Daily Archive : Friday May 17, 2013



    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Schaumburg man was charged with criminal damage to property after a dispute over how fast motorists were driving on his street. Reports said he hurled a roll of tape that cracked the windshield on a vehicle he tried to stop because he felt it was going too fast. Reports said the driver at first just wanted the windshield repaired, but later said he wanted to press charges because the repair...

    Injured passengers are transported from the scene where two Metro North commuter trains collided, Friday, May 17, 2013 near Fairfield, Conn. Bill Kaempffer, a spokesman for Bridgeport public safety, told The Associated Press approximately 49 people were injured, including four with serious injuries. About 250 people were on board the two trains, he said. (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Christian Abraham) MANDATORY CREDIT: CONNECTICUT POST, CHRISTIAN ABRAHAM

    Probe begins after Conn. commuter trains crash

    FAIRFIELD, Conn. — Two commuter trains packed with rush-hour commuters collided in a crash that sent about 70 people to the hospital, severely damaged the tracks and threatened to snarl travel in the congested Northeast Corridor.Three patients remained in critical condition Saturday morning, with two of those stable, according to officials at two Bridgeport hospitals.

    Northwest Mosquito Abatement District Field Technician Shannon Stutzman performs mosquito abatement in the Potawatomi Woods Forest Preserve near Wheeling. Experts say April's flooding won't lead to unusually large mosquito populations thanks to the cool temperatures that followed.

    Cool air averted flood-borne mosquito swarm

    First the bad news. Mosquitoes hatched by last month's flooding in the Northwest and West suburbs should be reaching adulthood and beginning to bite this weekend. But the good news is that the cool temperatures, strong winds and below-average rainfall that followed the heavy storm of April 17 and 18 counteracted the potentially ideal conditions this spring brood might have enjoyed.


    Apartment building catches fire in Palatine

    Firefighters were battling a structure fire Friday night at an apartment building in Palatine, authorities said. Fire personnel were dispatched to a building on the 500 block of North Wilke about 8:30 p.m.

    Nicholas C. Allen

    Two charged in South Elgin heroin overdose death

    Two people have been arrested and charged with delivering a fatal dose of heroin to a 24-year-old South Elgin woman in April, according to court records. Andrea R. Nielsen, 23, of South Elgin, and Nicholas C. Allen, 21, of Batavia, were charged with the drug induced homicide death of Abby L. Nordmeyer. Both face between six and 30 years in prison.

    Roman Jeffries

    Two Hoffman Estates men accused of drug dealing

    Hoffman Estates police on Friday wrapped up a two-month drug investigation that resulted in two men being charged with selling drugs near a park. Authorities said the two suspects sold drugs between April 12 and May 2 in the area of Golf Road and Windsong Drive.

    Bill Wolf

    Elgin set to get new deputy police chief

    A 21-year veteran of the Elgin Police Department will be promoted to deputy chief in early June, filling a position that has been vacant since mid-March. Cmdr. Bill Wolf and three other officers will be promoted in a ceremony June 7, Police Chief Jeff Swoboda announced Friday.

    Union President Karen Lewis led Chicago’s teachers on a seven-day strike that kept more than 350,000 students out of school last year.

    Lewis re-elected as Chicago Teachers Union president

    Karen Lewis says she and her slate of candidates have been re-elected to top offices of the Chicago Teachers Union. Lewis, the union's president, said she and others running with her received about 80 percent of Friday's vote.

    State Sen. Kwame Raoul, a Chicago Democrat, says members of the National Rifle Association are using intimidation to derail his concealed-carry legislation.

    ‘Moral character’ provision out of concealed-carry bill

    An Illinois senator seeking restrictions on how people may carry concealed guns softened the bill's rules Friday but decided against a floor vote before later disparaging unnamed "extremists" he described as using "intimidation" to oppose the measure.


    87-year-old plaintiff testifies in Trump trial

    An 87-year-old who drew Donald Trump's ire by accusing the real estate mogul of cheating her testified Friday she felt comfortable investing with the TV star because of his business success and celebrity. Jacqueline Goldberg, of Evanston, testified two days after the "Apprentice" host finished his sometimes combative testimony at a civil trial in Chicago.


    Weighing in on medical marijuana
    MedicalMarijuanaWeb...6-8 inches.The Illinois Senate votes on medical marijuana.

    Marcy Skowronski, 87, looks through a pile of bras Friday that used hang from the ceiling of her bar, Holler House, in Milwaukee.

    Milwaukee backs off tossed bra ban for historic bar

    A historic Milwaukee bowling alley and bar almost went without the appropriate support after a city inspector decided dozens of bras hanging from its ceiling were a fire hazard.

    A modern luxury glass apartment building, left, sits across the street from an older red brick apartment, the home of photograher Arne Svenson.

    New Yorkers furious over photos taken through windows

    Civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel said that according to New York civil rights law, there may be a way for Arne Svenson's subjects to challenge him in court but the case will depend entirely on context. "The question for the person who's suing is, if you're not identifiable, then where's the loss of privacy?" he said. "These issues are a sign of the times. How do you balance the right of privacy...


    Flesh-eating disease victim gets bionic hands

    A metro Atlanta woman who lost both hands, her left leg and right foot after contracting a flesh-eating disease has been fitted with bionic hands.

    A view of the volcano Thursday in Cold Bay, Alaska.

    Alaska volcano shoots ash 15,000 feet

    An air traffic controller in the region says small planes have flown around the plume from Pavlof Volcano. Ash would have to rise tens of thousands of feet to threaten larger planes.

    Associated Press/courtesy U.S. Navy SEAL Special Warfare Operator Third Class Jonathan H. Kaloust

    SEAL dies, 7 sailors hurt in training accident

    A Humvee carrying six Navy SEALs and two other sailors overturned during a training exercise at Fort Knox in Kentucky, killing one of the SEALs and injuring the others, military officials said Friday.

    Ronald Stolberg

    Wrongful-death lawsuit filed against Vernon Hills man days before his criminal trial is to begin

    The family of a Vernon Hills woman who authorities say was killed by her husband in 2011 has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against him days before the start of his criminal trial.

    Freshman Rhett Lundy's drum sits in front of the South Elgin High School drum line Friday as they perform a tribute to him in front of his family during an assembly. Rhett died in his sleep Wednesday.

    South Elgin honors student dies in his sleep

    Rhett Lundy, a 14-year-old freshman at South Elgin High School, died in his sleep Wednesday. Autopsy results showed he had an enlarged heart. The school held an assembly Friday to honor his memory.

    Geneva lottery winner Ricardo Cerezo poses with his ceremonial check at the Aurora 7-Eleven where he purchased the winning ticket. It turns out he can’t take the lump-sum payout because of his delay in claiming the prize.

    Geneva man’s lottery win coming at the right time
    Winning $4.85 million in the Illinois Lottery, on a ticket that had been stored in a cookie jar bought by their late daughter, will help Geneva residents Ricardo and Bonnie Cervezo restore at least the financial portion of their lives.

    Robyn Russo of Arlington Heights and her 2-year-old son, Matthew, shop for children’s toys and books on Friday at Twin Lakes Recreation Area in Palatine.

    Park district hosts one-day sale in Palatine

    The Salt Creek Rural Park District in Palatine invited residents to bring their unwanted household items, tools, clothes and more to Friday's garage sale.


    Lice outbreak in Cook County jail

    Cook County Sheriff Thomas J. Dart said Friday he has ordered isolation within a division of the Cook County Jail and a portion of Cermak Hospital after an outbreak of lice and scabies.

    Associated Press/May 2, 2013 Trader Kevin Lodewick works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Stocks move up for all sorts of reasons, so the exact impact on prices of individual stocks when companies buy their shares is unclear.

    Buybacks are a big factor behind stock market boom

    This year, big U.S. companies have given the go-ahead for $286 billion of buybacks, up 88 percent from the same period last year, according to Birinyi Associates, a market research firm. If the pace continues for the rest of the year, the tally will exceed the record set in 2007.Every manner of company is caught up in the buying binge, including home-improvement chains, makers of farm equipment...


    Armed Forces salute Saturday at Cabela’s

    A Salute to the Armed Forces ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 18, in the parking lot at Cabela's, 5225 Prairie Stone Parkway in Hoffman Estates.

    Phillip J. Dillon

    Homeless man gets 20 years for Elgin sex assault

    A homeless man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting an Elgin woman he knew in March, prosecutors said Friday. Phillip J. Dillon, 46, accepted the sentence in exchange for a guilty plea to one count of aggravated criminal sexual assault.


    Aurora man drowns in retention pond

    A 36-year-old man Aurora man was found dead in a retention pond Friday afternoon — the victim of an apparent drowning, police said. A jogger running past the pond near Kirk Road and Mesa Lane on the city's far northeast side saw the body lying in the water and called police.

    DAILY HERALD ARCHIVE/Rick West The Elgin Tower Building might be purchased by a Wisconsin-based company that would gut and restore it, city officials said.

    Elgin Tower Building could be sold, overhauled

    The iconic downtown Elgin Tower Building might be purchased by a Wisconsin-based company for a complete overhaul. The 15-story building, tallest in Elgin, was built in 1929 and has suffered from elevator problems and overall neglect.


    Kane forest preserve passes new budget

    A look at the new Kane County Forest Preserve District budget shows a slew of highly-visible projects are in store for the coming budget year, though taxpayers will pay more to get the work done.

    The Budweiser Clydesdale team performs for employees and their families at City Beverage in Arlington Heights.

    Magnificent animals in Arlington Hts.
    The Budweiser Clydesdale horses were in Arlington Heights on Friday, performing for the employees at City Beverage, which is a wholesale distributor of Anheuser Busch beverages.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Four vehicles in the 36W200 block of Indian Mounds Road near St. Charles were burglarized between 2 and 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and a 2003 Mercedes was stolen, according to a sheriff's report


    State grant will help renovate Willow Stream Park

    The Buffalo Grove Park District has been awarded $400,000 from Illinois Open Space Land Acquisition Development program, to help pay the cost of redeveloping Willow Stream Park.


    Recreational opportunities to expand in Lindenhurst

    Two projects expected to greatly increase recreational opportunities in the Lindenhurst area are moving forward, funded in large part by federal and state grants totaling more than $3 million.

    Matthew Hudak

    Inmate seeks to vacate plea in Schaumburg drug case

    The attorney for a Schaumburg man who claims a former Schaumburg undercover police officer lied to obtain a search warrant, has filed a petition to vacate the man's sentence. Sean Cerami, 49, pleaded guilty to drug charges on April 13, 2012 and was sentenced to 4 years in prison. His attorney Victor Ciardelli says his client pleaded guilty after a judge found the officer's testimony more credible...

    Developer John Breugelmans wants to construct this four-story building on roughly 2 acres owned by the village of Lake Zurich in its downtown. It would include 60 rental apartments that eventually would be converted into condominiums and retail uses.

    Lake Zurich board to consider agreement with potential downtown developer

    Lake Zurich village board members will consider an agreement with a developer who last month received an exclusive 75-day window to show he can create a project to revitalize part of downtown. Operating as LZ Promenade LLC, developer John Breugelmans wants to construct a four-story building on roughly 2 acres directly overlooking the village's namesake lake.


    4 injured in Chicago elevator plunge

    Authorities say four people were injured when an elevator at a Chicago parking garage dropped five floors. A fire department spokesman says the elevator fell from the 15th to the 10th floor, where it became stuck.


    Illinois extends deadline for health guide grants

    Community groups in Illinois have been given more time to apply for $28 million in grants to help consumers learn how to shop for health insurance that will be available under President Barack Obama's health overhaul law.

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon

    Simon promotes college scorecard measure

    Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon wants to see all colleges and universities in Illinois feature a link to the federal College Scorecard on their websites. She's encouraging the Illinois House to pass a joint resolution to encourage institutions in Illinois to link to the scorecard.


    Union ratifies three-year deal with state

    Illinois' largest union has given the final go ahead on a three-year contract with the state. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 31 announced Friday that a second ratification is complete.

    Sen. Dan Kotowski

    Senate Democrats want more school money, not cuts

    Illinois Senate Democrats are proposing a $156 million boost in primary and secondary education next year. Key budget negotiators say the money would help schools keep pace with funding levels this year.

    Peter J. Roskam

    Roskam: IRS saying it’s ‘just incompetent’

    Congressman Peter Roskam, of Wheaton, a member of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, went for the jugular Friday questioning outgoing IRS commissioner Steve Miller, and has termed the agency's response "completely underwhelming."

    Jon Burge

    7 police torture cases OK’d for investigation

    A state commission that investigates alleged police torture says seven cases have merit for more investigation. The cases involve men who say they were tortured by police detectives associated with former Chicago police Cmdr. Jon Burge.


    Poster art sought for fundraiser:

    The Vernon Hills police department is seeking original artwork from any student in grades K through 8 that can be used on posters, fliers, and other promotional materials for the Run From the Cops 5K run/walk fundraiser.


    Lombard board changes stance on firefighter hiring

    Five months ago, Lombard trustees wouldn't hire one firefighter. Thursday night, they voted unanimously to hire four new firefighters and promote three to lieutenants. "There was a public safety need that had to be filled," Village President Keith Giagnorio said. "I was really happy that the board stepped up and took care of it."

    Structural work and likely roadwork for the Riverside Drive Promenade project in downtown Elgin will be done by the end of October, City Engineer Joe Evers said.

    Riverside Drive project in Elgin moves along

    Structural work and likely roadwork for the Riverside Drive Promenade project in downtown Elgin will be done by the end of October, City Engineer Joe Evers said. The street deck was deemed unsafe and closed to the public 10 yeas ago, Evers said.

    Kathy Roberts

    Batavia school board member Roberts resigns

    Batavia school board member Kathleen Roberts is resigning after 22 years on the board.

    Randy Kirby of Lincoln buys a Powerball ticket Friday at a Super C convenience store in Lincoln, Neb.

    Record Powerball jackpot inspires office pools

    Lottery officials encourage pools organizers to lay down rules, put them in writing and distribute the details to all participants before the winning numbers are drawn.


    CERT fundraiser:

    The Community Emergency Response Team of South Lake County, which serves Hawthorn Woods, Kildeer, Lake Zurich, Long Grove and Ela Township, hosts its 6th Annual All-U-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, May 19 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Lake Zurich Fire Station 1, 321 S. Buesching Road, Lake Zurich.


    Volunteers sought for planting:

    Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 30 in Grosse Pointe Park, 900 Grosse Pointe Boulevard, Vernon Hills, to take part in a community planting project.

    Thomas Saenz near the tarmac at Kabul International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Navy pilot earns degree in combat zone

    "Not only was he out there living on the edge, but he had to get his homework done," USC professor, Frank Alvidrez, said.

    The Illinois Senate sent medical marijuana legislation to Gov. Pat Quinn Friday.

    Lawmakers split as Senate OKs medical marijuana

    Gov. Pat Quinn will get the final say on whether Illinoisans should be allowed to use medical marijuana to help cope with the pain caused by serious diseases. The Illinois Senate approved the controversial proposal Friday after a lengthy debate over whether its tight controls would keep the drug out of recreational users’ hands.

    Naperville’s Centennial Beach is all cleaned up after last month’s flood and ready to open May 25. Naperville North High School seniors enjoyed their day at the beach Friday afternoon.

    Flood won’t stop Centennial Beach from opening on time

    Naperville's Centennial Beach will open right on time this spring, despite last month's severe flooding that caused the DuPage River to overflow into the property along the downtown Riverwalk. The day after the flood, Naperville Park District Executive Director Ray McGury said he was confident the beach and pool would be ready by 11 a.m. May 25. Recreation Director Brad Wilson confirmed Friday...

    Kyle Horn, left, and Madeline Zehnal scatter hay Friday to protect newly planted prairie plants from weeds around Waubonsie Lake in Aurora. Advanced Placement science students from Waubonsie Valley High School spent two days working to restore prairie around the lake.

    Waubonsie students work to restore prairie

    Sometimes science labs are in windowless rooms with microscopes and laptops and test tubes and all that other stuff you see on "CSI." And sometimes labs are outside, where budding scientists can learn valuable lessons while enjoying a little sunshine and getting their hands — and maybe knees — just a tad dirty.

    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson and Schaumburg Park District Commissioner Bob Schmidt arrive safely at Larson's workplace of village hall after leading a bike ride from the Meineke Recreation Center to commemorate Bike to Work Week.

    Schaumburg mayor leads by example during Bike to Work Week

    Schaumburg Mayor Al Larson led by example Friday morning as he hosted a Bike to Work Week ride to his own workplace at the village's Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center. Larson and Schaumburg Park District Commissioner Bob Schmidt shared a tandem bicycle from the ride's starting point at the park district's Meineke Recreation Center on Weathersfield Way.

    Gen. Jorge Rafael Videla talks to journalists at the Buenos Aires Government Palace, in Argentina.

    Brutal ex-Argentine dictator Videla dies in prison at age 87

    Former dictator Jorge Rafael Videla ran one of the bloodiest military governments during South America's era of dictatorships, and later sought to take full responsibility for kidnappings, tortures, deaths and disappearances when he was tried again and again for these crimes in recent years. He said he knew about everything that happened under his rule because "I was above everyone."

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford leaves his home Friday after published reports said a video appears to show him smoking crack cocaine.

    Canada abuzz over purported crack video of Toronto mayor

    TORONTO — A video purportedly of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack has caused an uproar in Canada. Ford on Friday called the allegations “ridiculous.”

    Iraq’s national flag flies as followers of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr attend Friday prayers in the Sadr City neighborhood in Baghdad.

    Bombs targeting Sunnis kill at least 76 in Iraq

    Nobody claimed responsibility for Friday's attacks, but the fact they occurred in mainly Sunni areas raised suspicion that Shiite militants were involved. The bombs also were largely planted in the areas, as opposed to the car bombings and suicide attacks that al-Qaida in Iraq and other Sunni insurgents are known to use.

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, accompanied by Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, gestures Friday as he speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon.

    U.S. slams Russia for selling anti-ship missiles to Syria

    Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, criticized what he called an "unfortunate decision that will embolden the regime and prolong the suffering."

    The DePaul University Blue Demons men’s basketball team will be moving from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont to a new stadium in Chicago under a deal announced this week by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    Stephens says losing Demons won’t hurt Rosemont

    Rosemont Mayor Bradley Stephens said Friday he is disappointed but not irked by the prospect of losing DePaul University's Blue Demons men's basketball team to Chicago, even though the team has played at Rosemont's Allstate Arena for nearly three decades. "It's not like it's a nasty divorce," Stephens said. "All good things come to an end. We were fortunate enough to be there in their heyday."

    Daniel Baker

    Appeal planned for Baker in Vernon Hills murder

    Daniel Baker's defense attorney said he will file an appeal after a Lake County judge refused to reconsider Baker's prison sentence in the brutal 2010 murder of a Vernon Hills woman. Ed Genson said he will immediately file Baker's case in the Illinois State Appellate Court.

    The 2013 Impact Award winners

    Outstanding Local volunteers feted by HandsOn Suburban Chicago

    HandsOn Suburban Chicago and Retired & Senior Volunteer Program hosted the 2013 Impact Awards & Volunteer Recognition Awards, honoring the year's best volunteers from the Northwest suburbs.

    Ealy_James_mg1206 This is murder suspect James Ealy. Photo supplied by the Lake County Sheriff.

    Long-awaited trial in Lindenhurst slaying starts Monday

    The family of Mary Hutchison will finally see their daughter's accused murderer on trial. James Ealy, 48, of Lake Villa, will finally stand trial Monday for the murder at a Burger King on Grand Avenue in Lindenhurst. The case has been a litigators nightmare because of numerous legal hoops that needed to be jumped through.

    Michael Griffin

    Carpentersville man gets medal of valor — after 7 years

    Retired U.S. Army Sgt. Michael Griffin is so averse to gloating about his heroic actions that his own sister nearly missed his medal of valor ceremony Thursday because he downplayed it so.Griffin, 34, of Carpentersville, was presented the Army Commendation Medal of Valor in a ceremony at VFW Post 1307 in Elgin. The medal was issued in 2006 but was lost in a bureaucratic snafu, officials said.

    Author Kathi Baron of Oak Park works with students in the College Writing Academy during last year’s Kids College program at Elgin Community College. The class was for students 11 to 15.

    ECC Kids College offers summer enrichment

    Elgin Community College will host students 6 to 16 this summer in week-long day camps offering enrichment opportunities while school is out. Budding lawyers, astronauts, filmmakers, writers, interior designers, artists, chefs, video game makers, actors and musicians will have the chance to hone their skills during the fifth year of ECC's Kids College.

    Karen Kay Lavris is an instructor at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills teaching toddlers how to skate. Lavris skated with the Ice Capades earlier in her career.

    Moving Picture: Grandmother shares her love of skating

    Two-year-old Ryan Shaffer sat on the ice in his new skates after falling down. Then ice skating instructor Karen Kay Lavris talked to him with loving encouragement and, after several tries, he got back up on his skates, made his way across the ice and gave Lavris a big hug. "I love the children, I love every part of teaching them and seeing them smile," said Lavris. "It's magic. To see a little...

    Caleb “Kai” Lawrence McGillivary, 24, took a star turn in February when he became known to millions as “Kai the Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker” after intervening in an attack on a California utility worker. Once lauded as a hero, McGillvary was arrested at a Philadelphia bus station Thursday evening and charged with the murder of Joseph Galfy Jr., a 73-year-old attorney.

    ’Hatchet hitchhiker’ arrested in NJ homicide

    The unlikely pair — an itinerant hitchhiker turned Internet celebrity and a lawyer three times his age — met amid the neon lights of Times Square and headed back to a squat brick home on a quiet New Jersey cul-de-sac, authorities say. Days later, the lawyer was found beaten to death in his bedroom, wearing only his socks and underwear. The hitchhiker was arrested Thursday and charged...

    Immigration rights supporters chant during rally in Phoenix. The immigration debate in Arizona reached a boiling point when the state passed a groundbreaking law in 2007 targeting those often blamed with fueling the nation’s border woes: Employers who hire immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. It marked a bold step, but an examination of the law by The Associated Press found that it has done little to crack down on problematic employers.

    Problems surface over Ariz.’s 2007 immigration law

    The immigration debate in Arizona reached a boiling point in 2007 when the state passed a groundbreaking law targeting those often blamed with fueling the nation's border woes: Employers who hire immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. It marked a bold step, but an examination of the law by The Associated Press found that it has done little to crack down on problematic employers.

    Steven Alexander, brother of murder victim Travis Alexander, looks back toward Jodi Arias as he reads his “victim impact statement” to the jury on Thursday, May 16, 2013 during the penalty phase of the Jodi Arias trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Jodi Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing and shooting to death of Travis Alexander, 30, in his suburban Phoenix home in June 2008.

    Arias victim’s family makes dramatic statement

    Steven Alexander stood before the jury, looked up at a family picture and cried as he ticked off the list of problems that have befallen him in the five years since his brother was murdered: ulcers, depression, a separation from his wife, nightmares. "I don't want these nightmares anymore. I don't want to see my brother's murderer anymore," he told the jury considering whether Jodi Arias should...


    Idaho man in court for Uzbekistan terrorism plot

    An Uzbekistan national living in Idaho has made his first court appearance on charges he gave support, cash and other resources to help a recognized terrorist group in his own country.

    O.J. Simpson, who is currently serving a nine-to-33-year sentence in state prison as a result of his October 2008 conviction for armed robbery and kidnapping charges, is using a writ of habeas corpus, to seek a new trial, claiming he had such bad representation that his conviction should be reversed.

    Former OJ lawyer testifies on new Vegas trial bid

    LAS VEGAS — The attorney who represented O.J. Simpson during his armed robbery trial in Las Vegas has begun testifying at a hearing in which the former football star is seeking a new trial.

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp speaks on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Friday, May 17, 2013, prior to ousted IRS chief Steve Miller and J. Russell George, Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, testifying before the committee’s hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) practice of targeting applicants for tax-exempt status based on political leanings.

    House chairman sees IRS errors as part of pattern

    The Internal Revenue Service's improper use of tougher scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status seems part of a broader pattern of intimidation and cover-ups by the Obama administration, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp, R-Mich., said Friday during a congressional hearing.

    President Barack Obama speaks during a meeting with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, and the service secretaries, service chiefs, and senior enlisted advisers to discuss sexual assault in the military in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 16, 2013.

    Obama vows to end ‘scourge’ of military sex abuse

    President Barack Obama is pledging to eliminate the "scourge" of sexual assault in the military while cautioning that it will take a long and sustained effort by all military members. "We will not stop until we've seen this scourge, from what is the greatest military in the world, eliminated," Obama said Thursday after meeting with the top brass from all the military services.

    A man walks in front of a home damaged by Wednesday’s tornado in Cleburne, Texas on Thursday, May 16, 2013. Ten tornadoes touched down in several small communities in Texas overnight, leaving at least six people dead, dozens injured and hundreds homeless. Emergency responders were still searching for missing people Thursday afternoon. (

    Texas tornado devastation includes Habitat homes

    Habitat for Humanity spent years in a North Texas subdivision, helping build many of the 110 homes in the low-income area. But its work was largely undone during an outbreak of 16 tornadoes Wednesday night that killed six people and injured dozens.

    The Ken-Loch Golf Links property in an unincorporated area near Lombard is for sale, and a developer looking to buy it wants to build apartments and townhouses. The land is identified as open space in Lombard planning documents, but trustees gave preliminary approval Thursday to a land-use recommendation that would allow up to a quarter of the site to be developed.

    Lombard leans toward 25% development on Ken-Loch land

    Lombard trustees are one step away from clarifying their land use policy for the Ken-Loch Golf Links, indicating they would be open to allowing some type of development on up to 25 percent of the property. Trustees gave preliminary approval in a 4-2 vote Thursday to a recommendation that would designate the property as primarily open space.

    Ousted IRS chief Steve Miller is sworn in on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Friday, May 17, 2013, prior to testifying before the House Ways and Means Committee hearing on the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) practice of targeting applicants for tax-exempt status based on political leanings.

    Ousted IRS chief: Errors not caused by politics

    The ousted chief of the Internal Revenue Service is telling Congress that his agency made errors in targeting conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, but he says the mistakes were not the result of partisan views.


    Report: Torture evidence found in Syrian prisons

    Rights activists visiting abandoned government prisons in the first Syrian city to come under rebel control have found torture devices and other evidence that detainees were abused there, Human Rights Watch said in a report Friday.

    After David Beckham’s long and distinguished soccer career ends on an artificial turf field in northwestern France, his life promises to be perhaps even more glamorous than it already has been.

    Beckham’s role after retirement to remain global

    After David Beckham's long and distinguished soccer career ends on an artificial turf field in northwestern France, his life promises to be perhaps even more glamorous than it already has been. Nearly 20 years after breaking into the Manchester United lineup, the 38-year-old former England captain won the French league title with Paris Saint-Germain this season. After announcing his retirement on...

    President Barack Obama gestures as he answers questions during his joint news conference with Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 16, 2013.

    Obama focusing on job creation in Baltimore visit

    President Barack Obama is leaving behind scandal-focused Washington to focus on the country's slowly improving jobs picture. Obama is to fly by helicopter Friday about 40 miles north to Baltimore, which has had its share of tough times in the move from an industrial to service economy. But Maryland has experienced steady job growth so far this year as part of a nationwide economic recovery.


    Ruby testifies about Berlusconi ‘bunga bunga’ fest

    The Moroccan woman at the center of a sex scandal involving former Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi testified Friday in court for the first time, describing how a young woman attending one of Berlusconi's "bunga bunga" parties dressed up like a nun, danced provocatively and stripped down to her underwear for the premier.

    Ronald Marin rubs his lottery tickets on the wings of a “bluebird” statue for good luck at the Bluebird Liquor store in Hawthorne, Calif. Thursday, May 16, 2013. The multistate lottery’s website said the Powerball drawing jackpot has soared to at least $550 million for next drawing to be held Saturday.

    California fuels $550 million Powerball jackpot

    The numbers sum up the frenzy that has taken over the Golden State since it joined the madness over Powerball, which has seen its jackpot soar to $550 million for Saturday's drawing. California has sold $83 million worth of Powerball tickets since April, when it joined 42 other states that offer the game. Since then, the most populous state has accounted for 11 percent of the game's sales,...


    Military sexual assaults by the numbers

    As senior military leaders and government officials grapple with how to reduce sexual assaults in the military, a Pentagon report provides details of the problem. The numbers may not add up in all cases due to rounding or smaller categories that were not included.


    Dogs, owners benefit from obedience

    When Marcia Poff first acquired Quincy, he was a terror.The Doberman pinscher was wild and out of control. But with a little love and a lot of training from Poff, he has grown to be a well-behaved companion. "I put the time into him and now he's wonderful," she said. "What a turnaround."


    Illinois inmate gets 2 more years on weapons count

    A federal prison inmate already serving a 17-year sentence on Missouri drug and gun charges has been ordered to spend two more years behind bars for having a weapon in a southern Illinois lockup.


    Stingray exhibit opens at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium

    Visitors to Chicago's Shedd Aquarium will be getting up close and personal with stingrays. The aquarium's "Stingray Touch" exhibit opens Friday. Visitors will be able to feel the skin of about 40 cownose and yellow rays that will be on display. The rays, some with three-foot wide wingspans, will be exhibited in a 20,000-gallon pool on the aquarium's south terrace.


    Tea party group says IRS asked about Walker recall

    A tea party group says the Internal Revenue Service asked about its involvement in efforts to verify signatures in the effort to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. The Northeast Tarrant Tea Party of Fort Worth, Texas says IRS officials asked for extensive information about its activities, including an explanation of its involvement with Verify the Recall, which worked to confirm signatures in...

    Fine dining and dinner theater are part of the long tradition of Pheasant Run. But management is moving toward offering a larger variety of eating options that include fast and convenient options.

    At 50, Pheasant Run still writing the recipe for success

    St. Charles' Pheasant Run wrote the recipe for suburban destination getaways. In its 50th year, the iconic resort is still looking to rejuvenate itself. Former Mayor Fred Norris remembers the early years of the resort as a time of big ideas and big growth for the city, two facets of the community's history that the resort played a large role in. “Ed McArdle was a hands-on operator,”...

    Geneva lottery winner Ricardo Cerezo poses with a ceremonial check at the 7-Eleven at 2411 W. Sullivan Road in Aurora, where he purchased the winning ticket.

    Dawn Patrol: Cookie jar lottery jackpot; dump Dist. 25 gifted program?

    Geneva man had $4.85 million winning lottery ticket in cookie jar. Arlington Heights District 25 report suggests dropping gifted education. Larger suburbs could determine own concealed carry laws. COD adjuncts get raises. Driver jumps out of moving car on Route 31.

    The Lilac Queen always is featured during the Lilac Parade. This year’s parade steps off at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, from Main Street and Wilson Avenue in Lombard.

    Lombard's Lilac Parade strolls through the decades

    Adults attending this year's Lilac Parade in Lombard will be sure to see something they recognize from years past. The 59th annual parade's theme is "Nostalgia from the '60s, '70s and '80s," which parade committee chairwoman Erica Fisette said will appeal to younger and "more experienced" parade viewers. "We're sure to see some tie-dye and some peace signs and maybe some leg warmers for the...

    Ben Kurka, Austin Higgins and Will Ferry hold a placard bearing Casey Pohl's name and number that will be affixed to the outfield wall at Fuller Field in Palatine. Pohl died in 2003 from cancer.

    Pohl's number retired as his memorial tournament begins

    A decade after a promising young athlete from Palatine succumbed to cancer, his name lives on through one of the largest and most prestigious youth baseball tournaments in the state. The Casey Pohl Memorial Tournament opened Thursday, the first day of a four-day event that uses up to 11 fields across Palatine and draws as many as 10,000 fans to the area.

    Bill Mueller

    Mueller named honorary marshal for Lilac Parade

    The Lilac Parade committee had an easy time choosing this year's grand marshal, as one name stood out in the minds of everyone making the decision. Bill Mueller. The late Mueller's wife, Eileen, and daughters, Donna Fruehe and Debbie Rapata will ride at the beginning of the parade in the longtime leader's honor.

    If you’re a U.S. citizen older than 18, you can be called for jury duty in Illinois. The pool is made up of registered voters and anyone with a state-issued ID or driver’s license.

    Poll Vault: Have you ever served on a jury?

    Have you ever been on a jury in a criminal case? How long did you deliberate, and what was the outcome? How about in a civil trial?


    DuPage adjunct professors get contract extension, raises

    Adjunct professors at the College of DuPage are set to receive salary increases as part of a two-year contract extension approved Thursday by the college’s board of trustees. College officials offered the contract extension to adjuncts as a package along with a plan to create a new “lecturer” position that would allow some adjuncts to receive health care benefits under the new federal health care...


    Parents upset with Dist. 25 report on gifted education

    Parents and some board members at Arlington Heights Elementary District 25 had negative reactions to a report from a committee that has been studying advanced learning in the district for the past three years. The committee’s recommendations, presented to the board on Thursday, include eliminating the district’s gifted program after the 2013-14 school year.

    A chipmunk looks in the backdoor of an Ingleside house last month.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of May13th.


    Chris Serrano of Conant runs in the 4x800 meter relay during the class 3A Glenbard North boys track sectional finals Friday.

    Addison Trail’s Valdez makes his mark

    Addison Trail's Juan Valdez heard his time and yelled in relief and joy. He looked to the sky, arms upraised, and in that moment considered the coaches who helped him qualify for next week's boys track state finals in the 800-meter run.


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Grant garners first sectional title

    Grant boys track and field coach Tom Evans spent Friday evening watching a parade of his Bulldogs qualify for next week's state meet in Charleston, but he continued pacing the infield nervously once the final event of the Class 3A Huntley sectional had concluded. Runner-up sectional finishes the previous two seasons tend to have that effect on a coach. Moments later his nervousness was replaced by excitement and pride as the North Suburban Conference champions were announced as sectional champions for the first time in school history. Grant garnered 83 team points to run away from Fox Valley Conference champion Huntley and NIC-10 Conference champion Belvidere North, which finished tied with 56 points.


    Wheeling’s Walker wows ’em with walk-off

    Senior Emily Walker drove in sophomore Lauren Hart from third base for the winning run in Wheeling's 9-8 victory over visiting Regina in the nonconference softball game on Friday.

    Huntley baseball coach Andy Jakubowski.

    After DUI, Huntley coach suspended for rest of season

    The District 158 Board of Education resolved at its Thursday meeting to suspend Huntley baseball coach Andy Jakubowski for the remainder of the season, including playoffs. Jakubowski, 40, was arrested Sunday morning in Lake in the Hills for driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under the influence of alcohol with a breath alcohol content greater than .08 and speeding. The eighth-year coach reported the incident to school officials on Monday.

    White Sox starter Chris Sale worked 7 shutout innings Friday night against the Angels, allowing 3 hits.

    Brilliant again, Sale continues mastery over Angels

    Chris Sale completely overwhelmed L.A. with a nasty combination of fastballs, changeups, sliders and curveballs.Friday.The Angels did manage to scratch out 3 hits against the 24-year-old lefty over 7? innings, but Sale was once again in control from start to nearly finish.The White Sox won 3-0.


    Kernels pop Cougars in 12 innings

    In a see-saw battle Friday night, Travis Harrison finally delivered the goods with a walk-off RBI single in the 12th inning to lead the host Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 4-3 victory over the Kane County Cougars.


    Full circle for Bianchina, Geneva at Hoffman Estates

    Senior Mike Bianchina served as an alternate runner for Geneva when it won its last boys track and field sectional title in 2010.Three years later in the Hoffman Estates Class 3A sectional, Bianchina helped the Vikings to their second title in four years.Despite finishing tied for sixth out of 14 teams at the Upstate Conference tourney last week, Geneva rose to the occasion on Friday night and scored 103 points to top runner-up Schaumburg (88) and St. Charles North (80)."I always thought about it (going out with a sectional title after being part of one as a freshman)," Bianchina said. "This was a great night for the entire team."


    O’Connor connects for Stevenson

    SoftballStevenson 11, Glenbrook South 2: Abby O’Connor hit 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 4 RBI for the Patriots. Among Stevenson’s offensive standouts were Dana Morgan who hit 3-for-4, including a 3-run home run, 2 runs scored and 4 RBI.Sara Loerch hit 2-for-5 with a run scored. Sam Feder got the win for Stevenson (16-13).Lake Zurich 12, Wilmot (Wis.) 3: The Bears improved to 5-0 this week, outscoring their opponents 66-6. Lake Zurich (19-9) was led in the circle by Olivia Schneider, who pitched 4 innings. She allowed 5 hits and struck out two.The Bears got 3 hits apiece from Kaylee Grant (2 doubles, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI) and Katie Brown (3 runs). Carlee Parsons and Maria Schroeder each contribued 2 hits and 2 RBI.

    Lake Zurich’s Lindsey Moritz leads Barrington’s Sara-Kate Capel to the finish of the 800 meter relay Friday at the Class 3A girls state track and field preliminaries at O’Brien Stadium at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    Warren’s Ellis in title pursuit(s)

    Warren sophomore Brittny Ellis is back in the running for a state title. Or, rather two state titles, as she advanced near the front of the pack in both the 200- and 400-meter dashes in Class 3A. Ellis won her qualifying 400 qualifying heat in 55.18 on Friday in the girls track and field state meet preliminaries at Eastern Illinois University.


    Lakes edges Richmond-Burton

    BaseballLakes 6, Richmond-Burton 5: The Eagles picked up their 13th win, scoring one run in the bottom of the seventh. The Eagles got quality pitching from junior Mike Brey and senior Dan Jackson, as they held the Rockets to 4 hits.Lakes (13-17) was led offensively by Joe Sisk (3-for-4, RBI, run), Brad Borzick (2-for-2, RBI, run), Nick Seketa (2-for-3, run) and Billy Morris (2-for-4, RBI).Grayslake Central 5, Maine West 1: Jack Spicer tossed a complete game 4-hitter with 5 strikeouts, as the host Rams notched their 20th win.For Grayslake Central, it is the fifth year in a row with at least 20 wins and seventh in the last eight seasons.The Rams gave Spicer plenty of run support, pounding out 11 hits. Kyle Clark and Freddie Landers each had 3 hits with Clark getting 2 doubles and driving in 3 runs. Kyle Balling also had a double, and Danny Reed hit 2 singles.Grayslake North 15, Woodstock 10, Continuing the suspended game from May 2, the Knights belted 11 hits to improve their record to 18-8 and 13-6 in the Fox Valley Conference. Alex Alvarez led the Knights on the mound, allowing 4 runs and striking out three and led the team on offense belting a double at the plate. Nick Carmody homered for Grayslake North. Libertyville 5, Deerfield 4: The Wildcats got extra-base hits from Jimmy Govern and Kevin Calamari, who hit doubles, and Evan Skoug, who slammed a home run. Calamari also got the win on the mound.


    St. Charles East wins share of River title

    St. Charles East used an extra day — and then some extra innings — to earn its share of the Upstate Eight Conference River Division championship Friday. Picking up a suspended game in the fifth inning tied 0-0 at St. Charles North, the Saints scored twice in the top of the 10th on just one hit for a 3-1 victory.


    Sweet evening for Lakes at VH sectional

    Trevor Ray held a small bundle of gift-wrapped goodies baked by Stephanie Rowells, wife of Lakes boys track coach Kurt Rowells, when a competitor stopped by to feed the speedy senior some sugary praise. It was none other than Ray's old middle-school relay teammate, Leroy Chapman of Antioch. "Mention that he beat me," Chapman said with a smile, as he patted Ray on the shoulders and back. "Smoked me." Chapman, who finished second to Ray in the 400-meter dash, wasn't the only one blown away by a Lakes runner. If this were a high school baseball game, it would have been called after five innings. Lakes piled up 144 points to capture Friday night's Class 2A Vernon Hills sectional. Defending sectional champ Grayslake Central (76 points) was way back in second. Vernon Hills (69), Antioch (52) and St. Viator (36) rounded out the top five.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Dundee-Crown 5, Burlington Central 3: Dylan Kissack (2B), Garrett Ryan and Luis Garcia each went 2-for-4 with an RBI as D-C won in nonconference play. Ryan Suwanski threw a 2-hitter with 6 strikeouts and 3 walks for the Chargers (8-17). Josh Lung had a double for Burlington Central (14-10). Ryan Schuring took the loss for the Rockets.Jacobs 8, Carmel 5: Connor Conzelman was 2-for-3 with a double and 4 RBI to lead the Golden Eagles (20-11) to a nonconference win. Aaron Meciej (2-for-3, RBI) and Greg Sidor (2-for-3) also contributed for Jacobs and Nick Ledinsky was the winning pitcher.Lake Zurich 6, Hampshire 3: Tyler Crater had a double and an RBI and Tim Jansen went 2-for-3 for Hampshire (13-15) in this nonconference loss. Kyle Carbone took the loss for the Whip-Purs.Hoffman Estates 12, Streamwood 3: Michael Murawski, Kevin Sojda (RBI) and Anthony Flores each had 2 hits for Streamwood (5-23) in this nonconference loss. Matt Harding was the Sabres’ losing pitcher.

    Geneva’s Nick Haung returns serve during his first round doubles match during sectional tennis action at Geneva High School Friday.

    Top seeds play well on opening day

    It was a good day to be a favorite at the Geneva boys tennis sectional.


    Colon’s clutch hit boosts Boomers in 11

    Playing their first extra-inning game of the season, the Schaumburg Boomers took advantage with a 3-2 walk-off win over the visiting Washington Wild Things in 11 innings Friday.Alexi Colon played the hero, singling to deep right field with the bases loaded and no outs in the 11th to drive home Chad Mozingo with the game-winning run.


    Crosstown battle goes St. Charles North’s way

    Good things happen when St. Charles North's Nick McCullough scores goals and Mike Jasica wins face-offs. McCullough didn't score though in the first half in the annual, highly anticipated match against St. Charles East at East Side Sports Complex in St. Charles. So, he made up for it in the second half, as did the North Stars' defense in a 15-5 victory.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    Dundee-Crown 1, Grayslake North 0: Lauren Girard was 2-for-3 with a double and Lauren Mercado scored the game’s only run in the first inning as the Chargers won this Fox Valley Conference crossover. Amanda Eissler pitched a 4-hitter with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk for Dundee-Crown (4-20).Hampshire 4, Woodstock North 3: Jordan Hook’s 12th-inning double scored Sara Finn with the winning run as the Whip-Purs prevailed in this FVC crossover. Brittany Sujet was 3-for-4 with a double and Finn went 3-for-6 with 3 stolen bases for the Whip-Purs (11-18). Jennifer Hurst pitched all 12 innings for Hampshire, striking out 6.Bartlett 5, Lake Park 2: Freshman Danielle Kirby got her first varsity start and made it a winning one as Bartlett finished the Upstate Eight Valley season with a win. Kirby allowed just 4 hits and had 2 strikeouts and 1 walk. Kayla Haberstich and Sydney Johnson each had home runs for the Hawks (24-8, 15-4). Alyssa Nowak added a double.St. Francis 3, St. Edward 0: After losing to St. Francis 12-0 on May 1, St. Edward came back and played the Spartans tough but couldn’t push any runs across in this Suburban Christian Blue loss. Allison Stratman was 2-for-3 for the Green Wave (13-13, 6-8). Lindsay Zdroik (8-7) took the loss.Huntley 11, Johnsburg 1: Tamara Funke and Michelle Caputi each had doubles for Huntley (20-10) in its FVC crossover win. Haley Spannraft was the winning pitcher.St. Charles East 12, Larkin 1: Alex Buhrow (2-for-2) had a home run for Larkin (3-24, 2-15) in the Upstate Eight River. Sarah Hansen took the loss for the Royals.


    Burlington Central has productive night at Sterling

    The Burlington Central boys track team accomplished its goals Friday night at the Class 2A Sterling sectional. The Rockets qualified three relay teams and two individuals for next weekend's state finals in Charleston.


    Hersey tops Stevenson in second OT

    It took a while, but Hersey was able to defend its home turf in Class 3A girls soccer regional championship play Friday. The Huskies went to two overtimes, and Casey Weyhrich and Lauren Gierman found the the back of the net to propel Hersey past Stevenson 2-0. Morgan Harris earned her 12th shutout of the season for the Huskies.


    Trukov, Warren doubles team advance

    Warren senior Kristiyan Trukov earned a spot in next week’s boys tennis state tournament — and he’ll have some company.Two Blue Devils doubles teams also advanced from Friday’s sectional action hosted by Warren.Saturday’s action, which begins at 9 a.m., will determine champions and third-place finishers.In singles Peter Tarwid of Lake Forest meets Braden Ward in one semifinal, while Trukov meet Brice Polander of Lake Forest in the other. Both Trukov and Polander advanced with 6-0, 6-0 quarterfinal victories.Warren’s Ben Hardiman and Ben Skelot will play Lake Forest’s John Zordani and Scott Christian in one doubles semifinal, while Warren’s Matt Matheny and Samuel Gudeman meet Lake Forest’s Camron Bagheri and Connor O’Kelly in the other.


    Huntley snares 7th straight regional title

    Huntley 7, McHenry 0: Taryn Jakubowski and Deanna Hecht each had hat tricks to lead Huntley to a win in the championship game of the Class 3A Rockford Guilford regional. Katie Costantino scored the Red Raiders’ first goal, while Jessica Brock, Abigail Nordeen (2), Beth Parks, Hecht and Jessica Helm all had assists. Kelli Rubino had 8 saves in goal for Huntley (17-4-1), which will play Barrington at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Jacobs sectional.

    Rachel Stoffregen of Metea Valley,left, and Kristen Dodson of Waubonsie eye the ball during the class 3A girls soccer regional final in Aurora Friday.

    Freshman’s goal enough for Waubonsie Valley

    Freshmen aren't necessarily expected to come up with the biggest play in a soccer match, let alone with a regional title on the line. Don't tell that to Waubonsie Valley freshman Paige Filipek. Filipek followed her penalty kick, which was rejected initially by Metea Valley goalkeeper Megan Geldernick, for a rebound tally with 32:14 remaining to lift the Warriors to a 1-0 victory over the Mustangs in Friday's Class 3A Metea Valley regional championship.


    Cary-Grove ‘Levels’ Crystal Lake South

    Cory Levels knew exactly what was on the line. The Cary-Grove senior realized if she scored a shootout goal the Trojans would capture the Class 3A Crystal Lake South regional championship. Levels got the job done. Her goal gave the second-seeded Trojans a 2-1 shootout win over top-seeded Crystal South in Friday's regional title game.


    Deerfield meets Grayslake North’s challenge

    The heart and the effort were there for Grayslake North's girls soccer team as it pursued a regional championship on Friday night. The desired result, however, was not. In trying to get past top seed Deerfield, the No. 8 Knights came up short 2-0 in the Class 2A regional final at Deerfield.


    Cohen, Glenbard South rally to beat Glenbard West

    Ashley Cohen singled in the tying run in a 3-run sixth, and No. 3 Glenbard South capitalized on two Glenbard West errors in the inning to rally for a 7-5 win on Friday in Glen Ellyn.Shelley Warmolts’ 2-run homer in the top of the sixth gave Glenbard West (16-15) a 5-4 lead, but Danielle Scarpiniti singled to start the bottom half and Tarah Valdez reached on an error for Glenbard South (24-4). Payton Carli singled in Cohen with the third run of the inning.Aimee Gerhardt was 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored, Hannah Taylor 2-for-2 with 2 RBI and Scarpiniti 2-for-3 with a run scored and RBI for Glenbard South. Warmolts scored 2 runs for Glenbard West.Sandburg 8, Naperville Central 6:Cierra Adamus hit a go-ahead 2-run homer and Karli McLaughlin a 3-run shot, and Sandburg scored 6 runs with two outs in the fifth inning to rally past the No. 1 Redhawks (31-2) in Orland Park. Lindsay Gonzalez had a 3-run homer in the fourth and Maddi Doane tripled leading off the game and scored for Naperville Central, which led 5-0 going into the fifth. Julie Kestas (10-1) struck out seven in five innings.Marengo 2, Montini 1:Bethany Hart scattered 5 hits and a walk, striking out five, and Marengo used a 2-run fourth inning to edge Montini in Rosemont. Isabell Alexander reached base twice and scored Montini’s only run, in the first inning. Lauren Trojnar (14-7) allowed 4 hits and a walk in 4 innings for the Broncos (23-10).Bartlett 5, Lake Park 2:Danielle Kirby took a shutout into the sixth inning of her first varsity start for No. 14 Bartlett (24-8, 15-4 Upstate Eight Valley) in Roselle. Kayla Haberstich and Sydney Johnson both homered for the Hawks. Kelly O’Neill and Danielle Jecmen both doubled for No. 12 Lake Park (24-11, 13-6).Wheaton Academy 20, East Aurora 0:Gina Graff homered, and Michelle Ridderhoff and Amanda Jackson combined on a five-inning shutout for Wheaton Academy.


    Conant wins 7th straight regional crown

    When Jason Franco took over as the head coach of the Conant girls soccer team 9 years ago, he gave his team a goal: win a regional title. On Friday night on their home field in the Class 3A Conant regional finals, the No. 4 seed Cougars met that goal for the seventh consecutive time by defeating No. 11 seed South Elgin 2-0.

    Chicago Bears first round draft Kyle Long, is introduced to the media during an NFL football news conference, Friday, April 26, 2013, at Halas Hall in Lake Forest, Ill.†Long, an offensive guard from Oregon, was selected 20th overall in Thursday's NFL draft. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    Top pick Long, Bears agree to contract

    The Bears and first-round draft pick Kyle Long agreed to terms on a four-year contract Friday night with an option for a fifth year. The Bears have now signed all six of their draft picks.

    The St. Edward girls soccer team celebrates its Class 1A Westminster Christian sectional title over Willows Academy on Friday.

    St. Edward savors Class 1A sectional title

    You could sense the relief on the faces of St. Edward forward Allison Kruk and midfielder Corey Lepoudre when a Willows Academy player knocked a ball out of play late in the second half, a ball both looked at each other to get, but neither could. Kruk had been hit in the jaw by a ball earlier in the match and Lepoudre came off for her asthma at one point. And at the end of the Class 1A Westminster Christian sectional final, you could see the Green Wave were out of steam. Which is why there was good reason that Green Wave coach Tim Brieger asked his team in practice earlier this week to set the tone early against the Eagles. Gaining a measure of revenge over the team that beat them in the 2011 state third-place game, St. Edward beat Willows Academy 2-1 Friday to win the sectional title, the Green Wave's second sectional crown in the last three years.


    Ifianayi, Sulentic win sectional races at Glenbard North

    An especially strong effort in the field events helped Lake Park take top team honors in the Class 3A boys track sectional hosted by Glenbard North on Friday. The Lancers finished with 147 points to top runner-up Wheaton North (105), York (103) and Conant (40) in the team standings. Two Mid-Suburban League runners earned sectional victories. Elk Grove sophomore Paul Ifianayi won the 400-meter dash in 49.06, and Conant senior Joe Sulentic won the 1,600 run in 4:19.42.

    Buffalo Grove’s Skylar Groth celebrates her goal against Mundelein during Friday’s Class 3A girls soccer regional final at Libertyville.

    Buffalo Grove shuts down Mundelein

    Suddenly back on track in the postseason, Buffalo Grove's girls soccer team won its second straight game, along with a second straight regional championship, on Friday night. Top-seeded Buffalo Grove downed No. 9 Mundelein 4-0 in the Class 3A Libertyville regional final. Skylar Groth, Allie Ingham, Kim Herzog and Elizabeth Chan each scored goals for the Bison. Ingham, Kelli Zickert and Sara Busse picked up assists. Buffalo Grove (22-2-1) meets No. 5 seed Glenbrook South (20-4-1) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Mundelein sectional semifinal.


    Stevenson digs deep, knocks Conant from state tourney

    Host Stevenson was rolling in the deep end of the pool Friday night in the second half of the Patriots' boys state water polo state quarterfinal game against Conant. The Cougars proved that their sparkling 30-3 record heading into the state tournament was for real as they led 2-1 after one quarter before the Pats rallied back to take a 5-4 halftime lead. The very close and evenly matched back-and-forth battle wound up being tied at 6-6 on a breakaway goal by Conant's Jon Burke with 4:12 left in the third quarter. But Stevenson (22-9-1) and goalie Rob O'Brien played shutout defense the rest of the way as 5 goals by junior Mitchell Sokolsky paved the way to a 9-6 Patriots victory.

    Willowbrook’s Molly Krawczykowski, right, Wheaton Warrenville South’s McKenna Kiple, middle, and St. Charles East’s Corrin Adams, left, control the lane in their heat of the 800 meter run Friday at the Class 3A girls state track and field preliminaries at O’Brien Stadium at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    Setting up a Saturday showdown

    Glenbard West and Wheaton Warrenville South have been the litmus tests for local girls track and field programs in recent years. After the first day of the Class 3A meet on the campus of Eastern Illinois University Friday afternoon, the schools are in familiar positions. The Hilltoppers, along with St. Charles East, have the second-most state finalists, with WW South not far behind with six individual qualifiers. The programs' Emma Reifel and McKenna Kiple have had their fair share of dustups during cross country and track seasons the last four years.

    Huntley’s Anthonia Moore strains to finish third in her heat of the 400 meter dash Friday at the Class 3A girls state track and field preliminaries at O’Brien Stadium at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Moore qualified for today’s finals.

    Jacobs 3,200 relay team Friday’s fastest

    The Jacobs 3,200-meter relay team made quite a statement Friday at the Class 3A state girls track and field finals in Charleston. The quartet of Molly Barnes, Tori Tamburrino, Sam Baran and Lauren VanVlierbergen won its heat and clocked the fastest time of all 3A teams at 9:16.19. The Golden Eagles will take a shot at school history in today's finals. No Jacobs girls individual or relay team has won a track state title. LaShawna Canty came the closest taking second in the high jump in 1998 and 1999.


    Carmel gets offensive, edges Fremd

    Nobody could have figured these two defensive giants would concede 7 goals Friday night. After all, No. 2 Carmel (19-1-1) had allowed just 8 before the start of its regional final at No. 7 Fremd, who themselves had given just 11 away to its opponents this season. But the defensive buzz leading up to this game quickly disappeared, and would continue to do so until the final whistle signaled the end of 100 minutes of soccer, with the Corsairs outlasting the host Vikings (12-6-3) 4-3 in OT to capture a Class 3A regional crown and a place in Tuesday's Mundelein sectional semifinal against No. 3 Hersey, which defeated Stevenson 2-0.

    Pittsburgh Penguins' Sidney Crosby (87) celebrates scoring his second goal of the first period with teammate Pascal Dupuis (9) as Ottawa Senators' Cory Conacher (89) skates back to his bench during Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series, in Pittsburgh on Friday, May 17, 2013.(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Crosby leads Penguins to 4-3 win over Senators

    Sidney Crosby had his second career playoff hat trick and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Friday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.Brenden Morrow added his first playoff goal in more than five years, Tomas Vokoun made 19 saves and the Penguins rode their superstar captain to their fourth straight victory.

    As the other competitors step into their starting blocks for the 100-meter dash, Wheeling’s Sydney Keith jumps up Friday at the Class 3A girls state track and field preliminaries at Eastern Illinois University.

    Meadows’ Keller, Prospect’s Santiago lead the way

    Rolling Meadow senior Morgan Keller and Prospect junior Christina Santiago definitely set the tone at the Class 3A girls track and field state meet preliminaries at Eastern Illinois in Charleston on Friday. Keller, a five-time state medalist, took the early lead in discus by hitting the top mark in the preliminaries with a throw of 149-07, with two-time defending Class 3A champion Emmonnie Henderson of Edwardsville sitting in second (146-01). While Keller was throwing down the thunder, Santiago was lighting up the track for Prospect. She opened the day by helping Prospect secure the third-best time in the 3,200 relay (9:19.87) and followed up by hitting a school record and securing the third-best time in the 1,600 (4:55.72).

    Rolling Meadows pitcher Matt Dennis fires against Barrington in the MSL championship game Friday. Dennis got the win and also hit a 2-run homer in the Mustangs’ 11-6 victory.

    Rolling Meadows wins hitters’ duel in MSL title game

    With Barrington's Wyatt Trautwein and Rolling Meadows' Matt Dennis on the mound for their teams Friday in the Mid-Suburban League's baseball championship game, many in the overflow crowd at the Nelson Sports Complex in Rolling Meadows expected a pitchers' duel. They were wrong. What they got was a 17-run, 22-hit slugfest, with Rolling Meadows coming out on top 11-6.


    Pats in command; Parekh advances

    North Suburban Conference champ Stevenson dominated day one of its own tennis sectional Friday afternoon, but a pair of four-year veterans and a newcomer to the scene squeezed their way into the picture as play came to and end at the spacious Vernon Hills Athletic Complex. The Patriots are way ahead of the field in the team race with 16 points, and have qualified all four teams into next week's state tournament when Saturday's 9 a.m. semifinals begin day No. 2.

    Luol Deng should be the perfect complement for a returning Derrick Rose, but the Bulls should try to lock up Deng at a more reasonable salary when his contract expires in 2014.

    Cutting Deng loose makes little sense
    There's a chance the Bulls will take a good look at Luol Deng's trade value this summer. At the same time, it's tough to ignore what he's meant to the team's success over the past nine seasons.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Wheaton Warrenville South's Hope Schmelzle leads her heat of the 1,600 meter run Friday at the Class 3A girls state track and field preliminaries at O'Brien Stadium at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    Glenbard West’s Perez on pace for a fantastic finish

    Madeline Perez has more than laid the groundwork for an extraordinary conclusion to her record-breaking junior season.


    A tight squeeze, but Naperville North advances to semifinal

    There was nothing easy about Naperville North's boys water polo state quarterfinal victory Friday afternoon in Lincolnshire.


    Barrington holds off Burlington Central

    It was Senior Day for the Barrington softball team Friday and the Fillies played their final game of the season at the Fields of Dreams. Or did they? "We hope we have one more game here," said Fillies' senior third baseman Loren Krzysko. If the Fillies do, it will mean they're playing in their own Class 4A supersectional on June 3. But there's a long road ahead before that and Barrington, ranked No. 2 in the Daily Herald Top 20 as well as the Class 4A Illinois Coaches Association poll, tuned up for the postseason with a 3-2 win over Burlington Central, the No. 6 team in the Daily Herald Top 20 and No. 3 in the ICA Class 3A poll.

    Wheaton Warrenville South’s Emma Dalan cries and hugs 1,600-meter relay teammate Helen Majer as leadoff runner Jessica Spera joins them Friday at the Class 3A girls state track and field preliminaries at O’Brien Stadium at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston. Dalan fell and dropped the baton as she approached Majer for the handoff, and had to retrieve it while Majer waited in her lane.

    Images: Girls Track & Field State Prelims
    Images from preliminaries Friday at the IHSA Girls State Track and Field Meet at O'Brien Field on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    Grayslake North’s Nick Carmody tags out Grayslake Central’s Ryan Hamrick at second base last weekend. Carmody, the Knights’ leadoff hitter, is hitting almost .400 this spring.

    Fortune smiles upon FVC Fox champ Grayslake North

    This was the season where everything fell into place for Andy Strahan and the Grayslake North baseball team.


    Sycamore upsets Burlington C. in regional final

    There was no comeback this time for the Burlington Central girls soccer team. Sycamore scored with 18:33 remaining in the match Friday and the Rockets were unable to find the equalizer as the Spartans upset the top-seeded Rockets, 1-0, in the championship match of the Class 2A Sycamore regional.


    Benet’s Wolf commits to Wake Forest

    Caroline Wolf is about to follow another Benet volleyball star south for college.

    Bryan Bickell and his Blackhawks teammates expect a more physical effort from the Red Wings today in Game 2 of their Western Conference semifinal series at the United Center.

    Return of ‘The Rat’ has teammates smiling

    When Dave Bolland mixed it up with Detroit’s Justin Abdelkader in the second period in Game 1 with both players tumbling to the ice, it drew smiles from the Blackhawks’ bench.The Rat was back.Bolland played 11:36 in his first game back in the lineup in more than two weeks because of a sore groin, which just happened to be where Abdelkader put his stick.“He got me a little in the groin area,” Bolland said. “It’s not a good area to get someone, but things like that happen. It’s the playoffs. Little extra jabs, a little extra everything.”Linemate Bryan Bickell was one of those teammates smiling.“It showed that he’s here for the team,” said Bickell. “It shows he wants to be here and he’s going to do whatever it takes to win.”Bolland came back to centering the third line for Bickell and Andrew Shaw like he did last year in the playoffs.Bolland centered the second line during the regular season.“I thought he played really well,” said Bickell. “From last year when me and Shawzie and (Bolland) played together, it felt like the old days. We felt good and felt like we got our chemistry back.”Hawks coach Joel Quenneville got exactly what he expected from Bolland.“I liked his game,” Quenneville said. “He hadn’t played in a while. But the one thing, come playoff time, Bolly seems to elevate his game. You know the predictability of how he’s going to be. He leaves it out there. He’s got that grittiness and that sandpaper that you appreciate and notice.”Adjustment time:The Hawks expect a different kind of Game 2 on Saturday, mostly from a physical aspect.“We expect a harder game and I’m sure it’s going to be more physical,” Joel Quenneville said. “For us, don’t wait for it to happen; expect it to happen.”Detroit rookie center Damien Brunner says it’s up to the Red Wings to come with a better effort.“We have to do a better job,” Brunner said. “In the second and third periods they were all over us. So it’s up to us to do a better job, skate better and put them under pressure and don’t let them come out that easy.“There’s a reason that they’re first and they had a great record in the beginning of the season and they’ve beat us five times, so we know they’re a good team.”The Red Wings flew back to Detroit after Game 1 and returned Friday.“We really felt the break was going to help us,” Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said. “The way this series is set up, we have no reason not to be very good next game.”Looking back at Game 1, Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said his team turned over the puck too much.“We have to take care of the puck,” Howard said. “We turned the puck over way too much at our blue line. It seemed like we were almost out of our zone and then they were right back in. We have to do a better job of getting the puck out.”Check, please:Nobody appreciates how well the Hawks’ forward backcheck more than goalie Corey Crawford.“It’s important with the amount of speed and skill today’s forwardshave, your defense can only do so much,” Crawford said. “Our defense has done a great job this year, but it’s even better when our guys are coming back and putting pressure on their forwards from the back end.”And nobody does it better than Selke Trophy candidate Jonathan Toews.“He’s one of our leaders,” Crawford said. “He does everything well on the ice. He does it all. We follow that. He’s our captain and leader in the room. He leads by example.”Tip-ins:Duncan Keith (maintenance) and Michal Handzus (sore back) didn’t practice Friday but will play in Game 2, according to Joel Quenneville. ... Detroit left wing Drew Miller, who has yet to play in the playoffs because of a hand injury, could return to the lineup.

    Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was the center attention Friday after being named one of the three finalists for the Jack Adams Trophy, which goes to the coach of the year. Voted on by broadcasters, Ottawa's Paul MacLean and Anaheim's Bruce Boudreau were also named finalists.

    Quenneville one of 3 finalists for coach of the year

    The scowl, the mustache, the steely eyes behind the bench — it's all part of what makes Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville so intimidating. Or is he? "He's a big teddy bear," said Hawks center Dave Bolland. "Bolly? Really? Teddy bear? I've never been called that one before," Quenneville said. Quenneville was the center attention Friday after being named one of the three finalists for the Jack Adams Trophy, which goes to the coach of the year.


    Why isn’t Stalberg playing? It’s in the numbers

    A frustrated Viktor Stalberg met with reporters again Friday and disputed various reports that he was benched for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals against Detroit because he complained about power-play time in the first round."(I'll) channel my inner (Ilya) Bryzgalov: Check your sources better, I guess," Stalberg said. "No, that was not accurate."But a source Friday stood by the claim that Stalberg was unhappy with his power-play role, adding Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville also doesn't like these two statistics when it comes to the winger: 1 goal in 18 career playoff games and 2 assists on the power play during the regular season in 47 games.According to NHL.com, Stalberg saw 103 minutes and 6 seconds of power-play time during the regular season, 81.8 percent of the it skating with Hawks leading scorer Patrick Kane in 5-on-4 situations, and had no goals and 2 assists.


    Harper takes game one at Waubonsee

    The second-seeded Harper College baseball team moved one step closer to reaching the NJCAA Division III World Series on Friday by defeating top-seeded Waubonsee Community College 9-2 in regional play in Sugar Grove. Harper collected 12 hits against the Chiefs.

    Cubs starting pitcher Edwin Jackson recorded his first quality start since April 25, working 6 innings and allowing 3 runs on 7 hits in a 3-2 loss to the Mets on Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Garza says he’s ready to rejoin Cubs

    Cubs pitcher Matt Garza proclaimed himself ready to come off the disabled list now after Thursday's rehab start for Class AAA Iowa. The team will meet during the weekend and make a decision.

    Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey fields a bunt by Cubs pinch hitter Julio Borbon and throws him out at first in the eighth inning Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Sveum” Mets’ Harvey the real deal

    New York Mets pitcher Matt Harvey was all he was cracked up to be, and then some, Friday in a 3-2 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Not only did Harvey pitch well, he had an RBI single in the seventh that proved to be the game winner.

    Elena Delle Donne, the Chicago Sky’s top draft pick this season, draws strength and perspective from her strong family relationships.

    Sky’s Delle Donne relies on strong family ties

    Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne doesn't need to look far for a source of inspiration.


    Chicago Fire scouting report
    Chicago Fire at Philadelphia UnionWhen: 6:30 p.m. at PPL ParkTV: Channel 50Scouting the Fire: The Fire (2-6-1, 7 points) has lost two in a row, three of its last four, including last weekend’s 1-0 defeat to the Union at Toyota Park. The Fire had a statistical advantage against the Union in shots and time of possession, but that will be harder to duplicate on the road. Jeff Larentowicz returns from suspension. Scouting the Philadelphia Union: This will be the third game in eight days for the Union (4-4-3, 15 points), which lost 4-1 at home to Los Angeles on Wednesday. Jack McInerney leads the league with 7 goals this season, including the only goal last week against the Fire.Next: at Real Salt Lake, 7:30 p.m. May 25.— Orrin Schwarz

    Troy Murray

    Look for much more energized Red Wings in Game 2

    Blackhawks broadcaster Troy Murray says you can't put much stock in Game 1 and expects the Red Wings to come out a much more energized bunch in Game 2 Saturday.

    New York Mets starting pitcher Matt Harvey, right, fields a bunt by Chicago Cubs pinch hitter Julio Borbon and throws him out at first during the eighth inning of a baseball game Friday, May 17 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Harvey mows down Cubs, Mets win 3-2

    Matt Harvey won his fifth straight decision, allowing five hits in 7 1-3 innings and singling in the go-ahead run in the seventh to lead the New York Mets over the Cubs 5-0 Friday.

    Alexei Ramirez is greeted by Paul Konerko as he scores on a single by Adam Dunn during the White Sox’ 3-run eighth inning Thursday night.

    White Sox’ patient approach leads to win

    The White Sox took a more patient approach against the Angels Thursday, and it paid off. Jeff Keppinger drew his first walk of the season in the eighth inning, forcing home Adam Dunn and rallying the Sox to a 5-4 win over Los Angeles.

    Mike Spellman says It hasn't been the best of weeks for Allstate Arena general manager Pat Nagle, who learned Thursday that DePaui will soon be playing its games in a new downtown arena.

    Spellman's Scorecard: Not best of times for Allstate Arena

    It hasn't been the best of weeks for Allstate Arena general manager Pat Nagle. First, he discovers the new owner of the Chicago Rush has been accused of not paying the team's bills and thus, for the second time in recent years, the team is taken over by the league — once again leaving the future of the franchise in limbo. And then it's announced Thursday that another Allstate tenant, DePaul, will soon be playing its games in a new downtown arena.

    Chicago White Sox's Alexei Ramirez, right, is greeted by Paul Konerko after he scored on a single by Adam Dunn during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim, Calif., Thursday, May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

    White Sox top Angels 5-4 with 3 runs in 8th

    Jeff Keppinger walked with the bases loaded to drive in the go-ahead run — his first base on balls in 141 plate appearances this season — and the White Sox rallied with three runs in the eighth to beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-4 on Thursday night for their season-high third straight road win.

    Derrick Rose, left, stands with his Bulls teammates during the second half of Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Wednesday. The Heat beat the Bulls 94-91 to win the series 4-1.

    Rose’s lack of mental toughness huge disappointment

    Mike North questions Derrick Rose’s mental toughness. He recalls some of the tough pro athletes over the years and sees Rose lacking in this quality. He wonders who approved his pregame warmups, which just made the fans question things even more. What D-Rose will we get next year?

    Golden State Warriors point guard Jarrett Jack (2) drives to the basket as San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) attempts to block in the second half of Game 6 of a Western Conference semifinal NBA basketball playoff series in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 16, 2013. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

    Spurs hold off Warriors, advance to West finals

    The San Antonio Spurs held off a furious final rally to beat the Golden State Warriors 94-82 in Game 6 on Thursday night and advance to the Western Conference finals.


    Alesna powers Libertyville

    Izzy made ’em dizzy with excitement again. Izzy Alesna’s three-run triple drove in the tying and go-ahead runs, as Libertyville’s softball team pulled out a 12-11 nonconference win over Niles North on Thursday. Alesna, who had 3 hits and 3 RBI in the Wildcats’ win over Lake Forest on Wednesday, finished 3-for-5.

    Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter celebrates his goal against the San Jose Sharks during the first period in Game 2 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series, Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    LA Kings shock Sharks with 2 late goals to take 2-0 lead

    Captain Dustin Brown tied it with 1:43 left and Trevor Lewis scored the tiebreaking power-play goal 22 seconds later, propelling the Los Angeles Kings to a stunning 4-3 victory over the San Jose Sharks on Thursday night and a 2-0 series lead.


    AP Source: Maloofs reach agreement to sell Kings

    A person familiar with the deal says the Maloof family has reached an agreement with a Sacramento group headed by TIBCO software tycoon Vivek Ranadive to sell a 65 percent controlling interest in the Kings at a total franchise valuation of $535 million.


    Waubonsie Valley beats Lake Park in nine innings

    Waubonsie Valley 4, Lake Park 3:Tyler Hasper’s sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning drove in Nick Drago with the game-winning run for the Warriors (16-14, 14-11). The Lancers (24-8, 20-5), despite the loss, claim a share of their first Upstate Eight Conference title since 1996. They share the championship with Neuqua Valley. Drew Ellam went 2-for-5 for Waubonsie Valley and Hasper had 2 RBI. Sam Pellegrino drove in 2 runs for Lake Park. Metea Valley 4, Bartlett 2:Connor Archey doubled and drove in 3 runs as the Mustangs (15-14, 13-12) scored all their runs in the sixth inning of their Upstate Eight Conference victory. Jose Gomez pitched 5-plus innings to earn the win and Adam Cielinski notched the save. Glenbard South 4, Ridgewood 2:Nick Yangas pitched a 4-hitter with 5 strikeouts as the Raiders (17-9, 13-5) took two out of three in their Metro Suburban Conference series. Ethan Gasbarro went 3-for-4 and Justin Joseph added 2 hits. York 11, Addison Trail 2:Nico Sanchez went 4-for-4 with 2 RBI for the Dukes (15-17) in their West Suburban Conference crossover victory. River Pitlock doubled twice and scored twice. Adam Gomez pitched into the sixth inning to win on the mound. Jordan Garcia had 2 hits for Addison Trail (10-22).St. Joseph 5, Benet 3:Kevin Jendra went 2-for-3 and Jason Blohm homered but the Redwings (20-8) fell in nonconference play.


    Associated Press/Nov. 4, 2011 Andrew Mason, founder and CEO of Groupon, attends his company’s IPO at Nasdaq, in New York. Former Groupon CEO Mason announced several new ventures Friday, including indulging his inner rock star with an album of ìmotivational business music.

    Ex-Groupon CEO working 9 to 5 on business album

    Andrew Mason says he wants to present business wisdom to younger people and that his songs will help them understand ideas that are critical to becoming productive and effective employees.

    Facebook founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, center, rings the opening bell of the Nasdaq stock market a year ago, from Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

    A year after IPO, Facebook aims to be ad colossus

    Despite its disappointing stock market performance, the company has delivered strong financial results. Net income increased 7 percent to $219 million in the most recent quarter, compared with the previous year, and revenue was up 38 percent to $1.46 billion.

    Associated Press/April 16, 2013 The Toshiba Kirabook, a newly released laptop line with a Retina-level display.

    Hardware review: Toshiba brings high-res screen to Windows

    Like supermodel turned rapper, the Kirabook sounds bad but looks good. It's beautifully done in magnesium, a tougher metal than the aluminum found in MacBooks and some other laptops. Magnesium is rarely used in consumer electronics, but when it is, the results can be spectacular: I had a magnesium-bodied point-and-shoot camera that didn't show a scratch after 10 years of use.

    Associated Press/2009 The General Motors logo is seen on display at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. General Motors rose $1.03, or 3.2 percent, to $33.42. The automaker’s stock is trading above the $33 price of its November, 2010 initial public offering for the first time in two years.

    Stocks rise on hopeful economic signs

    The Conference Board said its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.6 percent last month after a revised decline of 0.2 percent in March. The index is intended to predict how the economy will be doing in three to six months. The University of Michigan's preliminary survey of consumer confidence climbed to 83.7. Economists had predicted that the gauge would climb to 76.8.

    Lisa Latronico, left, of Skender Construction accepts the first-place award for a mid-size business, and Kevin Frontone, a financial adviser for Edward Jones, accepts the first-place award for a large company during the Best Places to Work event in Rolling Meadows on Thursday.

    Edward Jones, Skender top ‘Best Places to Work’ list

    One is a national financial services firm whose advisers are encouraged to be an active part of the community, and whose rewards include all-expense-paid trips to exotic locations. One is a Chicago-based construction company whose employees are honored for coming up with innovative ideas that improve the company, and sponsors employee outings throughout the year.


    Syrian hackers compromise Financial Times blogs, Twitter accounts

    A clutch of blogs and Twitter accounts maintained by the Financial Times were hacked Friday, the latest in a series of cyberattacks claimed by the Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-government group which often attacks media organizations it sees as sympathetic to the country's rebels.


    Tableau Software soars in trading debut

    Tableau Software shares soared in their trading debut Friday after the company and some of its investors raised about $254.2 million in its initial public offering. Seattle-based Tableau Software Inc. provides software that helps businesses convert data into visual presentations.

    Solid hiring helped push down unemployment rates in 40 U.S. states last month, the most since November. The declines show job markets are improving in most areas of the country. The Labor Department says unemployment rates only rose in Louisiana, Tennessee and North Dakota. Rates were unchanged in seven states.

    Unemployment falls in 40 US states, rises in 3

    Solid hiring helped push down unemployment rates in 40 U.S. states last month, the most since November. The declines show job markets are improving in most areas of the country. The Labor Department says unemployment rates only rose in Louisiana, Tennessee and North Dakota. Rates were unchanged in seven states.

    A measure of the U.S. economy’s future health rose solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build homes and a better job market.

    Gauge of US economy’s future health up in April

    A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build homes and a better job market. The Conference Board said Friday that its index of leading indicators increased 0.6 percent last month to a reading of 95. That followed a 0.2 percent decline in March. The index is intended to signal economic conditions three to six months out.


    Stocks rise on hopeful signs for the US economy

    Encouraging news about the U.S. economy helped push stock prices higher on Wall Street Friday. A gauge of future economic activity rose more than analysts had expected, as did a measure of consumer confidence, adding to evidence that the economy is maintaining a steady recovery.


    GM stock rises above $33 for first time in 2 years

    Shares of General Motors are trading above $33 for the first time in over two years.

    This is a rendering of proposed front facade for new Mickey Finn’s location in downtown Libertyville.

    Brew pub expansion in downtown Libertyville moving ahead

    The planned relocation and expansion of Mickey Finn's Brewery, a mainstay in downtown Libertyville is moving ahead with an early fall opening planned. The popular brew pub will increase its size by 50 percent to about 15,000 square feet.

    Artist rendering of the 928-passenger Viking Star, the first new ocean ship from Viking Cruises, which will set sail in May 2015, with destination-focused itineraries in Scandinavia and the Baltic; and the Western and Eastern Mediterranean.

    Viking cruises orders two vessels to expand into ocean voyages

    Viking Cruises Ltd. ordered two vessels to start an ocean cruise business, a first for the company, which has focused on river voyages, Chairman Torstein Hagen said. The 928-passenger ships are being built by Fincantieri Cantieri Navali Italiani Spa and will sail beginning in 2015 and 2016, respectively, on European itineraries, Hagen, who leads Woodland Hills, California-based Viking, said yesterday in an interview.

    Bottles of Heinz organic tomato ketchup on display inside Costco in Mountain View, Calif. The organic industry is gaining clout on Capitol Hill, prompted by rising consumer demand and its entry into traditional farm states.

    Organic industry clout grows with consumer demand

    The organic food industry is gaining clout on Capitol Hill, prompted by rising consumer demand and its entry into traditional farm states. But that isn't going over well with everyone in Congress. Tensions between conventional and organic agriculture boiled over this week during a late-night House Agriculture Committee debate on a sweeping farm bill that has for decades propped up traditional crops and largely ignored organics.

    Caterpillar Inc., the world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment, had its obligations cut by $135 million as part of a settlement reached relating to its purchase of ERA Mining Machinery Ltd.

    Caterpillar obligations cut by $135 million in era settlement

    Caterpillar Inc., the world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment, had its obligations cut by $135 million as part of a settlement reached relating to its purchase of ERA Mining Machinery Ltd. The company resolved all outstanding issues with Mining Machinery Ltd. arising from the purchase of ERA, Peoria-based Caterpillar said in a statement. Caterpillar's outstanding obligations to the MML parties were cut to $29.5 million, from $164.5 million, as part of the resolution, it said.

Life & Entertainment

    Associated Press/Christie’s This image released by Christie’s auction house on Friday shows a drip painting by Jackson Pollock. The important drip painting by Pollock, “Number 19,” realized a record $58.3 million at the Christie’s auction.

    Auctions tally $1.5 billion as hammer falls on ‘Marilyns’

    All told, the Impressionist, modern, postwar and contemporary auctions (both evening and day) at Christie's, Sotheby's and Phillips totaled about $1.5 billion this month, exceeding the expected target of $1.3 billion.Christie's won this round of sales, raising $638.6 million in its postwar and contemporary sales and $190.3 million for the Impressionist and modern auction.

    Associated Pres/Nov. 30, 2011 Singer-musician Carole King in New York.

    Obama to host concert honoring Carole King

    The White House says Obama will present the award to King during a concert Wednesday. The program will include performances by King, Gloria Estefan, Billy Joel, Jesse McCartney, Emeli Sandé, James Taylor and Trisha Yearwood.

    Camille Eiseman and Terry Tank both of Crystal Lake receive comments from the judges after performing as Faith and Whisky during last year’s Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. The duo eventually made it through to the Top 5 in the competition.

    Acts jumping in for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent

    More than 30 acts have signed up for the second edition of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent presented by the Daily Herald, produced by the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre and sponsored by the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce. And there's still plenty of time to test your talents as well.

    Jaya Nambiar, 9, from left, Kaya Booth, 9, both of Wilmette, and Helena Samson, 6, of Northbrook show healthy pizzas they made for themselves at Prairie Grass Cafe in Northbrook on Friday, April 26. The pizza making was hosted by Sarah Stegner, co-chef and co-owner, who is one of the founding members of the “Healthy Fare for Kids” initiative, which encourages restaurants to offer healthier food for children.

    Brain food: How to ‘trick’ kids into eating healthy

    When Christine Palumbo served food to her kids, she conveniently forgot to mention that it was healthy. She simply told them how delicious it would be — even before they got to taste it.

    Zachry (Tom Hanks) accompanies Meronym (Halle Berry) through a dangerous forest in the far distant future in "Cloud Atlas."

    Challenging, but rewarding, ‘Cloud Atlas’ now out on DVD

    Video answer man Jeff Tuckman reviews several new movies and video collections being released this week, including the motion picture "Cloud Atlas," plus a Marx Brothers collection and the complete run of the sitcom "Roseanne."

    Tim McGraw decided to change the Academy of Country Music's annual TV special to make it a summer tour preview, calling it “ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night.” It airs at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 19, on CBS.

    McGraw recasts ACM special as summer tour preview

    When the producers of the Academy of Country Music's annual television special approached Tim McGraw about the 2013 edition, the singer immediately flashed on the program's format. "They were tribute shows," he said. Instead, McGraw decided to take the show in a new direction, recasting it as a summer tour preview. "ACM Presents: Tim McGraw's Superstar Summer Night" will air at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 19, on CBS.

    Police cars park outside a hotel during the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Friday May 17, 2013. A French police official says a thief or thieves stole about $1 million worth in jewelry inside a safe in a Novotel hotel room, against the backdrop of the Riviera resort town’s film festival.

    $1 million in jewelry stolen near Cannes film fest

    Thieves ripped a safe from the wall of a hotel room near the Cannes Film Festival and made off with around $1 million worth of jewelry, in a brazen late-night burglary just hours after the screening of a film about break-ins at the homes of Hollywood celebrities, French officials said Friday.

    Zachary Quinto, left, as Spock and Chris Pine as Kirk in “Star Trek Into Darkness,” are off to a hot start at the box office.

    ‘Star Trek’ $112 million debut puts summer in warp drive

    "Star Trek Into Darkness," the second installment in director J.J. Abrams's reboot of the science-fiction series, is forecast to take in $112 million in its debut, boosted by an early start in theaters this weekend. The film, from Viacom Inc.'s Paramount Pictures, opened Thursday in U.S. and Canadian cinemas, a day earlier than originally planned, to maximize its chances in a crowded schedule. "Star Trek" targets the same young males as "Fast & Furious 6" and "The Hangover III," which open next week.

    Randy Travis has filed a lawsuit to prevent two state agencies from releasing a patrol car video of his 2012 DWI arrest in North Texas.

    Travis sues to block release of DWI patrol car video

    Country star Randy Travis has filed a lawsuit to prevent two state agencies from releasing a patrol car video of his 2012 DWI arrest in North Texas. The Austin American-Statesman reported Thursday that the lawsuit filed in Austin names the Texas Department of Public Safety and the state attorney general's office.

    George Michael’s publicist says the singer is being treated for minor injuries after he was a passenger in a car crash Thursday night.

    George Michael injured in another car crash

    George Michael was being treated at a hospital Friday for what his publicist called minor injuries after being a passenger in a car crash near London. A statement released Friday said the singer was in an accident on Thursday night and suffered "superficial cuts and bruises."

    Storm blue walls with white trim reign in the Tuscan model, while arches and columns add character to the main level of this D.R. Horton home at Symphony Meadows in Volo.

    Vista and Tuscan model homes open at Symphony Meadows

    Two new model homes wow visitors at Symphony Meadows, a master-planned community in Volo with scenic wetlands, conservation areas, lakes and nature trails. The new models, the Vista and the Tuscan, are receiving rave reviews, said Chris Naatz, vice president of sales and marketing for D.R. Horton.

    Reach into the pool to pet stingrays at the Shedd Aquarium's new hands-on “Stingray Touch” exhibit.

    New Shedd exhibit allows visitors to touch gliding stingrays

    They glide like magic carpets through their 20,000-gallon pool. When you reach in to stroke them, their gray backs feel softer than velvet. For decades, Chicago's Shedd Aquarium has been home to stingrays. Now, for the first time, visitors can actually touch them. The Shedd's new outdoor hands-on "Stingray Touch" exhibit debuts Friday, May 17. "Stingrays are very friendly, gentle animals," said Elise Waugh, coordinator of communications and public relations for the Shedd Aquarium.

    Children will soon begin checking out stacks of books as they begin to participate in summer reading programs throughout the suburbs.

    Local libraries encourage reading on your summer travels

    Whether you’re on a plane or taking a road trip this summer, don’t be surprised to see the person traveling next to you buried in a book. Within the next few weeks children and adults, alike, will be participating in summer reading programs at their local libraries.

    Bartender Katie Lochhead pours a beer at Grassroots Tavern in Antioch.

    Music, menu the draws for Antioch's Grassroots Tavern

    While cover bands usually dominate suburban bars, Antioch's Grassroots Tavern, which took over Dry Dock Saloon & Diner's former spot on Grass Lake Road in March, offers plenty of original acts. The friendly service makes it a mellow place to grab dinner and drinks and listen to some new tunes.


    Like it or not, kids live in electronic age; be ready

    Our youngest daughter is 7 years old and recently got her very first iPod touch. She is ecstatic, and I already don’t know what she is doing on it.

    Former Blackhawks forward Eddie Olczyk, now a TV analyst for the team, will be an instructor for a summer hockey camp at Glacier Ice Arena in Vernon Hills.

    Plenty of suburban summer hockey camp options for young athletes

    Young athletes won't be hutring for choices if they want to keep their hockey skills honed over the summer.


    When short sales leave sellers short

    Are large numbers of homeowners who have negotiated short sales with lenders at risk because of a startling omission in the American credit system? Do their credit reports and scores indicate that they were foreclosed upon, rather than having negotiated a mutually agreeable resolution with their lender?


    Local forest preserve is the only playground you need
    Many years ago, when we kids were all out of the house and out of college, my mom moved from the Chicago area to San Diego. If you have ever been to San Diego for an extended period of time, you know both what my mom gave up and what she got in terms of weather.

    Rhea Perlman plays Stella, a divorced nurse looking to make changes in her life opposite Francis Guinan’s Lou, a grieving widower who rarely ventures outside his Philadelphia bar in Bruce Graham’s “Stella & Lou,” in its world premiere at Northlight Theatre.

    Northlight’s formulaic ‘Stella & Lou’ benefits from fine cast

    How good an actor is Francis Guinan? So good he commands attention even when he's silent. So good his role as a widowed bartender in Northlight Theatre's "Stella & Lou" seems tailored just for him. So good, his presence makes Bruce Graham's sentimental, pleasantly predictable dramedy a show worth seeing. Co-star and Emmy Award winning actress Rhea Perlman, certainly carries her share of the load, too.

    Christopher Trumbo (Bryan Burke) recalls the impact Senator Joe McCarthy's Communist witch hunts had on his father and their family in Buffalo Theatre Ensemble's “Trumbo — Red, White & Blacklisted.”

    Theater events: Drive to keep Buffalo Theatre alive

    Buffalo Theatre Ensemble closes "Trumbo" and seeks donations to keep the theater company up and running. ShPieL-Performing Identity brings "The Invasion of Skokie" to its namesake community and Mary-Arrchie remounts its acclaimed production of "The Glass Menagerie" this week in Chicago-area theater.


    Book notes: Meet CakeSpy blogger in Vernon Hills

    CakeSpy.com blogger and author Jessie Oleson Moore discusses and signs copies of her book "The Secret Lives of Baked Goods" at 7 p.m Thursday, May 23, at the Aspen Drive Lirbary in Vernon Hills.

    Bapi Italian Ristorante’s fresh bufala mozzarella appetizer is available for a limited time.

    Dining events: Say cheese at Bapi

    For a limited time Bapi Italian Ristorante in Arlington Heights will be serving bufala mozzarella cheese, fresh from Italy, as an appetizer with sliced tomatoes, fresh pesto and a balsamic glaze for $14. Plus, indoor go-kart racing recently invaded Buffalo Grove with the opening this month of K1 Speed Chicago.


    Plumber disagrees with home inspector

    Q. I am a real estate broker and am trying to resolve a difference of opinion between a plumber and home inspector. The inspector routinely cites water heaters that are installed without a drain pan, especially when the water heater is on a raised platform in a garage. The plumber says there is no code requirement for a pan. Who is right?

    Curtis (Jay Cook, left) listens to the ghost of his Father (Richard Westphal) in Steel Beam Theatre’s Chicago-area premiere of A.R. Gurney’s 2011 off-Broadway comedy “Black Tie.”

    Steel Beam efforts fail to dress up ‘Black Tie’

    On the surface, the conflicts in A.R. Gurney's 2011 off-Broadway comedy "Black Tie" can feel slight. But "Black Tie," now playing in its Chicago-area debut at Steel Beam in St. Charles, gradually takes on larger and more universal themes of tradition versus change that should resonate with anyone beyond the play's privileged East Coast family.


    Good fences don’t always make good neighbors

    Thousands of lawsuits are filed every year by homeowners who feel that a neighbor's fence, or one that is jointly owned, encroaches on their property.



    Editorial: Brighter days for open records

    Illinois has received high marks for transparency, but does that conflict with another report showing a spike in appeals to the attorney general stemming from denied information requests? Maybe not, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Not such strange bedfellows

    Columnist Kathleen Parker: [No Paragraph Style]NewsBreaking news: Conservative organizations suddenly have found common cause with one of their favorite objects of contempt — the benighted Mainstream Media. Or as the Tea Party queen and former Alaska governor likes to put it, the "lamestream media." In a twist of irony, the two groups have coalesced around a common enemy: the U.S. government.


    Use of fossil fuels hurts the poor most
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The sharp rise in economic disparity in this country is a huge and growing problem, but the solutions are much more complicated than cheap fuel. In truth, climate change is the greatest social justice issue of our time, as it hits the poorest and most vulnerable in our societies the hardest.


    Marijuana needed as a painkiller
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Medical marijuana and "street marijuana" are not the same since the latter has not been tested by qualified doctors and street marijuana can be laced with other chemicals. Even with street marijuana there have been no reported deaths and fewer less severe side effects.


    Medical marijuana a step backward
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: On April 17, the Illinois House passed HB 1, often referred to as "medical marijuana" legislation, 61-57. The legislation is expected to be called for a vote in the Senate soon. With our collective 90 years-plus of law enforcement experience, we find it imperative to voice our concerns concerning this pending legislation.


    It’s time to end pension perk
    A Lake Villa letter to the editor: With a defined-benefits pension, Illinois teachers and government employees are recipients of a perk that has long-ago disappeared from the private sector.


    Pension plus paycheck is galling
    A letter to the editor:


    System has too many inconsistencies
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: I think pensions are a good thing when they are not abused and set up properly. However, what we have is various systems that are abused and killing the taxpayers.


    Taxpayers haven’t been treated ‘brutally’
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The state of Illinois has not fully fulfilled its obligation to public pensions over the last 60 years. So, how has the taxpayer been negatively treated? To look at it another way, the state probably should've increased taxes to meet its obligation over the years. So, really, the taxpayer has been spared tax increases for years.


    Make Speaker Madigan more accountable
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: Now that the legislature, under the leadership of Mr. Madigan, has successfully raided teacher pension funds he wants to wash his hands of all accountability and transfer all responsibility to the school districts.


    Accountability, sacrifice needed
    A Palatine letter to the editor: Some of these sacrifices should come from the people who created the problem in the first place. Take away or reduce some of the benefits that the legislators currently have in proportion to what they want to do with the public pensions. They created the problem, why should they go unscathed in the solution?


    Drastic changes needed to save state
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: The State is bust, morally and financially. The best solution to the pension problem is to 1) switch to all charter schools, 2) get rid of public teachers and 3) break the union contracts and pension plans and future obligations, replacing those with pensions for those already retired with numbers that the state taxpayers can afford.


    Speaker has a new motivation
    An Inverness letter to the editor: The cynic in me thinks it is more likely that Mr. Madigan feels that he has to clean up the mess that he helped to create because the time is quickly approaching for him to try and install daughter Lisa in the governor's mansion. I am certain that he doesn't want to leave this $100 billion disaster to land in her lap after years and years of inaction on his part.


    State pensioners are the victims
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: One wonders why our legislators and the Daily Herald do not focus on the initial promise made by the state to the employee when first hired. The retirees are not the cause of the state's pension problems — they are the victims.


    Just don’t call pension plans ‘fair’
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: One wonders why our legislators and the Daily Herald do not focus on the initial promise made by the state to the employee when first hired. The retirees are not the cause of the state's pension problems — they are the victims.


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