Daily Archive : Tuesday May 21, 2013


    JOE LEWNARD/jlewnard@dailyherald.com Streamwood Police Officer Frank Moreno thanks James Densford of Carol Stream for his donation as he pulls up to the drive-through at the Dunkin' Donuts, 656 S. Sutton Road, Streamwood, during the annual "Cop on a Rooftop" fundraiser for Special Olympics Illinois.

    Cops on restaurant roofs for good cause

    Hundreds of Illinois law enforcement officers, including many in the Northwest suburbs, staked out Dunkin’ Donuts rooftops starting at 5 a.m. Friday to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Police officers were hoping to top last year’s total of $240,000 in donations.

    Wood Dale’s Richard Moraga, an eighth-grader at St. Pius X School in Lombard, is recognized Thursday as the DuPage County Spelling Bee champion during a pep rally at a ComEd facility in Oak Brook. ComEd is sponsoring the DuPage, Will and suburban Cook county spelling bee winners who will advance to the national competition next week in Washington, D.C.

    DuPage spelling champ heading to national competition

    One super speller from DuPage County will be heading to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee Finals May 28-30. Richard Moraga, a Wood Dale resident in eighth grade at St. Pius X School in Lombard, was honored Thursday for winning the DuPage County spelling bee and earning a chance to compete nationally.


    Watch Maine West graduation live Sunday

    Watch a live broadcast of Maine West High School’s graduation this Sunday at 2 p.m. We will carry a live stream of the ceremony powered by High School Cube. Just come back to this article Sunday to see the event.

    Robert Beeter

    Former Elgin deputy chief accused of misconduct, identity theft

    A former Elgin deputy police chief was indicted and arrested Tuesday on charges of identity theft and official misconduct. Bob Beeter, 51, of Elgin was arrested at his job as Stockton Illinois police chief. He is accused of hacking into email to help his mistress in her divorce and improperly using the department's record system.

    Schaumburg Trustee Frank Kozak, right, with his son Steve, from an Oklahoma hospital room tells how a water heater and wall fell on top of him, possibly saving his life.

    Schaumburg trustee tells of Oklahoma tornado experience

    Huddled in a closet as the house around them was being disintegrated by Monday's massive tornado in Moore, Okla., Schaumburg Village Trustee Frank Kozak and his wife, Char, think the water heater that fell on them may be the reason they survived. “I just thank God that we're alive,” Frank Kozak said.


    Barrington Dist. 220 wary of supporting either Rt. 14 crossing plan

    For a second time Tuesday, Barrington Unit District 220 board members held back from passing a resolution supporting either a Route 14 underpass or overpass at the Canadian National Railway crossing in Barrington. But the board appeared to be leaning toward supporting a non-specific grade separation at the railroad tracks at its next meeting on June 4.

    Lea Bessinger salvages a picture of Jesus as she and her son Josh Bessinger sort through the rubble of the elder Bessinger's tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

    Images: Aftermath of the Oklahoma tornado
    Emergency crews searched the broken remnants of an Oklahoma City suburb Tuesday for survivors of a massive tornado that flattened homes and demolished an elementary school. At least 24 people were killed, including at least nine children.

    Lawmakers would like to come to a pensions compromise before the end of the month.

    Analysis: Pension cuts might save less than thought

    Number crunchers at the Illinois pension funds say a union-backed plan to cut public employee benefits might not save the cash-strapped state as much money as previously believed.


    Carpentersville allows honeybees

    Honeybees have found a new home in Carpentersville. On Tuesday night, the village board lifted a ban on the insects, which allows residents to raise them in their backyards as a hobby.

    Jodi Arias points to her family as a reason for the jury to give her a life in prison sentence instead of the death penalty on Tuesday during the penalty phase of her murder trial at Maricopa County Superior Court in Phoenix. Arias was convicted of first-degree murder in the stabbing and shooting to death of Travis Alexander, 30, in suburban Phoenix.

    Arias asks jury for life term; deliberations begin

    Jodi Arias begged jurors Tuesday to give her life in prison, saying she “lacked perspective” when she told a local reporter in an interview that she preferred execution to spending the rest of her days in jail.


    Local Red Cross office, Salvation Army helping tornado victims

    Those looking to help out the communities of Oklahoma City can make monetary donations, as the American Red Cross and the Salvation Amry are currently mobilizing supplies and personnel. “We have people that are trained and ready to deploy; we just need to get the word if help is needed,” a Red Cross official in Arlington Heights said.

    Dalton Sprading, right, hands a gun to his uncle Roger Craft as he salvages items from his tornado-ravaged home Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Moore, Okla. A huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening an entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against winds.

    Search for tornado survivors nearly complete

    Helmeted rescue workers raced Tuesday to complete the search for survivors and the dead in the Oklahoma City suburb where a mammoth tornado destroyed countless homes, cleared lots down to bare red earth and claimed 24 lives, including those of nine children.


    DuPage forest preserve delays vote on web streaming

    Anyone who wants to watch a DuPage County Forest Preserve meeting on their computer or mobile device will have to wait a little longer. Forest preserve commissioners on Tuesday postponed a scheduled vote to hire Granicus, Inc., to provide the technology needed to stream live video of their meetings.

    State Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat

    Lang takes name off gambling legislation

    The longtime backer of a push to expand gambling in Illinois has dropped his name from a pending bill over “perceived conflict of interest” with a law firm where he’s counsel. For years state Rep. Lou Lang, a Skokie Democrat, sponsored gambling legislation proposing more casinos in areas including Rockford, citing revenue for the state and more jobs.

    ASSOCIATED PRESS/DALLAS MORNING NEWS, Brad Loper Urban Search and Rescue workers comb through debris Tuesday at Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla. following Monday’s massive tornado.

    Teachers credited with saving students in Oklahoma

    The principal’s voice came on over the intercom at Plaza Towers Elementary School: A severe storm was approaching and students were to go to the cafeteria and wait for their parents to pick them up. But before all of the youngsters could get there, the tornado alarm sounded. “All the teachers started screaming into the room and saying, `Get into the hallway! We don’t want you to die!’ and stuff...

    Christopher Culp

    Grayslake District 46 teacher admits leaving obscene message for board member

    A Grayslake Elementary District 46 substitute teacher was sentenced to 18 months of court supervision after striking a plea deal in a case stemming from the telephone harassment of a school board member while instructors were on strike. Christopher Culp, 43, of the 600 block of South Rose Hall Lane in Round Lake, admitted to one count of misdemeanor disorderly conduct for the deal he entered into...


    Schaumburg police warn of strong-arm robberies

    Schaumburg police Tuesday issued a community alert stemming from a pair of strong-arm robberies that occurred on the northwest side of the village during the previous few days. Neither victim was injured, but police are reminding residents to remain aware of their surroundings and anyone who seems suspicious or appears to be loitering or observing others.

    Several dozen tea party activists and other concerned citizens, wave signs and small American flags as they march outside the main Internal Revenue Service office on Tuesday in Phoenix. The rally was one of many around the country after IRS officials acknowledged that some conservative groups received inappropriate attention and questioning.

    IRS official to take the 5th at House hearing

    Summoned by Congress, a key figure in the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting of conservative groups plans to invoke her constitutional right against self-incrimination and decline to testify at a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

    Ronald Stolberg

    Stolberg was trying to protect wife from herself, defense attorney tells jury

    Ronald Stolberg intentionally asphyxiated his wife in their Vernon Hills home in 2011 because she was bothering him while he was trying to sleep, a Lake County prosecutor told a jury Tuesday. However, defense attorney William Hedrick of Skokie explained during his opening statement Tuesday that Stolberg, 49, was trying to prevent his 54-year-old wife, Rachel, from hurting herself while she was...


    Buffalo Grove strikes deal allowing smaller garbage bins

    Bigger isn’t always better, as a number of Buffalo Grove residents have pointed out when calling for smaller trash toters. On Monday, village trustees responded to the call by authorizing the village manager to revise the terms of the village’s service agreement with its waste hauler, Waste Management. Under the new agreement, residents can choose a 35-gallon refuse cart without...


    FBI agent with ties to Glen Ellyn falls to death training

    Two FBI agents who died while training off the Virginia Beach coast fell to their deaths when a helicopter had trouble during a “maritime counterterrorism exercise,” an agency spokeswoman said Monday night. Special Agents Christopher Lorek, whose parents live in Glen Ellyn, and Stephen Shaw were killed when they fell into the water Friday. Both were members of the bureau’s elite hostage rescue...


    Hanover Park men charged with defrauding bank

    A 21-year-old bank employee has been charged with misappropriating financial institution property after authorities say he used his position to steal $2,000. Prosecutors say Jovanny D. Sosa, of Hanover Park, set up fraudulent accounts from which co-conspirators withdrew a total of $2,000.

    Donald Trump

    Closings delayed in Trump trial

    Testimony has concluded at a civil trial in Chicago pitting an 87-year-old investor against “Apprentice” host Donald Trump. The judge had said she wanted closing arguments done Tuesday afternoon. But she pushed closings off until Wednesday after proceedings ran longer than expected.

    John P. Tomkins

    Man sentenced for mailing pipe bombs, threats

    A former machinist from Dubuque, Iowa, was sentenced by a federal judge Tuesday to 37 years in prison for mailing pipe bombs and threatening letters to investment firms, including some sent from Rolling Meadows and Palatine. John P. Tomkins, 48, known as “the bishop” for how he signed his letters, mailed the bombs and threats between 2005 and 2007, federal authorities said.


    Jesuits paying $19.6M settlement in priest abuse case

    An attorney for six men who claim they were abused by a now-defrocked priest says Jesuit officials have agreed to pay $19.6 million to settle his clients’ lawsuit. Former priest Donald McGuire is serving a 25-year prison term.


    Power of Moore tornado dwarfs Hiroshima bomb

    Wind, humidity and rainfall combined precisely to create the massive killer tornado in Moore, Okla. And when they did, the awesome amount of energy released over that city dwarfed the power of the atomic bomb that leveled Hiroshima.


    Suburban hospitals talk about tornado preparedness

    The devastation at Moore Medical Center in Oklahoma underscores the value of detailed emergency preparedness plans and routine evacuation drills, suburban hospital officials said Tuesday. For instance, when Sherman Hospital in Elgin is determined to be in the path of a tornado, a “code black” is activated to evacuate patients into hallways and other designated safe areas. “It is very, very labor...

    Former President Bill Clinton addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Sept. 5, 2012.

    Clinton says Illinois should legalize gay marriage

    Former President Bill Clinton is calling on Illinois lawmakers to legalize same-sex marriage. In a statement Tuesday, Clinton says Illinois “has stood for the proposition that all citizens should be treated equally under the law” since the days of Abraham Lincoln.


    Barefoot Bay open house:

    The Mundelein Park & Recreation District hosts a free open house at Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center on Friday, May 24, from 5 to 7 p.m.


    Waukegan library art exhibit:

    Work by local art students ages 10 to 18 will be on display in Waukegan Public Library’s Gallery 128 starting June 1.


    Pond cleanup volunteers:

    The Mundelein Stand-Up Task Force needs volunteers for help in cleaning up an area behind Mundelein High School at 8 a.m. on June 1.


    Chicago outlines infrastructure projects

    Chicago officials say more than $1.5 billion in water, road and transit projects will be completed coming months, as part of the city’s Building a New Chicago infrastructure program. Among the investments are upgraded security cameras at all Chicago Transit Authority elevated train stations, 35 miles of new bike lanes, completion of the Wells Street Bridge over the Chicago River and the...

    Matthew Reid Hinson

    Guilty plea in slaying of Lake Villa Township Bears fan

    Matthew Reid Hinson has admitted to killing a Lake Villa Township man who was in a bar the night before he planned to wtach the Bears play last fall in Jacksonville, Fla. Duval County state attorney spokeswoman Jackelyn Barnard said Hinson entered a straight-up guilty plea to second-degree murder during a court appearance Tueasday.


    Man charged with church molestation also cared for District 220 children

    A Willow Creek Community Church volunteer charged earlier this month with molesting an 8-year-old boy in February also worked for a Barrington Park District program that looked after children before and after school. Barrington Unit District 220 Superintendent Tom Leonard announced the connection of 19-year-old Robert Sobczak of Hoffman Estates to the Barrington Park District’s KEEP program which...


    Chicago police ask for help identifying burned body

    The victim is a woman between the ages of 17 and 30 with medium-length brown hair. Chicago firefighters found her body late Sunday after they extinguished a fire in an alley garbage bin on the city’s North Side.


    2 men charged in shooting death of Markham man

    Two men have been charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a Markham man whose body was found last month near Calumet Park.


    NIU administrator to retire after FBI probe

    A Northern Illinois University administrator who went on leave after an FBI investigation will retire at the end of the month. Eddie Williams is the DeKalb school’s executive vice president for finance and chief of operations.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Illinois Senate overrides ‘Smart Grid’ veto

    The Senate has again approved a plan to address so-called Smart Grid technology over the objection of Gov. Pat Quinn. Senators voted 44-11 Tuesday to override Quinn’s veto earlier this month. Quinn claimed the bill undermined oversight and would force automatic rate hikes.


    Tea Party protests IRS in Chicago

    Leaders of Illinois’ Tea Party movement say revelations that the IRS targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny should fuel activists to “take back this country.” About 100 people attended the Tuesday rally downtown Chicago. Similar events occurred in Downers Grove, Rockford and Springfield and other cities nationwide.


    State wants $216,000 seized in Aurora investigation forfeited

    Kane County authorities want to have more than $200,000 that was seized from a propane tank after a search of a hotel in February in Aurora permanently forfeited to the state. Two men have been charged with money laundering.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Randall W. Hallberg, 48, of the 400 block of Illinois Avenue, Batavia, was charged with assault, at 3:16 p.m. Monday in the 200 block of North Washington Avenue, according to a police report.

    Robert Sauceda

    Controversial Kane Co. temporary hire will stay on through end of year

    Robert Sauceda will have a temporary job as billing manager at Kane County Animal Control that extends at least through the end of the current budget year. That's the only way to measure the financial value of the position, according to the county's public health director. Sauceda's job prevents the hiring of an animal control administrator because he is being paid from money that would fund that...


    St. Charles sees high interest in vacant city council seat

    Two weeks ago there were no candidates to fill St. Charles Mayor Ray Rogina’s vacated city council seat in the Third Ward. Today, 13 candidates have thrown their hats in the ring, prompting formation of a task force to narrow the list down to three finalists.

    Alexander Dambach

    Des Plaines economic development director resigns

    Des Plaines’ Community and Economic Development Director Alex Dambach resigned Tuesday to pursue other career interests after serving in that role for less than a year. His last day is May 31. The search for his replacement will begin immediately, City Manager Mike Bartholomew said in a news release.

    James Ealy

    Trial opens in 2006 slaying at former Lindenhurst Burger King

    James Ealy went to his former workplace — a Lindenhurst Burger King — early one morning in November 2006 and strangled his former manager with the bow tie from her uniform before stealing more than $1,700 from the restaurant safe, a Lake County prosecutor told jurors Tuesday in the Lake Villa man’s murder trial. “A dead body brings you, me and him into this courtroom,” prosecutor Jeffrey Pavletic...

    A view of an iPhone, showing the Twitter and Facebook apps among others. A new poll finds that teens are sharing more about themselves on social media. They’re also moving increasingly to Twitter to avoid their parents and the “oversharing” that they see on Facebook.

    Poll: Teens migrating to Twitter

    Twitter is booming as a social media destination for teenagers who complain about too many adults and too much drama on Facebook, according to a new study published Tuesday about online behavior. It said teens are sharing more personal information about themselves even as they try to protect their online reputations.


    Train kills man in Prospect Hts.

    A 51-year-old Mount Prospect man was killed at 9:44 a.m. Tuesday when he was struck by a Metra train near the Prospect Heights Metra Station, said Prospect Heights police.

    Elaine Silets and her garden railroad in North Barrington.

    Barrington 4th of July parade marshal named

    Elaine Silets of North Barrington, an internationally recognized designer and manufacturer of model railroads and garden railways, will be the grand marshal of this year’s Fourth of July Parade in Barrington.

    D. "Dewey" Pierotti Jr.

    New DuPage forest preserve director unlikely before September

    It’s been almost a year since Brent Manning stepped down as executive director of the DuPage County Forest Preserve, and finding his replacement already is taking longer than originally anticipated. Now district officials are predicting that someone won’t be named to the top administrative job until September. “No one is going to be happier than I am when the position of executive director is...

    Jose Mendoza

    Man pleads guilty to snatching Bensenville woman’s purse

    A Stone Park man was sentenced to probation and jail Tuesday for snatching a woman’s purse in Bensenville. Jose Mendoza, 19, pleaded guilty to robbery in exchange for 30 months of probation and 180 days in jail.


    Des Plaines to fight arbitrator’s ruling calling for fired cop’s reinstatement

    Des Plaines is going to fight a police arbitrator’s ruling that the city should reinstate former police officer John Bueno, who was fired in March 2012 for misconduct, officials said this week. “I think bringing him back would be incredibly detrimental to the police department and the city of Des Plaines,” Police Chief William Kushner said Tuesday.

    Newtown High School Counselor Deidre Croce holds Isaiah, a 9-week-old puppy in training, in January while surrounded by other comfort dogs sent by Addison-based Lutheran Church Charities.

    Suburban comfort dogs making trip to Oklahoma after tornado

    As rescuers continue their frantic search for survivors in Oklahoma, several golden retrievers — including two from the torando-ravaged community of Joplin, Mo., — will help begin the healing process. Lutheran Church Charities President Tim Hetzner this afternoon saw off a group of four dogs and five handlers belonging to the Addison-based organization’s K9 Comfort Dogs Ministry, which aims to be...

    The Lombard village board is struggling to decide who should fill in for newly elected Village President Keith Giagnorio in the event he is unavailable or unable to lead a meeting.

    Lombard still debating how to fill leadership vacancies

    Seven months ago, the Lombard Village Board struck down a rule that put the senior standing trustee in charge whenever the village president was temporarily unavailable or unable to lead a meeting. After an election resulting in a new village president and three new trustees, it appears the board wants to bring that rule back. But just as it did after the death of longtime Village President...

    Three bottlenose dolphins from left, Spree, 10, Tapeko, 31 and Allie, 26, at the Brookfield Zoo. Officials at the zoo say all three dolphins are pregnant and due to give birth this summer and fall.

    Three Brookfield Zoo dolphins expecting

    Chicago Zoological Society officials say three Brookfield Zoo bottlenose dolphins are pregnant. Officials said Monday that 26-year-old Allie, 31-year-old Tapeko and 10-year-old Spree are due to give birth this summer and fall. Allie has had two previous calves and Tapeko, three. But first-time mother Spree will require extra care as her pregnancy will have greater risks, as with other mammals.


    Public education can be inclusive, diverse and unifying

    Glenbard High School District 87 Superintendent David Larson says he recently had the privilege of attending the end-of-the-year awards program for the English language learners (ELL) program at Glenbard North High School. "The evening’s activities," he writes, "reminded me again of the great role that our American public education system plays in our local communities, our society and our...

    Police officers stand guard in front of Notre Dame Cathedral, in Paris, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. Notre Dame was evacuated after a man committed suicide in the 850-year-old monument and tourist attraction.

    Suicide at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

    Some 1,500 visitors were cleared out of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris after a man put a letter on the altar of the 850-year-old monument Tuesday, pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head.

    President Barack Obama, right, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, talks about the Oklahoma tornado and severe weather, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington. Earlier, the president met with his disaster response team to talk about the tornado that tore through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday.

    Obama pledges urgent aid to Oklahoma town

    President Barack Obama pledged urgent government help for Oklahoma Tuesday in the wake of “one of the most destructive” storms in the nation’s history.

    Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, who is scheduled to face a court martial beginning June 3, is accused of sending hundreds of thousands of classified records to WikiLeaks while working as an intelligence analyst in Baghdad.

    WikiLeaks prosecutor accepts GI’s plea to 1 count

    Prosecutors say they will accept an Army private’s guilty plea to a lesser version of one of the 22 counts he faces. Maj. Ashden Fein said Tuesday that prosecutors had changed their minds about trying to convict Pfc. Bradley Manning with violating the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act in connection with the release of a cable known as Reykjavik-13.


    AP Sources: Obama OK punting gay immigration idea

    Two people familiar with the Senate immigration deliberations say the White House has suggested to Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy that it would be best to put off a controversy over gay marriage until a bill goes before the full Senate. President Barack Obama backs the proposal to give equal treatment to gays and lesbians but is unlikely to veto a broad immigration bill that does not include the...

    Visitors to the Jersey shore this weekend will find many of their favorite beaches and boardwalks ready for summer, thanks to a massive rebuilding effort after Superstorm Sandy. While several neighborhoods remain damaged, all but one of the storm-wrecked boardwalks should be ready for Memorial Day weekend.

    Jersey shore readies for 1st post-Sandy summer

    The boardwalks are back, and so are most of the beaches, even if some are a little thinner this year. The smell of funnel cakes, french fries and pizza will mingle with the salt air, and the screech of seagulls will be heard, but so will the thwack of hammers repairing what can be fixed and the roar of bulldozers and backhoes tearing down what can’t. Welcome to Summer 2013 at the Jersey shore.


    Cat dies in Elgin fire

    A pet cat died a residential fire early Tuesday morning in Elgin that caused an estimated $140,000 in damages, fire officials said.

    In this June 25, 2012 file photo, a crew works on a gas drilling rig at a well site for shale based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa., the oil and gas drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

    Ill. House committee OKs fracking regulatory bill

    An Illinois House committee has OK’d a measure to regulate high-volume oil and gas drilling in the state. The House Executive Committee voted 11-0 Tuesday to move to the full House a bill meant to kick-start hydraulic fracturing, “or fracking” in southern Illinois.

    Shirley Wilson of Glen Ellyn took this picture of giant ants at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. The ants are part of a sculpture exhibit at the outdoor museum.

    DuPage photographers go wild in this week’s contest
    Each week’s DuPage County Neighbor section includes at least one entry in our Photo Finish contest. Our photo staff picks some of their favorite submissions to run each week and then one overall monthly winner. This week’s entries all focus on wildlife of some sort, from giant ants that have invaded the Morton Arboretum in Lisle to sea lions in the Galápagos Islands.

    A member of a security team helps guard an area of rubble from a destroyed residential neighborhood, one day after a tornado moved through Moore, Okla., Tuesday, May 21, 2013. The huge tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburb Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods and destroying an elementary school with a direct blow as children and teachers huddled against the winds.

    More tornadoes from global warming? Nobody knows

    A deadly tornado hit suburban Oklahoma City on Monday. A quick look at some basic facts.

    Kathleen Gannon congratulates her daughter Hannah at the 2013 St. Francis High School Commencement at Saint John Neumann Catholic Church in Saint Charles Sunday. To see more photos and order reprints, visit www.dailyherald.com/galleries/news/graduations/

    Images: St. Francis High School graduation
    Images from the St. Francis graduation ceremony Sunday, May 19, 2013.

    Tony Spavone, owner of Tony Spavone's Ristorante in Bloomingdale, sings for Emily Williams, John Amoreno and their 10-month-old daughter, Tiffany. Spavone recently went to New York City to receive the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in the categories of humanitarian and performing arts.

    Bloomingdale restaurateur honored for his music and good deeds

    Tony Spavone, owner of Tony Spavone's Ristorante in Bloomingdale, is known for entertaining customers with his singing talents and using them to raise money for chairtable causes. Now his gift of song and generosity have been recognized with an Ellis Island Medal of Honor award in the categories of humanitarian and performing arts.

    In this image made from video provided by APTN, Pope Francis lays his hands on the head of a young man on Sunday, May 19, 2013, after celebrating Mass in St. Peter’s Square. The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, convulsed and shook, and then slumped in his wheelchair as Francis prayed over him. The television station of the Italian bishops’ conference said it had surveyed exorcists, who agreed Francis either performed an exorcism or a prayer to free the man from the devil. The Vatican was more cautious Tuesday, saying Francis ìdidnít intend to perform any exorcism. But as he often does for the sick or suffering, he simply intended to pray for someone.

    The pope and the devil: Is Francis an exorcist?

    Is Pope Francis an exorcist? The question has been swirling ever since Francis laid his hands Sunday on the head of a young man after celebrating Mass in St. Peter's Square. The young man heaved deeply a half-dozen times, convulsed and shook, and then slumped in his wheelchair as Francis prayed over him.

    Citing a lack of leads, a police agency said Monday that it is closing the active investigation of the disappearance of Susan Powell, a Utah mother whose now-dead husband was a prime suspect. The announcement came after police spent two days searching in rural Oregon last week for any trace of Powell’s body. Police released the case file, which includes details that have been kept under wraps since Powell vanished in 2009.

    Utah police close missing mom case after 3 years

    Utah police announced they never had enough evidence to bring charges in the 2009 disappearance of Susan Powell and opened their books on the investigation. The tens of thousands of pages of documents depict an investigation that focused from its earliest days on husband Josh Powell, who killed himself and the couple's two young sons in an explosive house fire in Washington state last year.

    The Justice Department’s latest effort to examine who journalists are talking to — the secret subpoena of Associated Press phone records from April and May of last year — demonstrates how government investigators are guided more by policy and the judgments of high-ranking officials than by specific laws or, in this case, the need to satisfy an independent federal judge.

    Policy, discretion guide federal probes of media sources

    The Justice Department's latest effort to examine whom journalists are talking to — the secret subpoena of Associated Press phone records from April and May of last year — demonstrates how government investigators are guided more by policy and the judgments of high-ranking officials than by specific laws or, in this case, the need to satisfy an independent federal judge.

    A woman carries a child through a field near the collapsed Plaza Towers Elementary School in Moore, Okla., Monday, May 20, 2013.

    Photographer witnesses hope amid devastation as kids are pulled from school

    Oklahoma City-based AP photographer Sue Ogrocki was at the elementary school destroyed by a tornado and saw rescuers pulling children out of the rubble. This is her account of what she witnessed.


    In tornado’s wake, worried parents seek out kids

    The parents and guardians stood in the muddy grass outside a suburban Oklahoma City church, listening intently as someone with a bullhorn called out the names of children who were being dropped off — survivors of Monday's deadly tornado. For many families in Moore, the ordeal ended in bear hugs and tears of joy. Others were left to wait in the darkness, hoping for good news while fearing...


    Mother’s action saved 5-year-old as tornado bore down on school

    As the mile-wide tornado carved a path of destruction toward Moore, Oklahoma, Henry De La Cruz said his wife drove to Plaza Towers Elementary School to pick up their 5-year-old daughter, Isabelle. Shortly after she retrieved the girl, the tornado slammed into the school, reducing it to a pile of rubble. Rescue workers were searching for about two dozen children who might still be underneath it.

    Prince of Peace Parish in Lake Villa has been hosting its annual rummage sale for 16 years. Proceeds benefit the Catholic parish’s school.

    Large rummage sale returns to Prince of Peace in Lake Villa

    Find anything from clothing to power tools and more at Prince of Peace Parish's annual rummage sale in Lake Villa from June 6 to 8. The must-stop-and-shop rummage sale has been a fixture in Lake Villa for 16 years, drawing shoppers from across Lake County, Cook County, southern Wisconsin, and eastern McHenry County. Proceeds benefit Prince of Peace School.

    A fire burns in the Tower Plaza Addition in Moore, Okla., after a tornado as much as a mile wide with winds up to 200 mph roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.

    Dawn Patrol: Islamic center plan in DuPage; W. Dundee roadwork

    Islamic center plans go before DuPage County again. Arlington Heights approves senior day care. Two big West Dundee road projects beginning. Schaumburg woman held in cyclist hit-and-run. McHenry man accused of threats to ambassadors, Serbs. Naper Settlement fire ruled accidental. Blackhawks lose.


    LZHS scores 8th in national math contest

    Lake Zurich High School has some of the best high-school mathematicians in the country, as demonstrated by their 8th-place finish in the 2013 Collaborative Problem-Solving Contest, a national mathematics contest administered by National Assessment & Testing.

    Looking similar to the way he did while living out of his van, Prospect Heights director and actor Hans Fleischmann draws rave reviews with his revolutionary take on Tennessee Williams' classic “The Glass Menagerie,” a Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. production running through June at the Theater Wit in Chicago.

    Prospect Heights man reinvents play while living out of his van

    Perhaps Prospect Heights native Hans Fleischmann pours so much of himself into a daring production of Tennesee Williams' classic "The Glass Menagerie" because he developed the production's vision while living in a van on the street. “It's 2 in the morning, and there is this guy talking loudly right outside my van. He just sounds like this Hollywood jerk,” recalls the 37-year-old...

    Conrad Oberhaus, a student at Daniel Wright Junior High in Lincolnshire, competes in a preliminary round of the 2013 National Geographic Bee on Monday in Washington, D.C.

    Lincolnshire student in finals of National Geographic Bee

    A student at a Lincolnshire school advanced Monday to the finals of the National Geographic Bee. Conrad Oberhaus, a seventh-grader at Daniel Wright Junior High School, will compete on Wednesday for a $25,000 college scholarship. "His classmates helped quiz him, and he's had a lot of support from his teachers and his parents. We're all very excited to be behind him and wish him the best," District...


    Arlington Heights approves one senior facility, discusses another

    Arlington Heights approved one senior care facility and began discussing plans for another on Monday. Xilin Adult Day Care, 145 E. Algonquin Road, received unanimous approval from the village board, while Autumn Leaves Memory Care Center received positive feedback during an early review presentation at Monday's board meeting. Both proposals would serve the region's growing senior population.


    Cubs starting pitcher Matt Garza works against the Pirates on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

    Bullpen ruins Garza’s glittering return

    The Cubs messed up another good performance by one of their starting pitchers Tuesday night in a 5-4 loss at Pittsburgh. Even so, Matt Garza came off the disabled list and threw 5 shutout innings, making his immediate future quite interesting.


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


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


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


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


    Buffalo Grove win long two-setter at Highland Park

    At Highland Park: Buffalo Grove outlasted the host Giants in one of the longest two-set boys volleyball matches you’re likely to see — 36-34, and 27-25 — on Tuesday in regional semifinal play at Highland Park.The Bison will meet Stevenson, a 25-11, 25-17 winner over Libertyville, in Wednesday’s regional championship.Evan Bunnetto came up with 14 kills, 2 aces, 2 digs and a block for the Bison. Other leaders include Nikita Bulauski (6 kills, 3 blocks, 3 digs), Jose Aguirre (5 kills, 1 block), Kevin Shanahan (16 assists, 7 digs), Chris Szewczyk (20 assists, 6 digs) and Tullio Ruscitti (11 digs).at Hersey: The Huskies will host a regional championship match after ousting Evanston 25-17, 29-27.Bart Migus (10 kills) and Mike Fuerst led the attack for the Huskies, and Matt Norvik provided 23 assists.Hersey meet Glenbrook North, which topped Maine East in Tuesday’s first game, in a regional final Wednesday.at Rolling Meadows: Mid-Suburban East champ Rolling Meadows bowed out of the postseason as York defeated the Mustangs 25-19, 21-25, 25-22.Brett Frey was 95-for-97 setting with 31 assists, and Kevin Murphy (14 kills), Tim Ellis (8) and Matt Kuzniar (6) lead the attack.Peter Nickle had 17 digs, and Murphy and David Sobkowicz each had 3 blocks as Meadows wrapped up its season at 26-8.at Lake Park: Elk Grove bounced back from a first-set loss to win in three against West Chicago 21-25, 25-15, 27-25.Top contributors for the Grens (21-15) included Kevin Wickstrom (15 kills), Jake Braceros (12) and Jake Gatziolis (9). Ray Kraus had 35 assists, Matt McKenna had a team-best 12 digs and Kraus (18-for-18, 2 aces) and Braceros (12-for-12) were both perfect from the service line.The No. 7 seed Grens will meet the host Lancers for the regional championship after No. 2 seed Lake Park advanced with a two-set decision against Bartlett.at Senn: Wheeling saw its season come to an end as Niles West topped the Wildcats 25-21, 25-19. Niles West will meet Glenbrook South for the regional title.Jacob Del Toro had 11 digs and Zack Nauert 9 for the Wildcats (14-19), while Jon Marquez had 5 kills and Tim Lee 4. Eric Ruttenberg finished with 48-for49 setting and 15 assists.at South Elgin: Wheaton North eliminated Schaumburg from the postseason with a 25-14, 25-20 decision. The Falcons will meet Glenbard North in the regional chamionship matchup.at Vernon Hills: Mid-Suburban West champion Palatine advanced to a regional title test against host Vernon Hills by topping Lakes 25-17, 22-25, 25-14.Danny Matijevic had a team-high 12 kills for the Pirates, while Brian Keough had 9 and Kareem Anderson 7.Kyle Obernesser delivered 24 assists along with 16-for-16 serving.Vernon Hills topped Lake Forest 25-19, 25-23 in the other semifinal.at Maine South: The host Hawks dropped MSL East runner-up Prospect 19-25, 25-21, 25-16 to earn a spot opposite New Trier for the regional championship.at Chicago Westinghouse: Leyden topped regional host Westinghouse College Prep 25-13, 25-22 to earn a spot in the regional championship matchup against Chicago Payton.at Geneva: Brandon Kwiatkowski had 3 kills and Matt Stacy and Gregg Lugo had 5 digs each for Hoffman Estates, but St. Charles North eliminated the Hawks 25-20, 25-12. The North Stars meet Geneva, which edged Addison Trail in three sets.at Warren: MSL West runner-up Barrington stayed alive by topping its divisional foe Fremd 25-21, 25-21. The Broncos next face the regional host Blue Devils, who handled Carmel in two sets.Colin Castagna and Justin Glader both had 6 kills for Barrington, Tommy Soifer had 18 assists and Ben Karon had 7 digs.

    Batavia’s Nina Ellman battles Geneva’s Samantha Billek battle.

    Geneva doubles up Batavia

    Geneva showed on Saturday in its victory over St. Charles East how potent its girls soccer offense can be at the start of a match. Tuesday against Batavia in the Class 3A Hoffman Estates sectional semifinals, Geneva showed it could not only be devastating early in a match, but that it could sustain the momentum and then hold on over the course of 80 minutes. The Vikings scored twice in the opening 11 minutes, raced to a 4-0 lead over the first 41 minutes and held on for a 4-2 win over the Bulldogs.


    WW South, Lyons Twp. left in suspense

    After close to 90 minutes of girls soccer, the outcome of the Class 3A Hinsdale Central sectional semifinal between Lyons Township and Wheaton Warrenville South was still up in the air.

    Carmel’s Derek Clement, left, spikes one at Warren’s Vuk Jakovljevic and Max Bongratz during regional semifinal play Tuesday night at Warren.

    Tasty victory for Warren

    The cookies were a great postgame snack. But maybe the next time the Warren boys volleyball team plays, they should be brought out ahead of time. “We needed the cookies,” Warren senior outside hitter Riley Capizzi said with a laugh. “We needed the sugar.” The sixth-seeded Blue Devils got a 25-13, 25-22 win over No. 11 Carmel in regional semifinal play on Tuesday, but it wasn’t necessarily as sweet as they were hoping it would be.

    White Sox center fielder Alejandro De Aza makes a leaping catch on a ball hit by the Red Sox' Jacoby Ellsbury in the first inning Tuesday at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Quintana quiets Red Sox bats

    After the White Sox announced Chris Sale was scratched from Wednesday's start vs. Boston with a sore shoulder, Jose Quintana took the mound Tuesday night and flirted with a no-hitter in a 3-1 win over the Red Sox. “I noticed I had a no-hitter in the fifth inning, but I tried not to think about it because all I wanted to do was get outs and keep the team ahead,” Quintana said.

    St Charles North players celebrate after a goal by Kenzie Rose, center, in the second overtime against Conant in sectional semifinal play at Hoffman Estates on Tuesday.

    Rose kicks St. Charles N. past Conant in 2 OTs

    If all she had done on Tuesday night was defend, Kenzie Rose’s contributions for St. Charles North’s girls soccer team would have been immense. But Rose did more than operate as a shutdown defender for 100 minutes of play for the North Stars in their Class 3A Hoffman Estates sectional semifinal against Conant. When 5:45 left in the second overtime, Rose moved forward for an Alyssa Brandt corner kick, got one shot away that was blocked, then shot again from close range and scored the only goal of the match.

    Martin Krasuski of Metea Valley reacts to a point won against Glenbard East in boys regional volleyball action in Lombard in Tuesday. Metea Valley won 2-0.

    Metea Valley's Wieland shows he belongs

    The libero never seems to belong. They play defense. They even wear different jerseys. But Metea Valley defensive specialist Tom Wieland was a key component for the Mustangs during their 25-21, 25-14 sweep of Glenbard East in a regional semifinal match played Tuesday night in Lombard. Wieland had 5 digs, but his biggest came late in the first game with Metea Valley holding a 23-20 edge. Wieland popped up a powerful attack from Glenbard East’s best outside hitter Joey Farrell, which allowed the Mustangs an opportunity to attack. Martin Krasuski turned Wieland’s dig into one of his 17 kills, giving Metea Valley a 24-20 lead.

    Pittsburgh Pirates' Travis Snider (23) trots past Chicago Cubs third baseman Cody Ransom as he rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Shawn Camp during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Garza stellar in return, but Cubs' pen blows it

    Matt Garza couldn't have asked for a better return to a major league mound after a 10-month layoff. Garza allowed one hit over five shutout innings in his first outing since July, but the Pittsburgh Pirates pounced on the bullpen for a 5-4 win over the Cubs on Tuesday night. B utTravis Snider hit a grand slam off of Shawn Camp after Hector Rondon and James Russell (1-1) had combined to load the bases in the sixth just as Garza was removed following his 82nd pitch. "The only disappointment for me is I didn't pitch longer," Garza said


    Krzysko connects as Barrington rolls on

    Loren Krzysko belted her 40th career homer as Barrington’s softball team shut out Prospect 10-0 in five innings in the semifinals of the Class 4A Buffalo Grove regional. The senior third baseman went 4-for-4 with 2 doubles and her 16th home run of the season, placing her 12th on the all-time IHSA list for a single season.


    Vernon Hills advances to regional final

    Vernon Hills’ boys volleyball team netted its 30th win of the season and earned a regional final berth Tuesday night. It wasn’t easy, however. The fourth-seed Cougars outlasted No. 14 Lake Forest 25-19, 25-23 in a regional semifinal at Vernon Hills, as Max Spiglanin and Michael Heinz each pounded 7 kills, while Lemuel Turner added five.

    Wheaton College junior Justin Swider was named all-CCIW and all-region in both football and baseball this year.

    Wheaton’s Swider repeats football feat in baseball

    Justin Swider has never been one to back down from a challenge. Not only is he a two-sport athlete at Wheaton College, now he is also recognized as one of the best in both sports.


    St. Charles North handles pressure, Hoffman Estates

    Trailing 17th-seeded Hoffman Estates 2-1 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning, time was beginning to run down for St. Charles East’s softball team Tuesday afternoon. However, the top-seeded Saints (28-5) weren’t quite finished yet. St. Charles East rallied for 7 fifth-inning runs on the way to a 9-2 triumph over Hoffman Estates (4-23) in the Class 4A regional semifinals at Glenbard West.


    Glenbrook South springs sectional surprise

    A great season for Mundelein’s softball team came to a shocking end Tuesday. Glenbrook South, the No. 17 seed in the 21-team Class 4A Rolling Meadows sectional complex, upset the third-seeded Mustangs 6-4 in the Glenbrook South regional semifinals. The Titans — who will play in Saturday’s 11 a.m. regional final against the winner of today’s game between No. 6 Lake Zurich and No. 11 Glenbrook North — snapped a 4-4 tie with 2 runs in the sixth inning. Mundelein (25-11) got a double from Lauren Fairweather.


    Buffalo Grove goes on the offensive

    Buffalo Grove was an attacking machine on Tuesday, seeing off postseason rival Glenbrook South 3-1 to advance to face Mid-Suburban League divisional foe Hersey this Friday in the Class 3A Mundelein sectional final. The No. 1 seed Bison (23-2-1) dominated from the opening whistle with clinical style to put the No. 5 Titans (20-5-1) on the back foot.


    Lake Forest too much for Grayslake Central

    In the second semifinal of the Class 2A sectional semifinal session Tuesday at Lakes, second-seeded Lake Forest shut out No. 3 Grayslake Central 5-0. Lake Forest (10-2-6) will meet Deerfield for the sectional championship at 11 a.m. Saturday.

    Red Wings defenseman Jakub Kindl checks the Blackhawks’ Brandon Saad during Monday’s Game 3 at Detroit.

    Quenneville continues to mix, match Blackhawks’ lines

    If you noticed a little spark during Monday’s game when coach Joel Quenneville moved Patrick Sharp to the top line alongside Marian Hossa and Jonathan Toews and dropped rookie Brandon Saad to the second line, you weren’t alone.“I thought we created something there,” Hossa said.


    Blackhawks’ Carcillo just rolling with the punches

    All you have to do is pay attention to the soap opera involving Viktor Stalberg to know that during these Stanley Cup playoffs, unless you’re a top player, a spot in the lineup is anything but guaranteed.No one knows that better than the Blackhawks’ forward Daniel Carcillo, who after being a scratch for the first three games against Minnesota, was back in the lineup for the final pair of the series as well as the first two games against the Red Wings before being replaced in the lineup Monday night by, you guessed it, Stalberg.

    FILE - At left, in a May 5, 2013 file photo, Sergio Garcia grimaces during The Players Championshop golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. At right, in a March 25, 2013 file photo, Tiger Woods walks to the 16th green during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament in Orlando, Fla. Woods and Garcia don't like each other, and are making no attempt to disguise their feelings. (AP Photo/File)

    Garcia apologizes for “fried chicken” remark

    Sergio Garcia apologized for saying he would “serve fried chicken” while making a joke about having Tiger Woods over for dinner.The British newspaper The Guardian reported Garcia was asked in jest while on stage at the European Tour’s awards dinner Tuesday night if he would invite Woods to dinner during the U.S. Open.


    Deerfield drops St. Viator in OT

    The St. Viator girls soccer team’s bid for another sectional final appearance was there for the taking on Tuesday night. The Lions scored three times in the second half and held a 2-goal advantage. But top-seeded Deerfield recovered to tie it in regulation and force overtime, where the Warriors scored again to beat fourth-seeded St. Viator 4-3 in a Class 2A Lakes sectional semifinal in Lake Villa.


    Cavaliers win NBA draft lottery again

    What's not to like? Being in the lottery every year. Nick Gilbert expects the Cleveland Cavaliers are through with it, and if so he sent them out a winner again. The Cavaliers and their owner's son beat the odds for the second time in three years, winning the lottery Tuesday night to give them the No. 1 pick for the June 27 NBA draft.


    Benet’s York homers twice to beat Metea Valley

    Emily York hit 2 homers in an 8-run second inning, her sixth and seventh of the year, and that big inning boosted No. 2 seed Benet past Metea Valley 11-2 on Tuesday at the Class 4A Bolingbrook regional.York’s tying solo homer started the second, her 2-run shot capping off the big inning. Maeve McGuire, who was 2-for-4 with 4 RBI and a run scored, added a 2-run single in the second and Stephanie Abello a 2-run double for the Redwings (21-8). Freshman Megan Stoppelman (8-4) threw a 3-hitter, striking out seven. Alise Perna homered and doubled for Metea (11-22).Naperville Central 4, Batavia 1:Keegan Hayes (22-2) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning, striking out nine, and Maddi Doane scored 3 runs for the No. 1 seed Redhawks (32-3) at the Class 4A Batavia regional. Batavia had two runners on and Katie Ryan due up in the sixth, but Hayes retired the Dayton-bound senior on a sacrifice fly, and the last four batters of the game to end it. Juliet Tassi earlier singled in 2 runs for Naperville Central.Downers Grove North 8, Plainfield North 0:Elaine Heflin (15-4) struck out 15 in a 2-hitter with 2 walks for the No. 3 seed Trojans (24-8) at the Class 4A Downers Grove North regional. Ali Woitovich and freshman Kaylee Newstrom both homered for Downers Grove North.Glenbard North 7, Wheaton North 4:Cece Dopart came on with runners at second and third and none out in the seventh, and preserved No. 2 seed Glenbard North’s win at the Class 4A Schaumburg regional. Heather Sperlazzo doubled, walked and scored 2 runs, Stephanie Campos doubled and drove in a run and Rucha Amin was 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly for the Panthers (24-4). Lindsey Cherry (17-4) struck out five over six innings, scattering 10 hits.Kelly Thornton was 2-for-4 with a homer for Wheaton North, which trailed 7-1 after five innings but rallied with a 3-run sixth.York 12, Lincoln Park 0:Isabella Jaeger homered and drove in 3 runs, Sarah Milkowski was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and a run scored and Abby Solem was 3-for-4 with 3 runs scored for the No. 2 seed Dukes (19-14) at the Class 4A York regional.Montini 14, Payton 0:Lauren Trojnar and Zoe Dannenberg combined on a one-hitter, striking out 10, and Cristina Barrett was 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored and 3 RBI for the Broncos (26-10) at the Class 3A Payton regional.Glenbard South 16, Little Village 0:Jane Trzaska and Taylor Carli teamed up on a 1-hitter with 15 strikeouts, and Ashley Cohen had 2 hits and 4 RBI for the Raiders (25-5) at the Class 3A Glenbard South regional. Payton Carli and Aimee Gerhardt both had 3 hits.


    Detroit’s third, fourth lines key vs. Hawks

    The Blackhawks saw all during the regular season the difference a contributing third line could make with Andrew Shaw, Bryan Bickell and Viktor Stalberg playing some great hockey. Now they’re seeing it against them as Detroit’s third line of Gustav Nyquist, Damien Brunner and Joakim Andersson continue to get the job done.


    Second-half stretch sends Benet to defeat

    As Benet girls soccer coach Bob Gros prepared to leave Hinsdale Central’s Dickinson Field after Tuesday’s 3-0 loss to the host Red Devils in the first of two Class 3A sectional semifinals, he spoke of three things.


    St. Charles North blanks West Chicago

    The St. Charles North softball team is a like a master bank robber: they have a certain MO.


    Seniors step forward for St. Viator

    Niles North was on a roll. The Vikings had just rallied to stun St. Viator in the second game of Tuesday’s boys volleball regional semifinal at Loyola to tie the match and send it into a third and deciding set. And while the energized Vikes sprinted out of their huddle early and onto the court ready for game three, the Lions and coach Chris Boylan stood on the sidelines, calmly talking things over. “We were still confident,” said St. Viator senior libero Anthony Giovenco. “We kind of lost our intensity in the second game but we knew we couldn’t let up.” “The guys relaxed a little after set one,” agreed Boylan. “But in the third set our seniors took over.” Led by Giovenco, who Boylan said gave a “virtually flawless” performance, the Lions controlled the final game in a 25-15, 18-25, 25-12 victory.

    Jeff Keppinger hits a two-run home run off of Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront during the fifth inning Tuesday in Chicago.

    Quintana dominates as White Sox top Red Sox 3-1

    Jose Quintana took a no-hitter into the seventh before David Ortiz broke it up with a one-out broken-bat single, and the White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 on Tuesday night.


    Richter, Drain bring the pain as PR stops Grant

    Mighty Maddie Drain delivered pain. Her Prairie Ridge softball teammate Marissa Richter provided a different kind of hurt an earlier inning. Leading off the bottom of the second inning of Tuesday’s Class 4A Grant regional semifinal, the 6-foot-2 Drain smacked a line drive that caught Grant pitcher Caitlyn Moran flush on the right thigh. The softball was sure to leave a mark of black-and-blue variety. For Moran, her pain wasn’t season-ending. When approached by the home-plate umpire to see if she was OK, the wounded ace, determined to keep playing, gave him a thumbs-up. In the first inning, Richter had touched Moran for a 3-run homer, propelling regional top seed Prairie Ridge to a 4-0 over No. 4 Grant in Fox Lake.

    Boston Bruins' Johnny Boychuk (55) and Daniel Paille (20) celebrate a goal by Boychuk during the third period in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in New York. Paille later scored the game-winner. The Bruins won 2-1 and lead the best-of-seven games series 3-0. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Paille’s goal puts Bruins on verge of East finals

    NEW YORK — Daniel Paille snapped a tie with 3:31 left in the third period, and the Boston Bruins put the New York Rangers on the brink of elimination with a 2-1 victory in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinal series on Tuesday night.Boston leads the best-of-seven series 3-0 and can advance to the conference finals as early as Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Only three teams in NHL history have rallied from an 0-3 hole to advance. The Bruins trailed 1-0 heading into the third, but defenseman Johnny Boychuk tied it at 3:10 of the period with his fourth of the playoffs. The Rangers hadn’t lost in regulation when leading after two periods since Feb. 4, 2010.Boston thought it had grabbed the lead seconds before Paille actually scored when a shot deflected off the mask of Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, popped up in the air and landed on the goal line. Lundqvist couldn’t find it before Paille swooped in from behind the net and poked in the puck.Taylor Pyatt had made it 1-0 in the second period for the Rangers, who were outscored 8-4 in two losses at Boston to begin the series. New York had won nine straight games at home, including three in the playoffs against Washington in the first round.Lundqvist was sharp until the third period and finished with 32 saves. Tuukka Rask stopped 23 shots in the win.The Rangers again failed to get their power play untracked, failing in both of their chances and dropping to 0-for-10 in the series. New York has only two power-play goals in 38 opportunities during these playoffs.Despite being outshot 14-5 in the second period, the Rangers carried a 1-0 lead into the third.Boychuk was credited with the tying goal after the puck appeared to deflect into the net off Rangers defenseman John Moore.The game turned rougher moments later when New York forward Chris Kreider was struck under his visor by the stick of Boston’s Tyler Seguin, who was following through on a shot just inside the blue line. Seguin was then clipped in the exchange by the stick of Rangers defenseman Steve Eminger.Shortly after, Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron had a cut over his eye that left his white jersey bloodstained. No penalties were called on any of the plays.New York took just its second lead of the series 3:53 into the second period when Pyatt deflected in a shot by defenseman Ryan McDonagh that was fired from the blue line shortly after the Rangers’ second failed power play of the night expired.New York hasn’t lost in regulation when leading after two periods since Feb. 4, 2010, (86-0-6). The Rangers were 16-0 in those situations during this regular season.Lundqvist was again the reason why.He was especially sharp in the second, making a pad stop on Tyler Seguin 6 1-2 minutes in, stretching across to knock away a drive by rookie defenseman Torey Krug — who scored in each of the first two games of the series — and then bringing the crowd to its feet with a lunging glove snare of Gregory Campbell’s slap shot from the left circle with 8:24 remaining. That got the Bruins even in shots (15-15) before they outshot New York 8-1 the rest of the second.The Rangers got off to a sluggish start after losing the opening faceoff, and didn’t mount any kind of early surge fueled by the excited home crowd. New York didn’t get possession of the puck in the first minute and didn’t carry it into the Boston end until 1:35 had elapsed.But the Rangers picked up their play soon after and built a 6-1 edge in shots, including scoring opportunities on Rask. New York earned the first power play of the night, however it was as ineffective as it has been throughout the postseason.Rangers captain Ryan Callahan took what appeared to be an elbow from hulking Bruins captain Zdeno Chara when they came together along the boards deep in the Boston end. Callahan clipped Chara in the face with his stick, causing a cut on the bridge of the defenseman’s nose.


    Lake Park blasts 5 HRs vs. Geneva

    Geneva softball coach Greg Dierks had seen Lake Park’s power up close already one time this year when his team gave up three home runs to the Lancers in a loss early in the year.


    Kaneland cruises by Sandwich

    Kaneland made one early mistake in its Class 3A Rosary regional semifinal against Sandwich Tuesday in Aurora. The Knights didn’t make many more.


    Simmons is back, and so is Waubonsie Valley

    As they say, in high school volleyball anything can happen in the postseason, and Tuesday produced the first big upset of the tournament as the regional host and No. 15 seed Waubonsie Valley knocked off the No. 3-seeded St. Francis 25-15, 28-26.


    Gierman, Hersey shoot past Carmel

    Lauren Gierman’s stunning first-half double combined with sheer defensive determination from her teammates took No. 3 seed Hersey into the sectional final after a 3-1 defeat of No. 2 seed Carmel on Tuesday night in a Class 3A sectional semifinal at Mundelein. It will be an all-Mid Suburban League final as the Huskies (14-4-5) prepare to meet top seed and MSL East champ Buffalo Grove, which upended Glenbrook South 3-1 in the afternoon opener at Mundelein.


    Granger, WW South upset Waubonsie Valley

    Sammy Granger missed all of volleyball season with a back injury that also slowed her this spring. While pitching Tuesday, she had the unusual circumstance of a bee sting on the mound. Overcoming both, she put a hurting to Waubonsie Valley. Granger, Wheaton Warrenville South’s senior captain, hit a tone-setting three-run homer in the first inning, then took a shutout into the seventh as the No. 13 seed Tigers stung No. 4 Waubonsie 4-2 in a Class 4A Yorkville regional semifinal.

    Lake Park’s Scott Filip competes in the class 3A long jump during the IHSA boys state track finals in Charleston Saturday.

    Lake Park all set to go for fourth straight state title

    Essentially not much has changed in the nine weeks since the boys outdoor track preview was published.


    Pieces falling into place for Barrington

    A “work in progress” is the way Mia Calamari described Barrington’s set pieces. They worked pretty good Tuesday night. The Fillies scored their first two goals directly off set pieces en route to a 5-0 victory over Huntley in the Class 3A Jacobs girls soccer sectional semifinals in Algonquin.


    Danks hopes to start Friday

    John Danks threw a bullpen at U.S. Cellular Field Tuesday. Out for a year with a shoulder injury that required surgery, Danks is hoping to be back on the mound for the White Sox Friday night against the Marlins.

    Jerry Reinsdorf

    Still hale and hearty, Reinsdorf discusses future

    In an interview with the Sports Business Journal, Jerry Reinsdorf said he's recommended his sons keep controlling interest in the Bulls, but not the White Sox, when it is time to make a decision.

    Who’s to say the Detroit Red Wings, here celebrating their 3-1 victory in Game 3, haven’t evolved into a team as good and deep and cohesive and gritty and overall dangerous as the Blackhawks?

    Top team today means little tomorrow

    The Blackhawks are supposed to beat the Red Wings and eventually win the Stanley Cup. Why? Because the experts say they're the NHL's team. But is that a good enough reason?

    Blackhawks winger Patrick Sharp, here battling Detroit center Cory Emmerton for the puck in Game 3, says every playoff game is huge. But Game 4 in this series is even bigger than most.

    Blackhawks know ‘Game 4 is really big’

    DETROIT — When Mike Keenan coached the Blackhawks, he believed whichever team took Game 4 would win the playoff series.It makes perfect sense, when you stop to think about it.It’s either a sweep, 3-1 or 2-2. And a 2-2 series can go either way.That’s what the Hawks are looking for as we come up to Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.They trail the best-of-seven series 2-1 after losing Game 3 on Monday and pretty much face a must-win situation.“You throw around terms like ‘must-win,’ but I think every game in the playoffs is must win,” Hawks winger Patrick Sharp said. “You can spin it however you want, but every game is huge. Being down 2-1 in their building, obviously that Game 4 is really big.”This will be the biggest game of the season for the Hawks to this point.At least they finally played like they understood the playoffs had started in their 3-1 loss Monday. It was an extremely fast game, but the Hawks could get just one puck past Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard, who made 39 saves.“That was probably the fastest playoff game I’ve ever been a part of,” Howard said. “And I expect it just to get faster.”The Hawks think they did a lot of good things despite losing.“I think we battled really hard,” defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson said. “There was nothing wrong on our effort. It’s just we had a lot of chances that we could’ve scored a couple goals on, but (Howard) played well in their net there.“We all know the importance of the next game there in Joe Louis, so we’re all focused on that task and looking forward to it.”There’s no question the Hawks need to be a lot better on the power play, which was 0-for-4 in Game 3 and is 1-for-9 in the series.The Hawks can’t win the Stanley Cup with the power play playing so much on the perimeter. Heck, they can’t even win this series without a better power play.“I’ve got faith, not only in our whole group, but the guys who are on the power play that we’ll find a way to get it done,” Sharp said.“Uhh … our power play,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said Tuesday. “It starts with faceoffs. We had one good power play there in the game, and I thought the offensive zone time was in place.“So hopefully something goes in, but I think you’ve still got to keep taking shots, be it of the rush or in zone.”The Red Wings are playing their best hockey of the season right now after a tumultuous regular season filled with highs and lows.“I think as the year has gone on we’ve gotten better,” said Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. “You work hard enough and play hard enough you get some confidence in yourself, and I think the group has done that. I’ve talked a lot about the fact we were getting better even when we weren’t winning on a regular basis and then we started to win.“We have really good leadership from (Henrik) Zetterberg, (Pavel) Datsyuk, (Niklas) Kronwall and (Danny) Cleary, and we have a lot of kids that work hard and things are going in the right direction for us so far in the series.“But let’s be honest; we haven’t done anything yet.”The Hawks know that, too.“I don’t think anybody is panicking,” Marian Hossa said. “We’re facing a good team that is playing it’s best hockey. We still have lots of confidence in our team.”ŸFollow Tim’s hockey reports on Twitter @TimSassone and check out his Between the Circles blog at dailyherald.com.


    Burlington Central cruises past Sycamore

    Bill Gajewski will be out looking for a new puppy. But his daughter Melanie, Burlington Central’s senior third baseman, will be choosing the breed and the color. A few years ago, Bill made the mistake — or maybe it was incentive — of telling Melanie that if she ever hit a home run in a regional game, he’d buy her a puppy, as he did for Melanie’s older sister Lizzie when she cranked one in a regional game for the Rockets at Kaneland. Now it’s time to pay up, dad. Melanie Gajewski’s home run was the final of three Burlington Central round-trippers in a 7-run third inning Tuesday, which catapulted the Rockets to an 11-1 win in six innings over host Sycamore in Class 3A regional semifinal action.


    Jacobs stuns top-seeded Cary-Grove

    Technically, Jacobs was the visiting team, despite hosting the Class 4A softball regional. But despite batting first in every inning, the Golden Eagles made themselves right at home. They scored 8 times in the first two innings and cruised past top-seeded Cary-Grove, 10-3, Tuesday in Algonquin. Freshman Emily Borg homered twice, doubled, and drove in 5 runs, fellow freshman Sarah Murray also homered, and Kelsey Peters shut the Trojans out through 6 innings for Jacobs, which will play in Saturday’s 10 a.m. regional title game against Wednesday’s DeKalb-Huntley winner. Jacobs advanced to the Elite Eight last season.

    Jimmy Butler became a competent 3-point shooter— .381 in the regular season, .405 in the playoffs. He drove to the basket and scored. In fact, he probably was one of the playoff leaders in 3-point play opportunities. He also knocked down midrange jumpers, sometimes standstill and sometimes off the dribble.

    Evidence suggests Butler’s success is no fluke

    Before the 2011 draft, an NBA personnel director spoke positively about Jimmy Butler’s defensive skills. The assessment went something like this: “If he can just find an offensive move that works for him, like Bruce Bowen hitting 3-pointers, he will have a chance to stay in the league.”

    George Leclaire/gleclaire@dailyherald.com ¬ Chicago Bears Julius Peppers celebrates, with Lance Briggs, sacking Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb in the third quarter at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, October 16th.

    Without Urlacher, Briggs ready for more responsbility

    Seven-time Pro Bowl weak-side linebacker Lance Briggs has been an integral part of the Bears' defense for the past decade, but now, with Brian Urlacher gone, he's taking on more of a leadership role.


    Eight Harper players nab all-Region honors

    Some good news came to the Harper College baseball program on Tuesday, as eight Hawks players were honored with all-Region selections.

    In this photo provided by the Chicago Fire, Chicago Fire forward Maicon Santos, center, scores past New York Red Bulls goalkeeper Luis Robles, left, as defender Jamison Olave watches during the second half of an MLS soccer match, Sunday, April 7, 2013, in Bridgeview, Ill. The Fire won 3-1. (AP Photo/Chicago Fire, Brian Kersey)

    Fire trying to fight on through injuries

    It’s not likely many of the folks who work at Toyota Park are rushing out to buy lottery tickets these days. Considering the Chicago Fire’s luck lately, it’d be a bad investment.

    Former Barrington golfer Gary Hallberg has won at every level of the game: high school, college, and the PGA and Senior tours. This weekend he'll compete in the Senior PGA in St. Louis, then he'll return to Chicago next month to play in the Encompass Championship.

    Barrington’s Hallberg returns to his roots

    With the Senior PGA tournament in St. Louis this weekend and Chicago hosting the Champions Tour next month, golf columnist Len Ziehm catches up with Gary Hallberg, who was a state high school champion at Barrington, a PGA Tour rookie-of-the-year, and now is a regular on the Champions Tour.

    Former Oklahoma punter Tress Way, now a rookie with the Chicago Bears, said he's planning to return to the Moore, Okla., area to help with the recovery.

    Bears’ rookie vows to help tornado victims

    Bears rookie punter Tress Way is a Tulsa native who played football at the University of Oklahoma, just a few miles from the town of Moore, where a deadly tornado touched down on Monday, killing at least two dozen people and destroying buildings in the community. Way plans to return to his home state over the Memorial Day Weekend to help with the recovery efforts.

    Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open after seeking medical advice on his back injury. The second-ranked Briton was forced to pull out of the Italian Open during his second-round match against Marcel Granollers of Spain last Wednesday because of a lower back complaint.

    Andy Murray out of French Open due to back injury

    Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open after seeking medical advice on his back injury.The second-ranked Briton was forced to pull out of the Italian Open during his second-round match against Marcel Granollers of Spain last Wednesday because of a lower back complaint.

    FILE - In this March 13, 2013, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro hangs his head during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Los Angeles. Del Negro is out as coach of the Clippers after a season in which the team won its first division title but lost in the first round of the playoffs. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

    Clippers won’t offer Del Negro new deal as coach

    Former Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro is out as coach of the Los Angeles Clippers after a season in which the team won its first division title but lost in the first round of the playoffs.The team said Tuesday he won’t be offered a contract when his current one expires at the end of June. He is just the second coach to leave the team with a winning record, following Larry Brown in 1993.

    San Francisco 49ers football team CEO Jed York reacts during a news conference at the NFL spring meeting in Boston, Tuesday, May 21, 2013, discussing their successful bid to host Super Bowl 2016. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    The 50th Super Bowl goes to San Francisco Bay Area

    The 50th Super Bowl will be held in the San Francisco Bay Area and the NFL championship will go to Houston the following year.Team owners voted Tuesday for the 49ers’ new stadium as host of the 2016 game. That facility in Santa Clara, Calif., is due to open for the 2014 season.San Francisco beat out South Florida, which was stymied in its bid to stage an 11th Super Bowl when the Florida Legislature did not support financing to renovate Sun Life Stadium.“After losing a Super Bowl (to Baltimore last February), it feels really good to win a Super Bowl,” 49ers CEO Jed York cracked.Houston, which also beat out Miami, was awarded the 2017 title game. It has hosted once before, in 2004.“I think a lot of them just felt like, hey, it’s Houston’s time,” Texans owner Robert McNair said of his colleagues, who selected his city on the first ballot, requiring at least 24 of 32 votes. “They knew we could do a good job. From 2004 to ‘17, that’s 13 years. So I agree, I think it’s Houston’s time.”The only previous Super Bowl played in northern California was at Stanford Stadium in 1985.When NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the 2016 decision, members of the San Francisco bid committee let out a roar of approval, then toasted each other with champagne.“We are so excited to be able to be able to put on the ‘Golden Super Bowl’ in the Golden State,” York said.Asked what he believed swayed the owners to vote for San Francisco, York added: “It’s the will power of an entire area that gave an overwhelming push for us.”It was the first time in a decade that a Super Bowl was awarded on the first ballot.“The Bay Area has been waiting for a (title) game since 1985. We have a stadium now ... we are just thrilled and couldn’t be happier about this,” said Daniel Lurie, a leader of the San Francisco bid.“We are going to get to highlight the best the Bay Area has to offer.”That includes donating 25 percent of the proceeds from the game to fight poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area, York said.The Dolphins were denied public money for a stadium upgrade in South Florida following widespread complaints about the public investment sunk into the Marlins’ new baseball home.Multibillionaire Dolphins owner Stephen Ross contends $350 million in stadium improvements are badly needed, but he doesn’t want to pay for them by himself. Nor does he want a scaled-down renovation of the 26-year-old facility.“I suspect there’s a couple of state reps down in Miami-Dade County where I live who are going to look at this and realize this was a huge mistake,” Ross said. “We had the better bid. I could just look at the body language from the NFL staff. It’s a shame. We may not see another Super Bowl for another 10 years.”But, Ross said, South Florida “won’t stop trying” to get one.Miami has hosted 10 Super Bowls, tied with New Orleans for the most. But neither will get the 50th.49ers owner John York suggested that San Francisco’s winning effort offered a different lesson in politics.“If this Super Bowl can show the state of California and other communities the opportunity with a new stadium to bring in fresh business, it could be a catalyst that stadiums can be built for Oakland and San Diego, which are in need of new ones,” he said. “This may be the impetus to get one of those done.”For years, it was thought the NFL would seek to stage the 50th Super Bowl in Los Angeles, where the first one was played (but did not sell out) on Jan. 15, 1967. But with no franchise in LA and no suitable stadium projects approved, that hope disappeared.Next Feb. 2, the game goes outdoors in a cold-weather site for the first time, at MetLife Stadium in the New Jersey Meadowlands. If that gamble pays off for the NFL, look for other cities in similar climates — Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Denver — to bid for future Super Bowls.The 2015 game will be played in the Phoenix area.

    Mark Orszula

    Streamwood names Orszula new football coach

    Streamwood High School will see a new face on the football sidelines leading the Sabres this fall. The school has hired Mark Orszula as the new head football coach. Coach Orszula spent the past 5 years as head football coach at Westmont High School. Prior to Westmont, Orszula served as an assistant coach at the University of St. Francis, Lisle High School, and Naperville North High School. He played for the Northern Illinois Huskies as an offensive lineman from 1999-2004.


    Sky finalizes local TV broadcast partnership

    The Chicago Sky has agreed to a local broadcast partnership with Weigel Broadcasting Co. for the upcoming WNBA season, team officials announced Tuesday. The schedule includes 24 regular-season game over the WCIU and U Too channels in the Chicago area, along with the WNBA’s LiveAccess at www.chicagosky.net.

    Adam Dunn watches his 3-run home run during the first inning Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field. It was Dunn's 11 home run of the year.

    Not Dunn, apparently: White Sox 6, Red Sox 4

    As White Sox fans should know from the past two-plus seasons, you take the good and the bad with Adam Dunn. Without a doubt, there has been bad. A lot of bad. Sitting a few boxes down from Dunn's family at U.S. Cellular Field, there have been numerous games where I've turned to my left and wondered why they would even subject themselves to all of the boos. Maybe they're just survivors, like Dunn himself.

    While Kobe Bryant has one more championship ring than Tim Duncan, the Spurs are still alive in the NBA playoffs. If San Antonio wins a title this season, Mike North contends Duncan could lay claim to the best player in the league since Michael Jordan left the game and LeBron James took it over.

    Forget Kobe vs. MJ, now it’s Kobe vs. Duncan

    Since Michael Jordan is in a class by himself, Mike North believes the real debate exists between Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan. If Duncan wins another ring, can he be ranked up there ahead of Kobe? Maybe so.

    Grayslake Central’s Cara Engel placed eighth Saturday in the pole vault at the Class 2A girls state track and field finals in Charleston.

    Images: Daily Herald prep photos of the week
    The Prep Photos of the Week gallery includes the best high school sports pictures by Daily Herald photographers. This week's gallery features photos from track, baseball, softball, volleyball, water polo and soccer.


    Hersey, Hoffman Estates move on

    Hersey erupted for 10 runs in the final two innings to register a 13-3 five-inning victory over No. 19-seeded Lake Forest in the quarterfinal game of the Class 4A New Trier softball regional. No. 15 Hersey (6-20) will face No. 2 seeded New Trier in today's semifinal at 4:30 p.m. today in Winnetka.


    Hard-hitting Prospect advances

    You always want the bats warming up late in the season. Prospect's were as hot as the weather in Monday's play-in game of the Buffalo Grove Class 4A softball regional at Wheeling. The No. 18-seeded Knights scored as many runs in one inning as they did in any game all season en route to a 16-5 victory over the No. 16 Wildcats. After giving up 5 runs and falling behind 5-2 after 5 innings, Prospect (9-19) erupted for 10 runs on 10 hits in the top of the sixth and never looked back to advance to today's 4:30 p.m. semifinal against top-seeded Barrington (30-1) at Buffalo Grove High School.


    Libertyville, Lakes and Carmel advance

    Boys volleyballLibertyville d. Waukegan: In regional play at Highland Park, Libertyville got a 25-23, 25-14 sweep of Waukegan.Zach Hauser led the way with 6 kills while Chris Akers added 4 kills. Setter Dan Tropple had 10 assists while Adam Sachs and Tony Saia each had 5 digs.Lakes d. North Chicago: In a first-round regional match at Vernon Hills, Lakes got a 25-9, 25-14 sweep of North Chicago.Mason Solbrig and Richard Galat led the offense with 5 kills and 4 kills respectively while setter Dalton Solbrig had 9 assists to go along with his team-leading 4 aces. Galat led the team in digs with 3.Carmel d. Rockford Lutheran: At the Warren regional, Carmel got a 25-9, 25-10 sweep to advance.Fremd d. Grant: At the Warren regional, Fremd got a 25-19, 25-21 win over Grant.Frank Tokarz led the Bulldogs with 4 kills and 2 blocks in the losing effort.


    U.S. stocks rose, sending benchmark indexes to records, after Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said the central bank should continue its bond buying to boost growth.

    Stocks gain on reassurance from a top Fed official

    Reassuring comments from a Federal Reserve official and better earnings from two big retailers helped push the stock market higher Tuesday.

    Don Mattrick, president of Microsoft Corp.’s Interactive Entertainment Business, reveals Xbox One, the all-in-one games, TV and entertainment system, at the company’s headquarters in Redmond, Wash.

    Microsoft touts Xbox One as all-in-1 entertainment

    Microsoft thinks it has the one. The company unveiled the Xbox One, an entertainment console that promises to be the one system households will need for games, television, movies and other entertainment. It will go on sale later this year, for an undisclosed price.

    Tim Cook, chief executive officer of Apple Inc., will face off against U.S. senators leveling accusations the iPhone maker has created a web of offshore entities to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.

    Apple’s Cook to face Senate questions on taxes

    Apple’s CEO is disputing assertions by a Senate panel that the company avoids billions of dollars in U.S. taxes by shifting profits to foreign affiliates. “We pay all the taxes we owe — every single dollar. We don’t depend on tax gimmicks,” Tim Cook testified at a hearing by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, which released a damning report Monday on Apple’s tax practices.

    Leading senators working to resolve a key issue on immigration legislation, including Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, have agreed to a compromise covering expansion of a high-tech visa program, officials said Tuesday, resolving one of two major hurdles to committee passage of the landmark bill.

    Officials: Senators reach deal on high-tech visas

    Leading senators working to resolve a key issue on immigration legislation have agreed to a compromise covering expansion of a high-tech visa program, officials said Tuesday, resolving one of two major hurdles to committee passage of the landmark bill.


    Wintrust names new president of Wheaton Bank & Trust

    Rosemont-based Wintrust Financial Corp. announced the appointment of Pam Sharar-Stoppel as president for Wheaton Bank & Trust Company. Based in Wheaton, WBT has five locations in Chicago’s western suburbs: Wheaton, Glen Ellyn and Naperville. Currently executive vice resident and chief credit officer, Sharar-Stoppel joined WBT five years ago and brings more than 30 years of commercial banking and leadership experience to the bank.


    Itasca’s Gallagher acquires Texas agency

    Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. announced the acquisition of Garza Long Group located in Weslaco, Texas. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.


    Presidential honor awarded to Roselle’s RIM Logistics

    RIM Logistics recently received the 2013 President’s “E” Award for export service, in recognition of its continuing support of export growth in the U.S. business community for at least five years.


    Navistar names new president of truck, parts business

    Navistar International Corp. appointed Bill Kozek as president of the company’s North America Truck and Parts business. He succeeds Jack Allen, who was promoted to chief operating officer last month.

    Farmer Clark Kelly holds a golf ball he dug out of a fairway on the Hend-Co-Hills Golf Course, in Biggsville, Ill.

    High crop prices entice farms to expand planting

    Clark Kelly plans to spend a lot of time on the links this spring. The Illinois farmer is plowing the Hend-Co-Hills Golf Course near tiny Biggsville into a cornfield. He's not the only one turning over soil in unlikely places. Across the Midwest, farmers are planting crops on almost any scrap of available land to take advantage of consistently high corn and soybean prices. Growers are knocking down old barns, tearing out fencerows and digging up land that had once been preserved for wildlife. Some are even suspected of tearing into pioneer cemeteries.


    Illinois hunters take 14,133 turkeys

    Illinois hunters harvested fewer wild turkey during this spring season compared with last year. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources said Monday that hunters took a preliminary total of 14,133 turkeys during the spring season. That's fewer than the 15.941 turkeys that hunters took last year. State Wild Turkey Project Manager Paul Brewer says hunters cited cold and wet weather this year and breeding activity was delayed.

    United Airlines has signed a deal that will have SkyWest Airlines run 40 Embraer planes under the United Express brand.

    United in deal with SkyWest to run 40 Embraer jets

    United Airlines has signed a deal that will have SkyWest Airlines run 40 Embraer planes under the United Express brand. The Embraer 175 is the first regional jet in the United Express fleet. The plane is anticipated to provide more comfort to travelers, with wider seats and aisles and bigger overhead bins.

    Tenants began moving in October to Elgin Artspace Lofts along Spring Street and the last of the 55 units was rented in recent weeks. The complex features an art gallery, pictured here.

    Elgin downtown group celebrates rebuilding along Fox

    Aurora is developing a new park along the Fox River. Batavia's downtown has a streetscape project. Geneva is known for its development of Third Street. St. Charles, too, has focused on beautifying its downtown and harnessing the Fox River as a natural resource. "I think it's just amazing what's going on in all of our communities up and down the Fox River," said Tom Armstrong, chairman of Elgin's Downtown Neighborhood Association design committee who met with other town leaders to share ideas.

Life & Entertainment


    Treat every relationship, friend or otherwise, as an emotional victory

    Becoming someone else to get a guy means remaining someone else to keep the guy plus, you’d be doing all this work for someone who doesn’t think funny is sexy. Talk about pearls before swine.

    “And the Mountains Echoed” by Khaled Hosseini

    Khaled Hosseini’s new book is another tear-jerker

    My main goal in reading Khaled Hosseini's new book, "And the Mountains Echoed," was to avoid crying. I failed within the first 20 pages. And by the last page, I was bawling. So, yes, much like Hosseini's earlier works, "The Kite Runner" and "A Thousand Splendid Suns," his latest book is bathed in sadness and despair, with the requisite occasional ray of hope. "And the Mountains Echoed" is powerful and haunting. Hosseini approached this novel in a stylistically different manner than his first two. The result is akin to a collection of short stories from pre-2001 and post-2001 Afghanistan.

    Kellie Pickler and her partner Derek Hough won ABC's celebrity dance competition “Dancing With the Stars.”

    Singer Kellie Pickler named new `Dancing' champ

    Kellie Pickler came into the final “Dancing With the Stars” episode in second place but finished in first. The 26-year-old country singer won the show's mirror ball trophy Tuesday. "This is amazing!" she beamed to her professional partner, Derek Hough. The pair earned two sets of perfect scores Monday night and another on Tuesday. Judges' scores combined with viewer votes determine the winner.

    Composer Burt Bacharach talks about his daughter's suicide in his memoir, “Anyone Who Had A Heart: My Life and Music.”

    Burt Bacharach opens up on daughter's suicide

    Burt Bacharach knew writing a memoir would be emotional — not because of his never-heard backstage tales or his tumultuous marriages. He knew that being honest would force him to come to terms with the death of his daughter. “It was very tough because I had to revisit what that period was and go deeper into it,” he said of his daughter Nikki's premature birth, years of emotional issues, and eventual suicide at the age of 40.

    “Metro: Last Light” has fixed many of the flaws that plagued 2010's “Metro: 2033.”

    Improved 'Metro: Last Light' digs deep under Moscow

    What are you doing after the apocalypse? Video-game creators have been asking that question for years. Ukrainian developer 4A Games based 2010's “Metro: 2033” on the bleak fiction of Russian novelist Dmitry Glukhovsky. The new sequel, “Metro: Last Light,” boasts extraordinary visuals plus tight and responsive combat controls, and the enemy AI has improved enough to forgive some occasional quirks. “Last Light” throws you into a gloomy, claustrophobic world teeming with tension and very little else beneath a nuclear-ravaged Moscow.

    “True Believers” by Darius Rucker

    Darius Rucker settles in on latest album

    On his two previous Nashville, Tenn.-recorded solo albums, Darius Rucker proved he could gain acceptance from contemporary country music fans. On new album “True Believers,” he proves he can do more than create formulaic radio hits: Finding a country voice and sound of his own, Rucker shows he can leave a distinctive mark on 21st-century country music.

    Zachary Molokie of Carol Stream gets a hug from classmate Brittany Jones of Aurora after he won the local leg of The Cutting Edge Tour student culinary competition. The ultimate winner gets the opportunity to cook with chefs at the White House.

    From the Food Editor:'Chopped' judge shares insight with local culinary students

    Three culinary students at the technology Center of Dupage - seniors Michael Bode of Woodridge, Zachary Molokie of Carol Stream and junior Bryce Mooney of Naperville — each had $30 and 60 minutes to prepare a dish they deemed representative of America and present the plated dish to chef Maneet Chauhan, a judge on Food Network's "Chopped" and two other judges. Also, "Top Chef" fave Fabio Vivivani comes Glendale Heights and CakeSpy blogger Jessie Oleson Moore talks in Vernon Hills.

    Carol Burnett, who honed her humor on Broadway and landed her own comedy show on television in 1967, will be awarded the nation’s top humor prize. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announced Tuesday that Burnett will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 20 in Washington.

    Carol Burnett to win top U.S. humor prize in D.C.

    Carol Burnett, who became famous for playing a variety of characters in sketch-comedy routines on her namesake television show, was named the winner of the nation’s top humor prize on Tuesday. The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts said Burnett will receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Oct. 20 in Washington. A gala performance featuring top names in comedy will be taped and broadcast nationally Oct. 30 on PBS. “It’s almost impossible to be funnier than the people in Washington,” she said in a statement.

    The electronic duo Daft Punk — Thomas Bangalter, left, and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo — released their new studio album, “Random Access Memories,” on Tuesday.

    Daft Punk goes outside comfort zone for new album

    It's tempting to say Daft Punk has gone Hollywood. The influential French electronic duo is releasing a smartly hyped pop album, "Random Access Memories," featuring an ensemble cast of contemporary singers and veteran musicians. There's long been a showbiz bent to the work of Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Yet their album isn't the special effects-filled summer blockbuster you might expect.


    Girlfriend thinks freelancing job not ‘gritty’ enough

    He wants to marry longtime girlfriend, but a recent revelation about her feelings toward his freelance career has put doubts in his mind about their future together.


    Special series gives backyard, grilling tips

    Each week the Daily Herald's yard and garden experts are offering their advice on ways to turn boring yards into the envy of the neighborhood. And we have 20 finalists competing to win backyard makeovers.Later this spring, five of these yards will win the makeover or prize package that was suggested by our experts. Prizes packages include a patio makeover, fire pit package, water feature and an entryway package.

    David Cross, left, and Portia de Rossi in “Arrested Development,” premiering Sunday, May 26, on Netflix.

    ‘Arrested’ reborn on Netflix

    Portia de Rossi only believed it was happening when her agent got the good news from the producers. Michael Cera only believed it was happening when the cameras rolled. It happened all right. After years of clamoring from fans and rumors firing them up while the cast hung on for a green light, "Arrested Development" has risen from the dead with 15 half-hours premiering en masse on Netflix on Sunday at 2:01 a.m.

    The Rolling Stones, featuring Keith Richards, left, and Mick Jagger, will perform at the United Center in Chicago on Tuesday, May 28, Friday, May 31, and Monday, June 3.

    Best bets: Get rolling with The Stones at United Center

    Who knew that The Rolling Stones would still be rocking after 50 years. Catch up with these rock legends starting Tuesday, May 28, for three "50 and Counting" tour concerts at the United Center. See acrobats, clowns, contortionists and more when the Piccadilly Circus arrives at the DuPage County Expo Center in St. Charles this weekend. The Butterflies & Blooms exhibition returns this weekend at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

    At 16, Danaca Fiedler, is already a seasoned baker. Her Chocolate Mousse Trifle is a favorite among her parents and five siblings.

    Cook of the Week: Young baker knows way to family's heart

    At 16, Danaca Fiedler of Arlington Heights is already a seasoned baker, crafting treats for her parents and five siblings on a near weekly basis. "What really inspires me is thinking of what friends and family will love," Danaca says. "When I'm baking, I always want it to be for my family and friends and hope they will like it."


    Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Chocolate Chip Cookies: Danaca Fiedler


    Banana Cream Pie
    Banana Cream Pie: Danaca Fiedler

    Danaca Fiedler knows the way to her family’s heart starts with an easy, chocolaty trifle.

    Easy Chocolate Trifle
    Easy Chocolate Trifle: Danaca Fiedler

    Country singer Gretchen Wilson plays the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles on Friday, May 24.

    Music notes: Arcada welcomes country songstress Gretchen Wilson

    Country-music darling Gretchen Wilson performs Friday at the Arcada in St. Charles. The first official announcement has been made about the bands playing this year's Riot Fest Chicago; it looks like the event's best lineup yet.

    Charlotte Ross, who grew up in Glencoe and Winnetka, stars on the new VH1 series, “Hit the Floor.”

    Eve from 'Days' still a tough girl from suburbs

    On television, Winnetka native Charlotte Ross is often cast as an aggressive, and, shall we say, not-so-nice woman. She's no pushover in her latest role, either, as Olivia Vincent, the shrewd dance squad director on "Hit the Floor." The sexy new series debuts May 27 on VH1. "I gravitate to strong women roles," said Ross, 45. "I've played many variations of Eve Donovan.

    Woodplay’s Outback Series 5-foot Combo 3, above, is made of redwood, which is stronger and more durable than other kinds of wood. Below, the Playcenter Grande, left, is made of cedar with a 25-square-foot deck and a tire swing; the Fort play set, right, is also made of cedar and includes an 18-square-foot deck, wave slide and rock-climbing wall.

    Get all the play set you can swing

    Spring is here, and trips to the playground often become more frequent. Some parents choose to try to replicate the playground experience in their yard with an outdoor play set. Although a play set is more of a luxury than a necessity, it can be an investment that your child will enjoy for many years.



    Editorial: Build the pedestrian bridge — quickly

    A pedestrian bridge at Higgins Road and I-290/Route 53 near Schaumburg has been planned for years, but unfortunately it didn't come before a cyclist's death last week. Work on the bridge begins soon, but that intersection should be made safer immediately, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Baseless fears of Common Core

    Columnist Michael Gerson: In fighting the Common Core, some Tea Party activists have made common cause with elements of the progressive education blob that always resist rigor, measurement and accountability. This alliance increasingly constitutes the mediocrity caucus in American politics. Localism is an important conservative principle, but so is excellence. And the measure of a successful education policy is the demonstrated presence of actual education.


    Harrop column way too quick to judge
    A Glendale Heights letter to the editor: In her May 9 column, Ms. Harrop has declared her self judge, jury and executioner. In this same edition of the newspaper, the prosecutors stated they brought no charges against Ariel Castro's two brothers because "There was no evidence they had any part in the crime."


    Not far off: Federal review of articles
    A Wheaton letter to the editor The editorial: "Assaults on core values of freedom cry out for response" on May 15 was a bit sophomoric. The president used the IRS to target conservative political groups and the Justice Department to secretly acquire Associated Press telephone records.


    Virtual learning falls short of the mark
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I oppose the concept of this virtual learning environment for a number of reasons: Students learn at home, requiring the assistance of a "learning coach,' which means a parent, adult family member, neighbor or nanny must be present for the learning process to take place. Most families cannot afford this luxury.


    Why help DePaul, but not Wrigley?
    A Pingree Grove letter to the editor: Let me see if I understand this. The city of Chicago refuses to give the Chicago Cubs a single dollar of taxpayer money — which I agree with — to rebuild Wrigley Field, the third largest tourist attraction in the state of Illinois and the host of 81 games annually.


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