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    Air Force Major Gina Stramaglio of Schaumburg, right, speaks with Joan Creevy of Schaumburg at Schaumburg’s Flag Day ceremony and senior picnic Friday.

    Air Force major from Schaumburg decries Bergdahl exchange

    The guest of honor at Schaumburg’s Flag Day ceremony and senior picnic — Air Force Maj. Gina Stramaglio — believes the lives of her military colleagues who fight for those freedoms around the world are more at risk due to the recent exchange of five Taliban prisoners for U.S. Army soldier Bowe Bergdahl. “They won that one, we didn’t,” Stramaglio said...

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    Officials: Boy, 4, drowns in St. Charles

    A 4-year-old boy drowned Saturday afternoon at a St. Charles country club, authorities said. Police are calling the death a "personal tragedy," Sgt. Roger Anderson said.

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    Over 250 runners take to the street at the Streamwood Stride 5K/10K/Fun Run Saturday morning at the Park Place Family Recreation Center.

    Streamwood Stride draws runners

    More than 250 runners hit the streets under a cloudless blue sky Saturday for the the 16th annual Streamwood Stride 5K/10K/Fun Run at the Park Place Family Recreation Center.

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    Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson distributes candy along the parade route during the 2014 Elk Grove Hometown Parade, which kicked off at Tonne Road and Elk Grove Boulevard Saturday afternoon. “It’s a great way to start summer off,” Johnson said.

    Elk Grove Village goes ‘under the big top’

    The Elk Grove Hometown Parade kicks off at 2 p.m. at Tonne Road and Elk Grove Boulevard. Follows the boulevard to Rotary Fest festival grounds.

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    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie shakes hands with supporters Friday during a visit to Hoogasian Flowers in San Francisco.

    GOP tries to navigate shifting political terrain

    Internal battles have been waged over issues as large as whether to provide a path to citizenship for people who have entered the country illegally and the Common Core standards for schools to smaller, more symbolic ones, such as whether to eliminate the Export-Import Bank. The dynamics of the issues and the coalitions around them are shifting so rapidly that what looks like a safe position today...

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    Child struck by car near downtown Antioch

    A child was struck by a car on the 300 block of Ida Avenue Saturday night, according to Antioch Fire Department Chief John Nixon. The child, whose condition was not immediately known, was taken to Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville.

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    This image made from video shows Kurdish Peshmerga security forces fighting militants Saturday from the al-Qaida inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Tel Al Wared, west of Kirkuk, Iraq. After a decades-long dispute between Arabs and Kurds over the oil-rich northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk, it took just an hour and a half for its fate to be decided.

    Ships move into Gulf as U.S. lays out goals for Iraq

    A U.S. aircraft carrier was ordered to move into the Persian Gulf on Saturday as the United State laid out specific ways for Iraq to show it is forging the national unity necessary to gain assistance in its fight against Islamic insurgents.

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    Militants from the al-Qaida-inspired group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are seen at a border crossing between Iraq and Syria after Iraqi security forces fled.

    Sunni advances part of regional plan

    So far, at least, ISIS has managed to avoid alienating its natural Sunni allies the way Zarqawi famously did. The Jordanian’s indiscriminate and unflinchingly brutal attacks on Iraqi civilians helped give rise to the Sunni backlash known as the Anbar Awakening, in which tribal sheiks withdrew their support from Zarqawi and actively helped U.S. forces find and destroy his operatives.

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    Warren wins first state softball championship
    Warrren claims its first state softball champoinship with a 8-4 win over Sandburg.

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    Connie Kowal, director of the Sports Complex, left, Rory Spoden, 10 of Grayslake, right, and her dad, John, center back, along with 17 other volunteers for Libertyville Days Parade travel south on Milwaukee Avenue carrying a 30 foot by 50 foot American flag Saturday for Flag Day.

    Patriotic parade fills Libertyville streets

    With the theme “Star Spangled Hometown,” the annual Libertyville Days Parade stepped off Saturday morning. Floats and bands were the highlight of the parade, which is a popular attraction of the four-day Libertyville Days festival.

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    Pittsburgh Steelers coach Chuck Noll glances toward the scoreboard clock during the closing seconds of AFC championship game against the Houston Oilers in Pittsburgh.

    Notable deaths last week

    This week’s notable deaths included a black American actress whose work on stage and off involved fighting racial discrimination; a Cy Young Award-winning Major League Baseball pitcher and ex-Steelers coach Chuck Noll.

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    Glendale Heights food drive benefits Glen Ellyn pantry

    Residents with unused cans of beans or boxes of pasta are being invited to drop them off in Glendale Heights as part of the village’s annual food drive that continues through June 27. All items collected during the drive, which began June 2, will be donated to the Glen Ellyn Food Pantry.

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    Jim Smith of the Kiwanis Club of Wheaton receives a 24¼-inch catfish from Meghan Aragon of Wheaton to measure and enter into the Wheaton Park District’s Fish-O-Rama fishing competition at Northside Park Saturday. Aragon’s catfish came in second place in the day’s biggest fish category.

    Wheaton Fish-O-Rama brings families (and fish) together

    For 24 years, getting families together outdoors on Father’s Day weekend has been the basis of the Wheaton Park District’s Fish-O-Rama fishing competition. And like most fishing competitions, some come mainly for the fishing, and others for the competition. “With my daughter, it’s actually all about the competition,” laughs Steve Zumbrock of Wheaton.

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    IDOT: Kennedy work will end sooner than expected

    Drivers bracing for delays on the Kennedy Expressway as a major bridge construction project gets underway received some good news Saturday afternoon: The work initially set for three weekends has been condensed to two. Crews began demolition of the westbound Ohio-Ontario Street Bridge to Interstate Highway 90/94 on Friday and will continue working until early Monday morning.

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    Driver, horse escape truck fire on Elgin-O’Hare

    A driver and a horse escaped a truck fire on the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway near Roselle Saturday afternoon, authorities said. The Roselle Fire Department continues to investigate the cause of the blaze, largely contained to the pickup truck.

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    COURTESY OF LAURA RUSH/GENEVA CHAMBER A sculpture honoring Jamie Daniel has been placed in the Visitor Center conference room at the Geneva Chamber. That room was named after her last year.

    Sculpture tops off honor for Geneva’s Jamie Daniel

    Jamie Daniel, 92, admitted she was a bit embarrassed when the Geneva Chamber went out of its way to dedicate the Visitor Center conference room in her name late last year. “I was overcome by it really,” said Daniel, a longtime Geneva businesswoman and community volunteer.

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    Courtesy of Six Flags Great America The long-awaited Goliath wooden roller coaster will make its debut June 19.

    Six Flags announces new opening for Goliath wooden roller coaster

    Six Flags Great America will debut Goliath, billed as the world's fastest wooden roller coaster, June 19, park officials said Saturday. The long-awaited opening was delayed weeks because of an unseasonably cool spring.

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    Associated Press/June 11 House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of Calif., leaves House Speaker John Boehner’s office on Capitol Hill in Washington. McCarthy’s knack for helping colleagues get elected and his ability to maintain a personal connection have given him the advantage in the race for House majority leader.

    Emboldened House conservatives planning next move

    Establishment Republicans who have engaged in a struggle with tea party factions the past five years dismissed the crowing over Eric Cantor’s loss, arguing that he was the conservative’s conservative in the leadership. Several Republicans insisted the internal party fights will continue.

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    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks Saturday during the Iowa State Republican Convention in Des Moines.

    GOP presidential hopefuls talk of unifying party

    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal spent much of his time criticizing President Barack Obama, who he said has presided over “the most liberal, most ideologically extreme administration we’ve seen in our lifetimes.”

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    Arturo Trejo

    Officials identify 4 charged in Aurora shooting

    Authorities have identified four people who have been charged in a shooting that left an Aurora woman injured early Friday. All four are Aurora residents.

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    Israeli soldiers search for missing teens Saturday.

    Israeli premier: Terror group took 3 missing teens

    Their kidnapping would be the biggest abduction of its kind by Palestinian militant groups in recent memory in the West Bank. Israeli-Palestinian tensions already were strained in part because of the recent formation of a Palestinian unity government that has the backing of the Islamic militant group Hamas.

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    Afghanistan’s presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah, right, poses for photos Saturday before he casts his vote as his vice president candidate, Mahoammad Khan, left, waits at a pooling station in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Afghans brave Taliban threats to choose new leader

    The Taliban intensified attacks ahead of voting and warned people to stay away from the polls, but the Islamic militants failed to disrupt the first round. They stepped up attacks again ahead of this round, including an assassination attempt that narrowly missed front-runner Abdullah Abdullah just over a week ago.

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    A pro-Russian fighter carries parts of weapons Saturday from the site of remnants of a downed Ukrainian army aircraft Il-76 at the airport near Luhansk, Ukraine.

    Ukraine vows to punish rebels who downed plane

    Ukraine’s new president declared Sunday a day of mourning and vowed to punish those responsible after pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard.

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    Sen. Durbin calls Iraq situation ‘troubling’

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois says the situation in Iraq is troubling and he will listen to President Barack Obama as the president considers a range of options drawn up by the Pentagon.

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    Former Cubs pitcher Rich Nye greets Shelly Borchardt of the Richard Home before the start of Marklund’s annual Summer Games in Geneva on Saturday. The Summer Games is a field day event for Marklund clients, all of whom have severe and profound disabilities.

    Summer Games bring joy to Marklund's residents

    Smiling faces, lit by the sun and from within, were all around the Marklund at Mill Creek Campus in Geneva Saturday as its 96 severely disabled residents participated in the 60-year-old agency’s annual Summer Games. This is Marklund’s own version of the Special Olympics, the true version of which none of its residents can qualify for due to their need for assistance during the events,...

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    Samantha Steffen swings Samantha Smith while dancing to pop and rock music as they preform with Dance Connection in Grayslake at the 19th annual Grayslake Arts Festival on Saturday.

    30 artists fill Grayslake festival

    More than 30 artists participated in the 19th Annual Grayslake Arts Festival in downtown Grayslake on Saturday.

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    Gavin Johnson, 9, of South Elgin casts his line as his father Scott watches on at the annual Tuna Kahuna Fishing Derby in Blackhawk Park in South Elgin on Saturday. Johnson’s grandfathers were both avid fisherman in San Diego and Scott enjoys taking his son fishing on Father’s Day weekend.

    Dads, kids hit Tuna Kahuna Fishing Derby in South Elgin

    The Tuna Kahuna Fishing Derby at Blackhawk Park in South Elgin was the perfect change for dads to spend some quality time with kids and worms.

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    Peter Thaddeus of Warrenville adjusts his painting. The Art in Bloom festival ran from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Nature at Cantigny sweet backdrop for art show

    Cantigny Park, known for its beautiful gardens, is embracing art on a more human scale this weekend. Nearly 80 artists are displaying paintings, photography, sculptures and jewelry at the Wheaton park during the Art in Bloom festival.

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    Payton McMahon fishes with his dad Jason at the Schaumburg Father’s Day Weekend Fishing Derby at Volkening Lake.

    Fishing derby draws dads to Volkening Lake in Schaumburg

    The Schaumburg Park District held a Father's Day Fishing Derby Saturday at Volkening Lake.

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    A demonstrator holdsg a sign Saturday that reads “Not One More” marches across the Brooklyn Bridge to call for tougher gun control laws.

    Gun control group marches across Brooklyn Bridge

    The event was organized by several groups — including Moms Demand Action, Everytown For Gun Safety and Mayors Against Illegal Guns — which are all funded by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The billionaire Bloomberg, who was not in attendance, has become one of the nation’s most visible gun control advocates and has pumped millions of his own money into the cause.

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    Protestors block traffic near the White House in Washington in response to President Obama’s decision to delay the deportation review he ordered from the Department of Homeland Security.

    Arizona Republicans threaten action over immigration
    Critics of the facilities where minors are held, ranging from Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, to the American Civil Liberties Union, have demanded access to assess conditions they say are substandard. McCain on Thursday called for Customs and Porter Patrol to allow media access to the Nogales Processing Center.

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    Tourists eat and drink Saturday at a restaurant in Bangkok’s Khaosan road. The generals who seized power in Thailand have lifted a nationwide curfew.

    No curfew: Saturday night Bangkok-style is back

    On Thursday, the junta engineered a last-minute deal with the World Cup’s exclusive broadcaster in Thailand to cancel its exclusivity on digital television and allow the country to watch the tournament’s 64 matches for free. The grand gesture, however, was incompatible with a curfew that prevented people from leaving home to watch the matches, which due to the time difference take...

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    Cambodian workers in exodus home from Thailand

    More than 80,000 Cambodians have fled neighboring Thailand to return home, fearing a crackdown on migrant workers under Thailand’s new military government.

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    A pro-Russian fighter shows a Ukrainian paratroopers emblem as the other one carries parts of weapons form the site of remnants of a downed Ukrainian army aircraft Il-76 at the airport near Luhansk, Ukraine, Saturday, June 14. Pro-Russian separatists shot down the military transport plane Saturday in the country’s restive east, killing all 49 service personnel on board, Ukrainian officials said.

    Ukraine: 49 dead as rebels down military plane

    Pro-Russia separatists shot down a Ukrainian military transport plane Saturday, killing all 49 crew and troops aboard in a bloody escalation of the conflict in the country’s restive east.

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    In this May 28 photo, Jamie and Daniel Cobb pose in the backyard of the their home, now being rebuilt, in Washington, Ill. The Cobbs had lived in their house less than a year when it was destroyed by a tornado in November 2013. The couple expect to be able to move back in within a few months.

    Downstate Washington rebuilding, but no end in sight

    The sounds of nail guns and saws tell the Rev. Ben Davidson that Washington is starting to come back. The pastor at Bethany Community Church and others in Washington, Illinois, are measuring progress in small signs that the town is being rebuilt after last November’s destructive tornado.

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    Hundreds of demonstrators attend a rally outside city hall to call for tougher gun control laws, Saturday, June 14, in New York. The protest was underwritten by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the most visible gun control advocates in the U.S., and included relatives of some of those slain in the 2012 shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

    Gun control group to march over Brooklyn Bridge

    Hundreds of demonstrators are expected to march across the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday, June 14, to call for tougher gun control laws. Saturday’s demonstration, which comes after a wave of mass shootings across the U.S., is being underwritten by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, one of the nation’s most visible gun control advocates.

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    Illinois State Crime Commission and Karl Productions have won a Telly Award for their public service announcement about heroin addiction among teens.

    Anti-heroin ad wins award

    A television advertisement created by the Illinois State Crime Commission and Karl Productions about heroin abuse has won an award, officials announced. Heroin deaths continue to increase in the suburbs and throughout Illinois.

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    Suspect charged in case involving exonerated man
    A second man has been charged in the death of a Chicago man whose stabbed and bullet-riddled body was found in a South Side alley in October.

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    Egypt sends 13 to trial for sexual violence

    Officials in the office of Egypt’s top prosecutor say 13 men have been referred to trial for assaulting women during a public rally, in what was the first implementation of tough new penalties against rampant sexual violence.

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    Drone kills 5 militants in Yemen

    A suspected U.S. drone in Yemen’s south targeted a car carrying al-Qaida militants Saturday, killing all five passengers, Yemeni security officials said.

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    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a press conference in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, June 14. Rouhani says the international sanctions regime has crumbled and will not be rebuilt even if Iran and world powers fail to reach a final nuclear deal by a July 20 deadline. Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany reached an interim deal in November that limited Iran’s uranium enrichment program in exchange for the easing of some sanctions.

    Iran says no return to past if nuclear talks fail

    Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Saturday, June 14, the international sanctions regime has crumbled and will not be rebuilt even if Iran and world powers fail to reach a final nuclear deal by a July 20 deadline.

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    In a May 23 photo provided by Linda Grenzer, a loon nests on on Muskellunge Lake in Tomahawk, Wis. Swarms of biting flies are attacking loons in northern Wisconsin this season like never before, causing the birds to abandon their nests in record numbers, according to researchers. The explosion of the black fly population just as the loons began incubating their eggs has caused more than 80 percent of the loons to abandon their nests in Vilas County and more than 70 percent of nests in Oneida County, according to the wildlife scientists who track the tuxedoed birds with the mournful cries.

    Biting fly explosion affects loon reproduction
    Swarms of biting flies are attacking loons in northern Wisconsin this season like never before, causing the birds to abandon their nests in record numbers, according to researchers. The explosion of the black fly population just as the loons began incubating their eggs has caused more than 80 percent of the loons to abandon their nests in Vilas County and more than 70 percent of nests in Oneida...

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    Afghan women voters stand in line at a polling station in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, June 14. Afghans choose a new president Saturday in a runoff election between two candidates who both promise to improve ties with the West, combat corruption and guide the nation with a steadier hand than outgoing leader Hamid Karzai.

    Afghans line up to vote in presidential runoff

    Despite a Taliban threat to stay away, Afghans lined up Saturday, June 14, to vote in a presidential runoff between two candidates who both promise to improve ties with the West and combat corruption as they confront a powerful Taliban insurgency and preside over the withdrawal of most foreign troops by the end of the year.

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    Israeli soldiers arrest a Palestinian man in the West Bank City of Hebron, Saturday, June 14. Israeli security forces searched the West Bank for a second day Saturday, looking for three missing teenagers, including a U.S. citizen, who they fear have been abducted by Palestinian militants.

    Israeli official says 3 missing teens likely alive

    Israel’s defense minister said Saturday, June 14, he believes the three Jewish seminary students who went missing in the West Bank were kidnapped by Palestinian militants and that the military is determined to rescue the teens.

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    Moderate 6.0 earthquake rocks Pakistan

    An official says a moderate earthquake has struck northwest Pakistan Saturday, June 14, causing panic in towns and cities, but there are no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

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    What do you think about downtown West Dundee?

    West Dundee officials need your help to create a downtown plan that will show them how to revitalize and get the most use out of the area. There are three ways to register your opinion: in person, through the plan's website and an online survey.

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    Students at Harriet Gifford Elementary School in Elgin enjoy the Breakfast in the Classroom program that Elgin Area School District U-46 has discontinued after two years.

    U-46 ends Breakfast in the Classroom program

    Elgin Area School District U-46 has ended a program that provided additional nutritional support for students eligible for free and reduced meals. Officials said they had to discontinue the Breakfast in the Classroom pilot program because it was cutting into instructional time. “We have many sites, and many students and many families that struggle with hunger,” said Kathy Castle,...

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    Streets north of the Allstate Arena in Rosemont will be repaved, to be funded by property taxes collected from a new special service area.

    Streets north of Allstate Arena in Rosemont to be repaved

    More than $1 million worth of street paving work will begin as soon as this month in a multifamily residential area north of the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The resurfacing work, which will take place on Ann, Betty, Carol, Doris and Ethel courts, will be funded by property taxes collected from a new special service area that was set up by the village board last November.

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    Lake Zurich officials are considering holding a craft beer festival in October.

    Lake Zurich advisory board considers craft beer festival

    A craft beer festival could be added to Lake Zurich's roster of special events this year, and the village's parks advisory group on Tuesday will consider holding the fest over the Columbus Day weekend in Paulus Park. “Special events is a huge movement we’re involved in,” said Bonnie Caputo, recreation manager for the village’s parks and recreation department.

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    Hanover Park would like a new fire station No. 2 with more modern amenities, but first it must decide on a location for it.

    Hanover Park searches for land for new fire station No. 2

    Hanover Park wants to relocate its second fire station to speed up response times and better serve the needs of the department. The 21-year-old building also has become too small for the number of employees working there, officials say. "We know it's a problem," Fire Chief Craig Haigh said.

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    Kids activities kick off Swedish Days

    Kids enjoy festivals any day, but Tuesday’s Swedish Days kickoff explodes with activity for young visitors.

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    Plenty of options for dining at Swedish Days

    Whether you love authentic Swedish fare, savor American favorites or have a taste for an original creation, you are bound to find something to tempt you from the many outdoor and indoor options during Swedish Days.

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    Dance through the decades at Swedish Days

    Do you like to twist and shout or do the hustle? Celebrating 65 years of Swedish Days, each night on Third Street will feature a decade in music, starting Tuesday with the '50s and closing out the week on Saturday with '90s to the present.

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    Fire starts in Tower Lakes attic

    Wauconda fire officials believe roofers inadvertently started an attic on the 500 block of Leon Drive in Tower Lakes.

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    Mark Kirk

    Kirk calls on VA official to declare emergency

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk is calling for accelerated access to doctors for veterans facing extreme wait times for treatment within the Veterans Affairs system.

Sports

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    South Elgin catcher Nate Brummel tags out Prairie Ridge’s Alec Thune in the sixth inning.

    South Elgin edges Prairie Ridge for third place

    The best baseball season in South Elgin’s eight-year history concluded with a win Saturday. Barely. Prairie Ridge rallied for 2 runs in the top of the sixth inning and scored 2 more in the seventh before Storm junior reliever Austin Sayre induced a one-hopper back to the mound with the bases loaded to secure a 6-5 victory in the Class 4A third-place game Silver Cross Field.

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    Ivory Coast’s Didier Drogba eyes the ball during the group C World Cup soccer match between Ivory Coast and Japan Saturday at the Arena Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil. Ivory Coast won the match 2-1.

    Drogba inspires Ivory Coast to 2-1 win over Japan

    Didier Drogba came off the bench to inspire Ivory Coast to a 2-1 comeback victory over Japan in a World Cup Group C match on Saturday. Drogba, who had been carrying an injury, came on in the 62nd minute when his team was losing 1-0. The talismanic striker’s arrival immediately lifted the Ivory Coast team and Wilfried Bony and Gervinho scored with headers two minutes apart. Both goals were set up by curling crosses from defender Serge Aurier.

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    White Sox’ Flowers continues to struggle on offense

    Remember when Tyler Flowers was batting .357 in early May? The White Sox' No. 1 catcher has been in steady decline ever since, and Flowers is mired in a horrific 0-for-21 slump with 18 strikeouts over his last seven games.

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    Baseball: Saturday, June 14 results
    High school baseball results from Saturday, June 14.

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    Softball: Saturday, June 14 results
    High school softbal results from Saturday, June 14.

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    Warren's Amber Leneau reacts to her team's state title victory with teammate Emily Poremba near second base after the Blue Devils wrapped up the Class 4A state championship by beating Sandburg 8-4 on Saturday in East Peoria. The championship is Warren's first in a girls team sport.

    Warren claims softball state championship

    Amber Leneau had an unforgettable final Saturday to her junior year. The Warren second-baseman stroked the first softball home run of her career with two outs in the seventh inning of the Blue Devils' Class 4A state championship game Saturday afternoon at Eastside Centre. Six batters later, Leneau squeezed the final out of the Devils' 8-4 victory over Sandburg on an infield pop-up. The Devils' players mobbed each other near the second-base bag as the girls made history at the Gurnee school: the first state championship for a female team sports program in its history.

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    Lauren Gramann and Alex Caliva, left, celebrate the Panthers’ 6-0 victory over Lincoln-Way East in the Class 4A third-place game on Saturday in East Peoria.

    Glenbard North grabs third-place finish

    Sydney Benz had one final game leadoff at-bat for Glenbard North. “You can’t start a game with a strikeout, a groundout,” Benz said. “It’s too emotionally draining.” Benz opened the Panthers’ third-place Class 4A softball game against Lincoln-Way East with a double to right center. Juniors Stephanie Campos and Sarah Petzold followed with solid basehits as Glenbard North scored early and never looked back in its 6-0 victory Saturday afternoon at Eastside Centre.

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    Top 20 / baseball
    South Elgin, Mundelein and Grayslake Central finish with the top spots in the Daily Herald's ranking of area teams.

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    Victor Pineda has been placed on loan by the Chicago Fire in order to get him more playing time.

    Pineda sent to second-division side Indy Eleven

    Just because Major League Soccer has been on a World Cup break doesn’t mean the Fire is out to lunch.

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    New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony, left, passes the ball past Chicago Bulls’ D.J. Augustin during the first half of the NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 13, 2014 in New York. The Knicks defeated the Bulls 100-89.

    Plenty of questions when it comes to Anthony, Love

    The NBA Finals are just about over, but offseason questions are gaining momentum. The Bulls are hoping to add weapons and have plenty of competition.

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    Aaron Baddeley, of Australia, hits out of the bunker on the fifth hole during the third round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Saturday, June 14, 2014.

    Kaymer holds 5-shot lead at U.S. Open

    Martin Kaymer finally made some bogeys. He had plenty of company. After two days of lower-than-expected scores, Pinehurst No. 2 showed its bite at the U.S. Open on Saturday. Kaymer, who made only one bogey the first two days, bogeyed three of the first six holes in the third round. But a brilliant save at the fourth, after he took an unplayable lie, and an eagle at the par-5 fifth kept the 29-year-old Germany comfortably ahead at 9 under as he made the turn.

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    Former Cubs manager Dale Sveum is getting rave reviews from players in his new role as hitting coach of the Kansas City Royals.

    Ex-Cubs manager Sveum a hit with Royals

    Former Cubs manager Dale Sveum recently took over as hitting coach for the Kansas City Royals. Fired last year by the Cubs over communication issues with players, Sveum has won rave reviews from the Royals. He returned to Chicago this weekend and addressed a varity of topics.

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    Edwin Jackson is looking to find his form again. The Cubs right-hander struggled through 4 2-3 innings, giving up Jimmy Rollins' Phillies-record 2,235rd career hit, and Chicago lost 7-4 to Philadelphia on Saturday. Jackson (4-7) allowed seven runs — six earned — and eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks. "I did a bad job of executing my pitches," he said.

    Jackson struggles again for Cubs in loss to Phils

    Edwin Jackson is looking to find his form again. The Cubs right-hander struggled through 4 2-3 innings, giving up Jimmy Rollins' Phillies-record 2,235rd career hit, and Chicago lost 7-4 to Philadelphia on Saturday. Jackson (4-7) allowed seven runs — six earned — and eight hits with two strikeouts and two walks. "I did a bad job of executing my pitches," he said.

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    White Sox third baseman Leury Garcia chases after the ball following his error Saturday during the Royals’ 5-run fourth inning.

    Konerko knows it’s not time for White Sox to panic

    Paul Konerko made a rare start Saturday, and the White Sox' retiring captain had 3 hits, including a solo home run leading off the ninth inning. That was about it for the Sox highlights in a 9-1 loss to the Royals.

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    Grayslake Central pitcher David Llorens and his teammates earned a fourth-place finish in the Class 3A baseball state tournament at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

    Forgettable — and unforgettable — finale for Grayslake Central

    Grayslake Central’s baseball team won’t remember the mere 2 hits it mustered against Metamora in its final game. The Rams won’t remember Metamora’s 7-run sixth, which turned Saturday morning’s Class 3A third-place showdown into a route. They won’t remember the throw across the diamond during Metamora’s big inning that pegged the umpire in the back of the shoulder and ricocheted away from every guy wearing a glove. Well, the Rams probably will remember that play. Who won’t? “We just joked about it on the elevator (up the pressroom),” Grayslake Central coach Troy Whalen said. “I’m like, ‘I don’t know if I’ve ever seen that.’ But as (first baseman) Kyle (Clark) said, ‘The throw was going to be so far down the right-field line that (the ball) hitting the umpire probably helped us.’ ” At last, the Rams could chuckle. Their 10-1 loss at Silver Cross Field in Joliet certainly was nothing to laugh about.

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    Top 20 / softball
    Warren, Glenbard North and Naperville Central claim the top three spots in the Daily Herald's softball rankings.

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    Italian players celebrate after the group D World Cup soccer match between England and Italy at the Arena da Amazonia in Manaus, Brazil, Saturday, June 14, 2014. Italy won the match 2-1.

    Balotelli goal gives Italy 2-1 win over England

    Mario Balotelli scored with a second-half header Saturday to give Italy a 2-1 win over England at the World Cup. The Italy striker was left free by his marker Gary Cahill and nodded a cross from Antonio Candreva past goalkeeper Joe Hart in the 50th minute. Claudio Marchisio scored first for Italy, sending a long shot through a crowded area and past a diving Hart in the 35th. Daniel Sturridge equalized for England two minutes later, tapping in a cross from Wayne Rooney.

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    Danny Duffy matched a career high with nine strikeouts, and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to six with a 9-1 victory over the White Sox on Saturday. Duffy (4-5) scattered five hits over seven-plus shutout innings for Kansas City.

    Duffy fans 9, stymies White Sox 9-1

    Danny Duffy matched a career high with nine strikeouts, and the Kansas City Royals extended their winning streak to six with a 9-1 victory over the White Sox on Saturday. Duffy (4-5) scattered five hits over seven-plus shutout innings for Kansas City. Mike Moustakas homered among his three hits as the Royals won their second straight in this weekend series.

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    Schaumburg’s Stacey Smith competes in the triple jump during the Class 3A boys track and field state finals in Charleston.

    There was no quit in Schaumburg’s Smith

    For all of the athletic prowess he displayed in a standout sports career at Schaumburg, what ended up separating Stacey Smith was simply determination.

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    Burlington Central’s Lucas Ege clears the last hurdle as he wins the 300-meter intermediate hurdles during the Class 2A state track and field finals in Charleston.

    Burlington Central’s Ege wants more

    It takes a lot to satisfy Burlington Central state champion hurdler Lucas Ege. At the boys state track and field meet in Charleston on May 31, The 17-year-old won the title in the 300-meter intermediate hurdles in Class 2A record-setting time (37.34). He also finished third in the 110 high hurdles and ran the opening legs for both Burlington Central’s third-place, school record-setting 1,600-meter relay and its fourth-place 400-meter relay.

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    Mundelein’s Derek Parola, right, is congratulated by teammate Reese Dolan after scoring against Glenbrook South in Class 4A regional play.

    Mundelein’s Parola fulfills legacy of all-around excellence

    Mundelein three-sport athlete Derek Parola, the Daily Herald's Lake County male athlete of the year, shared much of his distinguished career with his father Todd, who coached him in golf and baseball.

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    Top 20 / girls soccer
    St. Charles East, Waubonsie Valley and Barrington took the top three spots in the Daily Herald's final top 20 rankings of girls soccer teams.

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    Costa Rica came from behind to stun Uruguay 3-1 Saturday at the World Cup, opening the tough Group D with a major upset. Uruguay left star striker Luis Suarez on the bench but went ahead when Edinson Cavani scored a penalty in the 24th minute.

    Costa Rica stuns Uruguay 3-1 at World Cup

    Costa Rica came from behind to stun Uruguay 3-1 Saturday at the World Cup, opening the tough Group D with a major upset. Uruguay left star striker Luis Suarez on the bench but went ahead when Edinson Cavani scored a penalty in the 24th minute.

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    Visions of competitive Cubs dance in my head

    If Matt Spiegel's visions are correct, the Cubs paradigm should shift in 2015. He also wonders if we entering another great era for Chicago first basemen. Check out Matt's weekly baseball column for more.

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    The West is best in the NHL — again. The Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime Friday night in Game 5, giving the Western Conference a third straight NHL champion, fourth in five years and sixth in nine years. In the regular season, the Eastern Conference has also been consistently overmatched.

    NHL’s West is best again in Stanley Cup finals

    The West is best in the NHL — again.The Los Angeles Kings beat the New York Rangers 3-2 in double overtime Friday night in Game 5, giving the Western Conference a third straight NHL champion, fourth in five years and sixth in nine years.In the regular season, the Eastern Conference has also been consistently overmatched.The West won 246 games and lost 202 against the East during the regular season — winning more intraconference matchups for the eighth straight season — to increase its advantage to 1,064 wins to 914 losses since the 2005-06 season, according to data from STATS provided to The Associated Press.When the league emerged from a lockout in 2006, a salary cap was put in place to level the field, yet it’s actually been tilting West. Los Angeles and the Blackhawks, which have faced off in the last two conference finals, have combined to win four of the last five Cups.“Both of those teams have built programs with a lot of depth after being terrible for a long time,” Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said in a phone interview. “They made good picks and made the right moves.”The Kings were bad enough to have the No. 2 overall pick in 2008 and they took full advantage, selecting defenseman Drew Doughty, who has developed into a star. They also made the most of another first-round pick almost a decade ago, drafting center Anze Kopitar, who has become perhaps the league’s best player that doesn’t get a lot of publicity.Likewise, the Blackhawks have built their team around high draft picks, taking forward Patrick Kane No. 1 overall in 2007, one year after selecting Jonathan Toews third overall.The Kings and Blackhawks will likely be the teams to beat next year, too.“The West has more dominant teams, led by LA and Chicago, and I think it should stay that way in the future,” said Anson Carter, a former NHL player and current NBCSN analyst. “I don’t see much of a fallout, but I think this kind of thing just goes in cycles.”The East did have a third straight champion when Carolina won the first Stanley Cup in the salary cap era in 2006 and it hoisted the coveted hardware five years in a row from 1991 to 1995.The San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues also racked up enough points in the regular season to finish behind only one team in the East, the Boston Bruins, who won it all in 2011.“When a team wins a championship, you try to do what you can to beat those teams and I think in recent years that started with Boston,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “The common denominator is having strength up the middle with an elite defenseman, centerman and goaltender.”The Kings certainly were tough to beat up the middle with Jonathan Quick in net, Doughty on the blue line and Kopitar in the middle up front.New York, though, did match up well in those pivotal spots with goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, defenseman Ryan McDonagh and center Derek Stepan.The Rangers pushed Los Angeles to a combined three overtime periods in the first two games before losing and had a 32-15 shots advantage when they lost Game 3. New York avoided a sweep, winning 2-1 on Wednesday night to shift the series back to Los Angeles.“It’s not like we’ve been outplayed,” Lundqvist said. “That hasn’t been the case. They’ve been good, but I think we’ve been playing pretty good as well. It comes down to a couple plays here and there. That’s been the difference in these games.”

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    Chuck Noll was a no-nonsense coach, and his Pittsburgh Steelers followed his lead to win four Super Bowls. Noll, who died Friday of natural causes at 82, wasn’t an entertainer or a charmer when it came to football. He was a winner, the only man to coach four Super Bowl champions, building a dynasty in Pittsburgh for a franchise that hadn’t won an NFL title before he arrived in 1969. This Dec. 1975, file photo shows Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Noll left, and quarterback Terry Bradshaw.

    Non-nonsense coach Noll: A great teacher

    Chuck Noll was a no-nonsense coach, and his Pittsburgh Steelers followed his lead to win four Super Bowls.Noll, who died Friday of natural causes at 82, wasn’t an entertainer or a charmer when it came to football. He was a winner, the only man to coach four Super Bowl champions, building a dynasty in Pittsburgh for a franchise that hadn’t won an NFL title before he arrived in 1969.

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    Colombia started its first World Cup campaign in 16 years in dazzling fashion, beating Greece 3-0 to open Group C on Saturday in front of a big, loud pro-Colombian crowd. Left back Armero opened the scoring in the fifth minute when his deflected shot rolled past Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis. Striker Teofilo Gutierrez poked in Colombia’s second goal from a deflected corner in the 58th and James Rodriguez capped it off with a low shot in stoppage time after a slick backheel flick from Juan Cuadrado.

    Colombia beats Greece 3-0 in Group C opener

    Colombia started its first World Cup campaign in 16 years in dazzling fashion, beating Greece 3-0 to open Group C on Saturday in front of a big, loud pro-Colombian crowd.Left back Armero opened the scoring in the fifth minute when his deflected shot rolled past Greece goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis.

Business

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    Equipment in the oil fields of the Uintah Basin, southeast of Vernal, Utah.

    Inspectors miss 40 percent of high-risk oil and gas wells

    In New Castle, a tiny Colorado River valley community, homeowners expressed chagrin at the large number of uninspected wells, many on federal land, that dot the steep hillsides and rocky landscape. Like elsewhere in the West, water is a precious commodity in this Colorado town, and some residents worry about the potential health hazards of any leaks from wells and drilling.

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    A SEPTA regional train, the R7, rolls into 30th Street station in Philadelphia.

    Governor asks White House to help end Philly transit strike

    “The people of Philadelphia and the surrounding region expect and deserve a safe and efficient rail system to get them to work, medical appointments, school, and recreation,” Gov. Tom Corbett said in a statement. “I call on both parties to work together, find common ground and place the riders at the forefront of mind in their discussions.”

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    A SEPTA regional train, the R7, rolls into 30th Street station in Philadelphia in this file photo. Four hundred workers at a Philadelphia-area regional rail system went on strike Saturday morning June 14, shutting down 13 train lines that carry commuters to the suburbs and Philadelphia International Airport. Subways, trolleys and buses operated by SEPTA will continue to run.

    Strike forces Philly commuters to find new ride

    Workers, employers and travelers in the Philadelphia area have been forced to make contingency plans as a commuter rail strike adds to the region’s summer transportation woes.

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    A user scans for an available vehicle using the Uber Technologies Inc.’s app on an Apple Inc. iPhone 5 smartphone in this arranged photograph in London, U.K., on Friday, May 30, 2014. London’s taxis are planning a 10,000-cab protest next month, as professional drivers across Europe demonstrate growing opposition to the Uber app.

    Taxi drivers fed up with Uber

    This week, taxi drivers in at least six major European cities, including Paris, went on strike, blocking roads and causing all kinds of traffic mayhem to send a message to Uber. The capitalists at the Silicon Valley darling are facing criticism similar to what it has received in the United States: That the company is skirting laborious taxi regulation and must be stopped.

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    Warren Buffett, chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., tours the exhibition floor prior to the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.

    Buffett ready to double solar, wind bet as Berkshire evolves

    Warren Buffett briefly lost track of how many billions of dollars his Berkshire Hathaway is spending to build wind and solar power in the U.S. That didn’t stop him from vowing to double the outlay. Such bold remarks are common for the Berkshire chairman and chief executive officer. He frequently talks about hunting for “elephant”-size acquisitions and making multibillion-dollar stock purchases.

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    FILE — In this Feb. 24, 2014 file photo, the new device Samsung Gear Fit is tried out at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile phone trade show in Barcelona, Spain. Samsung’s latest gadgets, the Galaxy S5 smartphone, Gear Fit wristband and Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo wristwatches, try to tap into people’s passions for tracking fitness activities.

    Review: Samsung fitness products offer the basics

    Samsung’s latest gadgets try to tap into people’s passions for tracking fitness activities. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo wristwatches, Gear Fit wristband and Galaxy S5 smartphone all come with heart rate monitors and software for tracking exercise and the number of steps you walk in a given day.

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    Shawn Layden, president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, speaks during the Sony’s PlayStation press event at the Electronic Entertainment Expo on Monday, June 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. Most tech companies are headed by men. Attending an all-girls high-school or college can keep women on the technology track, a panel of women investors and executives said at Bloomberg’s Next Big Thing Summit.

    All-girls schools cited as key to women succeeding in technology

    Attending an all-girls high-school or college can keep women on the technology track, a panel of women investors and executives said at Bloomberg’s Next Big Thing Summit. The panelists at the Women & Tech Next Wave session in Sausalito said that being in a same-sex academic environment erased some of the stereotypes and stigmas that prevent girls from pursuing a passion for technology.

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    This undated product image provided by Huawei shows the Ascend Mate 2.

    Gadget Watch: Huawei’s Mate2 phone good at $299

    Mention Huawei in the U.S., and you’re likely to get a blank look. But you soon will. The Chinese phone maker will soon sell the Ascend Mate2 4G, a mid-range Android phone touted as an affordable alternative to such high-end phones as Apple’s iPhone 5s and Samsung’s Galaxy S5. The Mate2 will go for $299 and will be sold directly by Huawei.

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    In the latest merger-in-the-making, Sprint Corp. has proposed acquiring scrappy underdog carrier T-Mobile US Inc. in a deal valued at about $31 billion. That would leave just three major players in the U.S. mobile-phone market — an understandable concern for regulators, who seem likely to block the merger in the name of encouraging low prices and preserving competition.

    Why Sprint’s takeover of T-Mobile will improve competition

    Is the singularity finally approaching? In the U.S. telecommunications industry, at least, it looks that way. In the latest merger-in-the-making, Sprint Corp. has proposed acquiring scrappy underdog carrier T-Mobile US Inc. in a deal valued at about $31 billion.

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    At a display tech conference in San Diego last week, Nokia and the Semiconductor Energy Lab’s Advanced Film Device group presented two new folding screens that look pretty bendy.

    Folding screens closer to reality

    There’s been buzz about folding screens for years, but it seems that the technology is finally moving closer to reaching the mainstream.

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    This Monday, June 9, 2014 photo shows the Instagram app, featuring new editing tools, on an iPhone posed for a photo in New York. Instagram, available for iOS 6.0 and later and Android phones, recently introduced 10 new editing tools. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    App Watch: New Instagram tools make pics pop

    When Instagram gave its app 10 new editing tools last week, I was apprehensive. Sure, these tools give me more controls, the types available with more sophisticated editing apps. But I don’t want to see the simplicity of Instagram go away.

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    Microsoft presents a reboot of the Xbox action game “Phantom Dust,” during a presentation ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the University of Southern California’s Galen Center on Monday, June 9, 2014 in Los Angeles. With the launch of the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Wii U in the video game industry’s rearview mirror, the spotlight at E3 is expected to shift back to games.

    Microsoft console battle with Sony heads into holiday phase

    Microsoft and Sony took turns parading exclusive video-game titles and features as the competition between their rival video-game consoles turns toward the year-end holiday season. Microsoft kicked off the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo showcasing its in-house shooting game Sunset Overdrive; hours later, Sony countered with early access to Destiny.

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    Some of the biggest and best offerings can be found on sites such as LivingSocial and Groupon. These limited-time offers, which aggressively discount everything from tours to resort stays, come with their own set of problems and solutions. It helps to know them before booking.

    LivingSocial and Groupon: What if you got a raw deal?

    Some of the biggest and best travel and hotel offerings can be found on sites such as LivingSocial and Groupon. These limited-time offers, which aggressively discount everything from tours to resort stays, come with their own set of problems and solutions. It helps to know them before booking.

Life & Entertainment

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    Angelina Jolie, left, special Envoy of the United Nations high commissioner for refugees, accompanied by her partner, actor Brad Pitt, pose for the photographers as they arrive at the End Sexual Violence in Conflict summit Friday in London. Jolie was named an honorary dame by Queen Elizabeth II for her work combating sexual violence in war zones.

    Angelina Jolie honored by Queen Elizabeth II

    Angelina Jolie can add royal recognition to Hollywood stardom. The Oscar-winning actress has been named an honorary dame — the female version of a knight — by Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II. Jolie, a United Nations special envoy, received the honor on Friday for her work combating sexual violence in war zones.

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    Singer Kelly Clarkson announced the birth of her daughter in a Saturday post on Twitter. River Rose Blackstock was born June 12 and is the singer’s first child.

    Kelly Clarkson announces birth of daughter

    Kelly Clarkson has something to sing about: She’s celebrating the birth of her first child. The Grammy winner announced the arrival of her daughter, named River Rose Blackstock, in a Saturday post on Twitter.

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    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by Prince Philip, wave to the crowds, on the balcony of Buckingham Palace, during the Trooping The Colour parade, in central London, Saturday, June 14. Hundreds of soldiers in ceremonial dress have marched in London in the annual “Trooping the Color” parade to mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. “Trooping the Color” originated from traditional preparations for battle, when flags were carried or “trooped” down the rank for soldiers to see.

    Troops parade in London for queen’s birthday

    Hundreds of soldiers in ceremonial dress have marched in London on Saturday, June 14, in the annual “Trooping the Color” parade to mark the official birthday of Queen Elizabeth II.

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    “Bodies in Urban Spaces,” performed by local dance artists, is a milelong performance through the Loop from June 21-22.

    On the road: Ain’t them bodies art?

    Don’t miss the Chicago premiere of “Bodies in Urban Spaces,” performed by local dance artists through the Loop’s public and semipublic spaces to an unnamed, final destination. As if you needed a reason to visit the gorgeous geography of Galena and its equally attractive Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, the 13th annual Great Galena Balloon Race adds to the appeal. Witness the national champion Rock Aqua Jays perform water ski shows at the team’s stadium in Janesville, Wisconsin.

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    American chef Jeremiah Tower prepares the kitchen at his home after shopping at local markets in Merida, Mexico. Tower said he sees his book, working title “Sexual Eating,” as a remedy to the over-serious treatment of food by modern American chefs, critics and consumers, the unfortunate extension of a trend that he helped create.

    Chef Jeremiah Tower finds third act in Mexico

    Jeremiah Tower plunged through the seafood aisles of this city's central covered market, wrinkling his nose at a pile of limp grey sharks before his gaze landed on a pair of plump and glistening freshly caught octopus. The man who once ran two of America's most famous kitchens popped his first purchase into a monogrammed tote bag, then moved on to find the rest of lunch — bright orange chilies, brown beans, radishes, black blood sausage and a thick slab of Yucatecan pork belly fried crisp in its own fat.

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    Comedian Erin Jackson appears at Zanies at MB Financial Park in Rosemont.

    Weekend picks: Comedian Erin Jackson plays Zanies Rosemont

    Comedian Erin Jackson returns to town for another engagement at Zanies in Rosemont. The country trio Rascal Flatts brings its Rewind Tour 2014 with Gloriana and Sheryl Crow this Saturday to the First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, Tinley Park. Aaron Neville, Bettye LaVette and Dr. John are just a few of the stars performing at the Chicago Blues Festival this weekend. See classic cars, attend concerts and sample a variety of fare at the Elk Grove RotaryFest at Lions Park in Elk Grove Village.

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    In this Wednesday, June 4, 2014 photo, South Korean musical performer Psy speaks during an interview in Los Angeles. The ubiquitous 2012 hit is one Psy knows he probably will never top, and that makes creating new music quite a challenge. “People always comparing my new thing with ‘Gangnam Style,’ which is unbeatable,” said Psy in a recent interview at YouTube Space LA. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

    Psy goes for ‘Gangnam’ departure with new single

    Even Psy is over “Gangnam Style.” The ubiquitous 2012 hit is one Psy knows he probably will never top, and that makes creating new music quite a challenge. “People always comparing my new thing with ‘Gangnam Style,’ which is unbeatable,” Psy said in a recent interview at YouTube Space LA. “That means I have a severe, heavy pressure on my shoulder. ... In that way I don’t like the song.”

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    How to update a traditional setting: Blend contemporary ideas and art, then shake things up with a bit of whimsy.

    How to master the mix of then and now

    Any interior designer worth his Pantone swatches knows how to manage the marriage of traditional and modern design: It’s all about mastering the mix … about blending styles, cross-referencing colors and patterns, and enjoying the juxtaposition of then and now.

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    Jack White’s new ultra LP, “Lazaretto,” invites listeners to experience an old thing in a new way.

    Jack White’s new ‘ultra LP’ has bells, whistles, monster riffs

    Jack White is divisive, rock ’n’ roll cilantro. So it only makes sense that the former White Stripes frontman is releasing his second solo album, “Lazaretto,” in a format that feels both ancient and brand new. He’s calling it an “ultra LP” — a 12-inch vinyl record that contains secret grooves, never-ending drones and “holograms” that materialize in the record’s surface once the platter begins to twirl.

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    Book notes: Join Van Aken for book-signing party

    Celebrity chef and Mundelein native Norman Van Aken introduces his new book "No Experience Necessary" at a book-signing event beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at Bill's Pizza and Pub, 624 S. Lake St., Mundelein.

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    Bad Cop/Good Cop (Liam Neeson), left, and President Business (Will Ferrell) prepare to take over the world in “The Lego Movie,” now on DVD.

    DVD previews: ‘Lego Movie,’ ‘Grand Budapest Hotel’

    Everything is awesome as the critically acclaimed "The Lego Movie" builds on its already impressive film base when it arrives Tuesday on DVD. Also coming to DVD: "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Joe."

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    New mortgage possible while in retirement

    Q. My wife and I are in our 70s. We want to buy a small home just for the two of us, but we don’t want to break into our retirement investments to do it. Is it possible to get a mortgage at our age? I think we have good credit, never checked yet. We are both retired.

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    Senior communities can legally prohibit children

    Q. My husband and I live in an over-55 community. We would like our infant grandson to live with us until he is school age. However, the association’s governing documents prohibit “all persons under 21 from being a resident.” Do you think we should be able to get a hardship waiver of this regulation?

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    More bells, more whistles: New on the Viking Professional Outdoor 5 series grill are controls with LED lights for nighttime grilling. The units can stand alone or be built into a full outdoor kitchen.

    Backyard chefs have a growing appetite for new grills and smokers

    Warmer weather is here, and with it comes the aroma of sausages, burgers and steaks — and yes, vegetables and tofu — sizzling on barbecue grills. Is your backyard ready for the grilling season?

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    Should I apply for a mortgage jointly with spouse, or on my own?

    Q. My wife and I are looking to purchase a $450,000 home, and I am wondering whether I should apply for the mortgage we will need as an individual, or jointly with my wife? I make $84,000 a year and have a credit score of about 800. She makes $48,000 and has a credit score of about 680.

Discuss

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    Vote if you want to stop the nonsense
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: For those more liberal folks who are for any reason thinking that their vote won’t matter next November, think again. If you are in favor of clean air, clean water, more use of solar, wind, tidal and other renewable energy sources, then get out and vote.

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    The evolution of Illinois’ image
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I have been lucky enough, well luck and effort, to have the same job for over 30 years. The job includes occasional travel, and sometimes the travel is overseas. When in England or Germany, for example, and you are discussing business eventually the question comes up of “Where in America are you from?” I tend not to get real specific and answer with the suburb of where my home is or where the office is located; I will generally answer with “the Chicago area.”

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    Vote out the current lineup of politicians
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Our governor and legislators must believe that Illinois voters are as dumb as stones. They know very well that a vote on raising your pay $1.75 an hour without any additional education or effort will pass with flying colors. Who doesn’t want more money? They don’t bother to explain that raising the minimum wage will force more marginal workers out of the workforce and onto welfare.

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    May food drive was appreciated
    A Vernon Township letter to the editor: Vernon Township wishes to thank the National Association of Letter Carriers and all that participated in the 22nd Annual Food Drive that was held on Saturday, May 10.

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