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    Libertyville officials are thinking spring as they prepare for the second year of a $20 million road rehab program. Included in the plans is Virginia Avenue, west of Butterfield Road.

    Libertyville prepares for busy year of road repairs

    Libertyville officials are thinking spring as they prepare for the second year of a $20 million road rehab program. Voters two years ago agreed to a tax hike to fund the effort.

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    A teenage employee was severely injured Sunday when his arm became tangled in ski lift machinery at Raging Buffalo Snowboard Park near Algonquin.

    Jacobs teen injured at ski facility recovering

    A 17-year-old Jacobs High School student who was injured Sunday afternoon when his arm became tangled in machinery that operates a ski lift at the Raging Buffalo Snowboard and Ski Park in Algonquin is still recovering at the hospital, authorities said. “I'm anxiously awaiting a report to see how he's doing,” School District 300 Superintendent Michael Bregy said Monday.

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    Twenty-five pounds of meth was found during a traffic stop in Arlington Heights on Saturday.

    $1.75 million in meth found during Arlington Hts. traffic stop

    A traffic stop in Arlington Heights Saturday ended with police seizing an estimated $1.75 million in crystal meth and a Minneapolis man behind bars facing felony drug charges, authorities said Monday. Roberto Ortiz, 22, is charged with possession with intent to deliver after approximately 25 pounds of crystal meth was found in his car, according to Cook County sheriff's police.

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    Woman found dead in snow identified

    An elderly Huntley woman who apparently wandered away from her home and was later found dead in the snow has been identified by the Kane County coroner's office.

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    Huntley to build bike path along Kreutzer Road

    The Huntley village board recently approved spending $150,000 for a bike path and screening along Kreutzer Road for Sun City residents as part of ongoing construction to extend that roadway west to Main Street, officials said.

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    Rags blamed for Mundelein fire

    Improperly stored rags may have spontaneously combusted in a Mundelein garage Monday afternoon, fire officials say.

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    Oscar Pistorius, right, speaks with his lawyer Barry Roux at the start of his trial in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday. Pistorius is charged with murder with premeditation in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day 2013.

    Witness at Pistorius trial recalls hearing screams

    “Bang ... bang, bang, bang.” The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius opened Monday in South Africa with testimony from a neighbor who described the sound of what she said were four gunshots and recalled the “blood-curdling screams” of a woman who prosecutors say was the girlfriend slain by the onetime star athlete in his home. “It’s the most helpless feeling...

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    Former Congressman Mel Reynolds, center left, prepares to enter a prison truck while handcuffed after a court appearance Feb. 20 in Harare, Zimbabwe. Since deported, Reynolds now says he’s in hiding.

    Reynolds says he’s in hiding

    Former Chicago Congressman Mel Reynolds says he’s in hiding after being deported from Zimbabwe for staying in the country with an expired visa.Reynolds was arrested last month on charges of possessing pornography. But now he says the charges were trumped up to discredit him because he was about to expose Americans who are illegally doing business with dictator Robert Mugabe.

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    Civic Federation urges extension of income tax hike

    An influential government watchdog group says Illinois should keep its temporary income tax increase in place for a year longer than initially promised and begin taxing retirement income to dig the state out of a massive budget hole — a solution that’s both being praised for its evenhanded approach and digested with a strong dose of skepticism over its prospects in an election year.

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    Republican candidates for U.S. Senate Jim Oberweis, left, and Doug Truax both oppose the new federal health care law, but Oberweis believes instead of merely repealing it, leaders should replace it with one that drives down insurance costs.

    Oberweis bristles at Truax attacks during debate

    Jim Oberweis used his time during a debate Monday as a platform to pitch himself as the right choice for the GOP’s U.S. Senate nomination. Instead of taking a similar tack, Doug Truax spent much of the debate explaining to voters why Oberweis was the wrong choice.

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    Greg and Maredith Stoffel of Batavia venture into the woods Monday along one of the many trails at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle to do a bit of cross-country skiing. Maredith had not skied in 15 years and Greg had never tried it before.

    Morton Arboretum perfect setting to try cross-country skiing

    A Batavia couple finds the Morton Arboretum in Lisle an ideal place to try their luck at cross-country skiing. As members of the arboretum, the couple knew they could rent skis, boots and poles at the outdoor museum to take a crack at the sport.

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    Ukrainian soldier walks guarding naval base in the village of Novoozernoye, some 60 miles west of the Crimean capital Simferopol, Monday.

    Russia sets Ukraine agenda with diplomacy, threats

    Russian troops said to be 16,000 strong tightened their stranglehold on Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula Monday, openly defying the U.S. and the European Union and rattling world capitals and stock markets. The West struggled to find a way to get Russia to back down, but with little beyond already threatened diplomatic and economic sanctions, global markets fell sharply over the prospect of...

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    Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and spokesman, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, went on trial Monday in New York on charges he conspired to kill Americans in his role as al-Qaida’s mouthpiece after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He is the highest-ranking al-Qaida figure to stand trial on U.S. soil since the attacks.

    Bin Laden’s son-in-law goes on trial in New York

    Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was introduced to prospective jurors on Monday at the start of his trial on charges that he conspired to kill Americans and support terrorists in his role as al-Qaida’s spokesman after the Sept. 11 attacks. U.S. District Judge Lewis A. Kaplan asked Sulaiman Abu Ghaith to turn and face the potential jurors before asking if any of them knew him. None did.

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    In their White House meeting Monday, President Barack Obama personally appealed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to move forward on peace talks with the Palestinians, while also trying to manage Israel’s deep suspicion of his pursuit of a nuclear accord with Iran.

    Obama: Tough choices nearing in Mideast talks

    Seeking to salvage an elusive Middle East peace plan, President Barack Obama pressed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday to make the “tough decisions” needed to move forward on talks with the Palestinians. But facing a U.S.-imposed April deadline, the Israeli leader declared pessimistically that, “Israel has been doing its part and, I regret to say, the...

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    Clockwise from top left, Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, Dan Rutherford and Bruce Rauner are seeking the Republican nomination for governor in the March 18 primary.

    Rauner spreading money around other candidates, groups

    As Winnetka businessman Bruce Rauner continues to pump more of his own money into his primary run for governor, he’s also been spreading the wealth to candidates and Republican organizations across the suburbs and state, perhaps winning influence that might pay off later. Since the start of last year, Rauner and his wife have given more than $275,000 to Republican candidates, GOP groups...

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    Roberto Noyola-Espinal

    Texas man charged with 1999 Lisle rape

    A Texas man accused of sexually assaulting a Lisle woman 15 years ago appeared in a DuPage County court this weekend.

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin listens to Gen. Ivan Buvaltsev, right, as they observe a military exercise near St. Petersburg, Russia, Monday. Pro-Russian troops held all Ukrainian border posts Monday in Crimea, as well as all military facilities and a key ferry terminal, cementing their stranglehold on the strategic Ukrainian peninsula.

    Invasion of Ukraine isn’t Putin’s only option

    President Vladimir Putin knows there is little the West can do to get him to reverse his mobilization in Crimea, or to stop him from sending additional troops into other parts of Ukraine. But trade sanctions against Russia could be painful, and there are ways for him to get what he wants — keeping Ukraine from slipping out of his grasp — without ratcheting up the military pressure.

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    Rolling Meadows Mayor Tom Rooney gives his annual State of the City address Monday to members of the Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce.

    Good financial news could help Rolling Meadows build fire station

    Rolling Meadows’ bond rating rose significantly late last year, which could make it easier to borrow money if the city decides to build one or two new fire stations, Mayor Tom Rooney told the Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce during his annual State of the City address Monday.

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    Buffalo Grove doctor, chiropractor charged with fraud

    A chiropractor and a physician with offices in Buffalo Grove, their billing manager and three purported patients are facing prison sentences after being indicted on federal charges alleging they played a part in a $2.98 million health care fraud scheme, authorities said Monday. According to the U.S. attorneys office, the defendants allegedly schemed over the course of a decade to obtain health...

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    Illinoisans got the state’s first concealed carry permits in the mail Monday.

    Concealed carry permits are out

    After years of debate by state lawmakers and months of processing by the state police, the first licenses to carry concealed firearms landed in suburban mailboxes Monday.

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    Bartlett crash shuts down part of Lake Street

    A three-vehicle crash in Bartlett on Monday closed Lake Street near Naperville Road for more than an hour, police said.

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    The Broadway production of “Newsies.”

    Broadway in Chicago sets fall 2014 season

    Broadway in Chicago 's fall 2014 season will include world premieres from Christopher Smith and Arthur Giron and Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider along with recent Broadway hits “Newsies” and “Cinderella” in their North American tours.

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    Barrington fire district saves money on vehicles

    Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District trustees recently authorized an innovative apparatus upgrade program that will allow the district to procure two front-line emergency vehicles for less than the cost of a single new engine, saving taxpayers nearly $150,000, officials said. The plan calls for the district to modify an existing 2,000-gallon tanker to serve as an advanced...

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    Lawyers announce judicial recommendations

    The Chicago Council of Lawyers announced its recommendations for judicial candidates running in the March 18 primary election.

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    A jogger is seen Monday in Lafayette Park in front of the White House in Washington. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the greater Washington Metropolitan region, prompting area schools and the federal government to close for the wintry weather.

    Walloped again: Another storm hits much of US

    On the latest snow day in a winter full of them, residents of parts of the South, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast were coping with several inches of snow on top of a layer of slush. With accumulations of 4-to-6 inches in Washington, Monday’s storm would have been the largest in the nation’s capital in all of last year. But in the seemingly endless winter of 2013-2014, it came 2 ½...

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    Coleen Riley purchases a snow shovel at Ace Hardware, in West Lafayette, Ind. Harsh winter weather has been rough for some businesses, but for a lucky few, it has meant more hard, cold cash. Ace Hardware is having its best winter in more than a decade selling snowblowers and shovels.

    Cold weather heats up sales for some companies

    The harsh winter has been rough for some businesses, but for a lucky few, the frigid weather means more cold, hard cash. Ace Hardware is having its best winter in more than a decade for snow blower and shovel sales. Waterproof boots are on a long backorder at clothing maker L.L. Bean. And more people are staying home and ordering gooey grilled cheese sandwiches and booze from Delivery.com.

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    Lake County sectional spelling bee:

    The last of three sectional spelling bees for Lake County students will be Thursday, March 6, in the Wauconda High School auditorium, 555 N. Main St., Wauconda.

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    Retired teachers meet:

    Lake County news digest for Tuesday, March 4.

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    District 95 science fair:

    The sixth annual Lake Zurich Unit District 95 Science Fair and Extravaganza is Saturday, April 12, at Lake Zurich Middle School South, 435 W. Cuba Road, Lake Zurich.

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    Palatine Jaycees seek participants for July 4th festival

    The Palatine Jaycees are seeking individuals or organizations interested in participating in Palatine’s July Fourth celebration, Hometown Fest. “This is the community’s celebration and we want everyone involved,” said Liz Noe, co-chair of the festival.

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    Elgin looks at code enforcement changes

    Elgin is doing away with no-notice fines, the first step in overhauling the way the city goes about code enforcement. Under the new rules, property owners would get a warning — sometimes more than one warning — before being issued a ticket, allowing code inspectors more discretion in handling cases.

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    District 116 forum Tuesday:

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 will host a forum Tuesday related to a ballot iniaitive seeking permission to borrow $29 million for a high school expansion and renovations to the current structure.

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    Citizens for Conservation hosting kids astronomy class

    Citizens for Conservation will present a “Leave No Child Inside” class focusing on astronomy from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 at the Flint Creek Savanna, 459 W. Route 22, in Barrington. Astronomers Edith and Tom Auchter will lead an evening of stargazing, discuss where one would find a nebula and answer questions about outer space.

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    Mike McGue

    Waukegan teachers ready to strike April 16

    Waukegan Unit District 60 teachers plan walk off the job next month if they don’t receive a new contract. About 17,000 students in prekindergarten through high school would be idled if the instructors strike April 16, a date set Monday by the union negotiating team, Lake County Federation of Teachers President Mike McGue said.

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    Harold Lipofsky took over Lipofsky’s Department Store in Barrington when he returned from service in World War II.

    Barrington “ambassador” Harold Lipofsky, 91, dies

    The village of Barrington lost one of its biggest ambassadors last week with the passing of Harold Lipofsky. A founding member of both the Barrington Rotary and Chamber of Commerce, he was 91. “He loved being involved in the community and he loved getting other business leaders involved,” said Alexis Portugal, president of the Barrington Rotary Club.

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    Grant Muren

    Roommate pleads innocent in Naperville murder

    A 21-year-old man charged with killing his new roommate shortly after moving in to a Naperville townhouse pleaded innocent Monday. Grant Muren faces of first-degree murder and concealment of a homicide charges in connection with the January death of Charles Clark of Naperville. Muren’s not guilty plea came during a brief arraignment hearing.

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    AMC Showplace 16 in Naperville has withdrawn its request for the city council to create a new type of liquor license that would allow the theater to sell alcohol to moviegoers.

    Naperville movie theater withdraws request for new liquor license

    Hollywood Palms is likely to remain the only movie theater in Naperville where patrons can get a beer or a glass of wine with their flick. AMC Showplace 16 has withdrawn its request for the city council to create a new type of liquor license that would allow the theater to sell alcohol, City Manager Doug Krieger said Monday.

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    Leads Pauline Moll, right, playing Ti Moune, and Kyle Fisher, playing Daniel, dance during Monday’s dress rehearsal for the spring musical “Once On This Island” at Grayslake Central High School. Students from Grayslake Central and Grayslake North are participating on the play that will be performed March 13-16.

    Grayslake Central, North high school students prepare for spring musical

    Students from the fine arts department of Grayslake High School District 127 sang and danced during a dress rehearsal Monday for their upcoming performance of “Once On This Island.” “It’s been a lot of fun. It‘s a different style of show than we’ve done before so it involves a lot more singing and dancing,” director Maureen Ritter said.

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    Dennis Ryan

    Blackberry Township to talk about supervisor replacement March 11

    When will Blackberry Township appoint a new supervisor? And who has applied for the position?

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    Roselle not giving up on fireworks

    Despite missing a key deadline, Roselle officials aren’t yet willing to pull the plug on a proposed July fireworks show. The village’s “Get a Bang for Your Buck” campaign is trying to raise $25,000 for a fireworks display, but the fundraising effort so far has raised less than $4,000.

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    Truck driver Renato Velasquez, right, with his attorney Steven Goldman, is arraigned Monday in front of Judge Robert Kleeman at the DuPage County Courthouse in Wheaton. Velasquez was driving a semitrailer truck in January that struck emergency vehicles stopped along I-88, killing a tollway worker and injuring a state trooper.

    Trucker charged in fatal crash pleads innocent

    The truck driver accused of causing the January crash along I-88 that killed Wheeling tollway worker Vincent Petrella and seriously injured a state trooper pleaded innocent on Monday. Renato V. Velasquez, 46, of Hanover Park, is facing multiple felony charges, including operating a commercial motor vehicle while fatigued or impaired, driving beyond the 14-hour rule and the 11-hour rule, and...

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    Lalaine Regencia

    Elderly woman’s caretaker racked up big credit card bills, police say

    A caretaker from Cary is accused of running up $16,000 in credit card bills on the account of an 86-year-old Carpentersville woman. Lalaine Regencia, 46, faces up to seven years in prison on charges of felony financial exploitation of an elderly person, according to police and court record. She was arrested late last week and is due in court Friday.

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    Dustin S. Neal

    Plea deal considered in Round Lake Beach shooting

    A 20-year-old man accused of shooting another man in Round Lake Beach is considering a plea deal in the case, his attorney said in Lake County court Monday. Dustin Neal is expected to make a decision Friday.

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    U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a Hoffman Estates Democrat, won't head to Sochi for the Paralympic Games as part of a federal delegation.

    Duckworth, federal officials won't visit Paralympic Games

    The delegation of federal government officials led by U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth that was planning to go Sochi, Russia, for the Paralympic Games won't be making the trip, Duckworth said. The move is a response to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and it won't so far affect the American athletes planning to compete in the games that are set to start Friday. Some are already there.

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    Recovering heroin addict Nick Gore of Bartlett will discuss his struggles and recovery Sunday in the premiere episode of “Oprah Prime,” airing at 8 p.m. Sunday on the Oprah Winfrey Network. Gore, who’s been clean for two years, frequently speaks to suburban teens about his addiction.

    Bartlett man discusses heroin addiction on Oprah’s OWN network

    Recovering heroin addict Nick Gore will be featured on the Oprah Winfrey Network March 9 in a show about addiction. The former hockey standout frequently speaks to suburban teens about the dangers of heroin, "I still have to prove myself," the Bartlett man says after two years of sobriety.

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    Students at the University of Illinois gather at a house on campus during the “Unofficial St. Patrick's Day” celebration in Champaign. Champaign police say they're gearing up for this year's festivities Friday that are expected to draw thousands of students for a day of drinking.

    Champaign police prepare for St. Patrick's Day party

    Champaign police are gearing up for the annual Unofficial St. Patrick's Day celebration, officials said. Law enforcement officials are preparing up for this weekend's festivities that are expected to draw thousands of students for a day of drinking, The (Champaign) News-Gazette reported.

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    Sarah Griswold at the Walter R. Sundling Junior High library, with two of her favorite books.

    Competitive spelling career over for Palatine 8th-grader

    Eighth-grader Sarah Griswold of Palatine came very close to punching her ticket to the Scripps National Spelling Bee, coming in second at the Regional Suburban Cook County Bee. She survived 17 rounds and eventually went head to head with last year’s winner, Alia Abiad of Western Springs.

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    Lake in the Hills village officials say McHenry County’s proposal for a continuous flow intersection at Randall and Algonquin roads is about $36 million more expensive than the alternative. This view is looking west along Algonquin Road toward Randall Road.

    Village: Intersection project could cost $36 million more than alternative

    Lake in the Hills village officials say McHenry County’s proposal for a continuous flow intersection at Randall and Algonquin roads is too expensive — about $36 million more than the alternative traditional intersection improvement, which would entail adding left and right turn lanes.

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    St. Francis de Sales Parish teens win video contest

    Youths at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Lake Zurich won $5,000 from a video contest sponsored by the Archdiocese of Chicago.

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    The cicada killer wasp is one of the many species of wasps that can be found in North America.

    How much does a bee sting hurt? Check the five-point scale

    Aspiring writers who attended the Grayslake Area Public Library’s youth program “Novel Detectives” had these questions for Kids Ink, "How much would it hurt if a wasp would sting you?" and "How big are devil worms?"

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    Illinois Supreme Court: Consolidate pension lawsuits

    The Illinois Supreme Court has ordered that four lawsuits challenging Illinois’ new pension reform law be consolidated. The March 3 order transfers the case filed by a group of retired teachers in Cook County Circuit Court to Sangamon County Circuit Court, where the three other cases were filed.

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    Cold hampers annual Maple Syrup Fest in Illinois

    GENOA, Ill. — One of the coldest winters on record in northern Illinois has taken its toll on an annual maple syrup festival.

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    Afghan officials say roadside bomb kills 5 police

    A police official says a roadside bomb destroyed a police vehicle in Afghanistan’s southern Uruzgan province, killing five policemen and wounding one.

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    Court skeptical of IQ scores in deciding execution

    he Supreme Court seems likely to say that states can’t rely on intelligence test scores alone in borderline cases to determine that a death row inmate is mentally able and thus eligible to be executed. The justices heard arguments on a snowy Monday in a challenge from a Florida inmate who says there is ample evidence to show he is mentally disabled, even though his most of IQ scores have...

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    Ex-Blackwater contractors seek dismissal of case

    Former security contractors charged in a deadly shooting in Iraq are asking a federal judge to dismiss the case against them. The former Blackwater Worldwide contractors are accused of taking part in a September 2007 shooting that prosecutors say killed 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in Baghdad’s Nisoor Square.

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    EU weighs reaction to Russian incursion in Ukraine

    Faced with few options to counter Russia’s military incursion in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, European Union foreign ministers on Monday sought a joint response possibly threatening economic sanctions but leaving dialogue as the most viable way forward.

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    Demonstrators gather Monday outside the Russian Embassy in Vilnius, Lithuania, to protest against Russian intervention in Ukraine. The U.S. and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defenses in Europe in response to Russia’s military advances on Ukraine.

    Moscow: Troops in Ukraine defending Russians

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday sought to justify the use of Russian troops streaming into neighboring Ukraine’s Crimea region as a necessary protection for his country’s citizens living there, and called on Kiev to return to Feb. 21 deal reached between opposing Ukrainian sides that Moscow did not sign. “We are talking here about protection of our citizens...

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    China captures 3 more suspects in station attack

    Police have captured the final three people suspected of involvement in a slashing rampage at a train station in southwest China that killed 29, state media reported Monday.

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    Philippine gunmen abduct 2 children, nanny, driver

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine military says gunmen have abducted two children, their nanny and a driver while on the way to school in the restive southern region notorious for ransom kidnappings by Islamic militants.

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    Nepal on alert to stop Tibetan protest

    KATMANDU, Nepal — Police in the Nepalese capital are on alert to stop protests by Tibetan refugees, including any attempts to self-immolate, next week to mark the anniversary of the failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet, officials said Monday.Police official Ganesh K.C. said police officers in Katmandu were on alert and that monitoring had been stepped up.

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    William and Kate plan adventurous trip Down Under

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand — British royals Prince William and wife Kate plan to go jet boating and sailing during an adventurous trip Down Under, according to a Kensington Palace announcement Monday.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, accompanied by 7-month-old son Prince George, plan to spend three weeks in Australia and New Zealand next month.

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    Mexican police stop planned protest for drug lord

    CULIACAN, Mexico — Police in northern Mexico have detained about 40 people who were apparently planning to demonstrate in support of captured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.The move comes after a similar march demanding Guzman’s release last week drew about 1,000 enthusiastic supporters into the streets of Culiacan, the capital of northern Sinaloa state.

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    This winter, DuPage volunteers are helping weather professionals track snowfall at more than 60 points across the county. A Lisle observer has counted 37 snowy days since Dec. 1.

    Local volunteers help pros make sense of the weather

    There's no denying this winter's been a doozy, and more than 60 volunteers in DuPage County are helping weather officials keep track of our snowfall by recording and reporting daily precipitation through the CoCoRaHS Network. Our Joan Broz takes a look at how the amateur weather observers make a difference in how the pros understand and predict the weather.

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    President Barack Obama meets in September with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Obama and Netanyahu’s meeting at the White House Monday comes at a critical juncture in negotiations on peace talks with the Palistinians and pursuit of a nuclear accord with Iran.

    Obama, Netanyahu to meet on Iran, Mideast peace

    President Barack Obama is making a personal appeal for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to move forward on peace talks with the Palestinians. Obama will also try to manage Israel’s deep suspicion of a nuclear accord with Iran when the two leaders meet Monday at the White House.

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    Man says he was sleepwalking when be attacked son

    INDIANAPOLIS — A state court has rejected the appeal of a man who claimed he was sleepwalking when he attempted to strangle his 7-year-old son.The Indiana Court of Appeals recently voted 3-0 to uphold Joseph Curnutt’s 35-year-old prison term resulting from his 2013 conviction on battery charges.

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    Illinois prepares for statewide tornado drill

    LINCOLN, Ill. — Tornado sirens across Illinois are getting ready to sound as part of a statewide emergency preparedness drill.The National Weather Service says Tuesday’s drill will take place at 10 a.m. in every Illinois county.March is Severe Weather Preparedness month in Illinois.

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    Gaza public workers: Hamas not paying salaries

    Palestinian civil servants in the Gaza Strip are calling on the Hamas government to pay them their full salaries, a rare expression of discontent in the territory.

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    Demonstrators gather Saturday outside the White House in Washington. Russian troops took over Crimea as the parliament in Moscow gave President Vladimir Putin a green light Saturday to use the military to protect Russian interests in Ukraine.

    A Cold War reprise as U.S. seeks Moscow’s isolation

    In a sudden reprise of Cold War sensibilities, the U.S. and its allies are weighing sanctions on Moscow and whether to bolster defenses in Europe in response to Russia’s military advances on Ukraine. Secretary of State John Kerry, soon on his way to Ukraine’s capital, said world leaders “are prepared to go to the hilt in order to isolate Russia with respect to this...

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    More than 300,000 face famine in Mozambique

    MAPUTO, Mozambique — Mozambique agriculture minister Jose Pacheco says that more than 300,000 people in the southern African state face famine this year. Speaking on state radio on Sunday, Pacheco said the famine, which affects mainly the central and southern regions of Mozambique, has been caused by various factors, including drought, flooding and insect plagues.

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    Indiana man arrested in mother’s beating death

    EVANSVILLE, Ind. — An Evansville man has been arrested on charges he beat his 69-year-old mother to death.Authorities in Hopkinsville, Ky., say 29-year-old Jamal Mounts is being held in the Christian County Jail on preliminary charges of murder, first degree burglary, fourth degree assault and resisting arrest.

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    Japan, North Korea Red Cross officials meet

    Japanese and North Korean Red Cross officials met in China on Monday in what Japan hopes will be a step toward talks on the return of Japanese citizens kidnapped by North Korea in the 1970s and 1980s.

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    Illinois bill backlog could fall to $5.6 billion

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois officials say the state’s backlog of unpaid bills is decreasing.The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reports the backlog is expected to fall to $5.6 billion by June 30, which is the end of the current fiscal year. That’s down from a high of $9.9 billion in 2010.

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    Experts inspect Du Quoin building after bricks fall

    DU QUOIN, Ill. — Engineers are inspecting an office building in the southern Illinois town of Du Quoin after bricks fell from its facade and caused a gas leak.

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    Report: Emanuel, Rauner have common donors

    Chicago Democratic Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner have a few things in common, most notably wealthy political donors.

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    2 Illinois children killed in Missouri car crash

    FESTUS, Mo. — Two Illinois children have been killed in an eastern Missouri crash after the driver of their car turned left in front of an oncoming pickup truck.The Missouri State Highway Patrol says 4-year-old Bryleigh Greene and 11-year-old Ethan Price of Granite City, Ill., were killed in the collision at 4:48 p.m. Saturday near Festus.

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    Plan would use private funds to fix fairgrounds

    SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — State agricultural officials and some lawmakers say private money could help make major repairs at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.State Sen. Andy Manar has filed legislation that would allow the Department of Agriculture to form a state fairground foundation to solicit private money to upgrade and repair fairgrounds in Springfield and DuQuoin.

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    Early voting begins Monday across Illinois

    SPRINGFIELD — Early voting begins for the March 18 primary begins across Illinois on Monday.At the top of the ballot on the Republican side is the race for U.S. Senate, where state Sen. Jim Oberweis and businessman Doug Truax are facing off.

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    Report: Illinois electric deregulation saved $37B

    A new report says electricity deregulation has saved Illinois customers up to $37 billion over the past 16 years.The report being released Monday by four business groups says the average household has paid $3,600 less overall than if the average annual electricity rates had stayed the same.

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    Wisconsin committees to consider new mine bill

    MADISON, Wis. — The Legislature’s mining committees are set to take comments on a bill that would shield existing sand mines from new regulations.

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    Plymouth student is repeat poetry champion

    INDIANAPOLIS — A student from a northern Indiana high school has won her second consecutive championship in a statewide poetry reading competition.The Indiana Arts Commission says Emma Libersky of Plymouth High School won first place in the 2014 Indiana Poetry Out Loud State Finals. She’s the first repeat state champion in the competition’s eight year history.

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    Indiana man injured in snowmobile crash

    GRIFFITH, Ind. — A Merrillville man has been injured after his snowmobile struck a hard three-foot pile of snow.The Indiana Department of Natural Resources says the accident occurred about 6 p.m. Sunday in Griffith, about 25 miles southeast of Chicago.

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    Bill to allow guns in school lots up for vote

    INDIANAPOLIS — A bill that would allow guns in parking lots outside Indiana’s schools is headed to a vote in the House.Changes to the bill added a provision that would allow guns to be stored out of sight in vehicles at school parking lots. The Senate passed the bill 28-21 in January and the House is scheduled to vote on the measure Monday.

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    Dawn Patrol: Gire on the Oscars; suburban Ukrainians speak out

    Gire, suburban film fans celebrate Oscars in Wheaton; suburban Ukrainians worried about Russia’s actions; Palatine plungers endure icy “needles” for a good cause; suburban teams dance their way to wins at big competition; 17-year-old trapped in machinery at Algonquin snowboarding park

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    This image released by Ellen DeGeneres shows actors front row from left, Jared Leto, Jennifer Lawrence, Meryl Streep, Ellen DeGeneres, Bradley Cooper, Peter Nyong'o Jr., and, second row, from left, Channing Tatum, Julia Roberts, Kevin Spacey, Brad Pitt, Lupita Nyong'o and Angelina Jolie as they pose for a “selfie” on a cell phone during the Oscars on Sunday.

    Weekend in Review: Teen trapped in machinery; Oscar winners
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Teen gets caught in machinery at Algonquin snowboarding park; lead paint still an issue in suburban homes; Gurnee woman charged in anti-religious vandalism; suburban Ukranians worry over Russia's invasion of Crimea; Jimmy Fallon takes polar plunge in Chicago; Toews says Hawks had a blast playing at Soldier Field; Daily Herald Film Critic Dann Gire hosts...

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    Democrats Dennis Anderson, left, and John Hosta are candidates in the race for the 14th Congressional District.

    14th Dems at odds over guns, abortion

    Democrats John Hosta and Dennis Anderson have major differences in at least two hot-button social issues. Gun control and abortion are the areas where Hosta believes he really separates himself from the party while representing the majority view in the 14th Congressional District. Anderson maintains more traditional Democratic views on those topics.

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    Relocating parts of a water pipeline serving seven Northwest Cook towns is a complicated and costly process.

    Negotiations with tollway whittled cost from moving pipeline

    Oh to be in the room when Northwest Cook County mayors learned it would cost millions to move a water pipe in the way of I-90 expansion. “We were knocked head over heels,” Hanover Park Mayor Rodney Craig said. Under a 1984 agreement between the Illinois tollway and the Northwest Suburban Municipal Joint Action Water Agency, the towns are on the hook for the $73 million cost of...

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    The four candidates seeking the Republican nomination for the 11th Congressional District seat are: from upper left, Chris Balkema, Ian Bayne, Bert Miller and Darlene Senger.

    11th District candidates: Government must get out of way of business

    Before the economy can really take off, the federal government must get out of the way of business. That was the common theme voiced by all the four Republicans in the 11th Congressional District race as they explained their views on tax reform, the minimum wage and other issues during a forum hosted by the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

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    Tom Minichiello of Naperville places a push pin atop Houston, on the map he has used to trace his journey to complete a marathon in less than four hours in all 50 states. He reached his goal Jan. 19 in Houston.

    Naperville man runs 50 marathons in 50 states

    The feeling was pure happiness when Tom Minichiello was closing in on the finish line where he would complete his goal of running a marathon in less than four hours in all 50 states. Adrenaline was pumping as he smiled and waved at the crowd in Houston, wearing honorary race bib number 5050, as he finished in 3:45. "I was in a state of happiness," said Minichiello, 55, of Naperville.

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    Naperville man’s marathons by the numbers

    Tom Minichiello’s journey to running a marathon in less than four hours in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. contains plenty of numbers. There’s the number of miles he ran in races: 1,336.2; the number of marathons he ran in 2012: 26; the number of times he finished in the top three for his age group: five; and the number of times he ran four marathons in a month: thankfully, only...

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    Arthur Niewiardowski

    Bitter battle on for Elk Grove GOP committeeman post

    A bitter battle has developed in the run-up to the March 18 primary for Elk Grove Township Republican committeeman. Art Niewiardowski says he has the experience, contacts and institutional knowledge that will lead to a stronger organization. Scott Lietzow says the current leadership of the Elk Grove GOP — of which his opponent is a part — hasn’t done a good enough job getting...

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    Mike North video: Pound for pound Iverson one of the greatest athletes
    Former Philadelphia 76’er Allan Iverson had his number retired this past weekend and even though he has had plenty of issues, he is beloved by the city of Philadelphia. Mike North considers him pound for pound one of the greatest athletes of all time.

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    Geneva's Michaela Loebel is hugged by teammate Sidney Santos .

    Images: Geneva vs. Rockford Boylan girls basketball
    Geneva won 60-41 over Rockford Boylan in the girls Class 4A supersectional basketball game Monday night in Elgin. Geneva advances to this weekend's state tournament.

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    Rolling Meadows' Jenny Vliet, foreground left, embraces teammate Ashley Montanez, after the Mustangs beat New Trier 60-43 in the Class 4A supersectional at Hoffman Estates on Monday.

    Rolling Meadows knows how to get downstate

    After winning two Barrington sectional games after trailing at halftime, Rolling Meadows found itself leading by 13 points in Monday's Class 4A Hoffman Estates girls basketball supersectional against New Trier. But not so fast. This still wasn't going to be as easy as it may have once appeared. That's because standout guard Alexis Glasgow did not appear in the locker room at half. Instead, she was in the trainer's room nursing an apparent broken nose. But like all great teams do, the state-ranked Mustangs rose to the occasion without their Northwestern recruit and rolled to a 60-43 victory over the Trevians for a second straight trip to the Final Four. Rolling Meadows (28-4) will face Geneva (26-5) and coach Sarah Meadows at 6:30 p.m. in Friday's semifinals at Illinois State's Redbird Arena.

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    Cincinnati’s Brandon Phillips signs autographs before a Feb. 27 exhibition baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear, Ariz.

    Reds owner blames media for sagging ticket sales

    In our look around the National League Central, the owner of the Cincinnati Reds expresses his frustration over the local media reporting that his team did little or nothing this winter. And could an upcoming Pittsburgh Pirates outfield be the best in team history?

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    Coach Juergen Klinsmann leads a training session with the U.S. men’s national soccer team Monday in Frankfurt Germany. The U.S. team will face Ukraine on Cyprus on Wednesday.

    U.S. says friendly with Ukraine is on

    Wednesday’s friendly between the U.S. and Ukraine in Cyprus appeared to be in jeopardy because of the upheaval in the Crimean Peninsula. But the U.S. Soccer Federation said Monday night in an emailed statement that the game would proceed as scheduled.

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    North Carolina’s Marcus Paige defends as Notre Dame’s Eric Atkins shoots during the second half of Monday’s game in Chapel Hill, N.C.

    No. 14 North Carolina holds off Notre Dame

    Notre Dame’s defense was good enough in the second half against North Carolina to give the short-handed Fighting Irish a chance to end the 14th-ranked Tar Heels’ long winning streak. North Carolina did enough late to hold on for a 63-61 victory Monday night, but it gave coach Mike Brey a positive to build on as the Irish closed the regular season.

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    The Brewers’ Ryan Braun hits a single during the fifth inning of a spring training game Monday against the Cubs in Phoenix.

    Cubs top Brewers 4-2

    Ryan Braun raised his spring training batting average to .800 with a double and a single in three plate appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers during their 4-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Monday.

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    Quintana goes 3 innings as White Sox top Royals

    Jose Quintana made it to the 200-inning mark last season. Now the Chicago White Sox lefty wants to add even more to his workload. The 25-year-old made his spring debut on Monday, going three innings in Chicago’s 9-7 victory over the Kansas City Royals.

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    Girls basketball scoreboard: Monday’s results
    Girls basketball scoreboard*Class 4A Judson supersectionalGeneva 60, Rockford Boylan 41Geneva — Novak 5 6-6 16, Seberger 4 1-1 11, Santos 3 0-0 7, McClougahn 2 0-0 4, Loberg 8 2-3 18, Loebel 2 0-0 4, Dunn 0 0-0 0, Reynolds 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals: 24 9-10 60.Rockford Boylan— Steward 0 0-0 0, Pettit 2 1-1 5, Blassage 8 1-5 19, Stull 2 0-0 4, Crouch 1 0-4 2, Horuat 2 0-1 4, Schiro 0 2-2 2, Zimmerman 1 0-0 3, Person 0 2-2 2. Totals: 16 6-15 41.Geneva 15 10 20 15 —60Rockford Boylan 8 14 11 8 —413-point baskets: G: Seberger 2, Santos; RB: Blasssage 2, Zimmerman*Class 4A supersectional at Hoffman Estatesrolling meadows 60, new trier 43New Trier — Bosco 0 0-0 0, Boehm 4 2-2 10, Pedi 2 3-3 8, Czyznski 1 0-0 2, Welch 4 00 10, Neuhaus 0 2-2 2, West 2 0-0 5, Gahlon 0 0- 0, Ball 0 0-0 0, Schoch 0 0-0 0, Revis 0 0- 00, Stiffler 0 0-0 0. Totals 15 9-9 43.Rolling Meadows — Glasgow 3 0-0 7, Montanez 2 0-0 4, Vliet 3 2-3 9, J. Kemph 6 12-14 25, Kay 2 0-0 5, Shewmon 1 2-3 4, A. Kemph 1 2-3 4, Rasche 0 0- 0, Mickey 1 0-0 2, Vasilogambros 0 0- 0, Psarros 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 18-23 60.New Trier 10 7 13 13 —43Rolling Meadows 13 17 17 13 —603-point baskets: NT: Welch (2), Pedi; RM: J. Kemph, Kay, Vliet, Glasgow.Fouled out: None.*Class 4A Hinsdale Central supersectionalWhitney Young 57, Neuqua Valley 39Whitney Young — Hillsman 9 0-0 18, Lewis 2 2-2 7, Beck 0 0-0 0, Brame 1 2-4 4, Allen 3 3-4 9, Muhammad 5 1-2 14, Dickson 1 0-0 2, Spingola 0 0-0 0, Malone 0 0-0 0, McKee 0 1-2 1, Williams 1 0-0 2.. Totals 22 9-14 57.Neuqua Valley — Starks 1 1-2 4, N. Smith 4 0-0 8, Lazar 0 4-4 4, Menendez 3 0-0 6, Moon 2 4-4 8, McInerney 0 0-0 0, Deveikis 1 0-0 3, Keefer 0 0-0 0, Aguilar 0 0-0 0, Rehal 0 0-0 0, Austin 0 0-2 0, Berglind 1 0-0 2, Cobb 1 0-0 2. Totals 13 9-12 39.Whitney Young 15 6 21 15 —57Neuqua Valley 7 6 6 20 —393-point baskets: WY: Muhammad (3), Lewis. NV: Moon, Deveikis.Fouled out: None.*Class 3A Hinsdale Central supersectionalMontini 59, De La Salle 27De La Salle — Hamilton 4 1-2 9, Fletcher 3 2-3 8, Torrence 2 0-0 6, Herrera 1 0-0 2, King 0 1-2 1, Young 0 1-2 1, Stewart 0 0-1 0. Totals 10 6-10 27.Montini — Kuykendall 5 3-5 13, Kerstein 5 0-0 13, Karlis 3 1-2 9, Jakaitis 2 2-2 6, Ross 2 1-2 5, Bogdan 1 1-2 3, Castro 1 0-0 3, Stone 1 0-0 3, Wallace 1 0-2 2, O’Day 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 8-14 59.De La Salle 7 3 12 5 —27Montini 13 18 10 18 —593-point baskets: DS: Torrence (2). M: Kerstein (3), Karlis (2), Castro, Stone.Fouled out: None.*Class 3A supersectional at Hoffman EstatesBurlington Central 41, Carmel 29Carmel — Melillo 0 0-0 0, Lach 2 3-4 7, Felicelli 4 0-0 8, Kloss 3 0-2 8, Gauthier 3 0-0 6, Bitter 0 0-0 0, Yacono 0 0-0 0, Amato 0 0-0 0, Delozier 0 0-0 0, Svoboda 0 0-0 0, Casale 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 3-6 29.Burlington C. — Ross 5 1-3 11, Rafferty 0 0-0 0, Holt 3 2-2 11, Ratzek 0 0-0 0, De Tamble 0 0-0 0, Collins 0 0-2 0, Cruz 2 0-0 4, Ciganek 0 0-0 0, Pryor 3 6-6 15, Colby 0 1-4 1, Gerke 0 1-2 1. Totals 13 11-19 41.Carmel 12 4 5 8 —29Burlington C. 7 10 10 14 —413-point baskets: C — Kloss 2; BC — Pryor 3, Holt.*Class 4A supersectional scoresAt Illinois Wesleyan Univ.Marian Catholic 72, Edwardsville 45At Judson Univ.Geneva 60, Rockford Boylan 41At Hinsdale CentralWhitney Young 57, Neuqua Valley 38at Hoffman EstatesRolling Meadows 60, New Trier 43

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    Boys basketball scoreboard: Monday’s results
    Boys basketball scoreboard*Class 4A St. Charles North regionalSouth Elgin 74, Elgin 55South Elgin — Howard 0 0-0 0, Smith 6 1-1 14, McClure 2 4-5 9, Atkins 0 1-2 1, Mahmudi 0 2-2 2, Wells 4 0-0 11, Lynch 3 0-0 6, Amrhein 0 0-0 0, Winsel 0 0-0 0, Kamienski 4 2-2 11, Hankins 9 2-3 20, Martinez 0 0-0 0, Genz 0 0-0 0. Totals 28, 12-15 74.Elgin — Edwards 2 0-0 5, Douglas 0 5-6 5, Harper 4 0-0 9, Butler 7 4-6 20, Golliday 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0, Sanders 4 1-2 10, Baldwin 0 0-0 0, Mari 2 0-0 4, Sitter 0 2-2 2. Totals 19 12-16 55.South Elgin 11 16 24 23 —74Elgin 22 11 10 12 —553-point baskets: E — Edwards, Harper, Butler 2, Sanders; SE — Smith, McClure, Wells 3, Kamienski.*St. Charles East 78, Streamwood 49Streamwood — Hill 3 1-2 7, J. Siewert 1 0-0 2, Allen 1 0-1 2, Guinto 0 2-2 2, McGlone 1 4-4 6, Seger 3 3-4 9, Berrios 0 0-0 0, A. Siewert 2 0-0 4, Cordone 0 0-1 0, Sweeney 0 0-0 0, Harris 6 3-9 15, Diana 1 0-0 2. Totals 18 13-23 49.St. Charles East — Washington 6 0-0 12, Adduci 3 0-0 8, Gentry 3 0-0 7, Settle 2 0-0 6, Vzyral 2 0-0 6, Mason 3 1-3 7, Manibog 0 0-0 0, Clodi 6 0-0 18, McQuillian 2 0-0 5, Champine 0 0-0 0, Asquini 1 1-2 4, Bronec 0 0-2 0, DiLeonardi 0 2-3 2. Totals 29 4-10 78.Streamwood 6 11 16 16 —78St. Charles East 24 15 22 17 —493-point baskets: SCE — Adduci 2, Gentry, Settle 2, Vyzral 2, Clodi 6, McQuillan, Asquini, Miller.Fouled out: SCE — Mason.*Class 4A CL Central regionalDundee-Crown 61, Crystal Lake South 52Dundee-Crown — Pochop 2 2-3 6, Dunner 1 0-0 2, Cord Parson 2 7-9 11, Buckley 1 3-4 5, Seals 4 5-6 13, Munson 5 2-2 15, Stewart 4 1-3 9, Steinmetz 0 0-0 0. Totals 19 20-27 61.CL South — Wagner 1 1-2 4, Thomas 0 0-0 0, Mahoney 3 6-6 12, Johnson 4 2-2 11, Baker 3 0-2 7, Bartusch 3 0-1 6, Buckner 1 3-6 5, Schingel 1 3-4 5, Freesen 1 0-0 2. Totals 17 15-23 52.Dundee-Crown 3 17 19 22 —61CL South 6 5 12 29 —523-point baskets: D-C — Munson 3; CLS — Wagner, Johnson, Baker.*Jacobs 46, Crystal Lake Central 25CL Central — Murphy 2 2-2 6, Peisker 1 0-0 3, Price 2 3-4 8, Ortner 1 1-3 3, Koch 2 1-2 5, Vesely 0 0-0 0, Olson 0 0-0 0, Fritz 0 0-0 0, Brandwein 0 0-0 0. Totals 8 7-11 25.Jacobs — Mack 4 2-3 11, Orange 1 0-0 2, Murray 0 2-2 2, Krutwig 2 2-3 6, Peltier 1 0-0 2, Boeckh 3 0-0 9, Canady 1 7-11 9, Bindi 0 0-0 0, Ross 0 0-0 0, Grant 2 1-2 5, Wolinski 0 0-0 0, Perry 0 0-0 0, Zakes 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 14-21 46.CL Central 3 6 8 8 —25Jacobs 10 11 11 14 —463-point baskets: J — Boeckh 3, Mack; CLC — Price, Peisker.Fouled out: CLC — Price.*At Addison TrailNorth Lawndale 52, Addison Trail 44Hoffman Estates 56, Fenton 22*At Herseyhersey 82, wheeling 80Hersey — Haas 30 pts., Fuerst 16 pts., Mueller 11 pts., Heeren 10+ assists. Totals .Wheeling — Stephani 16 pts., Kim 10 pts., Szpir 10 pts. Totals .prospect 68, round lake 49Round Lake — Ruiz 1 1-4 3, Green 0 2-3 2, Green 1 0-0 3, Lear 4 1-4 9, Wright 8 4-6 21, Pisarski 1 0-0 2, Lopez 3 0-0 6, Soto 1 0-0 3. Totals 19 8-17 48.Prospect — Formanski 1 0-0 2, Paczko 0 2-2 2, Frasco 7 2-3 19, Cahill 1 1-1 3, Goneh 1 0-0 2, Beyak 4 1-2 10, Miller 1 0-0 3, Suarez 0 1-2 1, Niemiec 0 0-0 0, Fusilero 0 0-0 0, Kiselovas 1 0-0 2, Thomas 8 3-3 19, McPartlin 2 1-2 5. Totals 26 11-15 68.Round Lake 8 9 17 15 —49Prospect 16 14 25 13 —683-point baskets: RL: Green, Wright, Soto; Pros: Frasco 3, Beyak, Miller.*At Maine WestTaft 74, Mather 51*At Elk GroveElk Grove 58, Schaumburg 54 (OT)Wheaton North 68, Willowbrook 33*At Libertyvillebarrington 59, buffalo grove 43

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    West Chicago, Lake Park win in regional

    Lake Park spent the entire regular season trying to grind out victories. Why should the playoffs be any different?It was another day of pulling teeth for the Lancers, who held off Leyden 65-59 in the Class 4A Leyden regional quarterfinals Monday in Franklin Park.

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    Barrington handles Buffalo Grove

    It was seemingly over at halftime, as Barrington was firmly in control at 41-19 against Buffalo Grove. That’s the same Bison team that had beaten the Broncos earlier in the year. Barrington (12-17) has officially lived for another day. Chris Lester led a balanced Barrington attack with 11 points as the Broncos stopped BG 59-43 in the opening round of the Libertyville regional.

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    Rolling Meadows players celebrate after the win.

    Images: Rolling Meadows vs. New Trier girls basketball
    The Rolling Meadows Mustangs won 60-43 over the New Trier Trevians in the Class 4A supersectional girls basketball game Monday, March 3 in Hoffman Estates.

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    Neuqua Valley's Niki Lazar looks for room to shoot against Whitney Young.

    Images: Neuqua Valley vs. Whitney Young girls basketball
    Neuqua Valley lost 57-39 to Whitney Young in Class 4A girls basketball supersectional action at Hinsdale Central.

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    Montini players celebrate.

    Images: Montini vs. De La Salle girls basketball
    Montini won 59-27 over Chicago DeLaSalle in Class 3A girls basketball supersectional action at Hinsdale Central.

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    Burlington Central's players go crazy after the final buzzer.

    Images: Carmel vs. Burlington Central girls basketball
    The Carmel Corsairs fell 41-29 to the Burlington Central Rockets in the Class 3A supersectional girls basketball game Monday, March 3 in Hoffman Estates.

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    Reed helps Libertyville advance

    That Matt Reed fellow is an official zone-buster. In Monday night’s meeting of Libertyville-Mundelein, it was Reed’s 3-point shooting that spelled doom for Mundelein. The senior notched seven 3-pointers on the way to a career-best 31 points. Libertyville was on a pace to score 100 points after the first quarter and really didn’t fall far short in a 91-66 romp in the opening session of the Class 4A Libertyville regional.

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    Neuqua Valley’s Najee Smith, left, gets a hug from teammates as she comes off the floor during their loss to Whitney Young in Class 4A supersectional girls basketball at Hinsdale Central on Monday.

    Shots don’t fall for Neuqua

    When you face the best team in the state, the last thing you want is shooting woes. That’s exactly what happened to Neuqua Valley in its 57-39 loss to Whitney Young in the Class 4A Hinsdale Central girls basketball supersectional on Monday.

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    Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau yells during the second half of the NBA basketball game Monday night against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center in New York. The Nets defeated the Bulls 96-80.

    28 turnovers doom Bulls in 96-80 loss to Nets

    A day after the Bulls set a franchise-low with just 3 turnovers, to go with 30 assists. They hit the opposite extreme on Monday, committing 28 turnovers – the highest total by an NBA team this season – in Brooklyn. The result was a 96-80 loss to the Nets.

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    Jacobs soars past Crystal Lake Central

    Jacobs boys basketball coach Jim Roberts believes reserve guard Cory Boeckh plays an important role off the bench for the Golden Eagles. And Jacobs, which struggles to score at times, was badly in need of Boeckh’s 3-point prowess early when it struggled to score in the first half of its 46-25 opening-round win over the sixth-seeded Tigers Monday night, the hosts of the Class 4A Crystal Lake Central regional.

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    Batavia surprises Downers Grove South

    Boys basketball records are meaningless in March, and Jeremy Schoessling was playing with additional incentive for Batavia Monday night in Plainfield.

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    Geneva’s Morgan Seberger is lifted up by her father Michael as the Vikings celebrate their win over Rockford Boylan Monday in the 4A supersectional at Judson University in Elgin.

    Geneva dominates Rockford Boylan

    It’s 115 miles from Geneva High School to Redbird Arena in Normal, a long road but nothing compared to the journey the Vikings have taken to get there. From a pair of season-ending injuries to Sidney Santos to another to Michaela Loebel to coming out of the Addison Trail sectional as the No. 5 seed, all of those obstacles just made Monday’s 60-41 victory over Rockford Boylan in the Class 4A Judson supersectional that much sweeter.

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    Bench gives St. Charles East lift against Streamwood

    Rather than offering a motivational speech at halftime, St. Charles East basketball coach Patrick Woods opted to give his players some extra practice in the St. Charles North gym Monday night. “We were just doing some shooting drills,” said Woods, whose team will return to face the North Stars (16-9) Wednesday night following its convincing 78-49 Class 4A regional quarterfinal victory over Streamwood (2-28).

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    Antioch rolls in regional opener
    Boys basketballAntioch 68, Chicago North Grand 39: Antioch advanced to the regional semifinals with a comfortable win in its opener Monday at St. Patrick.The No. 13 Sequoits will now face host St. Patrick, a No. 4 seed, Tuesday at 8 p.m.Antioch is trying to win its first regional in years in order to return home to play in the Class 3A sectional it will be hosting next week.McHenry 53, Grant 41: Ryan Noda had 14 points but was the only Grant player to reach double-figures in a loss to McHenry in the regional opener at McHenry.Steve Dunning had 9 points for the Bulldogs, who close the season at 14-14.Meanwhile, McHenry got double-figure scoring out of four players.Prospect 68, Round Lake 49: Despite 21 points from Karnell Wright, Round Lake lost its opener in regional play at Hersey.Prospect got 19 points apiece from Bobby Frasco and Danny Thomas.

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    Twins top prospect Miguel Sano will miss the season with a right elbow injury.

    Reeling Twins suffer big-time setback

    In our look around the AL Central, the Twins are dealing with the loss of prized third baseman Miguel Sano (elbow surgery), the Indians' Nick Swisher is taking a different spring approach and the Tigers' Justin Verlander (groin surgery) should be ready to start the season.

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    Marian Hossa suffered the injury during the first period of Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Soldier Field when he was checked into the boards by Craig Adams.

    Blackhawks to play without Hossa for 2-3 weeks

    The Blackhawks will be without winger Marian Hossa for 2-3 weeks with an upper-body injury, coach Joel Quenneville said Monday. Hossa suffered the injury during the first period of Saturday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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    Chicago Blackhawks’ Brandon Pirri (37) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of an Oct. 17 NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in Chicago.

    Pirri trade not a surprise

    The day after saying he liked the makeup of his team, Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman traded minor-league center Brandon Pirri to Florida for two draft picks Sunday. Could he have gotten more for Pirri, the American Hockey League’s leading scorer last season? Maybe, but you never know what others think of your players until you make them available.

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    Burlington Central’s players celebrate after beating Carmel 41-29 in the Class 3A supersectional at Hoffman Estates High School on Monday.

    Burlington Central punches ticket downstate

    Burlington Central sophomore forward Sam Pryor emerged unscathed from a scrum of happy, toppled-over student fans and players and then celebrated on Hoffman Estates basketball court with anyone she could find. Her old eighth-grade basketball coach, Terry Sportsman, then found her. This time, she wasn’t so lucky. By the time Pryor was done embracing Sportsman, tears of joy filled her eyes. As she walked away, she wiped away others that had slid down her rosy cheeks. Pryor’s game-high 15 points and 5 rebounds had just helped Burlington Central earn its first trip downstate thanks to a 41-29 win over Carmel Catholic in the teams’ Class 3A supersectional showdown Monday night.

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    Bartlett wins regional opener

    Bartlett 72, Glenbard East 56: The Hawks (15-14) raced ahead to an early lead and never looked back as they advanced in the Class 4A Morton regional to play Conant at 8 p.m. tonight. Ryan DiCanio paced the Hawks with 18 points while Robbie Jimenez and Tyler Pauletti chipped in 15 points each. Bartlett will take on Conant in Tuesday’s semfinals.

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    Eventually, Palatine shoots down Grayslake North

    Persistence paid off for Palatine on Monday in the opening round of the Class 4A boys basketball playoffs at Rolling Meadows. Palatine was miserable from outside the 3-point until late in the third quarter. But the Pirates finally regained their shooting touch, just in time to rally past Grayslake North 39-37. Palatine (13-15) will meet St. Viator in the regional semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Rolling Meadows.

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    Dundee-Crown moves on

    Just like an old car trying to start during this frigid cold winter, it took the better part of a quarter for Dundee-Crown to get purring. But after a 3-point first quarter and going the first 10:14 of the game without a field goal, the fifth-seeded Chargers scored 58 points in the last three quarters in posting a 61-52 win over fourth-seeded Crystal Lake South in first round action of the Class 4A Crystal Lake Central boys basketball regional Monday night.

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    Burlington Central’s Samantha Pryor, left, hugs teammate Kayla Ross near the end of the Rockets’ 41-29 win over Carmel in the girls basketball Class 3A supersectional at Hoffman Estates High School Monday.

    A night to remember for Burlington Central

    With a minute and 25 seconds to play in Monday’s Class 3A Hoffman Estates supersectional, Sam Pryor scored her 14th and 15th points to put Burlington Central ahead of Carmel 40-26. It was then that Rockets’ coach Mark Smith turned to the bench and pointed to his reserves to check into the game. It was then that Shelby Holt, already out of the game, first started to feel it. It was then that the nightmare of last year was finally over. The Rockets knew then they were headed to state.

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    Montini celebrates in their 59-27 win over De La Salle in Class 3A supersectional girls basketball at Hinsdale Central on Monday.

    Montini keeps winning

    Montini overcame an inconsistent night to advance from Monday’s Class 3A girls basketball supersectional at Hinsdale Central.

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    Rolling Meadows fights back, bounces Waukegan

    Early in the Class 4A regional play-in game between host Rolling Meadows and Waukegan, it looked like the Bulldogs might run away with a victory. Rolling Meadows, the 13th seed, righted the ship and edged No. 20 Waukegan 46-44. The win pits the host Mustangs against No. 4 seed Zion-Benton at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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    Barrington junior Keenan Dolezal delivers against Fremd last season; she’ll pitch for Loyola in her collegiate years.

    Barrington’s Dolezal commits to Loyola

    Barrington softball pitcher Keenan Dolezal has become the 21st Filly to earn a Division I scholarship. But her home field will be the closest of any of the past 20 standouts. Dolezal has committed to Loyola University in Chicago.

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    Former White Sox slugger Frank Thomas holds a Babe Ruth bat in the archives area Monday during his orientation visit at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. Thomas will be inducted to the hall in July.

    Thomas tours the Hall of Fame

    The first time Frank Thomas visited the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, he felt out of place. “I looked around — it was my first full year in the big leagues — and said, ‘I really don’t belong here yet,”’ Thomas recalled Monday of that visit in 1991. All these years later, the man they call the Big Hurt now belongs.

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    Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson throws on the opening day of spring football practice Monday, in South Bend, Ind. The Irish are expecting the 6-foot, 200-pound quarterback to be better than he was in 2012, when he helped Notre Dame get to the national championship game.

    Golson ready to lead Irish after missing 2013

    The first day of spring practice was a bit surreal for Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson. It had nothing to do with the 4 below zero temperature outside when the Fighting Irish took the field inside at 7:30 a.m. Monday. It had everything to do with that fact he was putting on his gold Notre Dame helmet and red practice jersey for the first time since being suspended from school last May for academic impropriety.

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    Olympic figure skating gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White talk to fans while signing autographs in New York last week.

    Olympic gold medalists Davis-White out of worlds

    Olympic gold medalist ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White will not compete at the world championships later this month.

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    Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning has passed his physical on his surgically repaired neck, clearing the way for him to play in 2014, a source told The Associated Press.

    Source: Manning passes physical

    The final piece of evidence that Manning is as good as ever came Monday. As expected, Manning passed the exam on his surgically repaired neck that was required by his contract with the Broncos that will pay him $20 million next season.

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    Call stands after first use of extended replay

    The first review under Major League Baseball’s expanded replay system has taken place and after a further look that took 2½ minutes, the call stood.

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    Head coach Tim Beckman says the priority at Illinois this fall will be simple: Winning more games than the four the Illini won last season. Even with a fresh coat of snow on the ground the push to get there starts this week with spring football.

    Illini open spring football with more wins in mind

    Head coach Tim Beckman says the priority at Illinois this fall will be simple: Winning more games than the four the Illini won last season. Even with a fresh coat of snow on the ground the push to get there starts this week with spring football.

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    Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig is checked by the Nashville Predators’ Ryan Suter last season. The Blackhawks and Bollig agreed to a three-year contract extension Monday.

    Blackhawks give Bollig 3-year contract extension

    The Blackhawks and forward Brandon Bollig have agreed to a three-year contract extension. Bollig has 12 points, 6 goals and 6 assists, in 62 games this season.

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    Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee said he wasn’t holding out for a new contact when he missed more than a week of training camp.

    Fire forward Magee laughs off holdout talk

    Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee was in a joking mood when he met the media Monday for the first time during the 2014 preseason, but he briefly turned serious when he said he wasn’t holding out for a new contact when he missed more than a week of training camp.

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    Bulls, White Sox chairman Reinsdorf’s son dies

    The White Sox and Bulls say the son of Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf has died. The teams released a statement Monday saying the Reinsdorf family “has suffered a terrible loss today with the untimely passing of son David Reinsdorf” at age 51. No further details were provided.He was one of Jerry and Martyl Reinsdorf’s four children.

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    Nunn repeats as Big Ten freshman of the week

    Illinois guard Kendrick Nunn made it two in a row with the Big Ten’s decision Monday to name him its freshman of the week. Nunn averaged 10.5 points and 4.5 rebounds a game in upset wins over Nebraska and Michigan State during the past week. He also chipped in 3.5 assists a game.

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    Newly signed guard Jimmer Fredette makes his Bulls debut Sunday against the Knicks at the United Center.

    School’s in session for Bulls’ Fredette

    The Bulls provided Jimmer Fredette with more of an education in professionalism during his first game here than many NBA players receive in their entire basketball careers.

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    Bulls game day
    Bulls vs. Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center, 6:30 p.m.TV: Comcast SportsNetRadio: ESPN 1000-AMOutlook: The Nets have gone 18-8 since Jan. 1 and with a win over the Bulls, could reach .500 for the first time since Nov. 5 when they were 2-2. With C Brook Lopez out for the year, SG Joe Johnson is the top scorer at 14.8 points, with PG Deron Williams at 13.9 ppg and SF Paul Pierce at 13.4. Newcomer Marcus Thornton has averaged 14.7 points in three games since arriving from the Kings. C Kevin Garnett sat out Saturday’s win at Milwaukee with a sore back. The Bulls are 2-0 vs. Brooklyn this season, winning by 16 and 17 points.Next: Detroit Pistons on Wednesday at the Palace of Auburn Hills, 6:30 p.m.— Mike McGraw

Business

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    Global stock markets were down sharply Monday on tensions over Russia’s military advance into Ukraine and the threat of sanctions by Western governments.

    Global stocks slide as tensions build in Ukraine

    Russia’s military advance into Ukraine rattled global markets Monday. News: U.S. stocks fell the most in a month and the price of crude oil rose sharply as traders feared Russian exports could be affected by sanctions. Gold and bond prices rose as investors sought safety. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index had its biggest drop since Feb. 3, following markets in Europe and Asia lower, as Russia’s military tightened its grip on the Crimea region of Ukraine.

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    This 1957 Chevrolet pickup has been dubbed “QuickSilver” by owner Alan Beers of Owasso, Okla.

    Two trucks display the diversity of World of Wheels

    The World of Wheels car show is a Chicago-area event that truly lives up to its name. This auto celebration is now in it’s 52nd year and these two 1950s Chevy pickups, though similar, demonstrate the great diversity on display in Rosemont ovet he weekend.

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    The Tokyo bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox that filed for bankruptcy protection blamed theft through hacking for its losses Monday. Mt. Gox CEO Mark Karpeles, sitting at second right, is seen here at a press conference in on Feb. 28, 2014.

    Bitcoin exchange looks into criminal complaint

    The Tokyo bitcoin exchange that filed for bankruptcy protection blamed theft through hacking for its losses Monday, and said it was looking into a criminal complaint. In an announcement posted on the Mt. Gox exchange’s website, CEO Mark Karpeles outlined the events that resulted in the company’s insolvency and said there was a “high probability” theft was behind the disappearance of bitcoins.

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    The Mackinac Bridge spans a 5-mile-wide freshwater channel that separates Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas. The straits is drawing the attention of some who consider the twin 20-inch pipes that stretch across the bottom of the waterway, carrying nearly 23 million gallons of crude oil daily, a symbol of the dangers lurking in the nation’s sprawling web of buried oil and natural gas pipelines.

    Sunken Great Lakes oil pipeline raises spill fears

    A freshwater channel that separates Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas is a premier Midwestern tourist attraction and a photographer’s delight, offering spectacular vistas of two Great Lakes, several islands and one of the world’s longest suspension bridges. But nowadays the Straits of Mackinac is drawing attention for something that is out of sight and usually out of mind, and which some consider a symbol of the dangers lurking in the nation’s sprawling web of buried oil and natural gas pipelines.

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    Experts to address how to control and reduce energy costs

    The Daily Herald Business Ledger is hosting a Newsmakers' forum titled "Energy Efficiency & Mangement Forum on Thursday, March 6.

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    Rep. Gary Peters, a Michigan Democrat, planned to put Republican Terri Land on the defensive Monday in their U.S. Senate race by highlighting her 2012 opposition to the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, which is widely credited with saving the U.S. auto industry.

    Michigan’s Peters attacks Land on auto bailout

    Michigan Democratic Rep. Gary Peters sought Monday to put Republican Terri Land on the defensive in their U.S. Senate race by highlighting her 2012 opposition to the federal bailout of General Motors and Chrysler, which is widely credited with saving the U.S. auto industry. Peters and other Democrats were expected to draw attention to statements Land made at a Republican National Convention event two years ago in which she backed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s anti-bailout position.

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    Nissan says its February U.S. sales rose almost 16 percent as it defied analyst predictions of a weather-related slowdown.

    GM, Ford, Toyota February sales fall, weather blamed

    General Motors, Ford and Toyota reported U.S. sales declines last month as frigid temperatures and snowstorms pounded much of the nation. The country’s top three automakers said the month started slowly but sales began to recover in the second half, a sign that fears of a broader auto sales slowdown may be unfounded. Chrysler and Nissan did report double-digit gains, but had to discount some key models to get there. Volkswagen, which has been struggling in the U.S., reported a 14 percent drop.

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    Americans boosted spending in January despite the harsh winter weather but activity was much weaker in December than initially reported.

    U.S. consumer spending up 0.4 percent in January

    Americans boosted spending in January despite the harsh winter weather but activity was much weaker in December than initially reported. The Commerce Department says that spending rose 0.4 percent in January following a tiny 0.1 percent gain in December which had initially been reported as a stronger 0.4 percent increase.

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    Caesars Acquisition JV plans $1.8B in acquisitions

    Caesars Entertainment is selling four properties to a separate unit that it controls for about $1.8 billion as it restructures its debt.

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    Airlines cancel more than 2,000 flights

    Airlines canceled more than 2,000 flights Monday as the latest winter storm hit the U.S. East Coast. The hardest hit cities were Washington D.C., Philadelphia, New York and Baltimore.

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    Men’s Wearhouse, Jos. Bank signal they’re talking

    Men’s Wearhouse and Jos. A. Bank Clothiers Inc. are moving a bit closer to a possible combination, announcing they are exchanging certain confidential information with each other. Men’s Wearhouse Inc. said Monday that it’s also received a draft merger agreement from Jos. A. Bank.

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    Oil prices jumped nearly two dollars a barrel Monday as Russia’s military advance into Ukraine raised fears of economic sanctions against one of the world’s major energy producers. Natural gas prices surged at the prospect of a decrease in global supplies.

    Oil prices spike on Russia sanctions fears

    Oil prices jumped nearly two dollars a barrel Monday as Russia’s military advance into Ukraine raised fears of economic sanctions against one of the world’s major energy producers. Natural gas prices surged at the prospect of a decrease in global supplies.

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    Buffett says economy continues to grow steadily

    Investor Warren Buffett says the economy continues the steady improvement that began in fall of 2009 and he remains optimistic about the future.

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    Jen Conte

    Naperville woman a third-generation Realtor who perseveres

    Jen Conte, broker/owner of Re/Max Professionals Select in Naperville, is the third generation in her family to be a Realtor. So she takes her business to heart, aiming to carry on a tradition established by her grandfather. But she topped that recently by winning "top office" in the state under the category, Most Closed Residential Sales for RE/MAX Northern Illinois in 2013.

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    Successful team building needs strategic goals right team

    There's nothing like the word “team building” to get conversation going at a business luncheon — or, apparently, to provide fodder for business and management book authors and other assorted gurus. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the topic.

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    Wayne’s Pizza celebrates 50 years in Arlington Heights

    An interview with Tony Gillig, co-owner of Wayne’s Pizza in Arlington Heights. Q: Describe your business. A: We are a carryout and delivery pizza restaurant. We have been a family owned business for 50 years.Q: What made you start your business? A: Bob, my father partnered with Wayne and opened another location in Round Lake. The partnership was short lived and when they split in 1976, Bob took over the Arlington Heights location and Wayne took the Round Lake store. My father wanted to go into business for himself to provide a better life and more opportunity for him and his family.Q: You have been around a long time. What is the secret to your success?A: We take a lot of pride in our business. We are open 7 days a week, 360 days a year. We have great connections with our customers and past employees which has been amazing. Having seen 2 and 3 generations walk through our door is something that we take great pride in. We have also kept our recipes the same and would never think of changing how we prepare our food to save a dollar in food costs. Our bottom line is we want to treat people like we would like to be treated when we walk into a restaurant ourselves. The little things go a long way.Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business?A: Operating a business has been a roller-coaster ride. Most of all I enjoy working with new people and teaching them the things that got us to where we are today. Showing todays youth how to be the best at what they do and instill good work ethic is something I hope they keep with them forever. I enjoy thinking of new ways to improve and streamline how we operate without cutting corners. I also enjoy or customers who stop in and I get to chat with them a bit and get some insight on who they are, what they do and what is going on with them.Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young?A: I have been around the business since I was 6. I started to work here when I was 14. I went to college to become an accountant. I left after 2 years and came back to Wayne’s. My dad and I were pretty involved in drag racing and I hoped to be a professional race car driver one day. I did live that dream for a few years but ultimately I stayed with the pizza business which was a more stable choice. In 2005 my dad and I became partners in the business and in 2012 he finally retired after 36 years here.Q: What keeps you up at night?A: The never ending change. With social media, franchises popping up on every corner and todays generation, business has become very challenging. I am up for the challenge but it is a very different world than it was 20-30 years ago. ... Becoming complacent is something I never want to happen to me, I feel it will be the beginning of the end.Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be? A: Work hard, work smart and don’t cut corners to save a dollar. Don’t be a clip board toting owner. Work with your employees and be involved in all facets of your business.Q: What is one fact that most may not know about your business? A: We have occupied the same location since day one, 50 years ago in 1964.• Every Monday we feature a small, suburban business. We want to hear about yours. Contact Kim Mikus at kmikus@dailyherald.com.

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    1949 Ford F1

    Truck owner gets another chance to get it right

    Hank Groves of Woodstock has taken several stabs at transforming a vintage truck into the custom ride of his dreams. Others did not turn out exactly as he wanted them. Then in 2010 he purchased this 1949 Ford F1 pickup.

Life & Entertainment

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    “Louder” is the debut album from Lea Michele.

    Lea Michele is so-so on debut album

    On some of the songs from her debut album, Lea Michele is convincing. On others, it’s like she is acting. The “Glee” star, known for her big voice, provides the pipes on “Louder,” but some songs sound empty and don’t show much emotion or personality from the 27-year-old talent.

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    Whole Foods Market Assistant Marketing Specialist Tatiyana Baukovic offers shopping and nutrition tips as the Fittest Loser Challenge contestants tour the Schaumburg store.

    Contestants find out new bodies aren't built on exercise alone

    They may have begun as strangers, but everyone became friends during the group boot camp this past Saturday in the wee hours of the morning at Push Fitness in Schaumburg. It was an opportunity for the Fittest Loser Challenge contestants to swap nutrition tales and to push themselves beyond what they thought was possible, thanks to boot camp boss Brad Parotto.

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    Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale welcomed their third son, Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale, on Friday.

    It’s another boy for Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale

    Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale’s brood of boys has gotten bigger. A representative for Rossdale has confirmed that the musicians on Friday welcomed their third son, Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale.

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    “G I R L” is the latest release by Pharrell Williams.

    Hats off to Pharrell’s new album

    On the heels of two monster hits where he was the co-star, Pharrell is taking the lead with the relentless “Happy,” which was nominated for best original song at the Oscars. The cheerful tune is also on his second studio album, “G I R L,” released perhaps coincidentally the day after the Academy Award winners were announced. The 10-track set is an ode to the female form and spirit, peppered with sexy vibes and brash come-ons.

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    Alfonso Cuaron poses with the award for best film editing for “Gravity” during the Oscars Sunday. “I'm Mexican so I hope some Mexicans were rooting for me,” he told reporters backstage.

    Diversity wins big at 86th Oscars

    Diversity was perhaps the biggest winner at the 86th annual Academy Awards. For the first time, a film directed by a black filmmaker — Steve McQueen of “12 Years a Slave” — won best picture and a Latino — Alfonso Cuaron of “Gravity” — took home best director in a ceremony presided over by a lesbian host and overseen by the academy's first black president. McQueen's grimly historical drama “12 Years a Slave” took best picture, leading the usually sedate filmmaker to jump up and down in celebration after his acceptance speech.

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    On Friday, a judge ordered Chris Brown to remain in an anger management rehab program and told the pop singer to return to court in two months.

    Chris Brown told to return to rehab for 2 months

    A California judge ordered Chris Brown to remain in an anger-management rehab program and told the pop singer to return to court in two months. On Friday, Superior Court Judge James Brandlin scheduled Brown’s next hearing for April 23. That would come after what’s expected to be a brief assault trial in Washington, D.C., earlier that month.

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    Lupita Nyong’o wore Prada at the Oscars on Sunday.

    Lupita Nyong’o’s ice blue or JLaw’s bright red?

    That’s a wrap, Lupita Nyong’o, but may all the best dresses keep coming your way. With a supporting actress Oscar now in her possession, a tearful Nyong’o concluded a red-carpet season Sunday night as a fashion darling for sexy silhouettes and colors that wow. She didn’t disappoint at the 86th Academy Awards, wearing a pale blue Prada goddess gown and a sparkly gold-and-diamond headband from Fred Leighton. Nor did Jennifer Lawrence in a $2 million, 100-carat diamond necklace from Neil Lane to accent her girl-on-fire orange-red strapless dress from Dior.

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    Jill Micklow is a Wellness Specialist on Assurance’s Employee Benefits Team.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week

    Each week, Assurance will be sending a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Find Your Inner Zen at Work.

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    Hold the chopsticks: Chinese food not on nutrition plan

    When I met with my personal trainer, Joshua Steckler, for my first full training session at Push Fitness in Schaumburg, I was hyped. I was ready to sweat, push and gush while he barked fitness commands. But that didn’t happen. Steckler, who is actually mild-mannered and even-keeled, used that session to discuss my nutrition plan that would include 1,800 calories spread out in five meals. He explained the need for me to eat a specific combination of proteins, fats and carbohydrates and what that might look like. I would also need to drink about 100 ounces of water.

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    Forensic psychologist Thomas Schaeffer (James D'Arcy) and homicide detective Catherine Jensen (ChloŽ Sevigny) track serial killers in A&E's new drama “Those Who Kill.”

    D'Arcy, Sevigny team up in A&E's 'Those Who Kill'

    Chloe Sevigny and James D'Arcy join forces to track down serial killers in A&E's new series "Those Who Kill," premiering Monday, March 3. Sevigny plays Catherine Jensen, a homicide detective in Pittsburgh, who seeks the truth behind her brother's disappearance while tracking down serial killers. Catherine is teamed with forensic psychologist Thomas Schaeffer (D'Arcy), who has problems of his own — but also has a loving wife (Anne Dudek) at home.

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    “At the beginning of season two, she thinks she’s got her neuroses under control,” says Vera Farmiga of her character Norma Bates in the A&E series, “Bates Motel,” which returns Monday, March 3.

    Farmiga says ‘Bates Motel’ drama is only on-screen

    In the television show “Bates Motel,” Vera Farmiga’s character has a dysfunctional relationship with her future serial killer son Norman, played by Freddie Highmore. In reality, Farmiga says, she and Highmore share a much healthier bond: He’s even her child’s godfather. Farmiga says Highmore immediately bonded with 5-year-old Fynn in Vancouver, where “Bates Motel” is filmed. The Oscar-nominated actress says Highmore, whose family is in London, has become something of a surrogate son himself.

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    Team members of Waist Management in Schaumburg have enjoyed experimenting with creative menu ideas. Here, Holly Krawisz shares her go-to lunch: Fresh vegetables, one egg white chopped up and one cup of brown rice.

    Community teams get off to a healthy start

    The corporate and community Fittest Loser teams are pumped and ready to make some lasting changes this week.

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    Pre- and post-workout nutrition is extremely important, not only to avoid feeling sick during workouts, but to allow you to perform at your best while maximizing recovery.

    Eating before and after workout is important

    Should I eat before or after my workout? And what do you recommend I have?

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    The effects of mindfulness meditation tend to be dose-related — the more you practice it, the more benefits you usually experience.

    Your Health: Ways to become mindful
    Harvard Medical School offers this basic mindfulness meditation exercise, which is easy to learn and practice.

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    Be straight-forward with your friend

    Her friend talks a lot about being afraid of “losing" her boyfriend or “scaring him off.” It feels like she's undervaluing herself. She wants to be supportive of her friend, but gets fed up. What's her role?

Discuss

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    GOP governor candidates from left, State Sen. Bill Brady, State Sen. Kirk Dillard, businessman Bruce Rauner, and Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford. The campaign is one of dozens of state, county and congressional races in which voters get their final chance on Tuesday to select their party’s candidate.

    A summary of Daily Herald primary endorsements

    A summary of Daily Herald primary election endorsements.

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    Ability to oppose makes America great
    A Barrington Hills letter to the editor: Having just read the Feb. 21 letter by Mr. Brauer, I am almost, not quite, rendered speechless. The first three paragraphs match his description of “misrepresentation, hysterical charges, and wild accusations.” Fortunately they pertain to his own diatribe, not the entire news media.

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    Kaifesh has ability to lead 8th District
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The Daily Herald has endorsed Manju Goel, who registered as a Democrat in 2008 and 2012, in a Republican primary over Larry Kaifesh for the 8th Congressional seat to run against Tammy Duckworth. Since neither has held office before, here is some information about Larry Kaifesh.

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    Immigration reform will build trust
    A Lake County letter to the editor: Much has been made about the lack of trust that exists between House Republicans and the president. This broken relationship has been cited as the main reason for a delay in moving forward with broad immigration reform legislation. But a different kind of trust is exactly why we need reform, and we need Congress to move quickly.

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    COD travel expenses are petty cash comparatively
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: While I appreciate Daily Herald staffers being committed to watching over how taxes are spent, I take great issue with the “investigation” into the ongoing reimbursement of travel expenses to unpaid College of DuPage trustees. As a former resident of DuPage County, I was thankful for the time that my trustees put into their various functions as public servants, and the idea that their $1,500 in travel expenses over a period of two years would make the front page of the Herald is incomprehensible.

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    Hierarchal system protected priests
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Church hierarchy remain isolated by an elitist system that has existed for centuries. These men have elevated roles within a system that protects them from facing consequences.

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    Let responsible adults consume cannibas legally
    A letter to the editor: I would like to respond to the recent letter about keeping cannabis illegal. Whether or not cannabis is physically and/or psychologically addictive ignores the fact that by prohibiting cannabis we are empowering criminals at the same time we are putting children and teenagers at risk.

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    Higher minimum wage will lead to job losses
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: David Borris’ Feb. 22 letter in support of raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour ironically did more to oppose it than support it. In addition, his facts were incomplete. Two of the three companies he has mentioned, Sears and Dominick’s, are either out of business or on life support. Dominick’s was a union operation and had wages above $10 an hour. If employers pay more, they either must raise prices, reduce workers or both.

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    Employees would rather ‘rally’ with raises
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Many stores have “associate” rallies before things get going. The employees, young and old, are required to gather around the store manager and pretend to get psyched up by chants, slogans and forced cheers. How degrading.

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    Women stand to benefit most from wage increase
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: Raising the minimum wage and supporting women’s rights go hand in hand. I was surprised to learn that two-thirds of the minimum wage workers are women. They hold most of the lowest-paying jobs, so they would benefit the most. This percentage represents over 17 million women who would benefit from an increase.

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