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    Oak Brook police responded to a shooting Sunday afternoon during an attempted robbery of a jewelry store at Oakbrook Center mall. Police said a robbery suspects was shot in the abdomen by a security guard while two other suspects escaped.

    One shot in failed Oakbrook Center robbery

    One suspect was shot and Oak Brook police are searching for two others after an armed robbery attempt turned violent Sunday afternoon at a jewelry store in Oakbrook Center mall. Police said the suspect was shot by an armed security guard after using a sledgehammer to smash a glass display case in the store.

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    Mark Lyons of Palatine plays the ukulele as he sings an original tune called “Like a Mushroom” during the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition Sunday night at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. The summerlong talent contest is presented by the Daily Herald and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

    Competition heats up at Suburban Chicago's Got Talent

    Fifteen of the 30 finalists took the stage Sunday, in an event presented by the Daily Herald and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. The second 15 finalists will perform Sunday, July 7 at the Metropolis. The field will then be cut in half, with 15 acts moving on to the next round. The ultimate winner and a Fan Favorite, determined by online voters, will be named at the Taste...

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    Sheridan Archbold, 11, of Yorkville, performs opera during the first round of finalists for the Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent competition Sunday night at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. The summer-long talent contest is presented by the Daily Herald and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce.

    Images: 15 Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent finalists perform
    The first half of the Surban Chicago's Got Talent top 30 performed Sunday at the Metropolis in Arlington Heights. The second half of the top 30 will perform on Sunday, July 7.

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    A tourist looks over the Little Colorado River Gorge Saturday on the Navajo reservation near Cameron, Ariz. The site is outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park, near where Nik Wallenda, the Florida-based daredevil, will bid to walk on a tightrope stretched across the Little Colorado River Gorge.

    Man completes tightrope walk near Grand Canyon

    Aerialist Nik Wallenda completed a tightrope walk that took him a quarter mile over the Little Colorado River Gorge in northeastern Arizona on Sunday. Wallenda performed the stunt on a 2-inch-thick steel cable, 1,500 feet above the river on the Navajo Nation near the Grand Canyon.

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    This photo provided by The Guardian Newspaper in London shows Edward Snowden, who worked as a contract employee at the National Security Agency, in Hong Kong on June 9.

    WikiLeaks: Snowden going to Ecuador to seek asylum

    Admitted leaker Edward Snowden took flight Sunday in evasion of U.S. authorities, seeking asylum in Ecuador and leaving the Obama administration scrambling to determine its next step in what became a game of diplomatic cat-and-mouse.

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    Jane Callahan, of St. Charles, spent her Monday morning in Fabyan Park drawing with the Wayne Arts League. The group spends every Monday morning drawing and painting in different locations and offeres a serious, but friendly environment for artists at all levels. Callahan chose to work within the confines of the Rose Arbor, which runs from the Fabyan Villa out to the Fox River.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features summer cars shows, summer pool parties, and summer outdoor concerts.

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    Mundelein trustees to consider resuming work on Seavey ditch

    Mundelein officials will consider hiring an engineering firm to design the next phase of long-proposed improvements to the Seavey drainage ditch that runs through town.

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    Fire damages Mount Prospect coach house

    No one was injured Sunday when fire swept through a coach house near Mount Prospect, causing an estimated $60,000 to $70,000 in damage.The owner told fire officials his dog alerted him to the fire.

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    Marissa Dub

    Streamwood HS grad recovering after tiger attack

    A 2008 Streamwood High School graduate is recovering in an Indianapolis hospital after an attack by a tiger Friday left her in critical condition. Marissa Dub, now of Terre Haute, Ind., improved slightly over the weekend and was listed in serious condition Sunday — one level up from critical.

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    Colorado State Patrol officer Jessie Bartunek talks to a motorist as he stands at a checkpoint near South Fork, Colo., Sunday. A large wildfire near a popular summer retreat in southern Colorado continues to be driven by winds and fueled by dead trees in a drought-stricken area, authorities said Sunday.

    Fire rages, Colorado town braces for long evacuation

    A colossal wildfire near a popular summer retreat in southern Colorado continues to be driven by winds and fueled by dead trees in a drought-stricken area, authorities said Sunday. The weather has prevented fire crews from making progress on the blaze, which grew overnight to 108 square miles, up from 100 on Saturday.

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    DAILY HERALD Rip currents are particularly common on Lake Michigan, where the find sand makes underwater sandbars vulnerable to washouts that can allow the outflowing of water.

    Michigan Tech, weather service probe rip currents

    National Weather Service and Michigan Technological University researchers are trying to find ways to better predict when Great Lakes beaches will generate offshore currents that have claimed dozens of lives in recent years. Rip currents are particularly common on Lake Michigan, where the find sand makes underwater sandbars vulnerable to washouts that can allow the outflowing of water.

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    Volunteer Mike Bowers of Naperville helps park a single-engine plane during the Young Eagles event Sunday at the Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove. About 70 children received free flights in small airplanes during the day.

    Young Eagles soar with the pros in Sugar Grove

    About 70 children took to the skies over Sugar Grove on Sunday during the Young Eagles Rally at the Aurora Municipal Airport. The event offers young people an introduction to flying.

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    Prosecutors say George Zimmerman, while a neighborhood watch volunteer for his community, profiled black teenager Trayvon Martin as he walked back from a convenience store to the home of his father’s fiancee.

    Zimmerman jurors begin life in sequestration

    The six jurors and four alternates who will hear opening statements Monday in George Zimmerman’s murder trial are beginning their time together in a sequestered bubble: They won’t return to their homes for weeks, contact with family and friends will be limited, and Internet and phone usage is restricted.

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    District 21 will equip students with Chromebooks

    Wheeling Township Elementary District 21 is going chrome -- as in leasing 2,400 Chromebooks for their students to use on the new state assessment tests. But the Chromebooks will enable kids to do much more than just take tests, say officials.

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    Oakton tutor honored for literacy efforts

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White, along with Dennis DeRossett, executive director of the Illinois Press Association, recently honored Oakton Community College tutor Robert Boone as a 2013 Spotlight on Service Award winner. The award recognizes outstanding volunteer tutors in Illinois literacy programs.

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    Mundelein to discuss improving community image

    Mundelein officials will discuss creating a better brand for the community during a meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. July 8 at the main fire station, 1000 N. Midlothian Road. The village is one of several suburban towns considering image boosts through professional efforts.

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    120-year sentence upheld for man who raped 75-year-old Elgin woman

    A former Chicago man who was convicted of beating and raping an Elgin woman has lost an appeal claiming his 120-year prison sentence was excessive. It took a jury just 90 minutes to convict Rodney McGowan of breaking into an apartment April 23, 2009, and assaulting a 75-year-old woman.

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    Ontarioville Elementary School in Hanover Park is getting five additional classrooms as part of a $3.5 million construction project this summer. But some say students could be moved to a school two miles away that is about half full.

    Why U-46 shies away from boundary changes

    The last time Elgin Area School District U-46 redrew its attendance boundaries, in 2004, it was slapped with a racial bias lawsuit. Since then the district has stayed away from any further boundary changes, ignoring recommendations from its own committee tasked with studying enrollment trends.

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    3 blockbusters among Supreme Court’s last cases

    The Supreme Court has 11 cases, including the term’s highest profile matters, to resolve before the justices take off for summer vacations, teaching assignments and international travel. The court is meeting Monday for its last scheduled session, but will add days until all the cases are disposed of.

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    In this March 27, 2013, file photo a woman holds up a sign that reads “REPEAL DOMA,” the Defense of Marriage Act in front of a group from Alabama, clasped in prayer in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, as the court hears arguments on gay marriage. Sometime this early July, the Court will announce the outcomes in cases on Californian’s ban on same-sex marriage, Proposition 8, and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, the federal law that defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

    Supreme Court has range of options on gay marriage

    The waiting is almost over. Sometime in the next week or so, the Supreme Court will announce the outcomes in cases on California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage and the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The federal law defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman and keeps legally married gay Americans from collecting a range of federal benefits. Here is a look at the potential...

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    Baby rescued from drains in Spain, mother arrested

    A 26-year-old woman has been arrested in the eastern Spanish city of Alicante on suspicion of attempting to murder her newborn baby who had to be rescued from inside a building’s drains, the Interior Ministry said Sunday.

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    Saudi Arabia changes weekend to Friday, Saturday

    Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s biggest economy, shifted the official weekend to Friday and Saturday to align the kingdom’s economy with other regional markets, Saudi Press Agency said, citing a royal decree. The change, which starts June 29, applies to all government bodies and monetary agencies, including the central bank, the Capital Market Authority and the stock exchange, the official news...

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    A “supermoon” rises behind roadside plants growing in Prattville, Ala., Saturday, June 22, 2013. The biggest and brightest full moon of the year graces the sky early Sunday as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth than usual. While the moon will appear 14 percent larger than normal, sky watchers won’t be able to notice the difference with the naked eye. Still, astronomers say it’s worth looking up and appreciating the cosmos.

    Did you see the Supermoon this morning?

    Look up in the sky for a super sight: The biggest and brightest full moon of the year. The so-called supermoon appeared 14 percent larger than normal early this morning as our celestial neighbor swings closer to Earth. Some viewers may think the supermoon looks more dazzling, but it’s actually an optical illusion. The moon looms larger on the horizon next to trees and buildings.

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    A firefighter stands on top of a firetruck Friday evening in South Fork, Colo., as he monitors a wildfire that burns west of town. The town was evacuated and U.S. 160 that passes through it was closed.

    Firefighters optimistic they can save Colorado town

    DEL NORTE, Colo. — A massive wildfire threatening a tourist region in southwestern Colorado has grown to nearly 60 square miles, but officials said Saturday that the erratic blaze had slowed and they were optimistic they could protect the town of South Fork.

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    Paved roadways lead the way to the Vivos Shelter and Resort during a tour of the facility in Atchison, Kan..

    Man says Kansas caverns could preserve human race

    After most of the world’s population is wiped off the map by a wayward meteorite or hail of nuclear missiles, the survival of the human race might just depend on a few thousand people huddled in recreational vehicles deep in the bowels of an eastern Kansas mine. That’s the vision of a California man who is creating what he calls the world’s largest private underground survivor shelter.

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    You can sell the coffin, but not the body in it

    An Iowa man’s online classified ad offering an oak coffin for sale neglected to mention the full skeleton inside, so police interrupted the deal and seized the bones.

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    Jeffrey Pride was thrilled by the chance to play hockey.

    Buried in Blackhawks jersey, Barrington boy still inspires

    In an ideal world, Jeffrey Pride of Barrington would be wearing his Blackhawks jersey throughout this exciting Stanley Cup finals. Instead the boy was buried in it in 2000 after dying of leukemia at age 7. But family and friends in the Jeffrey Pride Foundation will use next month's golf fundraiser to keep searching for cures.

Sports

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    Bruins’ Bergeron will be sorely missed if he’s out tonight

    The great mystery heading into tonight’s Game 6 and perhaps a deciding factor in this Stanley Cup Final is the condition of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron and whether or not he’ll be in the lineup when the Blackhawks go for the clincher.

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    The Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron and Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews are both questionable for tonight’s Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston because of injuries suffered Saturday in Game 5 at the United Center.

    Hit on Toews won’t draw any NHL disciplinary action

    Depending on whom you ask, Johnny Boychuk’s hit on Jonathan Toews in front of the Boston net Saturday night, a hit that kept the Blackhawks captain off the ice for the entire third period, was either a clean hit, a borderline hit, or a no-comment hit.

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    White Sox relief pitcher Jesse Crain has been one of the few bright spots for the team this season, and he just might find himself wearing a new uniform sometime before the trade deadline.

    Let’s hear it at least for Crain, Reed

    I’ve wasted too much space over the last few weeks on the negative. These days there really aren’t many different ways to describe the White Sox’ struggles over the last month. We’ve covered most of it. Can’t hit, can’t catch, our pets’ heads are falling off. Blah, and more blah. Today, I’m focusing on a couple of positive things, because I can. And because you could use the break.

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    Cougars get swept by River Bandits

    A rough start for the Kane County Cougars turned into another loss as the Quad Cities River Bandits swept the four-game series with a 6-1 victory a Modern Woodmen Park on Sunday. Cougars starter Felix Pena (2-2) lasted just 3? innings. He was pulled with two outs in the fourth after Hernandez cracked a solo homer and the River Bandits (42-31, 4-0) led 5-0.

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    Craig Stadler displays his trophy after winning the Champions Tour’s Encompass Championship on Sunday at North Shore Country Club in Glenview.

    Stadler rights his game just in time

    Craig Stadler’s first Champions Tour title in eight years seemed a foregone conclusion for a while Sunday. After all, he had a 5-shot lead after playing his first six holes at North Shore Country Club in Glenview. But his lead didn’t prove to be so safe. A combination of Fred Couples’ birdies and Stadler’s own shaky play turned the Encompass Championship into a gritty battle down the stretch, and Stadler’s victory wasn’t assured until he rolled in a breaking 12-foot par putt on the 18th green to complete a sand save.

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    Struggling Castro working on his defense for Cubs

    The rough 2013 season continues for Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro. He committed 2 more errors in Sunday's 14-6 victory over the Astros. He also went 0-for-4 at the plate, as his batting average fell to .228.

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    Alfonso Soriano greets Ryan Sweeney at home plate after Sweeney’s 3-run homer in the seventh inning Sunday at Wrigley Field. Sweeney finished with a career-high 6 RBI in the Cubs’ 14-6 victory over Houston.

    Cubs slug their way past Astros 14-6

    The Cubs came out slugging Sunday in a 14-6 victory over the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field. They pounded out a season-high 16 hits. Included were 5 doubles, 2 triples and 2 home runs.

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    Chicago Fire defender Arne Friedrich, left, announced his retirement. Friedrich, who has been hurt by a bad back this season, was the team’s top defender last season.

    Back pain forces Fire’s Friedrich to retire

    Former Germany defender Arne Friedrich says he is retiring from professional soccer and has asked the Chicago Fire to terminate his contract for the MLS team. The 34-year-old Friedrich wrote on his website Sunday that he made the decision after “much consideration and consultation” with his doctors.

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    Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara collides with Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews in Saturday’s Gaem 5. Chara has been on the ice for 8 of the Hawks’ last 9 goals in this Stanley Cup Final.

    Targeting Chara works wonders for Blackhawks

    Since announcing they were going to make a concentrated effort to go right at Boston stud defenseman Zdeno Chara, the big guy has been on the ice for 8 of the Blackhawks’ last 9 goals. Coincidence? “Well, they’ve gone there,” Bruins coach Claude Julien said. “I don’t think Z has been a bad player for us. Just because he’s on the ice doesn’t mean they’re his fault.

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    The Kansas City Royals' Jarrod Dyson celebrates in the dugout with a jar of Billy's barbeque sauce after scoring on a single by Alex Gordon during the third inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo.

    Sox give up 3 in the 8th to Royals

    The Kansas City Royals took advantage of a pair of errors by the White Sox to score three times in the eighth inning Sunday and rally for a 7-6 win that avoided a three-game sweep. The Royals trailed by two when they got consecutive singles by Mike Moustakas and David Lough off ace White Sox reliever Jesse Crain (2-2) to start the eighth. An error by Crain while trying to field a bunt by Elliot Johnson loaded the bases with nobody out.

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    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, left, and center fielder Ryan Sweeney celebrate a 14-6 win over the Houston Astros in an interleague baseball game on Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Chicago.

    Sweeney notches 6 RBIs in Cubs win

    Ryan Sweeney had a career-high six RBIs, including a three-run homer, and the Chicago Cubs routed the Houston Astros 14-6 on Sunday. The center fielder drove in runs in each of his first four at-bats, capping the stretch with his longball to right-center field. He also had two doubles and a run-scoring grounder in the second inning. Chicago first baseman Anthony Rizzo added a two-run home run and finished 3 for 3 with four runs scored and four RBIs.

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    Boston Bruins right wing Jaromir Jagr shows the frustration and fatigue of a long, hard-fought Stanley Cup Final in Game 5 Saturday night at United Center.

    Title quests have evolved into tournaments of attrition

    It seems like every championship in every sport is decided by a postseason tournament of attrition. It's a last-man-standing proposition. Why should the Stanley Cup Final be any different with the status of the Hawks' Jonathan Toews and Bruins' Patrice Bergeron uncertain for Game 6?

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    The Blackhawks salute their fans after beating the Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center on Saturday.

    Blackhawks on mission to finish Bruins

    The Blackhawks know that anything can happen in a Game 7 and they don’t want to take any chances with the bounce of a puck or the edge of a skate. They would like to finish off the Bruins in Boston Monday night and make plans for another parade.

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    After struggling earlier in the series, the Blackhawks won 58 percent of the faceoffs Saturday in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Hawks-Bruins series truly a hard-fought affair

    Troy Murray says this series is already an instant classic ... and to expect more of the same Monday night in Game 6 at Boston.

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    While there is plenty of talking in baseball over calls, as Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter and umpire Angel Hernandez show here, the game's rule book also can trigger some lively discussion.

    Baseball’s rule book keeps things interesting

    Jayson Stark recently penned a great ESPN.com column on the baseball rule book and included a 10-question true-or-false test that several baseball people agreed to take.This stuff is right in my wheelhouse, not because I’m an expert by any means, but because I find some of the rules really intriguing.The results of the quiz were fascinating, and you can find it online at espn.com or linked with this story at dailyherald.com. For the record, I got 6 of the 10 right, which thankfully was considering a “passing” grade. Whew!I have often thought of crazy, yet plausible scenarios based on baseball’s wacky rules and Stark’s study spawned even more. In honor of his piece, I will construct some of my own potential situations using his template.Consider this: The Cubs are in their first World Series in well over 100 years (you gotta like where this is going so far!) and it’s Game 7, bottom of the ninth at Boston. Tie game, Daniel Nava is at third with one out and James Russell gets Dustin Pedroia to hit a foul pop up near the first base dugout. Anthony Rizzo leans over the railing and makes a great catch, tumbling feet over head into the Red Sox dugout for the key second out. Or so we think. Because he fell out of play and held onto the ball, Pedroia is out, but Nava is allowed to advance one base and trots home with the World Series-winning run (OK, not such a fun ending).How about this one, and it has as much to do with a scoring quirk as it does with the rule book. Jeff Samardzija is throwing a no-hitter when he walks Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen with two outs in the top of the ninth. Because the Cubs have a 6-0 lead, Anthony Rizzo plays behind McCutchen at first as Garrett Jones then pulls a blistering ground ball that takes a funny hop off the lip of the infield grass and hits McCutchen on the left heel. McCutchen is immediately called out and the game ends. But the no-hitter is ruined because Jones is credited with a base hit.Yes, both cases are once-in-a-lifetime possibilities, but under the rules of baseball, they absolutely could happen.I have talked a lot with infield coaches over the years about another scenario and how a savvy infielder might test a runner’s knowledge of the infield fly rule. Let’s say it’s the bottom of the ninth, Cubs at Cardinals. Tie game, bases loaded, one out. Allen Craig hits a high pop-up to shallow short. Umpires immediately call an infield fly, so Craig is out. But Starlin Castro lets the ball drop right in front of him. An unsure Matt Carpenter (sorry Matt, somebody’s gotta be my guinea pig here!), thinking he needs to break up a force at the plate, takes off from third and Castro throws to Welington Castillo, who tags Carpenter for an inning-ending double play.Most coaches agree that because of the extraordinary circumstance, many runners would temporarily panic and think they need to run and that you might be able to pick up a cheap out.However, there are risks. If you don’t catch the ball, it could take a weird hop and bounce too far away or you could blow a rundown and end up losing the game.Even the most savvy players can temporarily forget these complicated rules, and in a split-second contests can be won and lost.It’s what makes baseball such an intellectual — and often mind-boggling — game.Ÿ Len Kasper is the TV play-by-play broadcaster for the Chicago Cubs. Follow him on Twitter @LenKasper and check out his [URL]blog entries;http://wgntv.com/news/stories/len-and-jds-cubs-baseball-blog/[URL] with Jim Deshaies at wgntv.com. To post comments or questions for Len, click on the comment link with his column at dailyherald.com.[/URL]

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    An aerial view of Fenway Park in Boston.

    Wrigley renovations should be embraced, not feared

    The renovations at Boston's Fenway Park struck the perfect balance of old and new and what the Ricketts family should apsire to when they look to renovate Wrigley Field. If they do this, new Wrigley will be something alll fans can enjoy.

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    GEORGE LECLAIRE/gleclaire@dailyherald.com/file Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman says some of his young draft picks, such as Brandon Saad and Andrew Shaw, have already surpassed his expectations.

    Dissecting the roster with the Blackhawks’ GM

    In Part 2 of his exensive interview with Blackhawks vice president/general manager Stan Bowman, Bob Verdi asks Bowman about the growth of three young players (Andrew Shaw, Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger), as well as several acquisitions he made to fill out the Blackhawks roster. Here is their wide-ranging conversation:

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    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com The Chicago Blackhawks raise their sticks after defeating the Boston Bruins Saturday in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the United Center in Chicago.

    Blackhawks now 60 minutes from crown

    The Blackhawks are now 9-1 after Game 3 since the postseason began after smothering the Bruins 3-1 at the UC Saturday night in Game 5, taking a 3-2 Stanley Cup Final lead back to Boston for Game 6 Monday night, when they can win the trophy on the road for the second time in four years.

Business

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    Twinkies will be back on shelves by July 15, 2013, after its predecessor company went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with unions last year. The brands have since been purchased by Metropoulos & Co. and Apollo Global Management.

    Hostess: Twinkies to return to shelves July 15

    Hostess is betting on a sweet comeback for Twinkies when they return to shelves next month. The company that went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year is back up and running under new owners and a leaner structure. It says it plans to have Twinkiesback on shelves starting July 15.

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    Girl Scouts of the USA CEO Anna Maria Chavez, foreground, stands with members of a Girl Scout troop in this photo from March 2012.

    Dissension and fiscal woes beset the Girl Scouts

    Just a year after its centennial celebrations, the Girl Scouts of the USA finds itself in a squeeze. Its interconnected problems include declining membership and revenues, a dearth of volunteers, rifts between leadership and grass-roots members, a pension plan with a $347 million deficit, and an uproar over efforts by many local councils to sell venerable summer camps.

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    Apple TV Carrying HBO and ESPN Streaming Content

    Apple Inc. is adding streaming video applications from Time Warner Inc.’s HBO Go and Walt Disney Co.’s ESPN network to Apple TV.

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    Wiser medication use could cut health costs

    If doctors and patients used prescription drugs more wisely, they could save the U.S. health care system at least $213 billion a year, by reducing medication overuse, underuse and other flaws in care that cause complications and longer, more-expensive treatments, researchers conclude.

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    Lawrence Scheer took a chance that many small business owners have only recently decided to take. A growing number of companies are turning to exporting to build their sales, reversing a downturn that began with the recession and was likely made worse by the financial crisis in Europe.

    Export revival under way for small businesses

    When Lawrence Scheer began selling baby clothes in 2010, he didn’t realize it then, but he was on the leading edge of a recovery in small business exports. Scheer’s company, Magnificent Baby, manufactures its products in China and then sells them in about 20 countries around the world. “Our goal from the beginning was to sell as much clothes as possible — so when international interest was there, we pursued it,” says Scheer, whose business is based in New York.

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    Digital media artist Christopher Jones sits at his desk at his home in Livermore, Calif. In May 2013, he found his 2006 police mug shot on a website. Jones was arrested on charges of burglarizing an apartment he’d recently moved out of after a breakup, but Florida prosecutors decided shortly afterward to drop the case. But if he wanted the photo taken down, the site’s operator told him it would cost $399. Jones said he was angered by the terms of the offer, but no more so than scores of other people across the country discovering that past arrests — many for charges eventually dismissed or that resulted in convictions later expunged — make them part of an unwilling, but potentially enormous customer base for a fast-proliferating number of mug shot websites.

    Don’t want mug shot online? Then pay up, sites say

    With a business model built on the strengths of technology, the weaknesses of human nature and the reach of the First Amendment, mug shot sites are proving that in the Internet age, old assumptions about people’s ability to put the past behind them no longer apply. The sites, some charging fees exceeding $1,000 to “unpublish” records of multiple arrests, have prompted lawsuits in Ohio and Pennsylvania by people whose mug shots they posted for a global audience. They have also sparked efforts by legislators in Georgia and Utah to pass laws making it easier to remove arrest photos from the sites without charge or otherwise curb the sites.

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    Career Coach Q&A: My boss cancels my vacations; contractor concerns

    Joyce E.A. Russell, an industrial and organizational psychologist, discussed workplace issues in a recent online forum. Here are some excerpts from the discussion.

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    President Barack Obama

    5 points to know about the health care overhaul

    Still a little hazy about the health care overhaul? You have plenty of company. About half the people surveyed earlier this spring by the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation felt they didn’t have enough information to understand how the law will affect their family. Among those with an annual household income of less than $30,000, some 30 percent thought the law had been repealed by Congress or the Supreme Court.

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    Stanley Choe

    Investors are flooding into floating-rate funds

    For most bond mutual funds, rising interest rates are kryptonite. But not all bond funds are equally vulnerable. There is an exception: mutual funds that hold floating-rate debt. They invest in corporate bank loans whose interest rates reset every few months, as well as other kinds of debt whose interest rates fluctuate. That means when rates rise, so can the interest payments of floating-rate funds.

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    Work Advice: When HR goes off the rails

    Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.

Life & Entertainment

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    A pie-eating contest is one of many events at the 86th National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Mich.

    On the road: Celebrating cherries in Michigan

    Traverse City, Mich., is gearing up for its National Cherry Festival, a tasty event held annually since 1926. Visitors can cherry pick among 150 events — most are free, including pie eating and cherry pit spitting contests, arts and crafts fair, air show, culinary events, kids' festival, a cherry parade and a fireworks finale. There's also the 56th Annual Gold Coast Art Fair coming up in Chicago’s Grant Park.

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    Britain’s Prince William leaves after attending the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland’s daughter Lady Melissa Percy to chartered surveyor Thomas van Straubenzee at St Michael’s Church in Alnwick, England, Saturday, June 22, 2013.

    Princes William, Harry attend society wedding

    LONDON — It wasn’t quite a royal wedding, but with Prince William as best man and a Hogwarts castle as the setting it certainly caused a stir in Britain’s media.William was attending Saturday’s marriage of his close friend, Thomas van Straubenzee, to Melissa Percy, the daughter of the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.Prince Harry also attended the event at Alnwick Castle, the bride’s family home, which was used in some of the “Harry Potter” movies. William’s wife, the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge, did not attend — though her sister Pippa Middleton did. Other guests included Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, the daughters of Prince Andrew and Sarah Ferguson.The Sunday Times and the Sunday Telegraph featured the wedding on their front pages Sunday, calling it the “society wedding of the year.”

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    Strawberries will be plentiful at the annual Long Grove Strawberry Festival.

    Sunday picks: Last day for Long Grove's Strawberry Fest

    Today's your last chance to dig in to a variety of strawberry treats at the annual Long Grove Strawberry Fest. Fans of comic books, cartoons and graphic novels won't want to miss the final day of Mighty Con at Pheasant Run Mega Center in St. Charles. Laugh awhile: Joey Guila, Kevin Camia, Ron Josol and Keith Pedro appear together as the Filipino Kingz of Comedy at The Improv Comedy Showcase in Schaumburg.

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    The tiny community of Whittier, Alaska, where most of the 180 year-round residents live in the tall condo in the back, a former Army garrison, is a scenic place to kayak, hike trails or visit a few tourist shops, cafes and restaurants.

    Alaskan cruise passengers enjoy economical excursions

    It’s cruise season in Alaska, with more than 1 million cruise passengers expected between April and September in port towns from Ketchikan to Seward. Cruise passengers who sign up for shore excursions can spend hundreds of dollars, if not more in the case of families, in each port they visit. But there are many low-cost and even free things to do in Alaska port towns, from hiking to exploring glaciers to learning about Alaska and Native culture.

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    Debbie Schwartz, left, Marcy Imperi, Benita Munger and Judy Palladino play mahjong during a game night gathering in Mayfield Village, Ohio.

    Game nights a social outlet for baby boomers

    When Ron Riedel’s kids graduated from high school, he and his wife, Lorita, found they were socializing less. They weren’t meeting up with friends at soccer games, school plays and other kid-related events. So Riedel formed a “baby boomer” group through his church that hosts regular game nights and weekly dinners. “When our kids were around, we had reasons to get together,” said Riedel, 55, a furniture maker in Auburn, Calif. Now, “we had less excuses to get together, so we invented this.” The group plays everything from lawn games to Connect Four.

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    Tourism reaches beyond beaches in N.H., Maine, Vt.

    While plenty of tourists will be heading to northern New England’s ocean and lake locations this summer, others will be exploring options beyond the beach. In New Hampshire, a new interconnected all-terrain vehicle trail system dubbed “Ride the Wilds” has officially opened, capping years of work by more than a dozen off-road vehicle clubs that worked with state agencies and local communities to link 1,000 miles of trails across Coos County.

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    It was revealed that celebrity chef Paula Deen admitted during questioning in a lawsuit that she had slurred blacks in the past. It’s the second time the queen of comfort food’s mouth has gotten her into big trouble.

    Could Paula Deen’s words bring down her empire?

    Paula Deen should hope for more fans like Jennifer Everett of Tyler, Texas, who carried a shopping bag filled with $53 worth of merchandise from the celebrity chef’s Georgia store. A day earlier, it was revealed that Deen admitted during questioning in a lawsuit that she had slurred blacks in the past. “Who hasn’t ever said that word?” Everett said. “I don’t think any less of her. She’s super friendly. She’s a warm person who wouldn’t hurt a fly.” Deen’s admission that she had used the N-word in the past wasn’t the first time the queen of comfort food’s mouth had gotten her into big trouble.

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    Wild dogs near Valentine, Neb. Veterinarians are going to inject 300 wild female dogs with a birth control vaccine that has worked on white-tailed deer, feral horses, wallabies and ferrets.

    Dog birth control shots could limit populations

    A decade ago, the Rosebud Sioux Indians in South Dakota were paying people to catch and shoot wild dogs. Dogs that weren’t caught were covered in mange and parasites. Some froze. Some starved. In packs, they survived by eating each other. And dog bites were 20 times worse than the national average. Because animals are such an important part of Indian history and culture, tribal leaders called spay and neuter expert Ruth Steinberger. In the next eight years, they worked together to sterilize 7,000 dogs, moving 1,500 of them to other parts of the country for adoption.

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    Visitors enjoy the VIP Experience tour at Universal Studios Hollywood in Los Angeles. Many parks now have VIP tours with perks usually reserved for celebrities — private tour guides, no waits for the biggest attractions, reserved seating at shows and parades along with behind-the-scenes peaks at places normally off limits.

    Enjoy a theme park like a VIP

    America’s biggest theme parks will pack in around 120 million people this year. That’s a lot of standing in long lines for roller coasters, juggling show schedules and figuring out when and where to eat. But there’s a way to eliminate the stress of making the annual trek to Disney, Universal, Six Flags and other popular parks. Many now have VIP tours with perks usually reserved for celebrities — private tour guides, no waits for the biggest attractions, reserved seating at shows and parades along with behind-the-scenes peeks at places normally off limits.

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    Customers wait in line at a Hertz rental car counter at San Jose International Airport in San Jose, Calif. Car rental agencies sometimes don’t have enough cars to meet the demand.

    When car rental reservations aren’t honored

    We’re sorry, sir, but we don’t have any cars left. That was my unpleasant welcome to Michigan by Hertz. I had a reservation. They saw the reservation. The problem: Hertz hadn’t actually saved me a car. So here I was, just off a plane in Kalamazoo, suitcase in tow and no car. I wasn’t the only one stranded and — I later learned from my cabdriver — it happens somewhat regularly. Reserving a car is different from almost any other travel product.

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    Multiple options available to clean algae and other stains

    Q. The question I have relates to having my roof shingles replaced in 2003 with gray, 25-year Owens Corning fiberglass/asphalt shingles. As time has gone on, the shingles have turned black where they don’t get a good exposure to the sun, and seem to have leached a black residue that has run down and discolored the white, aluminum-clad fascia.

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    Fibrenew franchise owner Ivar Vankemenade restitches a busted seam of an armrest while Angel Gavina resurfaces the cushions on the leather couch, prepping it for restoration. Vankemenade visits clients in their homes, like this one in Elgin, and does furniture restoration work on site.

    Furniture restorer fixes up fine leather

    Christine Monaghen of Elgin always thought it might be nice to have her faded leather couch fixed one day, along with other furniture that had lost its original luster. This month, she called a furniture restoration company, Fibrenew Chicago NW, and had four pieces of furniture restored, which now look like new, she says.

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    Complicated prints stay impactful (but not too busy) in a neutral gray palette.

    This season’s hot color is stylish and safe for years to come

    According to a survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, the color gray is now used in more than 50 percent of kitchens and baths — that’s up from about 10 percent in 2010. Why the surge in popularity?

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    How to repair a drafty window

    Q. Every winter the windows in my home are so cold that I have to place blankets over them to keep the room warm. The windows are in a 1950s home and there are storm windows, but there is such a draft around the windows that I have to keep the rooms closed off.

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    Vibration, differing opinions puzzle car owner

    In late 2012, I received a notification from Nissan that some Pathfinders, as well as other trucks, experienced radiator leaks into the transmission. The car now vibrates at 40 mph, but the dealer told me my transmission and radiator are fine. They say I need new timing chains.

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    Homeowners are giving “touchless” kitchen faucets a big thumbs up.

    Touchless faucets have been improved

    Q. I’ve seen advertising about the “new” touchless kitchen faucets available for home use. A few years back, I had my plumber install a touchless faucet and found it hard to control.

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    Editorial: Some small signs of a sense of urgency on pensions
    A Daily Herald editorial sees some signs, however small, that lawmakers are getting a sense of urgency about pension reform.

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    DuPage County’s target in consolidation battle: mosquitoes

    Now that DuPage County has become first in Illinois with the power to reduce the number of local governments, it has its sights on a potentially elusive target: Mosquitoes. The county board chairman hopes to winnow the number of agencies involved in the process from 45 to nine, says Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.

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    Battle the injustices against mentally ill
    A Buffalo Grove letter to the editor: While tragic, the abuse of children with autism is not uncommon. In cases where a child is nonverbal and combative, the risks of abuse are substantially high. It is essential that parents seek out help when feeling overwhelmed with caring for a child. There are many agencies that can provide respite care, counseling and other forms of support.

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    Exclusive attitudes go both ways
    A Barrington letter to the editor: Interesting article in today’s paper about Elizabeth Vesto’s mission to begin a local Navigators USA chapter (an alternative to the Boy Scouts of America). Vesto and her family resigned from the Boy Scouts of America after the organization decided to ban gay troop leaders. Vesto claims she wanted an “inclusive alternative” to the BSA.

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    Engines for economic prosperity

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    Jury of peers

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: The headlines were immediate: All-women jury chosen for George Zimmerman’s trial.

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