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    David Beckmann

    Police: Roselle man sexually abused peacock

    DuPage County authorities say a Roselle man sexually abused his pet peacock, which later was found dead in his garage. David Beckmann, 64, of 645 E. Devon Ave., was charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty after Roselle police said they learned about the abuse and subsequent death of the bird, named Phyl, while investigating another crime.

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    Reggie Cortez

    Bond set for two charged after knife fight in Elgin

    Two men charged in an early Friday morning knife fight in Elgin were transferred to Kane County jail Saturday after a judge set high bail amounts for both. A 14-year-old Elgin boy who is also a suspect remains in the Kane County Youth Detention Center.

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    Rebecca Cavanaugh rides in a canoe pushed by her aunt, Tina Dace of Evanston, and her sister, Robin, as they leave the flooded Big Bend neighborhood in Des Plaines last month.

    Local officials welcome federal disaster designation

    Local officials Saturday welcomed President Barack Obama action declaring suburban counties hit by heavy flooding last month federal disaster areas, saying it will help the recovery. "There are many of our residents who don't even have flood insurance, and this is going to help them out," said Lisle Mayor Joe Broda. "We were keeping our fingers crossed that we would, in fact, qualify because it's...

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    A poster of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos is on display last Sunday at town center in Ilocos Norte province, northern Philippines.

    Seeking re-election, Imelda extends Marcos dynasty

    The Marcoses are among the most prominent of at least 250 political dynasties or families that have monopolized power across the Philippines. Such dynasties are prohibited under the 1987 constitution, but Congress — long controlled by members of powerful clans targeted by the constitutional ban — has failed to pass the law needed to define and enforce the provision.The current...

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    Stevenson HS administrator named new Wheeling HS principal

    Wheeling High School will be headed by a new principal next year, according to a news release issued by Northwest Suburban High School District 214. Angela Sisi, director of student services at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, was appointed principal of Wheeling High School during a special school board meeting Thursday.

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    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney during his daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Friday, May, 10, 2013. Carney responded on Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky, calling on top-to-bottom review of the Obama administration after the IRS admitted that it had targeted conservative groups during the 2012 election.

    IRS apologizes for targeting tea party groups

    The Internal Revenue Service is apologizing for what it acknowledges was "inappropriate" targeting of conservative political groups during the 2012 election to see if they were violating their tax-exempt status. IRS agents singled out dozens of organizations for additional reviews because they included the words "tea party" or "patriot" in their exemption applications, Lois Lerner, who heads the...

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    Jeffrey Sterner is loaded into the back of an ambulance to be taken to Northwest Community Hospital for evaluation at the conclusion of a May 4 police standoff in downtown Arlington Heights.

    Arlington Hts. man charged in standoff with police

    Authorities Friday filed charges against an Arlington Heights man whose standoff with police last week in a downtown Arlington Heights condominium resulted in a massive police presence to protect people in the area. Jeffrey T. Sterner, 38, of the 100 block of West Wing Street was charged with reckless discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm while his firearm owner's ID card...

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    The owners of the Geneva Commons shopping center have defaulted on a $40.4 million loan, Crain’s Chicago Business reported Friday.

    Report: Geneva Commons owners default on $40 million loan

    The owners of the Geneva Commons shopping center have defaulted on a $40.4 million loan, according to a published report. Two limited partnerships that own the 438,000-square-foot outdoor mall failed to pay off the loan when it matured May 1.

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    Gordon Vanderark

    DuPage judge describes learning she was on ‘hit list’

    DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell said she knew she "better sit down" when she received a letter about a hit list with her name on it. The veteran jurist took a rare turn on the witness stand Friday at the trial of a former Wheaton man accused of soliciting her murder.

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    Johnny Borizov listens to testimony during his trial at the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton on Friday.

    Borizov gets weekend to think about testifying

    A DuPage County judge warned Johnny Borizov not to "get cute" Friday as the triple-murder suspect insisted he needed the weekend to decide whether to take the stand. "Don't play with me," Judge Daniel Guerin said. "When you're up here talking to the court, don't get cute."

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    A flock of Geese fly past the smokestacks at the Jeffrey Energy Center coal power plant as the sun sets near Emmett, Kan.

    Greenhouse gas milestone; CO2 levels set record

    Carbon dioxide was measured at 400 parts per million at the oldest monitoring station, in Hawaii, which sets the global benchmark. The last time the worldwide carbon level was probably that high was about 2 million years ago, said Pieter Tans of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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    Passengers on flight exposed to measles

    Dozens of people in Michigan and plane passengers from several states have been contacted after health officials learned they may have been exposed to measles through an 8-month-old from the Battle Creek area. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention tracked down 53 people who rode with the child on an international flight that came through Chicago last month.

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    Man charged in murder of college student

    First-degree murder charges have been filed against a Chicago man in the death of a Columbia College student.

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    Xiubin Mei

    No word on retrial in 2011 meat cleaver attack

    Cook County prosecutors have not indicated whether they intend to retry former cook Xiubin Mei on charges of attempted murder and aggravated stemming from an altercation between Mei and the owner of the China Bowl Restaurant in Elk Grove Village, where Mei worked. A jury last month acquitted the 62-year-old Chicago man on one count of attempted murder but deadlocked on three other chartes. The...

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    Steve Casstevens

    Cary chief to lead Buffalo Grove police

    The head of the Cary Police Department was named the new Buffalo Grove police chief Friday, according to a news release issued by the village. Steven Casstevens will assume his post on June 10, replacing Steve Balinski, who retired in April after serving the village for 36 years. Prior to joining the Cary Police Department in 2011, Casstevens worked for 30 years as a Hoffman Estates police...

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    Sugar Grove American Legion Post sued over video gambling

    The Sugar Grove American Legion Post 1271's video gambling plan is off to a rocky start. A video gaming company has sued the post, arguing it has exclusive rights to place video slot machines at the post for the next five years. Gambling at the post went live last month.

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    The two suburban men accused of leading police on a high-speed case from Elgin to Wisconsin last weekend, have been extradited back to Illinois to face charges here. During a Friday morning bond hearing, bail was set at $100,000 for Kevin Gorman, right, 30, of Streamwood, while bail was set at $35,000 for Jacob A. Braden, left, 22, of Bartlett. Both men remained behind bars as of Friday afternoon.

    Men accused in Elgin-to-Wisconsin chase jailed here

    The two suburban men accused of leading police on a high-speed case from Elgin to Wisconsin last weekend, have been extradited back to Illinois to face charges here. During a Friday morning bond hearing, bail was set at $100,000 for Kevin Gorman, 30, of Streamwood, while bail was set at $35,000 for Jacob A. Braden, 22, of Bartlett. Both men remained behind bars as of Friday afternoon.

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    National Merit Scholarship winners in Lake County

    Sixteen high school students from Lake County were named National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners for 2013.

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    U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice listens during a news conference at the U.N.

    State Dep’t sought to change Libya talking points

    The latest disclosures Friday raised new questions about whether the Obama administration tried to play down any terrorist factor in the attack on a diplomatic compound just weeks before the November presidential election. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans were killed when insurgents struck the U.S. mission in two nighttime attacks.

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    Pistakee Lake flooding in Fox Lake leaves many homes surrounded and damaged by floodwaters.

    Chain O’ Lakes reopens to boating

    The Chain O' Lakes has reopened for boating after being closed for 19 days due to flooding, state officials said. With water levels on the Chain dipping below flood stage, the Fox Waterway Agency and Illinois Department of Natural Resources lifted boating restrictions Thursday afternoon.

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    Downtown Des Plaines train station to get facelift

    The Des Plaines city council recently awarded the contract for remodeling the downtown Metra train station to the lowest bidder, Tuscany Construction Inc., of Addison, for a total of $555,800, which includes a 15 percent contingency fee of $72,495.

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    A crushed truck and a house knocked off its foundation sit as part of the aftermath of a rampage by a man driving a logging bulldozer on Friday in Port Angeles, Wash. At least three houses were destroyed and numerous smaller structures and vehicles were damaged in the rampage.

    Man damages 4 Washington homes with bulldozer

    The rampage knocked over a utility pole and left a pickup truck destroyed, and the downed power lines were preventing authorities from fully evaluating the damage to the homes.

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    Man eludes police, not gator

    The man attacked by an alligator after fleeing police in Florida says he was in a fight for his life with the croc.Twenty-year-old Bryan Zuniga said Friday that he was swimming and trying to hide when a 6- to 8-foot gator lunged at him.

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    D211 film festival gives students, teachers chance to learn

    It's only been in existence for eight years, but a small film festival that was limited to students studying the craft at Palatine High School is now a district-wide event that has expanded to the surrounding community. "There's a lot of opportunities for still arts to be put on display ... but there hasn't been much for the media arts. That's why we've really worked to expand it," said Palatine...

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    Robert A. Groves

    Three Elgin residents charged with animal cruelty

    Three Elgin residents were arrested on animal cruelty charges Friday after authorities discovered 22 dogs and four cats in their apartment. Elgin police said members of the department's animal control unit responded to a complaint about the care of animals in the apartment on the 100 block of Villa Street.

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    Etta Mae Lopez

    Bold turkey: Woman hits cop to kick smoking habit

    Etta Mae Lopez smacked Sacramento County sheriff's Deputy Matt Campoy in the face Tuesday as he left the main jail at the end of his shift. He grabbed her and took her inside the jail, where she slapped his arm as soon as he turned her loose.

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    Government sells 58.4 million shares of GM stock

    The Treasury Department said Friday in its April report to Congress that so far this year it has sold 58.4 million shares of GM stock and earned net proceeds of $1.6 billion.

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    Library board seeks applicants:

    The Round Lake Area Library is seeking applications to fill one open trustee position.

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    A statue of former Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin stands outside the Treasury Building in Washington. Corporate income tax receipts have increased 16 percent in the first seven months of the budget year. And Goldman Sachs has estimated that better growth has boosted tax receipts by 7 percent a year since 2009.

    Treasury reports $113 billion surplus in April

    Through the first seven months of the budget year, the deficit was $488 billion. That's lower than last year's deficit of $720 billion over the same period.Even with the April surplus, the deficit for the full year will still be quite large: the CBO expects it will reach $845 billion.

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    D79’s Bickley honored:

    Fremont Elementary District 79 school board President Sandra Bickley received a Distinguished Service Award for excellence from the Illinois School Public Relations Association in May.

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    Senior funding public hearing:

    The Agency on Aging of Northeastern Illinois hosts public hearings on Thursday, May 30, on the proposed allocation of funds for senior services in its eight-county region in fiscal year 2014, including more than $2 million for Lake County.

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    Two MHS band concerts:

    The Mundelein High School Instrumental Music Department presents two concerts, both free, and both at 7 p.m. in the MHS Auditorium.

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    Spring Grove woman killed by her own van

    An 83-year-old Spring Grove woman was killed after slipping and falling under a rolling van that she had exited without first shifting it into park, McHenry County authorities said.

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    It was on the chopping block, but funding has been restored to keep the Waukegan Regional Airport air traffic control tower open.

    Waukegan control tower gets funding, to stay open

    It's been a turbulent spring but Waukegan's Regional Airport got good news today. The air traffic control tower will remain open, the Federal Aviation Administration announced. The tower had been among 149 slated to shut down June 15 because of sequester budget cuts.

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    John Wayne Gacy

    No Gacy victims found during search of property

    Investigators did not find any evidence of concealed graves at a Chicago property infamous serial killer John Wayne Gacy once managed in the mid-1970s. Using updated technology, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart's office searched the property last month with infrared equipment, specially trained dogs and FBI specialists.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves cut off and stole the catalytic converter from seven Ford trucks belonging to U-Haul, 2475 Pembroke Ave., Hoffman Estates, between 10:15 p.m. May 2 and 6:30 a.m. May 3. Value was estimated at $6,300.

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    Texas’ Cruz to address DuPage GOP

    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz headlines a DuPage County GOP dinner Friday night in Oak Brook.

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    Truck hits cyclist in Warrenville

    A bicyclist was struck by a semitrailer truck just after midnight Friday in Warrenville, authorities said. The semitruck was traveling south on Route 59 when it struck the adult male bicyclist at Continental Drive, according to police.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Tri blotter

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Brandy M. Jackson, 23, of the 2700 block of North 49th Street in Milwaukee, was arrested Thursday and charged for using a fake $100 bill to buy merchandise at the Bath and Body Works store inside Algonquin Commons, police said. Jackson's bail was set at $25,000 and she is due in court Wednesday.

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    Theater apologizes for actor carrying fake gun
    Some moviegoers were frightened and called 911, recalling the shooting in July at a Colorado theater during the premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises." That attack killed 12 people and injured dozens others, and authorities said the gunman was dressed in police-style body armor.

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    Associated Press/May 2 Investigators move and look through the debris of the destroyed fertilizer plant in West, Texas.

    Texas launches criminal probe into plant explosion

    Texas law enforcement officials on Friday launched a criminal investigation into the massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 14 people last month, after weeks of largely treating the blast as an industrial accident.The announcement came the same day federal agents said they found bomb-making materials belonging to a paramedic who helped evacuate residents the night of the explosion. Bryce...

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    A welcome home sign at a restaurant near a crime scene where three women were held captive for a decade in Cleveland, Ohio.

    DNA shows Ohio kidnapping suspect fathered girl

    A DNA test confirmed another dark twist in the story of three women imprisoned in a house for about a decade: Kidnapping and rape suspect Ariel Castro is the father of a 6-year-old girl who escaped from the house along with the women, a prosecutor said Friday.

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    Police tape closes off the home Friday of Blake and Blaine Romes in Ottawa, Ohio.

    Teen points Ohio authorities to bodies of 2 brothers

    The teens had been the subject of an Amber Alert issued Thursday morning after a relative returned to the home and found a crime scene, the Putnam County Sheriff's Office said. A car also was reported missing from the trailer park.

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    Czech school named for Anton Cermak

    A school in the Czech Republic is to be named after the late Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak, who was assassinated while in office. The naming will coincide with the 140th anniversary of Cermak's birth. The Anton Cermak School will be in Prague, which is one of Chicago's Sister Cities.

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    Andre Davis speaks with his mother on a cellphone outside the Tamms Correctional Center after being released from prison last summer.

    Judge makes Chicago man’s innocence official

    A Champaign County judge has signed a petition declaring a Chicago man innocent of the 1980 murder of a 3-year-old girl. Andre Davis spent 32 years in prison before his conviction was overturned.

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    Man charged in death of bystander

    A man who led police on a high-speed chase in Chicago has been charged with murder in the death of a motorist killed in a collision with one of the police cars, authorities said.

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    Crews demolished the former Muddy Paws shelter on Rand Road in Deer Park in summer 2011. Chick-fil-A plans to open on the property just south of Shops at Kildeer mall.

    Chick-fil-A restaurant planned in Kildeer on Muddy Paws property

    Kildeer officials are considering a proposal for a popular chain restaurant to be constructed on the Rand Road site of the former Muddy Paws shelter, where 30 dogs and other animals were found dead from neglect in 2010. Chick-fil-A intends to build on much of a roughly 2-acre site on Rand Road's east side, and company representatives are scheduled to bring the proposal before the advisory Kildeer...

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    Police officer guilty of rights violations

    A federal jury has convicted a South suburban police officer of civil rights violations for striking two men with a baton outside a nightclub in 2009.

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    Suit accuses former Schaumburg priest of sex abuse

    A lawsuit accuses a former Schaumburg priest of sexually abusing a child for eight years and paying him to keep quiet. At the time, the anonymous plaintiff and his family attended St. Matthew Parish.

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    House OKs crackdown on social media ‘flash mobs’

    The Illinois House approved legislation Friday aimed at cracking down on violent "flash mobs" like those that have occurred on Chicago's Michigan Avenue and in other tourist areas. Lawmakers voted 102-6 in favor of a measure that would allow a judge to impose a tougher punishment on anyone convicted of using social media to plan or incite a mob attack.

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    Northwestern giving Napoleon’s brother’s letter to France

    The university announced Friday it will hand over next week to the Consul General of France in Chicago the letter dated April 27, 1792, and signed by Joseph Bonaparte.

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    ISU chooses new president

    The university's board of trustees voted Friday to hire Timothy Flanagan, who is currently president of Framingham State University in Framingham, Mass.

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    ISU raises tuition, room and board rates

    Tuition, fees, dining rates and residence hall rates are rising at Illinois State University. ISU spokesman Eric Jome says the combined increases mean it will cost a new in-state freshman just over $22,200 a year, with about $10,200 of that going toward tuition.

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    Christine Lagarde, managing director of the International Monetary Fun, from left, Jacob “Jack” Lew, U.S. treasury secretary, George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, and Jim Flaherty, Canada’s finance minister, react Friday while posing for the family photo during the Group of Seven (G-7) finance ministers and central bank governors meeting at Hartwell House in Aylesbury, U.K.

    Yen in focus as G-7 discusses recovery

    Sharp fluctuations in the value of currencies can hurt business confidence and investment. Ministers meeting this weekend will be keen to avoid any developments that could spark a currency war.

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    A Pakistani girl runs past a car Friday decorated with an election banner showing Mohammed Abdullah, a candidate of a pro-Taliban religious group Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam in a poor neighborhood on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan.

    Pakistan set for historic, unpredictable election

    After more than a decade in the political wilderness, the Oxford-educated former cricket star Imran Khan has emerged as a force in the last two years with the simple message of "change." He has tapped into the frustrations of millions of Pakistanis — especially urban middle class youth — who believe the traditional politicians have been more interested in enriching themselves through...

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    Search ends for couple lost off cruise ship

    The couple were among 2,680 passengers on a South Pacific cruise. The ship's last stop was Mare Island in New Caledonia, which it left on Monday, bound for Sydney.The emergency is the latest high-profile problem for Miami-based Carnival Corp., the world's largest cruise operator.

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    In this undated photo provided by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, Elvis Rafael Rodriguez, left, and Emir Yasser Yeje pose with bundles of cash authorities say they stole using bogus magnetic swipe cards at cash machines throughout New York. Prosecutors in New York on Thursday said that they are members of worldwide gang of criminals who stole $45 million in hours by hacking into a database of prepaid debit cards and draining cash machines around the globe. An indictment unsealed Thursday accused U.S. cell ringleader Alberto Yusi Lajud-Pena and seven other New York suspects of withdrawing $2.8 million in cash from hacked accounts in less than a day.

    Global network of hackers steal $45m from ATMs

    The sophistication of a global network of thieves who drained cash machines around the globe of an astonishing $45 million in mere hours sent ripples through the security world, not merely for the size of the operation and ease with which it was carried out, but also for the threat that more such thefts may be in store.

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    The silver spire topping One World Trade Center is fully installed on the building's roof, bringing the structure to its full, symbolic height of 1,776 feet Friday.

    Spire permanently installed on WTC tower

    The silver spire topping One World Trade Center on Friday was fully installed on the building's roof, bringing the structure to its full, symbolic height of 1,776 feet. Loud applause and cries of joy erupted from assembled construction workers as the spire was gently lowered and secured into place. “It's a pretty awesome feeling,” said project manager Juan Estevez from a temporary...

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    Pam Fender

    Ex-Huntley trustee Fender planning for life after politics

    Now that Pam Fender is out of the public eye, she's eager to become a regular person. Fender, a Huntley trustee for eight years and Grafton Township's one-time administrator, says she's focused on building a new life — one that will likely be outside of Huntley. "I just want to be a private citizen and just figure out my future," she said.

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    Naperville North architecture students Chris Greco, Lauren Hanson, Jonathan Quinn and Evan Harrison describe the features of their “green” building design, which won first place in the state in the 2013 Mock Firms competition.

    Naperville North students capture state title for home design

    State championship banners representing accomplishments in everything from football to badminton are on display at Naperville North High School. Now it's time to hang another banner, although this one has nothing to do with sports. The school's latest winning team was named the 2013 Mock Firms Illinois State Champion in Home Design.

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    Shelly Weiser, 85, of Naperville has been wood carving for 10 years now. He started after visiting a local wood carving show, and now enjoys carving human and animal figures.

    Moving Picture: Naperville man, 85, carves out niche

    Shelly Weiser of Naperville has been creating wood carvings for ten years, but he got his start a bit later than most having only begun his work at the age of 75. Weiser, now 85, says the art form consumes him. "I love carving, and when I'm not carving I'm thinking about carving," Weiser said. "I'm always thinking about the next piece that I'll be working on."

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    U.S. Postal Service (USPS) letter carrier Anja Wilson prepares mail for delivery Thursday at the Brookland Post Office in Washington, D.C.. The USPS is projecting a loss of as much as a $6 billion for the year.

    Post office lost $1.9 billion in second quarter

    Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the agency is considering its options, including negotiations with unions to reduce labor costs and another possible increase in prices. "Everything has to be on the table," Donahoe said.

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    Associated Press/July 27, 2009 Astronauts Tom Marshburn, left, and Christopher Cassidy participate in a spacewalk for maintenance tasks. On Friday the two astronauts are preparing for a possible impromptu spacewalk to work on a leaking ammonia coolant line.

    NASA mulls spacewalk to fix station leak

    There may be some residual ammonia left which will help the spacewalkers find the leak, which is generating visible white flakes. If they wait longer, it will be harder to find the leak if there is no more ammonia left to come out in white flakes, spokesperson Kelly Humphries said.

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    Rescuers carry a survivor pulled out from the rubble Friday of a building that collapsed in Saver, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. Rescue workers in Bangladesh freed the woman buried for 17 days inside the wreckage of a garment factory building that collapsed, killing more than 1,000 people. Soldiers at the site said her name was Reshma and described her as being in remarkably good shape despite her ordeal.

    Bangladesh collapse survivor rescued after 17 days

    A seamstress buried for 17 days in the wreckage of a collapsed garment factory building in Bangladesh was rescued Friday, a miraculous moment set against the unimaginable horror of the more than 1,000 bodies recovered so far. "I heard voices of the rescue workers for the past several days. I kept hitting the wreckage with sticks and rods just to attract their attention," she told the private...

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    Rescuers carry a survivor pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, May 10, 2013. Rescue workers in Bangladesh freed the woman buried for 17 days inside the wreckage of a garment factory building that collapsed, killing more than 1,000 people. Soldiers at the site said her name was Reshma and described her as being in remarkably good shape despite her ordeal.

    Images: Woman rescued 17 days after building collapse
    Rescuers carry a survivor pulled from the rubble of a building that collapsed in Bangladesh on Friday. Rescue workers freed the woman buried for 17 days inside the wreckage of a garment factory building that collapsed, killing more than 1,000 people. Soldiers at the site described her as being in remarkably good shape despite her ordeal.

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    A drawing of Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson, the Confederate general during the American Civil War.

    Surgeon: Stonewall Jackson death likely pneumonia

    Historians and doctors have debated for decades what medical complications caused the death of legendary Confederate fighter Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson, felled by friendly fire from his troops during the Civil War. Shot three times while returning from scouting enemy lines in the Virginia wilderness, Jackson was badly wounded in the left arm by one of the large bullets the night of May 2,...

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    St. Viator senior Blake Hensley and veteran Basilio King of Arlington Heights, who served in the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1970, unveil the book “Welcome Home: Arlington Heights' Vietnam Veterans” at Arlington Heights village hall on Thursday.

    Students publish book of local veterans' stories

    Suburban Vietnam veterans paired up with Arlington Heights high school students to share their stories in a new book, which was published this week. "Welcome Home Arlington Heights Vietnam Veterans," was published in collaboration with St. Viator High School and Peoples' Bank of Arlington Heights. It is the third book in a series put out by Peoples' Bank focusing on local war veterans, said...

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    Prep work for the Hassell Road reconstruction project is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday. Here, cars pass a bad spot just east of Barrington Road on Thursday.

    Hassell Road reconstruction set to begin this month

    Prep work for the much-anticipated reconstruction of Hassell Road in Hoffman Estates is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday. The estimated $4.6 million project includes the full removal and replacement of all the pavement, curb and gutters on a 1.5 mile stretch from Barrington Road to Fairway Cout. "We're looking forward to the project," said Mike Hankey, director of transportation and...

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    The final piece of spire is hoisted in place on top of One World Trade Center, Friday, May 10, 2013 in New York. The addition of the spire, and its raising of the buildingís height to 1,776 feet, would make One World Trade Center the tallest structure in the U.S. and third-tallest in the world. (AP photo/Mark Lennihan)

    Images: New spire installed on One World Trade Center
    The silver spire topping One World Trade Center was fully installed on the building's roof, bringing the structure to its full, symbolic height of 1,776 feet on Friday, May 10, 2013 in New York.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars broke into a 2004 Ford E350 van between 2 and 6 a.m. May 1 in a driveway on the 1500 block of Fifth Avenue in Des Plaines and stole saws, drills, socket set and drill bits. Value was estimated at $2,500.

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    One man injured in Orland Park home invasion

    Police are on the scene of a home invasion and shooting in the 10900 block of Antelope Lane in Orland Park. Officers were called to the scene at about 2:30 a.m. and found one man shot in what appears to be a home invasion in the Deer Creek Estate subdivision. Police said two men wearing masks broke into the home, shot the victim, stole some items, then took off with a third man in a silver PT...

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    You can now access Lake County court cases online

    A new online system allowing customers to view Lake County court cases goes live Friday, circuit clerk officials said. The launch is the first of a two-part roll out of the Lake County Public Access System to provide secure remote access for individuals to obtain basic information on any Lake County court case, circuit clerk Keith Brin said.

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    Goalie Corey Crawford blocks a shot again in the Blackhawks’ 5-1 win against the Minnesota Wild. The win made the series the first playoff series Crawford has won, and the first for the Hawks since their 2010 Stanley Cup win.

    Dawn Patrol: Hawks advance; Amrich again Island Lake’s mayor

    Hawks advance to the next round. Amrich returns as Island Lake mayor. Ex-Harper College wrestler's bail cut in DuPage home invasion case. South Barrington supports Rt. 14 underpass in Barrington. Exhaust fan blamed for Naperville house fire.

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    Hearing prompts passionate testimony on special ed rule change

    Special education teachers and parents from across the region spoke out against proposed school rule changes Thursday in Elgin. At the same hearing, four administrators spoke in favor of the changes, saying the rules now restrict local districts from making decisions that work best for their students. "Whoever came up with this idea should quit," one teacher said.

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    Riders try sitting backward on Batman: The Ride on Thursday at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

    Poll Vault: What's the best ride at Great America?

    What do you like best at Great America? Do you favor the vintage American Eagle or the more high-tech, enclosed Dark Night? Or are you more of a water ride kind of person?

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    The lighthouse at Point Loma in San Diego was very scenic, but looking down its spiral staircase from upstairs inside gave a more interesting and disorienting impression.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of May 6th.

Sports

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    Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer (5) voices his displeasure over a call against him during game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals at the United Center in Chicago on Friday.

    Thibodeau adds heat to Miami’s fire

    If the Bulls weren't already in bad enough shape and now trailing 2-1 in the series with Miami, Tom Thibodeau decided to embarrass LeBron James.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Wheaton North steps up, cruises to DVC title

    Naperville Central offered outstanding individuals. Wheaton Warrenville South looked solid. Yet there was no containing Wheaton North at the DuPage Valley Conference boys track championships Friday at West Aurora.

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    Conant, Hoffman in sectional championship

    Conant produced a dominant effort in advancing to the championship game in the Fremd sectional, and Hoffman Estates surprised Fremd 6-4 to earn it spot opposite the Cougars for Saturday’s 1 p.m. title matchup.Saturday’s winner advances to next week’s Elite Eight hosted by Stevenson.Top seed Conant (29-3) eliminated Schaumburg 13-0 in Friday’s semifinals as the Mid-Suburban League champs added to their program record for wins in a season.Coach Chris Fetterman’s team, led by all-conference picks Adam Pasnicki and San Han, improved to 14-14 while Fremd’s season wrapped up at 24-8. Pasnicki had 5 goals for the Hawks, and JP French led the Vikings with 2.Mundelein sectionalThird-seeded Palatine (19-12) upset No. 2 seed Lake Forest 13-7 to advance to the sectional championship matchup.Christian Kalfas (4 goals) and Kristiyan Kalev led the way in scoring for Palatine and Alex Brons had 8 steals.Stevenson (20-9), the No. 1 seed, edged No. 5 Libertyville 9-7 in the other semifinal and will meet the Pirates at 2 p.m. Saturday for the sectional title.

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    Rolling Meadow’s Morgan Keller throws to a sectional victory in the discus Friday at York.

    Prospect wins sectional title

    It was a bittersweet night for Prospect girls track and field coach Dave Wurster. The Knights were 17 points better than WW South, 99-72, in the York sectional Friday, but the sectional team championship did not compensate for several near misses. "The sectional meet is always an emotionally weird night for a coach," Wurster said. "You get really excited for a few minutes and then you have to move on. There are always two or three events that you just miss in (qualifying). (The girls) work so hard and then their season is over."

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    IC’s Conenna throws no-hitter

    A roundup of Friday's sofball action around DuPage County.

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    Huntley's Brennan Bell participates in the 110-meter high hurdles semifinal during the Fox Valley Conference Boys Track &Field Championships at Al Bohrer Field on the campus of Cary-Grove High School Friday night.

    Huntley runs away with Fox Valley title

    Without talented hurdler Kyle See, who was out with a twisted ankle, Huntley coach Jim Rolando realized a total team effort would be needed for the Red Raiders to capture the Fox Valley Conference boys track and field championship. Mission accomplished. With 3 first-place finishes, Huntley compiled 116 ½ points to claim top honors in the FVC meet held at Cary Grove's Al Bohrer Field Friday night.

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    Naperville North stays on course

    The Naperville North boys water polo team did what it was supposed to Friday night, beating York 18-9 in the first Neuqua Valley sectional semifinal.

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    Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) dunks overChicago Bulls small forward Jimmy Butler (21) during game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals at the United Center in Chicago Friday.

    Bulls in a foul mood

    The Bulls did plenty of things well in Friday’s Game 3 against the Miami Heat. But beating the Heat without Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich requires close to a perfect performance and the Bulls couldn’t deliver. They dropped a 104-94 decision at the United Center and now trail this second-round series 2-1 with Game 4 on Monday. "When you play this team, you have to have a lot of mental, physical and emotional toughness,” coach Tom Thibodeau said.

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    Victory over Marengo brings back good memories to Glenbard South

    Julie Fonda has fond memories of Glenbard South's last meeting with Marengo prior to Friday. It came last June, Fonda's Raiders beating the Indians 2-1 in the Class 3A title game."Today was another happy moment," Fonda said. "I'll take this one as well." Fonda is no doubt feeling good about her No. 7 Raiders, who took care of Marengo 6-1 on a frigid Friday evening at the The Ballpark in Rosemont.

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    Palatine puts it in gear — keeps it there

    Palatine was strong from start to finish. The Pirates made a statement with a victory in the opening 3,200 relay (9:22.65) and closed the meet with a bang, taking first in the 1,600 relay (4:04.26). In between, host Palatine made the most of its opportunities in cruising to the sectional title with 116.5 points.Barrington took second with 74 points, followed by Warren (66 points), Wheeling (46 points), and Lake Forest (42 points).

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    David MacDonald of Wheaton co-op works the still rings on his way to the all-around state championship Friday at Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort.

    Wheaton co-op repeats as state champion

    Wheaton co-op junior David MacDonald missed out on the fun last year. On Friday night he was right smack dab in the middle of it. MacDonald won the all-around title with a 56.3 to lead Wheaton co-op to its second consecutive state title in the IHSA boys gymnastics team championships at Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort. "It feels so great and I'm just honored to be a part of this team this year," MacDonald said. "We have such a great team. We bond so well. Tonight just feels great."

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    Glenbard South seniors claim fourth straight sectional

    With 17 seniors on his team, Glenbard South coach Mark Tacchi knows the Raiders might struggle a little next year. But he's enjoying this group too much to worry about that. The Raiders won their fourth consecutive Class 2A sectional, scoring 149 points to run away with the team title Friday in Glen Ellyn.

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    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah (13) walks to the bench after fouling out during Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference semifinal on Friday, May 10, 2013, in Chicago. The heat won 104-94.

    Images: Bulls vs. Heat, Game Three
    The Chicago Bulls lost 104-94 to the Miami Heat in Chicago on Friday in a very physical third game of their playoff series. Among notable items, Nazr Mohammed was ejected for pushing LeBron James, and Joaquin Noah was called for a technical foul.

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    In the second, though, one Washington Nationals batter reached on an infield single. The next got aboard when Samardzija failed in two attempts to start a double play by fielding the ball with his pitching hand. He was charged with an error, then wound up giving up a two-run double to No. 8 hitter Danny Espinosa in what would become Chicago's 7-3 loss to Washington.

    Samardzija takes 5th loss, Cubs beaten 7-3 by Nats

    Ian Desmond's three hits included a two-run homer and an RBI double, and Danny Espinosa and Kurt Suzuki also drove in runs with doubles, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Cubs 7-3 for their season-high fifth consecutive victory. Jeff Samardzija (1-5) lost his fifth decision in a row by allowing seven runs — five earned — and eight hits. He threw 73 pitches in his five innings, matching his shortest outing of the season.

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    Rick West/rwest@dailyherald.com Chicago Bulls power forward Taj Gibson (22) and Miami Heat power forward Chris Andersen (11) get in a shoving match following Nazr Mohammed foul on LeBron James during game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals at the United Center in Chicago Friday.

    Bulls’ Gibson fined $25,000, apologizes for actions

    Taj Gibson was fined $25,000 for verbal abuse of an official in Wednesday’s Game 2 at Miami.The incident happened early in the fourth quarter. Gibson was called for a technical foul, seemed surprised at the call, then grew angrier and got a second technical. He appeared to be spewing profanities when pulled off the court by Bulls security director Eric Buck.Gibson sent out an apology via Twitter on Friday afternoon.“I want 2 apologize Bulls and NBA fans 4 my actions. Got 2 keep my passion focused on my team. Get hyped for tonight Chicago!” it read.Meanwhile, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Mario Chalmers’ foul against Joakim Noah in Game 2 was upgrade to a grade one flagrant by the league office. Noah set a screen on Chalmers, who responded by smacking Noah across the neck with his arm.Hinrich still out:Kirk Hinrich’s MRI exam on his injured left calf didn’t provide much insight. Hinrich missed his sixth straight game Friday.“It basically showed the same as the initial one,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “It improved some, but he’s got to keep working at it. He’s in a holding pattern. He did a little bit more on the bike, (felt) a little bit better, but he still has a ways to go.”Luol Deng missed his fifth straight game after a bad reaction to a spinal tap administered last week. Despite rumors to the contrary, Derrick Rose did not suit up for Game 3.Rough stuff a two-way street:Before Game 3, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau gave his thoughts on the physical style of this series.“By nature, it’s physical,” he said. “The thing I find humorous is the fact that people paint us to be the physical team. You look at the start of the game (Wednesday), that’s usually what happens. You look at the games in which we’ve won against them, the next game, they come back and guys are flying all over the place.“So this isn’t a one-way street. This is a two-way street. But we know how it’s going to be called. We can’t allow that to impact us in any way, shape or form. Just get out there and get the job done.”Bull horns:Tickets for Monday’s Game 4 are still available. It’s a 6 p.m. start at the United Center. ... New Orleans Hornets forward Anthony Davis, a Chicago native, was at Friday’s game. ... Miami’s bench outscored the Bulls’ reserves 36-8 in Game 3.

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    Grayslake North edges Grayslake C.

    The rivalry never lacks excitement. But Grayslake North provided some extra drama Friday, as the host Knights rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh to knock off Grayslake Central 4-3.

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    Grayslake N. wins 1st matchup with Stevenson

    Stevenson and Grayslake North met on the softball field for the first time ever Friday. They might have to play each other more often after host Grayslake North won 4-3 in what Stevenson coach Larry Friedrichs called a well-played game.

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    Quentin Schaeffer of Prospect wins the 3,200-meter run at the Mid-Suburban League meet at Hoffman Estates on Friday.

    Fremd’s talent rises to the top

    The Fremd boys track and field team has a group of talented athletes from top to bottom. In Friday's Mid-Suburban League championship meet at Hoffman Estates, the Vikings showed just how deep a group they are. Despite finishing first in only two events, Fremd was still able to win the MSL title by edging Barrington, who finished second, by a score of 105-93.

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    Dundee-Crown’s Trevor Downing clears 5 feet, 9 inches in the high jump during the Fox Valley Conference Boys Track & Field Championships at Al Bohrer Field on the campus of Cary-Grove High School Friday night.

    Images: Fox Valley Conference Boys Track & Field Championships
    Images from the Fox Valley Boys Track & Field Championships at Al Bohrer Field on the campus of Cary-Grove High School Friday night. Dundee-Crown coach Tom Smith was recognized for his many years of service as part of the evening.

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    Kaneland's Lauren Zick competes in the long jump during the Burlington Central girls track sectional Friday.

    Kaneland snares sectional title

    Kaneland girls track coach Doug Ecker says his team's goal going into a sectional meet is to qualify as many athletes as possible to the state meet. But earning a sectional championship is nice too. The Knights won the Class 2A Burlington Central sectional title Friday night with 83 points. Hampshire was second with 74. Burlington Central took third with 69 points.

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    Lake Zurich’s Olivia Schneider pitches against Warren in Gurnee on Friday.

    Schneider’s heroic effort lifts Lake Zurich

    Lake Zurich junior Olivia Schneider, a little lefty if there ever was one, has no lofty expectations. "I'm little," Schneider, who stands 5 feet, 1 inch, said with a laugh. "Not growing anymore." Funny, as Friday's North Suburban Conference Lake Division game between Lake Zurich and host Warren moved from one inning to the next, Schneider seemed to be getting bigger and bigger. Her presence in the circle was growing, Incredible Hulk-ishly. "It was really hard to get the pitcher down," Warren junior left fielder Jazmin Bonke said. "She had a lot of movement." Schneider retired the first 17 batters she faced, before Bonke singled with two out in the sixth to spoil the perfect game, in what was maybe her best pitched game in high school. She settled for a 4-hitter, as Lake Zurich held on for a 3-2 win, delivering Warren a crushing loss in its attempt to successfully defend its NSC Lake title.

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    St. Charles North’s Wright tosses 3-hitter at Batavia

    As the high school baseball regular season winds down, St. Charles North is no longer a contender in the Upstate Eight Conference River Division race. However, the North Stars could play a big determining role in which team does capture the UEC River title. Sophomore southpaw Cory Wright (4-2) fired a 3-hit complete game to help lead the North Stars (13-13, 9-10) to a 3-0 triumph over Batavia (20-6, 14-6) Friday afternoon in Batavia.

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    Big rally lifts Schaumburg

    Trailing 8-2 after five innings, Schaumburg's softball team scored 9 runs in the top of the sixth to pull out an 11-8 victory over visiting Conant in the Mid-Suburban League game. Senior Hannah Kerr (6-2) earned the win for the Saxons, who improved to 16-8 and 8-7.

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    Hawks still await second-round foe

    The Blackhawks will have to wait until Sunday to find out their opponent in the second round.With host Detroit getting a goal early overtime from Henrik Zetterberg on Friday to beat the Ducks 4-3 in Game 6 of that series, it sets up a seventh and deciding game Sunday night in Anaheim.If Detroit wins, the top-seeded Hawks get the seventh-seeded Red Wings in the second round. If Anaheim wins, it would set up a second-round meeting between the Hawks and No. 6 seed San Jose.

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    Ward does it all for Hoffman Estates

    Hoffman Estates' Jimmy Ward threw a shutout and had a grand slam to help the Hawks win their fourth straight, 4-0 over Wheeling, in Mid-Suburban League baseball Friday.

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    The Washington Capitals center Mike Ribeiro celebrates his game-winning goal in overtime of Game 5 first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series against the New York Rangers, Friday, May 10, 2013, in Washington. The Capitals won 2-1, in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Capitals top Rangers 2-1 in OT, take series lead

    Nine minutes, 24 seconds into overtime, Mike Ribeiro was stationed by the crease to put in a deflected shot to give the Capitals a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers, restoring Washington's lead — as well as its momentum — in the first-round playoff series.

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    Detroit Red Wings left wing Johan Franzen, left, of Sweden, and Pavel Datsyuk right, of Russia, celebrate Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg's goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the third period in Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Detroit, Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Red Wings beat Ducks 4-3 in OT, setting up Game 7

    Henrik Zetterberg had his second goal 1:04 into overtime, lifting the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 on Friday night to extend their first-round series.

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    MSL unites for Lynch

    The first-pitch ceremony was truly a group effort for Friday's second annual Non Hodgkins Lymphoma softball game to honor Dennis Lynch. Palatine and Fremd softball seniors caught the first pitches from many of Denny's grandchildren. In all, eight were on hand, ranging from 8 months old (Evie Kulak) to 10 years old (Ryan Weaver). And it was a group effort by all those involved to help fight NHL in honor of Denny, who died last spring after a 10-year battle.

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    Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer, right, is congratulated by teammate Dion Phaneuf after the Maple Leafs defeated the Boston Bruins 2-1 in Game 5 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, in Boston on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Leafs avoid elimination with 2-1 win over Boston

    Tyler Bozak scored a shorthanded goal, Clarke MacArthur also scored and James Reimer stopped 43 shots to help the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 2-1 in Game 5 on Friday night and stay alive in their first-round playoff series.

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    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley 7, Woodstock 1: Mark Skonieczny doubled and scored on Bryce Only’s go-ahead double in the fourth inning, and Only smacked his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot, to key a 3-run fifth inning as Huntley rolled in this Fox Valley Conference crossover. Josh Perkins (2-0) limited host Woodstock (7-11, 5-11) to 3 hits and a walk while striking out 3 in 6 innings for Huntley (23-3, 14-3).Cary-Grove 10, Dundee-Crown 0: The Trojans outhit the Chargers 13-7 and took control of this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game with a 6-run fourth inning. Matt Ewert and Zach Marszal each doubled and had 2 hits and 3 RBI, and Jeremy Vasquez went 2-for-4 with a triple, drove in a run and scored three times for Cary-Grove (17-8, 11-5). Dean Lee (4-1) pitched a 7-inning 6-hit shutout with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts to lower his ERA to 1.65. Nick Lodi (0-4) took the loss for Dundee-Crown (7-13, 4-10).Hampshire 7, Woodstock North 1: The Whip-Purs scored 2 unearned runs in the fourth inning to snap a 1-1 tie and added 3 more runs in the fifth en route to the FVC Fox victory. Danny Keller (3-1) held the Thunder (2-16, 1-14) to 4 hits in 6 innings. He walked 1 and struck out 5. Tyler Crater (3-for-3, RBI) and Mike Laramie (2-for-3, 2 runs) paced the offense for Hampshire (12-12, 4-11).Elgin Academy 18, Rockford Christian 3: Jumel Julian was 4-for-4 with 2 doubles and 6 RBI and Max Swienton had 3 hits including a double and 5 RBI as the Hilltoppers (10-1) won in nonconference play. Nate Johnson (2 doubles, 2 RBI), Zach Bohenick (3-for-4, 2 doubles, 4 RBI and Karl Rauschenberger (3-for-4, 2 RBI) led the Elgin Academy offense. Kevin Realzola (3-0) allowed 3 hits with 6 strikeouts and 3 walks in 5 innings to earn the win.

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    Joey Mauk of Conant works pommel horse during Friday’s boys gymnastics state meet action at Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort on Friday.

    Conant grabs 2nd; Mauk 3rd in all-around

    Joey Mauk and Conant accomplished what they came for Friday at the 61st annual boys gymnastics state finals at Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort. Conant avoided some early trouble to claim a second-place trophy, scoring a 155.70 to finish behind Wheaton co-op's 161.65. Mauk put together his best all-around performance of the year to finish third with a career-best 54.70.

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    Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) heads to the hoop under the defense of Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson (2) during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference semifinal on Friday, May 10, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Heat too much for Bulls, up 2-1 in series
    LeBron James came on strong down the stretch to finish with 25 points, Chris Bosh added 20 points and 19 rebounds, and the Miami Heat followed up the most lopsided playoff win in franchise history with a 104-94 victory over the Bulls on Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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    Fremd, Barrington to meet for sectional title

    It will be Barrington and Fremd competing for the Fremd girls water polo sectional championship and a spot in the state's Elite Eight at 11 a.m. Saturday. Getting there was anything but easy for the top-seeded Fillies, who got quite a challenge from Conant in Friday's semifinal.

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    Cary-Grove’s Stanley throws no-hitter

    Junior Lauren Stanley had her best outing since taking over the circle for injured senior Lindsay Efflandt, throwing a no-hitter Friday as Cary-Grove's softball team defeated Dundee-Crown 1-0 in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game at Cary-Grove. Stanley (7-3) struck out 7 and walked 1 as the Trojans (18-3, 9-2) remained in a first-place tie in the Valley with McHenry and Prairie Ridge. Cary-Grove plays at PR Monday.

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    Tyler Flowers swings on an RBI single in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Chicago on Friday, May 10, 2013.

    Sox hope to have Beckham back in 2 weeks

    Injured left fielder Dayan Viciedo (oblique) came off the disabled list and played for the White Sox Friday night. Injured second baseman Gordon Beckham (fractured hamate bone) hopes to be back in the lineup on May 24.

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    Lake Zurich graduate Matt Blanchard is hoping to earn a roster spot as a backup quarterback this season.

    Bears’ top pick Long will do some long-distance learning

    After this weekend's rookie mincamp is over, first-round pick Kyle Long won't be able to practice with his Bears teammates until training camp begins in late July, but neither the team nor the Oregon offensive lineman are concerned that the separation will adversely affect his progress.

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    Judson falls into losers bracket

    The Judson University softball team has secured no worse than a third-place finish at the National Christian College Athletic Association national tournament, but the Eagles will have to win three straight Saturday if they are to bring home the program's first national championship. No. 4 seed Judson used another strong pitching performance from McHenry graduate Sarah Boyer to beat top-seeded Shorter University of Rome, Ga., Friday 1-0 but then lost to No. 6 seed Union College of Jackson, Tenn., 2-0 to drop into the loser's bracket.

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    Judson falls to No. 1 York in NAIA tournament

    The Judson University baseball team's quest for a berth in the NAIA World Series suffered a setback Friday but not a fatal blow. The third-seeded Eagles were limited to 6 hits in a 5-0 loss to No. 1 York College (Neb.) at the NAIA Opening Round Qualifier at Sliver Cross Field in Joliet, which follows a double-elimination format. Judson (45-16) was unable to solve long-bearded left-hander Aaron Conyers (9-2), who recently was named NAIA National Pitcher of the Week for a no-hitter he threw against Central Baptist (Ark.) on April 26. Conyers (9-2) needed 105 pitches to toss a 9-inning shutout and snap Judson's 18-game winning streak.

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    Bulls center Nazr Mohammed (48) shoves Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (6) and gets ejected during game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals at the United Center in Chicago Friday.

    Fighting Bulls: Mohammed tossed for shoving James

    Chicago Bulls center Nazr Mohammed was ejected from Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Miami Heat on Friday night after shoving LeBron James to the court. Earlier, Joakim Noah got a technical foul for pushing Heat power forward Chris Andersen off teammate Nate Robinson.

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    Harper prepares for sectional test

    Starting with March snow and followed by April showers, baseball has been a difficult game to play this spring. But as the NJCAA enters the postseason, hope blossoms for the the teams playing in this weekend's six-team sectional. At stake is a spot in the NJCAA Region IV championship series May 17-19, and ultimately a berth in the NJCAA World Series in Tyler, Texas.

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    Chicago Fire scouting report
    Philadelphia Union at Chicago FireWhen: 12:30 p.m. at Toyota ParkTV: NBC Sports NetworkScouting the Philadelphia Union: With center back Jeff Parke injured and right back Sheanon Williams suspended, former Fire center back Bakary Soumare could see his first action of the season for the Union (3-3-3 12 points) despite his trade request. Jack McInerney is tied for the league lead with 6 goals this season.Scouting the Fire: The Fire (2-5-1, 7 points) gets right back Wells Thompson back from suspension, but central midfielder Jeff Larentowicz will have to sit this game out. The Fire is coming off a bye week.Next: at Philadelphia Union, 6:30 p.m. May 18 at PPL Park— Orrin Schwarz

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    Crystal Lake South graduate Emily Mahoney just completed a stellar career at Dominican University in River Forest. She was named the Northern Athletics Conference pitcher of the year.

    Crystal Lake S. grad Mahoney excels at Dominican

    Former Crystal Lake South softball standout Emily Mahoney's college career didn't end quite like she would have imagined. Mahoney took a tough loss in the circle in River Forest-based Dominican University's 7-4 loss in 9 innings to Concordia University Wisconsin in the Northern Athletics Conference tournament. Concordia scored 3 unearned runs in the top of the ninth inning to pull away and overshadow some clutch pitching from Mahoney in the latter stages of the contest.

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    Wu, Fremd chasing titles

    Fremd junior Angela Wu is in prime position for a run at the badminton singles championship, and the Vikings are also in the thick of the team state championship hunt after day one of the state tournament Friday in Charleston. Wu, a two-time Mid-Suburban League champion, rolled past all of her first three opponents in two games to earn a spot in Saturday's quarterfinals against Emma Adcock of Hinsdale South. Fremd was in second place in the team standings with 9.5 points, trailing Thornton Fractional South by 1.5 points and ahead of third-place Downers Grove North and Naperville Central by a half point.

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    Sergio Garcia, of Spain, pumps his fist after making birdie on the eighth green during the second round of The Players championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Friday, May 10, 2013, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. Garcia shot 7-under par for the round, for a two-day score of 11-under par. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

    Garcia goes 1 up on Tiger at Players Championship

    Sergio Garcia had one of those stretches where it felt like every putt was going to drop. He needed every one of them Friday for a 7-under 65 to match his best score on the TPC Sawgrass and take a one-shot lead over Tiger Woods among early starters at The Players Championship.

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    Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia questions the umpires on a Houston Astros pitching change in the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, May 9, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    MLB suspends, fines umps after 2nd mistake

    Major League Baseball suspended umpire Fieldin Culbreth for two games on Friday because he was in charge of the crew that allowed Astros manager Bo Porter to improperly switch relievers in the middle of an inning.

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    Former DePaul star Allie Quigley, a three-point shooting specialist, is trying to make the Chicago Sky roster.

    DePaul’s Quigley hoping to connect with Sky

    Women's Watch talks with former DePaul star Allie Quigley, who is at training camp and trying to make the Chicago Sky roster as a three-point specialist. Patricia Babcock McGraw has an update on Quigley's pro career, which includes stops with four other WNBA clubs.

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    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was the difference in the Chicago-Minnesota series, according to both head coaches. Hawks coach Joel Quenneville says the rest of the team must step up its intensity in the second round.

    Quenneville’s message: Hawks have to get better

    It's only going to get tougher from here on out for the Blackhawks, and head coach Joel Quenneville agrees. "We still have to get a different type of pace to our game that's catching up to the other series that are being played and what the playoffs are all about," Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. "I don't think we should be happy with where we're at with our play, and let's get angry as we go along here."I still think we have to be better. I'm not doing cartwheels the last two games. I still think there's another level we've got to get to."

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    Bulls forward Taj Gibson, left, got emotional after he was ejected in Game 2 of the playoff series against the Miami Heat. Gibson was fined $25,000 for his outburst toward an official.

    NBA slaps Bulls’ Gibson with $25,000 fine

    Bulls forward Taj Gibson was fined $25,000 for his verbal abuse of an official in Wednesday's Game 2 at Miami. Gibson sent out an apology via Twitter on Friday afternoon. It read as follows: "I want 2 apologize Bulls and NBA fans 4 my actions. Got 2 keep my passion focused on my team. Get hyped for tonight Chicago!" Not surprisingly, the league has sent noted hard-line official Joe Crawford to work tonight's game, along with David Guthrie and Derrick Stafford.

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    Bulls center Joakim Noah, far right, yells after he and Miami Heat forward LeBron James received technical fouls Wednesday in Game 2 of their NBA Eastern Conference semifinals.

    Noah just can't afford to lose his focus for Bulls

    Joakim Noah let his emotions get the better of him against Miami. After his performance in Game 2 and his postgame message to the fans and media to zip it, he needs to just focus on his game and understand why the fans and media are speculating, says Mike North, who also hopes some calmness returns in Game 3. I need to explain something to Noah: there is speculation about Rose and his health because someone in the Bulls organization leaked the news that Rose was cleared by doctors in February to play — nothing happened.

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    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford celebrates with Jonathan Toews after the Blackhawks defeated the Minnesota Wild 5-1 in Game 5 on Thursday night. The Hawks won the series 4-1.

    Blackhawks pick good time for best game

    After a slow start to this series and a less than stellar effort through four games, the Blackhawks played their best game of the playoffs Thursday night at the UC and put away the Minnesota Wild.

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    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa celebrates his second goal of the game.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game Five
    The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-1 and eliminated the Minnesota Wild in the playoffs Thursday at the United Center. Marian Hossa, Marcus Kruger, Patrick Sharp, and Andrew Shaw scored for Chicago.

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    Bowen gets it goin’ for Grayslake North

    Known for her defense and speed, Grayslake North senior shortstop Jordyn Bowen showed off her power Thursday. The Northern Illinois recruit belted 2 solo home runs from the leadoff spot in the batting order to lead the Knights to a 6-1 win over host Grayslake Central in Fox Valley Conference Fox Division action.

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    Initial public offerings next week

    A list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week.

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    A soggy, rain-soaked cornfield sits unplanted Monday after weeks of constant rain has kept central Illinois farmers from seeding their ground, near Farmingdale, Ill. Some farmers may decide to switch their fields from corn to soybeans, which can be planted into early June and still have a good harvest if the Midwest doesn’t dry out, said Dan Cekander, director of grain market analysis at Newedge USA, a commodity brokerage firm in Chicago.

    Despite late start, officials say record corn crop likely

    The wet start to the corn planting season is expected to reduce the amount each acre produces this year, but farmers are planting so much of the crop that they're still likely to bring in a record amount.In a report released Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated farmers will bring in 14.1 billion bushels of corn this year, a billion bushels more than the previous record of 13.1 billion bushels set in 2009.

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    An worker descends the stairs or a Caterpillar Inc. truck Mnoday at Grupo Mexico SAB’s La Caridad open pit copper mine in Sonora, Mexico. Exxon Mobil, Caterpillar and Alcoa — Dow members whose fortunes are tied to the prices of crude oil and other basic materials — closed down 1 percent or more on Friday.

    Stocks rise for third week in a row

    Investors are in love with small stocks because they stand a greater chance of surging ahead than large, global companies do if the U.S. economy continues to fare better than Europe.

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    Firefly Tapas Kitchen & Bar sits closed after more than 30 patrons reported food poisoning symptoms. A new report on Friday shows 200 people who dined there have reported food poisoning symptoms.

    Hundreds sickened after dining at Vegas restaurant

    A new report shows 200 people who dined at one of Las Vegas' most popular restaurants about a block off the Strip have reported food poisoning symptoms, making it the largest outbreak southern Nevada health officials have seen in at least a decade. Sick patrons who dined at Firefly, a tapas restaurant on Paradise Road in late April hailed from 20 different states and two foreign countries, according to a report released Friday by the Southern Nevada Health District. There are likely many more cases that have gone unreported.

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    The owner of the ADOGO Pet Hotel in Minnetonka, Minn., wants to open a new location in Vernon Hills.

    Vernon Hills considered as expansion site for Minnesota-based pet hotel

    The owner of the ADOGO Pet Hotel in Minnetonka, Minn.,is pursuing a vacant 16,857-square foot office/warehouse in Vernon Hills for a second location. John Sturgess estimates the investment in renovation, equipment and marketing coudl reach $1 million. "I'm combining my love of the hotel business with my love of dogs," says the high-octane former hotel executive, who owns ADOGO Pet Hotel in Minnetonka.

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    Sears Holdings names new chief information officer

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. said Jeff Balagna will join the company as executive vice president and chief information officer. Balagna most recently served as the chief information officer at Eli Lilly. In his new role with Sears Holdings, he will be responsible for all technology and infrastructure initiatives for the company in its support centers and in-store.

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    Opal Enterprises debuts new website

    Family-owned remodeling company Opal Enterprises, in Napervillle, recently unveiled a redesigned website at www.opalenterprises.net. Geared toward improving customer remodeling experiences, the new site boasts several interactive features and hundreds of gallery images.

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    Grainger sees 8 percent rise in April sales

    Mettawa-based W.W. Grainger said daily sales in April increased 8 percent over the same period last year. The maintenance, repair and operating products supply company noted the increase included 3 percentage points from volume, 2 percentage points from price, 2 percentage points from acquisitions and 2 percentage points from the timing of the Easter holiday.

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    Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. is launching a program at its namesake department stores that will allow shoppers unable to qualify for credit to lease such big purchases as electronics, home appliances, furniture and mattresses.

    Sears launches new lease-to-own program

    For those financially strapped shoppers who can't wait for layaway, Sears has another option.Hoffman Estates-based Sears Holdings Corp. is launching a program at its namesake department stores that will allow shoppers unable to qualify for credit to lease such big purchases as electronics, home appliances, furniture and mattresses.

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    Orthopedics company makes job cuts in N. Indiana

    Orthopedic products maker Zimmer Holdings has cut some jobs from its northern Indiana workforce. The company didn't specify how many workers were let go, saying only that "less than 50 full time employees were impacted" at its Warsaw operations.

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    Illinois health centers to get $6M to help enroll uninsured

    More than 40 health centers throughout Illinois will be able to apply for $6 million in federal funding to help people sign up for insurance under the new health care law. The funding was announced Thursday by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The money is part of about $150 million to be distributed nationally to health centers.

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    More than 40,000 uninsured military veterans in Illinois could have new access to health insurance under the national health overhaul law, according to a new interactive tool based on U.S. census data.

    Expanding Medicaid could help 13,000 Illinois vets

    More than 40,000 uninsured military veterans in Illinois could have new access to health insurance under the national health overhaul law, according to a new interactive tool based on U.S. census data. About 13,000 veterans — one-third of those without insurance — have incomes so low that they'll be newly eligible for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

Life & Entertainment

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    Paul Wesley, left, as Stefan and Ian Somerhalder as Damon, in a scene from The CW television show, “The Originals.”

    CW lines up new sci-fi, fantasy TV series

    The CW is adding three new sci-fi and fantasy series to its 2013-14 schedule, along with a drama about the teenage Mary, Queen of Scots. The network also announced Thursday that it's renewing "Nikita" and "The Carrie Diaries." The CW had previously said it's picking up "The Originals," a spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries."

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    Mike Tyson will be a cartoon detective in a new animated series on the young adult network Adult Swim.

    Mike Tyson to have his own cartoon series

    Adult Swim says it's turning Mike Tyson into a cartoon detective. The network announced a new animated series Friday called "Mike Tyson Mysteries" that will feature the retired boxing champ.

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    Super handyman: Protecting your home from water damage

    We get a lot of questions about problems that often are caused by drainage issues around the outside of your home. So many times, you can do a little inexpensive advance work and prevent a lot of costly damage to your home. Here is some advice.

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    Actor Sean Hayes stars as a gay divorced dad in “Sean Saves the World,” one of three new comedies coming next season on NBC.

    NBC plans 5 new TV series for next season

    Sean Hayes, Parker Posey, Minnie Driver and Gillian Anderson will have prominent roles in new television series that NBC has decided to air next season. The network said Thursday that it had ordered five new series, in advance of its annual schedule announcement Sunday, when it will detail where the rookie and returning shows will be placed on the schedule.

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    Chris Smith, left, of the rap duo Kris Kross, speaks at the funeral service of fellow band member Chris Kelly, as Smith’s sister, Jennifer Smith, right, listens, Thursday in Atlanta. The 34-year-old Kelly was found dead May 1 of a suspected drug overdose.

    Kris Kross rapper remembered at Atlanta funeral

    Chris Smith remembered his Kris Kross hip-hop partner Chris Kelly Thursday as a true friend who he's sure is in heaven now. Smith struggled to blurt out words at the pulpit of Jackson Baptist Memorial Church at Kelly's funeral attended by some 300 friends, family and fellow entertainers. The 34-year-old Kelly, who had the 1992 hit "Jump" with Smith, was found dead May 1 of a suspected drug overdose.

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    Randy Jackson, the 56-year-old “American Idol” judge, says he won’t be returning to the Fox talent competition after serving 12 seasons on the show’s judging panel.

    Later, Dawg: Randy Jackson leaving ‘American Idol’

    Randy Jackson, the lone remaining original "American Idol" judge, won't be returning to the Fox talent competition next season. Jackson said in a statement that he's leaving "Idol" to focus on his record label and other business opportunities.

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    Angie Miller, center, received the fewest viewer votes on “American Idol” Wednesday, leaving Candice Glover, left, and Kree Harrison to duke it out for the grand prize on next week’s finale.

    ‘American Idol’ down to final 2 singers

    "American Idol" finalist Angie Miller won't be tickling the ivories on this season's final showdown. The piano-playing 19-year-old singer from Beverly, Mass., was revealed Thursday to have received the fewest viewer votes on the Fox talent contest, leaving 23-year-old R&B vocalist Candice Glover of St. Helena Island, S.C., and 22-year-old country crooner Kree Harrison of Woodville, Texas, to compete for the show's record deal grand prize on next week's finale.

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    Whether you write your own songs or do a little tap, come out and audition for the judges at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    Sing? Dance? Do standup? Audition for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent

    Do you have what it takes to be suburban Chicago's next talent competition star? Is there a talent you've nurtured that might wow a local or national audience? Then sign up for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent, a summer-long competition presented by the Daily Herald, produced by the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

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    Karl Urban, left, as John Kennex and Michael Ealy as Dorian partner to fight crime in the year 2048 in the new FOX drama, “Almost Human,” premiering this fall.

    Fox orders new J.J. Abrams drama, Samberg comedy

    Four new dramas and five comedies were announced Wednesday for the 2013-14 season by Fox, including a futuristic drama from producer-writer J.J. Abrams of "Lost" and the "Star Trek" movie franchise and a comedy with Andy Samberg of "Saturday Night Live" fame as a carefree police detective.

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    President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy upon their arrival at Dallas Airport shortly before President Kennedy was assassinated. PBS says its fall schedule will include a variety of specials marking President John F. Kennedy’s death 50 years ago. In the weeks leading up to the milestone anniversary of his Nov. 22, 1963, slaying in Dallas, PBS said it will air “JFK,” a four-hour “American Experience” special.

    JFK retrospective, Latino history on PBS schedule

    PBS' fall schedule will examine President John F. Kennedy's life and his death 50 years ago through a modern lens, part of the network's increased emphasis on relevance, its programming chief said.

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    Tamberla Perry stars as a fictional African American actress looking for a break in 1930s Hollywood in Goodman Theatre’s “By the Way, Meet Vera Stark.”

    Goodman’s ‘Vera Stark’ falls short of potential

    The subject of Lynn Nottage's "By The Way, Meet Vera Stark" — an examination of racism in 1930s Hollywood — is certainly ripe for satire. The comedy is broad and the dialogue is funny. But Nottage's uneven dramedy about a fictional African American actress trying to break into the movies never comes together in a way that entirely satisfies.

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    Lady Antebellum — Dave Haywood, left, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott — released their latest album, “Golden,” this week.

    With the pressure off, Lady A releases laid-back 'Golden'

    Lady Antebellum's last album "Own the Night" opened on top of the charts, spawned two No. 1 hits and has sold more than 1.8 million copies. The difference between that record and Lady A's new release, "Golden," is profound and reflects a new self-awareness for Hillary Scott, Dave Haywood and Charles Kelley. "We're happier with this record," Kelley said. "I think we're a lot more proud of it."

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    Night life events: Catch live music at Rugan’s

    Catch Joe Wray from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Rugan's in Antioch — a wine and martini bar and alehouse serving tapas. Or enjoy the best of Latin music — including salsa, bachata, cumbia and merengue — from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday at Club 13 at Villa Verone in Elgin.

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    What you need to know to sign up
    The rules and regulations for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent, presented by the Daily Herald, produced by the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and sponsored by Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

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    Micky York

    Meet the judges
    A look at the judges for the 2013 edition of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent, presented by the Daily Herald, produced by the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

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    Book notes: Meet local mystery writer Saturday

    Local author Annie Hansen reads from and signs copies of "Give Me Chocolate," her new mystery book that is set primarily in the Tri-Cities, at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the Geneva History Center.

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    Theater events: ‘Black Tie’ closes out Steel Beam’s season

    Steel Beam concludes its season with the wedding-centered comedy "Black Tie"; Metropolis celebrates romance over dinner; and Court Theatre presents the first of its two-production Moliere mini-fest this week in Chicago-area theater.

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    Richard Marx

    Richard Marx, Peter Yarrow on Raue summer lineup

    The Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake announced some of its 2013-2014 lineup which will include singer/songwriter Richard Marx, Broadway veteran Ben Vereen, Peter Yarrow and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy among others. The center’s resident theater company Williams Street Repertory inaugurates its first comedy week on Aug. 11 with Jeff Sweet’s “You Only Shoot the Ones You Love.”

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    How to make a home relocation easier on pets

    Many buyers and sellers who struck deals at the start of the prime spring home-buying season are now ready to move. The two-thirds of those who have pets have special concerns.

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    The rise of ‘pocket listings’ may be costly to sellers

    How hot is hot when it comes to housing markets across the country right now? Crazy hot: There are growing numbers of houses that sell even before they formally hit the market — sold through a controversial technique known as "pocket listings."

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    Home inspector: new homebuyer afraid of gas appliances

    Q. As a first-time homebuyer, I'm worried about gas appliances. All the houses I've looked at have gas stoves, gas water heaters, and gas furnaces. The house I'm renting has all-electric appliances. I've heard lots of horror stories about safety problems with natural gas — everything from fires to explosions. Are gas appliances safe, or should I stick with electrical ones?

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    A close-knit community and good schools attract buyers to the Hawthorn Club neighborhood in Vernon Hills.

    Hawthorn Club community has family appeal

    When Barb and Marc Rosenstock sought a larger home for their growing family, they simply stayed in Hawthorn Club, the Vernon Hills neighborhood where they live and purchased a more spacious home. “We remodeled the house to be what we always wanted, and we like our nice yard with trees,” Barb Rosenstock said. Her favorite room in their home is her office with a window seat — a room with a view. "Every day someone walks by and says 'hi,'” Rosenstock said. “I grew up in a rural area, so it’s nice to see people, all kinds of people and children, dogs, new puppies. I like having people around."

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    From left, a Savannah Brown ceramic pot; a fluted terra cotta pot, and a pot with clay “feet” which can aid drainage, especially when pots sit directly on paving.

    How to get the most out of your herb garden

    Beautiful, delicious, aromatic and self-sufficient, herbs represent a form of perfection in the garden. Culinary herbs are singularly suited to growing in pots and other containers — they love a dry, airy perch.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Towns must talk, cooperate in fight against flooding

    The argument between Des Plaines and Mount Prospect over Levee 37 -- and its impact on the amount of flooding recently in Des Plaines -- emphasizes the importance for all flood-endangered towns to cooperate and share information, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    The fog on Benghazi

    In some cases, the fog of war is initially thick, then dissipates. Following the Sept. 11, 2012, Benghazi attacks that killed four Americans including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, the facts were initially clear. The fog was a later addition. Recent congressional testimony by Gregory Hicks, Stevens’ deputy in Libya, established one point beyond doubt: Those closest to the attacks were not confused about their nature. They were responding to a coordinated terrorist assault followed by a “precise” mortar barrage. “The only report that our mission made through every channel was that there had been an attack,” Hicks said. “No protest.” On Sept. 12, Assistant Secretary of State Beth Jones informed State Department colleagues that she had told the Libyans that “the group that conducted the attacks, Ansar al-Sharia, is affiliated with Islamic terrorists.This information traveled the 5,000 miles to CIA headquarters and was incorporated into the agency’s initial talking points. But somewhere in the final few miles between Langley, Foggy Bottom and the White House, the attack was called a “demonstration,” and then, according to U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, the “direct result of a heinous and offensive video.” The administration’s characterizations became more emphatic as they became less accurate. Two weeks after the murders, President Obama thundered at the United Nations that “the future must not belong to those who slander the prophet of Islam.” In pinning the blame for Benghazi on a crude, anti-Muslim video, confusion moved along the contours of convenience. For the State Department, it shifted attention away from careless security practices in an obviously dangerous place. For the White House, it avoided pre-election discussion of the war on terror that was supposed to be largely won. For whoever made the military decisions on that night, it obscured the timidity of their response when Americans came under attack.Republicans who see a repeat of Watergate in these events will be disappointed. This was an effort to obscure negligence and incompetence, not criminality. But the administration’s reaction to Benghazi set a precedent. Judged by its main intention, it was successful. It got the administration past the November election with little damage. This took some effort. Hicks, for example, was discouraged from cooperating with a member of Congress investigating the attacks, was called on the carpet for interacting with him directly and, he believes, was eventually demoted for disputing the official version of events. The media, meanwhile, tended to dismiss every new piece of information as trivial until it could be categorized as old news. But as the administration’s Benghazi narrative unravels, some additional, second-order effects have become obvious. First, the administration was willing to shift all the responsibility for its public errors to the intelligence community. During the vice presidential debate, moderator Martha Raddatz asked Joe Biden why the White House had attributed the death of Stevens to the video. He responded: “Because that was exactly what we were told by the intelligence community.”Not quite “exactly.” Thanks to Stephen Hayes of The Weekly Standard, we now know the CIA talking points were significantly modified at the insistence of the State Department and later in the interdepartmental process. The initial judgments of the intelligence community were fairly accurate. Eventual administration statements were inaccurate. Given the importance of American intelligence credibility on Iran and Syria, is it advisable to make our intelligence services look less competent than they are for political reasons?

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    The perils of self-publishing

    Columnists Steve and Cokie Roberts: Every journalist in the world has made mistakes, including us. Many of them. It goes with the territory. But we still have an obligation to minimize those mistakes, to aim toward accuracy, to follow strict standards of professionalism.

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    Are you (fill in the blank) enough?

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Rather than insist that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz fall in line, shouldn't we be celebrating a clear victory for true diversity? That is, diversity of thought. Here we have two conservative Republicans of Hispanic origin who have different views on an important issue. Wasn't this always the point of our grand American experiment?

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    Oppose legalization of medical pot
    A Deerfield letter to the editor: On April 17, the Illinois House of Representatives passed HB 001, often referred to as "medical marijuana" legislation, by a vote of 61-57 in favor. As chief of police in Deerfield for 12 years, I find it imperative to voice my concerns concerning this pending legislation with members of the community.

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    Ability to assimilate key for immigrants
    A Palatine letter to the editor: As a U.S. citizen, I welcome all immigrants to our country. Your contributions are valuable and welcome. Keep your native language and tradition, because that's your wonderful heritage; however, learn the English language, assimilate into the community and cherish the opportunity to live in this great country.

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    Writer’s attack on GOP unjustified
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Mr. Sears' final vile comment is why do Republicans hate people? Mr. Sears need only look in the mirror to see hatred. If disagreeing and looking for a better solution is hatred, then I'd say we're all in trouble.

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    Internet businesses should pay taxes, too
    A Naperville letter to the editor: This letter is in response to a submission regarding legislation that is supported by the local business community, the Marketplace Fairness Act. Organizations like the Downtown Naperville Alliance and Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce support this.

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    Glad Illinois has some regulations
    An Aurora letter to the editor: Recently Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in Illinois trying to entice corporations to move there by touting their lack of regulations. One of the main purposes of government is to do for the citizens what they cannot do for themselves, which includes protecting the public health and protecting citizens from ruthless, greedy, impersonal corporations.

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