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    Libertyville District 70 teachers and staff selected six members of the Advocate Condell Medical Center to receive this year’s Character Counts! award for service and leadership. Award winners holding the plaques are, from left, in back: Sherry Kobitter, Jody Siek-Georgacakis, Sharon Reich, and Thomas Roach, with District 70 teacher and Character Counts committee member Dale List and Superintendent Guy Schumacher; front row: Kathy Likosar, Raeann Fuller and District 70 art teacher Cindi Sartain.

    District 70 presents “Character Counts” awards

    Members of Advocate Condell Medical Center were honored with the Character Counts Community Service Award by Libertyville Elementary District 70 for working with elementary students to post artwork on the doors of patients at the hospital.

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    Melinda Bush

    Some suburban lawmakers forgo pensions

    As the state's retirement debt grows, several suburban lawmakers have opted out of taking out a pension. Of the 177 lawmakers that make up the Illinois General Assembly, 23 have chosen to forgo their pensions. Of those, 14 are freshmen. “This is a freshman class that ran for office in very difficult financial times,” said State Sen. Melinda Bush, a freshman Democrat from Grayslake who...

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    The Arlington Heights village board decided to not let residents raise chiens in their back yards.

    No backyard chickens in Arlington Heights

    Arlington Heights officially closed the coop on Tuesday night, voting against allowing backyard chickens in the village for the second time in a year .Several trustees weren't happy to be discussing the matter again. “Having repetitive discussion of the same subject is not a good use of the board's or the public's time,” said Trustee Thomas Glasgow.

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    Cold may be cause for several suburban deaths

    Several suburban deaths, including a man who died in his unheated home, are being investigated to determine if the extreme cold weather is to blame. Investigators at the Cook County Medical Examiner's office say the Des Plaines man's death is one of seven related to the cold spell that has frozen the area for the past two days.

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    The city gave the Des Plaines Theatre 13 months to fix a variety of code issues Tuesday night.

    Des Plaines gives theater time to fix code issues

    The Des Plaines city council Tuesday night granted the Des Plaines Theatre a 13-month extension to bring the building into compliance with city and state fire safety codes. The city's building code committee had recommended the council give the theater a six-month extension on its temporary occupancy permit so operators could address issues such as its curtain not being fire resistant, the lack...

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    Mount Prospect leaders hope a new study of development possibilities in the village’s downtown will be completed this summer. The village plans to hold a public meeting on downtown redevelopment Feb. 21.

    Mount Prospect presses on with downtown redevelopment

    Mount Prospect, with the help of the Regional Transportation Authority and Chicago consulting firm the Lakota Group, continues to move forward on a new development plan for the downtown area.The new plan should be finished this summer.

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    Emilia Sema, left, was enrolled in ProActive Kids because she was large for her age, but her younger sister Madison also benefitted by learning to eat healthier foods.

    Program for kids struggling with obesity helps them make healthy choices

    Naperville resident Stephanie Hough estimates her son Jack was 60 pounds overweight when she enrolled him in ProActive Kids last fall. During the 8-week program for kids struggling with unhealthy weight, Jack lost 8 pounds, reduced his body mass index by 6.4, learned to make healthy food choices, grew in self-confidence and had fun. Hough is so pleased she has enrolled him in one of the upcoming...

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    Woman in Te'o fake girlfriend photo speaks out

    The woman whose photo was used as the “face” of the Twitter account of Manti Te'o's supposed girlfriend says the man allegedly behind the hoax confessed and apologized to her. Diane O'Meara spoke to NBC's “Today” show Tuesday.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn compliments Cullerton pension plan

    Gov. Pat Quinn Tuesday called a pension-cutting plan from Senate President John Cullerton “very attractive.” Cullerton's legislation has two distinct pension-cutting plans to try to battle the chances either one might be unconstitutional. In theory, if judges reject one part in an eventual lawsuit, they could possibly uphold the other. And it combines the idea to cut teachers' and...

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    Gun fires during Wisconsin hospital altercation

    Authorities say a gun was fired during an altercation between a Walworth County sheriff's deputy and a patient prisoner at an Elkhorn hospital. Aurora Healthcare spokesman Adam Beeson says the incident in a room at Lakeland Hospital Monday night was isolated.

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    Former Illinois power broker William Cellini reported Tuesday to a federal lockup in Terre Haute, Ind. It's the same prison where former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is serving a corruption sentence.

    Ex-Illinois power broker Cellini reports to Indiana prison

    A former Illinois powerbroker once known as the “King of Clout” has reported to an Indiana federal prison to begin serving a year-long sentence for corruption. A Bureau of Prisons spokesman confirmed William Cellini reported Tuesday to a federal lockup in Terre Haute, Ind. It's the same prison where former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is serving a corruption sentence.

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    Coroner: Illinois man killed in fall had cocaine in system

    Authorities say a ConAgra worker had cocaine in his system when he accidentally fell to his death last summer at an Alton flour mill.Madison County Coroner Stephen Nonn says 47-year-old Jay Van Buskirk of Edwardsville died of head injuries suffered in the fall from a man-lift platform last Aug. 4 at the ConAgra Foods plant.

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    The temperature was 3 degrees below zero as commuters waited for the 8:01 train at the Metra train station Tuesday in Arlington Heights.

    Cold weather isn't going anywhere for now

    Area residents are bundling up against brutally cold temperatures that are expected to last for several days. The National Weather Service says it'll get no warmer than 10 degrees in Chicago on Tuesday before falling to single digits at night. Temperatures should climb into the 20s on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

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    Authorities probe dorm death of college student

    CARLINVILLE — Authorities hope toxicology tests determine why a student at a college in south-central Illinois died in his dormitory room.Twenty-four-year-old Josh Ramza of Romeoville was a senior at Blackburn College in Carlinville when he was found dead Saturday in the Butler Hill dorm.

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    Hit-and-run kills Des Plaines woman near Aurora school

    A staff member at an Aurora residence and school for students with psychiatric challenges was killed Monday in a hit-and-run after trying to rescue a student who had run into the street, authorities said. Theresa M. Burns, 57, of Des Plaines, was pronounced dead at 5:58 p.m. Monday at the scene of the crash on Church Road near Corporate Boulevard, Aurora police said.

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    St. Charles aldermen were in an awkward situation of choosing between two volunteer groups with successful track records competing to run the annual RiverFest event Tuesday night.

    St. Charles gives RiverFest funds to Pride of the Fox

    For a while Tuesday, St. Charles’ largest summer festival would have been more aptly named the Price of the Fox RiverFest. The “Pride” in the traditional title had been replaced by a power struggle between two community groups for the $30,000 of city funding to run the fest.

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    Medical group to build new HQ in Schaumburg

    Attracted by the proximity of hotels and restaurants, the American Society of Anesthesiologists will be moving its national headquarters from Park Ridge to a new building in Schaumburg in 2014. Schaumburg trustees Tuesday approved the site plan for a three-story, 71,365-square-foot building at 1061 American Lane, across from John Barleycorn restaurant.

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    Bonuses approved for Aurora police after year without murder

    The 289 sworn officers in the Aurora Police Department will receive $500 bonuses approved Tuesday by the city council as a thank you for their efforts during the city’s murder-free year in 2012. Bonuses are meant to commend officers not only for helping bring about a year without a murder, but also for reducing violent crime in the city, Mayor Tom Weisner said Tuesday. "It's a worthy endeavor to...

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    Exam schedule, holiday changes made to Batavia school years

    Batavia High School students will have semester exams before Christmas break the next two years, under calendars approved by the school board Monday. Changes are also afoot for teacher institute days, Presidents Day and the week o Thanksgiving.

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    Prosecutors want 30 to 35 years for American charged in Mumbai attack

    An American who played a central role in the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India, that left more than 160 people dead should spend no more than 35 years in prison because of his cooperation with investigators, U.S. prosecutors argued Tuesday in asking for a relatively lenient sentence.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn speaks with reporters after meeting Tuesday with school administrators, teachers and law enforcement officials on ways to make Illinois schools safer.

    Summit generates ideas to make schools safer

    Gov. Pat Quinn, school administrators and mental health and public safety experts said Tuesday that they left a school safety summit with pages of ideas, including improving resources for mental health and encouraging students to speak up if they hear about potential threats. “We want to educate all of those who come through the school building, including the students, that being silent about...

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    Applicants wait in Langley Park, Md., to apply for the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals last Aug. 15, as the U.S. started accepting applications to allow immigrants to avoid deportation and get a work permit — but not a path to citizenship.

    Poll: Many say let illegal immigrants stay in US

    More than 6 in 10 Americans now favor allowing illegal immigrants to eventually become U.S. citizens, a major increase in support driven by a turnaround in Republicans’ opinions after the 2012 elections, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll.

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    Speaker of the House John Boehner and the House GOP leadership speak to reporters after a closed-door meeting on avoiding a potential debt crisis, at the Capitol on Tuesday.

    GOP moves to delay debt-ceiling showdown 3 months

    Seeking to regain their budget footing versus President Barack Obama, Republicans controlling the House are moving quickly to try to defuse a potential debt crisis with legislation to prevent a first-ever U.S. default for at least three months.

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    Palatine McDonald’s workers file sex assault complaint

    Four female employees of a McDonald’s in Palatine are suing the restaurant’s manager, the franchise owners and the Oak Brook-based corporation, claiming they were sexually assaulted at the business. The women are seeking at least $75,000 in damages and other expenses, according to a complaint filed this month in Cook County court.

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    Four-vehicle crash near Arlington Heights injures two

    A four-vehicle crash Tuesday evening in an unincorporated area of Cook County near Arlington Heights injured two people. The crash happened at 6:40 p.m. at the intersection of Lake-Cook and Schaeffer roads.

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    A bouquet of flowers adorns the entrance to a home on Monday, where a couple and their three young children were found shot to death south of Albuquerque, N.M. The couple’s 15-year-old son is facing counts of murder and child abuse in connection with the shootings.

    Sheriff: NM teen planned to randomly shoot people

    The New Mexico teenager accused of gunning down five family members over the weekend ambushed his father as he returned home from an overnight shift at a rescue mission, then reloaded his rifles and planned to go to a Wal-Mart and randomly shoot people, authorities said Tuesday.

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    Police vehicles block an entrance to Lone Star College Tuesday in Houston, where gunfire erupted after two people argued, police said.

    Fight leads to gunfire on Texas college campus

    A fight between two people erupted in gunfire Tuesday at a Houston-area community college, catching a maintenance man in the crossfire and leaving students and others cowering in classrooms. No one was killed, but the volley of gunshots heard shortly after 12 p.m. sparked fear of another campus massacre.

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    A bystander photographs a 12-by-9-foot boulder as it rests in the master bedroom of a home in St. George, Utah.

    Woman miraculously survives getting hit by boulder

    A southern Utah woman is badly injured but grateful to be alive after a boulder the size of a small car broke free from a cliff above her house, crashed through her bedroom wall, and hit her like a “giant fist” while she slept, her husband said Tuesday.

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    The Glendale Heights VFW post will continue to fly its flags after reaching an agreement Tuesday with its property manager.

    Flag will continue flying at Glendale Hts. VFW

    A VFW post in Glendale Heights and its property manager have reached a tentative agreement that will allow the post to continue flying its American and POW flags. VFW Post 2377 Cmdr. Terrence House said he and Charles Hold, principle of Midland Realty and Development, met Tuesday to iron out differences that surfaced after Midland sent the VFW a letter last week saying the flags were prohibited...

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    Police on the scene in Round Lake Park where the body of a 20-year-old Grayslake man was found Tuesday near Campbell Airport in Round Lake Park.

    Police find body of missing Grayslake man

    A body found Tuesday morning in Round Lake Park near Campbell Airport has been identified as a 20-year-old Grayslake man who had not been seen since he left a party early Sunday. Round Lake Park Police Chief George Filenko said the body of Joseph Frase was found about 10:35 a.m. by volunteers searching the area near the airport . “The cause of death is undetermined pending an autopsy, which is...

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    Jennifer Maltas

    New Buffalo Grove deputy manager hits ground running

    Jennifer Maltas hit the ground running Monday in her first day as Buffalo Grove deputy village manager. Village leaders held a meet-and-greet event with Maltas prior to Monday’s village board meeting, giving her the opportunity to interact with citizens, community groups and representatives of other government bodies.

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    Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder is a big Cubs fan, and it appears the band may play a concert at Wrigley Field.

    Pearl Jam to play Wrigley?

    It's not news Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder is a die-hard North Side baseball fan. And with Wrigley Field playing host to several high profile acts the past few years, it was only a matter of time before Pearl Jam was booked. Both sides seemed to indicate an announcement was close via Twitter Tuesday. The Cubs and Pearl Jam both tweeted the same photos of Wrigley Field with the hashtag...

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    Matthew Loiacano

    Wisconsin man pleads guilty in crash that killed Island Lake boy

    A Wisconsin man accused of killing a 10-year-old boy in a crash near Lake Zurich in 2011 pleaded guilty Tuesday in Lake County Court to one count of reckless homicide. Matthew Loiacano, 30, of Kansasville, Wis., will spend the next two months in periodic imprisonment at Lake County jail, then nine additional months on home confinement after he pleaded guilty in the crash that killed Griffin...

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    Protesters march around the Routh Street Women’s Clinic in Dallas during the Roe Memorial Rosary/Jericho Walk to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion.

    40 years after Roe v. Wade, abortion foes march on

    Abortion opponents marked the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision Tuesday with workshops, prayers and calls for more limits on the rights established by the Supreme Court in the landmark ruling that still defines one of the nation’s most intractable debates.

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    Elgin council to vote on city hall security upgrades

    The Elgin City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday night on whether to spend almost $375,000 to make security improvements to the council chambers, along with renovations to city hall. Recommended improvements include a bulletproof dais, panic buttons for council members, and security cameras throughout the chambers, entry stairwells and the city hall lobby.

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    Dist. 207 may discipline staff, hire investigator

    The Maine Township High School District 207 school board could take additional disciplinary action Thursday against Maine West High School staff members and hire an independent investigator to look into allegations of hazing at the school.

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    Elgin to address tree preservation ordinance

    The city council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on whether to approve Elgin’s new tree preservation ordinance. The proposed ordinance would exempt single-family properties of less than two acres, orchards and commercial nurseries, trees on government property, and trees on properties whose development plans have been approved.

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    Daniel A. Selmon

    Aurora man gets probation for growing pot in yard

    A 23-year-old Aurora man who was charged with felony marijuana possession after police said he made bonfires in his backyard to protect his pot plants from an overnight frost recently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 12 months of probation, according to court records.

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    Car leaves road, strikes garage in Naperville

    A car left the road and struck the attached garage of a home in southeast Naperville Tuesday afternoon.Naperville police responded to a crash at 12:45 p.m. in 500 block of Sheffield Road. A Honda Accord struck the attached garage and did an unspecified amount of damage. The occupants of the residence were home at the time but weren’t injured.

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    Former Gov. George Ryan in 2006.

    Ryan, Cellini likely to meet in Indiana prison

    One’s on his way in and the other’s on his way out. Newly imprisoned Springfield businessman William Cellini and long imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan are likely to meet in coming days at a Terre Haute, Ind., penitentiary.

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    Chicago high-rise fire claims 2 lives

    Two men died Tuesday morning in a Chicago high-rise fire that injured one other person and drove some residents onto their balconies, bundled in coats and scarves amid single-digit temperatures. Fire officials said the fire started on the seventh floor and was extinguished about 45 minutes later. Flames were visible outside a seventh-floor window.

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    Rolling Meadows Fire Chief Scott Franzgrote

    Rolling Meadows appoints new fire chief

    After eight months as acting Rolling Meadows fire chief, Scott Franzgrote has been named to the position permanently. Franzgrote, who has been with the department since 1990, has served as acting chief since the retirement of former chief Ronald Stewart.

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    Dist. 79 to hold kindergarten registration

    Fremont Elementary District 79 hosts a kindergarten preregistration information night on Thursday, Jan. 24 in the Elementary School gymnasium, 8908 North Fremont Center Road in Mundelein.

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    Judge: Waukegan man must hire attorney

    Zervont Thomas, 20, of Waukegan who is facing 60 years in prison for murder was given one more week to hire an attorney or proceed with one appointed for him by the courts.

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    Island Lake truck fire was arson, police say

    A tow truck was set ablaze Jan. 17 in an apparent case of arson, Island Lake police announced. The fire, started by a road flare placed inside the truck, was discovered about 11 p.m. at a business on the 200 block of West State Road, police said. The truck was destroyed, and damage was estimated at more than $15,000, police said.

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    Dist. 50 to hold kindergarten registration

    Woodland Elementary District 50 hosts kindergarten registration Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Woodland Primary School, 17366 W. Gages Lake Road, Gages Lake.

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    Ex-Villa Park cop wants job back

    A former Villa Park cop who was accused of body-slamming a teen girl during an arrest is suing to get his job back. Daniel Messina claims village officials forced his resignation based on false allegations and then defamed him online.

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    Naperville-based Edward Hospital & Health Services plans to merge by midyear with Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare.

    Edward, Elmhurst health systems announce plans to merge

    Naperville-based Edward Hospital & Health Services and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare plan to merge by midyear with Edward CEO Pam Davis set to lead the newly combined hospital network with a potential $1 billion in revenue. Any possible workforce changes, renaming or re-branding of the new hospital system, or changes in other top executives are yet to be determined, said spokesmen at each hospital.

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    Elk Grove Township home destroyed by fire

    A trailer home in unincorporated Elk Grove Township was destroyed in an early morning fire Tuesday, officials said. Firefighters responded to a call at 5:54 a.m. reporting a fire in the Oasis Mobile Home Park, just south of I-90 and east of Elmhurst Road. No injuries were reported, but one person has been displaced.

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    The temperature was three degrees below zero as commuters waited for the 8:01 train at the Arlington Heights Metra train station.

    Images: Cold Weather in the Suburbs on Tuesday.
    Images of cold weather in the suburbs of Chicago on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Single-digit temperatures were the order of the day as area residents bundled up. The cold snap is expected to last for several days. The National Weather Service says it'll get no warmer than 10 degrees in Chicago on Tuesday before falling to single digits at night.

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    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu casts his ballot, together with his wife Sara, left, and sons Yair and Avner, background left, at a polling station in Jerusalem on Tuesday.

    Israelis expected to return Netanyahu to office

    Israelis voted Tuesday in an election expected to keep hard-line Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the helm of government for a third term despite his rocky record: No peace process with Palestinians, growing diplomatic isolation and signs of economic trouble ahead.

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    A commuter bundles up against extreme cold conditions Tuesday in Chicago. Temperatures in the area were hovering around zero with sub-zero wind chill reading hitting 10 below.

    Midwest bundles up as bitter cold grips region

    Homeless people scrambled to find shelter, schools shut down and plumbers wrestled with frozen pipes Tuesday as the upper Midwest endured a third straight day of bitter cold temperatures.

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    Britain’s Prince Harry, or just plain Captain Wales as he is known in the British Army, is seen last month as he makes his early morning pre-flight checks on the flight-line, from Camp Bastion southern Afghanistan.

    Prince Harry’s wartime role draws reprisal fears

    Prince Harry’s admission that he killed Taliban fighters while working as a helicopter gunner in Afghanistan drew intense British media coverage Tuesday and sparked concerns about possible reprisals.

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    3 candidates survive challenges in Avon Township; one withdraws

    Despite formal objections, three candidates for office in Avon Township can stay on the April 9 ballot, officials have decided. A three-member electoral board ruled Monday that Douglas Raul Williams, a candidate for supervisor, trustee hopeful Steve Hall and highway commissioner candidate Jim Denomie can stay in the race.

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    A bus drives past an election campaign billboard of Israeli Prime Minister and Likud Party leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the central Israeli city of Ramat Gan, Monday. The general elections were held Tuesday. Hebrew on the billboard reads, “350,000 job positions.”

    Israelis expected to return Netanyahu to office

    Israelis voted Tuesday in an election expected to keep hard-line Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the helm of government for a third term despite his rocky record: No peace process with Palestinians, growing diplomatic isolation and signs of economic trouble ahead.

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    Island Lake Village Hall.

    Island Lake political website pulled, will be retooled

    A website critical of the candidates running against Island Lake Mayor Debbie Herrmann's slate has been removed from the Internet and is being retooled, its creator said Tuesday. Island Lake resident Dan Field said the sourgrapesgang.com website “wasn’t meant for public consumption.”

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    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen received a flu shot last week in hopes of inspiring local residents to follow the example and cut down on unnecessary emergency room visits.

    Health officials strongly urge people to get flu shot

    Flu activity in Kane County's emergency rooms is even higher than expected for this time of year. County health officials are urging residents to get flu shots, and County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen is setting the example. A look at how bad the flu is in Kane County and Illinois right now. “The flu is a serious illness, but it also is a preventable illness,” Lauzen said.

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    Mundelein High School students, from left, Liz Grein, Jerra Whapoe and Maya St. Clair rehearse the school’s upcoming play, “Radium Girls,” which opens Jan. 31.

    Mundelein High to stage ‘Radium Girls’

    Inspired by historic figures and events from 1917 through the 1920s, Mundelein High School Theatre is presenting "Radium Girls" by D.W. Gregory.

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    Patriarch Irinej performs the liturgy during a solemn ceremony after the remains of Yugoslavia's last king — Peter II Karadjordjevic were flown back to Serbia in Belgrade, Serbia, from Libertyville.

    Yugoslav king buried in Libertyville returned to Serbia
    The remains of Yugoslavia's last king — Peter II Karadjordjevic, who died in the U.S. in 1970 and was buried in Libertyille — were flown back to Serbia in a solemn ceremony on Tuesday, despite protests by some Serb royalists in America. The former king fled the Nazi occupation of Yugoslavia at the start of World War II and never returned because Communists took over at the end of the...

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    Sean Hayes, who graduated from Glenbard West High School in Glen Ellyn, joined forced with Hoffman Estates native and Conant High School graduate Todd Milliner to form Hazy Mills Productions, now with three TV series up and running on TV Land and NBC.

    Sean Hayes, suburban pal team up for TV success

    Glenbard West High School (Glen Ellyn) graduate Sean Hayes joined Conant High School (Hoffman Estates) graduate Todd Milliner in 2004 to create the L.A. company Hazy Mills Productions that now boasts three TV shows. “I take working in Hollywood on television as a blessing,” Milliner said.

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    Curator William Pretzer talks with Ollie Parham, 55, of Huntsville, Ala., right, and her niece who rode on a bus all night to get to the inauguration with a group from the state NAACP conference Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, at the inauguration in Washington. Pretzer, a curator from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, was asking for objects to be donated for future exhibitions. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will open its doors during President Barack Obama’s second term with a large display about the first black president.

    Smithsonian curators scout for Obama artifacts

    As crowds descended and the inauguration unfolded, a few museum curators in Washington kept watch for symbols and messages that would make history. The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture will open during President Barack Obama’s second term, and one section will feature a large display about the first black president.

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    Tina Marie Alberson, 44, convicted of injury to a child, was sentenced Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 to 85 years in prison in the 2011 dehydration death of her 10-year-old stepson whom she denied of water for days during record-high temperatures.

    Dallas stepmom gets 85 years in dehydration death

    A Dallas woman was sentenced Tuesday to 85 years in prison in the dehydration death of her 10-year-old stepson whom she denied of water for days during record-high temperatures.

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    N.C. woman sues NYPD over Empire State shooting

    A North Carolina college student hit by police gunfire during a shooting outside the Empire State Building argued in a lawsuit Tuesday that the police department and the officers involved need better training to deal with such confrontations in the future.

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    Court rejects bid to have marijuana reclassified

    A federal appeals court has rejected a petition to reclassify marijuana from its current status as a dangerous drug with no accepted medical use.

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    Nechemya Weberman, a respected religious counselor in New York City’s ultraorthodox Jewish community, was sentenced Tuesday to 103 years in prison for molesting a girl who came to him with questions about her faith.

    NY Orthodox counselor gets 103 years for sex abuse

    A respected religious counselor in New York City’s ultra-orthodox Jewish community was sentenced Tuesday to 103 years in prison for molesting a girl who came to him with questions about her faith.

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    Obama embarks on first working day of 2nd term

    Four years ago, President Barack Obama and his staff spent the first day in the White House learning the basics, like how to log on to their government computers and find keys to unlock office drawers. They solved those problems long ago. But plenty of fresh challenges lie ahead as the president and his team begin the first working day of the second term Tuesday.

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    South Elgin electoral board rules against objections

    Three South Elgin incumbents, including the village president, will remain on the April ballot, an electoral board ruled Monday. The nominating petitions of Village President Jim Hansen and Trustees Bill DiFulvio and John Sweet faced objections from Gary Hyman, who served on the village board until 2005, and resident Warren Redmond.

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    In this Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013 photo, students play basketball at their college’s court in Beijing. Despite its formidable performance in recent Olympic Games, China has found itself in a crisis of declining fitness among its youngsters.

    China’s young in crisis of declining fitness

    Xiao Ru spent her last year of high school studying from morning until late at night. That didn’t help her complete one particular assignment in her first year of college: a 1,500-meter run. With two friends setting the pace beside her, she finished the university fitness requirement — barely. Moments later, she doubled over and vomited.

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    Russians leaving Syria cross into Lebanon

    Russia began evacuating its citizens from Syria on Tuesday, the strongest indication yet that Moscow sees President Bashar Assad’s grip on power slipping nearly two years into the conflict.

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    Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J. A harrowing nighttime flight over the African jungle and a wild search for a rebel leader helped forge a relationship between Menendez and Republican Rep. Ed Royce, two men standing at the forefront of Congress’ changing guard on foreign policy.

    Top to bottom changes in Congress’ foreign policy

    A harrowing nighttime flight over the African jungle and a wild search for a rebel leader helped forge a relationship between Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez and Republican Rep. Ed Royce, two men standing at the forefront of Congress’ changing guard on foreign policy.

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    London Olympic Park to host 2013 rock concerts

    London’s Olympic Park will partly reopen to the public this year for a series of summer rock concerts, officials announced Tuesday.

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    Children and adults alike play soccer on a dusty field in Segou, central Mali, some 240 km (140 miles) from Bamako Monday Jan. 21, 2013. French troops in armored personnel carriers rolled through the streets of Diabaly on Monday, winning praise from residents of this besieged town after Malian forces retook control of it with French help a week after radical Islamists invaded. The Islamists also have deserted the town of Douentza, which they had held since September, according to a local official who said French and Malian forces arrived there on Monday as well.

    U.S. begins transporting French troops to Mali

    SEGOU, Mali — U.S. Africa Command says American planes have begun transporting French troops and equipment in support of the country’s mission in Mali.Tom Saunders, a spokesman for U.S. Africa Command in Stuttgart, Germany said Tuesday that the U.S. Air Force C-17 transport began flights on Monday from the French base in Istres, France, to Bamako.

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    Algeria scouring Sahara for 5 missing foreigners

    Algerian forces are scouring the Sahara desert for five foreigners missing since Islamist militants attacked a remote natural gas plant, an official said Tuesday.

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    Indonesia sentences UK woman to death over drugs

    An Indonesian court sentenced a British grandmother to death on Tuesday for smuggling cocaine worth $2.5 million in her suitcase onto the resort island of Bali — even though prosecutors had sought only a 15-year sentence.

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    Small African nation Eritrea reported calm

    Calm reportedly returned to the capital of the small nation of Eritrea on Tuesday, a day after a group of soldiers apparently made a move against the East African country’s repressive regime by trying to take over the nation’s state broadcasting.

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    24,000 pounds of nickel stolen from N. Ind. business

    Northern Indiana police are looking for thieves who stole about 24,000 pounds of nickel from a business in Portage using a forklift and a truck.The owner of ISA Sales and Service reported the theft to Portage police Saturday. The metal was worth about $225,000 and was stored in brick form in bags within padlocked shipping containers outside the business.

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    Kankakee couple marry in their 70s

    Kenneth Smith can’t put his finger on what attracted him to his new wife, Joyclin. For her part, Joyclin will tell you she wasn’t looking for a husband. But they were married in a civil ceremony Jan. 12, and they’re living the dream today, at the River Valley Supportive Living Residence, 1975 E. Court St, Kankakee. Kenneth celebrated his 71st birthday Jan. 15. Joyclin is 76. It was a simple...

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    Illinois officials to hold school safety summit

    School administrators, teachers and law enforcement will meet today to discuss how to make Illinois schools safer. Gov. Pat Quinn scheduled the school safety summit in the wake of the Connecticut school shooting.

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    Dawn Patrol: Grayslake classes resume; Township drops Dems

    Classes resume in Grayslake; Grayslake board member threatened; Schaumburg Twp. drops Dems from ballot; "rooftop pastor" speaks in Carol Stream; state funds to run out by summer, comptroller says; Bulls beat Lakers.

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    The new Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge, spanning the border of McHenry County and Wisconsin, began as a dream of local conservationists nearly a decade ago.

    Local wildlife refuge grows from grass-roots passion

    The giddy celebration for local folks came earlier this month on a warm, sun-kissed day at the nation’s first wildlife refuge on Florida’s Pelican Island. Adding a plank reading “Hackmatack” to the boardwalk, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar officially commemorated our nation’s newest and 561st wildlife refuge, which spans parts of McHenry County and southern...

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    McHenry County Conservation District’s Ed Collins looks over part of Glacial Park.

    Images: Hackmatack National Wildlife Refuge
    In a ceremony led by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, a chunk of land in McHenry County known as Hackmatack, is dedicated as the only National Wildlife Refuge within 100 miles of Chicago.

Sports

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    Nick Fabianski of St. Francis takes one to the net during the Marmion at St. Francis boys basketball game Tuesday.

    St. Francis stops Marmion

    When a Marmion Cadet banged into a St. Francis boys basketball player, or vice versa, the Spartans student section burst into football mode. “Hit somebody!”

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    Stevenson’s Connor Cashaw, right, drives on Warren’s Dre Von Hill on Tuesday night at Stevenson.

    Stevenson’s win worth shouting about

    Jalen Brunson’s primal scream — produced after Stevenson’s point guard won an offensive rebound off the floor, scored and was fouled — could be translated simply: This is not the same Patriots basketball team from earlier in the season. Brunson completed the three-point play, capping a 21-0 run to start the game, and it would actually get worse for visiting Warren. Connor Cashaw scored a game-high 15 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and recorded 3 steals, and Stevenson avenged a North Suburban Conference Lake Division loss for the second time in five days with a stunning, 63-31 rout on its home floor Tuesday night.

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    Huntley's Amanze Egekeze takes a rebound against teammate Bryce Only and Cary-Grove's Dean Lee Tuesday in Cary.

    Huntley motors past Cary-Grove

    The Huntley boys basketball players hate the tip drill, which coach Marty Manning still occasionally employs to open practices. Manning gives his players one chance to avoid it: someone has to knock down a shot from midcourt. Bryce Only, a four-year varsity player who has endured more tip drills than he probably cares to remember, is always quick to volunteer for the long-range shot, “but he never comes close,” according to his coach. Well, not until Tuesday's 58-42 victory at Cary-Grove, that is.

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    St. Viator’s Mark Falotico takes a shot during Tuesday’s game against Lake Forest.

    Boudreaux, Lake Forest measure up at St. Viator

    For three and a half quarters, Lake Forest used size to its advantage, controlling the paint on both offense and defense. St. Viator flipped the script for a short period late in cutting a 16-point fourth quarter deficit down to 6, but ultimately it wasn’t enough as 6-foot-7 Evan Boudreaux scored a game-high 25 points and 6-foot-9 Sam Downey added 17 points in Lake Forest’s 66-53 victory in Arlington Heights.

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    Illinois coach John Groce protests a call by a referee, and receives a technical foul, in the second half of the Illini-Huskers game Tuesday night in Lincoln, Neb.

    Illinois ends losing streak, beats Nebraska 71-51

    Illinois shed tears during its previous visit to Nebraska. The Illini were all smiles after their 71-51 victory over the Cornhuskers on Tuesday night. D.J. Richardson scored 30 points, Brandon Paul added 14 and Illinois ended a three-game losing streak. "Their effort level was off the charts on the defensive end, maybe as consistent as we've been with our effort defensively in a couple weeks, from start to finish," Illini coach John Groce said.

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    New Bears head coach Marc Trestman should have little trouble dealing with anything in Chicago after what he had to deal with when he worked for the Raiders.

    After Raiders, Bears tranquility for Trestman

    Marc Trestman’s days with the Oakland Raiders likely prepared him for anything the Halas Hall culture might throw at him. Really, anything. A decade ago Trestman worked for the Raiders owned by Al Davis. It’s sounding more and more that nothing the Bears do could be as wacky as that experience.

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    Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith gets a hand from teammates Marian Hossa, left, and Brent Seabrook his slap shot was deflected into the Blues’ net by Seabrook to give the Hawks a 2-0 lead in the second period Tuesday night.

    Blackhawks off to best start since 1972-73

    A sellout crowd of 21,455 greeted the Hawks in their first home game following the three-month lockout. “We’re happy to get the win for our fans,” Jonathan Toews said. “It’s just amazing to see their support out there. They’ve been waiting a long time to see their team play. To go out there and work like we did against a strong team like St. Louis was a good way to come back and kick-start the season.”

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    Tuesday’s wrestling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity boys wrestling results from Tuesday as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s girls gymnastics scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls gymnastics results from Tuesday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s girls bowling scoreboard
    Here are the varsity girls bowling results from Tuesday's events, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s girls basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Tuesday's varsity girls basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s boys swimming scoreboard
    Here are varsity boys swimming results from Tuesday's meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Tuesday’s boys basketball scoreboard
    Here are the results from Tuesday's varsity boys basketball results as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Schaumburg tops Fremd, tightens up West race

    Just two weeks ago, Schaumburg’s girls basketball team dropped a 49-36 decision at Fremd. But Tuesday night, Saxons coach Ashley Berggren watched her team rise to the occasion against the four-time defending Mid-Suburban West champs. Senior Amanda Kelly scored a game-high 20 points while Carly Brossard (12 points) and Jada Blackwell (10) also reached double figures as the host Saxon topped the Vikings 46-37.

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    Amann eclipses 1,000 points in Elk Grove victory

    Senior guard Austin Amann made three 3s and finished with a game-high 27 points while surpassing 1,000 career points as visiting Elk Grove earned a 52-39 victory over Streamwood in nonconference play Tuesday.The Grens (9-10) did not allow any Sabres player to score in double figures.Sophomore guard Matt Wary had 7 points and junior forward Scott Furlong had 6 for Elk Grove, which produced an 18-point first quarter and led 31-17 at the half.

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    Elk Grove remembers — and wins — at Prospect

    Elk Grove’s girls basketball players went into Tuesday’s Mid-Suburban East game at the Jean Walker Field House remembering a tough loss at Prospect last season. That’s when they let a sizable lead slip away in the final three minutes. So after the Grenadiers built 14-point lead midway through the third quarter and watched the Knights cut it to 7 with 1:10 left in the game, you can understand why Kari Czeszewski was a bit concerned. “That was kind of nerve-wracking,” said the Grens senior guard (7 points). “It was upsetting. But our basketball sense has grown a lot since last season. We were a younger team then.” This time, the Grens made sure the Knights got no closer as senior Stephanie Solis’ fastbreak layup extended the lead to 9 and the visitors eventually prevailed 52-41.

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    Lipp, Deichl lead Libertyville; Grayslake Central wins

    A tough season for Libertyville’s boys basketball team got a little better Tuesday night.Jack Lipp scored a game-high 26 points, and Jack Deichl added 18, as the Wildcats upset visiting Zion-Benton 63-60 in North Suburban Conference Lake Division action, snapping a four-game losing streak.Libertyville (3-15, 1-6) led 14-8 after one quarter, 25-24 at halftime and 41-38 after three quarters. Lipp — whose season high is 27 points — scored 12 points, including two 3-pointers, in the third quarter and 10 in the fourth. Deichl scored 9 points, including a 3, in the opening quarter.The Wildcats also got 3-pointers from Matt Varner and Drew Cayce.Libertyville had lost 14 of its last 15 games.Milik Yarbrough and Gabriel Ramirez each had 11 points for Zion-Benton.Grayslake Central 68, Woodstock North 61: The host Rams snapped a five-game losing streak, overcoming a 21-10 deficit after one quarter, as Danny Reed scored 15 points in the Fox Valley Fox Division contest.Grayslake Central (3-15, 1-5) also got 8 points apiece from Matt Loeffl and Sam Ruhlmann. Malcolm Reed and Alex Lennartz chipped in 7 each.Grant 72, Wauconda 62: Mike Burns scored a season-high 19 points to lead host Grant in the North Suburban Prairie contest.Grant (9-12, 3-5) also received 17 points from Tom Blanchette, 12 from Ryan Noda and 11 from Matt Malmberg.Wauconda (10-10, 4-4) got a season-best 19 points from Dion Head and 14 from Kodey Thomas. Austin Swenson added 10.Lakes 68, Round Lake 25: Vince Rotunno led the Eagles with 9 points on three 3-pointers.Lakes, which got points from 11 players, improved to 15-6 and 7-1 in the North Suburban Prairie.Crystal Lake Central 63, Grayslake North 53: A.J. Fish scored 20 points in a losing effort for the visiting Knights.Grayslake North, which also got 10 points from Anthony Winfield, fell to 11-7 and 2-3 in the Fox Valley Fox with its second straight loss.

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    Tough stretch ahead for North Central

    The CCIW is not for the faint of heart. Over the next week the North Central men’s basketball team will have to play possibly the most difficult stretch of its schedule. On the line is a chance to prove the Cardinals merit their No. 5 national ranking and a clear path to the conference title.

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    St. Charles N. finishes off Glenbard S.

    When St. Charles North seemed on the verge of giving up the last of its 10-point lead, sophomore guard Sam Novak stepped up.

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    WW South takes care of business

    There was no letdown and there was no looking ahead. As Wheaton Warrenville South has done throughout the DuPage Valley Conference season, the Tigers were thorough and consistent during their 59-40 victory at Naperville North on Tuesday night.

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    Prasse injured, but Benet defeats Downers Grove South

    Sooner or later Benet knew it would have to win again without Christen Prasse — later as in next year. Sooner came Tuesday night. The young Redwings managed just fine, thank you.Prasse was knocked out of the game with a shot to the mouth in the waning moments of the first half, but minus its senior point guard No. 19 Benet pulled away from a halftime tie to win at Downers Grove South 55-38.

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    Dundee-Crown shoots past Crystal Lake S.

    The Dundee-Crown boys basketball team may have mistaken Gator Alley for a paint store. Crystal Lake South picked the wrong night to be out of primer. The Gators had no interior solution for D-C around the basket. Even without a legitimate big man down low taller than 6-foot-3, the Chargers’ 30 points inside accounted for nearly half of their total in a 62-42 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over the Gators in Crystal Lake Tuesday night.

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    Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook gives goalie Corey Crawford a hand after the Hawks’ 3-2 victory over St. Louis Blues in Tuesday night’s home opener.

    Victory a welcome sight for Hawks, fans

    The Blackhawks returned to the UC for the first time since April, and they gave a breathless fan base the gift of another victory.

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    Shootouts figure to be key factor for Blackhawks

    There were three 3-point games in the Central Division through the opening weekend of the NHL season, driving home what Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said last week about the importance of shootouts in this shortened season.

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    Streamwood falls to Elk Grove

    Elk Grove 52, Streamwood 39: Ryan Dichoso had 9 points and Joel Lightbourne added 8 for Streamwood (9-15) in this nonconference loss.Berean Baptist 73, Harvest Christian 71 (2 OTs): Stuart Wolff had 21 points and Jon Vislisel added 17 but the Lions fell in nonconference action.

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    McMahon directs Lakes triumph

    Terese McMahon dropped in 22 points, and Lakes’ girls basketball team defeated visiting Richmond-Burton 49-44 Tuesday night.

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    Streamwood’s Deja Moore shoots past a block by St. Charles East’s Amanda Hilton, left and Kyra Washington in the second quarter on Tuesday, January 22.

    Streamwood trio sinks St. Charles East

    Streamwood’s girls basketball team inched a little closer to its first outright conference championship Tuesday night. Led by their terrific trio of Deja Moore, Jessica Cerda and Hannah McGlone, the Sabres (17-4, 8-1) took a major step toward at least a share of their first conference title in 23 years with a 62-53 Upstate Eight Conference River Division victory over St. Charles East (12-11, 7-3) in St. Charles.

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    Glenbard East, West Aurora might have to delay leaving DVC

    The wait for Glenbard East and West Aurora to leave the DuPage Valley Conference and join the Upstate Eight Conference just became a little longer. Last week the DVC Board of Control decided by a majority vote that any school leaving the league for another conference must notify the DVC of its intentions by Dec. 1 for that school year to count toward the two-year stipulation in the DVC bylaws. According to Wheaton Warrenville South principal Dave Claypool, president of the DVC Board of Control, that means the earliest Glenbard East and West Aurora could leave the DVC for the UEC and still adhere to DVC bylaws would be the 2015-16 school year.

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    Aurora Christian snaps 4-game skid

    Aurora Christian 64, Timothy Christian 62: Johnathan Harrell led the Eagles with 28 points. Ryan Suttle added 18 to help Aurora Christian (10-9) snap a 4-game losing streak.

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    Kaneland wins at buzzer on David’s 3

    Kaneland and Sycamore engaged in an intense, physical Northern Illinois Big 12 conference duel in Maple Park Tuesday that saw the Spartans maintain a slim lead throughout most of the game.

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    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 54, Harvard 19: Samantha Pryor scored 11 points as the Rockets took another step toward their first conference championship since 2007 with this Big Northern East win. Shelby Holt, Kayla Ross and Becca Gerke each had 8 points for Burlington Central (18-4, 9-0), which can clinch the conference title at Richmond on Saturday.Bartlett 53, East Aurora 43: Alyssa Hernandez had 14 points and Liz Arco added 9 to lead the Hawks to an Upstate Eight Valley win. Chantel Zasada and Ally Giampapa added 9 points each for Bartlett (13-10, 7-3).Harvest Christian 43, Berean Baptist 39: Kylee Knox scored 18 points and Rachel Oostdyk had 10 points and 17 rebounds as the Lions (3-18) won in nonconference play. Sarah Kott added a career-high 8 points for Harvest.Walther Lutheran 42, St. Edward 30: Rena Ranallo had 12 points and Clarissa Ramos added 9 for St. Edward (2-21, 1-8) in the Suburban Christian Blue.

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    Serena Williams out of Australian Open

    Serena Williams is out of the Australian Open after losing her quarterfinal match 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 to 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens. Williams appeared to hurt her lower back while attempting to pull up short of the net during the eighth game of the second set. She called for a trainer after the ninth game with the score 5-4 and on serve.

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    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane high-fives fans at the team’s red carpet event before the home opener.

    Images: Blackhawks Home Opener
    Images of the Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 home opener win against the St. Louis Blues. Fans welcomed the team with open arms at a red carpet entrance for current players as well as legends of the past. This late home opener comes in the wake of an NHL strike that has shortened the season.

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    Jacobs wilts against Prairie Ridge

    After Patrick Nerja nailed an 18-footer from the left side, Jacobs had what looked to be a comfortable 27-17 lead with 4:18 remaining in the first half. The rest of the night was a disaster for the Golden Eagles. Scoring the final 6 points of the first half and ripping off 16 straight points, Prairie Ridge changed the momentum of the game and rallied for a 56-51 win over the Golden Eagles in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball action in Crystal Lake Tuesday night.

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    Defense carries Aurora Central Catholic

    Aurora Central Catholic 42, Immaculate Conception 35: The Chargers (10-11) the Knights to 15 points over the first three quarters for a SCC crossover win.

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    St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) makes a save on a shot by Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81) during the Hawks 3-2 win over the Blues Tuesday night at the United Center.

    Blackhawks beat Blues 3-2

    Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Viktor Stalberg scored to back Corey Crawford, and the Chicago Blackhawks hung on to beat the St. Louis Blues 3-2 on Tuesday night. The Blackhawks looked sharp in their home opener after impressive wins at defending champion Los Angeles and Phoenix, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs in the first round last season.

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    Hampshire slows down Woodstock

    Once Hampshire was able to slow down Damian Stoneking, things started to turn around. After Woodstock’s 6-foot-7 junior scored the Blue Streaks’ first10 points, the Whip-Purs made some adjustments. Stoneking scored just 4 points the rest of the way and Hampshire rolled to a 64-49 Fox Valley Conference Fox Division boys basketball victory in Woodstock Tuesday night.

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    St. Francis High School hosted Marmion Academy Tuesday night for boys basketball.

    Images: Marmion vs. St. Francis, boys basketball
    St. Francis High School hosted Marmion Academy Tuesday night in Wheaton for boys basketball.

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    Tate, seniors lead Rosary past Aurora Christian

    Having seen a few leads slip away this year, a 10-2 Aurora Christian run to start fourth quarter Tuesday could have been the beginning of the end for Rosary. But first-year Royals coach Jessie Wilcox is proud of the strides her team has made, starting with her seniors, and instead of folding Rosary answered the Eagles’ charge.

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    Stevenson’s Connor Cashaw, right, drives on Warren’s Dre Von Hill.

    Images: Warren vs. Stevenson, boys basketball
    The Stevenson Patriots hosted the Warren Blue Devils for boys basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Lincolnshire.

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    Images from the Huntley vs. Cary-Grove boys basketball game Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

    Images: Huntley vs. Cary-Grove, boys basketball
    The Huntley Red Raiders won 58-42 over the Cary-Grove Trojans for boys basketball action on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Cary.

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    The Lakers hockey team features a pair of rugged brother tandems: Brandon Brumm (44) and Cody Brumm (29) and Anthony Conn (2) and Nikko Conn (81)

    Lakers benefit from sibling unity

    It’s a family affair, times two, for the Lakers co-op hockey team. The Lakers feature players from Antioch, Lakes, Grayslake North and Grayslake Central. There’s Anthony and Nikko Conn, plus Brandon and Cody Brumm, seniors and sophomores, respectively, from Lakes. All are defensemen except Brandon, who is a center. All shoot left-handed, except right-handed shooting Anthony.

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    Loyola University freshman Becca Smith of South Elgin is getting more and more playing time for the Ramblers, and cracked the starting lineup last weekend.

    Smith, Schrader enjoying first season at Loyola

    A year ago, Becca Smith was on her way to scoring more than 2,000 career points and leading the South Elgin girls basketball team to the program’s first regional championship. Lindsay Schrader had her first full-time coaching gig as an assistant at Longwood University in Richmond, Va. Today, the two former Daily Herald all-area captains are wearing the same colors.

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    Saints coach Sean Payton was reinstated nearly two weeks earlier than expected.

    NFL lifts Payton’s suspension two weeks early

    Sean Payton is back as coach of the New Orleans Saints. Payton’s season-long suspension for his role in the Saints’ bounty program was lifted by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on Tuesday, nearly two weeks earlier than expected. The decision allows Payton to attend the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Saturday, where some of the top college players available for the NFL draft will be competing.

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    Bulls keeping their Rose card close to the vest

    After knocking off the star-studded Los Angeles Lakers late Monday night, the Bulls conducted a leisurely practice Tuesday at the Berto Center.It consisted of video analysis and shooting. Then most of the Bulls regulars took a seat on the sideline and watched teammates Taj Gibson and Jimmy Butler play 1-on-1.

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    Noah wants to put Memphis flap in his rearview mirror

    After Monday’s game against the Lakers ended around 11 p.m., Joakim Noah talked about the incident that led to him sitting out the final 18 minutes, plus overtime, against Memphis on Saturday.“Thibs (Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau) would never ever talk bad or say anything bad about us in the media or anything,” Noah said. “But that was all me. I think he took me out, and I was emotional about it. I was ticked off and probably said some things I shouldn’t have said.“You learn from it and move on. That’s just the mindset I wanted to have today, move on from it. There are so many games, you don’t want it to keep lingering. I didn’t want it to linger.”

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    Sectional title no sure thing for Glenbard West

    DuPage County has failed to send a team to the state finals just once in the past 10 years. It could be a challenge, though, this season as a few teams from out west should contend for the automatic bid at the Glenbard West sectional.

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    More than 37,000 runners finished the 2012 Chicago Marathon last October, and registration opens Feb. 19 for the 2013 race, with a capacity of 45,000 entrants for the 36th annual race.

    Chicago Marathon sets signup date, fees for 2013 race

    While the 26.2-mile Chicago Marathon course remains attractively flat for runners and its popularity rises with each year, entry fees will climb for the 2013 race. Organizers for the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon will open online registration at noon Feb. 19 at www.chicagomarathon.com, and the 36th annual event next fall is expected to hit its maximum of 45,000 runners.

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    U.S. Soccer President Sunil Gulati, here introducing U.S. men's head coach Juergen Klinsman, will be the key speaker at the Chicago Fire Foundation's annual luncheon to kick off the 2013 MLS season.

    Fire Foundation’s soccer luncheon on March 5

    The Chicago Fire Foundation, the charitable arm of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, will hold its annual Chicago Fire Season Kickoff Luncheon at 11 a.m. March 5 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, team officials announced Tuesday. U.S. Soccer Federation President Sunil Gulati will help kick off the Fire’s 16th season by delivering the keynote address.

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    Illinois golfer Thomas Pieters won the NCAA individual title as a sophomore last May. Pieters plans to turn pro after his junior season this spring.

    Illini golfer Pieters to go pro this year

    CHAMPAIGN — Illini junior Thomas Pieters, the defending NCAA individual golf champion, will turn pro following the 2013 spring season, head coach Mike Small announced Tuesday. Pieters, a native of Nijlen, Belgium, helped to lead Illinois to its fourth-straight Big Ten men’s golf championship last season as well.

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    Kevin Shockey, producer of the Ian Furness Show, works in a radio booth at sports radio station KJR in Seattle, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, next to a sign that reads “Bring ‘Em Back!” in reference to the Seattle SuperSonics NBA basketball team, which were sold and moved to Oklahoma City in 2008. Phone lines at the station were full as fans reacted to the news that the Maloof family, owners of the Sacramento Kings, had agreed to sell the team to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen.

    Maloofs agree to sell NBA’s Kings to Seattle group

    Nearly five years after their colors, banners and history were packed away into storage and their franchise relocated, the SuperSonics are one significant step closer to returning to Seattle. And the Kings are on the edge of leaving Sacramento. All that appears to stand in the way now is approval by NBA owners.

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    New York Yankee star Alex Rodriguez and his wife Cynthia talked with Katie Couric 2007 after the release of the Mitchell Report, which accusing scores of Major League Baseball players of using steroids. Now the family of All-American linebacker Manti Te'o has agreed to talk with Couric this week about the hoax involving a fake girlfriend linked to Te'o.

    Real sports world can be stranger than fiction

    After a week of confessions, lies and hoax talk about fake girlfriends, Mike North was happy there were some real sports to talk about after the AFC and NFC championship games on Sunday. He also discusses high school basketball and rivalry games that turn out great, unlike what happened with Simeon and Morgan Park last week.

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    Lake Park’s Jessica Lewis performs her floor exercise routine during Monday’s gymnastics meet at St. Charles Gymnastics Academy.

    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 basketball, wrestling and gymnastics and swimming.

Business

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    OSHA cites Bartlett pasta factory for safety violations

    A pasta production facility in Bartlett has been cited for 12 safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Rana Meal Solutions LLC faces a proposed $54,000 in fines after an inspection found that workers were exposed to ammonia hazards in July 2012.

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    Can Apple maintain its shine?
    For many investors, Apple’s best days are behind it. Competitors are catching up, they believe, and the latest iPhone is stumbling. On Wednesday, Apple — still the world’s most valuable public company— gets a chance to rebut the skeptics as it reports financial results for the holiday quarter.

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    Mark Steber, right, interviews Justine Watson about the fiscal cliff in Madison Square Park for Jackson Hewitt’s Tax Bites video series last September in New York.

    Expiring credits, deductions extended by Congress

    Taxpayers preparing to file their 2012 returns can breathe a collective sigh of relief. The alternative minimum tax or AMT has been patched — permanently — and several tax credits and deductions that technically expired at the end of 2011 were extended as part of the fiscal cliff legislation that Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed into law in January.

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    Stocks rose, following five-year highs for the benchmark indexes last week, after better-than-forecast earnings from companies including Travelers Cos. and Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

    US stocks rise as tech, industrial earns roll in

    Strong earnings reports from big U.S. companies helped push the Dow Jones industrial average to its eighth gain in nine sessions Tuesday. DuPont, Verizon and Travelers Cos., three of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow, closed higher after reporting their financial results for the final quarter of 2012.

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    Groupon, the largest provider of online daily deals in the U.S., halted gun-related offers amid nationwide debate about weapons sales following a school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

    Groupon suspends gun-related deals after Sandy Hook

    Groupon Inc., the largest provider of online daily deals in the U.S., halted gun-related offers amid nationwide debate about weapons sales following a school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

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    Dell hasn’t said whether it’s interested in selling, but going private would enable the company to overhaul its operations without having to meet Wall Street’s demands for higher quarterly earnings.

    Reports: Microsoft may invest in Dell buyout

    Microsoft has joined the negotiations to buy struggling computer maker Dell, according to media reports.Both CNBC and The Wall Street Journal reported Microsoft may invest some of the money needed to take Dell private after 25 years as a publicly traded company.

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    IRS suspends tax return preparer regulations after court ruling

    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service suspended its regulation of tax-return preparers in response to a Jan. 18 federal court ruling that said the agency lacked authority to run the program.

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    Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, said its Surface tablet computer running the new Windows 8 Pro software will be available Feb. 9, the first versions of the machine powered by Intel Corp. chips.

    Microsoft Surface tablet running Intel chip to go on sale Feb. 9

    Microsoft Corp., the world’s largest software maker, said its Surface tablet computer running the new Windows 8 Pro software will be available Feb. 9, the first versions of the machine powered by Intel Corp. chips.

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    Opel may move up end of production at German plant

    General Motors Co. is pressing employees in Germany to agree on a turnaround plan for its struggling European unit, warning if there is no deal it would end car production at one of its German plants two years earlier than planned. Opel announced last month it plans to stop producing cars at the plant in Bochum, in northwestern Germany, at the end of 2016 when it stops making its current Zafira model. It has been negotiating with employee representatives in the country on its turnaround plan.

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    J&J 4Q profit jumps on higher sales, lower charges

    Higher sales of prescription drugs and medical devices helped Johnson & Johnson post a much bigger fourth-quarter profit than a year ago, when a slew of charges depressed results. However, consumer health product sales declined again and the company again pushed back its timeline for returning recalled products to stores. In addition, J&J’s 2013 profit forecast, for $5.35 to $5.45 per share, came up short of the average analyst estimate of $5.49.

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    Company growth worries CEOs as economy gloom fades

    Chief executive officers are more pessimistic about company growth prospects than a year ago and more optimistic that the global economy won’t shrink in 2013, according to a survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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    Neb. governor OKs Keystone XL route through state

    Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved a new route for the Keystone XL oil pipeline that avoids the state's environmentally sensitive Sandhills region. Heineman sent a letter Tuesday to President Barack Obama confirming that he would allow the controversial project to proceed in his state.

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    Sulfur dioxide emission curbs left intact by Supreme Court

    The U.S. Supreme Court left intact federal limits on sulfur dioxide emissions from power plants and other industrial facilities, turning away an appeal by a copper- producing unit of Grupo Mexico SAB.The justices today let stand a federal appeals court decision that upheld a 2010 Environmental Protection Agency rule setting the acceptable limit for sulfur dioxide in the air at 75 parts per billion over a one-hour period.

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    Wal-Mart warns suppliers on stricter measures
    Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is alerting its global suppliers that it will immediately drop them if they subcontract their work to factories that haven’t been authorized by the discounter.

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    Allen Stanford’s CFO James Davis gets five-year prison term

    Former Stanford Financial Group Co. finance chief James M. Davis was sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in a 20-year, $7-billion international fraud scheme. U.S. District Judge David Hittner imposed the sentence today at a hearing in federal court in Houston. He also sentenced Davis to three years of post-release probation.

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    Delta Air Lines clings to $7M profit in 4Q

    Delta Air Lines Inc. said Tuesday that its fourth-quarter profit was nearly wiped out by Superstorm Sandy and special charges.The storm forced airlines to cancel more than 20,000 flights. The impact was bigger at Delta because Sandy also slowed its operations at its new oil refinery near Philadelphia.

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    Ab inbev wins court fight over Bud beer trademark

    Anheuser-Busch InBev NV won back its European Union trademark right on the word “Bud” for beer and other products after an EU court rejected a challenge by Czech competitor Budejovicky Budvar NP. The EU General Court in Luxembourg today rejected Budvar’s appeal of AB InBev’s right to the EU trademark because the Czech company presented insufficient proof of the existing use of the name in some European countries.

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    OfficeMax CEO appointed to National Retail Federation board

    NAPERVILLE — OfficeMax President and CEO Ravi Saligram has been appointed to the board of directors of the National Retail Federation.Saligram will also join the NRF’s executive committee and serve a three-year term. The NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association and represents retailers of all types and sizes from the United States and more than 45 countries abroad including department stores, specialty, apparel, discount, online, independent, grocery and chain restaurants, among others.“It is truly a privilege to join the board and executive committee of this outstanding organization and to collaborate in shaping NRF’s strategic objectives and overall advocacy agenda,” said Saligram. “As technology and information continue to empower consumers and businesses alike in new ways, we as retailers have a tremendous opportunity to help our customers to make better choices and, in so doing, to build deeper brand loyalty. The NRF will remain core to cultivating the innovation and stewardship needed to position the industry to thrive.”Matthew Shay, president and CEO of the National Retail Federation said Saligram’s “wealth of experience serving customers around the world and navigating the myriad issues that impact the retail industry every day, he will be an invaluable addition to our leadership team.”Saligram joined OfficeMax as president and chief executive officer in November 2010, and became a member of the OfficeMax board of directors at that time. With strong global experience in growing businesses and brands, he is driving a business transformation at OfficeMax aimed fundamentally at evolving its brand positioning from an office products supplier to a multichannel provider of workplace products, services and solutions.Saligram is also a board member of Church & Dwight, a consumer and specialty products company with leading brands such as Arm & Hammer and OxiClean; and is a trustee for the Eisenhower Fellowships.

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    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Astellas Pharma Headquarter in Northbrook.

    Astellas headquarters awarded LEED Gold certification
    Astellas Pharma U.S. said its new headquarters for the Americas in Northbrook has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

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    Z Trim enters into joint venture with Drilling Fluids

    Biotechnology company Z Trim Holdings has entered into a joint development agreement with Newpark Drilling Fluids to develop new, environmentally-friendly drilling fluids that incorporate Z Trim’s proprietary industrial materials that could replace the likes of guar and xanthan gums in drilling applications.

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    U.S. home sales dip in Dec.; 2012 best in 5 years

    U.S. sales of previously occupied homes dipped in December from November, in part because of a limited supply of available homes. But for all of 2012, sales rose to their highest level in five years, The National Association of Realtors said Tuesday that sales dipped in December to an annual rate of 4.94 million. That’s down from a rate of 4.99 million in November, which was revised lower but was still the highest in three years.

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    President Barack Obama devoted one word during his inaugural address — “deficit” — to the issue that brought Washington to the brink of fiscal crises time and again during his first term.

    Obama stands his ground on fiscal debates

    President Barack Obama devoted one word — “deficit” — to the issue that brought Washington to the brink of fiscal crises time and again during his first term. But it was the paragraph that followed in his inaugural address that foreshadowed what’s to come — more hard bargaining and more last-minute deals driven by Obama’s own conviction that he now wields an upper hand.

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    Sun journalist charged over police bribes

    The defense editor of Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid The Sun and a former police officer have been charged in connection with the bribing of public officials for information, British prosecutors said Tuesday. The Crown Prosecution Service said journalist Virginia Wheeler and Constable Paul Flattley were charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office.

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    EU pilots, cabin crew call for fatigue protection

    Pilot and cabin crew organizations are calling for better protection against in-flight fatigue in planned European Union legislation. Pilots and crew members on Tuesday staged demonstrations in several European airports and handed over petitions to authorities, saying that proposals to harmonize EU legislation would force them to fly excessive hours and threaten the safety of passengers.

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    Oil price falls on ample supply, U.S. uncertainty

    The price of oil fell Tuesday amid ample supplies and uncertainty about the outcome of negotiations in Washington on the U.S. debt limit.Benchmark oil for February delivery was down 32 cents to $95.24 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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    Stanford ex-finance chief seeks to shorten term to four years

    Former Stanford Financial Group Co. finance chief James M. Davis is seeking a prison sentence 26 years shorter than the potential 30-year term he agreed to after pleading guilty to his role in a $7 billion investor fraud, citing his cooperation with prosecutors.

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    Verizon Communications 4Q loss widens

    Verizon Communications’ fourth-quarter loss widened, dragged down by restructuring, pension and Superstorm Sandy costs. The company activated a record number of new devices on its contract-based plans during the period.

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    Markets shrug off Bank of Japan move

    World markets shrugged Tuesday after the Bank of Japan’s announcement of a new round of bond purchases that many thought wasn’t bold enough. Surprisingly good results from a German investor confidence survey tempered losses later in the morning, but many traders were waiting for earnings releases later in the day from the U.S. Google, Johnson & Johnson and IBM are among those set to report results.

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    McDonald’s and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law.

    McDonald’s settles Mich. suit over Islamic diet

    McDonald’s and one of its franchise owners agreed to pay $700,000 to members of the Muslim community to settle allegations a Detroit-area restaurant falsely advertised its food as being prepared according to Islamic dietary law.McDonald’s and Finley’s Management Co. agreed Friday to the tentative settlement, with that money to be shared by Dearborn Heights resident Ahmed Ahmed, a Detroit health clinic, the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn and lawyers.

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    A leading lobby group for the world’s financial institutions is warning investors not to get caught short in emerging markets in the event that the cheap money policy of the past few years comes to an end.

    Financial lobby group warns on emerging markets

    A leading lobby group for the world’s financial institutions is warning investors not to get caught short in emerging markets in the event that the cheap money policy of the past few years comes to an end. The Institute of International Finance says Tuesday that the withdrawal of massive stimulus by the U.S. Federal Reserve and other rich-country central banks could lead to a “boom-bust cycle” in emerging markets if investors are unprepared.

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    Dish Network Corp. says it plans to close about 300 Blockbuster stores across the country, losing about 3,000 employees.

    Dish Network to close 300 Blockbuster stores in U.S.

    Dish Network Corp. says it plans to close about 300 Blockbuster stores across the country, losing about 3,000 employees. Company spokesman John Hall told The Denver Post on Monday that the closures will leave about 500 Blockbuster locations in the U.S. Blockbuster is owned by Dish Network.Dish Network last year also shuttered about 500 underperforming Blockbuster locations. Hall says the stores that will be closed in coming weeks are either underperforming or nearing the end of their leases.

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    Felice Cohen, 39, in her micro apartment at 103 W. 70th Street in Manhattan.

    New York City extols virtues of tiny apartments

    Sam Neuman jokes that he doesn’t casually throw off his coat when he gets home at night — it would take up half his apartment.Such is life in his walk-up studio a few blocks from Manhattan’s bustling Times Square, which at 280 square feet is barely the size of a one-car garage, with just enough space for a bed, a desk, a TV stand on one wall and a kitchen against the other.

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    Dr. Karen Judy, a Glen Ellyn pediatrician, encourages germ-fighting hygiene with her children Thomas, 11, and Kate, 9.

    How to keep germs from spreading at home

    Having one sick child home isn't fun. But what happens when it's two or more? How do you keep germs from spreading? The best defense is a good offense, say experts.

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    Beyoncé sings the national anthem at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington Monday.

    Beyonce used prerecorded anthem at inaugural

    Beyoncé used a prerecorded voice track to perform her rousing rendition of the national anthem at President Barack Obama’s inauguration, according to the U.S. Marine Band. A band spokeswoman told news outlets Tuesday that the band was notified at the last minute that Beyoncé would perform to the prerecorded music. The band played their instruments live.

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    Librarian Marian Paroo (Emily Rohm) falls for con man Harold Hill (Stef Tovar) in Paramount Theatre's production of "The Music Man," directed by Rachel Rockwell.

    Paramount’s ‘Music Man’ a true charmer

    Seeing Meredith Willson's "The Music Man" at Aurora’s Paramount Theatre might just give you a new appreciation of this stage staple. With its fine cast and a nice balance between the splashy “Seventy-six Trombones” and quieter moments, this “Music Man” reveals substance beneath the spectacle.

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    New Kids, 98 Degrees, Boyz II Men team for tour

    New Kids On the Block, 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men are teaming up for a summer tour. The groups announced “The Package Tour” on Tuesday morning on “The View” and also performed. It’s the first time on tour in 12 years for 98 Degrees.

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    Veteran ABC newswoman Barbara Walters said Tuesday she hopes to be leaving the hospital soon.

    Barbara Walters expects to leave hospital soon

    Barbara Walters says she expects to be home from the hospital soon after taking a spill at a Saturday night party at the British ambassador’s home in Washington. The veteran ABC newswoman thanked people who expressed concern in a statement read Monday on “The View.”

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    Getting comfy with the right glass of wine

    If your idea of comfort is a big, bear hug of wine, look for a high alcohol wine (14 percent and above), such as Zinfandel, Syrah or Chardonnay from warm weather regions including California, Washington and Australia. To while away hours of effortless drinking enjoyment, look for low alcohol wine (12 percent and below), such as Riesling, Pinot Noir or Beaujolais from cool climate Oregon or France.

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    ‘Girl Rising’ spotlights need for girls’ education

    Just because a film isn’t finished doesn’t mean it can’t get buzz at Sundance. Director Richard Robbins showed about 10 minutes of his new movie, “Girl Rising,” at the independent-film festival Monday, even though he still has a few weeks of post-production work to do on the project. The film tells the stories of nine girls from different developing countries and shows how access to education would change their lives.

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    Ethan Danstrom grills flank steak for an Asian-style dinner salad.

    Spicy Asian Flank Steak Salad
    Spicy Flank Steak Salad: Ethan Danstrom

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    Silky Cheese Dip
    Silky Cheese Dip: Ethan Danstrom

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    Ethan Danstrom wants his four children to learn where food comes from and see that cooking can be fun.

    Arlington Heights dad designs barbecues, barbecue rub

    His four kids keep Ethan Danstrom pretty active during the day, so when it comes to cooking the Arlington Heights dad like to go low and slow. In the summer you'll find him cooking ribs on a grill he designed, while in winter he gets cozy with his sous vide cooker.

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    The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Prokofiev's classic ballet “Cinderella” at the Genesee Theatre on Jan. 26.

    Best Bets: Delight in dance performance of 'Cinderella'

    Nurture your cultural side with a Waukegan performance of "Cinderella" by the State Ballet Theatre of Russia. If you're feeling more outdoorsy, head to the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo this weekend in Schaumburg. Or laugh out loud as Joel McHale of "Community" revisits his standup roots at the Improv Comedy Showcase at Woodfield.

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    A knock-off version of a popular but pricier PB Teen bedding ensemble using inexpensive sheet sets and iron-on ribbon created by Austin, Texas-based Allison Hepworth. She provides a tutorial on her blog at houseofhepworths.com.

    Design your own chic, comfy bedding

    There are stores full of exquisite bedding. But fancy sheets, duvets and mattresses can sometimes fall short of our wish lists, in style, price, comfort or all three. What if you could make your own? You don't need to be a professional designer to create bedding that looks as nice as the stuff of dreams.

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    “The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn From Traditional Societies?” by Jared Diamond

    Book sheds light on traditional societies

    What if, in trying to figure out the best way to lead our lives, we could conduct tests on the different methods? According to author Jared Diamond, such trials are already taking place. In "The World Until Yesterday," Diamond argues: "Traditional societies in effect represent thousands of natural experiments in how to construct a human society. They have come up with thousands of solutions to human problems."

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    “DmC: Devil May Cry”

    'Devil May Cry' an infernal thrill ride

    At the beginning of "DmC: Devil May Cry" demons run amok through a seaside amusement park. It's a messaage from "DmC" developer Ninja Theory: We'll show you a funhouse. The U.K.-based studio has been under scrutiny since it was awarded the "Devil May Cry" franchise. No worries. This is a worthy reboot of the entire "Devil" mythology, reintroducing hero Dante as a surly, brown-haired punk.

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    President Barack Obama' waves on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, prior to his ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool)

    Editorial: Seize this rare second opportunity, Mr. President

    President Obama outlined the issues that will get his attention in a second term, but a Daily Herald editorial says that the biggest issue is to fix the partisan gridlock in Washington.

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    The necessity to act in Syria

    Columnist Richard Cohen: Wars can change over time. The one in Syria certainly has. It has gone from a war of choice to a war of necessity that President Obama did not choose to fight. A mountain of dead testifies to his mistake.

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    Health care act’s death star?

    Columnist George Will: Because the penalties are constitutionally limited by the reasoning whereby Roberts declared them taxes, he may have saved the ACA's constitutionality by sacrificing its feasibility. So as the president begins his second term, the signature achievement of his first term looks remarkably rickety.

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    President’s proposals on guns sensible
    A Sugar Grove letter to the editor: Surveys clearly show that a majority of Americans support the president's approach on this issue, gun owners included. It is time for the people to tell the gun lobby and their legislative allies, such as Rep. Randy Hultgren, that now is when the insanity stops, now is when we decide that the Second Amendment does not trump all other parts of the Constitution,

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    A rebuttal to senator’s comments on guns
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Since Sen. Durbin is leery of Congress making the right decisions on firearms and supports President Obama making executive decisions, why have a Congress? One individual who knows what is best for all? I don't like it!

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    Writer’s advice poor on furnace standards
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor:In his article, de Marne misses the boat entirely. Instead of soft-soaping the outrageous costs of new architectural drawings, building permits, totally unnecessary remodeling and reconstruction costs, he should denounce the stupidity of this government mandated law.

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    Alcohol, movie theaters not a good mix
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: My experiences in other parts of the country where food and drinks were served (with or without alcohol) in a theater during a show were disturbing. If you think cellphone users in theaters are disturbing wait until you experience those with food and alcohol.

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    System needs checks on uninsured drivers
    A Barrington letter to the editor: [No Paragraph Style]Newsx BTO body copyWith all the serious accidents that have been reported involving unlicensed, uninsured motorists, I have to question why the secretary of state's office does not fully review the license renewal forms to ensure insurance information is provided and a system in place to cross check and confirm before a vehicle license is issued.

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