four years ago. While the close of the deal was "wonderful news" and "confirmation of what we believed all along," Brown said, "that was a brutally tough journey with lots of ups and downs."

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    n a photo made May 7, 2012, trader John Vaccarine, right, works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Wall Street was headed for a slightly lower open on Tuesday May 22, 2012, with Dow Jones industrial futures marginally down.

    A late slide erases stock market gains

    Just how nervous are investors about Greece? All it took to derail a day of stock market gains was a headline saying that the country was preparing to leave the euro, an outcome many analysts expect to happen eventually.

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    Arens Controls has long history in the suburbs

    Arens Controls' roots date back to the early days of flying. Aviation technology pioneer Charles Arens was fascinated with machinery and the control of various mechanical devices, leading him to found the company in 1939. Today, Arens employs about 150 people and designs and manufactures electromechanical controls, hybrid vehicle components and other power electronics for vehicles.

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    This 1955 photo illustration provided by LG Electronics, shows an ad for a Zenith “Flash-Matic,” the first wireless TV remote control. A spokesman for Zenith Electronics says engineer Eugene Polley, the inventor of the device, died May 20, of natural causes in Downers Grove. He was 96.

    Eugene Polley, inventor of TV remote, dies at 96

    Couch potatoes everywhere can pause and thank Eugene Polley for hours of feet-up channel surfing. His invention, the first wireless TV remote, began as a luxury, but with the introduction of hundreds of channels and viewing technologies it has become a necessity.

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    Americans bought more previously owned homes in April, a hopeful sign that the weak housing market is gradually improving. The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that home sales rose 3.4 percent last month to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.62 million.

    US home sales up across the country, hopeful sign

    Americans are buying more homes in every region of the country, the latest indication that the housing market could be on the mend.

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    Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Schapiro, left, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chair Gary Gensler, standing, arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington Tuesday to testify before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on JPMorgan Chase’s multibillion-dollar trading loss.

    SEC reviewing JPMorgan’s filings after $2 billion loss

    Federal regulators are reviewing what JPMorgan Chase told investors about its finances and the risks it took weeks before suffering a multibillion-dollar trading loss.

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    Associated Press Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Mary Schapiro, seated, accompanied by Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chair Gary Gensler, right, and Robert Cook, director of Trading and Markets at the SEC, prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May 22, 2012, before the Senate Banking Committee hearing on JPMorgan Chase’s multibillion-dollar trading loss.

    SEC reviewing JPMorgan’s filings after $2B loss

    Federal regulators are reviewing what JPMorgan Chase told investors about its finances and the risks it took weeks before suffering a multibillion-dollar trading loss. Mary Schapiro, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, told the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday that the agency is examining JPMorgan's earnings statements and first-quarter financial reports to determine if they were "accurate and truthful."

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    ICANN resumes bids for new Internet suffixes

    NEW YORK — The organization overseeing a major expansion of Internet addresses has reopened its system for letting companies and organizations submit proposals.The Web-based system had been shut down since April 12 because of a software glitch that exposed some private data. At the time, the system was supposed to reopen within four business days. But it took longer to fix the problem and to notify affected applicants.Up to 1,000 domain name suffixes — the “.com” part of an Internet address — could be added each year in the most sweeping change to the domain name system since its creation in the 1980s.The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, has extended the deadline for submitting proposals to May 30.Each application costs $185,000.

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    Stocks turn higher after housing report

    NEW YORK — An encouraging report on the housing market nudged most stocks higher on Tuesday, while Facebook took another fall.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 36 points to 12,540 a half-hour after noon. JPMorgan Chase, which has been hammered since disclosing a $2 billion trading loss May 10, rose 5 percent on Tuesday and was the Dow’s leading stock.Stock indexes traded flat until the National Association of Realtors reported that Americans bought more previously owned houses in April, a hopeful sign for the sluggish housing market.“Existing home sales is one of the most important indicators for the housing market,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief global strategist at the brokerage BTIG. “The improvement in today’s data, while not spectacular, is nonetheless encouraging.” Sales rose 3.4 percent last month to an annual rate of 4.62 million, more than economists had predicted. The median price rose to $177,400, a jump of 10 percent over the past year.Homebuilders including PulteGroup and Lennar shot up after the report. In other trading, the Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 7 points to 1,323. Bank stocks led the S&P 500’s industry groups. The Nasdaq composite index, which had its biggest gain of the year on Monday, rose 18 points Tuesday to 2,855.Facebook stock kept sliding, dropping 4 percent to $32.68. The social networking company’s stock has fizzled since its long-awaited initial public offering last week at $38. Facebook sank 11 percent on Monday, even as the rest of the stock market rallied.Among stocks making big moves: — Urban Outfitters jumped 6 percent, the biggest gain in the S&P 500. The retailer posted earnings late Monday that surpassed Wall Street analysts’ expectations on record sales. — Benihana soared 21 percent after the restaurant company agreed to be taken private. — Ralph Lauren rose 2 percent. The clothing company’s quarterly earnings soared 29 percent, helped by strong sales and a lower tax rate. The company doubled its dividend to 40 cents per share.

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    Fasick joins Trustmark Companies as vice president, information

    Marisue Fasick, 47, recently joined Trustmark Companies as vice president, information technology enterprise project management office.

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    United reaches agreements with instructors, customer service agents

    United Airlines said it has reached several new agreements for employees represented by the International Association of Machinists.

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    Navistar Defense unveils military tactical vehicle

    Navistar Defense, LLC, Indigen Armor and SAIC today unveiled the team's Special Operations Tactical Vehicle for the U.S. Special Operations Command Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 program.

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    The Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket is seen during a time exposure as it lifts off from space launch complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Fla., early Tuesday, May 22, 2012. This launch marks the first time, a private company sends its own rocket to deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

    Private supply ship rockets toward space station

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A first-of-its-kind commercial supply ship rocketed toward the International Space Station following a successful liftoff early Tuesday, opening a new era of dollar-driven spaceflight.The SpaceX company made history as its Falcon 9 rocket rose from its seaside launchpad and pierced the pre-dawn sky, aiming for a rendezvous in a few days with the space station. The unmanned rocket carried into orbit a capsule named Dragon that is packed with 1,000 pounds of space station provisions.It is the first time a private company has launched a vessel to the space station. Before, that was something only major governments had done.“Falcon flew perfectly!!” SpaceX’s billionaire founder, Elon Musk, said via Twitter. “Dragon in orbit ... Feels like a giant weight just came off my back.”Musk later told reporters: “I feel very lucky ... For us, it’s like winning the Super Bowl.”This time, the Falcon’s nine engines kept firing all the way through liftoff. On Saturday, flight computers aborted the launch with a half-second remaining in the countdown; a bad engine valve was replaced.The White House quickly offered congratulations.“Every launch into space is a thrilling event, but this one is especially exciting,” said John Holdren, President Barack Obama’s chief science adviser. “This expanded role for the private sector will free up more of NASA’s resources to do what NASA does best — tackle the most demanding technological challenges in space, including those of human space flight beyond low Earth orbit.”Flight controllers applauded when the Dragon reached orbit nine minutes into the flight, then embraced one another once the solar panels on the spacecraft popped open. Many of the SpaceX controllers wore untucked T-shirts and jeans or even shorts, a stark contrast to NASA’s old suit-and-tie shuttle crowd.The hopes of SpaceX employees were riding on that rocket, Musk noted, and everyone felt “tremendous elation.”So did NASA.The space agency is banking on the switch from government to commercial cargo providers in the U.S., now that the shuttles no longer are flying. Astronauts could begin taking commercial rides to the space station in three to five years, if all goes well.“The significance of this day cannot be overstated,” said a beaming NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “It’s a great day for America. It’s actually a great day for the world because there are people who thought that we had gone away, and today says, `No, we’re not going away at all.”’The real test comes Thursday when the Dragon reaches the vicinity of the space station. It will undergo practice maneuvers from more than a mile out. If all goes well, the docking will occur Friday. Musk will preside over the operation from the company’s Mission Control in Hawthorne, Calif., where he monitored the liftoff.The space station was zooming over the North Atlantic, just east of Newfoundland, when the Falcon took flight.NASA is looking to the private sector to take over orbital trips in this post-shuttle period and several U.S. companies are vying for the opportunity. The goal is to get American astronauts launching again from U.S. soil — creating jobs at home and halting the outsourcing, as Bolden put it.Until their retirement last summer to museums, NASA’s shuttles provided the bulk of space station equipment and even the occasional crew member. American astronauts are riding Russian rockets to orbit until SpaceX or one of its competitors takes over the job. Russia also is making periodic cargo hauls, along with Europe and Japan.Musk, a co-creator of PayPal, founded SpaceX a decade ago. He’s poured millions of his own money into the company, and NASA has contributed $381 million as seed money. In all, the company has spent more than $1 billion on the effort.

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    Google says it has completed its acquisition of Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility and it has appointed a Google executive as the new CEO of the business. Google says Dennis Woodside, previously president of Google's Americas region, is Motorola's new CEO. Departing CEO Sanjay Jha will help to ensure a smooth transition.

    Google closes on Motorola Mobility acquisition

    Google says it has completed its acquisition of Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility and it has appointed a Google executive as the new CEO of the business. Google says Dennis Woodside, previously president of Google's Americas region, is Motorola's new CEO. Departing CEO Sanjay Jha will help to ensure a smooth transition.

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    After one of the most anticipated initial public offerings in history, Facebook’s 11 percent drop yesterday prompted investors to fault everything from Morgan Stanley’s role as lead underwriter, to the company’s greed and the Nasdaq Stock Market.

    Facebook drop means Morgan Stanley gets blame for flop

    Let the Facebook Inc. finger-pointing begin.After one of the most anticipated initial public offerings in history, Facebook's 11 percent drop yesterday prompted investors to fault everything from Morgan Stanley's role as lead underwriter, to the company's greed and the Nasdaq Stock Market.

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    The National Agricultural Statistics Service in Springfield reports that Illinois’ corn planting is all but finished.

    Illinois corn planting almost finished

    The National Agricultural Statistics Service in Springfield reports that Illinois' corn planting is all but finished.In its weekly update on Monday, the service also noted that the emerging corn plants are nearly twice the height of an average year.

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    Illinois home sales had their strongest showing in two years and statewide median prices remained steady for the second straight month,

    April home sales in Illinois up 15.7% from a year ago

    Statewide home sales (including single-family homes and condominiums) in April 2012 totaled 9,961 homes sold, up 15.7 percent from 8,606 home sales in April 2011. This was the best performance since 2010 when 10,897 homes were sold in April.

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    Wisconsin real estate market continues to rebound

    MILWAUKEE — The real estate market in Wisconsin continues to rebound. Figures from the Wisconsin Realtors Association show sales of existing homes rose 19½ percent in April, the 10th consecutive month of double-digit sales growth in the state. The median sales prices rose slightly, up 2.4 percent. Association president Michael Theo tells the Journal Sentinel the state may have finally “turned the corner on sales.”But, prices are another thing. Plenty of homes are still on the market in Wisconsin, including foreclosure properties. For the first four months of the year, prices are down about 1 percent. There were 5,218 homes sold in April, compared with 4,365 in April last year. The median price rose 2.4 percent statewide to $128,000 from $125,000 a year ago. —

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    UIC to study government reaction to recession

    Researchers at University of Illinois at Chicago will get a $950,000 grant for a three-year study to help city governments respond to recessions.The study will look at how city governments can adjust to the global economy and plan for sustainable growth.Researchers hope to help cities handle issues like pensions, workforce development, cuts to social and human services, jobs, public safety and the tax base during a recession. Annual surveys show from 2009 to 2011, most cuts in city budgets were in infrastructure and personnel, including wages, pensions and benefits.UIC will collaborate on the study with the National League of Cities Center for Research and Innovation and a working group from the Federal Reserve Bank. The grant is from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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    Firms relieved after relatively peaceful summit

    Private companies in downtown Chicago have come through the NATO summit largely unscathed, with few if any reports of damage resulting from protests. With NATO’s two-day meeting ended, downtown businesses are expected to return to normal routines Tuesday. Firms that consulted companies on security for the summit say advanced preparedness and good cooperation with authorities helped ensure they didn’t suffer major losses. The head of the Chicago office of Kroll Advisory Solutions, Jeff Cramer, says his clients are expressing relief. He says many heeded Kroll’s advice to let employees work from home on Monday. Cramer says some people may think companies were over prepared given there wasn’t widespread violence. But he says it was prudent to be safe rather than risk being sorry had things actually gotten out of hand.

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    Eurozone warned ‘severe recession’ looming

    The 17-country eurozone risks falling into a "severe recession," the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development warned on Tuesday, as it called on governments and Europe's central bank to act quickly to keep the slowdown from dragging down the global economy.

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    Stocks rally further in run-up to EU summit

    Stocks advanced Tuesday ahead of a summit of European leaders that's expected to be dominated by calls to boost economic growth across the continent, though ongoing worries over the upcoming Greek election kept the rally in check.

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    Oil prices hung below $93 a barrel Tuesday in Asia, holding gains from the previous day as crude followed global stock markets higher.

    Oil hangs below $93 as stock rebound buoys crude

    SINGAPORE — Oil prices hung below $93 a barrel Tuesday in Asia, holding gains from the previous day as crude followed global stock markets higher.Benchmark oil for June delivery was up 3 cents to $92.60 a barrel at late afternoon Singapore time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.09 to settle at $92.57 in New York on Monday. Brent crude for July delivery was up 33 cents at $109.12 per barrel in London.Crude has slumped from $106 earlier this month because of signs global economic growth may slow more than expected this year. The possibility that Europe’s debt crisis will cripple the continent’s economy and crimp demand for oil also helped drag stock markets and commodities lower last week.But Asian markets gained Tuesday after Wall Street perked up in its first trading session of the week. Crude traders often look to stocks as a measure of overall investor sentiment.Some analysts say crude will likely rebound amid a slowly improving U.S. economy and strong demand from developing countries.“Barring the worst fears of financial markets, prices are likely to recover from current levels as market fundamentals reassert themselves,” National Australia Bank said in a report.Traders are also closely watching China, where data in recent months has suggested growth in the world’s second-largest crude consumer is weakening. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said over the weekend that his government is ready to make more moves to boost growth.In other energy trading, heating oil was up 1.2 cents at $2.88 per gallon and gasoline futures added 1.3 cents to $2.88 per gallon. Natural gas gained 4.1 cents at $2.65 per 1,000 cubic feet.

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    Buildings stand in the Marunouchi area at dusk in Tokyo, Japan.

    Fitch cuts Japan credit rating as debt balloons

    Fitch has downgraded Japan's credit rating to A-plus with a negative outlook, reflecting risks from its ballooning government debt.Fitch Ratings said Tuesday that the downgrade and negative outlook underline growing risks for Japan from high and rising public debt.

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    People walk past the Cafe Lympic in Stratford, east London. One day, the small espresso shop near the site of the London Games was the “Olympic” cafe. The next day, it was the “Lympic.”\

    Organizers: Don’t mess with the Olympic brand

    One day, the small espresso shop near the site of the London Games was the "Olympic" cafe. The next day, it was the "Lympic."So where did the "O" go? The manager won't say. But it's more than likely the small business became another casualty in the battle against guerrilla marketers — advertisers who try to associate their products with an event without paying to be sponsors.

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    Pal Joey's plans to open a second restaurant, in the space at 31 N. River St. in Batavia formerly occupied by Venice Tavern and Fox's on the River.

    Pal Joey's to fill downtown Batavia restaurant spot

    The Batavia City Council agreed to $100,000 in incentives — some a grant, most a loan — to get Pal Joey's to open a second location, in a vacant downtown Batavia spot. The space has been redecorated or renovated twice since 2008, first when Shawn Michael's Bistro opened there in 2008, then when Fox's on the River moved in, in 2009.

Life & Entertainment

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    Lean and lovin’ it: Foods to eat for health and happiness
    Is our modern American diet to blame for the doubling of obesity and depression rates over the last 20 years? It sure is, say Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey. Graham, a leading health and fitness editor, and Ramsey, clinical psychiatrist make their case in "The Happiness Diet" (2011 Rodale, $25.99).

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    Jealous boyfriend shows signs of an abuser

    How can she show her fiance that he has no reason for jealousy and distrust? Carolyn Hax says his behavior may indicate deeper troubles.

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    He already has a Super Bowl ring, and now football star Donald Driver can add the "Dancing With the Stars" mirrorball trophy to his awards collection. The Green Bay Packers receiver won the ABC dance show Tuesday. He and partner Peta Murgatroyd hoisted the glittery prize above their heads as streamers and confetti filled the ballroom.

    Football star Donald Driver is new 'Dancing' champ

    He already has a Super Bowl ring, and now football star Donald Driver can add the "Dancing With the Stars" mirrorball trophy to his awards collection. The Green Bay Packers receiver won the ABC dance show Tuesday. He and partner Peta Murgatroyd hoisted the glittery prize above their heads as streamers and confetti filled the ballroom.

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    “House,” starring Hugh Laurie as Dr. Gregory House, barreled to its series conclusion in fine fashion Monday night.

    ‘House’ closes after 8 seasons of healing and pain

    NEW YORK — Whither Dr. Gregory House? Would the cantankerous hero of the Fox medical drama mend his ways or self-destruct for all time?That was the mystery as “House” barreled to its conclusion Monday night. In a recent interview, series star Hugh Laurie had teased that House was coming to the edge of a precipice eight years in the making: “Is he gonna step forward or step back? Is it life or is it death?”Viewers were rewarded with a satisfying answer in the one-hour finale. (Caution: Read no further if you want to preserve the surprise.)The episode began with a typical example of House’s bedside manner.Patient: “I was in a car accident last month.”House: “I won a swimming trophy in high school. Your turn.”But this hospital encounter gave way to a House hallucination. He appeared to be in a bleak, abandoned factory loft with fire lashing around him and with that same patient, now dead, lying nearby. It was a typical example of “House” surrealism, as, intermittently through much of the hour, House debated whether to live or die while interrogated by characters from his past.House’s challenge as the episode began was how to stay out of jail. A prank he pulled on last week’s episode threatened to put him in the slammer for a six-month sentence — a month longer than his best friend, Dr. James Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard), was expected to live with his terminal cancer. House was desperate to be with Wilson in those final weeks.As everybody knows, House was a grumpy, brilliant diagnostician with a limp, a cane, buggy blue eyes and an addiction to painkillers. He was also a master manipulator. Could he hatch a successful scheme to stay free — like persuading Wilson to take the fall for his destructive prank?“You do remember I’m dying, don’t you?” Wilson responded incredulously.“Which is why you’ll never spend a day in jail,” House declared. “I don’t want to lose this time with you.”Wilson refused: “If I do this, I’m teaching you that your bad behavior will always be rewarded.”Meanwhile, on the finale, could House solve the puzzle of existence?“Every patient I’ve had, 70 years from now, will all be as dead as Wilson,” House grumbled in his hallucination. “Everybody dies. It’s meaningless.”By then, House had dropped out of sight. Wilson and other colleagues at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital feared the worst: that the tormented House had killed himself.Indeed, a fire raged at the real-life warehouse, where House, along with his patient, a heroin addict, had retreated to get high. House appeared to die in the raging inferno. His body was recovered and identified.A funeral was held.“He was a healer,” said Wilson in a eulogy that quickly grew bitter: “House was an a**. ... He claimed to be on some heroic quest for the truth. But the truth is, he was a bitter jerk who liked making people miserable. And he proved that by dying selfishly, numbed by narcotics, without a thought of anyone.”But then Wilson was interrupted by a cellphone text message: “SHUT UP, YOU IDIOT.”Wilson found House sitting on a building stoop, alive and — by House’s standards — well. He explained he had escaped from the back of the building, and traded dental records with the patient who had overdosed, whose body was recovered.“I’m dead, Wilson,” House told his shocked friend. “How do you want to spend your last five months?”The two were last seen out in the countryside on their motorcycles.“When the cancer starts getting really bad —” Wilson began, but House cut him off.“Cancer’s boring,” House said and flashed a little grin. They rode off.For House, boring had always been life’s least tolerable state. The finale — the series’ 177th episode — served well as a reminder: “House” seldom was.Online: http://www.fox.com

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    New ad zapper worries TV networks

    The maker of a new DVR that lets consumers zap away broadcast TV commercials at the touch of a button suggested Tuesday that the networks are being shortsighted in opposing the technology. The Dish Network, which has offered its new Auto Hop feature on new digital video recorders since March, said it believes that people who buy the machine are watching more network television than they had before.

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    For every Treetini ordered at Lobby Lounge, spirit maker Veev Acai will plant a tree.

    Night life events: Order a Treetini, save the earth

    Save the earth — one drink at a time — at the Lobby Lounge in the Chicago Oak Brook Hills Marriott Resort. For every Treetini ordered at Lobby Lounge, spirit maker Veev Acai will plant a tree. Glenview House celebrates barbecue month and Chicago’s craft beer week with a pairing through Saturday, May 26.

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    Hip-hop artist Usher takes the witness stand in court in a legal battle with his ex-wife in a custody fight involving their two sons on Tuesday in Atlanta.

    Usher claims ex-wife spit at girlfriend

    Hip-hop artist Usher Raymond is locked in a legal battle with his ex-wife arising from a custody fight over their two sons. The 33-year-old testified in court on Tuesday that Tameka Foster Raymond spit at and tried to fight his girlfriend during one visit.

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    Korean-Style Drumsticks

    Don’t be chicken to grill other parts of this bird

    Boneless skinless chicken breasts on the grill are so bland, so expected and, usually, so dry. So this Memorial Day liven up your backyard cookout by grilling other parts of the bird.Why not try out the thighs, legs or even the whole bird?

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    Grilled chicken thighs prepared by Chef Dave Esaul of Dave’s Specialty Foods, Mt. Prospect.

    Grilled Chicken Thighs with Orange Marinade
    Grilled Chicken Thighs with Orange Marinade

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    Cilantro-Lime Chicken and Pineapple Skewers

    Cilantro-Lime Chicken and Pineapple Skewers
    Cilantro-Lime Chicken Skewers

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    Prosciutto Pesto Chicken

    Prosciutto Pesto Chicken
    Proscuitto-Pesto Chicken

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    Korean-Style Drumsticks

    Korean-Style Drumsticks
    Korean Drumsticks

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    A heavy pan, brick or specially designed press holds chicken and other meat to the grill to get a good sear.

    Grill Press Chicken
    Grill Press Chicken

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    Ray J was hospitalized for exhaustion near Las Vegas early Monday.

    Ray J hospitalized near Las Vegas for exhaustion

    R&B singer Ray J has been hospitalized near Las Vegas for exhaustion. Ray J’s representative said in a statement Tuesday that the singer went to the hospital Monday and “will remain there for treatment for exhaustion and jet lag.”

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    Max Payne uses his Shootdodge maneuver to fire off some shots in “Max Payne 3.”

    'Max Payne 3' a cinematic masterpiece

    Max Payne hasn't graced video gamers' screens for nearly nine years, and when we reacquaint ourselves with the former New York City detective, we find a man teetering near rock bottom. Luckily for gamers, Rockstar Games has created a cinematic masterpiece around him. The narrated third-person shooter packs intense action and exquisitely eerie production while revealing an engaging story line through solid acting.

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    1953 Chevrolet Handyman wagon

    Classic Recollections: John Waite, 1953 Chevrolet Handyman Wagon

    John Waite had a pretty good idea of how he wanted his 1953 Chevrolet Handyman wagon to turn out when he was finished with the build. The Glendale Heights man found the car with no engine or interior, but he saw it as a perfect blank canvas to begin his project.

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    Jennifer Lopez, right, plays with the hair of fellow judge Steven Tyler of Aerosmith as they participate as judges on “American Idol.”

    ‘Idol’ judge Steven Tyler charmed by ‘sexy beast’ J-Lo

    Steven Tyler is mum on whether he or Jennifer Lopez will return to the judging panel on "American Idol" next year, but the rocker says he has loved the experience of sitting next to her."She's a sexy beast," Tyler said in a phone interview Monday. "I feed off that female energy with her."

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    Katherine Jenkins, right, and her partner Mark Ballas captured a perfect score Monday night on “Dancing with the Stars.”

    Jenkins earns perfect scores on `Dancing’ finals

    Katherine Jenkins couldn't have performed any better during the "Dancing With the Stars" finals: She earned a perfect score of 60 for her two dances on the penultimate episode of the ABC show. Fellow finalists William Levy and Donald Driver finished one point behind the Welsh singer Monday. The actor and the Green Bay Packer each collected 59 points from the judges.

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    Mediterranean Red Snapper is among Aliano's seafood specialties.

    Aliano's in Batavia aims for authenticity

    Pasta and pizza lovers will be in their element at Aliano's Ristorante in downtown Batavia, one of the newer independent Italian restaurants to open in the western suburbs. Making food to order in authentic Italian style sets Aliano's apart, according to Mario Aliano, who employs three chefs from Naples. "It's what you would get at my mom's house on Sunday night," he said

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    Pam McKechnie bakes a chocolate streusel-swirled chocolate coffee cake in her Lisle kitchen.

    Streusel-Woven Chocolate Coffeecake
    Streusel-Woven Chocolate Coffee Cake

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    Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
    Pineapple Upsidedown Skillet Cake

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    Andy (Missy Peregrym) and Sam (Ben Bass) return in “Rookie Blue,” which begins its third season Thursday on ABC.

    'Rookie Blue' returns for third season

    The new season of the ABC drama "Rookie Blue" opens with a big-name guest star -- William Shatner as a drunken driver with an inherent dislike of the police. But the focus of the show remains on the young cops who certainly know more than when they began the job but still have a lot to learn.

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    Pam McKechnie bakes treats, like this chocolate streusel-swirled chocolate coffeecake, for a sale that benefits grandmothers in Kenya.

    Lisle grandmother's treats help grandmothers in Kenya

    Pam McKechnie is making a difference in the lives of women halfway around the world. The longtime member of St. Joan of Arc parish in Lisle is part of her church's Grandmothers to Grandmothers group that raised roughly $3,400 through two bake sales.

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    “The Columbus Affair” by Steve Berry

    'Columbus Affair' filled with twists and turns

    Steve Berry's latest novel, "The Columbus Affair," is a thrill ride — and his best book to date. It involves Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Sagan, who was considered one of the best writers in the world. His hard-hitting pieces were legendary. But when a thoroughly researched article appears to be fabricated, Sagan's career and reputation are shattered. Berry is a master at blending fact and fiction — readers won't be disappointed.

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    The Fox Valley Concert Band performs during “Letters Home: A Memorial Day Remembrance” at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

    Best bets: 'Letters Home' performance honors veterans

    Fox Valley soldiers of past and present will be honored as part of the “Letters Home: A Memorial Day Remembrance” show featuring the Fox Valley Concert Band and Fox Valley Repertory actors reading real-life war correspondence at the Pheasant Run Resort Mainstage in St. Charles. Get your funky and electronic music groove on when LMFAO, Far East Movement, Quest Crew, Sidney Samson, Eva Simons and Natalia Kills all perform Saturday at the Allstate Arena.

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    Styx co-founder and guitarist James “JY” Young, a resident of the Western suburbs, performs with the band.

    Despite a low-key suburban life, Styx guitarist still rockin' on tour

    JY Young, one of the members of STYX, still plays 110 concert dates a year as a founding member of one of rock-n-roll's most legendary bands. He now lives in the western suburbs. "When I have a day off, people say, 'Where do you want to go?' And I always say, 'Home,'" Young said.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Senate should rethink anti-bullying vote

    A Daily Herald editorial supports legislation requiring schools to strengthen their rules preventing bullying.

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    The citizen and the government

    Columnist Cal Thomas: When government takes money from people who earn it, government has a responsibility to spend it wisely and in ways that achieve the ends set down in our founding documents.

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    Enough is enough, Geneva schools
    A Geneva letter to the editor: A 10-percent increase in my property tax bill has made me question whether I can afford to live in Geneva any longer. It has also made me question the responsibility and accountability of the school board and the district who continue to carry their own agenda.

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    Hultgren’s support of education dubious
    A Geneva letter to the editor: I just watched Congressman Hultgren's YouTube video where he read a couple of constituent letters concerning the Student Loan Program. I was really touched with his apparent concern for the students He almost made me believe he really cared.

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    Obama pandered on same sex marriage
    President Obama said he approves of same sex marriages. The "reverend" Jesse Jackson adamantly agreed. (What kind of reverend agrees with things that go directly against God's word?)

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    Banks’ greed won’t abate without ‘help’
    Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Banks claim they must have immense size in order to meet the liquidity needs of their largest customers. However, risking financial collapse is the price the country is paying for banks to retain their position as leaders in international banking.

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    Glen Ellyn shows its generosity
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: The Glen Ellyn Food Pantry would like to publicly thank all the members of our community who made the first Spring Fling fundraiser a great success. Local vendors came together to provide a unique boutique shopping experience that provided the focal point for our event.

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