Daily Archive : Monday May 13, 2013


    Jessica L. Morris

    10 charged in two-day Aurora prostitution sting

    Six women and four men face charges following a two-day prostitution sting staged last week by Aurora police officers. The operation, which was staged Wednesday and Thursday at an undisclosed private residence in Aurora, targeted several different online sites known for advertising sexual services.

    A gallon of regular unleaded was $4.25 at this Mobil station in Buffalo Grove Thursday, far above national averages.

    Why is Illinois enduring a gas smackdown?

    It's hard to tell what's more painful these days, a poke in the eye or filling up your gas tank. We talk to experts who explain why northeast Illinois is in the gas-price doghouse and predict if we'll ever get out.

    Many of the vegetables we eat are actually the leaves of plants. These baskets of home-grown organic vegetables from Prairie Crossing Farms are brimming with broccoli, patty pan squash, Swiss chard, kale, fennel, turnips and spinach

    Edible leaves are part of nutritious meals

    Third-graders in Jen Janik's class at Big Hollow Elementary School in Ingleside want to know, "Are leaves edible? Why or why not?" The Kids Ink column says absolutely, and they are delicious, too.


    Al Ochsner, in the words of his students

    What students have to say about Al Ochsner

    O.J. Simpson appears in court in Las Vegas Monday. Currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison as a result of his October 2008 conviction on armed robbery and kidnapping charges, he is seeking a new trial.

    OJ returns to Las Vegas court in bid for new trial

    O.J. Simpson was back in a Las Vegas courtroom on Monday to ask for a new trial in the armed robbery-kidnapping case that sent him to prison in 2008. The former football hero and a new set of lawyers hope to convince a judge during the hearing that trial lawyer Yale Galanter had conflicted interests and shouldn't have handled Simpson's case.

    In this April 18, 2013 file photo, Attorney General Eric Holder testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Justice Department has secretly obtained two months of telephone records of journalists for The Associated Press in what AP's top executive says is an unprecedented intrusion into newsgathering.

    Government seizes reporters' phone info

    In a sweeping and unusual move, the Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of journalists working for the Associated Press as part of a yearlong investigation into the disclosure of classified information about a failed al-Qaida plot last year. The aggressive investigation into the possible disclosure of classified information to the AP is part of a pattern in which...

    After years of inaction and debate, lawmakers will consider two plans to address the pension crisis, including one from House Speaker Michael Madigan requiring public employees to pay more, reduce annual cost-of-living increases and increase the retirement age for some workers.

    Watchdog group says state must address pensions

    Gov. Pat Quinn's proposed state budget is a baby step in the right direction, a watchdog group's analysis said Monday, but the governor may be overstating savings from a recent union contract negotiation and not putting enough toward roughly $9 billion unpaid bills. All told, The Civic Federation said, it mostly illustrates how Illinois lawmakers must come up with a solution for a...

    Naperville’s BlackFinn American Saloon will likely be under new ownership and title by the end of the summer.

    BlackFinn buyer has Naperville mayor’s endorsement

    Is a BlackFinn by any other name still a BlackFinn? Several Naperville officials don’t think so.Everyone from the mayor to police chief to the head of the chamber of commerce says local businessman Jim Bergeron’s pending purchase and takeover of the downtown BlackFinn American Saloon can only benefit both the city and the business.

    PAUL VALADE/pvalade@dailyherald.com Lake County officials will vote Tuesday on an agreement with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency for a grant of $750,000 to cover the cost of demolition, site restoration and project management of the 1950s-era Gurnee Grade School. The county bought the flood-prone building earlier this year.

    Demolition plan for flood-prone Gurnee Grade School gets a financial boost

    Lake County officials on Tuesday will vote to authorize $750,000 for the demolition, site restoration and project management for the Gurnee Grade School. The money is from a grant from the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.


    Batavia woman gets 4 years for 4th DUI, probation violation

    A 32-year-old Batavia woman was sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to her fourth DUI. Jeanette Baum was more than twice the legal intoxication threshold Nov. 27, 2012 when she crashed into a utility box in Batavia after dropping her child off at school. Baum also was on probation for a drug charge at the time.

    Johnny Borizov

    Borizov won’t testify in murder trial

    A man charged with being the mastermind behind the March 2010 slayings of three members of a Darien family won't take the stand in his own defense. As a result, the case against murder suspect Johnny Borizov could go to the jury as early as Tuesday afternoon. Prosecutors claim Borizov was involved in a bitter child-custody dispute with his ex-girlfriend, Angela Kramer, when he enlisted Jacob...

    Dominic Szymanski, 11, thanks his well-wishers and rescuers Monday at Barrington village hall while supported by his mother Gayle, left, father Luke, and younger siblings Max and Gabrielle, both 7.

    Barrington train accident survivor thanks rescuers

    Dominic Szymanski, the 11-year-old Barrington boy who survived being struck by a train in the village on March 15, made his first public appearance Monday night as the police officers, paramedics and good Samaritans who came to his aid nearly two months earlier were honored. "Thank you very much, everyone!" Dominic told the group of well-wishers who gathered outside the meeting room at Barrington...


    Arlington Heights on verge of $300,000 flood study

    Nearly two years after a massive rain flooded many homes in Arlington Heights, the village board on Monday informally approved spending nearly $300,000 for a comprehensive study of the sewer system and flooding issues.


    Prospect Heights considers extending garbage contract

    In its first informal "workshop" meeting, the Prospect Heights City Council seemed to like the idea of negotiating a new contract with Republic Services for trash pickup.


    St. Charles agrees to tax refund for motorcycle business

    A new business expecting to generate $18.5 million of sales in its first five years in St. Charles has told city officials it can’t afford to relocate to the city unless it receives a tax incentive of up to $70,000. The city obliged. Representatives from motorcycle dealer Windy City Triumph want to relocate to St. Charles by leasing an unused portion of the Fox River Harley-Davidson...


    Dist. 300 considers second online charter school plan

    Community Unit District 300 board members have moved from one charter school proposal to another, holding a public hearing for the Illinois Online Charter School. The charter would be for Northern Kane Educational Corp., which already runs the Cambridge Lakes Charter School in Pingree Grove and serves District 300 students, but also extend to others in the state.


    3rd level of Geneva parking deck delayed over cost

    Commuters won't see a third floor built on the Geneva parking deck this summer, as Metra has asked Geneva to reject a construction contract that came in 33 percent higher than expected. Metra also said the low bidder didn't seem tobe committed to federal standards for using disadantaged vendors.

    In 2009, then-Glen Ellyn Village President candidate Mark Pfefferman, right, and Civic Betterment Party President Alex Demos view election results during the party’s biennial slating process. On Monday, Pfefferman completed his term as village president, and Demos was sworn in.

    New president, board seated in Glen Ellyn

    Glen Ellyn government underwent a transition of power Monday night when the term of Village President Mark Pfefferman ended and his newly elected successor, Alex Demos, was sworn in. Pfefferman, elected in 2009, decided not to seek a second term, falling in line with a town tradition of elected officials serving only a single term. He was expected to give a closing address before Demos was sworn...

    Donald Trump

    Trump to take stand Tuesday in Chicago trial

    Donald Trump is set to testify Tuesday at a civil trial where the developer-turned-TV personality is accused of enticing investors to buy condos at his namesake skyscraper in Chicago with promises of profit-sharing, and then quietly reneging on those promises. Attorneys for both sides suggested in their opening statements to jurors Monday that a key aspect of the trial will be the management...

    Joshua Scheun

    Man charged with abusing Villa Park girl

    A Joliet man faces charges of having inappropriate sexual contact with a 13-year-old Villa Park girl, according to the DuPage County State's Attorney's office. Joshua Scheun, 36, of the 4300 block of Timber Ridge Court, appeared in bond court over the weekend after officials say in March of this year, he met the victim online, drove to Villa Park to meet face-to-face with her and then sexually...


    Bystanders pull man from burning truck

    Bystanders and Elk Grove police officers are credited with saving a man whose box truck caught on fire after a crash at Thorndale Avenue and Lively Boulevard Monday afternoon, fire officials say.


    Jogger grabbed by man on path in St. Charles

    A female jogging on bike path on the south side of St. Charles Friday morning reported that she was inappropriately touched by a man walking on the path, according to police. The 29-year-old victim was jogging north near the 1100 block of Geneva Road at about 10 a.m. when a man walking the opposite direction reached out and grabbed her buttock, police said

    Dr. Kermit Gosnell has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive but acquitted in the death of a fourth baby.

    Philly abortion doc guilty in 3 babies’ deaths

    An abortion doctor was convicted Monday of first-degree murder and could face execution in the deaths of three babies who were delivered alive and then killed with scissors at his grimy, "house of horrors" clinic.

    Statistics show that seat belt use in Illinois drops starting in the afternoon rush.

    IDOT: Males 18-34 are top vehicle crash victims

    One-third of crash fatalities in Illinois last year were young men 18 to 24 years old. IDOT reports. Officials hope the grim news will drive down deaths this Memorial Day weekend. Another shocking stat - we use seatbelts less starting in the afternoon rush.

    The Rev. Phyllis Pennese, the openly gay pastor of the Pillar of Love church in Summit, speaks at an news conference last month accompanied by several other clergy members endorsing same-sex marriage.

    Black churches at center of gay marriage debate

    When a proposal to legalize gay marriage started gaining momentum in the home state of President Barack Obama, it seemed a quick and easy deal: The pastor of his former megachurch endorsed it with powerful testimony at the Capitol and Democrats control Illinois’ government.But fervor over the idea has stalled for months in that exact spot where faith and politics are inseparable.

    In this Sept. 1, 1987 file photo, Dr. Joyce Brothers takes a break from a busy schedule in Los Angeles to talk about her upcoming television series, “The Psychology Behind the News.” Brothers died Monday, May 13, 2013, in New York City, according to publicist Sanford Brokaw. She was 85.

    Pop psychologist Joyce Brothers dead at 85

    LOS ANGELES — Joyce Brothers, the pop psychologist who pioneered the television advice show in the 1950s and enjoyed a long and prolific career as a syndicated columnist, author, and television and film personality, has died. She was 85.Brothers died Monday in New York City, according to her longtime publicist, Sanford Brokaw. The cause of death was not immediately made public.

    David Tepper

    Specifics sought in DuPage IT contract-rigging case

    Two of the three men charged in a contract-rigging scandal at the DuPage County Forest Preserve District have requested — and are expected to receive — a more detailed explanation of some of the charges they are facing. Attorneys representing Arif Mahmood and David Tepper say they need the so-called "bill of particulars" to properly defend their clients against prosecutors' claims...

    Eric Francke, a Lake County sheriff’s deputy, has been placed on leave after he was charged with solicitation of a sex act and obstructing justice.

    Lake Co. sheriff’s deputy charged with solicitation, obstruction of justice

    A Lake County Sheriff's deputy is suspended without pay after he was charged Friday with solicitation of a sex act and obstruction of justice. Eric Francke, a five-year department veteran, was arrested as part of a one-month investigation Mundelein police launched after arresting two men on allegations they forced a downstate woman to work as a prostitute.


    Mount Prospect man charged with assaulting a child

    A Cook County judge set bail at $700,000 total for a 29-year-old Mount Prospect man charged with molesting a 4-year-old. Jorge Caporel, who has no criminal background, faces two charges of predatory criminal sexual assault, class X felonies punishable by up to 30 years in prison.

    Timothy Bartlett

    Huntley man charged with fifth DUI

    A 49-year-old Huntley man was arrested early Monday in Elgin and charged with his fifth DUI offense. Timothy Bartlett has four previous convctions after DUI arrests in 1986 and 1999 in DuPage County and 1997 and 1998 in Cook County, police said. He faces four to 15 years in prison if convicted.

    Justin Field

    Six charged, two injured in Naperville bar fight

    An early morning fight Sunday at BlackFinn American Saloon in downtown Naperville left two people injured, including a bar employee, and resulted in charges against six patrons, authorities said Monday. Police chief Robert Marshall said saloon employees called police shortly after 1 a.m. when a "significant rumble" broke out on the third floor of the establishment at 16 W. Jefferson Ave.

    A report filed Monday by Detroit’s emergency manager said the city is broke and without a massive infusion of cash or severe penny-pinching will be unable to pay for its services, including firefighting. Above, Detroit firefighters battle a building fire.

    Detroit is broke; could bankruptcy lie ahead?

    The first report by Detroit's emergency manager declares that the city is broke and at risk of running completely out of money — a financial meltdown that could mean no paychecks or pension benefits and even deeper cuts in municipal services.


    Hoffman, Schaumburg Memorial Day Observance

    The public is invited to a Memorial Day Observance in Hoffman Estates and Schaumburg on Monday, May 27. The Hoffman Estates Memorial Ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. at the Hoffman Estates Veterans Memorial, 411 W. Higgins Road. Immediately following that event, the observance will move to Schaumburg and continue at 10:45 a.m. at St. Peter Church and School, 202 E. Schaumburg Road.


    Warrenville man dies after bike accident

    A Warrenville man who ran into the side of a semi while riding his bicycle home from work early Friday morning has died from his injuries. Police say Carlos Cielo, 30, was riding his bicycle home from his job in Naperville just after midnight when he collided with a semi truck traveling southbound on Route 59 at Continental Drive.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Robert G. Byland, 19, of Batavia, was charged at 6:15 a.m. Sunday with illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, criminal damage to property, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and possession of drug paraphernalia in the 1000 block of Winnebago Trail, according to a police report.


    Fox Valley police reports
    John Giesing, 74, of the 700 block of Coventry Lane, Crystal Lake, was charged over the weekend with solicitation of a sexual act, after police said he offered to pay a 16-year-old boy to perform a sexual act, according to a police report.


    New rules would allow Mundelein High students to use cell phones

    Mundelein High School students would be able to use their cellphones in the cafeteria and hallways under new conduct rules being considered for the 2013-14 term. The District 120 board will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the school, 1350 W. Hawley St., to consider the new rules.

    Randall Weeks

    Wheaton man faces child porn charges

    A 49-year-old Wheaton man has been charged with aggravated child pornography following an undercover operation conducted by Wheaton police and the DuPage County Sexual Predator Electronic Exploitation Division.

    Police and fire respond to the scene of a fatal crash Monday morning that shut down the outbound lanes of the Kennedy Expressway. A 65-year-old Chicago man was killed in the crash, police said.

    Chicago man dies in crash that shuts down outbound Kennedy

    A Chicago man was killed and two others were injured in a crash Monday morning that shut down the outbound lanes of the Kennedy Expressway. Rufino Sanchez, 65, of Chicago, was killed when his SUV was struck from behind by a semitrailer truck near River Road.


    Cary man pleads guilty to export scheme

    A 44-year-old Cary man has pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges Monday, admitting he bilked as many as 10 clients out of more than $1 million. Prosecutors said Clare Thomas Anderson obtained payments in advance for shipping wood pulp and other raw materials to mainly foreign customers that never arrived.

    Timothy O'Brien

    Des Plaines man faces drug charge in DuPage County

    A Des Plaines man is facing a felony drug charge after firefighters discovered a marijuana growing operation while extinguishing a house fire in Glen Ellyn, officials said. Timothy O'Brien, 46, of 491 Ironwood Drive, has been charged with one count of conspiring to manufacture and deliver cannabis, records show.

    Kirk graduates Hannah Chi and Roman “Murph” Murphy share one last dance.

    Palatine’s Kirk School prom a night to remember

    At the Kirk School prom, seniors arrived in a stretch limousine, decked out in stylish dresses and suits. Excitement was running high. "Our students look forward to this night all year," says Kim Dungan, principal of the school that teaches students with disabilities.

    Jayson P. Sturdivant

    Elgin cocaine dealer gets 5 years in prison

    A 32-year-old man was sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to cocaine charges after authorities searched his Elgin home last July. Jayson P. Sturdivant, of Elgin, was on probation for a felony drug charge in 2010, pleaded guilty late Friday in exchange for prosecutors dropping the most serious charges that could have landed him in prison up to 30 years. His trial was set for...

    Because of its hereditary nature, Huntington’s is a family disease. Susie Hodgson, second from left, and Dave Hodgson, center, met and married after each lost a spouse to the disease. The couple, who founded the HD Walk for a Cure, now cares for Susie’s son, Bob Leck, who has Huntington’s. Dave’s daughters, Kate and Emily, right, helped care for their mother while she was ill and now help raise money for research into a cure.

    Naperville walk helps fund research into Huntington’s disease

    Imagine being a child and being told your mom's kind of odd behavior is part of a progressive disease that eventually will take her life. And imagine knowing that your mom's Huntington's disease is hereditary, that the particular gene that launched her symptoms may be part of your makeup as well. That the odds are even her fate will be yours.

    Arif Mahmood, left, Mark McDonald and David Tepper all face charges after the DuPage County Forest Preserve District helped uncover what prosecutors are calling a series of “elaborate” schemes.

    How DuPage forest officials discovered scam

    Two former administrators charged with scamming the DuPage County Forest Preserve District out of more than $150,000 avoided suspicion for years, officials say, until their loyalty to a vendor seeking a computer contract triggered an internal investigation so secret that only three district officials knew about it.

    President Barack Obama on Monday called reports that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups “outrageous” and said anyone responsible should be held accountable.

    Obama says he won’t tolerate political bias at IRS

    President Barack Obama said Monday he will not tolerate political bias at the Internal Revenue Service and promised to get to the bottom of the agency's admitted targeting of conservative groups. Obama, in his first comments on the revelations of political targeting at the tax agency, said he learned about them from the initial news reports Friday.


    Round Lake Area Library hosts mural contest

    "What Does the Round Lake Area Library Represent to Me" is the subject of a mural contest open to any library patron in good standing 15 and older. Submissions, which are due in person between May 14 and May 21, can be made by individuals or teams. Each participant or team may submit up to three entries.


    Medical marijuana topic of Lake Zurich meeting

    The Ela Coalition Against Youth Substance Abuse will hold a Community coffee drop-in from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 15 at the Ela Community Center, 380 Surryse Road, Lake Zurich. The topic this month is "Medical Marijuana ... How Does This Affect Our Community?"


    Fee break for Lake County flood victims

    Owners of flood-damaged properties who are seeking financial assistance from Lake County banks and lending institutions will need to show proof of ownership in order to secure loans. The Lake County Recorder's Office will be working closely with government officials and impacted property owners to provide any necessary recorded documents at no cost to flood victims. To obtain a free certified...

    Mike Ramser, right, shows his mom, Laura, parts of a living room he helped build during last year’s open house at a student-built home on Brockway Street in Palatine. The district will hold another open house this year for three new Palatine houses from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.

    District 211 students ready to show off houses they built

    After two years of work, three homes built by Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 students are ready for families to move in. An open house will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, at the homes, located at 72 W. Illinois Ave., 86 W. Illinois Ave. and 151 Boynton Ave. in Palatine. The public will have an opportunity to bid on the houses at the open house events.

    Hampshire High School senior Danny Heck has been doing video and photography work during his high school career, and hopes to make video his life’s work.

    Hampshire HS senior hopes to make a career out of film

    When Danny Heck was in eighth grade, he and his friends made an Indiana Jones movie with a camcorder. He had such a good time it prompted some research into the film industry and how one could go about breaking into it. Heck, now a senior at Hampshire High School, has worked with Nicole Thompson, the high school librarian, and the District 300 Foundation over the last year on videos for school...

    Andrew Chambers, 10, and his younger brother Jeremy, 5, of Vernon Hills, use a net to fish off the pier Monday on Big Bear Lake in Century Park in Vernon Hills.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features a lot of warm weather activities, including fishing, biking, rowing, power washing, ice cream eating, garage sale and art show browsing, and benefit walking.


    Colo. shooting suspect asking judge to change plea to insanity

    The long journey toward a verdict in the deadly Colorado theater shootings enters a new and critical phase Monday when the shooting suspect asks a judge to change his plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. The plea is widely seen as the suspect's best hope, and perhaps his only hope, of avoiding the death penalty. But his lawyers have held off until now, fearing a wrinkle in the law could...

    A destroyed Syrian tank is seen at al-Qossur neighborhood in Homs province, Syria, Monday. Syrian troops have taken full control of a town near the highway linking the capital Damascus with Jordan, a new advance in the regime’s campaign to drive rebels from the strategic south, an activist group said Monday.

    Syria opposition: Consult allies before peace push

    Syria's main opposition bloc wants to consult its allies before deciding on joining a U.S.-Russia initiative to negotiate a peaceful transition in Syria, its leader said Monday. The U.S. and Russia called last week for an international conference to start talks that would be accompanied by a cease-fire. The two nations are on opposite sides of the Syria conflict, and this marks their first...

    Eric Kohn, treasurer of Virtual Learning Solutions

    The who's who of online charter school plan

    Suburban school officials are skeptical about a nonprofit group that wants to start an online charter school and the for-profit business that would run it. "It's just another attempt to siphon off dollars from a public school system that's already stretched beyond its means and divert these funds to these folks that have all these high-level contacts in the state," said one local school official.


    H&M backs safety accord in Bangladesh factories

    Swedish fashion retailer H&M says it will commit to a fire and building safety plan drawn up by unions in Bangladesh, following the deaths of hundreds of garment workers last month. Describing safety issues as extremely important, the company said Monday that it wants to ensure no worker need to fear fires, building collapses and other accidents.

    Firefighters battle an early-morning house fire that killed four children and two adults in Pottsville, Pa., Monday. The blaze broke out around 11:55 p.m. Sunday at the single-family home.

    4 children, 2 adults die in eastern Pa. house fire

    Four children and two adults were found dead in a house fire in eastern Pennsylvania early Monday morning and authorities were searching for the cause. The blaze broke out around 11:55 p.m. Sunday at the single-family home in Pottsville, about 90 miles northwest of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania's coal country.

    Turkish riot police on Monday surround the destroyed shops two days after the explosions on Saturday that killed 46 and injured about 50 others, in Reyhanli, near Turkey’s border with Syria. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday Turkey would “not refrain” from responding to twin car bombings it has blamed on Syria, but also said it would also act with caution and not be drawn into its neighbor’s civil war.

    Turkey: Would not refrain from responding to Syria

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Monday that Turkey will "not refrain" from responding to twin car bombings it has blamed on Syria, but that his government will be cautious and avoid being drawn into its neighbor's civil war. Saturday's powerful bombings at a border town that is a main hub for Syrian refugees and rebels, was the bloodiest attack in Turkey in recent years. It escalated...

    A Bangladeshi rescuer stands amid the rubble of a garment factory building that collapsed on April 24 as they continue searching for bodies in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Sunday. As of Monday, the search for the dead is over.

    Bangladesh collapse search over; death toll at 1,127

    Nearly three weeks after a Bangladesh garment-factory building collapsed, the search for the dead ended Monday at the site of the worst disaster in the history of the global garment industry. The death toll: 1,127. Mohammed Amir Hossain Mazumder, deputy director of fire service and civil defense, told The Associated Press the search for bodies from the April 24 collapse was called off at 6 p.m.

    Survivor of a building collapse, Reshma Begum lay on a bed as she receives treatment at a hospital in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh, Saturday. The seamstress who survived 17 days before being rescued from a collapsed garment factory building was exhausted, panicked and dehydrated as she recovered in a Bangladeshi hospital, but she was generally in good shape, according to her doctors.

    Bangladesh collapse survivor gives up garment work

    The 19-year-old seamstress who spent 17 days trapped in the rubble of a collapsed factory building said Monday that she will never again work in a Bangladesh garment factory. Reshma Begum was pulled in remarkably good shape from the wreckage of the eight-story Rana Plaza building on Friday. Stunned rescue workers were drawn to the wide pocket under the rubble where she had taken refuge when they...

    Boston Marathon bombing victim James Costello speaks about his injuries at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston’s Charlestown section, Friday.

    Marathon bombing survivor wants others remembered

    The image showed James "Bim" Costello staggering away from the Boston Marathon bombing, his jeans shredded and blackened, his body so burned that he was left needing pig skin grafts on most of his right arm and right leg. The Associated Press got permission to use the image and distributed it globally. A month later, Costello said he's ready to share his story because he fears people are starting...


    Crucial decision in Iraq murders court martial

    A military judge at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington could decide Monday whether an Army sergeant who fatally shot five fellow service members in Iraq acted with premeditation. After that determination, a sentencing hearing for Sgt. John Russell is expected to take another week.


    Monday last day for morning-after pill appeal

    The government is running out of time to try to halt implementation of a federal judge's ruling that would lift age restrictions for women and girls wanting to buy the morning-after pill. U.S. District Judge Edward Korman in Brooklyn last week refused to delay enforcement of his month-old decision while the government challenges his ruling, but said it would have until Monday to appeal to the 2nd...


    Syrian troops take full control of strategic town

    Syrian troops have taken full control of a town near the highway linking the capital Damascus with Jordan, a new advance in the regime's campaign to drive rebels from the strategic south, an activist group said Monday. Rebels seeking to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad are trying to carve a pathway from the Jordanian border through the southern province of Daraa, in what is seen as their best...

    Authorities on Saturday, May 11, arrested the 12-year-old brother of an 8-year-old girl who was mysteriously stabbed at her home in a quiet Northern California community last month.

    Brother’s arrest stuns Calif. town in girl’s death

    People in this quiet Northern California community expressed relief that there had been an arrest in the stabbing death of an 8-year-old girl, but they were stunned by the suspect: her 12-year-old brother. "It's just shocking. I don't know what else to say," Patti Campbell, longtime restaurant owner in the town of Valley Springs, told The Associated Press on Sunday.

    Supporters of Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif celebrate the victory of their leader in Islamabad, Pakistan, on Sunday.

    Pakistan’s Sharif wants good relations with U.S.

    The Pakistani politician poised to become the country's next prime minister said Monday that Islamabad has "good relations" with the United States, but called the CIA's drone campaign in the country's tribal region a challenge to national sovereignty. Nawaz Sharif spoke to reporters on Monday, two days after his Pakistan Muslim League-N party won a resounding victory in national elections. His...

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to seek re-election in 2015 and says he’s not interested in higher office, telling a newspaper he intends to fulfill his obligations should voters give him a second four-year term.

    Emanuel says he’ll seek 2nd term as Chicago mayor

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans to seek re-election in 2015 and says he's not interested in higher office, telling a newspaper he intends to fulfill his obligations should voters give him a second four-year term. The former White House chief of staff who was elected Chicago's mayor in 2011 told the Chicago Sun-Times he'd support Vice President Joe Biden or former Secretary of State Hillary...

    Members of the FBI evidence response team carry out the front screen door from the house where three women were held captive in Cleveland. Cleveland officials are trying to keep the house intact until the trial of the women’s suspected abductor is concluded.

    Future of house where Ohio victims held debated

    An imposing, 10-foot privacy fence will soon guard the home of Cleveland rape and kidnapping suspect Ariel Castro, with windows and doors boarded shut to keep people out of the place that police say was once meant only to keep people in. The rundown house has become a two-story piece of evidence in the abduction and imprisonment case of three women, but neighbors who remain shaken by the horrors...

    Geneva High School art teacher Al Ochsner works with his students last week. Ochsner believes art instruction improves real-life learning skills.

    Second career a serendipitous fit for Geneva art teacher

    Being a teacher wasn't Al Ochsner's initial career choice. He followed a dream, making a living as a professional artist. But in middle age, the single father of two needed some extra income and took a gig as a substitute teacher at Geneva High School. He fell in love with teaching. Now, at age 52, he is doing it full-time. "This is a job I look forward to coming to," he said. "This is a really...


    Tips from a great teacher
    Tips from a great teacher: Al Ochsner's advice

    Lead singer Leslie Beukelman performs at Lilacia Park in Lombard, during a Lilac Time concert featuring Bill O’Connel’s Chicago Skyliners Big Band. O’Connel plays the drums.

    Dawn Patrol: Multiple car crash on I-94; Deng doubtful for Game 4

    At least one injured in I-94 crash; chill doesn't keep crowds from Lilacia Park concert; sheriff says Limo driver drunk while taking students to prom; it's time for Blackhawks to take it to next level;lLake Zurich grad impresses Bears' coach; Deng doubtful for Game 4

    Chicago White Sox starter Chris Sale, right, celebrates with catcher Tyler Flowers after the White Sox defeated the Los Angeles Angels 3-0 in a baseball game Sunday in Chicago. Sale pitched the first complete shutout of his career Sunday night, a 1-hit gem over the Angels. Alexei Ramirez’s clutch 2-run single in the seventh inning also helped spark the White Sox to a 3-0 win.

    Weekend in Review: Online school plan still in play; prom driver faces DUI charge
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Online charter school plan not dead yet; suburban officials welcome federal disaster declaration; likely Republican gubernatorial candidate for 2014 talks candidacy, clout; Arlington Hts. man charged in police standoff; prom limo driver charged with DUI; Barbara Walters to retire; Bulls say physical play will continue; Blackhawks prep for next round of...


    Unusual charter school proposal developed at breakneck speed

    The proposal for a virtual charter school that would cross 18 districts in the Fox Valley was presented just one month after its proponent, Virtual Learning Solutions, was incorporated in January. Greg Richmond, executive director of the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, said the pace with which Virtual Learning Solutions brought the proposal forward is unusual, but the real...

    Supporters hope the recent listing of the Mineola Hotel in Fox Lake as an endangered historic place will generate public awareness of the local landmark.

    Will designation as one of the most endangered historic structures help the Mineola?

    The Mineola Hotel in Fox Lake recently was named to the 2013 10 Most Endangered Historic Places list by Landmarks Illinois, a not for profit group. Supporters hope the designation rekindles interest in the local landmark, which was built in 1884 by members of the Chicago Board of Trade as a private clubhouse and then converted to a hotel.


    Cubs starter Travis Wood allowed only 2 hits over 7 shutout innings Monday night against the Rockies, improving his record to 4-2.

    Nothing but quality for Cubs' Wood

    Cubs lefty Travis Wood recorded his eighth straight quality start to open the season as the Cubs beat the Colorado Rockies 9-1 at Wrigley Field. Wood became the first Cubs pitcher since 1919 to accomplish that feat.

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo has a new seven-year, $41 million deal.

    New deal works for both Rizzo, Cubs

    The Cubs felt all the factors were right for them to sign first baseman Anthony Rizzo to a seven-year contract extension worth at least $41 million. General manager Jed Hoyer cited Rizzo's character, cost certainty and building a "core" of young players.


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


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


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


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


    Memphis takes 3-1 series lead over Oklahoma City

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Grizzlies are proving they know how to grab an advantage and hold onto it this postseason.Tony Allen scored on a driving layup to open overtime and the Grizzlies held off the Oklahoma City Thunder 103-97 Monday night to push the defending Western Conference champions to the edge of elimination.The Grizzlies shook off a first half in which they couldn’t hit shots and the Thunder seemingly couldn’t miss in building their largest lead in this series at 17 points. But the Grizzlies have yet to lose on their home court this postseason, and they won their third straight and seventh in eight games to grab a 3-1 lead in the series.Game 5 is Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.The Grizzlies outscored the Thunder 9-3 in overtime.Kevin Durant scored 27 points but missed all five of his shots in the extra period, including a layup in the final seconds. Durant went 2 of 13 in the fourth quarter and overtime and had only five points. The All Star played 48 minutes and was just short on his shots as the game wore on.Durant got the help from his teammates that he had been needing. Kevin Martin scored 18 points, Serge Ibaka had his best game of the series with 17 points and 14 rebounds, and Reggie Jackson had 15. Nick Collison even added 10.Mike Conley led Memphis with 24 points and Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph each had double-doubles. Randolph had 23 and 12, while Gasol had 23 and 11 along with six blocks on the day the Defensive Player of Year was named to the NBA’s second All-Defensive team along with Conley, who had four steals.Allen, who finished with 10 points, had three steals on the day he edged LeBron James for most points for the NBA’s All-Defensive team.In 2011, the Grizzlies were the team that blew the big lead in the first half of Game 4 with the Thunder pulling out the win to even up the series. They also wasted home-court advantage last year in the playoffs in the opening round against the Clippers.This time, the Thunder were up by as much as 17 in the first half and 12 in the third. But Memphis used a 20-8 run in the third to get back into this game. They blew a chance to close out the win when Ibaka blocked a shot by Randolph just before the buzzer in regulation. But Allen scored to open overtime, then Randolph rebounded a miss by Marc Gasol and scored on a putback. Derek Fisher, who missed his first four shots, finally hit a 3-pointer. But the 38-year-old veteran also had his inbound pass stolen by Allen with 21.1 seconds left and Memphis up 100-97.Memphis bounced back and outscored Oklahoma City 44-30 in the paint even though the Grizzlies got outrebounded 44-41. The Grizzlies still had a 13-8 advantage on the offensive glass leading to a 21-10 edge in second-chance points. But they had no fast-break points compared to 12 for the Thunder. Memphis also took better care of the ball with only seven turnovers compared to 15 by Oklahoma City that the Grizzlies turned into 18 points. Memphis did not have a single turnover in overtime while the Thunder had two, including the one by Fisher.The Thunder spent most of the past two days talking about the need to make shots. They did just that to open the game, hitting three of their first five in scoring the first seven points and led 29-18 at the end of the first quarter for their biggest lead in this series. Ibaka found his shooting stroke after struggling through this series, and he had nine points in the first 12 minutes, including a 3-pointer, with seven rebounds.Oklahoma City had its biggest lead on a corner 3 by Durant that gave Oklahoma City a 46-29 lead with 4:26 left.Memphis showed signs of life finally and finished the half on a 19-10 run that trimmed the Thunder’s lead to 56-48 at halftime. Oklahoma City thought it had a double-digit lead when Ibaka beat the buzzer with a putback off a missed Durant 3. But officials reviewed the play and waved the bucket off.

    White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza (30) and Alexei Ramirez fail to come up with a pop fly against the Twins in the eighth inning.

    Just no defense for White Sox’ situation

    The White Sox played some more bad defense Monday night and it again proved costly in a 10-3 loss to the Minnesota Twins.


    Naperville Central clinches share of DVC title

    Naperville Central 3, West Chicago 2:The Redhawks (20-7, 15-4) clinched a share of the DuPage Valley Conference title when Jeff Schank’s RBI single in the top of the seventh inning drove in the game-winning run. Jimmy Nashert pitched a 3-hitter. Schank also homered while Nicky Lopez went 3-for-3. Jon Michiels doubled and drove in the lone run for West Chicago (4-22, 1-18).Benet 3, Marian Catholic 1:The Redwings (19-7, 10-4) moved a step closer toward the East Suburban Catholic title after lone runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth inning broke a 1-1 tie. Joe Boyle, who went 2-for-3, Kevin Jendra and Tim Veselik drove in runs in support of winning pitcher Tony Predey. Robert Haemmerle notched the save. Neuqua Valley 7, Bartlett 1:The Wildcats (23-8, 20-5) won their ninth straight game while closing out their Upstate Eight Conference schedule. Three runs in the fifth inning and another 3 runs in the sixth helped Neuqua Valley pull ahead. Mike Riesner went 3-for-4 while Jeff Evak and Alex Wolanski drove in 2 runs apiece. Jonathan Vlk was the complete-game winning pitcher. Glenbard North 13, Naperville North 3:The Panthers (16-10, 13-6) ended the DuPage Valley Conference game in six innings after eight players had hits and seven players drove in runs. Nolan Jasinski, Jeff LaPage, Adam Villanueva and Matt Stencel each had 2 hits and 2 RBI. Kyle Crites was the winning pitcher. Carson Brown and Mark Khoury went 2-for-3 with an RBI for Naperville North (15-10, 11-8).Timothy Christian 14, Northridge Prep 0:The Trojans (7-14) advanced to the Class 2A IC Catholic Prep regional semifinals after scoring 5 runs in the first inning and 9 runs in the third. Emerson Bandemer allowed 1 hit over 5 innings. Brandon Scott and Justin VanderNaald homered and drove in 3 runs apiece.Willowbrook 7, Leyden 3:The Warriors (19-9, 11-7) swept in the West Suburban Gold after a 6-run fourth inning broke a scoreless tie. Brian Johnson went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored. Tyler Vavrek had 2 hits and Jeremy Kucik drove in 2 runs.Addison Trail 5, Morton 0:A 3-run top of the second inning gave complete-game winning pitcher Anthony Infantino and the Blazers (10-21, 7-11) all the offense they needed while taking two of three in the West Suburban Gold series. Jordan Garcia went 2-for-3 with a double and 3 RBI.Downers South 5, Glenbard West 2:Danny Mayer and Anthony Vattimo homered for the Mustangs (26-5, 15-3) in their West Suburban crossover victory. Zach Taylor went the distance on the mound. Will Simoneit drove in a run for Glenbard West (12-17).West Aurora 5, Glenbard East 1:The Rams (11-20, 7-12) managed 4 hits in the opening game of their DuPage Valley Conference series with West Aurora. Joe Kotch drove in Glenbard East’s lone run in the fourth inning.St. Joseph 10, Wheaton Academy 5:Kyle Uitermarkt drove in 3 runs while Sam Perna and Dylan Hughes each had 2 hits for the Warriors (5-19) in their nonconference loss.Hinsdale Central 3, Downers North 2:The Red Devils (15-11, 10-8) held off a seventh-inning rally to top Downers North (18-9, 12-6) in the West Suburban Silver. Matt Muellner went 2-for-3 with a homer and 2 RBI. Chris Bokich pitched 6 innings to earn the win. Joe Provenzano homered and had 2 RBI for the Trojans.


    Neuqua Valley edges Lake Park

    Colleen Hill hit a 3-run home run in a fourth-run Neuqua Valley first inning, and the Wildcats held on to beat No. 13 Lake Park 9-8 on Monday in Naperville.Jamie O’Brien also homered and Alyssa Domico doubled twice, scored a run and drove in 2 for Neuqua (15-10, 11-5 Upstate Eight Conference), which led 9-4 after four innings. Sam Cummings was 3-for-4 with a triple, run scored and 3 RBI and Danielle Jecmen 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and 2 RBI for Lake Park (23-10, 12-5), which scored 2 runs in the seventh but grounded out to end the game with the tying run on second base.Minooka 2, Glenbard South 0:Jackie Lilek struck out 11 in a 6-hit shutout, snapping the No. 3 Raiders’ seven-game winning streak. Losing pitcher Jane Trzaska (9-3) struck out three over three innings and Aimee Gerherdt was 3-for-3 for Glenbard South (21-4).WW South 8, Glenbard East 6:Cam Briggs, Jenny Harbakus and Kim Hayes all homered for the Tigers (12-14, 9-4 DuPage Valley Conference), who led 8-0 after five innings and held on in Lombard. Megan Cotterill homered and Dana Camp went 3-for-3 with a double, run scored and RBI for Glenbard East (9-15, 4-9).Glenbard North 10, Wheaton North 2:Ashley Stiver went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, Amanda Manton was 2-for-3 and also went deep, and the No. 5 Panthers (21-4, 10-3) scored 4 runs in the third and 4 more in the fourth to blow the game open. Kelly Thornton’s 2-run homer in the first accounted for Wheaton North’s runs.Benet 10, St. Viator 0:Marissa Panko hit her sixth homer and doubled for the Redwings (18-7, 10-4 East Suburban Catholic Conference).Glenbard West 7, Hinsdale South 2:Shelley Warmolts went 3-for-4 with a double and 3 runs scored and Maggie Stalker 3-for-4 with 3 RBI for the Hilltoppers (14-14), who broke the game open with a 3-run fourth inning.York 7, Hinsdale Central 0:Freshman Abbey Solem hit her fifth home run, scored 2 runs and had 3 RBI, and Angela Scalzitti went 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases for the Dukes (17-13). Isabella Jaeger was 2-for-4 with a triple, 2 runs scored and an RBI and Elena Schwarz tossed a 2-hitter with 4 strikeouts.IC Catholic Prep 9, Regina 8:Cat Klosterman’s bunt single scored Kat Fajardo with the game-winner in the bottom of the eighth of a seesaw affair in Elmhurst. Gabby Curran was 5-for-6 with a triple and 3 runs scored and Klosterman was 3-for-4 with an RBI, part of a 20-hit attack for the Knights (18-10).Downers Grove South 7, Morton 4:Kristen Bialek went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI, Caitlyn Daly 3-for-4 and winning pitcher Caroline Hedgcock had 2 hits and an RBI for the Mustangs (16-8, 10-0 West Suburban Gold).Wheaton Academy 12, Marian Catholic 7:Marissa Gagliano went 4-for-5 with 4 runs scored and 2 RBI, and the Warriors (7-9, 7-6) clinched at least a share of the Suburban Christian Conference Gold title. Jessica Bosse was 3-for-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI and Bridget Koehler also had 3 hits.


    Gibis pitches Wauconda past Antioch

    Wauconda's baseball team moved one step closer Monday to completing a perfect run through the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division. The Bulldogs defeated host Antioch 5-2, as Brandon Gibis earned the win over David Meade in a battle of aces.


    Wheaton North staying alive in DVC

    Wheaton North's baseball team has been waiting on that one breakout inning.Monday's bottom of the sixth definitely qualifies. Seven two-out runs on 6 two-out hits rallied the Falcons to a 9-4 victory over visiting Wheaton Warrenville South and kept Wheaton North mathematically alive for a share of their third straight DuPage Valley Conference title.

    The Bulls look on during the second half of Game 4 against the Miami Heat on Monday night. Miami won 88-65.

    Heat roll over lifeless Bulls

    The Bulls were as lifeless as their arena at the start of this one. They hit just 1 of their first 12 shots from the field, fell behind 11-2 at the start and never recovered in Monday night's Game 4 . Miami won 88-65 to take a 3-1 lead in this second-round series. The Heat can finish it off Wednesday in Florida.


    Buffalo Grove clinches in MSL East

    For the first time this century, Buffalo Grove will play for the Mid-Suburban League softball championship. Under third-year coach Jamie Paul, the Bison clinched the MSL East on Monday with a 6-5 victory over visiting Hersey.


    Angry Naperville Central moves on

    At some point, Naperville Central was going to accept its first loss and move on.The Redhawks weren't quite there Monday afternoon. "On the bus Nuss (coach Andy Nussbaum) was like There are stages of grief, and I think I'm at the anger stage,'" Redhawks junior Maddi Doane said with a smile. "That's how a lot of us felt today." Getting back on the field provided the needed medicine. Two days after St. Charles North handed No. 1 Naperville Central its first defeat, the Redhawks rebounded in neat fashion to beat Naperville North 6-2 at North Central College.

    Barrington celebrates their MSL West championship as Fremd lines up to shake hands Monday at the Field of Dreams in Barrington.

    Perfect finish for Dolezal, Barrington in MSL

    Perfection was the word of the day for Barrington's softball team. The Fillies ended a perfect season in the Mid-Suburban West with a perfect game from sophomore pitcher Keenan Dolezal. Dolezal retired 21 straight batters before the Fillies got her the win in bottom of the seventh inning at the Fields of Dreams. Barrington junior first baseman Katie Dehnert's hard infielder grounder with two outs and the bases loaded brought home Erin Ward with the winning run. The 1-0 victory gave Barrington its first West crown since 2009 and 16th divisional crown in school history.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Crystal Lake South 4, Grayslake Central 3: The visiting Gators kept their hopes alive for a second straight split title in the Valley Division of the Fox Valley Conference with this crucial crossover victory against the three-time defending FVC Fox champions. Senior pitcher Tyler Hall improved to 8-1 with a 2-hitter. He allowed 3 unearned runs on 2 hits, walked 2 and struck out 9. Troy Bittenbender had 3 of the Gators’ 5 hits, including a 2-run, first-inning double that staked CL South (16-5, 13-5) a 2-0 lead. To gain a split of the FVC Valley title with Huntley, which has already clinched a share, the Gators must win today’s makeup game at Dundee-Crown and get some help from McHenry, which hosts Huntley in the conference finale on Thursday. McHenry 7, Huntley 0: Andrew Reisinger held Huntley (22-4, 14-4) to 6 hits as McHenry kept the Red Raiders from clinching the outright title in the FVC Valley. Mark Skonieczny had 2 hits, including a double, and Tyler Mindak went 2-for-2 with a walk. Losing pitcher Bryce Only (3-4) yielded 6 earned runs on 6 hits and 3 walks in 1 innings. Huntley can still clinch the outright FVC Valley title with a CL South loss at Dundee-Crown on Tuesday or a win at McHenry (19-13, 12-6) on Thursday.Prairie Ridge 3, Cary-Grove 1: Mike Reitcheck allowed just 1 earned run on 2 hits in a victory that eliminated Cary-Grove (18-9, 12-6) from the FVC Valley title race. Losing pitcher Brandon McCumber (3-1) gave up 3 earned runs on 8 hits and 3 walks and struck out a batter in 7 innings. McCumber and Zach Marszal singled for the Trojans. Crystal Lake Central 10, Hampshire 0: The Tigers scored 5 runs in the top of the seventh inning to turn this FVC Fox contest into a runaway. Mike Laramie, Brandon Wescher and Michael Merchut had the only singles for Hampshire (13-13, 5-12). Mike Dumoulin (4-3) allowed 8 earned runs in the loss.Geneva 12, Elgin 6: The Maroons scored 5 runs in the bottom of the third inning to pull within 8-6, but the Vikings scored twice in the sixth and twice in the seventh to pull away in the Upstate Eight River. Ethan Henke (2-for-3, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 runs), Brandon Higdon (2-for-3, RBI, run) and Nick Turner (1-for-3, 2 RBI) paced the offense for Elgin (6-19, 5-17). John Nelson (0-1) allowed 8 runs (2 earned) on 9 hits and 2 walks in 4 innings. Reliever Brock Chenier held the Maroons scoreless on 3 hits over 4 innings to earn the win for Geneva (17-13, 14-12).Larkin 4, Streamwood 2: Jack McCracken held the Sabres to 2 earned runs by working his way around 8 hits and 3 walks in this complete-game victory in the Upstate Eight River. Tyler Kalusa went 2-for-4 and drove in a run, and Brayden Royse knocked in another for Larkin (10-16, 7-15), which benefitted from 3 errors. Michael Smith and Ramon Saldivar doubled, and Jeff Weaver finished 2-for-3 with a solo home run for Streamwood (5-19, 5-17). Collin Tatone (0-1) absorbed the loss.Neuqua Valley 7, Bartlett 1: Visiting Neuqua Valley (23-8, 20-5) snapped a 1-1 tie with 3 runs in the fifth and added 3 in the sixth to prevail in the Upstate Eight Valley. Ben Havel (1-3) took the loss, allowing 7 earned runs on 12 hits and 2 walks in 5 innings. Mike Wick went 2-for-3 with a double for Bartlett (13-11, 12-11).


    Cattenhead a hit for Glenbard South

    To say Ashton Cattenhead has been a pleasant surprise for Glenbard South only tells half the story. It was a surprise she's even here. Cattenhead played for Glenbard South's freshman team two years ago, then moved to Huntley her sophomore year. Julie Fonda, the Raiders softball coach, didn't realize Cattenhead was back until she bumped into her in the hallway last fall.

    Glenbard South’s John Wold wins the 800 Meter Run, during the 80th Annual DuPage County Boys Track & Field Invitational hosted by Lake Park.

    Sectionals bring stirring storylines

    Among the intrigue of track and field state sectionals is the element of surprise — boys whose great performances lift themselves from the cusp of state qualification to Charleston. DuPage County teams are filled with such stories. Here are a few.


    Another command performance by Elk Grove’s Camacho

    Elk Grove senior pitcher David Camacho completed a perfect run through his Mid-Suburban League opponents, tossing a complete-game 4-hitter with 8 strikeouts as the Grenadiers wrapped up regular-season league play with a 2-0 victory over visiting Conant on Monday. Camacho improved to 7-1 overall and finished 6-0 against MSL foes. He allowed 2 walks. Luc DiMaso did most of the damage offensively for Elk Grove (21-8, 12-4). He had 2 hits — a solo homer and a double — and scored both runs. Michael Anciulis also had 2 hits, including a double.

    Bulls guard Marquis Teague can’t believe the 3-point shot made by Miami’s Norris Cole at the buzzer to close the first half during Game 4 on Monday night at the United Center.

    The Bulls have simply run out of gas

    The Miami Heat took apart an undermanned Bulls team from start to finish in Game 4 at the UC Monday and should put them out of their misery Wednesday night in Miami.

    The Bulls’ Nate Robinson,left, battles for a loose ball against the Heat’s Norris Cole, center, and Shane Battier on Monday at the United Center.

    Robinson remains positive despite 3-1 deficit, Game 4 blowout loss

    Even after going 0-for-12 in shot attempts in Game 4 against Miami, Bulls guard Nate Robinson came up with a positive spin. "We've got a lot left in the tank," Robinson said in the locker room. "One thing about it, you never know when that beautiful story is going to happen. Down 3-1, you never know?

    The Bulls’ Marco Belinelli welcomes teammate Richard Hamilton into the game Monday night at the United Center. After missing a long stretch late in the season with a back injury, Hamilton made just two brief appearances in the first round against Brooklyn and hadn’t played at all in the Miami series. He finished with 11 points in 22 minutes in Game 4.

    Forgotten Hamilton makes rare court appearance

    Richard Hamilton was as surprised as anyone when Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau looked down the bench and sent him into the game early in the second quarter. "Wow, I'm going in the game," Hamilton said later when asked to describe his thoughts. "It's a crazy game. Sometimes you've just got to be ready." After missing a long stretch late in the season with a back injury, Hamilton made just two brief appearances in the first round against Brooklyn and hadn't played at all in the Miami series.

    Cubs starter Travis Wood pitches against the Colorado Rockies during the first inning of a baseball game Monday, May 13, 2013, in Chicago.

    Wood, Cubs cruise over Rockies

    Travis Wood pitched seven scoreless innings and the Cubs came within two outs of their first shutout since last August in a 9-1 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night at Wrigley Field.Alfonso Soriano homered for Chicago, which has won three straight for the second time this season. The Cubs’ 14 hits were one short of a season high.Josh Rutledge hit a home run off Carlos Marmol with one out in the ninth, ruining the Cubs’ bid for their first shutout win since they beat Colorado on Aug. 26. The Cubs have gone 74 games between shutouts, their longest streak since going 75 in a row from May 15 until Aug. 6, 1999, according to STATS.Wood (4-2) allowed two hits while striking out two for his major league-leading eighth quality start. He’s the first Cubs pitcher since Hippo Vaughn in 1919 to start with eight quality starts. Wood also had two hits and an RBI.Juan Nicasio (3-1) recovered from a shaky first two innings to last six for Colorado, allowing five runs and eight hits in his first loss of the season. Nicasio, who hasn’t won since beating Arizona on April 26, allowed all five runs over the first two innings but finished with four scoreless.The Rockies have lost five of six and have scored 12 runs over those games. They were shut out twice over the weekend by St. Louis before scoring eight runs Sunday.The Cubs, who were coming off two straight wins at Washington, scored early.With two outs in the first, Soriano gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead with his fourth home run. It was Soriano’s 376th of his career, tying him for 69th all-time with former Red Sox and White Sox catcher Carlton Fisk.The home run, during which left fielder Carlos Gonzalez didn’t move, continued Nicasio’s first-inning problems. Heading into Monday, Nicasio had a 9.00 ERA and was allowing opponents to hit .333 against him during seven first innings. Soriano’s home run was the fourth Nicasio has allowed in the opening frame.Chicago added to its lead with three in the third on two-out RBI doubles from Wood and Starlin Castro. Wood’s double brought in Welington Castillo, who also doubled, while Castro drove in Wood and David DeJesus.Wood’s RBI was his first of the season and just his third hit.Nicasio worked around a leadoff Soriano double in the third, but the five earned runs increased his ERA over the first three innings to 6.38.Anthony Rizzo went 1 for 5 after his 7-year, $41 million contract extension was announced earlier Monday. He and Castro scored on Nate Schierholtz’s two-run triple and in the seventh that gave the Cubs a 7-0 lead.Castillo had two doubles, while DeJesus, Schierholtz and Castro had two hits.

    White Sox starting pitcher Hector Santiago (53) heads toward the dugout at the end of the third inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins, Monday, May 13, 2013, in Minneapolis.

    Twins pound Sox 10-3

    MINNEAPOLIS — Rookie Aaron Hicks hit two home runs and made a leaping catch in center field to take a home run away from Adam Dunn in the Minnesota Twins’ 10-3 win over the White Sox on Monday night.Justin Morneau extended his hitting streak to nine games with three hits and four RBIs, including a bases-clearing double that capped the scoring in the eighth.Twins starter Pedro Hernandez (2-0) allowed three runs on six hits in 5 1-3 innings. The left-hander retired 14 of the next 15 batters he faced after giving up two runs in the first inning.Alex Rios had two RBIs for the White Sox, who are last in the American League in batting average and runs scored.Hector Santiago (1-2) allowed six runs — three earned — on eight hits in 5 2-3 innings.


    Burlington Central downs DeKalb

    Burlington Central 5, DeKalb 3: The Rockets began the most competitive week of their season with a nonconference win at DeKalb, beating Barbs’ ace Katie Kowalski. Becca Gerke was 2-for-4 with a triple for BC, while Lauren King was 2-for-4 with a double and Bekah Harnish 2-for-3 with a double. Brooke Gaylord recorded the win, allowing 5 hits with 2 strikeouts and 3 walks for the Rockets (24-2).Jacobs 6, Dundee-Crown 1: Jacquelyn Hengler went 2-for-3 with a triple and an RBI and Sarah Murray had a double and 2 RBI as Jacobs won this Fox Valley Conference Valley Division game. Nicky Chapa and Kaitlyn Woloszyk also drove in runs for the Golden Eagles (14-14, 5-7) and Kelsey Peters picked up the win, allowing 5 hits with 2 strikeouts and no walks. Losing pitcher Amanda Eissler had a double for the Chargers (3-18, 0-10) and Mallory Shilf drove in a run.CL Central 3, Hampshire 1: Haley Widmayer was 2-for-3 with a double for Hampshire in this FVC Fox loss. Jennifer Hurst took the loss for the Whip-Purs (9-17, 4-7), allowing 7 hits with 4 strikeouts and 4 walks.Batavia 14, Larkin 4: Lexi Price was 2-for-3 and Alex Buhrow had a triple for Larkin in the Upstate Eight River. Jaclyn Saurbaugh took the loss for the Royals (3-21, 2-12).St. Charles East 2, Streamwood 0: Jessica Daley and Kaitlyn Hedger combined to allow SCE only 5 hits but Streamwood (5-17, 2-12) only managed a double from Melissa Malcolm and a single by Brittany Delao in this UEC River loss.McHenry 5, Huntley 1: Losing pitcher Haley Spannraft was 2-for-4 for Huntley (18-10, 5-7) in the FVC Valley.CL South 5, Richmond 3: Kimmy Woods was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and Hailee Massie threw a 4-hitter with 8 strikeouts and no walks to lead the Gators (13-8) to a nonconference win. Taylor Kassel was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Sam McLean drove in a run and Kara Zybko and Madison Perrine each had 2 hits for Crystal Lake South.

    New York Rangers right wing Mats Zuccarello (36), defenseman Michael Del Zotto (4), and left wing Rick Nash (61) celebrate Del Zotto’s goal in the second period, of Game 7 first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoff hockey series against the Washington Capitals, Monday, May 13, 2013 in Washington.

    Rangers rout Capitals in Game 7

    WASHINGTON — Led by Henrik Lundqvist’s 35 saves in a second consecutive shutout, and goals from some unlikely sources, the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-0 in Game 7 Monday night to reach the Eastern Conference semifinals.New York contained Alex Ovechkin again and completed its comeback after trailing in the series 2-0 and 3-2 — the latest in Washington’s long history of playoff collapses. Sixth-seeded New York faces No. 4 Boston in the second round.It is the first time New York won a Game 7 on the road in its history.Arron Asham put New York ahead in the first period, before Taylor Pyatt and Michael Del Zotto made it 3-0 early in the second on goals 2:10 apart. Ryan Callahan added a goal 13 seconds into the third period, and when Mats Zuccarello scored with about 13½ minutes remaining, thousands of red-clad fans streamed to the exits.

    Jacobs starting pitcher Evan Blunk against Dundee-Crown Monday in Carpentersville.

    Who needs practice? Apparently not Jacobs

    Consider it one of the oddest facts of an unusual spring: it's the final week of the regular season and the Jacobs baseball team has yet to hold a full, outdoor practice. Persistent cold, wet weather throughout late March and April kept the Golden Eagles off their own unplayable infield and in their field house for weeks on end. When the weather finally did improve enough to play outdoors, coach Jamie Murray's team took advantage of any dry day by eating into the backlog of postponed games. No time to practice. Just play, play, play. Though they haven't had the opportunity to work on cutoffs from the outfield or pitchers covering first base, the Golden Eagles have nevertheless managed to win 18 of 28 games, including Monday's 7-0 whitewash of District 300 rival Dundee-Crown in a Fox Valley Conference Valley Division tilt in Carpentersville.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com ¬ St. Charles North's Kurt Barbeau dives safely back to first as St. Charles East's Brian Sobieski waits for the throw Monday at Fifth Third Bank Park in Geneva.

    Youthful St. Charles North searching for consistency

    Perhaps St. Charles North baseball coach Todd Genke should have figured this would be a challenging season when the team's annual trip to downstate Marion was shortened due to a late-March snowstorm. Whatever the case, it definitely has not been business as usual for the North Stars this season.

    Chicago Bulls point guard Nate Robinson and Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah sit dejected on the bench.

    Images: Bulls vs. Heat, Game Four
    The Chicago Bulls fell 88-65 to the Miami Heat in Chicago on Monday in game four of their playoff series. Chicago faces elimination Wednesday in Miami.

    Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, left, is congratulated by teammates David Krejci, center, and Nathan Horton, right, after his goal in the final minute of the third period, which tied the game 4-4 forcing overtime against the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Game 7 of their NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 13, 2013.

    Bruins rally to send Leafs home in OT

    BOSTON — Patrice Bergeron tied it with 51 seconds left in regulation then scored the game-winner 6:05 into overtime on Monday night to give Boston a 5-4 victory over the Maple Leafs in Game 7 as the Bruins turned back Toronto’s comeback with a rally of their own.Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots for Boston, which led the best-of-seven series 3-1 before the Maple Leafs won two in a row to force a seventh game. Toronto opened a 4-1 lead in the third period of the decisive game, but Boston cut the deficit to two midway through the third period and then scored twice in the final 82 seconds to force overtime.James Reimer made 30 saves for the Maple Leafs. Cody Franson scored twice, and former Bruin Phil Kessel had a goal and an assist for Toronto.

    The Bulls bench watches the Miami Heat surge during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference semifinal against the Miami Heat on Monday, May 13, 2013, in Chicago. The Heat won 88-65.

    Miami puts Bulls on the ropes

    LeBron James scored 27 points and the Miami Heat nearly matched a franchise record for points allowed in a playoff game, pounding the listless and short-handed Bulls 88-65 on Monday night at United Center to take a 3-1 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.The 65 points allowed were only two more than the all-time postseason low for a Miami opponent, and it was easily the worst offensive performance by a Chicago team.Never before had the Bulls scored fewer than 69 in a playoff game nor 10 or less in a quarter during the postseason, but both those marks fell on a night when they were dominated on both ends of the floor.Miami led by 11 at the half and put this one away in the third quarter, outscoring Chicago 17-9 in the period.Now the Heat will try to wrap up the series at home on Wednesday night, taking what they hope will be the next step toward a second straight championship.It’s hard to believe the Bulls won the series opener the way the past three games have gone.Miami pounded Chicago in Game 2, coming away with its most lopsided playoff victory while handing the Bulls their worst ever postseason loss, and the Heat continued to roll from there.James had his usual complete game with eight assists and seven rebounds Monday.Chris Bosh finished with 14 points after scoring 20 and grabbing 19 rebounds in Game 3, and the Heat won again despite another quiet night from Dwyane Wade, who finished with six points. Norris Cole also struggled with seven points after back-to-back 18-point performances, but the Heat had more than enough in this one.They shot about 49 percent while the Bulls set a franchise playoff low at 25.7 percent. They were particularly bad from the outside, going 2 for 17 from 3-point range.The Bulls again were missing ailing Luol Deng and injured Kirk Hinrich (calf), and a team that kept finding ways to win despite being short-handed all season simply appeared to run out of steam.Carlos Boozer had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his fifth double-double in the postseason but was just 3 of 14 from the field. Jimmy Butler scored 12 and Joakim Noah grabbed nine rebounds, but it was a miserable night for Chicago particularly Nate Robinson, who missed all 12 shots and did not score.]James scored 15 points and Bosh added 12 in the first half to help the Heat take a 44-33 lead at the break, but that doesn’t even come close to telling the complete story.Consider this.Miami shot just under 53 percent, with the Bulls at about 27 percent. Chicago was also 1 of 11 on 3-pointers, and the only conversion from long range came from Richard Hamilton.Remember him?After playing a grand total of 10 minutes over two playoff appearances, coach Tom Thibodeau turned to him early in the second quarter with Miami threatening to put the game away.The veteran guard entered to loud cheers with the Bulls trailing 30-17 after back-to-back 3-pointers by Shane Battier and Ray Allen, and the crowd was roaring after Hamilton nailed a wide open 3 from up top and Taj Gibson converted a three-point play.That made it a seven-point game, but the Bulls couldn’t sustain any momentum. The Heat suffocated them on both ends, squeezing a little harder every time Chicago made a push.There was no energy from the Bulls, none of the resourcefulness that carried them to 45 wins during the regular season and to the second round in the playoffs.They were trailing 44-31 with about 40 seconds left after James made a neat spin move on the break and got fouled by Nate Robinson for a three-point play.


    Prairie Ridge denies Cary-Grove FVC Valley crown

    Lauren Stanley deserved better. Allowing only an unearned run in the sixth inning, Stanley was the hard-luck loser as Cary-Grove dropped a gut-wrenching 1-0 decision to Prairie Ridge in Fox Valley Conference Valley Division softball action in Crystal Lake Monday afternoon. The victory gave the Wolves the outright Valley championship with a 10-2 record. The Trojans end league play with a 9-3 slate.


    Nice day for Niecikowski as Meadows clinches MSL East

    Junior Alex Niecikowski was having a great day, and that was before the game even started Monday against visiting Palatine. Niecikowski was celebrating his 17th birthday, and he made it a memorable by leading the Mustangs (16-8-1, 13-1) past Palatine 5-4 to clinch an outright Mid-Suburban East championship.

    Mundelein pitcher Mitch Schulewitz delivers during the Mustangs’ NSC Lake-clinching victory over host Stevenson on Monday.

    Slot Mundelein as NSC Lake champs

    On Monday in Lincolnshire, Mundelein's Mitch Schulewitz was handed the ball to secure a Lake Division title for the Mustangs. And the UIC-bound right-hander was brilliant, stopping Stevenson on three singles. He needed to be that good. That's because his mound opponent, Iowa-bound Matt Allen, was almost as sharp. Allen at least can tell a story about how his team committed 4 errors in the first inning yet allowed just one runner to score. Mundelein (24-3) clinched North Suburban Conference Lake Division title with a 3-0 win.


    North Boone ousts Westminster Christian

    The youth of the Westminster Christian baseball team showed Monday in the team's regional opener. Warriors coach Tim Dunderdale said only two players had played in the postseason before Friday's Class 2A Westminster Christian regional play-in game. No. 4 seed Westminster managed 4 four hits as its season ended in a 5-2 loss to No. 5 North Boone.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford is 11-2-2 lifetime against the Detroit Red Wings.

    Hawks’ Crawford can’t explain success against Detroit

    Single-game tickets for potential 2013 Western Conference Final home contests will go on sale to the general public at noon today, Blackhawks team officials announced.

    Goalie Corey Crawford says the Blackhawks have worked hard during the layoff since they eliminated the Minnesota Wild on Thursday to be ready when the conference semifinal series with the Red Wings starts Wednesday.

    Toews: We’ve got to be ready to bring our best

    In theory, a Tuesday night opener would have given the Blackhawks a bit of an advantage because the Red Wings would be coming in from California after Sunday's late-night clincher in what was a grueling series while a well-rested Hawks team would be waiting to pounce. Well, all that went out the window Monday morning when the league announced the series opener between the two storied rivals would commence Wednesday night instead.


    Cougars close trip with loss

    A quality start from Pierce Johnson was nullified by the Kane County offense as the Cougars lost to the Clinton LumberKings 4-0 on Monday afternoon at Ashford University Field.


    Bartlett rolls, Waubonsie up next with 1st on line

    The Bartlett softball team played a little game of follow the leader Monday. Senior leadoff hitter Rachel Odolski was 4-for-5 with 3 runs scored and senior Jessica Kirby got over a rough first two innings in the circle as the Hawks beat South Elgin 13-4 in Upstate Eight Conference Valley Division action at Bartlett on the Hawks' senior day. "It's my job to get on base and get the spirit going for the team," said Odolski. "Follow the leader."


    Girls soccer/Top 20
    Naperville North, Waubonsie Valley and St. Charles North hold down the top three spots in the most recent ranking of area girls soccer teams.

    Stopping Detroit Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk, here colliding with Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, will be one of the keys for the Hawks when they return to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday for Game 1 of their conference semifinals series at the United Center.

    Can Hawks stop Datsyuk, Zetterberg?

    To beat the Detroit Red Wings in the Western Conference semifinals, the Blackhawks must find a way to shut down Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. Hawks forward Marian Hossa says Datsyuk is as dangerous as they come in the NHL. "He's one of the biggest talents I ever played with," Hossa said. "We have to be careful when he's on the ice because he can make the difference."


    Rush to salute military families Sunday

    The Chicago Rush will host Military Appreciation Day at 3 p.m. Sunday during their Arena Football League game with Arizona Rattlers at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont. The Rush have teamed up with the Wood Dale-based iD Commerce + Logistics to make Sunday's game free to all veterans, active military personnel, and their families.

    Alex Booker

    Warren’s Booker authors an All-Big Ten season

    Illinois junior left fielder and former Warren star Alex Booker (Warren) has been named to the All-Big Ten second team. She also earned a spot on the inaugural Big Ten all-defensive team. Booker has had a fantastic season for the Illini on both offense and defense, leading the Orange and Blue at the plate with a .352 batting average and a .425 on base percentage. The speed demon has stolen 20 bases in just 21 attempts, becoming just the third Illini in school history to tab 20 swipes in a single season, while tying for second with a .952 efficiency.


    Softball takes a back seat as Pauly moves forward

    Nicole Pauly is turning in her softball uniform. For the first time in 20 years, the former Palatine High School, Northwestern University and Akron Racers standout will not play competitive softball in the summer months. "Oh maybe I'll play on a slow-pitch team" she said with a smile. "But professionally I'm starting the next chapter of my life."Pauly recently obtained a master's degree in school counseling from Loyola after getting her bachelor's degree from Northwestern.


    Scouting postseason girls soccer / Northwest

    Previewing the girls soccer postseason, from the perspective of teams in the Mid-Suburban League and St. Viator.


    Wolves bring back goalie Climie

    The Chicago Wolves have re-signed their record-setting goaltender, Matt Climie.


    Mike North video: Sergio Garcia Goes Tin Cup

    After Sergio Garcia's collapse yesterday, Mike North thinks he probably didn't sleep too well last night. Not only did he give away the lead to Tiger Woods after some verbal sparring, but he went from making $1.7 million to a little over $200,000. He will have some trouble recovering from this one.

    former Calgary Flames head coach Mike Keenan, who also coached six other NHL franchises, has been hired to coach a Russian hockey club.

    Russian hockey club hires Keenan as coach

    Mike Keenan, who led the New York Rangers to the 1994 Stanley Cup title and later led the Chicago Blackhawks to the finals, was hired as coach of Russia's Metallurg Magnitogorsk hockey club.


    Sherman Hospital is on Randall Road in Elgin.

    Sherman Health given green light to join Advocate

    The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted unanimously Tuesday to allow Sherman Health Systems to join Advocate Health Care, the largest health care system in the state. The arrangement was opposed by Centegra Health System, which is in the middle of construction of a new hospital in Huntley, set to be completed in 2016. Sherman and Advocate teamed up to oppose the Huntley hospital in 2011 and 2012 before announcing their intent to partner and becoming the target of new opposition. The Sherman/Advocate deal is expected to close June 1.

    Governor Pat Quinn

    Park projects in Illinois getting $15.3 million

    Local parks around Illinois will be sharing $15.3 million in state money. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the funding for 45 projects on Saturday. It comes from the state's Open Space Lands Acquisition and Development program. The program aims to expand outdoor recreation and open space in communities across Illinois.

    Lt. Governor Sheila Simon

    Lt. Gov supports medical marijuana

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon said she is in favor of a bill allowing the medical use of marijuana, explaining Sunday that testimony from seriously ill veterans and other patients helped change her mind. "As a former prosecutor my first reaction was, `I'm not interested in changing our laws on medical marijuana,"' she told The Associated Press in an interview Sunday. But she said that after hearing from patients and reading up on the bill, she's convinced the regulations are strict enough.

    Nancy Gianni with daughter, Gigi.

    Life not the same for Hoffman mother as GiGi's Playhouse expands

    Kukec's People featuresNancy Gianni, who started Hoffman Estates-based Gigi's Playhouse, a facility for children with Down Syndrome. Her daughter, now 10, was the inspiration for what now has turned into a national chain of playhouses that help both children and adults with Down's.


    Indiana secretary of state warns of real estate scam

    Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson is warning potential home buyers about a new scam. Lawson says scammers are using authentications from her office to create the illusion they own vacant property and trick Indiana residents into fraudulent real estate deals. Lawson says the scammers identify abandoned homes and create documents claiming they own the property.

    Senator Dick Durbin

    Durbin: 5 Ill. airport towers get closure reprieve

    U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin says control towers at five small airports in his home state of Illinois are among the 149 nationwide that the Federal Aviation Administration is keeping open for now.The towers are all operated for the FAA at low-traffic airports and were to close by mid-June as the result of government-wide automatic spending cuts imposed by Congress. They'll now remain open at least through September, the end of the federal budget year.

    Brandy’s restaurant has opened in Hanover Park in place Chiggy’s, which closed late last year due to a fire.

    Fire-damaged restaurant reopens as Brandy’s in Hanover Park

    More than six months after a fire closed Chiggy’s restaurant in Hanover Park, a different restaurant is carving up the gyro meat once again.Brandy’s, a sister establishment that’s been around since 1984, opened last week at 1921 W. Irving Park Road.“The menu is pretty much the same,” owner Sam Dakis said. “We’re famous for our chicken kebabs and gyros.”


    OSHA cites contractor in Wheeling tank death

    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 28 serious safety violations to Phoenix Industrial Cleaning in the death of Bernardo Martinez, who was overcome by fumes while working inside a tank at a Wheeling factory last November.


    Good Shepherd Breast Center wins accreditation

    The Breast Center at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Barrington has earned a full, three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers.

    Students from Elk Grove, Buffalo Grove and John Hersey high schools listen to 18-year-old IndyCar driver Zach Veach talk about his career during a visit to DMG/Mori Seiki in Hoffman Estates Friday. He said he wouldn't be racing if it wasn't for DMG/Mori Seiki, which provides many of the parts that go into his vehicle.

    DMG/Mori Seiki opens doors to students, others during Innovation Days

    Nearly 3,000 business and manufacturing executives as well as students and educators filled the demonstration hall this week at Hoffman Estates-based DMG/Mori Seiki to learn about new technology, training and jobs in manufacturing. From Tuesday through Friday, the company demonstrated 41 robotic machines and devices for suppliers, new buyers, engineers and others for its third annual Innovation Days event, said President Mark H. Mohr.

    Oak Brook-based McDonald’s is adding three new Quarter Pounders to its core menu as the fast-food chain looks to offer cheaper premium burgers while capitalizing on one of its most popular brands.

    McDonald’s adding 3 new Quarter Pounders to menu

    McDonald's is adding three new Quarter Pounders to its menu as the fast-food chain looks to offer cheaper premium burgers while capitalizing on one of its most popular brands. The Oak Brook-based company says the new burgers will replace its meatier Angus Third Pounders, which were among the most expensive items on its menu at around $4 to $5.

    Most U.S. stocks fell, after benchmark indexes climbed to record levels last week, even as government data showed retail sales unexpectedly rose in April.

    Stock market rally pauses on Monday

    A record-breaking rally in stocks paused Monday as investors assessed whether stock valuations were overstating the recent improvement in the economy. The latest positive data, out Monday, showed that Americans increased spending at retailers last month. That suggests that consumers may boost economic growth in the current quarter ending June 30. Still, that wasn't enough to lift shares.

    Tomy Master Builder Jason Moreno prepares to send a Chuggington die-cast railway train down a tower constructed of 17 feet, four inches of Chuggington StackTrack, which set the Guinness World Record title for tallest toy train track Saturday, at Grand Central Terminal.

    Oak Brook’s Tomy sets world record for tallest toy train track

    Tomy, the Oak Brook-based maker of the innovative Chuggington StackTrack Railway System, set a Guinness World Records title for Tallest Toy Train Track on May 11. The record-setting train track, constructed with Chuggington StackTrack — a durable die-cast railway system that enables kids to build vertical toy train layouts — towered 17 feet 4 inches tall.

    Deerfield-based drugstore chain Walgreen Co. has extended its agreement to fill prescriptions for CVS Caremark Corp.

    Walgreen extends agreement with CVS Caremark

    Deerfield-based drugstore chain Walgreen Co. has extended its agreement to fill prescriptions for CVS Caremark Corp., which runs one of the nation's largest pharmacy benefit management businesses.


    Itasca’s Gogo chief named CEO of the Year

    Itasca's Gogo President and CEO Michael Small was named CEO of the Year at the Illinois Technology Association's annual CityLIGHTS Awards Gala. The Illinois Technology Association's CityLIGHTS Awards are an annual celebration of the growth and vitality of Illinois' technology community. The CEO of the Year Award is presented to the company CEO who has led successful company growth through leadership, ability to attract and retain talented resources, financial accomplishments and strategy for continued company growth.


    Lincolnshire’s Camping World wins Winnebago retailer awards

    LIncolnshire-based Camping World, the nation's largest recreational vehicle retailer, received 47 Awards at the recent Winnebago Industries Dealer Days meeting in Las Vegas. At the meeting, Camping World received the award for Top Winnebago Retailer for 2012. Camping World also secured their position as the largest Winnebago retailer with over $175 million in Winnebago Industries sales for 2012. Currently Camping World accounts for an estimated 28% of all Winnebago Industries new motorized unit sales.


    North Chicago’s AbbVie’s science chief to retire

    North Chicago-baseed AbbVie Inc.'s longtime head of research will retire from the drugmaker, leaving the newly spun off company without a leader for its efforts to develop new medicines and buttress its future prospects. Chief Scientific Officer John Leonard, 55, will retire in the next few months, AbbVie said today in regulatory filing. The company didn't name a successor to Leonard, who has been with AbbVie and its parent, Abbott Laboratories for about 21 years.


    Virgin America posts 2012 loss; eyes possible IPO

    Virgin America says it's close to turning around its financial losses and could be ready for an initial public offering as early as next year. Virgin America reported on Monday that it lost $145.4 million last year, which is even more than it lost in 2011. It has not turned an annual profit since beginning flights in 2007.


    Dell board committee seeks more info on Icahn plan

    Dell board members say they need more details from investor Carl Icahn if he wants them to seriously consider his latest challenge to Michael Dell's $24.4 billion plan to take the computer maker private. Icahn and prominent Dell shareholder Southeastern Asset Management said last week they want to keep Dell Inc. publicly traded and give shareholders $12 in cash or more shares.

    Crickets have been added to the menu at Aphrodite restaurant in Nice, France.

    French chef puts crickets on menu in push to use insects as food

    French chef David Faure says diners don't complain about the crickets he started serving with his foie gras starter last month. Some say they wouldn't mind more. Faure, who runs the Michelin-starred restaurant Aphrodite in Nice, praises the popcorn flavor of crickets and the nutty tones that mealworms bring to his cod dish.

    Jim Kendall

    Senior entrepreneurs bring patience, experience to startups

    Starting a business isn't just for the younger crowd. Thanks in part to lingering unemployment and to Baby Boomers needing to pad retirement accounts, 25 percent of those 65 and older are self-employed. Fifteen percent in the 50-64 age bracket are self-employed, too.


    Bloodless bank heist impressed cybercrime experts

    A bloodless bank heist that netted more than $45 million has left even cybercrime experts impressed by the technical sophistication, if not the virtue, of the con artists who pulled off a remarkable internationally organized attack. "It was pretty ingenious," Pace University computer science professor Darren Hayes said Friday.

    One of the new Amtrak Cities Sprinter Locomotives built by Siemens Rails Systems in Sacramento, Calif.

    Amtrak unveils locomotives to replace aging fleet

    When Amtrak unveils the first of 70 new locomotives Monday at a plant in California, it will mark what the national passenger railroad service hopes will be a new era of better reliability, streamlined maintenance and better energy efficiency. On a broader scale, the new engines could well be viewed as emblematic of the improving financial health of Amtrak, which has long been dependent on subsidies from an often reluctant Congress.


    Cars made in Brazil are deadly

    The cars roll endlessly off the local assembly lines of the industry's biggest automakers, more than 10,000 a day, into the eager hands of Brazil's new middle class. The shiny new Fords, Fiats, and Chevrolets tell the tale of an economy in full bloom that now boasts the fourth largest auto market in the world.What happens once those vehicles hit the streets, however, is shaping up as a national tragedy, experts say, with thousands of Brazilians dying every year in auto accidents that in many cases shouldn't have proven fatal.

    Dr. Sameer M. Naseeruddin

    Skypoint Medical Center grows in Schaumburg

    We talk with Dr. Sameer M. Naseeruddin, owner of Skypoint Medical Center in Schaumburg, about his practice where his primary focus is vein care and internal medicine. Every Monday we feature a local small business.

Life & Entertainment


    Car club calendar, 2013
    The Chicago suburbs are home to many car clubs devoted to models ranging from Alfa Romeo to Volkswagen. The Daily Herald has compiled a list of meetings, 2013 car shows and cruise nights.

    Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby in “The Great Gatsby.” The film will be shown at the Cannes Film Festival.

    Cannes ready to host film world

    For even those most accustomed to the frenzy of celebrity, the Cannes Film Festival can be a disorienting experience. For 12 days every year, the French Rivera resort town turns into one giant seaside swirl of glamour, high art and backroom deal-making. Like some sun-drenched phantasm, all of cinema comes alive in Cannes: its serious ambitions, bottom-line commerce and crass spectacle.

    This Inverness home, built in 1989, features a stately tan brick exterior and large circular driveway.

    Listing of the week

    This lovely Inverness home, built in 1989, is traditional with a decidedly contemporary twist inside that will delight young, growing families.The drive up to this stately tan brick home features a large circular driveway and lovely lampposts, reminiscent of Europe.

    Fox is betting big on its first miniseries and shows from heavyweight producers Seth MacFarlane and J.J. Abrams to invigorate its schedule.

    New Fox schedule includes ‘24’ return

    Fox, facing the ebbing ratings power of "American Idol," is betting big on its first miniseries showcase, starting with a limited-edition "24" and shows from heavyweight producers Seth MacFarlane and J.J. Abrams to invigorate its schedule.The network is making its largest original-programming investment yet with a crop of 11 new series along with a miniseries from filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan for the 2013-14 season

    Former “Will & Grace” actor Sean Hayes will star as a gay divorced dad in “Sean Saves the World,” one of three new NBC comedies.

    NBC hoping stars can recapture Thursday magic

    NBC will try to awaken the ghosts of past dominance on Thursday night by making it a "family night" of television bolstered by the additions of Sean Hayes and Michael J. Fox. NBC on Sunday became the first of the major broadcasters to announce its plans for next season, and its executives said they had ordered a staggering 17 new series.

    1968 Chevrolet Camaro SS, Bob Zogarfos, Palatine

    Owner of 1968 Camaro SS no longer engine envious

    Despite owning a string of Camaros, Bob Zogarfos of Palatine never owned a big-block version. In 2002 he set to rectify that. His 1968 Camaro SS was located in Abingdon, Mass., when Zogarfos turned a family vacation into an inspection extravaganza. “We were visiting Virginia and made a detour to swing by. I spent three days reviewing the car,” he said.


    Air pollution may have a link to brain damage

    Scientists in 2004 studied the brain tissue of children and young adults in Mexico who had died of accidents and were stunned by what they found — a discovery that rocked the world of neuroscience and has gone largely untested until now. Almost all the young people had evidence of Alzheimer's protein plaques scattered throughout their brain tissue.


    New study explains post-menopause belly fat

    Scientists have long known that lower estrogen levels after menopause can cause fat storage to shift from the hips and thighs to the abdomen. Now, a groundbreaking study, co-authored by the Mayo Clinic, has determined why: Proteins, revved up by the estrogen drop, cause fat cells to store more fat. And it gets worse: These cellular changes also slow down fat burning by the body.


    Problem child? Early puberty may not be the cause

    Puberty has always been a time of stress and emotional turmoil for adolescents and for their parents. And scientists have long recognized that kids who start puberty ahead of their peers are particularly likely to have trouble getting along with other children and with adults. New research suggests that those difficulties can be traced back to even earlier ages, indicating that early puberty may not be the root cause.

    Tony Colton, right, with Ashley Krueger in November 2012 at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Fla. The two teens, who are fighting cancer, are providing emotional support for each other, but also helping each other financially.

    Teens help each other pay for cancer treatment

    In a normal school setting, Tony Colton and Ashley Krueger probably wouldn't cross paths. He's 13. She's 18. He's in middle school, she's thinking about college. But where they met — All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg — nothing is normal. Here they both faced a deadly cancer diagnosis. And now they've both launched online campaigns to help each other raise money to pay for their medical bills.

    Changing your baby’s diaper could be a thing of the past if you decide to give natural toilet training a try.

    Your health: Diapers vs. natural toilet training
    Decide if going diaper-free is for your baby, and more importantly you. And learn about an app that makes it easier to communicate with your doctor.


    Unclear link between aluminium, Alzheimer’s

    The connection between aluminum and Alzheimer's disease is less a myth than a longstanding scientific controversy. It began in 1965, when researchers discovered that injecting rabbits' brains with aluminum caused them to develop neurofibrillary tangles, the twisted proteins found in brain cells of patients with Alzheimer's disease, a degenerative brain disorder that destroys memory and cognition.

    The wrong diagnosis of a disease can have an impact on how a patient is treated.

    Misdiagnosis can have huge impact on patients

    Until it happened to him, Itzhak Brook, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University School of Medicine, didn't think much about the problem of misdiagnosis. That was before doctors at a Maryland hospital repeatedly told Brook his throat pain was the result of acid reflux, not cancer. Patient safety experts say Brook's experience is far from rare. Diagnoses that are missed, incorrect or delayed are believed to affect 10 percent to 20 percent of cases, far exceeding drug errors and surgery on the wrong patient or body part, both of which have received considerably more attention.

    Younger children need to take safety precautions when on amusement park rides to avoid injury.

    Avoid that thrill ride to the ER

    Kids and their folks may see thrills in the making, but some recent research holds up a caution flag on injury risks from some common amusement pastimes that can take a toll on summer fun. Not to siphon all the fun out of childhood, but even something that seems like a benign "kiddie ride" can be dangerous. Tumbling from a much tamer ride in a mall or arcade can do serious damage if a kid falls onto or off a bucking, rocking ride.


    All of us yawn, and no one knows why

    Most of us yawn more often in the early morning and late evening. Does it mean you're tired? Bored? Not getting enough oxygen? It turns out that we actually know very little about why we yawn.

    After talking with her oncologist, the author got back on her bike and is now a dedicated cyclist.

    Cancer patient gets back on the bike

    Nearing the end of chemotherapy for breast cancer, I peppered my oncologist with questions about how to prevent a recurrence. My doctor gently interrupted and said plainly, "If you want to prevent a recurrence, you need to get your weight into a healthy range and get an hour of vigorous exercise every day." I'd once been a runner. I ran as many as 40 miles a week and competed in races as long as 10 miles. But over the years, work, parenthood and home obligations had taken their toll, and I could no longer devote the time I once had to my own fitness. Eventually, I started commuting to work by bike.

    BOSU lunge to overhead press

    BOSU adds extra challenge to workout

    The BOSU is a great tool for improving balance, stability and proprioception due to its unstable shape. A BOSU is basically a stability ball sliced in half with one domed side and one flat side. The BOSU can be used on either side, which adds to its versatility.


    Flawed study leads to some wrong impressions

    There are times when the reporting of a news item may infer a conclusion quite different than reality. Unfortunately this happens not infrequently in the reporting of medical research. A case in point is the recent release of the medical study suggesting that the consumption of red meat, specifically one component of red meat — carnitine, may increase the production of a compound linked with heart disease.


    Certain genes may protect infants born to addicted mothers

    Genes tied to addiction in adults may help guide doctors to better treatments for infants born withdrawing from narcotics, according to researchers who identified the genetic link. Certain variations to two genes had less severe withdrawal symptoms than those without the variants, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.



    Editorial: ‘New’ veterans need a listening ear

    The "new" veterans returning home since 9/11 have new types of needs, and their communities' engagement with them will be crucial to their success, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Be thoughtful on whom to support
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Before we rush to support 11 million illegal immigrants, how about making sure our vets are receiving the care they are entitled to? President Obama is more interested in handouts to illegals, which translates into Democratic votes, rather than taking care of our vets and seniors.


    Sensible reforms for gun laws needed
    A La Grange letter to the editor: Right now Illinois legislators are crafting a law to allow people to carry concealed weapons outside their homes. They need to hear from us, urging them to support our interests, and common sense gun safety laws, such as local concealed carry permitting, background checks for all gun purchases, and reporting lost or stolen guns.


    Teachers shouldn’t need seminar time
    Letter to the editor: Paul Gasiorowski of Palatine thinks it's crazy for teachers to get 3 hours of professional development time every week.


    Misericordia says thanks for donations
    Letter to the editor: Leaders of the Arlington Heights/Rolling Meadows Misericordia Candy Days fundraiser appreciate all the support they got April 26-27.


    City is mishandling ash borer situation
    Letter to the editor: Anne North says Des Plaines isn't doing enough to save its ash trees. "Who wants to buy almost 60-year-old homes with nothing but 'sticks' out front?" she asks.


    Mulder a wonderful role model
    Letter to the editor: Ron and Janet Joy offer this tribute to former Arlington Hts. mayor Arlene Mulder.


    Special ed proposal could hurt all students
    A Chicago letter to the editor: As a teacher in Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211, I'm writing to inform parents about disastrous proposed laws that will affect their students. Parents of mainstream students may have heard that the Illinois State Board of Education is proposing changes to special education laws eliminating Administrative Rule Part 226.730, but they may disregard it thinking it doesn't apply to everyone. What people may not realize is that this law impacts mainstream students equally.


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