Daily Archive : Friday May 3, 2013


    Batman the Ride roller coaster at Six Flags Great America in Gurnee.

    Holy Backward, Batman!!!

    Same ride, different feeling. That's what Six Flags Great America officials are touting this year as they turn the cars around and run Batman: The Ride backward. The Gurnee theme park opens for the season Saturday.

    Frank Bart

    Frank Bart takes over as Wauconda’s new mayor

    The Frank Bart era has begun in Wauconda. Bart, who defeated incumbent Mayor Mark Knigge by a mere 33 votes last month, took the oath of office during Tuesday night's village board meeting.

    Dann Gire

    Daily Herald staffers win Lisagor awards

    Daily Herald staff members received numerous honors Friday in the prestigious 2013 Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism contest, including awards for their coverage of October 2012 Naperville murders and a series looking back on 40 years of the Title IX reforms. The 36th annual awards were presented by the Chicago Headline Club at the Union League Club in Chicago.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Hoffman Estates woman was charged with battery after she reportedly splashed wine on a male customer at a Schaumburg business who was calling her names and then threw her wineglass at him. The glass cut his left ear, reports said.

    Julian L. McElyea

    Addison man accused of having child porn

    DuPage County Sheriff John E. Zaruba announced Friday that deputies have arrested an Addison man for possession of child pornography. Zaruba said Julian L. McElyea, 32, of the 100 block of School Street, was charged with six felony counts.


    Divided Dist. 15 board opts for early Friday dismissal

    After months of controversy, the Palatine Township Elementary District 15 board made a decision — albeit a divided one — that supports the wishes of the community over those of the teachers union. More than three dozen people who gathered for the special Friday night meeting cheered when the final vote was cast in favor of dismissing about 20 schools early every Friday beginning next...


    Dog dies in Schaumburg house fire

    Schaumburg firefighters quickly extinguished a fire at a two-story house Friday afternoon, but a small dog perished in the blaze.

    Cliff McIlvaine

    City gets OK to step in, finish McIlvaine project

    The city of St. Charles got permission Friday to take over some of the work on Cliff McIlvaine's 37-year home improvement project, and to remove some of the items from his yard. "I won't interfere. I respect your decision," McIlvaine told the judge.

    A woman holds a photo of her missing sister Friday after a garment factory building collapsed last week in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    Disney’s Bangladesh exit pressures those who stay

    While Disney's contractors had less than 1 percent of the company's production in Bangladesh, marketers with more activity there will have to decide whether to stay and spend to improve worker safety or go elsewhere and potentially see the costs of their products rise even more. They need to make the calculation as they assess the risk to their brand names.

    Stephen Slaughter, left, and John Syme are valedictorians for the Mundelein High School Class of 2013.

    Mundelein High’s Class of 2013 has two valedictorians

    For the first time in Mundelein High School's 51-year history, this month's graduation ceremony will feature a pair of valedictorians. Seniors John Syme and Stephen Slaughter have earned identical 4.56 weighted grade-point averages, out of 5. And they're best friends. Slaughter said he and Syme have long suspected that at least one of them would be valedictorian. "We've kind of known since the...

    Lil Wayne meets fans and celebrates his contemporary street wear apparel brand TRUKFIT at his hometown Macy’s, in New Orleans.

    PepsiCo cuts ties with Lil Wayne

    NEW YORK — PepsiCo is bowing to public pressure for the second time in a week and cutting ties to Lil Wayne over the rapper’s crude reference to civil rights martyr Emmett Till in a song.Lil Wayne, one of the biggest stars in pop music, had a deal to promote the company’s Mountain Dew soda.


    Convicted ex-water official resigns as police chief

    A former water official convicted in a scheme to secretly mix contaminated well water into public drinking supplies has resigned as police chief of Crestwood.


    Ex-loan officer gets 12 years for mortgage fraud

    A former loan officer has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for his part in a mortgage fraud scheme in which he enriched himself with more than $700,000.Fred Haywood, of Chicago, was also ordered to pay more than $1.4 million in restitution to various lenders.


    Chicago firefighter killed in motorcycle crash

    A 37-year-old Chicago firefighter has been killed in a motorcycle crash in Springfield. Sean Sloe was driving his motorcycle onto Interstate 55 when he lost control.


    Island Lake activists still targeting Amrich

    The activists who tried to get Charles Amrich knocked of the ballot in Island Lake are taking their case to the Illinois Supreme Court.

    Matt Murphy

    Sen. Murphy has ‘extensive’ surgery for softball injury

    State Sen. Matt Murphy had surgery Friday on the knee he seriously injured during the annual House vs. Senate softball game in Springfield. A spokeswoman for the Illinois Senate GOP said the Palatine Republican is wearing a cast after "extensive surgical repair" of a tendon in his knee.


    Danville prison guard assaulted by inmate

    A prison inmate who assaulted a Danville Correctional Center guard was one of about 100 inmates housed temporarily in the penitentiary's gymnasium. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says the inmate was there because of crowding.

    Participants of the Poetry Contest had a lot of fun and enjoyed the presentations.

    Palatine Public Library District announces Poetry Contest winners

    16.72- with two photos -page 3In honor of National Poetry Month this April, the Palatine Public Library District sponsored its fourth annual poetry contest.

    A United Airlines flight bound for London turned back Thursday night after the pilot reported mechanical problems. The plane landed safely and passengers were rebooked on other flights.

    Concern about flaps turns London-bound flight around

    A jet bound for London from O'Hare International Airport returned to the airport Thursday evening after the pilot reported issues with the flaps on the wings. The aircraft landed safely back at O'Hare and passengers were booked on other flights Friday.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Stephen J. Gibson, 24, of Aurora, was arrested at about 2 p.m. Thursday on Griswold Street south of Walnut Avenue, Elgin, and charged with possession of between 30 and 500 grams of cannabis, manufacturing of between 30 and 500 grams of cannabis, and delivery of cannabis on school grounds, according to a police report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Stephen J. Gibson, 24, of Aurora, was arrested at about 2 p.m. Thursday on Griswold Street south of Walnut Avenue, Elgin, and charged with possession of between 30 and 500 grams of cannabis, manufacturing of between 30 and 500 grams of cannabis, and delivery of cannabis on school grounds, according to a police report.

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 Superintendent Ellen Correll.

    Fees rising in Grayslake Dist. 46

    Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members have agreed to raise school fees starting in the 2013-14 academic year. Officials said the fee hikes are needed to generate an extra $30,000 or so in annual revenue. District 46 has been grappling with ways to stop a $2.2 million deficit projected for the 2013-14 budget.

    The Elgin-based band P.U.S.H. will make its live radio debut Sunday. Picture here are, bottom row, lead vocalist Oswald Mendez and keyboard and trumpet player Fred Gomez; middle row, guitarist Andrew Olson and bass player Luis Baez; and top row, guitarist Roger Alvarez. Not pictured are drummers William Rawlings and Giovanni Valdez.

    Elgin band makes Christian radio debut

    The band P.U.S.H. — an acronym for Pray Until Something Happens — will be playing Sunday morning during service at The Dwelling Place in Valparaiso, Ind. The service will be broadcast live on 92.1 FM in Elgin.

    Elgin Mayor David Kaptain spearheaded the city’s first Education Summit.

    Education summit brings together Elgin community

    Elgin's first Education Summit brought together about 180 people on Friday for what Elgin Mayor David Kaptain called "the largest community conversation" he's ever hosted. Educators, nonprofit agencies, business owners and other community members participated in the event spearheaded by Kaptain in partnership with Elgin Area School District U-46, Community Unit School District 301 and Elgin...


    School bus struck in Schaumburg

    There were no injuries caused by another vehicle striking the back of a school bus transporting students at Campanelli Elementary School at 310 S. Springinsguth Road in Schaumburg Friday afternoon, police said.


    Saudi Arabia reports 3 cases of SARS-like virus

    Saudi Arabia's Health Ministry has confirmed three more cases of a new respiratory virus related to SARS, bringing to 10 the number of cases it reported this week, including five deadly ones.

    The X-51A Waverider, carried under the wing of a B-52H Stratofortress bomber, prepares to launch for its fourth and final flight over the Pacific Ocean.

    Experimental Air Force aircraft goes hypersonic

    The Air Force said in a statement Friday the X-51A WaveRider flew for more than three minutes under power from its exotic scramjet engine and hit a speed of Mach 5.1


    Teacher accused of taping student’s mouths

    "My daughter's been in the house crying, begging me not to send her back to school. (She) said that she'll do good in home school and she promises. She doesn't want to go back to a public school," Tenisha Bynes said.

    Massachusetts State Police walk out of the woods of The Smith Neck Farm Friday in Dartmouth, Mass.

    Bombing probe takes investigators into woods near college

    The family of the slain Boston Marathon bombing suspect was making arrangements Friday for his funeral as investigators searched the woods near the college attended by his younger brother and alleged accomplice.

    Plans for a newly designed Freedom Plaza are likely to garner the support from city council members this time around.

    Will new-look Freedom Plaza earn Naperville's approval?

    A once-controversial development proposal will soon find its way back before Naperville City Council members, but without one major component. A new plan for Freedom Plaza has surfaced that would add a hotel, conference center and restaurants to Naperville's north side. Missing from the plan is the CRL Riverwalk Manor Alzheimer's assisted-living facility, once called the "linchpin" to the whole...


    Doctor appointed assistant state health director

    Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday appointed a central Illinois physician and failed congressional candidate as assistant director of the Illinois Department of Public Health. Quinn named fellow Democrat David Gill of Bloomington to the $127,739-a-year post.


    School out due to nice weather

    "SCHOOL CANCELLED DUE TO GREAT WEATHER! WAHOOO!" the school's website announced Thursday night. "Yeah! It's a Sun Day today and everyone gets the day off from school."

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel boosted his support for a Chicago casino this week by pledging 100 percent of revenue will go to schools.

    Lawmakers, Emanuel push hard for Chicago casino

    Visitors to the nation's third-largest city are usually spotted wandering the Magnificent Mile, snapping pictures of the Willis Tower and sampling Chicago-style deep dish pizza, but if some persistent Illinois lawmakers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel get their way, a glitzy casino would be on their agenda, too.

    Abdella Ahmad Tounisi

    Aurora terror suspect can’t go home after all

    A federal judge Friday quashed another judge's surprise order to release an Aurora teenager pending trial on charges he sought to join al-Qaida-linked militants in Syria. Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 18, posed a potential threat not just to Illinois and the U.S. but to "the entire world community," said U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang.


    Climber dies in fiery fall on Seattle power tower

    A man was apparently electrocuted when he climbed a 200-foot tower, touched a high-voltage power line and fell to a platform where his body was recovered by a Seattle Fire Department team.

    Lawmakers are considering setting up a “website of shame” to post the names of people who owe more than $1,000 in fines to the Illinois Tollway.

    Should tollway have “website of shame” for scofflaws?

    The Illinois House Friday narrowly rejected a plan to set up a "website of shame" to display the names of scofflaws owing more than $1,000 in tollway fines. The proposal would require the Illinois Tollway to contact people who owed fines nine different times before posting their names on the website. "This is just an additional tool to embarrass people," said state Rep. Lou Lang of Skokie...

    Actress Lindsay Lohan, a cast member in “Scary Movie V,” at the premiere of the film in Los Angeles.

    Lohan enters rehab at Betty Ford Center

    Lindsay Lohan's sentence called for her to spend three months at a lockdown rehab facility and also receive 18 months of psychotherapy to avoid a return to jail.


    Fox Lake fundraiser Sunday

    A March of Dimes fundraiser is set for Sunday, May 5, from noon to 5 p.m. at Fox Lake Lakefront Park, 71 Nippersink Blvd.

    Melinda Bush

    Lake County lawmakers clash over casino

    State Sen. Melinda Bush, a Grayslake Democrat, voted against a sweeping gambling expansion plan this week because she said it funnels money to pet projects and special interest groups, even though she supports putting a casino in her home base of Lake County.

    Dion F. Addison

    Police on lookout for man who stole motorcycle in Geneva

    A Chicago man was sentenced this week in absentia to 15 years in prison for using fake cash to buy a motorcycle in Geneva.


    Get free comics on Saturday

    Saturday is Free Comic Book Day across the United States, which means you can go into nearly any comic book store and get free books.


    Bike safety rodeo on Saturday in Libertyville

    A bike safety rodeo is set for noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 5, at the Advocate Condell conference center, 700 Garfield Ave., Libertyville.


    Life beneath the surface featured

    The variety of unseen wonders beneath the water's surface will be the topic of the Lake County Audubon Society's meeting on at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 6, at Libertyville village hall, 118 W. Cook Ave.


    Dogs find no drugs at Woodland Middle School

    No drugs or contraband were found Friday during a search of Woodland Middle School by canine units from Gurnee Police Department and other area law enforcement agencies, Woodland Elementary District 50 officials said.


    Buffalo Grove offers option to cut sewer fees

    Buffalo Grove plans to offer its Lake County residents a way to save on sanitary sewer fees by allowing the installation of irrigation meters. It will take years to recover the upfront costs, though.


    Identity of cyclist killed in crash released

    The identity of the bicyclist who died following a collision with a car in Lake County was released Friday. Anna Harvey, 34, of Lindenhurst died at Advocate Condell Medical Center in Libertyville after the Thursday afternoon crash, the Lake County coroner's office said.


    Palatine teen accused of shooting at group

    A 17-year-old boy from Palatine has been charged as a juvenile for unlawful use of a weapon, aggravated assault and disorderly conduct after he fired two shots in the direction of three teens April 26, authorities said.

    Johnny Borizov speaks with his attorney at his trial Wednesday in Wheaton.

    Darien victim warned co-workers of ‘combative’ Borizov

    Weeks before she and two family members were murdered, Lori Kramer told co-workers she was afraid of her daughter's ex-boyfriend and worried he might "pay her a visit at the office." "She told me she was involved in a child-custody battle and was concerned for her safety and the safety of others in the building," facilities manager Evelyn Hanley testified Friday in Johnny Borizov's murder trial.

    Ray Rogina is introduced as the new mayor of St. Charles by Alderman Dan Stellato on election night last month.

    No interest so far in city’s Ward 3 vacancy

    St. Charles will have a vacancy to fill on the city council when mayor-elect Ray Rogina is sworn in. Problem is, no one has expressed an interest in taking over Rogina's aldermanic seat.

    This Wednesday, May 1, 2013, photo provided by Ron Smith shows crew working at an oil leak site near Doniphan, Mo. ExxonMobil officials say cleanup is nearly complete after an oil leak from the Pegasus pipeline spilled about 42 gallons of crude - roughly one barrell - into the yard of a home.

    Barge breakaway causes small Miss. River oil spill

    Roughly 300 gallons of crude oil spilled early Friday into the Mississippi River near St. Louis after a vessel on the rain-swollen waterway slammed into a fleet of docked barges, causing 14 of them to briefly break away, according to the Coast Guard. None of the oil was found to have washed up on the river's banks as of mid-morning Friday.


    Illinois governor nominates 2 for SIU board

    Gov. Pat Quinn is nominating a former history professor and the retired head of the state's National Guard to the Southern Illinois University system's frayed board of trustees.

    Ian Jones helps move sandbags to build back up a wall on along Riverview Road Thursday, May 2, 2013, south of Chillicothe, Ill., against the Illinois River as predicted rain is expected to raise the river several inches after receding from historic flood levels.

    Midwest rivers will rise again, just not as high

    More heavy rain and late-season snow are creating new flood concerns for Midwest river towns still cleaning up from April flooding, though forecasters say the waters won't rise as high as last month. Precipitation pelted the heartland Thursday and Friday, and was expected to continue through the weekend.


    Lisa Madigan gets more time to appeal concealed carry

    The U.S. Supreme Court is giving Illinois' attorney general more time to decide whether to appeal a ruling that the state's ban on the public possession of firearms is unconstitutional.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A 35-year-old Arlington Heights man was arrested in an apartment lot on the 1700 block of Forest Cove Drive in Mount Propsect and charged with felony burglary after a vehicles owner saw him rifling through the vehicle from her balcony window, called police, then held the vehicle door closed and wouldn't let him out until police arrived, police reports said.


    Palatine High School renovating cafeteria

    Upcoming summer renovations at Palatine High School will modernize the school building and increase operational efficiency for both students and staff. Some of the larger renovations include the kitchen, cafeteria and faculty dining room, which have not been updated since the school opened in the late 1970s. "As it is currently set up, the kitchen at Palatine High School has a very inefficient...

    Cleo Garcia drives through the pasture as he checks on the bison herd just after sunrise. The bison are used to him and his truck but he stays in the cab because of their unpredictable nature.

    Moving Picture: Batavia man takes care of bison at Fermilab

    Cleo Garcia doesn't get too much attention from people when he tells them he works the roads and grounds crew at Fermilab in Batavia. But when they find out he also takes care of the bison herd there, they are much more interested. "Then they want to come and see them and they say that they wish they had my job," Garcia said.

    President Barack Obama speaks at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, Friday, May 3, 2013.

    Obama: US-Mexico stereotypes must be broken

    Calling for an end to "old stereotypes," President Barack Obama on Friday portrayed Mexico as an emerging nation that is remaking itself and said the U.S.-Mexico relationship should be defined by shared prosperity, not by threats that both countries face. "It's time to recognize new realities," he declared.

    Jamie Koy

    Crystal Lake woman faces new animal cruelty charges

    A Crystal Lake woman was arrested for the second time in three years on animal cruelty charges after neglecting 8 horses in her care.

    Kelly Lahr, center, reacts to being named the 2010 Lilac Queen as princesses Corinne Horner and Julie Sipek applaud during a ceremony in Lilacia Park. This year’s coronation begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 4, also in Lilacia Park.

    Lilac Queen tradition still reigns in Lombard

    At more than 80 years and counting, the coronation of the Lilac Queen is one of the longest-standing Lilac Time traditions in Lombard. The coronation takes place on the first official day of Lilac Time, allowing the newly crowned queen to reign over more than two weeks of festivities.

    Fire department personnel drive along Pacific Coast Highway near Point Mugu as a thick layer of smoke sits overhead during a wildfire that burned several thousand acres, Thursday, May 2, 2013, in Ventura County, Calif.

    Calif. wildfire burns 15-mile path to Pacific

    A Southern California wildfire carving a path to the sea grew to more than 15 square miles and crews prepared Friday for another bad day of gusting winds and searing weather. "We're going to be at Mother Nature's mercy," Ventura County fire spokesman Tom Kruschke said.


    Suspected bombers considered July 4 attack

    Two U.S. officials say the surviving suspected Boston bomber told interrogators that he and his brother considered setting off their bombs on July Fourth, but they decided to carry out their attack sooner and chose the date of the Boston marathon.


    Artists seeking support for Lombard community art center idea

    A creative environment where artists of all types can express themselves and produce their works is brewing in the minds of a small group who would like to see such a space in downtown Lombard. Led by photographer Sharon Tinker, a few artists and writers are developing a community arts center, and many are hoping the center eventually could be located downtown. "I just want a space where I can go...

    The 2013 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits runs from Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5. More than 70,000 are expected to attend the event with more than 500 exhibitors represented. The convention will features training and education demos, the Antiques Guns and Gold Showcase, book signings, speakers including Glenn Beck, Ted Nugent and Sarah Palin as well as NRA Youth Day on Sunday.

    Fresh off victory, NRA holds convention in Houston

    Fresh off a huge victory over President Barack Obama on gun control, the message from the National Rifle Association is clear: The fight has just begun. The powerful gun rights lobby gathers in Houston this weekend for its annual convention and organizers anticipate a rollicking, Texas-sized party — both to celebrate the victory in Washington and recharge for more political struggles.

    Two men embrace after a gay marriage bill was signed into law outside the State House in Providence, R.I., Thursday, May 2, 2013.

    R.I. now 10th state to allow gay marriage

    Rhode Island has become the nation's 10th state to allow gay and lesbian couples to wed, after a 16-year effort to extend marriage rights in this heavily Roman Catholic state. Gays, lesbians, their friends and families erupted into cheers Thursday following a final 56-15 vote in the Rhode Island House, and then again an hour later when Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law on the...

    A woman holds her child as she attends a protest outside the U.S. embassy before the arrival of President Barack Obama in Mexico City, Thursday, May 2, 2013.

    Migrants to Obama: Don’t deport Mama

    Beneath the slogan "Obama, don't deport my Mama," dozens of migrant families deported from the U.S. despite having children born there rallied outside the U.S. Embassy before President Barack Obama's arrival Thursday, demanding passage of a U.S. immigration law they say is vital to keeping families together.

    Keith Surroz

    New Grayslake Dist. 46 board members get some advice

    Four new Grayslake Elementary District 46 board members received advice from the elected officials who held their seats, such as avoiding political battles that could cost thousands in legal fees. "We wasted enormous amounts of money, emotional energy and time on things that would have been better spent on things that would benefit the district," one board member said.

    First lady Michelle Obama will present an award to the Waukegan Public Library on Wednesday at the White House.

    First lady to honor Waukegan library

    First lady Michelle Obama and Susan Hildreth, director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will present medals of recognition next week during a ceremony at the White House to 10 institutions, including the Waukegan Public Library. “Ray Bradbury would be proud of us,” library board President Charmaine Harris said of the famous late author who grew up in Waukegan.


    Boston Marathon victims’ families could get $1M

    BOSTON — The lawyer overseeing the Boston Marathon bombings victims’ fund says the families of three people who died could each receive more than $1 million.Kenneth Feinberg says he plans to unveil a tentative compensation proposal on Monday in advance of meetings with victims.


    U.S. military plane crashes in Kyrgyzstan

    A U.S. military plane crashed Friday in Kyrgyzstan, the Central Asian nation's emergencies ministry said. There was no immediate word on any casualties.

    Glen Ellyn resident Tracey Kreiling is organizing a fundraising drive today for the Les Turner ALS Foundation Tag Days in honor of her father, Tom Ryan, who died from the disease last year.

    Glen Ellyn woman honors dad by collecting for ALS Foundation

    Glen Ellyn resident Tracey Kreiling lost her dad to ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, in February 2012 — nine months after his diagnosis. She's sharing her family's personal story in the hope it can lead to earlier diagnosis for those who may be affected by ALS. Today, Kreiling and her volunteer crew of 10 will be on the streets of downtown Glen Ellyn collecting donations for the Les Turner ALS...


    Woman charged with threatening governor’s family

    BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. — A Black River Falls woman is charged with threatening Gov. Scott Walker’s family. A criminal complaint says 52-year-old Dana Sartor called the governor’s office April 16 and in slurred speech left a voice mail threatening to shoot Walker’s wife and children.


    ‘CHiPs’ star talks online safety in Indiana return

    MUNCIE, Ind. — Actor Erik Estrada has returned to the Indiana city where he starred in a short-lived police reality series as he travels the country promoting ways to protect children from online predators.


    2 found fatally shot at Indianapolis retail plaza

    INDIANAPOLIS — Investigators say they don’t know how long a car with two dead men inside was parked at an Indianapolis retail plaza before it was reported.


    Housing group plans vacating old Terre Haute hotel

    TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Officials are planning to shut down a low-income housing center at a nearly century-old building that was originally a hotel in downtown Terre Haute.The 109 units at the former Hotel Deming would be replaced with a $15 million renovation of a closed elementary school being considered by the Terre Haute Housing Authority.


    Lawsuit filed against grocery chain over breach

    BELLEVILLE, Ill. — A St. Louis supermarket chain is facing a potential class-action lawsuit in Illinois related to a security breach affecting up to 2.4 million credit and debit cards of its customers.


    Wisconsin school hopes Curly Lambeau plaque inspires

    GREEN BAY, Wis. — Curly Lambeau’s alma mater has honored the Green Bay Packers founder with a plaque at his old high school, in hopes of inspiring current students to achieve.A Wisconsin Public Radio report says the plaque has been installed at East High School in Green Bay.


    Swiss ‘Jetman’ to visit AirVenture in Oshkosh

    OSHKOSH, Wis. — A Swiss adventurer is making his first public flights in the United States this summer, including in Wisconsin, with his custom-built jet suit. Yves Rossy, also known as “Jetman,” will be at the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture in Oshkosh.


    Audit finds problems at Chicago’s animal shelter

    An audit of Chicago’s animal shelter has found that the stray, lost and impounded dogs and cats aren’t always getting of care they need.


    Ryan, Walker headline Wisconsin GOP convention

    Last year's Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker are among those speaking at this weekend's Wisconsin GOP convention. The two potential 2016 presidential candidates will be joined by a host of other Republican office holders for the annual state convention in Rothschild.

    Spotter Gina Pantano checks in a horse on its way to the track in preparation for opening day at Arlington International Racecourse.

    Dawn Patrol: Arlington racetrack opens; girl’s attacker on loose

    Arlington International Racecourse opens today, with free admission. Pension-cut package goes to Senate. Attacker of girl near Des Plaines on the loose. Cook County, Schaumburg tout joint road program. Bicyclist killed near Lake Villa. Bulls forced to go to Game 7.

    An indoor flower awakens as spring begins, even as winter snows fall outside.

    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 29th.

    North Cook Intermediate Service Center Executive Director Robert Ingraffia, right, administers the oath of office to Anna Klimkowicz, left, Robert LeFevre, second to left, and Mike Scharringhausen, second to right, during the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board of education meeting Thursday.

    Dist. 211 board gets new member, president

    New leadership and a new face brought change to the Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board of education Thursday. Edward Yung concluded his four years of serving on the board and newcomer Mike Scharringhausen was sworn in alongside incumbents Anna Klimkowicz and Robert LeFevre. The board also named Bill Robertson the new board president.


    Small fire at Schaumburg nail salon

    A Thursday morning fire shut down a nail salon in Schaumburg. Fire officials said no one was hurt and only $3,000 in damage was estimated at the salon, located at 815 W. Higgins Road.

    Gregory Regalado, who teaches courses in art, photography and design at Maine West High School, received his Golden Apple Award on Wednesday at the Des Plaines school.

    Poll Vault: Best teacher you ever had?

    As Golden Apple Awards were announced this week, consider the people who educated you from kindergarten to college. Who was the best teacher? What attributes made him or her stand out?


    Minnesota Wild's Devin Setoguchi, left, battles for the puck with Chicago Blackhawks' Michal Handzus during the first period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series in Chicago, Friday, May 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Blackhawks edge Wild 5-2 in Game 2

    Patrick Sharp and Michael Frolik had two goals apiece, and the Blackhawks beat the Minnesota Wild 5-2 on Friday night in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series.


    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 badminton scoreboard
    High school results from Friday's varsity girls badminton meets, 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.

    Patrick Sharp, left, and Patrick Kane celebrate a Hawks goal late in the third period. With the 5-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Friday, the Hawks hit the road with a 2-0 series lead.

    Hawks have all the answers in 5-2 win over Wild

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville wanted his team to play at a higher pace Friday night in Game 2 against Minnesota at the United Center. Consider Quenneville's message received loud and clear. The Hawks had 48 shots on goal and stormed to a 5-2 win over the Wild to take a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven first-round playoff series.

    Barrington’s Konrad Eiring runs the last leg as Barrington wins the 4 x 800-meter relay in the Lake County boys track meet at Lake Zurich on Friday.

    Kendziera paces Prospect at Conant

    Prospect's Dave Kendziera broke the meet record in the 300-meter hurdles Friday night in the 39th annual Ron Gummerson Cougar Track Classic hosted by Conant, helping Prospect to a runner-up team finish in the flighted meet. Kendziera finished in 37.8, topping runner-up Mark Eilrich of Conant (39.7) for the A flight victory.

    Kaneland’s Nathaniel Kucera leads the 4 x 800 meter relay in the last lap with Geneva’s Nathan Wendt on his trail at the Kane County Boys Track Meet at Burlington Central on Friday.

    Kaneland repeats as County champs

    From Friday's initial field events to the final relay, Kaneland kept the pressure on the other squads at the annual Kane County boys track and field meet at Burlington Central to win its second straight title and third in school history. The Knights scored 117 points to outdistance second-place St. Charles North (101) on a chilly, windy night on Rocket Hill, buoyed by two victorious relay teams and strong performances from hurdler Dylan Nauert, thrower Nate Dyer and sprinter Brandon Cottier, among others. West Aurora placed third (82), followed by Geneva (61), Batavia (52.5), Burlington Central (50), Marmion (25.5) and South Elgin (19).


    Glenbard West goes the distance for 2nd place

    The West Suburban Silver has a distance pedigree few, if any, conferences can equal in girls track and field.


    Judson eliminated from CCAC tournament

    Just a day before, the Judson University softball team beat No. 6 seed St. Francis 2-0 to kick off the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Softball Tournament at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbannais. On Friday, the No. 3 Eagles (37-17) were at it again with St. Francis, and held a 1-run lead heading into the bottom of the seventh. But 2 errors allowed 2 runs to cross, the last on a sacrifice bunt as Judson lost a heartbreaker to St. Francis 3-2 at Tiger Field, which eliminated the Eagles from the conference tournament.


    Stevenson wins Lake Forest sectional

    Stevenson's badminton team, which tied Naperville North for the state championship last year, will be well represented at state again. The Patriots won the Lake Forest sectional Friday night with 16 points to edge Prospect (14) and, in the process, they qualified all four of their entries for next weekend's state meet at Eastern Illinois University.


    Mundelein rolls to win No. 20

    Mundelein's baseball team battled the rain and cold to notch its 20th win of the season Friday. The Mustangs improved to 20-1 with a 12-0 victory over visiting Round Lake in a North Suburban Conference crossover.

    David Cerny hands off to Konrad Eiring as Barrington wins the 4 x 800-meter relay in Lake County boys track meet at Lake Zurich on Friday.

    Dziedzic, Lombardino throw a record-breaking party

    Libertyville's Matsen Dziedzic and Grant's Brandon Lombardino excelled in Friday's Lake County Invitational, breaking county records in shot put and discus.

    Palatine’s Kara Burton, left, takes the baton from teammate Tess Wasowicz for the anchor leg of the 4 x 800-meter relay during the Mid-Suburban League girls track meet at Schaumburg on Friday.

    Santiago, Prospect connect for repeat MSL title

    If Prospect was looking for a knockout punch, junior Christina Santiago sure delivered it. Santiago came from behind in the third lap to take control of a loaded 1,600-meter field, cruising to the win in 5:10.30 and helping nail down a second consecutive Mid-Suburban League title for the Knights on Friday night at Schaumburg. Prospect won five events in winning with 153 points, Palatine took second (129 points) followed by Barrington (106 points), Wheeling (54 points), and Fremd ( 52 points).

    Michael Frolik of the Chicago Blackhawks celebrates his first-period goal Friday night at the United Center in the first-round NHL playoff series against the Minnesota Wild. Frolik added another goal in the second for the Hawks, who are now up 2-0 in the series after the 5-2 win.

    For Frolik, the extra work pays off

    After scoring the first two goals Friday night against Minnesota, consider Blackhawks forward Michael Frolik one of the happiest guys in hockey because it shows that all his hard work has paid off.


    Offense flows for Elk Grove

    With Prospect's softball field hampered by afternoon showers, Friday's Mid-Suburban League game was switched to Elk Grove.And the Grenadiers flipped on the switch for their offense in a 12-4 victory. Elk Grove struck first when they scored 2 runs in the top of the first.Becca Maher (3-for-4, walk, double, RBI) started the game with a walk and stole second base. Brianna Leach (2-for-5) singled to score Maher. Leach also stole second and scored on Shannon Taucher's RBI single.


    Trzaska, Glenbard South defeat Trinity

    Jane Trzaska took a shutout into the seventh inning, striking out seven, and went 2-for-3 with a double and 2 runs scored as No. 8 Glenbard South beat Trinity 4-2 on Friday at Triton College.Ashton Cattenhead went 2-for-3 with a run scored and RBI, and Aimee Gerherdt 2-for-3 with 2 RBI for Glenbard South (16-3), which jumped out to a 3-0 lead after an inning.Willowbrook 11, Hinsdale South 1:Sam Schmidt, Darian Pelsor, Alyssa Ressinger and Jordan Marczewski all homered for the Warriors (11-7, 5-2 West Suburban Gold).IC Catholic Prep 3, St. Viator 2:Anjella Farmer’s RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh brought home Catherine Klostermann, who slid to beat the tag with the game-winner in Rosemont for IC (10-8). Jessica Conenna homered for the Knights.Downers Grove North 13, Hinsdale Central 3:Hannah Mrazek hit 2 homers, Kelsey Gockman went deep with her sixth homer of the year, and the No. 10 Trojans (15-6, 7-0 West Suburban Silver) scored 9 runs in the third inning to erase a 2-0 deficit. Carolyn Nojiri went 3-for-3 for Downers Grove North. Lauren Daleen and Faith Koffron both homered for Hinsdale Central (6-11, 1-5).Chicago Christian 7, Montini 6:Teresa Kraiss’ two-out single in the bottom of the ninth brought home Abbie Bulthuis with the game-winner, as Chicago Christian rallied to snap Montini’s 13-game winning streak. Chicago Christian tied it with 2 in the seventh inning, Megan Glynn singling in the tying run. Alyssa Sclafani went 3-for-5 with a double, triple and 2 RBI and Cristina Barrett 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and 2 RBI for Montini (19-4, 12-1 Suburban Christian Conference Blue).York 6, Lyons 0:Isabella Jaeger was 3-for-4 with a triple, 3 runs scored and 2 RBI and Brooke Bandy (7-3) struck out four in a three-hitter for the Dukes (13-9, 7-1 West Suburban Silver), who won their sixth straight and host Silver leader Downers Grove North on Monday. Angela Scalzitti was 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored and a stolen base and Sarah Milkowski 2-for-3 with a triple, run scored and RBI.


    Pause is just prelude to another Naperville North victory

    There are supposed to be no timeouts in soccer, but the Naperville North girls team won 2-0 at Naperville Central on Friday with the help of one super-sized pause in play.


    Elk Grove outduels Palatine

    Palatine and host Elk Grove engaged in an old-fashioned pitchers' duel, as the host Grenadiers and David Camacho edged the Pirates and Nick Refka 2-1 in Mid-Suburban League play Friday.


    Mundelein, Warren start with wins at Techny

    Mundelein and Warren opened play in the Glenbrook Cup girls soccer tournament with decisive victories Friday at the Techny Fields in Northbrook. The Mustangs netted a 4-1 win over Bradford from Kenosha, Wis., while Warren rolled to an 8-0 victory over Proviso West. Quarterfinal action is at 8 a.m. today, with Mundelein (10-3-3) meeting host Glenbrook South (13-4-1) and Warren (6-7-3) playing Niles North. The winners play in the semifinals at 11 a.m., with the third-place match and championship set for 5 and 6:30 p.m., respectively, at Glenbrook South High School in Glenview.


    Fremd advances to state in style

    Fremd delivered a perfect performance in the girls badminton sectional it hosted Friday, qualifying participants in both slots for the championship singles and doubles matches. The Vikings won with 18 points in the team race, topping runner-up Hersey (10) and third-place Maine West (9).

    New York Islanders' Kyle Okposo (21) celebrates his goal with teammates Matt Moulson (26) and Frans Nielsen (51) as Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) collects himself during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series, Friday, May 3, 2013, in Pittsburgh. The Islanders won 4-3 to even the series at 1-1.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Islanders rally past Penguins 4-3 to even series

    Kyle Okposo's first career playoff goal with 7:37 remaining lifted the New York Islanders to a 4-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday night, evening their playoffs series at one game each.


    Fingerman, Barrington firmly in command

    After running its record to 11-0 in the Mid-Suburban West on Friday, the Barrington softball players have their minds set on one goal. The Fillies do not want become complacent. "We have to keep pushing," said senior catcher Raegan Fingerman. "We all know that we can not become lethargic. We have been on a streak so we have to keep hitting the ball hard." Hitting the ball hard was exactly what Fingerman did in the Fillies' 7-1 victory at Palatine.

    Montreal Canadiens forward Brendan Gallagher celebrates scoring as teammate Brandon Prust (8) and Ottawa Senators forward Kyle Turris (7) look on during second-period NHL hockey Game 2 first-round playoff action in Montreal, Friday, May 3, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Ryan Remiorz)

    Canadiens top Senators 3-1; series tied

    Ryan White started a three-goal second period and goalie Carey Price was back in top form with 29 saves and the Montreal Canadiens downed the Ottawa Senators 3-1 to even their playoff series on Friday.

    Indiana Pacers power forward David West (21) reacts in the closing moments during the second half of an NBA first-round playoff basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks, in Atlanta, Friday, May 3, 2013. Indiana won 81-73. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Pacers finish off Hawks, win Game 6 81-73

    George Hill and David West each scored 21 points and the Indiana Pacers withstood a furious Atlanta comeback in the fourth quarter, beating the Hawks 81-73 on Friday night to close out the opening-round playoff series four games to two.

    New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony (7) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Jeff Green during the second quarter in Game 6 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Friday, May 3, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

    Knicks hold on to beat Celtics 88-80 and advance

    Carmelo Anthony scored 21 points and the New York Knicks held on after blowing most of a 26-point lead to beat the Boston Celtics 88-80 in Game 6 on Friday night and advance in the postseason for the first time since 2000.

    Brooke Andresen, a Downers Grove South grad, has carved her name into Loyola University's softball record books. Throughout her four-year collegiate career, Andresen has never hit lower than .325.

    Loyola slugger Andresen ready for a new chapter

    Loyola University softball slugger Brooke Andresen, a Downers Grove South grad who is leaving her name all over the school record books, talks with Patricia Babcock McGraw about her collegiate career in this week's Women's Watch column.


    Historic win for Christian Liberty

    Christian Liberty Academy lives to play another day. The No. 4-seeded Chargers overwhelmed No. 5 Chicago Math and Science Academy 4-0 Friday afternoon in Arlington Heights to capture the first girls soccer postseason victory in program history, and in doing so, advance into the second round of the Class 1A state playoffs. Next up for coach Claire Comerouski's club is No. 1 seed Willows Academy on Tuesday afternoon at North Shore Country Day.

    The Bulls’ Joakim Noah, right, is raring to go in Game 7 today against the Nets.

    Gut-check time for wounded Bulls

    Bulls center Joakim Noah and head coach Tom Thibodeau believe the Bulls can win Game 7 in Brooklyn, but no one knows for sure just which players will be healthy enough to participate. Kirk Hinrich missed Thursday's game, as did Luol Deng, who was sent back to the hospital Friday when his condition worsened.

    Chicago Cubs' Welington Castillo hits a two-run single off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, scoring Starlin Castro and Dave Sappelt, during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 3, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    As usual, Cubs just good enough to lose

    The Cubs proved again Friday to be just good enough to lose as they rallied for 3 runs in the niinth inning only to fall 6-5 to the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field.


    Cubs taking their time with Stewart

    The Cubs are getting by just fine at third base without injured Ian Stewart. Luis Valbuena and Cody Ransom provide a good platoon as well as solid defense. The Cubs activated Stewart off the disabled list Friday and optioned him to Class AAA Iowa.


    Carmel’s act travels well

    A soggy outfield has kept Carmel's baseball team on the road for much of this spring, but it's working out fine for the Corsairs.

    Mike Smith rides Princess of Sylmar to a win over Beholder ridden by Garrett Gomez in the 139th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs Friday, May 3, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.(AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Longshot Princess of Sylmar wins Kentucky Oaks

    Long-shot Princess of Sylmar rallied with a huge stretch run to win the $1 million Kentucky Oaks on Friday at Churchill Downs. One of four fillies trained by Todd Pletcher in the Grade 1 race, the 38-1 long shot upstaged 3-2 favorite Dreaming of Julia. That positioned Pletcher for a weekend sweep Saturday in the Kentucky Derby, where he has a record-tying five entries — including Verrazano.

    Chicago Cubs' Welington Castillo hits a two-run single off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Aroldis Chapman, scoring Starlin Castro and Dave Sappelt, during the ninth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 3, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Cubs ninth-inning rally falls short

    Jay Bruce had two RBIs and scored a run, Shin-Soo Choo drove in a run and scored twice, and the Cincinnati Reds held off the Cubs 6-5 on Friday. The Cubs scored three runs in the ninth against Reds closer Aroldis Chapman before reliever J.J. Hoover came on and struck out Darwin Barney with the bases loaded to pick up his first save.

    The White Sox and Royals were postponed by bad weather Friday night. The break in the schedule gave the Sox a chance to rest up a pitching staff that has been plagued by injury including starting ace Jake Peavy.

    Postponed game gives injury-plagued Sox a break

    The White Sox and Royals were postponed by bad weather Friday night. The break in the schedule gave the Sox a chance to rest up a pitching staff that has been plagued by injury. “I feel better,” Peavy told reporters in Kansas City Friday. “It's still there, it's just not completely gone, but I did make a whole lot of progress in the 24-hour period."

    Michael Steuerwald will return as head coach of the Chicago Bandits for the 2013 season.

    Steuerwald returns to manage Bandits

    Michael Steuerwald will return as head coach of the Chicago Bandits for the 2013 season, team officials announced Friday. Joining him as an assistant will be Jimmy Kolaitis, currently an assistant at the University of South Alabama softball team.

    The White Sox-Royals game was postponed Friday due to freezing rain and will be made up Monday, when the teams were scheduled to have a day off and the forecast is much better.

    White Sox game at Royals postponed due to weather

    The White Sox-Royals game was postponed Friday due to freezing rain and will be made up Monday, when the teams were scheduled to have a day off and the forecast is much better.


    More NIU honors for Lynch, Kurisch

    DEKALB — Jordan Lynch of the Northern Illinois football team and Mary Kurisch from the Huskie volleyball team were named NIU's male and female Athletes of the Year on Thursday night during the fourth annual Victors Awards at the Egyptian Theatre.

    Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany has said he doesn't believe member schools would be interested if a court ruling requires a pay-for-play model that involves contracts and individual negotiations with college recruit.

    Could O’Bannon bring down the NCAA?

    The storm that's slowly rolling toward Indianapolis quietly gained strength this week with the filing of several devastating documents in a federal court in California. If it stays on course, it's going to hit with biblical force, reducing the National Collegiate Athletic Association to a heap of rubble, which is just fine with Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Mahler.

    Montreal Canadiens' Lars Eller is taken off the ice Thursday following a hit by Ottawa Senators' Eric Gryba during second period play in Montreal. Eller suffered a concussion and facial fractures.

    Latest blindside hit stirs Hawks’ memories

    For the Blackhawks, the video of Montreal's Lars Eller being wheeled off the ice on a stretcher Thursday night from a blindside hit by Ottawa's Eric Gryba brought back bad memories. It was in last spring's playoffs that the Hawks lost Marian Hossa against Phoenix on a hit by Raffi Torres.

    Schaumburg Boomers baseball team logo

    Local players sign with Schaumburg Boomers

    The Schaumburg Boomers and manager Jamie Bennett opened training camp Thursday and announced the signings of two former local high school stars — Fenwick's Mike Giovenco and St. Charles North's Danny Jimenez.


    Sky signs Marshall grad to camp contract

    Chicago native Britney Jones, a Marshall High School grad, has signed a training camp contract with the Chicago Sky, team officials announced.


    A Golden derby pick that makes ‘cents’
    With the size of the melon that floats at the top of this column, you'd think that picking a horse named Orb in the Kentucky Derby would be a no-brainer for me. And you'd be right. Sort of.


    3-star recruit joins UIC basketball

    Pat Birt, a 6-foot-5 wing player from Plano East High School in Texas, has signed to play basketball for UIC, head men's coach Howard Moore announced Friday. Rivals.com rated Birt as a three-star recruit.

    Porter Moser, men's basketball coach at Loyola, will lead Cubs fans in the seventh inning stretch on Monday at Wrigley Field.

    Naperville’s Moser to sing at Cubs game

    Loyola University men's basketball coach Porter Moser will lead the crowd in the singing of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame," during the seventh-inning stretch at the Chicago Cubs game against the Texas Rangers on May 6. Game time is 7 p.m. at Wrigley Field.

    Kentucky Derby entrant Black Onyx goes for a morning workout at Churchill Downs Friday in Louisville, Ky. Black Onyx was later scratched from the Kentucky Derby.

    Black Onyx scratched from Kentucky Derby

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Long shot Black Onyx is a late scratch for the Kentucky Derby, leaving 19 horses to vie for the roses on Saturday.The scratch occurred Friday after early wagering for the race was opened, so Black Onyx’s No. 1 post position will be left empty on Saturday. The remaining horses will stay in their original starting gate positions.The scratch came too late for Fear the Kitten to get into the Derby. The colt was on the list of also eligibles as the 21st qualifier in the point standings, which determine the field.Trainer Kelly Breen gave no immediate explanation for Black Onyx’s scratch. It leaves jockey Joe Bravo without a Derby mount. The 3-year-old colt is 2 for 2 since Breen took over the training last winter. Black Onyx qualified for the Derby by winning the Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park. He was 50-1 on the morning line.

    Since 1882, every horse that has won the Kentucky Derby started its racing career as a 2-year-old. In the past 57 years, 49 horses that debuted as 3-year-olds have tried and failed to win at Churchill Downs. It’s known as the Curse of Apollo, and now some say there’s never been a more likely candidate to break the curse than undefeated Verrazano, above.

    Kentucky Derby home to oldest curse in sports

    Since 1882, every horse that has won the Kentucky Derby started its racing career as a 2-year-old. In the past 57 years, 49 horses that debuted as 3-year-olds have tried and failed to win at Churchill Downs. It's known as the Curse of Apollo, and it's the oldest curse in American sports. In Saturday's field, some say there's never been a more likely candidate to break the curse than Verrazano.

    Magna Fortuna, with jockey Julio Felix up, is walked on the track after winning a race by 9 3/4 lengths during a horse race at Hawthorne Park in Cicero. The 3-year-old gelding whose name means “great luck” was the longest of long shots when he won the race. His mother, Lulu, was purchased for $300 at a slaughter auction by Gail Vacca, founder and president of the Illinois Equine Rescue Center. Vacca found out later that Lulu was pregnant when purchased.

    Horse saved from slaughter wins big at Hawthorne

    He may never run for the Kentucky Derby roses, but Illinois racehorse Magna Fortuna and his owners are celebrating a victory none-the-less — his survival. The 3-year-old gelding's name means "great luck," and he was a long shot when he won a recent race at Hawthorne Race Course. His mother Lulu was purchased for $300 at a slaughter auction by Gail Vacca, founder and president of the Illinois Equine Rescue Center. Vacca found out later that Lulu was pregnant when purchased.

    Boston Celtics center Kevin Garnett, right, has words with New York Knicks' Kenyon Martin during Game 4 of their first-round NBA series. After losing Game 5, the Knicks now have a 3-2 series lead.

    Knicks wake up the sleeping Celtics

    The New York Knicks made a colossal blunder when they woke up the Boston Celtics. Mike North predicts the Knicks will lose the series now, and he blames J.R. Smith and the Knicks for their decision to taunt the Celtics by wearing all-black clothing before Game 5 as the turning point in the first-round NBA playoff series.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls ties up Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets during the first quarter in Game 6 of the first round playoff game at the United Center in Chicago, Thursday, May 2, 2013.

    Illnesses don’t faze Bulls’ Thibodeau

    Playing shorthanded is nothing new for the Bulls. But not only did Kirk Hinrich miss his second straight game with a calf bruise, the Bulls also played without Luol Deng in Thursday's Game 6 due to an illness.


    Warriors eliminate Denver with 92-88 win in Game 6

    Stephen Curry scored 22 points to go with eight assists, Andrew Bogut broke out with the best performance of his injury-saddled season and the Golden State Warriors eliminated the Denver Nuggets with a 92-88 victory in Game 6 on Thursday.Bogut had season-bests and career-playoff highs of 14 points and 21 rebounds, and rookie Draymond Green added a career-high 16 points and 10 rebounds to power Golden State into the second round for the first time in six years. The Warriors went ahead by 18 points early in the fourth before holding off one final Nuggets flurry.Andre Iguodala scored 24 points and Ty Lawson had 17 in another disappointed early exit for Denver, which has lost in the first round nine of the past 10 seasons. The Nuggets won 23 of their final 26 regular season games to earn the Western Conference’s third seed, then lost four of six to the hot-shooting Warriors.


    Red Wings blow 3-goal lead, beat Ducks 5-4 in OT

    Gustav Nyquist’s power-play goal at 1:21 of overtime after the Red Wings blew a three-goal lead in the third period gave Detroit a 5-4 victory over the Anaheim Ducks to even their playoff series Thursday night.Johan Franzen scored two goals and Damien Brunner had his first Stanley Cup playoff goal and two assists for the Red Wings, who survived a third-period collapse with a timely goal from Nyquist.Bobby Ryan scored the tying goal with 2:22 left in regulation for the Ducks, who also got goals from captain Ryan Getzlaf and Kyle Palmieri while erasing Detroit’s 4-1 lead with a phenomenal surge in the final minutes.Game 3 is Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.


    @Credit caption: Facebook Two days after flubbing a line in a Chicago Blackhawks report that went viral on the Internet, Comcast SportsNet Chicago has fired reporter/anchor Susannah Collins.

    Blackhawks reporter, Downers Grove native fired for sex comment

    Two days after flubbing a line in a Chicago Blackhawks report that went viral on the Internet, Comcast SportsNet Chicago has fired reporter/anchor Susannah Collins, who is a native of Downers Grove.

    Steve Scogna

    Scogna tapped as new Northwest Healthcare CEO

    Hospital veteran executive Steve Scogna of Naperville has been tapped as the new CEO at Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights. He replaces Bruce Crowther, who previously announced his plan to retire at the end of 2013 after 23 years of service. Crowther will assist with the transition and handle special projects.

    The new BP gas station and car wash at Arlington Heights and Algonquin roads in Arlington Heights look just about ready to open.

    New BP gas station, car wash to open in late May

    The new BP gas station, automated car wash and convenience store is getting ready to open later this month at the corner of Algonquin and Arlington Heights roads. "They should be nearing completion," said Matt Dabrowski, development planner with the Village of Arlington Heights. "We're very pleased with it, the building turned out nice."

    Ground crew prepares the Solar Impulse plane early in the morning Friday before taking off on a multi-city trip across the United States from Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif.

    Solar plane leavesCalifornia on cross-country trip

    The Solar Impulse — considered the world's most-advanced sun-powered plane — left Moffett Field in Mountain View just after dawn. Its creators said the trip is the first attempt by a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel to fly across America.

    The Downtown Neighborhood Association plans to have marketing materials in both English and Spanish for events such as the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market after hearing input from this week’s brainstorm event.

    Elgin downtown association develops ideas

    The first "Downtown Brainstorm" of the year in Elgin will result in concrete action, including making sure marketing fliers are written in both English and Spanish, organizers said. Getting the word out might also include utilizing space at the city's Metra stations.

    Mariachis wearing sombreros watch as Constellation Brands CFO Bob Ryder rings the New York Stock Exchange closing bell Friday, part of their Cinco de Mayo observance.

    Stocks surge to new highs

    The Dow Jones industrial average punched through another milestone, 15,000, before easing back. The Standard and Poor's 500 index closed above 1,600 for the first time.

    Tim Mickelson was the owner of Biggby Coffee shop in Arlington Heights when this picture was taken in 2010. The coffee house closed this week.

    Biggby Coffee closes in Arlington Heights

    Biggby Coffee, which opened about three years ago to provide that extra caffeine jolt to coffee lovers, closed this week in downtown Arlington Heights. "It's sad to see any business close, but it's the cyclical nature of the restaurant business," said Charles Witherington-Perkins, director of planning and community development for Arlington Heights.

    A display of an Apple Inc. iPhone 5 is hanging prominently on the wall at a new Apple Inc. store Friday in Berlin, Germany. Apple Inc.’s latest showcase store, their first in the German capital city, opened its doors to the public today.

    U.S. Cellular now embraces iPhone

    With U.S. Cellular's embrace of the iPhone, the six biggest cellphone companies in the U.S. will all be selling it. Many smaller ones do as well.

    Associated Press/April 8 Mary Ma, a bartender at Revel, Atlantic City, N.J.’s newest casino, pours a drink at one of the casino’s bars. The Institute for Supply Management said Friday that its index of non-manufacturing activity fell to 53.1 in April from 54.4 in March. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

    Employers add 165,000 jobs; rate falls to 7.5 percent

    The unemployment rate has fallen 0.4 percentage point since the start of the year, though it remains high. The Federal Reserve has said it plans to keep short-term interest rates at record lows at least until unemployment falls to 6.5 percent.The hiring last month was concentrated in services.

    Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. State officials say thousands of people with medical problems are in danger of losing coverage as the Obama administration winds down one of the earliest programs in the federal health care overhaul. At risk is the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, a transition program that has turned into a lifeline for the so-called “uninsurables” — people with serious medical conditions who can’t get coverage elsewhere. The health care law capped spending on the program, and now money is running out.

    States fear loss of health care aid

    Thousands of people with serious medical problems are in danger of losing coverage under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul because of cost overruns, state officials say. At risk is the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan, a transition program that's become a lifeline for the so-called "uninsurables" — people with serious medical conditions who can't get coverage elsewhere.

    Orders to U.S. factories fell in March by the largest amount in seven months but a key category that signals business investment plans managed a small increase.

    U.S. factory orders down 4 percent in March

    Orders to U.S. factories fell in March by the largest amount in seven months but a key category that signals business investment plans managed a small increase.


    Warren Buffett says economy still improving slowly

    Investor Warren Buffett believes that the economy and the U.S. job market will continue to improve, but slowly. In an interview that aired Friday, Buffett said business has been creeping upward at his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate.

    A survey of U.S. service firms says the sector expanded at a slower pace in April than March, as companies reported less business activity and couldn’t raise their prices.

    Survey: U.S. service firms grew more slowly in April

    A survey of U.S. service firms says the sector expanded at a slower pace in April than March, as companies reported less business activity and couldn't raise their prices. The Institute for Supply Management said Friday that its index of non-manufacturing activity fell to 53.1 in April from 54.4 in March. Any reading above 50 indicates expansion.

    People wait in line before the Dr. King Career Fair at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, N.Y. The government issues the April jobs report today.

    U.S. employers add 165K jobs, rate falls to 7.5 pct.

    U.S. employers added 165,000 jobs in April, and hiring was much stronger in the previous two months than the government first estimated. The job increases helped reduce the unemployment rate from 7.6 percent to a four-year low of 7.5 percent. The report Friday from the Labor Department was a reassuring sign that the U.S. job market is improving.


    OfficeMax shareholder sues to block takeover by Office Depot

    An OfficeMax Inc. shareholder sued to block a proposed $1.17 billion takeover by Office Depot Inc., calling the deal "grossly inadequate." The acquisition, announced by the companies on Feb. 20, would combine the second- and third-biggest U.S. office-supply businesses behind market leader Staples Inc. Stockholders of Naperville-based OfficeMax would get 2.69 shares in Office Depot for each one of their shares.

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods is reviving old brands like Kool-Aid and betting on big new innovations as it begins finding its way as a smaller, independent company.

    Kraft’s 1Q profit beats Wall Street expectations

    Northfield-based Kraft Foods is reviving old brands like Kool-Aid and betting on big new innovations as it begins finding its way as a smaller, independent company. The company, which makes Miracle Whip, Oscar Mayer and other staples found in American pantries, on Thursday reported first-quarter results that beat Wall Street expectations.


    Business technology group honors Allstate exec

    NORTHBROOK — Allstate technology executive Pete Corrigan has been awarded a 2013 CIO Ones to Watch Award from IDG’s CIO magazine and the CIO Executive Council.Corrigan, senior vice president, technology and operations for Allstate, is among 20 award winners being recognized. He will accept the award during a ceremony scheduled for May 7 at CIO magazine’s Leadership Event.“At Allstate, we value and reward customer focus, excellence in execution, and creative and innovative thinking,” said Suren Gupta, executive vice president. “Pete has excelled in all these areas and is highly respected for his business knowledge and technology expertise. He is a leader that will make change happen and is highly deserving of this award.”Corrigan works to develop and execute the technical elements of business strategies. Among his recent successes has been to lead, from a technology perspective, the adoption of the new eAgent software system, which provides agents a comprehensive way to manage their customers. An overwhelming percentage of agents have already opted in for this new tool to strengthen customer relationships and better serve their needs. In 2006, Corrigan consolidated four data centers into two best-in-class centers, with one of them earning Gold-level LEED certification.Throughout Corrigan’s career, he has garnered business results by focusing on the growth and development of talent. He is recognized as the founder of Allstate’s Emerging Leader Program which, for over 10 years, has helped create new leaders for Allstate’s technology team; the program has been so effective that in 2013 it was expanded to encompass all of Allstate’s business areas.Corrigan has served as a member of his local school board for four years, leading both the technology and expense committees. The technology committee developed and implemented a strategic plan providing a state-of-the-art computer training center and a computer to every student. In addition, he has led the Allstate Helping Hands committee as it coordinates volunteer efforts to help deserving organizations.“This year’s group of Ones to Watch honorees bring a sharp sense of business savvy and technology leadership to their companies,” says Maryfran Johnson, Editor in Chief, CIO magazine & Events. “They’ve all demonstrated the kind of innovative spirit, focus and determination that future CIOs will need in such abundance.”


    Addus HomeCare sees 7 pecent 1Q revenue increase

    PALATINE — Addus HomeCare Corp. reported a 7 percent increase in revenues during the first quarter demand for home health care services continued to grow. Total net service revenues from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2013 were $63 million, compared to $58.9 million in the prior year quarter, the company said in a release.  Net income from continuing operations was $2.7 million, or 25 cent per diluted share, a 56.3 percent increase compared to the same period last year. Net income, including the gain on the sale of the Home Health business and a loss from discontinued operations, was $13.3 million, or $1.23 per diluted share.“We feel good about our first quarter performance,” said Mark Heaney, Addus HomeCare president and chief executive officer. “Our Home & Community business has continued to demonstrate positive growth and we are pleased with the sale and transition of our Home Health business.”The company received a one-time $500,00 benefit from Workers Opportunity Tax Credits earned in 2012 and realized in the first quarter with the enactment of federal tax changes in early 2013. “We continue our efforts to expand our relationships with managed care plans and have established offices in Detroit, Mich. and San Diego, Calif. in anticipation of the transition of state sponsored long term care programs to managed care in these markets,” Heany said. There were no revenues and minimal expenses incurred related to these office openings in the quarter.


    Acura Pharmaceuticals reports $4 million 1Q loss

    Specialty drugmaker Acura Pharmaceuticals reported a net loss of $4.2 million for the first quarter 2013.

    A big gain in the job market is lifting the stock market to a record high.

    Stocks surge in early trading after hiring climbs

    A big gain in the job market is lifting the stock market to a record high. The Dow Jones industrial average crossed 15,000 for the first time, and the Standard and Poor's 500 index, a broader market measure, rose above 1,600.

    Earth movers work to remove rubble at the site of a garments factory that collapsed in Savar near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Friday, May 3, 2013. More than 500 bodies have been recovered from the debris of the building.

    Bangladesh official: Disaster not ‘really serious’

    Bangladesh's finance minister downplayed the impact of last week's factory-building collapse on his country's garment industry, saying he didn't think it was "really serious" Friday, hours after the 500th body was pulled from the debris. Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith spoke as the government cracked down on those it blamed for the disaster in the Dhaka suburb of Savar. It suspended

    Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Google to vastly increase the number of apps available on its Nook HD tablets. The bookstore chain says it will add Googleís Play app store to its Nook HD and HD+ products via a software update on Friday.

    Barnes & Noble to add Google Play app store to its Nook

    Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Google to vastly increase the number of apps available on its Nook HD tablets. The bookstore chain says it will add Google's Play app store to its 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch HD+ products in the U.S. and U.K. via a software update Friday. "We saw coming off holiday the market moved to multifunction tablets," CEO William Lynch said.


    RBS says government stake could be sold within year

    LONDON — Royal Bank of Scotland predicted Friday that the government should be able to start selling its stake within a year, as it reported a first-quarter profit of 393 million pounds ($611 million), up from a loss of 1.5 billion a year earlier.CEO Stephen Hester said cleanup of the troubled bank, which is 81 percent owned by the British taxpayer after it was rescued by the government in 2008, would be largely complete by the middle of 2014. That means RBS could be privatized and look “much more like a normal bank,” it said. The timing of the sale, however, remains up to the government.“When it comes we will be ready,” Hester told analysts in a morning conference call. “But it is a decision for others.”The question of when the shares are sold is important because it will determine whether taxpayers get their money back — or take a loss on their investment in the bank.Hester told analysts it was unlikely the government would sell its entire stake in a single transaction — particularly as the government also has a stake in another bank, Lloyds, that also needs to be sold. Hester said the taxpayer might get a return over time on average over multiple transactions.But he said he thought that privatization would send an important message to the British people. “Privatization would be a symbol of recovery for the UK, `’ he said.Britain’s next general election is set for 2015, so a sale shortly before then would send a powerful signal that the economy had improved. Hester did not address timing except to say that it was in the end a political decision which the bank “won’t get to vote on one way or another.” “Obviously, it’s not my job to decide how public money is spent. I think most people believe enough public money has been spent on RBS and are looking forward to getting it back,” he said.Though it was the bank’s first quarterly profit since 2011, analysts say operating profit was below expectations and shares were down 5.8 percent at 290, well off the 410 pence it would take for the government’s investment to break even. Some analysts suggest the break-even point is really higher, at around 505 pence, because of extra costs.Analysts were not impressed. Richard Hunter, head of equities at Hargreaves Lansdown Stockbrokers, said a possible sale of the government stake adds to other concerns, such as regulatory intervention, that are weighing on the share price. “The market consensus has recently improved marginally from a sell to a weak hold, but investor patience seems to be wearing thin and the general view could now come under renewed pressure,” he said in a statement.Ian Gordon of Investec put it more plainly: “On a 12-month view, we do not see further upside.”


    EU predicts eurozone recession to continue in 2013

    BRUSSELS — The recession in the euro area will be worse than expected with unemployment remaining at record levels, according to the latest economic forecast from the European Union. In Friday’s spring economic forecast, the EU said that gross domestic product in the 17 EU countries that use the euro will shrink by 0.4 percent this year, better than the 0.6 percent for 2012 but 0.1 percentage points worse than the EU had forecast back in February. `’Grappling with the aftermath of a profound financial and economic crisis, the EU economy is set to pick up speed only very slowly in the course of this year,” the report said.Across the eurozone, the three-year crisis over too much government debt and the accompanying austerity measures are weighing on activity — even in some of the more prosperous countries. In Germany, the eurozone’s largest economy, GDP growth is set to fall in 2013 from 0.7 percent in 2102 to 0.4 percent this year as demand from other struggling countries in Europe falls. France, meanwhile, is expected to fall into negative territory in 2013, with GDP dropping 0.1 percent in the year. Some countries, however, will fare far worse than others. In crisis-hit Cyprus, GDP is set fall by 8.7 percent this year. Unemployment across the eurozone is expected to hit an average of 12.2 percent, up from 11.4 percent in 2012. In both Greece and Spain it is expected to peak at 27 percent. Commissioner Olli Rehn said that `’in view of the protracted recession, we must do whatever it takes to overcome the unemployment crisis.”There are currently 19.2 million people out of work in the eurozone, leaving EU leaders with an uphill battle to turn the economy around while making sure the population keeps on backing the austerity measures aimed at whipping public finances back in shape.Rehn insisted that after the 2012 recession, GDP growth is expected to start pick up again the in the second half of 2013. He added that, under the assumption of unchanged policies, GDP would even rise by 1.2 percent in 2014. But overall, the news remained bleak as the report said that `’the recovery of economic activity is expected to be too slow to reduce joblessness.” Not much improvement in unemployment is expected in 2014 and `’differences across member states are expected to remain very large.”


    Stocks rise ahead of U.S. jobs report

    Stock markets edged higher on Friday ahead of the release of the U.S. government's monthly unemployment report, a key measure of the health of the world's largest economy. Market sentiment had been buoyant since the day before, thanks to an interest rate cut by the European Central Bank and a sharp drop in U.S. jobless claims figures.

    Bob Chwedyk/bchwedyk@dailyherald.com The race track prepares for opening day at Arlington International Racecourse.

    Arlington opens season with new name

    Arlington Park changed its name back to Arlington International Racecourse during the off season. The Arlington Heights-based track has gone back and forth between the two names over its history.

    A Microsoft and Skype sign are displayed at a news conference in San Francisco.

    Microsoft’s Skype infringed patents, company claims

    A New York technology development company said it sued Microsoft Corp. over allegations the software maker's web-conferencing service, Skype, infringed encryption-related patents. CopyTele Inc. said it filed a complaint today in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, alleging that Skype infringed two patents for technology that helps maintain secure Web-based communications.


    Business owners more upbeat about their companies

    Small business owners are getting more optimistic about their companies, according to two surveys released this week. Improving company finances helped lift owners optimism in a survey conducted in early April by Wells Fargo & Co. and Gallup.

    A leading platform for the popular “massive open online courses” offered by elite universities is moving into a new realm: the expansive field of continuing education for teachers. The announcement would give teachers pursuing their continuing education requirements.

    Teachers the target of online training programs

    A leading platform for the popular "massive open online courses" offered by elite universities is moving into a new realm: the expansive field of continuing education for teachers. The announcement would give teachers pursuing their continuing education requirements.

    Visa’s total operating revenue climbed 15 percent to $2.96 billion, surpassing the $2.85 billion estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

    Visa jumps to record as card spending rises

    Visa Inc., the biggest payments network, climbed the most in 21 months and reached a record high after quarterly profit beat analysts' estimates amid increased credit- and debit-card spending. Visa's total operating revenue climbed 15 percent to $2.96 billion, surpassing the $2.85 billion estimate of analysts surveyed by Bloomberg.

    A woman carries an Aerosoles shopping bag while walking through Union Square in New York, U.S., on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Confidence among U.S. consumers stabilized last week, stemming a pullback in sentiment that had threatened to check recent gains in spending.

    Consumer comfort reaches five-year high

    Consumer sentiment climbed last week to its highest level in more than five years as Americans felt the most upbeat about spending since before the recession began. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index improved to minus 28.9 in the week ended April 28, its highest since January 2008.


    Ford boosting F-150 production as pickups sales grow

    Ford Motor Co., reacting to U.S. pickup sales that have gained momentum for almost two years straight, said it plans to add workers at an F-150 truck factory to boost production of its most profitable model line.

Life & Entertainment

    Chris Pine reprises his role as Capt. Kirk in "Star Trek Into Darkness."

    Sequels lead remakes, franchises in dominating summer cinema

    There's a lot of No. 2 coming to theaters this summer. "Despicable Me 2." "Grown-Ups 2." "Kick-Ass 2." "RED 2," "Smurfs 2," "V/H/S 2." Most of them will be in 2-D. Yet, we have a few bright spots of ingenuity and creativity on the summer docket. We can look forward to more than a dozen documentaries, along with some intelligent-sounding works of science fiction. So here comes the annual Daily Herald Guide to the Summer Movies.

    Ashleigh LaThrop and Josh Salt play a pair of alienated teens on the run in the Writers' Theatre production of David Greig's “Yellow Moon.”

    Young stars shine in Writers' 'Yellow Moon'

    Late in "Yellow Moon," a desperate teenage boy — played with feverish authenticity by Josh Salt — contemplates a terrible act. Unfolding as the Writers' Theatre production does — without props, on a bare-bones set at the back of a Glencoe bookstore — the cringe-inducing scene testifies to the prowess of director Stuart Carden's fine cast. David Greig's visceral, propulsive drama is a breakneck combination coming-of-age, lovers-on-the-lam tale.

    Double amputee Jason Koger, 34, of Owensboro, Ky., demonstrates his i-limb ultra revolution hands on Thursday.

    Squeeze some fruit? There’s an ap for that

    The technology indicates how rapidly the field of prosthetics is changing, benefiting patients from injured military members to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Practitioners say increased government research in the wake of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is driving some of the advances.

    Laurie (Ashley Brown) and Curly (John Cudia) wonder if “People Will Say We’re In Love” in the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1943 Broadway musical “Oklahoma!,” now playing though Sunday, May 19.

    'Oklahoma!' launches Lyric’s musical theater initiative

    The Lyric Opera of Chicago will see if the “wavin’ wheat can sure smell sweet” when it opens its new production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s landmark 1943 musical “Oklahoma!” for a 16-performance run starting Saturday.

    Nicole Wells works in a community garden at the Sherwood Presbyterian Church in Sherwood, Ore. Women have another good reason to exercise: It may help prevent kidney stones.

    Study: Exercise cuts kidney stone risk in women

    About 9 percent of people will get a kidney stone sometime in their life. The problem is a little more common in men, but incidence has risen 70 percent over the last 15 years, most rapidly among women.


    Clockwise Theatre announces new season of works by and about Midwesterners
    Clockwise Theatre in Waukegan recently announced its 2013-14 season. On the bill is the Midwest premiere of Dorian Palumbo's "Carnegie Hill," John Green's modern-day religious drama "Doubting Thomas" and the world premiere of "A Fine Line" by Rob Winn Anderson.

    The New Kids on the Block will perform during a Boston Marathon benefit concert May 30. The show, at the TD Garden, will benefit One Fund — the collection of donations that will be distributed to the survivors of the April 15 bombings and the families of those killed in the attack.

    Marathon benefit concert lineup: New Kids, Aerosmith, Taylor

    Aerosmith, New Kids on the Block, James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett are among the scheduled performers for a Boston Marathon benefit concert May 30. The show, at the TD Garden, will benefit One Fund — the collection of donations that will be distributed to the survivors of the April 15 bombings and the families of those killed in the attack. Tickets go on sale Monday.


    Hip-hop producer AraabMUZIK shot

    Abraham Orellana, the hip-hop producer known as AraabMUZIK, has been shot and is hospitalized. Orellana's publicist said in a statement late Thursday that he is "currently alive and well" after being shot Wednesday night, noting he was in the wrong place at the wrong time while hanging out with friends. Police are investigating.

    Lindsay Lohan’s whereabouts were unknown Thursday hours after her attorney told a judge that the troubled actress had checked into a rehab facility only to later learn that the starlet apparently never checked in for treatment.

    Lohan checks in to Betty Ford clinic

    Lindsay Lohan has checked into rehab and will not face a probation violation for leaving another treatment facility after a few minutes, a prosecutor said Friday. Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White said he has received confirmation that Lohan has checked in to a rehab facility and he is satisfied with her location. He declined to say where Lohan is receiving treatment, but a source close to the actress who was not authorized to speak publicly said she has checked in to the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif.


    New home’s high real estate taxes seem too high

    Q. My husband and I recently closed on our first home. We are very excited but are concerned about our real estate taxes. They seem very high. How can we check to see if we are where we should be and what can we do to reduce our taxes if they are too high?

    Pat (Bradley Cooper) befriends a young widow (Jennifer Lawrence) in “Silver Linings Playbook,” now on DVD.

    ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ out on DVD

    One of the best films of the year, the inspirational "Silver Linings Playbook" was nominated for seven Academy Awards. The film, starring Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, is now out on DVD.


    Vibrant colors chosen for Showhouse
    Here are the Farrow & Ball paint colors used in the Lake Forest Showhouse.

    “By Some Miracle I Made it Out of There” by Tom Sizemore with Anna David

    Sizemore book details actor’s battle with drugs

    The cover photo of Tom Sizemore's autobiography, "By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There," is a perfect introduction for what's to come. The 51-year-old actor stands looking up at the camera, instantly recognizable. His face, though, looks worn, and his eyes are those of a man who's been to hell and back. And that's exactly what his book details — Sizemore's ascent to the height of cinema and his drug-fueled descent.

    Dave Lombardo, left, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman and Tom Araya comprised Slayer. Hanneman, 49, a founding member of the heavy metal band, has died of liver failure.

    Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman dies at 49

    Jeff Hanneman, a founding member of Slayer whose career was irrevocably changed after a spider bite, has died. He was 49. Slayer spokeswoman Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald said Hanneman died Thursday morning of liver failure at a Los Angeles hospital with his wife, Kathy, by his side. He had been slowly recovering from what was believed to be a spider bite that nearly cost him his arm after he failed to seek immediate treatment.

    “Comin’ Out of the Hole” by Gitlo Lee

    Impressive debut by blues vet Gitlo Lee

    Gitlo Lee sings with glee, whether the subject is beer, large women, collard greens, silk sheets, the Okefenokee Swamp or coffee in the morning. Lee covers a lot of ground here, 12 bars at a time, and it's understandable if he's trying to make up for lost decades.


    Night life: Hofbrauhaus celebrates German maibock

    Hofbrauhaus Chicago celebrates maibock. Porter's Pub features a dual Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo bash this weekend. John Barleycorn hosts a three-day street fest.

    Comedian Jim Gaffigan discusses his new book, “Dad is Fat,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College in Naperville.

    Book notes: Jim Gaffigan signs ‘Dad is Fat’ in Naperville

    Comedian, actor and author Jim Gaffigan discusses and signs copies of his new book, "Dad is Fat," at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, at Pfeiffer Hall at North Central College in Naperville. The event is sponsored by Anderson's Bookshop of Naperville.


    The nation’s housing: Some zero-down successes

    WASHINGTON — Who says lenders need to charge you a cash down payment when you take out a mortgage in this era of hyper-strict underwriting?


    Super handyman: Service AC unit before the weather heats up

    Chances are you probably haven't fired up the old air conditioning just yet, but you really should. It's a good idea to test it before you really need it. But before you try it, you should do a little light maintenance first. This could head off any problems that are likely to show up at the beginning of the season. If you don't want to do it yourself, find a reputable air conditioning serviceperson to do them for you.

    A pond and fountain provide a serene setting along Lake Arlington Drive.

    Lake Arlington profiled in neighborhood spotlight

    Fourteen years ago, Luis and Nikky Cifuentes downsized from a large home in Deerfield to a ranch home in Lake Arlington neighborhood to be near their two daughters and closer to their business in Schaumburg. "We like the architecture of the subdivision, and it's very well kept," Luis Cifuentes said.


    Finishing a basement or attic may require building permit

    Simply painting or paneling a basement or attic usually doesn't require the building department's permission, but upgrading the electrical system or adding plumbing is an entirely different matter.



    Editorial: A healthy dose of inspiration

    The focus and determination of the participants in the Daily Herald's Fittest Loser Challenge are examples of how to go about reaching toward all sorts of personal goals, an editorial says.


    How politics has changed

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: It's not just the sheer proliferation and aggressiveness of the media that have ratcheted up the intensity of political life. Almost every facet of politics is more complicated and hard-edged. Voters want instant results. Consultants are everywhere. Lobbyists have multiplied and become immeasurably sophisticated at finding ways to get what they want.


    Find safer option for teens who tan
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: Underage tanning has become a very serious issue. More than 30 states have banned teens under the age of 18 in the use of tanning beds. I feel very strongly about this issue because a few years ago our family friend died from skin cancer. She started her use of tanning salons when she was 17, and now she is no longer with us.


    Give NLRB power it needs
    A Lake Villa letter to the editor: As a printer working for nearly 10 years for a company in Niles, I went to work every day and worked hard. I served as a shop steward to help ensure safe and decent conditions on the job. Then everything changed one day when the company fired me for my union activity.


    Lack of VA leadership hurting veterans
    A Mundelein letter to the editor: Lost in the shuffle of the politicians trying to restrict our constitutional rights, as with gun control, is another highly important issuethat is being ignored — veteran's rights,


    The celestial value of guns
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Note to the gun lobby. There are no guns in heaven. You might have to look elsewhere.


    Tighten the rules for metal scrappers
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Let's make it mandatory to have a license to pick up scrap, a valid driver's license, reliable transportation emissions testing, height limits on truck and specs on material used, and logs recording where and when items were had.


    Use your vote to solve problems
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Anyone with a voter's card has a great privilege but also a responsibility to help guide our young as well as our leaders. We have been spoiled in this country with our freedom and benefits, and now we have to wake up.


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