Daily Archive : Saturday May 4, 2013


    Visitors view the displays of military and civilian period vehicles and aircraft during a fundraiser for Honor Flight Chicago Saturday at DuPage Airport. The event, hosted by the DuPage Veterans Foundation, included lunch with veterans.

    DuPage group hosts second annual Honor Flight fundraiser

    A fundraiser to send World War II veterans on the emotional, memorable and moving experience offered by Honor Flight Chicago entered its second year Saturday. The second DuPage Veterans Foundation event included a small fleet of World War II warbirds at DuPage Airport in West Chicago. "As long as there are veterans that need to be honored, we're planning on doing this event," an organizer said.

    This photo, released on the official Facebook page of Syrian President Bashar Assad, shows Syrian president Bashar Assad, right, surrounded by bodyguards as young people, wave at him during the inauguration ceremony on Saturday of a statue dedicated to “martyrs” from Syrian universities who died in the country’s two-year-old uprising and civil war, in Damascus.

    Israel enforces ‘red line’ with Syria airstrike

    Israeli missiles struck a research center near the Syrian capital Damascus, setting off explosions and causing casualties, Syria's state news agency reported early Sunday, citing initial reports If confirmed, it would be the second Israeli strike on targets in Syria in three days, signaling a sharp escalation of Israel's involvement in Syria's bloody civil war.

    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Heavily-armed officers gather at the conclusion of Saturday evening's police standoff in Arlington Heights.

    None hurt in Arlington Heights police standoff

    A 38-year-old man threatening to take his life was taken to the hospital for evaluation after a standoff that brought SWAT teams and a huge presence of heavily armed police into downtown Arlington Heights Saturday night, police said. The man, who was uninjured, had fired several shots inside a sixth floor condominium where he lives with his mother, police said. Authorities said it's possible...

    Former President Bill Clinton is presented with a portrait of him created by Arlington Heights artist Bill Chambers. Clinton was awarded the 2013 Lincoln Leadership Prize on Saturday night at the Hilton Chicago.

    Clinton honored with portrait by Arlington Hts. artist

    Former President Bill Clinton was welcomed with a standing ovation Saturday night at the Hilton Chicago. Clinton, the nation’s 42nd president, was awarded the 2013 Lincoln Leadership Prize and presented with a portrait of him created by Arlington Heights artist Bill Chambers. “I basically don’t think former presidents should get awards because the job itself was honor enough, but I am profoundly...

    A report of a burglary in progress early Saturday at this Sam’s Club in Elgin led to a police chase that ended with the arrest of two men in Wisconsin.

    Bartlett, Streamwood men charged in Elgin-Wisconsin chase

    Two Elgin police officers suffered minor injuries as they tried to apprehend two burglars from Bartlett and Streamwood who led police on a nearly two-hour chase that ended in Wisconsin early Saturday, police said. Elgin police charged Jacob Braden, 22, of the 800 block of Honey Locust Court in Bartlett and Kevin Gorman, 30, of the 1200 block of Lincoln Court in Streamwood.

    Ekwabet, by sculptor Guy Bellaver, overlooks the Fox River in downtown St. Charles.

    St. Charles, Geneva mayors started as high school PA announcers

    What do St. Charles Mayor-elect Ray Rogina and Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns have in common when it comes to high school? Dave Heun knows.


    Two charged in murder of Wheeling man

    Wheeling police have charged two teens in connection with the fatal shooting of 23-year-old Rafael Orozco Wednesday night. Jesus Sanchez, 18, of the 2000 block of West Nichols Road in Arlington Heights, and Collin Scheffler, 19, of the 0-100 block of Countryside Lane in Prospect Heights were both charged with first degree murder.

    Actress Deanna Durbin sits with Vaughn Paul in the clubhouse of Hollywood Park in Los Angeles. Paul was Durbin’s first husband.

    Notable deaths last week

    Deanna Durbin, a star whose songs and smile made her one of the biggest box office draws of Hollywood’s Golden Age with fans that included Winston Churchill, has died. She was 91.Family friend Bob Koster of Los Angeles told The Associated Press that Durbin died on about April 20 in a village outside Paris, where she had lived out of public view since 1949.

    Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng (9) dunks past Brooklyn Nets' Kris Humphries (43), Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson (7) during the first half of Game 2 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Monday, April 22, 2013, in New York. The Bulls won 90-82.

    Deng, Hinrich out tonight for Bulls

    Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich will miss Game 7 of Chicago's series against the Brooklyn Nets. Coach Tom Thibodeau said Deng remained hospitalized in Chicago with an illness and was unable to travel for Saturday night's game. Hinrich missed his third straight game with a bruised left calf.

    Artist rendering released by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Memorial Hall looking at the South Footprint is shown.

    9/11 museum officials say admission fee needed

    The decision to charge for the underground museum housing relics of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks has been greeted with dismay by some relatives of 9/11 victims."People are coming to pay their respects and for different reasons," said Janice Testa of Valley Stream, whose firefighter brother Henry Miller Jr. died at the twin towers. "It shouldn't be a place where you go and see works of art.

    Terry Cline’s drone camera sits stuck in the arm of the Lady Justice statue Thursday atop the Marion County Courthouse. The remote-control helicopter got stuck while he was filming a project.

    Remote-controlled copter lands in arms of statue

    A 9-inch, remote-control helicopter flew into Lady Justice on the Marion County Courthouse on April 27 and has been there since — resting on the hilt of her sword more than 100 feet high.

    Pharmacist Simon Gorelikov holds a generic emergency contraceptive Thursday at the Health First Pharmacy in Boston.

    Morning-after pill for 15-year-olds stirs debate

    Jennifer Morgan, 18, a native of Somerville, Mass., who attends college in Pennsylvania, said she's not sure she supports eliminating the age limit entirely, but "I think it's fine for a 15-year-old. Not every girl has the privilege of being able to go talk to her mother in a crisis like that. Because time is of the essence, and if a girl in that situation and that age doesn't have any other...

    A young man who chose not to give his name sizes-up an assault style rifle Friday during the National Rifle Association’s annual convention.

    LaPierre: NRA, members will never surrender guns

    Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre told several thousand people during the organization's annual member meeting, which is part of the yearly NRA convention being held this weekend in Houston, that "political and media elites" have tried to use December's mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school and other recent ones "to blame us, to shame us, to compromise our freedom for their...

    David Bogenberger

    Defendants added to suit in NIU hazing death

    Sixteen women have been added as defendants to a lawsuit filed against Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity and several of its members by the family of David Bogenberger, a Northern Illinois University freshman from Palatine who died of alcohol poisoning Nov. 2 after a hazing ritual, according to the family's attorney.

    Associated Press/July 16, 1937 Charlie Weems, left, and Clarence Norris, Scottsboro case defendants, read a newspaper in their Decatur, Ala. jail.

    More work ahead in Alabama for Scottsboro Boys pardons

    The Scottsboro Boys were convicted by all-white juries of raping two white women on a train in Alabama in 1931. All but the youngest were sentenced to death, even though one of the women recanted her story. All eventually got out of prison. Only one received a pardon before he died.

    Caiden Cobb admires one of his father’s snakes in Cottonwood Heights, Utah. Thomas Cobb has been ordered by police to get rid of all but one of his 29 exotic boa constrictor snakes because he doesnít have an exotic pet permit.

    Collector keeps his 29 boa constrictors — for now
    A Utah snake collector who says his rare boa constrictors are getting a bad rap has won at least a temporary reprieve from an order to remove more than two dozen of the exotic pets from his home.

    Waukegan Regional Airport administrators want to know if the control tower will be funded.

    Waukegan control tower still in limbo

    Operators of Waukegan Regional Airport are hopeful but uncertain if funding from the federal government will materialize to keep its air-traffic control tower open.

    Associated Press Democratic candidate Elizabeth Colbert Busch, center, speaks with attendees Tuesday during a campaign stop at the Charleston Maritime Center in Charleston, S.C.

    Ex-Gov. Sanford seeks 2nd chance, faces Colbert sister

    One congressional candidate is a former Republican governor seeking redemption after his career imploded in a public saga involving lies, the Appalachian Trail and an Argentine mistress. His Democratic opponent is a famous comedian's sister who's trying to benefit from her rival's damaged reputation.In a bizarre campaign that has roiled South Carolina, Mark Sanford and Elizabeth Colbert Busch are...

    Demonstrators crowd behind a sign for President Barack Obama during a Capitol Hill rally in Washington of thousands of immigrants. After years of gridlock, this may be the year Congress decides what to do about the millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S.

    All about immigration: Green cards? Citizenship?

    This may be the year Congress decides what to do about the millions of immigrants living illegally in the U.S. After years of gridlock, there are ideas whizzing all around Washington. For now, all eyes are on an 844-page Senate proposal with the you-said-a-mouthful title of the "Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013." Look for the Senate Judiciary...

    2012 Lilac Queen Jennie Mueller and Terri Soehrmann crown 2013 Lilac Queen Megan Cotterill on Saturday afternoon at Lilacia Park in Lombard. The coronation ceremony kicked off the 83rd annual Lilac Time, which runs until May 19 and will include tours, plant sales, concerts, an arts and crafts fair and parade.

    Festival commences with crowning of Lilac Queen

    As the 83rd annual Lilac Time began Saturday afternoon in Lombard, 16 descendents of a woman who helped launch the first celebration were on hand in Lilacia Park as this year's festival began with the Lilac Queen coronation.

    Pope Tawadros II, the 118th pope of the Coptic Church of Egypt, leads the Easter Mass Saturday at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt.

    Egypt’s Christians celebrate Coptic Easter

    housands of Egyptian Christians are marking Coptic Easter at the same church that was the site of sectarian clashes weeks earlier.Worshippers, as well as Muslim figures opposed to President Mohammed Morsi, gathered Saturday at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo for the evening mass, which lasts several hours.

    Members of a Saudi female soccer team practice at a secret location in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

    Saudis allow some girls’ schools to offer sports

    The Saudi government plays a role in private schools, providing text books and directors. Deputy Minister of Education for Women's Affairs, Nora al-Fayez, was quoted in local press saying recently that there is a plan in place to expand sports education in public schools. It remains unclear if girls would have access to the same level of physical education as boys.

    Diane Nott, of Elyria, Ohio, holds a gerbil Friday prior to the society’s annual New England pageant.

    Gerbils strut their stuff at pageant

    The Friday-Saturday show drew gerbil enthusiasts and breeders from around the country and culminates in the presentation of champion and breeder certificates.


    7 American service members killed in Afghanistan

    Seven U.S. service members were killed on Saturday in one of the deadliest days for Americans in Afghanistan in recent months and the latest of attacks against international troops since the Taliban announced the start of their spring offensive.

    Kyrgyz people look at the wreckage from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 tanker aircraft wreckage is strewn across a field near the village of Chaldovar, about 100 miles (160 kms) west of the Kyrgyz capital Bishkek, Friday, May 3, 2013. The emergencies ministry in Kyrgyzstan says a US military plane has crashed in the country. Kyrgyzstan hosts a US base that is used for troops transiting into and out of Afghanistan and for C-135 tanker planes that refuel warplanes in flight.

    Bodies of 2 US crew found at Kyrgyzstan crash site

    Search teams on Saturday found the bodies of two American crew members near where their military refueling plane crashed in the rugged mountains of Kyrgyzstan, while the third crew member was still missing, the emergencies minister of the Central Asian nation said.

    Solar Impulse co-founder, pilot and CEO Andre Borschberg, left, greets pilot Bertrand Piccard at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, early Saturday, May 4, 2013, after completing the first leg of its coast-to-coast flights across the United States. It is the first time that a solar airplane capable of flying day and night without fuel, will attempt to fly across America. Solar Impulse began its journey Friday in San Francisco in its attempt to reach New York.

    Solar plane lands in Ariz., 1st leg of major trip

    Flying for several hours after sundown, a solar-powered airplane landed in Phoenix early Saturday morning on the first leg of a cross-country trip. The Solar Impulse — considered the world's most-advanced sun-powered plane — set down about 12:30 a.m. at Sky Harbor Airport, completing part of a journey that its pilot described as a "milestone" in aviation history.

    Firefighters from Stockton, Calif., put out flames off of Hidden Valley Rd. while fighting a wildfire, Friday, May 3, 2013 in Hidden Valley, Calif. A huge Southern California wildfire burned through coastal wilderness to the beach on Friday then stormed back through canyons toward inland neighborhoods when winds reversed direction.

    Calm, moist air aids fight against Calif. wildfire

    Moist, cool and calm weather is greatly helping Southern California firefighters battling a huge wildfire in coastal Ventura County. Fire spokesman Tom Kruschke says containment of the blaze 50 miles west of Los Angeles has increased to 30 percent Saturday morning.

    Peter Stefan, funeral director and owner of Graham, Putnam and Mahoney Funeral Parlors in Worcester, Mass., sits in one of the facility's rooms Friday, May 3, 2013. Stefan confirmed his funeral home will handle funeral arrangements for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, but did not say whether he had possession of the body.

    Funeral home: No one wants to bury bomb suspect

    A funeral home director was scrambling to find a cemetery that would bury a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, ignoring protesters gathered outside his business and saying everybody deserves a dignified burial service no matter the circumstances of his or her death.


    Emanuel, Quinn celebrate digital startup hub

    A Chicago hub for digital startups has created 800 jobs and attracted nearly $30 million in capital investments in its first year.


    Chicago Fire Dept. Academy receives 3-car donation

    The Chicago Fire Department Academy has received a three-car donation from Volkswagen to practice rescue drills.


    Michelle Obama to give medal to Waukegan library

    First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled next week to present a significant community service award to 10 U.S. institutions including an Illinois library.

    Arlington Heights artist Bill Chambers has completed a portrait of Bill Clinton that will hang in the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield. The unveiling is today.

    Arlington Hts. portrait artist’s latest commission: Bill Clinton

    Though it's the life and work of former President Bill Clinton that will be honored in Chicago Saturday, the work of Arlington Heights portrait artist Bill Chambers also will be showcased. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation commissioned Chambers to paint the portrait of Clinton that will hang in the library in Springfield among the other annual winners of the Lincoln Leadership...


    Lake County tax bills see values drop, rates increase

    The Lake County treasurer's office said 264,000 property tax bills are in the mail. Generally, property values are down, meaning tax rates will increase to produce the amount needed by taxing bodies.

    Dr. Sudip Bose

    Naperville Central honors four top alumni

    Naperville Central High School seniors followed a 17-year tradition of honoring those who walked the halls before them. This year's honorees: a cancer-surviving philanthropist, an emergency physician and U.S. Army veteran who treated wounded soldiers on the front lines in Iraq, a jazz musician and marketing vice president of a Fortune 500 company.

    Steve Schuldt

    Rutland Twp. trustee denies playing politics with budget

    While some Rutland Township authorities have accused Trustee Steve Schuldt of playing politics with the road commissioner's budget, Schuldt views himself as someone who's closely watching township finances. "I'm just trying to keep everything legitimate and as frugal as possible," he said.


    Derrick Rose

    Rose says he hasn't heard criticism

    Injured Bulls star Derrick Rose spoke to reporters at the team's shootaround on Saturday morning and said he's not aware of criticism for his decision to continue rehabbing his surgically-repaired left knee during the playoffs.

    Marco Belinelli, center, reacts as teammates Joakim Noah, left, and Jimmy Butler talk to him during the first half in Game 7 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Brooklyn Nets in New York, Saturday, May 4, 2013.

    Special night for Belinelli

    Most Bulls fans never considered this fact, but guard Marco Belinelli said after scoring 24 points in the Game 7 victory in Brooklyn that he made history in his native country.

    Chicago White Sox batter Alejandro De Aza falls to the ground after fouling off the ball on to his leg in the seventh inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo.

    White Sox stymied by Guthrie

    Jeremy Guthrie ran his unbeaten streak to a club record 17 consecutive starts with a four-hitter in the Royals' 2-0 victory over the White Sox on Saturday night. Guthrie is 3-0 with a 0.40 ERA in six starts with the Royals against the White Sox, allowing two earned runs and 30 hits in 44 2-3 innings.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

    Joakim Noah, top, celebrates with teammate Nate Robinson after defeating the Brooklyn Nets 99-93 in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series in New York, Saturday, May 4, 2013. The Bulls won the series to advance to a second-round series against the Miami Heat beginning Monday.

    Brooklyn dodgers: Determined Bulls send Nets packing
    Brooklyn’s last Game 7 in any sort of professional sporting event also brought potential as a bad sign. The Brooklyn Dodgers lost the decisive game of the 1956 World Series to the Yankees 9-0. But Joakim Noah and Marco Belinelli scored 24 points each as the Bulls showed superhuman resolve once again, beating the Nets 99-93 to win Game 7 in Brooklyn.

    Chicago Bulls' Joakim Noah, top, celebrates with teammate Nate Robinson after defeating the Brooklyn Nets 99-93 in Game 7 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series in New York, Saturday, May 4, 2013. The Bulls won the series to advance to a second-round series against the Miami Heat beginning Monday. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    Bulls take series with gutsy Game 7 win

    Joakim Noah had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Marco Belinelli also scored 24 points and the Chicago Bulls beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-93 on Saturday night in Game 7 of their first-round series. Carlos Boozer added 17 points as the Bulls shook off injuries to two starters and every run the Nets tried to make in the second half to win a Game 7 on the road for the first time in franchise history.


    Antioch splits doubleheader

    SoftballAntioch splits: Antioch rolled up 22 hits in the first game of a doubleheader against Queen of Peace to win 12-1. But the Sequoits couldn’t finish the job and lost the second game, 3-2. In the first game, Kaylene Ressler went 4-for-5 with 3 RBI. Sage Keyes also went 4-for-5. Pitcher Kaytee Keefe got the win with 4 strikeouts. In the second game, Keefe had 2 hits as the Sequoits dropped to 14-10


    Libertyville outslugs Lake Zurich

    In a slugfest that included 21 hits between the teams, Libertyville was better at capitalizing. The Wildcats, who had 11 hits, got 2 apiece out of Matt Vogt, Kevin Calamari (2 doubles), Jimmy Govern and Justin Guarnaccio in a 12-5 victory over Lake Zurich on Saturday.


    Johnston’s big effort helps Carmel clinch

    Girls soccerCarmel 7, Marian Catholic 0: Meegan Johnston scored a hat trick, and Bri Carlson added a pair of goals, as the Corsairs clinched the East Suburban Catholic Conference championship.Carmel improved to 14-1 overall and 8-0 in the ESCC.


    McHenry strikes back, hands Mundelein rare loss

    McHenry struck, sneakily, and then Mundelein’s strike-throwing machine fired a strike. From right field. Mitch Schulewitz’s defensive gem ended the bottom of the fifth, keeping McHenry off the scoreboard, but the Warriors’ five-run outburst an inning earlier provided ample impetus for the hosts. McHenry handed 20-game winner Mundelein just its second loss of the season Saturday night, capturing a 7-3 decision under the lights at Petersen Park.


    Conant’s Mauk makes his mark: record 9.9 on parallel bars

    After the Conant boys gymnastics sectional Saturday in Hoffman Estates, Conant’s Joey Mauk was encouraged by his teammates, family and friends to climb on top of the parallel bars. Mauk sheepishly complied and then stood with each foot on a bar, with his arms crossed, looking like royalty. Mauk had all the reason to look like a king after conquering the parallel bars earlier with a state-record 9.90. Mauk’s score helped Conant win the sectional with a 154.60 to earn the team’s first trip to state finals in three years. The Cougars will compete for the state title with seven other teams next Friday at Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort.


    Warren nets third in Glenbrook Cup

    Warren’s girls soccer team had its sights set on some hardware in the Glenbrook Cup. The Blue Devils followed through on that notion, capturing a third-place trophy with a 5-1 victory over Normal West on Saturday afternoon at Glenbrook South. Mundelein took fifth place after a 2-0 victory over Niles North.

    Lisle’s Ryan Kilroy wins the 800 meter run during the 46 annual Carlin Nalley Boys´ Track Invitational at Benedictine University in Lisle.

    Lisle performance worth wait

    Seeding, setting up and announcing a track meet as big as the 46th annual Carlin Nalley Invitational can exhaust a person. It’s no wonder, then, that Lisle coach Ken Jakalski couldn’t recall the last time the Lions did so well in the 1A portion of the dual-level meet since they won it in 1982.

    St. Viator’s Andrew Ferrante is called out at third base in the bottom of the third inning as the tag is applied by Joliet Catholic’s Ira Hughes in game one of doubleheader action at St. Viator on Saturday.

    St. Viator rallies for split

    St. Viator salvaged a split with visiting Joliet Catholic on Saturday by saving its best for last.The Lions dropped the first game of the East Suburban Catholic Conference doublheader 12-2, getting outhit 13-6 while committing 5 errors.It didn’t look good in game two, either — until the seventh inning, when a string of clutch hits propelled the Lions to a 7-5 victory.Joe Rossi produced a 2-run double, Andrew Ferrante tied it by scoring Rossi with a base hit, and Roy Pettingill capped the rally with a 2-run homer that put St. Viator (12-10, 6-4) ahead for good.Patrick Martin earned the game two decision, allowing 7 hits in a complete game with 8 strikeouts, and Rossi doubled twice in the Lions’ 10-hit effort.Wheeling 11, Conant 3: Ryan Bendewald pitched the Wildcats to victory with an 8-hitter in an MSL crossover.George Alimissis, Sal Dominguez and Angelo DeBlasio had 2 hits apiece for Wheeling (7-12, 3-8), and Alimissis and Dominguez both drove in 2 runs.Dan Modelski and Zach Gale doubled for Conant (1-13, 0-8).Elk Grove 5, Plainfield East 4: The host Grens tied it with a run in the bottom of the sixth, then won it with another in the seventh in nonconference play.Michael Anciulis homered and drove in 2 runs, Luc DiMaso had 2 hits and none of the four pitchers used by Grens (17-6) allowed an earned run.Barrington 5, Prospect 0: Ryan Lidge homered and went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI to help the visiting Broncos to another Mid-Suburban League victory as Scott Nelson tossed a 6-hit shutout.Jake Coon went 3-for-3 with 1 RBI for Barrington (15-7, 9-1).Rolling Meadows 3, Bartlett 1: The visiting Mustangs improved to 11-8-1 overall as Erik Schurtz picked up the decision after allowing nonconference foe Bartlett 3 hits. John Burkiewicz had a double for the Mustangs.Hersey splits with Hononegah: Niko Poulos allowed 3 earned runs over 6 innings and Rich Carusiello provided 1 perfect inning of relief, but the Huskies couldn’t muster much offense in a 5-1 nonconference loss at home in game one of their doubleheader. Joe Silva had a double, and Ryan Rodgers drove in the only run for Hersey (7-14).Alex Sutrinaitis didn’t give Hononegah much opportunity in the second game, though, firing a complete-game 2-hitter (both singles) with 3 strikeouts as Hersey’s offense made efficient use of 4 hits in a 5-0 triumph.Silva scored twice and Rodgers drove in 2 runs for the Huskies.Palatine 6, Burlington Central 1: Greg Grana had an RBI single and walked twice, and Pirates starter Andy Macahon tossed a complete-game 5-hitter under the lights at Trout Park in Elgin to help Palatine improve to 14-9-1 overall.Zach Serna (2 RBI), Neal Ori and Matt Hogan had 2 hits apiece for the Pirates.

    Chicago Bulls guard Nate Robinson reacts after scoring a 3-point shot against the Brooklyn Nets during the first half in Game 7 of their first-round NBA basketball playoff series in New York, Saturday, May 4, 2013.

    Images from the Bulls vs Nets game seven

    The Chicago Bulls returned to Brooklyn to face the Brooklyln Nets in game seven of the first round of the playoffs. Chicago pulled ahead to beat the Nets 99 to 93 and advance in the playoffs.


    Red-hot Cougars win fifth straight

    Kane Count Cougars game report:With their season-high fifth consecutive victory, the Kane County Cougars reached .500 for the first time since the season began as they defeated the Dayton Dragons 6-1 on Saturday night in front of 10,697 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.


    Taugner breaks Lake Park records in no-hitter

    DuPage baseball roundup


    York’s walkoff homer gives Benet sweep

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


    Coletto’s clutch hit caps Metea comeback vs. Montini

    Everything came together perfectly in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday afternoon for Metea Valley.


    Warren’s a hit in victory over Mundelein

    Even the foul balls were scalded on Saturday morning. Both Warren and Mundelein each had a 6-hit inning. In all, 30 hits were pounded around Mundelein’s softball field. Warren’s Megan Sowa and Kelly Majewski enjoyed 4-hit days, as Warren completed a two-game sweep of 18-game winner Mundelein with an impressive 13-5 North Suburban Lake Division victory.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Streamwood 1, Leyden 0: Kim Jimenez scored the game’s only goal in the first half off an assist from Karina Nevarez as the Sabres won in nonconference play. Hannah McGlone had 4 saves in goal for Streamwood (10-7-3).Burlington Central 13, North Boone 0: Alyssa Messina and Cali Andrew each had hat tricks to lead the Rockets (15-2-1, 9-1-1) in the Big Northern East. Cassi Cignaek added 2 goals for BC while Camille Dela Cruz, Franki Marchetti, Alex Weigand, Taylor Martin and Karrington Bell each had a goal. Martin and Dela Cruz shared time in the net and neither had to make a save.


    Bulls win 99-93, move to next round of playoffs
    The Bulls, who got hammered in the first game of their first-round playoff series with the Brooklyn Nets and left many to think the series was over before it started, pulled off the Game 7 win tonight. They hung in tough and beat the Nets 99-93, moving on to the next round of the playoffs in which they’ll take on the mighty Miami Heat.More reports to come!Ÿ Follow Mike McGraw’s Bulls reports on Twitter @McGrawDHBulls and check out his All Bull blog at dailyherald.com.


    Patience rewarded for McCullough, Lake Zurich

    Saturday’s soccer match with Libertyville was worth the wait not only for Katie McCullough but all of her Lake Zurich teammates. McCullough recently returned to the field from knee surgery. She scored the game-winning goal Saturday, as the host Bears pulled out a 3-1 victory over the Wildcats that gave the Bears the North Suburban Lake Division title. Lake Zurich (7-6-3, 4-1-1), which will host Vernon Hills (9-3-2) in the NSC championship game Tuesday, scored a pair of second-half goals.


    Benet’s Romano steps up under pressure

    Alex Romano knew that the score was 2-2 and that his match would decide Benet’s fate against the host Huskies in Saturday’s tennis tournament at Naperville North, but that knowledge just made him stronger.

    Susannah Collins

    Wirtz letter played role in Collins’ ouster

    A letter obtained by the Chicago Tribune written by Blackhawks chairman Rocky Wirtz to Phil Badella, vice president and general manager of Comcast SportsNet Chicago, played a key role in the dismissal of anchor and Hawks reporter Susannah Collins. Wirtz wrote the letter after discovering Collins’ involvement in Sports Nutz, an irreverent series of video shorts that could be deemed offensive by some. Wirtz was none to pleased to find out that Collins co-hosted the show.

    Blackhawks star Patrick Kane has compiled a highlight reel of dazzling assists during his career.

    Seat on the bench convinced young Kane to pass puck more

    Patrick Kane wasn’t always the assist he is these days with the Blackhawks. As a youth player, Kane admittedly was more of a keeper than a giver. “I finally ran into a coach who said, ‘You’re going to have to pass the puck or you’re going to sit on the bench,'" Kane said.


    Palatine resets, eliminates mistakes

    After a defensive lapse played its part in a loss to Barrington on Friday, Palatine wanted to get back on track heading into a tough week of softball beginning Monday. The Pirates accomplished their goal with a 7-2 victory over visiting Wheeling on Saturday afternoon.

    Jacobs’ Matt Goldby and Matt Johnson, right, run the 3,200 meters during the 46th annual Carlin Nalley Boys´ Track Invitational at Benedictine University in Lisle Saturday.

    Jacobs’ Matysek runs strong at Nalley

    Like any sport where the ultimate opponent is a clock or tape measure, improvement in track and field is based on experience, training and progression.

    Duncan Keith of the Hawks shadows Charlie Coyle of the Minnesota Wild while Corey Crawford of the Hawks makes the save in the first-period. This took place during the Western Conference first-round NHL playoff series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Minnesota Wild on Friday night at the United Center in Chicago.

    Hawks’ Sharp has regained his edge

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — When the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in 2010, Patrick Sharp led the team with 11 goals in 22 playoff games.But it was Jonathan Toews who skated off with the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.Some thought Sharp deserved more consideration than he received.“He does a lot of things that maybe go unnoticed and maybe has been a guy that has been overlooked ever since I came here,” Patrick Kane said.Sharp never said a word.The special feeling Sharp said he gets from scoring a goal hasn’t been there much this season. Because of a left shoulder injury that forced him to miss 20 of the final 24 regular-season games, Sharp scored only 6 goals, and 1 of them came into an empty net.Before he scored 2 goals in the Blackhawks’ 5-2 win over Minnesota in Game 2 on Friday, the last time Sharp put a puck past an actual goalie was on March 1 against Columbus.“I think it’s definitely a good start,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “As a goal scorer, once you see one go in the net, you tend to get more chances and more opportunities and see a few more go in, too.“Ever since I’ve been here, he’s had the knack for finding the open spots and getting shots on net and finding ways to score goals. I’m sure he’s excited for being back on the line healthy and also being in the playoffs to prove himself once again.”Sharp gave a big fist pump after scoring his first goal in Game 2.“It’s not a relief, it’s just a nice feeling (to score),” Sharp said. “I like scoring goals, everyone that plays the game likes scoring so it wasn’t like I was over-thinking or stressing about it.”Sharp’s second goal came at 14:08 of the third period was set up beautifully by Kane, whose no-look pass gave his linemate an open net at which to shoot.“He knew I was there and I think he knew I wanted it,” Sharp said. “You just give him the puck in those areas and good things usually happen. I know I got the goal, well, you guys saw it — it was a heck of a pass.”The Hawks are going to be awfully tough to beat if Sharp is back on his game. He has been excellent so far in both games against Minnesota, even throwing his weight around by sending one of the Wild flying with a check in Game 2.“I try to do anything I can to help the team this time of year,” Sharp said. “I don’t think you’ll see me putting too many guys into the second or third row, but I can finish my checks just like everybody else. They have to be held accountable too.”Kane knows how valuable Sharp is to the Hawks’ success.‘He’s a big part of the lineup,” Kane said. “He’s a guy that can score goals. He’s had a knack for scoring goals ever since I’ve come to this team.”Kane knows all about that special feeling that goal scorers get.“It’s nice. It’s a good feeling,” Kane said. “I think we all want to score goals. Sometimes you go through little slumps and they’re going to happen. It’s kind of the way you’re working to get yourself out of that slump.“Sharpie by no means has slacked off in the work ethic department. He’s probably one of the hardest workers on the team, especially in practice. You’ve seen him shoot a lot of pucks lately. It’s a credit to him for working hard and getting his goal-scoring knack back.”The Hawks are 27-0-3 with Sharp in the lineup this season.“That’s just a credit to our team,” Sharp said. “I missed a lot of hockey this year and it’s tough to jump in the lineup after being out for so long. We’ve got such a good team. They make it easy for me to jump back in there. I don’t think that record has much to do with me in particular. We just have a solid team from top to bottom.”The Hawks will be looking to take a 3-0 stranglehold on the best-of-seven series with another win Sunday at Xcel Energy Center.“I think for sure, going back to their building they’re going to come out flying and we’re going to have to match the intensity,” Brandon Saad said.


    Finals setbacks for Stevenson at Deerfield

    Stevenson looked on course for a dream result at singles and doubles Saturday afternoon at the annual Deerfield 8-team tennis invite, but a pair of finals losses spoiled the ending for the Patriots.


    Adjustments to be expected as playoffs continue

    A better transition game led to a better performance by the Blackhawks' offense in Game 2. Can they keep it going Sunday in Minnesota? Troy Murray has the answer.

    Bartlett’s Brandon Smith anchors the Hawks’ 3,200-meter relay win during the DuPage County boys track invitational at York High School Friday.

    Bartlett relay tops at DuPage meet

    Friday at the 77th DuPage County Boys Track Meet at York, Bartlett’s 3,200-meter relay team set a season standard. The foursome of Connor Rachford, Mitch Sullivan, Matt Hess and Brandon Smith won the event in 7 minutes, 59.72 seconds. Hawks distance coach Ryan Korn said it was the first time Bartlett had broken the 8-minute mark this season.

    Streamwood’s Matt Harding reels in a shot by St. Charles East’s Jack Dellostritto during baseball action Saturday at Streamwood.

    St. Charles East’s pitching stymies Streamwood

    Nick Huskisson and Joe Hoscheit pitched as if they were going to leave their prom dates in the lurch on Saturday. Capping a superlative week on the mound for the St. Charles East baseball team, the Saints’ starters were invincible against host Streamwood as the Saints secured back-to-back shutouts in their doubleheader with the Sabres with 8-0 and 12-0 victories.

    Joel Rosario reacts after riding Orb to victory in the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky.

    Images from the 2013 Kentucky Derby

    Nineteen horses made up the field for the 2013 Kentucky Derby which was the 139th renewal of the greatest two minutes in Sports. Orb splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby, giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the 3-year-old classic.

    Mundelein’s Jacob Petri competes on the parallel bars at the Mundelein boys gymnastics sectional on Saturday.

    Mundelein, Buffalo Grove embrace the spotlight

    The Mundelein boys gymnastics team did not want to miss out on being a part of history Saturday afternoon at their own nine-team sectional meet. The Mustangs put together an outstanding all-around team performance with a season-high 152.75 points to become the 20th team in school history to earn a berth to the Elite Eight meet next Friday at Lincoln-Way East. Runner-up Buffalo Grove also did not mind the bright lights of the sectional meet as the Bison really shined with a second-place score of 150.7 to qualify for the Elite Eight meet for the first time since 1980.

    Batavia pitcher Emilio Tenuta earned the win in Game 1 against Geneva on Saturday.

    Batavia, Geneva split doubleheader

    Geneva didn’t look at Saturday’s doubleheader at Batavia as a chance to play spoiler, but the Vikings did deliver a blow to the Bulldogs’ bid for an Upstate Eight Conference River title. Tony Landi tossed a complete game in the second game, using pinpoint command in a 0-walk outing to give the Vikings a 6-3 victory after the Bulldogs had won the opener by the same 6-3 score. Batavia (19-5, 13-5) fell a game behind St. Charles East (16-7, 14-4) in the River race while Geneva (14-11, 11-9) gave itself a chance to win the series from Batavia when the teams meet for the rubber match Tuesday in Geneva.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Freshman Jessica Rago threw a 4-hit shutout for the Elgin softball team Saturday as the Maroons rolled to a 14-0 Upstate Eight Conference River Division win over Streamwood.Rago struck out 8 and walked 5 in the five-inning win and hit a 3-run home run.Jennah Perryman had a home run and 4 RBI for the Maroons (11-9, 5-7), while Kelly Bremer had a double and an RBI and Melanie Berg went 2-for-3. Sabrina Stockman also had 2 hits and an RBI, while Anna Eckholm, Caroline Sobeski and Fantasia Griffin added RBI. Desiree Carrizales took the loss for the Sabres (5-14, 2-9).Larkin splits: Larkin fell 7-6 in Game 1 of a nonconference doubleheader at Rockford East and then came back and won the second game 15-5. In the win, which snapped an 11-game losing streak, Lexi Price was 3-for-4 with 5 RBI for the Royals, while Sam Wahl (2-for-3, 2B, RBI), Alex Buhrow (2-for-4, 3 RBI), Jaclyn Saurbaugh (2-for-4) and Beka Harrington (2B, 3 RBI) all contributed. Saurbaugh was the winning pitcher. In the Game 1 loss, Buhrow (2-for-4, 3B, RBI) and Price (2-for-4, 2B, 3B, 4 RBI) led the Royals (2-19). Sarah Hansen was the losing pitcher.Burlington Central 21, Rockford Lutheran 0: The Rockets scored 11 runs in the first inning and cruised to this easy Big Northern crossover win. Courtni Neubauer was 5-for-5 at the plate with a double, triple, 3 RBI and 3 runs scored to lead Central. She was also the winning pitcher, combining with starter Emily Kisch (1 inning) for a perfect game. Neubauer struck out 4 in her 4 innings. Bekah Harnish (3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI), Rebecca Roscher (2B, 3B), Kisch (2-for-2, HR), Kayla Ross (2 hits) and Kelly Wiater (2 hits) each contributed for the Rockets (18-1), who won their 15th straight game.

    Palatine’s Andrew Clingerman anchors a record-breaking 4x800-meter relay win, during the 46th annual Carlin Nalley Invitational at Benedictine University in Lisle. The Pirates finished in 7:50.00.

    Positive Palatine produces 3,200-meter relay record

    Palatine’s boys track team competes at Hinsdale Central’s McCarthy Invite the night before, but Pirates coach John Nalley always saves something special for the next day, at the meet named for his father.Saturday’s Palatine special at Lisle’s 46th annual Carlin Nalley Invitational was the 3,200-meter relay of Christian Zambrano, Zach Stella, Graham Brown and Andrew Clingerman. The three seniors and sophomore Stella had their minds set on setting a school record, and used the power of positive thinking to do so. “We went into that knowing we were going to do really well,” said Clingerman, the anchor. “We had full team spirit and everything, it was great. We just had a really good mood going, so it was awesome.”


    Seniors lead the way in Lake Park triumph

    It was a big day for the 10 seniors on the Lake Park girls soccer team.

    Carlos Marmol reacts reacts after he walked Joey Votto during the eighth inning Saturday at Wrigley Field. Marmol has walked 12 and hit three batters in just 112⁄3 innings.

    Marmol again blows late lead in Cubs’ loss

    The Cubs keep trotting reliever Carlos Marmol out there, and Marmol keeps putting runners on base. He walked two and hit a batter Saturday, playing a key role in a 6-4 loss to the Reds at Wrigley Field.

    Alfonso Soriano runs up the first baseline after hitting a 2-run home run during the third inning Saturday.

    Cubs’ Barney (.169) really struggling

    The Cubs have struggled to hit in key situations all year, but one player having a particularly hard time at the plate is second baseman Darwin Barney. He went 0-for-3 Saturday and is batting just .169

    Joel Rosario rides Orb during the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

    Orb surges to victory in Kentucky Derby

    Orb splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby, coming from far back in the pack and giving Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey his first victory in the 3-year-old classic. When the field turned for home on the cool, overcast Saturday afternoon at Churchill Downs, Normandy Invasion grabbed the lead while Orb was gearing up. But in the deep stretch, Orb prevailed, carrying Joel Rosario to his first Derby win.


    No. 1 Naperville Central sweeps Lake Park

    Naperville Central’s softball diamond doesn’t suggest a hitter’s paradise, what with the dimensions 220 feet to all fields. Clearly, the confines are friendly to the Redhawks. No. 1 Naperville Central continued its recent red-hot hitting at home Saturday, remaining unbeaten by sweeping No. 11 Lake Park 7-0 and 12-1.


    Naperville Central goes to top of DuPage Valley

    And just like that, Naperville Central's baseball team controls its own destiny in the DuPage Valley Conference.The Redhawks edged Wheaton North twice on Saturday, beating the host Falcons 4-2 in the continuation of a suspended game from Thursday and then claiming a 5-3 victory in the second game.


    Whidden’s game-winner lifts Rolling Meadows

    Senior Hannah Whidden and freshman Kika Mahoe played the corners of the Rolling Meadows infield on Saturday morning against Hersey.Although the first baseman and third baseman are four years apart in years, they were well-connected in the bottom the tenth inning.Whidden's two-out drive to the left field corner drove home Mahoe from second base for the winning run in the Mustangs' 2-1 Mid-Suburban League victory.


    Unexpected good pitching at core of Bartlett’s surge

    The odds did not favor Bartlett having another strong softball season back in March. The Hawks had plenty of talent returning from their 2012 Class 4A state runner-up team, but they lost an all-state catcher to injury and they had about 6 innings of varsity pitching experience returning.But here it is May a year later and, yep, there's Bartlett surging again. The Hawks are 18-6 overall and 9-2 in the Upstate Eight Conference, currently a game ahead of the pack in the Valley Division.

    A horse waits to take his morning workout at Churchill Downs Friday, May 3, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. Saturday will be the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    5 things to know for today's Kentucky Derby

    The Kentucky Derby is Saturday at Churchill Downs. Here are five things you should know before the 6:24 p.m. post time:

    Chicago Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija throws against the Cincinnati Reds during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, May 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Marmol again gives away Cubs win

    Todd Frazier and Devin Mesoraco each had a sacrifice fly in Cincinnati's four-run eighth inning, and the Reds rallied for a 6-4 victory over the Cubs on Saturday. Cincinnati had just one hit in the decisive rally, but took advantage of another woeful outing by reliever Carlos Marmol to secure its first winning road series of the season.

    Wheaton North’s Zach Gordon anchors a win in the second heat of the 4x100 meter run, during the DuPage County boys track invitational at York High School.

    Second chance all Burns needs

    It was like the old bait-and-switch, only with a happy ending.


    Torres goal gives Sharks 3-2 OT win

    Raffi Torres scored at 5:31 of overtime to give the San Jose Sharks a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks in Game 2 of their playoff series Friday night.

    Memphis Grizzlies' Zach Randolph (50) shoots over Los Angeles Clippers' Matt Barnes, left, during the second half of Game 6 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in Memphis, Tenn., Friday, May 3, 2013. Randolph scored 23 points in the Grizzlies 118-105 victory over the Clippers .(AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

    Grizzlies advance with 118-105 win over Clippers

    Mike Conley and Zach Randolph scored 23 points each, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the Los Angeles Clippers 118-105 on Friday night to take the first-round series 4-2 and advance to their second Western Conference semifinals in three seasons.

    Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant (35) shoots in front of Houston Rockets' Francisco Garcia (32) in the first quarter of Game 6 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, May 3, 2013, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

    Thunder beat Rockets 103-94 to advance

    Kevin Durant scored 27 points and Kevin Martin added 25 to lead the Oklahoma City Thunder to a 103-94 victory over the Houston Rockets on Friday night, sending them to the second round of the playoffs for the third straight season.


    Cougars sweep Hot Rods

    The Kane County Cougars endured a long but rewarding day, sweeping a doubleheader from the Bowling Green Hot Rods by scores of 4-2 in 11 innings and 3-1 on Friday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.Rock Shoulders blasted a 2-run homer to win Game 1.


    Crawford sharp as Blackhawks bust out

    Corey Crawford was outstanding again and Patrick Sharp came up big as the Blackhawks took a commanding 2-0 series lead on Minnesota with a 5-2 victory Friday night at the UC.

    Chicago Blackhawks’ Michael Frolik (67) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the first period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild in Chicago, Friday, May 3, 2013.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game Two
    The Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2 over the Minnesota Wild in game two of the playoffs at the United Center on Friday, May 3rd. Patrick Sharp and Michael Frolik each scored twice, and Bryan Bickell added a goal as well. Game 3 is Sunday in Minnesota.


    Down the stretch, Blatche coming up big for Nets

    There's a trend developing with the Brooklyn Nets. They've won two close games against the Bulls this season, and both times their main offensive weapon during crunchtime was power forward Andray Blatche.


    Actress Jamie Chung tries out the LG Optimus G phone with Hamed Nusraty during the Wednesday launch.Nearly 100 wireless companies across 43 countries participate in the overseas database for reported stolen mobile phones.

    New efforts to curb cellphone theft

    Disturbed by the nationwide epidemic of cellphone robberies and thefts, law enforcement officials across the country are looking to the wireless industry to help find a cure.

    Texas A&M students walk past an apartment complex Saturday in West, Texas, that was damaged due to the explosion at a fertilizer plant on April 17. The plant that exploded had only $1 million in liability coverage, lawyers said Saturday.

    Texas plant that blew up carried only $1 million policy

    The Texas fertilizer plant that exploded last month, killing 14 people, injuring more than 200 others and causing tens of millions of dollars in damage to the surrounding area had only $1 million in liability coverage, lawyers said Saturday.

    Associated Press/April 25, 2013 file photo A woman is reflected in a retail store’s window display in Baltimore. The American economy and job market are moving in the right direction, just not very quickly.

    Why the economy is taking so long to recover

    Account for population growth, and the jobs ditch is even deeper: Heidi Shierholz, an economist at the liberal Economic Policy Institute, says the economy needs to add 8.6 million jobs, not 2.6 million, to keep up with a rising population.

    Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., spins a basketball on a pen Saturday as he stands with a member of the Harlem Globetrotters during a tour of the exhibition floor prior to the start of the Berkshire shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.

    What’s happening at the capitalists’ Woodstock

    Dubbed “Woodstock for Capitalists,” Saturday’s annual meeting of Berkshire Hathaway shareholders revolves around Warren Buffett, the company’s founder and a billionaire investor. Here’s a rundown of what’s happening at the day-long event in Omaha, Neb.:MAKING BONBONS:Before facing questions from a crowd of more than 30,000, the 82-year-old Buffett toured the meeting’s 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall. A pack of security guards created a buffer around the “Oracle of Omaha” as he visited displays that sold Berkshire’s See’s Candy, explained BNSF railroad’s virtues and highlighted some of the company’s other 80-plus subsidiaries.At the See’s booth, Buffett got a lesson in making hand-dipped bonbons. Then See’s manufacturing manager Steve Powell got Buffett to autograph his white uniform coat, demonstrating that employees are nearly as excited about meeting Buffett as shareholders.“He was right there. Why not? It’s Mr. Buffett,” said Powell, explaining why he asked for the autograph. “He’s wonderful.”Powell said he’ll probably frame the coat and display it at work when he returns to California.———BUFFETT’S SUCCESSOR:Berkshire’s board knows who it would pick as CEO if Buffett died tonight, but the top candidates could change over time, Buffett said. He has no plans to retire.He spends plenty of time thinking about the future of his company after he is gone, he said. He told shareholders Saturday that he’s confident that the conglomerate will continue to thrive.The leaders of Berkshire’s roughly 80 subsidiaries and all the operating companies would reject a leader that tried to change the way the company works, he said. Buffett leads Berkshire with a tiny staff of roughly two dozen at its headquarters, and he largely lets the CEOs of all Berkshire’s subsidiaries make all the operating decisions.———MINERS PROTEST:Dozens of Utah coal miners picketed outside the doors of the annual meeting in downtown Omaha. The protesters are members of United Mine Workers of America who work at Deer Creek mine near Huntington, Utah. The mine is run by a subsidiary of Berkshire’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co.The union’s contract expired in January. The company and union are negotiating, but disagree on health care coverage and safety checks. The protesters hope to influence Buffett.Bernie Morris of Price, Utah, stood in the rain with others Saturday to hand out flyers. The 67-year-old Morris said he’s worked for the coal mine for 28 years. He feared that he and his wife won’t be able to afford the monthly health insurance premium the company wants to charge miners and retirees.———PAPER PROFITS?:Berkshire shareholders should expect decent returns on the newspapers the company has bought in recent years, Buffett said. But he doesn’t expect the papers to generate enough profits to make much difference to Berkshire.Berkshire has paid cheap enough prices for the newspapers that Buffett expects them to deliver 10 percent returns every year, but he also expects their earnings will keep declining.Berkshire has acquired 28 daily newspapers over the past two years.Berkshire Vice Chairman Charlie Munger pointed out that Buffett made an exception to his usual investing habits for newspapers because he likes them.

    Warren Buffett, chairman and chief executive officer of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., tours the exhibition floor Saturday prior to the start of the Berkshire shareholders meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.

    Buffett leads an annual meeting like no other

    The Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting began humbly in 1982 with a crowd of 15 in an insurance company cafeteria. It has been growing steadily just as the company's stock price rose to become the most-expensive in the U.S., reaching $162,904 for a Class A share on Friday.

    Yext Inc., a New York-based startup that lets businesses manage information on websites such as Yelp and Foursquare, is expanding its service to Facebook.

    Facebook to add Yext’s business data to search feature

    Yext Inc., a New York-based startup that lets businesses manage information on websites such as Yelp and Foursquare, is expanding its service to Facebook.

    Facebook’s net income and revenue grew in the first quarter of 2013, helped by an increase in mobile ad revenue, a figure that some skeptical investors have been watching closely. Facebook Inc. said Wednesday that its net income was $219 million, or 9 cents per share, in the January-March period.

    Mobile ads help grow Facebook’s 1Q revenue 38 percent

    A year ago, Facebook was just testing the waters of mobile advertising, causing plenty of headaches for investors ahead of its massive initial public offering. This week, FB said nearly a third of its advertising revenue came from mobile in the first three months of the year, helping to push total revenue up 38 percent to surpass Wall Street's expectations.

    A Sony Mobile Communications Inc. SmartWatch MN2, top, is displayed with the company’s Xperia smartphone at the Sony Corp. headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, on Monday, April 15, 2013. Priced at $130, Sony’s 1.3-inch (3.3-centimeter) touchscreen watch wirelessly connects to Android smartphones using Bluetooth technology. The gadget alerts users to calls and allows them to reply to e-mails or texts with an array of pre-written messages.

    Apple, Samsung developing smartwatches

    With growth slowing in the $358 billion handset market, Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co. are developing digital watches that allow users to make calls, check map coordinates, or monitor their physical activity.

    Google Inc.’s YouTube logo is displayed behind the reception desk at the company’s YouTube Space studio in Tokyo, Japan, on Saturday, March 30, 2013. In Japan, YouTube’s biggest regional success story in Asia, the company is recruiting online stars to bolster its local-language channels with more-targeted original programming and higher production values.

    YouTube says the battle with TV is already over

    YouTube vs. TV? YouTube says the battle — if there ever was one — is over. In a flashy presentation to advertisers Wednesday night, Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt declined to forecast that Internet video will displace television watching. Instead he declared: "That's already happened."


    Sirius to plan $500 million offering

    Sirius XM Radio Inc., the junk-rated satellite-radio broadcaster, plans to raise $500 million by selling seven-year bonds. The company intends to issue the debt, which can't be called for three years, to fund general corporate purposes, including share repurchases and potential debt refinancings.

    A Microsoft is seeing slow sales of a version of Windows designed for thin and light tablets, even as the tablet market as a whole is growing, a research firm reported.

    Tablets with Windows RT see slow sales

    NEW YORK — A Microsoft is seeing slow sales of a version of Windows designed for thin and light tablets, even as the tablet market as a whole is growing, a research firm reported Wednesday.Researchers at IDC said manufacturers shipped 200,000 tablets running Windows RT, the special version of Windows for iPad-style tablets, in the January to March period. That’s down from about 900,000 shipped in the fourth quarter.Microsoft Corp. launched Windows RT in October, along with the Surface tablet. The software runs on a few tablets from other manufacturers as well. Windows RT is designed to run on phone-style chips, of the kind used in the iPad, rather than PC-style chips, which tend to use more energy and require bigger batteries. Using Windows RT means the tablets can be thinner and lighter, but it also means regular Windows programs won’t run on Windows RT. That’s caused some confusion and limited the appeal of Windows RT, analysts say.Microsoft’s larger Surface Pro tablets, which run standard Windows 8, did better in the quarter. IDC didn’t specify how many, but it’s at least 700,000 based on the figures provided.Microsoft has said it plans to release a series of smaller tablets in coming months, apparently to compete with Apple’s iPad Mini and Amazon.com Inc.’s Kindle Fire. Windows RT is the likely software choice for the tablets.Meanwhile, the global tablet market more than doubled to 49.2 million units, according to IDC’s estimate. That means nearly two tablets were sold for every three PCs, a record level.Apple Inc. remained the largest maker of tablets, but its market share shrank to 39 percent, the lowest yet. Samsung Electronics Co. is cementing its position as the second-largest maker of tablets, with 18 percent market share, according to IDC.Microsoft’s market share was 1.8 percent, with 900,000 Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets shipped. It’s at No. 5, behind AsusTek Computer Inc. and Amazon.

    Siri is displayed on the Apple iPhone 4S in San Francisco.

    How Siri, Google Now respond to 5 questions

    With Google's voice assistant now available on iPhones and iPads, The Associated Press used an iPad Mini to throw five test questions at Google Now and Siri on Monday afternoon in New York. Here's what the two digital assistants had to say for themselves.

    This undated image made available by Google shows “Google Now.” Google is trying to upstage Siri, the sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The duel begins Monday, April 29, 2013, with the release of a free iPhone and iPad app that features Google Now, a technology that performs many of the same functions as Siri.

    Review: Google Now useful as a supplement to Siri

    Google Now is often compared with the Siri voice assistant on Apple's mobile devices, but its power lies in giving you information you need to know before you have to ask. It works best as a supplement to Siri, rather than a replacement, now that it has expanded from Android devices to iPhones and iPads.

    Price-matching programs vary widely from retailer to retailer. Best Buy lets customers match prices if the rival store is located within a 25-mile radius. Wal-Mart allows managers to define the size of their trade area because they are more attuned to local conditions “than anyone” at headquarters.

    Price-matching promises criticized

    Price-matching has become a key marketing tactic for retailers from Wal-Mart to Target Corp. to Toys "R" Us Inc. as they try to attract shoppers amid an uneven U.S. recovery. It's a risky strategy because the programs are difficult to manage — discretion to match or not is often left to store workers — and shoppers can complain if they don't get the deal they're expecting.

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    Actress Kyrsten Ritter arrives to attend the 139th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs Saturday.

    Images: Kentucky Derby fashion and celebs
    Scottie Pippen was among the dignitaries at Churchill Downs on Saturday for the Kentucky Derby. Did he wear a hat? Um, no. But take a look at all the hats Derby fans did wear.

    Fans enjoy a performance by The Black Lips at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. Despite heat, humidity, crowds and costs, music festivals are more popular than ever.

    Fans travel far and wide for music festivals

    Karen Pery doesn't consider herself a jazz fan. Yet for each of the past four years, she's spent $3,000 and flown nearly 4,000 miles roundtrip to attend the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. "It's humid. It's hot. It's crowded," the 42-year-old Los Angeles resident recalled. But, "It's so much fun, and it's such a great experience."

    In this Friday, May 28, 2010, file photo, tourists and local residents enjoy a day the the beach as Memorial Day weekend begins in the South Beach area of Miami, Beach, Fla. With a little advance planning, and some insider tips, summer vacations can be a lot less expensive.

    6 things to ask before booking vacation

    It's May. Memorial Day and the end of the school year are in sight. Suddenly, you're thinking about a summer vacation. A little advance planning — and some insider tips — can save you a lot of money. Whether you're booking airfare, a car rental or a hotel room, there are questions you should ask first.

    Students from the Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance McDance Company perform in a previous edition of Celtic Fest at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates. This year's fest takes place Saturday, May 4.

    Weekend picks: Be Irish for a day at Celtic Fest

    Explore your Irish or Scottish heritage by hearing Celtic bands and partaking in traditional food and drink at Celtic Fest at Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. Bring the kids to create and decorate kites for the Annual KidFest Kite Fly Saturday at Citizens Park in Barrington. Singer and actor Frankie Avalon pays tribute to his late beach movie co-star Annette Funicello Saturday in a special concert at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

    Frank Turner, “Tape Deck Heart”

    Frank Turner opens up on new album

    English folk-punk singer Frank Turner delivers his most personal work to date on his fifth solo album, "Tape Deck Heart."

    “If you can hold pliers in your hand and make a loop, you can do it,” Lori Bergmann says of making a customized lanyard for your mom for Mother’s Day.

    Making a chain for Mom’s eyeglasses is easy

    Making a pretty chain for Mom's eyeglasses can be a simple, personal and practical Mother's Day gift. Depending on your skill level, you could make anything from a basic beaded lanyard to something more elaborate and embellished. "Eyeglass chains are a great way to accentuate your personality while also providing a utilitarian use," keeping glasses safe and handy, says Michelle Sacia, a craft specialist with Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

    “The Cursing Mommy’s Book of Days” by Ian Frazier

    Dark but funny turns in new derelict mom books

    These moms curse a lot, drink to excess and reveal scary truths. And this Mother's Day, they're bringing their derelict parenting to you. The authors behind a fresh round of parenting books love their munchkins, to be sure, but there's something about the scorched earth narrative that sells memoirish parenting books these days.Is the goal adevice? "No, there isn't any. I don't have anything. No advice. Nobody has any advice," laughed Amber Dusick, a Los Angeles mother of two who brings us "Parenting: Illustrated With Crappy Pictures."

    “The Woman Upstairs” by Claire Messud

    ‘Woman Upstairs’ about obsessive love, lies and video

    Nora Eldridge is "the woman upstairs" in the title of Claire Messud's new novel — "the quiet woman at the end of the third-floor hallway," with tidy trash, a bright smile and dashed dreams. She's a distant relation of Bronte's madwoman in the attic. When the novel opens, Nora is consumed with uncharacteristic rage, practically ready to kill the glamorous, globe-trotting artist/academic couple who cruelly betrayed her several years before.


    Juneau transforms from politics to tourist town

    The week after Alaska's 90-day legislative session comes to a close, its capital seems to slow down and take a huge sigh of relief. Juneau's streets are quieter, its restaurants are emptier; hotels are ghost towns. The city may seem like a sleepy town now, but in about a week or two, merchants will be accepting money from people wearing sandals and shorts instead of suits and wingtips.

    Tom Cruise plays a vigilante in “Jack Reacher”

    DVD previews: ‘Jack Reacher,’ ‘Safe Haven’

    Coming out on DVD are "Jack Reacher," starring Tom Cruise, along with the romantic drama "Safe Haven."


    What to ask when selecting a real estate agent

    Q. We are going to sell our condo this spring and intend to follow your advice and interview three realtors. We are not sure what probing questions to ask. Can you please advise us?

    The main entrance lobby of the Woody Guthrie Center.

    Woody Guthrie Center opens in Tulsa

    The opening of the 12,000-square-foot Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa doesn't mark some uneasy truce between Oklahoma and the Dust Bowl balladeer and his kin. The center's debut kicked off a two-day celebration that affectionately, albeit belatedly, welcomed the native son home with open arms and all the fanfare his longtime supporters can muster.


    Despite new rules, borrowers still vulnerable to discrimination

    In an effort to eliminate discriminatory pricing of home mortgage loans, the federal government now imposes a raft of regulations on how mortgage brokers can price loans and charge for their services. The new rules have not eliminated discriminatory pricing, but they probably have raised mortgage broker fees.

    Living pictures — cuttings of assorted succulents woven together in everything from picture frames to pallet boxes — are hot among garden designers and landscapers this spring.

    Garden walls can come alive with ‘living pictures’

    Looking for a fresh way to liven up your garden walls? Think plants, not paintings. Living pictures — cuttings of assorted succulents woven together in everything from picture frames to pallet boxes — have caught on among garden designers and landscapers this spring as an easy, modern way to add color and texture to an outdoor space.

    Shop owner J Frank, left, and Sarah Rowland with the wallpaper she designed for Dixie Donuts in Richmond, Va. Owners Betsy Thomas and J Frank asked Rowland to design a custom wallpaper for an accent wall at the shop, located in the trendy Carytown section of town.

    Do-it-yourself wallpaper, fabric now popular in the home

    Many companies have begun to offer consumers the chance to create custom fabrics and wallpapers. Advances in printing have made it more affordable to create small runs, and to make high-quality products faster and cheaper, said Aaron Kirsch, president of Astek Wallcovering Inc. in Van Nuys, Calif.

    Homeowners are increasingly being drawn to garden art and small water features, like this bubbling fountain.

    Low-maintenance trend grows in landscaping

    Not everyone has a green thumb. People can spend hours in the garden and still not be able to make their homes the showpieces they envision. With this in mind, more homeowners are looking for plants and shrubs that are low- or no-maintenance, said Jean Bragdon, operations manager at Lurvey's Garden Center in Des Plaines.



    Editorial: A changing of the guard across the suburbs

    It's been a long time since the suburbs have seen so many new mayors at once. But all of the outgoing leaders have left an important mark on their towns, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Work for best interests of all
    A Fox Lake letter to the editor: It seems the residents of Fox Lake can't stop shooting themselves in the foot.


    Learn about lupus this month
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Have you ever heard of lupus? Most people haven't. It is an autoimmune, chronic disease that is so little understood that the Lupus Foundation of America calls it "a cruel mystery." About 1.5 million Americans live with it, and its impact is devastating to the sufferers and to those who love them.


    Use your vote to keep good teachers
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: According to the The State Journal-Register in Springfield, there has been a decline of 13 percent in the number of teacher education students since 2008. The reason for this decline is the fact that our legislators in Springfield have made the teaching profession second class and have made those interested in this profession to seek teaching positions in other states.


    Senate missed the boat on gun vote
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Expanded background checks are a reasonable and completely sane measure. The NRA argument that we need more weapons on the street to be safer completely undermines the "free" society in which we live — there's no such thing as being free when you have to carry a gun to be safe.


    Higher speed limits not worth the risk
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Highway Loss Data Institute ties higher speeds with higher loss of life. Contrary studies are available, but we should look at their motives. I trust insurance carriers, those who must pay in the wake of carnage on our highways. Illinois' elected representatives must decide whether a faster movement of people and goods is worth the carnage and costs that will surely ensue.


    We should welcome competition from Texas
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: If Illinois government cannot compete with Texas government, then it is time for the leaders in Springfield to either figure out how to compete or make room for new leaders who can.


    Wall Street traders should check facts first
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: Who were the brilliant traders on Wall Street and in financial offices nationwide who cost investors more than $130 billion in the value of their investments? I didn't make that number up — $130 billion is what Reuters said was wiped out on the S&P 500.


    Two columns make Bush’s role clear
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Richard Cohen's recent column was titled "George W. Bush's remarkable gift of self-assurance." In it he stated "4,487 the number of American dead in an unnecessary Iraq War." Michael Gerson's recent column was titled, "Dedication shows principled president." He stated, "I'll leave it to others to critique Bush's choice on Iraq and other issues."


    Going in circles on pension reform
    A Batavia letter to the editor: The Illinois House and Senate have been working on trying to solve the pension crisis that is causing the state's credit ratings to be lowered, and deficit to spiral higher — a problem that previous legislatures caused by not funding their portion of the pension obligations. But like the robin at my window they keep coming up with the same solution over and over again.


    Religion shouldn’t be blamed
    A lombard letter to the editor: I object to the headline reporting on the Boston Marathon bombing that said: "Officials: Brothers were driven by religion." As though it is all religious. How unfair and bigoted to so brand religion in general as the cause.


    The Soapbox

    Read our editors' opinions about gender diversity in Arlington Heights, an outstanding library in Waukegan and a former House speaker's Olympic push, among other topics.


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