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    David Hritz

    Glendale Heights man guilty of fatally stabbing bird

    A Glendale Heights man who claimed his pet cockatiel was already dead when he cut it up to feed his pet snakes was found guilty Tuesday of aggravated animal cruelty. David Hritz, 39, also was convicted of breaking his former roommate's nose in what DuPage County prosecutors called a "fit of unprovoked rage" last August.

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    Man shot, killed by Kane County officer

    A veteran with the Kane County sheriff's office shot a man who pointed a gun at officers Monday in an unincorporated area near Batavia, police said. The man later died at an Aurora hospital.

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    Randy Travis has been hospitalized in Texas with viral cardiomyopathy.

    Singer Randy Travis in critical condition in Texas

    Country music singer Randy Travis was listed in critical condition a day after being hospitalized in Texas with heart problems. A news release from the singer’s publicist says the 54-year-old Travis was admitted to the hospital Sunday in Dallas and was in critical condition Monday evening. Travis was being treated for viral cardiomyopathy, a heart condition caused by a virus, according to his...

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    Nathan Liggett, left, and Jacob Wolf, right, with Engineering Resources Associates, Inc., measure the existing support on the foundation at Graue Mill last month in Oak Brook. Grinding at the historic mill stopped in early June after a structural analysis found the gear system and heavy timber supports used in the process were unsafe. A new grinder has allowed the mill to resume production of cornmeal as its primary source of revenue.

    Cornmeal again being ground at Graue Mill

    Graue Mill miller Rus Strahan has given new literal meaning to putting his “nose to the grindstone” the past few days. Strahan, also vice president of the mill along York Road in Oak Brook, has been grinding cornmeal around the clock since a new, temporary grinder was installed and turned on Wednesday. “We were up and running for the Fourth of July and we sold a lot of...

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    District 300 charter school operator accused of discrimination

    A former principal at Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove accused school operators of discrimination when they fired her in October 2011. The Illinois Department of Human Rights recently found “substantial evidence of discrimination” after reviewing the evidence and filed a case with the Illinois Human Rights Commission on behalf of the principal last month.

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    St. Charles officials are offering incentives to Clarke, a global mosquito control company, if it relocates to the city.

    St. Charles wooing mosquito company with $275,000 of incentives

    In St. Charles, for once, mosquitoes are not a nuisance. Aldermen gave preliminary approval Monday night to a plan that would pay up to $275,000 in incentives to lure the headquarters and research and development facilities of global mosquito control company Clarke to the city. Clarke now has a headquarters in Roselle and research facility in Schaumburg. The...

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    Anthony Dean, of Wheeling High School boys basketball, carries a bucket in the rain as volunteers help clean up.

    Frontier Days attendance tops 80,000

    Volunteers spent a rainy Monday cleaning up after the popular Frontier Days Festival in Arlington Heights, which officials said attracted about 80,000 people over its five-day run. “It was a very successful event,” said Village Manager Bill Dixon. “The weather cooperated after being so difficult before the festival.”

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    Alexander Pera, 26, of Chicago, charged with aggravated identity theft, identity theft and money laundering

    Police: Lincolnshire restaurant manager stole to pay for Disney trips

    A 26-year-old Chicago man is being held on charges of aggravated identity theft alleging he stole over $50,000 from employees and patrons of the Lincolnshire restaurant where he worked to fund more than a dozen trips to Disney World, authorities said. Alexander N. Pera, of the 3800 block of North Ottawa Avenue, also faces charges of identity theft and money laundering.

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    E. Dundee to lease building to group helping veterans, veteran dogs

    East Dundee officials are doing their part to help two legged and four legged veterans. Monday night, the village board leased a building for a Save-a-Vet, which places retired military and law enforcement canines with disabled military veterans and first responders who were injured in the line of duty.

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    Palatine moves ahead with plans to renovate village hall

    The hallways and lockers that still line parts of Palatine’s village hall, remnants of the old high school that left 36 years ago, could be a thing of the past as plans move forward to completely overhaul the building. The village council Monday unanimously approved a first-phase, $130,000 contract for a schematic design to renovate the Wood Street facility. The entire project is expected to cost...

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    Robbers knock elderly woman to ground in Mt. Prospect

    A 93-year-old woman was robbed early Monday morning while she was walking to church in Mount Prospect, police said. The victim told police she was walking to the church about 6 a.m. on the 1500 block of South Linneman Road when she was struck from behind and knocked to the ground. Two men took her purse and fled on foot.

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    Palatine council members could vote tonight to approve Catherine Alice Gardens, the proposed 33-unit supporting housing development for residents with disabilities. The $10.5 million project has generated opposition from among its potential neighbors just north of Palatine’s downtown.

    Palatine council delays vote on apartments for disabled

    Palatine council members have delayed a vote on a controversial plan to build a three-story, 33-unit supportive housing residence that would serve people with disabilities, called Catherine Alice Gardens.

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    The Burger King in downtown Batavia is closing July 20, due to poor sales.

    Batavia Burger King closing

    No more Whoppers in downtown Batavia come July 20, as the Burger King that has been there for 25 years is closing.

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    Judge blocks new Wisconsin abortion law

    A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday evening to block enforcement of a new Wisconsin law that bans doctors who lack admitting privileges at nearby hospitals from performing abortions. U.S. District Judge William Conley granted the order following a hearing in a lawsuit filed Friday by Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Affiliated Medical Services.

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    Ribfest security guard dies

    A guard for the security company handling Ribfest felt ill while working the Saturday night of the festival and later died. Carl Jones, 63, of Chicago, was transported to Edward Hospital where he died of a heart attack, said DuPage County Coroner Richard Jorgenson.

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    Searchers dig through the rubble for victims in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, Monday, after a train derailed, igniting tanker cars carrying crude oil early Saturday.

    Canada train derailment death toll rises to 13

    Traumatized survivors of an oil train derailment that wiped out the heart of a small town braced for more bad news as inspectors were finally cleared to enter the charred site’s epicenter and look for remains late Monday, more than two days after the disaster that killed at least 13 people. A total of 50 were missing and the death toll was sure to rise.

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    In this undated photo made available Monday, Ye Mengyuan, left, and Wang Linjia, right, pose for photos with other classmates in the classroom in Jiangshan city in eastern China’s Zhejiang province. They were the two fatalities of the Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport.

    NTSB: Plane parts found in San Francisco Bay

    The Asiana jet that crashed at San Francisco International Airport left lower sections of its tail on a rocky seawall and in the bay, then scattered debris several hundred feet down the runway, the NTSB reported Monday in describing the plane’s deadly path.

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    Deborah Mell

    State legislator will apply for father’s council seat

    Democratic state Rep. Deborah Mell says she will have a strong application for her father's Chicago City Council seat, which he will vacate July 24.

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    Quinn has until July 15 to sign key part of budget

    Gov. Pat Quinn has yet to sign a key part of the Illinois budget that gives the state comptroller the ability to issue paychecks to tens of thousands of state employees. Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka’s spokesman, Brad Hahn, said the office is readying paychecks for when Quinn acts on the budget. “We’re just waiting to see what the governor does,” Hahn said. “We’re in a holding pattern.”

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    Traffic along the westbound Jane Addams Tollway near Gilberts was stopped as personnel cleared an accident at Route 72.

    Crashes snarl rush hour near Gilberts

    A series of crashes in the westbound lanes of I-90 near Gilberts Monday evening created lengthy delays but no major injuries were reported, state police said. An Illinois Tollway H.E.L.P. truck responded to a minor crash with property damage on westbound I-90 just west of Route 72. While it was blocking a lane of traffic assisting with that crash, anothercar rear-ended the tollway truck at about...

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    Supporters of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi pray in Nasser City, suburb of Cairo, Egypt, Monday. Egyptian soldiers and police opened fire on supporters of Morsi early Monday in violence that left dozens of people killed.

    Clashes by Egypt army, protesters kill at least 54
    Egypt was rocked Monday by the deadliest day since its Islamist president was toppled by the military, with more than 50 of his supporters killed by security forces as the country’s top Muslim cleric raised the specter of civil war. The military found itself on the defensive after the bloodshed, but the interim president drove ahead with the army’s political plan.

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    Hannah Warren, 2, lies in bed in a post-op room at the Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria about two weeks after having received a new windpipe in a landmark transplant operation on April 9, 2013.

    Toddler with lab-made windpipe dies

    A 2-year-old girl who was implanted with a windpipe grown from her own stem cells has died at a Peoria hospital, three months after she became the youngest person to receive the experimental treatment.

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    Police: Bartlett girl, 13, dies in Michigan crash

    A 13-year-old Bartlett girl was killed Saturday in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Michigan, police said. Rajvi Parikh died from injuries suffered when she was ejected from a 2002 Acura station wagon that crashed after its 43-year-old driver, also a Bartlett resident, swerved to avoid an object in the roadway, police said.

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    Bruce Rauner, a wealthy businessman from Winnetka, is running for governor

    GOP gubernatorial hopeful raises about $915,000

    Venture capitalist and Republican gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner raised more than $915,000 in the quarter ended June 30 for his effort to become Illinois’ next chief executive.

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    Andrew Johnston of Bourbonnais sings during the second round of performers from the finalists of 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.

    Weekend in Review: Talent contest continues; fundraiser for firefighters
    What you may have missed this weekend: 15 finalists compete in Suburban Chicago's Got Talent; Maine West hazing investigation cost $115,000; Rosemont mayor gets roasted; suspect in cab driver attack charged; Prospect Heights couple create T-shirts to benefit families of fallen Arizona firefighters; Cubs beat Pirates; and Sox lose to the Rays.

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    The Cubs celebrate Sunday after Dioner Navarro’s sacrifice fly during the 11th inning at Wrigley Field sunk the Pittsburgh Pirates.

    Dawn Patrol: Former St. Charles alderman dies; Cubs beat Pittsburgh

    One injured after Waukegan-bound plane makes emergency landing; Prospect Heights parents sell shirts for Prescott firefighter families; former St. Charles alderman Donald Nippert dies; Villanueva does his job in Cubs’ win; dismal record fits how White Sox are playing; Blackhawks get a look at their future this week

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    Free birding tour in Round Lake Beach

    Round Lake Area Park District will sponsor a free bird-watching tour at 10 a.m. July 16 at Lakefront Park in Round Lake Beach. Tour-goers will be taken on a path along the trails nearby and introduced to different bird species. The tour will last until noon.

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    Rio Bravo Hotshot firefighter Cole Cates clears manzanita while cutting a fireline on the Telegraph Fire near Yosemite National Park in California in 2008.

    For firefighters, answer to why is: Someone has to

    In American culture, the firefighter is almost a mythic being. Immortalized in movies such as “Hellfighters,” “Backdraft” and “Ladder 49,” they do things that most people could never conceive of doing. They are, as we see time and again, the first ones into a disaster and the last ones out.It is no different in the wildland firefighting community, where men and women armed with little more than...

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    Jason’s teaching tips
    Here are three tips from Barrington High School art teacher Jason Burke about how to successfully engage at-risk students.

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    Flood assistance deadline extended

    Lake County property owners are being reminded that the deadline for applying for disaster assistance from the storms of April and May has been extended to July 24. As of Monday, 1,165 Lake County property owners haver registered for federal disaster assistance.

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    Inverness police released this sketch of a man suspected of shooting a village resident during a break-in last month.

    Inverness police release sketch of suspected shooter

    Inverness police released a sketch of the suspect they said shot a 63-year-old man June 28 at his girlfriend’s home on the 100 block of Crichton Lane. Police said two men confronted the couple when they returned from dinner that night. The victims told the Daily Herald that the men were in the process of burglarizing the home.

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    Mike Fortner

    Fortner: Don’t count some raises toward pensions

    State Rep. Mike Fortner appears before a bipartisan pension panel's final public hearing. Gov. Pat Quinn has asked lawmakers to solve the state's pension problem by Tuesday. They won't.

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    Jimmy Bell Jr.

    Elgin man wanted in Crystal Lake stabbing captured

    The Elgin man wanted for attempted murder in last week’s stabbings of a Crystal Lake woman and her boyfriend was captured this afternoon in Alabama, police say. Jimmy Bell Jr. was arrested about 1 p.m. at a cousin’s house in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

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    Crews break down one of several tents near the main stage Monday during cleanup efforts after the Naperville Exchange Club’s 26th annual Ribfest in Knoch Park over the holiday weekend.

    Cleanup follows 5 ‘solid nights’ of Ribfest

    The party is over, the 13 rib vendors have packed up and driven away, and Naperville’s Knoch Park is looking just a little tired. Now it’s time for Ribfest organizers to dismantle tents, take down signs, crunch numbers, pay bills and see how much they can donate to charities that work to end child abuse and domestic violence in the wake of the 26th annual event.

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    David Stolman

    Stolman to run for Lake County treasurer

    Former Lake County Board chairman and current board member David Stolman announced his candidacy Monday for Lake County Treasurer. Stolman is seeking to replace Robert Skidmore, who last week said he would not be seeking re-election. Stolman, a Republican from Buffalo Grove, said he would advance technology in office while being “efficient” with taxpayer money.

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    Naperville employers wary of health care requirements

    Naperville area business people reacted Monday with a mix of relief and questions about the extended deadline for employers to offer medical coverage to their employees under the Affordable Care Act. “Will we get a reduced rate from insurance companies? I don’t think so,” said Krishna Bansal, president and CEO of Q1 Technologies in Naperville, who already offers medical insurance to his workforce...

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Douglas Komes, 55, of St. Charles, was charged with theft at 7:06 a.m. Saturday in the 1000 block of North Washington Street, Batavia, according to a police report. He is accused of failing to pay a taxi fare.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Cassandra R. Gray, 35, of Chicago, was arrested Friday at Old Navy in the 1800 block of Randall Road and charged with felony retail theft, according to a police report. Her bail was set at $35,000 and she was being held at Kane County jail.

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    The dog facility at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve near Libertyville will be closed Wednesday as crews unload and install concrete sections of a pedestrian tunnel to run beneath Milwaukee Avenue. The tunnels are part of a $23 million widening of Milwaukee Avenue.

    Trail users, pedestrians to benefit from Milwaukee Avenue project in Libertyville

    Concrete sections of a pedestrian tunnel beneath Milwaukee Avenue in Libertyville will be delivered and installed Wednesday as part of the ongoing $23 million widening project. When complete, the tunnel will allow bicyclists and pedestrians from Grayslake and Mundelein to access the Des Plaines River Trail.

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    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy describes new efforts to let people anonymously send crime tips, along with videos and photos, to police, who can then relay them to computers in squad cars responding to calls.

    Chicago police turn to Twitter, texting

    Chicago police are hoping social media and smartphones will help them fight crime in the city. Superintendent Garry McCarthy announced a series of changes to the department’s community policing program on Monday.

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    Young drowning victim identified

    A 3-year-old boy from Colorado drowned in a backyard pool in the South suburbs. Nathan Kackert of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Sunday after he wandered away from his family’s home in Homer Glen. His body was found a short time later in a nearby in-ground pool.

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    Illinois has until Tuesday to legalize concealed carry after a federal appeals court ruled the state’s ban unconstitutional.

    Quinn ready for Springfield ‘showdown’ on concealed carry

    Gov. Pat Quinn has spent days making appearances talking up his sweeping changes to a bill that’d make Illinois the last state to allow concealed weapons. But lawmakers are expected to override Quinn’s changes when they meet Tuesday in Springfield.

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    Material is separated into piles of metal and wood last month during the ongoing demolition of Forbes Hall on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign, Ill.

    Forbes Hall rubble being recycled

    The University of Illinois is recycling almost all the 10,000 tons of material from a 60-year-old residence hall. Forbes Hall is being torn down and replaced with a 497-bed dorm that’s expected to open in August 2016. Most of the material that’s being recycled includes concrete blocks, masonry and metal. Furniture, doors, knobs, lights and water meters are being reused in other parts of campus.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn signs laws aimed at fighting gang crime

    One piece of legislation signed by Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday requires school officials, such as principals, to report illegal weapons and gang activity to police. The other establishes a Crime Witness Protection Program for people who help prosecute gang crimes.

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    Visitors at Millennium Park enjoy the sculpture “Cloud Gate,” also known as “The Bean,” last summer in Chicago. Millennium Park is one of several free attractions in the city.

    Tourism up more than 6 percent in Illinois

    Illinois has seen another record year for tourism, with more than 99 million visitors from across the U.S. last year. The state released the 2012 numbers on Monday.

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    Tyrell Harris

    Chicago man convicted in shooting over 25 cents

    A Chicago man accused of firing a gun at a Michigan gas station after failing to get a discount on cigarettes has been convicted after rejecting a plea deal.

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    Condition of hospitalized Heinz Kerry is upgraded

    The condition of Teresa Heinz Kerry, wife of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and heir to a ketchup company fortune, was upgraded from critical to fair Monday, a day after she was first hospitalized, a State Department spokesman said. Heinz Kerry, 74, was flown to a Boston hospital Sunday after first being taken to by ambulance to a hospital on Nantucket, where the couple has a home.

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    Book sale at Schaumburg library Saturday

    Hardcover books for just $1 and paperbacks for 50 cents will be among items available at a book sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 13 at the Schaumburg Township District Library, 130 S. Roselle Road in Schaumburg.

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    Bartlett reschedules July village board meeting, cancels first August meeting

    The regularly scheduled Bartlett village board meeting for Tuesday, July 16, has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, at village hall, 228 S. Main St. Additionally, the regularly scheduled village board meeting on Tuesday, August 6, has been canceled, as the village president and board members will be participating in activities at the 20th annual National Night Out Picnic in the Park.

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    Lombard’s Main Street work entering stretch run

    Lombard public works crews on Tuesday will begin the final phase of the Main Street Rehabilitation project that includes replacement of curbs and gutters, replacement of some driveway aprons and concrete pavement replacement on Main between Roosevelt Road and 15th Street, officials said.

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    Guests take the wine tour, all under one tent.

    Uncork Barrington back, with 48 new wines to sample

    The ninth annual Uncork Barrington will be held 6-10 p.m. Friday, July 12 in the North Lot of the Barrington Metra Commuter Parking Lot. The event will have 48 different wines to sample, tastings of food prepared by local restaurants and live music.

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    The Leinenkugel beer booth at the 3rd annual Beer fest in Barrington was constantly filling and refilling glasses says Shanon Mack one of the Leinenkugel servers. She is pouring Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat a summer beer.

    10th annual Barrington Brew Fest is July 13

    If you prefer beer to wine, the 10th annual Barrington Brew Fest is your bag. It will be from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, July 13, under the Brat Tent. Last year, there were almost 90 different beers to sample at Brew Fest, and this year, the list of brews is updated nearly daily on Facebook.

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    Jimmy, 14, and Molly McDermott, 13, of Mount Prospect, are looking forward to more challenging speech and debate tournaments in their futures.

    Mt. Prospect siblings take national titles in speech and debate

    Jimmy and Molly McDermott of Mount Prospect are turning heads in the national speech and debate circuit, and they haven’t started high school yet.

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    Missing Mount Prospect teen found safe

    Mount Prospect police have found a missing teenager who they had sought the public’s help in locating last month after she reportedly ran away from home. Kristinmaylee Serrano, 17, was found safe with family friends, police said Monday.

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    In five years since moving to its new home overlooking the U.S. Capitol, the Newseum has become a major attraction with 4 million people. Yet public financial documents show revenue fell short of expenses by millions of dollars in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

    Newseum in D.C. makes changes as funding falls short

    In five years since moving to its new home overlooking the U.S. Capitol, the Newseum has become a major attraction with 4 million people visiting its exhibits about journalism and the First Amendment. Yet it’s been struggling mightily to cover its costs.

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    Texas Gov. Rick Perry

    Texas Gov. Perry won't seek re-election in 2014

    Rick Perry, the longest-serving governor in Texas history who famously muttered "oops" after forgetting during a 2011 presidential debate the third of three federal departments he'd pledged to close, announced Monday he won't seek re-election next year to a fourth full term. A staunch Christian conservative, proven job-creator and fierce defender of states' rights, Perry has been in office nearly...

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    A carnival runs throughout Glendale Heights Fest. Always full of thrills, the carnival is bringing a new ride to the fest this year that will swing and spin riders on a pendulum.

    Fireworks and new carnival ride highlight Glendale Heights Fest

    Glendale Heights Fest opens Wednesday and brings a weekend full of carnival rides, live music, a talent competition, a day celebrating residents' heritages, and two fireworks shows to Camera Park. “A lot of people make this an annual visit,” organizer Rebecca Tybor said.

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    Itasca Fest organizers say they try to offer something for everyone, but there’s always an emphasis on activities for youngsters.

    Itasca Fest celebrates everything from carnival rides to Subarus

    For Itasca Fest Chairman Dan Kompanowski, the goal each summer is to bring something interesting and free to the festivities. “We want to always have something special that people don’t have to spend a lot of money on,” Kompanowski said. “There’s always some type of attraction, like last year’s World War II memorial. In the past we’ve had a NASA exhibit and a Vietnam Wall replica. This year the...

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    In this May 6, 2011 photo President Barack Obama talks with U.S. Navy Vice Admiral William H. McRaven, commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), at Campbell Army Airfield in Fort Campbell, Ky., just days after McRaven led operational control of Navy SEAL Team Six's successful mission to get Osama bin Laden.

    Secret move keeps bin Laden records in the shadows

    The top U.S. special operations commander, Adm. William McRaven, ordered military files about the Navy SEAL raid on Osama bin Laden's hideout to be purged from Defense Department computers and sent to the CIA, where they could be more easily shielded from ever being made public. The secret move, described briefly in a draft report by the Pentagon's inspector general, set off no alarms within the...

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    Deputies: Vandalism suspect wore Spider-Man undies

    Authorities in Cincinnati have arrested a man who they say was vandalizing a high school while wearing only Spider-Man underwear.The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that it happened early Sunday when a suspect used rocks to break several windows at Moeller High School, crawled in one of the windows and sprayed fire extinguishers around the building.

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    A customer sits in a branch of Shinhan Bank in Seoul, South Korea, after the bank's computer networks was paralyzed.

    Studies: Cyberspying targeted South Korea, U.S. military

    The hackers who knocked out tens of thousands of South Korean computers simultaneously this year are out to do far more than erase hard drives, cybersecurity firms say: They also are trying to steal South Korean and U.S. military secrets with a malicious set of codes they've been sending through the Internet for years.

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    Houses under a mandatory evacuation order, due to an approximate 22-acre sinkhole are seen along Bayou Corne, La.

    Sinkhole forces hard choice on longtime neighbors
    The sob is deep and exhaled on a frustrated sigh. “I cannot stand this!” The words burst from Annette Richie and ping off the bare walls of the empty living room as her neighbors of 20 years, Bucky and Joanie Mistretta, recall happier times along Bayou Corne. “I know, I know,” Joanie Mistretta said, soothing her. “You come back now and it’s just sad.”

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    The Metropolitan Planning Council wants ideas on how to transform underused space at Union Station, including the Great Hall.

    Union Station makeover ideas could win you $5,000

    Who could imagine Union Station as a fun place to spend some time? You, according to the Metropolitan Planning Council. The MPC is holding a contest for the two best ideas to breathe new life into the old station. Who could imagine Union Station as a fun place to spend some time? You, according to the Metropolitan Planning Council. The MPC is holding a contest for the two best ideas to breathe...

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    @$ID/[No paragraph style]:Richard Pryor

    Peoria group works to raise money for Pryor statue

    PEORIA -- Organizers hoping to build a large-than-life bronze statue of comedian Richard Pryor say they’ve only collected about 10 percent of the money for the project to honor the Peoria native.

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    Chicago gunfire deadly during long holiday weekend

    Shootings in Chicago during the Fourth of July holiday weekend have left at least nine people dead and several dozen wounded, including two young boys shot in different parks. Gov. Pat Quinn said Sunday that such continued violence underscores why he dramatically altered a gun bill that will end Illinois’ last-in-the nation ban on carrying concealed firearms — a prohibition that’s been declared...

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    Storms in forecast for today, Tuesday

    Forecasts call for scattered thunderstorms today and scattered strong thunderstorms on Tuesday, according to AccuWeather.com. AccuWeather says a system will move into the area Tuesday that could bring severe storms with it Tuesday evening. The system could bring localized flash flooding.

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    Concrete street sign poles will be sticking around for some time in Grayslake. The village recently agreed to spend about $70,000 to install new concrete poles in the town's heritage area.

    Grayslake keeping concrete street signs in village's heritage area

    Grayslake is opting to show a commitment to keeping some old-time charm in a section of the village rather than replacing its concrete street signs. Village board members recently approved contracting with two companies for new concrete street poles that'll be installed this year. It's believed Grayslake and Park Ridge are the last suburbs with such street signs. "You identify with them,"...

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    Syria’s ruling party elects new command amid war

    Syria’s ruling Baath party announced Monday it elected a new regional command to replace its aging leadership, including the country’s longtime vice president, as its two-year civil war rages on. The largely symbolic change comes during a spike in violence in the central Syrian city of Homs, where government forces closed in on a key rebel-held neighborhood after 10 days of fierce fighting.

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    Reports say 6 Tibetans hurt in shooting incident

    At least six Tibetans were injured when Chinese paramilitary police fired on a crowd that was attempting to commemorate the Dalai Lama’s birthday in a volatile part of western China, sources in the exile Tibetan community said Monday. The incident Saturday in the Sichuan province’s Daofu county marks an escalation of tensions in an area already on edge over a wave of self-immolations by Tibetans...

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    An Egyptian man cries outside a morgue after carrying the corpse of his brother killed near the Republican Guard building in Cairo, Egypt, Monday. Egyptian soldiers and police opened fire on supporters of the ousted president early Monday in violence that left dozens of people killed, including one officer, outside a military building in Cairo where demonstrators had been holding a sit-in, government officials and witnesses said.

    Egypt’s top Muslim cleric warns of civil war

    Egypt’s top Muslim cleric is warning of civil war and says he will go into seclusion at his home until the bloodshed ends as a show of protest. Sheik Ahmed el-Tayeb also called for the transitional period that began following last week’s ouster of the president to be limited to six months.

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    July Top Teacher Jason Burke of Barrington High School stands beside artwork by his students, which is on display in the hallway.

    Barrington ‘Top Teacher’ encourages creative risks, makes art relevant

    A few years ago, in an effort to celebrate all the work his students did in a matter of 70 hours, Barrington High School teacher Jason Burke decided to start a one-day summer school art show. “We have these awesome display cases here, and I thought, why not just use them?” he said. “Art curation is a huge career and if they’ve never hung work, they don’t even know it exists. So they get that,...

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    Race tight for governor of key Mexico border state

    Both sides claimed victory Monday in the election for governor of the key Mexican border state of Baja California and authorities said mistakes had been made in preliminary vote counts. Elections were also held Sunday for state legislators and mayorships in 13 other states. The campaign was so scarred by violence that some analysts feared it was becoming endemic in local Mexican politics.

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    U.K. privacy group files NSA surveillance complaint

    A London-based advocacy group has filed a complaint over America’s international data dragnet, the latest in a growing number of lawsuits and legal actions relating to the sweeping surveillance program.

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    Talking about ... Jason Burke
    Talking about Jason Burke

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    Sabawi Ibrahim al-Hassan, a half-brother of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, shown here in 1995, has died of cancer in a Baghdad hospital, a senior official said.

    Saddam Hussein’s half brother dies of cancer

    Saddam Hussein’s half brother, who was facing the gallows for his role as chief of the regime’s feared security service and allegedly one of the architects of the insurgency against U.S. and allied forces in Iraq, died of cancer on Monday in a Baghdad hospital, a senior official said.

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    Pope Francis celebrates a mass during his visit to the island of Lampedusa, southern Italy, Monday. Pope Francis traveled Monday to the tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa to pray for migrants lost at sea, going to the farthest reaches of Italy to throw a wreath of flowers into the sea and celebrate Mass as yet another boatload of Eritrean migrants came ashore.

    Pope blasts indifference over migration deaths

    Pope Francis on Monday denounced the “globalization of indifference” that greets migrants who risk their lives trying to reach Europe, as he traveled to the farthest reaches of Italy to draw attention to their plight and to mourn those who never made it. The tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa, a treeless, strip of rock four miles long, is closer to Africa than the Italian mainland and is the main...

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    Police and emergency personnel stand near the remains of a fixed-wing aircraft that was engulfed in flames Sunday at the Soldotna Airport in Soldotna, Alaska.

    All 10 killed in Soldotna, Alaska, air taxi crash

    All 10 people aboard an air taxi were killed as the aircraft crashed and was engulfed in flames at a small Alaska airport. Before firefighters could get to it, the de Havilland DHC3 Otter began burning just after 11 a.m. Sunday at the airport in Soldotna, about 75 miles southwest of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula. Firefighters from Central Emergency Services were the first on the scene, Capt.

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    Suspected drunken driver eats part of patrol car

    A north-central Illinois man accused of resisting arrest on charges of drunken driving apparently has even more legal trouble to chew on after allegedly eating part of the patrol car that hauled him off to jail.

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    Survivor Fei Xiong of China speaks to the media in San Francisco Sunday. As Asiana Flight 214 was coming in low over San Francisco Bay, Fei Xiong and her 8-year-old son looked at each other, sensing something was wrong. “My son told me ‘The plane will fall down, it’s too close to the sea.’ I told him ‘No, baby, it’s OK, we’ll be fine.’ And then the plane just fell down,” Xiong said Sunday.

    Asiana plane crash survivors recall doomed flight

    Fei Xiong and her 8-year-old son looked at each other and sensed something was wrong as Asiana Flight 214 was coming in low over San Francisco Bay. “My son told me ‘The plane will fall down, it’s too close to the sea.’ I told him ‘No, baby, it’s OK, we’ll be fine.’ And then the plane just fell down,” Xiong said Sunday, moving gingerly from a plastic brace on her injured neck. Within moments, the...

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    Associated Press Ed Finch, executive director of the Stephenson County Historical Society, in the recently restored Millerburg Schoolhouse at the museum in Freeport.

    Freeport schoolhouse from 1892 restored

    Back in the 1890s, the ringing of the school bell was a common way for rural areas to announce the start of the school day. While those days are long gone, students who visit the Millerburg Schoolhouse can ring the bell and experience what it may have been like to attend a one-room school, thanks to a major fundraising effort to restore the school. The schoolhouse was moved in 1973 to the...

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    The evacuation of Asiana Flight 214, which crashed at San Francisco International Airport Saturday, began badly. Even before the mangled jetliner began filling with smoke, two evacuation slides on the doors inflated inside the cabin instead of outside, pinning two flight attendants to the floor.

    Asiana attendant describes dramatic evacuation

    The evacuation of Asiana Flight 214 began badly. Even before the mangled jetliner began filling with smoke, two evacuation slides on the doors inflated inside the cabin instead of outside, pinning two flight attendants to the floor. Cabin manager Lee Yoon-hye, apparently the last person to leave the burning plane, said crew members deflated the slides with axes to rescue their colleagues, one of...

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    6-week-old Waukegan girl dies

    Waukegan Police and state officials are investigating the death of a 6-week-old girl. Authorities say Dejaray Ridgeway died Sunday at Lurie Children’s Hospital. The (Waukegan) News-Sun reports the girl had been taken to the hospital after being found unresponsive at a home .

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    Controversy rolls on over new U-46 grading scale

    School is out for the summer in Elgin Area School District U-46 but a controversy over a new grading policy continues to rage. U-46 will require all middle and high school teachers to give students grades ranging from 0 to 5 instead of 0 to 100. Years of research and the resulting recommendation have been met with shock and outrage.

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    Kandi Pajer, an Elmhurst mother of two, is participating in this week’s 10th Wheel Gymnastic World Championship in Chicago. She trains at Sokol Spirit in Brookfield.

    Elmhurst woman welcomes challenge of wheel gymnastics

    Kandi Pajer has been a gymnast since she was 3 years old. But now the mother of two is leaving behind her comfort zone of balance beams and uneven bars to compete in this week’s 10th Wheel Gymnastic World Championship in Chicago.

Sports

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    Chicago Sky scouting report
    The Sky is coming off one of its largest victories in franchise history, a 29-point rout of the Liberty. Four starters scored in double figures and all 10 players who entered the game scored.

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    White Sox catcher Josh Phegley is greeted by third-base coach Joe McEwing after Phegley’s home run off Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza during the third inning of an interleague baseball game Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Phegley looks solid as a rock on Sox team that’s very shaky

    With scouts packed in Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field to examine talent on two teams already well out of playoff contention — the White Sox and the Cubs — one South Side player doesn’t have to worry about his name coming up in trade rumors.Catcher Josh Phegley has played in only three games with the Sox, but it looks like he’s going to be around awhile.“He was playing great in Triple-A and was able to come up,” manager Robin Ventura said. “He went through spring training with us the whole time, so guys are familiar with him, he’s familiar with us. He stepped in and kept playing.”Phegley was called up from Class AAA Charlotte on Friday, and he went 1-for-3 and drove in 2 runs that night in the White Sox’ 8-3 loss at Tampa Bay.The 25-year-old Terre Haute, Ind., native was back behind the plate Sunday, and Phegley’s solo homer was the only run allowed by Rays starter David Price in a 3-1 Tampa Bay victory.In Monday night’s makeup game, Phegley started the first of what figures to be many home games.“Just getting the call down in Tampa, it was a really quick hit and it all hit me really fast,” Phegley said. “I played down there, and I think coming back here it will be a little more nervous feeling again playing in the first game at home.”On a team in desperate need of something to get excited about, Phegley has instantly become the guy.In his first at-bat, the 5-foot-10, 220-pounder pulled the Sox into a 1-1 tie with a solo homer off Cubs starter Matt Garza.“The first home game, you definitely want to get a hit,” Phegley said after the White Sox lost to the Cubs 8-2 and were swept in the four-game interleague series. “The home run was nice, but just like the last one it would have been better if we came out on top.”Phegley also showed he has some defensive skills. In the seventh inning, he threw down to first base and picked off Julio Borbon as Starlin Castro struck out.Besides that, it was another blah game from the White Sox (34-52), who have lost four straight, 10 of their last 12 and 28 of their last 38.At least the door to Phegley’s development on the major-league level is open.At Charlotte, Phegley was hitting .316 with 18 doubles, 15 home runs and 41 RBI in 62 games when the Sox came calling.Listed as only the White Sox’ No. 15 overall prospect by MLB.com at the beginning of the season, Phegley finally put it all together and showed why he was the No. 38 overall draft pick in 2009.“I think it started in spring training with some adjustments with hitting,” said Phegley, who missed most of the 2010 season with a rare blood disorder. “I have always had some power and the ability to hit the ball to all fields, gap to gap.“I think it was just to be in the proper hitting position to start with. I chased a lot of pitches out of the zone, lunging, diving, because I wasn’t in the right spot to swing the bat.“Just starting off so well in Charlotte and having a good season to begin with kind of took the pressure off me to kind of just keep playing my game.”Phegley replaces Tyler Flowers, who started the season as the Sox’ No. 1 catcher in place of A.J. Pierzynski. Flowers has a .205/.257/.367 hitting line.“He’s not going anywhere,” manager Robin Ventura said of Phegley. “Again, he’s up here to play and him and Flo are going to both be playing. So it’s just one of those where he’s not going anywhere.”Given his fast start, it’s going to be tough for Ventura to keep the energetic Phegley out of the lineup.“I think that’s just his personality,” Ventura said. “It’s good to have. Anytime you get a guy like him, you know, he’s just one of those guys that’s kind of born to be a catcher, I guess.“He’s a tough guy. He’s tough-minded. I think tonight it’s one of those where he has a good night and it’s good to see.”sgregor@dailyherald.com

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    Luis Valbuena greets his Cubs teammate Alfonso Soriano after Soriano’s homer off White Sox starter Hector Santiago in Monday’s sixth inning at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Cubs complete sweep of White Sox

    Matt Garza pitched seven strong innings, Alfonso Soriano homered and scored four runs, and the Cubs pulled away late to beat the White Sox 8-2 on Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. Dave Sappelt had a career-high four hits, while Soriano had three. Luis Valbuena drove in three runs, hitting the tiebreaking two-run double and scoring during a five-run eighth.

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    Despite Internet reports Monday, Matt Garza likely won’t be making many more starts for the Cubs, even after his strong outing against the White Sox.

    Garza still likely to be gone from Cubs soon

    With many scouts in attendance, Matt Garza took the mound for the Cubs Monday night against the White Sox on the South Side. Despite reports that the Cubs have entertained a contract extension with Garza, he remains a prime targed to be traded.

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    The Fire signed forward Sherjill MacDonald last summer during the transfer window, but he could transfer back to a European club this summer.

    Rejuvenated Fire still has moves to make

    Just when it seemed this season would be lost, the Chicago Fire made a pair of moves to bring it back to life in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference. With the MLS secondary transfer window opening Tuesday, it’s clear the Fire still needs to make a some moves.

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    The White Sox’ Gordon Beckham has been red-hot at the plate, hitting .417 (20-for-48) in his last 13 games going into Monday against the Cubs.

    Beckham finally lands in second spot in batting order

    Gordon Beckham was back in the No. 2 hole against the Cubs Monday night, which always seemed like his natural spot. As long as Beckham keeps producing, look for him to continue hitting second.

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    Cubs’ Wood not likely to pitch in All-Star Game

    Although Cubs lefty Travis Wood has been selected to play in the All-Star Game, he likely won't pitch. Wood is the Cubs' scheduled starter for this coming Sunday night's game against the Cardinals, and the All-Star Game is Tuesday.

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    Ryan Hartman is proud to be wearing a Blackhawks jersey, as he was on June 30 standing between Stan Bowman, left, and Scotty Bowman after being drafted 30th overall in the first round.

    Hartman excited to be wearing Blackhawks jersey

    It has been a whirlwind week for West Dundee’s Ryan Hartman since the Blackhawks made him their first pick in the draft. And it took until a few days ago for it to finally sink in.

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    Scott Hairston hits a two-run home run during the second inning of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Chicago, Friday, July 5.

    Cubs deal outfielder Hairston to Nationals

    The Cubs' summer sell-off continued Monday as they traded outfielder Scott Hairston to the Washington Nationals for minor-league pitching prospect Ivan Pineyro. Hairston batted .172 with 8 homers in a platoon role for the Cubs.

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    Former Blackhawks left wing Viktor Stalberg is ready to boost a Nashville Predators team that finished 14th out of 15 teams in the Western Conference.

    Ex-Hawk Stalberg believes he can help Predators win again

    Less than two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks, Viktor Stalberg signed a four-year, $12 million contract to join Nashville as part of the Predators’ uncharacteristic free-agent spending spree. “Just from playing against them the last couple of years, I know they’re very well-built and well-coached,” Stalberg said Monday during a conference call with Nashville media. “Hopefully, I can add some offense to that team as well.”

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    Mike North video: Wimbledon a Winner
    Mike North hasn't been too interested in Wimbledon lately, but the match between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic piqued his interest. A victory by Murray, the first by a British man in 77 years, saved the tournament.

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    Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein, right, and general manager Jed Hoyer were the first to target international pool money via trades.

    Kasper: Give Cubs’ front office credit

    For the millionth time, “Moneyball” was not about on-base percentage. Or computers taking over for scouts. It was about exploiting market inefficiencies. Again, repeat after me: It was about EXPLOITING … MARKET … INEFFICIENCIES.

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    White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale’s won-loss record doesn’t indicate just how strong he has been this season, but his all-star selection gives him some much-deserved recognition.

    Rongey: Sale, Crain all-star nods well-deserved

    Though he isn't getting any run support at all, it isn’t all terrible news for White Sox starter Chris Sale as he’s receiving some much-deserved recognition for his work with a second straight all-star nod.

Business

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    The Hoffman Estates village board agreed to let a Goodwill retail store and donation center move into the Hoffman Village Shopping Center, located near Barrington and Golf roads. Village officials say the center has been revitalized since a Mariano’s Fresh Market moved into the center in August 2012.

    Goodwill coming to Hoffman Village Shopping Center

    A Goodwill retail store and donation center will be the newest addition to a shopping center in Hoffman Estates that has seen great improvements since a Mariano’s Fresh Market moved in nearly a year ago. Earlier this month, the village board agreed to let Mayor William McLeod was the only person to vote no to the store. “I personally don’t think this is a very good use for the center,” he said.

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    Seafood restaurant Dover Straits closed late last month after 24 years in Hoffman Estates. Its owner said he's sold the site to a local auto dealership.

    Hoffman Estates seafood restaurant closes after 24 years

    Dover Straits seafood restaurant has shut its doors after 24 years in Hoffman Estates. The restaurant, located at 1149 W. Golf Road, closed Sunday, June 23, according to owner Arthur Metropulos. He said he decided to close the restaurant after Muller's Woodfield Acura car dealership — located on the corner of Higgins Road and Gannon Drive, less than a half mile north of Dover Straits — expressed interest in the property. “We decided to sell to them,” Metropulos said, adding that he had “mixed feelings” about leaving Hoffman Estates. “We could not say no to the offer.” Metropulos said a second Dover Straits location in Mundelein is doing well and will remain open.

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    The Black Ram Restaurant in Des Plaines is reopening next month under new management. The longtime dining staple closed in 2009 after the state suspended its liquor license for failing to pay taxes.

    Former Black Ram restaurant to reopen under new management

    The former Black Ram Steakhouse in Des Plaines, which went belly up after 40 years in business, is slated to reopen soon with a similar name but under new management, city officials confirmed Monday. The new owner, Chicago-based RVI Enterprise LLC, has applied for a liquor license with the city, a city official said. Business owner George Urdov said he expects to reopen the Black Ram restaurant sometime in August. It will not be a steakhouse like the previous eatery, he said.

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    Gurnee’s KeyLime Cove Waterpark Resort is under new management. Veracity Hospitality — a firm founded by the resort’s former general manager — was awarded a management contract by an advisory board representing the resort’s owners.

    Gurnee’s KeyLime Cove gets new management

    KeyLime Cove Waterpark Resort in Gurnee is under new management. Veracity Hospitality, a firm founded by former KeyLime Cove General Manager Dale McFarland, is now operating the 414-suite KeyLime Cove. McFarland, a 25-year hospitality and water-park resort veteran, said in an announcement Monday that Veracity was launched to deliver a unique, customized management approach. That includes strategic asset management and hands-on senior leadership and operations.

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    Guest workers harvest an onion field in Lyons, Ga. Two years after a handful of Southern states passed laws designed to drive away people living in the country illegally, the landscape looks much as it did before: still heavily populated with foreign workers, many of whom don’t have legal authorization to be here.

    Millions more immigrants under the Senate bill

    Landmark immigration legislation passed by the Senate would remake America’s workforce from the highest rungs to the lowest and bring many more immigrants into the economy, from elite technology companies to restaurant kitchens and rural fields.

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    U.S. stocks rose, giving the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index a third straight day of gains, as the start of corporate earnings season fueled increased optimism about growth in the world’s largest economy.

    Stocks gain ahead of corporate earnings kickoff

    Cautious optimism over corporate earnings sent the stock market higher Monday. U.S. companies start reporting their second-quarter results this week, led by aluminum producer Alcoa, the first company in the Dow Jones industrial average to announce results. Other major companies reporting include JPMorgan and Wells Fargo.

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    Billionaire Warren Buffett is giving five charities more than $2.6 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stock.

    Buffett giving $2.6 billion to charities this year

    Billionaire Warren Buffett is giving five charities more than $2.6 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stock as part of his overall plan to give away his fortune gradually.

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    Hostess Brands says the spongy yellow cakes will have a shelf life of 45 days when they start hitting stores again July 15. That’s nearly three weeks longer than when they were last for sale.

    Twinkies to last longer than many may remember

    Twinkies don’t last forever, but they’ll have more staying power than most people remember when they return to shelves next week. Hostess Brands LLC says the spongy yellow cakes will have a shelf life of 45 days when they start hitting shelves again July 15.

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    Associated Press In this June 28, 2013, photo Patrick McGuire of Atwood, Mich., examines sweet cherries growing in his orchard. McGuire says a labor shortage caused by the immigration controversy is making it difficult for him and other Michigan fruit growers to harvest their crops.

    Farmers worry about fate of immigration bills

    From Christmas tree growers in the Appalachians to Wisconsin dairy farmers and producers of California’s diverse abundance of fruits and vegetables, agricultural leaders are pleading with Congress for an immigration bill that includes more lenient and less complex rules for hiring farm workers. Farmers’ complaints about a shrinking labor pool are being overshadowed by the ideologically charged issues of border security and giving legal status to people in the country illegally.

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    Microsoft to buy certain Blue Horseshoe technology

    Blue Horseshoe said Monday that it reached a deal to sell certain lines of warehousing and transportation supply chain technology to Microsoft Corp. for an undisclosed sum. Blue Horseshoe said the technology, which is embedded directly into Microsoft’s existing supply chain offerings, is designed to help streamline distribution and warehouse operations.

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    Fiat exercises option to buy more Chrysler stock

    Italian automaker Fiat has exercised a third option to buy a small amount of Chrysler stock. But the sale won’t go through until a price dispute is settled by a judge. Fiat says it offered $254.7 million on Monday for another 3.3 percent of Chrysler’s outstanding equity.

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    Illinois pension panel to meet in Springfield

    A bipartisan panel tasked with finding a solution to Illinois' massive pension problem is set to meet in the afternoon. Monday marks their third meeting. The 10-member panel formed last month out of a special session on pensions. Lawmakers adjourned without agreeing on a solution to the nearly $100 billion crisis.

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    Michael Dell

    ISS recommends vote for Dell founder’s offer
    A top proxy firm is recommending that Dell shareholders vote in favor of a deal that would allow the company’s founder and an investment firm to buy it and take it private. Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners have offered to buy the Round Rock, Texas-based PC maker for $13.65 per share, or a total of $24.4 billion. But Carl Icahn, Dell’s second-largest shareholder, says he wants Dell to remain publicly traded and boost value by buying back its stock.

Life & Entertainment

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    Ingredients for an ice cream sandwich buffet are all ready for any type of outdoor celebration.

    I scream for ice cream sandwiches

    The beauty of ice cream in summer is you really don't need to do anything to it to enjoy it. Still, sometimes we can't help but tinker with perfection. So we decided to take the season's finest treat and make it even finer. We created a DIY ice cream sandwich buffet perfect for any backyard barbecue. And we quickly discovered the possibilities were mind boggling.

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    Singer Lauryn Hill has started serving a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade. The Grammy-winning singer reported Monday to the federal prison in Danbury.

    Singer Lauryn Hill starts prison sentence for taxes

    Grammy-winning singer Lauryn Hill began serving a three-month prison sentence in Connecticut on Monday for failing to pay about $1 million in taxes over the past decade. Hill reported to federal prison in Danbury, said Ed Ross, a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Prisons.

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    Celine Dion is throwing her star power behind a fellow French Canadian songstress Veronic DiCaire, who is setting up shop across the street in Las Vegas.

    Celine Dion helps launch Canadian artist on Strip

    Perched atop the performer hierarchy in Las Vegas, where she holds court in the Caesars Palace Colosseum, five-time Grammy winner Celine Dion could quite easily sit on her laurels. But the 45-year-old mother of three is using her influence on new projects, working on a new album due out in October and co-producing the show of a fellow French Canadian songstress setting up shop across the street at Bally’s. Veronic DiCaire — a winsome blonde from Ontario with boundless energy and just a wisp of an accent — previously opened for Dion during a 2008 tour stop in Montreal. In late June, she launched a two-month run of “Veronic Voices,” in which she impersonates 50 female artists ranging from Whitney Houston to Carrie Underwood and Lady Gaga.

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    Argentine cash controls bring bargains, headaches

    The Brazilian visitors gawk in wonder as they stroll past shop windows along touristy Florida street in the Argentine capital. The jackets, the shoes — they’re all so cheap when your purse is stuffed with black-market money. Visitors who turn to the streets rather than the banks to swap their dollars in Argentina are getting a bonanza of extra pesos and can shop much more cheaply than back at home.

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    1932 Ford five-window coupe

    Summer job leads boy to 1932 Ford

    Hard work always pays off — just not always in the ways we expect. When a 13-year old Lee Getzelman started a summer lawn-care business, he thought he'd score some hard-earned cash. What he ended up with was this 1932 Ford coupe. “As a kid, I loved the car movies and especially 'American Graffiti,' ” Getzelman said.

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    Scotts Miracle-Gro representative Chris Cerveny, left, and Robin Corathers of Groundwork Cincinnati walk along the Mill Creek Greenway, in Cincinnati. The city of Cincinnati, with the help of ScottsMiracle-Gro’s GRO1000 program, is revitalizing the area near the creek that runs through industrial areas and has long been a problem due to deforestation, pollution and sewer overflow.

    Fruits, vegetables meant to aid Ohio River renewal

    Berry bushes and squash vines, apple and pear saplings, and inches-high corn plants growing now are envisioned to blossom into an “edible forest garden” in urban Cincinnati for the benefit of joggers, bicyclists, hikers and those who simply want to relax along a waterway. Community forest and gardening efforts have been popping up across the country, from Seattle to Pittsburgh, including other urban gardens in this city along the Ohio River. But this new project combines the goals of providing a new source of fresh fruit and vegetables for city dwellers with a long-term effort to renew the river, which has been polluted for decades.

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    Sharon Mary Atkinson describes some of the devastation from Superstorm Sandy to singer Jon Bon Jovi, right, as he walked through his hometown of Sayreville, N.J., with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Bon Jovi is giving $1 million to help the band’s home state recover from Superstorm Sandy.

    Bon Jovi gives $1M to NJ Superstorm Sandy relief

    Jon Bon Jovi went home Monday to present a $1 million check from his band to a fund to help New Jersey recover from Superstorm Sandy. The rocker joined Gov. Chris Christie and first lady Mary Pat Christie to announce the donation during a ceremony where the native son rocker got bigger cheers than the popular governor. “My being here is not political,” Bon Jovi said during a news conference in front of the borough hall in the central New Jersey town. “It’s emotional.”

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    Caleb Followill and Kings of Leon are reaching out to help Oklahoma after a series of tornadoes killed dozens of people last spring with a benefit concert in Oklahoma City featuring The Flaming Lips, Jackson Browne and Built to Spill.

    Kings of Leon join in to help Okla. tornado relief

    When tornadoes devastated parts of Oklahoma earlier this year, members of Kings of Leon decided to help out the people of the state that’s been a huge part of their lives over the years. “It just felt like something we could lend a hand to,” Jared Followill said. The Kings of Leon’s Rock for Oklahoma: A Benefit Concert for Oklahoma Tornado Victims will happen July 23. It’s the third big fundraiser in the wake of the storms that killed dozens and uprooted thousands. The Followills invited Oklahoma City residents The Flaming Lips and Jackson Browne and Built to Spill to participate in the concert at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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    Many men are reluctant to get regular medical checkups

    Getting men to see a doctor — before it's too late

    What is it with men not going to the doctor? Experts offer many explanations for the behavior, most of them rooted in how little boys are taught to handle a scraped knee on the playground. “From a very early age, boys — more than girls — are encouraged to be tough, to ignore pain, to shake off injuries and to keep going,” said Glenn Good, dean of the College of Education at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

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    Nigella Lawson

    Saatchi says he is divorcing Nigella Lawson

    Prominent art collector Charles Saatchi said Sunday he is divorcing his celebrity chef wife Nigella Lawson because she did not publicly defend his reputation after images emerged of him grasping her throat in a posh London restaurant. Tabloid newspapers last month published photos of the incident, which Saatchi described as a “playful tiff” during an intense debate about the couple’s children.

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    Musician Steve Grand, right, and actor Nicholas Alan appear in Grand’s music video “All-American Boy.” Grand’s self-financed, gay-themed video has been viewed more than a quarter-million times since it was posted on YouTube July 2.

    Gay-themed music video a YouTube hit

    He’s a musician without a record label, a card holder without any remaining credit. And the gig that supplies what he calls “food money” may now be in jeopardy. But after events of the last week, Steve Grand said “I would die a happy man today,” and not for the reasons he’s suddenly getting attention. Grand’s first music video, for his country-tinged rock ballad “All-American Boy,” was posted on YouTube last Tuesday. By last night, it had exploded, attracting more than 400,000 total views, an impressive figure for one from a complete unknown whose only promotion has been Internet buzz.

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    A swimmer approaches a statue meant to depict actor Colin Firth performing as Mr. Darcy, a character in Jane Austen’s novel “Pride and Prejudice,” at the Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park, London, on Monday.

    Statue of Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy rises from lake

    It’s Colin Firth, but not as we know him. He’s 12 feet (3.7 meters) tall and made of fiberglass. A statue of brooding Mr. Darcy, the character played by Firth in “Pride and Prejudice” has been installed in London’s Serpentine lake.

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    “Despicable Me 2,” starring Lucy, voiced by Kristen Wiig, and Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, ran away with the July Fourth box office, leaving the Johnny Depp Western “The Lone Ranger” in the dust.

    ‘Despicable Me 2’ routs ‘Ranger’

    The minions of “Despicable Me 2” ran away with the July 4th box office, leaving the Johnny Depp Western “The Lone Ranger” in the dust. According to studio estimates Sunday, the Universal animated sequel took in $82.5 million over the weekend and $142.1 million across the five-day holiday window. Gore Verbinski’s reimagining of the iconic lawman bombed for the Walt Disney Co., opening with just $29.4 million over the weekend, and a disappointing $48.9 million since Wednesday.

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    Traveling abroad means taking health precautions

    Officials at the World Health Organization note that non-immune individuals from malaria-free countries who travel to high risk areas are particularly vulnerable to malarial disease. Individuals who have lived for years in malaria-endemic areas can develop partial protection and are then less likely to develop severe malaria, but are never completely immune to the disease.

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    ‘Almost anorexia’ requires intervention now

    My teenage daughter is obsessed with her weight. She doesn’t eat enough, and although she’s thin, she believes she’s fat. Could she be anorexic?

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    Certain foods can help strengthen teeth, especially in children.

    Your health: Eating for your teeth

    Some old dental advice that still may be helpful is to chew parsley as a “natural” way to brush teeth when you’re in a pinch. In fact, there are a number of foods that can benefit tooth health, especially in children, according to the American Dental Association, as reported in The Washington Post.

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    “Pacific Rim” fulfills a very basic boyhood fantasy: big ol’ robots and giant monsters slugging it out. The concept to Guillermo del Toro’s “Godzilla”-sized film is about as simple as it gets, but actually constructing such mammoth creations is a far more arduous undertaking.

    Del Toro’s ‘Pacific Rim’ resurrects the Kaiju film

    The appeal of “Pacific Rim” isn’t complicated. Like the kind of boyhood fantasy that delights in flying men and relishes dreams of dinosaurs, “Pacific Rim” is predicated on the simple, childlike thrill of seeing big ol’ robots and big ol’ monsters slug it out. Guillermo Del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” constitutes a large-scale attempt to bring Japan’s beloved Kaiju movies — their monster films, of which Ishiro Honda’s 1954 “Godzilla” is the most famous — to American shores.

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    Joe holds a Marx Brother prop duck during the taping of the popular appraisal show “Antiques Roadshow,” in Anaheim, Calif. The top-rated PBS series is on the move, taping programs in eight U.S. cities for its upcoming 18th season.

    Hit ‘Antiques Roadshow’ keeps on trucking for PBS

    The items arrive by the thousands, borne on furniture dollies, in Radio Flyer wagons or nestled carefully in owners’ arms. The hodgepodge parade consists of paintings, teapots, firearms, mannequins decked out in military uniforms and more. Much more. Grade-schoolers have show-and-tell for their treasures. The adult counterpart is PBS’ “Antiques Roadshow,” which has become an institution as it approaches its 18th season and holds fast as public television’s highest-rated series.

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    Are sunscreen chemicals something to worry about?

    As the season of bare skin and scorching sun draws near, you — like so many other people — may find yourself scratching your head over sunscreen. Yes, skin protection is essential, especially with skin cancer rates on the rise in many populations around the world. But sunscreens come with often confusing labels and long, unpronounceable lists of chemical and other ingredients. How do you know which are safe to slather on you or your kids?

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    Camp owner Mackenzie (Rachel Griffiths) must cope with a young staff, a site in need of repairs and a rival who wants to buy her land in NBC’s summer series “Camp.”

    New NBC series 'Camp' reflects a laid-back summer feel

    Movies scary and sweet have been set in summer camps, but NBC’s “Camp” looks to be the first TV drama in one. The 10-episode series, premiering Wednesday, July 10, unfolds over a summer. As Mackenzie, the camp’s owner, Rachel Griffiths has had a rough time of it, with her husband leaving for a younger woman, the camp needing repairs and issues with her teenage son. “She has a fantastic, the-glass-is-full view of life,” Griffiths says.

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    Convincing a stubborn man to get to the doctor
    How do you help the men you love overcome the obstacles and get to the doctor? Several health expert provided some helpful recommendations.

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    Memory loss is very common as people age and doesn’t automatically indicate dementia.

    Getting a little forgetful? It doesn’t always signal dementia

    It’s a thought that crosses many middle-aged minds when a word is forgotten or a set of keys misplaced: Is this a fluke, or the first sign of dementia? The ability to call up words is one of the first things to slip. Still, most of us would like to retain our mental acuity as we age. Isn’t there something we can do that’s proven to keep our minds sharp? Right now, the short answer is no.

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    Autism tied to air pollution

    Researchers seeking the roots of autism have linked the disorder to chemicals in air pollution and, in a separate study, found that language difficulties of the disorder may be due to a disconnect in brain wiring. Researchers from Harvard University’s School of Public Health found that pregnant women exposed to high levels of diesel particulates or mercury were twice as likely to have an autistic child compared with peers in low-pollution areas. The findings, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, are from the largest U.S. study to examine the ties between air pollution and autism.

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    Berries are packed with antioxidants and add some color to a diet.

    Let’s count the benefits of natural carbs

    It’s true that many people eat too many carbs. Many processed foods, which make up a majority of American’s diets, are high in carbs and low in nutrients. But this doesn’t mean that all carbs are bad. Many of them, in fact, are not only healthy, but necessary for optimal health. Ntural carbohydrates, such as berries or avocados, will give you energy as well as a wide range of nutrients.

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    Protect SNAP to keep kids fed
    A Chicago letter to the editor: Congressional cuts to SNAP could kick more than 2 million people off the program entirely and could drastically reduce benefits for another 850,000 households. This would have meant millions of kids around the country wouldn’t have enough to eat.

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    Vaccine story was missing one side
    A Winfield letter to the editor: As any good journalist knows, you need a powerful anecdote to tell your story. Not once in the 80 inches of copy, however, did the writer present the viewpoint of the many parents who have lost children to vaccine-preventable diseases.

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    Board’s decision kept rights intact
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: I would like to thank the members of the Bartlett Village Board for their decision to not define an "assault weapon" and more importantly their decision to not infringe on the constitutional rights of their law abiding citizens.

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    Some ideas to fix our pension systems
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I agree with much of Rep. Tom Morrison’s letter of June 21. The pension system here in Illinois is the worst in the nation and needs a major overhaul. Apparently the problem was caused by what Illinois politicians do best: spend money they don’t have, protect their power and watch the carnage as highly skilled union negotiators slap the state, local and school negotiators around until they get the unrealistic, unaffordable concessions they want.

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    Do those who apologize deserve forgiveness?
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Paula Deen is the latest in a long line of such admissions, contritely attempting to explain her actions toward minorities in her business in past years. Two well-known televangelists, after 9/11, gave testimony that the tragedy was the result of divorce, homosexuality and the influence of gays in American society. After being rebuked by the public at large, they also apologized. And millions believed them.

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    Common Core is a step backward
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: The next year, 2014, has more than Obama-care to implement. In 46 of the 50 states, including Illinois, a collision is about to occur with a new teaching system called Common Core. If you haven't heard about it , you are not alone.

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    Decisions of past led to school closings
    A Wheeling letter to the editor: It seems that the people who are the most vocal about the city of Chicago closing schools are the same people whose parents were vocal about their children going to school in portable classrooms (trailers). Logic tells us that during the years that the baby boom children were in school there would be a shortage of classroom space. Couple that with the city’s shrinking population and one has to expect the closing of schools.

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    Hey, why not make everyone carry a gun?
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: Think about it. If everyone knew that everyone else over the age of, let’s say, 12 is armed, I believe most crimes such as abuse, robbery and rape would diminish dramatically. Oh, there might be a few more killings, but that would might be the price we have to pay for our safety and security.

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    Eating contests waste needed food
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: You recently ran a Back Page story titled “He ate 69 hot dogs.” While I know it is popular for summer festivals to hold eating contests, I find it gluttonous and unconscionable.

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    Neighbors want to talk about cell tower
    Letter to the editor: Lisa Wilson and her Palatine neighbors are hoping AT&T can be talked into moving their equipment off the cell tower in their neighborhood.

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    Memory of the old drive-in on Route 53
    Letter to the editor: Donald Miller of Palatine remembers how he used to watch the movies at the old 53 Outdoor Theater.

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    Village should dump Turkish sister city
    Letter to the editor: Roman Golash of Palatine argues that Schaumburg should not be picking a sister city in Turkey.

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    Palatine: Approve Gardens proposal
    Letter to the editor: Venus Gintowt ofPalatine hopes the Village Council votes July 8 to approve the Catherine Alice Gardens project.

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    Tri-village Relay another big success
    Letter to the editor: "On behalf of the Hanover Township officials and all the staff and volunteers, I would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support for the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood event last month," writes Hanover Township Supervisor Brian McGuire.

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    Tree removal increases neighborhood flooding
    Letter to the editor: If Arlington Hts. goes through with its plan to cut down all the ash trees, neighborhood flooding will exponentially increases, writes Christine Sacks.

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