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Vickroy: Matteson students ready for Shedd ROV competition

There is no “i” in team but, given enough PVC pipe, there just might be a robotic underwater vehicle. Since the beginning of the school year, the 20 members of the ROV club at Powell Middle School in Matteson have been meeting every Friday to …

Mount Carmel Golden Apple winner in a fight vs. cancer

A year after reaching the pinnacle of his career, Curt Ehrenstrom is fighting for his life. In 2013 the Oak Lawn man won the prestigious Golden Apple Award, which goes to the finest of 135,000 teachers statewide. It was a joyous celebration at Mount Carmel …

Woman sexually assaulted near Matteson Metra station

A woman was sexually assaulted on a trail in Matteson while she walking to catch a Metra train early Thursday. Police responded about 5:30 a.m., after a 911 caller said someone had been sexually assaulted near Old Plank Road Trail between Main Street and Homan …

Cops: Investigation into Worth teen’s death closed

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The investigation into the November death of 18-year-old Brittany Wawrzyniak has been closed, Worth police announced Thursday afternoon. “The death of Brittany Wawrzyniak has been determined to be accidental,” Chief Martin Knolmayer said in a news release. Wawrzyniak’s death and the subsequent police investigation spurred …

Oak Lawn man tried to blow up his house

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An Oak Lawn resident, apparently despondent over his brother’s death the day before, tried to commit suicide Wednesday night by filling their home with natural gas, according to police. Neighbors called Nicor Gas about 7 p.m. after smelling natural gas at the house, 9620 Mayfield …

Sports complex pushed for Woodbine

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Athletic organizations from the Homer Glen area this week applauded the village’s purchase of Woodbine Golf Course and urged the village board to turn the property into an athletic complex. Representatives from the Homer Soccer Club;, the Homer Stallions football, cheerleading and lacrosse programs; and …

Person found dead in Oak Lawn home after gas leak: cops

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Emergency crews arrived about 7 p.m. at the home in the 9600 block of South Mayfield Avenue after someone called in a gas leak, according to Oak Lawn Police Cmdr. Joe Stubbs. Authorities think the person died of natural causes before the gas leak was reported, and no foul play is suspected, he said.

Frankfort church hosts meeting on human trafficking

Human trafficking is a worldwide problem, existing in almost every country in one form or another, according to Barbara Everett, chief executive of Destiny Rescue USA. The nonprofit Christian-based organization is dedicated to rescuing children who are the victims of human trafficking and sexual exploitation …

Burial of indigent brings ‘closure’

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Jesse Aguirre felt a sense of uneasy peace seeing his father receive a proper burial Wednesday afternoon.

His father, Jesse Jr., died of a heart attack in his sleep just days before Christmas. His body had remained at the Cook County morgue since his death. …

National Take Back Day for drugs Saturday

The public will have a chance to rid their homes of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs on National Take Back Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Will County sheriff’s office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will have a disposal receptacle available …

Bears’ chairman, mascot visit sick kids

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Pediatric patients at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn had a big reason to smile Tuesday as members of the Chicago Bears organization visited each room to spread cheer among the sick children. Bears Chairman George McCaskey and former Bears tight end Jim Thornton, along …

Racial incident, prank reported in Tinley Park

The mother of a Tinley Park teenager reported that someone scrawled racial slurs on her son’s car when it was parked April 18 outside their home in the Pheasant Chase subdivision, according to police. The woman said her 18-year-old son is a senior at Andrew …

H-F grad moving to bigger stage

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In the world of musical entertainment, a performer who can sing, dance and act is known as a triple threat.

Flossmoor native Christopher Kelley is that and much more.

The 18-year-old will make his professional Chicago debut next week in Porchlight Music Theatre’s end-of-season production …

IBEW Local 134 to hold fundraiser for jobless

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When times got tough for its members a few years ago, Local 134 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers didn’t look for a handout. Instead, it offered a hand up. Mike Evans, a 17-year member of the local, said the union in 2011 started …

How to help out this weekend, and get a free T-shirt

About 7,000 Chicago-area folks are expected to do some good in their neighborhoods Saturday during the annual Comcast Cares Day. The event is the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer event, drawing Comcast and NBCUniversal employees, but it’s also open to the public — who will …

H-F High School: Time to move on after girls hoops flap

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Homewood-Flossmoor High School wants to move past the controversy surrounding a recently reinstated coach and already has taken steps to avoid a recurrence of the situation, according to a statement released Wednesday by the school.

The Illinois High School Association announced Tuesday that it had …