Daily Archive : Thursday April 25, 2013


    Henry Wright

    Police say Lake Villa man tried to abduct little girls

    A man accused of trying to abduct for your girls was arrested, thanks to information provided by an alert mother, Lake County authorities said. Henry Wright, 29, of the 25000 block of Arcade Drive in unincorporated Lake Villa Township, was held Thursday on a $1 million bond at the Lake County jail.

    Karnig Kerkonian throws out flood damaged items from his house on Lincolnshire Drive Friday. “The village told us we should have flood damaged items out to the street by 7 a.m. Saturday,” Kerkonian said.

    Flood clean up starts in Fox Lake with distribution of cleanup kits

    Some tired Fox Lake residents wearing knee-high rubber boots and old clothes trudged into Lakefront Park early Friday to pick up something they'll need to help put the flood of 2013 behind them -- a cleaning kit. "I have six-inches of water in my basement and my new carpet is waterlogged," resident Faith Lever said. "But, what can you do? We'll clean it up and put it behind us."


    Street improvements could cost Mount Prospect drivers at the pump

    Mount Prospect officials are weighing a plan to pour an additional $2.2 million into street improvements to address a backlog on repairs, but doing so could leave residents paying more for garbage pickup, vehicle stickers and gas.


    Money raised, money spent, on Tri-Cities area campaigns

    Who spent what to get elected to office in Geneva, Sugar Grove and Batavia this spring? And who gave them the money to buy all those campaign signs, palm cards and mailers? Campaign finance reports filed with the state give a glimpse.

    Water covers the intersection of Illinois State Route 100 and Route 3 in Grafton, Ill. on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. More rain on Tuesday was the last thing flood fighters across the Midwest wanted to see, adding more water to swollen rivers that are now expected to remain high into next month.

    Spending cuts may deep-six crucial flood gauges

    More than 100 crucial gauges that warn of imminent flooding or lack of needed water will be shut down starting next month as part of the federal government's automatic budget cuts. Some are in the nine states threatened with spring flooding, including Illinois.


    Audit: Grafton Twp. lacks financial controls

    A financial audit that the Grafton Township board ordered in February for a review of its records in the 2010-2011 fiscal year, concluded that the township lacks some of the internal controls that are necessary to prevent, track and correct financial misstatements in a timely manner.

    Mark Pfefferman

    Glen Ellyn mayor won’t sign off on budget

    In his final days as village president of Glen Ellyn, Mark Pfefferman says he won't be signing onto the village's $48.1 million budget because he believes the village should have "higher standards." In a largely symbolic gesture, he told village officials, "The continuous progress we have made in improving budgets for the last three years has reversed direction."

    Flags on the Boston Public Library remain at half-staff Thursday near the Boston Marathon finish line.

    More evidence terrorist information fell through cracks

    Nine months before the Boston Marathon bombing, a U.S. counterterrorism task force received a warning that a suspected militant had returned from a lengthy trip to Russia, U.S. officials said.

    Abdella Ahmad Tounisi

    FBI: Aurora teen planned to bomb nightclub

    An Aurora teenager arrested last week on terrorism-related charges had plans to blow up a local nightclub, ABC 7 Chicago reported. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 18, targeted the now-shuttered LIT Nightclub at 4448 E. New York St. in Aurora, FBI officials said.

    Jacob Nodarse points to defendant Johnny Borizov during the Darien triple murder trial Thursday.

    Darien gunman: I killed family to save mine

    Jacob Nodarse said he was afraid but believed he had no other options as he stood outside a Darien home on a snowy morning in March 2010 and prepared to murder a family. "I was thinking about what was going to happen," he testified Thursday at the trial of Johnny Borizov. "Eventually, it came in my mind that I had to do this to save my family. I gathered up as much courage as I had and broke the...

    Bob Chinn’s Crab House in Wheeling was forced to close for three days after torrential rains last week flooded the parking lot and left the restaurant’s drainage system inoperable.

    Flood takes toll on Chinn’s, other local businesses

    Like many businesses across the suburbs, Bob Chinn's Crab House in Wheeling was forced to close after flooding last week. The restaurant on the Des Plaines River banks wasn't underwater, but the parking lot was, and water covered the drainage system and grease traps. "We just have not experienced anything like this in the 23 years I've been here," Deno Roumanidakis said.


    Sears seeks tenants for suburban properties

    Sears Holdings Corp. is trying to find tenants to lease eight Sears and Kmart stores in the suburbs, according to a published report. The stores include Sears locations at Stratford Square Mall in Bloomingdale and on Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake, and Kmart stores in Round Lake Beach, Lansing, Homewood, Tinley Park, New Lenox and Rockford.

    Ronald Stolberg

    Judge: Vernon Hills man’s rights not violated

    A Lake County judge has ruled the rights of a Vernon Hills man charged with murdering his wife were not violated by police when they questioned him. The decision paves the way for the first-degree murder trial of Ronald Stolberg, 49, to begin May 20. Stolberg is charged with killing Rachel Stolberg, 54, at their home in the 300 block of Farmington Lane on June 7, 2011.


    $5.5 million Settler’s Hill Golf Course revamp considered in phases

    With golf course revenue income sliding for the past few years, Kane County Forest Preserve District commissioners Thursday inched toward implementing the first two phases of what could eventually be a $5.5 million renovation of the Settlers Hill Golf Course. The forest preserve doesn't have the cash to make that happen on its own. It'll need to crack open the tightly guarded account that stores...

    A Southwest Airlines plane in Burbank, Calif.

    Senate deal reached on FAA furlough bill

    Under the measure, the Federal Aviation Administration would gain authority to transfer up to $253 million from accounts that are flush into other programs, to "prevent reduced operations and staffing" through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.


    Drug take back event in Volo

    The Lake County Sheriff's Office is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back event on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


    Schaumburg Township hosts mental health fair

    The Schaumburg Township Mental Health Committee will host a Mental Health Fair from 2 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 7 at the Schaumburg Township Activity Center, 1 Illinois Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. Free health screenings will be available.


    Presentation focuses on Middle East

    The Middle East in Turmoil: A Political Economy Analysis will be presented at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28 at the Stevenson Center on Democracy, 25200 N. St. Mary's Road, Mettawa.

    Tom Cullerton

    Senate: Let DuPage leaders eliminate governments

    DuPage County officials might soon have the option to eliminate about a dozen local governments after an Illinois Senate vote Thursday.

    Judith Brawka

    Kane County court camera plan approaches final step

    A proposal to allow cameras in Kane County courtrooms has received final approval from local judges and will be sent to the state's Supreme Court for approval. Several court circuits have approved camera plans, including DuPage County, where a trial for a triple murder in Darien in March 2010 is ongoing.

    State Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine

    Senate GOP wants to keep cost shift issue on radar

    Fearing an eventual public pension reform proposal might shift more costs to suburban and downstate school districts, Illinois Senate Republicans are pushing a school transparency initiative aimed at demonstrating Chicago schools are better funded than others in the state. Legislation sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Christine Radogno, of Lemont, was approved Thursday in committee that would...

    Elva Hernandez

    Mom of murder suspect sentenced for obstruction

    The mother of a Willowbrook man charged with murder was sentenced Thursday for trying to conceal evidence in the case, authorities said. Elva Hernandez, 43, also of Willowbrook, was sentenced to two years in prison after entering a guilty plea to one count of obstruction of justice. Her son, Juan Cuellar, 23, is charged with the murder of 18-year-old Joshua Holmes, who was repeatedly shot Sept.

    John Eilering

    New faces joining Mt. Prospect parks leadership

    The Mount Prospect Park District is undergoing great change at the leadership level. Executive Director Greg Kuhs took over for longtime chief executive Walter Cook at the end of March. Next month, three new commissioners will be sworn into office, and the district will say goodbye to three present commissioners.

    Viorel Domasneanu, left, and Francisco Michel of ServiceMaster Restoration load damaged trim onto a front loader on Big Bend Road in Des Plaines while assisting with damage from last week's Des Plaines River flooding.

    Des Plaines officials urge residents to stay off river

    Des Plaines officials are urging residents to stay off the Des Plaines River, even though water levels reported by the National Weather Service dropped to flood stage 7.13 feet by Thursday afternoon. The river crested at a record 10.92 feet Friday, April 19, and has been steadily receding despite additional rainfall Tuesday.


    Buffalo Grove man faces child pornography charges

    Cook County Judge Jill Cerone Marisie set bail at $50,000 Thursday for a Buffalo grove man who police said had numerous images of child pornography on his home computers. Michael Welstead, 50, was charged iwth several counts of aggravated child pornography and child pornography, the most serious of which carries a sentence of three to seven years in prison.

    Daily Herald File Photo Short-staffed FAA facilities mean delays for travelers.

    Controller furloughs create turbulence for some at O’Hare

    It's hit and miss at O'Hare as air traffic controller furloughs make travel miserable for some fliers and spare others. And it could get worse if Congress and the White House don't resolve gridlock over federal spending.

    Attorney Lori Berdenis, of Round Lake Beach, acts as judge during Peer Court at Round Lake Middle School. The court meets every Wednesday morning and 10 eighth grade students act as jurors.

    Round Lake Middle School's peer court a success, participants say

    Noting a lack of recidivism and other behavioral improvements, the organizers of Round Lake Middle School's peer court are calling the three-month-old program a success. The eighth-graders who've served as jurors in the program — an alternative to suspension or other disciplinary measures for students who qualify — say they are proud. “It's a great way to give kids a second...

    Daily Herald File Photo You can forget using the Red Line to see the Sox starting May 19, as the CTA starts a five-month construction program.

    South side visitors have options when Red Line shuts down

    With construction on the Red Line slated to close numerous stations, Metra is trying to capture displaced riders.

    Automobile dealerships are the main source of sales tax in Libertyville.

    Libertyville approves incentive for car dealership

    Libertyville village officials have approved an incentive agreement with Weil Cadillac for improvements that were completed nearly seven years ago. Auto sales represent a signficant portion of sales tax revenue for the village, which established the incentive program in 2008.

    Naperville police Chief Robert Marshall is collecting his roughly $98,000 annual police pension while also collecting a $151,000 salary as chief.

    State appealing pension board decision on Naperville police chief

    State pension officials, unhappy with a Naperville Police Pension Board ruling, are prepared to go to court to prevent Chief Robert Marshall from collecting his police pension while also earning his chief's salary. The Illinois Department of Insurance is asking a DuPage County judge to review the local pension board's ruling that Marshall never re-entered active service in the police force by...

    John Harris, right, chief of staff for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, leaves the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008 after he was arrested on corruption charges.

    Judge ends ex-Blagojevich aide's probation early

    Rod Blagojevich's ex-chief of staff is free and clear of the justice system after a federal judge in Chicago ended his two-year probation period early. An order posted Thursday grants John Harris' request to cut short the oversight requiring contact with a probation officer and permission to travel out of state.

    Jason M. Heuser

    Man charged with felony DUI in Batavia crash

    A 27-year-old Maple Park man was arrested and charged with felony DUI and leaving the scene of a crash near downtown Batavia Tuesday night. Jason M. Heuser, a former Batavia resident who has previous DUI and leaving the scene arrests, faces up to three years in prison if found guilty. He is free on bond.

    Harvard Stem Cell Institute Co-Director Doug Melton, right, and Peng Yi, a post doctoral fellow in his lab, review data from recent experiments in Melton’s lab in Cambridge, Mass.

    Newfound hormone holds hope for diabetes treatment

    Researchers identified a hormone they dubbed betatrophin in mice. When they made the liver in mice secrete more of it by inserting extra copies of the gene, the size of the beta cell population tripled in comparison to untreated mice. Tests indicated the new cells worked normally.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Devon L. Thompson, 27, of Elgin, was arrested at about 11:40 p.m. Wednesday at Liberty and Franklin streets and charged with obstructing identification and driving with a suspended driver's license, according to a police report. Police stopped Thompson after he made a right turn on a red light without stopping first.


    ‘March for Babies’ Sunday in Libertyville

    More than 1,000 walkers will participate in the March of Dimes "March for Babies" event Sunday in Libertyville to support research to help understand and prevent premature birth and other serious problems that threaten babies.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Alexander M. Moses, 22, of St. Charles, was arrested Saturday on charges of public drunkenness, according to a police report. Officers found Moses lying unconscious in the roadway near the intersection of Cedar and 5th avenues.

    Ray Millington

    Grayslake Dist. 46 teachers finally have new contract

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 teachers officially have a new contract, about three months after settling a strike. Elected officials were unable to act until Wednesday because attorneys for the teachers union and the district had been hammering out final contract language since the three-day strike was settled Jan. 21.


    Yahoo chairman joins recent boardroom exodus

    Yahoo Chairman Alfred Amoroso is joining what has become a mass exodus from the Internet company's boardroom.The departure announced Thursday will make Amoroso the seventh member of Yahoo's board to leave since early last year. He plans to give up his seat when Yahoo Inc. holds its annual shareholders meeting on June 25.


    District 211 schools earn top rankings

    Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211's five schools rank at the top of the class, according to three recent reports. The Washington Post ranked all five District 211 schools as some of the most challenging in the country while U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Best High Schools rankings put four of the five schools among the state's best.

    DuPage County Forest Preserve President D. Dewey Pierotti’s name appears on 68 signs at key sites around the county, including the district’s headquarters along Naperville Road in Wheaton.

    Should forest preserve president’s name be on signs?

    A DuPage County forest preserve commissioner is calling on the district to change its policy and remove the district president's name from all its signs.

    A job seeker holds Bank of America Corp. paperwork while talking with a recruiter Wednesday at the Spring LGBT Career Fair in San Francisco.

    Chastened banks cut tens of thousands of jobs

    Layoffs in the depths of the financial crisis were to be expected. But four years later, and at a time when many banks are reporting higher or even record earnings, the cuts are unsettling to an entire industry.


    Police: Still no suspects in Aurora murder

    Aurora police are continuing to scour the area on the city's near west side where a 26-year-old Joliet man was shot and killed Tuesday night, becoming the second victim of a murder in Aurora this year. Police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said investigators do not yet have any suspects in the shooting that left Quiane D. Smith, of the 400 block of Madeline Street, dead in a yard on Spruce Street near...


    Bloomingdale man charged with growing pot

    Authorities discovered 42 mature marijuana plants and other juvenile plants Wednesday night in the basement of a Bloomingdale home, officials said Thursday. The DuPage County Sheriff's Office and Bloomingdale Police Department officials reported that they received an anonymous tip of the marijuana growing operation.


    Free document shredding in Des Plaines May 4

    Village Bank & Trust will host a free document shredding event from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at its Des Plaines location, 1545 Ellinwood Ave. Residents may bring up to three boxes of items to shred.

    This undated photo provided by the Illinois State Police shows Rick Smith, 43, of rural Morgan County in Illinois. Smith has been identified as the suspected gunman in the shooting deaths of five people

    Suspect’s motive unclear in Illinois killings

    Authorities in central Illinois were working Thursday to determine why the nephew of a small-town mayor allegedly shot to death two women, two boys and a man before leading police on a chase and dying in an exchange with gunfire with officers.


    Indianapolis man charged with Arlington Heights battery

    Bail was set at $100,000 for an Arlington Heights man charged with aggravated battery causing great bodily harm. Authorities say Donavan J. Williams, 23, attacked a man who had an altercation with Williams' girlfriend.

    Paul Valade/pvalade@dailyherald.com Swing sets are under water at Lakefront Park in Fox Lake Tuesday.

    Chicago area had wettest April on record

    With five days to go, the Chicago area already has had the wettest April on record. The heavy rains that unleashed record flooding in Illinois have helped give the Chicago area another record: wettest April ever. Last week's storm put many places in Illinois within reach of their highest ever rainfall totals.

    Alexander G. Bowser

    Round Lake Park cops say net dropped on more drug dealers in Operation Street Sweep

    Round Lake Park police say they have made more arrests in a continuing investigation of local reputed drug dealers and street gang members. Police Chief George Filenko said gang unit officers executed a search warrant Wednesday in the 300 block of East Elder Drive, where two suspects were seized.

    Anthony Borcia

    Drunken boaters could lose their driver’s licenses

    Drunken boaters could lose their licenses to drive cars under a plan approved by the Illinois Senate Thursday. The plan stems from the death of 10-year-old Anthony "Tony" Borcia of Libertyville. Borcia was killed last year when he was riding a tube pulled by a pontoon boat and was hit by a motorboat.

    Joe Kozenczak

    It’s official: Des Plaines write-in candidates fall short

    Two Des Plaines write-in candidates vying to represent the city's 5th and 7th wards didn't garner enough votes on April 9 to steal the election.

    In this Jan. 3, 2013 photo, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, D-Chicago, speaks at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield. Supporters of a gambling expansion proposal are making changes to the legislation in an attempt to improve its chances with the Illinois Legislature and Gov. Pat Quinn. Cullerton plans to strip language from the bill that would legalize Internet gaming and let lawmakers consider it as a separate measure.

    Illinois Senate working to improve odds for gambling bill

    Supporters of a gambling expansion proposal are making changes to the legislation in an attempt to improve its chances with the Illinois Legislature and Gov. Pat Quinn.


    Indiana Senate blocks high-fence deer hunting bill

    INDIANAPOLIS — A proposal aimed at legalizing five fenced deer-hunting preserves around Indiana has failed in this year’s legislative session.Rep. Matt Ubelhor of Bloomfield said Thursday that his bid to protect the hunting preserves was blocked by the Senate.

    Mark Mesa, left, and Jorge Avina, carry out carpet from Mesa’s brother’s basement in Mount Prospect after heavy rains left six inches of water in the basement in 2011. Mount Prospect is considering a program to help homeowners prevent sewer backups.

    Mt. Prospect considers loan fund for homeowner sewers

    In the wake of 2011 flooding, Mount Prospect devoted a portion of its quarter-cent home rule sales tax to fund public improvements to sanitary and storm sewers. Now the village is discussing the pros and cons of a proposal to set up a loan fund to help homeowners install overhead sewers that would prevent backups in their homes.


    Kozel has mixed feelings on election outcome

    When the dust finally settled and all the results were in, Barrington village president write-in candidate Mike Kozel ended up with 627 votes — 32.9 percent of the ballots cast — in his challenge of incumbent Karen Darch on Election Day. Kozel said he's disappointed by how far he fell short, but believes he proved there were other voices in town. "Write-in candidates have won...


    Districts 25, 214 to share Arlington Heights Park District facilities

    The Arlington Heights Park District recently reached agreements with Northwest Suburban High School 214 and Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 to share or lease its facilities over the next several years. The District 25 deal allows the park and school districts to share one another's properties for free through April 30, 2018. The District 214 agreement involves the school district paying...

    Municipalities in DuPage County will learn next week whether the federal government plans to reimburse some of their costs related to the flood response, such as expenses for overtime and equipment.

    No decision yet on federal funding for DuPage cleanup

    Communities throughout DuPage County will have to wait a little longer to find out if they're going to be reimbursed by the federal government for costs related to last week's floods. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency on Wednesday extended a deadline for municipalities, townships, park districts and other governmental entities to submit expense forms to the county's Office of Homeland...

    Dan Kattner, left, of the Fox Lake Street Department, and Matt Wood, of Fox Lake Water Treatment Plant, fill sandbags at the Fox Lake Public Works Department on April 12. Early reports suggest the cost to the county is more than $4.36 million, which would make it eligible for federal funds should a federal disaster declaration be made.

    Government entities compiling flood-related costs

    Many government entities in Lake County on Wednesday continued to compile their flood-related costs but early indications are the threshold for reimbursement has been met should a federal disaster be declared. Assessing damage to homes and businesses is a separate process and dollar estimates have not been determined.


    Girl improving after surviving Illinois shootings

    A hospital says the lone survivor of a shooting spree that left five members of a central Illinois family dead is improving. Molly Wilson of St. John's Hospital in Springfield says the 6-year-old girl brought there Wednesday has been upgraded from serious to fair condition.


    Mystery stud some place in Illinois

    A Bourbon County horse owner says seven of her mares turned up pregnant. She doesn’t own a stud. WLEX-TV in Lexington reported Marilyn Montavon then noticed a horse she didn’t own was in the pasture and she said it had “all the right equipment.” The feed and veterinarian bills are increasing and Montavon is distressed. Two mares have already foaled.


    Biting, chewing and scratching — oh my!

    When our pets are itchy it can drive us crazy, not to mention how it affects our cats (and dogs).

    Brian Stedronsky, 32, of the 35000 Block of N Milwaukee Av in Ingleside

    Plea deal in place for Ingleside man

    A plea agreement is in place for an Ingleside man accused of selling the drugs that killed a friend, attorneys said in court Thursday. Brian Stedronsky, 32, of the 35000 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, is due before Lake County Judge Daniel Shanes for a May 6 pretrial hearing on his drug-induced homicide charge. He is held in the Lake County jail on $300,000 bond.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday that U.S. intelligence has concluded “with some degree of varying confidence,” that the Syrian government has used sarin gas as a weapon in its 2-year-old civil war,

    Hagel says Syria has used chemical weapons

    U.S. intelligence has concluded “with some degree of varying confidence,” that the Syrian government has used sarin gas as a weapon in its 2-year-old civil war, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Thursday. Hagel said the White House has informed two senators by letter that, within the past day, “our intelligence community does assess, with varying degrees of confidence, that the...

    St. Charles residents will have a special trash collection next week for flood-damaged items. This photo shows the flooded parking lot near the St. Charles Municipal Center and Police Department on Friday.

    St. Charles to host $60,000 flood debris collection

    St. Charles is holding a special debris collection three days next week allowing residents to get rid of any possessions ruined by the recent flood. City officials announced Advanced Disposal will come through the city next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to collect flood debris. The additional service will cost $60,000. The collection is strictly for flood-related items. Both Advanced Disposal...

    Asbestos removal and demolition contracts have been approved for Coultrap School in Geneva.

    Asbestos removal, demolition contracts for Coultrap OK’d

    The Geneva school board has approved contracts for asbestos removal from, and demolition of, the former Coultrap School.

    Alan Beaman

    Beaman formally declared innocent in ISU killing

    An Illinois man who spent more than 13 years in prison before his murder conviction was thrown out has been formally declared innocent in the slaying of a college student. After a judge on Thursday agreed to his motion for a declaration of innocence, Alan Beaman calmly walked out of a Champaign courtroom and told reporters he was relieved.

    Dallas Fire-Rescue Chief Louie Bright, III, second left, and retired Dallas Fire Department Chaplain Denny Burris, second right, salute the casket of Dallas Fire-Rescue Captain Kenneth “Luckey” Harris, Jr. during his funeral at the Bold Springs Cemetery in West, Texas, on Wednesday April 24, 2013. Harris was killed in the West Fertilizer Co. plant explosion on April 17.

    Fathers, firefighters: Lives lost in West, Texas

    On April 17, an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, leveled part of the small town located some 20 miles north of Waco. Most of the victims were first responders from fire departments in West and other nearby towns. They were a grandmother, a town secretary, a fire truck builder, a town festival organizer, fishing enthusiasts, hunters, fathers, men preparing to become emergency...

    From left, former first lady Barbara Bush, President George H.W. Bush and former President George W. Bush hold hands during the invocation during the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center Thursday, April 25, 2013, in Dallas.

    Presidents converge to salute one of their own

    In a rare reunion, the five living American presidents gathered in Dallas Thursday to honor one of their own at the dedication of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The presidents — Bush, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter — were cheered by a crowd of former White House officials and world leaders as they took the stage together to open the dedication.

    A Bangladeshi relative of a victim cries at the site of a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Thursday, April 25, 2013. By Thursday, the death toll had reached more than 230.

    Factories in collapsed building ignored evacuation order

    Deep cracks visible in the walls of a Bangladesh garment building had compelled police to order it evacuated a day before it collapsed, officials said Thursday. More than 230 people were killed when the eight-story building splintered into a pile of concrete because factories based there ignored the order and kept more than 2,000 people working.


    More Des Plaines roads open today

    More Des Plaines streets are open today since standing floodwater has dried up in several areas. As of Thursday morning, the water level of Des Plaines River near Des Plaines had dropped to flood stage 7.4 feet, according to the National Weather Service. River Road from Miner Street to Algonquin in Des Plaines is now open to traffic, and River Road between Rand Road and Elk Boulevard is expected...


    Gender stereotypes are always changing

    Our Ken Potts finds himself thinking "typical male" thoughts while watching a personal story about an Olympic athlete. Whether it's a product of heredity, environment or choice, gender stereotypes tend to have some truth, Potts says, but we can learn from each other.

    Wilbur You, left, CEO and founder of Youtech & Associates in Naperville, goes over some work with creative director Shawn Herrick. The two have been best friends since childhood. Wilbur, 22, will be graduating in May from Northern Illinois University with a computer science degree.

    Aurora college student has knack for startups

    Wilbur You always had the kind of entrepreneurial drive that is almost impossible to rein in, and that almost landed him into trouble when he was just 10. By the time the Aurora resident was 21, he was on his third startup business, all while managing a full course load at Northern Illinois University. Wilbur, now 22, is the CEO and founder of Youtech & Associates, a creative ad in Naperville.


    Israeli military shoots down drone

    Israel shot down a drone Thursday as it approached the country's northern coast, the military said. Suspicion immediately fell on the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon. The incident was likely to raise already heightened tensions between Israel and Hezbollah, a bitter enemy that battled Israel to a stalemate during a monthlong war in 2006.

    Visitors look at products made at Kaesong industrial complex in North Korea, displayed at the unification observation post in Paju near the border with North Korea, South Korea, Thursday, April 25, 2013. South Korea’s Unification Ministry on Thursday proposed working-level talks on Kaesong and urged the North to respond by noon Friday, warning that Seoul will take “grave measures” if Pyongyang rebuffs the call for dialogue.

    S. Korea demands talks with N. Korea on closed factory

    After weeks of threatening rhetoric from the North, South Korea on Thursday promised its own unspecified "grave measures" if Pyongyang rejects talks on a jointly run factory park shuttered for nearly a month. The park in the North Korean border town of Kaesong is the most significant casualty so far in the recent deterioration of relations between the Koreas.

    A massive explosion at 3 a.m. EDT on one of the two barges still ablaze in the Mobile River in Mobile, Ala., on Thursday, April 25, 2013. Three people were injured in the blast. Fire officials have pulled units back from fighting the fire due to the explosions and no immediate threat to lives.

    Fire out hours after fuel barges explode in Ala.

    Firefighters on Thursday extinguished a huge blaze that erupted hours earlier when two fuel barges exploded in Mobile, Ala., leaving three people with critical burns and forcing the evacuation of crew from a nearby cruise ship. The cause of the fire, which started Wednesday night, remained under investigation, but it was believed to be accidental, Mobile Fire-Rescue spokesman Steve Huffman said...


    International leaders on Bush library guest list

    DALLAS (AP) — Among the 10,000 people expected to be in attendance as the George W. Bush Presidential Library is dedicated in Dallas are heads of state and former members of the Bush administration.

    Former first lady Barbara Bush campaigns for her son, Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, in 2002. Amid the celebration surrounding the opening of son George W. Bush’s presidential library, Barbara Bush is brushing aside talk of her son Jeb running for president in 2016. When asked how she felt about it she told NBC’s “Today” show “We’ve had enough Bushes.”

    Barbara Bush on Jeb run: ‘We’ve had enough Bushes’

    Amid the celebration surrounding the opening of son George W. Bush's presidential library Thursday, former first lady Barbara Bush brushed aside talk of a Jeb Bush run for the White House in 2016. "He's by far the best qualified man, but no. We've had enough Bushes," she said on NBC's "Today" show.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 70-year-old Arlington Heights man was tricked into giving his credit card to a caller April 24. The called told him they had a $10,000 federal grant in his name which did not have to be paid back. The credit card was needed to pay a processing fee, the caller claimed. After giving the credit card number and hanging up, the man realized he might have been scammed and canceled the card. No funds...

    Beth Roche, whose left leg was severely injured by one of the bombs that exploded near the Boston Marathon finish line, sits on her bed at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, Wednesday, April 24, 2013. The Indiana woman, who ran the Chicago Marathon last fall, was in Boston to watch her daughter Rebecca Roche run the Boston Marathon.

    Boston Marathon victims vow to dance, to run again

    Mornings are the hardest for Adrianne Haslet because the 32-year-old professional ballroom dancer forgets at first that her left foot is gone. Beth Roche wakes up knowing she can't feel sorry for herself, that she has to focus on rehabbing her ravaged left leg. But despite life-changing injuries, both women have vowed that the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and left them among...

    Pedestrians pass the spot where the first bomb detonated on Boylston Street near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Wednesday, April 24, 2013, in Boston. Traffic was allowed to flow all the way down Boylston Street on Wednesday morning for the first time since two explosions killed 3 people and injured many on April 15.

    Officials: Bomb suspect silent after read rights

    Sixteen hours after investigators began interrogating him, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings went silent: He'd just been read his constitutional rights. The 19-year-old immediately stopped talking after a magistrate judge and a representative from the U.S. Attorney's office entered his hospital room and gave him his Miranda warning, according to sources.


    Grand jury to review deaths of Ind. mom, 2 kids

    The mystery surrounding the deaths of a woman and two children whose bodies were found in a southern Indiana creek last month is heading to a grand jury. Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson tells Louisville, Ky., television station WAVE that he has no new information about the investigation into the deaths of 35-year-old Jaime Clutter and her children, 10-year-old Brandon and 6-month-old...

    Bill Daley

    Bill Daley to decide on governor run in 60 days

    Former White House chief of staff Bill Daley says he'll decide in the next two months if he will run for Illinois governor.


    Wis. mom likely to plead not guilty in fire deaths

    A Milwaukee-area woman who lost three of her four children in a fire this month after she left them alone in a locked bedroom is expected to plead not guilty to charges of felony child neglect. Twenty-four-year-old Angelica D. Belen of West Allis has a preliminary hearing set for Thursday morning. She's accused of leaving her 5-year-old daughter and 4-year-old twin sons locked at home while she...


    Quinn to break ground on veteran housing

    Gov. Pat Quinn will be joined by Volunteers of America of Illinois at a ground breaking for a housing development designed to serve veterans at risk of homelessness. The Hope Manor II Apartments will be located in Chicago's Englewood neighborhood.


    Volunteers to hang posters of missing IU student

    Volunteers will gather in Bloomington this weekend to put up posters seeking tips about the disappearance of an Indiana University student nearly two years ago. Lauren Spierer vanished June 3, 2011, after a night of partying with friends. The 20-year-old apparel merchandising major from Greenburgh, N.Y., would have graduated from IU next month.


    Milwaukee officer fatally shoots armed man

    olice say a Milwaukee officer has shot and killed a man armed with a knife. Police say they were called to a residence on the city's northwest side about 8 p.m. Wednesday where a man was threatening suicide. Officers say they ordered the 45-year-old man to drop the knife, but he refused.


    Car stolen at Chicago gas station with baby inside

    Chicago police say a man jumped into a car left idling at a West Side gas station and took off with the vehicle and a 1-year-old girl who had been left inside.

    A consumer protection bill sponsored by state Sen. Dan Kotowski would let buyers return sick dogs and cats to pet stores if the animal had an illness at the time of purchase.

    Pet owners may receive protection from 'lemons'

    The state's first "Puppy Lemon Law" would seek to protect consumers who purchase a sick dog or cat from an Illinois pet store was approved by an Senate committee Wednesday. State Sen. Dan Kotowski, a Park Ridge Democrat, sponsored the proposal, which he said would reduce the amount of lawsuits filed between pet owners and pet stores.

    From left, Cinda Klickna, Illinois Education Association president, and state Reps. Tom Morrison and Elaine Nekritz participate in a pension reform forum, sponsored by the Daily Herald and Reboot Illinois, on Wednesday night at Harper College in Palatine.

    Dawn Patrol: Debate at pension forum; more trouble for East Dundee cop

    Dawn Patrol: E. Dundee cop now accused of domestic battery. Wisconsin man sues ex-Schaumburg officers. Stakeholders debate state pension reform at Palatine forum. Kane Co. shooting range could be hard sell. Bartlett girl remembered as talented, popular. Geneva mourns loss of school counselor. Hawks win second Presidents' Trophy. Bulls play Game 3 tonight against Nets.

    Associated Press/March 27, 2013 Christie’s scientific specialist James Hyslop poses for photographs with a sub-fossilized pre-17th century Elephant Bird egg at the auction house’s premises in London.

    Elephant bird egg nets $101,813 at auction

    Christie's auction house said Wednesday that the foot-long, nearly nine-inches in diameter egg fetched $101,813. It was sold to an anonymous buyer over the telephone after about 10 minutes of competitive bidding.


    Reporter’s tool to find worst job? Mirror, says survey

    Experts say we newspaper reporters have the worst job in America. Actuaries, whose society is based in Schaumburg, have the best, once again. But there is more to a job than pay, stress, hours and a bright future. People in last place often are more fascinating than winners.



    Mazzie using ‘platform’ for more than softball

    Tom Mazzie wears his heart on his Lake Park hat. Pinned on the Lancers coach's hat is the ribbon for Autism Awareness, the same ribbon the Lake Park softball team puts on its uniforms. It's a fight that hits close to home.

    Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference first-round playoffs between the Chicago Bulls and Brooklyn Nets at 7 p.m. Thursday at the United Center, Chicago.

    Images: Bulls vs. Nets, Game Three
    Images of the Bulls vs. the Brooklyn Nets in game three of first-round NBA Playoff action at the United Center in Chicago. The Bulls won 79-76 to take a 2-1 series lead. Game four is in Chicago on Saturday.

    Oregon's Kyle Long (74) blocks Kansas State defender during the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football game Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. Oregon defeated Kansas State 35-17.

    Bears take offensive lineman with first pick

    With seven offensive linemen already taken in the first 19 picks, few anticipated the Bears would make it eight in the first 20 picks by choosing inexperienced but athletic Oregon guard Kyle Long, the younger son of Raiders Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long.


    Bulls’ defense gets in a rhythm

    Bulls stories, notes, photos and graphics


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


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


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


    Thursday’s girls water polo scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity girls water polo matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s boys volleyball scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity boys volleyball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s boys track scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity boys track meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s boys tennis scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity boys tennis matches, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s boys water polo scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity boys water polo meets, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Thursday’s baseball scoreboard
    High school results from Thursday's varsity boys baseball games, as reported to the Daily Herald.


    Meadows, Elk Grove tied for MSL East lead

    Eight of host Rolling Meadows’ 10 hits went for extra bases as the Mustangs handled Hersey 14-4 in 5 innings Thursday in Mid-Suburban East baseball.


    Expect a memorable track weekend at Prospect, Palatine

    Some consider the official start to the championship season in track and field to be the week of the conference meets. But the weekend of the Knights Wanner Invitational and the Palatine Relays is as close to a championship weekend as there is before the state meet next month.Friday night will kick off another memorable weekend in track starting with the 45th version of the Knights Wanner Invitational, while the Palatine relays - the oldest such meet in the country - begins Saturday morning.

    Adam Dunn celebrates with teammates after hitting a 2-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays during the sixth inning of the White Sox’ 5-2 victory Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sox show ‘will to win’ against Rays

    White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson has no use for sabermetrics, as he publicly discussed on MLB Network Thursday. Harrelson believes in "TWTW," the will to win, and the Sox certainly displayed that trait in a 5-2 decision over Tampa Bay.


    Three more homers, one more win for Barrington

    The home run parade continued for Barrington’s softball team on Thursday at the Fields of Dreams. So did the Fillies winning streak in the Mid-Suburban League. Barrington’s 23rd, 24th and 25th home runs of the season helped spark a 10-2 victory over visiting Conant and it was the Fillies’ 10 straight league win dating back to last season. For the first time since 2007 when it set a single-season school record for home runs with 30, Barrington (17-1, 7-0) has seen every player in the starting lineup hit a home run.

    Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, left, and Carlos Boozer watch the closing seconds of Game 3 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets Thursday at the United Center. The Bulls won 79-76.

    Bulls recover after slow start, take 2-1 series lead

    The Bulls turned the tables and rolled to a 17-point lead early in the fourth quarter, then they seemed to run out of gas and take a knee. Brooklyn finished the game on a 14-2 run, but the Bulls survived with a 79-76 victory when former teammate C.J. Watson air-balled a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer.


    Hohman, Waubonsie Valley shut out Naperville North

    There have been plenty of other wins, even shutouts this spring for that matter. But Thursday’s effort felt especially nice to Waubonsie Valley sophomore Shannon Hohman.


    Lake Zurich stops Mundelein

    The streak — Mundelein’s, anyway — is over.Lake Zurich won for a second straight day as the Bears delivered the Mustangs their first loss this season at home, 4-2 on Thursday.“No doubt, undefeated Mundelein has one of the top hitting lineups in the state,” Bears coach Gary Simon said. “Mike Mulder was outstanding.”Mulder pitched 51⁄3 innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out six. Mike Shastany got the save, killing a sixth inning Mustangs rally.For the second day in a row, Nick Jones homered in the first inning. Anthony Drago followed with a homer. The third Bears home run was hit by Dom DeMicco in the fifth.Lake Zurich improves their record to 4-11 and 2-3 in the North Suburban Lake.Grayslake Central 7, Woodstock 0: Kevin Peloza tossed his third consecutive shutout going 6 innings and striking out 8. Peloza allowed 2 hits and improved his record to 3-0.“Kevin keeps getting better with every start,” Rams coach Troy Whalen said. “One shutout in a season is impressive but to have three with more games to go is impressive.”The Rams (12-8) slapped nine singles over the game led by Justin Allen who had 3 hits. Wauconda 3, Grant 2: In the North Suburban Prairie game, Wauconda was led offensively by Austin Swenson, who homered, and Ryan Geary, who hit 2-for-3. James Holub got the win on the mound for Wauconda.Stevenson 9, Loyola 5: The Patriots’ Jake Schnierow pitched 5 innings, allowing 5 hits, 2 runs and striking out 2 as the Patriots improve their record to 8-6.Willie Bourbon (double, 2 RBI), Austin Black (2 runs), Jimmy Marchese (2 RBI) and Joey Morris all had 2 hits for Stevenson. Mitchell Goll and Eli Greenspon both had doubles.Grayslake North 10, Johnsburg 6: Adam Gomski, JP Zalewski and Alex Alvarez all belted doubles for the Knights (7-4, 4-3 FVC Fox).Lakes 11, Round Lake 0: Nick Seketa threw a 1-hit shutout, the second consecutive one-hit shutout that Lakes pitchers have thrown. Key hitters for the Eagles were Ryan Burnett (2-3, 2 runs), Dan Jackson (2-3, 2 runs, 2 RBI) and Billy Morris (2-4, RBI). Lakes improves their record to 5-11 and 3-3 in the North Suburban Prairie Division. Libertyville 9, Racine Park (Wis.) 0: Multiple Wildcats had extra base hits in this game. Matt Vogt, Kevin Calamari and Dereck Ioos belted doubles. Noah Greenberg tripled, and Evan Skoug slammed a home run for Libertyville. Jason Buss got the win on the mound.

    NFL teams bought in bulk early in Thursday night's draft. Unlike the last few glam-and-glitter years when bumper crops of quarterbacks reigned, this was pure brawn: more than 600 pounds at the outset with offensive tackles Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M. The first seven picks were all linemen: four on offense, three on defense.

    Bring on beef in draft, starting with OT Fisher

    Short on glam, slim on glitter and no sign of Manti Te'o, the NFL draft was still a solid B-plus. As in Big, as in Brawn, as in Bulk, as in Beefy. We're talking a scale-busting 600 pounds at the outset Thursday night with offensive tackles Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M.

    Warren runner Meg Tully leads the 3,200 for much of the race before ending up second during the Lake County meet Thursday at Grayslake North.

    O’Connell’s off and running for Grayslake North

    Allie O’Connell’s round-offs and back flips were impressive enough. But when the freshman cheerleader hurdled the fence by Grayslake North’s stadium following the football team’s scrimmage late last summer, it was Knights girls track coach Brian Hamlett who wanted to do cartwheels, He had to have her on his roster. Turns out, O’Connell had been running track — for all of one year. “She’s an impressive athlete,” said Hamlett, an assistant football coach. O’Connell demonstrated her athleticism again Thursday night at Grayslake North, becoming the first Lake County champion in the history of Grayslake North’s girls program. She won the 100-meter hurdles in a season-best 15.66, nearly a full second ahead of runner-up Emily Troemel of Grant. Troemel, mind you, competed the 300 hurdles at state last year.


    Evak homers twice in Neuqua Valley comeback win

    DuPage baseball roundup


    Cizek’s single breaks eighth-inning deadlock

    A roundup of Thursday's softball action around DuPage County.


    Pall goes the distance as Lake Park wins again in UEC

    Even though the defense faltered a bit for Lake Park’s baseball team on Thursday, the Lancers weren’t too concerned.Not with the way they were able to create runs and lean on Mark Pall’s gutty effort on the mound.Lake Park kept up its hot play with a 6-2 Upstate Eight Valley Conference win over Metea Valley in Aurora.


    Boswell hat trick helps Naperville North advance

    Most high school soccer teams feel lucky if they have one reliable scorer. Naperville North has two.


    Bulls able to put their best foot forward in win

    Game 3 of the Bulls-Nets playoff series appeared to be coming down to which team had the MVP.Most Valuable Podiatrist, that would be. Two key players — Bulls center Joakim Noah and Nets guard Joe Johnson — are suffering from plantar fasciitis. So, what? You expected these teams to participate in a track meet on feet like these?This was more like a pub-crawl as the Bulls won 79-76 by being a teeny bit less awful than the Nets were.

    Cubs third baseman Luis Valbuena celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting the tiebreaking solo home run during the ninth inning Thursday night. The Cubs defeated the Marlins 4-3.

    Valbuena’s home run holds up for Cubs’ win

    There's one good reason the Cubs are in no hurry to bring third baseman Ian Stewart off the disabled list: Luis Valbuena. Journeyman Valbuena hit a go-ahead homer Thursday night to give the Cubs a 4-3 victory over the Marlins in Miam.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    St. Francis 3, St. Edward 1: Kathleen Duffy scored a first-half goal and the Green Wave had defending state champion St. Francis tied 1-1 at halftime but gave up 2 goals in the second half in this Suburban Christian Conference showdown. Paige Dykstra had 7 saves in goal for St. Edward (8-3-1, 4-1), which became only the second team to score on St. Francis this season.Huntley 3, Jacobs 0: Deanna Hecht scored twice and Beth Parks added a goal for Huntley in this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game. Jessica Galason had 4 saves for the Red Raiders (11-2-1, 2-0) and Liz Foster made 4 saves for Jacobs.Dundee-Crown 2, CL South 1: Shannon Feld scored for D-C and Bree Marshall for CL South and then the Chargers won on PKs in the FVC Valley. Isabel Miranda had 12 saves for Dundee-Crown (5-11, 1-0) and Kylie Britten had 4 saves for Crystal Lake South.CL Central 4, Hampshire 1: Alex Zeller scored Hampshire’s goal in this FVC Fox loss. Ari Rominski had 8 saves in goal for the Whip-Purs (1-7, 0-1).Lake Park 5, Streamwood 1: Kim Jimenez scored Streamwood’s goal in this Upstate Eight crossover loss. Nathalie Guindon had 7 saves in goal for the Sabres (8-4-3).Burlington Central 2, Rockford Christian 0: Bailey Panjkovich scored both goals for the Rockets in the Big Northern East. Taylor Martin (1 save) and Ann Marie Hilton shared time in goal for BC (12-1-1, 6-0-1).Maine West 4, Larkin 0: Alejandra Villagomez had 8 saves for Larkin (3-9) in this nonconference loss.IMSA 6, Harvest Christian 0: Sydney Doby made 4 saves and Morgan Lockwood had 3 for Harvest Christian (4-5-3, 3-1) in the Northeast Athletic Conference.

    Elgin’s Omar Valadez hits a two-run double in the sixth inning against Larkin Thursday at Trout Park in Elgin.

    Elgin’s comeback stuns Larkin

    The Elgin baseball team capitalized on the momentum of a costly Larkin error to seize a 6-5 comeback victory in the crosstown series opener at Elgin's Trout Park Thursday evening. Larkin starting pitcher Brayden Royse was in control with a 5-2 lead in the top of the sixth inning until the Maroons struck for 4 runs on 3 hits and the error. Royse allowed a leadoff single to Nick Turner, walked Brandon Higdon and saw both runners advance on Jimmy Stearns' sacrifice bunt. Larkin reliever Jack McCracken then induced a high flyball to right field off the bat of No. 9 hitter Omar Valadez. However, the catchable ball was dropped for a 2-base error. Courtesy runners Tanner Bednar and Jhon Payne both raced home to cut the deficit to 5-4.

    Associated Press Adam Dunn celebrates with teammates after hitting a two-run home run against the Tampa Bay Rays Wednesday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Sale combines on 5-hitter, leads Sox over Rays

    Chris Sale overcame a shaky first inning to combine with two relievers on a five-hitter and Adam Dunn homered to lead the Chicago White Sox over the Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 Thursday night.


    Neuqua Valley rolls past Hinsdale Central

    A couple weeks ago Neuqua Valley looked vulnerable in a 3-0 loss to Waubonsie Valley.

    Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams (8) is pressured by Chicago Bulls small forward Jimmy Butler Thursday night at the United Center.

    Boozer helps Bulls beat Nets 79-76 in Game 3

    Every play near the basket looked like a traffic accident. There were long scoreless stretches. Shooting from outside was a dicey proposition.It was ugly for everyone but the Chicago Bulls. This was their type of game.Carlos Boozer had 22 points and 16 rebounds, Luol Deng added 21 points and 10 boards, and the Bulls held off the Brooklyn Nets 79-76 in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series Thursday night.


    Fremd passes up Schaumburg

    Senior Mandi Matsumoto led off with a base hit in the bottom of the first inning and eventually scored on passed ball. That proved to be the only run Fremd's softball team would need as Ashlynne Schwantz (6 innings) and Joanna Josten (1 inning) combined for a 7-0 shutout over visiting Schaumburg (10-2, 4-1) on Thursday.

    Palatine’s Danny Matijevic blocks an attack during Thursday’s match at Hoffman Estates.

    Powerful Palatine perseveres

    The hits just keep on coming for the Palatine boys volleyball team. Led by a smooth combination of blocking, defense and yes, superior hitting, the Pirates improved to 6-1 in the Mid-Suburban West on Thursday with a 25-15, 25-19 win over Hoffman Estates.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Dundee-Crown 12, Prairie Ridge 8: Luis Garcia was 3-for-4 with a home run, double and 3 RBI as the Chargers won in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division. Dylan Kissack was also 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI for D-C (6-9, 4-6) while Garrett Ryan was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Nick Lodi drove in a run and Kyle DeAtley had a double. Vince Damato picked up the win for Dundee-Crown.McHenry 6, Jacobs 3: Greg Sidor had 2 doubles, Aaron Meciej was 2-for-4 with an RBI and Ben Murray had 2 hits for the Golden Eagles in this FVC Valley loss. Evan Blunk took the loss for Jacobs (13-4, 5-2).Hampshire 10, Marian Central 5: Michael Laramie was 3-for-4 with a double, triple and 3 RBI to lead the Whip-Purs (7-7) to a nonconference win. RJ Cosigny (2B, 2 RBI), Piotr Barnas (2-for-4, RBI), Tyler Crater (RBI), Brandon Wescher (RBI), Michael Merchut (RBI), Tim Jansen (RBI) and Colin Gogoel (2B) also contributed. Andrew Brown was the winning pitcher for Hampshire, going the complete game with 4 strikeouts and no walks whole allowing 6 hits.Westminster Christian 8, Alden-Hebron 7: Frank Angiulo was 3-for-4 with a triple and 3 RBI to lead the Warriors (4-4, 4-0) in the Northeast Athletic Conference. Chase Woods also had 2 hits for Westminster and Juston Rasmussen was the winning pitcher.Burlington Central 12, North Boone 7: Ryan Schuring was 3-for-4 with a home run, a double and 3 RBI as the Rockets won in the Big Northern East. Bryan Cynova (2-for-4, 2B, RBI), Josh Lung (2-for-4, 2B, RBI), Mike Lee (2 RBI), Blake Alexander (RBI), Michael Scott (RBI) and Danny Gerke (RBI) also contributed for BC (6-6, 5-1). Alex Bell was the winning pitcher.Elgin Academy 13, U-High 6: Max Swienton was 3-for-3 with 2 doubles and 5 RBI and Nate Johnson went 3-for-3 with 3 RBI and 4 stolen bases to lead Elgin Academy in the Independent School League. Jeffrey Tang was the winning pitcher for the Hilltoppers (3-0, 3-0).

    Danny Albert of Naperville Central plays Matt Krzyzaniak of Glenbard North during a varsity tennis match in Carol Stream, Thursday.

    Naperville Central looks better than ever

    Even on a cold Thursday afternoon, it's never too early to think of the conference meet. The Naperville Central boys tennis team swept host Glenbard North 7-0, winning all of the matches in straight sets and continuing to make the progress needed to remain a contender for the DuPage Valley Conference title next month.


    Depth takes Lakes to Grant title

    The difference between a good track program and a dominant track program is simply quality depth. Lakes has it up and down the lineup, and that depth was on display Thursday at the Grant Bulldog Invitational in Fox Lake. The Eagles, who will face the host Bulldogs for the North Suburban Prairie division title at Wauconda on Monday afternoon, totaled up 195 points edging second-place Grant (156).


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    South Elgin 8, Streamwood 5: Alyssa Buddle (3-for-4) hit 2 home runs and Sam Helton (2-for-3, 2 RBI) added a round-tripper to lead South Elgin in the Upstate Eight. Cassidy Westlund, Victoria Watt, Paige Allen (2 RBI) and Mallory Mecklenburg added doubles for the Storm (10-5, 6-1) and Katie Koss picked up the pitching win. Holly Foret was 3-for-4 with a double and Kylie Jambor had 2 doubles and 2 RBI for Streamwood (1-10, 1-6).Dundee-Crown 3, Woodstock 2: Mandy Moore and Mallory Schilf each had 2 hits and Amanda Eissler pitched a 3-hitter with 4 strikeouts and no walks to lead the Chargers (2-6) to a Fox Valley Conference crossover win.Burlington Central 14, North Boone 0: Emily Kisch threw a five-inning 1-hitter and Brooke Gaylord was 4-for-4 with 2 doubles as the Rockets (14-1, 6-0) won their 11th straight in this Big Northern East game. Kisch got all 15 outs via the strikeout and only one walk kept her from a perfect game. Courtni Neubauer was 2-for-2 with a double and 2 RBI for BC.Alden-Hebron 12, Westminster Christian 1: Jackie Calabrese drove in the Warriors’ run in this Northeast Athletic Conference loss. Rachel Fugiel was the losing pitcher for Westminster (4-4, 2-1).Huntley 12, Woodstock North 4: Megan Baczewski was 3-for-5 with 2 home runs and 3 RBI, Taylor Funke went 2-for-3 with a home run and 2 RBI and Katelyn Behrens was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI as Huntley won this FVC crossover. Ashley Laxner was the winning pitcher for the Red Raiders (10-5).Jacobs 8, Hampshire 6: Alyssa Lach went 2-for-3 with a home run and Jacquelyn Hengler was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple to lead the Golden Eagles to an FVC crossover victory. Courtney Cotugno also had 2 hits for Jacobs (8-5) and Kelsey Peters (8-4) was the winning pitcher. Sara Finn was 3-for-4 and Ellie Lapi and losing pitcher Jen Hurst had doubles for Hampshire (3-11.Geneva 14, Larkin 0: Jaclyn Saurbaugh suffered the loss for Larkin (1-13, 1-8) in the Upstate Eight River.Grayslake North 3, Cary-Grove 1: Erin Olson was 2-for-3 for Cary-Grove, which lost its first game of the season in this FVC crossover. Lauren Stanley (2-1) was the losing pitcher for the Trojans (12-1).


    Boys tennis: Scouting the Pitchford 32

    Here's a look at this weekend's Pitchford 32 boys tennis tournament hosted by Hersey.


    Cougars fall 6-4 at Fort Wayne

    In a 6-4 loss Thursday night at Parkview Field, the Kane County Cougars (7-10) could not overcome a 5-run third inning by the Fort Wayne TinCaps (11-8) in the opener of a three-game series.


    Plantar fasciitis a problem for Nets, too

    Much like his counterpart with the Bulls, Brooklyn coach P.J. Carlesimo kept everyone in suspense before Game 3 about the status of shooting guard Joe Johnson, who was suffering from plantar fasciitis in his left foot.


    White Sox’ Flowers out to stop basestealers

    When A.J. Pierzynski left the White Sox via free agency over the winter, Tyler Flowers took over as the No. 1 catcher. Flowers has a reputation for being a strong defender. but he's thrown out only 1 of 15 base stealers during the first month of the season.

    The Bears selected Oregon guard Kyle Long with the 20th pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, hoping to shore up an offensive line that has ranked among the worst in recent years. There were a number of ways the Bears could have gone given their needs for depth and youth on both sides of the ball. They were also interested in moving down and acquiring more picks since they had just five.

    Bears take OL Kyle Long with 20th pick

    The Bears selected Oregon guard Kyle Long with the 20th pick in the NFL draft Thursday night, hoping to shore up an offensive line that has ranked among the worst in recent years. There were a number of ways the Bears could have gone given their needs for depth and youth on both sides of the ball. They were also interested in moving down and acquiring more picks since they had just five.


    The numbers add up: Essig a Hall of Famer

    Stat geeks take heart. One of us is being inducted into a hall of fame.


    Hersey tops Carmel in sectional prelude

    If Hersey and Carmel meet in the postseason, it will mean the stakes are much higher than they were Thursday afternoon in Arlington Heights. Cast as the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds in the Mundelein sectional, the two highly rated clubs met in a nonconference contest on the turf at Roland Goins Stadium in Arlington Heights. Although the Huskies (10-3-3) came away with a 3-0 decision, neither side is taking much from it right now since Carmel was at less than full strength.

    Alfonso Soriano is hit by a pitch from Miami Marlins starting pitcher Kevin Slowey Thursday night in Miami. The Cubs won 4-3.

    Valbuena’s home run lifts Cubs to a win

    Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 win over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.Shawn Camp (1-1) pitched the eighth and Carlos Marmol got the final three outs for his second save in four opportunities.


    Dual effort lifts St. Edward

    It was matter of two arms being better than one. Utilizing the combined efforts of freshman Lindsay Zdroik and sophomore Angela Zenteno, St. Edward was able to produce a 5-2 win over Aurora Central Catholic in Suburban Christian Conference action at the Elgin Sports Complex Thursday afternoon.


    Unbeaten in 7 straight, Vernon Hills maturing quickly

    Vernon Hills certainly has a young girls soccer team this spring. It's also a group wise beyond its years. The Cougars made it seven straight unbeaten games after a 3-1 road win at Lakes on Thursday afternoon in a North Suburban Prairie Division game.

    Geneva’s Max Novak slices home in the third inning against St. Charles East Thursday in Geneva.

    St. Charles East bounces back

    It didn't take long for St. Charles East to get a second chance at coming through with a clutch hit with a game on the line. And it didn't take long for the Saints to capitalize. Brannon Barry capped a perfectly executed seventh inning with a two-out flare to left field, scoring Joe Hoscheit with what proved to be the winning run in a 5-4 victory at Geneva.


    Hall, Crystal Lake S. derail Huntley

    With Tyler Hall and Bryce Only on the mound Thursday, both Crystal Lake South and Huntley knew their game was likely going to be low scoring. It was, but the Gators got the key hits when they needed them. CL South scored 2 two-out runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to rally for a 3-2 Fox Valley Conference Valley Division victory in Crystal Lake.


    Streamwood surprises St. Charles North

    Not having won a game since April 2 and scoring on average just over 2 runs per game, Streamwood baseball coach Ryan Lasota wasn't exactly sure what team he saw playing in the Sabres' uniforms. That's because the Sabres sent 11 batters to the plate and had 5 hits during a 6-run bottom of the first inning during a 12-2, five inning win over visiting St. Charles North in Upstate Eight Conference River Division play on Thursday. The win snaps a 10-game losing streak.


    Bartlett finally gets to South Elgin, Palmer

    For four innings, Bartlett couldn't do anything against South Elgin starter David Palmer, who held the visiting Hawks to a pair of infield singles. In the fifth, the Hawks finally solved Palmer. They loaded the bases with no outs and wound up scoring 3 times in the inning. Bartlett starter Doug Van Dyke made it hold up for a 4-2 Upstate Eight Valley victory Thursday. Ryan Karrick's two-out, 2-run single was the big hit for Bartlett (12-2, 11-2), which added an insurance run in the sixth.


    Lake Park outlasts Bartlett in 8

    Lake Park senior Danielle Jecmen knows her role on the Lancers' softball team. "I know I have to keep the game under control," she says. "It's my job to set the pace for my teammates and to radiate my confidence." So when Thursday's Upstate Eight Valley game at Bartlett got a bit out of control for the Lancers, it was Jecmen who brought some order back to things for her team. Her two-out double in the top of the eighth inning scored 2 runs and provided some separation on the scoreboard, then she threw a three-pitch bottom of the eighth as the Lancers outlasted the Hawks 6-3 in a 2 hour, 17-minute marathon.

    Libertyville junior catcher Evan Skoug is already getting offers from Division 1 programs.

    Competitive Skoug bones up on maturity

    Libertyville catcher Evan Skoug, a junior who is already receiving Division I scholarship offers, is being called the "best baseball player I've coached" by Libertyville coach Jim Schurr.

    They can officially call it Arlington International Racecourse, but most racing fans still will unofficially know it as Arlington Park.

    Spellman’s Scorecard: Let’s just call it Arlington Park

    They can call it whatever they want but it will always be Arlington Park to Mike Spellman. That and the sad state of baseball in Chicago, some hockey talk and much more in this week's Scorecard.

    Paul Kowalyszyn

    Kowalyszyn is in at Streamwood

    Paul Kowalyszyn has been named Streamwood's new varsity boys basketball coach, the school announced Thursday. Kowalyszyn spent the last five seasons in the Streamwood program learning from retiring coach Tim Jones, the last three seasons as a varsity assistant. "I'm more than excited," Kowalyszyn said. "I can't wait to get started."

    Jonathan Toews (19) and Brandon Saad celebrate a goal against Edmonton on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

    Hawks looking to carry confidence into playoffs

    Now that they have won the Presidents' Trophy, it's all about dealing with playoff expectations for the Blackhawks. Whoever they get in the first round, it won't be easy, but the Hawks have handled everything thrown their way during this memorable regular season. The Hawks started the year by setting an NHL record with at least 1 point in 24 straight games and never looked back. "To have the start to the season that we had and to keep playing consistently is an amazing thing for our team," Jonathan Toews said.


    Johnson in starting lineup for Nets

    Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Johnson is in the starting lineup for Thursday night's playoff game against the Bulls despite a nagging left foot injury.

    David Dick

    Dick embraces challenge as Fremd’s next AD

    David Dick knows he will face all kinds of challenges when he officially takes over as Fremd High School's athletic director in July. One he'll face down the road is the potential for a house divided. Dick and his wife Jennifer have a daughter Rhiann (11 years old) and sons D.J. (9) and Darrin (5) who will eventually go to Palatine High School. "That should make for an interesting cross-town situation," David Dick said with a laugh of his kids who are all involved in sports. But that's a future "problem." Dick said his family is thrilled about his opportunity to lead an athletic department after more than 20 years as a coach and administrator at Barrington. Dick will replace Augie Fontanetta, who is moving up to oversee athletics for all five District 211 schools. Dick was the athletic director at Barrington Middle School for eight years and he also spent the last two years assisting in the high school's athletic department thanks to a plan by principal Steve McWilliams and athletic director Mike Obsuszt.


    Wolves feel comfortable with Blues as partners

    After their amicable breakup following a two-year relationship as an affiliate with the Vancouver Canucks of the NHL, the Chicago Wolves are moving on — and they're doing it with the St. Louis Blues.


    Mike North video: White Sox Game Tonight
    Mike North talks about attending the game tonight with the  winners of his Sox contest.  They will attend and give their assessment of what might help the Sox draw bigger crowds


    Solbrig leads Lakes victory

    Mason Solbrig slammed 16 kills, as Lakes' boys volleyball team outlasted Grant 25-12, 25-27, 25-18 in North Suburban Conference action Wednesday night.


    Wauconda outslugs Round Lake

    Round Lake's softball team got a pair of home runs, but Wauconda notched a wild victory Wednesday. Wauconda scored 10 times in the top of the fifth inning and outslugged the host Panthers 18-8 in North Suburban Prairie Division action.

    Chicago Blackhawks’ Johnny Oduya, left, checks Edmonton Oilers’ Jordan Eberle during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Edmonton, Alberta, Wednesday, April 24, 2013.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Oilers
    Images of the Blackhawks vs. the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday night at Rexall Place in Edmonton. The Blackhawks won 4-1, clinching the best record this season in the NHL and the Presidents' Trophy.



    March jobless rates up in most Illinois metro areas

    Officials say unemployment increased in March in seven of Illinois' 12 metro areas as the state jobs outlook remained difficult. The state Department of Employment Security said Thursday that unemployment rates rose in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area from 9 percent in March 2012 to 9.5 percent last month. Other increases were in Decatur, Champaign-Urbana, Danville, Peoria, Springfield and the Lake-Kenosha area that straddles the Illinois-Wisconsin state line.

    Greg Brown

    Motorola Solutions key in Boston marathon hunt

    Schaumburg-based Motorola Solutions equipment and service was instrumental in helping Boston and Watertown, Mass., police, firemen, the FBI and others hunt down and capture the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. The company even sent some technicians and extra equipment to help them monitor the investigation.

    A man examines the tag of a motorcycle at the Dillon Brothers Harley Davidson dealership in Omaha, Neb. Harley-Davidson Inc. reported strong quarterly financial results before the market opened on Thursday.

    Stocks edge higher as job market improves

    Weekly applications for unemployment benefits fell 16,000 to 339,000, the second-lowest level in more than five years, according to the Labor Department.

    A home for sale in Mt. Lebanon, Pa. The average fee for 30-year mortgages rose to 0.8 point from 0.7 point last week. The fee for 15-year loans was unchanged at 0.7 point.

    Rate on 15-year loan at record-low 2.61 percent

    Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday that the average rate for the 15-year fixed loan fell to 2.61 percent. That's down from 2.64 percent last week and the lowest rate on records dating back to 1991. The previous record low of 2.63 percent was reached in November.

    A Safeway online shopping advertisement at a Safeway store in San Francisco.

    Dominick’s owner Safeway’s profit climbs on tax benefit

    NEW YORK — Safeway Inc., owners of area Dominick’s stores, reported a higher profit for the first quarter as the grocery store operator benefited from lower tax charges.The company, which operates more than 1,600 locations under names including Safeway and Vons, stood by its forecast for the year.Sales at stores open at least a year, a key indicator of health, rose 1.5 percent. For the quarter, Safeway earned $118.9 million, or 49 cents per share. That’s up from $72.9 million, or 27 cents per share, a year ago. Tax benefits contributed 14 cents per share to the latest quarter.Net sales dipped to $9.99 billion, from $10 billion a year ago, as the company sold its Genuardi’s stores.Analysts on average expect a profit of 35 cents per share on revenue of $10.15 billion.

    The parent of United Airlines reported a smaller first-quarter loss on Thursday, as fuel costs declined and revenue rose 1 percent.

    United’s 1Q loss narrows as fuel costs drop

    The parent of United Airlines reported a smaller first-quarter loss on Thursday, as fuel costs declined and revenue rose 1 percent. The first quarter is the slowest travel season of the year, and it's not unusual for airlines to lose money then. This year, though, Chicago-based United's biggest rival, Delta, posted a small profit for the period, and Southwest and US Airways made money, too.

    This Jan. 17, 2013 photo provided by the Japan Transport Safety Board shows the distorted main lithium-ion battery of the All Nippon Airways’ Boeing 787 which made an emergency landing on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at Takamatsu airport in Takamatsu, western Japan.

    Boeing: Cause of 787 battery fires remains mystery

    A Boeing engineer said Thursday that the cause of the battery problems that have grounded the company's 787 Dreamliners may never be known. The engineering leader for the 787, Richard J. Horigan, said the root cause of smoldering batteries experienced by the two different 787s may never be known because the evidence was destroyed by heat.


    Fed says redesigned $100 bill ready by October

    The Federal Reserve announced Wednesday that it will begin circulating a redesigned $100 bill this fall, more than two years after its initial target. The Fed has set a new target date of Oct. 8. The redesigned note incorporates added security features, such as a blue, 3-D security ribbon and a disappearing Liberty Bell in an inkwell. The features are designed to thwart counterfeiters.


    Google pays CEO a buck, 4 other execs get $124 million

    Google CEO Larry Page and his longtime partner Sergey Brin limited their salaries to $1 apiece last year, while four other top executives received combined compensation packages totaling more than $124 million.

    The burned auxiliary power unit battery from a JAL Boeing 787 that caught fire on Jan. 7, 2013, at Boston’s Logan International Airport.

    Boeing 787 battery tests didn’t ensure against fire, NTSB says

    Tests of Boeing Co.'s 787 Dreamliner batteries weren't adequate to ensure that they wouldn't overheat or burn, the top U.S. aircraft-accident investigator said after a two-day hearing. Officials from Boeing and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, which approved the batteries, also said at the National Transportation Safety Board hearings that concluded yesterday that the tests didn't anticipate the two failures that led to the grounding of the company's newest airliner.


    United, US Airways boost ticket change fee to $200

    Changing an airline ticket is getting more expensive at US Airways and United Airlines. Last week United quietly boosted the fee to change a ticket in advance to $200, from $150. A spokesman for United Continental Holdings Inc. says the fee helps cover the cost to the airline when a traveler gives up a reserved seat. On Wednesday US Airways did the same thing.


    Chicago workers strike over wages at Macy’s to McDonald’s

    Hundreds of employees from stores such as McDonald's Corp., Macy's Inc. and Victoria's Secret walked off the job today in Chicago for higher wages, three weeks after a similar strike by fast-food workers in New York. The employees marched in the Chicago Loop and near the Magnificent Mile shopping area, calling for $15-an-hour pay, 82 percent more than the state's minimum wage, and the right to form a union without intimidation.


    Grainger increases quarterly dividend by 16 percent

    W.W. Grainger, Inc. announced today that its board of directors voted to raise the quarterly cash dividend by 16 percent to 93 cents per share payable on June 1, 2013, to shareholders of record on May 13, 2013.

    Confidence in the U.S. job market has rebounded to roughly a normal level from its record low after the Great Recession, a trend that could help boost the economy.

    Survey: Americans felt more secure in jobs in 2012

    Confidence in the U.S. job market has rebounded to roughly a normal level from its record low after the Great Recession, a trend that could help boost the economy. Americans increasingly feel they could find a new job if necessary, according to the results of the 2012 General Social Survey, a long-standing poll of public opinion. And fear of being laid off dropped last year from its 2010 peak to roughly its average for the 35 years the question has been asked.


    Illinois company: Cogeneration could become market for gas producers

    Combined heat and power systems that produce electricity are a great potential market for natural gas producers, but experts say outdated federal policies and regulations are hindering growth. Coal-fired power plants generate power and heat, but the heat is wasted. CHP, or cogeneration, captures and reuses the heat.


    Ill. county recorders to split $3.3M settlement

    Illinois' 102 county recorders will split $3.3 million from the settlement of a national mortgage lawsuit. Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced the disbursement of funds on Wednesday. Madigan and 45 other attorneys general reached the settlement with Florida-based Lender Processing Services Inc. in January.


    Opponents call medical marijuana bill dangerous

    A group opposing legalized medical marijuana says there are dangers in allowing patients access to the drug. The American Society for Addiction Medicine and a former Drug Enforcement Administration official are among those who say there are FDA-approved options patients can take instead. They also claim patients could end up with a surplus, which could find its way into the wrong hand.

Life & Entertainment

    Bebe (Susan Sarandon) gets a leg up on her live-in lover Don (Robert De Niro) as a priest (Robin Williams) tries to keep a straight face in the funny and poignant “The Big Wedding.”

    Big laughs, big hearts in 'Big Wedding'

    "The Big Wedding" merges two other American remakes of French comedies, 1989's "Cousins" and 1996's "The Birdcage." All celebrate the diversity and craziness of families with warm, gentle insight, capped by delightfully comical situations that skillfully sidestep the stale conventions of most Hollywood films. It also disallows middle-aged characters to be used as cheap butts of gross gags.

    A mother (Naomi Watts) reunites with her son (Tom Holland) in the aftermath of a tsunami in “The Impossible,” now out on DVD.

    ‘Impossible,’ ‘China Beach’ out on DVD

    Naomi Watts was nominated for an Academy Award for her terrific performance in "The Impossible," a harrowing and exciting drama based on a true story. It's now out on DVD.

    Brad Pitt as Gerald Lane in the upcoming film, “World War Z.”

    What’s the next big film franchise?

    Hollywood is banking on the future this summer — and not just a future where Capt. Kirk orders warp speed or Tony Stark builds a better Iron Man outfit. Though some film franchises seem to live on forever, most come with a shelf life, leaving studios always hunting for new ones.

    Actress-singer Molly Ringwald released her latest CD, “Except Sometimes,” earlier this month.

    Molly Ringwald rediscovers her jazz roots

    Molly Ringwald has moved from "The Breakfast Club" to the jazz club. The redheaded actress will always live in her generation's memories for portraying the angst of high school life as an everyday girl, teen princess and outsider in her iconic 1980s films. Now the 45-year-old has taken on a new role as a jazz singer with the release last week of her album "Except Sometimes," a collection of Great American Songbook and Broadway tunes.

    Ellis (Tye Sheridan), left, and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland) encounter a mysterious man (Matthew McConaughey) on an island near their Arkansas home in “Mud.”

    'Mud' a lyrical, well-acted coming-of-age tale

    Matthew McConaughey has been on an extraordinary run of late, and that continues with "Mud," in which he plays the title character as a modern-day cross between Boo Radley and Robert Mitchum's Max Cady. As the slippery central figure of Jeff Nichols' richly observed coming-of-age fable, McConaughey injects a note of danger into a bayou noir story of youthful adventure that manages to be lyrical and sobering at the same time.

    Swedish police say they have found drugs on board a tour bus used by Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber.

    Swedish police find drugs on Bieber tour bus

    The latest chapter in Justin Bieber's European tour escapade was added Thursday when Swedish police said they had found drugs and a stun gun on the pop singer's bus. Lars Bystrom, spokesman for the Stockholm police, told The Associated Press a small amount of drugs and a stun gun were discovered during a search of the bus, which had been parked under the Globen concert venue in Stockholm, where Bieber was performing Wednesday.

    “willpower” by will.i.am

    Will.i.am misses the mark on solo album

    Will.i.am's 2007 album, "Songs About Girls," barely made a splash on the charts, but it was a fine piece of work. The underwhelming response may be the reason why he recruits popular acts such as Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus and Chris Brown for "willpower," his fourth solo effort. Unfortunately, the collaborations feel wasted — and forced.

    Neil Diamond sang “Sweet Caroline” in the eighth inning of last Saturday’s baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals in Boston. Sales for Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline” are up by 597 percent a week after the tune has become a source of comfort following bombings in Boston last week.

    Diamond donating ‘Caroline’ sales after bombings

    Neil Diamond is donating some of this week's sales from "Sweet Caroline" after the tune became a source of comfort following the explosions at the Boston Marathon. Sales from Diamond's song are up by 597 percent, Nielsen SoundScan said Wednesday. Diamond's representative said the singer will donate the recent sales to marathon bombing victims.

    Yaz (Sandra Marquez) and Elliot (Armando Riesco) embrace in Quiara Alegría Hudes’ “The Happiest Song Plays Last” at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre.

    Goodman’s ‘Happiest Song’ strikes false note

    It's hard to say which is worse in the Goodman Theatre world-premiere production of "The Happiest Song Plays Last": Quiara Alegria Hudes' cliched script or the stilted acting. Do yourself a favor and try to find a CD by Gonzalez rather than waste the time and money it takes to see "Happiest Song." This is part of the Latino Theatre Festival, but the Goodman can't seem to do minority productions without pandering to the designated audience.


    ‘The Veils’ dabble in desert rock beauty

    British quintet The Veils has recorded an album more evocative of the barren plains of America's Southwest than the streets of London or Auckland, New Zealand, where its charismatic lead singer and songwriter, Finn Andrews, spent his youth.


    Lebanese ale available worldwide

    "I'm the lunatic who makes beer in Lebanon!" announces Mazen Hajjar. That's Lebanon in the Middle East — not Pennsylvania. Hajjar's brewery, 961 Beer (named after the international dialing code for Lebanon), is a five-minute drive from Beirut.

    Dennis DeYoung performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    Music notes: Arcada hosts Michael McDonald, Dennis DeYoung

    Classic rockers Michael McDonald and Dennis DeYoung will appear at separate shows at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles this weekend, while fantastic alt-country band Freakwater makes one of its increasingly rare live appearances in Chicago.

    Halle Berry stars in "The Call," which one reader accuses of falsely suggesting that pre-paid cell phones don't have GPS tracking systems.

    Should factual errors detract from a movie's enjoyability?

    Dann discusses the responsibilities of film critics to correct all factual errors in the movies. This after a reader pointed out that the pre-paid cell phones used in the March film "The Call" did in fact possess GPS devices, contrary to what the characters said. Dann also pitches an upcoming student film fest in Schaumburg, plus his library program, "Hollywood's Greatest Chase Sequences."

    Mike (Emily Blunt) and Arthur (Colin Firth) find love on the run in the disappointingly dull drama of self-discovery "Arthur Newman."

    ‘Arthur Newman’ a walk on the mild side

    "Arthur Newman" tells the sincere yet unmoving story of two lost souls who find each other on a cross-country pilgrimage during which they fill in whatever voids they possess so they can return to the unappealing lives they so desperately sought to escape. But we never see the real seeds of Arthur's discontent and commercial-maker/first-time director Dante Ariola provides a lethargic pace.

    Anthony Mackie, left, Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson perform an action-movie cliché as three bodybuilders trying to steal the American dream in Michael Bay’s “Pain & Gain.”

    Michael Bay’s latest all ‘Pain,’ no ‘Gain’

    Had the Coen brothers or Quentin Tarantino directed "Pain & Gain," it would have a wildly violent, acidically comic deconstruction of the American dream as interpreted by three weightlifters who stretch every muscle in their bodies but the ones in their heads. Michael Bay's sledgehammered direction makes the violence brutal and ugly, and kills whatever empathy we might have for characters.



    Editorial: Drop pension perks for forest officials

    Pay cuts and elimination of perks are good ideas the DuPage forest preserve commission should OK, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Batavia HS plan seems extravagant
    A Batavia letter to the editor: I am writing to express my dismay at the proposed long-term plan for the Batavia High School athletic field. I hope the school board will look very critically at the issues relative to this plan.


    News for a runner especially emotional
    A Palatine letter to the editor: I have run in many marathons and can feel a little more emotion about the tragedy that happened in Boston. I just can't imagine what it must have felt like to have my body totally depleted and run into that chaotic mess at the finishing line.


    Government should not redefine marriage
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: The desire of society to exercise their discretion in redefining marriage creates a host of unintended consequences. As such, if government decides that marriage no longer merits special treatment, it should focus on redefining it entitlement programs, tax code, property and inheritance laws so that all familial arrangements are treated equally under the law.


    Seniors have earned their ‘entitlements’
    A Hoffman Estates letter to the editor: A sincere thank-you to Mr. Ken Wuestenfeld for his letter of April 10 concerning the "entitlements" given to senior citizens via Social Security. I am one of those folks who shudders every time one of our government representatives or members of the news media start talking about all of the entitlements we seniors receive as though we did nothing to earn said benefits.


    The NRA is not your enemy
    A North Aurora letter to the editor: This is in regard to the "Our View" on April 22 about concealed carry in Illinois. You praise the anti-Constitutional Illinois legislature and vilify the NRA.


    More bilingual schools needed?
    A Carpentersville letter to the editor: I read with much interest the excellent letter from Richard Francke concerning the failing schools. Maybe it is time to convert some of the schools to bilingual only. The students who spend the time outside class speaking another language at home with their families would have a better learning environment.


    This Muslim group deplores violence
    A Bensenville letter to the editor: We have not yet discovered the Boston Marathon bombers' motives, but we know they are Muslim. In the days after the attack, thousands of Muslims across America prayed that these individuals not be Muslim. Apparently their prayers went unanswered.


    Hit the NRA in the pocketbook
    Hit the NRA in the pocketbookThe principal of Sandy Hook Elementary showed true courage by running at the attacker, putting her own life on the line to save others. It is astounding to me that so many Republican Senators and some Democrats could not show even half that courage by voting for the brokered gun registration bill. In defeating it they put their own careers above the interests of the vast majority of Americans, who they have sworn to represent.The public needs to overwhelm them with letters of complaint. And all those members of the NRA who are for more gun control need to withdraw from the NRA — in droves. Hit them in the pocketbook. They will understand that.Anne KrickWheaton


    Don’t politicize medical profession
    A Naperville letter to the editor: I was very disappointed that Dr. Ben Carson felt the need to drop out as Johns Hopkins commencement speaker. This is a medical school. Who better to inspire upcoming doctors than one who has overcome great obstacles to reach the pinnacle of that profession?


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