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Scripps Howard News ServiceThe National Register of Historic Places, an agency of the U.S. Park Service, has received a request to designate the Chicago home of Al Capone a historic landmark.

Timothy Samuelson, a Chicago Landmarks Commission aide who initiated the application, argues that Capone was "a historical fact" and that Chicago "cannot pretend (he) didn't exist."

Capone, who died in 1947, may be the Windy City's "most famous citizen," as Samuelson says. But that doesn't mean the federal government should start honoring notorious criminals. The National Register's trash can is the appropriate place for the application.