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    A house exploded late Friday night in the Long Grove area near the 14th fairway of the Royal Melbourne Country Club.

    Long Grove house explosion heard, felt for miles

    A house exploded in the Long Grove area, setting it ablaze and shaking neighbors and their homes for miles around. A homeowner got out of the house near the Royal Melbourne Country Club just in time, Lake County sheriff’s Sgt. Erwin Drummond said, and was not seriously hurt. Neighbors reported damage. “It took down ladders from the wall in the garage. It blew out two patio doors on...

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    Ava Lee

    Year of heartache in Lincolnshire-Prairie View Dist. 103 leads to blood, marrow drives

    Lincolnshire-Prairie View School District 103 has experienced a tough year. Two students and the 5-year old daughter of a teacher are battling cancer, and a third-grader was the only survivor of a traffic crash that killed her parents and brother. Volunteers will host a blood and bone marrow registry drive 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Daniel Wright Junior High School, 1370 N. Riverwoods...

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    A 53-year-old Elgin man was injured Friday afternoon in West Dundee after a southbound car turning left from Route 31 onto Marriott Drive hit the man’s motorcycle, police said. The car’s driver was cited. The man was taken to Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin.

    Elgin man hurt after car hits his motorcycle in W. Dundee

    A 53-year-old Elgin man riding a motorcycle was hospitalized Friday after a turning car failed to give him the right of way and crashed into his motorcycle in West Dundee, authorities said. The driver of the car, Julia Burciaga, 65, of West Dundee, has been cited for failing to yield on a left turn, police said.

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    Door not closed on video gambling in Vernon Hills

    The practice is prohibited in Vernon Hills but the possibility of video gambling has been reintroduced by Mayor Roger Byrne for consideration. “I don’t necessarily have a problem with it but I want to be sure we have control," he said.

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    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, is running for re-election against Republican Bruce Rauner.

    Term limits a tricky issue for Quinn

    Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn distinguished himself early in his political career as a fighter for term limits, but this election year it’s Illinois Republicans who are championing efforts to cap lawmakers’ time in office. A spokeswoman for Quinn is confirming a published report that says the Chicago Democrat won’t seek a third full term if he wins a second one in November.

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    From left, Brent Betterly, of Oakland Park, Fla.; Jared Chase, of Keene, N.H.; and Brian Church, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    NATO protesters get from 5 to 8 years in prison

    Three protesters acquitted of terrorism for plotting Molotov cocktail attacks in Chicago during a NATO summit were sentenced to prison terms Friday of between five and eight years on lesser arson and mob-action charges.

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    Elgin will consider allowing chickens

    The Elgin City Council will be considering, possibly as early as June, whether to allow residents to keep chickens in their backyards. The city’s sustainability commission unanimously recommended April 8 that the city council allow the practice on residential properties. “I would like to see the city to be open to the idea that we (residents) are adult enough to handle it,”...

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    Eighth-graders from Carl Sandburg, Fremont and West Oak middle schools attend a luncheon Friday at the Mundelein Police Department.

    Recognition ceremony, luncheon honor Mundelein-area eighth grade students hard work

    Eighth-grade students from Carl Sandburg, Fremont and West Oak middle schools were honored for their hard work Friday. Lake County circuit court Judge Daniel B. Shanes and Mundelein Police Chief Eric Guenther recognized the students for academic achievement and/or behavioral improvements for this school year.

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    Hezekiah Whitfield

    Suspect guilty in 1994 Waukegan appliance store murder

    It took under three hours for a Lake County jury to find a Chicago man guilty of killing a 71-year-old Libertyville man while he closed up his business on a cold December evening in 1994. Hezekiah Whitfield, 44, now faces life in prison for bludgeoning Fred Reckling to death during an armed robbery.

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    Ex-North Chicago police officer gets 10 years for fatal crash

    A former North Chicago police officer found guilty of driving the wrong way on Lake Shore Drive in 2013 and causing a fatal crash received a 10-year prison sentence.

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    Documents show increase in state patronage jobs

    The Illinois Department of Transportation increased the number of jobs that can be filled based on politics or loyalty by 57 percent in the last decade, documents released Friday show. Gov. Pat Quinn’s office divulged 137 pages of memos sought by an anti-patronage activist in a lawsuit filed this week.

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    Juan Cuellar

    Defendant in Willowbrook slaying tells his side: ‘I was scared’

    Juan Cuellar feared for his life and the safety of his mother and brother on Sept. 24, 2012, when he fired five shots into 18-year-old Joshua Holmes. Cuellar, charged with the murder near Willowbrook, took the stand in his defense. “I was scared he was pulling out a gun on me so when he reached, I reached and I fired at him. I just kept firing at him," Cuellar testified.

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    St. James Elementary student Clarise Chambers helps Mayor Tom Hayes, Trustee Mike Sidor, Village Manager Bill Dixon and park district Commissioner Tim Gelinas plant a new tree in Recreation Park for Arbor Day.

    Arlington Heights celebrates Arbor Day

    Arlington Heights celebrated Arbor Day on Friday with help from students at St. James Elementary School. After singing two songs about trees, several students helped village and park district officials plant a new tree at Recreation Park on Friday morning. “We might grow up, we might move away and we might come back, but the trees are always going to be here,” said Mary Fran Leno,...

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    Elk Grove men plead guilty to drug possession

    Three Elk Grove Village men pleaded guilty to drug possession this week. In exchange for their guilty pleas, Arthur Halper, 22, and Miguel Hughes, 33, were sentenced to probation and ordered to pay fines. The third defendant, Cody Williams, 19, was sentenced to three years in prison with a reccomendation for boot camp, records show.

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    Mount Prospect man pleads guilty to aggravated restraint

    An 18-year-old Mount Prospect man was sentenced to 30 months' probation afte he pleaded guilty to unlawfully restraining a Wheeling man from whom prosecutors say he attempted to purchase marijuana, court records show. Additionally, Pawel Blonski was ordered to pay $689 in fines.

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    Former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter led the unionization effort.

    Historic day as Northwestern players vote on union

    In a historic vote, Northwestern University football players cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes — a decision that could change the landscape of American amateur sports. The results of the closely watched vote will not be known for some time. After two rounds of voting on this 19,000-student campus, the ballot boxes were sealed...

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    William S. Taber, 43, who police said is homeless, was charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer, disorderly conduct and criminal trespass to land after notice at 6:18 a.m. Wednesday at Delnor Hospital, 300 S. Randall Road, Geneva, according to a police report.

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    Kraft cutting 60 jobs in Champaign, 225 elsewhere

    Kraft Foods Group Inc. says it will lay off 60 people in Champaign as part of a plan to cut 285 jobs around the country. Company spokeswoman Joyce Hodel said on Friday that the jobs are in Kraft’s transport fleet.

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    Randy Overla

    Buffalo Grove man admits to soliciting teen online

    A Buffalo Grove man pleaded guilty to indecent solicitation of a child and was sentenced to one year in prison. Authorities say Randy Overla, 32, began corresponding on a social media site with someone he believed to be a 15-year-old girl. Police arrested Overla on Jan. 21 when he went to meet the “girl” at a Berwyn high school.

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    A new traffic signal was turned on Friday for the north entrance to Waubonsee Community College’s Sugar Grove campus. College officials have been pushing the state to install the signal since at least 2006, and the effort gained momentum after the 2010 deaths of two students at the entrance.

    Waubonsee College traffic signal turned on where 2 students killed

    Four years after two students died in a crash, a traffic signal was activated Friday at the north entrance to Waubonsee Community College's Sugar Grove campus. “While the completion of this project is a significant milestone, we continue to feel the loss of Brandon Utley and Ryan Sherrod,” Waubonsee President Christine Sobek said Friday in a statement.

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    A photo of the renovated Carriage House in Lombard. An expansion was done to the building in 2012. The Lombard Historical Society is now raising money to pay back the $202,000 it borrowed from the village to complete the work.

    Lombard Historical Society still raising money to pay off addition

    An expansion to the Carriage House at the Victorian Cottage Museum in Lombard is complete, but the village’s historical society is still working to raise money to pay off a loan that paid for the work two years ago. On Sunday, the Lombard Historical Society is hosting a fashion show to help reach its goal of paying back about $202,000 to the village by the end of this year.

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    Fremd High School girls gymnastics Coach Elissa Ference, left, receives a recognition plaque from Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 Superintendent Nancy Robb after being named Illinois High School Association Girls Gymnastics Coach of the Year.

    Fremd girls gymnastics coach named IHSA coach of the year

    Fremd High School girls gymnastics Coach Elissa Ference has been named the 2014 Illinois High School Association Girls Gymnastics Coach of the Year. The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 Board of Education recognized Ference for her statewide honor at its meeting Thursday. “Anyone in here who’s had an opportunity to watch her coach ... she is outstanding,”...

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    Robert Negrete of Stickney Township Animal Control opens a carrier containing a bald eagle about to be released Friday at Pratt’s Wayne Foods Forest Preserve, while Rose Augustine of Willowbrook Wildlife Center and Barry Adamczyk of Oak Lawn Animal Control prepare for the moment of flight.

    Injured eagle recovers, flies to freedom near Wayne

    Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury wanted to see “freedom fly.” On Friday, she got her wish when the DuPage County Forest Preserve District released a bald eagle found injured in her town two months ago. The eagle had suffered a wound from a BB gun, leaving a pellet lodged in its wing.

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    A student at Emerson Elementary School in Wheaton helps plant a white oak tree Friday in celebration of Arbor Day.

    Wheaton students celebrate Arbor Day with new tree

    In celebration of Arbor Day, a small white oak tree was planted Friday at Emerson Elementary School in Wheaton. Second and fourth graders at the school read poems about trees and sang a song about the environment before taking turns shoveling dirt onto the base of the tree. "Planting a tree, I think, is a wonderful occassion," said Mayor Michael Gresk.

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    Hot Dog Richies to help Palatine girl

    Hot Dog Richie’s restaurant will be donating 20 percent of this weekend’s profits to nine-year-old Rosie Colucci, who has battled illness all her life and currently has an inoperable brain tumor.

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    Little City to host 5th annual Food Frenzy

    Little City, a Palatine-based organization that assists children with disabilities, will be hosting its 5th annual Food Frenzy charity event to raise funds for its foster care and adoption programs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. May 1 at Kendall College in Chicago.

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    Fresh Thyme now open in Mt. Prospect

    People began lining up at 3 a.m. Wednesday for the grand opening of Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, 211 W. Rand Road in Mount Prospect. Fresh Thyme CEO Chris Sherrell joined Mayor Arlene Juracek and the Mount Prospect Chamber of Commerce for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:45 a.m.

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    “High end” dog food manufacturing business planned in Des Plaines

    A “high-end” dog food manufacturing business is hoping to occupy a vacant storefront in a Des Plaines strip mall.

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    Three legislators to speak at Palatine Township GOP meeting

    A trio of Republican legislators are slated to speak at the Palatine Township Republican Organization's regular public monthly meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, at 839 N. Quentin Road in Palatine.

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    Rain barrels, plants for sale:

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District, Stormwater Management Commission and the Solid Waste Agency of Lake County again will team up May 10 to sell rain barrels and compost bins and native plants.

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    After spending nearly a year opposing a plan for a gas station, convenience store and car wash, the Butterfield Park District announced Friday that it plans to eventually acquire the proposed development site. The deal is possible because the Conservation Foundation is buying the land and has agreed to hold on to it until the park district raises enough money.

    DuPage park district makes deal to stop gas station plan

    Opponents of a plan to construct a gas station, convenience store and car wash near Glen Ellyn claimed victory after a deal that makes its possible for a park district to acquire the proposed site. “Did we have the immediate ways of buying this property? No,” said Larry Reiner, executive director of the Butterfield Park District. “But we knew that we had the will of the...

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    George to hold Mass to mark canonizations

    Cardinal Francis George plans to celebrate a special Mass in honor of the canonization of two well-loved popes, John Paul II and John XXIII. The Archdiocese of Chicago has scheduled the Mass for 5:15 p.m. Sunday at the city’s Holy Name Cathedral.

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    Abraham Lincoln

    Springfield clerk provides Lincoln funeral papers

    Digital reproductions of documents related to Abraham Lincoln’s funeral have been given to a group planning a re-enactment for next year’s 150th anniversary of the 16th president’s funeral.

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    Dist. 211 to relocate adult transition programs

    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 officials have negotiated a lease to relocate two of their Adult Transition Program sites to the former Barrington Orthopedic office building next to Hoffman Estates High School. The Adult Transition Program helps high school graduates with mild and moderate cognitive impairments continue developing their vocational, life and leisure skills through the...

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    Former state employee fined $100,000

    A former director of the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has been fined $100,000 for violating the ethics act for state employees.

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    School puts up pair of no-hitters on same day

    No-hitters in baseball or softball don’t happen often, but a pair of them by one school in single day is even more rare. Calhoun High School from the southwestern Illinois town of Hardin pulled it off Thursday.

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    Dr. Jerry Umanos of Chicago was one of three physicians killed Thursday when an Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Slain Chicago doctor’s tireless work remembered

    A Chicago children’s doctor killed in Afghanistan often told young medical trainees that the financial sacrifice was worth the privilege of helping the world’s neediest patients, colleagues said Friday. A day after Dr. Jerry Umanos’ death, co-workers described him as an early riser who never seemed to tire and became a father figure to young patients on Chicago’s West...

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    Brian Jones

    Elgin man sent to prison for 6 years

    A 37-year-old Elgin man was sentenced to six years in prsion after pleading guilty to his role in beating and robbing a man at gunpoint of his wallet and iPhone5 in September 2013 in Carpentersville. Brian Jones had at least seven previous arrests in Kane County before that.

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    Police, FBI investigate Huntley bank robbery

    The FBI and Huntley police are investigating a Friday afternoon bank robbery in which a man demanded money by showing a note to the teller, police said. Nobody was injured and the man never drew a weapon, authorities said.

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    Ellie Warren, a fifth grade student at Daniel Wright Elementary School, speaks about the history of Arbor Day during a tree-planting ceremony Friday at the Lincolnshire school.

    Lincolnshire school celebrates Arbor Day with tree planting, dedication

    To honor Arbor Day, fifth grade students and teachers at Daniel Wright Junior High School in Lincolnshire hosted a tree planting and dedication Friday. School and village officials attended the half-hour ceremony that was held to recognize the importance of trees and nature.

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    An employee at A1 Cleaners on Route 120 in Grayslake remains hospitalized from burns suffered in a chemical and steam explosion from an equipment malfunction there Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

    Grayslake dry cleaner employee still hospitalized after chemical, steam explosion

    An employee at a Grayslake dry cleaner remains hospitalized from burns suffered in a chemical and steam explosion from an equipment malfunction at the business, authorities said Friday.

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    Suburban man charged with investment fraud

    A Western Springs man has been indicted on federal fraud charges after federal prosecutors accused him of defrauding at least 10 investors out of nearly $3 million. Joseph Hennessy, 53, co-owned and co-operated the now-shuttered Resource Planning Group, Inc., and used the company to run a Ponzi-type scheme between 2007 and 2012, prosecutors said. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.

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    Mt. Prospect finances “in a good place,” but small deficits loom

    Mount Prospect is in good financial shape today, but faces a structural deficit in the years ahead as projected expenses will slightly outpace revenues, the village’s finance director told elected officials this week. Finance Director David Erb said the village emerged from 2013 with a budget surplus of $517,000.

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    Brinley Olson, now 18 months old, inspires her mother, Tiffany, to take part in her second Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle to benefit Easter Seals of DuPage and Fox Valley. Brinley celebrates after the 2013 race.

    Easter Seals turns runners into super heroes

    People of all ages, abilities and skill levels will participate May 3 in the Run for the Kids: Superhero Hustle. The 5K run and 2-mile walk through Villa Park will benefit the mission of Easter Seals DuPage and Fox Valley to enable infants, children and adults with disabilities to achieve maximum independence, and to provide support for the families who love and care for them.

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    The Rev. Shawn Kafader leads worship services for residents at Friendship Village in Schaumburg with his guitar, singing songs of faith. He further lightens the mood for residents by mixing in such golden oldies as “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “In the Good’ Ol Summertime.”

    Moving picture: Mount Prospect minister inspires with music

    The Rev. Shawn Kafader, chaplain at Friendship Village in Schaumburg ministers to residents through music. "When I come in and do a sing-a-long with them, there's still a spiritual quallity in that music that allows me to connect with those residents and be their chaplain," Kafader says. Mixing songs of faith with golden oldies such as “Take Me Out to the Ballgame,” “In the...

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    The swimming pool at Conant High School will be the first at Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211's five schools to undergo replacement during the next three years. All the district's identical pools have been in use since 1978.

    Palatine-Schaumburg District 211 to spend $29 million on pools

    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 school board members Thursday approved $29 million in contracts for the reconstruction of all five high schools' swimming pools over three years. The first phase will concentrate on the replacement of the Conant High School pool in Hoffman Estates, beginning this summer and lasting into the 2014-15 school year.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Vandals poured an unknown substance into four construction vehicles in a lot at 1011 E. Touhy Ave. in Des Plaines. The vehicles stopped running and the hydraulics stopped working. Loss was estimated at $75,000.

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    Former Pope John Paul II spokesperson Joaquin Navarro-Valls said the pope found it difficult to accept that priests might abuse children because of the “purity of his thought.”

    Biographer, aide defend John Paul’s record on sex abuse

    Pope John Paul II’s biographer and longtime spokesman sought Friday to defend his record on sex abuse against evidence that he didn’t grasp the scale of the scandal until very late in his papacy. John Paul’s record and his support for the founder of the Legion of Christ religious order, a notorious pedophile, have come under fresh scrutiny in the run-up to the...

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    Several areas of the Cedar Creek subdivision on Lake Zurich's west side flooded after a quick, torrential rain in June 2013.

    How to pay for drainage upgrades in flood-prone areas an issue in Lake Zurich

    While ideas have been floated on how to improve stormwater drainage in a flood-prone area on Lake Zurich's east side, questions remain on how to pay for what tentatively would be a nearly $3 million project. “I am adamantly opposed to putting another taxation on residents to fund this,” Trustee Jim Beaudoin said.

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    Diners could soon see calorie counts on menus of chain restaurants. But what about the roasted chicken sold at grocery stores, or the hot dogs convenience stores sell?

    Where will calorie labels appear? Not just menus

    Diners could soon see calorie counts on the menus of chain restaurants. But will they be able to get that same clear information at grocery stores, convenience stores, movie theaters or airplanes? The FDA has sent the rules to the White House, meaning they could be released soon. Here are five places you may — or may not — see calorie labels once the rules kick in.

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    About 50 relatives of Chinese passengers on the plane continued a sit-in protest outside the Malaysian Embassy after officials failed to show up to update them on the search.

    Seabed search for missing Malaysian jet to widenAP Photo XHG113, XHG112, XHG109, XHG104, XHG103

    The seabed search for the missing Malaysia Airlines jet is set to widen as a sonar scan of the most likely crash site deep beneath the Indian Ocean nears completion without yielding a single clue, authorities said Friday. Meanwhile in Beijing, about 50 relatives of Chinese passengers on the plane continued a sit-in protest outside the Malaysian Embassy after officials failed to show up to update...

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    Number of military suicides dropped last year

    Suicides across the military dropped by more than 15 percent last year, but new detailed data reveals an increase in the number of Army National Guard and Reserve soldiers who took their own lives. The overall totals give some hope that prevention programs and increased efforts to identify troops at risk may be taking hold. But the increase among Army National Guard and Reserve members raises...

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    ‘Skokie Swift’ rail line celebrates 50 years

    Rides on historic commuter train cars will be part of the Chicago Transit Authority’s celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Yellow Line, also known as the Skokie Swift. The Saturday festivities will be at the Oakton-Skokie station in Skokie.

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    Luke Bryan

    Luke Bryan headlines Marcus at Milwaukee Summerfest

    Milwaukee World Festival has announced its tenth major show for this year’s Summerfest. Organizers say country star Luke Bryan will headline the Marcus Amphitheater on Saturday night, June 28. The American Country Music show co-host sold out last year’s show at Summerfest. Tickets are on sale May 3.

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    Illinois man dies after Amtrak train hits fertilizer truck

    Authorities say a worker at a farm chemical company died after his fertilizer truck was struck by an Amtrak train in the east-central Illinois community of Savoy.

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    Foster parent charged in death of 7-week-old boy

    A 35-year-old foster parent from Rantoul is facing a first-degree murder charge for the death of a 7-week-old in his care. Champaign County State’s Attorney Julia Rietz charged Patrick Kennedy with first-degree murder Thursday for the death of Daniel Lindholm-Wilkins.

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    Peoria man pleads guilty to killing his wife

    PEKIN — A central Illinois man was sentenced to 55 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to kidnapping and killing his estranged wife. The Pekin Daily Times reports 45-year-old Phouvone Sophanavong (poo-VAHN’ suh-FAHN’-uh-vong) entered the plea Thursday during a status hearing.

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    Brett Hulsey

    Wisconsin Democrat Hulsey invites voters to party with him

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brett Hulsey is inviting voters to come party with him over the weekend, as he launches his longshot bid to win the party’s nomination. Hulsey released his weekend campaign schedule on Friday with the subject line of “feel free to tag along.”

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    A masked pro Russian militant holds a rifle as he stands watch at the barricades in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Friday, April 25, 2014.

    Russia’s Lavrov: West plotting to control Ukraine

    Accusing the West of plotting to control Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov declared Friday that the pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine will only lay down their arms if the Ukrainian government clears out the Maidan protest camp in Kiev.

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    Nine months of U.S.-driven diplomacy have left Israelis and Palestinians less hopeful than ever about a comprehensive peace agreement to end their century of conflict.

    Analysis: Beyond Kerry, seeking new Mideast ideas

    Nine months of U.S.-driven diplomacy have left Israelis and Palestinians less hopeful than ever about a comprehensive peace agreement to end their century of conflict. Although a formula may yet be found to somehow prolong the talks past an end-of-April deadline, they are on the brink of collapse and the search is already on for new ideas.

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    Rancher Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights, lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery.

    Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters

    A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery. Republican politicians from around the country who have rallied to Cliven Bundy’s defense in recent weeks denounced the comments and distanced themselves from the...

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    A dangerous multiple-day severe weather outbreak will begin this weekend over the South Central states and will include the potential for nighttime tornadoes in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska.

    Severe weather outbreak forecast for South Central states

    A dangerous multiple-day severe weather outbreak will begin this weekend over the South Central states and will include the potential for nighttime tornadoes in parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Nebraska. A storm will move slowly across the United States over the next seven to 10 days.

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    U.S. President Barack Obama gestures as he speaks during a joint news conference with South Korean President Park Geun-hye at the Blue House, Friday, April 25, 2014, in Seoul, South Korea. The U.S. and Europe are laying the groundwork to sanction broad sections of Russia’s economy if Moscow invades eastern Ukraine, Obama said Friday, even as he acknowledged those sanctions may fail to deter Vladimir Putin.

    Obama: Sectoral sanctions if Russia enters Ukraine

    The U.S. and Europe are laying the groundwork to sanction broad sections of Russia’s economy if Moscow invades eastern Ukraine, President Barack Obama said Friday, even as he acknowledged those sanctions may fail to deter Vladimir Putin.

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    In a display of unity against North Korea’s provocations, President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye warned Pyongyang on Friday that it could face tougher sanctions if it follows through with threats to launch a fourth nuclear test.

    Obama: May be time for more North Korea sanctions

    In a display of unity against North Korea’s provocations, President Barack Obama and South Korean President Park Geun-hye warned Pyongyang on Friday that it could face tougher sanctions if it follows through with threats to launch a fourth nuclear test.

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    As visiting President Barack Obama offered South Koreans his condolences Friday for the ferry disaster, the South Korean government conceded that some bodies have been misidentified and announced changes to prevent such mistakes from happening again.

    S. Korea: We mismatched bodies from ferry disaster

    As visiting President Barack Obama offered South Koreans his condolences Friday for the ferry disaster, the South Korean government conceded that some bodies have been misidentified and announced changes to prevent such mistakes from happening again. There have been several reports in South Korean media this week of bodies going to the wrong families, with the error sometimes caught only after...

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    Disabled man sues McDonald’s over confrontation
    Associated PressMINNEAPOLIS — A Minneapolis man with muscular dystrophy is suing the owner of a McDonald’s, saying the restaurant twice resisted his attempts to buy food.

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    Starbucks reported a stronger quarterly profit on Thursday as customers in the U.S. continued shelling out more money at its cafes.

    Starbucks profit climbs as U.S. sales increase

    Starbucks reported a stronger quarterly profit on Thursday as customers in the U.S. continued shelling out more money at its cafes. The Seattle-based chain said global sales at established locations rose 6 percent for its second fiscal quarter, including in the U.S., where it has more than 11,000 cafes.

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    Jorge Torrez has been sentenced to death for the slaying of another military service member, with the 2005 slayings of 8-year-old Laura Hobbs and 9-year-old Krystal Tobias also factored.

    Dawn Patrol: Zion slaying suspect gets death; ex says she helped in murder

    4 hurt in Grayslake manufacturing accident; Zion murder suspect sentenced to death in Virginia; lawyers for NIU hazing defendants argue statute’s constitutionality; Roskam: Human trafficking a growing threat in suburbs; Former Maine West soccer coach’s firing upheld in hazing case; bullpen blues continue to bedevil Cubs; depleted White Sox end trip with loss to Detroit; Toews a...

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    The 2013-14 season, which ended in January, was the first full deer hunting program run by the Kane County Forest Preserve District.

    Kane County forest commissioners might expand deer hunting

    Deer hunters wrapped up their first full season of archery in two Kane County Forest Preserves by bagging 25 deer. Two of those tested positive for chronic wasting disease, enough for commissioners to deem the program a success worth expanding. The district's deer experts say the local herd is in need of thinning, but deer fans have traditionally disputed that notion.

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    Residents sound off on ComEd's Grand Prairie power line project

    Property owners from Kane, DeKalb and Ogle counties sounded off on a plan to install above-ground, high-voltage power lines along — and in some cases through — their properties. About 300 people attended a public forum in Elgin about the Grand Prairie Gateway Project. “I don't think the commission can truly understand how close this is to our living rooms, to our swimming pools,...

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    A state school like the University of Illinois isn't necessarily less expensive than an out-of-state college, but it turned out to be for Tom Srnak of Arlington Heights.

    'High anxiety' for high school seniors choosing a college

    Walking on the University of Wisconsin's Madison campus as a kid, Tom Srnak always felt like it would be the place for him. Then the financial aid packages arrived, forcing Srnak, a Rolling Meadows High School senior, to make a difficult decision before the May 1 deadline: the college he wanted vs. the affordable college. “If they'd have given me enough to even it out with U of I, then I...

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    One evening at the Lighthouse Landing in Evanston.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the 12 finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of April 21.

Sports

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    The Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews, right, scores the game-winning goal past St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller during overtime in Game 5 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series Friday in St. Louis. The Blackhawks won 3-2.

    Keith’s pass, Toews’ goal and a Hawks win

    A great way to end a great game in a great series came when Duncan Keith’s pass and Jonathan Toews’ sweet shot past Ryan Miller gave the Hawks a 3-2 overtime victory. And now they are up 3-2 in the series and can clinch Sunday.

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    Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena reacts after popping out against the Milwaukee Brewers during the sixth inning of a baseball game Friday, April 25, 2014, in Milwaukee.

    Dominant Garza flattens former mates

    In a battle of pitchers facing their former teams, score this one a TKO for Matt Garza over Carlos Villanueva. Garza broke about a half-dozen bats Friday night and dominated the Cubs as the Milwaukee Brewers scored a 5-2 victory at Miller Park. Although the final score was somewhat close, this one felt like a rout most of the night. Part of it was Garza’s dominance.

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    Glenbard South’s strength shows in invitational victory

    Some athletes use track and field to get faster for football. Glenbard South junior Jack Curtis used football strength to elevate his track results.

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    Wizards accept blame for Noah issue

    Joakim Noah got into a verbal altercation with a Verizon Center security guard at Friday's shootaround. The guard was trying to clear the Bulls off the floor so the Wizards could bgin their shootaround. Later in the day, Washington coach Randy Wittman took some blame on behalf of his team.

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    Dunleavy (35 points) contributes in big way

    WASHINGTON — Wizards guard Bradley Beal did an interview heading off the court at halftime with the local Comcast SportsNet station.According to multiple reports, Beal guaranteed that Mike Dunleavy wouldn’t score in the second half after piling up 16 points by intermission.Not quite. Dunleavy tacked on 19 more in the second half, finishing with maybe a season-saving 35 points. The veteran forward set a Bulls playoff record by knocking down 8 of 10 attempts from 3-point range.“I feel like I’ve been shooting the ball well, I just haven’t had a ton of looks,” Dunleavy said. “Coach (Tom Thibodeau) mentioned some stuff yesterday about how you need some more catch-and-shoot situations, and we did that. I got a couple of layups early on to get going and just had one of those nights.”Dunleavy was asked if he knew anything about Beal’s prediction.“We don’t watch TV at halftime,” he said. “It didn’t really have any impact on the game once I came out in the second half. I just had some good looks.”Dunleavy didn’t waste any time ruining the shutout. He had a free throw, tip-in and 3-pointer all in the first five minutes of the third quarter. He also got to play more in crunchtime than usual.“I think everybody wants to be out there down the stretch, but there’s only five guys at the end,” he said. “We have a bunch of guys who can contribute and play. He’s probably got a tough decision sometimes with who to go with. Always stay ready, that’s the thing.”While playing 12 NBA seasons, this is Dunleavy’s third playoff series, and he hasn’t gotten past the first round yet. Needless to say, this was his best postseason performance.“It just feels good to get a win. It’s been a rough series,” he said. “We’ve been in positions to win a couple games, didn’t get them. To come in here and hang on for a victory, that’s the biggest thing. Whether I score 35 points or zero, I’m just happy we won.Over the final 66 games of the regular season, the Bulls had just one player score 30 points in a game. That was when D.J. Augustin had 33 at Boston on March 30.“Different guys have had moments over the course of the season where you get it going,” Dunleavy said. “Tonight, obviously, I had it. The ball felt good off my hand. The guys did a great job screening for me and passing to me.”

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    Girls track: Friday, April 25 results
    Results of area girls track meets of Friday, April 25.

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    Softball: Friday, April 25 results
    Results of area softball games for Friday, April 25.

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    Girls soccer: Friday, April 25 results
    Results of area girls soccer games for Friday, April 25.

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    Girls water polo: Friday, April 25 results
    Results of area girls water polo games of Friday, April 25.

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    Boys volleyball: Friday, April 25 results
    Results of area boys volleyball matches of Friday, April 25.

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    Boys track: Friday, April 25 results
    Results of area boys track meets of Friday, April 25.

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    Boys gymnastics: Friday, April 25 results
    Results of area boys gymnastics meets of Friday, April 25.

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    Girls badminton: Friday, April 25 results
    Results of area badminton for Friday, April 25.

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    Boys tennis: Friday, April 25 results
    Results of area boys tennis matches of Friday, April 25.

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    Boys water polo: Friday, April 25 results
    Results of area boys water polo games for Friday, April 25.

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    Baseball: Friday, April 25 results
    Results of area baseball games for Friday, April 25.

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    Jose Abreu celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam to lift the White Sox over Tampa Bay on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Grand finish to crazy night for White Sox

    Jose Abreu hit 2 more home runs Friday night, including a game-winning grand slam with two outs in the ninth inning to give the White Sox a 9-6 decision over Tampa Bay. Abreu also set a major-league record for rookies with 9 homers in April.

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    Ufheil’s 4-goal effort powers Lake Zurich

    Danielle Ufheil scored 4 goals to lead Lake Zurich past Trinity in tournament play Friday at Prospect.

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    Wolves win playoff opener in OT

    It did not take long for left wing Dmitrij Jaskin’s presence in the Chicago Wolves’ lineup to be felt. Reassigned to the Wolves on Friday morning after six weeks away, Jaskin’s goal 1:06 into overtime gave Chicago a 4-3 win over Rochester in Game 1 of the Western Conference quarterfinals at Blue Cross Arena.

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    Blues goaltender Ryan Miller reaches back just in time to prevent a goal as Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw pressures in second-period action during Game 5 of a Western Conference quarterfinal game Friday night.

    Stars have aligned for Blackhawks

    The Blues, who won the first two against Los Angeles a year ago in the first round before losing four straight, have given up home ice advantage and the Blackhawks will be difficult to stop Sunday now that they’ve found their playoff legs again.

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    Elk Grove gets a good grip in homer-heavy victory

    Elk Grove and Buffalo Grove’s softball teams took to the Grenadiers’ diamond on Friday looking to break a first-place tie in the Mid-Suburban East. The hosts decided to break out their bats. For the first time in school history, the Grens walloped 4 home runs in one inning en route to a 20-1 five-inning victory over the defending East champs who defeated Elk Grove twice last spring.

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    White Sox bring in Hector Noesi

    When last seen, reliever Hector Noesi was pitching for Texas and he allowed 7 runs on 7 hits in 1 inning. That was against the White Sox, who claimed Noesi on waivers Friday. Noesi is expected to be added to the Sox' bullpen Saturday.

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    Tyrell’s cltuch hit lifts Antioch

    Jessica Tyrell singled up the middle with two out, scoring 2 runs and giving Antioch’s softball team a 4-3, walk-off win over Libertyville in North Suburban Conference crossover action Friday. Hannah Skoog and Jessica Pedersen each had 2 hits for Antioch (6-9). Hannah Cook earned the win.

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    Wheaton Warrenville South takes 2nd

    The home team certainly showed up in the Red Grange Invitational at Wheaton Warrenville South.

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    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler and Wizards forward Nene stand head to head in the fourth quarter Friday night. Nene received a double technical and was ejected.

    Bulls don’t back down, get back in series

    The script for Friday's Game 3 looked familiar, but the Bulls changed the ending with some clutch shooting and pulled out a 100-97 win in Washington to pull within 2-1 in this first-round playoff series. Jimmy Butler hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 24.2 seconds left.

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    St. Charles East’s Olivia Cheatham is safe back on first base from Lyons Leah Nunez in the fourth inning on Friday, April 25.

    St. Charles East opens invite with 2 wins

    St. Charles East took two decidedly different paths to victory in the opening games of Friday’s St. Charles East Softball Invitational.

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    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) is pulled away by forward Taj Gibson (22) after an altercation with Washington Wizards forward Nene in the second half of Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday night. Nene received a double technical and was ejected. The Bulls won 100-97.

    Butler as much as anybody epitomizes these Bulls

    Jimmy Butler stood his ground in an altercation with Washington's one-name Nene, then contributed big plays down the stretch to help the Bulls maintain hope in their playoff series against the Wizards.

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    Staley, Jones help Lake Zurich win

    Trevor Staley went 3-for-3, Nick Jones was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI, and Lake Zurich’s baseball team held off host Grant 8-7in a North Suburban Conference crossover Friday. Lake Zurich (9-6) got 2 hits apiece from Danny Neises (2 RBI), Steven Vanstedum (2 RBI) and Joey Holtz.

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    Huntley’s Macy Tramblay heads to first place in the 100-meter hurdles during the McHenry County Track and Field Championships Friday in Huntley.

    Cary-Grove girls, Huntley boys reign in McHenry County

    Dynasty. That word certainly describes the Cary Grove girls track team’s success in the McHenry County meet in recent years. The Trojans captured their sixth consecutive county meet Friday night at Huntley High School with 166 points. Huntley was a distant second with 111 points. Coach Jim Rolando’s Huntley boys team claimed its third straight county championship with a score of 150. McHenry was second with 113.

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    Kestas fans 15 in Naperville Central’s win over West Aurora

    West Aurora and Naperville Central both entered Friday’s DuPage Valley Conference matchup in Aurora with identical 2-0 conference records, which provided quite an opportunity for the surprising Blackhawks.

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    Lake Zurich’s Matt Pereira placed first in the 3,200-meter run at the Lake Zurich boys track invite on Friday.

    Signature moments for Lake Zurich frosh Pereira

    Before Matt Pereira ran off — because running is what the Lake Zurich freshman does — a classmate made a request. “Matt,” a senior Bear shouted to an exhausted Pereira on Lake Zurich’s track Friday. “Before I leave for college, make sure you sign something for me.” Pereira had just clocked a time of 9:18.19 in the 3,200-meter run, breaking the meet record in the sixth annual Lake Zurich invite and setting the school record, as well. The skinny kid is quickly becoming a big man on campus — and perhaps in the state, for that matter. Heck, maybe his autograph is indeed worth seeking.

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    Sansone, Wheaton wrap up DVC

    Ethan Sansone has had a rather spectacular time in high school gymnastics. The Wheaton co-op senior added to his impressive four-year resume during Friday’s DuPage Valley Conference meet at Glenard North, winning five events, cruising to the all-around title and leading his team to another championship. Wheaton won handily with a 150.6 while runner-up Naperville Central scored a 137.1 and Naperville North was third with a 132.6.

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    Blackhawks left wing Patrick Sharp says he’s learned a lot from Blues coach Ken Hitchcock.

    Hawks have lots of respect for Hitchcock

    Ask any member of the media what it’s like to cover Hitchcock and they’ll tell you it’s a gold mine — the guy is simply a quote machine who always has something interesting to say.

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    St. Louis Blues’ David Backes, front, checks Chicago Blackhawks’ Marcus Kruger, of Sweden, into the boards while chasing after a loose puck during the third period.

    Blues’ Backes solid in return

    Blues coach Ken Hitchcock had a little something up his sleeve Friday, and he hinted as much following the morning skate when he was asked if injured captain David Backes might be in the lineup for Game 5.

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    Many happy returns for Opitz in Vernon Hills’ win

    While his teammates were logging their 17th game of the season Friday night at Grant, Vernon Hills setter Ryan Opitz took the floor for the very first time. After the Cougars rolled to a breezy 25-12, 25-21 victory, one of Opitz’s teammates verbalized potential tweet material, “It was ‘hashtag the return’ today.”

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    Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews, right, scores the game-winning goal past St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller during overtime.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Blues, Game Five
    Images of game five of the NHL Playoff Series as the Chicago Blackhawks won on a Jonathan Toews goal in OT over the St. Louis Blues at Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Friday.

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    Glenbard East gets plenty of surprises

    While a very happy Glenbard East coach Joe Latala was clinging to the Ram Invitational championship plaque Friday night, he was already thinking about how to show it off. The Rams girls track coach was all smiles after his team totaled 82 points to hold off runners-up Glenbard South and Plainfield South, who tied for second at 73, to top the eight-team field.

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    Donohue delivers walk-off winner for Prospect

    Prospect pulled out an extra-inning victory in Mid-Suburban League baseball Friday. The Knights first rallied to score 4 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and tie up their game against visiting Palatine. That set the stage for Pat Donohue, who hit a walk-off 2-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to finish a 7-5 Knights triumph.

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    Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) dunks in front of Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the first half of Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Friday, April 25, 2014, in Washington.

    Images: Bulls vs Wizards, Game Three
    The Bulls won over the Washington Wizards on Friday night in the third game of the playoffs.

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    Schaumburg grabs share of West lead

    Schaumburg’s softball team moved into a first-place tie with Conant (9-0, 6-0) in the Mid-Suburban West with its 16-2 five-inning victory at Palatine on Friday. The Saxons (13-4, 6-0) received a 4-hitter from junior Shannon Felde (6-1), who struck out six while junior shortstop Elaine Walker helped ignite the offense by going 2-for-4 with a home run, double and 2 RBI. Classmate Roxanne Kakareka also belted a homer for Saxons and collected 4 RBI.

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    Baseball/Friday’s Fox Valley roundup

    A roundup of Friday's baseball action in the Fox Valley.

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    Fremd’s Ryan Roth competes on the floor exercise during Friday’s boys gymnastics meet at Hoffman Estates.

    Dry spell ends for Schaumburg

    Schaumburg has ended a 15-year boys gymnastics drought. The Saxons had not won the Hawk Invitational in Hoffman Estates since 1999. That changed Friday when Schaumburg came up with its best meet of the season to claim the title with a score of 139.75.

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    Waubonsie Valley hurler Shannon Hohman, right, watches her offering to Metea Valley hitter Megan Arcivar during a varsity softball game at Metea Valley on Friday. Both teams worse special jerseys for the game which was themed “Strike Out Cancer”. Various fundraising efforts, including a 50/50 raffle and bake sale, were offered to fans to raise money to fight pediatric cancer.

    Waubonsie Valley shows good timing

    Momentum swings are an obvious part of softball or any sport, and they were evident Friday when the Metea Valley softball team played host to Waubonsie Valley. The Warriors’ momentum swings came at opportune times, and they went home 9-3 winners.

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    The Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews, right, scores the game-winning goal past St. Louis Blues goalie Ryan Miller during overtime in Game 5 of the first-round NHL hockey playoff series Friday in St. Louis. The Blackhawks won 3-2.

    Blackhawks take 3-2 series lead with overtime win

    Jonathan Toews scored on a breakaway at 7:36 of overtime Friday night, giving the Chicago Blackhawks a 3-2 victory over the St. Louis Blues and a 3-2 series lead. Marian Hossa and Ben Smith also scored for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won three in a row and can wrap up the first-round series at home Sunday.

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    Jim Wheeler, long-time golf pro at Pottawatomie Golf Course in St. Charles, passed away Tuesday at the age of 68. Also an avid supporter of area high school sports, St. Charles North’s Tom Poulin called Wheeler, “as classy as it gets.”

    St. Charles loses ‘community treasure’ in Wheeler

    This is a story I never imagined writing. When I first heard the news earlier this week that longtime Pottawatomie Golf Course professional Jim Wheeler had passed away suddenly at the age of 68 on Tuesday, a number of things entered my mind.

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    Girls soccer/Friday’s Fox Valley roundup

    A roundup of Friday's girls soccer action in the Fox Valley.

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    Naperville North shuts out Geneva

    Shutouts don’t come easily in girls soccer, especially against quality teams like Geneva. Friday’s 2-0 Naperville North victory against the visiting Vikings (7-2-1) not only secured first place in Group C of the Naperville Invitational for the Huskies, it also gave their young defense a huge confidence boost.

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    Softball/Friday’s Fox Valley roundup

    A roundup of Friday's softball action in the Fox Valley.

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    Cary-Grove downs Grayslake North in pitchers’ duel

    Cary-Grove right-handed pitcher Nick Franz received something on Friday Grayslake North lefty Andrew Mikusa has been pining for all season: run support. Franz and Mikusa tossed dueling complete-game 4-hitters in a Fox Valley Conference crossover under sunny skies in Cary, but the Trojans found a way to manufacture a pair of runs in a 2-0 victory.

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    Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) dunks in front of Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal in the first half of Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Friday, April 25, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Bulls beat Wizards 100-97, trail series 2-1

    Mike Dunleavy scored 35 points, one shy of his career-high, Jimmy Butler hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 24 seconds remaining, and the Bulls hung on Friday night for a 100-97 win over the Washington Wizards, trimming the deficit to 2-1 in their Eastern Conference first round series.

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    Uveges out for season but South Elgin manages tie

    The opening game of the girls soccer tournament at Prairie Ridge pitted two games currently headed in opposite directions. Despite entering on a three-game losing streak, South Elgin was able to grab an early lead on a first half goal from Caitlin Lange. Crystal Lake South, entering on a seven-game winning streak, made it eight straight games unbeaten as Taylor Mraz’s second-half score helped end the game in a 1-1 tie on Friday.

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    Burlington Central breaks loose late for win

    After five innings, Burlington Central led Genoa-Kingston 7-6 in a tight Big Northern East baseball matchup Friday in Genoa. Then the Rockets’ offense exploded over the final two innings to turn the game into a rout. Central scored 9 runs on just 4 hits in the sixth and seventh innings to come away with a 16-8 victory.

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    Bartlett trending well after 4-0 week

    It had already been quite a week for the Bartlett softball team with earlier wins over Batavia, West Chicago, and Elgin. On Friday the Hawks put the icing on the cake by handing Neuqua Valley its first loss in the Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division, defeating the visiting Wildcats 4-2.

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    Cubs relieved Edwards’ injury not serious

    The Cubs were breathing a big sigh of relief Friday after getting news that top pitching prospect C.J. Edwards is not seriously injured. Edwards came to Chicago from Class AA Tennessee to have his shoulder checked out, and tests revealed inflammation and fatigue, but no structural damage.

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    Crystal Lake South names Mucha new coach

    Crystal Lake South has named Mark Mucha its new head girls basketball coach, pending District 155 board approval, athletic director Jason Bott announced in an emailed news release Friday.

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    Woodlands Academy clips Christian Liberty

    Woodlands Academy of Lake Forest made a late first-half goal hold up to earn a 1-0 victory over Christian Liberty Academy Friday afternoon in a nonconference soccer match at the Chargers’ stadium in Arlington Heights.

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    Top 10 NFL draft prospects: wide receivers
    A quick galnce at the top 10 wide receivers in this year's draft.

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    Will Bears grab a No. 3 receiver in NFL Draft?

    With Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery the Bears have arguably the league's best wide receiver tandem. But there is expected to be some jockeying for playing time behind the dynamic duo in training camp, and that competition is likely to include a rookie.

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    Photo courtesy of NIU AthleticsNorthern Illinois all-around gymnast Kim Gotlund, a Warren High School grad, finished her career with several school records.

    Gymnast jumps at chance to become a trainer

    Northern Illiinois gymnast Kim Gotlund, a high school star at Warren, was a warrior during her college career. For the last three years, she competed in every event of every meet for the Huskies. Now she was to pursue a career as an athletic trainer

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    Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams played only two season but has the size and leaping ability needed in the NFL.

    Sophomore Adams leaps at chance to join NFL

    Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams compares himself to Bears Pro Bowler Brandon Marshall because of his size and physical play. In just two seasons at Fresno, Adams caught 233 passes for 3,031 yards and 38 touchdowns.

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    Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles (6-5, 232). Bob LeGere’s quick take: Size, mental makeup and athleticism are prototypical, but he lacks a great arm and pinpoint accuracy.

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    Bob LeGere offers a brief look at the top 10 quarterbacks available in the NFL Draft, which takes play May 8-10.

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    Top 10 NFL draft prospects: quarterback
    A quick glance at the top 10 quarterbacks in this year's draft.

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    Will Bears try to find a QB project in the draft?

    With Jay Cutler entrenched at quarterback, that position isn't a priority for the Bears in this year's draft. But it wouldn't be a surprise if they selected one in the later rounds who could be groomed for the future by coach Marc Trestman.

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    Patrick Kane was absolutely flying the last few minutes of regulation and in overtime Wednesday night against the Blues at the United Center. It’s the first time he’s looked like Patrick Kane since he returned, according to Barry Rozner.

    Blackhawks finally starting to find their legs

    The Blackhawks have displayed for all the world to see that when their backs are against the wall, they will not go away, and they absolutely play their best hockey when there is no tomorrow. And trailing by a goal late in a game they had to win, that’s also when they had their best shift of the series.

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    Some baseball fans dressed in period clothes, top, and others donned the replica 1914 Chicago Federals jersey on Wednesday at the 100th anniversary of the first baseball game at Wrigley Field. Several greats from Cubs and Bears history also attended the celebration.

    Nice Wrigley celebration, but it needed more stars

    Mike North looks back at personal and professional memories of the historic Wrigley Field.

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    Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) scores against Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins (5) in the first half of Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, April 24, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Grizzlies blow big lead, rally to beat Thunder 98-95
    Mike Conley scored five of his 20 points in overtime, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-95 Thursday night in taking a 2-1 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.

Business

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    FDA reviews psychiatric side effects of Chantix

    The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it will hold a public meeting in October to review the risks of psychiatric and behavioral side effects with Pfizer’s anti-smoking drug Chantix. The agency said in a federal notice it will convene its panel of psychiatric drug experts to discuss the pill’s risks and how to best manage them.

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    Northwestern football players cast secret ballots Friday in an on-campus hall adjacent to their home stadium on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes.

    Historic day as Northwestern players vote on union

    In a historic vote, Northwestern football players cast secret ballots Friday on whether to form the nation’s first union for college athletes — a decision that could change the landscape of American amateur sports. Results of the unprecedented vote won’t be revealed any time soon. After the vote, the ballot boxes will be sealed for weeks or months — perhaps even years — as the university challenges the effort to unionize the football team.

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    Q&A: Vimeo CEO seeks growth without ads

    Vimeo, a video-sharing hub popular among independent filmmakers, is embarking on an expansion while shunning the lifeblood of many websites: advertising revenue. Vimeo bills itself as a higher-minded version of Google’s YouTube. The site allows people to post, share and view high-definition video. It has become a favored venue for makers of low-budget films to debut their work, as they hope to gain a following from Vimeo’s 22 million registered members and global monthly audience of 149 million.CEO Kerry Trainor spoke with The Associated Press recently to explain how the IAC/InteractiveCorp subsidiary plans to grow without resorting to industry standard video ads. One way is by charging uploaders who want more storage for high-definition video an annual membership fee. It is also luring content creators to the site with a $10 million investment to help license and promote the sale of their films, for which filmmakers take home the vast majority of revenue.Q: Why not show pre-roll advertising to viewers who click on your video content?A: There really isn’t anything wrong with pre-roll advertising for other platforms. For a platform like Vimeo, I don’t think it’s a fit for the environment. The first time you saw HBO and you had ad-free full-length feature films on your television, it was like ‘Whoa. All right. This is something different.’What we are very interested in is we’ve experimented now with this service called Vimeo On Demand. We allow (creators) to set their own price. We allow them to set whatever geography they want it distributed in and we said ‘We’re only going to take 10 percent of the revenue’ versus the 30 percent that gets taken from iTunes, by Amazon or the 45 percent that gets taken by YouTube for an ad-based model. Q: Is there enough content there that people really want to pay for?A: If we had said five years ago that there’s going to be a platform that is so filled with content that it’s going to consume literally billions of hours of people’s time every month, you’d be like, ‘You’re crazy.’ But there it is and it’s called YouTube. There is also that much quality content that reaches interest groups that are willing to pay for it, that isn’t being serviced by traditional video mechanisms via television and feature films. I think the answer is absolutely yes.Q: But that means you have to make sure you’re maintaining the quality somehow. It can’t just be totally user generated content anymore, can it?A: The honest answer is: So far, so good. We also do want to proactively bring content to the platform and offer support to creators who we think are doing quality work.The reality is only a small percentage of those actually get through the keyhole that is traditional Hollywood to get distribution. Now, a filmmaker has access to be able to deliver an HD quality stream on any device and any country in the world through a service like Vimeo. That’s kind of a big deal. Q: Was there any kind of internal struggle over whether to go advertising versus subscriptions?A: No, there was not a lot of debate that it would be absolutely worth our while to see if we could build this paid marketplace.Q: Do you have any direct competitors who are doing exactly what you’re doing?A: On the Web, there are a handful of other players who have introduced transactional capabilities around independent video content. However, none of them have the built-in platform and audience that Vimeo does.Q: How much has the rise of crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo helped Vimeo? A: I absolutely think the rising tide of crowd funding naturally creates a rising tide of independent distribution demand.Q: Does IAC ever plan to spin Vimeo out in an initial public offering of stock?

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    Manufacturer shutting down McHenry County factory

    Executives at a manufacturing company say they’re laying off 135 workers and closing a factory in Ringwood. Modine Manufacturing engineers and manufactures heat transfer products.

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    Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., on Friday, July 19, 2013. U.S. stocks fell after benchmark equities gauges rose to records yesterday, after disappointing earnings from Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. overshadowed better-than-forecast results from General Electric Co. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

    Stocks drop sharply; Amazon, tech shares drop

    The stock market fell sharply Friday, dragged down by disappointing quarterly results from Amazon and Ford. Escalating tensions between the U.S. and Russia over Ukraine also weighed on the market.Worried investors sold their risky assets and moved into the traditional safe havens: bonds, gold and stocks that pay high dividends like utilities.

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    Fisher Container Corp. in Buffalo Grove has been given permission to expand.

    Buffalo Grove business will stay in town

    A 16-year Buffalo Grove business looks good to stay even longer, now that the village board has given it the variances it needs to expand. Fisher Container, 1111 Busch Parkway, will build additional warehouse space on the southwest corner of its property and a new parking area on the east side of the site.

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    A big box retailer interested in Lake in the Hills’ former Dominick’s property at 101 N. Randall Road will not come to town if proposed intersection is built.

    Retailer: Not interested in Lake in the Hills if roadwork happens

    A retailer eyeing the vacant Dominick’s site in Lake in the Hills says there's no deal because of the potential impact of a proposed change at a nearby intersection. The McHenry County Department of Transportation’s proposal to build a continuous flow intersection at Algonquin and Randall roads has businesses and property owners concerned.

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    Motorola Mobility said likely to escape EU fine in patent case

    Motorola Mobility, which Google Inc. is selling to Lenovo Group Ltd., is likely to escape an antitrust fine when European Union regulators rule next week that it tried to use patents to block sales of Apple Inc. products, two people familiar with the case said.

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    Netflix’s Internet video service is about to join the programming lineup of three small cable-TV providers in the U.S., a breakthrough that acknowledges the growing popularity of online entertainment.

    Netflix joining lineup of 3 U.S. cable-TV services

    Netflix’s Internet video service is about to join the programming lineup of three small cable-TV providers in the U.S., a breakthrough that acknowledges the growing popularity of online entertainment. The agreements with Atlantic Broadband, RCN Telecom Services and Grande Communications gives Netflix’s subscription service a channel on the TiVo boxes that the three cable services provide their customers.

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    Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella gestures during the keynote address of the Build Conference in San Francisco.

    Cloud strength helps Microsoft earnings top Street

    In Satya Nadella’s first quarterly earnings release as chief executive, Microsoft Corp. on Thursday posted earnings and revenue that beat Wall Street expectations, offering new justification for the CEO’s focus on cloud computing.

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    Calvin West, from Meyer Dairy Farm, watches spent grain bound for the farm fill a trailer at Empyrean Brewing in Lincoln, Neb.

    FDA backs off animal feed rule affecting brewers

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer to ranchers and dairy farmers.

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    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk

    Tesla’s Musk paid $70,000 in 2013

    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was paid just under $70,000 in 2013. But he could be in line for much, much more. According to a Tesla filing with regulators Thursday, Musk made a base salary of $33,280 in 2013. That was the minimum he was required to make under California law. He got an additional $36,709 in company bonuses.

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    Amazon’s first-quarter profit rose 18 percent as shoppers continued to flock to the online mega retailer to buy goods.

    Amazon 1st quarter net income jumps

    Amazon’s first-quarter profit rose 18 percent as shoppers continued to flock to the online mega retailer to buy goods. Still, the company forecasts an operating loss for the second quarter as it continues to invest heavily both internationally and at home.

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    Visa Inc.’s profit jumped 26 percent in its fiscal second quarter from a year earlier as the company benefited from strong growth in payments volume, service revenue and a one-time tax gain.

    Visa’s 2Q profit jumps 26 pct. as payments grow

    Visa Inc.’s profit jumped 26 percent in its fiscal second quarter from a year earlier as the company benefited from strong growth in payments volume, service revenue and a one-time tax gain. The latest earnings exceed Wall Street estimates, but revenue fell slightly short. Management said Thursday that revenue growth was hurt during the January-March quarter by a stronger U.S. dollar and one-time items.

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    Ford Motor Co.’s worldwide sales rose in the first quarter, propelled by growing strength in Asia and Europe. But weakness in North America dragged down the company’s profit.

    Ford’s profit falls 39 percent in first quarter

    Ford Motor Co.’s worldwide sales rose in the first quarter, propelled by growing strength in Asia and Europe. But weakness in North America dragged down the company’s profit. Its earnings missed Wall Street’s expectations, while revenue beat. Its shares fell 3 percent in premarket trading.

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    Penalties being review over Indiana refinery spill

    The Coast Guard says its report on the oil spill from BP’s northwestern Indiana refinery has been sent for a review of whether the company will face any penalties.

Life & Entertainment

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    For family’s sake, let go of idea of third child

    Q. I want to consider having a third child. My husband is adamantly opposed. I’ve kind of been in denial about the depths of his opposition, but really I know he’s not going to change his mind. So how do I (a) forgive my husband for not wanting a third, because I can’t help but feel angry at him, and (b) accept that it’s not going to happen — when I just don’t want to give up the dream that someday I’ll be snuggling a newborn again?

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    Frank Ferrante stars in “An Evening with Groucho Marx” on Saturday, May 17, at the Raue Center for the Arts in Crystal Lake.

    Tickets on sale for new Raue shows
    The Raue Center for the Arts in Crytale Lake has announced new shows for its schedule through September.

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    Bob Barker’s love of animals is returning him to TV on Wednesday as a guest star on “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

    Bob Barker to appear on ‘Bold and the Beautiful’

    The cause is right for Bob Barker, whose love of animals is returning him to TV on Wednesday as a guest star on “The Bold and the Beautiful.” Appearing as himself, the longtime animal rights activist will be interviewed by Liam Spencer, played by series regular Scott Clifton, for a feature article on control of the pet population.

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    Peter Jackson is tweaking the ending of Bilbo Baggins’ journey. The director says the original title of “The Hobbit” finale felt misplaced. So the final film has been renamed “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

    Hobbit finale renamed ‘Battle of the Five Armies’

    Peter Jackson is tweaking the ending of Bilbo Baggins’ journey. The Oscar-winning director says the original title of “The Hobbit” finale, “There and Back Again,” felt misplaced since Baggins arrived at his destination in the second film. So the final film has been renamed “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”

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    Joan Rivers refuses to apologize for comparing living in her daughter’s guest room with the captivity of three women kidnapped in Cleveland.

    Rivers refuses to apologize to women held captive

    Joan Rivers refuses to apologize for comparing living in her daughter’s guest room with the captivity of three women kidnapped in Cleveland. Rivers and her daughter discussed their reality show Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show when she made the comment.

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    Matthew VanDyke sits in a prison cell in the Marshall Curry film “Point and Shoot,” which won best documentary Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

    ‘Zero Motivation,’ ‘Point and Shoot’ top Tribeca

    A film about a self-documenting man amid the Libyan revolution, "Point and Shoot," and a dark comedy about female Israeli soldiers, "Zero Motivation," have taken top honors at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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    In “There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll” by Lisa Robinson, this veteran rock journalist has a knack for getting subjects to share revealing personality traits.

    New book provides backstage pass to rock history

    In the new book, “There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock and Roll,” there’s a telling photograph of Mick Jagger whispering into the ear of journalist Lisa Robinson as she smiles mischievously. The 1975 shot perfectly illustrates why Robinson’s so good at what she does: her access to big talent, the trust she gains with her subjects, and her love of music.

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    This room is painted with several different shades of white, with a warmer white on the wall inset to punctuate the classic trim detail and add to the formal feel of the space.

    White walls? The trick is choosing the right white

    So you want to paint a room white. Sounds easy, until you go to the hardware store to buy paint and discover there are dozens of whites to choose from. Many have familiar yet poetic names that conjure up ever-so-slightly different hues: cream, pearl, vanilla, snow, chalk, ivory, jasmine, bone. But the closer you look, the more confusing the choices are.

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    The Maryland State House towering over downtown Annapolis, Md., is known for a number of historic events, including the resignation of General George Washington’s commission as commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. It also was the nation’s capital for nine months in 1783 and 1784.

    5 free things to do in historic Annapolis, Md.

    This picturesque state capital of Annapolis near the Chesapeake Bay is known for its history, sailing and seafood. It served as the capital of the United States for nine months in 1783 and 1784. The city’s historical ambience is a big draw, as well as its restaurants, shops and taverns. Some of the city’s main attractions can be visited for free. The quaint downtown layout over a compact area is better suited for pedestrians than cars, making it ideal for a walking tour.

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    Make a small terrace into a new and wonderful space for relaxing or entertaining.

    Update your living space with a small balcony makeover

    If your apartment or condo has a small terrace, the warm weather of spring and summer should ignite you to make the most of that great spot for entertaining (even if you just have space for two!)

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    Actor Ty Burrell just opened Beer Bar, a beer garden-like eatery next door to Bar X, which he co-owns, that serves 150 beers paired up with an array of house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries.

    Ty Burrell opens beer restaurant in Utah

    He plays a bumbling dad on ABC's “Modern Family,” but in Salt Lake City Ty Burrell is trying out for a role as restaurateur. Burrell has just opened Beer Bar, a beer garden-like eatery that serves 150 beers paired up with an array of house-made bratwursts, local breads and Belgian fries. The restaurant, which has high ceilings and long tables and benches to evoke that Bavarian beer hall feel, is next door to the cocktail bar Burrell co-owns with an equally simple name, Bar X.

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    Honeybee numbers are dropping so steeply that some species are believed extinct. Gardeners can help by adding plants that flower both early and late in the season like these Rosemary blooms.

    Bee-friendly garden can help struggling species

    Bees are pulling a disappearing act. Honeybees are vanishing from their hives. Bumblebee numbers have crashed so radically that some species are believed extinct. Even native solitary bees are in decline. Food supplies dependent upon pollinators are threatened. But gardeners can help.

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    Eddie (Ramón Camín, left) squares off against Rodolpho (Tommy Rivera-Vega), the immigrant who has captured the heart of Eddie's niece Catherine (Ayssette Munoz, upstage center) in Teatro Vista's “A View from the Bridge.” Sandra Marquez, upstage right, plays Eddie's wife Beatrice and Eddie Diaz, upstage left, plays Rodolpho's brother Marco.

    Miller tragedy resonates in hands of Teatro Vista

    It's difficult to imagine a more vivid, more pointed depiction of the complexity of the immigrant experience than Teatro Vista's ardent, intimate revival of Arthur Miller's “A View from the Bridge” which opened Tuesday upstairs at the Victory Gardens Biograph Theater in Chicago. Set in 1950s Brooklyn, among undocumented Italian immigrants and their first-generation American counterparts, Miller's drama about lust and betrayal (a deliberate evocation of Greek tragedy) resonates even more profoundly in the hands of this acclaimed Latino theater company.

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    Streamwood cartoonist Art Baltazar will be signing books and talking to fans at C2E2.

    A few things to do at C2E2

    The Chicago Comics and Entertainment Expo, known as C2E2, promises to bring tens of thousands of fans of comic books, television, movies and other forms of pop culture to McCormick Place this weekend. Launched in 2010 as a comics-centric event, the event has broadened a bit over the next few years, bringing in entertainment and literary celebrities along with the comics folks.

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    Author Chloe Neill has enjoyed big success with her “Chicagoland Vampires” book series, which is set in Chicago and the suburbs.

    Author Chloe Neill talks locally set vampire novels at C2E2

    Though known primarily as a showcase for comic books and their creators, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, or C2E2, has included a growing number of prose authors over the years. This year, suburban-based Anderson's Bookshop has helped the convention recruit a number of successful novelists, like Chloe Neill, for the weekendlong event.

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    Theater events: 'Churchill' comes to First Folio in brief run

    Ronald Keaton brings his one-man show "Churchill" to First Folio for a brief run and Chicago Shakespeare Theater revives "Henry 5" for the first time since 1986. Plus, Maz Jobrani headlines the Improv in Schaumburg. It all takes place this week in Chicago-area theater.

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    Shalyn Walker and Christina Gonzales, both of Aurora, talk over drinks at Black Door Pub in Aurora.

    Aurora pub caters to sports fans, beer lovers

    Black Door Pub took over McCue's former location in Aurora in June, offering locals a new place to watch sports and fights while enjoying some craft beers. With regular specials and DJs spinning all weekend long, the spot brings in regulars even when there's nothing exciting on TV.

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    Inspector’s repeat customer requires second look at same house

    Q. One of the homes I inspected three years ago is now being resold, and the buyers want me to do the inspection. The seller, therefore, was the buyer who hired me three years ago. So I’m wondering if taking this job would be a conflict of interest, especially if there are differences in the findings of the two reports. What do you think about this?

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    Homemade drain cleaners may do the trick

    Commercial drain cleaners usually are safe to use on your home’s pipes, but a simple homemade concoction can work just as well — saving you money and the environment at the same time.

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    Easy plan for a catch basin to collect rain

    Want free water for your garden? Make your own rain barrel, and harvest water for your garden. It’s easier than you might think.

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    If you’ want to buy, it maybe time to get off the sidelines

    Are you on the home buying sidelines this spring because you think you won’t be able to qualify for a mortgage? Do you know what sort of FICO credit scores are being accepted by lenders at the moment — they’re lower than they were a year ago — and whether yours could now be good enough?

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    This home on South Mallard Drive is typical of those found in Palatine’s Hunting Ridge neighborhood.

    Palatine’s Hunting Ridge in neighborhood profile

    When Tracy and John Bongiorno looked at a home backing to the Fremd High School football field, they loved the lively, festive atmosphere of the band practicing outside. The couple said Palatine schools played a role in their decision to purchase a home in the Hunting Ridge subdivision.

Discuss

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    Editorial: Don’t take away local control of fire department staffing

    A Daily Herald editorial says the state Senate should scuttle legislation that would diminish local control over the staffing of municipal fire departments.

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    Don’t cut funds to Bartlett museum
    Letter to the editor: John & Shirley Whitmer says they are dismayed to learn Bartlett is cutting back its financial support of the Bartlett History Museum

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    Cost of two new fire stations is absurd
    Letter to the editor: Grace Reiland thinks there's a lot wrong with Rolling Meadows' decision to build two new fire stations, and cost is just one of her concerns.

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    Movie’s message worth hearing
    Letter to the editor: Barbara Doerner commends the Elk Grove Theater for showing, "Heaven Is For Real."

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    Neighbors rally to oppose new school
    Letter to the editor: Residents of Highland Woods Neighborhood Association in unincorporated Cook County near Hoffman Estates, say plans for a school in their neighborhood are badly thought-out and should be stopped.

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    Walmart alive and well in Rolling Meadows
    Letter to the editor: Cathy and James Leschman catch us on a mistake in the April 12 Soapbox - the Rolling Meadows Walmart is alive and doing well; it's the Sam's Club that closed a few years ago.

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    Be wary of experimental school programs
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I have been reading the pros and cons of the Common Core State Standards, another experimental teaching system. There is concern with the Common Core program from previous experience in the early 1970s when our family lived in Grosse Pte., Mich. We selected this areas due to the excellent reputation of their school system at the time.

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    Higher fuel tax would weigh on Illinois economy
    A letter to the editor: The state of Illinois already generates more than $3 billion annually in motor fuel taxes. I hear from people consistently who are astounded by how much lower gas prices are in neighboring states, and I can’t blame them for wanting to save by filling up elsewhere. But that hurts Illinois’ businesses and our economy as customers often buy additional items inside the store. Illinois loses all that tax revenue.

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    Jeff Mays

    Investing wisely in public schools

    Guest columnist Jeff Mays: For nearly a year now, I have observed with a cautious eye the efforts among a bipartisan group of Illinois senators to consider how our state might better support public schools and the students they serve.

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