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Closing arguments to begin in Peterson murder-for-hire trial
The murder-for-hire trial of former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson is winding down
Southwest Indiana man faces June double murder trial
A southwestern Indiana man faces a June double murder trial in the strangulation death of his pregnant stepsister
Illinois lawmakers near session's end without state budget
Illinois lawmakers have one day left to end an 11-month budget stalemate and pass a spending plan for next year before their spring session ends and it becomes more difficult
Ex-Miss Turkey gets suspended sentence for insulting Erdogan
A court has convicted a former Miss Turkey of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan through social media postings and sentenced her to a 14-month suspended sentence
Dozens shot, 6 dead following Chicago weekend violence
Gun violence has marked the unofficial start of summer in Chicago, where dozens have been shot and six have been killed over Memorial Day weekend
Illinois boy documenting tombstones for Eagle Scout project
A 14-year-old boy from southern Illinois is documenting tombstones at two cemeteries as part of his Eagle Scout project
Polish justice minister revives Polanski extradition drive
Poland's justice minister is reviving an effort to have filmmaker Roman Polanski extradited to the U.S., where he is wanted in a nearly 40-year-old case
The Latest: Germany investigates alleged groping at festival
Police in the southwest German city of Darmstadt say they are investigating allegations that young women were groped during a weekend music festival and have arrested three asylum-seekers from Pakistan
UN: 880 killed in Mediterranean shipwrecks over last week
The U.N. refugee agency says survivors' accounts indicate that shipwrecks and capsized boats have claimed at least 880 lives over the last week in the Mediterranean
Indianapolis to name park after author Dan Wakefield
Indianapolis is naming one of its parks in honor of Indiana-born author and journalist Dan Wakefield
EU drug agency: Ecstasy is making a comeback among the young
The European Union's drug agency says ecstasy is becoming popular again, with online sales and targeted marketing helping to drive the revival among a new generation of users
Active-shooter drills help schools prepare for the worst
More and more, schools these days are conducting active-shooter drills
A look back at Jungle Park Speedway
The legend of the notoriously deadly Jungle Park Speedway
Developer to transform old hospital into apartments
Developer to transform old children's hospital into co-living apartments
Dior in return to Blenheim Palace for Cruise show
Dior is returning to England's historic Blenheim Palace to unveil its Cruise collection
Freed pilot Savchenko sworn in as Ukrainian lawmaker
Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, who spent two years in Russian custody before she was released last week, has been sworn in as a lawmaker in the national parliament
Inside the origins of Trump's high-octane Twitter account
Peter Costanzo is the man who helped Donald Trump become @RealDonaldTrump
Chest protectors guard against deadly blows to chest
A blow to the chest can trigger deadly cardiac arrest
Yorktown florist has perfected Indy 500 wreath for decades
Yorktown florist has perfected Indy 500 winner's wreath for 24 years
Indiana teacher uses pizza to teach math by the slice
Award-winning Indiana teacher uses pizza to teach math by the slice
Iraqi forces in Fallujah repel IS attack in city's south
Iraqi forces battling their way into Fallujah have repelled a four-hour attack by the Islamic State group in the city's south
Sisters diagnosed weeks apart fight breast cancer together
Two Utah sisters have been recently diagnosed with breast cancer within about two weeks of each other, a coincidence that doctors say is extremely rare
Texas river expected to crest at record level Tuesday
Residents of some rural southeast Texas counties were bracing for more flooding along a river that's expected to crest at a record level
Wanted Taiwanese fugitive dies in car accident in California
Taiwan's foreign ministry has confirmed a report that a former tycoon wanted on allegations of embezzlement and fraud was killed in a car accident in California
After San Bernardino, counselor faces other side of crisis
Nearly six months ago, Mandy Pifer's boyfriend was killed in the San Bernardino attack
Amnesty says 1.2 million Afghans internally displaced by war
Amnesty urges Afghan government, international community to tackle country's growing crisis of those displaced by war
If Captain Cook's ship is found, whose is it? Rhode Island's
If the ship legendary explorer Captain James Cook used to sail around the world is found, Rhode Island will own it
Today in History
Today in History
Dawn Patrol: Villages thank 104-year-old Grayslake veteran
Villages thank 104-year-old Grayslake veteran. Images of Memorial Day. Budget clock ticking. Cab crashes into O’Hare doors. House votes to expand medical marijuana program. Travis Woods comes through in clutch for Cubs. Gasol might skip Olympics.
District 214’s Educator Prep aims to identify future teachers
Northwest Suburban High School District 214 has launched an Educator Prep partnership with local elementary schools, colleges and a national organization — all to identify and cultivate future educators.
Wheaton mom tells of son’s battle with brain cancer in new book
Wheaton mom chronicles her young son’s battle with brain cancer, but her book has no definitive ending. “How do you give the reader resolution as a cancer patient when you have no resolution yourself?”
What to do with Routes 83, 137 in Grayslake area?
The Illinois Department of Transportation’s Route 83/137 study focuses on four-lane improvements for 11 miles from Lake Villa to Libertyville.
U-46 recognizes community volunteers
Elgin Area School District U-46 recently recognized many community volunteers who gave their time and talent during the 2015-16 school year to support students.
South Elgin cricket club piques interest in sport
A cricket club at South Elgin High School started this year by South Asian students is the first of its kind in Elgin Area School District U-46.
Animal rights activists disrupt Sanders rally in Oakland
A group of animal rights activists briefly interrupted a Bernie Sanders rally in Northern California when they jumped barricades and tried to rush the podium.
The Latest: Reus out of Germany squad, Schweinsteiger in
Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus has been cut from Germany's European Championship squad, and captain Bastian Schweinsteiger has made the final list despite injury
Rio problems, doping issues, refugee athletes on IOC agenda
With the opening ceremony just over two months away, Olympic leaders have plenty to discuss when they meet for the last time before gathering in Rio de Janeiro on the eve of the games
The Latest: Djokovic drops 1st set before rain delay
Novak Djokovic is not having an easy time in the rain at the French Open, dropping the first set of his fourth-round match against 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain by a 6-3 score
Tennis Integrity Unit: No evidence of corruption in match
The Tennis Integrity Unit says no evidence of corruption was found after an investigation into a mixed doubles match at this year's Australian Open that had reportedly attracted suspicious betting patterns
Madrid and Atletico players vie for final Euro 2016 spots
Three players from Real Madrid and three from Atletico Madrid will compete for the final four spots in Spain's squad for the European Championship
Rain slows, allowing Djokovic, others to play at French Open
Novak Djokovic's fourth-round match at the French Open finally got started, albeit under a light drizzle, remnants of heavier rain that wiped out an entire day of play and caused a delay of more than an hour to Tuesday's proceedings
LEADING OFF: Arrieta goes for 10-0, Wright may face DL stint
LEADING OFF: Arrieta goes for 10-0, Wright may face DL stint, Lewis looks for first 5-0 start, Cole vs Fernandez in Miami
Warriors rally from 3-1 deficit after in-flight meeting
A heart-to-heart was in order
Even in retirement, Dupuis a factor for Penguins
Forced into retirement in December due to lingering concerns over blood clots, longtime Pittsburgh Penguins forward Pascal Dupuis remains a presence in the team's locker room as it vies for the franchise's fourth Stanley Cup
Hosmer hits 3-run homer as Royals top Rays 6-2
Eric Hosmer hit a three-run homer after Lorenzo Cain drove in the go-ahead run in a four-run eighth inning as the Kansas City Royals defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2 on Monday night
Sharks start slow, fall to Penguins in Game 1
Sharks get off to slow start, lose 3-2 at Pittsburgh in Game 1 of Stanley Cup Final
Libya: France announces $500 million upgrade for oil site
French company Technip has signed a preliminary $500 million deal to upgrade a key Libyan oil facility, along with Italy's Eni and Libya's state oil company
France braces for more strikes, gas shortage continues
France is bracing for new strikes this week, though its gasoline shortage situation was stable on Tuesday, with six out of height refineries blocked or partially disrupted by protests against a labor law
EU links up with Twitter, tech firms to combat hate speech
The European Union's executive arm says it's reached agreement with some of the world's biggest social media firms, including Facebook and Twitter, on how to combat the spread of hate speech
Russia highlights ties with China ahead of Putin's trip
Russia's foreign minister says President Vladimir Putin's planned trip to China will give powerful new impulse to ties between the two nations
Group targets DNC chair with TV ad over payday lending bill
A liberal group is spending $100,000 in television ads in South Florida to call out embattled Democratic National Committee chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz for not cracking down harder on the practices of the payday lending industry
EU court adviser: Sanctions on Russian firms legally valid
A senior adviser to the European Court of Justice says European Union economic sanctions imposed on Russian companies are valid in the main under the EU's common security and defense policy
Eurozone inflation remains negative but poised for oil boost
Consumer prices across the 19-country eurozone fell in May for the third month in four
Tokyo museum exhibits Issey Miyake's constant innovations
Although he's behind one of the biggest fashion brands to come out of Japan ever, Issey Miyake detests being called a fashion designer
German unemployment down to 6 percent in May
Official figures show unemployment in Germany dropped to 6 percent in May, underlining the strength of the labor market in Europe's largest economy
Public-sector workers strike in Belgium, transport disrupted
Public-sector employees are striking throughout Belgium, disrupting train and bus service and affecting schools, prisons and delivery of the mail
Scandal-hit Volkswagen sees profits fall in 1st quarter
Volkswagen saw net profit fall 19 percent in the first quarter as it struggled to deal with a scandal over cars equipped to cheat in diesel emissions tests
Global shares mixed; Japan tax hike delay plan buoys Asia
Most Asian stock markets rose Tuesday on better-than-expected Japanese economic data and a weaker yen while European shares drifted as investors came back from holidays in the U.S. and Britain
Gulf economic slowdown sees foreign workers trapped by debts
An economic slowdown in the Gulf caused by low global oil prices is trapping foreign workers who can't repay their loans
Casino tests novel approach to preventing gambling addiction
Massachusetts is set to launch a first-in-the-nation system aimed at preventing gambling addiction by allowing slot players to limit their bets
Should ‘tiny houses’ be allowed in the suburbs?
Tiny houses aren’t allowed in most Chicago suburbs, yet a South Elgin tiny house builder is being bombarded with orders for them. Should zoning laws be changed to allow tiny houses?
Life & Entertainment
Meet David Korins, the man behind the look of ‘Hamilton’
When you see the Broadway smash “Hamilton” — if you’re lucky enough to see it, that is — you should know that something important quietly happens at intermission. The walls get bigger. It’s a touch supplied by David Korins, who earned his first Tony Award nomination for his deceptively simple-looking set.
Review: Philly rebels after North Korea invades ‘Homefront’
If that scenario of being invaded by North Korea has been weighing on you, you might find some solace in the game “Homefront: The Revolution.” In this alternate universe, Kim Jong Un’s army is powerful enough to occupy parts of the United States — but make the mistake of setting up headquarters in Philadelphia.
After Gamergate, female video game developers on the rise
The male-dominated video game industry is changing as more women develop games, play games and take jobs reviewing games. While the ongoing cyber harassment of female gamers known as “Gamergate” indicates a reluctance by some to accept the growing number of women in the industry, mainstream institutions are welcoming all to the console.
Disney Channel celebrates 100 original movies with marathon
For those who were born in the last 30 years or so, Disney Channel Original Movies helped shape our adolescence. To celebrate its 100th DCOM, the channel is showing 48 movies over the course of June, leading up to the debut of the newest film on June 24.
The season’s best strawberries are meant for this dessert
A highlight of spring for me, something I await with intense anticipation, is the moment local strawberries hit the farmers market.
Strawberry Amaretto Parfaits
A great way to use local strawberries once they hit the farmers markets.
Conan sidekick Andy Richter on new show, growing up in Yorkville
Andy Richter grew up in Yorkville where he never would have guessed he’d one day become a comedian, TV star and movie actor. He’s now hosting the Food Network’s new game show “Celebrity Food Fight.”
Step back from dispute with mom over wedding menu
Mom says her friends will be agast if vegetarian bride doesn’t offer two meat options at wedding.
Some truth for today’s graduates
Columnist Ruben Navarrette Jr.: As they celebrate commencement at colleges around the country, graduates can expect to get the same gift: plenty of unsolicited advice from their elders.
Obama’s legacy of a pre-post-racial era
As Barack Obama’s presidency takes a back seat to the psychodrama known as the 2016 election, historians, speculators and revisionists are busy writing his presidential epitaph. Not least of the revisionists is Obama himself. At a recent commencement address at historically black Howard University, Obama noted that his election did not, in fact, create a post-racial society. “I don’t know who was propagating that notion. That was not mine,” he said.This remark stopped me for a moment because, well, didn’t he? Wasn’t he The One we’d been waiting for? Wasn’t Obama the quintessential biracial figure that would put racial differences in a lockbox for all time? This was the narrative, to be sure. But, if not Obama’s, then whose?In retrospect, it was mine, yours, ours. White people, especially in the media, created this narrative because we loved and needed it. Psychologists call it projection. We made Obama into the image of the right sort of fellow. He was, as Shelby Steele wrote in 2008, a “bargainer,” who promised white people to “never presume that you are racist if you will not hold my race against me.” Obama wasn’t so much the agent of change as he was the embodiment of a post-racial America as whites imagined it. But Obama’s message, beginning with his 2004 address to the Democratic National Convention in Boston, has always suggested that he would be at least a messenger of unity, which sounded an awful lot like post-racial. “There’s not a black America and white America and Latin America and Asian America; there’s the United States of America,” he said. Most in the media listened to those words and were spellbound. Up in the press section, swaddled in hope and powdered with the pixie dust of change, we were teetering dangerously close to clasping hands and singing “Kumbaya” over post-racial s’mores of milk chocolate and marshmallows. I remember turning to my colleague and saying, “We’ve just heard the first black president.” Little did I know.We ran into Obama later that night in the lower lobby of a hotel. He was talking to a solitary fan in an otherwise empty area. We introduced ourselves. Obama was polite, gracious and, yes, flattering in a knowing way. We three parted company and my first impression of the president remains unchanged. He reads people well and gauges precisely what they want to hear. All good politicians do, but some are better at it than others.That many interpreted Obama’s message as post-racial made some kind of sense. The divide between red and blue states may be seen as also splitting along racial lines in some cases. Eight years after being elected as the first black president of a white-majority nation, Obama is shrugging off any responsibility for having contributed to the post-racial expectation. Is this because, racially, things actually seem worse? But what if they weren’t? What if there had been no “Black Lives Matter” movement, no Trayvon Martin, no Freddie Gray, or any of the others who were killed by police in the past few years, or, in Martin’s case, by a vigilante? I’m guessing he’d have grabbed that narrative in a bear hug and given it a great, big, sloppy kiss. His remarks to a graduating class, instead of disavowing that silly post-racial thing, would have celebrated his greatest achievement — the healing of America.How lucky are you, class of 2016?! Here you are about to launch your life in a post-racial era, heirs to a heroic legacy and a future of sun-drenched days. When you want the tides to come in, you let me know. Heh, heh, the truth is, I wasn’t able to pull that one off. But I did end racial disharmony! Not too bad. One can dream (and joke).
Thanks for reminder of a pleasant era
An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Almost every time I copy something, I’m reminded of the days when getting a copy meant going into downtown Arlington Heights and to the back room of Drummer and Thumbs Bookstore.
Markets have profits, not public interest at heart
The opinion letter from Charles Falk titled “TSA mess shows failure of big government” conveniently leaves out examples that would demolish the simplistic “government bad — private sector good” narrative. Did Mr. Falk forget about the mighty Halliburton (Dick Cheney’s former company) and its subsidiary KBR that were contracted to feed our troops and build infrastructure for our soldiers in Iraq? After gouging the military (and subsequently the American taxpayer), they knowingly served spoiled food to our troops and electrocuted soldiers in poorly built showers. Good job private sector!And how can we already forget about Wall Street, the big banks and those trustworthy bond rating companies who nearly toppled the richest and strongest nation on earth? Yes, the free market knows best. As for TSA airport delays, Mr. Falk forgot to mention the role of the private sector and the flying public. If greedy airlines did not squeeze customers with high baggage fees, fliers might no longer carry on everything but their kitchen sinks, just one reason the system bogs down.Then there’s the record number of weapons people are trying to get through security. Or how about the delays caused by people who choose to remain ignorant of basic TSA rules that have been drilled into our skulls since 9/11? More delays. Government institutions have their problems for sure. But let’s not believe that the private sector will do better when its primary goal is to focus on short-term profits — not what serves the greater good of a country as populated, expansive and diverse as the United States of America. Mark Plotnick Vernon Hills
Today’s Opinion Page editorial cartoon
Today’s Daily Herald Opinion page editorial cartoon