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    Melissa Palmer, who’s battling the rare Pompe disease, discusses her treatment with Dr. Richard McDonough, who diagnosed her as having the potentially fatal genetic condition. “He saved my life,” Palmer says.

    Inverness woman’s doctor helps her fight rare disease

    If not for the neck brace Melissa Palmer is wearing these days following a recent surgery to keep her spine straight, an outside observer might not know she was any different from any other suburban wife and mother. But what no one can see, and what not even she knew until few years ago, is that the 40-year-old Inverness woman has spent a lifetime battling a rare and potentially fatal genetic...

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    Harold Weary

    Harold Weary, one of Mount Prospect’s most honored citizens, dies at 105

    Mount Prospect lost one of its best-known, most-decorated citizens Friday when Harold Weary, 105, passed away. “We were truly blessed to have him in our community for so long. He was an example to all of us and will be deeply missed,” said village Trustee Paul Hoefert.

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    This photo taken Feb. 10, 2014, shows Matthew McMeekin, along with his mother, Bebe McMeekin, posing for a photograph at their home in Bethesda, Md. Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions spent on government programs to help them. Even when they find work, it's often part time, in a dead-end job or for pay well below the minimum wage. McMeekin, 35, of Bethesda, Md., has spent 14 years working at Rehabilitation Opportunities Inc., a nonprofit sheltered workshop where he and other disabled workers are bused each workday to stuff envelopes, collate files or shrink-wrap products _ all for far less than the state minimum wage of $8.25 an hour.

    Intellectually disabled struggling to find work

    Most Americans with intellectual or developmental disabilities remain shut out of the workforce, despite changing attitudes and billions spent on government programs to help them. Even when they find work, it's often part time, in a dead-end job or for pay well below the minimum wage.

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    Walgreens in the Batavia Plaza on Wilson Street in downtown Batavia. The city council Monday gave permission for a new store to be built slightly to the east of the shopping center and agreed to help pay for the cost of building it.

    Batavia OKs new Walgreens for downtown

    Three years after it was proposed, a deal to build a new Walgreens store in downtown Batavia was approved Monday night. And the city council agreed to pony up $1.143 million worth of incentives to help pay for it. “This has been a three-year, up-and-down, through-the-loops and over-the-falls” issue, Mayor Jeff Schielke said.

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    A Vernon Hills Public Works snowplow clears Deerpath Road before rush hour traffic Monday. Snow fell throughout the day in Lake County.

    Monday’s snow creates a mess; floods next?

    Snow Monday created a slow, messy commute home and delays for travelers as the additional snowfall earned this winter the title of fifth snowiest in recent history, meteorologists said. A snowfall that dumped another 5 to 7 inches throughout the area tapered off before 9 p.m., said meteorologist Eric Lenning with the National Weather Service. The service reported 5.6 inches in Geneva, 6.2 in...

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    Metra train slamming car in Des Plaines caught on video

    An outbound Metra train on the Union Pacific line struck a vehicle in Des Plaines this afternoon, Metra says.

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    Palatine sign rejection leads to confrontation

    A shouting match erupted outside the council chambers after a plan to install a sign for a local flower shop was rejected by the Palatine village council Monday night.

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    Retired Australian judge Michael Kirby, chairman of the commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, shows a UN letter to North Korean leader warning on-accountability for ‘crimes’ Monday during a news conference at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. A U.N. panel has warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians in the secretive Asian nation. Kirby told the leader in a letter accompanying a yearlong investigative report on North Korea that international prosecution is needed “to render accountable all those, including possibly yourself, who may be responsible for crimes against humanity.”

    Kim Jong Un warned by U.N.

    A U.N. panel warned North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday that he may be held accountable for orchestrating widespread crimes against civilians in the secretive Asian nation, ranging from executing and torturing prisoners to systematic abductions and starving mass populations. It is unusual for a U.N. report to directly implicate a nation’s leader.

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    Elk Grove Village is locked into a 40-year water contract with Chicago for another decade, but village officials already are starting to explore cheaper alternatives. Officials are peeved with recent rate increases from Chicago, including a 25 percent hike in 2012 and 15 percent last year.

    Elk Grove’s Mayor Johnson wants to point water-rate finger at Emanuel

    Elk Grove Village is trying to find a new, cheaper water source, even though the village is locked into a contract with Chicago for another decade. Elk Grove Mayor Craig Johnson recently expressed frustration with the latest set of water bills received by residents that reflect the city of Chicago’s most recent water rate increase.

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    Passengers are evacuated Monday from a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines Plane on the airport in Geneva, Switzerland. A hijacked aircraft traveling from Addis Abeda, Ethiopia, to Rome has landed at Geneva’s international airport early Monday morning. Swiss authorities have arrested the hijacker.

    Co-pilot hijacks plane to Geneva, seeks asylum

    An Ethiopian Airlines co-pilot locked his colleague out of the cockpit, hijacked a Rome-bound plane and landed Monday in Geneva, all in an attempt to seek asylum in Switzerland, officials said. The Boeing 767-300 plane with 202 passengers and crew had taken off from the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa and landed in the Swiss city about 6 a.m. Officials said no one on the flight was injured and...

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    Governor candidates back new building plan

    With the largest statewide public construction program in Illinois history nearing its end, all of the 2014 candidates for governor say the state should approve another one. But their ideas on what it should look like and how to pay for it vary.

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    Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights officially has dropped a controversial plan to tear down eight homes it owns to make room for additional parking.

    Arlington Hts. church backs off parking expansion, will sell 8 homes

    Controversial plans to expand the parking lot at Orchard Evangelical Free Church are officially off the table, the Arlington Heights church announced Monday, along with the news that they will be selling eight homes once set for demolition. The church previously planned to tear down those homes to expand its parking lot, but dropped the plan after prolonged and vocal opposition by neighbors.

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    Pete Schaefer is stepping down as the CEO of the Northern Illinois Food Bank after three years at the helm. The food bank improved its infrastructure and increased the number of hungry people it served under his tenure.

    Northern Illinois Food Bank seeking new CEO

    After just about exactly three years on the job, Pete Schaefer is stepping down as the CEO of the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Geneva. Schaefer, a former McDonald's executive, is going back to working with his wife at her communications company. The food bank grew rapidly under his leadership.

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    District 93 reaches tentative 5-year deal with teachers

    Bargaining teams for Carol Stream Elementary District 93 and its teachers union have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract. Teachers are expected to vote on the deal over the next few weeks and, if they approve it, the school board is expected to ratify the contract at a March board meeting.

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    Richard Welton

    Honor for Gurnee ex-mayor Richard Welton postponed

    Poor weather Monday night led to postponement of a village board meeting that would have been a celebration of Gurnee’s longest-serving mayor. If heavy snow had not hit, Mayor Kristina Kovarik was prepared to recommend a long-vacant 1-acre site on Old Grand Avenue become the Richard A. Welton Village Plaza.

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    Mark S. Feely

    Police: Drunken Batavia man fought with rescuers

    A 52-year-old man fought with Batavia authorities and paramedics who tried to help him after he got drunk and passed out in the street near his home, police said. Mark S. Feely, of the 200 block of North Harrison Street, Batavia, faces an array of felony and misdemeanor charges after authorities were called at 9:30 p.m. Saturday to the corner of Jefferson and Houston streets. “He was...

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    Open house on well water

    The Lake County Health Department in March is offering several activities in observance of National Groundwater Awareness Week including an open house from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 at the Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road, Libertyville.

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    Learn about birds in the Waukegan Dunes

    The Lake County Audubon Society meeting on Monday, March 3, will feature a presentation by Ed Collins, director of land preservation and natural resources for the McHenry County Conservation District, about birds in the Waukegan Dunes.

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    July 4 planning in Lincolnshire

    The village of Lincolnshire and the Lincolnshire Community Association are looking for volunteers interested in helping plan the annual 4th of July Red, White and Boom celebration.

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    MHS singers win prize

    Mundelein Lights, the Mundelein High School all-female show choir, was named Grand Champion at the Monona Grove, Wis., Silver Stage Show Choir Invitational on Saturday.

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    Keep that water running; service lines now freezing

    Add this to the list of woes this winter: Water service lines are freezing. Public works officials in the Tri-Cities and other suburbs say they've seen a spike in calls and have advice to avoid the problem.

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    Tri blotter

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    State Rep. Stephanie Kifowit, left, congratulates her shopping assistant, Bonnie Wegman of the Marie Wilkinson Food Pantry, after Kifowit’s shopping spree time expired Monday at the Jewel-Osco in Batavia.

    Batavia mayor, state rep wage battle for groceries — and charity

    Batavia Mayor Jeff Schielke and state Rep. Stephanie Kifowit raced each other to fill shopping cart after shopping cart full of nonperishable food items for charity as part of the 13th annual Farm Bureau Food Check-Out Challenge. Kifowit edged the mayor with $1,273.87 worth of groceries, less than $50 more than Schielke. “Tennis shoes does give you an advantage,” she said.

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    Traffic makes its way along Route 64 in downtown St. Charles Monday morning.

    Images: Monday Snow, Feb. 17
    Images of a winter storm in the suburbs of Chicago on Monday, Feb. 17. Several inches of snow accumulated rapidly in the middle part of the day.

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    CUB to answer utility questions in Des Plaines

    Representatives of the Citizens Utility Board will be in Des Plaines Wednesday night to answer questions about utility expenses. CUB, a nonprofit consumer group, is sponsoring the session with the city of Des Plaines where residents will be able to get a free one-on-one analysis by CUB professionals on how to spot billing errors and avoid common pitfalls and scams.

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    Congressmen host Palatine job fair

    Congressmen Tammy Duckworth and Brad Schneider are hosting a hiring event Thursday at Harper College in Palatine. Jobseekers will have the chance to meet face-to-face with more than 40 employers who are expected to participate in the job fair. Each employer is seeking to fill at least one position, officials said.

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    Lisa Gregoire will take over in July as principal at Isaac Fox Elementary School in Lake Zurich.

    New principal at Lake Zurich’s Isaac Fox Elementary School

    Lisa Gregoire has been hired to take over as principal in July at Isaac Fox Elementary School in Lake Zurich. She'll replace the retiring Jill Brooks. Isaac Fox serves prekindergarten through fifth grade.

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    Snow piles up along the unplowed road just north of the Lords Park pool in Elgin. Resident Mike Robins says the city should plow the entirety of the park’s road.

    Elgin resident wants Lords Park road plowed — all of it

    Elgin resident Mike Robins is on a mission to change the city’s practice of leaving some roads unplowed at Lords Park, but Public Works Superintendent Dan Rich said there is no real need to do that. “We get 1,000 requests per year based on ice and snow removal,” he said. “That particular area serves little public benefit.”

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    Weather postpones suburban gambling hearing

    State Rep. Robert Rita has postponed a public hearing on expanding gambling in Illinois because of severe winter weather. The hearing was set for this evening in Tinley Park.

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    DCFS chief admitted to theft 20 years ago

    The new director of Illinois’ child-welfare agency pleaded guilty to stealing money from clients of a Chicago social-service agency 20 years ago, according to a published report.

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    Missing student’s family offers $15,000 reward

    The family of a missing Southern Illinois University student from Morton Grove has offered a $15,000 reward for information into the 19-year-old sophomore’s disappearance.

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    Clockwise from top left, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford and Bruce Rauner are seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

    Senate leader warns of $3 billion budget hole

    Senate President John Cullerton warned Monday of a nearly $3 billion state budget gap — including a $1.6 billion revenue dip with the expiring income tax increase — and called on the Republicans running for governor to offer solutions.

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    SIU names new president

    A former Illinois state superintendent of education has been chosen as Southern Illinois University’s new president. The SIU board of trustees announced Monday that Randy J. Dunn will be the university’s eighth president, replacing Glenn Poshard. Poshard is retiring in June.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A man in his late 30s stole a diamond ring valued at $9,000 around 6:32 p.m. Feb. 16 from Kohl’s, 800 W Dundee Road, Arlington Heights. The man asked to see several rings before asking to look at the most expensive ring. He picked it up and fled, the jewelry employee said.

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    Frank Bart

    Wauconda trustees not sold on plan to outsource 911 services

    Wauconda trustees aren’t sold on a newly unveiled proposal to outsource the village’s 911 services as a cost-savings measure. “The safety of our community is the priority, and saving money is secondary,” Trustee Teri Burke said.

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    Second Engage200 session focusing on student achievement

    Student achievement will be the topic Wednesday when Wheaton Warrenville Unit District 200 holds its next community engagement session. The topic was chosen by the facilitating team for Engage200, the community engagement program designed to collect input to help shape the district’s future.

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    Man dies in Mundelein parking lot accident

    A 64-year-old man died after being hit by a vehicle in a Mundelein parking lot Saturday afternoon, authorities said. John Rozanacki of Mundelein was pronounced dead at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville at 1:23 a.m., Sunday, said Orlando Portillo, chief deputy coroner of the Lake County Coroner's Office.

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    Jazz director Bryan Itzkowitz rehearses the Holmes Middle School jazz band in Wheeling in preparation for the upcoming Jazz in the Meadows competition.

    Holmes school ready for Jazz in the Meadows competition

    Jazz in the Meadows, featuring almost 50 high schools and 15 middle schools, is Saturday. The chance to win top honors at the acclaimed 29-year-old festival has bands bringing out their best stuff. Holmes Middle School in Mount Prospect is coming off a win at the North Shore Jazz Festival, while Cooper Middle School in Buffalo Grove has won eight of the last 11 times.

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    Bridgett and Meggan Grahn froze 600 six-pound bricks of ice on their mother’s patio to build an igloo in the front yard.

    Mt. Prospect igloo becomes family affair

    For the Grahn family in Mount Prospect, winter boredom turned into one giant project — a 3,600 pound igloo in the front yard made out of 600 six-pound blocks of colored ice. Mary Grahn, who lives on the 1300 block of East Thayer Street, said two of her daughters, Bridgett, 34, and Meggan, 32, who live in Des Plaines, came to her with the idea, which she believes they researched on a...

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    Eric Barron, left, answers questions from the media after being unanimously voted in to become the University’s 18th president, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 in State College, Pa. Barron replaces current Penn State President Rodney Erickson, who will retire this summer.

    Penn State names FSU’s Barron as new president

    STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Eric Barron, a former professor and dean at Penn State University and president of Florida State University, was chosen Monday to lead Pennsylvania’s largest university as it continues grappling with fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal. He’ll bring with him the experience of managing a major state university known as much for its for storied athletic...

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    Organizers of the second annual Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon and Half Marathon will seek approval for a new route when they come before the Naperville City Council on Tuesday. Last year's inaugural race started on the campus of North Central College; this year's would start at Naperville Central High School.

    Naperville Marathon proposes new course to include more neighborhoods

    The route for the second annual Edward Hospital Naperville Marathon could be set as soon as Tuesday night, when Naperville City Council members are scheduled to vote on the course during a meeting at 7 p.m. in the municipal center, 400 S. Eagle St. If the proposed route is approved, the race will start Sunday, Nov. 9 on Hillside Road adjacent Naperville Central High School, and there will be no...

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    A woman trapped in the rubble of a collapsed resort building waits to be rescued in Gyeongju, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. South Korean police and news reports say that dozens of university students are feared trapped after a building’s roof collapsed because of recent heavy snowfall.

    S. Korea resort roof collapses, 9 dead

    SEOUL, South Korea — The roof of a resort auditorium collapsed during a welcoming ceremony for South Korean university freshmen, killing nine and likely trapping about 10, officials said Tuesday.

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    This handout photo provided by The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows Arctic sea ice in 2013. The Arctic isn’t nearly as bright and white as it used to be because of more ice melting in the ocean, and that’s turning out to be a global problem, a new study says. With more dark, open water in the summer, less of the sun’s heat is reflected back into space. So the entire Earth is absorbing more heat than expected, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    Study: Arctic is darker, Earth is warmer

    WASHINGTON — The Arctic isn’t nearly as bright and white as it used to be because of more ice melting in the ocean, and that’s turning out to be a global problem, a new study says.

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    In this Feb. 15, 2014 file photo, Russian police officers watch a men’s ice hockey match between USA and Russia on a large video screen at an entertainment venue associated with the 2014 Winter Olympics, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Sochi hotel guests are walking, unchecked, past unused metal detectors. Security guards are no longer poking around at the pockets and ankles of every single person entering Olympic facilities. Tangerines and bottles of Coke are making it through security barriers that banned them two weeks ago. For all the warnings that security in Sochi would be invasive and aggressive, it’s appearing more uneven, and in places almost relaxed.

    In Sochi, Olympic security increasingly uneven

    SOCHI, Russia — Sochi hotel guests are walking, unchecked, past unused metal detectors. Security guards are no longer poking around at the pockets and ankles of every single person entering Olympic facilities. Tangerines and bottles of Coke are making it through security barriers that banned them two weeks ago.

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    An Egyptian policeman inspects a damaged bus after a deadly explosion Sunday near the Egyptian border crossing with Israel in Taba, Egypt, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014. An explosion tore through a bus filled with South Korean sightseers in the Sinai Peninsula on Sunday, killing at least four people and raising fears that Islamic militants have renewed a bloody campaign to wreck Egypt’s tourism industry.

    Egypt: Sinai bombing raises worries on tourism

    CAIRO — A deadly suicide bombing that hit a bus of South Korean Christians visiting Biblical sites in Egypt and Israel has raised fears that Islamic militants battling security forces in the Sinai Peninsula are turning to target foreign tourists, a potential new blow to a struggling industry vital to Egypt’s economy.

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    Fashion designer’s body found in Hudson River

    NEW YORK — The New York City medical examiner says autopsy results are inconclusive for a fashion designer found floating on the Manhattan side of the Hudson River.The medical examiner’s office said Monday that more tests are needed to determine the cause of 55-year-old Michele Savoia’s death.

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    A third person has died after a house fire Dec. 18 on Field Court in Naperville. Allen Belaguas, 21, of Orland Park, who was in the home as a live-in caregiver, died Sunday, authorities said.

    Caregiver’s death raises toll to 3 in Naperville fire

    Allen Belaguas wanted to travel the world and become a nurse, but those dreams were cut short when fire struck the Naperville home where he had just begun working as a live-in caregiver. Belaguas, 21, of Orland Park, died Sunday at a hospice facility — less than two months after being critically injured Dec. 18 in an accidental house fire that killed the couple for whom he was caring, Tom...

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    Pope Francis holds up the holy host Sunday as he celebrates a Mass on the occasion of his visit to the San Tommaso Apostolo parish church on the outskirts of Rome.

    Pope opens critical week for reform, family issues

    Pope Francis is opening the most critical week of his year-old papacy: Two commissions of inquiry on Vatican finance will report their recommendations for reform and preparations get under way for a summit on family issues that will deal with the widespread rejection by Catholics of church teaching on contraception, divorce and gay unions.

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    A father and children look on as Vladimir Luxuria, left, a former Communist lawmaker in the Italian parliament and prominent crusader for transgender rights, speaks out about gay rights while walking through the Olympic Plaza at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. Luxuria was soon after detained by police upon entering the Shayba Arena to attend a women’s ice hockey match.

    Gay rights activist detained at Olympic Park

    SOCHI, Russia — An Italian activist shouting “It’s OK to be gay” and dressed in a rainbow-colored outfit and large headdress was detained Monday as she entered an arena to watch an Olympic hockey game.

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    Biesterfield Road lighting upgrades on tap in Elk Grove

    Traffic signals and streetlights will be upgraded starting next month along Biesterfield Road in Elk Grove Village. The work will include installation of LED signal modules and street name signs, replacement of emergency vehicle pre-emption devices, and painting of traffic signal and streetlight poles, officials said.

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    Deadline to register to vote in Illinois is Tuesday

    Election officials say there’s still time to register to vote for the March 18 primary. The deadline is Tuesday. It’s the first time that 17-year-old Illinoisans will be able to vote. They must be 18 by the Nov. 4 General Election to qualify. Cook County Clerk David Orr says nearly 1,000 17-year-olds have registered to vote in Cook County alone.

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    Vernon Hills residents Iriana Heyer and her daughter, Elsa, 5, sled down the hill at Century Park in Vernon Hills on Thursday after two days of falling snow produced almost 17 inches of snow. Nearly 50 people took advantage of the thick, fresh snow to enjoy the winter wonderland at the park.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features domestic violence awareness events, a visit with a local Olympic hockey referee, and time spent with The Fonz.

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    A trapped illegal miner at a disused gold mine shaft near Benoni, South Africa, is bought to the surface Sunday. Debris trapped a group of miners who were working illegally in an abandoned mine in South Africa, but rescue workers cleared the mine shaft entrance and at least 11 miners were escorted to safety Some of the miners still below the surface in the gold mine shaft near Johannesburg appeared to be reluctant to emerge because of fears they would be arrested.

    South Africa: Rescued miners face charges

    At least 21 miners in South Africa who were trapped by debris in an abandoned mine shaft and later rescued face charges of illegal mining, authorities said Monday. Ten miners emerged from the mine shaft near Johannesburg on Monday, one day after emergency responders rescued a group of 11, the South African Press Association reported. The men were in good health and rescue workers handed them over...

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    Bomb scare at UK naval base declared false alarm

    LONDON — Police say a package that sparked a security incident at the Royal Navy warfare school in southern England did not pose a threat.The Ministry of Defense earlier said it was dealing with a security incident at HMS Collingwood.

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    Israeli bank chief blames slowdown on demography

    JERUSALEM — Israel’s central bank chief says demographic changes such as aging and the larger proportion of Arabs and ultra-Orthodox Jews in society threaten the country’s long-term growth prospects.

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    Iran says may send forces into Pakistan territory

    TEHRAN, Iran — Tehran’s interior minister has warned Pakistan that Iranian forces may enter Pakistani and Afghan territory to released border guards seized by a rebel group.Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli’s remarks on state TV come a week after the little-known Jaish al-Adl posted photos on Twitter of five men it claims are border guards it seized near Pakistan.

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    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, is ushered by Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa before a meeting Monday at the Foreign Ministry office in Jakarta, Indonesia.

    Kerry accuses Assad of stonewalling in peace talks

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday accused Syrian President Bashar Assad of stonewalling in peace talks and called on Russia to push its ally to negotiate with opposition leaders. “Right now, Bashar al-Assad has not engaged in the discussions along the promised and required standard that both Russia spoke up for and the regime spoke up for,” Kerry said during a press...

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    Husband, wife died in retirement home shooting

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Authorities say the two people who died in an apparent murder-suicide at a Bloomington retirement center were a married couple.The Monroe County coroner says 77-year-old Robert White and 76-year-old Ruth White died at Meadowood Retirement Community’s health pavilion from gunshot wounds.

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    Indiana lawmakers to debate meth lab disclosure

    INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana lawmakers are set to consider a bill that would require houses once used as methamphetamine labs to be reported online.The state Senate Civil Law Committee is scheduled to hear testimony Monday on the measure. The bill also would transfer control of the reporting website from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute to Indiana State Police.

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    Fire forces Northeast Indiana food pantry to move

    ALBION, Ind. — A northeastern Indiana food pantry has been forced to relocate after it was damaged from a fire in an upstairs apartment in its building.The Albion Fire Department says the Sunday fire was contained to the apartment, but the Central Noble Food Pantry had its ceiling collapse and other water damage.

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    Purdue gets $5M gift from anonymous donor

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University has received a $5 million gift from an anonymous donor that will finance scholarships and efforts to make the school more affordable for students.University officials say the gift has matching elements that could ultimately provide more than $9 million for students.

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    Wisconsin DNR offers free searches for rare species

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin wildlife officials are offering to search 100 properties for rare plants and animals for free. The Department of Natural Resources will choose the properties through a lottery. Interested landowners can enter the drawing through the DNR’s website through March 10. Winners will be chosen on March 11 and notified by March 14.

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    Former Studebaker complex may get historic status

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Some South Bend residents want to seek national historic landmark status for the remnants of the city’s former Studebaker Corp. complex.Indiana Landmarks regional director Todd Zeiger says national historic status would make the buildings eligible for federal rehabilitation tax credits.

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    Indiana attorney general warns of home security scams

    INDIANAPOLIS — Attorney General Greg Zoeller (ZEL’-ur) is warning Indiana residents to be wary of calls and door-to-door solicitors offering home security or alarm systems.

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    Dawn Patrol: Lawmakers have plan for agency; Christmas tree lights up house

    Lake County lawmakers want to dissolve Fox Waterway Agency; burning Christmas tree causes Gurnee area house fire; Elgin Academy marks 175th year as rare independent school; school funding deal faces election year hurdles; Mayers helps Blackhawks fans relive Stanley Cup run

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    Sushmitha Suresh, a sophomore at Metea Valley High School in Aurora, practices her singing not long after her voice was featured as part of a Super Bowl commercial for Coca-Cola. Sushmitha, 15, sung part of “America the Beautiful” in Hindi for the commercial, which promoted the theme “America is Beautiful.”

    Aurora teen’s passion shines in Super Bowl ad

    Silence is rare in the life of Sushmitha Suresh of Aurora, who is always singing or playing piano. But silence was all the 15-year-old could hear during the second quarter of the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, when she was awaiting a Coca-Cola commercial that would feature her voice, singing part of "America the Beautiful" in Hindi. “Every time a commercial would come, it would be dead...

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    Meryl Davis and Charlie White, of the United States, compete in the ice dance short dance figure skating competition Sunday at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. The pair will compete this morning to be the first ice dancers from the US to take home the gold.

    Weekend in Review: ECC player saved on court; Skaters poised for gold
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Arlington Heights native sells temporary tattoos with Biblical twist; some GOP governor candidates would allow gambling expansion; a new office environment comes to suburbs; 8th District candidates not worried about facing Duckworth; 'Happy Day's actor stops by Woodridge; charges in Valentine's Day robbery in Naperville; ECC player saved from death on...

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    Martin Oberman will have his hands full as Metra's new chairman. The former independent Chicago alderman was selected as chairman of the agency's board last week.

    Metra's new chairman lays out agenda

    How does a bicycle-riding, bow tie-wearing, Rahm Emanuel appointee who lives in Lincoln Park fit as chairman of an agency considered to be suburban turf? Like a glove, Martin Oberman says. “There is no need for the idea of a competition or jealousy between city and suburbs,” he said.

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    In a summer drill that did not involve students, SWAT members approach Gifford Street High School in Elgin. The team was training to respond to a call about multiple shooters.

    Debate continues on shooting drills with students

    A new state law requires all schools to conduct at least one "active shooter" drill every school year. Many suburban school districts, though, have been doing them well before they were mandatory. But one area of disagreement is whether these realistic drills, with SWAT teams and staged casualties, should involve students. “Kids in our system don’t know school without those kinds of...

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    Magician and mentalist Dennis Watkins will bring his “mind-boggling” show to Waubonsee Community College Saturday, March 1.

    Magician and mentalist to entertain at Waubonsee

    Some of Dennis Watkins' favorite moments as a showman come when he can't see his audience's reaction to the amazing thing he has just done, given that his eyes are covered by coins and duct tape.

Sports

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    Girls basketball: Monday’s scoreboard
    Monday’s results*At Rolling MeadowsLake Zurich 37, Libertyville 33Lake Zurich — Pirron 1 1-2 3, Baumannn 1 2-2 4, Dawson 1-2 1, Kuehr 0 2-2 2, Nasca 0 0-0 0, McGinnis 2 0-0 4, Daleske 8 3-4 19, Holbrook 1 0-0 2. Totals 14 9-12 37.Libertyville — Piazzi 2 0-0 4, Van Roeyen 2 0-2 4, Katz 2 0-0 4, Wilterdink 0 0-0 0, Mudd 3 1-1 7, Lynch 0 0-0 0, Deichl 2 2-4 7, Eyre 0 0-0 0, Keefe 2 3-5 7. Totals: 13 6-12 33.Lake Zurich 9 19 8 11 —37Libertyville 10 4 10 9 —333-point baskets: Lib: DeichlFouled out: none.*jacobs 54, larkin 47Jacobs - Surges 1 2-2 5, Sidor 1 5-8 7, Grady 1 3-4 5, Richman 1 0-0 3, Barnec 4 3-3 12, Williams 0 5-6 5, Frighetto 1 0-0 2, Powell 2 2-2 7, Mangieri 0 2-4 2, Cook 1 0-0 3, Lach 0 1-2 1, Hernande 0 2-2 2. Totals 12 25-33 54.Larkin - Kyles 8 4-9 23, McGhee 2 0-2 5, Hill 2 0-0 4, Evans 1 3-4 5, Martinez 4 0-0 8, Patterson 1 0-0 2, Casebeer 0 0-0 0, Washington 0 0-0 0, Wahl 0 0-0 0, Chwee 0 0-2 0, Lindsey 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 7-17 47.Jacobs 6 16 14 16 —54Larkin 10 9 18 10 —473-point baskets: J - Surges, Richman, Barnec, Powell, Cook; L - Kyles 3, McGhee.Fouled out: L - Casebeer, Washington.*dundee-crown 58, elgin 30Elgin - Powers 0 3-7 3, Berg 2 7-8 12, Eckholm 1 0-0 2, West 2 0-0 4, Milosevic 1 2-2 4, Pierre-Louis 1 0-0 2, Harvey 0 0-0 0, Panthier 1 1-2 3, Griffin 0 0-0 0, Hernandez 0 0-0 0, Granger 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 13-19 30.Dundee-Crown - Scarpelli 3 0-0 9, Lococo 2 0-0 5, Barker 4 0-0 11, Laboy 2 1-2 5, E. Michalski 1 2-4 4, Faulkner 3 0-0 6, Lawrence 0 0-1 0, A. Michalski 2 4-6 8, Baker 3 0-0 6, Tabor 0 0-0 0, Petty 2 0-0 4. Totals 22 7-13 58.Elgin 2 8 10 12 —30Dundee-Crown 24 13 13 8 —583-point baskets: E -- Berg; D-C — Scarpelli 3, Barker 3, Lococo.*cary-grove 60, grant 28Grant – Drake 1 2-6 4, Wold 1 0-0 3, Jasmine Sangster 2 0-0 4, Julia Sangster 1 0-0 2, Filip 0 0-0 0, Troemel 0 0-0 0, Kanzler 4 3-3 12, Cross 0 0-0 0, Weaver 0 0-0 0, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Hundley 1 0-0 3, Paul 0 0-0 0. Pecorini 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 5-9 28.Cary-Grove – Barker 6 3-3 17, Clemment 1 0-0 2, Glaysher 2 2-2 6, Wilcyznski 1 0-0 2, Jones 0 0-0 0, Cunningham 3 0-0 6, Miller 0 0-0 0, Jakubicek 2 0-0 4, Kendeigh 6 0-0 14, Pilut 1 0-0 2, 0 0-0 0, Sopchyk 0 0-0 0, Priester 0 0-0 0, Prank 2 2-2 6, Townsley 0 1-2 1. Totals 24 8-9 60.Grant 6 7 10 5 —28Cary-Grove 14 13 17 16 —603-point baskets: G — Wold, Kanzler, Hundley; C-G — Kendeigh 2, Barker 2.*Class 4A Wheaton North regionaldowners Grove south 31, west chicago 25West Chicago — Molskow 3 1-2 8, Gimre 1 0-0 2, Windisch 1 2-3 5, Kusper 1 0-2 2, Earls 3 0-0 6, Williams 1 0-2 2, Sartore 0 0-0 0, Culloton 0 0-0 0, Ricci 0 0-0 0, Warkins 0 0-0 0. Totals 10 3-9 25.Downers South — Hardy 1 4-4 6, Porlier 5 1-4 11, Rugienius 2 1-2 5, Wesalcwki 3 2-2 8, Wronkiewicz 0 1-2 1, Rock 0 0-0 0, Landrosh 0 0-0 0, Easley 0 0-0 0, Ruder 0 0-0 0, James 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 9-14 31.West Chicago 9 6 0 10 —25Downers South 6 10 8 7 —313-point baskets: WC: Windisch, Molskow.Fouled out: WC: Warkins. DGS: Porlier.*Glenbard west 45, fenton 31Glenbard West — Hayes 4 0-0 10, Burrello 2 1-2 6, Vivoda 1 0-0 2, Buchholz 3 5-6 11, Black 1 0-0 2, Daggett 0 2-2 2, Daniels 2 3-4 7, Graham 2 0-0 5, Villafania 0 0-0 0, Topka 0 0-0 0, Potter 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0, Kiel 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 11-14 45. Fenton — Leschewski 4 3-5 11, Guarino 3 3-4 11, Wilson 1 0-0 3, Fritz 0 6-10 6, Bango 0 0-0 0, Mora 0 0-0 0, Susmarski 0 0-0 0, Andrews 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 12-19 31.Glenbard West 14 12 9 10 —45Fenton 8 6 8 9 —313-point baskets: GW: Burrello, Graham, Hayes (2). F: Guarino (2), Wilson. Fouled out: None*At Buffalo GroveBuffalo Grove 64, Round Lake 15

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    Melissa Solorio

    Solorio gets 1,000th point for Elk Grove

    Melissa Solorio’s final free throws in Monday’s 55-26 victory over Addison Trail in the Class 4A Batavia regional are two the senior will never forget. They put her in elite company, giving her 1,000 points for her four-year varsity career.

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    Metea Valley sees good things ahead

    The Naperville-area boys swimming sectional is thought by many to be the toughest in Illinois, and this year’s host Metea Valley is poised to make a strong bid for the sectional team title in addition to qualifying a number of swimmers for state.

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    Ellen Daniels of Glenbard West, left, looks to shoot the ball as Rachael Leschewski of Fenton, right, defends in regional quarterfinal girls basketball at Wheaton North on Monday.

    Glenbard West takes step forward with regional win

    Glenbard West is gaining confidence at just the right time. The Hilltoppers won their second game in their last three, taking their Class 4A Wheaton North girls basketball regional quarterfinal from Fenton 45-31 Monday night.

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    Jacobs’ Jennifer Barnec (34) drives past Larkin’s Haley Casebeer (23) to score during Monday’s regional action in Algonquin.

    Free throws key Jacobs over Larkin

    It is too bad that this installment of the Jacobs girls basketball team wasn’t around when Shaquille O’Neal shot free throws during his NBA career. As hosts of the Class 4A regional, the Golden Eagles could have taught Shaq how to actually shoot a free throw. Jacobs showed Larkin what happens when you put the Eagles in the double bonus with 6:30 left in the fourth quarter. Jacobs made 15 of 20 from the line in the fourth quarter Monday night to seal a 54-47 win over Larkin that puts the fifth-seeded Eagles in Tuesday’s 6 p.m. semifinal against top-seeded South Elgin, which beat the Golden Eagles 80-42 on Nov. 26.

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    Buffalo Grove’s Julie Jambrone, left, and Bri Kolbus, right, pressure Round Lake’s Raven Nicoline during Class 4A regional play at Buffalo Grove on Monday night.

    Callahan, Buffalo Grove go deep against Round Lake

    Maddy Callahan never shot a 3-pointer as a member of the Thomas Middle School girls basketball team or the Buffalo Grove freshman ‘A’ squad. “I played post my whole life,” said the Buffalo Grove junior guard. “I just started getting 3-point range going into my sophomore year.” Callahan, who wears No. 14 for Paul Konerko of the White Sox, is now hitting 3-pointers like Konerko hits home runs. She added three more to her total on Monday night — all in the game’s first 12 minutes — and finished with a game-high 17 points as No. 11-seeded Buffalo Grove topped No. 21 Round Lake 64-15 in the play-in game of the Bison’s Class 4A regional.

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    Tough defense lifts Cary-Grove over Grant

    Aggressive and stifling. Those words aptly describe Cary-Grove impressive defensive effort in a 60-28 win over Grant in semifinal action of the Class 4A Cary-Grove girls basketball regional Monday night.

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    Bev Horne/bhorne@dailyherald.com West Chicago’s Natalie Warkins, right, looks to shoot around Claire Hardy of Downers Grove South in regional quarterfinal girls basketball at Wheaton North on Monday.

    Downers Grove South ousts West Chicago

    A sluggish offense that plagued West Chicago much of this season reared its ugly head again Monday night, but that’s not to say the Wildcats went down without a big fight. At Monday’s Class 4A regional opener at Wheaton North, No. 13 seed Downers Grove South blanked No. 20 West Chicago in the third quarter on its way to a 31-25 victory. The Mustangs (9-15) led 24-15 after three quarters and looked in control with a 26-15 lead midway through the fourth quarter before the Wildcats rallied to get within 4 despite missing four free throws down the stretch.

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    West Chicago’s Natalie Warkins, right, looks to shoot around Claire Hardy of Downers Grove South in regional quarterfinal girls basketball at Wheaton North on Monday.

    Downers Grove South ousts West Chicago

    A sluggish offense that plagued West Chicago much of this season reared its ugly head again Monday night, but that’s not to say the Wildcats went down without a big fight.At Monday’s Class 4A regional opener at Wheaton North, No. 13 seed Downers Grove South blanked No. 20 West Chicago in the third quarter on its way to a 31-25 victory. The Mustangs (9-15) led 24-15 after three quarters and looked in control with a 26-15 lead midway through the fourth quarter before the Wildcats rallied to get within 4 despite missing four free throws down the stretch.“We just couldn’t put it all together offensively. That’s kind of been the story of our season,” said West Chicago coach Kim Wallner, whose team closes the season at 5-23. “You can look at our record and maybe say the kids were packing it in. But they’re all crying in there because that’s a character thing with this group. This might not have been my most talented team basketball-wise, but it’s probably one of my nicest, and I’m proud of what we accomplished.”Downers Grove South wasn’t at the top of its offensive game either, but the Mustangs played strong defense and made just enough shots to advance to Tuesday’s regional semifinal against No. 4 Wheaton North. Downers South trailed 9-6 after one quarter as Shelly Molskow had 5 of her team-leading 8 points in the opening quarter for the Wildcats.With Ava Porlier scoring three baskets and freshman Addyson Wesalcwki adding two field goals, the Mustangs moved ahead 16-15 at the half and then used an 8-0 blanking in the third quarter to take control of the low-scoring affair.For Porlier, a junior who led all scorers with 11 points, it was nice to finally claim a postseason win after losses in the first round in each of the last two seasons.“We haven’t gotten one (regional win) in God knows how long,” she said. “My freshman year we lost to a good West Aurora team, and last year we had Elk Grove and they were real good too. So it’s good to get our first regional win and hopefully we can get another one tomorrow.”Claire Hardy, the Mustangs’ leading scorer this season, did not score in the first three quarters, but she opened the fourth quarter with a pair of free throws and later made both ends of a one-and-bonus situation to give her team a 31-22 lead with 23.7 seconds to play. West Chicago’s Kelsy Windisch followed with a 3-pointer as the Wildcats rebounded from the goose egg in the third quarter by tallying 10 points in the final quarter before coming up short.“I figured in the fourth quarter they’d go to their man just to put more pressure on us because they were down quite a bit,” first-year Downers South coach Lyndsie Long said. “We just need to learn to handle pressure better, and not leave our ballhandlers stranded. We need to play better together and not freak out.”Madeline Earls, one of six senior regulars who will be missed next season, had 6 points for the Wildcats. For the Mustangs, Wesalcwki finished with 8 points and Hardy scored her 6 all in the final quarter.

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    Highland Park tops Deerfield

    Girls basketballHighland Park 56, Deerfield 53: No. 18 Highland Park upset No. 14 Deerfield at the Buffalo Grove Class 4A regional.Dahlia Cohen led Highland Park with 16 points.North Chicago 70, Lakes 47: In the Class 3A regional at North Chicago, the host Warhawks cruised to victory.Lake Forest postponed: The Class 4A regional game at Lake Forest between Warren and the host Scouts was postponed to Tuesday due to inclement weather.

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    Dundee-Crown’s Jesania Laboy (32) shoots and scores against Elgin during Monday’s regional action in Algonquin.

    Dundee-Crown’s fast start does in Elgin

    After No. 3 seed Dundee-Crown opened up with 5 three-pointers and outscored No. 6 Elgin by 22 points in the first quarter of the Chargers’ 58-30 Class 4A Jacobs regional win Monday night, Elgin coach Dr. Nick Bumbales perfectly summed up how the Chargers advanced to Tuesday’s regional semifinal against No. 2 Streamwood.

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    Daleske digs in, and Lake Zurich moves on

    Her streak had to end somewhere, and the moment came early in the fourth quarter. That’s when Lake Zurich forward Elly Daleske made a gorgeous bounce pass to teammate Megan Holbrook for the score. What Holbrook’s tally ended was a third-quarter domination by Daleske. She scored every single point Lake Zurich posted in the third quarter. Daleske, a soccer player, was clearly the best basketball player on the court in Monday’s regional opener at Rolling Meadows. Her 19 points were the decided difference as the Bears (8-18) upset 10-game winner Libertyville, 37-33. It also avenged two earlier losses to the Wildcats during North Suburban Conference play.

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    Images from the Larkin vs. Jacobs girls regional basketball game Monday, February 17, 2014 in Algonquin.

    Images: Larkin vs. Jacobs girls basketball
    Larkin and Jacobs met up in the first round of girls regional basketball action Monday night in Algonquin.

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    Images from the Elgin vs. Dundee-Crown girls regional basketball game Monday, February 17, 2014 in Algonquin.

    Images: Elgin vs. Dundee-Crown girls basketball
    Elgin and Dundee-Crown met up in the first round of girls regional basketball action Monday night in Algonquin.

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    Photos from the West Chicago vs. Downers Grove South girls basketball game Monday, Feb. 17 at Wheaton North High School.

    Images: West Chicago vs. Downers Grove South girls basketball
    West Chicago played Downers Grove South in the Class 4A Wheaton North girls basketball regional quarterfinal Monday, Feb. 17 at Wheaton North High School.

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    The Brewers’ Matt Garza flips a baseball into a bucket after covering first base on an infield grounder during spring training practice Monday in Phoenix.

    Garza settles in with Brewers

    Fitting in with a new team is old news for Matt Garza. Over the past eight seasons, he’s pitched for Minnesota, Tampa Bay, the Chicago Cubs and Texas, compiling a 67-67 record with a 3.84 ERA.

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    Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer signs autographs for fans Friday after the Tigers’ first day of spring training for pitchers and catchers in Lakeland, Fla.

    Tigers still team to beat in AL Central

    Despite some big changes — on the field and in the dugout — the Detroit Tigers are still the class of the AL Central, and they’re prohibitive favorites to finish first in the division for the fourth straight season. As for the White Sox, a .500 showing and third-place finish behind the Tigers and the Royals would have to be considered a positive year after last season’s disaster. Here’s a closer look at the competition in the Central.

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    Richie Incognito sure appears to be someone who needed help with the issue of bullying long before he reached the NFL.

    Maybe we have this bullying thing backward

    The widespread concern is that bullying in the NFL will trickle down to the grade school, high school and college levels. Maybe the concern should be that bullying is trickling up from childhood to adulthood.

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    He was inserted in the game for his defense, but Joakim Noah of the East Team also contributed 8 points in Sunday’s NBA All Star basketball game in New Orleans.

    Awkwardness aside, Noah enjoyed all-star moment

    When Joakim Noah talked about the all-star experience being weird and awkward, he meant the part about strolling into the locker room and pretending to be pals with players who are sworn on-court enemies. Catching passes from LeBron James and helping the East all-stars end a three-game losing streak to the West — nothing awkward about that.

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    St. Louis Cardinals infielder Matt Carpenter handles a grounder during spring training practice Sunday in Jupiter, Fla.

    Division doesn’t make things any easier for Cubs

    The bad news for the Cubs is that three teams in the National League Central made the playoffs last season. One of them, the St. Louis Cardinals, made it to the World Series before falling to the Boston Red Sox. The Cubs will find it difficult to escape the Central cellar again this season. Here is a look around the division as spring training gets into full swing.

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    Stephens enjoying strong freshman season at Purdue

    Making the huge step from high school hoops to college basketball at a Division 1 school can be a daunting task for any freshman. Kendall Stephens is not your average freshman.

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    Costas returns to Olympic coverage

    Bob Costas returned as host for NBC’s prime-time Olympic coverage Monday night, if still not exactly clear-eyed, at least with a sharpened sense of respect for the colleagues and crew who covered for him during a six-day absence.

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    Mundelein’s Brust approaching milestone with Badgers

    Wisconsin senior guard Ben Brust will be looking to reach a milestone on Saturday when the Badgers travel to Iowa City to meet the Iowa Hawkeyes. The former Mundelein star needs 2 points to become the 38th member of Wisconsin’s 1,000-point club.

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    Elk Grove sets aside a day for Scholten

    Last October, toward the end of the girls volleyball season, Conant High school paid tribute to Peggy Scholten, who is retiring after 37 seasons as Cougars girls volleyball coach. One of the ways she was honored was by the re-naming of the long-running Early Bird Classic to the “Peggy Scholten Invite.” Two months later, Scholten had something else named for her — a day. Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson and the village trustees issued a proclamation at the December Elk Grove Village Board meeting honoring Scholten by proclaiming Tuesday, Dec. 17 “Peggy Scholten Day” in Elk Grove Village.

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    Nebraska’s Benny Parker drives against Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine during the first half of Sunda’s game in East Lansing, Mich. Nebraska won 60-51.

    Upstart Huskers, Creighton fuel Nebraska hoops pride

    The state of Nebraska is basking in basketball glory. The Creighton Bluejays lead the Big East and are in line for their highest NCAA tournament seed. The Nebraska Cornhuskers upset then-No. 9 Michigan State on the road Sunday for their fifth win in six games.

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    Florida State relief pitcher Jameis Winston is the sixth Heisman winner to play college baseball after winning the award and the first since Bo Jackson in 1986.

    Heisman winner records a save

    Florida State’s Jameis Winston made his 2014 college baseball debut this weekend with the Seminoles in a season-opening series against Niagara, facing six batters over two innings for his first save of the season.

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    Gold medal winner Anton Kushnir of Belarus celebrates after his final jump during men’s freestyle skiing aerials Monday at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Another gold for Belarus in aerials

    This was a high five Anton Kushnir will never forget. Five spins into the frosty night air followed by a near-perfect landing gave Kushnir the gold medal Monday and wrapped up a sweep of aerials gold at the Sochi Olympics for Belarus.

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    Germany’s Andreas Wank, left, and Marinus Kraus, right, congratulate teammate Severin Freund after learning they won the gold during the ski jumping team competition Monday at the Sochi Olympics.

    Germany wins team gold in Olympic ski jumping

    With the gold medal on the line, Severin Freund made his final jump, then hoped it would be enough to give Germany victory in the team large hill ski jumping competition Monday at the Sochi Olympics. Flying off the hill was the easy part.

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    Megan Bozek of the United States celebrates her goal against Sweden.

    Images: Winter Olympics, Monday, February 17th
    Images of Monday at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Highlights include a victory in women's hockey and a goal by Buffalo Grove native Megan Bozek, figure skating, bobsled, and much more.

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    USA forward David Backes celebrates his goal against Slovenia Sunday during the 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena in Sochi, Russia.

    Unbeaten men’s hockey teams prepare for big finish

    Canada, Sweden and the U.S. men all made it through the first week of the Olympic hockey tournament without a loss. Their reward is an extra day off before the medal chase begins. Early perfection isn’t always an advantage in this tense tournament, however. No team that went unbeaten in group play has won an Olympic gold medal since the NHL joined the games in 1998.

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    Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States compete in the ice dance free dance figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Davis, White of U.S. win Olympic ice dance gold

    Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the gold medal in ice dance Monday, the first Olympic title in the event for the United States. Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada, the 2010 champions, took silver. Russia’s Elena Ilinykh and Nikita Katsalapov captured bronze.

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    The team from the United States USA-1, piloted by Steven Holcomb and brakeman Steven Langton, celebrate after their final run to win the bronze medal Monday during the men’s two-man bobsled competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Zubkov rolls to Olympic 2-man bobsled gold medal

    Winless in the last three years in two-man bobsledding, Alexander Zubkov picked the perfect time and place to put that streak to an emphatic end. At the Olympics. On home ice. No one was even close, either. The 39-year-old Russian found magic in all four of his runs, teaming with Alexey Voevoda to finish 0.66 seconds ahead of the Swiss team of Beat Hefti and brakeman Alex Baumann to win the gold medal at the Sochi Games.

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    United States skier Mikaela Shiffrin stands on the alpine skiing training slopes Monday at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    U.S. teen Shiffrin’s notes helped prep for Olympics

    American skier Mikaela Shiffrin travels the world with her journals, filling them with thoughts about her sport and her life. A good chunk of what the 18-year-old has put on paper lately is related to preparing for her Olympic debut — in the giant slalom Tuesday, when she planned to contend for a medal, and the slalom Friday, when she will be an overwhelming favorite.

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    Megan Bozek of Buffalo Grove celebrates her goal against Sweden Monday during the second period of the 2014 Winter Olympics women’s semifinal ice hockey game at Shayba Arena Monday in Sochi, Russia.

    U.S. women coast past Sweden 6-1 in Olympic hockey

    The work began before the U.S. women’s hockey team reached the medal round, before it arrived in Sochi, before the roster was even selected. Four years ago, the Americans left the Olympics with a silver medal. And Julie Chu was determined to be back. “When that buzzer goes off and it erupted in the arena and we fell short of our goal of being the best in the world, that hurts,” the four-time Olympian said after the United States beat Sweden 6-1 on Monday to reach the gold medal game in Sochi.

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    Mike North Video: NBA all-star game didn’t disappoint
    With a combined total of more than 300 points scored, the NBA all-star game was entertaining, and the Cleveland Cavalier's Kyrie Irving just might give ex- Cav LeBron James something to think about.

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    Dutch speedskaters whippin’ the world in Sochi

    They stepped onto the podium, one after another, teammates and friends, all decked out in the same uniform. And if there had been room for one more, she would’ve been wearing orange, too. The Dutch, you see, are just about racing against themselves at the Olympic speedskating oval.

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    Earlier start for women’s Olympic giant slalom

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Start times for the Olympic women’s giant slalom on Tuesday have been pushed forward by 90 minutes.Race organizers say the first run will now begin at 9.30 a.m. and the second at 1 p.m.Rain and snow is forecast to begin falling on Tuesday morning and continue through the afternoon.After days of sunshine in the mountains, temperatures of zero degrees C (32 degrees F) are expected at race time.Four years ago, the women’s giant slalom was raced over two days because of weather problems.

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    China’s skip Liu Rui, center, delivers the rock to sweepers Zang Jialiang, left, and Ba Dexin Monday during men’s curling competition against Britain at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    China through to semifinals in men’s curling

    China beat Britain 6-5 to qualify for the Olympic semifinals in men’s curling on Monday, leaving the British to play a tie-breaker against Norway for the final spot in the playoffs. The tie-breaker will be played Tuesday.

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    Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal addresses members of the media Monday at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Svindal is leaving the Olympics because he has problems with allergies and fatigue, the Norwegian men’s Alpine skiing coach said Monday.

    Norway’s Aksel Lund Svindal pulls out of Olympics

    Aksel Lund Svindal tells The Associated Press that he’s skipping his last race at the Olympics because of allergies he thinks are “from the concrete that’s in the air.”

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    Frenzel a “50-50” chance for Nordic large hill

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Normal hill gold medalist Eric Frenzel has a cold and a high temperature and is considered only a “50-50” chance of competing in Tuesday’s large hill final in Nordic combined at the Sochi Olympics.A member of the German team told Olympic officials Monday that a decision on whether Frenzel would compete would be delayed until Tuesday. Frenzel has seven wins in 11 World Cup meets this season.The 25-year-old Frenzel did not participate in any of the three ski jumping training rounds Monday at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center.

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    An athlete walks in a tunnel leading to the biathlon track Monday at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. After days of warm weather at the Sochi Olympics, fog up in the mountains is causing an even bigger disturbance. Thick fog rolled in over the mountains in Krasnaya Polyana on Sunday night and was still lingering on Monday, and the limited visibility forced organizers to delay a biathlon race and cancel the seeding runs in a snowboard event.

    Thick fog causes delays at Sochi Olympics

    Thick fog lingered over the mountains at the Sochi Olympics on Monday, forcing the postponement of a biathlon race and snowboard event until Tuesday. The fog rolled in over the mountains in Krasnaya Polyana on Sunday night and showed no sign of dissipating by Monday afternoon.

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    A Canadian snowboarder heads down the slope with a snowboard in his hand Monday after the men’s snowboard cross competition had been cancelled due to fog at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Olympic men’s snowboardcross pushed to Tuesday

    The Olympic men’s snowboardcross has been pushed back to Tuesday because of fog. Officials postponed the race early Monday afternoon after a heavy fog blanketing Rosa Khutor Extreme Park failed to lift.

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    Meeting for small business owners Thursday in Elgin

    Small business owners in Elgin will get the chance to sound off on the city’s business climate at a meeting organized Thursday by two city council members. The goal is to hear concerns and recommendations about what the city should start, stop or continue doing, Councilwoman Anna Moeller said. Councilman John Steffen is the co-organizer; City Manager Sean Stegall will be present as well.

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    A BNSF Railway train hauls crude oil near Wolf Point, Mont. With potentially-explosive shipments increasing 40-fold in recent years as North American crude production booms, the railroad industry, at the urging of the Obama administration and safety officials in the U.S. and Canada, is considering a closer look at the risks posed by trains that now carry hazardous liquids through every region of the country.

    Train accidents stir worries about crude transport

    At least 10 times since 2008, freight trains hauling oil across North America have derailed and spilled significant quantities of crude, with most of the accidents touching off fires or catastrophic explosions. The derailments released almost 3 million gallons of oil, nearly twice as much as the largest pipeline spill in the U.S. since at least 1986. And the deadliest wreck killed 47 people in the town of Lac-Megantic, Quebec.

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    Oil price above $100 on US heating fuel demand

    The price of oil extended gains above $100 a barrel Monday as the cold weather in the United States increased demand for heating fuels and solid Chinese credit numbers eased concerns over the world’s number 2 economy.By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for March delivery was up 49 cents to $100.79 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Friday, the Nymex contract fell 5 cents to close at $100.30.“The ongoing cold weather in the U.S. is continuing to lend support to energy prices,” analysts at Commerzbank in Frankfurt said in a note to clients. They added that prices are likely to correct, possibly as much as several dollars, once the cold weather abates, as happened at the start of last year.For now, though, oil prices have been supported by favorable credit growth numbers from China, which suggested the Chinese economy is not suffering a dramatic slowdown.Lending by Chinese banks and in the largely unregulated underground market rebounded to 2.6 trillion yuan ($430 billion) in January from December’s 1.2 billion yuan, according to the central bank. Lending usually surges at the start of a new year but January’s rise exceeded forecasts and might help to ease worries about cooling retail sales, manufacturing and other activity. Brent crude, which is used to set prices for international varieties of crude, was down 5 cents to $109.03 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.In other energy futures trading in New York:— Wholesale gasoline rose 2.26 cents to $2.9707 a gallon.— Heating oil added 3.06 cents to $3.0209 a gallon.— Natural gas soared 24.7 cents to $5.47 per 1,000 cubic feet.

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    Retired circuit judge Sam Payne, left, announces Friday that Volkswagen employees voted to deny representation by the United Auto Workers union as Frank Fischer, Chairman and CEO of the Volkswagen Group of America, center, and Gary Casteel, UAW Region 8 Director, look on from behind in Chattanooga, Tenn. The multiyear effort to organize Volkswagen’s only U.S. plant was defeated on a 712-626 vote Friday night amid heavy campaigning on both sides. Mike Jarvis, who was among the group of workers in the plant that organized to fight the UAW, said his colleagues were unwilling to risk hurting the plant.

    After UAW defeat, can GOP fulfill promise of jobs?

    Republicans fighting a yearslong unionization effort at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee painted a grim picture in the days leading up to last week’s vote. They said if Chattanooga employees joined the United Auto Workers, jobs would go elsewhere and incentives for the company would disappear.

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    “Mici,” the Romanian version of a Turkish dish, spicy grilled sausages, popular across the Balkans, are grilled in a restaurant in Bucharest, Romania. Officials in Brussels have agreed that spicy “mici”, grilled meat bullet shaped delicacies which rely on a pinch of bicarbonate of soda for their distinctive succulent flavor and puffy texture will be permitted under European Union rules, the Romanian Meat Association says.

    Romanian sausage to be saved under new EU rules

    Romania’s national dish looks like it will be granted a reprieve under new European Union rules. The Romanian Meat Association says officials in Brussels have agreed that bicarbonate of soda, which gives spicy “mici” bullet-shaped grilled meat delicacies their springy texture, will be permitted by the EU.

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    Gary Cohen

    Lincolnshire entrepreneur tees off with new TeeOff.com

    Gary Cohen of Lincolnshire isn’t much of a golfer. He just dabbles, he says.But that hasn’t held him back from taking on the CEO position at EZLinks Golf in Chicago and relaunching an upgraded TeeOff.com to provide discounted tee times. The website offers reservations at about 1,250 golf courses nationwide, the Caribbean, Mexico and elsewhere. From that group, about 100 courses are in the Chicago and suburban area. “It was a little difficult to find great tee times online before, so we were trying to make it easier for people to golf locally and find great discounts,” said Cohen, 52.Cohen has been with EZLinks since August 2012 and jokingly said the website’s launch happened during the Polar Vortex about a month ago. But that didn’t stop some duffers from reserving times in Hawaii, Mexico or other warm areas. The company also provides an answering service for those golf courses.The New York born-and-raised Cohen came to the Chicago area to earn his MBA at the University of Chicago in the late 1980s and then plunged into the entrepreneur’s lifestyle. He cofounded Cruise Technologies in Arlington Heights and then MusicNow, which was later sold to Circuit City and then to AOL, he said.Just before joining EZLinks, Cohen was senior vice president of marketing and customer experience at Oakbrook Terrace-based Redbox. So how did he go from movies to golf? It’s all part of the entertainment experience.“There was a great opportunity here with a dynamic, growing technology company,” he said.And like Redbox helped to change the DVD industry, he aims to help EZLinks change the golf booking industry, he said.“I’m the type who spends more times behind the scenes to help build businesses and focus on the consumer,” he added.Zurich exec in D.C. Lindene Patton, chief climate product officer for Zurich Insurance in Schaumburg, testified last week in front of U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs at a hearing on “Extreme Weather Events: The Costs of Not Being Prepared.” Zurich is committed to creating sustainable and resilient communities and Patton shared with the committee an insurance industry perspective on the current state of our nation’s resilience to extreme weather events and the economic importance of investing today in improving resilience.Restaurant owner to mark 50Edward Wolowiec will mark 50 years this June for his Port Edward Restaurant on the Fox River in Algonquin. The restaurant has been featured in the past by “Check Please” and “Best of Chicago” and received the “Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.” FastTrackJeff Thames, director of franchise sales for Erbert & Gerbert’s Sandwich Shop, a national sandwich chain known for its gourmet subs, is expanding to Elgin and is planning to open 10 locations within the next few years. ... Mark Panzer, president and CEO of Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy Inc., will join Hoffman Estates-based Sears holdings as senior vice president and president of the pharmacy. He will be responsible for the oversight and leadership of the company’s pharmacy business under the Kmart format, both in-store and online.Executive Director Skip Strittmatter said she has promoted Beth Marchetti to deputy director for the DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau in Oak Brook. She has worked for the DuPage CVB since December 1999. ... Earvin “Magic” Johnson, former point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers, was at Northbrook-based Allstate last week to talk to kids about the role of education in his life, including the importance of staying in school and his transformation from athlete to businessman.

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    How to find business on LinkedIn: Target market

    LinkedIn is supposed to get me business, right? Not necessarily. Small Busines Columnist Jim Kendall expores this issue with experts.

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    Massage Envy locations growing in suburban area

    We interview the owners of Massage Envy in Geneva Commons.

Life & Entertainment

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    Look to the stars during Astronomy Night at Volo Bog State Natural Area in Ingleside.

    Weekend picks: Gaze at the stars from Volo Bog

    The Lake County Astronomical Society will spend an evening gazing at the stars from Volo Bog. The Chicago Golf Show tees off Friday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. And local comedian Pat McGann slings some stand-up at Zanies in St. Charles.

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    In this April 29, 1964 file photo, etiquette expert Cathy Bauby shows how puffing a cigarette like a steam engine shows that one is behind the “Jet Age” and doesn’t care how one looks, during a demonstration in New York. Fifty years on, health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America.

    Is the end of smoking in sight?

    Health officials have begun to predict the end of cigarette smoking in America.

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    Stephen Colbert, right, dumped pennies all over Jimmy Fallon and his desk and posed in a selfie with him during Fallon’s “The Tonight Show” debut on Monday.

    Big stars help Fallon debut on ‘Tonight’

    As promised during the much-promoted run-up to his “Tonight Show” debut Monday night, Jimmy Fallon made no drastic changes to the “Late Night” formula that had served him for five years. He remained funny, gracious, bubbly and, above all, comfortable presiding over a show that was different mostly for its earlier time slot, its classier production values and legendary brand name. “We can book people from the West Coast?!” he joked at his newfound status.

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    This Oct. 29, 2009 file photo shows, David Crosby in the press room at the 25th Anniversary Rock & Roll Hall of Fame concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. Crosby has undergone heart surgery and he’s postponing sold-out California shows. Publicist Michael Jensen tells City News Service on Monday that the 72-year-old Crosby had a cardiac catheterization last week to fix a blocked coronary artery.

    David Crosby postpones shows after heart surgery

    Rock performer David Crosby has undergone heart surgery and is postponing his sold-out California shows. Publicist Michael Jensen tells City News Service that the 72-year-old had a cardiac catheterization last week to fix a blocked coronary artery.

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    Check out the deals at Weber Grill during Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week.

    Chefs count on Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week deals to fill the house

    Chicago Northwest Restaurant Week runs Feb. 20 to March 2 and highlights dining opportunities in the northwest suburbs. More than 30 restaurants, from casual bistros and pizzerias to steak houses and fine-dining restaurants, are on board with exclusive, affordably priced, three-course prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner.

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    Big islands need big things on them, such as large bowls or trays, says Sara Peterson, editor-in-chief of HGTV Magazine.

    Raise the colors, or just pitch the tint?

    Sara Peterson, editor-in-chief of HGTV Magazine, was the guest last week on The Post’s Home Front online chat. Here is an edited excerpt.

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    Cookbook author Joan Nathan and her husband, attorney Allan Gerson, built their home 26 years ago in Washington, D.C. It is the gathering spot for “Sips & Suppers,” an annual event involving cook-offs with famous chefs that raises money for hunger programs.

    For cookbook author Joan Nathan, a home that ‘loves people’

    When you’re in a home where dozens of renowned chefs are about to gather for a weekend of merrymaking and fundraising for a good cause, you can’t help but get caught up in the excitement of a potential “pastrami-off” between two chefs and the opportunity to indulge in black hummus and shakshuka, an egg dish concocted by cookbook author Joan Nathan.

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    Bad Cop/Good Cop (Liam Neeson), left, and President Business (Will Ferrell) prepare to take over the world in “The Lego Movie.”

    ‘Lego Movie’ blocks top spot at box office

    “The Lego Movie” built a huge lead on top of the weekend’s new releases at the box office. In its second outing, the Warner Bros. animated film featuring the voices of Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks and Will Arnett earned $48.8 million to take first place, according to studio estimates Sunday. That brings the film based on the toy brick-building franchise’s domestic box office total to $129.1 million, cementing it was one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. “It’s crossing over to all audiences,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for box-office tracker Rentrak. “It’s not just a kids’ movie."

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    Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal will make her Broadway debut this fall opposite Ewan McGregor in “The Real Thing.” Roundabout Theatre Company said Tuesday that Gyllenhaal and McGregor will play illicit lovers in the revival of Tom Stoppard’s play about relationships and fidelity.

    Maggie Gyllenhaal to make Broadway debut this year

    Maggie Gyllenhaal will make her Broadway debut this fall opposite Ewan McGregor in “The Real Thing.” Roundabout Theatre Company said Tuesday that Gyllenhaal and McGregor will play illicit lovers in the revival of Tom Stoppard’s play about relationships and fidelity. Sam Gold will direct.

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    A new diet suggests eating dark chocolate every day can help you lose weight.

    Your health: The Chocolate Diet
    A new book says you can “Eat Chocolate, Lose Weight.” Dr. Will Clower, a neuroscientist, says eating chocolate can help you eat less all day.

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    Trans fats may soon be eliminated from all foods

    Q: I see trans fats listed on food labels, and I’ve read that the FDA may ban them. Can you remind me what trans fats are, and why they’re bad for me?

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    Tourists walk through the snow-covered Empty Sky Memorial at Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. in January. Researchers who analyzed local climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans say there may be a link between weather and the risk for stroke. Cold weather, high humidity and big daily temperature swings brought more stroke hospitalizations.

    Stroke risk tied to cold, humidity, weather swings

    There may be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans. Cold weather, high humidity and big daily temperature swings seem to land more people in the hospital with strokes. As it got warmer, risk fell — 3 percent for every 5 degrees, the study found.

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    Sometimes lifestyle changes are as effective as medicine

    You will often read that lifestyle changes are important for your health. However, in the traditional medical arena, lifestyle changes seem to take a back seat to medications. In a recent medical study, for most medical conditions regular exercise was as effective as medications.

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    Jacquie Tennant of Potomac, Md., 74, once a Holiday on Ice performer, practices at the Wheaton Regional Park rink in Wheaton, Md. She says the exercise helps keep her muscles strong.

    Who says 60 is too old to figure skate?

    For most people near age 50, ice is a source of peril, a sure fall and maybe even broken bones. The idea that someone approaching 60 and even past 70 could not just step on ice intentionally but do so in figure skates may sound crazy. And yet, older skaters are taking to thie ice. Of the 600 skaters expected to participate in U.S. Figure Skating’s adult championships in April, nearly 350 will be older than 40.

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    Grey Damon is Grayson, Aimee Teegarden plays Emery and Brina Palencia is Sophia in The CW’s new “Star-Crossed,” which premieres Monday.

    ‘Star-Crossed’ features star-crossed lovers — no, really

    The thing about Shakespeare is, it’s easy to forget that there ever was a time when his plays didn’t influence storytelling throughout the Western world. At 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, The CW takes a new swing at the “Romeo and Juliet” idea with the sci-fi drama “Star-Crossed.” Aimee Teegarden (“Friday Night Lights”) and Matt Lanter (“90210”) star as Emery and Roman, a human teen and an alien teen who share a childhood bond ... and perhaps more.

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    Laura Benanti has a new album titled “In Constant Search of the Right Attention.”

    Laura Benanti on her new CD and ‘Sound of Music’

    Laura Benanti has been on a bit of a roll since she showed up drunk at the Tony Awards. Since that bit of comedy, Benanti has gone on to perform in front of more than 20 million people in NBC’s live version of “The Sound of Music,” record the CD “In Constant Search of the Right Kind of Attention” and book a bunch of concerts. She also has a recurring role on “Nurse Jackie.” “People are getting to see a little more of who I am and what makes me tick and what my sense of humor is,” the actress recently said from Los Angeles, where she was auditioning for TV pilots.

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    Noah Craten of Glendale, Ariz., is shown after surgery at Cardon Children’s Medical Center in Mesa, Ariz., in October. An infection in his bloodstream had caused abscesses on his brain. Tests by state health officials showed he had been infected with a strain of Salmonella Heidelberg.

    Salmonella outbreaks expose weaknesses in USDA oversight

    Some food-safety groups say the USDA should ban the most perilous salmonella strains from poultry altogether, just as it did with other dangerous bacterial strains in many beef products. Poultry processors have resisted such an approach, arguing that it would be expensive and ultimately futile, because salmonella is so pervasive.

Discuss

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    Tom Cross

    Endorsement: Cross for state treasurer, GOP

    The Daily Herald endorses Tom Cross for Illinois state treasurer.

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    Jim Oberweis

    Endorsement: Oberweis in Republican primary for U.S. Senate

    The Daily Herald endorses Jim Oberweis for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

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    Pat Quinn

    Endorsement: Quinn for Democratic nomination for governor

    The Daily Herald endorses Gov. Pat Quinn for Democratic nomination for Illinois governor.

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    Once upon a time-ish

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: It is easy these days to imagine that one is living in a fairy tale, albeit a dreary one. In fairy tales, as in Washington, things are true that can’t possibly be — and what is not true can be defended by tilting the facts a certain way and catching the light just so.

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    League supports Dist. 87 referendum
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Glenbard School District 87 will have a referendum proposal on the March 18 ballot asking for funds for much needed infrastructure repairs and updates at all four high schools.

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    Laws should protect body sovereignty
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: A woman has an inalienable right to an abortion. If the person in her womb could communicate, it would have no right to demand a woman sacrifice her body to protect its life, any more than a dying man can demand the blood, platelets or organs of an unwilling donor.

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    Celebrities should lift the poor, not politicians
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Just as Ben Affleck is prevented from enjoying a Republican actor’s performance, this may be exactly how a Republican feels about the liberal actors. They use their celebrity to denounce the Tea Party, conservatives, or Republicans with whom they disagree on issues. We live in a free country, at this time, that gives us choices.

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    We keep voting for self-serving politicians
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Term Limits? What’s wrong with keeping good people in their jobs? Bruce Rauner and others are pushing the idea of two terms and that’s it — “you’re out.”

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    A good deed very much appreciated
    Letter to the editor: Rita Duffy is very appreciative of the kind people who found her lost driver's license and returned it to her.

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    Park Ridge residents show great generosity
    Letter to the editor: Nicole Sheridan of Operation Christmas Child writes to thank Park Ridge residents for their generosity in helping thousands of suffering children worldwide this Christmas. "Through their efforts, we were able to collect 4,889 shoeboxes - filled with toys, school supplies and hygiene items," she writes.

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    Niewiardowski has earned committeeman’s job
    Letter to the editor: Thomas Manion is voting for Arthur Niewiardowski for Elk Grove Township Republican committeeman. "Niewiardowski has been a hard working precinct captain and deputy committeeman for the ROEGT for nearly 10 years," he writes. "He has strong relationships in Elk Grove Township and the skills to be a great Republican committeeman."

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    Relay kickoff/pizza party a big success
    Letter to the editor: The Relay For Life of Bartlett, Hanover Park and Streamwood committee thanks the community for their support and generosity for the 2014 Relay For Life kickoff event that was held on Jan. 24.

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    Kevin Kearns of Arlington Heights, shoveling Betty Hopkins’ walk.

    So thankful to have Kevin for a neighbor
    Letter to the editor: Betty Hopkins, 89, of Arlington Hts. is grateful to her neighbor for shoveling and snowblowing her driveway and walks this long, cold winter.

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    Founders weren’t big on big government
    A Big Rock letter to the editor: When Tom Teune says our Founders were proponents of big government, and then lists some of them, Washington, Hamilton and Madison, why does he not back up that statement with evidence based on what these men said and did?

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    ‘No’ votes on senior towers are puzzling
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I don’t usually weigh in on Elgin City Council doings, but as a retired home care RN, I had several patients who lived in Central Park Towers (and the two towers next to it) that three city council members recently voted against rehabbing. There was no cost to Elgin, since funding comes through federal and private investors.

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    Great, good and not so much on snow removal
    A Wildwood letter to the editor: The great, good, terrible ... sounds like a horror movie, which most of this is. Let’s start with the great.

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    Consider this biblical view of gays
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I must disagree with Gary Koca’s letter in the Feb. 9 Daily Herald in which he says that God does not hate homosexuals and that there is no mention of same-sex marriages or partnerships in the Bible, either for or against.

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