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GLEN CARBON, Ill. (AP) - Authorities in southwestern Illinois say they have a suspect in custody after swastikas were found spray-painted on several homes and dozens of grave markers at a nearby cemetery. Edwardsville police announced on Facebook that a 34-year-old man was apprehended on Saturday. Additional information on the suspect was not immediately available. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports employees at Sunset Hill Cemetery in neighboring Glen Carbon found swastikas on 150 to 200 headstones and markers.
CHICAGO (AP) - The state of Illinois says hot weather could make the air unhealthy for the rest of the holiday weekend. An air pollution alert has been extended to Sunday and Monday. Air quality in Chicago and surrounding counties has reached the orange category, which means it's unhealthy for certain people with breathing problems. Ground-level ozone is high.
CHICAGO (AP) - A Chicago artist has started a project to show disparities among residents while bringing them together for conversation. The Chicago Tribune reports that Tonika Johnson's "Folded Map" multimedia exhibit features residents from opposite sides of the city. It examines economic, racial and other types of segregation. The exhibit will open July 3 at Loyola University Museum of Art.
CHICAGO (AP) - A suburban Chicago man who fled to Mexico two years ago before he was charged with federal drug crimes has been captured and returned to the United States. Federal prosecutors say 42-year-old Rolando Estrada of Elmwood Park is suspected of importing a fentanyl analogue from China. He's charged with distributing, controlling and possessing drugs.
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