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Arson suspected in Naperville:

Naperville Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest of whoever is responsible for an arson occurring to a home in the 1500 block of Derby Court shortly after midnight Feb. 27. Naperville firefighters responded to a report of smoke and fire at 12:04 a.m. Evidence at the scene indicated the fire was intentionally set. No one was injured as a result of the incident and damage to the residence is estimated at more than $5,000. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (630) 420-6006. Callers may remain anonymous.

GPS brings national author:

Author and award-winning blogger Anastasia Goodstein will present a free discussion at Glenbard West High School to help parents deal with sexting, cyber bullying and other topics concerning children and new technology. Goodstein is the author of "Totally Wired: What Teens and Tweens are Really Doing Online." Her appearance is part of the Glenbard Parent Series and will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Glenbard West High School Auditorium, 670 Crescent Blvd. Goodstein is founder and editor-in-chief of YPulse Media, which maintains an award-winning, youth-focused blog at For more information, contact Gilda Ross at (630) 942-7573.

Prayers to continue:

Wheaton's long-standing tradition of offering religious invocations before city council meetings will continue under a new set of guidelines meant to bring the city into compliance with federal law. The guidelines, formally adopted this week, were drafted after a national group urged the council to discontinue the practice. Wheaton's attorney said having an invocation doesn't violate the First Amendment as long as it doesn't exclude any faiths. As part of the new guidelines, religious leaders from throughout the area could provide an invocation. No one attending a city council meeting will be required to participate in any prayer that is offered.

Asst. superintendent resigns:

Sue Caddy has left her position as assistant superintendent for finance and operations at Community District 89 in Glen Ellyn. Superintendent John Perdue said Caddy resigned Feb. 24 citing personal reasons. A search for a replacement will begin. In the meantime, Rick Finck, a former school business manager for Marquardt Elementary District 15 in Glendale Heights, will come out of retirement to temporarily serve as interim. He will be in the position until June 30, Perdue said.