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    Catch a whiff of some sweetly scented lilacs during Lilac Time in Lombard, an annual spring festival running May 4-19 at Lilacia Park, 150 S. Park Ave.

    Lombard's Lilac Time offers a variety of blooms, activities

    One of the strengths of Lombard's lilac collection is its variety. Some bushes bloom early, reminding visitors Lilac Time is on its way. Other plants hit the nail on the head, bursting with fragrance and purple blooming beauty from May 4 to 19 — this year's dates for the annual festival held in Lilacia Park, 150 S. Park Ave. The festival offers activities as varied as the types of lilacs,...

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    DuPage County Associate Judge Rob Douglas swears in Nadia Sheikh, one of the newly elected Carol Stream library board trustees, on Wednesday — two weeks earlier than scheduled so the new board could prevent the outgoing board's attempt to sell the library's Kuhn Road property.

    Carol Stream library trustees sworn in two weeks early

    Can Carol Stream have two library boards at the same time? Wednesday marked yet another unusual twist in what has become one of DuPage County's most unusual political sagas, when the newly elected board was sworn in two weeks earlier than scheduled — all in an attempt to prevent the outgoing board from trying to sell a 7.5-acre piece of property once intended for a new library.

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    Matthew Hudak

    Charges dropped against man arrested by accused Schaumburg officers

    Cook County prosecutors on Wednesday dismissed drug charges against an Elk Grove Village man who was ordered freed from prison last month because of questions about the credibility of the former Schaumburg officer who arrested him.

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    Existing casinos like the Grand Victoria in Elgin could face stiff competition under a plan to put slot machines at Arlington Park and new casinos throughout the area.

    Senate OKs huge gambling expansion plan

    The Illinois Senate approved a large-scale, contentious, gambling proposal Wednesday that would allow for five new casinos, including ones in Lake County and Chicago, as well as slot machines at Arlington Park. The massive proposal was presented by longtime gambling advocate state Sen. Terry Link, a Waukegan Democrat. Hours before the vote, Link told a Senate committee that there could be an...

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    State Sen. Matt Murphy, a Palatine Republican, was loaded into an ambulance Wednesday after being injured in the annual softball game between the Illinois House and Senate in Springfield. .

    State Sen. Matt Murphy injured in softball game

    State Sen. Matt Murphy, a Palatine Republican, plans to return to the suburbs today and get an MRI on his knee after injuring it in the annual House vs. Senate softball game in Springfield. Murphy was carried from the softball diamond in an ambulance Wednesday after hurting himself trying to run out a ground ball at first base.

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    Contestant Marianne Costales-Roman of Carol Stream learns that she is the winner of the Daily Herald 2013 Fittest Loser Competition during the Fittest Loser Celebration, held at Victoria in the Park, Mount Prospect, Wednesday.

    Images: Daily Herald Fittest Loser Finale
    Images of the Daily Herald's Fittest Loser finale, as Marianne Costales-Roman of Carol Stream was announced as the winner during a special event at Victoria in the Park in Mount Prospect Wednesday night.

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    At least four houses caught fire Wednesday in a subdivision along the 3200 block of Carrington Drive in Crystal Lake.

    Two firefighters injured fighting 4 Crystal Lake blazes

    Two firefighters were injured while helping combat four house fires in Crystal Lake Wednesday afternoon, according to a news release. The Crystal Lake Fire Rescue Department was dispatched to a structure fire on the 3200 block of Carrington Drive around 3:30 p.m., according to a news release issued by Battalion Chief Jerry Larsen.

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    Marianne Costales-Roman learns Wednesday that she is the winner of the Daily Herald 2013 Fittest Loser Competition during a celebration held at Victoria in the Park in Mount Prospect. Fellow contestants Karen Castillo, left, and Joe Gundling, right, cheer her on, as does Costales-Roman's trainer, Tony Rinehart, back center.

    Carol Stream social worker sets Fittest Loser record

    Determination and drive led Marianne Costales-Roman of Carol Stream to not only win the Daily Herald's 2013 Fittest Loser competition Wednesday but also set a record. The 38-year-old wife, mother and high school social worker lost 60 pounds — 27 percent of her original body weight — over the course of the 12-week competition. She dropped from 222 to 162 pounds.

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    Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade's most memorable songs with the frenetic "Jump," died at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday of an apparent drug overdose at his home, authorities said. He was 34.

    Drug overdose suspected in rapper's death

    Chris Kelly, half of the 1990s kid rap duo Kris Kross who made one of the decade's most memorable songs with the frenetic "Jump," died at an Atlanta hospital on Wednesday of an apparent drug overdose at his home, authorities said. He was 34.

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    This photo released Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s office shows fireworks that the office says federal agents recovered from inside a backpack belonging to Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaeva, found in a landfill in New Bedford, Mass.

    FBI: 3 removed backpack from Boston suspect’s room

    Three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev were arrested and accused Wednesday of trying to protect him by going into his dorm room and getting rid of a backpack filled with hollowed-out fireworks three days after the deadly attack.

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    Prospect Heights man accused of trying to disarm officer

    A 22-year-old Prospect Heights man is harged with attempting to disarm a police officer after authorities say he tried to take the officer's gun and bit him on the hand. A Cook County judge set bail at $50,000 for Kenny Cruz, who faces felony and misdemeanor charges.

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    Gregory Regalado, who teaches art, photography and advanced digital imaging at Maine West High School in Des Plaines, gets a hug from Principal Audrey Haugan after being surprised in his classroom Wednesday by Golden Apple representatives.

    Maine West Golden Apple winner puts students first

    The murals on the walls of Maine West High School bear witness to Gregory Regalado's contribution to the Des Plaines school's art program. Those contributions, along with many others, were rewarded Wednesday when Regalado was surprised in his classroom with the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, bestowed on only 10 teachers statewide. "I would venture to say that he's impacted every...

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    This publicity image released by NBC shows Danish actor Mads Mikkelson as Dr. Hannial Lecter in a scene from “Hannibal.” A Mormon church-owned NBC affiliate in Utah has just pulled the series because of its graphic violence.

    Report shows persistence of TV violence

    A study of 392 prime-time scripted programs on broadcast networks shown during the month following Vice President Joe Biden's January meeting with entertainment industry executives on the topic revealed that 193 had some incident of violence, according to the Parents Television Council.

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    Cliff McIlvaine

    City officials testify in first day of hearing on tearing down St. Charles house

    A court hearing will continue Thursday on whether the City of St. Charles can knock down the home of Cliff McIlvaine, over a 37-year incomplete home-improvement project.

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    Doug Owsley, division head for Physical Anthropology at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, displays the skull and facial reconstruction of "Jane of Jamestown" during a news conference at the museum in Washington, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Scientists announced during the news conference that they have found the first solid archaeological evidence that some of the earliest American colonists at Jamestown, Va., survived harsh conditions by turning to cannibalism presenting the discovery of the bones of a 14-year-old girl, "Jane" that show clear signs that she was cannibalized. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Scholars find cannibalism at Jamestown settlement

    Scientists revealed Wednesday that they have found the first solid archaeological evidence that some of the earliest American colonists at Jamestown, Va., survived harsh conditions by turning to cannibalism.

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    Danny Sims

    Arlington Hts. man gets 30 years for sexually abusing girls

    An Arlington Heights man, who authorities say sexually assaulted two girls over a period of five years beginning when they were 11 and 13, pleaded guilty to the charges Wednesday. Danny Sims, 44, was sentenced to total of 30 years in prison and ordered to register as a sex offender in exchange for his plea.

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    Naperville is one of the DuPage County communities seeking federal assistance to help pay for the cleanup costs related to last month’s floods.

    DuPage flood damage estimates top $6.5 million

    Cleaning up the aftermath of last month's widespread floods will cost communities throughout DuPage County at least $6.58 million. The estimate provided Wednesday more than doubles the $3.16 million threshold DuPage needed to reach to qualify for a federal assistance.

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    Illinois speaker of the House Michael Madigan

    Illinois House showdown on pensions possible today

    A committee of state lawmakers Wednesday set up a showdown in the Illinois House Thursday over legislation to cut public employees' pension benefits.Unlike previous proposals that have sputtered for months, the plan approved by a House committee was sponsored by House Speaker Michael Madigan, a powerful Chicago Democrat. It would raise the retirement age for teachers and state workers, make them...

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    Dan Kotowski

    Lawmaker’s ‘pet lemon law’ approved by Illinois Senate

    The Illinois Senate approved a plan from a suburban Democrat that would allow pet owners to get a refund for an animal that turned out to have been sick at the time they bought it.

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    3 charged with retail theft in downtown Naperville

    Three people have been charged with retail theft after stealing from at least two downtown Naperville businesses, according to police. Police were summoned to the area near Main and Jefferson streets for suspicious activity around 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, according to a Naperville Police Department news release.

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    T.J. Gleason, 5, gives his dad a great big bear hug Wednesday at Corron Elementary School in South Elgin.

    South Elgin man back from Kuwait, heads to school

    Sgt. 1st Class Tim Gleason of South Elgin arrived home from his second deployment in Kuwait Wednesday. He's served 19 years in the Army National Guard, and is the father of four boys. He was greeted by his oldest son, T.J., at Corron Elementary School, along with police and fire vehicles and riders from the Warriors' Watch group.

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    Carpentersville sergeants to get 2 percent raise, other benefits

    Carpentersville leaders and the police union for sergeants have inked a deal that gives the eight sergeants a 2 percent pay raise, links their holiday pay to their pensions and gives them the ability to carry over additional compensation time.

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    Kane County Coroner Rob Russell shows where some cremains were being stored in his office.

    Kane Co. coroner using new tools to pair relatives with cremains

    Four more families have claimed cremains from the Kane County coroner. In the process, officials have discovered a team of volunteer genealogists willing to help track down relatives of the deceased. Meanwhile, St. Charles Township has offered a free mausoleum to bury unclaimed cremains.

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    Peter Surges

    Streamwood man pleads guilty to stalking child

    A Streamwood man pleaded guilty to stalking a young girl and was sentenced by Cook County Judge Ellen Mandletort to two years in prison who also ordered Peter Surgess, 53, to never have contact with the now 9-year-old victim or her family ever again.

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    Northwest suburban schools get high financial marks

    School districts in the Northwest suburbs scored well in the latest Financial Profile compiled by the Illinois State Board of Education. The report tracks the health of districts statewide, and most in suburban Cook County scored in the highest category: "Financial Recognition."

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    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk, right, and Lake County Chairman Board Aaron Lawlor look over maps of flooded areas during a meeting at the Lake County Division of Transportation in Libertyville Wednesday. Kirk said he was impressed with the county’s efforts tracking the flood.

    Sen. Kirk talks flooding, transportation in Lake County visit

    In his first work-related visit to Lake County since returning to Capitol Hill this year, U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk met with a small group of suburban leaders Wednesday to discuss the impact of the recent floods. Kirk and officials also discussed Lake County's transportation needs.

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    Immigrants and activists march Wednesday in Chicago to urge comprehensive immigration reform.

    Chicago marchers rally for immigration changes

    Thousands of marchers made their way through downtown Chicago to a rally in support of easing the nation’s immigration laws.Among those gathered Wednesday in Federal Plaza was Aracly Rafael, who came to Chicago illegally 15 years ago. She said she’s marching in the annual May Day event because she wants to be a citizen.

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    Very few insurance carriers apply with state

    Only six insurance carriers have told the state of Illinois they want to sell a combined 165 health policies on the state's online insurance marketplace under the nation's new health care law — numbers far lower than expected, raising concerns the trend will hold true across the country.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Elgin police and sheriff's deputies investigating a complaint about guns being fired at 1:52 a.m. Sunday in the 11N300 block of Russell Road, found firecracker remnants, and more than 150 spent shotgun shells, rifle casings and .45-caliber bullet casings, as well as an unattended fire in a fire pit on the property.

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    A new add from J.C. Penney says, “Recently J.C. Penney changed. Some changes you liked, and some you didn’t. But what matters with mistakes is what we learn. We learned a very simple thing, to listen to you.”

    J.C. Penney ad apologizes to customers

    J.C. Penney is sorry and it wants your business back. That's the gist of its latest ad, a public "mea culpa" which the mid-priced department-store put on its YouTube and Facebook pages.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Ten windows were smashed on an empty bank-owned barn at 3:15 p.m. Sunday in the 43W100 block of Empire Road near St. Charles. The neighbors who reported it said they saw two people on the second floor doing the damage.

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    Timothy Morrow, 43, of Round Lake Beach, right, and his defense attorney Mike Norris listen to Lake County Judge Brian P. Hughes issue his sentence Wednesday at the Lake County courthouse in Waukegan. Hughes sentenced Morrow to 13 years in prison for his eighth DUI conviction.

    Round Lake Beach man gets 13 years in prison for 8th DUI

    A Round Lake Beach man was sentenced Wednesday to 13 years behind bars for his eighth conviction on driving under the influence charges, authorities said. Timothy Morrow, 43, asked for the minimum six-year term, but prosecutors said his extensive criminal history related to alcohol demanded a longer sentence.

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    U.S. stocks fell, dragging the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index from a record high, on slower growth in American payrolls and manufacturing as the Federal Reserve said it will maintain its bond buying to support the economy.

    Stocks sink as economic outlook dims; Dow off 138

    Signs of a slowing economy dragged down the stock market Wednesday. Even the prospect of continued stimulus from the Federal Reserve didn't help. Major market indexes fell by 0.9 percent, their worst decline in two weeks.

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    FBI seeks public help in SIU threats case

    The FBI is asking for the public's help in identifying who made threats against Southern Illinois University in Carbondale last fall. The first threat was made a day before a bomb threat forced the late-night evacuation of a campus building. Both threats were mailed.

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    Coin flip decides board race in Stickney

    Two candidates for Stickney's board of trustees garnered exactly 573 votes in last month's election. So on Wednesday, Cook County Clerk David Orr flipped a quarter to break the tie.

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    Baby’s body found in recycling center cooler

    Chicago Ridge Fire Chief Rob Pyznarski says an employee at Resource Management Co. found the baby's body about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. He says the umbilical cord was still attached to the baby.

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    Defendant Johnny Borizov talks with his lawyers Tuesday at his murder trial in Wheaton.

    Cop says Borizov made threats against Darien victim

    A police officer on Wednesday described how Johnny Borizov threatened to kill Jeffrey Kramer in April 2009 — about 11 months before Kramer and two of his family members were fatally shot inside their Darien home. The officer, Steve Muszynski, said Borizov was "in a rage" because Kramer tried to take back a car he had given to his daughter, Angela, who at the time lived with Borizov and...

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    A Victorian-style gazebo to serve as a community gathering place is being planned as a memorial to late Lombard Village President William J. “Bill” Mueller. Community volunteers are seeking $30,000 to build the gazebo and surrounding gardens on the property of the Victorian Cottage Museum at 23. W. Maple St.

    Residents plan memorial for Lombard’s Mueller

    Lombard community organizers say money should pour in quickly for a new project they're launching, a memorial to honor late Village President William J. "Bill" Mueller. Residents are seeking $30,000 to create a garden-like gathering place with a Victorian-style gazebo in the yard of the Victorian Cottage Museum. The residents developed the idea for the Community Memorial Site for Bill Mueller in...

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    Flooding on Pistakee Lake and elsewhere in the Chain O’ Lakes and along the Fox River has forced the Fox Waterway Agency to postpone its 12th annual Fox River and Chain O’ Lakes Clean-Up, which had been scheduled for Saturday. No makeup date has been set.

    Flooding forces postponement of Fox, Chain clean-up event

    Every spring the Fox Waterway Agency snares about 100 or more volunteers to remove debris from designated spots along the Fox River and Chain `O Lakes. This year, however, the event scheduled for Saturday has been called off because of officials' concerns for the safety of volunteers along the flooded waterways.

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    Last year's Elgin Green Expo was a success and next week's edition at The Centre of Elgin will feature more than 150 participants, according to organizers.

    Elgin's Green Expo to feature more than 150 participants

    This year's Elgin's Green Expo will include the first Green Awards along with its long-standing message that going green can save you money, organizers said. The expo takes place at The Centre of Elgin May 10 and 11. The group Elgin Climate Change Organization spearheads the free event, which organizers say is the largest of its kind in the Fox Valley.

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    High water sinks IHSA state bass fishing finals

    The Illinois High School Association has announced that the 2013 IHSA Bass Fishing state final tournament, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 3-4 at Carlyle Lake in Carlyle, has been postponed due to potentially dangerous water levels. It will be rescheduled to unfold in downstate Carlyle later this spring.

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    CLC hosts plant sale May 9-10

    The College of Lake County's horticulture department will host its annual plant sale on Thursday, May 9 and Friday, May 10 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the horticulture greenhouses in Grayslake. Proceeds from the plant sale help support CLC student scholarships and enhancements to the career programs. Many plants have been raised from seed by CLC students and staff.

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    Mundelein planning health expo, multicultural festival

    Mundelein's Human Relations Commission will meet Wednesday, May 8, to discuss plans for a health and wellness expo, a multicultural festival and other business. The session will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the main fire station, 1000 N. Midlothian Road.

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    Tag Days for ALS in Barrington Friday, Saturday

    On Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4, nearly 150 volunteers wearing yellow aprons and holding collection cans will be stationed near stores and at intersections throughout Barrington as part of the Les Turner ALS Foundation's Tag Days drive.The effort is being organized in honor of Paul Launer, 47, of Barrington, who was diagnosed with ALS in June 2011.

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    Carolyn Campbell of St. Charles stretches out with fellow participants before the start of last year’s Hope for Haitians 5K Walk/Run for Education in Geneva. This year’s event is set for Saturday, May 11.

    Walk and run for Haitian kids

    It's not too late to register for Hope for Haitians, a second-annual 5K Walk /Run for Education, which aims to raise money and awareness for school supplies and uniforms for children in Haiti, through Food for the Poor, a nonprofit organization. The event will be held at 8:30 a.m. May 11 at the Kane County Government Center, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva.

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    FEMA workers toured Big Bend Drive and other areas of Des Plaines on Tuesday to assess the damage from recent flooding. Their findings will help determine whether the city is declared a disaster area, making residents eligible for federal assistance.

    FEMA tours flood-damaged Des Plaines homes

    A team of local, state and federal officials Tuesday toured flood-damaged homes in Des Plaines, Wheeling and unincorporated Cook County on Tuesday to assess the extent of flood damage. "This is one of the first steps. All of that information feeds into what goes to the governor and he requests a federal disaster declaration," said a FEMA spokeswoman.

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    Elgin task force hosts heroin info session

    Heroin, a drug that used to be hard to find in the Fox Valley, is now more available than ever. Police and fire department emergency responders are seeing more overdose cases than they used to and finding the drug more often, according to reports from the Elgin Gang and Drug Task Force. The group will host an information session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Elgin High School to educate the community...

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    State IHSA bass fishing championship postponed

    The Illinois High School Association has announced that the 2013 IHSA Bass Fishing State Final Tournament, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 3-4 at Carlyle Lake in Carlyle, has been postponed due to potentially dangerous water levels and will be rescheduled to unfold in Carlyle later this spring.

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    A fiery crash on Interstate 90 near Route 20 early Wednesday morning closed down the roadway in both directions for several hours.

    One injury in I-90 truck crash near Marengo

    A two-truck accident and fire forced authorities to shut down all lanes of the Jane Addams Tollway near Route 20 outside of Marengo early Wednesday. Traffic was backed up for miles on the tollway, authorities said, but all lanes were open by 11 a.m., Kistulinec said. Westbound Route 20 had been backed up for miles since it was an alternate route.

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    Buffalo Grove weighs mandatory fire sprinklers in new homes

    New single-family homes in Buffalo Grove would need to include a fire sprinkler system under a measure proposed to the village board this week. The proposal, touted by Fire Chief Terry Vavra, would apply only to newly built homes, not existing, renovated or rehabilitated properties. The village already requires sprinklers in commercial and multifamily structures.

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    Geneva’s first championship qualifying Soap Box Derby race will be held June 22, during Swedish Days. It will include a Super Kids race for special needs children.

    Get ready for Geneva’s first All-American Soap Box Derby Race

    The Geneva Kiwanis Club will hold the first Geneva All-American Soap Box Derby Race during the city's Swedish Days Festival. The race is a qualifying event for the national event. The Soap Box Derby is a youth racing program which has run nationally since 1934. World Championship finals are held each July at Derby Downs in Akron, Ohio.

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    David Larson Inside District 87

    Take the time to show teachers some appreciation

    Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6 to 10, gives us the opportunity to pause and reflect on our children's teachers and to express our gratitude and thanks for all of their hard work in educating our children. Glenbard High school District 87 Superintendent David Larson says teaching is arguably one of the least-appreciated professions though the expectations are significant.

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    5-year-old boy shoots 2-year-old sister in Ky.

    A 5-year-old boy accidentally shot his 2-year-old sister to death in rural southern Kentucky with a rifle he had received as a gift last year, authorities said. The children's mother was home at the time of the shooting Tuesday afternoon but had stepped on to the porch for "no more than three minutes," Cumberland County Coroner Gary White said.

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    Woodlands Academy award-winning choral group Kaleidoscope will perform during Fine Arts Evening May 15.

    Woodlands Academy hosts Fine Arts Evening

    If art is what you want, then Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is the place to be May 15 for its Fine Arts Evening.

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    District 128 Foundation 5K set for May 27

    The District 128 Foundation for Learning will host its third annual Lace Up 4 Learning 5-kilometer run and walk on Monday, May 27.

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    A man pours earth onto a grave where an unclaimed body of the garment factory building was buried on Wednesday May 1, 2013 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Several hundred people attended a mass funeral in a Dhaka suburb for 18 unidentified workers who died in the building collapse last week last week in the country’s worst industrial disaster, killing at least 410 people and injuring 2,500.

    Bangladesh building collapse victims buried

    Dozens of Bangladeshi garment workers, their bodies too battered or decomposed to be identified, were buried in a mass funeral Wednesday, a week after the eight-story building they worked in toppled down, killing at least 410 people and injuring thousands.

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    Ice Age animal bones found in S. Indiana cave
    Visitors to a southern Indiana cave this summer could see bones of animals up to 50,000 years old in what experts say is one of the best-preserved collections of Ice Age remains in the state. The bones were found in 2010 by a group of cavers in a remote section of the Binkley Cave system in Harrison County. Remains of a bear, a bison, an owl, snakes and peccaries were found.

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    Amanda Howland

    Change in CLC board leadership follows union suggestion

    College of Lake County won't have the same board leaders for the next year, which had been a teachers union criticism before the in-house selections were made this week. Union officials had contended it was "not appropriate" to have the same three of seven elected officials rotating as chairman and vice chairman. The new chairman is Trustee Amanda Howland.

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    U.S. Senate candidate Ed Markey celebrates winning the Democratic primary for the special U.S. Senate election. Markey and Republican former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez won their party primaries Tuesday, setting up a race between a 36-year veteran of Washington politics and a political newcomer for the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by John Kerry.

    Dems have edge in sprint to Mass. special election

    National Republicans cheered former Navy SEAL Gabriel Gomez's Massachusetts primary victory, but Democratic Congressman Ed Markey enjoys tremendous advantages in the special election to replace former U.S. Sen. John Kerry. Tuesday's primary elections set up an eight-week sprint to the June 25 election.

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    President Obama intends to nominate Rep. Melvin Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the government regulator that oversees lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a White House official said Tuesday.

    Officials: Obama naming NC’s Watt for housing post

    President Barack Obama intends to nominate veteran Rep. Melvin Watt to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the government regulator that oversees lending giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and he has chosen a former cable and wireless industry lobbyist to head the Federal Communications Commission, according to White House officials.

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    Ohio executes man who killed, raped 6-month-old

    A man convicted of killing a 6-month-old as he raped her was executed Wednesday despite his arguments that he never meant to hurt her.

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    Police check possible link to Calif. girl’s death

    Investigators in Northern California are looking for a possible link between a man accused of breaking into an apartment and trying to kidnap a toddler and the killing of an 8-year-old girl about 45 miles away in Calaveras County.

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    Social media and text messaging have become indispensable organizing tools for advocates of a sweeping immigration overhaul, but street marches still have allure. Tens of thousands are expected to rally in dozens of cities from New York to Bozeman, Mont., part of an annual tradition on May 1.

    Immigration debate gives life to annual rallies

    Tens of thousands of people are expected to rally in dozens of cities from New York to Bozeman, in what has become an annual cry for easing the nation's immigration laws. The rallies carry a special sense of urgency this year, two weeks after a bipartisan group of senators introduced a bill that would bring many of the estimated 11 million living in the U.S. illegally out of the shadows. "The...

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    Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., defended her vote against gun control legislation at a town-hall meeting Tuesday.

    Newtown victim’s daughter confronts senator on gun control vote

    WARREN, N.H. — A woman whose mother was killed in last year’s school shooting in Newtown, Conn., confronted Sen. Kelly Ayotte Tuesday during the senator’s first public appearance in New Hampshire since voting against gun control legislation.

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    The appointment of Italy’s first black cabinet minister, Cecile Kyenge, was initially hailed as a giant step forward for a country that has long been ill at ease with its increasing immigrant classes. Instead it has exposed Italy’s ugly race problem. Kyenge, 48, was born in Congo and moved to Italy three decades ago to study medicine.

    Italy race problems seen with black gov’t minister

    It was hailed as a giant step forward for racial integration in a country that has long been ill at ease with its growing immigrant classes. But Cecile Kyenge's appointment as Italy's first black Cabinet minister has instead exposed the nation's ugly race problem.

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    Pakistan’s former Prime Minister and leader of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Sharif has criticized the outgoing Pakistan People’s Party for selling out the country’s sovereignty in exchange for U.S. aid and likes to recount how he tested Pakistan’s first nuclear weapon in 1998 despite American pressure.

    Pakistan-US alliance takes hits on campaign trail

    On the campaign trail in Pakistan, candidates boast about their readiness to stand up to Washington and often tout their anti-American credentials. One party leader even claims he would shoot down U.S. drones if he comes to power. So it's perhaps no surprise that the government that emerges from next month's parliamentary election is likely to be more nationalistic and protective of Pakistani...

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    Company IDs 7 killed in Afghanistan plane crash

    Seven Americans killed Monday when their National Air Cargo plane crashed near an Air Force base in Afghanistan included six victims from Michigan and a seventh from Kentucky.

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    A grave at the Wounded Knee National Historic landmark in South Dakota. Wednesday is the final day a landowner has given the Oglala Sioux Tribe to make an offer to buy a portion of the Wounded Knee National Historic Landmark. James Czywczynski has said he would sell the land, which sits next to where about 150 of the 300 Lakota men, women and children killed by the 7th Cavalry in 1890 are buried, and another piece of land for no less than $4.9 million. Tribal members have said the asking price is much too high.

    SD tribe faces ultimatum on sale of massacre site

    A small patch of prairie sits largely unnoticed off a desolate road in southwestern South Dakota, tucked amid gently rolling hills and surrounded by dilapidated structures and hundreds of gravesites — many belonging to Native Americans massacred more than a century earlier. The assessed value of the property: less than $14,000. The seller's asking price: $4.9 million.

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    Tests link deadly ricin to Obama letter suspect

    According to an FBI affidavit, tests on items from James Everett Dutschke's martial arts studio, including a dust mask, have tested positive for ricin, the same deadly substance found in the letters sent to President Barack Obama and two other officials.

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    The Mineola Hotel

    Fox Lake’s Mineola Hotel among 10 ‘most endangered’ state places

    An 1890s orphanage for black children, a theater that thrived in Peoria's early 20th century heyday and the Chicago home of late blues legend Muddy Waters were named Tuesday to the 10 most endangered historic places in Illinois. The Mineola Hotel in Fox Lake alo made the list.

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    Meriwether Lewis and William Clark

    Events planned at Lewis and Clark Historic Site

    Actors and artisans will bring the Lewis and Clark expedition to life during events this month at the Lewis and Clark State Historic Site north of St. Louis. On May 10, hundreds of fourth-graders will get to see how William Clark and Meriwether Lewis prepared to set off on their journey to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Purchase.

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    Illinois attorneys nominated to fill U.S. judgeships

    President Barack Obama has nominated three attorneys for federal judgeships in Illinois. Sara Ellis and Andrea Wood were nominated to fill vacancies at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. And Colin Bruce was nominated to fill an upcoming vacancy at the U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois.

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    Wisconsin man arrested after explosives found

    A man was arrested after police say they found a large amount of explosives in a home in the Milwaukee suburb of Germantown. Police maintained a perimeter around the home overnight Tuesday until a bomb squad could begin its work removing the explosives in the light of day. Authorities arrested a 33-year-old man at the home and evacuated his grandmother as well as neighbors in a 1-block radius.

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    4-year-old shot while playing outside Milwaukee home

    Police say a 4-year-old child has been shot while playing outside his Milwaukee home. Authorities say someone fired a gun in the direction of the child playing with his siblings on the sidewalk and fled the scene about 10 p.m. Tuesday.

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    Crews search for 2 missing canoeists in Wis.

    Crews searching the Chippewa River in Eau Claire have been unable to find two men seen hanging on to a canoe in the water. Authorities were called to the river at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday. An Eau Claire police spokesman says a kayaker saw two men in the river hanging on to a capsized silver canoe.

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    DeKalb pitcher overcomes illness

    DeKalb junior Katie Kowalski grew anxious as the weeks in January passed by. On New Year's Eve, the former all-state pitcher had surgery that had about an 80 percent chance of saving her softball career. Her first rib had been removed to curtail thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that cut off blood flow from her arm, causing her hand to swell and her shoulder to become sore.

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    This undated product image provided by Fair Indigo shows one of the company’s products. Fair Indigo is an online retailer that sells clothes and accessories that are certified by Fair Trade U.S.A., including $59.90 pima organic cotton dresses, $45.90 faux wrap skirts and $100 floral ballet flats.

    Shoppers face hurdles in finding clothing made ethically

    You can recycle your waste, grow your own food and drive a fuel-efficient car. But being socially responsible isn't so easy when it comes to the clothes on your back. Take Jason and Alexandra Lawrence of Lyons, Colo. When it comes to making sure that their clothes are made in factories that are safe for workers, the couple fall short. "Clothing is one of our more challenging practices," says...

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    Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell celebrates his winning goal in overtime last night.

    Dawn Patrol: Madigan’s pension plan; Itasca schools undo cuts

    Blackhawks begin playoffs with OT win. Itasca District 10 reinstates some cuts. Darien gunman wanted to be found insane. Carpentersville raises motor fuel tax. Lisle dad pleads guilty to harassing coach. Madigan's legislation could break pension deadlock. Daily Herald wins awards. Cubs beat up by Padres.

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    New Barrington village trustees Pete Douglas and Sue Padula will be sworn in at the village board meeting of Monday, May 13. Both won election April 9 in uncontested races.

    New Barrington trustees ready for their close-up

    After running uncontested races that gave them little opportunity to air their positions in public, Barrington Trustees-elect Pete Douglas and Sue Padula spoke with the Daily Herald on Tuesday about what motivated them to run for office and what they see as the critical decisions of the next four years.

Sports

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

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    Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, suffering from a bruised left calf, is hoping he can play in Thursday's Game 6 against the Brooklyn Nets.

    Hinrich or not, Bulls out to oust Nets

    After sitting out Game 5 in Brooklyn, Kirk Hinrich's availability for Thursday's Game 6 at the United Center remains in doubt. He was no longer wearing a walking boot, but still moving slowly on Wednesday. “I'm not ruling it out. I hope I can,” Hinrich said Wednesday. “It's going to be a game-time decision, I'm sure. I have to improve some, definitely.”

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    This artist rendering provided Wednesday by the Cubs shows renovations planned at Wrigley Field. Part of the $500 million renovation plan for the 99-year-old stadium is to build an exterior plaza at the corner of Addison and Sheffield.

    Threat or not, things seem odd for Ricketts, Wrigley

    Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts issued his first "threat" Wednesday about moving the team out of Wrigley Field if he can't get the signage in the park he says the Cubs need. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles says Ricketts is choosing odd times and odd places to make announcements recently.

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    This artist rendering shows renovations planned at Wrigley Field. Part of the $500 million renovation plan for the 99-year-old stadium is to build an exterior plaza at the corner of Addison and Sheffield.

    Cubs chairman threatens to move team from Wrigley Field

    The owner of the Cubs for the first time publicly threatened to move the team out of Wrigley Field if his plans for a big, new video screen are blocked, saying Wednesday he needs new advertising revenue to help bankroll a $500 million renovation of the storied ballpark.

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    Boys gymnastics / Sectional scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at the boys gymnastics sectionals involving teams from the Mid-Suburban League, Maine West and Leyden.

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    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) throws in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

    Sox end 3-game skid with 5-2 win at Texas

    Chris Sale had already thrown 49 pitches to get through the first two innings for the White Sox, and was lucky to have only given up two runs. The left-hander settled down after that, making it through seven innings, and the White Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday night.

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    Alcock, Wheaton North win in seventh inning

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

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    Libertyville’s Matt Vogt gets high-fives after hitting a home run against Mundelein on Wednesday at Libertyville.

    Mundelein speaks up, steps up

    It's normal for a hitter to show some emotion as he rounds third base on his home run, just like Luke Adams did on Wednesday, fists pumping and vocal cords straining with cheers of joy. It's also normal for teammates to envelope a home run hitter in hugs and high-fives as he crosses the plate, just as Adams' teammates did in the wake of his very clutch seventh-inning home run, which sealed Mundelein's 7-5 North Suburban Conference Lake Division road win over Libertyville. What might be a bit unusual is that the Mustangs, now 19-1 on the season and 7-1 in the division, were in good practice by the time Adams demanded their cheers. The entire team had been emotional and energetic and ramped up for most of the game already.

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    Buffalo Grove eyes MSL East prize

    Buffalo Grove's softball team has it eyes on a Mid-Suburban East title this spring. The Bison saw their lead increase in the division standings on Wednesday. With a 14-1 five-inning victory at Hoffman Estates, the Bison improved to 6-3 to gain a 2.5-game lead on five-time defending champion Elk Grove (4-6).

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    Yes: Grayslake Central enjoyed South Side trip

    You can put it on the board, as Hawk Harrelson might say. Grayslake Central's baseball team traveled to the South Side of Chicago on Wednesday and, behind the pitching of sophomore Justin Guryn, defeated University High 3-1 on White Sox Field. The full artificial field was built last year through the Chicago White Sox charities organization and is used by many Chicago Public Schools members.

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    Suter played how many minutes for the Wild?!?

    Even the Blackhawks' defensemen did a double take when the official statistics arrived after Game 1 and they saw Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter had played more than 41 minutes. "He's a tremendous defenseman," said the Hawks' Johnny Oduya.

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    Abello’s blasts beat Glenbard South

    Is there a ballpark that can hold Stephanie Abello?Benet's sophomore sure seems to be making her home field look small.Abello homered twice on Wednesday, Marissa Panko went deep with a solo shot and the No. 3 Redwings used that power and Emily York pitching to beat No. 7 Glenbard South 6-3 in Lisle.

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    Feldman finishes what he starts

    Scott Feldman turned in the Cubs' first complete game of the season as he struck out 12 as the Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 6-2 Wednesday night at Wrigley Field. It was Feldman's first career complete game.

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    Dreschler, Reiser power Grant

    Same ol', same ol' for Grant's softball team. Bri Dreschler homered, and the Bulldogs won. Grant got 2-run homers from Jamie Reiser in the first inning and Dreschler in the fourth en route to a 6-1 win over host Antioch on Wednesday. Dreschler's home run was her fourth of the season, all in her last four games. The victory hiked Grant's record to 11-6 and 6-1 in the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division.

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    Turner, Vernon Hills block out Lakes

    Lem Turner registered 5 blocks, and Vernon Hills' boys volleyball team remained undefeated in the North Suburban Conference with a 25-23, 25-13 win over Lakes on Wednesday night. The Cougars improved to 17-3 and 7-0 in the NSC.

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    Ethan Sansone of Wheaton Coop performs on the Still Rings during the Wheaton Warrenville South boys gymnastics sectional, Wednesday.

    Wheaton co-op dominates at sectional

    Wheaton co-op put itself in position to defend its state title as it dominated Wednesday's Wheaton Warrenville South sectional with 161 points. Glenbard West was a distant second with 141.75 points. It's the fifth straight season Wheaton co-op has advanced to the IHSA state finals. "There's a lot of training and hard work behind the scenes that goes on for us to go every year," Wheaton co-op junior Ethan Sansone said. "We all love gymnastics and competing and being a part of Wheaton co-op's legacy."

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    VH wins NSC Prairie, awaits Lake opponent

    Getting to the North Suburban Championship game never gets old. Vernon Hills' girls soccer team has made it there before — they'll be there once again this spring. But the road for the Cougars the season turned out to be unique. Vernon Hills wrapped up an unbeaten run against Prairie Division goes by beating host Antioch 6-0 Wednesday. They'd previously beaten quality teams from Lakes, Grant and Antioch (8-6-1, 4-2) and also got past Wauconda.

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    Huntley offense explodes

    The prolific Huntley offense was up to its old tricks again Wednesday. One day after they were shut out for the first time this season by Jacobs pitcher Evan Blunk in a 1-0 loss, the Red Raiders exploded for 19 hits in a 19-10 nonconference victory at Lake Zurich, marking the sixth game this season Huntley (18-3) has scored 16 runs or more.

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    Chicago Cubs starter Scott Feldman, right, celebrates with catcher Dioner Navarro after the Cubs defeated the San Diego Padres 6-2 in a baseball game in Chicago, Wednesday, May 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Feldman tosses 3-hitter, Cubs top Padres 6-2

    Scott Feldman retired 18 straight on his way to his first career complete game and the Cubs took advantage of former No. 1 pick Andrew Cashner's wildness in a 6-2 win over the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night.

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    Quagliano pitches Wheeling to MSL victory

    Wheeling's first win of the season in the Mid-Suburban League came on the softball field of the two-time defending league champions. The Wildcats overcame a 4-1 deficit after four innings to top Conant 7-4 behind junior pitcher Katie Quagliano who struck out five and walked one. The Wildcats (6-11, 1-8) got the lead in the top of the sixth when they scored 3 runs.

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    Pitching carries St. Charles East to another win

    There's one big reason why St. Charles East remains in the thick of the battle for an Upstate Eight Conference River Division baseball title this season — pitching. For the 13th time in 16 conference contests, the Saints (14-7, 12-4) held an opponent to 2 runs or fewer, as senior pitcher Troy Dykhuis (4-1) fired a 5-hit complete game during St. Charles East's 5-1 triumph over visiting St. Charles North (11-11, 7-7) Wednesday afternoon.

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    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    South Elgin 6, Elgin 0: Alyssa Shipon, Becca Underwood, Natalie Castro, Veronica Noyszewski, Anna Tracy and Kathy Santello scored goals for South Elgin (7-6-2) in this Upstate Eight crossover win. Jackie Dela Mora had 2 saves in goal for the Storm.Woodlands 1, Elgin Academy 0: Alysson Wittmeyer had 8 saves in goal for Elgin Academy.St. Charles East 7, Streamwood 0: Nathalie Guindon made 7 saves in goal for the Sabres (9-6-3, 2-3) in this Upstate Eight River loss.Hampshire 5, Round Lake 1: Alex Zeller had a hat trick and Lexi Maze scored 2 goals for Hampshire in nonconference action. Maze, Kayla Balisteri and Lizzy Panzica had assists for the Whip-Purs (4-9) and Ari Rominski made 5 saves in goal.

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    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs 4, CL South 3: Sarah Murray had a double and 2 RBI and Mackenzie Vaughn was 2-for-3 to lead Jacobs to a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Kelsey Peters picked up the win for the Golden Eagles (10-8, 3-2), allowing just 3 hits with 3 strikeouts and no walks. Sam McLean had a 2-run home run for Crystal Lake South (10-6, 2-5). Heather Eck was the losing pitcher.Elgin 17, Batavia 0: Melanie Berg, Jessica Rago and Kelly Bremer each went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI to lead Elgin to an easy Upstate Eight River win. Anna Eckholm (2-for-4, 2B, 4 RS) and Monica Stockman (2-for-4) each contributed for the Maroons (10-8, 4-6) as well. Jennah Perryman was the winning pitcher, allowing just 1 hit with 5 strikeouts and 2 walks.CL Central 3, Dundee-Crown 2: Losing pitcher Amanda Eissler had a double for the Chargers (3-10) in this FVC crossover setback.Bartlett 20, East Aurora 0: Alyssa Nowak threw a five-inning no-hitter and went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI to lead the Hawks (18-6, 9-2) to an easy Upstate Eight Valley win. Nowak struck out 2 and walked none, coming just an error away from a perfect game, Mindy Roberts (2B), Sarah Schmitz (2B), Danielle Kirby (2B), Sydney Johnson (2-for-2, 2 doubles, 3 RBI) and Susie Micelo (2B) also contributed for Bartlett, which took over first place alone in the UEC Valley with the win.Genoa-Kingston 2, Hampshire 1: Sara Finn was 2-for-4 for the Whip-Purs (6-13) in this nonconference loss. Jen Hurst took the loss for Hampshire, allowing 5 hits with 6 strikeouts and 3 walks.St. Charles East 13, Streamwood 3: Melissa Malcolm was 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI for Streamwood in the Upstate Eight River. Kylee Jambor also went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI for the Sabres (5-13, 2-8). Jessica Daley was the losing pitcher.St. Francis 12, St. Edward 0: Ashley Gradisher was 2-for-2 with a double and Kali Kossakowski went 2-for-3 with a double for St. Edward in the Suburban Christian Blue. Angela Zenteno was the losing pitcher for the Green Wave (9-9, 4-4).Fenton 20, Westminster Christian 3: Becca Fugiel had a double and 3 RBI for the Warriors (7-7) in this nonconference loss. Rachel Rich was the losing pitcher.Bartlett special event: Bartlett’s softball and dance teams are inviting people to come out to the school Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and get a free test drive of one of 8 Ford vehicles. There is no cost, no pressure to buy, just a free test drive. For every test drive the programs get $20. You need a valid drivers license and you must be 20 years old or older. You also must have a valid email address and only one participant per email address will be allowed.

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    Conant stays with it, tops Hoffman Estates

    Time might be running out on Conant in its quest for a Mid-Suburban West title, but the Cougars continue to play well — and win. The Cougars hit visiting Hoffman Estates for 5 first-half goals, then cruised to a 6-0 victory on Wednesday to celebrate their senior sight on a high note. The victory keeps Jason Franco's club slim hopes alive in the race for the top spot in the MSL West after division-leading Barrington grabbed 3 vital points in a 2-0 win over Prospect.

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    St. Charles North handles Geneva

    Junior Andrea Beal went through her share of ups and downs in the early going of St. Charles North's softball seaosn. Through whatever struggles she endured, Beal said she always knew where to turn for support. "My teammates have been great. Sabrina (Rabin) came up to me before my at-bat and told me it was my turn," Beal said. "I was having trouble at the start of the year adjusting to varsity, the speed of the pitchers, and my teammates have all been very supportive the entire time." Beal was one of several North Stars who had a big game Wednesday in a 12-3 victory over Geneva.

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    Aurora Central’s Katie Marter in the shot-put competition at the Suburban Christian Conference on Wednesday, May 1.

    Rosary rides its depth to win SCC

    At a girls track and field invitational, the four relays are worth their weight in gold. Rosary came away with a mini-version of Fort Knox Wednesday at home, scoring 38 out of a possible 40 points with three victories and a runner-up result. The Royals' relay dominance, bolstered by consistency in the other 14 events, enabled the squad to capture their first Suburban Christian Conference title in three years with 146.5 points in Aurora.

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    Cary-Grove blasts past Huntley

    Jamie Deering welcomed the warm summerlike conditions. So did the rest of the Cary-Grove hitters. Going 2-for-2 with 4 RBI, Deering led a 10-hit attack as the Trojans cruised past Huntley 10-0 in a 5-inning Fox Valley Conference Valley Conference Division softball game in Cary Wednesday afternoon.

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    Schwind, Fan help Schaumburg cool off Broncos

    Brad Schwind and Michael Fan helped Schaumburg end Barrington's 11-game winning streak Wednesday in Barrington. Schwind pitched 5 scoreless innings and Fan belted 2 home runs to lead the Saxons past the Broncos 6-2.

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    Blackhawks defensemen Niklas Hjalmarsson and Duncan Keith defend the goal against Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker after Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was on the ice on the other side of the net Tuesday in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series at the United Center in Chicago.

    Hawks should come out with purpose in Game 2

    Against Phoenix a year ago, the Blackhawks were slow to change their game. Joel Quenneville can't let that happen again, so look for the Hawks to make quick adjustments this time around.

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    Defenseman Johnny Oduya’s long off-the-glass pass in overtime set up this Game 1 celebration at the United Center.

    Oduya’s pass still hot topic for Blackhawks

    This is how Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville described defenseman Johnny Oduya's bank pass off the glass in overtime to Viktor Stalberg that led to Bryan Bickell's winning goal in Game 1: "That might have been one of the best indirect passes you'll ever see."

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    NHL confirms Soldier Field game

    The Blackhawks are going outside again.It was made official by the NHL on Wednesday that the Hawks and Pittsburgh Penguins will play a regular-season outdoor game 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Soldier Field.The event is part of the 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series.It’s going to be the second time the Hawks have played outdoors, having hosted Detroit in the Winter Classic on New Year’s Day in 2009. That event drew a crowd of 40,818 to Wrigley Field with thousands more watching from the rooftops across the street.“It was a great experience,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “I think it you go back to when we were at Wrigley, I think everyone had the time of their life. It’s a special game. I think once we get into that season you look forward to it.”The Hawks just started the playoffs so it’s hard to think that far ahead, but Jonathan Toews and Patrick Sharp said they are looking forward to going back outdoors.“It’s an exciting thing and that’s an exciting matchup that probably a lot of people look forward to,” Toews said. “The last time around, the guys that were in this locker room that had a chance to play at Wrigley Field, it was an amazing day and a lot of things about it made it special. It’ll be a different venue, but to be at home here again it will be a pretty cool thing.”Said Sharp: “It’s a long ways away, but I was here for the Wrigley Field game in 2009 and it was one of the highlights of my career in Chicago. It was a special day. We were able to skate at Soldier Field with the Wounded Warriors this year and it was a pretty cool set up. Hopefully the weather is nice and it’s not too cold.”Andrew Shaw has never played outside during his pro career.“It’s pretty cool and it would be great to be a part of it,” Shaw said. “The fans love it and it’s great for us. It would be awesome to play in front of so many fans.”Hawks president and CEO John McDonough has not tried to hide the fact he has lobbied for a return trip to the Winter Classic. While this isn’t the Winter Classic, it’s good enough for McDonough.“The Chicago Blackhawks are privileged to be included in the National Hockey League’s Stadium Series,” McDonough said “Hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins at iconic Soldier Field promises to be a unique experience for our organization and our fans.” This will be the Penguins’ third outdoor game.

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    Harding expects to start Friday for Minnesota

    Minnesota goalie Josh Harding expects to start Game 2 on Friday against the Blackhawks unlike Tuesday when he was pressed into service with short notice after Niklas Backstrom, the Wild's No. 1 goaltender, got injured in the warmup.

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    Cary-Grove’s Lee blanks Hampshire

    Cary-Grove pitcher Dean Lee changed locations more often than a fugitive Wednesday. The right-handed senior rarely threw his curveball, changeup or fastball in the same spot twice during a 3-0 Fox Valley Conference crossover victory against visiting Hampshire. Lee (3-1) held the Whip-Purs to 2 hits and 3 walks and struck out 3.

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    Barrington’s Catherine Byron shoots while sandwiched between Hersey’s Jill Hoffman, foreground, and Katie Lindholm as Barrington wins the MSL championship 8-6 on Wednesday.

    Barrington feasts on MSL title, wamily style

    Barrington senior Catherine Byron, one of three all-conference selections from the Fillies' girls water polo team this spring, knows what she likes about the game. "Water polo is great because it's so much more of a real team sport," said Byron, who also has been a swimmer in the fall at Barrington. "You get to really enjoy your teammates. Going through all of this together with them has been awesome." Most enjoyable of all: Being a conference champion. The host Fillies wrapped up their first Mid-Suburban League title since 2007 on Wednesday by turning back a determined team from Hersey 8-6. Coach Mark Markwell credited team unity for everything his team has achieved thing this spring. "We're a wamily," he explained. "Water polo, plus family ... wamily. Anything that goes well, it's not about one person, any one individual. This is a team where everyone is looking out for one another. Everybody's got each other's back."

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    Neuqua Valley’s Alyssa Domico is all smiles after slugging a home run at South Elgin Wednesday.

    Neuqua Valley’s HR barrage silences South Elgin

    Neuqua Valley senior Alyssa Domico may have used an old cliché Wednesday, but it rang truer than ever in the Wildcats' 10-5 Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division softball win at South Elgin. "Hitting is contagious," Domico said. "We've gotten into a rhythm lately and when one girl hits we all hit. We've got a positive attitude and we're focused. It's pretty awesome." Domico hit the first of 3 Neuqua home runs and her first of the season in Wednesday's win, a 3-run shot to left field in the top of the first inning that staked the Wildcats (12-8, 8-3) to a 4-0 lead.

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    Elgin High grad Hannah Perryman broke the Missouri-St. Louis single-season strikeout record last weekend when she recorded her 299th K of the year. She is a freshman at UMSL

    Elgin grad Perryman sets UMSL strikeout record

    Hannah Perryman had a memorable softball career at Elgin High School. And the hard-throwing left-handed pitcher is wasting zero time creating plenty of additional memories at the next level. Perryman, a freshman pitcher at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and the honorary captain of the Daily Herald's 2012 Fox Valley All-Area team, has already broken the program single-season record for strikeouts. She recently had 20 strikeouts in a doubleheader sweep of Rockhurst that gave the team its second Great Lakes Valley Conference title in the last three years.

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    Wheaton Academy a top 20 team

    Thousands of miles and a world away, thoughts of "The 20" never drift far from the members of Wheaton Academy's Project Lead team of students.

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    A story as beautiful as a rose

    The story of Catherine Kitz may not be a miracle, but it's close. The Montini senior distance runner was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at 4 months old. She runs a fine line between appreciating her physical ability and resenting the confinements of the disease. Cystic fibrosis, for which there is treatment but no cure, is a life-threatening, genetic disease that causes mucus to build up and clog parts of the body, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website. The organs affected most are the lungs and pancreas — ironic, Broncos coach Pete Connelly notes, since lungs are among a distance runner's most vital organs.

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    Fire has more than a passing interest in Rogers saga

    How much are the folks in Major League Soccer's offices watching Robbie Rogers training with the L.A. Galaxy and thinking of Brian McBride?

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    Tom Thibodeau gave the usual answer when asked if there's a chance Derrick Rose would return for Thursday's Game 6 against Brooklyn. "There's always a chance, small as it might be," he said.

    Thibodeau says Bulls won't push Rose into action

    Tom Thibodeau gave the usual answer when asked if there's a chance Derrick Rose would return for Thursday's Game 6 against Brooklyn. "There's always a chance, small as it might be," he said.

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    Orb has been made the early 7-2 favorite for the Kentucky Derby, with undefeated Verrazano the second choice in a full field of 20 horses. Trained by Shug McGaughey, Orb drew the No. 16 post on Wednesday. Four horses have won from there, most recently Animal Kingdom two years ago.

    Orb installed as 7-2 favorite for Kentucky Derby

    Orb has been made the early 7-2 favorite for the Kentucky Derby, with undefeated Verrazano the second choice in a full field of 20 horses. Trained by Shug McGaughey, Orb drew the No. 16 post on Wednesday. Four horses have won from there, most recently Animal Kingdom two years ago.

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    Crosby out for Penguins playoff opener

    The Pittsburgh Penguins will begin their quest for a Stanley Cup without Sidney Crosby.Crosby said Wednesday broken jaw will keep him out of Pittsburgh's playoff opener against the New York Islanders Wednesday night.

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    The Blackhawks will host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field on March 1.

    Blackhawks to host Penguins in Soldier Field night game

    The Blackhawks will host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field on March 1 as the NHL increases the number of outdoor games. The two teams will meet in the 63,000-seat stadium, the NHL said today in an e-mailed release. It is the first of additional outdoor games that the NHL plans to announce in the coming weeks as part of its Stadium Series, according to the statement.

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    Boys water polo: Scouting the MSL championship

    Here's a look at Thursday's 6 p.m. Mid-Suburban League boys water polo championship game featuring Hersey at Conant.

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    Mike North video: Jason Collins vs. Tim Tebow

    Mike North discusses the differences between Jason Collins and Tim Tebow. The gay African American very average player is embraced more than the Christian Heisman winning football player. Why? Is there an answer?

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    Vernon Hills shuts down Grant

    Girls soccerKaitlin Gramins scored 3 goals, all in the opening half, as Vernon Hills’ girls soccer team shut out Grant 6-0 in North Suburban Prairie Division play Tuesday.Kelly Hull, Kelsey Seal and Courtney Corrado also scored for Vernon Hills (8-3-1, 4-0). Erin VanDemerkt and Heidi VanderBloomer each had 2 assists.Grayslake North 3, Woodstock North 2: The Knights built a 3-0 lead in the first half and held on in the Fox Valley Fox Division match.Chelsea Olson, Jaclyn Brennan and Lindsey Allen each scored for Grayslake North (6-6-1). Brennan and Kendall Detweiler had assists.Antioch 2, Round Lake 1: Mikayla Abbeduto scored both goals for the Sequoits in the North Suburban Prairie contest.Haley Capek had an assist for Antioch (8-5-1, 4-1).Grayslake Central 0, Warren 0: Kajal Chokshi had 6 saves in earning her eighth shutout for Grayslake Central (8-3-2).

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    Bartlett, South Elgin post Upstate Eight wins

    The Bartlett baseball team bounced back in a big way Tuesday.One day after the Hawks were shut out 11-0 by Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division leader Lake Park, they scored 6 runs in the top of the fourth inning to break open a 1-run game in Aurora. Ben Havel (3-for-4) doubled twice and drove in 3 runs, Mike Roberson (1-for-2) finished with 3 RBI and Sam Franco went 4-for-5 with a double and 2 RBI for Bartlett (12-5, 11-5). Winning pitcher Doug VanDyke (5-1) went the distance, allowing 6 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks. Troy Fumagalli took the loss for Waubonsie Valley (10-7, 8-4).South Elgin 8, Neuqua Valley 1: Ryan Nutof stymied visiting Neuqua Valley in this Upstate Eight Valley win. Nutof (3-0) held the Wildcats to 1 earned run on 6 hits. He walked 4 and struck out 9 in a 120-pitch, 6-inning effort. Joe Crivolio (2 RBI) and Alex Wolfe (2 RBI) each doubled and Riley Halter went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI for South Elgin (10-8, 9-5). Danny Mokrzycki took the loss for Neuqua Valley (14-8, 11-5).Richmond-Burton 5, Burlington Central 3: Host Richmond-Burton scored 4 runs in the first inning and outhit Central 10-5, leaving the rivals tied atop the East Division of the Big Northern Conference with 6-2 records. Danny Gerke (2-3) took the loss for Burlington Central (7-7). Geneva 12, Larkin 2: The Vikings tagged Larkin pitching for 13 hits in this six-inning Upstate Eight River contest in Elgin. Brayden Royse took the loss, allowing 5 earned runs on 5 hits and 5 walks. Royse, Chris Guzeman (2-for-3) and Niko Morado doubled for Larkin (6-12, 3-10). Winning pitcher Brock Chenier also homered and drove in 2 runs for Geneva (11-10, 8-8).Batavia 13, Elgin 0: The Bulldogs (16-4, 10-4) amassed 11 runs in the first 2 innings to take control of this UEC River game. Jonathan Zima (2-4) allowed 7 earned runs in 3 innings for Elgin (6-13, 5-11).Westminster Christian 22, IMSA 2: The Warriors mounted a 21-hit attack and capitalized on 9 errors by the Titans to roll in Northeast Athletic action. Offensive contributors included Chase Woods (4-for-5, 3B, 4 R, 4 RBI), Luke Weston (2-for-4, 2B, 3 R, 3 RBI) and Frank Anquilo (2-for-3, 3B, 3 RBI). John Wawro held IMSA to 4 hits and a walk and struck out 2 in 3 innings for Westminster Christian (6-6, 6-2).Chicago Christian 11, St. Edward 1: Jack Tierney’s solo home run staked the Green Wave to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but Chicago Christian (19-3, 9-2) answered with a 10-hit barrage and took advantage of 4 errors in a five-inning Suburban Christian Gold rout. Sophomore Jake LaFrenz (3-2) was roughed up for 7 runs (5 earned) on 8 hits in 3 innings. He walked 3 and struck out 2 for St. Edward (11-7, 9-5).Hampshire 5, Johnsburg 0: Brandon Wescher held the Skyhawks scoreless on 6 hits and 2 walks over 6 innings and struck out a pair to lead the Whip-Purs to a Fox Valley Conference Fox Division win. Piotr Barnas (4-for-4, 2B, R), Mike Merchut (2-for-4, R) and Tyler Crater (RBI) paced the offense for Hampshire (9-9, 2-8).Cary-Grove 11, McHenry 6: The Trojans used a 5-run sixth inning to snap a 4-4 tie en route to this FVC Valley road win. Cary-Grove (14-5, 8-3) outhit McHenry (15-8, 9-3) 14-10, led by Matt Ewert (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI), Zach Marszal (2-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) and Brandon McCumber (3-for-3, 2 2B, R). Winning pitcher Andrew Brierton (3-1) was touched for 5 runs on 7 hits, walked 3 and struck out a batter, but he was charged with only 3 earned runs due to 3 Cary-Grove errors.Crystal Lake South 13, Prairie Ridge 2: Troy Bittenbender’s grand slam staked the Gators to a first-inning lead and Garrett Bright and Max Meitzler each homered in a five-inning Fox Valley (Valley) romp. Winning pitcher Tyler Hall (6-1) allowed 2 earned runs on 9 hits for CL South (12-4, 9-4). Steven Ladd was the losing pitcher for Prairie Ridge (15-7, 7-4).

Business

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    Meatheads plans to open a new location in Barrington, similar to this one in Naperville.

    Meatheads coming to Barrington; Tropical Smoothie Cafe closes

    Tropical Smoothies is out and Meatheads's all Angus burgers are in at The Shops of Flint Creek on Hough Street in Barrington.

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    So far this year, Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has unveiled new software for smartphones, added tools for marketers and revamped News Feed, the first thing members see when logging onto the network of more than 1 billion.

    Facebook revenue exceeds estimates on mobile-advertising surge
    Facebook reported sales that exceeded analysts' estimates as the operator of the world's most popular social-networking service attracted more marketers with new features and mobile-advertising tools. First-quarter sales rose 38 percent to $1.46 billion, Facebook said in a statement Wednesday.

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    PepsiCo said it immediately pulled the 60-second Mountain Dew ad after learning that people found it was offensive. The ad was part of a series developed by African-American rapper Tyler, The Creator, seen here.

    PepsiCo pulls Mountain Dew ad after criticism

    PepsiCo is once again learning the risks of celebrity partnerships after an ad for Mountain Dew was criticized for portraying racial stereotypes and making light of violence toward women. The soda and snack food company said it immediately pulled the 60-second spot after learning that people found it was offensive.

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    The Illinois Office of Coal Development said that 13 million tons of Illinois coal was exported last year. That’s a fivefold increase from the 2.5 million tons shipped out of the U.S. in 2010.

    Illinois coal industry enjoyed record exports in 2012

    Illinois' abundant high-sulfur coal once shunned as a pollution source by U.S. utilities saw record demand oversees last year even as domestic coal providers broadly curtailed production as cheaper, competing natural gas crimped their sales, according to new report Wednesday.

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    A video screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange shows the interest rate decision of the Federal Reserve Wednesday. The Fed maintained its plan to keep short-term interest rates at record lows at least until unemployment falls to 6.5 percent from its current 7.6 percent.

    Fed signals it could increase or decrease stimulus

    The Federal Reserve on Wednesday stood by its extraordinary efforts to stimulate the economy. And it signaled that it could increase or decrease the pace of bond purchases depending on how the job market and inflation perform.

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    Spending on U.S. construction projects fell in March as the biggest drop in government projects in more than a decade overwhelmed strength in home building.

    U.S. construction spending down 1.7 percent in March

    Spending on U.S. construction projects fell in March as the biggest drop in government projects in more than a decade overwhelmed strength in home building. Construction spending fell 1.7 percent in March, compared with February, the Commerce Department reported Wednesday. It marked the second decline in the past three months.

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    Comcast Corp., the nation’s largest cable company and owner of NBCUniversal, on Wednesday said its net income rose 17 percent in the latest quarter, powered by continued strong results from its cable operations.

    Comcast profit rises 17 percent in 1Q

    Comcast Corp., the nation's largest cable company and owner of NBCUniversal, on Wednesday said its net income rose 17 percent in the latest quarter, powered by continued strong results from its cable operations. Price increases on cable TV and customers upgrading to high-definition packages and digital video recorders helped boost numbers.

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    Survey: Private employers add just 119K in April

    A private survey shows U.S. companies added just 119,000 jobs in April, the fewest in seven months. The report Wednesday from payroll processor ADP suggests that government spending cuts and higher taxes could be starting to weigh on the job market. And new requirements under President Barack Obama's health care law may be prompting some small and mid-size companies to hold back on hiring.

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    U.S. factory activity expanded at a slower pace in April, held back by weaker hiring and less company stockpiling. The report is the latest sign that economic growth may be slowing this spring.

    U.S. manufacturing grows in April at slower pace

    U.S. factory activity expanded at a slower pace in April, held back by weaker hiring and less company stockpiling. The report is the latest sign that economic growth may be slowing this spring.

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    Ford, GM, Chrysler and Nissan all reported double-digit U.S. sales increases last month, signaling the best April for car and truck sales in six years.

    Chrysler, Ford, GM, Nissan April U.S. sales up

    Ford, GM, Chrysler and Nissan all reported double-digit U.S. sales increases last month, signaling the best April for car and truck sales in six years. A rebound in pickup truck sales led the way, especially for the Detroit automakers. Small businesses are replacing aging trucks that they've kept since the Great Recession.

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    Abused disabled Iowa plant workers awarded $240M

    A Texas company has been ordered to pay 32 mentally disabled workers $240 million in damages for what government lawyers described as years of around-the-clock abuse. The federal jury in Davenport, Iowa, ruled Wednesday that Henry's Turkey Service, of Goldthwaite, Tex., violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and awarded 32 former workers $7.5 million in damages apiece.

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    Palatine pharmaceutical company sues over generic drug plans

    Palatine-based Acura Pharmaceuticals Inc., whose technology helps deter drug abuse, sued Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd., India's largest drugmaker, over its plan to market a generic version of the painkiller Oxecta.

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    A boy composed of carbon monoxide molecules rides a skateboard in a scene from what IBM claims to be the world’s tiniest stop-action movie.

    IBM makes tiny movie by pushing molecules around
    Scientists have taken the idea of a film short down to new levels. Molecular levels. IBM says it has made the tiniest stop-motion movie ever — a one-minute video of individual carbon monoxide molecules repeatedly rearranged to show a boy dancing, throwing a ball and bouncing on a trampoline.

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    Newsstand tab to make Orleans paper daily again

    Months after cutting its print edition to three days a week, The Times-Picayune of New Orleans has announced plans for a three-day-a-week tabloid called TPStreet available in stores and newsstands on days when the full paper isn't printed.

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    Coursera to offer new MOOC options for teachers

    A leading platform for the popular "massive open online courses" offered by elite universities is moving into a new realm: the expansive field of continuing education for teachers. Coursera, the California-based for-profit platform for MOOCs from 62 leading universities such as Stanford, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania, planned to announce Wednesday a new range of partners that include education schools and, in a first, non-degree granting institutions such as the American Museum of Natural History that help train teachers.

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    X Games skate away from LA after 11-year run; Chicago among new venues

    After an 11-year run, the X Games are skating, riding and revving away from LA. ESPN announced Tuesday that from 2014 to 2016 the U.S. edition of its action sports extravaganza will be held in Chicago, Detroit, Austin, Texas, or Charlotte, N.C.

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    2 Chicago-area men to join third man in Ponzi-scheme case

    Two Chicago-area men who took part in a multi-million dollar Ponzi-type scheme with another man they met in prison are returning to federal prison after pleading guilty to fraud charges.In a news release, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Chicago says 62-year-old Daniel Parrilli has been sentenced to 70 months in prison. Forty-eight-year-old John Lauer was sentenced to 31 months in prison. Fifty-seven-year-old Christopher Andersen is already serving a 95-month sentence.

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    AFSCME to take new vote on contract

    The largest Illinois government employees' union will take a second ratification vote on its tentative three-year contract because of a continuing lawsuit over back wages. Members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees OK'd the contract agreement with Gov. Pat Quinn's administration on March 20.

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    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin

    Cooper and Durbin talk immigration and sales tax

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was in Nashville with U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper Tuesday to drum up support for Internet sales tax collection and an immigration overhaul. Durbin is sponsoring the Marketplace Fairness Act with Tennessee U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and others. He said Internet businesses have an unfair advantage over brick and mortar shops.

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    A protester prepares to throw a stone as clashes erupt between police and protesters during May Day celebrations in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday .

    Workers rally for better conditions on May Day

    Thousands of low-paid workers are rallying in the streets on May Day to demand better pay and improved working conditions a week after a Bangladesh building collapse that was a grim reminder of how lax safety regulations make work a danger in poor countries.

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    CVS Caremark Corp. with local operations in Northbrook, Lincolnshire and Bannonckburn, says first-quarter earnings jumped 23 percent and topped analyst expectations, as an influx of generic drugs helped the drugstore operator and pharmacy benefits manager’s profitability.

    CVS Caremark 1Q profit soars 23 percent

    CVS Caremark Corp. with local operations in Northbrook, Lincolnshire and Bannonckburn, says first-quarter earnings jumped 23 percent and topped analyst expectations, as an influx of generic drugs helped the drugstore operator and pharmacy benefits manager's profitability.

Life & Entertainment

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    Dig in to chocolate treats galore at the annual Long Grove Chocolate Festival, running from Friday to Sunday, May 3-5, in downtown Long Grove.

    Weekend picks: Long Grove Chocolate Fest begins

    Dig in to chocolate treats of many varieties at the annual Long Grove Chocolate Festival in downtown Long Grove starting today. Arlington International Racecourse reopens with Fan Appreciation Day Friday with free admission. The DuPage Children's Museum celebrates spring by hosting its Family Fun Friday Night — Spring Art Fest on Friday.

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    Misto di mare is on the menu at Villa Verone in Elgin.

    Pasta perfect: Elgin's Villa Verone does noodles right

    My recent dinner at Villa Verone in downtown Elgin got off to a bit of a rocky start when our reservation was nowhere on the books on a busy Saturday night. Fortunately, a table opened and we were seated promptly. As its name suggests, the restaurant resembles an old Italian villa, and the menu consists of traditional Italian dishes. "If somebody wants froufrou stuff, my place is not for them," owner Pietro Verone says.

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    Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) tests Tony Stark's mettle in the amazing "Iron Man 3."

    3rd time's a charmer for 'Iron Man'

    Writer/director Shane Black clearly doesn't want viewers moseying off to the powder room or concession stand during the 135-minute running time of his extended Marvel comics caper, "Iron Man 3." So, he straps booster rockets to every scene, climaxing with a frenetic, fiery fight sequence so intensely unrelenting and visually busy that tedium, if not downright numbness, threatens to set it.

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    Candice Glover, left, Angie Miller, Kree Harrison and Amber Holcomb are four of the top 10 finalists on this season’s “American Idol” who will be part of the “American Idol Live 2013 Tour” on Saturday, July 6, at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

    ‘Idol’ tour to make Rosemont stop
    Tickets for the "American Idol Live 2013 Tour," featured at the Allstate Arena on Saturday, July 6, go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, May 3.

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    Actor-singer Matthew Morrison's sophomore album, “Where It All Began,” is due out June 4 on Adam Levine's 222 Records.

    Smokey Robinson joins Matthew Morrison on new album

    Matthew Morrison has a guy crush, and it's someone more than twice his age: Smokey Robinson. Robinson, 73, appears on a duet with Morrison on "The Wiz" classic "Ease on Down the Road" from Morrison's sophomore album, "Where It All Began," due out June 4.

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    Michael Buble's “To Be Loved”

    Buble stuck in the middle on 8th album

    Canadian crooner Michael Buble projects a strange dichotomy in his eighth studio album, "To Be Loved." It combines old and new, happy and blue, romance and more romance. His evident penchant for the golden standards, which he covers with aplomb, is what saves the record from sounding too modernly hollow. It's also the reason it sounds uneven.

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    The Pavlova, a well-traveled dessert, was created in New Zealand or Australia and named after a Russian ballet dancer.

    Pavlova a light, airy dessert

    The Pavlova — a baked meringue confection typically filled with whipped cream and berries — is not a Russian dessert, as its name suggests, but a concoction born in Australia or New Zealand and named after a Russian ballerina. The name honors Anna Pavlova (1881-1931), who is still considered one of the finest classical dancers in history. Nigella Lawson shares her cappuccino-spiked version.

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    A variety of Mexican-style cheeses are now widely available. Duranguense, fresco and panela are in the back row. In the middle are round Duranguense, Oaxaca ball and strips and cotija wedges. And up front are fresco and crema real (sour cream).

    Mexican cheeses add authenticity to Cinco de Mayo celebrations

    It wasn't that long ago that if you wanted to make authentic Mexican quesadillas you needed to head to an ethnic grocer to track down chihuahua cheese. Or you punted and used cheddar, or maybe mozzarella. People just weren't familiar with Mexican cheese. Today, Hispanic-style cheeses are made throughout Mexico and in the United States and share space in the diary case with American, English and European varieties, making it much easier to add authenticity to your Cinco de Mayo menu.

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    Sony settles lawsuit by lawyer for gospel artists

    A Connecticut lawyer who accused Sony BMG Music Entertainment of retaliating against him for winning higher pay for gospel music artists says the company has settled a lawsuit he filed.

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    O Music Awards set to return June 19

    More than 50 bands will help keep the party rolling for 24 hours during the O Music Awards. The show put on by MTV, VH1 and CMT that celebrates music and counter culture will return June 19 with a 24-hour livestream event that will celebrate live music.

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    Michael Jackson’s former doctor Conrad Murray. Jurors hearing a civil case against Jackson’s concert promoter heard testimony that Murray was more than $500,000 in debt and his finances were “severely distressed.”

    Detective to detail investigation into Jackson doctor

    A jury will hear more Wednesday about the troubled finances of Michael Jackson's doctor from a police detective who investigated the physician and saw his mounting debts as a possible motive for improper treatments on the pop superstar. The former cardiologist is not a party to the case, but he is a key figure in Katherine Jackson's negligent hiring case against concert giant AEG Live.

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    Author Philip Roth received the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award. He was cited for such novels as “Sabbath’s Theater” and “American Pastoral,” but also for his advocacy in the 1970s and 1980s for writers in Czechoslovakia and other Eastern bloc countries during the Cold War.

    Philip Roth receives ‘Literary Service’ award

    Philip Roth's latest honor was as much for what he has done for other writers as for his own work. Roth received the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award Tuesday night. He was cited for such novels as "Portnoy's Complaint" and "American Pastoral," but also for his advocacy in the 1970s and 1980s for writers in Czechoslovakia and other Eastern bloc countries during the Cold War.

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    CBS’ soap “The Young and the Restless” has a leading 23 Daytime Emmy nominations, followed by its ABC rival “General Hospital” with 19. Nominations for the 40th annual Daytime Emmy awards were announced on Wednesday morning. The award ceremony will be held June 16 in Beverly Hills, Calif., televised for the second year on the cable network HLN.

    ‘The Young and the Restless’ top Emmy nods

    CBS' soap "The Young and the Restless" has a leading 23 Daytime Emmy nominations, followed by ABC rival "General Hospital" with 19.

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    Amanda Knox during the taping of an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in New York.

    Amanda Knox says murder case was surreal

    Amanda Knox says in an interview that what happened to her was "surreal but it could have happened to anyone." The Seattle native told ABC News' Diane Sawyer in an interview airing Tuesday night that "I want the truth to come out. I'd like to be reconsidered as a person."

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    Keith Richards says he doesn’t own an iPod. The 69-year-old believes music lovers are “all being shortchanged” with the sound that comes out of an iPod.

    Keith Richards not a fan of iPods

    He's rock royalty and likes to keep it old-school: Keith Richards says he doesn't own an iPod. The Rolling Stones guitarist says he isn't a fan of the ultra-popular music device. "I don't have an iPod. ... I still use CDs or records actually. Sometimes cassettes. It has much better sound; a much better sound than digital," he said in a recent interview.

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    No longer a drink just to cure hangovers, a Bloody Mary, like this one at e+o Food and Drink in Mount Prospect, has become a Sunday morning icon.

    Bloody Marys morph from hangover cure to brunch fave

    I know we should be talking about Mint Juleps on the eve of the Kentucky Derby, but really, when was the last time you had a julep outside the first week of May? Now Bloody Mary ... there's a drink with stamina; a beverage that sprints into the spring holidays and effortlessly rounds the turn into summer's al fresco scene, even picking up speed for fall tailgating. And suburban bars are putting their own spin on the brunch specialty.

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    “If You Leave” by Daughter

    Daughter debut beautifully heartbreaking

    Many of the tracks on Daughter's debut album "If You Leave" are quite similar, with their monosyllabic titles and melancholy feel. It's anything but a boring listen, though, and Elena Tonra's smooth, silky voice is a delight to hear.

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    A little tinkering and some added vegetables make Vegetable-Stuffed Shells more healthful without ruining their popularity.

    Vegetables boost healthfulness of stuffed shells

    Home-style Italian American dishes such as lasagna and stuffed shells endure for good reason: They are filling family favorites. A little tinkering and some added vegetables make these dishes more healthful without ruining the qualities that make them so popular.

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    Vegetable-Stuffed Shells
    Vegetable-Stuffed Shells

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    Frugal living: Stretching your meat budget
    Frugal Living columnist Sara Noel shares readers' tips for stretching your meat budget, baking eggs and making chewy cereal treats.

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    Easy melting chihuahua cheese makes for a deliciously gooey appetizer.

    Queso Blanco
    Queso Blanco

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    Music notes: Shoes reignite Fitzgerald’s

    Zion brothers bring their band Shoes to Fitzgerald's to play hits from the recent album "Ignition." Corky Siegel and his blues harmonica will play Edman Memorial Chapel in Wheaton, and Patti Smith returns to Chicago for two shows at the Vic Theatre.

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    Iggy Pop and the Stooges's “Ready to Die”

    Iggy and Stooges still have raw power

    "Ready to Die" is the first album from Iggy Pop and members of his old band, the Stooges, since 2007 and the 2009 death of band mate Ron Asheton. And it's the first to feature former guitarist James Williamson since the 1970s.

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    Junip's “Junip”

    Gonzalez, Junip return with spacey album

    Swedish singer-songwriter Jose Gonzalez is best known as a solo artist with a side project called Junip. But that band's self-titled second album should change the way we think of Gonzalez for good. “Junip” is filled with lush, spacey electronic prog folk that should appeal to fans on both sides of today’s strum versus beep-beep musical divide.

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    Pickled red onion and jalpeno add piquant flavors to chilaquilas.

    Chilaquiles Verdes with Pepitas and Pickled Red Onion and Jalapeño
    Chilaquiles Verdes with Pepitas and Pickled Red Onion and Jalapeño

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    Grated cotija cheese tops a Mexican-style chopped salad.

    Chopped Mexican Salad
    Mexican Chopped Salad

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    The Pavlova, a well-traveled dessert, was created in New Zealand or Australia and named after a Russian ballet dancer.

    Cappuccino Pavlova
    Pavlova

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    Begin the Cinco de Mayo fiesta outside with these grilled shrimp tacos.

    Grilled Shrimp Tacos
    Grilled Shrimp Tacos

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    Begin the Cinco de Mayo fiesta outside with these grilled shrimp tacos.

    Fire up the grill for shrimp tacos

    Whether you prefer your tacos hard and crunchy or lean more to the softer side, this grilled shrimp filling will leave you satisfied. Shrimp cook quickly, especially on the intense heat of the grill, so be sure to prep your other ingredients ahead of time and set out a buffet of toppings and tortillas.

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    Former Doors drummer John Densmore has written a second book on the legendary rock band called “The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes on Trial.”

    Doors drummer protects Jim Morrison legacy in book

    Former Doors drummer John Densmore keeps the spirit of Jim Morrison alive in his new book, "The Doors Unhinged: Jim Morrison's Legacy Goes on Trial." The 68-year drummer is no stranger to chronicling his former band. He wrote The New York Times best-seller, "Riders on the Storm" in 1991. The new book defends Morrison's stand against commercializing the band's music catalog.

Discuss

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    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.com Naoko Sanders teaches her fourth-grade dual language class at Dooley Elementary School in Schaumburg.

    Editorial: Teaching languages is serious business

    The importance of dual language programs, already offered by many suburban school districts, will only grow in the coming years, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Red lines as red herrings over Syria

    Columnist Richard Cohen: President Obama is a latter-day Zeus. He throws these thunderbolts of diplomatic cease-and-desist orders with some regularity. He has called the use of chemical weapons by Syria a "red line," which is diplotalk for you'd better not. He said that if Damascus did use such weapons, it "would change (his) calculus." Months later, he calculated that Syria might not know what his calculus was, so he said WMD would be "totally unacceptable" and there would be, under such circumstances, "consequences."

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    For GOP, obstruction’s risk

    Columnist Michael Gerson: At the end of eight years, Americans will probably be tired of President Obama and perhaps of liberalism. The GOP will get another look.

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    Clarifying the facts on roundabout plan
    A Warrenville letter to the editor: As Warrenville mayor, I would like to follow up on questions I continue to receive regarding the potential reconfiguration of the Warrenville/Batavia/River Road intersection.

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    Road condition is a Grim story
    An Antioch letter to the editor: There is a very well-known shortcut in Antioch Township that conveniently allows vehicle operators to bypass traffic congestion at the Rts. 173/83 intersection in Antioch.

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    Thank you for support of marriage equality
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: I just want to say a "Thank You" to Rep. Sullivan for supporting the Marriage Equality Act.

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    Committed couples need lawful benefits
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Whether I agree or disagree with two men or two women deciding to commit and join their lives together, I do believe they should receive the same benefits as a couple married according to the universally held religious definition of marriage.

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    Media hit new low in reporting on Boston
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: "Tragic, despicable, deplorable." These are some of the words used to describe the most recent Boston massacre. They are also the same words that can be applied to a hostile, hyperpartisan media with contempt for a majority of American citizens whose only "sin" is that they refuse to drink the leftist Kool-Aid.

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