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Daily Archive : Thursday May 1, 2014

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    Gerry Dudziak of Rolling Meadows, the captain of “Gerry's Kids,” an over-40 hockey team, passes the puck as an opponent closes in during a game in Park Ridge.

    Moving picture: Rolling Meadows man shares love of hockey

    Hockey veteran Gerry Dudziak, 56, of Rolling Meadows is passing his love of the game down to his granddaughter as she competes in a league where most of the participants are boys. Dudziak coaches his granddaughter, Nina Griffiths, 8, in the Mite Majors developmental league. “We really have a great time,” Dudziak said. “It's kind of bonded us together because we're both hockey...

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    Dr. Christine Mueller of Elgin Family Physicians has been named Altrusa International of Elgin, Inc. Woman of the Year for 2014.

    Altrusa Elgin announces Woman of the Year

    Altrusa International of Elgin, Illinois, Inc. recently announced Dr. Christine Mueller as the 2014 Woman of the Year. She will be honored at the 65th annual Woman of the Year Recognition Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 15.

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    An artist's rendering of the ultimate plan for the Buffalo Grove Park District's Community Arts Center, where a 400-seat interim theater is expected to be completed at the end of the month.

    Buffalo Grove park theater nearing completion

    Buffalo Grove village board members Thursday took a construction tour of the Buffalo Grove Park District's Community Arts Center, whose interim theater is expected to be completed May 31 and hosting a local production of “Shrek” on July 24. The interim theater being built with $395,000 of park district funds is seen as a way of getting some immediate use out of the center.

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    Lake Zurich’s village board, which last month decided to allow video gambling, now will decide whether to quadruple the price of a gambling liquor license.

    Higher video gambling liquor license proposed in Lake Zurich

    Lake Zurich village board members will be asked to quadruple the price for a special video gambling liquor license in bars, restaurants and other establishments. Recent village research found some suburbs charging more than $250 for an annual video gaming liquor license, which is the fee Lake Zurich established last year.

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    Rosaleen Waters, left, pictured with niece Kiera Shorey, will be honored May 21 during a “Ride of Silence” in Elk Grove Village. Rosaleen was struck and killed May 14, 2013, by a car while riding her bicycle across Higgins Road.

    Ride of Silence to honor Elk Grove cyclist

    Cyclists around the world will embark on a “Ride of Silence” May 21 to honor those who have been killed or injured while biking on public roadways. One such ride being planned for the first time in Elk Grove Village will be held in honor of Rosaleen Waters, a village resident struck and killed by a vehicle as she was crossing Higgins Road near Route 53.

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    University of Illinois law school dean resigning

    The dean of the University of Illinois College of Law is stepping down after a tenure that saw the school investigated for using inflated grades and entrance-exam scores to boost its reputation, school officials announced Thursday.

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    Ex-police chief gets 5-year sentence for fraud

    A former South suburban police chief who pleaded guilty in a fraud scheme related to a $1.25 million state grant in 2009 was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.

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    Teacher in jail on bomb threat charge

    An Illinois high school special-education teacher was jailed without bond Thursday after state and federal prosecutors accused her of threatening to blow up her school through a note that warned, “This school is going down today. KABOOM!”

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    Sexting is happening more and more in the suburbs and around the country. In Barrington it led to charges for middle school students.

    Barrington students face child porn charges in sexting case

    Two Barrington middle school students face possession of child pornography charges alleging they texted sexually explicit photos and video of a fellow student to a “large group of classmates,” according to police. The two boys, who are not being identified because they are juveniles, are students at Barrington Middle School-Station Campus, according to authorities.

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    David McArdle

    Island Lake’s lawyer says there’s a mole at village hall

    The Island Lake village board’s proposal to create a special four-member committee that would discuss litigation and other sensitive issues was prompted by concerns about leaks from the panel, the village’s attorney confirmed Thursday. “We believe that someone from closed session is disclosing information discussed to members of the public,” attorney David McArdle said.

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    Rob Warden, award-winning journalist and executive director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University, answers a question at the end of “From Death Row to Freedom: An Innocent Man’s Journey” in 2012 at Aurora University. Nathson “Nate” Fields, right, spoke about his experience on death row fighting a wrongful conviction for a double murder.

    Jury awards $80,000 to wrongfully convicted man

    A federal jury has awarded $80,000 to a Chicago man who spent 18 years behind bars for a double murder before he was retried and acquitted. The award is a fraction of what he was seeking.

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    In this photo taken with a mobile phone by deceased South Korean high school student Park Su-hyeon and released by his father Park Jong-dae, students are shown inside the sinking ferry Sewol on waters near Jindo, South Korea.

    Heartbreaking video shows teens on sinking ferry

    Soon after the ferry began to tilt, there was nervous laughter, jokes about the Titanic and talk of selfies and Facebook posts from the doomed high school students huddled below deck. But the lighthearted atmosphere soon turned serious as the listing worsened. Fear began building, and one student asked, “Am I really going to die?”

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    Damage to the Escambia County Jail is seen after an explosion in the facility Thursday in Pensacola, Fla. Two inmates were killed and more than 180 others were injured in the explosion.

    Florida jail explosion kills 2, 184 injured
    The jail already had two feet of water in the basement from the record-setting rains when an apparent gas explosion leveled the inside of the building, killing two inmates and injuring more than 180 other people, officials said Thursday. In the rubble and chaos, inmates were trapped and had to be rescued. Others were treated for their injuries in the parking lot. In all, 600 inmates rushed out of...

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    Maria Garcia, 13, of Waukegan and members of the Abbott Middle School folkloric dancers perform during a Cinco de Mayo celebration Thursday at the College of Lake County’s Lakeshore Campus.

    Dancing, music, stories highlight CLC’s Cinco de Mayor celebration in Waukegan

    Brightly colored flowing skirts twirled in the courtyard on Genesee Street and Madison Avenue in Waukegan as the College of Lake County hosted its annual Cinco de Mayo celebration Thursday at its Lake Shore campus.

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    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will take an immediate leave of absence to seek help for alcohol, he said, as a report surfaced about a second video of the mayor smoking what appears to be crack cocaine.

    Toronto mayor takes leave, may rehab in Chicago

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford began a leave of absence and headed for a rehab center Thursday, leaving his scandalized city in the dark about his political future after a report surfaced of a second video of him apparently smoking crack cocaine. He boarded a plane for Chicago, where he may stay for the rehabilitation.

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    Jose Rebollar, 26, of Round Lake, faces three counts of murder for the death of Gabriel Gonzalez, 18, of Zion.

    Lake County judge denies defense attorney’s call for mistrial

    A defense attorney’s attempt to obtain a mistrial for a Round Lake man accused in the 2013 murder of a Zion teen was denied Thursday by a Lake County judge.

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    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on New York, seen here, and Sen. Claikre McCaskill of Missouri, both Democrats, have been critical of colleges’ and universities’ non-compliance with an administration effort for greater government transparency on sexual assaults in higher education.

    55 U.S. schools face federal sex assault probes

    From huge state universities to small colleges and the Ivy League, 55 schools across America are facing federal investigation for the way they handle sexual abuse allegations by their students. For the first time, the Education Department revealed its list of colleges under investigation on Thursday — though no details of the complaints — as the Obama administration sought to bring...

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    Photo Courtesy Missouri Department of Transportation Missouri is a diverging diamond interchange pioneer, building its third in 2010 on I-270.

    Tollway trying new shape at old interchange

    Who needs a Circle Interchange when you can build a diverging diamond one? Illinois tollway officials explain why this particular shape will solve traffic dysfunction at I-90 and Elmhurst Road during an open house.

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    Uncertainty for savings leads to suspension of electric aggregation program

    Lindenhurst, Lake Villa and Lake Villa Township have temporarily gotten out of the electric aggregation business. The contract with its current power provider is ending but price options were not palatable, officials said. Residents and small businesses will have 60 days to find their own alternative or be swtiched to ComEd.

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    Brady suggests funding Obama library with tax refunds

    Republicans opposed to using $100 million in taxpayer money to build Barack Obama’s presidential library pitched an alternative funding method Thursday, saying they support luring the library to Chicago but not forcing taxpayers to foot the bill. Sen. Bill Brady, of Bloomington, introduced legislation that would enable Illinois taxpayers to donate a portion of their tax refund starting in...

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    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has criticized a proposed redistricting referendum as an attempt by Republicans grab power.

    Half a million Illinois voters seek end to gerrymandering

    With the help of wealthy donors and a bipartisan group of politicians, a petition to end the gerrymandering of Illinois election districts was presented Thursday, but it faces a stiff constitutional challenge that could keep the question off the November ballot. A group called “Yes for Independent Maps” submitted more than half a million signatures to the state Board of Elections.

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    Aaron Hernandez charged with jail scuffle, threat

    Massachusetts prosecutors say former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been indicted in a February jail assault and in a November threat at the jail.

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    Gov. Pat Quinn started his anti-violence program shortly before the November election in 2010.

    Federal prosecutors also probing Quinn’s anti-violence program

    Federal prosecutors have asked for information related to Gov. Pat Quinn’s troubled anti-violence program, which has also been the subject of a scathing state auditor’s report and a probe by the Cook County state’s attorney.

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    Glenn Poshard, left, shakes hands with incoming SIU president Randy Dunn on Wednesday in Carbondale. Poshard officially retired Wednesday but will stay on through June as a consultant to his successor.

    Poshard reflects on time as SIU president

    The newly retired president of the Southern Illinois University system says he’s bittersweet about stepping down from the post. Glenn Poshard, a former congressman and Illinois gubernatorial candidate, retired Wednesday but will stay on through June as a consultant to his successor, Randy Dunn.

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    Senate confirms new federal judge in Chicago

    A long-serving assistant prosecutor based in the Chicago’s federal court building will be moving into a new office upstairs in the same building — this time to become a U.S. district judge.

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    Feds, state settle with Chicago construction firm

    Illinois and federal officials have announced a $12 million whistle-blower settlement with a Chicago construction company accused of fraudulently securing multimillion-dollar public contracts.

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    After a successful inaugural season, Rolling Meadows’ Farmers Market/Food Truck Saturdays will return for a second year beginning May 24. The market will run on the fourth Saturday of the month through September at city hall.

    Rolling Meadows, Prospect Hts. plan street markets

    Rolling Meadows and Prospect Heights are putting their own spin on one of the joys of Spring — the return of farmers markets. Rolling Meadows opens its second season of Farmers Market/Food Trucks Saturdays on May 24, and Prospect Heights will launch a weekly French Market beginning June 1.

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    The Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place helped Illinois set a record for tourism in 2013.

    Tourism up across Illinois, in Chicago

    More than 103.5 million tourists from around the U.S. visited Illinois last year. The state Wednesday released domestic visitor statistics for 2013, which it says rose 4.5 percent. It’s the third year in a row that the state has set a domestic tourism record.

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    Elizabeth Sauter, widow of deceased Illinois State Police trooper James Sauter, shares a hug with Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon before receiving a plaque in her husband’s honor.

    Fallen Vernon Hills officer memoralized at state Capitol

    On a chilly, cloudy and somber day, police officers from across the state gathered on the Illinois Capitol lawn Thursday to remember fallen officers including state trooper James Sauter of Vernon Hills. “I grieve for the families because your pain is far greater than anything we will ever experience,” said Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. “Every day when that police...

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    Blue Cross Blue Shield emerges as winner in Illinois

    A company spokesman says Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois signed up 200,000 customers on the new government marketplace in the first year of the nation’s new health insurance system. Only about 17,000 Illinoisans chose plans from other insurers.

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    State Farm Arena renovation gets webcam coverage

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois has set up a webcam for the State Farm Center in Champaign.

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    2 more arrests in slaying of Chicago teen

    Chicago police say they’ve made two more arrests in the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl — including the original owner of the gun.

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    A worker stands by damaged tanker cars where several CSX tanker cars carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire along the James River near downtown Lynchburg, Va., Thursday, May 1, 2014. Department of Environmental Quality spokesman Bill Hayden said state workers smelled oil downstream from the derailment site during a nighttime survey.

    Oil-train wreck brings demands for more regulation

    The latest in a string of fiery oil-train wrecks brought renewed demands Thursday that the Obama administration quickly tighten regulations governing the burgeoning practice of transporting highly combustible crude by rail. With production booming in the Bakken oil field along the U.S. northern tier and in Canada, some experts say stronger rules to head off a catastrophe are long overdue.

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    Schaumburg man gets supervision for revoked FOID card

    A 60-year-old Schaumburg man who authorities say had 38 firearms in his possession, pleaded guilty this week to having a revoked firearm identification card. In exchange for his guilty plea, Wallace Sollo was sentenced to two years supervision and ordered to pay $514 in fines, court records show.

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    Man charged with sexually abusing Arlington Heights girl

    A 21-year-old Plainefield man faces charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse after authorities say he assaulted a 13-year-old girl he met on a social media site. A Cook County judge set bail at $40,000 for Andrew Sandoval, 13.

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    Eduardo Hernandez-Flores

    Carpentersville man guilty of sexual abuse, faces 7 years

    A 37-year-old Carpentersville man faces up to seven years in prison after his conviction Thursday of sexually abusing a child younger than 13 between July 2012 and May 2013. Eduardo Hernadez-Flores wil be sentenced June 27 and must register as a sex offender for life.

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    Karri Haiges, 18, of Algonquin, has been named the 2014 Youth of the Year for the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township.

    Algonquin teen named Youth of the Year

    Growing up in a family with a history of mental illness and learning disabilities, Karri Haiges has been through a lot in her 18 years. But the teen, a college-bound honor student at Dundee-Crown High School, would rather say she’s had a hard day, never a hard life. She's succeeding, despite her background and has been named the Boys and Girls Club of Dundee Township's 2014 Youth Of the...

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    Play golf for charity:

    The Stevenson High School Foundation’s annual golf outing will be held June 20 at Kemper Lakes Golf Club in Long Grove.

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    Route 131 work to start Monday

    Weather permitting, an intersection improvement project on Route 131/Green Bay Road from Route 173 to Russell Road in Zion, will begin Monday, May 5.

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    Dr. Kai Smith, right, former gang member and now founder and Executive Director of GRAAFICS (Gang Diversion, reentry and Absent Father Intervention Center), talks with GRAAFICS students (from left) Tyasia Blair, 16, of East New York, Keeozel Saul, 16, and Devon Collins, 16, of East New York, in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, N.Y.

    Teen crews linked to 40 percent of NYC shootings

    Summarhy field test

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    Arbor Day events in Round Lake:

    Celebrate Arbor Day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3, at the Round Lake public works/police facility, 751 W. Townline Road, Round Lake.

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    Rail crossing work starts Monday in Lake Zurich

    Work is set to begin Monday on a rough railroad crossing on South Old Rand Road in downtown Lake Zurich.

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    Food allergies highlighted with 100-foot sandwich in Glenview

    Area youngsters will kick off Food Allergy Awareness Week at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, by building a 100-foot nut-free sandwich consisting of 100 pounds of soy butter, massive quantities of jelly and a gargantuan loaf of bread at Kohl Children’s Museum, 2100 Patriot Blvd., Glenview.

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    Arlington Park Race Track is consumed in flames during a fire which destroyed the world-class horse racing track in 1985.

    Images: Arlington International Racecourse 25th Anniversary of Reopening
    Images of Arlington International Racecourse on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the track reopening after the devastating 1985 fire.

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    Walk for brain-cancer patients comes to Schaumburg

    The second annual Michael Matters 5K Stadium Walk will take place Sunday, May 4, at Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road. The event is named after Michael Schostok, a Libertyville man who succumbed to brain cancer in 2012. It raises money for Chicago-area brain-cancer patients.

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    Merriweather Lewis and William Clark

    Illinois’ Lewis and Clark site plans festivities

    Illinois’ Lewis and Clark State Historic Site is welcoming hundreds of children and guests as the state’s celebrates the famous explorers’ expedition anniversary later this month. The events on May 9-11 at the site in south central Hartford include an education day, reenactments, crafts and period music and historic book sale.

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    Anthony Rios

    1 of 3 suspects in W. Chicago slaying claiming self-defense

    The attorney for one of three reputed gang members who attacked and killed a 22-year-old Wheaton man last November said he intends to claim self-defense. Anthony Rios, 18, of West Chicago, along with Jonathan Jimenez, 19, of Aurora, and West Chicago resident Alejandro Martinez, 17, each face first-degree murder charges in the death of Thomas Tecuatl, who was found beaten and stabbed early Nov.

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    Pedro Miranda

    Probation, jail for teen in South Elgin Riverfest beating

    An 18-year-old received three years of probation and spent 75 days in jail after admitting to his role in the beating and robbery of a 71-year-old man cleaning up in August 2013 after South Elgin's summer festival. Pedro Miranda, of Chicago Heights, also must pay a $2,600 fine; two co-defendants were sentenced to five and seven years in prison earlier this year.

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    Schaumburg Village Clerk Marilyn Karr, left, swears in new Deputy Police Chief Dan Roach on Thursday. Roach’s promotion from commander of investigations to deputy chief completes the restructuring of the department’s command structure, which began after three undercover officers’ arrests last year.

    Schaumburg names new deputy police chief

    Schaumburg police Thursday completed a full restructuring of their command staff with the promotion of Commander of Investigations Dan Roach to deputy chief. The transformation began after three undercover officers in the department’s former Special Investigations Bureau were arrested on drug conspiracy charges in January 2013.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Steven M. Sparkman, 48, of Woodstock, was charged with retail theft at 12:25 p.m. Monday at Menards, 300 N. Randall Road, according to a Batavia police report.

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    COD and forest preserve may partner to save ‘farm’

    A small "community farm" that existed for years on the College of DuPage campus could find a new home at a nearby forest preserve. There's no longer any space for the COD Community Education Farm on the college's Glen Ellyn campus. But there is talk of relocating the farm to a roughly 1-acre plot of existing farmland at Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    Michael D. Abernathy, 21, of Aurora, was charged with criminal trespass to land after notice at 4:36 p.m. Tuesday at the Batavia Government Center, 100 N. Island Ave., according to a police report.

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    At a school assembly in 2013, Twin Groves Principal Jessica Barnes holds up the school’s Blue Ribbon School plaque awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Buffalo Grove middle school ranked 28th nationally

    Twin Groves Middle School in Buffalo Grove has been ranked the 28th best middle school in the nation, by TheBestSchools.org. In honoring Twin Groves, the only Illinois middle school on the “Top 50 Middle Schools” list for 2014, the judges cited several weighted factors, including academic excellence, National Assessment of Educational Progress scores, state assessment scores, awards...

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    Lady Antebellum will headline RiverEdge Park in Aurora this summer.

    Lady Antebellum, DeWyze among acts for RiverEdge's second season

    Aurora officials announced the 2014 concert lineup at RiverEdge Park Thursday. Performs include Lady Antebellum, Mount Prospect native and "American Idol" winner Lee DeWyze and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, among others.

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    Island Lake is changing its logo to an old version that had been used for many years. It replaces a logo that was adopted in 2012.

    Island Lake reverts to old logo, ditching 2012 version

    The logo that adorns emails from Island Lake employees and official documents is changing, reverting to a version that had been used for many years. The image — a sailboat on water in a square frame — will replace a logo adopted by the village in 2012. The 2012 picture showed a boat on blue water with the sun shining in the background, and it was in a circular frame.

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    The Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley sits in a conservation tank at a lab in North Charleston, S.C., before it was to be covered in a chemical bath on Thursday.

    Confederate submarine getting a chemical bath

    A new phase in conserving the first submarine in history to sink an enemy warship is beginning. Conservators at a lab in North Charleston are for the first time putting the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley in a chemical bath designed to remove salts and encrustation from the hull of the hand-cranked sub.

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    Arlington Heights teen shot with BB gun

    Arlington Heights Police are searching for an individual or individuals driving in a dark colored SUV who are alleged to have shot a BB gun at a group of teens Saturday.

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    Smaller Grand Victoria check may fuel Kane County budget changes

    Kane County received its portion of Grand Victoria's riverboat gambling earnings this week, and it's a lot less than expected. In fact, the amount is even less than the estimated total Grand Victoria told the county to expect. The income will be a hit to the county's budget next year, but it's also part of a continuing downward trend in income flowing from the riverboat to local government.

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    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole a two-carat diamond ring and a hotel TV between 1:30 and 5:33 p.m. April 17 out of a guest room at Sherwood Inn, 1246 S. River Road, Prospect Heights. A guest had left the room door propped open. Value was estimated at $14,200.

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    Reports of sexual assaults in the military rose 50 percent after the Pentagon began a vigorous campaign to get more victims to come forward, prompting defense officials to order a greater focus on prevention programs, including plans to review alcohol sales and policies.

    Pentagon chief orders steps to fight sex assaults

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that sexual assaults are a threat to both women and men in uniform and that the Pentagon must do more to fight a culture that discourages victims from reporting assaults. News: Reports of sexual assaults by members of the military rose 50 percent after the Pentagon began a vigorous campaign to get more victims to come forward, according to the...

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    William Clifford

    Westmont murder suspect unfit for trial

    A man accused of fatally stabbing his father in 2011 at an extended-stay hotel in Westmont has been found unfit to stand trial because of a mental condition. William V. Clifford III, 35, is charged with five counts of first-degree murder in the slaying of his 63-year-old father, also named William Clifford. If convicted, he could be sentenced to 20 to 60 years in prison.

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    Hoffman, Schaumburg co-host Memorial Day observance

    The public is invited to attend a Memorial Day observance in Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg on Monday, May 26. The Hoffman Estates Memorial Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the Hoffman Estates Veterans Memorial, located at 411 W. Higgins Road. Immediately following that event, the observance will move to Schaumburg and continue at 10:45 a.m. at St. Peter Church and School, 202 E. Schaumburg Road.

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    Thorndale closed in Bensenville due to crash

    One person was injured in a crash on Thorndale Avenue in Bensenville early Thursday. A car ran into a semi on Thorndale near Larson Lane, authorities said.

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    Crowned lemur born at Lincoln Park Zoo

    Lincoln Park Zoo! Thursday announced the birth of a baby crowned lemur at the Helen Brach Primate House, a first for zoo. The lemur, born April 14, joins its mother (Tucker) and father (Sokkwi, pronounced so-kwee) and older brothers Azizi and Nuru, who all reside at the zoo. The sex and measurements of the infant are yet to be determined, as Tucker is keeping the newborn wrapped very close to her...

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    Jenny and Jay Kifer, the parents of Hailey Kifer, leave the courtroom after Byron Smith was found guilty in the murders of Nick Brady and Hailey at the Morrison County Courthouse in Little Falls, Minn.

    ’Stand your ground’ law tested in recent shootings

    A Montana man is accused of setting a trap and blindly blasting a shotgun into his garage, killing a 17-year-old German exchange student. A Minnesota man is convicted of lying in wait in his basement for two teenagers and killing them during a break-in. The two recent cases take the “stand your ground” debate to a new level: Do laws that allow private citizens to protect their...

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    A resident talks on her phone as she watches the Etiwanda Fire in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

    Southern California wildfire 10 percent contained

    Authorities say a thousand-acre wildfire in the foothills east of Los Angeles did not grow overnight and is now 10 percent contained. U.S. Forest Service officials say crews building containment lines around the blaze Thursday are focusing on the fire’s west edge, where structure protection is in place. Mandatory evacuation orders for 1,650 homes were canceled, though residents are urged...

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    Dozens of residents at the Forest Creek Apartments in Pensacola, Fla., had to be ferried to safety Wednesday.

    Stories of rescues, devastation emerge from floods

    Valencia Norton awoke to a neighbor pounding on the windows of her mobile home. Water had washed away the steps and part of the porch. “I was freaking,” said Norton, tears streaming down her face as she recalled the scene. “I don’t know how to swim.” A short time later, a firefighter came and carried her to dry land. It was one of many rescue stories from the...

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    A surviving chicken stands amid the ruins of Wilkes Farm, an 8-chicken house operation that was leveled in Noxapater, Miss., Wednesday, April 30, 2014. The farm raises broilers for Tyson and each house has 28,500 chickens. Several poultry raising farms were damaged or destroyed by tornadoes Monday.

    Twister: Scores of dead chickens on one Miss. farm

    There’s nothing left of the poultry farm owned by Charlie and Cindy Wilkes save for splintered wood, twisted metal and scores of dead chickens pungently rotting on the land. A large tornado that tore through the East Mississippi community of Noxapater on Monday made a direct hit on Wilkes Farm. Few of the roughly 220,000 birds survived the storm, which struck down other chicken farms in...

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    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., has called a White House staff member’s email three days after the deadly attack on the U.S. mission at Benghazi, Libya, a “smoking gun” that “shows political operatives in the White House working to create a political narrative at odds with the facts.”

    White House denies memo was about Benghazi attack

    The White House on Wednesday denied that a staff member’s email three days after the deadly attack on the U.S. mission at Benghazi, Libya, was actually about the attack. Critics have branded the electronic missive as evidence that the Obama administration sought to deceive the public about the true circumstances surrounding the deaths of four Americans during the final months of the 2012...

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    Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams remained in police custody for a second day Thursday as detectives questioned him over his alleged role in the Irish Republican Army’s abduction, killing and secret burial of a Belfast mother of 10 in 1972.

    Sinn Fein leader held for 2nd day over IRA killing

    Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams remained in police custody for a second day Thursday as detectives questioned him over his alleged role in the Irish Republican Army’s abduction, killing and secret burial of a Belfast mother of 10 in 1972.

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    Unattended candle blamed for Mt. Prospect apartment fire

    A candle left burning unattended sparked a fire in a Mount Prospect apartment building Wednesday, causing an estimated $40,000 in damage, fire officials said. Mount Prospect firefighters called at 10:25 a.m. to the apartments at 1834 Palm Drive were able to get the fire under control in 15 minutes, limiting damage to just one apartment in the 35-unit building.

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    Chicago’s City Council is enacting a series of tough new restrictions on the city’s pedicab industry.

    Chicago approves restrictions on pedicabs

    Chicago’s City Council is enacting a series of tough new restrictions on the city’s pedicab industry. The Chicago Sun-Times reports aldermen voted to approve a series of limits on the pedal-powered, three-wheeled bicycles.

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    No cause of death for man found in Chicago River

    An autopsy was inconclusive on the remains of a 66-year-old man whose body was pulled from the Chicago River earlier this week. Ronald Brown’s body was found in the water on Monday evening.

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    Knox College sex discrimination claim investigated

    The U.S. Department of Education is investigating allegations of sex discrimination at Knox College in western Illinois. Knox President Teresa Amott said in a campus-wide email Wednesday that the investigation began in January.

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    Terre Haute investigators reopen 1980 slaying case

    A 34-year-old cold case investigation has reopened in a 1980 Terre Haute homicide. Gloria A. (Felix) Hedden was 29 when her body was pulled from the Wabash River on July 12, 1980. The Vigo County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the community’s help in solving the case - now under investigation by a cold case team led by retired Vigo Sheriff Bill Harris.

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    Rally for immigrant rights planned in Chicago

    Immigrant rights advocates are planning May Day events throughout Chicago. One rally begins Thursday morning at a West Side park. Another starts later in the day at a sculpture commemorating the Haymarket riot. The day is to end outside the Chicago offices of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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    With the number of shootings in Chicago already climbing with the temperatures, police are being dispatched by the hundreds on overtime to high-crime neighborhoods, parks, public housing buildings and other spots around the city to combat the spike in crime that comes every summer.

    More Chicago police on streets to combat violence

    With the number of shootings in Chicago already climbing with the temperatures, police are being dispatched by the hundreds on overtime to high-crime neighborhoods, parks, public housing buildings and other spots around the city to combat the spike in crime that comes every summer.

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    Filling bags with items teams will give away to needy causes, parents Adin and Cathy McCann of Des Plaines prepare for an “acts of kindness scavenger hunt” Saturday in memory of their daughter, Sadie.

    Good deeds scavenger hunt honors Sadie's short life

    In the wake of their personal sorrow, parents Cathy and Adin McCann of Des Plaines turn kindness and good deeds into a team event. People in a dozen states and Canada already have performed acts of kindness in memory of Sadie Elizabeth McCann, and dozens of friends and family will join that effort Saturday, compiling good deeds as part of an “acts of kindness scavenger hunt” and blood...

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    A new report says banning sugary drinks from the food stamp program in Illinois wouldn’t necessarily prevent obesity.

    Illinois report examines sugary drinks ban

    A new report says banning sugary drinks from the food stamp program in Illinois wouldn’t necessarily prevent obesity. The nonprofit Illinois Public Health Institute’s report was released Wednesday. The report is based on a research review and interviews and focus groups with food stamp participants and store owners.

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    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he met with Secretary of Energy Ernest Muniz to discuss the FutureGen clean-coal project.

    Durbin talks FutureGen with energy secretary

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he met with Secretary of Energy Ernest Muniz to discuss the FutureGen clean-coal project. Durbin said in a news release that he met with Muniz on Wednesday to discuss the department’s commitment to the long-planned public-private project. Durbin said he stressed the importance he sees in keeping it on track.

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    Dawn Patrol: Sandy Hook mom in suburbs; Portillo’s considers selling

    Sandy Hook mom talks to suburban educators. Portillo’s considering sale of hot dog restaurants. Dems could craft two budget choices. Jurors watch interrogation video in Round Lake Beach shooting. Aurora man gets 35 years for kidnapping homeless woman. Settlement reached in beating of special needs student. Hawks will next play Wild.

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    Timothy Zhou, 17, a junior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, is a National YoungArts Foundation honorable mention winner in music, an accomplished chess player and a fledgling mathematician. Recognizing patterns, he says, is key to succeeding in all three disciplines.

    Bolingbrook teen finds patterns of success across fields

    Timothy Zhou excels at music, math and chess. While that may seem like an unusual combination, the Bolingbrook teen is quick to explain the three disciplines are much more similar than people may think. "There is beauty in patterns and logic which plays into not just chess and math, but also music," he says.

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    Kip Evans

    Grayslake District 46 board member raises concern about trade association spending

    Questions about the level of spending with a privately operated statewide education trade organization have surfaced at Grayslake Elementary District 46. Still, the Illinois Association of School Boards recently gained unanimous approval from District 46's elected officials to create an administrative procedures manual for $7,020.

Sports

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    Bears GM Phil Emery

    Bears narrowing options with No. 14 draft pick

    Bears general manager Phil Emery has targeted six players -- probably all on defense -- that could be on the board and that he would be happy to select in the NFL draft with the No. 14 pick next Thursday. He said he'd be happy if two of them were available and ecstatic if three were still there.

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    Minnesota’s Nino Niederreiter celebrates his game-winning, Game 7 overtime goal against the Avalanche and now it’s on to a second-round matching with the Blackhawks that starts tonight.

    Blackhawks vs. Wild an unlikely rematch

    Didn’t it seem like, somehow, some way, the Blackhawks were simply destined to have a playoff showdown with Colorado? It wasn't to be. Instead tonight the Blackhawks will be hosting a Wild team that showed the heart of a champion Wednesday in winning Game 7 in overtime in Denver.

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    Racing secretary Chris Polzin, left, and track president Tony Petrillo expect to have more than 2,000 horses stabled at Arlington International this season, which would be about 300 more than last year. Arlington opens its season today.

    No shortage of horses as Arlington track opens

    As its gates pen for another season on Friday, more than 2,000 horses are expected to find a home on the Arlington International backstretch this summer. “The number of horses should be as large as it has been since 2008,” says Tony Petrillo, the track’s president since 2010. “If all the trainers come who say they will, we’ll have a good season. We would have about 300 more horses than a year ago.” The main reason for the larger head count is because Keeneland Race Course will begin construction May 19 on a new dirt track to replace its Polytrack surface..

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    Girls track: Thursday, May 1 results
    Results of area high school girls track meets for Thursday, May 1.

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    Softball: Thursday, May 1 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Thursday, May 1.

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    Girls soccer: Thursday, May 1 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Thursday, May 1.

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    Girls water polo: Thursday, May 1 results
    Results of area high school girls water polo games for Thursday, May 1.

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    Boys volleyball: Thursday, May 1 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Thursday, May 1.

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    Boys track: Thursday, May 1 results
    Results of area high school boys track meets for Thursday, May 1.

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    Girls badminton: Thursday, May 1 results
    Results of area high school badminton meets for Thursday, May 1.

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    Boys tennis: Thursday, May 1 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Thursday, May 1.

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    Boys water polo: Thursday, May 1 results
    Results of area high school water polo games for Thursday, May 1.

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    Baseball: Thursday, May 1 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Thursday, May 1.

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    Cracknell scores pair as Wolves blank Americans

    Forward Adam Cracknell racked up 2 goals in the opening 16 minutes and goaltender Jake Allen rejected 18 shots as the Chicago Wolves earned a 4-0 victory over Rochester in Game 3 of the AHL’s Western Conference quarterfinals at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont on Thursday night.

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    Olson’s goal helps Grayslake North edge Central

    Chelsea Olson scored the game’s only goal, and Grayslake North’s girls soccer team continued to show its defensive prowess in a 1-0 win over visiting Grayslake Central on Thursday night.

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    Shortstop Alexei Ramirez’s offense definitely has been one of the early highlights for the White Sox.

    Definitely some White Sox highs to go with the lows

    The first month of the season is in the books, and the White Sox check in with a 14-15 record. Beat writer Scot Gregor looks at the highs in lows of April, ranging from Jose Abreu's impressive start to a rash of injuries.

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    Manager Ron Roenicke’s Milwaukee Brewers (20-8) have been the big surprise in the NL Central a month into the season.

    Brewers leading division certainly a surprise

    Except for the Cubs taking up residence in the NLCentral cellar, few things have gone as expected in the division. The Milwaukee Brewers are in first place ahead of the Cardinals, who come to Wrigley Field this weekend. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles sizes up the Central after a month of play.

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    Conant’s bats boom

    Host Conant banged out 17 hits in picking up a 13-3 victory over Hoffman Estates an MSL West baseball on Thursday.

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    Schnittker, Buffalo Grove tighten up MSL East race

    It might not have a pretty name, but it can be one of the most momentum-changing plays in volleyball. Thursday night, Buffalo Grove sophomore Zach Schnittker used the dump shot — a surprise move by a setter to push the ball across the net when the opponent is expecting the ball to be set — with shocking effectiveness not once but twice down the stretch against visiting Hersey. A combination of superb BG hitting and Huskies errors at the end of set two helped the Bison hand visiting Hersey their first Mid-Suburban East loss of the season in a 25-23, 28-26 BG win.

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    New Trier edges Fremd

    Fremd’s girls soccer team looked to have earned a chance at taking unbeaten New Trier into overtime until Kelly Maday’s late heartbreaker dashed the hopes of the Vikings in a 2-1 decision Thursday in a quarterfinal match of the Naperville Invite hosted by Fremd.

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    Softball / Lake County roundup

    Madi Dembinski homered, doubled, singled and drove in 4 runs, as Libertyville’s softball team defeated Grant 10-3 in a North Suburban Conference crossover Thursday.

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    Sisk, Lakes tops CL South

    After battling the elements to get its field ready to start the game, Lakes’ baseball team hung on to beat Crystal Lake South 5-4 in a nonconference game Thursday. Joe Sisk’s 3-run homer, single and 4 RBI led the way for the Eagles.

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    Lakes takes Prairie title

    Two freshmen with the same first name were the key. Yes, a pair of Isabellas led the way for Lakes’ girls soccer team. The two, with last names of Quaranta and Pighini, scored as the Eagles flew past visiting Wauconda 2-1 in a North Suburban Prairie Division game in Lake Villa on Thursday afternoon. The victory for Lakes (11-3) clinched the Prairie Division title with a mark of 5-0. It was also their first division title since 2010 and third overall. Wauconda dropped to 6-6-1 and 3-2.

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    Naperville North’s Olivia Stapelton Neuqua Valley’s Allie Fullreide battle for control of the ball during the 2014 Naperville girls soccer invitational, Thursday.

    Another win for Neuqua Valley

    The only way to stop the Neuqua Valley girls soccer team these days might be to send half the team somewhere else. “It’s great to be a part of it, to be honest,” Wildcats junior Kiley Czerwinski said after her 2 goals helped the Wildcats to a 3-2 victory at Naperville North and a berth in the Naperville Invitational semifinals Friday.

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    Warren sprinter Brittny Ellis, middle, leads the field to win the 4x100-meter relay during the Lake County Invite on Thursday at Grayslake Central.

    Warren’s Ellis acclimates, excels in Lake County Invite

    On a cool, overcast, wet evening at Grayslake Central, which hosted the Lake County invite, Warren's Brittny Ellis, as always, weathered the competition. She anchored Warren’s winning 400 relay and then sped to wins in the 100 (12.22), 400 (58.25) and 200 (25.33) dashes.

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    Grayslake North hoping for offense to return

    Attention hits and runs: Grayslake North would like its offense back. The Knights have been searching for their offense for most of the season. For some reason, the hits and runs have been tough to come by.

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    Montreal Canadiens teammates jump on P.K. Subban, right, after his game-winning goal in the second overtime period as Boston Bruins right wing Jarome Iginla (12) skates away in Game 1 of an NHL hockey second-round playoff series in Boston, Thursday, May 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Subban leads Canadians to 4-3 OT win over Bruins

    P.K. Subban scored his second goal of the game at 4:17 of the second overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins on Thursday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

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    Girls soccer: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, May 1

    Fox Valley girls soccer roundup for Thursday, May 1.

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    Manning circles back to opportunity at Schaumburg

    Marty Manning grew up as a basketball player in the Schaumburg Athletic Association. Manning grew up as a high school basketball coach in Huntley. So, in a way there were growing pains as Manning weighed whether or not he should leave one quality job for another after the top spot at Schaumburg opened up when Matt Walsh resigned in March.

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    Cary-Grove’s Katie Conner is flanked by teammates Abby Glaysher and JJ Baily, right, after her first-half goal against Huntley Thursday in Cary.

    Cary-Grove surprises Huntley

    Cary-Grove girls soccer coach Ray Krystal could finally crack a smile. After starting Fox Valley Conference Valley Division play with an 0-3 record, the Trojans came with a huge effort in knocking off powerful Huntley 2-1 at Cary-Grove’s Al Bohrer Field Thursday night.

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    Koulous homer lifts Waubonsie Valley

    Off the bat, Waubonsie Valley’s Mel Koulos knew she hit the ball well to the gap in right center and was hoping that both the game-tying and game-winning runs would come around on the play in the bottom of the seventh.

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    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Thursday, May 1

    St. Edward 6, Marian Central 0: Lindsay Zdroik (6-6) threw a 4-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks and went 3-for-4 with a double and 2 RBI to lead the Green Wave (9-8, 4-4) to a Suburban Christian Blue win. Kelly Theriault (3-for-4, 3 RBI) and Allison Stratman (2-for-3, RBI) also contributed for St. Edward.Westminster sweeps: Rachel Fugiel was 2-for-4 with a triple, home run and 2 RBI in Game 1 as Westminster Christian swept a pair of five-inning Northeastern Athletic Conference games, 11-4 and 13-2. Maddie King (2B) and Jackie Calabrese each went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI in Game 1 and Becca Fugiel threw a 1-hitter with 7 strikeouts and 2 walks. In Game 2, Rachel Fugiel threw a 2-hitter and went 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI, while Calabrese was 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI. Leadoff hitter Emma Kovachevich went 5-for-8 in the two games for the Warriors (5-7-1, 5-1).

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    Focused Osimowicz fiercely leads Hoffman Estates

    The rain and cold on Thursday wasn’t going to faze Hoffman Estate’s softball team in a season which has proved to be its best in years. “It was pretty chilly,” said Hawks sophomore pitcher Tracy Osimowicz not even mentioning the off-and-on rain drops. “We were keeping each warm in the dugout sharing jackets and whatever else we could do.”And Osimowicz was doing what she has most of the season — winning on the pitcher’s mound. The sophomore right-hander raised her record to 8-1, tossing an 8-hitter with 2 strikeouts in a 12-4 victory over the host Huskies.

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    Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau shouts during Game 5 of the Bulls' NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Chicago. The Wizards won 75-69, taking the series. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Steve Lundy) MANDATORY CREDIT MAGS OUT

    Thibodeau to Lakers? Not likely

    A report out of Los Angeles suggested the Lakers will ask the Bulls permission to contact Tom Thibodeau about the team’s head coaching vacancy. But there is no reason to think this scenario will break up the Bulls.

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    Palatine pitcher Erin Davis delivers against Wheeling on Thursday at Heritage Park in Wheeling.

    Palatine slugs out a victory

    Palatine’s softball team was playing on artificial turf on Thursday but the Pirates had real bats. They slugged 6 triples and a double while rolling to a 13-1 five-inning victory over host Wheeling at the Wheeling Park District’s Heritage Park.

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    Addison Trail closes out St. Charles East

    The 30-28 victory by the Addison Trail boys volleyball team in Game 2 on Thursday not only clinched a match win over visiting St. Charles East, but it was a prime example of why the Blazers are 16-3 this season.

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    Ailing Toews should be ready for Game 1

    A few eyebrows were raised when the Blackhawks took the ice for practice Thursday with everyone present and accounted for ... except for captain Jonathan Toews.No cause for concern, though, according to coach Joel Quenneville.“He’s fine,” Quenneville said.

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    Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) is fouled by Atlanta Hawks center Pero Antic (6) while trying to score in the second half of Game 6 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Atlanta, Thursday, May 1, 2014. Indiana won 95-88. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Pacers force Game 7 with 95-88 win over Hawks

    David West led Indiana on a 16-4 run to end the game, extending the season for the top-seeded Pacers with a 95-88 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.Trailing 3-2 after losing at home for the second time in the best-of-seven series, Indiana was poised for an early summer when the Hawks pushed out to an 84-79 lead with just over 3 minutes remaining, cheered on by a raucous crowd.

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    Charity tennis clinic offered in D300

    Players and coaches from District 300 schools will be offering a charity tennis clinic for players of all ability levels on Sunday at Jacobs High School.

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    Big second half carries Burlington Central

    The first half belonged to Kassidy Grimscheid and Marengo, but the second half was all Burlington Central.The Rockets outscored the Indians 7-0 after halftime to win going away, 8-3, in the Big Northern East girls soccer matchup in Marengo Thursday.

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    St. Charles North’s John Pretet, center, was selected to Illpolo.com preseason’s fourth team all-state team.

    St. Charles North seeks repeat of own tournament title

    One can tell Chris Cloy retains the passion for water polo he had as an athlete at Sandburg. “It’s a fast-paced, action-packed game. It’s a physical, aggressive sport that requires a tremendous amount of skill to be successful at it,” said St. Charles North’s sixth-year boys water polo coach.

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    The Fire will have to chase its first win Saturday without leading scorerQuincy Amarikwa, who against New England two weeks ago earned two yellow cards and a suspension.

    Fire ‘dying’ to get first win against Real Salt Lake

    Frank Yallop counts himself as one of those coaches who hates to lose more than he likes to win, so the Chicago Fire’s six-game streak of ties is not entirely bad.

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    Will Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau be staying with the team, or, per Kobe Bryant’s request, be heading to Los Angeles to lead the Lakers?

    Off-season play already thickens for Bulls

    The Lakers usually give Kobe Bryant what he wants. He wants Tom Thibodeau now, so maybe the Bulls will wind up sending their head coach to Los Angeles for at least a lottery pick in this year's college draft.

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    South Elgin’s Dan Gibadlo tips the ball over the net as St. Charles North’s Jeff Rollins (8) and Jack Bujko (14) defend at the net in the first match on Thursday, May 1.

    South Elgin denies St. Charles North in 2

    Nate Marotta thought his night was over. But the South Elgin senior was summoned back into the Upstate Eight Conference crossover boys volleyball match when the Storm lead shrunk considerably.

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    Mundelein assistant baseball coaches Fred Picket, left, and Neil McLoughlin have coached together for more than 45 years. Picket is retiring this year after 45 years, and McLoughlin has coached more than 50 years at the high school.

    Picket/McLoughlin era drawing to a close at Mundelein

    Nearly 100 years of coaching will walk out the dugout door at Mundelein when longtime coaches Fred Picket and Neil McLoughlin retire at the end of the season.

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    Bears add 3 safeties to the competition

    The battles for the Bears' two safety positions, which were both weaknesses last year, will be wide open this summer with no clear-cut starters at the moment, according to general manager Phil Emery.

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    Jacob’s Lexi Post, left, and Rachael Holstein hand off the baton in the 4x100 relay during the McHenry County Track and Field Championships last Friday in Huntley.

    Burlington Central optimistic heading into county

    The Burlington Central girls’ track team is the midst of an important part of its schedule. The Rockets recently won their own Rocket Relays event and will compete in the annual Kane County meet Friday at Kaneland.

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    Depth, persistence are Wild strong suits
    Q&A with Blackhawks broadcaster Troy Murray, who says Minnesota Wild will come at Blackhawks in waves.

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    Superb field for Wanner Invite

    Current Hersey boys track and field coach Ken Blazek still remembers his days as a hurdler for then-Prospect coach Joe Wanner and the Knights back in the day. One of Blazek’s favorite memories came at the Knights’ Wanner Invitational. “I have always described this meet to our kids as the first state meet of the year,” Blazek said. “If you can’t get up for this meet, I don’t know what you can get up for.”

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    Naughton, Pancratz to coach at Conant

    Conant has announced two new varsity girls sports coaches. Deirdre Naughton has been named girls basketball head coach, and Drewann Pancratz has been named girls volleyball head coach. Naughton takes over the program for retiring Coach Dan Travers, and Pancratz replaces retiring Coach Peggy Scholten.

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    Koester, Macnider to lead Hoffman Estates girls teams

    Mike Koester has been named girls basketball head coach and Kirk Macnider has been named girls track and field head coach at Hoffman Estates.

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    NFL quarterback prospect Jimmy Garoppolo returned to Rolling Meadows High School on Thursday morning to reunite with former coaches and players and to talk to students.

    Meadows welcomes back future NFL QB Garoppolo

    With his professional football dream just around the corner, Jimmy Garoppolo went back to his roots on Thursday. Garoppolo, who is expected to be highly drafted in next week’s NFL draft, stopped by Rolling Meadows High School, where he was honored with a school assembly.

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    FILE- In this April 26, 2014, exercise rider Dana Barnes gallops Kentucky Derby hopeful Hoppertunity at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. Hoppertunity, the second favorite for the Kentucky Derby, is out of the race. Trainer Bob Baffert says the colt has a sore left front foot. (AP Photo/Garry Jones, File)

    Hoppertunity out of Kentucky Derby with sore foot

    Bob Baffert is down to one horse for the Kentucky Derby after early 6-1 second choice Hoppertunity was scratched Thursday because of a sore left front foot.The colt was to have been ridden Saturday by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith.“Bad news travels fast,” Baffert said."The horse is OK. He’s just not 100 percent and it’s too close to the race, so I pulled the plug.”

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    Mike North video: Look for Hawks to repeat
    Mike North was never worried even when the Blackhawks were down 2-0 to the St Louis Blues. He expects this team to win their second Stanley Cup in a row.

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    Bulls GM Gar Forman

    Is Gar Forman up to the task?

    This summer and next season should finally define whether Gar Forman is the general manager that can provide head coach Tom Thibodeau with a roster that should contend for an NBA title.

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    Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni resigns

    Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni resigned Wednesday after less than two seasons on the job.Team spokesman John Black confirmed D’Antoni’s resignation, ending the brief tenure of the Lakers’ fourth head coach in less than three years.

Business

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    Warren Buffett’s failure to beat the stock market in four of the past five years has raised the issue of whether Berkshire Hathaway’s 83-year-old CEO has lost his touch.

    Buffett may face questions about performance

    Warren Buffett’s failure to beat the stock market in four of the past five years has raised the issue of whether Berkshire Hathaway’s 83-year-old CEO has lost his touch. Buffett is likely to face questions about the conglomerate’s performance when more than 30,000 shareholders gather for Berkshire’s annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday.

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    U.S. stocks ended little changed, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average falling from a record, as data showed an increase in jobless claims before the government’s monthly labor report tomorrow.

    Encouraging news on economy fails to lift stocks

    Encouraging news on the U.S. economy wasn’t enough to give the stock market its fourth straight day of gains. The market remains close to its all-time highs, but for now investors, uncertain about which way the economy is headed, appear reluctant to push stocks higher.

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    Motorola Solutions reported deeper than expected losses for the first quarter.

    Motorola Solutions plans more cuts, earnings show losses

    Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions Thursday posted deeper than expected losses for its first quarter, which will result in layoffs and other cuts to save a potential $100 million this year, CEO Greg Brown said in an interview with the Daily Herald. Sales were down about 9 percent and earnings down more than 20 percent overall for the quarter.

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    A screen shot of the new Mowz app that helps suburban homeowners care for their lawn.

    Mowz offers suburban homeowners chance to care for lawn via app

    If you dread mowing the lawn or just don’t have the time, a new app called Mowz could help relieve you of that summertime chore. Co-founders William Mahoney of Syracuse, N.Y., and Andrew Englander of New York City created Mowz after they launched another app last year called Plowz, which arranges snow plowing in 20 cities, including the Chicago and suburban market. “We are signing up more providers in the Chicago region every day as the word spreads,” Mahoney said.

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    Toyota’s move to Texas is about more than money

    Toyota’s move from Los Angeles-area offices to a new U.S. headquarters in Texas is likely about more than tax incentives. Some experts say Toyota is after people with fresh ideas to shake up its culture and reverse a five-year slide in market share.

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    Mary and Leo Kowal, of St. Charles

    Unlikely partnerships help small businesses thrive

    In 2012, media company Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. launched Martha Stewart American Made. Business owners nominate themselves online to win a prize. The program benefited a St. Charles couple in 2013.

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    Viacom says its second-quarter profit rose 4 percent, boosted by its TV networks, and beat Wall Street predictions.

    Viacom 2Q profit rises 4 pct helped by TV networks

    Viacom says its second-quarter profit rose 4 percent, boosted by its TV networks, and beat Wall Street predictions. The New York company, which owns Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures, earned $502 million, or $1.13 per share,

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    Wal-Mart says that almost anything is possible as it pushes to cement its reputation as a place where shoppers can stop in for grocery staples like milk and eggs and also cross off a number of other things on their “To-Do” list.

    What does Wal-Mart not sell?

    The news that Wal-Mart is getting into the car insurance business begs the question: is there anything that the world’s largest retailer doesn’t hawk?Surprisingly, the answer is plenty. You can find food, meds and toys for your dog Rover at Wal-Mart, but chances are you didn’t buy your pet there.

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    The Federal Reserve struck an encouraging note Wednesday: It will further cut its bond purchases because the U.S. job market needs less help.

    Fed cuts monthly bond purchases and sounds upbeat

    The Federal Reserve struck an encouraging note Wednesday: It will further cut its bond purchases because the U.S. job market needs less help. And it said the economy had strengthened after all but stalling during a harsh winter. The Fed also reaffirmed its plan to keep short-term interest rates low to support the economy “for a considerable time” after its bond purchases end, likely late this year.

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    Scott T. Stone

    Paddock board names Stone COO of Daily Herald Media Group

    Scott T. Stone has been elected executive vice president and chief operating officer of Arlington Heights-based Paddock Publications, publisher of Daily Herald Media including the Daily Herald, Business Ledger and Reflejos, the company said Wednesday. In addition, Stefanie S. Anderson and Stuart Paddock III were appointed senior vice presidents and Karen DiGiulio was named corporate secretary.

Life & Entertainment

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    A working draft of Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” one of the most popular songs of all time. The draft, in Dylan’s own hand, is coming to auction in New York on June 24, 2014, where it could fetch an estimated $1 million to $2 million.

    Dylan’s ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ heads to auction

    One of the most popular songs of all time, Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” is going to auction this summer. Sotheby’s is offering a working draft of the finished song in Dylan’s own hand for an estimated $1 million to $2 million. The draft is written in pencil on four sheets of hotel letterhead stationery with revisions, additions, notes and doodles.

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    Peter Bergman, left, and Daniel Goddard star in “The Young & The Restless.” The daytime drama series is ahead of the pack with 26 Daytime Emmy nominations, including best daytime drama.

    ‘The Young and the Restless’ leads Daytime Emmy nominees

    CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” led the pack with 26 Daytime Emmy nominations announced Thursday, including best daytime drama. The 41st annual Daytime Emmys will be presented June 22 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The Young and the Restless” will compete against CBS’ “The Bold and the Beautiful” and NBC’s “Days of Our Lives” for best soap. As Barbara Walters’ retirement nears, the ABC legend learned she was nominated for best talk-show host at “The View.”

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    Singer Paul Simon and his wife, Edie Brickell, appear at a hearing in Norwalk Superior Court on Monday in Norwalk, Conn. The couple were arrested Saturday on disorderly conduct charges by officers investigating a family dispute at their home in New Canaan, Conn.

    Police: Simon made 911 call that led to arrests

    Paul Simon made the 911 call that led to the arrests last week of him and his wife, singer Edie Brickell, on disorderly conduct charges, according to a police report. The police report indicates that Brickell, 48, and Simon, 72, became physical with each other Saturday during an argument inside a cottage on their New Canaan property that houses a recording studio.

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    A senior British police officer says heroin is likely to have played a role in the death of Peaches Geldof last month.

    Heroin played a role in Peaches Geldof’s death

    A senior British police officer says heroin is likely to have played a role in the death of Peaches Geldof last month. The 25-year-old daughter of Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof died at her home south of London on April 7.

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    A five-day festival honoring the late folk singer Pete Seeger will feature music, film and remembrances in New York City and the Hudson Valley. Seeger grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson said the free “Seeger Fest” from July 17-21 will celebrate the lives of the famous singer and his late wife, Toshi Seeger.

    N.Y. festival to honor folk singer Pete Seeger

    A five-day festival honoring the late folk singer Pete Seeger is set to feature music, film and remembrances in New York City and the state’s Hudson Valley region. Seeger’s grandson Kitama Cahill-Jackson said Wednesday the free Seeger Fest will run July 17-21 and will celebrate the lives of the famous singer and his late wife, Toshi Seeger.

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    Tess Gerritsen, an author and one of the biggest names in the medical thriller genre, is suing the studio behind the hit film “Gravity” claiming it is based on one of her novels. Gerritsen’s lawsuit filed Tuesday against Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. seeks more than $10 million from the studio behind the Oscar-winning film, which starred Sandra Bullock.

    Author sues Warner Bros. over ‘Gravity’ profits

    Author Tess Gerritsen has sued Warner Bros. claiming the studio owes her millions in profits from the Oscar-winning hit film “Gravity.” But the studio is pointing to her own statements downplaying similarities between the blockbuster and one of her novels. Gerritsen sued Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. in a Los Angeles federal court on Tuesday, alleging the studio violated an agreement she had with one of its subsidiaries to turn her novel “Gravity” into a movie. Gerritsen, whose books include a series that is basis for the TNT show “Rizzoli & Isles,” sold the film rights to the “Gravity” novel for $1 million in 1999.

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    Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) confronts a series of life-altering complications over an evening's drive in the daring drama “Locke.”

    Daring 'Locke' rife with decisions, consequences

    At the end of Steven Knight's one-man drama “Locke,” a single car breaks away from the busy main highway and sets off on its own solitary course. It's a perfect ending for a daring drama that believes in the power of the spoken word to carry a story. Tom Hardy demonstrates just how commanding an actor can be given the right script, director and latitude to let the dialogue sketch the characters and conflict for our imaginations.

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    Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) confronts a series of life-altering complications over an evening's drive in the daring drama “Locke.”

    Director takes a journey making 'Locke'

    Dann interviews British novelist and filmmaker Steven Knight about his new movie, "Locke," starring Tom Hardy as a man undergoing a crisis while driving in his car. Dann also supplies film notes from around the Northwest suburbs.

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    Patrons sit outside of Sampan, a contemporary Asian restaurant, along 13th Street in Philadelphia.

    Philly’s 13th St. brings good luck to great food

    Tourism officials will tell you the restaurant-rich area at the heart of downtown is called Midtown Village. Philadelphia food-lovers just know 13th Street — which runs through the center of the neighborhood — as a vibrant area chock-full of great eateries and wine bars, a place to get anything from artisanal pizza and gourmet vegan to Asian fusion and modern Indian. And don’t forget the freshly made prickly-pear gelato for dessert. It's centrally located, sitting in the shadow of City Hall between the Liberty Bell and tony Rittenhouse Square.

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    Maya Van Wagenen, a 15-year-old author, decided to follow the advice of the 1950s book “Betty Cornell’s Teen-Age Popularity Guide.” Her experiences led to the book, “Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek,” a movie deal, and an introduction to Betty Cornell, now in her 80s.

    Teen finds meaning in 1950s popularity guide

    Respecting or learning from one’s elders isn’t exactly a top priority for most teens. For Maya Van Wagenen, though, digging up a previous generation’s teen scene actually helped her. She survived the middle-school blues thanks to “Betty Cornell’s Teenage Popularity Guide,” originally published in 1951. Her experiences following the guide led Van Wagenen to write her own book, “Popular,” which has now been optioned for a movie.

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    Crystl Faye Horton-Friedman, right, and Kristin Beckler, left, pose for a photo at Del Frisco’s in New York. Both women work as sommeliers at the restaurant. More women are moving up the wine ranks, said Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder and CEO of the International Culinary Center.

    Growing number of women working as sommeliers

    This Mother’s Day, sommeliers will be on hand to help you select just the right wine to go with that special meal out. And some of those somms will be moms. Though it’s still very much a man’s world, more women are moving up the wine ranks, says Dorothy Cann Hamilton, founder and CEO of the International Culinary Center.

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    Rodrigo y Gabriela wield only acoustic guitars on “9 Dead Alive.”

    Rodrigo y Gabriela find magic on new album

    On “9 Dead Alive,” Rodrigo y Gabriela’s first new album in five years, the duo strips down to return to the raw, ferocious energy that won them global acclaim after they were discovered busking in Ireland. Alone with their guitars, the couple indeed create a whole far greater than their two instruments.

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    Jenn Gambatese’s Maria teaches the von Trapp children the joy of music in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “The Sound of Music.”

    Lyric’s ‘Sound of Music’ traditional, but not transcendent

    Lyric Opera of Chicago’s “The Sound of Music” is every bit the grand production you’d expect from one of the country’s leading opera companies. Among its pleasures are the 39 instrumentalists who make up conductor Rob Fisher’s glorious orchestra. They bring to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein’s memorable score a sumptuousness not found in smaller productions. Director Marc Bruni’s smartly staged production is glossy and confident. But it’s traditional rather than transcendent, which is what I expected from the Lyric.

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    Fired L.A. parking enforcement officer Michael Harris (Ryan Hansen) uses social media to fake his own death in the darkly comic “Friended to Death.”

    Social media comedy #disappointinglysilly

    The plot of Sarah Smick’s blackly comic “Friended to Death” is thin and simple stuff, a premise that might feel right at home in a half-hour TV sitcom such as “The Big Bang Theory” — minus the rapid rat-a-tat punchlines and interesting characters. How could a disappointing, anti-climactic comedy about the timely subject of social media addiction come off seeming so irrelevant and passe?

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    A sexy New Yorker (Sofia Vergara) hires a florist (star/writer/director John Turturro) for sex in the romantic comedy “Fading Gigolo.”

    Allen-esque 'Fading Gigolo' lacks Woody's magic

    You might swear that John Turturro's “Fading Gigolo” came from Woody Allen. Its Allenesque touches include a dreamy jazz score sprinkled with golden oldie standards, and a parade of musty, dusty New York apartments and offices. Yet, there's something missing here. That indefinable Allen spark, the honed-edge one-liners and the New York scenes bursting with the filmmaker's love of the city.

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    Editorial: Public need meets private good in Harper program
    A Daily Herald editorial looks at the Harper College Women's Program as a model for what can be done when a public need is met with private generosity,

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    Dealing with scandalous behavior before it becomes a scandal

    Columnist Jim Slusher: Much of the appeal of the Donald Sterling story comes from a natural human desire to see wrongs righted. but there's also something more.

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    An education challenge for GOP

    Columnist Michael Gerson: For Republicans, the issue of higher education is emblematic. There are a number of vital but creaky social systems — elementary and secondary education, health care, the tax code, the immigration system, the social safety net — in need of serious, market-based reform. A party of innovation, redesign and repair might have considerable appeal. It would, among other good things, directly address many of the concerns of the working and middle class. But a party of opposition, faux populism and reflexive anti-government ideology is not up this task.

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    The irony of crying ‘amateur’
    A Lake Villa letter to the editor: I find it amusing that people would take offense about a published article that criticizes a favored pollician for not having the necessary background to be president.

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    Time will tell what ‘right side of history’ is
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: The other day the Obama administration announced it had hit their goal of 7 million signed up for Obamacare. After months no specific numbers, we are told it is now exactly 7.1 million people. It reminded me of how they somehow hit their needed unemployment number just in time before the last election.

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    Unfair to ban young lacrosse players
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: Kaneland High School lacks a lacrosse club, so four of their ambitious freshmen joined the Geneva High School club to continue their dreams of playing lacrosse. Lacrosse is not as yet a state-approved sport, but that has not stopped the Upstate Eight Conference from deciding they have jurisdiction over these young players lives...

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    McCain continues warmongering ways
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: As Ukraine burns, the light in Senator John McCain’s eye grows brighter, and he appeared almost gleeful bashing President Obama on “Face The Nation” over the president’s failure to halt Russian pushback to the U.S. inspired coup in that failed state.

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