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Weekend in Review: Sledgehammer attack denial; Meter case tossed

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  • Pallbearers carry out the casket of Robert Komosa as his mother, Barbara, follows after his funeral service Saturday at St. Thomas Becket Church in Mt. Prospect.

      Pallbearers carry out the casket of Robert Komosa as his mother, Barbara, follows after his funeral service Saturday at St. Thomas Becket Church in Mt. Prospect.
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Sandra Rogers denies sledgehammer attack in jailhouse interview

Facing spending the rest of her life behind bars, Sandra Rogers says she's made mistakes in the past 20 years. However, she denies she had anything to do with the May 19, 2003, sledgehammer attack on her ex-husband and his new wife in their Lincolnshire home. "I absolutely did not do it," Rogers said during a Daily Herald interview at the Lake County jail. Full story.

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Suburbs say farewell to Rob Komosa

Relatives and friends gathered at St. Thomas Becket Church in Mount Prospect Saturday to say farewell to Rob Komosa, who inspired hope among many in the 13 years after a freak accident in high school left him paralyzed from the neck down. "My brother wasn't one in a million; he was one of a kind," said a tearful Ann Phister. Full story.

Lake Zurich Dist. 95 settles lawsuit over molestation case

Lake Zurich Unit District 95 has settled one of two lawsuits claiming officials ignored complaints regarding inappropriate sexual conduct by a high school teacher toward a student about eight months before criminal charges were filed against him in 2010. Without comment, elected officials last month agreed to pay $192,000 to settle the suit, without admitting any liability. Full story.

COD faculty group pulls support for candidate

The political action committee of the College of DuPage Faculty Association has withdrawn its endorsement of board candidate Frank Flores, Jr., who officials said was fired as a COD employee in 2010 after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced. In a statement withdrawing official support for Flores' candidacy, the faculty called the allegations against Flores "untrue" and "clearly politically motivated." Full story.

Daily Herald receives 12 nominations for Lisagor awards

The Daily Herald has received 12 nominations in the prestigious 2013 Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism contest, presented by the Chicago Headline Club. Winners will be announced May 3 at the Union League Club in Chicago. Full story.

DuPage forest commissioners react to merger talk

Depending on which DuPage County politician you ask, the county's forest preserve commissioners should be appointed, work for free or not have a job at all. But forest preserve commissioners say they would like a fourth option to be considered: Leaving them alone. Full story.

Turkish cultural center celebrates opening in Mt. Prospect

An untimely power outage couldn't dim the mood of hundreds who gathered Saturday to celebrate the new Turkish American Society of Chicago Cultural Center in Mount Prospect. "There's some irony here because of out today's darkness, this center will be a real beacon, a light on the greatness of your community," U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley said. Full story.

Naperville smart meter case dismissed by federal judge

A federal judge has dismissed a case by Naperville residents opposed to the city's smart meter program but the lawsuit is likely far from over. Members of the opposition group Naperville Smart Meter Awareness have already announced their intent to file an amended complaint. Full story.

Naperville Dist. 203 wants students to bring devices to school

The days of students being told to keep their smartphones in their lockers and to break out cool new tech toys like iPads only during show-and-tell appear to be over in Naperville Unit District 203. Following a successful four-month test program, in which third- through 12th-grade students were encouraged to bring their own tech devices to school, officials say they intend to continue expanding the use of such items. Full story.

World & Nation

Both sides of gun debate make public appeals. Full story.

GOP's 'no' on Medicaid becomes 'Let's Make a Deal.' Full story.

In gay marriage cases, Supreme Court may exercise caution. Full story.

Court: Can drug companies pay to delay generics? Full story.

Cyberwar manual lays down rules for online attacks. Full story.

Workers plan to put off retirement. Full story.

Cable companies push to break up forced bundles. Full story.

Podcasts talk in your ear through entire movie. Full story.

Sports

Illini lose thriller to Miami. Full story.

Injuries can't stop Bulls in win over Minnesota. Full story.

Will Urlacher struggle like McMahon and McMichael? Full story.

Hard work paying off for Blackhawks' Frolik. Full story.

Road back for Danks just got bumpier. Full story.

Bears add former BG star Zbikowski to roster. Full story.

Bears sign linebacker James Anderson. Full story.

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