Daily Archive : Thursday April 18, 2013



    Mount Prospect woman injured in shoplifting arrest

    A Mount Prospect woman was seriously injured during a shoplifting arrest. The woman was confronted by a store security agent outside the Carson’s in Randhurst Village, Mount Prospect. According to reports, the agent startled her, she jumped backwards, lost her balance and fell. She hit her head on the sidewalk and broke a hip, reports said.

    A Barrington Hills man died after his SUV crossed the centerline and collided head-on with school bus Thursday at Palatine Road and Highland Road just east of Ela Road in Inverness.

    Barrington Hills man dies after Inverness bus collision

    A Barrington Hills man who died Thursday afternoon after his SUV struck a school bus apparently crossed into oncoming traffic just before the head-on collision, Inverness police said. Steven Schmidt, 50, was pronounced dead at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, police said.

    Henry Greske of Bolingbrook was born just shy of 27 weeks gestation. He’s now an active 13-month-old.

    Baby beat the odds, family celebrates in March for Babies
    At 23 weeks pregnant, Kristin Greske of Bolingbrook started feeling back pain and she and her husband rushed to the hospital. The doctors told them they most likely would have the baby that day. "At 23 weeks, we were told the chances of survival were very small. That is something no parent or family should ever have to hear," she said.

    In this aerial photo, law enforcement and rescue personnel search the damage to an apartment complex from the explosion of the West Fertilizer plant on Thursday, April 18, 2013, in West, Texas.

    Images: Fertilizer plant explosion in Texas
    A massive explosion at a fertilizer plant near Waco on Wednesday injured dozens of people and killed an unknown number of others, leaving the factory a smoldering ruin and leveling buildings for blocks in every direction.

    Des Plaines River Road is closed south of downtown due to flooding Thursday.

    Des Plaines River crest prediction lowered below record

    Des Plaines is bracing itself for what could be the worst flood in its history. So far, eight people have been evacuated from homes off Hawthorne Lane and Big Bend Drive due to flooding, city officials said. As of 9:45 p.m. Thursday, the Des Plaines River level was at 10.41 feet and it is expected to crest at 11 feet by 1 p.m. Friday, affecting roughly 5,600 single-family homes and condominium...

    This photo released by the FBI early Friday April 19, 2013, shows what the FBI is calling the suspects together, walking through the crowd in Boston on Monday, April 15, 2013, before the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

    FBI releases clearer images of marathon suspects

    The FBI released photos and video Thursday of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing and asked for the public's help in identifying them, zeroing in on the two men on surveillance-camera footage less than three days after the deadly attack.

    Terrence Ivery

    Missing Elgin man found

    A 24-year-old man with autism who wandered away from his home in Elgin Thursday afternoon has been found after a 10-hour search, police said. Terrence Ivery showed up safe at a relative’s home in Chicago Thursday evening, according to a news release.


    Rising waters close multiple Mount Prospect roads

    A number of roads have been closed in Mount Prospect as officials scramble to deal with local flooding. No evacuations have been ordered at this time, officials say.

    Lake County Board Chairman Aaron Lawlor listens to questions during a Lake County flooding news conference Thursday morning at the Lake County Central Permit Facility in Libertyville.

    Lake County flooding to get worse before it gets better

    Lake County and local officials provided a grim assessment of what has been described as significant widespread flooding, and predicted the impact could be felt for awhile. "This is a very serious situation," C. Kent McKenzie, coordinator of the Lake County Emergency Management Agency.


    Preckwinkle declares disaster for Cook County

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle issued a disaster proclamation for Cook County Thursday.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com The Gurnee Barber Shop Old Grand Avenue prepares for flooding in Gurnee Thursday morning.

    Suburbs' flooding woes might last awhile

    Propelled by a deluge that at one point dropped an inch of rain in 20 minutes, quick-rising floodwaters flowed into basements, swallowed streets and closed schools throughout the suburbs Thursday. Many residents who dealt with the watery nightmare are hoping Friday brings some normalcy.


    Public input sought on Barrington rail crossing

    The village of Barrington, in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Transportation, will hold a meeting to solicit public input on a proposed grade separation on Route 14 at the CN/EJ&E Railway from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St. in Barrington.


    Another doctor linked to Sacred Heart Hospital charged

    Another physician has been arrested in an ongoing investigation of Chicago’s Sacred Heart Hospital, prosecutors announced Thursday, days after initial arrests of its owner, another executive and four doctors. None of the physicians arrested — including the latest, Kenneth Nave — is linked to the most unsettling allegation to emerge: that unnecessary tracheotomies may have been performed to boost...

    Lisle firefighters carry a resident of the Snow Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lisle to safety after floodwaters threatened the facility.

    Images: Heavy rain leads to suburban flooding
    With over 5 inches of rain as of Thursday morning and several more inches in the forecast, area rivers are spilling over their banks forcing several suburban schools to close.

    Palatine Hills Golf Course.

    Images: Reader submitted flood photos
    A gallery of reader submitted photos from Thursday's flooding. Thanks for sharing your photos!


    Two Des Plaines residents killed in Tri-State crash

    Illinois State Police said two Des Plaines residents were killed in an early morning crash in the southbound lanes of the Tri-State Tollway near Lake Street in Elmhurst. Police identified the two victims as front-seat passenger Aley Kizhakkeananthakulam, 56, and rear-seat passenger Kunjukunju Krishnan, 72.

    Xiubin Mei

    Jury will resume deliberations Friday in meat cleaver trial

    After more than six hours of deliberations, a jury failed to reach a verdict Thursday in the case of former cook Xiubin Mei, who authorities say used a meat cleaver to attack his boss at the China Bowl restaurant in Elk Grove Village.

    Lawmakers rejected a plan to allow Illinoisans to carry concealed firearms.

    House rejects NRA-backed concealed carry plan

    The Illinois House rejected legislation backed by the National Rifle Association that would have allowed Illinoisans to carry a concealed firearm. The House voted 64-45, but the legislation needed 71 votes to prevail.

    A smashed car sits in front of an apartment complex destroyed by an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, as firefighters conduct a search and rescue Thursday. A massive explosion at the West Fertilizer Co. Wednesday night killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160, officials said overnight.

    Crews seek survivors, bodies after Texas blast

    Rescuers searched the smoking remnants of a Texas farm town Thursday for survivors of a thunderous fertilizer plant explosion, gingerly checking smashed houses and apartments for anyone still trapped in debris while the community awaited word on the number of dead.


    Road closures in West Chicago

    West Chicago officials say five roads throughout the city are closed because of flooding and it's possible that more will be closed during the day.


    Residents rescued in Lisle

    Flooding in Lisle left dozens of houses underwater and required emergency crews to rescue people who were trapped inside their homes. “It's the worst flooding I've ever seen,” Mayor Joe Broda said. Also residents were rescued by boat from the Towers of Four Lakes Village.

    Glen Ellyn Rd, north of North Avenue in Glendale Heights was closed. Heavy rains overnight resulted in heavy flooding in the DuPage County area.

    Flooding shuts down DuPage government, delays triple-murder trial

    Severe flooding has closed the DuPage County courthouse in Wheaton, delaying the start of a triple-murder trial that was set to begin today. State's Attorney Bob Berlin said jurors slated to hear testimony in the high-profile Johnny Borizov case were notified of the delay early this morning. "Hopefully it will be business as usual tomorrow," Berlin said. "The problem is it's supposed to keep...

    Paul Kevin Curtis was arrested Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at his home in Corinth, near the Tennessee state line. He is accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin to to national leaders.

    Man charged in letters case described as troubled

    A Mississippi man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president and other officials was described Thursday as a good father, a quiet neighbor and an entertainer who impersonated Elvis at parties. But accounts also show a man who spiraled into emotional turmoil trying to get attention for his claims of uncovering a conspiracy to sell body parts on the black market.


    Police say woman ran down 2 Carpentersville teens with SUV

    A 34-year-old Chicago woman has been charged with intentionally hitting two juveniles in Carpentersville with her Lincoln Navigator in March, injuring both boys, one of which suffered a lacerated spleen. Angelique D. Branch is charged with failure to report an accident with injuries and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. Police say she was angry the teens were bullying her nephew.

    Mark E. Swienton

    More ‘smash and grab’ burglary charges against man

    A 49-year-old Aurora man, already being held for several "smash and grab" burglaries in St. Charles and Wayne, was charged this week with seven more burglaries in Aurora that police say occurred in March. Mark E. Swienton was being held on $160,000 bail and is due in court April 26, according to police and court records.

    Palatine High School sophomore Emina Mesic turns a key and wins a car during an Operation Click luncheon Wednesday in Kildeer. High school students took a pledge to drive safe for a chance to win a car. Mesic was the last student to try a key for the car.

    2 students win new cars as part of safety push

    A total of 29 high school students held coveted keys in their hands on Wednesday, but only two would up starting the new cars parked in front of the Concorde Banquets in Kildeer. Emina Mesic, a Palatine High School sophomore and Tanner Hermes, a senior from Grayslake Central High School, emerged as the lucky winners.


    Sugar Grove approves budget

    The Sugar Grove village board adopted a budget Tuesday night that anticipates spending up to $31,200 on adding a part-time administrative officer to the police department, and $60,000 for a salt storage shed.

    James E. Dumas

    Drug conviction reversed, Elgin man denied certificate

    A 40-year-old Elgin man, who got his conviction for cocaine possession and 15-year prison term reversed by an appellate court, has failed in his bid to obtain a "Certificate of Innocence." An appellate court panel ruled that even though James E. Dumas was not guilty of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver after a failed drug deal along Randall Road in 2008, his own actions led to his...

    Sen. Charles Schumer, left, and Sen. John McCain discussed a wide-ranging immigration bill they helped craft with support from business executives, religious leaders, activists and others.

    Senators unveil sweeping immigration bill
    Four Democratic and four Republican senators formally unveiled a sweeping immigration bill Thursday at a news conference attended by traditional opponents from big business and labor, conservative groups and liberal ones. The lawmakers argued that this time, thanks to that broad-based support, immigration overhaul legislation can succeed in Congress.

    An inmate’s strangulation in late March was the third suspicious death deemed a homicide since Jan. 31 at Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Ill.

    3rd Menard prison death ruled homicide

    For the third time in 10 weeks, a suspicious inmate death at Menard Correctional Center in far southern Illinois has been ruled a homicide. Randolph County Coroner Randy Dudenbostel told The Associated Press on Thursday that 35-year-old William Crowder died March 26 from “manual strangulation.”


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars shattered a rear glass patio door at a home on the 1200 block of South Haddow in Arlington Heights between 7:15 and 8:56 p.m. April 16, doing an estimated $7,000 damage. Nothing appeared to be missing. The occupants were at a restaurant at the time and when they left the diner, they noticed two flat tires on their van. The tires did not appear to be damaged and it is unknown if the...

    Nick Beauchaine, a firefighter with the East Dundee Fire Protection District, carries a scared Roxi Thursday after he helped the dog’s owner, Barrie Komorski, leave her home in the Richardson subdivision.

    Woman, dog rescued from flooding near E. Dundee

    Barrie Komorski was prepared to wait out the flooding in her home near East Dundee Thursday, but her little dog, Roxi, forced her to rethink her decision. For 17 years, Komorski, 60, has lived in the Richardson subdivision, an area that backs up to the Fox River and is notorious for its floods. The floods forced her out of her home in 2007 and 2010. But after Nicor shut her gas off as a...

    Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Carol Stream is seeking village permission to install and play bells on the exterior of the church.

    Church bells to toll in Carol Stream?

    The sound of church bells on Sunday morning could soon be coming to a Carol Stream neighborhood. Village officials say there currently aren’t any religious institutions in town that ring bells, but Corpus Christi Catholic Church at 1415 Lies Road is seeking to do just that. First, though, the church needs the village board’s approval.


    Getting rid of soggy stuff

    Getting rid of soggy carpeting and drywall? There are some rules to follow. And some towns may be arranging special collections.

    Volunteers came out by the dozens to help stop the Fox River floodwaters from entering the Herrington Inn in Geneva Thursday. Loads of sand were dumped on the State Street Bridge and volunteers would shovel it down over the edge of the bridge to the baggers.

    Hoping for a break in the rain, cleaning up the mess, in Tri-Cities

    Geneva's Herrington Inn had all hands on deck Thursday to help keep the rising waters of the Fox River at bay. St. Charles reopened some streets later in the day, and Campton Hills seemed to avoid flooding problems.


    Salvation Army offering clean-up kits for flooded Aurorans

    At least one Aurora organization is looking ahead to helping residents with flood recovery. The Salvation Army will be offering about 300 free flood cleanup kits within the next two or three days, said Capt. Antonio Romero, Corps Officer of the Salvation Army in Aurora. “Once the flood waters start to recede, that’s a massive task for each household that had flooding,” Romero said.


    Decomposing body found in Salt Creek near Oak Brook

    The badly decomposing body of an unidentified man was found Thursday near Salt Creek in Oak Brook, authorities said. A person walking along York Road discovered the body about 7 a.m. floating near a wooden walkway that was flooded due to the morning storms.

    Rescuers carry a resident of the Snow Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lisle to safety after floodwaters threatened the facility.

    Dramatic rescue at Lisle nursing home

    The Snow Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Lisle was the scene of an emergency evacuation mission Tuesday. Residents were taken, many in wheelchairs, from the front door of the facility and put into inflatable rafts operated by rescue workers. They were ferried across the submerged parking lot to awaiting ambulances.


    Off to college discussion:

    Everything you want to know about sending your child to college is the topic of a Thursday, May 2 panel discussion at Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart.


    Pet microchip event:

    Vernon Hills police will host a pet microchipping opportunity from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27 at the police department garage, 754 Lakeview Parkway.

    Trucks with sandbags head down flooded Emerald Avenue near Old Grand Avenue in Gurnee on Thursday morning.

    Why flooding is tamer than in years past in Gurnee

    Volunteers have filled sandbags and the Des Plaines River is on pavement in some areas, but much has changed since the last significant flood on Gurnee’s east side in 2004. Gurnee has purchased at least a dozen structures that were demolished and removed from the flood zone east of the Des Plaines River. That allowed for the creation of more open space to soak up flood water, which allowed...

    DuPage County sheriff’s deputies assist a resident who was rescued from her flooded home in the Valley View subdivision near Glen Ellyn.

    Glen Ellyn-area resident: Worst in 30 years; flood victims rescued

    Even in the dark, Terry Davis sensed there was something different about his basement bedroom when he woke up around 6 a.m. Thursday. Unfortunately, he was right. “I reached down from the bed and there was about three inches of water on the floor,” said Davis, a resident of the Valley View subdivision near Glen Ellyn.


    Naperville closes downtown bridge, makes online flood map available

    As the water continues to fall from the sky, Lake County officials are telling residents to prepare for major flooding. C. Kent McKenzie, head of emergency management for Lake County, said early that the Des Plaines River in Gurnee will receive water levels nearly 4-feet over flood levels, and that the Fox River in New Munster in Wisconsin is expected to reach 15-feet, five feet over flood stage.


    SHS senior qualifies for math contest:

    Stevenson High School senior Brandon Axe of Buffalo Grove is among the roughly 270 students in the country to qualify for the 42nd annual United States of America Mathematical Olympiad.


    Cronin declares emergency in DuPage

    DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin Thursday declared an emergency in order to help the county's response to flooding.


    What you should know when your basement floods

    You’re standing in your basement ankle deep in water that not only ruined your carpet but is polluted with harmful bacteria. What’s your next move? Experts outline the steps you should take for safely and swiftly cleaning up the damage.

    Flooded basements can be deadly. Use extreme care or call professionals to avoid electrocution.

    Flooded basements can be a death trap

    Here are some recommendations on how to be safe, and avoid electrocution, while cleaning up a flooded basement.

    Vehicles were submerged Thursday morning at the intersection of Addison and Madison streets in Villa Park, where 9.35 inches of rain had fallen by 8:30 a.m.

    Volunteers assist with flood cleanup in Villa Park

    As one of a handful of Western suburban towns that declared a state of emergency Thursday, Villa Park will be continuing the flood cleanup process on Friday and beyond, authorities said. The village was hit with 9.35 inches of rain in about 24 hours by 8:30 a.m. Thursday, flooding almost 20 streets or intersections and requiring evacuation of a few buildings.


    Lombard making trash bins available

    The waterways that capture rain draining out of Lombard are both at peak flood stage, meaning the village’s sewer system will continue to operate at full capacity as water levels slowly drop, authorities said Thursday afternoon. Flood-level waters in the East Branch of the DuPage River and Salt Creek will recede slowly over the next few days, according to DuPage County. Then Lombard, which had...


    House defeats divestiture of gun companies

    The Illinois House has rejected a plan to force public pension systems to dump investments in gun manufacturers. The bill sponsored by Chicago Democratic Rep. Christian Mitchell would not have applied to companies that make ceremonial weapons or just components. It failed 46-69.


    Companies to clean up asbestos at Chicago site

    Three companies accused of improperly handling asbestos at an old Chicago hotel will halt renovations at the 9-story building until contamination is cleaned up.


    Feds sue Cook County over service member’s pension

    The lawsuit was filed in Chicago on behalf of Army Reserve Capt. Latoya Hayward. It says the Chicago woman began working for the county’s Stroger Hospital in 2008. She began a two-year tour of duty in 2009. After she returned to work, Hayward alleges the pension fund told her she couldn’t make pension payments for a 90-day period.


    Officials urge parents to get kids vaccinated

    The Illinois Department of Public Health says the state is reporting its highest number of pertussis cases since 1950. In 2012 there were 2,026 cases of the illness, also known as whooping cough.


    Lineup announced for Chicago Gospel Festival

    Joe Ligon and The Mighty Clouds of Joy will headline this year’s Chicago Gospel Music Festival. The festival runs from June 20 to 23 with performances and events in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood, Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center.


    A banner opportunity for local artists

    [No Paragraph Style]NewsArlington Heights is looking for local artists to enter its Artist Street Banner program for the opportunity to have their work displayed throughout the village. Winning artwork will be printed on banners and displayed from Aug. 1 through Oct. 31.


    Glen Ellyn library closes until April 29

    Flooding at the Glen Ellyn Public Library has forced the closure of the building until April 29, officials said. Staff members discovered five feet of water early Thursday morning in the mechanical room, located in the basement of the building at 400 Duane St.

    Floodwaters from the Fox River spilled into Cornish Park in downtown Algonquin Thursday morning. Authorities closed parts of Algonquin Road because of flooding, but reopened it later in the day.

    Flood warning issued for Algonquin

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the portion of the Fox River that flows through Algonquin, an official confirmed Thursday. The water level in Algonquin stood at 11.88 feet Thursday afternoon, exceeding the river’s flooding threshold of 9.5 feet, according to Michael Kumbera, the assistant to the Algonquin village manager. It is expected to climb to 14 feet by Saturday,...


    Wally Frasier outspent rivals in Mundelein’s mayoral race, financial reports show

    Mundelein mayoral candidate Wall Frasier vastly outraised his opponents in last week's race, state financial records show, but he still finished second.


    Mt. Prospect OKs ownership change for Blues Bar

    Mount Prospect village trustees this week authorized a change in the Blus Bar’s liquor license to reflect new ownership for the downtown bar, eatery and music venue. According to a village memo, Kimberly Oztekin, wife of Blues Bar owner Errol Oztekin, will “purchase the goodwill of the business and operate it under the ownership of BB BBQ Grill.”


    Elgin flooding worst near Tyler, Poplar creeks

    Already two homes have been evacuated on Elgin’s northwest side and more residents are expected to need alternative housing as rain remains in the forecast. The Elgin Fire Department evacuated two homes on Mark Avenue Thursday morning. The Public Services Department closed the Royal Street bridge and the intersection of Maroon and Varsity drives and officials are recommending residents stay away...


    Six Elk Grove roads closed for evening rush

    Elk Grove Village officials said Thursday that significant flooding has left many roads closed for the evening rush hour, but that the problems mostly are in the places which have been affected by past heavy rains. “There’s no unusual flooding in Elk Grove Village and we’re on top of everything,” Mayor Craig Johnson said.

    Water continues to rise on the Fox River at the bridge in South Elgin.

    Some South Elgin residents asked to evacuate

    People along Riverside Drive in South Elgin are being asked to evacuate because of the storm but so far that evacuation is not mandatory. According to the South Elgin Police Department, drivers are being asked to stay off Woodrow Avenue, Wilson Way, Chipstone Drive, Park Street, Crystal Avenue, Spring Avenue and North Water Street. Residents can still access their homes along those streets but...


    Salt Creek slowly receding in Rolling Meadows

    All roads were reopened in Rolling Meadows early this afternoon; while Salt Creek is still overflowing.


    Worst of the storm misses Arlington Heights

    The impact of today's storm is being felt less in Arlington Heights than other suburbs closer to the Des Plaines River, officials said.


    Bartlett, Munger roads closed in Bartlett

    Authorities today closed Bartlett, Munger and Shoe Factory roads in parts of Bartlett because of "long-term" flooding in the area, Hanover Township Emergency Services Lt. James Dexter said. "It's just overtaking those areas," he said of the flooding.


    Weather causes Bartlett’s Eastview Middle School to close

    Elgin Area School District U-46 was open Thursday, but Eastview Middle School students in Bartlett had the day off because of the weather. A sewer backup forced Superintendent Jose Torres to close the school Thursday morning. Patrick Mogge, director of school and community relations, said by early afternoon that was the only school where the effects of the storm reached inside the building.

    Steve Lundy/slundy@dailyherald.com Volunteer Fred Rickert of Zion places sandbags at Tranquility Salon on Old Grand Avenue in Gurnee Thursday morning.

    Volunteers fill sandbags in Gurnee

    Volunteers filling sandbags today in Gurnee say they just want to be neighborly in trying to help those looking to fend off Des Plaines River floodwater in a pocket of the village's east side.

    Knollwood park subdivision is heavily flooded in Fox Lake.

    Flooding worries Fox Lake officials

    Fox Lake Emergency Services Disaster Agency Director Annette Wolf wore a look of concern as she stepped out of the police Hummer after touring the flooded Knollwood Park subdivision. About 100 homes there already have damage, and the worst is yet to come, Wolf said.


    Milwaukee Avenue levy gates now closed

    The levy gates on Milwaukee Avenue were to have been closed at 1 p.m. in Prospect Heights, city officials said, meaning the major thoroughfare is closed to traffic between the Palatine Road overpass and Camp McDonald Road until further notice. Mayor Nick Helmer has officially declared a state of emergency in the city.

    ATF agents and others examine an area of Boylston Street in Boston Thursday, April 18, 2013, as investigation of the Boston Marathon bombings continues.

    Feds hunt bomb suspects; Obama offers reassurance

    Investigators in the Boston Marathon bombing pressed the search Thursday for one or two potential suspects spotted on video, while President Barack Obama offer words of reassurance to the city and a warning to those responsible for the attack: "We will find you." Mountains of marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators zeroed in on a man seen on department store surveillance...


    After-school activities canceled at River Trails Middle School

    River Trails Elementary District 26 has announced that due to the weather, after-school activities at River Trails Middle School in Mount Prospect have been canceled for Thursday. Activities at Indian Grove and Euclid elementary schools will proceed as scheduled.


    Flooding forces Warrenville to declare state of emergency

    A state of emergency has been declared in Warrenville after the city experienced its worst flooding in years.


    Wheeling opens emergency shelter

    Wheeling has opened a temporary shelter at the Wheeling Park District Recreation Center, 3 Community Blvd., for residents who need to relocate because of Thursday's flooding.

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attend an interfaith healing service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston, Thursday, April 18, 2013, for victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon explosions.

    Obama honors bombing victims in Boston

    President Barack Obama sought to inspire a stricken city and comfort an unnerved nation Thursday, declaring that Boston "will run again" and vowing to hunt down the perpetrator of the twin blasts that brought mayhem and death to the Boston Marathon. "If they sought to intimidate us, to terrorize us ... It should be pretty clear right now that they picked the wrong city to do it," Obama said.


    Buffalo Grove crews battle rising waters

    Buffalo Grove public works crews are out in force today clearing inlets in an effort to mitigate small pockets of flooding throughout the village, officials said. The village's storm system and waterways are taking on water faster than it can be discharged, leading several roads to experience localized flooding, according to the village.


    District 220 buses delayed by closed roads

    School buses serving Barrington Unit District 220 are dealing with many closed roads throughout the district's 72 square miles Thursday morning, and as a result some kids are late to class.

    Water shoots out of a hose dropped into a sewer to eject excess rainfall into the Fox River along the pedestrian path on Route 25 in St. Charles Thursday morning.

    Several streets closed in St. Charles

    Several streets were closed in St. Charles early Thursday morning, and sandbags were being delivered to some locations to help with the flooding.As of 8 a.m. today more than 3.25 inches of rain was reported at Ferson Creek, according to the city of St. Charles. The Fox River level is at 19 feet, 1 inch, 10 inches above flood stage. The Department of Natural Resources has restricted boating on the...


    Rebuilding trust in marriage takes hard work

    Loss of trust in a relationship - whether stemming from a real or imagined incident - can be devastating to a marriage, our Ken Potts says. But that trust can be rebuilt and the relationship repaired if both spouses will commit to working hard.


    Wheaton asks residents to document flooding

    With many Wheaton road closed due to flooding, city officials are warning motorists not to drive through flooded areas. Emergency and public works crews are out in the community addressing traffic and flooding. The city already has received more than 300 calls and is addressing them, officials said.


    Round Lake Beach man surprised by basement flooding

    Round Lake Beach resident Thom Bourgeois was at work at the Thornton's in Lakemoor about 6 a.m. when he got a call from his girlfriend that water was coming into the basement.


    Roads closed in Lincolnshire; river overflowing berm

    A pair of streets in Lincolnshire were closed Thursday because of flooding, and more closures could follow, officials announced. Londonderry Lane and Lincolnshire Drive were shut down because of rising water.


    Crowd shows appreciation for outgoing Palatine Twp. supervisor

    Though Palatine Township Supervisor Linda Fleming didn't publicly acknowledge Tuesday's annual town meeting would be her last, residents managed to express their appreciation nonetheless. Fleming received enthusiastic applause — some rose from their seats — after making her report for the eighth and final time on various township services.

    Grounds worker Ken Pilman stretches out a hose as workers try to pump water from a flooded section of the sub basement at Libertyville High School Thursday.

    Libertyville High School subbasement flooded, classes canceled

    A subbasement at Libertyville High School flooded early Thursday, prompting officials to cancel classes and on-campus activities for the day. Maintenance workers discovered rising water in storage space beneath the arts wing about 6:30 a.m., Libertyville-Vernon Hills Area High School District 128 spokeswoman Mary Todoric said.


    Bribery case linked to ex-NM gov back in court

    The allegations against retired state New Mexico District Judge Michael Murphy were startling, even in a state known for its political scandals. The judge told a potential judicial candidate she would need to make payments to a Democratic political activist if she wanted a seat on the bench, a report from prosecutors said. The money would then be funneled to former Gov. Bill Richardson, he said.

    Pakistan’s former President and military ruler Pervez Musharraf and his security team pushed past policemen and sped away from a court in the country’s capital on Thursday after his bail was revoked in a case in which he is accused of treason.

    Pakistan’s Musharraf flees court to avoid arrest

    Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf and his bodyguards pushed past policemen and sped away from court in the country's capital Thursday to avoid arrest after his bail was revoked in a case accusing him of detaining senior judges while in power. The 69-year-old Musharraf jumped into a black SUV and escaped as a member of his security team hung to the side of the vehicle in a dramatic...

    Willie Nelson is sending out his prayers via Twitter Thursday April 18, 2013 after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion rocked West, Texas, a small community north of Waco near where he grew up. He was born and grew up 120 miles north of the state capital, in tiny Abbott, which is about five miles north of West.

    Country icon Willie Nelson sends prayer tweet after Texas blast

    Country music legend Willie Nelson is sending out his prayers via Twitter after a deadly fertilizer plant explosion rocked West, Texas, a small community north of Waco near where he grew up. "West has been in my backyard all my life," Nelson tweeted early Thursday. "My heart is praying for the community that we call home."


    Forum provides a chance for all views on pensions to grow

    Columnist Jim Slusher: Our only objective for the Pension Forum scheduled for next Wednesday night is to add depth and detail to the discussion over what to do about the state's pension crisis.

    President Barack Obama, next to Vice President Joe Biden, gestures as he speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, about the defeat in the Senate of a bill to expand background checks on guns.

    What now for gun control? A look at the issue

    The impassioned push for new gun laws, born from the slaughter of schoolchildren, has collided with the marble-hard realities of Congress. A series of Senate votes Wednesday marked the biggest moment in nearly two decades for those who want to limit guns in America, and for those who don't. Gun control failed. President Barack Obama said now that the issue has been revived, it won't go away. But...

    This undated photo provided by Meixu Lu shows Lingzi Lu in Boston. Boston University confirmed Wednesday, April 17, 2013, that Lingzi Lu, who was studying mathematics and statistics at the school and was due to receive her graduate degree in 2015, was among the people killed in the explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15, 2013, in Boston.

    Chinese bomb victim went to elite school in China

    The Chinese student killed in the Boston Marathon blasts grew up in an intellectual family in a northeastern Chinese city with gritty, industrial roots, and graduated from a highly competitive high school that routinely sends students abroad. In Boston, where 23-year-old Lu Lingzi enrolled in graduate-level study in statistics, friends and teachers remembered her as an exceptional student and an...

    A foam finger stands at a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street in Boston, near the blast site of the Boston Marathon explosions, Thursday, April 18, 2013. The city continues to cope following Monday’s explosions near the finish line of the marathon.

    Stories of casualties in Boston Marathon bombing

    The twin bombs at the Boston Marathon killed Lu Lingzi, a Boston University student from China; 8-year-old spectator Martin Richard; and 29-year-old spectator Krystle Campbell. But it also injured more than 170 people: runners, couples, spectators, children. Some are in grave condition; some lost limbs or senses; all their lives will be forever touched by the bombings. Here are some of their...


    Lightning strike causes Metra delays

    A lightning strike to a Union Pacific switching location has stalled Metra lines on the three lines operated by the railroad. The north line that runs from Kenosha, Wisc. to the Ogilvie station downtown is running nearly two hours behind.


    Pingree Grove to discuss special census

    In the next month or so, the Pingree Grove village board will discuss conducting a special U.S. Census that could bring in increased state revenues for the village, Village President Greg Marston said.

    Dori Eldridge of Naperville sent this picture of a duck swimming in her backyard this morning.

    Share your flooding pictures with us

    Today is going to be messy -- on the roads, at your homes and at your offices. Help us chronicle the damage caused by today's flooding. Share you flooding pictures with us by emailing them to storm@dailyherald.com. We'll publish them in a gallery.

    Family members of those lost in the Newtown, Conn. school shooting, Mark and Jackie Barden, with their children Natalie and James, who lost Daniel; Nicole Hockley, mother of Dylan, upper left, and Jeremy Richman, father of Avielle in the back, stand together as President Barack Obama speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House, Wednesday, April 17, 2013, in Washington. Obama spoke about measures to reduce gun violence and a bill to expand background checks on guns that was defeated in the Senate.

    Gun control backers: Senate defeat won’t stop us

    President Barack Obama and his gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won't stop their drive to reduce firearms violence. But their path to enacting gun curbs this year seems blocked by the National Rifle Association, and supporters of restrictions appear befuddled about what it will take to push legislation through this Congress.

    Gurnee resident Sue Tebbetts places a sandbag on a pile as volunteers fill sandbags in Gurnee yesterday to help area residents and businesses from the flooding caused by the Des Plaines River. Heavy rains are expected to continue today, causing the problem to become worse.

    Dawn Patrol: Lightning causes fires; deadly Texas explosion

    Flood risk along suburban waterways today. Texas plant explosion may have killed dozens. Wood Dale cop testifies about shooting intruder. Nuclear engineer guilty of Woodridge "thrill' carjacking. Naperville approves $7.5 million in Water Street incentives. Boston sports fans mourn, then cheer. Bulls beat Wizards to lock up No. 5 seed in East.


    Final Wisconsin legislative hearing on budget planned

    MADISON, Wis. — The public has one last chance to testify before the legislature’s budget committee about Gov. Scott Walker’s two-year spending plan.The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is holding the fourth and final public hearing Thursday in Baldwin.


    Wisconsin inland fishing season kicks off next month

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin anglers itching to go after that big one won’t have to wait much longer. The state’s inland fishing season opens May 4. Department of Natural Resources fish experts say anglers might have to adjust their tactics to compensate for the cold spring and low water temperatures. They recommend fishing in areas with good exposure to sun and fishing slower and deeper.


    UW-Stout gets $550,000 grant to study wetlands

    The University of Wisconsin-Stout is getting more than half a million dollars to study how wetlands in the Chippewa Valley are being affected by development. The National Science Foundation is providing a $550,000 grant so researchers can study wetlands in west-central Wisconsin over the next five years.


    “Milwaukee Museum Mile” celebrates anniversary

    Five small and medium-sized museums in Milwaukee are celebrating the one-year anniversary of working together to promote each other. The museums have created what they call the Milwaukee Museum Mile, since all are within a mile and often are overlooked by visitors.


    Indiana woman convicted of running over ex-boyfriend

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A northeastern Indiana woman has been convicted of battery and other charges for driving over her ex-boyfriend and leaving him in agony in a dark parking lot.An Allen County jury convicted 22-year-old Katie Miller on Tuesday night of battery with a deadly weapon, criminal recklessness and failure to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in injury.


    Bulls center Joakim Noah, left, clasps hands with Nate Robinson during Monday’s second half.

    Noah blasts D-Rose critics

    Joakim Noah came to the defense of injured teammate Derrick Rose, who has gotten considerable criticism from all over for not yet returning from ACL surgery. "Derrick's a brother," Noah said after Monday's win over the Heat. "To see him go through this, it's tough. But at the end of the day, it's really funny how quick people are to judge; people who don't know what it's like to lead a team, especially after you tore your ACL."

    With so many players working their way back into the lineup, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will have a couple of tough decisions to make when the Bulls take on the Brooklyn Nets.

    Thibs has some decisions to make

    With so many players working their way back into the lineup, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will have a couple of tough decisions to make when the Bulls take on the Brooklyn Nets.


    Bears open with pair of home games

    The Bears open their 2013 season with back-to-back Sunday home games, but it won't be easy.


    Thursday’s girls soccer scoreboard
    Thursday’s matches*libertyville 1, mundelein 0Libertyville 0 1 —1Mundelein 0 0 —0Libertyville — Kapecki (Mudd).Goalkeepers — Lib: Sundberg (4 saves); Mund: Dennis (9 saves).


    Thursday’s girls water polo scoreboard
    Thursday’s summaries*stevenson 18, LIBERTYVILLE 4Stevenson 5 2 7 4 —18Libertyville 2 1 0 1 —4Stevenson — M. Gartenberg 5, Travetto 4, A. Oliver 3, B. Gartenberg 2, J. Oliver 2, Adams, Kanaris.Libertyville — Joshi 2, Ahlgrim, Durning.Goalkeepers — Lib: Jamieson (7 saves).JV — Stevenson 14, Libertyville 3*MUNDELEIN 13, LAKE FOREST 4Mundelein — Kozokar 6, Robb 4, Perreault, East, Casali.JV — Mundelein 10, Lake Forest 4*Barringt0n 18, Schaumburg 2 Barrington 5 3 9 1 —18Schaumburg 2 0 0 0 — 2Barrington — Danhauer 4, Byron 4, Meckert 2, Buenrostro 2, Widdowson, Bastidas, Fakhory, Scaridno, Dassatti, Mulica.Schaumburg — Vasquez, Johnson.Goalkeepers — Bar: Burrell (3 save), Buenrostro (2 saves); Sch: Sumsky (6 saves).*fremd 13, hoffman estates 5Fremd — Borre 3, Boldt 2, Anderson 2, Degla, Hoffman, Langas, Teragawachi, Barry, DeCanio.*palatine 13, conant 10Conant 3 2 1 4 —10Palatine 3 2 4 4 —13Conant — Skittone 5, Rosas 4, Fenlon.Palatine — Chumbook 6, Wojtas 5, Seidl, McHugh.Goalkeepers — Con: Demaret (22 saves); Pal: Butler (14 saves).*


    Thursday’s badminton scoreboard
    Thursday’s meets*Buffalo grove 15, Hoffman Estates 0Singles —No.1: Kolenchery (BG) d. Kim 21-10, 21-5; No.2: Scwartz (BG) d. Paya 21-6, 21-6; No.3: Michelsen (BG) d. Lim 21-13, 21-14; No.4: Zawlocki (BG) d. Fatima 21-7, 21-4; No.5: Jambrone (BG) d. Macaraeg 21-8, 21-13; No.6: Berns (BG) d. Mallazhi 21-6, 21-12; No.7: Sommers (BG) d. Shah 21-12, 21-9; No.8: Mayer (BG) d. Patel 21-6, 21-9; No.9: Fortman (BG) d. Bagriuy 21-13, 21-15; No.10. North (BG) d. Cisneros 21-12, 21-17.Doubles —No.1: Zawlocki/Jambrone (BG) d. Kim/Paya 21-4, 21-7; No.2: Berns/Fortman (BG) d. Cisneros/Macaraeg 21-9, 21-16; No.3: Kolnchery/Michelsen (BG) d. Lim/Shah 21-7, 21-12; No.4: Mayer/Schwartz (BG) d. Ballazhi/Patel 21-2, 21-8; No.5: North/Sommers (BG) d. Fatima/Bagriz 21-5, 21-5.*Conant 10, Rolling Meadows 5Singles —No.1: Kim (RM) d. Meitzler; No.2: Migdal (Con) d. Cantieri 21-18, 21-15; No.3: Chah (Con) d. Vercillo 21-13, 21-16; No.4: Haney (Con) d. Sukhbaatar 21-18, 21-14; No.5: Wootton (RM) d. Naqi 11-21, 21-18, 21-11; No.6: Pracdhar (Con) d. Ignatova 18-21, 21-14, 21-18; No.7: Dhamija (Con) d. Poduch 22-20, 19-21, 21-17; No.8: Pietura (RM) d. Cheu 21-12, 21-14; No.9: Davis (Con) d. Gallagher 17-21, 16-21; No.10. Geevaghese (Con) d. Bheem 21-13, 21-12.Doubles —No.1: Kim/Cantieri (RM) d. Haney/Prodwan 21-5, 21-16; No.2: Chan/Naqi (Con) d. ; No.3: MIgdal/Meitzler (Con) d. Wooton/Poduch 21-16, 21-11; No.4: 1; No.5: Bheem/Davis d. Galagher/Geevaghese,*


    Thursday’s boys volleyball scoreboard
    Thursday’s matches*Larkin d. Conant 22-25, 26-24, 25-23Attack: Con: Openchewski 15-21 (10 kills), Levitt 2-2, Dahm 5-7 (3 kills), Wegenek 7-8 (5 kills), Chung 9-11 (3 kills), Toborov 7-9 (4 kills). Serving: Con: Tomula 5-5, Opnechoski 5-5, Levitt 15-15, Todorov 5-6, Chung 11-12 (ace). Setting: Con: Levitt 16-17 (4 assists), Lejman 44-44 (18 assists). Serve receive: Con: Tomula 16-19, Opneochowski 10-12, Patel 1-1, Chung 3-7. Digs: Con: Tomula 16, Opnechowski 17, Levitt 9, Chung 16, Lejman 6. Blocks: Con: Wegenek 2, Lesman, Todorov.*south elgin d. schaumburg 28-25, 26-22Attack: Sch: Knitter (6 kills), Rios (3 kills); SElg: Marotta (19 kills), Sexton (6 kills), Lullo (4 kills). Setting: Sch: Thomas (15 assists): SElg: Dinneen (25 assists). Digs: Sch: Jarosz 7; SElg: Lullo 6.*st. viator d. westminster christian 25-8, 25-10Attack: StV: E.Wolf 7-8 (5 kills), Cienlawa 12-16 (4 kills), Schiller 6-6 (3 kills), Underys 5-6 (kill), Giovenco 2-2 (kill), Lavelle 5-5 (2 kills). Serving: StV: Harrington 19-19 (ace), B.Wolf 5-5 (2 aces), Cieniawa 3-3, Szelezynski 4-4, Purcell 2-2 (ace), Lavelle 3-4. Setting: StV: Harrington 39-39 (17 assists), Knox 5-5 (2 assists), Underys 9-10 (4 assists). Digs: StV: Giovenco 17, Purcell 5, Tun 3. Blocks: StV: Koller 2, Lavelle.*


    Thursday’s boys water polo scoreboard
    Thursday’s scoreboard*conant 10, palatine 9 (2 OT)Conant — Burke 3, Schmitz 2, Engebretson 2, Bradberry, Nagorzanski.Palatine — Brons, Kalfas 3, El Hoffi, Kalev 2, Kleinfeldt 2.Goalkeepers — Con: Ahmed (12 saves).*Hersey 10, Prospect 8Prospect 1 3 1 3 —8Hersey 1 3 4 2 —10Prospect — Hansen 4, Mauer 4.Hersey — Carroll 3, Vladimirov 3, Reynolds 2, Carvajal, Buffa.Goalkeepers — Pros: Fox, Saviano; Hers: Hill, Velasquez, Maxwell.*schaumburg 13, barrington 7Schaumburg — Skirrook, Birriel 4, Swinkunas, Peterson, Walsh 2, Borst 3, Stucker.Barrington — Jacobs, Barnowski, Lesniak 2, Bator, Hoffman, Miseyka.Goalkeepers — Sch: Faleni (11 saves); Bar: McCarthy (10 saves).*


    Thursday’s boys gymnastics scoreboard
    Thursday’s meets*stevenson 157.700, libertyville 133.500Vault — 1. Burke (Lib) 9.3, 2. Guth (Stev) 8.9, 3. Weichselbaum (Stev) 8.8, Feltman-Frank (Stev) 8.8.Parallel Bars — 1. Weichselbaum (Stev) 9.2, 2. Guth (Stev) 9.0, 3. Feltman-Frank (Stev) 8.9.Still Rings — 1. Feltman-Frank (Stev) 8.9, 2. Weichselbaum (Stev) 8.2, Metcalf (Lib) 8.2.Pommel Horse — 1. Guth (Stev) 8.8, 2. Feltman-Frank (Stev) 8.6, 3. Weichselbaum (Stev) 8.4.Horizontal Bar — 1. Feltman-Frank (Stev) 9.5, 2. Guth (Stev) 9.0, 3. Weichselbaum (Stev) 7.0.Floor Exercise — 1. Weichselbaum (Stev) 9.5, 2. Guth (Stev) 9.3, 3. Feltman-Frank (Stev) 8.9..All-Around — 1. Feltman-Frank (Stev) 53.600, 2. Guth (Stev) 53.000, 3. Weichselbaum (Stev) 51.100.


    That’s not Big Brother watching, it’s a college coach

    There’s a saying that the Internet is forever. It’s a shame more high school athletes haven’t heard it.

    Chicago White Sox pitcher Chris Sale reacts during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Toronto. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)

    Sale takes tough loss as Jays beat Sox

    Chris Sale bounced back from a career-worst performance. But it wasn't enough to beat knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Dickey threw six shutout innings before leaving with soreness in his neck and back, Rajai Davis had two hits and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Sale and the Sox 3-1 on Thursday.

    Libertyville forward Katie McAuliffe streaks downfield as Mundelein defender Jessica Schultz gives chase.

    Midfield leaders key for Libertyville

    A lot of the success for Libertyville’s girls soccer team centers around its midfield. Sam Marsh leads by example for the Wildcats and receives plenty of help from help seniors Greta Gustafson, Kat Keefe, Sydney Mudd and Annie Rigali. Another senior, Gen Kapecki, scored the game-winning goal for the second time in less than a week, as Libertyville shut out host Mundelein 1-0 in a North Suburban Lake Division contest Thursday night.


    Palatine edges Conant

    Palatine 13, Conant 10: The host Pirates outscored Conant 4-1 in the third quarter, and that proved to be the difference as both teams scored 3 goals in the first, 2 in the second and 4 in the fourth.Rachel Chumbook (6 goals) and Caroline Wojtas (5) led the offensive effort for Palatine (15-10, 5-4), and Kim Butler had 14 saves in goal.Angie Skittone (5 goals) and Carmen Rosas (4) paced Conant (9-14, 3-5).Barrington 18, Schaumburg 2: Catherine Byron and Lisa Danhauer had 4 goals apiece to pace a dominant effort from the visiting Fillies, who clinched an outright MSL West championship with the victory. Maddie Burrell and Grace Buenrostro share time in goal for Barrington (19-2, 9-0).Fremd 13, Hoffman Estates 8: Mandy Borre (3 goals) and Tori Boldt and Breanna Anderson (2 apiece) led the way as the Vikings wrapped up a second-place finish in the Mid-Suburban West.


    Stevenson rolls past Libertyville

    Melissa Gartenberg scored 5 goals, Allison Travetto added 4, and Stevenson’s girls water polo team defeated Libertyville 18-4 Thursday.Ashley Oliver had 3 goals for the Patriots, who received a pair each from Brittany Gartenberg and Jenna Oliver. Alex Adams and Alex Kanaris also scored in the win, while goalie Becky Callen made 12 saves.Libertyville got 2 goals from Devika Joshi and one each from Julie Ahlgrim and Sarah Durning.Mundelein 13, Lake Forest 4: Karrie Kozokar scored 6 goals for the Mustangs.


    The weight is over for Hersey

    Hersey’s boys water polo players are serious about their sport. So much so that many opted to lift weights in eighth period on Thursday, not long before they were scheduled to host Prospect in a matchup at Olympic Pool in Arlington Heights. And this wasn’t just any game — a victory would clinch the school’s first divisional boys water polo championship. “I asked them, ‘Are you sure about this?’ ” explained Hersey coach Dick Mortensen, “and they said, ‘Yes, absolutely.’ ” Thanks to a determined effort from Prospect, Hersey had a second session of heavy lifting in store. But the Huskies were indeed victorious, winning 10-8 and earning a spot in the Mid-Suburban League championship game. Standout players George Vladimirov, Jack Carroll and Connor Reynolds accounted for 8 of Hersey’s goals and — bad news for the rest of the division — all are juniors.


    It’s been anything but simple for Simon, Lake Zurich

    After more than 30 years in baseball, Lake Zurich coach Gary Simon figured he had seen it all. But this has been a season of firsts for him, and for the Bears, who are used to being one of the better teams in Lake County. But so far, Lake Zurich has suffered through about as many injuries and personnel setbacks as game cancellations due to inclement weather, of which there have been plenty of those. The inconsistencies in the lineup have led to a rough start. The Bears were just 2-10 as of Thursday. “Well, in 33 years, I’ve never seen the weather this bad, and we’ve also been hit with a ton of problems,” Simon said. “It’s been a tough year so far. The injuries have been really tough on our pitching. We’re just getting to the point where we’re playing at full strength.”

    St. Edward graduate Tarah McShane is having a productive sophomore season for the Valparaiso softball team.

    Elgin grad Schultz earns hall of fame status

    Former Elgin High School baseball player Chris Schultz is now a Hall of Famer. Schultz was recently announced as being part of the 2013 Purdue North Central Athletic Hall of Fame induction class. Schultz, who a school news release tabbed as one who many believe to be the best baseball player in PNC program history, concluded his senior year by being named PNC’s first-ever NAIA first-team All-American. He later signed a professional contract with the now defunct Schaumburg Flyers.

    FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2012 file photo, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reacts after injuring himself in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers in New York. Yankees captain Derek Jeter has left the team's minor league complex in Florida where he was rehabbing his injured ankle and gone for a medical exam. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

    Jeter out until after All-Star break

    NEW YORK — Derek Jeter will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a new fracture in his broken left ankle — a blow to a New York Yankees team already reeling from injuries and one that raises long-term questions about the 38-year-old shortstop’s future.Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Jeter should be able to resume his rehabilitation when the new crack heals, in about four to eight weeks. Cashman has repeatedly maintained the 13-time All-Star should be able to return at his previous level of play.Jeter will not require surgery for the break, Cashman said after speaking with Dr. Robert Anderson, who operated on the Yankees’ captain on Oct. 20.“He told me 95 percent of the people that have this, they come back from it fine. You just have to back off,” Cashman said.“But it’s a setback, so it’s not a good situation,” he said.Then again, the Yankees and Jeter repeatedly said all winter that he would be ready to play on opening day. And Jeter, whose range already has declined, turns 39 on June 26.Jeter was hurt last Oct. 13 in the AL championship series opener against Detroit. He was limited to five spring training games and 11 at-bats, and when the team left spring training he stayed behind for rehabilitation at New York’s minor league complex in Tampa, Fla.After three straight days of workouts, Jeter went to Charlotte, N.C., and was examined Thursday by Anderson.“They did a new CT scan which revealed a small crack in the area of the previous injury, so we have to back off and let that heal,” Cashman said before New York played Arizona. “This is obviously a setback. In terms of speculating on when we might see Derek back with us, we’d be looking at some time after the All-Star break.”Cashman himself is recovering from a broken leg sustained in a spring training skydiving accident and entered the press conference room at Yankee Stadium in a motorized scooter.“Clearly he hasn’t done anything wrong,” the GM said. “He was cleared to play. This is the third CT scan he’s had. His prior two CT scans showed the healing and 100 percent healing. He wasn’t cleared for the baseball activities and cleared to play until he had 100 percent healing, so this is a new fracture, but a small one. That’s I guess the only good part. They kept saying the word ‘small.’”Jeter is among four regulars missing from the Yankees’ lineup, a group that totals 32 All-Star appearances. The defending AL East champions began the day with an 8-5 record.Outfielder Curtis Granderson broke his right forearm when hit by a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ in his first at-bat of spring training on Feb. 24 and is expected back next month. First baseman Mark Teixeira also hopes to return in May from a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist sustained March 5 while with the U.S. team at the World Baseball Classic. And third baseman Alex Rodriguez isn’t expected back until after the All-Star break following left hip surgery on Jan. 16.Jeter didn’t play in his first spring training game until March 9, played again March 11 and returned to shortstop for the first time on March 13. After playing the field for consecutive days on March 15-16, he felt soreness. He was scratched from the starting lineup on March 19 and had an anti-inflammatory injection.“He’s obviously the toughest one we’ve ever had, and when Derek Jeter continues to have issues that don’t go away, that means more than just your typical something,” Cashman said. “So that’s what led to the follow-up with Dr. Anderson in Charlotte.”Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix have split most of the time at shortstop this season, with Robinson Cano shifting over for one inning. Nix has two errors and Nunez none.Last year, Nunez had fielding foibles when the Yankees shifted him among shortstop, third base and the outfield.

    South Elgin’s Nate Marotta celebrates the Storm’s first-game win against Schaumburg Thursday in South Elgin. South Elgin won the match in two games.

    Marotta, South Elgin power by Schaumburg

    When the South Elgin boys volleyball team needs a point the ball usually goes toward Nate Marotta. The junior finished with a match-high 19 kills Thursday, including the team’s final 3 points, as the Storm beat Schaumburg, 25-22, 28-26, in a nonconference match at South Elgin. “We know we have Nate to be able to put the ball away whenever we’re in a situation, whether it’s game point or the other team has run a couple points and we need a side out,” Storm coach Adam Plach said. “It’s good to have that. It builds the confidence in the rest of our team too knowing that that’s there.”


    Focused Stevenson delivers a can’t-miss performance

    It’s not very often you hear a boys gymnastics coach say “we can’t miss” during a meet. But that was the way Stevenson coach Eric Liva felt after five events of his Independent Conference dual meet against rival Libertyville on Thursday night. The Patriots had just finished their parallel bars routines with a sparkling 27.1 points to go a perfect 15-for-15 hitting routines up to that point with a score of 132.2 going into their final event. Stevenson (3-1, 1-1) proved Liva’s premonition was right as the Pats closed out the meet with a 3-for-3, 25.5 score on high bar to put the finishing touches on a very rare 18-for-18 meet for any high school squad. Those great routines resulted in the Patriots soaring to a season-high 157.7 points to obliterate their previous high scores of 149.6 and 147 twice in recent weeks.


    Scouting Bulls vs. Nets

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    Bulls part of NBA history this weekend

    One significant sidebar to this weekend is the Bulls will take part in the first NBA playoff games in Brooklyn history. With a first-year arena and essentially a new fan base, there are plenty of unknown quantities.

    Crystal Lake South assistant softball coach Mark Hardie is out of action for the season while he recovers from compartment syndrome.

    Crystal Lake South missing Hardie’s presence

    Mark Hardie is a unique high school softball coach. The assistant coach at Crystal Lake South is also a dad of softball players. His triplet daughters — Kaitlin, Megan and Samantha — all played softball for the Gators, with their dad as Scott Busam’s assistant. That in itself isn’t all that unique, although dads coaching in high school is somewhat of a novelty. Hardie achieved the unique status after the 2009 season, when he stayed on as South’s assistant coach. You’ll find very few dads who would do that after their kids graduate, especially when two of the three said kids were moving on to play the game at Winona State University in Minnesota. But Hardie, who started coaching with Busam when the Hardie girls were in eighth grade, had a passion for softball and for the kids and program at Crystal Lake South and he and Busam have continued to make things work.


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    White Sox vs. Minnesota Twins at U.S. Cellular FieldTV: Comcast SportsNet Plus Friday; FOX Saturday; Channel 9 SundayRadio: WSCR 670-AMPitching matchups: The Sox’ Jake Peavy (2-1) vs. Vance Worley (0-2) Friday at 7:10 p.m.; Gavin Floyd (0-3) vs. Scott Diamond (0-1) Saturday at 2:05 p.m.; Dylan Axelrod (0-1) vs. Kevin Correia (1-1) Sunday at 1:10 p.m.At a glance: The White Sox are happy to be home following their first road trip of the season, a challenging 10-game test at Washington, Cleveland and Toronto. The Twins are off to a decent start at 6-7. Poor weather wiped out home games at Target Field Sunday vs. the Mets and Wednesday vs. the Angels. The Sox were 14-4 vs. Minnesota last season, outscoring the Twins 113-77. Peavy was strong in his last start, vs. the Indians Sunday, allowing 1 run on 5 hits in 7 innings. He also had 11 strikeouts. White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper is due back after missing the entire road trip due to diverticulitis.Next: Cleveland Indians, Monday-Wednesday at U.S. Cellular Field— Scot Gregor

    Cubs catcher Welington Castillo went 4-for-4 with a double Thursday against the Rangers at WRigley Field and is hitting .425 this season.

    Castillo making some noise with the bat

    The Cubs are getting welcome production from young catcher Welington Castillo, who enjoyed a career-high with 4 hits in Thursday's 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers. Castillo already brings good defense to his game.

    Mundelein pitcher Mitch Schulewitz has had a great start to the year at 5-0, partly due to his becoming a true student of the game — and his opponents.

    Turns out Mundelein’s Schulewitz is a quick study

    Clearly, Mitch Schulewitz is studying. The Mundelein senior is in the National Honor Society and he boasts a 3.8 grade point average in mostly honors and advanced placement classes. The unfortunate news for high school baseball players all over Lake County is that Schulewitz, the Mustangs’ ace on the mound this season, is studying them with the same intensity that he studies for math, history, science and all of his other academic subjects. “I go to YouTube and scouting websites and try to watch videos of all the hitters I’ll face. I look at what they do, their tendencies,” Schulewitz said of the on-line videos that many high school athletes post of themselves for recruiting purposes. “We’re going to be facing Stevenson and Libertyville soon and I’ll be looking up their guys. I guess I’m kind of weird, but it’s not like I’m forcing myself to do it. I really enjoy doing stuff like that. I like studying the game.”


    Chalk up another goal for Hawks

    While many fans were sleeping Wednesday night, the Blackhawks clinched the Western Conference title and home ice in the first three rounds of the playoffs when Columbus beat Anaheim.That leaves only one goal for the Hawks: holding off Pittsburgh and clinching first place overall and the President’s Trophy that goes with it — which would mean home ice throughout the playoffs.“It’s important to us,” goalie Corey Crawford said. “We want to get home ice, that’s something we’ve been battling for all year.”Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said there still are things to accomplish.“We’re still moving forward,” Quenneville said. “I know we’re in a pretty good spot there. We were hopeful that would’ve been achieved whether we had to do it or hopefully over time it would’ve got done.“But I think we still want to keep moving forward, whether you’re looking at Pittsburgh or I’m still looking at how we play. That’s the focus and the concentration. We’re watching a couple games last night, some real interesting third periods last night late, so you never know what can happen.”Sharp a no go:Patrick Sharp will miss his third straight game Friday and 15th in the last 17 because of a shoulder injury.“I’m not playing, but I feel pretty good in practice skating,” Sharp said. “It’s a frustrating process for me personally, but we’re getting closer. I hope to play some games before heading into the playoffs.“It’s going to be a tough, long run in the playoffs and it’s always physical and intense and I’ll be ready to play. I’d just like to get in there during the regular season and play a couple down the stretch.”Hello again:The last time the Hawks faced Nashville on April 7, they basically knocked the Predators out of the playoffs chase in the West with a 5-3 win at the United Center.The Predators are back Friday to play the Hawks for the fourth time in nine games with basically nothing to play for.“There are still guys there who are battling for a spot on their team for next year,” Corey Crawford said. “Guys still have pride. They still want to win hockey games. They’re still a competitive team. It can be a dangerous game of we start thinking that they have nothing to play for and they’re not going to come ready.”Emery out, Hutton up:Ray Emery has a lower body injury and is considered day-to-day, according to Joel Quenneville.Carter Hutton was recalled from Rockford to replace Emery on the roster. The 27-year-old Hutton was 26-22-1 at Rockford with a 2.72 goals-against average and .908 save percentage.Emery will try to skate on Friday morning but won’t dress as Corey Crawford’s backup. There’s still a chance Emery starts Saturday against Phoenix.Resting up:Niklas Hjalmarsson and Michal Rozsival missed practice Thursday for maintenance days, according to Joel Quenneville.Hjalmarsson will play Friday against Nashville.“I think at this time we want to make sure we’re smart about rest,” Quenneville said. “Maybe they’re small enough (issues) that they could become bigger and we have that luxury of making sure they are more preventive than anything.”


    Illinois Derby to feature wide-open field

    The Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Racecourse may no longer be a prep race for the Kentucky Derby, but offering a purse of $750,000 sure doesn’t hurt when it comes to attracting a big, quality field of 3-year-olds.

    Starter Carlos Villanueva earned his first win as a Cub, lowering his ERA to 1.29.

    Sveum savors some slugging

    The Cubs got something they've been getting all year in Thursday's 6-2 victory over the Texas Rangers: good starting pitching. They also got something they've been lacking: a bunch of extra-base hits.

    Captain Jonathan Toews lifts the Stanley Cup after the Blackhawks beat the Flyers 4-3 in overtime to win Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup Finals on June 9, 2010, in Philadelphia.

    Blackhawks MVP? It’s got to be Toews

    Los Angeles Kings coach Darryl Sutter scrunched his face as only he can and pondered the question: Who is the Blackhawks’ most valuable player, Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane?It’s an important question considering the Hawks have the best record in the NHL at 33-5-4 and many Hart Trophy candidates come from the top team.Going by the pure definition of the award, most valuable to his team, it would have to be Toews, who leads the Hawks in goals with 21, is just 3 points behind Kane with 44, has 4 game-winning goals, kills penalties on one of the league’s top penalty-killing units and basically never takes a night off.

    Chicago Cubs' Anthony Rizzo, right is greeted at home by Starlin Castro after the pair scored on Rizzo's home run off Texas Rangers starting pitcher Alexi Ogando during the third inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 18 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charlie Arbogast)

    Soriano, Rizzo homer, Cubs beat Rangers 6-2

    Alfonso Soriano hit his first home run of the season, Anthony Rizzo also homered and the Cubs beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 Thursday at a soggy Wrigley Field. Despite torrential rains that caused citywide floods, the teams were able to play in an occasional drizzle. The Cubs and Texas were rained out Wednesday.


    There’s more than just a name behind track meets

    Who are those guys? Nearly every weekend track athletes and their parents might wonder whose name heads the cover of the invite program they’re holding. Most of the time these folks are not household names, just normal people with passion.


    McHenry County meet postponed until Saturday

    The McHenry County track and field meet for boys and girls scheduled to run Thursday and Friday has been postponed until Saturday due to the weather.

    Wisconsin-Green Bay coach Brian Wardle, who led the Phoenix to a 18-15 record last season, is under investigation by school officials following two complaints by players who have left the program.

    Coaching controversy embroils ex-suburban star

    The father of one University of Wisconsin-Green Bay basketball player has spoken out in support of coach Brian Wardle, who is under investigation amid allegations he mistreated players. The university's investigation into Wardle, a Marquette grad and former three-time Daily Herald All-Area basketball star at Hinsdale Central, began last week after complaints were filed on behalf of two players. Orrin Brown, the father of junior center Alec Brown, said his son has never reported any kind of abuse or mistreatment.


    Mike North video: Hotel Wrigley?

    Mike North can't believe a hotel is going to be built right in the middle of Wrigleyville, but if you are the Ricketts, it gets approved. How much worse will the congestion get?


    Playoff times for Bulls-Nets series

    Here is the NBA schedule for the first-round Eastern Conference playoff series between the fifth-seeded Chicago Bulls and the fourth-seeded Brooklyn Nets, which starts Saturday in Brooklyn. The two teams played four games during the regular season with the Bulls winning 3 games.

    Celebrating his 14th birthday at Wrigley Field, Will Constable worries that a giant video screen proposed above the left-field bleachers will change the way Cubs fans while away games at the Friendly Confines.

    Wrigley's greatest asset is its lack of this 'must-have' perk

    Sitting at the first Cubs game since the deal to overhaul Wrigley Field was announced, my teenage son and I realize what we'll miss most when they update our beloved ballpark. The NFL is great on giant video screens. NBA games are perfect for people who need to be entertained constantly. But baseball is a pastime. It has a leisurely pace that encourages human interaction.


    Charles Falls

    Elgin firm launches app for gluten-free needs

    Kukec's eBuzz features Elgin-based DC Interactive Group, a marketing agency that launched Alex's Gluten Free Spots, a new iPhone app. It was created by the agency's owner, Charles Falls of St. Charles.

    This is Twitter’s new music app that uses tweets and other Twitter activity to detect the most popular tracks and emerging artists.

    Twitter launches music app

    Twitter has launched a service that lets people find music they like and tweet songs from iTunes, Spotify and Rdio. Twitter made the app available for download from Apple’s online store and also launched a Web version on Thursday. Twitter said the service will eventually be available on Android devices as well.

    The government’s top aviation official says the public should expect flight delays as furloughs kick in Sunday for air traffic controllers.

    FAA chief: Expect flight delays due to furloughs

    Air traffic controller furloughs scheduled to kick in on Sunday could result in flight delays of more than three hours in Atlanta, as well as significant delays in Chicago, Los Angeles and New York-area airports, federal officials said Thursday.

    U.S. stocks fell, sending the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index to a six-week low, as earnings from UnitedHealth Group Inc. to EBay Inc. disappointed investors.

    Stock market slips on weak earnings

    Disappointing earnings from a range of companies pushed the stock market lower on Thursday, giving major indexes their third loss this week. The stock prices of Morgan Stanley, UnitedHealth Group and others sank after they turned in weaker quarterly results. Prices of commodities held steady following a wild couple of days.

    Charles Falls

    Elgin firm launches app for gluten-free needs

    Kukec's eBuzz features Elgin-based DC Interactive Group, a marketing agency that launched Alex's Gluten Free Spots, a new iPhone app. It was created by the agency's owner, Charles Falls of St. Charles.

    Yahoo’s mobile push being orchestrated by CEO Marissa Mayer, seen here, has hatched Yahoo’s first email application for the iPad and other tablet computers running on Android software.

    Yahoo adds 2 more apps to mobile arsenal

    Yahoo is taking the next step in its effort to make some of its most popular services more appealing and accessible to the growing audience connecting to the Internet on smartphones and tablet computers.

    UnitedHealth Group, the largest provider of Medicare Advantage plans, warned Thursday that funding cuts for the privately-run versions of the federal Medicare program will force it to reconsider its expectations for earnings growth next year.

    UnitedHealth warns of Medicare profit squeeze

    UnitedHealth Group, the largest provider of Medicare Advantage plans, warned Thursday that funding cuts for the privately-run versions of the federal Medicare program will force it to reconsider its expectations for earnings growth next year. CEO Stephen Hemsley told analysts that the government-subsidized coverage for elderly and disabled people faces a reimbursement cut of about 4 percent next year.


    Abbott gets FDA approval for lens to treat cataract patients

    LIBERTYVILLE TOWNSHIP — Abbott Laboratories said its Tecnis Toric 1-Piece intraocular lens has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval and is launching in the United States for the treatment of cataract patients with pre-existing corneal astigmatism.Corneal astigmatism is a condition where the curvature of the cornea is uneven, preventing light rays from focusing clearly on the retina, resulting in blurred vision. Intraocular lenses are implanted in a patient’s eye after the removal of the natural lens that has become clouded by a cataract. Unlike conventional IOLs, the Tecnis Toric 1-Piece IOL can correct a patient’s loss of focus due to pre-existing corneal astigmatism of one diopter (a unit of measurement of the refractive power of a lens) or greater.“The Tecnis Toric 1-Piece IOL represents the latest advancement in cataract technology and expands Abbott’s portfolio of the Tecnis family of IOLs,” said Murthy Simhambhatla, senior vice president, Medical Optics, Abbott. “The Tecnis Toric 1-Piece IOL allows surgeons to offer an additional lens option that provides proven visual outcomes to increase patient satisfaction.”Along with delivering precise visual outcomes for patients, rotational stability is an important attribute of a toric IOL. The Tecnis Toric 1-piece IOL remains very stable once inserted into the eye, and meets the new standard for toric IOL rotational stability, as approved by the American National Standards Institute.In addition to providing astigmatism correction, the Tecnis Toric 1-Piece lens minimizes imprecise light focusing to provide sharper distance vision for the patient.“The Tecnis Toric IOL decreases astigmatism while improving visual quality, with improved functional vision,” said Kevin Waltz, O.D., M.D., Eye Surgeons of Indiana, and clinical investigator for the Tecnis Toric IOL. “Having implanted several Tecnis Toric IOLs within clinical trials, I find it delivers excellent patient results.”


    BMO Private Bank names leaders in Hinsdale, Naperville

    BMO Private Bank has appointed Peter O'Connor managing director of BMO Private Bank in Hinsdale and Nate Wasson managing director of BMO Private Bank in Naperville.


    UOP wins fourth license for methanol conversion technology

     China's Jiangsu Sailboat Petrochemical Co. Ltd. has licensed Honeywell's UOP advanced methanol-to-olefin process to convert methanol from gasified coal into key plastics building blocks.

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., left, and the committee’s ranking Democrat, Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, D-Md. Pro-business legislation aimed at helping companies fend off sophisticated foreign hackers sailed through the House on Thursday despite a White House veto threat and an outcry from privacy advocates and civil liberties groups that say it leaves Americans vulnerable to spying by the military.

    House passes pro-business cybersecurity bill

    Pro-business legislation aimed at helping companies fend off sophisticated foreign hackers sailed through the House on Thursday despite a White House veto threat and an outcry from privacy advocates and civil liberties groups that say it leaves Americans vulnerable to spying by the military.

    Labor Secretary nominee Thomas Perez is telling senators he would approach the job with an open mind and a willingness to work with business and labor groups to help create new jobs.

    Labor nominee Perez pledges open mind

    Labor Secretary nominee Thomas Perez is telling senators he would approach the job with an open mind and a willingness to work with business and labor groups to help create new jobs. Perez also pledges to continue the Labor Department's aggressive enforcement of safety, wage and hour laws.


    Measure of U.S. economy’s health declines in March

    A measure of the U.S. economy's health over the next six months declined slightly in March from February, a sign that growth may slow this spring. The Conference Board says its index of leading indicators dipped 0.1 percent in March to 94.7. That's the first decline after three months of gains.


    Ethiopian Airlines readies grounded 787 for flight
    The chief executive of Ethiopian Airlines says it is seeking approval from America's Federal Aviation Administration and from Boeing to put its grounded Boeing 787s back into service.


    Coal miner Peabody 1Q earnings slide

    Coal miner Peabody Energy Corp. says its profit slid in the first three months of the year on lower U.S. shipments and prices for its Australian coal. But the results still beat Wall Street's expectations.

    Morgan Stanley’s profit and revenue dipped in the first quarter. Results beat Wall Street’s expectations, but the stock still dipped in premarket trading.

    Morgan Stanley profit dips, but beats predictions

    Morgan Stanley's profit and revenue dipped in the first quarter. Results beat Wall Street's expectations, but the stock still dipped in pre-market trading. Quarterly revenue from the investment bank slipped, while revenue from wealth management rose.

    Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc. said Thursday that its first-quarter profit fell nearly 2 percent on a decline in the number of cigarettes sold.

    Philip Morris Int’l 1Q profit falls nearly 2 pct

    Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc. said Thursday that its first-quarter profit fell nearly 2 percent on a decline in the number of cigarettes sold. The company, based in New York and Switzerland, also lowered its full-year earnings guidance because of changes in foreign exchange rates.

    PepsiCo is selling more of its snacks and drinks around the world but the maker of Frito-Lay, Gatorade and Quaker Oats is still trying to figure out how to sell more soda in the United States.

    PepsiCo beats expectations but soda struggles

    PepsiCo is selling more of its snacks and drinks around the world but the maker of Frito-Lay, Gatorade and Quaker Oats is still trying to figure out how to sell more soda in the United States. The Purchase, N.Y.-based company on Thursday reported a first-quarter profit that beat Wall Street expectations as it saw strong growth in emerging markets such as China and India and benefited from a lower tax rate.

    The parent of American Airlines is reporting a smaller loss for the first quarter than a year ago on slightly higher revenue and much lower labor costs.

    AMR trims 1Q loss as labor costs fall

    The parent of American Airlines is reporting a smaller loss for the first quarter than a year ago on slightly higher revenue and much lower labor costs. AMR Corp. said Thursday that it lost $341 million, compared with a loss of $1.66 billion a year earlier.

    Verizon Communications Inc. on Thursday, April 18, 2013 said that its profit rose 16 percent in the latest quarter as wireless revenue kept rising at a rate that’s the envy of the industry. The New York-based phone company reported net income of $1.95 billion, or 68 cents per share, in the January to March period. That was up from $1.69 billion, or 59 cents per share, a year earlier.

    Verizon rakes in wireless fees in 1Q

    Verizon Communications Inc. on Thursday said that its profit rose 16 percent in the latest quarter as wireless revenue kept rising at a rate that's the envy of the industry. The New York-based phone company reported net income of $1.95 billion, or 68 cents per share, in the January to March period.

    Union Pacific’s first-quarter profit surged 11 percent as higher shipping rates offset the continued weak demand for coal. The railroad expects shipping volume to improve later this year.

    Union Pacific 1Q profit up 11 pct on higher rates

    Union Pacific's first-quarter profit surged 11 percent as higher shipping rates offset the continued weak demand for coal. The railroad expects shipping volume to improve later this year. The Omaha, Neb.,-based railroad said Thursday that it generated net income of $957 million, or $2.03 per share, in the quarter.

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits increased just 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 352,000. The slight gain kept applications at a level consistent with solid hiring and suggests March’s sluggish hiring may be temporary.

    U.S. unemployment aid applications rise to 352K

    The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits increased just 4,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 352,000. The slight gain kept applications at a level consistent with solid hiring and suggests March's sluggish hiring may be temporary. The Labor Department report released Thursday also noted that the four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose only 2,750 to 361,250.


    Markets recover poise ahead of run of US earnings

    Markets, particularly those in Europe, recovered their poise Thursday, ahead of another run of U.S. corporate earnings and hopes that the European Central Bank will cut interest rates soon to give the euro region's moribund economy a lift.

    This illustration released by the MGM Resorts International shows the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Avenue in Las Vegas. MGM announced Tuesday that it is spending $100 million to overhaul the area outside MGM Grand, New York New York and Monte Carlo.

    Las Vegas Strip to get New York-style public park

    Las Vegas is trying to beat its reputation as a shut-in. MGM Resorts International announced Thursday that it will sink $100 million into building a park and public promenade outside of its New York-New York and Monte Carlo casinos. "It's what customers were really excited about in the 80s and 90s— the convenience of being in a single environment when you could sample so many different kinds of entertainment," MGM CEO Jim Murren said in a telephone interview.

Life & Entertainment


    Mom and kid tasted, dietitian approved

    As a mom with three little boys, I find myself in complete and utter survival mode. This means that my house is dirtier than I care to admit and I lean on packaged foods when those evening hours are just too chaotic to cook from scratch. When it comes to buying fruits and veggies, it's easy: squeeze, sniff, or even taste test (those grapes before committing to the whole bag!)

    Julia (Olga Kurylenko) and Jack (Tom Cruise) recreate a memory atop a post-apocalyptic Empire State Building in Joseph Kosinski's science-fiction thriller "Oblivion."

    Sharp sci-fi thriller about memories forgets characters, not action

    "Oblivion" comes out of the starting stargate on warp speed with astonishing visual effects (flawlessly integrated with live action footage), superb sound effects and a pulsating, electronic score by M83 that explodes with energy and drive before slowly succumbing to bombastic repetition. From Joseph Kosinski, director of the technically impressive but dramatically flaccid "Tron: Legacy."


    Smothering boyfriend is driving her crazy

    Several times a day, her boyfriend will text to say how happy he is they are dating, then ask if she feels the same. Also, he always finds some way to be touching her. This is driving her crazy. But, she doesn't want to hurt his feelings. What to do?

    “The Secrets of Happy Families” by Bruce Feiler (William Morrow, 2103), $25.99, 292 pages.

    Find out the ‘Secrets of Happy Families’

    What makes a family? The answer today is very different than it would’ve been 50 years ago. But what holds families together? At the tail-end of a disastrous family get-together, Bruce Feiler decided to find out. He shares his findings in "The Secrets of Happy Families."

    Jennifer Hudson is one of the artists set to pay tribute to this year’s eclectic group of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.

    Rock Hall set to induct 2013 class

    Christina Aguilera and Jennifer Hudson are among the artists set to pay tribute to this year's eclectic group of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.Aguilera and Hudson are scheduled to perform in honor of late disco queen Donna Summer at Thursday night's 28th annual induction ceremony at the Nokia Theatre.


    Local theater: ‘Party’ time
    Clockwise Theatre in Waukegan premieres the latest play by artistic director Madelyn Sergel and Porchlight Music Theatre revives the Rodgers and Hart musical "Pal Joey" this week in Chicago area theater.

    Anchor Robin Roberts is resting at home and off “Good Morning America” this week after another hospital stay as part of her recuperation from a rare blood disease.

    ABC’s Robin Roberts hospitalized again

    Robin Roberts is resting at home and off "Good Morning America" this week after another hospital stay as part of her recuperation from a rare blood disease. The ABC News morning show host said she felt ill last week while on vacation and was told to return to New York and go to the hospital to fight off an infection. She's home now, and posted on Facebook on Thursday that she's feeling much better.

    Johnny Depp as Tonto, left, and Armie Hammer as the Lone Ranger in the film “The Lone Ranger,” opening July 3.

    ‘Lone Ranger’ aims to take Tonto beyond sidekick

    To watch a snippet of "The Lone Ranger" is to empathize with the stoic looks of concern its star, Johnny Depp, deadpans throughout the action film. A white man playing Tonto, one of the most famous American Indian stereotypes of all time, might work. Then again, trouble might be coming. In director Gore Verbinski's remake of the popular 1950s Western television series, Depp speaks in broken English, chants prayers, and wears feathers, face paint and — for some reason — a stuffed crow headdress.


    ‘Star Wars’ films to come yearly starting in 2015

    Disney is turning "Star Wars" films into an annual summer ritual. Walt Disney Co. chairman Alan Horn announced Wednesday that the studio would release films set in a galaxy far, far away every year starting in 2015.

    Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" tells about a couple (Ben Affleck and Olga Kurylenko) struggling to keep their love alive.

    'To the Wonder' is visual, if not prosaic, poetry

    Dann first reviews Terrence Malick's newest art house movie "To the Wonder," starring Ben Affleck and "Quantum of Solace" star Olga Kurylenko. He chats with Des Plaines native Jeff Phillips about his new horror movie "Lords of Salem." And he shares the highlights of the first Chicago Critics Film Festival at the Muvico Theaters 18 in Rosemont, (William Friedkin and Sarah Polley showed up!)

    Dawes, “Stories Don’t End”

    Dawes mines ’70s singer-songwriter sounds

    Here's a pro tip for those of you obsessed with finding new music: Figure out the songwriters your favorite songwriters love and go listen to them. Here in Nashville, Tenn., a huge number of the writers I dig also dig Dawes, and you can find out why on the group's smooth-groove third album, "Stories Don't End."

    Elizabeth Lanza plays Ensign Nellie Forbush, a self-described cockeyed optimist in love with enigmatic Frenchman Emile de Becque (Stephen R. Buntrock) in David H. Bell’s revival of “South Pacific” for Marriott Theatre.

    Sumptuous ‘South Pacific’ a win for Marriott

    The only thing more lush than Rodgers and Hammerstein's glorious score in Marriott Theatre's well-sung "South Pacific" revival is the sumptuous set and lighting by Thomas M. Ryan and Diane Ferry Williams.


    ‘Twelve Reasons’ is a classic Ghostface Killah effort

    "Twelve Reasons to Die" unites Wu-Tang Clan vet Ghostface Killah with Adrian Younge, one of music's brightest young composers. The album's 12 cinematic tracks trace the trials of a masked Mafioso who is resurrected after his remains are pressed into a dozen vinyl LPs.

    Julie Benz plays Amanda Rosewater, left, Graham Greene as Rafe McCawley, and Grant Bowler as Jeb Nolan, in the new series “Defiance” on Syfy.

    ‘Defiance’ attempts blend of TV series, video game

    The world of "Defiance" features familiar sci-fi touchstones, but it's taken an ambitious approach to how you can experience them: Through both a weekly TV series and an online-only video game. Five years in the making, the joint project is the most high-profile and big-budget attempt at ongoing "transmedia" entertainment, promising characters and storylines that crisscross between the Syfy network show and Trion Worlds game.

    Club W offers three bottles of wine, as shown here, tailored to the buyer’s taste monthly for $39. Club W is part of the growing number of online wine options.

    Interest in online wine surges

    Online wine options are everywhere, from flash sale sites like Lot18 offering daily deals to Facebook prodding you to send a little something for Aunt Suzy's birthday. And now there's a new generation of startups such as Club W, which adds a little algorithm to your Albarino, using surveys and ratings to figure out what you might like to drink next.



    Editorial: After 7 years, some schools still aren’t learning on pension penalties

    A state law meant to curb school pension excesses dates from 2005. So why are suburban school districts still running afoul of it, a Daily Herald editorial asks.


    Tired of budget shenanigans? Here’s an answer

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: Too often in the past, members of Congress have sought some automatic budget mechanism — a balanced-budget amendment, say, or budget caps — to solve their problems. Mostly, these have been a way to avoid the hard choices required by the regular order. In the end, there's no substitute for experience, knowledge, hard work, compromise and a resolve to seek solutions.


    What do we do? What do we feel?

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: From this point forward, everything that follows is now familiar: The soundtrack, the speculation, the newsy reminders that we don't know anything yet but we'll keep talking anyway, and what would we have newscasters do, really? Don't we want to know as soon as there is something to know?


    Advance the fight for fair pay
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The American Association of University Women marked Equal Pay Day on April 9 by urging Congress and President Barack Obama to take action on pay equity. AAUW research shows that the pay gap still exists when you compare women and men just one year out of college, even within the same major and field. To address this pernicious problem, Congress must pass the Paycheck Fairness Act.


    Don’t make seniors pay for past mistakes
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Some of our legislators want "pension reform" based mainly on the backs of current retired seniors. Fifty-eight percent of the current Illinois state senators and 48 percent of the current Illinois House were in office during the Skipped Pension Payments and/or Kicking the Pension Problem Down the Road Era.


    Worst spending binge in history
    A Woodstock letter to the editor: In February, with a jobs number of 236,000, our bias media celebrated with great fanfare and eager to prove to voters that President Obama was indeed worthy of a second term.


    Dist. 200 raises a slap in the face
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: I was greatly disappointed and angry about the action of the Wheaton Warrenville District 200 board to grant end-of-career raises above 6 percent a year that resulted in a penalty of over $140,000.


    Media, academia bias shapes debate
    A Winfield letter to the editor: Words shape, deflect or often eliminate legitimate debate. They carry enormous power. Consider "gun control." Who could be against controlling guns? But the real issue may not be control of guns but the eventual confiscation of them.


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