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Moving Picture: Libertyville computer whiz has big plans

Daily Herald - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 08:49
There's not much Andy Merrill can't do with a computer - even taking one apart and then rebuilding it himself. The 13-year-old from Libertyville has a big future in technology, and even bigger plans, including inventing a printer that will build him a home.

Ill. college to study wind turbine, bird deaths

Plainfield News - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 08:41
NORMAL – A central Illinois college is studying how many birds and bats are being killed by the school's wind turbine.

Man accused of driving into hospital, pointing gun

Plainfield News - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 08:40
CHICAGO – Police have arrested a man accused of driving a car through the front doors of a Chicago hospital and pointing a gun at a security officer.

Blackhawks' Shaw to return for Game 3

Daily Herald - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 04:41
OK, it's official: Andrew Shaw will be back in the lineup Saturday for Game 3. "He's on the trip," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville confirmed Thursday. "We expect him to play on Saturday."

Man pleads guilty in 2011 Crete Township traffic deaths

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 02:12

A University Park man ended his trial this week by pleading guilty to felony charges in the March 2011 traffic deaths of two women in Crete Township. Velar Mayfield, 26, pleaded to two counts of aggravated driving under the influence of marijuana and was sentenced Wednesday to 31/2 years in prison. Mayfield’s attorney, Cosmo Tedone, said Mayfield faced anywhere from six to 28 years imprisonment if jurors had convicted him of the charges. He said Mayfield must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence but would be given credit for the more than two years he was held at …

Irish Fest takes center stage

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 02:11

Nobody knew when it started nearly three decades ago that Irish Fest would put Gaelic Park in Oak Forest on the proverbial worldwide map. The plan then was to simply present a Memorial Day weekend festival that would focus heavily on Irish culture, provide plenty of fun activities for families, and raise some money for other programs at Gaelic Park, 6119 W. 147th St. But as the years rolled on, the festival began getting bigger and bigger, attracting top entertainers and becoming something that — in its 28th rendition — is indeed known worldwide, said John Griffin, who was president …

Suit: Calumet Park hotel infested with bed bugs

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 02:11

A woman suffered from bed bug bites after she stayed at a hotel in Calumet Park, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday. Bridget Flowers rented a hotel room Feb. 14 at the Magnuson Hotel, 12800 S. Ashland Ave., and slept on the bed and used the sheets that the hotel provided, according to the lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court. Flowers awoke that evening with red bumps on her body and, upon examination of the room, found live insects on and around the bed, the lawsuit claims. She then checked out of her hotel room early and immediately …

Woman gets 10 years for role in Joliet double murder

SouthTownStar Newspaper - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 02:11

One of four people charged with murder in the grisly slayings of two Joliet men last year pleaded guilty Thursday to lesser charges and agreed to testify against her co-defendants. Alissa Massaro, 20, of Joliet, pleaded to four felonies — two counts of robbery and two counts of concealment of a homicide — in the January 2013 killings of the Terrance Rankins and Eric Glover at Massaro’s father’s house, 1121 Hickory St. Prosecutors dropped a first-degree murder charge in exchange for her plea. Will County Circuit Court Judge Gerald Kinney accepted the plea agreement, which includes a 10-year prison sentence …

Crews work to keep wildfire away from Flagstaff area

Plainfield News - Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:01
KACHINA VILLAGE, Ariz. – Hundreds of firefighters worked Thursday to protect communities on the edge of Flagstaff from a wildfire that is chewing up a scenic Arizona canyon with towering flames and burning entire trees down to nothing but ash.

Madigan resurrects Illinois tax on millionaires

Plainfield News - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:53
SPRINGFIELD – Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan on Thursday resurrected a proposed ballot measure to impose a tax surcharge on millionaires that had earlier failed to win broad support, in a move Republicans criticized as abdicating to voters the job of dealing with tough issues such as tax increases.

Mother persuaded kidnapped woman to go to police

Plainfield News - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:45
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A California woman who says she was kidnapped a decade ago by her mother's boyfriend lived a seemingly ordinary life with her alleged captor year after year, but she was too scared to go to authorities until she recently reunited with her mother, police said Thursday.

Man asks for time to respond in Rutherford suit

Plainfield News - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:42
SPRINGFIELD – The former state employee who accused Illinois Treasurer Dan Rutherford of harassment is asking a federal judge for more time to respond to a motion to throw out the case.

Dozens killed in market attack in northwest China

Plainfield News - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:33
URUMQI, China – Attackers hurled bombs from two SUVs that plowed through shoppers at a busy street market in China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang on Thursday, killing 31 people and wounding more than 90.

Deadliest day for Ukraine troops: 16 soldiers dead in raid

Plainfield News - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:33
BLAHODATNE, Ukraine – In the deadliest raid yet on Ukrainian troops, pro-Russia insurgents attacked a military checkpoint Thursday, killing 16 soldiers, and the interim prime minister accused Moscow of trying to disrupt the upcoming election for a new president to lead the divided country out of its crisis.

House defies Pentagon on defense spending

Plainfield News - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:33
WASHINGTON – The House defied the Pentagon on Thursday, overwhelmingly backing a $601 billion defense authorization bill that saves the Cold War-era U-2 spy plane, military bases and Navy cruisers despites warnings that it will undercut military readiness.

Thai military seizes power in bloodless coup

Plainfield News - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:33
BANGKOK – Without firing a shot, Thailand's powerful military seized control of this volatile Southeast Asian nation Thursday, suspending the constitution and detaining Cabinet ministers in a risky bid to end half a year of political upheaval that many fear will only deepen the nation's crisis.

Sen. Kirk wants probe of new VA hospital claims

Plainfield News - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:33
CHICAGO – U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk said Thursday that there is new evidence of a "culture of corruption" at a veterans hospital in suburban Chicago and that a federal investigation of the facility should examine whether any alleged delays in treatment contributed to the deaths of patients.

Court delay for actor charged with murder

Plainfield News - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:32
LOS ANGELES – A judge has delayed the arraignment of actor Michael Jace on a murder charge filed over his wife's shooting death earlier this week.

The Keys to the Kingdom

Wall Street Journal Real Estate - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 23:26
Vacation homes, yacht trips, meals at five-star restaurants: Some architects find themselves becoming friends with the clients they work for, which can result in all manner of unusual perks.

Time Inc. to Leave Midtown After 55 Years

Wall Street Journal Real Estate - Thu, 05/22/2014 - 22:58
Time signed a lease with Brookfield Office Properties Inc. to take 700,000 square feet of space at 225 Liberty St., which is part of the complex formerly known as the World Financial Center.

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