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Daily Archive : Wednesday January 23, 2013

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    Markeith Williams

    Lombard man charged with shooting ex-girlfriend's mom in drive-by

    A Lombard man was angry with his ex-girlfriend about their joint bank account Tuesday when he drove past her house and opened fire, striking her mother through a wall, prosecutors said Wednesday. The victim was in bed watching TV when she was hit.

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    Hanover Park police Officer George Sullivan presents flowers to Brianna Elizondo of Carol Stream for her birthday. Sullivan helped deliver Brianna 13 years ago at the Metra station parking lot when labor went a bit too quickly for mother Monica Bakos.

    Hanover Park officer reunites with girl he delivered

    Monica Bakos didn't envision her newborn daughter's first receiving blanket would be a police officer's winter coat. Several things, it turns out, didn't go according to plan that bitterly cold night on Jan. 23, 2000, when the Carol Stream woman was forced to give birth in her two-door Chevy Cavalier with the assistance of Hanover Park police officer George Sullivan. Mom, daughter and Sullivan...

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    Elgin council reverse stance, moves to OK video gambling

    The city of Elgin is poised to reverse its stance on video gambling after a group of establishments and organizations pleaded with the city council at Wednesday night's meeting to allow the practice. Video gambling went live across Illinois in October.

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    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o speaks with host Katie Couric during an interview for “Katie,” in New York. Te'o has told Katie Couric that he briefly lied about his online girlfriend after discovering she didn't exist, while maintaining that he had no part in creating the hoax. Pressed by Couric to admit that he was in on the deception, Te'o said he believed that his girlfriend Lennay Kekua had died of cancer and didn't lie about it until December. The interview will air today.

    Te'o to Couric: What would you do?

    Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o admitted to Katie Couric he answered questions about his "dead," online girlfriend even after he received a call Dec. 6 from a woman posing as the fake person. Te'o also maintained he played no part in the hoax. "Katie, put yourself in my situation. I, my whole world told me that she died on Sept. 12. Everybody knew that. This girl, who I committed myself to, died...

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    In this Dec. 22, 2012, photo, spectators huddle together for warmth before the lighting of the Bald Knob Cross of Peace in Alto Pass, Ill. The lighting ceremony marked the completion of a renovation project that began in 2009.

    Supreme Court rejects atheist's appeal over cross

    The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a Buffalo Grove atheist's final appeal in his lawsuit challenging the use of state funds to renovate an 11-story cross atop southern Illinois' tallest peak, ending the legal dispute spanning more than two years. The nation's high court on Tuesday declined without comment to review Robert Sherman's request to hear his case involving the $20,000 grant given in...

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    Items for the exhibit called “Lincoln's Image, Commanding, Comical & Kitsch: From the Utilitarian and Collectible to the Common and Cheesy” at the Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site in Metamora.

    Exhibit focuses on Lincoln's image

    You expect to see Abraham Lincoln on plaques, book covers, even postcards. Less so on bobble heads, cologne containers or bottles of wine. Nevertheless, there sits Honest Abe's image on a host of unlikely items on display at the Metamora Courthouse State Historic Site set to through March.

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    Lee Farkas of Geneva keeps his head down while waiting for the train to Chicago at the Geneva Metra station as the temperature hovers around 0 degrees Tuesday morning. Remarking on the cold, Farkas said “It's ridiculous.”

    Deep freeze holds Midwest in its grip, slides toward Northeast

    Misery loves company, right? The Upper Midwest remained locked in a deep freeze Wednesday as the bitter temperatures crept eastward. The cold snap that arrived Saturday night has been blamed for several suburban deaths. The National Weather Service said states from Ohio through to the far northeast of Maine could expect to be slammed by that Arctic blast on Wednesday.

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    18 freight train cars derail on Indy's west side

    An Indianapolis fire official says 18 cars of a CSX freight train have derailed on the city's far west side but the accident has caused no injuries.

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    Fire causes $180,000 in damage to Ingleside home

    A fire that started in the basement of an Ingleside home Wednesday afternoon caused an estimated $180,000 in damages, according to officials.

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    Elgin OKs city hall security upgrade

    Elgin's city hall will be getting a security makeover. The city council voted Wednesday night to award a $375,000 bid to Chicago-based general contractor F.H. Paschen to perform work including renovating the city council chambers and adding security measures such as a bulletproof dais, cameras, a metal detector at the entrance of city hall, protective concrete installations outside city hall, and...

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    Unions seek summit with Quinn, legislative leaders

    Illinois' public employee unions are asking for a meeting with Gov. Pat Quinn and legislative leaders to come up with an agreement on pension changes. AFL-CIO President Michael Carrigan says in a letter to Quinn and leaders of the House and Senate that the union hopes the meeting will overcome obstacles that have blocked recent pension proposals.

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    Ray Millington

    Grayslake Dist. 46 teachers contract not yet written

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members gathered in public Wednesday for the first time in the wake of a now-ended teachers strike.

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    Daniel Wells

    Elgin man charged with burglarizing church

    An Elgin man has been charged with burglary and theft after taking two brass holy water fonts from St. Joseph Catholic Church, according to police. Daniel Wells, 43, of the 300 block of DuPage Street, was charged Wednesday with one felony count of burglary to a house of worship, one felony count of theft to a house of worship and one misdemeanor count of theft.

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    Bruce Kaplan, left, and Mark Kownick, right, are candidates in the race for Cary Village President in the 2013 Election.

    Cary mayoral candidates disagree on ex-manager's exit

    The topic of Cary's long-departed village administrator made its way to a Daily Herald endorsement interview session between the two men vying to become Cary's next village president.

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    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gestures as she testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the deadly September attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

    Defiant Clinton takes on lawmakers on Libya attack

    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered fiery rejoinders Wednesday to Republican critics of the Obama administration's handling of the deadly attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, facing off with lawmakers who included potential 2016 presidential rivals.

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    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman greet their supporters in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. A badly weakened Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled Wednesday to keep his job by extending his hand to a new centrist party that advocates a more earnest push on peacemaking with the Palestinians after Israel’s parliamentary election produced a stunning deadlock.

    Rise of Israeli centrist raises hopes for peace

    The unexpectedly strong showing by a new centrist party in Israel's parliamentary election has raised hopes of a revival of peace talks with Palestinians that have languished for four years under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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    2 Naperville women arrested during smart meter installation

    Two Naperville residents were arrested during the installation of electric smart meters by crews Wednesday, according to city officials. City manager Doug Krieger said about 99 percent of the smart meters have already been installed in the city, but crews are working this week to install more.

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    Kevin Geary

    Challenger leads in funding for Sugar Grove president race

    Sugar Grove village president candidate Kevin Geary released his fourth-quarter 2012 fundraising report Tuesday, showing that he has more money to spend than incumbent Sean Michels.

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    Gustavo Villarreal

    Police still seeking driver in Aurora hit-and-run

    The owner of the vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run Monday in Aurora has been missing since the accident, and police said Wednesday they are seeking the public's help in locating him. Gustavo Villarreal, 44, of the 1600 block of Dearborn Avenue in an unincorporated area near Aurora, owns the 1997 Chevrolet GEO Metro that struck and killed a Des Plaines woman on Church Road near Corporate...

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    Joseph Frase

    Toxicology tests to help determine death of Grayslake man found near airport

    Authorities say toxicology testing will help determine an official cause of death for a Grayslake man whose body was found near a small airport. Joseph Frase, 20, was found near Campbell Airport in Round Lake Park about 10:35 a.m. Tuesday by volunteers who had been searching the area for him, authorities said.

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    Cold contributes to two DuPage deaths

    Cold temperatures are at least partially to blame in the deaths of two men whose bodies were found in DuPage County during the past week, according to the coroner's office.

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    Arlington Heights man’s death blamed on cold, medical issues

    Cold weather played a part in the death of a 30-year-old Arlington Heights man found in his parked car in Carol Stream over the weekend, but medical issues also played a role, officials said Wednesday. Lucas Lindley was found late Sunday inside his locked car outside a bar on the 1000 block of Fountain View Drive. While the DuPage County coroner's office said his official cause of death is...

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    Sheila Simon

    Simon forming group on concealed carry law

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon is inviting new lawmakers from across Illinois to work with her on a concealed carry law. A federal appeals court panel ruled last month that Illinois' ban on concealed weapons is unconstitutional.

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    Certified nurse midwife Danielle Kraessig meets with patient Yakini Branch at the PCC South Family Health Center Wednesday in Berwyn. The clinic might receive a permit to operate the first birth center in Illinois as soon as Feb. 5.

    Illinois takes baby steps toward 1st birth center

    Rocking chairs, birthing tubs and changing tables haven't yet been ordered, but organizers in West suburban Berwyn are eager to start furnishing their birth center — which may become the first such facility in Illinois. The birth center at PCC South Family Health Center needs a permit and a license. But these steps seem within reach after years of work by supporters of options for Illinois...

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    Write-in candidate files for Sugar Grove Library race

    Pat Graceffa has filed to run as a write-in candidate for a six-year term on the Sugar Grove Library. Earlier this month, her petition to be on the ballot was rejected, as it was missing a key part.

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    Board leaves term limits off Arlington Hts. ballot

    The Arlington Heights Village Board has passed up its last chance to put a term limits referendum on the April ballot. On Tuesday — the deadline for a municipality to put a referendum on the ballot — the board declined to put forth an initiative calling for term limits for municipal officials.

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    Hit-and-run victim 'had such a big heart'

    Caring for children came naturally to Theresa Burns, according to a former co-worker of the 57-year-old Des Plaines woman killed Monday in a hit-and-run crash in Aurora. Burns, who worked at an Aurora residence and school for students with psychiatric challenges, was struck by a vehicle while trying to rescue a student who had run into the street.

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    Woodridge woman sentenced after shrine sparks fire

    A Woodridge woman whose religious shrine sparked a fire while two children were home alone in her apartment has pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, court records show. Sunitha Budithi, 40, received two years of court supervision and was ordered to spend five days in the DuPage County Sheriff's Work Alternative Program.

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    Carol Stream may allow beer, wine sales at gas stations

    Beer and wine sales could soon be allowed at gas stations in Carol Stream, in response to requests from local station owners who say alcohol sales could boost their bottom lines. Village officials say the owners of three stations in town have approached them about liquor sales - one going so far as to send a check for a liquor license, before learning the village board hadn't yet considered an...

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    Anthony Palmisano

    Dist. 45 chooses next superintendent

    An educator who has risen from teaching to hold leadership positions in Villa Park-Lombard Elementary District 45 will become the district's next superintendent starting July 1. Anthony Palmisano, principal at Jackson Middle School, was chosen Tuesday night to become superintendent upon the retirement of current top administrator Janice M. Rosales.

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    Mantas Matulis

    Man convicted in 2005 beating death deported

    A man imprisoned for the 2005 beating death of a University of Illinois-Chicago student has been released from prison and deported to his native Lithuania. Mantas Matulis was sentenced to 18 years in prison for his part in the beating death of Tombol Malik.

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    MHS show choir wins prizes:

    Mundelein High School's show choir, Mundelein Sound, was named Grand Champion at the Milton, Wis., Show Choir Invitational on Jan. 19.

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    Medical marijuana planning:

    Should state lawmakers enacts legislation legalizing the medical use of marijuana, Libertyville will have a plan in place to deal with any proposals.

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    Firefighters battled a house fire Wednesday on the 26700 block of North Main Street in Wauconda. No one was injured in the fire that started in the garage and required assistance from 15 fire departments from Lake, Cook and McHenry counties.

    Garage fire damages home near Wauconda

    Firefighters from a few suburban departments battled a garage fire in an unincorporated area near Wauconda on Wednesday. The fire was reported shortly before 1 p.m. on the 26000 block of North Main Street.

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    Lake Villa Township Ribfest:

    Lake Villa Township is hosts its fifth annual Winter Ribfest on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Caboose Park, 37908 N. Fairfield Road, Lake Villa.

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    Libertyville community garden:

    After a hiatus of several years, a community garden again will be open for business in Libertyville. Garden plots will be available on property owned by The Chapel, 1200 American Way.

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    Wilbur Junior Sobota

    Man faces charges in robbery of Villa Park eatery

    A 30-year-old Maywood man is facing criminal charges after a weekend robbery at a Villa Park restaurant.

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    Victims of Chicago high-rise fire helped in rescue

    Two men killed in a fire at a high-rise building on Chicago's South Side helped rescue an elderly woman and tried to stop the blaze. The Cook County medical examiner identified the victims as 50-year-old John Fasula and Jameel Johnson, who was in his 30s.

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    Kenneth Conley

    Bank robber pleads not guilty to jail escape

    A bank robber has pleaded not guilty to an escape charge a month after he and a cellmate broke out of a high-rise Chicago lockup. Kenneth Conley's lawyer entered the plea at a Wednesday arraignment. Dressed in orange jail clothing, Conley sat in a wheel chair with a leg he injured during his escape in a brace.

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    Suburban residents charged in unemployment scams

    Several suburban residents are among 32 people indicted by the federal government on charges of fraudulently obtaining unemployment benefits. Federal prosecutors said the 32 people combined to defraud the Illinois Department of Employment Security out of roughly $874,000.

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    Des Plaines to hold senior police academy

    The Des Plaines Police Department will conduct a Senior Citizen Police Academy starting March 19, at the Frisbie Senior Center. The academy will run from 10 a.m. to noon every Tuesday morning for 10 weeks at the senior center.

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    Sandra Rogers

    Woman's attorney says daughter behind attempted murder

    Defense attorneys working to free a Mundelein woman who pleaded guilty to trying to kill her ex-husband hope to use in court an unauthorized telephone recording of the woman's daughter asking an ex-boyfriend to commit the murder. Gillian Gosch, defense attorney for Sandra Rogers, told a Lake County judge the alleged recording of Robin Rogers — then 14 — took place before the 2003...

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    Michael A. Chacon

    Glendale Heights man imprisoned for killing girlfriend’s Chihuahua

    When Michael Chacon's girlfriend returned to their Glendale Heights apartment last July, the walls were covered in blood and her Chihuahua was dead. On Wednesday, Chacon admitted he fatally beat the 5-pound pooch named Tyson, apparently because it urinated on his shirt.

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    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has removed the U.S. military ban on women in combat, opening thousands of front line positions, according to senior defense officials.

    AP sources: Panetta opens combat roles to women

    Senior defense officials say Pentagon chief Leon Panetta is removing the military's ban on women serving in combat, opening hundreds of thousands of front-line positions and potentially elite commando jobs after more than a decade at war.

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    District 41: Combination of financial options needed to fix deficit

    Lake Villa Elementary District 41 will likely need a combination of solutions to help the school system climb out of a financial hole, officials told the crowd at a community forum at Polumbi Middle School. Some 300 people attended the session Tuesday night.

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    With Schaumburg Village Manager Ken Fritz looking on, Schaumburg Police Chief Brian Howerton discusses the recent arrest of three officers on drug charges with members of the Daily Herald editorial board Tuesday.

    Schaumburg chief: Officer arrests 'not just an internal matter'

    In the wake of last week's arrests of three police officers on drug conspiracy charges, Schaumburg officials say they're reaching out the community in hopes of repairing the damage done and reviewing policies and procedures to ensure such circumstances never occur again. “It's very disappointing for this to happen in Schaumburg,” police chief Brian Howerton said.

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    From left, Jordan Morgan, 16, as Lee; and Claire Heronemus, 17, as Ruth rehearse for Batavia High School’s presentation of “Marvin’s Room.”

    ‘Marvin’s Room’ an emotional journey for BHS actors

    "Marvin's Room" moves into the Black Box Theater this weekend at the Batavia Fine Arts Center. It promises to be theater so gripping that playwright Scott McPherson's words may be with you long after the lights go out on the production.

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    Minor injury in Barrington house fire

    Two adults and two children escaped a house fire on the 100 block of North Hager Avenue in Barrington Tuesday night with only one minor injury that was treated at the scene. Two family dogs also were rescued from the home's basement.

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    Our photo contest judges love pictures with people in them, like this one from Renee Cybul of Elgin, featuring her granddaughter.

    We want your photos

    Calling all photographers - we want to see your pictures! If you've seen our amateur photo contest in the pages of our Neighbor section but have just admired those photos from the sidelines, now's the time to send in your own. Who knows, the picture you took at your kid's violin recital might just appear in the Daily Herald!

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    Mr. McFeely launches ‘Mister Rogers’ sweater drive at museum

    With help from the man who played Mr. McFeely, DuPage Children's Museum will sponsor a sweater and clothing drive as a tribute to Fred Rogers and his example of being a caring neighbor. The Mister Rogers' Neighborhood Sweater Drive will begin Sunday, Jan. 27, and run through Feb. 28 at the museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville.

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    Lawyers: Woman who got hurt at Aurora haunted house was at fault

    An Elburn woman who sued a haunted house and its operators, saying she sustained a concussion during an October 2010 visit, should have been more careful and is responsible for her own injuries, defense attorneys maintain in court papers. Elizabeth Teevans says she was injured at "The Basement of the Dead" in Aurora.

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    Armando Salazar

    Two Aurora men charged in string of copper thefts

    Two Aurora men are facing almost four dozen charges for allegedly stealing more than $39,000 worth of copper piping from vacant Aurora homes in a string of burglaries dating to Aug. 8, authorities said Wednesday. Armando Salazar, 50, of the 700 block of East Galena Boulevard, and Ramon R. Mendoza, 39, of the 400 block of West New York Street, were arrested Jan. 17 by community-oriented policing...

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    Court: Sex offender Facebook ban unconstitutional

    An Indiana law that bans registered sex offenders from accessing Facebook and other social networking sites that can be accessed by children is unconstitutional, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. The 7th U.S. Circuit of Appeals in Chicago overturned a federal judge's decision upholding the law, saying the "blanket ban" was too broad and didn't protect children.

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    Dist. 15 to hold forum on late start proposal

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will hold a forum from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, to discuss plans to enact a late start or early release on Mondays or Wednesdays next year to allow for the weekly professional development time required in the new teachers contract. The session will take place at Sundling Junior High, 1100 N. Smith St., Palatine.

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    Are you a whiner or a winner?
    Oftentimes, when the winds of hardship blow, we are inclined to whine and get discouraged, says columnist Annettee Budzban. But with the help of God we are enabled to get through the tough places in life.

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    A boy who fled northern Mali is seen at a camp for internally displaced persons, in the city of Sevare, Mali, some 620 kilometers (385 miles) north of Bamako, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

    Witness describes killings by Malian army

    Malian soldiers killed people accused of ties to radical Islamists at a bus stop around the time the French-led military intervention began, a witness told The Associated Press on Wednesday, detailing how the soldiers shot the victims and then threw their bodies into nearby wells.

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    Suicide blast at funeral kills 24 in Iraq

    A suicide bomber struck a packed funeral ceremony at a Shiite mosque in northern Iraq on Wednesday, killing at least 24 people and wounding dozens in an attack likely to further deepen the country's ethnic and sectarian rifts.

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    Darcie M. Ingerson

    Naperville woman charged after bar fracas with cop

    A Naperville woman was charged with felony aggravated battery early Wednesday after she became combative with a police officer who tried to escort her from a bar, police said. Darcie M. Ingerson, 22, also is charged with resisting a peace officer and criminal trespass stemming from the alleged altercation at The Lantern, 8 W. Chicago Ave.

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    Air Force calls number of sex assaults ‘appalling’

    The Air Force recorded an "appalling" number of reports of sexual assault last year even as it worked to curb misconduct in the wake of a sex scandal at its training headquarters in Texas, the service's top officer told lawmakers on Wednesday.

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    A 2004 aerial file photo of the 200-acre site in Caddo Parish near Shreveport, La., that is home to Chimp Haven. Government scientists have agreed that all but 50 of hundreds of chimpanzees kept for federally funded research should be retired from labs and sent to the national sanctuary.

    U.S. government scientists say retire most research chimps

    Government scientists have agreed that all but 50 of hundreds of chimpanzees kept for federally funded research should be retired from labs and sent to a national sanctuary. Animal-rights activists said they were pleased by the recommendations. "At last, our federal government understands: A chimpanzee should no more live in a laboratory than a human should live in a phone booth," the People for...

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    Senate Democrats plan budget debate

    Incoming Senate Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray says Democrats controlling the chamber will attempt to pass a budget for the first time since 2009.

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    President Barack Obama’s emphatic gay-rights advocacy in his inaugural address thrilled many activists. Yet almost immediately came the questions and exhortations as to what steps should be taken next.

    Gay activists laud Obama speech, now want action

    President Barack Obama's emphatic gay-rights advocacy in his inaugural address thrilled many activists. Yet almost immediately came the questions and exhortations as to what steps should be taken next. "I was very moved," said Jon Davidson, legal director of the gay-rights group Lambda Legal. "But there's a lot more to do in the four years to come."

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    Copied photo from 1992 show from left sisters Elaine, Mary Cecelia, Zoe, Jean Marie and Madeline. Elaine and Jean Marie just recently died within 24 hours of each other.

    2 NY nun siblings, 96 and 98, die a day apart

    They were born sisters and worked as Catholic sisters for decades before spending their last years living in the same suburban Albany residence for nuns. Last week, Sister Jean Marie Wheeler and Sister Elaine Wheeler died a day apart.

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    Palestinians plan new peace outreach in Israel

    RAMALLAH, West Bank — An activist says the Palestinians plan to reassure Israel’s public that they are partners for peace, after a strong showing of Israeli moderates in parliament elections ended the domination of hawkish parties.

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    It appears Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s future in office may depend on newcomer Yair Lapid, above. Lapid’s Yesh Atid, or There is a Future, emerged as the second-largest party in Israel’s parliament after the prime minister’s bloc, giving the 49-year-old former journalist unexpectedly strong leverage in upcoming coalition negotiations.

    Israeli election casts ex-TV anchor as kingmaker

    JERUSALEM — Israel’s election has put a suave former TV news anchor and political novice in the role of kingmaker, and he has signaled he will use his power to try to move the next government to more centrist positions on Mideast peacemaking.

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    Activists: Government rocket kills 6 in Syria

    A rocket fired by Syrian regime forces slammed into a northern rebel-held village Wednesday, killing six members of a single family, activists said, while Turkey's foreign minister called on the international community to declare the Syrian regime's bombardment of its own citizens a war crime.

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    Lincoln museum to display iconic stovepipe hat

    A stovepipe hat worn by Abraham Lincoln is going on display at the Springfield library and museum that bear his name.

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    Chicago firefighters battle huge warehouse blaze

    Firefighters in Chicago are still battling a massive warehouse fire on the city's South Side that officials say is one of the largest fires in recent years.

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    Milwaukee police officer accused of stealing $200

    A Milwaukee police officer is accused of stealing about $200 from a store where he was investigating a separate burglary complaint. Carl V. Howell was charged Tuesday with felony misconduct in office and misdemeanor theft.

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    Chicago Catholic Schools see enrollment increase

    Enrollment in Chicago's Catholic schools has grown over the past three years. The Archdiocese of Chicago announced Tuesday the school system has seen an increase of 675 students during that period.

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    High school teams competing in dancing competition

    For those Illinois high school students who fashion themselves great dancers, the time has arrived to prove it.

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    Dawn Patrol: Hawks win, chickens lose, and police receive bonuses

    The Blackhawks are off to a 3-0 start after a win over St. Louis in their home opener. The Arlington Heights village board rejected two residents' requests to raise backyard chickens. And Aurora approved $500 bonuses for police officers after a year without any murders in the city.

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    Dist. 300 puts priority on truancy, state funding

    Community Unit District 300 made progress on one of its 2012-13 legislative priorities on the same night it announced them to the public, getting a commitment by local mayors to help battle truancy. The Carpentersville-based district outlined four priorities during a reception hosted by the legislative committee at Jacobs High School in Algonquin Tuesday night.

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    The city of Warrenville has asked Naperville Unit District 203 to drop its long-running lawsuit seeking a greater share of tax revenues from Cantera development. Above are businesses at the Cantera Commons in Warrenville.

    Warrenville asks Dist. 203 to drop lawsuit

    Eight years and $803,000 later, Warrenville officials have had enough. Tuesday night they took their message to the Naperville school district that has been suing them for nearly eight years. “We didn’t come here tonight to poke them in the eye. We came here tonight to ask them to take a closer look at whether this suit is a good use of taxpayer dollars,” Warrenville Mayor David...

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    Arlington Park Board votes to renovate Camelot center

    The fieldhouse at Camelot Park in northern Arlington Heights will be renovated and expanded at a cost of $5.5 million, the Arlington Heights Park Board voted 4-1 Monday night. The commissoners decided to use a $2.5 millionstate grant for the project.

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    Fireplace sparks house fire

    A family and its pets escaped injury after a spark from their fireplace started a fire in the chimney Tuesday evening. The Elburn and Countryside Fire Protection District responded to a call at 7:32 p.m. near the corner of Route 38 and Francis Road in Maple Park. The chimney fire had spread into the walls of the residence.

Sports

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    Stevenson's Kari Moffat tussles with Cary-Grove's Katie Barker .

    Images: Stevenson vs. Cary-Grove, girls basketball
    The Stevenson Patriots visited and lost 39-28 to the Cary-Grove Trojans for girls basketball action on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Cary.

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    Vancouver Canucks’ Zack Kassian, left, crashes into Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff, of Finland, and Mike Cammalleri, right, during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    Kassian, Schneider lift Canucks past Flames in SO

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Zack Kassian scored in regulation and got the winner in the shootout, lifting the Vancouver Canucks to a 3-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night.Kassian scored the decisive shootout goal by deking Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff in the fifth round. Alex Burrows also scored in the shootout for Vancouver, and Cory Schneider secured the win by stopping Curtis Glencross on the final shootout attempt.Mason Raymond also scored for the Canucks (1-1-1), giving them a 2-0 lead about halfway through the second period.Alex Tanguay scored in regulation and had one in the shootout for Calgary (0-2-1), and Mikael Backlund had the tying goal with just under 4 minutes to go in the second period.

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    Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, right, drives past Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Oakland, Calif.

    Curry, Lee lead Warriors past Thunder 104-99

    Stephen Curry had 31 points and seven assists, David Lee finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors outlasted the Oklahoma City Thunder 104-99 on Wednesday night.

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

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

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

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

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

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    In this July 12, 1999, file photo, St. Louis Cardinals’ Mark McGwire, left, hugs Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa in the outfield at Fenway Park during a workout for baseball’s All-Star Game in Boston. In a Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, interview on the website Ustream.com, Sosa said that he thinks he and fellow steroid-tainted star McGwire belong in the Hall of Fame, that the Cubs should retire his number, and he left open the possibility of running for president of the Dominican Republic.

    Sosa says he and McGwire belong in Hall of Fame

    Sammy Sosa thinks he and fellow steroid-tainted star Mark McGwire belong in the Hall of Fame. Slammin' Sammy also said the Chicago Cubs should retire his number, and he left open the possibility of running for president of the Dominican Republic during an interview Wednesday on the website Ustream.com.

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    Columbus Blue Jackets’ Nick Foligno, right, skates away as the Phoenix Coyotes celebrate a goal by Steve Sullivan during the second period in an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz.

    Coyotes roll to 5-1 win over Blue Jackets

    Steve Sullivan scored three goals, Oliver Ekman-Larsson had two goals and an assist, and the Phoenix Coyotes beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-1 Wednesday night for their first win of the season.

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    Suns beat Kings 106-96 in 1st game under Hunter

    Luis Scola scored 21 points and the Phoenix Suns won their first game under new coach Lindsey Hunter, beating the Sacramento Kings 106-96 on Wednesday night.

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    Regina wins at St. Viator

    The Regina girls basketball team visited the Cahill Gymnasium at St. Viator on Wednesday night and left with a 49-39 nonconference victory.Erin Fabbri led the Lions (14-11) with 14 points, followed by teammates Michelle Prsslak (10) and Susie Moynihan (7).

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    Fourth quarter dooms Geneva

    It was a three-plus minute stretch the Geneva girls basketball team would like to play over in its nonconference game against Fenwick.

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    Chicago Bulls guard Marco Belinelli (8) celebrates with Carlos Boozer after making the winning basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons in Chicago. The Bulls won 85-82.

    Belinelli an unlikely hero for Bulls... again
    Just call Marco Belinelli king of the unconventional game-winning shot. He shot an ugly jumper, got the ball back after an amazing save by Joakim Noah, and finished a 3-point play with 7.5 seconds left. The Bulls continued their hex over the Detroit Pistons, winning their 17th straight in the series 85-82.

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    Cary-Grove’s Olivia Jakubicek (42) passes out of a crowd against Stevenson Wednesday in Cary.

    Jakubicek, Cary-Grove topple Stevenson

    Slow first quarter. Menacing defense in the second. Olivia Jakubicek in the third and fourth. It's not how Cary-Grove is starting games, but as the game progresses, the Trojans are proving why it's really how you finish. They won with that style against Huntley over a week ago and the Trojans repeated that process against a quality opponent in Stevenson. Cary-Grove survived a 3-point first quarter, allowed Stevenson 3 points on 1 basket in the second quarter and figured out the Patriot defense in the second half, which paved the way for Jakubicek to re-establish herself on the block. Her 12 points in the final 16 minutes gave her a game-high 19 to go along with 14 rebounds in Cary-Grove's 39-28 nonconference win over the Patriots in Cary Wednesday night.

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    Libertyville’s Rosie Lynch, left, and Carmel’s Claire Ogrinc battle for a loose ball Wednesday night at Libertyville.

    Rappe lets her play do the talking in Carmel victory

    Emma Rappe's fourth-quarter play helped put a rap on Carmel's 58-39 win in nonconference play against Libertyville. The victory for Carmel (16-7) was its fifth straight, equaling its longest winning streak of the season.

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    Waubonsie Valley running back Austin Guido, center, committed to play football at Western Michigan.

    Good times for the Guido family

    One football-mad family can't ask for much more.

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    Neuqua Valley takes ‘needed’ defeat

    Neuqua Valley nearly pulled itself out of a most unfamiliar spot.Trailing by 12 at Trinity after three quarters — only the second time all year they've been behind entering the fourth — the No. 3-ranked Wildcats mounted a furious rally before falling short 39-33.

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    Haley Ream

    Huntley holds off Crystal Lake S. in 2 OTs

    The only other time in her varsity girls basketball career that Huntley senior Haley Ream had a chance to tie or win a game with a 3-pointer, last season against Dundee-Crown, she missed and the Red Raiders lost. Wednesday night, Ream was nothing but net. Ream took a kick-out pass from Sam Andrews and buried a 3-pointer with 3 seconds left in regulation that tied the Red Raiders' battle with Crystal Lake South at Gator Alley in Crystal Lake and sent the game to overtime. And in two extra sessions, Huntley staved off defeat again — not once, but twice. Eventually, 2 free throws from freshman Ali Andrews with 15 seconds left in the second OT held up and after 40 minutes of postseason-like intensity, the Red Raiders escaped Crystal Lake with an exhilirating 54-52 win.

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    Buffalo Grove girls basketball coach Steve Kolodziej leads his team during Wednesday’s game against Rolling Meadows.

    Rolling Meadows maintains East lead

    Despite a 92-37 victory by Rolling Meadows over Buffalo Grove two weeks ago, the two girls basketball teams were tied 10-10 late in the first quarter in their Mid-Suburban East second-round game on Wednesday. But that's when the state's No. 3-ranked Class 4A team kicked into another gear. With standout guard Jackie Kemph scoring 13 of her game-high 20 points, the Mustangs went on a 20-1 tear to break the game open en route to a 62-37 victory.

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    Milwaukee edges Harper men, women

    The Harper College men's and women's basketball teams both dropped close games to Milwaukee on Wednesday in North Central Community College Conference play Wednesday in Palatine.

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    Utah Jazz’s Randy Foye, left, blocks the shot of Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal (3) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Salt Lake City.

    Millsap helps Jazz hold off Wizards 92-88

    Paul Millsap had 16 points and 15 rebounds to help the Utah Jazz hold off the Washington Wizards 92-88 on Wednesday night.

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    Indiana guard Victor Oladipo, front right, drives against Northwestern guard Alex Marcotullio during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Evanston, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Indiana won 67-59.

    Northwestern beats Minnesota 55-48

    Jared Swopshire scored 16 points to lead Northwestern to a 55-48 victory over No. 12 Minnesota on Wednesday night.

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    No. 15 New Mexico beats Colorado State 66-61

    Tony Snell scored 23 points and No. 15 New Mexico held off a late Colorado State rally Wednesday night for a 66-61 victory.

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    Drake stuns No. 17 Creighton 74-69

    Richard Carter scored 20 points and Drake stunned No. 17 Creighton 74-69 on Wednesday night, handing the Bluejays their first consecutive losses of the season.

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    No. 8 Florida starts slow but beats Georgia 64-47

    Scottie Wilbekin helped No. 8 Florida get through a sluggish first half. His teammates took it from there. Wilbekin matched a career high with 17 points — scoring 13 before halftime — and the Gators romped past another Southeastern Conference opponent, beating Georgia 64-47 on Wednesday night.

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    Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Chicago. The Bulls won 85-82.

    Robinson rallies Bulls past Pistons 85-82

    Nate Robinson had 11 points and seven assists in 21 minutes off the bench, leading a furious fourth-quarter comeback that carried the Chicago Bulls past the Detroit Pistons 85-82 on Wednesday night.

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    New Orleans Hornets’ Anthony Davis, bottom left, and San Antonio Spurs’ Tiago Splitter, bottom right, of Brazil, reach for a rebound during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in San Antonio.

    Spurs beat Hornets without Duncan, Popovich

    Tony Parker had 24 points and 13 assists, and the San Antonio Spurs rallied for a 106-102 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Wednesday night, overcoming the absence of Tim Duncan and coach Gregg Popovich for their 15th straight win at home.

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    Girls basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    McHenry 37, Jacobs 24: Payton Berg had 7 points to lead Jacobs (2-18, 2-6) in this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division loss.Prairie Ridge 40, Dundee-Crown 32: Emily Michalski scored 8 points and Lauren Lococo added 7 to lead Dundee-Crown (2-20, 0-9) in the FVC Valley.

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    Balanced effort takes South Elgin to state

    The South Elgin boys bowling team will not knock your socks off with extravagant scores from one or two competitors. Instead, the Storm gets the job done with a balanced lineup whose sum is much greater than the individual parts. That team balance helped the Storm arrive at today's IHSA boys bowling state finals in Downstate O'Fallon at St. Clair Lanes. South Elgin was the second and final team qualifier out of last weekend's DeKalb sectional.

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    Minnesota Timberwolves’ Ricky Rubio, right, of Spain, lays up past Brooklyn Nets’ Deron Williams in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Minneapolis.

    Lopez leads Nets past Timberwolves 91-83

    Brook Lopez strengthened his push for a spot on the All-Star team with 22 points on 10-for-16 shooting, helping the Brooklyn Nets hold off the Minnesota Timberwolves 91-83 on Wednesday night.

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    Geneva’s Dominque Brognia performs her beam routine on Wednesday, January 23.

    Geneva celebrates its seniors

    Geneva recognized seniors Ashley Puff, Jenna Ginsberg and Kelsey Oswald during Wednesday's regular season finale. The Vikings cruised past Oswego co-op (135.3) and Fenton (102.75) despite an uncharacteristically low 139.65 points.

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    Anzalone helps Conant stay in Mid-Suburban title race

    Conant's Angela Anzalone may be only a freshman, but she's bowling like a seasoned veteran. Wednesday night at Arlington Lanes, a clutch performance by Anzalone helped keep the Cougars in the thick of the Mid-Suburban League title race. The frosh's 575 series helped push Conant past Rolling Meadows for a 7-2 win in the final meet of the season before Saturday's league championship tournament. Elk Grove kept its hold on first place with a win over Palatine, led by a 214 game from Brooke Barges.

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    Miami Heat forward LeBron James (6) shoots against Toronto Raptors forward Landry Fields (2) and guard Terrence Ross (31) during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Miami.

    Wade, James carry Heat past Raptors in OT, 123-116

    Dwyane Wade scored 35 points, LeBron James got his 34th career triple-double and the Miami Heat rallied from a 15-point deficit to beat the Toronto Raptors 123-116 in overtime on Wednesday.

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    Lawson, Chandler lead Nuggets past Rockets

    Ty Lawson scored 21 points, Wilson Chandler had 20 and the Denver Nuggets pulled away in the third quarter of a 105-95 victory over the mistake-prone Houston Rockets on Wednesday night.

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    Grizzlies win 106-93, Lakers lose 4th straight

    Darrell Arthur scored 20 points and Mike Conley added 19 as the Memphis Grizzlies beat Los Angeles 106-93 Wednesday night, handing the Lakers' their fourth straight loss and 10th in 12 games.

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    St. Joseph boys basketball coach Gene Pingatore, left, and West Aurora coach Gordie Kerkman, whose teams will play each other in game three of the National Guard High School Hoops Showdown at the Sears Centre on Saturday, enjoy a moment during a news conference at Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria in Schaumburg on Wednesday.

    Centre of attention: Showdown draws top teams

    Some of the top area boys basketball teams will be in action Saturday at the Sears Central for the National Guard High School Hoops Showdown. Action tips off at 4:30 p.m. Saturday with St. Viator vs. Notre Dame, followed by Naperville Central vs. Benet and finishing up with West Aurora vs. St. Joseph.

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    Northern Iowa drops Southern Illinois 58-45

    Marc Sonnen had 15 points on five made 3-pointers and Northern Iowa shot 48.8 percent from the field in a 58-45 victory over Missouri Valley foe Southern Illinois on Wednesday night.

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    New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates with New York Rangers right wing Marian Gaborik (10) after Gaborik scored a goal in the first period of their NHL hockey game at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013. Gaborik scored two goals in the period.

    Gaborik’s scores 3 as Rangers earn 1st win

    Marian Gaborik scored twice in the first period and then completed his hat trick 27 seconds into overtime as the New York Rangers overcame a pair of blown leads and beat the Boston Bruins 4-3 on Wednesday night for their first win of the season.

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    Libertyville’s Dana Kym, right, and Carmel’s Cassidy Kloss battle for a rebound.

    Images: Carmel vs. Libertyville, girls basketball
    The Libertyville Wildcats hosted and lost 58-39 to the Carmel Corsairs for girls basketball action on Wednesday, Jan. 23 in Libertyville.

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    No. 20 Wichita State beats Missouri State 62-52

    Cleanthony Early scored 17 points, Carl Hall added 15 and No. 20 Wichita State rallied for a 62-52 victory over Missouri State on Wednesday night.

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    Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer (5) shoots over Detroit Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, in Chicago. Boozer could be named when the NBA’s all-star reserves are announced Thursday on TNT, starting a 6 p.m.

    Trio of Bulls could be all-stars

    The Bulls will have reason to watch when the NBA's all-star reserves are announced Thursday on TNT, starting a 6 p.m. They have three legitimate candidates to be selected Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer.

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    Michelle Mazur

    Fremd’s Mazur had Georgia Southern on her mind

    Fremd softball standout Michelle Mazur has committed to a future at Georgie Southern beginning next school year.

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    Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) collides with Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf (3) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.

    Maple Leafs race past Penguins 5-2

    James van Riemsdyk scored twice, James Reimer stopped 28 shots and the Toronto Maple Leafs raced past the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-2 on Wednesday night.

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    No. 1 Baylor beat No. 24 Iowa State 66-51

    Brittney Griner scored 22 points, blocked six shots and dunked for the 11th time in her career in leading top-ranked Baylor past No. 24 Iowa State 66-51 on Wednesday night.

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    Andrew Zelis of Wheaton North puts up a shot over Barret Benson of Hinsdale South during the Hinsdale South at Wheaton North game Tuesday.

    Zelis mentioned in elite company

    Standing 6-foot-11, it's not difficult to notice Wheaton North senior center Andrew Zelis on a basketball court. He's being noticed for more than just his size.

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    Charlotte Bobcats’ Jeff Adrien, top, steals the ball from Atlanta Hawks’ Mike Scott, bottom, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday night in Charlotte, N.C.

    Smith scores 30, leads Hawks over Bobcats 104-92

    Josh Smith had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks snapped a six-game road losing streak with a 104-92 win Wednesday night over the Charlotte Bobcats.

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    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady sits on the field after getting hit during the second half of the NFL football AFC Championship football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Foxborough, Mass., Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. Brady was fined Wednesday for kicking Ed Reed in the thigh during the game.

    NFL: Brady fined $10K for ‘aggressive slide’

    The NFL has fined New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady $10,000 for an "aggressive slide" in Sunday's AFC championship game against the Baltimore Ravens. The fine was announced on NFL.com.

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    No. 7 Indiana pulls away from Penn St. 72-49

    Victor Oladipo scored 19 points, and Yogi Ferrell added a season-high 15 to help No. 7 Indiana rout Penn State 72-49 on Wednesday night.

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    New tick-borne illness discovered

    A new tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium borrelia miyamotoi has been confirmed in patients in northeast U.S. states where Lyme disease is already endemic.

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    New tick-borne illness discovered

    A new tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium borrelia miyamotoi has been confirmed in patients in northeast U.S. states where Lyme disease is already endemic.

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    Galloway sends La Salle past No. 9 Butler 54-53

    Ramon Galloway went the length of the court for the winning basket with 2.7 seconds left to send La Salle to a 54-53 victory over No. 9 Butler on Wednesday night. Fans stormed the court in a wild celebration for the biggest win for La Salle (13-5, 3-2 Atlantic 10) in 33 years.

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    No. 1 Duke routed by No. 25 Miami 90-63

    No. 1 Duke went more than 8 minutes without a field goal in the first half Wednesday night, and a sellout became a blowout for No. 25 Miami, which delighted a boisterous crowd with a 90-63 victory.

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    Robin Ventura opens his second spring training as manager of the White Sox on Feb. 12.

    White Sox’ Ventura ‘excited’ to get going

    In advance of this weekend's SoxFest, manager Robin Ventura met with the media Wednesday and talked about several issues facing the White Sox as the April 1 season opener draws closer.

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    Goalie Corey Crawford has impressed Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville early this season. “He has an appetite to get back to that top level in the league of top goaltenders,” Quenneville said about Crawford.

    Crawford’s sharper focus already paying dividends

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is off to a 2-0 start and is making good on his vow to be a more consistent goaltender. “He has an appetite to get back to that top level in the league of top goaltenders," said Hawks coach Joel Quenneville. "He wants to play, and I think we’ve seen some good improvement right from the start of training camp here.

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    The Blackhawks’ Viktor Stalberg celebrates his goal during the third period of Tuesday’s victory over the Blues at the United Center.

    It looks like lockout actually helped NHL

    As fans embrace the return of the NHL, indications are that the lockout benefited the league both in the long-term and short-term.

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    Goalie Corey Crawford has impressed Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville early this season. “He has an appetite to get back to that top level in the league of top goaltenders,” Quenneville said about Crawford.

    Crawford’s sharper focus already paying dividends

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is off to a 2-0 start and is making good on his vow to be a more consistent goaltender. "He has an appetite to get back to that top level in the league of top goaltenders," head coach Joel Quenneville said. "He wants to play, and I think we've seen some good improvement right from the start of training camp here. When I say improvement, he's ready to start the season and take that responsibility."

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    Through the first three games of the season, everything is clicking for the Blackhawks.

    Blackhawks clicking on all cylinders

    As hard as it is to believe, the Blackhawks haven't won their first three games since starting the 1972-73 season. That's the reality of the situation. The Hawks have been impressive in beating the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings and division winners Phoenix Coyotes and St. Louis Blues. The Hawks will go for their fourth straight win Thursday night at Dallas, something that hasn't happened since that same '72-73 season.

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    In this July 6, 2004, file photo, U.S. Postal Service’s Lance Armstrong rides ahead of Team Phonak’s Tyler Hamilton, center, and T-Mobile’s Jan Ullrich, of Germany, during the third stage of the Tour de France cycling race. Former International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen defended the governing body’s doping policy during the Lance Armstrong era, and said it acted appropriately when it informed riders about suspicious test results.

    Verbruggen defends UCI warnings to ‘doping’ riders

    Former International Cycling Union president Hein Verbruggen defended the governing body's doping policy during the Lance Armstrong era, and said it acted appropriately when it informed riders about suspicious test results.

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    My everlasting thanks, Paul, for noticing

    The keen eye of a reluctant flyfisher, Paul, ended up being the key to getting Mike Jackson his spot in the National Fishing Hall of Fame.

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    Oakland Raiders head coach Bill Callahan cheers as his team scores against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Raiders’ 30-17 win in Pittsburgh in this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2002 file photo. Former Oakland coach Bill Callahan denied allegations made by two of his former players that he “sabotaged” the Raiders in their Super Bowl loss to Tampa Bay 10 years ago Tuesday Jan. 22, 2013.

    Callahan denies allegations of Super Bowl sabotage

    Former Oakland coach Bill Callahan has denied allegations made by two of his former players that he "sabotaged" the Raiders in their Super Bowl loss to Tampa Bay 10 years ago. "To leave no doubt, I categorically and unequivocally deny the sum and substance of their allegations," Callahan said Tuesday in a statement.

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    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane high-fives fans as he walks a red carpet introduction before their home opener NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues, Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, in Chicago.

    Proud NHL fans refuse to get iced out of action

    NHL fans were fed up with labor strife updates and they weren't coming back to the sport they loved once the lockout was lifted. Except that they did. In most homes and arenas, they came in record numbers, unable to stay away for that first faceoff. "It's obviously a pretty good feeling out there having the fans. They are unbelievable," Flyers captain Claude Giroux said.

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    Boys basketball: Top 20 rankings
    Benet, West Aurora and Neuqua Valley have the top three spots in the Daily Herald's most recent ranking of area boys basketball teams.

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    Dundee-Crown junior Karissa Gonio has had a stellar season on the lanes for the Chargers. She and D-C will bowl in the Fox Valley Conference tournament at Raymond’s Bowl in Johnsburg.

    Dundee-Crown’s Gonio mastering the lanes

    Dundee-Crown junior girls bowler Karissa Gonio has enjoyed quite the rookie season. But this is no case of beginners luck. A bowler dating back to her childhood, Gonio decided to go out for the D-C bowling team for the first time this season.And the rest, as they say, is history.

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    The family of Junior Seau has sued the NFL, claiming the former linebacker’s suicide was the result of brain disease caused by violent hits he sustained while playing football.

    Seau’s family sues NFL over brain injuries

    The family of Junior Seau has sued the NFL, claiming the former linebacker's suicide was the result of brain disease caused by violent hits he sustained while playing football. The wrongful death lawsuit, filed Wednesday in California Superior Court in San Diego, blames the NFL for its "acts or omissions" that hid the dangers of repetitive blows to the head.

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    Mike North video: Bad first move by Rick Hahn

    Mike North says trading catcher AJ Pierzynski to the Texas Rangers was a bad first move by new Chicago White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn A lot of other White Sox fans feel the same way.

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    Lisle falls in conference tourney semifinals

    Lisle lost its chance to face top-seeded Seneca in the Interstate Eight Conference Tournament, losing 41-39 in the semifinals to No. 3 seed Westmont. No. 2 seed Lisle (11-10) was led by Jeremy Glavanovits and Dawon Burrell with 10 points apiece.Aurora Christian 64, Timothy Christian 62:Aurora Christian (10-9) rode the hot hand of Johnathan Harrell, who made six 3-pointers and scored a career-high 28 points in the nonconference win. Ryan Suttle added 18 points for the Eagles. Timothy Christian (7-11) got 25 points from Connor VanderBrug and 13 from Danny Leach.

Business

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    Motorola Solutions in Schaumburg.

    Motorola Solutions optimistic despite profit drop

    Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions had a profitable fourth-quarter and full year for 2012, but net earnings were lower. Still, the company is planning for more growth and may add more workers this year, CEO Greg Brown tells the Daily Herald.

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    Wintrust to acquire First Lansing Bancorp for $38.5 million

    Rosemont-based Wintrust Financial Corp. announced it will acquire First Lansing Bancorp Inc., the parent company of First National Bank of Illinois, for about $38.5 million.

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    Shoppers stroll by shops at the Algonquin Commons, a shopping center in Algonquin the focus of a foreclosure lawsuit.

    Inland's Algonquin Commons in foreclosure suit

    U.S. Bank is suing Oak Brook-based Inland Real Estate Corp. in a foreclosure case involving about $09 million in outstanding loans and fees related to the Algonquin Commons shopping center in Algonquin.

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    Buffalo Grove officials this week approved a 11-year, $1.1 million economic incentive plan to bring a Fresh Farms International Market grocery store to the Cambridge Commons shopping center. The deal involves the developer keeping a share of future sales tax revenues from the store.

    Buffalo Grove strikes $1.1 million incentive deal with Fresh Farms developer

    Buffalo Grove officials this week approved a 11-year, $1.1 million economic incentive plan to bring a Fresh Farms International Market grocery store to the Cambridge Commons shopping center. The deal involves the developer keeping a share of future sales tax revenues from the store.

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    House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio,

    House passes bill to defuse debt crisis

    Retreating with a purpose, Republicans sped legislation through the House on Wednesday to avert the imminent threat of a government default but pointing the way to a springtime budget struggle with President Barack Obama over Medicare, farm subsidies and other benefit programs.

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    Apple shipped 47.8 million iPhones in the last quarter, about 1 million less than analysts were expecting, and 22.9 million iPads, also about 1 million short.

    Apple’s profit rocket hits air pocket

    Apple's profit surge halted in the latest quarter, as a flood of new products like the iPhone 5 meant high start-up costs for new production lines. Apple posted net income for the October to December quarter that was flat with the year before. It was the first time in years that Apple didn't post a double-digit earnings increase.

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    Sstocks rose, after benchmark indexes reached five-year highs, as lawmakers voted to temporarily suspend the federal debt limit and technology stocks rallied amid better-than-forecast earnings.

    IBM’s results lift Dow average to a 5-year high

    Strong earnings from tech giants nudged the stock market to a five-year high Wednesday. Investors drew encouragement from a vote by the House of Representatives to let the government keep paying all of its bills for another four months.

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    Subway, the world’s largest fast food chain, is facing criticism after an Australian man posted a picture on the company’s Facebook page on Jan. 16 of one of its famous sandwiches next to a tape measure that seems to shows it’s not as long as promised. Now Subway is being sued by two men in New Jersey over the issue.

    Subway sued over short footlong sandwiches

    Two New Jersey men sued Subway this week, claiming the world's biggest fast-food chain has been shorting them by selling so-called footlong sandwiches that measure a bit less than 12 inches.

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    James “Jamie” Dimon, chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase & Co., speaks to an attendee before a panel discussion on the opening day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday.

    Big banks, under pressure, on defense

    If there is one place bankers should be able to let down their guard a little, you would think it would be at the World Economic Forum in Davos, an exclusive gathering of 2,500 of the globe's financial and corporate elite. Yet even here top banking executives found themselves on the defensive.

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    Walgreens won't allow individual pharmacists' personal religious beliefs to prevent customers from filling birth control prescriptions.

    Walgreens assures on birth control pill policy

    Walgreens won't allow individual pharmacists' personal religious beliefs to prevent customers from filling birth control prescriptions, two New Mexico advocacy groups have announced. The Deerfield-based company told the American Civil Liberties Union and the Southwest Women's Law Center that the company will take steps nationwide to make sure customers received prescriptions regardless of employees' beliefs, ACLU of New Mexico said in a statement this week.

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    IMF sees modest 2013 improvement for world economy

    The International Monetary Fund is projecting a modest rise in global economic growth for 2013, but also warning that problems in the eurozone and the United States could derail momentum.

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    ARAMARK to provide catering services at Stephens Convention Center

    Hospitality services provider ARAMARK said it will partner with the village of Rosemont to provide comprehensive food and beverage programs at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

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    A. M. Castle names commercial leadership team

    Metal and plastic specialty product manufacturer A. M. Castle & Co. announced the appointment of four executives who will comprise its new commercial leadership team.

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    Union membership rate fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent of all workers, the lowest level since the 1930s.

    Unions suffer sharp decline in membership

    The nation's labor unions suffered sharp declines in membership last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Wednesday, led by losses in the public sector as cash-strapped state and local governments laid off workers and — in some cases — limited collective bargaining rights.The union membership rate fell from 11.8 percent to 11.3 percent of all workers, the lowest level since the 1930s.

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    A robot paints brake drums at Webb Wheel Products in Cullman, Ala. Webb Wheel hasn't added a factory worker in three years, though it's making 300,000 more drums annually, a 25 percent increase, because of robots.

    Recession, technology kill middle-class jobs

    Five years after the start of the Great Recession, the toll is terrifyingly clear: Millions of middle-class jobs have been lost in developed countries the world over. And the situation is even worse than it appears. Most of the jobs will never return, and millions more are likely to vanish as well, say experts who study the labor market. What's more, these jobs aren't just being lost to China and other developing countries.

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    James Bartholomew

    Le Cordon Bleu names North America president

    Career Education Corp. announced that it has hired James Bartholomew to be president of Le Cordon Bleu North America, one the largest providers of culinary arts education worldwide.

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    Abbott Labs headquarters

    Abbott profit falls on separation costs

    Libertyville Township-based Abbott Laboratories said Wednesday its profit fell 35 percent in the fourth quarter on costs from the spin-off of its drug business into the new company Abbvie.On Jan. 1 Abbott completed the split, leaving it with a business model built around generic drugs, medical implants and nutritional formula.

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    US Airways quarterly profit tops estimates on travel demand

    US Airways Group Inc., the carrier pushing for a merger with bankrupt American Airlines, reported fourth-quarter profit higher than analysts expected on strong travel demand and record revenue. Earnings excluding one-time items more than doubled to $46 million, or 26 cents a share, from $21 million, or 13 cents, on that basis a year earlier, the Tempe, Arizona-based airline said in a statement today.

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    Mississippi River shipping resumes at Ill. lock

    Mississippi River shipping is back in business again near St. Louis, a day after a key lock and dam was closed when a barge damaged a gate.

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    U.S. bank deposits drop most since 9/11 as FDIC support ebbs

    Clients of the largest U.S. banks withdrew funds this month at the fastest weekly pace since the Sept. 11 attacks as a deposit-insurance program ended and customers tapped into their year-end cash hoards. Net withdrawals at the 25 largest U.S. lenders totaled $114.1 billion in the week ended Jan. 9, pushing deposits down to $5.37 trillion, according to Federal Reserve data released last week. The magnitude of the drop was second only to the decline after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, according to Jason Goldberg, a New York-based analyst at Barclays Plc.

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    Oak Brook-0based McDonald’s Corp. eked out a higher profit in the fourth quarter with the help of its Dollar Menu and the McRib, but the world’s biggest hamburger chain also warned that a key sales figure is expected to drop this month.

    McDonald’s ekes out higher profit with value menu

    Oak Brook-0based McDonald’s Corp. eked out a higher profit in the fourth quarter with the help of its Dollar Menu and the McRib, but the world’s biggest hamburger chain also warned that a key sales figure is expected to drop this month.The negative forecast reflects the intensifying competition and changing dining habits McDonald’s is facing. Traditional rivals such as Burger King, Taco Bell and Wendy’s have been revamping their menus and posing a bigger threat to the Golden Arches than they have in recent years. In addition, people are increasingly heading to chains such as Chipotle and Panera that offer restaurant quality food for slightly higher prices.To bolster slumping sales, McDonald’s made a series of moves in recent months such as returning its focus on its Dollar Menu, shifting the introduction of its McRib from October to December and pushing franchisees to stay open on Christmas. In November, the company ousted the president of its U.S. business after a key sales figure dropped for the first time in nearly a decade. CEO Don Thompson said Wednesday that the figure is expected to drop again in January, reflecting the near-term pressures the company is facing.For the October to December period, McDonald’s said sales at restaurants open at least a year rose 0.1 percent globally. In the U.S., the figure rose 0.3 percent. But in Europe, McDonald’s biggest market, the figure fell 0.6 percent as guest counts declined. It fell 1.7 percent in the region encompassing Asia, the Middle East and Africa.The figure is an important measure of a restaurant chain’s performance because it strips out the impact of newly opened and closed locations.Howard Penney, a restaurant analyst for Hedgeye Risk Management, noted that operating profit margins were down globally for the quarter. When sales are up but margins are down, that means “you’re giving away food,” he said.McDoanld’s said it earned $1.4 billion, or $1.38 per share, for the quarter. That compares with $1.38 billion, or $1.33 per share, a year ago.Revenue rose to $6.95 billion, up from $6.82 billion.The results topped expectations for profit of $1.33 per share on revenue of $6.9 billion.Thompson, who took over as CEO this summer, said the company continues to target total sales growth of 3 percent to 5 percent over the long term.

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    Google eked out slightly higher earnings in the fourth quarter, despite a financial drag caused by the Internet search leader's expansion into device manufacturing and a decline in digital ad prices as more people gaze into the smaller screens of smartphones.

    Google's 4Q earnings rise despite Motorola woes

    Google eked out slightly higher earnings in the fourth quarter, despite a financial drag caused by the Internet search leader's expansion into device manufacturing and a decline in digital ad prices as more people gaze into the smaller screens of smartphones.The results announced Tuesday pleased investors, helping to lift Google's stock by 5 percent in extended trading.

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    Apple Inc. iPhones, left, and Samsung Electronics Co. Galaxy smartphones at an electronics store in Tokyo,

    Samsung surpasses Apple as biggest chip buyer

    Samsung Electronics Co. surpassed Apple Inc. as the world's biggest buyer of semiconductors last year because of demand for its smartphones and tablet computers, according to Gartner Inc. Samsung's chip purchases surged 29 percent to $23.9 billion in 2012, the Stamford, Connecticut-based research company said in a statement today, citing its own estimates. Apple's semiconductor spending rose 14 percent to $21.4 billion, it said.

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    News Summary: Google 4Q earnings top Street’s view

    Google's fourth-quarter earnings edged up 7 percent to surpass analyst estimates even though the average price for the company's Internet search ads declined and its recently acquired Motorola Mobility operations suffered a big loss.

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    10 field hearings set for new S. Indiana area code

    Indiana regulators are planning 10 upcoming public hearings on a new local telephone area code for southern Indiana.

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    Markets cautious ahead of U.S. debt ceiling vote

    Stock markets traded cautiously on Wednesday ahead of a U.S. vote on raising the nation's borrowing limit temporarily. The House is set to vote on a motion to increase the nation's $16.4 trillion borrowing ceiling for three months. Without congressional action, the Treasury sometime in late February or early March will not have enough money to pay all of its obligations, raising the risk of a first-ever default on the government's debts.

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    Exxon Mobil meets Kurd leader after Baghdad talks

    Iraq's Kurdish regional government says its president has held talks with the head of Exxon Mobil amid signs that the energy giant may be exploring new options with the Kurds' rival, the central government in Baghdad.

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    U.K. jobless claims unexpectedly fall to 1 1/2-year low: economy

    U.K. jobless claims unexpectedly fell in December and a quarterly measure of unemployment also dropped, underlining the resilience of the labor market in the face of a weak economic recovery.

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    Joe Kaeser, CFO of German industrial conglomerate Siemens, gestures during a news conference prior to the annual shareholder meeting in Munich, southern Germany Wednesday.

    Siemens earnings down 12 percent in its Q1

    Earnings at industrial conglomerate Siemens AG declined 12 percent in the October-December quarter after the company took charges at its transport business and a solar power operation it is selling. Siemens reported Wednesday net earnings of (euro) 1.21 billion ($1.6 billion) in its fiscal first quarter, down from (euro) 1.38 billion a year earlier. However, its revenue climbed 2 percent to (euro) 18.13 billion despite a 3 percent drop in orders to (euro) 19.14 billion.

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    Farmers’ Almanac no longer in Maine city’s future

    The Farmers' Almanac predicts it will no longer be printed in Lewiston, Maine. The family-owned Geiger Bros. publishing company says it plans to sell its manufacturing operations in the city.

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    A man leaves a 7-Eleven store with a Double Gulp drink, in New York. Opponents of the cityís limit on the size of sugary drinks are are raising questions of racial fairness alongside other complaints as the novel restriction faces a court test.

    Foes of NYC soda size limit doubt racial fairness

    Opponents of the city's limit on the size of sugary drinks are raising questions of racial fairness alongside other complaints as the novel restriction faces a court test. The NAACP's New York state branch and the Hispanic Federation have joined beverage makers and sellers in trying to stop the rule from taking effect March 12. With a hearing set Wednesday, critics are attacking what they call an inconsistent and undemocratic regulation, while city officials and health experts defend it as a pioneering and proper move to fight obesity.

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    Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron reaches out to shake hands as he is greeted upon his arrival to deliver a speech on holding a referendum on staying in the European Union in London, Wednesday.

    Cameron proposes vote on EU relationship

    Britain's prime minister said Wednesday he will offer citizens a vote on whether to leave the European Union if his party wins the next election, prompting warnings from fellow member states about the soundness of such a move. Claiming that public disillusionment with the 27-nation EU is "at an all-time high," David Cameron used a long-awaited speech in central London to say that the terms of Britain's membership in the bloc should be revised and the country's citizens should have a say.

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    Best Buy Co. has enlisted actress and comedian Amy Poehler to get its brand message across in a humor-focused spot during the Super Bowl XLVII.

    Best Buy enlists Amy Poehler for Super Bowl spot

    Best Buy Co. has enlisted actress and comedian Amy Poehler to get its brand message across in a humor-focused spot during the Super Bowl XLVII. The Minneapolis-based electronics chain said Wednesday it will air a 30-second spot featuring Poehler, fresh off from her gig co-hosting the Golden Globes earlier this month, in the first quarter of the big game, which airs Feb. 3 on CBS.

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    Can Apple maintain its shine?

    NEW YORK — For many investors, Apple’s best days are behind it. Competitors are catching up, they believe, and the latest iPhone is stumbling. The company’s doubters have backed their conviction with billions of dollars. Last week, the stock fell below $500 for the first time in 11 months. Since Apple’s stock peaked at $705.07 on Sept. 21 —the day of the iPhone 5’s release— it has fallen nearly 30 percent, cutting Apple’s market capitalization by nearly $200 billion.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. But the report could also end up confirming beliefs that the company is losing its edge as an arbiter of innovation and a pacesetter in sales growth.Apple’s perception problem centers on the iPhone. Many investors believe the company has painted itself into a corner with the high-priced gadget. The iPhone is more expensive than other smartphones that do many of the same things. The company created the modern smartphone, but because of its strategy to sell the iPhone at a large premium, it will be unable to capitalize fully as smartphones continue conquering the world. The iPhone seems destined to remain the phone of the elite who can afford it. In many ways, the iPhone’s global battle with phones running Google’s Android operating system is a replay of the Mac-PC battles of the 80s and 90s, when Apple saw its innovative-yet-expensive Mac outflanked by cheaper PCs running Microsoft’s DOS and Windows software. Analyst Michael Morgan at ABI Research believes Apple’s share of the global smartphone market will grow from 20.5 percent in 2012 to 22 percent this year and then remain flat. Meanwhile, South Korea’s Samsung Electronics —the world’s No. 1 maker of smartphones— is already at 30 percent of the market, and is set to leverage its chip- and display-making capabilities into further dominance, he said.“Barring an unlikely collapse in Samsung’s business, even Apple will be chasing Samsung’s technology, software, and device leadership in 2013 —through the foreseeable future,” Morgan said.Investors also see short-term difficulties for Apple. Last week, the Japanese newspaper Nikkei and The Wall Street Journal said the company has slashed its orders for iPhone 5 parts because the device isn’t selling as well as hoped. Both publications cited unidentified people familiar with the situation.Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu believes the press reports are misleading. IPhone 5 demand, he says, remains robust. He attributes the reports of lower orders to shifts to other suppliers and an improvement in production, which means fewer components are wasted while building the complicated phone.Apple usually reports the number of iPhones it sells each quarter, so Wednesday’s financial update should give investors some indication of where the company is heading. Analysts on average expect the company to show sales of 48 million iPhones, which compares with the 37 million it sold in the same period a year prior.The wrinkle is that Apple doesn’t break out how many iPhones it sells of each type — it has kept selling the cheaper, two-year-old iPhone 4 and last year’s 4S alongside the flagship 5. A key tenet among investors who remain optimistic about Apple: Although the iPhone 5 is too expensive, buyers will shift their attention to the older Apple phones, which they find “good enough.” Analyst Andy Hargreaves at Pacific Crest Securities says demand for new iPhone models is going to falter. Last week, he downgraded Apple’s stock from “Outperform” to “Sector Perform” because he believes consumers aren’t going to clamor for new hardware features anymore. They’ll hang on to older phones longer, and when they buy, they’ll buy cheaper models, he says.

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    A grounded All Nippon Airways’ Boeing 787 on the tarmac at Haneda airport in Tokyo.

    Japan probe finds 787 battery not overcharged

    A lithium ion battery on a Boeing 787 that overheated during an All Nippon Airways flight earlier this month experienced a sudden drop in voltage and was not overcharged as previously thought possible, Japan's transport safety agency said Wednesday. Japan Transport Safety Board chairman Norihiro Goto told reporters the jet's data recorder showed the main battery, used to power many electrical systems on the jet, did not exceed its maximum voltage.

Life & Entertainment

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    Characters from the PIXAR film "Brave" join the cast of Disney On Ice's "Rockin' Ever After," which is set to play the Allstate Arena in Rosemont and the United Center in Chicago.

    Weekend picks: Merida braves the ice at Allstate

    The Disney/Pixar princess Merida from “Brave” joins the lineup in the latest Disney On Ice show “Rockin' Ever After” at the Allstate Arena starting Wednesday. Die-hard sport fishers won't want to miss the Chicagoland Fishing, Travel & Outdoor Expo this weekend at the Renaissance Schaumburg. Grammy-nominated country-music star Jo Dee Messina will bring her hits to the Arcada in St. Charles Friday.

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    Family parted in the middle over son’s hair

    We have a new issue that has cropped up in our home. Actually, the problem is there hasn't been enough "cropping" lately. Dan, our 16-year-old son, is letting his hair grow out. After years of getting buzz cuts, he has decided to create a new identity with his wild "flow."

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    Are we normal yet?

    As parents, we sometimes ask variations of the same question: Is my child normal? Am I normal? Is our family normal? We share our concerns with other parents, and then reassure each other that what we are experiencing is, in fact, normal.

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    Shari Roach, left, a nurse from Alexian Brothers Health Systems, checks Kelly Sisco’s bone density Wednesday at the Daily Herald Office Center in Arlington Heights. Sisco is competing in the newspaper’s Fittest Loser Community Challenge with a team from the Addison Park District.

    Daily Herald kicks off 5th Fittest Loser Challenge

    Local park districts have formed teams and will participate in the Daily Herald's Fittest Loser Community Challenge. This week, 23 five-member teams from 17 area park districts are getting baseline testing sponsored by Alexian Brothers as they prepare to participate in the weight-loss challenge.

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    Snowcap Martinis

    What's cooking with past Almost Famous Chef winners

    Earlier this month Deborah Pankey sat on the judging panel for the S.Pelligrino Almost Famous Chef competition held at Kendall College in Chicago. Besides tasting the creations of eight taleneted students from around the Midwest, she had the opportunity to catch up with former Kendall students and suburban standouts Marco Bahenia and Jennifer Kim who won the competition in 2011 and 2012, respectively.

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    Jon Hamm as Don Draper in season five of “Mad Men.”

    ‘Mad Men’ to return for new season on April 7

    AMC says "Mad Men" will return for its new season on April 7. AMC announced Wednesday that the two-hour premiere kicks off the acclaimed drama series' sixth season. The episode was written by "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner.

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    Womanizing TV chef Robert Danvers (Russell Alan Rowe) meets his match in Marion (Shanna Brown) in Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's revival of the 1966 Terence Frisby farce “There's a Girl in My Soup.”

    Metropolis' 'Soup' farce proves too tepid

    A farce is like a chocolate souffle. It needs a light touch to keep it from falling flat. That delicacy is missing from Metropolis Performing Arts Centre's revival of "There's a Girl in My Soup," Terrence Frisby's generation gap and gender role comedy about a middle-aged womanizer who meets his match in the cheeky 19-year-old he tries to seduce.

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    Adele will perform the James Bond theme “Skyfall” at the Oscars, her first U.S. performance since last year’s Grammy Awards.

    Adele to perform Bond theme ‘Skyfall’ at Oscars

    Adele will perform the James Bond theme "Skyfall" at the Oscars, her first U.S. performance since last year's Grammy Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said Wednesday that Adele will sing the Oscar-nominated song at the 85th annual Academy Awards on Feb. 24. She and producer Paul Epworth are nominated for best original song for "Skyfall."

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    Pearl Jam announced Wednesday that will be playing at Wrigley Field on July 17.

    Pearl Jam announces July Wrigley Field show

    After teasing fans through a series of Twitter posts Tuesday, Pearl Jam announced a July 17 show at Wrigley Field on Wednesday morning. "IT'S OFFICIAL: Pearl Jam will be playing at Wrigley Field. Will you be there?" the band tweeted early Wednesday.

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    Chicken With Mushroom Sauce is easy to make, freezes beautifully and can help ease you into post-holiday reality.

    Chicken with Mushroom Sauce
    Chicken with Mushroom Sauce

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    Chicken With Mushroom Sauce is easy to make, freezes beautifully and can help ease you into post-holiday reality.

    Stir it up: Ease back into post-holiday meals with new Southern Living cookbook

    The editors of Southern Living magazine offer up "Southern Living Fix It & Freeze It, Heat It & Eat It," a cookbook that is all about ease and planning. The idea is to cook ahead of time and free up daily life for the rest of "reality." The book includes some valuable hints about freezing foods like cooling dishes quickly before freezing by placing them, uncovered, in the fridge and labeling what's stored so you remember what it is come March.

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    No need to worry with floppy manicotti noodles, this easy recipe has you fill the raw noodles.

    Easiest Beef and Cheese Manicotti
    [No Paragraph Style]Recipe headRecipe ingredientsEasiest Beef and Cheese Manicotti: Kitchen Scoop

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    No need to worry with floppy manicotti noodles, this easy recipe has you fill the raw noodles.

    Kitchen Scoop: no precooking necessary for stuffed manicotti

    "With a stuffed pasta like manicotti you have to do things differently ... never, never, never precook your manicotti noodles ahead of time." That's the advice Kitchen Scoop writer Alicia Ross got from a reader and her testing has proved it's the easiest method for stuffing pasta tubes and shells.

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    Super Thin and Crispy Oatmeal Cookies
    Super Thin and Crispy Oatmeal Cookies: Ethan Danstrom

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    Ask the Nutritionst: Olive oil explained

    Karen Collins of the American Institue for Cancer Research digs into the difference between pure olive oil, light olive oil, virgin olive oil and extra-virgin olive oil. However, both heart health and other possible health benefits may also relate to anti-inflammatory, antioxidant benefits of several natural compounds in olive oil.

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    Near Toledo, Ohio, the Maumee Bay State Park Lodge offers cabins that sleep up to 11, some of them pet-friendly. The cabins are on the shores of Lake Erie.

    Rustic or fancy, cabins abound for a midwinter getaway

    Whether a two-room rustic or an upscale glass aerie, a cabin-centered getaway is a seductive surrender to wilderness living, if even for a few days. Beautiful settings, simple or luxe shelters and warm family feelings are waiting for you and your country bumpkins.

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    John Mayer, Christina Aguilera among Rock Hall performers

    John Mayer, Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson are among the stars set to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. Mayer will perform in honor of Albert King with Gary Clark Jr., then induct the late bluesman. Aguilera and Hudson will salute Donna Summer. Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins will induct Rush and hall of fame member Don Henley will induct Randy Newman at the April 18 ceremony in Los Angeles.

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    Josh Duhamel named host of Kids’ Choice Awards

    There's plenty of green slime in Josh Duhamel's future. The star of "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" on Wednesday was named host of Nickelodeon's 26th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, which will be broadcast from the Galen Center in Los Angeles on March 23.

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    Voice actor for Charlie Brown arrested

    Authorities in California say the voice actor who portrayed Charlie Brown in many "Peanuts" shows was arrested on charges that include stalking. U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Angelica de Cima said Peter Robbins was arrested Sunday at the San Ysidro Port of Entry. She told U-T San Diego that a background check yielded a warrant against Robbins from the San Diego County sheriff's department.

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    Convenience foods like rotisserie chicken and frozen corn help this white chili come together relatively quickly and still boast loads of flavor.

    Beef, pork, chicken, veggie all take a turn in chili

    Chili and football go together like baseball and hot dogs. Deborah Pankey shares some recipes for beef, pork and chicken-based chili that are sure to please the gridiron fans at your Super Bowl party. They're also good for weeknight meals.

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    Jet's Pizza's serves deep-dish, Detroit-style pizza.

    Eating out: Deep-dish pizza from Detroit?

    Get a free slice of Jet's deep dish pizza from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26. The Capital Grille hopes to lure you out of winter hibernation with its new three-course lunch for $16.

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    “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster” by Jonathan M. Katz

    ‘Big Truck’ details disastrous Haiti aid effort

    In “The Big Truck That Went By: How the World Came to Save Haiti and Left Behind a Disaster,” Jonathan Katz eloquently blends personal anecdotes and Haitian history with in-depth reportage to show how one catastrophe led to so many more, and how, three years later, Haiti has barely moved forward. At the heart of the book lies the question, whatever happened to that $20 you sent to help the people of Haiti?

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    Club Shotz in Carol Stream recently added video gaming.

    Club Shotz trying out new menu, focus

    In September, the management of Playoffs revamped the bar's menu and redecorated the space, reopening as Club Shotz. With the addition of video gaming in December and plans to add pool leagues in February, the spot — located at 720 E. North Ave., Carol Stream — is aiming to draw people looking for a win for themselves or their favorite sports team.

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    Night life events: Nick Hogan spins at Barleycorn

    Nick Hogan takes over DJ duties at John Barleycorn Friday; Gordon Biersch's has a keg-tapping party; The Wine Goddess opens with wine tastings.

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    Use the recipe for Vegetarian Bean Chili, from “Meatless,” the latest cookbook from Martha Stewart, as a base and switch up the beans, veggies and peppers to match your tastes.

    Vegetarian Bean Chili
    Vegetarian Bean Chili

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    Chipotle Beef Chili comes in at 325 calories per bowl.

    Chipotle Beef Chili
    Chipotle Beef Chili

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    Smoky Pork, Bacon and White Bean Chili

    Smoky Pork, Bacon and White Bean Chili
    Smoky Pork, Bacon and White Bean Chili

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    Convenience foods like supermarket roasted chicken and frozen corn help this chicken chili come together relatively quick and still boast bowls full of flavor.

    Chicken Chili with Hominy
    White Chili

Discuss

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    Metra raises out of sync with fare hikes

    Metra's timing in granting 299 employees pay raises of up to 33 percent over several years could hardly be worse, a Daily Herald editorial says. Fares go up Feb. 1 for riders using 10-ride tickets, on the heels of major fare increases in 2012. Even more disappointing is the agency's lack of transparency in approving the pay hikes.

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    Bonfire of the straw men

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Obama arrived with limited experience on the national stage — only to find himself in the fight from the last act of Hamlet. He seemed surprised that Washington could not be changed by the force of his personality. He has become a sobered and hardened figure.

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    Our vital move from race to legacy

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: Reaction to the inaugural address took remarkably little notice of the fact that President Obama is an African-American. That seems to be old news. Not for me, though.

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    Strict gun control urgently needed
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: The old folk song asked the question, “How many deaths will it take till they know that too many people have died?” The answer is no longer “blowing in the wind.” We’ve far surpassed it.

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    Let’s tax college sports-related profits
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Sad to say, the tax-free revenues help drive academic corruption and the related loss of academic integrity at schools sponsoring professionalized college sports entertainment businesses — schools that tend to go academically adrift in a sea of sports.

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    Constitution tells us all we need on guns
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: At a meeting on a gun issue, I mentioned my concerns for owning a gun and a local politician said the rest of the constituency may not feel the same. Gun ownership is not contingent on what others think or feel. It is a constitutionally guaranteed right for people to own guns.

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