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Most of the 17-year cicadas that have emerged in recent weeks in parts of the Midwest have red eyes. But a 6-year-old boy in this Chicago suburb found a rare blue-eyed one in his back yard Friday.

Nicholas Wagner’s mother, Maria, said her son learned about the blue-eyed bugs in kindergarten, so he went out to hunt for one.

The blue eyes are caused by a genetic variation, said Gene Kritsky, author of “Periodical Cicadas: The Plague and the Puzzle.” Blue-eyed cicadas are indeed one in a million, Mr. Kritsky confirmed.


Missing brothers found dead in trunk

LONDON — Two young brothers accidentally locked themselves in the trunk of their mother’s car and were found dead about four hours after they were reported missing, state police said yesterday.

“Preliminarily, it appears that this is just a tragedy,” said state Trooper Don Trosper. “These boys were out playing, and they accidentally got themselves locked in the trunk.”

Their grandparents called police Saturday to say they had not seen their grandsons for about three hours, said Laurel County Coroner Doug Bowling. Mr. Bowling identified the boys as 8-year-old Chase Baker and 11-year-old Coty Baker. He said a state medical examiner was performing autopsies.


2 brothers killed in separate crashes

PROSPECT — Two brothers were killed in separate highway crashes in this coastal town just hours apart.

Adrian Basford, 52, of Winterport, died Saturday afternoon when his motorcycle went out of control on U.S. Highway 1A, crossed a driveway and struck an embankment. State police said he was traveling too fast while rounding a curve.

His brother, Wallace Basford, 48, died just before midnight in a single-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 1. His van failed to negotiate a left turn as he was coming off a bridge and slammed into a wall, the Waldo County Sheriff’s Department said.


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