Daily Archive : Saturday May 11, 2013

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    Grant Township officials to be installed at board meeting

    Grant Township officials will be installed in office at 6:15 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Grant Township Center, 26725 W. Molidor Road, Ingleside.

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    Pat Brady resigned as chairman of the Illinois Republican Party this week.

    Tough task awaits next state GOP chief

    With the exit of Pat Brady of St. Charles as its chairman this week, the Illinois Republican Party is hunting to fill an often thankless job with someone who could face immense pressure to turn the GOP's recent defeats around in a crucial 2014 season. "The new chairman must reunite the state Republican Party," said state Sen. Kirk Dillard, a Hinsdale Republican. "And be a unifier, organizer,...

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    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discusses the Roe vs. Wade case on its 40th anniversary Saturday at The University of Chicago Law School. The U.S. Supreme Court decided Roe v. Wade in 1973. It established a nationwide right to abortion. Ginsburg, the second woman to serve as Supreme Court justice, was appointed to the high court by former President Bill Clinton in 1993.

    Ginsburg: Roe v. Wade gave abortion opponents target

    One of the most liberal members of the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, could be expected to give a rousing defense of Roe v. Wade when reflecting on the landmark vote 40 years after it established a nationwide right to abortion. Instead, Ginsburg told an audience Saturday at the University of Chicago Law School that while she supports a woman's right to choose, she feels the...

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    14-year-old charged as adult in downstate killing

    A 14-year-old boy will now face murder charges as an adult in southern Illinois.

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    Justice Ginsburg to discuss Roe v. Wade in Chicago

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is scheduled to discuss the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade in Chicago.

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    Joshua Knoller, an account manager with Nicholas & Lence Communications, looks at the Facebook page of his mother, Rochelle Knoller of Fair Lawn, N.J., on his office computer, in New York.

    More than just a mom, now she's your Facebook 'friend'

    As Mother's Day approaches, 1 in 3 mothers are connected with their teens over Facebook, according to the social networking giant's review of how users self-identify. With more than 1 billion Facebook users, that's a lot of mothers and kids keeping in touch through social media, says Fordham University communications professor Paul Levinson, author of "New New Media." "Facebook has been a boon to...

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    Suburbs aren’t immune from human trafficking, experts say

    The suburbs aren't immune to the degredation of human trafficking, speakers at a forum Saturday in Elgin stressed. "A lot of these victims are really young," said Marty Page of the Attorneys Targeting Labor and Sex Trafficking group.

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    The relatives of people who were killed in the country’s civil war embrace after the judge’s guilty verdict Friday for Guatemala’s former dictator Jose Efrain Rios Montt.

    Prison for ex-dictator soothes Guatemala

    The long sentence was a message, activists said, that the previously untouchable and brutal military structures need to be held accountable. Guatemala's maximum sentence is 50 years making the 80 years symbolic.

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    Phillip Patterson transcribes the King James Bible at this home in Philmont, N.Y.

    Man finishes writing out entire Bible by hand

    Four years after he began his project to write out every word of the Bible, Phillip Patterson penned the very last lines Saturday at an upstate New York church.

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    Obama hails courage of nation’s police officers

    President Barack Obama is praising the nation's police officers for courage and for signing up, in his words, "to do some tough stuff." Obama says the country saw what the police are made of last month, when many ran toward explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line not knowing what else they would face.

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    Associated Press/April 23, 2013 Children play in the surf a short distance from their coastal homes in Marquis, Grenada. If predictions of the impact of climate change come true, many coastal area of the Caribbean will be slammed by rising seas fueled by global warming. It’s expected to have massive economic and social costs in the region of scattered islands.

    Experts: CO2 record illustrates ‘scary’ trend

    Within a decade the world will never see days — even in the cleanest of places on days in the fall when greenhouse gases are at their lowest — when the carbon measurement falls below 400 ppm, said James Butler, director of global monitoring at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth Science Research Lab in Boulder, Colo."The 400 is a reminder that our emissions are...

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    Pakistani women line up outside a polling station waiting to cast their ballots in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Saturday, May 11, 2013. Defying the danger of militant attacks, Pakistanis streamed to the polls Saturday for a historic vote pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister and an unpopular incumbent. But attacks that killed and wounded dozens of people underlined the risks many people took just casting their ballots.

    Ex-Pakistani prime minister declares victory

    Defying threats of violence, Pakistanis streamed to the polls Saturday for a historic vote pitting a former cricket star against a two-time prime minister and an unpopular incumbent. But militant attacks that killed 22 people underlined the risks many people took just casting their ballots.

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    Eight injured in Aurora apartment fire

    Eight people were injured and 36 people were displaced from an Aurora Housing Authority building after a fire broke out Thursday morning in a second-floor apartment, Aurora spokesman Dan Ferrelli said. The fire started at 10:57 a.m. at the Maple Terrace complex on the 900 block of Second Avenue, Ferrelli said.

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    A suspect in a bank robbery was shot and killed by law enforcement officials near the Associated Bank in Richmond on Friday. Two other suspects were taken into custody.

    Bank robbery suspect shot dead in Richmond, two others charged

    Charges have been filed against two men who were captured outside a Richmond bank as part of an FBI surveillance operation that resulted in agents killing a third robbery suspect, authorities said. The two were seized about 11:30 a.m. Friday while Tony Starnes, 45, of Chicago, was shot to death by FBI special agents after ramming a Honda Civic into one of their vehicles, officials said.

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    Kevin Driscoll of Chicago, right, and Joe Pietro of Sugar Grove carry their two-man kayak to the water in Mount St. Mary’s Park at the Mid-American Canoe and Kayak Race on the Fox River in St. Charles. This year’s race is June 2.

    Fox River canoe race remains afloat amid challenges

    Would the Mid-American Canoe Race find more sucess if it returned to its original 17-mile route on the Fox River, from South Elgin to Aurora? The "Rain Main" statue returns to its spot near the Geneva train station while St. Charles struggles with another vacant storefront after The Vertical Drop closes its doors.

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    A Bangladeshi man sits Saturday near his sleeping wife and son, with portraits of his missing daughter displayed at a makeshift morgue in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.

    Woman rescued from Bangladesh rubble recovering

    The rescue Friday of 19-year-old Reshma Begum brought a boost to the workers who had spent more than two weeks pulling decaying bodies from the rubble. By Saturday, they had resumed their grim task and the death toll surpassed 1,100 in the world's worst garment industry disaster.

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    Associated Press/April 23, 2013 Children play in the surf a short distance from their coastal homes in Marquis, Grenada. If predictions of the impact of climate change come true, many coastal area of the Caribbean will be slammed by rising seas fueled by global warming. It’s expected to have massive economic and social costs in the region of scattered islands.

    Experts: CO2 record illustrates ‘scary’ trend

    Carbon Dioxide was measured Thursday at 400 parts per million in Hawaii, a monitoring site that sets the world's benchmark. It's a symbolic mark that scientists and environmentalists have been anticipating for years.

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    W. Illinois nutrition program suffers federal cuts

    Organizers with the West-Central Illinois Nutrition Project say they're suffering after $27,000 in federal funding cuts.

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    Man convicted in East Peoria killing

    PEKIN, Ill. — Jurors in Pekin have convicted a Peoria man of shooting a man to death in East Peoria last June.The Pekin Daily Times reports that 23-year-old James Johnson was convicted on Friday after jurors deliberated for two hours. He was charged with shooting 21-year-old Justin Siebenthal to death when Siebenthal tried to stop an armed robbery at his East Peoria home.

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    Abby Houchin, 14, holds “Angel,” as she prepares the alpaca for shearing at Houchin Family Alpacas in downstate Heyworth. The popularity of alpaca yarn and fiber to make hats, gloves, scarves and other clothing is on the rise among knitters and crafters. The number of alpaca farms across Central Illinois also has gone up in recent years.

    More Illinois farmers raising alpacas

    Soft, copper-colored fleece falls gracefully off an alpaca as Brian Houchin passes his clippers across the animal's belly and torso.

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    Elgin ceiling collapse injures two, displaces 19 others

    Two people were injured and 19 others were forced out of their homes after an apartment complex roof collapsed early Saturday in Elgin.

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    Last of Dixon comptroller’s assets sold

    Federal officials say they've sold the last of former Dixon Comptroller Rita Crundwell's tangible assets.Crundwell is serving a nearly 20-year prison sentence after admitting she stole nearly $54 million from the small northern Illinois city. The U.S. Marshals Service has been selling her assets to raise money for restitution.

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    Bail set at $2 million in Chicago police chase death

    Bail is $2 million for a Chicago man charged with killing another driver in a collision during a high-speed chase with police.Twenty-year-old Timothy Jones, of the West Pullman neighborhood, faces multiple charges, including murder, home invasion, armed robbery and leaving the scene of an accident. His bail was set Friday at $2 million.

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    ISU president’s last day is May 15

    NORMAL — Illinois State University President Al Bowman has scheduled his last day in office.The university says that Bowman will end his tenure as ISU president on May 15. He’s served in the position for the last decade. He’s been with the Normal school for 35 years.

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    65 arrested in Cook County warrant sweep

    CHICAGO — Officers in Cook County have arrested more than five dozen people in a domestic violence warrant sweep.

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    Blue Island man facing child pornography charges

    CHICAGO — Cook County authorities say a suburban Chicago man faces child pornography and weapons charges.State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced that 56-year-old Kirk Watson of Blue Island was arrested Thursday and a judge set his bond at $250,000 on Friday.

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    In this image made from video provided by NASA, astronauts Chris Cassidy, foreground, and Tom Marshburn prepare for a possible spacewalk from the International Space Station on Friday, May 10, 2013. NASA will decide later Friday if the two astronauts will step outside the station to work on a leaking coolant line. The line chills power systems but power was rerouted and is operating normally. The six-member crew is not in danger.

    Spacewalking astronauts replace pump, hope leak is fixed

    Two astronauts took a hastily planned spacewalk Saturday to find and, possibly, fix a serious leak at the International Space Station. Flakes of frozen ammonia coolant were spotted Thursday drifting from the long frame that holds the solar panels on the left side. Less than 48 hours later, Thomas Marshburn and Christopher Cassidy emerged from the orbiting lab to hunt for the leak. They replaced a...

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    David Meurer of Belleville was one of 30 professional tree climbers who competed for the title of best climber in the Illinois Arborist Association annual tree climbing competition Saturday at Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton.

    Tree climbing championships showcase ‘industry athletes’

    "Industry athletes" who climb, cut and care for trees for a living showcased their trade Saturday in Wheaton during the annual Illinois Tree Climbing Championships. Tree service trucks marked the spot where 18 competitors, all professional arborists, competed in five events and a master's challenge, using tall oaks at Cantigny Park as their obstacle course or raceway. "This competition showcases...

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    Jeanne Cooper

    Notable deaths last week

    Jeanne Cooper, the enduring soap opera star who played grande dame Katherine Chancellor for nearly four decades on "The Young and the Restless," has died. She was 84."One of the last great broads in our business — Jeanne Cooper, Mom — is now stirring up trouble in great beyond," her family said in a statement.

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    Prince Harry plays volleyball with members of the British Warrior Games Team Saturday in a gymnasium before the opening of the 2013 Warrior Games, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center, in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Prince Harry, Missy Franklin launch Warrior Games

    The visit to Colorado got underway Friday night when Harry charmed dozens of dignitaries, British expatriates, students and military officers at a cocktail party welcoming him to Colorado. He also joined the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to Franklin, a Coloradan who was celebrating turning 18 at a golf club south of Denver.She won four gold medals in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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    Emergency personnel investigate the scene of a bus crash on Interstate 95 in the Bronx borough of New York. Prosecutors in New York alleged the driver, Ophadell Williams, was all but asleep at the wheel, but a jury decided there was not enough proof to convict him.

    Drowsy driving kills, but remains an elusive dilemma

    New Jersey is the only state that has successfully passed legislation addressing drowsy driving, according to Dan Brown, an Atlanta attorney and member of the National Sleep Foundation board of directors. But he noted that "Maggie's Law" doesn't fully solve the problem because prosecutors must show that a driver had been awake for 24 consecutive hours to prove possible recklessness, which is...

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    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney during his daily news briefing Friday at the White House in Washington.

    Report: IRS brass knew tea party targeted in 2011

    WASHINGTON — A federal watchdog’s upcoming report says senior Internal Revenue Service officials knew agents were targeting tea party groups in 2011.The disclosure contradicts public statements by former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman, who repeatedly assured Congress that conservative groups were not targeted.

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    Members of the Western Springs chapter of Moms Demand Action rally last month in Springfield to support gun control legislation.

    Suburban moms campaign for gun control

    Annette Curtis of Arlington Heights calls herself "an accidental advocate." Somewhat shy by nature, she typically can be found on the sidelines of her daughter's soccer or water polo games, but now she's fighting for gun control in the wake of the mass shooting in Newtown, Conn.

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    Thomas Poynton

    Lake Zurich mayor’s email hacked; no attack in Philippines

    Lake Zurich Mayor Thomas Poynton's email account was hacked Saturday with a message that went out claiming he was mugged in the Philippines and needed $1,700 to return home.

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    Libyan military guards check one of the U.S. Consulate’s damaged buildings. Senior State Department officials pressed for changes in the talking points that U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice used after the deadly attack, expressing concerns that Congress might criticize the Obama administration for ignoring warnings of a growing threat in Benghazi.

    GOP ready to push Benghazi case into 2014

    The incident was heavily politicized from the start, occurring less than two months before President Barack Obama's re-election and while Hillary Rodham Clinton was secretary of state.The former New York senator and first lady, who infuriates many conservatives, ranks high in speculation about Democrats in the hunt for the 2016 presidential nomination.

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    District of Columbia Fire department trucks take up positions Saturday between the The Eisenhower Executive Office Building and the West Wing as they respond to a call at the White House.

    Smoke forces evacuation of White House West Wing

    Journalists and others were evacuated out of "an abundance of caution" and the District of Columbia fire department was called. People were allowed back into the building about an hour later.

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    Associated Press/April 29 Lyle Cafe owner Barbara Johnson of Winthrop, Minn., speaks in support of a bill to raise Minnesota’s minimum wage during a news conference at the State Capitol in St. Paul. Seven out of 10 Americans want to raise the minimum wage.

    Maybe Americans agree about more than they know

    Democrat Barack Obama is on track to become the most polarizing president in nearly seven decades of Gallup records. His predecessor, Republican George W. Bush, held the distinction previously, signaling a trend.

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    How to apply for disaster aid
    Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency have assembled information on how flood victims may receive assistance.

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    People carry a woman injured in a blast in Reyhanli, near Turkey's border with Syria, Saturday, May 11, 2013. Two car bombs exploded in a Turkish town near the border with Syria on Saturday, killing and injuring scores of people officials and media reports said.

    40 dead in Turkey car bombings near Syria

    Two car bombs exploded in a Turkish town near the border with Syria on Saturday, killing around 40 people and wounding 100 others, official said. Turkey's deputy prime minister said Syria's intelligence and military were "the usual suspects" behind the bombings, but said authorities were still investigating the attacks.

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    65 arrested in Cook County on warrants
    Officers in Cook County have arrested more than five dozen people in a domestic violence warrant sweep. Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart announced the 65 arrests on Friday.

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    This photo shows Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman shot 27 people dead, including 20 children. A task force of elected officials in Newtown on Friday, May 10, 2013 recommended tearing down the school and rebuilding on the same site.

    Newtown panel: Tear down Sandy Hook, rebuild

    Newtown parents Steven Uhde and Peter Barresi didn't want the town to abandon the elementary school property where 20 first-graders and six educators were killed in December and build a new school elsewhere, saying that would be like letting the gunman win.

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    A missing poster still rests on a tree outside the home of Amanda Berry, in Cleveland. For Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, who were freed from captivity inside a Cleveland house earlier this week, the ordeal is not over. Next comes recovery _ from sexual abuse and their sudden, jarring reentry into a world much different than the one they were snatched from a decade ago.

    For Cleveland women, ordeal of recovery begins now

    Year after year, the clock ticked by and the calendar marched forward, carrying the three women further from the real world and pulling them deeper into an isolated nightmare. Now, for the women freed from captivity inside a Cleveland house, the ordeal is not over. Next comes recovery — from sexual abuse and their sudden, jarring reentry into a world much different from the one they were...

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    Butch Ward, a senior faculty member at The Poynter Institute, moderates the Illinois Press Association seminar on “Covering the New Veterans.”

    Journalism seminar focuses on 21st century veterans

    Journalists and experts discussed how to better tell the stories of the new American veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq during a seminar Friday sponsored by the Illinois Press Association and The Poynter Institute. The event was held at the Daily Herald Office Center in Arlington Heights.

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    The Vernon Hills Park District will proceed with a $2.5 million maintenance building in Century Park.

    Vernon Hills board overrules plan commission, gives go ahed for maintenance building

    The Vernon Hills Park District will proceed with plans for a $2.5 million maintenance facility on village-owned property on the north end of Century Park, the largest in its system. The village board gave its informal approval but directed that neighbors be consulted on landscaping and screening details before a final vote is taken.

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    Mold: District tried to settle with insurance agency
    It’s been more than a decade since educators had to deal with mold at St. Charles East High School and the lawsuits filed by families as a result of exposure to students. But the legal battle is not completely over. In fact, in July, the reset button will be pushed on a lingering lawsuit that may still see district taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars.

Sports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Vernon Hills wins Cougar Classic

    Vernon Hills wins title: Vernon Hills won its own Cougar Classic, earning the title for the fourth straight year and the seventh time in the last eight years. The Cougars defeated Highland Park in the championship game, 25-21, 25-16. Vernon Hills swept Glenbard West in the semifinals (25-23, 25-15) and also got wins over West Chicago (25-10, 25-23) and Whitney Young (25-13, 25-16) in pool play. The Cougars lost in pool play to Highland Park (14-25, 25-23, 15-7). Over five matches, Max Spiglanin led Vernon Hills with 38 kills and 35 digs. He also had 3 aces, tying Jake Baruch, Dylan DeBoer and Ryan Opitz. Opitz also rolled up 113 assists and 11 blocks and DeBoer had a 9-point service run in the title match against Highland Park. Lemuel Turner led the Cougars with a total of 21 blocks. Michael Heinz added 34 kills and 32 digs for Vernon Hills, which moves to 27-6 on the season. Heinz was big in the title match against Highland Park with 13 kills.Lakes wins 3 at Evanston: Lakes went 3-2 at the Evanston Spring Fling Tournament. The Eagles defeated Marion Catholic (25-10, 25-21), Evanston (25-16, 25-17) and Lincoln Park (25-15, 25-23) and lost to Joliet West (24-26, 26-28) and St. Charles North (18-25, 22-25). Mason Solbrig rolled up 35 kills (and 10 blocks) over the tournament while Richard Galat added 22 kills and Alex Verhagen had 13 kills. Nick Powell led the way with 33 digs while Verhagen finished with 24 and Dalton Solbrig had 16 to go along with his 74 assists. Tom Richter had 7 aces for the Eagles.

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    Carmel wins ESCC tourney

    Carmel wins ESCC title: Carmel took first place in the East Suburban Catholic Conference tennis meet Saturday at Marian Catholic. Brandon Dechter of Carmel took first in the No. 2 singles championship match with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Alex Romano of Benet while teammate Kevin Hunt took second place in No. 1 singles. He lost to Kyle Scheffers of Marian Catholic 6-1, 6-4. In the No. 3 doubles bracket, Mick Wimmer and Alex Reid of Carmel took first by defeating Kevin Burns and Conor Flynn of Benet, 6-4, 6-2 in the championship match.

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    Saliba, VH swing into action

    SoftballVernon Hills 10, Round Lake 0 (5): Sami Saliba was slammin’ home runs on Saturday. She had 2 home runs and drove in 5 runs in a big win for Vernon Hills. Dana Meline had 3 hits and 3 stolen bases for the Cougars while teammate Jordyn Comitor added 2 hits, both doubles. Winning pitcher Carly Stern rolled up 5 strikeouts over 5 innings. Vernon Hills improved to 6-12 on the season and 6-4 in the NSC Prairie Division.Grayslake North 12, Mundelein 9: Jordyn Bowen, Kelsey Borders and Nikki Livengood each had 3 hits as the Knights rolled up 17 hits in the win. Kaitlyn Olsen and Maddie Terlap added 2 hits apiece for Grayslake North. Winning pitcher Sarah Littleton had 6 strikeouts in 5 innings. For Mundelein, Hailey Morelli and Maggie Mahar each had 2 hits.Grant 10, North Chicago 0: Pitcher Caitlyn Moran got the win.Grant 4, Lake Zurich 0: Grant improved to 15-8 as Jamie Reiser went 4-for-4 and winning pitcher Caitlyn Moran rolled up 4 strikeouts against just 1 walk. For Lake Zurich (14-9), Katie Brown had 2 hits.Grayslake Central gets swept: Grayslake Central dropped both games of a doubleheader to Zion-Benton, 9-6, 10-0. In the first game, Juliana Frusolone went 3-for-4 with a double and she scored 2 runs for the Rams.

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    Wauconda handles Zion-Benton

    BaseballWauconda 14, Zion-Benton 4: Nate Sarich had 2 hits and an RBI as Wauconda moved to 15-5 on the season. Teammates Brandon Gibis, Joe Widmer and Cody Reese all drove in 3 runs apiece. Gibis had a triple while Widmer and Reese had doubles. Ryan Geary also had a double and Kyle Bock added a triple as well. Winning pitcher Luke Kenny rolled up 5 strikeouts in five innings.Warren 10, Wheeling 0: Andrew Hill and Conner Iwema were both 2-for-3 in leading the Blue Devils to the big shutout. One of Iwema’s hits was a double and he also had 2 RBI. Meanwhile, teammate Andrew Nickell blasted a home run and Hill got the pitching win.Lake Zurich 17, Grant 6: With 13 hits, Lake Zurich rolled up a big win. For Grant, Simeon Lucas had 2 hits, including his seventh home run of the season. He drove in 3 runs.Vernon Hills 10, Reavis 3: In the annual game of North vs. South, Vernon Hills pounded out 13 hits to get the victory. Tommy Earhart, Tyler Feece, Pat Crowley and Joey Marras each had 2 hits and 2 RBI. Antioch splits: Antioch split a doubleheader with Richmond-Burton, winning 5-3 and losing 12-8. In the win, Sam Smithson had a double and a RBI. Winning pitcher Jerry LaSaint went six innings and had 5 strikeouts. In the loss, Colin Prather had 2 hits and Matt DeJong had a double. Antioch is now 16-11 on the season.Downers Grove South 8, Mundelein 1: Derek Parola was 2-for-3 with a triple in the loss. Downers Grove South rolled up 10 hits and was out to a 5-0 lead after two innings.Prospect 8, Lakes 5: Lakes fell to 11-15 with the loss. Mike Bartlett had a triple and Adam Vassios had a double for the Eagles.

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    White Sox starter Jose Quintana talks to catcher Tyler Flowers during the third inning, when the Angels scored the go-ahead run on a Flowers passed ball.

    Ventura’s pregame message fails to get immediate results

    Frustrated by his team's poor play, manager Robin Ventura called a team meeting before Saturday night's game against the Angels at U.S. Cellular Field. Initially, it failed to take, as the Sox again struggled with the bats while making more defensive mistakes in a 3-2 loss.

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    No. 1 Naperville Central suffers first loss

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

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    St. Edward starting pitcher Jack Tierney throws against Aurora Christian earlier this season. The Green Wave will face AC in regional semifinal play on Thursday.

    St. Edward, Westminster prepared for 2A postseason

    Aurora Central Catholic stands between the baseball teams from St. Edward and Westminster Christian and the postseason prize each seeks. ACC (25-5) is the top seed at the Class 2A Westminster Christian regional, which begins Monday with No. 5 North Boone facing No. 4 Westminster Christian (10-9) in a play-in game at 4:30 p.m. A win by the young Warriors would advance them to a Wednesday semifinal against ACC at 4:30 p.m. Westminster and ACC split a nonconference doubleheader at the same Elgin venue Saturday afternoon. The Warriors won the first game 6-5, but ACC pitcher Drew Riedy shut the Warriors out 11-0 on 2 hits in the nightcap.

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    Sox’ Sale feels right at home on U.S. Cellular mound

    There might be some good news for the reeling White Sox. Chris Sale starts against the Angels Sunday night on ESPN, and the left-hander has been nearly unbeatable at U.S. Cellular Field.

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    Split decision for St. Viator

    St. Viator split a pair of East Suburban Catholic Conference baseball games with host Marian Catholic on Saturday to stay just off the lead in the league race.The Lions fell 8-1 in game one but bounced back for a 4-2 win in the game two.Adam Naliwajko and Ron Pettingill had two-out RBI doubles in the fourth inning of the second game as Patrick Martin earned a victory and Greg Steiner got a save.St. Viator improved to 15-12 overall and 9-5 in the league, while Carmel, Benet and Marian Catholic are each 10-4.Elk Grove 7, Hoffman Estates 6: Adam O’Malley went 2-for-4 and droving in 3 runs as host Elk Grove held off the Hawks to stay alive in the MSL East race.Mikey Maize and Luc DiMaso also had 2 hits for Elk Grove (20-8, 11-4), and Matt Wary and Johnny Assimakopoulos doubled.Elk Grove was up 6-3 after a 5-run second inning and protected the win for starter Michael Woods, who gave up 3 earned runs in 6 innings.Hoffman Estates (9-16, 6-7) scored single runs in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, but three Grens relievers managed to keep the Hawks from tying it in the seventh and David Camacho earned a save.Barrington 3, Lake Forest 1: Wyatt Trautwein delivered a dominant pitching effort against the host Scouts, firing a complete-game 3-hitter with 10 strikeouts as the MSL West champion Broncos (19-10) earned a nonconference victory.Scott Nelson tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Jake Coon, and Nelson also doubled and scored as Shane Yorton had an RBI single in Barrington’s 2-run sixth.Coach Pat Wire said Trautwein (5-2) is likely to start in Friday’s Mid-Suburban League championship game, which will be played at the site of the East Division champ at 4:30 p.m. Friday.Buffalo Grove 10, Conant 3: Ryan Schumi and Mike DiViesti homered to power a Bison road victory in MSL play.Justin Hasek earned the victory for BG (8-12, 6-7) as Dan Levato doubled and RBI along with teammates Luke Potnick, Sean Edgar, Paul Burke, Matt Blankshain and Josh Guertler.Conant did all its scoring in the first inning, while BG had 2 in the first and 2 in the fourth through the seventh.Fremd 5, Schaumburg 1: Brian Jestice earned the victory as Fremd (16-9, 9-5) limited Schaumburg to 2 singles in an MSL West victory.Palatine 5, St. Charles East 2: Pirates starter Andy Macahon allowed 2 earned runs in a complete-game victory as host Palatine (17-12) picked up a nonconference win.Bill Stewart doubled twice and Chris Macahon, Greg Grana and Matt Hogan had 2 hits apiece for the Pirates, who trailed 1-0 before scoring 3 runs in the fifth and 2 more in the sixth.Prospect 8, Lakes 5: The visiting Knights earned a nonconference win as Jordan Fedro earned the decision, striking out seven in 6 innings.A.J. Compton tripled and drove in 2 runs for Prospect. Zach Tusczak also had 2 RBI, and Jackson Wrede and Grant Gerdes had 2 hits apiece for the Knights (4-16-3), who had 13 hits and overcame 5 errors.Chargers fall twice: Host Christian Libertyville dropped a 4-2 decision to Luther North in game one, and the visitors scored once in the top of the seventh inning to claim a 2-1 decision.Huskies fall twice: Hersey dropped to 9-17 with 11-2 and 5-2 loss to visiting Lane Tech in nonconference play.

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    C.J. Patton of Fremd competes on the pommel horse during the boys gymnastics state finals at Lincoln-Way East on Saturday. He tied for the state title with a 9.55.

    Fremd’s Patton shares winning ride on pommel horse

    Fremd's C.J. Patton doesn't mind sharing. Patton along with Hinsdale Central's Brian Thompson and Wheaton co-op's David McDonald each scored a 9.55 to finish tied for first on the pommel horse in the boys gymnastics state finals Saturday night at Lincoln-Way East in Frankfort. "First is first," said Patton, who was second in the state last year. "That was the goal, and I got it."

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    Vatch 2-hitter helps Lake Park earn split

    DuPage baseball roundup

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    Metea Valley hangs tough for DH split

    How does a loss turn into a win? You might want to ask Metea Valley's baseball team. Even though a stunning rally still resulted in a 12-11 nine-inning loss to Waubonsie Valley in Game 1 of Saturday's Upstate Eight Conference doubleheader, the host Mustangs managed to roll the momentum into a 6-0 victory in the second game.

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    St. Charles North coach Ruth Vostal and St. Charles East coach Paul Jennison, pictured before the teams played in the regular season last month, could see their squads meet again for the Class 3A Hoffman Estates sectional championship May 24.

    Top seeds feature a Tri-Cities flavor

    One of the most successful regular seasons in area girls soccer came to a close Saturday when Rosary defeated St. Francis to win the Suburban Christian Conference title. Now all eyes move to the postseason. In the Class 3A tournament, St. Charles North, St. Charles East and Batavia grabbed the top three seeds in the Hoffman Estates sectional.

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    Judson falls short in NAIA Opening Round

    The Judson University baseball team battled to the championship game of the NAIA Opening Round tournament at Silver Cross Field in Joliet Saturday but fell short, losing to No. 1 seed York College (Neb.) 4-3. The Eagles (46-17) rallied to beat Cumberland (Tenn.) 4-3 in 10 innings in their first game of the day, a win that put Judson in the position of having to beat York twice, once Saturday and then again Monday, to advance to the NAIA World Series.

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    Los Angeles Angels catcher Chris Iannetta, right, tags out Chicago White Sox’s Jeff Keppinger at home during the second inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, May 11, 2013.

    Trout homers as Angels top White Sox 3-2

    Mike Trout hit a two-run homer and Jerome Williams pitched into the seventh inning to help the Los Angeles Angels beat the Chicago White Sox 3-2 on Saturday night. The White Sox, who committed three errors, have lost eight of the last 12 games.

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    Judson takes 3rd at NCCAA tournament

    The Judson University softball team lost to Shorter University of Rome, Ga., 5-0 Saturday and finished in third place in the NCCAA National Tournament at Boutetort, Va.

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    Young or old, Blackhawks fans love to dress the part and show their true colors in support of the franchise.

    Loud and proud, Hawks fans send a message

    If there is a fan base in North America so fervent or ubiquitous, it can be no better than tied for first with the ladies and gentlemen and children who follow the Blackhawks wherever they go. When Rocky Wirtz took over as chairman of this franchise in 2007, it was assumed that the process of reviving interest in the Blackhawks and retrieving lost generations of fans would be gradual, maybe difficult. Instead, the sleeping giant of the NHL has risen as hoped, because the Blackhawks are as endemic to this city's winters as shivering and shoveling.

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    Bush, Stevenson rise to another NSC occasion

    Taking control of the North Suburban Conference boys tennis tournament is starting to be an annual event for Stevenson. The Patriots netted another NSC title on Saturday, topping Lake Forest 38-28.5 for the top spot in the event hosted by Wauconda and completed at the Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. Warren edged Libertyville 23.5 to 23 for third place. Jeremy Bush of Stevenson was victorious over Warren's Kristiyan Trukov in straight sets for the No. 1 singles championship, and the Patriots captured all three of their doubles matches over the Scouts.

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    Cougars get third straight win

    Overcoming an early deficit, the Kane County Cougars scored their third consecutive victory as they knocked off the Clinton LumberKings 7-4 on Saturday night at Ashford University Field.

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    Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, right, gives teammate David DeJesus a high-five Saturday after they scored on a single by Anthony Rizzo during the fifth inning against the Washington Nationals in Washington.

    Cubs' Jackson gets first win, beats Strasburg, Nationals

    A day before facing each other as opposing starting pitchers, Edwin Jackson and Stephen Strasburg spent some time chatting as former teammates. "Told him I'd be ready for the gas he's throwing," Jackson recounted. Easy to joke around after the way Jackson finally picked up his first win of 2013 — and first win under the $52 million, four-year contract that took him from the Washington Nationals to the Cubs.

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    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Neuqua Valley 6-3, Bartlett 2-2: The Wildcats swept this Upstate Eight Valley doubleheader in Naperville. Neuqua Valley (21-8, 18-5) scored 6 runs in the first four innings to take command of Game 1 against losing pitcher Doug VanDyke (6-2), who allowed 6 earned runs on 8 hits, walked 1 and struck out 4 in 5 innings. Hawks starting pitcher Colin Nowak (2-3) pitched into the eighth inning in Game 2, but the Wildcats prevailed in walk-off fashion on Drew Sterioti’s bases-loaded single. Bartlett (13-10, 12-10) was limited offensively to 9 hits and 2 walks in 15 innings.Streamwood 9-4, Larkin 5-8: The Elgin Area District U-46 rivals split an Upstate Eight River doubleheader. Streamwood erupted for 12 hits in the 9-5 victory, led at the plate by Matt Harding (3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI), Jeff Weaver (3-for-4, 2B, 2 RBI) and Kevin Sojda (2-for-3, 2 RBI). Winning pitcher Sojda (3-4) allowed 3 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, walked 3 and struck out 3 in 6 innings. Jon Lenz (1-1) took the loss for Larkin (9-16, 6-15).Junior Brayden Royse drove in 3 runs, Tyler Kalusa doubled twice and drove in a run and winning pitcher Will King (3-3) allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 10 hits as the Royals gained a split with an 8-4 win in Game 2. Jeremy Campbell (1-5) took the loss for Streamwood (5-18, 5-16).South Elgin 2-0, Lake Park 1-11: David Palmer’s bases-loaded single powered the Storm to a walk-off victory in the opener of this UEC Valley doubleheader. Winning pitcher Joe Crivolio (2-2) went the distance, allowing 1 earned run on 4 hits. He issued 1 walk and recorded 8 strikeouts. Division-leading Lake Park (22-7, 8-4) pummeled South Elgin in Game 2. Eric Vatch tossed a 2-hit shutout for the Lancers to defeat Tyler Brown (1-4), who gave up 6 runs (5 earned) on 5 hits and 3 walks in 4 innings. Nick Binder (2-for-3) managed the only 2 hits for South Elgin (12-14, 11-11).Geneva 6-12, Elgin 3-1: The Maroons were swept in a UEC River road doubleheader after mustering just 6 hits and committing 5 errors. Ryan Sitter took the loss in Game 1. The junior yielded 6 runs (5 earned) on 5 hits, but 2 of those hits were home runs by Geneva (16-13, 13-12). He walked 3 and struck out 8 in 6 innings. Nick Turner took the Game 2 loss for Elgin (6-18, 5-16).Cary-Grove 4, Dundee-Crown 2: Dean Christakes delivered a 2-run single with the bases loaded to key a 3-run bottom of the sixth as Cary-Grove rallied in the FVC Valley. Winning pitcher Andrew Splitt (3-0) held the Chargers to 2 earned runs on 5 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 7 in 6 innings, and Zach Marszal went 2-for-3 with 2 doubles for Cary-Grove (18-8, 12-5). Losing pitcher Jared Ludwig held the Trojans to 4 earned runs on 8 hits, walked 2 and struck out 3. Dylan Kissack doubled and Ryan Suwanski tripled and scored for Dundee-Crown (7-14, 4-11)Hampshire 7, Woodstock North 6: The Whip-Purs rallied for 3 runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to notch an improbable Fox Valley Fox home win. Piotr Barnas singled in a run, Mike Laramie tied the game 6-6 with a single that scored Barnas and Tyler Crater’s walk-off single to left field scored RJ Consigny with the game-winning run. The uprising made a winner of starting pitcher Brandon Wescher (2-0), who gave up 6 runs (4 earned) on 5 hits, walked 3 and struck out 6 in 7 innings for Hampshire (13-12, 5-11).Westminster Christian 6-0, Aurora Central Catholic 5-12: These possible regional semifinal opponents got a good look at each other in a nonconference doubleheader split. Four Westminster pitchers held ACC (25-6) to 7 hits in a 6-5 win. Chase Woods was the hitting hero (3-for-4, 2B, 3 RBI) for Westminster Christian (10-9). Drake Riedy threw a 2-hit shutout for the Chargers in the nightcap to beat three Westminster pitchers. The two teams would square off Wednesday in a Class 2A Westminster Christian regional semifinal if the Warriors win Monday’s play-in game against North Boone.

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    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Paige Allen fired a 3-hit shutout and Cassidy Westlund scored the game's only run on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh inning Saturday as the South Elgin softball team stayed alive in the Upstate Eight Valley race with a 1-0 win at Metea Valley.

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    FILE - In this Wednesday, April 24, 2013 file photo, Chicago Blackhawks' Jonathan Toews (19) and Brandon Saad (20) celebrate a goal on the Edmonton Oilers during first period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Alberta. Montreal Canadiens right-winger Brendan Gallagher, Florida Panthers center Jonathan Huberdeau and Saad were named finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy on Monday. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jason Franson, File)

    Quenneville sends clear message to Saad, Stalberg

    Brandon Saad and Viktor Stalberg had white practice jerseys hanging in their locker stalls when they arrived at the rink that meant they would be skating with the extras. Ben Smith was on the first line with Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa, while Dave Bolland was centering the third line for Bryan Bickell and Andrew Shaw.

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    Injured Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) warms up before game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals at the United Center in Chicago Friday.

    Assessing Bulls-Heat as things cool for a day

    With a break in the Bulls-Heat action, it's time to answer some questions. What will happen to Mohammed? What is Thibodeau complaining about? Where is Rip? Will Nate be back? And is Miami's p.a. announcer really the league's worst?

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    Barrington takes a moment to pose with its sectional championship hardware after a 12-10 victory Saturday at Fremd.

    Barrington takes the lead, tops Fremd

    Barrington had grown tired of playing second fiddle. For the five years previous, the Fillies girls water polo program had advanced to the sectional championship round — only to see Fremd earn a spot in the Elite Eight at Stevenson. On Saturday in Fremd's pool, the roles were reversed as Barrington edged the Vikings 12-10. It was sweet music indeed for the Mid-Suburban League champs.

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    Conant swings away, tops Hoffman

    Conant's softball team went above .500 in the tough Mid-Suburban West with a 14-9 victory at Hoffman Estates (3-20, 3-12) on Saturday morning.

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    Barton, BG bounce Meadows

    Last month, Rolling Meadows senior pitcher Sara Brunlieb received a birthday present of four tickets for Brad Paisley's country music concert on Saturday night in Tinley Park. Brunlieb was nice enough to invite good friend Erin Barton as one of her guests. Earlier in the day, Barton's bat wasn't as nice to Brunlieb. Barton, Buffalo Grove's senior third baseman, lined a two-out double to right center for the game-winning RBI as the Bison blanked the visiting Mustangs 2-0 in the Mid-Suburban East contest.

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    Meadows rolls to Fremd tourney win

    Rolling Meadows improved its record to 26-6 with a 5-0 run to the championship in the boys volleyball tournament hosted by Fremd on Saturday. The Mustangs topped Elk Grove 10-25, 27-25, 15-13 in the championship matchup. They also defeated West Aurora and York in three sets, and South Elgin and Fremd in two.

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    Trophy time, again, for Fremd

    It turned out to be another finish to remember for Fremd's badminton team. Junior Angela Wu and senior Kelly Owens advanced through the singles consolation bracket in Saturday in Charleston to meet one another in the consolation semifs. Wu won that matchup 21-14, 21-9 to earn a spot in the fifth-place match, where she dropped a two-setter to Audrey Mang of New Trier. The points amassed by Wu and Owens helped the Vikings to another state trophy finish under coach Bob Hanson. Thornton Fractional South won the team championship with 16.5 points. Fremd and Naperville Central tied for second place with 12.

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    Jacobs, Crystal Lake South split

    The Crystal Lake South and Jacobs baseball teams traded walk-off winners Saturday in an intense doubleheader preview of their May 23 regional semifinal. CL South (15-5, 12-5) took Game 1 when Tom Gaede singled to left-center field in the bottom of the eighth inning to score Jake Bigos for a 3-2 victory. Jacobs (17-10, 9-7) salvaged the split when catcher Aaron Meciej laced a one-out single down the third-base line in the bottom of the seventh, scoring Grant Kale from second base for a 1-0 win. Kale led off with a single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Nick Ledinsky.

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    Studying pays off for Naperville Central

    The Naperville Central girls water polo team defeated Naperville North 10-6 in the Neuqua Valley sectional championship match Saturday and is going to the state finals for the sixth straight year with the help of going to class.

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    Naperville C.’s Swamy adds to comeback with DVC triumph

    Naperville Central's Sid Swamy endured a lot of pain and disappointment on his way to a DuPage Valley Conference singles championship, but when his time came Saturday it was quite satisfying.

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    Marmion wins sixth straight SCC title

    The odds were stacked overwhelmingly against the nearest Marmion pursuers Saturday morning and afternoon in Wheaton. The Cadets, unblemished in regular-season Suburban Christian Conference boys tennis dual meets, were seeking a sixth consecutive league championship. Marmion was almost as flawless at St. Francis during the conference tournament, scoring 13 out of a possible 15 points by capturing all three doubles championships and second singles en route to 20 total points.

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    Batavia’s bats come alive at St. Charles N.

    Less than 24 hours after being held to 3 base hits — 2 of them of the infield variety — in a 3-0 loss to St. Charles North, Batavia's baseball team feasted on North Stars pitching Saturday. Needing a sweep to remain tied for first place in the loss column with Upstate Eight Conference River Division co-leader St. Charles East, the Bulldogs (22-6, 16-6) accomplished the feat, taking both games from host St. Charles North (13-15, 9-12).

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    Marcus Popenfoose

    Huntley grad Popenfoose wins SEC shot put title

    Auburn University junior Marcus Popenfoose of Huntley won the Southeast Conference shot put title at the conference meet in Columbia, Mo. Saturday afternoon.

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    Hohman, Waubonsie Valley shut down Bartlett

    It's not very often a team starts a day with a lead in a game, but it worked to the advantage of Waubonsie Valley and sophomore ace Shannon Hohman. Leading Bartlett 1-0 with one out and a runner on first base in the bottom of the first inning when the rain-suspended game resumed on Saturday at Bartlett, Hohman and the Warriors got the final two outs of that inning. the right-hander settled into a groove, her team added 3 more runs and just like that there's another tie for the lead in the Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division softball race. Waubonsie's 4-0 win over the Hawks technically puts the Warriors in first with a 13-3 league record. Bartlett is 11-3, Lake Park 12-4, Neuqua Valley 11-5 and South Elgin 10-5 heading into what promises to be a riveting final week of the regular season.

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    Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson and defenseman Duncan Keith defend the goal against Minnesota Wild left wing Jason Zucker after Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford was on the ice on the other side of the net Tuesday in Game 1 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series at the United Center in Chicago.

    Blackhawks’ defense will be tested in next round

    Whether it's San Jose or Detroit facing the Blackhawks in the second round, there will be a difficult matchup waiting for the shutdown defense pair of Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson. "I think at the end of the day you have to play them the same way no matter who it is," Keith said. "All good players like to have time and space with the puck, so just being on them quickly and not giving them time and space is key."

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    Barrington’s Varun Parekh eyes the ball during his matchup with Conant’s Peter Itskovich in the Mid-Suburban League No. 1 singles quarterfinals at Wheeling on Saturday morning.

    Barrington’s back on top in MSL

    It seemed like an eternity for John Roncone, but his tennis team from Barrington is back on top for the first time since 2010. The Broncos lifted the Mid-Suburban League championship trophy on a cold, windy Saturday afternoon at host Wheeling thanks to supremacy at doubles and steady work at singles, particularly from No. 3 champ Zach Hennenfent. Barrington outscored Fremd by 14 points, 61-47. Prospect took third with 34.

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    Bears receiver Marquess Wilson catches a pass during rookie minicamp at Halas Hall.

    Wide receiver Wilson looks like good find for Bears

    Marquess Wilson was a record-setting wide receiver at Washington State but fell to the seventh-round after quitting his team following a dispute with coach Mike Leach, but the tall, thin 20-year-old says he's just happy the Bears are giving him a second chance. "The way I looked at it, I was just happy I got drafted," Wilson said. "I was just happy that I got a second opportunity, another chance to play football again."

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    Naperville North takes sectional in rout

    Only three seniors were listed on the Naperville North boys water polo roster last season as the Huskies reached the state quarterfinals.

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    Grayslake North steps forward

    Grayslake North was growing up as a school while Grayslake Central was building one of the Chicago area's top baseball programs. A big weekend has the seven-year-old Knights' program in position to reach unprecedented heights. They moved into sole possession of the Fox Valley Conference Fox Division lead as they held on for a 7-5 victory on a chilly and blustery Saturday morning at three-time defending champion Grayslake Central.

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    Stevenson players and coach Sean Wimer, left, celebrate with their sectional plaque after edging Palatine to win the Mundelein sectional.

    Stevenson repeats the feat, edges Palatine

    The top-seeded Stevenson boys water polo team knew it was not going to be easy as it met No. 3 Palatine for the Mundelein sectional championship Saturday afternoon. The Patriots and Pirates were deadlocked at 5-5 heading into the fourth quarter before Stevenson pulled away late in the game for a 9-7 victory.

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    St. Edward’s girls soccer team returns to the sideline after beating Westminster Christian in the Class 1A Westminster regional final Saturday. Alyssa Saunders (9) and Stephanie Manghas (17) celebrate in the middle.

    It’s a regional 3-peat for St. Edward

    Like a freight train with a full head of steam, once the St. Edward girls soccer team got its engine into gear during Saturday's Class 1A regional final at Westminster Christian, the Green Wave were hard to stop. Even a slick field that provided early trouble couldn't derail the top-seeded Green Wave, who won their third-straight regional title, easily beating No. 3 Westminster Christian 7-0 in Elgin Saturday afternoon. But unlike other years, the celebration was short-lived since the Wave's focus is on a much greater prize.

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    Fire lament missed chances in loss to Union

    The Fire outshot the Union 15-9 and had possession 58 percent of the game, but as has been the case too often this season, the Fire couldn't score. The Union did, winning 1-0 despite being without starting defenders Sheanon Williams and Jeff Parke.

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    Tyler’s first homer helps Glenbard East complete sweep

    Kelli Tyler admitted to being a little anxious at the challenge put out to her. Given a second crack, she didn't miss. After Addison Trail intentionally walked Kara Tadda in front of her for the second straight at bat, the Glenbard East sophomore crushed a go-ahead three-run homer, and the Rams went on to win the second game 7-6 and sweep the Saturday doubleheader in Lombard.

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    After a slow start, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is on pace to hit 42 home runs and 42 doubles this season, which would be remarkable.

    No worries – Rizzo is doing just fine

    Matt Spiegel says we should stop worrying about Anthony Rizzo, the young Cubs phenom. The numbers suggest he's doing just fine. Spiegel explains, and he shares some more interesting numbers and situations that make the game so great.

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    Big defensive finish key for Conant

    Conant, the top seed in the Fremd boys water polo sectional, was getting all it wanted from Hoffman Estates on Saturday afternoon. The No. 3 seed Hawks, after springing an upset on No. 2 Fremd the previous night, were within 7-5 late in the third quarter. It seemed like Hoffman Estates had every chance to stay in the game, and perhaps even pull a stunner. Conant had other ideas. Senior Jon Burke scored on a man-up possession at the end of the third quarter, and the Cougars didn't allow another goal the rest of the way in an 11-5 victory. Conant (30-3) earned its first state tournament trip since 2007 and will face Stevenson at 7 p.m. Friday in the Elite Eight at Stevenson.

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    York back in familiar spot; Glenbard West fourth in Silver

    This is the York track program coach Stan Reddel knows. Entering the outdoor season he recalled the 2012 campaign when the Dukes lost the West Suburban Conference Silver indoor meet and were unable to rally to win outdoors. "That's not our tradition," the hall of fame veteran said at the time. The Dukes regained form Saturday at the WSC Silver meet at Concordia University in River Forest. Bounding back since its indoor loss in March, York's 162 points outranked Lyons Twp. (141), Oak Park (90), Glenbard West (66), Downers Grove North (56) and Hinsdale Central (42). Proviso West scored 1 point.

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    St. Charles North’s Keith Hedges returns a hit from Batavia in the first place, first doubles match with teammate Grant Spellman in the Upstate Eight Conference at Elgin High School on Saturday, May 11.

    Batavia repeats UEC River title

    Brad Nelson picked up right where Bob Kummer and Nelson's girls team left off. Nelson guided the Batavia boys tennis team to the Upstate Eight River Division conference championship Saturday in his first season as the boys coach, replacing the longtime boys coach Kummer. "We won the girls one in the fall on these courts (at Elgin) actually. To come back in the spring with the guys is special to keep things going for coach Kummer with what he left us with after winning it last year," Nelson said.

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    Streak-busters Rosary claim SCC title

    As she got ready to take the field Saturday, Rosary keeper Lauren Frasca reminded the officials that she had things to do in the afternoon the intimation being that she didn't want to be there for long. And yet Frasca and her teammates spent the maximum amount of time on their home field for the conclusion of the May 3 contest stopped by thunderstorms with 32:17 left in the second half. Originally played at Glenbard South, Saturday's finale took place at Rosary though the Royals played in Blue and were the road team, as they were in the original portion of the match. And when the match ended after a scoreless completion to the second half, two scoreless overtimes and a penalty kick shootout — it was 1-0 to Rosary (15-3-3, 9-0), earning the team its first conference title since 2007.

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    In this Dec. 5, 2008 file photo, O.J. Simpson speaks during his sentencing at the Clark County Regional Justice Center courtroom in Las Vegas. Simpson is heading back to the Las Vegas courthouse where he was convicted of leading five men in an armed sports memorabilia heist to ask a judge for a new trial because, he says, the Florida lawyer he paid nearly $700,000 botched his defense. The return of O.J. Simpson to a Las Vegas courtroom next Monday, May, 13, will remind Americans of a tragedy that became a national obsession and in the process changed the country’s attitude toward the justice system, the media and celebrity.

    OJ Simpson tries ‘Hail Mary motion’ to overturn conviction

    The return of O.J. Simpson to a Las Vegas courtroom come Monday will remind Americans of a tragedy that became a national obsession and in the process changed the country's attitude toward the justice system, the media and celebrity. He is arguably the most famous American ever charged with murder, and his "trial of the century" cast him in the role of the accused. "An O.J. case is never like any other case," legal expert says.

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    Union beat Fire 1-0 in MLS on McInerney’s goal

    Jack McInerney scored his league-leading seventh goal of the season Saturday and Zac MacMath made six saves to lead the Philadelphia Union to a 1-0 victory over the Chicago Fire.

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    San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan, right, hugs shooting guard Manu Ginobili (20), after Duncan made a basket during the fourth quarter of Game 3 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Friday, May 10, 2013. The Spurs won 102-92. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Spurs top Warriors 102-92 for 2-1 series lead

    Tony Parker scored 25 of his 32 points in a sizzling first half, Tim Duncan added 23 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs quieted the hot-shooting Golden State Warriors in a 102-92 victory Friday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinals.

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    Wheaton Warrenville South’s Jenny Fiola celebrates a 4 x 100 Meter Relay second place finish during the York Girls Track and Field Sectional meet.

    Glenbard West’s Perez runs away from the field

    The Class 3A York girls track and field sectional featured nine returning members of the top-three 3,200-meter relay quartets in the state, including Wheaton Warrenville South and Glenbard West.

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    The Los Angeles Kings celebrate their team's 2-1 win against the St. Louis Blues after Game 6 of a first-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Los Angeles, Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    LA Kings finish off Blues with 4 straight wins

    Dustin Penner scored the tiebreaking goal in the final second of the second period, and the Los Angeles Kings advanced to the second round with a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues in Game 6 on Friday night.

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    Los Angeles Angels’ J.B. Shuck dives across home plate after a passed ball in the seventh inning against the White Sox in a baseball game in Chicago on Friday, May 10, 2013.

    Hahn staying patient — for now

    General manager Rick Hahn said it's still too early to make any definitive judgements on the White Sox. Poor fielding has been a problem all season, and the defensive lapses continued Friday night in a 7-5 loss to the Angels.

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    Chicago White Sox's Tyler Flowers swings on an RBI single in the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game in Chicago on Friday, May 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

    White Sox fall to Angels 7-5

    Mike Trout had two hits, including the go-ahead single in the seventh inning, to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 7-5 win over the White Sox on Friday night.

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    The bedroom carpets hang from the home of Jagtar Singh, left, after the ground gave way in Lakeport, Calif.

    One by one, homes in California subdivision sinking

    Eight homes are now abandoned and 10 more are under notice of imminent evacuation as a hilltop with sweeping vistas of Clear Lake and the Mount Konocti volcano swallows the subdivision built 30 years ago.

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    Mervyn King, governor of the Bank of England, right, listens while George Osborne, U.K. chancellor of the exchequer, speaks during a news conference Saturday at the Group of Seven (G-7) finance ministers and central bank governors meeting at Hartwell House in Aylesbury, U.K.

    G7 says Japan playing by currency rules

    Japan, the world's number 3 economy has been in focus over recent months as the new government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has embarked on a radical policy of aggressive monetary stimulus to restart the country's postwar boom, which effectively ground to a halt in the early 1990s.

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    This undated image provided by Pinterest shows the popular link- and photo-sharing website’s new updated site. The update now offers people a simpler navigation and new ways to arrange their boards to fit their needs. Although the haphazard spirit of Pinterest remains, the site is much less overwhelming.

    Review: Pinterest update cleaner, easier to manage

    Don't worry, Pinterest fans: Your sprawling virtual pegboards of wedding dresses, handmade jewelry, craft projects and food porn haven't changed dramatically. They're just easier to manage. The popular link- and photo-sharing website has rolled out an update, one offering people simpler navigation and new ways to arrange their boards to fit their needs. Although the haphazard spirit of Pinterest remains, the site is much less overwhelming.

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    Apple users get the chance to see what all the fuss over Google Now is about, thanks to an update from the company that brings Google’s version of the personal assistant to the iPhone and iPad.

    Applications Reviews: Twitter #Music, Google Now

    Twitter #MusicTwitter took the wraps off a much-anticipated music service last month, which is supposed to make it easy for users to find new music and keep up with their favorite artists in the process. Users can listen to four types of songs: music that’s popular on the network, songs from “emerging” artists, songs from the people your friends follow and, finally, music from the artists you follow. Of course, you can share the songs you’re listening to in a tweet.Tracks play courtesy of iTunes — you also can hook the app into your Spotify or Rdio account to tap their song databases. There are a couple of quibbles, however. For one, not every artist you follow may have an available track, though there is a wide variety available. Also, the app isn’t available for Android devices, which makes it unavailable to most of the U.S. smartphone market.While the app is fun and good for a few moments of distraction, it doesn’t offer quite enough to replace your favorite playlists or Internet radio service. Free, for iOS devices.Google NowApple users get the chance to see what all the fuss over Google Now is about, thanks to an update from the company that brings Google’s version of the personal assistant to the iPhone and iPad. The app plugs into users’ Google accounts to offer personalized information — traffic status, nearby restaurants or packages you may be expecting — based on information pulled from your smartphone’s location, Gmail account or Google Calendar. The app requires users to sign-in to their Google account, and to verify a good amount of data collection, which may turn some people off.But with all the data collection enabled, Google Now offers a whole lot of useful information in one, neat package. The service is similar on Apple and Android devices, though the Android version has a few more types of information built into its service, such as the ability to include an airline boarding pass. Apple users also have to launch the Google Search app to use the service, whereas Android users (running Android Jelly Bean, 4.1 and up) can pin Now to their home screens using a widget. Free, for Android and iOS devices.

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    Using Google Now for either Apple or Android devices first requires you to clear a psychological hurdle: How willing are you to share your life with Google? Now is based on Google’s analysis of your browsing history, mail, calendar and other online activities to predict the information you’ll need before you actually need it.

    Review: Google invades Apple with Siri-fighting ‘Now’

    Chances are you can't run Google Now on your Android phone. That's because the search giant's intelligent assistant only works on the minority of devices that use the current "Jelly Bean" version of its mobile operating system. But there's a new, easier way to access Google Now: on an iPhone. I tried Google Now on both an iPhone 5 and a third-generation iPad and found it very useful, though not as convenient or powerful as its Android counterpart.

Life & Entertainment

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    Neighbors are angry at Chris Brown’s street art painted outside his home and local residents are calling for fines to be brought against the pop star and demanding Brown remove the street art.

    Chris Brown’s scary curbside art irks LA neighbors

    LOS ANGELES — Grammy-winning musician Chris Brown’s neighbors are unhappy with the creepy art he’s chosen to have painted along the curb of his Hollywood Hills home.A neighborhood group said the grimacing, sharp-toothed, red-eyed goblins painted along a retaining wall have been scaring local children, and is an eyesore to boot, the Los Angeles Times reported.“There are lots of babies, lots of children, and they’re literally frightened. It’s like devils on the wall — big scary eyes and big scary teeth, and just the whole vibe is not what we’re used to,” Patti Negri, president of the Hollywood Dell Civic Association, told the newspaper.L.A. city code officials responded to complaints about the monster art and cited the “Run It!” singer $376 for unpermitted and excessive signage.Under city ordinances, it’s illegal to create murals on most private properties. Though that didn’t stop Madonna from painting her Hollywood Hills home in red and yellow stripes in the 1990s. Brown has been ordered to remove the goblin paintings within 30 days, but his attorney Mark Geragos said the musician is not backing down.“They are trying to suspend the First Amendment,” Geragos said.Geragos alleges neighbors are harassing Brown, and have also made parking complaints about him and called animal control. Brown’s tumultuous relationship with singer Rihanna and foul-mouthed Twitter presence have given him a bad boy reputation.Brown won a Grammy in 2011 for Best R&B Album with “F.A.M.E.” and was arrested shortly after the 2009 awards ceremony for assaulting Rihanna.“I know a $300 fine is probably pocket change. But hopefully and maybe, he’ll just see the light and decide to be a good neighbor,” Negri told the Times. “We’re happy to have him — if he just tones it down.”

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    Lucasfilm: New ‘Star Wars’ movie to be shot in UK

    The next "Star Wars" movie will be shot in a galaxy far, far away from Hollywood — Britain. Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy says the company has reached a deal with British Treasury chief George Osborne to make "Star Wars: Episode VII" in the U.K.

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    Macon, Ga. officials say they plan to move the boyhood home of Little Richard to spare it from a highway construction project. Mayor Robert Reichert and others made the announcement as the 80-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee was scheduled to receive an honorary degree Saturday from Mercer University.

    Little Richard’s boyhood home to be moved

    Officials in Georgia have decided to move the boyhood home of Little Richard to spare it from a highway construction project.Macon Mayor Robert Reichert made the announcement Friday. WMAZ-TV reports that the 80-year-old singer is receiving an honorary degree on Saturday from Mercer University.

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    People stop for information at the Napa Valley Welcome Center on Main Street in Napa, Calif.

    5 free things to do in California's Napa Valley

    Love the lush and lovely Napa Valley but hate how expensive it can be? You're not the first. In the late 19th century, writer Robert Louis Stevenson moved his honeymoon to the rustic, but free setting of an abandoned mining camp when the $10-a-week going rate for Calistoga hotels proved too much for his slender purse. You're not likely to find free lodging today, even if it is in a beat-up cabin. But there are a number of things you can enjoy in California's premiere wine region at no charge.

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    Comedian Erin Jackson brings the laughs to Zanies at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.

    Weekend picks: Erin Jackson conquers comedy at Zanies

    Comedian Erin Jackson takes on matters of love, friendship and modern technology in her standup routine at Zanies at Pheasant Run in St. Charles. Take the family to the annual catch-and-release Fishing Derby at the Plum Grove Reservoir in Palatine Saturday. Classic pop fans are in luck: The Buckinghams and the Grass Roots perform on a double-bill Saturday at the Arcada in St. Charles.

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    Heart, featuring sisters Ann, left, and Nancy Wilson, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month. The ceremony will air May 18 on HBO.

    Hall of Fame induction gives Heart 'quite a thrill'

    It's rare that relatives get to experience receiving one of music's highest honors together. But sooner or later — and their devotees believe it should have been sooner — it was bound to happen for Ann and Nancy Wilson, alias Heart. The sibling rockers were among the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2013 inductees last month at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre, and HBO will televise the 28th annual ceremony Saturday, May 18.

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    Will.i.am is branching out — but still making music.

    Will.i.am looks beyond hit music career

    Will.i.am wants to be known as a maker — and not just of music. The Black Eyed Peas frontman is computer chip-maker Intel's "director of creative innovation." He's also partnered with Coca-Cola to create products from recycled bottles and cans. Not that the seven-time Grammy winner has lost his ear for hits. Three songs from his new album, "#willpower," are now in the Billboard Hot 100.

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    A late 1970s ensemble of fashion by Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren is shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibit, “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” in New York.

    Punk finds its place in hallowed halls of Met

    Punk and high fashion can now share the same stage, and a new Costume Institute exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Punk: Chaos to Culture," celebrates that influence. It's an enduring irony that probably makes punk's rebellious originators cringe — and might make those wearing expensive couture dresses with heavy hardware and sexy slashes a little uncomfortable, too.

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    Isabella Rossellini stars in the Sundance Channel original short “Mammas.”

    ‘Mammas’ a study in maternal instinct

    Isabella Rossellini's search for the meaning of maternal instinct in "Mammas" looks at nine animals where things like polygamy, lying and dying convince her that "anything goes."The program, timed to air on Mother's Day on the Sundance Channel, is just the latest offbeat offering from the model-actress, who gets in costume and plays the parts of the animals.

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    Father can’t take back a $15,000 gift

    Q. Twelve years ago, my dad, then 80, purchased a condo in Florida for himself and his live-in girlfriend. He paid $30,000 for it. The deed states that in the event of the death of one of them the other inherits the condo.

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    Baby Maxwell enjoys the views from a backpack carrier along the Pena Trail in Calero County Park with his mother on a rugged Stroller Hike in San Jose, Calif.

    Hiking with babies and tots

    Debbie Frazier wants her two children to grow up appreciating the outdoors. So she introduced them to hiking before they could walk. As a new mom, she routinely loaded Max, now 6, into a stroller and hiked paths near her home in Sunnyvale, Calif. She often invited friends so she would feel more comfortable hiking with a baby, and eventually she created Stroller Hikes, a nonprofit organization dedicated to arranging kid-friendly hikes.

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    When Susan Lacz renovated her kitchen more than a decade ago, she insisted on a walk-in pantry, which features stainless Metro shelving.

    Make room for the walk-in pantry

    If you're wondering where the best kitchen storage went, blame the breakfast nook. Of course, pantries predate Ikea kitchen options. They date back centuries, according to the Encyclopedia of Food and Culture, which puts culinary history in anthropological context.

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    Anne D’Innocenzio, right, with her sister Donna and mother Marie in Rudesheim, Germany, on a port call they made while taking a Rhine River cruise together.

    Elderly mom becomes her favorite travel companion

    When I was young, I learned a lot about travel from my mother. She taught me how and what to pack. And most importantly, she taught me how to power-sightsee. "You never know when you'll be back," my mother used to say as she and my dad pushed my sister, brother and me to another art museum or Gothic church. Decades later, my mother and I still travel together, but now that she's in her mid-80s, our roles have changed.

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    An artist’s rendering of the reflecting pool from inside the National September 11 Museum and Memorial is shown. The foundation building the underground 9/11 museum at the World Trade Center has decided to charge a mandatory admission fee of $20 to $25 when the site opens in 2014.

    9/11 museum will have admission fee

    Faced with hefty operating costs, the foundation building the 9/11 museum at the World Trade Center has decided to charge an admission fee of $20 to $25 when the site opens next year. The exact cost of the mandatory fee has not yet been decided. Entry to the memorial plaza with its twin reflecting pools will still be free.

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    A man views the kitchen of a 1,700-square-foot “empty nester” layout called the Idea Home at the Minneapolis Home & Garden Show in Minneapolis.

    As housing prices rise, homeowners start delayed wish-list projects

    Claudia Brown, a kitchen and bathroom designer for Home Depot, is witnessing what she's rarely seen in the past six years: customers knocking down walls again. Spurred by rising home prices, homeowners who spent the worst housing downturn since the Great Depression taking on only must-do repairs are again starting wish-list projects.

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    Tom Hanks and Halle Berry in the time-shifting drama “Cloud Atlas.”

    DVD previews: ‘Cloud Atlas,’ ‘Texas Chainsaw’

    Coming out this week on DVD are "Cloud Atlas" and "Texas Chainsaw."

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    Who can serve on the association board:?

    Q. Our condominium association has a rule that states that an owner who is delinquent in the payment of their assessments is not eligible to serve on the board. Is this a valid rule?

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    Insulating ductwork pays dividends

    Q. I had a home-energy analysis. The report said my ductwork needs to be repaired upstairs and in the crawl space. It's been recommended that repairs be made with either mastic and tape, or foam, which is more expensive ($2,500). What should I do?

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    Safety first when choosing a crib. Advice. From top, Straight-Up Crib, Low-Rise Crib and Andersen Walnut Crib, bottom.

    Safety first when choosing a crib

    Cribs don't come with a guarantee that your baby will sleep soundly through the night, as much as sleep-deprived parents wish they did. Cribs do, however, keep your baby safely contained while she sleeps (or doesn't).

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    Stencils create the look of patterned wallpaper on a rental apartment wall, as seen here in “The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces,” by Kyle Schuneman.

    Decorating tips for making a rental space your own

    It's yours, but it isn't. A rented apartment or house can be a wonderful place to live, and a challenging place to decorate. The restrictions are many: Landlords often want their white walls to stay white.

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    Decorator Connie Newberry worked with architect Sam Mitchell on this traditional kitchen with modern twists.

    Splurge on kitchen features you can’t live without

    I have been lucky to have always lived in homes with great kitchens. Even in college, my two roommates and I shared an apartment in Washington, D.C., that had a kitchen with exposed brick walls, a working fireplace, a big old-fashioned enamel stove, a full-size refrigerator with a separate full-size freezer and an amazing picture window that looked out on a fig tree and a distant grapevine-covered wall.

Discuss

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    Give ‘investors’ more say in government
    A Mettawa letter to the editor: Since there is little evidence of politicians (most of whom have little or no business experience) being able to successfully incorporate a business approach to government, I propose that the business model for governance be instituted in government.

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    Owners have right to improve Wrigley
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: Someone needs to explain the financial/legal business concept behind the term "friendly confines" to the parasitic-like rooftop owners and political operators in Chicago.

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    Clear red tape for severely disabled
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: A few weeks ago, I traveled to Springfield to testify before the Senate Appropriations Committee on the need for the state to make improvements in the approval process for complex rehab equipment.

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    Great speeches need follow-up
    A Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: At some point America needs to realize that the end results of President Obama's speeches have been somewhere between nothing and making things worse.

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    Focus on weapons of consequence
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Do our legislators really think that passing more laws will have criminals lining up to turn in their illegal guns? How about enforcing the laws and penalties on the books now?

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    Obama includes self in tax question
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: A letter to the Daily Herald published April 27 was critical of President Obama for expecting the wealthy to pay a little more. If the writer had been paying any attention at all, he would have known that the president, on numerous occasions, has said that the wealthy of this nation, like himself, do not need tax cuts and should pay their fair share. He never fails to include himself in that category.

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    Learn lessons from Soviet Union
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: My, my, my, how we conveniently ignore history! It wasn't too long ago when our government derided the USSR for its claims of full employment when investigations revealed that on the factory conveyor line one assembler would dissemble a product after the previous worker had assembled it.

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    No accounting for increased gas prices
    A Lake in the Hills letter to the editor: Recently I heard on the radio that crude oil is at $93 per barrel. When it was at $107 per barrel, we were paying less for gasoline than we are now. The wars are winding down, there is no gulf oil spill, no refineries on fire — what is the excuse for the gas prices this time?

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    Depends on your definition of ‘rich’
    Depends on your definition of ‘rich’I’d like to respond to Mr. Westlake regarding the Obamas paying their fair share of taxes. I believe the point that Mr. Simon was trying to make is that the Democrats were berating Mitt Romney for only paying a 15 percent income tax rate and yet the Obamas only paid 18 percent. I don’t know about you, Mr. Westlake, but I’m an average American paying somewhere about a 30 percent tax rate when I file my income taxes and my AGI is nowhere as high as either of these two families, and yet I am considered “rich” by the standards being thrown around by the president.I don’t begrudge anybody who works hard and knows how to take care of their dollars the opportunity to do so. I’d just like the same opportunities, but unfortunately I have to purchase health insurance and feed my family and pay the bills I incur, and now pay for the guy in the next town over who won’t take a job because it doesn’t pay as much as he gets on unemployment — unlike the people who are running our government.Joan BurgerAddison

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    The Soapbox

    O'Hare Airport may be getting goats to eat its grass, but there are a few things around the suburbs that get our goats, too. Take a look at Daily Herald editors' opinions.

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