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Dawn Patrol: Puppies removed from apartment; Lynch an all-american

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30 puppies removed from North Chicago apartment

Charges are pending against a 42-year-old North Chicago woman who police say was hoarding about 30 puppies in her one-bedroom apartment. "The majority of the dogs were in varying degrees of dehydration and malnutrition," said Dana Duestch, Animal Warden in a news release. Full story.

Prosecutor: Maine West coach allowed "rampant" hazing culture

Former Maine West High School soccer coach Michael Divincenzo perpetuated a culture of hazing in his program by doing nothing to stop initiation practices by his players, a Cook County prosecutor said this morning as the former coach and teacher went on trial on multiple misdemeanor charges. Full story.

Weather

We may actually get above freezing as temperatures are expected to top out at 34 degrees this afternoon. It will be about 17 degrees when you head out this morning, and dip back to 30 degrees tonight. Full story.

Traffic

Powers Road is closed between Big Timber Road and Freeman Road due to bridge reconstruction. The completion date is undetermined at this point. People should use Big Timber Road to IL Route 72 to Higgins Road as a detour. Full traffic from ABC 7 Chicago.

NIU's Lynch named all-American

The honors keep coming for Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch. After taking third place in the Heisman Trophy balloting Saturday evening in New York, Lynch was named Associated Press first-team all-American on Tuesday. Full story.

Hinrich improving but status for tonight murky

Kirk Hinrich did not practice Tuesday, but did shoot around, according to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Hinrich has missed the past two games with a sore back and his status for today's game in Houston is questionable at best. Full story.

Bears rookie Long getting an education

Kyle Long thought he knew what the NFL was about even before the Bears selected him in the first round last spring. After all, he had a Hall of Fame father and an all-American brother playing defensive end in the NFL. On top of that, he had arrived on the scene after playing for one of the top college programs in the country. But he was in for a big surprise. "Let's put it this way," Long laughed. "Every day's an education. Every day you realize how much you didn't know." Full story.

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