Daily Archive : Monday March 25, 2013



    Tri-Cities police reports
    An engagement ring and wedding ring set was reported stolen at 3:23 p.m. Tuesday in the 500 block of South Harrison Street, Batavia, police said. The owner told police the rings were shipped to a buyer, but never received the payment expected via PayPal.

    Butler Elementary District 53 wants to build a K-8 school on village-owned Sports Core land east of the Oak Brook Public Library, but voters first must approve two ballot questions allowing a tax increase to fund the school and granting permission for the land to be sold. This preliminary concept drawing shows what the school could look like.

    Oak Brook voters to decide fate of new school proposal

    Voter response to two questions on the April 9 ballot in Oak Brook could lead to development of a new school for Butler Elementary District 53 on village-owned land at the Sports Core. If voters approve both questions -- one involving a tax increase and the other a land sale -- District 53 officials say they will move forward with plans to construct an almost 120,000-square-foot building with 28...


    Island Lake meeting canceled

    An Island Lake village board meeting scheduled for Thursday night has been canceled.


    Trout fishing begins April 6 at Banana Lake

    The rainbow trout fishing season opens Saturday, April 6, at Banana Lake in the Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda.


    Lake Zurich High raises $30,000 at Charity Bash

    Members of the Lake Zurich High School Student Council announced their annual districtwide fundraiser, Charity Bash 2013, raised $30,037 for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago.


    Arlington Heights church going green for spring

    Congregational United Church of Christ in Arlington Heights will mark the season of Eastertide with Mission 4/1 Earth, a national project to promote earth stewardship with 50 days of ecological activism. From April 1 through May 19, the nationwide church campaign hopes to encourage individuals to devote one million hours to creation care, plant 100,000 trees and write 100,000 letters of...


    Fox Valley police reports
    Andrew J. Williams, 24, of the 0-100 block of Middlesex Court, Carpentersville, was arrested at about 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Dundee and Algona avenues in Elgin and charged with felony possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm by a gang member, and two counts of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, according to a police report.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Alexander M. Koepke, 18, of Geneva, was charged with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor at 7:51 a.m. March 20 at Geneva High School, 416 McKinley Ave., according to a police report.

    Charles R. Oliver

    Police: Woodstock man raped women he found through Craigslist

    A judge will decide this afternoon whether to revoke the bail of a Woodstock man accused of sexual attacks after he met women on Craigslist, according to court records and authorities. Charles R. Oliver, 44, of the 400 block of West Greenwood Avenue, is in custody on numerous of charges of sexual assault, kidnapping, intimidation and harassment of six different victims between November 2011 and...

    Daily Herald sports writer Mike Spellman, left, and golf columinst Len Ziehm answer questions during the Subscriber Total Access event Monday at the Cantigny Golf Academy at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Subscribers get some help with their golf game at event

    Golf fans turned out Monday night at the Cantigny Golf Academy in Wheaton to celebrate the return of the Chicago golf season. Longtime golf writers Mike Spellman and Len Ziehm of the Daily Herald previewed the local golf scene for Daily Herald Subscriber Total Access event, and the members were treated to an overview and tour of Cantigny's Golf Academy by head professional Patrick Lynch.


    Newtown residents upset about NRA robocalls

    Some residents in Newtown, Conn., say they're outraged at receiving robocalls from the National Rifle Association only three months after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings.

    A pro-immigration reform demonstration took place in Chicago on Friday.

    Obama calls for April debate on immigration bill

    President Barack Obama challenged Congress Monday to "finish the job" of finalizing legislation aimed at overhauling the nation's immigration system. With members of the House and Senate away on spring break, Obama made his most substantive remarks on the difficult issue in more than a month, saying he expects lawmakers to take up debate on a quickly and that he hopes to sign it into law as soon...

    A Palestinian flag flies by a tent set up by activists in an area known as E1, near Jerusalem, Saturday.

    Official: U.S. to bring Arab states into peace push

    The U.S. is seeking to bring Arab countries into efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that broke down more than four years ago, a senior Palestinian official said Monday. However, gaps are wide on the terms of renewing talks. The Palestinians say Israel must freeze settlement building on lands it captured in 1967 before any negotiations can resume. Israel says the issue of...

    Amanda Knox, of Seattle, and her then-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, of Italy, outside the rented house in 2007 where 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher was found dead in Perugia, Italy. The Court of Cassation on Monday is considering prosecutors' contentions that the 2011 acquittals of Knox and Sollecito in the murder of Kercher should be thrown out and a new trial ordered.

    Knox awaits verdict from Italy's highest court

    Amanda Knox was "very anxious" as Italy's top criminal court heard arguments Monday from prosecutors appealing her acquittal in the murder of her roommate, her lawyer said. Prosecutors are asking the high court to throw out the acquittals of American Knox and her Italian ex-boyfriend in the murder of 21-year-old British student Meredith Kercher, and order a new trial.

    An interview with former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is expected to be aired on NBC's “Today”show Monday, a rare instance of the former Penn State assistant football coach giving his own side of the story.

    In interview, Sandusky speaks of Paterno, witness

    Jerry Sandusky said in interview excerpts broadcast Monday that a key witness against him misinterpreted him showering with a young boy in Penn State football team facilities more than a decade ago. Sandusky told documentary filmmaker John Ziegler, in recordings played on NBC's "Today" show, that he does not understand how Mike McQueary concluded "that sex was going on" when he witnessed Sandusky...

    Wally Suphap from California waits in line to enter Supreme Court in Washington Monday, a day before the court will hear a same-sex marriage case.

    High court gay marriage tickets cost time, money

    The most expensive ticket to "The Book of Mormon" on Broadway: $477. The face value of a great seat for this year's Super Bowl: $1,250. Guaranteed seats to watch the U.S. Supreme Court hear this week's gay marriage cases: about $6,000. Tickets to the two arguments that begin Tuesday are technically free. But getting them requires lining up days ahead, or paying someone else to.


    Few Wisconsin communities have sober bartender laws

    APPLETON, Wis. — The eastern Wisconsin city of Neenah is considering an ordinance that would require bartenders to show up for work sober — and ban them from drinking on the job.


    First openly gay Episcopal bishop to be honored

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church is being honored by the Gay and Lesbian Alumni/ae of the University of Notre Dame and Saint Mary's College.


    Indiana snowstorm leaves area north of I-70 sloppy

    INDIANAPOLIS — Several central Indiana counties have declared snow emergencies as a bloated snowstorm crossed the midsection of the state, dumping 8 inches or more in areas north of Interstate 70.

    Illinois lawmakers walked out of the Capitol Friday for their last full weeks away before the end of their annual session, leaving behind a building momentum on the effort to try to fix the state's biggest financial problems.

    Lawmakers say break won't slow momentum for pension solution

    When Illinois lawmakers walked out of the Capitol Friday for their last full weeks away before the end of their annual session, they left a building momentum on the effort to try to fix the state's biggest financial problems. “We've been through a lot of work this month,” said state Rep. Darlene Senger, a Naperville Republican. “In order to recharge the batteries, I'm glad to...


    Wisconsin sells 4 $10,000 Powerball winning tickets

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin sold four $10,000 winning tickets for this weekend's Powerball drawing.The Wisconsin Lottery says the four $10,000 tickets were sold at the 5 Star Citgo in Mukwonago, Tri-Par Oil in Saukville, Petro Center in Sheboygan Falls, and the Kwik Trip at 124 West McCoy Blvd. in Tomah. Those winners had to match four of the five numbers drawn plus the Powerball.

    Dennis Catron walks his three dogs along Darby Lane through the Greenbriar neighborhood on Indianapolis' far Northside on Monday, March 25, 2013 after more than seven inches of snow fell overnight.

    Spring snow closes US schools, cancels flights

    Five days into spring, warm weather and budding flowers were just a rumor Monday as the East Coast endured another blast of winter. A wide-ranging storm that buried parts of the Midwest weakened as it moved east but still managed to carpet lawns and fields in a fresh layer of white.

    Sen. John McCain endorses Ron Drake for mayor of Arlington Heights.

    Arizona Sen. John McCain wades into Arlington Heights politics

    Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain waded into Arlington Heights village politics Monday, announcing he is endorsing Ron Drake in the three-way race for village president. A high-ranking U.S. senator jumping into the fray of local politics — especially outside his home state — isn't the norm, but Drake and McCain, the senior senator from Arizona, have a history.


    Seven people at O’Hare fall ill

    Seven people were taken from O'Hare International Airport to nearby hospitals after reporting they felt sick, officials said. The Chicago Fire Department responded to a gate at O'Hare about 11 p.m. Monday, Fire Chief Juan Hernandez said. "People were feeling nauseated, but they weren't boarding or anything like that," Hernandez said.

    Daily Herald readers share their favorite photos in our 2013 Winter Photo Contest.

    Images: Editors' picks in winter photo contest
    More than 120 of you entered our winter photo contest. While the winner was Carl Thompson of Gilberts, there were so many stunning pictures that we had to share them with you. Here are the best of the best chosen by our editors. Thank you all for sharing.

    The Rev. Kevin Gushiken demonstrates lifting a large wooden beam that simulates the cross that Jesus carried. Harvard Avenue Evangelical Free Church in Villa Park is sponsoring an Easter Maze that will lead people through the events leading to the crucifixion.

    Villa Park church uses maze to tell Easter story

    Think Easter and a variety of traditions come to mind, but probably not mazes. That's part of why one Villa Park church began hosting its own Easter tradition that's half labyrinth and half stations of the cross — an Easter Maze. "In each room there are reflection questions and an activity, which is really good for kids and families, and it all relates around Good Friday and Easter," said...


    Tony Esposito is special party guest:

    Legendary Hall of Fame goalie, Tony Esposito, will be the star "ambassador" at the Chicago Blackhawks Roadwatch TV Party at the Libertyville Sports Complex on Tuesday, April 9.

    Richard Bokor

    District 15 board member admits he was wrong to forward confidential email

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board member Rich Bokor said Monday that passing along confidential email correspondence last month to a former board member was a lapse in judgment. However, Bokor said he wouldn't have sought the advice of former District 211 Superintendent Gerald Chapman had the board been better informed. "Was I wrong? Yes," Bokor said. "Was I seeking counsel on a...

    Allen Lynch of Gurnee received the Medal of Honor for his heroics during the Vietnam War.

    Gurnee Medal of Honor recipient recognized on special day

    Officials at the Capt. James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center in North Chicago didn't have to go far to land an apropos guest for National Medal of Honor Day. Gurnee resident Allen Lynch, who received the medal for his Vietnam heroics in 1967, was honored in the medical complex's main lobby Monday. The ceremony was capped by Lynch cutting a cake with his likeness on it.

    Mark E. Swienton

    Police: ‘Smash and grab’ burglar arrested

    A man suspected in Aurora's recent spate of "smash and grab" burglaries was arrested Friday after police said they saw him use a rock to break into an auto parts store in St. Charles. Mark E. Swienton, 39, of the 1300 block of Monomoy Street in Aurora, was charged with burglary and resisting arrest.

    Crews try to clear the runways at O’Hare International Airport during the snowstorm of 1999.

    Judge rules against Chicago over snow-removal bill

    Chicago must reimburse the U.S. government for $6 million in federal disaster funds the city used to help recoup airport snow-removal costs following major winter storms in 1999 and 2000, a U.S. district judge said in a ruling posted Monday.

    Kevin Wallace, Bartlett village president candidate

    1989 DUI arrest becomes Bartlett campaign fodder

    Bartlett village president candidate Kevin Wallace's decades-old DUI arrest has become an issue in the race to replace outgoing President Michael Airdo. Fellow candidate Patricia Kelly mentioned the arrest at a forum last week. "Nothing good comes out of this stuff," Wallace said.

    Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a show of unity Monday in Kabul. Kerry said he and Karzai were “on the same page” when it comes to peace talks with the Taliban.

    Kerry, Karzai bury hatchet in Kabul meeting

    Eager to overcome a bout of bickering, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai made a show of unusual unity between their two nations on Monday. The friendly display came as the U.S. military ceded control of its last detention facility in Afghanistan, ending a longstanding irritant in relations.

    Amanda Knox is to hear on Tuesday whether she will face trial again as Italy’s top criminal court considered whether to overturn her acquittal in the murder of her roommate in Italy.

    Knox must wait 1 more day for Italy court decision

    Italy's highest court delayed until Tuesday a decision on whether American student Amanda Knox will face a new trial in the murder of her British roommate — an unusual but not unprecedented move. The court heard hours of arguments Monday and spent several hours deliberating.

    Carl Thompson of Gilberts won the 2013 Daily Herald Winter Photo Contest with this photo of the Blackhawks-themed snowman. He helped build it with his children and their friends.

    Gilberts man wins Winter Photo Contest

    Throw a Blackhawks jersey on just about anything these days, and it's bound to be popular. That was no doubt the case with Carl Thompson's photo of the 12-foot-tall snowman-turned-hockey-player he helped build in his yard in Gilberts. It ended up the top vote-getter in the Daily Herald's 2013 Winter Photo Contest.

    Shannon Fox

    Island Lake Facebook page shut down over political posts

    Already a source of local controversy, Island Lake's official Facebook page disappeared from the Internet over the weekend. On Monday, one of the village's attorneys, said the page has been suspended because a rash of postings violating the page's rules against "campaign activities, spamming and other improper purposes."

    Carlos Perez-Garcia

    Police: Elgin man caught with more than a kilo of cocaine

    Carpentersville police arrested a 47-year-old man over the weekend and found more than 1,100 grams of cocaine in a secret compartment in the SUV has was riding in. Carlos Perez-Garcia of Elgin faces up to 30 years in prison, if convicted, and was being held on $1.5 million bail.


    Deadline approaching for Bartlett Woman’s Club scholarship

    Applications are due on Monday, April 1, for the Bartlett Woman's Club's annual college scholarship. The award is available to any high school student, boy or girl, who lives in Bartlett.

    Phil Cullen, owner of Ballydoyle Irish Pub & Restaurant, is looking to expand the Ballydoyle franchise into downtown Naperville.

    Ballydoyle looks to expand into Naperville

    A popular Irish pub and restaurant is said to want to fill a downtown Naperville vacancy but some city officials are hesitant to add another late-night venue in the area. Mayor George Pradel, who also serves as the city's liquor commissioner, said owners of Ballydole, which also operates in Aurora, Bloomingdale and Downers Grove, plan to move into the former Rosebud site at 48 W. Chicago Ave.


    Sugar Grove American Legion gets video gambling license

    The Illinois Video Gaming Board has granted the Sugar Grove American Legion post a license. Will the post bother putting in the machines just two weeks before an April 9 advisory referendum on whether the village should ban video gambling?

    Gov. Pat Quinn says “the state can never ever again not pay what it should pay every year to the pension account.”

    Governor wants funding guarantee in pension bill

    Any fix for Illinois' nearly $100 billion pension mess should include provisions that the state make its full pension payment yearly and address cost-of-living increases and retirement age, Gov. Pat Quinn said. The Chicago Democrat ticked off his wish list Monday, days after House lawmakers OK'd a third pension-related bill that's being celebrated by some as a breakthrough.


    Chicago police to begin foot patrols

    Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said Monday that officers on foot patrols are targeting criminal activity in 20 areas of the city with the most violent crime. McCarthy says the department is calling the effort "Operation Impact."


    Chicago man charged in father’s stabbing death

    A 24-year-old Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in the stabbing death of his father over the weekend on the city's South Side.

    State Sen. Bill Brady

    Brady wants more federal prosecution of gun crimes

    State Sen. Bill Brady wants federal authorities in northern Illinois to more "aggressively pursue" prosecution of firearms offenses. The Bloomington Republican, who's mulling a gubernatorial run, says he'll file a resolution in the state Senate next week calling on both U.S. Illinois senators to consider that when making their recommendations for the next U.S. attorney for the Northern District...

    Cardinal Francis George

    Cardinal George praises new pope

    After celebrating his first Mass in Chicago since returning from the conclave, Cardinal Francis George told reporters that Pope Francis is "unassuming," "self-effacing, almost, in some ways," but with integrity that gives him a "certain authority."


    Schaumburg Township Democrats back on ballot

    A slate of Democratic candidates removed from the Schaumburg Township ballot in January are back in the race after an appellate court Monday overturned the ruling that put them out of contention. Democratic trustee candidates Moe Patel, Mike Murray, Carolyn A. Quinn and Zuhair Nubani and highway commissioner candidate Michael Lenehan will challenge a largely incumbent Republican field April 9.


    Monarch buttefly talk rescheduled:

    The presentation "Monarchs ... Bringing Back America's Most Beloved Butterfly" has been rescheduled to 7 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at the Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein.


    Gurnee fire chief keeps special title:

    Gurnee Fire Chief Fred N. Friedl has received a special designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He has been re-awarded the title of "Chief Fire Officer" for Gurnee.


    Cary school district shows progress, earns financial reporting award

    Cary District 26 officials have new affirmation of their work cleaning up the district's finances. The district received a certificate of excellence in financial reporting from the Association of School Business Officials International — a feat finance director T. Ferrier said proves the toughest years are behind them. For almost a decade the district spent about $2 million more than it...

    Matthew Soerens of Glen Ellyn prays in February 2010 after making a presentation in Naperville before church pastors and laymen on the topic of biblical perspectives on immigration.

    White House to honor Glen Ellyn man for immigration work

    A Glen Ellyn man who has advocated for immigration reform will be honored Tuesday by the White House. Matthew Soerens is among 11 people being designated Cesar Chavez Champions of Change.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Dennis R. Herren, 48, of Batavia, was charged with disorderly conduct at 8:49 p.m. Sunday at Burger King, 107 N. Batavia Ave., according to a police report.

    John D. Russell

    Convicted sex offender arrested near Oakbrook Terrace school

    A convicted sex offender who authorities said took up residency too close to an Oakbrook Terrace elementary school was being held Monday on $150,000 bail. John D. Russell, 47, was arrested Friday and charged with failure to register as a sex offender within three days of moving to a new address and residing within 500 feet of a school, according to the DuPage County state's attorney's office.


    Supporters keep fighting for more athlete insurance in Dist. 214

    In the wake of Rob Komosa's death, the Northwest Suburban High School District 214 school board is again being urged to provide catastrophic accident insurance for its student athletes. Members of the Gridiron Alliance made the plea at last week's board meeting, a day after legislation requiring high schools to provide coverage moved through a state senate panel, and five days after Komosa...

    Silver Maple like this one in Tekakwitha Woods in St. Charles flourish in the flood plains along rivers.

    Soft maples deserve respect, too

    Sugar maples and black maples are the attention-getters of the maple family. But there are two other types of maples in our area that are not so blessed with glamour and charm. These are the soft maples — silver maple and boxelder. They get no accolades, and they're often overlooked.


    Fox Valley police reports
    An undercover drug operation in the Woodstock area Friday resulted in two arrests, as well as the seizure of drugs that had a street value of $75,000, a gun and several automobiles, police said Monday.

    Jennifer Conroyd, the only certified water running coach in the U.S., teaches exercise classes at the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center. Deep water running offers all the benefits of running on land, plus more, she says.

    Deep water running coach Jennifer Conroyd passionate about the benefits

    Jennifer Conroyd, the only certified water running coach in the U.S., teaches exercise classes and private training sessions that offer the benefits of runnning on land without the pain or impact. Water running burns more calories than running on land, adds muscle strength and challeges the cardio system.


    District 94, support staff reach deal

    The West Chicago High School District 94 school board and its support staff union have reached a tentative contract agreement, officials announced Monday, ending roughly 13 months of sometimes contentious negotiations. District officials said the agreement came after the two sides spent 6½ hours at the bargaining table Saturday. The Support Staff Association is expected to take a ratification...

    Aurora City Council is set to vote Tuesday on two contracts related to the highly anticipated RiverEdge Park.

    RiverEdge contracts up for vote in Aurora

    Aurora City Council is set to vote on two contracts related to the highly anticipated RiverEdge Park during a meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in city hall, 44 E. Downer Place. The contracts would purchase a cash register system for the park's food, alcohol and ticket vendors, and would pay for installation of fiber cabling to connect the park to the city's broadband Internet network.

    Bob O’Connor

    Candidates want Aurora meetings recorded for greater transparency

    Aurora alderman-at-large candidates Bob O'Connor and Rick Lawrence don't agree on much, but they both would like to see the city begin video taping council meetings and making the recordings easily available on TV and online. O'Connor, who is running for re-election to the seat he has held since 1985, and Lawrence, who is seeking the at-large spot instead of running again to represent Ward 4,...

    Junior Aaron Raffeinner, 20, left, and Holly Doherty, 19, a sophomore, members of the James Madison University Pep Band, leave the Convocation Center as the snow falls after performing during the second round Women’s National Invitational Tournament basketball game with North Carolina State Sunday March 24, 2013 in Harrisonburg, Va.

    Images: Spring snow storm
    An spring storm dumped several inches of snow across several midwestern states and is taking aim at the northeaster part of the country as temperatures stay well below normal for late March.

    Villagers use hoes as they search for victims of a landslide that hit a village in Cililin, West Java, Indonesia, Monday.

    Indonesia landslide kills 8 villagers; 9 missing

    A landslide triggered by torrential rain killed at least eight people and left nine others missing on Indonesia's main island of Java, an official said Monday. Nine houses were buried when mud gushed down from surrounding hills just after dawn Monday in Cililin village, West Bandung district.

    Pallbearers carry out the casket of Robert Komosa as his mother, Barbara, follows after his funeral service Saturday at St. Thomas Becket Church in Mt. Prospect.

    Weekend in Review: Sledgehammer attack denial; Meter case tossed
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Jailed woman denies attacking her ex-husband and his new wife; paralyzed athelete, activist Rob Komosa laid to rest; Lake Zurich Dist. 95. settles suit over molestation case; COD faculty group pull support for candidate; judge tosses smart meter case in Naperville; Bulls win; and Illini get eliminated from NCAA tourney.

    Sophomore Ben Asire gets an autograph from HGTV’s Monica Pedersen Friday after Fenton High School inducted her as a member of its Wall of Fame. A 1988 graduate of Fenton, Pedersen is an interior designer on shows such as “Designed to Sell” and “Bang for Your Buck.”

    HGTV host, global activist make Fenton’s Wall of Fame

    An HGTV television personality known for her on-camera enthusiasm and a soccer coach who’s traveled from Thailand to Chile to bring playgrounds to children in need have earned places on Fenton High School’s Wall of Fame. Monica Pedersen and Nick Falco both used their induction ceremonies — reserved for alumni once every two years — to provide some career advice to students...

    Afghan Defense Minister General Bismillah Khan, left, signs the papers to hand over the Parwan Detention Facility to Afghan authorities with top U.S. commander in Afghanistan General Joseph Dunford in Bagram, outside Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday.

    Kerry in Afghanistan to prod Karzai on future ties

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry embarked on talks Monday with Afghan President Hamid Karzai amid concerns the Afghan president may be jeopardizing progress in the war against extremism with his anti-American rhetoric. The session came shortly after the U.S. military ceded control of its last detention facility in Afghanistan, ending a longstanding irritant in relations.

    Illinois head coach John Groce reacts during the first half of a third-round game of the NCAA college basketball tournament against the Miami.

    Dawn Patrol: Early voting starts; we dodge Midwest snow

    Early voting begins today; Midwest storm misses the Chicago area, as Naperville man falls victim to it in Missouri; Illini bow out of NCAA tourney; Bulls have an easy win.


    African man likely to get prison in Mich. child labor case

    Prosecutors are seeking at least nine years in prison for an African man who was convicted of forcing children to work as slaves at his Ypsilanti, Mich., home.

    Washington-based attorney Kevyn Orr starts work Monday as Detroit’s emergency manager and the turnaround expert. He says his first tasks will be reviewing the city’s financial data and listening.

    Orr to begin tenure as Detroit’s emergency manager

    Bankruptcy attorney and turnaround specialist Kevyn Orr is expected to arrive at Detroit City Hall for his first day on the job as emergency manager.

    Syrian Commander Riad al-Asaad, a rebel military leader who was among the first to call openly for armed insurrection against President Bashar Assad, was wounded by a bomb planted in his car in eastern Syria, rebels and activists said Monday.

    Senior Syrian rebel leader wounded in bomb attack

    A rebel military leader who was among the first to call openly for armed insurrection against President Bashar Assad was wounded by a bomb planted in his car in eastern Syria, rebels and activists said Monday. Col. Riad al-Asaad, leader of a now-sidelined rebel umbrella group known as the Free Syrian Army, had his right foot amputated following the blast late on Sunday, according to an activist...


    Russian prosecutors search Amnesty Intl. office in Moscow

    Russian prosecutors and tax police searched the Moscow headquarters of Amnesty International and several other rights groups Monday, continuing a wave of pressure that activists say is part of President Vladimir Putin's attempt to stifle dissent. Sergei Nikitin, Amnesty's Russia chief, told The Associated Press that officials from the general prosecutor's office and tax police conducted an...


    Amtrak train adds stop in Bill Clinton’s hometown

    Amtrak’s Texas Eagle has added a stop in Hope, Ark., birthplace of former President Bill Clinton.Starting April 4, passengers can get off the train in Hope as they travel the route from Chicago to San Antonio, Texas.


    Passenger numbers dip at Rockford airport

    ROCKFORD — Officials at Rockford’s airport say passenger numbers declined in January and February, largely because a flight to Fort Myers, Fla., wasn’t available during most of that time.The Chicago Rockford International Airport saw a nearly 10 percent dip in passenger numbers in January and February, compared to the same months last year.


    Seniors from Chicago school accepted to college

    A unique charter high school is sending all its graduating seniors from a second Chicago campus to college.


    Hundreds of pardon apps sitting on Wisconsin governor’s desk

    MADISON, Wis. — Gov. Scott Walker has refused to consider any of at least 1,400 pardon applications since he’s taken office, an Associated Press review has found.


    2 girls missing from Milwaukee home found safe

    MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police say two girls who were missing from a north side home have been found safe.Sgt. Mark Stanmeyer says 9-year-old Samaria Johnson and 4-year-old Olivia Erkins were dropped off at a police station by a concerned citizen shortly before 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The department is continuing to investigate.


    Campaign finance reports due in Wisconsin court race

    MADISON, Wis. — A new round of campaign finance reports is due in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race.Incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack and challenger Ed Fallone have until midnight Monday to turn in their reports to the state Government Accountability Board, the body that oversees Wisconsin elections.


    Plans move forward for Detroit-to-Wisconsin trail

    DETROIT — Plans are moving forward for a hiking and biking trail from Belle Isle park in Detroit to Ironwood on the Wisconsin boundary in the western Upper Peninsula.The Detroit Free Press reports Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials plan to meet with trail organizations and community planners next month about details.

    It may look like nothing’s happening, but road work in the vicinity of Army Trail Road and Route 53 is ongoing and will finish this year, IDOT says.

    Readers fix traffic hazards, swap distracted driving tales

    Readers are in the driver's seat in this week's In Transit column. Solving traffic problems. Taking sides on distracted driving legislation. Weighing in about knives on planes. Plus O'Hare's birthday, drug-sniffing dogs and where the gridlock will be this week.

    ISAT testing wrapped up March 15. Administrators across the region had to sort and package the tests to be shipped for scoring. Scores will be released next fall.

    Why schools are preparing for lower ISAT scores

    A local superintendent uses a health analogy to explain the anticipated drop in student scores on the state's standardized tests taken earlier this month. “Imagine if the scales were changed overnight and they lowered them,” said Elgin Area School District U-46 Superintendent José Torres. “Overnight, we haven't eaten one more piece of candy, one more slice of pizza — we...


    Talk with the Editor: Our celebration of prep sports athletes

    In this Talk with the Editor, John Lampinen describes the celebration of top prep sports athletes the paper is planning.



    Streamwood, South Elgin, Bartlett net wins

    Tawny Carroll and Kim Jimenez scored goals Monday as the Streamwood girls soccer team defeated Rolling Meadows 2-0 in the South Elgin tournament.

    Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson (4), of Sweden, battles Los Angeles Kings center Tyler Toffoli for a loose puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 25, 2013, in Chicago.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. LA Kings
    Images of the Blackhawks vs. Los Angeles Kings at the United Center in Chicago. The Kings won 5-4.

    Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown, bottom, celebrates his winning goal as teammate Justin Williams watches during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Blackhawks, Monday, March 25, 2013, in Chicago. The Kings won 5-4. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Another bad finish dooms Hawks

    The Blackhawks again played a third period to forget, and for the second straight game they lost, this time 5-4 to the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night at the United Center.


    Monday’s softball scoreboard
    High school results from Monday's varsity girls softballl games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Monday’s girls soccer scoreboard
    High school results from Monday's varsity girls soccer games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Monday’s badminton scoreboard
    High school results from Monday's varsity girls badminton meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    St. Francis raps out 17 hits

    Alyssa Fernandez, Aly Germanos and Carly Pasquale each had 3 hits to pace a 17-hit attack, and St. Francis beat Springside Chestnut (Pa.) 16-1 in Orlando. Maggie Remus tossed a 2-hitter for the Spartans (1-0).Fenton 17, Chicago Academy 1:Dana Fritz threw three hit-less innings and Kelly Kielbasa was 2-for-4 with a triple, 3 runs scored and an RBI for the Bison (1-0). Courtney Susmarski went 2-for-3 with a double, 2 runs scored, 2 RBI and 3 stolen bases and Diana Pikul tripled and scored twice.


    Lake Park makes itself at home at dome

    Snow and cold temperatures have made this an unusual spring for softball players like Lake Park's Stephanie Starr. Playing indoors at The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont was a different experience, too.


    Neuqua Valley breaks out the bats

    The Wildcats got their offense going in a season-opening victory in Memphis, Tenn. Jeff Evak doubled, homered and drove in 2 runs while Alex Wolanski went 3-for-4 with 3 RBI. Drew Sterioti and Cody Coll drove in 2 runs apiece. David Gerber pitched 4-plus innings to notch the win. Matt Butler and Andy Sommers finished it off on the mound.


    Libertyville wins opener in Arizona

    BaseballLibertyville starts trip with win: For the 11th straight year, Libertyville is in Arizona for Spring Break, soaking up the sun and the better playing conditions. The Wildcats got their trip off on the right foot with a 4-3 win over Wilson High School from Oregon. Evan Skoug, Kevin Calamari, P.J. Neumann and Jimmy Govern each had 2 hits as part of a 12-hit day for Libertyville. Matt Reed also came up with a triple. He drove in 2 runs, as did Calamari. On the mound, pitcher Nate Cote got the win.

    Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (11), from Slovenia, shoots and scores past Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Johnny Oduya (27), of Sweden, and goalie Corey Crawford (50) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Monday, March 25, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Mistakes cost Hawks in 5-4 loss to Kings

    Dustin Brown converted his own rebound with 1:27 remaining, lifting the Los Angeles Kings to a 5-4 victory over the Blackhawks on Monday night.


    Saad’s experience with Hawks ‘unbelievable’

    It only adds to Brandon Saad's "unbelievable" experience as a rookie in the NHL that he has been playing on a line with two of the biggest stars in the NHL in Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa.


    Sunny start for Meadows

    Spending spring break in Florida, the Rolling Meadows softball team will return to Illinois later in the week with at least one win. The Mustangs won a six-inning 10-0 decision over Holton-Arms High School (Bethesda, Md.) on Monday morning at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Florida.

    Round Lake defender Naomi Kalume goes up to head the ball in the first half during Monday against Grayslake Central at Grayslake North.

    Sibling unity a winning combo for Grayslake Central

    Grayslake Central's girls soccer started its season with three of a kind. Mikala Wollmuth. Sabrina Wollmuth. Rebecca Wollmuth. The sophomore triplets all played key roles in the Rams' 3-2 win over Round Lake at Grayslake North on Monday. Mikala Wollmuth led Grayslake Central in its season opener with a pair of goals, while Sabrina was stout in the midfield and Rebecca helped anchor the defense. Quin Garbett also scored for the Rams.

    Bears coach Marc Trestman, far left, and general manager Phil Emery introduce tight end Martellus Bennett and left tackle Jermon Bushrod to the Chicago media.

    Bears GM Emery busy, and he’s not done yet

    The moves have come fast and furiously since free agency started two weeks ago, giving the Bears' roster a partial makeover on both sides of the ball. The pace of change is expected to slow down now, at least until the draft, which is less than a month away.

    Elgin’s Sabrina Stockman is safe at second base in the fifth inning as Hampshire’s Ally Snider applies a late tag Monday during the Maroons’ 3-2 win in eight innings at The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont.

    Elgin topples Hampshire, Niles West

    The snow may have still been swirling outside Monday morning, but softball was being played inside The Dome at The Ballpark in Rosemont. Elgin and Hampshire took advantage of the first open time slot this week to kick off their seasons, and the Maroons came away with a 3-2 victory when Caroline Sobeski scored on a grounder by Lissette Sanchez with one out in the bottom of the eighth inning. Elgin then completed a sweep for the day with a 7-4 win over Niles West.

    Associated Press Seldom-used Nazr Mohammed made his second straight start for the Bulls on Sunday against the Timberwolves and made some important contributions in a 104-97 victory at Minneapolis.

    Trusting the reserves helped Bulls change their luck
    After dropping six of eight games, things change quickly over the weekend for the Bulls, who again proved, if nothing else, that they are extremely resilient.

    Tiger Woods, left, and Arnold Palmer share a laugh Monday during the trophy presentation after Woods won the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla.

    Tiger Woods back on top in golf

    Tiger Woods is back to No. 1 in the world with a game that looks as good as ever. Woods tied a PGA Tour record Monday by winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational for the eighth time, and this one had some extra significance. It returned him to the top of the world ranking for the first time since the final week of October 2010, the longest spell of his career.

    Serena Williams returns the ball to Ayumi Morita, of Japan, during the Sony Open tennis tournament, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/J Pat Carter)

    Serena Williams rallies for 3-set win at Sony Open

    Serena Williams overcame a big deficit Monday in her fourth-round match at the Sony Open to beat Dominika Cibulkova 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.


    AP source: Lohse, Brewers reach $33M, 3-year deal

    Free agent pitcher Kyle Lohse and the Milwaukee Brewers have reached agreement on a three-year contract worth $33 million.

    Chicago Bears tackle Jonathan Scott, here blocking blocks Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jason Jones, has signed a one-year deal to return to the Bears.

    Bears create more competition at offensive tackle

    The Bears re-signed offensive tackle Jonathan Scott to a one-year contract Monday, creating a three-way competiton for the starting job at right tackle between Scott, J'Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi.

    Chivas USA forward Jorge Villafana, left, and Chicago Fire forward Patrick Nyarko, right, chase the ball during the second half of an MLS soccer match in Bridgeview, Ill., Sunday, March 24, 2013. Chivas USA won 4-1. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Fire’s wretched start to season continues
    Sunday's 4-1 loss to Chivas USA left Chicago Fire players and coaches struggling to explain the worst start in the club's 16-year history.

    La Salle players celebrate Sunday after defeating Mississippi 76-74 in a third-round game of the NCAA tournament on in Kansas City, Mo.

    La Salle enjoying tourney run 5 decades in making

    Tyrone Garland calls it the "Southwest Philly Floater." Just a little scoop layup crafted on the Philadelphia playgrounds and perfected in Kansas City. Garland's shot with the catchy nickname has the La Salle Explorers floating all the way to the NCAA tournament's round of 16.

    Rescue workers tend to the wreckage of the No. 11 FedEx Express Toyota driven by Denny Hamlin after he collided with Joey Logano Sunday on the final lap of the NASCAR Sprint Cup series auto race in Fontana, Calif. The pair had been battling for the lead the last three laps. The No. 18 car of Kyle Busch passes behind on its victory lap.

    Denny Hamlin has compression fracture in lower back

    Denny Hamlin suffered a compression fracture in his lower spine during Sunday's last-lap crash at Fontana, Calif., his racing team said Monday. Joe Gibbs Racing disclosed the injury and said Hamlin was expected to be released soon from a Southern California hospital to return home.

    Minnesota coach Tubby Smith reacts to a foul call Sunday during the second half of a third-round game against Florida in the NCAA tournament in Austin, Texas. Florida defeated Minnesota 78-64.

    Minnesota fires coach Tubby Smith

    innesota has fired Tubby Smith one day after the Golden Gophers lost to Florida in the NCAA tournament. Athletics director Norwood Teague announced the decision Monday and said it was time for a "fresh set of eyes" on the program.

    Antioch girls basketball coach Tim Borries will lead the West stars in the upcoming Lake County Senior Shootout.

    Rosters set for fourth Lake County Senior Shootout

    It's time again for the Lake County Senior Shootout. For the fourth straight year, some of the top girls and boys basketball players from Lake County high schools will be showcased at the College of Lake County in Grayslake. The all-star basketball game will be held Friday, April 5.

    Onetime Barrington standout Rebecca Tracy is excelling in the mile run in her senior year at Notre Dame.

    Vossel-Ginder gets her due from IBCA Hall of Fame

    Hersey's girls basketball team has won two sectional championships in school history. Although they were 16 years apart, Corinne Vossel-Ginder gets an assist in both — one on the court and one off. In less than a month, the former Hersey all-state standout will be honored for her work on the court from 1990 to 1994. Ginder is being inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on April 27 at the Braden Auditorium on Illinois State's campus in Normal.


    Mike North video: NCAA Tournament somewhat disappointing

    It’s great to watch basketball games all day long, but the evidence is there that the college game is in deep trouble. The lopsided wins prove the quality of the play is slipping. Sunday the games finally started to improve and meanwhile Charles Barkley needs a clue about college basketball.Ÿ For more, see www.northtonorth.com. Listen to Mike on Foxsportsradio.com, XM channel 169, or your iHeart application Sat 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and Sun 9 p.m. to midnight. Look for Mike on WIND on Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. and on Fridays at 5:50 p.m. Listen to Mike’s podcasts at foxsportsradio.com/podcast/mikenorth.xml


    Preliminary drawing of the $131 million Vista Medical Center proposed in Lindenhurst.

    State board to decide need for new hospital in Lindenhurst

    The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board will decide Wednesday whether a $131 million hospital being proposed in Lindenhurst is needed in Lake County. Supporters of Vista Medical Center Lindenhurst say it would provide access to care for residents in north and northwestern Lake County, while opponents contend there is no need for new hospital beds.

    A man walks by a gate Monday at Cyber Terror Response Center of National Police Agency in Seoul, South Korea. Investigators have yet to pinpoint the culprit behind a synchronized cyberattack in South Korea last week. But in Seoul, the focus is fixed on North Korea, which South Korean security experts say has been training a team of computer-savvy “cyber warriors” as cyberspace becomes a fertile battleground in the nations' rivalry.

    Experts: North Korea training teams of 'cyber warriors'

    Investigators have yet to pinpoint the culprit behind a synchronized cyberattack in South Korea last week. But in Seoul, the focus is fixed on North Korea, which South Korean security experts say has been training a team of computer-savvy "cyber warriors" as cyberspace becomes a fertile battleground in the nations' rivalry.

    European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht, right, and Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida pose for photographers Monday prior to their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Tokyo. De Gucht is in Tokyo and meeting with Japanese government and business officials as scheduled.

    Japan, EU agree to start free trade negotiations

    Japan and the European Union agreed Monday to start negotiations for a free trade pact encompassing nations that account for nearly a third of the world economy. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso spoke by telephone for 30 minutes late Monday, a Japanese government spokesman said.


    SEC approves Nasdaq's Facebook IPO payment plan

    The Securities and Exchange Commission said Monday that it has approved a plan by the Nasdaq stock exchange to pay $62 million in reimbursements to investment firms that lost money because of technical problems during Facebook's initial public offering last year.


    Egypt raises customs on luxury imports

    Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi hiked customs rates on dozens of "non-essential" imports as part of the government's efforts to increase revenues to revive the ailing economy. Morsi's decree issued late Sunday raises tariffs on a wide range of luxury goods including shrimp, gambling tables, sunglasses, nuts, and fireworks.


    Dell board considers 2 new buyout offers

    Michael Dell may have to hike the price he's willing to pay if he wants to take the computer company he founded private, thanks to competition from two new acquisition offers. A special committee of independent Dell Inc. directors said Monday that it will negotiate with buyout specialist Blackstone Group and activist investor Carl Icahn over bids that rival an offer of more than $24 billion from CEO and Chairman Michael Dell and Silver Lake Partners.

    A man walks past an electronic stock indicator of a securities firm Monday in Tokyo. A last-minute package of rescue loans that saves Cyprus from a banking collapse and bankruptcy helped push Asian stock markets higher Monday. Japan's Nikkei 225 index surged 1.9 percent to 12,546.46.

    Cyprus bailout deal prompts investors relief

    Investors breathed a sigh of relief Monday after Cyprus clinched a bailout deal with international creditors that will prevent it becoming the first country to ditch the euro — a prospect that could have worsened the crisis afflicting Europe's single currency. In the early hours of Monday morning in Brussels, an agreement was reached in Brussels that capped one of the most tumultuous weeks since Europe's debt crisis started three and a half years ago.

    United Kingdom police have said that Russian exile Boris Berezovsky has been found dead Saturday.

    Berezovky's billions: How the tycoon lost so much

    How do you burn through billions? The unexplained death of Boris Berezovsky, whose body was found Saturday inside his upscale English home, has refocused attention on the fantastic wealth racked up by Russia's ruthless oligarchs — and their propensity for spending it. Berezovsky, 67, had once been considered Russia's richest man — but by this January, a British judge was wondering whether the tycoon would be able to pay his debts.

    U.S. stocks fell, after the Standard & Poor's 500 Index rose to within a point of its record high, amid concern Cyprus's bank-restructuring plan will pave the way for losses on deposits in other European nations.

    US stocks fall on broad concern about Europe

    Stocks reversed an early rise on Wall Street Monday as traders returned to worrying about the European economy. Optimism about a deal to prevent financial collapse in Cyprus had briefly pushed the Standard & Poor's 500 index to within a quarter-point of its record closing high, but stocks soon turned negative.

    Dutch Finance Minister and chief of the eurogroup Jeroen Dijsselbloeman chairs an emergency eurogroup meeting Sunday in Brussels. After failing for a week to find a solution at home to a crisis that could force it into bankruptcy, Cypriot politicians were turning to the European Union on Sunday in a last-ditch effort to help the island nation forge a viable plan to secure an international bailout.

    Top E.U. official: Cyprus bank rescue new template

    A top European official says the move in Cyprus to inflict losses on banks' shareholders, bondholders and even owners of large deposits should become the bloc's default approach for dealing with ailing lenders. Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who chairs the Eurogroup gatherings of the 17 eurozone finance ministers, said in an interview Monday banks' owners and investors must be held responsible "before looking at public money or any other instrument coming from the public side."


    Ford India apologizes over Berlusconi bondage ad

    The Indian unit of Ford Motor Co. has apologized for advertisements decried as demeaning to women, including one depicting Italy's former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi with a trio of bound women in the trunk of a car. A Ford India spokeswoman said Monday that the company is investigating whether anyone at the automaker ever saw the print ads, which were never used commercially but appeared over the weekend on a website showcasing creative advertising.

    A student holds a Cyprus flag in front of the Ministry of Finance Monday after a parade for Greek independence day celebrations in capital Nicosia, Cyprus. Cyprus secured what its politicians described as a 'painful' solution to avert imminent bankruptcy, agreeing early Monday to slash its oversized banking sector and make large account holders take losses to help pay to secure a last-minute $13 billion bailout.

    Cyprus reaches 'painful' solution to secure rescue

    Cyprus clinched a last-minute solution to avert imminent financial meltdown early Monday after it agreed to slash its oversized banking sector and inflict hefty losses on wealthy depositors in troubled banks to secure a 10 billion euro ($13 billion) bailout. The deal, described by the country's politicians as "painful", was agreed with euro finance ministers in Brussels just in time.

    Americans’ consumption of fizzy soft drinks, on the decline since 2005, fell last year to its lowest level since 1996.

    Fizzy soft drink sales fizzle again in 2012

    Americans' consumption of fizzy soft drinks, on the decline since 2005, fell last year to its lowest level since 1996. If it weren't for increasingly popular energy drinks like Monster and Red Bull, the decline would have been worse.

    T-Mobile USA, the struggling No. 4 cellphone company, is ditching plans centered on familiar two-year contracts in favor of selling phones on installment plans.

    T-Mobile gets rid of contracts for cellphones

    T-Mobile USA, the struggling No. 4 cellphone company, is ditching plans centered on familiar two-year contracts in favor of selling phones on installment plans.

    Benjamin Kusswurm’s business plan to develop an app for building security passes won an investment of $1,000 and a trip to a national competition in April.

    Northwest suburban students score funding for their business ideas

    It was all business last week as teenage entrepreneurs made their pitch for funding to an investment panel, drawn from members of the Palatine Area Chamber of Commerce as part of a young entrepreneurs program. "I was so nervous, I was shaking," admitted Connor Curran, a junior at St. Viator High School, who partnered with Palatine High School sophomore Yash Syal on a plan to convert brightly colored bungee cords into belts.


    Oil rises after Cyprus financial bailout agreed

    The price of oil rose above $94 per barrel Monday after European nations agreed on a bailout for Cyprus that tamps down the latest flare-up in Europe's debt crisis. Benchmark crude for May delivery was up 50 cents to $94.21 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $1.26, or 1.4 percent, to close at $93.71 a barrel on Friday.


    Outside advisors talk numbers, business intelligence, listening

    An outsider’s perspective doesn’t always lead to one of those “Eureka!” moments, but observing what others observe in the small business community can be helpful.

    Chuck Thomas is president, managing director and founder of The Valcort Group in St. Charles.

    St. Charles business helps other companies find ways to grow

    The founder of a St. Charles business helps other companies and organizations identify obstacles that hinder their growth, then create strategies and a road map that results in greater customer engagement and increased sales revenues.

    Joseph Shanahan

    Retired ER doctor has Rx for helping community

    Kukec's People featuers Joseph Shanahan, who retired as the emergency medical director of Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, has seen his share of accident or heart attack victims. He was also in the midst of the Tylenol poisonings and the railroad tragedy in Bourbonnais near Kankakee. Now he's still working in GlenOaks' executive administrative liaison, lending his talents to further help the ER staff and the community.

Life & Entertainment


    Swine-flu vaccines carry small risk of paralyzing disease

    Vaccines for the 2009 swine flu virus carry a small increased risk of a rare paralyzing disease, though the benefits of the shots far outweigh their risks, according to a study funded by the U.S. government. In a survey of about 23 million people in the U.S. who were vaccinated against the H1N1 virus responsible for the first flu pandemic in four decades, there were 77 cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome, or about 1.6 extra cases for every 1 million people vaccinated

    Jill Farren Phelps, second from right, executive producer of “The Young and the Restless,” poses with, from left, the show’s head writer Josh Griffith and cast members Robert Adamson, Redaric Williams and Steve Burton at the Hot New Faces of “The Young and the Restless” press junket at CBS Television City on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 in Los Angeles. The CBS show, daytime’s top-rated soap since December 1988, hits the big 4-0 on Tuesday, March 26, 2013.

    Top-rated ‘Young and Restless’ marks 40 years

    "The Young and the Restless," daytime's top-rated soap since December 1988, hits the big 4-0 on Tuesday. Although ratings have dipped, there appears little immediate chance that another show will overtake it soon, said Carolyn Hinsey, a veteran chronicler of daytime dramas and author of "Afternoon Delight: Why Soaps Still Matter."

    Confusion over what's required to enter one of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, which draws more than 6 million visitors a year, is at the heart of a class-action lawsuit this month accusing the Met of scheming to defraud the public into believing the entrance fees are required.

    NYC art museum accused of duping visitors on fees

    Before visitors to the Metropolitan Museum of Art can stroll past the Picassos, Renoirs, Rembrandts and other priceless works, they must first deal with the ticket line, the posted $25 adult admission and the meaning of the word in smaller type just beneath it: "recommended." Many people, especially foreign tourists, either don't see it, don't understand it or don't question it. If they ask, they are told the fee is a suggested donation: You can pay what you wish but you must pay something.

    Megan McCarthy-Cook and her daughter, 8-year-old Molly, play catch at the Hoffman Estates Park District gym.

    'Fittest Losers' find baggy pants worth the effort

    From the beginning of the Fittest Loser Challenge, change has been priority one for the contestants and bringing about that change has been the prime focus for their trainers. Seven weeks into the competition, the changes are adding up and lots of people are noticing. "My pants are definitely getting bigger," says Megan McCarthy-Cook. "And my trainer tells me I'm looking leaner.

    Joshua Steckler helps Melynda Findlay navigate the menu at Muscle Maker Grill in Rolling Meadows.

    Simple approach the best option when eating out

    You've committed to a healthier lifestyle. You're exercising, you're eating well ­— you're doing everything right. Then BAM! Friends or co-workers want to go out for dinner. What to do? I recently got a hands-on lesson on how to make good choices when eating out from my trainer, Push Fitness owner Joshua Steckler, when we had lunch at Muscle Maker Grill — a fast casual-type restaurant with a variety of healthy choices.

    Ray Clark celebrates completion of his weekly workout. At 102, Clark is living proof that it's never too late to get fit.

    102-year-old Ray Clark benefits from weekly workouts

    It wasn't the toll from lugging a heavy toolbox to work that finally sent Ray Clark to the gym. It was something more profound. He lost his wife of 67 years. Then he lost his daughter. He was looking for something to fill the empty hours. "I was getting a little lazy at home, and I decided I'd go down to the exercise club," he recalled.That was more than three years ago, when Clark was 98. He recently turned 102.

    “Based on a True Story” by Blake Shelton

    Blake Shelton pushes sound in new directions

    The more Blake Shelton rises in stature, the more he parades his swaggering, mischievous personality, like on his new "Based on a True Story." His high-profile role as a judge on NBC's "The Voice" has provided a platform for the entertainingly outspoken side of this tall, drawling country boy from Oklahoma. Now Shelton is creating music as brash as he is, fully integrating his colorful character into his songs.


    ‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ ‘Les Mis’ available on DVD

    Two Oscar-nominated films -- "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Les Miserables" -- make their way to DVD.

    1967 Oldsmobile 442, Stu Miller, Buffalo Grove

    Retirement prompts search for 1967 Oldsmobile 442

    Stu Miller's Spanish Red 1967 Oldsmobile 442 wasn't purchased on a whim or haphazardly; it's a reminder of a previous GM muscle car the Buffalo Grove resident let go more than four decades ago. "I had a 442 as a 21-year-old kid and used it to go to school and a job in a grocery store," Miller said.

    NBC's “The Voice” returns Monday with the same concept but two new mentors. Shakira, left, and Usher, second from right, join Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and host Carson Daly.

    Usher, Shakira round out coaches lineup on 'Voice'

    When NBC launched "The Voice" two years ago, there was a glut of singing contests, yet this one, based on a Dutch show, proved different. It returns for a fourth season Monday, March 25, with new coaches Usher and Shakira joining returnees Blake Shelton and Adam Levine. “What differentiates us from any other singing competition is we have coaches who can do this and do it super well," host Carson Daly says.

    Dr. Ben Fischer, center, works out with patients at the YMCA in Raleigh, N.C. Fischer meets his patients at the gym, working out with men and women who have committed to a healthier lifestyle.

    Doctor works out with his own patients

    Carson Boone used to take three types of medication for high blood pressure, and he needed a mechanical breathing aid to sleep. Though Boone had a gym membership and considered himself pretty active as an 82-year-old, his doctor thought that if Boone sweated a little bit more, he would realize substantial health gains. So, Dr. Ben Fischer convinced Boone to join a special exercise and healthy-living program at the YMCA in Raleigh, N.C., where the doctor works out alongside his patients.

    Maddie Maci, 8, and her sister Mackenzie, 4, do high knee lifts with their mother, Molly Maci of Downers Grove, as they participate in the ProActive Kids program at the Advocate Good Samaritan Health and Wellness Center in Downers Grove.

    Programs help families get healthy together

    Families struggling with weight issues and obesity typically don't have the advanced degrees it takes to understand the chemical complexities of food and nutrition, but suburban hospitals might have a solution.

    A new mobile device application designed by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention allows users to run through fictional outbreaks and make decisions about quarantines and investigative steps.

    Solve disease outbreaks at home with CDC app

    You may not be a disease detective, but now you can play one at home. The nation's public health agency has released a free app for the iPad called "Solve the Outbreak." It allows users to run through fictional outbreaks and make decisions: Do you quarantine the village? Talk to people who are sick?

    My Chi, an 11-year-old at Patrick Henry Elementary in Virginia, gets credit for her exercises with her Sqord accelometer, which records kids’ activities and encourages exercise.

    New activity-tracking gadgets can keep up with kids

    Fifth-graders at Patrick Henry Elementary in Arlington, Va., know the drill: As soon as they get to phys-ed, they walk around the gym, gradually speeding up to an all-out run. And in between laps, they take turns at a computer to swipe their Sqords. The curiously named devices are activity monitors on bright orange wristbands that track just how much each child has been moving.

    A government report released by the journal Pediatrics says that African dwarf frogs can carry salmonella.

    Frogs with salmonella could still be in homes, CDC warns

    They live underwater, eat bloodworms and are promoted on pet websites. But African dwarf frogs can carry salmonella.An outbreak tied to the frogs sickened nearly 400 people, mostly children, from 2008 to 2011. Since these miniature amphibians can live up to 18 years, some linked to the outbreak may remain in U.S. home aquariums.

    The high-to-low crossover — the second of two positions

    A fitness plan to help get you started

    Including physical activity in your life can be one of the best things you can do for yourself, both physically and mentally, regardless of age. But the reality is that it's easier said than done. Generally, it takes about three weeks to develop a new habit — but only five or six days to break it.


    Take sleep advice to heart

    How did you sleep last night? The answer may say as much about your heart health as do factors such as weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and whether you smoke or have diabetes. Even if you don't snore or have sleep apnea, not sleeping well most nights, even for a few weeks or months, can take its toll on your heart.


    Flu may spread more readily by breathing than sneezing germs

    You never want to sit next to that guy during flu season. You know, the sniveling, sneezing, hacking sort who occupies the next cubicle or the neighboring seat on the plane. It's just a matter of time before he — or she — infects you with whatever crud's going around. Except, a new study suggests, it's not the tissue-groping, say-it-don't-spray-it types that are most likely to get you. All a sickly person really has to do is breathe around you.


    Turn technology off and boost your creativity

    Humans have long recognized the value of "getting away from it all," but a new study attempts to put a measurable meaning on the old saying. Results of a recent study show that 50 percent of backpackers scored better on a creativity test after four days in nature and away from smartphones, iPods and laptops.


    Too many colonoscopies for older adults?

    Older U.S. adults may get too many colonoscopies, costing Medicare an estimated $500 million a year and putting patients at an increased risk of side effects such as bleeding, researchers found. About one-quarter of colonoscopies in Medicare recipients ages 70 and older may be inappropriate based on screening guidelines, according to analysis of insurance claims data released in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.


    Status report for the Fittest Loser contestants
    Fittest Loser vital statistics - Week 7


    There are healthy ways to cope with life stress

    The past few weeks have been a little stressful. It's been a stressful time for a whole variety of reasons, but none that are earth-shattering or tragic. Just the usual good and bad kinds of stress everybody deals with at some point. In my case? Having company over at home, looming deadlines, some new responsibilities at work, making sure I'm fitting in my workouts and sticking to my diet — stuff like that. What's different in my case, though, is feeling a little lost about how to deal with that stress.

    Salt Creek Park District’s Mission Slimpossible and CellULaters teams took a field trip to Deer Park Town Center and tried on workout pants at the Lucy store. Team members include, from left, Verna Wright, Nancy Godfryt, Yvonne Shannahan, Kathy Kotrba, Glenda Kosulic and Lynn Brown.

    Weight slump over for most community teams

    For most people, pants falling down is the stuff of nightmares. The Community Challenge teams see it as tangible proof that they are making a real change. A member of the Wood Dale Warriors is down from a size 13 jean to a size nine, and is not stopping there: she is using her recent success as motivation to increase her workout schedule to twice per day. Both the Itasca iFit Buddies and Team Carol Stream also reported losing their pants, in a good way.


    Chronic fatigue is often a sign of depression

    Everybody experiences fatigue now and then. Yet some people suffer from constant fatigue. There are literally hundreds of different diseases that cause a chronic state of fatigue. According to published studies, as many as 20 percent to 40 percent of people who seek a doctor's help for fatigue are suffering from depression. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of evidence that doctors don't always recognize depression — particularly when a patient does not express sadness, just fatigue.


    Steps to take before working out
    Finding the right gym or beginning a training regimen can be confusing, if not intimidating, for older people who have not worked out regularly. A good idea is to start with an assessment and lesson from a personal trainer. Some gyms will offer the first one free.

    Exercising and building muscle is the best way to combat excess fat that might harm your health.

    Your health: The skinny on fat
    Learn how to combat excess fat with exercise. And it's best to stay away from simple carbs and eat complex ones instead.


    Salt may boost immune diseases, studies find

    Diets high in salt, tied to hypertension and heart risk in some studies, may also worsen diseases caused by abnormal immune response, laboratory research suggests. In a study published in the journal Nature, mice fed high-salt diets had a more severe version of an animal form of multiple sclerosis, an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. Two other papers showed how the cells interact with the body to promote inflammation.



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    A summary of Daily Herald endorsements in Cook County municipal and school board races.


    Decency in a handheld device

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: In the recent rape case, where two Ohio high school football players were convicted of assaulting a 16-year-old girl from West Virginia while she was too drunk to give consent, not only were there witnesses but dozens of other teens were privy to what happened through postings to social media.


    Learn about resources available to the blind
    A Winnetka letter to the editor: I don't believe it has to be that way. While losing sight for any reason and at any age can be initially overwhelming and challenging, it does not have to stop an individual from living and enjoying life fully. In fact, I believe that individuals who are blind or visually impaired can do almost anything sighted individuals can do; we just do it differently.


    Same-sex parents deserve respect
    A River Forest letter to the editor: I am appalled that a representative in our state would attack our family and call us a "disorder." We are not trying to "weasel our way in acceptability." We are just trying to give our children the best life we possibly can.


    Insurance fund plan harmful to state
    A letter to the editor: The Illinois legislature is considering a bill, HB 2919, that would create a state workers' compensation insurance fund. The proposal would put the state in the business of operating an insurance company that would compete with private carriers. There are three key reasons why this is unnecessary and harmful to taxpayers, injured workers and employers.


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