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    Jake Griffin

    Daily Herald recognized for public service, news innovation

    The Daily Herald has won five Illinois Associated Press Editors Association awards for public service reporting, news innovation, page design, general excellence and photography. The first-place award for public service went to Tax Watchdog Editor Jake Griffin, whose weekly Suburban Tax Watchdog column investigates governments' use and misuse of taxpayers' dollars.

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    Witness Jacob Nodarse answers questions during cross examination in the murder trial of Johnny Borizov at DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton Tuesday, April 30, 2013.

    Darien gunman 'disappointed' he wasn't found insane

    Jacob Nodarse admitted he pursued an insanity defense in hope of avoiding prison after he fatally shot three members of a Darien family, but said he would have agreed to lethal injection. "I would have taken the needle immediately if they had offered it to me," the 26-year-old said Tuesday, his third and final day of testifying in the murder trial of co-defendant Johnny Borizov.

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    The Mineola Hotel in Fox Lake was named Tuesday to the 2013 list of 10 most endangered historic places by Landmarks Illinois.

    Mineola designated among Top 10 endangered historic places in Illinois

    A grass-roots effort to revive the shuttered Mineola Hotel in Fox Lake got a boost of public recognition Tuesday with its inclusion as one of the most endangered historic places in Illinois. Landmarks Illinois, a not-for-profit group that compiles a top 10 list each year, said the hotel built in 1884 is an untapped asset that could provide a potential boost for the local economy..

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    Teacher Laura Davenport blows a bubble into “flubber” under the watchful eye of Christian Caderon, 4, right, as teachers and parents work with children in the one-room class at Mundelein Cooperative Preschool.

    Parents play big role in operation of Mundelein Cooperative Preschool

    Playing games, reading books or cleaning up, parents are a usual presence at the Mundelein Cooperative Preschool, where officials say the mission is to increase parental involvement as children play and learn. "What being this involved in the school does is it builds a crucial connection between the parent, teacher and the child," said director Laura Davenport. "We know as early educators that...

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    This undated photo provided by Ed Gerns via Landmarks Illinois shows the Mineola Hotel in Fox Lake. The deteriorating hotel is among the 10 most endangered historic places in Illinois according to the nonprofit Landmarks Illinois, which announced the list Tuesday in Springfield.

    Historic Fox Lake, W. Chicago buildings on 10 most endangered list

    Fox Lake's Mineola Hotel and West Chicago's Wiant House are among the 10 most endangered historic places in Illinois, according to Landmark Illinois, a nonprofit that works to protect historic properties.

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    Retrial of Indiana man charged in 1979 killing begins

    The retrial of a convicted sex offender charged in the 1979 slaying of a 20-year-old woman and the attempted killing of her young son has begun in western Indiana. A Vigo County jury heard opening arguments Monday in the trial of 55-year-old Richard Boswell Jr., who's charged with murder in the May 1979 strangulation death of Kathy Jo Baker and attempted murder for attacking her then-2-year-old...

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    In this 2012 photo, Hannah Warren, 2, poses with her parents Lee Young-mi and Darryl Warren at Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. Hannah received a new windpipe made from her own stem cells in a landmark operation on April 9 at Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria.

    Toddler is youngest to ever get lab-made windpipe

    A 2-year-old girl born without a windpipe now has a new one grown from her own stem cells, the youngest patient in the world to benefit from the experimental treatment. Hannah Warren has been unable to breathe, eat, drink or swallow on her own since she was born in South Korea in 2010. Until the operation at Children's Hospital of Illinois in Peoria, she had spent her entire life in a hospital in...

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    Carpentersville raises motor fuel tax by two cents

    Carpentersville has raised its motor fuel tax by 2 cents a gallon, a move one trustee said was painful but others said was necessary if the village wants to regularly replace aging equipment and vehicles. By a vote of 5 to 1, the board raised the rate to four cents a gallon. The hike goes into effect on July 1 and is set to expire in three years.

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    About 60 people attended the Itasca Elementary District 10 school board meeting, where board members decided to reverse some cuts that were made after voters rejected a proposed tax hike. Parents say they want all eliminated programs to be restored.

    Itasca District 10 repeals some cuts

    Itasca Elementary District 10 officials have scaled back plans to lay off teachers and eliminate programs to address next year's projected $375,000 budget shortfall. Still, parents say any cuts at the district's three schools would be unacceptable. "This is about our kids," parent Michael Wolfe said on Tuesday. "Every program and every teacher should be immediately reinstated."

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    Kane Co. may turn to private funds and tolls to build Longmeadow Parkway

    Could can Kane County have its own version of a Chicago Skyway license when it builds the Longmeadow Parkway? Kane County may turn to a public/private partnership to find at least some of the money needed upfront, while tolls will almost certainly be the main method to pay off debt and fund long-term maintenance.

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    Chicago murders at 1963 level

    The Chicago Police Department released figures indicating a 42 percent decline in the number of murders in the city in the first four months of 2013 compared to the same period last year.

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    Grill fire ignites, destroys Wadsworth home

    A Wadsworth family lost its home Tuesday evening after a grill being used to cook dinner started on fire and quickly spread into the house.

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    Alert Energy Gum, includes as much caffeine as a half a cup of coffee in one piece and promises “the right energy, right now.”

    FDA will evaluate added caffeine in foods

    The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it will investigate the safety of added caffeine and its effects on children and adolescents. The agency made the announcement just as Wrigley was rolling out Alert Energy Gum, a new product that includes as much caffeine as a half a cup of coffee in one piece and promises "the right energy, right now."

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    Dr. Kermit Gosnell is charged with killing a patient and four babies.

    Abortion doctor’s murder trial goes to jury

    A Philadelphia jury began weighing murder charges Tuesday against a doctor charged with killing five people, including four viable babies allegedly born alive in what authorities describe as illegal, late-term abortions routinely performed at his clinic.

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    Developers hope Naperville’s Water Street District, along the south bank of the DuPage River in downtown Naperville, will be open by fall 2015.

    Naperville’s Water Street construction to begin by 2014

    Developers say the first visible signs of the coming Water Street District in downtown Naperville will be evident by the end of the year. Crews will begin clearing the 2.4-acre lot on Water Street and locating utilities by early next year, they said. But first, behind the scenes, developers have begun finalizing interior and exterior design details as leases are signed; preparing construction...

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    Glen Ellyn puts regulations on secondhand stores

    Jewelry stores and other retailers in Glen Ellyn that sell secondhand goods are now being required to photograph and catalog items they purchase in an effort to help local law enforcement recover stolen goods. Police say the ordinance approved by the village board this week is a way to help victims of burglaries and thefts recover their property. But some business owners affected by the new rules...

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    This undated image made available by Teva Women’s Health shows the packaging for their Plan B One-Step tablet, one of the brands known as the “morning-after pill.”

    FDA: Morning-after pill OK for ages 15 and up

    The government is making the morning-after pill available over the counter for women and girls 15 and older — an attempt to find middle ground just days before a court-imposed deadline to lift all age restrictions on the emergency contraceptive.

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    House Speaker Michael Madigan Tuesday backed a pension plan that would raise the retirement age for public employees, cut retirees’ annual pension raises and cap how much of a worker’s salary could count toward calculating his or her pension.

    Could Madigan’s pension move bust gridlock?

    Powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan's decision to write legislation cutting teachers' and state workers' pensions could reignite the push for lawmakers to reach agreement on the issue this month. His bill would raise the retirement age for public employees, cut retirees' annual pension raises and cap how much of a worker's salary could count toward calculating his or her pension.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS/SANA Syrian security officers gather in front of a burned car, at the scene where a powerful explosion occurred in Damascus Tuesday. The explosion caused scores of casualties, a day after the country’s prime minister narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in the heart of the heavily protected capital.

    Obama hints at potential military action in Syria

    President Barack Obama signaled Tuesday he would consider U.S. military action against Syria if "hard, effective evidence" is found to bolster intelligence that chemical weapons have been used in the 2-year-old civil war. Among the potential options being readied for him: weapons and ammunition for the Syrian rebels.

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    Daily Herald File Photo Metra CEO Alex Clifford took over at Metra in 2011.

    Metra meeting could decide CEO’s future

    Metra's got another special meeting set up for Thursday where the contract of beleaguered CEO Alex Clifford is expected to be the main topic of discussion behind closed doors.

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    John Kasik

    Lisle dad pleads guilty to harassing daughters’ coach

    A Lisle man pleaded guilty to a felony harassment charge Tuesday for threatening to kill a high school volleyball coach who benched his daughter. John Kasik, 61, was sentenced to 24 months of probation and 20 days in the DuPage County sheriff's work alternative program.

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    Wayne Weinke Jr.

    Murder trial closes for man accused of throwing mom down stairs

    After eight days of testimony and nearly three hours of closing arguments, friends and relatives of the Weinke family will have to wait a while longer for the conclusion of Wayne Weinke Jr.'s trial on charges of first-degree murder in the 2006 death of his mother Gloria Weinke, 77. Cook County Judge William Lacy will deliver a verdict May 28.

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    Educators gather for Common Core training

    Organizations have kicked into high gear with workshops and training to help smooth school districts' transition to Common Core State Standards. One was held in Arlington Heights Tuesday for more than 400 educators from across the region.

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    Lake County authorities said Tuesday no charges will be filed in connection with a crash April 5 in Newport Township involving a school bus carrying 34 elementary school students.

    Authorities say no charges in crash involving a school bus near Wadsworth that injured more than 30 students

    Charges will not be filed in connection with the April 5 crash in northern Lake County involving a school bus that killed one driver and injured more than 30 elementary school students, authorities said Tuesday. Officials cited "conflicting statements" from witnesses regarding the color of the traffic signal at Route 173 and Kilbourne Road near Wadsworth at the time of the crash as part of the...

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    Alice Lundstrom spent her 106th birthday at Wrigley Field with her son, Carl, and her grandson, Brett. The Cubs gave her the special jersey she’s wearing. It has her name and the number 106 on the back.

    Dundee Twp. woman stayed busy, loved the Cubs

    Whether she was working side by side with her husband at their Elgin insurance agency, raising her three children or following the Chicago Cubs, Alice Lundstrom, of Dundee Township, stayed busy all of her adult life. In fact, Lundstrom, who passed away last week at the age of 106, said keeping busy was one of her secrets to longevity — that and eating sardines once a month, joked her...

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    It took a handful of volunteers to put the head in place Monday as part of the SuperCroc exhibit was installed at Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin.

    SuperCroc exhibit opens Friday at Gail Borden library

    The SuperCroc has arrived at the Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin and is already causing a stir among library patrons and staff members. "It's really exciting to see people's reactions to watching us put the things up and then to actually watching them interact with it," said Carl Gustafson, director of operations for Project Exploration, which rents the exhibit to the library. It runs through...

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    Pace’s Bus on Shoulders program allows buses to use the shoulder of the Stevenson Expressway during heavy traffic.

    Pace to expand shoulder-riding buses

    Pace is expanding service on its popular I-55 Bus on Shoulder program where buses show their maverick side by riding on the shoulder when traffic is heavy. Similar innovations are expected on the Jane Addams Tollway in the future, officials said.

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    A baby great horned owl rests in a tree last week in the Fabyan Forest Preserve near Geneva. The mother was close by, keeping an eye on all onlookers.

    Look, but stay back from great horned owl baby

    People are thrilled to spy a baby great horned owl in the woods at Fabyan Forest Preserve in Geneva, but some were trying to get a little too close. Forest preserve officials have roped off an area near the Japanese Garden.

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    A poster projecting job and economic growth related to “fracking” was on display Tuesday at the State Capitol in Springfield. A bill to regulate the practice, drafted by lawmakers, industry and environmental groups, has been sitting in a House committee.

    Illinois Republicans push for vote on fracking

    House Republicans cranked up the pressure Tuesday for a vote on legislation regulating high-volume oil and gas drilling in Illinois, saying it has the backing of industry and environmentalists and would pass easily, and that the state is losing out on jobs and revenue by dragging its heels.

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    Bert Rosenberg, left, and Norm Breyer watch the polls late into the evening on April 9.

    Rosenberg retains seat in Arlington Hts. by 20 votes

    Trustee Bert Rosenberg has been re-elected to the Arlington Heights village board, beating Trustee Norm Breyer by 20 votes, according to official results certified Tuesday by the Cook County clerk's office. "I am disappointed with the results," said Breyer Tuesday, who said he'll decide in the next few days whether to ask for a recount. "I suppose it means they only love (Rosenberg) a drop more...

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    Amy Morton and Tracy Letts received lead actress and actor Tony Award nominations Tuesday for Steppenwolf Theatre's Broadway transfer of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"

    Steppenwolf's 'Virginia Woolf' revival earns 5 Tony noms

    Steppenwolf Theatre's acclaimed revival of Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" received five Tony Award nominations Tuesday. The production earned nods for best play revival along with nominations for actors Tracy Letts, Amy Morton and Carrie Coon and director Pam MacKinnon.

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    Elgin event aims to break stereotypes about Islam

    An event designed to increase knowledge of Islam and the Muslim community has been in the works for months in Elgin, but is particularly timely in the wake of the Boston bombings, organizers said. "Who Is My Islamic Neighbor?" takes place Sunday, May 19 at Elgin Community College.

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    Batavia to have fireworks, but money still needed for the show

    There will be a Fourth of July fireworks show in Batavia this year, but the length will depend on how much money the fireworks committee raises this weekend.

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    Aurora police investigators Edwin Doepel, Erik Swastek, Greg Christoffel, Jeffrey Hahn, Nicholas Gartner, Joshua Sullivan and officer Chris Coronado wait for a hug from 14-year-old Annie Prosser of Batavia as they are recognized Tuesday afternoon with the Medal of Valor for helping rescue Annie from a car submerged in a pond.

    Aurora responders honored for saving Batavia girl

    Steve Prosser was told his 14-year-old daughter died one cold night in March when the car she was riding in plummeted into a frozen retention pond in Aurora. He was told wrong. On Tuesday, Prosser, of Batavia, got to thank a slew of police officers and firefighters for saving his daughter, Annie. "I stand here among heroes," Prosser said, as seven officers who helped rescue Annie from a submerged...

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Jose J. Vasquez-Silva, 40, of the 1200 block of East Wilson Street, Batavia, was arrested at 4:36 p.m. Monday at the Kane County jail on a warrant charging him with identity theft, according to a police report.

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    Three drivers cited in three-vehicle crash

    All three drivers involved in a three-vehicle crash in Crystal Lake Tuesday afternoon received citations, police say. Crystal Lake emergency crews responded to a crash at 12:50 p.m. near the intersection of Route 176 and Route 47.

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    Grayslake D46 fee hike proposal

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members plan to decide whether to increase student fees at a meeting that starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. It'll be at Grayslake Middle School, 440 N. Barron Blvd.

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    North Suburban Symphony concert in Lake Forest

    The North Suburban Symphony hosts its final concert of the 2012-13 concert season, "Italian Passion", on Sunday, May 5 at 4 p.m. at Gorton Community Center, 400 East Illinois Road, Lake Forest.

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    Car Fun on 21 in Libertyville

    MainStreet Libertyville's Car Fun on 21 classic cruise night will begin Wednesday, May 15 and continues the third Wednesday of each month through September.

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    Adopt-A-Highway marks 20 years

    The Lake County Division of Transportation cited several groups for their involvement in its Adopt-A-Highway program, which marks its 20th year.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    A 17-year-old boy from Huntley was arrested Friday and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana, police said. In the same incident, Jeremy G. Stokes, 22, of the 5900 block of west Superior Street, Chicago, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a police report.

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    David and Linda Riley of Barrington, on left, and with their son Kevin, far right, and his wife Amy, of Chicago, were among the more than 300 guests to attend the record-breaking Clearbrook Shining Star Ball this weekend. David Riley is a former Clearbrook board chairman, Linda Riley was on he ball’s planning committee this year and Kevin Riley is on the organization’s associate board.

    Clearbrook raises record $1.2 million at annual Shining Star Ball

    Clearbrook's major fundraiser, its Shining Star Ball, celebrated its 25th anniversary Friday, and guests delivered. The black-tie event, held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, raised a record-breaking $1.2 million for Arlington Heights-based Clearbrook's therapeutic care and autism services.

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    No injuries after school bus hits parked car in Palatine

    A Palatine Township Elementary District 15 school bus driver was ticketed Tuesday morning after striking a parked and unoccupied car in front of Stuart R. Paddock School at 225 W. Washington St. in Palatine. None of the 19 students on the bus were injured, the bus itself sustained no damage and the car sustained only minor damage, District 15 Transportation Director Tom Bramley said.

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    Ponzi scheme hatched in jail sends suburban men back to prison

    Three men who met in jail and hatched a Ponzi-type investment fraud scheme together were all sent back to prison last week for bilking more than 100 people out of $3.6 million. Christopher Andersen, 57, formerly of Downers Grove, Daniel Parrilli, 62, formerly of Carol Stream, and John Lauer, 48, formerly of Chicago, all pleaded guilty to fraud and were sentenced to between 2½ and 8 years.

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    Seven North, Northwest suburbs to continue electric aggregation

    The seven North and Northwest suburbs that partnered early on in the widespread electric aggregation trend have saved millions of dollars in the first year of the contract, so they've decided to pursue a second. Officials in Arlington Heights, Buffalo Grove, Lincolnshire, Long Grove, Palatine, Vernon Hills and Wheeling each recently approved an agreement allowing them to again seek an alternate...

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    Chicago police investigate suspicious package

    Police have reopened a portion of Chicago's famed Michigan Avenue that was shut down as they investigated a suspicious package. Police opened the street near the Wrigley Building and Tribune Tower at about noon on Tuesday.

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    Buffalo Grove woman killed in crash near Mundelein, police say

    A Buffalo Grove woman died Tuesday following an early morning car accident near Mundelein, police said. Mary Kay Affrunti, 60, suffered fatal injuries in the 6:30 a.m. accident on Gilmer Road north of Erhart Road, the Lake County coroner's office said. The exact cause of death was not released.

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    Letter carriers food drive May 11

    The 21st Annual National Association of Letter Carriers Food Drive will be held in Des Plaines on Saturday, May 11. Residents are urged to donate nonperishable food items to be picked up by their letter carrier and by community volunteers on that day.

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    Mark Bennecke, bank manager of BMO Harris Bank in downtown Lombard, donates a collection of Little Orphan Annie items to Jeanne Schultz Angel, executive director of the Lombard Historical Society. The historical society will display the memorabilia honoring the creation of Lombard cartoonist Harold Gray in a new exhibit to be designed with a $45,000 state grant.

    Lombard bank donates 'Annie' collection to historical society

    It was a "hard-knock life" for the creation of one Lombard resident in the 1920s. Cartoonist Harold Gray penned the character Little Orphan Annie when he was living in town, and she grew to have a following far and wide as a syndicated comic strip. "Annie is such an important part of Lombard history," said Jeanne Schultz Angel, executive director of the Lombard Historical Society.

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    President Barack Obama said Tuesday his administration’s counter-terrorism bureaucracy “did what it was supposed to” in the Boston bombing investigation. Nevertheless, a review is underway into whether sensitive information was adequately shared and whether anything was missed.

    Obama: review of Boston attack information sharing

    President Barack Obama said Tuesday that no stone will be left unturned in reviewing whether any sensitive intelligence was missed that could have stopped the deadly attacks on the Boston Marathon.

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    Dist. 15 to vote Friday on late start/early release issue

    The Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Friday, May 3, to vote on the late start/early dismissal issue. It will take place at Sundling Junior High, 1100 N. Smith St., Palatine. Beginning this fall, every District 15 school will adjust schedules to provide teachers with time for professional development one day each week, a requirement in the...

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    Kenneth Young Center fundraising walk is May 11

    On May 11, volunteers, clients, staff and other Kenneth Young Center supporters will walk or run in hopes of changing the lives of those struggling with mental illness and aging.

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    A Jeep Wrangler sits badly damaged following a crash at Route 173 and N. Kilbourne Road near Wadsworth, on Friday, April 5. The driver was fatally injured in the crash.

    Sheriff: No charges in Wadsworth school bus crash

    Prosecutors won't file charges after a school bus accident left the driver of a Jeep dead earlier this month, according to the Lake County Sheriff's office. Beach Park resident 62-year-old Philip Smith was driving the Jeep and died in the April 5 crash in Wadsworth. Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran said Tuesday that the Lake County coroner found evidence of prescription medication in Smith's...

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    Aurora Hispanic Chamber brings back business expo

    The Aurora Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is reviving its business expo after a two-year hiatus as the organization looks to bolster its presence in the community.

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    Miriam Conrad is one of three federal defenders named to represent Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15, 2013.

    For Boston bomb suspect, a seasoned defense team

    One lawyer won acquittal for a Saudi man charged with carrying three firecracker-like devices on a plane. Another has managed to avert death sentences for some of the highest-profile criminals of our time. Together, they are staring down what may become their biggest challenge so far: how to defend the man authorities say helped plan and carry out the Boston Marathon bombings.

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    President Barack Obama answers questions during his new conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The president said the U.S. doesn’t know how or when chemical weapons were used in Syria or who used them.

    Obama: U.S. still not sure who used chem weapons

    President Barack Obama strongly suggested Tuesday he'd consider military action against Syria if it can be confirmed that President Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons in the two-year-old civil war. At a White House news conference, the president also defended the FBI in regard to its efforts before the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon two weeks ago.

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    Vicky Smith

    MCC president gets contract extension

    Vicky Smith will remain McHenry County College's president through 2015, thanks to a last-minute contract extension by outgoing board members. Newly elected Trustee Molly Walsh, who was seated after the vote on Smith's contract last Thursday, said she was disappointed the former board decided to act. The vote came amid community criticism and requests by Walsh and Chris Jenner, another new board...

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    Flooding last week in the parking lot of the former K-mart in Lake Zurich along Rand Road.

    More flooding concerns for Midwest later this week

    AccuWeather.com reports more rain is in the forecast for later this week in parts of the Midwest hit by flooding recently. A slow-moving storm will take shape over the Plains during the second half of the week. The circulation around that storm will draw some moisture northward from the Gulf of Mexico. States at risk for enough rain to cause flash and urban flooding problems from Wednesday to...

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    Patrick Foley, head custodian at Jenny Lind Elementary School, puts up a sign about a candlelight vigil to be help for Leila Fowler, in Valley Springs, Calif., Monday, April 29, 2013. Authorities are searching for the killer of Fowler, 8, a third-grader at Jenny Lind, who was found dead by her 12-year-old brother in the family’s Valley Springs home Saturday.

    Rural Calif. town on edge as girl’s killer sought

    region of oak-studded hills in California, where big-city dwellers come to get away from crime, remained on edge Tuesday, three days after an intruder stabbed an 8-year-old girl to death at home before being spotted by her 12-year-old brother. With the suspect still on the loose, some of the kids in this enclave nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills were hunkering down.

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    George Zimmerman, defendant in the killing of Trayvon Martin, is sworn in before answering questions by the judge, in Seminole circuit court, in Sanford, Fla., during a pretrial hearing, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. Zimmerman says he agrees with his attorneys’ decision not to seek an immunity hearing under the state’s “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law.

    George Zimmerman won’t seek immunity hearing

    The former neighborhood watch leader charged with fatally shooting Trayvon Martin told a judge Tuesday that he agrees with his defense attorneys' decision not to seek an immunity hearing under the state's "Stand Your Ground" self-defense law.

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    First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the White House Forum on Military Credentialing and Licensing in the South Court Auditorium on White House complex in Washington, Monday, April 29, 2013. The credentialing program aims to help members of the armed forces leaving military service earn the certification needed for many high-tech jobs in the private sector.

    First Lady asks companies to hire more veterans

    With about 1 million members of the military expected to become civilians over the next five years, First Lady Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are calling on the private sector to step up its hiring of veterans. "They are eager to work and determined to keep on serving their country," the two said in an op-ed in Fortune. "All they need is a chance."

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    Outrage over Lt. Gen. Craig Franklin’s decision to overturn a jury’s guilty verdict in a sexual assault case has Republicans and Democrats joining forces on ambitious legislation to change the military justice system. On both sides of the Capitol, lawmakers have interpreted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s recent proposal to essentially strip commanding officers of their ability to reverse criminal convictions of service members as an opening to revise the decades-old Uniform Code of Military Justice.

    Outraged lawmakers look to change military justice

    Outrage over an Air Force officer's decision to overturn a jury's guilty verdict in a sexual assault case has Republicans and Democrats joining forces on ambitious legislation to change the military justice system.

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    Teachers head: Don’t link tests to evaluations yet

    The head of the American Federation of Teachers says governments should hold off on plans to link standardized test results with schools' evaluations until everyone is on the same page.

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    Sprinklers credited with keeping Mount Prospect fire under control

    Mount Prospect firefighters are crediting an automatic fire sprinkler for keeping a shopping center blaze under control until they could arrive and extinguish it. The April 26 fire at 1701 W. Golf Road appears to have been caused accidentally by an electric/mechanical malfunction, the fire department reported.

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    Workers at a garment factory just streets away from the recently-collapsed garment factory building, protest as they refuse to work when they found cracks in their current office building, Tuesday, April 30, 2013 in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Emergency workers hauling large concrete slabs from the collapsed eight-story building said Tuesday they expect to find many dead bodies when they reach the ground floor.

    Collapsed building owner’s property to be seized

    A top Bangladesh court on Tuesday ordered the government to "immediately" confiscate the property of a collapsed building's owner, as thousands of protesters demanding death penalty for the man clashed with police, leaving 100 people injured.

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    Volunteer Saiful Islam Nasar poses in front of the rubble of a building collapse in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Nasar had no training and almost no equipment. He’s a mechanical engineer. Like Nasar, hundreds of volunteers rushed to the site of a building that collapsed last week to rescue thousands of people trapped in the rubble. They were ordinary folk — self-taught medics and neophyte rescuers.

    Bangladeshis turn rescuers after building collapse

    Many of the first responders helping to dig out the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of garment workers trapped when a Bangladesh factory building collapsed last week were ordinary neighborhood residents, fellow garment workers, relatives of the missing and charity workers. Using little more than hammers, hacksaws and their bare hands, they crawled into tiny holes in the wreckage, breaking through...

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    Carpentersville may hike motor fuel tax

    Carpentersville leaders will consider temporarily raising the motor fuel tax by 2 cents a gallon on Tuesday, with the intention of retiring the rate hike in three years. The village hopes to generate an additional $250,000 in annual revenue from the tax to adequately fund a budget line that would pay for vehicles and major equipment replacements.

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    Dutch King Willem-Alexander and his wife Queen Maxima leave the Nieuwe Kerk or New Church in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, after his inauguration Tuesday April 30, 2013. Around a million people are expected to descend on the Dutch capital for a huge street party to celebrate the first new Dutch monarch in 33 years.

    Willem-Alexander becomes new Dutch king

    Willem-Alexander became the first Dutch king in more than a century Tuesday and pledged to use his ceremonial position as head of state to help steer his country through uncertain economic times. The generational change in the House of Orange-Nassau gave the Netherlands a moment of celebration, pageantry and brief respite as this trading nation of nearly 17 million struggles through a lengthy...

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    Deadlier than murders and car crashes, suicide is often a secret

    Americans worry about getting murdered. Daily crime stories put the fear of an attack in our heads. Yet, you or a loved one are far more likely to die of the violence we often don't talk about: suicide.

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    From left, Dirk Stephens, 15 months, Charlotte Bramer,6, Wyatt Bramer, 8, and Mridhvika Krishnaraj, 3, all of Decatur, mix perlite with soil before planting seeds during the seeding party of the ìWatch Me Growî group at the Golden Oldies Farm near Macon.

    Macon has seed planting party

    Most gardening across Central Illinois won't start until the warm weather arrives in May. Diana Morrow was one of those who couldn't wait to get started on the Watch Me Grow project that will be taking place for its second summer. She, her 4-year-old grandson Aiden Stoutenborough and other adults with young children visited Golden Oldies Farm near Macon in April for a seed planting party.

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    Coroner: Missing Normal man drowned to death

    The McLean County coroner says it appears a central Illinois man whose body was found in a lake drowned to death. WJBC radio in Bloomington reports that coroner Beth Kimmerling said Monday that drowning is the preliminary cause of death for 35-year-old Sebert Crose Jr. Crose had gone missing for two weeks before a fisherman found his body in Evergreen Lake on Sunday. That's near Hudson just...

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    Sentencing set for Wis. stepmom in starvation case

    A Madison woman accused of torturing her teenage stepdaughter and starving her down to 68 pounds is set to be sentenced in July. The woman pleaded no contest earlier this month to first-degree recklessly endangering safety and causing mental harm to a child. Both charges are felonies and carry a combined maximum penalty of 25 years in prison and $50,000 in fines. Dane County Circuit Judge Julie...

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    1 person dead in Sheboygan fire

    One person has died and another was treated for smoke inhalation at an apartment fire in Sheboygan. Fire officials say a man who lived on the lower level of the 16-unit apartment building died in the fire Tuesday morning. Sheboygan Fire Chief Jeff Hermann tells WISN-TV a room in the victim's apartment exploded in flames.

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    Shade of history revealed by UA researchers

    University of Arizona researchers have helped uncover a slice of American history that was known to millions mourning the death of President Abraham Lincoln, but remained a mystery in modern times. Researchers had an idea of the color of the railcar that carried the president's body from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Ill.,

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    A car sits in floodwater in the International Plaza parking lot on Golf Road just east of Arlington Heights Road after heavy rain in July 2011 in Arlington Heights. The village has two studies under way to address flooding from that storm.

    Arlington Hts. uses grant for sewer work to stem flooding

    While many suburbs are still cleaning up from the major flood event earlier this month, Arlington Heights announced that the village will use money from a $200,000 state grant to upgrade small-scale storm sewers in eight locations this summer in an effort to fix chronic flooding problems in town.

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    More than 5 feet of water filled the basement of this home on Lincolnshire Drive in Lincolnshire. Resident Alex Orihuela, background, says the items stacked outside will have to be thrown away.

    State and federal crews visit flood damaged areas in Lake County

    State, federal and local officials on Monday toured several flood-stricken areas in Lake, DuPage and Cook counties to conduct a preliminary damage assessment. The findings will be used to support a state call for federal disaster assistance.

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    Under a proposal to allow concealed carry except in Cook County, customers of a Shell station on Lake-Cook Road in Barrington could legally carry weapons, while visitors to a Dunkin’ Donuts across the street would be barred from carrying guns.

    Allow concealed carry except in Cook County?

    A new plan to exclude Cook County from legislation allowing people to carry concealed guns could create havoc for some suburbs that cross county lines, suburban lawmakers and police say. Towns like Barrington, Buffalo Grove, Elgin and Hanover Park are only partly in Cook County, creating the potential for different gun laws in different parts of town — or on different sides of a street.

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    Cardinal George blesses Alexandra Jones, born prematurely, at the new Alexian Brothers Women and Children’s Hospital in Hoffman Estates yesterday.

    Dawn Patrol: Cardinal George at new hospital; 72 U-46 teachers cut

    Cardinal blesses families at new Hoffman Estates hospital. 72 teachers in U-46 cut. Kane County flood victims could be eligible for tax breaks. 22-home development gets Glen Ellyn approvals. FEMA flood teams visit DuPage neighborhoods. Nets win, cut Bulls' lead 3-2. Cubs beat Padres 5-3. Sox looking for better weather.

Sports

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    Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson wipes his face during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Jackson’s poor start just gets worse

    April as a whole was no great shakes for the Cubs. One player happy to put the month in his rearview mirror is pitcher Edwin Jackson, who saw his ERA rise to 6.27 in Tuesday night's loss to the Padres at Wrigley Field. The winless Jackson signed a four-year, $52 million contract this past January. “I think overall, it’s been a pretty disappointing month for myself ... to the organization and to the fans,” Jackson said.

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    Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell turns to teammate Chicago Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg after scoring the winning goal Tuesday in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series at the United Center in Chicago.

    Bank shot and backhand win Game 1 for Hawks

    Johnny Oduya's perfect bank shot off the glass late in overtime set up Bryan Bickell's winning goal in the Hawks' 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday night at the United Center in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals. Viktor Stalberg chased down Oduya's pass that sailed over the head of a Minnesota defenseman as if planned that way and started a 2-on-1 with Bickell, who finished the play by tucking a backhander through goalie Josh Harding's five hole at 16:35.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Elmhurst picks Baines to replace Scherer

    Replacing an icon is never easy and it took Elmhurst College more than a month to fill its men's basketball head coach vacancy after Mark Scherer announced his retirment.

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    Thanks to Oduya bomb, Hawks grind out Game 1 win

    The Blackhawks did something Tuesday night against Minnesota that they haven't done in four years. They won Game 1 of the postseason.

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    Behan’s bomb lifts Carmel

    Stevenson's softball field had yielded just two over-the-fence home runs before this season. On Tuesday, Carmel Catholic's Jenny Behan become the third player to pull off the feat this season. "That's 3 in like in 2½ weeks," said Stevenson coach Larry Friedrichs, whose own Abby O'Connor on Saturday became the first player ever to hit two over-the-fence homers (both this year) at the Patriots' field. Behan's shot, which cleared the 255-feet sign in center field, helped lift Carmel to a 14-10 win in a nonconference slugfest that featured 26 hits.

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    The Rangers’ Adrian Beltre rounds the bases as Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Nate Jones reacts to giving up a two-run home run in the sixth inning Tuesday in Arlington, Texas.

    Sox end April with a thud

    Not a good month for the White Sox. April mercifully ended Monday night with a 10-6 loss at Texas. Throughout the opening 30 days of the season, the Sox were plagued by a lack of hitting — clutch or otherwise — sloppy defense and a rash of injuries. All three trouble spots were factors against the Rangers to start an eight-game road trip.

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    Leddy quite a deal for Hawks GM Bowman

    Stan Bowman might never make a better trade as long as he is general manager of the Blackhawks than the one he made on Feb. 12, 2010. Bowman, searching for veteran depth on defense for the Hawks' Stanley Cup run, dealt defenseman Cam Barker to Minnesota for veteran defenseman Kim Johnsson and Nick Leddy.

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    The Blackhawks' Bryan Bickell celebrates after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild on Tuesday at the United Center.

    Blackhawks open playoffs with OT win

    Bryan Bickell scored in overtime on a two-on-one rush, and the Blackhawks started the playoffs on a winning note after dominating the regular season, beating the Minnesota Wild 2-1 on Tuesday night. Corey Crawford settled down after allowing a weak goal in the opening minutes. Game 2 is Friday at the United Center.

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    Lakes’ Nick Seketa, left, congratulates Eric Kuhlmann after scoring Tuesday at Lake Zurich.

    Lake Zurich bands together in victory

    It took eight innings, five pitchers and a late rally, but Lake Zurich’s baseball team did Tuesday what it’s been doing a lot of lately.Win.The Bears scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to pull out a 10-9 victory over Lakes in a North Suburban Conference crossover. It was the fifth win in six games for Lake Zurich (7-12).Coach Gary Simon said his Bears “refused to lose” going into the bottom of the seventh trailing 9-6. Joey Holtz, Anthony Drago and Dom DeMicco all delivered timely hits for Lake Zurich to force extra innings.Derek Kornfeind retired two batters, including one on strikes, to end the top of the eighth and earn the win. DeMicco was the Bears’ starting pitcher and threw 4 innings. He was followed to the mound by Mike Shastany, Nick Aiello and Ryan Maziarka.“DeMicco, Shastany, Aiello, Maziarka and Kornfeind all played a major role in today’s victory,” Simon said.Drago homered and singled for Lake Zurich, which also got 2 hits from James DeGeorge.Lakes (7-12) got home runs from Dan Jackson and Eric Kuhlmann. Kyle Vanderwall (2 RBI) and Nick Seketa each had 2 hits for the Eagles.Grayslake Central 3, Crystal Lake Central 2: Kyle Balling’s sharp single to left field plated Jay Hoffman from second base in the top of the ninth inning, as the Rams stayed hot with the Fox Valley Conference win.It was the fifth victory in a row for Grayslake Central (16-8).Balling’s hit made a winner out of Erik Skutnick, who blanked the Tigers over the final three innings.“Typical FVC game with outstanding pitching and outstanding defensive plays,” Rams coach Troy Whalen said.Grayslake Central starter Kevin Peloza tossed the first 6 innings, allowing 2 earned runs and striking out five. Kyle Clark had an RBI double for the Rams, while Balling, Hoffman and Justin Allen all had a pair of a singles. Sterling Dixon had a double.Warren 8, Zion-Benton 3: Nick Orslini was 3-for-3 with 3 RBI for the Blue Devils in the North Suburban Lake Division game.Ben Dinter went 2-for-3 with a walk for Warren.Stevenson 12, Lake Forest 6: Tony Heiser went 5-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored, and Zach Novoselsky was 4-for-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI, as the visiting Patriots picked up the North Suburban Lake Division win.Mitchell Goll also had a big day at the plate for Stevenson, going 3-for-5 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI. Austin Black was 2-for-3 with 2 walks, 4 runs scored and an RBI. Jake Klancnik pitched 2 innings in relief of starter Matt Allen to earn the win. Klancnik allowed just 1 hit and struck out three.Grayslake North 13, Woodstock 1: Alex Alvarez and Carl Russell homered and drove in 3 runs apiece for the host Knights, who improved to 11-4 and 8-3 in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division.Grayslake North received 2 hits apiece from Alvarez, Russell and Adam Gomski (double, 2 RBI). Sammie Stanfel tripled and also had 3 RBI for the Knights. Matt Eney tripled as well.Vernon Hills 6, Grant 5: In a back-and-forth North Suburban Prairie game, the host Cougars found themselves down a run going into the bottom of the sixth.Tommy Earhart (1-for-2, walk, run) started things off for Vernon Hills by drawing a walk. He moved to second on a single by Jordan Freibrun (3-for-4, 2 runs, stolen base). After a failed bunt attempted resulted in an out, Tyler Feece (3-for-3, double, run) singled to load the bases.John Goehrke drew a bases-loaded walk on a full count to tie the score. After an infield fly, Dylan McNamara drew a walk to put the Vernon Hills up a run. Feece scored the eventual game winning run on a passed ball.Things got interesting in the Grant seventh. After an outstanding defensive play by Goehrke, Simeon Lucas (2-for-3, double, 3 runs) and Brent Spohr (3-for-4, 2 doubles) had back-to-back hits for the Bulldogs. Jake Boyer then intentionally walked Jake Ring to load the bases.Boyer then got the next two Grant hitters to ground out to Freibrun at third to end the threat.

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    Glenbard East, Wheaton North keep it even

    A scoreless draw in double overtime might not generate an exciting, game-winning highlight but it doesn't necessarily mean the match wasn't animated.

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    Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson delivers during the first inning Tuesday at home against the San Diego Padres. He lasted only 4 2-3 innings.

    Padres rough up Jackson, Cubs

    Carlos Quentin homered and drove in three runs and the San Diego Padres battered Cubs starter Edwin Jackson in a 13-7 win over Chicago on Tuesday night. Jackson (0-4) is still seeking his first win since signing a four-year, $52 million contract in the offseason. He was booed off the field when he was removed by Cubs manager Dale Sveum in the fifth inning.

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    Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw left, Viktor Stalberg and Bryan Bickell (29) celebrate Bickell's game winning goal against the Minnesota Wild in overtime of Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series Tuesday, April 30, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks defeated the Wild 2-1.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game One
    The Chicago Blackhawks opened the playoffs at home with a 2-1 overtime win on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild. Bryan Bickell scored the game winner.

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    Cougars win slugfest 13-9

    In a game that featured 22 runs on 31 hits, the Kane County Cougars outlasted the Lake County Captains 13-9 on Tuesday night at Classic Park.

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    The Rangers’ Adrian Beltre rounds the bases as Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Nate Jones reacts to giving up a two-run home run in the sixth inning Tuesday in Arlington, Texas.

    Rangers outslug White Sox, 10-6

    Yu Darvish overcame a shaky start for his fifth victory in April and the Texas Rangers backed him with plenty of big hits Tuesday night in a 10-6 win over the Chicago White Sox. Adam Dunn hit his sixth homer of the season for Chicago. Dewayne Wise, who entered in an 0-for-15 slide, was 4 for 4 with a home run.

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    Schwantz, Josten pitch in for Fremd

    Senior Ashlynne Schwantz and sophomore Joanna Josten combined for a 12-1 Mid-Suburban League victory over host Hoffman Estates in five innings. Winning pitcher Schwantz (9-3) struck out three in the first two innings and Josten recorded 4 strikeouts in the final three innings. Leigh Farina and Tracy Welninski had homers for Fremd (10-6, 5-1) while Mandi Matsumoto tripled. Teammates Kristine Herdegen and Michelle Mazur each doubled and freshman Alysia Garcia was 2-for-3.

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    Elk Grove, Barrington deliver victories

    Adam O’Malley and Petar Arbov doubled, and Alex Tinkoff kept host Prospect’s bats under control as Elk Grove earned a 5-2 victory at Prospect on Tuesday.Elk Grove (16-4, 6-1) had a 4-run rally in the third inning and did not commit an error. O’Malley and Arbov each had 1 RBI.Jackson Wrede doubled for Prospect (2-11, 1-7), which had 6 hits.Barrington 10, Hoffman Estates 0 (5): The visiting Broncos extended their perfect start against Mid-Suburban League foes with a five-inning road victory.Barrington lashed out for 16 hits and Wyatt Trautwein tossed a 1-hitter with 6 strikeouts.Leading producers at the plate for the Broncos (14-7, 8-0) included Dylan Lidge (3-for-4, RBI), Ryan Lidge (3 RBI), Scott Nelson (2-for-3, RBI), Joe Sciaccotta(3-for-3) and Macray Poidomani (3-for-3).Hersey 7, Buffalo Grove 1: David Milligan, Quentin Jedd and Eric Labahn had 2 hits apiece as the Huskies won an MSL East game at BG.Starter Mark Witzke went 6 innings for Hersey (6-11, 4-4), allowing 5 hits and striking out four. Labahn provided 1 inning of scoreless relief.Luke Potnick went the distance for Buffalo Grove; only 2 of the runs he allowed were earned as the Bison (6-9, 4-4) committed 5 errors. Mike DiViesti had 3 of BG’s 6 hits.York 8, Rolling Meadows 7: The visiting Mustangs led 4-0 after batting in the top of the third inning, but the Dukes pushed 7 runs across in the bottom of the inning and went on to claim victory in the nonconference contest as Meadows (8-8-1) lost by a single run for a second straight day.Palatine 5, Schaumburg 2: The Pirates won on the road to improve to 10-8-1 overall and 3-2 in the MSL West. Schaumburg fell to 4-7, 1-5.Jarrod Juskiewicz and Bill Stewart doubled, Greg Grana had 2 hits and Neal Ori drove in 2 runs for the Pirates.Winning pitcher Nolan Gavin (4-0) tossed a complete-game 5-hitter with 6 strikeouts and no walks to lower his ERA to 2.13.Ryan Woloszyk had 2 hits for Schaumburg (4-7, 1-5) and Josh Rahn drove in both Saxons runs.

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    Late scoring flurry keeps LZ in Lake hunt

    Staying alive in the North Suburban Lake girls soccer race was Lake Zurich's focus. And the Bears made dead certain they'd remain in the hunt for a league title by gaining new life in a dramatic second-half flurry. In a span of one minute, Lake Zurich scored both its goals to get past host Mundelein 2-1 in NSC Lake action Tuesday. Meaghan Gelinas scored one of the goals and assisted on Jordan Jackson's game-winner.

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    Naperville Central coach Nussbaum hits another milestone

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

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    Jacobs’ Margaret Rivera and Dundee-Crown’s Brittney Gantz fight for the ball in the first half on Tuesday at Jacobs.

    Rivera’s goal lifts Jacobs past Dundee-Crown

    Jacobs defender Margaret Rivera called the coin toss the Golden Eagles lost to Dundee-Crown Tuesday night unlucky. But considering how the game ended, it was probably the best thing to happen for Jacobs. The toss determined who had the wind in the first half, and it was important since the wind gusted to 30 mph throughout. Dundee-Crown had it first and scored. Jacobs had it last. And? With the wind at her back Rivera cashed in on a corner kick from the right of the goal with 46 seconds remaining in the match, a shot that sailed into the net near the far left post and concluded matters in a come-from-behind 2-1 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win over the Chargers in Algonquin.

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    It’s unclear if any NFL team will give former Brocos and Jets quarterback Tim Tebow an opportunity for next season

    Tebow clears waivers, now a free agent

    Tim Tebow is free to sign with any NFL team that might want him. The popular but polarizing quarterback cleared waivers Tuesday, a day after being let go by the Jets following an embarrassingly unsuccessful year in New York.

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    Former Bull and current TNT analyst Steve Kerr believes the Bulls should go to Derrick Rose and ask him to play about 25 minutes in Game 6 against the Nets.

    Kerr says Bulls should ask Rose to play

    Former Bulls guard and current TNT analyst Steve Kerr thinks Derrick Rose should return to game action if he's healthy enough. Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of Rose tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

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    Mundelein’s Will Farmer, right, is met by his teammates as he crosses the plate after a home run against Libertyville on Tuesday at Mundelein.

    Farmer, Mundelein reaping what they sow

    Sure-handed shortstop Will Farmer was busy scooping baseballs following a game in which his potent bat sufficed for Mundelein. Farmer was collecting precious balls by the Mustangs' batting cage, putting them in a large plastic bucket, and making sure he grabbed every last one. And, no, he wasn't seeking out the ball he jacked over the left-field fence during Mundelein's 10-0 win over visiting Libertyville on Tuesday in a North Suburban Lake Division game that lasted only five innings.

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    Fremd brings pressure to bear against Prospect

    Second-half goals from Michelle Mottonen and Ashley McConnell followed a Caroline Wagner first-period strike to help fuel one of Fremd's best offensive efforts of the season in a 3-1 victory Tuesday night over Prospect at Hale Hildebrandt Field in Palatine.

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    St. Charles East’s Olivia Cheatham is tagged out at home plate by Geneva catcher Kelly Gordon in the fourth inning on Tuesday, April 30.

    St. Charles East rallies to keep streak alive

    Of all the ways St. Charles East has been winning games in its current 17-game streak, the Saints added a new one Tuesday against Geneva — the most thrilling one yet. Olivia Lorenzini laced a rocket down the right field line to score Lexi Perez from third base, capping a 3-run rally in the bottom of the eighth inning to turn the Vikings' 7-5 lead into an 8-7 St. Charles East victory.

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    No surprise: Krasuski keys Metea win

    Everyone inside Waubonsie Valley's hot, sticky gymnasium knew where Metea Valley was going with its attack. Unfortunately for the Warriors, there was nothing they could do to stop Mustangs senior outside Martin Krasuski. Krasuski, a three-year starter, had 26 kills while helping the Mustangs rally past the Warriors in three games, 19-25, 25-17, 25-17 in an Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division match played on Tuesday evening in Aurora.

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    Jacobs’ Blunk shuts down high-powered Huntley

    Offensive powerhouse Huntley was averaging 10.3 runs per game until Jacobs right-hander Evan Blunk blanked the top-ranked Red Raiders 1-0 Tuesday. Blunk (2-2) changed speeds and locations and used his curveball to keep Huntley off balance throughout a masterful 2-hit shutout. He struck out 6 and issued a lone walk to outduel right-handed senior Bryce Only (3-3), who limited the damage from 6 walks and 4 hits by striking out 8 Golden Eagles in 6 innings.

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    Kerr in command for Schaumburg

    Not too many softballs team in the state can say they have four different pitchers with wins this season. But that's the case for Schaumburg, which has featured senior Hannah Kerr, sophomore Roxanne Kakareka, sophomore Shannon Felde and freshman Paige Alt on the mound. Kerr is the winningest girl on the staff and the senior added another impressive win to her ledger by throwing a 2-hitter on Tuesday to edge visiting Palatine 2-1. Pirates ace Megan Hedstrom was also effective, giving up only 5 hits while striking out five. "It was a well-pitched game both ways," said Pirates coach Jeff Manz. "They both did a good job getting ahead in the count."

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    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley 3, Cary-Grove 0: Deanna Hecht, Beth Parks and Taryn Jakubowski scored goals and Jessica Galason had 2 saves in goal as Huntley stayed perfect in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division. Hecht also had an assist for the Red Raiders (14-2-1, 4-0).Hampshire 3, Woodstock 2: Alex Zeller and Lexi Maze each had a goal and an assist to lead Hampshire to an FVC Fox win. Paige Palubicki scored the game-winner for the Whip-Purs (3-9, 1-2) and Ari Rominski had 8 saves in goal.Wheaton Academy 2, St. Edward 1: Corey Lepoudre scored off an assist from Allison Kruk for the Green Wave in the Suburban Christian. Paige Dykstra had 8 saves in goal for St. Edward (10-6-2, 4-3).Westminster Christian 4, Westlake Academy 0: Alexa Pedersen and Liz Meschewski each scored twice to lead the Warriors to a nonconference win. Lindsey VandenBos and Whitney Woodhouse had assists for Westminster (5-8-1) and Savannah Dutcher made 1 save in goal.Burlington Central 7, Marengo 0: Alyssa Messina had a hat trick and Cali Andrew scored 2 goals to lead the Rockets to a Big Northern East win. Camille Dela Cruz and Ellen Jayne added goals for BC while Jayne had 3 assists and Ashley Ahrens one. Taylor Martin made 3 saves in goal for Central (15-1-1, 8-0-1).Batavia 4, Streamwood 1: Kim Jimenez scored Streamwood’s only goal in this Upstate Eight River loss. Nathalie Guindon had 7 saves for the Sabres (9-5-3, 2-2).Harvest Christian 5, Keith Country Day 2: Ellie Burzlaff scored twice and Erica Manusos and Brittany Salazar added a goal each to lead the Lions, who also had an own goal, to a Northeast Athletic Conference win. Meghan Kells, Tori Nelson, Salazar and Burzlaff each had assists for Harvest (5-5-3, 4-1) and Nelson made 6 saves in goal.Waubonsie Valley 4, Bartlett 0: Amanda Lozada had 10 saves in goal for Bartlett (8-11, 1-5) in the UEC Valley.

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    Gasbarro throws 1-hitter for Glenbard South

    Glenbard South 5, Riverside-Brookfield 0:Ethan Gasbarro pitched a 1-hitter with 8 strikeouts and 3 walks to get the Raiders (13-3, 9-1) off to a great start in their key Metro Suburban Conference series. Gasbarro also went 2-for-3 to join 2-hit performances by Carl Sanders, Zach Smith and Alex McGimpsey.Wheaton Academy 7, Aurora Christian 2:On a night at Carol Stream’s Lee Pfund Stadium devoted to raising funds and awareness for Haitian orphans, the Warriors (2-13, 1-10) claimed their first Suburban Christian Conference victory of the season. Winning pitcher Jake Cousins, who struck out 10 in 6 innings of work, went 2-for-4 along with Sam Perna and Chris Johnson. Montini 11, Marmion 1:The Broncos (14-3, 11-2) surged to the Suburban Christian Conference victory despite trailing 1-0 until they scored twice in the top of the third inning. Montini added 5 runs in the fourth and 4 runs in the fifth to end the game early. Winning pitcher Ben Dobosenski doubled.St. Francis 4, Marian Central 1:The Spartans (11-7, 8-3) tallied 3 crucial insurance runs in the top of the seventh as they swept the Hurricanes in the Suburban Christian Conference. Complete-game winning pitcher Jason Sullivan allowed 5 hits while striking out five, walking none and allowing only 1 earned run. Jack Petrando, Andrew Brundage and Chris Smith all had 2 hits.Lisle 10, Seneca 1:Cliff Krause went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI, and Kevin Coppin also had 2 hits for the Lions (12-6, 9-2), who swept in the Interstate Eight Conference. Winning pitcher Kyle Van Volkenburg struck out 11 in 6 innings.Naperville North 14, West Chicago 5:Carson Brown and Alex Garon went 3-for-4 for the Huskies (10-7, 6-5) in their DuPage Valley Conference victory. Dan Riley had 3 RBI. Ian Gustafson was the complete-game winning pitcher. Antonio Solis and Kyle Nielson had 2 hits apiece for West Chicago (3-15, 0-10).Addison Trail 18, Proviso West 8:Nick Rybarczyk and Rocco Costabile, who had 3 hits, each drove in 3 runs in the West Suburban crossover win for the Blazers (8-13). A 5-run top of the fourth inning helped end the game in the fifth inning for winning pitcher Frank Amato and Joe Amato, who got the save.York 8, Rolling Meadows 7:Josh Paparone’s RBI double in the bottom of the fourth proved to be the game-winning run for the Dukes (11-11) in their nonconference victory. Jake Dvorak and Nico Sanchez homered. Adam Gomez was the winning pitcher.South Elgin 8, Neuqua Valley 1:Matt Wollnik, Cody Coll and Matt Butler each had 2 hits for the Wildcats (14-8, 11-5) in their Upstate Eight Conference loss. Bartlett 15, Waubonsie Valley 6:The Warriors (10-7, 8-4) stayed within 5-4 until Bartlett exploded for 6 runs in the fourth inning of the Upstate Eight Conference matchup. Tyler Hasper and Jake Bennema each went 1-for-2 with a home run and 2 RBI.

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    Rolling Meadows’ David Sobkowicz, left, and Tom Srnak, right, block a kill attempt by Buffalo Grove’s Athan Cruz during Tuesday’s match at Buffalo Grove.

    Seniors leading Rolling Meadows

    Rolling Meadows seniors Brett Frey, Kevin Murphy and Peter Nickle are making their final prep season on the volleyball court a special one indeed. The trio, along with the rest of their Mustangs teammates, moved into sole possession of first place in the Mid-Suburban East Tuesday with a convincing 25-16, 25-20 road victory over Buffalo Grove.

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    Benet getting into the right groove

    St. Viator coach Joe Lascon and Benet coach Mike Hand shook hands after the host Redwings won 5-0 in an East Suburban Catholic Conference dual meet Tuesday afternon and Lascon wished Hand and his team well.

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    Rally energizes Neuqua Valley

    A bouncing ball up the middle here. A sizzler off an infielder's glove there. Throw in a handful of well-placed basehits. Next thing it knew, Neuqua Valley had itself a 5-run seventh inning. The Wildcats strung together seven straight singles — all coming after two were out — to break a tie with No. 9 Waubonsie Valley and went on to a come-from-behind 9-5 win Tuesday in Aurora.

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    King’s hit wins it for Burlington Central

    A double from senior Lauren King in the top of the seventh inning drove in the game-winning run as the Burlington Central softball team defeated Richmond-Burton 2-1 Tuesday in a Big Northern East matchup at Richmond. Bekah Harnish had 3 hits including a double for BC (16-1, 8-0), which won its 13th straight.

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    Some Hawks sporting new hairstyles

    Patrick Kane's playoff mullet is back. And he persuaded Blackhawks rookie teammate Brandon Saad to get one, too. "We got them yesterday," Kane said Tuesday. "It was one of those things I didn't know if I was going to do it, but I think when push came to shove it was kind of something fun to do for playoffs. I think a lot of my friends and people around the organization wanted me to do it for the playoffs. It's something fun to do."

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    Geneva’s Nathan Wendt finished eighth in the 800 out of 62 teams on Saturday as the Vikings traveled to Kentucky for a meet.

    Geneva runs fast down south

    They came, they saw, they ran it fast.

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    FieldTurf making East Side Complex a popular place

    There are a number of advantages in being a resident of St. Charles. Both of the city's high schools — St. Charles North (21st) and St. Charles East (39th) — were recently named to the "Top 50" annual list published by U.S. News & World Report that ranks each state's high schools. They were the only 2 Kane County high schools to make the list. Both high schools were also recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education.

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    St. Charles North’s Quinten Payne dunks a shot over Larkin’s Derrick Streety this past season. Payne announced Tuesday he will attend Ball State to play his college basketball.

    St. Charles North’s Payne picks Ball State

    Quinten Payne had the feeling in his gut. The one that meant, this is the place. On Monday night, following an official visit the 6-foot-4 senior guard from St. Charles North issued his commitment to play basketball at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. "I thought coach (James) Whitford, who is the head coach, and the three assistants that they hired were just extremely good guys," said Payne, who averaged 19.8 points, 4.9 rebounds and 1.2 steals last season, his third as a varsity starter. "They really have an opportunity to make that place a great one. It's a big gym and the people in Muncie really love their basketball."

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    Lake Park’s win logjams UEC Valley

    There is officially a logjam at the top of the Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division softball standings. South Elgin had a chance Tuesday to stay ahead of the division, but junior Danielle Jecmen and Lake Park had other ideas. Jecmen allowed the potent Storm lineup 3 runs in the first inning but then she shut down South Elgin the rest of the way and let her own team's offense score the runs as the Lancers came away from South Elgin with a 6-3 win.

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    Relief pitcher Randy Wells was 1-2 in 12 games last season for the Cubs.

    Former Cub Randy Wells retires in minors

    Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Randy Wells has retired after going winless in five starts this season for the Texas Rangers' Triple-A team. The Rangers said Tuesday that Wells' retirement was effective immediately.

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    Wild’s Backstrom scratched from lineup

    Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom was a late scratch from the lineup for Tuesday's playoff opener against the Chicago Blackhawks because of a leg injury. Backstrom appeared to injure his left leg reaching for a puck during pregame warmups and headed to the locker room. He was replaced in the lineup by Josh Harding.

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    Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez shoots over Bulls center Joakim Noah during Game 5 on Monday night.

    Nets won’t make things easy for Bulls

    Brooklyn forward Gerald Wallace was feeling confident after the Nets stayed alive with Monday's 110-91 victory over the Bulls. Maybe people sitting along the scorer's table should be wary heading into the Thursday's Game 6 at the United Center.

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    Center Jason Collins (98), here guarding Pistons center Greg Monroe, could be a good roster fit for the Bulls next season.

    Bulls make sense for Collins’ next stop

    Jason Collins still needs a team to be the first openly gay, active male player in America's four major professional sports ... so how about the Bulls signing him?

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    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Hersey’s Kelly Johnson battles with Prospect’s Nikki Neumann during MSL East play at Olympic Pool in Arlington Heights. Hersey travels to Barrington for Wednesday’s MSL championship game.

    Girls water polo: Scouting the MSL championship game

    Barrington hosts Hersey at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Mid-Suburban League girls water polo championship game. It promises to be a contrast in styles.

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    NBA basketball veteran Jason Collins, left, speaks during an interview with George Stephanopoulos on Monday in Los Angeles.

    Collins’ big test will be joining an NBA team

    Jason Collins becomes a free agent on July 1 — meaning that he will first have to sign with an NBA team and wait until next season to see if teammates, coaches, opponents and fans will treat him any differently now that he is openly gay.

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    Former teammates, coach praise Collins’ courage

    Jason Collins played with the Atlanta Hawks for three seasons. His former teammates and coach never suspected he was gay. But they welcomed his courage in becoming the first athlete in one of the major North American leagues to reveal his homosexuality while still active.

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    ESPN regrets Broussard’s comments

    ESPN says that it regrets the "distraction" caused by one of its reporters who described Jason Collins as a sinner after the NBA center publicly revealed that he was gay.

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    Golfer Vijay Singh said in an interview with Sports Illustrated that he paid $9,000 last November for deer antler spray, hologram chips and other products from Sports With Alternatives To Steroids.

    Tour drops doping case against Singh

    The PGA Tour dropped its doping case against Vijay Singh on Tuesday based on new information from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which said using deer antler spray is no longer prohibited because it contains such small amounts of a growth hormone factor.

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    San Diego-Tijuana pursue longshot Olympics bid

    Horrendous waits to enter the United States. A lack of sporting venues. Scarce hotel rooms during peak tourist season. As they mount a longshot bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics, San Diego and Tijuana are playing down their shortcomings by playing up a new spirit of cross-border civic pride.

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    NASCAR drivers hit 214 mph during Indy tire test

    A new environmentally friendly tire and cool morning weather had NASCAR drivers clocking speeds they weren't even sure were possible Tuesday.

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    Exercise rider Cassie Garcea rides Kentucky Derby hopeful Falling Sky for a workout at Churchill Downs on Tuesday in Louisville, Ky.

    Falling Sky brings speed to Kentucky Derby field

    Falling Sky has been plenty frisky in his gallops at Churchill Downs, a sign the speedy colt could be a major factor in setting the early pace in the Kentucky Derby. Whether he has the stamina to last 1¼ miles is a question to be answered Saturday.

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    Wide receiver Justin Blackmon was the Jacksonville Jaguars’ first-round pick in the 2012 draft.

    Jaguars WR Blackmon suspended for substance abuse

    Justin Blackmon's latest violation of the NFL's substance-abuse policy will cost him money — maybe lots of it. The league suspended Blackmon on Tuesday for the first four games of the 2013 season for his second violation in less than a year. He will not get paid for the four-week hiatus. Maybe more importantly, the suspension triggers language in his contract that voids future guarantees.

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    Chaz Taft will be leaving South Elgin High School to become the new boys basketball coach at Waubonsie Valley.

    South Elgin’s Taft new coach at Waubonsie Valley

    Chaz Taft, who coached South Elgin's boys basketball team to a 91-106 record over seven seasons, has been hired as Waubonsie Valley's new head coach. Taft succeeds Steve Weemer, who resigned March 8 to continue working toward Type 75 Administrative Certification as well as to spend more time with his young family. Weemer's teams went 134-91 over eight seasons.

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    Athletes, from left, Olivia Jakubicek of Cary-Grove High School, Meri Bennett-Swanson of Vernon Hills High School, and Ashley McConnell of Fremd High School pose for pictures during the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence event at Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday.

    Top moments in high school sports

    High school athletes across the suburbs face off on basketball courts, football fields and baseball diamonds; they size each other up in tennis matches, around golf tees and across wrestling mats. The give it their all for their schools, their teams, their classmates and their coaches. The Daily Herald put together a video to honor athletes at our suburban high schools. Watch this feature to see some of the top moments in high school sports.

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    Chicago Red Stars midfielder Shannon Boxx, at right advancing the ball against Seattle, will undergo arthroscopic surgery on her right knee. She may miss the next 4-6 weeks of the NWSL season, as well as for Team USA.

    Knee injury sidelines Red Stars’ Boxx

    Shannon Boxx, U.S. Women's National Team and Chicago Red Stars midfielder, will undergo an exploratory arthroscopic surgery on her right knee today, according to team officials.

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    Kazuki Watanabe, who has played with Bandits star pitcher Monica Abbott in the Japanese Softball League, has signed to play in the NPF with the Chicago Bandits.

    Bandits sign two Japanese softball stars

    Two Japanese softball standouts, Eri Yamada and Kazuki Watanabe, have signed contracts to play with the Chicago Bandits and join the National Pro Fastpitch League. Yamada led Japan to a gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, and Watanabe helped Team Toyota win back-to-back Japan Softball League championships in 2011 and 2012.

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    Baseball/Top 20
    Huntley, Naperville Central and Downers Grove South are the top 3 teams in this week's Daily Herald Top 20 rankings of area baseball teams.

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    St. Charles East’s Ben Smith is picked off at first as St. Charles North’s Cory Wright tags him Monday at Fifth Third Bank Park in Geneva.

    St. Charles East shuts out Stars

    Monday night's opener of the annual 3-game series between cross-town baseball rivals St. Charles East and St. Charles North featured a little bit of everything — and a lot of good things for the Saints. Senior left-hander Nick Huskisson (2-1) limited the North Stars (11-10, 7-6) to just 1 base hit over 6 innings while racking up 8 strikeouts to help lead the Saints (13-7, 11-4) to a 7-0 Upstate Eight Conference River Division triumph at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva.

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    Sky hires ‘Tree’ Rollins as assistant coach

    Former NBA star Wayne "Tree" Rollins was named a Chicago Sky assistant coach, team officials announced Tuesday. Rollins replaces Jeff House, who will join the University of Kentucky as assistant coach of women's basketball.

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    Mike North, left, enjoys a White Sox game last Thursday with three fans who joined him for the trip to U.S. Cellular Field: Jim Bowe, Mark Baumbach and Debbie Kaminski.

    One night at the ballpark a hit for these White Sox fans

    Mike North gives a recap of what the winners of his contest thought about their experience at the White Sox game last Thursday. Daily Herald readers Jim Bowe, Mark Baumbach and Debbie Kaminski share their thoughts.

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    Conant’s Brandon Metcalf celebrates his performance on still rings with coach Mike Opsal during the Mid Suburban League boys gymnastics meet at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from volleyball, water polo, soccer, gymnastics, track, baseball and softball.

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    MSL representatives take their Hall spots

    It's official: Four individuals and one team, all associated with girls basketball in the Mid-Suburban League, are now members of the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. The 2000 Class AA state champion Buffalo Grove girls basketball team, Ashley Berggren (Barrington), Daryl Schaffeld Rappe (Fremd), Corrine Vossel Ginder (Hersey) and Geri Brongiel (Friend of Basketball) were inducted into the hall last Saturday at Illinois State's Braden Auditorium.

Business

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    Bob Rycraft

    Wheeling’s EZSave allows consumers to return multiple times for deals

    Wheeling-based EZSaveCard.com, which offers discounts at large and small suburban businesses, has updated its website featuring about 400 businesses and offers a new lifetime membership for consumers. The EZSave card looks like a credit card but it's used to get discounts every time a consumer visits the EZSave website and its participating businesses, such as Abt Electronics in Glenview, Biggby Coffee in Arlington Heights, Continental Restaurant in Buffalo Grove, and Medieval Times in Schaumburg, said President Bob Rycraft.

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    Illinois farmers still can't begin planting their corn crops due to muddy fields caused by the heavy rains that inundated the state in recent weeks.

    Wet fields keep Ill. corn planting at standstill

    Illinois farmers still can't begin planting their corn crops due to muddy fields caused by the heavy rains that inundated the state in recent weeks.The U.S. Department of Agriculture says that as of Monday there's been no significant planting done in Illinois because many fields are simply too wet for farmers to get out in them in tractors.

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    The University of Illinois has sold the naming rights for Assembly Hall to State Farm Insurance Co.

    Illini's Assembly Hall renamed State Farm Center

    The University of Illinois has sold the naming rights for Assembly Hall to State Farm Insurance Co.In a 30-year, $60 million agreement announced Monday, the home of the university's basketball teams will be known immediately as State Farm Center.

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    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle speaks at a multi-chamber luncheon in Palatine on Tuesday.

    Preckwinkle: Development efforts must be regional

    Investing in education and infrastructure is the key to economic growth in Cook County, coupled with a focus on the region and not just Chicago, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday during a business luncheon in Palatine. "We're at the core of the region," she said. "My view is our goal has to be to figure out how we can support economic development and growth in the region as a whole."

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    Wauconda officials planning fundraising for signs

    Wauconda officials are looking to the community to help fund the installation of new gateway signs throughout the village. Four sponsorship levels have been proposed under a plan reviewed Tuesday by the village board's communications committee. "I hope the community will come out and support us," said Trustee Linda Starkey, the committee's leader.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS Actor Robert Downey Jr. visits the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange before ringing the opening bell, Tuesday. Downey’s film, “Iron Man 3,” also starring Don Cheadle and Gwyneth Paltrow, opens nationwide on May 3.

    IBM pulls the stock market out of a morning slump

    News that IBM will buy back more stock and raise its dividend helped pull major stock indexes out of a morning slump Tuesday. IBM and other tech stocks led the Standard & Poor's 500 index up. The broad-market measure ended April with a 1.8 percent gain, the sixth month in a row the index has climbed higher.

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    Apple Inc., the iPhone maker seeking to help finance a $100 billion capital reward for shareholders with borrowed money, may sell its first bonds in almost two decades as soon as today with a six-part offering.

    Apple said to plan $17 billion bond offering

    Apple Inc., the iPhone maker seeking to help finance a $100 billion capital reward for shareholders, is selling $17 billion of bonds in the biggest U.S. corporate offering on record.

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    Mundelein’s Medline recognized for ‘green’ health care

    Practice Greenhealth awarded Medline Industries the 2012 Practice Greenhealth Champion for Change Award for outstanding contributions to environmentally responsible health care.

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    Lincolnshire’s Good Sam purchases RV.com domain name
    Good Sam, a provider of products and services for the RV and outdoor recreation consumer, said it has purchased the RV.com domain name from Dometic Group. Terms of the purchase were not announced.

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    Medicare chief Marilyn Tavenner also is overseeing the rollout of the health care law

    Obama administration simplifies health care form

    The first draft was as mind-numbing as a tax form. Tuesday the Obama administration unveiled simplified application forms for health insurance benefits coming next year under the federal health care overhaul. The biggest change: a five-page short form that single people can fill out.

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    Safety agency probes Porsche 911 for coolant leaks

    U.S. safety regulators are investigating coolant leaks in Porsche 911 sports cars that could cause roadway spills and send vehicles careening out of control.

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    U.S. home prices rose 9.3 percent in February compared with a year ago, the most in nearly seven years. The gains were driven by a growing number of buyers who bid on a limited supply of homes. The Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased from an 8.1 percent year-over-year gain in January. And annual prices rose in February in all 20 cities for the second month in a row.

    U.S. home prices up 9.3 pct., most in nearly 7 years

    U.S. home prices rose 9.3 percent in February compared with a year ago, the most in nearly seven years. The gains were driven by a growing number of buyers who bid on a limited supply of homes. The Standard & Poor's/Case-Shiller 20-city home price index increased from an 8.1 percent year-over-year gain in January. And annual prices rose in February in all 20 cities for the second month in a row.

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    Americans’ confidence in the economy jumped this month, helped by a better outlook for the job market and expectations for higher pay.

    U.S. consumer confidence up on better hiring outlook

    Americans' confidence in the economy jumped this month, helped by a better outlook for the job market and expectations for higher pay. The Conference Board, a New York-based private research group, said Tuesday that its consumer confidence index rose to 68.1 in April. That's up from a reading of 61.9 in March, bringing the index back to its February level.

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    Social gaming company Ultimate Gaming is launching Ultimate Poker, the first legal, real-money poker site in the United States. The Ultimate Gaming site will be available only to in players in Nevada but likely represents the shape of things to come for gamblers across the country.

    Online poker is back: Legal website launches in Nevada

    Poker devotees will soon be able to skip the smoky casino and legally gamble their dollars away on the couch — at least in the state of Nevada. A Las Vegas-based social gambling company is expected to launch the first legal, real-money poker website in the United States on Tuesday morning.

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    Tellabs Inc. co-founder and Chairman Mike J. Birck talks Monday in his office at the Naperville headquarters, two days before he officially retires during the company’s shareholder meeting set for Wednesday.

    Tellabs’ Birck retires Wednesday, aims to focus on health, family

    Naperville-based Tellabs co-founder and Chairman Mike Birck officially retires -- again -- on Wednesday. But this time, it's different as the Hinsdale executive battles leukemia and has decided against a bone morrow transplant.

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    Using ultraviolet light, a machine disinfects a hospital room at the Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, N.Y.

    Germ-zapping ‘robots’: Hospitals combat superbugs

    They sweep. They swab. They sterilize. And still the germs persist.In U.S. hospitals, an estimated 1 in 20 patients pick up infections they didn't have when they arrived, some caused by dangerous `superbugs' that are hard to treat. At Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago thorough cleanings are confirmed with spot checks. Fluorescent powder is dabbed around a room before it's cleaned and a special light shows if the powder was removed.

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    Grant Achatz' ulta-modernist Alinea in Chicago fell from seventh to 15th this year.

    Spain's El Celler world's No. 1 eatery; Chicago's Alinea drops to 15

    Spain once again is home to the world's top restaurant. Avant-garde eatery El Celler de Can Roca in Girona, Spain, was named to the No. 1 spot on Restaurant magazine's annual ranking of the world's 50 best restaurants during a ceremony in London on Monday. Grant Achatz' ulta-modernist Alinea in Chicago fell from seventh to 15th this year.

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    Health insurance ‘co-op’ gets Illinois license

    A new nonprofit organization called Land of Lincoln Health has received an insurance license from the state of Illinois. The license clears the way for the organization to offer health insurance coverage in Illinois in 2014 when the national health overhaul law goes into full effect.

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    A crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale-based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa. The fracking method used is a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals to crack and hold open thick rock formations, releasing trapped oil and gas.

    House GOP to discuss fracking in Illinois

    Republicans from the Illinois House plan to address hydraulic fracturing in the state.House Republican leader Tom Cross has called a Tuesday news conference along with state Reps. Mike Bost, Mike Fortner, Brad Halbrook and David Reis. They say they will discuss the future of hydraulic fracturing in the state.

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    Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company’s s Alert Energy Caffeine Gum.

    FDA will investigate added caffeine in foods

    Trail mix. Potato chips. And now gum. With a growing number of foods boasting added caffeine for an energy boost, the Food and Drug Administration says it's time to investigate their safety. The FDA's new look at added caffeine and its effects on children and adolescents is in response to a caffeinated gum introduced this week by Wrigley.

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    Hostess Brands said Monday that it will open bakeries in Indianapolis and Schiller Park, Ill.

    Hostess to open bakeries in Indiana and Illinois

    Hostess Brands LLC said Monday that it will open bakeries in Indiana and Illinois, following announcements last week that it will reopen bakeries in Georgia and Kansas in its effort to bring back some of its snack brands. The predecessor to Hostess Brands filed for bankruptcy protection in 2012 after years of turmoil and later decided to go out of business after a nationwide strike crippled its operations.

Life & Entertainment

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    Staying true to yourself is vital with off and on BFF

    I have a longtime friend who I once considered a "best friend." We connect at the heart, and have relied on each other a lot over the years. Several years back, she went through a tough professional transition and completely cut me off. Not because she was angry with me, but because she needed to move through it alone. I was devastated that she would not return my calls, respond to my emails, accept my invitations, etc. That went on for nearly two years. Ultimately we worked it out, and all was well for a few years.

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    Outdoor makeover contest: Week 1 finalists
    It's time to get in a summer state of mind and that means it's time for our outdoor makeover contest. For the second year, Daily Herald readers submitted photos with essays telling us why they needed to get their patios and yards in shape as part of our "Get Your Summer On" series and contest.

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    LED lighting provides homeowners with vast landscaping options with features including dimmers, pressure-sensitive plates in walkways and controls so precise that lights only go on if someone is using the outdoor space, which saves energy.

    LED lighting uses less energy, increases use of your outdoor space

    Even the lighting in your yard can now be sustainable and green. Over the past few years, LED lighting has almost totally taken over the landscape lighting market from the previously popular low voltage incandescent and halogen systems, according to Thomas Reindl, commercial lighting manager at Northwest Electrical Supply in Mount Prospect.

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    Arlington International Raceway opens for the season this weekend.

    Best bets: Opening weekend for Great America, Arlington

    Ride and roller coaster-deprived suburban residents can rectify this seasonal deficiency once Six Flags Great America in Gurnee reopens Saturday. Arlington Arlington International Racecourse reopens this weekend with two major events: Fan Appreciation Day Friday with free admission and Kentucky Derby Day Saturday. Frankie Avalon pays tribute to his late beach movie co-star Annette Funicello Saturday in a special concert at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

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    The musical “Kinky Boots” received 13 Tony Award nominations Tuesday.

    'Kinky Boots' leads with 13 Tony Award noms

    The Cyndi Lauper-scored "Kinky Boots has earned a leading 13 Tony Award nominations, with the British import "Matilda: The Musical" close behind with 12. "Kinky Boots" is based on the 2005 British movie about a real-life shoe factory that struggles until it finds new life in fetish footwear. Lauper's songs and a story by Harvey Fierstein have made it a crowd-pleaser.

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    Dummy Charlie McCarthy with actress Candice Bergen and her father, ventriloquist Edgar Bergen. A spokeswoman for Candice Bergen says the actress is developing a film about her late father.

    Candice Bergen producing film on ventriloquist father

    Candice Bergen is producing a film about her late father, the famed ventriloquist Edgar Bergen, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. The big-screen project will tell the story of Bergen's dad and his ventriloquist's dummy that became an unlikely celebrity, spokeswoman Heidi Schaeffer said.

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    There’s something of the old married couple about good friends Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr., who star in the upcoming movie “Iron Man 3.”

    Ironclad friendship for Robert Downey, Gwyneth Paltrow

    There's something of the old married couple about Gwyneth Paltrow and Robert Downey Jr., though they're married to other people. They've known each other for 20 years, through bad times (his) and good (hers all along and now his, too). They're cozy and comfy sitting down together for an interview, shifting easily between talking about their Marvel Studios superhero sequel "Iron Man 3."

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    "The Aztec Diet"

    Lean and lovin’ it: Getting familiar with ‘The Aztec Diet’

    Did Aztec Indians know a weight-loss diet secret that disappeared with their civilization 500 years ago? Dr. Bob Arnot believes they did and he tells the story in "The Aztec Diet — Chia Power: The Superfood that Gets You Skinny and Keeps You Healthy."

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    LL Cool J's “Authentic”

    LL Cool J delivers eclectic 13th album

    LL Cool J knows how to play well with others. On his 13th studio album, "Authentic," he delivers an eclectic mix of songs with a variety of guest singers that elevate the material to a worthy listening experience. This is not a rap album, but more of a hip-pop/hip-rock one, hitting all the right notes from romantic to raucous to punk.

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    According to her publicist, Catherine Zeta-Jones has proactively checked into a health care facility.

    Zeta-Jones checks into mental health facility

    A spokeswoman for Catherine Zeta-Jones says the actress has "proactively" checked into a mental health facility for treatment of her bipolar condition. Publicist Sarah Fuller said in an email to The Associated Press late Monday that Zeta-Jones "is committed to periodic care in order to manage her health in an optimum manner."

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    Curb Records has sued Tim McGraw and Big Machine Records in federal court, alleging copyright infringement and breach of contract.

    Curb Records sues Tim McGraw in federal court

    Curb Records is suing Tim McGraw. Again. The Nashville, Tenn.-based label has filed a lawsuit against the country music star and Big Machine Records in federal court, alleging copyright infringement and breach of contract.

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    Whirlwind, long distance relationship not necessarily bad

    Reader thinks her friend's new whirlwind relationship with a recently divorced man now on deployment sets off all kinds of red flags.

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    Dr. Bob’s Kale Blueberry Smoothie
    Dr. Bob's Kale Blueberry Smoothie

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    Turkey Burgers
    Turkey Burger

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    NBC announced Tuesday that Maria Shriver will join the network as a special anchor working on issues surrounding the shifting roles of women in American life.

    Maria Shriver returning to NBC News

    Maria Shriver is coming back to NBC News. The network announced Tuesday that Shriver will join it as a special anchor working on issues surrounding the shifting roles of women in American life.

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    This 2009 photo shows Michael Jackson announcing his concerts at the London O2 Arena. Jackson’s words and music rang through a courtroom once again on Monday, this time at the start of wrongful death trial, as a lawyer tried to show jurors the pop singer’s loving relationship with his mother and children.

    Jackson back in spotlight as civil trial begins

    Michael Jackson's words and music rang through a courtroom once again on Monday — this time at the start of wrongful death trial — as a lawyer tried to show jurors the pop singer's loving relationship with his mother and children. Jackson's praise for his mother brought a tender moment in a day in which her superstar son was repeatedly called an addict by lawyers on both sides of her civil lawsuit against concert giant AEG Live.

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    “Thr!!!er” by !!! (chk chk chk)

    5th album from !!! is a hit

    Sometimes to appreciate a band you have to experience them live. !!! can put on a remarkable live show, and "Thr!!!er," their fifth studio album, cleverly captures their talent.

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    List of Tony Award nominees

    Select nominations for the 2013 American Theatre Wing's Tony Awards, announced Tuesday.

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    ‘House of Cards,’ Jerry Seinfeld top Webby Awards

    Netflix's groundbreaking "House of Cards" and Jerry Seinfeld's Web series about nothing have earned top honors from the Webby Awards. The 17th annual Webbys will be officially announced Tuesday. The Webby special achievement award will go to "House of Cards," the Kevin Spacey political series that showed digital media could produce cable-quality drama.

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    Martha Klemenz of Elgin wrote a cookbook called They Think I Can Cook. It contains more than just recipes for novice chefs.

    Experienced cook pens book to help younger generations

    In 50 years of cooking for her husband and family, Elgin's Martha Klemenz has learned a thing or two. She has culled her kitchen experience into a cookbook she hopes will help younger folks get comfortable in the kitchen. “I knew nothing about cooking, was faced with a husband who thought that I could cook and I struggled mightily to succeed in the kitchen with the help of mediocre and ineffective cookbooks,” said Martha.

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    Fantasia's “Side Effects of You”

    Fantasia is refreshing on 4th album

    Fantasia's fourth album, "Side Effects of You," reminds us exactly why she captured our hearts to win 2004's "American Idol." The Grammy winner declares a whole new lease on life, delivering a more mature, no-nonsense version of her former self.

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    Kenny Chesney's “Life on a Rock”

    Chesney surprises with ‘Life on a Rock’

    Kenny Chesney opens his new album "Life On A Rock" with the hit "Pirate Flag," a rowdy beach-bum anthem reminiscent of his many fun-in-the-sun party songs of the last dozen years. While most of the rest of "Life on a Rock" references island life, instead of rocking out, the songs are about unplugging from the chaos of the daily grind and reflecting on quieter pleasures.

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    Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with $1 tacos at Tokio Pub.

    Dining events: Tokio Pub fetes Cinco de Mayo with $1 tacos

    In honor of Cinco de Mayo, the Japanese fusion eatery offers up one of its favorite items — $1 tacos — from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Fresco 21 hosts a wine dinner featuring La Spinetta and winemaker Giorgio Rivetti beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

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    Martha’s Meat Lasagna
    Lasagna: Martha Klemenz

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    Martha Klemenz stirs bran cereal, wheat germ, oat bran and fresh raspberries into her hearty morning muffins.

    Raspberry Muffins
    Rasberry Muffins: Martha Klemenz

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    Cookies Galore
    Cookies Galore: Martha Klemenz

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    Paramore — featuring Taylor York, Hayley Williams and Jeremy Davis — is out with a fourth album. They play a sold-out show May 9 at the Chicago Theatre.

    Pared-down Paramore ready to take more risks

    Hayley Williams of Paramore said joining rapper B.o.B on the hip-hop groove "Airplanes" helped her band realize they needed to take more chances. The monster jam sold more than 4 million tracks and was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2011. Williams said the song's success came at a perfect time: Two of the members of Paramore left the group, and the newly formed trio began work on their now-released fourth album and wanted to expand beyond their signature punk-rock sound.

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    “The Hit” by David Baldacci

    ‘The Hit’ is a winner from David Baldacci

    Will Robie, a government assassin seen in last year's "The Innocent," returns in a bigger and bolder adventure in David Baldacci's new novel, "The Hit." Robie's superiors know he'll obey orders without question, so when one of his colleagues goes rogue, he's given the task of termination. Jessica Reel was ordered to assassinate a dictator, but she executed someone else. Robie must bring her out of hiding and take her out.

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    You can team up with friends online to try to even the odds against the ravenous hordes in “Dead Island Riptide.”

    Same old problems in new ‘Dead Island’ game

    When the heroes of 2011's "Dead Island" made it out alive, you knew there had to be a catch. The catch is that any video game that isn't a complete flop gets a follow-up. And as "Dead Island Riptide" begins, the zombie virus has infected the ship that rescued the survivors — and they soon wash up on another undead-infested tropical paradise, called Palanai. So it's time for the old gang to sharpen their machetes and get back to work.

Discuss

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    The Boston Celtics’ Jason Collins has become the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.

    Editorial: Collins’ declaration a major first step

    Veteran NBA player Jason Collins' declaration that he is gay will help pave the way for more gay athletes, on any level, to live their lives openly. That's why the announcement is so important, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    The Bush I knew

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Everyone is familiar with Bush's history and performance. What I offer is an anecdote or two that I think reveal what the cameras and critics could not. These recollections are simply recorded for the sake of biography in the interest of rounding out a more complete picture of a two-term, transformational president who changed our world in ways that won't be fully understood or judged in our lifetimes.

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    Shootings may be linked to closing of facilities
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: Am I the only one to connect Ronald Reagan's attitude toward spending money on mental health along with warnings about future problems if he closed mental health facilities and the recent incidents involving shooters with mental health issues?

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    Senate’s gun vote was cowardly
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: On April 17 the United States Senate, specifically Republican senators (all but four, including our own Mark Kirk), failed us all in spectacular fashion. They shamefully caved into their political fears and voted against a very reasonable and common sense enhanced background check amendment that 91 percent of all Americans support.

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    All should be allowed self-protection
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Recently a shop owner from Ecuador protected himself with a baseball bat against two thugs with guns. The thugs fired numerous shots hitting the shop owner, but the man protected himself not with his own gun but with a bat. This is wrong.

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    Pipeline would ease economic stress
    A Barrington Hills letter to the editor: Everyone wants a clean environment — I do, especially. The ability of people of lower income to pay their fuel bills would also enable them to put food on the table. What a novelty!

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    Public pensions create inequality
    A Palatine letter to the editor: How can it be legal that 100 percent of the people pay taxes so that 15 percent of the people can get big fat pensions? It is my belief that the state Constitution is supposed to be for all the people equally.

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    Government fails to be honest with us
    A Inverness letter to the editor: These cover-ups make me wonder why the administration thinks we will believe that they can solve the Boston Marathon bombing in record time when it has failed to solve and/or answer the most serious and long-standing questions about other matters of great importance to this nation.

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    Republicans undoing many good things
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: Well, whaddya know? Republican Mark Kirk is now in favor of same-sex marriage. Imagine! The power of the vote, and a Republican congressman reacted to it. Amazing!Next thing you know, he and his congressional cronies will be in favor of immigration reform. Could you believe it?

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