Daily Archive : Friday April 26, 2013


    Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, the mother of the two Boston bombing suspects, speaks Thursday at a news conference as her sister-in-law, Maryam, listens in Makhachkala, in the southern Russian province of Dagestan.

    Boston bombing suspects’ mom in terror database

    U.S. intelligence agencies added the mother of the Boston bombing suspects to a government terrorism database 18 months before the bombings, two officials told The Associated Press. She called it "lies and hypocrisy" and said she has never been linked to crimes or terrorism.


    Sprinkler douses factory fire in West Chicago

    An automatic sprinkler system was able to extinguish a fire Friday afternoon at a factory in West Chicago, authorities said. The automatic fire alarm system activated about 3 p.m., calling fire companies to the scene of Advanced Electronics at 721 Winston Drive in the city's industrial park.

    Jacob Nodarse holds the gun he used to shoot and kill Michael Kramer, 20, and Kramer's parents, Jeffrey, 50, and Lori, 48, during cross-examination in the trial of Johnny Borizov.

    Darien shooter in triple murder: 'I didn't know it was real'

    Jacob Nodarse "thought it was a dream" when he fatally shot three members of a Darien family, he said on his second day of testimony in the Johnny Borizov trial. "It was like a nightmare," he testified Friday. "I didn't know it was real."

    Karlos Leath

    WW South student killed; driver charged with DUI

    An 18-year-old student at Wheaton Warrenville South High School, Stephanie Pickett, is being remembered for her outgoing personality and her love of animals after she was killed in a single-vehicle crash late Thursday on Shaffner Road near Wheaton. The man who was driving the SUV was charged with aggravated DUI in connection with the accident and was being held Friday in DuPage County jail on $1...


    Increased revenue, less expenses help in Libertyville budget process

    Years of accumulated efficiencies and a boost in revenue made the 2013-14 budget process easier for Libertyville trustees. Bond issues for a multiyear road improvement program and other utility projects provided fuel for a number of scheduled projects.

    Police say a piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the planes destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been discovered wedged between two New York City buildings.

    NYPD: Part of 9/11 plane's landing gear discovered

    A rusted 5-foot-tall piece of landing gear believed to be from one of the hijacked planes destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks has been discovered wedged between a mosque site and a luxury high-rise apartment building near the World Trade Center.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn releases 2012 tax returns

    Gov. Pat Quinn has released his 2012 federal and state income tax returns, which show the only money he earned was his governor's salary of $160,421 and a taxable refund of $1,203.

    Sgt. Michael Seyller

    E. Dundee cop charged with felony in Wisconsin

    Michael Seyller, an East Dundee police sergeant facing criminal charges in Carpentersville and jailed in Kane County, now faces a felony battery charge in Wisconsin. Seyller, 39, has been charged with substantial battery after he broke another man's nose and knocked out his two front teeth during a March 1 bar fight in Wisconsin, according to the Adams County District Attorney's Office.

    Theresa Neubauer, the former water supervisor in Crestwood, enters the federal court in Chicago earlier this week.

    Crestwood official lied about tainted water, prosecutors say

    A prosecutor told jurors Friday that a one-time South suburban water official lied for decades about drawing village water from a well tainted with a cancer-causing chemical, while her attorney declared her a scapegoat of an inner circle of powerful men. Jurors began deliberating at around noon, but U.S. District Judge Joan Gottschall told them to go home and resume Monday after they had failed...


    Flood kits available in Des Plaines
    The Red Cross is distributing approximately 300 cleanup kits to Des Plaines residents affected by the recent floods. Cleanup kit distribution will continue Saturday at River Road and Perry Street. For additional information, call (847) 391-5396.


    Local schools fare well in U.S. News rankings

    Twelve Northwest suburban public high schools are ranked by U.S. News & World Report in its annual list of best high schools. Top among them is Adlai E. Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, at 6th in Illinois and 33rd in the nation.

    Frank Buschauer

    Husband charged in 2000 South Barrington murder

    Improvements in forensic technology and a detective's dedication led to the arrest of a Wisconsin man for the only unsolved murder in South Barrington's history. On Wednesday, officers arrested Frank Buschauer in Pell Lake, Wis., on charges he murdered his wife Cynthia Hrisco, 47.

    Daily Herald File Photo Air traffic controller furloughs seem over but budget cuts still loom over Midway International and Waukegan Regional Airport's towers.

    Congress ends controller furloughs; towers still in question

    It's clear skies for O'Hare and Midway International Airports after Congress acted to end furloughs of air traffic controllers and delays for millions of travelers that have caused a political headache in Washington. A day after the Senate approved the measure without even a roll call, the House adopted the measure.

    Moses Harrison

    Former Illinois chief justice dies

    The Illinois Supreme Court has announced the death at age 81 of former Chief Justice Moses Harrison. Harrison was elected to the Supreme Court in 1992. He served as chief justice from 2000 to 2002.

    Susan V. Patton

    St. Charles woman pleads guilty to battery at bar

    A 32-year-old woman originally charged with a felony hate crime after a fight outside a St. Charles bar in January pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser charge. Susan Patton, of St. Charles, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery and was sentenced to 24 moonths probation. Two other men, both 31 and from St. Charles, pleaded guilty earlier this year. They were accused of yelling anti-gay slurs during...

    High school students toss sandbags down a line Friday in front of homes along the Red River in Fargo, N.D.

    Fargo students forgo class to help with flood control

    Many students were happy to be outside on what was the first day where temperatures had reached into the 60s this year.Fargo North student Ross Ashland, 17, also said he felt good about sandbagging because he was forced to evacuate his house during a record flood in 2009.


    Gurnee man dies a week after police say he grabbed semi

    Authorities say they are investigating the death of a Gurnee man that occurred after he grabbed the side of a semitrailer truck as it was headed onto northbound Route 41 in the village.

    Steve Schuldt

    Road commissioner’s budget still not approved

    Unresolved budgeting issues in the Rutland Township road commissioner's office have forced Howard Schultz, the road commissioner, to dip into his reserves until the matters are resolved. At a special meeting Thursday night, the township board conditionally approved the figures in his budget, but also voted to hold a second budget hearing in May and to delay awarding final approval for his budget...


    Wellness health fair:

    Adventures in Wellness Education (AWE) announces the first Spring Into Wellness Health Fair on Saturday, April 27 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 25519 W. Route 134, Ingleside.


    Local high schools ranked:

    Several area schools have made the U.S. News & World Report 2013 list of best high schools.


    Bring unwanted drugs to Hainesville:

    The village of Hainesville, in cooperation with the federal Drug Enforcement Agency, will collect unwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

    Keith Surroz

    Grayslake D46 board rejects cutting five employees

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members have rejected the administration's recommendation to dismiss media employees in an effort to trim a projected $2.2 million deficit for the 2013-14 academic year. Elected officials this week received the proposal to release the five media assistants to save district taxpayers $155,000 annually.


    D95 hires new principal:

    The Lake Zurich Unit District 95 school board has hired Christopher Martelli as the new principal for May Whitney Elementary School.


    Free kite fly in Lindenhurst:

    The Lindenhurst Park District is hosting an Earth-Arbor Day celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Lindenhurst village hall/public works facility, 2301 Sand Lake Road.

    The “walking wounded” are moved to school buses for removal as Geneva school district officials, police and fire departments perform a mass casualty drill Friday at Geneva Middle School South. According to a media handout, the district secured a federal grant for schools to review and strengthen emergency management plans, conduct training and drills, and purchase an emergency notification system and emergency to-go kits for classrooms.

    Geneva Dist. 304 conducts emergency response drill

    The Geneva school district conducted an emergency drill Friday at Geneva Middle School South to test the readiness of school workers, Delnor Hospital and police and fire departments.

    Deacon Larry Migliorato, chaplain of Clare Oaks, blesses the trees newly planted in Oak Grove Park.

    Bartlett sisters mark milestone with tree planting
    Residents of Clare Oaks, a continuing care retirement community in Bartlett, planted oak trees in Oak Grove Park on Friday, April 26, in honor of Arbor Day.

    Normal police officers Mitchell Wilson and Melissa Zabukovec rescue eight ducklings from a storm sewer on Thursday.

    Normal police rescue 8 ducklings from sewer

    Pedestrians saw two distraught ducks near a storm drain. Officer Mitchell Wilson climbed into the storm sewer and coaxed the ducklings into the net. Officer Melissa Zabukovec took the ducklings to a farm field and released them. The duck family headed to a nearby pond. Wilson calls it "a happy ending."


    Shot driver slams into garage while fleeing gunman

    Chicago police say a driver who was shot several times by a gunman standing on a Far South Side street slammed his car into a garage while trying to flee from the assailant. Police spokesman John Mirabelli says the shooting took place Friday morning in the West Pullman neighborhood.

    Dick Durbin

    Durbin welcomes limits on payday-style loans

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says he's glad regulators are taking a hard look at the loans offered by some large banks that are structured like payday loans. He praised a report this week from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on how payday loans often lead to crushing debt for consumers. The report says interest rates can exceed 300 percent.

    Jesse Jackson Jr.

    Sentencing changed to July 1 for Jesse Jackson Jr.

    A scheduling change means both former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi Jackson, will be sentenced on the same day in Washington federal court. He was to be sentenced on June 28 but now will appear on July 1.


    Illinois cuts off funding for charter school operator

    Gov. Pat Quinn's administration has halted state fund for a large charter school operator, saying it violated the terms of a $98 million grant when failed to disclose that it had hired for construction projects in Chicago two companies owned by the brothers of one of the operator's top executives.

    Ray Ochromowicz

    St. Charles Park District looking for new leader

    The St. Charles Park District will begin a search for a new executive director next month. The current director, Ray Ochromowicz, is retiring after only two years on the job.

    A $4.4 million renovation along Wilson Streeet in Batavia, shown looking east from Route 31, gets underway Monday.

    Get ready, Batavia, for Wilson Street project

    Getting around Wilson Street in downtown Batavia might be a bit of a hassle this summer, but city officials think it will be worth the while, once the traffic signal, utility replacement and streetscape work is finished.

    All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 planes sit Friday on a tarmac at Haneda Airport in Tokyo.

    Boeing 787 to resume flight in Japan April 28

    Boeing, based in Chicago, rose 1.3 percent to $92.85 at the close in New York for a fourth straight daily gain. ANA, the biggest 787 operator, fell 0.5 percent to 209 yen at the close in Tokyo, while Japan Airlines, the second largest, gained 3.6 percent to 4,750 yen.


    Chicago man pleads to South Barrington burglary

    A Chicago man pleaded guilty to residential burglary of a South Barrington home and other charges Friday in Rolling Meadows. In exchange for his guilty plea, Rafael Mielczarek was sentenced to six years in prison. He must serve at least 50 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

    Kerin Ramirez

    Harper wrestler’s home invasion trial ends with hung jury

    A DuPage County jury was unable to return a verdict in the felony home invasion trial of Kerin Ramirez, but authorities said Friday the 21-year-old former Harper College wrestler will face a new trial for the same charge, which stems from a September 2011 incident in which Ramirez is accused of invading the home of a Wood Dale police sergeant. A hung jury was declared at 10 p.m. Thursday after...


    Anesthesiologists break ground on Schaumburg HQ

    The American Society of Anesthesiologists will break ground on their new headquarters building at 1061 American Lane in Schaumburg at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 27.


    New maps show where the Asian carp are

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Illinois Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Geological Survey have released current data on the presence of bighead carp and silver carp at all life stages, as well as black carp and grass carp occurrences, in the Mississippi River, Ohio River and Great Lakes.

    Rebuilding Together Aurora volunteers Carl Shaffer and Keith Johnson from Community Christian Church in Naperville install a new window Friday on a home in Aurora’s Pattersonville neighborhood, replacing an old window pierced by a bullet. More than 800 volunteers are repairing about 20 homes Friday and Saturday during Rebuilding Together Aurora’s 20th annual April home repair event.

    800 volunteers help revitalize Aurora homes

    Several homes in the Pattersonville neighborhood on Aurora's near east side will be safer and more accessible come Sunday once more than 800 volunteers conduct repairs with Rebuilding Together Aurora. Volunteers for the nonprofit often spread their efforts throughout the city, but organizers decided to zoom in on one area this year, said Amy Altenbern, executive director. "The number of homes and...

    U.S. Air Force Maj. Gina Stramaglio holds a three-day-old puppy, one of eight airmen brought to the shelter with the mother on Feb. 10.

    Elk Grove woman’s mission to save dogs continues

    The effort of a former Elk Grove Village woman to save stray dogs in Mali continues even while she has been redeployed to other duties. This report updates the story of U.S. Air Force Maj. Gina Stramaglio, who has been working in her off hours been working to improve deplorable conditions at a shelter for dogs.

    John Butts

    Former Lake Park superintendent taking reins in Medinah

    A former longtime superintendent in Lake Park High School District 108 is returning to the area to take the reins of Medinah Elementary District 11. John Butts, who resigned his Lake Park post in April 2010 after eight years with the district and with two years still remaining on his contract, was named the new superintendent in Medinah on Thursday night. He begins work July 1 with a two-year...

    Trooper James Sauter

    Report: Truck driver fell asleep before accident that killed trooper

    The truck driver involved in a crash on the Tri-State Tollway that killed an Illinois State Trooper fell asleep at the wheel, according to a report issued by Illinois State Police.

    Ministry for Emergency Situations workers and fire fighters work at the site of a fire at a psychiatric hospital Friday morning, April 26, 2013. A fire raged through a psychiatric hospital outside Moscow early Friday, killing 38 people, including two nurses, emergency officials said. Police said the fire, which broke out at about 2 a.m. local time in the one-story hospital in the Ramenskoye settlement, was caused by a short circuit.

    38 die in mental hospital fire outside Moscow

    A fire swept quickly through a psychiatric hospital outside Moscow early Friday, killing 38 people, some of them sedated and in their beds, officials said. The one-story brick-and-wood hospital building housed patients with severe mental disorders, Health Ministry officials said. An Emergencies Ministry official said the fire started in a wooden annex and then spread to the main brick building,...

    Magician Mark Doetsch especially likes performing magic for the kids at Gators in Palatine.

    Moving Picture: Island Lake magician is shy no more

    Magician Mark Doetsch of Island Lake used to be shy. But performing magic has brought him out of his shell, and brought smiles to the faces of countless people in the process. "Half of it is the magic, the other half is the presentation. That's a lot of fun for me, to watch their faces when I do a trick and they're amazed and laughing at the same time, that is very cool, very rewarding," Doetsch...

    New York City Police officers patrol in New York’s Times Square, Thursday, April 25, 2013. The Boston Marathon bombing suspects had planned to blow up their remaining explosives in New York’s Times Square, officials said Thursday.

    Authorities say bomb suspects planned NYC attack

    Armed with a pressure-cooker explosive and five pipe bombs, the suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing made a spur-of-the-moment decision last week to give the Big Apple a taste of their mayhem, New York officials say. The potentially deadly scheme fell apart when the brothers realized the car they had hijacked was low on gas.

    The Devens Federal Medical Center in Devens, Mass. The U.S. Marshals Service said Friday, April 26, 2013, that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, charged in the Boston Marathon bombing, had been moved from a Boston hospital to the federal medical center at Devens, about 40 miles west of the city.

    Boston Marathon bombing suspect out of hospital

    The surviving Boston Marathon bombings suspect has been released from a civilian hospital and transferred to a federal medical detention center in central Massachusetts. The U.S. Marshals Service said Friday that the suspect left Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center overnight and was taken to the Federal Medical Center Devens about 40 miles west of Boston.

    With disgruntled passengers complaining about airline flight delays, Republican lawmakers and the airline industry pounced on the Obama administration. The glitch was invented by the White House for political reasons, they charged, and officials waited until the last minute to warn Congress and the airlines of the impending upheaval.

    FACT CHECK: Did FAA have to furlough controllers?

    With disgruntled passengers complaining about airline flight delays, Republican lawmakers and the airline industry pounced on the Obama administration. The glitch was invented by the White House for political reasons, they charged, and officials waited until the last minute to warn Congress and the airlines of the impending upheaval. They were wrong on the first count, and partly right on the...

    A Bangladeshi woman weeps as she holds a picture of her and her missing husband as she waits at the site of a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, April 26, 2013. The death toll reached hundreds of people as rescuers continued to search for injured and missing, after a huge section of an eight-story building that housed several garment factories splintered into a pile of concrete.

    Toll in Bangladesh building collapse passes 300

    More than two days after their factory collapsed on them, at least some garment workers were still alive in the corpse-littered debris Friday, pinned beneath tons of mangled metal and concrete. Rescue crews struggled to save them, knowing they probably had just a few hours left to live, as desperate relatives clashed with police in their anger and grief. The death toll topped 300 on Friday and it...


    Glen Ellyn, COD reach lift station agreement

    Glen Ellyn public works employees will now be able to work on a village-owned sanitary lift station located on College of DuPage property, under an agreement approved this week. The lift station was constructed in the early 1970s on COD property at 580 S. Park Blvd., and while an easement was drafted at the time, it was never executed, village officials said. COD and Glen Ellyn officials have had...


    Rolling Meadows mayor engaged
    Mayor Tom Rooney revealed recently that he and Sue Daniels of Elk Grove Village have set a wedding date.


    Wisconsin calls for motorcycle safety awareness

    MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin transportation officials are calling for riders to be more cautious as the National Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month arrives in May.The state Department of Transportation says 116 people died last year while riding a motorcycle. It is the highest number in the last 30 years. Most incidents occurred when riders failed to wear a helmet.


    Ice Age Trail land trust applies for accreditation

    CROSS PLAINS, Wis. — The land trust that oversees the Ice Age Trail in Wisconsin is applying for accreditation.The trail is 1,000 miles long and meanders from far northwestern Wisconsin to southern Wisconsin back up to the Green Bay area. The Ice Age Trail Alliance is a nonprofit organization established in 1958 that works to protect and promote the Ice Age Trail.


    Restitution hearing looms for former Walker aide

    MILWAUKEE — A former top associate to Gov. Scott Walker will soon found out how much restitution he owes, after he was convicted of stealing more than $20,000 from a nonprofit group Walker appointed him to lead.


    Former Indiana housing official charged with theft

    JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. — The former head of a southern Indiana city’s housing authority faces forgery, theft and other charges alleging she stole nearly $60,000 from the agency.


    Honeywell eyes June restart of Metropolis plant

    METROPOLIS, Ill. — A southern Illinois plant that helps make nuclear fuel is calling back workers in hopes of resuming operations in June. The plant was forced into a yearlong shutdown due to regulator-requested upgrades.


    Woman accused of stealing $2 million from company

    A former executive of an Illinois chemical company is accused of stealing more than $2 million from the company for personal use.Kathleen Barth of Chicago is charged with theft of property exceeding $1 million. Cook County Circuit Judge Laura Sullivan on Thursday set bond for the 56-year-old Barth at $200,000.


    SIU-Carbondale official takes job in Alabama

    CARBONDALE, Ill. — The assistant to the chancellor of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale has taken a job in Alabama.The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan reports Jake Baggott is to begin his new role as executive director of the University of Alabama-Birmingham’s health-and-wellness program in July.


    Western Illinois toughening admissions standards

    MACOMB, Ill. — Western Illinois University says it is toughening its admissions standards.


    Coroner: Deaths of mom, 2 kids may remain mystery

    NEW ALBANY, Ind. — A southern Indiana coroner says that unless there’s a “big break” in the case of a woman found dead in a creek along with her two children it may never be known how they died.


    Chicago bike-sharing program to be called ‘Divvy’

    CHICAGO — A bicycle-sharing program the city of Chicago plans to launch later this spring will be called “Divvy” — as in divvy up the bicycles and share them.


    Jail inmates learn to be better dads

    FREEPORT, Ill. — Malachi Dads has been an eye-opening experience for Cody Saxby.Not only did the 28-year-old inmate learn tools to be a better father to his two sons, the class at the Stephenson County Jail gave him coping skills to deal with his grief and anger


    Remains found in Indiana woods identified as missing woman

    NASHVILLE, Ind. — A southern Indiana coroner says skeletal remains found at a remote site in Brown County are those of a 26-year-old local woman who vanished two years ago.


    Groups set to plant tree on Wisconsin Capitol lawn

    MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and a number of organizations are set to celebrate Arbor Day by planning a tree on the state Capitol’s lawn.


    Fire guts building in downtown East Troy

    EAST TROY, Wis. — Fire has heavily damaged a building on East Troy’s downtown square. The building housed several businesses with apartments on the second floor. Firefighters from Eagle and Elkhorn helped East Troy battle the blaze Friday morning.

    Peter Mandich of Naperville Central High School lines up a putt on the sixth green at the Bartlett Hills Golf Course during the 2012 DuPage Valley Conference.

    Golf rates going up at Bartlett Hills

    Certain rates at Bartlett Hills Golf Course are going up for the first time from as far back as 2007, in an attempt to bring in more revenue at the village-owned facility. The changes, which will go into effect on May 1, are expected to bring in about an extra $30,000 annually.

    Bob Chinn’s Crab House in Wheeling was forced to close during the local flooding last week because its parking lot, drainage system and grease trap were under water. So customers couldn’t park, nor could the restaurant use the dishwashers or the toilets. It was not an uncommon problem among suburban businesses near waterways.

    Dawn Patrol: Businesses cope with floods; Bears’ draft pick

    Businesses continue to clean up from floods. Jacob Nodarse says he was forced to kill Darien family. Cameras could be coming to Kane County courtrooms. Weil Cadillac gets money from Libertyville. O'Hare flight delays blamed on federal furloughs. State Senate Republicans contest "free lunch" argument. Bears pick offense lineman Kyle Long. Bulls beat Nets in Game 3.

    Mellissa Henry and her daughter had moved 13 hours away from friends and family when Henry’s situation changed and she found herself looking for a hand and a support network. Naperville CARES gave her both and helped her get back on track, she said.

    Naperville CARES helps clients in need survive tough times

    Mellissa Henry had moved 13 hours from her family and friends for a relationship she soon decided wasn't right for her. Without her support network, she felt lost until she found the backing of Naperville CARES and gathered the strength she knew she had to make it on her own.

    This 1913 Liberty Head Nickel — one of only five known to exist — was auctioned Thursday night during the Central States Numismatic Society show at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

    Nickel sells for $3 million in Schaumburg

    The rare 1913 Liberty Head nickel — one of only five in existence — was auctioned off for $2.7 million to a Kentucky collector at the Schaumburg Convention Center.

    Elgin High School students Sandybel Sandoval, 18, and Elmer Hernandez, 16, work on informational signs that will be featured at activity stations along Elgin Water Day’s River Walk Adventure, a 6K walk Saturday morning.

    Elgin student creates first Water Day

    While working on a class project last summer, Elgin High School senior Boryana Borisova was shocked to find out that women and girls in developing countries walk an average of 6 kilometers per day just to get water. She decided she wanted to do something to raise community awareness about water conservation. Her resolve eventually gave birth to the first Elgin Water Day, taking place Friday and...

    Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in downtown Arlington Heights.

    Metropolis Task Force to review finances, programs

    As Metropolis Performing Arts Center ends what has been a difficult financial year, several community members from different areas of expertise have formed a task force to review the struggling Arlington Heights organization and come up with recommendations for its future.

    The overpass option for the proposed grade separation of the Canadian National railroad crossing of Route 14 in Barrington.

    450 weigh in on Barrington overpass/underpass debate

    More than 450 Barrington-area residents Thursday came to voice their often strong preferences on the choice between a Route 14 overpass or underpass to keep increasing freight traffic on the Canadian National railroad tracks from snarling motor traffic. But as might have been expected from a crowd so large, the options favored outnumbered the two presented. “If (the overpass) goes up, I’m gone.

    About 62 percent of all households in the United States have a pet, according to the American Pet Products Association. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says the majority of those are obtained from acquaintances and family members.

    Poll Vault: Where did you get your pets?

    Is getting a pet from a pet store and not a shelter just wrong in your mind? Or do you think it's OK because unsold pets at shops will go to the shelter anyway, or worse? Where did you get your pets?

    Here’s a photo from Ruby Beach, Olympic Peninsula, Washington.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of April 22nd.



    Bees hold off Cougars

    Kane Count Cougars game report:Both teams scored four times in the first inning, but the Burlington Bees got enough runs later to defeat the Kane County Cougars 7-6 on Tuesday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.


    Snappers rally to clip Cougars

    Down by 3 runs in the top of the sixth inning, the Beloit Snappers strung together 5 consecutive hits witgh two outs and scored 4 runs en route to a 6-5 win over the Kane County Cougars on Sunday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Downers Grove North’s Heflin throws perfect game

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


    Lake Zurich’s Jones jolts Antioch

    Antioch couldn't keep up with Jones. Nick Jones, to be more specific. Jones crushed 3 home runs in 3 at-bats to key Lake Zurich's 12-7 North Suburban Conference crossover victory over the Sequoits on Friday. In the process, Jones, who rolled up a total of 6 home runs this week, drove in 5 runs.


    Naperville North wins in 8th inning

    DuPage baseball roundup


    Metea Valley finds a way to win

    For a young Metea Valley program searching for some consistency and confidence, Friday's game with rival Neuqua Valley should make for a great blueprint going forward.

    Michal Rozsival, left, of the Czech Republic, Brandon Bollig (52) and goalie Corey Crawford defend the net as Calgary’s Ben Street, center, tries to score during the first period Friday.

    Strong finish to season for Crawford

    Consider Corey Crawford ready for the playoffs. The Blackhawks’ No. 1 goaltender solidified his standing for the postseason with a 25-save performance in Friday’s 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames at the United Center. “I thought he was outstanding,” coach Joel Quenneville said. “I thought he was sharp, quick and he had some high quality opportunities against him. He anticipated well. I thought he had a good finish, but the last couple games were outstanding.


    Naperville Central cleans up

    Naperville Central's baseball team couldn't have asked for a cleaner game on Friday. And the Redhawks couldn't have asked for a better time to unleash it on Glenbard North. Making up instant ground in the chase for the DuPage Valley Conference title, Naperville Central performed in all phases of a 10-0 victory over the Panthers in Carol Stream.

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.com Naperville Central pitcher Keegan Hayes delivers a pitch against Naperville North, during girls softball action.

    Naperville Central stays perfect

    Keegan Hayes treated an early 2-0 deficit Friday like a temporary inconvenience. Hardly a cause for concern. "Two runs behind, it doesn't faze us," said Naperville Central's junior pitcher. "We know we can hit." That's the air of confidence of a Redhawks team on a serious roll. Hayes' single started a four-run rally, Maddi Doane doubled in the go-ahead run and latered homered, and No. 1 Naperville Central ran its record to 16-0 by beating Naperville North 8-2 on Friday.


    Throwers lead Benet to 2nd

    Strapping Benet weight men Stephen Hubona and Charles Melka look ready to pop some throws.

    Teso Coker of Wheaton Warrenville south just clears the bar at 5.1 during the Wheaton Warrenville South girls track meet Friday.

    Big meet, big results

    Possibly the only thing more impressive than Wheaton Warrenville South's team victory at the 36th annual Tiger Invitational on Friday was Glenbard West junior Madeline Perez's time in the 3,200-meter run. The Tigers won their own girls track meet for a third consecutive year, racking up 130.5 points to easily defeat second-place St. Ignatius, which scored 63. "It was real exciting," said Tigers senior co-captain Jessica Spera. "Our team, we push each other really hard in practices. We just come out here and each do our best, so it's really awesome." "It's a fun meet, and for us to do as well as we did with the quality of the teams, I mean St. Ignatius, nobody knows about a St. Ignatius," said Tigers coach Rob Harvey. "They're unbelievable. Glenbard West is a great team."

    Vernon Hills’ Kristina Kliver reaches for the throw as Stevenson’s Lexi Yonkovic crosses first base at The Ballpark at Rosemont on Friday.

    Mark it down as a Stevenson victory

    Taylor Koenigs' decision to paint a black mask on her face seemed appropriate considering she and her Stevenson softball teammates were playing at the Chicago Bandits' stadium. Diagonal stripes accompanied a line that stretched from the sophomore shortstop's forehead to her chin. "I brought the eye black," said Koenigs, whose look matched that of her double-play partner, Patriots second baseman Jordan Cortesi. "It brings the motivation up. Keeps us pumped." Funny, it was Vernon Hills that threatened to steal victory Friday night. Instead, Stevenson, which got 2 triples and 4 RBI from its masked-girl Koenigs, escaped with a 6-3 win in the teams' North Suburban Conference crossover played at The Ballpark at Rosemont.

    Calgary Flames’ Mark Giordano, right, tackles Chicago Blackhawks’ Viktor Stalberg of Sweden during the third period of an NHL hockey game, Friday, April 26, 2013 in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 3-1.

    First-round foe doesn’t matter to Hawks

    Detroit, Minnesota or Columbus — the Blackhawks don't care who they get in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.


    Minooka, Prospect one-two at Cougar Twilight

    Junior Janile Rogers won three events in powering Minooka to the title with 235 points at the 22nd annual Cougar Twilight at Conant.Rogers started her successful run by hitting a nifty 18-10 in the long jump. The junior then won the 100-meter (12.1) and the 200-meter (25.9).Prospect hung tough with Minooka and took second with 222 points, followed by Lake Park (151 points) Hoffman Estates (134 points), and Hersey (133 points). Minooka won 7 events in Class A, in the three-class meet.


    Kendziera shines in Wanner

    If anyone wondered why Prospect's boys track team had ascribed the nickname "Super Dave" to senior Dave Kendziera, they need not look further than the performance put up by Kendziera at the 45th annual Knights Wanner Invitational at Gattas Stadium in Mt. Prospect on Friday night. On a night where the meet had to be run earlier because the stadium lights at Gattas Stadium did not work, Kendziera kept the track well lit with his sparkling performances. He took home the top spot in the 300 hurdles running the fastest time in the state so far this spring (38.45). But Kendziera's top performance came in the 110 high hurdles. Battling with Northwestern-bound senior Matt Harris from Lyons Township, Kendziera took off and simply would not be caught, winning in a state best and school record 14.06 — the 10th fastest time in the country this spring.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Jacobs 1, McHenry 0: Kylie Dennison scored off an assist from Talia Surges in the 70th minute to lift Jacobs to a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division win. Ellie Samin had 5 saves in goal for the Golden Eagles (5-8-1, 1-2).Huntley 6, Dundee-Crown 0: Beth Parks and Taryn Jakubowski each had 2 goals to lead Huntley to an FVC Valley win. Rachel Zobott and Deanna Hecht also scored for the Red Raiders (12-2-1, 3-0) and Jessica Galason had 1 save in goal. Isabel Miranda made 5 saves for the Chargers (5-12, 1-2).


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Larkin 6, East Aurora 5: Jon Jowaski’s 2-run double in the bottom of the seventh gave the Royals a walk off Upstate Eight crossover victory in Elgin. Larkin trailed 5-0 through three innings, but Niko Morado doubled and drove in 3 runs and Rob Bond went 2-for-2 with a double for Larkin (5-9, 2-8). Will King (2-2) earned the victory by pitching 5 innings of 2-hit relief. He allowed an earned run, struck out 3 and issued a walk for the Royals, who play a doubleheader against Elgin at Trout Park today at 10 a.m.Burlington Central 4, Harvard 1: Michael Scott’s run-scoring infield single gave the Rockets a fifth-inning lead and Cody Schuver’s 2-run single in the sixth provided more cushion in this Big Northern East victory. Jake Schutta (2-0) struck out 6 and walked 2 in 6 innings. He limited the Hornets to 1 earned run on 4 hits. Ryan Schuring pitched a scoreless seventh inning to earn the save for Burlington Central (7-6, 6-1).Marmion 12, St. Edward 2: The Cadets outhit the Green Wave 14-5 to win in five innings in a Suburban Christian crossover in Aurora. Mikey Castoro singled, walked, scored and drove in a run. Jack Tierney suffered the loss for St. Edward (10-5, 8-3). McHenry 13, Crystal Lake South 9: The Warriors outhit the first-place Gators 12-9 and won despite committing 5 errors. McHenry (14-6, 8-2) solved previously unbeaten CL South pitcher Eric Schiller (3-1), who allowed 9 earned runs on 10 hits. He struck out 4 and walked none in 4 innings. Troy Bittenbender and Jake Bigos doubled and Tom Gaede went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI for CL South (11-2, 8-2).Huntley 10, Dundee-Crown 0: The Red Raiders erupted for 7 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to finish off the visiting Chargers in FVC Valley action. Senior Jake Wagner pitched 5 scoreless inning, allowing just 3 hits and 2 walks without a strikeout. Tommy Regan struck out 2 to earn a 1-inning save. Bryce Only doubled and drove in 3 runs, and Nick Cusumano and Tyler Mindak each contributed 2 hits and drove in a run for Huntley (15-2, 9-2). Losing pitcher Nick Lodi allowed 6 runs (3 earned) on 6 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 1 in 5 innings. Dylan Kissack doubled and walked for Dundee-Crown (6-9, 4-6).Grayslake North 13, Hampshire 5: The Knights (8-4, 5-5) collected 7 extra basehits and outhit host Hampshire 17-10 to win this Fox Valley Conference Fox Division game. Piotr Barnas, Dillon Kuhn and Brandon Bowen each contributed 2 hits for Hampshire (7-8, 1-7). Tyler Crater (0-3) took the loss.Men’s baseballElgin Community College 13, Olive-Harvey 1: John Menken (3-for-3, 2 2B, BB, 3 RBI), Sean Reszotko (2-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Nate Pearson (2-for-3, BB, 2 RBI) paced the offense and Tim Tarter (5 IP, 1 ER, 4 H, 7 K, 0 BB) earned the win in Chicago for ECC (23-15-1).


    Kaneland runs away with title at Crystal Lake C.

    With 3 first place finishes and 5 seconds, Kaneland cruised with 140 ½ points to the team title of the Crystal Lake Central boys track invitational Friday night. Host Crystal Lake Central was a distant second with 82 points. Harlem placed third with a score of 74 and Burlington Central was fourth with 68 points.

    Kaneland’s Lauren Zick competes in the long jump Friday in Geneva.

    West Aurora wins 4th straight Kane County title

    Emma Spagnola was back in her normal routine. The West Aurora returning all-state performer in three events captured her specialty disciplines in one-sided fashions to lead the Blackhawks to their fourth consecutive Kane County Girls Track and Field Invitational Friday night in Geneva. West Aurora, which also received wins from sprinter Anita Saffa, thrower Maya Marion and its 400-meter relay team, scored 131 points to outdistance St. Charles East (100.5). Kaneland was third, followed by Hampshire, Geneva, Batavia, St. Charles North, Rosary, Burlington Central, Aurora Central Catholic, Dundee-Crown, Streamwood, South Elgin, Elgin, Larkin and East Aurora.


    Swift scores twice in Naperville North win over Neuqua Valley

    Naperville North senior Zoe Swift didn't waste any time in the second half of Friday's second semifinal against Neuqua Valley in the Naperville Invitational at Naperville Central.


    Naperville Central earns 10th shutout

    Naperville Central freshman Amanda Murphy was worried about receiving a yellow card during Friday's Naperville Invitational semifinal against Barrington in Naperville.


    Sox injury list keeps on growing

    With key players like Dayan Viciedo, Gordon Beckham and Dayan Viciedo already on the disabled list with injuries, the White Sox played the Rays Friday without Jeff Keppinger (back) and Dewayne Wise (stiff neck).


    Kaufman powers Fremd past Elk Grove

    There's a nice connection for Kayla Kaufman.The Fremd junior wears jersey No. 8 and she also hits No. 8 in the batting order.Kaufman also connected as well as anyone with her bat on Friday in a Mid-Suburban league crossover softball contest with visiting Elk Grove.The right fielder belted a grand slam in the first inning and finished the game with a 2-run homer in the bottom of the sixth to give the Vikings a 12-1 victory by the 10-run rule over the defending MSL East champs.

    Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews, left, celebrates with his teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Calgary Flames, Friday, April 26, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Brian Kersey)

    Kane, Toews lift Blackhawks to 3-1 win over Flames

    Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews scored 3:28 apart in the first period, and the NHL-leading Blackhawks beat the Calgary Flames 3-1 on Friday night.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jake Peavy delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays Friday, April 26, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charlie Arbogast)

    Peavy and White Sox power past Rays

    Jake Peavy pitched well into the seventh and the White Sox supported him with three homers to rally from a three-run deficit and beat the Tampa Bay Rays 5-4 Friday night.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Streamwood wins 2: The Sabres opened play in the Romeoville tournament with a 4-1 win over Bremen and a 9-3 victory over Rich East. Katelyn Hedger allowed just 4 hits with 10 strikeouts and no walks in the win over Bremen. Natalie Filippio (3-for-4, 2B) and Holly Foret (3-for-4, RBI) led the Streamwood offense, Kylie Jambor had a double and 2 RBI and Brittany Delao a triple and an RBI. Against Rich East, Jessica Daley got the win for the Sabres (3-10), allowing 6 hits with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts. Filippio, Foret, Sarah Cimino and Mercedes Olmos had RBI for Streamwood and Jambor went 2-for-4.Prairie Ridge 7, Jacobs 4: Alyssa Lach was 2-for-4 with a double and Nicky Chapa 2-for-3 with a double for Jacobs (9-5, 2-2) in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division. Kelsey Peters took the loss for the Golden Eagles despite allowing just 4 hits and 3 earned runs.CL South 9, Dundee-Crown 3: Hailee Massie allowed just 2 hits and had 7 strikeouts and no walks for the Gators in the FVC Valley. She also went 2-for-4 at the plate. Lauren Gauger was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI for Crystal Lake South (9-3, 1-2). Mandy Moore had a triple and 3 RBI for the Chargers, while Rachel Chlopek was 2-for-3. Lauren Girard was the losing pitcher for Dundee-Crown (2-7, 0-3).Burlington Central 8, Harvard 0: Brooke Gaylord threw a seven-inning no-hitter with 11 strikeouts and 1 walk as the Rockets won their 12th straight in this Big Northern East game. Bekah Harnish was 3-for-3 with a double, triple and 3 RBI and Kayla Ross went 3-for-3 with 2 runs scored for BC (15-1, 7-0). Gaylord also had a double and 2 RBI.South Elgin 18, East Aurora 1: Brittany Koss was 4-for-4 with 2 doubles and 5 RBI as South Elgin pounded out 20 hits and won easily in the Upstate Eight Valley. Winning pitcher Taylor Rees (3-for-3, 2B, 3 RBI), Paige Allen (3-for-4, RBI), Shannon Schooler (3-for-3, 3B, 2 RBI), Victoria Watt (2 RBI), Cassidy Westlund (RBI), Sam Helton (2-for-4, RBI), Demi Queen (2B, RBI) and Taylor Ford (2-for-3, RBI) also contributed for the Storm (11-5, 7-1). Rees allowed just 1 hit in 5 innings. She had 7 strikeouts and 1 walk.Huntley 13, Woodstock 1: Winning pitcher Haley Spannraft was 3-for-3 with a triple, Angela Tribuzio went 2-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI and Jessica Shields was 3-for-4 with an RBI to lead Huntley (11-5, 1-3) to a FVC win. Spannraft allowed just 4 hits and had 3 strikeouts and no walks.Westminster Christian 13, Luther North 8: Rachel Fugiel was 4-for-5 with a single, double, triple and home run to lead the Warriors to a Northeast Athletic Conference win. Rebecca Fugiel was 2-for-4 with 2 triples for Westminster (5-4, 3-1).Bartlett 12, Lane Tech 2: Kayla Haberstich was 2-for-3 with a home run and 4 RBI to lead the Hawks to a win in the opening round of the Rolling Meadows tournament. Sana Paul (2-for-3, RBI), Alex Morales (RBI) and Sydney Johnson (2B, 2 RB (also contributed for Bartlett (13-6). Jessica Kirby was the winning pitcher, going 3 innings and allowing 2 runs on 4 hits.

    Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo, center, is congratulate by teammates after hit two-run home run during the first inning of their baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami on Friday, April 26, 2013. (AP Photo/El Nuevo Herald, David Santiago) MAGS OUT.

    Rizzo hits 2 home runs in Cubs’ 4-2 win

    Anthony Rizzo had two home runs and four RBIs to power the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Friday night, giving the Cubs back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

    Cary-Grove’s Jeremy Vasquez turns a double play as Matt Hickey of Jacobs bears down on him during Friday’s game in Cary.

    Cary-Grove pulls it out in 7th

    Neither team's seventh-inning lead was safe in Friday's Fox Valley Conference Valley Division baseball game between Jacobs and host Cary-Grove. Jacobs erased a 5-1 deficit in the top of the seventh with a 5 run-outburst, capped by slugger Connor Conzelman's go-ahead grand slam, his second homer of the game and seventh of the season. Refusing to be upstaged on their home field, the Trojans rallied for 2 runs in the bottom of the seventh to win 7-6. Leadoff man Patrick Serowka reached base on Jacobs' sixth error of the game, stole second base with no outs and scored the tying run on catcher Matt Ewert's one-out double to the gap in right center.


    Escobar fans 12 in Fremd victory

    Jon Escobar struck out 12 over 5 innings in his first varsity start to help Fremd past Prospect 6-2 in a Mid-Suburban League baseball crossover on Friday.Escobar also doubled, and Austin Jetel went 3-for-4 for Fremd (8-6, 2-2).A.J. Compton went 2-for-3 with a double for Prospect (1-9, 0-6).Wheeling 7, Palatine 6: The Wildcats earned their first win against an MSL foe by scoring 4 runs in the first inning, 2 more in the fourth and 1 in the sixth.Brenden Spillane, David Shapiro and Derek Espinoza had RBI singles for Wheeling in the first inning, Ian Gilliam had an RBI single in the fourth to put Wheeling (4-8, 1-5) ahead for good, and Angelo DeBlasio earned the victory.Jarrod Juskiewicz homered and Zach Serna had an RBI triple for Palatine (7-8-1, 2-2).Barrington 9, Elk Grove 6: Justin Dragosz and Ryan Lidge homered, and Dylan Lidge had 3 hits to help host Barrington to an MSL crossover victory over Elk Grove in matchup of divisional leaders.Adam O’Malley had 3 hits for visiting Elk Grove (12-5, 5-1), and Nick Zak homered.Matt Pieterzak ptiched 4 innings to pick up the win for Barrington (11-7, 6-0), and Dylan Balogh earned a save.Hersey 8, Conant 6: The visiting Huskies rallied for 4 runs in the top of the sixth inning to earn an MSL crossover win.C.J. Reichel drove in 3 runs and Andrew Segalla had 2 hits for Hersey (5-9). Joe Silva walked twice and score 3 runs, and Jake Yager earned the win after allowing 2 earned runs in 5 innings. Niko Poulos earned the save after yielding an unearned run in 1 innings.Conant (0-10, 0-4) got 2 RBI and a double from Dan Modelski.Buffalo Grove 19, Schaumburg 6 (6): The visiting Bison delivered 15 hits, and Saxons pitching allowed 11 walks as the Bison won an MSL crossover.Buffalo Grove (6-7, 4-2) got doubles from Josh Guertler, Ryan Schumi, Sean Edgar, Andrew Cole and Paul Burke as Brian Kleczynski earned the victory.Schaumburg (4-5, 1-3) got a solo home from Joe Petritis but left 6 runners on base.Rolling Meadows 8, Hoffman Estates 7: Rolling Meadows starter Matt Dennis had alowed only 3 hits and 2 runs — both on solo homers from Ethan Bloom — through 6 innings before Hoffman Estates rallied for 5 runs in the bottom of the seventh.Nick Fraser had the key hit in that rally, a 2-run homer. But Dennis, with runners on second and third, got a strikeout to end the game.Mike Dolan homered and Dennis, Alex Niecikowski, John Burkiewicz and Dan Hendrickson had doubles for Rolling Meadows (8-5-1, 6-0). Dennis struck out nine and walked five.Jimmy Ward suffered the loss for the Hawks (3-9, 1-3).


    Buffalo Grove leads MSL tourney after doubles

    Buffalo Grove earned first-place points from its No. 2, 4 and 5 doubles teams to take the lead in the Mid-Suburban League badminton tournament Friday.

    Conant’s Brandon Metcalf celebrates his performance on still rings with coach Mike Opsal during the Mid-Suburban League boys gymnastics meet at Hoffman Estates on Friday.

    Conant edges Buffalo Grove for MSL title

    Conant edge Buffalo Grove to take top honors in the Mid-Suburban League boys gymnastics meet Friday, and Hersey, behind a courageous effort from David Jackowski, placed third.


    Resilient Buffalo Grove completes big comeback

    Trailing 6-0 after three innings, Buffalo Grove's softball team chipped away at the deficit and scored its final 3 runs in the top of the seventh to post an 8-6 victory over host Schaumburg. The big comeback allowed the Bison (10-5, 4-2) to retain first place in the Mid-Suburban East as they improved to 10-5 and 5-2 despite being outhit 14-8. Sophomore Julia Camardo (8-4) earned the win and also went 2-for-4 at the plate.


    Highlights of NFL draft's second, third rounds

    Manti Te'o and Geno Smith provided the sizzle previously missing from the NFL draft. Te'o is headed to San Diego, Smith is a Jet, and Radio City Music Hall shook with the kind of noise usually heard in stadiums when they were selected. The theater rocked with two picks within minutes of each other Friday night.


    Burlington Central blanks Byron

    Less dribbling and more passing. That has been Burlington Central girls soccer coach Stephen Berry's message to his team recently. The Rockets kept possession with lots of short passes Friday evening and the result was a 7-0 Big Northern Conference crossover victory over visiting Byron.


    Bears love that Bostic can play all 3 LB spots

    Bears general manager Phil Emery isn't predicting that second-round pick Jonathan Bostic will be a Day One starter. But Emery believes the 6-foot-1, 245-pound Florida linebacker has the versatility, athleticism and intelligence to step in as the starter at any of the three linebacker spots sooner rather than later.

    Manti Te'o is headed to San Diego. The Notre Dame All-America linebacker was chosen sixth in the second round by the Chargers, drawing a loud roar from the fans at Radio City Music Hall.

    Chargers take Te'o in 2nd round

    Manti Te'o spent Thursday night with his family in Hawaii, watching the first round of the NFL draft and expecting a phone call that never came. That call finally came on Friday. San Diego Chargers rookie general manager Tom Telesco moved up seven spots in the second round to draft the Notre Dame linebacker, apparently not worried about a hoax involving a fake girlfriend and a poor performance in the national championship game that have dogged Te'o for four months.


    Geneva pounds St. Charles North

    A day after cheering on his teammates from the bench, Anthony Bragg heard the cheers from his teammates Friday afternoon. The Geneva senior enjoyed a memorable day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a pair of home runs — including a first grand slam — and a career-high 8 RBI to help lift the Vikings (8-9, 5-7) to a 19-1, 5-inning rout of visiting St. Charles North (9-9, 5-5).


    Caminitti, Streamwood upend Elgin

    Streamwood pitcher Chad Caminitti may have beat up the scoreboard on Thursday with his first home run in the Sabres' 12-2 win against St. Charles North. OK maybe he just dented it slightly, according to Sabres' coach Ryan Lasorta, but if the scoreboard had a mind of its own and saw Caminitti after Streamwood's 7-1 Upstate Eight River win over Elgin, it would feel justified as the junior pitcher looked banged up in his own right.

    The Bears acted to address the loss of linebacker Brian Urlacher in free agency by selecting Florida linebacker Jonathan Bostic in the second round of Friday's NFL draft.

    Bears select Florida LB Jon Bostic in second round

    The Bears picked Florida linebacker Jonathan Bostic in the second round of the NFL draft with the 50th overall pick Friday, moving to shore up a position that will be without veteran Brian Urlacher next season.

    Bears first-round draft pick Kyle Long, is introduced to the media during an NFL football news conference, Friday, April 26, 2013, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill.

    Bears’ Kyle Long thrilled to be playing football

    After being named a high school All-American in football and baseball, Bears first-round pick Kyle Long chose baseball because he wanted to be his own man, not Howie Long's kid. But Long figured out he couldn’t deny his heritage. But, as an offensive lineman, at least he doesn’t play the same position as his defensive end dad and older brother, Chris. He’s accepted the scrutiny that he shunned earlier.

    Paul Michna/pmichna@dailyherald.com 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.

    Bulls’ defense stifling Nets
    What's obvious in this playoff series is the Bulls' defense is giving Brooklyn problems.The Nets averaged 103.8 points in their final 16 regular season games, then rolled up 106 in Game 1 against the Bulls. Since then, Brooklyn scored 82 and 76 points, while shooting 35.4 and 34.6 percent from the field.


    Widmayer, Hampshire shut down St. Edward

    First-year Hampshire softball coach Stacey Stepek has been trying to instill in her team that good pitching, good defense and timely hitting is what wins games. On Friday, the Whip-Purs put all three together and snapped a 6-game losing streak in the process. Sophomore Haley Widmayer struck out a career-high 11 batters and allowed just 3 hits, while Jordan Hook and Becca Hurst homered in a 7-run fourth inning as Hampshire defeated St. Edward 7-2 in a nonconference game at Hampshire.


    Top talent advances in Hersey’s Pitchford 32 invite

    All the top seeds breezed through a first day of tests at the high profile Pitchford 32 boys tennis invitational Friday to set up what promises to be an exciting fourth round when play resumes at 8 a.m. Saturday at several area venues. Top singles seeds Jeremy Bush (Stevenson) and Matt Joyce (Hinsdale Central) showed no mercy on their opponents, while Warren senior Kristiyan Trukov (18-2) posted back-to-back straight set victories and next meets 3-4 seed Toby Ma (Deerfield) at host Hersey.


    Experience meats the expectation for Libertyville in Milwaukee

    Libertyville enjoyed another trip to Miller Park, where getting ready for the game is half the fun.


    Demand’s the man for Lakes

    Justin Demand rolled up a school-record 16 strikeouts (the previous record was 12) in leading Lakes to a much-needed victory over Antioch recently. It gave the Eagles their third victory of the season.


    St. Charles North shuts out Batavia

    The only thing that kept St. Charles North sophomore Abby Howlett in the park Friday was the park itself. Howlett's blast in the first inning one-hopped the 230-foot sign in center field at Batavia. If she was playing on her home field or almost any other in the area, Howlett's ball would have sailed way over the fence. As it was, Howlett settled for a 2-run double, then later added a 2-run single in the seventh inning, the bookends of a 6-0 St. Charles North victory in an Upstate Eight Conference River Division matchup.


    Unbeaten Buffalo Grove still on the march

    Nearly a week after securing the Pepsi Showdown championship trophy, Buffalo Grove made progress toward yet another piece of celebratory hardware. After a 2-0 victory over visiting Schaumburg on Friday, the Bison (17-0-1, 8-0-0, 24 points) have all but closed the door for Mid-Suburban East challengers Hersey and Prospect in the divisional race. BG is after its first Soccer Bowl appearance since 2004.


    Jacobs Vanvlierbergen shattering records

    Jacobs sophomore Lauren Vanvlierbergen has hit the trifecta of school records this spring. Vanvlierbergen is the new owner of the program records in the mile (4:58), 3,200 (10:54) and 800 (2:14.7). Her 1,600 time is tops in the state currently.

    Mike Featherly

    Hampshire names Featherly new girls basketball coach

    Mike Featherly has learned the game of basketball from some of the best coaches Illinois and Wisconsin have seen, two of the IBCA Hall of Famers. Now Featherly will get to put all that education into his first gig as a head coach. A 1998 Palatine graduate who played for the legendary Ed Molitor, Featherly Friday was named the new head girls basketball coach at Hampshire.

    Brittney Griner, the No. 1 overall pick the WNBA draft, will be showcasing her talent this summer with the Phoenix Mercury.

    Why Griner’s game matters more than anything else

    In light of all the talk about Brittney Griner, the No. 1 WNBA draft pick, being gay, Patricia Babcock McGraw offers her response to the news reports, and one that she believes most fans have as well.


    Red Stars scouting report
    Portland Thorns at Chicago Red Stars, 7 p.m. Saturday at Benedictine University Sports Complex, LisleScouting the Thorns: The Thorns (1-1-0, 4 points) feature U.S. national team star forward Alex Morgan and Canadian Christine Sinclair, two of the top players in the world now competing in the National Women’s Soccer League.Scouting the Red Stars:The Red Stars (0-1-1, 1 point) have a tough task against a star-studded Portland team. Next:May 4 at Boston Breakers.— Orrin Schwarz


    Chicago Fire scouting report
    Chicago Fire at Montreal Impact, 3 p.m. Saturday at Stade SaputoTV: NBC Sports NetworkScouting the Fire: The Fire (2-4-1, 7 points) has won two of its last three games and hopes to keep some momentum going with another strong showing. The team is getting closer to full strength, but Arne Friedrich and Steven Kinney remain out with injuries, and right back Wells Thompson is suspended for this match.Scouting the Montreal Impact:The Impact (4-1-1, 13 points) is off to an unexpectedly strong start under new coach Marco Schallibaum. Forward Marco DiVaio leads the team with 3 goals this season, and Patrice Bernier has 3 assists.Next:Philadelphia Union, 12:30 p.m. May 11 at Toyota Park— Orrin Schwarz

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook stumbles after injuring his right knee Wednesday in Game 2 against the Houston Rockets. Westbrook will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and be out indefinitely.

    Mohammed concerned for injured Westbrook

    Was Oklahoma City star Russell Westbrook injured on a dirty play? Former Thunder center Nazr Mohammed weighed in Friday at the Berto Center.

    The Green Bay Packers announced Friday that they'd signed the quarterback to a contract extension. Though the team didn't release details, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported it's for five years and $110 million, which would be the highest salary in NFL history. The Baltimore Ravens gave quarterback Joe Flacco $120.6 million over six years in March.

    Packers sign Rodgers to $110M contract extension

    The Green Bay Packers signed Aaron Rodgers Friday to a five-year contract extension through the 2019 season, eight years after they stopped his slide down the draft board and took him with the 24th pick in the first round. The deal, according to a person with knowledge of the contract who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not released the details, is worth as much as $110 million, with $40 million guaranteed

    More than 2½ tons of linemen, five trades, one quarterback and no Manti Te'o. The first round of the NFL draft delivered an enormous portion of beef, with 18 teams devouring linemen from the opening pick of offensive tackle Eric Fisher by Kansas City to center Travis Frederick by Dallas at No. 31.

    Tons of linemen drafted, but Te'o waits for Day 2

    More than 2½ tons of linemen, five trades, one quarterback and no Manti Te'o. The first round of the NFL draft delivered an enormous portion of beef, with 18 teams devouring linemen from the opening pick of offensive tackle Eric Fisher by Kansas City to center Travis Frederick by Dallas at No. 31.

    Pittsburgh Penguins Sidney Crosby, bottom, skates with Paul Martin as they participate in an NHL hockey practice on Friday, April 26, 2013, in Canonsburg, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

    Crosby practices, return from broken jaw uncertain
    Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby has returned to practice, but his status for next week's playoff opener remains uncertain.

    Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant answers a question during a news conference at NBA basketball practice in Oklahoma City, Friday, April 26, 2013. All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee and be out indefinitely, dealing a harsh blow to the Thunder's championship chances. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    Thunder’s Westbrook out, needs knee surgery

    All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery to repair cartilage in his right knee and be out indefinitely, dealing a harsh blow to the Oklahoma City Thunder's championship chances.


    Bears make pick for the Long term

    There’s no doubt the Bears needed more help on the offensive line, but GM Phil Emery raised some eyebrows when he reached way down to take Oregon guard Kyle Long.

    Although Miami appears headed to another NBA championship, the team's one major weakness remains its rebounding production. The Heat finished last overall in rebounds during the regular season.

    Bulls practice facility plan needs more for fans

    The Chicago Bulls want to build a $95 million entertainment complex near their proposed $25 million practice facility adjacent to the United Center. Mike North says team president Michael Reinsdorf might want to retract his decision to say "no" to allowing fans access to team practices. He also discusses the Miami Heat's one major flaw.

    Defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson from Missouri stands with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected thirteenth overall by the New York Jets in the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

    Images: The NFL Draft
    Images from the first round of the NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. 2013 marks the 78th annual meeting to select newly eligible football players. The Bears selected Oregon's Kyle Long with the 20th pick in the draft.


    Sowa, Warren slug past Antioch

    Drake-bound Megan Sowa busted out against Antioch on Thursday, leading Warren to a 12-0 win in North Suburban Conference crossover action.Sowa went 3-for-4 with a home run, double and 5 RBI. Amy Ricci also doubled for Warren (11-3), which stretched its winning streak to 10 games.Lake Zurich 6, Carmel 2: Maria Schroeder went 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI, as the Bears improve their record to 9-5.Lake Zurich also got 2 hits apiece from Rachel Dawson (RBI) and Maddie Minneci (2 runs, RBI). Olivia Schneider improved to 8-5, striking out eight and allowing 1 earned run in a complete-game performance.Mundelein 3, Grant 1: Maddie Zazas’ 2-run double in the top of the sixth snapped a 1-1 tie and lifted the Mustangs to the North Suburban crossover win.Lauren Fairweather also doubled for Mundelein (14-3), which got a complete-game 3-hitter from Erin Kennelly.Stevenson 22, Round Lake 0: Sam Feder threw 3 perfect innings, and Lexi Yonkovic, Abby O’Connor and Morgan Manka homered for the Patriots in the North Suburban crossover.Taylor Koenigs doubled twice, while O’Connor and Dana Morgan also had doubles for Stevenson (8-6). Yonkovic tripled and singled, as well. Koenigs (2 RBI, 4 runs) and O’Connor (6 RBI, 3 runs) also had 3 hits apiece.Libertyville 4, Wauconda 0: The Wildcats got 2 hits apiece from Tayler Oberman, Jamie Stevens and TJ Freberg. Stevens’ 2 hits were doubles. Oberman, Andi Katz and Margaret Haws also doubled, while Haley Alban fired a 2-hitter with 8 strikeouts.Grayslake North 3, Cary-Grove 1: Nikki Livengood pitched a 5-hitter, and Northern Illinois-bound Jordyn Bowen had 2 hits for the Knights.


    Elk Grove anglers qualify for state tourney

    The water temps were still a little low for bass fishing earlier this week but Elk Grove finished on a high as it led three teams at the Busse Woods Reservoir sectional on Monday. In the Elk Grove boat were state qualifiers John Hornsberger (junior), Dominic Culbertson (sophomore) and Austin Beaupre (junior). John Hornsberger Sr. was driver of the boat for the Grens.


    Associated Press/April 16 A worker assembles a vehicle on an assembly line at a Ford factory in Chongqing, China. China’s economy expanded 7.7 percent in the first three months of the year compared with a year earlier and that was a slowdown from its previous double-digit growth.

    Stocks stall on tepid economic growth

    Three stocks fell for every two that rose on the New York Stock Exchange.Both indexes were up for the week and remain slightly below their all-time highs reached April 11. The Dow index rose 1.1 percent this week while the S&P gained 1.7 percent.

    Gov. Pat Quinn speaks Tuesday alongside local officials announcing a plan that gives businesses impacted by the flooding extra time to file and pay their sales taxes.

    Furniture chain to expand into suburbs

    Gov. Pat Quinn announced Friday that Art Van Furniture will open five new stores in Illinois and a sixth in northern Indiana.Art Van Furniture also plans a regional distribution center in Bolingbrook.The stores will be located in Chicago, Batavia, Bolingbrook and Orland Park. The Indiana store is planned for the Merrillville-Hobart area.

    Singer Lauryn Hill, center, walks from federal court in Newark, N.J., last week after a judge postponed her tax evasion sentencing and scolded the eight-time Grammy winner for reneging on a promise to make restitution.

    Tax cheats pony up $5.5 billion in amnesty program

    In all, more than 39,000 tax cheats have come clean under the programs. Government investigators suspect that thousands of other taxpayers have quietly started reporting foreign accounts without paying any penalties or interest.

    Potential customers try out a Samsung mobile phone and tablet computer, in a store, in Tehran, Iran, on Thursday.

    Smartphones overtake ‘dumb’ phones worldwide

    Manufacturers shipped 216 million smartphones worldwide in the first three months of this year, compared with 189 million regular cellphones, according to a study IDC released late Thursday. IDC said smartphones made up 51.6 percent of the 419 million mobile phones shipped.

    Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday its first-quarter net income jumped to a record high because sales growth in smartphones continued even before the launch of the Galaxy S4 during a typically slow season for the electronics market.

    Samsung profit at record high on smartphone boost

    Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday its first quarter profit jumped to a record high as smartphone sales remained strong despite the April launch of an updated version of its flagship Galaxy phone. Sales of consumer electronics usually slow in the first three months of the year after the holiday shopping season, an effect that analysts thought would be compounded by this month's release of the Galaxy S4 smartphone.


    Avon chairman leaves in latest leadership change

    Avon said Friday that Fred Hassan, its non-executive chairman, has resigned from the board, the company's latest management change. Hassan had just become chairman at the start of the year, replacing the direct seller of beauty product's longtime leader, Andrea Jung.


    Stocks mostly lower on tepid U.S. economic growth

    Stock prices were mostly lower on Friday after several companies, including Amazon.com, released weak earnings and the government reported that the U.S. economy expanded at a slower rate than economists were expecting.

    Chevron Corp.’s net income fell 4.5 percent in the first quarter as oil prices fell and refinery output fell.

    Chevron profit down 4.5 pct. on lower oil prices

    Chevron Corp.'s net income fell 4.5 percent in the first quarter as oil prices fell and refinery output fell. Chevron, the second largest U.S. oil company, has seen better profit margins than the other energy majors in recent years because a big part of its production mix is oil, which has been fetching high prices. Rivals, like Exxon Mobil, produce more natural gas in the U.S, where gas prices have been low.

    Burger King’s first-quarter earnings more than doubled even though revenue fell, as the fast-food chain trimmed several restaurant-related expenses.

    Burger King 1Q earnings soar, revenue shrinks

    Burger King’s first-quarter earnings more than doubled even though revenue fell, as the fast-food chain trimmed several restaurant-related expenses. The Miami-based company had warned earlier this month that sales at established restaurants were expected to fall during the quarter, and they wound up declining 1.4 percent. That includes a 3 percent drop in the United States and Canada. Burger King said competition and a strong first quarter last year hurt U.S. and Canadian sales comparisons to this year’s quarter. But it said sales from those countries rallied in March due in part to promotions like the $1.29 Whopper Jr. The company has been adjusting its strategy to focus on more menu deals like that. McDonald’s has been particularly aggressive in touting its Dollar Menu to boost traffic at a time when the restaurant industry is barely growing. Wendy’s also revamped its value menu recently.Overall, Burger King Worldwide Inc. said Friday its net income rose to $35.8 million, or 10 cents per share, in the quarter that ended March 31. That’s up from $14.3 million, or 4 cents per share, in the previous year’s quarter when it was still private.The company previously said adjusted earnings, which don’t count certain one-time expenses, totaled 17 cents per share in the most recent quarter. Revenue fell about 42 percent to $327.7 million. Analysts expected $305.8 million, according to FactSet.Total restaurant expenses, which include things like food costs and payroll expenses, fell nearly 70 percent in the quarter to $108.1 million.Burger King has been undergoing a revamp since it was purchased and taken private in 2010 by 3G Capital, a private investment firm run by Brazilian billionaires. The company has been selling more restaurants to franchisees, a move that lowers overhead costs. Instead of booking sales from those restaurants, that means Burger King would collect franchise fees instead.In the first quarter, the company’s restaurant revenues tumbled 69 percent to $121.1 million, but its franchise and property revenues rose 19 percent to $206.6 million. The company sold 33 company-owned restaurants in the U.S. and Canada to franchisees during the quarter for $9.3 million. Burger King said about 97 percent of its restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees.The company’s selling, general and administrative expenses also fell about 30 percent to $66.7 million in the quarter.3G Capital also has slashed costs, signed international expansion deals and changed the U.S. menu to appeal to a wider audience. The moves came ahead of the company’s return to public trading on the New York Stock Exchange last June. Burger King says its efforts to revamp the brand remain on track. But CEO Bernardo Hees, a 3G partner, is moving on later this year to head Heinz, another 3G investment. Chief Financial Officer Daniel Schwartz, also a 3G partner, will succeed Lees as CEO at Burger King.Burger King shares finished at $18.06 on Thursday. They have traded between $12.91 and $20.20 since re-listing.


    Goodyear swings to 1Q profit, beats estimate

    Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. reported a profit for the first quarter on Friday as lower raw material costs helped offset the effect of a decline in global tire sales. Its adjusted earnings beat Wall Street estimates, and its shares rose more than 2 percent in morning trading.

    In this image made from video, cracks are seen on the wall inside Rana Plaza building, as police investigated the building Tuesday, April 23, 2013, one day before its collapse in Savar, Bangladesh. The footage emerged on Friday, April 26, of police in Dhaka visiting the Rana Plaza building in the city’s Savar suburb to investigate cracks in its infrastructure. Dhaka police say the cracks led them to order the building to be evacuated, but that the factories ignored the order.

    Big brands rejected Bangladesh factory safety plan

    As Bangladesh reels from the deaths of hundreds of garment workers in a building collapse, the refusal of global retailers to pay for strict nationwide factory inspections is bringing renewed scrutiny to an industry that has profited from a country notorious for its hazardous workplaces and subsistence level wages.

    U.S. economic growth accelerated to an annual rate of 2.5 percent from January through March, buoyed by the strongest consumer spending in more than two years. Government spending fell, though, and tax increases and federal budget cuts could slow growth later this year.

    U.S. economy accelerates at 2.5% rate in first quarter

    U.S. economic growth accelerated to an annual rate of 2.5 percent from January through March, buoyed by the strongest consumer spending in more than two years. Government spending fell, though, and tax increases and federal budget cuts could slow growth later this year.

    Mike Krol is interim president and CEO of Naper Settlement

    Naperville Heritage Society announces interim president, chairman

    The Naperville Heritage Society board of directors announced that it has chosen Mike Krol as interim president and CEO of Naper Settlement, and has elected Sally Pentecost as the new chairman of the board.Krol spent a 40-year career with Illinois Bell and Ameritech and Pentecost is the former principal of Madison Junior High School and longtime educator in Naperville School District 203.


    ECB: lending to companies remains weak

    FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Central Bank says bank lending to companies remains weak — another sign that the economy in the 17 countries that use the euro is still stuck in recession. Loans to companies shrank 2.4 percent in March from the same month a year ago, only slightly better than the drop of 2.5 percent the month before. The ECB says its current low interest rates are not getting through to companies in the form of credit that would enable them to expand their businesses. That’s because of troubles in the banking system in some parts of the eurozone. Many economists think the ECB will cut its refinancing rate from a record low of 0.75 percent at next week’s meeting to provide more stimulus.


    Japan prices fall in March as deflation drags on

    TOKYO — Japan’s consumer price index fell 0.9 percent in March from a year earlier, underlining the challenge of ending a long spell of debilitating deflation despite an onslaught of monetary easing and stimulus spending. Citing expectations that the policies will soon turn take hold, the central bank raised its inflation forecast for the coming two years. The Bank of Japan, whose policy board met Friday but left monetary policy unchanged, said it expects inflation to hit a 2 percent target within that time despite uncertainties in both the domestic and global economies. In its revised outlook, the central bank said the economy was likely to grow at a “pace above its potential” and return to a moderate recovery by mid-2013. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in December vowing to vanquish deflation, or falling prices, that tend to discourage business investment and weaken growth. Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda, appointed in late March, has thrown his support behind that effort, committing to reaching the inflation target within two years by stepping up monetary easing so as to double the monetary base — the amount of cash circulating in the economy and held as bank reserves. So far there has been scant sign of any shift, though the economy did emerge from recession, barely, in the last quarter of 2012. Kuroda told reporters that the target could be reached by 2015.“Consumer spending is showing signs of strength, although so far there has been no significant shift toward more corporate investment,” he said.The 0.9 percent decline in prices in March compared with a 0.7 percent drop in February, though the inflation benchmark rose 0.2 percent from the month before. Core consumer prices excluding food fell 0.5 percent year-on-year. The central bank’s forecast on Friday noted a slew of uncertainties that could skew trends in either direction, saying its outlook was based on an assumption that global financial markets will remain stable and that a weakening of the yen would help boost Japan’s exports. It also is assuming a tightening in the labor market that would push wages higher, and increased investment by businesses. “Given these assumptions, in fiscal 2013 a virtuous cycle among production, income and spending is expected to start working, triggered by increases in public investment and exports,” its report said. Inflation may be boosted by rising costs for imported energy and other commodities due to the weakening of the Japanese yen against the U.S. dollar and other currencies, the BOJ said. The inflation forecast includes the impact from anticipated increases in the sales tax, by 3 percentage points in 2014 and another 2 points in 2015. The BOJ said it also took into account expectations that consumers would increase spending so as to make purchases before the tax hikes take effect, as well as the expected ensuing decline in demand.The weakening of the yen due to Japan’s effort to reflate its economy and get growth back on track has raised concerns over possible competitive devaluations by other countries. The Group of 20 leading economies and organizations such as the International Monetary Fund have backed Tokyo’s approach but warned it must act to reduce its public debt, which is the highest among major industrial economies.Despite the upbeat revision in the BOJ’s outlook, the fragility of the economic recovery so far is raising doubts over whether Abe’s government will fulfill a commitment by the previous administration to raise the sales tax to help balance public finances.Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters Friday that the government still intends to undertake “fiscal rehabilitation.”But he said the government may need to reassess how quickly it can reduce its deficit spending.


    Draining cash, Egypt on $30 billion search for aid

    CAIRO — During a meeting in a Black Sea resort city, Egypt’s president and members of his government turned to Russian President Vladimir Putin and asked for a sizable loan, according to a Putin aide. Egypt’s Mohammed Morsi appealed to Moscow and Cairo’s past ties, recalling how the former Soviet Union stepped in to finance the building of the Aswan High Dam in the 1960s after the United States abruptly withdrew from the project, according to Russian media.Still, the Russians’ response seemed rather equivocal: We’ll talk later.Egypt has been knocking on doors around the region seeking billions of dollars in loans, bond purchases and grants, trying to fill rapidly draining coffers so it can keep power stations running and bakeries churning out cheap bread for the country’s millions of poor. The drive appears to have accelerated ahead of the summer, when the country’s fragile electricity network often breaks down under increased energy use and when officials have predicted a drop in wheat supplies.Several states — including Qatar and Libya — have responded in recent weeks. But strikingly, a few countries have balked, wary of pouring money into Egypt’s worsening economy without some political stability after two years of turmoil since the fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.Moreover, economists worry that Morsi’s government is relying on an unsustainable policy, scrambling for foreign cash as a temporary cushion that allows it to put off major — and highly unpopular — economic reforms and avoid compromise with its political opponents. The most crucial piece of aid, a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund, has been delayed by months of negotiations over how Egypt will reduce its massive system of subsidies, which the poor rely on for cheap fuel and food but which suck up large portions of the budget. The government has taken some limited steps, but many economists believe it is postponing extensive reforms until after parliament elections to avoid austerity measures that could hurt Morsi’s majority Muslim Brotherhood party at the polls.The problem is: No date has been set for elections, and they won’t be held until the fall at the earliest. That could mean months of economic limbo, with foreign lenders and donors reluctant to give unless there is a clear economic plan. Securing the IMF loan is considered key to boosting investors’ confidence in Egypt and unlocking further aid. In the meantime, the government has been seeking injections of cash. Overall, Egypt has sought or is in talks for more than $30 billion since the fall of Mubarak — the vast majority since Morsi was inaugurated in June, according to a compilation by The Associated Press of what has been announced. In an email, an official in the president’s office could not confirm exact numbers but said the figure is “close to accurate.” The official, who was not authorized to talk to reporters and spoke on condition of anonymity, did not give further comment on economic policy.The search for cash has opened Morsi’s government to embarrassing opposition taunts that it is begging. After Morsi and his team returned from Russia, his minister of industry and trade this week denied they asked Moscow for a loan, despite the Putin aide’s public description of the closed-door meeting. “Egypt does not beg anyone for aid,” Hatem Saleh said. “What has been reported in the media is not worth responding to.”Egypt’s need for funds is dire. After the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak, foreign investment in Egypt shriveled and tourism — a top revenue source — took a heavy blow. Neither has recovered since, with investors and tourists still scared away by the country’s unrest and political uncertainty.


    AT&T to sell home automation, security packages

    AT&T Inc. is launching its home security and automation service in 15 cities Friday, with an eye toward getting customers hooked on security cameras, thermostats and locks they can control from phones and tablets. AT&T's "Digital Life" packages will be sold in cellphone stores in markets that include Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco and Miami. The company plans to roll the offering out to 50 markets by the end of the year.

    Independent bookshop owners Frances Smith and her husband, Keith, present a petition Wednesday to 10 Downing Street in London, calling for Internet shopping giant Amazon to pay British corporation tax. Internet shopping and how and where to tax is provoking lawmakers across the globe. In the United States tax-free shopping on the Internet could be in jeopardy under a bill making its way through the Senate. The bill would empower states to require online retailers to collect state and local sales taxes for purchases made over the Internet.

    Tax-free Internet shopping in jeopardy

    Internet shoppers are moving closer to paying sales taxes for their online purchases. But the fight is far from over. The Senate voted 63-30 Thursday to advance a bill that would impose state and local sales taxes on purchases made over the Internet. An agreement among senators delayed the Senate's final vote on passage until May 6, when senators return from a weeklong vacation.

Life & Entertainment

    Tommy Nevin's Pub in southwest Naperville serves as a gathering spot for friends and neighbors.

    Varied menu, atmosphere draw crowds to Tommy Nevin's in Naperville

    I was looking forward to trying out the southwest Naperville outpost of Tommy Nevin's Pub when it first opened in 2007. On our first visit, the one thing that stood out beside the jovial atmosphere was the noise level in the crowded bar. We decided to give it another try on a recent Sunday. It's still packed, but we found some quieter spots where we could enjoy the varied food and drink menu.

    Matthew McConaughey says he learned how to make negative reviews a positive learning experience.

    Matthew McConaughey says he’s listened to critics

    Matthew McConaughey, who's getting praise from critics for his role in the new movie "Mud," says he's found a way to make negative reviews a positive learning experience. McConaughey won best supporting male actor at the Independent Spirit Awards for 2012's "Magic Mike." He also received the best supporting actor honor for "Magic Mike" and "Bernie" at the New York Film Critics Circle Awards. But there have been some misses for the 43-year-old actor. He says he's learned a lot from the criticism.

    George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” has died. He was 81. Jones died Friday, April 26, 2013 at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure, according to his publicist Kirt Webster.

    Country superstar George Jones dead at 81

    George Jones, the peerless, hard-living country singer who recorded dozens of hits about good times and regrets and peaked with the heartbreaking classic "He Stopped Loving Her Today," has died. He was 81. Jones died Friday at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville after being hospitalized with fever and irregular blood pressure.

    Singer Don Omar receives his tenth award at the Latin Billboard Awards in Coral Gables, Fla., Thursday.

    Don Omar is top winner at Billboard Latin awards

    Reggaeton star Don Omar was the top winner of the Billboard Latin Music Awards, though the bigger star of the show might have been the one who wasn't there: The late Mexican-American singer Jenni Rivera. Don Omar took home 10 prizes at the annual show Thursday honoring Spanish-language songs and performers. Rivera won six prizes, including artist of the year. The California-born superstar was killed in a plane accident last year in Mexico.

    Food from the Salt Sports Bar can be brought into the iPic theater so dinner and a movie is closer than you can imagine.

    Suburban movie theaters get swankier, expand offerings

    The waiter refills your wineglass and sets down a plate of food, maybe a modern Mediterranean dish. After eating, you lie back in your oversized plush chair — a seat you selected ahead of time, online — and put your feet up. Wrapped in a blanket, you watch a new release on the big screen, enhanced by the latest digital effects. Welcome to suburban moviegoing in 2013.

    Adam Pasen's “Tea With Edie and Fitz” is being staged by the Dead Writers Theatre Collective at Chicago's Greenhouse Theater.

    Lake Forest native's play pays homage to literary titans

    A clash between literary titans inspired Lake Forest native Adam Pasen to write the tranquilly titled "Tea With Edie and Fitz," making its Chicago premiere. "Edie" and "Fitz" are Edith Wharton and F. Scott Fitzgerald, two of Pasen's favorite writers. The play, staged by the Dead Writers Theatre Collective, starts previews Friday at the Greenhouse Theater Center.

    DJ and music producer Diplo is ever evolving as he tinkers with a sound that may help steer the future of electronic dance music.

    Major Lazer: Changing EDM one party at a time

    Major Lazer is a work in progress. Diplo's part-time project, with a new album "Free the Universe" out this week, is ever-evolving as the producer and his cohorts tinker with a sound they think might provide a clue to the future of electronic dance music. "Everything's changing now. EDM's shifting," Diplo said.

    Reno Sweeney (Rachel York, center) leads the company in the tap-happy title number of “Anything Goes,” now on tour at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago through Sunday, May 5.

    ‘Anything Goes’ a vocally strong, art-deco delight

    "Anything Goes," a delectably classic screwball comedy, comes back to tap-happy life in the Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award-winning revival on tour at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago through Sunday, May 5.


    Night life: Tune up your karaoke in St. Charles
    Grab the mic starting at 9 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at St. Charles' East Side Pub. The spot features the chance to sing your heart out every Wednesday and Saturday.


    Theater events: ‘Stark’ satire at Goodman

    Goodman Theatre presents Lynn Nottage's satire of 1930s Hollywood and how the film industry treated black actors and Raven Theatre revives Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" this week in Chicago-area theater.


    Preapproval of mortgage important as home inventory drops

    Visiting a banker or mortgage broker to find out exactly how much can be borrowed can give buyers a big advantage in today's tightening housing market.


    Why lengthy listings exist in hottest of markets

    With full-fledged sellers' markets under way in dozens of metropolitan areas around the country, new research has found curious statistical patterns emerging: Even in cities where listings get multiple offers within days or hours, significant numbers of homes are sitting on the market for six months, 12 months or more with no takers.

    This home on Charlemagne Drive is one of the larger houses in Charlemagne Breton Pointe.

    Hoffman Estates neighborhood built in two stages

    An attractive community with large homes, excellent school districts and convenient location make the Charlemagne Breton Pointe subdivision an ideal place to settle and raise a family. Situated north of Algonquin Road and east and west of Huntington Boulevard in Hoffman Estates, the subdivision features parks, playgrounds and two ponds — one that hosts a popular fishing derby every year.


    Keep your wicker furniture in wonderful shape

    Wicker furniture has been around for years and, if you don't take good care of it, yours might start to look like it's actually that old! Here are some steps you can take to keep your wicker from unraveling!

    Underhood is a 318-cubic-inch V-8 engine.

    Weathered 1963 Dodge D200 shines in film role

    When "Man of Steel" hits theaters this summer, a special 1963 Dodge D200 pickup will have a starring role. Thanks to the Volo Auto Museum, that role will benefit the McHenry Outdoor Theatre, one of the few surviving old time drive-ins.


    Inspector should support findings with photos of defect

    Q. We're selling our house after spending $150K on a complete remodel. The place is in excellent shape, but the buyers' home inspection report was hideous! He said the framing is rotted under the house, but we've had all of that repaired. When we asked why there were no foundation photos in the report, he said he "didn't want to get his camera dirty."

    A Madame Alexander Cissy doll from the 1950s is now a hot collectible.

    Classic toys stay popular; many are collectible

    In a megabyte-driven world, you'd think kids would be playing solely with mega-tech toys But at the recent Toy Fair 2013 in New York, buyers gathered like kids on a playground around the booths stocked with the classics — wooden play sets and ride-on toys, craft materials, table games and building sets.



    The terror of not knowing

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: Though it is tempting to declare the surviving Boston bomber an "enemy combatant," as suggested by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., it is essentially a means to deny rights accorded any other American citizen who commits a crime. The only justification now would be that the Boston bomber is believed to be Muslim, which isn't a crime, or that he and his brother may have found inspiration among others of like intent.

    Gene Lyons

    Obama negotiates with himself again

    Columnist Gene Lyons: The great mystery of Barack Obama remains the extent to which he has ever believed his own rhetoric about a transformative, post-partisan presidency. Was it really possible, I asked early last year, "that Obama had mistaken the U.S. government for the Harvard Law Review, where the emollient balm of his personality persuaded rival factions to reason together?"


    News media ignoring abortion trial
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: There is a trial under way in a Philadelphia court accusing Dr. Kermit Goshnell, a late-term abortion doctor, of killing seven babies and one pregnant adult. Dr. Goshnell is being tried for performing abortions after the 24-week cutoff for legal abortions.


    Obama should stand firm against pipeline
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: I voted for President Obama to lead us into a cleaner future, and his rejection of the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is a significant and immediate executive action he can take following his State of the Union address and Inauguration Speech.


    Disarming public skirts real issues
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Today we are debating the impact guns have on our society. With the murder rate in Chicago hovering around 16 per 100,000 residents and other cities having actually reached the mid-30s, there is a significant problem. The preferred approach is to reduce, or even eliminate gun availability. Based on history, this approach is misdirected.


    No fear of being treated like criminal
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: When we speak of immigration reform many people view it as a Latino issue because that is what is seen on television, or because of the foreign background of others, not necessarily so. Many people of foreign tongues are subjected to substandard wages or cannot find employment due to their immigration status.


    Won’t be NRA in the voting booths
    An Elgin letter to the editor: The seeming inability of the Senate to take action against gun violence is telling. It is a sign of the sad state of our democracy, and the power of money and the political corruption caused by its undue influence.


    Misguided editorial on HB0997
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Your April 22 editorial had many inaccuracies and mistakes. You mischaracterized HB0997, a bill sponsored by Rep. Brandon Phelps and received 64 votes toward passage. This was a carefully negotiated bill that would've been the most restrictive "shall issue" law in the country.


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