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Dawn Patrol: Church mourns for Palatine men; Blackhawks advance

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Church mourns Palatine men killed in Afghanistan

During an emotional ceremony yesterday, the Rev. Colin Smith led Arlington Heights worshippers in mourning the loss of two of their fellow congregation members, a Palatine father and son killed last week in Afghanistan. Gary and John Gabel, both active members of the church, were shot to death Thursday during an attack by an Afghan security guard at International Hospital in Kabul. Full story.

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Friends remember longtime suburban resident, former Grizzlies owner Heisley

Friends of billionaire businessman and longtime St. Charles resident Michael Heisley said yesterday that no matter how successful he became, he never abandoned those he'd met along the way. "He was a devoted family man and loyal to all his friends from the beginning," said Ellen Smith, a St. Charles resident who, along with her husband, Fred, was a close friend of Heisley's. Heisley died Saturday night at the age of 77. He was the former owner of the Memphis Grizzlies basketball team. Full story.

Service restored for most homes near Long Grove explosion

Nearly every Long Grove resident living near the house that exploded Friday night had been given the all clear to return to their homes last night following natural gas service testing, according to a North Shore Gas representative. Eight homes, including the home that exploded, remain without natural gas service as the investigation into what caused the blast that could be felt for miles away continues. Full story.

Paralympic coaches spot suburban talent

Paralympic hopefuls had a chance to learn from elite level coaches and athletes, as well as test their skills, yesterday at Elk Grove High School. Among the athletes at the U.S. Paralympics Gateway to Gold Ambulatory Track & Field Talent Identification Clinic was Naperville's Annie Schlesinger. The 15-year-old has cerebral palsy but competes on Naperville Central's track team and cross country teams. Full story.

Weather

Cloudy with rain throughout the day. Temperatures will be about 48 degrees this morning, then rise to 56 degrees this afternoon then dropping to 51 degrees overnight. The rain will be light this morning, then turn into scattered thunderstorms this afternoon and evening. More weather.

Traffic

Construction work continues on Lafox Road between Campton Hills Road and Grand Monde Drive near St. Charles. People should expect delays in the area. Full traffic.

Good to the core, Blackhawks advance

Credit the Blackhawks' series-clinching 5-1 victory yesterday afternoon over the never-say-die Blues in Game 6 to two things: Crow and the Core. Goalie Corey Crawford kept the Hawks in this one through two periods, especially the second, which featured six -- count 'em six -- St. Louis power-play chances. And then the core of the team took over in an epic third period that put an exclamation mark on an epic first-round series. Mike Spellman's full story.

Blackhawks save best for last against Blues

Daily Herald sports columnist Barry Rozner writes this morning about the Blackhawks' recent tendency to ratchet up their play when they are facing elimination. "With so much talk of a (Stanley Cup) repeat and facing a strong St. Louis squad, it took the Hawks four games to find their desperation against a big and physical team that allows for very little room on the ice. But they did find it." Full column.

No Nene, no problem for Wizards against Bulls

The Bulls started the game yesterday afternoon as though they expected an easy win, while Washington played the way a desperate, short-handed team should. The Wizards jumped out to a 14-0 lead and cruised to a 98-89 victory at the Verizon Center. The Bulls trail this first-round series 3-1 and need to win Tuesday's Game 5 at the United Center or the season will be over. Mike McGraw's full story.

It's time for Bulls to give Gibson a start

In his column this morning, Daily Herald sports columnist Mike Imrem writes that he believes Taj Gibson should be in the starting lineup for Game 5 Tuesday. "It's time for the Bulls' head coach to get a little crazy, wear a lampshade on his head and swing from a United Center chandelier. Seriously, throw caution to the wind. Throw the playbook in the trash can. Yes, throw Taj Gibson into the Bulls' starting lineup. Full column.

Emotions overflow after Carroll's Sox debut

In his major-league debut Sunday at U.S. Cellular Field, Scott Carroll kept reminding himself that he deserved to be in a White Sox uniform, even at the relatively advanced age of 29. Carroll proceeded to take the mound against the Tampa Bay Rays and ace David Price and almost make it look easy. Staying cool and calm, the right-hander breezed through 7⅓ innings and allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and 2 walks while throwing a very efficient 100 pitches. Full story.

Hammel, Castro provide reasons for Cubs fans to smile

In an otherwise forgettable April for the Cubs, two guys are creating positive memories and wiping out some bad ones. Jason Hammel put his name on the ballot for pitcher of the month yesterday by shutting down the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 at Miller Park. Shortstop Starlin Castro, who was one key player on the spot this past off-season, is showing he's the least of the Cubs' problems. Castro hit a pair of solo home runs, giving him two multihomer games this season. Full story.

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