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    Elk Grove Village business park getting new tenants

    Two new businesses are coming to Elk Grove Village this spring. Creative Werks LLC, a candy packaging company presently operating out of Bensenville, is relocating to a 254,000-square-foot building on Brummel Drive between Busse Road and Lively Boulevard. And, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt, will be opening in the Elk Grove Town Center by late spring, Mayor Craig Johnson said.

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    Construction on the first phase of a major renovation project at Frontier Park in Arlington Heights will start this spring with help from a state grant. The work includes adding a baseball field, a soccer field, a tennis court and lighted walkways.

    Arlington Heights starting work on Frontier Park this spring

    Construction on the first phase of a major renovation project at Frontier Park in Arlington Heights will start this spring with help from a $3 million grant. The work includes adding a baseball field, a soccer field, a tennis court and lighted walkways. "We've been waiting quite a while for this so we're very excited," Steve Scholten, the district's executive director, said. "There are some nice...

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    Peter Mulloy

    Police: Teacher caught smoking pot under bleachers free on bond

    Peter Mulloy, the Warren Township High School special education teacher who was arrested Saturday for smoking marijuana under the bleachers at Antioch High School during a wrestling tournament, is free on bond, police said. Saying it is personnel matter, Warren Township High School District 121 officials would not comment on whether Mulloy has been suspended. However, officials said he was not...

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    Lt. Jordon Wolf hugs his daughter Kayla, a fifth-grader at Ridge Circle Elementary School in Streamwood, after he surprised her during an assembly Thursday. He had been deployed in Afghanistan since April.

    Soldier surprises daughter on Valentine's Day

    Kayla Wolf knew her dad, stationed in Afghanistan for almost a year, was coming home soon. But she didn't know he was the guest of honor at an assembly at her Streamwood school. As he was introduced Thursday, she froze for a moment, hands clasped over her mouth. Then she ran to him. "He tricked me," she said later, but clearly didn't seem to mind.

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    University of Wisconsin-Madison Geoscientist Clark Johnson holds what he says is a 3.5 billion year old rock in Madison, Wis. Johnson is leading a team of scientists and others studying Earth rocks that are billions of years old looking for crucial information to understand how life might have arisen elsewhere in the universe and guide the search for life on Mars one day.

    Wisconsin scientists help search for alien life

    Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are helping search for evidence of alien life not by looking into outer space, but by studying some rocks right here on Earth. The scientists are looking for crucial information to understand how life might have arisen elsewhere in the universe. “There's a story always hidden in rocks,” said geoscientist Clark Johnson, the lead...

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    Tom Cross

    Suburban Republicans pitch transparency plan

    Two suburban Republicans are pushing legislation they say could reveal to taxpayers more about how local governments spend and borrow money.One plan from state Rep. Ron Sandack of Downers Grove and House Republican Leader Tom Cross would create a board that publishes findings on the taxes and spending of Illinois' thousands of local governments.

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    Lt. Governor Sheila Simon

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon won't seek re-election

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says she won't seek re-election next year but is weighing her options when it comes to seeking another public office. She declined to give details, but she spent much of a Wednesday news conference playing up her legal and financial experience.

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    Lincoln smartphone app has 'Abe-a-day' feature

    A free Abraham Lincoln app for smartphones has been officially launched to coincide with the 16th president's birthday. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation and AT&T announced the application Tuesday. History buffs can learn Lincoln facts using the app, quiz themselves about his life and see pictures of the presidential museum.

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    Mark Kirk

    Kirk: Stroke 'not the end'

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk says returning to the Senate after suffering a life-threatening stroke has been one of the greatest honors of his life — and one he doesn't want to squander by bickering over partisan issues.In an interview with The Associated Press, the Illinois Republican described his return to the Senate as grueling but fulfilling.

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    Attorney General Lisa Madigan have refused to defend the suit, claiming the gay marriage ban violates the Illinois Constitution.

    Judge won't delay lawsuit over gay marriage ban

    A Cook County judge has denied a request to delay action on a lawsuit seeking to overturn Illinois' ban on same-sex marriage.The Chicago-based Thomas More Society requested the delay. The public interest law firm opposes gay marriage and wanted the lawsuit delayed pending U.S. Supreme Court action on gay marriage. The delay was denied Wednesday. Separate lawsuits filed last May by the American...

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    Grand Victoria OK with video gambling in Elgin

    Much to the surprise — and relief — of Elgin's video gambling supporters, Grand Victoria Casino officials said on Wednesday that they won't stand in the way of bringing the practice to town. Grand Victoria officials don't want local businesses to suffer, casino general manager Jim Thomason said during a city council committee of the whole meeting. Grand Victoria initially opposed any...

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    La Presa, 319 S. Rohlwing, faces a two-week suspension of its business license because of a drug sale on the premises, but appears to have avoided a complete revocation of its license.

    Palatine restaurant likely to stay open despite drug sale

    Although Palatine police say the owner's son dealt cocaine on restaurant premises, a deal announced Wednesday likely will allow La Presa to stay open because of its otherwise clean record. Under the agreement, which must be approved by Village Manager Reid Ottesen, the restaurant's business license would be suspended, probably for a couple of weeks.

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    Members of the news media are shown outside a home, at left, in Big Bear, Calif., where two women were taken hostage by fugitive Christopher Dorner. Police scoured mountain peaks for days but had no idea he was hiding among them, possibly holed up in this vacation home across the street from their command post.

    Intense manhunt for ex-L.A. cop ended in gun battles, fire and death

    There was no question. The man standing before Rick Heltebrake on a rural mountain road was the suspect. Clad in camouflage from head to toe and wearing a bulletproof vest packed with ammunition, the most wanted man in America was just a few feet away, having emerged from a grove of trees holding a large, assault-style rifle.

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    Dist. 15 transportation outsourcing could save $3.3 million

    Reiterating they haven’t decided whether to outsource transportation or keep it in-house, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board members Wednesday discussed bids that showed savings in excess of $3.3 million. Last year, the district began exploring the possibility of privatizing busing to try and cut down costs. “We haven’t made any decision,” board member Scott...

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    North Aurora boy charged with hiding camera in neighbor’s bedroom

    A 16-year-old North Aurora boy has been charged after investigators discovered he had secretly put a camera in a bedroom of his neighbor’s home while he was baby-sitting their kids, according to police. The homeowners had found a small wireless video camera with a transmitter range of 300 feet underneath furniture in a bedroom while cleaning, according to authorities.

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    Antioch passes one day contract for embattled rescue squad

    The Antioch Rescue Squad should not expect another rubber stamped 90-contract when they go before the village board Monday, officials warned Wednesday. Antioch trustees Scott Pierce and Dennis Crosby both said that they would not just pass another 90-day contract unless some major changes are made at the embattled rescue squad.

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    Speaker of the House John Boehner on Wednesday sounded pessimistic about much of President Barack Obama’s agenda that he outlined in his State of the Union address the night before.

    Boehner: Up to Democrats to prevent budget cuts

    House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday it’s unlikely the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-led Senate will prevent a wave of automatic spending cuts from beginning to strike the economy in two weeks. Yet he sounded hopeful about avoiding a partial shutdown of the government when a temporary spending bill expires next month.

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    Pope Benedict XVI is flanked by his private secretary Archbishop Georg Ganswein as he reads a message during his weekly general audience at the Vatican Wednesday. Looking tired but serene, Pope Benedict XVI told thousands of faithful Wednesday he was stepping down for “the good of the church.”

    Tears, applause for pope at last public Mass

    With a humble “Grazie” as bishops doffed their mitres and applause echoed through St. Peter’s Basilica, a frail Pope Benedict XVI began his long farewell by presiding over Ash Wednesday services in a tearful, final public Mass.

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    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen

    Pressure forces change in chairman’s policy

    Feeling the peer pressure, Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen announced Wednesday he is abandoning the policy he implemented last week that limited 10 board members from commenting during Executive Committee meetings. Lauzen said he heard the complaints from those board members and decided to reverse his decision.

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    Vijay Gadde

    Lake Zurich seeking urban planner with veteran employee’s departure

    Lake Zurich will be looking for a new employee at a reduced salary with the departure of a veteran planning manager. Vijay Gadde started last week as Oswego’s economic development director. Gadde had been with Lake Zurich since 1999.

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    Two tugs tow the 893-foot Carnival Triumph cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, en route to Mobile, Ala., after an engine room fire Sunday left the ship powerless.

    Carnival cancels 12 more cruises on troubled ship

    Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled a dozen more planned voyages aboard the Triumph and acknowledged that the crippled ship had been plagued by other mechanical problems in the weeks before an engine-room fire left it powerless in the Gulf of Mexico.

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    Meet Theodore Roosevelt:

    Bob Dawson presents “President Theodore Roosevelt” at noon Monday, Feb. 18 at the Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center off Hook Drive, just west of Route 83.

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    Roselle trustee still fighting to kick four off ballot

    Maybe the third time will be the charm for Kory Atkinson. With two prior rulings against him, the Roselle village board incumbent said Wednesday he’s asked an appeals court to review his objections to four candidates seeking local offices. "It should be an even playing field," Atkinson said.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Orlando S. Beville, 43, of Elgin, was arrested before 7 p.m. Tuesday at Gail Borden Public Library and charged with criminal trespass to land and disorderly conduct/breach of peace, court documents show. Beville was in the library’s computer lab when he began yelling obscenities, and refused to leave when the library’s security officer asked him to do so.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    A North Aurora man was charged with trespassing, criminal damage to property and assault Feb. 3, according to a sheriff’s report. Todd N. Clark, 44, of the 800 block of Pinehurst Court, is accused of riding a snowmobile on Marmion Abbey farmland near Hart Road and Route 56 in Aurora, after being warned last year not to do so.

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    Claudia Cruz, center, of Hoffman Estates, sports sunglasses to shield her eyes from the bright light Wednesday as she receives a free teeth cleaning at 1st Family Dental clinic in Roselle. Dr. Sandy Murad, left, was assisted by Enisa Mehmedagic.

    Roselle clinic offers free dental care

    Roughly 50 people received free dental services Wednesday as part of the Dentist with a Heart campaign at 1st Family Dental in Roselle. Dr. Sandy Murad said the campaign is designed to raise awareness of oral hygiene among people who otherwise might not be able to afford it.

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    Charles Amrich, left, and Debbie Herrmann, are running for mayor in Island Lake.

    Island Lake trustees looking at limiting public comment at village board meetings

    Island Lake trustees on Thursday will consider a measure that would reduce and restrict the public’s opportunity to comment about issues before the village board. If approved, the new rules would eliminate one of the two public comment segments of board meetings. Mayor Debbie Herrmann’s critics are calling the measure an effort to censure the public, but some trustees say the rules need to be...

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    Mark Curran

    Lake County sheriff to seek reelection to another term, not a run for attorney general

    Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran says he's changed his mind about seeking statewide office and wants to return for a third term in his current job. Curran, a Republican, announced Wednesday he'll seek re-election in 2014 and not run for attorney general. “I have great clarity,” Curran said of his decision. “I have great peace.”

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    Naperville Township abates $500,000 in property taxes

    Naperville Township taxpayers can expect to pay about $23 less in township property taxes next year thanks to recent action by the board. Trustees on Tuesday approved a plan to reduce the township’s reserve fund and abate $500,000 in property taxes.

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    Batavia, Geneva may join up for trash services

    Batavia and Geneva may go in together on a contract for residential trash pickup, if doing so would save people money.

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    Ross Ferraro

    Ex-Carol Stream mayor upset over sign name change

    The longest-serving village president in Carol Stream history says he’s upset and disappointed about plans that would remove his name from signs at the Town Center he helped to create. Two existing signs on the 22-acre property at the corner of Gary Avenue and Lies Road say “Ross Ferraro Town Center,” but initial sketches from an architect hired by the village and park district to design changes...

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    Meet with Yingling:

    House District 62 State Rep. Sam Yingling of Grayslake will meet with constituents during a visit to Honey Hill Coffee Company, 107 S. Main St., Wauconda, on Friday, Feb. 15 from 8 to 9 a.m.

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    Kane County hires new chief financial officer

    Kane County officials hired Joseph Onzick, the current controller for Aurora University, to be the county's new finance director.

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    Millburn candidate drops out:

    A candidate for the Millburn Elementary District 24 school board has dropped out of the April 9 election.

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    Island Lake sticker rules:

    Island Lake officials will meet today to consider amending the town’s rules so local residents who lease cars will have to buy vehicle stickers, too. The current rules specify people who own cars or have cars registered in their names must purchase stickers for their autos.

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    West Chicago teachers ratify 3-year contract

    Teachers in West Chicago District 33 have approved the tentative contract reached after last week’s three-day strike, a union representative said Wednesday. A majority of teachers voted Tuesday to ratify the tentative agreement reached early Thursday morning and send the document along for school board approval, said Mary Catherine Kosmach, chief union negotiator. The board intends to approve the...

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    Robert Roth

    Lake Villa police chief’s son rejects plea deal, attorney quits

    The son of the Lake Villa police chief has rejected a plea agreement in an alcohol-related crash, and his case is scheduled to go to trial next month. However, before that can happen, Robert Roth will need to hire a new attorney after his lawyer resigned in Lake County court Wednesday.

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    Kristin Progar of Glen Ellyn receives ashes from Charisse Jensen, a seminary intern with Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, during Ashes to Go at the Glen Ellyn train station on Wednesday. Michael Progar, left, awaits his turn.

    Suburban Christians mark Ash Wednesday in churches and train stations

    Clergy from churches across the suburbs helped commuters mark the beginning of Lent on Wednesday by taking the imposition of ashes outside church walls and onto Metra platforms. The “Ashes to Go” movement got its start in this area in 2009 and 2010. Last year it was offered in 21 states and this year residents of London and Cape Town, South Africa, are said to be participating for the...

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    Laura Majikes takes the oath of office Tuesday as she was appointed as Rolling Meadows 3rd Ward alderman. Majikes is filling the seat left vacant after the death of former Alderman Larry Buske in December.

    Opponent of privatization appointed to Rolling Meadows council

    Laura Majikes put down roots in Rolling Meadows after a childhood of transfers when her father worked for Sears. And this week she fulfilled a desire to be even a bigger part of her adopted hometown with an oath to represent the city's 3rd ward. Majikes takes the seat previously held by the late Larry Buske, who served on the council for nearly 10 years before his death in December following a...

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    President Barack Obama greets audience members after speaking during a visit Linamar Corporation in Arden, N.C., Wednesday, the day after delivering his State of the Union address.

    Obama pushes for higher minimum wage on plant tour

    President Barack Obama pushed for a higher minimum wage at a re-opened manufacturing plant Wednesday because he says Americans who work full time should not be in poverty. The president followed up his call for the increase from $7.25 to $9 an hour in Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.

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    Country music’s Ronnie Dunn will be the featured performer this summer at the eighth annual Rockin’ for the Troops concert at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. He replaces Gary Sinise, the longtime face of the event.

    Ronnie Dunn replacing Gary Sinise at Rockin’ for the Troops

    A new headliner will take center stage this summer when the eighth annual Rockin’ for the Troops concert returns to Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Ronnie Dunn, a member of country music’s Brooks & Dunn until the duo split in 2010, will be the featured performer July 20, filling in for the longtime face of the event, actor and musician Gary Sinise.

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    Dundee bakery still sending cookies to the troops

    The spirit still exists, but public enthusiasm is waning for “Operation Sweettooth.” In December, with Christmas being the traditional busiest time for orders for cookies to be sent to U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, the project’s coordinators, Roger and Diane Ahrens, sent only six boxes of the holiday treats. But they vow to continue until all they're all home.

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    Teaching children that exercise is a fun, enjoyable activity – and not a task – will be the central theme on Saturday, Feb. 16 during the free Fitness Fun Fair for Kids at the Vaughan Athletic Center, Aurora.

    Fitness Fun Fair a great play for kids, families

    Admit it — you’re one of “them.” You’re one of those who tells the kids to take a break from Xbox and PlayStation. You implore them to get out of the gaming chair, go outside and play, stop texting and “get off the computer already!”

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    Batavia Unit District 101 taxpayers covered a $1,929.75 tab at Morton's Steakhouse in Chicago during a November conference when a vendor didn't pick up the bill as district officials had hoped.

    School conference hotels, food, travel cost taxpayers $277,086

    Come for the conference, stay for the hotel room, $57 steak dinner, valet parking and laundry service. Those are just some of the extra costs taxpayers in 89 suburban school districts covered for board members and administrators who attended a November conference in Chicago. The districts racked up $277,086.17 in hotel, food, travel and incidental costs over the weekend-long conference.

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    Judge David Mare looks at Laurenden Bunny, a Himalayan owned by Tom Baugh of Rochester, N.Y., during the 52nd annual Lincoln State Cat Club Allbreed Cat Show at Harper College in Palatine. This year’s show is Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17, and features entries from around the country.

    Celebrate all things feline at Harper cat show

    The Lincoln State Cat Show is set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 16-17, at Harper College. Cat lovers of all ages are welcome to watch the judging of purebred and household pet cats, browse vendor booths for pet-related products, and maybe even purchase or adopt a kitten of their own. “This is one of the largest cat shows in the Midwest,” said Marci Baturin of Carpentersville, the show manager.

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    Feds approve Ill. health exchange with conditions

    Illinois has received conditional federal approval for its plan to provide a health insurance marketplace where thousands of state residents will shop for insurance beginning Oct. 1. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a conditional approval letter Wednesday to Gov. Pat Quinn with a list of six conditions.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 22-year-old woman from Round Lake Beach and a 19-year-old woman from Round Lake were arrested around 7:50 p.m. Feb. 7 in a hotel on the 1400 block of West Dundee Road in Arlington Heights and charged with prostitution after investigators found their ad on a website.

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    President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address Tuesday to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Obama called for raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour and warned he’ll use executive powers to get his way on issues from climate change to manufacturing if Congress doesn’t act, laying out an assertive second-term agenda sure to provoke Republicans.

    GOP faults Obama speech for liberalism, hostility

    Republicans charged Wednesday that President Barack Obama delivered a State of the Union address studded with tired liberal notions and campaign-style hostility and said the speech did little to ease partisan tensions over issues like gigantic budget deficits. “An opportunity to bring together the country instead became another retread of lip service and liberalism,” said Senate Minority Leader...

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    Napolitano unaware of intern case before arrest

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says she was unaware of an immigration case involving a Senate intern and registered sex offender before he was arrested in December.

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    Croatian soccer player Mario Cizmek thought it would just be one match. Ease up and let the other team win, he told himself, then collect the payoff, and start clearing his debts. But the broke and desperate athlete soon learned that it wouldn’t be just one match. He would have to throw another game, then another, then another.

    Croatian soccer player regrets getting entangled with match-fixing

    Soccer player Mario Cizmek thought it would just be one match. Ease up and let the other team win, he told himself, then collect the payoff and start paying off your debts. But the broke and desperate athlete soon learned that one match wouldn’t do it. He would have to throw another game, then another, then another.

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    White House releases college cost website

    The White House is releasing a website designed to help college-bound students have a better sense of how much their education will cost and how much they can expect to pay in student loans. President Barack Obama promised the tool during Tuesday’s State of the Union speech and Education Department officials published the data early Wednesday.

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    The Rev. Tom Rzepiela oversees palm burning Tuesday afternoon at St. Thomas of Villanova School in Palatine as students look on. The ashes will be used for Ash Wednesday.

    Parishes burn palms in preparation for Ash Wednesday

    St. Thomas of Villanova in Palatine was among dozens of suburban parishes to burn palms Tuesday in preparation for Ash Wednesday. Worshippers observing the first day of Lent, or the period of penance leading up to Easter, receive a cross of ashes on their forehead. Ashes typically are gathered by burning palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday.

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    A judge is set to hear arguments on James “Whitey” Bulger’s claim that he was given immunity to commit crimes while he was an FBI informant. The 83-year-old Bulger is awaiting trial in a racketeering indictment accusing him of participating in 19 murders. He claims a federal prosecutor gave him immunity for his crimes while he was providing the FBI information.

    Judge to hear argument on Bulger’s immunity claim

    A judge is set to hear arguments on reputed Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger’s claim that he was given immunity to commit crimes while he was an FBI informant.

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    Suit filed in 2011 ambush of U.S. agents in Mexico

    The family of a U.S. Customs Enforcement agent killed in a 2011 ambush on a Mexican highway and another agent who survived filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking to hold the government and nearly two-dozen other defendants accountable in the attack.

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    Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on comprehensive immigration reform.

    Senate chairman calls for action on immigration

    The Senate opened its first hearing on a comprehensive immigration overhaul Wednesday with a call from a committee chairman for swift action on a pathway to citizenship for the nation’s 11 million illegal immigrants. Tensions quickly emerged as shouting protesters interrupted the hearing and Republicans called for border security first.

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    Leahy wants immigration benefits for gay couples

    Sen. Patrick Leahy want the government to start affording same sex, married couples the same immigration benefits that heterosexual couples now enjoy.

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    Heidi Johns, associate pastor at Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn, administers ashes to a commuter during Ashes to Go at the Glen Ellyn train station on Wednesday.

    Images: Ash Wednesday in the suburbs
    All around the suburbs, people received ashes as part of Ash Wednesday. Some received ashes at their local churches while others received them in more non-traditional locations such as Metra stations. Ash Wednesday marks the first day of Lent.

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    A Syrian fighter jet in a hangar at Jarrah airfield in Aleppo province, which was captured by rebels on Tuesday, their second major strategic victory in as many days, activists said.

    Fighting rages near Aleppo airport

    Syrian rebels fought pitched battles Wednesday against regime forces at a military base that protects a major airport in the country's north in fighting that has left more than 40 government troops dead, opposition activists said.

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    Syria official warns of trafficking in antiquities

    A Syrian government official warned Wednesday of rampant trafficking in antiquities from his country and appealed for U.N. help in halting the illicit trade that has flourished during the nearly 23-month-long civil war.

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    South Korean army soldiers walk on a snow covered road during an exercise near the border village of Panmunjom, which has separated the two Koreas since the Korean War, in Paju, north of Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. A day after North Korea defied U.N. warnings with a nuclear test, Pyongyang’s neighbors turned Wednesday to the business of bolstering their military preparations and sending out scientists to determine whether the detonation was as successful as the North claimed.

    Neighbors prep militaries after N. Korean nuclear test

    North Korea's neighbors bolstered their military preparations and mobilized scientists Wednesday to determine whether Pyongyang's third nuclear test, conducted in defiance of U.N. warnings, was as successful as the North claimed. The detonation was also the focus of global diplomatic maneuvers, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reaching out to counterparts in Seoul, Beijing and Tokyo.

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    N. Korea nuke test may offer intelligence windfall

    North Korea's underground nuclear test shows it is making big strides toward becoming a true nuclear power. But the test may also reveal key clues the secretive nation might have hoped to hide about how close, or how far away, it is from fielding a nuclear weapon capable of striking the United States or its allies.

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    St. Raphael second-grader Amanda Wozniak was one of several students to ask questions of astronaut Kevin Ford during Tuesday’s video session.

    Astronaut aboard space station ‘visits’ Naperville school

    Orbiting about 250 miles above Earth, NASA astronaut Kevin Ford spends his days working with a crew studying potential cures for osteoporosis. But he's longing for a golf range and a meal that doesn't come in a ready-to-eat package. Ford, currently the commander of the International Space Station's Expedition 34 six-person crew, spoke to several dozen St. Raphael Catholic School students Tuesday...

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    U-46 orientation introduces board candidates to the district

    Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent José Torres hosted a prospective board member orientation Tuesday night to make sure those people elected to the office know in advance what they're getting themselves into. But only two candidates showed up. Andrew Giggey, a senior at South Elgin High School, and Linda Campos-Moreira, a recruitment coordinator at Elgin Community College, took...

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    Man convicted of killing Eddy Curry’s ex, daughter

    A jury has convicted a Chicago attorney of murdering former NBA center Eddy Curry's ex-girlfriend and infant daughter four years ago. Fredrick Goings showed no reaction when the jury's uilty verdict was read Tuesday in the January 2009 shooting deaths of 24-year-old Nova Henry and her and Curry's 10-month-old daughter, Ava.

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    62 children take oath as US citizens in Chicago

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and federal officials have welcomed dozens of children from 23 countries as U.S. citizens. Emanuel and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services representatives administered the oath of allegiance to 62 children Tuesday at the Chicago Cultural Center. Two previous ceremonies were conducted in the City Council chambers and Emanuel will host future ceremonies at various...

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    Roy Carr at Roy and Ruth’s Barber & Beauty Shop in Oakland, Ill.

    Roy Carr still cutting hair at age 80

    Children first. Roy and Ruth Carr had this philosophy in 1970 when they decided to uproot their family from the Chicago area and move to the small town of Oakland where he grew up. It was the beginning of their lifetime together in the profession of cutting and styling men's and women's hair. Roy, who celebrated his 80th birthday Jan. 27, continues to work at his shop in Oakland after first...

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    Ind. bill targets undercover video `vigilantes’

    A Senate panel has approved a bill that would make it a crime to take photographs or shoot footage at Indiana's farms and businesses without the owner's permission.The bill was approved Tuesday on a 7-2 vote by the Senate Committee on Corrections and Criminal Law. It now moves to the full Senate for consideration.

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    E. Ind. nurse charged with medical `interference’

    An eastern Indiana nurse is facing charges alleging that she failed to give a nursing home patient who later died daily injections of medication that prevents blood clots. Fifty-two-year-old Mary Jane Bell of New Castle was charged this week with interference with medical services, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum one-year jail term.

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    Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida delivered the Republican response to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address later Tuesday evening.

    GOP warns Obama against tax increases, spending

    Republicans warned Tuesday that President Barack Obama’s second-term agenda would bring more tax increases and escalate deficit spending, vowing that they would guard against Washington-centric policies and help middle-class families rebound from years of tepid economic growth.

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    Dawn Patrol: Aurora votes to ax meters; Hawks fall

    Aurora votes to remove parking meters; Officials want former West Dundee sex offender committed; Blackhawks lose to Ducks; Schaumburg to consider beekeeping; Taxpayers pay the tab at fall conference

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    The old Geneva High School on Peyton Street became Coultrap Junior High School in the fall of 1958 and eventually an elementary school. The Geneva school board plans to demolish the building, the oldest part of which opened in 1923.

    Old Geneva school will live on in memories

    Former teachers and students reminisced Tuesday about their days in the Coultrap School building in Geneva, when it was used as a high school, then a junior high. The building is due to be torn down. “Somehow, everything kind of worked out to what is going on in the community,” said Geneva History Center executive director Terry Emma, welcoming about 40 people to a lunchtime talk...

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    Mary Black, left, incumbent Suzanne Branding, center, and Tom Poynton are running in the April 9 election to be Lake Zurich mayor.

    Political divide part of Lake Zurich mayor race

    In the race for Lake Zurich mayor, incumbent Suzanne Branding and Trustee Tom Poynton have gone from allies to foes, while the third hopeful, Mary Black, says a lack of local political history gives her an edge over her opponents in the April 9 election.

Sports

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    Bulls center Joakim Noah, who played 43 minutes on a sore right foot, defends against the Celtics’ Paul Pierce on Wednesday night.

    Bulls look better, but still limp into break

    The Bulls rediscovered their defense on Wednesday in Boston, holding the Celtics to just 19 points combined in the middle two quarters. Early in the fourth, though, Boston turned the tables with a 12-0 run and the Bulls lost 71-69. They hit the all-star break going 1-3 in the last four games.

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    The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane, here moving past Nashville’s Shea Weber, has 20 points in the first 13 games.

    Blackhawks’ Kane red-hot ... and looking to get better

    Patrick Kane has no explanation for being off to the best start of his career. With another assist in Tuesday’s shootout loss to the Ducks, Kane has at least 1 point in 12 of the Blackhawks’ 13 games and 20 for the season. The only game Kane didn’t register a point was Jan. 27 against Detroit. “When success comes you just want to keep improving and getting better,” Kane said.

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

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

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    DuPage thwarts Harper’s second-half comeback

    There is still plenty up for grabs in the North Central Community College Conference heading into the final weeks of the season, as Joliet and Triton will battle for the conference championship. There was also an important game Wednesday at the Sports and Wellness Center in Palatine. College of DuPage (11-17, 4-7) and host Harper College (10-16, 3-8) were playing in a game that very well could have clinched the third seed in the upcoming NJCAA Division III Region IV tournament, which will be hosted by Harper. When it was over, DuPage earned an 81-73 triumph.

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    St. Charles North takes momentum into sectional

    Since November, the state's boys swimmers have been working through various states of exhaustion — the byproduct of the overtraining that is one of the mainstays of the sport's regular season. But since the Feb. 2 conference meets, area teams have started decreasing the training workloads and athletes are beginning to see their energy levels return. For some, this tapering reaches its conclusion for Saturday's sectional meets. For others, the tapered training won't culminate until next week's state meet at New Trier. As always, the IHSA's state qualifying standards require a fast swim at the sectional meet, so attempting to qualify in mid-taper can be a bit of a gamble.

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    Grayslake Central falls to Zion-Benton

    A night after stunning Crystal Lake Central in overtime, Grayslake Central’s boys basketball team couldn’t repeat its feat against visiting Zion-Benton.Milik Yarbrough scored 21 points to lead Zion-Benton to a 60-44 win in nonconference play Wednesday.Danny Reed scored 20 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead Grayslake Central (4-19).Stevenson 62, Evanston 35: On Tuesday night, Jalen Brunson scored a game-high 22 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 7 assists, as the Patriots captured their 11th win in a row.Connor Cashaw added 19 points and Andy Stempel had 10 for Stevenson (21-4). Evanston fell to 7-17.

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    Kaneland's Brittany Kemp holds her head in her hands after a missed shot in the final seconds of the Class 3A regional game vs. Plano on Wednesday, February 13. 35

    Kaneland's comeback falls 1 point short

    Kaneland's frenetic fourth quarter comeback attempt contained everything imaginable — except for the fantastic finish. The Lady Knights whittled Plano's seemingly insurmountable 15-point lead down to a single point and had possession with 17 seconds left in Wednesday's Class 3A Burlington Central regional semifinal. After Plano's 6-foot-4 center Clarissa Martinez blocked Emma Bradford's potential game-winning shot out of bounds with 1.5 seconds left, Kaneland drew up one final play Allyson O'Herron got a clean look at a 3-pointer from the bow, but it came off the front of the rim and No. 2 seed Plano held on for a dramatic 52-51 victory.

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    Rosary overcomes injuries to reach regional final

    Karly Tate is the heart and soul of the Rosary girls basketball team. When Tate went down after a hard foul on a drive to the basket early in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s Class 3A Crane regional game against Raby, the team was reeling. Tate got cut above her left eye and there was blood all over her face and some on the floor. Tate would not return and became the third Royals starter on the bench with an injury. Guard Rachel Choice hurt her right ankle in the second quarter and another guard, Quincy Kellett, didn’t play at all because of an ankle injury. But despite these setbacks, Rosary showed its heart as a team and pulled together down the stretch to capture a 56-42 victory over the Raiders on the west side of Chicago. The Royals will play Montini for the regional championship tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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    Streamwood surprises Batavia

    Retiring Streamwood boys basketball coach Tim Jones devised a shrewd plan for his final home game Wednesday, and it worked perfectly in a 47-37 victory over frustrated Batavia.The last time the Upstate Eight River foes squared off on Dec. 21, Batavia prevailed 53-36 on the strength of junior Micah Coffey’s career-best 26-point performance, highlighted by six 3-pointers.With that in mind, Jones directed the Sabres to switch regularly between 1-2-2 and 3-2 zone defenses because of the difficulty they had matching up with Batavia man-to-man in their previous meeting. The results spoke for themselves. Through three quarters Batavia (10-14, 4-8) scored just 19 points on 7-of-37 shooting from the field (19 percent), 1 of 14 from 3-point range. “We just tried to get out and contest all their shooters because Coffey had 20-plus points last time,” Streamwood senior guard Ryan Dichoso said. “We just wanted to key on their shooters.”Streamwood (10-18, 3-9) used a 9-0 run midway through the third quarter to break free of a 16-16 tie. Dichoso opened and closed the run with 3-pointers sandwiched around a baby hook and a free throw from 6-foot-9 senior Zach Harris (11 points, 4 rebounds). The Sabres led 27-19 heading to the final quarter.The Bulldogs finally sank three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, but none drew them closer than 5 points. Streamwood held Coffey to 8 points on 1-of-9 shooting from 3-point range before he fouled out with 1:43 left in the game. Batavia starting guards Jake Pollack and Mike Rueffer were limited to 9 points combined.“It was one of those nights when the ball was coming out of your hand and you knew it wasn’t going in,” Coffey said. “We really had to grind it out. It’s not a shooting lull that lost us that game. It was a combination of things like turnovers and boxing out on defense, which we forgot to do in the second half.”After posing for a photo with family members, Jones thanked the administration at Streamwood for its support in his six seasons, which followed 29 years as an assistant coach at Larkin and Lake Park.“It’s been a pleasure to coach at Streamwood,” Jones said. “It’s been a challenge. I won’t tell you it’s not. It’s teaching good athletes how to play the game of basketball. You grasp the challenge and you do what you can do with what you’ve got and do as much positive as you can.”Jacob Siewert led the Sabres with 14 points, including 7 fourth-quarter free throws.

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    Crystal Lake South tops Prairie Ridge

    The Crystal Lake South girls basketball team got a taste of what could have happened if it didn’t have a knack all season for winning close games. That special capacity alone averted a major crisis at Gator Alley Wednesday night as crosstown rival Prairie Ridge did all it could to spoil the party for the Class 4A regional hosts, who refused to quit after being down as much as 17 in the first half. Third-seeded PR rallied to cut South’s lead to 2 with 1:42 remaining after Alex Neckopulos broke free on a shot fake and converted a 3-point play to the dismay of Gators coach Kyle McCaughn, who called for time as it put the rematch of last year’s regional final between South and Cary-Grove in serious jeopardy. But as South had done all season, the Gators would come through in the clutch. Lauren Del Vecchio ended South’s 8-minute field goal drought with a 3-point play of her own with 1:27 remaining, helping the second-seeded Gators escape with a 42-36 regional semifinal win over the Wolves, launching them into Friday’s title game against top-seeded Cary-Grove

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    D.J. Richardson scored 18 points and Illinois opened up a big first-half lead that buried Purdue 79-59 on Wednesday night. The win was the third straight for Illinois (18-8, 5-7 Big Ten), which is clawing its way back into the postseason picture. The other wins were resume-builders over No. 1 Indiana and then-No. 18 Minnesota.

    Illinois blows out Purdue 79-59

    D.J. Richardson scored 18 points and Illinois opened up a big first-half lead that buried Purdue 79-59 on Wednesday night. The win was the third straight for Illinois (18-8, 5-7 Big Ten), which is clawing its way back into the postseason picture. The other wins were resume-builders over No. 1 Indiana and then-No. 18 Minnesota.

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    Mundelein’s Robert Knar gets high-fives from the bench after breaking the all-time Mundelein scoring record held by Kyle Kessel on Wednesday night at Wauconda.

    Knar is Mundelein’s scoring czar

    When Robert Knar walked off Wauconda’s basketball court for good with 3:18 left in Wednesday night’s North Suburban Conference crossover and his team up 27 points, after scoring a game-high 22 points in an eventual 84-57 victory, his dad intercepted him. Mundelein coach Dick Knar hugged his baby boy tightly for several seconds, kissed him on the side of the head and told him he loved him. “I was about to cry,” Robert Knar said with a chuckle. “But I had to control my emotions.”

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    A season full of highlights

    When Marty Miller first saw his Waubonsie Valley girls bowling team assembled to start the season, he was sure he had a winner. Check that: a bunch of winners.

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    St. Edward, Hampshire notch 20th wins

    St. Edward 66, Westmont 55: The Green Wave notched their 20th win of the season behind 13 points from Danny Favela and 12 from Nick Duffy in this nonconference win. Antonio Domel added 10 points for St. Edward (20-6).Hampshire 51, Johnsburg 38: The Whip-Purs remained in a first-place tie with Crystal Lake Central in the loss column in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division with this win, their 20th of the season. Michael Dumoulin had 14 points, Tyler Crater 13 and Shane Hernandez 10 to lead Hampshire (20-4, 9-2). Ryan Cork dished out 10 assists for the Whips.

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    Plainfield East ends West Aurora’s season

    Plainfield East 68, West Aurora 34: The Blackhawks’ season came to an end Wednesday in the Class 4A Lemont regional semifinals despite 13 points from Abryia Zeitz and 10 from Alexis Wiggins. West Aurora finished with a 10-17 record.

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    Rolling Meadows’ Dennis commits to Bradley

    It wasn’t a hasty decision, but Matt Dennis’ decision to focus on baseball quickly yielded results. Such as a few extra miles per hour on his fastball. Which helped clarify his baseball future, as Dennis, a senior at Rolling Meadows, committed to a baseball future at Bradley this week.

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    Benedictine likes its new math

    It’s not easy for a coach to tell his team to keep fighting despite a season that looks destined for calamity. After a 4-17 start the Benedictine men’s basketball team had a mathematical chance at making the Northern Athletic Conference Tournament, but math seemed to be the only thing on the Eagles' side.

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    Burlington Central’s Kayla Ross, left, works against the defense of Hampshire’s Nikki Dumoulin Wednesday night during Class 3A regional action at Burlington.

    Burlington C. holds off Hampshire, sets wins record

    The Burlington Central girls basketball team reached one milestone Wednesday night and will get to shoot for another on Friday. But Hampshire sure did make it tough on the Rockets. Central made 10 of 14 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, and despite not making a single field goal in the final 12 minutes of the game, the top-seeded Rockets survived, knocking off No. 5 seed Hampshire 36-26 in the semifinals of the Class 3A Burlington Central regional. With the win, the Rockets (24-4) set a new program record for wins in a season. Friday, they will get a shot at the program’s first regional title since 1990 and only the fourth in program history when they take on No. 2 seed Plano (21-6) at 7:30 p.m. The Reapers, coached by former Bartlett softball coach Mario Serra, nipped Kaneland 52-51 in Wednesday’s second semifinal.

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    Kaneland’s Caroline Heimerdinger makes her way through Plano players after the Knights’ loss.

    Images: Kaneland vs. Plano, girls basketball
    Kaneland lost 52-51 to Plano in a girls Class 3A regional matchup Wednesday night in Burlington.

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    Will Bears be able to boost offensive line?

    If, as expected, the Bears look to upgrade a subpar offensive line in this year's draft, they'll have plenty of options, although the consensus top three left tackles might all be gone by the time their first pick rolls around at No. 20. ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper predicts they'll take Alabama offensive right tackle D.J. Fluker.

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    NIU falls to Ball State 56-52

    Jauwan Scaife scored 23 points, including four free throws in the final 35 seconds, to help Ball State hold off Northern Illinois 56-52 on Wednesday night.Scaife was just 6 of 18 from the floor but was 9 of 10 from the line for the Cardinals (10-13, 4-7 Mid-American), and his final two free throws gave Ball State a 55-52 lead with 11 seconds left. NIU’s Aksel Bolin then missed a 3-pointer at the other end, and the Cardinals’ Majok Majok made a free throw to seal the victory.Marcus Posley added 10 points for Ball State, and conference rebounding leader Majok Majok had 10 rebounds and seven points.Antone Christian scored 14 points and Darrell Bowie had 11 for the Huskies (5-18, 3-8), who shot just 35 percent from the floor.Ball State now leads the all-time series with Northern Illinois 47-32 and has won the last six contests.

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    Carmel tops Johnsburg for win No. 20

    Thirteen minutes into Wednesday’s night regional semifinal in Johnsburg, the heavily favored Carmel Catholic Corsairs held a 16-9 lead on the home-standing Skyhawks and the 16th seed in the Vernon Hills sectional. And then the second-seeded Corsairs went on a 15-2 run and put this Class 3A girls basketball contest away. Cassidy Kloss led a balanced attack with 12 points, as Carmel notched its 20th win of the season with a 48-30 victory.

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    Vernon Hills’ Brie Bahlmann, right, looks to pass as Grayslake Central’s Taylor Peterson defends. Bahlmann has committed to a future in collegiate soccer at Appalachian State.

    Vernon Hills’ Bahlmann bound for soccer at Appalachian State

    On a Vernon Hills basketball team loaded with college-level talent, Brie Bahlmann might be the most athletic player on the court every time she hustles onto it. A three-sport athlete who will have earned nine varsity letters by the end of the school year, Bahlmann has signed a national letter of intent to play Division I soccer for Appalachian State University.

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    Surging Illinois State downs Bradley 79-59
    NORMAL — Jackie Carmichael had 27 points and 13 rebounds as streaking Illinois State avenged a loss to Bradley two weeks ago with a 79-59 victory Wednesday night.Tyler Brown added 22 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the Redbirds (16-10, 7-7 Missouri Valley).After starting 0-6 in the Missouri Valley Conference, Illinois State has won seven of its last eight games, with the lone loss coming to Bradley 83-77 on Jan. 29. During that stretch, the Redbirds won last Saturday at then-No. 16 Creighton (their first win over a ranked team since 1985) and came back last Wednesday from a 17-point deficit to beat Drake (their biggest comeback win since 2004).Bradley (14-12, 6-8) got 15 points from Walt Lemon Jr., 11 from Jake Eastman and 10 from Tyshon Pickett.Illinois State led by just two points with 9:42 remaining but closed the game on a 24-4 run.

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    Elk Grove’s Amelia Rafferty is all smiles after her beam routine at the Fremd sectional last week. Rafferty competes in the all-around in this weekend’s state championship at Palatine.

    The moment is now for Elk Grove’s Rafferty

    For Elk Grove junior Amelia Rafferty, there is no time like the present. After missing out on the girls gymnastics state meet last season, the Grenadiers junior has come back with a vengeance this time around. Rafferty rolled to the all-around title at the Mid-Suburban League meet in late January. She kept the momentum going at the Prospect regional and capped her postseason surge by qualifying for state meet in three events and the all-around at the Fremd sectional on Feb. 4.She’ll be a major player at this weekend’s state meet at Palatine High School, beginning with Friday’s preliminaries which start at 5 p.m. And the switch from spectator to participant is a welcome change.

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    Cary-Grove rolls over Crystal Lake Central

    Crystal Lake Central coach Paul Lichtenheld simply couldn’t devise a defense to stop Cary-Grove senior Olivia Jakubicek. Jakubicek’s 19 points and 13 rebounds were enough to produce a 47-24 win for the top-seeded Trojans over No. 5 seed Crystal Lake Central in semifinal action of the Class 4A Crystal Lake South girls basketball regional Wednesday night.

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    — Kevin Garnett scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics overcame poor shooting to beat the Bulls 71-69 Wednesday night.

    Celtics hold on for 71-69 win over Bulls

    Kevin Garnett scored eight of his 12 points in the fourth quarter and added 11 rebounds, and the Boston Celtics overcame poor shooting to beat the Bulls 71-69 Wednesday night.

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    Associated Press Chicago Cubs relief pitcher James Russell reacts after the final out against the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning of their baseball game in July at Turner Field in Atlanta. Chicago won 4-1.

    Cubs’ Russell not left out vs. righties

    Cubs reliever James Russell continued his improvement last season to the point where he is one of the top left-handed bullpen pitchers in the National League. His emergence also reveals something about how the management team of Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer work.

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    Nebraska's Shavon Shields, left, tries to block a shot by Indiana's Will Sheehey (0) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, in Bloomington, Ind. Indiana won 76-47. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

    No. 1 Indiana holds off Nebraska 76-47

    Cody Zeller scored 16 points and Christian Watford finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds to help No. 1 Indiana pull away from Nebraska 76-47 on Wednesday night.

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    Ragan out as Wheaton Academy coach

    Due to differences regarding Wheaton Academy’s overall physical education curriculum, the contract of Wheaton Academy head varsity football coach and director of Athletic Performance T.J. Ragan will not be renewed upon its July 31 expiration.

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    Adam Stacklin of Waubonsie Valley High School swims the 100 yard freestyle at the Mustang Swim and Dive Invite, hosted by Metea Valley High School.

    Waubonsie Valley eager for sectional

    This has been a glorious season thus far for the Waubonsie Valley boys swimming and diving team, but now it’s crunch time. The Warriors are one of the premier teams in this weekend’s Neuqua Valley sectional, considered by many the toughest sectional in the state. Besides the Warriors the sectional lineup includes top local teams such as the host Wildcats, Naperville North and Naperville Central.

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    No. 21 Notre Dame beats DePaul in OT, 82-78

    Jerian Grant scored 21 points, including a big three-point play in overtime, to lift No. 21 Notre Dame to an 82-78 win over DePaul on Wednesday night, beating the Blue Demons in overtime for the second time in 11 days.

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    Skip the jumping, and play it safe on Fox backwaters

    The only areas truly safe for Fox River ice fishing right now are the backwaters and low-current side channels.

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    Images from the Burlington Central vs. Hampshire girls basketball game Wednesday, February 13, 2013.

    Images: Burlington Central vs. Hampshire, girls basketball
    Burlington Central won 36-26 over Hampshire in a girls Class 3A regional matchup Wednesday night in Burlington.

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    Associated Press Chicago White Sox’s Tyler Flowers watches his home run off Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Blake Beavan during the sixth inning of a baseball game in August in Chicago. The White Sox won 5-4.

    Sox’ Flowers has big shoes to fill

    Tyler Flowers is finally going to get his chance to be the White Sox' starting catcher this season. But Flowers realizes it's not going to be easy replacing A.J. Pierzynski, who manned the position from 2005-12. Pierzynski is now playing for the Texas Rangers.

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    All four Hawks’ lines clicking

    It’s 13 games into the season for the Blackhawks, and coach Joel Quenneville hasn’t had to tinker with his lines at all.That’s what being unbeaten in regulation will do for a team.Why change anything when everything is working?

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    Swedish golfer treats herself for spider bite

    Swedish golfer Daniela Holmqvist says she was bitten by a spider and used a tee to extract what she thought was potentially fatal venom before finishing her round during qualifying for the LPGA Tour’s season-opening Women’s Australian Open.

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    A cameraman grimmaces after a collision with Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel (3) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Noel injured his left knee and did not return. Florida won 69-52. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

    Kentucky’s Noel out for season with torn ACL

    Kentucky received the news it dreaded Wednesday when freshman forward Nerlens Noel was declared out for the season with a torn ligament in his left knee.

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    IOC President Rogge to meet with wrestling leader

    The IOC executive board removed wrestling from the program of the 2020 Games on Tuesday, cutting it from the list of 26 sports at last year’s London Olympics.The decision, which still must be ratified by the full IOC in September, has been widely criticized by wrestling organizations around the world.Rogge said Wednesday he’s been contacted by Raphael Martinetti, the president of international wrestling federation FILA, and was encouraged by the sport’s determination to remain in the games.“We agreed we would meet at the first opportunity to have discussions,” Rogge said at a news conference at the close of a two-day board meeting. “I should say FILA reacted well to this disheartening news for them.“They vowed to adapt the sport and vowed to fight to be eventually included in the 2020 slot.”Wrestling, which remains on the program for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, still has a chance to stay on the list for 2020 — if it manages to convince the IOC to reverse the board’s decision.Wrestling now joins seven other sports in applying for one opening on the 2020 program: a combined bid from baseball and softball, karate, squash, roller sports, sport climbing, wakeboarding and the martial art of wushu.The IOC executive board will meet in May in St. Petersburg, Russia, to decide which sport or sports to propose for 2020 inclusion. The final vote will be made at the IOC general assembly in September in Buenos Aires, Argentina.IOC officials said it’s possible the board could decide to put forward three sports for consideration, including wrestling.“The vote of yesterday is not an elimination of wrestling from the Olympic Games,” Rogge said. “Wrestling will participate in the games in Rio de Janeiro. To the athletes who train now, I say, `Continue training for your participation in Rio. Your federation is working for the inclusion in the 2020 Games.”’Rogge was asked whether Tuesday’s decision marked an end to wrestling in the Olympics.“I cannot look into a crystal ball into the future,” he said. “We have established a fair process by which the sport that would not be included in the core has a chance to compete with the seven other sports for the slot on the 2020 Games.”Rogge said he was fully aware of the backlash to the decision against wrestling, a sport which dates back to the ancient Olympics and featured in the inaugural modern games in 1896.The head of the Russian Olympic Committee said Wednesday he would write to Rogge to appeal the IOC board’s decision. Wrestling has been one of Russia’s strongest sports: Soviet and Russian wrestlers have won 77 gold medals.“We knew even before the decision was taken whatever sport would not be included in the core program would lead to criticism from the supporters of that sport,” Rogge said.The board voted after reviewing a report by the IOC program commission that analyzed 39 criteria, including TV ratings, ticket sales, anti-doping policy and global participation and popularity. With no official rankings or recommendations contained in the report, the final decision by the 15-member board may have included political and sentimental factors.Modern pentathlon — a five-sport discipline dating back to the 1912 Games — had been widely expected to face removal from the program but lobbied successfully to save its status.Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr., the son of the former IOC president, is a vice president of the International Modern Pentathlon Union and a member of the IOC board.FILA said Tuesday it was “greatly astonished” by the decision, adding that the federation “will take all necessary measures to convince the IOC executive board and IOC members of the aberration of such decision against one of the founding sports of the ancient and modern Olympic Games.”

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    Barry Bonds seeks dismissal of felony conviction

    A lawyer for Barry Bonds urged a federal appeals court on Wednesday to toss out the slugger’s obstruction of justice conviction, saying a rambling answer he gave while testifying before a grand jury was not a crime.

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    The slip-float provides a great way to easily cast and present live bait at a variety of depths, even for shore anglers.

    Your most important piece of fishing tackle? The slip-float

    The slip-float, a simple enough piece of tackle, is crucial to the effective presentation of live bait, especially for shore anglers. Instead of trying to find the can't-miss hot lure of the new year, consider experimenting with these often overlooked tools.

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    Wrestling / State tournament preview, Northwest

    Here's a look at this weekend's wrestling state tournament from the perspective of competitors from suburban Cook County.

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    Cody Turcotte, who plays for the BG/H/W stampede, had 29 goals and 23 assists in league play this season.

    Finely pedigreed Turcotte leads BG/H/W Stampede

    Cody Turcotte has already had multiple first-hand tales of the Stanley Cup, even as only a senior at Buffalo Grove playing for the co-op BG/H/W Stampede, which also includes players from Hersey and Wheeling.

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    Scouting Fox Valley wrestlers at state

    Scouting the Fox Valley area wrestlers at this weekend's IHSA state finals.

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    Mike North video: More of the same for the Eagles

    A new coach for the Philadelphia Eagles doesn't mean that Michael Vick will have any more success next year as their starting quarterback. He is paid $10 million for being one of the worst quarterbacks in the league.

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    Rolling Meadows gets its timing back, tops Lake Forest

    The weight of a pair of overtime losses to end the regular season was compounded for Rolling Meadows with a wait of nearly a week to play another game. The Mustangs showed how eager they were to get back on the winning track in Tuesday night’s Mundelein Class 4A girls basketball regional semifinal. The top seed in the Libertyville sectional tore out to a 57-point halftime lead, allowed only 12 points through three quarters and hit 12 3-pointers to improve to 25-3 with an 81-25 victory over No. 18 Lake Forest (8-22).

Business

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    Keynote Speaker William Strauss, senior economist and economic adviser with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, gave the economic forecast for 2013 to the 6th Annual Forecast Lake County Luncheon.

    Economist expects things to remain the same heading into 2013

    Senior economist William A. Strauss told a business crowd Tuesday in Lake County to expect the economy to remain status quo as we move along into 2013."It's déjà vu all over again," said Strauss, an adviser in the economic research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The outlook for the U.S. economy is "to expand at a pace around trend in 2013 and above trend in 2014," said the keynote speaker at the 6th Annual Forecast Luncheon held by the Lake County Chamber of Commerce.

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    A merger of American Airlines and US Airways has long been rumored. Negotiations between the two airlines may finally conclude this week.

    American, U.S. Airways announce $11 billion merger

    American Airlines and U.S. Airways have agreed to merge in an $11 billion deal that would create the world's biggest airline.The combined carrier will be called American Airlines and be based in Fort Worth, but U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker will run it. The merger would reduce the number of major U.S. airlines to four: the new American, United, Delta and Southwest.The deal is a coup for smaller U.S. Airways Group Inc., which pushed for a merger almost as soon as American parent AMR Corp. filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2011.

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    EU, US to push for trans-Atlantic trade deal

    The European Union and the United States announced Wednesday that they have agreed to pursue talks aimed at achieving an overarching trans-Atlantic free trade deal. The 27-country EU said such an agreement, first announced in Tuesday’s State of the Union address by President Barack Obama, would be the biggest bilateral trade deal ever negotiated.

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    A merger of American Airlines and US Airways has long been rumored. Negotiations between the two airlines may finally conclude this week.

    American Airlines, US Airways to merge

    Directors at AMR Corp.’s American Airlines and US Airways Group Inc. approved an $11 billion merger that will create the world’s largest carrier and shrink the U.S. industry to three dominant companies, people familiar with the matter said. The airlines’ boards voted Wednesday after the two sides agreed to final terms, and those decisions set the stage for an announcement today, the people said.

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    Blockbuster stores closing in Palatine, Buffalo Grove

    Two more Northwest suburban Blockbuster video stores — in Palatine and Buffalo Grove — will soon close under Dish Network’s plan to shutter 300 locations.

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    The NBC logo glows in neon lights among other iconic signs at its headquarters in New York. Comcast said Tuesday that it’s buying General Electric’s 49 percent stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture for $16.7 billion.

    Comcast doubles down on TV in deal for NBCU

    Comcast’s $16.7 billion deal to buy the remaining half of NBCUniversal ahead of schedule represents a resounding vote of confidence in the future of TV, even as the growth of Internet video reshapes the entertainment landscape.

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    Most U.S. stocks rose, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to the highest level since October 2007, as investors weighed economic reports and President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

    A slump in McDonald’s stock drags Dow lower

    The Dow was held back by a slump in McDonald’s stock Wednesday, leaving it short of a record.The Dow Jones industrial average shed 35.79 points to close at 13,982.91. The Dow has gained 6.7 percent this year and is just 182 points below the record close of 14,164 it set in October 2007.

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    More than one-third of people give their account usernames and passwords to the person they’re dating

    Is Facebook the third wheel in your relationship?

    A Valentine’s Day survey conducted by Abine, Inc., the makers of DoNotTrackMe, found that, like a third wheel on your date night out, the Internet now has a front row seat to people’s romantic lives.“We all know love can make us a little crazy, so it’s not surprising that people change their behavior and might go outside their typical comfort zones,” said Sarah Downey, privacy analyst for Abine. The survey supports this risky behavior,

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    Comcast said Tuesday it’s buying General Electric’s 49 percent stake in the NBCUniversal joint venture for $16.7 billion several years early, as the company takes advantage of low borrowing costs and what CEO Brian Roberts called a “very attractive price.”

    Wall Street: Comcast got a steal on NBCUniversal

    Analysts believe General Electric Co. gave Comcast Corp. a great deal on the half of NBCUniversal that the cable company doesn’t already own. “The Comcast folks feel like they got a steal,” said Daniel Holland, a GE analyst at Morningstar.

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    Campbell's new Skillet sauces. As more people try their hand at mimicking sophisticated recipes from cooking shows and blogs, food companies are rolling out meal kits and starters that make amateur chefs feel like Emeril Lagasse or Rachael Ray in the kitchen.

    Want a home-cooked meal? It's in the can

    There's nothing more satisfying than a home-cooked meal, especially if it comes out of a can or a pouch. As more people try their hand at mimicking sophisticated recipes from cooking shows and blogs, food companies are rolling out meal kits and starters that make amateur chefs feel like Emeril Lagasse or Rachael Ray in the kitchen.

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    Farm and construction equipment maker Deere & Co. said Wednesday that its first-quarter net income leaped 22 percent on growing sales of farm machinery at higher prices.

    Deere 1Q net income jumps 22 percent
    Farm and construction equipment maker Deere & Co. said Wednesday that its first-quarter net income leaped 22 percent on growing sales of farm machinery at higher prices.The Moline company’s earnings soundly beat Wall Street expectations.

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    Taco Bell to launch Cool Ranch tacos March 7

    Taco Bell fans can finally mark their calendars: Doritos Locos Tacos in Cool Ranch flavor will be launched March 7.The chain is rolling out the new variety a year after the Doritos Locos Tacos were launched in a Nacho Cheese flavor. Taco Bell says it already sold more than 350 million of finger-staining tacos, making them the chain’s biggest-ever product launch.

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    Apple cuts MacBook Pro price, updates processors

    Apple says it has lowered the price of its 13-inch MacBook Pro laptops by $200 and updated its processors. It also launched new models with faster processors and more memory. Apple Inc. said Wednesday that the MacBook Pro with “Retina” display and 128 gigabytes of flash memory will now cost $1,499, down from $1,699. A new model with 256 gigabytes of flash will cost $1,699.

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    U.S. retail sales rise 0.1 pct. after tax increase

    Americans barely spent more last month at retail businesses and restaurants after higher taxes cut their paychecks. The small increase suggests consumer spending may be weak in the January-March quarter, which could hold back economic growth. Retail sales ticked up 0.1 percent in January from December, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. That follows a 0.5 percent increase in December and is the smallest in three months.

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    White House revealing Obama’s cybersecurity plan

    The White House is revealing details of President Barack Obama's executive order taking initial steps to protect the computer networks of crucial American industries from cyberattacks. The announcement is coming a day after the president signed the order and encouraged Congress in his State of the Union address to pass legislation taking even tougher steps.

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    Mixed corporate earnings turn markets cautious

    Global stocks were steady on Wednesday as corporate earnings reports sent mixed signals about the economy and trading in currency markets remained volatile. Although U.S. earnings have been relatively upbeat this week, European reports were distinctly mixed, showing some companies are still in the midst of a deep restructuring of their business.

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    A New Zealand food industry association on Wednesday rejected a coroner’s call to add health warnings to soft-drink labels following the 2010 death of a woman who drank about 2 gallons of Coca-Cola a day.

    Coroner: Soft drinks may need health warnings

    A New Zealand food industry association on Wednesday rejected a coroner's call to add health warnings to soft-drink labels following the 2010 death of a woman who drank about 2 gallons of Coca-Cola a day. Coroner David Crerar issued a final report Tuesday into the death of 31-year-old Natasha Harris, concluding that the mother of eight died from a heart attack

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    Two men ride in a cart passing by the entrance of the Doly-Com abattoir, one of the two units checked by Romanian authorities in the horse meat scandal, in the village of Roma, northern Romania, Tuesday.

    UK food agency raids abattoir in horsemeat scandal

    Britain's food safety regulator has raided a slaughterhouse and a meat processing firm after finding evidence they sold horsemeat labeled as beef. The Food Standards Agency says the Peter Boddy slaughterhouse in northern England and Farmbox Meats in west Wales — which it supplied — had both been shut down. The agency said Tuesday it was investigating how "meat products, purporting to be beef for kebabs and burgers, were sold when they were in fact horse."

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    Heineken NV, the world’s third- biggest brewer, reported full-year earnings that beat estimates as cost savings offset weaker beer shipments in western Europe.

    Heineken earnings beat estimates as savings combat Europe

    Heineken NV, the world's third- biggest brewer, reported full-year earnings that beat estimates as cost savings offset weaker beer shipments in western Europe. Earnings before interest and tax, excluding some items, rose to 2.9 billion euros ($3.9 billion) from 2.7 billion euros a year earlier, the Amsterdam-based maker of Amstel and Strongbow cider said in a statement today. That exceeded the median estimate of 10 analysts for profit of 2.85 billion euros.

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    First it was a tax hike. Now consumers are looking at a higher than expected gasoline bill for 2013. The government on Tuesday boosted its forecast for gasoline prices this year by 11 cents to an average of $3.55 a gallon.

    Government boosts forecast for pump prices

    First it was a tax hike. Now consumers are looking at a higher than expected gasoline bill for 2013. The government on Tuesday boosted its forecast for gasoline prices this year by 11 cents to an average of $3.55 a gallon. That would be the second-highest annual average ever, behind last year's $3.63 a gallon. The revised forecast follows a more than 10 percent increase in gas prices since the middle of December.

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    People wait to talk with potential employers at a job fair sponsored by National Career Fairsin New York.

    U,S, job openings, total hiring down in December

    Employers advertised fewer jobs in December and cut back on hiring, suggesting many were cautious at the end of the year. Job openings dropped 4.6 percent in December from November to 3.62 million, the Labor Department said Tuesday. November's openings were revised higher. Employers hired 4.2 million people, a 4.8 percent drop and the fewest in a year.

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    The Food and Drug Administration is not receiving key information from drugmakers about whether some of the riskiest prescription drugs on the market are being used safely by doctors and patients, according a new report by government inspectors.

    FDA not getting key info on risky drugs

    The Food and Drug Administration is not receiving key information from drugmakers about whether some of the riskiest prescription drugs on the market are being used safely by doctors and patients, according a new report by government inspectors.The report's findings suggest that pharmaceutical companies have largely ignored recent federal requirements designed to manage the safety of high-risk medications.

Life & Entertainment

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    Chef de Cuisine Cameron Grant runs the kitchen at Fresco 21 in Rosemont.

    Seafood shows up other entrees at Fresco 21

    Fresco 21 bills itself as a Mediterranean restaurant "dedicated to blending the flavors of the region, while representing the distinctive cultures and cuisines of the area." And under the guidance of chef de cuisine Cameron Grant who created a menu inspired by Spain, France and Greece this Rosemont restaurant lives up to its billing.

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    James Bond (Daniel Craig) goes after a terrorist in “Skyfall,” now on DVD.

    Bond goes after a terrorist in ‘Skyfall’

    Director Sam Mendes gives 007 fans everything they have come to expect in a James Bond film and more with “Skyfall,” the 23rd film in the series and one of the best. The film, starring Daniel Craig as Bond, is now on DVD.

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    Michelle Williams is set to star as Sandra Isadore in the return national touring engagement of “Fela!” at the Arie Crown Theater in Chicago from Tuesday, Feb. 19, through Saturday, Feb. 23.

    Michelle Williams settles into 'Fela' role

    Following a successful Super Bowl half-time appearance, singer Michelle Williams now has been able to let up from the weeks of intense double-duty rehearsals and settle into her role in "Fela!” at the Arie Crown Theater.

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    Veronica Falls, “Waiting For Something To Happen”

    Veronica Falls’ 2nd album worth ‘Waiting For’

    The second full-length album from indie pop’s Veronica Falls is a tasteful guitar pop set, brighter in tone than their first. The London foursome takes a communal approach to singing their lovely melodies and there is nothing remotely discordant about the affair.

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    “Wagner: Die Walkuere”

    Gergiev conducts all-star ‘Walkuere’

    There’s no shortage of classic recordings of the second and most popular opera in Wagner’s four-part “Ring” cycle. This new version — first installment of a projected complete “Ring” cycle from the historic Mariinsky Theatre in Russia — is a worthy addition, thanks to the rapturous sweep that conductor Valery Gergiev achieves with the orchestra and to the deluxe cast.

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    “Runnicles,” by Kaufmann Wagner

    Kaufmann expands Wagner rep

    Jonas Kaufmann, “Wagner” (Decca)Just about anything the German tenor Jonas Kaufmann does these days is special, and he sounds in particularly fresh voice as he ventures into some new and some familiar territory on this album of excerpts from Richard Wagner’s operas. He brings youthful exuberance to the “Forest Murmurs” scene from “Siegfried,” then switches seamlessly to the mature bitterness of Tannhaeuser’s “Rome Narrative,” an opera he has yet to add to his repertoire. His rendition of the prayer from the last act of Wagner’s early opera “Rienzi” is especially lovely. One track offer a welcome surprise: His “Grail Narrative” from “Lohengrin” includes the second verse, which Wagner himself cut before the premiere and which has rarely been recorded. This extra four minutes of music helps fill out the opera’s final scene and allows the hero a better explanation of his past. Also included are the five Wesendonck songs in the Felix Mottl orchestration. Though these were written for a female voice, Kaufmann makes them his own with unflagging lyricism. The melodies and harmonies in these songs prefigure “Tristan und Isolde,” an opera that Kaufmann will surely tackle in a few years. The singer gets strong support by the Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin conducted by Donald Runnicles.

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    Foals, “Holy Fire”

    Foals shine with ‘Holy Fire’

    One thing you can say about the Foals is that they always mix it up. Their first album, “Antidotes,” was loaded with heavy drumbeats, while “Total Life Forever” was more melancholic with beautiful lyrical prowess.

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    Visitors make their way into the stone winery building dating to 1886 at Ehler’s Estate in St. Helena, Calif. Proceeds from the winery’s sales go to the Leducq Foundation which continues to award more than $30 million annually to directly support international cardiovascular research.

    Two wineries that have a heart for fundraising

    There's a lot of heart in bottles of wine made by a couple of California wineries. Both Colby Red and Ehlers Estates donate proceeds to global efforts in cardiovascular research.

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    Country singer Eric Church has seven nominations at the upcoming 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

    Eric Church leads ACM Awards with 7 noms

    They don't call him Chief for nothing: Eric Church is the top nominee at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards. The rising country music star has seven nominations for the April 7 awards show in Las Vegas. Hunter Hayes is next with six, followed by Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert at five apiece.

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    Seth MacFarlane has been preparing for his role as host of the upcoming 85th Academy Awards in Beverly Hills.

    Seth MacFarlane gets Oscar advice from Billy Crystal

    Despite getting advice from Billy Crystal and working as hard as he can to prepare to host the Academy Awards, Seth MacFarlane thinks his hosting gig is a "one-off" and that he'll be "flayed by the press" no matter what he does. Speaking to reporters Tuesday from the Dolby Theatre, where he'll host the 85th annual Oscar ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 24, the entertainer was alternately confident and self-deprecating.

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    Observe Lent with TL’s Chongqing Noodle Soup, cellophane noodles, pickle mustard greens and sliced whitefish simmered with ginger, garlic and scallions for $11.95.

    Eating out: Rosebud’s Sunday buffet
    Rosebud's Sunday brunch; Navarro's Rock and Dine; TL's Lent options

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    Celebrate Valentine’s Day with warm double chocolate cakes with raspberry sauce.

    Warm Double Chocolate Cakes With Raspberry Sauce
    Chocolate Cake

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    Warm double chocolate cakes with raspberry sauce are Valentines' Day treat for sure.

    Real chocolate can be healthy (and loving) choice

    Sara Moulton has always believed that when it comes to dessert, a little goes a long way. That's why her chocolate dream of a recipe takes the form of small-ish individual cakes rather than a single, family-sized gut-buster. She replaced the butter with non-fat Greek yogurt and maintains not only won't you miss the butter, but you won't taste the yogurt.

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    McMae's black and blue burger features blue cheese and bacon. It comes topped with avocado, lettuce and tomato.

    Good food, friendly service make McMae's a winner

    Plenty of bars try to attract diners by offering more than your standard pub grub. McMae's Tavern & Grill actually succeeds. Since opening in 2010, McMae's — located at 1075 W. Stearns Road in Bartlett — has been bringing out solid crowds who come to eat and stick around to drink and watch sports.

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    Night life events: Let the headbanging out

    Bang your head at Penny Road Pub at Metal Night Friday, Feb. 15. Drink specials include $3 well drinks, $3 Pabst Blue Ribbon cans, $3 shots and $4 Becks cans. The band lineup includes Genus and Blackwater.

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    “Revenge,” by Yoko Ogawa

    ‘Revenge’ filled with haunting prose

    They are the scenes of ordinary life: a mother stopping by the neighborhood bakery to purchase two strawberry shortcakes for her son's birthday, an aspiring writer toiling over a manuscript in a spare apartment, a young woman preparing dinner for her beau, a woman spying on her husband's mistress. Yet in Yoko Ogawa's story collection, "Revenge: Eleven Dark Tales," those ordinary exteriors are merely brittle shells that crack open to reveal darkness, death and despair.

Discuss

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    Endorsement: Abboud for Barrington Hills village president
    The Daily Herald endorses Robert Abboud for Barrington Hills village president.

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    Editorial: Words of hope, but too much evidence of the opposite
    One wishes that President Barack Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night could have some words of comfort. Some indication — some, what was that word, Mr. President? — hope that the months and years ahead will be better than those we’ve been enduring. But the electrons on his teleprompter had barely cooled before the true nature of our nation’s challenge became apparent.

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    Editorial: Words of hope, but too much evidence of the opposite

    A Daily Herald editorial finds that the president's State of the Union speech and the Republican response combine to provide little hope of solving the nation's biggest problem -- the divisive dysfunction in Washington.

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    Drones on the dais

    Columnist Dana Milbank: John Brennan may not be divine, but he plays God often as President Obama's counterterrorism chief — and he will do so even more frequently once he moves to Langley as CIA director when (not if) senators confirm him.

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    The ghosts of Benghazi

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: We may never know exactly what happened in Benghazi the night Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed, but it's becoming increasingly clear that our response was short of optimum.

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    ‘Checkout fee’ will hurt Illinois
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Everyday commerce in Illinois as we know it today will soon be history. A settlement, announced back in July, happened when Visa, MasterCard and nine other major banks agreed to “fix” credit card processing fees with merchants. This fee will add 1 to 4 percent to the purchase cost, and it’s known as a checkout fee.

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    List of entitlements in U.S. is lengthy
    An Inverness letter to the editor: If we are going to take an honest look at reducing the debt without raising income tax rates on our population, then it only makes sense to have an open discussion on those items that truly make up the full scope of entitlements — for everyone.

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    A Naperville letter to the editor: The philosophy of our current president and his administration plus the majority of the Democrats in Congress emulate the socialist philosophies, economic policies and practices of many of the European nations. That is, spending more, borrowing more, and taxing more.

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    New leadership needed in Winfield
    A Winfield letter to the editor: Winfield needs a change in village leadership. That change starts with electing Rob Hanlon as village president in April. He brings pragmatic solutions and specific objectives.

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    To a great Wheaton coach and team
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: To the Wheaton North Girls Varsity Basketball Team and Coach Dave Eaton: Your coach recruited a girl to be your teams honorary manager. You may have thought why bother — but for some reason Coach Eaton thought it would be a good idea. This girl was Lily Peckenpaugh, and she has autism — but you welcomed her in and helped her adapt.

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    New blood, new ideas needed
    A Huntley letter to the editor: State Sen. Kirk Dillard's response to a former state employee from Gov. Jim Edgar's administration notes his service as Edgar's appointed Chief of Staff. He reminded us that Edgar inherited a billion dollar deficit and left office with a $1.5 billion surplus.

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    Control gun violence with practical ideas
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: I have been reading many of the comments on the gun control issue and find that we need to get less emotional and more practical if we want to help reduce gun violence.

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