Daily Archive : Thursday May 2, 2013

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    Boomers to support Erin’s Law May 31

    The Schaumburg Boomers baseball team will welcome Schaumburg native and 2012 Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year Erin Merryn to Boomers Stadium on May 31 to raise awareness for her fight against child sexual abuse.

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    Lake Barrington park leaders win as write-ins

    Raising the statistical odds of success for the write-in candidate, the Lake Barrington Countryside Park District's April 9 election was swept by them. After no one initially filed to be on the ballot, incumbents Michael Graft Jr., Philip J. Mohr and Mark Thorndyke eventually filed as write-ins.

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    Abdella Ahmad Tounisi

    Terror suspect from Aurora released on home confinement

    In a rare move for terror cases, a federal judge agreed Thursday to release on home confinement an Aurora teenager charged with seeking to travel abroad and join an al-Qaida-linked militant group in war-torn Syria. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 18, was arrested at O'Hare International Airport last month as, authorities allege, he prepared for the first leg of a trip to join Qaida-affiliated Jabhat...

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    Dareka Brooks

    Woman charged with robbing 14-year-old who contacted her for sex

    A 22-year-old Milwaukee woman who authorities say agreed to have sex with a Prospect Heights 14-year-old faces felony charges after she pepper sprayed him and stole a piggy bank containing cash and his iPad, authorities said.

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    Rivers Cuomo and Weezer, seen here in 2005 at Allstate Arena, will play a free concert June 22 at Woodfield Mall.

    Weezer to play free concert at Woodfield June 22

    Weezer, the alt-rock band that rose to fame with hits like “Buddy Holly” and “Undone — The Sweater Song,” will play a free concert Saturday, June 22, at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The performance marks the grand opening of the mall’s Microsoft Store. The first 200 people in the door for the Microsoft Store’s 10:30 a.m. grand opening on June 22 will get...

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Cameron T. Hardiman, 33, of Elgin, was arrested at about 11:15 p.m. Tuesday and charged with reckless driving, attempting to elude a police officer, driving with a suspended driver's license, operating an uninsured vehicle and possession of 2.5 grams or less of cannabis, according to a police report.

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    Paris Poe

    Chicago fugitive arrested in Wisconsin

    A Chicago fugitive was arrested Thursday evening on a Madison highway after a daylong manhunt in south-central Wisconsin that drove several local schools to lock down for hours and left neighbors on edge, police said. A SWAT team arrested Paris Poe, 33, in a vehicle on state Highway 30 shortly after 7 p.m.

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    Country music stars back gay marriage in Illinois

    Four country music stars are announcing their support for legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Illinois. "Big" Kenny Alphin of the musical duo Big & Rich, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Emmy Lou Harris and Rodney Crowell signed an open letter released Thursday.

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    Batavia man underreported income by nearly $1.3 million

    The owner of a Batavia packaging firm has been convicted of tax evasion, according to an agent with the Internal Revenue Service. Kerry Lynn Hannigan, a special agent with the IRS criminal investigation division in Chicago, confirmed that on Wednesday, James A. Fowler was sentenced by Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer to three years' probation.

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    Outgoing Mount Prospect Mayor Irvana Wilks was the keynote speaker Thursday at the village’s annual Community Prayer Breakfast. The event brought together local religious, community and business leaders.

    Church, civic leaders gather for Mt. Prospect prayer breakfast

    Speaking Thursday at Mount Prospect's annual Community Prayer Breakfast, Mayor Irvana Wilks tried to put an optimistic spin on the largely grim local, national and world news that seems to crop up each day. "I truly believe in the next generation," she said. "They are the answer."

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    Keith Giagnorio is sworn in Thursday night as the new Lombard village president by DuPage County Judge Patrick O’Shea.

    ‘Healthy’ laughter marks new leadership in Lombard

    New Lombard Village President Keith Giagnorio told about 200 people gathered for a swearing-in ceremony Thursday night "let's start to govern," and then promptly called for a recess. It was a bit of comic relief in a board room that's seen little to laugh about the past eight months during a phase of gridlock and contention following the death of former Village President William J. "Bill"...

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    Michael Seyller

    Seyller posts bond after judge lowers bail

    East Dundee police officer Michael Seyller, who was being held in Kane County jail, had his bail reduced from $100,000 to $25,000 Thursday, and was then able to post bond and was released. He is accused of hitting a woman he knows, at 12:53 a.m. April 24 on the 6500 block of Pine Hollow Drive in Carpentersville, according to a police report.

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    Bloomingdale Mayor Bob Iden gives the blessing as community and religious leaders gather Thursday morning at the Glendale Lakes Golf Club in Glendale Heights for the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer.

    National Day of Prayer ceremonies take center stage

    Roughly 150 people celebrated the 62nd annual National Day of Prayer Thursday morning at Glendale Lakes Golf Club in Glendale Heights. They joined residents from across the region and the nation in the celebration that began in 1952 when President Harry Truman declared an annual National Day of Prayer. President Ronald Reagan signed a law in 1988 designating the first Thursday in May for the...

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    A vehicle believed to be carrying the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev backs into an underground garage at a funeral home Thursday in North Attleborough, Mass. The body of Tsarnaev, who was the subject of a massive manhunt and died after a gunbattle with police, was claimed Thursday.

    Remains of Boston Marathon bombing suspect claimed

    The body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was the subject of a massive manhunt and died after a gunbattle with police, was claimed on Thursday. Department of Public Safety spokesman Terrel Harris said a funeral home retained by Tsarnaev's family picked up the 26-year-old's remains

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    Dennis Hastert

    Hastert goes to the mat to reinstate Olympic wrestling

    Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert spoke before the Illinois House and Senate Thursday to urge the International Olympic Committee to add wrestling back to the Olympic Games.

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    Incoming Mount Prospect Mayor Arlene Juracek prays at the annual Community Prayer Breakfast.

    Images: Day of Prayer in the Suburbs
    Images from the National Day of Prayer observances in the suburbs of Chicago.

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    A contract is pending to sell 7.5 acres owned by the Carol Stream Public Library, but a final deal may not happen.

    Attorney: New Carol Stream Library board legitimate

    The Carol Stream Public Library's attorney said Thursday night the five elected trustees sworn in Wednesday are indeed properly seated members of the board of trustees. The 3-page written legal opinion by Stewart Diamond of the Ancel Glink law firm brings to resolution a pending legal question that left direction and oversight of the library in limbo for 24 hours.

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    Jose Rebollar-Verara

    Round Lake Park man pleads not guilty in March convenience store shooting

    A Round Lake Park man accused of killing a Zion man because of the way he wore his hat pleaded not guilty to murder charges in Lake County court Thursday. Jose Rebollar-Verara, 25, faces three counts of first-degree murder in the death of Gabriel Gonzalez, 19, in the early morning hours on March 10.

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    Crews prepare sandbags for Fox Lake-area residents in early April.

    Flood sandbag collection in unincorporated areas to begin May 13

    Sandbags used to hold back floodwater in unincorporated areas along the Fox River and Chain O' Lakes will be collected starting May 13, Lake County officials said Thursday. Residents in those areas are asked to move used sandbags to the side of the road for collection, said C. Kent McKenzie, Lake County's emergency management coordinator.

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    Luke Stowe

    Write-in candidate ready for duties on Libertyville District 70 school board

    Luke Stowe, a 36-year-old tech professional, says he always has had an interest in local government. On Monday, the write-in candidate will be seated with other election winners on the Libertyville Elementary District 70 school board.

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    Horses take to the track in preparation for opening day at Arlington International Racecourse. The track opens its 89-meet season at 3 p.m. Friday, running through Labor Day weekend.

    Arlington racetrack betting that fans will like changes

    Arlington International racetrack returns for another summer meet with several new offerings for racing fans at the windows, and some new faces among the trainer and jockey colonies. "The last few years we've been making an effort to talk to fans and give them exactly what they want," Arlington General Manager Tony Petrillo said.

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    Rincon Valley fire captain Fred Leunberger watches as a pine tree torches out on the head of the Yellow fire above Knights Valley, Calif., Wednesday. The fire started early Wednesday morning on the rugged border between Napa and Sonoma Counties and roared through tall stands of pine trees.

    Fire forces evacuation of campus, homes in Calif.

    A wildfire fanned by gusty Santa Ana winds raged along the fringes of Southern California communities on Thursday, forcing evacuation of homes and a university while setting recreational vehicles ablaze.

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    President Barack Obama said his administration will continue its close cooperation with Mexico to battle drug trafficking and organized crime even as Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, right, moves to restrict access by U.S. security agencies.

    Obama, Mexican president talk economy, security

    Acknowledging uncertainty ahead, President Barack Obama said Thursday the U.S. will cooperate with Mexico in fighting drug-trafficking and organized crime in any way Mexico's government deems appropriate. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto emphasized that the security relationship must be expanded to focus on trade and commerce.

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    The Illinois House approved a major package of pension benefit cuts Thursday.

    Illinois House sends pension package to Senate

    The Illinois House today approved Speaker Michael Madigan's plan to cut public workers' pension benefits, sending it to the Senate where a similar plan has been rejected before. The move makes more clear than ever that suburban teachers' and state workers' retirement future hinges on a conflict between two of the state's most powerful Democrats. "The right thing is not always the easy thing to...

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    There’s free Wi-Fi at the Arlington Heights Metra station — but not onboard trains.

    Will cost derail Wi-Fi on Metra trains?

    Can't wait for Metra to install Wi-Fi in its cars? You may be waiting a long time. Officials reeled after hearing equipping the system with Wi-Fi could cost $72 million over five years.

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    Cliff McIlvaine

    Neighbors dispute contention St. Charles home site is unsafe

    Arguments will be made Friday about why the city of St. Charles should or should not be allowed to tear down Cliff McIlvaine's home. McIlvaine has been working for 37 years on an improvement project.

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    Chris Lauzen

    Kane Co. sheriff, chairman address skyrocketing foreclosures, evictions in address

    Kane County Sheriff Pat Perez and County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen addressed new increases in the number of foreclosures and evictions during speeches to Geneva and St. Charles business leaders Thursday.

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    Horses work out in preparation for opening day at Arlington International Racecourse.

    Images: Opening day preparations at Arlington International Racecourse
    The horses and jockeys are working out at Arlington International Racecourse in preparation for the opening day of horse racing on Friday, May 3rd.

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    Author and former first grade teacher Jim Aylesworth reads one of the 34 books he has written to students at May Whitney Elementary School in Lake Zurich on Thursday.

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    Jim Aylesworth will visit with students at May Whitney Elementary School on Thursday, May 2 and is the author of Cock-a-doodle-doo, Creak, Pop-pop, Moo;The Mitten; Our Abe Lincoln. He visits the Lake Zurich School from 9-11am

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    Grant for Grayslake North newspaper:

    Illinois Press Association has awarded a $1,300 grant to the journalism program at Grayslake North High School to expand the online news site of The Knight Times.

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    Asphalt trimming for Route 21/137:

    Weather permitting, construction crews beginning at 7 a.m. Friday will trim asphalt as part of the Route 21/137 project in Libertyville.

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    Learn about Myanmar:

    Eileen Mackevich, the executive director of the Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum in Springfield, will talk about her recent trip to Myanmar on Sunday, May 5, at the Adlai Stevenson Historic Home near Mettawa.

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    SHS to host short plays:

    Ten one-act plays written, directed and performed by Stevenson High School students will be performed Friday and Saturday at the Lincolnsbhire school.

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    Bicyclist killed near Lake Villa

    Lake County sheriff's police say they are investigating a crash in which a bicyclist was killed this afternoon. Officials said a white 2000 Toyota Camry was traveling south on Route 45, north of Grand Avenue, in unincorporated Lake Villa Township and collided with a female bicyclist about 2:15 p.m.

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    Palatine man pleads guilty to sexual assault

    A 29-year-old Palatine man pleaded guilty this week to sexually assaulting a woman after she became incapicated at a party last August. Daniel Felix-Sanchez was sentenced to three years in prison and ordered to have no contact with the victim.

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    Reflected in her car mirror, Karin Shiderler of Wonder Lake prays Thursday with Don Gorder of Huntley and George Delask of DeKalb, members of the Country Evangelical Covenant Church in Campton Hills. The church hosted a “Drive-Through” prayer service in its parking lot at McDonald Road and Route 47 to commemorate the National Day of Prayer.

    Even people in a hurry could observe National Day of Prayer

    Drive-through prayer service in Campton Hills lets people on the go take part in the National Day of Prayer.

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    Naperville Mayor George Pradel greeted Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts last spring when Ricketts spoke to the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce. But the mayor says the chances of the Cubs ever relocating to Naperville are remote.

    Naperville not likely option for Cubs

    Naperville is regularly ranked among the country's most family friendly cities. There are four restaurants in town considered "pet-friendly." Heck, even Mayor George Pradel once was known as "Officer Friendly." But don't expect the city to ever house the "Friendly Confines," despite threats made Wednesday by Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts to move his team out of Wrigley Field if plans for a...

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    Linnea Nodarse, right, sister of convicted gunman Jacob Nodarse, is sworn in Thursday at the Johnny Borizov trial in Wheaton.

    Darien shooter warned ‘people were after him’

    Jacob Nodarse seemed increasingly worried but not delusional in the weeks before he shot and killed three members of a Darien family, according to testimony Thursday at the murder trial of co-defendant Johnny Borizov. "He said something to the effect people were after him," a former co-worker testified.

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    Longtime Des Plaines mayor’s secretary Donna Catlett retired this week after serving 16 years under three elected mayors, and four acting mayors. From left, acting Mayor Mark Walsten, and aldermen, Patti Haugeberg (1st Ward), Mike Charewicz (8th), and John Robinson (2nd), bid farewell to Catlett, seated, Thursday.

    Longtime secretary to Des Plaines mayors bids farewell

    Des Plaines this week bid farewell to a face that has greeted residents and visitors to the mayor's office for 16 years. Longtime mayor's secretary Donna Catlett retired Thursday after having served under three elected mayors — Paul Jung, Tony Arredia and Marty Moylan — and four acting mayors.

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    Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda

    Police chief, other officers will answer questions at The Centre

    We've all seen armored vehicles and fingerprint dusting on TV, but it's not often you get the chance to see that in person. The Elgin Police Department is hosting its first community outreach program Saturday at The Centre of Elgin, where residents can meet police officers and ask any question they can think of, Elgin Police Chief Jeff Swoboda said.

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    Destruction inside the Grove Junior High classroom that was hit by the car.

    Dist. 59 will make emergency repairs to Grove Jr. High

    Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59 will spend $149,577 on emergency repairs at Grove Junior High, after a car plowed into a classroom at the Elk Grove Village school in late March. "That's just for the physical repair," District 59 spokeswoman Betsy Boswell said . "That's not replacing anything inside the classroom."

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    North Barrington write-in winners official

    North Barrington's new village trustees — most of whom were write-in candidates in last month election — will be sworn in at the May 22 village board meeting. Jackie Andrew, the only person who filed to be on the ballot, received 316 votes. Write-in candidates Martin Pais and Todd Smith also won seats with 38 and 35 votes respectively.

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    Dave Herron puts a necklace on his 17-year-old daughter, Mariah Herron, who is wearing a prom dress he made from winter white camouflage, at their home last Saturday in Marshfield, Wis.

    Wisconsin dad makes daughter a camouflage prom dress

    A Wisconsin man used sewing skills he learned in the military to make his daughter's dream prom dress — in camouflage. Mariah Herron, 17, of Marshfield, said she hunts and works on construction projects and she wanted a dress that fit her personality.

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    Illinois men’s head coach John Groce took his team to the NCAA basketball tournament in his first season.

    Northwestern-area bar shuts doors to Illini

    The University of Illinois' plans to have coaches and others court fans at a bar near Northwestern's campus have been called off after Wildcats fans objected. The stop was to be part of the Fighting Illini Caravan promotional tour around the state.

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    A robocall against gay marriage features former state Sen. James Meeks, who is a minister in Chicago. In the message, Meeks says in his view “same-sex marriage should not be the law of the state of Illinois.”

    More robocalls against gay marriage

    A coalition of black ministers is launching another round of robocalls against gay marriage. The African-American Clergy Coalition's latest target is Rep. Eddie Lee Jackson of East St. Louis.

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    Andre Davis speaks with his mother on a cellphone after being released from the Tamms Correctional Center in Tamms last July. DNA evidence helped overturn his 1980 conviction in the rape and murder of a 3-year-old girl.

    Prosecutor won’t fight Chicago man’s innocence petition

    Champaign County's state's attorney will not oppose a 51-year-old Chicago man's petition asking a court to declare him innocent in a 1980 murder for which he spent more than 30 years in prison. State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Wednesday that she decided not to file an objection to Andre Davis petition because she isn't sure she could prove Davis guilty.

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    SIU professor alleges sex discrimination

    A Southern Illinois University assistant political science professor in Carbondale is accusing the university of sex discrimination, claiming she was wrongly passed over for tenure that ultimately went to three men.

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    Investigators gather evidence Thursday related to a fatal shooting Wednesday night at the Winetree Apartments along Pleasant Run Drive in Wheeling. Police say a 23-year-old man was shot to death.

    Wheeling shooting victim was “a good man,” family says

    Friends and relatives of 23-year-old Rafael Orozco said on Thursday that he was a good man and husband who was not the type to start trouble. Orozco was found shot to death Wednesday outside one of the buildings in the Winetree Apartments complex in Wheeling, where he lived for eight years. No one is in custody.

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    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joins Schaumburg officials to discuss joint road projects at the corner of Roselle and Schaumburg Roads in Schaumburg. The intersection will get new turn lanes this year as part of a cooperative effort between the village and county.

    Cook County, Schaumburg tout joint road projects for 2013

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and other county officials joined with their Schaumburg counterparts Thursday to mark this year's important collaborative road projects and celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Cook County Highway Department."This is a real opportunity for us to show off the good work the county does," Preckwinkle said.

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    Des Plaines railroad crossing closing Friday for repairs

    The Canadian National Railroad crossing at Woodlawn Avenue in Des Plaines will be closed for reconstruction starting at 8 a.m. Friday, May 3 through Tuesday, May 7. Motorists are advised to use caution and observe detour routes posted: Prairie Avenue to the south, First Avenue to the west, and Arlington Avenue to the east.

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    Maine Township seeks volunteers for rehab unit

    The Maine Township Fire Corp and Medical Reserve Corps programs are seeking volunteers to become members of their new First Responder REHAB Unit. Once trained, volunteers will be dispatched on a rotating basis to active incidents with area police and fire departments to provide responder rehabilitation.

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    Authorities released this sketch of a man wanted in connection with the attack on a 12-year-old girl near Des Plaines Wednesday.

    Girl attacked near Des Plaines, suspect at large

    Authorities are hunting for a man who attacked a 12-year-old girl near Des Plaines Wednesday evening. Cook County sheriff's officials said the girl fought her attacker and escaped from a wooded area near Golf Road and Interstate 294.

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    Devoted coffee drinkers will converge on Warrenville on Saturday, May 4, to learn about different coffees and coffee-making equipment during CoffeeCon 2013.

    CoffeeCon to celebrate morning favorite

    CoffeeCon returns to Warrenville Saturday to give consumers the opportunity to see and compare different coffees and coffee-making equipment. "I'm hoping that consumers will have better coffee the morning after," said Kevin Sinnott, the coffee expert who came up with the idea for the event.

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    Video streaming for Palatine meetings up and running again

    Not that the demand was great, but some people — newspaper reporters unable to attend meetings in person among them — will be happy to know that the village of Palatine's online video streaming is finally up and running again.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS/POST-CRESCENT MEDIA, Dan Powers During a moment of silence, Joan Olsen, left, and her daughter Emily Olsen embrace at the start of the Walk for Suicide Awareness in Kaukauna, Wis., Sept. 11, 2010. Joan and Emily were honoring Chris Olsen, who is Joan’s husband and Emily’s father. The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28 percent in the decade between 1999 and 2010, the government reported Thursday.

    U.S. suicide rate rose sharply among middle-aged

    The suicide rate among middle-aged Americans climbed a startling 28 percent in a decade, a period that included the recession and the mortgage crisis, the government reported Thursday. The trend was most pronounced among white men and women in that age group. Their suicide rate jumped 40 percent between 1999 and 2010.

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    Captain Nutrition greets students Thursday at Harriet Gifford Elementary School in Elgin as they head to the classroom to enjoy breakfast as part of the Breakfast in the Classroom program that is available at 10 U-46 schools this year.

    Breakfast in the classroom gets kids ready to learn

    More than 6,300 students at 10 schools in Elgin Area School District U-46 participate in the Breakfast in the Classroom program that expanded morning meal offerings to kids for the first time this year. Harriet Gifford Elementary School hosted a round-table discussion Thursday highlighting the benefits of the program. The Elgin school was one of 12 statewide to win the Illinois School Breakfast...

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    A home in Cumberland County, Ky, where a 2-year-old girl was shot by her 5-year-old brother with a gun designed for children. Investigators say the Tuesday shooting was accidental. The children’s mother was home at the time of the shooting Tuesday afternoon but had stepped out to the front porch for a few minutes and “she heard the gun go off,” Cumberland County Coroner Gary White said. He said the rifle was kept in a corner and the family didn’t realize a bullet was left inside it.

    Kentucky child shooting part of urban-rural gun debate

    In rural southern Kentucky, far removed from the national debate over gun control, where some children get their first guns even before they start first grade, the accidental shooting of a 2-year-old girl by her 5-year-old brother has stunned the community. "You start at a young age with guns for hunting and everything," said Cumberland County Coroner Gary White.

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    Rebecca Anderson of Glen Ellyn took her winning picture in Key West, Fla.

    Glen Ellyn photographer wins prize for colorful sunset

    Rebecca Anderson was enjoying dinner with her husband, Marty, when she saw it. Gazing out over the water from an outdoor table at Louie's Backyard Restaurant in Key West, Fla., the combination of the clouds and setting sun was producing a vivid display of changing colors, the kind of moment that sends visitors and chamber of commerce folks searching for new adjectives. "It was a beautiful sky...

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    Andrew Hipp, a senior research scientist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, has been named a 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar. The Fulbright funding will support a stay by Hipp in Antoine Kremer’s lab at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, INRA Bordeaux-Aquitaine.

    Scientist receives award for studying oak trees

    Andrew L. Hipp, senior research scientist at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, has been named a 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar. This is the first Fulbright awarded to a researcher at the arboretum. The Fulbright funding will support a stay by Hipp in Antoine Kremer's lab at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, INRA Bordeaux-Aquitaine, from January through May 2014.

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    Harper College aims to inspire 40-plus crowd

    Career coach Terri Lee Ryan defines life after age 40 as one big to-do list. Harper College will offer an escape from that daily grind with a free event aimed at inspiring adults through massages, performances and seminars from a variety of experts — including Ryan herself. The first "Inspire U" runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Wojcik Conference Center on Harper's main campus,...

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    Defendant Jodi Arias is charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing and shooting death of Travis Alexander, 30, in his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008.

    Prosecutor in Arias case set for closing arguments

    The prosecutor in Jodi Arias' murder trial was set to present closing arguments Thursday in a case that has captured headlines worldwide with lurid tales of sex, lies and a bloody killing. Arias faces a potential death sentence if convicted of first-degree murder in the June 2008 killing of her one-time boyfriend in his suburban Phoenix home.

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    James Everett Dutschke was scheduled to face his preliminary and detention hearings at the same time in the case involving ricin-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others.

    Poison-letters suspect faces detention hearing

    James Everett Dutschke was scheduled to face his preliminary and detention hearings at the same time in the case involving ricin-laced letters sent to President Barack Obama and others. Prosecutors were expected to urge he be held without bond on arguments that he poses a danger and a flight risk, as they did during his initial appearance Monday.

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    Protesters react as a police flash-bang grenade goes off during a May Day march that began as an anti-capitalism protest and turned into demonstrators clashing with police Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in downtown Seattle.

    Violence mars May Day rally in Seattle

    Supporters of immigration reform rallied across the nation on May Day in lively gatherings that were marred by a burst of violence in Seattle, where police fired pepper spray at rock-throwing protesters in clashes that left 17 people arrested.

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    Unique children require unique approaches to parenting

    Whether nature or nurture - or a combination of both - children quickly develop their own unique personalities. And often, our Ken Potts says, one style of parenting will not work as we try to guide each of our children.

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    Kenneth Bae, right, who was detained for nearly six months in North Korea, has been sentenced to 15 years of “compulsory labor” for unspecified crimes against the state, Pyongyang announced Thursday, May 2, 2013.

    N. Korea sentences U.S. man to 15 years of hard labor

    A Korean American detained for six months in North Korea has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor for "hostile acts" against the state, the North's media said Thursday — a move that could trigger a visit by a high-profile American if history is any guide.

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    Jeff Glazer guides his allergy-sniffing dog, Riley, through a dugout of a ball field before his team’s baseball game to ensure there are no peanut products or residue that could trigger his life-threatening allergic reactions. A new CDC survey suggests about 1 in 20 U.S. children have food allergies. That’s a 50 percent increase from the late 1990s.

    Parents see more food, skin allergies in children

    Parents are reporting more skin and food allergies in their children, a big government survey found. Experts aren't sure what's behind the increase. Could it be that children are growing up in households so clean it leaves them more sensitive to things that can trigger allergies? Or are mom and dad paying closer attention to rashes and reactions, and more likely to call it an allergy?

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    Farida, center, cries as she searches for her sister-in-law Fahima, seen in photographs. Just moments before Fahima was to be placed in one of the dozens of unmarked graves dug for victims of Bangladesh’s building collapse, Farida was able to claim and leave with her sister-in-law’s body.

    Bittersweet end for missing in Bangladesh collapse

    As she knelt beside the linen-wrapped body and looked at the dress that she herself had purchased, Farida's sobs of sorrow turned to tears of painful relief. She called her husband to speak the words she had been praying for during her week of searching: "I got her. I got her." Just moments before, she had stopped workers from placing the body of her beloved sister-in-law in one of the dozens of...

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    Relatives hold up portraits of many still missing from last week’s collapse of a garment factory building in Bangladesh. Rescuers found more bodies in the concrete debris of the collapsed garment factory building Thursday, bringing the toll to 430 confirmed dead. Another 149 people are still missing in what has become the worst disaster for Bangladesh’s $20 billion-a-year garment industry that supplies global retailers.

    Bangladesh building collapse toll rises to 433

    Rescuers found more bodies in the concrete debris of a collapsed garment factory building Thursday and authorities say it may take another five days to clear the rubble. In addition to the 433 confirmed dead, police report that 149 people are still missing in what has become the worst disaster for Bangladesh's $20 billion-a-year garment industry.

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    A damaged SAS Airbus A330 sits on the tarmac at Newark Liberty International Airport after clipping the wing of another aircraft on takeoff, Wednesday, May 1, 2013 in Newark, N.J. Federal Aviation Administration officials say no one was injured in the incident at about 7:30 p.m.

    2 airplanes about to take off clip at NJ airport

    Two airplanes taxiing while preparing for takeoff at Newark Liberty International Airport clipped each other, leaving one of the planes with a portion of its left wing ripped away. No one was injured when the planes touched around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at one of the nation's busiest airports, Federal Aviation Administration officials said.

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    A van carrying three college friends of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev drives away from the Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston, Mass., Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Dias Kadyrbayev, Azamat Tazhayakov and Robel Phillipos were arrested and charged with removing a backpack containing hollowed-out fireworks from Tsarnaev’s dorm room.

    For 3, bomb suspect’s friendship leads to charges

    Just hours before one of the Boston Marathon suspects and his brother allegedly gunned down a campus police officer, authorities say he exchanged a series of text messages with a friend who'd become suspicious after seeing what looked like a familiar face being flashed on television. Those texts set off a series of events that on Wednesday led to charges against three of the suspect's friends.

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    Hearing set for Aurora teen charged in terror sting

    An 18-year-old Aurora teen accused of seeking to join an al-Qaida-affiliated group in Syria will learn today if he must remain in jail as he awaits trial. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi is to appear today at a detention hearing in federal court in Chicago. Prosecutors plan to argue that the Aurora teenager poses a threat and should remain behind bars.

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    WGU Indiana to provide $100,000 in scholarships

    INDIANAPOLIS — WGU Indiana says it’s accepting applications for $100,000 in new scholarships in the largest such offering in the university’s history.WGU Indiana said Wednesday it will award 50 new scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each, or $500 per term for four terms.

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    Pence sets new rules for more ‘Sagamore’ awards

    INDIANAPOLIS — Many more residents are set to receive “Sagamore of the Wabash” designations under new Gov. Mike Pence.

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    New leader named for Indiana administration agency

    INDIANAPOLIS — An official from a Tennessee state agency has been picked as the new leader of Indiana’s Department of Administration.Gov. Mike Pence’s office says he has picked Jessica Robertson as the agency’s new commissioner. She replaces Robert Wynkoop, who left in April to become managing director of Purdue University’s business and finance office.

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    Selig to give commencement address at St. Norbert

    DE PERE, Wis. — Bud Selig will be the commencement speaker at St. Norbert College this month, and the Major League baseball commissioner will also receive an honorary degree.About 460 students will be graduating at the May 12 commencement ceremonies. That’s where Selig will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree for his contributions to baseball, St. Norbert and the community.

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    Robbins man charged in 2011 beating death

    A suburban Chicago man is charged with first-degree murder in the 2011 death of a man who was severely beaten the previous year.

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    Illinois commission urges students to apply for college

    A state commission that aims to make college more affordable is expanding a program for students working on college applications.

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    Illinois Lt. Gov. Simon pushing ethics reform package

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon says the General Assembly should take action on an ethics reform package before the legislative session ends.Simon spoke at a business luncheon downtown Chicago on Wednesday. She says lawmakers have many important issues to tackle before the session is scheduled to end May 31, but they “cannot allow ethics reform to fall to the wayside.”

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    Wisconsin officials warn of fake parking tickets

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin officials are alerting residents to invoices for fake parking tickets. The state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection says eastern and western parts of Wisconsin have seen reports of fake bills in the mail for nonexisting parking violations.

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    Wisconsin committee set to hold drunken driving hearing

    MADISON, Wis. — An Assembly committee has scheduled a hearing on a bill that would impose mandatory minimum sentences on drunken drivers.

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    T.J. Gleason, 5, enjoys a moment with his dad, Tim, at Corron Elementary School in South Elgin Wednesday. The elder Gleason, a sergeant in the Army National Guard, just returned from a deployment to Kuwait.

    Dawn Patrol: Fittest Loser announced; Senate OKs gambling plan

    Dawn Patrol: Carol Stream social worker sets Fittest Loser record. Senate OKs huge gambling plan. South Elgin soldier surprises son at school. Two firefighters injured in Crystal Lake blaze. DuPage flood cost estimates top $6.5 million. Arlington Hts. man gets 30 years for sexually abusing girls. Streamwood man pleads guilty to stalking child. Bulls to host Nets in Game 6 tonight. NHL confirms...

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    Wisconsin DNR: Reward offered in bear decapitation

    MADISON, Wis. — A Wisconsin game organization is offering a $500 reward for a tip that leads to a conviction in a bear poaching case in St. Croix (KROY) County.

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    Motorcycle groups join campaign to save lives

    SPRINGFIELD — Nearly 150 motorcyclists died in crashes last year in Illinois. In an effort to prevent accidents, motorcycle groups joined Wednesday in Springfield with the Illinois State Police and transportation officials to kick off a safety campaign.

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    440 pounds of unwanted medication collected

    The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago has collected 440 pounds of unwanted medication from Cook County residents. Police at three sites collected the medicine Saturday during the sixth national organized prescription drug take-back. They announced the collection results Wednesday.

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    Donald Harrison to headline Chicago Jazz Festival

    The headliners at this summer’s Chicago Jazz Festival are drummer Jack DeJohnnette, saxophonist Charles Lloyd, pianist Jason Moran and New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison. Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced the lineup Wednesday.

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    Decatur man to receive U.S. Army’s Soldier’s Medal

    DECATUR — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis will present a Decatur man with the U.S. Army’s Soldier’s Medal he earned nearly 70 years ago.Sgt. Fred Stolley will receive the award Thursday. The medal is the highest honor that a member of the U.S. Armed Forces can receive for a heroic action in a non-combat situation.

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    State funding for Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake continues to be a source of contention for leaders in surrounding Woodland Elementary School District 50.

    Woodland still pressing change in funding for state-approved charter schools

    Gurnee-based Woodland Elementary District 50 officials plan to continue calling attention to what they say is an unfair method of how state-approved charter schools are formed. District 50 officials have voiced concern about having to send state general aide to help pay for children attending Prairie Crossing Charter School in Grayslake, which amounts to about $3 million for the current academic...

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    This drawing by South Barrington 7th-grader Meg Mehta incorporates some of her favorite things into the Google home-page logo. One of 50 state winners, the 13-year-old needs online votes to become a national finalist in the Doodle 4 Google contest.

    Barrington doodler could see her art on Google homepage

    Most Americans are familiar with those imaginative doodles that grace the Google homepage each day. But in a suprise schoolwide assembly Wednesday, a girl at Barrington Middle School at Station Campus learned her artwork is a finalist in a nationwide contest to Doodle 4 Google.

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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.

Sports

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    Jackman gives Blues 2-1 win over Kings

    Defenseman Barret Jackman scored his first career playoff goal with 50.4 seconds remaining, lifting the St. Louis Blues to a 2-1 win over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings for the second straight time Thursday night.Jackman, a stay-at-home type who totaled three goals and 12 points in the regular season, joined a rush and scored in transition against Jonathan Quick, last year’s playoff MVP. He beat Quick from just inside the blue line for a 2-0 series lead heading to Los Angeles.The Blues capitalized on a stickhandling goof by Quick to win the opener on Alex Steen’s short-handed goal in overtime.Patrik Berglund’s deflection tied it early in the third period for St. Louis, which was swept by the Kings in the second round last season while getting outscored 15-6. Dustin Brown scored for the Kings, who’ll try to rebound in Game 3 Saturday night. The Kings led 3-0 in every playoff series last year and are down 2-0 in a playoff series for the first time since 2002, when they lost in seven games to Colorado.The Blues responded after coach Ken Hitchcock called a timeout with just under three minutes remaining. They have won eight in a row at home, allowing one goal in all eight games.Brown lost his edge on a drive to the net and barreled into Brian Elliott midway in the third period, leaving both players shaken up a bit. Brown recovered quickly enough to stay on for the ensuing faceoff.Berglund tied it at 3:44 of the third with his fourth career playoff goal, charging the net and having a rebound go off his skate and past Quick. He was skidding to a stop when Quick poke-checked a wrist shot by Alex Pietrangelo and it took less than a minute for the goal to be upheld on video review.Jaden Schwartz lured Quick out of the net on a break-in a little over a minute later, but didn’t get off a shot.Quick was bent over in pain for several seconds during warm-ups after stopping a shot, then left the ice early. The goalie also spent most of the national anthem bent over as if he were an NFL offensive lineman, but then busily went to work scratching the crease with no evidence he was hurt.The Kings got off to a much better start in Game 2, carrying the play most of the first period. They needed just 6 seconds to convert on a 5-on-3 advantage for their first lead of the series, with Jackman whistled for interference on the heels of a high-sticking call on Ryan Reaves.LA’s strong play carried over to the second period, with Quick making a nice glove save against Steen on the Blues’ lone shot on two power plays; Steen scored the Game 1 winner in overtime.The Kings threatened on break-ins by Brown and Justin Williams. Brown, among the league leaders with eight power-play goals, then deflected Brad Richards’ high wrist shot from the slot and the puck dropped to ice level and slid between Elliott’s pads at 9:55. Richards had two goals and three assists during the Kings’ three-game sweep of St. Louis in the regular season.NOTES: Blues penalty killer had to stop just two chances in Game 1, although it would have been three if Steen hadn’t pickpocketed Quick for the NHL’s first short-handed winner in overtime since Fernando Pisani of Edmonton against Carolina in the 2006 Cup finals, and the first in franchise history. ... Blues did not sell out either of the first two games, with attendance of 18,681 for Game 2 about 1,000 shy of capacity. ... Brett Hull, the Blues’ career leading goal scorer, was introduced to a huge ovation late in the second period.

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    White Sox relief pitcher Addison Reed delivers to the Texas Rangers in the ninth inning of a baseball game on Thursday in Arlington. Reed pitched around two of Chicago’s eight walks, striking out the side in the ninth for his 10th save and second in two nights. The White Sox won 3-1.

    Is this a turning point for the Sox?

    There was more bad injury news for the White Sox on Thursday, particularly on starting pitcher Gavin Floyd. But the Sox made due with what they had and beat the Texas Rangers, 3-1.

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    Is this a turning point for the Sox?

    There was more bad injury news for the White Sox on Thursday, particularly on starting pitcher Gavin Floyd. But the Sox made due with what they had and beat the Texas Rangers, 3-1.

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    DeRue comes through for College of Lake County

    Former Lakes High School pitcher Chris DeRue completed the regular season in stellar fashion for his College of Lake County baseball team. DeRue threw a complete-game shutout to lower his ERA 0.28, ranking him first in the nation for NJCAA D-2 schools.

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    St. Edward High School football coach Mike Rolando will be leading the Green Wave into a new conference, the Metro Suburban, beginning in 2014.

    St. Edward’s exit from the SCC another sign of the times

    We all know times have changed. There's evidence of it every day in every walk of life. The Upstate Eight Conference recently came full circle, in a manner of speaking, when it accepted West Aurora and Glenbard East to rejoin the league those schools were charter members of 50 years ago when the conference was formed. On Thursday, the official word came that St. Edward is among seven schools that have been accepted to join the Metro Suburban Conference in the fall of 2014, effectively bringing to an end one of the longest standing group of schools in the same conference anywhere in the state. Originally the West Suburban Catholic, then the Suburban Catholic, the league became the Suburban Christian Conference in 2009 when Aurora Christian, Walther Lutheran, Guerin, Chicago Christian and Wheaton Academy joined.

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    Nate Robinson of the Chicago Bulls, front, reacts after drawing contact on his chin from a Brooklyn Nets player in Game 6 of the first round playoff game at the United Center in Chicago, Thursday, May 2, 2013. With him are teammates Carlos Boozer, left, and Jimmy Butler.

    Images: Bulls vs. Nets, Game Six
    The Chicago Bulls returned to the United Center to face the Brooklyln Nets in game six of the first round of the playoffs. The Nets won 95-92, forcing a game seven on Saturday in Brooklyn.

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    Conant’s Kyle Bradberry passes the ball over Hersey’s Dan Rink during the Cougars’ 14-3 victory in the MSL championshipgame Thursday at Conant.

    Conant tunes up for postseason with MSL title

    Quality play has been a hallmark of coach Tim Daniel's boys water polo teams at Conant in recent seasons. So have heartbreaking losses, such as in the sectional semifinals last season against Schaumburg, and close calls that came up short in the Mid-Suburban West divisional races the last two seasons. All of which made Thursday's 14-3 victory over Hersey in the MSL championship game hosted by the Cougars just a little bit sweeter.

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    The Bulls' Nate Robinson (2) reacts after drawing contact from a Brooklyn Nets player as Carlos Boozer, rear left, and Jimmy Butler look on during Game 6 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series at the United Center. The Nets won 95-92.

    Bulls fall just short; series with Nets all tied up

    The Bulls' quest to close out their first-round playoff series against Brooklyn on Thursday played out like sort of the "Tough Mudder" version of postseason basketball. That's sort of an extended obstacle course/bonding exercise that's growing in popularity. The Bulls were carrying logs, crawling through dirt, trying to climb a steep hill on tired legs. On top of that, two of their teammates didn't make it to the starting line.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Rachel Hoffman, left of Napeville Central and Helen Majer of Wheaton Warrenville South run the 4x800 during the DuPage Valley Conference girls track finals Thursday.

    Push for points benefits WW South

    Wheaton Warrenville South senior middle-distance standout McKenna Kiple was commenting on her narrow win over Glenbard North junior star Simone Carr at 800 meters only moments after running the anchor leg of the Tigers' victorious 1,600-meter relay.

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    Smith leads Graylsake North past Evanston

    Boys lacrosseGrayslake North 9, Evanston 4: On Wednesday, the Knights improved to 9-4, as Ben Smith was all over the field with 6 groundballs while playing relentless defense all night. Eric York was fantastic in goal with 13 saves. Rounding out the defensive unit were Shane Pech, Ian Pearce, Kevin Carter and Jake Lamb. The offense was led by AJ Fish with 4 goals and 3 assists. He and Jack Mattea (2 goals, 2 assists) were all over the field, coach Brad Fish said. Logan Morita, Spencer Davis (2 goals) and Freddie Williams were solid, as was Tyler Lyon.

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    Wauconda rallies past Warren

    Ben Peterson provided some relief for Wauconda’s baseball team Thursday.The junior right-hander came out of the bullpen to throw 2 innings of scoreless ball and earn the win, as the Bulldogs rallied for two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh to defeat host Warren 7-5 in a North Suburban Conference crossover.Wauconda (12-4) got doubles from Austin Swenson, Luke Kenny and Nate Sarich. Swenson finished 2-for-3 with 3 RBI.Grayslake Central 6, Crystal Lake Central 4: The visiting Rams won their seventh straight game and did so in dramatic fashion.After Grayslake Central (18-8) defeated the Tigers in nine innings Tuesday, the Fox Valley Conference game ended with darkness looming as relief pitcher Ryan Dones induced a flyball to right fielder Justin Dooley with the tying runs on base to preserve the win.“I’m not sure how well Justin saw that ball as it was getting dark,” said GC coach Troy Whalen. “Our defense made some great plays today, and that’s what got us the ‘W.’ ”In addition to diving caches made by outfielders Dooley and Matt Loeffl, the Rams also got a boost from freshman catcher Sam Nozicka, who threw out 3 would-be base stealers.“He’s going to be fun to have around for four years, ” Whalen said. “He shows tremendous poise for a freshman.”Rams sophomore Jay Hoffman had 3 hits, while Ryan Fontana added 2 hits and 2 RBI. Jack Spicer tossed the first 4 innings to pick up his fourth victory of season. Spicer fanned three and walked two. Russell Lundius tossed 2 innings and Dones picked up the save.Lakes 9, Round Lake 0: Eric Kuhlmann (2-0) threw 5 innings of 2-hit ball, striking out seven and walking one in the North Suburban Prairie contest.Lakes (8-13, 4-3) was led offensively by Brad Borzick (2-for-3, double, 2 runs, stolen base), Justin Corona (2-for-3, double, 3 RBI) and Chase Slota (2-for-3, double, run).Vernon Hills 13, Grant 11 (9 innings): The Cougars needed only one inning to finish off the North Suburban Prairie contest, which was suspended after eight innings due to darkness Wednesday.Leadoff hitter Jordan Freibrun started things off in the Vernon Hills ninth with a single to right field and moved to second on Jake Boyer’s sacrifice bunt. With a 2-0 count, Tyler Feece laced a line-drive single up the middle to give the Cougars first and third. Feece stole second.It looked like reliever Simeon Lucas was going to wriggle out of the jam, as he struck out the next hitter and had two strikes on Dylan McNamara. But McNamara hung tough, fouling off a ball before he muscled an inside fastball over the third baseman’s head, scoring both Freibrun and Feece.That was enough for Nick Newman. Newman (3 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 7 K) picked up where he left off Wednesday, retiring all three batters he faced to seal the victory for the Cougars.

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    Fairweather drives Mundelein victory

    Lauren Fairweather homered, doubled and went 4-for-4, coming up a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, as Mundelein’s softball team defeated visiting Antioch 13-8 in a North Suburban Conference crossover Thursday.Haley Morelli was 2-for-3 with 4 RBI for Mundelein (18-4), and Hannah Bulgart also went 2-for-3. Bulgart and winning pitcher Erin Kennelly also doubled.Kaylene Ressler homered for Antioch.Lake Zurich 7, Lakes 2: Katie Brown was 3-for-3 with 2 runs scored, an RBI and a walk for the Bears in the North Suburban crossover.Lake Zurich (11-8) got 2 hits apiece from Maria Schroeder (3 RBI), McKenna Larson, Caty Grahf and Kaylee Grant (2 doubles). Mallory Parsons had a double and 2 RBI. Schroeder and Grahf had doubles as well.Grant 10, Lake Forest 0: Caitlyn Mortan pitched a 4-hit shutout for the Bulldogs in the North Suburban crossover.Jamie Reiser and Kayla Uhwat led Grant (12-6) at the plate, as each player went 3-for-5. Bri Drechler was 2-for-5.Grayslake North 6, Hampshire 5: The Knights prevailed in a game that was suspended on April 15.Nikki Livengood was 3-for-4 with a double, and Kelsey Borders doubled twice. Marli Kram also had 2 hits.Vernon Hills 14, North Chicago 0: On Wednesday, Izzy Cirone socked a solo home run, and Kristina Kliver went 3-for-3 with a triple and 2 RBI, as the Cougars improved to 3-9 and 3-3 in the North Suburban Prairie.Vernon Hills’ Steffany Froman was 2-for-3 with a triple and 4 RBI, and Jenn Claussen had a triple and 3 RBI. Kliver earned the win, pitching a five-inning complete game with 12 strikeouts.

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    Taj Gibson of the Chicago Bulls sits on the bench after drawing his sixth foul in Game 6 of the first round playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets at the United Center in Chicago, Thursday, May 2, 2013.

    Gutty effort goes for naught

    The Bulls lost Game 6 to the Nets but it might have been one of the best losses in the history of losses.

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    Remaining SCC schools left with uncertain future

    The question is, Now what? In the wake of the Metro Suburban Conference Board of Control's unanimous vote Wednesday to accept seven current Suburban Christian Conference schools effective the 2014-15 academic year, it leaves Montini, St. Francis, Marmion, Rosary, Aurora Christian and Marian Central taken by surprise and twisting in the wind.

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    Stevenson high jumper Jackie Setina gets a hug after making one of her jumps during the North Suburban Conference girls track meet Thursday at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire.

    Warren hangs on for NSC title

    Brittny Ellis wanted no part of a repeat for herself and her Warren track teammates.Libertyville senior Carly Stewart badly wanted to repeat her championship in the 800-meter run.And no one wanted a repeat of last year’s North Suburban Conference meet, when, with two events to go, lightning stopped all competition and eventually suspended the meet until the following day.The storms stayed west of Lincolnshire on Thursday night, and Warren weathered the high winds and its competition in the Stevenson-hosted NSC meet to post a winning 109 points, comfortably ahead of runner-up Lake Forest (75.5). Libertyville (65) edged NSC Prairie champ Lakes (64) for third, while Grant (63) was right behind in fifth.Warren, which won the Lake Division title during the regular season, was looking for redemption after a botched handoff in the 400 relay cost the Blue Devils the conference championship last year at Round Lake.“Definitely,” Ellis said. “That hurt us a lot last year.”Ellis started Thursday’s finals by anchoring the 400 relay (50.28), which also included leadoff-leg Marquesa Daniels, Brynn Santos and Autumn Santos. Ellis then sped to no-contest wins in the 100 (12.22), 200 (25.41) and 400 (57.84) dashes.“I did like that the wind was at your back for the backstretch because that helped push me,” said the speedy sophomore, who needs no help. “Especially on the last stretch of the 400, I was so tired.”Ellis and her teammates compete in the Class 3A Palatine sectional next Friday. She says she’ll probably run the 200, 400 and 400 relay.“Next week I just want to get amazing times to go down to state with,” said Ellis, the defending 400 meters state champ. “Hopefully the weather will be nicer.”An overjoyed Stewart was moved to tears after successfully defending her title in the 800.The Wildcats senior, who went to state in the race a year ago, posted a time of 2:17.78, breaking her own school record and edging Lake Forest star Helen Schlachtenhaufen (2:18.33). Schlachtenhaufen earlier anchored the Scouts’ winning 3,200 relay (9:46.10) and later ran to first place in the 1,600 (5:20.00).“This season I’ve been going a little slower,” said Stewart, who’s been sick this spring and was seeded third in the 800. “I knew that if I wanted to win and get (first place) again this year, I had to go. My coaches and I talked times before (the race) and I had to come around (the first lap) in 65 (seconds). But I came in at 68 (seconds). So I knew the second lap I just had to go. I gave it everything. It was much more than I expected.”As expected, Grant senior Melissa Dunham won the shot put (38-4.5) and discus (136-5), and Delaney Basala wowed with a runner-up finish to Ellis in the 400, but the Bulldogs suffered heartache in the 100 hurdles final. Top-seeded Julia Sangster was battling for the lead but clipped the penultimate hurdle and hit the track hard. She crawled under the last hurdle and limped to the finish line.She was disqualified, while Warren’s Jessica Gromala won with a time of 15.91. Grant’s Emily Troemel (16.12) was second.“I think the person next to me and I bumped legs,” said Sangster, who cut up the inside of her left leg and injured a finger on her right hand.“I just wanted to (finish and) do what I could,” she added. “I’m just a little disappointed.”A week after placing fifth in the 3,200 run at the Lake County meet, Mundelein senior Ellie Palacios cut 20 seconds and won the event in a season-best 11:06.05. She beat second-place finisher Rachel Shoemaker of Warren by three seconds.“Last week I just felt pretty tired because we had been doing a lot of workouts in preparation mostly for this meet and next week,” said Palacios, who stands just 5 feet 2 and will run at the University of Illinois. “I just took it out slowly (Thursday) because my coach told me he wanted me to run a certain pace and he wanted me to maintain a pace.”

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    Hayes strikes out 10 in shutout

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

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    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Sophomore Jared Ludwig pitched 5 strong innings to lead Dundee-Crown to a 5-2 nonconference victory against Westminster Christian in Carpentersville Thursday.Ludwig held the Warriors to an earned run on 4 hits and a walk and struck out a batter in 5 innings. Kyle DeAtley pitched a scoreless sixth inning and senior Ryan Suwanski retired the side in order in the seventh inning to earn the save. Junior Chase Block and sophomore Sam Ray drove in runs for Dundee-Crown (7-11).Pitcher Clay DeHaan allowed 5 runs, but only 1 was earned due to 3 errors by the Warriors. Tyler Mamrot went 3-for-3 with a triple, and Frank Anguilo drove in a run for Westminster Christian (7-8).Cary-Grove 4, McHenry 0: Brandon McCumber pitched a 4-hit shutout and went 2-for-3 at the plate with 2 doubles and a run batted in as the Trojans completed a 2-game Fox Valley Conference Valley Division sweep of the Warriors. Andrew Brierton and Matt Sutherland each drove in a run for Cary-Grove (16-5, 10-3). Losing pitcher Devon Gehrke allowed 5 hits and 2 walks in 6 innings for McHenry (15-10, 9-5).Johnsburg 5, Hampshire 3: The visiting Skyhawks erupted for 4 runs in the top of the sixth inning to upend the Whip-Purs in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division action. Reliever Brandon Bowen took the loss, allowing 4 runs, all unearned. Dillon Kuhn collected 2 hits for Hampshire (9-11).Batavia 6, Elgin 0: The Maroons were outhit 8-4 and committed 2 errors. Nick Turner (0-4) allowed 6 earned runs on 8 hits, struck out 3 and issued 2 walks for Elgin (6-15, 5-13).Geneva 3, Larkin 0: Visiting Geneva scored single runs in the third, fifth and seventh innings to win this Upstate Eight River contest in Elgin. Jack McCracken took the loss despite holding the Vikings to 3 runs (2 earned) on 7 hits in 7 innings. He struck out 3 and did not issue a walk. Niko Morado went 2-for-3 for Larkin (6-14, 3-13).Waubonsie Valley 7, Bartlett 0: Junior Tyler Hasper shut out the Hawks on 2 hits, and the Warriors roughed up Bartlett ace Colin Nowak for 6 earned runs on 6 hits in an Upstate Eight Valley official game called due to weather after five innings. Matt Vitulli doubled for Bartlett (12-7, 11-7).Huntley 6, Jacobs 3, suspended: Play was halted in the top of the fifth inning with two outs and the bases empty. Matt Sullivan doubled and drove in 2 runs, Kam Sallee was 1-for-2 with 2 RBI and pitcher Tommy Regan allowed 3 earned runs on 4 hits, walked 3 and struck out 2 in 3 innings for Huntley. Jacobs pitcher Nick Ledinsky lasted 2 innings. He allowed 3 earned runs on 3 hits, struck out 4 and issued a walk. Connor Conzelman doubled and drove in a run for Jacobs.Crystal Lake South 4, Prairie Ridge 1, suspended: CL South had just scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning when play was halted. Eric Schiller pitched 4 innings, allowing 1 unearned run on 5 hits. Tommy Gaede and Garrett Bright each drove in a run and Jake Bigos was 2-for-3 for CL South.South Elgin 2, Neuqua Valley 1, suspended: Neuqua Valley had a runner at first base with one out in the top of the third inning when this Upstate Eight Valley affair was suspended due to weather conditions. Storm starting pitcher Alex Wolfe allowed an unearned run on 2 hits. Joe Crivolio and Ryan Nutof drove in runs for South Elgin.Montini 4, St. Edward 2, suspended: This Suburban Christian Conference crossover in Elgin was suspended with two outs in the top of the fifth inning. Jacob Koehring, Tighe Koehring and Jake LaFrenz singled for St. Edward. Starting pitcher Scott Palmer allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 2 hits and 2 walks.

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    Palatine stays in MSL West hunt

    victory over visiting Hoffman Estates on Thursday. The game was called when the lightning detector sounded in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Pirates (12-7,6-2) had just scored 3 runs with out an out on a RBI double by Lauren Logan, RBI single by Grace Rohrwasser and RBI triple by Tori Walzak for the 8-0 lead.

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    Judson splits at CCAC tournament

    Judson splits at CCAC tourney: Judson opened the day with a 2-0 win over St. Francis but then lost to Olivet Nazarene 9-3 at the CCAC tournament. Brianna Tennyson threw a 6-hitter with 8 strikeouts and 3 walks for the Eagles in the St. Francis win. She was also 2-for-4 at the plate while Bri Di Giola had a home run and Shannon Nevins a double. Maddie Smith drove in a run. Against Olivet, Tennyson and Di Giola each had doubles for Judson and Allison Catlett had an RBI. Sarah Boyer was the losing pitcher. Judson (36-16) will play an elimination game against Robert Morris at 10 a.m. today.

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    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    McHenry 2, Huntley 1: Beth Parks scored Huntley’s goal in this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division loss. Jessica Galason had 2 saves in goal for the Red Raiders (14-3-1, 4-1).Richmond-Burton 1, Burlington Central 0: Taylor Martin made 5 saves but Burlington Central (15-2-1, 8-1-1) couldn’t find the back of the net in this Big Northern East showdown.Willows 2, Elgin Academy 0: Alysson Wittmeyer made 18 saves in goal for Elgin Academy (1-8-3, 0-5) in the Independent School League.

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    Football limits in Texas; spring sports snowed under in North Dakota

    A lot of the furor has subsided over a recent effort by members of the Illinois state legislature to place limits on the amount of constant contact in high school football practices. But don't start believing this is an issue which will quietly disappear around here. Especially since the one state almost synonymous with high school football is on the verge of enacting practice contact limitations. Nearly two weeks ago, the Texas University Interscholastic League's Medical Advisory Committee recommended a 90-minute limit on full-contact, game-speed practices in the regular season and postseason for its high school football programs. And the recommendation was unanimous.

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    Jacobs graduate Eric Verneisel was the Fox Valley all-area boys basketball captain for 2002-2003. He will be inducted into the Jacobs Athletic Hall of Fame this fall.

    Jacobs Hall of Fame to add five new inductees

    The Jacobs High School Athletic Hall of Fame committee recently selected its second class of former Golden Eagle athletes for induction into the Jacobs Athletic Hall of Fame. The induction will take place Sept. 20 with a dinner and special presentation during a home football game that night. John Bradshaw, LaShawna Canty Golden, Evan Jager, Kate Kelly and Eric Vierneisel will be inducted on that night.

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    Complete effort puts Stevenson among the elite

    Host Stevenson had to feel like it had a dark cloud hanging over its head for two-thirds of the boys gymnastics sectional meet it hosted Thursday night. But the Patriots never let the pressure get to them as they pulled through big-time in their final two events to capture the sectional championship, scoring 149.3 to edge a formidable Glenbrook North squad which finished at 147.8.

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    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Cary-Grove 7, Jacobs 6: Amy Clemment’s single drove in Erin Olson with the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning for Cary-Grove in this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game. Clemment was 3-for-4 with a 2 RBI for the Trojans (15-2, 6-1), while Jamie Deering was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Sarah Leudo 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Olson 2-for-4 with an RBI. Caitlyn Adams also drove in a run and Lisa Semro had a double. Amanda DeGroote picked up her first varsity win for the Trojans in relief of Lauren Stanley. Nicky Chapa was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Jacobs (10-9, 3-4) and Sarah Murray was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Jacquelyn Hengler added a triple for the Golden Eagles and Kelsey Peters suffered the loss in the circle.Grayslake North 6, Hampshire 5: In the completion of a suspended game, the Whip-Purs gave up a run in the top of the seventh to lose this FVC Fox contest. Jordan Hook was 3-for-4 with a double for Hampshire (6-14, 1-4) and Jen Hurst was the losing pitcher.Huntley 8, Dundee-Crown 1: Jessica Shields was 2-for-4 with 3 stolen bases and Katelyn Behrens went 2-for-3 with a triple to lead Huntley to an FVC Valley win. Randi Peterson also drove in a run for the Red Raiders (15-7, 3-5) and Haley Spannraft (11-7) threw a 5-hitter with 8 strikeouts and 2 walks for the win. Lauren Mercado was 2-for-4 and Lauren Girard 2-for-3 for Dundee-Crown (3-11, 0-6). Amanda Eissler was the losing pitcher.Chicago Christian 14, St. Edward 3: Kelly Theriault was 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI and Kali Kossakowski went 2-for-3 for St. Edward in the Suburban Christian Blue. Ryann Scully and Mariana Silva also had RBI for the Green Wave (9-10, 4-5) and Angela Zenteno was the losing pitcher.

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    The White Sox’s Tyler Flowers, second from right, is congratulated as he reaches the dugout following his three-run home run off Texas Rangers’ Justin Grimm in the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday in Arlington. The hit also scored Conor Gillaspie and Alexei Ramirez.

    Santiago, Flowers lead White Sox past Rangers

    Hector Santiago allowed two in five-plus innings filling in for Jake Peavy on Thursday night, Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat Texas 3-1, handing the Rangers their first series loss of the season.Flowers’ drive just inside the foul pole in left field was the third straight hit after Texas right-hander Justin Grimm (2-1) retired 10 in a row on the day he was named AL rookie of the month.Adrian Beltre’s homer in the second was the only hit through five innings against Santiago (1-1), who had six strikeouts and two walks in 5 1-3 innings. The left-hander made his first start of the season and fifth of his career after Peavy was scratched because of back spasms.

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    Aurora Central’s Jake McCarthy is safe on second base from Marmion’s Josh Meyers in the first inning on Thursday, May 2.

    Marmion rallies against Aurora Central Catholic

    While the rain has been a pain for pretty much every area baseball and softball team this spring, Marmion might have had the worst of it. The Cadets entered their Suburban Christian Conference crossover at home against Aurora Central Catholic Thursday with just 13 games on the season. When it rains on their home field, there's little the Cadets can do to get the game in.

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    Rosary, St. Francis can’t settle SCC yet

    It wasn't that Rosary and St. Francis didn't try to get Thursday's key Suburban Christian Conference match played. In fact the Royals and Spartans tried mightily to get their match at Glenbard South finished. But thunder and lightning and the prospect that those conditions would not relent eventually led to the match being stopped after two lengthy delays — though nearly 50 minutes of scoreless game play was finished before the match was finally stopped with 32:17 left in the second half.

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    Farina helps Fremd storm to victory

    After a half-hour lightning delay, Fremd's offense provided some thunder of its own Thursday against visiting Conant. The biggest blast was junior shortstop Leigh Farina's grand slam to center field with two outs giving the Vikings a 7-0 lead in the second inning. That held up as the final score in the five-inning contest called because of more lightning, rain, thunder and impending darkness.

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    Ovechkin helps Capitals beat Rangers 3-1 in Game 1

    Alex Ovechkin's franchise-record 31st career playoff goal got the Capitals started before less-heralded teammates Marcus Johansson and Jason Chimera scored 46 seconds apart, and Washington beat the New York Rangers 3-1 Thursday night in Game 1 of their first-round series.

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    Rolling Meadows maintains East edge

    Rolling Meadows earned a 25-18, 25-21 victory over Elk Grove on Thursday to improve 7-2 in the Mid-Suburban East and maintain a half-game lead over Prospect for the divisional lead.

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    Bulls forward Carlos Boozer, left, defends against Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans during the first half in Game 6 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago Thursday.

    Nets beat Bulls 95-92, force Game 7

    Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson each scored 17 points, and the Brooklyn Nets again avoided elimination, beating the short-handed Chicago Bulls 95-92 Thursday to tie their first-round series at 3.The series goes back to Brooklyn for Game 7 on Saturday. The winner gets Miami in the second round.The Bulls hung in until the end even though they were missing Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich.A layup by Nazr Mohammed cut the Nets’ lead to 93-92 with 25.2 seconds remaining.Nate Robinson then fouled Andray Blatche, who had missed a free throw only moments earlier. This time, he hit both to make it a three-point game with 19.2 seconds left.The Bulls had a chance to tie it, but Marco Belinelli missed a 3-pointer and Joakim Noah stepped out of bounds with about six seconds left.Chicago still had a chance, though.Noah tied up Williams after the inbounds, resulting in a jump ball with 3.6 seconds left.Johnson controlled the ball, and the Nets hung on.Gerald Wallace added 15 points as Brooklyn won its second straight. Only eight NBA teams have come back from a 3-1 deficit to win a best-of-7 series, but the Nets are in position to do just that.

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    Palatine slugs past Hersey

    Palatine lashed out for 18 hits to take an 8-5 Mid-Suburban League crossover victory over host Hersey on Thursday.

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    Elgin Athletic Director Paul Pennington, second from left, talks on the phone under ominous clouds as coaches gather to make a decision about trying to continue after more than one weather delay Thursday at the Upstate Eight Conference girls track meet at Memorial Field at Elgin High School.

    Upstate Eight girls meet postponed until Friday

    Due to inclement weather and safety concerns, the Upstate Eight Conference girls track and field meet was postponed Thursday night and will resume Friday at 4:30 p.m. at Memorial Field in Elgin. Elgin Athletic Director Paul Pennington and the UEC track coaches met five times in a span of an hour after the first lightning strike occurred around 5:45 p. m. and agreed that it was in the best interest of the student-athletes to keep them safe and postpone the meet.

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    Former St. Patrick players celebrate Burger’s 80th birthday

    For the young-uns out there the name Bob Burger may not register. To St. Charles High School graduate and basketball star Jeff Howard, Burger was the closest thing to John Wooden.

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    FVC girls track meet postponed to Monday

    The Fox Valley Conference girls track meet at Grayslake Central was postponed Thursday evening due to lightning in the area.

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    Anderson makes 48 saves in Senators’ 4-2 win

    Craig Anderson made 48 saves in a spectacular goaltending performance as the Ottawa Senators beat the Montreal Canadiens 4-2 Thursday night in Game 1 of their playoff series.

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    Herbstritt gets win for Naperville North

    DuPage baseball roundup

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    Burlington Central closing in on conference title

    Not many game-winning rallies have started with a strikeout. But a whiff was the key play for Burlington Central Tuesday. Emily Kisch tossed a complete game and Courtni Neubauer had 3 hits as Central downed Richmond-Burton, 5-3, in Big Northern East softball action on Rocket Hill.

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    Fishing’s good business for Minnesota

    It's really no surprise at all, since fishing is a tremendous cash-cow business in Minnesota. According to a new survey data released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the anglers who enjoy Minnesota's sky-blue waters are a powerful engine for the state's economy.

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    Lake Zurich slugger Nick Jones hit 6 home runs last week alone.

    The joke’s on Lake Zurich’s joltin’ Jones

    It was all getting a bit too routine, which seems funny to say about watching home run baseballs being driven over the outfield fence with authority. But after so many of them, Anthony Drago and his Lake Zurich teammates were ready to change up their own routine. Instead of greeting Nick Jones at home plate with cheers and high-fives after yet another of his homers for the Bears, they sat motionless in the dugout, quiet and ho-hum. "We were giving Nick the silent treatment," Drago laughed. "We were just messing with him. I mean, going out to home plate like we usually do was getting old. We needed to do something different. We had already been out there two other times that game already."

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    Although he got knocked off his skates here, Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and Duncan Keith had the upper hand against the Minnesota Wild’s top line in Game 1, holding them scoreless.

    Hawks, Wild ready for Game 2 adjustments
    The playoffs are when you need your best players to be your best players, and the Blackhawks shut down Minnesota's top line of Mikko Koivu, Zack Parise and Charlie Coyle in Game 1. Players for both teams agree that making the adjustments for Game 2 will be a key to winning Friday night.

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    Hawks kept their cool in opener

    The Blackhawks easily could've gotten frustrated by the Wild's tight play in the opener, but they didn't and that proved the difference in their overtime win, according to our Blackhawks expert Troy Murray.

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    Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux, shown here riding Sacristy at Gulfstream Park last January, will be racing at Arlington International this season.

    Desormeaux eager for new challenge at Arlington

    Kent Desormeaux knows what some people have been saying lately, that he hasn't been as focused as he once was. He's heard it. And this summer at Arlington International, the 43-year-old Hall of Famer hopes to prove all the naysayers wrong."I can't wait to show the world that I'm not done," Desormeaux said.

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    Patrick Sharp, left, who missed 20 of the Blackhawks’ 48 regular-season games because of a shoulder injury, is hoping to play a key role in the playoffs.

    Sharp working overtime to sharpen his skills

    It has been a frustrating season for Patrick Sharp.Missing 20 of the Blackhawks’ 48 games in the regular season with a left shoulder injury, Sharp is hoping things go better in the playoffs. He was still on the ice by himself a good 30 minutes after practice Thursday working on his shot.“I haven’t played a whole lot of games this year so I’m excited to get back and just kind of rejoin the team,” Sharp said. “We have a great team and they’ve kind of made it easy on me to fit back in the lineup and I want to make sure I’m playing my best just like everybody else is.”Sharp is so much more than just a goal scorer on this Hawks team.“He gives us some skill and he has the ability to create, be it off the rush or in zone,” said Hawks coach Joel Quenneville. “He’s a threat to score when he’s out there. He’s an experienced guy, a veteran guy who leads us in some ways.”Sharp thinks the Hawks need to get off to a better start in Game 2. They played a sloppy first period in Game 1 — yet they won 2-1 in overtime.“Chalk it up to playoff hockey,” Sharp said. “There aren’t going to be too many easy games or easy opportunities to score. We feel comfortable playing that kind of game. We’ve proved we can be successful playing that way. We know what we’re in for.”Third line comes up big:The Hawks’ third line of Andrew Shaw, Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg made a all the difference in Game 1.Not only did Bickell get the winning goal in overtime set up by Stalberg, the line combined for 12 hits, led by Shaw’s 7.“We don’t think too much,” Stalberg said. “We just go out and play hard and try to do everything we can to gain momentum or keep momentum.”The line has basically been together all season, a rarity for the Hawks.“It’s probably a good sign of confidence from the coaches that they’ve kept the line together,” Stalberg said.“They all seem to have lots of chemistry,” Joel Quenneville said. “But I think they have improved the defensive part of their game and that’s why they’re in the offensive zone more.”Pick up the pace:The Hawks hope to play at a better pace in Game 2 than on Tuesday when they got caught up in Minnesota’s sluggish style.“I think we want to rev up the pace a little bit and start playing a little faster and more like we did throughout the year,” Patrick Kane said. “If we do that, I think we’ll have good success.“Sometimes you think too much that it’s playoff hockey and maybe we were a little bit excited and nervous in here. You’ve almost got to treat it like any other game and play our pace.”Wild things:Right wing Jason Pominville (concussion) didn’t make the trip back with the Wild. ... Goalie Niklas Backstrom did make the trip but remains day to day with a lower body injury. ... Defenseman Clayton Stoner, who played only eight minutes in the opener, accompanied his teammates back to Chicago but is doubtful for Game 2.

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    San Diego Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko, top, turns a double play after forcing Chicago Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo at second during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Chicago. The Cubs’ Alfonso Soriano was out at first.

    Cubs’ Sveum continues to tinker with lineups

    With the Cubs having a hard time scoring runs, manager Dale Sveum is trying to get creative by platooning and juggling his lineup. For the last two games, Starlin Castro has moved from second in the order to fifth.

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    WIU football coach coming to Geneva

    MACOMB — Western Illinois head football coach Bob Nielson will hold a meet-and-greet session with Leatherneck football alums at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the FoxFire Restaurant in Geneva.

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    Although he got knocked off his skates here, Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and Duncan Keith had the upperhand against the Minnesota Wild's top line in Game 1, holding them scoreless.

    Hawks, Wild ready for Game 2 adjustments

    The playoffs are when you need your best players to be your best players, and the Blackhawks shut down Minnesota's top line of Mikko Koivu, Zack Parise and Charlie Coyle in Game 1. Players for both teams agree that making the adjustments for Game 2 will be a key to winning Friday night.

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    Cubs right fielder Julio Borbon, right, fails to catch a shallow pop fly off the bat of San Diego Padres’ Yonder Alonso in the eighth inning as second baseman Darwin Barney falls to the turf Thursday at Wrigley. The Cubs lost 4-2.

    Cubs waste solid performance by Wood

    The Cubs have made a habit in the young season of frittering away quality starts, so why should Thursday have been any different? Lefty Travis Wood looked on his way to pitching the Cubs' second complete-game victory in two days until the defense fell apart."Basically, he was a missed popup away from pitching 8 shutout innings," said Cubs manager Dale Sveum, whose team fell to 11-17. "Getting the loss was a shame."

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    Along with his hitting and scoring, Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell was a force against the Minnesota Wild in Game 1 of their first-round playoffs series.

    Bickell looks back on big hit, big goal, big start

    A big goal. A big hit. All in all it was a big night for Blackhawks forward Bryan Bickell, who talks about his playoff performance in the opener.

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    Bullpen stint helps Carmel’s Ryan in the long run

    Matt Ryan can throw curve balls, and so can life. Earlier this spring, life threw Ryan a curve ball that he definitely wasn't expecting. Ryan entered his senior year at Carmel expecting to be the baseball team's ace. He won 6 games on the mound last season as a junior with 50 strikeouts and a 1.94 earned run average. He signed to play college ball with St. Louis University over the off-season and he was ready to finish out his prep career with a bang. At 4-0, which includes a recent win over powerhouse Joliet Catholic, Ryan is certainly on his way. But his storybook swan song comes only after a humbling and delayed start.

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    Chicago Cubs right fielder Julio Borbon, right, is unable to catch a shallow pop fly off the bat of San Diego Padres' Yonder Alonso, scoring Jesus Guzman, as second baseman Darwin Barney falls to the turf during the eighth inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Missed fly ball by helps boost Padres over Cubs

    Yadier Alonso's two-out fly ball to right field dropped in front of Julio Borbon for an RBI single that led to a four-run eighth inning and boosted the San Diego Padres over the Chicago Cubs 4-2 Thursday for a four-game series split.

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    Glenbard North's Justin Jackson heads for the end zone after catching a touchdown pass during Saturday's class 8A football playoff semifinal against Loyola Academy.

    Grades, talent make Glenbard North's Jackson worth wait

    When college football recruiters travel to Carol Stream to meet with Glenbard North football coach Ryan Wilkens, they seek two things: game film and a transcript of grades.In both cases, they inevitably fall in love with Justin Jackson.

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    Girls track: Scouting the Mid-Suburban League meet

    Here's a look at Friday's Mid-Suburban League girls track meet hosted by Schaumburg.

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    Nadine Thompson and her daughter Savannah warmed to the opportunity to try for brown trout along Government Pier in Waukegan.

    Warming up to new friends on an old pier

    Finally, mild weather, and the opportunity to sample some great shorefishing on Lake Michigan along Government Pier in Waukegan.

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    2 more Bears draft picks agree to deals

    Two morek rookies, linebacker Khaseem Greene and wide receiver Marquess Wilson, have agreed to four-year contracts with the Chicago Bears, team officials announced Thursday.

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    Rush looks to extend winning streak

    The Chicago Rush (4-2) returns to the Allstate Arena Saturday night to face off against the Philadelphia Soul (2-3) at 7 p.m., marking the Soul's first visit since 2011.

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    Dundee-Crown to induct 5 into Hall of Fame

    The Dundee-Crown Athletic Hall of Fame has announced it will induct four former athletes and one former coach as its 2013 induction class. Melissa Tarrant Haugens, Roger Warren, Kevin Kepp, Chris Jensen and Mike Steinhaus will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony early next school year.

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    Mike North video: Hawks Need to Win the Cup

    The Blackhawks have had a great year, but they need to win the Stanley cup to prove just how good they really are. The lockout hurt their historical significance. Mike North thinks the Pittsburgh Penguins against the Blackhawks in the finals would be awesome since it hasn't happened in over 8 years.

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    Vogelbach’s RBI hit in 10th rallies Cougars

    Kane Count Cougars game report:Kane County blew a 3-run lead in the ninth inning, but Dan Vogelbach delivered a walk-off RBI single to center as the Cougars beat the Bowling Green Hot Rods 5-4 in 10 innings Wednesday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

Business

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    The former Alemar’s Restaurant near Palatine is getting transformed into a new eatery.

    New restaurant planned at former Alemar’s near Palatine

    Nearly five years after Alemar's served its final meal, there are signs of life again in the vacant building at Dundee and Quentin roads near Palatine. Long Grove restaurateur Tom Coutretsis has bought the space at 795 W. Dundee Road with plans for a yet-to-be-named restaurant.

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    Penny Pritzker is Obama’s final pick to fill vacancies among Cabinet secretaries in his second term. The Commerce post has been vacant since last summer, when former Secretary John Bryson resigned after he said he suffered a seizure that led to a series of traffic collisions.

    Obama to tap Pritzker, Froman for economic jobs

    President Barack Obama on Thursday chose two old friends with corporate executive experience for top posts on his economic team, naming longtime fundraiser Penny Pritzker as Commerce secretary and adviser Michael Froman as U.S. Trade Representative.

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    U.S. stocks rose, erasing Wednesday’s decline in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as the European Central Bank cut its key interest rate and American jobless claims unexpectedly fell.

    Stocks gain after unemployment claims fall

    The stock market is all about jobs this week. Stocks rose Thursday after unemployment claims fell to a five-year low. A day earlier it was just the opposite; the market slumped after companies added just 119,000 jobs in April, the fewest in seven months, according to payroll processor ADP. And stocks could swing again Friday when the government's closely watched monthly employment report is released.

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    DAILY HERALD Could Americans be losing their fascination with texting? The number of texts sent was down 5 percent last year from 2011.

    Sore thumbs? U.S. text messaging declines

    Americans are saying goodbye to text messaging, a wireless industry group says, as Internet-based applications such as Apple's Messages are starting to taking over from what was once a cash cow for phone companies.

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    Eddie Lampert became Sears CEO in February after Lou D’Ambrosio stepped down after less than two years for a family health matter. Lampert is now the retailer’s fifth chief executive since he combined Kmart and Sears Roebuck eight years ago.

    Lampert reaps cheers at Sears meeting amid sales declines

    This year, Eddie Lampert stood alone. At the Sears Holdings Corp. annual meeting in Hoffman Estates on Wednesday, he faced shareholders for the first time as the company's chief executive officer, as well as its chairman, majority shareholder, and engineer of the merger of Kmart Holdings Corp. and Sears Roebuck & Co. eight years ago.

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    Intel has chosen COO Brian Krzanich as its new CEO to steer the world’s largest chipmaker in a world where PC sales are cratering while smartphones and tablets thrive.

    Intel taps COO Krzanich as chipmaker’s next CEO

    Intel said Thursday that it has chosen its chief operating officer, Brian Krzanich, as its new CEO. He will steer the world's largest chipmaker in an era where PC sales are cratering while smartphones and tablets thrive.

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    The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in March for a second month as the daily flow of imported crude oil dropped to the lowest level in 17 years. The deficit with China hit a three-year low.

    U.S. trade deficit falls to $38.8 billion in March

    The U.S. trade deficit narrowed in March for a second month as the daily flow of imported crude oil dropped to the lowest level in 17 years. The deficit with China hit a three-year low. The overall trade deficit decreased to $38.8 billion, an 11 percent drop from February's $43.6 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

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    U.S. worker productivity barely grew from January through March after shrinking in the final three months of 2012. Weak productivity growth could prompt employers to hire more if consumers and businesses continue to increase spending.

    U.S. worker productivity rises just 0.7 pct. in Q1

    U.S. worker productivity barely grew from January through March after shrinking in the final three months of 2012. Weak productivity growth could prompt employers to hire more if consumers and businesses continue to increase spending.

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    The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to seasonally adjusted 324,000, the lowest since January 2008. The drop points to fewer layoffs and possibly more hiring.

    U.S. jobless claims fall to 5-year low of 324K

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid fell last week to seasonally adjusted 324,000, the lowest since January 2008. The drop points to fewer layoffs and possibly more hiring.

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    Buffett says women key to nation’s prosperity

    Billionaire Warren Buffett is optimistic about America's economic future because the nation has begun to unleash the potential of women. Buffett's views on the role of women appeared online Thursday in an editorial he wrote for Fortune magazine.

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    Federal health regulators are deciding whether triclosan, the germ-killing ingredient found in an estimated 75 percent of anti-bacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold in the U.S. is harmful. The ruling, which will determine whether triclosan continues to be used in household cleaners, could have broader implications for a $1 billion industry that includes hundreds of anti-bacterial products from toothpaste to toys.

    Decade-old question: Is anti-bacterial soap safe?

    It's a chemical that's been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, from the body wash in your bathroom shower to the knives on your kitchen counter to the bedding in your baby's basinet. But federal health regulators are just now deciding whether triclosan — the germ-killing ingredient — is ineffective, or worse, harmful.

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    The average U.S. rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage fell to a new record low last week, and the rate on the 30-year fixed loan declined. Cheaper mortgages have encouraged more home-buying and refinancing.

    U.S. rate on 15-year mortgage at record 2.56 pct.

    The average U.S. rate on the 15-year fixed mortgage fell to a new record low last week, and the rate on the 30-year fixed loan declined. Cheaper mortgages have encouraged more home-buying and refinancing.

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    Tellabs board names Tobkin chairman

    Vincent H. Tobkin has been named chairman of the board of directors of Tellabs, succeeding Tellabs co-founder Michael J. Birck, who retired because of health issues.

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    Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it’s adding 2,000 workers to the Missouri plant that makes the F-150 pickup because of surging U.S. truck demand. The company plans to add a shift with 900 workers in the third quarter of this year to make pickups. That’s in addition to the 1,100 workers Ford will hire to make the new Transit van. Those workers will start in the fourth quarter.

    Ford adding 2,000 workers to Missouri plant

    Ford Motor Co. said Thursday that it's adding 2,000 workers to the Missouri plant that makes the F-150 pickup because of surging U.S. truck demand. The company plans to add a shift with 900 workers in the third quarter of this year to make pickups. That's in addition to the 1,100 workers Ford will hire to make the new Transit van. Those workers will start in the fourth quarter.

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    This undated image made available by Teva Women’s Health shows the packaging for their Plan B One-Step (levonorgestrel) tablet, one of the brands known as the “morning-after pill.” The Obama administration’s decision to appeal a court order lifting age limits on purchasers of the morning-after pill set off a storm of criticism from reproductive rights groups, who denounced it as politically motivated and a step backward for women’s health.

    Women’s groups decry appeal on morning-after pill

    The Obama administration's decision to appeal a court order lifting age limits on purchasers of the morning-after pill set off a storm of criticism from reproductive rights groups, who denounced it as politically motivated and a step backward for women's health.

Life & Entertainment

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    Earl Carpenter and Katie Hall star in the U.K. tour of “The Phantom of the Opera.” The newly conceived tour will play the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago in early 2014.

    New ‘Phantom of the Opera’ tour to be staged next year
    A new tour and production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's blockbuster musical "The Phantom of the Opera" is set to play Chicago's Cadillac Palace Theatre from Wednesday, Jan. 22, through Sunday, March 2, 2014.

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    TobyMac’s Hits Deep Tour plays the Sears Centre Arena on Nov. 23.

    TobyMac to play Sears Centre
    TobyMac bring his Hits Deep Tour to the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, Nov. 23. On the bill are Brandon Heath, Mandisa, Jamie Grace, Colton Dixon, Chris August and more.

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    Home inspector: Tenant gets bedroom with no window

    Q. I just rented a bedroom in a 5-bedroom apartment. I initially put down a deposit for one of the larger bedrooms, one that had windows. But when I moved in, the only bedroom that hadn't been rented was the one with no window. I don't want to live there, but I can't afford to lose my deposit. Is it legal for someone to rent a room with no window?

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    The casket for country music legend George Jones lies in the Grand Ole Opry House before his funeral Thursday in Nashville, Tenn.

    Music City mourns country legend George Jones

    For a guy who sang so many sad songs, George Jones left behind a lot of laughs. There was more humor than sadness at Jones' funeral Thursday at the Grand Ole Opry House as thousands gathered in Nashville — some arriving hours before sunrise — to pay their respects to the man whose voice has defined country music for more than half a century.

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    Johnny Depp as Tonto, Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger, director, Gore Verbinski and producer, Jerry Bruckheimer, on the set of “The Lone Ranger.”

    Studios go direct to fans for social-media boost

    Sometimes you just can't wait for Comic-Con — whether you're a fan or a filmmaker. With the summer movie season now beginning in early May ("Iron Man 3" opens Friday), studios are co-opting the July pop-culture convention's model of stoking interest in anticipated films by bringing sneak-peeks of new material directly to super fans, who then, it is hoped, spread their enthusiasm via word-of-mouth and social media.

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    Actress Lindsay Lohan’s lawyer Mark Jay Heller has told a judge at a hearing that Lohan had checked into a rehab facility per a judge’s orders.

    Lindsay Lohan checks into rehab

    Lindsay Lohan's lawyer says the actress has checked into a rehab facility, but it remains unclear whether a judge will accept her placement there. Attorney Mark Jay Heller told LA Superior Court Judge James R. Dabney that Lohan had checked into a rehab, but prosecutors have not signed off on the facility.

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    Actress Reese Witherspoon recalls that she panicked and said “crazy things” the night she was arrested in Atlanta on a disorderly conduct charge.

    Witherspoon apologizes for behavior during arrest

    Actress Reese Witherspoon recalls that she panicked and said "crazy things" the night she was arrested in Atlanta on a disorderly conduct charge. During an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America," Witherspoon repeatedly apologized for her behavior during the April 19 traffic stop.

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    Dean (Zac Efron), left, is greeted by his dad, Henry (Dennis Quaid), while his mom (Kim Dickens) awaits in the dense farm drama “At Any Price.”

    'At Any Price' digs deep

    Dann Gire reviews Ramin Bahrani's new drama "At Any Price," shot in Illinois and Iowa with lots of local talent. The story is as much about the dehumanization of the American farming community as it about Dennis Quaid's character mishandling the priorities of his own soul. Dann also interviews Quaid and the director to find out how the star wound up in this film. The answer is Ellen DeGeneres.

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    The Weeks' “Dear Bo Jackson”

    The Weeks hit hard with 'Dear Bo Jackson'

    Here's more proof Nashville, Tenn., is saving rock 'n' roll one band at a time: The Weeks. The mostly Mississippi quintet moved to Nashville a few years ago after putting out a few promising albums, signed with Kings of Leon imprint Serpents and Snakes Records, and have been polishing the music and enhancing the songs on "Dear Bo Jackson" till they shine.

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    Local theater: ‘Trumbo’ performed
    Northligh Theatre premieres Bruce Graham's "Stella & Lou" starring Rhea Perlman and Francis Guinan; Provision Theatre presents a new adaptation of "Spoon River Anthology" and Frank Ferrante brings Groucho to the Metropolis stage this week in Chicago area theater.

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    “The Heart of the Matter” by Jane Monheit

    Monheit sings from the heart on new album

    Jane Monheit sometimes seemed detached from the material on her earlier albums as she overemphasized her jazz chops to try to live up to the hype surrounding her. On her 11th release, "The Heart of the Matter," a more mature Monheit harnesses her impressive vocal technique to emphasize the lyrical content and deliver heartfelt interpretations of songs such as a Beatles' medley "Golden Slumbers/Long and Winding Road" and Randy Newman's "When She Loved Me."

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    Hymn for Her, “Lucy & Wayne’s Smokin Flames”

    Hymn for Her light a fire on ‘Flames’

    Lucy Tight's cigar box guitar is the Devil, whispering sinful thoughts in your ear. Tight, half the husband-wife duo Hymn for Her, does more with three strings and a slide than most guitarists can with six strings. Combine that with the quirky sense of humor and songcraft she shares with Wayne Waxing, who plays kick drum and an acoustic guitar or banjo throughout, and you've got yet another rockin' lightning-strike two-piece outfit to check out.

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    Editorial: Update the teen drug abuse conversation

    A Daily Herald editorial calls for a stronger message from both parents and the community about the dangers of prescription drug abuse.

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    Nate Bell doesn’t know Boston

    Columnist Gene Lyons: For President Obama, black's an ethnicity people make it hard to resign from. Even so, all demands for racial and ethnic groupthink are inherently crippling. All racial arguments are reactionary — signs not of strength, but weakness. It's not merely possible to honor one's heritage without denigrating anybody else's; to me, it's the essence of Americanism.

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    As pension debate heats up more, forum was timely start

    Columnist Jim Slusher:The panelists and the audience at our recent forum on pensions proved it is possible to have a civil and engaging conversation about the topic. In any well-functioning democracy, that's a start.

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    Tequila, with love

    Columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr.: For Cinco de Mayo this year, I recommend a tequila that lets you savor a son's love for his father. The liquor will fill your glass. But the story behind it will fill your soul.

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    Civility gone with rise of GOP haters
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Republicans and Democrats have never been heart friends. But there was always civility and respect. That is, until 2008. "Hope and change." That was the Democrats' rallying cry in that election year. Well, the country got change along with a Democratic president.

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    Gun rights are not unlimited
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Any senator and any United States citizen who opposes background checks and other responsible gun restrictions will have blood on his hands when the next mass shooting occurs. Those who oppose these laws do not understand that they have been manipulated and lied to by the NRA and the gun lobby, which play on their worst fears.

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    Check your food beyond FDA approval
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Do Americans know exactly what it takes for food to be approved by the FDA? My guess is they don't. I am in awe about how many people do not investigate what they consume and just trust the FDA's approval.

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