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“From a marketing standpoint, I like the Spindle,” said Berwyn Mayor Michael O’Connor. “It has definitely been a plus for the community.”

Still, he said, the quirky sculpture will be removed this summer to make way for a Walgreens pharmacy. It could be moved elsewhere, though the cost of doing so would likely be high.

California artist Dustin Shuler, who built the piece in 1989, calls the dismantling “painful” and “a loss for Chicago.”

“Personally, I would have moved the Walgreens and left the Spindle where it is,” he said.

INDIANA

Corn demand spurs crop-dusting interest

WEST LAFAYETTE — Crop-dusting planes are in high demand this summer, with far more pilots taking to the air to apply fungicides. Officials say part of the reason is an increased demand for corn and the vegetable’s rising price.

The Office of Indiana State Chemist at Purdue University has certified 118 pilots this year, four times more than usual.

MAINE

Thousands of lobsters released into waters

STONINGTON — Thousands of tiny 2-week-old lobsters were put into state waters as part of an ongoing effort to keep lobster populations strong. Staff from a hatchery in Stonington released about 10,000 to 12,000 of the half-inch lobsters at two sites in Penobscot Bay on Sunday.

An additional 17,000 juvenile lobsters were released in June.

NEW YORK

School, student reach settlement in ‘taping’

ROME — A school district agreed to pay $33,250 to settle a lawsuit by a former student who accused an elementary school teacher of wrapping tape around his head for talking too much.

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