Daily Archive : Monday May 27, 2013


    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk holds up a Bronze Star before presenting it Monday to Daniel Field of Lake Forest on behalf of his father, Edward Arthur Field, who served in World War II, at the Arlington Heights Memorial Day ceremony.

    Parade salutes Arlington Heights veterans

    U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk played a double role in Arlington Heights’ Memorial Day activities — riding in the parade as a Navy Reserve veteran and helping honor World War II veteran Edward Arthur Field by bestowing a Medal of Honor on the late serviceman’s son, Daniel Field of Lake Forest. On Monday, Arlington Heights was among many suburbs saluting fallen heroes, veterans who died in the past year and...

    Heavy smoke and flames pour out of a structure at the former Jamaican Gardens nursery Monday on Route 176 in Libertyville.

    Firefighters probe cause of blaze at former Libertyville garden center

    Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire that struck a shuttered plant nursery Monday in Libertyville. Firefighters were called to the former site of Jamaican Gardens shortly before noon, after multiple greenhouses and a storage building caught fire, according to Libertyville Fire Lt. Dominick Tufano.

    A 21-gun salute breaks the morning silence during the Memorial Day celebration at South Cemetery in St. Charles early Monday morning.

    Images: Memorial Day in the suburbs
    Senator Mark Kirk participated in the Arlington Heights Memorial Day parade on Monday. Many other parades and services were held throughout the suburbs on Monday in observance of Memorial Day.

    A team of five students from Harper College and three from DeVry recently placed fourth in the NASA University Student Launch Initiative. Team Leader Scott Mueller, left, and Chris Wessel work on their rocket prior to the launch. Mueller, of Elk Grove Village, is a robotics expert and Wessel has plans to be a mechanical engineer.

    Harper College team scores big at NASA rocket competition

    Their rocket crashed during a test run, but a Harper College-based team of science and engineering students took fourth place in a national NASA rocketry competition, besting big names like MIT and Northwestern. “To be mentioned in the same sentence as such prestigious schools is really awesome,” said student Eric Meyers.


    Britain: EU ends arms embargo on Syrian opposition

    BRUSSELS — The European Union said its member states within days will be able to send weapons to help Syria’s outgunned rebels, seeking to pressure President Bashar Assad’s regime ahead of planned peace talks mediated by the United States and Russia.


    Casino taxes could change to push gambling compromise

    The Illinois House shepherd of a massive gambling expansion package said he's negotiating with lawmakers over possibly changing casinos' tax rates in order to get a deal done.

    Would allocating road funds based on criteria like gridlock end “arbitrary” transportation funding decisions in Illinois? CMAP thinks so.

    Is Illinois road funding split fair — or ‘arbitrary’?

    For eons, downstate Illinois has received 55 percent of the transportation pie and Chicago and the suburbs have got 45 percent. Now regional planners want to eliminate the formula and base it on criteria like congestion relief and crash stats. Already there's pushback from downstate.

    A large crowd turned out for the Memorial Day celebration early Monday morning at South Cemetery in St. Charles.

    Honoring those who sacrificed all

    Memorial Day brought parades and ceremonies, applause, salutes and the simple message "thank you" to veterans in communities across the suburbs as people remembered members of the military, especially those who died in service.


    Trailer carrying 38,000 pounds of trail mix crashes in Elmhurst

    A tractor-trailer carrying 38,000 pounds of trail mix rolled over Monday, closing the Route 83 ramp to eastbound I-290 in Elmhurst for about 3 1/2 hours, police said. The crash happened shortly before 2 p.m., according to Illinois State Police Sgt. Darren Love, who said the load of trail mix "stayed contained" in the trailer during the accident.

    In this photo provided by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on his Twitter site, McCain visits troops at a Patriot missile site in southern Turkey, Monday, May 27, 2013. McCain quietly slipped into Syria for a meeting with Syrian rebels on Monday, confirms spokeswoman Rachael Dean. She declined further comment about the trip. (AP Photo/John McCain via Twitter)

    McCain makes surprise trip to Syria to visit rebels

    Republican Sen. John McCain has quietly slipped into Syria for a meeting with Syrian rebels.Spokeswoman Rachael Dean confirms the Arizona Republican made the visit. She declined further comment about the trip


    All-clear given after Brooklyn Bridge closure

    Police say the Brooklyn Bridge is closed while they investigate an abandoned car.Traffic in both directions was halted around 6 p.m. Monday.


    Fire breaks out aboard Royal Caribbean cruise ship

    A fire that broke out aboard a Royal Caribbean ship Monday did enough damage that the rest of the cruise was canceled and company said the more than 2,200 passengers aboard will be flown from the Bahamas back to Baltimore


    CLC to hold budget hearing

    College of Lake County will offer the public a chance to comment on its tentative budget in June. College of Lake County has set a 2014 tentative operating budget of $98.2 million, essentially the same amount as for the current year. To comment, the public may attended a budget hearing at 6 p.m. June 25. The CLC board will vote on the document afterward.


    Students honored at Warren High

    Gurnee-based Warren Township High School District 121 recently held an event to honor student achievement.


    Special parent meeting at District 95

    Lake Zurich Unit District 95 officials will host a special meeting for parents of private, parochial and home-schooled students.The purpose will be to discuss the district's plans for providing special education services to students with disabilities who are home-schooled or attend a private/parochial school within the boundaries in the 2013-14 school year.


    Gurnee cops on a roof

    Gurnee police will be on a doughnut shop's roof in the name of a good cause Friday, May 31.


    Crabtree Nature Center hosts activity day June 9

    Come to "Explore the Forest" at Crabtree Nature Center near Barrington Hills from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 9. Try out recreation activities, see what staff is up to and get kids outside at this free event.


    Streamwood police: Hanover Park man’s BAC was 0.324

    A Hanover Park man's blood alcohol content was more than four times the legal threshold when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed his vehicle early Sunday in Streamwood, police said. Rafael Camarena, 22, had to be extricated from the wreckage after his 2003 GMC went off the road and hit several trees on the 1200 block of Park Avenue.

    FILE - In this June 3, 1999, file photo Nupur Lala, 14, from Tampa, Fla., reacts to winning the 72nd annual National Spelling Bee in Washington; she correctly spelled "logorrhea." Like all bee winners, she's since had to deal with the perks, drawbacks and stereotypes that come with the title ó all magnified because she won the same year the competition was featured in an Oscar-nominated documentary.Today, she's 28 and finishing up a master's degree in cancer biology with plans to enroll in the University of Texas Medical School in Houston, having changed course from a career plan that had her researching memory and the brain for three years at MIT. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, File)

    ‘Spellbound’ star reflects on a Spelling Bee life

    Of the 85 kids who have won the National Spelling Bee, only one became an instant movie star. For the millions who watched back in 1999, her face is frozen in time. She'll always be the 14-year-old girl from Tampa, Fla., with the glasses and dark shoulder-length hair, her arms raised while leaping for joy.

    Iraqis gather at the scene of a car bomb attack at a used cars dealers parking lot in Habibiya neighborhood of eastern Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, May 27, 2013. A wave of car bombings tore through mostly Shiite Muslim neighborhoods of the Baghdad area, killing and wounding dozens of people, police said, in the latest outburst of an unusually intense wave of bloodshed roiling Iraq. The blasts are the latest indication that Iraq's security is rapidly deteriorating. (AP Photo/ Karim Kadim)

    Bombs tear through Iraqi capital, killing over 60

    A coordinated wave of car bombings tore through mostly Shiite areas of Baghdad on Monday, killing at least 66 people and maiming nearly 200 as insurgents step up the bloodshed roiling Iraq.

    Eight-year-old Jackson Turman shakes the hand of World War II Navy Veteran and Vietnam Veteran Frank Coleman, 85, of Roswell, after giving him a salute during the “Roswell Remembers” Memorial Day military ceremony at city hall on Monday, May 27, 2013, in Roswell, Ga. Coleman returned the salute and gave the young man a hug. Turman was attending the Memorial Day service with his grandfather Russ Johnson of Roswell, who is a Marine Vietnam veteran.

    Images: Memorial Day across the United States
    Memorial Day was observed throughout the United States. President Barack Obama participated in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Va.

    A September poll for Southern Illinois University’s Paul Simon Public Policy Institute found 44 percent of those surveyed said they believe same-sex couples “should be allowed to legally marry.” The Illinois legislature is debating making marriage between same-sex couples legal in Illinois.

    Ill. lawmakers weigh gay marriage as vote looms

    With the General Assembly nearing the end of its spring session, gay rights advocates are vowing to call a vote at any moment to make Illinois the 13th state to embrace same-sex marriage. When the year began, proponents were pushing to make Illinois the first state in the Midwest to etch gay marriage into law. But since the Illinois Senate voted in favor on Valentine's Day, it's remained unclear...

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum, left, and White Sox manager Robin Ventura chat prior to one of last year's clashes between the two teams at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Trains, lanes and teams under construction as city series begins

    The Red Line el train and lots of roads are under construction. Unfortunately, so are our Cubs and Sox, who are about to clash in this summer's edition of the city series. The White Sox are still retooling since the 2005 World Series championship. The long-suffering Cubs just spent almost $75 million locking up slugging first baseman Anthony Rizzo as part of a massive rebuilding plan that began...

    Head of Circulation Stephen Territo and Circulation Coordinator Vivien Starr move a cart full of books and DVDs from the library annex back to the newly renovated Vernon Area Library. Roughly 20,000 items needed to be moved after a $1.3 million renovation.

    Renovated Vernon Area Public Library almost ready for patrons

    A newly completed, $1.3 million renovation of the Vernon Area Public Library didn't change the facade of the 20-year-old building on Olde Half Day Road in Lincolnshire. But the inside? Boy oh boy — you wouldn't recognize it as the same facility.

    House Speaker, Republican John Boehner of Ohio, points toward the tall stack of paper, representing 20,000 pages of Affordable Care Act regulations, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

    Republicans see ‘Obamacare’ issues as key to 2014

    If Republicans were writing a movie script for next year's congressional elections, the working title might be "2014: Apocalypse of Obamacare." The plot: The rollout of President Barack Obama's health care law turns into such a disaster that enraged voters rebuke him by rewarding the GOP with undisputed control of Congress. But there's a risk for Republicans if they're wrong and the Affordable...

    In this Nov. 7, 2012, file photo Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, arrives to give his presidential election night concession speech in Boston. A 97-page election post-mortem, commissioned by the Republican Party after Romney’s loss last fall, said the GOP “is increasingly marginalizing itself, and unless changes are made, it will be increasingly difficult for Republicans to win another presidential election in the near future.”

    GOP dilemma: draw new voters without irking base

    The Republican Party, having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections, confronts a dilemma that's easier to describe than to solve: How can it broaden its appeal to up-for-grabs voters without alienating its conservative base? There's no consensus yet on how to do it.

    Jerry Andrew Active attempts to shield his face during his arraignment on charges of murder and sexual assault of a minor in the Anchorage jail court on Sunday, May 26, 2013. 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 accused of killing couple, assaulting toddler

    A man arrested fleeing from an Anchorage home wearing boxer shorts has been charged with beating an elderly couple to death and sexually assaulting their 2-year-old great-granddaughter — a case that officials say has shaken investigators for its brutality

    Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto attends a city council session at Osaka City Hall in Osaka, western Japan, Friday, May 24, 2013. Earlier in the day two Korean former sex slaves canceled a planned meeting Friday with outspoken Hashimoto who caused an uproar by justifying Japan’s wartime practice of forcing tens of thousands of Asian women into prostitution for its military.

    Japanese politician apologizes for sex comment

    An outspoken Japanese politician apologized Monday for saying U.S. troops should patronize adult entertainment businesses as a way to reduce sex crimes, but defended another inflammatory remark about Japan's use of sex slaves before and during World War II.

    Lyn Rigby, mother of Drummer Lee Rigby, holding a teddy bear joins other family members as they look at floral tributes outside Woolwich Barracks left by well wishers as they visited the scene of the 25-year-old soldier’s murder in Woolwich, south-east London, Sunday May 26, 2013.

    U.K. to weigh more curbs on extremists after soldier’s death

    U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May said the government is reviewing its powers to counter extremist groups following an attack that left a 25-year-old soldier dead in the middle of a busy road in London.


    Sri Lanka investigating monk’s self-immolation

    Sri Lanka's government is investigating the death of a Buddhist monk who set himself on fire last week, saying journalists knew in advance of his plans and could have alerted authorities.

    In this photo provided by Fernando Echeverria, security personnel assist a fan injured by a broken television camera cable during the NASCAR Sprint Cup series Coca-Cola 600 auto race at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Sunday, May 26, 2013.

    10 fans injured when TV cable falls on race track

    Charlotte Motor Speedway said 10 fans were injured Sunday at the Coca-Cola 600 and three of them were taken to the hospital after a nylon rope supporting a Fox Sports overhead television camera fell from the grandstands and landed on the track surface.


    Illinois releases updated guide for veterans

    The Illinois Attorney General’s office has updated a guide to federal and state benefits for service members and veterans.

    This photo provided by the National WWII Museum shows pages from the diary by 22-year-old Marine Cpl. Thomas Jones, who died in the bloody assault on a Japanese-held island during World War II. Before Jones died, he wrote what he called his “last life request” to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved. Laura Mae Davis Burlingame — she married an Army Air Corps man in 1945 — had given the diary to Jones, and didn’t know it had survived him until visiting the museum on April 24.

    WW2 Marine’s diary: A brief look at a brief life

    Before Cpl. Thomas "Cotton" Jones was killed by a Japanese sniper in the South Pacific in 1944, he wrote what he called his "last life request" to anyone who might find his diary: Please give it to Laura Mae Davis, the girl he loved. Davis did get to read the diary — but not until nearly 70 years later, when she saw it in a display case at the National World War II Museum. "I didn't have...

    Americans planned to gather at cemeteries, memorials and monuments nationwide to honor fallen military service members on Memorial Day, at a time when combat in Afghanistan approaches 12 years and the ranks of World War II veterans dwindles.

    Americans gather to honor fallen service members

    Americans planned to gather at cemeteries, memorials and monuments nationwide to honor fallen military service members on Memorial Day, at a time when combat in Afghanistan approaches 12 years and the ranks of World War II veterans dwindles. President Barack Obama was expected to lay a wreath Monday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from...

    Workers iron a Chinese national flag while a U.S. national flag is placed in front of a Chinese traditional painting before a meeting between U.S. National Security Adviser Tom Donilon and Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi at Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing, China, Monday, May 27, 2013.

    US, China set the stage for Obama-Xi summit

    An upcoming summit with President Barack Obama comes at a "critical juncture" in relations between China and the U.S., Chinese President Xi Jinping said Monday, underscoring the challenge they face in confronting divisive security issues and overcoming growing distrust.

    In this photo released on Sunday, May 26, 2013, by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad take their position during a clashes against Syrian rebels, in Aleppo, Syria. Syria’s Information Ministry says rebels have killed a TV correspondent who was covering clashes near the border with Lebanon.

    Syrian TV correspondent killed covering fighting

    A pro-government Syrian TV correspondent was killed Monday while covering clashes near the border with Lebanon, the Information Ministry said, in the latest death of a journalist in Syria's more than 2-year-old conflict.

    Chase Brennan, 6, of Aurora, runs from the pool at Cadence Health and Fitness Center in Geneva to where his bike is waiting. Brennan finished first in his age category of 6- to 8-year-olds during Sunday’s triathlon, now in its 13th year. It is organized by Multisport Madness Triathlon Team.

    Athletes pack Geneva for triathlon

    Jake McEneaney, 14, is an example for his peers about how hard work can make a difference. Of course, athletic inclination helped the Aurora triathlete, too. The Multisport Madness Triathlon Team has been hosting a youth triathlon annually for 13 years. Jake competed seriously for the first time in last year’s race and joined the team that summer after finishing in the middle of the pack.

    The Glen Ellyn District 41 school board is expected to discuss Tuesday whether or not to return “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” to eighth-grade classrooms at Hadley Junior High School.

    Dist. 41 takes new look at ‘Wallflower’ book ban

    A controversial book that was removed from eighth-grade classroom shelves at Hadley Junior High School in Glen Ellyn could return, under a proposal by school district officials. A Glen Ellyn Elementary District 41 committee made up primarily of teachers and administrators is asking the school board to reverse its decision to remove “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” as an independent...

    Serria Thompson, 7, of Lake Zurich, left, and P.D. Middleton, of Island Lake, enjoy their dinner as hot meals are served by Emmaus House of Hospitality, a Lake County charity, at St. Frances De Sales Catholic Church in Lake Zurich Sunday. Each week, financially stretched families are given a high quality meal and provided groceries from the food pantry to take home.

    Emmaus House, volunteers fighting suburban poverty

    Emmaus House of Hospitality, a Lake County, Lake Zurich charity that serves a hot meal every Sunday night for those who are stretched financially. Each week, guests also have access to high quality food that has reached it's freshness date, picked up from local food retailers.


    Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard (35) throws his stick as Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) and teammates Jonathan Toews, hidden from view, Marian Hossa (81), and Michal Rozsival (32), celebrate Bickell's goal during the third period of Game 6 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference semifinals in Detroit, Monday, May 27, 2013.

    On the brink, Blackhawks dig deep again

    After a terrible second period, during which you had to wonder if they fully understood their predicament, the Blackhawks came out in the third and took apart the Red Wings, forcing a Game 7 at home Wednesday.

    Chicago Blackhawks center Michael Frolik (67), of the Czech Republic, celebrates scoring a penalty shot goal against the Detroit Red Wings goalie Jimmy Howard during the third period in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Detroit, Monday, May 27, 2013.

    Blackhawks rally in third period to force Game 7

    The Blackhawks used a stunning 3-goal, third-period rally for a 4-3 victory that forced a seventh and deciding game in the Western Conference semifinals Wednesday at the United Center.

    Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa, left, celebrates his goal against the Detroit Red Wings with Andrew Shaw, Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews during Monday’s first period in Detroit.

    Blackhawks rally to force Game 7

    DETROIT — Bryan Bickell scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Blackhawks held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-3 in Game 6 on Monday night, giving the NHL’s top-seeded team a shot to advance to the Western Conference finals.The Blackhawks, who trailed the second round series 3-1, began the third down by one and were up by two goals midway through the period after an offensive flurry. They needed the cushion because Damien Brunner scored with 52 seconds left to pull Detroit within one.The Red Wings pulled their goaltender, but they were unable to score with the extra skater.Detroit carried a 2-1 lead into the third but Michal Handzus tied it in the opening minute of the final period. Bickell scored about 5 minutes later. Michael Frolik’s backhander on a penalty shot at the 9:43 mark put the Blackhawks ahead 4-2 and silenced the once-raucous crowd.The Blackhawks will have the fans on their side Wednesday night in Game 7 against seventh-seeded Detroit.Frolik became first player in league history to score two goals on penalty shots in the playoffs, according to STATS LLC.Chicago’s Corey Crawford made 35 saves and Jimmy Howard stopped 24 shots for the Red Wings.The Blackhawks sent the series back to Detroit with a 4-1 victory in Game 5 on Saturday night, and then jumped in front on Marian Hossa’s goal in the first. But Patrick Eaves tied the game later in the period and Joakim Andersson put the Red Wings up 2-1 with a long wrister 10:11 into the second period.Chicago coach Joel Quenneville made the first tactical move by starting Jonathan Toews and taking him off the ice soon after the puck dropped to get him away from Henrik Zetterberg.When the Blackhawks went ahead 1-0 on a power play, both captains were on the ice.Toews won the first faceoff against Zetterberg after the penalty was called, and ended up with an assist on Hossa’s goalmouth scramble score 3:53 into the game.\Eaves, who revived his career during the lockout-delayed season after having a concussion, scored for the first time this postseason off a rebound 18:51 into the first.Detroit put Chicago on the power play twice in the first 3:32 of the second — once for having too many men on the ice — and Howard had to make just three saves while the Red Wings were short-handed early in the second.The Red Wings went ahead for the first time when Anderson had the puck, which was on edge above the left circle, and flicked a wrist shot that fluttered so much Crawford couldn’t handle it.Chicago got to the front of the net in the third period and it paid off.Handzus was basically by himself when he scored 51 seconds into the third against a helpless Howard. Bickell wouldn’t let Detroit defenseman Brendan Smith move him away from Howard before he scored the winning goal, leading to Howard taking Smith’s stick and throwing it into the corner.Frolik got a penalty try when he had a breakaway after blocking Carlo Colaiacovo’s shot and was hacked by him from behind. He took advantage by scoring easily on Howard’s glove side.Detroit’s goalie was irate, screaming at an official while the Blackhawks celebrated their comeback.

    Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija hugs catcher Welington Castillo after pitching a complete-game 2-hitter as the Cubs beat the White Sox 7-0 Monday night at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Cubs’ Samardzija comes up all aces in shutting out White Sox

    Yes, Matt Garza is back in the Cubs' starting rotation. Garza will have to wait to reclaim an old title. For now, the undisputed ace of the Cubs' starting rotation is Jeff Samardzija. Backed by 7 runs from a top-heavy offense, Samardzija took care of his end Monday night, tossing a 2-hit complete game as the Cubs made quick work of the White Sox 7-0 at U.S. Cellular Field. Samardzija has a deceptive record of 3-6; his ERA is 2.85. He recorded his first complete game last September in his final start of the season. On Opening Day this year, he went 8 innings to beat the Pirates. And he starred on a big stage again Monday against the Cubs' cross-town rivals.


    Lisle earns historic trip to state semifinals

    All season there's been something different about this Lisle baseball team compared to past Lions teams that boasted superior talent.Until Monday, it was difficult to put a finger on the differences.Lisle, after winning the program's first sectional title on Saturday, advanced a brilliant step further with Monday's tense 5-4 victory over Beecher in the Class 2A Benedictine University supersectional in Lisle.


    Bickell’s strong play might affect Hawks’ future

    Bryan Bickell will be an unrestricted free agent after the season, but the left winger might have earned himself a new contract with his strong play in the playoffs. Either that or he has priced himself off the team with the Blackhawks expected to have more salary-cap problems this summer.


    Ever the pest, Bolland gets Detroit’s attention

    A pesky Dave Bolland got under the skin of Detroit forward Justin Abdelkader in Game 5, drawing a retaliation cross-checking penalty that turned into a power-play goal for the Blackhawks. Both the Hawsk and the Red Wings agree that's what Bolland does best, as Tim Sassone explains in this report.


    Aurora Central can’t solve Schweickert, St. Bede

    Aurora Central Catholic found an answer for every challenge that came at it during an improbable run to Monday's Class 2A Northern Illinois University supersectional. Every challenge, that is, until the Chargers ran into Lanie Schweickert.


    More bad news for Cubs reliever Fujikawa

    Cubs reliever Kyuji Fujikawa went on the 15-day disabled list Monday with what the team termed a muscular strain of his right forearm. Fujikawa spent a month on the DL this year with a forearm strain.

    San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich, left, talks to San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker during a timeout in the first half of Game 4 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies, in Memphis, Tenn., Monday, May 27, 2013.

    Spurs sweep Memphis, earn trip to Finals

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tony Parker scored 37 points in his best game this postseason, and the San Antonio Spurs advanced to their first NBA Final since 2007 when they won their last championship by beating the Memphis Grizzlies 93-86 on Monday night.The Spurs now have won six straight in these playoffs from when they finished off Golden State in the semifinals to sweeping the Grizzlies in the Western Conference final. The Grizzlies went from being undefeated on their own court in their best postseason in franchise history to being swept by the very same franchise that needed four games to knock them out of their first playoff appearance back in 2004. Parker had his best game this postseason as he hit 15 of 21 and all six at the free throw line earning the Spurs and Tim Duncan plenty of rest before Game 1 of the Finals on June 6.

    The Cubs’ Starlin Castro steals second base in the first inning Monday night after White Sox shortstop Alexei Ramirez was late getting over. The Cubs ended up with a run because of the miscue, and, for the Sox, it was all downhill after that.

    Nothing but bad for White Sox in this loss to Cubs

    With 9 wins in 12 games, the White Sox were finally feeling good about themselves heading into Monday night's interleague game vs. the Cubs. But after being overwhelmed by Jeff Samardzija, the Sox have got to build their confidence back up.

    Kenny Wienckowski, shown competing for St. Viator, recorded a hole-in-one at the NCAA Division III national championships playing for Illinois Wesleyan.

    Viator grad Wienckowski aces test for Illinois Wesleyan

    Many golfers never get a hole in one in their entire lives. Not only did former St. Viator standout Kenny Wienckowski already pull off the feat, he did it in the NCAA Division III national golf championships.The Illinois Wesleyan sophomore scored a hole-in-one on the 130-yard 12th hole at the Sandestin (Fla.) Golf and Beach Resort.

    Kyle Ruchim, shown here pitching for Stevenson, was named to the All-Big Ten third team as a junior playing outfield for Northwestern.

    Stevenson grad Ruchim making big impact at Northwestern

    Kyle Ruchim was an all-conference player for Stevenson High School. Now he has earned those honors in college. The Northwestern junior outfielder was named to the All-Big Ten third team. The Buffalo Grove native concluded the season ranked among the Big Ten leaders in several offensive categories. He finished in a three-way tie for second with 16 doubles, a league-leading 10 of which came during conference play.

    Chicago Blackhawks left wing Bryan Bickell (29) celebrates scoring a goal against the Detroit Red Wings with teammates during the third period in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals in the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs in Detroit, Monday, May 27, 2013.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Red Wings, Game Six
    The Chicago Blackhawks faced the Detroit Redwings Monday in Detroit during game six of thier playoff series. The Blackhawks defeated the Red Wings 4-3 and forced a game seven.

    Cubs outfielder Julio Borbon gets high fives in the dugout after hitting a two-run homer in the fifth inning, giving the Cubs a 3-0 lead over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field.

    Cubs’ Samardzija shuts out White Sox

    Jeff Samardzija threw a complete game, two-hit shutout and Julio Borbon hit a two-run home run and the Cubs beat the White Sox 7-0 on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field.Samardzija (3-6) pitched the Cubs’ first complete game shutout since Randy Wells shut out the Giants on Aug. 29, 2011. The last time Cubs shut out an opponent as a team came against the Rockies on Aug. 26, 2012.The first White Sox hit came from Conor Gillaspie in the third inning. Samardzija then got Jeff Keppinger to hit into a double play as he faced the minimum through four innings. He struck out Alejandro De Aza to end the sixth. He then retired 12 straight before giving up a walk to Tyler Flowers in the ninth inning. He bounced back by striking out De Aza, then after a single to Alexei Ramirez, he got Alex Rios to pop out to end the game.Anthony Rizzo doubled and hit a two-run triple in his first Crosstown Classic and Alfonso Soriano added three hits as the Cubs won two in a row after losing six straight.The once anticipated interleague series in Chicago lost some of its luster with the fans as the Cubs entered the game in last place in the NL Central and the White Sox struggling to play .500. The announced attendance was 30,601 at U.S. Cellular Field.White Sox starter Jose Quintana (3-2) allowed four runs and four hits. He struck out five and allowed three walks.The White Sox lost for the second time in seven games.With one out in the first inning, Quintana walked Starlin Castro then struck out Rizzo as Castro was attempting to steal second. Flowers was unable to throw to second because Ramirez forgot to cover second base. Soriano followed with a single off the left field wall to score Castro.In the fifth inning, Borbon hit a two-run shot to right on the first pitch. It was his first homer and the first RBIs of the season.Rizzo led off the sixth with a double and scored on Scott Hairston’s sacrifice fly to make it 4-0. In the seventh, Rizzo hit a two-run triple off the center field wall and scored on Soriano’s single to extend the Cubs lead to 7-0.White Sox reliever Nate Jones allowed three runs and four hits in the seventh inning.

    After a red-hot road trip, Adam Dunn has been struggling at the plate during the White Sox’ homestand.

    White Sox’ Dunn back in one of his bad streaks

    Adam Dunn has been dealing with back spasms for over a week, but the White Sox' left-handed slugger said he feels fine. Dunn is struggling at the plate again, and a 2-for-25 slump has dropped his batting average to .156.

    White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago has reached out to help a family affected by the tornado that hit Moore, Okla., last week.

    White Sox’ Santiago quietly shows his kindness

    White Sox pitcher Hector Santiago drove to Connecticut in January to speak to children adversely affected by the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings. Now, Santiago is helping a family in Moore, Okla., that lost everything in last week's deadly tornado.

    The Chicago Fire acquired Mike Magee on Friday night in a trade with the L.A. Galaxy.

    Magee celebrates Chicago homecoming

    Mike Magee was ready to come home. "It's been on my mind pretty much since I left," said Magee, the 28-year-old Long Grove native the Fire acquired Friday in a trade for the MLS rights to Robbie Rogers.

    Bulls guard Marco Belinelli played well enough this season that he’ll likely get better offers from other teams while the Bulls may only be interested in a one-year deal.

    Why Belinelli’s dream will be short-lived

    When Marco Belinelli signed with the Bulls last summer, he talked about how happy he was to join one of the NBA's best teams. He carried the "dream come true" theme to some success this season, but he may need to find a new home.


    Sky rout Phoenix in Griner’s debut

    PHOENIX — Elena Della Donne outplayed double-dunking Brittney Griner and had the third-best rookie debut in WNBA history, scoring 22 points to lead the Chicago Sky to a 102-80 victory over the Phoenix Mercury on Monday.The No. 2 overall pick behind Griner in this year’s draft, Delle Donne had 16 points by halftime as the Sky raced out to a 24-point lead. She added eight rebounds and finished only behind Candace Parker’s 34-point debut for Los Angeles in 2008 and the 25 Cynthia Cooper scored for Houston in 1997.Griner became the third WNBA player to dunk and first to do it twice in one game. She had 17 points and eight rebounds, but was limited to two points in nine minutes because of fouls as Chicago built its big first-half lead.The only other WNBA players to dunk during a game were Parker, who did it twice, and Lisa Leslie.Epiphanny Prince had 26 points and five assists for the Sky.Diana Taurasi had 18 points and four assists, and Candice Dupree added 15 points for Phoenix.Griner came into the WNBA with expectations unlike any other player in league history.With a wingspan of 7-foot-4 and agility more like a much smaller player, Griner blocked more shots than anyone in NCAA history, man or woman, and changed the below-the-rim perception of women’s basketball with 18 dunks.Griner turned a national spotlight toward the WNBA and the Mercury in particular, adding a big piece to a team already loaded with stars like Taurasi, Penny Taylor and Dupree.Griner’s debut had downtown Phoenix buzzing with people and created an atmosphere inside US Airways Center like it was a playoff game.Griner got off to a good start, racing past Chicago’s Sylvia Fowles for a tip-in on the game’s first possession and swatting Prince on a drive to the basket.Delle Donne was the better player after that.Griner didn’t take another shot in the first half after picking up her third foul with 2 1-2 minutes left in the first quarter and sat the rest of the way.Delle Donne showed off her versatility, scoring on drives, pull-up jumpers and a couple of 3-pointers, including one at the buzzer, to score 16 points by halftime. Phoenix also had no answer for Prince, who hit 4 of 7 from 3-point range and had 14 points by halftime.Chicago, taking advantage of Phoenix’s shoddy defense and poor rebounding, hit 23 of 39 shots — 6 of 10 from the arc — and turning six offensive rebounds into 11 points for a 56-32 halftime lead. The Mercury started to play better in the third quarter.Griner scored on a three-point play with a turnaround to start the second half and swatted a shot in the post by Delle Donne. She scored again inside after missing an attempted skyhook — a shot she learned from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — and Bonner hit a 3-pointer that cut Chicago’s lead to 64-52 with 2 minutes left in the quarter.It turned out to be too big of a hole to come back from. Prince hit a couple more 3-pointers — one set up by a wicked crossover — and the Sky led 74-52 headed into the fourth quarter.Griner brought the crowd to its feet with a one-handed dunk early in the fourth quarter and threw down a vicious two-hander — hanging on the rim for effect — after a turnover late, but Chicago was up by more than 20 at the time.

    South Elgin senior Victoria Watt reels in a line drive during the Storm’s 2-1 win over St. Charles North Saturday in St. Charles.

    Bartlett, South Elgin ready for sectional tests

    If the stars align properly, the possibility exists for an all-Elgin Area School District U-46 Class 4A sectional softball championship game at St. Charles East on Saturday between Bartlett and South Elgin.“That’s the goal,” says Storm coach Jason Schaal.But before that can happen, Bartlett and South Elgin will need to beat formidable and higher-seeded opponents as the Hawks face the top-seeded host school in a 4:30 p.m. semifinal on Tuesday and then South Elgin takes on DuPage Valley Conference power and No. 2 seed Glenbard North on Wednesday at the same time. The championship game is at 11 a.m. Saturday.And both Schaal and Bartlett coach Jim Wolfsmith agree the key to winning now is the same as always — get good pitching, good defense and timely hitting.Bartlett (25-9) vs. St. Charles East (27-4): The fifth-seeded Hawks, who went on a magical run to the state championship game last season, are hoping they can recapture that magic with a second-straight sectional title. They beat Lake Park for the second time in three games this season, 3-1, to win the Bartlett regional on Saturday.“Lake Park was a tough test and from here on out there’s nothing but good teams and good games,” said Wolfsmith, who with a win over the Saints would record his 250th career win at Bartlett in this, his 10th year at the helm. The Hawks lost to St. Charles East 4-1 in April 9 in an Upstate Eight Conference crossover game and while Wolfsmith acknowledges the value of playing a known conference opponent, he doesn’t put a lot of stock in a game from April 9.“Anytime you play someone you’ve played and someone from your own conference it’s easier scouting-wise but there are variables that come into play that can make it a situation where you overthink,” he said. “Both teams are markedly different at this point. Previous results can be thrown out the window.”The Saints, who finished second to St. Charles North in the UEC River but earned the top seed before they played the North Stars, have been led by the stellar pitching of freshman Haley Beno (18-3) and an offense built around speed and power. In its 4-1 regional title-game win over Conant, coach Kelly Horan’s team rallied with 3 runs in the sixth inning, led by a double from Sarah Collalti that plated the go-ahead run.The Saints are in a sectional for the first time since 2002 and their only sectional title came in 1994.“They’re a well-coached team and offensively they force your defense to make plays,” Wolfsmith said of the Saints. “And they’ve got some girls with some power, with some good gap power. You have to play a clean game against them defensively and you have to find a way to put the ball in play against Haley. She’s pitching really well. Offensively, we need to put some pressure on them and then it will come down to who makes a mistake and who takes advantage of it.”The Hawks, seeking the program’s fourth sectional title, are hitting .353 as a team and can score runs in bunches with Wolfsmith’s aggressive style of coaching. Senior leadoff hitter Rachel Odolski (. 468, 19 SBs), junior shortstop Kayla Haberstich (. 464, 9 HRs, 59 RBI), junior pitcher Holly Pagan (. 395, 2 HRs, 23 RBI) and junior Alex Morales (. 380, 2 HRs, 27 RBI) lead the potent Bartlett offense. Freshman call-up Alyssa Nowak adds a .349 average to a lineup in which every starter hits .297 or better.In the circle, Pagan has been the workhorse, going 14-5 with a 2.06 ERA and 87 strikeouts in 125-plus innings. Senior Jessica Kirby is 7-3 with a 2.38 ERA.


    Cougars rally past Snappers

    Trailing 4-3 in the eighth inning, the Kane County Cougars rallied for 5 runs to defeat the Beloit Snappers 8-4 on Monday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.Snappers reliever Andres Avila (0-1) had not allowed a run in 4? innings until the eighth when Marco Hernandez and Gioskar Amaya reached on infield singles.

    Bulls point guard Nate Robinson celebrates a three-pointer during the NBA playoffs. If his instant offense attracts offers from other teams, the Bulls will likely lose him.

    For Bulls, getting Robinson worked out well

    Maybe it's a stretch to suggest signing with the Bulls was a life-changing moment for Nate Robinson. But it is true that before this season, Robinson never played more than 17 minutes in an NBA playoff game and was in low demand last summer as a free agent.

    FILE - In this April 16, 2011, file photo, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson sprints out of the pocket during the first half of a spring NCAA college football game in South Bend, Ind. A Notre Dame spokesman says Golson is no longer enrolled at the school. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)

    Irish likely to turn to Rees with Golson suspended

    Tommy Rees has been Notre Dame's go-to guy when the Fighting Irish get in a jam. And they're certainly in one now.Rees will likely become the quarterback Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly turns to now that Everett Golson is out for 2013.


    This May 23, 2013, photo shows a view of downtown Milwaukee from the Kinnickinnic River, not far from where it connects with Lake Michigan. Milwaukee officials hope its proximity to water provides the backbone to a revitalized economy.

    Great Lakes region pins economic hopes on water

    Businesses and government leaders in Milwaukee and other cities in the Great Lakes region are pinning hopes for a return to prosperity on a precious resource: fresh water. An effort is unfolding across the Great Lakes region to regain lost prosperity by developing a "blue economy" — a network of industries that develop products and services related to water, from pump and valve manufacturers to resorts.

    A 2009 photo provided by John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts shows John Q. Hammons. Hammons, a prominent hotel developer and southwest Missouri philanthropist, died Sunday, May 26, 2013 at a nursing home in Springfield, Mo., said Sheri Davidson Smith, a spokeswoman for John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts. He was 94. (AP Photo/John Q. Hammons Hotels & Resorts)

    Hotel magnate, Mo. philanthropist Hammons dies

    John Q. Hammons' first business went bust, saddling him with debt. Yet the son of a poor Missouri dairy farmer paid it off within two years and turned his sights to hotels, the cornerstone of what would become a national real estate empire.


    Industry giant GE aims to improve fracking

    One of America's corporate giants is investing billions of dollars in the new boom of oil and gas drilling, or fracking. General Electric Co. is opening a new laboratory in Oklahoma, buying up related companies, and placing a big bet that cutting-edge science will improve profits for clients and reduce the environmental and health effects of the boom.

    In this Monday, April 9, 2012 photo, North Korean women work in a thread factory in Pyongyang, North Korea. A North Korean economist said that the government introduced new economic management methods in April 2013 that relax state control of workers' salaries. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)

    North Korea relaxes controls on salaries

    North Korea relaxed state control of salaries last month, a government economist said, outlining a change in policy intended to boost production by giving companies latitude to provide workers with financial incentives.


    Valeant to buy Bausch + Lomb for $8.7 billion

    Canadian drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals said Monday that it will pay $8.7 billion to buy Bausch + Lomb, one of the world's best-known makers of contact lenses, in a massive expansion of Valeant's smaller ophthalmology business.


    Amazon workers in Germany stage strike

    Amazon's German workers are staging a short-term strike in a push for higher wages. The ver.di union said Monday employees in Leipzig are walking off the job in a one-day warning strike.

    A youth walks by an electronic stock board of a securities firm in Tokyo Monday, May 27, 2013. The Nikkei 225 closed down 469.80 points, or 3.22 percent at 14,142.65 Monday after the yen reversed some of its recent fall against the U.S. dollar. Stocks elsewhere in Asia were mixed as investors tried to sort out conflicting indicators about the health of the global economy.

    Japan’s Nikkei dives as yen gains strength

    Japan's stock market dived Monday after the yen reversed some of its recent fall against the U.S. dollar. Stocks elsewhere were mixed as investors tried to sort out conflicting indicators about the health of the global economy.

    This Tuesday, May 14, 2013 photo shows the Swift Activity Center at the Camp Conestoga Girls Scouts camp in New Liberty, Iowa. In an effort to save money, Girl Scout councils across the country are making proposals that would have been unthinkable a generation ago: selling summer camps that date back to the 1950s.

    Sales of camp sites throw Girl Scouts into turmoil

    When it came time to draw up a budget, one of Iowa's regional Girl Scout councils reviewed its programs and made a proposal that would have been unthinkable a generation ago: selling its last four summer camps. Many were stunned. For decades, the camps had been cherished places where thousands of young girls spent summer breaks hiking, huddling around campfires and building friendships.


    Strategy, trusted advisor needed to cope with Obamacare

    Small Business Columnist Jim Kendall talks to a local expert about the Affordable Care Act and covers what companies need to know right now.

    For creative cooks, a can of Spam is as versatile of a blank slate as a chicken breast.

    Spam unfairly gets a bad rap

    It's time for the rest of America to catch up with Hawaii. Though Hawaii's love of Spam is the product of historical forces, there's nothing outdated about appreciating the canned meat. In fact, Spam is a paragon of modern foodie ideals. Consider that Spam contains not only ham (meat from the hind leg of the pig) but also pork shoulder.

    In this Feb. 14, 2012 file photo, a man transports a new Chinese made refrigerator in the trunk of a old car in Havana, Cuba. Cuba has authorized individual imports of appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators and microwave ovens, lifting a ban imposed in 2005 amid a wave of energy shortages and blackouts.

    Cuba lifts ban on energy-hogging appliances

    Cuba has authorized individual imports of appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators and microwave ovens, lifting a ban imposed in 2005 amid a wave of energy shortages and blackouts. Islanders can now bring up to two such appliances per person into the country for noncommercial purposes, according to a law enacted with its publication Monday in the Official Gazette.

    Millsaps College senior Chris Bell on the Jackson, Miss., campus. Bell is excited at not only his upcoming graduation, but that he already has a job lined up with the Mississippi Development Authority. Recent reports show an expected increase in jobs for new college grads. However, those same grads will have to look longer and work harder to land one of those jobs, the same reports indicate.

    Survey: Job seekers start search early

    Chris Bell knew he couldn’t wait until his recently completed senior year at Millsaps College to start hunting for work or establish his credentials. The job market was on the upswing but still swollen with scores of candidates scrambling to fill each new opening. The graduate with a bachelor’s degree in public management did a research internship with a local lobbying firm.

    McDonald’s is cutting the Angus burger from its menu. It’s an effort by McDonald’s Corp. to streamline a menu that has expanded by 70 percent to about 145 items since 2007 — straining kitchen staff, gumming up service and spoiling customers for choice.

    McDonald’s overhauling, streamlining menu

    The Angus burger is going away, and it may not be the only McDonald's dish on the chopping block. While the Angus burger contains as many as 820 calories and costs $4, the culling isn't simply about offering healthier fare and cheaper items. It's an effort by McDonald's Corp. to streamline a menu that has expanded by 70 percent to about 145 items since 2007 -- straining kitchen staff, gumming up service and spoiling customers for choice.

    The growing popularity of shandies might be part of a trend away from high-octane imperial beers and toward the lighter but flavorful session beers that won’t make you fall off your bike (or bar stool). Shandy traditionally is a cocktail of beer and lemonade.

    Shandies add new depth to beer business

    The growing popularity of shandies might be part of a trend away from high-octane imperial beers and toward the lighter but flavorful session beers that won't make you fall off your bike (or bar stool). Shandy traditionally is a cocktail of beer and lemonade.

    Vacation homes for sale in the German town of Prora, on the Baltic island of Ruegen, feature private saunas and sea views at a steep discount to similar properties nearby. The catch? They’re part of a dilapidated complex of identical, unadorned blocks built by Adolf Hitler to house 20,000 workers on Nazi party-sponsored vacations.

    Unfinished Nazi resort draws investors

    Vacation homes for sale in the German town of Prora, on the Baltic island of Ruegen, feature private saunas and sea views at a steep discount to similar properties nearby. The catch? They're part of a dilapidated complex of identical, unadorned blocks built by Adolf Hitler to house 20,000 workers on Nazi party-sponsored vacations.

    Automotive companies invested about $43 billion in North America from 2010 to 2012, of which $2.3 billion, or 5 percent, was pegged to Canada, according to the Center for Automotive Research. The U.S. and Mexico received $3.7 billion each last year, while Canada took about $200 million, the Ann Arbor, Michigan-based researcher said.

    Ford confident it can keep Canadian footprint

    Ford Motor Co., Canada’s top-selling automaker, is confident it can preserve its manufacturing profile in the nation despite the cost of the high Canadian dollar, the company’s lead executive for the country said this week. “We are optimistic despite the Canadian dollar where it is,” Dianne Craig, chief executive officer of Ford Canada, said.


    Some see bubble as Tesla value soars

    The shares of Tesla Motors have been riding in the fast lane, but are they about to hit a speed bump? The California-based maker of a luxury electric sedan recently proclaimed its first quarterly profit ever, and the stock has doubled to more than $90 a share in the past month. Its founder and chief executive Elon Musk has a stake worth $2.35 billion and on Twitter he has relished the demolition of investors known as short sellers who bet against Tesla’s soaring stock. “Seems to be some stormy weather over in Shortville these days,” Musk wrote on April 25.

    In this Aug. 23, 2011 photo, then, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Sberbank President German Gref, left, visit a construction site of a skiing facility for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, near the Black Sea resort of Sochi, southern Russia.

    Russian oligarchs foot most of 2014 Sochi Olympics

    The mountains of Sochi are now home to Potanin's slope, Gazprom's gondola lift and Sberbank's ski jump. The nicknames used by locals and an army of construction workers leave no doubt about who is paying for the 2014 Winter Games: Russia's business powerhouses. Other countries that have hosted the Olympics have overwhelmingly used public funds to pay for the construction of needed venues and new infrastructure.

Life & Entertainment

    “With enough political will and investment,” says Miguel Nicolelis of Duke Univeristy, “we could make wheelchairs obsolete.”

    Exoskeletons hold promise for people unable to walk

    Mind-controlled leg armor may sound more like the movie “Iron Man” than modern medicine. But after decades of testing on rats and monkeys, neuroprosthetics are finally beginning to show promise for people. Devices plugged directly into the brain seem capable of restoring some self-reliance to stroke victims, car crash survivors, injured soldiers and others hampered by incapacitated or missing limbs.

    Sugar snap peas get cooked and pureed with potatoes and onions for springy Mangetout Soup.

    Soupalooza: Cold pea soup you'll eat all up

    OK, OK, so I know what you're thinking. Chilled cream of snap pea soup? Really? Creamed cold pea soup with Marmite? Has Soupalooza gone mad? Well, how about we give it a French name? Mangetout soupe sounds much better, doesn't? (Try it with a French accent -- go on!)

    Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) and his fellow cop Riley (Gina Carano) seek a device worth billions of dollars in Justin Lin’s thrill-packed “Fast & Furious 6.” The film pulled in $98 million in its first weekend of release.

    ‘Fast’ races past ‘Hangover’ at weekend box office

    "Fast & Furious 6" is revving past "The Hangover Part III" in the No. 1 position at the Memorial Day weekend box office.Universal Pictures' sixth installment of its muscle car franchise featuring Vin Diesel and Paul Walker debuted with $98.5 million domestically from Friday to Sunday, according to studio estimates Sunday.


    Infant death rate declines 12% in U.S.

    The number of U.S. children who died in 2011 within a year of birth in 2011 declined 12 percent from 2005, as fewer babies are born prematurely, health authorities reported. Six in 1,000 children died within their first year in 2011 compared with 6.9 per 1,000 in 2005, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    You can have nails like these if you eat the right foods to feed your body in a healthy way.

    Your health: Diet affects nail health
    Healthy fingernails are attainable if you eat the right foods and vitamins. Also, learn ways to help with severe childhood allergies in the book "Allergies, Away!," a new cookbook and memoir.

    Mark Welsh/mwelsh@dailyherald.com Eileen’s offers up a simple Mangetout soup with a taste of the UK.

    Mangetout Soup
    Mangetout Soupe


    Hidden cancer risks for women found in genome analysis

    An analysis of the most common uterine cancer suggests the disease should be reclassified into four categories that may help lead to more targeted treatments. About a quarter of a group of women who would be thought to have a favorable outcome under traditional diagnosis, or 10 percent of all patients, actually have genetic changes suggesting they have a more serious disease and may be in need of more aggressive treatment, according to the research in the journal Nature.


    Cost, incidence of childhood mental illness increasing

    Mental illness in children costs $247 billion annually, a figure increasing along with the number of kids hospitalized for mood disorders, substance abuse and other psychiatric disorders, according to a U.S. report. As many as 1 in 5 children ages 3 to 17 years old has a mentally illness, with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder as the most prevalent diagnosis, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Dr. David J. Kupfer, chairman of the task force that oversaw the changes to the American Psychiatric Association guidebook, says the revisions are based on solid research and will help make sure people get accurate diagnoses and treatment. But critics say the American Psychiatric Association is turning common human problems into mental illness.

    Revised psychiatric manual faces strong criticism

    In the new psychiatric manual of mental disorders, grief soon after a loved one's death can be considered major depression. Extreme childhood temper tantrums get a fancy name. And certain "senior moments" are called "mild neurocognitive disorder." Those changes are just some of the reasons prominent critics say the American Psychiatric Association is out of control, turning common human problems into mental illnesses in a trend they say will just make the "pop-a-pill" culture worse.

    As more women battle acne along with wrinkles, there are promising treatments on the horizon.

    More women battling acne and wrinkles

    It starts with Clearasil, then moves on to stronger stuff: birth control pills, antibiotics, Retin-A, or the nuclear option, Accutane. These days, there's an arsenal of treatments for that common adolescent scourge, acne vulgaris, and the beleaguered teenager may be forgiven for thinking that it will all go away when she hits adulthood. Wrong. More and more women are battling breakouts along with their wrinkles these days, and while there is no cure for either, some promising treatments are on the horizon


    Eating disorders are not limited to teens

    I'm a woman in my 50s. Ever since my divorce last year, I've developed an unhealthy pattern of eating and purging. A friend suggested I might have an eating disorder. Could she be right?

    Millions of Americans struggle with phobias, including a fear of cicadas.

    Bug-phobic dread looms as cicada season starts

    For people with bug phobias, the coming swarm of cicadas elicits a single response: Dread. During the swarm of Brood X nine years ago, some became recluses. People’s fears can include flying in airplanes or becoming a landing pad for a flying cockroach, things they “go to ridiculous lengths to avoid,” said Michael Reeder, a mental health counselor at Hygeia Counseling Services in Baltimore.

    Runners who dread slowing down can get faster even as they get older. Dee Nelson, in blue T-shirt at left, competes in a 5K race in Potomac, Md. Nelson, 69, started racing at age 34. She races nearly every weekend.

    Runners don't have to slow down as they get older

    It's inevitable: As you get older, you slow down. A 40-year-old runs more slowly than a 20-year-old. A 70-year-old can't be expected to keep up with a 50-year-old on a bike or a hike. It's only natural.Well, no, it's not. While you can't defy aging's impact on your speed and fitness forever, research shows that you can push back, hard.

    Hip flexor/abdominal stretch

    Stretching exercises help relieve inactivity stress

    If you're sitting most of the day, you know how tight and fatigued your body can become. Being slouched in front of a computer or stuck behind the steering wheel for hours on end is not an ideal posture for the human body to be positioned in. Our bodies are meant to move. In addition to consistent physical activity, the following five stretches will help you feel more energized while helping to alleviate muscle tightness and stress.

    Dr. George Papanicolaou, inventor of Pap test, foreground, and his wife, who was also his research partner, in their lab. In the late 1940s, the American Cancer Society advocated wide adoption of the Pap test, which has resulted in a 70 percent decrease in uterine and cervical cancer.

    As cancer society reaches 100, disease rate falls

    The American Cancer Society — one of the nation's best known and influential health advocacy groups — is 100 years old. Back in 1913 when it was formed, cancer was a lesser threat for most Americans. The biggest killers then were flu, pneumonia, tuberculosis, and stomach bugs. At a time when average life expectancy was 47, few lived long enough to get cancer.


    Progress on cholesterol research stalled

    Years of progress fighting cholesterol might have stalled with the recession, says a huge study from one of the country's largest health laboratories. Americans' cholesterol levels have significantly improved over the past few decades, because of changes in diet and use of cholesterol-lowering medications. Still, heart disease is the nation's leading killer.

    This 1930 Cord L-29 Cabriolet was at one time owned by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and may have been used by the architect for a short time.

    Indiana's Auburn automaker rivaled Detroit

    There's no better way to experience history than to be where history actually happened. For antique automobile enthusiasts, few places can bring the past to life like a visit to the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum in Auburn, Ind.


    Integrative medicine making inroads

    It seems that the world is moving faster every year and change has become the new constant. This is especially evident in the area of nontraditional medicine. During the past 30 years, nontraditional medicine has transformed from a healthcare approach primarily done by those on the fringe to almost mainstream medicine.

    Kaiba Gionfriddo is hugged by his parents April and Bryan outside their Youngstown, Ohio. Born with a birth defect that caused him to stop breathing every day, Kaiba can now breathe normally, with a first-of-its-kind biodegradable airway made by using plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer.

    Doctors save Ohio boy by ‘printing’ an airway tube

    In a medical first, doctors used plastic particles and a 3-D laser printer to create an airway splint to save the life of a baby boy who used to stop breathing nearly every day. It's the latest advance from the booming field of regenerative medicine, making body parts in the lab.

    Former World Bank vice-president Armeane M. Choksi’s Washington home includes many devices that are operated via app-based technology. Some of the most popular smart-home components include security cameras, lighting controls, temperature sensors and entertainment systems.

    Smartphone and tablet controls home

    Armeane M. Choksi acknowledges he's a bit of a "gadget freak" in explaining his need for an uber-connected house. Whether he's sitting in his second-floor home office or vacationing out of the country, Choksi can control just about every major component of his mansion in Northwest Washington by touching the screen of his smartphone or tablet.



    Just say 'thank you' to a veteran today
    Each week approximately 1,000 World War II veterans will die. Just look in your local papers for obituaries with a small American flag in the corner. Following are examples over just the last few months, most of these Vets are from the Fox Valley.Jack, 88, survived 29 missions in a B-17 over Germany. Anthony, 94, served with the 1st Armored Division in North Africa. Gerald, 94, landed in Normandy in 1944 with the 3rd Armored Division. Albert, 83, served with the 101st Airborne division in Korea. Joseph, 98, served under General Patton. James, 73, U.S. Marine and Vietnam veteran. Jack, 91, pilot with the “Flying Tigers” in Burma, recipient of the Silver Star and Purple Heart. Stan, 91, served in Italy. Jack, 90, with the 71st Infantry Division, was recipient of two Purple Hearts and the Silver Star. Mildred Manning, 98, Army nurse and last surviving female POW of World War II, was captured on Corregidor and held for four years. Mitsuo Kodama, 94, and Kenji Hino, 97, Japanese Americans who volunteered to fight for America in Europe, served with honor with the famed 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Tom Griffin, 96, navigator on a B-25 Bomber of the Doolittle Raiders who launched a daring attack on Japan four months after Pearl Harbor. The list goes on each day in every paper across the country.Each obituary details an individual Veteran's unique service and experiences, but when woven together they tell a common patriotic story of sacrifice, bravery, and duty. We walk by these military veterans every day. If you know one, then shake their hand this Memorial Day and simply say, “thank you” for our liberty and freedom. That is all these unassuming patriots ask in return for their service. a service of courage and honor.Steve ThompsonSouth Elgin


    Taxpayers contributed more than state workers
    A Palatine letter to the editor: To counter the rhetoric that Illinois' public pension problems are the result of it taking so called "pension holidays" or "skipping payments," I will show a different perspective, using actual data from Teachers' Retirement System


    Relevance of biblical laws questionable
    A Streamwood letter to the editor: People now live by a system of pick-and-choose over what the Bible says. Jesus Christ also said that marriage does not exist in heaven and is not part of the level God functions at. Marriage is solely an institution of life on this earth for the needs of people.


    Adults should accept consequences of choices
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: Once again, I read how a professional athlete's family is suing because he committed suicide and they feel it is due to the head injuries he suffered while choosing to play a sport (in this case hockey). He was an adult making a decision to play a sport which we all know could lead to serious injuries.


    Apologizes for late cancellation of event
    Letter to the editor: Glenn Engelhardt of the Barrington Lions Club writes an apology to people who came out May 11 to have their hearing tested, only to discover the testing van was not there.


    In support of medical marijuana
    An Addison letter to the editor: I urge Governor Quinn to support the medical marijuana bill as described in your “Senate OKs marijuana” article of May 8. I endorse medical marijuana for people with Parkinsonism, HIV/AIDS and Alzheimer’s disease.


    Obama pushing hybrids on us
    An Elmhurst letter to the editor: It amazes me how this administration is continually harping on the new “hybrids.” The United States has more oil deposits under its own grounds than there is in the Mideast where we pay ungodly amounts of money to people who want to kill us.


    Anxious for results of IRS probe
    Anxious for results of IRS probe“The IRS has become morally corrupted by the enormous power which we in Congress have unwisely entrusted to it. Too often it acts like a Gestapo preying upon defenseless citizens,” — Senator Edward V Long, circa 1965.The recent IRS scandal unfortunately is nothing new. Missouri Senator Long’s wise warning to us back then is as true today. The IRS recently admitted that members of the agency targeted conservative groups and were discriminatory in their reviews of their applications for tax-exempt status. Effectively, these actions silenced the voices of political opposition by squashing their ability to collect tax deductible donations. This sickening behavior threatens our freedom of speech and our freedom in general. Sadly, Senator Long is no longer alive to look out for taxpayers.Fortunately, taxpayers have Congressman Peter Roskam, who is currently involved in his capacity on the House Ways & Means committee with investigating how widespread these practices were and who knew. I look forward to hearing what they find out.Christopher C. FaberGlen Ellyn


    White House leadership MIA
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Can anyone truly be surprised at President Obama’s reaction to the three Washington scandals that unfolded? His responses certainly did not surprise me.


    Many gave so much so we could live
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: It's time again to remember those who served our country in foreign wars. Those people, men and women, who gave their lives to show what it means to come from a nation that believes in peace and freedom from poverty, abuse, death from bombs, land mines, that some people live with every day of their lives.


    Normandy gravesites a stirring reminder
    A Northbrook letter to the editor: As I recently wandered through the field of grave sites in the American cemetery in Colleville-Sur Mer, Normandy, France, it struck me that the straight lines of white crosses — 9,387 in all — suggested symmetry that was far different from the chaos that faced each warrior who approached the beachhead on June 6, 1944.


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