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    Heidi Anderson with a sampling of Paczki, which will fly off the shelves on Fat Tuesday. Her bakery, Heidi’s, is on the east side of Geneva.

    Readers keep Dave up to date on restaurant scene

    The restaurant comings and goings isn't lost on many of the people in the Tri-Cities. Just ask Dave Heun how much email he's gotten on the topic.

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    Teachers, protesting here at Gary Elementary school in West Chicago, returned to the classroom Thursday after a three-day strike. A tentative contract agreement was reached shortly after midnight.

    Parents ‘happy it’s over’ as Dist. 33 classes resume

    West Chicago Elementary District 33 began calling parents overnight to tell them classes will be back in session this morning after a tentative contract deal was reached just after midnight.Parents Thursday said they were relieved their students could go back to their normal schedule after a three-day teachers strike. “I’m just happy it’s over with and they figured it all out...

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    Conant boosters hosting dinner dance March 1

    Conant High School’s Booster Club is hosting its Third Annual Cougar Dinner Dance to raise funds that benefit the school, as well as recognize individuals who support programs and students in outstanding ways.

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    Amrich hearing set for Feb. 19:

    Island Lake mayoral hopeful Charles Amrich could learn in two weeks if his name will be restored to the spring ballot. Amrich is appealing an electoral board's decision this week to remove him from the ballot, and a hearing has been set for 10:30 a.m. Feb. 19 in Lake County circuit court to review the case.

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    Naperville councilman draws criticism for alternative smart meter proposal

    A Naperville City Council member has proposed a plan he believes can foster a compromise between the city and foes of efforts to install more than 57,000 smart meters in the community. Fellow council members, however, lined up Thursday to take a swing at Doug Krause's plan, calling it political grandstanding and two years too late.

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    An employee at Trader Joe’s in Arlington Heights rolls shopping carts through the parking lot late Thursday afternoon as the rain turned to snow.

    Storm disrupts flights from O’Hare to east coast

    The snow has stopped falling in the Chicago area, but flights at O'Hare International Airport continue to be canceled due to a winter storm pounding the east coast. Nearly 250 flights have been canceled at O'Hare this morning as the storm that dumped up to 10-inches overnight in Lake County heads to the east coast.

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    Quinn's ethics proposal raises questions

    Gov. Pat Quinn's idea is to ban Illinois lawmakers from voting on anything that might help them personally. But there are questions about whom the proposal targets and if it's necessary when Illinois has to deal with major financial problems.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn says minimum wage hike would create jobs

    Gov. Pat Quinn says raising the minimum wage from $8.25 to $10 per hour would be good for the economy and create jobs. The Chicago Democrat proposed the 20 percent increase during his State of the State address Wednesday.

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    Carolyn Murray of Evanston lost her 19-year-old son Justin, right, in November to gun violence. Murray will be Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky's guest at Tuesday's State of the Union address as part of a Democratic effort to highlight gun violence.

    Mom to be Schakowsky's guest at State of the Union

    At the end of November, a young man named Justin Murray was shot and killed in Evanston. His mother, Carolyn Murray, will be Congresswoman Schakowsky's guest at the State of the Union this year as part of the Democratic effort to highlight the costs of gun violence.

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    Joel Brodsky, left, and Steven Greenberg, attorneys for former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson, confer outside the Will County courthouse in Joliet during the jury deliberations in Peterson's murder trial last September.

    Former Drew Peterson lawyer sues current lawyer

    A public quarrel between one former and one current attorney for Drew Peterson over who is to blame for the former Bolingbrook police sergeant's murder conviction has escalated again. Joel Brodsky, Peterson's lead trial attorney who has since stepped down from the legal team, filed a 31-page defamation lawsuit this week that hurls bitter denunciations wrapped in legalese at Steve Greenberg, a...

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    Second fired Maine West coach in hazing case files appeal

    Fired Maine West High School freshman soccer coach Emilio Rodriguez has requested a hearing to appeal his dismissal over allegations of hazing among team members, Maine Township High School District 207 spokesman Dave Beery said Thursday. Rodriguez, a tenured teacher in the applied arts and technology department, was the second Maine West coach to be fired over the hazing scandal. His dismissal...

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    Non-incumbents have ideas for St. Charles’ First Street

    Non-incumbent candidates for St. Charles alderman recieved a chance to present their platforms at the VFW Thursday night. The stagnant First Street development was the major topic of discussion.

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    Police respond in Riverside, Calif., early Thursday morning after one officer was killed and another critically wounded in a shoot out with a murder suspect.

    Mountain manhunt for ex-cop accused of killing 3

    A fired police officer who threatened to bring “warfare” to the Los Angeles Police Department went on a shooting rampage that left a policeman and two others dead and set off an extraordinary manhunt Thursday that put Southern California on edge, led hair-trigger officers to mistakenly shoot at innocent citizens and forced police to guard their own.

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    State auditor general accused of DUI

    Illinois Auditor General William Holland has been arrested for on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol. The 61-year-old Holland was stopped late Wednesday by Illinois State Police in Springfield.

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    Work is ongoing on large salt piles at Eastern Salt Company in Chelsea, Mass., Thursday in preparation for a major winter storm headed toward the Northeast.

    Blizzard threatens Northeast; 2 feet feared

    A blizzard of potentially historic proportions threatened to strike the Northeast with a vengeance Friday, with up to 2 feet of snow feared along the densely populated Interstate 95 corridor from the New York City area to Boston and beyond. From Pennsylvania to Maine, people rushed to stock up on food, shovels and other supplies, and road crews readied salt and sand, halfway through what had been...

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    Fire ravages home near Warrenville

    A fire overnight Wednesday destroyed a single-family home near Warrenville, authorities said. It took fire crews from eight departments four hours to fight the blaze at 27W173 Galusha Road before it was brought under control, according to Lt. Judd Weber of the Warrenville Fire Protection District.

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    Illini knock off No. 1 Indiana
    Illini knock off No. 1 Indiana

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    Drashawn J. Griffin

    Two Lake County men accused of stealing $12,000 worth of cold medicine

    Two men have been charged with stealing more than $12,000 worth of cold medicine from drugstores in Illinois and Wisconsin, Lincolnshire police said Thursday. Drashawn J. Griffin, 21, of the 500 block of Beechwood Drive in Round Lake, and Dave L. Windham, 23, of 2800 block of Elizabeth Lane in Zion, are in Lake County jail on $100,000 bond after being charged with multiple counts of burglary and...

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    Buffalo Grove to mark 55th anniversary

    Buffalo Grove will commemorate its 55th anniversary with an open house from 4 p.m. until the start of the village board meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, March 4. Guests will be able to view displays from different village departments, as well as meet the staff and elected officials.

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    Outgoing Defense Secretary Leon Panetta testifies on Capitol Hill Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee about the Pentagon’s role in responding to the attack last year on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where the ambassador and three other Americans were killed.

    Military looks to place quick forces after Libya

    The U.S. military is determined to position small, quick reaction forces closer to global crises after the rapid assault on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Libya last September kept U.S. armed forces from responding in time to save four Americans.

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    CIA Director nominee John Brennan testifies on Capitol Hill Thursday during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    Brennan defends drone strikes, even on Americans

    CIA Director-designate John Brennan strongly defended anti-terror attacks by unmanned drones Thursday under close questioning at a protest-disrupted confirmation hearing. On a second controversial topic, he said that after years of reading classified intelligence reports he still does not know if waterboarding has yielded useful information.

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    Robert Theodore

    Naperville man says he was molested at fitness club

    A 22-year-old Naperville man filed suit Thursday against Life Time Fitness, alleging a personal trainer molested him at the club's Warrenville location when he was a teenager. The complaint filed in DuPage County Court by “John Doe” also names former trainer Robert Theodore who is already facing criminal charges stemming from the same allegations.

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    The Bank of America branch at 1080 S. Elmhurst Road in Mount Prospect was robbed Thursday afternoon by a man wearing a ski mask, police said.

    Robber hits Mt. Prospect bank

    A man wearing a ski mask robbed a bank Thursday afternoon in Mount Prospect, authorities said. The robbery occurred at 2:40 p.m. at the Bank of America branch at 1080 S. Elmhurst Road.

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    This image provided by NASA/JPL-Caltech shows a simulation of asteroid 2012 DA14 approaching from the south as it passes through the Earth-moon system Feb. 15. The 150-foot object will pass within 17,000 miles of the Earth. NASA scientists insist there is absolutely no chance of a collision as it passes.

    150-foot asteroid will buzz Earth, no need to duck

    A 150-foot-wide asteroid will come remarkably close to Earth next week, even closer than high-flying communication and weather satellites. It will be the nearest known flyby for an object of this size.But don’t worry. Scientists promise the megarock will be at least 17,100 miles away when it zips past next Friday.

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    Governor OKs supplemental funding for roads, child services

    Illinois road construction projects will get a $675 million boost this spring under a package of short-term spending projects Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law Thursday that Republicans complained was rushed through with little input from taxpayers. The supplemental spending bill, which the Senate approved just hours before Quinn signed it, also includes $9 million to keep East St. Louis public...

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    The Chevrolet Camaro Hot Wheels Edition is displayed on an enlarged Hot Wheels track.

    Images: 105th Chicago Auto Show Media Day
    Images from media day at the Chicago Auto Show. 2013 marks the event's 105th edition. Highlighting the offerings are the 2014 Corvette Stingray, the Hot Wheels Chevrolet Camaro, a Lexus hybrid, Volkswagon Beetle GSR, and much much more.

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    Prosecutor moves to dismiss deer rescue charges

    An Indiana prosecutor says he has submitted a motion to dismiss the illegal possession charges against a couple who nursed an injured white-tailed deer back to health and kept it on their farm for two years.

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    Walmart’s intentions to close this East Dundee store and build a super center in Carpentersville has sparked a lawsuit that East Dundee leaders recently filed against Carpentersville. The lawsuit seeks to prevent Walmart from getting any money from Carpentersville’s tax increment finance district. A hearing is scheduled Feb. 14.

    E. Dundee trying to block Walmart from Carpentersville money

    Although a Kane County judge recently refused to issue a temporary restraining order that would have blocked Walmart from getting money through a special taxing district in Carpentersville, East Dundee leaders, who brought the action to the court’s attention, are forging ahead with the rest of the lawsuit.

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    Madigan schedules hearings on concealed carry

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is seeking public input on concealed carry of firearms and gun safety at two hearings later this month. The Chicago Democrat announced Thursday that the Judiciary Committee will have public hearings Feb. 19 at the state Capitol and Feb. 22 in Chicago.

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    17 file write-in candidacies in Kane County

    Seventeen people have filed to run as write-in candidates in Kane County for the April 9 consolidated elections. Two more people have joined the Batavia 7th Ward race as write-in candidates, and another person has joined the Geneva Township clerk race.

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    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, left, and Democratic congressional hopeful Anthony Beale share a light moment at a news conference Thursday in Chicago. Dart endorses the Chicago alderman in his bid to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. in Illinois’ 2nd Congressional District.

    Dart endorses Chicago alderman for Congress

    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart threw his support behind Chicago Alderman Anthony Beale on Thursday in the race to replace former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., a boost for Beale as he tries to emerge from a crowded field of candidates.

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    ACLU seeks removal of Ohio school’s Jesus portrait

    A portrait of Jesus that hangs prominently in an entranceway at a rural Ohio public school is in violation of the U.S. Constitution and should be removed, a federal lawsuit filed Thursday says.

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    Palatine man charged in auto burglaries

    A Palatine man was arrested and charged with three counts of felony burglary to motor vehicle on Feb. 1, Palatine police said. Abraham Centeno, 25, of the 800 block of West Panorama Drive, was charged in connection with burglary to vehicle reports occurring on Panorama Drive between Jan. 28 and Jan. 31.

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    Aurora bank robber flees in taxi

    A suspected bank robber fled in a waiting cab Thursday after receiving money from a teller in Aurora, authorities said. The robbery occurred about 12:10 p.m. at Banco Popular, 2 S. Broadway Ave., according to the Aurora Police Department.

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    Mt. Prospect police say to check out snow removal firms

    Mount Prospect police said people hiring snow removal companies should check them out before signing a contract. They cited the case of an 85-year-old Mount Prospect man on the 1700 block of Tano Lane who paid $200 to a snow removal company Nov. 9 but had not received any service as of Feb. 5. He has tried calling the company, but has not been able to reach anyone.

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    Police say Mt. Prospect man banged on school bus, yelled at driver

    A Mount Prospect man was charged with disorderly conduct after he banged on the side of a school bus and yelled at the driver, scaring the kids, during a traffic delay, police reports said.

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    Judge keeps 4 Roselle candidates on ballot

    Four Roselle election candidates survived a second round of challenges to their nominations Thursday but were hesitant to declare victory because they might face another appeal. Whether that happens depends on incumbent village board member Kory Atkinson, who raised the initial objections and is now weighing whether to take them to a higher court.

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    Mundelein trustee candidates cite gangs, traffic scofflaws among safety concerns

    Some of the candidates for seats on Mundelein’s village board expressed unique priorities when asked about ways to improve public safety in town. Whereas most talked about the continued need for community policing and the dangers of illegal drug use, one proposed re-educating drivers on obeying stop signs.

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    Mount Prospect has agreed to take jurisdiction of a stretch of Kensington Road between Forest Avenue and Elmhurst Road later this year after the Illinois Department of Transportation completes at $3.3 million reconstruction project.

    Mt. Prospect set to take over Kensignton Road after $3.3 million reconstruction

    A $3.3 million project to improve and widen Kensington Road in Mount Prospect will end later this year with the roadway under village control. The village board this week agreed to accept jurisdiction from the Illinois Department of Transportation of the stretch of Kensington from Forest Avenue to Elmhurst Road. The move means the village will have responsibility for maintenance, repairs, snow...

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Jose J. Gamino-Hinojoza, 34, of the 500 block of West Chicago Street, was arrested after police executed a search warrant of his home Tuesday, and found marijuania and cocaine, police reports said.

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    Write-in bid for D41 seat:

    A Lindenhurst man who was knocked off the ballot in three school board races last week has filed to be a write-in candidate in one of those districts.

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    ATM skimming reports investigated:

    Lake Forest police in cooperation with Northern Trust Bank is investigating a fraud involving multiple customer accounts.

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    Grayslake library teen advisory group:

    Grayslake Area Public Library will host a teen advisory group meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

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    Users enjoy the Batavia Riverwalk, which includes a boardwalk that includes a gazebo, a river outlook and a walk through a wildflower sanctuary. Volunteers and money are being sought to replace the boardwalk, which was built in the 1990s.

    Batavia Riverwalk repairs need volunteers, money

    Volunteers and money are being sought to fix the boardwalk on Batavia's Riverwalk, in a campaign reminiscent of that which brought the Riverwalk to fruition in the 1990s.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A vandal hurled a brick that cracked a 6-foot by 6-foot window at the Wheeling Township Democratic Party headquarters, 1310 W. Northwest Hwy., Arlington Heights, between 9 p.m. Feb. 4 and noon Feb. 5. The brick did not go through the window and was found outside the building.

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    Probation revoked for teen who admitted starting fires

    A Wheeling teen sentenced to probation last year for starting several fires violated his probation and was resentenced to three years in prison court records show. Nathan Orlowski, 18, must serve at least 50 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

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    Abraham Barajas

    Carpentersville man sues police over 2011 drive-by arrest

    A Carpentersville man who was arrested in July 2011 on attempted murder charges from a drive-by shooting but later exonerated when prosecutors dropped the charges in August 2012 has filed a federal lawsuit. Abraham Barajas, 24, argues his rights were violated by police, who did not conduct a thorough investigation and ignored evidence favorable to him.

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    Campton Hills Village President Patsy Smith

    Campton Hills leaders want to hire administrator

    Campton Hills trustees have given the go-ahead in their 2014 budget to have a village administrator. Ideally, they'd like to have a person hired by June, when the 2014 fiscal year starts. In coming months, the village's finance committee will hash out how much can be set aside and if that person is full- or part-time. Village President Patsy Smith has basically worn an administrator's hat for the...

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    Arlington Heights Mayor Arlene Mulder is applauded Thursday after being introduced at her final Mayor’s 26th annual Community Prayer Breakfast. Mulder, who’s presided over the event for 20 years, is retiring in April.

    Arlington Hts. prayer breakfast recognizes mayor, community spirit

    Community leaders in Arlington Heights gathered Thursday morning to celebrate their faith and their outgoing village president as part of the Mayor’s 26th annual Community Prayer Breakfast. “Faith informs what we do as a community,” said the Rev. David Abrahamson of Lutheran Life Communities, who gave the keynote address.

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    President Barack Obama speaks at the House Democratic Issues Conference in Lansdowne, Va., Thursday.

    Obama to promote his agenda to House Democrats

    Predicting a tough road ahead, President Barack Obama urged House Democrats to stick to their principles on guns, immigration and the economy as they confront congressional Republicans in legislative fights to come.

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    David Keene, president of the National Rifle Association, said Thursday he’s confident that Congress won’t approve an assault weapons ban or an ammunition limit in the wake of mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut.

    NRA chief: Gun controls won’t pass Congress

    The head of the National Rifle Association said Thursday he’s confident that Congress won’t approve an assault weapons ban or a limit on high-capacity ammunition magazines after mass shootings in Colorado and Connecticut.

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    A rescue responder stands outside the law enforcement compound outside the scene of the nearly week-long hostage standoff that ended on Monday in Midland City, Ala.

    Coroner: Alabama hostage-taker shot multiple times

    A man who held a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker for nearly a week before dying in a shootout with the FBI received multiple gunshot wounds, a county coroner said Thursday.

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    Harper professor William Wimmer with a colleague.

    Popular Harper College teacher shared his passion for art

    A popular art teacher at Harper College, who helped build up its printmaking studio and left a lasting impression on his students, has died. William Wimmer spent nearly 40 years sharing his passion for art, and more specifically for printmaking, with students of all ages.

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    Sen. Robert Menendez, right, acknowledged Wednesday that his office contacted U.S. health agencies in a way that would help the biggest political donor to his re-election, the same eye doctor whose private jet Menendez used for two personal trips to the Dominican Republic.

    Menendez says he called gov’t in way to help donor

    Sen. Robert Menendez acknowledged Wednesday that his office contacted U.S. health agencies in a way that would help the biggest political donor to his re-election, the same eye doctor whose private jet Menendez used for two personal trips to the Dominican Republic.

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    First lady Michelle Obama will attend Saturday’s funeral for the 15-year-old Chicago girl who was killed after returning home from performing during President Barack Obama’s inauguration festivities.

    Michelle Obama to attend Chicago girl’s funeral

    A White House official says Michelle Obama will attend Saturday’s funeral for the 15-year-old Chicago girl who was killed after returning home from performing during inauguration festivities for President Barack Obama.

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    Hanover Park Fire Department offers CPR class

    The Hanover Park Fire Department will hold a Heartsaver CPR/ACD (cardiopulmonary resuscitation/active compression decompression) class at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Fire Station No. 1, 6850 Barrington Road, Hanover Park. The cost is $30 for residents and $50 for nonresidents.

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    A rescue responder stands outside the law enforcement compound outside the scene of the nearly week-long hostage standoff that ended on Monday in Midland City, Ala.

    Coroner: Alabama hostage-taker shot multiple times

    A man who held a 5-year-old boy hostage in an underground bunker for nearly a week before dying in a shootout with the FBI received multiple gunshot wounds, a county coroner said Thursday.

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    Hoffman Estates mayor lands national leadership role

    Hoffman Estates Mayor William McLeod recently was appointed to the National League of Cities' First Tier Suburbs Council Steering Committee, on which he'll represent suburban interests to a national audience.

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    The new Rotary Plaza in Palatine will feature an electronic sign and landscaping.

    Palatine, Rotary Club partner to build new community sign

    The Rotary Club of Palatine has partnered with the village to build a new electronic sign and plaza at the northeast corner of Palatine and Plum Grove roads.

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    Who makes Schaumburg a better place to live?

    The village of Schaumburg is once again looking to honor the volunteers of all ages who make the community a safe and healthy place to live, work and play. Nominations for Schaumburg’s Volunteer of the Year, Volunteer Organization of the Year and Youth Individual Volunteer will be accepted through April 1.

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    February is flamenco month at North Central

    North Central College’s sixth annual Flamenco Festival showcases the emotive, rhythmic music and dance from Spanish culture. Public vents are planned throughout February including dance classes, lectures, a performance and film. All are free.

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    Ruben Pineda

    West Chicago mayoral candidates discuss benefits of Hispanic leadership

    Last May, when longtime West Chicago alderman Ruben Pineda was appointed to replace the late Mike Kwasman, he became the city's first Hispanic mayor. Pineda said being Hispanic, in a town in which more than 51 percent of its 27,000 residents are also Hispanic, certainly hasn't hurt his cause but in a recent Daily Herald endorsement interview, each of three mayoral candidates discussed the...

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    Jerald Bartels, left, and Lael Miller are candidates for East Dundee village president.

    Bartels, Miller bring different backgrounds to top office

    Lael Miller and Jerald Bartels, the two men vying to become village president in East Dundee, have similar visions for the town, but come from different backgrounds.

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    Incumbent Frank Loffredo, left, and Mona Mustafa, right, are running for mayor in Lake Villa.

    Attracting business a priority for Lake Villa mayoral hopefuls

    Longtime incumbent Lake Villa Mayor Frank Loffredo is facing a challenge from political newcomer Mona Mustafa. The pair agree that economic development, particularly downtown, is a key issue but differ on where the village stands in that regard.

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    Associated Press This still image taken from the documentary, “After Tiller,” shows Dr. Shelley Sella. The New Mexico medical board is expected to make a decision on whether to take action against Sella, who performed a late-term abortion. Sella is a former colleague of slain Kansas abortion doctor George Tiller and one of the few doctors in the country who still openly performs third-term abortions.

    NM abortion complaint highlights privacy concerns

    A woman from New York came to New Mexico to terminate her pregnancy at one of the nation’s four late-term abortion clinics after she found out the fetus she had been carrying for more than eight months had severe brain abnormalities. There were complications and the 26-year-old woman was rushed to the hospital with a ruptured uterus. Nearly two years later, the intimate details of her medical...

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    A crowd of sports enthusiasts waving Russian and Moscow flags surround the one-year countdown clock for the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics in Moscow, Russia.

    Putin: Fire senior Russian Olympic official

    A year before the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics begin, President Vladimir Putin has demanded that a senior member of the Russian Olympic Committee be fired.

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    Associated Press An Australian fighter jet is prepared for a training mission as a Japanese aerial refueling plane sits on a runway at the Cope North military exercises at Andersen Air Force Base on the U.S. island of Guam Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013.

    Jets roar as U.S., Japan, Australia drill in Pacific

    Fighter jets from the U.S. and two key allies roared into western Pacific skies Thursday in the combat phase of annual exercises that have gained importance as the region responds to the rise of China and other potential threats.

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    Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei strongly rejected proposals for direct talks with United States, apparently quashing suggestions for a breakthrough dialogue on the nuclear standoff and potentially other issues.

    Iran’s supreme leader rejects direct talks with U.S.

    Iran’s supreme leader Thursday strongly rejected proposals for direct talks with the United States, effectively quashing suggestions for a breakthrough one-on-one dialogue on the nuclear standoff and potentially other issues.

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    Associated Press A major winter storm heading toward New England could drop as much as 2 feet of snow on a region that has seen mostly bare ground this winter.

    New England braces for major snow storm

    A major winter storm heading toward New England may not be one for the record books, but even some of the nation’s snow-hardiest people should proceed with caution, according to at least one expert. As much as 2 feet of snow could fall on a region that has seen mostly bare ground this winter, the National Weather Service said.

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    A supporter holds a Democratic Repupublic of Congo flag outside the court in Pretoria, South Africa, on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013. Nineteen alleged members of a Congolese rebel group — including one U.S. citizen — sought help in their effort to overthrow Congolese President Joseph Kabila, offering mining rights in their resource-rich country in exchange for weapons and training, a prosecutor said Thursday.

    S. Africa prosecutor: Congo rebels wanted coup, war

    Nineteen alleged members of a Congolese rebel group — including one U.S. citizen — sought outside help in their effort to overthrow Congolese President Joseph Kabila, offering mining rights in their resource-rich country in exchange for weapons and training, a prosecutor said Thursday. But those the 19 found in South Africa to help their cause were not mercenaries. They were undercover police...

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    Teejana S. Perry

    More charges in Batavia assisted living center thefts, forgeries

    A 19-year-old caretaker at a Batavia assisted-living facility who was arrested in December on charges that she stole and forged a $1,000 check from a resident now faces a new batch of charges. Batavia police say Teejana S. Perry of Warrenville stole from four other victims at the center. Warrants have been issued for the new charges; Perry is next due in court on Feb. 21.

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    Dawn Patrol: Woman gets 8 years for dirty dish shooting

    Dawn Patrol: Elementary school resumes in West Chicago. Woman found guilty of sledgehammer attack. Waukegan High teacher charged with possession of child porn. Grayslake Dist. 46 board approves tentative deal for teachers. Joe Walsh considers starting a SuperPac. Downers Grove woman gets eight years for shooting boyfriend. Mount Prospect man gets 24 years for sexual assault.

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    Kane County will give Jeffers control of health department

    The interim executive director of the Kane County Public Health Department is set to drop the "interim" from her title when the full county board meets next week. Barb Jeffers took over when the former director, Paul Kuehnert, resigned. Her handling of a fatal dog mauling in Big Rock went a long way in winning the job.

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    Scott Theroux took some old boards and built a bassinet, which he gave to a friend. Then he built some tables, chairs and cabinets and put them out on the curb with a “for sale” sign at the house they rent on Forest Hills Road. Those sold. Pretty soon Theroux was getting word-of-mouth traffic.

    Carpenter finds work in discarded wood

    With 25 years in the homebuilding business, Scott Theroux had been around long enough to know that his job was in trouble in 2008. "I could feel it coming. There was no work," said Theroux, a carpenter who was working for a custom builder. He was let go Nov. 11, 2008, and the next day his now-fiancée, Joyce Weiss, lost her job as a temporary worker at the Cadbury gum plant, which became a part of...

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    Woman evicted from rat-infested home

    A Plover woman has been ordered to leave her rat-infested mobile home. Portage County health officials say Darlene Flatoff has kept more than 300 rats in her home since last March. An inspection report says the home doesn't have adequate sewage disposal and is overrun with rats and their droppings.

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    Chicago ready to spend $2 billion on new rail cars

    Chicago transit officials are planning to spend up to $2 billion on a new generation of rail cars to modernize the nation's second-largest mass transit system.The Chicago Transit Authority announced Wednesday it is accepting bids for up to 850 new rail cars that would start to roll out in 2016. They would replace "El" cars that are around 30 years old or older, which is beyond the industry...

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    Will County wants to harvest Asian carp from lake
    JOLIET — The Will County Forest Preserve District may approve a plan to harvest Asian carp.

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    Ex-prisons accountant pleads guilty

    A former Illinois Department of Corrections accountant has pleaded guilty to embezzling around $77,000 from an association formed to memorialize prison workers killed on the job. Mary Ann Bohlen pleaded guilty Wednesday in Springfield to two counts of mail fraud and two counts of embezzlement.

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    Illinois officials warn about home warranty scam

    The Illinois Department of Insurance is warning consumers that a Florida-based company is illegally marketing home warranty services to Illinois residents.The agency said Wednesday that Arkidus Home Protection continues to market the warranties despite a previous cease and desist order from the Illinois Insurance Department. They say the state of Florida has taken similar action against Arkidus...

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    Milwaukee schools looking for teachers

    The state's largest school district is looking to hire 700 teachers and other school faculty. Milwaukee Public Schools is holding a series of recruitment events for new teachers, paraprofessionals and more than a dozen principals.According to the district, officials need to hire because of a wave of retirements sparked partly by the aging of the baby boom generation.

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    3 adults, 2 kids die in Indiana mobile home blaze

    Two children and three adults died in a mobile home fire in a remote rural area of southern Indiana early Thursday, and authorities are exploring the possibility that the blaze was sparked by a wood stove.County Emergency Management Director Larry Allen said the fire, which was reported at 1 a.m., killed all the occupants of the mobile home near the small village of Sulphur, about 30 miles west...

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    Icy conditions slow morning commute

    A Winter weather advisory remains in effect for the Chicago area due to freezing rain that is turning to ice.

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    Talk with the Editor: Introducing ‘Thatababy’ and ‘Soup to Nutz’

    In this Talk with the Editor, John Lampinen announces 'Thatababy' and 'Soup to Nutz' are joining the print Comics page— and reveals the strips subscribers have voted off.

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    Mark Davoust

    Lauzen tells 10 on Kane board, sign up if you want to talk with panel

    Despite saying last month that it was a one-time deal, Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen officially adopted a new policy that bans non-committee members from commenting or asking questions during his Executive Committee, a power move some believe is "ridiculous." "Quit your bellyaching," Lauzen says.

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    The “engagement season” is said to run from Thanksgiving through Valentine's Day, but Candice Milstein, owner of Wyatt Austin Jewelry in Schaumburg, says she sells lots of custom-made engagement rings during the summer after dating couples attend friends' weddings.

    Sure of wife choice, guys still fret about engagement ring

    When superstar performing artist Justin Timberlake asked actress Jessica Biel to be his wife, he presented her with a custom-made diamond engagement ring he designed himself. Biel gushed to celebrity magazines about Timberlake's artistic flair with jewelry. Most men are not Justin Timberlake. “A lot of times it's hard for a guy to just walk into a jewelry store. He's very nervous about...

Sports

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    Images from the Batavia vs. South Elgin girls basketball game Thursday, February 7, 2013.

    Images: Batavia vs. South Elgin, girls basketball
    Batavia traveled to South Elgin Thursday night for Upstate Eight Conference crossover girls basketball action.

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    Phoenix Coyotes’ Raffi Torres (37) fights with Jamal Mayers of the Blackhawks early in the first period of Thursday night’s game in Glendale, Ariz. Patrick Kane said the fights “pumped up” the Hawks, who went on to claim a 6-2 win.

    Blackhawks get payback on Torres, Coyotes

    Payback can come in a lot of different ways. In the first on-ice meeting between Marian Hossa and Raffi Torres since the hit in the playoffs that saw Hossa leave Game 3 on a stretcher, the Blackhawks paid Torres and the Phoenix Coyotes back with a dominating 6-2 win Thursday night at Jobing.com Arena. The win moved the Hawks to 9-0-2.

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    Illinois fans celebrate after the Illini upset No. 1-ranked Indiana 74-72 Thursday at Assembly Hall in Champaign.

    Illini upset No. 1 Indiana at buzzer

    Tyler Griffey made the easiest and biggest shot of his career. The senior forward took an inbounds pass and made a wide-open layup with 0.9 seconds to play to give Illinois a 74-72 victory over No. 1 Indiana on Thursday night, the fifth straight week the nation's top-ranked team lost. "I just made a simple curl cut and left two guys behind me, and Brandon got off a heck of a pass," he said.

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

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

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

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    Student-athletes at Fremd signed certificates that honor their letters of intent for NCAA Division I and II collegiate teams and athletic scholarships on Wednesday at the school. Bottom row from left to right are Kayleen Samuels, Christine Piasecki, Michelle Mottonen, Michelle Mazur, Amanda Matsumoto, Angela Kim, Breanna Anderson, Kelly Breen and Brian Jestice. Top row from left are coach Brian Newby, coach Steve Keller, coach Jim Weaver, coach Christine Vlaming, coach Andrew Kittrell, coach Mark Anderson, coach Joe Marcin and coach Chris Piggot.

    Bright campus crop for Eclipse

    Eclipse Select is sending an impressive array of girls soccer talent to compete at the collegiate level.

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    Buffalo Grove comes up short at York

    Buffalo Grove wrapped up its regular season with a 54-34 loss to York Thursaday night in Elmhurst. The Bison (9-17), seeded No. 15, will play next on Monday night in the Fremd Class 4A regional play-in game against No. 19 Lake Zurich at 7:30 p.m.

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    Diamond Thompson of Wheaton South,left, tries to block Brooke Schanowski of Wheaton North during the Wheaton North at Wheaton Warrenville South girls basketball game Thursday.

    WW South perfect in DVC

    Best in the conference, best in Wheaton. Wheaton Warrenville South left little doubt of both. The No. 4 Tigers turned a close game for two-plus quarters into a blowout, pulling away to beat No. 7 Wheaton North 64-41 to wrap up a perfect 14-0 DuPage Valley Conference season. WW South (25-3, 14-0), which split the conference title with Naperville Central the last two years, went unbeaten in the DVC for the first time since 1997. It also beat Wheaton North (20-7, 12-2) for the seventh straight time.

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    Naperville Central gets back on track against West Chicago

    Naperville Central’s pregame Senior Night ceremony left at least a few of the six Redhawks seniors in tears. The team’s touching postgame program — when each senior took a turn addressing their families, friends and teammates — brought more tears mixed with plenty of laughter. The 32 minutes in between gave Naperville Central coach Andy Nussbaum hope that his team is prepared for a Class 4A playoff run as the Redhawks rolled to a 67-37 DuPage Valley Conference victory over West Chicago in Thursday night’s regular-season finale.

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    Defense gets Glenbard South going

    Up. Down. Up and up. That describes how Glenbard South played in its four quarters Thursday night while hosting Fenton and closing out the Raiders home campaign on senior night. Glenbard South jumped ahead of the Bison 13-0 and eventually claimed the Metro Suburban Conference girls contest 49-26. But after the great start, the Raiders (19-6, 10-2) didn’t make a single shot from the floor in the second quarter and the Bison tied the game at 15 before a pair of Taylor Malone free throws gave the home team a 17-15 lead at the break.

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    Geneva earns at-large spot at state

    Kim Hostman was making a lot of happy calls late Thursday night. Forced to sit and wait after scoring a 142.85 in Tuesday’s Glenbard West sectional, the Vikings got some great news once the results of Thursday’s fourth and final sectional at Stevenson were posted.

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    Palatine’s Greg Grana shoots over Fremd’s Sean Benka as he attempts to block the shot last Friday at Palatine. Both teams remain in the MSL West title hunt with two games left.

    Prospect aims for outright title; Schaumburg tries to turn back Fremd

    With two conference games remaining, Mid-Suburban League races are starting to take shape in both divisions. In the East, Elk Grove (11-12, 5-3) visits Prospect (14-9, 7-1) tonight in a rematch of a thrilling contest on Jan. 11 in which the Knights pulled out a 60-59 victory. While Prospect has already clinched a share of the East, a win for the Knights gives them the division outright and assures their spot in the Mid-Suburban title game on Feb. 20. In the West, Schaumburg (14-9, 6-2) hosts Fremd (16-7, 5-3) with the opportunity to lock up a share of their third straight West title. The Saxons won the first meeting in convincing fashion 46-35.

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    Huntley’s Bryce Only tries to strip the ball from Cary-Grove’s Jason Gregoire earlier this season.

    Huntley closing on on FVC Valley 3-peat

    The Huntley boys basketball team is on the verge of completing a Fox Valley Conference three-peat. The Red Raiders (15-6, 9-0) can wrap up their third straight FVC Valley Division title tonight with a win against second-place Dundee-Crown (16-5, 7-2) in Carpentersville. Huntley defeated the Chargers 45-38 on Jan. 19. “This is a big week for us in terms of our goals and where we stand going into the playoffs,” senior forward Amanze Egekeze said after Wednesday’s victory at Crystal Lake South. “We know we’ve got to go on the road, play at a high level, execute and get better with each game.”

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    Stevenson’s Riley Trebilco works the floor exercise during the sectional action at Stevenson on Thursday.

    Carmel’s Feely’s looking forward

    Carmel Catholic’s Lauren Feely is looking forward to next week’s state gymnastics meet at Palatine, but it won’t be the same this year. Feely chalked up the all-around championship with a 38.175 Thursday night in the Stevenson sectional. She also flew to top honors on vault (9.85) and floor exercise (9.65), while placing third on uneven parallel bars (9.5) and fourth on beam (9.175).

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    South Elgin’s Savanah Uveges scores on a runner during Thursday’s game against Batavia in South Elgin.

    Wentling’s 3s lift South Elgin past Batavia

    Through 3 quarters, South Elgin’s girls basketball team struggled to do much of anything offensively and trailed Batavia, 40-29. Then the Storm (16-10) finally found a hot hand in Nell Wentling. The 5-7 senior guard hit 3 fourth-quarter 3-point baskets to help force overtime and added her career-best eighth 3-pointer of the game — and 50th of the season — during the extra session as South Elgin rallied to defeat Batavia 61-56 in Thursday night’s Upstate Eight Conference crossover fourth-place game in South Elgin.

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    Elgin, Larkin fall

    Waubonsie Valley 54, Elgin 31: Kristin Tayag had 10 points and Maggie Powers added 8 for Elgin (8-19) in its Upstate Eight crossover loss.Lake Park 61, Larkin 47: Quixmia Washington had 21 points and Sky Evans added 9 for Larkin (3-24) in its UEC crossover loss.

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    Late 3 sinks Loyola

    Blake Allen’s 3-pointer with 12 seconds remaining lifted Youngstown State to a 60-59 Horizon League victory over Loyola on Thursday night.

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    Phoenix Coyotes' Zbynek Michalek (4), of the Czech Republic, gets called for tripping on Chicago Blackhawks' Dave Bolland (36) during the first period in an NHL hockey game Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Blackhawks keep rolling with 6-2 rout of Coyotes

    Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist, and the Chicago Blackhawks remained the only NHL team without a loss in regulation this season by routing the Phoenix Coyotes 6-2 Thursday night. Viktor Stalberg, Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell each had a goal and an assist as the Blackhawks improved to 9-0-2. Dave Bolland also scored for Chicago.

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    Lisle rues problems at free-throw line

    The harsh reality of Lisle’s 33-32 Class 2A regional final loss Thursday night to Walther Lutheran couldn’t be avoided.

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    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Brandon Lombardino will throw for Arkansas State in the next phase of his athletic career.

    Grant throwers extend the tradition

    Brandon Lombardino and Melissa Dunham are adding to an impressive legacy of throwing success at Grant by finding campus setting in which to pursue their specialties.

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    St. Charles East shoots past Metea

    St. Charles East’s Katie Claussner is gaining confidence at just the right time. The sophomore guard led the Saints with a team-high 20 points including three big 3-pointers down the stretch, leading to a 68-61 victory at Metea Valley in a match-up of the Upstate Eight River and Upstate Eight Valley second place teams.

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    The Chicago Soul returns to action Friday night at the Sears Centre with a Major Indoor Soccer League game against Rochester. The Soul, with veteran goalkeeper Jeff Richey, above, is bidding for a playoff spot in its inaugural season.

    Turnaround propels Soul into MISL playoff hunt

    Chicago Soul owner David Mokry admits he’s keeping his ambitions a little bit in check for now, but his rookie franchise is in contention for the MISL playoffs.

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    Aurora Central sinks St. Francis in 4th quarter

    Aurora Central Catholic 50, St. Francis 43: Entering the fourth quarter, the Chargers (13-9, 5-4) and Spartans (17-5, 5-3) were tied at 34-34 before the Chargers went on a 16-9 run to close the game and win the Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division matchup in Wheaton.

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    Aurora Christian wins 1st regional

    Aurora Christian won the first regional title in school history Thursday with a 49-43 victory over Serena in the Class 2A Wilmington regional championship game.

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    Take football out of the conference equation

    There’s a cynical theory that every high school seeking to change athletic conferences does so because of a lack of success with its football team.The theory bounced around when Glenbard South left the DuPage Valley Conference in the mid-1990s, and continues today with West Chicago’s recent decision to switch from the DVC to the Upstate Eight Conference and the same potential switch by Glenbard East and West Aurora.Football is the undisputed king in DuPage County, and it doesn’t take bionic ears to hear folks complaining about football dictating key decisions facing entire athletic programs. The criticism is denied by administrators who insist change is based on the overall needs of the school.Just because it’s cynical, though, doesn’t make the theory false.

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    Bartlett’s Alyssa Hernandez (33) scored a game-high 19 points Thursday in the Hawks’ 58-39 win over Streamwood, which put her over 1,000 points for her career.

    Hernandez eclipses 1,000 as Bartlett tops Streamwood

    Clinging to a 2-point lead at halftime, the Bartlett girls basketball team knew it had to show its toughness against U-46 rival Streamwood.The first time the two teams met, the Hawks led through most of the game only to see the Sabres come back in the fourth quarter for a 43-36 victory. This time, in the Upstate Eight Conference crossover third place game, Bartlett didn’t face a Streamwood rally as the host Hawks won 58-39 on Thursday night.To top it off, Bartlett senior Alyssa Hernandez eclipsed the 1,000 career point milestone with a game-high 19 points. She needed 16 at the start of the game.“It felt good,” Hernandez said of reaching the milestone. “Coach told me before the game that I needed 16 points, and the whole team was saying they were going to get me the ball. It didn’t matter to me who scored, I just wanted the team to score.”Hernandez, who also grabbed 8 rebounds in the effort, was halfway there after two quarters scoring 8 points. Kaitlin Brohan (13 points) also put 8 points on the board in the first half, but the Hawks (15-12) held only a 28-26 lead at halftime over the Sabres (19-8).However, the Hawks ran away with it in the third quarter outscoring Streamwood 15-3 to take a 43-29 lead into the fourth quarter. Hernandez scored 7 of her points in that period, and her layup 53 seconds into the fourth gave Bartlett a 45-31 lead and her 1,001 career points.“At halftime, coach (Denise Sarna) said we have to tighten up, and we did,” said Hernandez, who transferred to Bartlett from Lake Park prior to the start of this school year. “Everybody stepped up, and it was a total team effort.”Streamwood committed 8 of its 22 turnovers of the game in the third quarter, and the Sabres trailed by double-digits throughout the fourth.“They forced us to turn the ball over without pressing us in the second half,” Sabres’ coach George Rosner said. “We were careless with the ball. Give Bartlett’s defense credit, but we can’t have so many unforced turnovers.”Elizabeth Arco had 8 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for the Hawks, and both Chantel Zasada and Ally Giampapa added 7 points.The Sabres were led by Jessica Cerda’s 11 points and Deja Moore’s 8 points and 9 rebounds.Streamwood, which will host a Class 4A regional, will open the postseason on Tuesday against the winner of Monday’s Jacobs vs. Dundee-Crown game. Bartlett opens the Wheaton Warrenville South regional against York on Tuesday.“You want to keep getting better and better, and I think we did tonight,” Sarna said. “We have a tough game ahead of us.”

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    Wheaton Warrenville South hosted Wheaton North Thursday night for girls basketball.

    Images: Wheaton North vs. Wheaton Warrenville South, girls basketball
    Wheaton Warrenville South hosted Wheaton North Thursday night for girls basketball.

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    Scouting Mid-Suburban League diving

    With two-time Mid-Suburban League diving champ Nolan Presmyk having graduated, this year's meet at Barrington is sure to have a different outcome.

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    Mundelein’s Nate Williams, left, has overcome the effects of a car accident suffered last summer to play a key role with the Mustangs.

    Williams, Lopez doing more than serving a purpose

    Every team needs role players, but they become even more important as the regular season morphs into the postseason. They can provide that extra lift that can make or break a playoff run. Two juniors who are already playing big roles for their teams are guard Nate Williams at Mundelein and forward Mateusz Lopez at Round Lake.

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    Cary-Grove and sophomore Katie Barker, right, will host Grayslake North tonight in the unofficial Fox Valley Conference championship game.

    Time for UEC, FVC to make crossovers more meaningful

    A sports writer I once worked with had a column called Some Things I Think I Think. Today is my version of Some Things I Think I Think, all related to the girls basketball season that will enter the state tournament series for Class 3A and Class 4A teams beginning Monday.

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    Matt Mader, vice president of the Jr. Knights, emceed a community information night about the program Wednesday.

    Junior Knights getting their day in the sun

    Earlier this week, the Jr. Knights were born, giving aspiring youth football players in the Grayslake North district, another alternative, one they will be able to more closely identify with in the future.

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    North Chicago, Stevenson net top seeds

    North Chicago has earned the top seed in the Class 3A Antioch sectional, while Stevenson is the top seed in the Class 4A Waukegan sectional.

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    Girls bowling: State tournament scouting/ Northwest

    Conant, Leyden, Prospect and Schaumburg are among the area teams competing in this weekend's girls bowling state tournament at Cherry Bowl Lanes this weekend.

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    Elgin’s Tyler VonEssen wrestles Wheaton North’s Dylan Thurston during the 120-pound third-place match at the Glenbard North regional. VonEssen won the match and advanced to this weekend’s sectional at Barrington.

    Wrestling/Scouting Fox Valley sectionals

    Taking a look at the wrestling sectionals this weekend involving athletes from the Fox Valley area.

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    Beckham, Flowers, Morel give Manto food for thought

    As spring training closes in, White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto likes what he saw from Gordon Beckham, Tyler Flowers and Brent Morel during a hitting session at U.S. Cellular Field in late January.

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    NCAA wants Pa. gov’s Penn State lawsuit dismissed

    The NCAA says it wants a judge to throw out the federal antitrust lawsuit Pennsylvania’s governor filed against it over Penn State’s $60 million fine and other penalties resulting from the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.

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    Hunter Mahan was bracing for the worst at Pebble Beach and instead was reminded how much he loves this place. The rain stayed away Thursday and Mahan took advantage of gorgeous conditions for a 6-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead to par with Russell Knox in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

    Mahan shares the lead at Pebble Beach

    Hunter Mahan was bracing for the worst at Pebble Beach and instead was reminded how much he loves this place.The rain stayed away Thursday and Mahan took advantage of gorgeous conditions for a 6-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead to par with Russell Knox in the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had surgery on Thursday to repair a sports hernia in his abdomen, an injury that bothered him for much of the last month of the season while he came up just 8 yards short of Eric Dickerson’s single-season rushing record.

    Adrian Peterson has sports hernia surgery

    Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson had surgery on Thursday to repair a sports hernia in his abdomen, an injury that bothered him for much of the last month of the season while he came up just 8 yards short of Eric Dickerson's single-season rushing record.

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    Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners are working on a $175 million, seven-year contract that would make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball, according to a person with knowledge of the deal's details. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been completed. USA Today first reported the deal.

    AP Source: Hernandez on verge of new deal with M's

    Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners are working on a $175 million, seven-year contract that would make him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball, according to a person with knowledge of the deal's details. The person spoke to The Associated Press Thursday on condition of anonymity because the agreement has not been completed. USA Today first reported the deal.

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    Last week we wrote about the annual St. Charles Kick-A-Thon. The check was presented on Saturday at the beginning of the crosstown boys basketball game between St. Charles North and St. Charles East. The total of funds raised amounted to $80,040.24, and proceeds were donated to the Geneva Chapter of the Living Well Resource Center and the American Cancer Society. In the past 19 years the Drill Teams have raised a total of $678,019.05.

    St. Charles East’s Crocket makes cut to join Heuer at state

    Girls high school bowling can get tense. Even when the girls are not bowling.

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    Class 1A girls basketball final in Elgin postponed

    The Class 1A Harvest Christian girls baskletball regional championship game in Elgin scheduled for tonight has been postponed due to the snowstorm. Westminster Christian and Christian Liberty will meet at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harvest Christian for the regional title.

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    Notre Dame will stay in the Big East for at least one more season. Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Thursday the university would like to leave the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference before the required 27 months' notice for departing members, but was unable to reach an agreement to do so before next season.

    Notre Dame to play in Big East 1 more season

    Notre Dame will stay in the Big East for at least one more season. Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said Thursday the university would like to leave the Big East for the Atlantic Coast Conference before the required 27 months' notice for departing members, but was unable to reach an agreement to do so before next season.

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    A Dallas promotions company sued Lance Armstrong on Thursday, demanding he repay $12 million in bonuses and fees it paid him for winning the Tour de France. SCA Promotions had tried in a 2005 legal dispute over the bonuses to prove Armstrong cheated to win before it ultimately settled and paid him.

    Armstrong sued for $12 million bonus

    A Dallas promotions company sued Lance Armstrong on Thursday, demanding he repay $12 million in bonuses and fees it paid him for winning the Tour de France. SCA Promotions had tried in a 2005 legal dispute over the bonuses to prove Armstrong cheated to win before it ultimately settled and paid him.

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    Wolves captain Darren Haydar is moving up the alltime scoring lists in the AHL and Chicago.

    For Wolves, Haydar clearly the ‘face’ of the franchise

    It's safe to say that Chicago Wolves captain Darren Haydar has become the "face" of the franchise. Now in his second stint with the Wolves, Haydar is moving up the team's and the American Hockey League's all-time lists.

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    Bailey North

    North reaches 1,000 points in last game at Buffalo Grove

    Senior Bailey North sure went out in style playing her final home at Buffalo Grove Tuesday night. The 6-foot center became one of 11 other Bison to score 1,000 points in a career during a 64-37 victory over Hoffman Estates. North, who will play at Wisconsin-Parkside next season, finished with a game-high 16 points in the Mid-Suburban League crossover.

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    Schaumburg’s Sadarriss Patterson, right, battles Barrington’s Nick Shealy at 152 pounds in last year’s MSL meet. Patterson was a regional champ at 160 last weekend and competes in the Maine East sectional this weekend.

    Scouting sectional wrestling / Northwest

    Here's a look at the Barrington and Maine East wrestling sectionals, from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League.

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    Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey has added several new assistants and realigned his staff for the 2013 season.

    NIU’s Carey makes coaching staff adjustments

    Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey continues to put the pieces of his 2013 Huskie football coaching staff in place, announcing that three returning members of the NIU staff will take on additional duties in the coming season. Carey also gave two of the four new coaches he hired after taking over the program additional responsibilities.

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    Mike North video: Stay home and watch the Bears

    Mike North thinks Bears’ tickets at Soldier's Field are a poor value. Between traffic, parking and accessibility, it rates very low compared to other stadiums. Also, let’s not forget the product on the field needs some work too.

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    Cubs-NU alliance leaves Illini, White Sox in its wake

    The Cubs' partnership with Northwestern can't be good news for the White Sox and Illinois in the struggle for Chicago sports fans.

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    Jake Kohler

    Basketball: Week 10 MVPs

    Lakes senior forward Jake Kohler and Benet senior guard Christen Prasse have earned MVP honors from the Daily Herald for their recent basketball performances. Kohler blocked a last-second layup attempt to help Lakes defeat North Chicago by a point and move the Eagles into a first-place tie in the league. Prasse tied a personal best with 30 points plus 7 assists in a decisive victory over Providence.

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    Schramek leads Benet past Marist

    Emily Schramek scored all 17 of her points in the second half, 13 in the third quarter, and No. 11 Benet hit 10 3-pointers to knock off Marist 78-67 on Wednesday in Lisle.

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    For Naperville North it’s not about the points

    Naperville North won't be taking its team to compete at state next weekend. The thing is, it doesn't really matter to the Huskies, because they've already won plenty this year. After a surprise victory in the DuPage Valley Conference and then a fantastic regional, the Huskies put the final touch on their team season by taking third in Wednesday's Hinsdale Central sectional with a season-best 139.575 points. No one was going to beat Lyons Twp. anyway; the Lions very well could be crowned state champions next week. The Lions scored 149.25 points while Hinsdale Central was a distant second with a 140.9. Neuqua Valley placed sixth with a 134.75.

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    Lauren Carroll of Willowbrook breaks away from Payton Katich of Hinsdale Central Wednesday night during girls basketball in Vila Park.

    Dramatic turn of events for Willowbrook

    Angela Bruno was determined to get her atonement. Twice Willowbrook's senior point guard turned over the basketball in the final minute, allowing Hinsdale Central to take away the lead, but Bruno's hustle steal led to Melissa Rader's basket with 4.1 seconds left, the No. 13 Warriors winning 57-56 on Wednesday in Villa Park in a wild finish.

Business

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    The 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR hearkened back to a 1970s favorite at the Chicago Auto Show.

    Mileage vs. muscle at Chicago Auto Show

    Consumers might flirt with the provocative 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray at this year's Chicago Auto Show, but not many are expected to go home with one. Instead, fuel economy is what car buyers want when they visit showrooms in the suburbs, local experts say. “The No. 1 reason that we see people replacing their old vehicle is for fuel mileage,” said Ray Scarpelli, owner of Ray's Chevrolet in Fox Lake and a Chicago Automobile Trade Association director.

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    Digital adapters, which are needed for older analog TVs, used to be free from Comcast but now are $1.99 a month apiece.

    Comcast subscribers see fee for once-free digital adapters

    When Michael Zalokar of Winfield opened his Comcast cable TV bill this week, he suddenly noticed extra charges; two digital adapters, which had been free, now cost $1.99 each. “That bites the wallet,” he said. Like Zalokar, other customers also noticed the additional fee for the digital transport adapter. When we contacted Comcast's Midwest headquarters in Schaumburg, the company said the new charges are justified.

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    Chicago-based Boeing won permission on Thursday for test flights of its 787 as it tries to fix battery problems that have kept the plane grounded.

    Boeing 787 test flights approved

    Chicago-based Boeing won permission on Thursday for test flights of its 787 as it tries to fix battery problems that have kept the plane grounded. The Federal Aviation Administration said the test flights will have restrictions, including pre-flight testing and inspections, and in-flight monitoring.

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    Apple, the world’s most valuable company, is drawing increasing criticism from investors who are pushing the company to do more with its enormous pile of cash — $137 billion and growing.

    Greenlight sues Apple, wants more cash

    An activist investor wants Apple Inc. to distribute more of its ballooning cash hoard to shareholders. Greenlight Capital said Thursday that it is suing Apple in a New York federal court over the company’s proposal to eliminate preferred stock. David Einhorn, who heads Greenlight, said the proposal would prevent Apple’s board from unlocking shareholder value.

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    Linkedin reported fourth-quarter earnings above investors’ expectations Thursday.

    LinkedIn’s 4Q results soar past Street views

    Online professional-networking service LinkedIn’s fourth-quarter performance added another line to its sterling resume as a public company. The results announced Thursday extended LinkedIn Corp.’s uninterrupted streak of exceeding analysts’ projections for both earnings and revenue.

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    This slide shown on a video screen during a news conference at the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington Thursday shows a comparison of an exemplar battery with the Japan Airlines Boeing 787 battery.

    NTSB: 787 battery approval should be reconsidered

    The government should reassess its safety approval of the Boeing 787 lithium ion batteries, the nation’s top accident investigator said Thursday, casting doubt on whether the airliner’s troubles can be quickly remedied. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating last month’s battery fire in a Japan Airlines 787 “Dreamliner” while it was parked in Boston.

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    U.S. stocks fell, after a two-day advance in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as corporate earnings reports disappointed and European policy makers warned the euro’s advance could hamper the region’s recovery.

    Stocks retreat as Europe, earnings weigh

    Stocks slumped on Wall Street Thursday, and the rally which has pushed indexes close to record levels stalled. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 42 points to 13,944, after sliding as much as 134 points earlier. The index has edged lower this week, after logging its best January in almost two decades.

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    Radiohead front man Thom Yorke performs at Lollapalooza in 2011.

    Universal Music to sell Coldplay label to Warner

    Universal Music Group is selling Parlophone — the label of acts like Coldplay, David Guetta and Radiohead — to Warner Music Group for 487 million pounds ($765 million).

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    Addus HomeCare to sell division to LHC Group

    Palatine-based Addus HomeCare Corp. said it will sell its home health division to LHC Group, Inc. for $20 million in cash. The sale includes 19 home health agencies and two hospice agencies in five states. Specifically, LHC Group will acquire 100 percent of the assets of the business in Arkansas, South Carolina and Nevada. In Illinois and California, LHC Group will acquire 90 percent of the business, with Addus retaining a 10 percent ownership interest in those locations.

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    FedEx Corp. said about 10 percent of its senior U.S. executives have accepted buyouts under a program to cut spending and boost profits by $1.7 billion over three years.

    Fedex says 10% of senior U.S. executives take cost-saving buyout

    FedEx Corp. said about 10 percent of its senior U.S. executives have accepted buyouts under a program to cut spending and boost profits by $1.7 billion over three years. FedEx declined to specify how many managers will leave the Memphis, Tennessee-based shipping company through May 2014, said Glen Brandow, a spokesman. The changes are part of a new "organizational structure" at FedEx Express, the company's largest division, and FedEx Services.

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    VW Credit expands Libertyville facility 30,000 square feet, anticipates hiring

    VW Credit Inc., which finances the purchase of Volkswagen and Audi automobiles in the United States, has expanded its Libertyville office by 30,000 square feet. Officials of VW Credit said Wednesday the $10 million expansion will accommodate 150 additional workers the company expects to add to the payroll through 2018. The facility current houses about 530 employees.

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    Exelon to make first dividend cut as quarterly profit declines

    xelon Corp., owner of the largest group of U.S. nuclear plants, will cut its quarterly dividend for the first time as falling electricity prices and expiring long-term contracts reduce profit.Cutting the payment to shareholders will “position us to maintain our investment-grade rating, return a stable dividend and provide capacity to invest in growth,” Christopher Crane, chief executive officer of Chicago-based Exelon, said in a statement today.

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    The United States Postal Service said it will no longer be delivering mail on Saturdays Beginning August 1. The cuts are said to save billions of dollars.

    No more Saturday mail? Q&A on postal cuts

    We could soon be seeing the end of Saturday mail delivery. The way the Postal Service describes it, the move allows the service to change with the times in hopes of eventually operating in the black. “Our financial condition is urgent,” Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe declared Wednesday. Here are some questions and answers about the Postal Service plan.

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    Operator at California nuclear plant disputes safety claim

    The utility that runs the troubled San Onofre nuclear power plant on the California coast sharply denied Thursday that it was aware of equipment problems linked to a 2012 tube break that released a trace of radiation.

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    LanzaTech named to ‘Most Promising Companies’ list

    Forbes Magazine has ranked Roselle-based LanzaTech, a producer of low-carbon fuels and chemicals from gases, 48 in its annual list of the top 100 Most Promising privately held companies. “It is a huge honor to be selected by the editors at Forbes and to be listed alongside so many incredible companies,” said Jennifer Holmgren, CEO of LanzaTech.

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    Camping World/Good Sam to expand new Tampa SuperCenter

    Camping World, the nation’s largest RV and outdoor retailer, said it will expand its recently opened SuperStore in Tampa, Fla. by 24 acres

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    Macy’s is raising its fourth-quarter adjusted earnings forecast due to its strong performance in January.

    Macy’s lifts 4Q outlook on strong January sales

    Macy’s is raising its fourth-quarter adjusted earnings forecast due to its strong performance in January.Shares climbed nearly 4 percent to $41.01 in premarket trading. The department store operator, which runs Bloomingdale’s and its namesake stores, said Thursday that it now foresees quarterly earnings between $1.94 and $1.99 per share, up from a range of $1.91 to $1.96 per share.

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    Major retailers are reporting strong sales in January as shoppers went back to the stores after the winter holidays to take advantage of clearance sales.

    Retailers report strong January sales

    Major retailers including Macy’s and Limited Brands are reporting strong sales in January as shoppers went back to the stores after the winter holidays to take advantage of clearance sales. Twenty retailers reported on Thursday that revenue at stores opened at least a year — an indication of a store’s health — rose an average of 5.1 percent, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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    Discount retailer Target Corp. said Thursday that a key revenue measure rose 3.1 percent in January as shoppers bought holiday clearance merchandise.

    Target’s key Jan. revenue metric tops Wall Street

    Discount retailer Target Corp. said Thursday that a key revenue measure rose 3.1 percent in January as shoppers bought holiday clearance merchandise. The gain topped Wall Street expectations, and Target shares edged up 31 cents to $63 in premarket trading. Gregg Steinhafel, chairman, president and CEO of Target, said its customers “continue to shop with discipline in the face of a slow economic recovery and new pressures, including recent payroll tax increases.”

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    Sprint Nextel Corp., the country’s third largest wireless carrier, on Thursday said it lost $1.3 billion in its fourth quarter, about the same as a year ago, as it revamped its network for a comeback versus bigger competitors.

    Sprint posts big 4Q loss, revenue rises

    Sprint Nextel Corp., the country’s third largest wireless carrier, on Thursday said it lost $1.3 billion in its fourth quarter, about the same as a year ago, as it revamped its network for a comeback versus bigger competitors.The company’s focus, and that of its investors, is on its long-term turnaround efforts rather than on short-term results. Sprint is selling 70 percent of itself to Japanese carrier Softbank Corp. for $20 billion. That deal is expected to close this summer, and provide long-ailing Sprint with a much-needed infusion of capital.

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    Apparel worker Misti Keeton sews military apparel in Fayette, Ala.

    U.S. productivity fell at 2 percent rate

    U.S. worker productivity shrank in the final three months of 2012 although the decline was caused by temporary factors. Productivity contracted at an annual rate of 2 percent in the October-December quarter, the biggest drop since the first quarter of 2011, the Labor Department reported Thursday. Productivity had risen at a 3.2 percent rate in the July-September quarter.

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    Job applicants complete forms at a job fair sponsored by Swissport, in Newark N.J.

    U.S. unemployment aid applications decline to 366,000

    Fewer Americans sought unemployment benefits last week, indicating companies continue to hire at a modest but steady pace. The Labor Department said Thursday that weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 5,000 to a seasonally adjusted 366,000. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, dropped to 350,500, the lowest in nearly five years. The average is low because of seasonal factors, which reduced applications sharply last month.

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    Students may soon be able to receive college credit for the free online courses that are reshaping higher education

    College credit recommended for free online courses

    Students may soon be able to receive college credit for the free online courses that are reshaping higher education. The American Council on Education announced Thursday that it is recommending degree credit for five undergraduate courses offered by Coursera, a Palo Alto-based company that provides "massive open online courses" from leading universities.

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    Netflix won’t miss Saturday mail delivery, even though the weekend service helped keep its DVD-by-mail subscribers happy.

    Netflix could gain from loss of Saturday mail delivery

    Netflix won't miss Saturday mail delivery, even though the weekend service helped keep its DVD-by-mail subscribers happy. The U.S. Postal Service's planned shift to five days of home delivery a week instead of six may even make Netflix Inc. slightly more profitable by lowering the costs for sending out its familiar red envelopes with DVDs. That's because subscribers may be able to watch fewer DVDs for the same monthly price.

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    EU leaders brace for long budget summit

    European Union leaders were preparing for all-night negotiations in Brussels on a joint budget for the next seven years.Britain is leading several northern nations looking for cuts while southern and eastern nations want continued funding to reduce the wealth gap among the bloc's 27 countries.

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    European stocks up, but Nikkei retreats from highs

    European stock indexes rose on Thursday, despite a retreat in many Asian markets, ahead of a policy meeting by the European Central Bank and amid mostly upbeat corporate news. The FTSE 100 index of leading British companies rose almost 0.1 percent to 6,296.97 while Germany's DAX increased 0.2 percent to 7,597.03. France's CAC 40 was up 0.3 percent at 3,652.91. Wall Street was poised to rise. Dow futures rose 0.1 percent to 13,946 while the broader S&P 500 futures gained 0.1 percent to 1,508.80.

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    Oil prices close to $97 ahead of ECB meeting

    The price of oil inched up to near $97 a barrel on Thursday, as markets awaited the outcome of a European Central Bank policy meeting and a report on U.S. jobless claims.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for March delivery was up 29 cents to $96.91 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 2 cents to finish at $96.62 a barrel on Wednesday, recovering from a low of $95.04 earlier in the session.

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    Bill Zars/bzars@dailyherald.com America’s major freight railroads expect to hire 11,000 people and invest $13 billion in their rail networks and equipment this year.

    U.S. railroads expect to hire 11,000 this year

    America's major freight railroads expect to hire 11,000 people and invest $13 billion in their rail networks and equipment this year. The American Association of Railroads announced the predictions for the year on Wednesday. Freight railroads expect to continue most of their hiring regardless of what happens in the economy because they are replacing a large number of workers who are nearing retirement.

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    Paul Cook, right, head of Acceptance for Visa in Asia Pacific, central Europe, Middle East and Africa; Somboon Krobteeranon, second from right, country manager of Myanmar and Thailand; and two unidentified officials pose for photo with an oversized Visa card during a launching ceremony of the use of Visa cards for payments in Myanmar.

    Visa’s fiscal 1Q net income jumps 25 pct

    Shoppers hit stores for the holidays in the final months of 2012 and it seems many of them were armed with credit and debit cards using the Visa network.The payments processing company said Wednesday that its profit jumped 25 percent in the last three months of 2012, as consumers used their credit cards and debit cards more often. Visa's revenue from data processing, international transactions and service all rose from a year earlier in the October-December quarter, when consumers ramp up spending for the holidays.

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    Yelp Inc., owner of a website that lets consumers review local businesses, reported a wider fourth- quarter loss than analysts estimated as it boosted spending on expansion into new markets.

    Yelp reports wider-than-estimated loss on new-market spending

    Yelp Inc., owner of a website that lets consumers review local businesses, reported a wider fourth- quarter loss than analysts estimated as it boosted spending on expansion into new markets.The net loss was $5.32 million, or 8 cents a share, the company said yesterday in a statement. Analysts on average projected a loss of 5 cents, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

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    Yahoo is counting on rival Google to help accelerate its revenue growth.

    Yahoo taps into Google’s ad network, expertise

    Yahoo is counting on rival Google to help accelerate its revenue growth. As part of a nonexclusive arrangement announced Wednesday, Yahoo's website will begin drawing upon Google's massive online advertising network to show marketing messages related to the content that's being perused. Google Inc. already distributes similar ads to thousands of websites, a service that has helped establish it as the Internet's most prosperous company.

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    Contractors work on the East Side Access project beneath midtown Manhattan, in New York.

    New York expanding nation’s biggest transit hub

    Sixteen stories below Grand Central Terminal, an army of workers is blasting through bedrock to create a new commuter rail concourse with more floor space than New Orleans' Superdome, just one of three audacious projects going on beneath New York City's streets to expand what's already the nation's biggest mass transit system. But even with blasting and machinery grinding through the rock day and night, most New Yorkers are blithely unaware of the construction or the eerie underworld that includes a massive, eight-story cavern, miles of tunnels and watery, gravel-filled pits.

Life & Entertainment

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    The impeccable comic trio of Jim McCance, left, Christian Gray, center, and Kevin McKillip, star in First Folio Theatre's farcical “Jeeves Takes a Bow.”

    'Jeeves' sparkles with humor, great performances

    First Folio Theatre premieres another effervescent adaptation of one of British humorist P.G Wodehouse's tales. The impeccable trio of Jim McCance, Christian Gray and Kevin McKillip reunite for “Jeeves Takes a Bow,” an enjoyable midwinter romp that is every bit as entertaining as their previous two collaborations: 2008's “Jeeves Intervenes” and 2010's “Jeeves in Bloom.”

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    Actor Wesley Daniel, 24, with bandages over his face, head and left hand gave an “OK” sign upon his release from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood Thursday. Daniel suffered second-degree burns Mondayduring a dress rehearsal at the Lyric Opera of Chicago while portraying a fire-blowing stilt walker.

    Burned Lyric Opera fire-blower released from hospital

    A fire-blowing stilt-walker with the Lyric Opera of Chicago who suffered second-degree burns during a dress rehearsal was released from the hospital Thursday. Dr. Arthur Sanford of Loyola University Medical Center said Wesley Daniel, 24, should heal within two weeks. He equated the injuries to a “deep sunburn,” and said that within six months, the incident should likely be a “bad memory.”

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    Avant, “Face the Music”

    Avant has an R&B goodie with 7th album

    Avant's seventh album arrives just in time for Valentine's Day: It's full of ballads and seductive tracks that highlight the R&B performer's singing and songwriting skills.

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    Richard Thompson, “Electric”

    Soaring solos from Thompson on 'Electric'

    On "Electric," Richard Thompson plugs in and delivers his most generous helping of guitar solos in many years, perhaps ever. The fretwork is marvelous even by his lofty standards, and some credit for inspiration probably goes to producer Buddy Miller, a fair picker himself.

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    Patricia Racette, pictured here at the Metropolitan Opera as Cio-Cio-San in “Madama Butterfly,” will reprise the role again for the Lyric Opera of Chicago during the 2013-14 season. It’s a role she will share with Amanda Echalaz in a new-to-Chicago production by London and Broadway director Michael Grandage.

    Lyric leans toward tradition in announcing 2013-14 season

    The Lyric Opera of Chicago announces its 2013-14 season and its partnership with the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization for a series of spring musicals.

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    Jason Bateman tries to bring a con artist played by Melissa McCarthy to justice for stealing his identity and ruining his credit score in “Identity Thief.”

    McCarthy-Bateman charisma not enough to fuel road comedy

    In "Identity Thief," Seth Gordon steals the identity of the cross-country chase comedy "Midnight Run," then tweaks it with supercharged performances from the droll Jason Bateman and the hilariously improvisational Melissa McCarthy. It's still a bloated, slapsticky, Judd Apatowish wannabe comedy that needs another pass through the editing software to get the vehicle down to fighting weight.

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    Students from Sandy Hook Elementary School stand at attention as Alicia Keys performs the national anthem before the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens, Sunday.

    Music world helps Newtown heal following massacre

    Professional football players were on the verge of tears when a group of 26 children who escaped the massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School joined Jennifer Hudson at the Super Bowl to sing “America the Beautiful.” The performance last week was one of many musical tributes to the victims of the Dec. 14 tragedy, some put on by world famous performers, others by local musicians and many involving the children of Newtown.

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    “Judge Judy” is such a familiar part of daytime TV that now, in the post-Oprah Winfrey syndication world, it's easy to overlook how dominant it is. The show averaged 10.1 million viewers each day during the third week of January, a typical week.

    Like her or not, 'Judge Judy' rules daytime TV

    Sixteen years into her career as television's chief justice, Judy Sheindlin is as comfortable in her role as the nation appears to be with her. “Judge Judy” is such a familiar part of daytime TV that now, in the post-Oprah Winfrey syndication world, it's easy to overlook how dominant it is. The show averaged 10.1 million viewers each day during the third week of January. “For that little core that doesn't want to do the right thing and gets away with it routinely, most people want to see them get a good whupping. And I am your girl,” she said.

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    Robin Roberts will be back on the job at the “Good Morning America” anchor desk on Feb. 20. Her return will be five months to the day since her bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder.

    Robin Roberts set to return to ‘GMA’ on Feb. 20

    ABC News says Robin Roberts will be back on the job at the “Good Morning America” anchor desk on Feb. 20. Her return will be five months to the day since her bone marrow transplant to treat a rare blood disorder.

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    Chris Brown, shown performing during last year’s Grammys, returned to a Los Angeles court on Wednesday for a hearing in which prosecutors wanted a judge to revoke his probation and order him to redo his community labor because of concerns about the accuracy of records provided by Virginia authorities. Brown remains on probation for the 2009 beating of Rihanna.

    Chris Brown returns to court for probation issues

    With the woman he assaulted throwing him a kiss, Chris Brown walked into court Wednesday to face allegations he failed to complete his community labor sentence for Rihanna's 2009 beating. A judge asked for more information and scheduled another hearing in two months. Rihanna, the glamorous singer whose bruised face became a tabloid fixture after she was beaten by her then-boyfriend on the way to the Grammys, has been dating Brown again.

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    Robert Klein

    Second City alumnus part of anniversary celebration

    Congregation Kneseth Israel in Elgin has planned a weekend of activities to celebrate its 120th anniversary, including an evening with HBO stand-up comedian and Second City alumnus Robert Klein. Making people laugh is nothing short of a higher calling, Klein said. “I'm not a monologuist that stands there and sits on a stool and tells jokes. I occupy the stage, I do music. I'm a little bit old-fashioned, of the old school, and a lot of the new school."

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    Jane Lynch, here in her animated character from “Wreck-It Ralph,” will be honored Saturday by the Chicago Film Critics.

    Rolling Meadows choir part of Jane Lynch tribute

    Dann's film notes includes that the Rolling Meadows Show Choir directed by Caitlyn Walsh will be prominently featured during a tribute to Chicago performer Jane Lynch when she receives the Commedia Extraordinaire trophy at the 24th Chicago Film Critics Awards 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Muvico Theater in Rosemont. Dann will be there to help hand out the Best Actress and Best Picture awards.

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    Night life events: Banned beer is back at Bannerman’s

    A brew that was once banned is back — and at Bannerman's Sports Grill in Bartlett. Batch 19, a pre-Prohibition-style lager, is on tap.

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    Owners Timothy O’Brien, right, and son James run TJ O’Brien’s in downtown Palatine.

    Irish sports bar in Palatine offers best of both worlds

    TJ O'Brien's Bar and Grill in downtown Palatine is where Irish dishes and contemporary menu favorites meet sports bar. Co-owner Jimmy O'Brien says the place offers a "nice Irish vibe."

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    This sort of production has its risks. Go too showy and the restaurant will seem gimmicky, like an upscale Rainforest Cafe. Get too conceptual and the whole thing’s just pretentious.

    The hunt is on at Next in Chicago

    For "The Hunt" menu at Next restaurant in Chicago the culinary team enlisted 15 artists to make flat, rustic plates. They sourced birch bark that would be used to serve dishes, and learned how to clean and reuse it each night. They wrote the menu as a narrative, beginning in the woods, with mushrooms in glass terrarium-like boxes and smoked trout served on wood.

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    Dr. Banks (Jude Law) discusses a mutual patient with Dr. Siebert (Catherine Zeta-Jones) in Steven Soderbergh's alleged last movie "Side Effects."

    Soderbergh's last thriller anti-depressing, but dishonest

    "Side Effects" reportedly is the last movie prolific filmmaker Steven Soderbergh directs, at least for a while. It's not exactly a case of him going out with a bang. "Side Effects" works nicely as a taut thriller and an involving mystery that quietly keeps us off-balance until its final, unsettling finale. But it might leave viewers with an aftertaste because of some narrative dishonesty.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Price of District 54 raises keeps going up
    Raises as high as 22 percent given to a handful of Schaumburg Township District 54 administrators a few years ago still are costing taxpayers, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    ‘Baby bust’ baloney

    Columnist Froma Harrop: America's alleged "baby bust" is pushing the country over "a demographic cliff." So argues Jonathan V. Last in The Wall Street Journal. Stacking one highly debatable claim on the next, Last builds a palace of hooey, in the basement of which sits a conservative agenda that's not very conservative.

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    Fight, but prepare for medical pot
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: I received a positive jolt of common sense when on Jan. 16 a kindred spirit was found in a Daily Herald editorial, "Towns wise to prepare on medical marijuana."

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    Time to support gay marriage
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: I say that it's about time we recognize gay marriage as a legitimate way for same-sex couples to express their love and form stable families.

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    Winfield United works for residents
    A Winfield letter to the editor: Do members of Winfield United oppose politicians who do not want to hear from or care about us residents? Absolutely. Trustees work for the residents, not for themselves.

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    Murders of unborn far exceed gun deaths
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Since 1973, more than 55 million innocent, unborn human babies have been murdered by this heinous act — abortion. Yet, the leftist liberals, beginning with President Obama, Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, are bent on taking away the Second Amendment rights of law-aiding citizens.

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    Politicians not voting for the people
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Your cartoon about the debt ceiling that was published Jan. 29 left out the donkey? The Democrats also helped in making the debt so high.

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    Every gun should be licensed by the state
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: We now pay about $100 per year for our car to be licensed in the state of Illinois. Why not pay $100 per year for each gun, $1,000 for each semiautomatic, now on our streets? Failure to be licensed would be a mandatory prison sentence of one day or more.

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    View 2nd Amendment in its entirety
    A Palatine letter to the editor: If we are going to interpret the entire sentence, then it appears they were saying that if regular folks like you and me were members of a well regulated militia, we'd have the right to bear arms.

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