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    Emergency personnel aid one of the people hit by a car Saturday, at right, during the beginning of the Hikers Parade at the Trail Days festival in Damascus, Va.

    Up to 60 injured after car drives into Virginia parade

    What caused the car to drive into the crowd wasn't immediately known. It appeared to come from a side street, and a thud could be heard. People yelled stop, and at some point, the car finally stopped. Witnesses said the car had a handicapped parking sticker and it went more than 100 feet before coming to a stop.

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    Palatine High School senior Alyssa Froehling won the 31st annual Congressional High School Art Competition hosted by 8th District U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth. Froehling’s winning black-and-white photo composition is titled “Symbiosis.”

    Palatine student wins 8th District art competition

    All the research Palatine High School senior Alyssa Froehling did before she asked for a fancy Canon digital camera for Christmas — and her parents willingness to indulge her — seems to have paid off. Froehling was named winner of the 8th District Congressional High School Art Competition in a ceremony hosted by U.S. Rep Tammy Duckworth on Saturday in Arlington Heights.

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    A lottery official says 1 winning ticket has been sold in Florida for a record Powerball jackpot of more than $590 million. Terry Rich, a lottery official in Iowa, confirmed the ticket matching all six numbers was sold in Florida. Rich told The Associated Press by telephone that details were expected to be announced later by Florida lottery officials about the actual ticket sold.

    Winning Powerball ticket sold in Florida

    A lottery official says 1 winning ticket has been sold in Florida for a record Powerball jackpot of more than $590 million. Terry Rich, a lottery official in Iowa, confirmed the ticket matching all six numbers was sold in Florida. Rich told The Associated Press by telephone that details were expected to be announced later by Florida lottery officials about the actual ticket sold.

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    A Powerball lottery ticket is printed out of a lottery machine at a convenience store in Chicago on Saturday, May 18, 2013. A little more than a year after three tickets split a world-record lottery prize, the jackpot for Saturday's Powerball drawing was nearing historic territory. Should nobody pick the correct six numbers, the prize money will roll over to next week's drawing and almost certainly eclipse the $656 million doled out to winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland in the Mega Millions game in March 2012.

    Powerball numbers: 22-10-13-14-52 and Powerball 11

    Here are tonight's Powerball numbers: 22-10-13-14-52 and Powerball 11. It's all about the odds. With the majority of possible combinations of Powerball numbers in play, someone is almost sure to win the game's highest jackpot during Saturday night's drawing, a windfall of hundreds of millions of dollars — and that's after taxes. The problem is those same odds just about guarantee the lucky...

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    Winner of the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest Emmelie de Forest of Denmark.

    Denmark’s de Forest wins Eurovision song contest

    Juries and television viewers across Europe awarded the barefoot, hippie-chic 20-year-old for the catchy love song that is driven by her deep, Shakira-like voice.

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    During the execution of a search warrant, members of the Joint Federal Haz-Mat Team, FBI, and local law enforcement gather Saturday in front of the Osmun Apartments near the intersection of First Avenue and Oak Street in Spokane, Wash.

    FBI searches apartment in ricin letter case

    FBI agents, Spokane police and U.S. Postal Service inspectors descended on the three-story apartment building Saturday morning and the investigation continued into the afternoon.

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    Elgin Community College nursing graduate and student speaker Karen Gonzalez addresses her classmates during their commencement ceremony on Saturday. To see more photos and order reprints, visit www.dailyherald.com/galleries/news/graduations/

    ECC grad embraces life’s ups and downs

    Karen Sarai Gonzalez came to the United States from Mexico when she was 16 years old knowing little English. Since then she has learned a new language, made new friends, become part of a second family, and earned a degree. Gonzalez was one of about 400 graduates honored at Elgin Community College Saturday, earning an associate of applied science degree in nursing.

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    David R. Wooten

    Park Ridge police: More victims of con man out there

    Park Ridge police are asking people who had dealings with David Ray Wooten to talk to them, as they say the man may have befriended them, then stole from them.

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    Police: Man recorded women in Elmhurst hospital bathroom

    A man who allegedly used a cellphone to record women using a washroom at Elmhurst Hospital faces a felony charge of unlawful videotaping, authorities said Saturday. Salvador Perez, 49, of the 2500 block of Sonia Avenue in Franklin Park, positioned his cellphone Friday under the sink of a unisex bathroom at the hospital so it would record the toilet area, officials said.

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    N.Y. police say fatal shooting was anti-gay hate crime

    A gunman used homophobic slurs before firing a fatal shot point-blank into a man's face on a Manhattan street alive with a weekend midnight crowd, a killing New York's police commissioner called an "anti-gay" hate crime.

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    Kay Catlin

    St. Charles woman shares favorite ‘sayings’ in booklet

    Dave Heun talks to St. Charles resident Kay Catlin about the publishing of her booklet of 'sayings."

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    Emergency personnel spray foam on the fuselage of a US Airways Express commuter plane after it made a belly landing Saturday morning at Newark Liberty International Airport.

    Airways Express jet makes belly landing

    An airline official says a US Airways Express flight with 34 people aboard was forced to make a belly landing at Newark International Airport after experiencing landing gear trouble. No injuries were reported.

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    Aurora homeless man drowns in retention pond

    A 36-year-old homeless Aurora man was found dead in a retention pond Friday afternoon — the victim of an apparent drowning, police said. The man was identified Saturday as Joseph A. Pec, a resident of the Hesed House homeless shelter in Aurora.

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    Maggie Nelson, 9, of Carol Stream rides the Eurobungy during the eighth annual JustPlay! Sports & Rec Festival in Carol Stream Saturday.

    Carol Stream festival lets families just play

    Just play. Sounds easy enough, right? Playing was the task before more than 1,000 people who attended Saturday's opening of the eighth annual JustPlay! Sports & Recreation Festival hosted by the Carol Stream Park District. With a handful of new active options this year, participants could play in scuba gear, on paddleboards, along zip lines, on fitness obstacle courses or on more familiar terrain...

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    Arianna Roldan, left, and Julia Mach are among a group of 18 high school students, 17 from Wheeling High School alone, who graduated with certified nursing assistant certificates Saturday at Harper College in Palatine.

    High-schoolers walk at Harper commencement

    Included in the 550 or so students who donned caps and gowns Saturday at Harper College's commencement was a contingent not yet old enough to vote, but qualified to take vital signs, transfer patients and practice infection control. A total of 18 high-schoolers, 17 from Wheeling High School alone, walked after completing their Certified Nursing Assistant certificate, among the numerous...

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    Chief puts Schaumburg cop on leave during gun investigation

    A Schaumburg police officer who authorities said kept a revolver that a resident turned in to police has been placed on administrative leave as his conduct is investigated. The officer was relieved of his duties April 26, when Schaumburg Police Chief Ken Bouche was notified of his improper handling of the .22 caliber revolver, police said.

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    Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers, left, and Bruce Spizer, author of “The Beatles are Coming,” are interviewed at a news conference in New York.

    Notable deaths last week

    Ken Venturi, who overcame dehydration to win the 1964 U.S. Open and spent 35 years in the booth for CBS Sports, died Friday afternoon. He was 82.Venturi died 11 days after he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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    Prosecutors: Teen posted rape on Facebook page

    Three Chicago teenagers are accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl and posting the attack on Facebook. Prosecutors say 15-year-old Kenneth Brown, Justin Applewhite and Scandale Fritz, both 16, attacked the girl at Fritz' home on Dec. 15.

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    Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Sautrday doubling the maximum prison term for people who use social media and text messaging to organize violent “flash mobs” like those that have occurred on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue and in other tourist areas. The legislation, which increases the maximum prison sentence to six years, was in direct response to recent incidents in downtown Chicago that left business owners fearful that tourists and other visitors would be scared off.

    Illinois cracks down on social media ‘flash mobs’

    Illinois toughened penalties Saturday for those who use social media and text messaging to organize violent "flash mobs" like those that have occurred on Chicago's Michigan Avenue and in other tourist areas. Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation doubling the maximum prison term for offenders to six years. The legislation was in direct response to recent incidents in downtown Chicago that left...

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    Demonstrators gathered at the Invalides square in Paris, during a rally to protest against French President Francois Hollande’s social reform on gay marriage and adoption.

    French president signs gay marriage into law

    President Francois Hollande, a Socialist, had made legalizing gay marriage one of his campaign pledges last year. While polls for years have shown majority support for gay marriage in France, adoption by same-sex couples is more controversial.

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    An Afghan woman peers through the eye slit of her burqa as she waits to try on a new burqa in shop in the old town of Kabul, Afghanistan. Conservative religious lawmakers in Afghanistan blocked a law on Saturday that aims to protect women’s freedoms, with some arguing that parts of it violate Islamic principles or encourage women to have sex outside of marriage.

    Afghan lawmakers block law on women’s rights

    The Law on Elimination of Violence Against Women has been in effect since 2009, but only by presidential decree. It is being brought before parliament now because lawmaker Fawzia Kofi, a women's rights activist, wants to cement it with a parliamentary vote to prevent its potential reversal by any future president who might be tempted to repeal it to satisfy hard-line religious parties.

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    Portraits of the late North Korean leaders Kim Il Sung, left, and Kim Jong Il hang Saturday on the outside of a building in central Pyongyang, North Korea.

    S. Korea says North fires 3 short-range missiles

    North Korea recently withdrew two mid-range "Musudan" missiles believed to be capable of reaching Guam after moving them to its east coast earlier this year, U.S. officials said. The North is banned from testing ballistic missiles under U.N. Security Council resolutions. Earlier this year, North Korea threatened nuclear strikes on Seoul and Washington.

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    No injuries in Palatine condo fire

    No one was injured in a fire Friday night that left three condominium units uninhabitable in Palatine, authorities said. The Palatine Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire at a two-story, 24-unit condo building at 516 N. Wilke Road, according to a news release.

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    Jenny Beth Martin, co-founder and national coordinator of the Tea Party Patriots, speaks during a news conference with Tea Party leaders, including Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., chair of the Tea Party Caucus, left, about the IRS' targeting Tea Party groups on Capitol Hill in Washington. "I think the IRS' integrity is shattered," said Martin. Tea Party Patriots, a fierce Obama critic, was among the largest nonprofit conservative groups targeted by the IRS; the group raised $20.2 million in 2011, up from $706,000 just two years earlier, according to tax filings.

    IRS probe ignored most influential groups

    There's an irony in the Internal Revenue Service's crackdown on conservative groups. The nation's tax agency has admitted to inappropriately scrutinizing smaller tea party organizations that applied for tax-exempt status. But the IRS largely maintained a hands-off policy with the much larger, big-budget organizations on the left and right that were most influential in the 2012 elections and are...

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    Melissa Torrez, 27, holds her 4-year-old daughter in her apartment in Albuquerque, N.M., Friday, May 17, 2013. Torrez chased down a man for miles and ran into his car Wednesday, May 15, after he abducted her daughter. She told The Associated Press her “mother's instincts” kicked in when she launched her chase. Police later arrested 31-year-old David Hernandez and charged him with kidnapping and child abuse.

    NM mom: I followed instincts in chasing abductor

    Melissa Torrez didn't even think when teenagers in her apartment complex said a man had just grabbed her 4-year-old girl and drove away. She jumped in her car and began chasing the brown Buick through traffic, zigzagging on Interstate 40 at high speeds and staying with the car even as it bluffed trying to exit in an attempt to lose her.

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    Astronaut Lovell to dedicate memorial garden

    Apollo 13 astronaut Capt. James Lovell Jr. will help dedicate a Chicago memorial garden paying tribute to the 10th anniversary of the space shuttle Columbia disaster.

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    Chicago Teachers Union begins 3-day citywide march

    The Chicago Teachers Union is launching a three-day march around the city in protest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposal to close dozens of schools.

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    Cook County Jail has outbreak of lice, scabies

    Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart says there is an outbreak of lice and scabies at the county jail and the hospital serving jail detainees.

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    11 people shot overnight in Chicago violence

    Overnight shootings in Chicago have killed three people and injured at least eight others, including a 16-year-old boy.

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    A task force is working to develop new strategies to control the mosquito population in DuPage County. One suggestion could be to have townships oversee the effort.

    DuPage panel considers strategies to control mosquitoes

    DuPage County's nine townships could play key roles in a push to combat mosquito populations on a countywide level. A mosquito abatement task force is working to develop strategies to reduce the risk of mosquito-borne illnesses, such as West Nile virus. One of the issues the panel reviewed Friday is whether abatement services could be consolidated. Right now, there are 45 different...

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    April flooding is expected to have no lingering impact on the 56th annual Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon on Sunday.

    Floods can’t stop Des Plaines River canoe race

    Yes, the 56th Annual Des Plaines River Canoe and Kayak Marathon will go on as scheduled Sunday. But that doesn't mean organizers didn't have a few things to worry about in the wake of last month's floods.

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    Archie, a baby male giant anteater, clings to his mother, Armani’s, back at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center in Greenwich, Conn.

    Birth of anteater has zoo staff puzzled

    An anteater has given birth at a Connecticut conservation center, prompting officials there to wonder how the mother conceived.Officials at the LEO Zoological Conservation Center tell the Greenwich Time they had removed the only male anteater from the enclosure in August, long before the six-month gestation period for baby Archie would have begun.

Sports

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    Lakes’ Evelyn Felipez competed in the 100 and 200 meter wheelchair race Saturday at the girls state track and field finals at O’Brien Stadium at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    Images: IHSA girls state track and field finals
    Images from the IHSA girls state track and field finals Saturday at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

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    The White Sox are preparing for the June 6 amateur draft, and they have the 17th pick in the first round. Beat writer Scot Gregor says GM Rick Hahn would be wise to select an impact infielder.

    Drafting pitcher may not be best option for White Sox

    The White Sox are preparing for the June 6 amateur draft, and they have the 17th pick in the first round. Beat writer Scot Gregor says the Sox would be wise to select an impact infielder.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Sclafani triple caps Montini rally

    It wasn’t Alyssa Sclafani’s 10th homer of the year, but it may have been a bigger hit than the 9 long balls.Sclafani, Montini’s freshman catcher, hit a bases-clearing 3-run triple to deep center field, rallying the Broncos to a 5-3 win over Antioch at Saturday’s Bandits Jamboree in Rosemont.Sclafani’s blast, with the Broncos trailing 3-1, just missed going out in the 220-foot dimensions to center. She also scored on the play when the throw sailed high.“I was focused before I went to the plate, and I knew what I had to do,” Sclafani said. “It was a great feeling.”Fellow freshman Zoe Dannenberg (7-2) threw 22⁄3 innings shutout innings for the win. She worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the sixth, then escaped the same situation in the seventh with big help from her defense. With two out shortstop Cristina Barrett made a diving stop of a hard-hit ball, threw home and Sclafani executed the game-ending run down with a throw to third.Barrett was just released Thursday from the hospital after suffering a hyperextended elbow.“It’s nice to have her back,” Montini coach Richie Costante said. Barret also had 2 hits and scored twice for Montini (24-10), which snapped a four-game losing streak in a week of challenging nonconference contests.“I set these games up against quality teams to get us ready for the playoffs,” Costante said. “It’s nice to come ot on top of a close game, because we haven’t had that luxury lately.”York 6, Richards 4:Isabella Jaeger’s sixth-inning double scored Audrey Kosman, snapping a 4-4 tie at the Bandits Jamboree. Sarah Milkowski was 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and 2 RBI for the Dukes (18-14). Brooke Bandy threw four innings of shutout relief for the win.Waubonsie Valley 2, Lincoln-Way North 1:Shannon Hohman (19-5) threw a two-hitter with 6 strikeouts and also hit her fifth homer for No. 12 Waubonsie (23-5) at the Stone City Jamboree. Jordan Kurth singled in Mel Koulos for the Warriors’ othe run.Willowbrook 7-12, Glenbard East 2-4:Darian Pelsor homered in both ends of the doubleheader, and Alyssa Ressinger went deep and drove in 4 runs in Game 2 to complete the sweep.Glenbard West 3-4, Naperville North 4-3:Michelle Cavoto followed Alexis Solak’s 2-run triple with a go-ahead RBI single in the fifth inning of the first game for the Huskies (15-15). Glenbard West (17-16)) salvaged a split on the strength of a 4-run fourth inning in Game 2. Shelley Warmolts was 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored, Sarah Park 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI and Rachel Terwilliger 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

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    Lakes’ Danielle Griesbaum takes the baton to a win on the anchor leg Saturday at the Class 2A 3,200-meter relay at the girls track and field state finals at O’Brien Stadium.

    Repeat 3,200 relay title for Griesbaum twins, Lakes

    Fraternal twins never looked so identical, with state championship medals providing the final accent pieces for Lakes’ sparkling sophomore duo of Brittani and Danielle Griesbaum. There they posed proudly atop the awards podium Saturday morning, each sister with an arm wrapped around the other’s waist.

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    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    South Elgin 8, Elk Grove 3: Ryan Nutof was 2-for-3 and Joe Crivolio picked up the win on the mound as the Storm (16-14) scored 5 runs in the top of the eighth inning to win this nonconference game.Huntley 5, Glenbard West 1: Josh Perkins threw a 6-inning no-hitter with 4 strikeouts and 1 walk to lead the Red Raiders (24-5) in nonconference action. Colin Lyman (2-for-4, 2B), Tommy Kiriakopoulos (2B) and Mark Skonieczny (2-for-2, 2 RBI) led Huntley.CL Central 9, Burlington Central 1: Josh Lung had an RBI for the Rockets (14-11) in this nonconference loss. Robby Frederickson took the loss.CL South 11, Wheeling 1: Max Meitzler (3-for-3, 2B, RBI), Tony Bittenbender (2-for-3, 2 RBI) and winning pitcher Tyler Hall (2-for-3, 2B, RBI) led the Gators to this nonconference win.CL South 7, Streamwood 0: Troy Bittenbender was 2-for-4 with a home run and 3 RBI and Jake Bigos went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI for the Gators (20-6) in this nonconference victory. Ryan Hetherington added a double for Crystal Lake South and Eric Schiller was the winning pitcher. Chad Caminitti had a double for Streamwood and Collin Tatone took the loss.Streamwood 13, Wheeling 0: Jeff Weaver was 2-for-5 with a home run and 5 RBI to lead Streamwood. Troy Caminitti was 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI for the Sabres (6-24) and Kevin Drwal threw a 3-hitter with 9 strikeouts and 3 walks for the win.Sycamore 3, Hampshire 2: R.J. Consigny was 3-for-3, Trey Schramm had a triple and an RBI and Tim Jansen a double for Hampshire. Andrew Brown took the loss for the Whip-Purs (13-16).Wheaton North 7, Bartlett 6: Sam Franco was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Matt Vitulli had a double and an RBI and Mike Roberson added a double for Bartlett. Ben Havel took the loss for the Hawks (14-14).Cary-Grove 12, Stevenon 0: Zach Marszal was 3-for-5 with a home run and 4 RBI and Matt Ewert added a double and 2 RBI as the Trojans won in nonconference action. Dean Lee was the winning pitcher. DeKalb 4, Elgin 1: Jon Zima took the loss for the Maroons (7-22), who had just 3 hits.

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    Baseball: Scouting the Fox Valley postseason

    Scouting the upcoming baseball postseason in the Fox Valley.

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    Warren’s Brittny Ellis wins the 400-meter dash in the Class 3A girls track and field state finals at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    Ellis’ winning hue: A second coat of blue

    She blended nearly as perfectly as she ran. All dressed in blue on the O'Brien Stadium blue, under a blue sky, with blue bleachers above, Warren Blue Devil Brittny Ellis dominated in her Year Two at EIU. "Last year was just totally new for me," the speedy sophomore said. "I didn't know what was going on. "But now," she added, smiling, "I feel like I belong here." So true, girl in blue. Her feats may have been new to the IHSA track world last spring, but what Ellis does on a track is getting old, yet no less exhilarating. She won the Class 3A 400-meter dash for the second year in a row Saturday, successfully defending her title by burning off a 54.34 to edge the equally amazing Cameron Pettigrew. The Chicago Payton star sped to a time of 54.84.

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    Valles tosses shutout as Maine West splits with Schaumburg

    Ariel Valles pitched her final regular-season game on the varsity diamond where she has spent most of her high school softball career. The Maine West senior made it a game to remember by tossing a 5-0 shutout over visiting Schaumburg on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader in Des Plaines. The Saxons took Game 2 behind a 7-hitter from sophomore Shannon Felde.

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    Buffalo Grove freshman Kaitlyn Ko wins her heat of the 1,600-meter run Saturday at the Class 3A girls track and field state finals at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    Silver linings for Palatine 3,200 relay, Meadows’ Keller

    Tess Wasowicz put her best foot forward — and didn't wince. In the end, all was well in a season that wasn't always well for the Palatine star. What the senior described as a "stress reaction" in her left foot kept her from competing on the track for half the season, but the perennial state qualifier left Eastern Illinois University's O'Brien Stadium with a runner-up state medal draped over her neck after joining 3,200-meter relay teammates Kara Burton, Liz Cox and Cassidy McPherson ran strong on the season's final day, finishing second (9:12.21) in the Class 3A race behind only New Trier (9:04.86). Another state veteran, Rolling Meadows senior thrower Morgan Keller, also left Charleston happy. She finished in second place in the discus (149 feet, 7 inches).

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    Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) gets a basket under New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler Saturday night during Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Indianapolis.

    Pacers knock out Knicks with 106-99 win in Game 6

    Lance Stephenson scored a playoff career-high 25 points and led a late 11-2 run Saturday night, leading the Indiana Pacers past the New York Knicks, 106-99 and into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2004. The New York native also had 10 rebounds and the Pacers were spurred by the return of point guard George Hill two days after he was diagnosed with a concussion.

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    Grayslake Central comes back to top Wauconda

    Grayslake Central never gave up Saturday, and the reward was a dramatic 7-6 victory over Wauconda. The host Rams fought off a 4-0 deficit and then ultimately overcame a 7-4 deficit by scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Matt Loeffl came up with the winning hit when he ripped a bases-loaded, one-out single to plate Jay Hoffman, who had earlier doubled.

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    Grant picks up win No. 20

    SoftballGrant 6, West Chicago 2: Fresh off of its North Suburban Conference championship, Grant got its 20th win of the season. Kayla Uhwat went 3-for-4 for the Bulldogs, who move to 20-8 overall. Jamie Reiser drilled a home run and was 2-for-4 on the game. Winning pitcher Caitlyn Moran rolled up 5 strikeouts and did not allow a walk.Wauconda 2, South Elgin 1: At the Ballpark at Rosemont, Wauconda scored the winning run in the top of the eighth inning. Pitcher Kayla Wedl got the win for the Bulldogs.Grayslake Central sweeps: Grayslake Central got a couple of home runs in a doubleheader sweep of Waukegan, 7-2 in the first aame and 7-6 in the second. In the first game, Brittany Brown drilled a home run for the Rams. She went 4-for-4, also had a double and drove in 4 runs. On top of all that, she was the winning pitcher with 7 strikeouts. Meanwhile, teammate Jamie Brew went 3-for-3, with each hit being a double. In the second game, Brandy Heraty drilled a home run. She also was the winning pitcher as the Rams scored 3 runs in the top of the seventh.Montini 5, Antioch 3: Kaytee Keefe went 3-for-4 with a double and Hannah Skoog went 2-for-2 but it wasn’t enough as Antioch dropped a nonconference game in the Chicago Bandits High School Jamboree at the Ballpark at Rosemont. Jessica Tyrell had two long balls that went just foul, including one in the bottom of the sixth inning that would have tied the game. Antioch pitcher Katie Phillips rolled up 6 strikeouts.

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    Stevenson’s Mitchell Sokolsky celebrates with his team during the boys water polo state semifinals against St. Ignatius at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire on Saturday.

    Fenwick turns away Stevenson

    Host Stevenson knew it had a huge task on its hands in attempting to knock off perennial power Fenwick Saturday night for the boys water polo state championship. And after a one-year hiatus, the Friars' dynasty returned to the mountain top as they built a 7-3 lead over the Patriots after three quarters before finishing an impressive 10-4 victory for first place in Lincolnshire. Fenwick (31-5) has now won 10 state titles, including nine crowns in the past 10 seasons.

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    Boomers rally for third straight win

    The Schaumburg Boomers rallied for 4 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to earn a 6-5 win over the visiting Washington Wild Things on Saturday night and improve to 3-0 this season.The Wild Things led 4-2 in the eighth and had limited the Boomers to 3 hits. But the Boomers batted around and collected 5 hits in the inning, scoring 4 runs after two outs. Chad Mozingo's two-out single drove home Craig Hertler (2-for-2) to bring the Boomers within 4-3. Brian McConkey delivered a 2-run triple to right and Sean Mahley capped the rally with an RBI single.

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    St. Charles North handles West Chicago

    After filling both hands with regional championships the past 10 years, St. Charles North's girls soccer team can now start adding to the count with its toes. Showing balanced offensive punch and steady defensive play, the North Stars (17-3-1) earned their 11th consecutive regional title with a convincing 5-1 triumph over ninth-seeded West Chicago Saturday afternoon in DeKalb.

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    Naperville Central claims sectional crown

    If you were trying to gauge the percentage of bitter and sweet on the Marmion's doubles team of John Graft and Jackson Rettig's bittersweet day at the West Aurora sectional Saturday, think at least 90 percent sweet. Even the bitter part, a loss in the sectional final to Naperville Central's No. 1 seed Wesley Lo and Sid Swamy, wasn't that bad, and it certainly did little to dampen the sweet part of earning a trip to the state tournament.

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    Cohn delivers as St. Viator edges Vernon Hills

    Lauren Cohn scored 2 goals and Micaela Lonigro added one as St. Viator edged Vernon Hills, 3-2, on Saturday morning to claim the championship of the Class 2A Amundsen regional in Chicago. The No. 4-seeded Lions (11-7) advance to the Lakes sectional and will face top-seeded Deerfield in a semifinal at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

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    Red Wings’ play frustrates Blackhawks

    It's not easy to frustrate Jonathan Toews, but Henrik Zetterberg and the Red Wings were able to do it Saturday.Zetterberg had 2 assists and got away with a few shots that the Blackhawks captain thought should have been penalties in Detroit's 4-1 win at the United Center in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals."I'm not going to go off and complain about some calls I thought should have been called or whatever, but if that's the way they're going to play we need to play the same way," Toews said. "There's a lot of clutch and grab, a lot of interference. If they're going to let that go, that's something we need to know and maybe do it to them a little bit."The Hawks were short-handed four times; the Red Wings twice.

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    The Red Wings’ Brendan Smith controls the puck past the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane during the third period of Saturday’s Game 2 at the United Center.

    Smith, Red Wings get some redemption

    Defenseman Brendan Smith in particular and the Red Wings in general got their redemption Saturday at the United Center. Smith when he took a perfect pass from Henrik Zetterberg and drilled one past Corey Crawford for what turned out to be the game-winner at 16:08 of the second period and the Wings for evening up their Western Conference semifinal with the Blackhawks .

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    Grayslake N. wins 12th straight

    Grayslake North's boys lacross team finished off the regular season with a 17-7 win over crosstown rival Grayslake Central on Saturday. The Knights improved to 15-4 with their 12th straight win.

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    Reed, Meadows win again

    Mid-Suburban League champion Rolling Meadows improved to 19-9-1 with a 1-0 victory over Addison Trail on Saturday in nonconference play. On senior day for the host Mustangs, senior Austin Reed tossed a complete-game 4-hitter. He induced 13 groundball outs, struck out four, walked none and the hits he allowed were all singles. It was a good thing Reed was so sharp, because Addison Trail's Zach Dowz allowed 2 hits and struck out 15 in a tough-luck complete-game loss.

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    Aurora Christian’s Peyton Wade leads the field over the first hurdle on her way to a state championship in the 100 meter high hurdles Saturday at the Class 1A girls state track and field finals at O’Brien Stadium at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    West Aurora’s Spagnola wins long jump crown

    Emma Spagnola nearly etched her name among track and field immortals. Britney Williams could not have envisioned a greater way to end her high school career at St. Charles East. Aurora Christian junior Peyton Wade had a day few could match. The second day of the girls state track and field meet produced local champions in six different events in two separate classes.

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    Softball: Scouting the Fox Valley postseason

    Scouting the upcoming softball postseason in the Fox Valley.

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    Johnson, Cougars blank Kernels

    Kane Count Cougars game report:Pierce Johnson threw 6 shutout innings, and the Kane County Cougars broke a scoreless tie in the seventh en route to a 4-0 victory over the the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday.Johnson (2-3) allowed 6 hits for the Cougars (20-20) and avoided early trouble by striking out a career-high nine and walking one. Johnson stranded runners in scoring position in the first four innings. His toughest jam came in the fourth when the Kernels (28-13) loaded the bases on 3 straight singles to open the inning. But Johnson retired the side on a popout, strikeout and forceout. He then set down the next nine batters in order.

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    Garza back in Cubs’ rotation Tuesday; Villanueva to bullpen

    Matt Garza let his pitching do the talkiing. The Cubs on Saturday announced that Garza would come off the disabled list Tuesday and pitch in Pittsburgh, with Carlos Villanueva going to the bullpen. Garza came off a strong rehab start at Class AAA Iowa.

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    Fire falls 1-0 to Union

    Jack McInerney scored his league-leading eighth goal in the third minute and the Philadelphia Union made it stand up in a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire on Saturday night.McInerney headed home a corner kick from Sebastien Le Toux for Philadelphia (5-4-3), which beat the Fire 1-0 for the second time in a week. The Union also won 1-0 at Chicago last Saturday.

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    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 1, Lockport 0: Emily Kisch pitched a 4-hitter with 3 strikeouts and no walks and Shelby Young drove in the game-winning run with two outs in the top of the eighth inning to lead the Rockets (26-3) at the Stone City Jamboree.Bartlett splits: Bartlett won a game with a walk off hit and lost a game in the bottom of the seventh inning at the Stone City Jamboree. Dana Paul scored the game winner in a 4-3 win over Sandburg when the Eagles tried to play on Lauren Janczak going from first to second after a squeeze bunt attempt. Bartlett was down 3-0 going into the bottom of the seventh but a 2-run double from Alyssa Nowak and am RBI squeeze bunt by Paul tied the game. Holly Pagan was the winning pitcher. The Hawks (25-9) then lost to Joliet West 4-3, allowing a run in the bottom of the seventh. Pagan took the loss in relief and Kayla Haberstich hit her ninth home run of the season for Bartlett.Elgin 7, Riverside-Brookfield 2: Jennah Perryman hit her third home run of the day and ninth of the season and threw a 5-hitter with 10 strikeouts and 2 walks to lead the Maroons (14-14) at the Stone City Jamboree. Anna Eckholm was 3-for-3 with an RBI for Elgin, while Kelly Bremer went 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and Monica Stockman added a double.Huntley 2-1 at Freeport: The Red Raiders beat Johnsburg 20-0 and Freeport 6-2 then lost to LaSalle-Peru 7-4 at the Freeport tournament. Haley Spannraft (17-10) picked up both wins for Huntley (22-11). Randi Peterson was 5-for-6 with a home run, double and 6 RBI in the two wins. Spannraft went 6-for-10 with 4 RBI on the day and Mackenzie Brown was 2-for-2 with a grand slam and 6 RBI against Johnsburg.Geneva 8, Streamwood 2: Losing pitcher Kaitlyn Hedger had a double for the Sabres (5-21, 2-16) in the Upstate Eight River.Marist 5, Cary-Grove 2: Sarah Leudo had a home run for the Trojans (19-5) at the Bandits Jamboree. Lindsay Efflandt suffered her first loss of the season in her first start since April 22 for Cary-Grove.

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    Harper drops game two at Waubonsee

    The Harper College baseball team dropped its second game in the best-of-three regional championship series against host Waubonsee Community College on Saturday to force a decisive game three Sunday.Waubonsee, the top regional seed, got a dominant pitching performance and prevailed 8-1 to tie the series at one game apiece.Lee Breitzman and Mike Miguel had singles, and that was about the extent of the offense for the Hawks (20-21).The winner of Sunday’s noon game advances to the NJCAA World Series in Tyler, Texas.

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    Fuerst breaks Hersey blocks record

    And now, Fuerst is first.Junior Mike Fuerst broke Hersey’s single-season record for blocks as the Huskies delivered a strong showing Saturday in boys volleyball tournament play at Maine South.Fuerst has 133 this season, breaking the mark of 129.Hersey went 3-0 in pool play, claiming victories over Bartlett, Maine West and Loyola.The Huskies dropped their semifinal to eventual champion Maine South before dropping the third-place match against Loyola 27-25, 20-2, 10-15.

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    Benet doubles up on win

    Benet 4, St. Charles East 2:Back-to-back RBI doubles by Pat McInerney and Chris Whelan broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the seventh inning for victorious Benet (21-8). Reliever Robert Haemmerle picked up the win on the mound.Naperville Central 8, York 0: Four pitchers, including starter Jimmy Nashert, combined on a 5-hitter with 6 strikeouts and no walks for the Redhawks (23-7). Bobby McMillen homered and drove in 2 runs. Pete Doughty went 2-for-3 for York (15-18).Wheaton North 7, Bartlett 6:Trailing 6-5, the Falcons (24-7) scored twice in the top of the sixth inning to pull out the victory. A bases-loaded walk to Lake Bachar brought home the go-ahead run. Charles Robin won in relief of Sam Nafziger. Tom Colletti homered and had 3 RBI. Willowbrook 3, Lincoln-Way Central 2:Rob Huette doubled and drove in 2 runs for the Warriors (21-10) in their nonconference victory. Matt Gasiamis pitched 3 innings of relief to earn the win.Lake Park 10, Prospect 2:Anthony Gallina and Eric Vatch went 3-for-5 as the Lancers (25-9) scored in five of seven innings. Brandon Popp was the winning pitcher in relief.Waubonsie Valley 4, Oswego East 3:Jack Eddy scattered 5 hits in a complete-game effort for the Warriors (17-14). Tyler Hasper went 3-for-3 with a double while Luke Marzano drove in 2 runs. Neuqua Valley 8, Maine West 0:Cody Coll, David Gerber, Andy Sommers and Mike Golinski combined on a 1-hitter with 10 strikeouts for the Wildcats (24-9). Jeff Evak went 4-for-5 with 2 runs scored while Josh Piotrowski had 3 RBI and Dylan Goss drove in 2 runs.Glenbard North 13, Downers North 3:Winning pitcher Matt Frawley doubled and drove in 3 runs for the Panthers (18-11), who scored 5 runs in the bottom of the fifth to end the game. Adam Villanueva homered and had 4 RBI. Troy Southard went 2-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI for Downers North (19-11).Rolling Meadows 1, Addison Trail 0:A first-inning solo home run was all that separated the two teams in nonconference play. Addison Trail (10-24) pitcher Zack Dowz struck out 15 and allowed only 2 hits. Downers South 3, Sandburg 1:Winning pitcher Brian Glowicki pitched a 3-hitter with 9 strikeouts, no walks and no earned runs for the Mustangs (28-6) in their nonconference victory. Kevin Raher went 3-for-3 with 2 RBI.

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    Regional championship has familiar feel for Lisle

    Lisle's baseball program returned to familiar ground on Saturday.That meant standing in the middle of the diamond and posing for pictures with a shiny new regional plaque. After a two-year absence the Lions claimed the Class 2A IC Catholic Prep regional title with a 7-0 victory over Timothy Christian at Redmond Park in Bensenville.

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    Grayslake Central goalie Kajal Chokshi prepares to block a shot by Lakes’ Jessica Cipolla in a shootout victory in the Class 2A regional championship play Saturday.

    Chokshi, Grayslake Central outlast Lakes in shootout

    After getting a glimpse of what was possible for Grayslake Central girls soccer team, goalkeeper Kajal Chokshi personally made sure that vision was realized Saturday. Chokshi made 3 penalty kick saves in the shootout, along with a couple of other key stops in the final 10 minutes of regulation."I felt like something was going to happen," said Chokshi who made 9 saves and recorded her ninth shutout of the season. "All the girls and these coaches believed that we could do it." That self-confidence helped third-seeded Grayslake Central get past No. 6 Lakes 1-0 (5-4 in a seven-round penalty kick shootout) in the Class 2A Grayslake Central regional final.

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    Team effort lifts Naperville N. to sectional title

    There was plenty of glory to go around at Saturday's Naperville North boys tennis sectional with three schools capturing championships.

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    Huntley’s Omo Tseumah wins the high jump Saturday at the Class 3A girls state track and field finals at O’Brien Stadium at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    Huntley’s Tseumah state high jump champ

    Omo Tseumah took a calculated gamble. But it paid off handsomely for the Huntley senior in her return engagement with Lyons Township sophomore Emma Haugen. Last year at the girls Class 3A state track and field meet, Haugen defeated Tseumah for the championship in the high jump. Tseumah made a bold move as the two dueled once again on Saturday at Eastern Illinois University. "I decided to skip 5-(feet)-5," Tseumah said. The Marquette-bound senior then made her three following heights at 5-6, 5-7 and 5-8.

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    The Red Wings' Valtteri Filppula celebrates a goal by Brendan Smith during the second period of Game 2 in the Western Conference semifinal series against the Blackhawks at the United Center on Saturday.

    With dominant effort, Wings even series at 1

    The Red Wings turned the tables on the Blackhawks on Saturday, right down to the final score. In a complete role reversal from Game 1, it was the Red Wings who dominated the second and third periods and seemed to be everywhere in a 4-1 win over the Hawks in Game 2 at the United Center that evened the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinal series at 1-1.

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    Los Angeles Angels' Alberto Callaspo (6) rounds the bases on a three-run home run off Chicago White Sox relief pitcher Donnie Veal, foreground, during the seventh inning of a baseball game, Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    White Sox can’t complete comeback against Angels

    Alberto Callaspo hit a three-run homer in Los Angeles' five-run seventh inning, and the Angels beat the White Sox 12-9 on Saturday to end Chicago's four-game winning streak.

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    Cary-Grove’s Russell advances to state

    At Cary-Grove: Cary-Grove senior Owen Russell finished second in singles play at the Cary-Grove sectional to advance to next week’s state finals. Russell lost to Marian Central senior Aaron Waters 6-2, 6-1 in the championship match. Prairie Ridge won the team title with 24 points. Cary-Grove was fourth with 16.

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    Colbert pitches Christian Liberty to regional title

    Dave Colbert and Christian Liberty came up with a couple of firsts Saturday at the Class 1A regional final at Morgan Park Academy in Chicago. Colbert, a senior, threw his first complete game to lead the Chargers to the program's first baseball regional title with a 5-0 masterpiece over Morgan Park Academy. Christian Liberty (13-12) will meet Grant Park on Wednesday in the sectional semifinals at Gardner-South Wilmington.

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    Center Jonathan Toews faces off with Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk during the first period of Game 2 in the Western Conference semifinal playoffs in Chicago on Saturday.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings, Game Two
    The Chicago Blackhawks faced the Detroit Red Wings in game two of their playoff series Saturday at the United Center in Chicago.

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    Aurora CC takes regional from St. Edward

    The Aurora Central Catholic baseball team had already seized momentum and the lead with a 3-run fourth inning, but the phantom defensive play the Chargers pulled off in the top of the fifth became the defining moment of their 4-2 victory over St. Edward in the Class 2A Westminster Christian regional Aurora championship game Saturday. No. 2 St. Edward (16-9) trailed by 2 runs but had a runner at second base with one out when ACC ace Matt Miller faked a pickoff throw to second base, forcing the runner to dive back to the bag head first. However, the ball never left Miller's mitt.

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    Lake Forest tops at Warren sectional

    Lake Forest wrapped up the team title in the boys tennis sectional hosted by Warren on Saturday, and the Blue Devils finished a strong second. Scouts junior Peter Tarwid took the singles championship over senior Kristiyan Trukov over Warren by default as Lake Forest finished with 35 points and Warren 25. Grayslake Central and Grayslake North tied for third at 12. Sophomore Brice Polender of Lake Forest topped Antioch freshman Braden Ward in the third-place singles match 6-0, 6-0.

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    How long will Carlos Boozer wear a Bulls uniform? Mike McGraw reviews the center’s contributions since joining the team.

    Boozer clearly doing some things right
    Here's one thing to remember about Carlos Boozer: Back in 2010, before the Bulls took the jump from a .500 team to 62 wins, there were two significant additions — Boozer and coach Tom Thibodeau.Boozer has plenty of flaws as a player and the Bulls would love to shred his large contract. But the guy has been on the winning side more often than not as an NBA player.

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    Miller hits her spots, stops IC

    Jim Hallahan's voice could be heard from the Aurora Central dugout Saturday, calling out where balls were going to be hit. "If the youngster is hitting her spots," Hallahan explained, "I can almost tell where the ball's going." That youngster is Chargers freshman pitcher Paige Miller, and she was spot on Saturday. Backed by superb defense, Miller pitched No. 4 seed Aurora Central past No. 2 IC Catholic Prep 2-1 in the Class 2A Aurora Central regional final for a most surprising first regional title since 1991.

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    Scott Feldman has given the Cubs plenty to clap about, turning in his fifth straight quality start Saturday against the Mets at Wrigley Field. Feldman worked 6 shutout innings to improve to 4-2 with a 2.19 ERA.

    For starters, Cubs looking good

    The Cubs already have a pretty good starting rotation, and it should get better when Matt Garza comes off the disabled list Tuesday. Scott Feldman was the main man in Saturday's 8-2 victory over the Mets. Feldman improved to 4-3 with a 2.19 ERA.

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    Oxbow, ridden by jockey Gary Stevens, wins the 138th Preakness Stakes horse race at Pimlico Race Course, Saturday, May 18, 2013, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Mike Stewart)

    No Triple Crown this year: Oxbow upsets Orb

    Oxbow has won the Preakness, ruining Orb's bid to capture the Triple Crown.Oxbow led from start to finish. It was the sixth Preakness victory for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas and 15th Triple Crown victory, most in horse racing history.

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    Comeback falls short as Mundelein finishes fourth

    After a tough 8-7 loss to Lincoln-Way Central in the semifinals, Mundelein was hoping to finish its great season with a win Saturday afternoon in the girls state water polo tournament. But after falling behind Mother McAuley 8-4 after three quarters of the third-place game at Stevenson, the Mustangs had to settle for fourth place as their huge late comeback attempt fell a little bit short in an 11-9 loss to the Mighty Macs. Mother McAuley (29-5) captured its sixth top-three trophy while Mundelein (28-6) now has three top-four trophies in Elite Eight competition.

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    Stevenson strong in sectional win

    There was nothing but black and green atop the victory stand Saturday afternoon when the Stevenson boys tennis sectional came to a close on the sun-kissed courts of the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The Patriots recorded a clean sweep at doubles, then watched a nearly three-hour match finally swing in favor of freshman Benjamin Bush over senior Varun Parekh (Barrington). That outcome gave the hosts Patriots a third-place singles medal to go along its championship singles hardware from Jeremy Bush as Stevenson wrapped up the team title.

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    Lin tops Galvin at Glenbrook North sectional

    Schaumburg sophomore singles standout Vincent Lin (13-0) showed the fans in Northbrook exactly how to do it on Saturday. Lin netted a 6-2, 6-1 straight-set victory over Mid-Suburban League foe Mack Galvin (28-5) to win the singles crown at the Glenbrook North boys tennis sectional. Lin's sparkling performance sent him to his second consecutive appearance in the state tournament. Galvin, a freshman at Rolling Meadows, earned his first state experience. The host Spartans accrued 17 points to win the team trophy, outscoring Glenbrook South (11), Schaumburg (10) and MSL East champion Rolling Meadows (8).

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    Burke, Fisch lead Prospect at Highland Park

    The Mid-Suburban League did well against perennial Central Suburban League and state powers Deerfield and Highland Park by advancing two at singles and another at doubles when play came to a close on the campus of the host Giants in boys tennis sectional action Saturday. Carson Burke and Ben Fisch of Prospect came out of the field to capture third- and fourth-place medals, respectively. Burke (18-9), a junior, earned his second consecutive trip to the state tournament. Fisch (20-9), an exchange student from Switzerland, makes his first state tourney voyage. Buffalo Grove's No. 1 team of Peter Georgiades and Anton Levitan (11-9) used back-to-back victories on Friday over teams from Hersey and Highland Park to qualify.

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    If you think it's too soon to panic, understand that if the Blackhawks come out emotionally unprepared again in Game 3 Monday night in Detroit, they will find themselves down 2-1 and suddenly facing a must win Game 4 on the road.

    Uninspired Blackhawks fall flat vs. Wings

    If you think it's too soon to panic, understand that if the Blackhawks come out emotionally unprepared again in Game 3 Monday night in Detroit, they will find themselves down 2-1 and suddenly facing a must win Game 4 on the road.

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    Westminster Christian nails down 1st regional title

    It's been a big week for the Westminster Christian softball team. On Tuesday, the Warriors won a regional game for the first time in program history. On Saturday, they did themselves one better, claiming the program's first regional championship — and they did it at Jockey Field in East Dundee, Westminster's home field. Becca Fugiel had 3 hits including a double, triple and 3 RBI and her sister Rachel scattered 7 hits with 4 strikeouts and 4 walks as the Warriors defeated Christian Liberty 7-4 in a Class 1A regional title game.

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    Chicago Cubs starter Scott Feldman pitches to the New York Mets in the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago on Saturday, May 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

    Feldman pitches Cubs to 8-2 victory over Mets

    Scott Feldman pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and drove in two runs with a big two-out double, helping the Cubs beat the New York Mets 8-2 on Saturday. The Cubs have won five of seven and can win three straight series for the first time with a victory on Sunday. Anthony Rizzo had two hits and his first home run since signing a seven-year contract on Monday.

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    Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) battles for position in front of the goal with Detroit Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg (40) during the second period of Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference semifinals in Chicago, Saturday, May 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Red Wings burn Hawks 4-1, even series

    Damien Brunner and Brendan Smith scored in the second period and the Detroit Red Wings beat the Blackhawks 4-1 Saturday in Game 2 to even their Western Conference semifinal series. It was a strong response by the Red Wings after Chicago handled them easily in the series opener, 4-1. Just as the Blackhawks did in Game 1, Detroit took control in the second period and put the game away in the third.

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    Wauconda nips South Elgin in 8

    Withstanding pressure is one of the keys to making a deep postseason run, and both the South Elgin and Wauconda softball teams got a taste of pressure in the opening game of the Bandits Jamboree on Saturday at The Ballpark in Rosemont. A pitchers duel between Wauconda's Kayla Wedl and South Elgin's Paige Allen ended in a 2-1 Bulldogs win in 8 innings.

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    Rago pitches, hits Elgin past Larkin

    Elgin's Jessca Rago went 3-for-3 with 2 home runs, including a grand slam, and 5 RBI on Saturday morning. But that wasn't the part of her effort she was most pleased with against crosstown rival Larkin. The freshman allowed just 2 hits in the pitchers circle to help the Maroons top the Royals, 12-1, in five innings.

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    Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn knows it's not in the team's best interest to tip his hand as to whether the Sox will be sellers or buyers before the trade deadline.

    Baseball Time the only time that matters

    While there is a lot of talk about possible deals by the White Sox and Cubs before the trade deadline, nothing can happen until Baseball Time kicks in, as Matt Spiegel explains in his weekly column.

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    Jacobs celebrates first sectional crown

    Whether you were a Jacobs tennis player graduating or not, Saturday was quite the celebration to say the least. The Golden Eagles, who qualified all 6 of their participants in the Elgin sectional to state, won the sectional with 29 points, the program's first sectional championship. South Elgin placed second with 24 and Hampshire was third with 21. The meet, which was originally scheduled for 9 a.m. was moved up to 2 hours to accommodate Jacobs' graduation at the Sears Centre.

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    FILE - In this May 4, 2013, file photo, jockey Joel Rosario celebrates aboard Orb after winning the 139th Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Rosario is on the ride of his life. He is the nation's leading jockey and has been piling up victories in big races everywhere he goes, notably the Kentucky Derby. Now he has a shot in the Preakness. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

    What to watch for at the Preakness today

    All eyes will be on Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. The 3-year-old colt will take on eight challengers in the second leg of the Triple Crown. Here's a guide to watching today's race.

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    Loyalty programs are moving out of wallets and into smartphones as a new generation of applications seeks to reward consumers for shopping, watching television or snapping photos.

    Mobile app loyalty programs gain ground

    Loyalty programs are moving out of wallets and into smartphones as a new generation of applications seeks to reward consumers for shopping, watching television or snapping photos. Walt Disney Co. and Target have signed up with Shopkick, which created a mobile app that gives points to shoppers for entering stores or buying products.

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    Rep. Michele Bachmann

    GOP hopes IRS scandal will snag health care law

    The Internal Revenue Service has a major role in carrying out the health care law, because financial assistance to help the uninsured afford coverage will be funneled through the tax system. At the same time, the IRS is also responsible for penalties on individuals and employers who fail to comply with the law's requirements.

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    Google Glass team members wear Google Glasses Wednesday at a booth at Google I/O 2013 in San Francisco.

    Google highlights: Music, maps, photo, other tools

    SAN FRANCISCO — Google used its annual conference for software developers to unveil several new products, services and features. They include enhancements for online games, maps, search, music and photos and are meant to help the company cement its role in people’s technological lives. Here’s a look at some of the announcements made at Wednesday’s keynote at Google I/O.Music streaming:All Access will blend songs you have already uploaded to your online libraries with millions of other tracks for a $10 monthly fee. This puts Google in competition with paid subscription plans such as Spotify and Rhapsody and free music services such as Pandora.All Access became available in the U.S. on Wednesday and comes with a 30-day free trial. If you start the trial by June 30, the monthly fee drops to $8. That’s $2 cheaper than leading competing plans. It is expected to roll out soon in 12 other countries where Google currently sells music — 10 European countries such as the U.K., France and Germany, as well as Australia and New Zealand.The new service will allow you to search for songs, albums or artists directly, or peruse 22 different genres. Google curators will also offer recommendations based on your listening behavior and your existing library of songs. You can listen to any available song right away, or switch to a “radio” format that creates a playlist of songs that you might like. Radio playlists can be adjusted on the fly by deleting or reordering upcoming songs. Google describes all of this as “radio without rules.”By combining an unlimited-access subscription plan with music sold through Google’s online Play store, All Access covers any gaps. Some artists, including Taylor Swift, keep recent releases away from streaming services for several months in order to boost download sales. All three major recording labels — Vivendi’s Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group Corp. — are participating in All Access.Google Plus:Google is adding 41 features to its Google Plus social network as it tries to turn it into a more formidable threat to Facebook. The new features started appearing Wednesday and draw upon the computing power, algorithms and other innovations that have made Google the leader in search.A new photo-management tool will pick out the best shots from a wide assortment of photos. Just upload a bunch, and Google’s machines will reject ones that are blurry or don’t have people smiling. Another factor is Google’s knowledge of who’s important to you — so family members or close friends are more likely to make the cut.If the photos don’t look quite right, Google is promising to enhance them, taking over a job that typically requires people to buy and master special photo-editing software. Computer-controlled editing tools will automatically remove red eyes, soften skin tones, sharpen colors and adjust contrast. Google offers something similar through an “I’m Feeling Lucky” button on its Picasa editing software.Another feature promises to stitch together a sequence of photos taken of the same group of people or a panoramic scene. This stitching system can be used to create a single photo that pulls the best shots of everyone featured in a series of pictures. It will also produce an animated clip featuring the motions of people captured in a succession of photos taken against the same background.Google is also expanding the storage limit for full-resolution photos. Instead of five gigabytes for free per account, you’ll get 15 gigabytes.Other enhancements to Google Plus include a newly designed stream of content, which moves away from the list of posts found on Facebook. It will also automatically add hash tags to identify the main topic being discussed in a post or featured in a photo, and it will use those tags to bring you related posts. Facebook doesn’t use hash tags, though Twitter and Instagram do.

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    Investor values Twitter at $10 billion; IPO expected

    Twitter was valued at almost $10 billion by one of its investors, up about 10 percent from a previous estimate, indicating shares are appreciating before a possible initial public offering for the microblogging service.

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    The end of the credit card?

    This week Square announced a new product that took me by surprise: the Square Stand, an iPad holder and credit card reader that's meant to function as a point-of-sale system for high-volume small businesses like restaurants and cafes.

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    Turning off iPhone essential to pilots reporting interference

    Public figures from Sen. Claire McCaskill to actor Alec Baldwin have bristled at what they say are excessive rules restricting use of tablets, smartphones, laptops and other devices during flights. More than a decade of pilot reports and scientific studies tell a different story. Government and airline reporting systems have logged dozens of cases in which passenger electronics were suspected of interfering with navigation, radios and other aviation equipment.

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    Entertainer Alicia Keys, Global Creative Director for BlackBerry, speaks Tuesday at a conference in Orlando, Fla.

    Research In Motion unveils cheaper BlackBerry

    Research In Motion unveiled a lower-cost BlackBerry aimed at consumers in emerging markets on Tuesday, stepping up its efforts to regain market share lost to Apple's iPhone and Android devices powered by Google's software. The lower-cost gadget, called the Q5, is the company's third smartphone to run the new BlackBerry 10 system. It will have a physical keyboard, something that sets RIM's devices apart from Apple's iPhone and most Android phones.

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    The Facebook logo is displayed outside of Facebook’s new headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

    Facebook’s like feature faces free-speech test in sheriff firing

    Danny Carter shocked colleagues when the Hampton, Virginia, jailer posted a picture of his boss's opponent in the sheriff's race on his Facebook page along with a link to the contender's website. The post, made almost four years ago because Carter clicked the "Like" button on the "Jim Adams for Hampton Sheriff" page, is now the subject of a federal appeals court argument over whether the U.S. Constitution's First Amendment protects one-click, online endorsements of a person, idea or product.

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    A genetically engineered potato pokes through the soil of a planting pot inside J.R. Simplot’s lab in southwestern Idaho. Simplot is seeking U.S. regulatory approval to market the potatoes — which resist browning and are designed to produce lower levels of potentially cancer-causing acrylamide when fried — to growers and, eventually, consumers.

    Idaho spud giant bets on biotech potatoes

    A dozen years after a customer revolt forced Monsanto to ditch its genetically engineered potato, an Idaho company aims to resurrect high-tech spuds. This month, tuber processing giant J.R. Simplot Co. asked the U.S. government to approve five varieties of biotech potatoes. They're engineered not to develop ugly black bruises. McDonald's, which gets many of its fries from Simplot, rejects those.

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    Vic Gundotra, senior vice president of engineering for Google, speaks Wednesday about Google+ photo at Google I/O 2013 in San Francisco.

    Google boosts photo offerings to rival Facebook

    Google is digging deeper into its technology toolkit to turn its social networking service into a more formidable threat to Facebook, sprucing up its photo features at a time when sharing snapshots online and on mobile gadgets is growing more popular. Many of the 41 new features being added to Google Plus beginning Wednesday will draw upon the computing power, machine learning, algorithms, semantics analysis and other innovations that established Google's search engine as the most influential force on the Internet.

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    The Angry Birds franchise is growing with “Angry Birds Friends,” which allows users to play weekly tournaments with Facebook friends.

    Applications reviews: Angry Birds Friends, Tempo

    Angry Birds Friends: Finally, competitionThe Angry Birds franchise has taken us plenty of places. We’ve flung birds in Rio and in a galaxy far, far away, but now game-maker Rovio is attacking an entirely new frontier: the competitive arena. “Angry Birds Friends” taps your into your network of Facebook friends to offer a new dimension to its familiar game. Users can play weekly tournaments with their friends with three levels per week. At the end of the tournament, the game lets you know how each of the four players have fared in their levels and ranks them. The addition of a social, competitive element is fun — users should know the game must be granted Facebook access to work — but it’s really easy to blitz through your levels fast and have the app sit dormant for the rest of the week. If you like trying to best your friends, then feel free to pick up this title. But if you want a game with lots of playing time, give this one a miss. Free, for iOS and Android devices.Tempo: A smarter calendarThe Tempo calendar app attempts to improve on the default calendar program for the iPhone — and largely succeeds — by pulling information from multiple accounts, adding relevant information such as meeting locations from email accounts and letting users text or call contacts from within the app. Having all of that information centralized in one location is incredibly useful, and the app is designed to pull in email attachments from your accounts to make items like meeting agendas or presentation materials easy to reach from your calendar.It remains, however, a work in progress. Users can’t, for example, add the names of attendees to events — one of many features developers promise are coming soon. Also, sometimes the app does things like pull the wrong similarly named contact from your phone book into your calendar. Still, the app gets better the more you use it and is an elegant alternative to Apple’s baked-in offering. Free, for iOS devices.

Life & Entertainment

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    Robert McClure was nominated for a Tony Award for Best performance by an actor in a leading role in a musical for “Chaplain.”

    Tony nominations bittersweet for 3 actors

    For three actors, the Tony Award nominations are somewhat bittersweet. Sweet, because they'd each gotten a prestigious nod. Bitter, because their shows were long gone. "It's frustrating to all of us," said Keith Carradine, nominated for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical for "Hands on a Hardbody," which closed faster than any other new musical this season.

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    A man pulls a rickshaw-for-hire down a narrow street in Kyoto, Japan, near the city's Kiyomizu Temple. The temple and surrounding neighborhood are a great place to explore for families with children.

    Kyoto mixes fun for kids with antiquities

    Kyoto is one of the highlights of any trip to Japan, an ancient and fascinating city, packed with temples and shrines, a place to savor refined culture. But can it be kid- and family-friendly? Most definitely, especially if you take advantage of the variety Kyoto has to offer, hop on the city's easy-to-use bus system, and keep your eyes open for some of its surprising travel bargains.

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    Re-enactors portray Civil War soldiers at the annual Civil War Days event at Naper Settlement in Naperville.

    Weekend picks: Naper Settlement transforms for Civil War Days

    See hundreds of re-enactors participate in an authentic battle when Naperville's Naper Settlement transforms into a Civil War encampment during the annual Civil War Days this weekend. Scale a 25-foot rock wall, balance on a paddle board and more at the JustPlay! Sports & Rec Festival at the Carol Stream Town Center. More than 275 skaters celebrate the movies in the Glenview Ice Center's 40th anniversary ice show, “Hollywood, Skate of Fame.”

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    Members of the indie rock group Deerhunter perform at One Eyed Jack’s in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Monday, April 29.

    New Deerhunter written during ‘very dark’ time

    Bradford Cox wrote what would become the final track of Deerhunter's forthcoming album, a song called "Punk," at a friend's house in New York during what he describes as a very difficult time. He'd gone north to get away from personal turmoil in his hometown of Atlanta, taking few items other than a borrowed leather jacket. Before work could start on the album, the band faced more difficulty — the departure of its longtime bassist Josh Fauver — which made Cox fear the band would break up. It did not, but Cox still wound up playing a melodic bass line on "Punk" during recording sessions earlier this year. "I played a lot of stuff on that song, but that's only because the demo is so confusing because I was drunk when I made it," he said during an interview at his house in Atlanta. "I was in character for that song."

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    Artist Princess Tarinan von Anhalt shows off one of her splatter creations made with the help of a jet engine.

    Artist replaces paintbrush with jet engine thrust

    The hurricane-force thrust from a jet engine pushes Tarinan von Anhalt into the air as she splatters an array of colors into the wind and onto a blank canvas to create the abstract designs she has become known for. Instead of paintbrushes, she uses $10 million jet engines from a Learjet to hurl blues and purples with a force that creates intense power and heat.

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    Action star Jason Statham stars as the title character in the crime thriller "Parker."

    DVD previews: ‘Parker,’ ‘Beautiful Creatures’

    Coming out on DVD this coming week are the action thriller "Parker" with Jason Statham and the paranormal teen drama "Beautiful Creatures."

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    The Musical Talkin Potty and Step Stool. has a handle that plays flushing sounds and parents can record a personal reward message.

    Choices in potty seats abound

    For some hopeful parents, summertime is "tinkle time," as in setting toddlers free and diaperless outside while potty training. And like so many aspects of life with kids, potty training means gear, lots of gear. Something happened on the road to bathroom independence. The choices in potty seats and chairs proliferated and sprouted all manner of bells and whistles.

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    Former ABBA member Agnetha Faltskog released her new album, “A,” on Tuesday.

    Faltskog reflects on ABBA, releases new solo album

    For most of the last three decades, ABBA was but a memory for Agnetha Faltskog. She made concerted efforts to leave behind her past as one of two principal singers of the best-selling 1970s Swedish quartet, best known for its power-pop classic "Dancing Queen." "There was several years after I had stopped with the group that I couldn't listen to the music," Faltskog said. But Faltskog is back. This week she's released a new solo album called "A." It is the 63-year-old's first album since 2004's "My Colouring Book," which, at the time, she assumed would be her last release.

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    Ninety-year-old Adah Bakalinsky, left, climbs the 163-step mosaic stairway of Golden Gate Heights in San Francisco. In San Francisco, Bakalinsky says there are more than 650 public stairways in her city.

    Discovering your city on foot

    Americans have gotten accustomed to navigating through urban areas by car, and the Interstates and arterials running around and through our cities may give potential walkers pause. But there are discoveries to be made on foot — call it urban hiking, urban walking or just going for a stroll. Paths and trails that have been created over the years, and are still being created, are being discovered as portals to urban epiphanies.

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    A woman works on her laptop at the Seattle Central Library in downtown Seattle.

    5 free things in Seattle, from salmon to library

    It's not something that people in Seattle like to broadcast too much, but the Emerald City gets plenty of sunshine. Last year, there were 48 straight days of no rain to go along with long summer days, presenting a perfect setting to explore the numerous free parks, bike trails, markets, beaches and lakes the city offers. Here is a small collection of things to do.

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    Heirs worry about 96-year-old with mortgage

    Q. When my 96-year-old dad dies, will we heirs have to pay on his mortgage until the property sells? What happens if we don’t make payments?

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    Lighting designers help homeowners rethink what they can do with their yards.

    Landscape lighting is just the start

    Create a vacation destination in your own backyard. Plan carefully and implement high-end improvements over time, if necessary, say Jennifer Jensen and Thomas Reindl of NorthWest Lighting and Accents in Mount Prospect and McHenry.

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    Custom cabinets would have been the super-luxe way to go. But semi-custom cabinets allowed for splurges elsewhere in the project.

    Front-burner issues from a food writer’s renovation

    A few months ago I took the plunge and had my kitchen redone. For years I'd put it off because it was so expensive. Also, as a cookbook author and food writer, I spend nearly all of my waking hours in and around the kitchen. Being without one for six to eight weeks seemed unimaginable.

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    Testing a home for radon

    Q. We are looking for a newer home, and I have a question about radon. We were told we had the right to have the home tested, but I don't know if it's worth the cost. The radon test was not included in the costs from the home inspectors we talked to.

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    Mill Creek in Geneva has a number of houses ready for immediate occupancy.

    Builders see more business-related moves

    Relocations, both long distance and within the area, are increasing as corporations begin to move their people again and individuals choose to return to the Chicago area or move for personal reasons. Many of those relocating, especially those moving for their job, do not have the luxury of time.

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    Condo buyers should ask for association documents

    Q. I am about to make an offer on a condominium owned by an individual. I have heard some horror stories about some associations. What can I do to learn about the association, and if it seems to be functioning appropriately?

Discuss

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    The Soapbox

    Editors sound off on heavy issues like education funding and cameras in the courtroom and some not-so-weighty ones, too (like home brewing and dog leashes).

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    Supervisor should stick to one job
    A letter to the editor: The Fremont Township supervisor splitting her efforts between three jobs is shortchanging everyone in her county board district.

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    Ultimate goal of marriage extinction
    A Woodstock letter to the editor: The problems of poverty, unemployment, crime and failing schools having been solved so Illinois politicians take time on laws for gay-marriage, medical marijuana and pet lemon. While Washington D.C. is demanding that Redskin owner Dan Snyder change the team's name to the Redtails.

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    Rooftop owners have no rights to Cubs
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The rooftop owners give new meaning to Chicago being the "city of thieves." If they are successful in court and are allowed continued grand larceny, this would set a tremendous court precedent and defense for future bank robbers. They could be exonerated and work out a deal with the feds to keep 83 percent of whatever they steal!

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    Prescription drug bill puts patients at risk
    A Belleville letter to the editor: Patient care requires collaboration between many members of the health care team, and psychologists play an important role. However, the simple truth is they do not have the biomedical education similar to that of health professionals currently authorized to prescribe, such as physician assistants and nurse practitioners.

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    A way to make Internet tax fair
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Why don't we really make the marketplace fair by having all retailers, both Internet and brick and mortar ones, charge the exact same rate based on where they are located. This is how it's currently done for brick and mortar retailers, so "fairness" should mean we are imposing the same tax burden on the Internet retailer.

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    Presidency is most unethical in history
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Obama's only competence has been in assigning equally incompetent people to high offices. His administration has been the most unethical, immoral and criminal administration in U.S. history. Question: If Obama, America's first anti-president, and his criminal administration would lie so often about what they have been doing and who they are, is it possible they have lied to you about conservatives and Republicans?

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    Chance of restoring Meigs Field?
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: The Federal Aviation Authority recently reversed their decision to close several airport towers due to funding issues. On Nov. 10, 2001 our daughter (age 8, at the time) earned her Young Eagles Certificate at Meigs Field, having flown in a C-150 N6297R aircraft piloted by Robert C. Bejra. The look on her face beamed with delight.

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