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Daily Archive : Thursday June 13, 2013

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    Art donations sought for pediatric cancer fundraiser

    Dundee Township residents have a chance to get a head start on an annual fundraising motorcycle ride that benefits children who suffer with brain tumors. On Saturday, June 29, a charity art show called, “where the heART is” will be held at the Cactus Zone restaurant in Sleepy Hollow.

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    Chelsie Coren plays the piece she performed at her final piano recital on Wednesday. Piano is one of four instruments she played regularly at Wheeling High School.

    Calisch Award winner has long artistic resume

    A four-instrument musician, dancer and choreographer is the 2013 winner of the Richard Calisch Arts Unlimited Award in District 214. “Chelsie Coren could walk in to any high school dance program, jazz program or orchestra program and run it,” said Brian Logan, fine arts coordinator at Wheeling High School.

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    District 15 opts for 3,000 newer-model tablets

    After board members expressed concerns last month about the longevity and already dated technology of the second generation iPad, Palatine Township Elementary District 15 officials opted to scrap their original plan in favor of a newer model. The board Wednesday approved paying about $1.6 million over three years for 3,000 iPad 4 tablets through a deal that's technically a lease. The district...

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    Palatine, Dist. 15 officials speak out against prevailing wage

    They can't do much, if anything, about it, but officials in both Palatine and Palatine Township Elementary District 15 this week made their position known toward the prevailing wage. Illinois statute requires all government units under state jurisdiction to hire contractors for public works projects that pay at least a minimum of the Cook County or Lake County prevailing wage rates for public...

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    Fitness Specialist Steve Finn shows new member Patty Macko of Naperville the proper technique for using the machines at the Edward Health & Fitness Center at Edward Hospital.

    25 years of inspiration for Edward Health and Fitness Center

    Sports enthusiasts Chuck and Mary Kay Graber moved to Naperville in late 1988 and joined a fledgling Edward Health and Fitness Center as a way to meet like-minded friends. Twenty five years later, Chuck is a spin-class master who also weight trains. Mary Kay, once an occasional swimmer, has now completed several triathlons, 14 marathons and a few half-ironman competitions, all inspired by the...

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    Kaleigh Borcia, 19, a sister of Tony Borcia, reads an emotional victim impact statement Thursday at the sentencing hearing for David Hatyina of Bartlett, who pleaded guilty to a drug and alcohol charge in the boating crash that killed 10-year-old Tony last year.

    Libertyville family relives horrible moments after son was killed on Chain O' Lakes

    During his victim impact statement, the father of Tony Borcia of Libertyville said he feels pain every time he sees a father and son playing baseball. “My love of baseball and coaching baseball is gone. Every time I see a dad playing catch with his kid, it's like a knife in my stomach,” Borcia said. He spoke during the first day of the sentencing hearing for the Bartlett man who has...

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    Lisle resident Randy Scheib, a volunteer at Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton, gives Grace a wash on Thursday. Grace is one of 25 horses at the center. A recent investigation of the center found no signs of abuse or neglect of the horses.

    Danada horses 'healthy and safe,' second probe shows

    A second investigation in two years on conditions at Danada Equestrian Center in Wheaton has found the historic farm's 25 horses are “healthy and safe,” despite repeated claims to the contrary by some volunteers. DuPage County Forest Preserve Commissioner Shannon Burns, who conducted the latest probe, says she found no sign of abuse or neglect involving horses. But she is recommending...

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    Long Grove Confectionery owner John Mangel shows students the kitchen area of his candy factory as they begin the tour of the company's new Buffalo Grove headquarters in December 2002.

    On verge of shutdown, Long Grove Confectionery gets new owner

    Long Grove Confectionery, a Buffalo Grove-based chocolate company, has been taken over by Chicago-based Arway Confectionaries. Arway's president, Craig Leva, says Long Grove will keep its name, all its employees, its factory and its retail store.

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    Terrance Walker

    Arlington Heights man sentenced to prison for 2011 car break-ins

    A Cook County judge sentenced a 28-year-old Arlington Heights man to nine years in prison in exchange for his guilty plea to identity theft and a series of 2011 car break-ins in Arlington Heights. Terrence Walker broke into three vehicles and used credit cards he found in purses there to purchase car washes and other items, prosecutors said.

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    OSHA investigates Elk Grove factory worker's death

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating the death of a Berwyn man in a factory accident in Elk Grove Village Tuesday morning, an agency spokeswoman said.

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    Barrington police looking for suspicious photographer

    Barrington police are seeking the public's help in locating a man who on two recent occasions suspiciously asked to take photographs of young children walking in public. The first incident occurred May 31 in the area of South Grove Avenue and Russell Street. The second took place June 4 on Prairie Avenue.

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    Jonathon Villasana

    Vernon Hills man pleads not guilty in hit man hiring case

    A Vernon Hills man accused of hiring an undercover police officer to kill the mother of a woman he injured in a motorcycle crash pleaded not guilty in Lake County court Thursday. Jonathan Villasana, 24, of the 0-100 block of Timber Lane, remains held in Lake County jail on $1 million bond on charges of solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire.

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    Miami deck collapse sends 100 into bay

    Authorities say an outdoor deck behind a popular Miami-area sports bar has collapsed during the NBA Finals, sending dozens of patrons into the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay and critically injuring three people.

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    Wisconsin Assembly approves anti-abortion bills

    Assembly Republicans approved a package of bills Thursday designed to make it more difficult to get abortions in Wisconsin, joining a renewed conservative drive to impose tougher restrictions on the procedure nationwide.

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    Donna O’Malley

    Two ex-trustees appointed to Island Lake police commission

    A pair of former Island Lake trustees on Thursday were appointed members of the village’s police commission. Laurie Rabattini and Donna O’Malley were awarded two of the seats on the three-member panel. A third local resident, Arnold Epstein, also was appointed to the commission.

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    Coast Guard suspends search for missing Illinois snorkeler

    The Coast Guard is suspending its search for a snorkeler from Illinois last seen near Hawaii’s Molokini Crater. The Coast Guard said Thursday the search for 56-year-old Paul Blackburn covered nearly 450 square miles. The Coast Guard didn’t have information on Blackburn’s hometown.

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    St. Charles sees rash of vehicle burglaries

    St. Charles police responded to 11 calls about vehicle burglaries Thursday morning. All the incidents occurred between midnight and 3 a.m. and involved vehicles that were left unlocked by their owners.

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    President Barack Obama, members of Congress and other haven’t done the best job explaining government surveillance programs — a situation that has done nothing to ease public unease over how much of their privacy has been lost.

    Mangled facts, secrecy brew confusion about NSA

    Wondering what the U.S. government might know about your phone calls and online life? And whether all of this really helps find terrorists? Good luck finding solid answers. Americans trying to wrap their minds around two giant surveillance programs are confronted with a mishmash of leaks, changing claims and secrecy. Members of Congress complain that their constituents are baffled — and many...

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    Anita Alvarez

    New `RICO’ law leads to gang arrests in Chicago

    Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced Thursday that racketeering and conspiracy charges were filed against 23 defendants who are primarily top leaders and members of the Black Souls street gang.

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    Lee Roy Patterson III

    ‘It’s my fault’: Emotional apologies in hearing on fatal North Aurora DUI

    Lee R. Patterson III acknowledged the forgiveness shown by the mother of the 22-year-old woman he killed while driving drunk 20 months ago in North Aurora. “Whether I walk out of the courtroom today or I go to prison, that’s the best grace I’ve been given in my entire life,” Patterson said in the second day of an emotional sentencing hearing during which he repeatedly apologized to the family of...

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    The Supreme Court ruled that companies cannot patent parts of naturally-occurring human genes throws out patents held by Utah-based Myriad Genetics Inc. on an increasingly popular breast cancer test brought into the public eye recently by actress Angelina Jolie, seen here, who revealed she had a double mastectomy because of one of the genes involved in this case.

    Court says human genes cannot be patented

    The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously threw out attempts to patent human genes, siding with advocates who say the multibillion-dollar biotechnology industry should not have exclusive control over genetic information found inside the human body.

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    Potatoes are harvested at a farm near Idaho Falls, Idaho. A U.S. wholesale grocer says America’s potato farmers are running an illegal price-fixing scheme.

    Grocers allege potato group pumped up spud prices

    A U.S. wholesale grocer says America’s potato farmers are running an illegal price-fixing scheme, driving up spud prices while spying on farmers with satellites to enforce strict limits on how many tubers they can grow.

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    Blackened and charred homes are left along Herring Road in the Black Forest area northeast of Colorado Springs, Colo., on Wednesday, June 12, 2013. The Black Forest Fire northeast of Colorado Springs earlier prompted evacuation orders and pre-evacuation notices to more than 9,000 people and to about 3,500 homes and businesses, sheriff’s officials said. The fire has destroyed more than 360 homes.

    Colorado wildfire destroys at least 360 homes

    A voracious wildfire driven in all directions by shifting winds destroyed at least 360 homes — a number that was likely to climb as the most destructive blaze in Colorado history burned out of control for a third day through miles of tinder-dry woods.

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    Palatine, Wheeling schools part of new state-sponsored STEM program

    Two local schools will be part of a new statewide program aimed at increasing students’ interest in careers involving science, technology, engineering and math. The Illinois Science and Technology Institute announced Thursday that Wheeling High School and Palatine High School will be part of the new R&D (research and development) STEM Learning Exchange, which will provide students the opportunity...

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    Five charged with felonies after Streamwood shooting party

    Streamwood police initially called with a report of a loud party found after investigation that people at the party taking target practice with a .22 caliber revolver had hit two neighboring homes, according to police reports. One bullet traveled through the bedroom in one of the homes and lodged in a closet door while the resident was taking a shower in the adjoining bathroom, police reports...

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    New St. Charles alderman selected

    St. Charles officials have named Todd Bancroft as the new Third Ward alderman. The city council must take an official vote Monday, but seated aldermen have already agreed upon Bancroft in a closed-door meeting. Bancroft fills the vacancy created when Ray Rogina became mayor.

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    New principal chosen for St. Patrick School

    St. Patrick School in Wadsworth has a new principal, parish officials announced. Elisabeth A. Dworak has been chosen to lead the school, which serves preschoolers through eighth-graders. She’ll start July 1.

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    USO BBQ in Antioch:

    The Antioch Woman’s Club, in concert with the Antioch Chamber of Commerce’s Summer Bazaar, hosts a USO BBQ on Sunday, June 16, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Main Street and Orchard in downtown Antioch.

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    Lincolnshire police seminar:

    The Lincolnshire Police Department is sponsoring a special luncheon seminar on “Scams, Fraud, and Identity Theft” on Thursday, June 20.

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    Car Fun on 21 in Libertyville:

    MainStreet Libertyville hosts the classic car show Car Fun on 21 on Wednesday, June 19, 6 to 9 p.m. on Church Street in downtown Libertyville.

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    Washington Street open house:

    An open house regarding the reconstruction of Washington Street is set for 5 to 7 p.m., Monday, June 17, at the Round Lake Park village hall, 203 East Lake Shore Drive.

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    Dann Gire

    Gire receives journalism education honor

    Daily Herald Film Critic Dann Gire is being honored with the Illinois Journalism Education Association's "Friend of Scholastic Journalism" award. The award recognizes individuals and organizations demonstrating commitment to journalism education. He will receive the award at a ceremony in September.

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    John Krupa

    New Dist. 57 board member hopes to help maintain “spectacular” schools

    John Krupa, the newest school board member in Mount Prospect Elementary District 57, believes he represents a growing constituency in the community. “There are lots of people like me moving to Mount Prospect,” said Krupa, a 33-year-old husband and father. “One of the key reasons is the spectacular school system. I want to do my part in maintaining that level of quality.”

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    Aurora man wins civil rights case against cop

    A federal jury awarded an Aurora man $50,000 as part of a civil rights lawsuit against an Aurora police officer. The jury ruled Kurt Kopek had been a victim of excessive force, false arrest and malicious prosecution stemming from his 2008 arrest. The jury's ruling allows the city to cover $35,000 of the damages awarded Kopek, but Detective Edgar Gallardo is responsible for the remaining $15,000.

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    Federal flood relief applications due by July 9

    The deadline for applying for federal flood relief is July 9 for residents and businesses who sustained flooding damage between April 6 and May 5, 2013

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    Wheaton North quarterback Johnny Peltz received the annual Red Grange Award Thursday for his skill, sportsmanship and scholastic ability.

    Wheaton North’s Johnny Peltz collects Grange Award

    It is no surprise recent Wheaton North graduate Johnny Peltz received an award for athletic achievement. In his family, athletic achievement is par for the course.

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    Buffalo Grove High School students collected 22 boxes of books, backpacks, pencil cases and other supplies while cleaning out their lockers at the end of the school year. The supplies will be donated to students in Oklahoma who lost their schools and homes in a tornado last month.

    Buffalo Grove students donate supplies to tornado victims

    Buffalo Grove High School students turned their end-of-the-year locker clean out into a collection drive for students in Oklahoma who had lost everything in last month's tornado.

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    Visitors to the 2012 Batavia Green Walk play “The Recycle Game” with Batavia Environmental Commission member Dianne Peterson, right. This year’s Green Walk is Saturday.

    Being green doesn’t have to be boring, Batavia says

    The annual Batavia Green Walk Saturday has grown, with plans for 70 exhibitors and vendors on all manner of topics related to healthful living, reducing waste, using less fossil-fueled energy and more.

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    Bob O’Brien, the Hanover Park Park District superintendent of parks, surveys the inflatable tennis dome after it collapsed in June 2012. District officials recently agreed to issue $500,000 in bonds for a replacement dome.

    Hanover Park Park District borrowing to replace tennis dome

    The indoor tennis dome at the Centre Court Athletic Club has collapsed one too many times for the liking of Hanover Park Park District officials, who this week approved a bond sale to fund its replacement. The board voted at a special meeting to borrow up to $500,000 for the project. “It’s come to the end of its life a lot sooner than we had planned on,” financial services administrator Larry...

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    Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses the Clinton Global Initiative Meeting in Chicago on Thursday.

    Hillary Clinton turning toward nonprofit world

    As she considers another White House bid, Hillary Rodham Clinton intends to work in the nonprofit world on issues like improving early childhood education, promoting the rights of women and girls, and finding ways to improve the economy — a set of priorities that could inform a 2016 presidential campaign.

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    Adel Daoud

    Defense wants to know how government gathered evidence in terror case

    Prosecutors haven’t denied that an expanded U.S. phone and Internet surveillance program triggered an investigation that led to terrorism charges against a West suburban teenager, a defense attorney said Thursday. Thomas Durkin told a federal judge that he needs to know how the government compiled evidence against Adel Daoud.

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    Rockford AirFest canceled because of budget cuts

    Federal budget cuts have forced the cancellation of the Rockford AirFest airshow. The Chicago Rockford International Airport looked into the possibility of putting on a Labor Day weekend show without military support. But it announced Thursday that it had concluded that could not be done without sacrificing the standard that the audience has come to expect.

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    In October, diver Tom Kucharsky passes timbers protruding from the bottom of Lake Michigan that were discovered by Steve Libert in 2001.

    Expedition hopes to find La Salle’s long lost ship

    Starting this weekend, archaeologists and technicians will try to determine whether a timber jutting from the bottom of Lake Michigan and other items beneath layers of sediment are what remains of the legendary Griffin, a vessel that the 17-century French explorer La Salle built.

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    Illustration courtesy of the Federal Aviation Administration The new south air traffic control tower at O’Hare International Airport will open in fall 2015.

    Work starts on new O’Hare air traffic control tower

    What’s 219 feet tall, requires 50 tons of steel and costs $30 million to build? The new air traffic control tower on the south side of O’Hare International Airport that’s expected to start rising from the ground soon.

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    Schaumburg Village Manager Ken Fritz will retire at the end of the summer, after 29 years with the village and 15 in his present position.

    Fritz retiring as Schaumburg village manager

    After 29 years with the village of Schaumburg and 15 as village manager, Ken Fritz will retire to Minnesota at the end of the summer to spend more time with family. Fritz said Thursday he and his wife had planned his retirement about this time, with his son now off to college and no children left in the house. But what had been expected to be a longer-term process has moved faster than...

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    This black kitten, named “EB,” short for “engine block,” survived a 300-mile journey inside a semitrailer truck’s air cleaner.

    Hitchhiking kitten finds home with Oswego family

    Kane County animal control authorities say a kitten is now up for adoption, almost three weeks after it survived a 300-mile journey inside a semitrailer’s air cleaner. The black kitten is about four months old and has been named “EB,” short for “engine block.”

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    A house is fully engulfed in flames in the midst of the Black Forest Fire northeast of Colorado Springs on Wednesday, June 12, 2013.

    Images: Colorado Wildfires
    Images of three Colorado wildfires fueled by hot temperatures, gusty winds and thick, bone-dry forests that have led to the evacuation of more than 7,000 residents and nearly 1,000 inmates at medium-security prison. At least 360 homes are destroyed — nearly four times the previous estimate and a number that seemed likely to climb, authorities said Thursday. The Black Forest area blaze northeast...

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    Batavia, Geneva libraries’ annexation battle resurfacing

    Did the Geneva Library annex a narrow piece of land to prevent the Batavia Library from annexing its land, or was it just the side effect of the Geneva Library pursuing its long-held objective of providing service to Geneva school district residents?

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    Part of the retaining wall on a channel that connects Glen Ellyn’s stormsewer system with Perry’s Pond is now a pile of rubble after April storms damaged stabilization improvements that had been made.

    Work beginning to combat Glen Ellyn flooding

    Crews will begin making repairs as early as this week along a major passage for stormwater on the north side of Glen Ellyn.

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    Buffalo Grove Chamber seeks nominees for community awards

    The Buffalo Grove Area Chamber of Commerce is getting ready to honor residents who care about their community. But before they do, they’re asking for the community’s help in identifying deserving nominees. The 2013 Heart of Buffalo Grove Awards will be awarded to volunteers and individuals Nov. 23 at a Celebration Gala Event at the Arboretum Club in Buffalo Grove.

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    Elk Grove Village to recognize police officers

    Three Elk Grove Village police officers will receive commendations at Tuesday’s village board meeting for lifesaving acts performed while on duty. Officers Edwin Medina and Nicholas Langendorf will be presented with the police department’s Life Saving Award for pulling a man out of a burning vehicle after a May 13 car crash. Officer Steven Prindle will be presented with the department’s...

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    Barrington couple pledges $5 million to Northwestern baseball project

    Barrington residents Richard and Roxelyn (Roxy) Pepper have pledged $5 million to Northwestern University, their alma mater, as a challenge to raise funds needed to renovate the university’s baseball stadium, university President Morton Schapiro announced this week.

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    Steve Libert

    Expedition hopes to find La Salle's long lost ship

    As a teenager, Steve Libert was mesmerized by a teacher's stories of the brash 17th Century French explorer La Salle, who journeyed across the Great Lakes and down the Mississippi in a quest for a trade route to the Far East that he hoped would bring riches and renown. Particularly intriguing was the tale of the Griffin, a vessel that La Salle built and sailed from Niagara Falls to the shores of...

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    Lightning possible cause for Aurora house fire

    A lightning strike has not been ruled out as the cause of a house fire Wednesday night in Aurora, authorities said Thursday. The fire began just before 9 p.m. at a two-story single-family home on the 2100 block of Schoolhouse Lane on the city’s west side, according to Aurora spokesman Dan Ferrelli.

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    This photo provided by Ryan Meador shows an explosion at The Williams Companies Inc. plant in the Ascension Parish town of Geismar La., Thursday, June 13, 2013. The fire broke out Thursday morning at the plant, which the company’s website says puts out about 1.3 billion pounds of ethylene and 90 million pounds of polymer grade propylene a year.

    At least 30 injured in La. plant explosion

    Officials say ambulances and helicopters have taken at least 30 people from a burning chemical plant after an explosion in Louisiana. Residents of the community of Geismar, about 20 miles southeast of Baton Rouge, were told to remain indoors with doors and windows closed.

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    Recommit to being better dads this Father’s Day

    On Father's Day, our Ken Potts reflects on what we need from our dads and what fathers should be giving their children. "For us dads, we want to always remember that we have a big and important job to do and that our kids are really counting on us," Potts says. "And since we’re not going to be around forever, we’d better not put things off. There is no time like now to be a good dad."

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    Debra Hodgett of West Chicago, right, shows Molly Garrison, left, the cover of a new book, “Tri-Mom: Swimming, Biking and Running Through Motherhood,” about combining parenting with fitness. Molly was featured on the cover of the book.

    Suburban triathletes swim, bike, run through motherhood

    One-year-old Matt squeals happily while he plays with his 5-year-old sister Molly. Their mother, Jennifer Garrison of Naperville, casually checks on her kids while discussing how she manages being a mother of three, coaching triathletes, and volunteering at her children's school — while still making time to work out. Garrison is one of seven co-authors of the new book “Tri-Mom:...

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    Tips for home security while on vacation

    Going away this summer? Whether your travel plans are for one month or one day, unless the proper precautions are taken, it can also be a perfect time for a burglar to strike. The Vernon Hills Police Department’s Crime Prevention Unit has compiled the following list of suggestions to help you strengthen the security of your home.

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    Sarah Murnaghan, center, celebrates the 100th day of her stay in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia with her father, Fran, left, and mother, Janet. The 10-year-old suburban Philadelphia girl received a lung transplant there Wednesday, June 12, 2013, her family said.

    Girl who took on transplant rules gets new lungs

    A 10-year-old girl with cystic fibrosis was recovering from a transplant of adult lungs after a judge’s ruling expanded her options for lifesaving surgery. Sarah Murnaghan underwent a six-hour surgery Wednesday at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, a procedure her aunt said resulted because of the larger list of available organs. “It was a direct result of the ruling that allowed her to be put...

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    Senate votes down GOP border amendment

    The Senate has voted to kill a GOP measure preventing immigrants here illegally from taking the first steps toward citizenship until the U.S.-Mexico border has been under control for six months.

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    A supporter holds a picture of Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret information about U.S. surveillance programs, outside the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong Thursday, June 13, 2013.

    Leaker Snowden alleges NSA hacking on China, world

    For months, China has tried to turn the tables on the U.S. to counter accusations that it hacks America’s computers and networks. Now, former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden claims the U.S. has long been attacking a Hong Kong university that routes all Internet traffic in and out of the semiautonomous Chinese region.

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    A military no trespassing sign shown in front of Utah’s NSA Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah. The nation’s new billion-dollar epicenter for fighting global cyberthreats sits just south of Salt Lake City, tucked away on a National Guard base at the foot of snow-capped mountains.

    Utah home to NSA’s new mega-warehouse for data

    The nation’s new billion-dollar epicenter for fighting global cyberthreats sits just south of Salt Lake City, tucked away on a National Guard base at the foot of snow-capped mountains. The long, squat buildings span 1.5 million square feet, and are filled with super-powered computers designed to store massive amounts of information gathered secretly from phone calls and emails.

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    Firefighters view the aftermath of a building collapse, Thursday, June 6, 2013, in Philadelphia. An official says an inspector who surveyed a Philadelphia building before it collapsed last week, killing six people, has committed suicide.

    Inspector in Philadelphia collapse commits suicide

    An inspector who surveyed a downtown building weeks before it collapsed, killing 6 people, was found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound a week after the accident, authorities said Thursday.

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    Associated Press Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses the mayors from his ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara, Turkey, Thursday, June 13, 2013.

    Turkish PM vows to rid ‘lawbreakers’ from park

    “Lawbreakers” will be removed from Istanbul’s Taksim Square, Turkey’s prime minister declared Thursday, rejecting the European Parliament’s resolution condemning the excessive use of force by Turkish riot police against demonstrators.

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    Syria’s upwardly spiraling violence has resulted in the confirmed killings of almost 93,000 people, the United Nations’ human rights office said Thursday but acknowledged the real number is likely to be far higher.

    UN says nearly 93,000 killed in Syrian conflict

    Syria’s spiraling violence has resulted in the confirmed killings of nearly 93,000 people but the real number is likely to be far higher, the United Nations’ human rights office said Thursday. The new death toll released in Geneva points to the seemingly unstoppable carnage that has engulfed Syria for more than two years.

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    3-year sentence for man who ditched restaurant tab

    A Mattoon man was sentenced to three years in prison after authorities say he skipped out on a $70 restaurant bill after ordering an appetizer, drinks and an entree. Anthony M. Malabehar, 47, pleaded guilty to felony theft charges after authorities say he didn’t pay for his meal at the Alamo Steak House in Mattoon.

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    Senior population grows in Wisconsin

    Newly-released figures from the U.S. Census Bureau show Wisconsin’s senior population continues to grow. People 65 and older account for 14.4 percent of Wisconsin’s population. That’s an increase from 13.7 percent recorded in the April 2010 census. An estimated 824,500 seniors lived in Wisconsin last year. Nationwide, 43 million people are 65 and older.

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    Thunderstorms moving across southern Wisconsin

    SULLIVAN, Wis. — A line of thunderstorms packing heavy rain and high winds spread across the southwest southern Wisconsin Wednesday .National Weather Service meteorologist Sarah Marquardt said a line of storms stretched toward the south-central portion of the state and eastward toward Lake Michigan.

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    Norma and Tom Jenkins, of Danville, at their home looking over a scrapbook with articles and photos about past Shakespeare Club meetings.

    Shakespeare fans keep club alive

    A club devoted to William Shakespeare continues to meet in east central Illinois — and has been going strong for 120 years. The 20-plus men and women who are members of the Shakespeare Club, based in Chrisman, meet a few times a year to discuss the playwright’s works and the majesty of his language. Sometimes, the meetings wander onto other topics, such as making aprons. But still, the literature...

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    Lightning strike near Wauconda High School Wednesday evening as storms roll into the Chicago area.

    Cleanup begins after storm; tornadoes suspected

    Surveyors from the National Weather Service are fanning out across portions of three northern Illinois counties to review storm damage after funnel clouds and possible tornadoes were reported in the area.

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    Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw is surrounded by teammates after his game-winning goal in the third overtime against the Boston Bruins during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals last night at the United Center in Chicago. The goal came right at midnight, as a matter of fact.

    Dawn Patrol: Hawks win at midnight; details in Darien murder

    Hawks win in triple overtime. Grim details emerge on murder-suicide near Darien. Storms blow through suburbs. Mental fitness at issue for Arlington Heights man accused of killing dad. Kirk faces heat over immigration vote. Former Elgin deputy chief on unpaid leave from new chief post. ESO’s new music director introduced to community. Trestman admires Quenneville’s success with Hawks. DuPage...

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    More than 350 racers came out for the first Smiles for Bob 5K last year. The race was started by Kayla and Meghan Geier in honor of their father, Bob Geier, who died of esophageal cancer in 2011.

    Smiles for Bob 5k in Elgin fights esophageal cancer

    Bob Geier was known for his big heart and his warm smile, but the Elgin man died just four months after being diagnosed with esophageal cancer. Out of tragedy, daughters Meghan and Kayla started a memorial run to fight the disease. The second annual 5k will be held June 23 at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Elgin.

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    Towers at Four Lakes resident Debra Schulz and her 15-year-old daughter, Haleigh, are eager to move back into their eighth-floor apartment Saturday now that a temporary fix to the building's electrical systems — damaged in the April 18 flood — has been installed and approved.

    Lisle renters 'thrilled' to return home Saturday

    Emotions are running high as residents of the Towers at Four Lakes apartments in Lisle prepare to move into their homes Saturday for the first time since flooding inundated the area April 18. Towers resident Debra Schulz said she and her 15-year-old daughter, Haleigh, are “thrilled” to return to their eighth-floor home after the “humbling” and “stressful”...

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    Founded in 1894 as an orphanage, the local charity ChildServ now provides a broad range of services in our communities, says trustee and active volunteer Joyce Carrasco of Elgin.

    Military roots nourish Elgin woman's veteran advocacy

    Military service places a stress on families. No one knows that better than Joyce Carrasco of Elgin. Carrasco grew up in a military home, has two adult children currently serving in the military and sees the burden that can put on her grandchildren. “On my father's side, there were 11 children and all 11 children served in the military,” says Carrasco. “The story goes that my...

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    The former Country Squire restaurant in Grayslake is being torn down this week. There are no immediate plans for the property.

    Last link to a Lake County landmark severed with demolition of Country Squire

    The Country Squire restaurant, a favorite in Grayslake and Lake County for more than half a century, is being torn down. The local landmark was the site of many special events and the source of memories for generations. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, which bought the property last year, has adjacent facilities but no immediate plans for the site.

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    Never one to enjoy the spotlight, Sandra Hill is seen in the third row on the far left as the Northern Illinois Food Bank’s mobile food truck makes a recent stop at First Church of Lombard. Hill, 53, was recognized in May with a day proclaimed in her honor for her social justice work with Outreach House’s many ministries, including the mobile food bank, Community Table, First Things First and Walk-in Ministry.

    Lombard’s Hill making move to New Orleans to continue volunteerism

    There's so much to do for Sandra Hill of Lombard as she packs up the belongings of her Lombard home, dashes to farewell dinners with longtime friends and trains her successor at the Outreach House of First Church of Lombard. Hill says leaving the town where she has served for so many years was not an easy choice, but she's heading to New Orleans to serve the rebuilding community there.

Sports

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    Boston Bruins' David Krejci, right, celebrates his goal with teammates Nathan Horton, center, and Andrew Ference (21) in the first period against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup Eastern Conference finals in Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 1, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Bruins may be without Horton in Game 2

    Boston might be without one of its best forwards Saturday night when the Bruins face the Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center.

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    Miami Heat’s LeBron James (6) passes between San Antonio Spurs’ Boris Diaw (33), of France, and Manu Ginobili (20) during the second half at Game 4 of the NBA Finals basketball series Thursday in San Antonio.

    Big 3 help Heat even NBA Finals with Spurs
    LeBron James scored 33 points while playing with the aggression and ferocity that everyone expects of the four-time MVP, leading the Miami Heat to a 109-93 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night that evened the NBA Finals at two games apiece.

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    Red Stars’ two-game winning streak snapped

    The Chicago Red Stars saw their two-game winning streak snapped Thursday when they dropped a 2-0 decision to FC Kansas City in Lisle. Casey Loyd and Courtney Jones scored for FC Kansas City. Loyd converted a penalty kick in the 26th minute after Sonja Fuss was called for a foul.

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    Scott, Almora key Cougars

    Tayler Scott worked a solid 7 innings, and Albert Almora provided plenty of offens to lift the Kane County Cougars to a 4-1 victory over the Burlington Bees on Thursday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

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    Chicago Cubs' Julio Borbon watches his walkoff-single to defeat the Cincinnati Reds 6-5 in fourteen innings of an MLB baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, June 13, 2013. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Borbon was ready when his name was called

    Backup outfielder Julio Borbon waited and waited and waited Thursday for a chance. He did everything he could to stay ready, and when it was his time, he stroked a game-winning single in the 14th inning to beat the Cincinnati Reds.

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    Julio Borbon, front right, celebrates with teammate Luis Valbuena, left, after hitting a walkoff-single to defeat the Reds on Thursday at Wrigley Field.

    Plenty of heroes in Cubs’ win
    Both Starlin Castro and the Cubs bullpen have been beaten up from time to time this year. But both rose to the occasion Thursday in a 6-5 victory over the Reds at Wrigley Field. Castro scored the winning run and the pen chipped in with 8 shutout innings.

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    White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers celebrates with Addison Reed after the Sox beat Toronto on Monday.

    White Sox’ Flowers starting to blossom
    Tyler Flowers hasn't made many fans since taking over for A.J. Pierzynski, but the White Sox' new No. 1 catcher has changed his approach at the plate and it's been paying off. A more patient Flowers is batting .308 (8-for-26) in June.

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    The Cubs’ Nate Schierholtz, right, slides safely into third as Cincinnati Reds’ Todd Frazier waits for the ball after hitting a triple during the sixth inning of a baseball game on Thursday at Wrigley Field.

    Cubs win 6-5 in 14 to end Reds’ streak at Wrigley

    Pinch-hitter Julio Borbon singled home the winning run with two outs in the 14th inning and the Chicago Cubs beat Cincinnati 6-5 on Thursday to end the Reds’ record 12-game winning streak at Wrigley Field. The Cubs hadn’t beaten Cincinnati at home since last Aug. 9. With the win, Chicago avoided a four-game sweep and improved to 3-10 against the Reds this season.Hector Rondon (1-0) pitched two innings for the win and Chicago’s bullpen finished with eight scoreless innings. Davis DeJesus homered and Nate Schierholtz became the first player this season to hit two triples in a game for the Cubs, who had lost eight of 10 to fall a season-high 13 games below .500. They scored at least five runs for the first time since June 5. Jonathan Broxton (2-2) took the loss in the longest game for both teams this season. Starlin Castro led off the 14th with a single against Broxton and stole second when Anthony Rizzo struck out. Castro went to third on Alfonso Soriano’s groundout to first base, and Schierholtz was intentionally walked before Borbon came through.Mat Latos was trying to win his seventh straight decision to start the season for Cincinnati. He allowed four runs and eight hits in six innings.Latos has won his last 10 regular-season decisions since losing to the Cardinals on Aug. 24, and the Cincinnati bullpen has blown saves in five of his games this season. Jeff Samardzija pitched six innings, allowing five runs and a season-high 10 hits in six innings. He walked four and struck out six. Since beating the White Sox with a two-hitter on May 27, Samardzija is winless in three starts.Chicago tied the score at 5 in the eighth Darwin Barney’s two-out single off Sam LeCure. Cincinnati scored twice in the second on RBI singles by Devin Mesoraco and Shin-Soo Choo and added two in the fifth on run-scoring singles by Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips. Jay Bruce had four hits for the Reds. Choo reached base three times and scored twice.Castro went 3 for 7 after entering in a 4-for-48 slump. He was back in the second spot in the lineup after dropping to seventh last week and hitting sixth on Wednesday. Castro also made two errors at shortstop.Zack Cozart reached on Castro’s second error leading off the 14th and advanced to third on Bruce’s two-out single. Rondon struck out Derrick Robinson to end the threat, Cincinnati’s first in extra innings.NOTES: Reds manager Dusty Baker and Cubs skipper Dale Sveum were both impressed by the pace of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals Wednesday night, won 4-3 in triple overtime by the Chicago Blackhawks. Baker went to United Center but left after regulation and said watching the game was an inspiration to return to the World Series. Sveum watched the entire game on TV. ... The Reds said it’s possible RHP Johnny Cueto could start Sunday against the Brewers. Cueto has been on the disabled list since June 1 with a strained right shoulder. ... Cubs RHP Shawn Camp, on the DL since May 22 with sprained right big toe, is expected to work two innings in a rehab assignment Friday for Class-A Kane County. ... Bronson Arroyo (6-5, 3.35 ERA) starts Friday for the Reds against Milwaukee RHP Kyle Lohse (2-6, 4.03). ... RHP Edwin Jackson (2-8, 5.76) pitches for the Cubs when they open a series Friday night in New York against Mets RHP Shaun Marcum (0-7, 4.96).

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    Quarterbacks Jay Cutler and Josh McCown throw in tandem at Bears minicamp.

    Gannon touts Trestman’s talents

    Former NFL quarterback Rich Gannon was the league MVP in 2002, when he was with the Raiders and Marc Trestman was his offensive coordinator. Gannon was at Halas Hall Thursday to talk about the importance of developing trust between quarterbacks and the offensive play-caller, which is Trestman.

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    The Blackhawks’ Andrew Shaw deflects the puck past Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask for the game-winner in the third overtime of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday at the United Center.

    What’s not to love about pugnacious Shaw?

    Guys like Andrew Shaw are oh so valuable to a hockey team like the Blackhawks even when they don't record a big assist and bigger goal in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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    Victorious Fire up and at ’em early

    A noon soccer game is a little too early for Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee.

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    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford blocks a shot by Milan Lucic of the Bruins late in the third period of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday at the United Center.

    Support staff pulls out all the stops

    The Blackhawks’ dressing room was no place for the faint of heart during the intermissions before the three overtime periods Wednesday.There were exhausted players, frantic trainers trying to get them whatever they needed to eat or drink and drying equipment — and a coaching staff that was doing its best to stay out of everyone’s way.It all paid off when Andrew Shaw camped in front of Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask and had the puck go in off his shin pad, the second deflection of a point shot by Michal Rozsival, at 12:08 of the third overtime. Shaw’s goal ended the third-longest game in Hawks history after 112 minutes and eight seconds, and gave them a 1-0 series lead in the Stanley Cup Final.

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    Phil Mickelson hits down the first fairway Thursday during the first round of the U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa.

    U.S. Open greens, rain present opening-round challenges

    Clouds gave way to sun, squeegees gave way to putters, and the 13th hole gave way to birdies during the first round of the U.S. Open’s return to Merion Golf Club. Drenching storms caused a 3½-hour delay early Thursday, halting play less than two hours after it began. When the golfers returned to the course, one thing was evident: A 102-yard hole was easy pickings for the world’s best players.

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    Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland (36) scores a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the third period of Game 1 in their NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Bolland comes up big again

    For much of the postseason, the question has been: where’s Dave Bolland? After making a career of coming up big in the playoffs — whether as a defensive specialist, an absolute pest against opponents’ top skilled players or by chipping in a little on the offensive end — this time around Bolland has been awfully quiet during the Blackhawks’ run toward another Stanley Cup. Funny how sometimes things change for some guys the bigger the stage.

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    Mike North video: Court Antics Backfire for Chad Johnson

    Chad Johnson had a plea bargain in place for probation violation, but after the slap on his lawyer's backside, the judge changed her mind and gave him 30 days in jail. Mike North thinks if he had acted a little better in court throughout, the judge wouldn't have punished him so severely.

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    Keeping the Hawks at the top of the pack in the NHL year after year is GM Stan Bowman's main goal.

    Bowman happy to share the credit for Hawks' success

    When the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, it was considered by many to be former general manager Dale Tallon's team. If that bothered Stan Bowman, the GM that season, he didn't show it.This is Bowman's team now, built around those core players he was able to keep following the 2010 Cup win when salary cap issues had to be addressed.

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    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw is hugged by teammate Patrick Kane after his game winning goal in the third overtime of Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday at the Untied Center in Chicago.

    Long, long opening act ends in win for Hawks

    Andrew Shaw seemed to be everywhere Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals.Shaw sure was in the right place at the right time in front of the net in triple overtime, when he deflected a shot by Michal Rozsival shot past goalie Tuukka Rask to give the Blackhawks a 4-3 win over Boston.

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    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw is surrounded by teammates after his game-winning goal in the third overtime against the Boston Bruins during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago.

    Small Bickell play leads to big Blackhawks win

    Bryan Bickell came up huge for the Blackhawks in their Game 1 win over Boston.

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    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw reacts after scoring the game winning goal in the third overtime against the Boston Bruins during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday at the Untied Center in Chicago.

    Hawks take Game 1 4-3 in triple OT
    Andrew Shaw scored on a deflection in triple overtime to lift the Blackhawks to a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins in a riveting Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals on Wednesday night. Michael Roszival shot the puck from the right point into traffic. It deflected off Dave Bolland and Shaw before slipping past Tuukka Rask.

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    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Chicago Blackhawks left wing Brandon Bollig charges the net with the puck during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday at the Untied Center in Chicago.

    Bollig gets the call to battle big, bad Bruins

    While Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville didn’t make it official until after Wednesday’s morning skate, rookie left wing Brandon Bollig already knew he would be playing in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against Boston.

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    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic andChicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger battle for the puck in the third period during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday at the Untied Center in Chicago.

    Bruins’ Lucic the ‘Milan-dollar’ man

    What’s the price for a high-scoring, Stanley Cup-winning power forward in the NHL?Bryan Bickell fans might want to know.The Boston Bruins dished Milan Lucic a three-year deal worth $18 million, which he gladly pounced on like a mattress pass in his wheelhouse. The contract, which kicks in starting next season, must make unrestricted free agent-to-be Bickell of the Blackhawks curious.Not that the 6-foot-4, 233-pound Bickell — who has 8 goals in the playoffs — has ever had 30- and 26-goal campaigns, as Lucic has the previous two seasons.Still, Boston might have been second-guessing itself about the contract it gave Lucic after the big left winger scored a season-low 7 goals during the abbreviated regular season.The 6-4, 220-pound Lucic, 25, a sixth-year pro who had a 62-point season when Boston won the Cup in 2011, struggled enough that he twice was a healthy scratch late in the season.Since the playoffs started, however, Lucic has been playing like a “Milan-dollar” man.Take Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday night at the United Center, which headed into a second overtime deadlocked at 3-3. Lucic figured on all 3 Boston goals in their 4-3 loss in triple overtime to the Blackhawks, giving him 16 points in 17 playoff games.Lucic (pronounced LOO-cheech) silenced the raucous home crowd early and, in fact, scored Boston’s first two goals, which gave him 5 in the playoffs.Lucic then assisted on Patrice Bergeron’s third-period power play goal. The assist was Lucic’s 11th of the playoffs.That’s the kind of impact Boston is accustomed to seeing.Lucic opened the scoring with 6:49 gone in the opening period, one-timing a shot in the slot past Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford. A pair of deft one-touch passes from linemates Nathan Horton and David Krejci, after an aggressive forecheck, created the quality scoring chance.Lucic rifled in another one-timer just 51 seconds into the second period, burying a chance after a drop pass from Krejci. That came just moments after Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask kept the Blackhawks from tying the game by robbing Marian Hossa from point-blank range. “It was nice to get on the board,” Lucic said. “It was just being at the right place at the right time. The first goal, ‘Krech’ did a great job on the forecheck, and ‘Horty’ found me. Then the second time, ‘Z’ (Zdeno Chara) did a great job (of forcing the Blackhawks) to turn the puck over at the red line. We were able to get a quick break, and once again ‘Krech’ made a good pass.”With Boston on a power play in the final minute of the second period, after a deflected Chara shot from te point, Lucic had the puck jump over his stick with Crawford down.“You look at the winning goal, they were able to get a tip-in (by Andrew Shaw) and it goes in,” Lucic said. “It just goes to show how small the inches are in order to win.”

Business

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    Peoria-based Caterpillar Inc. said Thursday it will no longer give money to the Boy Scouts of America because the organization bars homosexual adults from serving as scout leaders.

    Caterpillar drops Boy Scouts support over gay ban

    Caterpillar Inc. is no longer giving money to the Boy Scouts because the organization discriminates against homosexuals, a spokeswoman for the Illinois-based heavy equipment manufacturer confirmed Thursday. The company’s move wasn’t directly tied to the recent Boy Scouts decision to continue to bar homosexual adults from roles within the organization while allowing openly gay children to be scouts.

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    Sagent Pharmaceuticals expands voluntary recall

    Schaumburg-based Sagent Pharmaceuticals has expanded its voluntary nationwide recall of Vecuronium Bromide for Injection 10mg, manufactured by Mustafa Nevzat Ilac Sanayii A.S. and distributed by Sagent. Sagent initiated a voluntary recall of Vecuronium Bromide for Injection to the user level for three lots on June 7 due to the discovery of an elevated impurity result detected during routine quality testing of stability samples at the 18-month interval.

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    G&W Electric honored by Illinois chamber

    G&W Electric of Bolingbrook was one of three companies in Illinois to win a 2013 Edie Award for Economic Development from the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and Illinois Development Council. The “Edies” are presented annually to honor companies in the state that imagine, design, invest, build and bring jobs, growth and prosperity to Illinois communities.

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    Eric Glatt, a Georgetown Law student, on their campus in Washington. Unpaid internships have long been a path of opportunity for students and recent grads looking to get a foot in the door in the entertainment, publishing and other prominent industries, even if it takes a generous subsidy from Mom and Dad. But those days of working for free could be numbered after a federal judge in New York ruled this week that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated minimum wage and overtime laws by not paying interns who worked on production of the 2010 movie “Black Swan.”

    Unpaid internships in jeopardy after court ruling

    Unpaid internships have long been a path of opportunity for students and recent grads looking to get a foot in the door in the entertainment, publishing and other prominent industries, even if it takes a generous subsidy from Mom and Dad. But those days of working for free could be numbered after a federal judge in New York ruled this week that Fox Searchlight Pictures violated minimum wage and overtime laws by not paying interns who worked on production of the 2010 movie “Black Swan.”

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    U.S. stocks gained, ending a three-day decline in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, amid better- than-forecast economic data and acquisitions in the media and grocery industries.

    US stock market moves sharply higher

    Good news about hiring and retail sales helped send the U.S. stock market sharply higher Thursday. For investors, the pair of government reports offered more encouragement that the U.S. economic recovery will continue, even as Europe and Japan struggle.

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    Synegen moves to new Itasca office

    Software designer Synegen Inc. recently celebrated the opening of its new home office in Itasca, signaling a new era for the company and the re-launch of its brand.

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    SPi Global joins forum for e-learning standards
    Content solutions provider SPi Global recently joined the IMS Global Learning Consortium as a Common Cartridge & Learning Tools Interoperability Alliance Member.

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    Jimi Allen is leading development of a co-working space in downtown Aurora called Gravity Building. At 56 S. LaSalle St., Gravity Building will begin offering desk space for rent this fall.

    Co-working center to open in downtown Aurora

    A new venture soon to open in downtown Aurora will offer freelancers and work-from-home warriors a desk and a fleet of office mates under a space-sharing model called co-working. Gravity Building, the brainchild of Jimi Allen and his colleagues at Jimi Allen Productions, is hosting a tour from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday in an advance of an opening planned for this fall. “It's sharing space,” Allen said. “It's working on your individual craft or business and benefiting from the network that's around you.”

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    There’s little wonder why George Orwell’s novel “1984” is seeing a resurgence in sales. More than half of Americans polled in a survey released Thursday said they agreed with the statement “We are really in the era of Big Brother.”

    Survey: Many Americans say ‘Big Brother’ is here

    There’s little wonder why George Orwell’s novel “1984” is seeing a resurgence in sales. More than half of Americans polled in a survey released Thursday said they agreed with the statement “We are really in the era of Big Brother.” The survey from the University of Southern California was conducted last year, before recent revelations of large-scale, secret government surveillance programs. Yet it still found that some 35 percent of respondents agreed that “There is no privacy, get over it.”

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    Mandi Grandjean sits inside her home in Canton, Ohio Wednesday, June 12, 2013. Grandjean, a recent graduate of Miami University in Ohio, says she's fine with the government doing secret surveillance of phone call records and Internet exchanges, but believes it's different when it comes to an employer, or even a coach.

    Privacy — the online generation wants it

    Amid the debate over government surveillance, there's been an assumption: Young people don't care about privacy. Turns out, the generation that puts much of the “social” in social networking is much more complex when determining what personal information they want to share.

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    The Lincoln Log Cabin, eight miles south of Charleston, is hosting the day-camp programs for students in grades three through seven.

    Historic site offers Pioneer Camp for students

    A series of one-week camps this summer will give children an opportunity to experience what life was like in Illinois during the 1840s. The Lincoln Log Cabin, eight miles south of Charleston, is hosting the day-camp programs for students in grades three through seven.

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    A foreclosure sign is seen atop a sale sign for a house in Stockton, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2007. Home foreclosures soared to an all-time high in the final quarter of last year and are likely to keep on rising, underscoring the suffering of distressed homeowners and the growing danger the housing meltdown poses for the economy. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    RealtyTrac: Home repossessions rose in May

    Lenders stepped up action last month against homeowners who had fallen behind on their mortgage payments, taking possession of more homes and initiating the foreclosure countdown clock on many others. Completed foreclosures jumped 11 percent nationally in May from the previous month, with monthly increases taking place in 33 states, foreclosure listing firm RealtyTrac Inc. said Thursday.

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    1891 currency sells for $2.6M at Calif. auction

    A silver certificate worth $1,000 when it was printed in 1891 has sold at auction in Southern California for $2.6 million. Stack’s Bowers Galleries of Irvine says the certificate is one of only two of its kind still in existence. The other is on display at the Smithsonian Institution.

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    Trucking company sued for religious discrimination

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has sued an Illinois trucking company for allegedly violating the religious rights of two former employees.The Peoria Journal Star reports the lawsuit filed May 29 alleges Star Transport, Inc. fired two Muslim truck drivers for refusing to deliver alcohol in 2009. The lawsuit contends the company failed to provide the men “with a reasonable accommodation and by terminating them because of their religion.”

Life & Entertainment

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    How to work with an interior designer

    What do you need to do to prepare to work with an interior designer? First, you are going to want to collect samples even if they aren’t the final choice. The samples will help you articulate the look you want.

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    The musical group Mumford & Sons, from left, Ted Dwane, Marcus Mumford, Ben Lovett and Winston Marshall, at the 55th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. The band on Thursday announced it has canceled its headlining performance at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee. The decision comes after Dwane received treatment this week for a blood clot on his brain.

    Mumford & Sons cancels Bonnaroo performance

    Mumford & Sons has canceled its headlining performance at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Tennessee. The decision comes after bassist Ted Dwane received treatment this week for a blood clot on his brain.

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    Some banks can skirt home-disclosure issues

    It’s still “buyer beware” for those interested in purchasing a bank-owned foreclosure.

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    Oz the magician (James Franco) teams up with a flying monkey named Finley (Zach Braff) in Sam Raimi's prequel "Oz the Great and Powerful."

    Franco takes on 'Oz,' now on DVD

    Jeff Tuckman reviews the newest releases on home video, including the fantasy prequel "Oz the Great and Powerful," Paul McCartney's new concert disc "Rockshow," The Three Stooges" shorts plus a few other items.

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    Sarah Palin is rejoining Fox News Channel, the network said Thursday.

    Sarah Palin back at Fox News

    Sarah Palin is rejoining Fox News Channel. The network said Thursday that the former Republican vice presidential candidate has signed on as a contributor to Fox and the Fox Business Network. Her first appearance is scheduled for Monday on the “Fox & Friends” morning show

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    The cable channel IFC said Wednesday it's picking up the show “Portlandia” — starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein — for two more seasons.

    Hip, cage-free TV: 'Portlandia' gets renewed

    The creators and two stars of "Portlandia" — Portlander Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen of “Saturday Night Live” fame — are always looking for new ways to keep the show from getting stale. The cable channel IFC said Wednesday it's picking up the show for two more seasons. They will premiere early next year and in 2015. Brownstein says the show will continue on the longer-narrative path, with more exploration of the dark side.

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    Yochay (Yiftach Klein) walks with Shira (Hadas Yaron) in Rama Burshtein's drama of family conflict "Fill the Void."

    'Fill the Void' a subtle tale of family and loss

    The characters and sequences in writer-director Rama Burshtein's debut feature "Fill the Void" will look foreign to most American audiences. The actors dress according to orthodox Jewish custom; the traditions of the faith are readily apparent; and each young unmarried woman seems concerned with the single task of finding a husband. Yet, the story feels remarkably universal with its themes of loss and family loyalty, not to mention the realization that life may not align with our idealized expectations.

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    Impact of teachers plays out in living room scene

    When I see that my 7-year-old daughter, Brenna, has once again rearranged the living room, it makes me smile. She has turned the front room of our house into her classroom by moving the furniture, setting up a “rug” area, and bringing in all the little chairs she can find for her “students.”

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    My kids get hurt; I suffer
    Because both of my boys got hurt, my entertainment for the month of May disappeared. My main source of enjoyment comes from watching my kids participate in sports-related activities, and because of the injuries, there weren’t any of those to watch.

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    It took more than an hour before audiences saw Christopher Reeve donning his super suit in the 1978 fantasy "Superman."

    A few 'Man of Steel' insights

    Dann engages in “Man of Steel” super trivia with a reader. Plus, Dann reviews the new doc “Pandora's Promise,” which lines up an impressive parade of pro-nuke voices — even several former anti-nuke advocates who've seen the atomic-powered light — most of whom make persuasive pitches for using clean energy to save our planet from being kicked to the eco-curb by our own big carbon footprints.

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    Night life events: Firkin hosts four-brewery tasting Saturday

    Four breweries — Half Acre Brewing Company, Tighthead Brewing Company, Revolution Brewing Company and Mickey Finn’s — invade Firkin in Libertyville from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Celebrate dad with Father’s Day specials at RA Sushi and Wicket's.

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    “Avalanche” by Quadron

    Quadron’s debut is groovy and sensual

    Coco O.’s soft and dreamy tone over the R&B-flavored beat on “Sea Salt” is enough to make you melt (summer heat not required). “’Cause you just play on, you just play with my feelings,” she coos. “Blame it all, you still blame it all, inexperienced.” It’s an outstanding track and one of the 10 gems on Quadron’s electronic soul debut, “Avalanche.”

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    Wings and beer make a great combo for the Blackhawks games at the Blue Line Bar & Grill in Addison.

    Puck stops here: Suburban sports bars cater to Hawks fans

    The Blackhawks just won the first game in triple overtime of the Stanley Cup Finals, which means hockey mania is at a fever pitch throughout Chicago and the suburbs. The pricey tickets may be out of reach, but you can still share the action with other fans by catching the game at a local sports bar. Many will be offering perks like specials and giveaways plus an electric atmosphere.

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    Melissa Miester meets a date at a restaurant in Los Angeles in “Pregnant & Dating,” a reality show that airs at 9 p.m. Fridays on WE tv.

    TV show earns some snark over pregnant and dating

    They aren’t looking for sex and they’re not in need of baby daddies. It’s those two things that landed the singles ladies of “Pregnant & Dating” on reality TV to begin with. Five in all, the growing and glowing women in WE tv’s latest lineup play mini-golf, lace up bowling shoes and enjoy romantic nonalcoholic outings, but the mere idea of dating while pregnant has earned them a bit of snark. The show airs at 9 p.m. Fridays. While some of the on-air dates know about the pregnancies, most of the men have at least one awkward deer-in-the-camera-lights moment when the subject comes up.

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    Young Clark Kent (Cooper Timberline) foreshadows his future super self on a farm in Oswego during “Man of Steel.”

    Suburbs stand in for Smallville in 'Man of Steel'

    The new Superman reboot “Man of Steel” opens today and prominently features the Northwest suburbs of Oswego, Naperville, Aurora, Sugar Grove, Plano and Sandwich, all playing parts of Clark Kent's hometown of Smallville. Clark Kent meets Lois Lane at the IHOP on Augusta Way in Aurora. A tornado touches down in Sugar Grove. A school bus careens off a bridge in LaSalle County. And more!

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    ‘Dirty Wars’ doc delves into moral toll

    It’s almost understandable that IMDb listed “Dirty Wars” as a “documentary/drama,” whatever that is. The hybrid description isn’t accurate; the film is a documentary, pure and simple. But the movie, by director Rick Rowley, plays out like a murder mystery.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Travel websites should pay full local tax

    A Daily Herald editorial says local communities should be able to collect taxes on the full amount customers pay when they rent hotel rooms online.

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    The guilt-free approach to consuming news

    Columnist Jim Slusher: News writers wrestle daily with a formidable paradox — how to get you to read a story in its entirety while making sure you don’t have to.

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    House speaker has no answers
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: Asking or waiting for Mike Madigan to fix the pension fund problem in Illinois is like asking Mayor Richard Daily to help fix Chicago’s parking meter problem.

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    Connect the dots on Komen controversy
    A Bloomingdale letter to the editor: After reading in the Chicago Tribune recently and the Daily Herald almost identical articles concerning the reason why the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation has cut half of its three day charity races, I would like to offer another reason why this has occurred.

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    Taxpayers paid for that Volt
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: The state and federal government forced the taxpayers to pay for over 25 percent of his car, and we taxpayers don’t like that. Every taxpayer in the country, and double on Illinois taxpayers in this case, owns a piece of that car, and he can be as proud and pleased as he wants, but he owes the taxpayers a big one for the $11,500 the government picked out of their pockets to pay for a car they will never be able to use.

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    Gift idea for the speaker who has everything
    A letter to the editor: Note to Lisa Madigan: Father's Day is Sunday, June 16th. Perhaps a nice cell phone would be an appropriate gift for Dad.

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    A different take on U-46 grading scale
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: I was not surprised to see an article on the front page of the June 4 Daily Herald regarding Elgin Area School District U46, however I was disappointed that rather than discussing the new grading scale U46 is seriously considering it went on to justify U46’s attempts to apply for additional funding under Title 1.

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