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Daily Archive : Friday March 21, 2014

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    One of the relatives of Chinese passengers aboard missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 waits to attend a briefing meeting with Malaysian officials in a hotel ballroom in Beijing, China, Friday, March 21, 2014.

    China satellite finds object near jet search area

    A satellite image released by China on Saturday offered the latest sign that wreckage from a Malaysia Airlines plane lost for more than two weeks could be in a remote stretch of the southern Indian Ocean where planes and ships have been searching for three days.

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    Firefighters work to put out a fire at Mariner’s Cove Inn in Point Pleasant Beach, N.J. early Friday.

    Cause sought of NJ shore motel fire that killed 4

    An early-morning trip to the bathroom saved Joe Frystock's life. The New Jersey man lost his home in Superstorm Sandy and had been staying in temporary accommodations since then. Early Friday morning, he was among 40 people staying at a Point Pleasant Beach motel when a raging fire broke out, killing four people and injuring eight.

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    Prospect Heights man admits to sexual abuse charge

    A 30-year-old Prospect Heights man has pleaded guilty to attempting to solicit a 15-year-old boy for sex, court records show. Jesus Castillo-Vasquez, 30, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of criminal sexual abuse. In exchange for his plea, he was sentenced earlier this week to 180 days in jail and 30 months probation, records show. Additionally, he must pay $689 in fines.

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    Doctor accused of sexually abusing patient in Des Plaines

    Des Plaines doctor charged with sexually abusing a patient

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    Keith Farnham

    Warrant shows search for child porn at Farnham’s office

    A warrant for the search of former state Rep. Keith Farnham’s Elgin legislative office shows authorities were looking for evidence of the possession of child pornography. First in its list of “items to be seized” are “documents in any format or medium pertaining to the possession, receipt, or distribution of child pornography.”

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    Tyler Taylor, Zion man accused in Lake County scholarship scam

    2 arrested in ‘free school scholarship money’ scam

    Waukegan police uncover debit card scam

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    Ukrainian navy’s large landing vessel, Kostiantyn Olshansky, is anchored Friday at a lake Donuzlav near the town of Novo-Ozerne, Crimea. At Ukrainian bases troops hesitated, besieged by Russian forces and awaiting orders. Russia claimed some had already switched sides and agreed to join the Russian military. Friday had been the deadline for Ukrainian troops to leave Crimea, join the Russian military or demobilize.

    Russia agrees to international monitors in Ukraine

    In Berlin, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that — although the decision on the monitors is “not the end of the crisis ... it is a step that helps support our efforts toward de-escalation.”

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin signs bills making Crimea part of Russia in the Kremlin in Moscow, Friday, March 21, 2014. President Vladimir Putin completed the annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing the peninsula into Russia at nearly the same time his Ukrainian counterpart sealed a deal pulling his country closer into Europe’s orbit.

    Putin formally gets Crimea; Ukraine, EU sign deal

    President Vladimir Putin completed his annexation of Crimea on Friday, signing the Black Sea peninsula into Russia just as Ukraine itself sealed a deal pulling the country closer into Europe’s orbit. Putin said he saw no need to further retaliate against U.S. sanctions, a newly conciliatory tone apparently aiming to contain one of the worst crises in Russia’s relations with the West...

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    Marco Lopez

    Victim opened his home to suspected killer, police say

    Palatine police say the 17-year-old accused of fatally shooting a father and son while his two young daughters slept nearby once took refuge in the family's home. Marco Lopez, a reputed member of a Chicago street gang, was ordered held without bond on first-degree murder charges Friday.

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    9th Congressional District Candidate Susanne Atanus

    GOP asks — again — for Atanus to quit 9th Congressional race

    State and local Republican leaders are once again asking Susanne Atanus to withdraw from the 9th congressional race. Atanus won the GOP primary Tuesday with a 1,400-vote margin and expressed hope the party would come around and back her in the general election against Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky. Those hopes were dashed this week by both the Cook County GOP and the state party. “The Cook...

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    Spelling Bee winner:

    Adam Kastler, an eighth grade student at West Oak Middle School in Diamond Lake Elementary District 76, was the winner of the Lake County Final Spelling Bee Competition, the Lake County Regional Office of Education announced in a news release Friday.

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    Le Vichyssois French restaurant, which has operated for decades in an unlikely spot along Route 120 in Lakemoor, will close March 30.

    Mainstay French restaurant to close after 38 years in Lakemoor

    The Le Vichyssois French restaurant, which has operated out of the unlikely spot along Route 120 in Lakemoor for 38 years, is closing March 30. Owner/chef Bernard Cretier says he tired of the long hours and is retiring.

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    Artis Yancey

    Services for Yancey set

    A wake for Waukegan City Clerk Artis Yancey will be Monday, with funeral services on Tuesday. Yancey, who died Wednesday. also served as Waukegan police chief and Lake County coroner.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn announces a $1.4 billion improvement project for the Illinois Tollway in Schaumburg Friday morning.

    Quinn announces $1.4 billion in tollway improvements

    For the second time in as many months, Governor Pat Quinn was back in the Northwest suburbs Friday talking tollway improvements. But while February’s announcement in Hoffman Estates was specifically about state funding for a full interchange at Barrington Road and the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, Friday’s appearance in Schaumburg covered the full $1.4 billion that will be invested...

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    The Lombard Metra station is due for an upgrade.

    Lombard pedestrian tunnel work to start soon

    Metra commutersand pedestrians in Lombard will get safer passage across the railway crossing with the construction of a tunnel.

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    Terrance O’Brien

    First of 3 ex-Schaumburg cops pleads guilty to drug skimming, sales

    A former Schaumburg police officer accused of skimming drugs from police seizures and using an informant to sell them on the street pleaded guilty Friday. Terrance O’Brien, 47, was sentenced to 38 years in prison but will serve about 12. He accepted a deal to plead guilty to four of 17 counts pending against him. “He had been serving in the NARC unit for a long time and just got...

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    Cardinal Francis George in a 2013 file photo.

    Cardinal George out of the hospital
    Cardinal George was released from Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood Friday afternoon after being admitted on March 14 due to flu-like symptoms and dehydration.

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    Police warn of home repair fraud:

    The Vernon Hills Police Department cautions residents to be wary when hiring help for painting, roofing and driveway sealing.

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    Heroin task force meets:

    A public hearing of the Youth Heroin Use Task Force will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital, Pavilion B, 1475 E. Belvidere Road (Route 120) Grayslake.

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    Elgin man gets jail time, probation for molesting teen

    An Elgin man pleaded guilty to aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a teen authorities say he meet through Facebook. Brett A. Carmouche, 24, was sentenced to 30 months probation adn 144 days in jail in exchange for his guilty plea, court records show.

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    Home improvement project sparks fire in Vernon Hills

    A homeowner trying to remove flooring adhesive during a home improvement project ignited a blaze that caused damage to several townhouse units in Vernon Hills, fire officials said Friday.

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    Carol Stream heroin death verdict pushed to Monday

    A suspected Chicago narcotics dealer charged with drug induced homicide, Malcolm Brown, will have to wait until Monday to learn his fate in DuPage County court. DuPage Judge Blanche Hill Fawell, who is presiding over his bench trial, was expected to rule Friday on Brown’s case. But after attorneys gave their closing arguments, Fawell sent them home for the weekend without a ruling.

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    Volunteer to enhance beaches:

    New and returning volunteers are needed for the Alliance For the Great Lakes Adopt-a-Beach™ Program from April 1 to May 26.

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    COD shifts finances to plan for classroom construction

    College of DuPage trustees have voted to reallocate $33 million of funds within the college’s reserves to prepare for the possible future construction of a new building to hold additional classrooms. “We don’t have any classroom space to spare,” college President Robert Breuder said. “If we want to take the enrollment, increase the market share, educate more...

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    Burglar steals $260,000 in jewelry from Arlington Heights home

    Arlington Heights police are investigating a residential break-in in which burglars reportedly stole nearly $260,000 in watches and jewelry. Police said the burglary occurred sometime between 8:30 a.m. and 5:10 p.m. Wednesday on the 900 block of South Burton Place when the offender or offenders forced entry through a patio door.

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    Vista Health set to host ‘Healthy Women Expo & Health Fair

    Vista Health System’s annual Healthy Woman Expo & Health Fair is coming to the Holiday Inn Gurnee Convention Center on Thursday, April 3, from 3 – 7 p.m.

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    Matt Murphy

    Lawmakers want another Big Ten university in Illinois

    Two suburban Republican are pushing to make another public Illinois university a Big Ten Conference school in hopes of keeping students from traveling out of state to go to college. Another suburban lawmaker calls the idea futile and a distraction from the legislature's pressing business. And the Big Ten says lawmakers have no say on which universities are admitted.

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    Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Acting Director Candace Jones warned of deep layoffs and closings if the department faces deep state budget cuts. She didn’t say whether the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles would be affected.

    Youth prisons warn about big cuts

    The leader of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice said the agency would have to release more than 200 offenders and close down two of its youth prisons if the state budget is cut as deeply as some Democrats warn.

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    Andres Sanchez

    Prison for two Elgin men in Riverfest beating

    Two of three men accused of beating and robbing an elderly man in South Elgin who was cleaning up after the village's Riverfest last August pleaded guilty and were sentenced to prison. Andres Sanchez, 18, of Elgin, was sentenced to five years in prison Friday; Oscar Villagomez, 36, of Elgin, got seven years in prison.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Fernando Pacheco, 19, of Elgin, was charged Thursday with manufacture/delivery and possession of between 30 grams and 500 grams of cannabis, according to court records.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
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    Man gets 16 years for Palatine home invasion

    A 20-year-old Berwyn man was sentenced to 16 years in prison after pleading guilty to multiple felonies related to a 2012 Palatine home invasion and robbery, court records show. Nicholas Anderson’s sentence Thursday followed guilty pleas to home invasion, armed robbery and aggravated kidnapping, with the sentences running concurrently.

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    Cyrenthia D. Williams

    Charges dropped in 2012 Batavia apartment stabbing

    Citing witnesses who recanted testimony and others that could not be found, Kane County prosecutors dismissed charges against a 20-year-old Chicago woman accused of stabbing a 26-year-old Aurora woman in August 2012 at a Batavia apartment complex. Cyrenthia D. Williams was to go on trial this week.

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    Ex-Cook County department head sentenced for kickbacks

    The former Cook County director of public affairs and communications under former Board President Todd Stroger was sentenced to 51 months in prison. Eugene Mullins, 50, was sentenced after being convicted of bribery and fraud stemming from a kickback scheme that netted him roughly $35,000. He will begin serving the sentence in June.

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    Wade Stafford lines up his throw Thursday during the second annual Dodgeball Madness tournament at Franklin Middle School in Wheaton. Proceeds from this year’s tournament are going to the newly formed Ross K. MacNeill Foundation. Ross died last May at age 11 after a long battle with brain cancer. He would have been in sixth grade at Franklin this year.

    Wheaton fifth-grader remembered at dodgeball tournament

    Ross MacNeill’s favorite color was orange because, he often said, “you just can’t be sad and wear orange.” On Thursday and Friday, the 11-year-old's friends, teachers and family were sporting orange in his memory at a dodgeball tournament benefiting the recently launched Ross K. MacNeill Foundation. The fifth-grader at Franklin Elementary School lost his battle with brain...

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    One person was killed late Thursday night in an apartment fire on the 100 block of Douglas Avenue in Naperville.

    One dead in Naperville apartment fire

    Naperville firefighters are investigating the cause of a Thursday night blaze that killed one person in an apartment building on the 100 block of Douglas Road. The identity of the victim has not yet been released.

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    Frank Napolitano

    Napolitano resigns Friday from U-46 board

    Elgin Area School District U-46 board member Frank Napolitano resigned Friday morning because he and his wife are moving to Bloomingdale, which is out of the district’s boundaries. His wife’s company moved several months ago and the longer commute has been taxing on her and the family, said Napolitano, who was elected to a four-year term in April 2013.

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    Nursery coordinator Kelly Schultz blows on Wood Rush to separate the seeds as she works with volunteer Ruth Frear of Beach Park the Lake County Forest Preserve District for the Native Seed Nursery at Rollins Savanna in Grayslake.

    Moving Picture: Elgin native collects native seeds

    Kelly Schultz, much like the seeds she works with in Lake County Forest Preserves, started small. Her interest in environmental studies led her to small jobs in other suburban forest preserve districts, but now the Washington University grad runs the native seed nursery at the Rollins Savana Forest Preserve. The beauty is in the details for Schultz. "Understanding what it takes to grow the plant;...

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    Hoffman Estates, ComEd enter business partnership

    Hoffman Estates and ComEd have announced a partnership designed to retain jobs and investments in the community through the ComEd Business Visitation Program. The award-winning program helps ensure existing businesses in Northern Illinois remain economically viable.

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    BG trustees mull bicycle proposal

    To make its streets more bicycle safe and bicycle friendly, Buffalo Grove could do a little or a lot, said the consultant hired by the village to draw up a plan. Ed Barsotti, the executive director of the League of Illinois Bicyclists, told the village board this week that Buffalo Grove is already well on its way being designed a “bicycle friendly” community, because it already has...

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    A picnic table stands alone at Kuechmann Park in Lake Zurich. A Lake Zurich advisory panel recommends selling the park on Old Rand Road to make way for home construction.

    Concerns surface about possible Lake Zurich park sale

    Some Lake Zurich residents are voicing concern about an advisory panel's recommendation to sell a downtown park so homes could be built there. At issue is the future of Kuechmann Park, which covers about 8 acres off Old Rand Road near the village's namesake lake.

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    This is a right angle view of the pool at Conant High School, which will be the first of District 211’s five high schools to receive renovations. Coaches say the design, which is the same at all the schools, prevents athletes from properly training for competition.

    Dist. 211 budgets $52.6 million for projects

    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board members Thursday heard the annual update of the district’s capital improvement plan — one which promises another peak of activity during the next few years. Associate Superintendent for Business Dave Torres said there was a high level of activity from 2006 to 2009, but the busyness of the coming years — in which costs of...

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    North Central College science center plans progressing

    Schematic designs are 70 percent complete for a new science center that will help North Central College in Naperville provide more learning opportunities in the ever-important fields of science, technology, engineering and math, college officials told stakeholders gathered for a downtown advisory commission meeting. “This is a transformative facility for us,” said Jim Godo, North...

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    German Reyes

    Probation, jail for Elgin man’s 6.5-pound pot package

    A 43-year-old Elgin man who was arrested in December 2013 on charges he had a 6.5-pound package of marijuana mailed to him from California pleaded guilty this week and was sentenced to 30 months probation. German Reyes also spent 105 days is jail, was fined $8,400 and could be resentenced to up to 15 years in prison if he violates probation.

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    West Dundee hired a consultant this week that will create a comprehensive redevelopment plan for downtown development. The village already has plans to rehab this section of downtown at First and Main streets.

    W. Dundee hires firm to create downtown plan

    West Dundee this week hired a firm to create a detailed redevelopment plan for its downtown.“It’s a necessary investment,” Village President Chris Nelson said of the potential $75,000 price tag. “We have to have something like this if we’re really going to make the downtown work.”

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    Volunteers Needed for Walk MS locations across Illinois May 4

    The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Greater Illinois Chapter, is calling all volunteers to lend a helping hand at Walk MS on Sunday, May 4, 2014. This year’s Walk MS locations include Bloomington, the Chicago Lakefront, McHenry County (Lake in the Hills), North Shore (Glenview), Northwest Suburbs (Palatine), the Southwest Suburbs (Lockport), the South Suburbs (Orland Park), Rockford,...

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    Get ready for closed lanes and traffic delays. Phase 3 of the construction project at routes 72 and 31 in West Dundee is scheduled to resume soon.

    Construction set to resume in West Dundee

    Enjoy the unimpeded flow of Dundee Township traffic through the intersection of routes 72 and 31 now, because soon, long, backed up lanes set to return. Construction could resume on March 24 or April 1, said Francisco Abreu, resident IDOT engineer.

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    Grayslake man facing federal armed robbery charges

    A Grayslake man is facing federal armed robbery charges stemming from a string of holdups at retail stores across Lake County and northern Cook County. Leroy Regan, 38, is accused of committing eight armed robberies over 10 days last August and firing shots from a vehicle following one of the robberies. He faces life in prison if convicted.

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    A Norwegian museum says it has agreed to return a Matisse once looted by Hermann Goering to the family of Jewish art dealer Paul Rosenberg. The 1937 painting, “Woman in Blue in Front of a Fireplace,” has been the centerpiece of the Henie Onstad Art Center near Oslo since the museum was established in 1968 by shipping magnate Niels Onstad and his wife, Olympic figure-skating champion Sonja Henie.

    Norwegian museum agrees to return looted Matisse

    A Norwegian museum says it has agreed to return a Matisse once looted by Hermann Goering to the family of Jewish art dealer Paul Rosenberg. The 1937 painting, “Woman in Blue in Front of a Fireplace,” has been the centerpiece of the Henie Onstad Art Center near Oslo since the museum was established in 1968 by shipping magnate Niels Onstad and his wife, Olympic figure-skating champion...

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    This photo was made by Randall Wade of Chicago of the Barrow’s goldeneye on the Fox River in West Dundee Thursday.

    Rare duck, social media draws bird-watchers to Fox River in West Dundee

    A rare Barrow's Goldeneye duck appeared on the Fox River in West Dundee Thursday afternoon, and soon, several bird watchers appeared there too, all drawn to the site through social media. “We drove more than 30 miles just to see him,” said Sheilah Watson of Lake Zurich. “Isn’t he amazing?”

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    Work is beginning on the conversion of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s Rauch Center into a new Early Childhood Center, on the left, as well as expansion of the administration building, on the right.

    Dist. 54 hires builders for Early Childhood Center

    With the first wave of construction contracts approved Thursday, work will begin next week on the conversion of Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54’s Rauch Center for Instruction and Technology into a new Early Childhood Center, and the expansion of the administration building next door.

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    The Rev. Fred Phelps, shown in Topeka, Kan., in 2010, was the leader of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka. He died March 19 at age 84.

    Phelps’ hate seen by some as aiding gay rights

    Fred Phelps Sr. led his small Topeka church for more than two decades in a bellicose crusade against gays and lesbians, saying they were worthy of death and openly declaring — often at military funerals — that the U.S. was doomed because of its tolerance of homosexuality. But in targeting grieving families of troops killed overseas, Phelps and his Westboro Baptist congregation...

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    Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair, right, who admitted to inappropriate relationships with three subordinates, was spared any time behind bars Thursday and sentenced to a reprimand and a $20,000 fine.

    As military sex cases end, more calls for change

    At nearly the same time Thursday, sexual assault cases against an Army general and a former Naval Academy football player came to a close, and neither produced a conviction on that charge. Some members in Congress and advocates for women said the results were more proof the military justice system needs an overhaul. On the other side of the debate, people say the system worked like it was...

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    Charla Nash, who was mauled by a friend’s chimpanzee in 2009, is making a last-ditch appeal to legislators in her bid to sue the state for $150 million, saying the attack has left her so her reliant on others that she feels like she is locked in a cage.

    Chimp attack victim to appeal to Conn. legislators

    The woman mauled by a friend’s chimpanzee in 2009 is expected to make a personal plea to Connecticut legislators, hoping they’ll allow her to sue the state for $150 million in damages.

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    Authorities say that on Wednesday, Ricardo Antonio Chaney, an armed kidnapping suspect, exchanged gunfire with the owner of a roadside attraction on the California Coast, then shot and killed Fiorentino. Chaney died in a shootout with police in Fort Bragg, Calif.

    Police: Likely link to Calif. rampage, Ore. death

    Investigators are trying to determine if a suspect’s path of bloodshed started with the slaying of an elderly Oregon man. They know it ended with his death in a police shootout on the Northern California coast, shortly after he killed a sheriff’s deputy.

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    A P-3C Orion. The similar type of the P-3 Orion, favored by the Australian and New Zealand defense forces, is being used in the search for the Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which went missing on March 8, 2014, off the west coast of Australia. Because the search area is so remote, it’s an eight-hour round trip, leaving the planes just two or three hours to search.

    Flight 370 search equipment ranges from sophisticated to simple

    From satellites to binoculars, the hardware being used in the search for the missing plane far off western Australia ranges from the sophisticated to the simple. Here's a look at some of the equipment being used to look for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

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    Drew Peterson

    Bolingbrook to hold hearing on Peterson pension

    The Bolingbrook Police Pension Board will hold a hearing on whether convicted killer Drew Peterson’s pension payments should end. The board made the decision during a Thursday meeting in which no evidence was presented on why Peterson’s $79,000 annual pension should be revoked.

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    Chicago to sell $1 lots in South Side neighborhood

    Residents in one of Chicago’s most distressed neighborhoods will be able to buy vacant lots for a dollar as part of a city redevelopment plan. Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Thursday the sale of city-owned land will be open to homeowners, block clubs and nonprofit groups in the South Side Englewood neighborhood.

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    Chicago man held without bond in toddler’s death

    A Chicago man is being without bond in connection with the death of his girlfriend’s 19-month-old daughter, whose burned body was found in a suburban wooded area.

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    New Chicago program to target domestic violence

    Chicago and Cook County officials are launching a new initiative to identify and help households at high risk for domestic violence. Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced the pilot program on Thursday. It’s a joint effort between the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, Chicago police and the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services.

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    Laky, left, a retired Baltimore County Sheriff K-9, and Zander, a retired Massachusetts State Police K-9, relax with their respective handlers Dave Crawford and Kevin Finizio, both disabled Navy veterans, after a presentation given by Northern Illinois University students on the Save-A-Vet program in Dekalb.

    Uniting veterans with service dogs

    Theresa Van Den Eeden is one of 12 Northern Illinois University students gaining real-world experience while telling disabled veterans’ stories for a good cause.Van Den Eeden, a senior marketing major, is helping create a magazine through the College of Business’ Experiential Learning Center to benefit Save-A-Vet.

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    Chicago-bound airline passenger faces court hearing in Alabama

    A preliminary hearing is planned for an airline passenger accused of flying from Atlanta to Birmingham in one person’s name, then obtaining boarding passes in someone else’s name for two more flights

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    Indiana man accused of tossing ice over balcony

    A spring breaker from Kokomo, Ind., got more than a few laughs when he tossed a cooler full of ice over a 12th floor balcony of a Panama City Beach condominium.

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    Man charged with hate crime in Chicago death

    Chicago police say a man who died after defending his teenage daughter in a confrontation with another man was the victim of a hate crime. Michael Tingling argued with the man after he made inappropriate gestures toward Tingling’s daughter on Wednesday in the North Side Rogers Park neighborhood.

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    Body found in SUV in Ohio River in southern Illinois

    Authorities in southern Illinois say an autopsy is planned on the body of a woman found inside a sport utility vehicle pulled from the Ohio River. Hardin County Coroner Jessica Cullum says the body and red vehicle were found Thursday by searchers using sonar equipment.

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    Journalists film some of the weapons and belongings that where used by gunmen during an attack on the Serena hotel Thursday, and displayed by Afghanistan's intelligence service, during a press conference at the interior ministry in Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, March 21, 2014. Four men hiding guns in their shoes attacked the hotel in Kabul opening fire in a restaurant killing at least nine people, including four foreigners, officials said. Authorities appeared stunned that the militants had managed to get through the tight security at the Serena hotel — considered one of the safest places to stay in Kabul. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

    Foreigners, kids among 9 killed in Afghan attack

    The four gunmen were swift as they entered the Kabul hotel, making their way to the restaurant where they pulled out small pistols and began shooting diners in the head, killing nine people, including two Canadians and an Afghan journalist, his wife and two children, officials said Friday. The Afghan capital has been hit by several attacks, but authorities appeared stunned that the militants had...

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    A person walks past a Citibank location, in Philadelphia. As announced Thursday, all but one of the nation’s 30 largest banks are in a stronger position to withstand a severe U.S. recession and a global downturn than at any time since the financial crisis, the Federal Reserve has determined.

    Nearly all major US banks pass Fed ‘stress tests’

    More than five years after the financial crisis struck, the biggest U.S. banks are better able to withstand a severe recession than at any time since the meltdown, the Federal Reserve has determined. Results of the Fed’s annual “stress tests” showed Thursday that all but one of 30 top banks passed muster with sufficient capital buffers to keep them lending through an economic...

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    Illinois jobless rate holds steady at 8.7 percent

    Unemployment held steady across Illinois in February at 8.7 percent, the state Department of Employment Security said Thursday. The statewide jobless rate was unchanged from January but remained well above the 6.7 percent national rate announced earlier this month by the federal government.

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    Minimum wage bill passes Illinois Senate committee

    A plan to raise Illinois’ minimum wage is heading to the Senate floor. State Sen. Kimberly Lightford’s legislation to increase the wage from $8.25 to $10.65 per hour passed a Senate committee by a 10-5 vote on Thursday afternoon.

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    Survey finds 96,000 clean-energy jobs in Illinois

    A new survey by a Chicago-based nonprofit group finds Illinois has more than 96,000 people working in clean-energy jobs, and the number should top 100,000 this year.

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    Arlington Heights police officer Michael McEvoy, who was shot while responding to a call last December, holds the L.W. Calderwood Officer of the Year award at a luncheon Thursday at the European Crystal banquet hall.

    Dawn Patrol: Cop honored; slayings bring back bad memories

    Arlington Heights cop honored. Palatine slayings bring back bad memories. Des Plaines hospital to close. Elgin charter school officials not discouraged. Third man held in connection with Bensenville slaying. March Madness underway. Hawks have to do without Kane.

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    Saint Viator High School’s Lacrosse team is inducting Dylan Full, an 8-year-old brain cancer survivor from Wheaton, to the team for the 2014 season.

    St. Viator lacrosse team links with 8-year-old cancer patient

    An 8-year-old Wheaton boy battling a brain tumor will be inducted as the newest member of the St. Viator High School lacrosse team when it plays its first game Friday, March 21, on the new synthetic turf field at Forest View Educational Center. “This promises to be a special event for one special boy,” Coach Bill Sandford said. “Our boys will be his new teammates offering...

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    New law inspiring some taxpayers to come forward

    Kane County is on pace to remove a record number of homestead exemptions as the supervisor of assessments has the power, for the first time, to impose penalties for illegal, duplicate exemptions. But it's not the assessor who is slashing the exemptions; fear of the new penalty is brining dozens of people forward to rat themselves out. With more than 120,000 general homestead exemptions in the...

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    Jason Lind

    Lake County schools consider sharing grant writer

    Five Lake County school districts are considering an idea to split the cost of having an employee who would seek grants for all of them. It would be the latest example of local governments sharing resources in an effort to reduce costs to taxpayers.

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    President Barack Obama on Thursday expanded U.S. financial sanctions to 20 more Russian officials, businessmen and a bank and authorized potential future penalties that would directly target sectors of the Russian economy.

    U.S., Europe sanctions target Putin’s inner circle

    Raising the stakes in an East-West showdown over Ukraine, President Barack Obama on Thursday ordered economic sanctions against nearly two dozen members of Vladimir Putin's inner circle and a major Russian bank that provides them support. He warned that more sweeping penalties against Russia's robust energy sector could follow.

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    Medical examiner rules 2-year-old’s death homicide

    An autopsy has determined a 2-year-old girl found dead in a South suburban home died from multiple blunt force injuries and child abuse.

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    Elgin sifts through grant allocation

    Members of the Elgin City Council gave their OK to disbursing federal grant money to local nonprofits but postponed making a decision on allocating city riverboat funds.

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    While meteorological Spring has begun, Winter continues to show its presence. I took this photo yesterday after a light snow shower. The photo is a 3.5 times life-size macro photo that I cropped to show an isolated snowflake. The snowflake seems to glow against the dark background and has a striking geometric pattern. A Canon MP-E 65mm 1-5x lens was used with a Canon MR-14EX ring lite flash, handheld.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of March 17.

Sports

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    Stevenson's Jalen Brunson scores the first points of the game against Whitney Young in the Class 4A state semifinals at Carver Arena in Peoria on Friday. The Patriots junior guard set an all-time state tournament record with 56 points in a 75-68 loss.

    Stevenson falls as the Brunson legend grows

    Even Jalen Brunson's 56 points, a state finals record for points in a game, wasn't enough for Stevenson. The Patriots were turned back by a taller, longer and more balanced Whitney Young team 75-68 in the Class 4A state semifinals on Friday at Carver Arena in Peoria. Stevenson will take on Edwardsville today in the 6:30 p.m. third-place game.

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    Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) gets the puck past Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin (31) for a goal as Hurricanes defenseman Andrej Sekera (4) trails the play during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Friday, March 21, 2014. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/Jeff Haynes)

    Even without Kane, Hawks still find way to win

    Jonathan Toews' short-handed breakaway goal early in the third period snapped a tie, and the Blackhawks beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 on Friday night. Patrick Sharp scored his team-leading 30th goal and Kris Versteeg ended an eight-game drought to help the Blackhawks win without leading scorer Patrick Kane. "That's one of those things, we have to learn how to play without our best players," Toews said.

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    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, grabs a rebound in front of Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 21, 2014. Indiana won 91-79. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

    Bulls done in by long scoring drought

    When the league's lowest-scoring team meets a strong defense, there's a small margin for error. The Bulls didn't shoot well on Friday at Indiana and gave up a 19-0 run early in the third quarter that essentially settled the 91-79 loss. The Bulls and Pacers will meet again Monday at the United Center.

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    Wolves pound IceHogs 6-0.

    The Chicago Wolves scored early and often on the way to a 6-0 triumph over Rockford in an Illinois Lottery Cup contest Friday night at Allstate Arena in Rosemont.

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    UCLA forward Tony Parker dunks as Tulsa guard Rashad Ray watches during the first half of an NCAA college tournament game Friday in San Diego.

    UCLA dispatches Tulsa 76-59

    Jordan Adams scored 21 points and Norman Powell added 15 in his hometown to lead fourth-seeded UCLA to a 76-59 victory over 13th-seeded Tulsa on Friday night, spoiling the NCAA tournament head coaching debut of Danny Manning.

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    North Carolina’s James Michael McAdoo, left, is fouled by Providence’s Carson Desrosiers during the closing seconds an NCAA tournament game Friday in San Antonio. McAdoo’s free throws lifted North Carolina to a 79-77 win.

    North Carolina survives scare by Providence

    North Carolina isn’t going home early like Duke. But just barely. James Michael McAdoo sank two free throws in the final 3.5 seconds after the No. 6 seed Tar Heels had trailed just a minute earlier, and North Carolina hung on to beat pesky 11th-seeded Providence 79-77 Friday night.

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    Iowa State’s DeAndre Kane battles North Carolina Central’s Alfonzo Houston for a loose ball during an NCAA tournament game Friday, in San Antonio. Iowa State won 93-75.

    Iowa St. powers over NC Central 93-75, loses Niang

    Georges Niang scored 24 points, but also broke his foot will miss the rest of the NCAA tournament, as Iowa State pulled away from No. 14 North Carolina Central in the second half for a 93-75 win Friday night in the East Region.

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    Stephen F. Austin forward Tanner Clayton, right, celebrates as Virginia Commonwealth guard Treveon Graham walks off the court Friday night in San Diego.

    Lumberjacks pull off 77-75 upset of No. 5 VCU

    Pulling off a comeback for the ages, feisty Stephen F. Austin became the latest No. 12 seed to pull off an upset, tying the game on Desmond Haymon’s did-that-just-happen four-point play with 3.6 seconds left and then holding on in overtime for a 77-75 win over Virginia Commonwealth on Friday night.

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    Softball: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Fenton 20, Chicago Academy 5Fenton 354 71 —20-22-2Chicago Acad. 000 50 —5-3-42B: F: H. Wassmann 2. 3B: F: H. Wassmann 2, Ramirez. HR: F: H. Wassmann, E. Wassmann, Gonzalez, Geraci. WP: Fritz (1-0); LP: Padgory.*Glenbard West 10, Rolling Meadows 0Rolling Meadows 000 00 —0Glenbard West 330 31 —102B: GW: Pack, Warmolts. WP: Langtrey; LP: Hattory.*

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    Girls track: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Metro Suburban Indoor Invitationalat Glenbard SouthTeam ResultsGlenbard South 149.5; Fenton 110; Elmwood Park 82; Illiana Christian 82; Timothy Christian 65; Riverside-Brookfield 18; Ridgewood 11Individual Results3200 relay: Glenbard South (Sippel, Everhart, Sehihl, Fry) 10:47.30; Illiana Christian 10:56.57; Fenton 11:02.08; 3200: Arlasky (GS) 12:28.74; Schlenker (GS) 13:00.03; Mazurok (EP) 13:06.94; 55 high hurdles: Hill (GS) 8.73; Reese (GS) 9.55; Stillabower (F) 9.68; 55: Burris (F) 7.75; Czerwiec (EP) 7.98; Markovic (GS) 8.06; 800: Beezhold (IC) 2:33.02; Matos (EP) 2:37.39; Fry (GS) 2:40.36; 4x160 relay: Elmwood Park 1:31.59; Fenton 1:32.36; Glenbard South 1:33.41; 400: Hill (GS) 1:02.87; Kreykes (IC) 1:06.64; Huiner (TC) 1:08.14; 1600: Niedert (GS) 5:35.13; Sippel (GS) 5:45.27; Bollnow (RB) 5:59.99; 200: Blohm-Bivins (GS) 28.79; Huiner (TC) 29.01; Tate (GS) 30.17; 1600 relay: Glenbard South (Blohm-Bivins, Everhart, Niedert, Markovic) 4:24.83; Elmwood Park 4:27.08; lliana Christian 4:42.06; Long jump: Burris (F) 17-6; Koltra (F) 14-9; Markovic (GS) 14-6.75; High jump: Patton (F) 5-0; Andrews (F) 4-10; Kamp (IC) 4-6; Kettleson (GS) 4-6; Triple jump: Burris (F) 33-8.0; Langkemp (EP) 30-3.75; Survilaite (RW) 29-10.25; Shotput: Long (EP) 33-0.5; Whitaker (GS) 32-8.0; Kreykes (IC) 32-4.0; Pole vault: LaBelle (RB) 9-0; Rumel (GS) 8-6; Korput (F) 7-6.*Thursday’s late results DuPage Valley Conference Indoor Championshipsat North Central Collegeteam ResultsWest Aurora 110; Naperville Central 108; Naperville North 79; Wheaton Warrenville South 69; Glenbard North 57; Lake Park 25; Wheaton North 10; Glenbard East 7Individual results3200 relay: Naperville North 9:37.70; Naperville Central 9:42.15; West Aurora 10:00.54; 3200: K. Hoffman (NC) 10:55.59; DeTurris (NN) 11:04.63; White (NC) 11:25.20; 55 high hurdles: Spagnola (WA) 8.02; Haynes (NC) 9.11; Dalan (WWS) 9.32; 55: Egharevba (NC) 7.28; Carr (GN) 7.34; Lock (LP) 7.35; 800: R. Hoffman (NC) 2:18.23; N. Hoffman (NC) 2:20.13; Griffin (NN) 2:22.90; 800 relay: West Aurora 1:47.89; Naperville Central 1:47.92; Glenbard North 1:49.08; 400: Carr (GN) 57.79; Spagnola (WA) 58.13; Dalan (WWS) 1:00.58; 1600: R. Hoffman (NC) 5:03.54; K. Hoffman (NC) 5:10.30; McDaniel (NN) 5:14.25; 200: Zinn (WA) 26.09; Blank (NC) 26.71; Winternheimer (WWS) 27.49; 1600 relay: West Aurora 4:11.78; Glenbard North 4:13.46; Wheaton Warrenville South 4:13.80; Long jump: Spagnola (WA) 19-0; Walton (WA) 17-5.25; Gorzak (NC) 16-10; High jump: Zappia (WWS) 5-8; Mueller (NN) 5-7; Spagnola (WA) 5-4; Lock (LP) 5-4; Triple jump: Walton (WA) 35-0.75; He (NN) 34-11.0; Wahrman (GN) 34-9.75; Shotput: Marion (WA) 41-3.0; Collins (GN) 40-0; Freeman (NN) 37-4.5; Pole vault: Wojciechowski (LP) 11-6; Nassos (WWS) 10-6; Mueller (NN) 10-6.

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    Girls soccer: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Plainfield NOrth 2, Metea Valley 1Plainfield North 1 1 —2Metea Valley 0 1 —1Scoring — PN: Stevens, Hardwork. MV: Hernandez. Goalkeepers — PN: Donnally (5), Veselsky (2). MV: Johnson (6). *Naperville Central 5, Whitney Young 1Whitney Young 0 1 —1Naperville Central 2 3 —5Scoring — NC: Fricke (Orndorff); Hannan (Reedy); Tunney; Hannan (Sisko); Tallat (Kelpsa). Goalkeepers — NC: Hershik (4). *LAKE ZURICH 2, CARY GROVE 1Lake Zurich 1 1 —2Cary Grove 0 1 —1Lake Zurich — Kennedy (Powers), Heinrich (Bens).Cary Grove — Baker (Conner).Goalkeepers — LZ: Hart (4 saves); CG: Olsen (4 saves).*Geneva 2, Wheaton Academy 0*Normal West 2, Kaneland 1Normal West 1 1 —2Kaneland 1 0 —1Scoring — K: Olson (Jurcenko). *St. Edward 4, LISle 0 Lisle 0 0 -0St. Edward 2 2 -4Scoring — SE: Kruk, Gnan, Zeller, Gnan. *Burlington Central 3, Byron 0 Burlington Central 2 1 -3Byron 0 0 -0Scoring — BC: Griffin (Jayne), Andrew, Jayne (Andrew). Goalkeepers — BC: Hilton (2 saves). *

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    Girls water polo:Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Glenbrook South invitationalpalatine 20, glenbrook south 4Palatine 6 3 6 5 —20Glenbrook South 1 1 1 1 — 4Palatine — Wojtas 9, Chumbook 4, McHugh 2, Rasor 2, Dvorska, Gilsenan, Campbell.Glenbrook South — Capota 2, Grace, Spector.Goalkeepers — Pal: Butler (12 saves).*

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    Boys track: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Upstate Eight Indoor Meet at Batavia TEAM SCORES1. Neuqua Valley 117, 2. Waubonsie Valley 99, 3. Batavia 86.5, 4. St. Charles North 63, 5. Geneva 49, 6. South Elgin 40, 7. Bartlett 39, 8. St. Charles East 34.5, 9. Metea Valley 23, 10. East Aurora 10, 11. Streamwood 9, 12. West Chicago 7, 13. Larkin 5, 14. Elgin 3. INDIVIDUAL RESULTS55: 1. Durns (WV) 6.58, 2. Griffin (SE) 6.61, 3. Duncan (SE) 6.61; 3200 relay: 1. Neuqua Valley 8:19.50, 2. St. Charles East 8:24.82, 3. Geneva 8:26.41; 3200: 1. Bushelle (NV) 9:28.84, 2. Cotton (BAR) 9:43.38, 3. Weiss (NV) 9:51.56; 55 hurdles: 1. Kirkwood (WV) 7.80, 2. Decker (SCE) 8.10, 3. Penny (WV) 8.26; 800: 1. Moss (NV) 1:58.63, 2. Hess (BAR) 2:00.90, 3. Curnock (BAT) 2:02.88; 800 relay: 1. Waubonsie Valley 1:34.36, 2. South Elgin 1:34.72, 3. Batavia 1:34.93; 400: 1. Espinosa (NV) 51.03, 2. Feeney (SCN) 51.25, Rafacz (NV) 51.30; 1600: 1. Wieties (BAT) 4:27.78, 2. Widmann (NV) 4:27.79, 3. Orlow (BAT) 4:28.39; 200: 1. Roels (G) 22.93, 2. Griffin (SE) 23.26, 3. Feeney (SCN) 23.57; 1600 relay: 1. Neuqua Valley 3:30.18, 2. Batavia 3:33.19, 3. Metea Valley 3:38.61; Long jump: 1. Heupel (NV) 22-03.25, 2. Travis (WV) 22-01.00, 3. Taormina (G) 21-04.50; High jump: 1. Miller (SCN) 6-03, 2. Kumero (SE) 6-01, 3. Rudelich (BAT) 6-01; Triple jump: 1. Travis (WV) 47-05.50, 2. Parks (NV) 46-03.76, 3. Penny (WV) 41-10.00; Shotput: 1. Harris (WV) 52-11.50, 2. D’Amico (G) 48-01.00, 3. Lindholm (SCN) 46-08; Pole vault: 1. Kirby (SCN) 14-0, 2. Peterson (NV) 14-00, 3. Mansfield (BAT) 13-06. *DuPage Valley Conference Championshipsat North Central CollegeTeam resultsLake Park 145; Wheaton Warrenville South 86; Wheaton North 66; Naperville Central 64; Naperville North 63; Glenbard East 24; Glenbard North 13; West Aurora 4Individual Results3200 relay: Lake Park 8:06.80; Wheaton Warrenville South 8:14.37; Naperville Central 8:17.42; 3200: McKEnna (WWS) 9:17.53; Cepeda (WWS) 9:34.72; Hicks (NC) 9:41.47; 55 high hurdles: Shenault (LP) 7.38; Connor (WN) 7.79; Beard (NN) 7.97; 55: Shenault (LP) 6.5; Andreas (NC) 6.53; Jackson (WWS) 6.62; 800: Peters (GE) 1:58.67; Dade (LP) 1:59.11; Schroer (WWS) 2:00.50; 800 relay: Lake Park 1:33.30; Wheaton Warrenville South 1:33.58; Wheaton North 1:34.44; 400: Connor (WN) 51.68; Spaccapanicia (NC) 51.95; Jopes (NC) 52.07; 1600: McKenna (WWS) 4:20.67; Lozano (LP) 4:24.36; Hanselman (NN) 4:29.31; 200: Pierce (LP) 23.0; Collier (NN) 23.28; Spaccapaniccia (NC) 23.34; 1600 relay: Wheaton North 3:28.33; Wheaton Warrenville South 3:28.65; Glenbard East 3:29.57; Long jump: Jegede (LP) 22-4.75; Heinz (NN) 21-9.5; Pierce (LP) 21-7.0; High jump: Heinz (NN) 6-7; Bloss (WN) 5-11; Ives (WWS) 5-11; Triple jump: Jegede (P) 47-7.0; Andreas (NC) 43-3.0; Gal (LP) 43-0.5; Shotput: Evans (LP) 53-8.0; Prestigiacomo (LP) 52-6.25; Callaway (WWS) 49-8.75; Pole vault: Contreras (WN) 13-9.0; Krause (LP) 13-9; Gates (LP) 12-3.

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    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s resultsHinsdale Central invitationalteam scoresMundelein 149.05, Lyons 147.05, Hinsdale Central 141.8, Naperville Central 136.2, Libertyville 135.95, Naperville north 134.55, Fremd 126.7, Lincoln-Way co-op 120.05, Addison Trail, 113.8, Andrew 107.710.*individual placewinnersFloor exercise: Chris Rediehs (Lyons) 9.35, Colin McCarthy (Mun) 9.3, Jack Schmidt (HC) 8.95; Pommel horse: McCarthy (Mun) 9.1, Ryan Durkin (NapC) 9.0, Rediehs (Lyons) 8.6; Vault: Rediehs (Lyons) 9.5, McCarthy (Mun) 9.4, Dom Delgrosso (NapC) 9.2; Still rings: Alex Pong (Lib) 8.6, McCarthy (Mun) 8.5, Durkin (NapC) 8.4; Parallel bars: McCarthy (Mun) 9.1, Rediehs (Lyons) 8.9, Pong (Lib) 8.4; High bar: McCarthy (Mun) 8.7, Alex Janicki (Lyons) 8.3, Rediehs (Lyons) 8.0; All-around: McCarthy (Mun) 54.1, Rediehs (Lyons) 51.8, Schmidt (HC) 49.5.*Leyden invitationalteam scoresWheaton Coop 154.85, Stevenson 151.75, Highland Park 129.15, Deerfield 127.20, Glenbard South 124.35, Palatine 121.70, Glenbard East 117.90, Lake Park 116.70, Leyden 114.25, Hinsdale South 109.65, Fenton 107.10, Glenbard North 82.90, Homewood-Flossmoor 81.05, Maine South 74.100, Maine East 39.55.*individual placewinnersFloor excercise: 1. MacDonald (WhCoop) 9.3, 2. Sansone (WhCoop) 9.0, 3. B.Spinello (Dfld) 8.8, 4. J.Spinello (Dfld) 8.6, 5. Jacob (Stev) 8.55. Pommel horse: 1. Sansone (WhCoop) 9.2, 2. Zack (Stev) 8.6, 3. MacDonald (WhCoop) 8.4, 4. Arie (Stev) 8.3, 5. Elijah (Stev) 7.2. Still rings: 1. MacDonald (WhCoop) 9.6, 2. Arie (Stev) 9.0, 3. Sansone (WhCoop) 8.0, 4. Szot (WhCoop) 8.8, 5. Nigam (Pal) 8.8. Vault: 1. MacDonald (WhCoop) 9.4, 2. Zack (Stev) 9.2, 3. Sansone (WhCoop) 9.1, 4. Mikhail (MS) 9.0, 5. B.Spinello (Dfld) 8.95. Parallel bars: 1. MacDonald (WhCoop) 9.7, 2. Zack (Stev) 8.9, 3. Marston (WhCoop) 8.7, 4. Sansone (WhCoop) 8.45, 5. Jacob (Stev) 8.35. Horizontal bar: 1. MacDonald (WhCoop) 8.9, 2. Arie (Stev) 8.6, 3. Zack (Stev) 8.0, 4. Jacob (Stev) 8.0, 5. Sansone (WhCoop) 7.8. All-around: 1. MacDonald (WhCoop) 55.3, 2. Sansone (WhCoop) 52.45, 3. Zack (Stev) 51.70, 4. Arie (Stev) 50.55, 5. Jacob (Stev) 47.90, 6. Boguslavsky (GbdS) 46.95, 7. Szot (WhCoop) 46.60, 8. Nigam (Pal) 45.90, 9. B.Spinello (Dfld) 42.90, 10. Kaufman (HP) 42.70.*

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    Badminton: Friday’s scoreboard
    Friday’s results*Buffalo Grove invitationalteam scoresBuffalo Grove 29, Fremd 20, Glenbrd East 19, Glenbrook South 5, Elk Grove 7individual resultsSingles — No.1: 1.Wu (Fr), 2.Schwartz (BG); No.2: 1.Kolenchery (BG), 2.Glowik (GE); No.3: 1.MBI (Fr), 2.McClellan (BG); No.4: 1.Shah (Fr), 2.McLoone (BG).Doubles — No.1: 1.Berns/Fortman (BG), 2.Choi/Parng (Fr); No.2: 1.Sommers/Jambrone (BG), 2.Srey/Stranski (GE); No.3: 1.Appelt/Mayer (BG), 2.Alfaro/Rodgers (GE); No.4: 1.Klipstein/Jarosz (BG), 2.Lesavage/Zimmerman (GE).

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    Boys water polo scoreboard: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Maine East invitationalteam resultsMaine South 13, Buffalo Grove 8Maine East 15, Von Stueben 3Niles West 12, Maine South 2Bradley Bourbanais 13, Metea Valley 8Niles West 17, Buffalo Grove 7Maine East 10, Bradley Bourbanais 9*

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    Baseball: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*Vernon Hills 7, Waukegan 2 (5 inn.)2B: Goehrke.3B: McNamara.WP: Crowley; LP: Bleich.

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    Boys basketball scoreboard: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*State tournamentsSemifinalsAt Carver Area, PeoriaCLASS 4AWhitney Young 75, stevenson 68Stevenson — Nichols 0 0-0 0, Cashaw 2 0-0 4, Johnson 0 4-5 4, Brunson 16 17-23 56, Morrissey 2 0-0 4, Green 0 0-0 0, Newman 0 0-0 0, Dillon 0 0-0 0. Totals 20 17-23 68.Whitney Young — White 7 1-2 15, Okafor 13 7-10 33, Henry 3 4-4 11, Reynolds 0 10-10 10, Herenton 1 0-0 2, Nash 0 0-0 0, Everett 2 0-0 4, Mosley 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 22-26 75.Stevenson 15 8 17 28 —68Whitney Young 18 15 12 30 —753-point baskets: Stev: Brunson 7; WY: Henry.Fouled out: WY: Herenton.*benet accad. 38, edwardsville 33Benet Acad. — Nelligan 1 0-0 2, O’Mara 2 2-4 6, Pellettieri 3 0-0 8, Yesufu 3 4-7 10, Bonnett 4 2-7 10, Roemer 1 0-0 2, Sobolewski 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 8-18 38.Edwardsville — Crochrell 1 0-0 3, Fletcher 3 2-2 8, Clay 3 2-2 9, Brown 0 0-0 0, Roundtree 5 2-2 13, Smith 0 0-0 0. Totals 12 6-6 33.Benet Acad. 10 7 10 11 —38Edwardsville 9 7 7 10 —333-point baskets: BAc: Pellettieri 2; Edvl: Crochrell, Clay, Roundtree.*CLASS 3ALincoln 45, Rockford Lutheran 42Morgan Park 52, Orr 46*

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    Virginia forward Evan Nolte celebrates a basket against Coastal Carolina during the second half of an NCAA tournament game Friday in Raleigh.

    Virginia beats Coastal Carolina 70-59

    Coastal Carolina did enough in the first half to allow the Chanticleers to believe they could become the first No. 16 seed to beat a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. They just couldn’t keep knocking down the shots that had given them a halftime lead once Virginia stepped up its defense.

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    Kansas State guard Marcus Foster, right, has his shot contested by Kentucky forward Willie Cauley-Stein, lower, and forward Alex Poythress during an NCAA tournament game Friday at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

    No. 8 Kentucky holds off Kansas State, 56-49

    Julius Randle had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Aaron Harrison finished with 18 points and Kentucky held on to beat Kansas State 56-49 on Friday night. The reward is a coveted date with unbeaten Wichita State, the Midwest Region’s top seed.

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    Benet Academy’s Josh Yesufu laughs at his teammates on the bench as he comes to the foul line late in the win against Edwardsville in the Class 4A state semifinal at Carver Arena in Peoria Friday.

    Benet to play for Class 4A state title

    All you can ask for is a chance. And that’s exactly what Benet’s boys basketball team now has in its future: a chance. With the Redwings’ 38-33 victory over Edwardsville on Friday, Benet will play this season’s Goliath for the Class 4A state championship.

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    Lake Park’s Felix Gates competes in the pole vault during the DuPage Valley Conference Boys’ Indoor Track & Field Invitational at North Central College.

    New league? No problem for Lake Park

    Lake Park’s boys track and field team wasted no time staking its claim to DuPage Valley Conference honors. In its first league meet since joining the DVC, in Friday’s Indoor DVC meet the four-time defending Class 3A champion used points from both the track and field to score 145 points, ahead of Wheaton Warrenville South’s 86, at North Central College’s bright and airy Al B. Carius Track in Naperville.

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    Waubonsie Valley’s Justin Rich gives it his all as he approaches the finish line to take first place for his team in the 4 x 200 meter relay at the Upstate Eight Conference in Batavia on Friday.

    Neuqua Valley dominates UEC field

    With the first day of spring passing, and the last remnants of winter slowly melting away, all of the Upstate Eight Conference boys track teams were gathered in the field house at Batavia to celebrate the end of the indoor season in style. Finishing with a total of 117 points, Neuqua Valley was able to dominate the rest of the conference and win the 2014 UEC Indoor meet, winning six of the 15 events held and losing out on a seventh win by 1/10th of a second. Waubonsie Valley, host Batavia, St. Charles North and Geneva rounded out the top five.

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    Mundelein claims title at Krupicka Invite

    Mundelein, Lyons Twp. and Hinsdale Central finished in fourth, fifth and sixth place, respectively, in the state last season, and the teams followed each other once again during Friday’s Krupicka Invitational at Hinsdale Central.

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    VH’s Crowley tosses no-hitter in season-opening win

    Pat Crowley had quite a memorable start to his senior baseball season. The Vernon Hills pitcher fired a five-inning no-hitter, allowing a pair of unearned runs, as the Cougars opened their season with a 7-2 win over visiting Waukegan on Friday.

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    Images from the Benet Academy vs. Edwardsville Class 4A state semifinal boys basketball game at Carver Arena in Peoria on Friday, March 21, 2014.

    Images: Benet Academy vs. Edwardsville 4A State Semifinal Boys Basketball
    Images from the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament semifinal game as Benet Academy won 38-33 over Edwardsville at Carver Arena in Peoria on Friday, March 21. Benet advances to play Whitney Young for the Title Saturday.

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    St. Edward makes it 2-0; Burlington Central wins opener

    Chelsea Gnan scored twice for the St. Edward girls soccer team Friday as the Green Wave defeated Lisle 4-0 in a nonconference battle at Olympic Park in Schaumburg.

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    Harper aims for national title

    The Harper men’s track and field team is looking to continue its recent string of successes this spring. The Hawks have brought back five NJCAA Division III national championships to Palatine in the last seven years, and they finished second last season. The goal this season is simple: to make it six titles in eight years.

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    Stevenson’s Jalen Brunson is blocked from a rebound by Whitney Young’s Paul White and Erwin Henry, right.

    Images: Stevenson vs. Whitney Young 4A State Semifinal Boys Basketball
    Images from the Class 4A boys basketball state tournament semifinal game as Stevenson fell 75-68 to Whitney Young at Carver Arena in Peoria. Stevenson's Jalen Brunson set the tournament single game scoring record with 56.

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    The St. Viator boys lacrosse team honored 8-year-old Dylan Full, who has been battling cancer, as part of Friday’s game against Marian Catholic at Forest View Educational Center. The team presented Full with a helmet, stick and jersey in addition to an abundance of love.

    St. Viator out in Full force

    In the game of life, Dylan Full has had few calls go against him. But now he’s got some teammates helping him turn the tide. Full, an 8-year-old boy from Wheaton, is getting a big assist from the St. Viator boys lacrosse team. The Lions symbolically made Full a team member on Friday at Forest View Education Center, where the Lions were in action against Marian Catholic.

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    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, grabs a rebound in front of Indiana Pacers center Ian Mahinmi in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, March 21, 2014. Indiana won 91-79. (AP Photo/R Brent Smith)

    Bulls can’t quite come back against Pacers

    Luis Scola had 19 points and Lance Stephenson finished with 15 to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 91-79 win over the Bulls on Friday night. The Pacers (51-18), who took a 13-game lead on the Bulls (38-31) in the Central Division, went on a 19-0 run in the third quarter.

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    Gonzaga guard Kyle Dranginis, left, blocks a shot by Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown during the second half in a second-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Diego. Gonzaga won 85-77. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    Pangos, Bell lead Gonzaga over Ok. State 85-77

    Kevin Pangos scored 26 points and Gary Bell Jr. added 17 for eighth-seeded Gonzaga, which beat Marcus Smart and the ninth-seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys 85-77 in the West region of the NCAA tournament on Friday. The refs called 61 fouls and five players fouled out. Pangos made 12 of 14 free throws, including 10 of 10 in the last 1:31. The final 3 minutes took 24 minutes to play. It was seven off the record for fouls in a tournament game set by Iowa and Morehead State in a regional semifinal game in 1956.

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    Williams leaves Marquette to coach Virginia Tech

    Buzz Williams is headed to Virginia Tech after six mostly successful seasons coaching at Marquette.Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock announced Williams’ hiring Friday night in a statement. Williams will be formally introduced at a news conference Monday in Blacksburg.

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    Nebraska's Terran Petteway (5) reacts after a foul call during the second half of a second-round game against Baylor in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Antonio. Baylor won 74-60. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Nebraska falls in first NCAAs since ‘98

    Nebraska coach Tim Miles couldn’t fix the cold shooting or sloppy passes. The Big Ten coach of the year did see one thing he could correct: an overlooked shot clock error.Nope. These Huskers weren’t even going to get that right.Miles was instead ejected while trying to alert officials to the mistake, and 11th-seeded Nebraska would soon join their coach out of the NCAA tournament, falling to No. 6 seed Baylor 74-60 in the second round Friday.

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    Teuvo Teravainen, a winger from Finland, pulls on a Blackhawks cap after being chosen 18th overall in the 2012 NHL draft. Teravainen, 19, will see his first action with the Hawks soon because of Patrick Kane’s knee injury.

    Hawks not expecting miracles from Teravainen

    You call him Tee-vo, you call him Tay-vo, or you can even call him Tayowka, his nickname in Finland, it’s alright, Teuvo Teravainen has heard em’ all.But whatever you call him, just don’t call the 19-year-old Finnish center a savior.

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    The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane and the Predators’ Gabriel Bourque battle for the puck March 14 during a game at the United Center.

    Hawks expect Kane back for start of playoffs

    It’s official: Patrick Kane will miss the remainder of the regular season, but is expected to be back for the start of the postseason.

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    Tennessee guard Jordan McRae (52), center, gets to the hoop in between Massachusetts forward Sampson Carter (22) and Massachusetts center Cady Lalanne (25), while Tennessee forward Jarnell Stokes, right, looks on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball tournament game at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday, March 21, 2014. Tennessee won 86-67. (AP Photo/Knoxville News Sentinel, Adam Lau)

    Tennessee smokes UMass 86-67
    Jarnell Stokes scored a career-high 26 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to help Tennessee beat Massachusetts 86-67 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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    New Mexico's Kendall Williams (10) passes around Stanford's John Gage during the second half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 21, 2014, in St. Louis. Stanford won the game 58-53. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Stanford knocks off No. 7 New Mexico

    Stanford made the most of its first NCAA appearance since 2008, starting fast and finishing strong. New Mexico made another hasty exit.“We came out energetic and ready to go,” guard Chasson Randle said after the Cardinal led almost start to finish and knocked off the seventh-seeded Lobos 58-53 on Friday. “We knew how big this game was. We definitely had enough confidence to finish out the game.”

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    Kansas' Andrew Wiggins gets past Eastern Kentucky's Orlando Williams (15) to dunk the ball during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, March 21, 2014, in St. Louis. Kansas won the game 80-69. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    Kansas turns back pesky Eastern Kentucky, 80-69

    Andrew Wiggins scored 19 points, Jamari Traylor and Perry Ellis had double-doubles and second-seeded Kansas pulled away down the stretch to beat pesky Eastern Kentucky 80-69 on Friday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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    Arizona's Nick Johnson gets a shot off under the arm of Weber State's Joel Bolomboy during the second half in a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    Arizona overpowers Weber State 68-59 in West

    Anxious early and a bit too comfortable late, top-seeded Arizona pulled out a 69-59 win over Weber State in the West Regional on Friday, a victory that’s unlikely to change predictions that the Wildcats will lose in the next round.

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    Creighton's Doug McDermott (3) celebrates a score against Louisiana-Lafayette during the second half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Friday, March 21, 2014, in San Antonio. Creighton won 76-66. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    McDermott, Creighton roll on over Louisiana-Lafayette 76-66

    Doug McDermott scored in bunches and Ethan Wragge delivered the critical 3-pointers. Together they kept Creighton marching on, right back where they’d promised they’d be.McDermott scored 30 points and Wragge made three huge momentum-changing shots in the second half, sending No. 3 seed Creighton to a tough 76-66 win over No. 14 Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday in the West Regional.

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    Hampshire names Brasile new football coach

    Hampshire High School has a new football coach for the first time in a quarter century. Leyden assistant Mike Brasile will become the school’s next coach, pending District 300 board approval, the school announced via release Friday.

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    Mercer head coach Bob Hoffman and players react to a Mercer three-pointer Thursday during the second half against Duke in Raleigh, N.C.

    Mercer shocks Duke 78-71 in NCAA tourney opener

    Daniel Coursey scored 17 points and Mercer pulled off the biggest upset in the NCAA tournament so far by knocking off Duke 78-71. Jakob Gollon added 20 points for the 14th-seeded Bears.

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    Stevenson's Jalen Brunson (15) is the Gatorade Player of the Year.

    Stevenson's Brunson Gatorade Player of Year

    Stevenson junior Jalen Brunson has been named the 2013-14 Gatorade Illinois Boys Basketball Player of the Year, it was announced Friday morning. Brunson is the first Gatorade Illinois Boys Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Stevenson High School.

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    Undercover horse-racing video tough to watch — but absolutely necessary

    People in the horse racing industry often say they wish they would get more coverage, more publicity.Well, ready or not, here it comes, and it’s most definitely not the type of pub they were hoping for.

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    Will Phil Jackson, now in charge of the New York Knicks as team president, be able to convince Carmelo Anthony, left, to stay with the franchise?

    Jackson has arrow pointing up for struggling Knicks

    Phil Jackson’s new deal as the President of the New York Knicks is a well deserved opportunity and Mike North believes he will succeed.

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    Connecticut’s DeAndre Daniels hugs Shabazz Napier, front, after Napier scored after a foul during overtime of a second-round game against Saint Joseph’s in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Buffalo, N.Y., Thursday, March 20, 2014. Connecticut won 89-81. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    UConn outlasts Saint Joseph’s in 89-81 OT win

    With Jim Calhoun watching from the stands, Shabazz Napier capped Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie’s first NCAA tournament appearance with a win.Shaking off a 23-foot miss at the second-half buzzer, Napier scored nine of his 24 points in overtime to lead seventh-seeded UConn (27-8) to an 89-81 win over 10th-seeded Saint Joseph’s (24-10) in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday night.

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    Texas players celebrates Cameron Ridley’s game winning shot as Arizona State center Jordan Bachynski (13) walks off after a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament Thursday, March 20, 2014, in Milwaukee. Texas won 87-85. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

    Texas shocks Arizona State on buzzer beater, 87-85

    Cameron Ridley’s buzzer-beating layup lifted Texas to an 87-85 victory over Arizona State in the second of the NCAA tournament on Thursday night.Jonathan Holmes missed badly on a long 3-pointer for the seventh-seeded Longhorns in the final seconds, but Ridley emerged from the scrum with the ball and banked it in as time expired over the outstretched fingers of an ASU defender.

Business

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    The head office of Bank Rossiya in St. Petersburg, Russia. Two Russian banks, including Bank Rossiya, the Russian lender which was put on the Treasury’s sanctions list, said Friday that Visa and MasterCard have stopped providing services to them.

    EU’s new sanctions target Putin inner circle

    Russia has already hit back at the United States by announcing it would impose asset freezes on a number of high-ranking U.S. officials. But it has yet to take retaliatory action against the EU.

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    A youth checks his smartphone in Glenview, Ill. Local police may be tracking your cell phone. But they’re regularly censoring information about how the technology’s used or how much it costs taxpayers.

    Police phone-tracking contracts often kept secret

    A Stingray device tricks all cellphones in an area into electronically identifying themselves and transmitting data to police rather than the nearest phone company’s tower. Because documents about Stingrays are regularly censored, it’s not immediately clear what information the devices could capture, such as the contents of phone conversations and text messages, what they routinely do capture based on how they’re configured or how often they might be used.

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    Russian President Vladimir Putin, flanked by Upper House Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, left, and Lower House Speaker Sergei Naryshkin, signs bills Friday making Crimea part of Russia in the Kremlin in Moscow.

    Russian stocks down as banks suffer amid sanctions

    The economic sanctions ordered on Thursday by President Barack Obama targeted 20 people, including Putin’s chief of staff and four influential businessmen who are believed to be his lifelong friends, and also a major Russian bank that provides them support.

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    A Wendy’s single with cheese large combo meal at a Wendy’s restaurant in Mt. Lebanon, Pa.

    Wendy’s rolls out mobile payment option

    The rollout comes as Wendy’s works to revamp its image to be more in line with chains like Panera Bread, which charge a little more than traditional fast-food chains like McDonald’s and Burger King.

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    A pedestrian walks outside a Merck & Co. facility in Summit, New Jersey. The second-biggest U.S. drugmaker by sales will lay off 8,500 workers and revamp its research and development after seeing new medicines delayed by U.S. regulators.

    An early gain fades on Wall Street

    The Dow Jones industrial average lost 28.35 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,302.70. The Nasdaq composite dropped 42.50 points, or 1 percent, to 4,276.79. Health care stocks fell the most in the S&P 500 index. Gilead lost $3.46, or 5 percent, to $72.07. Biogen Idec fell $28.51, or 8 percent, to $318.53.

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    This image provided by E-Trade shows part of a television ad scheduled to air during the 2010 Super Bowl. Having a talking baby trade stocks was a way to show people that E-Trade’s investing services were so simple even a baby could make money trading stock on the site

    E-Trade’s talking baby goes bye-bye

    NEW YORK — The E-Trade baby will finally stop talking.In the investor site’s new ad, the baby — who looks like a harmless, adorable tot but talks like a character out of “The Wolf of Wall Street” — is upstaged by a cat named Beanie that sings. The tot quits in disgust at the end of the ad.E-Trade began its “talking baby” campaign in 2008 during the Super Bowl, at a time when online investing was relatively rare. But six years later, online investing is common.There’s no word on what E-Trade’s next marketing campaign will be.

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    Associated Press/June 5, 1984 A woman in Chicago demonstrates Atari’s new game, Mind Link, which utilizes a headband that picks up electrical impulse from the movement of the forehead and transmits them to a receiver attached to a video game or home computer console.

    Search for old Atari games to go on in New Mexico

    “E.T.” the video game, inspired by the hit 1982 movie, is said to have contributed to Atari’s decline.

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    Associated Press/May 31, 2013 Parts of Oklahoma City experience extreme flooding after multiple tornado’s passed through.

    Obama signs relief from flood insurance hike

    The new law caps flood insurance premium increases at 18 percent a year in most cases.

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    The March Madness NCAA basketball is driving pizza sales across the suburbs, including at Connie’s Pizza.

    Pizza sales heat up during March Madness

    As March Madness basketball rolls out, so do pizza sales across the suburbs. Pizzerias says the Superbowl ranks as the No. 1 day for pizza sales, but March Madness kickoff weekend is right behind it.

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    Ricky B's Prime Burger House opens at Woodfield

    A new burger restaurant concept developed by the owners of the award-winning Chicago Chop House has opened its first location at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The first Ricky B's Prime Burger House is serving handcrafted burgers with fresh ingredients, along with grilled entrees and a variety of specialty drafts from around the world.

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    Associated Press/Dec. 4, 2013 April Taylor of Upper Marlboro, Md., left, buys items from groceries to Christmas presents with her son Jarhon Taylor, right, on opening day of a new Wal-Mart on Georgia Avenue Northwest in Washington.

    Wal-Mart’s new tool gives competitors prices

    The company built its business on offering the lowest prices on staples such as milk, bread and laundry detergent. But Wal-Mart’s “every day low price” model is under attack from online king Amazon and other competitors that sometimes offer items cheaper. On top of that, the retailer’s primarily lower-income customers continue to cut back on spending during the economic recovery.

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    Stephanie Payne, 62, plans to plans to retire early from her nursing career and take advantage of health care coverage offered through the Affordable Care Act, allowing her spend more time pursuing other interests while not being tied to employer-sponsored coverage.

    With health law, workers ponder the I-Quit option

    For uninsured people, the nation’s new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job. At 62, Payne has worked for three decades as a nurse. But she’s ready to leave that behind, including the job-based health benefits, to move to Oregon and promote her self-published book.

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    The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone.

    Q&A: Am I stuck in my job’s costly health plan?

    The new health care law helps some people, hurts others and confuses almost everyone. Hoping to simplify things a bit, The Associated Press asked its Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus followers for their real-life questions about the program and the problems they’re running into as the March 31 deadline approaches to sign up for coverage in new insurance markets.

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    Microsoft says it snooped on Hotmail to track leak

    Microsoft Corp., which has skewered rival Google Inc. for going through customer emails to deliver ads, acknowledged Thursday it had searched emails in a blogger’s Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets.

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    General Motors CEO Mary Barra

    GM CEO Barra to testify at House hearing on recall

    General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra will testify next month at a hearing by a House panel investigating the delayed recall of 1.6 million small GM cars. The investigative panel of the House Energy and Commerce Committee will hear Barra’s testimony on April 1.

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    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    Turkey blocks Twitter access over graft recordings

    Turkey blocked access to Twitter on Friday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “rip out the roots” of the social media network where links have proliferated to recordings that appear to incriminate the Turkish leader and other top officials in high-level corruption.

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    Turkey's lawyers' association has asked a court to overturn the country's ban on Twitter.

    Turkish lawyers seek cancellation of Twitter ban

    Turkey's lawyers' association has asked a court to overturn the country's ban on Twitter. Turkey blocked access to the social media network overnight Friday hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to “rip out the roots” of the website.

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    Fitch takes U.S. off negative ratings watch

    A credit rating firm has concluded a review of the United States’ credit rating and reiterated that it deserves the highest rating. Fitch Ratings had started a review of the U.S. debt rating in October and warned it might downgrade the nation’s rating.

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    Tim Fenton

    McDonald’s COO to retire; executives restructured
    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s says its chief operating officer is retiring and that it won’t refill the position. The world’s biggest hamburger chain says Tim Fenton, 56, will retire in October, then act as a special adviser to CEO Don Thompson. Fenton joined the company as a teenager in 1973 as a worker at a restaurant in Utica, N.Y.

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    Game technician Steve Stayman tests a shooting video game as the Dave & Buster's at Westfield Hawthorn mall in Vernon Hills prepares to open Wednesday.

    New Dave & Buster's part of Westfield Hawthorn one-stop shop strategy

    Dave & Buster's opening next week in Vernon Hills is part of a strategy to repurpose the Westfield Hawthorn mall into a destination for entertainment."This is the kick off to the new Hawthorn," said Michael Golden, the mall's general manager. “Our goal is to be everybody's destination for restaurants, entertainment and retail.”

Life & Entertainment

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    Mads Mikkelsen stars as Dr. Hannibal Lecter in NBC's elegant, operatic and criminally underseen series, “Hannibal.”

    The best TV show you're (probably) not watching

    The idea of resurrecting a popular horror movie in the guise of a serialized prequel for television is not one that inspires confidence, but NBC's “Hannibal,” starring Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen as the titular cannibal, is an elegant, operatic triumph.

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    Move out and leave Mom’s guilt trip behind

    Q. I’m 28 and Mom won’t let me move out. She has guilted me into continuing to live at home with her and my younger sister. How can I gain the confidence to really move out this time without hurting my mom too much or damaging our relationship?

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    A judge upheld the firing of former Los Angeles police officer Rebecca Reyes for distributing an evidentiary photo of Rihanna’s injuries after Chris Brown attacked her in February 2009. The photo was leaked to TMZ, although Reyes denies she sent the photo to the celebrity website.

    Firing of officer who shared Rihanna photo upheld

    A police officer who distributed an evidence photo depicting Rihanna’s injuries after she was attacked by Chris Brown was properly fired for her actions, a judge ruled Thursday. Former Los Angeles police officer Rebecca Reyes took a picture of an evidence photo and the image ended up on celebrity website TMZ, although she denies that she sent it to the site. Reyes snapped the photo to show to other officers and acquaintances, court filings state.

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    A judge signed off on the warrant this week for singer Anita Baker. It was sought by the lawyer for a company that says she owes it $15,000 for work done on her home.

    Arrest warrant issued for singer Anita Baker

    An arrest warrant has been issued for Grammy Award-winning singer Anita Baker. It was sought by the lawyer for a company that says Baker owes it $15,000 for work done on her Grosse Pointe home.

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    In April Seattle police plan to release new photographs discovered during a re-examination of the death of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain. He was 27 when he died.

    Police release new photos from Kurt Cobain suicide

    With the 20th anniversary of the suicide of Kurt Cobain coming up next month, Seattle police knew they'd be getting plenty of questions about the Nirvana frontman. So a detective reviewed the case files — including evidence photos and statements. He found no new information to change the police conclusion that Cobain took his own life, but did discover four rolls of undeveloped film from the suicide scene.

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    Amanda Drinkall stars in Goodman Theatre’s Chicago-area premiere of “Venus in Fur.”

    Power play at heart of Goodman’s ‘Venus’

    Sexuality. Identity. Gender roles. The male-female dynamic. All of those issues play out in David Ives’ sly, satirical “Venus in Fur,” in a fine Chicago area premiere at Goodman Theatre. But they’re accessories, like the dog collar, stiletto boots, frock coat and handcuffs the characters don and doff. Dress it up any way you like, this sex dramedy is all about power: who’s on top (so to speak) in a relationship at any given time.

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    “American Idol” alums and husband-and-wife team Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo respectively star as Joseph and the Narrator in the new tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” running at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago through Sunday, March 30.

    'Joseph' tour fun, but not overly 'Amazing'

    The new national tour of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" starring "American Idol" alums and husband-and-wife team Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo is fun and impressive, though probably not a must-see event like the famed 1990s Chicago Theatre production that starred Donny Osmond.

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    Jeremy Hainsworth, right, and a guide hold a boa constrictor in the Amazon jungle in Brazil, about 100 miles from Manaus. Amazon guides will seek snakes and other creatures in the jungle to show to visitors on tours.

    Manaus, Brazil: Gateway to tours of the Amazon

    The Amazon guide raised his hand in the steaming forest and looked at me at the end of a line of six hikers. “Do you want a machete, Jeremy?” said the guide, Shane Zammette. “Jaguars always attack from the rear.” I spent the next half-hour watching the jungle around me before maneuvering myself into the middle of the group. It was a moment that brought home the reality of the paradise around us.

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    Visitors to Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Ind., can view an interactive display in the pig barn.

    See big agriculture in action on Indiana farm tour

    Farms around the nation have tried to capitalize on consumers' interest in how food is produced with tours. About 70 miles south of Chicago, Fair Oaks Farms in northern Indiana allows tourists to visit a high-tech dairy farm, tour a massive creamery where cheese and ice cream are made and see piglets being born on a hog farm. Fair Oaks, which includes 10 dairy farms with 37,000 cows and a 2,400-pig farm, draws as many as 500,000 visitors per year. Most visits start at the Dairy Adventure Center, where you can wander through a series of exhibits and see a short film on dairy farming before boarding a bus to a farm.

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    Susaan Jamshidi stars in “Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England,” which opened this week at Theater Wit in Chicago.

    Theater events: 'Seven Homeless Mammoths' opens at Theater Wit

    “Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England,” an “academic sex comedy” by Madeleine George, opened this week at Theater Wit in Chicago. TUTA Chicago presents "The Jewels," its world premiere adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's short story; Fox Valley Rep's artistic director John Gawlik directs Gift Theatre's "Thinner Than Water;" and About Face Theatre and Silk Road Rising collaboratie on "Brahman/i: A One Hijra Stand Up Comedy Show" this week in Chicago-area theater.

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    A natural dye bath, top left, can be made from pomegranate rinds, and natural dyes, bottom, made from rose petals and iron.

    For natural dyes, look to the yard or kitchen

    Transforming weeds, kitchen scraps and other natural elements into a rainbow of textile dyes is a concept as old as civilization itself, with dye vats dating to as early as 2000 BC. Now, these homemade pigments — some long abandoned in favor of more startling chemical dyes — are being rediscovered in kitchens and studios around the world. “There’s been a huge rise in interest over the last two or three years,” said Sasha Duerr, author of “The Handbook of Natural Plant Dyes.”

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    Children with ADHD — one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood — may have trouble staying on task.

    ABCs of ADHD: Diagnosis on the rise

    There are many theories about the cause of ADHD. Children with ADHD — one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood — may have trouble staying on task, often can’t sit still, are easily distracted, daydream, forget or lose things, make careless mistakes or take unnecessary risks, have trouble taking turns, may be unable to pay attention, frequently jump from task to task, have a hard time resisting temptation, and can have difficulty getting along with others.

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    Moving can be a time to embrace “out with the old, in with the new.”

    Move on to a better you

    Most people hate the thought of moving — ugh! Items accumulated over years make moving seem an almost impossible and treacherous task. On the positive side, this is the time to take control and stock of what you have and need.

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    Andrew Pond plays a stay-at-home dad and Julie Partyka is his workaholic wife in “Half and Half,” the new drama at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    ‘Half and Half’ contrasts marriage, family in 1970 vs. 2005

    It might be hard for young people to imagine that, just a generation ago, gender roles were quite rigid. Women were responsible for cooking, cleaning and raising the kids. Men went to work to support the family financially. Obviously, a lot’s changed. That transformation is the focus of James Sherman’s “Half and Half,” in a production at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

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    Soar into spring with new IFLY Indoor Skydiving facilities opening in the suburbs.

    Go full-throttle with sky-diving thrills and stomach-dropping chills

    Months of snow-covered lawns and bone-chilling cold have had most of us yearning for spring. Now, that it's here, it's time to get out and play — and play hard.

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    A tuned-up fridge will help you keep your cool

    The modern refrigerator has come a long way since the original ice box! But if you take yours for granted, it might not work any better than theydid back then. Here are some tips and tricks you can use to keep your appliance super cool.

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    Parents shouldn’t use college fund to bankroll son’s home

    Q. We are not rich, but we managed to put $19,500 into an account for our daughter to attend college and another $19,500 for our son to go to school too. Our daughter is in her second year of college and is doing great, but our son is 17 years old and wants the $19,500 to make a down payment on a fixer-upper house instead of furthering his education. What should we do?

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    Mortgage debt forgiveness back on table

    Here’s some good news for homeowners worried that Congress will fail again to renew popular tax benefits for use in 2014 — especially those allowing for mortgage debt forgiveness, write-offs for energy-saving improvements and mortgage insurance premiums.

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    No excuse for inspector’s failure to document findings

    Q. I am selling my home, and the buyers’ inspection report was hideous! The house is 40 years old, and I just spent $150k on a total remodel. According to the home inspector, the toilets are loose, but I’ve pushed against them and they don’t budge.

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    The Graham floor plan by Airhart Construction is available at College Station, a small development in downtown Wheaton near the College Avenue train station. It features a second-floor loft with a walkout, roof terrace.

    Modern floor plans maximize open spaces

    Today the open floor plan reigns with the kitchen integrated into the breakfast, dinette and family room for one large gathering space.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Collaboration on power line project needed to benefit all

    A Daily Herald editorial calls for greater collaboration on ComEd's bid to build power lines across four counties.

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    Ed Wojcicki

    Bipartisanship lessons from the young

    Guest Columnist Ed Wojcicki: The fact that a few dozen college-aged political rivals can be roommates and work together to address problems is not enough to eradicate America’s partisan toxin, but it’s a start.

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    Disassociating self from Hitler analogy
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: Because in the past I have written letters to the Daily Herald, I feel it necessary to point out to my friends and associates that I am not the Mike O’Brien (of Prospect Heights) whose Feb. 22 letter compared President Obama to Hitler, Mussolini and Stalin.

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    Weight loss advice? Go directly to jail.
    A Roselle letter to the editor: How is it that Richard Daley’s nephew gets a few months of jail time and probation for killing someone, Ty Warner gets two years probation for not paying millions of dollars in taxes but Kevin Trudeau is going to jail for 10 years for selling a weight loss book that may not be effective?

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    Send congrats to Mooseheart, rivals
    A Batavia letter to the editor: Hats off to the Ramblers of Mooseheart for winning the state 1A Basketball Championship. It should be a vindication for a school and its community who take in children and adolescents from all walks of life and from many different communities to achieve success not just on the floor of competition but in life as well.

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    Generous giving at WDSRA event
    A DuPage County letter to the editor: We would like to thank the many friends, sponsors, volunteers and guests who showed their support for the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association by contributing to the Black & Red Bash earlier this month. We asked them to give from the heart. They answered the call … and then some.

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