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Dawn Patrol: Sikhs concerned; Tour of Elk Grove results

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  • Five-year-old Matthew Curin of Lake Zurich finishes the Shimano "big wheels" bike race without his right pedal during the third day of the Tour of Elk Grove.

      Five-year-old Matthew Curin of Lake Zurich finishes the Shimano "big wheels" bike race without his right pedal during the third day of the Tour of Elk Grove.
    Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer


Gunman kills six in Sikh temple attack in Wisconsin

An unidentified gunman on Sunday killed six people at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee in a rampage that left terrified congregants hiding in closets and others texting friends outside for help. The suspect was killed outside the temple in a shootout with police officers. Police called the attack an act of domestic terrorism, but did not provide any details about the gunman or suggest a possible motive. Full story.

Local Sikhs concerned about security after shootings

The leaders of suburban Sikh temples say they face difficult decisions about security after Sunday morning's shootings at a Sikh temple in suburban Milwaukee. Many gurdwaras sought extra protection from police. "We do not close our doors, because we are a religion open for everybody," said Balwant Singh Hansra, past president of the Sikh Religious Society Temple in Palatine. "Like the U.S. can't close its borders, we don't lock our doors. We do not do that. That's not a part of our faith. So this is worrisome." Full story.

Canadian wins seventh annual Tour of Elk Grove

After three days, five hours of racing and more than 100 cyclists covering 172 miles, one second is all that separated the winner of the seventh Alexian Brothers Tour of Elk Grove from the rest of the pack. Canadian Francois Parisien won the Men's Pro Race overall individual title in 5:02:30, one second faster than American John Murphy. Full story.

Kirk releases second recovery video

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk's office on Sunday released a second recovery video showing the strides he's made since suffering an ischemic stroke in January. For instance, the Highland Park Republican has walked a total of 14.79 miles and climbed 145 flights of stairs. Kirk, 52, says in the YouTube video that the progress he is making is "very encouraging." Full story.

Curiosity makes safe landing on Mars

In a show of technological wizardry, the robotic explorer Curiosity blazed through the pink skies of Mars, steering itself to a gentle landing inside a giant crater for the most ambitious dig yet into the red planet's past. Minutes after the 10:32 p.m. PDT landing, Curiosity beamed back the first black-and-white pictures from inside the crater showing its wheel and its shadow, cast by the afternoon sun. Full story.

Five 'Talent' finalists try to wow judges one last time

To borrow a past slogan used by a local professional baseball team, the five remaining acts in the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition went all in on Sunday. It was their last chance to impress the judges, so the acts pushed themselves, trying out new material, new styles and new presentations during the final competition round at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Full story.

Soccer community shocked by Lombard native's death

Many in the soccer community were shocked to learn of the death of 22-year-old Kirk Urso, a Lombard native and former member of the Palatine-based Sockers soccer club. The Columbus Crew rookie died Sunday morning, though the circumstances are still being determined. Urso attended Glenbard East High School and started the first five matches of the MLS season. Full story.


Clear but chilly this morning with a high of only 65 degrees when you head out the door this morning. Temperatures will climb to about 86 degrees this afternoon before slipping back to about 66 degrees overnight tonight. Full story.


Construction continues on IL Route 173 between Deep Lake Road and IL Route 83 in Antioch. Lane blockages and reductions are possible throughout the day so people should find an alternate route. Full story.

White Sox doing some serious winning

The White Sox kept rolling along Sunday, beating the Angels 4-2 at U.S. Cellular Field. The Sox are solid in every phase of the game, and they figure to make a strong push for the playoffs if they continue to get good pitching and defense while hitting with impressive power. Full story.

Cubs drop 5th straight

Hanley Ramirez lined an RBI single over a drawn-in infield in the ninth inning, and Los Angeles Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago Cubs with a seesaw 7-6 victory on Sunday. Brett Jackson, the Cubs' No. 1 draft pick in 2009 out of Cal-Berkeley, made his major league debut in center field and singled twice in four at-bats after his contract was selected from Triple-A Iowa. Full story.

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