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    Bob Chwedyk/Daily Herald, May 2012 Watch out for backups on the Kennedy Expressway the weekends of June 13, 20 and 27.

    Expect Kennedy Expressway gridlock on June weekends

    To avoid migraine-inducing traffic the last three weekends of June, take transit or plan your route to steer clear of the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94), officials warn. The Illinois Department of Transportation’s rebuild of the Kennedy interchange with Ohio and Ontario streets means temporary lane closures on the expressway that could trigger a congestion domino effect.

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    Steven Luellen

    Elgin parolee in fatal crash, police chase held on $1 million bail

    A judge set bail at $1 million Monday for a 34-year-old Elgin parolee involved in a crash last week that killed a Carpentersville man. Assistant State's Attorney Katie Doyen argued to Judge William Parkhurst for a $2 million bail, noting Steven Luellen's lengthy criminal record and his four stints in prison. “He knew he had the (Department of Corrections) warrant. As he drove off in the...

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    Kristina Kovarik

    Gurnee mayor: Don't give money to panhandlers

    Gurnee Mayor Kristina Kovarik says she wants to stop what appears to be a growing number of panhandlers in the village. After visiting a village mall, Kovarik said Monday, she posted a Facebook message urging people to not encourage panhandlers by giving them money. “A lot of the panhandlers are scam artists — no if, ands or buts about it,” Kovarik told the Daily Herald.

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    Allison Spahr, 10, second from the left, with her siblings Lauren, 18, Bryan, 21, Eric, 16, and Kyle, 13. Allison was killed Sunday morning during a family camping trip in Wisconsin. The Spahrs live in Cary.

    Cary girl killed while camping 'a cheerful sweetheart'

    Fearing storms would derail a family camping trip at a Wisconsin state park, Kevin R. Spahr wanted to come home Saturday, two days into the four-day excursion with his son, Kyle and daughter, Allison. But Allison, 10, of Cary, persuaded him to let them stay, saying it would be fine. She was killed Sunday morning, after thunderstorms toppled a tree onto her tent. "She loved Jesus with all her...

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    D'Andre Howard

    D'Andre Howard 'just wanted to make the noise stop'

    D'Andre Howard admitted to “wildly slashing” four members of his fiancee Amanda Engelhardt's family and said he heard loud noises in his head “like a siren” while he did it. "Like a loud noise," he said. "Something that irritates you, you know? I got the knife. I just wanted to make the noise stop.” Defense attorneys, who rested their case Monday, are seeking to show...

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    7 people reported shot at Chicago laundry

    Seven people, including two teenagers, were shot Monday at a laundry in the city’s South Shore neighborhood. A 14-year-old boy is in critical condition.

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    A businessman’s plan for a German-style beer garden to operate during the summer months at Hoffman Estates’ Village Green in the Prairie Stone property was delayed for at least a year Monday.

    Hoffman Estates beer garden pitched for 2015

    A proposal for a German-style beer garden hoped to be fast-tracked for the use of Hoffman Estates’ Village Green this summer has been delayed for at least a year. In a letter sent to village officials late Monday afternoon, DasBier Garden LLC President Andrew Hartman asked to postpone the conversation planned to take place at that evening’s village board meeting until the fall.

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    Jazmin Ramirez, right, and Nancy Ramirez , left, wave at the crowd before taking their seats .

    Images: Lake Park High School graduation
    Lake Park High School held its graduation Monday, June 2, at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

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    Steam escapes from Exelon Corp.'s nuclear plant in Byron, Illinois. Companies that generate electric power with anything other than coal — and companies that produce cleaner fuels or efficiency technologies — are likely to benefit from the Obama Administration's new proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

    Illinois must decide how to cut carbon pollution

    Illinois should be able to meet tougher federal limits on pollutants blamed for global warming with a mixture of power sources and energy-efficiency initiatives, state officials and environmental groups said, while opponents in the state's coal-producing regions said the proposal unveiled Monday by the Obama administration could close power plants, raise electricity rates and cost jobs.

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    Catherine Verbic, left, and Jevelyn Verbic react after converting their civil union to a marriage license at the DuPage County Clerk’s office Monday in Wheaton. The Naperville couple said they’ve waited 28 years for the chance to marry.

    Same-sex couples across suburbs line up for marriage licenses

    With a quick trip to the DuPage County clerk’s office Monday, Roseann Szalkowski and Barb McMillan got to celebrate not only their marriage but their three-year anniversary. That’s because the Roselle couple has had a civil union since June 1, 2011, and on Monday, the first day of legalized same-sex marriage across most of the state, that arrangement was converted to a marriage.

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    Fuel truck catches fire at Grayslake landfill

    Special equipment was needed Monday to extinguish a fuel truck that caught fire at the Countryside landfill in Grayslake. "It got a lot of attention," said Jon Cokefair, battalion chief for the Grayslake Fire Protection District.

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    Rescue workers take a stabbing victim to the ambulance in Waukesha, Wis., Saturday. Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death in the woods to please a mythological creature they learned about online.

    12-year-old Wisconsin girls charged in stabbing
    Prosecutors say two 12-year-old southeastern Wisconsin girls stabbed their 12-year-old friend nearly to death in the wood to please a mythological creature they learned about online. Both girls were charged as adults with first-degree attempted homicide Monday in Waukesha County Circuit Court; they each face up to 60 years in prison if convicted.

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    Authorities ID boater pulled from Lake Michigan

    The Cook County medical examiner’s office has identified a woman who died after a weekend boating accident on Lake Michigan. Twenty-six-year-old Ashley Haws of Chicago was pulled out of the water Sunday morning. She was in cardiac arrest and unconscious and was pronounced dead at an area hospital.

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    A Pentagon investigation concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching, the military decided not to exert extraordinary efforts to rescue him.

    Questions loom over Bergdahl-Taliban swap

    The Pentagon concluded in 2010 that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl walked away from his unit, and after an initial flurry of searching the military curbed any high-risk rescue plans. But the U.S. kept pursuing avenues to negotiate his release, recently seeking to fracture the Taliban network by making its leaders fear a faster deal with underlings could prevent the freedom they sought for five of their...

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    2 Aurora teens charged in string of car burglaries

    Two Aurora teens were charged after multiple car burglaries happened on Aurora’s far east side during the Memorial Day weekend, Aurora police said.

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    New assisted living facility may head to Glen Ellyn

    Harbor Retirement Associates wants to build a 96,000-square-foot assisted living and memory care facility in Glen Ellyn for seniors who need a little extra help. The company wants to build the HarborChase facility at 2S678 Park Blvd. on property owned by the Church of God.

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    7th Heaven will perform July 17 at part of Carol Stream’s summer concert series at Ross Ferraro Town Center.

    Carol Stream summer concert series opens June 5

    Carol Stream’s Thursday night summer concert series opens June 5 with a performance by a dance band, Ear Candy, and continues through Aug. 14 at the Ross Ferraro Town Center at Lies Road and Gary Avenue. Performances are scheduled on Thursdays except for June 26 and July 3. There will be a concert on Friday, July 4.

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

    Gay marriage becomes focus of governor’s race

    After weeks of focusing on Illinois’ mammoth financial problems, the governor’s race turned to the issue of same-sex marriage Monday as gay couples took vows under the state’s new law. Gov. Pat Quinn attended one wedding ceremony at a Chicago museum while advocates accused his Republican challenger, Bruce Rauner, of being against efforts to legalize same-sex marriage.

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    Term limits petition likely has enough signatures

    Illinois election officials say the group that wants to impose an eight-year term limit on state legislators appears to have enough petition signatures to let voters decide the issue in November — but the proposed constitutional change campaign led by Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner still has several challenges before it’s put on the ballot.

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    State Rep. Derrick Smith has pleaded not guilty to bribery.

    Jurors hear tapes at lawmaker’s bribery trial

    The trial of an Illinois lawmaker accused of accepting a $7,000 bribe has entered its second week. Monday is the third day of testimony at state Rep. Derrick Smith’s trial. The federal jury in Chicago is expected to hear secret recordings that authorities say reveal Smith plotting to take a bribe from a day care center seeking a state grant.

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    Shari Hohl, left, and Carole Mauloff of Geneva share a kiss after getting their marriage license on the first day they were available to same-sex couples at the Kane County clerk’s office in Geneva Monday morning. They’ve been together 19 years.

    Kane Co. same-sex couples get marriage licenses, cupcakes

    Kane County's same-sex couples didn't turn out for marriage licenses in the same numbers seen for the first day of civil unions Monday. But those who did stand in line received handshakes and cupcakes.

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    Fox Valley police reports
    Bradley S. Pace, 24, of Elgin, was charged Sunday with battery and trespass to residence after walking into an apartment in the 300 block of North Crystal Avenue and grabbing a woman by the hair, court records show.

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    Garden gets grant:

    The Vernon Area Public Library received a generous $650 grant from the Lincolnshire Garden Club to enhance the library’s vegetable garden.

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    Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is in prison for illegally using campaign money.

    Jackson Jr. on track for early release

    Imprisoned Illinois ex-congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is on track to be released from federal prison earlier than first expected because of his completion of a drug or alcohol treatment program.The Chicago Sun-Times reported Jackson is now scheduled to be released Sept. 20, 2015.

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    Underage tobacco sales cited:

    Four clerks at different businesses were issued state citations for selling tobacco products to a minor under 18, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office announced Monday.

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    Lake County retired teachers:

    The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon Tuesday, June 10, at Lambs Farm restaurant, Route 176 and the Tri-State Tollway near Libertyville.

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    Wheaton students taken to hospital after gas leak

    A Wheaton middle school was evacuated for more than an hour Monday and 30 students were taken to area hospitals when a gas leak and a burning smell caused them to feel sick, authorities said. Wheaton Fire Chief Bill Schultz said the gas leak — not the burning smell — was what caused the students to feel ill.

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    Police say this woman entered the Aurora TCF Bank branch Monday morning, told the teller she was armed and demanded cash.

    Cops searching for woman who robbed Aurora bank

    Aurora police and the FBI are searching for a woman with a face tattoo who robbed a far west side bank Monday morning. Police said the woman entered the TCF Bank in the Jewel at 1952 W. Galena Blvd. about 10:35 a.m. and gave the teller a note indicating she was armed and demanding cash.

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    Sherwin Ace Hardware owner Matt Hanson in Arlington Heights helps out customer Steve Tiberi with an electrical problem. Hanson became the owner Jan. 1, taking over from Bob Ward.

    New Arlington Hts. store owner started as stock boy 26 years ago

    The ownership of Sherwin Ace Hardware in Arlington Heights changed hands in January. Former owner Bob Ward didn't have to look far for a buyer. He sold the store to the first stock boy he hired in 1988: Matt Hanson, a 15-year-old sophomore at Rolling Meadows High School. “I grew up in the neighborhood,” Hanson says. “I'm the type of kid who took apart my toys, just to see how...

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    Citizens police academy:

    Lake Zurich officials say they are seeking applicants for the next Citizens Police Academy.

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    Authorities have released this photograph of the suspect in a robbery Monday in Warrenville.

    Suspect sought in Warrenville robbery

    Police are hunting for a man who indicated he had a weapon Monday while robbing a Warrenville credit union.

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    Cary motorcyclist dies after being hit by truck

    A Cary man was killed Sunday morning while riding his motorcycle after being hit by a car in an unincorporated area near Marengo, police said.

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    This dam on the Des Plaines River at Ryerson Woods near Deerfield was removed in 2011. The Lake County Forest Preserve District plans to remove the remaining two dams on the river as soon as this year.

    Removal of old dams will improve habitat and safety, forest district says

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District is proceeding with plans to remove the last two dams on the Des Plaines River in Lake County. The removal of what are known as low-head dams at MacArthur Woods and Captain Daniel Wright Woods forest preserves will improve fish and wildlife habitate and make it safer for recreational use.

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    “The Arrangement” is one of the works guests will see in the Rosemary Smillie exhibit at The Holmstad in Batavia. The show is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through June 29.

    Artist’s watercolor exhibit open daily through June 29

    Punctuating its May 5 through June 29 exhibit of Aurora artist Rosemary Smillie’s work, The Holmstad will host an artist’s reception on Sunday, June 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Town Center Gallery in Batavia.

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    Golf with a sports star June 25

    Golf foursomes will be paired with a retired professional athlete at the Hoffman Estates Parks Foundation’s annual Scott R. Triphahn Celebri-tee Golf Outing June 25.

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    Rail repairs closes Rand Road in Des Plaines

    Rand Road between Golf and Wolf roads will be closed to all through traffic from 8 a.m. Friday, June 6 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 13 for railway repairs at the Canadian National railroad crossing, Des Plaines city officials said.

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    State police to check trucks June 3-5

    The Illinois State Police will conduct commercial motor vehicle enforcement checks — looking for unsafe trucks and rogue drivers — in Cook, Will and two downstate counties June 3-5.

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    The aviation industry is marking 100 years since the first scheduled commercial flight took off, making a 23-minute journey across Florida’s Tampa Bay. A model of the aircraft that made the historic trip is seen this week at the 70th International Air Transport Association in Doha, Qatar.

    Airline group marks 100 years of commercial flight
    The aviation industry is marking 100 years since the first scheduled commercial flight took off, making a 23-minute journey across Florida’s Tampa Bay. A roundtrip ticket on the Jan. 1, 1914, flight from St. Petersburg, Florida, to Tampa, Florida, was priced at $10.

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    Interim Chief Patrick Yost

    Wauconda board could name Yost police chief, losing interim tag

    Wauconda’s interim police chief, Patrick Yost, could soon lose the “interim” from his title. The village board will be asked Tuesday to hire him as the town’s chief, seven months after Mayor Frank Bart unilaterally named him to the post in a controversial move.

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    Museums bringing exhibit on Greece to Chicago

    Two Chicago museums are partnering to bring an exhibit about ancient Greece to the city. The Field Museum and National Hellenic Museum announced “The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” will premiere at the Field Museum in November 2015.

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    LaDean Lines and Beth Kelley hold up their marriage license after being first in line at the Lake County Clerk’s office in Waukegan.

    Images: Same Sex Marriage Licenses Issued
    Images from around the suburbs of Chicago as same sex couples were able to apply for marriage licenses starting Monday.

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    SEC says Chicago school operator defrauded investors

    The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a Chicago charter school operator with defrauding investors. The SEC announced the charges Monday against UNO Charter School Network Inc.

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    Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner says term limits could help root out corruption in state government.

    Rauner: Term limits ballot question a ‘major step’

    Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says getting a question about legislative term limits on the November ballot is “a major step” in his effort to “shake up Springfield.”

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    Floodwaters from Hurricane Katrina cover a portion of New Orleans on Aug. 30, 2005. A new psychology study shows people are less prone to flee hurricanes with feminine names. Yet the study finds female named storms have been deadlier in the United States than their macho sounding counterparts.

    Study: People fear male-named hurricanes more

    Which scares you more: Hurricane Victor or Hurricane Victoria? People are slightly less likely to flee an oncoming storm with a feminine name than a masculine one, a new study finds. But here is Victoria’s secret: Hurricanes with feminine names turn out to be deadlier in the United States than their more macho-sounding counterparts, probably because their monikers make people underestimate...

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    Police seek tip in Arlington Heights robbery

    Arlington Heights police issued a crime alert Monday after a person reported being violently robbed in the parking lot of a restaurant on West Algonquin Road Saturday night.

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    No injuries in Lombard chemical leak

    No one was injured Monday when a small chemical fluoride leak prompted a hazardous materials crew to respond to the Highland Hills Sanitary District in Lombard. “It was a chemical fluoride leak and it caused some of our folks to have some burning in their eyes and noses,” District President Alphonso Sarno said. “But it's all cleaned up now and everything is safe.”

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    Spain’s Princess Letizia and Prince Felipe aer seen a day before their wedding day with King Juan Carlos, right, in Madrid on May 21, 2004. Carlos plans to abdicate and pave the way for his son, Felipe, to become the country’s next king.

    Spain’s king abdicates for his more popular son

    Spain’s King Juan Carlos, who led Spain’s transition from dictatorship to democracy but faced damaging scandals amid the nation’s financial meltdown, announced Monday he will abdicate in favor of his more popular son so that fresh royal blood can rally the nation.

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    Associated Press Shane Nantz kicks up a cloud of pollen as he mows the front yard of his west Charlotte, N.C., home. Seasonal allergy sufferers can try newly FDA-approved types of immnotherapy, once-a-day tablets containing freeze-dried grass extract that dissolve quickly under the tongue, steadily lessening the excessive immune reaction much like the shots.

    New allergy tablets offer alternative to shots

    For decades, seasonal allergy sufferers had two therapy options to ease the misery of hay fever. They could swallow pills or squirt nasal sprays every day for brief reprieves from the sneezing and itchy eyes. Or they could get allergy shots for years to gradually reduce their immune system’s over-reaction.

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    GOP hopefuls Sanguinetti, Schimpf to address Palatine Republicans

    Republican lieutenant governor candidate Evelyn Sanguinetti and Illinois attorney general hopeful Paul Schimpf will be the featured speakers this week at the Palatine Township Republican Organization’s monthly meeting. The event takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 7 at the PTRO office, 839 N. Quentin Road in Palatine. Doors open at 8:30 a.m.

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    Palatine Rotary holding charity casino night June 6

    The Rotary Club of Palatine is holding a casino night open to the public beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, June 6 at the newly renovated American Legion Hall, 122 W. Palatine Road in Palatine, to raise funds for Rotary and Rotary Charities.

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    Schaumburg man charged in FBI child porn sting

    A 34-year-old Schaumburg man is facing federal child pornography charges after a recent undercover FBI operation. Kurt S. Mayer, whose most recent address is listed in the 200 block of Sheffield Drive, was arrested Friday, prosecutors said. He is accused of transmitting two images depicting child pornography in emails and instant messages to an undercover officer on Thursday.

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    Kaneland middle schooler dies after being hit by freight train

    Kaneland Harter Middle School student Parker Wolfsmith has died, after being struck by a train Saturday evening. He was standing alongside train tracks near Liberty Street, according to Maple Park and railroad police.

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    Jeanine Nicarico

    GLOW 5K benefits reading, honors Jeanine Nicarico

    Not a day goes by that Naperville’s Nicarico family isn’t forced to remember the tragedy that stole their 10-year-old daughter Jeanine from them 31 years ago. But the first week in June always brings a special energy into their lives and a smile to their faces. The 13th annual Jeanine Nicarico Run for Reading — now dubbed the Evening GLOW 5K Run for Reading — is set...

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    Kindergartners at Naperville’s Brookdale Elementary School wrapped up lessons about their community and the people who work there with a field trip to downtown Naperville, where they visited Mayor George Pradel at city hall.

    Field trip around Naperville helps kindergartners find their place in their community

    After spending time studying communities, kindergartners from Brookdale Elementary School headed to downtown Naperville to explore just what - and who - makes their town special. “At this age, kids are naturally very curious how it all fits together,” teacher Betsy Cunningham said. "They love to think about their place in the world and on a map."

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    Pfc. Harold Wordeman, an engineer, landed on Easy Red Beach at 11:30 a.m. on D-Day from LCT 538. He was photographed by Capt. Herman Wall.

    Looking back at the Allies invasion of Normandy

    Seventy years after Allied forces landed on the beaches of Normandy, Paul Herbert, executive director of the First Division Museum at Wheaton’s Cantigny Park, looks back on D-Day. He calls it "the first and essential battle" in the invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe.

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    Carly Rousso

    Defense attorney says 'extraordinary circumstances' exist to sentence Rousso to probation

    The defense attorney for a 19-year-old Highland Park woman found guilty last week of being high when she ran over and killed a 5-year-old girl said he believes “extraordinary circumstances” exist for her to be sentenced to probation. Douglas Zeit said outside a Lake County courtroom Monday that he will ask that Carly Rousso be sentenced to periodic imprisonment or probation rather...

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    Naperville officials are looking for ways to pay for a new sound system for the downtown retail area. With cost estimates arriving lower than projected, the system could be installed this year instead of next year as planned.

    Downtown Naperville looking at sound system

    Background music imagined as ambient and pleasant might be coming to the retail core of downtown Naperville sooner than expected. Officials are identifying ways to pay for a sound system that might allow the project to get started this year instead of next year. “It's really just for background music to add to the ambience and charm of the downtown business area,” city council member...

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    Salvatore D. Riso

    Convicted Elgin arsonist now wanted for burglary

    A man who served five years in prison for a 2009 Elgin arson is wanted by East Dundee police on felony burglary charges. An arrest warrant has been issued for Salvatore Riso, 23, now of Chicago, on charges he burglarlized a home May 2, according to court records.

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    Lake Villa Township Supervisor Dan Venturi near Camp Peacock's pool, which is one of the highlights of the renovated facility.

    Peacock Camp's renovations complete in Lake Villa Township

    Crooked Lake is home once again to summer camps after two years of renovations to Peacock Camp in Lake Villa Township. The 2014 Summer Adventure Day Camp, beginning June 16, will be the first official use of the property at 21777 West Edgewood Ave. since it was purchased by the township in December 2011.

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    Authorities say that wearing a helmet while bike riding helps a rider to avoid a head injury in an accident.

    Head trauma is major cause of amnesia

    “Why does amnesia make you forget memories?” asked fifth-graders in Elise Diaz and Caroline Dicentio’s classrooms at Prairie Trail School in Wadsworth.

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    The feasibility of creating a countywide arts council will be examined over the next nine months through an intensive study led by the Wheaton-based DuPage Community Foundation.

    Foundation explores interest in creating DuPage County arts council

    The feasibility of creating a countywide arts council will be examined over the next nine months through an intensive study led by the Wheaton-based DuPage Community Foundation. “If there doesn’t really seem to be energy, then I think that’s as valuable to find out than actually going ahead and doing it,” said Cheryl Yuen, an arts consultant who will lead the study.

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    First lady in Rhode Island for USS Illinois ceremony

    First lady Michelle Obama is traveling to Rhode Island to participate in a keel-laying ceremony for a submarine that will become the USS Illinois. She is scheduled to speak Monday at Electric Boat’s manufacturing plant in North Kingstown to mark the start of construction on the 13th Virginia-class submarine.

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    Officials identify female body found in Peoria

    Authorities say a badly decomposed female body found in a Peoria drainage ditch has been identified as a woman who was reported missing last month.

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    Potawatomi to hire 250 for new Milwaukee casino

    The Potawatomi Indian tribe is hiring 250 people for its new hotel opening this summer next to its casino in Milwaukee. Staffing is needed for the $150 million, 19-story hotel opening in a couple months.

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    Quinn running mate says disappointed in budget

    The Democratic candidate for Illinois governor says he’s disappointed with the budget that the state Legislature passed last week. Paul Vallas spoke Sunday evening to about 160 Champaign County Democrats at Urbana’s Laborer’s Union Hall. The News-Gazette reports that Vallas criticized the new budget because it relies on more borrowing.

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    Schaumburg library gears up for summer with lineup of events

    Goodbye polar vortex and hello sunshine! At the Schaumburg Township District Library, there are many ways to celebrate the long-awaited summer, from outdoor concerts to bus trips to cool movies on hot days.

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    Dawn Patrol: Cary girl killed by tree; Blackhawks eliminated

    Cary girl, 11, killed when falling tree lands on tent; epic series has sad ending for Blackhawks; attorney hopes Maple Park neighbors can get along; paddlers aplenty for Fox River race; through rain and shine, Rose Parade marches on; Abreu expected to be back today

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    Metropolis Strategies CEO George Ranney explains his vision for a region that works.

    George Ranney dishes on the RTA, Route 53 and 15 years in the fray

    Libertyville native George Ranney, CEO of the former Metropolis Strategies, opens up about the state of transit funding ('that's nuts'), how to pay for extending Route 53 ('let's get real'), and the RTA ('they haven't been able to bring people together').

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    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford gets a hand from Brandon Bollig after letting the winning goal past him in overtime of Game 7 as the Los Angeles Kings win 5-4 on Sunday at the United Center in Chicago.

    10 stories you may have missed this weekend

    10 stories you may have missed over the weekend: an 11-year-old Cary girl was killed when a tree fell on the tent in which she was sleeping; same-sex couples can legally marry across the state of Illinois; a 115-pound woman is your hot dog eating champ in Bloomingdale; Downers Grove physician faces child pornography charges; Chicago Bear Brandon Marshall sponsors fundrasing motorcycle ride;...

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    Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.com Lake Zurich American Legion Post 964 member Paul Carrubba carries the American flag and is reflected in the helmet of fellow post member Angel Lebron during Monday’s Memorial Day parade in Lake Zurich.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features some Memorial Day images, the opening of Farmers Markets, and the annual Cops on a Roof fundraiser.

Sports

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    The New York Rangers run through drills at their practice facility, Monday in Greenburgh, N.Y. The Rangers will face the Los Angeles Kings in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final in Los Angeles on Wednesday.

    10 things to watch in Stanley Cup finals

    Well, Blackhawks fans might not be thrilled about it, but the Stanley Cup finals will, in fact, go on. Ahead of Wednesday's match up of the New York Rangers versus the Los Angeles Kings, here are 10 things to watch for when the puck drops.

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    Rick Renteria tries to restrain Anthony Rizzo, who argues with home-plate umpire Jerry Meals in a loss to the Brewers on Sunday. With one-third of the season in the books, Rizzo is hitting .267 with 10 home runs at 28 RBI.

    Cubs of 2014 not much different than 2013

    The Cubs are through exactly one-third of the 2014 baseball season as they open a homestand against the New York Mets. The starting pitching has been solid for the most part, and the bullpen has been OK. But the offense is lagging behind the pace the hitters set last year at the one-third mark.

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    Jose Abreu is congratulated by his White Sox teammates after hitting a 2-run homer in the fourth inning Monday night against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.

    Abreu hits homer in return to White Sox’ lineup

    Jose Abreu came off the 15-day disabled list Monday and made an immediate impact with a 2-run homer against the Dodgers. Last week, Indians manager Terry Francona said the addition of Abreu and Adam Eaton has made the White Sox a better team.

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    Probably more than anyone, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews understands the opportunity lost in Game 7 overtime against the Los Angeles Kings. “This is a very bad feeling,” he said after the game. “It's a bitter pill to swallow.”

    'Shocked' Hawks were one bounce away from the summit

    The road to one Stanley Cup is the hockey equivalent of climbing Everest. The attempt to repeat is akin to climbing Everest twice in consecutive days. The Hawks were a bounce away from the summit.

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    Dave Brown competed in basketball, tennis and cross country this school year for Lake Zurich High School.

    Brown finishes with a flourish at Lake Zurich

    When Dave Brown lost his final tennis match of the season, thus ending his high school sports career at Lake Zurich, he paused, reflected and shed a few tears. The 2013-14 school year certainly was a memorable sporting slate for Brown, 18, a senior who is heading to Grand Rapids, Mich., in the fall to resume his tennis career at Calvin College. Brown was the Bears’ lone three-sport male athlete, with six varsity letters earned over the past three years — three from tennis, two from basketball and one from cross country.

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    Duffy, Royals keep Cardinals down 6-0

    Danny Duffy worked six innings of one-hit ball and Alex Gordon homered to start a breakout three-run seventh for the Kansas City Royals in a 6-0 victory over the suddenly punchless St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night.

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    Garza, Reynolds lead Brewers to 6-2 win over Twins

    Matt Garza took a shutout into the seventh inning and Mark Reynolds hit a two-run homer, sending the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Monday night.

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    Colon, Flores lead Mets past Phillies

    Wilmer Flores hit a grand slam and drove in a career-high six runs, Bartolo Colon threw seven-plus sharp innings and the New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-2 Monday night in a makeup from an April rainout.

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    Seager has 4 extra-base hits, Mariners beat Yanks

    Kyle Seager homered, tripled twice and doubled, leading Felix Hernandez and the Seattle Mariners past the New York Yankees 10-2 Monday night.

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    Wauconda’s Magiera will double up at Augustana

    Wauconda football player and wrestler Nate Magiera plans on continuing each sport in college. He has selected Augustana in Rock Island, where he will be a member of coach Rob Cushman’s football program and coach Eric Juergens’ defending College of Illinois and Wisconsin champion wrestling squad.

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    Best-ever season for Palatine girls lacrosse

    Seven years ago, a group of Palatine High School girls approached Leslie Schock with the idea to start a lacrosse team. Schock, who at the time was already the head girls basketball coach at the school, obliged. She put together a team and now, in her eighth year, the Pirates enjoyed their finest campaign. They posted an impressive 15-3 record and won the Mid-Suburban League conference title for the second straight season with a 5-0 record.

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    Randy Wolf pitches Marlins past Rays 3-1

    Randy Wolf pitched six innings Monday night for his first victory since 2012, and the Miami Marlins beat Tampa Bay 3-1, sending the Rays to their seventh consecutive loss.

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    Masterson, Indians end Boston’s 7-game win streak

    Justin Masterson found the strike zone after a rocky start and pitched seven scoreless innings as the Cleveland Indians ended Boston’s seven-game winning streak, beating the Red Sox 3-2 Monday night.

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    Bandits to sponsor Fehlman Memorial event

    The Chicago Bandits will be a major sponsor of the 11th annual Fehlman Memorial Senior All-Star Game, which is scheduled for Monday, June 16 at Judson University in Elgin.

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    A lot of pride and a little spare change

    Just this side of the glamorous, prosperous world of sports sits a proud man in a wheelchair asking for spare change or perhaps even a spare dollar bill. Outside the United Center recently his name was Willie.

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    Burlington Central and senior Brooke Gaylord will take on Sterling Tuesday in the Class 3A Marengo sectional semifinals.

    Softball: Scouting the Class 3A Marengo sectional

    Scouting the Class 3A Marengo softball sectional.

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    Miami Heat forward LeBron James, right, and guard Dwyane Wade smile during the second half Game 6 in the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals against the Indiana Pacers Friday in Miami. James, Chris Bosh and Wade could go elsewhere in a few weeks, although not likely. First, the NBA finals begin Thursday, with the Heat positioned to go from two-time champs to full-blown dynasty.

    Heat locking in on Finals, not what summer brings

    Four years ago, when LeBron James uttered that now-infamous phrase — “not two, not three, not four, not five ...” — about how many championships he hoped to win with the Heat, it was almost immediately turned into a punch line. It rings prophetic in some ways now, with the Heat back in the NBA Finals for a fourth consecutive season. How the Heat fare against in their NBA Finals rematch with the San Antonio Spurs might dictate what happens in July, when James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade can become free agents if they choose.

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    Spain’s Rafael Nadal serves the ball Monday during the fourth round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

    Vulnerable? Bad back? Nadal keeps winning in Paris

    Maybe, just maybe, Rafael Nadal was a tad vulnerable, the thinking went before this French Open. Well, leave it to the eight-time French Open champion’s upcoming quarterfinal opponent — 2013 runner-up David Ferrer, one of the men who beat Nadal on clay this spring — to set the record straight. “Rafael,” Ferrer said, “is always the favorite.” Nadal certainly looked the part in the fourth round Monday, when he won 18 points in a row during one stretch en route to beating 83rd-ranked Dusan Lajovic of Serbia 6-1, 6-2, 6-1 for a record 32nd consecutive victory at the French Open.

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    In this May 3, 2014 file photo, Victor Espinoza rides California Chrome to victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby horse race at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. California Chrome’s bid to become racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 36 years isn’t scaring away the competition.

    California Chrome’s story may never repeat

    For all the buzz California Chrome’s feel-good run at the Triple Crown is generating for horse racing, his too-good-to-be-true story has virtually no chance of repeating itself, according to the numbers. The horse that will line up at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday is the product of an unspectacular mare and an equally unheralded stallion, bred in a state not known for producing winners and owned by a couple of racing outsiders who were labeled “dumb asses” for even pondering such a thing.

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    Huntley’s Taryn Jakubowski (11) and Rachel Zobott will lead the Red Raiders into action against St. Charles East Tuesday night in the Class 3A Lake Park supersectional.

    Girls soccer: Scouting the Class 3A Lake Park supersectional

    Scouting Tuesday's Class 3A Lake Park girls soccer supersectional between St. Charles East and Huntley.

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    Bears sign cornerback from Boston College

    Undrafted cornerback Al Louis-Jean has signed a three-year contract with the Chicago Bears, team officials announced Monday.

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    Mike North video: Will Hawks win 4 titles in 10 years?
    The Blackhawks might have lost to the L.A. Kings, but Mike North still expects great things from them over the next several years.

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    Associated Press Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz was killed along with six other people in a fiery plane crash in Massachusetts.

    Philly Inquirer co-owner among 7 dead in jet crash

    BEDFORD, Mass. — Philadelphia Inquirer co-owner Lewis Katz was killed along with six other people in a fiery plane crash in Massachusetts, just days after reaching a deal that many hoped would end months of infighting at the newspaper and help restore it to its former glory.The 72-year-old businessman’s Gulfstream corporate jet ran off the end of a runway, plunged down an embankment and erupted in a fireball during a takeoff attempt Saturday night at Hanscom Field outside Boston, authorities said. There were no survivors.Katz was returning to New Jersey from a gathering at the home of historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Also killed was a next-door neighbor of Katz’s, Anne Leeds, a 74-year-old retired preschool teacher he had invited along, and Marcella Dalsey, the director of Katz’s son’s foundation. A fourth person, Susan K. Asbell, 68, was identified in media reports Sunday as also having been killed. She was the wife of former Camden County, New Jersey, prosecutor Sam Asbell. The identities of the other victims weren’t immediately released. Nancy Phillips, Katz’s longtime partner and city editor at the Inquirer, was not aboard.Investigators said it was too soon to say what caused the crash.Katz made his fortune investing in parking lots and the New York Yankees’ cable network. He once owned the NBA’s New Jersey Nets and the NHL’s New Jersey Devils and in 2012 became a minority investor in the Inquirer.Last Tuesday, Katz and former cable magnate Harold H.F. “Gerry” Lenfest struck a deal to gain full control of the Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News and Philly.com by buying out their fellow owners for $88 million — an agreement that ended a very public feud over the Inquirer’s business and journalism direction.Lenfest said Sunday that the deal will be delayed but will still go through.“We’ll lose his expertise, but the paper will continue because we both intended to put a new CEO in charge of the day-to-day operations,” Lenfest said. Katz’s son, Drew, will take his father’s seat on the board of directors, Lenfest said.When bidding on the company, Katz and Lenfest vowed to fund in-depth journalism and retain the Inquirer’s editor, Bill Marimow. “It’s going to be a lot of hard work. We’re not kidding ourselves. It’s going to be an enormous undertaking,” Katz said then, noting that advertising and circulation revenues had fallen for years. “Hopefully, (the Inquirer) will get fatter.” The fight over the city’s two major newspapers broke out last year when one of the co-owners, Democratic powerbroker George Norcross, moved to fire Marimow. Katz and Lenfest went to court to keep Marimow, then bought out Norcross and his allies.The Inquirer has changed hands five times in eight years, and like many other newspapers, it has seen a downturn in business that has forced it to cut staff, close bureaus and scale back its ambitions.Three previous owners, including Norcross, said in a statement that they were deeply saddened by Katz’s death.“Lew’s long-standing commitment to the community and record of strong philanthropy across the region, particularly Camden where he was born and raised, will ensure that his legacy will live on,” they said.The event at Goodwin’s home in Concord, Massachusetts, was held to support an education initiative by Goodwin’s son. Afterward, Katz, Goodwin’s friend of nearly 20 years, joined the author and others at dinner, where they talked about their shared interests, including journalism, Goodwin said.“The last thing he said to me upon leaving for the plane was that most of all what we shared was our love and pride for our children,” she said in a statement.

Business

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    A L’Amour, a bridal and special occasion retailer is closing its doors after 24 years at the end of the month.

    Bittersweet farewell to Barrington bridal shop

    After more than 24 years in business, A L’Amour, a bridal and special occasion retailer in Barrington, is closing its doors at the end of the month.

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    Stocks closed mostly higher on a quiet Monday following two reports that showed the manufacturing industries of the world’s two largest economies expanded last month. Both the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index were able to set record highs for a second trading day in a row.

    Stocks rise following revised manufacturing report

    NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed mostly higher on a quiet Monday following two reports that showed the manufacturing industries of the world’s two largest economies expanded last month.Both the Dow Jones industrial average and the Standard & Poor’s 500 index were able to set record highs for a second trading day in a row.The Dow rose 26.46 points, or 0.2 percent, to 16,743.63. The S&P 500 rose 1.40 points, or 0.1 percent, to 1,924.97 and the Nasdaq composite fell 5.42 points, or 0.1 percent, to 4,237.20.The Institute for Supply management said U.S. manufacturing grew at a brisk pace last month, correcting its earlier statement that growth had slowed. The ISM said the correct number for its manufacturing index was 55.4 in May, in line with what economists were expecting. That’s a better result than the 53.2 figure that ISM initially reported.The ISM manufacturing report is one of two closely watched reports each month, second only to the government’s monthly survey of the job market. To see major revisions to such a report the day it’s released was highly unusual, traders said, especially for a report that is so relied on each month.“It’s a debacle, as far as ISM is concerned,” said Tom di Galoma, head of fixed income rates at ED&F Man Capital. “It’s hurt their credibility and it’s going to take a while for that to recover.”Investors also got some positive manufacturing news out of Asia. A Chinese manufacturing index edged up to 50.8 in May from 50.4 in April. Asian stocks rose on the report. Japan’s Nikkei rose 2.1 percent Monday.Trading is expected to be quiet until later this week. Investors will get the May jobs report Friday, and the European Central Bank will announce its latest interest rate policy decision Thursday. Economists expect that companies hired 220,000 workers last month, and that the unemployment rate remained steady at 6.3 percent, according to FactSet.Other than the manufacturing reports, traders had little news to work with on Monday.The real-estate investment trust Ventas said it would buy American Realty Capital Healthcare Trust in a $2.6 billion cash-and-stock deal. The companies each own medical care offices along with other properties. A.R.C.’s stock rose 96 cents, or 10 percent, to $10.91 while Ventas fell $1.87, or 3 percent, to $64.93.Semiconductor maker Broadcom was the biggest advancer in the S&P 500, jumping $2.97, or 9 percent, to $34.84. The company said it is exploring options for its cellular chip business, which could include selling the division or shutting it down. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.53 percent from 2.48 percent on Friday. Even with the modest increase, bond yields are still trading near their lows for the year. Bond investors expect yields to remain at these levels for the foreseeable future. “You’re still looking at a global economic picture that needs a lot more growth,” said Robert Tipp, chief investment strategist for Prudential Fixed Income.

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    A train hauls coal from a mine in the Powder River basin of Montana and Wyoming. A 10 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions will mean a decline of 180 million tons, or 18 percent, in U.S. coal production, according to Bernstein Research. That would hurt miners such as Peabody Energy, Alpha Natural Resources and Arch Coal.

    Obama carbon rule: Surprise winners, losers

    Companies that generate electric power with anything other than coal, or that produce power-saving technology, are likely to benefit from the Obama Administration’s new proposed limits on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

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    Smoke rises from the Colstrip Steam Electric Station, a coal burning power plant in in Colstrip, Mont. The Obama administration on Monday said it will roll out a plan to cut earth-warming pollution from power plants by 30 percent by 2030.

    Obama: Power plant rule will shrink power prices

    In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday aimed at cutting carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third by 2030. But it delays the deadline for some states to begin complying until long after President Barack Obama leaves office.

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    Matthew Wallace shaves his wife’s head when her hair was falling out in August 2012. Arrica Wallace was 35 when her cancer was discovered in 2011. It spread widely, with one tumor so large that it blocked half of her windpipe. The strongest chemotherapy and radiation failed to help, and doctors gave her less than a year to live. But her doctor heard about an immune therapy trial at the Cancer Institute and got her enrolled. “It’s been 22 months since treatment and 17 months of completely clean scans” that show no sign of cancer, Arrica Wallace said.

    Doctors use immune therapy against cervical cancer

    Two years ago, Arrica Wallace was riddled with tumors from widely spread cervical cancer that the strongest chemotherapy and radiation could not beat back. Today, the Kansas mother shows no signs of the disease, and it was her own immune system that made it go away. The experimental approach that helped her is one of the newest frontiers in the rapidly advancing field of cancer immunotherapy, which boosts the body’s natural ways of attacking tumors.

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    Welders connect iron support bars during construction inside the cavern of the Second Avenue subway tunnel at 86th Street, in New York. U.S. construction spending posted modest gains in April, driven by an uptick in home building and government construction that lifted total activity to the highest level in five years.

    Construction spending up 0.2 percent in April

    U.S. construction spending posted modest gains in April, driven by an uptick in home building and government construction that lifted total activity to the highest level in five years. Construction spending rose 0.2 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $953.5 billion, the strongest performance since March 2009, the Commerce Department said Monday.

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    Dave Roop, of Cicero, Ind., works on the line of a Chrysler transmission manufacturing facility in Tipton, Ind. U.S. manufacturers grew at a slower pace in May as measures of orders and production fell. Factories also added jobs at a slower pace.

    U.S. manufacturing expanded at slower pace in May

    U.S. manufacturers grew at a slower pace in May as measures of orders and production fell. Factories also added jobs at a slower pace. The Institute for Supply Management said Monday its manufacturing index fell to 53.2 last month from 54.9 in April. That’s the lowest level since February. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

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    Regent Surgical opens center in Oregon

    WESTCHESTER — Surgery center management and development company Regent Surgical Health has opened Plaza Ambulatory Surgery Center, a joint venture between Regent, local physicians and Providence Health & Services in Portland, Oregon.In addition to its minority ownership in the new surgery center, Regent will manage the ASC’s operations.“Plaza ASC is the latest implementation of the classic Regent physician/hospital surgery center joint venture model, which is an ASC ownership structure that has proved to promote excellent patient care and successful, lasting businesses,” said Tom Mallon, CEO of Regent Surgical Health. “We create ASCs that leverage the strengths of each party involved in the joint venture, and provide both physicians and their hospital partner significant equity.”Plaza Ambulatory Surgery Center sits on the campus of Providence Health & Service’s 483-bed Providence Portland Medical Center.“We know patients already are migrating away from hospitals to ambulatory surgery centers throughout the city,” said Paul Gaden, CEO of Providence Portland Medical Center. “This provides a lower cost, high quality center on our campus to serve our patients and provides our physicians an opportunity to develop and invest in an ambulatory surgery center with Providence.”Surgeons specializing in podiatry, pain management, ENT, ortho/hand, urology, neurology and general surgery will be immediately utilizing the ASC.“This surgery center provides an outpatient venue to serve our patients at a lower cost and in a more convenient setting,” says Dr. Justin Rufener, Plaza ASC board president. “My physician partners and I expect to serve thousands of patients each year at this new facility.”

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    United Stationers acquires CPO Commerce for $30 million
    Deerfield-based United Stationers subsidiary, United Stationers Supply Co. has completed, its acquisition of 100 percent of the outstanding shares of e-retailer CPO Commerce, Inc., in an all cash purchase of $30 million, with up to an additional $10 million to be paid in three years based on performance.

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    TreeHouse completes acquisition of Protenergy

    Oak Brook-based TreeHouse Foods has completed its acquisition of Protenergy Natural Foods, a developer and manufacturer of premium quality food and beverage products. TreeHouse said it paid approximately $150 million in cash for the business, subject to an adjustment for working capital, and financed the transaction under its existing credit facility.

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    Bristol-Myers, Merck immune therapy promising in cancer trials

    Kim Sherman was in bad shape a year ago after a lemon-sized melanoma tumor in her pelvis stopped responding to standard targeted therapy. By late June 2013, the pain from the mass pressing on her hamstring became so bad she could hardly sleep, walk, or even sit down.

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    Vladimir Putin’s territorial ambitions are bumping up against financial markets.

    Putin pauses as Russia volatility kills trade to investment

    Vladimir Putin’s territorial ambitions are bumping up against financial markets. As the Russian president plots his next move on Ukraine, investors are giving his inner circle pause for thought. Since Putin annexed Crimea in March in the teeth of international outrage, Russian stocks have become the most volatile since 2009.

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    Bruce George

    Naperville architect designer helps Navajo in Utah

    Kukec's People features Bruce George, president of Naperville-based Charles Vincent George Architects, who will be going on a special mission to Utah to help build a Navajo Hogan dwelling for the widow of a local bishop.

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    Decision to move business ‘was not easy,’ partner says

    There are certain steps common to most business moves. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall talks to a motorcycle dealership about his move.

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    Carol Arechiga, owns Haute Vintage in Roselle with her husband, Carlos Arechiga. Carlos does all the woodworking and Carol is about design.

    Haute Vintage in Roselle comes alive as winter breaks
    An interview with Carol Arechiga, who owns Haute Vintage in Roselle with her husband, Carlos Arechiga. Q: Describe your business. What do you do? A: We are a shabby chic furniture and home decor boutique specializing in custom pieces. We find vintage furniture (usually in need of lots of love) and refinish it and customize to make them one-of-a-kind pieces. Carlos is the carpenter on hand who takes my visions and makes them come to life. With our workshop here in the back of the shop, he’s always busy back there doing something or another from repainting to building his own piece of furniture from reclaimed lumber. We also make all the extra little things ourselves. Q: What made you start your business? A: My passion has always been in decor design and I started by helping family and friends and then we started selling a little on line. The combination of Carlos’ muscle and my vision, this little boutique is a dream come true. Q: What has been the most difficult obstacle in running or starting a small business? A: We opened at the beginning of winter. That was a bold choice! Polar Vortex after Polar Vortex made our shop hard to get noticed. Everyone was in hibernation. Finally, the sun is shining and people are out and about again.Q: What do you enjoy most about operating your business?A: I love how customers can come in and ask for something specific, and we can usually either build it for them, or transform a piece for them. For example, a customer came in wanting a unique, shabby media center. She found a dresser she fell in love with so we decided to customize it for her. We took the fronts off the drawers and when we put them back, we used a hinge that allowed them to fold down for access to the cable box, DVD, etc. She loves that she can close them up ad hide the ugly electronics when guests come over, and she could simply pull down the fronts and expose them when she was relaxing at home. Q: Is this what you pictured yourself doing when you were young? When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? A: I wanted to be a fashion designer growing up. I always loved drawing and painting so I went with fashion as my major. However, now looking back at my childhood, my sisters and I made our own Barbie house under our stairs and furnished it with pieces we found laying around the house. A napkin was now a comforter, a ring box was turned into a chair, etc ... So I always had a creative imagination growing up. Q: What keeps you up at night? A: There are days that I find an amazing piece of lumber. Something with original chippy paint, or lines that you don’t find on new pieces now a days and my mind will just run in circles trying to figure out what to do with it. My family always says that I always have some kind of project going, and its true. I get bored easily so its hard for me to sit still and “relax.” Q: If you could give one tip to a rookie business owner, what would it be? A: Treat the customers with the kindness you would expect. • Every Monday we feature a small, suburban business. We want to hear about yours. Contact us at kmikus@dailyherald.com.

Life & Entertainment

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    Julia Collins of Wilmette won 20 straight games on “Jeopardy!”

    Illinois woman’s ‘Jeopardy!’ winning streak is over

    LOS ANGELES — The reign of the winningest female contestant in “Jeopardy!” history has come to an end.Julia Collins, 31, lost during her 21st appearance on the pre-taped episode that aired Monday. The Wilmette resident accumulated a total of $428,100 during her 20 victories on the syndicated series.Collins was vanquished by Brian Loughnane, an investment operations manager from Scituate, Massachusetts. Collins went into the final-question showdown in second place, bet everything and lost it. Loughnane won $22,000.The clue that stumped her: The New England writer who in 1999 became the last person to win an Oscar for adapting his own novel as a screenplay. She failed to answer with the correct question: Who is John Irving? The novel and film was “Cider House Rules.”Monday’s game overall “just didn’t go my way,” Collins said in a phone interview, adding, “I couldn’t have loved being on the show more.”Collins said she was glad her record might serve as an example of female achievement.“If it helps dispel the idea that women aren’t as good ‘Jeopardy!’ players as men, that would be great,” she said. “It’s good to see women being applauded for being smart.”Her winnings helped finance a dream trip to Paris, where she rented an apartment for a month. Some may fund future travel adventures, Collins said.The management consultant, who’s been enjoying a hiatus thanks to “Jeopardy!”, said she plans to get back into the work world.The previous top female player for consecutive wins was Stephanie Jass, who took seven games in a row in season 29. Collins displaced her and Larissa Kelly, who was No. 1 in total winnings with $222,597.Collins holds the No. 2 spot for most consecutive wins behind all-time “Jeopardy!” champ Ken Jennings. He won 74 straight games in season 21 for a total prize of $2.5 million.She is the third-highest money winner for non-tournament play on “Jeopardy!” behind Jennings and Dave Madden, who won $430,400.Future “Jeopardy!” contestants might want to consider her advice: Practice your buzzer technique so you can beat out your usually-knowledgeable competitors, and restrain yourself from guessing at answers.And stay calm. “I was more relaxed than I thought I would be” when she first played, Collins said. “I thought I was going to have a little ‘deer in the headlights’ experience. ... I tried not to put too much pressure on myself, not worrying about things I don’t know. “Collins will be back for the “Jeopardy!” tournament of champions next season.

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    Elgin native and Larkin High School grad Dean St. John loves his work in ADR, also known as “automated dialogue replacement.” He returned to town recently for family graduations.

    Elgin native sounds off on Hollywood success

    He’s worked on 90 episodes of the TV series “Star Trek Enterprise,” four seasons of “Star Trek Voyager” and one season of “Star Trek Deep Space Nine.” And yet, you’ve never heard of Dean St. John. But he hears everything. He has to. That’s his job. The Elgin native and Larkin High School graduate works as a sound technician and ADR expert for Hollywood movies and TV shows.

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    The Walt Disney Co. announced Monday that Lupita Nyong’o is joining the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The 31-year-old actress became a breakthrough star for her award-winning performance in “12 Years a Slave.”

    Lupita Nyong’o joins ‘Star Wars’ cast

    Three months after winning an Oscar, Lupita Nyong’o is going to a galaxy far, far away. The Walt Disney Co. announced Monday that Nyong’o is joining the cast of “Star Wars: Episode VII.” The 31-year-old actress became a breakthrough star for her award-winning performance in “12 Years a Slave.”

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    When is spanking a child appropriate discipline?

    Q. My question is, when is spanking a child OK? I don’t believe you can raise a child without sometimes giving them a real shock when they do something very serious.

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    American Monty Python (the troupe is comprised of Michael Palin, left, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and John Cleese) fans who can’t attend the troupe’s London reunion can watch it in hundreds of U.S. movie theaters in July.

    Monty Python reunion to screen live in U.S. theaters

    Everybody expects the Spanish Inquisition. And as with all things Monty Python, fans need to expect the unexpected, too. Next month the surviving Monty Python members reunite onstage for the first time in almost 35 years — and, they say, the last time ever — for "Monty Python Live (mostly)." Shows will take place between July 1-20, with the final performance beamed live into movie theaters worldwide — including hundreds in the U.S.

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    A spokesman for Casey Kasem’s daughter says the ailing radio personality has been taken by ambulance to a hospital or medical facility in Washington state.

    Spokesman: Casey Kasem taken to medical facility

    A spokesman for Casey Kasem’s daughter says the ailing radio personality has been taken by ambulance to a hospital or medical facility in Washington state. Danny Deraney told The Associated Press that Kerri Kasem accompanied her father when an ambulance took him Sunday afternoon to receive care. He didn’t know where the 82-year-old entertainer went.

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    R&B singer Chris Brown was released early Monday from a Los Angeles County jail, authorities said. Brown had been in custody since mid-March, when he was arrested after being expelled from a court-ordered rehab sentence for violating its rules.

    L.A. deputy: Singer Chris Brown released from jail

    Singer Chris Brown was released early Monday from a Los Angeles County jail, authorities said. Los Angeles Sheriff’s deputy Tony Moore told The Associated Press that Brown was released at 12:01 a.m. Monday, but he didn’t have any more details. Brown had been in custody since mid-March, when he was arrested after being expelled from a court-ordered rehab sentence for violating its rules.

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    William Shatner will make an appearance at Creation Entertainment’s Official Star Trek Convention at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: Trekkies, beam over to Rosemont

    Trekkies will be out in force for The Official Star Trek Convention, which prominently features appearances by actors William Shatner and Kate Mulgrew in Rosemont. Learn all about the singing siblings whose songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” will forever be tied to World War II in the musical “Sisters of Swing: The Andrews Sisters Story” starting Thursday at Fox Valley Repertory at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

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    Carey Williams takes a self-portrait on the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes.

    Norhtwest Rails-to-Trails routes tailor-made for bikers, hikers

    In many parts of the country, abandoned train tracks have been repurposed into multi-use exercise trails. The best of them — a little more than two dozen routes in all — are in the Rail-to-Trails Conservancy Hall of Fame, and several of those are located in the Northwest region of the United States, in Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Some routes are within earshot of an interstate or overrun with tumbleweeds. Others take you outside of city limits, perhaps following a river around a mountain pass, offering an opportunity to see and hear birds in remote marshlands or spot wildlife in an open meadow.

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    Weight loss, healthy diet are best medicine for diabetics

    I have Type 2 diabetes. Is there anything I can do to cut down on my medications?

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    Phipps walks back to a van after the paddling trip. “I am setting out to defy what society thinks about what is possible,” she said.

    In pain for years, a young woman opts to amputate her club feet

    For most of her teens, Lacey Phipps couldn’t get out of her wheelchair, afflicted by twisted, deformed club feet so severe that 11 surgeries failed to fix them. She saw orthopedist after orthopedist. She downed pain pills and went under the knife for corrective surgeries that never helped. Then, in July 2012, she made a radical decision that would scandalize her family and change her life. “Chop them off!” Phipps said of her feet.

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    “Being There” is the newest from Clear Plastic Masks.

    Righteous rock from Clear Plastic Masks

    Nashville’s burgeoning rock ’n’ roll music scene just got even better with the release of Clear Plastic Masks’ “Being There.” The greasy, ’70s rock-addled quartet got together in Brooklyn, New York, and came to Nashville, Tennessee, to record. Charismatic lead singer Andrew Katz has a commanding stage presence, an interesting voice and an off-kilter point of view and songwriting sense that can appeal to many different listeners.

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    Joseph Finder’s latest book, “Suspicion,” is arguably his best to date.

    ‘Suspicion’ is a can’t-miss thriller

    In Joseph Finder's "Suspicion," Danny Goodman has been having a rough go of things raising his daughter since her mother died, and the private school that she attends has been invaluable. When Danny gets into financial trouble, a wealthy parent at the school offers to help. But things are not as they seem, and the thrilling story begins.

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    Two-thirds of the employees at Opower, an energy efficiency company in Arlington, Va., use standing desks.

    Standing desks sit well with more employees

    Except for the tattoo peeking out from under his rolled-up right sleeve, Scott Eichinger doesn’t look like much of a revolutionary. But two years ago, in his cramped corner cubicle, the bearded and bespectacled Eichinger took a stand. Then he placed a pair of $8 Ikea end tables on top of his desk, elevated his computer monitor and went back to work.

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    In the open-world game “Watch Dogs,” Aiden Pearce is a tech-savvy vigilante whose most powerful weapon is a smartphone that can tap into the infrastructure of a well-connected, near-future Chicago.

    Ubisoft cracks the code with ‘Watch Dogs’

    Since it was dramatically unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo two years ago, the hacking thriller “Watch Dogs” has been called many things: a game for the Edward Snowden era, “Grand Theft Auto” meets “Hackers,” overhyped and revolutionary. In reality, it’s a little of each. The open-world adventure casts players as Aiden Pearce, a tech-savvy vigilante whose most powerful weapon is a smartphone that can tap into the infrastructure of a well-connected, near-future Chicago. After the murder of his young niece, he embarks on one of those cliched action-movie quests for vengeance that involves lots of shooting and car chases.

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    The smell of a new baby is wonderful to some people, and research says that it has the greatest effect on new mothers.

    Your health: Why people love that new baby smell
    Everyone loves the smell of a new baby, and new reseach explains how it affects new mothers. Also, is a PSA test really a good idea for men?

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    Alice Cooper feels that many of the contemporary male artists lack the glamour and over-the-top theatricality of being a rock star. “Shakira, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, it seems like all the girls decided to do it big these days.”

    Alice Cooper praises theatricality of female pop singers

    Alice Cooper believes many contemporary male artists lack the glamour and over-the-top theatricality of being a rock star. “It’s been a really funny thing now. All the girls are doing the big productions,” Cooper said in a recent interview. “Shakira, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga — it seems like all the girls decided to do it big these days.”

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    Loaded words painted wrong picture of protest
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I liked the picture of the worker protest at the McDonald’s headquarters published on May 22. It was a nice illustration of workers standing together in solidarity while facing police in full riot gear. Were there people with clubs or other weapons in the crowd? Protest chants hardly seem to rise to the level of a menacing threat.

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    Stand up for the truly maligned
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: I am truly proud. Fifty U.S. senators sent a letter to the NFL to seek an end to the racist Washington “Redskins,” begging them to stop offending the American Indian community. While I certainly support their valiant efforts, I still must ask: What about me, and my heritage? Those heathens in Minnesota continue to refer to their team as the “Vikings.”

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    Step up, GOP women, and take party back
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Don’t the voters see the waste of our money when Congress should spend its time on issues that affect us, the voters? Instead they have voted down minimum wage increases, women’s wage equalities and rights, and the Affordable Care Act, while taking away food stamps and unemployment compensation. And don’t forget, they can easily shut down the government when they don’t get their way.

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    Thank a veteran before it’s too late
    A Naperville letter to the editor: Some post-Memorial Day thoughts: It is too late to thank those who died in the service of their country, but you can still thank their families, who also paid a huge price. Take some time to remember those who helped make it possible for you to not live in fear for your life. They should never be forgotten.

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    Irony, contradictions in pressures on teens
    A Hawthorn Woods letter to the editor: The education system we have set up today puts our students at such a disadvantage.

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    Don’t direct criticism at workers, volunteers
    An Aurora letter to the editor: My husband is 93 years old and a veteran of World War II. Two years ago he started using the services of both the Aurora clinic and Hines VA hospital as an outpatient — Aurora for hearing and Hines for vision.

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    The real reason for VA hospital delays
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: The people responsible for faking wait times of veterans to see doctors of course should be fired, but that was not the cause of the delays and possible deaths. It was the fact the VA is understaffed with doctors and nurses.

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    VA should partner with private physicians
    A Downers Grove letter to the editor: The easy solution is to give every veteran a Medicare-type card so that he or she can see a doctor in private practice. The wait times to see a private physician is almost always less than 14 days.

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