Daily Herald honors the top prep athletes
About 350 of the suburbs' top high school athletes and their families filled the Sears Centre Arena on Sunday for the Daily Herald Prep Sports Excellence banquet. The first-time event celebrated the prowess, dedication and determination of the athetes. Featured speaker Jarrett Payton encouraged the students to seek greatness and serve their communities. Full story.
Dual language programs taking off in the suburbs
Most kids get excited about pizza and cupcakes when their parents let them host birthday parties. Chase Dorn, now 15, always preferred sushi and seaweed. The Conant High School sophomore's connection to Japanese language and culture was cemented over eight years in one of the nation's only Japanese English dual language programs, which started at Dooley Elementary School in Schaumburg in 2001. "It's become a big part of my life, and I wouldn't have it any other way," she says. Full story.
The lessons of the Boston bombings
Their job is to prepare current and future first responders for the unthinkable. Yet even the experts at College of DuPage's Homeland Security Training Institute say they were as shocked as the rest of us by the Boston Marathon bombing. Several share their thoughts about what security lessons were learned. Full story.
Has Des Plaines River flood prevention stalled?
Nearly 27 years since the twin deluges of 1986 and 1987 set flooding records affecting thousands of homes and businesses, only three of the six flood control projects proposed by the Army Corps of Engineers have been acted upon. Full story.
Driver charged in crash that killed teen
An 18-year-old senior at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Stephanie Pickett, is being remembered for her outgoing personality and her love of animals after she was killed in a single-vehicle crash late Thursday on Shaffner Road near Wheaton. The man who was driving the SUV, Karlos Leath, 31, of the 29W500 block of Country Ridge Drive in Warrenville, was charged with aggravated DUI in connection with the accident and was being held Friday in DuPage County jail on $1 million bail. Full story.
Elgin mother, son face gun charges
An Elgin woman and her 14-year-old son faces gun-related charges after firing a gun into the air outside the woman's home. Twana Mosley, 35, of the 1000 block of Peachtree Lane, is charged with two counts of felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, felony reckless discharge of a firearm and one count of not having a valid firearm owner identification card. Her son is charged with felony aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and one count of not having a valid FOID card. Full story.
Monk accused of attempted child abduction
A Benedictine monk is charged with attempting to lure a 14-year-old girl into his car in Antioch. Thomas J. Chmura appeared Saturday before a Lake County judge, who set his bail at $50,000 and ordered that he have no contact with anyone under age 17. Full story.
Elburn teen killed in rollerblading crash
Counselors will be available Monday for students at Kaneland Harter Middle School in Sugar Grove coping with the death of a classmate killed Friday when she collided with a vehicle while rollerblading. Caitlyn Phillips, 13, was pronounced dead shortly after the crash Friday afternoon in Elburn. Full story.
Troubled East Dundee cop faces more charges
Michael Seyller, an East Dundee police sergeant facing criminal charges in Carpentersville and jailed in Kane County, now faces a felony battery charge in Wisconsin. Seyller, 39, has been charged with substantial battery after he broke another man's nose and knocked out his two front teeth during a March 1 bar fight in Wisconsin, according to the Adams County district attorney's office. Full story.
Island Lake trustee-elect denies threats
In the months after he was removed as Island Lake's interim police chief in 2010, Anthony Sciarrone was accused by three officers of earlier threatening violence against them or village officials, department records reveal. Now a trustee-elect who's set to take office May 9, Sciarrone, in an interview with the Daily Herald, said he was misquoted in the officers' memos "every single time." Full story.
Arlington Heights man charged in home invasion
An Arlington Heights man faces charges of armed robbery and a home invasion after police say he and two others forced their way into a residence on the 700 block of Bode Circle of Hoffman Estates earlier this month. Two other suspects remain at large, police said. Full story.
World & Nation
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Mother of bombing suspects found deeper spirituality. Full story.
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Consumer bureau chief defends data collection. Full story.
A new front for gun background checks: the ballot. Full story.
eBay taps consumers in sales tax battle. Full story.
Owner of collapsed building in India captured. Full story.
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Sox: No structural damage to Floyd's elbow. Full story.
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Ex-Bull Michael Jordan gets married. Full story.