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  • A year after losing his foot, and nearly his life, when struck by a train in downtown Barrington, 12-year-old Dominic Syzmanski is adjusting to a new prosthetic foot and maintaining the good humor that helped him through his ordeal. "He's always stayed positive," says his mother, Gayle Syzmanski.

       A year after losing his foot, and nearly his life, when struck by a train in downtown Barrington, 12-year-old Dominic Syzmanski is adjusting to a new prosthetic foot and maintaining the good humor that helped him through his ordeal. "He's always stayed positive," says his mother, Gayle Syzmanski.
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1. Metra trains between Harvard and Chicago are delayed after a pedestrian was struck and killed Sunday afternoon by an outbound train northwest of downtown Palatine. Metra confirmed that a pedestrian was hit by train number 713 about 3:30 p.m. at Baldwin Road, between the Palatine and Barrington stations.

2. A Glen Ellyn man landed a 15-year prison sentence in connection with what federal authorities called an interstate marijuana-distribution operation between Illinois and California. Authorities say William Brock, 37, had hundreds of pounds of pot stashed in a California warehouse and more than $1 million in cash, bullion and coins in a Will County storage unit.

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3. Humor has helped Dominic Szymanski deal with the loss of his foot over the last year after he was struck by a Metra train. He talks about how after months of recovery and dealing with a major setback, his prosthetic foot lets him do many of the same things as any other Barrington kid.

4. Rich Bentel's passion for fantasy league baseball began in high school and more than 30 years later, is older than his marriage, older than his career and among the longest-running of its kind. Columnist Burt Constable tells the story of the Cub Fan Club League.

5. What comes next now that the Des Plaines oasis has closed? First, a four-lane tollway, then about 2025, a tollway going south from the oasis to link I-90, I294, and the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway. We map the future.

6. For the first time, 17-year-olds are eligible to vote in Tuesday's primary, and they're excited about it. At least, some of them are. Here's a look at this breakthrough for teenagers.

7. Call Ace Young and Diana DeGarmo an "American Idol" power couple if you like. The recently married husband-and-wife team first gained exposure on Fox's reality TV show. Now, they're headlining "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat," opening Tuesday in Chicago.

8. An Elk Grove Village fire Saturday night was so smoky, at first firefighters didn't know what was on fire. It turned out to be a railroad caboose.

9. A planned dog park could get bitten by Carpentersville's budget cuts. Read what other actions are in the works to close the shortfall.

10. Coming together to boost the spirits of a Bartlett girl battling bone cancer, a team of paint-spattered but energetic volunteers put the finishing touches on a two-week bedroom makeover project Saturday.

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