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Apr 17, 2014A former carnival worker was sentenced yesterday to 25 years in prison for the 2008 stabbing death of Naromi Mannery in St. Charles. Arthur Manning, 63, was convicted of a second time after an appellate court reversed the decision. Full story. Advertisement ...Leave a comment

Apr 17, 2014It looks sharp, which you'd expect from a movie by the man who won an Oscar for his spellbinding cinematography on Christopher Nolan's own cutting-edge science-fiction thriller "Inception." play video. video "Transcendence" trailer. Advertisement.Leave a comment

Apr 17, 2014At some point in "Only Lovers Left Alive" -- indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch's chilled take on the vampire genre -- the constant, overt comparisons of drug addiction and blood food become obvious and slightly tiresome. The inventive twist on the undead ...Leave a comment

Apr 17, 2014Time to play Five Questions with Oscar-nominated actor Greg Kinnear, star of the new drama "Heaven is for Real," now playing at local theaters. Q. Is it my imagination, or are you on a real roll right now in terms of how diverse your acting portfolio has become ...Leave a comment

Apr 17, 2014For the past several years, Disneynature has marked Earth Day by releasing a documentary celebrating Mother Nature. "Bears" is the studio's latest nature doc with a twist. It's more reality show than peer-reviewed research, and like any reality show, the ...Leave a comment

Apr 17, 2014The payoff for patient moviegoers observing Jonathan Teplitzky's restrained, fact-based drama "The Railway Man" is nothing less than a cinematic act of grace. The story begins in 1980 as an homage to David Lean's classic "Brief Encounter" when a bachelor ...Leave a comment

Apr 17, 2014ST. LOUIS -- Inseparable if not intimate, the Blackhawks and St. Louis Blues shall renew spring snarls when they commence the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs here Thursday night. This will mark the 11th postseason series between these spirited rivals -- but first ...Leave a comment

Apr 17, 2014The Illinois State Board of Education released numbers Wednesday showing how much state money most school districts could lose if lawmakers don't renew the 2011 income tax hike. But Republicans say Democrats are proposing a doomsday budget ...Leave a comment

Apr 17, 2014As Wednesday night's 6-4 loss to the Red Sox in 14 innings at U.S. Cellular Field painfully showed, how about a little pitching practice? Hold it specifically for the bullpen, which desperately needs some strike practice. Over the first month of the season, the ...Leave a comment

Apr 17, 2014ELGIN — Thanks to a state funding mechanism, work started this week on long-in-the-works life-safety improvements and other renovations for Buena Vista Tower. The nine-story, 96-unit apartment building for low-income families is home to about 250 people ...Leave a comment

Apr 17, 2014Metea Valley sure likes to go the distance. Wednesday against visiting St. Charles North, the Mustangs played their second three-set match in as many nights. But the extra time was worth it. Metea Valley rallied from a 25-23, 16-14 deficit to defeat the North ...Leave a comment

Apr 17, 2014(WAUKEGAN) Two police officers were injured early Wednesday when they responded to a call of a couple fighting in north suburban Waukegan. Two officers responded to a call of a couple fighting and throwing things at each other about 1:50 a.m., and ...Leave a comment

Apr 17, 2014Jesus Machuca, 32, of the 1600 block of Maple Lane, Elgin, was charged with 10 Class 2 felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse to a victim over the age of 13 and less than 17. According to police, he is accused of having intercourse with a ...Leave a comment

Apr 17, 2014(WHEATON) Two brothers from west suburban Elmhurst were arrested on drug charges Saturday after police found prescription pills and cannabis while searching their home. Jeffrey T. Mellone and Jonathon M. Mellone were arrested after Elmhurst police ...Leave a comment

Apr 16, 2014Commonwealth Edison Co. is asking regulators to add $3 to the average electricity bill next year to help it fund its massive overhaul of the electricity grid. The rate increase, if approved by the Illinois Commerce Commission, would go into effect in January ...Leave a comment