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Dawn Patrol: No. 1 Boomers celebrate; Aurora native wins TV show

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  • Boomers broadcaster Tim Calderwood introduces team members of the Boomers last night as the team arrived home to a reception at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg.

      Boomers broadcaster Tim Calderwood introduces team members of the Boomers last night as the team arrived home to a reception at Boomers Stadium in Schaumburg.
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Champion Boomers get warm welcome home in Schaumburg

Amid one of the heaviest rainstorms of the season, the champion Schaumburg Boomers returned home in triumph last night to high-fives and even hugs from their dedicated fans and host families. Players from the second-year franchise carried with them the first league trophy the Schaumburg Baseball Stadium has housed in the 14 years since it was built. Full story.

Aurora native wins 'Big Brother'

In a controversial season marked by homophobic and racial slurs, openly gay contestant and Aurora native Andy Herren was named the winner of "Big Brother" last night. Herren, 26, bested his season 15 housemates on the CBS reality show to win $500,000. Herren, a 2005 graduate of West Aurora High School, has worked as a part-time teacher at College of DuPage. Full story.

Elderly care unit closes at Alexian Brothers

A patient care center for those with dementia and Alzheimer's disease at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village has closed, though its functions will remain within the hospital system, officials said Wednesday. Officials decided last week to close it in an attempt to increase efficiencies across the hospital system, which also includes St. Alexius Medical Center in Hoffman Estates. Full story.

Ex-E. Aurora teacher gets probation for inappropriate texts

A former East Aurora High School teacher received 18 months' probation after pleading guilty yesterday to texting inappropriate photos of herself to a 15-year-old student in May 2011, according to court records. Kelly K. Miller, 34, of the 2700 block of Oak Drive, West Dundee, also must pay $2,350 in fines, complete a sex offender evaluation and have no unsupervised contact with minors while on probation. Full story.

Danada horse adoption offers under scrutiny

DuPage County Forest Preserve commissioners say pull-tab fliers posted at area events promoting the sale and adoption of Danada Equestrian Center horses violates their policy prohibiting such advertising on the Internet. Commissioners and volunteers, angered by what some have called an "end around" the district's policy, are demanding the staff be more diligent regarding efforts to offer retired horses for adoption. Full story.

Naperville police say be wary of home burglaries

Burglars have struck 29 Naperville homes in six weeks, forcing many residents to step up basic security measures and to call police when they see anything suspicious. Police Chief Robert Marshall said he wants residents to remain vigilant until authorities find the people behind the string of burglaries, most of which have occurred in south Naperville. Full story.

Former Meadows QB has EIU offense rolling

Two years ago, Eastern Illinois went 2-9. Now it flaunts one of the most powerful offenses in all of college football behind quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, a Rolling Meadows High School grad, and receiver Erik Lora, who set an FCS -- the former Division I-AA of college football -- record for receptions last season. Full story.

Halton, Thornburg lead Brewers past Cubs, 7-0

Sean Halton hit his first career grand slam, Tyler Thornburg allowed just two singles over six innings, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Cubs 7-0 last night. Thornburg has allowed five earned runs in 36 innings as a starter and has also made 11 relief appearances for the Brewers, posting a 1.96 ERA. At Triple A Nashville, he was 0-9 with a 5.79 ERA in 15 starts. Full story.

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