Daily Archive : Tuesday March 5, 2013

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    Naperville council backs new Water Street Project

    Naperville's once-controversial Water Street Development has come a big step toward becoming a reality. Council members voted 7-2 late Tuesday to approve a site plan for the 2.4 acre project on Water Street, which will include a 166-room hotel, 71,000 square feet of commercial space, 26,000 square feet of office use, a 524-space parking deck, improvements along the south shore of the Riverwalk,...

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    Blaze badly damages Lombard home

    An attached garage caught fire in Lombard Tuesday evening causing $200,000 damage to the structure.

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    Wilma Valero is the director of the English Language Learners Department at Elgin Area School District U-46, where the philosophy is that no child should lose a language to learn a language. She runs the dual language program, now in its second year.

    U-46 dual language program encourages bilingualism, biliteracy

    "No child has to lose a language to learn another language." That's the philosophy of Elgin Area School District U-46's Dual Language program, which started last year. Wilma Valero, director of the U-46 English Language Learners Department, believes Dual Language empowers English and Spanish speakers and prepares them to succeed in a global society.

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    Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka

    Topinka: Ousting Brady sends 'a terrible message'

    Republican Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka became the third Illinois official to publicly sound off in support of state GOP Chair Pat Brady, of St. Charles, who may be ousted this week for making statements supporting gay marriage. “He's on the right side of history, for God's sake,” Topinka told the Daily Herald Tuesday. “For me, it's being a total conservative that you're really...

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    Marcus Ramirez, of Trader Joe's in Lake Zurich, retrieves some shopping carts before they get buried.

    Big snowfall gets total inch count back to normal

    The Chicago suburbs are digging out from the largest snow event of the winter season just a few weeks after it looked like the area was on track for one of the least snow-filled seasons in history. Only 3.5 inches of snow were recorded at O'Hare as of Jan. 31, and comparisons were being made to the winter of 1920-21, when only 9.8 inches fell.

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    Reid Foltyniewicz

    Lombard candidates battle for say in Ken-Loch land use

    The race for District 3 trustee in Lombard is also a race for the chance to participate in discussions about the future of the Ken-Loch Golf Links. The former golf course lies in an unincorporated area within District 3 on the village's southeast side, and the winner of a three-way race to represent the area can join in talks set to continue in May about future land use at the site.

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    Shown is the main gate of Glenwood Gardens in Bakersfield, Calif., Monday March 4, 2013, where an elderly woman died after a nurse refused to perform CPR on her last week. The central California retirement home is defending one of its nurses who refused pleas by a 911 operator to perform CPR on an elderly woman, who later died. “Is there anybody that's willing to help this lady and not let her die,” dispatcher Tracey Halvorson says on a 911 tape released by the Bakersfield Fire Department aired by several media outlets.

    Nurse's refusal to do CPR prompts outrage, investigation

    A nurse's refusal to give CPR to a dying 87-year-old woman at a California independent living home despite desperate pleas from a 911 dispatcher has prompted outrage and spawned a criminal investigation. The harrowing 7-minute, 16-second call also raised concerns that policies at senior living facilities could prevent staff from intervening in medical emergencies. It prompted calls for...

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    Reaction to death of Dawn Clark Netsch

    Pioneering Illinois politician and former state comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch died Tuesday at age 86. Here is reaction from across the state.

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    Price tag, wait for U of Ill. statue's return grow
    The University of Illinois has announced it will have to wait longer than expected to welcome home one of its icons. And it will be more expensive than planned to get it back. University officials said Monday the Alma Mater statue needs more restoration work than originally thought and won't be back by May as initially planned.

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    Dawn Clark Netsch, announcing her run for Illinois governor in 1993, was the first woman to run for that office on a major ticket. Netsch, also a former Illinois comptroller and state senator, died Tuesday at age 86.

    Netsch broke barriers in 'stalwart fashion'

    Days apart from the Supreme Court's January 1973 decision on Roe V. Wade, another major step for the women's rights movement was taken on a local level. Dawn Clark Netsch, the tiny yet fierce Chicago Democrat, was sworn into her first term in the state Senate, taking another step toward a six-decades-long political career that broke barriers for women around the state.

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    Illinois House OKs amendments banning semi-auto guns

    The Illinois House has approved a series of measures that would ban semi-automatic assault weapons in Illinois.One amendment approved Tuesday would make it a felony for anyone to possess a military-style assault weapon or to have large-capacity ammunition magazines.

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    IDOT guiding minority- and women-owned firms

    The Illinois Department of Transportation has launched an initiative to increase participation of minority- and women-owned companies in state contracts. The agency is conducting workshops to provide information for small businesses, and a step-by-step guide to the state's contracting process.

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    Durbin, Kirk to introduce gun legislation

    Illinois' two U.S. senators — Democrat Dick Durbin and Republican Mark Kirk — say they and other senators will introduce a bill to crack down on gun trafficking and straw purchasing. In a news release, they announced Monday the Stop Illegal Trafficking in Firearms Act of 2013 will be considered Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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    Knives of all sizes and types are piled in a box, just a few of the hundreds of items discarded at the security checkpoints of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport back in 2006. But now airline passengers will be able to carry small knives, souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes beginning in April 2013 under a policy change announced Tuesday.

    TSA to allow small knives, bats, clubs on planes

    Airline passengers will be able to carry small knives, souvenir baseball bats, golf clubs and other sports equipment onto planes beginning next month under a policy change announced Tuesday by the head of the Transportation Security Administration. The new policy conforms U.S. security standards to international standards, and allows TSA to concentrate its energies on more serious safety threats,...

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    Visibility along Route 47 in Lily Lake is very limited as wet snow continues to fall early in the afternoon Tuesday. Cars without headlights on seemed to almost disappear among the snowflakes.

    Snow tapering off, roads still slick

    Snow continued to fall into Tuesday night with roads throughout the area remaining slick. Almost 1,200 flights were canceled Tuesday at O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport.

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    Des Plaines man collapses next to snowblower, dies

    A Des Plaines man collapsed next to his snowblower Tuesday afternoon and died.

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    Man killed in I-294 crash

    A man died Tuesday afternoon on I-294 after his Mercedes Benz became smashed between a semi and the median wall.

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    On Jan. 23, 2005, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez helds up a U.S. dollar bill and challenged U.S. President George W. Bush to bet which of them would remain in power longer at a rally in Caracas. Chavez died on Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.

    Chavez waged battle for his socialist ideals

    President Hugo Chavez was a former paratroop commander and self-styled “subversive” who waged continual battle for his socialist ideals. He bedeviled the United States and outsmarted his rivals time and again, while using Venezuela’s vast oil wealth to his political advantage.

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    Mundelein Invitational is Saturday:

    Mundelein High School will host its 48th Annual Mundelein Invitational on the MHS campus Saturday, March 9, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission for the entire day is $5.

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    In this Oct. 11, 2011, photo, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez points at his head to show his hair has started to grow back after his last round of chemotherapy at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas, Venezuela. Chavez was reported to have died Tuesday.

    Venezuela’s Chavez dies, officials call for unity

    President Hugo Chavez, the fiery populist who declared a socialist revolution in Venezuela, crusaded against U.S. influence and championed a leftist revival across Latin America, died Tuesday at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.

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    CIA Director nominee John Brennan’s nomination is set for a key test before the Senate Intelligence Committee as the committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday.

    Deal on drone memos paves way for vote on CIA pick

    Seeking to clear the way for confirmation of John Brennan to run the CIA, the White House is providing members of the Senate Intelligence Committee with access to all of the top-secret legal opinions that justify the use of lethal drone strikes against terror suspects, the committee’s chairwoman announced Tuesday.

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    In this July 22, 2006 photo released by Miraflores Press Office, Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez , right, speak with Cuba’s Fidel Castro during their visit to the home of Cuban revolutionary Ernesto “Che” Guevara in Cordoba, Argentina.

    Images: Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Through the Years
    Images of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who died at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer. During more than 14 years in office, Chavez routinely challenged the status quo at home and internationally. He polarized Venezuelans with his confrontational and domineering style, yet was also a masterful communicator and strategist.

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    Supporters of Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez yell “Long Live Chavez!” and sing their nation’s anthem after learning that Chavez has died through an announcement by the vice president in Caracas, Venezuela.

    Images: Reaction to the Death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez
    Images of reaction to the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Venezuela's Vice President Nicolas Maduro announced on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 that President Hugo Chavez has died at age 58 after a nearly two-year bout with cancer.

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    A South Korean protester shouts slogans near an effigy of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during an anti-North Korea rally in February. The United States and China reached agreement on a draft resolution to punish North Korea.

    US, China propose tough UN sanctions for NKorea

    A U.S.-China draft resolution aimed at reining in North Korea’s nuclear and ballistic missile program would impose some of the strongest sanctions ever ordered by the United Nations, in a move certain to infuriate the regime and inflame tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

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    Associated Press U.S. cardinals arrive for a meeting at the Vatican Tuesday for a second day of pre-conclave meetings. With a handful of cardinals still traveling to Rome, no date has yet been set for the start of the conclave that will elect the new pope.

    Americans control conclave message just by talking

    Most experts doubt the upcoming conclave will select an American pope, but the U.S. cardinals are already exerting a surprising amount of control over the message — simply by talking. Their lively daily briefings contrast sharply with the sober summaries from the Vatican spokesman and almost nothing from anyone else.

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    District 59 school board candidates talk finances, diversity

    Two of three candidates vying for seats on the Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 school board say dealing with the growing diversity among the student population and maintaining sound financial planning for the future are two important challenges facing the district. Incumbents, Barbara Somogyi, who has served 35 years on the board, and Seana McPherson, who was appointed to the board in...

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    Firefighters battle a house fire Tuesday in an unincorporated area near Glen Ellyn. The fire caused extensive damage to a one-story home, but no injuries were reported.

    Fire causes extensive damage to house near Glen Ellyn

    No injuries were reported Tuesday when fire caused extensive damage to a one-story house near Glen Ellyn, Lt. Craig Eldridge of the Glen Ellyn Volunteer Fire Company said. Only one resident was home at the time, Eldridge said, and she escaped unharmed.

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    This is a rendering of the new playground that will be installed at Brittany Park, 1245 W. New Britton Drive, Hoffman Estates. The existing wood playground is deteriorating. The new playground will likely be installed by early summer.

    Playgrounds undergoing renovations in Hoffman Estates

    The Hoffman Estates Park District is close to finalizing bids for the installation of more than $117,000 worth of new playground equipment at Lincoln Park, High Point Park and Brittany Park. The existing playgrounds are more than a decade old and the only ones left in the district that are made out of wood. Work on the new playgrounds should be complete by early summer.

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    Linda Lucassen, left, and Kathleen Pender, right, are candidates for Round Lake Park mayor.

    Round Lake Park hopefuls want to boost communication

    Village Trustee Linda Lucassen and former Trustee Kathleen Pender are squaring off to replace Jean McCue, who is not running for reelection, as Round Lake Park village president. Improving communications with residents and attracting businesses are priorities for both candidates who each are part of slates that feature candidates for three trustee seats and village clerk.

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    Wheeling trustee candidates clockwise from upper left: Ken Brady, Bill Hein, Mary Krueger, Greg Stavros and Mary Papantos.

    Wheeling mayoral, trustee candidates debate PhilHaven

    Candidates for Wheeling village president and village board debate the controversial PhilHaven project, apartments proposed for low-income people with disabilities.

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    Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson is currently serving a 38-year term for the murder of his third wife, Kathleeen Savio.

    Judge: ‘Shocked’ by Peterson’s former attorney

    The judge presiding at Drew Peterson’s murder trial says he’s dismayed by public comments the ex-police officer’s former attorney has made and will forward his concerns to a disciplinary body. The judge cited a television interview where attorney Joel Brodsky criticized his former client, Peterson.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Saul Guzman, of the 200 block of Windsor Court in South Elgin, was arrested Feb. 28 and charged with five counts of aiding/abetting possession with intent to sell a stolen vehicle, police reports said.

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    Mundelein parks pre-school open house:

    The Mundelein Park District and its Learning Center Preschool is hosting an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 10.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Saul Guzman, no age given, of the 200 block of Windsor Court, South Elgin, was arrested Feb. 28 and charged with five counts of aiding/abetting possession with intent to sell a stolen vehicle, according to a police report.

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    Vote by mail applications:

    Registered voters, including students away at school and traveling snowbirds who choose to vote by mail in the April 9 election, can download an official application for a ballot at LakeVoterPower.info.

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    Chili cook off competition:

    Antioch VFW Post 4551, 75 North Ave., Antioch, will host its first chili cook-off competition from 2 to 5 p.m. March 23.

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    A Central Road Elementary School sixth-grader kicks the ball to the opposing team of parents during an event hosted as part of the PTA’s Take Your Family to School Week.

    Central Road students enjoy benefits of PTA grant

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    Wheeling Twp. Democrat office vandalized

    For the second time in a month, vandals have targeted windows at the Wheeling Township Democratic Party office, 1310 Northwest Hwy., in Arlington Heights, but the organization’s president doubts the damage is motivated by politics.

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    Candidate, referendum forums in Batavia, Geneva, Sugar Grove

    Where can you ask questions of candidates seeking local school and city posts? Besides candidates' personal events, there are several forums coming up.

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    Bill DiFulvio

    DiFulvio plans to run as write-in in South Elgin

    South Elgin Trustee Bill DiFulvio, who was kicked off the ballot last week after a challenge to his nominating petition, plans to run as a write-in candidate in the April 9 election.

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    Karen Darch and Mike Kozel

    Darch, Kozel spar over Barrington fire dispute

    The potential end of the long-running relationship between the village of Barrington and Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District has become an issue in the Barrington village president race. Write-in challenger Mike Kozel criticizes incumbent Village President Karen Darch for not reaching a deal with the fire district.

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    Charles Amrich

    Island Lake squabble delays ballot printing

    The printing of Island Lake ballots will be delayed until after an electoral board decides whether Charles Amrich's name should be included. The electoral board is scheduled to meet Thursday morning to decide the fate of Amrich's mayoral bid. Following the hearing, attorneys for Island Lake and Amrich will head to Judge Margaret Mullin's courtroom for her ruling.

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    Virginia Brockmann of St. Charles says she takes her morning walks in all kinds of weather as a small dusting of snow turns heavier Tuesday in Geneva.

    Images: More snow covers the suburbs
    As much as 10 inches of snow is expected to fall on the suburbs Tuesday and into the evening. Most suburban schools were closed in advance of the snow storm.

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    Pediatrics association former employee pleads guilty to stealing books

    A former American Academy of Pediatrics employee on Tuesday pleaded guilty to stealing more than $9,000 worth of books from the Elk Grove Village association.

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    Arlington Hts. police investigate wallet snatchings

    Arlington Heights police are investigating whether the same people were behind two purse thefts about an hour apart Saturday at local restaurants where the thieves attempted to use the credit cards to make thousands of dollars in purchases at stores.

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    Byron J. Sullivan

    Not guilty plea in Libertyville drug-induced homicide

    A Round Lake man accused of selling the heroin that killed a 20-year-old Libertyville man pleaded not guilty early Tuesday morning. Byron Sullivan, 21, of the 1100 block of East End Drive, faces up to 30 years in prison if found guilty of the single count of drug-induced homicide, prosecutors said. He is charged in connection with the death of Tim McCann in January.

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    College of DuPage is spending $290,000 on a consultant to develop a “brand” for the college. It’s part of an overall effort to increase the college’s profile and make it more competitive with other institutions of higher learning.

    COD consultant to help school develop ‘brand’

    College of DuPage is a community school, but officials want its message to prospective students, donors and residents to be much more. COD is spending $290,000 on a consultant to help develop a “brand” for the school as part of an overall effort to increase its profile from simply a community college to what President Robert Breuder calls a “hybrid” institution.

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    Dale Berman

    North Aurora may cut building fees to boost development

    North Aurora is considering again cutting home construction fees to spur development.

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    Trustee candidates in Winfield disagree about a suggestion to ask Central DuPage Hospital to help pay for the village’s police department

    Winfield candidate: Hospital should help pay for police

    A Winfield village board candidate has a unique idea to address the town’s financial problems: Asking Central DuPage Hospital to make an annual donation to pay 10 percent of the Winfield Police Department’s budget. The suggestion by trustee candidate Phillip Mustes comes nearly four months after the DuPage County sheriff’s office put the brakes on a controversial plan to take over police...

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    Snow forces Barrington District 220 to postpone board meeting

    Barrington Unit School District 220 is postponing tonight’s scheduled board of education meeting because of the winter storm. The meeting will be rescheduled at a date to be announced, likely next week.

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    Aurora extends holiday decoration removal deadline

    Aurora is extending its deadline for taking down Christmas decorations because, of all things, snow. The city prohibits residents from displaying outdoor decorations for more than 60 days before or after a holiday, meaning Feb. 25 was the original deadline for removing Christmas decor. But spokesman Dan Ferrelli said Tuesday the deadline has been extended to March 18 because of several recent...

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    All-day kindergarten on track for fall in Naperville Dist. 203
    Enrollment has begun and curriculum is being developed on schedule as Naperville Unit District 203 prepares to unveil the first phase of all day kindergarten in the fall.Administrators said Monday that enrollment is nearly halfway completed and that the math curriculum is complete and will be followed shortly by the reading curriculum.

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    This is an undated file photo showing Jack Johnson. Lawmakers seeking a presidential pardon for Johnson, the world’s first black heavyweight boxing champion imprisoned a century ago for his romantic relationships with white women, are renewing their efforts.

    Lawmakers seek pardon for boxing champ

    Lawmakers seeking a presidential pardon for Jack Johnson, the world’s first black heavyweight boxing champion imprisoned a century ago for his romantic relationships with white women, renewed their efforts on Tuesday.

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    This March 2 photo made available by spaceweather.com shows the comet, Pan-STARRS, seen from Queenstown, New Zealand. The recently discovered comet is closer than it’s ever been to Earth, and stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere finally get to see it.

    Comet making closest approach ever of Earth

    A recently discovered comet is closer than it’s ever been to Earth, and stargazers in the Northern Hemisphere finally get to see it. Called Pan-STARRS, the comet passed within 100 million miles of Earth on Tuesday, its closest approach in its first-ever cruise through the inner solar system.

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    District 203 adding surveillance cameras to junior highs

    Naperville Unit District 203 administrators, having deemed their new high school surveillance system a success, are ready to begin testing the same equipment in the junior high schools. The first phase, included adding about 40 cameras to Naperville North High School, bringing the total in each high school to 64. The cameras are in common areas such as lobbies, hallways, cafeterias and stairways,...

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    Bridge Communities to honor two women at luncheon

    Community activitist Mary Ellen Durbin of Life abd Sue Principle, a graduate of Bridge Communities, will be honored at a Bridge Communities luncheon on April 26.

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    Glenbard pushes technology for ‘anytime, anywhere learning’

    Beginning next year, students in Glenbard High School District 87 will be encouraged to bring their own iPads to school, as part of an instructional technology rollout plan that aims to put the computer devices in the hands of all 8,500 district students. Officials say the program will encourage “anytime, anywhere learning” – in the classroom, on the bus, or at home.

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    Sean Sullivan

    District 207 rebates taxes to Maine Township residents

    Maine Township taxpayers will receive $1 million tax abatement from Maine Township High School District 207. The measure was approved at Monday night’s school board meeting. "We believe our financial management and cost-containment efforts have put us in a position that we can make this tax abatement without compromising the quality of our education,” Superintendent Ken Wallace said.

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    Batavia, North Aurora libraries close; Arcada show postponed

    The Batavia Library has decided to close early today, due to the snow. And the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles has postponed tonight's show.

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    Naperville libraries closing early

    All three Naperville Public Library buildings are closing at 3 p.m. today because of the weather.

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    Programs cancelled at The Centre in Elgin

    Group fitness and open gym was canceled at The Centre in Elgin, but the pool was to remain open on Tuesday afternoon.

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    Wheeling village board approves big increase in utility taxes

    Wheeling utility taxes will increase to provide funds for capital improvements — streets and the water and sewer systems — the village board decided Monday. Taxes on gas will more than double to 5 cents per therm, costing the average residential user $2.22 more each month, while taxes on electricity will go up roughly 37 percent or just under $1 for each user.

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    The Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties sponsors or works with other groups on a variety of projects to meet needs in area communities, including creating the Cinderella’s Closet program that helps girls who otherwise couldn’t afford to attend prom.

    Junior League tackles issues for youths in need

    The Junior League of Kane and DuPage Counties has a habit of starting projects members don’t intend to finish. More than a habit, really. A mission. But rather than setting the league up for failure, the approach is the Junior League’s secret to success.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 25-year-old Mount Prospect man was charged with felony vehicle burglary after police chased him from the scene of a car burglary, Arlington Heights police said. A witness told police the man hurled a landscape stone through the front passenger-side window on a 2010 Infiniti QX56 in a business lot at 1300 E. Central Road and stole a cellphone and other small items. Officers said they caught him...

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    Liz Kestler, MainStreet Libertyville’s Volunteer of the Year.

    MainStreet Libertyville honors volunteers

    MainStreet Libertyville, a voluntee- based nonprofit organization whose mission is preserving and promoting the downtown area, recently recognized outstanding volunteers at its annual meeting.

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    Zengeler Cleaners Route Supervisor Pete Donis inspects dresses prior to a delivery to the Glass Slipper Project for a previous year’s collection drive.

    Glass Slipper Project collection is under way

    The 2013 collection drive for the Glass Slipper Project is now under way at all eight Zengeler Cleaners locations.

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    You won’t be seeing this fowl in any Arlington Heights backyards.

    Arlington Heights makes it clear: No chickens, no how

    Arlington Heights made it official on Monday night — no chickens allowed. Pigs and goats should stay out too. After several requests from residents in the past year asking to keep backyard chickens, the village board on Monday reworked their ordinance to specifically ban fowl and other farm animals in residential parts of Arlington Heights.

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    Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., who has maintained that he never paid prostitutes for sex, said he is looking forward to whatever evidence emerges from courts in the Dominican Republic to vindicate him.

    Sen. Menendez says he looks forward to vindication

    Sen. Robert Menendez, who has maintained all along that he never paid prostitutes for sex, said he is looking forward to whatever evidence emerges from courts in the Dominican Republic to vindicate him. A Dominican lawyer on Monday released an affidavit from a 23-year-old woman saying she fabricated a story about Menendez paying her for sex. “I’ve always said that these are false, they’re...

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    Wauconda trustee candidates revisit their priorities in interviews

    Moving away from the choreographed answers they supplied on questionnaires last month, the candidates for seats on Wauconda’s village board cited a variety of issues when they were asked to talk about their campaign priorities during recent interviews.

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    Defendant won’t testify at NYC cannibal-plot trial

    The defense has notified the judge that a New York police officer charged with conspiring to kill and eat women will not testify at his Manhattan trial.

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    Matt Giblin puts booties on leader Kenya before leaving the Finger Lake checkpoint in Alaska during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Monday, March 4, 2013.

    Musher gives up Iditarod lead, rests after blistering run

    Four-time champion Martin Buser is taking a daring approach to this year’s Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Buser was first out of the chute on Sunday and then went on a blistering fast run from Willow to the checkpoint in Rohn — about 170 miles — before resting his dog team.

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    Peter Bensinger, a former Drug Enforcement Administration chief under Presidents Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan, is one of eight former DEA chiefs who say the federal government needs to act now or it might lose the chance to nullify Colorado and Washington’s laws legalizing recreational marijuana use. They plan to issue joint statements Tuesday, March 5, 2013, saying the Obama administration has reacted too slowly and should immediately sue to force the states to rescind the legislation.

    Ex-DEA heads: Feds should nullify state pot laws

    Eight former Drug Enforcement Administration chiefs say the federal government needs to act now or it might lose the chance to nullify Colorado and Washington’s laws legalizing recreational marijuana use. The onetime DEA heads plan to issue joint statements Tuesday. “If they don’t act now, these laws will be fully implemented in a matter of months,” said Peter Bensinger.

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    The likely outcome in the heavily Democratic city will send two City Hall regulars, Eric Garcetti, 42, and Wendy Greuel, 51, to a May 21 runoff, since it’s unlikely any candidate will clear the majority needed to win outright Tuesday March 5, 2013.

    Struggling LA to pick new mayor in low-profile race

    City Hall is nearly broke — and for many, is broken. The airport is an embarrassment. Freeways are clogged. And potholes, cracked sidewalks and untended trees infest many neighborhoods. There are plenty of problems to solve in Los Angeles, but voters have been mostly indifferent about Tuesday’s race for mayor. No single issue or candidate has seized their attention, much less their imaginations,...

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    Stolen yacht runs aground on Calif.; 3 arrested

    Three people were arrested Monday after they stocked a stolen, 82-foot yacht with pizza and beer, and then ran the vessel aground on a Northern California beach, authorities said. Authorities took two men and a woman off the boat hours after the “Darlin” got stuck in shallow water at Pacifica State Beach, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office said.

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    Julio Acevedo, 44, who police are looking for in connection with the death of an expectant couple and their premature baby, who was delivered alive but did not survive. Police are searching for the driver of a BMW who fled on foot after slamming into the livery cab transporting Nachman Glauber and his pregnant wife Raizy, both 21 years old.

    Violent past for suspect in NY crash that killed pregnant woman, husband

    Authorities were looking for a man with a history of violence and a prior drunken driving arrest suspected of barreling down a street and crashing into a pregnant woman and her husband, killing them and ultimately the child they were expecting. Police identified the suspected driver as Julio Acevedo, and said he was speeding down the Brooklyn street in a BMW at 60 mph early Sunday when he...

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    Syrian rebels battle regime holdouts in Raqqa

    Syrian rebels battled pockets of regime loyalists in the northern city of Raqqa on Tuesday after capturing the governor of the northern province in fierce clashes overnight, activists said.

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    Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet arrives for a meeting, at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Cardinal Marc Ouellet once said that being pope “would be a nightmare.” He would know, having enjoyed the confidence of two popes as a top-ranked Vatican insider. His high-profile position as head of the Vatican’s office for bishops, his conservative leanings, his years in Latin America and his work in Rome as president of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America make him a favorite to become the first pontiff from the Americas.

    Conservative Canadian a top contender to be pope

    Cardinal Marc Ouellet once said that being pope “would be a nightmare.” He would know, having enjoyed the confidence of two popes as a top-ranked Vatican insider. His high-profile position as head of the Vatican’s office for bishops, his conservative leanings, his years in Latin America and his work in Rome as president of a key commission for Latin America all make him a favorite to become the...

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    Riot police clash with protesters in Port Said, Egypt, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Egypt’s Islamist president is considering whether to give the military full control of the restive Suez Canal city of Port Said after days of deadly street clashes stoked by excessive use of force by riot police, officials said Tuesday.

    Egypt’s leader mulls army takeover of Suez Canal city

    Egypt’s Islamist president is considering whether to give the military full control of the restive Suez Canal city of Port Said after days of deadly street clashes stoked by excessive use of force by riot police, officials said Tuesday. A handover of the city to the military would be a recognition of the failure of Mohammed Morsi’s government to bring calm to Port Said, which has been in turmoil...

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    A woman holds a purchased copy of a photo showing Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez at the hospital in Havana, with two of his daughters. Venezuela’s government said that President Hugo Chavez’s respiratory problems have gotten worse and that the ailing leader is in “very delicate” condition. Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas said late Monday March 4, 2013 in a statement read on national television that Chavez has a “severe infection.” The 58-year-old Chavez first revealed an unspecified cancer in the pelvic region in June 2011, and reported undergoing radiation treatment and chemotherapy after earlier operations. He underwent cancer surgery in Cuba on Dec. 11 and flew back to Caracas on Feb. 18.

    Venezuela: Chavez hit by new, severe infection

    President Hugo Chavez is breathing with greater difficulty as a new and severe respiratory infection has taken hold, Venezuela’s government said, describing the cancer-stricken president’s condition as “very delicate.” A brief statement read on national television by Communications Minister Ernesto Villegas late Monday carried the sobering news about the charismatic 58-year-old socialist leader’s...

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    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. North Korea vowed Tuesday to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War, citing a U.S.-led push for punishing U.N. sanctions over its recent nuclear test and ongoing U.S.-South Korean joint military drills.

    N. Korea vows to cancel Korean War cease-fire

    North Korea vowed Tuesday to cancel the 1953 cease-fire that ended the Korean War, citing a U.S.-led push for punishing U.N. sanctions over its recent nuclear test and ongoing U.S.-South Korean joint military drills. Without elaborating, the Korean People’s Army Supreme Command warned of “surgical strikes” meant to unify the divided Korean Peninsula and of an indigenous, “precision nuclear...

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    Completely deaf whenever she is not wearing this cochlear implant device, Nancy Chovancek of Wheaton has written a book about her struggles with hearing loss.

    Wheaton woman triumphs over disabling hearing loss

    A Wheaton woman's lifelong struggle with hearing loss inspired her to write a book, with its title taken from a moment that made her cry: Her first recognition of the songs of birds after her cochlear implant surgery.

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    Lisa McCormack sorts through various candy molds at the Decorator Grocery in Peoria.

    Four decades of cake decorating

    Nestled in a residential area of Peoria’s East Bluff, a lonely corner business stands out. With a weathered, white-brick structure, Decorator Grocery lures customers in and whisks them into cake-decorating heaven. “From moms who are doing fun baking projects with their kids to local professionals and those new to the baking and design industry, this store is a great resource,” said Susan Crisler,...

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    Investment adviser sentenced to 6 years in prison
    Associated Press A Chicago investment adviser has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for allegedly defrauding his clients of more than $1.6 million.A federal judge in Chicago sentenced 34-year-old Dimitry Vishnevetsky on Monday.The office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois says Vishnevetsky obtained his clients’ money through a Ponzi scheme.

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    Dawn Patrol: 10 inches of snow? School closings abound

    Snow, snow, snow creates closings. St. Charles District 303 debates charging low-income families for kindergarten. Arlington Heights approves road weather sensors. Elgin man pleads guilty in armed robberies. Hawks set sights on new records.

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    An 8-foot-by-8-foot sinkhole appeared on the property of Algonquin resident Tom Gamoe in 2008.

    Sinkholes can occur in suburbs, but less severely

    Sinkholes can and do occur in the Chicago suburbs, but experts agree they aren’t likely to happen as severely, or for the same reasons, as the one that claimed the life of Floridian Jeff Bush. While Florida sits atop a weak type of limestone that dissolves easily in an active water table, the Chicago area has among the most solid ground there is, geologists say.

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    Last summer, the shoreline of the Fox River along the Batavia Riverwalk reflected the drought that enveloped the state. A snowy February — with more on the way — has helped mitigate the damage.

    Snowfall good news for thirsty soil

    It might be a real pain in the commute -- but Tuesday’s anticipated snowfall could be good news for thirsty suburban soil, experts say. Forecasters are predicting up to 10 inches, which should continue to ease drought-like conditions lingering from a scorching summer and an unusually dry 2012.

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    Brian Hill/bhill@dailyherald.com, 2011 Geneva public works crew members put the finishing touches on a hole on River Lane and Fulton Street. A consultant Monday praised the city’s staffing practices and said an employee survey showed the majority like working for the city and feel their work is important.

    Geneva’s current staffing getting jobs done: consultant

    Geneva seems to be getting city work done with fewer employees, on average, than comparable towns in the region, according to a staffing report presented by a consultant Monday.

Sports

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    Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger, left, and left wing Bryan Bickell celebrate after Bickell scored during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild, Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in Chicago.

    Hawks set franchise record with 10th straight win

    Jonathan Toews called it the little streak within a streak. The Blackhawks set a franchise record Tuesday night with their 10th straight win, beating Minnesota 5-3 at the United Center. But it was overshadowed by something even bigger. With the victory, the Hawks extended their record point streak to start the season to 23 games. “It’s been a fun start to our season,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said.

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    Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger of Sweden, left, and left wing Bryan Bickell celebrate after Bickell scored during the first period .

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Wild
    Images of the Blackhawks vs. Minnesota Wild at the United Center in Chicago. With a 5-3 win , the Blackhawks added to their record of the best start to a season in the history of the NHL -twenty-three games with a point, and yet to suffer a loss in regulation. Marian Hossa was honored before the game on the occasion of playing in his 1,000th NHL game.

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    UIC crushes Cleveland State, moves on in tourney
    Josh Crittle scored 20 points, Daniel Barnes added 16 and UIC beat Cleveland State 82-59 on Tuesday night in the first round of the Horizon League tournament.

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    Bulls center Joakim Noah is averaging 38.3 minutes a game this season, eighth most in the league.

    For Bulls, how much do minutes matter?

    When Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is questioned about playing guys heavy minutes, the response is always along the lines of, "young guys can play a lot; old guys need rest." Their opponent on Wednesday, San Antonio and coach Gregg Popovich, have been criticized for resting the main guys too much. So how do the Bulls and Spurs compare in playing time?

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    Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger and left wing Bryan Bickell celebrate after Bickell scored during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild, Tuesday at the United Center.

    Another win, another milestone for surging Hawks

    The Blackhawks set a franchise record with their 10th consecutive victory and extended their points streak to 29 games with a 5-3 win against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night.

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    Wolves hold off Stars 4-3

    The Chicago Wolves capped off their Texas road trip by knocking off the Western Conference-leading Texas Stars 4-3 Tuesday night at Cedar Park Center.

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    Iowa guard Devyn Marble (4) disputes a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Illinois, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Iowa City, Iowa. (AP Photo/Cedar Rapids Gazette, Brian Ray) MAGS OUT

    Marble leads Iowa past Illinois for 63-55 victory

    Devyn Marble scored 21 points and Iowa beat Illinois 63-55 on Tuesday night for its fifth win in seven games.Josh Oglesby added 10 for the surging Hawkeyes (19-11, 8-9 Big Ten). They tied a school record with 12 blocked shots, including six from Gabe Olaseni off the bench.

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    Libertyville’s Olivia Mayer, left, drives on Carmel’s Claire Ogrinc. Mayer has committed to a future in lacrosse and basketball at Augustana.

    Mayer plans double duty at Augustana

    Libertyville senior Olivia Mayer has announced that she’ll continue her education and both lacrosse and basketball careers at Augustana University in Rock Island.

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    Youngstown State edges Loyola 62-60
    D.J. Cole banked in a driving bucket with 2.5 seconds left to lift Youngstown State to a 62-60 win over Loyola in the first round of the Horizon League tournament Tuesday night.

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    Freshman Ali Andrews, left, and her junior sister Sam, will be back to lead Final Four qualifier Huntley next season.

    Taking a final look at Fox Valley girls basketball for 2012-13

    The time has come to clean out the notebooks from a long weekend at the girls basketball state tournament, as well as from the 2012-13 season. The just-completed state tournament had its usual spills and thrills, but one of the overriding themes of the Class 3A and 4A Final Four was that youth was being served. In Class 4A, eight of the 10 starters in the championship game were non-seniors. Four of the five Huntley starters were non-seniors. Whitney Young only had three seniors on its roster, two of them starters. In Class 3A, 13 of the 20 starters were non-seniors.

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    Northern Illinois routed by Toldeo 70-46

    Matt Smith scored 16 points as Toledo crushed Northern Illinois 70-46 Tuesday night to snap a two-game skid and move into a tie for first in the Mid-American Conference West Division.

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    Penn State’s Maggie Lucas (33) shoots over Nebraska’s Rachel Theriot and Jordan Hooper (35) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lincoln, Neb., Sunday, March 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Players to watch in Big Ten women’s tournament

    Here are 5 players to watch at the Big Ten women's basketball conference tournament, which takes places at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates from Thursday to Sunday.

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    Blackhawks goalies Ray Emery, right, and Corey Crawford have played a key role in the team’s record start.

    It’s all relative when it comes to sports streaks

    One of the great things about the Blackhawks' record run is that it inspired the kind of wacky debates that inject fun into sports.

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    Bulls tipoff
    San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center, 8 p.m. WednesdayTV: Comcast SportsNet, ESPNRadio: ESPN 1000-AMUpdate: Tony Parker is out with an ankle sprain, but the last time these teams met, on Feb. 11, the Spurs won at the United Center without Parker, Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili. In the first game without Parker, San Antonio split time at point guard between Cory Joseph, Nando De Colo and Patty Mills during a 39-point rout of Detroit. Without Parker, Duncan becomes the team’s top scorer at 16.7 points. The Spurs (47-14) have won 19 of their last 22 contests, while the Bulls have won two of their last three games in San Antonio.Next: Utah Jazz at the United Center, 7 p.m. Friday— Mike McGraw

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    Feldman rocked as Cubs fall to Rockies

    Todd Helton got his first hit of spring training and Jeff Francis pitched four scoreless innings Tuesday to carry the Colorado Rockies to a 6-2 victory over the Cubs, snapping a three-game losing streak.

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    Chicago White Sox pitcher Jesse Crain throws during baseball spring training in Phoenix, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Sox loaded with quality relievers

    The White Sox' bullpen features a good blend of veterans and youngsters, and there is even more depth in the minor leagues. If relievers like Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton can stay healthy, the Sox should have one of the better bullpens in the American League.

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    Bolland cheers on Hawks from his couch

    Dave Bolland watched Sunday’s game against Detroit like most Blackhawks fans did – from his couch. Bolland admitted he grew a bit nervous in the latter stages when the Hawks trailed 1-0 but jumped off his couch when Patrick Kane scored with 2:02 left in regulation to tie it. Kane then scored the lone goal in the shootout to extend the Hawks’ record point streak to start the season to 22 games.“I watched them on TV keep the streak alive and now I’m coming back to try and help out,” said Bolland, who returned to the lineup Tuesday against Minnesota after missing five games with an upper body injury he said was not a concussion.

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    United States catcher Joe Mauer, right, tags out Chicago White Sox's Dayan Viciedo trying to score from second on a single by Gordon Beckham in the fourth inning of an exhibition baseball game Tuesday, March 5, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The game is the first of two exhibitions the United States will play leading up the the start of the World Baseball Classic. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    White Sox play to 4-4 tie with U.S. team

    The U.S. team played to a 4-4 tie with the White Sox on Tuesday in the first of its two exhibition games leading up to the start of the World Baseball Classic.

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    The Cubs expect to get a lot of innings from 32-year-old reliever Kyuji Fujikawa, who had a 1.32 ERA in Japan last year.

    Cubs’ bullpen should be even stronger this year

    The Cubs enjoyed some solid moments from their bullpen last season. They fortified the pen this winter with the signing of Japanese reliever Kyuji Fujikawa. Setup men Shawn Camp and James Russell return after coming off good seasons.

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    The Fire’s Logan Pause, left, and Arne Friedrich, center, are likely to miss Saturday’s home opener due to injury.

    Snow shifts Fire’s preparation for home opener

    After Sunday’s 4-0 season-opening loss at two-time defending MLS Cup champion Los Angeles, Chicago Fire players and coaches were eager to get back on the field and get back to work. Events have intervened against them, however.

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    Manchester United's Patrice Evra, rear, challenges Real Madrid's Luka Modric from Croatia during their Champions League round of 16 soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

    Real Madrid eliminates United in Champions League

    Cristiano Ronaldo scored the decisive goal in his return to Old Trafford, rallying Real Madrid over Manchester United 2-1 Tuesday night and into the Champions League quarterfinals with a 3-2 aggregate victory.

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    The on-ice success of the Blackhawks that has captured the attention of Chicago fans has now gone national, with Sports Illustrated, ESPN, TSN and The Wall Street Journal sending reporters to follow the team.

    National media catches up with Blackhawks

    Sports Illustrated, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN and TSN all had reporters at the Blackhawks’ morning skate on Tuesday.The Hawks and their NHL record 22-game point streak to start the season had become a national story.“It’s gaining some momentum here,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said before Tuesday night's game with Minnesota. “We don’t like to focus too much on that, but you’ve got to commend the guys and how diligent they’ve been in focusing on our next game and not getting distracted or getting excited about things they can’t control.”

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    FILE - In this Nov. 23, 2012, file photo, UTEP head coach Tim Floyd reacts to a play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Clemson at the Old Spice Classic in Kissimmee, Fla. Floyd has met with Southern California athletic director Pat Haden about USC's opening, UTEP athletic director Bob Stull said Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Floyd resigned from USC under accusations that he improperly recruited star O.J. Mayo. His successor, Kevin O'Neill, was fired in January after three mostly disappointing seasons. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

    UTEP: Tim Floyd meets with USC about old job

    Former Bulls head coach Tim Floyd has talked to USC about returning to coach the Trojans.Now the coach at UTEP, Floyd met with athletic director Pat Haden about USC’s opening, UTEP athletic director Bob Stull said Tuesday.

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    New Fox sports network to debut in August

    Fox says its new sports cable network will launch Aug. 17.The network said Tuesday that Fox Sports 1, converted from Speed TV, will be in 90 million homes. The company has rights to college basketball and football, NASCAR, soccer and UFC for the channel.

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    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com ¬ Fremd's C.J. Patton competes on the pommel horse during the Palatine boy's gymnastics sectional meet Saturday.

    Scouting boys gymnastics / Northwest

    Here's a look at the boys gymnastics season from the perspective of programs in the Northwest suburbs.

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    Winter storm postpones boys playoff basketball games

    The winter storm hitting the suburbs today has caused several boys high school playoff games to be postponed until Wednesday.

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    Former NBA player Dennis Rodman talks with the media at the Pyongyang Airport in Pyongyang before leaving North Korea last Friday. Rodman called leader Kim Jong Un an "awesome guy".

    A little helpful advice for Dennis Rodman

    Dennis Rodman’s recent trip to North Korea raised some eyebrows. The “Worm” is used to partying with just about anyone, but Mike North says maybe he should rethink his attitude toward Kim Jong, the leader of a country considered a communist state.

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    Vernon Hills’ Meri Bennett-Swanson, left, and Lauren Webb celebrate their 39-31 Class 3A supersectional win over Burlington Central at Hoffman Estates High School on Monday night.

    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 boys basketball, girls 3A and 4A supersectionals and state finals.

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    Former Elk Grove High School teammates Carly Danek, left, and Dani Goranson found themselves on opposing squads for a recent NCAA Division I softball contest between Villanova and Michigan State.

    Brongiel extends impressive downstate run

    This past weekend, Geraldine Brongiel attended her 37th straight IHSA state girls basketball finals. A true supporter of the sport, Brongiel has been awarded for her dedication by being inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as part of the ‘Friends of Basketball’ section.

Business

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    The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 126 points Tuesday to close at an all-time high, powered by China’s strong economic growth targets and a jump in European retail sales.

    Dow hits record, erasing Great Recession losses

    The stock market is back. Five and a half years after the start of a frightening drop that erased $11 trillion from stock portfolios and made investors despair of ever getting their money back, the Dow Jones industrial average has regained all the losses suffered during the Great Recession and reached a new high.

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    Marine Gen. James Mattis, commander, U.S. Central Command, right, followed by Navy Adm. William McRaven, commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, arrive on Capitol Hill Tuesday to testifie before a Senate committee.

    Military leaders welcome House GOP budget bill

    A massive House Republican measure to keep the government operating would ease some of the pain of automatic spending cuts slamming the Defense Department, the nation’s senior military leaders told Congress on Tuesday.

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    Deerfield-based Walgreen Company said Tuesday that revenue from stores open at least a year fell 0.6 percent in February.

    Key Walgreen revenue metric slips in February

    Revenue from established stores slipped last month for Deerfield-based Walgreen Co., as generic drugs once again chipped away at the drugstore chain’s top line. Its shares dropped more than 3 percent in midday trading Tuesday.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS/NBC As Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer goes about her business of saving Yahoo, which now involves a ban on working from home, a new study shows a significant jump in the number of U.S. employers offering flex and other quality-of-life perks.

    Telecommuting: Was Yahoo doing it right?

    Yahoo’s leaked edict under CEO Marissa Mayer that calls remote workers back to the office lit the Twitterverse on fire, angering advocates of telecommuting. A new study shows a tide moving the other way, with more workers now telecommuting.

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    J.C. Penney losses have sent the retailer’s stock plummeting.

    J.C. Penney shares fall to 4-year low

    More bad news for J.C. Penney. The struggling department store chain’s already pummeled stock hit a four-year low after media reports said a large shareholder sold of a chunk of its stock. Shares fell 9.7 percent, or $1.63, to $15.11, after briefly reaching a low of $14.99, its lowest price since March 2009.

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    Actor Robert Redford is among the 100 celebrities leading “Artists Against Fracking.” Hydraulic fracturing, a new practice colloquially known as fracking that involves injecting water into underground rock to free vast reserves of gas, has been linked to documented cases of leaking gas ruining nearby well water, of air pollution, and of problems from the waste the drilling generates.

    Celebrity ‘fractivists’: True advocates or NIMBYs?

    Celebrities have banned together to fight the drilling practice known as "fracking." But as with many activist causes, the facts can get drowned out by the glitz. Now, some experts are asking whether the celebrities are enlightened advocates or NIMBYs — crying “Not in my backyard!” — even as their privileged lives remain entwined, however ruefully, with fossil fuels.

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    Americans are paying more to maintain the nation’s electrical grid than a decade ago, but they appear to be getting little for their money from utility services that are no more reliable and in some cases seem to be getting worse.

    US power grid costs rise, but service slips

    America’s power grid is like an old car. It gets the job done, even if its performance is slipping. But the repair bills go up every year and experts say only a major overhaul will reverse its decline.

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    Israelis can now read Playboy “for the articles.” A U.S. émigré, Daniel Pomerantz, on Tuesday launched the first Hebrew language edition of the popular men’s magazine. Playboy has been widely available in Israel for years, but this marks the first local edition of the magazine featuring Israeli models and articles by Israeli writers.

    Playboy magazine launches Hebrew language edition

    Israelis can now read Playboy ‘for the articles’ as a Hebrew language edition came to the holy land Tuesday. Playboy has been widely available in Israel for years but this marks the first local edition of the magazine. It features Israeli models and articles by Israeli writers.

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    U.S. home prices jumped in January in all states except Delaware and Illinois.

    Home prices up across U.S. but still down in Ill.

    U.S. home prices jumped in January in all states but two -- and Illinois is one of them. Home prices rose 9.7 percent in January from a year ago, according to data released Tuesday by CoreLogic. That’s up from an 8.3 percent increase in December and the biggest annual gain since April 2006.

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    European Commissioner for Internal Market Michel Barnier, third right, and members of various delegations speak with German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, center, during a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels Tuesday.

    EU pushes ahead with bonus cap despite UK concerns

    Britain stood isolated against a broad majority of European Union countries Tuesday in refusing to back legislation that would strictly limit bankers’ bonuses. Treasury Chief George Osborne said at a meeting of the bloc’s 27 finance ministers in Brussels that Britain, home to one of the world’s largest financial industries, can’t support the current proposal to limit bonuses. The UK fears the cap would drive banks to set up outside Europe in the U.S. or Asia.

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    U.S. service firms grows at fastest pace in a year

    U.S. service companies grew in February at the fastest pace in a year, buoyed by higher sales, more new orders and solid job growth. The gain suggests higher taxes have yet to slow consumer spending on services.

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    Shell issues oil production warning in Nigeria

    Royal Dutch Shell PLC has issued a production warning over its operations in Nigeria as it says thieves continue to cut into its pipelines, causing oil spills and damage.

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    Oil above $90 as stock markets surge

    The price of oil got a boost from rising stock markets Tuesday, but traders said that declines that sent oil to its low for the year on Monday will likely resume. Benchmark oil for April delivery was up 21 cents to $90.33 a barrel in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

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    Martha Stewart arrives to court in New York, Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Macy’s Inc. is suing the media and merchandising company Stewart founded for breaching an exclusive contract when she signed a deal with J.C. Penney in December 2011 to open shops at most of its stores this spring.

    Martha Stewart testifies in trial over her brand

    Eight years after Martha Stewart was released from prison for lying about a stock trade, the home diva is now facing another legal mess that may not be easy to clean up. Stewart, 71, took the stand in New York Tuesday morning. She is at the center of a bitter legal battle between two of the nation’s largest retailers — Macy’s Inc. and J.C. Penney Co. But the trial is clearly more than a vanilla contract dispute. It’s a courtroom drama that’s unfolding about disloyalty and greed.

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    Palatine rejects proposed liquor store

    The proximity of schools, upset neighbors and other alcohol-selling establishments means the former JJ Peppers convenience store in Palatine likely won’t reopen as a liquor store. The village council Monday unanimously voted down a plan to open Palatine Liquors in the vacant 3,500-square-foot space at Illinois Avenue and Plum Grove Road.

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    Passengers wait to board an Emirates Airbus A380 aircraft parked at the new Concourse A of Dubai airport in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

    Middle East is new global travel crossroads

    It’s 1 a.m. and the sprawling airport in this desert city is bustling. Enough languages fill the air to make a United Nations translator’s head spin. Thousands of fliers arrive every hour from China, Australia, India and nearly everywhere else on the planet. Few venture outside the terminal, which spans the length of 24 football fields. They come instead to catch connecting flights to somewhere else. If it weren’t for three ambitious and rapidly expanding government-owned airlines — Emirates Airline, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways — they might have never come to the Middle East.

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    Cylinders, or Hanko, of wood, ivory and other material are shown at a Japanese signature seal shop in Tokyo. Hanko are used for everything from renting a house to opening a bank account. The stamps are legal and typically inlaid with ivory lettering. A conservation group claims that Google has something in common with illicit ivory traders in China and Thailand: It says the Internet search giant is helping fuel a dramatic surge in ivory demand in Asia that is killing African elephants at record levels.

    Group says Google shopping ads fuel ivory trade

    A conservation group claims that Google has something in common with illicit ivory traders in China and Thailand: It says the Internet search giant is helping fuel a dramatic surge in ivory demand in Asia that is killing African elephants at record levels. The Environmental Investigation Agency, a conservation advocacy group, said in a statement Tuesday that there are some 10,000 ads on Google Japan's shopping site that promote the sale of ivory.

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    Study: Small business lending weakened in January

    Small business owners are still holding back from borrowing. A study of small business lending released Tuesday by Thomson Reuters and PayNet shows that owners took out fewer loans and leases during January. An index based on the study fell to 113 from 115 in December and is virtually unchanged from a year ago. The study shows that owners are still cautious although some of the political uncertainty of the last few months — the election and negotiations in Congress over taxes — has been resolved. Many owners are concerned about the impact on their earnings of the health care law that will take effect next year.

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    A man checks his cell phone outside a securities firm in Tokyo, Tuesday.

    World stocks cheer Chinese growth target

    World stock markets rose Tuesday as investors applauded China’s pledge to stick to growth targets for its economy, the world’s second largest.At the ruling Communist Party’s annual congress, outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao said the government would spend what it needs to meet the economic growth target of 7.5 percent enshrined in the latest five-year development plan.

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    Natco Pharma Ltd. Secretary and General Manager Legal and Corp. Affairs M. Adinarayana displays Sorafenib Tosylate drugs meant for cancer treatment, at the companyís head office in Hyderabad, India. India’s patent appeals office.

    India rejects Bayer plea against cheap cancer drug

    India’s patent appeals office has rejected Bayer AG’s plea to stop the production of a cheaper generic version of a patented cancer drug in a ruling that health groups say is an important precedent for getting inexpensive lifesaving medicines to the poor. Last year, India’s patent office allowed local drug manufacturer Natco Pharma Ltd. to produce a generic version of Bayer’s kidney and liver cancer drug Nexavar on the grounds it would make the drug available to the public at a reasonably affordable price.

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    A vendor watches the live telecast of the annual government work report by outgoing Premier Wen Jiabao on a television in a vegetable wholesale market in Fuyang in central China's Anhui province Tuesda.

    China plans for slower, consumer-driven growth

    Premier Wen Jiabao on Tuesday pledged to transform China into a consumer-driven economy but gave no indication what Beijing will do about big state companies that reformers warn could handicap future growth. Wen, speaking to China's ceremonial legislature, confirmed a 7.5 percent growth target in an annual economic plan. That is below the double-digit rates of the past decade but in line with Communist Party plans for a rebalancing of the world's second-largest economy away from reliance on trade and investment to drive growth.Wen steps down next week after 10 years as China's top economic official but the goals he announced are part of a long-range plan incoming leaders under the newly installed party general secretary, Xi Jinping, are expected to adhere to.

Life & Entertainment

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    What to say to friends who complain about their weight?

    How should I respond when svelte friends pat their (small or nonexistent) bellies and announce they're dieting to get rid of their "belly pooch"?

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    Spinach gives a healthy boost to ground beef and Italian sausage meatballs.

    Frozen spinach helps build a healthy menu

    With the constant attention on eating local and home preserving, many people have been avoiding the freezer aisles at the grocery store. But there, among the bags of tater tots, boxes of jelly-filled breakfast pastries and tubs of premium ice cream lies a nutritional power house — frozen spinach.

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    “The Striker” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott

    Cussler’s ‘Striker’ is great action thriller

    The sixth adventure featuring early 20th-century detective Isaac Bell might be the best yet in the series by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott. “The Striker” focuses on Bell’s first big case at the Van Dorn Detective Agency. It’s 1902, and one of the big issues at the time involves corporations trying to squash labor unions. Rumors of unionist saboteurs in the coal mines send Bell on a clandestine mission to keep the peace while maintaining the coal output.

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    Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen is canceling her performance at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree in July because of the scouts’ exclusion of gays.

    Jepsen drops Boy Scouts event over gay rights

    Carly Rae Jepsen is canceling her performance at the Boy Scouts of America Jamboree because of the scouts’ exclusion of gays. Jepsen said Tuesday on Twitter that “as an artist who believes in equality for all people” she’s canceling her appearance at the July gathering in West Virginia.

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    Grandma not obligated to drop everything to baby-sit

    Reader is annoyed her mother-in-law will find any excuse in the book not to baby-sit, even though she is open to dinner, drinks and vacations. Carolyn Hax says, she's not obligated to baby-sit at the drop of a hat.

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    Gold medal Olympic champion Dorothy Hamill appears in “Stars on Ice: Now and Then” at theAllstate Arena.

    Best bets: Dorothy Hamill, Scooby and Hulk Hogan hit the spotlight

    Your childhood favorites are coming out to play as Dorothy Hamill hits the ice with the "Stars on Ice" tour coming to the Allstate Arena Friday. Follow that up with Scooby and the gang bringing "Musical Mysteries" to life at the Genessee Theatre Saturday. And Hulk Hogan will be part of a live taping of Spike-TV's "Impact Wrestling" at the Sears Centre Thursday.

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    Phil Robertson, Si Robertson and Jase Robertson star in the reality series “Duck Dynasty.”

    A&E’s ‘Duck Dynasty’ flies high

    When “Duck Dynasty” returned for its third season last week, it was greeted by an audience of 8.6 million viewers. Pretty good for an A&E reality series about bearded bayou brethren who manufacture duck calls and love to go bird hunting. Except that’s not what “Duck Dynasty” really is. Viewers who have ducked this show thus far, assuming it’s just another mocking redneck display on the order of “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” have it all wrong. And they’re missing out.

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    Karen Eng's travels take her around the country where she makes a point of visiting MLB ballparks. She counts the foot-long dogs in Texas as her favorite ballpark fare.

    Cook revels in Chinese traditions, setting the mood when entertaining

    Dr. Karen Eng was born in Chicago's Chinatown. Now living in Barrington with her husband and daughter she still embraces the month-long Chinese New Year celebrations. “We still try to keep the traditions,” Karen says. “We clean the house very well and make sure everything is filled. The idea is to know you have enough food to get through the year.”

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    Karen Eng uses flank steak for her version of Mongolian Beef.

    Mongolian Beef
    Mongolian Beef: Karen Eng

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    Grilled chicken breast salad is among the lighter menu items at Burrito Parrilla Mexicana in Lombard.

    Burrito Parrilla Mexicana does fast, delicious Mexican with style

    In the world somewhere between a taqueria and a sit-down Mexican restaurant exists a wonderful place called Burrito Parrilla Mexicana, a counter-service concept that's earned a steady, happy following in Lombard. The restaurant is fascinating in the way it provides good, quickly prepared Mexican favorites and chef specialties. The food's high quality is undeniable because of the in-house preparation of sauces, premium meats and fresh ingredients.

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    Arizona tribal members say they're shocked by the sitcom “Mike & Molly” — starring Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy — after one of the characters on the CBS show joked last week about drunken Indians in Arizona. The Native American Journalists Association says CBS should apologize.

    Ariz. tribes upset 'Mike & Molly' joked about drunken Indians

    Arizona tribal members say they're shocked by a television sitcom that made fun of one of the most pervasive social ills on American Indian reservations — alcoholism. One of the characters on the CBS show “Mike & Molly” joked about drunken Indians in Arizona, a state that is home to 21 federally recognized American Indian tribes. No one disputes that public intoxication is a problem on and off the reservations, but tribal members say alcoholism often is linked to poverty, hopelessness and a history of trauma within American Indian families that is hard to overcome.

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    Canadian singer Justin Bieber appeared onstage about two hours late at the O2 Arena in east London on Monday.

    Bieber sorry for late London appearance

    Justin Bieber apologized Tuesday to his young fans — and their outraged, overtired parents after they accused him of taking the stage almost two hours late for a concert in London. The singer insisted he had only been 40 minutes late, and blamed “technical issues.”

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    Actress Geena Davis receives a standing ovation from members of the state Assembly as she is escorted down the center aisle by Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, right, at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Monday. Davis, who is the chairwoman of the Commission on the Status of Women, was one of several women honored for their accomplishments.

    Actress Geena Davis critical of Oscar host

    Academy Award winner Geena Davis on Monday waded into the ongoing controversy over this year’s Oscars ceremony by saying host Seth MacFarlane’s routine was disrespectful to women, particularly the performers who were being honored.She said MacFarlane’s much-criticized routine last month overshadowed the win of an animated film with a strong female character. “It’s a shame that that triumph was enveloped in an awards ceremony containing disrespect for women,” Davis said.

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    “Night Moves” by Randy Wayne White

    Doc Ford returns in 'Night Moves' thriller

    One of the most enduring Florida mysteries is that of Flight 19, a squadron of five Navy torpedo bombers that took off from Fort Lauderdale on a training mission on Dec. 5, 1945, and then vanished. Seaplane pilot Dan Futch (with old pal Doc Ford) thinks he may have discovered where the crash site. “Night Moves” is Randy Wayne White's 20th novel featuring Ford, and this one offers up quirky characters, many of whom are murder suspects.

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    Glazed Grilled Salmon
    Glazed Grilled Salmon: Karen Eng

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    Chocolate Banana Eggrolls
    Chocolate Banana Egg Rolls: Karen Eng

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    “Tomb Raider” finds an inexperienced young Lara Croft shipwrecked and separated from her crew on a mysterious island in Japan’s brutal Devil’s Triangle.

    Lara Croft refreshed in new ‘Tomb Raider’

    It’s been four years since Lara Croft embarked on a “Tomb Raider” expedition. The unenviable task of rebooting the well-known series seemed impossible, but with a gritty and focused approach, it’s one developer Crystal Dynamics got almost completely right. “Tomb Raider” finds an inexperienced young Croft shipwrecked on a mysterious island in Japan’s brutal Devil’s Triangle. It’s “Batman Begins” for Lara Croft.

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    Made of hardwood and featuring nice details, this great-looking side table looks like it should cost a lot more than $338.

    Get the most bang for your decorating buck

    I’m a firm believer that great design doesn’t have to be expensive. The key to getting the most for your decorating dollars is to know where to splurge and where to cheat. Let’s talk about how to pick key pieces for your rooms that maximize your look and suit your budget.

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    Endorsements: Scharringhausen, Klimkowicz, Yung in Dist. 211
    The Daily Herald endorses Mike Scharringhausen, Anna Klimkowicz and Edward Yung for the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 Board of Education.

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    Endorsements: Crusius, Glasgow, Page, Oiejniczak for Arlington Heights Dist. 25
    The Daily Herald endoses Philip N. Crusius, Denise Glasgow, Richard Oiejniczak and David Page for the Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 Board of Education.

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    Endorsements: Somogyi, McPherson for Elk Grove District 59 board
    The Daily Herald endorses Barbara Somogyi and Seana McPherson for the Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 board.

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    Endorsement: Iden for Bloomingdale village president
    The Daily Herald endorses Bob Iden for Bloomingdale village president.

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    Endorsement: Knigge for Wauconda mayor
    The Daily Herald endorses Mark Knigge for Wauconda village president.

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    Endorsement: Abruscato for Wheeling mayor
    The Daily Herald endorses Judy Abruscato for Wheeling village president.

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    Endorsement: Burns for Geneva mayor
    The Daily Herald endorses incumbent Kevin Burns for mayor of Geneva.

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    Endorsement: Jackson for Glendale Heights president
    The Daily Herald endorses Linda Jackson to return as Glendale Heights village president.

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    Endorsement: Novak for Lombard village president
    The Daily Herald endorses John Lotus Novak for Lombard village president.

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    A grieving father’s plea

    Colunist Eugene Robinson: Congress might not be moved by what Neil Heslin had to say about assault rifles. But I believe the nation has more compassion and better sense.

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    Obama’s adrift on a red-ink sea

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Downplaying the debt — arguing that it has stabilized as a percentage of GDP in a 10-year window — has become an ideological commitment on the left.

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    Some politicians should follow pope’s example
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: The pope has decided to retire, the first resignation in 600 years. Cardinal Benedict stated, “To love the church means also to have the courage to take difficult, painful decisions, always keeping the good of the church in mind, not oneself.”

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    Set up two levels of gun ownership
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: For those who want to carry, establish a new level of gun ownership. Have the new level require fingerprint, DNA and background checks for applicants. The regulations should be set up by the Illinois State Police and not the legislature.

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    Where’s the beef in sports column?
    A South Barrington letter to the editor: In his review of the Daytona 500, which encompassed half of the front page in the Sports section, Mike Imrem devoted the vast majority of his tabloid-style article to Danica Patrick and commented only on the sensationalism of a female driver.

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    Illinois unions key to pension crisis
    Illinois unions key to pension crisisWith all the banter concerning the ongoing state employee pension funding crisis, there has been little written about the role that the various state employee unions have played in causing this crisis. How can it be, year-after-year, that these inept machine politicians like Madigan, Cullerton and the rest get re-elected?It is because the unions created this pension morass as they are a key cog (i.e. voting block) in the machine. They have consistently supported the corrupt, bipartisan political machine that has run this state to the brink of bankruptcy.Now they ask for fairness? You want me and every other taxpayer in Illinois to increase our tax burden to address a problem that the unions were complicit in creating? Where’s my fairness? I am self-employed. I have no pension other than what I can save — after all the various government taxing bodies get done taking their share. (And I am a lifelong Democrat in saying this ...)Fairness? Welcome to the real world. Business is unfair, and this is a business situation. The state of Illinois is on the cusp of bankruptcy. Like UAL, GM and many other businesses, there must be major changes to the pension system — for current employees and for existing retirees.Alexis de Tocqueville said, “People get the government they deserve.” Well, here it is. The unions have marched in lock-step with the machine, bringing out the vote time and again for the machine-chosen candidates. And now the machine is gearing up to elect the ineffective Lisa Madigan our next governor.Union folks should enjoy the government in Springfield. You were instrumental in creating and perpetuating it. Do not ask me to open my already wildly taxed wallet to bail out Illinois state employee unions who are complicit in creating this pension mess. Martin MatushekWest Dundee

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    Apple no help to American workers
    An Elgin letter to the editor: If Apple is such a great U.S. company, why doesn’t President Tim Cook take the $120 billion in cash he is hoarding and use it to bring back thousands of jobs now in China back to America?

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    Gun control is for the law-abiding
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Gun control is something that is for law abiding citizens and in Chicago most people with guns are not law abiding. Therefore. I don’t think gun control is solving much in terms of violence in Chicago.

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    Need a starting point on gun control
    A West Chicago letter to the editor: What are we supposed to do with guns? It seems that whenever the topic comes up, it offends one of the political sides. If we do nothing about guns the left feel that gun shootings will soon become even more commonplace than it already is.

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    Time for wealthy to stop whining, chip in
    A Roselle letter to the editor: Are we all ready for the truth now? If not, sorry, but here it is: From 2009-2011 the top 1 percent saw an average income gain of 11.4 percent. The rest of us, the 99 percent, experienced an income decline of .04 percent. The last increase in minimum wage was $0.70 back in July 2009. An individual working for minimum wage (based on a 40 hour workweek) saw an increase of about $28.

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