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    Kevin King of Batavia is a Peace Corps volunteer in Azerbaijan, a country on the Caspian Sea bordered by Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran. His duties include teaching English to children.

    Why do Peace Corps volunteers do it?

    Batavia natives Matt Flannigan and Kevin King are Peace Corps volunteers; Flannigan in Sierra Leone, Africa; King in Ganja, Azerbaijan. Although their assignments are challenging, they say the rewards are great. "My job is all about little victories," Kevin King said. "Even in the small victories there are great rewards."

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    Mt. Prospect men charged with battery in response to Facebook comments

    Facebook comments sparked retaliation that ended in two people being arrested for battery, Mount Prospect police said.

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    Dundee Lions Club gets kudos for serving breakfast

    The Dundee Township Lions Club garners appreciation from West Dundee this week for its efforts to make sure more than 300 people went to the Shop with a Cop event on a full stomach. Shop with a Cop pairs needy children with a local police officer to do holiday shopping at Walmart — cops from Carpentersville, Gilberts, the Dundees, Pingree Grove and Sleepy Hollow are all involved.

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    Dist. 220 approves teacher raises averaging 3.3 percent

    Barrington Unit District 220 board members Tuesday voted 5-1 to approve a three-year teachers' contract that generally gave each of the district's more than 700 teachers an annual average pay increase of 3.3 percent. Board Member Richard Burkhart cast the sole dissenting vote against the contract, saying he preferred a two-year contract as a way of mitigating the financial uncertainties all his...

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    The Elmhurst College Jazz Festival runs through Sunday with a combination of college combos and professional musicians performing in Hammerschmidt Chapel.

    Elmhurst College Jazz Festival takes place this weekend

    The Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, one of the country's oldest collegiate jazz festivals, is drawing top professional performers and the nation's leading college bands to the campus this weekend. Celebrating its 46th year, the festival runs through Sunday, Feb. 24.

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    The Carol Stream village board voted Tuesday to keep two existing signs at the Town Center intact — without modifications that could have removed the name of former Village President Ross Ferraro at the price of as much as $210,000 a piece.

    Ferraro's name will stay on Carol Stream signs

    Two existing identification signs at Carol Stream's Town Center that include the name of former Village President Ross Ferraro will be staying put. The village board voted 4-1 Tuesday to keep the signs as is, and not make any alterations as had been previously discussed with park district officials.

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    Marathon registration suspended for several days

    Registration for this fall's Chicago Marathon began Tuesday, but problems with the registration provider caused signup to be suspended. About 15,000 spots remain open, but it will be at least a couple of days before registration resumes, organizers say.

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    Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow

    Fighting Peterson attorneys meet in court

    The attorney who led the defense team in Drew Peterson's 2012 murder trial sat in the witness box Tuesday and faced questions from his former co-counsel — the latest turn in a long-running legal saga full of strange twists. The rarity of former legal colleagues facing off as adversaries came at a hearing to decide if Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, should get a new trial in...

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    Seniors can meet Palatine Twp. candidates

    Seniors are welcome to attend a meet-and-greet event featuring Republican candidates running for Palatine Township office this month. All 18 candidates have been invited to attend the session, which starts at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Tamarack Independent Senior Living Community, 55 S. Greeley St., Palatine

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    Fire and smoke rise at an upscale shopping district in Kansas City, Mo., where a city official said a gas explosion sparked a block-engulfing blaze Tuesday evening.

    1 missing, 14 hurt in Kansas City gas blast, fire

    Authorities were bringing in heavy equipment Wednesday to remove blackened rubble and aid their search for a missing employee of a popular Kansas City restaurant destroyed by a gas explosion and the ensuing inferno. Seven people injured in the Tuesday evening explosion at JJ's restaurant remained hospitalized Wednesday, including two whose conditions were critical. At least seven others were...

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    The developer of the Rolling Meadows shopping center that once housed a Dominick's store expects new tenants to begin filling up vacant spaces now that a new grocery store, Uncle Joe's Tuscan Market, is planned for the site.

    Can grocery store revive Rolling Meadows center?

    With an Uncle Joe's Tuscan Fresh Market grocery store now in the fold, the redeveloped shopping center on Kirchoff Road in downtown Rolling Meadows can expect to draw beauty parlors, dry cleaners, restaurants and other smaller retail stores, the site's developer said Tuesday. "We're super pleased and super excited," developer Fritz Duda said. "It's the right user in the right location."

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    George Ryan

    Supreme Court won't hear appeal from George Ryan

    The Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from ex-Illinois Gov. George Ryan over his corruption conviction. The justices on Tuesday turned away Ryan's appeal without comment. The former governor wanted them to reconsider his conviction based on a 2010 decision saying honest service fraud requires bribery and kickbacks. Ryan said the jury instructions at his trial were wrong, and that it was never...

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    Mary Kay Mace, whose daughter Ryanne Mace of Carpentersville was killed in a shooting five years ago at Northern Illinois University, speaks with Mark Walsh, campaign director of the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence, before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on concealed carry Tuesday at the Capitol in Springfield.

    Illinois House panel debates concealed carry

    An Illinois House panel on gun issues opened today with a debate over how pressing the deadline is to pass the state's first concealed carry law. The hearing, chaired by state Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat, is an initial effort to get the debate going on an issue that's expected to be at the forefront for state lawmakers this year.

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    ComEd again asking lawmakers for money

    ComEd officials are asking lawmakers to approve a proposal that would allow them to collect more money from customers to pay for projects the company says would make its systems more reliable and efficient. The legislation would cost an average ComEd customer about 40 cents more per month on an $82 bill.

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    Area high school scholars named to all-state team

    Twenty-six Illinois students have been named to the All-State Academic Team sponsored by Caterpillar. The Illinois High School Association announced the winners of the top academic honor on Monday. Team members will be honored at a banquet in Bloomington on April 15.The winners include students from Wheaton, Bloomington, Chicago, Des Plaines, Normal, Alton and Vernon Hills.

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    Naperville ends 9-month stalemate with police

    Naperville patrol officers are once again under contract. City council members, Tuesday, ended a nine-month stalemate with the 131-member Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 42 by approving a new three-year contract retroactive to May 1, 2012.

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    “Flashdance — The Musical” is among the film-inspired musicals making up Broadway in Chicago’s 2013 fall season.

    Broadway in Chicago announces fall season

    “Once,” the 2012 Tony Award-winning musical inspired by John Carney’s film about a Dublin street musician and a Czech flower seller who strike up a professional and personal relationship, comes to Chicago as part of Broadway in Chicago’s fall season.

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    Elgin man faces charges in Valentine’s Day attack

    A man who faces charges of attacking his estranged wife’s new boyfriend on Valentine’s Day remains hospitalized since stepping in front of a semi shortly after the attack. Police say Randall S. Sinks, 27, of the 500 block of Douglas Ave., Elgin, entered an Elgin apartment and used a metal pipe to strike a male victim in the head multiple times.

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    Sheriff vows rape kits from Robbins will be tested

    Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said dozens of sexual assault kits found in an evidence room at the Robbins Police Department will be sent to the Illinois State Police. The 51 rape kits involve cases from 1986 to 2011.

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    Man dies in Lake Barrington fire

    A man died after a fire broke out in his Lake Barrington townhouse Tuesday morning. Wauconda firefighters responded to the blaze shortly before 9 a.m. on the 600 block of Shoreline Road.

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    Reward offered in Naperville jewelry theft

    Naperville Crime Stoppers is offering a reward for information about two recent residential burglaries.

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    Marc Lim, a senior medical student at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, poses in a campus classroom Tuesday in Chicago. Hundreds of medical students like Lim may not be able to start their residency programs in Illinois this summer because of imminent licensing delays.

    Licensing delays could set back doctors-in-training

    Hundreds of highly qualified medical students could be absent from Illinois teaching hospitals starting in July because of delays in processing their licenses, the result of a dispute between lawmakers and the medical community about how to fund the state office that issues licenses for physicians and doctors-in-training.

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    Two airport police officers use a chain to lock a gate which leads to the airport tarmac, at Brussels international airport, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. Eight masked gunmen made a hole in a security fence at Brussels’ international airport, drove onto the tarmac and snatched some $50 million worth of diamonds from the hold of a Swiss-bound plane without firing a shot, authorities said Tuesday.

    $50 million diamond heist in Brussels

    When the armored car set off for the Brussels airport carrying $50 million worth of precious stones from Antwerp's diamond district, eight gunmen knew all about it. One of the biggest diamond heists in recent memory was about to go down.

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    Olympian Oscar Pistorius stands following his bail hearing in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday. Pistorius fired into the door of a small bathroom where his girlfriend was cowering after a shouting match on Valentine’s Day, hitting her three times, a South African prosecutor said Tuesday as he charged the sports icon with premeditated murder.

    Pistorius: Thought lover an intruder in shooting

    Oscar Pistorius portrayed himself as a lover caught in tragedy, wielding a pistol and frightened as he stood only on his stumps, then killed his girlfriend after mistaking her for an intruder on Valentine's Day. Prosecutors, however, said the double-amputee Olympian committed premeditated murder.

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    A Chicago man is suing former Schaumburg police officers, left to right, Matthew Hudak, Terrance O’Brien and John Cichy, as well as the village, claiming they conspired to falsely arrest him. Diangelo Beasley says he spent seven months in jail as a result of the ex-cops’ actions.

    Second federal lawsuit filed against former Schaumburg cops

    A Chicago man arrested last year by three former Schaumburg police officers implicated in a criminal drug conspiracy is suing the ex-cops and village of Schaumburg, claiming he was wrongly jailed for seven months after they conspired to violate his rights. In the suit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court, Diangelo Beasley claims former officers John Cichy, Matthew Hudak and Terrance O'Brien beat...

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    Vice presidential Joe Biden dispensed with some homespun wisdom Tuesday — about protecting oneself with a double-barrel shotgun.

    Biden says a shotgun will scare off intruders

    Vice President Joe Biden said Tuesday that Americans don't need semi-automatic weapons to protect their homes because a couple of blasts from a shotgun will scare off intruders. "Buy a shotgun, buy a shotgun," the vice president encouraged those worried about defending themselves.

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    Charles Amrich

    After judge dismisses appeal, Charles Amrich’s mayoral bid may be over

    Former Island Lake Mayor Charles Amrich's bid to reclaim that post was dealt a potentially fatal blow Tuesday by a Lake County judge. Judge Margaret Mullen dismissed Amrich's appeal of an electoral board ruling that he was ineligible to run. Mullen sided with opposing attorneys who argued his lawyer didn't properly deliver vital paperwork in the matter. The move leaves incumbent Mayor Debbie...

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    Wheeling High School classes, acitivities canceled after power outage

    Wheeling High School canceled classes and most after school activities Tuesday after a power outage left the school building without heat or electricity, officials said.

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    The number of U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan jumped 72 percent in 2012, killing at least 16 civilians in a sharp increase from the previous year, the U.N. said Tuesday.

    UN: Drones killed more Afghan civilians in 2012

    The number of U.S. drone strikes in Afghanistan jumped 72 percent in 2012, killing at least 16 civilians in a sharp increase from the previous year, the U.N. said Tuesday in a sign of the changing mission as international forces prepare to withdraw combat forces in less than two years.

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    Marine Gen. John Allen, top commander of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan for the past 19 months, said he will retire to care for his ill wife, declining advancement to the post of supreme allied commander in Europe.

    Allen retirement opens Europe command slot

    President Barack Obama is looking for a new candidate to lead American and allied forces in Europe after his first choice, Marine Gen. John Allen, bowed out Tuesday and announced his intention to retire for what he called personal reasons. The move further clouds the picture for Obama as he repositions key figures on his national security team and in key military leadership roles.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals put website advertisement stickers on 31 stop, speed limit, and school crossing signs on Mount Prospect streets, according to police reports. The stickers were found Burning Bush Lane at Cree, Burr Oak, Tano, Ivy, and Hopi; on Basswood at Euclid and Cree; on Peachtree at Cree and Corktree; and on Columbine at Tano.

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    Richard Pickard

    Bartlett man accused of stealing Walgreens computer systems

    A Bartlett man is charged with stealing at least $100,000 in computer equipment from Walgreens, including taking hardware that operates the phone systems at 75 stores in the Chicago area, Lincolnshire police said Tuesday. Richard L. Pickard, 46, of the 500 block of Versailles Lane, has also been charged with felony counts of aggravated computer tampering and computer fraud after his Feb. 14...

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    Homeowner Tim Staples describes the scene of a single vehicle accident on the 27000 block of Wilmot Road near Antioch that left two teenagers dead. Joel Wittkamp, 16, of Antioch and Ashley Seay, 17, of Lindenhurst were in a 2007 Chevrolet TrailBlazer when it left the road at 7 p.m. Monday and struck a tree.

    Lakes, Antioch high schools mourn the deaths of two students in crash

    Tim Staples was watching television with his family in the living room of their Antioch Township house when he noticed headlights in his front yard Monday night. "Your instincts just know something's wrong," Staples said. A 2007 black Chevrolet TrailBlazer had veered off Wilmot Road and struck a tree on his property, killing a Lakes High School and an Antioch High School teen.

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    An illustration of the reworked intersection of York and Irving Park roads in Bensenville.

    Railroad bridge will free choked intersection near O’Hare

    The fix for one of the region's most notorious traffic tie-ups hit a milestone Tuesday as state and local leaders broke ground for a railway bridge in Bensenville. The $64 million project at York and Irving Park roads will elevate the Canadian Pacific railway tracks. It's the second grade separation at the intersection; a bridge lifting Union Pacific Railroad trains was completed in 2012.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Someone dumped a dead sheep in a blue tarp on the side of Marshall Road near the intersection of Plank Road near Hampshire at about 2:31 p.m. Feb. 13.

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    Des Plaines chamber to host candidates forum

    The Des Plaines Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host a candidates forum with the three Des Plaines mayoral hopefuls - former mayor Tony Arredia, 3rd Ward Alderman Matt Bogusz and 6th Ward Alderman Mark Walsten - from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, at Giuseppe's Restaurant, 1062 Lee St., Des Plaines.

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    Family dog locked up during Arlington Hts. burglaries

    The family dog was shut in a basement office in one of three similar burglaries in one night in one area of Arlington Heights, police said. Items taken in the burglaries include jewelry, watches and a safe bolted into a concrete floor.

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    Fremont schools launch an app

    Fremont Elementary District 79 officials have launched an app that allows users to more easily visit the district's website on mobile devices.

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    Schaumburg hires outside consultants to examine police department

    In the wake of last months' arrests of three officers on drug-related felony charges,the village of Schaumburg has hired an independent panel of law enforcement experts led by Chicago's former top cop and a onetime high-ranking U.S. Secret Service official to review the village's police department and determine whether its policies and procedures reflect the best practices of policing and public...

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    Youth chess offered at Grayslake library

    Chess is among the youth programming to be offered starting in March at Grayslake Area Public Library. The library's chess club is scheduled to gather from 4 to 5 p.m. March 1, 15 and 22.

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    Lake Zurich High jazz concert Wednesday

    The Lake Zurich High School jazz ensembles will perform in concert with the DePaul jazz ensemble, under the direction of Bob Lark, on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

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    President Barack Obama pauses as he speaks Tuesday about the sequester, accompanied by emergency responders, a group of workers the White House says could be affected if state and local governments lose federal money as a result of budget cuts.

    Not much urgency to avoid automatic spending cuts

    Ten days before a new deadline for broad, automatic government spending cuts, the sense of urgency that surrounded other recent fiscal crises is absent. Government agencies are preparing to absorb an $85 billion hit to their budgets, and politicians, at least for now, seem willing to accept the consequences.

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    First Friday begins March 1 in Libertyville

    MainStreet Libertyville's First Friday in the downtown area starts another season on March 1. The event is from 6 to 9 p.m. with Art Month as the theme.

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    Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican, was critical of President Barack Obama’s “backup” immigration reform plan. His office said Tuesday the plan “injected additional partisanship into an already difficult process.”

    White House tries to keep immigration on track

    The White House sought to keep delicate immigration negotiations on track Tuesday as a key Republican senator further distanced himself from a draft bill President Barack Obama's aides are readying in case congressional talks crumble. Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio's office said Obama's plan "injected additional partisanship into an already difficult process."

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    Then-Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, then-Alderman Sandra Jackson, ask for each other’s support as they arrive at a polling station for early voting last March in Chicago.

    Jesse Jackson Jr., wife to appear in court Wednesday

    Former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandra, will appear in federal court Wednesday to answer criminal charges in an alleged scheme to spend $750,000 in campaign funds on personal items. The Jacksons are to appear separately before U.S. District Judge Robert L. Wilkins — with the former congressman appearing in the morning and his wife in the afternoon.

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    Several Des Plaines police officers are facing suspensions for violating department rules and policies related to “irregularities” with the reporting of hours. The city said it reported the problems itself to authorities after an officer reported them to management.

    Des Plaines cops facing suspensions over padding hours tied to grant

    Several Des Plaines police officers are facing suspensions for violating department rules and policies related to "irregularities" with the reporting of hours worked on federally funded traffic safety campaigns, Police Chief William Kushner said Tuesday. "I'm confident that this is it," he said. "I've gone through some other grant files. I've not been able to find anything where I can prove that...

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    Oak Brook banker receives year sentence

    An Oak Brook banker has been sentenced to federal prison for falsifying personal loan information that lost his former bank nearly $700,000. The 82-year-old man received a prison sentence of a year and a day and has already repaid the money lost as well as a $60,000 fine, prosecutors said.

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    Will Rolling Meadows grocery and mall succeed?

    While Rolling Meadows has high hopes for the redevelopment of the shopping center devastated when Dominick's abandoned it nine years ago, a retail expert said success could depend on strength of competition and the purchasing power of customers.

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    Indiana University trustees approve room and board increases

    Indiana University's trustees have approved rate increases that will boost the cost of the Bloomington campus' most popular room-and-board package by 3.5 percent.

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    Bloomberg defends anti-gun ads in congressional race

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is defending his SuperPAC's anti-gun ads in the Chicago-area district of former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. Bloomberg says the country needs sensible guns laws. His Independence USA PAC has run commercials targeting Democratic candidate Debbie Halvorson for past high ratings from the National Rifle Association.

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    Chicago schools CEO asks for feedback on closures

    The head of Chicago Public Schools is asking residents for feedback on the district's plan to close underutilized school buildings. Chief Executive Officer Barbara Byrd-Bennett says meetings will be held this week in several neighborhoods. The district has identified 129 schools that could be closed this year.

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    U.S. President Barack Obama stepped up pressure on Congress to avert “brutal” automatic $1.2 trillion in budget cuts set to kick in March 1, saying it would harm the economy and curtail vital services.

    Obama presses GOP to halt automatic spending cuts

    Staking out his ground ahead of a fiscal deadline, President Barack Obama lashed out against Republicans, saying they are unwilling to raise taxes to reduce deficits and warning that the jobs of essential government workers, from teachers to emergency responders, are on the line.

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    Annette Johnson, president of the East Aurora District 131 school board, discusses the laptops the district will buy for each student in its magnet academy using a $660,000 grant from the Dunham Fund. MacBook Pros will be given to seventh- and eighth-grade students, while high schoolers will be given tablet-style laptops.

    E. Aurora schools will update technology with grant

    Personal laptops will serve as educational tools next year for 750 students in East Aurora District 131's Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy, allowing them to enhance their learning in science, technology, engineering and math, school officials said Tuesday. "When you put technology into students' hands, they are going to excel, they are going to do great," said Annette Johnson, school board president.

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    Batavia adds to possible Wilson Street site

    Batavia has bought another downtown property near the former First Baptist Church and the city's parking garage, with an eye toward redevelopment.

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    The elevators inside the Elgin Tower Building, passed an inspection Tuesday and will continue to operate as normal. A more extensive, five-year inspection is due in May.

    Elgin Tower Building elevators safe to ride

    The manual elevators inside the historic Elgin Tower Building have passed inspection and will continue to operate as scheduled, an Elgin official confirmed Tuesday afternoon. "We're just glad that everything went well," said Elgin Community Development Director Marc Mylott said. "We were hopeful that this would be the result."

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    Bottled water is the focus of “Tapped,” which will be shown Saturday, Feb. 23, as part of Batavia Environmental Commission’s fifth annual Green Night Out at the Movies.

    Batavia’s Green Night at the Movies to feature ‘Tapped’

    Batavia Environmental Commission's fifth annual Green Night Out at the Movies, set for Saturday, Feb. 23, will feature "Tapped," an award-winning documentary on the bottled water industry's social, economic and environmental impact.

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    Carmelita Edmonds of Hoffman Estates sings her solo song during a rehearsal for last year’s Black History Month performance. This year’s show will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Schaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts.

    Schaumburg troupe to stage Black History Month performance

    Soon-to-be high school graduates and anyone who knows them will relate to this year's Black History Month performance by Powerhouse Productions, a Schaumburg-based theater group. The show, titled "18 and Graduating," will take place at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Schaumburg Prairie Center of the Arts.

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    The DuPage Forest Preserve Commission has agreed to use $100,000 that was supposed to pay for the demolition of the McKee House near Glen Ellyn to hire an architectural firm to study the possibility of saving the building.

    Funding approved for McKee House study

    Money originally set aside for demolishing a landmark house at Churchill Woods Forest Preserve near Glen Ellyn now could play a role in saving the building. The DuPage Forest Preserve Commission on Tuesday agreed to use $100,000 that was supposed to pay for the demolition of the McKee House to hire an architectural firm to study the possibility of saving the Depression-era home at the preserve...

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    David Hatyina

    Attorney: No probable cause to draw blood in fatal boat crash

    The attorney for a Bartlett man accused of killing a 10-year-old boy with a boat on the Chain O' Lakes is claiming Illinois Conservation Police had no probable cause to draw his client's blood following the July 28 crash. In addition, the attorney for David Hatyina, 50, claims the conservation police did not follow the correct standards for drawing blood, and that the formula used to determine if...

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    Changes in store for Bartlett farmers market

    The Bartlett farmers market will end an hour later this year to give commuters more time to get their pick of locally grown fruits and vegetables.

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    The cruise ship Carnival Triumph is moored at a dock in Mobile, Ala., Friday, Feb. 15, 2013.

    No central agency oversees, inspects cruise ships

    Cyberattacks that stole massive amounts of information from military contractors, energy companies and other key industries in the U.S. and elsewhere have been traced to the doorstep of a Chinese military unit, a U.S. security firm alleged Tuesday. China's Foreign Ministry dismissed the report as “groundless,” and the Defense Ministry denied any involvement in hacking attacks.

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    DuPage County Forest Preserve officials want the issue of bow hunting addressed in the next operating agreement for James “Pate” Philip State Park in Bartlett. The existing pact is set to expire in April, thanks to an extension approved on Tuesday.

    DuPage extends pact for state park

    The agencies that operate James "Pate" Philip State Park will continue to run and fund the Bartlett facility under the terms of an old agreement until a new pact can be approved that addresses the issue of bow hunting.

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    After 30 years, Beth Orticelli, left, was returned her Schaumburg High School class ring on Saturday. She had traded it with a friend who lived in Melissa Patterson’s house after graduating from high school. Patterson, right, found the ring in her yard in October and tracked down Orticelli.

    Elgin woman finds, returns Schaumburg High School class ring from 1980

    Melissa Patterson was doing yardwork in October outside her Elgin home when she came across a ring from Schaumburg High School, class of 1980. The inscription on the inside said Beth Winer. Patterson was inspired to put her Internet sleuthing to the test and try to find the woman, who had since been married and remarried, changing her last name twice. Beth Orticelli got her class ring back...

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    John Carbonaro

    Ex-Naperville N. counselor sentenced for sex with student

    Former Naperville North High School guidance counselor John Carbonaro was formally sentenced Tuesday to probation and jail for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student.Carbonaro, 35, of Warrenville, pleaded guilty in January to criminal sexual abuse in exchange for 30 days of jail work release, 30 months of probation, and 30 days in the Dupage County Sheriff's Work Alternative...

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    The Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission is proposing an ordinance that would require all new developments to have a minimum number of bike rack spots, like these at the Arlington Heights train station.

    Arlington Heights considering new bike friendly measures

    Arlington Heights will be considering several new measures this spring to make the village more bike friendly, officials said. “Part of what attracts people to Arlington Heights is the ability to hop on your bike and ride somewhere,” said Alan Medsker, chairman of the Bike and Pedestrian Commission. Retail locations would be required to have a number of bicycle parking spots equal to...

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    A chaotic shooting spree early Tuesday through Orange County, Calif., left four people dead, including the shooter, and two others injured before the man stopped and shot himself to death in a stolen car, police said.

    4 dead in California shooting spree

    A chaotic shooting spree early Tuesday through Orange County, Calif., left four people dead, including the shooter, and two others injured before the man stopped and shot himself to death in a stolen car, police said. There were multiple crime scenes in Tustin and Orange and many more victims who were shot at but unhurt,

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    Court: U.S. custody case not moot with child abroad

    The United States court system doesn't lose jurisdiction in international custody disputes simply because the child involved is no longer in the country, the Supreme Court said Tuesday.

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    High court limits police detention powers in searches

    The Supreme Court has limited the power of police to detain people who are not at home when their residence is to be searched. By a 6-3 vote Tuesday, the justices sided with a Long Island, N.Y., man who was picked up about three-quarters of a mile away from his apartment as police searched it for a gun.

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    Court says police don’t have to prove dog training

    Police don't have to extensively document and log the work of drug-sniffing dogs in the field to be able to use the results of their work in court, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday.

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    NASA loses space station contact; but no danger

    NASA says the International Space Station has lost contact with NASA controllers in Houston. Officials say the six crew members and station are fine and they expect to fix the problem soon.

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    Md. teen pleads guilty in shooting of classmate

    A high school sophomore pleaded guilty to attempted murder Tuesday in the shooting of an intellectually disabled classmate last year in suburban Baltimore.

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    Fla. imam takes stand, denies Taliban connection

    Testifying in his own defense, an elderly Muslim cleric who lives in South Florida is denying any connection to the Pakistani Taliban terrorist organization.

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    Midweek storm on plains could bring snow here Thursday

    AccuWeather.com is predicting heavy snow from northwestern Kansas to Iowa midweek, and there may be enough of a punch left to hit the Chicago area with its single biggest snowfall of the season beginning Thursday afternoon.

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    Cutting class in West Dundee could cost you $50

    West Dundee has approved an ordinance that cracks down on kids who cut class. Under the new law, students who refuse to go to class, or are found to be elsewhere when they should be at school, could be subject to a $50 fine. Subsequent offenses would be $100. Village President Larry Keller, a retired teacher, said it's all about educating children about another consequence for playing hooky.

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    Paralympics refocuses on future without Pistorius

    As Oscar Pistorius offered his first defense against a murder charge, the head of the Paralympics tried to reassure members Tuesday that the organization has a strong future even without its star athlete.

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    Excerpts of Oscar Pistorius’ court affidavit

    Here are excerpts from the court affidavit made by Oscar Pistorius in a bail hearing Tuesday after the athlete was charged with premeditated murder over the Feb. 14 shooting death of his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

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    No injuries reported in Palatine house fire

    No one was injured late Monday when fire broke out in a single-family Palatine home, according to a Palatine Fire Department news release. Fire crews responded to the blaze at 10:22 p.m. on the 100 block of Rohlwing Road. All five residents and a dog escaped by the time crews arrived.

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    St. Charles resident Steve Spear will start an adventure in April that fewer people have accomplished than scaling the summit of Mt. Everest. Spears will run 3,200 miles from Santa Monica, Calif., to the Atlantic Ocean in New York in hopes of raising $1.5 million to bring a clean water system to 30,000 people in Kenya.

    St. Charles man to run across America to give Kenyans water

    St. Charles resident Steve Spear will start an adventure in April that fewer people have accomplished than scaling the summit of Mt. Everest. Spear will run 3,200 miles from Santa Monica to the Atlantic Ocean in New York to raise $1.5 million to bring a clean water system to 30,000 people in Kenya. He'll have to run about a marathon a day for five months. "I hated it," Spear said about his first...

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    Excerpts of prosecutor’s case against Pistorius

    Here are excerpts from the prosecution's affidavit against Oscar Pistorius, whom they have charged with premeditated murder over the Feb. 14 shooting death of his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

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    Rep. Rhonda Fields, D-Aurora, speaks before the Colorado House as they consider her bill, HB13-1224, that prohibits large capacity ammunition magazines at the State Capitol in Denver, Monday, Feb. 18, 2013. Colorado House Democrats passed new ammunition limits and expanded background checks as part of a package of bills responding to recent mass shootings.

    Colo. House Dems lead passage of gun control bills

    Colorado's Democratic-controlled House has narrowly passed a handful of gun control bills, signaling a political shift in the wake of recent mass shootings and pressure from the White House. "Enough is enough. I'm sick and tired of bloodshed," said Democratic Rep. Rhonda Fields, who sponsored a bill limiting the size of ammunition magazines and whose son was fatally shot in 2005.

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    Mortars land near Syrian presidential palace

    A Syrian official says two mortars have exploded near one of President Bashar Assad's palaces in the capital Damascus.

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    Associated Press Home-schooled students Andrew Lukens, center, and Joshua Wiley, right, operate a robot with game controllers as they try to get rings off one side of the pole and move the robot around the pole and replace the rings on the opposite side in Quincy.

    Home-schooled students build robots

    Eight home-schooled students from the Quincy area are heading to a state robotics championship this month in Rolla, Mo. The students are all members of the Saint Bots, a newly formed robotics club sponsored by the Quincy Area Christian Home Educators according to The Quincy Herald-Whig

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    Wisconsin apple production lowest since 1945

    Apple production in Wisconsin has dropped to its lowest level since 1945. The National Agricultural Statistics Service says apple production in 2012 was down 54 percent in Wisconsin. Yields decreased more than three tons per acre. A heat wave last spring caused apple trees to bloom prematurely. And then frost in April killed many of the blossoms. A summer drought only made things worse.

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    The Daily Herald's Auto Racing page

    Now, auto racing at dailyherald.com
    Welcome, NASCAR fans. Dailyherald.com now has an Auto Racing page that provides news on the whole racing scene — from the Rockford-area's own Danica Patrick winning the pole position for this weekend's Daytona 500 to NASCAR Sprint Cup standings and more. You'll find driver profiles, stories, videos, photo galleries, tweets, you name it.

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    6 Fort Wayne women charged in welfare fraud scheme

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The director of Fort Wayne’s federal housing program and five other women have been charged in an alleged welfare fraud scheme.Betty L. Anderson faces felony theft and misdemeanor welfare fraud charges. The 61-year-old head of Fort Wayne’s Housing Choice Voucher Program had not been arrested as of Monday.

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    Ind. court: Woman can’t sue over foul ball injury

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Court of Appeals has ruled that a woman injured by a foul ball at baseball game can’t sue over her injuries.The court’s 3-0 Friday ruling says no trial is needed because foul balls’ dangers are well-known and baseball fans have an obligation to protect themselves.

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    Linda Jackson, left, Marilyn Liwanag and Ed Pope are candidates in the race for Glendale Heights village president in the April election.

    Longtime Glendale Heights village president facing 2 challengers

    The longtime village president of Glendale Heights says she's kept all the promises she's made to residents, while her two opponents in the upcoming election say they'd would bring a different perspective to the job. Linda Jackson, the longest serving president in the village's history, is seeking her fourth full term but is challenged by ex-Trustee Ed Pope and former Queen Bee School District 16...

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    Jotham Stein

    St. Charles mayor candidates cautious about use of incentives

    The recent history of business and development projects in St. Charles is a mixed bag of incentive packages designed with the promise of future tax dollar advantages for the city. But not even one of the four candidates for mayor thinks officials have done a great job in brokering those deals.

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    Dawn Patrol: Grocery for Rolling Meadows; Wheaton murder trial

    Rolling Meadows to get grocery store. Geneva alderman dies of cancer. Jurors to be selected in Wheaton murder trial today. Four charged in Villa Park home invasion. Missing Downers Grove man found dead. New York fugitives captured in Elk Grove Village. Antioch Rescue Squad's contract extended. Hinrich expected to rejoin Bulls tonight. Blackhawks go for a record tonight.

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    Arlington Heights reviews liquor license training

    Arlington Heights is considering several measures that would tighten restrictions related to liquor licenses and training to serve alcohol. On Monday, the village board tabled a decision about a amending an ordinance in a way that would in part prohibit people from receiving their Beverage Alcohol Sellers and Servers Education and Training, or BASSET, certification through online courses.

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    Having received help throughout her life, Cindy Moore has a good job and her own apartment in spite of a developmental disability. But she says buying this smartphone got her into trouble.

    Disabled woman’s smartphone reveals glitch for all of us

    Having grown up with a developmental disability, Cindy Moore managed to get a steady job with a good company and live in an Arlington Heights apartment with another woman with similar mental abilities. But buying a smart phone led to trouble.

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    Julia Child

    Julia Child play coming to Chicago

    Broadway in Chicago announces a remount of TimeLine Theatre's world premiere of "To Master the Art," William Brown and Doug Frew's 2010 play about the romance of Julia Child and her husband, Paul, coming in September to the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.

Sports

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    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) dunks over New Orleans Hornets forwards Ryan Anderson (33) and Anthony Davis (23) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans Tuesday.

    Noah gets back his stride against Hornets

    After a busy all-star weekend, Joakim Noah may not have been the first choice for player of the game, but he delivered 15 points, 17 rebounds and 5 assists as the Bulls returned from the break with a 96-87 win over the Hornets on Tuesday at New Orleans Arena.

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    Creighton's Gregory Echenique (00) shoots over Southern Illinois' Dantiel Daniels (15) during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in Omaha, Neb. Creighton won 59-45. (AP Photo/The World-Herald, Mark Davis) MAGS OUT; ALL NEBRASKA LOCAL BROADCAST TV OUT

    Southern Illinois falls to Creighton

    Grant Gibbs and Will Artino scored 13 points apiece, and Creighton broke open a close game in the middle of the second half to defeat Southern Illinois 59-45 on Tuesday night.

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    Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa skates past Canucks goalie Cory Schneider to score his second goal in the second period Tuesday night at the United Center.

    Blackhawks tie NHL record for best start ever

    This was “just another game” and “the streak” meant nothing. Yeah, right. There was no convincing anybody in Tuesday night's United Center crowd of 21,423 as they thoroughly ate up every up and down of the Blackhawks' 4-3 shootout victory over the Vancouver Canucks. “It's a remarkable start,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “We're very happy and pleased. Guys should be proud of the achievement and where they're at, especially in a 48-game season.”

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    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa (81), from Slovakia, celebrates his second goal of the game with Jonathan Toews (19) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Blackhawks match record for opening point streak

    The Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a shootout Tuesday night to give them 16 straight games with at least one point, matching the NHL record to start a season.

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

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

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

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    Wheaton North’s Mandy Traversa lifts teammate Reilly Stewart as she clicks her heels after their win over Schaumburg.

    Images: Schaumburg vs. Wheaton North, girls basketball
    Schaumburg lost 57-54 to Wheaton North in Class 4A girls basketball sectional semifinals.

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    Zaumseil’s 32 power Barrington

    Senior guard Brad Zaumseil scored a game-high 32 points, converting four 3-pointers and 12-of-14 free throws to lead visiting Barrington to a 70-60 victory at Elk Grove in the Mid-Suburban League boys basketball crossover.

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    Down 18-3? No problem for Glenbard South

    All season long, the Glenbard South girls basketball team has refused to lose. That type of attitude and steadfast focus sure comes in handy in games, especially in the postseason.

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    Schaumburg’s Amanda Kelly fights through a block by Wheaton North in the second quarter of the Class 4A regional game on Tuesday, February 19.

    Baird, Wheaton North block Schaumburg

    With the Wheaton North girls basketball team leading by one point and the final seconds ticking, junior Chrissy Baird suspected that speedy Schaumburg guard Amanda Kelly would take her team’s final shot.

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    Cierra Stanciel of Naperville Central,left, and Najee Smith of Neuqua go for a rebound during the Neuqua Valley vs Naperville Central game at Oswego High School Tuesday. This was semifinal action.

    Neuqua Valley leaves no doubt

    No Naperville Central late heroics this time. Neuqua Valley wasn't having it. Najee Smith scored 21 points, twin sister Malia Smith 13 and No. 2 seed Neuqua exacted a measure of revenge for a 1-point December loss in dominating fashion with a 58-40 win over the No. 3 Redhawks in Tuesday's Class 4A Oswego sectional semifinal.

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    Marmion’s Johnny Jimenez, pictured during a win Friday at the state individual tournament in Champaign, and the Cadets continued their season Tuesday by winning the Class 3A Hinsdale South team sectional.

    Marmion secures its 2nd state berth

    Marmion was starting to feel the heat from St. Rita. In their first quest to make the state quarterfinals in wrestling in three years, the Cadets, who never trailed the Mustangs Tuesday night at the Class 3A Hinsdale South team sectional, suddenly found a resurgent St. Rita vying for a comeback. But the Cadets’ Alex Fritz, a four-year varsity starter, put any notions of a St. Rita come-from-behind win on the backburner by applying his second takedown of his heavyweight match in the waning seconds to put his imprints on a 5-1 victory. The simple decision, which Dylan Duncan then ratified with a 4-1 victory at 106 pounds in the final match in Darian, ensured Marmion its second Elite Eight appearance in program history.

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    From left, Vernon Hills’ Meri Bennett-Swanson, Lauren Webb and Sydney Smith are all smiles after beating Grayslake Central in Class 3A sectional semifinal play at Vernon Hills on Tuesday.

    Cool outcome for Vernon Hills

    Sydney Smith walked out of Vernon Hills’ locker room with ice wrapped to her left knee. Haley Lieberman got ice to her leg, too, causing her to sit the last half of the second quarter and the first half of the third. And 12-of-45 shooting (27 percent) from the floor and 13 of 23 (57 percent) from the stripe? That’s colder than ice. That’s more frigid than the wind chill outside Tuesday night. “It’s postseason basketball,” Cougars coach Paul Brettner said. “Everybody is fighting tooth and nail defensively, every possession is important, and (the games) are low-scoring affairs for the most part.” Moreover, if you’re playing basketball at this time of the girls season, you’re hot. A two-game losing streak in January aside, Vernon Hills has been tropical-island hot all winter. The Cougars captured their school-record 28th win and, more importantly, the top seed in its own sectional advanced to a sectional final for the second year in a row thanks to a grind-it-out, 39-26 win over fourth-seeded Grayslake Central. Forward Lauren Webb scored a game-high 14 points (9-of-12 foul shooting), and Meri Bennett-Swanson added a double-double for Vernon Hills (28-2), which will face No. 3 Regina Dominican (22-8) in Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. championship game. Regina was a 63-56 winner over 10th-seeded North Chicago in the second semifinal.

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    Geneva's Morgan Seberger jumps for a rebound with Wheaton Warrenville South's Diamond Thompson and Meghan Waldron in the second quarter of the Class 4A sectional semifinals on Tuesday, February 19.

    WW South's fast start sinks Geneva

    Wheaton Warrenville South has had Geneva's number the past year, and the Tigers found a new way to keep the budding rivalry in their favor Tuesday night at the Class 4A Bartlett sectional semifinals. After coming from behind to beat the Vikings both in last year's sectional and earlier this season at the Benet/Naperville North Tournament, Wheaton Warrenville South made sure it wouldn't need another rally by blitzing Geneva with the first 16 points Tuesday. DePaul-bound Meghan Waldron opened the game with back-to-back steals she took in for layups, the beginning of her 28-point night and the start of a 16-0 Tigers lead until Sami Pawlak finally put Geneva on the scoreboard five minutes, 36 seconds and two Sarah Meadows timeouts into the game. Geneva outscored WW South 53-46 the rest of the way, making the Tigers sweat down the stretch as they cut the 16-point deficit to 4 points twice in the final two minutes. WW South made 6 of 9 free throws down the stretch and Waldron came up with another steal and layup in the Tigers' 62-53 victory.

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    Libertyville crosses up Vernon Hills

    Libertyville’s boys basketball team, led by four players who scored double digits, defeated visiting Vernon Hills 67-59 in a North Suburban Conference crossover Tuesday night.The Wildcats had a strong first quarter, running out to a 23-11 lead, but the Cougars fought back and trailed only 35-34 at half. Libertyville answered after halftime and led 53-44 after third.Joe Borcia led Libertyville (6-21) by scoring 18 points, including 4 field goals in the first quarter. Jack Lipp had 16 points, Drew Cayce added 15 points and Jack Deichl chipped in 11.Vernon Hills (10-16) was led by Stephen Curry who scored 16 points. Trenton Fulton added 13, and Robby Nardini had 12.Lakes 55, Lake Zurich 39: Lakes wrapped up the regular season with a strong road win in the North Suburban Conference Crossover game and improved its record to 22-6.Lakes had three players in double figures, led by Direll Clark with 16 points. Jake Kohler followed with 15 and Justin Bergeron added 10 for Lakes.Lake Zurich (14-15) was led by Brad Kruse with 15 points.Zion-Benton 64, Wauconda 51: Dion Head and Ricky Sidlowski scored 14 points apiece for the Bulldogs, who fell to 13-14.Austin Swenson added 11 for Wauconda.Zion-Benton’s Milik Yarbrough led all scorers with 27 points.

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    ACC knocks off Montini

    Aurora Central Catholic scored 47 first-half points and won the Suburban Christian Conference crossover 84-72 in Lombard. Montini (17-8) was led by Matt Brachmann with 23 points, Logan Goss with 20, Simmie Cobbs with 13 and Pat Mooney with 10. Phil Schuetz scored 22 to lead ACC (14-12).Lemont 89, Glenbard South 58:Lemont’s 28-point first quarter doomed host Glenbard South (7-17). Chaun Rickette’s 13 points led the Raiders.

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    The Hawks tied an NHL record Tuesday night and Patrick Kane again played a prominent role, like a country singer captivating his audience.

    Kane hitting all the high notes for Hawks

    The Hawks tied an NHL record Tuesday night and Patrick Kane again played a prominent role, like a country singer captivating his audience.

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    Gavin paces Regina Dominican against North Chicago

    Regina Dominican 63, North Chicago 56: At Vernon Hills, senior guard Erin Gavin scored a game-high 20 points to lead the No. 3 seed to victory.Gavin scored 8 points in the fourth quarter, after the Panthers led just 47-41 after three. Gavin also had 3 steals in the game.“It’s just pure effort with her,” Regina coach Kerry Durham said. “She brings such energy to this team, especially defensively. She causes a lot of problems for the other team.”Regina (22-8), which won only 6 games last season in Durham’s first year, will play top-seeded Vernon Hills (28-2) in Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. regional final. Maggie Palmer (15 points) and Caroline Adamczyk (12) also scored in double figures for the Panthers.North Chicago (13-15) received 16 points and 6 rebounds from 6-foot freshman Tineesha Coleman. Dara Tanner added 14 points for the 10th-seeded Warhawks, and Natajjae Franklin had 9. North Chicago also got 8 rebounds apiece from Justice Moore and Lyric Pearson.

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    Westminster Christian’s next challenge: Mooseheart

    Usually Westminster Christian boys basketball coach Bruce Firchau can be as loud as anyone in a high school gym. But Tuesday night he was just a tad bit too quiet. It wasn’t because his No. 3 seed Warriors raced out to a 28-point halftime lead en route to a 61-22 victory over No. 6 seed Elgin Academy in a Class 1A Westminster Christian regional semifinal in Elgin. Firchau’s been so busy of late that he came down with a case of laryngitis. Luckily for the Warrors, Will Woodhouse and Dillon Rejman each poured in 14 points each to save their coach’s vocal chords for one night, as the Warriors now have the daunting task of playing No. 2 seed Mooseheart tonight at 7:30 p.m. in one semfinal. Mooseheart defeated No. 7 Faith Lutheran 74-40 earlier in the evening and has beaten Westminster (17-12) by a combined-54 points in two meetings this season.

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    Dundee-Crown, Crystal Lake S. earn wins

    Brandon Rodriguez scored 22 points Tuesday night as the Dundee-Crown boys basketball team snapped a 2-game losing streak with a 46-36 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over Cary-Grove.JT Beasley and Dylan Kissack added 7 points each for the Chargers (18-6, 9-3). Jason Gregoire had 13 points and Dean Lee added 10 to lead Cary-Grove (11-14, 3-9).CL South 54, Jacobs 51: Austin Rogers scored 20 points and Alex Bartusch and Nick Geske added 10 each to lead the Gators (11-14, 6-7) to an FVC Valley win. Lake Ojo and Nick Ledinsky had 10 points each for Jacobs (13-15, 7-6).

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    Hampshire notches share of FVC Fox titl

    The celebration was muted considering the magnitude of the accomplishment. The Hampshire boys basketball players shook hands with their counterparts from Woodstock North after Tuesday’s 63-46 Senior Night victory, displaying few outward signs of having just clinched a share of the program’s first title as a member of the Fox Valley Conference. Sure, there were high fives, satisfied smiles and assorted flying hip bumps, but nothing too crazy. No Gatorade buckets were dumped over coach Bob Barnett’s head or anything of the sort. “This is too nice of a suit for a Gatorade bucket,” reminded Barnett, nattily attired as always. “They don’t have the money to pay for the dry cleaning.”

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    Huntley's Ali Andrews, left, controls the baskteball against Harlem Tuesday night at the Class 4A Rockford East sectional.

    Huntley turns back Harlem

    When Harlem made its biggest run of the game, Huntley responded immediately. The Huskies outscored the Red Raiders 9-2 to open the second half. But following a timeout, the Raiders responded with a 14-2 run and never looked back, holding off the Huskies for a 46-37 win in the semifinals of the Class 4A Rockford East girls basketball sectional Tuesday night. Huntley (24-6) will face Streamwood (22-8) for the sectional title at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The winner advances to next Monday's Dundee-Crown supersectional to face the winner of the Bartlett sectional, either Wheaton Warrenville South or Wheaton North. Huntley will be seeking its first sectional crown in program history.

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    Count it as a victory for Mateling, Grayslake North

    Grayslake North senior Danny Mateling was not sure if he’d scored a crucial fourth-quarter basket as he was fouled in Tuesday night’s Fox Valley Conference Valley Division boys basketball finale at crosstown rival Grayslake Central. The floor officials weren’t sure, either, about Mateling’s shot after his drive into the lane and collision with Grayslake Central’s Jack Spicer. So, after a consultation at the scorer’s table, it was confirmed Mateling’s did score as he was fouled. He completed the 3-point play and a minute later clearly saw a big 3-pointer find the bottom of the net as the Knights (15-11, 5-7) pulled away to a 69-59 victory over the Rams (4-21, 2-10).

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    Minooka ends Waubonsie Valley’s run

    It was a great season for the Waubonsie Valley wrestling team with an Upstate Eight Conference title, a regional title and three wrestlers qualifying for the state individual meet held last week.

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    Meadows finds second-half groove, tops Conant

    Offensive ineptitude isn’t something that rattles the Rolling Meadows boys basketball team. The Mustangs had more turnovers than points in the first half of their Mid-Suburban crossover on Tuesday night. But it’s a script that has been quite successful of late for Meadows. The Mustangs found their groove on offense in the second half to top visiting Conant 41-34 for their fifth straight win.

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    Burlington Central heads to sectional final

    Not many freshmen are challenged with stopping the other team’s best player, especially in a sectional semifinal. Burlington Central’s Kayla Ross was handed that task in the second half Tuesday night, and she came through with flying colors. Ross spearheaded a Rockets’ defense that held Marian Central senior standout Shannon Wuensch without a field goal in the second half, and the Rockets turned on the afterburners in the fourth quarter in a 54-29 win over Marian in the semifinals of the Class 3A Genoa-Kingston girls basketball sectional.

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    Naperville Central played Neuqua Valley in Class 4A girls basketball sectional semifinals Tuesday night at Oswego High School.

    Images: Naperville Central vs. Neuqua Valley, girls basketball
    Naperville Central lost 58-40 to Neuqua Valley in Class 4A Oswego girls basketball sectional semifinals.

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    Glenbard North’s Patrick Augustyn, right, defeats Notre Dame’s Chris Sommers in the 106-pound match during the Class 3A wrestling sectional at Lake Park Tuesday.

    Glenbard North takes express route to state quarterfinals

    Right on schedule, Glenbard North is moving on to the Class 3A wrestling team dual quarterfinals.

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    Images from the Geneva vs. Wheaton Warrenville South Class A basketball regional game on Tuesday, February 19, 2013.

    Images: Wheaton Warrenville South vs. Geneva, girls basketball
    Wheaton Warrenville South won 62-53 over Geneva in Class 4A girls basketball sectional semifinals.

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    Antioch, Montini make the move downstate

    The Antioch wrestling team has done it again. In 2010, the Sequoits qualfied for the Class 2A Elite Eight dual-team tournament for the first time in school history. Tuesday night, host Antioch made it downstate for the third time in four seasons as the Sequoits toppled Amundsen 44-27 in their own sectional meet. Antioch (16-14) will face Bowen in the state quarterfinals Saturday at 9 a.m. at U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. Amundsen closed out the season with a 15-12 record. In the other sectional championship match at Antioch, 10-time state champion Montini (31-4) rolled past Crystal Lake Central (14-10) 59-7 to return to the Elite Eight meet.

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    Grant gets it done — barely — against Barrington

    What a night it was for Grant wrestling. In a highly charged atmosphere inside the Bulldogs postage stamp sized gym Tuesday night, Troy Parent and Noah Drabek settled a thrilling contest with back-to-back victories for the finishing touches on a 28-25 win over Mid-Suburban league champ Barrington. Grant’s victory in its own dual-team sectional puts the Bulldogs in Saturday’s Class 3A quarterfinals at the U.S. Cellular Coliseum in Bloomington. There Grant (25-1-0) will meet Lincoln-Way Central (20-2-0), which defeated Edwardsville 28-25, at 11 a.m.

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    Huntley’s Ali Andrews is fouled by Harlem’s Serina Cortinez.

    Images: Huntley vs. Harlem, girls basketball
    Huntley won 46-37 over Harlem in Class 4A girls basketball sectional semifinals.

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    Valparaiso holds off Loyola

    Will Bogan scored 16 points, grabbed four rebounds and Valparaiso nearly coughed up a big first-half lead to eventually put away LoyolaTuesday night.

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    Vernon Hills players from left, Meri Bennett-Swanson, Lauren Webb and Sydney Smith are all smiles after beating Grayslake Central.

    Images: Grayslake Central vs. Vernon Hills, girls basketball
    The Grayslake Central Rams lost 39-26 to the Vernon Hills Cougars in Class 3A girls basketball sectional semifinal game on Tuesday, Feb. 19 in Vernon Hills.

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    Chicago Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich (12) shoots over New Orleans Hornets guard Austin Rivers (25) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

    Deng leads Bulls over Hornets 96-87

    Luol Deng scored 20 points and the Bulls snapped a two-game skid with a 96-87 victory over the New Orleans Hornets on Tuesday night. The Bulls took the lead for good late in the first quarter, but didn't put the Hornets away until Deng's clutch jumper from the top of the key with 44.8 seconds left put Chicago up 94-87 after the Hornets had pulled within five points on Eric Gordon's 3-pointer.

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    Indiana's Victor Oladipo (4) shoots against Michigan State's Denzel Valentine during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)

    Indiana takes down Michigan State 72-68

    Victor Oladipo's go-ahead putback, dunk and free throws in the final minute lifted top-ranked Indiana to a 72-68 win over No. 4 Michigan State on Tuesday night.

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    In this photo provided by Benoit Photo, jockey Rene Douglas gestures after riding Grey Misty to victory in the fifth race Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. With the win, Douglas becomes the 122nd rider in North America to win 3,000 races.(AP Photo/Benoit Photo)

    Private Zone helps former jockey heal

    Former Arlington Park champion rider Rene Douglas, who was paralyzed in the 2009 Matron Handicap, is heading for Dubai on March 30. Douglas and a group of close friends own Private Zone, who has been invited to run in the $2 million Golden Shaheen.

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    MSL standard-setters to decide league champion at Prospect

    Both Schaumburg and Prospect had their share of bumps in the road this season, especially in the nonconference portion of their schedules. But at the end of a long season, the Mid-Suburban League's two most successful boys basketball programs in recent history find themselves in a familiar position, prepared to battle for Mid-Suburban League supremacy. The Saxons (16-9, 8-2) and Knights (15-9, 8-2) will square off at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Jean Walker Field House in the league's 43rd annual championship game.

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    Seabrook hurting; Crawford’s health improves

    The Blackhawks got a mixed bag of injury news Tuesday. Defenseman Brent Seabrook was scratched from the evening’s game against the Vancouver Canucks with a lower-body injury. Seabrook was struck in the groin area by a puck in Sunday’s game against the Kings. “He’s out, day to day,” said Hawks coach Joel Quenneville. “Hopefully we get him on the ice the next day or so.”Sheldon Brookbank moved up to join Duncan Keith on the top defensive pairing for the Hawks to start the game. Quenneville said after the morning skate that he did not want to break up the combo of Niklas Hjalmarsson and Johnny Oduya, who have played well together. Goaltender Corey Crawford missed his third straight game with an upper-body injury, with Ray Emery getting the start. Quenneville said Crawford is making progress. “Corey skated today prior to practice,” the coach said. “He did well. Get him on again tomorrow and hope he keeps progressing here.”Forward Daniel Carcillo took part in the morning skate but did not play in the game. He is on the mend from a right-knee injury that he suffered in the first game of the season. “He’s doing good,” Quenneville said. “He feels good. We expect him on this homestand to play. We’re getting him in practice here and getting him some good skates. He looks like he’s ready.”Already there?Tuesday’s game was the 16th of the shortened regular season for the Blackhawks. “It’s amazing we hit the (one)-third pole tonight already in the season,” said Joel Quenneville. “It seems like it just started. You’re seeing games throughout the league where playoff implications are already in place. The jockeying to move ahead is there. There’s meaning in every single game. Guys are bringing a purpose to our team game right now.”Back to the Wolves:The Canucks waived onetime Blackhawks forward Andrew Ebbett, who subsequently cleared. That paved the way for Ebbett to return to the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. Wolves general manager Wendell Young was on hand for the morning skate. Sorry for asking:Canucks coach Alain Vigneault danced around a question about his goaltender selection. Cory Schneider started in place of Roberto Luongo, a favorite target of Blackhawks fans. A Vancouver reporter asked Vigneault whether the compressed schedule with its tough travel had anything to do with his goaltender selection. Luongo started Sunday against St. Louis in Vancouver.“There’s a lot of factors that go into picking the goaltender, especially when you’ve got two quality goaltenders like we do,” Vigneault said. “But I’ve been pretty consistent with that since the beginning. I keep that to myself about divulging any of the reasons, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do.”

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    U.S., Iran find common ground: Olympic wrestling

    TEHRAN, Iran — The caretakers of the Olympics may have inadvertently accomplished what has eluded diplomats: Galvanizing Iran and the U.S. on a common goal.Wrestling officials from the arch foes appeared to be in bonding mode Tuesday on the sidelines of a Tehran tournament less than a week after the stunning decision by the International Olympic Committee that will force the ancient sport — as old as the Olympics themselves — to lobby for a spot at the 2020 Games.Already, the fight to keep wrestling in the Olympics has brought the U.S. and Cuban federations into a possible alliance. But close cooperation between Iran and America would be an even more remarkable display of common cause with almost everything else driving them apart — led by an impasse over Tehran’s nuclear program and Western sanctions that have upended the Iranian economy.It’s unlikely that any kind of wrestling detente would spill over into the wider issues, but it’s certain to at least draw attention to the power of sports as a low-risk icebreaker going back to the historic 1971 “pingpong diplomacy” between China and the U.S.U.S. freestyle coach Zeke Jones, speaking to The Associated Press by phone from Tehran, said that officials from 10 of the world’s top wrestling nations will meet Wednesday in Iran. Delegations from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, the United States, Russia and Turkey will gather to discuss how to reverse the IOC’s decision.Jones said that those countries were chosen because they finished in the top 10 in the freestyle competition at the 2011 world championships, the last time team scores were held at a major international meet. “We’ll be standing arm-in-arm with Iran, and we’ll be standing with Russia as we will with lots of other countries,” said Mitch Hull, national teams director for USA Wrestling, in an interview in Tehran with AP Television News before the World Cup Tournament.“Those (countries) really do make a difference because politically we’re not always on the same page, or politically with Russia, but in wrestling, there’s no doubt that we are all together in this effort and we consider Iran one of our strongest allies in the sport of wrestling,” Hull said.Hull described them as “sport rivals, but they are friends in sport, too.”“We have great confidence that we can work with the Iranian wrestling federation, Iranian wrestlers and the Iranian people to show the world that, no matter what’s happening politically, we have the same goal and the same belief and passion about the sport of wrestling,” he said.Jones said that the World Cup, which ranks below only the world championships in annual importance, has come at a “perfect time,” given the IOC’s recent move.Though Jones acknowledged that relations between international wrestling teams like the U.S. and Iran can be difficult, he said such competitions usually foster the kind of camaraderie and friendship the sport desperately needs.“You’ll have absolutely zero problem with the countries being unified on saving wrestling,” Jones said. “The countries will do anything in working together to keep Olympic wrestling in the program.”Hojatollah Khatib, the head of Iran’s wrestling federation, said the tournament would offer “the best opportunity to confront the decision” to drop the sport from the Olympics.“We should resist the decision, determinedly,” Khatib was quoted by the semiofficial Mehr news agency as saying. “We should show our unity in the current event.”On Monday, U.S. wrestling officials agreed to create a special committee charged with seeking to save Olympic wrestling, which will remain in the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. But it must compete against seven other events — including squash, roller sports and wakeboarding — for one open slot in the 2020 Games, which have yet to be awarded to a host city.

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    FILE - In this May 4, 2012 file photo, trainer Todd Pletcher watches his Kentucky Derby entries during a morning workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Pletcher's promising 3-year-olds pick up the pace this weekend on the road to the Kentucky Derby, with Violence set for the Fountain of Youth and Palace Malice the Risen Star. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, FIle)

    Pletcher’s posse dominates Kentucky Derby trail

    No trainer has started more than five horses in a Kentucky Derby.The way the Derby prep season is shaping up, that could change. Todd Pletcher has a shot at saddling six or seven of the 20 3-year-olds who will be led into the starting gate at Churchill Downs on May 4.

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    Undefeated eight-time Boxing World Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather Inks Record-Breaking Deal With Showtime/CBS. (PRNewsFoto/Mayweather Promotions)

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. to fight Guerrero on Showtime

    Floyd Mayweather Jr. will fight Robert Guerrero on May 4, and he's changing television networks to do it.The biggest star in boxing dropped a surprise Tuesday while announcing his long-rumored next bout: After several years on HBO, Mayweather is moving to Showtime with a lucrative multi-fight deal.

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    Wisconsin guard Ben Brust (1), a Mundelein grad, helped to lead Wisconsin in its upset over Ohio State Sunday. Now the Badgers take on Northwestern on Wednesday.

    College scouting reports: NU, DePaul, UIC
    Daily Herald ReportNo. 19 Wisconsin (18-8, 9-4) at Northwestern (13-13, 4-9)When, where: 8 p.m. Wednesday, Welsh-Ryan ArenaTV: Big Ten Network Radio: WGN 720-AMSummary: The Wildcats have dropped three straight games and the Badgers were impressive in a 71-49 home win over Ohio State Sunday. Hawthorn Woods native Ben Brust (Mundelein H.S.) led UW’s balanced attack with 15 points and 11 rebounds. NU shot a season-low 25 percent in a 62-41 home loss to Illinois. Naperville native Dave Sobolewski is averaging 10.5 points and 4.0 assists per game for NU. Wisconsin won by 20 points when the two teams met in Madison last month.DePaul (11-14, 2-10) at No. 11 Georgetown (19-4, 9-3)When, where: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Verizon Center, Washington, D.C.TV:The U TooRadio: WSCR 670-AMSummary: After knocking off Rutgers, the Blue Demons face a highly ranked Georgetown team that owns a seven-game win streak. The Hoyas earned a62-55 win at Cincinnati on Friday, and havewon 11 straight against the Blue Demons, including an 83-75 win over DePaul on Jan. 17 at Allstate Arena.UIC Flames (15-11, 6-7) at Milwaukee(6-22, 2-12)When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday, Klotsche CenterTV: CSNC Radio: WMVP 1000-AMSummary: UIC snapped a 10-game losing streak last time out against Milwaukee, and now the Panthers come in having lost 9 of their last 10 games. The Flames, however, are coming off a 69-60 loss at Loyola.

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    Cubs pitcher Matt Garza is expected to miss only one week of spring training as he recovers from a mild strain in his side.

    Cubs’ Garza to miss 1 week with side injury

    MESA, Ariz. — Cubs pitcher Matt Garza has a mild side strain and is expected to miss only a week of spring training camp. Garza strained his side while throwing live batting practice on Sunday, when he faced batters for the first time since last July. He underwent an MRI on Monday which revealed a "mild strain" in his side, Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer said.

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    David Beckham, right, is gone, but the Los Angeles Galaxy still has Robbie Keane as it tries to defend its 2012 MLS Cup title. The Seattle Sounders, Real Salt Lake and San Jose Earthquakes, however, could pull ahead of the Galaxy this season.

    MLS preview: Lots of strong clubs to challenge Galaxy

    Our soccer expert, Orrin Schwarz, examines the contenders and pretenders in Major League Soccer's Western Conference and concludes the L.A. Galaxy will be hard pressed to defend its MLS Cup title. Check out the three teams he picks to finish ahead of the Galaxy.

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    Geneva's Sami Pawlak, 31, and her teammates celebrate in the final seconds of their win over St. Charles East during Thursday's regional final game in St. Charles.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from basketball, state wrestling and state gymnastics.

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    Westmont hosted Lisle Monday night at Westmont High School for Class 2A regional boys basketball.

    Images: Lisle vs. Westmont, boys basketball
    Westmont hosted Lisle Monday night for Class 2A regional boys basketball action.

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    In this May 17, 1980, file photo, Earvin “Magic” Johnson hugs team owner Jerry Buss in the locker room after the Los Angeles Lakers won the 1980 NBA championship against the Philadelphia 76ers in Philadelphia. Buss, the Lakers’ owner who shepherded the NBA franchise to 10 championships, died Monday. He was 80.

    NBA loses a man of ‘integrity’ in Buss

    George Andrews, a long-time sports attorney who lives in Elmhurst, has fond memories of negotiating Magic Johnson's landmark contract with long-time Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who died Monday in Los Angeles.

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    Danica Patrick climbs out of her car after her qualifying run for the NASCAR Daytona 500 Sprint Cup Series auto race at Daytona International Speedway, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, in Daytona Beach, Fla. Patrick won the pole, becoming the first woman to secure the top spot for any Sprint Cup race. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Danica doesn’t need to win to come out a winner

    Mike North knows Danica Patrick doesn't have to win to make headlines, but if she was able to pull off a Daytona 500 win, she would become a legend. And Mike North offers a video link to MJ and himself on the basketball court together, circa 1997.

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    Soul can’t solve Wave, falls 15-10

    The Chicago Soul (9-14) was hoping to avoid a series sweep against the Milwaukee Wave (18-3) but was halted in its comeback efforts in the fourth quarter, allowing the Wave to take a 15-10 victory behind Ian Bennett's hat trick Monday night at the Sears Centre Arena.

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    Fremd’s Ashley McConnell goes up for a shot past Zion-Benton’s Krystal Walker during Class 4A sectional semifinal play at Libertyville High School on Monday.

    Youth again serves Fremd

    First it was a freshman. This time a sophomore. The underclassmen on Fremd's girls basketball team sure know how to finish with a flair. Less than two weeks after Vikings freshman Brianna Lewis fired up a buzzer-beating 3-pointer in overtime to win the Mid-Suburban League championship, sophomore Haley Gorecki took her turn in the spotlight with some late-game magic. Instead of a 3-pointer to win it, Gorecki used a 3-point play to lift No. 2-seeded Fremd to a thrilling 55-54 come-from-behind victory over No. 3 Zion-Benton in the semifinals of the Class 4A Libertyville sectional on Monday night.

Business

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    Glen Ellyn group works to attract, retain business

    Glen Ellyn officials this week named a new economic development council whose members will assist with the village's efforts to attract business. The panel includes CEOs, business owners, brokers, attorneys, accountants and sales professionals, Village President Mark Pfefferman said in a news release.

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    A teen job fair planned at the Arlington Heights Memorial Library in March may have to be canceled for a lack of interested employers.

    Arlington Heights struggles to gain interest in teen job fair

    With less than three weeks until the first Teen Job Fair in Arlington Heights, officials are still trying to get more employers involved to make sure the event doesn't have to be canceled for the second year in a row. So far four employers have signed up to participate.

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    1,200-room hotel planned near McCormick Place

    A 1,200-room hotel will be built near McCormick Place to accommodate the crowds that come to Chicago for conventions and trade shows. Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel say the project will create nearly 2,500 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs.

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    Outlook.com, accessed mainly via Web browsers, shares the brand name with Microsoft’s e-mail, contacts and calendar program, part of the Office suite of software installed on personal computers running Windows. The software has been in preview since July 31, and its final version was released Tuesday.

    Microsoft’s Outlook takes aim at Google’s Gmail

    Microsoft is so confident it has the Internet's best email service that it is about to spend at least $30 million to send its message across the U.S.The barrage began Tuesday when Microsoft's twist on email, Outlook.com, escalated an assault on rival services from Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., AOL Inc. and a long list of Internet service providers.

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    U.S. stocks advanced, sending benchmark indexes to their highest levels in five years, on increasing optimism over dealmaking and a report showing rising investor confidence in Germany.

    Talk of more corporate deals sends stocks higher

    Talk of more deal-making sent the stock market higher Tuesday, putting the Dow Jones industrial average within close reach of its all-time high. Reports that retailers Office Depot and OfficeMax are discussing a merger came after big corporate deals for Heinz and Dell were announced in recent weeks.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS Apple said a limited number of internal Mac systems were affected by malware in an attack that was directed at Apple and other companies.

    Apple says its Mac computers infected by malware

    Apple Inc. said a limited number of internal Mac systems were affected by malware in an attack that was directed at Apple and other companies.

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    Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon on April 21, 2010.

    Transocean’s $1 billion Gulf oil spill settlement approved

    Transocean Ltd. won court approval of its $1 billion settlement with the U.S. of pollution claims stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil-rig explosion that triggered the biggest U.S. offshore spill.

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    The building housing “Unit 61398” of the People’s Liberation Army is seen in the outskirts of Shanghai, Tuesday Feb. 19, 2013. Cyberattacks that stole information from 141 targets in the U.S. and other countries have been traced to the Chinese military unit in the building, a U.S. security firm alleged Tuesday.

    U.S. security firm alleges massive Chinese hacking

    Cyberattacks that stole massive amounts of information from military contractors, energy companies and other key industries in the U.S. and elsewhere have been traced to the doorstep of a Chinese military unit, a U.S. security firm alleged Tuesday. China’s Foreign Ministry dismissed the report as “groundless,” and the Defense Ministry denied any involvement in hacking attacks.

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    Google's stock price breaks $800 for 1st time

    Google's stock price topped $800 for the first time Monday amid renewed confidence in the company's ability to reap steadily higher profits from its dominance of Internet search and prominence in the increasingly important mobile device market. The milestone comes more than five years after Google's shares initially barreled through $700.

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    Astellas partners with PGA Tour on Women’s Initiative
    The PGA Tour and Astellas Pharma U.S. announced today a three-year agreement in which Astellas will champion the PGA Tour's commitment to its new Women's Initiative.

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    Former Ingersoll-Rand exec named to Allstate board
    Allstate Corp. said Herbert L. Henkel,retired chairman of Ingersoll-Rand Company, has been elected to its board of directors, effective March 1.

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    Chicago Rivet & Machine declares 15 cent dividend
    The board of directors of Chicago Rivet & Machine Co. declared a regular quarterly dividend of 15 cents per share, payable March 20 to shareholders of record at the close of business on March 5.

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    Takeda Pharmaceutical Company’s Deerfield’s headquarters.

    Takeda faces first trial over actos diabetes drug in California

    Takeda Pharmaceutical Co., Asia’s biggest drugmaker, with North American headquaters in Deerfield, is facing its first trial of lawsuits alleging that its Actos diabetes drug caused cancer in some patients.Jack Cooper, a former cable splicer for Pacific Bell who took Actos for more than two years, contends officials of Takeda’s U.S. unit didn’t properly warn consumers that Actos could cause bladder cancer. Jury selection in Cooper’s case is slated to begin to today in state court in Los Angeles.Cooper, 69, was diagnosed with bladder cancer in November 2011 and “is gravely ill,” Judge Kenneth Freeman said in an October ruling ordering an expedited trial of his claims.The trial comes a month after Osaka, Japan-based Takeda won U.S. regulatory approval for Nesina, a new diabetes drug to replace Actos, which lost patent protection last year. Actos was once the world’s biggest-selling diabetes drug.Sales of Actos peaked in the year ended March 2011 at $4.5 billion for Takeda and accounted for 27 percent of the company’s revenue at the time, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.Takeda is facing more than 3,000 suits alleging Actos caused bladder cancer or other ailments among patients, according to court records. Cooper’s suit is among the cases that have been gathered before Freeman in California. There are other cases in state court in Illinois, according to court dockets.Case ConsolidationMore than 1,200 suits have been consolidated before a federal judge in Louisiana for pretrial information exchanges. The first federal case is set for trial in November 2014, according to court filings.Takeda officials defended the company’s handling of Actos by noting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found it to be a safe and effective drug and arguing there’s no proof that it causes bladder cancer.“We empathize with the plaintiffs but believe that Takeda acted responsibly with regard to Actos,” D’Lesli Davis, one of Takeda’s lawyers, said in an e-mailed statement. “Studies do not establish a causal link between Actos and bladder cancer.”FDA officials found in 2011 that an analysis of a company- sponsored study showed some Actos users faced an increased risk of developing bladder cancer or heart problems. The company pulled the drug off the market in Germany and France that same year at the request of those countries’ regulators.Takeda officials said in an e-mailed statement that the study FDA officials reviewed about Actos’s risk is continuing and results are scheduled to be available next year. They said other information generated by the study showed that over time, patients’ risks of developing bladder cancer from the medicine decreased.Whistleblower ClaimsLawyers for former Actos users contend in court filings that Takeda researchers ignored or downplayed concerns about the drug’s cancer-causing potential before it went on the U.S. market in 1999 and misled U.S. regulators about the medicine’s risks.Helen Ge, a former Takeda medical reviewer, accused the company in a whistleblower lawsuit of failing to forward reports of congestive heart-failure cases associated with Actos to the FDA. She said Takeda’s actions led to the filing of false reimbursement claims for the drug.The company failed to classify “non-hospitalized or non- fatal” congestive heart failure cases as serious from late 2007 to January 2010, Ge said in the complaint, filed in federal court in Boston. Takeda, like other drugmakers, is required to update the FDA on side-effect reports.“These events were not properly identified or reported in the FDA’s safety database,” Ge said in the suit. “Takeda’s motivation to fraudulently report and under-report the serious adverse events was driven by an economic desire to falsely enhance Actos’s safety profile and to increase sales.”

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    Workers paste a giant advertisement poster for foreign product on the window of a department store in Shenyang in northeast China’s Liaoning province.

    China rejects status as world’s biggest trader

    China has a new status its government doesn't want — world's biggest trader. Official Chinese and American trade data indicates China passed the United States last year in total imports and exports by a margin of $3.866 trillion to $3.822 trillion. That is about $44 billion, or just over 1 percent of China's total.The Commerce Ministry has taken the unusual step of publicly denying China is the new No. 1. It says China still trailed the U.S. by $15.6 billion last year — or a razor-thin 0.3 percent — under World Trade Organization standards for valuing goods.

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    Vessels surround a drilling rig at the site of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, May 6, 2010.

    BP ready for trial in Deepwater Horizon case

    BP says it has failed to reach a settlement in advance of next week's civil trial on the Deepwater Horizon accident and is ready to defend itself vigorously against allegations of gross negligence in the U.S.'s biggest environmental disaster. Rupert Bondy, the group's general counsel, said in a statement Tuesday that settlement demands were "not based on reality or the merits of the case."

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    Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during Monday’s session of Upper House Budget Committee in Tokyo .

    World stocks muted ahead of US return from holiday

    World stock markets were muted Tuesday, with Asian shares slightly lower after investors drew profits from recent rallies. European markets opened higher a day after the German central bank said the country will likely avoid recession.The Bundesbank said in its monthly report Monday that the country should avoid recession since it is showing signs of growth so far this year. Europe's largest economy shrank 0.6 percent in the last quarter of 2012. Two straight quarters of falling output is a common definition of recession.

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    Nestle finds horse meat in beef pasta meals

    The world's biggest food and drinks maker Nestle SA has become the latest company to pull some of its products off European shelves after they were found to contain undeclared horse meat.The company, based in Vevey, Switzerland, said in a statement late Monday that it withdrew some of its beef pasta ready meals from sale after tests conducted two days earlier detected horse DNA. Nestle said it increased its surveillance after reports emerged last month of mislabeled products being sold in Britain.

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    U.S. Airways CEO Doug Parker, right, and American Airlines CEO Tom Horton after a news conference at DFW International Airport.

    In path to American’s merger, 1 CEO had to leave

    The 14-month battle for control of American Airlines came down to two men who got their start there.When the airline filed for bankruptcy in November 2011, Tom Horton was simultaneously elevated to CEO. But from the minute he reached the top, a number of forces started converging against him. The airline's unions didn't trust him. Those owed money by American questioned his plans.The strongest opposition, however, soon came from his old friend Doug Parker.

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    Grey Poupon to air ‘Pardon Me’ ads after 16 years

    Grey Poupon's famous "Pardon Me" TV commercial is returning for a moment of Oscar glory.After a 16-year hiatus, the mustard that mocked its own stuffy image in one of TV's most famous commercials will once again take to the airwaves during the Academy Awards show on Feb. 24. The spot comes as Kraft Foods looks to boost sagging sales of the Dijon mustard, which is facing competition from a growing variety of high-end condiments on supermarket shelves.

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    Job Seeker Brett Culver, left, of Newalla, Okla., formerly of the Air Force, talks with Texas state trooper Deon Cockrell, right, at a Recruit Military job fair in Oklahoma City.

    Younger vets still struggle as jobs scene improves

    Two months after completing his five-plus years as an Army medic, Dan Huber is still looking for a job. And while he's had some promising interviews, he has no assurances the search will end soon.That's given him some insight that he shares with some of his buddies back at Fort Polk in Louisiana: Don't wait until you've left the military to determine how you'll make ends meet as a civilian. "I've told them: `Hey, man, you guys have really got to start planning months and months in advance. It's not just planning for interviews. It's planning to make sure you'll be afloat in this time period, which you don't know how long will take,"' said Huber, 26, of Waukesha, Wis.

Life & Entertainment

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    Terri Edmunds makes Duchess Potatoes, fancy mashed potatoes. The little bit of extra effort makes a big impact on the plate.

    Naperville mom becoming more adventurous in kitchen
    Don't expect to see Terri Edmunds and her family at the local pizza parlor or chain family restaurant any time soon. Her husband says he and their two kids are so spoiled by her homecooking that going out to eat is a let down. Terri shares a few recipes and her tips for getting dinner on the table every night.

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    Whole-grain quinoa combined with potatoes and vegetables comes to the table as a hearty side salad or a meatless entree.

    Get acquainted with quinoa

    The United Nations launches its 2013 International Year of Quinoa initiative so if you're not familiar with quinoa (keen-WA) yet, you'll will be soon. Once found only in specialty food stores, this grain is considered a super food by nutritionists and health experts for its high fiber and protein content. If that wasn't reason enough to like it, it's also high in essential amino acids and is free of gluten and cholesterol.

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    Actor Tony Goldwyn portrays President Fitzgerald Grant, who is having an affair with his former communications director, on the ABC television series “Scandal.”

    Tony Goldwyn rules as cheating chief executive

    When "Scandal" debuted last spring, its premise seemed clear-cut and comfortable. This latest melodrama from Shonda Rhimes starred Kerry Washington as boss of a Beltway crisis management firm that fixes sticky problems for the D.C. high and mighty. Tony Goldwyn plays the smitten chief executive. The juicy saga has this season found Olivia and Fitz ever more deliciously and dangerously entwined.

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    Don’t be resentful mom respects your decision about kids

    Reader says she and her boyfriend have decided not to have kids. While her mom respects that decision, her constant doting on stepgrandkids rubs daughter the wrong way. Carolyn Hax says don't be resentful of mom backing your decision.

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    Whole grain quinoa combined with potatoes and vegetables comes to the table as a hearty side salad or a meatless entree.

    Quinoa Salad
    Quinoa Salad

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    David Axelrod, former senior adviser to President Barack Obama, has landed a new job at NBC News as a senior political analyst.

    NBC hires former Obama strategist David Axelrod

    David Axelrod, former strategist and aide to President Obama, has landed a new job at NBC News. The network said Tuesday that Axelrod is joining as a senior political analyst. He'll contribute to broadcasts on both NBC News and the cable network MSNBC.

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    New York City police are investigating harassment complaints made by actor Alec Baldwin and a New York Post photographer after an altercation outside Baldwin’s Manhattan apartment.

    Alec Baldwin, N.Y. Post photog file harass claims

    New York City police are investigating harassment complaints made by actor Alec Baldwin and a New York Post photographer after an altercation. Photographer G.N. Miller says the former "30 Rock" star yelled racial epithets and other insults when he was trying to take pictures of the actor outside his Manhattan apartment. Baldwin maintains he hollered at the photographer, but never said anything racist.

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    Criticism of Dr. Drew Pinsky spread on the Internet almost as quickly as news of Mindy McCready’s death. The country singer with the tumultuous personal life became the fifth cast member of his “Celebrity Rehab” series to die since appearing on the show and the third from Season 3.

    McCready’s death renews questions for Dr. Drew

    The criticism of Dr. Drew Pinsky spread on the Internet almost as quickly as news of Mindy McCready's death. The country singer with the tumultuous personal life became the fifth cast member of his "Celebrity Rehab" series to die since appearing on the show and the third from Season 3. The previous deaths stirred up rumors of a curse and a debate about the show's helpfulness. McCready's apparent suicide upped the pitch of the reaction, however.

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    DiCaprio calls for ivory trade ban in Thailand

    Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio has called on the Thai government to ban all ivory trade in the country, as part of a global campaign to tackle the illegal wildlife crimes. International conservation group World Wildlife Fund said in a statement Tuesday that DiCaprio sent a personal e-mail to his friends and supporters to encourage them to sign a petition addressing Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra over the wildlife trade.

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    Singer Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas and her husband Josh Duhamel, right, are expecting their first child.

    Fergie, Josh Duhamel expecting their first child

    Fergie is pregnant with her first child. A representative for the Black Eyed Peas singer confirmed the news Monday. Fergie's actor husband Josh Duhamel tweeted about the news with joy, saying: "Fergie and Me and BABY makes three."

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    Zucchini Bundles with Brown Butter and Sage
    Zucchini Bundles: Terri Edmunds

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    Easy Mac n Cheesey
    Easy Mac n Cheesey: Terri Edmunds

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    Night life events: Free live music at Mullen's

    Catch live music with no cover every Saturday night at Mullen’s Bar and Grill in Lisle. LAVA Rock plays Saturday, Feb. 23. Plus, drink specials include $2.50 Bud and Bud Light drafts and the beer of the month — $3.50 pints of Stella Artois.

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    "Spencers Theatre of Illusion" plays the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights on Sunday, Feb. 24.

    Best bets: Illusions come to the Metropolis

    The award-winning Spencer family magicians perform their spectacle-filled "Spencers Theatre of Illusion" this Sunday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre. If you're more into golf, check out the Chicago Golf Show in Rosemont this weekend. Or get dolled up to celebrate the Oscars Sunday with Daily Herald film critic Dann Gire.

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    “There’s something moving and it ain’t us.”

    ‘Colonial Marines’ a joy for ‘Aliens’ fans

    Every science fiction/horror game of the last 20 years owes a debt to the first two films in the "Alien" franchise, Ridley Scott's moody 1979 original and James Cameron's action-packed 1986 sequel, "Aliens." "Aliens: Colonial Marines" is the follow-up that fans have been craving.

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    Watch the Oscars with movie-inspired cocktails like Citrus Bubbly, from left clockwise, Spiced Rose-Pomegranate Spritzer and the Wild Meadow.

    Wild Meadow
    Wild Meadow

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    Toast to your favorite Oscar nominees with, from left, citrus bubbly with a small curl of lemon on top, spiced rose-pomegranate spritzer with a star anise on top, sparkling wine or a glass of wild meadow with berries.

    Chefs salute best film food scenes

    What happens when you ask a group of food world luminaries to come up with their picks for Best Food Scene in a movie? You get some unexpected responses.

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    Watch the Oscars with movie-inspired cocktails like Citrus Bubbly, from left clockwise, Spiced Rose-Pomegranate Spritzer and the Wild Meadow.

    Spiced Rose-Pomegranate Spritzer
    [No Paragraph Style]Recipe headRecipe ingredientsSpiced Rose-Pomegranate Spritzer

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    Citrus Bubbly

    Citrus Bubbly
    Citrus Bubbly

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    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com Cook of the Week Terri Edmunds of Naperville with Duchess potatoes, here with the shape of Mickey Mouse.

    Boursin Cheese Duchess Potatoes
    Duchess Potatoes: Terri Edmunds

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    WWE announcer Justin Roberts of Buffalo Grove says he's working in his dream job.

    WWE announcer started as admiring Buffalo Grove fan

    During the last WrestleMania, WWE announcer Justin Roberts looked out at the arena of 80,000 cheering fans, and then over at world champion wrestler CM Punk. Roberts, who grew up in Buffalo Grove, and Punk were both starting out at small wrestling events around the suburbs when Roberts was 17. Now, here they were. "We didn't say anything, but we looked at each other and thought, wow, we've come a long way from Chicago," Roberts said.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Erasing questions about safety in Naperville’s downtown

    Increased police presence in downtown Naperville at night is helping to remove a perception the area is unsafe following some violent crimes last year. A Daily Herald editorial praises the police department and local businesses for recognizing a problem.

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    Winning the argument on government

    Columnist Eugene Robinson: President Obama is gradually winning the argument about what government can and should do. His State of the Union address was an announcement of that fact — and a warning to conservatives that to remain relevant, they will have to move beyond the premise that government is always the problem and never the solution.

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    50 years later, the mistakes of the ‘Mystique’

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Fifty years later, Betty Friedan's movement has reached full adulthood and, one hopes, is seeing a shrink. Among lessons gleaned from the couch is that maturation requires recognizing our mistakes and our own roles in unwelcome consequences.

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    Cruise lawsuits only indicate greed
    A Wood Dale letter to the editor: The lawyers must have been waiting on the dock for the Carnival cruise ship to come in. Why are some of the passengers suing? Nobody got hurt and they have already been compensated.

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    Know Bible to know what God accepts
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Opinions of men do not make the Word of God subservient to the intellect of men. We all need to find out what this book says before we state our opinions on what is acceptable or unacceptable to the Almighty. After all it is his world, not ours.

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    Leaders going against their religion
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Once again I am overwhelmed by the hypocrisy of our legislators — Pat Quinn, Michael Madigan, John Cullerton and more. All good Irish Catholic boys, probably even altar boys, supporting gay marriage.

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    More parental support would help curb violence
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: What about a subject that is hardly being discussed: the many children who are growing up in one-parent families, many of whom are being born out of wedlock in gang-controlled areas? What chance do these kids have of growing up to become role models and law-abiding citizens?

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    Look at a broader definition of militia
    A Barrington letter to the editor: According the Illinois Constitution, the militia consists of all able-bodied adults. Of course, no one is (or ought to be) required to obtain a gun and become proficient in its use, but those who accept this responsibility are more likely to be useful in an emergency than those who are unfamiliar with firearms, and should enjoy the support, at least, of those whom they could defend and protect in time of trouble.

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