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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 20-year-old Hanover Park man was arrested around 1:45 p.m. May 26 on the 2400 block of Army Trail Road and charged with disorderly conduct. He also was arrested around 1:45 p.m. May 25 at the same location and charged with disorderly conduct and illegal consumption of alcohol, police reports said.

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    Associated Press Drug-sniffing police dog Dusty is watched by handler Officer Duke Roessel Thursday as the K-9 begins to dig at a box after successfully locating a stash of heroin during a training session at the police station in Bremerton, Wash.

    Some Washington police dogs not smelling pot anymore

    Police departments in Bremerton, Bellevue and Seattle, as well as the Washington State Patrol, have either put the dogs through pot desensitization training or plan not to train them for marijuana detection.

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    Overturned trucks block a frontage road off I-40 just east of 81 in El Reno, Okla., after a tornado moved through the area on Friday, May 31, 2013.

    Damage checks begin after deadly Midwest twisters

    Emergency officials set out Saturday morning to see how much damage a violent burst of thunderstorms and tornadoes caused as it swept across the Midwest overnight, killing at least nine and injuring dozens. The storm toppled cars and left commuters trapped on an interstate highway as it bore down during Friday's evening rush hour near Oklahoma City. The National Weather Service reported "several"...

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    Flames erupt Friday from the Southwest Inn on U.S. 59 in Houston.

    4 firefighters killed in Houston fire mourned

    Among the four firefighters killed while battling a Houston motel and restaurant fire were veterans of the department and a newcomer just a month out of the academy.

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    Graduate Taylor Austin earns her degree with honors at the Burlington Central High School graduation ceremony Friday, May 31 at Elgin Community College in Elgin.

    Images: Burlington Central High School graduation
    Burlington Central High School held its commencement ceremony Friday, May 31, at Elgin Community College in Elgin.

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    Anna Chorneyko laughs with classmates as her row prepares to go onstage to receive their diplomas at Batavia High School’s commencement ceremony at the NIU Convocation Center on Friday, May 31.

    Images: Batavia High School graduation
    Batavia High School held its commencement ceremony Friday, May 31, at the NIU convocation center in Dekalb.

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    Caps go up in the air after the graduation at Lisle High School on Friday.

    Images: Lisle High School Graduation
    Lisle High School held its commencement ceremony on Friday, May 31 at the school.

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    Rep. Kelly Cassidy, D-Chicago, right, and other supporters of gay marriage are consoled by friends and colleagues after a bill legalizing gay marriage in Illinois wasnít called for a vote Friday, May 31, 2013 in Springfield, Ill. (AP Photo/The State Journal-Register, Ted Schurter)

    House declines same-sex marriage vote

    Lawmakers are increasingly inclined to believe that the Illinois House will adjourn today without voting to legalize same-sex marriage, possibly putting the issue on ice for at least months.

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    A small plane crashed Friday into the living room of an apartment in Herndon, Va.

    Plane crashes into Virginia apartment

    Authorities say two people suffered minor injuries when a small plane crashed into the living room of an apartment outside Washington.

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    Jean A. LiPetri

    Naperville kennel owner accused of abandoning animals during floods

    The owner of a dog kennel in Naperville has been charged with animal cruelty for leaving animals in their cages during the April floods, authorities said. Jean A. LiPetri, 68, the owner of Naperville Kountry Kennels at 1804 S. Washington St., was arrested and charged with five counts of violation of owners duties, according to court records.

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    Lawmakers’ path forward on pension reform is fraught with obstacles.

    Cullerton: Pension debate “not resolved”

    Facing some of the most dire state finances in the country, Illinois lawmakers adjourned their annual session Friday without addressing the $100 billion in pension debt largely at the root of its money woes.

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    From left, Nicole Krippinger, Rachael Wahrman and Matt Krzyzaniak pass the time while waiting for the Glenbard North High School graduation to begin.

    Images: Glenbard North High School Graduation
    Glenbard North High School held its commencement ceremony on Friday, May 31, at the school in Carol Stream.

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    State legislature passes nation’s toughest fracking regulations

    Illinois lawmakers approved a measure Friday to create the nation’s strictest regulations for high-volume oil and gas drilling, hoping to kick-start an industry that supporters say could generate thousands of jobs in economically depressed areas of southern Illinois.

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    In this May 9 photo, Illinois Sen. Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, argues legislation while on the Senate floor. Raoul said Tuesday he doesn’t expect many cities to declare separate gun-free locales because there are already many statewide restrictions in the bill.

    Concealed carry bill contains restrictions on local laws

    Illinois would join the rest of the nation in allowing the carrying of concealed weapons under legislation approved by the General Assembly on Friday. The legislation did not include an earlier proposal to eliminate all local gun ordinances, including Chicago’s current ban on assault weapons, but would curb local control on handguns and lawful transportation of firearms.

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    A look at top issues lawmakers faced this week

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois lawmakers faced a midnight deadline for the end of the session. Here’s a look at how they fared by Friday on six of the major issues:

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    Troubled contractor withdraws District 214 bid

    A local contractor with a long line of legal issues has withdrawn its bid for work with Northwest Suburban High School District 214 after the company’s troubles came to light in a Daily Herald story earlier this week.

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    State lawmakers let a massive gambling plan stay dormant Friday.

    No gambling expansion this session

    Lawmakers will leave Springfield without a deal on gambling expansion, leaving Lake County without a casino and Arlington International Racecourse without its coveted 1,200 slot machines for another year.

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    Eric M. Galarza

    Fugitive arrested as Elgin drug sweep continues

    A 32-year-old Elgin man on the lam for almost a year after leading authorities on a chase through a more than 3,400-acre forest preserve was arrested Friday on day two of a coordinated police drug sweep.

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    M. Night Shyamalan and his wife Bhavna.

    By the way, Shyamalan directed that

    After the success of 1999’s “Sixth Sense” and 2000’s “Unbreakable,” M. Night Shyamalan was hailed by many as the next Alfred Hitchcock, but his brand tarnished after the critical failures of his last three films: the 2010 fantasy “The Last Airbender,” 2008 thriller “The Happening” and 2006 suspense “Lady in the Water,” his...

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    Nick Anderson, 23, of Schaumburg was killed by a gunshot to the head in Georgia on Memorial Day. Police have charged Anderson’s Army and Schaumburg High School buddy, Kyle Mirochna, 23, with involuntary manslaughter.

    Schaumburg soldier killed; high school buddy accused

    Nick Anderson of Schaumburg narrowly missed military deployments to Afghanistan this year, only to be accidentally shot and killed by an Army buddy and fellow 2008 Schaumburg High School graduate on Memorial Day, according to police in Georgia. Police in Hinesville, Ga., arrested Kyle Mirochna, 23, in connection with Anderson’s death Monday. Anderson was killed with a shotgun at...

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    Mateo E. Cedillo of Elgin

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    Images of 10 of the 13 people who were charged Friday in a continuing drug sweep by Elgin police.

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    Rosemont American Idol Tour date rescheduled

    The “American Idol” Season 12 tour date set for July 6 at Allstate Arena has been rescheduled for Aug. 12, it was announced Friday. The shuffling of dates comes as the result of 10 tour dates being canceled, including stops in Las Vegas, Kansas City, Oklahoma City and St. Louis.

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    Dolton turning to sheriff to fight corruption

    Officials of South suburban Dolton have enlisted the Cook County sheriff’s police to help them combat corruption in the village’s government.

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    Illinois Senate defeats ammunition limit

    A plan to limit high-capacity ammunition magazines in Illinois has failed in the Senate. The legislation would have banned magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

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    Lawmakers send drone bill to Quinn

    Illinois lawmakers have approved a plan that would regulate the use of drones by law enforcement agencies statewide. Senators approved it Friday. Gov. Pat Quinn hasn't indicated whether he will sign it.

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    Vern Jones of Signarama updates a banner outside Barrington Middle School’s Station Campus recognizing the finish by student Pranav Sivakumar in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

    Tower Lakes speller credits studying, support for 2nd-place finish

    A true 21st century learner, Pranav Sivakumar, an eighth-grader at Station Middle School in Barrington, turns to online word lists, spelling communities and a CD-ROM for his spelling study materials. The Tower Lakes teen’s modern methods paid off in a big way Thursday with a second-place finish — and $12,500 in prize money — at the 86th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md. “I...

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    Daily Herald File Photo A rural area in Will County came closer to becoming the site of the region’s third airport after Illinois legislative action this week.

    Is privatization the future for south suburban airport?

    Legislation pushed by Gov. Pat Quinn may get the languishing Peotone airport project off the ground finally. A Senate proposal allows for a private developer to take the South Suburban Airport under its wing. Of course, the trick will be finding someone with deep pockets who wants to take the risk.

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    Glenbard East’s graduation postponed

    The graduation ceremony planned for Friday evening at Glenbard East High School in Lombard has been postponed due to the forecast for inclement weather, school district officials said. The ceremony will take place at noon Saturday, and officials will decide by 10 a.m. whether the ceremony will be held indoors or outdoors.

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    Men shot at apartment complex near Mt. Prospect

    Two men are recovering from their injuries after being shot Thursday night at an apartment complex in an unincorporated area near Mount Prospect, authorities said Friday.

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    Jennie Dizon

    Friends remember Benet senior killed by lightning

    Family and friends are mourning a Downers Grove teen who was struck and killed by lightning Thursday, just days before she was set to graduate from Benet Academy in Lisle. The DuPage County coroner’s office said Jennie Dizon, 17, was found unresponsive about 5:20 p.m. Thursday at O’Brien Park along Dunham Road south of 68th Street, in Downers Grove.

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    Susie Kuruvilla

    Gurnee Park District plans to take over Gold’s Gym

    Gurnee Park District plans to expand its fitness portfolio by purchasing a Gold’s Gym building near the Tri-State Tollway for $9.1 million, officials announced Friday. The tentative deal would allow the agency to add an indoor swimming pool, more group exercise space and more recreational opportunities, officials said.

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    Steven Strack

    Grayslake District 46 going on sixth business boss since 2010

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 continues to have a revolving door for its top finance job. District 46 is seeking its sixth chief school business official since 2010.

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    Bond set at $2 million for Palatine robbery suspect

    A Cook County judge set bail at $2 million for Lavell Fort of Chicago, who authorities say brandished a handgun when he and an unknown co-offender robbed a Palatine Verizon Wireless store of more than $50,000 in merchandise and cash on May 18.

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    Lemonade fundraiser:

    Learning Resources, a manufacturer of hands-on educational products and toys, host an old-fashioned lemonade stand on Friday, June 7, as part of a national fundraising effort.

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    Lestina to be honored with concert:

    Retiring Vernon Hills High School Fine Arts Supervisor and orchestra Director Frank Lestina will be honored Saturday at the school with an alumni concert and an open house.

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    Jeoffrey A. Walter

    Burglar sent to prison for Aurora theft

    A 49-year-old DeKalb County man was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday for his role in a July 2010 burglary in Aurora. Jeoffrey A. Walter, of Plano and Somonauk, had been convicted April 23 by a Kane County jury of one felony county of burglary and one felony count of theft.

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    ‘Large feline’ reported near Bloomingdale

    Authorities are trying to identify “a large feline” that was spotted more than a week ago in Meacham Grove Forest Preserve near Bloomingdale. Bloomingdale police on Friday issued a statement about the sighting, which was reported just north of Lake Street on the border of Bloomingdale and Roselle.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Andrew A. Fecteau, 18, of St. Charles, was charged at 4:43 p.m. Thursday with illegal transportation of alcohol, illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, and illegal possession of alcohol by a minor at Fabyan Parkway and Batavia Avenue, Batavia, according to a police report.

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    Fernando Argomaniz

    Fox Valley police reports
    Fernando Argomaniz, 17, of the 900 block of Westmoreland Drive, Vernon Hills, as well as a second suspect, a 15-year-old boy from Carpentersville, are accused of raping a 14-year-old girl from Carpentersville, Police Cmdr. Timothy Bosshart said. Argomaniz is being charged as an adult with four felony counts, according to a police report.

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    Mount Prospect man charged with forgery

    A Mount Prospect man is charged with forgery and unauthorized use of a credit card after police say he used a credit card from his wife's employer to pay for a storage unit and make online purchases. A Cook County judge set bail at $250,000 Friday for Mercury Carreon, 31.

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    Learn about scams, fraud:

    The Lincolnshire Police Department will host a seminar on scams, fraud, and identity theft on Thursday, June 20. It will begin at 11 a.m. at Eddie Merlot’s restaurant, 185 N. Milwaukee Ave.

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    Cathy Ficker Terrill

    DuPage election commission considers in-house attorney

    Before inviting law firms to compete for a contract with the DuPage County Election Commission, the board overseeing the agency first wants to explore the possibility of hiring an in-house attorney.

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    GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona speaks at a news conference at the World Economic Forum, in Southern Shuneh, southeast of Amman, Jordan. McCain said Friday, the day after he returned from an unannounced trip to Syria, that Syrian rebels battling the forces of President Bashar Assad need ammunition and heavy weapons to counter the regime’s tanks and aircraft.

    McCain: Syrian rebels need heavy weapons

    The Republican lawmaker and 2008 presidential candidate made an unannounced visit to Syria on Monday, traveling across the border near Kilis, Turkey, and spending about two hours meeting with rebel leaders. McCain has been one of the most vocal lawmakers demanding aggressive U.S. military action in the 2-year-old Syrian civil war, calling for establishment of a no-fly zone and arming the rebels.

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    Customers sit Tuesday with beverages at tables outside a Starbucks Corp. coffee shop in Berlin, Germany.

    Starbucks to ban smoking within 25 feet of cafes

    The Seattle-based chain says it will start banning smoking within 25 feet of its stores, beginning Saturday. Starbucks spokeswoman Jaime Lynn Riley says the intent is to expand the indoor no-smoking policy to the outdoor seating areas.

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    Craft beer fest:

    Mundelein Community Connection and Tighthead Brewing Company host the 2nd Annual Craft Beer Festival from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at 161 N. Archer Ave. (near the Mundelein Metra Station).

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    Corn stalks from last year’s crop stand Tuesday in water in an unplanted field outside Wyanet, Ill. Much of Iowa and central Illinois, the largest corn and soybean states, had twice the normal amount of rain in the past week.

    FEMA looking for temporary workers in Illinois

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced that temporary, full-time workers are needed in finance and administration, writing and public information, planning, individual disaster assistance, information technology and logistics. Most of the 78 jobs will be located in Aurora. Others will be located in the impacted areas of the state.

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    Trader David O’Day uses his mobile phone Friday as he works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Stocks plummet in late trading but end May higher

    The University of Michigan’s consumer sentiment index rose to 84.5 in May, up from 76.4 in April and the highest since July 2007. Investors are hoping that increasingly confident consumers will step up their spending, which would contribute to U.S. economic growth. The Dow closed down 208.96 points, or 1.4 percent, to 15,115.57.

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    Senate OKs regulations on private gun sales

    The Illinois Senate has OK’d legislation regulating the private sales of guns and requiring the reporting of lost or stolen guns to authorities. The Senate voted 41-15 on the bill that popped up on the floor Friday for the first time.

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    2 new infections tied to steroid shots

    Illinois health officials say they’re investigating two additional reports of patients developing abscesses after receiving potentially contaminated steroid injections at a downstate clinic.

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    Al Capone

    Capone letter, medical notes on auction block

    Few know of Al Capone's tortured demise — not at the hands of mobsters or federal agents — but in the throes of dementia and violent outbursts that marked his final struggle with syphilis.A file of medical records, a letter from Capone to one of his doctors, an official copy of his death certificate and photographs of him alive and dead are being offered for sale by a New Hampshire auction house.

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    The traditional domino tournament, pictured at last year’s BoriquaFest in Elgin, might be part of Elgin’s iFest in late August.

    No stand-alone Puerto Rican festival in Elgin this year

    Elgin’s Puerto Rican Heritage Organization, which came close to disbanding earlier this year, will not hold its staple summer festival BoriquaFest after 20 years. Instead, PRHO will partner with the city of Elgin to participate in the international festival iFest Aug. 31, said Elgin businessman Kevin Echevarria, 25, who became the PRHO’s new president May 1.

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    Donald Trump arrives at federal court in Chicago earlier this month.

    Judge, like jury, sides with Trump

    Tally another big win for Donald Trump in his legal battle with an 87-year-old who claimed the “Apprentice” star cheated her in a skyscraper-condo deal.

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    Chicago woman charged with killing infant son

    Police say a Chicago woman fatally stabbed her 5-month-old son before wounding herself. Kimberlynn Bolanos, 21, was charged with one count of first-degree murder.

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    14 cows wander into Lindenhurst subdivision

    Fourteen cows wandered from their farm in Antioch Township and ended up two miles away munching on a Lindenhurst subdivision garden.

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    Former prison guard charged with gun trafficking

    A former Illinois prison guard is being held for selling five assault rifles and other guns to a known felon, authorities said. The U.S. attorney’s office said Dwayne Meeks was arrested after an undercover sting.

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    Head of CeaseFire Illinois charged with battery

    Suburban police say the head of an anti-violence organization is facing a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.

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    Chicago tries all-way downtown intersection

    Chicago city officials have begun experimenting with a new way to cross a busy downtown intersection. As of today, pedestrians can traverse a popular State Street intersection any way they want — even diagonally. The all-way crossing is called a “pedestrian scramble.”

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    Ducklings are cute, but don’t play amateur wildlife rescuer and remove them from where you find them, cautions Valerie Blaine.

    Rescue me - or not? Why you should leave wild animals be

    What should you do if you have a chipmunk in your chimney, or a skunk in your cellar? What if you find a baby bird that seems to be abandoned? People may think that releasing animals into wild places is in the best interests of the animal but, in fact, it is not an easy or pleasant end for the misplaced creature. “Letting animals loose in preserves seems like the most humane approach but in...

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    Storm clouds move over Guthrie, Okla., on Thursday.

    More heavy storms on tap for the Midwest; 3 dead

    Flash flooding killed at least two people in Arkansas, including a sheriff who ventured out in bad weather with a game warden to check on residents in a home threatened by high water.

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    A 787 Dreamliner logo sits Friday on a panel above the cockpit flight deck of a Boeing Co. 787 Dreamliner aircraft, operated by Thomson Airways, at Manchester Airport in Manchester, U.K. TUI Travel Plc said it plans to buy 60 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft valued at $6.1 billion and will take options for another 90 planes as the travel company renews its fleet with airliners that are less costly to operate.

    Boeing announces changes for jet design centers

    Boeing Co. said Friday it will create new aircraft-design centers in Washington state, South Carolina and California.

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    Daily Herald File Photo Work on key Tri-State Tollway interchanges starts next week.

    Expect delays as tollway ramps up ramp repairs

    Tri-State drivers should watch out for closures as the Illinois tollway starts fixing interchanges at Route 120, Lake Street and I-55. Expect traffic shifts and ... sigh ... delays as the work gets under way. The work includes tearing down and reconstructing the concrete ramps plus improving lighting and drainage.

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    Associated Press/2012 file photo Marijuana plant at a dispensary in Seattle.

    Spain court rules against town’s pot-growing plans

    When the seven-member town council of Rasquera — population 960 — voted in favor of cultivating cannabis just over a year ago in order to create jobs and shore up its finances, the news flashed around the world.

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    Nancy Loft Powers poses Monday with a sign she made in front of her home in Deerfield Beach, Fla. Powers had to sell other properties she owned because she could no longer afford the insurance.

    Coastal homeowners staggered by insurance costs

    Nationwide, the cost of homeowners insurance rose 36 percent from 2003 to 2010 — almost double the rate of inflation. Of the 15 states where rates increased by the largest percentages in that time, 14 border the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean.

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    Charges dismissed against Hanover Park man in theft case

    A Cook County judge on Thursday dismissed misdemeanor theft and criminal trespass charges against 20-year old Glenn R. Frost, of Hanover Park. Frost was one of two people arrested Feb. 28 in Schaumburg after a report that people were trying to break into vehicles.

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    A masonry worker who declined to be identified replaces bricks at the front of Beardsley’s Barber Shop in Elk Grove Village Friday afternoon after a car plowed through the window and entered the shop during the morning.

    Elk Grove woman drives into barbershop

    A woman drove into a barber shop in Elk Grove on Friday morning, causing significant damage, but no major injuries, police said.

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    Libertyville hosts 5K run to benefit Boston victims

    The Chicago Running Bloggers, in partnership with Muddy Monk, will present the Run for Boston 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, in Independence Grove in Libertyville. With the support of sponsors, 100 percent of the fees and donations collected will benefit Who Says I Can’t, an organization providing quality of life improvements for amputees.

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    The Antioch Police Department hosted a training seminar for more than 300 officers from nine departments, including officers from Antioch, Lake Co Sheriff´s Office, Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Park City, Lakemoor, Tower Lakes, Lake County Forest Preserve and College of Lake County.

    Antioch Police Department trains local officers in first response

    The Antioch Police Department recently hosted a training seminar for more than 300 officers from nine departments including officers from Antioch, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake Villa, Lindenhurst, Park City, Lakemoor, Tower Lakes, the Lake County Forest Preserve, and College of Lake County.

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    The swimming pool at Conant High School will be the first of District 211's five high schools to receive renovations in 2014. Coaches say this pool design, which is the same at all the schools, has prevented student athletes from properly training for competition.

    Why Dist. 211 is rebuilding all its swimming pools

    Palatine-Schaumburg District 211 plans to renovate pools at all five of the district's high schools, but parents and coaches say they have needed improvement for over a decade now because of their unusual design. "We weren't practicing starts the way you're supposed to do them, which then takes away a lot of your training," said Joey Arce, coach at Hoffman Estates High School.

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    Streamwood man gets probation for DUI

    A Cook County judge sentenced a 50-year-old Streamwood man to probation in exchange for his guilty plea Thursday. Jerzy W. Bryniak was found last February, slumped over the steer wheel of a car located in the 150 block of Winchester Drive in Streamwood. The judge also sentenced Bryniak to 90 days in jail and ordered him to pay more than $1,000 in fines.

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    Associated Press Potbellied pig “Chris P. Bacon,” owned by veterinarian Dr. Len Lucero, moves around Thursday on a special harness, in Sumterville, Fla.

    Pig in a wheelchair inspires others

    Dr. Len Lucero videotaped one of Chris’ first jaunts and put the video on YouTube, and a star was born.That video, dubbed “Pig in a Wheelchair,” has gotten 1.2 million hits. His Facebook page has 56,000 “likes.”Chris now has his own webpage, Twitter account, Pinterest site — and as of last week, a book deal.

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    John Spears

    Spears out as Naperville Library director

    Naperville Public Library Director John Spears is out after less than two years leading the three-library district. Spears, who was named director on July 25, 2011, announced his resignation to Mayor George Pradel and other city officials in an email Thursday evening.

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    Kenneth Krejckant

    South Elgin marijuana grower fined nearly $10,000, gets probation

    A 50-year-old man was fined nearly $10,000 and sentenced to 30 months probation after pleading guilty to growing more that 50 marijuana plants at his home near South Elgin. Kenneth S. Krejckant was arrested in September 2012 and could be resentenced to up to seven years in prison if he violates probation.

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    Leonard Puccini

    Former Big Brother mentor guilty of sexually abusing boy

    A former Big Brother mentor has been convicted of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy in 2009. Leonard Puccini, 52, of Bull Valley, was found guilty in a bench trial held in mid-May in McHenry County and will be sentenced July 19. He faces up to seven years in prison. He also has another case of criminal sexual assault and computer tampering pending against him.

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    John Nixon

    Antioch, Superior sign six-month rescue contract

    Antioch officials have hired Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service to handle emergency rescue calls in the village for the next six months. Superior replaces Antioch Rescue Squad, which severed its long — and recently strained — relationship with the village last month. Antioch Rescue Squad will continue to respond to emergency calls in Antioch Township.

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    The board of directors of Mane In Heaven pet therapy organization includes Rebecca Hartley with Mystery, left, founder Jodie Diegel with Turnabout, Jean Gallo with Jenny, and Dina Morgan with Lunar at Dynasty Farm in Lake in the Hills.

    Moving Picture: Miniature horses serve as therapy animals

    Jodie Diegel's four miniature horses are becoming more accustomed to lots of attention since she founded Mane in Heaven, a unique pet therapy organization starring her four horses that are the size of golden retrievers. The not-for-profit organization is training volunteers to use the miniature horses in a variety of settings. “It’s the same reaction everybody has when they first see...

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    Marty Moylan

    Anti-hazing proposal passes House, goes to Gov. Quinn

    State Rep. Marty Moylan’s anti-hazing proposal that grew out of suburban scandals was sent to Gov. Pat Quinn Friday after the Illinois House approved. “We feel the children should be protected,” Moylan, a Des Plaines Democrat, said. “If a teacher or somebody else knows about an incident, they have to report it or they will be held just as responsible. We felt there was a...

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    John Dryden is a social studies teacher at Batavia High School who has been reprimanded by the district.

    Batavia teacher told to stop giving legal advice

    The Batavia school district has, among other things, instructed high school teacher John Dryden to stop using sarcasm when talking to students, to not give them legal advice, and to run any concerns he has about anything past administrators before telling students, according to the letter of remedy issued Tuesday. Dryden is being disciplined for telling students they had a Fifth Amendment right...

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    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin visits London Middle School on Thursday.

    Sen. Dick Durbin visits London Middle School

    Jack London Middle School students wrapped up a yearlong study of immigration last week with a visit from a sponsor of the DREAM Act. U.S. Sen. Dick Durban was there to explain the Act, as well as listen to students' proposals on immigration reform

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    Bullet on floor delays Portland-Chicago flight

    A flight attendant found a .22-caliber bullet on the floor Friday as passengers were boarding a Southwest Airlines plane headed from Portland to Chicago, delaying the flight nearly two hours.A Port of Portland spokesman, Steve Johnson, says passengers were taken off the plane to be re-screened, and the plane was searched. He says all were cleared for the flight to take off. The port operates the...

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    Illinois House gives final OK to new education budget

    The Illinois House has given final approval to a new state budget for education. The legislation avoids cuts to elementary and secondary education and colleges and universities for the first time in several years. It also maintains funding for bilingual education, early childhood and transportation.

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    Mundelein launching One World Festival in September

    Mundelein officials are planning a new festival to celebrate the town's cultural diversity. Dubbed the One World Festival, it's set for Sept. 21.

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    he Leviathan, a replica of a steam locomotive that was built in a shop in Elgin in September 2009 at the Monticello Railway Museum in Monticello

    Lincoln funeral train trip to be recreated

    The 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s death is two years away, and two Illinois-based nonprofit groups are planning to commemorate his burial train trip back to Illinois.The anniversary of the funeral train will be marked May 1-3, 2015, in Springfield. The train left Washington, D.C., on April 21, 1865, and stopped in 11 major cities before arriving at Third and Jefferson streets in...

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    Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates meets with constituents in her Cannon House office in Washington, D.C.

    Shared military experience 'a starting place' for Duckworth in Congress

    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates has perhaps the highest profile of any freshman member of Congress. Just five months into her tenure, Duckworth's status as a decorated military veteran and her injuries help give her a forum to push her agenda and build connections across party lines, while at least initially insulating her from being targeted by Republicans seeking to take back her...

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    Scripps National Spelling Bee champion Arvind Mahankali, 13, of Bayside Hills, N.Y., consoles second-place finisher Pranav Sivakumar, 13, Tower Lakes after Sivakumar incorrectly spelled his final word during the finals in Oxon Hill, Md., Thursday.

    Dawn Patrol: Pension vote; Tower Lakes teen 2nd in spelling bee

    State Senate rejects pension cuts. Tower Lakes teen takes 2nd in national spelling bee. Elgin police arrest 22 in drug sweep. Lake County election change sent to Quinn. Arlington Heights man faces new sex abuse charges. Suburban Chicago's Got Talent auditions start next week.

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    Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates heads for a meeting on Capitol Hill.

    Images: Tammy Duckworth at work in Washington
    Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, a double-amputee Iraq War veteran elected last November, encountered a basic hurdle when she moved into her congressional office in January — she couldn't open her own office door. Since then, she's made her entire office accessible to those with disabilities — one part of her determination to serve as a voice on disability issues.

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    District 25 to offer world language program for fee

    Although the Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 school board eliminated the elementary world language program earlier this year, students in the district will still have the opportunity to learn a second language, but it will cost them. District officials said they plan to start offering Mandarin Chinese and Spanish either before school, after school or during lunch though the company...

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    Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says she made an early decision to make her entire office fully accessible to those with disabilities.

    Duckworth aims to be ’illustration of what you can truly do’

    Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Hoffman Estates, a double-amputee Iraq War veteran elected last November, encountered a basic hurdle when she moved into her congressional office in January — she couldn't open her own office door. Since then, she's made her entire office accessible to those with disabilities — one part of her determination to serve as a voice on disability...

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    Parent questions art, music changes at Batavia school

    A parent is unhappy with changes planned in how music and art education is taught to students at H.C. Storm Elementary School in Batavia.

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    Hoffman Estates High School Academic Scholars’ Representative of the Class of 2013, Yu Wang, speaks on Thursday.

    Images: Hoffman Estates High School Graduation
    Hoffman Estates High School held its commencement ceremony on May 30 at Willow Creek Church in South Barrington.

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    Dominic Fusco, left, Natalie Geoffroy, and Raymond Godlewski have a group hug before the commencement.

    Images: Carmel High School Graduation
    Carmel Catholic High School held its commencement ceremony on Thursday, May 30, at the school in Mundelein.

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    Jacob May gets a kiss from Allie Lundquist.

    Images: Aurora Central Catholic graduation
    Aurora Central Catholic High School held its commencement ceremony Thursday, May 30, on the school's campus in Aurora.

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    Pranav Sivakumar, 13, of Tower Lakes correctly spelled odontoloxia, Spenglerian, transrhenane, masoola, semainier, faconne, avellaneous, haupia on Thursday night in the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Pranav attends Barrington Middle School — Station Campus.

    Poll Vault: How would you do in a spelling bee?

    Have you ever won a spelling bee? Could you compete with the entrants in this year’s National Spelling Bee, fielding words like “tokonoma,” “haupia” and ptyalagogue”?

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    I took this photo while kayaking of the Fox River. The herons and egrets were busy tending to their young and nests.

    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 May27th.

Sports

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    Len Kasper, left, and Bob Brenly

    Brenly enjoying Diamondbacks gig

    Former Cubs TV analyst Bob Brenly is back in town with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Brenly left after last season to work on D'Backs telecasts. He says he's happy in the new job and because Arizona is playing well, he has not had to urge any D'Backs players to "run it out," as he did with the Cubs.

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    Oakland Athletics' Josh Reddick points to his dugout after driving in the first run of the game with an eighth-inning double against the Chicago White Sox on Friday in Oakland. The A's won the game, 3-0.

    Sox waste strong effort by Axelrod in 3-0 loss

    Bartolo Colon tossed a five-hitter a week after turning 40, and the Oakland Athletics survived a strong outing by righthander Dylan Axelrod to beat the Chicago White Sox 3-0 on Friday night in a game that took only 2 hours, 14 minutes.

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

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    The Sky’s Sylvia Fowles rang up a game-high 24 points and snared a career-best 22 rebounds Friday night in the home opener at Allstate Arena.

    Fowles’ beastly performance propels Sky

    When Sylvia Fowles comes out and plays like she did in an 86-75 victory on Friday night against the Connecticut Sun in the Sky’s home opener at Allstate Arena, head coach Pokey Chatman lovingly refers to her veteran center as a “beast,” which might not sound all that flattering for a woman, but certainly is for one whose job is to scare the daylights out of opponents with over-the-top aggressive and physical play.

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    Kernels hold off Cougars 5-2

    With a flurry of early offense, the visiting Cedar Rapids Kernels jumped out to a quick lead and hung on to hold off the Kane County Cougars, 5-2, in front of 8,441 fans on Friday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

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    Otters top Boomers 9-3

    The Evansville Otters amassed 17 hits on the way to a 9-3 win over the Schaumburg Boomers at Boomers Stadium on Friday night.

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    Johathan Orech, who led St. Charles North with 15 kills, spikes the ball past Oak Park at the boys volleyball state finals at Hoffman Estates High School Friday.

    St. Charles North pulls out marathon match

    Having swept through their first 4 postseason matches, St. Charles North’s boys volleyball team faced the brink of elimination during Friday night’s state quarterfinal match against Oak Park-River Forest.

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    Lisle’s Alex Ventrella celebrates the Lions’ IHSA state semifinal baseball victory over Teutopolis with his team. The Lions defeated the Wooden Shoes 2-1 to advance to Saturday’s title game at Dozer Park in Peoria.

    Nerves settled, Lisle shocks Teutopolis

    The most teeth-chattering nerves Ryan Van Volkenburg ever felt finally began to settle down after he threw his second pitch of the game. The Lisle senior served up a solo home run in the Class 2A state semifinals. “My nerves were crazy,” the left-handed pitcher said. “It’s the worst nerves I’ve ever had. But that home run really kind of relaxed me. I was able to just pitch and have fun after that.” The entire team had fun as the Lions pulled off a stunning upset of Teutopolis with Friday’s 2-1 victory at Dozer Park in Peoria.

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    Goll, Stevenson soak up a victory at Glenbrook N.

    So filthy good was Mitchell Goll’s shot that he might never better it. During a second-inning at-bat in Friday’s Class 4A Glenbrook North sectional semifinal, the Stevenson junior fouled a pitch by Glenbrook South’s Kyle Pauly over the backstop. The baseball splashed into a garbage can filled with soggy contents due to Thursday’s downpour. “Did it really?” said Goll, who was unaware of his funny foul ball. Nothing but wet. Goll hit another shot in the fourth. It was fair. And far. His first varsity home run erased a 2-0 deficit, and he and his teammates continued to execute en route to a 6-4 upset of second-seeded Glenbrook South in Northbrook. No. 6 Stevenson (21-11) will face No. 5 Libertyville (25-11) at 11 a.m. Saturday in a showdown of North Suburban Conference Lake Division rivals. The Patriots and Wildcats split their two games during NSC Lake play.

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    Harper’s Cunningham, Lorenz and Gatz makes commitments

    A trio of Harper College male athletes - Troy Cunningham, John Lorenz and Garrett Gatz, have made commitments to continue their sports pursuits at four-year schools.

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    Grinding Kings vs. gritty Blackhawks

    Blackhawks broadcaster Troy Murray looks back at that overtime thriller against Detroit, and looks ahead to what we can expect to see from the L.A. Kings in the Western Conference finals.

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    Buffalo Grove High School midfield Colleen Zickert (left) battles for the ball against Naperville North High School midfield Meghan Lee at the girl soccer state semi-final game on Friday, May 31, 2013 at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

    Naperville North keeps it simple, beats Buffalo Grove

    Buffalo Grove coach Pat Dudle called it “simple soccer,” but Naperville North’s game-winning goal at Friday’s Class 3A semifinals must have been hard for the Bison to watch.

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    Glenbard South catcher Will Cornwell tags out Clemente’s Pedro Vasquez during the Nazareth Class 4A sectional semifinals in LaGrange Park.

    Clemente edges Glenbard South

    In a Class 3A baseball sectional semifinal characterized by gift runs early, there was no doubt about the legitimacy of the final two runs Clemente scored against Glenbard South. The Wildcats’ David Gonzalez and Jerimiah Figueroa each parked solo home runs during a fourth-inning three-batter sequence to give Clemente, a traditional Public League power, the lead for good. The defining element to the conclusion of the Raiders’ season was hard-throwing senior southpaw Joseph Marciano. Glenbard South stranded 11 batters during its 6-5 loss Friday in LaGrange Park at the Nazareth sectional, which was completed a day late due to inclement weather.

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    Neuqua Valley celebrates their win over Plainfield North in Class 4A sectional semifinals on Friday in Naperville.

    Neuqua Valley gets better, gets win

    It could have been a lot worse for Neuqua Valley’s baseball team.And because of that, it soon became a lot better.The Wildcats rallied from a 2-run deficit to beat Plainfield North 4-3 in Friday’s Class 4A Neuqua Valley sectional semifinals, advancing to Saturday’s title game to face Downers Grove North.

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    Dundee-Crown is expected to start Vince Damato against Jacobs today when the District 300 rivals meet for the Class 4A Huntley sectional championship.

    Jacobs vs. Dundee-Crown makes it a special Saturday

    Nobody saw an all-District 300 sectional title game between rivals Jacobs and Dundee-Crown coming, which is why Saturday morning’s 10 a.m. baseball game at Huntley High School is so intriguing. Jacobs (24-11) was a bona fide threat to reach the Sweet 16 all along. The Golden Eagles jelled late last season as new coach Jamie Murray blended a talented junior class with some key senior contributors. Though they lost 3-2 to Crystal Lake South in an intense regional title game last May, forward momentum had clearly been gained. Jacobs went 25-4 in summer-league play, culminating in a state semifinal appearance at the Phil Lawler Classic. The 2013 spring season couldn’t arrive fast enough. The Golden Eagles lost a talented, veteran shortstop right before the season started for off-the-field reasons, but they persevered and won 20 games for the first time. They subsequently claimed the first regional championship in the program’s 37-year history by scoring 17 runs on 25 hits in wins against CL South and Barrington.

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    Well-grounded Maine South team stops Elk Grove

    Elk Grove saw its baseball season grounded Friday at the Class 4A Niles West sectional in Skokie. The Grenadiers had 19 of their 21 outs in the infield as they fell to Maine South 5-2. Elk Grove (24-11), which had to wait until Friday after Thursday’s game was rained out, had a difficult time with Maine South lefty Brian Jones. He got Maine South first baseman Adam Depkon lots of work — 14 putouts worth.

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    FILE - In this April 16, 1999, file photo, Atlanta Hawks guard Mookie Blaylock (10) drives to the basket in front of Orlando Magic guard Darrell Armstrong during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Atlanta. Police say the former Hawks guard is on life support after a car crash in suburban Atlanta on Friday, May 31, 2013. (AP Photo/Alan Mothner, File)

    Ex-NBA guard Blaylock injured in crash; 1 killed

    Former NBA All-Star guard Daron "Mookie" Blaylock was on life support at a hospital Friday after his SUV crossed the center line and crashed head-on into a van in suburban Atlanta, fatally injuring a passenger in the van, police said.

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    Fowles, Delle Donne lead Sky past Sun

    Sylvia Fowles had 24 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, Elena Delle Donne scored 20 points, and the Chicago Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 86-75 on Friday night.

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    Hinsdale Central’s Alison Cerny, left, battles Barrington’s Mia Calamari for the ball in the Class 3A girls soccer state semifinals Friday at North Central College.

    Hinsdale Central edges Barrington

    It won’t be the dream final that fans of Mid-Suburban League girls soccer had hoped would develop. Instead, it was a nightmare in Naperville on Friday for both Buffalo Grove and Barrington. After the Bison fell in their Class 3A state semifinal against defending champ Naperville North, the MSL champion Fillies were stunned by Hinsdale Central 1-0. The Red Devils’ Alison Cerny struck the only goal in Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium on the campus of North Central College on Friday afternoon in a 1-0 decision.

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    The Cubs’ Scott Hairston blasts a grand slam against the Diamondbacks in the third inning Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Another grand slam for surging Cubs

    The Cubs kept things rolling in grand style again Friday, beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2 at Wrigley Field. For the second day in a row, they got a grand slam, this time from right fielder Scott Hairston.

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    Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews, right, celebrates with Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook after Seabrook's overtime winning goal in Game 7 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings, Wednesday, May 29, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 2-1. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Steve Lundy) MANDATORY CREDIT; MAGS OUT; TV OUT

    Hawks hope their speed will counter physical Kings

    The Los Angeles Kings are probably the most physical team the Blackhawks have played all season.“It’s almost like they’re a better St. Louis Blues,” said Hawks winger Patrick Kane. “They play physical, have players that can score. When they do play physical, it seems to work to their advantage.“Against them, we’ll try to worry about what we have to do. If we play our game, play the fast-paced game we’ve been playing the past few games, it should work well for us.”The Hawks aren’t worried that the gas tank will be empty after their emotional seven-game series against Detroit that went seven games.

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    Kings’ Sutter plays it coy regarding matchup

    It’s been the storyline of all storylines heading into Saturday’s opener of the Western Conference finals: the Blackhawks’ speed vs. the Kings’ size.Only one problem, Los Angeles coach Darryl Sutter isn’t buying the premise.“I think if you actually look at it, their lineup in their last game and the lineup we had in our last game is identical,” he said. “So the size is the same, so I guess we have a problem with their speed.”OK, then how do you deal with the Hawks’ speed?“Use our size,” Sutter deadpanned.

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    Kings boring? Brown says, ‘So what’

    While the Blackhawks’ style of play has been anything but boring most of this season, the Kings, on the other hand, have been accused of lacking that same kind of flair in their game.To that, L.A. captain Dustin Brown says “So what?”

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    Bucks set to hire Larry Drew

    Four days after Larry Drew was replaced in Atlanta, the Milwaukee Bucks have swooped in to scoop him up. The Bucks announced Friday that they have reached an agreement to hire Drew as their new head coach. General manager John Hammond said Drew’s track record in Atlanta and experience as an assistant coach and former player made him the right choice.

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    Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick is the leading stopper in the playoffs and the only one with a Stanley Cup title.

    Beating Kings goalie Quick easier said than done

    How does a team such as the Blackhawks, with only 7 regulation losses during the season and winner of the Presidents’ Trophy with 77 points in a 48-game schedule, become an underdog in the conference finals?Two words: Jonathan Quick. The Los Angeles Kings goalie has been that good for the last two postseasons.

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    Bears’ TE Rodriguez charged in DUI

    The Bears’ tight end position has already seen a number of changes this off-season, and more could be coming after fullback-tight end Evan Rodriguez was arrested for the second time in three months. Rodriguez was arrested early Friday morning and charged with DUI, speeding and improper lane usage after he was pulled over by Illinois State Police on I-90 at 3:30 a.m., according to officials. In March, although charges were later dropped, he was arrested in Miami Beach for resisting an officer without violence and disorderly intoxication.

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    Chicago Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, right, throws to first after forcing out Arizona Diamondbacks' Cliff Pennington during the third inning of a baseball game, Friday, May 31, 2013, in Chicago. Wade Miley was out at first. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Cubs win 5th in a row, top D-backs 7-2

    Scott Hairston hit a grand slam and Matt Garza got his first victory of the season and the Cubs extended their winning streak to five games by defeating the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-2 on Friday. Alfonso Soriano had a two-run homer and Cody Ransom added a solo shot for the Cubs, who have won five straight for the first time since winning seven in a row from July 31-Aug. 6, 2011.

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    Miami's LeBron James drives on Bulls point guard Marquis Teague during Game 4 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals. Most of Teague's playing time in his rookie season game while Kirk Hinrich was injured.

    Teague’s results were limited but promising
    Marquis Teague kept up a good attitude during a rookie season with the Bulls that featured limited use. When he did get a chance, the No. 30 pick of the 2012 draft did display some of the athletic skills that made him a prized recruit by Kentucky two years ago. Mike McGraw has more in this report, the tenth in a series on the Bulls.

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    Momentum should help Hawks down Kings

    Mike North thinks the Blackhawks are ready to beat the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Los Angeles Kings. With the momentum from their series against the Detroit Red Wings, he sees another Stanley Cup in sight for Joel Quenneville and the Hawks.

Business

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    North Korean farm workers transplant rice seedlings Wednesday at Tongbong Cooperative Farm, near Hamhung, North Korea. Farmers in North Korea have confirmed that they have begun carrying out new economic policies designed to boost productivity by giving managers and workers financial incentives.

    North Korean farmers planting rice with profits in mind

    North Korean farmers knee deep in muddy paddies across the country have a new incentive during this year’s crucial rice planting season: possible bonuses that are part of an economic shift echoing ally China’s steps three decades ago toward embracing capitalism.

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    Associated Press/May 6, 2013 A home is for sale in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. The average rate for a 30-year mortgage hit 3.81 percent this past week, the highest in a year, according to Freddie Mac.

    Rising rates: Reason to worry or sign of strength?

    Alan Greenspan raised the Fed’s benchmark short-term rate from 3.25 percent to 5.5 percent in nine months. That sharp hike upended the bond market, cost investors billions and helped push Orange County, Calif. into bankruptcy

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    Mary Lou (ìLouî) Mastro

    Edward, Elmhurst name new leaders for upcoming merger

    Edward Hospital & Health Services in Naperville and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare, which will merge on July 1, announced appointments of key leaders Friday.Mary Lou (“Lou”) Mastro will become president of Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare on July 1, according to a release. Gina Sharp of Naperville has been promoted to president of Linden Oaks at Edward, and Jim Doyle, acting president & CEO of Elmhurst, will become chief transition officer for the newly-merged health system.

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    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, center, accompanied by Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, right, and Acting Labor Secretary Seth D. Harris, speaks about Social Security and Medicare , Friday, at the Treasury Department in Washington. The government says Medicare's giant hospital trust will not be exhausted until 2026, while the date that Social Security will exhaust its trust fund is unchanged at 2033.

    Trustees say Medicare exhausted in 2026

    The government said Friday that Medicare's giant hospital trust will not be exhausted until 2026, two years later than projected last year, while the date that Social Security will exhaust its trust fund remained unchanged at 2033.The latest projections were included in the annual report of trustees of the trust funds. The new report warned that despite the small improvement in Medicare, both it and Social Security face significant funding challenges.

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    Navistar names former Ford exec to lead global quality

    Navistar International has appointed Bill Osborne as senior vice president of global quality.

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    Manitex awarded $37 million Navy contract
    Bridgeview-based Manitex International said its Manitex Liftking subsidiary has been awarded a five year design and build contract to supply the U.S. Navy with highly specialized and configured rough terrain straight mast forklift equipment.

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    Greencore USA expands Woodridge facility

    Greencore USA, 10350 Argonne Drive in Woodridge, recently finalized a cooler expansion project to accommodate a large national customer and will supply convenience food products to regional stores.

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    Elmhurst College wins grant to boost math, science students

    The National Science Foundation has awarded a $448,875 grant to Elmhurst College to fund the Keystone Project, an innovative program that will support and encourage students who are studying in the STEM fields.

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    Customers shop at a J.C. Penney store, in New York. Americans cut back on spending in April after their income failed to grow, a sign economic growth may be slowing, according to data released by the Commerce Department, Friday.

    U.S. consumers cut spending 0.2 pct. in April

    Americans cut back on spending in April after their income failed to grow, a sign that economic growth may be slowing. The Commerce Department said Friday that consumer spending dropped a seasonally adjusted 0.2 percent in April, the first decline since last May. That follows a 0.1 percent increase in March and a 0.8 percent jump in February.

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    The Illinois House overwhelmingly approved a plan Thursday that would regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in the state, hoping to kick-start an industry that proponents say could bring thousands of jobs to economically struggling southern Illinois by filling the gap created by the area's declining coal industry.

    Illinois House OKs bill to regulate 'fracking'

    The Illinois House overwhelmingly approved a plan Thursday that would regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in the state, hoping to kick-start an industry that proponents say could bring thousands of jobs to economically struggling southern Illinois by filling the gap created by the area's declining coal industry.

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    The Illinois House has passed a measure that will allow for the construction of a South Suburban Airport in Peotone.

    House gives boost to third Chicago-area airport

    The Illinois House has passed a measure that will allow for the construction and operation of a third Chicago-area airport. The legislation approved Thursday allows the Illinois Department of Transportation to enter into a public-private partnership to develop the South Suburban Airport in Peotone.

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    In this Jan. 8, 2009, photo provided by the Mesa County, Colo., Sheriff's Department, a small Draganflyer X6 drone during a test flight in Mesa County, Colo. A proposal that would regulate the use of drones by law enforcement agencies in Illinois has cleared the House.

    House passes bill to regulate use of drones

    A proposal that would regulate the use of drones by law enforcement agencies in Illinois has cleared the House. House members voted 105-12 on Thursday. It has to go back to the Senate after some House changes. Drones are sophisticated, unmanned aircraft that authorities are considering for aerial surveillance.

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    For Boeing, it was the first announcement from an airline about the proposed longer version of its 787, which the company calls the Dreamliner.

    Singapore Airlines places big order for Boeing, Airbus jets

    Singapore Airlines said Thursday that it ordered 60 new planes from Boeing and Airbus that carry a combined list price of more than $17 billion.The orders were evenly split — 30 planes from U.S.-based Boeing and 30 from Europe's Airbus. Airlines typically get deep discounts on planes, and Singapore did not say how much it will pay the manufacturers.

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    The strike began at Chicago’s Congress Plaza Hotel in June 2003.

    Chicago hotel workers end strike — after 10 years

    Striking hotel workers who became a familiar sight on Chicago's famed Michigan Avenue as they picketed — for 10 years — are ending one of the longest strikes in American history, their union said Thursday. The union offered "unconditionally" to halt the strike, which began at the Congress Plaza Hotel in June 2003 over disputes involving wage cuts and other issues.

Life & Entertainment

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    A father (Josh Hamilton) finds his son (Dakota Goyo) under a mysterious trance in the thriller "Dark Skies."

    'Dark Skies' leads home video roster

    Jeff Tuckman reviews "Dark Skies" and "The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents."

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    Autumn Ridge is a community of 140 townhouses in Schaumburg.

    Autumn Ridge features desirable location, schools

    An excellent location and good schools draw buyers to Autumn Ridge, an upscale townhouse community on the east side of Schaumburg. The subdivision sits south of Schaumburg and east of Meacham roads near Woodfield Mall, an area with great restaurants, movie theaters and all kinds of businesses — with quick access to expressways. "The location is perfect for me because I walk to work," said resident Richard Rix.

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    Tommy DeCarlo, lead singer of the group Boston, kicked off the Boston Strong Concert: An Evening of Support and Celebration at the TD Garden in Boston on Thursday.

    ‘Truly Boston Strong’ at show for marathon victims

    The song “Come Together” their rallying cry, performers at a benefit concert for victims of the deadly Boston Marathon bombing had thousands of people cheering for a city that has pulled together to overcome adversity. The concert kicked off with the rock band Boston playing songs including its 1970s hit “More Than a Feeling.” “Tonight, we are all Boston,” lead singer Tommy DeCarlo declared to a crowd of thousands of people, including victims and first responders, at the TD Garden. “Boston got its heart broken ... but if they think they can keep us down, they can ‘Dream On,’ said frontman Steven Tyler before Aerosmith played their hit by that name.

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    Nicki Minaj is following Mariah Carey out of the door on “American Idol.” The hip-hop diva announced Thursday on Twitter that it was “time to focus on the music.”

    Minaj, Carey not returning to ‘American Idol’

    Nicki Minaj is following Mariah Carey out the door on “American Idol.” The hip-hop diva posted Thursday on Twitter that it was “time to focus on the music,” just a few hours after Carey announced she wasn’t coming back to the Fox talent competition so that she could focus on her upcoming tour.

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    Bartender Joe Catomer mixes a summer drink at Wickets Bar and Grill in Schaumburg.

    Bars, restaurants roll out cool seasonal cocktails

    The weather may still be on the rainy side, but local restaurants and bars are preparing for the summer heat by rolling out seasonal drink menus. Scott Struchen, managing partner at John Barleycorn in Schaumburg, said the bar is focusing on tropical drinks for summer to go with their new two-page burger menu. “I think a good summer cocktail is not too complicated,” Struchen said. “It's very easy and refreshing.”

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    “It’s Magic: The Songs of Sammy Cahn” by Steve Tyrell

    Tyrell pays tribute to Cahn on new album

    Late-blooming crooner Steve Tyrell burnishes his reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the Great American Songbook with this tribute ("It's Magic: The Songs of Sammy Cahn") marking the centennial of the birth of Sammy Cahn, the lyricist who gave voice to Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack in the early 1960s.

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    New Kids on the Block’s summer plans include July 18 and 19 shows at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The band paired up with 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men for the aptly titled The Package Tour.

    Music stars compete for summer tour dollars

    All anyone's been talking about are those aged wonders The Rolling Stones and their 50th-anniversary tour. But there's so much more happening on the road this summer, and you can see many of the hottest acts, from New Kids on the Block to Taylor Swift to Justin Timberlake or Kid Rock, in Chicago or the suburbs. In the end, the fans will determine who will go home the winner of the summer battle of the bands.

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    Theater events: Lifeline ends season with 'Three Musketeers'

    Lifeline Theatre adapts a swashbuckler with "The Three Musketeers": Marriott Theatre revives the relationship revue "I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change"; and Collaboraction hosts his 13th annual new theater showcase this week in Chicago-area theater.

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    Kevin McKillip played the title role in First Folio Theatre's 2007 production of “Richard III.”

    Theaters deliver Shakespeare and more under the stars

    Kevin McKillip knows what it's like to suffer for his art. The actor spends the better part of his summers performing Shakespeare under the stars. Once, during a production of "Richard III" in Oak Brook, he lost his footing on damp grass backstage, hit his head on a support beam and nearly knocked himself unconscious. Yet, open-air theater has a certain allure for McKillip and for audiences, who can enjoy it this summer at suburban and Chicago venues ."It affords opportunities you don't get anywhere else," he says. "And it can lead to moments of magic."

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    Season eight of NBC-TV's “America's Got Talent” features returning judges Howard Stern, left, and Howie Mandel, right, with new judges Heidi Klum and Melanie Brown. The season premieres at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 4.

    'America's Got Talent' judges admit they got tough at Rosemont auditions

    Bad news for contestants who auditioned earlier this month in Rosemont for NBC's “America's Got Talent”: The judges admit that they were harder on those acts than in other audition cities. “The (Rosemont) audiences booed me a couple of times because I didn't put through some acts,” said radio shock jock Howard Stern. “It's only because they haven't seen what we've seen. I'm comparing it to the whole country.”

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    Try out for the summer-long Suburban Chicago's Got Talent

    Try showing off your talents at the second edition of the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition presented by the Daily Herald, produced by the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. The top prize is an expenses-paid trip to audition for producers of NBC-TV's "America's Got Talent."

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    Book notes: ‘Division Street’ author speaks locally

    Author Kenneth N. Green discusses his book "I'm From Division Street" at at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, at the Glenview Public Library and at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at the Ela Area Public Library District in Lake Zurich.

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    Buyer regrets not having home inspection

    Q. We bought our house about two years ago, but we did not have a home inspection. Since then, we've found problems that were not disclosed by the sellers or their agent. The worst of these is an addition that was built without a permit. The roof on the addition has major leaks, and the shingles were installed without felt underlayment. Do we have recourse against the sellers or their agent for nondisclosure?

Discuss

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    Editorial: We cannot accept failure on pension reform

    A Daily Herald editorial says lawmakers must act today on the one approach to pension reform that works for the entire state..

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    Editorial: However well meaning, student surveys raise serious questions

    A Daily Herald editorial says the goals may have been reasonable, but a Batavia High School student survey and its aftermath raise many serious questions.

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    Michael Saltsman

    The summer of Illinois teens’ discontent

    Guest columnist Michael Saltsman: Illinois parents, prepare yourselves: With a 28.6 percent teen unemployment rate heading into the summer of 2013, your jobless kids might be making frequent cash withdrawals from the Bank of Mom & Dad for their vacation spending.

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    Thanks for support of veterans programs
    A Waukegan letter to the editor: Once again, the people of Lake County have shown their overwhelming support of our veterans and their families.

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    Praise for support of marriage rights
    A letter to the editor: Kudos to state Rep. Ed Sullivan for announcing his support of marriage equality in the face of protests from his party and opposition from his church.

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    Time for new beginning on gun laws
    A Lake Bluff letter to the editor: Given the overwhelming positive House vote, Illinois citizens are in favor of carrying weapons for self-defense. Now it is up to the Senate to pass concealed carry and for Gov. Quinn to sign the bill which he has threatened to veto.

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    Let 17-year-olds vote in primaries
    A Round Lake letter to the editor: Most high-school seniors are not able to vote in state primaries but later become eligible to vote the general election. I find it unfair that the students can’t have their say in selecting the nominees.

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    Press must continue as nation’s watchdog
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I hope the press continues to be the "watchdog" (as with Watergate) of those who feel they are above the law and who do not need to adhere to the ethical dealings. National security is no longer a good excuse as it has become a phrase crying wolf.

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    Half-truths plagued letter about Obama
    A Palatine letter to the editor: The May 18 Fencepost letter, "Presidency the most unethical in history", appears to blame President Obama for just about everything from Harding's Teapot Dome Scandal to the administration of the infamous 3 Lying Stooges; Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. It is 300+ words of vitriolic partisan silliness that has more factual holes than Reagan's Iran/Contra explanation, Nixon's, "I'm not a crook" and Bush's untrue, deceitful and manipulative reasons for attacking Iraq.

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    Why protesting school closings?
    A Lisle letter to the editor: When you see all those parents out protesting the closing of public schools, and look at the low attendance and graduation rates at those schools, the picture gets muddy.

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    Journalists’ sense of right and wrong
    A Lombard letter to the editor: If you deliver guns willy nilly into the hands of murderous Mexican drug dealers and thus contribute to the deaths of who knows how many Mexican citizens and one American border patrol agent and then lie to the public about it, the major media will run interference for you.

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    Funding the real issue in Benghazi
    A Lombard letter to the editor: The title of one of Shakespeare's plays is "Much Ado About Nothing," a comedy. What some members of our Congress have done is much ado about the wrong issue. However, this is a tragedy.

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    Adding up value of high school math
    A Springfield letter to the editor: Thanks for shining a spotlight on Carpentersville Community Unit District 300 High School and their new fourth year math course that bridges the gap between high school and college.

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