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Daily Archive : Wednesday March 26, 2014

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    Sara Johnson, a caregiver for Visiting Angels and representative for RunFurShelter, along with Arlene Petersen, owner of Visiting Angels, show off some of the pet food collected.

    Visiting Angels helps collect pet food for area seniors

    Visiting Angels of South Elgin is a designated pet food donation site for RunFurShelter's pet food drive. RunFurShelter has partnered with the Salvation Army Golden Diners Program to accept donations of nonperishable, unopened canned and dry dog and cat food.

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    3rd Annual Recycle-O-Rama:

    Vernon Township Highway Commissioner Bryant Schroeder, in cooperation with the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County, has organized the 3rd Annual Recycle-O-Rama to celebrate Earth Day on April 22.

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    Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler visits with Michelle Katz, 15, of Buffalo Grove at Lutheran General Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge on Thursday.

    Jimmy Butler visits sick children in Park Ridge

    Chicago Bulls player Jimmy Butler and the team mascot, Benny the Bull, visited Advocate Children’s Hospital in Park Ridge Thursday afternoon to bring cheer and distraction to the patients and their families.

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    Investigators look at the wreckage of a small passenger plane that crashed early Saturday in Clearwater, Fla.

    Round Lake teen dies from plane crash injuries

    A second person — a Round Lake teen — has died after a spring break plane crash in Florida over the weekend that also killed her father and seriously injured a friend. Jeffrey Bronken, 53, who was piloting the plane, was killed in the crash Saturday morning outside Clearwater. His daughter Katherine Bronken, 15, died from her injuries Wednesday afternoon, officials said.

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    This graphic shows satellite imagery taken on March 23, with the approximate positions of objects seen floating in the southern Indian Ocean in the search zone for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Malaysian officials said a satellite has captured images of 122 objects close to where three other satellites previously detected objects.

    Floating objects seen in Flight 370 search area

    They are the most tantalizing clues yet: 122 objects spotted by satellite, floating in the turbulent Indian Ocean where officials believe the missing Malaysian jetliner went down. But bad weather, the passage of time and the sheer remoteness of their location kept answers out of the searchers’ grasp.

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    One of the relatives of Chinese passengers on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 rubs his head during a briefing meeting given by Malaysian official at a hotel in Beijing, China, Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

    Relatives skeptical of Malaysia plane probe

    The PowerPoint presentation wasn't enough. The analysis by British investigators that Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 was lost at sea wasn't enough. The relatives of Chinese passengers gathered in a hotel banquet hall on Wednesday were still skeptical — and hostile. “It's all lies. Not a shred of truth!” said a man who identified himself as Mr. Zhang from the Chinese city of Harbin.

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    Kane County judge to rule on animal care costs in neglect case

    A judge will decide Thursday how much, if any, security an Elgin woman should have to post to cover the cost of caring for her horses and donkeys while she awaits trial on charges of animal cruelty and neglect.

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    Dan Kotowski

    Lawmaker plans to expand Rosemont cigarette tax

    State Sen. Dan Kotowski wants to expand the cigarette tax in Rosemont to include all forms of tobacco.

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    Illinois seeks to regulate rideshare services

    A dispute among taxi companies, Chicago officials and rideshare companies such as Uber, Lyft and Sidecar is about to welcome one more player: state lawmakers who say the rideshare industry needs to play by the same rules as other transportation businesses.

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    Illinois Chamber urges action on transportation

    The Illinois Chamber of Commerce is calling on Congress to address the nation's transportation infrastructure needs. The chamber announced Tuesday it has joined more than 30 state chambers in co-signing a letter to Congress calling for action.

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    Ill. senator unveils proposed income tax rates

    An Illinois senator announce a push Tuesday for a major overhaul of the state's income tax structure, calling for a move to a graduated system that would require more from the wealthy.

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    The Hoffman Estates Park District has stepped up as a co-sponsor of the four-day Northwest Fourth Fest at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates this July, after Elgin and Hanover Park withdrew their involvement earlier this year. The district will contribute $5,000 cash and $2,000 in labor.

    Hoffman parks to help fund Northwest Fourth Fest

    In the wake of Elgin and Hanover Park's withdrawal from the 2014 Northwest Fourth Fest at the Sears Centre Arena this July, the Hoffman Estates Park District is stepping up with a cosponsorship of $5,000 in cash and $2,000 in personnel time. Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod expressed gratefulness Wednesday for the recent decision by the park district board, saying the staffing help is especially...

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    The Lombard fire department works the scene of a house fire in the 200 block of west Central Avenue in Lombard.

    No injuries in Lombard house fire

    The Lombard fire department works the scene of a house fire in the 200 block of west Central Ave in Lombard. No injuries to the residents were reported and the cause of the fire was still under investigation.

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    Alex Clifford

    Ex-Metra CEO heads back to California for transit job

    A pivotal figure in Metra's patronage scandal last summer may be leaving Chicago soon. Former CEO Alex Clifford could be headed back to California for a transit leadership job pending a vote this week.

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    Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, second from right, took a leading role in establishing the College Athletes Players Association, or CAPA, which would take the lead in organizing the players now that the National Labor Relations Board said football players at Northwestern University can create the nation's first college athlete's union.

    Will union decision shake up college sports?

    In a stunning ruling that could revolutionize a college sports industry worth billions of dollars and have dramatic repercussions at schools coast to coast, a federal agency said Wednesday that football players at Northwestern University can create the nation's first union of college athletes.

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    Des Plaines firefighters at the scene of a house fire on the 500 block of Westgate Road, near Fremont Street.

    Small house fire in Des Plaines

    Firefighters were at the scene of a Des Plaines house fire at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday, on the 500 block of Westgate Road.

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    Veteran golf writer Len Ziehm, left, chats with Mary and Mike Bavier of Barrington during an event for Daily Herald subscribers Wednesday at Golf Nation in Palatine.

    Getting into the swing of golf season at subscriber event

    With the Masters just two weeks away, Daily Herald subscribers got a jump on the golf season by taking part in a discussion Wednesday night with veteran sports writers Mike Spellman and Len Ziehm.

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    A Chicago Transit Authority train car rests on an escalator at the O’Hare Airport station after it derailed early Monday.

    TSA officer on train’s driver: ‘She should have been fired’

    As a Transportation Security Administration officer, Milka Overton’s job is to keep people safe. Yet on her way to work Monday, Overton found herself in danger aboard the CTA Blue Line train that crashed at O’Hare — and she questions how the operator fell asleep at the wheel given that she had dozed off at work before. “The very first time, she should have been fired...

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    A chaplain from the Washington State Patrol, right, walks with his arm around Snohomish County battalion chief Steve Mason near the scene of the mudslide Wednesday in Oso, Wash. Sixteen bodies have been recovered, and scores of others are still missing.

    Authorities: Mudslide missing number drops to 90

    Washington authorities on Wednesday reduced to 90 the number of people missing from a community wiped out by a mudslide, as the families and friends of those still unaccounted for begin to confront the reality that some may never be found. No victims were recovered Wednesday, leaving the official death toll at 16, with an additional eight bodies located but not recovered, Snohomish County...

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    President Barack Obama, in Brussels on Wednesday, appealed to Europeans on Wednesday to retrench behind the war-won ideals of freedom and human dignity, declaring that those advocating those values will ultimately triumph in Ukraine.

    U.S. to commit more forces to NATO efforts

    The United States plans to join with other NATO nations in increasing ground and naval forces in Eastern Europe as part of the military alliance’s response to Russia’s incursion in Ukraine, the White House said Wednesday. The specifics of the NATO plan were still being finalized, including the size of the force increase.

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    The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before Obama’s arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel, the Secret Service said Tuesday. The three agents were benched for “disciplinary reasons,” said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan.

    Senators concerned by Secret Service allegations

    The Democratic chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and a senior Republican senator expressed concern Wednesday over an alleged incident involving a drunken Secret Service agent in connection with President Barack Obama’s overseas trip to the Netherlands. On Sunday, the agency called three agents home from the Netherlands just before Obama’s arrival for talks with...

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    The Senate Intelligence Committee three years ago secretly considered, but ultimately rejected, alternate ways for the National Security Agency to collect and store massive amounts of Americans’ phone records, The Associated Press has learned.

    Experts say NSA rules leave privacy vulnerable

    STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Cyber security experts are questioning whether President Barack Obama can make good on his assurance that U.S. intelligence agencies aren't spying on "ordinary folks." That promise is especially dubious, experts say, in instances where Americans are communicating with U.S. citizens living abroad and other people overseas.

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    Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, the voice of fiery al-Qaida propaganda videotapes after the Sept. 11 attacks, was convicted Wednesday of conspiring to kill Americans for his role as the terror group’s spokesman.

    Feds praise verdict against bin Laden son-in-law

    Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law was convicted Wednesday for his role as al-Qaida’s fiery chief spokesman after 9/11 — a verdict prosecutors said vindicated the Obama administration’s strategy of bringing terror suspects to justice in civilian court.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn on Wednesday asked lawmakers to pick higher income taxes and a property tax break over cuts to state programs.

    Quinn pitches flat $500 property tax credit, not income tax drop

    Gov. Pat Quinn outlined his case Wednesday for making Illinois’ temporary income tax increase permanent, predicting “extreme and radical” budget cuts to schools and services without additional revenue. The Chicago Democrat tied the idea to relief for homeowners, saying he’d like to guarantee every Illinoisan who pays property tax a $500 annual refund.

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    Des Plaines firefighters conduct overhaul operations Wednesday morning after extinguishing a fire in a detached garage on West Villa Drive. No injuries were reported.

    Fire damages Des Plaines garage

    Des Plaines firefighters responded Wednesday morning to a fire in a detached garage, authorities said. The two-car garage, located in the back yard of a home on the 900 block of West Villa Drive, was well-involved in flames when firefighters arrived just after 10 a.m. No injuries were reported.

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    Palatine OKs TIF dollars for florist’s facelift

    After rejecting a village florist’s request for a new sign along Palatine Road, the Palatine village council this month approved a measure to award the business $50,000 from a Tax Increment Financing district program created to help pay for exterior improvements. The money will pay for new sets of double doors, windows, awnings and siding, as well as a new wooden sign at Kinsch’s...

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    Joseph Academy, which rents space at DuPage County’s former youth home in Wheaton, has had trouble getting students because of a lack of state funding for special education.

    Loss of state funding hampers new DuPage school

    Less than two years after moving into space at DuPage County’s former youth home, a nonprofit school that helps young people with severe behavioral, emotional and learning disorders is struggling to increase its enrollment. As a result, county officials have decided not to charge Joseph Academy rent through the end of September. They also have forgiven missed rent payments of about $12,000...

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    Rocky Reed

    Repeat offender gets probation in Arlington Heights home repair fraud

    A Mount Prospect man already on probation for swindling seniors received probation once again for cheating an elderly Arlington Heights couple last year. Rocky Reed, of the 500 block of Ida Court, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated home repair fraud, court records show.

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    Vaughn Atkins

    Bond set in Lisle road rage case

    Bond was set at $20,000 Wednesday for a man accused of opening fire on another automobile during a Friday evening traffic altercation. Vaughn Atkins, 42, of 1409 S. Blackhawk Circle, South Elgin, is charged with two counts of aggravated discharge of a firearm.

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    Two more union deals done for Kane County

    Kane County officials revealed deals with two more of the county's unions Wednesday. The pay and benefit increases involved add more than $235,000 to the 2014 budget.

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    ASSOCIATED PRESS In this March 29, 1964, file photo, a photographer looks over wreckage as smoke rises in the background from burning oil storage tanks at Valdez, Alaska. The city was hit hard by the earthquake that demolished some of Alaska’s most picturesque and largest cities.

    Great Alaska Earthquake shook Alaska 50 years ago

    Electric clocks on walls in Anchorage shut down at 5:36 p.m. on March 27, 1964. Time stopped at the start of the ‘64 Great Alaska Earthquake, the second largest ever recorded at magnitude 9.2. The ground shook for four to five minutes, roughly twice through “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the Beatles No. 1 song that year. With the U.S. and the USSR facing off in the Cold War,...

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    E. Dundee reserving $332,000 for marketing, events

    With efforts already underway turn East Dundee into a destination spot, the village has set aside $332,330 for community events and marketing in the next budget, a move that represents a change in focus for the village. It reserved just $15,600 for community events and marketing for the current fiscal year. “The downtown is a big piece of East Dundee,” Trustee Jeff Lynam said.

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    Carpentersville fire union looks to budget to save jobs

    The president of the union for Carpentersville’s full-time firefighters says members are not convinced the village is in a financial bind and as a result, are not looking at cuts within their contract to save two firefighters from being laid off. “We just don’t see any document that supports their claim that there’s a true shortfall,” Union President Rick Nieves...

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    The DuPage County Health Department says the hot tub at the LA Fitness in Naperville was closed on Tuesday. It’s the second time the tub has been closed in less than a year.

    Hot tub at Naperville fitness club closed again

    DuPage County Health Department officials have once again shut down the hot tub at a fitness club in Naperville, this time because of inconsistent disinfectant levels.

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    Bartlett to study police station’s space needs

    Bartlett has set aside $180,000 in next year's budget for a study into the aging police station downtown. The findings will help officials weigh whether to invest in renovations or a new building down the road. Nearly 80 employees work out of the largely untouched station. "Clearly, they are very cramped," Trustee Eric Shipman said.

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    How would Quinn’s property tax break work?

    A proposed $500 property tax break in Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget plan would replace an existing credit and would give the least additional help to homeowners in relatively wealthy areas like some suburbs.

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    North Central College is developing plans for a park and plaza at 430 S. Washington St. along the Riverwalk just north of the Burger King in downtown Naperville. Construction is likely to begin next year.

    Naperville project aims for ‘open park space on the river’

    Designs for a new park along the Naperville Riverwalk north of the Burger King are taking shape as North Central College and the city work to bring the downtown area’s newest green space to life. “The consensus was we wanted to create open park space on the river,” said Jim Godo, North Central's assistant vice president for external relations. “When this property is...

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    Round Lake business summit:

    Round Lake business owners are invited to share ideas and concerns with village officials at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Sharky’s, 601 Railroad Ave.

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    Engineer Steve Belliveau demonstrates liquid density during the “Getting Excited About Science” program Wednesday at Lake Villa District Library. Belliveau used demonstrations and humor to illustrate scientific concepts.

    Engineer shows kids how to have fun with science during Lake Villa library program

    Engineer Steve Belliveau of Bartlett entertained a packed house using science demonstrations Wednesday at the Lake Villa District Library.

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    Community Day passes on sale:

    Tickets are available for KeyLime Cove Community Day passes, with sales proceeds benefiting United Way of Lake County and the Gurnee police and fire departments.

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    Route 21/137 work to resume:

    Weather permitting, construction activities are scheduled to resume on the Route 21/137 project in the Libertyville area on April 15.

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    Benjamin J. Black

    Addict gets 12 years in crash that killed 11-year-old Sycamore boy

    A Sycamore man was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison for causing the death of an 11-year-old boy in a February 2013 crash in Virgil Township. Benjamin Black had heroin in his system when he rear ended a car in which Matthew Ranken, also of Sycamore, was a passenger.

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    Medinah Country Club officials are appealing property assessments for the past three years, which could net rebates of roughly $1 million if successful and shift more of the tax burden onto neighbors in the future.

    How Medinah’s proposed tax cut could cost schools

    Officials at the exclusive Medinah Country Club near Roselle are attempting to reduce the property tax burden by nearly 80 percent for each of the last three years. If successful, two school districts would have to repay the club roughly $300,000 each, or essentially the equivalent of 12 new teachers' salaries, officials said.

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

    Local election results detail Rauner's sweep of suburbs

    Township-level results show the extent of Republican businessman Bruce Rauner's suburban sweep in last week's primary election. State Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican, won only one township in his home DuPage County — Downers Grove Township — on his way to a narrow loss to Rauner.

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    Wauconda officials still want to connect to a system that will provide drinking water from Lake Michigan.

    Maxeiner: 'Progress' being made on Wauconda water plan

    Wauconda officials are giving residents thirsty for Lake Michigan drinking water a trickle of hope. “Stay tuned,” Village Administrator Doug Maxeiner told the relatively small crowd at Tuesday's village board meeting. “It's going to break pretty quick here.”

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    Hanover Township accepting nominations for principal award

    Hanover Township is looking for nominations for its annual Principal of the Year award. “Principals work to better the lives of our youth, which can often be a thankless service,” township Trustee Howard Krick said in a news release. “This is a great opportunity to nominate these leaders in recognition for all the hard work they do in our children’s schools.”

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    Elk Grove assisted living center hosts March of Dimes fuidraiser

    Alexian Village of Elk Grove is hosting a bingo night fundraiser April 10 to support the March of Dimes, organizers announced this week. The event also includes a bake sale and vendor shopping. There will be a nominal fee/donation to play bingo games.

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    Good Shepherd earns chest pain accreditation

    Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Lake Barrington has received accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, the hospital announced this week. The organization gave the hospital Chest Pain Center Accreditation after staff engaged in rigorous evaluation by SCPC for its ability to assess, diagnose, and treat patients who may be experiencing a heart attack.

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    Hanover Park police release results of traffic enforcement campaign

    Hanover Park police arrested motorists on charges of driving under the influence and driver’s license infractions during an enforcement campaign over St. Patrick’s Day weekend, authorities said. “We warned partygoers not to drink and drive, and we backed it up with aggressive enforcement,” Deputy Police Chief Tom Cortese said in a news release.

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    Pat Branson, who grew up in Batavia, is now mayor of Kodiak, Alaska

    Not only did she move to Kodiak, Alaska, she became mayor

    Kodiak, Alaska, is a long way from Batavia, Illinois. But Pat Branson, who is in her second term as Kodiak's mayor, says growing up in Batavia gave her the foundation she needed to become a community leader.

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    Elgin photographer Ferris Moorhouse is shown in a self portrait with his Speed Graphic camera. Moorhouse, who took photos of many area weddings in the 1940s and 1950s, did not label his files, and his son, who owns the collection, is trying to identify the photos.

    Vintage photos mystery: Are these your relatives?

    Dale Moorhouse of Elgin has hundreds of wedding pictures he’d like to identify. The only trouble is, he’s not sure who to ask. “My father, Ferris Moorhouse, took photos at many Elgin area weddings in the 1940s and ‘50s,” said Moorhouse. But Ferris died in 1998, and Dale inherited his father's images -- which are not labeled.

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    New respite day program offers ‘A Day Out’

    Caring for an older family member can be a demanding and stressful job. Caregivers often find themselves unable to take a break to run errands, get work done or simply recharge. A respite day program can help with some of these challenges. Not only does the caregiver get a break, but the person being cared for gets an opportunity to socialize and participate in activities that they might not...

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    Tony Perez, 4, of Carpentersville hands Carpentersville community service officer Marcus Clark a gift to add to the basket during a previous Shop With a Cop program at Walmart in East Dundee. An upcoming bowling event will help raise funds for Shop With a Cop.

    Knock some pins down to aid Shop with a Cop

    Associated Bank is sponsoring a charity fundraiser for next year's Shop With A Cop Dundee Township event called "9 Pins for Kids" at 2 p.m. April 5 at Liberty Lanes in Carpentersville. The Shop with a Cop organization takes needy kids shopping for Christmas gifts.

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    Palatine Amateur Football Association (PAFA) mothers are recognized for their contributions to PAFA football during Homecoming halftime.

    Palatine Amateur Football Association offers skill development

    The Palatine Amateur Football Association, also known as PAFA, is an organized, full-contact youth travel football program for children in grades three through eight. In order to participate in the 2014 season, players must be ages 8 to 14 as of Sept. 1, 2014. Teams are formed based on age, weight, and experience. The PAFA teams play other communities in the Northwest Youth Football League...

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    Sasha Stefanov is a gastrointestinal nurse who is alive today because she was screened for colon cancer, despite being only 39.

    Colon cancer survivor promotes awareness, screenings

    After more than 15 years as a gastrointestinal nurse, Sasha Stefanov never thought she would become the patient. But, a bout with colon cancer last year changed her perspective on her job and life. Now healthy, the Buffalo Grove nurse is spending March, Colon Cancer Awareness Month, shedding light on symptoms and a disease that some people may be embarrassed to talk about.

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    Savoring each season is the key to enjoying life

    When we learn how to enjoy where we are on the way to where we’re going, it brings peace and joy, says columnist Annettee Budzban.

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    In this image taken from video provided by Karen Jones, a worker lowers himself from a fifth floor balcony before swinging down to the one below as firefighters battle a five-alarm fire at a construction site Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in Houston.

    Video shows rescue of worker from Houston fire

    New video shows the dramatic rescue of a worker from a burning Houston apartment complex that was under construction. Karen Jones shot the cellphone video on Tuesday from her nearby office as the fire consumed the planned $50 million luxury apartment complex. It shows the worker pacing on a small fifth-floor balcony with the inferno consuming the floor behind him.

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    Illinois E-book readers to receive payments

    Illinois e-book customers are set to receive payments this week from a court settlement with five major publishers. Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Simon and Schuster, Macmillan, and Penguin Group agreed to pay $166 million nationwide to readers. Illinois will receive more than $6.4 million in payments.

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    Elk Grove may adopt rental housing inspection policy

    Elk Grove Village could join a growing list of suburban communities to adopt a crime free rental housing policy, which would require all landlords to attend training sessions and submit to inspections of their properties. Mayor Craig Johnson said the new rules being considered are in response to nuisance and crime problems at some rental properties, including one rented single family home where...

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    President Barack Obama and European Union leaders presented a unified front Wednesday against Russia’s annexation of Crimea, promoting trans-Atlantic trade as an antidote to Russia’s influence in the region and a way to help Europe become less dependent on Moscow for energy.

    Obama plays up US-Europe bond amid Russia tension

    President Barack Obama and European Union leaders presented a unified front Wednesday against Russia’s annexation of Crimea, promoting trans-Atlantic trade as an antidote to Russia’s influence in the region and a way to help Europe become less dependent on Moscow for energy. Obama said if Russian leaders thought they could drive a wedge between Europe and the United States,...

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    Pope Francis permanently removed Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst after his $43 million new residence complex caused an uproar among the faithful.

    Pope replaces German ‘bling bishop’ after inquiry

    Pope Francis on Wednesday permanently removed a German bishop from his Limburg diocese after his $43 million new residence complex caused an uproar among the faithful.

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    The Senate is on track to approve sanctions against Russia and aid for Ukraine after Democrats withdrew a provision that was blocking Congress from issuing a sharp response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Crimea.

    Senate on track to pass Ukraine aid bill

    The Senate is on track to approve sanctions against Russia and aid for Ukraine after Democrats withdrew a provision that was blocking Congress from issuing a sharp response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Crimea. A Senate vote was set for Thursday.

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    Hoffman Estates Park District to test video gambling

    Philosophical debate and a 5-2 vote Tuesday accompanied Hoffman Estates Park District commissioners' grudging approval of a one-year trial for video gambling in the restaurant of the Bridges of Poplar Creek Country Club. Virtually all commissioners expressed some sort of personal concern with the allowance of gambling in a park district facility, but the majority believed no harm would be done to...

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    Construction on the Cantigny Park entrance continues, with hopes of finishing the project by early June. Jeff Zbreski, of Anchor Electric in Carol Stream, installs electrical boxes on each of the pillars. This is the first major upgrade to the park's entrance since it opened in the 1950s.

    Work continues on Cantigny's Winfield Road entrance

    Construction is visibly moving along at the Winfield Road entrance to Cantigny Park in Wheaton. “We are a little bit behind schedule, but we still think we're going to be done around June 1,” said Jeff Reiter, senior manager of communications for Cantigny. The privately-funded project includes a wider entrance and new turn lane into the park for drivers traveling north on Winfield...

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    U.S. first lady Michelle Obama, left, touches Tibetan prayer wheels as her daughters Malia, right, and Sasha watch outside a Tibetan restaurant in Chengdu, Sichuan province, China Wednesday, March 26, 2014.

    Michelle Obama’s China trip takes on Tibetan theme

    Michelle Obama ended her weeklong trip to China on Wednesday with a Tibetan theme, having lunch in a Tibetan restaurant, meeting students who presented her with a Tibetan silk scarf and tapping Tibetan prayer wheels.

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    President Barack Obama walks among gravestones of World War I soldiers at the World War I Flanders Field American Cemetery in Waregem, Belgium. The cemetery contains the remains of 368 U.S. WWI military and support personnel. Of those remains, 21 are unknown and could not be identified.

    Obama pays tribute to WWI at Flanders Field

    President Barack Obama is paying tribute to American troops who died a century ago in the struggle to save Europe in World War I. Obama has laid a wreath at a memorial at Flanders Field in Belgium and says the visit reminds us never to take progress for granted.

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    Dawn Patrol: 45 years in Aurora murder; Lake County official mourned

    Man is sentenced to 45 years for Aurora crack cocaine-related murder. CEO convicted of fraud. Ex-Lake County cororner Artis Yancey mourned. Iconic Mill Race Inn restaurant property in Geneva sold to developer. Police fight Columbo parole. Dryer lint causes fire that leaves a Hoffman Estates townhouse uninhabitable. Blackhawks, hockey fans remember the late Daily Herald sports writer Tim Sassone.

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    Chris Lauzen

    Kane chairman has new plan to ensure tax freeze

    Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen unveiled a five-year financial plan Tuesday to ensure he fulfills his promise of keeping the county's portion of the property tax levy flat during his first term of office.

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    Victor Huerta says he tried to do all he could to steer his 19-year-old son Alexis away from gang involvement, but Alexis was shot and killed March 26, 2013.

    Elgin dad hopes for answers in son's unsolved murder

    Victor Huerta was desperate to steer his 19-year-old son Alexis away from the gang life — so much so that he was willing to move his family out of their home of 18 years in Elgin. Alexis was gunned down one year ago today, leaving his father baffled at the nature of gangs in this country. “In Mexico, they kill each other for drugs,” he said. “Here, they kill each other...

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    NY, other states in Four Loko settlement

    New York is among 20 states that have reached agreement with the makers of the fruit flavored malt beverages Four Loko meant to ensure marketing through social media isn’t aimed at underage drinkers. Under the agreement, Chicago-based Phusion Projects admits no wrongdoing but will pay $400,000 to authorities.

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    U of Chicago physics prof named Argonne director

    A University of Chicago physics professor has been named director of the Argonne National Laboratory in suburban Chicago. Peter B. Littlewood also has been associate laboratory director for physical sciences and engineering at the U.S. Department of Energy research facility.

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    DuPage taking closer look at two sanitary districts

    A new study will help DuPage County officials determine whether two sanitary districts serving residents in Lombard and Villa Park should continue operating as stand-alone entities. County board members on Tuesday agreed to hire Christopher B. Burke Engineering to assess the operations of the Highland Hills and Salt Creek sanitary districts. As part of the $69,496 contract, the engineering firm...

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    The Lehmann Mansion in Lake Villa will be the setting for One Hope United’s 11th annual Blue Ribbon Event Sunday, April 13.

    Fundraiser helps One Hope United work to stop child abuse

    With more than 20 locations in Illinois as well as operations in Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida, One Hope United works to prevent child abuse by providing support services to at-risk families. One Hope United will be holding its 11th annual Blue Ribbon Event fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 13, at the Lehmann Mansion in Lake Villa.

Sports

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    Softball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Wheaton Academy 6, Plano 4Plano 100 102 0 —4-8-4Wheaton Acad. 202 200 X —6-8-02B: P: Tierney. 3B: WA: Graff. WP: Ridderhoff LP: Tierney.*At Rosemont DomeDeKalb 3, Huntley 2Huntley 010 001 0 -2-5-3DeKalb 000 020 1 -3-4-03B: H — Shields.WP: Newport; LP: Spannraft (0-2). *Huntley 14, Freeport 8Huntley 111 325 1 -14-23-6Freeport 430 001 0 -8-8-43B: H — Larson, Funke.HR: H — Larson. WP: Spannraft (1-2); LP: S. Hughes. *South Elgin 12, Oak Lawn 0 (5 innings)Oak Lawn 000 00 -0-3-2South Elgin 051 6x -12-9-12B: SE — Buddle.3B: SE — Westlund.HR: SE — Mecklenburg. WP: Allen (1-0); LP: Ma. Loya. *South Elgin 9, Oak Lawn 2Oak Lawn 010 100 0 -2-3-2South Elgin 300 501 x -9-11-1HR: SE — Westlund. WP: Rees (1-0); LP: Jozsa. *Hampshire 11, St. Edward 3 (6 Innings)Hampshire 210 620 -11-9-1St. Edward 000 003 -3-1-53B: H — Lapi.HR: H — Snider. WP: Widmayer (1-1); LP: Zdroik (0-1). *FRANKLIN CTY. 10, VERNON HILLS 0Vernon Hills 000 000 0 —0-2-3Franklin Cty. (Ky.) 000 334 x —10-12-1LP: Stern.*henry CTY. 11, VERNON HILLS 7Henry Cty. (Ky.) 041 120 3 —11-14-1Vernon Hills 300 202 0 —7-8-5HR: VH: Saliba.LP: Stern.*At Orlando, Fla.fenwick 10, grayslake north 1Fenwick 212 320 —10-13-1Grayslake North 010 00X —1-2-22B: GN: Terlap.LP: Vaughn.*St. Viator 22, Iola-Scandovania (Wis) 8 (5 inn)St Viator 123 016 —22-15-4Iola-Scandanavia 00 215 —8-12-42B: StV Hackel (3), G. Kaiser (2), Swiderski;WP: Hogan

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    Girls soccer: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Naperville Central 0, Waubonsie Valley 0Goalkeepers — NC: Hershik (11). WV: Rigby (4). *Wheaton North 6, Glenbard West 4Wheaton North 1 5 —6Glenbard West 3 1 —4Scoring — WN: Nguyen, Rowland, Pelafas (Barry), Pelafas (Tyler), Pelafas (Tyler), Pelafas. GW: Levine (Cantore), Cantore (Levine), Pagliuca (Cantore), Cantore (Levine). Goalkeepers — WN: Partington (5). GW: Sheline (9)*Normal West 2, Kaneland 1Kaneland 1 0 —1Normal West 1 1 —2Scoring — K: Olson (Jurenko)*At Millenium FieldSouth Elgin 5, Streamwood 0Streamwood 0 0 —0South Elgin 1 4 —5Scoring — SE — Kelleher (Lange), Lange (Uveges), Uveges (Ignatev), Uveges (Tracy), M. Greco (UA).Goalkeepers ­— STR — Guindon (13 saves); SE—Vaulkner (2 saves), DeLaMora (0 saves).*At Glenbard SouthBartlett 2, Glenbard South 0Bartlett 1 1 —2Glenbard S. 0 0 —0Scoring — B — Videckis (Noesen), Dombrowski (Kaiser).Goalkeepers ­— B — Lozada (3 saves).

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    Girls water polo: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Naperville North 15, St. Charles North 6NN 3 4 1 7 —15SCN 1 3 1 1 —6Scoring — SCN: N. Guyett 2 goals, 2 steals; Villa 2 goals, 2 steals; Steele 2 goals, 1 assist; M. Guyett 3 assists, 3 steals; Quin 6 steals; Norris 1 steal; Foor 2 saves*York 7, Hinsdale Central 5York 1 3 2 1 —7Hinsdale Central 1 3 1 0 —5Scoring — Y: Achepohl 3, Brinkmeier 1, Tamm 1. HC: Varin, Relias 3, Gates 1.

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    Boys volleyball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*St. Francis d. Bartlett 25-13, 25-16St Francis — Jendryk (7 kills, 7 blocks); Smith (25 assists, 3 blocks, 1 kill); Churney (9 kills, 3 digs); Denny (2 kills); Garvey (1 kill); Shearer (1 kill); Messa (3 digs); Thompson (1 dig).Bartlett — Martin (4 kills); Gulczynski (2 kills, 2 aces, 1 block); Dungey (1 kill), Saldivar (1 kill), Foster (1 kill), Stanisz (2 blocks).*Naperville North d. Neuqua Valley 24-26, 25-18, 25-19Neuqua Valley — Neace (13 kills); McKissick (3 kills, 4 blocks); Lauth (23 assists); Furio (15 digs).Naperville North — Hafen (11 kills, 2 blocks, 2 aces); Rothmund (18 assists, 5 digs0; Littell (11 digs); Romy (7 kills, 7 assists, 7 digs); Dore (6 kills). *Downers Grove South d. wheaton Warrenville South 25-17, 20-25, 25-20WW South — Knorr (13 kills, 2 blocks, 8 digs); Wilcox (11 kills, 2 blocks, 2 aces); Carpio (31 assists, 3 digs, 2 blocks); Meyer (4 kills, 1 block, 1 ace); Hildebrand (1 ace, 12 digs).*York d. Wheaton Academy 25-22, 25-20York — Bowles (7 kills); Krissinger (6 kills, 4 blocks); Duda (5 kills, 22 assists); Guzman (9 digs).*Benet d. Shepard 25-10, 25-17Benet — Gevis (10 kills, 4 digs, 3 aces); Mazza (16 assists, 3 digs, 2 aces); Schuessler (3 kills, 1 block); Kleiser (3 kills); Ladowski (5 digs).*Glenbard East d. Willowbrook 31-29, 25-20Glenbard East — Glover (13 kills, 6 digs), N. Symonds (9 kills, 11 digs), Hurlburt (15 assists), Soehren (13 assists), Cardott (8 digs), Eboli (4 blocks), B. Symonds (5 digs) Willowbrook — Wakely (10 kills), Wozniak (9 kills, 9 digs), King (22 assists), Acitelli (12 digs), Atkins (4 blocks, 5 digs), Kirchner (4 blocks), Ernst (3 blocks)*St. Charles North d. Leyden 25-19, 25-20Statistics: L - Delao 5 kills, 2 aces; Lazzarotto 5 kills; Marquez 3 kills; SCN - Bujko 5 kills, 3 blocks; Connor 4 kills; Cook 2 aces, 10 digs; Rollins 1 ace, 2 kills, 10 digs, 15 assists; Donlevy 3 kills; DeMoss 3 kills*York d. Wheaton Academy 25-22, 25-20York — Bowles (7 kills); Krissinger (6 kills, 4 blocks); Duda (5 kills, 22 assists); Guzman (9 digs).

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    Girls badminton: Wednesday’s scoreboard
    Wednesday’s results*Hinsdale Central 11, Downers Grove North 4Singles — No. 1: Ricker (HC) d,. Pooler (DGN) 15-21, 21-16, 21-15; No. 2: Deschpande (HC) d. Jordan (DGN) 21-19, 12-21, 21-15; No. 3: Lu (DGN) d. Li (HC) 21-11, 21-16; No. 4: McCleary (HC) d. Stallter (DGN) 16-21, 21-18, 27-25; No. 5: Wey (HC) d. Kopparapu (DGN) 21-18, 21-14; No. 6: Ritter (HC) d. Schubert (DGN) 21-17, 21-18; No. 7: Crandell (HC) d. Anderson (DGN) 21-11, 21-12; No. 8: Garug (DGN) d. Ballentine (HC) 21-14, 20-22, 21-15; No. 9: Grajal-Puche (HC) d. McConaughy (DGN) 18-21, 21-18, 21-13; No. 10: Wang (HC) d. Taylor (DGN) 21-16, 21-16.Doubles — No. 1: Pooler/Stallter (DGN) d. McCleary/Wey (HC) 21-16, 21-12; No. 2: Ritter/Huang (HC) d. Kopparapu/Lu (DGN) 11-21, 21-18, 21-12; No. 3: Ricker/Deschpande (HC) d. Jordan/McConaughy (DGN) 22-24, 21-16, 21-16; No. 4: Schubert/Taylor (DGN) d. Crandell/Wang (HC) 19-21, 21-4, 21-15; No. 5: Grajal-Puche/Ballentine (HC) d. Garcia/Woo (DGN) 21-10, 21-13.*Metea valley 15, Elgin 0Singles — No. 1: Gau (MV) d. Daravong (E) 21-18, 21-15; No. 2: Konduru (MV) d. Hoberg (E) 21-14, 21-9; No. 3: Dixon (MV) d. Fossa(E) 21-9, 21-17; No. 4: Vaidya (MV) d. Patel (E) 21-12, 22-20; No. 5: Funk (MV) d. Corona (E) 21-8, 21-5; No. 6: Wu (MV) d. Dimas 21-15, 21-7; No. 7: Amgaabaatar (MV) d. Aguilar (E) 21-8, 21-7; No. 8: Nico (MV) d. Chino (E) 21-5, 21-9; No. 9: Yu (MV) d. Rocha (E) 21-12, 21-3; No. 10: Achar (MV) d. Donangbopha (E) 21-15, 21-14.Doubles — No. 1: Dixon/Funk (MV) d. Daravong/Hoberg (E) 21-15, 21-12; No. 2: Vaidya/Yu (MV) d. Fossa/Dimas (E) 21-18, 18-21, 21-11; No. 3: Gau/Konduru (MV) d. Patel/Corona (E) 21-10, 21-12; No. 4: Schar/Wu (MV) d. Aguilar/Chino (E) 21-14, 21-16; No. 5: Amgaabaatar/Nico (MV) d. Rocha/Donanghopha (E) 21-12, 21-11.*

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    Boys tennis: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*Glenbard South 5, Addison Trail 2Singles — No. 1: Colgan (GS) d. Knights (AT) 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Franco (AT) d. Meade (GS) 6-4, 6-4; No. 3: Beane (AT) d. Choksi (GS) 6-2, 6-1. Doubles — No. 1: Panjwani/Schwarz (GS) d. Herman/Fajardo (AT) 6-4, 6-2; No. 2: Ciechowski/Udovich (GS) d. Palanino/Cantu (AT) 6-2, 6-0; No. 3: Harrington/Mahmood (GS) d. Mondragon/Kirk (AT) 6-0, 6-0; No. 4: Gallo/Kamal (GS) d. Amin/Ustas (AT) 6-2, 6-3.

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    Baseball: Wednesday’s results
    *Wednesday’s results*At Rent One Ball ParkJacobs 7, Cary-Grove 6Cary-Grove 001 200 3 -6-6-1Jacobs 002 140 0 -7-11-02B: J — Vandewalker, Coletti.3B: C-G — Hartke.WP: Pelletier; LP: Hartke; S: Gemmi. *Pleasant Plains 5, Cary-Grove 4Cary-Grove 101 002 00 -4-7-2Pleasant Plains 000 000 41 -5-7-12B: C-G — McGarrigle. LP: Ramsey.*Cary-Grove 5, Benton 3Cary-Grove 001 040 0 -5-9-0Benton 003 000 0 -3-8-22B: C-G — Franz, Hartke, Kauss; B — Houghland, Hartley, Pearce.HR: C-G — Hartke; B — Picklesimer. WP: Perkins; LP: Houghland. *At Dallas Baptist UniversityWestminster Christian 18, Dallas Lutheran 2Westminster C. 433 080 0 -18-21-2Dallas Lutheran 002 000 0 -2-2-62B: WC — Mueller, Greene.3B: WC — Merlak. WP: N. Angiulo. *Quincy 8, Dundee-Crown 7Dundee-C. 001 103 2 -7-3-4Quincy 100 043 0 -8-4-42B: Q — Tossick 2, Unmisig. LP: Munson.*Huntley 6, Conant 1Huntley 001 202 1 -6-6-1Conant 100 000 0 -1-5-4WP: Luecht. *Crystal Lake South 12, Streamwood 0 (5 innings)CL South 231 60 -12-8-1Streamwood 000 00 x -0-1-42B: CLS — Hetherington 2, Bright. WP: Wilkening; LP: Sojda. *sylvan Hills (AR) 3, grayslak north 2Grayslake North 000 000 2 —2-4-2Sylvan Hills 000 003 x —3-4-0LP: Mikusa.*ANNA-JONESBORO 6, vernon hills 5 (9 inn.)LP: McNamara.*At SIUMUNDELEIN 9, KENTUCKY 6WP: Dolan.*MUNDELEIN 7, SHAWNEE 1WP: O’Donoghue.*Palatine 6, Prairie Ridge 3Palatine 102 000 000 03 —6-10-1Prairie Ridge 000 101 100 00 —3-8-22B: Pal: Saltess.WP: Breytenbach

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    Two more wins for Mundelein

    The weather downstate hasn’t been exactly balmy, but Mundelein’s baseball team has warmed up fast. The Mustangs improved to 5-0 Wednesday on their annual trip to southern Illinois, as they defeated a team from Kentucky 9-6 in the morning before capturing a 7-1 win over Shawnee at night.

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    Duncan Keith, left, celebrates his second-period goal with teammates Patrick Sharp, middle, and Andrew Shaw during Tuesday’s 4-2 victory over the Stars.

    Shooting-star Keith on his way to second Norris

    If you’ve been watching Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith’s shooting this season, you’ve noticed a couple of things: the puck is simply booming off the guy’s stick and his accuracy seems much, much better than in years past.Just an illusion?No it is not.

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    St. Charles North downs Leyden in opener

    Every season opener has a different feel to it. In the case of St. Charles North’s boys volleyball team, that different feel includes several varsity newcomers hoping to blend in with veterans Nic Cook and Jack Bujko.

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    Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson (7) drives against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Monday, March 24, 2014. The Pelicans won 109-104. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

    A look at possible Bulls playoff scenarios

    The Bulls moved into the No. 3 spot in the East on Tuesday when Toronto lost. Is that a good spot for the Bulls to finish? Tough to say, since the other teams could swap spots in the final weeks of the regular season.

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    Palatine handles PR

    Palatine 6, Prairie Ridge 3 (11): Nolan Gavin had 3 hits and drove in 3 runs as the visiting Pirates scored 3 runs in the top of the 11th inning to top the Wolves.Alexander Breytenbach got the win in relief as he, Trace Holloway and Matt Tremley limited Prairie Ridge to 8 hits.Matt Saltess had 3 of Palatine’s 10 hits.Huntley 6, Conant 1: Brian Polaski allowed just 1 earned run in 5 innings, but a pair of errors hurt Conant in a 6-1 loss to Huntley at Plunkett Field in Elmhurst.Brady Pelesh, Anthony Forte (triple), Steve Bola and J.T. Peacock had hits for Conant, and Mike Matej drove in the Cougars’ run in the first inning with a single.

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    Prospect’s Christina Santiago, here competing in the state finals in Charleston, is hoping to add to an already extensive list of achievements with a big finishing kick in her senior year.

    Prospect’s Santiago prepares for big finish

    There have been plenty of historic kicks in all of sports, none more famous than the one Secretariat used on his march to the Triple Crown in 1973, including come-from-behind victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Prospect senior Christina Santiago is showing the same knack for finishing. On Saturday at the Mid-Suburban League Indoor meet, Santiago’s kick was on full display.

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    St. Viator breaks out the bats

    The St. Viator softball team climbed above .500 for the first time this season in an emphatic way. The Lions offense exploded for 15 hits in a 22-8 victory over Iola-Scandanavia (Wi.) at the ESPN Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. on Wednesday.

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    Glenbard East’s Sterling Glover fires one past Willowbrook’s Ryan Wakely during in boys varsity volleyball in Lombard Wednesday.

    New way works for Glenbard East

    Senior Sterling Glover and his Glenbard East boys volleyball teammates have a new offensive look after the graduation of all-time kills leader and All-Area selection Joey Farrell. Glover’s final kill Wednesday was a sweet one on match point to give the Rams a hard-fought 31-29, 25-20 victory in their season opener over Willowbrook in Lombard.

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    Naperville North claims rivalry win

    It was opening night and there were a lot of new varsity faces, but it was the same old rivalry. Naperville North headed across town to take on Neuqua Valley in the boys volleyball opener for eachschool and the Huskies, despite letting Game 1 slip away, managed to come away with a 24-26, 25-18, 25-19 victory on Wednesday.

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    Widmayer’s 1-hitter sparks Hampshire

    When Hampshire opened the season against Wauconda Monday, Whip-Purs’ softball coach Stacey Stepek knew her team was facing an experienced Elite Eight qualifier. The Whip-Purs were able to put that doubleheader loss in the rear view mirror on Wednesday when they handed St. Edward an 11-3 defeat at The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont.

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    Things happened in a hurry with the Cubs’ roster Wednesday, even minutes after manager Rick Renteria said there was “no rush” on making final cuts.

    With flurry of moves, Cubs final roster taking shape

    The Cubs' 25-man roster took a couple steps closer to being finalized Wednesday. The Texas Rangers claimed infielder Donnie Murphy off waivers, and the Cubs released catcher George Kottaras. Than means John Baker has made the team as backup catcher to Welington Castillo.

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    Smith sets up a St. Francis win against Bartlett

    St. Francis senior Robert Smith entered his fourth year on the varsity roster Wednesday evening, and the veteran setter got right to work as his team’s top distributor. Smith dished out 25 assists as seven players finished with at least one kill during a 25-13, 25-16 win over visiting Bartlett in the season opener for both teams.

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    Pelefas’ 4 goals lift Wheaton North

    After falling behind 3-1 in the first half, junior Lexi Pelafas led Wheaton North out of a 10-goal thriller with a 6-4 home girls soccer victory over Glenbard West on Wednesday.

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    South Elgin’s Anna Tracy dribbles past Streamwood’s Christina Corona during soccer action at Millennium Field in Streamwood Wednesday.

    South Elgin to play for tournament title

    The South Elgin girls soccer team showed its scoring depth against Streamwood on Wednesday. With four different girls scoring and eight girls attempting a shot on goal, the Storm dominated in a 5-0 win at Millennium Field to earn a spot in Thursday’s South Elgin Invitational title game against West Chicago.

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    Good start for South Elgin, new coach

    New South Elgin softball coach Stephanie Katzenberger didn’t really need much help giving her battery a scouting report on Wednesday’s season-opening opponent. The Storm traveled to Rosemont to open the season against Oak Lawn, the program Katzenberger coached in for the past seven years, at The Dome at The Ballpark, and South Elgin dominated the Spartans, sweeping a doubleheader 12-0 and 9-2.

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    Montrose harbors some good early spring fishing

    Hang in there — our time is just about here for soft-water angling.

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    Protect yourself in the great outdoors

    Protecting one's self from the sun is easier than ever thanks to new sunscreens and lightweight clothing, but prevention still is up to the individual.

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    Jeff Samardzija throws against the Seattle Mariners during the first inning of a spring training game on March 20. Samardzija worked a strong outing Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks and finished the spring with a 5.14 ERA.

    Samardzija sharp in final spring training tuneup

    Jeff Samardzija tuned up for next Monday's opneing-day start at Pittsburgh by tossing 3 innings against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Samardzija gave up 4 hits and 1 run in 3 innings and said he's ready to roll for his second straight opening-day start.

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    Oscar Pistorius reacts in the dock during cross questioning on mobile phone text messages between him and Reeva Steenkamp in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. Pistorius is charged with the Valentines Day 2013 shooting death of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. (AP Photo/Siphiwe Sibeko, Pool)

    Pistorius defense starts with Paralympian prepared to take stand

    Oscar Pistorius’s defense starts calling witnesses in his murder trial Thursday, paving the way for the paralympian gold medalist to testify about why he killed his model girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.“Of course, he is likely to testify,” Brian Webber, a lawyer on Pistorius’s legal team at Ramsey Webber Inc. in Johannesburg, said by phone Tuesday.

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    FILE - In this March 20, 2014, file photo, Manhattan coach Steve Masiello yells at his team during the first half against Louisville in a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament in Orlando, Fla. South Florida's deal to hire Masiello as its new basketball coach falls apart because the rising young star doesn't have a college degree. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

    Masiello’s lack of degree costs him USF hoop job

    Steve Masiello’s promising coaching career is in limbo after his deal with South Florida fell apart because he doesn’t have a college diploma. Manhattan College said Wednesday that it had placed him on leave while Masiello is “reviewing his degree status.”

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    Although Derrick Rose is still out for the rest of the season, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose is participating in noncontact drills.

    Rose joins practice, but is still limited

    Derrick Rose took another positive step in his recovery from right knee surgery. But he still has a long way to go, as coach Tom Thibodau continues to stress.

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    Bears quarterback Jay Cutler won’t have to worry about Jared Allen chasing him down next season. Allen signed a four-year contract with the Bears on Wednesday.

    Bears sign defensive end Allen to 4-year deal

    The Bears on Wednesday agreed to terms with defensive end Jared Allen, one of the most prolific pass rusher in NFL history with 128.5 sacks in 10 seasons. The contract for Allen, formerly of the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs, is for $32 million over four years with $15.5 million guaranteed.

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    Mike North video: Will the NFL be overexposed?
    If the NFL adds more games during the week, Mike North thinks Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban might be right in saying the NFL will implode in 10 years because of overexposure.

Business

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    People who’ve started applying for health insurance but aren’t able to finish before the March 31 enrollment deadline will get extra time, the Obama administration has announced.

    Millions could get extra time for health sign-ups

    Millions of Americans could get extra time to enroll for taxpayer-subsidized coverage this year under President Barack Obama’s health care law. That would let the administration boost sign-ups and aid Democrats under attack over the program’s troubles.

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    Garden Fresh grocery store in Buffalo Grove held its grand opening Wednesday — the first independent grocer opening in a former Dominick’s site.

    Garden Fresh Market opens in Buffalo Grove
    Garden Fresh Market opened its newest grocery store Wednesday at 770 S. Buffalo Grove Road in Buffalo Grove. The store, located in a former Dominick’s, is twice as big as the Wheeling Garden Fresh that closed Tuesday, and is considered the third largest of the chain’s five stores.

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    People play a video game wearing Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets. Facebook has agreed to buy the company for $2 billion, betting that its virtual reality may be a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained.

    Visionary or looney? Zuckerberg on spending spree

    Facebook’s latest multibillion dollar acquisition of virtual reality headset maker Oculus is prompting some people to wonder if CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already living in an alternate reality. Longtime technology analyst Roger Kay wonders whether Zuckerberg “is nuts” for agreeing to pay $2 billion for Oculus less than five weeks after inking a deal to buy WhatsApp for $19 billion.

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    King Digital Entertainment CEO and founder Riccardo Zacconio second left, high-fives with company co-founder Lars markgren, the maker of Candy Crush Saga and Farm Heroes Saga, during opening bell ceremonies at the New York Stock Exchange, before King Digital’s IPO, Wednesday. The company flopped in its market debut.

    Technology stocks lead a broad market decline

    The stock market continued its recent pattern of one step forward, one step back. After starting the day higher following an encouraging report on orders for manufactured goods, stocks drifted lower in afternoon trading Wednesday and gave up their gains from a day earlier. Facebook led the technology sector lower as investors gave the company’s latest acquisition the thumbs-down.

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    U.S. Olympian Jason Brown of Highland Park was among the competitors at the 2013 Hilton HHonors Skate America. U.S. Figure Skating announced this week that it’s chosen the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates to host this year’s Skate America, which is expected to bring 56 of the world’s top figure skaters to the suburbs for a three-day competition Oct. 24-26.

    Top figure skaters set to compete at Hoffman Estates’ Sears Centre

    U.S. Figure Skating has chosen Hoffman Estates’ Sears Centre Arena as the host venue for the 2014 Hilton HHonors Skate America. Last year's event featured performances from dozens of world-class skaters, including 2014 Olympic medalists Meryl Davis, Charlie White, Jason Brown and Ashley Wagner.

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    Mount Prospect Fresh Thyme grocery store opening April 23

    Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, a new specialty grocery chain launching in the Midwest this year, will hold the grand opening of its Mount Prospect store at 7 a.m. April 23. The new store is located at 211 W. Rand Road, the site of a former Sports Authority near the Randhurst Village shopping center.

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    Show attendees play a video game wearing Oculus Rift virtual reality headsets at the Intel booth at the International Consumer Electronics Showin Las Vegas.

    Facebook buying virtual-reality company for $2 billion

    Facebook is buying virtual reality company Oculus, betting $2 billion that its technology will become a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. “This is a long-term bet on the future of computing,” said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday on a call with analysts. “I believe Oculus can be one of the platforms of the future.”

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    Artist Andrea Vann demonstrates painting techniques during a Paint Nite event at the Field House sports bar in Philadelphia.

    Social painting grows popular at bars, art studios

    The Fox and Hound pub in downtown Philadelphia boasts all the fixings of a standard sports bar: huge TVs, numerous beers on draft and a menu filled with burgers, wings and nachos. So what are all the easels and canvases for? Welcome to Paint Nite, an opportunity to tap your inner Van Gogh.

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    A technician dangles from a series of ropes before polishing the underside glass at Grand Canyon Skywalk in Hualapai Reservation, Ariz.

    Workers dangle from ropes to clean Skywalk glass

    Workers from a Phoenix-based company had an awe-inspiring view as they dangled from ropes to clean the glass at the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The more than 40 panes of glass underneath the horseshoe-shaped bridge aren't easily accessible. Technicians from Abseilon USA had to hook up a series of ropes before polishing the underside Tuesday.

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    The wild swings in bitcoin’s value during recent months prompted Warren Buffett 83 to dismiss the currency as a “mirage” during an interview on the financial news channel CNBC earlier this month.

    Andreessen skewers Buffett for doubting bitcoin

    Billionaire Warren Buffett has established his credentials as a savvy money manager, but Internet trailblazer Marc Andreessen doubts the stock market sage knows much about financial innovations such as the virtual currency bitcoin. The wild swings in bitcoin’s value during recent months prompted Buffett, 83, to dismiss the currency as a “mirage.”

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    Luis Escamilla puts on gloves before cutting prosciutto at the Hock Farm Restaurant in Sacramento, Calif.

    California lawmakers reconsider bare-hand food ban

    California lawmakers are beginning to back away from a new law that bans bare-hand contact with food in restaurants and bars, with the Assembly Health Committee voting unanimously Tuesday to repeal and revisit the regulation. The vote follows opposition from chefs and bartenders who say they were taken off guard by the new regulation.

Life & Entertainment

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    Putting all the ingredients for Hog ‘N Hominy Salsa Verde Stew in the slow cooker and letting it simmer all day warms up a house on a cool spring day and is an easy way to make the dish.

    Hominy adds texture to Tex-Mex pork stew

    Elzabeth Karmel re-created an amazing pork stew she had at a friend's house this winter. It was loaded with chilies, cilantro and garlic. She tweaked it by adding hominy.

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    Cinnamon and cayenne pepper perk up chocolate brownies; the sweet ganache frosting mellows the heat.

    Culinary adventures: Pepper perks up chocolate brownie

    Penny Kazmier was asked to bring dessert to a Mexican-themed dinner. With childhood memories of Mexican hot chocolate fresh in her mind she set out to recapture that taste memory and update it with a chile pop. The result: Cinnamon Chile Brownies.

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    Singer Engelbert Humperdinck will headline on Sunday, June 1, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    Guess Who among new Arcada shows
    Tickets are now available for four new shows, hosted by the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

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    Broadway in Chicago seeks talented teen theater artists

    Broadway in Chicago celebrates the next generation of theater artists as part of its third annual Illinois High School Musical Theater Awards taking place April 25, at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago.

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    King of Leon — Jared Followill, left, Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill and Matthew Followill — will head to Chicago this summer for Lollapalooza.

    Tickets sold out for Lollapalooza

    Kings of Leon, Eminem, Outkast and Lorde are among the headliners for this year’s Lollapalooza festival. But if you didn’t already buy your tickets, you’re largely out of luck.

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    “High Noon” is the latest from country singer Jerrod Niemann.

    Niemann’s ‘High Noon’ a personal showdown

    “High Noon,” country singer Jerrod Niemann’s third album with Arista Records, is his attempt to reign in his wilder ideas without completely ditching his daring nature. His current hit, “Drink to That All Night,” overflows with unusual musical flourishes, bringing life to Niemann’s mix of rap-influenced verses and a thumping, singalong chorus.

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    Firefighters work next to the wreckage of a Porsche that crashed into a light pole killing actor Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas in Valencia, Calif. Crash investigators have determined that the Porsche was traveling up to 94 mph when it went out of control.

    Investigators: Unsafe speed caused Walker crash

    Crash investigators have determined that the Porsche carrying “Fast & Furious” star Paul Walker was traveling up to 94 mph when it went out of control on a California street and smashed into a light pole, killing the actor and his friend. According to a crash reconstruction report released Tuesday, it was unsafe speed — not mechanical problems — that caused the crash.

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    Corton Charlemagne, Grand Cru is made from 100 percent Chardonnay in Burgundy, France

    Good wine: Exploring white Burgundy

    And on a particular day in February, outside was cold as the surface of Mars, but inside all was well, because Mary Ross was drinking Burgundy. Burgundy lies in west-central France. The entire region stretches south of Paris to Lyons, but its heart — the Cote d’Or (Golden Slope) — is a mere two miles wide and as long as a daily commute from Arlington Heights to the Loop..

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    Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, left, and her husband, singer Chris Martin, announced that they are separating.

    Gwyneth Paltrow, Chris Martin announce separation

    Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin are separating after 11 years of marriage. A message posted on the 41-year-old actress’s blog Tuesday says they have “come to the conclusion that while we love each other very much, we will remain separate.”

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    Toasted walnuts ground to a paste add rich, creamy texture to mushroom soup without adding cholesterol.

    Walnut paste gives mushroom soup creaminess sans cholesterol

    M. Eileen Brown has a thing for cream soups. Really, who among us doesn't?! Yet enjoying cream soups often leads to guilt over the fat, calories and cholesterol in each spoonful. Eileen found toasted walnuts ground to a paste and stirred into soup add rich, creamy texture without an ounce of remorse.

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    Putting all the ingredients for Hog ‘N Hominy Salsa Verde Stew in the slow cooker and letting it simmer all day warms up a house on a cool spring day and is an easy way to make the dish.

    Hog ’n Hominy Salsa Verde Stew
    Elzabeth Karmel recreates an amazing pork stew she had at a friends house this winter. It was loaded with chilies, cilantro and garlic. She tweaks it by adding hominy.

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    Walnut Mushroom Soup gets its creaminess from blended almond milk and mushrooms.

    Walnut Mushroom Soup
    M. Eileen Brown's Soupalooza recipe for Walnut Mushroom Soup gets its creaminess from blended almond milk and fresh mushrooms.

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    Sara Moulton’s Speedy Marinara Sauce pairs well with Inside Out Eggplant Parmesan or your favorite pasta.

    Speedy Marinara Sauce
    Sara Moulton’s Speedy Marinara Sauce pairs well with Inside-Out Eggplant Parmesan, your favorite pasta or other recipes.

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    Inside Out Eggplant Parmesan Rolls

    Inside-Out Eggplant Parmesan Rolls
    Sara Moulton, long a fan of full-fat eggplant parmesan, creates a lightened version with her Inside-Out Eggplant Parmesan Rolls.

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    Thirty years after getting shelved, a nearly forgotten Johnny Cash album, “Out Among the Stars,” is being made public for the first time.

    Lost Cash album shows love for good songs

    Thirty years after getting shelved, a nearly forgotten Johnny Cash album is being made public for the first time. “Out Among the Stars” may not rank with the legendary material that made Cash an American icon, but it carries plenty of quality work typical of his recordings from the early 1980s, when these songs were originally cut.

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    Though he claims Robin Williams as an idol, James Monroe Iglehart is putting his own spin on the role of the Genie in the new Broadway musical “Aladdin.”

    Broadway star anything but blue about Genie role in ‘Aladdin’

    The guy who plays the Genie in Broadway’s “Aladdin” isn’t hard to find. He’s the one in the dressing room with Thor comic books and toys piled high. He’s the one with a Batman shoulder tattoo, a shaved head and the dialogue from the ’80s cornball film “Condorman” fully memorized. He’s the one who took his wife to see “Smurfs 2” — on a romantic movie date. He is James Monroe Iglehart, and if you spend more than 10 minutes in his sunny, infectious company, you understand why this comic book-loving comedian says, “I’m like a kid in a candy store right now.”

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    Dr. Joshua Jacobs, orthopedics surgery chief at Rush University Medical Center and president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in Chicago, holds a model of a cementless hip replacement. To help a joint replacement succeed and last, doctors recommend doing physical therapy to strengthen bones, muscles and the new joint.

    Study: 2 percent of Americans have new hips, knees

    It’s not just grandma with a new hip and your uncle with a new knee. More than 2 of every 100 Americans now have an artificial joint, doctors are reporting. “They are remarkable numbers,” said Dr. Daniel J. Berry, chairman of orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic. Roughly 7 million people in the United States are living with a total hip or knee replacement.

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    These green backsplash tiles are made of recycled materials and clay. Consider using unusual shapes and your favorite colors for a kitchen you can enjoy daily.

    Show your creativity, color in a kitchen backsplash

    Make a splash in your kitchen with color. Even those who are afraid of using color manage to accept some pizazz when it comes to the design of a kitchen backsplash.

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    Sara Moulton turned eggplant parmesan inside out in her effort to lighten up this classic dish.

    Lighter take on a classic heavy eggplant parmesan

    Sara Moulton has always been a fan of eggplant parmesan. There are a bunch of ways to make this classic Italian dish, but she's partial to what you might call the full-fat version. Trying to it lighten up she concocted a recipe that still retains all of the ingredients that make a favorite a favorite.

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    “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power” is the latest book from former President Jimmy Carter.

    Carter writes about prejudice against women

    In his new book, “A Call to Action,” former President and longtime Baptist church deacon Jimmy Carter says prejudice and discrimination against women and girls is perpetuated in America and around the world by religious authorities who twist holy texts to assert male dominance. Carter famously broke with the mainstream Southern Baptist Convention in 2000, denouncing it for drifting into doctrines he called sexist and racist. As a Bible teacher for more than 70 years, he tackles some of the passages cited by male supremacist Christians.

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    Double-checking measurements is one way to avoid potentially costly home improvement project mistakes.

    Home improvement tips learned the hard way

    ‘Tis the season for home improvement projects, and weekend warriors will soon be visiting home supply retailers to buy everything from paint to plywood. There are many advantages to making home improvements on your own, including the opportunity to test your mettle at projects big and small.

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    Night life events: McNally’s hosts traditional Irish musicians
    Sit in on a traditional Irish music session on Sundays at McNally's in St. Charles; chill out at John and Tony’s not-so-manic Mondays; Tommy Nevin’s Naperville offering Thirsty Thursday drink specials.

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    Missouri band Ha Ha Tonka will bring its genre-blending sound to Crystal Lake next week.

    Music notes: Ha Ha Tonka gets cozy at Raue

    Missouri's Ha Ha Tonka has always blurred the lines between indie and roots rock. Catch the music at the Raue Center for the Performing Arts in Crystal Lake. Elmhurst's own The Orwells play Lincoln Hall. And the Chicago Theatre hosts a llineup of classic hip-hop artists Saturday.

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    Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill in Elburn offers burgers as well as other sandwiches, salads and starters.

    Elburn pub aims for big splash in small space

    Elburn used to be a quintessential small town — a modern-day “Mayberry,” if you will — that rolled up the sidewalks at night. Well, no more. There's a thriving nighttime bar scene along Route 47, and one of the hotspots is Eddie Gaedel Pub and Grill.

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    Start coleus cuttings now for May planting

    If you have kept a coleus as a houseplant over the winter, you still have time to start cuttings for transplanting to the garden when the weather is warm enough.

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    Editorial: Scrap extra municipal pension payment
    A Daily Herald editorial says a 13th payment to municipal retirees each year is an unnecessary burden on local governments and should be eliminated by passage of a suburban legislator's bill.

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    Congress must be repaired from within

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: It is no coincidence that this comes while Congress has developed a taste for so-called “unorthodox lawmaking,” wandering far outside its traditional procedures. That’s why I would argue that as grim as things seem now, there is a fix for what ails Congress.

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    One can be the deadliest number

    Columnist Richard Cohen: The 20th century settled the question of whether one man can alter history. Of course he can. Hitler did. Stalin did. Churchill put steel in Britain’s backbone and Roosevelt saved the snarling American free enterprise system by housebreaking it. Gavrilo Princip had his moment too. On a day almost 100 years ago,

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    All great Lombard folks should fly flag
    A Lombard letter to the editor: In the last few months I have been touring the great village of Lombard. The reason for this is I have been observing who had our great American flag flying in front of their homes and also the POW/MIA flag.

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    Federal workers not quite on Easy Street
    A Hampshire letter to the editor: I am a federal public servant and member of a union, a group condemned repeatedly by the public and politicians alike. Bruce Rauner, for example, seems to have succeeded by railing against “government union bosses” in his yearlong campaign.

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