Daily Archive : Sunday May 26, 2013


    Kevin Lopuszanski, of South Elgin, left high school after his sophomore year because he did not like the structure. Instead of graduating from high school with his peers last weekend, Kevin is halfway through an associate degree at Elgin Community College. He got his GED last summer.

    South Elgin teen chooses GED, college over high school

    Kevin Lopuszanski of South Elgin left high school after his sophomore year because he was sick of the structure. He didn't like how all of his classes were taught to tests and that he was forced to go to classes he didn't care about, among other complaints. Instead of graduating from high school with his peers last weekend, Kevin is halfway through an associate degree at Elgin Community College.

    A push to once again allow Illinoisans to bet on horses online continues to advance after the Illinois House on Sunday approved the proposal. Arlington International Racecourse officials are among the horse racing industry advocates wanting to give gamblers back their online betting abilities after the rules allowing it expired at the beginning of the year.

    Illinois House backs online horse betting plan

    A push to once again allow Illinoisans to bet on horses online continues to advance after the Illinois House on Sunday approved the proposal. Arlington International Racecourse officials are among the horse racing industry advocates wanting to give gamblers back their online betting abilities after the rules allowing it expired at the beginning of the year.

    Kelly Koronkowski gets ready for the Metea Valley High School graduation on Sunday, May 26 at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb.

    Images: Metea Valley High School Graduation
    Metea Valley High School held its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 26, at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb.

    Apollo Millon smiles as he points up to family members during the Lake Zurich High School graduation ceremony on Sunday. There were 542 seniors graduating this year at the school.

    Images: Lake Zurich High School Graduation
    Lake Zurich High School held its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 26, at the school.

    An officer in the Anchorage jail court removes the paperwork that Jerry Andrew Active was using to shield his face during his arraigned on charges of murder and sexual assault of a minor on Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Anchorage, Alaska. Active was arrested about a block from an apartment where the bodies of 71-year-old Sorn Sreap and 73-year-old Touch Chea were found Saturday night by their granddaughter, who had returned from a trip to a movie with her husband and 4-year-old son.

    Man charged with killing couple, raping toddler in Anchorage

    A 24-year-old man has been charged with beating an Alaska man and his wife to death and sexually assaulting their 2-year-old great-granddaughter in Anchorage. “It’s certainly very rare to see this kind of violence — a complete stranger, sexually assaulting and murdering someone,” an Anchorage police sergeant said.

    This evidence photo released Monday, May 20, 2013, by the West Valley City Police Department shows a journal collected from Josh and Susan Powell’s house. Police released the case file, which includes details that have been kept under wraps since Powell vanished in 2009.

    Missing mom’s diary foreshadows family tragedy

    Susan Powell's journal offers insight into her life before her 2009 disapperance. Her husband later killed their sons and himself. No one was ever charged in her disappearance, and the people at the center of the police investigation — her husband, his brother and their father — are all either dead or in prison.


    Rockets in Lebanon capital signal Syrian spillover

    Two rockets hit Hezbollah strongholds in Beirut on Sunday, tearing through an apartment and peppering cars with shrapnel, a day after the Lebanese group’s leader pledged to lift President Bashar Assad to victory in Syria’s civil war.

    A kayaker pulls a raft with children around a flooded baseball park in San Antonio, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in San Antonio. San Antonio International Airport recorded more than nine inches of rain since midnight.

    Searchers find body of San Antonio teen swept away in flood

    San Antonio and the surrounding counties along rain-swollen rivers were bracing Sunday for the possibility of more flooding amid storm predictions. The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for seven counties until 6 p.m. Sunday, saying thunderstorms could produce rainfall at a rate of 2 to 4 inches per hour. Flood warnings remained in effect for several rivers already well above...


    NY Angel Flight crash passengers ID’d

    A brain cancer patient and his wife were on board the volunteer medical flight piloted by a Connecticut man that crashed in a wooded area of central New York, authorities said Sunday. Dozens of searchers, including a helicopter crew, continued searching the woods and water Sunday for the patient, who was presumed dead, said Sgt. Brian Van Nostrand of the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department.

    President Barack Obama embraces a school official as he views the devastation of the Plaza Towers Elementary School, Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Moore, Okla., caused by tornado and severe weather last week.

    Obama: With Oklahoma ‘every step’ of the way

    President Barack Obama visited tornado-devastated Moore, Okla., Sunday, consoling people staggered by the loss of life and property and promising that the government will be behind them “every step of the way.” He offered moral and monetary support in the wake of the monstrous EF5 tornado that killed 24 people, including 10 children, last Monday afternoon. "There’s no doubt they will bounce...

    In this May 6, 2013, file photo Sen. Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, talks during a television news interview on Capitol Hill in Washington. Schumer is proposing legislation that would set additional rules for how leaks about government secrets are investigated. He said Sunday, May 26, 2013, on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that when the government is going to ask a news organization to divulge information it first must go to a judge. He says that judge would “impose a balancing test” to determine which is more important, the government’s desire to find the information or the robust freedom of the press.

    Schumer: Group of senators to look at media leaks

    Sen. Chuck Schumer said Sunday a group of eight senators will look at setting rules on how leaks about government secrets are investigated. “We’ll be announcing that we have four Democrats and four Republicans ... another Gang of Eight,” Schumer said Sunday on CBS’ “Face The Nation.” Schumer said in mid-May that he and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, will reintroduce the...


    Native American vets push for recognition

    Before World War II and in the decades since, tens of thousands of American Indians have enlisted in the Armed Forces to serve their country at a rate much greater than any other ethnicity. Yet, among all the monuments and statues along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., not one stands in recognition. A grassroots effort is brewing among tribes across the country to change that." It’s just...

    People say the Pledge of Allegiance to start the Streamwood Memorial Day Ceremony Sunday.

    Streamwood ceremony honors the fallen

    A crowd of more than 200 citizens and military personnel gathered in Streamwood Sunday for the village's annual Memorial Day ceremony, where they paid tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrafice for our country. “Enjoy your burgers and hot dogs with your loved ones, but take a moment to remember those who cannot do the same,”said speaker Richard Winterfield of the Illinois National Guard.

    Images from the St Charles North High School commencement ceremony Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Images: St. Charles North High School Graduation
    St. Charles North High School held its commencement ceremony Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Images from the Willows Academy graduation on Sunday, May 26, in Des Plaines.

    Images: Willows Academy Graduation
    Willows Academy held its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 26, in Des Plaines.

    McKenzie Becker, left, and Hannah Fanella pose for a picture during the Grant High School graduation ceremony on Sunday. There were 399 seniors graduating this year at the school.

    Images: Grant High School Graduation
    Grant Community High School held its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 26, at the school.

    Images from the Waubonsie Valley High School graduation on Sunday, May 26 at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb.

    Images: Waubonsie Valley High School Graduation
    Waubonsie Valley High School held its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 26, at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb.

    Passersby paid little attention Thursday, to a new 8-foot sculpture of a chaparral (a roadrunner) which has been installed on the College of DuPage campus. It’s the college’s mascot.

    Images: The Week in Pictures
    This edition of The Week in Pictures features preparations for Memorial Day events, kids making kites, butterfly exhibits, and a ceremony for a new toilet.

    Abby Hanneman gives the Senior Reflections Address during the Neuqua Valley High School graduation on Sunday, May 26 at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb.

    Images: Neuqua Valley High School Graduation
    Neuqua Valley High School held its commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 26, at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb.

    Images from the Geneva High School commencement ceremony Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Geneva.

    Images: Geneva High School Graduation
    Geneva High School held its commencement ceremony Sunday, May 26, 2013 on the school's campus in Geneva.

    Aurora Christian Math teacher Bob Gorbold gets a giant bear hug from graduate Nick Larson as the students lined up for Aurora Christian’s commencement ceremony Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Aurora.

    Images: Aurora Christian High School Graduation
    Aurora Christian High School held its commencement ceremony Sunday, May 26, 2013 on the school's campus in Aurora.

    Images from the Marmion Academy commencement ceremony Sunday, May 26, 2013 in Aurora.

    Images: Marmion Academy Graduation
    Marmion Academy held its commencement ceremony Sunday, May 26, 2013 on the school's campus in Aurora.

    St. Charles East High School graduate Sam Malone raises his cap as he leads student marching out of the school’s commencement ceremony at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Sunday, May 26, 2013.

    Images: St. Charles East High School Graduation
    St. Charles East High School held its commencement ceremony Sunday, May 26, 2013 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    Anti-gay marriage demonstrators face riot police, not seen, while teargas canisters smoke during clashes in Paris, France, Sunday, May 26, 2013. Tens of thousands of people protested against France’s new gay marriage law in central Paris on Sunday. The law came into force over a week ago, but organizers decided to go ahead with the long-planned demonstration to show their continued opposition as well as their frustration with President Francois Hollande, who had made legalizing gay marriage one of his keynote campaign pledges in last year’s election.

    Protest in Paris against France’s gay marriage law

    Tens of thousands of people protested against France’s new gay marriage law in central Paris on Sunday, and police clashed with right-wing demonstrators. Marchers set off from three separate points across Paris, and by early evening they filled the Invalides esplanade just across the Seine River from the Champs Elysees.

    A portion of the Interstate 5 bridge is submerged after it collapsed into the Skagit River in Mount Vernon, Wash., Thursday, May 23, 2013.

    Temp bridges planned for fallen I-5

    Plans are underway to construct a pair of temporary steel bridges across the Skagit River in northern Washington state where a highway span collapsed into the water this past week. The Associated Press has learned from an official who spoke on the condition of anonymity ahead of a formal announcement that the bridges will go up next to the original span and will allow limited travel over...


    Changes at Gurnee library board

    New trustees have joined the Gurnee-based Warren-Newport Public Library District board.

    Runners assemble at the starting line Sunday for the 10th annual Got Freedom? run in Arlington Heights, an event that benefits the families of veterans.

    Arlington Heights run raises money for military families

    More than 1,000 people took time from their Memorial Day weekends to participate in the 10th annual Got Freedom? run/walk in Arlington Heights, an event that raises money for military veterans and their families.


    Mundelein High to host choir camp

    Mundelein High School’s Sound and Lights show choirs will host a summer show choir camp for students entering grades 6-8 next school year.


    Beer fest in Mundelein

    Mundelein Community Connection and Tighthead Brewing Company will hold the 2nd Annual Craft Beer Festival on June 8.


    New committees forming in Island Lake

    Island Lake Mayor Charles Amrich delayed naming the members and leaders of the village board’s various committees last week.


    FBI: Fewer fall for Internet scams, but pay dearly

    Fewer people are falling for Internet scams, but those who do are losing more to criminals than the have in the past. That is one conclcusion that can be drawn from a recent report from the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center. Last year, the FBI fielded fewer complaints for Internet fraud and crime than in 2011, but losses jumped to $525.4, a jump of more than 8 percent from the year before.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, Israeli President Shimon Peres, right, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas all shake hands during the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa at the King Hussein Convention Centre at the Dead Sea in Jordan Sunday May 26, 2013.

    Kerry: $4B Palestinian economic plan could work

    Secretary of State John Kerry declared Sunday he believes a potential $4 billion plan is emerging that could expand the Palestinian economy by up to 50 percent in the next three years. It could also cut unemployment by almost two-thirds, and average wages could jump 40 percent, he said. But Kerry said it all depends on parallel progress on peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Associated Press Israeli President, Shimon Peres, arrives to give a brief statement at the World Economic Forum, in Southern Shuneh, 34 miles southeast of Amman, Jordan, Sunday, May 26, 2013. Peres says it is possible for Israelis and Palestinians to overcome differences and skepticism over peacemaking and that it is time to restart serious negotiations and conclude a peace treaty that has long dogged the two warring sides.

    Israel’s president calls for return to peace talks

    Israel’s president on Sunday urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to overcome differences and resume peace negotiations, saying the sides could not afford “to lose this opportunity.” President Shimon Peres issued his call ahead of a gathering of Mideast leaders on the sidelines of a conference hosted by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum on the shores of the Dead Sea in Jordan.

    A portion of the Interstate 5 bridge is submerged after it collapsed into the Skagit River dumping vehicles and people into the water in Mount Vernon, Wash., Thursday, May 23, 2013 according to the Washington State Patrol.

    Officials say bridge collapse should prompt review

    The collapse of an interstate highway bridge in northern Washington state should be a wake-up call that prompts an expansive safety review, according to National Transportation Safety Board officials. Investigators are trying to determine why a bridge over Interstate 5 about 60 miles north of Seattle collapsed after a truck clipped a steel truss and what can be done to prevent similar accidents.

    In this Nov. 10, 2012 file photo, Omar Chombo carries a bunch of chard across the field which he leases from the Agriculture and Land-Based Training Association, known as ALBA, in Salinas, Calif. The organization helps farmworkers, most of whom are first generation Latinos, to become independent organic farm operators. With Congress considering a new immigration reform proposal that includes a speedier process to legal status for farmworkers, experts say, the best indicator of how such reform would play out is to look at the fate of the generation of farmworkers who were legalized over two decades ago.

    In prior overhaul, legalized farmworkers prospered

    With Congress considering a new immigration proposal that includes a speedier process to legal status for farmworkers, experts say the best indicator of how such an overhaul would play out is to look at the fate of the generation of farmworkers legalized over two decades ago. “Immigration reform changed my life. It gave my family freedom,” immigrant Paulino Mejia said. “It allowed us to reach the...

    This May 23, 2013 photo shows the Waikiki Natatorium in Honolulu. A few glance curiously at the crumbling Waikiki Natatorium, a salt water pool built in 1927 as a memorial to the 10,000 soldiers from Hawaii who served in World War I. But the monumentís gray walls are caked with salt and rust, and passersby are quickly diverted by the lure of sand and waves. The faded structure has been closed to the public since 1979, the object of seemingly endless debate over whether it should be demolished or restored to its former glory.

    Honoring veterans as monuments decay, funds dry up

    Corroding monuments have challenged communities to maneuver a delicate question: How do we honor those who have served when memorials deteriorate and finances are tight? Sometimes, communities decide that memorials aren’t worth the price.

    A police officer stands guard outside the Woolwich Barracks, in London, Friday, May 24, 2013, in response to the bloody attack on Wednesday when a British soldier was killed in the nearby street. London’s Metropolitan Police said more than 1,000 officers will be sent to potential trouble spots as Britain is bracing for any clashes with right-wing extremists and even possible copycat terror attacks after the brutal slaying of a young soldier.

    Kenya: UK soldier killing suspect arrested in 2010

    A suspect in last week’s savage killing of a British soldier on a London street was arrested in Kenya in 2010 while apparently preparing to train and fight with al-Qaida-linked Somali militants, an anti-terrorism police official said Sunday. Michael Adebolajo, who was carrying a British passport, was then handed over to British authorities in the East African country, another Kenyan official...

    Jonathan Gonzales celebrates during Elgin High School’s commencement ceremony at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Saturday, May 25.

    Images: Elgin High School Graduation
    Elgin High School held its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 25 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

    This World War II-era photo provided by the family shows Morton Tuller next to a jeep. As a young soldier in the Army Signal Corps, he served as a cryptologist with a high-security clearance post deciphering American codes sent ship-to-ship in the European and Pacific theaters. For decades, he told no one, not even his wife, about his work on Navy ships that landed in Sicily, southern France, north Africa, Okinawa and Iwo Jima.

    Measuring the loss of WWII generation in 7 days

    The solemn ritual plays out dozens of times every day with a neatly folded flag, a crisp salute and one more goodbye to a fast-fading generation of soldiers, sailors and Marines. The ranks of World War II vets are shrinking. The youngest are now in their mid-80s. About 650 die each day, thousands are laid to rest every week. Beyond these numbers, there are individual stories of ordinary lives...

    Liver transplant twins, Jake, left, and Luke Swanson, play with each other.

    New livers bring Arlington Hts. twins to health

    On a recent afternoon, Luke Swanson gently played with toy cars and trucks while his brother Jake jumped on a couch, occasionally throwing their mother a mischievous grin. The two 4-year-old fraternal twins are certainly different, but they are forever bonded by the liver transplants they received almost a year apart. “It's like the weight of the world being lifted off you," says their...

    Damaged railcars lie on the ground near Rockview, Mo. on Saturday, May 25, 2013. Authorities said a highway overpass collapsed when rail cars slammed into one of the bridge’s pillars after a cargo train collision. Seven people were injured, though none seriously.

    Collapsed Missouri bridge 15 years old

    A Missouri highway overpass that partially collapsed when rail cars smashed into one of its support pillars after a cargo train collision was about 15 years old and in good condition but just couldn’t withstand the impact, a sheriff said. Seven people in two cars on the overpass were injured, none seriously, when two 40-foot sections of the overpass crumpled early Saturday.


    Phone app for Wis forest adds camping availability

    The iPhone app for the state’s largest state forest has added another service. The free application for iPhone, iPad and iPod used to only provide trail locations, maps and other information about the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest in far northeastern Wisconsin.

    In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 26, 2013 file photo, Olympic athlete, Oscar Pistorius appears in court for his bail hearing after being charged with the shooting of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in Pretoria, South Africa.

    Report: Pistorius fined for unpaid taxes

    Oscar Pistorius was audited and fined for unpaid taxes after having to declare his assets during his bail hearing, a South African newspaper reported Sunday as the Olympian prepares for his first court appearance in nearly four months.


    Guinea clashes killed at least 11, hospital says

    A hospital official says at least 11 people were killed in clashes between opposition marchers and security forces in Guinea’s capital.


    French police search for man who stabbed soldier

    French anti-terrorism investigators were searching Sunday for a man who stabbed a soldier in the throat in the commercial district of La Defense outside Paris. The 23-year-old soldier, Cedric Cordier, was in uniform patrolling the busy underground corridors where shops and crowded public transport lines converge beneath the famous Arch of La Defense.


    Illinois trying to return 108 forgotten war medals

    The state of Illinois is holding more than a 100 lost or forgotten military medals in its vaults under the capitol and is trying to return them to the families of veterans.


    Chicago shows off bike-sharing program’s bicycles

    The city of Chicago is showing off a few of the bicycles that will be part of its bike-sharing program. Several of the distinctive blue-colored bicycles will be ridden during Sunday’s Bike the Drive event in which the city’s lakefront roadway is closed to cars and trucks and turned over to cyclists.

    Nancy Robb

    Dist. 211 board debates limits of superintendent search

    Will District 211’s superintendent candidates come only from within the district or outside of it as well? Board members debated Thursday which course is the most appropriate as they start to prepare for the retirement of Superintendent Nancy Robb.

    His disability prevents him from talking, but Max Randell, center, smiles broadly whenever he cuddles with his mom, Ilyce, and younger brother, Alex.

    Buffalo Grove boy advocates for disabled older brother

    Only 10 years old, Alex Randell of Buffalo Grove is testifying Tuesday before national health leaders, asking for funding that could help his brother, Max, who is 15 and has a rare disorder called Canavan disease. “He's just so awesome,” Alex says of his brother, who communicates with loved ones through blinking, eye rolls, smiles and his infectious laugh.


    Will hurricane forecasts get better?

    With hurricane season less than two weeks away, and a very active season predicted by meteorologists, all thoughts are on what happened last year, when a tropical cyclone named Sandy raced north from the Caribbean, hung a sharp left off the mid-Atlantic coast and smashed into New Jersey and New York, killing 147 people, flooding some of the most valuable real estate in America and causing tens of...

    The ten commandments is written on one of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem. Nearly 70 years after the discovery of the world’s oldest biblical manuscripts, the Palestinian family who originally sold them to scholars and institutions is now quietly marketing the leftovers.

    Fragments of Dead Sea Scrolls are up for sale

    Most of these scraps are barely postage-stamp-sized, and some are blank. But in the last few years, evangelical Christian collectors and institutions in the U.S. have forked out millions of dollars for a chunk of this archaeological treasure. This angers Israel’s government antiquities authority, which holds most of the scrolls and claims that every last scrap should be recognized as Israeli...

    With just days before the legislature's scheduled adjournment and many major issues unresolved, the state Capitol will be a busy place this week.

    New lawmakers have to hustle on big issues

    When lawmakers started meeting in January, the newly elected class faced huge, complicated questions about Illinois' disastrous finances, thousands of teachers' retirement futures', gun control, same-sex marriage and gambling in the Chicago area. They still do. Here's a look at where things stand to start the session's final week.

    Joel Pena celebrates during South Elgin High School’s commencement ceremony at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates on Saturday.

    Images: South Elgin High School Graduation
    South Elgin High School held its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 25 at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.


    Miami Heat’s LeBron James, right, and Dwyane Wade laugh on the bench during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA Eastern Conference basketball finals against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis, Sunday, May 26, 2013. The Heat won 114-96. James scored 22 points and Wade had 18.

    Heat offense puts away Pacers 114-96 in Game 3

    INDIANAPOLIS — LeBron James scored 22 points and the Miami Heat rediscovered their offensive punch, routing the Indiana Pacers 114-96 on Sunday night to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.James got plenty of help as the Heat reclaimed the home-court advantage they lost two nights earlier. Dwyane Wade had 18 points, and Udonis Haslem added 17.David West led Indiana with 21 points, and Roy Hibbert had 20 points and 17 rebounds. The Pacers lost for the first time at home in the playoffs this season, dropping to 6-1.Game 4 is Tuesday night in Indianapolis.It was vastly different from the first two games when the Heat couldn’t pull away.Miami used an 8-2 run to open up a 10-point lead in the second quarter led 70-56 at halftime — Miami’s biggest lead in the series.Indiana didn’t get closer than seven the rest of the way.It was a rare letdown from one of the NBA’s top defensive teams.Miami shot 54.5 percent from the field, was 24 of 28 from the free-throw line, matched its highest-scoring quarter of the playoffs this season (34) in the first, broke the franchise’s postseason scoring record for a half with 70 points and tied a franchise playoff record with only one first-half turnover.The combination was the perfect remedy for Miami, which needed James’ buzzer-beating layup to win Game 1 in overtime and turned the ball over twice in the closing seconds of Game 2, a 97-93 loss. The Heat hadn’t led by more than five in either of those two home games.On Sunday, Miami got major contributions from a handful of players and left nothing to chance.It traded baskets through the first quarter, building a 34-30 lead and getting the Pacers out of their grind-it-out style, then opened up the second quarter on an 8-2 run to make it 42-32. Indiana couldn’t get closer than seven the rest of the half and when James knocked down a 15-foot jumper with 1.3 seconds left, the Heat had the record.Indiana was a different team to start the second half, getting back-to-back 3-pointers and a three-point play from George Hill. Lance Stephenson followed that with 1 of 2 free throws to cut it to 74-67.But Miami countered with a 9-4 run, extended the lead to 91-76 after three and made it 99-78 early in the fourth.Indiana closed to 101-87 midway through the fourth but couldn’t any closer. It was only the third time this season the Pacers lost at home by double digits. Indiana fell 97-75 to Oklahoma City in April and 105-95 in the regular-season finale to Philadelphia when coach Frank Vogel rested four of five starters.

    White Sox manager Robin Ventura celebrates with catcher Hector Gimenez after Sunday’s 5-3 victory over the Miami Marlins at U.S. Cellular Field.

    White Sox finally get back to .500

    Sunday's 5-3 win over Miami pulled the White Sox back to the .500 mark at 24-24. The Marlins are baseball's worst team, but the Sox weren't apologizing after completing their first three-game sweep of the season.


    Len Kasper: Quieter cross-town tone not a bad thing

    The Cubs-White Sox series has a new twist this year with all the games coming this week, the first two at U.S. Cellular Field and then the final pair at Wrigley Field. With baseball’s new alignment, each team plays more interleague games now, but the rivalry series have been pared down from six to four. For the record, I am good with that. The No. 1 attraction of interleague play for Cubs fans is this cross-town series, so I am glad that it is being preserved.

    Paul Konerko has been showing signs of coming around at the plate, and the White Sox need that offense from their veteran, says Chris Rongey.

    Chris Rongey: Sox fans do make things interesting

    A year ago Chris Rongey was still in favor of the six-game season series between the White Sox and the Cubs. Now that things have changed, he has to admit, this isn’t bad.


    McConkey, Boomers slam Grizzlies

    Brian McConkey hit his first homer for Schaumburg, a grand slam with two outs in the top of the 11th inning, as the Boomers finally beat the Gateway Grizzlies 13-9 on Sunday night. McConkey’s blast finished off a night which saw Schaumburg fail to hold three leads, including two in the late innings. Gerard Hall drove home 5 runs as the Boomers raced to a 6-2 lead through 7 innings. Hall connected on a 2-run homer and a 2-run double, matching a team record with 5 RBI.

    San Jose Sharks goalie Antti Niemi blocks a goal attempt by Los Angeles Kings left wing Kyle Clifford as Sharks defenseman Brad Stuart defends during the second period in Game 6 of their second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in San Jose, Calif., Sunday, May 26, 2013.

    Sharks force Game 7 with Kings

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Joe Thornton got San Jose off to a fast start with a power-play goal in the first period and TJ Galiardi added a goal in the second to help the Sharks force a decisive seventh game with a 2-1 victory over the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Sunday night.Antti Niemi made 24 saves as the Sharks matched Los Angeles’ three home wins in this series with a third of their own. San Jose won all three games by 2-1 scores.Game 7 is Tuesday night in Los Angeles. While the Kings seemingly have the advantage of home ice that has been so paramount this series, road teams in NHL history are 8-8 in seventh games of series where the home team has won the first six games, according to STATS LLC.Dustin Brown scored the lone goal for Los Angeles and Jonathan Quick made 24 saves. The Kings have lost 11 of 12 road games but have been unbeatable at home, winning all six playoff games and 13 straight at Staples Center since the end of the regular season.The Kings tried to end it in San Jose, putting pressure on Niemi early in the final period in search of the equalizer. But they couldn’t break through against a strong forecheck late to the delight of the loud crowd chanting “Beat LA! Beat LA!” from the start of the night.After taking a 1-0 lead early, the Sharks went more than 15 minutes without a shot before regaining their stride early in the second period. Galiardi beat Quick with a wrist shot from the faceoff circle for his first career playoff goal to make it 2-0 and San Jose had a chance to break the game open when Justin Williams was sent to the box for a double-minor high-sticking penalty.But Quick and the Kings killed off all 4 minutes of power-play time and then got back into the game with just over 6 minutes left in the second when Brown banked a shot from behind the goal line off Niemi and into the net.The Sharks started fast thanks to three early power plays and the desperation of an elimination game to continue the trend in this series of the home team scoring first when they converted on a two-man advantage. With Mike Richards already in the box for tripping Brent Burns, Anze Kopitar shot a puck over the glass for a delay-of-game penalty.San Jose patiently worked the puck around during the 5-on-3 advantage and took the lead when Joe Pavelski slid a pass across the goalmouth to Thornton, who shot it in from the side of the net to end a drought of 102:14 dating to the second period in Game 4.The Sharks were lucky that lead held up for the period as they were scrambling after that in part because of an injury that knocked defenseman Justin Braun out for the final 16 minutes of the period.Los Angeles took the last eight shots of the period, with Niemi making two tough saves to rob Trevor Lewis on the power play and also stopping Kyle Clifford on a rebound in close. The Kings also were unlucky, hitting three posts in the period.

    Cubs outfielder Alfonso Soriano hits a two-run home run off Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Logan Ondrusek to drive in two runs in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, May 26, 2013, in Cincinnati. Chicago won 5-4 in 10 innings.

    Cubs rally in 8th, win in 10th

    Alfonso Soriano hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth inning and Welington Castillo had a go-ahead double in the 10th, helping the Chicago Cubs rally from a four-run deficit in a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday that stopped a season-high, six-game losing streak.

    U.S. Cellular Field hosts the first two of four games this week pitting the White Sox against the Cubs.

    Scot’s letter to Bruce on the Sox
    Dear Bruce: There’s a TV on my desk in the U.S. Cellular Field press box, so you’re more than welcome to drop by Monday night and watch the Blackhawks-Red Wings in Game 6. Let’s face it, the remote action on the ice is going to be much more entertaining than the live baseball on the field below.

    Shortstop Starlin Castro and the Cubs take on the White Sox on Monday night in the first of four straight games between the cross-town rivals.

    Bruce’s letter to Scot on the Cubs

    The Cubs come "home" Monday to take on the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. Daily Herald Cubs writer provides a scouting report for his White Sox counterpart, Scot Gregor. It's not a pretty one.


    Seabrook shows how much Blackhawks need him

    Brent Seabrook went from being a lock for 20-plus minutes of ice time every night to playing just over 12 minutes in Game 4 against Detroit. "I was ticked off at myself, first and foremost,” Seabrook admitted on Sunday. “I’ve got to be better and play.” Seabrook got the chance Saturday and responded - big time.


    Murray Q&A: Hawks need to continue to play with a purpose

    The Blackhawks played with the desperation they needed in Game 5 and that's exactly why they're off to Detroit for Game 6 on Monday. Troy Murray breaks down Saturday's game and previews Game 6.

    Bryan Bickell celebrates with his teammates after getting the first goal in Saturday’s Game 5 victory over the Red Wings.

    Blackhawks’ Bickell just looking for wins

    The hits just keep on coming for Bryan Bickell. The big forward provided quite a spark for the Blackhawks and the packed house at the UC with a pair of monster hits Saturday, one on Joakim Andersson and the other, a third period smash into Niklas Kronwall that sent the Detroit defenseman to the bench for a while with an apparent hand injury. “We want to get the crowd behind us, get the team into it, get us players into it,” Bickell said. “I think to be physical for me is important to get me in the game and get the team to show that we’re willing to do what it takes to get the win.”

    The Blackhawks hope to be doing more celebrating in Monday night’s Game 6 at Detroit, while continuing to frustrate the Red Wings.

    Blackhawks look to bring series back to Chicago for Game 7

    Two days ago, it was the Blackhawks having to deal with adversity. Now let’s see how the Red Wings handle a little pressure. After staying alive in the Western Conference semifinals with a 4-1 win in Game 5 on Saturday at the United Center, the Hawks would like nothing more than to force a Game 7 on Wednesday with another victory Monday night at Joe Louis Arena.

    Kohki Idoki displays the trophy after winning the 74th Senior PGA Championship on Sunday in St. Louis.

    Japan’s Idoki sneaks up on surprised field

    Three of the top stars in American golf were in position to win the 74th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club on Sunday. None did. The first major title of the year on the Champions Tour instead went to Kohki Idoki, a 5-foot-5, 136-pound Japanese golfer whose professional record was as unimpressive as England’s Roger Chapman — who came out of similar oblivion to win both the Senior PGA and U.S. Senior Open last year. Idoki, 51, won two Japan PGA Tour events — in 1990 and 1993 — and took his first win on his country’s Senior Tour last year. Those credentials barely got him into the Senior PGA field for the first time, and his play was too good for perennial contenders Kenny Perry, Jay Haas and Mark O’Meara. All had shortcomings of one sort or another.

    Associated Press The WNBA is touting Skylar Diggins, left, Elena Delle Donne and Brittney Griner as the ‘3 to See’ this season. Griner, Delle Donne and Diggins were drafted 1-2-3 in April.

    Sky’s opener features two of WNBA’s ‘3 to See’

    The Sky takes on the Phoenix Mercury in its season opener on Monday and the game will feature two of the WNBA's brigthest young stars: Sky rookie Elena Delle Donne and Merucury rookie Brittney Griner.


    Chicago Sky scouting report

    Sky scout for Monday: Sky at Phoenix Mercury

    According to WSCR's Matt Spiegel, the White Sox should do everything in their power to make sure Chris Sale doesn't suffer a long-term problem with his pitching arm due to poor mechanics.

    Some free advice on Sox' Sale

    Skipping a Chris Sale start is of course the right thing to do. As skipping another one Tuesday would be, if he still feels any of that tendinitis. The Sox should be glad he said something to Herm Schneider about the pain, even as he knew it would probably mean a pause in his current run of excellence. I wonder if his contract changed the dynamics of that conversation; Sale doesn't have to prove durability or excellence to get paid anymore. Sale's delivery will always be a knee-jerk trigger for concern, because he looks so unnatural in still frames captured on your computer screen and morning paper.

    White Sox slugger Adam Dunn rounds third base after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Chicago, Sunday, May 26, 2013.

    Sox sweep Marlins with 5-3 win

    Dayan Viciedo and Alex Rios each threw out a runner at the plate, and the White Sox beat Alex Sanabia and the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Sunday to sweep their weekend series at U.S. Cellular Field.The White Sox have won five of six and nine of 12 to climb back to .500 for the first time since they were 4-4 on April 10. Dylan Axelrod (3-3) benefited from a two-run homer by Adam Dunn and a tiebreaking two-run double from Alejandro De Aza to pick up his third consecutive victory.Sanabia returned to the mound for the first time since cameras caught him spitting on the ball during a start against Philadelphia last Monday. He said he didn’t know it was illegal, and it looks as if Major League Baseball has no plans to discipline the 24-year-old right-hander.Sanabia (3-7) pitched into the seventh inning against the Phillies to end a personal five-game losing streak. But he was unable to sustain that success against Chicago (24-24).Dunn drove the first pitch he saw in the first inning over the wall in left for an opposite-field shot that snapped an 0-for-17 rut. The big slugger, who is playing through a back issue, has six homers in his last 12 games and 12 overall on the season.De Aza drove in two more with a two-out drive into the gap in left-center in the second, lifting the White Sox to a 4-2 lead.Marcell Ozuna, Justin Ruggiano and Nick Green each had two hits and an RBI for Miami, which has dropped five straight and 12 of 14. Sanabia allowed four runs and six hits in four innings.Ozuna, Chris Coghlan and Ruggiano started the second with consecutive singles to bring home one run, but Coghlan was easily cut down by Viciedo while trying to score on Ruggiano’s base hit into left field. The throw beat Coghlan to the plate, and Hector Gimenez held on when the center fielder made an attempt to dislodge the ball.Rios bobbled Ruggiano’s single to right in the sixth, then recovered in time to throw out Ozuna in a close play at home. Marlins manager Mike Redmond came out for a brief argument before returning to the dugout.Rios tacked on an RBI single in the eighth to extend Chicago’s lead to 5-3, giving the White Sox some momentum going into four straight games against the crosstown Cubs beginning Monday night.Axelrod was charged with three runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings. Matt Lindstrom, Matt Thornton and Jesse Crain then combined to get the ball to Addison Reed, who worked the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.Crain pitched a perfect eighth to run his scoreless streak to 20 consecutive outings covering 18 1-3 innings. Reed has converted his last seven save opportunities.

    Tony Kanaan, of Brazil, drives through the first turn during the Indianapolis 500 auto race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis Sunday, May 26, 2013.

    Kanaan finally wins the Indy 500

    Tony Kanaan has finally won the Indianapolis 500. Kanaan dove past Ryan Hunter-Reay on a restart with three laps to go, then coasted across the finish line under yellow when defending race winner Dario Franchitti crashed far back in the field.

    San Antonio Spurs' Kawhi Leonard (2) congratulates teammate Tony Parker (9), of France, after making a basket against the Memphis Grizzlies in overtime during Game 3 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, May 25, 2013, in Memphis. The Spurs won 104-93 to lead the series 3-0. To the left is forward Tim Duncan (21). (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

    Spurs take 3-0 lead, beat Grizzlies 104-93 in OT

    Tim Duncan scored the first five points of overtime, and the San Antonio Spurs rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 104-93 Saturday night and move a win away from the NBA Finals.

    Jonathan Toews (19), right, celebrates with teammates after they defeated the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 in Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference semifinals in Chicago, Saturday, May 25, 2013.

    Blackhawks fight to live another day

    With their backs against the wall, the Blackhawks came up huge against Detroit Saturday night at the UC and stayed alive with a terrific performance in Game 5.

    Chicago Blackhawks' Andrew Shaw (65) celebrates with Jonathan Toews (19) after scoring his goal during the second period of Game 5 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference semifinals against the Detroit Red Wings in Chicago, Saturday, May 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Dialed-in Shaw sticks it to Wings

    Andrew Shaw's 2 goals Saturday night at the United Center helped the Blackhawks force a Game 6 in the Western Conference semifinals.


    In this Friday, April 26, 2013 photo, Rabbi Pinchas Herman inspects machinery used for enzyme production for kosher products at Novozymes North America Inc., in Franklinton, N.C. The inspection is an example of how the centuries-old dietary code of observant Jews is adapting to its role as a mark of quality in the global food and drinks industry.

    Kosher meets industrial food at enzymes, acids

    The centuries-old dietary code of observant Jews is adapting to modern food technology and how kosher is increasingly being used as a mark of quality in the global food and drinks industry. Rabbies are checking materials used, the past uses of equipment, the piping and other process flow details, he said. Kosher adherence is likely to mean that a food producer will have to keep a detailed list of every ingredient used there, something that they might not otherwise compile.

    Special K Nourish that is slated to hit stores in July 2013. Kellogg Co. is building on its biggest moneymaker even further with the ìhot cerealî thatís made with quinoa and other grains.

    Special K churns out products in brand evolution

    Special K was once just a line of cereals. Today, it's a diet food empire. The brand first hit shelves in 1955 as a no-frills breakfast alternative but now caters to dieters who see its airy chips and pastries as a way to beat cravings and lose weight. And this summer, Kellogg Co. is building on its biggest moneymaker with a "hot cereal" called Special K Nourish that's made with quinoa and other grains.

    It’s a hard time for orchestras. But then, it’s a hard time for a lot of traditional institutions -- newspapers, record labels, book publishers. Audiences and revenue are declining, and modern readers and listeners aren’t necessarily interested in the same products they were in the past. In the case of journalism, this means print newspapers; for orchestras, it means concerts of music by 19th-century European composers.

    Orchestras struggling to survive

    It's a hard time for orchestras. But then, it's a hard time for a lot of traditional institutions -- newspapers, record labels, book publishers. Audiences and revenue are declining, and modern readers and listeners aren't necessarily interested in the same products they were in the past. In the case of journalism, this means print newspapers; for orchestras, it means concerts of music by 19th-century European composers.


    With high-tech guns, users could disable remotely

    A high-tech startup is wading into the gun control debate with a wireless controller that would allow gun owners to know when their weapon is being moved — and disable it remotely.

    Banks have paid less than half the $5.7 billion in cash owed to troubled homeowners under nearly 30 settlements brokered by the government since 2008, delaying help to the millions of victims of discrimination and shoddy lending that epitomized the housing crisis, according to a Washington Post analysis of government data.

    Mortgage-crisis funds slow in coming, analysis shows

    Banks have paid less than half the $5.7 billion in cash owed to troubled homeowners under nearly 30 settlements brokered by the government since 2008, delaying help to the millions of victims of discrimination and shoddy lending that epitomized the housing crisis, according to a Washington Post analysis of government data.

    Only a handful of states, including Maryland, have begun paying doctors at higher Medicaid rates, which average a 73 percent increase nationally.

    Few doctors get higher Medicaid fees

    The Obama administration's strategy of enticing more primary-care doctors to treat the poor by raising Medicaid reimbursement rates is off to a slow start. Only a handful of states, including Maryland, have begun paying doctors at the higher rates, which average a 73 percent increase nationally. That's because the administration did not issue the rules until November, and state officials say they haven't had time to make changes and get the federal government to approve them.


    Battery draw could be from fuse, alternator

    Q. I own a 2006 Mustang convertible with 30,000 miles. I love the car but if I leave it for more than four days the battery goes dead. I have done my own investigation as trunk lights, doors left open, etc., with no luck. Now I just shut everything off. Any ideas?

    The interior of the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class S400 automobile: Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche had his designers create a back seat that reclines to an industry-leading 43.5-degree angle. Such amenities are critical to reviving the Mercedes brand among well-heeled Chinese, who account for more than half of all worldwide sales of the S-Class.

    Mercedes adds comfort to woo Chinese buyers

    Daimler Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche was leaning back in the rear seat of a prototype Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan in 2010 when he realized it didn't recline far enough. With wealthy consumers accustomed to sumptuous airline seats, he figured Mercedes needed to approach that level of comfort in its flagship model.

    Should patients undergoing broad DNA testing for a specific ailment be told of unexpected findings that signal risk of cancer or other serious diseases, even if they don’t request the information? The question is at the core of a battle brewing among doctors and ethicists amid growing use of gene sequencing for clinical use and the plethora of information that results from such tests.

    Gene dispute focuses on what patients should know

    Should patients undergoing broad DNA testing for a specific ailment be told of unexpected findings that signal risk of cancer or other serious diseases, even if they don't request the information? The question is at the core of a battle brewing among doctors and ethicists amid growing use of gene sequencing for clinical use and the plethora of information that results from such tests.


    Analysis: First amendment protects more than the press

    I believe that the First Amendment is the single most important provision in the Constitution. Part of what makes it so is that it protects all Americans -- not just journalists. The avowed purpose of the shield law is to make it difficult for the government to compel testimony from journalists. It is self-evident that being forced to disclose confidential information would make it harder for reporters to do their jobs. In effect, the risk of compelled disclosure increases the cost of journalism.

    In this May 10, 2013 photo, the No. 2 official at the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Conrad Tribble, center, talks to bloggers and tweeters gathering for a meeting called TwittHab 2.0 in Havana, Cuba. Dozens of young bloggers and tweeters gathered to talk about their place in a socialist society whose leaders have referred to the Internet as “a wild colt” to be tamed and make access difficult for all but a few. Among them were some of the staunchest defenders of the government.

    U.S. envoy in Cuba engages critics on and offline

    A U.S. diplomat has become a sort of tweeter-in-chief for the U.S. mission in Cuba, reaching out to some of Washington’s most vocal critics on the island. The U.S. Interests Section has long cultivated ties to dissident bloggers and tweeters. But the mission’s deputy chief Conrad Tribble has been reaching out to the communist Twitteratti as well.

Life & Entertainment

    Angelina Jolie's aunt Debbie Martin died Sunday at age 61 of breast cancer. Jolie recently announced she had a double mastectomy to avoid breast cancer because her mother, Marchline Bertrand, Martin's sister died of the disease in 2007.

    Angelina Jolie aunt dies of breast cancer days after op-ed

    Less than two weeks after Angelina Jolie had a double mastectomy to avoid breast cancer, her aunt has died from the disease. Jolie's aunt Debbie Martin died at age 61 Sunday in a San Diego-area hospital, her husband Ron Martin tells The Associated Press. Debbie Martin was the younger sister of Jolie's mother Marcheline Bertrand, whose own death from cancer in 2007 inspired the surgery that Jolie described in a May 14 New York Times op-ed.

    Director Steven Spielberg and Kate Capshaw arrive on the red carpet for the screening of Venus in Fur at the 66th international film festival, in Cannes, southern France, Saturday, May 25, 2013. Spielberg was head of the jury which awarded prizes at the film festival.

    ’Blue is the Warmest Color’ wins Palme d’Or

    Abdellatif Kechiche’s lesbian romance “Blue Is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele” has won the Palme d’Or, the top honor of the Cannes Film Festival. The jury, headed by Steven Spielberg, took the unusual move of awarding the Palme not just to Kechiche, but also to the film’s two stars: Adele Exarchopoulos and Lea Seydoux.

    This film publicity image released by Sony - Columbia Pictures shows Will Smith, left, and Jaden Smith in a scene from “After Earth.”

    Fame part of family business for Will, Jaden Smith

    Even in the midst of a globe-hopping promotional tour with his son Jaden and co-star for the sci-fi film “After Earth,” Will Smith recognizes the downside to making stardom a family affair. “I think that the major risk of this particular business is strictly emotional,” he said in a recent interview. “The business has almost a narcotic quality. So it’s almost as if you’re introducing a narcotic into your kid’s life."


    Violent children can tear family apart

    Q. I'm having trouble dealing with my violent niece and nephew, 5 and 7. I have two children of my own a little older. We are a tight family that (mostly, despite this big issue) enjoys hanging out together quite often. It's common for the 5-year-old to hold my 7-year-old down and just swing punches.

    The Barrington Arts Festival returns this weekend.

    Sunday picks: Art and music fests aplenty

    See the work of artists from around the world at the Barrington Art Festival at the Village Center in Barrington. Susanna Farms in Lake Villa hosts its Memorial Day Weekend celebration, featuring family activities like hayrides, kite flying, farm animals, obstacle courses and more. Today's the last day to catch Chicago-area tribute bands at the 29th annual Belmont-Sheffield Music Festival in Chicago.

    The Pedal Oak Park tour will stop at the Arthur B. Heurtley House in the Frank Lloyd Wright Historic District.

    On the road: Bike tour of Wright homes

    Experience Oak Park's variety of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings while on wheels. The Pedal Oak Park Bike Tour is a two-hour guided tour that stops at 22 Wright-designed structures in the Frank Lloyd Wright-Prairie School of Architecture Historic District. Also, festival season is heating up with the 65th annual 57th Street Art Fair in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood.

    Actors Michael Douglas, left, and Matt Damon star in the HBO film “Behind the Candelabra,” today at 9 p.m. EDT on HBO.

    Douglas, Damon dramatize a steamy showbiz affair

    The idea of Michael Douglas playing Liberace might seem nearly as outrageous as Liberace himself. But Douglas now dazzles as Liberace in the new HBO film "Behind the Candelabra," premiering Sunday at 8 p.m. “We played the script and tried not to wink at the audience,” said Douglas. “It’s a great love story. I watch it and I forget about Matt and myself. Then, pretty soon, I practically forget it’s two guys: The conversations and arguments sound like any ol’ couple.”

    Time in the sand is one of the lures of Bangs Lake Beach in Wauconda.

    Get ready to dive in and have fun at area beaches

    With the temperatures finally rising, it's time to make the most out of summer. That involves the most quintessential of summer activities: a trip to the beach. Whether you're looking to swim, picnic, play some beach volleyball, go boating or just soak up sun these local beaches offer plenty of ways to enjoy the warm weather.

    Owner Tony Zgraggen at the Alp and Dell artisanal cheese store in Monroe, Wis. The store is one of the few places in the area where Limburger cheese, famous for its smell, can be bought.

    Nose knows when you’re visiting stinky cheese capital

    Monroe is a tranquil town of 10,000 nestled in the rolling hills of southern Wisconsin, where pale brown cows gaze soulfully from fields and silos dot the landscape. Settled by Swiss and German immigrants, it boasts a brewery, a cheesemaking museum and a historic town square dominated by a 1891 Romanesque-style courthouse with a clock tower and bell that chimes on the hour. This charming place is also home to the stinkiest cheese in the world.

    David Karp, 26, who dropped out of high school to concentrate on computer programming and started Tumblr six years ago, sold the online blogging forum to Yahoo last week for $1.1 billion.

    Wunderkinds attain success without school

    Thomas Sohmers, 17, of Hudson, Mass., has been working at a research lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since he was 13, developing projects ranging from augmented reality eyewear to laser communications systems. This spring, his mom, Penny Mills, let him drop out of 11th grade. She says she “could see how much of the work he was doing at school wasn’t relevant to what he wanted to learn.” Thomas and his mom learned that he is in esteemed company as a high-school dropout with a knack for computers: David Karp, 26, last week sold Tumblr, the online blogging forum he created, to Yahoo for $1.1 billion.

    Mike Tenerelli, who lives in Winfield and grew up in Glen Ellyn, will be competing on the new season of ABC’s “The Bachelorette.”

    Glen Ellyn native appears on ‘The Bachelorette’

    Mike Tenerelli can’t say whether he found love on “The Bachelorette,” but he describes some of his about-to-be-televised dates as “experiences of a lifetime.” Tenerelli, who grew up in Glen Ellyn and now lives in Winfield, is one of 25 men who will compete to win the heart of Desiree Hartsock on the new season of the ABC reality show premiering Monday.

    An increasing number of divinity students who don’t plan to become pastors. Instead, they envision using their degrees to “minister” in any number of professions, from filmmaking to medicine to nonprofit management.

    Seminary graduates take different careers

    An increasing number of divinity students don’t plan to become pastors. Instead, they envision using their degrees to “minister” in any number of professions, from filmmaking to medicine to nonprofit management. "They look at the institutional church and say, ‘I’m happy to change the world with the church’s help, but if the institutional church gets in my way or makes it harder, I’ll join (a nongovernmental organization) or nonprofit,’" said Shaun Casey, of Wesley.

    People walk past open attractions along the newly rebuilt boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J. Visitors to the Jersey shore will find many of their favorite beaches and boardwalks ready for summer, thanks to a massive rebuilding effort after Superstorm Sandy.

    Jersey shore readies for first 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, the first since Superstorm Sandy pummeled the coast and upended hundreds of thousands of lives in October.

    This family would like to use the natural area and meditation meadow behind their yard as inspiration for a backyard makeover.

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 4: Dreaming of a natural retreat

    Our backyard is the reason we bought our house. It backs up to a meditation meadow that provides a sense of peace and opportunities to observe wildlife in the middle of the suburbs.

    This yard just needs some finishing touches to be perfect for summertime fun.

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 4: Need more color

    We spend so much time in our yard, a nice makeover will be a wish come true. I have tried my best to make it great but something is missing still and any help from professionals will be like winning a megamillion lottery!!

    A planting bed, incorporating an existing evergreen tree, could include flowering shrubs, ornamental trees, perennials and grasses.

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 4: Kitchen window view

    As a mother of two young children, I spend a good deal of time standing at my kitchen sink doing dishes while staring out the window into my backyard.

    A grill island, like this Harmony Bristol model by Belgard, is a way for the cost-conscious to enter the outdoor-dining arena.

    Chicagoans are pioneers when it comes to outdoor cooking

    The residents of Chicago's suburbs have always loved spending as much time as possible outdoors during the warm weather months, probably as a result of all the time they are forced to spend indoors when the snow is falling and the winds are blowing relentlessly. In fact, we are even known as pioneers when it comes to outdoor dining, in particular, because the iconic Weber grill was invented and tested in Northwest suburban Mount Prospect and it has been produced in Palatine for years.

    Belgard suggests the homeowner replace the old wooden deck with a Belgard Mega Arbel paver patio with a seat wall, fire pit and grill enclosure.

    Outdoor makeover contest Week 4: Young family with big dreams

    Practically everything in our yard is old and falling apart. When we moved in a few years ago, there were beautiful bushes at the back of our property that blocked the view into our neighbor's living room. First one bush died, then another.


    Drainage and dryness make basement walls paintable

    Q. I have a story-and-a-half brick home built around 1940. The house contains a drainage system on the interior of the basement walls that the previous owner had installed. The installation included trenching around the interior perimeter, laying 4-inch drainage pipe, and installing two cisterns with sump pumps.

    When it comes to replacing tub and shower components, be sure to work with a licensed and insured contractor in your area who can help suggest the best option for your particular bathroom.

    Tub-surround project may surround you with options

    Q. I want to change the look of my bathroom by putting in a new "tub surround." I want to avoid ripping out the ceramic tile if possible. Are there special panels that I can glue or attach to my present tile wall?


    Permits, inspections are there for a reason: safety

    Q. I have planned all winter for a bathroom addition to my home. Once I started work, a state inspector showed up and told me I had to have a permit. I own the home and I didn't ask for any inspections from the state. Can they come on my property and stop my work?


    AP Photo

    Editorial: The thing you must do: remember

    A Daily Herald editorial emphasizes the importance of remembering those who sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy.


    The invisible lawmakers

    Guest columnist Lee Hamilton: Want to know what's causing a lot of people in Washington to work long hours right now? Here's a hint: it's not immigration reform or gun control or, for that matter, any other legislation coming down the pike. Instead, it's a pair of three-year-old laws.


    Maybe lawmakers should be sued for lack of service
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: If taxpayers are unhappy with the lack of maintenance performed by the state, then they should be allowed to withhold paying their taxes.


    A sacrifice forever remembered
    A Vernon Hills letter to the editor: Seldom has a day passed during the last 44 years that I haven't thought about you and the events of that September afternoon. It is the most defining moment of my life. I learned about life, death, fear, and most of all, helplessness.


    Sequester hitting needy the hardest
    A Lindenhurst letter to the editor: We need to contact our federal senators and representatives to protest this ridiculous reduction to the families with the most need


    An addendum to article on memory reconstruction
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Fading memories (forgetting) can be influenced by trauma, an emotionally charged reason to forget, or time. However, it is well documented that what the individual interprets as an especially meaningful experience (what Fernyhough labels as autobiographical memory) is often more enduring and relatively less prone to reconstructive distortion.


    Stop building, living on flood plains
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: It's time we got hardhearted about this. Mother Nature just gave us a prioritized map of where we should not build. This map works with the changes we have made by upstream development. It's what is vulnerable now that needs to be abandoned, not what looked vulnerable decades ago when some chart was published.


    To those who helped in our time of need
    A South Elgin letter to the editor: We want to thank the caring people that helped when my husband passed out behind the wheel at a stop sign in Crystal Lake.


    GOP Congress does not operate that way
    GOP Congress does not operate that wayScandal! Impeach! This is how a Republican Congress deals with a president from the Democratic Party.Scandal No. 1: Benghazi. The Congress should fully fund the security forces guarding our embassies and consulates around the world. This Congress cut the security budget, and four Americans died.Scandal No. 2: IRS targets conservative groups which seek tax exempt status. After the Citizens United ruling by the Supreme Court, the IRS was inundated with applications for this tax exempt status. It was the IRS’s responsibility to question the organizations to find out if they qualified, and were not mostly political organizations. John Boehner wants to know who is going to jail over this scandal. Policy may have been breached, but no laws were broken. The Tea Party, since its inception has had an anti-tax ideology. They should be flagged for increased scrutiny. Liberal groups should be flagged also. Congress can fix this by improving the tax code and clarifying who qualifies for tax exempt status.Scandal No. 3: Government sweeps Associated Press’s phone records looking for a security leak. Again, Congress, not the Constitution, gave the executive branch enormous power when it passed the Patriot Act after 9/11. That meant every president, including the current one, could use these powers. If Congress doesn’t want the executive branch to exercise these powers, repeal the Patriot Act.Congress can fix all these so-called scandals by exercising their duties as the legislative branch of the government. That would require that the Congress actually govern. Unfortunately, a Republican Congress doesn’t operate that way.Diane NiesmanWheaton


    GOP sabotage of health care shameful
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: The Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) was passed by both houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Obama. Americans should be angry that many Republicans are working hard at every level of government to sabotage implementation, perhaps so they can crow that it was a bad idea in the first place. Shame on them.


    Always happy to run your letters: For free!!!

    Not only was it a nice letter to the editor, its authors were offering to pay for its publication. That inspired DuPage/Fox news director Jim Davis to create a favorite letters file for publication later in the year.


May 2013

28 29 30 1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30 31 1