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Daily Archive : Monday April 29, 2013

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    The poem inscribed on a memorial marker reminds visitors to the Naperville Riverwalk that we all need a little more kindness.

    A little kindness could go a long way

    Since the days of Captain Joe Naper, Naperville has been blessed with a generous spirit of caring, accompanied by volunteer citizens who reach out to help during tough times, our Stephanie Penick says.

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    72 teachers cut in U-46; some may return next year

    Elgin Area School District U-46 will say goodbye to 72 teachers this year based on annual "reductions in force." Melanie Meidel, assistant superintendent for human resources, said there are a high number of retirees this year, which, combined with an increase in staffing needs, will allow the vast majority of the district's teachers to stay on through the 2013-14 school year.

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    E. Dundee Police: Algonquin man had heart issues just before fatal crash

    A 40-year-old Algonquin man died in a Saturday morning car crash in East Dundee, and had heart failure just before the crash, according to police.

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    Cardinal Francis George stops and chats with Shereena Cheeran of Elgin and her newborn, Norelle. George blessed the staff, patients and families of the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates on Monday.

    Images: Cardinal George visits Alexian Brothers
    Some of the smallest patients at Alexian Brothers Health Center in Hoffman Estates had a special visitor Monday. Cardinal Francis George spent the afternoon walking the halls of the new Women and Children's Hospital, sprinkling holy water on the doors of those in intensive care, blessing the doctors and nurses and personally praying with many families, including women in labor, premature babies...

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    Transportation is an emotional issue in the 118-square-mile Community Unit District 300.

    Dist. 300 to fight transportation funding cuts

    Members of the Community Unit District 300 legislative committee met with eight out of their nine state senators and representatives in April, most of them last week. The committee held a special meeting Monday night to debrief after those conversations and consider their next steps, especially in regards to proposed transportation funding cuts. Senator Dan Duffy is the lone senator whose...

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    Cardinal Francis George stops and chats with Shereena Cheeran of Elgin and her newborn, Norelle. George blessed the staff, patients and families of the new Alexian Brothers Women & Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates on Monday.

    Cardinal blesses babies, families at new hospital

    Some of the smallest patients at Alexian Brothers Health Center in Hoffman Estates had a special visitor Monday. Cardinal Francis George spent the afternoon walking the halls of the new Women & Children's Hospital, sprinkling holy water on the doors of those in intensive care, blessing the doctors and nurses and personally praying with many families, including women in labor and sick children.

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    How Kane County flood victims can get property tax breaks

    Kane County residents who experienced major flood damage on their residential home may be in line for a reassessment or tax freeze if they rebuild. Neither of those will affect this year's tax bill, though.

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    Rolling Meadows schools rally to help 8-year-old burn victim

    Students from two Rolling Meadows grade schools and their families will come together Tuesday night to help an 8-year-old classmate hospitalized since March 12 recovering from severe burns suffered a household accident. "You look at one child and you look at your child and you think, 'It could be mine,'" said Dawn McNaney, one of the fundraiser's organizers.

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    Henry Benjamin, DOB 122373

    Man gets 12 years for DUI that ended in chase, crash in W. Dundee

    A Chicago man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol and aggravated driving while his license was revoked. Prosecutors had asked for 17 years for Henry Benjamin III, while the defense asked for six. Benjamin had been pulled over for speeding in March 2011, then drove off and led police on a chase through Carpentersville, East Dundee and West...

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    State Sen. Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat

    Senate gun bill will get an overhaul

    An Illinois state senator said Monday he will rework legislation allowing the carrying of concealed guns that emerged last week after concerns about extra levels of scrutiny for Chicago and Cook County, but he defended the proposal against complaints that it was more restrictive than first touted.

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    County, state and federal officials on Monday walked through flood-stricken parts of Lisle to survey damage and speak to residents, including Connie Wade along McKinley Avenue.

    Flood assessment teams pour through DuPage neighborhoods

    The floodwater that once surrounded Diane Lyons' Lisle house and forced her sister to flee by boat is long gone. But Lyons on Monday still was dealing with the damage caused by the April 18 flood, including a ruined water heater, furnace and air conditioner. Repair crews already had removed all the drywall and carpeting inside her house's sunken den. "To me, a house like this is uninhabitable...

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    Madigan seeks extension on concealed-carry appeal

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked the U.S. Supreme Court Monday for more time to decide whether to appeal a court's ruling that the state's ban on the public possession of firearms is unconstitutional. A petition seeking a 30-day extension — until June 24 — argued that the December ruling by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals conflicted with several other rulings on guns

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    Randy Jackson and Rebbie Jackson, background right, brother and sister of late pop star Michael Jackson, arrive at a courthouse for Katherine Jackson’s lawsuit against concert giant AEG Live in Los Angeles, Monday.

    Lawyer details Jackson’s struggle with drugs

    Michael Jackson's struggle against drug addiction was put on display Monday during opening statements at his mother's wrongful death case against concert giant AEG Live. Competing portraits of Jackson emerged during the first hours of the trial, with Katherine Jackson's attorney acknowledging the pop star's drug problems while also trying to show he was a caring son and father.

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    Chicago is easing some parking rules but tightening others.

    Good news on Chicago parking front — but devil’s in the details

    Suburbanites driving into Chicago will get some deals and new conveniences as a result of changes to the city's parking meter contract. But you'd better watch the small print. For example, parking's free on Sundays - but not in the Loop. And in some Chi-Town spots, you'll have to pay longer for meters at night.

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    Coast Guard boat safety checks offered

    The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is offering free vessel safety checks to all boaters to look for problems and ensure each meets the minimum state and federal safety requirements. Two exam sessions will be held from 10 a.m. until finished on Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 25, at Bald Knob Marina, 515 Bald Knob Road in Johnsburg.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Jeremy R. Hardman, 25, of DeKalb, was arrested at 1:55 a.m. April 22 in the 4009 block of West State Street, according to a police report. He was charged with speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis (fewer than 2.5 grams).

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    Daniel Baker is escorted by Lake County sheriff’s deputies after asking to leave his sentencing hearing Monday at the Lake County courthouse in Waukegan. Baker, 24, was sentenced to 47 years in prison for the 2010 murder of Marina Aksman of Vernon Hills. Lake County Judge Daniel B. Shanes found Baker guilty but mentally ill in November 2012.

    Baker gets 47 years in slaying of Vernon Hills woman

    Daniel Baker received 47 years in prison for killing a Vernon Hills woman with repeated blows from a baseball bat, but he didn't stick around long enough to hear the sentence in a Lake County courtroom. Baker's outbursts during his sentencing hearing Monday led Circuit Judge Daniel Shanes to give him a last chance to remain in the courtroom if he stayed quiet. Baker, 24, formerly of Deerfield,...

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    Theresa Neubauer, the former water supervisor in Crestwood, was found guilty on 11 counts of making false statements about the village’s tainted water, with each count carrying a maximum five-year prison term.

    Former Crestwood official convicted of lying about tainted water

    A one-time South suburban official was convicted Monday of lying for decades about drawing water for residents from a well tainted by a cancer-causing chemical. Defendant Theresa Neubauer, 55, struggled to keep her composure 15 minutes later as she spoke to reporters at the federal courthouse in Chicago. "I'm devastated," she said, her voice breaking.

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    Black ministers issue robocalls against gay marriage

    The African-American Clergy Coalition launched a round of robocalls against gay marriage on Monday. The 40-second messages feature the voice of former state Sen. James Meeks, who is senior pastor of Chicago's Salem Baptist Church.

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    4 men charged in triple slaying in Harvey
    Prosecutors on Monday announced that four men have been charged in the slayings of a woman and two children more than two years ago in South suburban Harvey.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Shane A. Pritchett, 29, of Poplar Grove, was arrested at 12:24 a.m. Thursday at Highland Avenue and Coombs Road, near Elgin, according to a sheriff's report. He was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and illegal transportation of open alcohol.

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    Jenelle Barton

    Maine Twp. woman accused of biting, kicking sheriff’s deputies

    A 22-year-old Maine Township woman accused of kicking and biting Cook County Sheriff's deputies has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated battery to a police officer, authorities said Monday. Jenelle Barton, of the 8900 block of Robin Drive, was intoxicated about 5:45 a.m. Sunday when she entered a stranger's home on the 8800 block of Robin Drive near Des Plaines, the Cook County...

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    Naperville house damaged by blaze re-ignites

    An early morning fire in Naperville left a home uninhabitable Monday, according to firefighters.Crews received a call around 12:10 a.m. today reporting flames coming from the roof and second floor of a home at 115 N. Huffman St.,

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    Caitlyn Phillips

    Visitation for Elburn seventh-grader Thursday in Sugar Grove

    Funeral arrangements have been set for a seventh-grader from Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove who was killed while rollerblading at the end of last week. Visitation for Caitlyn Phillips, 13, of Elburn, will take place from 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Calvary West Church, 1600 Beta Drive, in Sugar Grove.

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    Vanessa Mejia

    Palatine boy injured, robbed by sister’s former friends, police say

    A 12-year-old Palatine boy was injured when former friends of his sister hit him in the back with an empty ketchup bottle and then robbed his home, Palatine police said.

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    Steven W. Allen

    Former Glenbard student avoids felony conviction

    A Lombard teen who was expelled for taking a 30-inch "clublike object" to Glenbard South High School has avoided a felony conviction. Steven Allen, 17, pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge of misdemeanor unlawful use of a weapon. He was sentenced to a year of conditional discharge, 100 hours of community service and a tour of the DuPage County jail, according to an agreement with prosecutors.

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    Popular Middle Eastern eatery opens in Rosemont

    A popular Middle Eastern restaurant chain is opening a new location in Rosemont this week. Naf Naf Grill, which debuted in 2009 in Naperville, is opening its fifth suburban location at 10433 Touhy Ave., west of Mannheim Road. The chain also has restaurants in Aurora, Niles, and Chicago's Loop.

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    Man arrested in Lincolnshire park:

    A Tennessee man was arrested about 11:30 p.m. April 22 in Lincolnshire and charged with unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

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    Grant Township vacancy considered:

    The committee of the whole of Grant Township will meet in closed session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, to discuss a vacant trustee position.

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    Route 120 work set to begin:

    A project to improve two intersections on Route 120 at Almond Road and at River Road in Gages Lake and Waukegan respectively was scheduled to be under way this week weather permitting, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

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    Workout to fight MS:

    "Salsa Funk to End MS" will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 3 at Life Time Athletic, 680 Woodlands Parkway, Vernon Hills.

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    Keith Giagnorio

    Lombard to swear in new leadership, address flooding

    The first village board meeting for two new trustees and Lombard Village President-elect Keith Giagnorio also will be the first time the governing body convenes after major flooding struck the Lilac Village on April 18. A meeting originally scheduled for the evening the flooding hit was canceled to allow staff to focus on the crisis. That means the meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday will serve as both...

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    Mike Kozak

    Des Plaines’ former acting police chief retires

    Former acting Des Plaines Police Chief Mike Kozak, who was demoted to the rank of commander in January, announced his retirement late last week, Chief William Kushner confirmed Monday. Kozak's quiet departure after serving 25 years with the department is unrelated to the suspensions of 13 officers earlier this month for their role in a scheme to misrepresent participation in federally-funded...

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    Stacie Vickers

    Lake Villa woman facing drug charges

    A Lake Villa woman faces drug charges following a traffic stop by Lake County sheriff's police, authorities announced Monday. Stacie Vickers, 38, of the 24000 block of West Forest Drive, was arrested April 22.

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    Des Plaines bank hosts shredding event Saturday

    Village Bank & Trust will host a free community Shredding Party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the bank's Des Plaines location, 1545 Ellinwood St. "The public is invited to keep personal information safe and the community green by bringing up to three boxes of items to shred," 1st Ward Alderman Patricia Haugeberg said in an announcement of the event.

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    William McCorkle

    Amrich calls resignations by Island Lake’s lawyer, police chief ‘smart’

    Island Lake Mayor-elect Charles Amrich on Monday called the recently announced resignations of Police Chief William McCorkle and attorneys from the Ancel Glink law firm smart decisions because they would have been fired. McCorkle said he's leaving to pursue another job opportunity and would have resigned no matter who won the mayor's race.

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    North Central’s WONC on iHeartRadio

    North Central's WONC radio station has joined the lineup of iHeartRadio, making it one of a few college stations carried on the smart phone app.

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    Syrian firefighters extinguish burning cars after a car bomb exploded in the capital’s western neighborhood of Mazzeh, in Damascus, Syria, Monday. State-run Syrian TV says the country’s Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi has escaped an assassination attempt when a bomb went off near his convoy.

    Syrian premier escapes bomb attack in Damascus

    Syria's prime minister escaped an assassination attempt Monday when a bomb exploded near his convoy in Damascus, state media reported, in the latest attack to target a top government official. Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi was not hurt in the explosion in the capital's western neighborhood of Mazzeh, state TV said.

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    Former Schaumburg police officer John Cichy talks about his faith on a YouTube video.

    YouTube ‘not a good idea,’ judge tells ex-Schaumburg cop

    A former Schaumburg police officer accused of dealing drugs was briefly admonished by a judge Monday for posting a video of himself on YouTube. DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell told John Cichy it was "not a good idea" to appear in online videos while his case is pending. She said the added publicity could jeopardize his right to an impartial jury and a fair trial.

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    Permit holders may fly nonpowered model gliders and sailplanes at the Greene Valley Forest Preserve overlook.

    Forest preserve’s scenic overlook in Greene Valley opens May 4

    Visitors can see a soaring hawk, launch a model glider, and catch a glimpse of the Chicago skyline from the scenic overlook at Greene Valley Forest Preserve in Naperville. The overlook atop a former landfill opens for the season on Saturday, May 4, and will be open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27.

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    “What is the hardest math problem in the world?” asked students in Amy Mueller’s fourth-grade class at the Hoover Math & Science Academy, Schaumburg.

    Tough math problem has to do with the shape of the universe

    "What is the hardest math problem in the world?" asked students in Amy Mueller's fourth-grade class at the Hoover Math & Science Academy, Schaumburg.

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    “Records Truly Is My Middle Name,” radio legend John Records Landecker’s memoir, is available at eckhartzpress.com.

    Radio legend Landecker, Mount Prospect writer team up for memoir

    Acclaimed Chicago radio personality John Records Landecker has released a new memoir, "Records Truly Is My Middle Name," co-written by his former producer, Rick Kaempfer of Mount Prospect. The book takes a candid and humorous look at Landecker's early years in Michigan and his rise to fame in Chicago in the 1970s.

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    Clockwise from upper left: Lucas and Matthew Lisowsky; Connor and Cameron MacMahon; Matthew and Adam Mysza; Gabriella and Isabella Venturini; Olivia and Alanna Chavez; and Erin and Megan Martin.

    St. James School's fifth grade is home to 6 sets of twins

    There is a lot of giggling going on in the fifth grade at St. James School in Arlington Heights. What else would you expect when you have six sets of twins in one grade? "It's an interesting dynamic," says Brenna O'Hearn, one of the teachers. "They're very competitive; they challenge each other. When one puts their hand up, the other does too."

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    On Monday rescue workers gave up hopes of finding any more survivors in the remains of a building that collapsed five days ago, and began using heavy machinery on Monday to dislodge the rubble and look for bodies — mostly of workers in garment factories there. At least 381 people were killed when the illegally constructed, 8-story Rana Plaza collapsed in a heap on Wednesday morning along with thousands of workers in the five garment factories in the building.

    No more survivors likely in Bangladesh tragedy

    Rescue workers in Bangladesh gave up hopes of finding any more survivors in the remains of a building that collapsed five days ago, and began using heavy machinery on Monday to dislodge the rubble and look for bodies — mostly of workers in garment factories there. In renewed anger against conditions in garment factories — a mainstay of Bangladesh's economy — hundreds of...

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    John Lehman was sworn in last month as Aurora’s new fire chief. He has 26 years experience with the department and steps into the chief’s position after serving three years as deputy chief.

    New Aurora fire chief looks to build on department’s history

    The 376th firefighter ever hired in the city of Aurora now is first in charge. The city's new fire chief, John Lehman, has been wearing badge No. 376 proudly since he was hired in 1987. That won't change as Lehman settles into the department's top role, and neither will his respect for the department's history or his commitment to serving and protecting the people. "My responsibilities are to the...

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    One World Trade Center rises behind the Statue of Liberty in New York. It is already New York’s tallest building, but when the last pieces of its spire go up to the roof Monday, the 104-floor skyscraper will be one step away from becoming the highest in the Western Hemisphere.

    Last pieces of 1 World Trade Center are rising

    One World Trade Center already is New York's tallest building. And when the last pieces of its spire rise to the roof — weather permitting — the 104-floor skyscraper that replaces the fallen twin towers will be just feet from becoming the highest in the Western Hemisphere. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the spire pieces plus a steel beacon will then be lifted at a...

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    A flag bearing the image of Dutch Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima, is placed on display in a show window along with other Royal memorabilia in downtown Amsterdam, Netherlands, on Monday. Dutch Queen Beatrix has announced she will relinquish the crown on Tuesday, April 30, after 33 years of reign, leaving the monarchy to her son Crown Prince Willem Alexander.

    Amsterdam turns orange ahead of royal ceremony

    The streets of Amsterdam began to turn orange Monday in honor of the Netherlands' ruling House of Oranje-Nassau, as officials prepare for a once-in-a-generation rotation of royal titles — and the rest of the country gets ready to party. National broadcaster NOS reported that Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his family were in the Royal Palace on the city's central Dam square Monday...

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    Kuwait court keeps jail time for Twitter insult

    A Kuwait appeals court says an online activist must serve a jail sentence for Twitter posts deemed offensive to the Gulf nation's ruler, but the prison term was reduced from two years to one.

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    Person of interest in Wis. triple homicide found
    Southern Wisconsin authorities said they have found a person of interest in connection with a triple homicide in rural South Wayne, but the investigation into the slayings continued. "The danger to our community, as it relates to the homicide investigation, is now over," Lafayette County Sheriff Scott Pedley said in a statement Sunday evening.

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    Wis. site offers chance to do 1800s-era chores

    History lovers will get a chance to participate in 1860s-era spring chores next month at a historical stagecoach inn in southeastern Wisconsin. "At Work and Play at Wade House" is scheduled for May 18 and May 19. Visitors can help prepare and plant gardens, air out quilts, make beds, polish stoves and sweep floors. A vintage base ball game with 19th-century rules is scheduled for the afternoon of...

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    Germany charges 4 with sending Iran reactor parts

    Federal prosecutors say they have charged three German-Iranian dual nationals and a German man with breaking export laws for allegedly supplying Iran with parts needed to build a nuclear reactor in violation of the country's trade embargo.

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    Tense Calif. town hunts man who killed girl, 8

    After door-to-door sweeps proved fruitless, law officers urged residents of a small town in Northern California to lock their doors and keep a close eye on streets and yards for a man who stabbed an 8-year-old girl to death in her house. The attacker, only described as wearing a black shirt and blue pants, was the subject of a broad search Sunday by the sheriff's departments of Calaveras and...

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    Trial in Ill. family’s brutal slaying to start

    The trial for the first of two brothers charged in the brutal killings of a central Illinois family is slated to begin later in the day. It's been more than three year since five family members were found dead in their Beason home.

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    Jefferson County Jail can house ICE detainees

    MOUNT VERNON — A southern Illinois county jail can again house U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees.

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    Health officials give cleaning tips after floods

    Kane County Health Department officials are advising residents to follow a series of steps to protect themselves against the hazards following a flood. Officials say residents whose private well casing has been submerged should use bottled water for drinking, brushing teeth, preparing food or baby formula, until the well water has b

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    Sister of Emanuel’s floor leader hired by CPS
    Associated PressThe sister of a key Chicago City Council member has been hired by Chicago Public Schools to help with the controversial closures of dozens of schools, according to a published report.

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    Illinois’ Hometown Awards now accepting entries

    The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity is accepting entries for the state's 31st Annual Hometown Awards. Local governments, schools and youth groups are among the several local entities eligible to submit applications for the awards. The awards are given in six different categories: services and mentorship, beautification and sustainability, parks and recreation, memorials...

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    Construction resumes on downtown Chicago bridge
    The next phase of repair work on a major downtown Chicago bridge could cause some problems for commuters this week. Chicago Transit Authority officials say work on the historic Wells Street Bridge over the Chicago River will affect service through May 5. It's the second phase of work. The bridge was closed for 9 days in March as well.

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    The Navy diverted the USS Peleliu Sunday to assist in the search for a missing 35-year-old British man who fell overboard from a 38-foot sailboat 500 miles west of the Midway Atoll.

    Pacific searched for British man from ailing boat

    A U.S. Coast Guard plane from Hawaii and a Navy warship diverted from its journey home searched a remote area in the middle of the Pacific Ocean for a British man many hours after he was reported overboard from a troubled sailboat. The search about 500 miles west of the Midway Atoll, where one British citizen was rescued from the boat and the other went overboard, was expected to continue at...

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    Thai villagers and rescuers sift through the wreckage of a suspension bridge crossing the Pasak river after it collapsed Sunday in Ayutthaya province, central Thailand. Police say at least four people have been killed and a dozen have been injured when the small bridge collapsed in the accident.

    4 killed as bridge collapses in central Thailand

    Police say at least four people were killed when a small bridge collapsed near Thailand's ancient capital of Ayutthaya. Police Col. Jitkasem Sonkham says several motorcycle drivers and their vehicles fell into the Pasak river Sunday while they were crossing the suspension bridge in Ayutthaya province's Tha Ruea district.

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    5 car bombs kill 26 in Shiite areas across Iraq

    Five car bombs exploded Monday in predominantly Shiite cities and districts in central and southern Iraq, killing 26 civilians and wounding dozens, officials said. The blasts come amid a week-long spike in sectarian violence following clashes at a Sunni protest camp in the north of the country. No one has claimed responsibility, but coordinated bombings in civilian areas are a favorite strategy...

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    2 dead, 8 missing after freighter sinks off Greece

    A cargo ship sank off southern Greece within minutes of colliding with another freighter in fair weather Monday, leaving two Syrian seamen dead and eight others missing, officials said. Seven sailors were rescued.

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    Policemen and firefighters inspect the scene of an explosion in downtown Prague, Czech Republic, Monday. Police said a powerful explosion has damaged a building in the center of the Czech capital, and they believe some people are buried in the rubble.

    Powerful blast injures up to 40 in Prague

    A powerful explosion damaged an office building in the center of the Czech capital, Prague, Monday, injuring up to 40 people. Authorities believe some people are buried in the rubble. It is not certain what caused the blast in Divadelni Street, but it was likely a natural gas explosion, police spokesman Tomas Hulan said. The street was covered with rubble and was sealed off by police who also...

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    Everett Dutschke stands in the street near his home in Tupelo, Miss., and waits for the FBI to arrive and search his home. Dutschke, charged with making and possessing ricin as part of the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others, is expected to appear in court Monday.

    Hearing for Miss. man in suspicious letters case

    A Mississippi man who describes himself as a patriot with no grudges against anyone was expected to appear in court Monday on charges of making and possessing ricin, part of the investigation into poison-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others. The arrest of 41-year-old James Everett Dutschke early Saturday capped a week in which investigators initially zeroed in on a rival of...

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    An Albuquerque Police officer walks behind the tape at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church Sunday in Albuquerque, N.M., the scene of a multiple stabbing at the conclusion of morning services. Police say a 24-year-old man stabbed four people at a Catholic church in Albuquerque as a Sunday mass was nearing its end. Police spokesman Robert Gibbs says Lawrence Capener jumped over several pews at church around noon Sunday and walked up to the choir area where he began his attack.

    Man stabs N.M. churchgoers, sends 4 to hospital

    Just as the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church choir began its final hymn, a man vaulted over pews and lashed out at the singers, sending four churchgoers to the hospital with stab wounds, authorities said. Worshippers screamed as the shocking and chaotic scene unfolded Sunday with the attacker continuing the onslaught until he was tackled and held by church members for officers, who raced to the...

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    Workers pour concrete on the new eastbound ramp on to the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) from southbound Route 47 in Huntley. Completion of the full interchange is expected this year.

    Spring ushers in Elgin-O'Hare, other road construction

    This is the summer everything changes for suburban commuters. Road work starts on the Elgin O'Hare Expressway, extending it to the airport and building a western bypass that will revolutionize how we get around in Cook, DuPage and Kane counties. Plus - a look at county by county construction sites to avoid.

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    Stdent-athletes and their families participate during the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence Awards Ceremony at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday.

    Dawn Patrol: Elburn teen mourned; Mulder says goodbye

    Elburn teen killed after colliding with vehicle while rollerblading; Cancer survivors sing in Naperville to spread feeling of hope; Arlington Hts. residents, leaders say farewell to Arlene Mulder; Daily Herald celebrates top suburban prep athletes; Images from the banquet; Hobbled Hinrich calls Game 4 exhausting, grueling'; Source: Bolland likely out for Game 1; Sox...

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    Suburban road projects
    This is the summer everything changes for suburban commuters. Road work starts on the Elgin O'Hare Expressway, extending it to the airport and building a western bypass that will revolutionize how we get around in Cook, DuPage and Kane counties. Plus — a look at county by county construction sites to avoid.

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    Patrick Kunzer/pkunzer@dailyherald.com Jarrett Payton, keynote speaker, offers his remarks during the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence Awards Ceremony at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday.

    Weekend in Review: Prep athletes honored; Teen killed in crash

    What you may have missed this weekend: The Daily Herald honors top prep athletes; dual language programs take off in the suburbs; monk accused of attempted child abduction; rollerblading Elburn teen killed in collision with car; Island Lake trustee-elect denies making threats; Blackhawks' Bolland likely out for Game 1; Robinson paying big dividends for Bulls; No structural damage to Floyd's...

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    Charlie Kirk, 19, of Wheeling, makes a point about his life in politics.

    Perfect storm launches 19-year-old Wheeling native into political punditry

    One of the newest political pundits on the national scene comes from an apolitical family in Wheeling, and still sleeps in a bedroom with giraffes on the walls. Yet, Charlie Kirk — founder of political Internet startup group Turning Point USA — has far more experience in the political arena than the average 19-year-old, with regular appearances as an analyst on national television...

Sports

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    Glenbard South’s Colgan growing into No. 1 role

    From the time preseason practice began, Glenbard South boys tennis coach Mark Conrad knew that sophomore Brendan Colgan was the Raiders' No. 1 singles player.

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    Rolling Meadows first baseman Erik Schurtz, right, fields the pick-off throw as Elk Grove?s Mikey Maize slides safely back to the bag at South Salk Park in Rolling Meadows on Monday evening.

    Maize helps Elk Grove find its way

    Being a three-sport athlete, Mikey Maize knows all about pressure. And the Elk Grove senior showed how to overcome it, belting a 2-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to lift the Grenadiers past host Rolling Meadows 2-1 on Monday in a key Mid-Suburban East game.

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    Monday’s softball scoreboard
    High school results from Monday's varsity girls softballl games, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Monday’s girls track scoreboard
    High school results from Monday's varsity girls track meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Monday’s girls soccer scoreboard
    High school results from Monday's varsity girls soccer games, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Monday’s girls water polo scoreboard
    High school results from Monday's varsity girls water polo matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Monday’s boys volleyball scoreboard
    High school results from Monday's varsity boys volleyball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Monday’s boys track scoreboard
    High school results from Monday's varsity boys track meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Monday’s boys tennis scoreboard
    High school results from Monday's varsity boys tennis matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Monday’s boys water polo scoreboard
    High school results from Monday's varsity boys water polo meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Monday’s baseball scoreboard
    High school results from Monday's varsity boys baseball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.

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    Cougars swept by Lake County

    The Kane County Cougars get swept in a doubleheader Monday night against the Lake County Captains in Eastlake, Ohio.

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    Marlins beat Mets 4-3 in 15 innings

    Nick Green drove in the winning run with a sacrifice fly and the Miami Marlins rallied for two runs in the 15th inning to beat the Mets 4-3 on Monday night, handing New York its fifth consecutive loss.

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    Giants end 5-game skid with 6-4 win over D-backs

    Brandon Belt hit a two-run single in the eighth inning, helping the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 Monday night to end a five-game losing streak.

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    Seattle Mariners beat Baltimore Orioles 6-2

    Michael Saunders homered in his first at-bat since he was activated from the disabled list and Joe Saunders pitched his eighth career complete game to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Orioles in front of the smallest crowd ever at Safeco Field on Monday night.

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    Rockets survive with 105-103 win over Thunder

    The Houston Rockets escaped elimination with a 105-103 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night. Chandler Parsons scored 27 points and Patrick Beverley added 16 points with point guard Jeremy Lin out with a bruised chest muscle. Houston avoided a four-game sweep in the best-of-seven series.

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    Lisle’s Ventrella throws no-hitter

    Lisle 4, Seneca 0:Alex Ventrella came an error away from a perfect game, pitching a no-hitter with 12 strikeouts for the Lions (11-6, 8-2) in their Interstate Eight Conference victory. Ryan Van Volkenburg doubled and homered. Billy Loconsole also had 2 hits.Wheaton North 10, West Aurora 0:Winning pitcher Tom Colletti went 3-for-3 with 5 RBI and allowed only 3 hits while striking out three for the Falcons (16-3, 9-2) to cap their DuPage Valley Conference sweep. Ryan Kent, Johnny Peltz and Lake Bachar each had 2 hits.Glenbard East 4, Naperville North 3:Greg Ludwig’s 3-run homer in the bottom of the fourth powered the Rams (7-17, 3-9) to their second straight DuPage Valley Conference win over Naperville North (9-7, 5-5). Nick Vichio also homered while D.J. Spears was the complete-game winning pitcher. Mark Khoury homered and Pat Mollo had 2 RBI for the Huskies.WW South 9, West Chicago 6:With the score knotted at 6-6, the Tigers (13-7, 8-3) scored 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth to edge West Chicago (3-14, 0-9) in the DuPage Valley Conference. Rich O’Neil homered and drove in 3 runs. Matt Walsh doubled with 2 RBI. Chris Amen won in relief of Baylor Holmes. A.J. Seidler went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI for the Wildcats.Neuqua Valley 12, Metea Valley 3:Drew Sterioti went 3-for-4 with a homer and 3 RBI for the Wildcats (14-7, 11-4) in their Upstate Eight Conference victory. Dylan Goss also homered. David Gerber allowed 3 hits over 6 innings to win on the mound. Michael Mooney drove in 2 runs for Metea Valley (5-12, 4-10).Naperville Central 10, Glenbard North 3:The Redhawks (14-4, 9-2) capped a key DuPage Valley Conference sweep in Naperville. Jeff Schank and Jeff Lucas had 3 hits apiece while Nick Thomas drove in 2 runs. Zach Aranoff was the winning pitcher. Brett Consitt went 2-for-4 with an RBI for Glenbard North (11-7, 8-3).St. Francis 4, Marian Central 2:The Spartans (10-7, 7-3) scored all their runs in the first two innings of their Suburban Christian Conference victory. Alex Alcantara and T.J. Jackson each had 2 hits while Andrew Brundage had 2 RBI. Jack Petrando pitched 6 innings for the win.York 5, Hinsdale Central 3:The Dukes (10-11, 6-8) broke out to a 5-0 lead and held on late to take two of three from Hinsdale Central (11-6, 7-5) in their West Suburban Silver series. Pete Doughty and Dan Cirone had 2 hits. Tyler Zunkel drove in 2 runs in support of complete-game winner Anthony Santos. Jacob White went 2-for-4 with a triple for Hinsdale Central.Leyden 9, Addison Trail 8:Jordan Garcia went 2-for-3 with a triple and RBI for the Blazers (7-13, 5-7), who scored a run in the top of the seventh while trying to rally to victory in the West Suburban Gold. Nick Rybarczyk and Rocco Costabile drove in 2 runs apiece.Hinsdale South 10, Morton 0:Seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning ended the West Suburban Gold victory for the Hornets (15-5, 10-5). Winning pitcher Mike Marrera, who struck out seven and allowed 3 hits, had 2 RBI at the plate. Mike Rizzo went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. Aurora Christian 7, Wheaton Academy 4:Chris Johnson tripled, homered and drove in 3 runs in the Suburban Christian Conference loss by the Warriors (1-13, 0-10).Illiana Christian 8, Timothy Christian 6:Emerson Bandemer went 3-for-4 with a 3-run homer and Cole Miller went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, but the Trojans (1-11, 1-8) fell in the Metro Suburban Conference.

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    Conant comes out swinging

    Junior Rachel O'Malley belted a 2-run homer in the first inning and sophomore Hailey Rothstein added a 2-run blast in the fourth as Conant topped host Elk Grove 7-1 in the Mid-Suburban League crossover game Monday.

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    From left, Bulls Richard Hamilton, Marquis Teague, Malcolm Thomas, Joakim Noah (13) and Taj Gibson react from the bench in the second half of Monday night’s Game 5 loss to the Nets.

    Bulls stay close, but Nets stay alive

    Monday's Game 5 at the Barclays Center was another offensive outburst. The Nets shot 50 percent from the field, dominated second-chance point (24-12) and stayed alive with a 110-91 victory. The Bulls trailed by 5 points with 4:15 left, then fell apart.

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    From left, Cubs third baseman Cody Ransom, second baseman Darwin Barney and first baseman Anthony Rizzo celebrate Monday night after Kevin Gregg picked up his fourth save in as many chances.

    Cubs’ bullpen providing much-needed relief

    What Cubs manager Dale Sveum is doing with his bullpen is borne of necessity and the need to improvise, but it seems to be working. And it was all on display Monday night in the Cubs' 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres at a warm and windy Wrigley Field.

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    Mundelein edges Lake Zurich

    Mundelein's softball team stayed hot and avenged a loss at the same time Monday. Andrea Funteas' line-drive single to center field with two out in the first inning scored Maddie Zazas from third base for the only run, as the Mustangs held on for a 1-0 win over host Lake Zurich in North Suburban Lake Division action.

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    Wauconda turns back Grant

    Wauconda stayed perfect (7-0) in the North Suburban Prairie Division with a 13-12 slugfest victory over Grant in North Suburban Prairie baseball Monday.

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    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley 7, Crystal Lake South 6: The No. 1 team in the Daily Herald Top 20 jumped to leads of 5-0 and 7-2 and held off the sixth-ranked Gators to remain atop the division. Senior Bryce Only went 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI and scored twice. Colin Lyman and Mark Skonieczny each delivered 2 of the Red Raiders’ 10 hits. Eric Luecht was the winning pitcher for Huntley (17-2, 10-2). He allowed 5 earned runs on 5 hits with 2 walks and 5 strikeouts in 5 innings. Adam Kalish notched the save with 2 scoreless innings. Four of the Gators 8 hits were for extra bases, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the deficit for CL South (11-4, 8-4).Grayslake North 13, Jacobs 5: The Knights blitzed the visiting Golden Eagles with 13 runs on 11 hits, assisted by 5 Jacobs errors. Only 5 Grayslake North runs were earned against four Golden Eagles hurlers. Ryan Sargent absorbed the loss, allowing 5 runs (3 earned) on 4 hits in 2 innings. Greg Sidor doubled, homered, drove in 2 runs and scored 3 runs for Jacobs (14-6, 6-4). Winning pitcher Adam Gomski allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits, struck out 5 and walked 1 in 5 innings for FVC Fox co-leader Grayslake North (10-4, 7-5).Hampshire 8, South Elgin 6: Colin Gogoel (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Brandon Bowen (3-for-3, HR, 3 RBI) led offensive-minded Hampshire (8-9) in a 13-hit nonconference victory. Winning pitcher Dillon Kuhn (2-1) scattered 7 hits over 6 innings. He allowed 5 runs (2 earned), struck out 2 and walked 4. Brandon Wescher allowed 1 earned run but completed the save by stranding the tying runs at first and second via a strikeout and flyout. Tyler Christensen went 2-for-4 with a solo home run for South Elgin (9-8).Elgin 10, East Aurora 0: The Maroons jumped to a 5-0, first-inning lead and cruised to the five-inning Upstate Eight River victory on the strength of Dean Anderson’s 1-hitter. Anderson struck out 5 and walked 3. Offensive contributors for Elgin (6-12, 5-10) included Ethan Henke (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI), Alex Buttell (2-for-3, 2B, RBI), Nick Turner (2B) and Omar Valadez (2-for-3).Batavia 7, Larkin 1: The Bulldogs used a 4-run sixth inning to pull away for this Upstate Eight River win in Elgin. John Jowaski (0-3) took the loss. He allowed 5 earned runs on9 hits, struck out 4 and walked 1 in 5 innings. Larkin (6-11, 3-10) was limited to 4 hits.Geneva 9, Streamwood 1: Eric Hamlin had a double and Michael Murawski went 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Sabres in the UEC River. Kevin Sojda was the losing pitcher.Chicago Christian 2, St. Edward 0: Chicago Christian junior Josh Novak fired a 2-hitter to upstage St. Edward starting pitcher Jacob Koehring’s 4-hit performance in a showdown between two Suburban Christian Conference Gold Division contenders at Wing Park in Elgin. Novak struck out 6 and walked 4 for Chicago Christian (19-3, 9-2), while Koehring (3-2) struck out 4 and walked 3 for St. Edward (11-6, 9-3). Both went the distance. Ryan Nudd and Kevin Lamp mustered the only hits for the Green Wave.Elgin Academy 10, University High: The Hilltoppers remained unbeaten, thanks to a 2-run uprising in the bottom of the seventh inning of this Independent School League victory. The late comeback was necessary after U-High rallied from an 8-0 deficit and took a 1-run lead in the top of the seventh. Karl Raushenberger (3-for-4, double), Jeffrey Tang (3-for-3, 2 doubles, 3 RBI) and Mike Grebek (double) led the 8-hit attack for Elgin Academy (3-0, 3-0). Winning pitcher Max Swienton allowed 4 runs on 4 hits, walked 2 and struck out 7 in 4 innings.

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    Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams, left, and center Brook Lopez surround the Bulls’ Jimmy Butler in the second half of Game 5 Monday night.

    Bulls’ loss really not so distressing

    A difference of opinion: One man distressed by the Bulls'19-point loss in Game 5 and another impressed that they were within 1 point midway through the fourth quarter.

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    Glenbard West loses in bottom of seventh

    A roundup of Monday's softball action around DuPage County.

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    Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez (11), Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, center, and center Joakim Noah, right, compete for a loose ball in the first half of Game 5 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday in New York.

    Nets win 110-91, cut Bulls' lead to 3-2

    Brook Lopez had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Deron Williams added 23 points and 10 assists, and the Brooklyn Nets beat Chicago 110-91 on Monday night, cutting the Bulls' lead to 3-2 in their first-round playoff series.

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    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    South Elgin 6, Waubonsie Valley 5: The Storm scored 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to win this Upstate Eight Valley game. Mallory Mecklenburg was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, Victoria Watt was 2-for-4, Alyssa Buddle had a solo home run and Cassidy Westlund, Paige Allen and Taylor Rees each drove in runs. Allen was the winning pitcher in relief for South Elgin (13-6, 8-1), which has won 4 of its last 5.Bartlett 3, Neuqua Valley 2: Kayla Haberstich had a 2-run homer and winning pitcher Holly Pagan was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI to lead the Hawks to a UEC Valley win. Alex Morales added a triple for Bartlett (16-6, 7-2), which has won 8 of its last 9 games. Pagan allowed 5 hits with 4 strikeouts and 1 walk.Hampshire 5, Grayslake Central 4: The Whip-Purs scored 3 in the bottom of the seventh to win their first Fox Valley Conference Fox Division game of the season. Ashley VanAcker’s grounder scored Brittany Sujet with the game-winning run, after Sujet had delivered a 2-run single to tie it. Jordan Hook was 2-for-3 with a home run for Hampshire (6-11, 1-3). Jen Hurst had 10 strikeouts, 4 walks and allowed just 4 hits in picking up the win for the Whips.St. Charles North 1, Streamwood 0: Kaitlyn Hedger allowed just 4 hits for Streamwood but the Sabres (4-12, 1-7) got just a single from Holly Foret off SCN’s Sabrina Rabin in this UEC River loss.St. Charles East 20, Larkin 1: Holly Zdroik and Alex Buhrow had hits for Larkin (1-17, 1-9) in the UEC River. Jaclyn Saurbaugh was the losing pitcher.Rosary 6, St. Edward 4: Kristi Kroll was 2-for-4 with an RBI for St. Edward in the Suburban Christian. Angela Zenteno took the loss for the Green Wave (9-8, 4-3).

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    Brooklyn's Deron Williams won't have to contend with veteran Kirk Hinrich in Game 5 of their first-round series tonight in New York. Hinrich has been ruled out due to a bruised left calf.

    Boo birds don't bother Bulls' Robinson
    Bulls' Game 4 hero Nate Robinson was roundly booed during pregame introductions and most every time he touched the ball in Monday's Game 5 at Brooklyn. But he took the reaction in stride while starting in place of the injured Kirk Hinrich.

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    Lightning schedules softball skills camp

    The Northern Illinois Lightning Fastpitch Softball Organization will be conducting a softball skills camp for girls ages 8-16 on Tuesday and Wednesday, June 18-19, at Judson University in Elgin.

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    Waubonsie Valley’s Amanda Minahan preps to slide safely into second base past Batavia’s Lauren Mueller in the first inning on Friday, April 5.

    Minahan changing minds with new attitude

    Softball notebook: Waubonsie's Amanda Minahan, Downers North's Heflin throws another perfect game and Lisle gets its field back.

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    Hoffman Estates hangs on against Fremd

    Ethan Bloom homered and pitched for 6-plus innings as host Hoffman Estates held on for a 5-4 victory over Fremd in Mid-Suburban West baseball Monday.

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    White Sox acquire Wells from Oakland

    The White Sox acquired well-traveled outfielder Casper Wells in a trade from the Oakland A's Monday night in exchange for cash considerations.

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    Latos outduels Wainwright as Red top Cardinals 2-1

    Mat Latos outpitched Adam Wainwright, extending his scoreless innings streak to 17, and the Cincinnati Reds got an RBI apiece from Joey Votto and Xavier Paul in a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

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    Gallardo homers, Brewers hit 5 to top Pirates 10-4

    Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo hit one of five home runs for Milwaukee, which went back-to-back twice in a 10-4 rout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night.

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    From left, Chicago Cubs third baseman Cody Ransom, second baseman Darwin Barney and first baseman Anthony Rizzo celebrate their 5-3 win over the San Diego Padres after a baseball game, Monday, April 29, 2013, in Chicago.

    Cubs upend Padres 5-3

    Darwin Barney and Cody Ransom each drove in two runs and the Chicago Cubs defeated the San Diego Padres 5-3 on Monday.

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    Joakim Noah (13) steals the ball from Nets center Brook Lopez (11) in the first half of Game 5 of their first-round playoff series on Monday.

    Back where it all began for Bulls’ Noah

    Joakim Noah spent his teen years living in Manahattan, but has a history in Brooklyn. For two years, he attended Brooklyn Poly Prep, a school that basically sits at the entry to Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. Needless to say, that's a long trip from Midtown.

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    Hoffman Estates a hit in 8

    Hoffman Estates had a hit in four different innings when it came to bat in the top of the eighth on Monday at Prospect. When it counted the most, the Hawks put together their first multiple-hit inning of the game and came away with a 3-2 victory in the Mid-Suburban League softball crossover.

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    From left, Chicago Bulls' Richard Hamilton, Marquis Teague, Malcolm Thomas, Joakim Noah (13) and Taj Gibson react from the bench in the second half of Game 5 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, April 29, 2013, in New York. The Nets won 110-91.

    Images: Bulls vs. Nets, Game Five
    After their triple-overtime victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, the Chicago Bulls faced the Nets on their home court Monday in game five of the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Bulls lost 110-91, game six is scheduled for Thursday in Chicago.

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    Perfect game for Prairie Ridge’s Stevens vs. Huntley

    Strikeout, strikeout, strikeout. Out, out, out You get the picture. The Huntley hitters never had a chance against Prairie Ridge senior standout Kirsten Stevens. Retiring all 21 hitters she faced, Stevens twirled a masterful perfect game while striking out 13 Red Raiders as the Wolves eked out a 1-0 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win in Huntley Monday afternoon. The game was played in a snappy 1 hour and 7 minutes.

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    Lake Park thumps Bartlett

    The Bartlett baseball team had Lake Park's number. Until Monday. Not only did Bartlett eliminate Lake Park last spring in a regional championship game, the Hawks had already clinched this season's 3-game Upstate Eight Valley series by virtue of 5-4 and 5-0 victories. However, the Lancers salvaged the series finale in emphatic style, thumping host Bartlett 11-0 in five innings to remain tied in the loss column with Waubonsie Valley atop the UEC Valley standings.

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    Downers Grove North bats unstoppable

    The plate approaches by Downers Grove North's baseball team may have differed, but they all worked.The Trojans did a little bit of everything offensively in Monday's 20-0 West Suburban Silver Conference victory over Glenbard West in Glen Ellyn.

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    Ubaldo Jimenez dazzles as Indians beat Royals 9-0

    Ubaldo Jimenez pitched into the eighth inning, Ryan Raburn hit two home runs and the Cleveland Indians pounded the Kansas City Royals 9-0 on Monday night to split their four-game series.

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    Lindsay Efflandt

    Efflandt doing OK, but no doubt she’ll return with a mask

    Lindsay Efflandt, like any pitcher, knows the risk. Softball pitchers put a 12-inch yellow softball in their hand, deliver it to hitters wielding bats that get more powerful every year, and once that softball has left that pitcher's hand, the most vulnerable person on the field is the pitcher. Efflandt, Cary-Grove's senior standout who is one of the best pitchers to ever take the circle in the Fox Valley Conference, literally saw her life flash before her eyes April 22 when Prairie Ridge's Kirsten Stevens hit a line shot that nailed Efflandt flush in the left eye. No, Efflandt was not wearing a face mask. She did have on sunglasses though, and at least one doctor has told her the glasses may have saved her life.

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    Weir will swing into action at Augustana

    He has been a golfer and baseball player while at Warren High school. Next spring, Casey Weir will tee it up on the baseball diamond for Augustana College. Weir made his commitment officials and will play coach Greg Wallace's baseball program in the spring of 2014. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound pitcher and third baseman is a two-year letter winner for the Blue Devils and coach Clint Smothers.

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    Grant pitcher Caitlyn Moran gets a high five after she and her teammates defeated Wauconda on Monday at Grant.

    Grant tags Wauconda with 1st Prairie loss

    Well, you don't see this very often: Both starting pitchers strike out the side in the first inning, yet allow a 3-run homer by the time the second inning is over. It was certainly entertaining softball at Grant High School on Monday, with potential for more drama in the future as there is a tie for first place in the North Suburban Conference's Prairie Division. Bri Dreschler hit her second homer since Saturday and drove in 4 runs as the host Bulldogs pinned the first conference loss on Wauconda, 7-4.

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    McLean, Massie propel Crystal Lake South

    Crystal Lake South softball coach Scott Busam was joking. Really, he was. Busam told Gators' junior Sam McLean before Monday's Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game at Cary-Grove to hit a home run. McLean is South's leadoff hitter and had never hit a home run in a high school softball game. "I told her Sam I really need you to hit a home run today'. But I was teasing her. Really, I was," Busam smiled. But like any good athlete, McLean did as her coach told her. She launched her first home run over the center field fence, a 2-run shot in the top of the fifth inning, and sophomore right-hander Hailee Massie fired a 2-hitter as the Gators beat Cary-Grove 2-1. It's South's first win over C-G since 2010.

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    Searcy blast seals Geneva’s win

    Kristen Searcy has not seen too many inside pitches lately. "I get a lot of outside pitches," the Geneva senior said. But the Vikings' third-baseman produced the coup de grace Monday afternoon in Batavia, blasting a 3-run home run to right-center field with two outs in the sixth-inning to double the Vikings' lead over the host Bulldogs. Haley Orwig recorded the final five outs for Geneva in relief of Emily Plocinski as Geneva captured the Upstate Eight Conference River Division softball game 9-4.

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    Smith scores 29 to lead Hawks past Pacers 102-91

    Josh Smith scored 29 points as the Atlanta Hawks built a 17-point lead at halftime, then withstood an Indiana comeback over the final two quarters to even the series with a 102-91 victory in Game 4 on Monday night.

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    Astros romp in the Bronx, beat Yanks 9-1

    Carlos Corporan homered among his four hits and drove in four runs, Brandon Barnes three hits and three RBIs, and the Houston Astros fit comfortably into the role of a slugging American League squad Monday night in a 9-1 romp over the New York Yankees.

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    Braves end 4-game skid, beat Nationals 3-2

    Andrelton Simmons hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the seventh inning, then made an eye-popping play to start the ninth as the Atlanta Braves beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Monday night and ended their four-game losing streak.

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    Fielder’s homer lifts Tigers over Twins 4-3

    Prince Fielder's towering three-run homer in the sixth inning put Detroit ahead, and the Tigers held on Monday night for their fourth straight win, 4-3 over the Minnesota Twins.

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    MATC, Harper meet in softball regional play-in game

    Having already split four meetings this season, host Madison Area Technical College (12-18) and Harper College (4-18) will meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday in an NJCAA regional play-in game. The winner will advance to the regional semifinals, which will be played at MATC on Friday.The Wolfpack enters the postseason having gone 2-3 in their last five games. The last time the two programs played, MATC swept a doubleheader, outscoring the Hawks by a combined 18-7. The home team has won every game between the teams this season.MATC freshman shortstop Jordan Bell is hitting .490. Harper has struggled to score recently, with 9 runs scored in its last seven games.

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    Girls soccer/Top 20
    Naperville North, Buffalo Grove and St. Charles North have earned the top three spots in the Daily Herald most recent girls soccer Top 20.

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    Cubs back Class A manager on Soler benching

    The Cubs stood behind the manager of their Class A Daytona club for benching outfield phenom Jorge Soler Sunday for a lack of hustle in this past Saturday's game.

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    Wild won’t be a pushover for Blackhawks

    The Minnesota Wild bring plenty to the table and the Blackhawks better be prepared. Troy Murray gives the Daily Herald his expert analysis on that and other issues facing the Hawks as they prepare for the postseason.

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    Cal Clutterbuck is always looking to make a big hit.

    3 Wild players to avoid
    Tim Sassone takes a quick look a three Minnesota Wild players that Blackhawks fans may grow to hate in this first-round series: Cal Clutterbuck, Ryan Suter and Mike Rupp.

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    While Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford put together a record of 19-5-5 in the regular season, he knows the playoffs pose a much bigger challenge.

    Great expectations: Crawford, Hawks ready for playoffs

    Corey Crawford has waited a full year for redemption. No one on the Blackhawks enters the postseason with more to prove than Crawford, who was haunted for most of the off-season by the 2 overtime goals that Mikkel Boedker scored in last year's first-round loss to Phoenix. Tim Sassone talks with the Blackhawks about the great expections facing the team following their terrific regular season and two early playoff exits om 2011 and 2012.

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    Glenbard South struggling to get to full strength

    Glenbard South is one of those boys track programs that reloads. A month into this outdoor season, though, it's still unclear what the Raiders have.

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    Elk Grove will wait for state tourney berth

    Elk Grove's bid for a state fishing crown has been put on hold. The Illinois High School Association announced on Monday the Bass Fishing state final tournament scheduled for this Friday and Saturday at Carlyle Lake in Carlyle, has been postponed due to potentially dangerous water levels and will be rescheduled in Carlyle later this spring.

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    Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy and left wing Brandon Saad celebrate with right wing Marian Hossa after his 2nd period goal during their game Sunday night at the United Center in Chicago.

    Hawks’ young guns poised for playoffs

    A group of Blackhawks young guns, including 21-year-old Andrew Shaw, Nick Leddy (22) and Marcus Kruger (22) and Brandon Saad (20), are all feeling a lot more at ease heading into Tuesday night's playoff series opener against the Minnesota Wild. Of that group, Leddy and Kruger may actually qualify as playoff veterans, Leddy having played 13 postseason games over the past two seasons while Kruger has seen action in 11 games.

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    Not one to make excuses, Paul Konerko, celebrating with Adam Dunn after hitting a 2-run homer Sunday against Tampa Bay, says the weather has been a factor in the White Sox’ slow start offensively.

    For White Sox’ offense, better weather sure can’t hurt

    Through the first month of the season, the White Sox' offense ranks last in the American League in several key categories. Captain Paul Konerko said playing in miserable weather has kept the Sox' bats on ice.

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    Loyola signs 6-10 center Johnson

    Cody Johnson, a 6-foot-10, 245-pound center who played one year of junior college basketball, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play at Loyola University, Ramblers head coach Porter Moser announced Monday.

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    Since joining the Blackhawks, Michal Handzus, right, is a plus-7 with 1 goal and 5 assists. He'll center the second line with Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp, who also played with him in Philadelphia years ago.

    Handzus knows how to get it done for Hawks

    As the No. 2 center, Michal Handzus knows the drill on the second line: Get the puck to Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp and get out of their way. "I've always been a center who likes to pass," Handzus said. Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville says Handzus has fit in nicely since Dave Bolland was injured. Tim Sassone has more in today's Blackhawks notebook.

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    Workers position a Stanley Cup Playoffs logo onto the ice at TD Garden in Boston. The Chicago Blackhawks open their first-round series Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild at the United Center.

    Our 2013 NHL playoff predictions

    With the lockout-shortened season now in the rearview mirror, the NHL opens the Stanley Cup playoffs with three games on Tuesday night, three more on Wednesday, and the final two first-round contests starting on Thursday. Here’s a quick look and a prediction for each NHL series, starting with the Blackhawks:

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    Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa (81), Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, second from right, and Jonathan Toews celebrate a goal by Kane against the Los Angeles Kings in Los Angeles on Jan. 19. It was banner-raising night for the defending Stanley Cup champion Kings, and the Blackhawks won 5-2.

    7 big comments from a special Hawks season

    The Blackhawks began an abbreviated season with a bang, putting together a record streak of 24 straight games without a loss in regulation. And they ended it by going 36-7-5 and capturing the Presidents' Trophy.In between it was all about Toews, Kane, Hossa, Crawford, Emery and just about any player on the roster leading the way in a simply amazing regular season. But before the second season begins, let's take a quick look at some of the key games along the way.

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    Duke guard Jon Scheyer, who helped the Blue Devils defeat Butler 61-59 in the 2010 men's NCAA Final Four title game, has joined the coaching staff at Duke. Scheyer was a high school star at Glenbrook North.

    It’s official: Scheyer joins Duke staff

    DURHAM, N.C. — Duke is bringing back former basketball player Jon Scheyer as a special assistant.Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Scheyer's hiring Monday. Scheyer, who starred in high school at Glenbrook North, was a captain on the Blue Devils' last national championship team in 2010. His hiring fills a hole that opened after longtime Duke assistant Chris Collins left to take over at Northwestern. Nate James was promoted from special assistant to replace Collins on the staff, and Scheyer was brought in to replace James.

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    U of I sells Assembly Hall naming rights

    CHAMPAIGN — The iconic Assembly Hall basketball arena has a new name, and the University of Illinois has a new partner to back its athletic programs. As part of a 30-year, $60 million agreement, Illini officials have joined with State Farm to rename the arena the State Farm Center. The building is undergoing a major renovation project that is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2016.

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    NBA veteran center Jason Collins, whose twin brother Jarron also played in the league, talks with Sports Illustrated about his decision to acknowledge that he is gay.

    NBA veteran Jason Collins comes out as gay

    NBA veteran Jason Collins became the first active male player in the four major American professional sports to come out as gay. The 34-year-old center, who has played for six teams in 12 seasons, wrote a first-person account that was posted on Sports Illustrated's website Monday. Collins finished the season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He says he wants to keep playing.

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    Tim Tebow was waived by the Jets on Monday

    Tebow time in New York over after Jets cut QB

    Tebow time is over in New York — before it ever got started. Tim Tebow was waived by the Jets on Monday, the end of an unsuccessful one-season experiment in New York. Chicago could be a possibility since new coach Marc Trestman worked with Tebow before the NFL draft in 2010 and in the Senior Bowl and liked what he saw.

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    Softball: Top 20 rankings
    Naperville Central (18-0) remains the No. 1 team in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 rankings of area softball teams. Barrington (20-1) is at No. 2 and Benet (12-2) comes in at No. 3.

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    Burlington Central running strong

    Burlington Central's boys' track and field team has a tendency to do well in big-meet settings and coach Mike Schmidt likes where his group is headed going into the final third of the outdoor season. His optimism stems from a series of strong individual performances. Sophomore Lucas Ege has turned in a 15.14 in the 110 hurdles and a 40.44 in the 300 hurdles. He was a double winner at Batavia, Geneva and Kaneland's tough Peterson meet.

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    Mike North video: The Bulls deliver

    Mike North wants to know how much do you love this Bulls team. They are is all playing like warriors and their impressive efforts make the fans proud.

Business

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    The Glen Ellyn village board Monday night approved plans for a 22-home subdivision at Route 53 and Sheehan Avenue. Trustees previously said a 23-home development was too dense and asked the developers to scale down their plans.

    Glen Ellyn OKs 22-home development

    The largest new housing development in Glen Ellyn in a decade is scheduled for construction, now that necessary zoning approvals have been granted that allow the project to commence. The village board Monday voted 6-0 to approve variance requests of K. Hovnanian Homes, which plans to build 22 single family homes at the northwest corner of Sheehan Avenue and Route 53.

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    U.S. stocks rose Monday, with the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index advancing to a record high, as pending sales of homes climbed amid optimism central banks will maintain stimulus plans.

    S&P 500 reaches new high, led by tech

    Technology companies led the Standard & Poor's 500 index to an all-time closing high Monday. The stock market has recovered all the ground it lost over the previous two weeks, when worries over slower economic growth, falling commodity prices and disappointing quarterly earnings battered financial markets.

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    Google estimated in regulatory filings that $5.5 billion of the purchase price for Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility was for patents and developed technology.

    Motorola Mobility buy not delivering for Google

    Google Inc.'s $12.4 billion purchase last year of mobile-phone pioneer Libertyville-based Motorola Mobility Holdings partly for its trove of more than 17,000 patents is showing signs it wasn't much of a bargain.

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    The students will be part of ThinkChicago: Lollapalooza. The event will allow the students to attend the music festival as well as a series of workshops designed to showcase Chicago as a hub of innovation,

    Students sought for Lollapalooza tech side event

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office is looking for 100 technology and computer science college students from across the nation to travel to Chicago during Lollapalooza 2013 weekend. The students will be part of ThinkChicago: Lollapalooza. The event will allow the students to attend the music festival as well as a series of workshops designed to showcase Chicago as a hub of innovation, including resume pairings and interviews hosted by local companies.

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    Dan and Pam McCarty own and operate Eevah, a jewelry company operated by independent consultants.

    Eevah jewelry business in Elgin aims to help starving children

    Dan and Pam McCarty own and operate Eevah, a newparty plan jewelry company in Elgin. In addition to selling women's jewelry, the company has made it its mission to help chlidren in need from around the world.

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    Uncertainties make chat with tax adviser a good idea

    There are some small business and small business owner tax positives in 2013, but there also are some issues that make a conversation with your CPA, and maybe your estate attorney, a good idea. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall explores the issue.

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    Kate Mitchum and fiancee Tony Feo, who co-own Lake Zurich-based Go Hardball.

    Hoffman Estates couple hits home run with business, life

    Kukec's People features Kate Mitchum met Tony Feo, who met while she was playing in a women's baseball league and he was helping to coach a practice. Mitchum was in an administrative position with the league and didn't think twice about Feo. "I ignored him for a year," she said. That didn't last. Now they own a company together in Lake Zurich and are planning to get married.

Life & Entertainment

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    The Neighbourhood, “I Love You”

    Neighbourhood debut an intriguing but tiresome formula

    All you need to know about the Los Angeles-based quintet The Neighbourhood can be heard on two of the group's previously released singles, "Sweater Weather" and "Female Robbery" — now included on debut album, "I Love You."

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    This CD cover image released by Atlantic Records shows “True Romance,” by Charli XCX. (AP Photo/Atlantic Records)

    Charli XCX’s album varied, but imperfect

    Charli XCX may not be a household name, but if you're a fan of HBO's "Girls" then you would have heard her vocal and songwriting prowess already.

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    The cast of the musical “Kinky Boots.”

    Tony Award noms may have a British accent

    Two stories born in Britain are vying for America's biggest theater prize. "Kinky Boots" and "Matilda" are each a virtual lock to get a Tony Award nomination Tuesday for best musical and each show will be eager to capture as many nods as possible in the other 25 categories.

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    Court papers filed Friday, April 26, show Jason Aldean has filed for divorce from his wife, Jessica Ussery.

    Country star Jason Aldean files for divorce

    Jason Aldean has filed for divorce. The country music star filed the complaint for divorce against his wife, Jessica, on Friday afternoon in Williamson County, Tenn., citing irreconcilable differences. The two met in high school and have been married since August 2001. "This is a really tough time for my entire family," Aldean said in a statement Monday afternoon.

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    London pie beats Italy for top pizza

    A temporary venue in a former Scout hut in east London serves a pizza that is the most delicious food item in the world, beating dishes from Italy, according to voters on the Chowzter Fast Feast awards. Story Deli took the top prize Sunday as well as the pizza award for its Margherita, made with type 1 Molina Grassi SpA organic flour, rolled thin and baked for 30 seconds.

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    Dr. Ted Hole talks with his patient Cruz Hansen about her allergies. The 63-year-old doctor has been in practice alone for 34 years.

    Doctors with solo practices face uncertain future

    Ted Hole knows he's a dinosaur. In an age of electronic records, the 63-year-old family-practice doctor tracks hundreds of patients by using paper files that weigh down filing cabinets. Doctors in the large health-care systems that may be the future of medicine employ administrators to deal with an avalanche of federal regulations and insurance mandates. At a time when solo-practice doctors face stiff odds, Hole is more solo than most.

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    Drinking lots of water is one of the healthy habits Greg Moehrlin has learned during the Fittest Loser Challenge.

    Contestants learn valuable lessons for the future

    When the Fittest Loser Challenge began 12 weeks ago, the six contestants were eager to lose weight and improve their health. They were also a little wary of what their trainers had in store. Now that it's almost over, they can all say they've accomplished most of their goals and tapped into inner reserves they didn't realize they had. The competitors talk about what they've learned and what they're taking away from the experience.

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    Country music legend Willie Nelson, who is turning 80, has been honored with lifetime achievement awards, serenaded at special performances and saluted by musicians from every genre of music.

    Accidental outlaw Willie Nelson celebrates 80th

    America loves its outlaws, and few are as admired and lionized as Willie Nelson. As the enduring American icon's 80th birthday has approached, he's been honored with lifetime achievement awards, serenaded at special performances and saluted by musicians from every genre of music. And Nelson has taken it all in with a bemused smile.

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    Ed Schoenthaler is proud of his vast car collection.

    Exploring Mr. Ed’s car cache

    If you were in the market to go fast during the 1960s, help came in the form of Mr. Ed. Not to be confused with the popular equine, Ed Schoenthaler was a top-selling salesman who dealt strictly in V-8 horsepower at Brigance Chevrolet in Oak Park from 1965 to 1970. “The nickname came from a long last name that was hard to pronounce,” the Oak Brook resident said. “I was very fortunate to get started during the glory days of muscle cars.”

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    One cup of coffee to start your day is OK, if you eat a healthy breakfast with it.

    Caffeine can be safe if you don’t overdo it

    Caffeine. Is it good or bad? We get this question all the time, but the answer really depends on your current state of health. A cup in the morning makes you feel more alert while satisfying the physical dependence you may acquire from drinking it daily. Most experts agree that a daily cup or two of coffee or tea is considered safe. Caffeine may not be suited for everyone though.

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    Family is key to MTV’s “The Show With Vinny.” Host Vinny Guadagnino has celebrity guests come to his cramped Staten Island home where his mom, Paola Giaimo, right, cooks for everyone, and his sisters, Antonella, left, and Mariann Guadagnino keep interrupting him.

    Vinny Guadagnino hosts celebs at home in new MTV show

    Growing up, Vinny Guadagnino wouldn't invite friends over to his family's modest Staten Island, N.Y., home. Now it's the backdrop for his MTV talk show, aptly named "The Show With Vinny." The premise of the 11-episode talk show has celebrity guests coming to the family home of the quiet guy from "Jersey Shore," where Guadagnino's mom cooks for everyone, and his sisters interrupt.

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    This exercise was yet another that made me think “I can’t believe I can do that!” Upper body workouts have never been easy for me — I’ve always joked about my “spaghetti arms.” But I’ve never seen spaghetti do this!

    Becoming fit has been a real education

    During Fittest Loser boot camp on a recent Saturday morning, I did a whole bunch of sit-ups. I didn't keep count, but I'm pretty sure it was probably about 76 kajillion. Somewhere around the 50 kajillion mark, Push Fitness trainer Wade Merrill, who was leading the boot camp, asked me if I was having fun. "Yes," I told him. And I was being honest.

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    Information on pregnancy drug safety hard to come by

    Nearly every woman takes a medication at some point during pregnancy. Yet there's disturbingly little easy-to-understand information about which drugs pose a risk to her baby, and what to do about it. An awful cold? Don't panic if you used decongestant pills, but doctors advise a nasal spray in early pregnancy. And don't abandon antidepressants or epilepsy medicines without talking to your doctor first. Some brands are safer during pregnancy than others — and worsening depression or seizures aren't good for a mom-to-be or her baby.

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    A chest press targets the chest, shoulders and triceps.

    Some answers to common fitness questions

    Did you know that it takes approximately 3,500 calories to burn 1 pound of fat? Personal trainer Sally Anderson answers some frequently asked questions regarding exercise, health, eating and fitness.

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    Hunt for ALS cure may offer insight on other diseases

    The long trail of research into amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is littered with disappointment. Decades of research have resulted in only one drug treatment for the terrible disease, and that drug only offers a few months of extra life, at best. Meanwhile, study after study has ended in failure — recently a drug that just a year ago seemed promising showed no benefits in a late-stage clinical trial.

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    Eliminate excess fluids to bring incontinenece under control

    I have mild urinary incontinence. I've heard that something called "fluid management" can help.

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    A new DVD promises to give you a body of a ballerina through a variety of ballet, dance and yoga exercises.

    Your health: The ballet approach
    A new DVD promises to sculpt your body like a ballerina's, and learn why our memory might not be as reliable as we thought.

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    Study finds lax attitude on teens, Rx drug abuse

    More parents need to talk with their teens about the dangers of abusing Ritalin, Adderall and other prescription drugs, suggests a new study that finds discouraging trends on kids and drug use. When teens were asked about the last substance abuse conversation they had with their parents, just 14 percent said they talked about abusing a prescription drug, said the report being released by The Partnership at Drugfree.org.

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    The Schaumburg Waist Management team works out with trainer Lee Collins.

    Team members enjoyed chance to get healthy

    The Community Challenge teams came to their final weigh-in visibly healthier and noticeably thinner than they were at the initial weigh-in 12 weeks ago. The results of the weigh-in provided by the Academy of Athletic Advancement and health screening conducted by nurses from Alexian Brothers Health System attested to the participants' improved health.

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    Withing’s Smart Body Analyzer can use WiFi or Bluetooth to sync to your smart phone or tablet.

    Don’t let a scale make you pound foolish

    When most people set out to buy a bathroom scale, it is with one objective in mind: to measure how much they weigh. But faced with store shelves or a digital marketplace overflowing with options, choosing the right scale can be a daunting task. Do you go with the body-fat calculator, or the one that will talk to you in Spanish? The solar-powered unit, or one in a fabulous print?

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    Lack of sleep can impact body’s genes

    Hey, you, yawning in your cubicle at 2 in the afternoon. Your genes feel it, too. A new study, paid for by the U.S. Air Force but relevant for anyone with a small child, a large prostate or a lot on the mind, is helping illuminate what's happening at the genetic level when we don't get enough sleep. It turns out that chronic sleep deprivation — in this experiment, less than six hours a night for a week — changes the activity of about 700 genes, which is roughly 3 percent of all we carry.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Anti-hazing legislation a good start

    A Daily Herald editorial says proposed legislation increasing reporting responsibilities is a good start in the battle against high school hazing.

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    Supreme Court saves our privacy; media sleeps

    Columnist Nat Hentoff: I'd feared that the Fourth Amendment's protection of our personal privacy had nearly vanished. But on April 17, a majority of the Supreme Court, ruling in Missouri v. McNeely, remembered a fundamental liberty

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    We’re in danger

    Columnist Donna Brazile: In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing, lawmakers are demanding answers from the FBI

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    Minimum wage hike would reduce jobs
    A letter to the editor: Senate Bill 68 will seek to increase Illinois' minimum wage to $10 per hour. Illinois already has the fourth-highest minimum wage in the nation at $8.25 per hour, and it is higher than in all neighboring states. Employers cannot bear the repercussions of a minimum wage hike, and jobs will be lost.

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    Stand up for those who are bullied
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: I have become inspired after viewing Ellen DeGeneres' episode "Unite Against Bullying." As she spoke about bullying, I began to reminisce about my experience in grade school, when a group of girls would constantly call me inappropriate names, which I later began to believe.

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    Turn closed schools into teen centers
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: With the coming consolidation and closing of 50-plus Chicago schools, I'm proposing that we convert many of these underutilized buildings into Boys/Girls Clubs for Chicago's youth. Parental volunteers and part-time teachers could staff these clubs.

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