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Weekend in Review: Shaw's hit the talk of Hawks OT win; a suburban Titanic story

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  • Phoenix Coyotes' Mike Smith falls to the ice after being hit during action against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of Game 2 of the first round of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Saturday in Glendale.

    Phoenix Coyotes' Mike Smith falls to the ice after being hit during action against the Chicago Blackhawks during the second period of Game 2 of the first round of the Western Conference Quarterfinals Saturday in Glendale.
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Best Buy closing five suburban stores

Big box retailer Best Buy said it is closing six stores in the Chicago area, including in Addison, Mundelein, Deerfield and West Dundee. A customer outside the West Dundee store wasn't surprised. "Now you can get everything online," East Dundee resident Toni Laudicina said. Full story.

Study says Jasmine could keep Cubs and Sox from stinking

If our baseball teams stink this year, maybe it's just because the players aren't smelling the right stuff. A new study by a suburban doctor and researcher suggests a hint of jasmine might help our Cubs and Sox win. Full story.

Foreclosed home in Wheaton "a lovely place" for veterans

A foreclosed home revamped into affordable housing for six veterans was dedicated Saturday to honor the memory of Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller. The home at 111 N. West St. is named in honor of a Wheaton native and a Medal of Honor recipient who died at age 24 in Afghanistan. Full story.

Boy hit by baseball died from cerebral hemorrhage

The death of a 12-year-old Oswego boy who collapsed after being hit in the neck with a baseball in Wheaton is a tragedy that has touched the fabric of the community. Eric Lederman, a sixth-grader at Thompson Junior High School, died at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge of a cerebral hemorrhage. Full story.

Which pension fixes will be on the table?

The rising costs of teachers' and state worker' retirements continues to eat away at the limited cash the state has to pay for schools, roads and other services. So Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers know they need to do something about it. But what? Full story.

More than 400 attend funeral for Elgin Marine

U.S. Marine Cpl. Alex Martinez was remembered at his funeral Saturday as a loving man who had an infectious laughter and a passion for Tapatio hot sauce, and as a role model to his fellow Marines. The 21-year-old Elginite died April 5 during combat operations in Afghanistan. Full story.

Walsh's rolls into Huntley, protesters in tow

Unveiling his newly acquired campaign motorhome Saturday afternoon to nearly four dozen supporters at a Huntley Tea Party rally, Congressman Joe Walsh also welcomed eight protesters vowing to drum Walsh and other Tea Party members out of office in the next election. "We're going to have some anti-Tea Party folks. We've got to welcome them. This is fun," Walsh said.

Full story.

Despair to eleation: A suburban Titanic story

The sinking of Titanic 100 years ago captured the world's interest. Fox Valley residents, too, were touched by the tragedy. A St. Charles mother and her two children -- who had been visiting relatives in Europe -- had secured tickets for the ship's maiden voyage to return to their husband and father, Oscar Johnson. They were among the last to board a lifeboat as the "unsinkable" ship into the icy Atlantic Ocean. Full story.

West Chicago mayor recovering after heart attack

West Chicago Mayor Michael Kasman remained hospitalized Sunday at Central DuPage Hospital., one day after suffering a heart attack. In the meantime, officials say they'll likely go ahead as scheduled with Monday night's city council meeting. Full story.

Boy saved from drowning at family gathering

A 4-year-old boy was rescued from drowning Saturday afternoon after being found unresponsive in a Des Plaines pool, authorities said. According to a statement by Des Plaines police, the boy and his family were attending a family gathering in the 1700 block of Forest Avenue when the near drowning occurred. Full story.

Villa Park man drowns after falling from kayak

A Villa Park man died early Saturday after falling into a pond near an apartment complex in unincorporated Des Plaines. Anthony Hensley, 37, died at 8:16 a.m. after being transported to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, said a spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner's office. Full story.

Kardashians coming to Schaumburg

Kourtney, Kim and Khloe Kardashian will be at the Sears store at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg from 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 20 for a signing event and meet-and-greet with fans. To meet the Kardashians, attendees must have purchased something from the Kardashian Kollection clothing line between April 15 and 20 and bring both the purchase and original receipt. Full story.

World & Nation

Residents digging out after tornadoes hit Midwest. Full story.

Women linked by Manson murders form odd friendship. Full story.

Obama: U.S. has offered no 'freebies' to Iran. Full story.

Last-minute tax tips for procrastinators. Full story.

How Hyundai went from a joke to a contender in U.S. Full story.


Rose hits key 3-pointer in OT win. Full story.

Shaw hit the hot-button topic in Hawks-Coyotes series. Full story.

No sweep, but White Sox happy to move on. Full story.

Cubs fall in rubber match with Cardinals. Full story.

Verdi on captain consistency: Johnathon Toews. Full story.

Ogwumike should go No. 1 in WNBA draft. Full story.

NFL Draft preview: Weak crop of safeties. Full story.

NFL Draft preview: Oregon's LaMichael James. Full story.

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