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Daily Archive : Thursday February 20, 2014

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    Snow drifts over Route 176 just west of Island Lake Friday morning. Blowing and drifting snow is making many country roads icy.

    Wind to remain through 3 p.m. today, NWS predicts

    Swirling winds caused some minor damages overnight, but officials from the National Weather Service said the winds will only linger until about 3 p.m. this afternoon, which could cause some hazardous commutes Friday. Officials from the National Weather Service said a low pressure system will continue into this evening, causing winds to remain gusty for all of Northern Illinois and Northwest...

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    Upper from left, Frank Avila, Tom Courtney, Frank Gardner, and Brendan Houlihan, and lower from left, Josina Morita and Cynthia Santos are candidates for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board in the 2014 Democratic primary. Not pictured are candidates Adam Miguest, Kathleen O’Reilly, Timothy Bradford and John Xydakis.

    Water district candidates discuss suburban representation

    Although about half the population of Cook County lives in the suburbs, only one commissioner on the nine-member Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board resides outside Chicago. Some of the 10 candidates in the Democratic primary for the MWRD board say they’re willing to consider measures that would change that.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Two drivers using fictitious driver’s licenses stole two semitrailers in Des Plaines with $300,000 in cargo. One trailer contained 43,000 pounds of copper alloy valued at $150,000. The second trailer contained approximately 20,000 pounds of copper and 22,000 pounds of brass, valued at $150,000.

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    Martin Favela

    Wheaton man gets 5 years for drugs, stabbing

    A 32-year-old Wheaton man was sentenced to two five-year prison terms Thursday on two charges including selling heroin to undercover agents in late 2012 and the Dec. 29, 2012 stabbing of a fellow drug dealer.

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    Sugar Grove police probe possible $100,000 bank theft

    Sugar Grove police are investigating the possible theft of more than $100,000 from the bank's safety deposit area by a bank employee. No arrests have been made so far, but authorities executed a search warrant in late-January and a former 30-year-old bank employee from Plano admitted she stole to pay bills for her house in foreclosure, according to court records. Sugar Grove Police Chief Pat...

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    Hanover Park dog training club burglarized

    The German Shepherd Dog Training Club in Hanover Park reopened on Thursday after an act of burglary and vandalism earlier in the week. The club, located at 4925 County Farm Road, was broken into sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesdayand 6 a.m. Wednesday, said Nancy Bartosch, vice president of the club.

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    Monmouth College chemistry professor and Monmouth Coffee Project faculty advisor Brad Sturgeon talk about brewing techniques at Olivia's Cookie Jar & Kitchen in Monmouth.

    Coffee shop project brews lessons

    When Rae Conolly opened Olivia's Cookie Jar & Kitchen three and a half years ago, she had an image of what the perfect cup of coffee should look and taste like. “I grew up on really strong coffee,” said the Monmouth business owner. “I wanted that bold coffee taste without it being bitter — something that would wake you up in the morning — and that's exactly what we...

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    Danny Owens

    Ex-Addison cop facing multiple charges gets $200,000 bond

    Bond was set at $200,000 Thursday for a former Addison police officer accused of unlawfully firing his gun and violating a protection order by sending disturbing photos to his estranged wife and her mother. Danny Owens, 40, had been held without bond in DuPage County jail since he was taken into custody late Feb. 10. A DuPage County judge initially denied bond for Owens when he failed to appear...

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    Stevenson High School student Tim Park, right, reacts to Thursday's stunning overtime loss by the U.S. women's hockey team, including alum Megan Bozek, in the Sochi Olympics.

    Stevenson students watch Bozek in gold medal game

    Stevenson High School students had special incentive to watch Thursday's Olympic women's hockey match between the U.S. and Canada — they were hoping to see alum Megan Bozek win a gold medal. TVs in the hallways were tuned to the rivalry game during lunch periods throughout the Lincolnshire school, but the outcome would be silver, not golden.

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    Drivers head north on Route 83 near Mundelein Thursday where water is overtaking the road.

    Flood warnings, wind advisory remain for suburbs

    Flights to and from O’Hare International Airport resumed last night after they were halted because of the fog, and more than an inch of rain fell there, setting a record for Feb. 20. Then a high wind warning was replaced by a wind advisory, which lasts until 3 p.m. today. Also remaining today are flood warnings near rivers, including the east branch of the DuPage River at Bolingbrook.

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    Former Congressman Mel Reynolds, center left, prepares to enter a prison truck while handcuffed after his court appearance Thursday in Harare, Zimbabwe. Reynolds was arrested on charges of possessing pornographic material and violating immigration laws.

    Reynolds doesn’t understand immigration charges

    The lawyer for former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds said Thursday his client needed more time to understand the “essential elements” of the immigration charges he faces. Reynolds failed to enter a plea on those charges Thursday in Zimbabwe.

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    Grandmother Cheryl Thiel looks for fourth-grader Belle Johnson’s artwork during the Studio 118 open house Thursday at Wauconda Area Library. The show featured more than 600 pieces of art by District 118 students.

    600 art pieces on display

    The Wauconda Area Library is showcasing more than 600 pieces of artwork created by students in Wauconda Community Unit School District 118. The show is titled Studio 118. An opening gala was held Thursday evening for the artists and their families.

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    The White House says President Barack Obama’s upcoming budget proposal will not include his past offer to accept lowered cost-of-living increases in Social Security and other benefit programs. Those had been a central component of his long-term debt-reduction strategy.

    Obama budget to drop benefit cost-of-living trims

    President Barack Obama will propose an election-year budget that would drop reductions he had previously embraced in federal benefits, officials disclosed Thursday. He also will ask Congress to approve about $56 billion in new or expanded programs, stepping back from aggressive efforts to tackle long-term government deficits and debt.

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    Anti-government protesters reinforce a barricade in central Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday. A brief truce in Ukraine’s embattled capital failed Thursday, spiraling into fierce clashes between police and anti-government protesters.

    Scores killed in deadly Ukraine day of protest

    Protesters advanced on police lines in the heart of the Ukrainian capital on Thursday, prompting government snipers to shoot back and kill scores of people in the country’s deadliest day since the breakup of the Soviet Union a quarter-century ago.

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    New Mt. Prospect grocer holds job fairs

    Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, which is opening a store in Mount Prospect this spring, will host job fairs on March 1 and March 8 for people interested in working at the store. Fresh Thyme plans to fill 90-100 positions, including management jobs.

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    Customers queue to withdraw currency from an automated teller machine in Kiev, Ukraine, Thursday. Western nations, including the U.S., are considering sanctions against the Ukraine government.

    White House: No decision yet on Ukraine sanctions

    The White House expressed renewed outrage Thursday over the continuing deadly violence in Ukraine but reached no decision on whether to impose sanctions. Military action by the U.S. is not among the options being considered, deputy spokesman Josh Earnest said. “The options available to the president are being considered with some urgency,” he told reporters, adding that sanctions...

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    Juvenile charged with attempted murder in Waukegan

    A 16-year-old has been charged with attempted murder after shooting at another person during a party, Waukegan police said in a release on Thursday

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    Hersey’s Ladies First performs at a past Chicagoland Showcase show choir competition at Hersey High School in Arlington Heights. A suburban Republican lawmaker wants to give show choir participants the chance to opt out of gym class.

    Proposal would let show choirs opt out of gym class

    A suburban Republican lawmaker wants to let high schoolers sing and dance their way out of gym class. State Rep. Ron Sandack, a Downers Grove Republican, wants to add show choir to the list of activities that can net students a physical education exemption, a list that includes school athletic programs and marching band.

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    Steven Mandell

    Buffalo Grove man testifies in federal murder-for-hire case

    Steven Mandell of Buffalo Grove told a federal jury Thursday that his recorded conversations about torturing, killing and dismembering a suburban businessmen were all fabricated so an FBI informant would keep paying him. “I told him anything he wanted to hear,” said Mandell, 63, who took the witness stand to answer the government’s charges of attempted kidnapping, attempted...

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    Thomas Roman

    South Barrington names new police chief

    Thomas Roman has been named the new South Barrington police chief, according to a statement released by the village Thursday afternoon. Roman has served as the chief of police for Cary, Roselle and most recently was the top cop at Waubonsee Community College.

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    Palatine Rural Fire District asking for tax increase

    The head of the Palatine Rural Fire Protection District said a drop in local property values is the reason the district is asking for a .05 percent tax hike on the ballot March 18. “It was a difficult decision by the board to ask the voters for a tax increase and we would not be doing it if we didn’t need it,” said fire Chief Hank Clemmensen.

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    Ricardo Nieves stands in a parking lot where he says his rights were violated when a government contractor questioned him about his driving habits and asked him to provide a saliva sample.

    Roadside survey of impaired driving causes outcry

    Orange cones and flashing police lights confronted Ricardo Nieves as he rounded a bend on the way to his mother’s house. Before he knew what was going on, Nieves said, a man working for a government contractor stepped in front of his car and forced him to turn into a parking lot. There, a woman repeatedly tried to question him about his driving habits and asked for a mouth swab that would...

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    Safety researchers expressed concern a decade ago that traffic accidents would increase as the nation’s aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they’ve been proven wrong. Today’s drivers aged 70 and older are less likely to be involved in crashes than previous generations.

    Accident rates improving for older drivers

    Safety researchers expressed concern a decade ago that traffic accidents would increase as the nation’s aging population swelled the number of older drivers on the road. Now, they say they’ve been proved wrong. Today’s drivers aged 70 and older are less likely to be involved in crashes than previous generations, and less likely to be killed or seriously injured if they do...

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    United Parent Support for Down syndrome volunteer Lisa Reninger talks to a woman during the Citizens’ Advisory Council and Elgin Area School District U-46’s third annual Special Needs Resource Fair last year at Elgin High School.

    U-46’s special needs fair offers parents resources

    Having a child with special needs entering school opens up many questions and concerns for parents. It’s an experience with which Melissa Owens and other parents with special needs children are intimately familiar. “You have to know where to look,” Owens said. “There’s certainly help out there ... it’s just where do you go for it.” That was the...

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    Palatine Police Chief John Koziol, left, watches Mayor Jim Schwantz, right, present an Outstanding Service Award to Officer Keith Kirkpatrick and Iggy at Monday’s Palatine village council meeting at the village hall.

    Palatine officer and his dog honored for service

    Officer Keith Kirkpatrick and Iggy were presented with the Outstanding Service Award at a Palatine village council meeting before their retirement. “There are big shoes to fill for you and big paws to fill for this guy,” Mayor Jim Schwantz said, handing Kirkpatrick the award, a bronze plaque.

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    Harper College trustees approve tuition increase

    A full-time Harper College student will pay an extra $52.50 per year under a tuition increase approved by administrators this week. Officials say the increase — expected to generate about $520,000 annually — will help the Palatine-based community college compensate for the continued loss of dollars from Springfield. “Given the state’s financial picture, it’s...

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    Carol Teschky

    Two vying to lead Maine Township GOP

    The race is on to replace the retiring Rosemary Mulligan as Maine Township Republican committeeman. The candidates are Maine Township Supervisor Carol Teschky and Park Ridge library board member Char Foss-Eggemann.

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    Frank J. Naples, 36 of Algonuin,

    Algonquin man on 'most wanted' list arrested

    Frank J. Naples, of Algonquin, was arrested on Tuesday after spending about three months on the McHenry County Sheriff's Top 10 Most Wanted list for unlawful possession and delivery of a controlled substance. Naples is being held on $60,000 bond.

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    Traffic flows more smoothly Thursday as all but one of the new lanes on Route 137 east and west through the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue are open to traffic.

    New lane openings spell relief for Route 137 in Libertyville

    It has been so long that motorists probably don't remember the last time a trip on Route 137 through the Route 21 intersection in Libertyville could be made without delays. Traffic is flowing again after two through lanes in each direction on Route 137 were opened this week.

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    Palatine townhouse community expansion approved

    The expansion of a townhouse community was approved unanimously by the Palatine village council this week. Lexington Homes, a Palatine-based luxury townhouse and condo company, has the all-clear to build eight new units within two buildings at their Lexington Hills community, 175 E. Lake-Cook Road.

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    Dan Cronin

    BGA hosting forum on government consolidation

    The Better Government Association is hosting a meeting on Monday night to talk about consolidation efforts.

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    Stephen Bero, executive director of Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee, says two board members violated policy by seeking personnel files and financial documents in a restricted work area last week.

    Trustees stir controversy at Gurnee’s Warren-Newport library in attempt to obtain documents

    Warren-Newport Public Library District Executive Director Stephen Bero says two board members violated policy when they sought personnel and financial documents at the administrative offices in Gurnee last week. Bero said board President Socrates Rivers and Vice President Ron Friedman did not have authorization when they entered a restricted area on Feb. 14.

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    5-year-old Park Ridge boy in Amber Alert found unharmed

    Police are searching for the man who carjacked a woman in Park Ridge Thursday afternoon, driving off in her 2012 Audi Q5 with her 5-year-old son strapped into his car seat in the back seat.The boy was found unharmed about two hours later in a residential neighborhood in Skokie, where the car had been abandoned, Park Ridge Police said. An alert resident called 911 after spotting the car.

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    Wine about Winter:

    The store-to-store wine tasting event, Let’s Wine About Winter, is set for 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Libertyville.

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    Lake County applicant sought:

    The Northeastern Illinois Area Agency on Aging is accepting applications for a position as a Lake County representative on its board of directors.

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    New exhibit at Grayslake museum:

    The Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum hosts the opening reception of the new “Made in Grayslake” exhibit on Saturday, Feb. 22, from noon to 4 p.m.

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    Waubonsee field house to cost more than expected

    The cost to expand Erickson Hall and add a field house at Waubonsee Community College's main campus in Sugar Grove has increased by about $1 million, to about $19.2 million. A college official said higher-than-expected construction bids were the culprit.

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    Wauconda meeting delayed slightly:

    A discussion of a proposal to outsource Wauconda’s 911 dispatching service set for Tuesday will begin later than originally planned, officials announced Thursday.

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    Naperville recommending 6 percent electric rate increases

    The $92.79 the average Naperville resident pays each month for electricity is likely to increase this spring as the city council begins considering rate increases to help offset losses its electric utility has suffered in recent years. “This coming year is the first time we’re financially in the hole,” City Manager Doug Krieger said. “Now is really the time to make the...

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    Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz

    Des Plaines wants to take lead on pension reform

    Des Plaines will pay $10,000 to have a role in crafting police and fire pension reform legislation that Mayor Matt Bogusz says is sure to be considered by state lawmakers. The payment to the Pension Fairness for Illinois Communities Coalition will enable Des Plaines city leaders to “have a seat at the table,” Bogusz said, in crafting a bill over the coming months that attempts to...

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    Kane Co. Board slowly warming to chairman’s raise approach

    Two more raise proposals came forward from Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen Thursday. The two raises total more than the three raises pitched by Lauzen earlier in the week combined. Both raises would involve paying the targeted directors more than the average for their position in comparable counties. Lauzen again defended his presentation of the piecemeal presentation of the director...

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Tyrese W. George, 27, of Elgin, was charged Wednesday with disorderly conduct/breach of peace after someone complained about George’s loud music, according to a police report.

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    Katherine Smirnov, 10, displays the medal she received Thursday for winning the elementary division of the fall 2013 InvestWrite essay contest for her piece recommending Boeing and Microsoft as sound long-term investments. Katherine attends Naperville’s Fry Elementary School in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 and wrote the essay as part of a class taught by Sharon Phares.

    Naperville fifth-grader wins national essay contest

    A Naperville fifth-grader became an award-winning investment analyst Thursday as she learned she won a national contest that challenges students to study stock options and make financially sound recommendations. “This is a big award for me because I got recognized for writing a really good essay,” 10-year-old Fry Elementary fifth-grader Katherine Smirnov said.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Edward Arbet, 55, of Batavia, was charged with disorderly conduct and assault Tuesday at his home, according to a police report.

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    Brandon Brown

    Ex-teacher found not guilty of having sex with minor

    A former Waukegan High School teacher was found not guilty of having sex with a minor. While calling the conduct of Brandon Brown, 31, reprehensible, Judge Daniel Shanes said the state did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt the victim was 17 years old when the two had sex.

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    Suburban doctor charged with illegally dispensing OxyContin

    Doctor arrested for illegally selling Oxycodone

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    Buffalo Grove Rotary offering community service grants

    The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove is offering grants of up to $2,500 to organizations that impact the community and its residents. The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove Community Grant in Honor of Bill Reid will provide funding for projects and causes that contribute to the success of the local community, with the objective of making it a better place to live and work.

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    Dan Proft

    State House candidates in DuPage get conservative backing

    Conservative talk show host and former Republican candidate for governor Dan Proft says he’s getting involved in at least two of DuPage County's biggest GOP primary races for Illinois House. Proft has more than $1.5 million in his Liberty Principles political committee, some of which he says he plans to use in advance of the March 18 primary.

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    Des Plaines seniors can apply for garbage discount starting Monday

    Seniors in Des Plaines will soon be able to apply for a discount on their garbage collection fees. An 8 percent senior discount is included in the city’s new 7-year solid waste collection contract with Republic Services, Inc., approved earlier this month by the city council.

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    Chief Patrick Yost

    Wauconda police chief not taking sides in dispatch center fight

    Wauconda Police Chief Patrick Yost hasn’t taken sides in the fight over the future of his department’s dispatch center. “I’d like to see all the data,” Yost told the Daily Herald in a telephone interview Thursday.

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    Senior job club recruiting Feb. 25

    Schaumburg Township will hold the next session of its senior job club at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the township building, 1 Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. The township is working with a company that is actively recruiting for customer service representatives in the area.

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    Carpentersville police: Beware of scams

    A scheme in which a scammer says you owe money for a bill you never had or that you won a lottery or sweepstakes but have to pay a fee on a prepaid debit card before you collect, has bilked three Carpentersville residents out of more than $17,000 since January, police said.

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    Parmeet Singh, son of Dixon Landing Chevron store owner Kulwinder Singh, speaks to reporters at the store in Milpitas, Calif., on Thursday. According to California lottery officials, the store sold the lone winning ticket for a $425 million Powerball jackpot but there was no immediate word on who may have won one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history.

    Ticket sold in California wins $425M Powerball

    The lone winning ticket for the $425 million Powerball jackpot was sold at a convenience store in Northern California, but there was no immediate word on who may have won one of the largest lottery jackpots in U.S. history.

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    Suburban Cook County voters can apply for mail ballots online

    A new online mail ballot application for suburban Cook County voters has been launched to expedite the mail balloting process. “Instead of printing out a paper application, filling it out and mailing it in, you can complete the entire application online,” said Cook County Clerk David Orr.

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    Jenifer Dosch of Round Lake will compete in Mrs. Illinois International in March.

    Round Lake woman seeking Mrs. Illinois International crown

    Round Lake resident Jenifer Dosch will be vying to become Mrs. Illinois International in March.

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    Rolling Meadows has rejected plans for expanding Meacham Road to three lanes between Emerson Avenue and Algonquin Road.

    Rolling Meadows wants Meacham Road funds held

    While elected officials agree that Rolling Meadows will not be involved in a Meacham Road project for the foreseeable future, the city council agreed Tuesday to ask that the Northwest Municipal Conference hold the $4.5 million in federal funds in case things change.

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    Tattoo artist Scott Marshall works on Adam Koch of Algonquin at Roselle Tattoo Co.

    Roselle tattoo artist contends for 'Ink Master' title on Spike TV series

    Roselle tatto artist Scott Marshall prides himself on being proficient in any tatto style and designing tattoos that fit the personalities of his clients. His skills will be tested when he competes in Spike TV's "Ink Master," where artists must show their technical skills and on-the-spot creativity in an effort to win the $100,000 grand prize and bragging rights.

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    Police in the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles said Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 that two American security officers were found dead Tuesday in a cabin on the Maersk Alabama, the ship hijacked by pirates in 2009.

    Navy: Man who died on famous ship an ex-SEAL

    One of two American security officers found dead off the coast of Africa on the ship from the movie “Captain Phillips” was a former Navy SEAL, according to a service record released to The Associated Press on Thursday.

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    The second floor of an activity center at a rural Mississippi church collapsed during an evening youth service, sending about 70 people crashing down and injuring 35 of them, survivors and authorities said Thursday.

    Floor collapses at Miss. church center; 35 hurt

    The second floor of an activity center at a rural Mississippi church collapsed during an evening youth service, sending about 70 people crashing down and injuring 35 of them, survivors and authorities said Thursday. The injuries were not life-threatening, an official said.

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    South Korean Park Yang-gon, left, and his North Korean brother Park Yang Soo get emotional as they met during the Separated Family Reunion Meeting at Diamond Mountain resort in North Korea, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Elderly North and South Koreans separated for six decades are tearfully reuniting, grateful to embrace children, brothers, sisters and spouses they had thought they might never see again.

    Tearful Korean reunions begin; first since 2010

    Their backs stooped, dozens of elderly North and South Koreans separated for six decades reunited Thursday, weeping and embracing in a rush of words and emotion. The reunions come during a rare period of detente between the rival Koreas and are all the more poignant because the participants will part again in a few days, likely forever.

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    Dennis McGuire

    Lethal injection drugs produced by Lake Forest company

    Ohio's most recent batches of lethal injection drugs were produced by a Lake Forest company that wants states to stop using them for capital punishment, records show.Lake Forest-based Hospira Inc. says it manufactures the drugs, the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromophone, to enhance and save the lives of patients it helps treat. The company says it objects to their use in capital...

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    Bloomingdale plan commission Chairman J. Thomas Brice presides over a public hearing to review a proposal for a shooting range.

    Bloomingdale residents split on gun range plans

    Supporters of a proposal to transform a vacant Bloomingdale building into a shooting sports facility say it would bring a much-needed new business to the community. Neighbors who live near the former sheet metal fabricating building, however, say they don’t want to see it become a gun range.

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    Hawthorn Woods public works employee Rich Richter, left, and Assistant Director Matthew Bartlett put up a banner at Community Park on Wednesday for the rescheduled Winter Wonderland carnival. The Saturday event will feature carriage rides, inflatable attractions, ice carving demonstrations and a light laser show.

    Hawthorn Woods Winter Carnival ready for redux

    Hawthorn Woods officials hope winter won't get in the way a second time as preparations for the rescheduled inaugural Winter Wonderland carnival on Saturday are in full swing.The event will have carriage rides, fun and games, inflatable attractions, ice carving demonstrations and a light laser show.

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    Records show fundraising tactics of Wis. governor

    Newly released records show Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign partnered with Republican lieutenant governor candidate Brett Davis in 2010 to tap wealthy donors who had already given all they could to Walker. The move detailed in records released Wednesday was designed to bolster a potential Walker-Davis ticket but it fell apart when Davis lost in the primary.

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    Civil War woodcuts, posters on display in Illinois

    Woodcut images, prints and posters from early in the Civil War will be on display at the historic courthouse in Metamora. The images are from a book produced by noted publisher Frank Leslie entitled, “The Pictorial History of the War of 1861.”

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    Indiana ambulance with ill patient crashes with police car

    Police say two paramedics and two volunteer firefighters were hurt when an ambulance carrying a dying patient crashed into a sheriff’s patrol car in central Indiana.

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    House fire kills 42-year-old in southern Illinois

    A 42-year-old southern Illinois man has died after a fire at his home in Shawneetown. Fire officials say Mark P. Scates was pronounced dead on Wednesday at Harrisburg Medical Center.

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    Powerful storm moving into Wisconsin

    A powerful winter storm moving into Wisconsin is packing a mix of rain, sleet and snow. Forecasters expect travel to become increasing difficult throughout the day with the heaviest snow arriving Thursday afternoon. A foot of snow is possible in western and north central Wisconsin. Winds in the 25 to 35 mph range could create whiteout conditions.

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    Decatur eases voluntary water restrictions

    Authorities in Decatur are easing voluntary water restrictions. Decatur water management officials say the water levels in Lake Decatur have climbed, thanks in part to the snow.

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    N. Ind. pleads guilty to illegal midwife charges

    A northern Indiana woman has pleaded guilty to charges of illegal midwifery nearly a year after her arrest help spark a protest by supporters of at-home births. Delores Jean Stanley of Albion made the guilty plea Wednesday in a LaGrange County court under a deal for prosecutors to dismiss other charges. She faces a possible 330-day sentence and probation when she’s sentenced in May.

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    SW Illinois police nab suspected bank robber who fled on bike

    Southwestern Illinois authorities say they were able to arrest a suspected bank robber after he pedaled away from the heist riding a bicycle. O’Fallon Police Detective Lieutenant Mick Hunter says the man was arrested Wednesday afternoon, about 10 blocks away from Scott Credit Union.

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    Concerns with possible flooding this week have municipal crews — and many residents — clearing ice and snow from storm drains. Nate Langston with Naperville's public works department was working Wednesday along Palm Court.

    As storm hits, suburbs prepare for flooding

    Fears that a combination of heavy rain and melting snow could turn streets into rivers have area towns and residents taking what steps they can to reduce the threat of flooding. Public works crews were busy Wednesday clearing snow and ice from storm sewer inlets in an effort to keep water flowing where it's supposed to go. The National Weather Service issued a flood watch that was scheduled to...

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    Twin sisters Courtney, center in blue headband, and Ashley Quigley traveled to Guatemala last year to help build a home for a needy family. The 17-year-old Barrington High School seniors are the organizers of a fashion show in Barrington that benefits families and children in Guatemala.

    Barrington teens help kids in Guatemala

    From inspiring fellow students to engage in service, to giving new homes to poor families in Guatemala, two Barrington sisters have been spreading a lot of good around the world lately. Twins Courtney and Ashley Quigley, 17-year-old seniors at Barrington High School, are the organizers of “Hope's in Style,” a student-led fashion show that raises money to help build homes for poor...

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    Dawn Patrol: Leaders unite against vandalism; murder conviction stands

    Religious leaders unite against graffiti attacks. Court upholds day care murder conviction. Second-graders get surprise message from Patrick Kane. Tollway aims for I-90 smart corridor. Fate of historic Mount Prospect buildings still up in the air. Proposal would give Olympians a tax break. Winning Powerball ticket sold in California.

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    Learn why Batavia electricity bills are going up

    Batavia aldermen and city officials see few options to avoiding increasing the costs of electricity for the city's customers. They plan to explain the situation with a special forum Monday.

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    Chris Herren

    Ex-NBA player speaks of his struggles with drug abuse at Glenbard North

    Chris Herren, a former NBA player for the Boston Celtics, the author of 'Basketball Junkie' and the subject of the ESPN film 'Unguarded.,' will talk to Glenbard District 87 students and parents about his struggle with substance abuse and road to recovery.

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    Voter registration grace period:

    Grace period registration is available at the County Clerk’s office, 18 N. County St., Waukegan for Lake County residents who need to register to vote for the March 18 Primary Election. It also will be available beginning March 3 at the Lake County Central Permit Facility, 500 W. Winchester Road,

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    Wisconsin ice caves popularity overwhelms park staff

    The Apostle Islands National Lakeshore has turned to other agencies for help in handling the thousands of people visiting the area to see the majestic beauty of ice caves along the south shore of Lake Superior.

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    Godmother’s lack of presents/presence is maddening

    Godmother has missed both a birthday and Christmas, which is starting to cause some tensions. Carolyn Hax says it may be time to let it go.

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    High schools participate in 10th annual mock trial in Waukegan

    Evanston, Highland Park and Libertyville high schools finished in the top three positions in the 10th annual high school mock trial invitational, officials announced.

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    RTA chairman plans to step down in June

    The chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority says he’ll step down from the post this summer. In a statement released Wednesday, the agency says John S. Gates Jr. won’t run for re-election in June and is leaving the transit agency’s board.

Sports

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    Kuzmanic connects with national honor at Carthage

    When she was at Wheeling, Stephanie Kuzmanic used to participate in the high school’s ‘boxing night’ in the spring. This season at Carthage College — her final one — Kuzmanic was a real knockout in her true sport. She has been named the Capital One Academic all-American “Player of the Year” for NCAA Division III women’s basketball.

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    Wrestling scoreboard: Thursday’s results
    Wrestling scoreboard State Individual meet At State Farm Arena, ChampaignClass 3A quarterfinal pairings106 PoundsJason Renteria (Oak Park-River Forest) vs. Patrick Walker (Downers Grove North); Jimmy McAuliffe (Marist) vs. Mitch Stathakis (Barrington); Austin O’Connor (St. Rita) vs. Carlos Fuentez (Glenbard East); Kirk Johansen (Glenbard North) vs. Isaaac Jacquez (West Aurora).*113 poundsBrian Rossi (Lockport Twp.) vs. Anthony Munoz (Zion-Benton); Austin Gomez (Glenbard North vs. Nick Lukanich (Marist); Alex Madrigal (Oak Park-River Forest) vs. Rudy Yates (Brother Rice); Miguel Silva (Plainfield South) vs. Travis Piotrowski (Prairie Ridge).*120 poundsKris Williams (Thornwood) vs. Andrew Mehrholz (Deerfield); Michael Cullen (Cary-Grove) vs. Al Jaffe (Marmion Acad.); Richard Townsell (Oak Park-River Forest) vs. Mark Duda (Marist), Cole Kielbasa (St. Rita) vs. Steve Polakowski (Libertyville).*126 poundsJohnny Jimenez (Marmion Acad.) vs. Dayton Olson (Glenbard East); Dylan Thurston (Wheaton North) vs. Alec McKenna (New Trier); Shayne Oster (Lockport Twp.) vs. Christian Robertson (Sandburg); Logan Hanselman (Cary-Grove) vs. Joe Marmolejo (Glenbard North).*132 poundsJered Cortez (Glenbard North) vs. Jacob Tucker (Mt. Carmel); Dan Radcliffe (Lockport Twp.) vs. Bobby Alexander (Conant); Ameen Hamdan (Marist) vs. Danny Carlson (Lane); Matthew Conrad (Barrington) vs. Joel Nelson (Lincoln-Way Central); *138 poundsNick Gil (Crystal Lake South vs. Mario Levelle (Marist); Qarin Johnnic (Wheaton Warrenville South) vs. Phyllip DeLoach (Alton; Jimmy Davis (Waubonsie Valley) vs. Munkhtulga Zuunbayan (Wheeling); Nick Aguirre (Oswego) vs. Walter White (Oak Park-River Forest).*145 poundsJuwan Edmond (Hinsdale Central) vs. Fernie Silva (Hononegah); Josh Martin (Glenbard East) vs. Nick Foster (Belleville West); Eric Barone (Crystal Lake South) vs. John Pellegrino (Sandburg); Juston Maslow (Hinsdale South) vs. Larry Early (Oak Park-River Forest).*152 poundsBryce Brill (Mt. Carmel) vs. Mat Rowland (Willowbrook); Keone Derain (St. Charles East) vs. Joe Gunther (Libertyville); Matthew Rundell (Oak Park-River Forest) vs. Nick Gasbarro (Marist); Trace Carello (Marmion Acad.) vs. Nick Higgins (Belleville West).*160 poundsPeter Andreotti (Marist) vs. Marco Orlandi (Notre Dame); Tom Brewster (Maine South) vs. Emery Parker (Warren); Vince Dietz (Lockport Twp.) vs. Brian Krasowski (Sandburg); Zach Benkovich (Hononegah) vs. Kamal Bey (Oak Park-River Forest).*170 poundsBryce Gorman (Lincoln-Way Central) vs. Tyler Harrington (Stevenson); Tyler Demoss (Hononegah) vs. Nich Ferraro (Marmion Acad.); Kayne MacCallum (Libertyville) vs. Patrick Brunki (Sandburg); Dru Worker (Mt. Carmel) vs. Davonte Mahomes (Oak Park-River Forest).*182 poundsAlex Benoit (Marist) vs. Austin Koziol (Libertyville); Christian Brunner (Dundee-Crown) vs. Jimmy Mickens (Mt. Carmel); Allen Stallings IV (Oak Park-River Forest) vs. Nathan Traxler (Marmion Acad.); CameronThroneberry (Edwardsville) vs. Colton Emmerich (Deerfield).*195 poundsTyler Johnson (Lockport Twp.) vs. Matt Stopka (Schaumburg); Mark Miller (Zion-Benton) vs. Josh Meyers (Marmion Acad.); Andre Lee (Oak Park-River Forest) vs. Dominic Sterr (Plainfield Central); Ben Brancaleon (Naperville North) vs. Regis Durgin (Lake Forest).*220 poundsSage Hecox (Machesney Park Harlem) vs. Lucas Warren (Marmion Acad.); Connor McKeehan (Batavia) vs. Nico Daniello (Lake Park); Matt Kent (Edwardsville) vs. Emonte Logan (Oak Park-River Forest); Jose Luis Hernandez (McHenry) vs. Matt Allen (Hinsdale Central).*285 poundsBrian Allen (Hinsdale Central) vs. Jeremy Marshall (Dundee-Crown); Bobby Carson (Addison Trail) vs. Nick Allegretti (Lincoln-Way East); Chris McDermand (Libertyville) vs. Michael Hobbs (Downers Grove South); Adarios Jones (Moline) vs. D’Ande Johnson (Glenbard East).*

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    Girls basketball scoreboard: Thursday’s results
    Thursday’s scoreboard*At Maine Westmaine west 43, maine south 39Maine South — Kons 0 0-0 0, Fagenholz 2 0-2 6, Roberts 2 0-0 4, Anderson 3 0-0 7, Schoneman 4 2-2 10, McGuire 0 1-2 1, Skoronski 3 1-2 7, Spuria 2 0-0 4. Totals 16 4-8, 39.Maine West — Ross 2 2-2 8, Liwag 3 0-0 8, Adamek 0 0-0 0, Herling 0 0-0 0, Pociejewski 0 0-0 0, Collins 9 6-11 24, Huinker 0 3-4 3. Totals 14 11-17 43.Maine South 6 13 12 8 —39Maine West 9 3 18 13 —433-point baskets: MS: Fagenholz 2, Anderson; MW: Ross 2, Liwag 2.*At Buffalo Grovebuffalo Grove 44, prospect 43 (OT)Buffalo Grove — Welter 2 0-0 5, Callahan 5 13-14 25, Meyer 0 0-0 0, Jambrone 1 2-2 4, Kolbus 1 0-2 2, Stejskal 2 2-4 6, Herzog 1 0-0 2. Totals 12 17-22 44.Prospect — Pacini 1 2-3 4, H. Will 1 0-0 2, T. Will 7 9-13 25, Sherwod 2 1-1 5, Gonzalez 3 0-0 9, Matters 0 0-0 0, Grott 0 0- 0. Totals 13 12-17 43.Buffalo Grove 9 7 13 10 4—43Prospect 6 10 4 19 5—443-point baskets: BG: Callahan (2), Welter, Pros: Gonzalez (3), T. Will (2), .Fouled out: None.*Class 2A Marine Military Academy sectional finalIC Catholic Prep 48, Willows 28Willows — Sommers 0 0-0 0, Carter 0-0-0 0, M. Walsh 0 0-1 0, Stangel 0 0-0 0, Hunt 6 2-3 14, Conroy 3 1-1 7, B. Walsh 2 0-0 5, Snitzer 0 0-0 0, Stoll 0 0-0 0, Carter 1 0-0 2, Allegretti 0 0-1 0, Mongoven 0 0-0 0, Totals 12 3-6 28.IC Catholic Prep — Gaudio 2 2-4 6, Reardon 0 0-0 0, Curran 0 2-2 2, Radoha 3 0-0 6, Maloney 1 0-0 2, Vitek 2 2-2 6, Whelan 0 0-0 0, Farmer 4 0-0 8, Manion 7 1-3 15, Carver 0 0-0 0, Montoya 1 1-3 3, Totals 20 8-14 48.Willows 4 4 7 13 —28IC Catholic Prep 15 10 13 10 —483-point baskets: .W: B. Walsh. Fouled out- W: Hunt, B Walsh*Class 3A Little Village regional finalMontini 76, Payton 22*Class 4A Wheaton North regional finalGeneva 75, Wheaton North 63Geneva — Reynolds 1 0-0 3; Novak 4 1-1 9; M. Loebel 4 2-3 12; McDowell 0 0-0 0; Seberger 1 4-7 7; McCloughhan 10 2-4 22; Santos 3 2-2 9; Dunn 1 0-0 2; Loberg 5 1-3 11. Totals 29 12-20 75.Wheaton North — Jones 3 5-6 12; Gryna 5 0-0 15; Cassel 0 0-0 0; Pfalzgraf 0 0-0 0; Thornton 0 2-2 2; Tiesman 1 3-4 5; Berkley 0 0-0 0; Baird 9 5-10 23; Will 3 0-1 6; Watts 0 0-0 0; Barry 0 0-0 . Totals 21 15-23 63.Geneva 20 19 17 19 —75Wheaton North 15 19 14 15 —633-point baskets: G: Reynolds, M. Loebel 2, Seberger, Santos. WN: Jones. Fouled out: G: Seberger.*Class 4A Batavia regional finalBatavia 63, Willowbrook 42Willowbrook — Krowczykowski 2 6-8 10, Domin 1 1-2 4, Carroll 2 1-1 5, Schmidt 1 0-0 2, Zabran 6 8-9 20, Giammino 0 0-0 0, Rossinger 0 0-0 0, Torres 0 0-0 0, Planz 0 1-2 1. Totals: 12 17-22 42Batavia — Fruendt 10 0-0 24, Orman 2 0-0 4, S. Bayram 0 0-0 0, E. Bayram 2 2-2 6, Frazier 11 0-2 22, Rodriguez 2 0-0 4, Foster 1 1-2 3, Koch 0 0-0 0. Totals: 28 3-6 63Willowbrook 13 9 10 10 —42Batavia 13 14 22 14 —633-point baskets: W: Domin; B: Fruendt 4Fouled out: B: E. Bayram.*at Class 4A Jacobs regionalSouth Elgin 67, Streamwood 35Streamwood — Miranda 1 0-0 3, Guindon 0 0-0 0, Rodriguez 0 0-0 0, Hawkins 3 0-1 7, Giwa 1 1-1 3, Foret 0 0-0 0, Hernandez 0 0-0 0, Jeremiah 2 3-4 8, McMahon 0 0-0 0, Pierce 0 0-0 0, Williams 1 0-0 2, Hoeffleur 0 0-0 0, Caldera 0 0-0 0, McGlone 4 4-8 12. Totals 12 8-14 35. South Elgin — Uveges 3 2-3 8, Tracy 9 0-0 21, Warrick 0 0-0 0, D. Kelleher 2 0-0 4, Ford 0 0-0 0, Bush 0 0-0 0, McIntosh 2 0-0 4, Fahey 2 0-0 4, Miller 4 0-0 10, Williams 2 0-0 4, M. Kelleher 3 4-4 10, Yang 1 0-0 2. Totals 28 6-7 67. Streamwood 7 8 15 5 —35South Elgin 9 16 17 25 —673-point baskets: STR — Miranda, Hawkins, Jeremiah; SE — Tracy 3, Miller 2.*at Class 4A Rockford Jefferson regionalHuntley 49, Belvidere North 35

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    Boys basketball scoreboard: Thursday’s results
    Thursday’s scoreboard*Northridge Prep 41, Westminster 25Westminster — Rejman 1 0-0 3, Carani 5 2-2 12, Kleczynski 5 0-0 10. Totals 11 2-2 25.Northridge — Kane 4 4-4 16, Leazer 3 3-4 9, Tenner 1 0-0 2, Hunt 4 2-2 14. Totals 12 9-10 41.Westminster 11 4 6 4 —25Northridge 11 12 8 10 —413-point baskets: WC — Rejman; NP — Kane 4, Hunt 4.*Harvest Christian 50, Schaumburg Christian 31HCA — Fox 3 2-4 8, Cramer 4 1-2 9, White 2 3-3 7, Turpin 1 0-0 2, Vislisel 11 2-4 24. Totals 21 8-15 50.HCA 14 10 26 0 —50SC 8 8 15 0 —31*ROUND LAKE 62, CHICAGOLAND JEWISH 58Round Lake — K. Wright 14, M. Green 14, Lopez 12Chicagoland Jewish — Silverman 19, Moses 13.Round Lake 14 14 19 15 —62Chicagoland Jewish 10 14 19 15 —58*

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    Collins, Maine West finish strong against Maine S.

    A 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Maine South a 19-12 lead over Maine West at halftime of Thursday’s championship game of the Warriors Class 4A regional in Des Plaines. “I thought that 3-pointer would really hurt us,” said Maine West coach Derril Kipp. Instead, the Warriors came out of intermission on a mission. With senior Brittany Collins scoring 20 of her game-high 24 points in the final two quarters, the No. 4 Warriors got past the No. 5 Hawks 44-39.

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    The Batavia girls basketball team poses with the first regional plaque since 1990 while senior captain Erin Bayram takes her turn cutting down the nets, below.

    Batavia wins 1st regional since 1990

    Liza Fruendt woke up Thursday morning with a message on her phone from her friend Erin Bayram, showing her a photo of the last Batavia girls basketball team to win a regional championship in 1990. Fruendt and Bayram ended their day with a whole batch of new photos to share of themselves and their teammates posing with the school's first regional plaque in 24 years. Fruendt scored 24 points and sophomore Hannah Frazier delivered 22 in Batavia's convincing 63-42 victory over Willowbrook Thursday night to win the Class 4A Batavia regional title.

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    Players from South Elgin’s Storm hoist their hardware after the IHSA Class 4A Jacobs regional championship girls basketball game at Algonquin on Monday night.

    Seniors step up for South Elgin

    South Elgin senior Savanah Uveges has talked all season about how the Storm wins as a team. Thursday night, Uveges’ teammates proved just that. With their four-year point guard relegated to the bench for the remainder of the first half when she picked up her second foul just over two minutes into the game, seniors Anna Tracy and Kennede Miller took charge, the Storm got valuable contributions from a number of other players and rolled to a 67-35 win over Streamwood in the championship game of the Class 4A Jacobs regional in Algonquin.

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    Rolling Meadows rolls in home finale

    Rolling Meadows’ seniors got to play one final time on their home court on Thursday night. They went out in style, recording an 83-29 triumph over No. 8 Mundelein in the championship game of their own Class 4A girls basketball regional.

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    Wright, Green lead Round Lake victory

    Boys basketballRound Lake 62, Chicagoland Jewish 58: Karnell Wright and Michael Green each scored 14 points for the visiting Panthers in the nonconference game.Mateusz Lopez added 12 for Round Lake (5-21).

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    IC Catholic wins first sectional championship since 1980

    IC Catholic Prep overwhelmed Willows Academy 48-28 in a Class 2A sectional final on Friday in Des Plaines. Rory Manion scored a game-high 15 points to lead the Knights, and Bethy Hunt scored 14 for the Eagles. The Knights came out fast from the opening tip utilizing a strong defense and overall team play, completely defusing the Eagles offense. The Knights took a 25-8 lead at halftime.

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    Buffalo Grove’s Maddy Callahan, Maddie Welter and Julie Jambrone (4) celebrate their OT victory against Prospect in Class 4A regional championship action Thursday at Buffalo Grove.

    Crowd-pleasing win for Buffalo Grove

    There was good reason for the Buffalo Grove student body to rush the floor following Thursday’s regional championship game. The exuberant fans had just watched the Bison — seeded No. 11 _ upset No. 3 Prospect 44-43 in overtime for their first regional crown since 2008.

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    Cary-Grove a surprising No. 1 seed

    Cary-Grove coach Ralph Schuetzle and Jacobs coach Jimmy Roberts expressed surprise for different reasons when seeds for the upcoming Class 4A Elgin boys basketball sectional were released on the IHSA website Thursday afternoon. Cary-Grove (15-10, 7-4) was named the No. 1 seed at the Crystal Lake Central regional, followed by Fox Valley Conference Valley Division brethren Prairie Ridge (15-10, 6-5), Jacobs (13-12, 7-3), Crystal Lake South (14-10, 3-7) and Dundee-Crown (6-16, 2-8). Crystal Lake Central (3-21, 2-8 FVC Fox) is the No. 6 seed.

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    Janie McCloughan of Geneva takes a shot during the Geneva at Wheaton North girls basketball regional final Thursday.

    Geneva too much for Wheaton North

    Except for a handful of token minutes late in the season, Geneva senior Michaela Loebel hadn’t played in a girls basketball game in two months because of a knee injury.

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    Milestone win for Antioch

    An illness-ridden Paige Gallimore and her Antioch basketball teammates were not going to be denied. Led by Gallimore’s 25 points and 10 rebounds, the Sequoits captured their first regional championship since 1987 Thursday night, as they defeated Chicago Latin 59-47 at Guerin.

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    Five MSL wrestlers stake their claim in quarterfinals

    As the final whistles were blown across the big floor of State Farm Arena to signal the end of the first day of competition at the wrestling state tournament Thursday, the state of play follows: Five Mid-Suburban League competitors have a foothold in the championship bracket after advancing into Friday’s quarterfinals. Barrington’s Mitch Stathakis (106 pounds, 33-3) and Matt Conrad (132, 32-11) advanced with first-round victories, as did Wheeling’s Tulga Zuunbayan (40-8), after a stunning OT win. Champaign veteran Matt Stopka (Schaumburg) and three-time qualifier, Bobby Alexander (Conant), whose travel plans here were almost cancelled, join their teammates from the MSL for Friday’s 1:30 p.m. quarterfinals and a chance at the 7 p.m. semifinals, which would guarantee a state medal later.

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    Boys basketball/Fox Valley roundup

    Northridge Prep 41, Westminster Christian 25: Going into their regional opener in less than a week, the Warriors have a lot to think over after a disappointing nonconference road loss that saw them score a season low. While their defense was able to keep the game close, the Warriors offense had trouble getting anything going, with just three players finding the bottom of the basket. Sam Carani led the way with 12 points, while sophomores Robert Kleczynski and Dillion Rejman had 10 and 3 points respectively.Harvest Christian 50, Schaumburg Christian 31: “A nice tuneup,” is how Lions coach Jeff Boldog described his team’s nonconference road win Thursday night ahead of their regional open Tuesday at home. The Lions (13-13) started slow offensively, thanks to an eight day layoff, but were eventually able to put into the hands of their most reliable scorer. “We were a little rusty, but our offense was able to find John (Vislisel) after the half,” Boldog said. Vislisel poured in a game high 24 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to finish with a double-double while teammate Brett Cramer scored 8 and had 6 rebounds.

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    In the thick of it

    Deep in the heart of the postseason for girls basketball, we’re also just around the corner from the boys reaching playoff time.“Eyes on Five” has its sights set on a fun few weeks ahead.

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    Fremd defender Brianna Lewis tries to stop a pass by Conant guard Danielle Engelbreit during Class 4A regional final action Thursday at Lake Forest.

    Gorecki, Fremd turn back Conant

    Fremd girls basketball coach Dave Yates wasn’t looking forward to his friend’s farewell. That’s because, in part, Yates wasn’t positive that Thursday night’s Class 4A Lake Forest regional final was going to be Dan Travers’ final game as Conant’s coach. “That team played us the closest of anybody in our conference,” Yates said of the Cougars. “They were beating us the first game at halftime, and the second game it was a 6-point game almost the whole game. So I was very concerned.” Haley Gorecki generally alleviates most concerns on the basketball court for her team, and the 6-foot junior did so again, scoring a game-high 24 points, as No. 2 Fremd bounced No. 10 Conant 49-40.

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    No surprises at Class 2A regional

    They say familiarity breeds contempt. Hopefully it also produces some good boys basketball at the Class 2A Aurora Christian regional next week, where scouting reports seem almost superflous.

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    Buffalo Grove's Maddy Callahan, Maddie Welter and Julie Jambrone celebrate their overtime victory against Prospect.

    Images: Prospect vs. Buffalo Grove girls basketball
    The Prospect High School girls basketball team faced and lost to the Buffalo Grove High School girls in the Buffalo Grove Class 4A regional championship game on Thursday, February 20th.

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    FVC wrestlers have stellar day at state

    The Fox Valley Conference championship machine was at it again Thursday night. The magnificent six — Michael Cullen, Logan Hanselman, Nick Gil, Eric Barone, Christian Brunner, and Jeremy Marshall — who just three weeks ago reigned supreme at the conference tourney, all were purring during the first day of the Class 3A state tournament on the big floor of State Farm Arena ion Champaign. This group is still all alive in the championship bracket when today’s late morning quarterfinals take place, with an eye on tonight’s semifinals.

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    EIU falls to Belmont 82-63

    J.J. Mann scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half and Craig Bradshaw finished with 20 points as Belmont pulled away from Eastern Illinois for an 82-63 win Thursday night

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    Prairie Ridge co-op’s Rachael Underwood competes on the balance beam at the Conant sectional.

    Jacobs’ Riedel has high hopes for state

    Jacobs girls gymnast Allison Riedel did not have a 2012-2013 season to remember. Riedel suffered a Lisfranc injury at last year’s Fremd sectional that prevented her from competing in the state finals last year. “Basically I broke eight to 15 bones in my foot,” she said. “The main bone supporting my arch broke and the bones connected to the arch folded in. I had two surgeries and two wires and two screws put in. It was not a good injury. It was really hard watching the state meet last year knowing I should have been competing. The injury has only made me that much stronger of a gymnast.”

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    Denver’s late run tops WIU 75-67

    Chris Udofia scored 21 points, gathered eight rebounds and had seven assists and Denver used a 12-5 run late to top Western Illinois 75-67 on Thursday.With the teams tied at 62 and 4:08 left in the game, the Pioneers scored 10 of the next 14 points — including five from Chris Udofia and a trey by Brett Olson — then made 3 of 4 free throws inside of 46 seconds to escape with the win.

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    Michigan State beats Purdue 94-79

    Gary Harris scored 25 points, Adreian Payne added 23 and No. 13 Michigan State hit a school-record 17 3-pointers in a 94-79 victory over Purdue on Thursday night.

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    Northern Illinois edges E. Michigan 61-59 in double OT

    Jordan Threloff grabbed a career-high 18 boards and scored 27 points, including the game-winning layup with 4 seconds left in double overtime to lift Northern Illinois past Eastern Michigan 61-59 Thursday night.

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    Lake County’s best meet first-round tests downstate

    Lake County’s elite competitors outclassed their foes competition Thursday night as the state wrestling tournament got started at State Farm Arena on the University of Illinois campus. Jordan Reich (Vernon Hills, 120, 39-4), Nate Magiera (Wauconda, 220, 45-1) and Libertyville’s Steve Polakowski (120, 40-1) and Kayne MacCullum (170, 40-1) each trumped their opponents, sending all four into Friday’s quarterfinals. The road will only get tougher for this quartet and the others competing in the championship bracket.

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    Huntley savors another regional title

    Belvidere North had the 3-point shooters, but had no answer for Ali Andrews inside. Ali Andrews scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead Huntley to its sixth regional title in 8 years, defeating Belvidere North 49-35 Thursday night in the championship game of the Class 4A Rockford Jefferson regional. Sam Andrews added 11 points and 6 rebounds for Huntley (26-3).

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    Images from the Geneva vs. Wheaton North Class 4A regional championship girls basketball game on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014.

    Images: Geneva vs. Wheaton North girls basketball
    Geneva played Wheaton North in Class 4A regional girls basketball final at Wheaton North on Thursday.

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    FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2013 file photo, Arizona Diamondbacks’ Matt Davidson grounds out against the Colorado Rockies in the first inning of a baseball game in Denver. The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired closer Addison Reed, Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for third base prospect Matt Davidson. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

    Davidson out to prove he’s ready from the get-go

    Acquired in a December trade from the Diamondbacks in exchange for closer Addison Reed, Matt Davidson is viewed as the White Sox' third baseman of the future. The big question is, will Davidson be ready to go on Opening Day?

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    Don’t expect many surprises at Aurora Christian regional

    They say familiarity breeds contempt. Hopefully it also produces some good boys basketball at the Class 2A Aurora Christian regional next week, where scouting reports seem almost superfluous.

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    Batavia’s Connor McKeehan pins Neuqua Valley’s DJ Warkenthien in the 220-pound match final at the Upstate Eight Conference championship at Elgin High School last month.

    Wheaton Academy bringing football back to campus

    With apologies to the Dos Equis guy, Batavia's Connor McKeehan may be the most interesting man in the world.

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    Harper’s Hinderer nets NJCAA weekly honor

    Harper College center Monica Hinderer has been named Region IV, Division III women’s basketball player of the week in the NJCAA.

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    Senior Sebastian Piekarski, here winning the 100-yard freestyle in last weekend’s Mid-Suburban League meet, leads a strong contingent from Barrington taking aim at state meet qualification in Saturday’s sectional at Stevenson.

    Scouting sectional swimming / Northwest

    Here's a look at this weekend's boys swimming sectional meets, from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League and Maine West.

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    A fan congratulates Team USA after their 5-2 win over the Czech Republic in the men's quarterfinal hockey game in Shayba Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Medal hopes on line in U.S. men's hockey clash

    It's the matchup everyone has wanted to see: U.S. against Canada in men's hockey with a medal on the line. The winner of Friday's semifinal game won't win the gold medal, but it gets to play for it on Sunday against the winner of Sweden-Finland. This will also be for bragging rights among the Blackhawks with Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp and Duncan Keith playing for Canada and Patrick Kane for the Americans.

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    Mike Olt

    Eventually, Cubs will turn to up-and-coming star Bryant

    For most of last year, it was fair to ask, "Who's on third," for the Cubs. It may be that way at the start of the 2014 season, but for the first time in a long time, the Cubs have some organizational depth at the hot corner.

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    Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin answers a question during a news conference at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

    Bears’ LB experiment worth a shot

    The Bears’ move of Shea McClellin to linebacker seems desperate or even goofy, until you listen to Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin. Then, suddenly, the Bears sound logical.

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    Chicago Bulls’ D.J. Augustin (14) scores against Toronto Raptors during the second half of Wednesday’s game Toronto. Augstin had 13 points in the fourth quarter to spark the Bulls.

    Augustin latest 4th-quarter hero for Bulls
    Friday’s game against Denver could have included another bittersweet reunion with Nate Robinson, the late-game hero of last year’s overachieving Bulls season. Robinson is out with a torn ACL and the Bulls continue to search for a late-game scorer with Derrick Rose hurt and Robinson gone.

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    Bulls game day
    Here's what's in store for the Bulls.

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    Hawthorne springs ahead as racing returns

    In yet another sign that spring is lurking, the 2014 Chicago thoroughbred racing season kicks off Friday afternoon at Hawthorne Racecourse.

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    Cleveland’s Tristan Thompson (13) takes a shot over Philadelphia’s’ Spencer Hawes in a game on Tuesday. On Thursday, the Cavs acquired Hawes.

    No moves from Bulls as trade deadline passes

    Not surprisingly, the Bulls made no moves before the NBA's trade deadline struck on Thursday afternoon. A couple of Central Division rivals made interesting trades, however.

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    Antioch campaigns for sectional participation

    Last year, when Antioch hosted the Class 3A sectional, it was the players on the basketball team that helped with game operations. The Sequoits, who had been eliminated from the tournament by then, did everything from run errands to assist during the 3-point shooting contest. “We’re hosting the sectional again this year, and the goal that we set in our first classroom meeting of the season is that we want to find other people to work the sectional because we want to play in it,” Antioch coach Jim White said. “We’re hoping that we get a better seed to help us get through the regional so that we can get back to our place for the sectional.”

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    Libertyville, Carmel show they’re good sports

    After such a closely contested game, perhaps no one was prepared for what they saw following it. Players from both Carmel and Libertyville were hugging, slapping high-fives and standing arm-in-arm at halfcourt, flashing their brightest smiles at a few cameras.

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    Antioch’s AJ Marsiglio is a standout in basketball, helping direct the team with assists from his point guard position. He’s also got his heart set on helping people fight cancer.

    In basketball and fighting cancer, give Antioch’s Marsiglio an assist

    Antioch point guard AJ Marsiglio is never too busy to lend a helping hand.

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    Girls bowling: State tournament scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at this weekend's girls bowling state tournament, from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League and Leyden.

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    Girls gymnastics: State meet scouting, Northwest

    Here's a look at this weekend's girls gymnastics state meet, from the perspective of teams from the Mid-Suburban League.

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    The all-around skills of Abby Hasanov helped Barrington earn a spot in this weekend’s state meet at Palatine.

    All-arounders help MSL teams play winning hand

    Fremd, Barrington, and Prospect have each punched their ticket to the girls gymnastics state meet, overcoming different challenges along the way. All three teams, though held one thing in common: an ace. Fremd senior Christine Jensen, Prospect junior Maddie Larock, and Barrington sophomore Abby Hasanov gave their teams a major boost during the season. And all three will be looking to make an impact at Palatine High School, where preliminaries in the individual events and finals in the all-around will begin at 5 p.m. Friday, with event finals and team trophies beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

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    Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) runs against Chicago Bears defense during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Bears defensive picture remains muddled

    With the uncertain staus of a large group of unrestricted free agents on defense and a desire to go heavy on defense in May's draft, it might be at least a couple months before the Bears have a strong sense of how they will look on that side of the ball next season.

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    Buffalo Grove native and Stevenson High School graduate Megan Bozek (9) wipes a tear as she stands with Monique Lamoureux of the United States (7) and Meghan Duggan (10) during the medal ceremony.

    Canada women stun U.S. in miracle comeback to win gold

    Marie-Philip Poulin scored twice for the second straight Olympic gold medal game and Canada beat the United States 3-2 in overtime on Thursday for its fourth consecutive title. Canada trailed 2-0 before Brianne Jenner and Poulin scored in the final 3:26 of regulation, and Poulin had the game-winner with a power play goal at 8:10 of overtime.

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    Adelina Sotnikova of Russia reacts Thursday after completing her routine in the women’s free skate figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Russia’s Sotnikova wins gold in figure skating

    Bursting from the shadow of her adored teammate, Adelina Sotnikova gave Russia its first gold medal in women’s Olympic figure skating. While much-heralded Julia Lipnitskaia was stumbling, the 17-year-old Sotnikova soared. When she won the free skate Thursday at the Sochi Games, she denied South Korea’s Yuna Kim from defending her title and confirmed Russian command of the sport once more.

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    Megan Bozek of the United States (9) wipes a tear as she stand with Monique Lamoureux of the United States (7), and Meghan Duggan of the United States (10) during the medal ceremony for women’s ice hockey.

    Images: Winter Olympics, Thursday, February 20th
    Images of Thursday at the Sochi Winter Olympic Games. Highlights include a loss for Buffalo Grove native Megan Bozek and Team USA women's hockey, freestyle skiing, figure skating, and much more.

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    Bears defensive end Shea McClellin (99) will be shifted to a linebacker position, where he is expected to compete for a role as strongside linebacker or middle linebacker.

    Bears shift gears and put McClellin at linebacker

    The Bears have finally made official Shea McClellin's move from defensive end to linebacker, a shift that's been expected since the end of the 2013 season.

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    USA defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, goaltender Jonathan Quick and forward Blake Wheeler celebrate Wednesday after a 5-2 win over the Czech Republic in the men’s quarterfinal hockey game at Shayba Arena during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    U.S.-Canada hockey rivalry hits Olympic semifinals

    The U.S.-Canada hockey rivalry starts from childhood, particularly for players who grow up near the border. Although they’re often pals and teammates in the NHL, their friendships evaporate if they’re ever lucky enough to face off at the Olympics. “There’s a lot of animosity, a lot of feelings like there’s something to prove between both teams,” Canada forward Jonathan Toews said.

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    Maddie Bowman gets air Thursday during the women’s halfpipe skiing qualifying at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    Bowman of U.S. claims gold in women’s ski halfpipe

    Maddie Bowman of the United States won the first-ever gold in women’s Olympic halfpipe skiing. The 20-year-old Bowman scored 89.00 in the finals on Thursday night to edge Marie Martinod of France. Ayana Onozuka of Japan earned the bronze.

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    Mike North Video: Trade Cutler for No. 1 draft pick of Johnny Manziel
    Texas A&M’s former QB Johnny Manziel is speaking out about being a No. 1 pick in the draft. Mike North says the Bears should trade Cutler for that pick and use it to snag this confident QB.

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    Basketball player hits lights, Division II game ends in tie

    Talk about shooting the lights out. The Division II game Wednesday night between Johnson C. Smith and Winston Salem State ended a in a draw after a player heaved a full-court shot with less than a second left and knocked out lights, forcing the game to be halted for safety concerns.

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    Team Switzerland celebrates their 4-3 win over Sweden in the women’s ice hockey bronze medal game at Bolshoy Arena at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia.

    Swiss women beat Sweden 4-3 for hockey bronze

    Jessica Lutz broke a third-period tie with 6:17 to play and Switzerland rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat Sweden 4-3 and claim the bronze medal in Olympic women’s hockey on Thursday.

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    Norway’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen, right, and Tiril Eckhoff smile after winning the gold during the mixed biathlon relay at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. The win helped put Norway back atop the medal standings.

    5 things to know about the Sochi Olympics: Thursday edition

    Fast five, Thursday edition: Five things you’ll want to know about the 2014 Winter Olympics.

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    Lamb frustrated with U.S. Speedskating leadership

    SOCHI, Russia — There’s more dissension for U.S. Speedskating. Maria Lamb is taking aim at the organization’s leadership after a last-place showing at the Sochi OlympicsThe Americans have failed to win a medal in Sochi, with much of the focus on the high-tech skinsuits that were dumped midway through the Winter Games. Lamb says that’s “just the tip of the iceberg” and the leadership of U.S. Speedskating is largely to blame for the team’s problems.Lamb made her comments after finishing 16th in the 5,000 meters Thursday.She says some skaters “have raced better in spite of the organization rather than because of it.” Lamb used an expletive to describe what the team has gone through and says, “Unfortunately, it came to a head that we could no longer perform well.”

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    Ukrainian skier leaves Olympics, citing violence in her country

    SOCHI, Russia — The International Olympic Committee says it has been informed that Ukrainian skier Bogdana Matsotska has left the Sochi Games in response to the violence in her country. Spokesman Mark Adams said Thursday the IOC has been in touch with the Ukrainian Olympic organizing committee following a clash between anti-government protesters and police in Kiev that left at least 25 people dead and hundreds injured. Pole vault great Sergei Bubka, who heads Ukraine’s national Olympic committee, has urged Ukrainian athletes to remain in Sochi as a sign of unity. But he’s also said he respects the rights of athletes to make their own decision. The 24-year-old Matsotska finished 27th in the super-G and 45th in giant slalom.

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    Teen Shiffrin chases gold in slalom, her specialty

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Mikaela Shiffrin came to the Sochi Games hoping for two medals. Didn’t matter one bit that she’s only 18 or that she’s at her first Olympics.After a fifth-place finish in the giant slalom, the American gets to race Friday in her specialty, the slalom, which she has ruled for the past two years, including a world championship and World Cup title. She’s won eight of the past 18 slaloms; no one else has won more than two in that span. It’s the last women’s event on the Alpine hill at Rosa Khutor, and the second leg will be under the lights at night.“I’ve been preparing for this for my entire life, really. Whether I knew it or not at the time, every single instance, every event that’s happened to me — it’s been preparation for this and preparation for whatever happens in my future,” Shiffrin said. “I’ve always been really aware of that.”That’s why Shiffrin was able to smile and even laugh and, at least publicly, brush aside whatever disappointment she might have felt when she wound up out of the medals in the giant slalom on Tuesday. Asked that day which of her two GS runs she would like to redo, she replied: “I wouldn’t redo any of them. I think this was supposed to happen.”In what way?“I believed that I wasn’t going to win my first World Cup slalom race until I was ready, because if I won it a minute sooner, then I wouldn’t be able to continue to win,” explained Shiffrin, who lives in Eagle-Vail, Colo. “And I think it’s the same for my first GS. I was really thinking that my first GS win would be at the Olympics, and that would be such a cool thing to accomplish. But it’s just something that I accept: I got fifth today,” she said. “There are four girls who skied better than I did, and I’m really excited to analyze their skiing and analyze mine.”The GS winner was Tina Maze of Slovenia, who also took gold in the downhill, and can become only the second woman in Olympic history with three titles at a single Winter Games. Janica Kostelic of Croatia did it at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Maze pushed Shiffrin during the 2012-13 World Cup season for the slalom title. It came down to the last race, when Shiffrin took first place and Maze was third.“Now she’s done GS, so will probably be more relaxed for slalom,” Maze said about Shiffrin. “She’s a great athlete. She has a great team around her. They are working really good. For that age, she’s great, amazing.”Others to watch Friday include the defending champion, Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany, Marlies Schild of Austria, and Frida Hansdotter of Sweden, who won the most recent World Cup slalom on Feb. 2 in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, and is second, behind Shiffrin, in the season standings.Hansdotter also was the slalom bronze medalist at last year’s world championships, where Shiffrin became the youngest woman to win a world title since 1985.Hoefl-Riesch already owns four Olympic medals, including a super-combined gold and super-G silver at the Sochi Games, but she skipped the giant slalom because she’s been dealing with a cold and breathing problems. After practicing Thursday, though, she decided to compete in the slalom, Germany’s Alpine spokesman Ralph Eder told The Associated Press. Schild’s only Sochi event is the slalom. She was the 2010 silver medalist and holds the World Cup record of 35 victories in that discipline, with two this season.If it comes down to Shiffrin vs. Schild on Friday, the president of the Austrian ski federation, Peter Schroecksnadel, thinks the difference could depend on the snow conditions.

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    Britain’s skip Eve Muirhead celebrates Thursday after beating Switzerland in the women’s curling bronze medal game at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

    Britain wins bronze in women’s Olympic curling

    SOCHI, Russia — Britain won the bronze medal in women’s Olympic curling by beating Switzerland 6-5 on Thursday, ensuring the country will at least match its record haul of four medals at a single Winter Games.British skip Eve Muirhead secured victory with a draw to the button on the last stone.Muirhead’s world champion rink recovered from a 6-4 loss to Canada in Wednesday’s semifinals to win Britain’s first curling medal since 2002, when the women’s team captured the gold.Britain already had won a gold and a bronze in Sochi and is assured of either a gold or silver in men’s curling with David Murdoch’s team in the final. Britain last won four Winter Games medals in 1924.Canada plays Sweden in the gold-medal game later Thursday.

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    The team from the United States USA-1, piloted by Steven Holcomb, take a curve Thursday during the men’s four-man bobsled training at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia.

    USA-1 driver Holcomb says injured leg improving

    KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — USA-1 driver Steven Holcomb ran a few steps on his injured leg before loading into his bobsled as he prepared for this weekend’s Olympic four-man event.Holcomb, who won bronze in two-man to end a 62-year U.S. medal drought in that event, strained his calf muscle earlier in the Sochi Games. On Thursday, his crew took two practice runs and although the times were slow — 16th place — Holcomb was encouraged that he was able to do some running after only sitting in the sled at the start on Wednesday.Holcomb has had acupuncture and other treatments and joked that he’s been offered other remedies “but most of them are illegal.”Holcomb won the four-man competition at Vancouver in 2010, the first U.S. gold in that event since 1948.

Business

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    On Wednesday the world’s biggest social networking company, Facebook, announced it is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for up to $19 billion in cash and stock.

    Does WhatsApp deal show Facebook knows what’s up?

    If Facebook hopes to remain the social networking leader, CEO Mark Zuckerberg knows the company must follow the people. That realization compelled Zuckerberg to pay $19 billion for WhatsApp, a mobile messaging application that is redefining the concept of texting while its audience of 450 million users expands at an even faster clip than Facebook itself.

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    Stocks rose Thursday, erasing most of yesterday’s drop, as improving manufacturing data tempered concern about the economy and Facebook’s $19 billion purchase of a messaging startup fueled optimism about deals.

    Stocks rise as U.S. manufacturing expands

    The pendulum swung again for stocks on Thursday. The stock market got a boost on Thursday from a couple of encouraging signs that the economy could pick up after a winter slump. That wiped out a drop from the day before triggering by some unnerving news from the Federal Reserve.

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    A St. Charles development firm has proposed combining the city-owned Thomle Building, 2 E. Wilson St. in Batavia, and the privately owned building next door, to create restaurant and residential space. It is seeking money from the city to do so.

    $590K sought from Batavia for Thomle Building project

    Batavia administrators will continue to negotiate with a potential buyer for the Thomle Building at 2 E. Wilson St. over the amount of financial aid the buyer wants for its project. The developer wants the building for essentially nothing, and $590,000 for renovations to it and the building next door.

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    Might Tesla Motors, whose logo is seen here, ever merge with Apple? It’s fun to think of what an iCar might be like.

    What would iCar look like? It’s fun to dream

    Rumors have been swirling since news broke this week of a possible meeting between Apple’s top executive for acquisitions and the CEO of electric car maker Tesla. Although a pairing of the two companies is a likely long shot and far off at best, it’s kind of fun to think about a car made the company that brought us the iPhone and iPad.

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    WhatsApp and Facebook app icons on an iPhone in New York.

    WhatsApp deal highlights suite of similar apps

    Facebook’s announcement it is paying $19 billion in cash and stock to acquire WhatsApp is a milestone in the short history of mobile messaging apps. Hundreds of millions of people have downloaded such apps to their smartphones and tablets to chat and share photos and videos for free, making them potent rivals to Facebook. WhatsApp alone has 450 million active monthly users.

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    The Wheaton City Council issued a new, three-year license this week to French Market operator Bensidoun USA, Inc. Despite earlier concerns about the fee amount, Bensidoun will continue to be charged $2,500 per market season to hold the market in a downtown parking lot.

    No fee increase as Wheaton extends French Market license

    Wheaton’s French Market has received a new license from the city council that will allow it to continue operating for three more years. Despite earlier concerns about the fee amount, Bensidoun USA, Inc., will continue to pay $2,500 a season to hold the market in a downtown parking lot. That’s the same amount Bensidoun has paid the city during its current seven-year agreement, which is set to expire March 31.

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    Gauge of U.S. economy’s health up 0.3 percent

    A measure of the U.S. economy’s health posted a moderate gain in January, suggesting that the economy will continue to expand in the first half of this year.

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    Allstate gains after approving biggest share buyback since 2006

    Northbrook-based Allstate Corp., the largest publicly traded U.S. home and auto insurer, rallied the most in the 81- company Standard & Poor’s 500 Financials Index after authorizing the firm’s biggest stock buyback since 2006.Allstate gained 2.9 percent to $53.31 at 10:12 a.m. in New York. The insurer has advanced 15 percent in the past year, compared with the 21 percent rally of the index.The insurer approved the repurchase of as much as $2.5 billion in stock in the next 18 months, Allstate said yesterday in a statement. The company also increased its dividend 12 percent to 28 cents a share. Chief Executive Officer Tom Wilson has focused on improving margins from covering cars and homes after limiting risk tied to life insurance and savings products.“We positively view the company’s efforts to narrow its focus on higher-return businesses and to aggressively manage its capital,” Clifford Gallant, an analyst at Nomura Holdings Inc., said today in a research note. He rates the company neutral.Catastrophes cost the company $277 million before tax last month as winter weather fueled claims, Allstate said today in a statement. That amount is $180 million after tax.

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    A shopper looks in the window of an ALDO store in the Mall in Robinson Township, Pa.U.S. consumer prices barely rose last month as a sharp increase in energy costs was offset by cheaper clothing, cars and air fares. The figures indicate inflation remains mild.

    Consumer prices rose 0.1 percent last month

    U.S. consumer prices barely rose last month as a sharp increase in energy costs was offset by cheaper clothing, cars and air fares. The figures indicate inflation remains mild.

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    Apple sells iPhone for $1,174 in Brazil

    Apple’s 16-gigabyte, contract-free iPhone 5s will sell for 2,799 reais ($1,174) in Brazil. That compares with $649 in the U.S. and 5,288 renminbi ($872) in China.

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    A Tesla car is parked near the Washington state Capitol on Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Olympia, Wash.

    Tesla shares rise to record on Apple acquisition speculation

    Tesla Motors Inc. closed above $200 for the first time amid speculation about the nature of a 2013 meeting between the electric-car maker’s chief, Elon Musk, and Apple Inc.’s head of mergers and acquisitions.

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    People hold a poster of modern Turkey’s founder Kemal Ataturk as they protest against Internet restrictions in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Gul approves Turkey internet bill in sign he’s no Erdogan rival

    Turkish President Abdullah Gul told his 4.3 million followers on Twitter yesterday that he shared their concerns about a restrictive new Internet bill.Then he said he’d signed it into law anyway, promising follow-up legislation on two points he didn’t specify. His follower count dropped by about 80,000 as Turks opened a campaign with the hashtag, “UnFollowAbdullahGul.”

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    Hundreds of Athenians queue for free meat at the Athens central meat market amid clouds of smoke from grills Thursday. The handouts were organized by meat market traders, as part of the annual celebrations for “Barbecue Thursday” _ a raucous pre-Easter celebration for meat lovers. But amid Greece’s acute recession and unemployment, the prospect of free meat has come to attract ever-larger crowds.

    Study: Greece to need new $55 billion bailout

    An influential think-tank estimates Greece will need a third package of international bailout loans worth$55 billion\ to reduce its debt burden to a sustainable level by 2030.

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    BlackBerry Ltd. rose as much as 8 percent in German trading after Facebook Inc. agreed to buy mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp Inc. for as much as $19 billion, highlighting the value of BlackBerry’s rival service.

    Blackberry rises as Whatsapp deal highlights messaging value

    BlackBerry Ltd. rose as much as 8 percent in German trading after Facebook Inc. agreed to buy mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp Inc. for as much as $19 billion, highlighting the value of BlackBerry’s rival service.

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    Rebekah Brooks, right, former News International chief executive, arrives at the Central Criminal Court in London.

    Hacking trial: Brooks acquitted on 1 of 5 charges

    Former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted Thursday of one of the five charges she faced over wrongdoing at Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloids — an allegation that she bribed an official for a picture of Prince William in a bikini.

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    Tracey Anderson, 26, re-stocks X-Box sets on opening day of a new Wal-Mart on Georgia Avenue Northwest in Washington. Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, forecast profit this year that trailed analysts’ estimates as the sluggish U.S. economy and government benefit cuts threaten to restrain sales.

    Wal-mart forecast trails estimates as economy hurts U.S. sales

    Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the world’s largest retailer, forecast profit this year that trailed analysts’ estimates as the sluggish U.S. economy and government benefit cuts threaten to restrain sales.

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    An employee arranges PepsiCo Inc. soft drink bottles on display at a store in Mexico City.

    Peltz: PepsiCo should still split drinks, snacks

    Activist investor Nelson Peltz is ramping up the pressure on PepsiCo, reaffirming his call for the company to separate its struggling North American drinks division from its snack unit.

Life & Entertainment

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    Book notes: Meet 'Hot Doug's' author in Highland Park

    Doug Sohn, owner of Hot Doug's hot dog restaurant, discusses and signs copies of his book "Hot Doug's: The Book" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Highland Park Public Library, 494 Laurel Ave., Highland Park.

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    Hunky Laurent LeClaire (Oscar Isaac) and the married Therese Raquin (Elizabeth Olsen) engage in some fatal hanky-panky in Charlie Stratton's “In Secret.”

    Nuanced performances flounder in familiar 'In Secret'

    Unhappy wives plotting to knock off their insufficient hubbies for profit or romantic upgrades has become a stock commodity in film noir circles. Charles Stratton's exquisitely textured period piece “In Secret” reprises that familiar plot with a worthy cast, but also with a disappointing display of dispassion and a downer ending that, however fittingly moral, drags with dramatic deficiency.

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    Market poses timing concerns for move-up buyers
    Selling one home and buying another is never a simple task. As market conditions change, so does the nature of that challenge. Here are some tips on how to balance these two transactions.

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    Sir Elton John will be making his first appearance at this year’s Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

    Elton John, Kanye among Bonnaroo headliners

    The eclectic trio of Elton John, Kanye West and Jack White will headline this summer’s Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Organizers announced the lineup for the June 12-15 festival Wednesday night. As usual, it offers a bit of something for everyone. Sir Elton will be attending his first Bonnaroo.

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    British band Arctic Monkeys accept the Best Album of the Year award onstage at the BRIT Awards 2014 at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday.

    Absent David Bowie steals show at Brit Awards

    David Bowie stole the show at Wednesday’s Brit music awards without even showing up, while Arctic Monkeys took home two big trophies at British music’s leading prize night. The 67-year-old Bowie, who is enjoying a renaissance with his first album in a decade, “The Next Day,” was named British male artist of the year.

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    Pulled pork is easy, tasty and economical; what could be better than that?

    Slow cooking key to perfect pulled pork

    The first time Jerome Gabriel tried pulled pork was when he was 6 or 7, and he loved it. Now it's on his list of Top 20 favorite foods. The traditional way to cook it is on a barbecue grill or a smoker, but it has been so cold this winter so he wanted to try it inside in a crockpot.

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    Arcada hosts Shirley Temple film fest

    A Shirley Temple Film Festival takes over the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. The After Hours Film Society shows the Oscar-nominated “The Hunt” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Plus, Dann Gire will do an Oscars prediction program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the St. Charles Library.

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    Legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki uses “The Wind Rises” to pay tribute to aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, a designer of the Zero fighter plane.

    Gorgeous, dreamy ‘The Wind Rises’ drifts through Japanese history

    “Airplanes are beautiful dreams,” says Caproni, an Italian airship designer who periodically drops into the daydream fantasies of a young Japanese student, Jiro, to offer advice and support in Hayao Miyazaki’s announced final animated feature, “The Wind Rises.” This is an ambitiously epic movie flooded with dreams. Gorgeous, for sure, but a bit taken with its own importance, perhaps, and that translates into a slow-going historical trek that occasionally loses its narrative airspeed.

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    Vanessa Williams announced after the matinee performance of “After Midnight” that she has signed up for a stint in the Broadway show celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club nightclub. She will start as a guest vocalist on April 1 and end May 11.

    Vanessa Williams eyes Broadway’s ‘After Midnight’

    Vanessa Williams wants to stay up after midnight. The actress, singer and former Miss America watched the matinee performance of “After Midnight” on Wednesday and then broke it to the cast backstage that she has signed up for a stint in the Broadway show celebrating Duke Ellington’s years at the Cotton Club nightclub. “It’s an honor to jump in,” Williams said afterward. She signed on before ever seeing the show and says it was an “easy, easy” decision.

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    Historic Columbia helped renovate the home where President Woodrow Wilson lived when he was a teen. It is now open to the public as a museum.

    Woodrow Wilson’s Columbia home reopens to public

    After nearly a decade of renovations, the South Carolina home where President Woodrow Wilson lived as a teenager is reopening to the public as a museum not only about the politician but also the Reconstruction Era. The home where the 28th president of the United States moved at age 13 and spent his teenage years reopened Feb. 15. The villa-style home built in 1871 is one of four historic sites for Wilson — along with his birthplace in Stanton, Va.; a home in Augusta, Ga., where he grew up; and the Washington, D.C., home where he lived after his time as president.

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    Flaxseed can be ground and added to foods such as yogurt or cottage cheese.

    Give your children a heart-healthy snack they will love

    You want what’s best for your child, but some nights it’s a major feat just getting dinner to the table. You can take it up a notch in simple ways, even on the craziest nights, to work on preventive care for your kids’ heart health.

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    Chicago-area dancers can audition for season 11 of Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Chicago’s Oriental Theatre.

    Fox’s ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ holds Chicago auditions

    The public is invited to audition for season 11 of Fox's "So You think You Can Dance" show on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Oriental Theatre, 24 W. Randolph St., Chicago.

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    Dawn Pennacchia, a graphic artist for Palatine Public Library, created several workshops for teens that encourage creativity and explore design as a career.

    Library workshops focus on nurturing creativity in teens

    Dawn Pennacchia is always bursting with creative energy. So it is no surprise that while she worked as a graphic artist at the Palatine Public Library, creating posters, brochures and displays that she was also busy thinking about new ways to attract teens to book land.

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    Boris (Tim Hopper) threatens Mira (Melanie Neilan) in Steppenwolf Theatre Company's Chicago-premiere production of Erika Sheffer's “Russian Transport.”

    Steppenwolf's 'Russian Transport' a solid piece of theater

    Steppenwolf fans are used to tense dramas that explode with violence or equally turbulent performances that sometimes crash and burn over a flawed script. What they're not used to is a simply solid play that comes together in the end without some visceral calamity as catalyst. Until “Russian Transport.”

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    Warrior Milo (Kit Harington) falls for Cassia (Emily Browning) in the special effects-driven “Pompeii.”

    ‘Pompeii’ explodes with great effects, weak story

    “Pompeii” has a killer ending. Billowing clouds of ash swallow the ancient Roman town and fireballs rain down from above; whole city blocks slide into the sea and a tsunami tears through the streets, leveling everything in its path. When Mount Vesuvius erupts — feel free to direct spoiler complaints to Pliny the Younger — the movie is completely absorbing. You just have to sit through more than an hour of derivative plot and tired dialogue to get there.

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    Fire cancels Hamburg Ballet in Chicago

    An electrical fire at Millennium Park's Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Chicago has forced the cancellation of Hamburg Ballet's two performances of "Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler" on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 19 and 20.

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    Pulled pork is easy, tasty and economical; what could be better than that?

    Beginner’s Pulled Pork
    Beginners Pulled Pork

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