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Daily Archive : Sunday April 21, 2013

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    In this Friday, March 8, 2013 file photo, actress Reese Witherspoon and her husband, Jim Toth, watch the Toronto Raptors take on the Los Angeles Lakers in an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Police in Georgia say that Witherspoon has been arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after a traffic stop involving her husband in Atlanta. A Georgia State Police incident report says that Witherspoon was arrested early Friday, April 19, 2013, and charged with disorderly conduct. The report says a state trooper observed that a car driven by Toth was failing to stay in its lane. The officer writes that Witherspoon disobeyed multiple orders to stay in the car while he performed a field sobriety test on Toth, accoring to the polcie report.

    Reese Witherspoon, husband arrested after traffic stop

    Actress Reese Witherspoon was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after a state trooper said she wouldn't stay in the car while her husband was given a field sobriety test in Atlanta. “Do you know my name?” Witherspoon is quoted as asking the trooper. She's also said: “You're about to find out who I am” and “You're about to be on national news,” according...

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    Multiple departments battle Lake Zurich house fire

    Nearly 20 suburban fire departments assisted Lake Zurich with a four-alarm house fire on Sunday night that sent two people to the hospital and injured one firefighter, officials said.

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    Towers at Four Lakes resident Barbara Joan Boudette talks about the volume and velocity of floodwater that engulfed many Lisle properties. There is only one road in and out of her side of the apartment complex.

    Conditions improving, but flood damage still a problem

    Life continues to inch toward "normal" in DuPage County and the Fox Valley after last week's downpours and floods, but the battle isn't over. "I just want to be back home," Lisle resident Debra Schulz said Sunday, three days after being driven from her apartment by the flooding. Schulz, who's staying with her parents, realizes she's luckier than some. "I know some people have nowhere to go."

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    The mode of transportation around Des Plaines neighborhoods on Sunday is by canoe, as Vic Kamka, center, talks to neighbors after flooding along the Des Plaines River.

    Des Plaines updates residents on flooding

    Des Plaines leaders held a meeting at city hall Sunday morning to give residents a status update on the flood and when the cleanup will start. Elsewhere in the Northwest suburbs and Lake County, many towns were reopening roads, but some were slower to recover from Thursday's storm.

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    A vehicle carrying officers in tactical gear arrives at the Watertown neighborhood of Boston, Friday, April 19, 2013. “We have reason to believe, based upon the evidence that was found at that scene — the explosions, the explosive ordnance that was unexploded and the firepower that they had — that they were going to attack other individuals. That’s my belief at this point.” Police Commissioner Ed Davis told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” Davis said the stockpile was “as dangerous as it gets in urban policing.”

    Police: Bombing suspects planned more attacks

    As churches paused to mourn the dead and console the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing Sunday, the city’s police commissioner said the two suspects had such a large cache of weapons that they were probably planning other attacks. “We have reason to believe, based upon the evidence that was found at that scene — the explosions, the explosive ordnance that was unexploded and the firepower...

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    A woman looks over at her destroyed house in Gucheng village in Longmen county of southwestern China’s Sichuan province, Sunday, April 21, 2013. Rescuers and relief teams struggled to rush supplies into the rural hills of China’s Sichuan province Sunday after an earthquake prompted frightened survivors to spend a night in cars, tents and makeshift shelters.

    China rushes relief after Sichuan quake kills 186

    Saturday’s earthquake in Sichuan province killed at least 186 people, injured more than 11,000 and left nearly two dozen missing, mostly in the rural communities around Ya’an city, along the same fault line where a devastating quake to the north killed more than 90,000 people in Sichuan and neighboring areas five years ago in one of China’s worst natural disasters.

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    The father of the Boston bomb suspects, Anzor Tsaraev, speaks to the media at his home in Makhachkala, the capital of Dagestan, a predominantly Muslim republic in southern Russia, Friday, April 19, 2013. The two ethnic Chechen brothers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, turned suspects in US marathon bombing, one dead, one still alive and at large on Friday, came from Dagestan, a Russian republic bordering the province of Chechnya.

    Parents of Boston suspect describe his Russia trip

    The parents of Tamerlan Tsarnaev insisted on Sunday that he came to Dagestan and Chechnya last year to visit relatives and had nothing to do with the militants operating in this volatile part of Russia.

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    Officials: At least 185 killed in Nigeria attack

    Officials say fighting between Nigeria’s military and Islamic extremists in a town in the nation’s northeast has killed at least 185 people.

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    Roof catches fire in Libertyville

    Libertyville firefighters put out a small house fire Sunday afternoon. The fire at 929 Windhaven Road was reported at 4:16 p.m. by a neighbor.

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    Volunteer Phil Rosborough checks the sump pumps around Gurnee Community Church after the building was surrounded by flooding from the Des Plaines River Sunday. “We are keeping the inside dry,” said Rosborough. “It is all hands on deck.”

    Images: Flooding in the Suburbs on Sunday
    Flooding along the Des Plaines River and the Fox River continues to cause major problems across the suburbs Sunday. The towns of Lisle, Gurnee and Des Plaines experieced major road closures and residents made their way around towns in canoes.

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    Wauconda firefighters respond to 2 motorcycle crashes

    Wauconda firefirefighters said they received a call around 2 p.m. Sunday for an accident involving two cars and one motorcycle on Route 12 just north of the Wynstone Drive in an unincorporated area near Lake Zurich. Later that afternoon, one person on a motorcycle crashed in front of 27645 W. Case Road, a quarter-mile from Route 12 in Wauconda.

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    This April 18, 2011 file photo shows an air traffic controller working in a terminal radar approach control room at the Atlanta TRACON in Peachtree City, Ga. As Air traffic controller furloughs kicked in on Sunday, it was largely uneventful with most flights on time. However, Monday could be a different story when air travel ramps up.

    FAA furloughs kick in, but flights come in on time

    Commercial airline flights moved smoothly throughout most of the country on Sunday, the first day air traffic controllers were subject to furloughs resulting from government spending cuts. But while the nightmarish flight delays and cancellations that the airline industry predicted would result from the furloughs did not materialize yet, the real test will come Monday, when traffic ramps up.

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    Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Jason Reyes walks past a damaged apartment complex, Sunday, April 21, 2013, four days after an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas. The massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed 14 people and injured more than 160.

    Prayer and waiting in Texas town rocked by blast

    The First Baptist Church in the tiny Texas town where a fertilizer plant exploded is still off-limits, so the Rev. John Crowder put folding chairs in a hay pasture and improvised a pulpit on a truck flatbed. Four days after the blast that killed 14 people and injured 200 others, residents prayed for comfort and got ready for the week ahead, some of them still waiting to find out when — or if —...

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    Orbital Sciences Corp.’s Antares rocket lifts off from the launchpad Sunday at the NASA facility on Wallops Island Va. The rocket will eventually deliver supplies to the International Space Station.

    Rocket that will carry cargo ship test launched

    A company contracted by NASA to deliver supplies to the International Space Station successfully launched a rocket on Sunday in a test of its ability to send a cargo ship aloft. The Sunday launch comes after two previous attempts were scrubbed.

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    Taliban attacks kill 9 people in Afghanistan

    Insurgents killed six police officers at a checkpoint and a suicide bomber killed three civilians at a shopping bazaar in separate attacks Sunday in eastern Afghanistan, while an independent security group warned 2013 is on track to be one of the most violent years of the war.

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    5 snowboarders killed in Colo. avalanche ID’d

    Authorities have released the names of five Colorado snowboarders killed over the weekend in the state’s deadliest avalanche in more than 50 years. Clear Creek County Sheriff Don Krueger said search and rescue crews recovered the men’s bodies from a backcountry area on Loveland Pass several hours after Saturday afternoon’s slide, which was about 600 feet wide and 8 feet deep.

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    In this photograph made with a fisheye lens, people attend an interfaith service Sunday near a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street, close to the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

    Boston services honor victims, responders

    Four glowing white pillar candles illuminated photographs of each of the people lost in bombing-connected violence in the Boston area last week as the city held religious services on the first Sunday after the blasts shattered the community and plunged it into days of chaos.

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    How and why they ID’d Boston bombing suspects

    The decision on Thursday to release photos of the two men in baseball caps suspected in the Boston bombings was meant in part to limit the damage being done to people who were wrongly being targeted as suspects in the news media and on the Internet. Investigators were concerned that if they didn’t assert control over the release of the suspects' photos, their manhunt would become a chaotic...

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    Crystal Lake man dies from crash injuries

    A 23-year-old Crystal Lake man died overnight Sunday, a week after he was involved in an off-roading motocross bike accident, officials said.

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    In this frame grab from Saturday, April 20, 2013, video, Massachusetts General Hospital nurse Adam Barrett talks about the horrific early hours as bloody patients poured in after the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

    Boston nurses tell of marathon bombing aftermath

    The screams and cries of bloody marathon bombing victims still haunt the nurses who treated them one week ago. They did their jobs as they were trained to do, putting their own fears in a box during their 12-hour shifts so they could better comfort their patients. Only now are these nurses beginning to come to grips with what they endured — and are still enduring as they continue to care for...

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    People run past the separation wall Sunday during the West Bank’s first marathon in Bethlehem. About 1,000 people participated in the race, which included shorter 10-kilometer and 20-kilometer options.

    Palestinians hold first Bethlehem marathon

    Hundreds of people on Sunday took part in the West Bank’s first marathon, looping around the biblical city of Bethlehem four times on a course that was limited by the confines of Israel’s sprawling separation barrier. The race was meant as a political statement as much as a sporting event.

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    More Run for Boston events planned for Monday

    Runners will gather at all six suburban Dick Pond locations for a “fun run” Monday evening in solidarity with people across the nation honoring victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The Dick Pond runs will coincide with scheduled events at Runner’s Edge stores in Libertyville, Andersonville and Wilmette, at the Naperville Running Co., and at Fleet Feet stores in Chicago’s Old Town and Lincoln...

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    Lawmakers question immigration, security checks after bombing

    Congressmen are questioning the effectiveness of the nation’s immigration and security safeguards following the Boston Marathon bombing, in which the suspects are ethnic Chechens. Some lawmakers said Congress should delay its push for a comprehensive rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws.

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    4 fishermen remain missing off Texas Gulf Coast

    The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for four fishermen who are missing off the Texas Gulf Coast after their boat sank early Friday morning about 115 miles southeast of Galveston. Petty Officer Richard Brahm says the Coast Guard is using a cutter and an airplane on Sunday to look for the men.

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    Florida company recalls sterile drugs

    Florida-based Balanced Solutions Compounding Pharmacy is voluntarily recalling all lots of its sterile non-expired drug products sold nationwide over concerns the products are not sterile and may contain bacteria, Food and Drug Administration officials said Sunday.

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    Thousands run in NYC, elsewhere to support Boston

    Thousands of New Yorkers donned “I Run for Boston” bibs during a four-mile run Sunday in Central Park, one of a number of races held around the world in support of the victims of the marathon bombings. “It was really quite a powerful morning,” said Mary Wittenberg, CEO of the New York Road Runners.

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    Mundelein Soccer Club hosting fundraiser

    The Mundelein Soccer Club will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, May 4. It will run from 6 to 11 p.m. at the Libertyville Civic Center, 135 W. Church St., Libertyville.

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    Roosevelt University wins Green Innovation Award

    Roosevelt University is a winner of a prestigious 2013 Emerald Award, given annually by the Illinois chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council in recognition of those individuals, organizations and project judged to best advance sustainability across the state.

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    Social justice films will be shown at CLC

    College of Lake Countyin Grayslake will host a social justice documentary film double-feature on May 4.

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    Arbor Day in Island Lake

    Island Lake officials invite residents to commemorate Arbor Day on Saturday, April 27. A ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. at Veterans Park, which is on Route 176 between Newport Court and Lakeview Drive.

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    Local police departments hold drug take-back day on April 27

    Several local police departments including Hoffman Estates, Palatine and Rolling Meadows will collect expired, unused and unwanted prescriptions drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, as part of the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

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    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, right, stands next to Israel’s Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon as he looks at pictures of Jews killed in the Holocaust during a Sunday visit to the Hall of Names at Yad Vashem’s Holocaust History Museum in Jerusalem.

    Pentagon chief stresses Israel’s right to hit Iran

    U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel held out hope Sunday for a nonmilitary way to ending the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran, but he also emphasized Washington’s willingness to let Israel decide whether and when it might strike Tehran in self-defense.

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    Demonstrators march during a protest Sunday of French President Francois Hollande’s social reform on gay marriage and adoption in Paris. Both houses of the French parliament have already approved the bill in a first reading. The second and final reading is expected Tuesday. Signs read: Freedom of Conscience.

    Gay marriage opponents demonstrate in Paris

    Tens of thousands of demonstrators took to sunny Paris boulevards on Sunday to protest the expected passage this week of a bill legalizing gay marriage. One protester called the bill “a threat to the social fabric.”

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    Syrian opposition warns Hezbollah to stay out

    The Syrian opposition called on Hezbollah to withdraw its fighters from the country immediately, as activists said regime troops supported by pro-government gunmen linked to the Lebanese Shiite militant group battled rebels Sunday for control of a string of villages near the Lebanon-Syria border.

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    Russia’s North Caucasus rebels deny link to Boston bombings

    Rebels in Russia’s North Caucasus region denied any link to the April 15 attack on the Boston Marathon in a statement posted on the vdagestan.com website. “The Caucasian Mujahedeen are not fighting with the United States of America,” according to the statement. “We are at war with Russia, which is responsible not only for the occupation of the Caucasus, but also for heinous crimes against...

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    Half of Guantanamo prisoners on hunger strike

    A military spokesman says 84 prisoners have been classified as hunger strikers at the U.S. military base in Cuba. The prison’s population is 166. Army Lt. Col. Samuel House says 16 of the 84 prisoners are being force-fed and five have been hospitalized.

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    Investigators comb through the scene of one of the blast sites of the Boston Marathon on Wednesday, two days after the explosions.

    Five days of fear: What happened in Boston

    The Associated Press presents a narrative reconstruction of Monday's Boston Marathon bombings and the events that followed last week in a city gripped with fear.

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    Bill Iffrig, 78, lies on the ground Monday as police officers react to a second explosion at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in Boston. Iffrig, of Lake Stevens, Wash., was running his third Boston Marathon and near the finish line when he was knocked down by one of the two bomb blasts.

    Photos from Boston over the past week

    The jovial mood at the Boston Marathon was quickly shattered Monday as the two blasts rocked the area. Nearly a week later, one suspect is dead and the other is in a hospital. From finish line to capture, here is a chronological look at photos from the Boston Marathon bombings over the past week.

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    A look at Boston Marathon bombing, investigation

    Here's a look at the basics of the Boston Marathon bombing case and manhunt.

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    Federal agents check suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for explosives and also give him medical attention Friday night after he was apprehended in Watertown, Mass.

    Boston marathon suspect still in serious condition

    As the lone surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing lay hospitalized under heavy guard, the American Civil Liberties Union and a federal public defender raised concerns about investigators’ plan to question 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev without reading him his Miranda rights. What Tsarnaev will say and when are unclear. He remained in serious condition Sunday and apparently in no shape...

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    3 Doors Down’ bassist Todd Harrell performs before a NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2011. Harrell has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication in a fatal crash near Nashville.

    3 Doors Down bassist charged in fatal crash

    Bassist Robert Todd Harrell of the rock band 3 Doors Down has been charged with vehicular homicide by intoxication after an interstate crash claimed the life of another motorist in the Nashville area, police said.

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    Two-thirds of student loans are held by people under the age of 40, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, blocking millions of them from taking advantage of the most affordable housing market on record. The number of people in that age group who own homes fell by 4.6 percent in the fourth quarter from the third, the biggest drop in records dating to 1982.

    American dream eludes under-40s saddled with student debt

    Two- thirds of student loans are held by people under the age of 40, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, blocking millions of them from taking advantage of the most affordable housing market on record. The number of people in that age group who own homes fell by 4.6 percent in the fourth quarter from the third, the biggest drop in records dating to 1982.

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    Barrie Komorski, being evacuated from her home on the Fox River near East Dundee, says she would have toughed it out but was concerned for her 1-year-old dog, Roxi. And as far as moving? Not going to happen. “I love it down here,” she says. “I really do.”

    After severe flooding, why they chose to stay

    It's easy to feel sorry for flood victims. But some of the people forced out of their homes by last week's flood are hardly having pity parties. In fact, they'll give you plenty of good reasons why they wouldn't live anywhere else. Here are their stories, from Des Plaines, East Dundee, Elgin, Fox Lake and Glen Ellyn.

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    Stepping outside his Itasca home during one of the warmest and driest moments of last week, legendary TV meteorologist Harry Volkman says he appreciates all kinds of weather.

    Harry Volkman weathers wild Chicago climate

    Imagine a time when broadcasting tornado warnings was forbidden. Legendary TV meteorologist Harry Volkman of Itasca, who turned 87 this week, recalls the time he violated FCC rules by becoming the first weathercaster to issue a tornado warning on TV.

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    Ted Siebert sculpts a monument to the Pride of the Fox’s 30th annual RiverFest last year.

    Downtown construction means changes for RiverFest

    Because of some downtown work, the sand sculpture event at the RiverFest in St. Charles will be moving. There will also be some other moves for the annual June fest, according to columnist Dave Heun.

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    To sell or not to sell a flood-prone home?

    Suburban homeowners left out in the cold by Thursday’s flooding in the North and Northwest suburbs may be looking at bailing out more than just floodwater after this latest storm. Selling a flood-damaged house right after a major storm may be virtually impossible for homeowners seeking a way out.

Sports

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    White Sox’ Danks eager to return

    John Danks joined up with the White Sox on Sunday, but he's still not ready to come off the disabled list. Recovering from shoulder surgery, Danks did say he's ready for a minor-league rehab assignment.

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    Errors hurting Cubs’ starters

    The Cubs have been getting overall good work from their starting pitchers. Despite the starters combining for a 3-10 mark, the ERA is a solid 3.13, among the best marks in the National League.

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    Left fielder Alfonso Soriano is the one player who has figured out how to handle playing for the Cubs, says Len Kasper.

    Kasper: Soriano a good example for all Cubs

    Len Kasper knows it's not the easiest thing to handle all there is to being a Cub, and if anybody has it figured out, Alfonso Soriano might be the best example.

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    White Sox DH/first baseman Adam Dunn ended an extended slump Sunday with a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins during the seventh inning.

    Rongey: White Sox need Dunn to be Dunn

    The most frequent current questions Chris Rongey is fielding about the White Sox are in regard to the meager start from designated hitter Adam Dunn. What to do with him? Should he bat lower in the order? Should he be benched?

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    White Sox center fielder Dewayne Wise chases down a 3-run double by the Twins’ Josh Willingham during the seventh inning Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    This time it’s White Sox’ bullpen that falters

    The White Sox' bullpen, the American League's best heading into Sunday's game against the Twins, didn't get the job done in a 5-3 loss at U.S. Cellular Field.

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    The Brewers’ Ryan Braun connects for a 3-run, game-deciding home run off Cubs starter Scott Feldman in the fifth inning Sunday. It was Feldman’s error that extended the inning to bring Braun to the plate.

    Sveum seems to be putting entire Cubs team on notice

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum has talked a lot about "performance" over the past weekend, when the Cubs got swept in Milwaukee. Although the Cubs have no intention of sending young stars Anthony Rizzo or Starlin Castro to the minor leagues, Sveum was protecting no one Sunday.

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    Thibodeau says Noah’s status encouraging

    Joakim Noah didn’t speak to a crowd of reporters at the team hotel Sunday, but Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was encouraged by the status of Noah’s right foot.After missing 15 of the final 18 games in the regular season because of plantar fasciitis, Noah was a surprise starter in Game 1 at Brooklyn and played just over 13 minutes. “The one plus is Jo felt pretty good today, relatively good for where he is,” Thibodeau said. “Not quite the same soreness that he had previously. So he feels like he can do something (Sunday), which is a good sign.”

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    Carlos Boozer, here shooting over the Nets’ Reggie Evans in Game 1, look to even the series Monday night in Brooklyn.

    Bulls look to shore up defense in Game 2

    After just one playoff performance, the following reality has set in for the Bulls: The Brooklyn Nets finished the season relatively healthy and clicking on all cylinders. The Bulls have been playing short-handed, dealing with shifting lineups and have several key players still limited by injuries. It will take just 1 win to even the series, but the Bulls have their work cut out.

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    Wolves fall 3-1 in season finale

    :The Chicago Wolves concluded their 19th season Sunday with a 3-1 loss to the Grand Rapids Griffins at the Allstate Arena. The Wolves finished at 37-30-5-4, which maintained their uninterrupted tradition of winning records since the franchise was founded in 1994. Chicago drew 312,732 to the Allstate Arena, good for second in the 30-team American Hockey League.

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    Cougars rally to edge Peoria 7-6

    The Kane County Cougars, after letting a 4-0 lead slip away, bounced back to reclaim the advantage and hang on to defeat the Peoria Chiefs 7-6 on Sunday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

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    Coach Q may rest key Hawks with four games to go

    With four games to play and everything but the President’s Trophy wrapped up, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said he would consider resting some of top players this week. “I’ll do whatever I have to,” captain Jonathan Toews said.

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    Toews: President’s Trophy would be cool, but ‘not that important’

    The President’s Trophy, which the Blackhawks will try to win for a second time, has been called a curse and a jinx since only seven of its 26 winners since the trophy was first handed out in 1986 have gone on to win the Stanley Cup.

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    Blackhawks game day
    Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena, 9 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: WIND AM-560The skinny: The Canucks are trying to wrap up another Northwest Division title, which would be their fifth straight. They clinched a playoff spot with Saturday’s 2-1 win over Detroit in a shootout. Defensemen Kevin Bieksa (lower body), Chris Tanev (ankle), Keith Ballard (back) and winger Chris Higgins (knee) all are questionable. So is Patrick Sharp, who made the trip with his Hawks teammates.Season series: Hawks lead 1-0-1.Next: Edmonton Oilers at Rexall Place, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday— Tim Sassone

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    White Sox center fielder Dewayne Wise chases down a three-run double hit by Minnesota’s Josh Willingham during the seventh inning Sunday in Chicago.

    Willingham’s double leads Twins over Sox 5-3

    Josh Willingham atoned for an earlier misplay with a tiebreaking three-run double in Minnesota’s four-run seventh inning, leading the Twins to a 5-3 victory over the slumping Chicago White Sox on Sunday. The White Sox wasted a terrific start by Gavin Floyd, who allowed one run and three hits over six innings in a marked turnaround from his shaky beginning to the season.

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    Softball: Top 20 rankings
    Naperville Central (13-0) has taken over the No. 1 position in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 rankings of area softball teams. Barrington (14-1) is No. 2 and Benet (8-2) comes in at No. 3.

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    The Brewers' Ryan Braun gathers his equipment and stares at the umpire after his ejection Sunday at home against the Cubs.

    Braun ejected, but not before hurting Cubs

    Ryan Braun hit a three-run homer in the fifth then was ejected three innings later, and the Milwaukee Brewers won their seventh straight, 4-2 over the Chicago Cubs on Sunday. Scott Feldman (0-3) gave up four runs on three hits in five innings in the loss. Anthony Rizzo drove in both of the Cubs' runs with a homer in the third inning.

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    New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis had been the subject of rampant trade rumors since last season ended. Now he’s a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

    Jets trade Revis to Bucs

    The New York Jets have traded star cornerback Darrelle Revis to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for this year’s No. 13 overall draft pick and another selection next year. The Buccaneers announced the deal on the team’s Twitter page Sunday.

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    Driver Matt Kenseth, top, leads Kevin Harvick during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series race Sunday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan.

    Kenseth holds on for victory at Kansas Speedway

    Matt Kenseth captured his second straight race at Kansas Speedway on Sunday, holding off Kasey Kahne to become the third consecutive Sprint Cup driver to win from the pole.

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    Chicago’s Marco Belinelli, top, and Brooklyn’s Gerald Wallace fight for a loose ball during Saturday’s playoff game, which the Bulls lost 106-89.

    Misery loves company: Celtics, Bulls in same hotel

    One New York hotel, two unhappy basketball teams. The Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls are staying at the same location this weekend. Both lost their playoff openers Saturday. Celtics coach Doc Rivers joked Sunday that it was a “quiet, dark hotel last night.”

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    Al Michaels

    Broadcaster Al Michaels charged with DUI

    Police in Southern California say that NBC Sports announcer Al Michaels has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving. Santa Monica police Sgt. Thomas McLaughlin said Michaels was taken into custody Friday night but provided no details.

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    Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy Sunday after defeating Rafael Nadal in the final of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco.

    Djokovic ends Nadal’s reign at Monte Carlo Masters

    Novak Djokovic ended Rafael Nadal’s winning streak at the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday, beating the eight-time defending champion 6-2, 7-6 (1) in the final.

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    Daniel Martin of the Garmin-Sharp team celebrates Sunday as he crosses the finish line to win the Liege-Bastogne-Liege cycling classic in Belgium.

    Martin wins Liege-Bastogne-Liege classic

    Daniel Martin of Ireland won the hilly Liege-Bastogne-Liege race Sunday, pulling away from Spain’s Joaquim Rodriguez in the uphill stretch to the finish to take cycling’s oldest classic. Martin made his move at the right moment with such a strong kick that he had time to look back and celebrate before crossing the line.

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    Children watch the Thessaloniko Marathon in Greece on Sunday. Many participants and spectators wore the message “Why?” on their shirts for the victims of the Boston Marathon attacks.

    Thousands of runners in Greece commemorate Boston

    Thousands of athletes taking part in a marathon and three shorter road races in northern Greece are commemorating the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Runners are wearing black bracelets with “Thessaloniki to Boston” written on them and most are also wearing a sign on their running gear that reads “Why?” in white letters on a black background.

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    Tsegaye Kebede of Ethiopia, winner of the men’s London Marathon, holds his country’s national flag as he poses for photographs after the medal ceremony on Sunday. A defiant, festive mood prevailed Sunday as the London Marathon began despite concerns raised by the bomb attacks on the Boston Marathon six days ago.

    Kebede wins London Marathon amid tight security
    Tsegaye Kebede claimed a second London Marathon title on Sunday, cheered through the streets by thousands of spectators reassured by enhanced security at the first major race since the twin bombings at the Boston event.

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    Atlanta Braves’ Justin Upton, right, is congratulated as he comes back to the dugout after a home run against the Kansas City Royals during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Tuesday, April 16, 2013, in Atlanta. Atlanta won 6-3. (AP Photo/John Amis)

    Cubs may need some deals to win

    The Cubs embarked on the long haul of a true rebuild, and the image in mind always has been this: Restock that farm system, prepare great prospects to hit the big leagues together en masse, and then pounce on well-chosen free agents to finalize a winning mix. A funny thing happened along the way, though. Free-agent classes in off-seasons to come are drying up.

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    Fire learns its key to winning: defense

    If the Chicago Fire is going to have a good season, victories like Saturday night’s will be the story.

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    Stevenson wins Palatine Invite
    Lake volleyball roundup

Business

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    A worker helps frame a new home under construction in Matthews, N.C. U.S. homebuilders are concerned that limited land and rising costs for building materials and labor will slow sales in the short term.

    Rising costs weigh on U.S. homebuilder confidence

    U.S. homebuilders are concerned that limited land and rising costs for building materials and labor will slow sales in the short term. Still, their outlook for sales over the next six months climbed to the highest level in more than six years — suggesting the obstacles could be temporary.

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    How to make a great virtual first impression

    Job interviews conducted via Skype, FaceTime or some other form of videoconferencing have become commonplace.So common, in fact, that when people prepare for a virtual interview they often fail to differentiate between it and the face-to-face interview. However, a virtual interview is very different from the traditional face-to-face interview. Knowing how to successfully communicate in this medium will set you apart from others.So who can help you nail your virtual interview? How about the people who communicate via cameras and microphones for a living? Television news anchors know what works. The tricks of the trade can help you succeed in a video interview.Be PreparedAnchors are prepared before they go on the air. They carefully review their scripts and their story line-ups. You need to do the same before your virtual interview. Practice answers out loud to the questions you think the interviewer will ask.Talk to the CameraAnchors look into the camera when talking to us. That’s why their Teleprompter is positioned over the camera. Your screen will display a shot of you and your interviewer. When you speak, ignore those two shots, and look and speak directly into the camera. It will feel awkward at first but it is important that you direct your attention there. Eye contact is key.Do I Look Like That?Seeing yourself on screen can be distracting. Try not to focus on that. Instead, once the interview begins, forget about the technology and what you look like on camera. Focus on what you are saying. Anchors will tell you that once they are on the air, a switch is turned on in their heads. Total and complete focus. Turn your switch on when your interview begins.Dress AppropriatelyReporters in the field dress for the story. Do the same in your interview by dressing the way you would if the interview was “on location” and face-to-face. Make sure to wear appropriate clothing from head to toe. No short cuts. Wearing the proper attire puts you in the right frame of mind. Avoid wild patterns and loud colors. They can be distracting.Nonverbal CommunicationAnchors who are quality communicators employ nonverbal communication tactics. They lean in and lean back. They use their hands, eyes and eyebrows. They smile. Anchors are often encouraged to watch video of themselves with the sound turned off. It’s a great way to assess their nonverbal communication skills. If the interviewer could see you but not hear you, would your enthusiasm, passion and personality shine through? Use your nonverbal abilities.Production ValueHigh-quality lighting, sets and audio are vital parts of every newscast. Make sure you have that covered, too. Adding a lamp in the right place or opening the blinds may give you the exact lighting you need. Avoid lights behind you. Eliminate distractions from your background. Most microphones pick up noise from around your office or home. So sit near the microphone or consider a headset. In addition, you might want to turn off your phone and ask someone to take the dog for a walk if you are interviewing from home.Look GreatPosition the camera so the interviewer sees a head and shoulders shot. Don’t cut off your head. Give yourself enough room on the bottom of the shot for your hands to be seen when you use them. Avoid looking up or down at the camera. Raise or lower the laptop so it is directly across from your eyes.No Interruptions, PleaseThe slight audio delay in virtual interviews can be unsettling. Beyond that, it’s almost begging you to interrupt the interviewer. Give her time to completely ask her question before you answer. That will ensure a smooth conversation.

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    Samples used to be used something reserved for food or wine, but monthly freebies are catching on with more merchandise like makeup and pet treats.

    Smart Spending: Think inside the box — for samples

    Once, businesses would hand out free samples in malls or throw them in with other purchases. Now, several businesses have sprouted up devoted to sending out a box of samples to customers once a month — and actually getting them to pay for it. While wine- or steak- of-the-month clubs have been around forever, the box of mystery treats is a relatively new form of subscription sales. It has caught on fast.

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    When a carrot feel more like a stick at work

    Q: Two months ago, I was promised a promotion at work. I have yet to see a title change or salary increase. My boss told me my promotion has been approved, but, because of turmoil in other departments, organizational changes and a tight budget, I need to wait. I don’t think he should have promised it to me in the first place. I’ve been fed lines about how I need to build my reputation with some new responsibilities first so that other departments will respect me. While I’m miffed and losing motivation, I want to stay for the promotion so I can build skills I need to move on to another position elsewhere. I’ve taken on more responsibilities on top of my regular duties and will be taking on even more once this promotion happens. How do I firmly ask for this promotion to take place? Can I ask to be compensated extra for those months that I was told I was getting this promotion?A: Two possible interpretations:1. The boss is dangling a carrot to wangle extra work out of you.2. The boss is telling the truth about the promotion, turmoil, budget and building your reputation.Either way, my advice is the same: Act as though you already have the title.I don’t mean start bossing people around or spend your nonexistent raise upgrading your wardrobe. I mean start thinking about projects you’d be managing or changes you’d like to make. Then start developing skills and relationships that will help you meet those goals.It’s not unheard-of for promotions to take months or for candidates to prove themselves by taking on a temporary extra burden. If it becomes obvious that you’re never getting your teeth on that carrot, you can always start looking elsewhere — with a resume fattened with your newly acquired experience.Of course, if you see promotion just as a means to an exit, go ahead and demand it, plus retroactive pay for the waiting period. That should force a quick decision from your boss — but probably not the one you’re hoping for.Q: Annual drive for a large charity is at hand. My company “encourages” donations and distributes pre-filled donation forms. Last year I was asked seven times. I feel I should not have to explain why I don’t donate, or list who I do contribute to. One colleague gives $5 to get them off his back. That feels like a wimpy way out to me.A: “Thanks, I’ve already been asked” with a smile — then turn back to your work. Polite, enigmatic and discouraging of further discussion. And give poor Five Buck Chuck a break; his response is equally valid.Ÿ Miller has written for and edited tax publications for 16 years, most recently for the accounting firm KPMG’s Washington National Tax office.

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    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is demanding records from the banks and is buying anonymous information about at least 10 million consumers from companies including Experian Plc.

    U.S. amasses Big Data on 10 Million people from banks

    The new U.S. consumer finance watchdog is gearing up to monitor how millions of Americans use credit cards, take out mortgages and overdraw their checking accounts. Their bankers aren't happy about it. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is demanding records from the banks and is buying anonymous information about at least 10 million consumers from companies including Experian Plc.

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    “Pura Raza Espanola” or Pure Spanish Breed mares belonging to breeder Francisco Jose Rodriguez at “La Yeguada de Cuatro Vientos” ranch in Almonte, in the southern Spanish region of Andalusia. Barring an unlikely reprieve, Mesa’ purebreds will be turned into horse meat for export come July.

    Legendary horses latest victim of Spain’s bust

    The southern Spanish region of Andalusia, famed for flamenco and Moorish castles, is also home to a legendary breed of horses that carried conquistadors into battle in the Americas, featured in Hollywood epics and more recently became trophy acquisitions for Spaniards during a giddy economic boom.

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    At the end of last year, IRAs had $5.4 trillion in assets compared with $5.1 trillion in 401(k)s and other defined contribution plans. Some 40 percent of U.S. households own at least one type of IRA, which offer tax incentives to save for retirement.

    Are you a savvy manager of your IRA?

    When it comes to retirement planning, most of the focus is placed on 401(k)s. The reality is that individual retirement accounts represent the largest share of America's savings. At the end of last year, IRAs had $5.4 trillion in assets compared with $5.1 trillion in 401(k)s and other defined contribution plans. Some 40 percent of U.S. households own at least one type of IRA, which offer tax incentives to save for retirement.

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    Investors are looking beyond a recent spate of weak same-restaurant sales to “catalysts that could drive top-line growth during the rest of this year,” said Bryan Elliott, an analyst in Atlanta at Raymond James Financial Inc. “The news has been bad, but the stocks are outperforming,” which shows increased confidence about investing in this industry.

    Restaurant stocks attract bets on U.S. spending gains

    Shares of full-service restaurants are leading other consumer-discretionary companies, a sign investors are betting Americans will spend more on dining out. Investors are looking beyond a recent spate of weak same- restaurant sales to "catalysts that could drive top-line growth during the rest of this year," said an analyst.

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    In this Monday, April 15, 2013, photo, Consuelo Gomez, of the facilities management company “Marty K” poses for a photo, in the company’s offices in Bellevue, Wash. When space on the company’s white boards is scarce in her small office, she sometimes uses the window to run the numbers of her small business.

    Immigrant rulebreakers get an edge

    There's a little talked about problem that a lot of small business owners say makes survival difficult. Competing with companies that hire immigrants who aren't authorized to work in the U.S. is tough for a small business that follows the law because of the cost. Often, businesses pay ineligible workers less, and they also save on taxes.

Life & Entertainment

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    The colorful glass and Prairie style that became the hallmark of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture can be seen in the Harry S. Adams House, 1913.

    Wright Plus tour adds five rarely seen homes

    The 39th annual Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk, showcasing the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and his contemporaries, will take place 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18 in Oak Park. The all-day event will include rare interior tours of the following private homes:

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    Graffiti covers the stands in Hinchliffe Stadium in Paterson, N.J. The once-grand Art Deco stadium earned designation in March as a national landmark.

    N.J. city hopes to capitalize on storied stadium

    The years of neglect can't erase what Hinchliffe Stadium once was, a hub of activity that in its heyday was filled to capacity for Negro League baseball games featuring future Hall of Famers Satchel Paige, Larry Doby and Monte Irvin and teams like the New York Black Yankees, the New York Cubans and the Newark Eagles. The once-grand Art Deco stadium earned designation last month as a national landmark — less than two years after the nearby Great Falls, a powerful 77-foot waterfall that helped fuel the Industrial Revolution, became a national park.

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    Finding — and eating — the hidden candy stash, yeah, that’s normal

    Q. Oh, Carolyn, I’m having some food issues with my son. The kids found the Easter candy I had bought for them and were eating it all! I noticed my 7-year-old son’s tongue was bright pink. I asked him what he had been eating. He told me he wasn’t eating anything. I told him I knew he wasn’t telling me the truth and it made me sad. I didn’t yell, but inside I’m panicking.

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    Authentic railroad schedules are some of the items highlighted at the 32nd Annual Chicagoland Railroad and Collectibles Show at Harper College in Palatine.

    Sunday picks: All aboard the Railroad Show

    Calling all railroad fans: More than 250 tables of real railroad artifacts are a part of the 32nd Annual Chicagoland Railroad and Collectibles Show at Harper College in Palatine. Learn how to be greener at the EcoFest Sunday at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. The Doo Wop Project, featuring former “Jersey Boys” stars Jarrod Spector and Dom Scaglione, takes the stage Sunday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

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    George Motz, host of Travel Channel’s new series “Burger Land,” at El Rey De Las Fritas, a restaurant in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami, Fla. Motz crisscrosses the country looking for the best burgers in America.

    ‘Burger Land’ show host dishes on best U.S. burgers

    If you love a good burger, you might think George Motz has the best job ever. He crisscrosses the country as the host of Travel Channel’s new series “Burger Land,” looking for the best burgers in America.

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    An Afghan woman waits to get in line to try on a new burqa at a shop in the old town of Kabul, Afghanistan. Despite advances in women’s rights, Afghanistan remains a deeply conservative country and most women continue to wear the Burqa. But tradesmen say times are changing in Kabul at least, with demand for burqas declining as young women going to school and taking office jobs refuse to wear the cumbersome garments.

    West’s mores, China imports challenge the burqa

    The homespun Afghan burqa is under siege from east and west these days — cut-price competition from China, and Western influences that are leading many urban women to exchange the full-body cloak for a simple headscarf.

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    Cheesemaker Leslie Cooperband of Prairie Fruits Farm will be part of the Pastoral’s Artisan Producer Festival Saturday, April 27.

    On the road: A taste of artisans’ wares

    Meet more than 80 culinary artisans from around the country, sample their products and enjoy small batches of food, beer and wine at the Pastoral's Artisan Producer Festival in downtown Chicago. Also, the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis hosts the Rollin' with Dean, pop culture festival for fans of the late actor James Dean.

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    Photographer Dese’Rae Stage sits next to a couple of her portraits of suicide survivors in New York. By the dozens, survivors of attempted suicide across the United States are volunteering to be part of a project by the Brooklyn-based photographer.

    More survivors of suicide attempts speaking out

    They look intently at the camera, some impassively, some with smiles, all of them aware that they’ve just shared with an online audience a most personal story: Why they tried to kill themselves. By the dozens, survivors of attempted suicide across the United States are volunteering to be part of a project by a Brooklyn-based photographer, Dese’Rae Stage, called “Live Through This” — a collection of photographic portraits and personal accounts.

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    Children can water the spring vegetable container gardens in the Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

    Arboretum, botanic garden celebrate nature in a big way

    In light of the dangerous rains of the past few days, the adage “April showers bring May flowers,” will be put to the test this spring. After April's storms, floods, and sinkholes, the resulting May flowers better be every color of the rainbow and 20 stories high. As unlikely as it seems to those who are still drying out water-logged shoes and flooded homes, this week includes two days devoted to the gift of nature. Monday, April 22, is Earth Day — a chance to focus on the environment and the gift of Mother Earth, while Friday, April 26, marks Arbor Day.

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    The Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa, Okla., houses an expansive collection of art from the American West and an array of Native American artifacts.

    Art deco style, music and more in Tulsa

    Tulsa was initially occupied by Native American tribes forced to relocate here from their home territories by the Indian Removal Act of 1830. But the modern city was built from oil money in the early 20th century. What you find here now is an eclectic mix of new and old: artsy hangouts that show off Tulsa's thriving hipster culture as well as well-preserved historic gems that harken back to the oil boom of the early 1900s.

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    Know the difference between red, yellow and flashing lights

    You should pay attention to dashboard lights. If one of your warning lights illuminates, do you know what to do? If it is one of the red lights that turns on, this generally means you need to find a place to safely pull over and stop the vehicle.

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    Memory Blocks designed by Bleu Nature: Table lamps with driftwood trapped in resin.

    Plastic by just about any name has shaped modern furniture

    Transparency may be in short supply in Washington, D.C., but in the furniture and fashion worlds it has been a clear winner for more than 75 years. Plastics such as Plexiglas, resin, Lucite and acrylic have seen through decades of trends and look as new today as ever.

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    Plastic planters that are designed to light up at night were added to an outdoor family room.

    Outdoor lighting options abound

    Many Americans have embraced outdoor decorating, filling their yards with fluffy sofas, gleaming end tables and even outdoor rugs. Chris Lambton, landscape designer and host of HGTV's "Going Yard," advises his clients to give as much thought to the lighting of their outdoor space as they do to the furnishings.

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    Editorial: With our prayers for Boston’s fallen

    A Daily Herald editorial on the Boston Marathon violence offers this reflection: For a bitter few, a grievance is merely a cold rationalization to feed into their deluded narcissism.

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    How the gop learned to stop worrying and love taxes

    Columnist Donna Brazile: The current $40 billion budget gap among 30 states is an improvement over their red-ink shortfall of $71 billion just two years ago. They can thank Obama's economic policies for that improvement.

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    Filling the silence after the sirens

    Columnist Michael Gerson: A tragedy makes communal what most of us face in isolation — a loss that can't be reconciled with justice. The news breaks, and we stare into the abyss together.

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    Why aren’t people fearing for rights?
    A letter to the editor:

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    NRA position is outrageous
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: The article written by Richard Cohen on gun control was excellent and right to the point.

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    A little baseball philosophy
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Happiness for a true Sox fan is watching the Cubs' Carlos Marmol on the hill!

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    Elk Grove bearing burden for overpass
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: The entire region benefits from this project but only Elk Grove pays. Maybe we will get our reward in heaven.

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    ‘Legal’ pension bill is what we need
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Democracy has rules. One such rule is to follow the Constitution. No amendment allows for a "back door" to avoid the rules. The current "pension fix," HB 1165, as proposed is believed to be illegal by most. Now would be the time to listen, work and propose a legal pension reform.

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    In league with ‘Axis of Evil?’
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: Am I the only one who finds irony in the fact that only three nations voted against the UN Arms Trade Treaty — Iran, Syria and North Korea, but were supported by the NRA? Or is Wayne La Pierre in league with the “Axis of Evil?”

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    Route 20-McLean work hard to fathom
    Route 20-McLean work hard to fathomIs this what we are getting for our money? Is this what is being done to the Route 20 and McLean intersection? What is this? It makes no sense to do this for such a simple correction. All that needs to be done to the intersection is to eliminate the lights that stop traffic under the bridge. Put in sensors to control the lights for better flow. They should make the lights stop traffic exiting at the off ramps and on McLean on the main road only. By not letting traffic stop under the bridge, it will allow traffic to move faster along with the sensors.Also all that needs to be done to McLean’s exit is to widen the exit ramp to three or four lanes. The exact same thing that was done at Randall Road’s Exit just a few miles up the road.Why are we wasting money for this mess? We should demand a review of this project and give the people of this state a break in the wasteful spending that benefits who?John ColinsElgin

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    Unimpressed with town hall meeting
    A Batavia letter to the editor: At a town-hall meeting sponsored by State Sen. Jim Oberweis, the discussion topic was to be pension reform. After a few brief remarks by Senator Oberweis about taxes, the floor was turned over to Ted Dabrowski, vice president of policy for the Illinois Policy Institute.

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    Assault weapon ‘problem’ overblown
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: Many groups are pushing for another assault weapon ban with the reason being to save countless lives. According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report for the most recent complete year there were a total of 12,664 homicides in the United States and of those homicides 8,583 were by a firearm (67 percent).

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    Media ducking abortion tragedy
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: I would like to know why the media has so thoroughly ignored and failed to report the horrific details of the Kermit Gosnell trial at the Pennsylvania late-term abortion facility.

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