Daily Archive : Monday May 20, 2013


    A plan to convert a house near West Chicago into a mosque is back before DuPage County's zoning board of appeals after a federal judge told county officials to review the project again.

    DuPage reconsidering Islamic prayer center plan

    A proposal to convert a house into a mosque is back before DuPage County's zoning board of appeals after a federal judge ordered that the county take another look at the project. “The decision to reject ICWS didn't comply with the law,” said Mark Daniel, the attorney representing the center. “They (county officials) have a chance to fix it.”

    Don Roth’s restaurant, which closed in 2009 in Wheeling, faces demolition.

    Wheeling will help demolish Don Roth’s

    Nostalgic Wheeling trustees agreed to spend tax increment financing district money to help tear down the former Don Roth's Blackhawk restaurant. One of the first restaurants on the village's "Restaurant Row," Don Roth's thrived for 40 years before closing in 2009.

    State Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican, voted for medical marijuana.

    Oberweis on medical marijuana: It’s about helping people in pain

    State Sen. Jim Oberweis fired back against critics who have questioned his vote in favor of medical marijuana. "I think that it's the right of any legislator to vote as he or she sees fit on a bill whether or not it agrees with the party platform," said Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican known for his conservative views.

    A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013. The relationship between the woman and the child was not immediately known. A tornado as much as half a mile (.8 kilometers) wide with winds up to 200 mph (320 kph) roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday

    Images: Oklahoma Tornado Strikes Elementary School
    Images of severe weather on Monday. A monstrous tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs, flattening entire neighborhoods with winds up to 200 mph, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.

    Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist who was a founding member of The Doors, has died at 74.

    Founding member of The Doors dies at 74

    Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist and founding member of The Doors who had a dramatic impact on rock 'n' roll, has died. He was 74. Publicist Heidi Robinson-Fitzgerald says Manzarek died Monday at the RoMed Clinic in Rosenheim, Germany, surrounded by his family. He had bile duct cancer.

    Nicole Hockley, a parent who lost her child, Dylan Hockley, 6, in the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut, testifies on assault weapon legislation during a Senate Executive Committee hearing at the Illinois State Capitol Monday, May 20, 2013, in Springfield.

    Illinois headed to limiting high-capacity ammo magazines?

    Following the pleas of parents whose children were killed during the Sandy Hook school shooting last year, an Illinois Senate panel agreed to move forward with state Sen. Dan Kotowski's plan to restrict the sale of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

    Lightning and high winds are coming through some suburbs especially south Monday night.

    Back down to thunderstorm watch until 3 a.m.

    A severe thunderstorm watch continues for all of northern Illinois through 3 a.m., as the same weather system that spawned a deadly tornado near Oklahoma City moves through the area.


    Des Plaines council grants extension to outdoor tent

    In a 5-3 decision that was met with boos and disappointment from residents, the Des Plaines City Council on Monday night extended a conditional use permit allowing a controversial outdoor tent at the Fountain Blue banquet hall to remain for 18 more months.


    Barrington fire district searching for its own staff

    According to Barrington Countryside Fire Protection District trustees, questions over their proposed year-end split with the Barrington Fire Department have changed from theoretical to practical — from "why?" to "how?" That means starting a process by which the fire district — a separate taxing body — will begin acquiring its own staff and equipment.

    A child is pulled from beneath a collapsed wall at the Plaza Towers Elementary School in following a tornado in Moore, Okla., Monday.

    20 children among 51 killed in Oklahoma tornado

    A monstrous tornado at least a half-mile wide roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds up to 200 mph. At least 51 people were killed, including at least 20 children, and officials said the death toll was expected to rise.

    Tom Borkowicz reacts after the Naperville Central graduation on Monday.

    Images: Naperville Central High School Graduation
    Naperville Central High School held its commencement ceremony on Monday, May 20 at the school.

    A $7 million stormwater management project in Armstrong Park in Carol Stream has received approvals from the village and park boards and is now awaiting final approval from state officials before DuPage County puts the project out to bid.

    Flooding prevention project gets leg up in Carol Stream

    A $7 million stormwater management project aimed at reducing flooding in Carol Stream is a step closer to getting off the ground. The village board Monday approved final plans for construction of two aboveground reservoirs in Armstrong Park and a siphon that will release stormwater to a downstream point in Klein Creek. The project is being coordinated by DuPage County, but a 2011...


    U-46 initiative strives for early literacy in kids

    Leaders of the "Give Me Five!" school readiness initiative updated Elgin Area School District U-46 school board members Monday, one year into their effort, which has focused on informing parents, community members and staff members of their roles in making sure 98 percent of first graders are reading at grade level by 2015.

    Students take a final walk through the halls at Naperville North before graduation on Monday.

    Images: Naperville North High School graduation
    Naperville North High School held its commencement ceremony on Monday, May 20 at the school.

    Tom Simonian

    Simonian appointed to Geneva 5th Ward vacancy

    Tom Simonian was appointed as 5th Ward alderman in Geneva Monday night, taking the place of the late Ralph Dantino. Two aldermen, however, critized the appointment process, saying not enough information was presented to the council before it was expected to vote on the matter.


    St. Charles looking to unload weapons cache back into the market

    St. Charles police want to sell several years worth of firearms they've confiscated for a profit. Aldermen, meeting as a committee, reviewed a list of about 20 firearms department officials decided they no longer needed and could sell to dealers.

    Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists court watch director Cathy Stanley presents flowers to Gurnee police officer J.R. Nauseda at a ceremony Monday night. Nauseda made the most DUI arrests in Gurnee in 2012.

    Gurnee’s top DUI, traffic enforcement cops honored in ceremony

    Ten Gurnee officers were honored Monday for their prowess in drunken-driving arrests and other areas of traffic enforcement.

    It might have seemed a no-win situation to the White House: either keep President Barack Obama in the dark about a looming investigation into political targeting by the Internal Revenue Service or blur legal lines by telling him about an independent audit.

    More Obama aides knew of IRS audit; Obama not told

    White House chief of staff Denis McDonough and other senior advisers knew in late April that an impending report was likely to say the IRS had inappropriately targeted conservative groups, President Barack Obama's spokesman disclosed Monday, expanding the circle of top officials who knew of the audit beyond those named earlier. But McDonough and the other advisers did not tell Obama.


    McHenry man arrested for threatening ambassador, Serbs

    Federal agents have arrested a 48-year-old McHenry man on charges he threatened to kill State Department officials, including the U.S. ambassador in Serbia, and Serbians living in Chicago. Authorities say a visa dispute involving his Serbian wife prompted Russell K. Gordon to make the threats.

    Aaron Thurmond

    Defense attorney: Accuser recanted in trafficking case

    A downstate woman who told police she was the victim of human trafficking has recanted her statements against two Chicago men charged in the case, a defense attorney said Monday. Defense attorney Eric F. Rinehart told Lake County Judge Victoria Rossetti that the unidentified woman now says in video and on her Facebook page that she was never forced to work as a prostitute by Aaron Thurmond, 23,...

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, right, and Tumblr Chief Executive David Karp pose for photographs after a news conference Monday in New York.

    Should we let wunderkinds drop out of high school?

    It's one thing to say tech geniuses don't need degrees. After all, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg all dropped out of college. But now we've got David Karp, who doesn't even have a high school diploma. Karp, 26, founded Tumblr, the online blogging forum, and sold it to Yahoo for $1.1 billion. When is it OK for a wunderkind to drop out of school?

    Ruth Moore of Milbridge, Maine, was raped twice while serving in the Navy. More than 85,000 veterans were treated last year for mental health and substance abuse problems connected to military sexual trauma and another 4,000 sought disability compensation, underscoring the staggering, long-term impact of this emerging crisis.

    Military sex abuse has long-term impact for vets

    New government figures underscore the staggering long-term consequences of military sexual assaults: More than 85,000 veterans were treated last year for injuries or illness linked to the abuse, and 4,000 sought disability benefits.


    Semi, car collide on I-294

    One person had to be cut from a vehicle after a semtrailer truck and car crashed on southbound I-294 about 4 p.m. Monday near Des Plaines, police said. The injured man was taken to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

    Rob Komosa pushed to have high schools carry catastrophic accident insurance before his death this year.

    Push to insure student athletes goes to governor

    A bill that former Rolling Meadows High School football player Rob Komosa pushed for before his death that would requrie Illinois high schools carry catastrophic accident insurance goes to Gov. Pat Quinn.

    Erika M. Morset

    Schaumburg woman held in E. Dundee hit-and-run of cyclist

    A Schaumburg woman remained behind bars in Kane County on Monday, days after police said she was driving drunk when she rear-ended a cyclist in East Dundee and fled from the scene. Police said that the 32-year-old cyclist's head and neck injuries were so severe from the Friday morning collision that he almost died.


    Senate OKs tanning booth ban for minors

    A proposal to ban minors from tanning booths passed was sent to Gov. Pat Quinn Monday after the Illinois Senate approved.


    Fox Valley police reports
    A 16-year-old boy from West Dundee was charged with theft under $300 on May 15, police said. He turned himself in to Algonquin police and was later released to his parents, police said.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Tri blotter


    Orchard Place open house shows off Des Plaines school’s renovations

    Des Plaines Elementary District 62 will conduct a community open house from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday to show off renovations and improvements made at Orchard Place Elementary School, 2727 Maple St., Des Plaines. The school's new wing features Technology Integrated Learning Environments, classrooms, a multipurpose room, cafeteria, and a renovated playground.


    Aces Magic Club to hold magic contest in Arlington Heights

    Aces Magic Club and P.J.'s Trick Shop will hold the fourth annual Aces Magic Contest at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the H.O.M.E. Bar Theatre, 1227 N. Rand Road, Arlington Heights. Twelve acts will vie for the gold, silver and bronze medals and the Audience Choice Award.


    Oilschlager appointment:

    Gov. Pat Quinn has reappointed College of Lake County Trustee Barbara D. Oilschlager, of Grayslake, to serve on the Illinois Workforce Investment Board.


    Join a restoration group:

    Do you want to help improve the environment? Consider joining a summer restoration project with the Lake County Forest Preserve District.


    Gurnee police checkpoint:

    Gurnee police will be looking for impaired drivers while promoting seat belt uses Friday night in a special crackdown.


    Volunteers come together in Mundelein:

    Mundelein residents came together for the 18th annual A-May-Zing Mundelein Day of Caring on Saturday. More than 100 volunteers completed 118 projects.

    Fire officials have ruled an early Sunday morning fire at Naper Settlement an accident.

    Naper Settlement fire ruled accidental, still under investigation

    Naperville fire officials have ruled the early Sunday morning fire that damaged Naper Settlement's Fort Payne building was an accident but have not concluded their investigation.

    Preparations are under way for widening of the intersection of Route 72 and Route 31. Daily lane closures will be the norm for the next six months, officials say.

    Two road projects almost off the ground in W. Dundee

    A pair of road projects are almost under way in West Dundee and in both cases, motorists should be patient and consider using alternate routes, especially during peak travel times.


    Ex-U-46 teacher accuses district of forcing resignation

    A former U-46 teacher has sued the district, arguing she was essentially fired in February 2012 after a hospitalization in fall 2010. Schaumburg resident Jeanette Boland, a former tenured teacher at Larsen and Kenyon Woods middle schools in Elgin and South Elgin, respectively, argues Elgin Area School District U-46 violated the Illinois Human Rights Act by saying she had a psychological...


    Seven held at gunpoint during robbery Saturday in Palatine

    Authorities are searching for two men they said held seven people at gunpoint Saturday evening while robbing a business in Palatine. Officers responded at 6:15 p.m. to the Verizon Wireless store at 784 E. Dundee Road after two thieves ordered three employees and four customers to the ground while they stole electronics and cash, police said.

    Charles Amrich

    Island Lake still without tech vendor

    As Island Lake Mayor Charles Amrich's administration finishes its second week, village hall continues to be without a computer consultant. Last week, a Lake in the Hills company made a presentation to the village board, was rejected by trustees because of contract length and to consider other vendors.


    Police take away Chicago school closing protesters

    Police in downtown Chicago have taken several people into custody who were protesting the planned closing of several schools. The protesters were delivering petitions with thousands of signatures opposing Chicago Public Schools planned closings. They then blocked elevator access at city hall and chanted against Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

    A tornado touches down southwest of Wichita, Kan. near the town of Viola on Sunday. The tornado was part of a line of storms that past through the central plains on Sunday.

    Weekend in Review: Another cop faces allegations, Hawks gear up for Game 3
    What you may have missed over the weekend: Chief places Schaumburg cop on leave over allegations; 2 charged in S. Elgin heroin overdose; fire damages historic fort at Naper Settlement; police say man taped women in Elmhurst hospital bathroom; Blackhawks gear up for Game 3; Cubs' Wood rues bad pitch in loss to Mets; Sox lose to Angels; and tornadoes level homes in plain states.


    McHenry County Sheriff’s Office works to combat rental scams

    Rental property scams have begun to surface in McHenry County and the county's sheriff's office is on a mission to educate the public.

    Paul Magee

    Naperville cops: Dispute over public urination leads to beating

    An Oak Park man has been charged with aggravated battery in downtown Naperville, authorities said Monday. Paul Magee, 25, was charged after police said he attacked a man at 2:30 a.m. Sunday near the intersection of Benton Avenue and Washington Street.

    Senior Planner for Pace Charlotte O’Donnell checks with driver Michael Holmes on one of two Rosemont Lunchtime Circulator’s making its rounds through the MB Financial Park at Rosemont entertainment district. The free service launched Monday.

    Rosemont launches lunchtime bus service hoping to help restaurants

    Rosemont is beginning a lunchtime bus service Monday that will transport workers from village office parks to area restaurants. The service - free for riders - will help reduce lunchtime traffic congestion on village roads and eliminate the hassle of workers having to drive or search for parking during their limited lunch hour, Mayor Bradley Stephens said.

    Clinton Shepherd, park operations manager at the Navy Pier, rode Navy Pier’s Ferris wheel for more than two days over the weekend, bringing the world record for the longest ride to the birthplace of the amusement park favorite.

    Ferris wheel ride world record set in Chicago

    A manager of Chicago's Navy Pier rode the tourist spot's Ferris wheel for more than two days — 384 times, up and around — bringing the world record for the longest ride to the birthplace of the amusement park favorite. "I thought Chicago should have that title," Clinton Shepherd said after finishing his record-breaking ride on Sunday.


    Red Line work causes no major disruptions

    Transit officials say the first rush hour of Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line construction project went smoothly. Today is the first weekday of the $425 million project to rebuild the line on the city's South Side, and that means no trains are running along the 10.2-mile stretch between Cermak-Chinatown and 95th Street.

    Chipper, right, and Chickory pose for a photo at the Milwaukee Pug Fest in Franklin, Wis.

    Milwaukee Pug Fest attracts 1,700 dogs

    Milwaukee Pug Fest, billed by organizers as the largest such event in North America, had its best year yet. The annual gathering in a Milwaukee suburb Sunday attracted more than 1,700 pugs and other smushy-faced dogs along with 2,900 humans from the U.S. and Canada.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn says Illinois has chance to make history

    Gov. Pat Quinn said Illinois lawmakers have a chance to make history on two fronts this month by approving a plan to fix the state's decades-old pension crisis and legalizing same-sex marriage. The Chicago Democrat said both issues, along with a gun control measure restricting high capacity ammunition magazines, are among his top priorities before lawmakers' scheduled May 31 adjournment.

    Desiree Rogers

    Chicago mayor appoints Desiree Rogers to tourism post

    Former White House social secretary Desiree Rogers has been appointed to head the board of a government-supported nonprofit that promotes Chicago as a tourism and convention destination.

    Racers leave the gate and head south along Douglas during the 35th annual Elgin Valley Fox Trot. This year’s race takes place Saturday, May 25.

    Kick off Memorial Day weekend with Elgin Valley Fox Trot

    Celebrating its 36th year, the Elgin Valley Fox Trot offers races for all levels of competition, including a 10-mile run, a 5K run and a 2-mile Walk for a Cause. The CARA-certified races start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, May 25. Race day registration will be open 6 to 7:15 a.m. in the gym at the Centre of Elgin, 100 Symphony Way.


    Smokers adapting to ban at ISU

    School officials and some students say a ban on smoking in high traffic areas at Illinois State University is going smoothly so far. It was started by a student initiative. Earlier this month, the Illinois Senate passed a ban on smoking at all state-supported colleges and universities. The measure is pending in the House.

    David Peterson

    Last chance to vote for Buffalo Grove native in video contest

    Tuesday is the last day to vote for Wheeling High School alumnus and Buffalo Grove native David Peterson in Art City Records' music video contest. The contest offers a recording contract as first prize. The singer with the most votes at midnight Tuesday will win.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars entered an unlocked apartment on the 900 block of West Panorama Drive in Palatine May 8 and stole two keyboards, watch, digital workstation, 8-track mixer and other electronic equipment. Value was estimated at $8,200.

    Brian Reynolds of Arlington Heights, in Haiti, where he first went two years ago to help build school desks for an orphanage.

    Haiti Relief Jam II in the suburbs on June 2

    Brian Reynolds of Arlington Heights has pulled together Haiti Relief Jam II, and it's set to roll on June 2. He hopes the Relief Jam will raise both awareness and funding for their next series of mission trips to Haiti.

    Steve Lundy/DAILY HERALD PADS guests line up for a meal as volunteers dish out some food at the Libertyville PADS shelter sponsored by St. Joseph Catholic Church in this file photo from 2010. More poor people live in the nation’s suburbs than in urban cities because of affordable housing, service-sector jobs and the increased use of housing vouchers, according to a study released Monday.

    Report says poor are moving to nation’s suburbs

    More poor people live in the nation's suburbs than in urban cities because of affordable housing, service-sector jobs and the increased use of housing vouchers, according to a study released Monday. The number of those in poverty living in suburbs jumped 67 percent between 2000 and 2011, a much larger increase than in cities, researchers for the Brookings Institution said.

    Palatine’s lawsuit against former Councilman Warren Kostka over conditions at his home on Forest Avenue is set to go to trial next week. Kostka says the village is to blame for the damages and other problems at his home.

    Trial nearing in Palatine’s suit against former councilman

    A complaint the village of Palatine filed more than a year ago against former village Councilman Warren Kostka will go to trial at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 28, at the Cook County courthouse in Rolling Meadows. The complaint outlines numerous property violations at Kostka's house on the 100 block of North Forest Avenue. The legal dispute appeared headed toward a resolution after several court hearings,...

    Reinhold Seidler, co-owner of Able-Fox Automotive, has a surveillance system in place, but still plans to attend the Elgin Police Department's first “Security through Surveillance” class on June 22.

    Elgin police want to know where surveillance cameras are

    The Elgin Police Department is asking residents and business owners to let them know if they have surveillance cameras, so that if a crime takes place, police know where to look quickly for potential evidence. And to help people learn more about surveillance systems, the police department will offer a special class on June 22.

    Marty Karlin created and is selling ShtankOut characters in hopes that proceeds will help find a cure or treatments for the Duchenne muscular dystrophy that threatens his son, Ryan, 10.

    Proceeds from Naperville man's toy sales help battle muscular dystrophy

    As Naperville resident Marty Karlin watched his son, Ryan, 10, grow weaker from Duchenne muscular dystrophy, he wanted to raise awareness and funds for research to combat the disease. He and his family came up with ShtankOut, a plush toy that doubles as an odor eliminator in kids gym bags, lockers, closets and other smelly places. A portion of the $4.99 to $5.99 price for every one goes toward...

    Karlos Leath

    Driver pleads not guilty to DUI in crash that killed Warrenville student

    A Warrenville man is facing a mandatory prison term if convicted of aggravated DUI in a crash that killed Wheaton Warrenville South High School senior Stephanie Pickett, prosecutors said Monday. Karlos Leath, 31, pleaded not guilty to the charge at his first appearance in front of DuPage County Judge Blanche Hill Fawell.

    Around 100 fourth-grade students and parents from W.J. Murphy School in Round Lake packed meals a Libertyville’s Feed My Starving Children in April.

    Feed My Starving Children seeks volunteers for summer

    Feed My Starving Children's Chicago area packing sites in Aurora, Schaumburg and Libertyville are seeking volunteers ages 5 and older to work on assembly lines filling bags with nutritious, dry meals called "MannaPacks," designed for malnourished children.

    Alli Christian, left, returns Jessica Wilkinson’s dog Bella to her after finding the pet amid the wreckage of Wilkinson’s home shortly after a tornado struck near 156th street and Franklin Road on Sunday, May 19, 2013, in Norman, Okla. No one was in the home when the storm struck.

    Images: Weekend tornadoes hit the Midwest
    Tornadoes hit the Midwest hard over the weekend killing one person and damaging hundreds of homes.


    Buffalo Grove considers offering smaller trash containers

    On Monday, the Buffalo Grove village board is expected to discuss reworking its waste-hauling agreement. The village manager's office said it will recommend a restructured agreement with Waste Management that will expand refuse options for its residential customers by offering a smaller 35-gallon toter for trash as well as recycling.

    Justin Bieber, center, performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas.

    Images: Billboard Music Awards
    The stars turned out Sunday night for the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena iin Las Vegas.

    Two hot air balloons collided in midair during a sightseeing tour of volcanic rock formations in Turkey on Monday.

    Turkey: 2 Brazilians killed in balloon crash

    A hot air balloon collided with another balloon midair during a sightseeing tour of volcanic rock formations in Turkey and crashed to the ground on Monday, killing two Brazilian tourists and injuring 23 other people on board, officials said. The accident occurred above central Turkey's Cappadocia region, when an ascending balloon struck another balloon's wicker basket above it, causing a tear in...

    Metro North employees help transfer westbound commuters at the transportation center in Bridgeport, Ct., to buses Monday after a train collision on Friday injured 72 people and disrupted rail service into New York City. The commuters had arrived from New Haven by train and were being bused to Stamford, Ct., where rail service to New York was available.

    Commutes long, slow after Conn. train derailment

    Connecticut commuters endured slow trips to work Monday following last week's train collision that that injured 72 people and disrupted rail service into New York City. It took Gary Maddin of Milford an hour to make what is normally a 20 minute drive from his home to the Bridgeport train station. From there, he planned to board a shuttle bus to Stamford where he could catch a train to Grand...

    Egyptian border policemen man positions at the closed Rafah border crossing between Egypt and the Gaza Strip in Rafah, Egypt, Monday. Security officials said 17 military and more than 20 police armored vehicles were deployed in northern Sinai, Monday as a response to the kidnapping by suspected militants of six policemen and a border guard there last Thursday.

    Egypt: Security beefed up in Sinai after abduction

    Dozens of Egyptian military and police armored vehicles crossed into Sinai on Monday, beefing up the security presence in the volatile peninsula five days after suspected militants kidnapped six policemen and a border guard there. The security deployment comes a day after the release of a video of the captive security men, blindfolded and with their hands tied behind their backs, pleading for...


    Drive-through dinner supports Aurora canine unit

    A drive-through restaurant of sorts will be setting up shop Tuesday at Aurora police headquarters, selling barbecue meals to benefit a new team joining the force this summer — a canine unit. The Citizen Police Academy Alumni of Aurora is staging a drive-through dinner event from 4 to 7 p.m. at 1200 E. Indian Trail Road to raise money for "wish list" items not included in the $260,000...

    Iraqi security force members inspect the site of a car-bomb attack in Basra, 340 miles southeast of Baghdad, Iraq, Monday. Two car bombings in the southern city of Basra killed and wounded dozens of people, police said.

    Wave of attacks kills at least 70 in Iraq

    Iraqi officials say a car bomb in another Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad has killed 13 people. The blast pushed the day's death toll from a deadly wave of bombings and shooting attacks across Iraq to 70. The officials say the latest blast struck on Monday afternoon in a busy market in the Shaab Shiite neighborhood of the Iraqi capital. A police officer says 25 people wounded in the explosion. The...

    Chinese Premier Li Keqiang waves to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, right, as he leaves the Indian Presidential Palace after his ceremonial reception in New Delhi, India, Monday. Just weeks after a tense border standoff, Li visited India on his first foreign three-day trip as the neighboring giants look to speed up efforts to settle a decades-old boundary dispute and boost economic ties.

    Chinese, Indian leaders call for cooperation

    The leaders of India and China played down their recent border dispute and other tensions Monday, pledging to work together for regional stability and the economic growth of the world's two most populous nations. Friction has been building between the Asian giants in recent years as they vie for regional influence and access to fuel needed to feed their growing economies. Li Keqiang's trip to...

    A mock Scud-B missile of North Korea, right, and other South Korean missiles are displayed at Korea War Memorial Museum in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, May 19, 2013. North Korea fired a projectile into waters off its eastern coast Sunday, a day after launching three short-range missiles in the same area, officials said. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    S. Korea: N. Korea fires sixth projectile into waters

    North Korea fired short-range projectiles into its own eastern waters Monday for a third straight day, Seoul officials said. The North said it was bolstering deterrence against enemy attack. North Korea regularly conducts short-range missile tests. Analysts say the recent launches appear to be weapons tests or an attempt to get U.S. and South Korean attention amid tentative signs of diplomacy...


    BC ceremony notable for who will attend, who won’t

    This year's commencement at Boston College looks to be notable for who will be there, as well as who won't. Two graduate business students who were injured in the Boston Marathon bombings have recovered enough to receive their diplomas in Monday's ceremonies. Brittany Loring and Liza Cherney are both set to receive degrees from the Carroll School of Management. Loring needed three operations...

    Police said Andrea Rebello, a junior at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., was shot and killed Friday during a break-in near the college campus.

    Split-second choice ended with N.Y. student dead

    The Long Island college student was being held in a headlock by a masked intruder with a loaded gun to her head, police said. Then the gunman took aim at an officer. A moment later both Hofstra University junior Andrea Rebello and the intruder were dead — killed after a split-second decision that is perhaps the most harrowing in law enforcement: when to pull the trigger.


    Dawn Patrol: One shot in Elgin; Hawks need top players to step up

    One hurt in Elgin shooting; Des Plaines River racers pay tribute to event's founder; Fox Lake dedicates firefighter memorial; Lombard's Lilac Parade gets nostalgic; Hawks' best players were invisible in Game 2

    Towers at Four Lakes resident Debra Schulz and her 15-year-old daughter, Haleigh, can't move back into their eighth-floor home until June 15, nearly two months after flooding destroyed the building's electrical system.

    'Flood journey' continues for those displaced from Lisle apartments

    The “flood journey” that began April 18 drags on for many who make their home at the Towers at Four Lakes in Lisle. None of the apartments in the eight-story towers took on water, but the parking decks and lower levels did. System failures and power outages are keeping residents from their units until June 15. “I am choosing to stay at the towers because I love where I live and...

    Tyra Harris of Denver boards the Amtrak’s California Zephyr in Naperville. She was heading home after a visit with relatives in Lombard.

    Amtrak chugging away at expansion, high-speed rail

    One minute you're in Naperville, the next, you're whistling "California Here I Come," aboard the California Zephyr. Most folks think of O'Hare when it comes to escaping but some of Amtrak's most famous trains stop in the suburbs. Can we get more? Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman talks about expanding service in the Midwest and more.

    Taylor Swift, center, performs at the Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 19, 2013 in Las Vegas.

    Swift wins 8 trophies at Billboard Awards

    Another day, another domination for Taylor Swift: She was the red hot winner at the Billboard Music Awards. Swift won eight of 11 awards, including top artist and top Billboard 200 album for “Red.” She told the crowd: “You are the longest and best relationship I ever had.”

    An Osprey (pandion haliaetus) is one of the 112 endangered or threatened species in Cook County. Lake and Cook counties have more endangered and threatened species than any other county in the state.

    Lake, Cook counties top state’s endangered species list

    Lake and Cook counties have more endangered and threatened species than any other counties in Illinois, according to state statistics. “People think, ‘Oh, it’s only one little thing’ ... but the more components you remove from the ecosystem, the more it will be in trouble,” said Joe Kath, the DNR’s endangered species manager.

    College of Lake County President Jerry Weber said a job-training program proposal being considered by the General Assembly would be another tool for the state to use in attracting business. CLC and three downstate 2-year schools would be part of the test program.

    CLC would be part of test program meant to create jobs

    College of Lake County and three other 2-year schools would be part of a test job-training program under a measure recently passed by the Illinois Senate. It would allow the colleges to custom design workforce training programs to benefit new or expanding companies, and those businesses would have to create new jobs. It's modeled after programs in three other states.

    The proposed redevelopment of the former Settler's Hill landfill would occur in 11 phases. A study of the costs and potential revenues is still pending, but county officials say they're eager to move the work forward.

    Settler's Hill redevelopment talk gearing up again

    Progress toward redeveloping the Settler's Hill landfill has been slow and quiet as of late, but the first phase is gaining some momentum. That phase will be the installation of trails and a cross country track on a major portion of the old landfill.

    Simon Jiries helps Marco Bartolomeo with his hat during the Class of 2013 Commencement at Fenton High School Sunday. To see more photos and order reprints, visit www.dailyherald.com/galleries/news/graduations/

    Images: Fenton High School Graduation
    Fenton High School held its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19, at the school.



    Corbin tosses 3-hitter as D-backs beat Rockies 5-1

    Patrick Corbin was a maestro on the mound, making his slider move all over the place. And after the Arizona Diamondbacks lefty finished off his virtuoso performance, he calmly sauntered over to congratulate his catcher, casually shook his hand and coolly walked off the field.


    Smith, Colon lead Athletics past Rangers 9-2

    Seth Smith homered and scored three times, Bartolo Colon pitched seven strong innings for his first win in nearly a month and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Monday night.


    Astros get 6-5 win over Royals

    Matt Dominguez was touted for his defensive skills when he joined the Houston Astros. Dominguez hit a three-run homer and Jason Castro added a solo shot to give the Houston Astros a 6-5 win over the Kansas City Royals on Monday night.

    Naperville Central’s Megan Nerger doubles home a run against Neuqua Valley during girls softball action.

    The best will be at Neuqua Valley

    It boasts the area's best team. Its best pitcher. Its best lineup. And that's not even including Waubonsie Valley, the hottest team in the group. If there is a better sectional around, particularly at the top, than the one at Neuqua Valley, good luck finding it.

    Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard stops a shot by the Blackhawks' Patrick Sharp during the third period Monday night.

    Now Blackhawks face pretty much a must-win situation

    By losing 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings on Monday night in Game 3 at Joe Louis Arena, the Blackhawks find themselves behind 2-1 in the Western Conference semifinals. Game 4 is Thursday, with the Hawks facing about as close as it gets to a must-win situation. "We just have to dig down deep," defenseman Duncan Keith said.


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


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


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


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


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


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


    Yankees hit 4 HRs, beat Orioles 6-4 in 10 innings

    Vernon Wells doubled in the tiebreaking run in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees hit four solo homers in a 6-4 victory over the Orioles on Monday night, extending Baltimore's losing streak to six games.


    Bruce homers to back Cueto in Reds’ win over Mets

    Jay Bruce hit a tiebreaking homer and drove in two runs to back Johnny Cueto's wild but effective return from the disabled list, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the New York Mets 4-3 Monday night.


    Kershaw pitches 3-hitter as Dodgers beat Brewers

    Clayton Kershaw scattered three singles in his second complete game of the year and Matt Kemp hit his first home run since April 24, lifting the Los Angeles Dodgers to a 3-1 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.


    Grayslake North edges Vernon Hills

    BaseballGrayslake North 9, Vernon Hills 8: In the final regular-season game for both teams, Grayslake North scored a run in the top of the seventh inning to pull out the win.Merrick Gentile had 2 doubles and 2 RBI for the Knights and Adam Gomski had a triple. Meanwhile, pitcher Tommy DiProva got the win as North moved to 20-8 on the season.For Vernon Hills, Tyler Feece went 3-for-5 with a double and 4 RBI and hit a hard line drive in the bottom of the seventh with two runners on that could have tied the game. But North managed to field the ball and throw Feece out by a step. Jordan Freibrun added 3 hits for the Cougars.Wheeling 6, Warren 5: No. 19 Wheeling staged a slight upset over No. 13 Warren in opening round play at the Carmel regional.Dom Cuevas had a home run for the Blue Devils in the losing effort.McHenry 17, Round Lake 2 (5): In opening round regional action at McHenry, the host Warriors rolled to victory.Grayslake Central 3, Richmond-Burton 2: The Rams finished the regular season at 23-12 with their win at Richmond-Burton.Ryan Fontana had a solo home run while Matt Loeffl added 2 hits, including a double. Sterling Dixon and Pat Burba also had doubles for the Rams.Kyle Henke tossed two scorless innings to earn the win while David Llorens didn’t allow any runs over the final 2 innings. He got the save.Libertyville 5, Nazareth 2: Kevin Calamari had 3 hits, including a double, and drove in 2 runs to lead Libertyville to a nonconference win. Pitcher Jeff Barton got the victory.Mundelein 5, New Trier 1: Mitch Schulewitz went 3-for-3 with a triple and a double to lead Mundelein, which moved to 27-4 on the season.Will Farmer added 2 hits, including a double, while Derek Parola and Mike Metz each had a double.


    Yonkovic powers Stevenson past Highland Park

    Lexi Yonkovic had a home run and a double and drove in 5 runs to lead Stevenson to a 12-2 win over Highland Park in a Class 4A Libertyville regional quarterfinal Monday.The Patriots, who improve to 17-13, also got 3 hits from Trisha Porzycki and 2 hits apiece from Dana Morgan and Jordan Cortesi. One of Cortesi’s hits went for a triple.Winning pitcher Sam Feder rolled up 6 strikeouts.Grayslake Central 4, Richmond-Burton 1: Brandy Heraty went 3-for-3 and blasted 2 home runs to lead the Rams to the win in the Antioch regional.Jamie Brew added 2 hits for Central and winning pitcher Brittany Brown has now gone 71 innings without allowing an earned run.Libertyville 5, Niles North 3: Madi Dembinski, Taylor Zoellick and Haley Hoeksel all had 2 hits apiece to lead host Libertyville to the win in regional play.Winning pitcher Michaela Mooney rolled up 13 strikeouts.Vernon Hills 11, North Chicago 0: In Class 3A regional play at Vernon Hills, the host Cougars rolled to the shutout.Jordyn Comitor led Vernon Hills (8-15) with 3 hits, including 2 doubles. Teammates Kristina Kliver and Steffany Froman added 2 hits while pitcher Carly Stern got the win. She allowed just 1 walk.Waukegan 3, Round Lake 0: At the Waukegan regional, the host Bulldogs got the shutout.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) stops shot by Detroit Red Wings center Henrik Zetterberg (40), of Sweden, as defenseman Johnny Oduya (27), of Sweden, defends during the second period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference semifinal game in Detroit, Monday, May 20, 2013.

    Zetterberg causing big headaches for Hawks

    The Blackhawks' Marian Hossa is being reintroduced to the Red Wings' Henrik Zetterberg in the Western Conference semifinals. It's Zetterberg whom Detroit coach Mike Babcock has chosen to play against the Hawks' top line of Hossa, Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad.


    Metea Valley wins wild regional opener

    Alise Perna singled in Laura Senese with the game-winning run, Metea Valley rallying with two outs in the bottom of the seventh to win a wild 8-7 Class 4A Bolingbrook regional game over West Aurora on Monday in Aurora.West Aurora had taken a 7-6 lead with two outs in the top of the seventh, Kaylee Hayton’s 2-run homer capping a 10 pitch at-bat.Monica Jauch singled to start Metea’s half of the seventh, Jenna Hall sacrificed her to second and with two outs Senese doubled her in. Perna, who was 4-for-5 with a homer, triple, 3 runs scored and 3 runs batted in, followed with the walkoff hit. Alexa Caputo was 3-for-3 with a double and 2 RBI for the Mustangs (11-21), who advance to play Benet today in Bolingbrook.Willowbrook 3, Glenbard South 2:Darian Pelsor scattered 4 hits and a walk, striking out 1, and Sam Schmidt drove in 2 runs for the Warriors (23-9), who won their sixth straight game to end the regular season. Tarah Valdez’s 2-run double accounted for the scoring for Glenbard South (24-5). Stephanie Chitkowski (13-2) struck out 15.Montini 6, Lemont 4:Alyssa Sclafani hit a 2-run homer, her 10th of the year, and Emily Lezcano also went deep with a 2-run shot in Montini’s 4-run first inning in Lombard. Sara Ross went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored for the Broncos (25-10).WW South 13, East Aurora 0:Jenny Harbakus went 2-for-2 with a run scored and 3 RBI and Sammy Granger doubled and drove in 3 runs for the Tigers (15-14), who advanced to play Waubonsie Valley at the Class 4A Yorkville regional.West Chicago 12, Larkin 3:Becky Cabral homered for the Wildcats, who advanced to play St. Charles North, in a Class 4A first-round game in West Chicago.Wheaton North 7, Dundee-Crown 4:The Falcons, who advance to play Glenbard North, scored 3 runs in the fifth and 2 more in the sixth in a Class 4A first-round game in Wheaton. Kelly Thornton doubled for Wheaton North.


    Metea Valley gets past Montini

    Sure, Metea Valley was looking forward to a shot at Glenbard East, and sure, the Mustangs were hoping to keep alive a chance to win in their first regional semifinal in the next round. But first the Mustangs (28-7) had to get past Montini in Monday's quarterfinal play at Glenbard East, and that they did, easily dispatching of the Broncos 25-10, 25-8.

    Anthony Infantino of Addison Trail pitches to Streamwood in baseball action on Monday in Addison.

    Metea Valley advances on Karlins’ 1-hitter

    Metea Valley 10, East Aurora 0:Matt Karlins fired a 1-hitter with 8 strikeouts in 5 innings as the Mustangs (16-14) scored all their runs in the first three innings and moved on to the Class 4A Oswego regional semifinals. Sam Hanson, Andrew Fox and Connor Archey each had 2 RBI. Addison Trail 4, Streamwood 3:The Blazers (11-24) scored a run in the bottom of the sixth inning to break a 3-3 tie and advance to the Class 4A Wheaton North regional semifinals. Jordan Garcia and Joe Kurucar had 2 hits apiece while winning pitcher Anthony Infantino struck out seven. Glenbard East 10, Conant 1:Leadoff hitter Mike Hansen went 3-for-4 with a double, home run and 3 RBI as the Rams (13-22) won in the Class 4A Geneva regional quarterfinals. Joe Kotch added 3 RBI and Nick Vichio doubled twice. D.J. Spears struck out nine in a 4-hitter. Wheaton Academy 6, Genoa-Kingston 0:A 3-0 lead after two innings was plenty of support for winning pitcher Jake Cousins, who struck out six, allowed 1 hit and walked none for the Warriors (7-20) in the Class 3A Burlington Central regional quarterfinals. Sam Perna had 2 of Wheaton Academy’s 5 hits. Schaumburg 4, West Chicago 2:Connor Dall and Dave Kordik drove in runs for the Wildcats (4-25), who fell in the Class 4A Schaumburg regional quarterfinals.Neuqua Valley 9, Benet 7:Trailing 7-3 heading to the sixth inning, Neuqua Valley (25-9) scored twice in the sixth and added 4 runs in the top of the seventh to pull out the nonconference victory. Dylan Goss homered and drove in 2 runs. Matt Butler went 3-for-4 while Cody Coll and Matt Wollnik had 2 RBI. Jonathan Vlk picked up the win in relief. Pat McInerney went 2-for-4 with a triple and 4 RBI for Benet (21-9).Glenbard North 7, York 5:The Panthers (19-11) closed the regular season by winning for the fifth time in six games. Ryan Storto went 3-for-3 with 2 doubles. Brandon Kressner and Dom Fornino each drove in 2 runs. Winning pitcher Luke Greenberg scattered 7 hits over 6 innings. River Pitlock went 2-for-4 for York (15-19).Willowbrook 16, Glenbard West 14:The Warriors (22-10) won a wild one in their final regular-season game. Dom Bataglia went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored. Steven Ferguson went 3-for-5 and Jeremy Kucik drove in 3 runs. Spencer Refer, Tyler Dayton and Dennis Rudolph had 3 hits apiece for Glenbard West (13-19).Glenbard South 2, Burlington Central 0:Ethan Gasbarro improved to 6-2 on the mound by striking out 11 in a 2-hitter over 6 innings. Carl Sanders, Justin Joseph, Will Cornwell and Mike Atkinson had 2 hits apiece.Waubonsie Valley 16, Sycamore 6:Ben Vietri exploded for a double, home run and 6 RBI while going 4-for-5 for the victorious Warriors (18-14). Tyler Hasper, Tad Wegner and Troy Fumagalli had 2 RBI. Batavia 6, Wheaton North 5:Batavia scored twice in the bottom of the seventh to claim victory in the playoff tuneup. Johnny Peltz and Lake Bachar, who drove in 3 runs, homered for Wheaton North (24-8).

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford watches from the bench after being pulled for the extra attacker late in the third period of Monday night’s Game 3 loss to the Red Wings in Detroit.

    Blackhawks find urgency but no victory in Detroit

    The Blackhawks played hard Monday night in Detroit, which is the good news. The bad news is they lost 3-1 and better come out hard from the start in Game 4 or they'll be in big trouble.


    Streamwood stopped by Addison Trail

    Addison Trail 4, Streamwood 3: The Sabres rallied for 3 runs in the top of the sixth to tie the score 3-3, but the host Blazers pushed a run across in the bottom of the sixth via a bunt to win this play-in game of the Class 4A Wheaton North regional. Ramon Saldivar went 2-for-2, including the 2-run single in the sixth that knotted the score. Losing pitcher Jeremy Campbell (1-6) pitched into the sixth inning for Streamwood (6-25). He allowed 4 earned runs on 10 hits and 2 walks and struck out 1. Crystal Lake South 9, Marian Central 3: Paul Wille, Jake Bigos, Max Meitzler (2-for-4), Troy Bittenbender and Tony Morrissey (2 RBI) doubled to lead a 14-hit attack for the host Gators. Ryan Wilkening (2-0) limited the Hurricanes to 1 unearned run on 4 hits in 5 innings. He did not issue a walk and struck out 1 to lead CL South (21-6).Jacobs 6, Lake Park 5: Grant Kale’s RBI groundout tied the game 5-5 in the top of the third inning and Nick Ledinsky followed with a double that scored Aaron Meciej with the go-ahead run as Jacobs (21-11) defeated Upstate Eight Valley co-champion Lake Park (24-9) in a nonconference playoff tuneup. Six Jacobs pitchers allowed 5 earned runs on 5 hits and 1 walk while striking out 5. Joe Rizzuto, Connor Conzelman and Jon Berndt doubled for the Golden Eagles.St. Charles North 6, Dundee-Crown 3: Senior Ryan Suwanski’s solo home run was the only extra basehit for the Chargers, who outhit the North Stars 7-6 in this nonconference meeting. Four pitchers struck out 3 and walked 3 for Dundee-Crown (8-18).St. Viator 8, Huntley 3: Huntley trailed 4-0 after two innings and 8-1 through six innings of this nonconference road loss. Six pitchers allowed 7 earned runs on 12 hits and 2 walks. Senior Kameron Sallee (RBI, run) collected 2 of the 6 hits for Huntley (24-6).Glenbard South 2, Burlington Central 0: Blake Alexander’s 2 hits were all the offense the Rockets mustered in this nonconference matchup in Glen Ellyn. Three pitchers allowed 9 hits for Central (14-12).

    Chicago White Sox’s Adam Dunn watches his three-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Chicago, Monday, May 20, 2013.

    Dunn homers as White Sox beat Lester, Red Sox 6-4

    Adam Dunn hit a three-run homer in the first inning and the Chicago White Sox handed Jon Lester his first loss of the season with a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.


    Wheeling hangs on at Warren

    Wheeling wasn't interested in going quietly. The Wildcats got a 3-for-4 effort from Nick Ricciardi, 2-for-4 efforts from Brenden Spillane and Angelo Deblasio (2 RBI) and held on for a 6-5 victory over host Warren in Class 4A regional quarterfinal baseball action Monday.

    Detroit Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey (27) and Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) wrap up during the first period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference semifinal game in Detroit, Monday, May 20, 2013.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings, Game Three
    The Chicago Blackhawks lost 3-1 to the Detroit Red Wings in the third game of their playoff series in Detroit on Monday. The Red Wings lead the series 2-1, with Game 4 Thursday in Detroit.

    Chicago White Sox starter Dylan Axelrod delivers a pitch during the first inning of a baseball against the Boston Red Sox in Chicago, Monday, May 20, 2013.

    White Sox’ goal remains the same

    It's not even two full months into the season, so general manager Rick Hahn said he's going to give the White Sox much more time to get healthy and then determine whether they are contenders or pretenders.

    Lake Zurich’s Tanner Kizer watches the ball clear the fence on a 3-run homer in the first inning during Monday’s regional contest against visiting Prospect.

    Kiser keys big opener for Lake Zurich

    Tanner Kiser received a mini-celebratory dousing of small cups of water over his head from a couple of Lake Zurich baseball teammates late Monday afternoon. Maybe they wanted to make sure the left-handed hitting first baseman didn't cool off too much. Not after the only thing that may have prevented him from hitting for the cycle was not getting a fourth at-bat in the Class 4A Lake Zurich regional quarterfinal against Prospect. Kiser homered, tripled and doubled and drove in 5 runs and cleanup man Anthony Drago went 3-for-4 with a homer and 4 RBI as the 14th-seeded Bears (15-16) stayed hot and extended their winning streak to 5 games as they rolled 13-0 in 5 innings.


    Waubonsie Valley defeats South Elgin to win Valley

    Waubonsie Valley's wait was worth it. Its game with South Elgin Friday suspended after one batter due to rain, the two teams came back on Monday with the No. 4 Warriors' 4-1 win clinching the outright Upstate Eight Valley championship.


    Hoffman Estates moves on at Geneva

    Hoffman Estates advanced in the boys volleyball postseason by claiming a 25-22, 25-16 victory over Streamwood in a regional play-in match at Geneva.

    Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) stops a shot by Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp (10) during the third period of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference semifinal game in Detroit, Monday, May 20, 2013.

    Red Wings top Blackhawks 3-1, take 2-1 series lead

    Gustav Nyquist and Drew Miller scored 31 seconds apart midway through the second period and Pavel Datsyuk restored a two-goal lead in the third to help the Detroit Red Wings beat the Chicago Blackhawks 3-1 Monday night to take a 2-1 lead in the second round series.

    Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall tries to slow Marian Hossa during the first period of the Hawks’ Game 3 loss to Detroit on Monday.

    Babcock has fond memories of seeing Hossa for first time

    Tim Sassone's Blackhawks notebook has Detroit coach Mike Babcock recalling the first time he saw Marion Hossa. Plus Jonathan Toews talks about the playoff pressure he feels as a scorer, and the Blackhawks explain why they like Joe Louis Arena so much.


    Jacobs shuts out Crystal Lake South

    It wasn't evident through the first five innings, but the Jacobs softball team had a little chip on its shoulder in regards to its No. 5 regional seed. But when it came off in the final two innings, Courtney Cotugno and Sarah Murray were personally responsible for not only doing so, but for helping Jacobs to play another game. Cotugno, who was called out at second on a controversial call in the fourth, redeemed herself in the sixth by singling home Murray, who doubled earlier in the inning, for the first Jacobs run in a 5-0 win over No. 4 Crystal Lake South in a Class 4A Jacobs regional play-in game in Crystal Lake Monday.

    West Aurora starting pitcher Seth Palmby delivers against Marmion Academy Monday in Aurora.

    Streaking West Aurora ousts Marmion

    Saying that West Aurora's baseball team has been streaky this season would be an understatement of sorts.


    Ryan, Batavia slam Rams

    Glenbard East had no place to put Katie Ryan in the top of the seventh inning on Monday afternoon.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Lake Park's Maya Golliday placed fourth in the pole vault Saturday at the Class 3A girls state track and field finals at O'Brien Stadium at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

    For Howard, Wilson a good finish

    Samantha Howard and Tierra Wilson were among the Glenbard South seniors whose time as high school athletes came to a close over the weekend at the Class 2A girls track and field meet.


    Lake Zurich advances; emotional finale for Antioch

    So much for no crying in volleyball. Antioch volleyball coach Jamie Atkinson wasn't shy about admitting what a fine group of seniors she had to say so long to at the Lake Zurich regional on Monday night. She had some teary good-byes to make to those Sequoits following a competitive regional opener. The home-standing Bears prevailed 25-20, 25-22 to advance to Tuesday's regional semifinal match with a strong Deerfield club.

    Hoffman Estates pitcher Jimmy Ward, center, high-fives his battery mate Brandon Weidner after the Hawks won 3-1 in regional action at Elgin on Monday.

    Hot Hoffman ousts Elgin

    The trend continued Monday for the suddenly hot Hoffman Estates baseball team, which defeated host Elgin 3-1 in a regional play-in game to win for the seventh time in 10 games. "Early on we struggled a little bit, but we're definitely flowing right now and playing some good ball," said senior right-hander Jimmy Ward, who limited No. 16 Elgin (7-23) to an unearned run on 6 hits. No. 18 Hoffman Estates (11-18) advances to face No. 2 Batavia (25-6) in a Class 4A Bartlett regional semifinal on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.


    Sanabia outpitches Hamels; Marlins beat Phils 5-1

    Alex Sanabia outpitched Cole Hamels in a matchup of struggling starters, leading the Miami Marlins past the Philadelphia Phillies 5-1 on Monday night.


    Sycamore beats Hampshire in bottom of 7th

    It was appropriate that Hampshire's regional semifinal softball game against Sycamore came down to the last pitch Monday. The Whip-Purs and Spartans had battled back and forth for six innings before two dramatic turns in the seventh decided it. Hampshire rallied for 4 runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead 8-7, only to watch the host Spartans score the winning run with two outs in the bottom half. Taylor Jones' single drove in the 2 runs to give No. 4 seed Sycamore the walk off 9-8 victory and a semifinal matchup against top-seeded Burlington Central today at 4:30 p.m.


    Teheran pitches Braves past Twins

    Julio Teheran pitched 8 1-3 strong innings, Dan Uggla hit a three-run homer and the Atlanta Braves won their fourth straight game with a 5-1 victory over the struggling Minnesota Twins on Monday.


    Teele’s big hit helps Schaumburg past West Chicago

    During tryouts back in February, Tyler Teele wasn't in the forefront for Schaumburg coach Cal Seely. Back then Seely couldn't have expected Teele, a sophomore with no varsity experience, to be the guy who would bring him his first playoff victory over West Chicago (4-27). Schaumburg (8-15) edged the Wildcats 4-2 in a play-in game of the Class 4A regional hosted by the Saxons. It continues Wednesday in games played at Boomers Stadium.

    Cubs leadoff man David DeJesus certainly is doing his part (and he’s one of the very few) to work deep into the count.

    Cubs way off base in their offensive approach

    Cubs batters have some astonishingly poor numbers when it comes to seeing pitches, walking and getting on base. Daily Herald Cubs writer Bruce Miles takes a look at the culprits and how these performances are hurting the bottom line.


    Sciaccotta steps in, and Barrington moves on

    Just before the start of the game, Barrington's Joey Sciaccotta had to move from playing second base to shortstop after Dylan Lidge's hip pointer acted up. While the defensive move had Sciaccotta a bit unnerved for the first few innings, the junior took out his frustrations at the plate. Sciaccotta had 2 hits, including a huge two-out single in the sixth inning to drive in the eventual winning run as host Barrington edged Crystal Lake Central 4-3 in a Class 4A regional play-in game.


    Softball/Fox Valley roundup

    West Chicago 12, Larkin 3: Alex Buhrow was 2-for-3 for Larkin in this loss in the play-in game of the Class 4A St. Charles North regional. Jaclyn Saurbaugh went 2-for-3 for the Royals (3-26) and Lexi Price had a double and an RBI. Sarah Hansen was the losing pitcher.Hoffman Estates 8, Streamwood 2: Brittany Delao was 2-for-3 with an RBI for the Sabres (5-22) in the play-in game of the Class 4A Glenbard West regional. Kaitlyn Hedger took the loss.Wheaton North 7, Dundee-Crown 4: Mandy Moore went 3-for-4 with a triple and an RBI for Dundee-Crown in the play-in game of the Class 4A Schaumburg regional. Abby Perillo was 2-for-3 with a double while Lauren Mercado (2B, RBI) and Sara Warzalek (2B) also contributed for the Chargers (4-21).


    Golfers await decision on use of long putters

    Officials for the Encompass Championship, which brings golf's Champions Tour back to Chicago for the first time in 12 years next month, held their kickoff event Monday at North Shore Country Club in Glenview.


    Larkin uses Jefferson wildness to advance

    Patience at the plate is easy to have when the opposing pitcher isn't close to the strike zone. Larkin took advantage of Rockford Jefferson starter Mitch Gorsuch's ineffectiveness Monday afternoon. Gorsuch walked the first three batters — two of whom scored — and 5 of the 12 batters he faced as the Royals scored five times in the first two innings to beat the J-Hawks, 7-0, in the play-in game of the Class 4A DeKalb regional.

    Batavia heads into the postseason as a No. 2 seed thanks in part to cleanup hitter Luke Horton who also is 8-0 on the mound.

    Batavia, St. Charles East looking for more

    Welcome to the first week of the Class 4A baseball postseason.

    Valdosta State freshman Hanna Lythberg, Prospect grad, was one of three Blazers named to the 10-player Gulf South Conference all tournament team.

    Goranson aims to get it going at Oakton

    A familiar name in local softball circles is taking over the reins of the Oakton College softball program. Jim Goranson, the only father who has had two daughters serve as honorary captains for the Daily Herald Cook County all-area softball team, will direct the Des Plaines junior college team.


    Cougars fall to Kernels 8-7

    The Kane County Cougars held leads of 3-0 and 6-3 in the second and fourth innings, but a two-out, 3-run triple by Niko Goodrum in the sixth inning clinched the game for the Cedar Rapids Kernels as the Cougars fell 8-7 on Monday at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

    San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o, right, runs a drill during Chargers training camp Monday, May 20, 2013, in San Diego.

    Te’o off-limits to media but not Maxim party

    Manti Te'o is not talking to the media. After being spotted attending a party thrown by the magazine Maxim last week in Hollywood, Te'o was back in San Diego at the Chargers second open session of organized team activities on Monday. For the second straight week, the former Notre Dame linebacker was barred from speaking with reporters. Maxim confirmed that Te'o attended a party after the magazine included his fake girlfriend on its list of the world's 100 hottest women.

    In this Feb. 1, 2004 file photo,†Houston’s Reliant Stadium hosts a sellout crowd at Super Bowl XXXVIII between the Carolina Panthers and the New England Patriots in Houston. NFL owners will vote on the sites of the 50th and 51st Super Bowls on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at their spring meetings. The San Francisco area, where a new stadium is being built in Santa Clara, and South Florida are competing for the the 50th edition, to be held in February 2016.

    Super Bowl 50 site to be decided Tuesday

    Where the Super Bowl will celebrate a half-century of existence will be decided this week by NFL owners. They have two choices for the 50th anniversary game in 2016: the San Francisco Bay Area and South Florida. A three-quarters majority of the 32 owners is required on the first ballot Tuesday. If neither city gets that, then a simple majority wins on the next ballot.


    Harper falls in finale at Waubonsee

    Waubonsee Community College eliminated the Harper College baseball team from postseason play with a 13-1 victory Sunday in the decisive game of their best-of-three NJCAA regional series in Sugar Grove. The Chiefs advance to the NJCAA World Series in Tyler, Texas.


    Report: OSU quarterback makes Illini visit

    Former Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt reportedly visited the Illini campus last week and is considering transferring there, according to sources cited in a report at espn.com by Joe Schad.


    Kruckman earns honors as North Park frosh

    For four straight years, Nicole Kruckman was a varsity softball player at Libertyville High School where she was a catcher and infielder. As a freshman, she earned the Most Improved Player honors for the Wildcats. Now at North Park, Kruckman is a freshman again — and still earning honors.

    Starting pitching has kept the Cubs in games this season, and fans shown here appreciate everything Jeff Samardzija has given, including a two-run home run against the Colorado Rockies last week.

    A few more wins the least Cubs can do

    The Cubs are improved a bit this season. That's the least that management could do, and the least is what this franchise traditionally has been best at doing.

    Bulls guard Derrick Rose missed the entire NBA season, and Kirk Hinrich sat out 30 games with various injuries. While Bulls officials once thought Hinrich could play point to give Rose some time at shooting guard, it's more likely Hinrich will backup Rose next season.

    Bulls hoping injury-prone Hinrich will heal

    The Bulls went 9-21, including playoffs, when Kirk Hinrich missed games with injuries last season. That stat shows Hinrich, 32, is still a valuable NBA player, who also has a nagging tendency toward getting hurt.


    Harper to offer social media boot camp for small businesses

    The calls kept rolling in to Harper College's Small Business Development Center: Entrepreneurs were well aware they needed to jump on the social media bandwagon to boost their business, but had no idea how to start.


    Softball: Top 20 rankings
    Barrington (30-1) has claimed the top spot in the final TYop 20 rankings of the regular season for Daily Herald area softball teams. Naperville Central (31-3) and Glenbard South (24-4) are in the 2-3 positions.


    Mike North video: Will the Blackhawks Come Back?

    Mike North expected the Blackhawks to win the series against Detroit Red Wings 4-1. He realizes it won't be as easy as he thought but thinks if they come to play like they can, they will still win.

    The White Sox’ Paul Konerko reacts after striking out against the Angels during the just-completed weekend series.

    Chris Rongey: White Sox’ offense going to need Konerko

    The White Sox are going to need Paul Konerko's offense. For better than a decade, Konerko has been the constant in the heart of the Sox' lineup.

    Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo got a long-term contract commitment from the team, but first he had to prove himself.

    Len Kasper: Rizzo deal just part of Cubs’ plan

    Last week the Cubs inked first baseman Anthony Rizzo for the next seven seasons and maybe a couple beyond that as the team continues to peg and secure its long-term core. This deal came as no surprise for several reasons.


    Baseball/Top 20
    Downers Grove South, Naperville Central and Huntley have earned the top three spots in the most recent Daily Herald ranking of the area's high school baseball teams.


    Susan Shea, director of the Illinois Division of Aeronautics gives Prospect Heights Mayor Nicholas Helmer the thumbs-up after a groundbreaking for a new facility by Hawthorne Global Aviation Service that includes a new hangar, executive terminal, and executive offices on the Prospect Heights side of the Chicago Executive Airport.

    New construction kicks off at Chicago Executive Airport

    A South Carolina-based airport developer officially began construction at Chicago Executive Aiport for its third fueling and lounge facility. Prospect Heights Mayor Helmer said the project will reign in more jobs for the area, as well as bring more development to the airport's southern side. “There’s been virtually no development here. After a lot of effort and commitment, we’ll have a large hangar,” he said.

    Nutrition scholar Prof. Barry Popkin, head of the University of North Carolina Food Research Program, in his office at UNC-Chapel Hill. Popkin is leading a massive project of researchers who are studying what foods Americans are purchasing in stores and eating, and creating a gargantuan map, something he calls “mapping the food genome.”

    What do we eat? New food map will tell us

    Do your kids love chocolate milk? It may have more calories on average than you thought. Same goes for soda. Until now, the only way to find out what people in the United States eat and how many calories they consume has been government data, which can lag behind the rapidly expanding and changing food marketplace.Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are trying to change that by creating a gargantuan map of what foods Americans are buying and eating.

    A United Airlines Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft lands at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport Monday. The planes are returning to the air after being grounded for four months by the federal government because of smoldering batteries on 787s owned by other airlines.

    United restarts 787 flights after grounding

    Chicago-based United Airlines put its 787 back in the air on Monday, with both the airline and Boeing hoping to put the plane's four-month grounding behind them. The flight from Houston to Chicago was just the kind of 787 flight that airlines are hoping for: uneventful.


    Seamless and GrubHub to combine, no terms revealed

    Chicago-based GrubHub Inc. and Seamless North America LLC, of New York, two of the top food-delivery websites in the U.S., have agreed to combine their companies to take on rivals in the growing market for online meal orders. GrubHub Chief Executive Officer Matt Maloney will become CEO of the merged group, and Seamless CEO Jonathan Zabusky will serve as president,

    Donald Trump arrives at federal court in Chicago on May 14 to testify at a civil trial where he’s accused of enticing investors to buy condos at his Chicago skyscraper with promises of profit-sharing, then quietly reneging on them.

    Woman on Trump: ‘Somebody had to stand up to him’

    An 87-year-old woman who alleges Donald Trump cheated her in a bait-and-switch scheme has told jurors she had qualms about suing the developer-turned-TV star given his power and influence. But during testimony Monday, when she was asked why she nonetheless took Trump to court, Jacqueline Goldberg replied firmly, "Somebody had to stand up to him."

    Yahoo Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer has been adding features designed to win back users who have fled the Web portal in favor of competing sites such as Facebook Inc. and Google Inc.

    Yahoo takes big leap with $1.1B deal for Tumblr

    Yahoo is buying online blogging forum Tumblr for $1.1 billion as CEO Marissa Mayer tries to rejuvenate an Internet pioneer that had fallen behind the times. The deal announced Monday is Mayer's boldest move since she left Google 10 months ago to lead Yahoo's latest comeback attempt.


    Wolters Kluwer acquires Prosoft in Brazil

    Riverwoods-based Wolters Kluwer said it has acquired Prosoft Tecnologia S.A., a provider of tax and accounting software based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Terms of the acquisition were nor announced. The acquisition aligns with Wolters Kluwer's strategy to expand its leading, high growth positions, the company said in a release. Established in 1985, Prosoft is one of the largest tax and accounting software solutions providers in Brazil, with 250 employees.


    Experian Automotive tabs Gray as president

    Schaumburg-based information services company Experian appointed John Gray president of its automotive business unit.Gray will assume responsibility for the strategic direction, leadership and overall growth of the business. "John is well-known in the industry and has a proven track record at Experian, having successfully led our sales organization for many years," said Scott Waldron, president of Experian's vertical markets.


    Experts: Smartphones another avenue for hackers

    Smartphones are increasingly popular not only with consumers, but also with thieves who see the devices as another way to tap into bank accounts and other sensitive information, experts say.

    Boeing Co., the No. 1 planemaker, said it’s close to sealing the first order for a 737-8 Max airliner in a business jet layout, and that government buyers are showing interest in the new 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 models.

    Boeing sees first vip 737 max sale as large jet orders near

    Chicago-based Boeing Co., the No. 1 planemaker, said it's close to sealing the first order for a 737-8 Max airliner in a business jet layout, and that government buyers are showing interest in the new 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 models.


    Your social media initiatives should follow customers’ lead

    Still uncertain about social media and your business? Your next step may be to ask your customers which social media platforms they use. Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall looks at the issue of social media.


    Enbridge Energy planning pipeline from Illinois into Oklahoma
    Enbridge Energy Co. is preparing to construct a 600-mile pipeline that will carry crude oil from Illinois to Cushing, and the project promises to bring several hundred jobs. The company says most of the line will parallel an existing Enbridge pipeline right of way.


    Major CTA rebuilding will affect Chicago commute

    Getting to work on the Chicago Transit Authority's Red Line is going to be a lot different for the next five months. Monday is the first weekday of the $425 million project to rebuild the Red Line on the city's South Side and that means no trains are running along the 10.2-mile stretch between Cermak-Chinatown and 95th street. To help riders get where they need to go, the CTA will offer free shuttle bus service, expanded bus service and discounted rides on buses in some areas.

    Consumer spending will get a boost from gains in the stock market, home values and lower unemployment the survey predicts.

    Economists predict increase in consumer spending

    Consumer spending is likely to pick up this year, while government spending declines at a faster rate, according to a survey of business economists. The economists predict that the U.S. economy will grow 2.4 percent this year and 3 percent next year. That's unchanged from their forecast in February. But they are more bullish on consumer spending and housing than they were three months ago, in part because of a more positive view about unemployment.

    Courtesy of ScholarBuys Bob Smith, left, and Matt Ryan of ScholarBuys in Carpentersville.

    ScholarBuys grows in Carpentersville

    ScholarBuys in Carpentersville markets software licensing and similar technology to K12 and higher education institutions nationwide. We talk to the owners about how the business is growing.

    Chester Matusek

    Motorola’s longest employee part of legendary products

    Kukec's People features 91-year-old Chester Matusek, a 57-year employee at Motorola Inc. and now Motorola Solutions. He's survived massive layoffs, technology evolutions, and multiple CEOs. Over the years, he has worked on metals and molds to help shape some of the company's legendary devices, from the first cell phone to other products. He's now repairing devices, such as World War II walkie talkies for the company's museum. And he plans to continue working.

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    For all the flavor of California rolls at home without the hassle, toss the ingredients with some lettuce and enjoy as a salad.

    Culinary adventures: California roll morphs from sushi to salad

    Warm weather means salads for Culinary Adventures columnist Penny Kazmier. Judging a kids salad contest inspired her with new flavor combinations and reminded her what she liked about one of her favorite salads that riffs on a California sushi roll.

    1963 Ford F100 4X4 Larry & Michelle Hunkele, Aurora

    Rare 1963 Ford F100 4x4 was home on the range

    Larry Hunkele has always been a truck man — the bigger the better. Over the years, he's owned a number of heavy haulers. While the Aurora resident has liked Fords, the 1963 F100 wasn't one of his favorite model years.

    Seth MacFarlane says he is too busy to host the Oscars in 2014.

    Seth MacFarlane won’t return as Oscar host

    Seth MacFarlane is too busy to host the Oscars in 2014. The multitalented comedian says on Twitter that he "tried to make it work schedule-wise, but I need sleep."

    “Random Access Memories” by Daft Punk

    Daft Punk seduces machines into singing

    On its wildly anticipated fourth studio album, "Random Access Memories," helmeted duo Daft Punk go harder, better, faster, stronger than ever before. The eight-year wait for new music paid off as Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter weave an intellectually seductive sonic landscape with a rewarding amount of catchy beats. It's the first time Daft Punk leaves the computer at home, using only live instruments.

    Lucy Butler, 15, gets ready to have her measles shot at All Saints School in Ingleby Barwick, Teesside, England, as a national vaccination catch-up campaign has been launched to curb a rise in measles cases in England. More than a decade ago, British parents refused to give measles shots to at least a million children because of a vaccine scare that raised the specter of autism. Now, health officials are scrambling to catch up and stop a growing epidemic of the contagious disease.

    Measles surges in U.K. years after vaccine scare

    More than a decade ago, British parents refused to give measles shots to at least a million children because of a vaccine scare that raised the specter of autism. Now, health officials are scrambling to catch up and stop a growing epidemic of the contagious disease. This year, the U.K. has had more than 1,200 cases of measles, after a record number of nearly 2,000 cases last year. The country once recorded only several dozen cases every year. It now ranks second in Europe, behind only Romania.


    Staying fit may help reduce risk of cancer death in middle age

    Middle-aged men who stayed fit were less likely to die from three common cancers after being diagnosed than those who were out of shape, research found. In a study of 17,049 men, those with good respiratory and cardiovascular fitness were more likely to survive prostate, lung or colorectal cancer, and avoid developing lung or colorectal cancers.

    It’s not easy to protect yourself from the germs and microbes found in our environment.

    It’s hard to avoid the germy world around us

    It's a germy world out there. Microbes prevail in our environment from cloud top to subterranean urban haunts to the tongue and paws of the family dog, a trio of recent studies reveal. The research is part of a larger effort to better understand where people pick up the roughly 100 trillion microorganisms that live on and inside each of us, some causing disease, but most harmless or aiding our own biological functions.

    Taking too much over-the-counter pain medication can have serious side effects.

    Be wary of side effects from over-the-counter meds

    Headaches, a nagging sore hip, a stiff neck after a day at the computer. These are prompts that send me to my medicine cabinet to pop a couple of Tylenol or ibuprofen. I throw these back without a whit of concern because I've been doing so for years. Many Americans have gotten so comfortable using over-the-counter pain meds that they overlook the very real danger of serious side effects.

    While there is some discomfort in getting a tattoo, removing it later can be very painful.

    Tattoo removal leaves its painful mark

    Let's say you are living in the moment, feeling giddy — a little tipsy, maybe — and you decide to go for it. You decide to get that tattoo. Dr. Suzanne Kilmer has a warning for you: Think twice before acting. Not only do you face five times the risk of contracting hepatitis C, chances are you'll change your mind about whether you like your tattoo before you reach middle age. Kilmer, 55, a clinical professor at University of California, Davis, has seen tattoo-regret galore.

    Exercising outside can be more challenging with terrain changes and wind resistance, but it’s also better for your overall mood.

    Your health: Move workouts outdoors
    With the weather finally turning nicer, it's time to head outdoors to exercise. Just keep in mind that outdoor exercising can be more challenging, but more rewarding for your mood. Also, there's a new app to help you manage your anxiety.


    Still a lot of mystery surrounding MS

    Annette Funicello, who recently died at age 70 of complications from multiple sclerosis, was diagnosed just as scientific knowledge about the disease was on the brink of expanding. The Food and Drug Administration approved the first drug for multiple sclerosis in 1993, a year after the beloved original Mouseketeer announced she had the condition. Around the same time, magnetic resonance imaging came into widespread use, which revolutionized diagnosis of the disease.

    An electron microscope image of a coronavirus, part of a family of viruses that cause ailments including the common cold and SARS, which was first identified last year in the Middle East.

    2 new viruses could spark global outbreaks

    Two respiratory viruses in different parts of the world have captured the attention of global health officials — a novel coronavirus in the Middle East and a new bird flu spreading in China. In recent weeks, the coronavirus related to SARS spread to France, where one patient who probably caught the disease in Dubai infected his hospital roommate. Since it was first spotted last year, the new coronavirus has infected 34 people, killing 18 of them. Nearly all had some connection to the Middle East.


    Eyes may provide new insight into brain problems

    The eyes may be the window to the soul, but researchers are finding they also provide a view into the brain that could help detect neurological damage from bomb blasts, sports concussions and a wide range of diseases, including Alzheimer's and multiple sclerosis. If initial results are borne out, it might eventually be possible to use simple eye tests to evaluate soldiers, athletes or accident victims and to monitor the effectiveness of drugs and other treatments.


    PMR symptoms respond well to prednisone regimen

    I have polymyalgia rheumatica. My doctor has prescribed prednisone, but I'm worried about the long-term effects of this treatment. How long will I need to take it?


    Most teens, tweens seek parents’ advice on health

    The roughly 40 million Americans ages 10 to 19 are basically healthy most of the time. But they're also more likely than most other age groups to die from accidents, homicide and suicide and at high risk for sexually transmitted diseases, drug abuse and eating disorders. Parents may assume that their teens will go online or to peers for health guidance before turning to almost any adult. Besides, the expectation is that few teens want to see a doctor unless they're sick. But a recent survey on perceptions of teen health suggests those assumptions are wrong.

    Josh Vogel, who participated in his first power-lifting contest in January, works out at a gym.

    Teen focus on building up his body

    Young ambition takes many forms. Josh Vogel's is compact and bulky and rises before dawn to mix powdered protein shakes and cook chicken. At 17, Josh is a competitive bodybuilder, an identity that shapes his days. He measures his food in cups and ounces. He discusses proper form for calf exercises on his Facebook page. At a birthday party last year, he skipped the cake and ate only tuna.It was his own birthday.


    Radioactive microbes used on tumor cells

    Despite the advances made against many types of cancer, pancreatic cancer remains grimly resistant to treatment. Only about 4 percent of patients survive for five years, mainly because of the disease's vicious ability to metastasize, or spread to other parts of the body. Now, a group of researchers has hit upon a novel way to halt its spread: delivering radiation directly to the cancer cells using genetically modified bacteria.

    Erma Taylor says her great-grandson, Juel Taylor Russ, who lives with her in her Falls Church, Va., home, developed allergies because of mold in the carpet.

    Your house might be making you sick

    It was a chronic thing: Almost every time Erma Taylor's great-grandson caught a cold, he also ended up having a severe asthma attack. This left Taylor, a retired nurse, wondering what was causing the attacks. The one thing Taylor never suspected was that something inside the Falls Church, Va., Cape Cod that she shares with her granddaughter and great-grandson was a source of the 3-year-old's medical problems.


    How to reduce cancer treatment's brutal side effects

    Chemotherapy, radiation and the use of radioactive follow-up tests aren't needed for some cancers, according to two studies that add to a growing debate on ways to lessen side effects and lower patient costs. The two findings are the latest among recent studies aiming to fine-tune cancer care to eliminate the hair loss, fatigue, nausea and damaged DNA tied to the therapy while suggesting new ways to slow rising costs.



    How Mitzie got her gate

    Columnist Richard Cohen: It was only when they put the cuffs on her and led her out of the Cincinnati Federal Office Building that she finally realized how much trouble she was in. Her husband, in one of his rare sober moments, had urged her to get a lawyer, and her neighbor, the know-it-all with the snowblower, urged her to leave the country. But she had a touching faith in America and she felt that sooner or later everyone would understand how a big federal office works — or, actually, doesn't. Instead, there she was doing the perp walk, cameras clicking, reporters shouting questions: "Mitzie, Mitzie," they implored. This is how Mitziegate was born.


    Psychologists shouldn’t write prescriptions
    A Barrington letter to the editor: I am a board certified psychiatrist in the practice of psychopharmacology. I strongly urge a "no" vote on SB 2187 to grant prescribing privileges to Illinois psychologists. Here are three primary reasons.


    Teach alternatives to Darwin’s theories
    A Barrington letter to the editor: To many, evolutionism is the foundation from which the modern world launches nearly every ideological attack against the Judeo-Christian belief systems. If there is to be a scholarly and fair seeking after the truth, then let all sides be heard in every school in our country.


    Bad economy, yet no rooms at inn
    A Hawthorn Woods letter to the editor: This past weekend, I spent a lot of time online trying to find a new vacation destination for my annual year-end trip with my son.


    We’re giving up rights in name of safety
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: With every major terror attack we were told we needed to give up more and more of them all in the name of safety. But after you have given up all your rights in the name of safety, just how safe will you actually be if you no longer have any rights?


    Time for marriage equality in Illinois
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: I am writing to thank both Sen. Melinda Bush and Rep. Sam Yingling for being a co-sponsor on SB 10, the marriage equality bill.


    Honor the promise to provide benefits
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: All revenue and expenditure options should be considered before reducing pension benefits for public employees, who will be too old to find a job to supplement the reduction in their benefits.


    Just a little sacrifice needed from all
    A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: President Obama is the one who suggested sequestration, and at that time an across-the-board cost reduction of 2.4 percent was also included in the package. Supposedly, every government account would be reduced by that 2.4 percent. Well, much of the government expense is in the form of salaries, and 2.4 percent of 40 hours is a little less than 1 hour.


    Metra missing out on fare collection
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: My wife and I rode the Northwest train downtown on a recent Sunday. The train was packed with Cubs fans and opera fans going to see "Oklahoma!" It was standing room only. The Cubs fans in our car (the last of five) departed at Irving Park Road without paying a fare. Our ten-ride pass was not punched until after Clybourn.


    Traditional morality has weathered away
    A Bartlett letter to the editor: I am flush with sad emotion with the trends in America. We have lost our nationalism and with that so many other things that used to be the true cornerstone of our pride in this country. Our soldiers are involved and sacrificed in so many conflicts called wars that no one can outline the objectives or accomplishments.


    Dog owners should respect leash laws
    Letter to the editor: Mary Ann Hetreed says more and more, she sees dogs running free in her Arlington Hts. neighborhood, a dangerous situation. "Putting a leash on a dog is not a punishment," she writes. "It shows you care enough about the dog to protect them.


    Record donations to Misericordia
    Letter to the editor: Pat Martin, chairwoman of the Candy Days Leadership Team, says this year's donations to Misericordia set a record.


    Students ask parents to not serve alcohol
    Letter to the editor: Three students who are part of the Maine Community Youth Assistance Foundation ask parents to refrain from hosting prom and graduation parties with alcohol. "If parents set a good example, teens are more likely to be positively influenced by the example their parents set," they write.


    Teachers need to keep learning, too
    Letter to the editor: Retired teacher Joanne Bina responds to a recent letter that criticized teachers for demanding seminars and continuing education. "Schools are not static," she writes. "As specialists in our fields, we work together, learn new techniques, so our children can be taught using best practices."


    Teachers need training to stay current
    Letter to the editor: Bonnie Bates of Palatine responds to last week's letter, explainng why teachers very much need training time, to stay informed on current practices.


    Autism campaign needs advocates
    Letter to the editor: Mike Baker of Autism Speaks, says the organization is looking for advocates to lobby their congressmen and women, and state legislators.


    These teens deserve some good publicity
    Letter to the editor: Helen Szybinski ofStreamwood says the teens of St. John The Evangelist Church aren't getting the credit they deserve for their mission work.


    Obama can’t turn things around
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: The article about the Stephanopoulos-Obama ABC News interview explains once again that the president can't cope realistically with the mess the U.S. is in as far as our ability to skillfully run country is concerned. When he tells ABC News that we don't have an immediate crisis in terms of debt for the next 10 years, he is negligent about facing up to the magnitude of the federal debt.


    Pave Belleau Woods, put up parking lot?
    A Glen Ellyn letter to the editor: Something is seriously wrong with the thinking of St. Francis School President Tom Bednar and State Rep. Jeanne Ives, as reported by Robert Sanchez. DuPage is still attempting to recover from another serious flood, and they think that "It's a very small sacrifice to give up two acres of forest preserve land" in Belleau Woods. They propose to change the state law that protects our forest preserves from this kind of encroachment — a parking lot!


    Why no enforcement of existing gun law?
    A Genevba letter to the editor: Whether or not there truly is right to carry concealed weapons will ultimately be decided by the Supreme Court. Whether or not background checks will pass will probably be decided by Congress and then the Supreme Court. What cannot be denied is that there already is a federal law that mandates a minimum five year sentence for a felon in possession of a weapon.


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