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Weekend in Review: New charges in murder; so long Sochi

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  • Canada forward Jonathan Toews skates around the rink waving the Canadian flag after Canada beat Sweden 3-0 in the men's gold medal ice hockey game Sunday at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Toews will be back playing with the Blackhawks this week.

    Canada forward Jonathan Toews skates around the rink waving the Canadian flag after Canada beat Sweden 3-0 in the men's gold medal ice hockey game Sunday at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Toews will be back playing with the Blackhawks this week.
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Prosecutor: We're on the trail of Bensenville murder suspect

Authorities are on the trail of a man they believe shot and killed a Bensenville convenience store clerk during a botched armed robbery last month, a prosecutor said Sunday during court proceedings involving a man accused of being the getaway driver. A DuPage County judge set bail at $2.5 million on Sunday for 23-year-old Chicagoan Tremayne Davis, who authorities say served as the driver for two other men involved in the Jan. 19 slaying of Hussein Saghir at Sam's Tobacco and Foodmart in Bensenville. Full story.

When compassion becomes a crime

Why do people hoard animals? Is it a simply a consequence of taking in one too many strays or a mental disorder about control and manipulation? The cause is elusive, but experts say recidivism is nearly 100 percent. "Hoarding is compulsive behavior. It's a huge problem nationwide, not just with animals but with other things," said James Rog, an animal control officer for the Elgin Police Department. Full story.

Palatine remembers firefighters' sacrifices

Palatine on Sunday recognized the three volunteer firefighters who died in the devastating "Ben Franklin fire" of 1973. Richard Freeman, John Wilson and Warren Ahlgrim died while fighting the blaze in the basement of the five-and-dime store in downtown Palatine. Tracy Telesco, daughter of Richard Freeman, traveled from Arizona to attend. "I'm here because this is the story of my father," she said. Full story.

Wheaton dad runs in hopes daughter can walk

To raise awareness and funds for the fight against Rett syndrome -- the genetic, neurological disorder that robbed his 5-year-old daughter Cammy of the ability to talk, walk and control her hands -- Bill Babiarz is embarking on "The Run Across Illinois." A former marathoner who gave up running for a decade due to a bad back, Bill will begin his pilgrimage on March 12 in Fulton, an Illinois town along the Mississippi River. Full story.

Bears' Bennett tosses video games, reads to kids instead

Chicago Bears tight end Martellus Bennett was supposed to spend Saturday afternoon playing video games with 60 children at the West Chicago Public Library. But he flipped the script. "With the first group I was playing video games, but then I felt like there was not too much substance in it really, so the second group I was like, 'We should read a book instead,'" Bennett said. Full story.

Palatine condo fire displaces 15 residents

A fire broke out in a multifamily building in Palatine on Sunday morning, displacing about 15 residents, the Palatine Fire Department said. Firefighters called to the 3-story, 12-unit condominium building at 1453 Winslowe Drive arrived shortly after 8 a.m. to find heavy fire in a first-floor unit. Full story.

Naperville Winter Ale Fest "beers" repeating

The hordes of people attending the inaugural Naperville Winter Ale Fest at Frontier Park Saturday found that layers and plenty of beer were great ways to keep warm. The ale fest was a hit Saturday, selling out at 2,500 tickets, a turnout that convinced Josh Seago, founder and president of organizer Lou Dog Events, to bring it back next winter. Full story.

Evanston teen charged in theft of car with child inside

An 18-year-old Evanston man faces felony charges after police said he stole an Audi with a 5-year-old Park Ridge boy sleeping in the back seat earlier this week. A Cook County judge on Saturday denied bail for Deangelo Fountain, who is accused of driving off with the boy Thursday while his mom ran toward the car, screaming. Full story.

Jason Brown still smiling as Olympics come to close

early two weeks after the USA won bronze in the figure skating team event, Highland Park's Jason Brown still can't believe he's an Olympic medalist. "(It) still doesn't feel real," the 19-year-old Brown told the Daily Herald from Sochi. Full story.

Residents escape Wheaton house fire

A single-family home on Gammon Road in Wheaton was rendered uninhabitable after a fire ripped through it during the early-morning hours Sunday. Firefighters continue to investigate the cause of the fire. No one was injured. Full story.

St. Charles man charged with sex assault

A St. Charles man was charged Saturday with sexually assaulting a maid at a Chicago hotel. Dennis Sluski Jr., 46, of St. Charles, was arrested and charged with felony sexual assault Saturday on the 2700 block of North Clark Street in Chicago after the victim identified him in a photo, according to Chicago police. Full story.

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Ukraine parliament head takes presidential powers. Full story.

Cellphone, wiretaps led to legendary drug lord. Full story.

Oldest-known Holocaust survivor dies at 110. Full story.

Bills seek to tackle backlog of untested rape kits. Full story.

Governors: 'Obamacare' here to stay. Full story.

5 tycoons who want to close wealth gap. Full story.

Harsh winter leaves small businesses out in the cold. Full story.

Charting the McConnaissance film by film. Full story.

'Lego Movie' is No. 1 for third week. Full story.

KISS won't play Rock Hall induction. Full story.

Seth Meyers set for Monday "Late Night" debut. Full story.


Can Cubs' Castro stop the slide and find success again? Full story.

Ramirez still best option for Sox. Full story.

It's back to work for Blackhawks. Full story.

Heat beat Bulls without LeBron. Full story.

Collins joining Nets won't take focus off of Sam. Full story.


Sochi Games come to an end. Full story.

Canada beats Sweden for back-to-back hockey gold. Full story.

After Sochi, what's next for Winter Games? Full story.

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