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    Ken and Pam Bruhn of Elgin gather plants to recreate the Garden of Gethsemane at South Elgin Community United Methodist Church.

    S. Elgin church welcomes all to visit its Garden of Gethsemane

    South Elgin Coummunity United Methodist Church hosts a recreated Garden of Gethsemane, Communion and quiet devotion time 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17.

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    Reginald Myles

    Elgin man sentenced to 8 years for Bartlett shooting
    An Elgin man pleaded guilty Monday to shooting another man outside a Bartlett bar in 2012. Reginald Myles, 26, originally charged with attempted first-degree murder, accepted a plea deal to a lesser charge and will spend eight years in prison.

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    Lake Zurich changed course and overturned its ban on video gambling in the village.

    Lake Zurich reverses decision, allows gambling

    Lake Zurich village board members Monday night addressed whether to continue a ban on video gambling in restaurants, bars and other places. Trustee Jim Beaudoin, who voted with the majority, said residents — not government — should decide if they want to participate in video gambling in the village. “For me, it's that we exist in a free-market system,” Beaudoin said.

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    West Dundee has been hit hard with two of its largest tax generators leaving town, and the village is still trying to figure out how to make up for them. Best Buy, at left, closed in 2012. Target is now slated to close in May of this year.

    W. Dundee discusses proposed new taxes, fees

    West Dundee officials are giving themselves another meeting to go over how they can fill an estimated $300,000 shortfall in the upcoming budget. Monday night, the board kicked around three ideas: charging residents in single-family homes for refuse collection, imposing a 1 percent tax on food and beverages and establishing a two-cent per gallon tax on gasoline.

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    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.com, 2011 Arlington Heights has a Trader Joe's at Rand and Arlington Hts. roads, but the village is paying for a study to create a unified look for the whole shopping area around there.

    Arlington Hts. commissions Rand Road retail study

    Arlington Heights will be paying $35,000 to a consulting firm to study ways to improve the Rand Road shopping corridor and create a more unifying “district” feel to compete with surrounding Deer Park and Randhurst shopping centers.

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    Bloomingdale officials are considering the creation of a business district that would result in new tax dollars being used toward improvements at the Stratford Crossing Shopping Center. In the meantime, a Hobby Lobby is set to open at 160 Gary Ave. early next month.

    New tax at Bloomingdale shopping center?

    Bloomingdale officials are considering the creation of a new tax that would help fund improvements to the Stratford Crossing shopping center. In recent years, the center — located on the southwest corner of Schick Road and Gary Avenue — has seen tenants come and go. Village Administrator Martin Bourke said overall, the center is still “viable,” but empty storefronts remain.

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    St. Charles back to square one on First Street project?

    St. Charles officials pushed the reset button on the city's First Street redevelopment project Monday night. Aldermen decided the two development teams involved with the project don't deserve any more time to begin construction. The city will now seek new developers.

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    Annie Ayoub, 8, a third-grader at Beebe Elementary in Naperville Unit District 203, speaks to the school board Monday night in favor of retaining enrichment programs in which students leave the classroom to receive additional challenges in a small-group setting. “I like being in a room with other kids who kind of think how I do,” Annie said about the students in her math enrichment group. “I look forward to going every week because I’m part of a group and we get to share ideas and think harder.”

    Dist. 203 delays vote on learning support jobs

    Naperville Unit District 203 school board members bought themselves more time to think about possible staffing changes that could allow a new model of support and enrichment for students in kindergarten, first grade and second grade. A proposal to replace 31 full-time and 40 part-time assistants with 48 part-time instructional assistants could allow a switch to a philosophy of providing support...

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    Wheeling, other taxing bodies hope for accord on TIF district

    While representatives of school districts and other taxing bodies questioned Wheeling's right to establish a tax increment financing district on the site of one it had recently closed, both sides expressed hope after Monday's village board meeting that an agreement can be reached.

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    In part of a land exchange deal with Shodeen Inc., Geneva officials gave up this riverside plaza at much lower price than market value.

    Geneva buys Fourth Street site, gives up river plaza

    Geneva has bought another piece of property on South Fourth Street near the Metra train station, to ultimately use for public parking. The deal included exchanging a riverside plaza by a hotel the landowner has.

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    St. Charles firefighters stand in front of a home on S. 4th Pl. near Moore Ave. Monday evening after putting out a fire.

    Attic fire in St. Charles

    An attic fire in St. Charles caused $10,000 in damage to a home Monday evening.

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    A thin horse feeds on hay March 5 after being seized from Elgin resident Stacy Fiebelkorn, who was charged with animal cruelty and neglect. Fiebelkorn has forfeited her horses by not posting a court-ordered $30,000 security for their care while she awaits trial.

    Elgin woman forfeits animals in neglect, cruelty case

    The Elgin woman accused of abusing and neglecting her animals has to give up her horses, because she failed to pay a required $30,000 security for their care while she awaits trial. Stacy Fiebelkorn did not make the payment by 4:30 p.m. Friday, the deadline.

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    Officials investigate a shooting involving Wauconda police officers Monday on the 100 block of Slocum Lake Road.

    Suspect shot by Wauconda police dies in hospital

    An armed man was shot by police Monday and later died after a confrontation at a house in Wauconda, authorities said. The shooting took place just after noon on the 100 block of Slocum Lake Road, west of Main Street. Officers were responding to a report from a man who claimed his roommate may be wanted by police and in possession of a stolen vehicle, police said in a release Monday night.

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    U-46 board considers recording, broadcasting meetings

    Elgin Area School District U-46 school board members Monday night debated the merits of video recording and broadcasting board meetings online or on public access television. The district solicited bids from three vendors. Initial cost estimates range anywhere from $8,000 up to $200,000 with options ranging from just audio recording to audio/video recording meetings using either one or multiple...

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    Chicago police underreported crimes, audit shows

    The Chicago inspector general has found that the city’s police department underreported aggravated assault and battery crimes in 2012. The city’s Office of Inspector General released a report on Monday.

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    Tax hike removed from Chicago pension legislation

    After an outcry from Illinois’ governor and a host of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle waging re-election battles, language imposing a Chicago property tax hike has been removed from legislation overhauling two city pension funds.

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    Pingree Grove looking at capital expenses

    The village of Pingree Grove is getting ready to work on a five- to 10-year capital plan in an effort to solidify its financial practices. The village board just hired Finance Director Thomas Walter, who previously served as CFO of the now-closed Larkin Center in Elgin. His first day on the job was March 31. Walter said he recommended that board members begin to review the budget quarterly.

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    Malaysia’s Defense Minister and acting Transport Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, second right, speaks druing a press conference on the missing Malaysia Airlines MH370 at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday. From left, Malaysia Airlines Group CEO Ahmad Jauhari Yahya, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hamzah Zainudin, Hishammuddin and Director general of the Malaysian Department of Civil Aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman.

    Sub hunting for source of ‘pings’ in plane search

    Search crews were for the first time sending a sub deep into the Indian Ocean to try and determine whether faint sounds detected by equipment on board an Australian ship are from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane’s black boxes, Australia’s acting prime minister said Tuesday. The unmanned miniature sub can create a sonar map of the area to chart any debris on the sea floor.

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    Activists prepare a barricade inside the regional administration building in Donetsk, Ukraine, Monday. A Ukrainian news agency is reporting pro-Russian separatists who have seized the regional administration building in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk proclaimed the region an independent republic.

    Pro-Russians call east Ukraine region independent

    Pro-Moscow activists barricaded inside government buildings in eastern Ukraine proclaimed their regions independent Monday and called for a referendum on seceding from Ukraine — an ominous echo of the events that led to Russia's annexation of Crimea. The Ukrainian government accused Russia of stirring up the unrest and tried to flush the assailants from some of the seized buildings,...

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    Soloist Ilya Kaler wears welder glasses so he can’t see the violin during a test of old and new instruments in September 2012.

    In blind test, soloists like new violins over old

    Ten world-class soloists put costly Stradivarius violins and new, cheaper ones to a blind scientific test. The results may seem off-key to musicians and collectors, but the new instruments won handily. When the lights were dimmed and the musicians donned dark glasses, the soloists' top choice out of a dozen old and new violins tested was by far a new one. So was the second choice, according to a...

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    Actor Mickey Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, has died. He was 93. Los Angeles Police Cmdr. Andrew Smith said that Rooney was with his family when he died Sunday at his North Hollywood home.

    Rooney death end of multiple eras for St. Charles businessman

    On the occassion of Mickey Rooney's death, Ron Onesti recalls several days he spent with the entertainment icon during a tour stop at St. Charles' Arcada Theatre.

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    Firefighter Rusty Murphy wades through floodwaters in a mobile home park in Pelham, Ala., Monday. Police and firefighters rescued about a dozen people who were trapped by muddy, fast-moving water after storms dumped torrential rains in central Alabama.

    Storms sock the Southeast; 1 killed in Georgia

    Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rains across the Southeast on Monday and caused flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue dozens of people from their homes and cars.

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    Former Libertyville trustee Donald Coulson leaves the Lake County courthouse in 1994.

    Ex-Libertyville trustee accused in 1994 murder plot dies

    A former Libertyville trustee who was accused of hiring an undercover detective to kill his wife in 1994 has died. Donald Coulson was 80.

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    Elk Grove man drowns in Chicago River

    An Elk Grove Village man drowned in the Chicago River Sunday in an accident that may have been influenced by alcohol, the Cook County medical examiner’s office said.

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    ComEd officials plan to begin installing smart meters in six municipalities in DuPage County next month, including Lombard, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Warrenville, Oak Brook and West Chicago.

    ComEd smart meters coming to six DuPage communities next month

    ComEd officials recently announced that they will begin installing smart meters in six municipalities in DuPage County next month, including Lombard, Wheaton, Glen Ellyn, Warrenville, Oak Brook and West Chicago. “This is going to help people save money, manage your electricity and help with outages, which we hope we have fewer of,” said George Gaulrapp, external affairs manager for...

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    Aurora man killed in ATV crash

    An Aurora man died Sunday after the ATV he was driving in an unincorporated area near Big Rock Township hit a culvert.

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    Kyle D. Abraham

    Sugar Grove man faces cocaine, LSD charges

    A 28-year-old Sugar Grove man faces prison time after his arrest on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver and LSD possession. Kyle D. Abraham, who has been to prison at least twice already on drug charges, was being held on $500,000 bail, according to court records.

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    A device that triggered an automatic braking system was too close to the end of the track to prevent a crash at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, according to a preliminary federal report released Monday.

    Train too fast for brakes to stop crash at O’Hare: report

    A CTA train was speeding at 26 mph just seconds before it hit a bumper at the end of the track at the Blue Line O’Hare Station and bounced onto an escalator March 24, the NTSB stated Monday. The train was traveling so fast, there wasn’t enough distance for an automatic braking system to stop it, the National Transportation Safety Board said in a preliminary report.

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    Women’s suffrage program in Naperville

    Five historical figures from the women's sufferage movement are portrayed in an April 9 program at the 95th Street Library in Naperville.

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    Keillor coming to Naperville

    Famed radio host and author Garrison Keillor will be in Naperville May 6 to discuss his new book.

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    Naperville, Elmhurst kids win ‘Money Smart’ essay contest

    Middle school students Akshaya Raghavan of Naperville and Zorian Schiffman of Elmhurst have been named the winners of the COUNTRY Financial Money Smart Kid Essay Contest, and each will receive a $2,500 scholarship.

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    Elgin firefighters extricate a “patient” as Elgin police re-create a fatal drunken driving crash during Operation Prom Night Monday at Elgin High School.

    Police educate prom-goers at Elgin High

    Operation Prom Night is a scenario based teaching tool that places emphasis on educating teens about the dangers of drinking and driving. Monday's program at Elgin High School involved a crash scene involving death and a DUI arrest.

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    Men plead guilty to 2012 Hoffman Estates armed robbery

    Two men charged with a 2012 armed robbery in Hoffman Estates have pleaded guilty, court records show. In exchange for his guilty plea Friday, Tehron M. Sweet, 21, was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Jose J. Gonzales, 21, was sentenced to six years in prison in exchange for his plea, court records show. Each man was ordered to pay a $689 fine.

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    MCC to host LGBTQ conference, drag show

    McHenry County College’s Student Pride Club will host two events this week — Mr. and Mrs. Drag Show and LGBTQ Conference. The drag show will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Luecht Conference Center in Building B on campus. It will feature professional drag queens with performances by MCC students and staff.

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    State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat, won approval for a plan calling for hearings into the operations of the Illinois High School Association.

    Aurora Democrat calls out IHSA

    The Illinois House set the stage for hearings to question the operations of the Illinois High School Association and its organization of sports championships statewide. State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat, said she wants to ask the IHSA about its contracts with food vendors, equipment companies and clothing companies that provide goods to teams and during events.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Someone rifled through the glove boxes of four unlocked vehicles in the 11N600 block of Howard Drive near Elgin between 12:01 and 5:30 a.m. Friday, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Jose A. Sanchez, 18, of West Chicago, and Adam J. Prior, 18, of Coventry Circle, Glendale Heights, were each charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 2.5 grams of marijuana after a traffic stop for a loud muffler at 2:47 a.m. Saturday at Butterfield and Mitchell Roads near Aurora, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Des Plaines street closing for sewer installation

    A portion of Thacker Street in Des Plaines will be closed starting Tuesday and into the month of June, for the installation of a new storm sewer, officials said.

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    No injuries in Streamwood chlorine leak

    No injuries were reported after a chlorine Monday morning at the Streamwood water treatment plant, officials said. After putting on protective clothing and entering the building to investigate, firefighters were able to stop the leak by tightening a leaky valve, according to the fire department.

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    Walk for a cause in Lincolnshire

    Stevenson High School’s Best Buddies group will host a friendship walk at the Lincolnshire campus on Sunday, April 13.

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    Schaumburg police seek witnesses to fatal crash

    Schaumburg police are seeking witnesses to a fatal collision that occurred about 10:40 a.m. Monday, March 31 at the intersection of Irving Park Road and Mitchell Boulevard. Matalda Gallo, a 78-year-old Schaumburg woman, was killed in the crash.

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    Rolling Meadows finishes fire station talks

    The Rolling Meadows Fire Department this week will host its final two sessions explaining for the public the options for dealing with the city’s aging downtown fire station. The first session takes place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at city hall, 3600 Kirchoff Road. The final meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 10, at Fire Station 15, 3111 Meadow Drive.

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    New Mano a Mano leader

    Round Lake Park’s Mano a Mano Family Resource Center has announced Megan McKenna de Mejía as its new executive director.

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    Kitchen Conversations on homelessness in Lake County

    Lake County Haven is hosting Kitchen Conversations, small gatherings at the main shelter in Libertyville. Attendees will learn about homelessness, what causes it and what can end it. The next session is at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11.

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    Coffee with the Hawthorn Woods mayor

    Hawthorn Woods residents can meet Mayor Joe Mancino and discuss topics of interest from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Hawthorn Woods Country Club.

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    Senate OKs adding animals to protected list

    State lawmakers have approved a proposal that would add three animals to the list of protected species in Illinois. The Senate on Monday passed a measure to include black bears, gray wolves and mountain lions on a 47-0 vote.

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    Cook County waits for ruling on cameras in courts

    More than two years after asking the Illinois Supreme Court to allow cameras in Cook County courtrooms, the county’s chief judge is still waiting for an answer.

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    Jose Vergara-Rebollar

    Attorney wants jury bused to crime scene

    The defense attorney for a Round Lake Park man charged in the murder of a Zion teen made a formal request to allow jurors to visit the crime scene to give them a better view of where the killing took place.

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    Nicholas A. Spadaro

    Ingleside man charged with damaging police car before Cubs opener

    An Ingleside man was arrested and charged with criminal damage to state supported property after pushing a newspaper stand into a Chicago police cruiser after he was thrown out of Wrigley Field for being intoxicated. Nicholas A. Spadaro, 38, was ordered held on $30,000 bond.

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    This booking photograph, obtained by WBUR 90.9 — NPR Radio Boston, shows Boston mob boss James ‘Whitey’ Bulger. Bulger, the FBI’s most-wanted man and a feared underworld figure linked to 19 murder, was captured Wednesday in Santa Monica, California after one of the biggest manhunts in U.S. history.

    ‘Whitey’ Bulger backs man’s efforts at freedom

    A Boston man who has spent more than 30 years in prison for a killing he says he didn’t commit has an unusual ally in his quest for exoneration — convicted mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.

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    Wauconda officials on Tuesday will debate zoning rules for medical marijuana facilities.

    Wauconda to debate zoning rules for medical marijuana businesses

    Wauconda officials on Tuesday will discuss proposed zoning regulations for businesses that would grow or sell medical marijuana in town. A vote could come next week.

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    Oscar Pistorius gestures as he listens to evidence by a pathologist in court in Pretoria, South Africa, Monday.

    Pistorius takes witness stand for first time

    His voice shaking, Oscar Pistorius took the witness stand Monday for the first time, testifying that he was trying to protect the girlfriend he killed and that he became so tormented by memories of the fatal shooting and panic attacks that he once hid helplessly in a closet. Pistorius also offered an apology to the family of Reeva Steenkamp, who died from multiple wounds after the double-amputee...

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    Arlington Heights portrait artist William Chambers shakes hands with Hollywood film director Steven Spielberg at the 2014 Lincoln Leadership Dinner.

    Arlington Hts. artist’s portrait of Spielberg hangs in Springfield

    Arlington Heights portrait artist William Chambers recently received a priority letter from a rather surprising source: Hollywood filmmaker Steven Spielberg. The handwritten note thanked Chambers for his recent painting of Spielberg. “I can imagine I’m not an easy subject to paint,” Spielberg wrote. “My wife is a painter and when she saw your work, she was very...

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    Fox Valley Park District offers two-for-one deal

    Summer will arrive eventually — it always does — and, based on recent years, we’ll have plenty of hot, scorching days. That’s why the time is right — now — to make plans for keeping cool during the solar vortex that’s sure to come.

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    Shoppers who find cardboard “eggs” similar to these at Algonquin Commons, and correctly name all 10 locations where the eggs are hidden, will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 mall gift certificate.

    Find eggs at Algonquin Commons, win a $250 prize

    Algonquin Commons is hosting an egg hunt for all ages this month. The eggs will be hidden from one end of the mall along the Randall Road corridor to the next, in hopes of getting customers into all of the different stores at Algonquin Commons.

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    Connie Solari

    Woodlands Academy to wrap up its speaker series

    The final of four presentations in “The Resilient Woman Speaker Series” at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart is Friday, April 11, at 10:30 a.m. at the school, 760 East Westleigh Road, Lake Forest.

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    Stevenson High School to host green schools programs

    Gov. Pat Quinn is scheduled to visit Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire on April 18 for the Illinois Healthy and High Performing Schools Symposium.

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    Vera Asheko’s second-place oil, “Mill Creek Farms,” received an Award of Excellence at “The Farm: Images from the Heartland 2012.”

    Lake County Heritage Farm Foundation to host contest

    The Lake County Heritage Farm Foundation, in cooperation with the Lake County Discovery Museum, has issued a call for entries for artists, 18 and older from Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.

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    The Aurora Historical Society is collecting baseball and softball memorabilia — such as this photo of the Aurora Town Club baseball team in the early 1870s — for an upcoming exhibit called “Play Ball, Aurora!”

    Aurora Historical Society seeks baseball, softball memorabilia

    Baseball and softball memorabilia are being sought for a new exhibit at the Aurora Historical Society. Titled “Play Ball, Aurora!,” the exhibit will open May 23. It will trace the development of the two sports in Aurora from the Civil War period, when returning soldiers introduced the game of baseball that they had learned from their eastern counterparts, to today.

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    Last of Naperville smart meter criminal cases expected to end

    The final case against one of two Naperville women who stood in the way of crews attempting to install wireless, electronic smart meters on their homes is likely to come to an end today.

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    A woman lights a candle during a candlelight vigil for passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, April 7, 2014. An Australian ship detected two distinct, long-lasting sounds underwater that are consistent with the pings from aircraft black boxes in a major break in the month long hunt for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet, the search coordinator said Monday.

    Ping discovery prompts new phase in plane search

    Searchers looking for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane have discovered signals consistent with those emitted by black boxes in the Indian Ocean, but they may still be a long way from finding the first piece of wreckage. Here’s a look at what they’ve accomplished, and what remains to be done.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars climbed through a basement window between 7:15 p.m. April 2 and 7:50 a.m. April 3 at a home on the 300 block of East Thomas in Arlington Heights and stole a stainless steel dishwasher valued at $2,000, wine refrigerator $500, stainless steel microwave oven $800, two furnaces, and two air conditioning units.

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    Buffalo Grove police warn against ‘IRS’ scam

    Three Buffalo Grove residents reported recently that they had received threatening phone calls from people claiming to be with the IRS, and police have issued a warning to residents that such calls are a scam.

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    The Human Race, organized by Giving DuPage, brings together supporters of nearly 60 DuPage nonprofits for a single 5K run and fitness walk with participants choosing which group benefits from their registration fees.

    Runners help the cause of their choice in Human Race

    Many groups working directly in DuPage County don’t have the resources to organize their own 5K fundraisers. Fortunately, Giving DuPage does. A nonprofit itself, Giving DuPage aims to match donors and volunteers to nonprofit groups serving the county. To this end, the group created the Human Race, a 5K run and fitness walk that benefits not one but nearly 60 participating DuPage nonprofits.

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    Laura Cosenza, a volunteer with Naperville Humane Society, will join the 2014 Human Race to benefit the organization. In 2013, her dog Maggy, adopted through the shelter, was the first dog to cross the finish line.

    Human Race: Volunteer drawn to help at Naperville Area Humane Society
    Laura Cosenza started her volunteering quite simply: she walked dogs at the Naperville Area Humane Society to give the strays a little exercise and time to socialize. But the more time she spent at the shelter, the more she wanted to help. Now involved with fundraising and outreach, Cosenza will take part this month in the Human Race to raise money for the organization.

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    Allison Schuck of Naperville, left, worked for Teen Parent Connection and will walk in the Human Race to benefit the organization.

    Human Race: Teen Parent Connection helps families make strong start
    Teen Parent Connection provides a range of support for pregnant adolescents and new young parents with the purpose of helping them build strong families while continuing to pursue their own education and life goals. Teen Parent Connection is among the nearly 60 organizations benefitting this month from Giving DuPage’s Human Race. Allison Schuck of Naperville will walk in the Human Race to...

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    School children are looking at souvenirs of Pope John Paul II in his hometown of Wadowice, Poland on Monday, April 7, 2014. A new multimedia museum to the pope will open this week at his Wadowice birth house just weeks before John Paul II is to be made a saint during a Vatican ceremony, led by Pope Francis on April 27.

    Multimedia museum opens for John Paul II’s sainthood

    Authorities say that a new museum telling the life story of Polish-born Pope John Paul II will open this week, just weeks before he is made a saint.

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    Egypt court gives men 3-8 years for homosexuality

    A judicial official says an Egyptian court has convicted four men of committing homosexual acts and sentenced them to up to eight years in prison.

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    Dustin S. Neal

    Round Lake Beach man accepts plea deal for July shooting

    Dustin Neal, 20, of Round Lake Beach, pleaded guilty to on count of attempted aggravated battery with a firearm in Lake County court Monday. Neal was sentenced to nine years in prison for the shooting, though is eligible for parole after half the time is served.

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    High declines appeal over NM gay bias case
    The Supreme Court has turned down an appeal from a commercial photography business in New Mexico that objects to taking pictures of same-sex wedding ceremonies.

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    In this Feb. 15, 1984, file photo, newspaper columnist Chuck Stone poses in the newsroom of the Daily News in Philadelphia. Longtime journalist and educator Charles Sumner “Chuck” Stone Jr., one of the founders of the National Association of Black Journalists, has died. He was 89. Allegra Stone said that her father died Sunday, April 6, 2014.

    Charles S. Stone Jr., a prominent and pioneering American journalist, dies

    Charles S. “Chuck” Stone Jr., a prominent and pioneering American journalist who touched and shaped many lives as a big-city newspaper columnist, university professor and a founder of the National Association of Black Journalists, died Sunday at an assisted living facility in Chapel Hill, N.C. He was 89.

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    Massachusetts home intruder turns out to be a duck

    Police in Massachusetts responding to reports of an intruder in a woman’s home quickly quacked the case when the culprit turned out to be a duck.

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    President Barack Obama smiles as he stands with Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa, after speaking to the media, Friday, April 4, 2014, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.

    Fact Checker: Obama’s clam that billion spent attacking health act

    Were there really “billions” of dollars worth of commercials opposing the Affordable Care Act as President Barack Obama says?Our initial reaction was that this was just a bit of presidential hyperbole. On the other hand, the president did make this assertion in a major speech. So let’s see what the data say.

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    Firefighter Rusty Murphy wades through floodwaters in a mobile home park in Pelham, Ala., on Monday, April 7, 2014. Police and firefighters rescued about a dozen people who were trapped by muddy, fast-moving water after storms dumped torrential rains in central Alabama.

    Scattered flooding as storms drench the Southeast

    Severe thunderstorms punching across the Southeast on Monday forced rescue crews in small boats and military trucks to rescue people trapped in an Alabama mobile home park and in cars flooded by a swollen creek.

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    Members of the community embrace during a candlelight vigil at the Darrington Community Center, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Darrington, Wash. A candlelight vigil was held two weeks after the deadly mudslide that hit Oso and took at least 30 victims.

    Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 33

    The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington town of Oso rose to 33 on Monday, according to the Snohomish County medical examiner’s office, which said all but three have been identified.

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    Ted Kennedy Jr. to run for Connecticut Senate

    Ted Kennedy Jr. is planning to run for the state Senate in Connecticut in his first bid for public office, two people briefed on the decision told The Associated Press on Monday. The son of the late U.S. Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts will announce Tuesday he intends to seek the Democratic nomination for the 12th Senatorial District.

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    NIU student David Bogenberger, 19, was found unresponsive in the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house November 2, 2012.

    Lawyers: Ill. hazing law vague, unconstitutional

    Lawyers representing five former fraternity members who are charged following the 2012 death of a pledge from Palatine say Illinois’ hazing law is unconstitutional. Defense attorneys are arguing the state’s hazing statute is too vague and want a judge to drop the charges against their clients.

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    Susan McNeal-Bulak of Naperville volunteers at Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry. She’ll raise money for the pantry by joining in the Human Race organized by Giving DuPage.

    Human Race: Helping at pantry ‘rewarding’ to volunteer
    Susan McNeal-Bulak knew she wanted to help ensure no one goes hungry and started volunteering at Loaves and Fishes Community Pantry in Naperville after retiring. Her mornings on the pantry floor helping clients choose fresh and nonperishible foods quickly became her favorite part of volunteering at the pantry. She'll take part in the Human Race to raise money for Loaves and Fishes.

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    Lyndsay Czwornog of Wheaton, right, and her friend Tiffany Baker ran last year’s Human Race in tutus on behalf of CASA of DuPage, where Czwornog volunteers. She’ll run again in the 2014 race.

    Human Race: CASA volunteers speak for children in court
    CASA of DuPage County provides volunteers who serve as children's advocates when they're drawn into the court system. Lyndsay Czwornog, who volunteers as a graphic designer for the organization, will run in Giving DuPage's Human Race to raise money for CASA.

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    Linda Kulikowski of Woodridge, third from right, is returning to the Human Race in 2014 to support Literacy DuPage. She serves as a volunteer and tutor for the organization.

    Human Race: Literacy DuPage tutor learns about the world from her students
    An avid reader, Linda Kulikowski of Woodridge became a volunteer tutor through Literacy DuPage to share her love of books with adults looking to improve their language skills. She didn't realize how much she would learn about the world around her from those she tutored. Kulikowski will walk in the Human Race to support Literacy DuPage.

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    Neil Samuels will run in the 2014 Human Race representing Project HELP.

    Human Race: Runner serves as Project HELP parent mentor
    Neil Samuels of Naperville was looking for a volunteer opportunity when he heard about Project HELP. All it took was hearing how the organization's one-on-one parent mentoring had changed one person's life and he knew he'd found the right organization. Samuels will run in the Human Race organized by Giving DuPage to benefit Project HELP.

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    Kane forest district makes deal with ComEd, may make another

    The Muirhead Springs Forest Preserve will be home to new ComEd power lines if Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners get their way, according to a new deal announced last Friday. And with some coaxing by the owners of the Deutsch Dairy Farm, the Burlington Prairie Forest Preserve might see similar lines.

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    Patty DiRenzo holds a picture of her son, Salvatore Marchese, in her home in Blackwood, N.J. Salvatore died from a heroin overdose in 2010.

    Heroin addicts face barriers to treatment

    As the ranks of heroin users rise, increasing numbers of addicts are looking for help but are failing to find it — because there are no beds in packed facilities, treatment is hugely expensive and insurance companies won’t pay for inpatient rehab. Some users overcome their addictions in spite of the obstacles. But many, like Salvatore Marchese, struggle and fail.

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    Jury selection begins in Wisconsin homicide case

    Jury selection begins in Lincoln County for a man accused of killing his wife and hiding her body. Fifty-year-old Mark Bucki is charged with stabbing and strangling 48-year-old Anita Bucki last April and hiding her body in a Taylor County swamp.

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    DNR plans burns on southern Wisconsin land

    The Department of Natural Resources is getting ready to launch its spring burns on public lands across southern Wisconsin in the coming weeks.

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    Victims’ families help train Chicago police

    Chicago Police detectives are learning lessons from the families of homicide victims. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that all detectives, whether they handle burglaries, sex crimes or homicides, are hearing from people like Joy McCormack — whose 21-year-old son was shot and killed at a party in 2009.

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    Stolen Chicago ambulance found in Lyons

    Authorities say an ambulance that was stolen from a Chicago hospital was later found in a suburb about 10 miles away. The private ambulance was taken from Stroger Hospital around 8:45 p.m. Sunday while the crew was unloading a patient and taking them inside the hospital.

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    2 dead, 25 wounded during Chicago weekend violence

    Two people died and at least 25 others were injured during separate weekend shootings in Chicago. The Chicago Sun-Times tallied the shootings that took place starting Friday through early Monday.

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    Report says Indiana child death investigations still lag

    A state ombudsman has told the Indiana Department of Child Services its investigations into child deaths and near-fatalities are sometimes still taking too long.

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    Sixth graders listen intently as Fern Schumer Champman tells the inspiring story of her mother's imagration from Nazi-Germany through a little-known American program during a presentation at Gavin South School in Ingleside Thursday.

    The week in pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features kids doing charity work and fundraising, charity, give-away prom dresses, and people starting to relax outside in warming temperatures.

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    Amber Creek’s body was discovered Feb. 9, 1997, in the Karcher Wildlife Refuge located in Burlington, Wis. The identity of the man suspected of slaying the 14-year-old Palatine girl is set to be released this afternoon by Wisconsin authorities.

    Dawn Patrol: Arrest made in 1997 slaying; Family moved by support

    Report: Arrest made in 1997 slaying of Palatine girl; family moved by support after toddler’s tragic death; body found in Evanston could be that of missing Des Plaines woman; woman fights off would-be abductor near Elgin hospital; Revolutionary War figures honored at Elk Grove Cemetery

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    Candy Murray Abbott, left, and Tammie Norris hold a sign made by Norris that shows a pair of angel’s wings with the names of youths who have died from drug abuse in Hamilton, Ohio. The two mothers both have a child that is a recovering addict.

    Fast facts about some obstacles to heroin sobriety

    Treatment facilities are packed. Inpatient rehab is costly. Insurance companies have refused coverage. Addicts looking to get clean from heroin often face an uphill battle. A quick look at the process, and some of the obstacles to getting sober.

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    Joe Knupp and his wife, Doris, of Glen Ellyn. Knupp is a World War II veteran and is set to visit the memorial in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday as part of an Honor Flight.

    Glen Ellyn WWII vet to take Honor Flight to Washington D.C.

    Joe Knupp says his luck in World War II is the reason he’s alive today. At 88, fortune has smiled on Knupp again by giving him the opportunity to join 90 other World War II veterans on Wednesday for an Honor Flight from Chicago to Washington, D.C.

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    Task force co-chairs George Ranney, left, and IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider, along with former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, want transit reforms.

    Can lawmakers police themselves in reforming transit?

    It's one thing to cheer on transit reforms in the abstract. It's quite another when the group recommending the reforms has the audacity to suggest that you are part of the problem. That's the paradox facing lawmakers in the wake of some revolutionary ideas on fixing transit.

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    The Lake County Discovery Museum near Wauconda.

    Lake County forest district considers how to leverage history

    From a 420 million year-old fossil unearthed in Lindenhurst to the Hazeltine 1500 computer used in the 1970s at Barat College, the Lake County Discovery Museum boasts a collection of priceless historical value. The Lake County Forest Preserve District, which has operted the museum from an old dairy farm near Wauconda since 1976, is assessing its future. “You only get to do this once and...

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    Theresa Hughes of Elburn makes Kei’anna Bateman of Kaneville laugh Saturday during a Nathaniel’s Hope Buddy Break program at First Baptist Church in Geneva. Hughes and Rachel Christopherson, 13, of Aurora team up and work with Kei’anna during the program designed to provide a brief break for the families of children with special needs.

    ‘Buddy Breaks’ expanding to offer respite from kids’ special needs

    Suburban churches in Geneva, Sugar Grove and Wheaton are joining a national nonprofit in a movement to offer Buddy Breaks, a respite program that provides fun and care for children with special needs so their parents can take a breather and recharge. “It gives us an ability to catch up and breathe easy for a while and re-energize,” said Matt Brooks of Batavia, whose 7-year-old son...

Sports

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    White Sox starting pitcher Felipe Paulino waits as the Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez rounds the bases after hitting a home run in the first inning Monday night.

    It’s early, but Sox’ Paulino struggles again

    In his second start for the White Sox, Felipe Paulino was once again burdened by a high pitch count. He got away with it against the Twins, but Paulino and the Sox fell to the Rockies 8-1 at Coors Field Monday night.

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    Marcus Semien of the White Sox breaks his bat on a groundout in the sixth inning of the MLB baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, April 7, 2014, in Denver.

    Rockies clobber White Sox 8-1

    DENVER — Jordan Lyles pitched effectively into the seventh inning in his Coors Field debut for the Rockies, added a career-best three hits and drove in two runs in Colorado’s 8-1 win over the White Sox on Monday night.Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki homered for the Rockies, who beat the White Sox for the second time in six tries in Denver.Lyles (2-0) scattered five hits, walked two and struck out four in 6 2-3 innings. He left after giving up Alexei Ramirez’s RBI double and then walking Tyler Flowers in the seventh. Right-hander Adam Ottavino came in and struck out Dayan Viciedo. Lyles joined the Rockies from Houston in a trade for Dexter Fowler last winter. While with the Astros, he made just one appearance at Coors Field, receiving a five-inning no-decision on May 28, 2012, when he collected a single in two at-bats and scored a run.The last Colorado pitcher to go 3 for 3 was lefty Brian Bohanon against the Dodgers on July 20, 2001. Chicago right-hander Felipe Paulino (0-1) allowed six earned runs on nine hits and four walks in 4 1-3 innings in his return to Coors Field, where he pitched for the Rockies in 2011 before being plagued by arm troubles the last two years.Gonzalez, who has hit safely in each of the Rockies’ eight games so far, lined a fastball over the right field wall in the first inning for his third homer of the season. Lyles helped his own cause with a double into left-center an inning later that scored D.J. LeMahieu from first base for a 2-0 lead.The Rockies loaded the bases in the third and Wilin Rosario bounced an infield single off Paulino. But he escaped further damage by striking out Nolan Arenado and getting LeMahieu to fly out to shallow left.Colorado loaded the bases again in the fifth and LeMahieu’s single just over the glove of second baseman Marcus Semien made it 4-0 and chased Paulino.Lyles, who singled leading off the fourth, greeted right-hander Daniel Webb with a line-drive RBI single up the middle to make it 5-0, and Charlie Blackmon followed with a sacrifice fly.Tulowitzki opened the sixth with a solo shot to right-center off Webb for his first homer of the year.

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    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Glenbard North 4, Batavia 0:Luke Greenberg launched a 3-run homer in the sixth inning to give the Panthers (5-2) some breathing room. Winning pitcher Matt Albin allowed just a hit and struck out six over 5 innings before being relieved by Greenberg, who allowed a hit in 2 innings.Glenbard South 3, Lisle 2:Tailing 2-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth inning, the Raiders (4-1) scored twice on an error to take the lead for good. Will Cornwell and Tim Marks had a pair of hits while Dominic Fazzari allowed 2 hits in 5 innings to earn the win. Christian Grego drove in 2 runs for Lisle (4-3).WW South 3, Benet 2:With the scored tied 2-2 in the top of the seventh, Brian Summers laid down a squeeze bunt to drive in the go-ahead run for the Tigers. Ben Flores and Eric Giltz had 2 hits. Brett Struebing scattered 5 hits as the complete-game winning pitcher. Joe Boyle homered for Benet. Montini 9, Marian Central 2:Winning pitcher Eric Frontzak doubled and drove in 2 runs for the Broncos (4-0). Jake Pestel went 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. St. Francis 12, Aurora Christian 0:Christian Kuzemka homered and drove in 5 runs for the Spartans (6-2). Jason Sullivan allowed only 2 hits in the 5-inning victory, and also went 2-for-2. Zach Prociuk tripled twice, scored 3 runs and drove in 2 runs. Willowbrook 17, Proviso East 1:Tyler Vavrek, Mike Rothmund, Jake Cady and Brian Johnson combined for 10 hits and 8 RBI as the Warriors (4-1, 3-0) swept in the West Suburban Gold Conference. Winning pitcher Matt Pizur struck out six over 4 innings.Downers South 10, Addison Trail 1:The Mustangs (4-1, 3-0) capped the three-game West Suburban Gold sweep behind Zac Taylor’s 2-hitter over 6 innings. Danny Spinnuza went 2-for-4 with 4 RBI. Mike Rybarczyk, Joe Kurucar and Nate Mueller accounted for Addison Trail’s (1-5, 0-3) 3 hits.Hinsdale Central 8, Lyons Twp. 2:The Red Devils (4-4, 2-1) took two of three from the Lions in the West Suburban Silver behind Austin Butler’s 5-hitter. Ryan Haff went 3-for-4 with a triple and 2 RBI. Mark Dykstra added 2 hits.York 5, Proviso West 4:Winning pitcher Seth Dvorak drove in 2 runs for the Dukes (2-5, 2-1), who took two of three from Oak Park in the West Suburban Silver series.

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    Connecticut players celebrate against Kentucky during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game Monday, April 7, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.

    UConn beats Kentucky for NCAA title

    Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years, beating all those Kentucky freshmen 60-54 in the championship game Monday night. Napier is among three UConn seniors who were part of the Huskies’ 2011 title. That trio stayed after coach Jim Calhoun’s retirement even when the Huskies were ineligible for the NCAA tournament last season.

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    Montini breaks out the bats against IC

    The Montini softball team arrived at the Plunkett Athletic Complex in Elmhurst on Monday afternoon wanting to hit against host IC Catholic Prep.The Broncos have faced tough pitching since the season started, and that wasn’t going to change against the Knights. Some Broncos were struggling at the plate, and Montini hadn’t won since opening day last week.The Broncos connected on 12 hits and dominated from the start for a 7-1 victory in the Suburban Christian Conference opener for both teams.“We came in today with a good mindset with regard to hitting,” said Broncos coach Richie Costante. “Some girls were struggling. They came in for extra hitting (practice) and it paid off. They took a great approach today and had some good swings.”The Broncos (2-4, 0-1) got started quickly with three runs in the first innings. Cristina Barrett and Alyssa Sclafani connected on consecutive singles to center. Emily Lezcano followed with a basehit that fell just an inch or two from the border separating the infield from the outfield. That scored Barrett.Another boost to Montini on the afternoon was scoring four runs during the game with two outs. The first time happened in the opening inning when Amy Bukovsky doubled to left to score Sclafani and Lezcano.“We had been leaving runners on base and we had to start getting runners in. I saw the pitch and drove it,” Bukovsky said.Bukovsky was one of four Broncos who had a multiple-hit game led by Lezcano’s 3-for-4 showing with Bukovsky, Barrett and Tacia Mesina with two hits apiece.In the second inning Mesina singled to center and with two outs, Barrett’s basehit scored her.Montini scored twice in the fifth. A sacrifice fly by Naomi Alonzo scored Lezcano, who had reached base on a walk. Bukovsky reached base that inning on an infield hit and she later scored on a wild pitch.Lezcano led off the seventh with her third basehit of the game, and Alonzo earned her second RBI of the game, again with two outs, when her single to right scored Lezcano.Pitcher Lauren Trojnar earned the complete-game victory, giving up just five hits and striking out six.The Knights (6-1, 0-1) had opportunities to score, stranding a total of four runners total in the fourth and fifth innings including baserunners at third. IC Catholic finally got on the scoreboard in the seventh. With one out Gabby Curran walked followed by Katelyn Falduto’s single to left. An error in handing Falduto’s hit scored Curran and moved Falduto to second.IC Catholic Prep coach Frank Reaber said it was just one of those days.“We had been hitting the ball well. We just didn’t come out hitting,” he said. “The enthusiasm was not there. A couple of kids were not feeling well. That might have had something to do with it.”Reaber said the Knights, a Class 2A team, load their schedule with Class 3A and Class 4A teams to prepare for the playoffs and the next two weeks of the schedule will be especially tough.

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    With instant replay in place, don’t expect MLB managers like the Cubs’ Rick Renteria to come kicking and screaming out of the dugout to protest a call. Now they need to find ways to stall while they wait to determine if the call warrants a challenge.

    With replays, baseball managers aren’t fighting mad

    Replay review in Major League Baseball is changing the face of the game, both literally and figuratively, according to Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles. Watch how managers position themselves when they discuss disputed plays, he says. Also, Miles takes a closer look at outfielder Ryan Kalish's comeback from serious injury.

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    Hoffman Estates drubs Maine South

    The birthday bash continued for Hoffman Estates softball team on Monday. For the third time this season, a Hawks player celebrated a birthday and her team won the game. This time, on the day she turned 16, sophomore Veronica Cardella had an RBI single in the third inning of Hoffman’s 11-4 win over visiting Maine South.

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    Maine West gets past Wheeling

    Goals from Julia Garcia and Allie Webb on both sides of the half were enough to send visiting Maine West (2-1-0) to its second consecutive victory over host Wheeling 2-0 Monday night in a nonconference soccer match on the Wildcats’ turf.

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    Kaneland’s Olson too much for Rosary

    The Kaneland girls soccer team needed no extra incentive when Rosary came to Maple Park on Monday afternoon. Rosary ended the Knights’ season the last two years. “Actually, three out of the last four,” Kaneland coach Scott Parillo said. Brittany Olson scored twice in less than four minutes for the Knights in the opening half, and the senior co-captain added a third goal in heavy traffic late in the match to account for all the scoring in the Knights’ 3-0 nonconference win.

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    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    South Elgin 6, Streamwood 0: Caitlin Lange registered a hat trick, Savanah Uveges scored 2 goals and Corinne Hildebrandt added another as the Storm rolled to victory in an Upstate Eight crossover.Cary-Grove 6, Johnsburg 0: Emma Baker scored on a penalty kick and scored unassisted, Carli Petersen notched 2 goals and Kete Michie and Hannah Jensen each found the net in this Fox Valley Conference crossover. Abby Glaysher finished with 2 assists and JJ Baily added another for Cary-Grove (3-3-1). Hampshire 5, Belvidere 0: Junior midfielder Claudia Lazar scored a hat trick and Kilia Higa recorded 2 assists to lead the Whip-Purs to victory in their season opener.

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    St. Charles North capitalizes on Batavia’s mistakes

    Through the early portions of the season, St. Charles North’s girls soccer team has led a kind of dual existence. Practices have taken place indoors, on a gym floor, with something less than a full team being involved. Games, however, have given the North Stars their opportunity to compete outdoors in 11-on-11 situations. While better weather will bring an end to indoor training, one thing that’s still taking place is the general improvement of the squad, which defeated Batavia 4-0 on Monday.

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    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Edward 4, Rosary 3, 10 inn.: Lindsay Zdroik doubled to right center with two outs in the top of the 10th inning, and Allie Stratman singled her home with the winning run as St. Edward prevailed in this Suburban Christian Blue matchup despite 4 errors. Offensive leaders for the Green Wave (2-2, 1-0) included Zdroik (3-for-5, 2B, 2 R, RBI), Stratman (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI), Ryann Scully (2-for-5 2 R) and Jasmine Deleon (1-for-3, 2 Sacrifices). Zdroik went the distance in the circle, striking out 18 without a walk. She held the Royals to 3 unearned runs on 8 hits.Downers Grove South 10, South Elgin 3: Cassidy Westlund went 2-for-3 and Mallory Mecklenburg and Alyssa Buddle each doubled in this nonconference loss for South Elgin (3-1). Losing pitcher Paige Allen surrendered 7 runs on 12 hits and 2 walks in 6⅓ innings. Palatine 5, Cary-Grove 2: The Trojans outhit the Pirates 8-7 but couldn’t overcome Palatine’s 4-run third inning in this nonconference loss.Rockford East 15, Westminster Christian 3, 5 inn.: Rachel Fugiel, McKaila Hays and Kaylee Johnson (RBI) each singled, but the Warriors allowed 10 hits and committed 5 errors in this nonconference loss.

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    Marmion’s Troop, Bicknell no-hit Wheaton Academy

    Alex Troop and Danny Bicknell tossed a combined no-hitter to help lead Marmion to a 6-1 Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division victory over Wheaton Academy Monday afternoon at Joe Nardone Field in Aurora.

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    Greeno gets some help, Glenbard West gets win

    In a perfect world, perhaps even in a couple weeks, Grant Greeno would have stayed on the mound to finish what he started. Trust in his teammates, though, helped ease the nerves of Monday’s departure.Glenbard West’s baseball team held on for a 3-2 win over Hinsdale South in Darien by surviving a huge opportunity for the Hornets in the bottom of the seventh.

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    Grygo stands tall for Addison Trail

    Senior Kevin Grygo has grown into his role as the starting setter for the Addison Trail boys volleyball team.

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    Lake Zurich downs Cary-Grove

    Timely hitting. Solid pitching. Near flawless defense. Those were the ingredients Lake Zurich utilized in posting a 7-2 win over Cary-Grove in a nonconference baseball game in Cary Monday afternoon.

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    Naperviile Central’s Keegan Hayes winds up her pitch against Hinsdale South during softball on Monday in Naperville.

    Naperville Central opens with victory

    The long off-season after a disappointing playoff loss finally came to an end, and Naperville Central looks primed to put together another big year this spring. The Redhawks opened the 2014 campaign with a home game against Hinsdale South and the experienced squad looked an awful like the one that opened 2013 with 29 straight wins as the hosts beat the Hornets 8-0 in Naperville.

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    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    South Elgin 4, Hampshire 1: Justin Brylski reached on a one-out error in the top of the fifth and scored the go-ahead run on Nick Menken’s single, and the Storm added 2 insurance runs in the seventh to win this nonconference game. Junior Antonio Danesi went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI, and junior pitcher Max Keough tossed a 3-hitter with 6 strikeouts and a walk to lift South Elgin. Trey Schramm, Colin Gogoel and Brandon Bowen had the only hits for Hampshire (2-4). Losing pitcher Alex Crinigan went the distance, allowing 4 runs (2 earned) on 6 hits wit a walk and 6 strikeouts. St. Edward 6, IC Catholic Prep 0: Junior Jake LaFrenz pitched a 2-hit, 16-strikeout masterpiece to power St. Edward (1-5-1) to its first victory of the season in this Suburban Christian Gold opener. LaFrenz walked 1 batter and hit another with a pitch in his 107-pitch outing. The St. Edward offense was held to a lone hit by Vicente Camerena, yet five different Green Wave batters were credited with a run batted in due to 7 bases on balls issued by IC, which also committed 5 errors. Schaumburg 5, Larkin 4: The Royals scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, but Schaumburg reliever Johnnie Flynn notched the save with a 3-pitch strikeout that stranded the tying run at third and the winning run at second. Losing pitcher Will King (1-1) allowed 4 runs (1 earned) on 9 hits. He walked 2 and struck out 4 in 5 innings, but the junior was undermined by 5 Larkin errors. Senior Brayden Royse went 2-for-2 with a double, 2 walks and 2 RBI for Larkin (4-2). Rockford East 9, Westminster Christian 4: Ian Merlak went 3-for-3, Nick DeMaira went 2-for-2 with a double and a walk and Justin Rasmussesn drove in 2 runs, but it wasn’t enough in this nonconference loss to the E-Rabs. Three Westminster Christian pitchers were allowed 9 runs (3 earned) as the Warriors (1-7) committed 4 errors. Starter Brendan Ruffolo took the loss. He allowed 3 first-inning earned runs on 3 hits and 3 walks.Conant 8, Dundee-Crown 0: Five Chargers singled but they couldn’t muster a run in this nonconference loss in Hoffman Estates. Anthony Forte went 2-for-4 with a double and 4 RBI for Conant. Losing pitcher Jared Ludwig allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 4 hits, walked 1 and struck out 3 in 4 innings for Dundee-Crown (3-5).Huntley 6, Rockford Boylan 4: Trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the sixth, Illinois recruit Mark Skonieczny hit a 3-run home run to give Huntley the lead and Jon Nugent singled home another run to cap the rally. which made a winner or relief pitcher Kyle Sabie (3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 4 K). Skonieczny, Matt Sullivan and Tommy Kiriakopolous each had a double among their 2 hits for Huntley (5-2-1).Johnsburg 3, Crystal Lake South 1: Casey Oliver went 2-for-3 with a triple, but the Gators were held to 4 hits and were unable to capitalize on 3 walks and 2 Johnsburg errors. Winning pitcher Jake Schyvinck’s complete game effort topped South’s Michael Danca, who allowed 3 earned runs on 4 hits in 5 innings.Jerry Fitzpatrick contributed to this report

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    Bears sign long-snapper Rempel

    The Bears agreed to terms with Canadian Football League long-snapper Chad Rempel Monday, although they still hope to have 16-year veteran long-snapper Patrick Mannelly back for another season if he's healthy enough after off-season hip surgery.

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    Larkin hangs on to beat Dundee-Crown

    This time, the big inning worked in Larkin’s favor. The Royals broke open a tie game with 3 runs in the fourth inning and held on to beat Dundee-Crown, 5-4, in nonconference softball action in Elgin Monday.

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    Always remember: Some prospects remain prospects

    It's hard not to hope for big things from all those Cubs and White Sox hitting prospects. Then again, there's always the memory of Ricky Seilheimer to temper the enthusiasm.

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    One thing about Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville: He isn’t prone to panic.

    Rather than panic, the Blackhawks adjust

    When you’ve coached and played 2,100 games, there’s not a lot about hockey you haven’t seen before in the course of an NHL season. It’s why Joel Quenneville doesn’t panic or come apart at the seams when his team hits a bad stretch or suffers a spate of injuries.

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    Ronnie Brewer rejoined the Bulls and will wear uniform No. 11.

    Brewer back; other Bulls moves in the offing?

    Ronnie Brewer essentially took the roster spot vacated when the Bulls released rookie Erik Murphy last Thursday. Now with 13 players, there are still two available roster spots. Will be Bulls add anyone else for the playoff push?

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    Harvey, Wiater spark Burlington C. past Elgin

    Most coaches hope for production from the eighth and ninth spots in the lineup. Those spots provided the spark Monday for the Burlington Central softball team. Tori Harvey had a three-run triple and Kelly Wiater followed with a double off the wall as the Rockets scored 5 runs in the bottom of the second to help Central to a 7-3 nonconference victory over Elgin.

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    St. Viator coach Jack Halpin and golfer Joe Ferrari pose after the Lions won the IHSA Class 3A championship for the third straight season in 2009.

    St. Viator’s Halpin earns ESCC Hall of Fame honors

    At the age of 70, Jack Halpin is still going strong. He can’t imagine leaving coaching.“High school golf coaches never retire,” he said. “It is the best job on earth and I forever thank St. Viator and their former president (Father Charles Bolser CSV) for asking me to be part of the Viatorian community.” Bolser sure knew what he was doing when he hired Halpin. On Thursday, Halpin will be part of the ninth class of inductees to the East Suburban Catholic League Hall of Fame.

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    Area quartet sparks Augustana women’s lacrosse

    Augustana’s women’s lacrosse has yet to face defeat this spring. And helping the Vikings to all nine of their wins this spring have been four familiar faces to area fans. In a 21-3 triumph over visiting Loras, the Vikings improved to 3-0 in Midwest Women’s Lacrosse Conference. Freshman Madi Stoneman (Libertyville) shared scoring honors with 3 goals. Emily Handrahan of Lake Zurich added 2 goals and 3 assists while Gina Filippo (Libertyville) added an assist and Maggie DelVecchio (Barrington) had a goal. The local girls will be in Dupage County today playing Benedictine (1-7, 0-2) in Lisle.

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    Blackhawks’ Marcus Kruger, right, tries to get to puck while the St Louis Blues’ David Backes holds him during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago on Sunday, April 6, 2014.

    Blackhawks get message, send one to Blues

    Sunday was a day of messages for the Blackhawks, who sent one to the Blues and received a few themselves.

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    @Caption credit:John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com/file The Chicago Bulls have signed freeagent swingman Ronnie Brewer for the rest of the 2014 season. Brewer played with the Bulls from 2010-12. He was released by Houston earlier this year.

    Bulls bring back Ronnie Brewer

    Looking for more experience on their bench, the Bulls added a familiar face to their roster on Monday by signing free agent guard/forward Ronnie Brewer for the remainder of the season. Brewer, who reportedly worked out for the Bulls last week, was part of the popular “Bench Mob” from 2010-12 with the Bulls. He was released by Houston earlier this season.

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    Umpires Jim Joyce, left, and Doug Eddings talk on head phones as they review a call during the fifth inning of a game between the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves on Friday. Ian Desmond’s inside-the-park homer was overturned on replay review and changed to a ground-rule double.

    First impressions of instant replay

    Instant replay, or replay review as it will be known in Major League Baseball, represents a fundamental change to a game that hasn’t always looked kindly upon huge alterations to its process. While the so-called purists have generally pushed back against things like extra playoff rounds and interleague play, expanded replay represents a more integral shift. Cubs insider columnist and broadcaster Len Kasper shares his thoughts on the subject.

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    Kentucky guard James Young takes a foul shot against Wisconsin during the second half of the NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball semifinal game Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.

    Make the NCAA start over? Good plan

    NCAA president Mark Emmert conducted a news conference Sunday at the site of the NCAA basketball tournament’s Final Four. Naturally, among the topics was the attempt to unionize football players at Northwestern. Media reports quoted Emmert as saying, “To convert to a unionized employee model is to throw away the entire collegiate model for athletics.” So there would be a problem with that?

Business

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    Sanjib Sahoo

    From India to Naperville, CTO aims to keep innovating

    Kukec's People features Sanjib Sahoo of Naperville, who went from humble beginnings in India, to Naperville and Chicago, where he heads technology for TradeMonster.

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    United Airlines climbed out of last place in the rate of customer complaints.

    Air travel: Late flights are up, complaints down

    Airlines are falling behind schedule more often and mishandling more bags, but customers aren't making a federal case out of it. Academics who study the airline industry say that consumer complaints to the government dropped 15 percent last year after spiking in 2012. Chicago-based United Airlines climbed out of last place in the rate of customer complaints.

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    Andy Starck

    Palatine's Starck takes Berkshire Hathaway name

    Palatine-based Prudential Starck Realtors, with its Prudential First Realty and Prudential Harding & Starck brokerages in McHenry and Crystal Lake, will become Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Starck Real Estate beginning Tuesday, said President Andy Starck.

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    Microsoft chairman Bill Gates stands in New York’s Times Square to promote the new Windows XP operating system on Oct. 25, 2001. On Tuesday, Microsoft will end support for its still popular version of Windows — which is still used by an estimated 30 percent of businesses and consumers.

    End of Windows XP support spells trouble for some

    Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger. An estimated 30 percent of computers being used by businesses and consumers around the world are still running the 12-year-old operating system.

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    The Math Minions, sixth graders at Oak Grove Middle School in Fargo, N.D., pose with Motif Investing founder Hardeep Walia, center right rear, and math teacher Dave Carlson, right rear. Carlson started a competition between regular and advance math classes at Oak Grove and registered his students with Motif Investing, a company that enables customers to buy baskets of stocks. In the end, Carlson’s regular math class yielded a nearly 22 percent gain and trounced every university club participating in the contest.

    Fargo 6th-graders mop up against college investors

    ove over Berkeley, Cornell, Columbia, NYU and USC. You’ve been beaten by Carlson’s Math Minions. A class of sixth-graders from North Dakota has schooled some of the best college business students in the country on the stock market.

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    Supermodel Niki Taylor and March of Dimes 2014 National Ambassador Aidan Lamothe watch floor activity from the podium before ringing the New York Stock Exchange closing bell Monday. U.S. stocks fell, pushing the Nasdaq 100 Index to its biggest three-day retreat since 2011.

    Stocks slump, extending decline from last week

    For investors, a volatile stock market passed a worrisome milestone on Monday.News: The market logged its longest losing streak in two months, and extended a sell-off that began last week. After biotechnology and internet stocks pulled the market lower on Friday, it was companies that sell non-essential goods and services that dragged on the market to start the week.

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    Hanover Park trustees have instructed staff to prepare zoning ordinances that limit medical marijuana dispensaries to industrial areas.

    Hanover Park to limit medical marijuana dispensaries

    Hanover Park officials are preparing to limit medical marijuana sellers to industrial parts of town, away from retailers and restaurants. Officials also are set to ban drive-throughs and the sale of drug paraphernalia in dispensaries. "I'm pleased that we're moving ahead slowly," Mayor Rodney Craig said.

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    Sears Holding Corp. announced in December that it was going to spin off Land’s End as a separate company by distributing stock to its shareholders. It closed on the spinoff on Friday.

    Lands’ End starts trading as public company

    Lands’ End shares are falling in its first day as a separate public company after being spun off from Hoffman Estates-based Sears. The company’s stock dropped $2.17, or 6.8 percent, to $29.50 in Monday morning trading. Lands’ End was publicly traded before Sears Holdings Corp. purchased it in 2002 for nearly $2 billion.

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    Car club calendar
    The Chicago suburbs are home to many car lovers and clubs devoted to models ranging from the Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. The Daily Herald has compiled a list of monthly meetings for area car clubs, as well as local cruise nights and car shows.

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    Boeing expects $50M Globemaster charge in 1Q
    Chicago-based Boeing will take a $50 million charge as it ends production of its C-17 Globemaster III and closes its last assembly facility in Long Beach, Calif. The C-17 made its first flight in 1991. It is used to airlift tanks, supplies and troops and perform medical evacuations.

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    Next year’s high-skilled visas snapped up in days

    Businesses seeking highly skilled workers from overseas took less than a week to snap up all 85,000 visas available for next year. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday that the cap on H-1B visas for the 2015 fiscal year had already been reached.

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    Ford recalls nearly 435,000 vehicles

    Ford is recalling nearly 435,000 cars to fix rusting frame parts or faulty seats. The biggest of the two recalls covers nearly 386,000 Ford Escapes from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Ford says the subframes can rust, allowing a control arm to separate and hamper steering control. Ford is aware of one crash but no injuries linked to the problem.

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    High court rejects new campaign finance case

    The Supreme Court has rejected a challenge to century-old bans on campaign contributions by corporations.

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    Court rejects early appeal of surveillance ruling

    The Supreme Court has declined an early look at a constitutional challenge to the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of millions of Americans’ telephone records.

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    Gallagher to sell $890 million of shares for Wesfarmers Dealc

    Itasca-based Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. is selling 19 million shares of common stock to help fund the purchase of Wesfarmers Ltd.’s insurance brokering operation, as the buyer extends its growth outside the U.S.

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    People wait for a signal to change in front of an electronic stock price indicator in Tokyo Monday. Japan’s economy, enduring a two-decade slump, received a jolt last year from “Abenomics.” That’s the name for policies pushed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to try to spur inflation and generate growth by getting consumers and businesses to spend now, not later.

    A recovering U.S. is outpacing other major economies

    As a brutal winter yields to spring, the U.S. economy is showing renewed strength just as other major economies appear desperate for help.Europe is clinging to a fragile recovery. Japan just imposed a tax hike that threatens its shaky economic comeback. And China’s troubles are rattling the global economy.

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    Hiring over the past 12 months has outpaced population growth. More workers in the prime 25- to 54-year-old age group are finding jobs. The winter freeze was less destructive to hiring than had been assumed. Layoffs have declined since February. And an increase in hours worked suggest that incomes will rise.

    5 signs U.S. job market may finally be accelerating

    Few people responded to the March jobs report with high-fives and cheers. But there may be reasons to applaud in the months ahead. Hiring in March was close to the economic recovery’s steady but hardly explosive monthly average of the past two years: 192,000 added jobs. The unemployment rate remained 6.7 percent for a second straight month, according to the government’s report Friday.

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    Of the cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, Billings, Mont. has the nation’s lowest average price at $3.20. Los Angeles has the highest at $4.04.

    Gas prices rise by 5 cents in past 2 weeks

    The average U.S. price of a gallon of gasoline has risen 5 cents in the past two weeks. The Lundberg Survey of fuel prices released Sunday says the price of a gallon of regular is $3.61, the highest price in Lundberg’s twice-monthly surveys since late July 2013.

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    Applicants lining up outside the SEIU-UHW office during a health care enrollment event in Commerce, Calif. “The Affordable Care Act, commonly referred to as ‘Obamacare,’ appears to be accomplishing its goal of increasing the percentage of Americans with health insurance,” according to a Gallup analysis.

    Survey: Health insurance gains pick up

    A major new survey finds that a growing percentage of Americans gained health insurance as the initial sign-up season for President Barack Obama’s health care law drew to a close last month. Released Monday, the study measured the share of adults without health insurance, shrinking from 17.1 percent at the end of last year to 15.6 percent for the first three months of 2014.

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    How one entrepreneur is selling his business

    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall evaluates how one owner is selling his business.

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    Grand Frame in Arlington Heights is a picture framing company that offers framing to residential clients, corporations and government institutions.

    Grand Frame continues to grow in Arlington Heights
    THe owners of Grand Frame Inc. in Arlington Heights talk about their picture framing company that offers framing to residential clients, corporations and government institutions.

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    1970 Ford Torino 429 Cobra Jet

    1970 Ford Torino was cool in school

    When Kent Krueger thinks back, he remembers two older students from his days at Fremd High School in Palatine. One drove a yellow 1970 Torino and the other a blue ’70 Cougar.

Life & Entertainment

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    This image provided by the Art Institute of Chicago via Art Everywhere shows Edward Hopper's 1942 “Nighthawks.”

    American art to flood U.S. billboards this summer

    Five museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, say they are organizing the largest outdoor art show to showcase American art nationwide this summer. Beginning Monday, curators are asking the public to vote online to choose which artwork will be featured on 50,000 displays for the “Art Everywhere” initiative in August.

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    Miles Zabin headlines with his band Tiny Miles & the Big Kids at the Harlem Avenue Lounge in Berwyn.

    Weekend picks: Tiny Miles brings rock and blues

    Tiny Miles & the Big Kids, a Chicago blues and rock trio, headlines at the Harlem Avenue Lounge in Berwyn. More than 350 artists and arts and crafts vendors will be on hand at the Spring Festival at the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park. Catch up with comedian Ron White and his latest hard-living exploits at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.

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    In this Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011, file photo, British personality Peaches Geldof arrives for the European premiere of One Day at a central London venue. Entertainer Bob Geldof’s agent said on Monday, April 7, 2014, his 25-year-old daughter Peaches has died.

    Model, TV star Peaches Geldof dead at 25

    Associated PressLONDON (AP) — Model and media personality Peaches Geldof, the second daughter of Irish singer Bob Geldof and member of a talented, troubled family who grew up in the glare of Britain’s tabloid press, was found dead Monday at age 25.There was no immediate word on the cause of Geldof’s death at her home in Wrotham, Kent, southeast England, but police called it “unexplained and sudden.” In a family statement, Bob Geldof said: “Peaches has died. We are beyond pain.” Peaches Geldof had acknowledged using drugs in the past but said in a 2009 interview that she had quit.The news of her death came as a shock to Britain’s entertainment and fashion circles, where Geldof had been active as a model, television presenter and fashion writer. She was a frequent attendee at fashion shows in London and New York, and was photographed just last week at a London show for the Tesco brand F&F.Geldof was only 11 when her mother, television presenter Paula Yates, died of a drug overdose in 2000, and those who knew her said it hit her extremely hard.Her last message on Twitter came on Sunday, when she posted a photograph of herself as a toddler next to her mother along with the caption: “Me and my mum.”Her father issued an anguished statement Monday from the family about her death.“She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us,” he wrote. “Writing ‘was’ destroys me afresh. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable? We loved her and will cherish her forever.”The statement was signed by Bob, Jeanne (his partner), Peaches’ sisters Fifi and Pixie and her half-sister Tiger Geldof.Kent police declined to name Geldof, but when asked about her death they said in a statement that officers were called to a house near Wrotham following a report of concern for a woman’s welfare Monday afternoon. They said the 25-year-old woman was pronounced dead by emergency officers and that the death was being treated as “unexplained and sudden.”In an interview with the Guardian newspaper in 2009, Geldof acknowledged that she used drugs as a teenager but said she had stopped. “‘Yeah, I’ve taken drugs. Yes, I have had experiences, and a few of those experiences were unsavory, not ones I want to repeat, but I was growing up. I wanted the experience,” she told the paper.“I wasn’t hugely into drugs and I’m sober now,” she added. “I’m not Amy Winehouse. I never have been. I wasn’t a crackhead.”Peaches Geldof was married twice. She leaves behind her second husband, Tom Cohen, lead singer of the defunct London punk band S.C.U.M, and two sons, 23-month-old Astala and 11-month-old Phaedra.“My beloved wife Peaches was adored by myself and her two sons Astala and Phaedra, and I shall bring them up with their mother in their hearts every day. We shall love her forever,” Cohen said in a statement.At age 19 she married Max Drummey, a vocalist with U.S. indie rock band Chester French, at a drive-thru chapel in Las Vegas while the two were on holiday. The marriage lasted six months and ended in 2009. Friends and acquaintances reacted to news of her death with disbelief.“It’s very, very sad. Peaches has overcome a lot in her childhood, seemed to be getting her life together. You hear something like this and words can fail you. It’s just tragic, terrible news,” Ray Levine, Peaches’ former publicist, told Sky News.“Having to deal with the death of your mother at such a young age would be difficult for any child, let alone someone in the public spotlight,” he added.

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    Beans are good sources of protein and nutrients

    Q: I know we need protein in our diets and that beans are a good source. But I’ve read that meat is a great source of protein and iron. Which is a better choice?

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    Mickey Rooney, left, Spencer Tracy, right, and Frankie Thomas appears in a scene from the 1938 film “Boys Town.” Rooney, a Hollywood legend whose career spanned more than 80 years, died Sunday. He was 93.

    5 memorable movie roles of Mickey Rooney

    Mickey Rooney might be best remembered for his ceaseless ups and downs, his dramatic failures and his many comebacks. But Rooney’s roller-coaster melodrama — he was married eight times and quickly spent the fortune he amassed — wouldn’t have mattered if he hadn’t also had genuine, enduring talent. Here are five of Rooney’s most memorable movie roles:

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    Singer Chris Brown’s assault case is going forward after a judge in Washington on Monday rejected a request to dismiss it.

    Judge rejects request to dismiss Chris Brown case

    Singer Chris Brown’s assault case is going forward after a judge in Washington on Monday rejected a request to dismiss it. Lawyers for the Grammy-award-winning singer had argued the case should be dismissed because prosecutors abused the grand jury process to prepare for trial.

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    Her new album, “Everlasting,” Martina McBride begs comparison with such giants as Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke by taking on their most potent performances and material.

    McBride offers her take on soul classics

    Of all contemporary country singers, Martina McBride seems the most well-suited to interpret classic soul tunes. The four-time Country Music Association female vocalist of the year has shown repeatedly that she can wail with sass and find the depth in emotionally complex material. Still, on her new album, “Everlasting,” McBride begs comparison with such giants as Aretha Franklin and Sam Cooke by taking on their most potent performances and material.

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    Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on “The View” on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her.

    Barbara Walters sets May 16 for exit

    Barbara Walters plans to make her final appearance on “The View” on May 16, part of a daylong retirement celebration that will include ABC News naming its New York headquarters after her. Later that night, ABC will air a two-hour prime-time special on her career.

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    The producers of the “Got Talent” franchise say the TV talent contest is a winner in its own right. Guinness World Records has deemed the series the most successful reality TV format worldwide.

    ‘Got Talent’ TV talent format sets Guinness record

    The producers of the “Got Talent” franchise say the TV talent contest is a winner in its own right. Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia said Monday that Guinness World Records has deemed the series the most successful reality TV format worldwide.

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    Mammogram study shows higher risks

    Mammography’s benefits are substantial, but its potential harms may be greater than previously realized, which should prompt physicians and patients to make decisions about the screening test based on women’s individual risks and preferences, researchers concluded in a recent study.

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    Stand-up comedian John Pinette has died at age 50.

    Comedian John Pinette, 50, dies at Pa. hotel

    John Pinette, the chubby stand-up comedian who portrayed a hapless carjacking victim in the final episode of “Seinfeld,” has died. He was 50. Pinette died of natural causes Saturday at a hotel in Pittsburgh, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner’s office said Sunday evening. Pinette’s agent confirmed his death. The portly Pinette was a self-deprecating presence on stage, frequently discussing his weight on stand-up specials.

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    Members of Itasca Park District’s iFit Squad attended a nutrition workshop at Whole Foods Market in Schaumburg.

    Community team members enjoy a positive week

    If last week (week 6) represented a bit of a lull for some of our corporate and community partners in the Fittest Loser Community Challenge, this week made up for it. There was more optimism in the air this time around. Team members are seeing results and feeling like there is more to gain than a number on the scale.

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    When it comes to advice, the Fittest Losers, including contestant Cheryl Seibert, say less is more helpful.

    The trials and tribulations of losing weight in the spotlight

    While the Fittest Loser contestants couldn't possibly get through this arduous 12-week challenge without the enormous support of family and friends, they run into a few naysayers from time to time. No, not the types who have wished them harm or totally squelched their stamina. It's just the little snide remarks that are said that they have had to push aside, or the people who remind them routinely of what they can't have along the way. It's Week 7, and the contestants are digging deep to stay strong and taking friendly encouragements and temptations in stride.

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    Jill Micklow, wellness specialist at Assurance, captures the fitness spirit with split squat jumps — in high heels no less.

    Fittest Loser Tip of the Week: Jump around

    Each week, Assurance will be suggesting a few, simple at-work exercises that you can do anytime and anywhere. The Tip this Week: Jump around

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    Actor Bradley Whitford marvels at how any show-biz stigma of the small screen is now a thing of the past.

    Whitford says film stars are now seeking TV roles

    With A-listers like Matthew McConaughey, Julia Roberts and Halle Berry jumping to TV, actor Bradley Whitford marvels at how show-biz stigma of the small screen is now a thing of the past. “I remember thinking, oh thank god there’s this snobbery about TV,” the 54-year-old actor said in a recent interview. “I was getting better writing by an exponential amount than Meryl Streep when I was on ‘West Wing.’ I was so grateful."

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    English comedian, writer and actor Steve Coogan takes on a movie about his long-running character, “Alan Partridge.”

    Steve Coogan on 23 years of Alan Partridge

    Steve Coogan has been playing Alan Partridge, his vain, tasteless British radio host, for 23 years. Initially born on British radio as a sports commentator who didn’t know anything about sports, Partridge has for more than two decades been a bumbling show-business failure and an ongoing parody of media haplessness. His afflictions are well known (anything ego-inflating, a Toblerone candy bar addiction), as is his steady fall from a TV talk show to local radio in Norwich.

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    Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House chef and owner Bubba Hiers, who is also Paula Deen’s brother, grills oysters at the Savannah, Ga. restaurant. The wildly popular Georgia restaurant at the center of a lawsuit that left the reputation of famed Southern celebrity cook Paula Deen in shambles has reportedly closed.

    Eatery at center of Paula Deen controversy closes

    Paula Deen and her younger brother, Bubba, have shut off the fish fryer and locked the doors at the Savannah seafood restaurant that served as the backdrop to a workplace discrimination lawsuit that stained the celebrity cook’s reputation. Deen and Bubba Hiers co-owned Uncle Bubba’s Seafood and Oyster House for a decade before the abrupt closure Thursday.

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    Against Me! singer on transition, new album

    Laura Jane Grace, who came out as transgender two years ago, says she’s able to sing in a new, liberated voice on her band’s latest album because she’s no longer hiding. Grace, 33, came out as transgender in 2012. She was born Tom Gabel and has performed as the lead singer of the Florida-based punk rock band Against Me! since 1997.

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    A picture saves a thousand calories.

    Temptations don’t manage to take her off track

    Our Fittest Loser finds that taking photos of tempting food, instead of eating them, helps keep her on track with her healthy eating.

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    A new study suggests people who eat up to seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day can cut their risk of death by 42 percent.

    Your health: An apple not enough to keep doc away
    You know the saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Turns out eating one apple isn't enough, CNN reports. A new study suggests people who eat up to seven servings of fruit and vegetables a day can cut their risk of death by 42 percent — and that vegetables may be more important than fruit to your overall health.

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    How to deal with an overweight girlfriend?

    Am I a heartless superficial slob to want my girlfriend to lose the 30 pounds she recently gained?

Discuss

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    Vote in new people to end the corruption
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: When the politicians tried to pass the Illinois income tax they said it was needed to support the schools. They put it on the ballot and the people voted no, but the state passed it anyway.

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    Vital services are provided by townships
    A letter to the editor: Township government provides essential services across Illinois, and does so more cost effectively than larger units of government. There has been an aggressive push to eliminate township government in Illinois often based on information that is simply not true.

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    ACA’s 30-hour rule bad for business
    A letter to the editor: Let’s reverse the ACA’s unintended consequences that have caused collateral damage to vulnerable families and individuals in Illinois.

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    Moving might not solve your tax problems
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: One of the most frequent complaints I hear is about the income tax rate. Some say they are going to move because of it. I wonder where they might go.

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    Governor’s tax plan punishes wrong people
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: When Gov. Pat Quinn and his lawmakers in 2011 raised the state income tax to 5 percent, he promised that it would be temporary. Now that he and his cronies face tough re-election campaigns he has changed his mind. He wants to make the tax permanent instead of rolling it back to 3.75 percent as promised. The governor is pitching the program as a facade

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    Governor’s policies have failed thus far
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Gov. Quinn, we did not elect you to be “straight,” we elected you to fix the problems of the state. You not only failed to fix the financial mess, you have made it worse. Illinois is worse off now than before you started stealing our money. What did you do with the $6 billion? Where is the accountability? Why should we give you $6 billion more?

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    Worry about Project Leap dismantling
    Worry about Project Leap dismantlingI am writing this because Project Leap, District 203’s one on one early intervention reading program, is on the brink of being eliminated at a time when higher expectations are being placed on our children with the Common Core State Standards. Reading is the basis from which most other learning occurs and it makes no sense to dismantle a K-1 reading program that has impacted over 8,500 children and has proved successful throughout its 25 years. The data is there to support its effectiveness. Project Leap is NOT Reading Recovery but Leap results rival that of the renowned national program.I know the impact Leap has on children because I worked as a Project Leap tutor and a Leap support leader for twenty years before retiring, and saw first hand what this outstanding program can do for struggling readers. I’m well aware of the strong support this program had and continues to have from teachers (grades K through 5) and reading specialists. The Leap staff has always worked with teachers and reading specialists as a team and the schedules for Leap sessions were created so that students would not miss core areas of the curriculum during their one on one 35 minute Leap session.The district proposes 1-2 assistants per two to four classrooms who will cover all core areas in grades K-2. That’s a tall order. What happens to the children who struggle with reading? If children don’t have a good foundation in reading how can they expect to excel in “core areas of the curriculum” and throughout their school career? Project Leap already provides this reading foundation so why would the district consider eliminating it. Do we really want to take a risk with this proposed learning support model? What would you choose for your child?Sharon BitzerNaperville

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    Money can buy elections, not love
    ASleepy Hollow letter to the editor: Most of us subscribe to the maxims that money can’t buy happiness or true love, but thanks to the Supreme Court ruling loosening restrictions on campaign contributions, I guess it will be easier to buy political offices.

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    n Elgin letter to the editor: I am writing to congratulate Elgin Police Department Animal Control Officer Matthew Ciesielczyk on a job well done. Recently, he successfully captured/rescued a little stray dog that has been living underneath a neighbor’s deck for at least the last four weeks.

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    Dillard was tainted by union money
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: On April 1, Senator Kirk Dillard wrote he “came within two votes per precinct of the GOP nomination for governor.” He claims Bruce Rauner’s record campaign spending and inaccurate polling distracted voters from the issues.

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