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Daily Archive : Wednesday May 14, 2014

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    Rolling Meadows council reverses vote on chairman choice

    The Rolling Meadows City Council Tuesday overturned a previous vote and approved the reappointment of Glenn Gercken as chairman of the Plan Commission.At the April 22 meeting the council voted 4-3 against the reappointment.Mayor Tom Rooney, obviously taken by surprise that night, asked for a motion to reconsider and called for an executive session on the matter Tuesday.

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    Teen shot and killed in Aurora

    A 18-year-old man was shot and killed while sitting on a porch on Aurora's near east side Wednesday evening. The shooting, which happened just after 7 p.m. on the 200 block of North Smith Street, does not appear to be random, police said in a news release.

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    Robert Maday

    Maday gets another 32 years in prison for 2009 crime spree

    A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced convicted bank robber Robert Maday to 32 years in prison for a 2009 crime spree that began when he escaped two Cook County state's attorney investigators in a Rolling Meadows parking lot and ended with his arrest following a high-speed car chase and crash.

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    Proposed legislation in Springfield aims to investigate health issues related to the O'Hare International Airport expansion.

    Lawmakers want new study on O'Hare noise

    As noise complaints have continued to fly in after O'Hare International Airport opened a new runway in 2013, two state lawmakers want to look into it.

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    Conrad Black prosecutor gets promotion in Chicago

    A prosecutor who helped convict Canadian media mogul Conrad Black and other high-profile figures is the new head of the criminal division at Chicago's U.S. attorney's office. The office announced Julie B. Porter's appointment Tuesday.

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    Work on the Jane Addams Tollway doesn't come cheaply.

    Tollway gives details of latest construction loan

    The Illinois tollway's $500 million bond sale this month is the first of two expected this year to help fund a $12 billion construction program. The tollway sold $500 million in bonds May 7 but ultimately ended up receiving $546 million from investors with a 4.3 percent interest rate, officials said Wednesday.

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    Judge halts Illinois pension overhaul until ruling

    A Sangamon County judge stopped Illinois' state pension overhaul law from taking effect Wednesday, issuing a stay on the law until the court can rule on its constitutionality. The overhaul was designed to close a $100 billion deficit in five state pension systems.

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    Proposal would limit questions about applicants' criminal history

    Proposed legislation in Springfield wouldn't allow employers with more than 15 employees to inquire about criminal history until the applicant is determined to be qualified.

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    Madigan pitches plan to expand business tax credit

    A House committee voted 8-2 Wednesday to approve House Speaker Michael Madigan's plan to expand the EDGE tax credit program to more companies that create at least five new jobs in high-poverty areas. More than 700 companies across the state claim the EDGE credit.

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    Community Unit District 300 has named Fred Heid its next superintendent. Heid, an administrator for the Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida, will replace Michael Bregy; Bregy is headed to North Shore School District 112 in Highland Park at the end of this month.

    District 300 names new superintendent

    Community Unit School District 300 has tapped a Florida administrator as its next superintendent, a top official confirmed Wednesday night. Fred Heid, chief academic officer for Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Florida, will assume the helm at the sixth largest school district in Illinois, according to a memo board President Anne Miller sent to the district's staff.

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    Democrats push state budget assuming 5% income tax rate

    Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said he’ll ask lawmakers to vote for a spending plan that includes money from renewing a 2011 income tax hike, even though Democrats haven’t yet agreed to extend it. Lawmakers today will start considering a state budget that would avoid program cuts that threaten if the income tax rate falls from 5 percent to 3.75 percent on Jan. 1 as scheduled.

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    Riley Glueckert marches with his grandfather John W. Glueckert, an Army veteran, during the honor flag processional in the 2013 Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade.

    Glueckert family honoring veterans in Arlington Hts. Memorial Day Parade

    For a second year, Glueckert Funeral Home is looking for veterans and their relatives and friends to march in the Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade as part of the Honor Flag and Ribbon procession. The Glueckert entry to the parade will honor veterans, living and deceased, as well as active duty members.

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    Smash-and-grab burglar hits Oak Brook store

    Someone broke into Lord & Taylor in Oak Brook early Wednesday morning and stole jewelry and watches, police say.

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    Ex-Chicago official charged in red-light program

    Federal authorities Wednesday arrested a retired Chicago official who managed one of the nation’s largest red-light camera programs, accusing him of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, an Arizona condominium and other gifts to steer $124 million in city contracts to Phoenix-based Redflex Traffic Systems Inc.

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    Rosamaria Martinez

    Elgin city council makes pick for vacant seat

    A past commander of American Legion Post 57 who works in the transportation department of Elgin Area School District U-46 is expected to be the first Hispanic on the Elgin City Council in five years. Rosamaria “Rose” Martinez was picked to be appointed for a vacant seat during executive session at Wednesday night’s meeting, Councilman John Prigge said.

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    A police officer turns traffic away as flames leap behind him Wednesday in Carlsbad, Calif.

    Wildfire burns homes in San Diego County

    At least a half-dozen wildfires scorched San Diego County on Wednesday, forcing thousands to flee burning homes and prompting the closures of a college campus and Legoland California. No major injuries were reported. Firefighters contended with temperatures approaching 100 degrees and gusty winds as they tried to contain flames fueled by brush and trees left brittle by drought.

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    Marmarie Kostelny, left and D.J. Tegeler

    Kostelny concedes Kane judge GOP nod to Tegeler

    Marmarie Kostelny will not to seek a full recount in her seven-vote loss to D.J. Tegeler for the Republican nomination for Kane County circuit judge. A discovery recount in early May did not reveal any irregularities; Tegeler advances to the Nov. 4 election where no Democrat has filed for the seat.

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    Actress Nicole Kidman and actor Tim Roth pose for photographers during a photo call Wednesday for the film “Grace of Monaco” at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in southern France.

    Images: Cannes Film Festival
    The opening of the 67th Cannes Film Festival in southern France Wednesday was all about Grace Kelly, at least the big screen version of her life anyway. Nicole Kidman, who portrays the late princess of Monaco, took center stage.

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    A proposed $200,000 grant to fund a bookmobile program at Elgin’ Gail Borden Library District is being called a “pork” project by critics.

    $200,000 Elgin library grant tucked into Democrats’ state budget

    Elgin's Gail Borden Library District was singled out for a $200,000 grant as part of Wednesday's state budget proposal. While newly appointed Democratic state Rep. Anna Moeller of Elgin said the grant would cover costs for a bookmobile, critics contend the grant is pork intended to sway Moeller to vote for extending the income tax hike.

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    Miners and family members wait outside a coal mine following an explosion in Soma, western Turkey, Wednesday.

    274 dead in Turkey’s worst-ever mine disaster

    Amid wails of grief and anger, rescue workers coated in grime trudged repeatedly out of a coal mine Wednesday with stretchers of bodies that swelled the death toll to 274 — the worst such disaster in Turkish history. Hopes faded for 150 others still trapped deep underground in smoldering tunnels filled with toxic gases.

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    Harriet Abernethy-Ogorzalek

    Original Northwest Community Hospital worker “loved this community”

    Harriet Abernethy-Ogorzalek started working at Northwest Community Hospital before it even opened, and continued to support the institution as a donor long after her 25-year career ended. “She was witty and gentle,” said David Ungurean, executive director of the Northwest Community Hospital Foundation. Abernethy-Ogorzalek, 90, died May 9 after being struck by a car while walking in...

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    The marquee outside Wrigley Field in Chicago gets painted green and gold Wednesday, May 14, 2014, to match the colors from the 1930s as part of the field’s anniversary celebration, before the Cubs’ home stand against the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Yankees beginning Friday. (AP Photo/Sun-Times Media, Al Podgorski) MANDATORY CREDIT, MAGS OUT, NO SALES

    Cubs turn marquee green as part of Wrigley celebration

    The marquee outside Wrigley Field in Chicago was painted green and gold Wednesday to match the colors from the 1930s as part of the field’s anniversary celebration, before the Cubs’ home stand against the Milwaukee Brewers and the New York Yankees beginning Friday.

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    Tim Sassone

    Daily Herald wins seven state AP awards

    The Daily Herald received seven Illinois Associated Press Media Editors awards, including special recognition in the sports breaking news category for coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup victory.

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    Lawmakers: IMSA budget could be cut over diversity

    The Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora would see about a 10 percent budget cut after some Democrats criticized the Aurora school for having a student body that’s not diverse enough.

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    Volunteer for BeachFest:

    Round Lake Beach is looking for volunteers for its annual BeachFest celebration which runs from June 20-22.

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    Libertyville pageant:

    Applications are being accepted for contestants for the 2014 Miss, Junior Miss and Little Miss Libertyville Queens pageant.

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    Libertyville crossing to close again:

    Drivers are reminded that the Metra rail crossing on Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic beginning at 6 a.m. Saturday, May 17, for repairs to the roadway and crossing.

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    Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, chairman of the Sept. 11 museum, addresses a news conference in the venue, in New York, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Leaders of the soon-to-open Sept. 11 museum are portraying it as a monument to unity and resilience.

    9/11 museum offers sights and sounds of tragedy

    By turns chilling and heartbreaking, a place of both deathly silence and distressing sounds, the National September 11 Memorial Museum opens this week deep beneath ground zero, 12½ years after the terrorist attacks. The project was marked by construction problems, financial squabbles and disputes over the appropriate way to honor the nearly 3,000 people killed in New York, Washington and the...

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    County takes next step toward medical marijuana zoning

    Kane County officials are not excited about the potential for a medical marijuana cultivation center or dispensary to set up shop within its borders. That's particularly true after Wednesday when they learned there is nothing in the state pilot program that would allow them to directly profit off the businesses if they come to town. Nonetheless, county officials are poised to alter their zoning...

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    Six Streamwood High School students charged in fight

    A 17-year-old male Streamwood High School student accused of pushing a teacher during a brawl inside the school Tuesday is facing felony aggravated battery and misdemeanor mob action charges, police said Wednesday. Five other male students, ages 14 to 16, are charged with mob action under village ordinances.

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    Rosemont streets in gated community to be repaved

    Streets within Rosemont’s gated community will be repaved later this year, as the village board approved a $829,000 contract for the work Wednesday.

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    Food bank announces new CEO

    The Northern Illinois Food Bank has named a new chief executive officer.

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    Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik speaks at a business luncheon Wednesday at KeyLime Cove Waterpark Resort. Road construction and news from the business community were part of her speech.

    Gurnee mayor addresses business crowd on expected summer traffic woes, other topics

    Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik touched on expected summer traffic woes, an addition planned for a village tourist spot and other topics during her annual speech at a business luncheon Wednesday. About 100 guests attended the gathering at KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort.

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    Algonquin Fire Department officials and Community Unit District 300 Safety Officer Gary Chester said six students were sent to area hospitals after an accident involving a large inflatable slide at the Algonquin Lakes Elementary School May, 23, 2013. The school’s year-end celebration was moved into the gym because of bad weather, and lawsuits have been filed seeking damages for two students involved.

    2 Dist. 300 students sue for injuries after inflatable slide tipped

    Lawsuits have been filed on behalf of two students who were injured at Algonquin Lakes Elementary School when an inflatable slide tipped over at a May 2013 year-end celebration.

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    Vernon Hills High School freshman Zak Baumann drives the obstacle course Wednesday wearing special goggles simulating drunken driving. Security guard Al Frank, left, points out various obstacles during the prom week activity.

    Vernon Hills High officials emphasize safety during prom week activities

    Vernon Hills High School students drove golf carts through an obstacle course while wearing special goggles Wednesday to simulate the effects of drinking and driving. It was part of this week’s series of pre-prom activities hosted by school officials, the student council and the Student Assistance Program.

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    Tri-Cities police reports
    An iPhone5, valued at $800, was stolen between 12:01 a.m. and 1:28 p.m. Friday from a residence on the 6N100 block of Emily Lane near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    A wallet, cellphone, and a silver 2001 Hyundai Santa Fe were stolen between 2 and 5:18 a.m. Monday from the 54W200 block of Kelley Road near Hampshire, according to a sheriff’s report.

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    Skyline Tree Service employees Alex Ellis, left, and Chris Ranney control the fall of a limb from a box elder tree Wednesday along the Great Western Trail in St. Charles.

    Trees removed from Great Western Trail

    Several trees were removed Wednesday near the Great Western Trail in St. Charles. Users of the trail should be aware of construction work the next couple days.

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    Hanover Park police encourage homeowners to maintain yards

    Hanover Park police are encouraging residents to maintain their yards to meet village rules. The department’s code enforcement unit will issue a notice to any businesses or homes with grass and weeds taller than eight inches.

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    Schaumburg extends contract with fire commanders

    Schaumburg and the village fire department’s command staff have a new four-year contract. As approved by village trustees Tuesday, the department’s five fire captains and one battalion chief will receive a 2 percent raise retroactive to May 1, another 2 percent pay hike in 2015, and 2.5 percent in both 2016 and 2017.

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    Four Squires clothing store owners, Lance and Sue Hansen, are retiring and closing the store that has operated in downtown Antioch since 1972. Their daughters, Heather Knies and Melissa Kann, are helping in the background.

    Antioch’s Four Squires clothing store set to close after 42 years as owners plan to retire

    A longtime downtown Antioch clothing store is set to close because the husband-and-wife owners say they are ready to retire. Lance and Sue Hansen, who have owned the Four Squires store at 414 Lake St. since 2007, said they plan to spend time with family.

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    James Kilgore

    Felon says he’s ashamed but should be allowed to teach

    University of Illinois instructor James Kilgore said Wednesday that he isn’t proud of his actions as a felon and member of a 1970s radical group but believes he shouldn’t be barred from teaching.

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    Bill would make using fake name on degree illegal

    Legislation is headed to the Illinois Senate that would make it illegal to use a degree obtained under a false name or other false pretenses to get a job or get into an advanced degree program.

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    State Rep. Elaine Nekritz, a Northbrook Democrat, proposes restricted driver’s licenses for some rehabilitated DUI offenders.

    Lawmakers advance plan to ease DUI penalties

    Drunken driving offenders stripped of their driver’s licenses could hit the road again if a proposal — supported by a prominent anti-drunken driving organization — keeps making its way through the Illinois legislature.

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    Quinn attends climate meeting in Iowa

    Gov. Pat Quinn has attended another meeting of President Barack Obama’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. In a statement, Quinn says Illinois has faced a record number of natural disasters and he wants to make sure the state is prepared.

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    School district apologizes for gay-marriage video

    The Janesville School District superintendent apologized this week after high school students were shown a video in which children react to same-sex marriage proposals, saying the video was biased in favor of gay marriage.

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    DuPage County man charged in mortgage scheme

    A 36-year-old DuPage County man and a Chicago woman are facing federal mortgage fraud charges stemming a yearlong undercover FBI sting. George Dravilas, who lives in an unincorporated part of DuPage County near Bloomingdale, is accused of selling apartments on Chicago's South Side for inflated prices and kicking back $100,000 to undercover straw buyers after submitting fraudulent mortgage...

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    Malcolm Brown

    Drug dealer in Carol Stream homicide denied a reduced sentence

    DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell said she needed to send a message to drug dealers earlier this month when she sentenced a Chicago man to 10 years for drug-induced homicide. On Wednesday, she reiterated her message when she declined to reconsider the sentence imposed on Malcolm Brown, 26, for delivering the heroin that killed a Wheaton resident in July 2011 in a Carol Stream apartment.

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    The Elgin Tower Building was condemned Tuesday following a weekend fire. Officials said the blaze damaged the historic building’s lobby and both of its manual elevators.

    Elgin condemns historic Tower Building

    A fire inside the Elgin Tower Building Sunday that caused significant damage resulted in it being condemned Tuesday by city officials. Because the building is unfit for occupancy, its three remaining tenants have to move elsewhere until further notice.

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    People read newspapers with headlines stating, ‘I saw my classmate in the video,’ referring to the kidnapped schoolgirls of a government secondary school Chibok, in a video released on Monday by Boko haram, in Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday.

    Nigeria vigilantes kill Islamic militants

    The villagers knew an attack was coming, so they used the dark of night to ambush the suspected Boko Haram militants, killing scores and arresting at least 10 in a move to deter the extremists and make future attacks “impossible.” Vigilante groups have been springing up in north Nigeria over the past year amid accusations the military is not acting fast enough against the Islamic...

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    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier tried to broker a quick launch of talks between Ukraine’s central government and pro-Russia separatists. The Ukrainian government reluctantly agreed to the talks but did not invite its main foes,

    Ukraine agrees to talks — but its foes are missing

    Ukraine’s government launched talks Wednesday on decentralizing power as part of a European-backed peace plan but didn’t invite its main foes, the pro-Russia insurgents who have declared independence in the east. That deliberate oversight left it unclear whether the negotiations might help cool the tensions in the east.

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    The Sears store at Eaton Centre in Toronto. Sears is considering selling its Canadian operations as the retailer continues with efforts to turnaround its business.

    Sears considering selling its Canadian operations

    Hoffman Estates-based Sears is considering selling its Canadian operations as the retailer looks for ways to prop up its sagging business. The retailer, which operates its namesake stores and Kmart locations, said that it’s looking at strategic options for its 51 percent interest in Sears Canada.

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    Birder and Judson University employee Eric Secker recently spotted a Black-throated Gray Warbler on campus. The bird, normally found along the West Coast, from California and Washington east to Colorado, strayed from its normal migration path and found its way to the 90-acre campus in Elgin.

    Judson birder spots rare warbler on Elgin campus

    During his past eight years of birding on campus, first as a student and then as an employee of Judson University, Eric Secker has amassed a list of more than 180 species of birds.

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    Meghan Heinze

    Attorney: Plea deal near for woman accused in church vandalism

    The defense attorney for a Gurnee woman accused of defacing 21 churches in Gurnee, Waukegan and Libertyville said a plea deal is in the works. Meghan Heinze, 22, faces counts of defacement of a place of worship and institutional vandalism.

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    The Prairie Crossing Farm invites the public to the organic plant sale and farm open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

    Prairie Crossing Farm to host plant sale, open house

    The Prairie Crossing Farm, 32400 N. Harris Road, Grayslake, is hosting an organic plant sale and open house from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 17.

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    What can you learn from a failed plan?

    How many Plan A’s have you experienced that have failed, but lead to the better plan? If your Plan A doesn’t work, don’t assume you have to settle for something less in Plan B — just remember you’ve discovered a fresh start with the “Better Plan.”

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    Changes to the no-wake rules on Wauconda's Bangs Lake have been proposed.

    Wauconda officials oppose no wake zone on Bangs Lake

    Wauconda officials said Tuesday that making the bay portion of Bangs Lake a no wake zone would be a last resort to address any perceived safety issues. “This is an enforcement and education issue,” said Trustee John Barbini after about a dozen people in a full village board room made their cases against a proposal to limit all boats in the bay area of the lake to a no-wake speed of...

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    Red-light cameras in Elk Grove Village, including one at the intersection of Arlington Heights and Higgins roads, are staying put for another six years, the village board decided Tuesday.

    Elk Grove Village to keep red-light cameras

    Red-light cameras are staying put in Elk Grove Village for at least another six years, under a contract extension authorized Tuesday by the village board. The village's agreement with Lombard-based RedSpeed Illinois to ticket drivers who go through red lights won unanimous approval from village trustees and the endorsement of Mayor Craig Johnson, who argues red-light camera programs can be...

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    Three witches and Rumpelstiltskin make sinister plans during a rehearsal of “Grimm Fairy Tales,” a Spotlight Youth Theater performance coming to Batavia Fine Arts Centre this weekend. From left are: Maggie Molloy, 18, of St. Charles; Jon Mickel, 17, of Elgin; Lauren Rose Hoffman, 15, of Elgin; and Eden Renko, 16, of Cary.

    ‘Grimm Fairy Tales’ has fun with the classics

    What happens when Rumpelstiltskin steals the Grimm Brothers’ pen, scroll and inkwell? The fairy godmother loses her magic, Snow White doesn’t want to take care of the seven dwarves, and the Big Bad Wolf claims he’s “reformed.” Add princesses, princes, evil stepsisters, Hansel and Gretel, witches, and other characters to the mix and you have Spotlight Youth...

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    Family, friends and members of the military gather beside Kryn Miner’s casket after his funeral. His widow, Amy Miner, third from left, believes the Veterans Affairs health system must do more to help veterans who struggle with PTSD after returning home.

    After husband’s tragic death, widow takes on PTSD

    Amy Miner says the last night of her husband’s life got off to an amazing start. Kryn Miner and his wife attended a wedding, dancing and celebrating with good friends. But then things went wrong. The night ended with the troubled 44-year-old Army veteran being shot to death by one of his children after threatening to kill the family. “The truth of the matter is if we can’t...

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    Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki will appear before a Senate committee in Washington this week amid allegations of a disturbing cover-up at the veterans hospital in Phoenix.

    A look at allegations of cover-ups at VA hospitals

    A team of federal investigators swept into Phoenix last month amid allegations of a disturbing cover-up at the veterans hospital. Their goal: to unravel the truth behind a secret waiting list supposedly maintained to hide lengthy delays for sick veterans. The claims, which so far have not been proved, have thrown the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs into turmoil. Here is a look at some key...

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    Same-sex marriage supporters gather on the steps of the Idaho Statehouse in Boise on Tuesday night May 13, 2014 after U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled earlier in the day that Idaho’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

    Judge strikes down Idaho’s same-sex marriage ban

    U.S. District Magistrate Judge Candy Dale ruled in favor of four Idaho couples Tuesday evening, finding the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.

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    Police and WMAR-TV officials inspect damage caused by a vehicle that crashed into the television station’s building Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in Towson, Md.

    Attempted murder charges in Md. TV station crash

    TOWSON, Md. — Baltimore County police are charging a man who they say slammed a stolen landscaping truck into a Baltimore-area television station with second-degree attempted murder.Police said Wednesday that 28-year-old Vladimir Baptiste of Parkville was charged with three counts of second-degree attempted murder.

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    Longtime Congressman John Conyers of Michigan doesn’t have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot, an elections official announced Tuesday.

    Longtime Detroit congressman lacks signatures for ballot

    DETROIT — Longtime Congressman John Conyers of Michigan doesn’t have enough signatures to appear on the Aug. 5 primary ballot, an elections official announced Tuesday.Conyers’ nominating petitions were insufficient, Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett said in a statement.

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    An early prototype of Google’s futuristic Internet-connected glasses

    Google Glass resumes sales in the U.S.

    Google is once again selling its Internet-connected eyewear to anyone in the U.S. as the company fine tunes a device that has sparked intrigue and disdain for its potential to change the way people interact with technology. The latest release of Google Glass comes a month after a one-day sale gave U.S. residents their first chance to buy the hottest accessory in geek fashion.

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    Manning, seeking gender treatment, OK’d for move

    In an unprecedented move, the Pentagon is trying to transfer convicted national security leaker Pvt. Chelsea Manning to a civilian prison so she can get treatment for what has been diagnosed as a gender identity disorder, defense officials said.

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    Study: Many health woes common in autistic adults

    Autistic adults are much more likely than others to suffer from depression, high blood pressure, obesity and additional health woes that may partly result from their social isolation, new research suggests. They’re also much less likely to smoke and drink alcohol, a paradoxical finding since those habits can contribute to many conditions that disproportionately affect autistic adults.

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    A miner looks on as rescue workers carry the dead body of a miner outside the mine in Soma, western Turkey, Wednesday, May 14, 2014.

    List of fatal mine disasters in recent years

    A list of some recent fatal mine disasters around the world:• 2013: 83 workers are buried by a massive landslide at a gold mining site in a mountainous area of Tibet, east of Lhasa, according to Chinese state media.• 2012: At least 60 people dead after a landslide at a gold mine in a remote corner of northeast Congo.

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    Chester Cook, 61, of Bim, W.Va., a retired coal miner who lives next door to one of the entrances to the Brody Mine No. 1 in Wharton, W.Va., talks about the mine Tuesday, May 13, 2013.

    West Virginia mine was doing risky retreat mining

    The two workers killed in an underground coal mine were performing a risky method known as retreat mining, where the roof is intentionally collapsed to retrieve more coal. Retreat mining has been going on for generations and is considered standard practice in mines where coal reserves are running out.

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    Metra hires new chief to reform its police force

    Metra has hired a new police chief to overhaul the force that’s in charge of protecting the nation’s second-largest commuter rail agency. Metra announced Monday it had chosen Joseph Perez, a 28-year Illinois State Police veteran.

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    Skeletal remains found in Kankakee ID’d

    Authorities have released the identification of a missing 21-year-old Indiana man whose body was found in a rural northern Illinois field. The (Kankakee) Daily Journal reports Richard Spindler’s body was found near Kankakee last week.

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    A colorized transmission of the MERS coronavirus that emerged in 2012.

    Illinois health official: MERS risk extremely low

    Illinois health officials say they’re on the lookout for any new cases of a rare virus from the Middle East. But so far there’s been no spread of the illness related to the first U.S. case of MERS in a man who traveled through Illinois to Indiana.

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    Illinois receives $4.4 million in AmeriCorps grant

    Illinois is set to receive millions in federal grant money for volunteer educational programs throughout the state. Gov. Pat Quinn announced on Tuesday that AmeriCorps programs will receive $4.4 million from the Corporation for National and Community Service.

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    Decatur rehab center ordered to pay back wages

    The U.S. Department of Labor says a Decatur rehabilitation center has paid $67,000 in back wages after failing to properly compensate employees for overtime. An investigation found that Lincoln Rehabilitation Center violated federal law by failing to pay employees for all hours worked and by improperly exempting some employees from overtime requirements.

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    Durbin urges EPA to protect central Ill. aquifer

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to declare a central Illinois aquifer an important drinking water source and protect it from potential pollution. Durbin submitted comments to the agency on Tuesday, as the first of two public hearings involving a plant to store toxic waste at the Clinton Landfill, located above the Mahomet aquifer.

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    East St. Louis stumps for high-speed rail station

    East St. Louis’ mayor and the area’s clergy are making a pitch for an Amtrak station for the city as part of efforts to develop a high-speed Amtrak route between Chicago and St. Louis. Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. and the United Congregations of Metro East will make their case for the station during a news conference Thursday at East St. Louis’ City Hall.

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    Dawn Patrol: Hawks clinch in Game 6; COD drops theater troupe

    Hawks clinch against Minnesota. COD drops theatre troupe. Additional cuts could come in Carpentersville. Arsonist sentenced to probation for Elgin blaze. New details emerge in murder investigation. Judge considers additional testimony for defense in Hoffman Estates case. Top prospect a step away from joining Sox. Cubs fall in 12th inning to Cards.

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    Kane County animal control investigation to focus on employee

    There is a second, unnamed, employee involved in Kane County's investigation of its animal control department. The person is still employed by the county, but officials would not comment about any possible suspension.

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    Lombard’s annual Lilac Parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the corner of Main Street and Wilson Avenue.

    New faces, old traditions part of Lombard’s Lilac Parade

    Anyone attending Lombard’s annual Lilac Parade this Sunday will be sure to spot lots of tradition, from the smiling Lilac Queen and her court to purple floats and decorations. But there will also be some new faces and, hopefully, a renewed pride in Lilac Time, says Parade Chairwoman Erica Fisette. “We want people to embrace Lilac Time even more so than they already do,” she...

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    Bensenville Park District officials and several business owners have asked DuPage County to consider repealing its ban on video gambling in unincorporated areas.

    DuPage businesses seek repeal of video gambling ban

    Nearly five years after DuPage County became the first county in Illinois to prohibit video gambling machines, some businesses and a park district are asking for the ban to be repealed. “I don't know whether the board members have the interest or the appetite to take this matter up,” county board Chairman Dan Cronin said. “We ultimately would have to repeal an ordinance that...

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    Adam Bahrainwala presents his team’s Rube Goldberg machine at a regional competition on Feb. 22, 2014. The machine would go on to win at nationals in April. Bahrainwala, his team and their creation will be on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” tonight.

    Palatine engineering student to show off creation on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

    Adam Bahrainwala, a Purdue University engineering student from Palatine, will be on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Wednesday night showing off the award-winning Rube Golberg machine he and his classmates created to zip up a hoodie. The complicated contraption won first place in the 2014 Rube Goldberg Machine Contest.

Sports

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    White Sox designate Keppinger for assignment

    The White Sox have designated infielder Jeff Keppinger for assignment.The team announced Wednesday that Keppinger was returned from a minor league rehab assignment and activated from the 15-day disabled list before he was let go.

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    Cubs-Cardinals game postponed

    The St. Louis Cardinals game against the Cubs has been postponed due to rain.The game will be made up on Saturday, Aug. 30, as part of a day-night split doubleheader.

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    Anaheim Ducks goalie John Gibson has stopped 67 of 70 shots in his first two NHL playoff starts. The Ducks lead the Los Angeles Kings 3-2 in the best-of-seven series.

    9 things to know about Ducks-Kings series

    After dispatching the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild in their six-game NHL playoffs series, the Chicago Blackhawks now await the winner of the Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings series, which resumes Wednesday night (8:30 p.m. NBCSN) in Los Angeles with the Ducks leading the series 3-2. Here are 9 things you need to know about the Ducks and the Kings.

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    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford celebrates with Patrick Kane after Sunday's Game 5 victory over the Wild. Both have done more than their share to get the Hawks into the Western Conference finals.

    Who's your most valuable Blackhawk?

    It's a simple question, really. And yeah, we know the Blackhawks are only halfway to where they want to be, but if you had to pick a playoff MVP right now, who would it be?

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    Girls soccer: Wednesday, May 14 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Wednesday, May 14.

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    Softball: Wednesday, May 14 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Wednesday, May 14.

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    Boys volleyball: Wednesday, May 14 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball games for Wednesday, May 14.

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    Boys track: Wednesday, May 14 results
    Results of area high school boys track meets for Wednesday, May 14.

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    Boys tennis: Wednesday, May 14 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Wednesday, May 14.

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    Baseball: Wednesday, May 14 results
    Results of area high school bseball games for Wednesday, My 14.

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    Boys water polo: Wednesday, May 14 results
    Results of area high school water polo meets for Wednesday, May 14.

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    Wheaton Warrenville South basketball coach Mike Healy.

    Healy back coaching at Wheaton Warrenville South

    In three seasons away from Wheaton Warrenville South’s boys basketball program, Mike Healy knew one thing. “I missed it a lot,” he said. Now he’s back. Healy, who stepped down as the Tigers’ varsity coach after the 2011 season, was confirmed Wednesday by the Community Unit School District 200 school board to return to the helm.

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    Spike Grosshuesch

    Grosshuesch leaves a lasting legacy at District 204

    A boy needs a nickname, his grandfather said. His parents, Calvin and Chummy — now there’s a nickname — didn’t fancy it, they preferred Clayt, the name they gave him at birth in Iowa. Not Clay or Clayton. Clayt. But grandpa prevailed. “My parents said, ‘You can call him that, but it’ll never stick,’” said “Spike” Grosshuesch.

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    San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard (2) scores in front of Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard (0) during the second half of Game 5 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    Spurs beat Blazers, back in West finals

    Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard each scored 22 points, and the San Antonio Spurs overcame an injury to Tony Parker to close out the Western Conference semifinals with a 104-82 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.

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    Softball / Northwest roundup

    Defending Mid-Suburban East softball champion Buffalo Grove clinched at least a tie for another title on Wednesday with a 5-3 victory over visiting Elk Grove. The Bison (17-8, 11-3) won their tenth straight game as Julia Camardo (14-4) struck out seven, walked one and also won her tenth straight game.

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    Marmion Academy’s Oscar Garza in the shot put finals at the Suburban Christian Conference meet Wednesday in Aurora.

    Marmion makes it 9 straight SCC titles

    At the end of the 400-meter run, Marmion senior Andrew Grahovec sprinted right behind his twin brother, Kevin, drawing a laugh just before they finished in third and fourth place. “He didn’t know I was there till I got up to him,” Andrew Grahovec said. “Then we both laughed because it’s like, ‘Oh, it’s us.’” Yes it was. Marmion won eight events, double-scored in 11 and scored in all 18 events, the landslide winner of the Suburban Christian Conference boys track meet Wednesday at Aurora Central Catholic’s Bob Stewart Field.

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    Boys volleyball / Lake County roundup

    On Vernon Hills’ senior night, senior Tristan Klintworth led the team in kills (5) and blocks (2), as the Cougars defeated Antioch 25-14, 25-14 on Wednesday. Vernon Hills (19-8) improved to 8-1 in the North Suburban Conference to remain a game back of Lake Zurich.

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    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin, left, celebrates his goal as Anaheim Ducks left wing Patrick Maroon looks on during the first period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey second-round Stanley Cup playoff series, Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo)

    Hawks will wait for opponent as Kings force Game 7

    Trevor Lewis scored his fourth goal of the postseason, Jonathan Quick made 21 saves, and the Los Angeles Kings forced a seventh game in the Freeway Faceoff series with a 2-1 victory over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 6 on Wednesday night

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    Snappers complete sweep of Cougars

    Kane County Cougars coverage:The Kane County Cougars will probably not fondly remember this trip to Beloit. For the first time this season, the first-place Cougars were swept in a series following the Snappers’ 2-1 victory Wednesday night.The Cougars (26-13) scored their only run in the first. Jake Hannemann walked but was caught stealing at second base, Carlos Penalver walked, eventually reached third and scored on Ben Carhart’s groundout.

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    Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu, right, is embraced by Alexei Ramirez (10) after Abreu hit a three-run home run off Oakland Athletics' Luke Gregerson in the eighth inning of a baseball game Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo)

    Abreu rallies Sox to 4-2 win over Athletics

    Less than two months into his career, Jose Abreu is already the guy the Chicago White Sox want at the plate when the game is on the line. Abreu hit a three-run homer in the eighth inning, and the White Sox snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-2 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday. "We realize what he is and how important he is to us," manager Robin Ventura said.

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    Softball / Lake County roundup

    McKenzie Sancken socked a 2-run homer in the top of the seventh inning, lifting Grant’s softball team to a 2-0 win over Lakes in North Suburban Prairie Division play Wednesday.

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    Steve Kerr spurns Knicks, agrees to coach Warriors

    The Golden State Warriors have won the bidding war with the New York Knicks for forme r Bulls player Steve Kerr, hiring him away from the TNT broadcast table to be their coach.Kerr agreed to a five-year, $25 million deal Wednesday, said his agent, Mike Tannenbaum.

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    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    Ryan Noda punctuated the Grant baseball team’s 20th win of the season by belting a grand slam, as the Bulldogs defeated visiting Antioch 13-3 in North Suburban Prairie Division action Wednesday.

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    Prospect’s Tyler Damasky slides safely under the tag of Hersey’s Jack Warner as he steals second base during Wednesday’s game in Arlington Heights.

    Prospect reclaims share of East lead

    And just like that, the Mid-Suburban East baseball race is all tied up again. Prospect broke out of a second-place tie with Hersey by beating the Huskies 15-8 on Wednesday. That outcome, coupled with Rolling Meadows’ 3-1 victory at Elk Grove, leaves Prospect and Elk Grove tied for the East lead with 2 games left on the MSL slate.

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    Naperville Central grows conference lead

    Naperville Central’s baseball team wasted no time setting the tone for its game — and its DuPage Valley Conference series — against Wheaton North.Two runs in the top of the first inning were all the support needed by Redhawks senior ace Pat Maloney, who shut down the Falcons in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory at Lee Pfund Stadium at Legion Field in Carol Stream.

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    Baseball/DuPage County roundup Wednesday, May 14

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

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    Softball: Fox Valley roundup Wednesday, May 14

    Fox Valley softball roundup for Wednesday, May 14.

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    Conant comes through at Barrington

    With a sparkling 21-1 record, the Conant softball team hasn’t found itself trailing on the scoreboard too often when it has come up for its final at-bat. But that was exactly the situation the Mid-Suburban League West leaders faced on Wednesday at the Fields of Dreams. Trailing Barrington 3-1, Cougars junior first baseman Hailey Rothstein led off the top of the seventh with a walk. The Cougars proceeded to make a seventh-inning rally look like old hat. They scored 3 runs to take a 4-3 lead and sophomore Kali Schumacher completed a 5-hitter by retiring the side in order in the bottom of the seventh to put the Cougars in the driver’s seat for a third West crown in four years.

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    Barrington’s Jenna Szczesny, left, is congratulated after her first-half goal by teammate Nicole Niro during the Mid-Suburban League championship game at Barrington on Wednesday.

    Make that three straight for Barrington

    The Cups keep coming for Barrington’s girls soccer team. The Fillies put the finishing touches of a magnificent regular season with an impressive 3-0 victory over Hersey on Wednesday night at Barrington Community Field to capture a third straight Mid-Suburban League Soccer Bowl crown.

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    Westminster knocks Harvest out again

    In terms of winning, maybe it’s best to say Westminster Christian’s girls soccer team knows to do so in the clutch. Or maybe that’s just how it goes when the Warriors face off against their next door neighbors, rival Harvest Christian, in postseason play as opposed to the regular season. The No. 2 seed Lions may have had Westminster’s number twice in the regular season by a combined score of 5-0, but for the second-straight year that didn’t matter as the No. 3 Warriors denied the Lions another postseason victory when they jumped out to a 3-goal lead en route to a 3-2 Class 1A regional semifinal win Wednesday in Elgin.

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    Lakes pitcher Chase Slota delivers Wednesday against host Wauconda.

    Smoothly, Slota slings Lakes past Wauconda

    Chase Slota’s razor-sharp effort included working the edges meticulously and artfully. When you’re on display, you got to be at your best. So, Slota wasn’t about to get wild. “I’m working on it,” the Lakes junior baseball player said with a smile of his thin, blond beard. “I had to trim it up for prom (last weekend). I’m going to grow it out again.” At 6 feet 6 and 220 pounds, and with a fastball that he says hit 91 mph last week, Slota boasts more than facial hair that has potential. The right-hander dominated host Wauconda on Wednesday, throwing a complete-game 2-hitter, as Lakes won 6-0 to remain tied for first place in the North Suburban Prairie Division.

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    Benet survives close call with Carmel

    Going into Wednesday’s rematch at Benet, the Carmel softball team was determined not to have a repeat of Monday’s 13-0 pasting at the hands of the Redwings. And the Corsairs got their wish. Carmel battled Benet from the opening pitch and the Redwings didn’t secure the 8-7 victory until Emily York connected on a double to right that scored Julianne Rurka with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.

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    St. Charles North puts Batavia in early hole

    The hits and runs keep coming for the St. Charles North softball team — and so do the wins.

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    Morgan Kemerling of Waubonsie goes up for ahead shot during the St. Charles North at Waubonsie Valley girls soccer game Wednesday.

    Waubonsie Valley repeats as UEC champs

    When you have mad skills like Kristen Dodson, you can get mad at yourself for not finishing off a great opportunity, even if it was set up my your very own skills. But the Waubonsie Valley senior attacker is so skilled that she tends to create opportunities to make up for the rare times in which she doesn’t finish off those golden chances.

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    Prospect, St. Viator pick up wins

    Prospect wrapped up a second-place finish in the Mid-Suburban East boys volleyball standings by topping Rolling Meadows, and St. Viator earned a big road win at Benet in East Suburban Catholic Conference play.

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    Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price is congratulated by teammates after the Canadiens’ 3-1 win against the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The Canadiens advanced to the Eastern Conference finals against the New York Rangers. (AP Photo)

    Canadiens beat Bruins 3-1 in Game 7 to advance

    Carey Price stopped 29 shots to help Montreal beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 in Game 7 on Wednesday night and put the Canadiens in the Eastern Conference finals. Montreal will play the New York Rangers for a spot in the Stanley Cup finals.

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    Hampshire’s Haley Widmayer holds her head as the team walks to shake hands with Crystal Lake Central after losing Wednesday in Hampshire.

    Hampshire can’t lock down FVC Fox just yet

    Hampshire’s softball team was perfect on the year in the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division, and on its way to the program’s first conference title in 33 years, but could not come up with the key hit on Wednesday and fell 5-1 to division foe Crystal Lake Central at Hampshire.

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    This is a 2014 photo of Jeff Keppinger of the Chicago White Sox baseball team. This image reflects the 2014 active roster as of Feb. 22, 2014 when this image was taken in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

    Sox designate Keppinger for assignment

    Injured infielder Jeff Keppinger (right shoulder) finished up his rehab assignment with Class AA Birmingham, but he's not joining the White Sox' 25-man roster. Instead, Keppinger was designated for assignment despite being owed $8.5 million through the 2015 season.

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    Wolves trail 3-0 in series

    The Chicago Wolves are on the brink of elimination from the Calder Cup playoffs after the Toronto Marlies came up with a 4-3 overtime victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals on Wednesday night at Ricoh Coliseum.Marlies forward Jerry D’Amigo scored the game-winner 3:28 into overtime to give Toronto a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. He crashed the crease for a rebound and had his backhand denied by Wolves goaltender Jake Allen, but D’Amigo fought off a defenseman and the sprawling Allen to lift the next rebound home and set off a wild celebration.Forwards Dmitrij Jaskin, Adam Cracknell and Tyler Shattock scored for the Wolves, who will face the Marlies in Game 4 at 6 p.m. Friday in Toronto.

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    Bears first-round draft pick Kyle Fuller, a cornerback from Virginia Tech, has agreed on a four-year contract.

    Fuller, Bears agree on 4-year deal

    After first-round draft pick Kyle Fuller agreed to terms Wednesday afternoon with the Bears on a four-year contract, third-round defensive tackle Will Sutton is the only one of their eight draft picks who has yet to come to an agreement.

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    Baseball: Fox Valley roundup Wednesday, May 14

    Michigan recruit Ryan Nutof had it going Wednesday afternoon, with his arm and his bat. The South Elgin senior pitched a complete-game 3-hitter with 12 strikeouts and drove in the game’s only run in the top of the eighth inning as the Storm escaped Metea Valley with a 1-0 Upstate Eight Valley win.

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    Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade (3) goes to th basket against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half of Game 5 of a second-round NBA playoff basketball game in Miami, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (AP Photo)

    Heat rally past Nets to East finals, 96-94

    This trip to the Eastern Conference finals did not come easily for Miami.Down by eight with less than five minutes left, after trailing for virtually the entire game, the Heat found a way nonetheless to finish off the Brooklyn Nets and move into the NBA’s final four for the fourth straight season.

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    Quick-starting Conant tops St. Viator

    Conant got out to a quick start, outscoring St. Viator 5-2 in the first period in earning a 12-9 victory over the Lions in Palatine boys water polo sectional play on Wednesday.

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    Step right up for Lake Zurich’s winning show

    Get your tickets quickly, for they will soon be gone. The event in question is next Wednesday at Vernon Hills High School. It’s the North Suburban Conference’s lone unbeaten boys volleyball squad from Lake Zurich meeting the once-beaten Cougars. In a warm-up for that key match, Lake Zurich met an improving Mundelein squad on Wednesday night. The Bears (22-10, 9-0) raced to big leads in both sets and put away the Mustangs 25-19, 25-14.

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    Bellinger’s clutch efforts put Schaumburg in charge

    Jack Bellinger and Schaumburg put together their best Houdini imitation Wednesday. And when they were done, the host Saxons had sole possession of first place in the Mid-Suburban West baseball race with a 3-1 victory over Barrington.

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    Controlling out of control games no easy task for any coach

    What’s a coach to do? Your team is ahead of the opponent, say, 12-0 after two innings. You know if your team keeps playing it straight at it might be 20-0, or worse, by the time the fifth inning rolls around and the slaughter rule takes effect. So what’s a coach to do? Some will say tough, that’s the way it is, and do nothing except let the game play out. Others will have runners leave early, or bunt back to the pitcher, or have their hitters intentionally swing at bad pitches — anything to get it over quicker and not embarrass the other team.

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    FILE - In this April 16, 2013 file photo, San Diego third baseman Kris Bryant makes the throw to first after fielding a ground ball during a college baseball game against UC-Santa Barbara in San Diego. The Houston Astros have the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft for the second straight year, with the team considering several players to take No. 1, including San Diego's Bryant. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi, File)

    Cubs fans itching to bring up Kris Bryant

    The Cubs were rained out Wednesday night in St. Louis. Even though the present-day Cubs have been a losing propostion, talk has turned to when and if the organization will promote third-base prospect Kris Bryant from Class AA Tennessee.

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    Cold-front setbacks not stopping top guides

    A steady cycle of cold fronts has made for some tough fishing, but guides Spence Petros and Chris Taurisiano are still out there getting results.

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    A sunny twist on conventional spring bassing wisdom

    Don't be afraid to try out-of-season techniques on bass which are just beginning to spawn. The main idea still is to know where the fish are, and carefully present an offering to them.

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    Exercise rider Willie Delgado gallops Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Md., Wednesday, May 14, 2014. The Preakness Stakes horse race is scheduled for May 17 at Pimlico. (AP Photo/Garry Jones)

    California Chrome made 3-5 favorite for Preakness

    Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome was made the odds-on favorite at 3-5 on Wednesday for the Preakness Stakes, and he drew an inside post position in the 10-horse field that includes a filly for the first time in five years. Trained by Art Sherman and ridden by Victor Espinoza, California Chrome will break from the No. 3 post, which has produced 10 winners in the previous 138 runnings of the 1 3/16-mile race, the last being Prairie Bayou in 1993. "Three is fine with me," Sherman said. "Most of the speed is on the outside of me."

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    Grant, Lakes ready for NSC battle

    Normally, a rivalry takes a back seat when a conference championship is on the line. But when the rival is the team standing in the way of a title? Well, that’s different. Grant and Lakes are friendly rivals — in fact, they rooted for one another when both finished in the top five in the Class 2A and 3A state meets last spring. But when the gun goes off Thursday night at Mundelein for the North Suburban Conference boys track and field championships, the friendly rivals will be strictly foes — for one night, at least. Field events start at 4 p.m., with finals on the track slated to start no earlier than 6 p.m.

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    Boys tennis / Scouting the MSL tournament

    Here's a look at the Mid-Suburban League boys tennis tournament, which begins Thursday at multiple sites and finishes Saturday at Schaumburg.

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    West Aurora’s O’Brien flips for soccer

    Like so many U.S. girls soccer players, West Aurora’s Sam O’Brien flipped for her sport. No really, she’s flipped for her sport. The Blackhawks senior has been wowing both home and away fans and players for four years with her ability to turn a handspring with a ball in her hands as one of the finest practitioners of the flip throw-in anywhere.

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    Paul pleads guilty, sentenced to court supervision

    Suspended University of Illinois basketball player Darius Paul has pleaded guilty to underage drinking but had another charge dropped.Paul entered his plea Wednesday in Champaign County Circuit Court. A second charge of resisting a peace office stemming from his April 22 arrest was dropped as part of a plea deal.

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    Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany says “70 percent of the people” are against athletes unionizing.

    Big Ten commissioner against unionization

    Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany insists he is all for empowering college athletes and improving conditions for them. He’s just as adamant that forming a union is not the way to go, and he thinks the public agrees with him on that.

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    Blackhawks right wing Kris Versteeg (23) reacts in front of left wing Brandon Saad (20) after scoring on Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov during the first period of Game 6 in St. Paul, Minn., Tuesday.

    Never lack of confidence for Blackhawks

    The evolution of the Blackhawks in quest of dynasty status has been fascinating. Their leadership has led to confidence and their confidence has led to resolve that has served them well.

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    Naperville North nets share of DVC title

    It’s hard to tell whether Naperville North wanted to win Tuesday’s girls soccer game more to secure a share of the DuPage Valley Conference title or just to beat cross-town rival Naperville Central.

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    Metea Valley freshman moving up quickly

    A freshman, Metea Valley sprinter Alonzo Taylor-Jones appreciates his situation and what brought him to it.

Business

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    Ralphael Golb, an attorney and writer, disguised his identity in email messages and blog posts from 2006 to 2009 to discredit detractors of his father, a University of Chicago professor, in a dispute over the scrolls' origins.

    Online impersonators charges upheld in Dead Sea Scrolls case

    New York's highest court on Tuesday upheld a man's convictions for criminal impersonation and forgery for using Internet aliases to defend his father, a University of Chicago professor, over the origin of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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    Susan Engle, director of imaging training, shows Chicago photographer Ven Sherrod the new digital imaging at Calumet Photo. The store, which filed bankruptcy earlier this year, has reopened its store in Oak Brook under new ownership.

    Shuttered Calumet Photo reopens in Oak Brook

    Calumet Photo, which filed bankruptcy earlier this year, has re-opened its store in Oak Brook. The New Jersey company behind the resurrected business aims to open more.

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    Chicago Executive Airport honored for snow/ice management

    Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling is an honorable mention for this year’s Balchen/Post Award, for keeping the airport open nonstop during the challenging winter just past.

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    U.S. stocks fell Wednesday, sending benchmark indexes down from all-time highs, as investors resumed selling in small-cap and Internet shares.

    Stocks fall back from record levels

    Stocks fell back from record levels on Wednesday as investors decided it was better to play it safe. A day after the Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed above 1,900 for the first time, investors turned their backs on stocks that would benefit more than others in a reviving economy.

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    The first thing Michelle Pool did before picking a health insurance plan under President Barack Obama's health care law was asking her agent to make sure that her longtime primary care doctor was covered. But after her insurance card came in the mail, she learned her doctor wasn't taking her new insurance.

    Consumers losing doctors with new insurance plans

    The first thing Michelle Pool did before picking a plan under President Barack Obama's health insurance law was check whether her longtime primary care doctor was covered. Pool, a 60-year-old diabetic who has had back surgery and a hip replacement, purchased the plan only to find that the insurer was mistaken. Stories like Pool's are emerging as more consumers realize they bought plans with limited doctor and hospital networks, some after websites mistakenly indicated their doctors were included.

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    Allstate named among ‘Best Companies for Multicultural Women’

    Northbrook-based Allstate has been named one of the 2014 “Best Companies for Multicultural Women” by Working Mother magazine. The award recognizes the 25 U.S. corporations that create and use best practices in hiring, retaining and promoting women of color.

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    Itasca’s Gallagher appoints four vice presidents

    Arthur J. Gallagher’s board of directors has appointed Curtis Anderson, Sarah DiLorenzo, Richard Tallo and Thomas Tropp as corporate vice presidents. Anderson began his career in retail insurance in 1971.

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    Farm workers make their way across a field shrouded in fog as they hoe weeds from a burley tobacco crop near Warsaw, Ky. You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions.

    Report highlights child labor on U.S. tobacco farms

    You may have to be at least 18 to buy cigarettes in the U.S., but children as young as 7 are working long hours in fields harvesting nicotine- and pesticide-laced tobacco leaves under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions, according to a report released Wednesday by an international rights group.

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    Deere is reporting a 9.5 percent decline in second-quarter net income on lower demand for farming equipment.

    Deere reports 9.5 percent decline in second-quarter

    Deere is reporting a 9.5 percent decline in second-quarter net income on lower demand for farming equipment. With farmer income projected to decline, Deere says sales of agriculture and turf equipment could fall about 7 percent this year. The company expects a 4 percent drop in equipment revenue for fiscal 2014, the same decrease it's expecting for the current quarter.

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    Netflix increased its share of fixed-line Internet traffic in North America in the first half of 2014, accounting for 34 percent of data flowing to consumers during peak times, up from 32 percent in the latter half of 2013.

    Netflix’s share of peak Internet traffic rises
    Netflix increased its share of fixed-line Internet traffic in North America in the first half of 2014, accounting for 34 percent of data flowing to consumers during peak times, up from 32 percent in the latter half of 2013. That’s according to a new report from Sandvine Inc., a Canadian networking services company.

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    Education Secretary Arne Duncan speaking in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington. Student lender Sallie Mae has reached a $60 million settlement with the federal government to resolve allegations it charged military service members excessive interest rates on their student loans.

    Sallie Mae, Justice Department in $60M settlement

    Student lender Sallie Mae has reached a $60 million settlement with the Justice Department to resolve allegations that it charged members of the military excessive interest rates on their student loans, the federal government announced Tuesday.

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    Indiana factory where buses overhauled to close

    A company is planning to shut down a northern Indiana factory where about 160 people have been overhauling Greyhound buses. An executive of ABC Companies says many of those workers at the factory in the Elkhart County town of Nappanee will have the chance for jobs at a nearby plant where it will be building double-decker buses.

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    In this Oct. 24, 2006 photo provided by the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, police investigate the wreckage of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt that crashed in St. Croix County, killing two and injuring one. The vehicle’s ignition was found in the “accessory” position and the air bags didn’t deploy.

    GM recall reveals gaps in air bag knowledge

    General Motors’ recall of 2.6 million small cars has shed light on an unsettling fact: Air bags might not always deploy when drivers — and federal regulators — expect them to. Thirteen people have died in crashes involving older GM cars with defective ignition switches.

Life & Entertainment

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    Tom Anderson of Tom’s Backyard Garden sells produce at the Palatine Farmers Market.

    Farmers markets offer healthy options, opportunity to meet growers

    That craving for local fare likely has contributed to a rapid growth in farmers markets throughout Illinois in recent years.

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    The title character in “Godzilla” looks scary, but the rest of his movie doesn't bring much new to the classic 1954 Japanese creature story.

    'Godzilla' more floundering than terrifying

    Someday, a Hollywood studio will produce a “Godzilla” remake that reminds us how terrifying a good monster movie can be while establishing disturbing connections between science, nature, humanity and survival. Gareth Edwards' “Godzilla” isn't that movie. In his boisterous film, a bland band of humans bears witness to giant reptiles participating in protracted professional wrestling matches.

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    Learn basics to sprout seeds

    Q. What is the difference between an heirloom seed and a hybrid seed?

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    Lime and a hint of heat make Black Bean Burgers a favorite of vegetarians and carnivores alike. Serve them on tortillas topped with creamy salsa or guacamole.

    Black Bean Burger with Creamy Salsa
    Deb's Black Bean Burgers have a bit of spice. Try them in tortillas.

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    Shrimp and chicken get together for pesto-stuffed Surf and Turf Burgers.

    Surf and Turf Burgers with Pesto
    Surf and Turf Burger combines shrimp and chicken into a scrumptious pesto-dressed patty.

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    Give guests a meatless burger option by serving Quinoa and Pinto Bean Burgers with Yogurt Sauce.

    Quinoa and Pinto Bean Burgers with Yogurt Sauce
    A spicy yogurt sauce gives Quinoa and Pinto Bean Burgers a Middle Eastern flair.

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    Shake up the burger routine with a jerk-spiced, mango salsa-topped pork burger.

    Pork Burgers with Mango Salsa and Sweet Jerk Sauce
    Shake up your burger routine with pork burgers with jerk-spiced mango salsa.

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    Don’t fret over the cost of limes this spring. These flavorful yet limeless alternatives, green granny slush, clockwise from left, cucumber rhubarb mojito, raspberry daiquiri and ruby rita, will quench your thirst.

    Delicious things can happen to cocktails when you lose the lime

    If the warmer weather has you wishing for a cool mojito or frosty margarita, you might also start wishing for some extra cash. The cost of limes this spring has skyrocketed, pushing the price of some of our favorite summer sips to levels that could break the bank. Here are some flavorful, but limeless alternatives.

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    Benefits of creating art goes beyond expression

    Children and adults with special needs benefit from the art experience in several ways. Projects that provide some sort of framework, like those usually found in a class setting, can offer an opportunity to learn how to listen, follow directions, work step-by-step and exercise patience.

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    Father passes along joy of learning ... somehow

    You hear the stories all the time, that education in the United States is slipping, that we are falling behind other developed countries in the world in the education of our children. There may be places where that is the case, but it is not the situation in the school district my children attend.

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    Oh baby, it’s time for these birds to fly

    We’ve all heard the parenting analogy of the mama bird pushing her baby birds out of the nest. The baby birds won’t leave on their own — they don’t even know they can fly — which is why, at precisely the right moment, which the mama bird knows because of her amazing motherly intuition, she gives them a push.

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    With nephews Arty (Sebastian W. Weigman), left, and Jay (Alistair Sewell), Aunt Bella (Linsey Page Morton) finds the affection she craves in Northlight Theatre’s warmhearted revival of Neil Simon’s “Lost in Yonkers.”

    Northlight’s heartfelt ‘Yonkers’ is wonderfully satisfying

    In “Lost in Yonkers,” Neil Simon achieves that near-perfect balance of humor and pathos. The laughs are hearty and the emotion is genuine in this 1991 Pulitzer Prize-winning dramedy about two brothers sent by their widowed father to live with their steely, inaccessible grandmother. Northlight Theatre’s lovely, heartfelt revival makes it clear why this might be Simon's best work.

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    All beef charbroiled burger with fries and pickle at North Avenue Charhouse in St. Charles.

    North Avenue Charhouse stakes its claim in St. Charles

    North Avenue Charhouse assumed a place on the St. Charles dining scene late last year when new management renamed the existing venue — once briefly known as Limani Port of Greece Restaurant — to concentrate on steaks and chops, chicken and seafood. Based on a recent visit, the reconceived kitchen is firing on all cylinders.

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    Beyoncé, left, and Jay Z have been nominated for BET video of the year with the song “Drunk in Love.”

    Beyonce, Jay Z, Drake lead at BET Awards

    Beyoncé and Jay Z are making headlines for another reason this week: They lead in nominations at the BET Awards. The network announced Wednesday that both performers are nominated for five awards, along with Drake. Pharrell and rising performer August Alsina each have four nominations.

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    Police in Sweden say Malik Bendjelloul, the film director behind the Oscar-awarded music documentary “Searching for Sugarman,” died Tuesday, May 13, 2014. He was 36.

    Brother: “Sugar Man” director committed suicide

    Malik Bendjelloul, the Swedish director of the acclaimed “Searching for Sugar Man” documentary, was widely known for his enthusiasm, kindness and high spirits — so the news Wednesday that he had taken his own life shocked colleagues around the world.

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    Conan O’Brien will be sticking around with his late-night hour through 2018.

    Conan O’Brien to stay up late at TBS through 2018

    Team Coco will continue to play for TBS for four more years. The network says Conan O’Brien will be sticking around with his late-night hour through 2018. The announcement Wednesday comes with the late-night landscape in flux at rival networks.

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    For a vegetarian spin on burgers, try these mildly spiced black bean patties nestled between tortillas. Top with guacamole or creamy salsa.

    Move over beef: Pork, shrimp, beans take their turn between the buns

    There was a time, not too long ago, when you invited people over for burgers on the grill they’d assume you meant a traditional beef hamburger. But today the definition of burger has expanded beyond the barnyard to include patties of all sorts, from shrimp to quinoa to beans. “There are purists who say that a burger is beef, and that’s fine, but the bottom line is that I call a burger a burger whether it’s eggplant or beans or shrimp,” says grilling guru Jamie Purviance.

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    Actress Nicole Kidman poses for photographers during a photo call for Grace of Monaco at the 67th Cannes Film Festival in southern France on Wednesday.

    Cannes to kick off with Kidman, ‘Grace of Monaco’

    The 67th annual Cannes Film Festival is kicking off with a dose of classic French Riviera glamour. The Grace Kelly biopic “Grace of Monaco,” starring Nicole Kidman, opens the festival Wednesday. Kidman plays the movie star during her marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, just an hour’s drive from Cannes. The film premieres amid high-profile disputes. Director Olivier Dahan has feuded over the final cut with the Weinstein Co., and Princess Stephanie of Monaco has criticized the film about her parents as inaccurate.

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    Strawberry sauce and fresh berries transport vanilla Bavarians to a seasonal treat.

    Vanilla Yogurt Bavarians with Strawberry Sauce
    Vanilla Yogurt Bavarians With Strawberry Sauce can be dessert or a breakfast treat.

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    Raspberry Daiquiri

    Raspberry Daiquiri
    Rasberries give a sweet pucker to daquires.

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    Green Granny Slush

    Green Granny Slush
    Green Granny Slush is a refreshing cocktail that doesn't rely on limes, which have gotten so expensive this spring.

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    Cucumber Rhubarb Mojito

    Cucumber Rhubard Mojito
    For a mashed up mojito, try this version with cucumber and rhubarb. Tart and refreshing.

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    Ruby Rita pairs fresh grapefruit juice with tequila.

    Ruby Rita
    Ruby Rita subs grapefruit for lime in a twist on the classic margarita.

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    Chris Sorenson of Council Bluffs, Iowa, left, Bryce Lemke, 10, of Brandon, S.D., and Molly Lemke of Sioux Falls, S.D., right, cross Split Rock Creek in Palisades State Park in South Dakota. South Dakota’s Division of Parks and Recreation says camping reservations are up this year in state parks after a brutal winter.

    Campers eager to enjoy South Dakota parks

    After a brutal winter in this northern climate, Alan and Patricia Zwart were more than ready for early-season camping. But spring has not been particularly kind, forcing them to hold off until May. The nasty cold spells and blizzards of this past winter have made people more eager than usual to go camping, said Doug Hofer, director of South Dakota’s Division of Parks and Recreation.

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    Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his military working dog Kane now star in their own series, starting with “The Kill Switch” by James Rollins and Grant Blackwood.

    ‘The Kill Switch’ combines thrills and adventure

    Former Army Ranger Tucker Wayne and his military working dog Kane were introduced in James Rollins’ Sigma Force novel “Bloodline” and now star in their own series. Rollins’ best novels involve history and science with elements of adventure and thrills, and “The Kill Switch,” with co-author Grant Blackwood, is no exception. The opening reads like a Clive Cussler novel on steroids.

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    The crown imperial is a majestic spring bulb that deserves to be more widely known and grown.

    Crown Imperial can add majesty to a garden

    Crown imperial is exiting the garden after another fabulous spring show. The orange blossoms are fading, wilting and will soon drop. Then the rest of the plant will begin to dissolve back into the ground. As befits nobility, crown imperial comes and goes as it pleases, often in a fickle or unpredictable manner. Mine was planted over 20 years ago, and for its first half-dozen years refused to show more than just leaves. The flowers were worth the wait.

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    Vanilla Yogurt Bavarians With Strawberry Sauce can be served for dessert or as a breakfast treat.

    Vanilla yogurt gives Bavarians a sturdy base

    This lovely and light dessert or breakfast dish is a modern take on the Bavarian, a classical preparation of a gelatin-thickened pudding with a lot of cream, sometimes eggs and just as often a shot of liqueur.

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    Natalie Merchant recently released “Natalie Merchant,” her first album since 2001. She plays the Chicago Theatre on Thursday, July 24.

    Natalie Merchant returns to pop scene after long absence

    Natalie Merchant was a major star in the late 1980s and 1990s, first with 10,000 Maniacs and then with a solo career where her debut went platinum times five. She dropped off the pop music map after her 2001 album, “Motherland,” and last week released her first disc of new compositions since then. Those years weren’t spent lounging on the couch. Merchant is a divorced single mom of a 10-year-old. She financed and recorded a double album that put children’s poetry to music and much more.

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    This image provide by the Food and Drug Administration shows, from left, a current food nutrition label, a proposed label and an alternate label. Revamped food nutrition labels would change serving sizes for popular items like ice cream and sodas, make calories listing more prominent, and, for the first time, list any sugars that were added by the manufacturer. The overhaul of the omnipresent 20 year-old label comes as science has shifted.

    Lean and lovin’ it: Changes coming to FDA nutrition labels

    Don Mauer weighs in on the proposed changes to the FDA nutrition labels. Is adding "added sugars" and vitamin D a good thing?

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    On Friday, May 16, capping a spectacular half-century run she began as the so-called “Today” Girl, Barbara Walters will exit ABC’s “The View.” Behind the scenes she will remain as an executive producer of the New York-based talk show she created 17 years ago, and make ABC News appearances as events warrant and stories catch her interest.

    A ‘View’ without Barbara Walters after this week

    When Barbara Walters came on the scene, John Kennedy was in the White House, a motorist could fill ’er up for three bucks and no one had heard of the Beatles. On Friday, capping a spectacular half-century run she began as the so-called “Today” Girl, Walters says goodbye to ABC’s “The View.”

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    This May 12, 2014 photo released by The Publicity Office shows Norm Lewis, left, and Sierra Boggess acknowledging applause on the pair’s opening night with the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera at The Majestic Theatre, in New York. Lewis is the first African-American actor to take on the title role in Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera.” (AP Photo/The Publicity Office, Bruce Glikas)

    Broadway welcomes its first black ‘Phantom’ lead

    A thunderous standing ovation congratulated Norm Lewis as he became the first black actor to take on the title role in Broadway’s “The Phantom of the Opera.” The Tony Award nominee, who brought his deep and rich voice as Porgy to the recent “Porgy and Bess” revival, made his “Phantom” debut Monday night opposite a returning Sierra Boggess as Christine.

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    Editorial: Failing grade for school funding fix

    A proposed state school funding fix takes too much money away from suburban school districts which could lead to higher property taxes, a Daily Herald editorial says.

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    Hung up on Benghazi

    Columnist Richard Cohen: I am hardly uncritical of the president. I have my differences with him. But I take no succor in the venomous criticism that comes at him from the right and dominates the Republican-controlled House.

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    Death unto others

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Rationally, there is no redeeming return on a death warrant. Instead, by condoning state executions, especially under such controlled, calculated circumstances, we are passively complicit in the taking of a defenseless life.

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    Don’t let state board co-opt local schools
    The Illinois State Board of Education is pushing forward with legislation, HB 5537, that will allow it to remove locally elected school board members from office for what it deems to be poor governance or bad behavior.

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    Over-regulation, not training, is the issue
    A Mettawa letter to the editor: Thanks to the Daily Herald for printing such a concise example of how out of touch this president and his supporters are regarding jobs and their continued failure to successfully address the problem.

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    Not all life-or-death cases are clear-cut
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Mr. Lorimer (Your Views, April 24) invites reasoned discussion of the contentious topic of abortion. Wonderful. First things first: Abortion is serious, and the fewer there are, the better. Thus, the importance of health care contraceptive coverage. Further discussion seems to hinge on this: Dividing, functioning cells are living — but is it human life?

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    White House was silent on embassy attack
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: On the day of the attack of our embassy and Ambassador Stevens in Libya, where was the White House or State Department “special report” interruption on TV or on any news outlet? Where was the outrage from the president or the secretary of state denouncing this attack on Americans — and assuring all of us that they were making plans to help rescue them?

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    Income tax hike is really permanent
    A Wayne letter to the editor: Should any of us really be surprised that Governor Quinn is being dishonest with the citizens of Illinois? After all, Illinois’ two most recent governors have gone to jail for corruption. We have come to expect dishonesty and corruption from our elected officials.

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    Don’t retire at age 62, stay engaged
    Ann Elgin letter to the editor: Cause of Alzheimer’s disease: Lack of exercise for the brain. Cure: Drop the practice of having employees retire at age 62 and substitute the practice of semiretirement at that age.

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    Why yet another probe of Benghazi?
    Why yet another probe of Benghazi?The Republican-controlled House of Representatives is again “investigating” the attack of the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. This Benghazi investigation shows the lack of Republican leadership and vision. What cover up are they looking for? Did the administration cover up that they knew a random attack had occurred on the U, S, embassy versus a premeditated attack? Or was it that the attack was a deliberate attack when it was communicated as a random attack?So what. There was an attack on the U.S. Embassy in the city where the anti-Gadhafi forces had their stronghold. You would presume since we help liberate the country, people would “like” Americans. What Republicans should investigate is why people of a country we help liberate from one of the cruelest dictators in the 20th century would attack our embassy, whether planned or without foresight. But nah, the Republicans must grovel in dirty politics.Tom TeuneWheaton

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    Need a governor not afraid to make waves
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: I am writing to disagree with the April 27 letter from Bill Sarto, where he states that he will not vote for Bruce Rauner for governor because he does not want a governor who is “going to drive the career politicians nuts.”

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