Morning Newsfeed: We Have Spent More than $8 Million on Trees

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Bookkeeping errors and mismanagement of the city’s tree-planting program have cost taxpayers about $500,000, according to the city’s inspector general. The city spent more than $8 million to plant 14,675 trees between 2008 and 2010; that comes to $569 per tree. (Tribune)

That glowing orb in the sky? It’s the sun, and it has returned, pushing temperatures into the 70s tomorrow. (Tribune)

Blasphemy? Secretary of State - and noted Italian-American sportsman - Jesse White is considering making Illinois plates bearing the logo of the Saint Louis Cardinals. (WBBM-AM)

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Did you hear? Prince William married Kate Middleton this morning at Westminster Abbey. Kate — rather, Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge — was given the ring worn by Princess Diana. (Guardian)

Here’s a photo gallery of the pomp and circumstance. (Guardian)

Is Saddam Hussein alive?! One of his lackeys thinks so. (NY Times)

Residents of the tornado-struck South are picking up the pieces, looking for bodies, digging out rubble, and awaiting a visit from the president. (NY Times)

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