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posted: 4/14/2014 5:30 AM

10 stories you may have missed this weekend

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  • Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, center, and assistant coach Jamie Kompon, left, watch the action in the final seconds of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. The Hawks will face the St. Louis blues in the first round of the playoffs, beginning Thursday.

      Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville, center, and assistant coach Jamie Kompon, left, watch the action in the final seconds of an NHL hockey game against the Nashville Predators Saturday in Nashville, Tenn. The Hawks will face the St. Louis blues in the first round of the playoffs, beginning Thursday.
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1. "Golf-ball-sized hail" was no exaggeration Saturday, with National Weather Service spotters reporting hailstones 2 inches in diameter in Barrington and Algonquin.

2. Lots of people build model trains, but Elgin master mechanic David H. Kloke is building a full-size replica of the funeral train car that carried Abraham Lincoln's body in 1865 from Washington, D.C. to Springfield, Ill.

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3. A car crashed into a parked semi on the Edens Expressway, killing driver Michael Castaldo of Round Lake Beach.

4. The physical signs something was going wrong were so subtle, Phil Van Duyne of Roselle didn't notice them. Thankfully, his sister did.

5. They ended cellphone and Internet stipends. They cut off pension benefits. Now Naperville City Council members are talking about ending their access to health insurance paid for by the city.

6. Last month, Kane County authorities seized more than 90 animals they say were being neglected on a Hampshire area farm. Today, Kane County Animal Control workers are doing their best to find the animals new homes where their care won't be in doubt.

7. Rolling Meadows ongoing search for another grocery store to serve its residents took another hit last week when Walmart announced it was dropping its plans for a Neighborhood Market store at the former AMF Bowling Alley site.

8. Police in Mount Prospect are seeking witnesses to a crash involving a 79-year-old man driving his scooter along Euclid Avenue on Thursday night. Investigators aren't sure how the man, who was hospitalized, crashed the scooter and wound up in the roadway.

9. It took 65 years, but a Lombard man who served his country during World War II received some long overdue recognition. James Pfafflin received four medals in all, including the Pacific War Zone Medal, the Honorable Service Button and the Victory Medal.

10. Arlington Heights doubled for Jerusalem on Sunday, as the Rev. Claudio Diaz Jr. led a large group pf parishioners in recreating Jesus' march into the holy city during a Palm Sunday procession from St. Thomas Villanova in Palatine to his home church of Mision San Juan Diego.

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