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Dawn Patrol: O'Hare OK after Ukraine crash; Mt. Prospect power back

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  • People inspect the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, yesterday. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 298 people was shot down as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.

      People inspect the crash site of a passenger plane near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine, yesterday. Ukraine said a passenger plane carrying 298 people was shot down as it flew over the country, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the plane.
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O'Hare passengers undeterred by Ukraine crash

As she waited at O'Hare International Airport for her son's plane to arrive from Mexico, Cindy Cook looked somber over the news of a Malaysian Airlines Boeing 777 crashing in Ukraine after it was hit by a missile. "How horrible … what a tragedy for their families," said Cook, of Wisconsin. Operations at O'Hare were normal yesterday after the jetliner tragedy, Chicago Department of Aviation officials said. Full story.

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Power back after normal Mt. Prospect crash that injured 2

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Weather

Partly cloudy and 65 to start the morning, with temperatures climbing to 78 degrees this afternoon. It will be partly cloudy and 61 degrees tonight. Full story.

Traffic

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Cubs will play big role in NL Central

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Three most likely White Sox candidates to be dealt

As the White Sox prepare to open the second half of the season tonight vs. the Houston Astros, beat writer Scot Gregor says second baseman Gordon Beckham, starting pitcher John Danks and outfielder Dayan Viciedo are all trade candidates as the July 31 nonwaiver deadline approaches. Full story.

Report: Boozer to join L.A. Lakers

Carlos Boozer has landed with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to multiple reports. The Bulls used the amnesty provision on the burly power forward Tuesday. By using the amnesty rule, the Bulls released Boozer and are still liable for his $16.8 million salary this season, but it won't count toward the salary cap or luxury tax. Full story.

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