Daily Archive : Saturday June 8, 2013


    Senior Airman Bradley Taylor, center left, was welcomed home by more than 30 Warriors’ Watch Riders and dozens of family members Saturday. Taylor served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Local airman receives joyous welcome home

    Senior Airman and Bartlett High School graduate Bradley Taylor received a warm welcome home from military service as more than 30 Warriors' Watch Riders and dozens of family members thanked him for his service Saturday. “I love coming home,” Taylor said to the gathered crowd.

    Five-year-old Peuki sits on the shoulders of her owner Saturday as she marches toward the Tuileries Gardens, in Paris.

    Pooches, owners march for more dog-friendly Paris

    At least 100 pooches — with owners in tow, holding leashes — marched near the Louvre at a demonstration to demand more park space and access to public transportation for the four-legged friends.

    Associated Press/July 18, 2012 Former South African President Nelson Mandela celebrates his 94th birthday with family in Qunu, South Africa.

    Mandela hospitalized with lung infection

    JOHANNESBURG — South Africans on Saturday said their thoughts were with former President Nelson Mandela, who was in “serious but stable” condition after being taken to a hospital to be treated for a recurring lung infection.

    Weapons and other evidence recovered from the gunman in Friday’s deadly shooting rampage that left four people dead, in Santa Monica, Calif., are displayed Saturday. The gunman killed his father and brother at their home and another man at nearby Santa Monica College, authorities said. He would kill a woman outside the school library moments later, before dying from police gunfire.

    Chief says Santa Monica killings were premeditated

    Police investigating why a heavily armed gunman plotted a rampage that killed four people and wounded several others were focused Saturday on how the violence began: directed at his own family. What started as domestic violence led to a chaotic street shooting spree and ended less than 15 minutes later in a college library where the gunman was killed Friday by police as students studying for...

    Ally Ferrandino of the Rookies Bar and Grill dragon boat team is ready to grab the flag for the win while racing Elgin Community College’s team in the time trials at the St. Charles RiverFest on Saturday.

    Families find variety at St. Charles RiverFest

    For the young Corcoran siblings, Christopher, 5, and Ellie, 4, St. Charles’ annual RiverFest was quite the treat, what with getting ice-cream and root beer floats, and being carted around in a wagon pulled by their father. “It’s great for the kids,” their father John Corcoran said. “We live just four blocks away, so it’s something that’s very easy to...

    Crime scene technicians collect evidence Saturday from the Honda Accord belonging to teacher Terrilynn Monette, who has been missing since leaving a nearby bar in early March.

    Missing Louisiana teacher’s car found; body inside

    Authorities couldn’t immediately say whether the body was Terrilyn Monette, who was last seen leaving a New Orleans bar not far from the bayou in the early morning hours of March 2. She would’ve had to cross the waterway to get home.

    Esther Williams on location for the film “Pagan Love Song.”

    Notable deaths last week

    Frank Lautenberg, Esther Williams and Deacon Jones among notable deaths over the past week.


    Man who fled 1979 murder charge arrested at O’Hare

    A man who fled the U.S. in 1979 after being charged with killing a man in Chicago has been arrested at O’Hare International Airport.

    Sean Slavin of Woodstock performs with wife, Karen Slavin, at the auditions for the Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent competition at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights Saturday.

    Singers audition for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent

    Performers with different talents, musical styles and amounts of training put on a show Saturday in Arlington Heights with a common aim: make it out of auditions to the second year of the Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent competition. Singing songs they wrote with their husband or for their mother, or tunes by their favorite well-known artists, those who auditioned Saturday had high hopes of...


    2 Naperville men charged with possessing heroin

    Two Naperville men with previous criminal histories are facing drug-related charges after police accused them of having heroin and drug paraphernalia, according to DuPage County court records.

    Sean Benschop, center, with red jacket over his head, walks Saturday with investigators as he arrives at the Philadelphia Police Department’s Central Detectives Division in Center City Philadelphia.

    Equipment operator in building collapse surrenders to police

    A heavy equipment operator with a lengthy rap sheet accused of being high on marijuana when a downtown building collapsed onto a thrift store, killing six people, turned himself in on Saturday to face charges in the deaths, police said.

    Associated Press/April 18, 2013 Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., center, and other members of immigration reform’s bipartisan “Gang of Heat,” appear at a Capitol Hill news conference in Washington. Passage of the landmark immigration bill won’t be simple. Presidential ambitions alone will see to that, as Rubio, for one, attempts a political straddle while other potential GOP presidential candidates firmly oppose the measure.

    What to look for in Senate immigration debate

    At its controversial core, the legislation creates a 13-year route to citizenship for an estimated 11.5 million immigrants currently in the United States illegally. It also sets border security goals that the government must meet before any change in legal status is granted to immigrants.


    Man’s death on Tri-State result of collision, examiner confirms

    A 50-year-old man dies of injuries after a crash on the Tri-State Tollway near the O'Haire Oasis, according to the Cook County Medical Examiners office.

    Associated Press/July 8, 2008 Former Navy SEAL trainee Dustin Turner listens to a question during an interview at the Powhatan Correctional Facility in Powhatan, Va.

    Film backs former SEAL trainee’s innocence claim

    The courts have spoken, and former Navy SEAL trainee Dustin Turner remains locked up for a 1995 slaying that another man has confessed to committing alone. Not content to let the Virginia Supreme Court have the final word, a Richmond filmmaker and former Navy special warfare operator is putting the final touches on a documentary contending Turner is innocent and portraying the state’s judicial...

    Waves crash against the pier Friday as Tropical Storm Andrea moves in on Wrightsville Beach in Wilmington, N.C.

    Weakened Andrea breaks Northeast rainfall records

    Andrea dumped 6.64 inches of rain on Gales Ferry, Conn. The 4.16 inches that fell on New York City’s Central Park was more than double the previous record for the date, set in 1918. The 3.5 inches of rain that fell at Philadelphia International Airport doubled the 1.79 inches that fell in 1904. Newark, N.J., saw 3.71 inches, breaking the previous mark of 1.11 inches set in 1931.

    Serena Williams, of the U.S., left, holds the winner’s cup after defeating Russia’s Maria Sharapova after the Women’s final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium Saturday, June 8, in Paris. Williams won 6-4, 6-4.

    Williams beats Sharapova to reclaim French title

    Serena Williams dethroned defending champion Maria Sharapova to claim her first French Open title in more than a decade. Williams beat the second-seeded Russian, 6-4, 6-4 on the main Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros in Paris.

    Associated Press/May 6, 2013 Warren Buffett smiles during a television interview in Omaha, Neb.

    Buffett charity lunch sold for $1 million-plus

    OMAHA, Neb. — A private lunch with billionaire investor Warren Buffett has been sold for more than $1 million at auction. Compared to past years, that’s a bargain.An anonymous bidder submitted the winning bid of $1,000,100 Friday on eBay. Proceeds go to the Glide Foundation, which helps the poor and homeless in San Francisco.

    Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul, right. shakes hands Saturday with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle at the presidential palace in Kabul, Afghanistan. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle arrived in Kabul on a surprise visit Saturday to meet with his Afghan counterpart. Following talks Westerwelle told a news conference that his country would remain committed to Afghanistan after the 2014 withdrawal of most of the international forces.

    Insider attack kills three Americans in Afghanistan

    KABUL, Afghanistan — A man in an Afghan army uniform turned his weapon on American trainers working with him in the country’s east on Saturday, killing three of them, while an attacker with a grenade killed an Italian soldier in the west, officials said.

    Sweden's Princess Madeleine and Christopher O'Neill smile outside the Royal Chapel after their wedding ceremony in Stockholm, Saturday June 8.

    Sweden's Princess Madeleine marries New York banker
    European royals and wealthy Americans in sweeping, colorful dresses arrived at the Royal Chapel in Stockholm for the wedding of Sweden's Princess Madeleine and New York banker Christopher O'Neill.

    Inhabitants carry belongings through the floods of river Elbe in Magdeburg, eastern Germany, Saturday June 8. German news agency dpa said people in Magdeburg in Saxony-Anhalt were anxiously awaiting the crest of the Elbe river on Saturday, while residents further upstream were starting to clean up the debris that was left along the river. In Magdeburg, authorities evacuated a nursing home and turned off electricity in several parts of the city. High water levels were also reported from Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, while thousands of people in Austria were busy shoveling away the mud left by the receding floodwaters of the Danube.

    Floods in central Europe continue to create havoc
    More than 80,000 emergency personnel including firefighters and soldiers were on duty Saturday, working aggressively to contain the most dramatic floods in Germany in a decade. Thousands of residents were still unable to return to their homes, and bridges and streets were impassable in many regions of eastern and southern Germany.

    A plate of Nutraloaf, presently served in Pennsylvania prisons as a “behavior modified meal,” at Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. The historic penitentiary plans to serve visitors sample meals from the 1800s, 1900s and today this weekend.

    Pa. jail offers tourists a taste of prison food

    In a city that has become renowned for its hip and innovative restaurant scene, a local tourist attraction is offering decidedly different fare: prison food. This weekend, the defunct Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia will serve visitors sample inmate meals from the 1830s, 1940s and today: broiled salted beef with “Indian mush”; hamburger with brown gravy and beets; and Nutraloaf — an...

    Lena Agnes “Aggie” Petzinger turns 102 on Sunday. A resident of Tower Hill Healthcare Center in South Elgin, her favorite saying has been, “You’re never too old until you turn 102.” She recently changed that to 103.

    S. Elgin woman says you’re ‘never too old’ — even at 102

    Lena Agnes Petzinger of South Elgin has long been fond of saying, “You’re never too old until you’re 102.” So what will her saying be starting Sunday, when she turns 102? Why, what else but, "You're never told old until you're 103."


    More Latinos in U-46 taking advanced placement exams, study says

    Elgin Area School District U-46 has been recognized in a national study for the number of Latino students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams in its schools. A report by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation examined four years of AP exam data for 75 school districts that qualify for the annual Broad Prize for Urban Education. The report focuses almost exclusively on districts increasing...

    Players listen to the national anthem at last year’s Sean Toedman Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in East Dundee. Proceeds from the event went to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

    Tourney to raise money for young cancer patients

    A 3-on-3 annual basketball tournament that raises money for young cancer patients, needs more players to ensure it's a smashing success. The Sean Toedman Memorial Basketball Tournament, in its third year, is already off to a good start of meeting its goal to raise $6,000, said David Schultz, who runs the event. It was named after a 12-year-old boy from unincorporated Cook County near Elgin, who...

    Rick McCarthy

    Suburbanites elected to library association board

    Arlington Heights and Elgin libraries will be represented on the executive board of directors of the state’s largest professional organization of library and information science professionals. Rick McCarthy, board president of Gail Borden Public Library in Elgin, and Christina Stoll, programs manager for Arlington Heights Memorial Library, will serve on the Illinois Library Association starting...


    Caterer claims ‘act of God’ for injuries in storm suit

    A caterer that is being sued for negligence after three people were injured last August when a severe storm whipped through the Kane County Cougars stadium in Geneva has argued the storm was an "act of God." The team, along with the Kane County Forest Preserve District, also are defendants. The forest preserve district wants the suit dismissed at a hearing next week.

    U.S. Army Sgt. John Roloson of Fort McCoy in Wisconsin uses an iPhone to photograph a grave marker at the Fort Sheridan Cemetery. The project is an effort to produce an online, searchable database and a smartphone app to allow visitors to find grave locations and view photos.

    Fort Sheridan Cemetery gets high tech review

    A scandal involving remains buried at Arlington National Cemetery revealed in 2010, rocked the U.S. Army and ignited a comprehensive effort to modernize operations throughout its system. This week, experts took digital pictures of the gravesites at Fort Sheridan Cemetery near Highland Park as part of an effort to produce and online, searchable database and a smartphone app to allow visitors to...

    Amy Powers of Arlington Heights auditions for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent Friday at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Auditions continue today.

    Last day to audition for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent

    Auditions for Suburban Chicago's Got Talent end today at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights. Some openings remain for walk-in auditions.


    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane slides on his knees after scoring in double overtime to win the NHL Western Conference Finals Game 5 Saturday at the United Center in Chicago.

    Blackhawks headed to Stanley Cup finals

    Patrick Kane scored his third goal of the game 11:40 into the second overtime period and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the defending champion Los Angeles Kings 4-3 to advance to the Stanley Cup finals on Saturday night. Corey Crawford made 33 saves and Duncan Keith scored in his return from a suspension as the top-seeded Blackhawks eliminated the Kings in five games in the Western Conference finals.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane celebrates his game-winning double-overtime goal against the Los Angeles Kings Saturday to win the NHL Western Conference Finals at the United Center in Chicago.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Kings, Game Five
    The Chicago Blackhawks faced the Los Angeles Kings in game five of the NHL Westen Conference Finals Saturday at the United Center.

    Grayslake Central players celebrate after their team beat Mt. Vernon 1-0 during the Class 3A state baseball third-place game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet Saturday.

    Peloza, Burba power Grayslake Central to third place

    Few high school baseball teams win their final game. Even fewer win the way Grayslake Central did on Saturday. The Rams scored the game's only run in the bottom of the sixth inning to give them a 1-0 victory over Mt. Vernon in the Class 3A third-place game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

    Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Bryan Bickell jostle with Kings right wing Justin Williams in the first period Saturday at the United Center. Bickell assisted on Patrick Kane's go-ahead goal late in the third period.

    Forward-thinking Bickell continues to produce

    When the postseason started, few would have imagined that one of the guys carrying the Blackhawks to the cusp of the Stanley Cup finals would be Bryan Bickell. “He's one of those guys that maybe flies under the radar,” Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville admitted.

    Corey Crawford, here poking away a shot against the Kings on Saturday in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, is eager to be a central figure for the Hawks in the upcoming Stanley Cup.

    Newer Hawks thrilled about Cup opportunity

    Even though it's only been three years since the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, a large number of players in the lineup throughout the postseason have never made the trip. And no, watching it on television doesn't count.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane celebrates his game-winning double-overtime goal against the Los Angeles Kings Saturday to win the NHL Western Conference Finals at the United Center in Chicago.

    Hat trick for Patrick propels Hawks

    Patrick Kane's goal with 8:20 left in the second overtime lifted the Blackhawks to a 4-3 win over the Kings, vaulting then into the Stanley Cup finals against Boston. His third goal (and fourth in two games) came when he finished off a 2-on-1 with Jonathan Toews, one-timing a shot past Quick. Kane slid boyishly across center ice, punctuating his celebration with a right fist pump, before teammates engulfed him.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane slides on his knees after scoring in double overtime to win the NHL Western Conference Finals Game 5 Saturday at the United Center in Chicago.

    Hawks move on to Stanley Cup Finals

    The last time Patrick Kane scored a hat trick in a clinching game he made Vancouver's Roberto Luongo cry. There were no tears from Kings goalie Jonathan Quick on Saturday night, only frustration as Kane's third goal at 11:40 of double overtime sailed past his glove and gave the Hawks a 4-3 win.

    Glenbard South's Jane Trzaska celebrates with teammates in the dugout after singling to right in the top of the eighth inning for the eventual game-winning hit in the Class 3A state championship game between Glenbard South and Alton Marquette.

    Glenbard South wins second straight title

    Jane Trzaska's experience and unflappable nature in the clutch, and Alexis Silkwood's unflinching belief that she can get any batter out. Those two endearing qualities of a competitor merged to make Glenbard South history. Trzaska took a Silkwood two-strike pitch the other way for a two-out triple to score Payton Carli, delivering Glenbard South past Alton Marquette 1-0 in eight innings in a tense Class 3A final at Eastside Centre in East Peoria and bringing a back-to-back state softball championship back to Glen Ellyn.

    St. Charles East players walk off the field dejectedly after losing to Minooka in the Class 4A softball championship game.

    Minooka mauls St. Charles East in title game

    St. Charles East knew it was facing a team capable of incredible raw power this weekend. The Saints just didn’t know it would be Saturday. A day after a stunning walk-off win over No. 1-ranked Barrington, St. Charles East simply ran into a Minooka buzzsaw. The Indians banged out a championship-game record 14 runs and 19 hits and slugged 3 homers. Rachel May’s walk-off 3-run shot in the sixth inning capped off a 14-3 Minooka run-rule win in the Class 4A final at Eastside Centre in East Peoria.

    Left to right, Libertyville players Matt Vogt, Evan Skoug and Justin Guarnaccio hold the second-place trophy following the Wildcats’ 2-1 loss to Mt. Carmel in the Class 4A state baseball championship game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

    Grimaces — not grins — for Libertyville

    Libertyville's baseball team completed a historic run Saturday night in Joliet, but it was hard for the Wildcats to get much satisfaction out of it after the final game of the season ended in a 2-1 loss to Mt. Carmel in the Class 4A state championship game.

    St. Francis players, in blue, shake hands with Joliet Catholic players following their 5-0 loss in the Class 3A state baseball championship game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet Saturday.

    St. Francis proudly takes home trophy

    There’s one inning St. Francis would love to have back. Other than that, the Spartans wouldn’t trade a minute of this experience. Capping the finest season in the baseball program’s history, St. Francis fell 5-0 to Joliet Catholic in the Class 3A state championship game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.


    Fire refuses to get chopped down
    At some point in the second half Saturday night at Toyota Park, the Chicago Fire changed.

    Barrington celebrates its Class 4A softball third-place finish after defeating York 5-1.

    Barrington reverts to its winning ways, tops York

    On the final day of the girls softball season, the Barrington Fillies kicked up their heels for a final victory dance. This one came in the Class 4A third-place game on Saturday afternoon at the EastSide Centre, and it ended with a 5-1 victory over York. The Fillies’ 36-2 final record gave them the best single-season winning percentage (.947) in the 45-year history of the program.


    Softball: Top 20 rankings
    Glenbard South, St. Charles East and Barrington hold down the top three spots in the Daily Herald's rankings of the top girls softball teams in the area.

    White Sox starter John Danks (1-2) retired the last 21 Athletics he faced Saturday while allowing 1 run on 3 hits in 8 innings. It was his first win since May 19 of last season, when he beat the Cubs at Wrigley and his first home win since Sept. 24, 2011.

    Revitalized Danks does some dazzling

    John Danks showed he's almost all the way back from shoulder surgery in Saturday's 4-1 win over Oakland. The White Sox' left-hander pitched 8 strong innings and allowed 1 run on 3 hits.


    Cougars explode for 15 runs, 18 hits

    The Kane County Cougars pounded out 18 hits and blasted a season-high 4 home runs en route to steamrolling the Cedar Rapids Kernels 15-1 on Saturday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.


    Boomers rally to stop Slammers 6-3

    The Schaumburg Boomers rallied from an early 3-0 deficit to defeat the visiting Joliet Slammers 6-3 on Saturday and improve to a season-best five games over .500.

    St. Charles East pitcher Matt Starai delivers during the Class 4A baseball third-place game against Neuqua Valley at Silver Cross Field in Joliet on Saturday.

    St. Charles East tops UEC rival Neuqua for 3rd

    In about as good of a spring season as any pitcher could have, St. Charles East senior Matt Starai got a chance Saturday to avenge the only thing that went wrong when he faced Neuqua Valley in the Class 4A third-place game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet. Starai entered the final game of his senior season with a 10-1 record and 0.54 ERA including three postseason wins. The only blemish on that record? A 4-0 loss to Neuqua Valley when the Upstate Eight Conference foes met in May. Starai got his second chance against the Wildcats Saturday and didn’t disappoint. Pitching on back-to-back days for the first time this year after he threw 24 pitches in relief Friday in the semifinals, Starai battled through five innings for a 6-4 victory.

    Among tears and smiles, St. Charles East players receive their 2nd place medals after losing to Minooka in theClass 4A softball championship game.

    Images from the IHSA Class 4A championship and thrid place softball games

    Images from the IHSA Class 4A championship and thrid place softball games at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria Saturday.

    Libertyville players Matt Vogt, left, Evan Skoug, center, and Justin Guarnaccio hold the second-place trophy following their 2-1 loss to Mt. Carmel Saturday in the Class 4A state baseball championship game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

    Images from the IHSA Class 4A third place and championship baseball games

    Images from the IHSA Class 4A third place and championship baseball games Saturday at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

    When coach Tom Thibodeau and Derrick Rose are reunited on the court this season, the Bulls’ dynamic will change, according to Mike McGraw.

    Bulls’ Thibodeau on solid ground
    Since the NBA season ended, 11 head coaches have been let go and another remains in limbo. Coaching seems to be the least of the Bulls' concerns, but Tom Thibodeau does have some tasks to accomplish heading into his fourth season with the team.


    It all adds up to Fivelson coaching at Conant

    Derek Fivelson is a numbers guy. It would figure since he teaches math and coaches the senior math team at Hoffman Estates High School. Fivelson has also been an adjunct math professor at Roosevelt University. But Fivelson wasn’t interested in any numbers games as he prepared for his first meeting with his new players Friday as Conant’s new varsity baseball coach.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith is congratulated by teammates Marian Hossa and Michal Rozsival after his first period goal against the Los Angeles Kings Saturday during the NHL Western Conference Finals Game 5 at the United Center in Chicago.

    Keith doesn’t want to be known as dirty player

    The worst part of being suspended for Duncan Keith is the fact the NHL considers him a repeat offender.“I don’t feel good about having ‘repeat offender’ on there, but it was a play that obviously you’d like to have back,” said Keith who was suspended for Game 4 for slashing Kings forward Jeff Carter in the face.

    Pittsburgh Pirates' Neil Walker, right, is out at second base after Chicago Cubs' Darwin Barney stepped on the base during a baseball game on Saturday June 8, 2013, in Chicago, Ill. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)

    Cubs brass feeling good about draft

    The Cubs finished the amateur draft Saturday as the current club was losing 6-2 to the Pirates. Scouting and player-development chief Jason McLeod said the organization made a conscious efforrt to go after college pitching.

    Cubs manager Dale Sveum had this to say about slumping Starlin Castro: “He’s a cut-and-slasher who’s going to swing the bat. I’d like to see him back to where he was in 2010 and 2011 when there was a lot less movement going on. He thinks they’re the same mechanics, but they’re not the same mechanics as what he came up in the big leagues and in 2011.”

    Sveum: Castro’s faulty mechanics need a tune-up

    Saturday was another rough day for Cubs shortstop Starlin Castro, who went 0-for-3 in the 6-2 loss to the Pirates. Castro's average has fallen to .247, and manager Dale Sveum said Castro has too much movement in his approach.

    Chicago White Sox hitting coach Jeff Manto, second from right, and manager Robin Ventura, right, watch Adam Dunn prepare to connect on a solo home run in the second inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics, Saturday, June 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

    LaRussa urges Sox to stay the course

    Former White Sox manager Tony LaRussa was back at U.S. Cellular Field Saturday for a 1983 reunion. Thirty years ago, the Sox bounced back from a slow start and won the AL West by 30 games. Can they repeat the feat this season?

    Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija delivers to a Pittsburgh Pirates batter during a baseball game on Saturday June 8, 2013, in Chicago, Ill. (AP photo/Joe Raymond)

    Pirates’ Burnett shuts down Cubs in 6-2 loss

    A.J. Burnett pitched into the ninth inning and Pedro Alvarez and Russell Martin homered to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. Burnett (4-6) gave up four hits and three walks with five strikeouts in 8 1-3 innings to improve to 5-0 in his career at Wrigley Field. He had a shutout until Alfonso Soriano's two-run home run to left with one out in the ninth ended a string of 18 straight scoreless innings by Pirates pitchers.

    Glenbard South repeats as Class 3A state champions after defeating Alton Marquette Saturday.

    Images from the IHSA Class 3A championship softball game
    Images from the IHSA Class 3A championship softball game between Glenbard South and Marquette at the EastSide Centre in East Peoria Saturday.

    Palace Malice, ridden by jockey Mike Smith, crosses the finish line to win the the 145th Belmont Stakes horse race at Belmont Park Saturday, June 8, 2013, in Elmont, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Palace Malice scores upset in Belmont Stakes

    Palace Malice took charge on the turn for home and won the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, holding off Preakness winner Oxbow and Kentucky Derby winner Orb.The win gave Todd Pletcher his second Belmont winner in six years, and vindicated the trainer’s support of a 3-year-old who came into the final leg of the Triple Crown with only one win.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher John Danks throws to the Oakland Athletics during the first inning in a baseball game on Saturday, June 8, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Cherney)

    Danks gets first win, White Sox top A’s 4-1

    John Danks pitched three-hit ball over eight innings for his first victory in more than a year, and the White Sox won for just the second time in 12 games, beating the surging Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Saturday.

    St. Francis players react as Joliet Catholic celebrates its 5-0 win during the Class 3A state baseball championship game at Silver Cross Field in Joliet Saturday.

    Images from the IHSA Class 3A third place and championship baseball games

    Images from the IHSA Class 3A third place and championship baseball games Saturday at Silver Cross Field in Joliet.

    Cary-Grove’s Zach Marszal (41) is the 2012-13 male athlete of the year in the Fox Valley.

    Cary-Grove’s Marszal carved out excellence

    If Cary-Grove athletics had its own Mt. Rushmore, the sculptor would be sharpening his chisel and studying a photo of Zach Marszal’s face right about now. Several premier athletes have passed through Cary-Grove, particularly in the past 15 years as the football program developed into a state power. Names like Kevin Kaplan, Brian Mitz, Alex Kube, Andrew Lorman, Eric Chandler, Alex Hembrey, Chad McCarron and Kyle Norberg are forever emblazoned in the memories of Trojan fans and foes alike. While each of those special athletes added to the Cary-Grove athletic legacy in his own way, none was more respected within the building on Three Oaks Rd. itself than Marszal, a 6-foot, 182-pound recent graduate named Cary-Grove Male Athlete of the Year for a second straight year. Marszal has been selected the Daily Herald's male athlete of the year for the Fox Valley.

    Prospect’s Dave Kendziera purses his lips at the finish line as he wins the Class 3A 300-meter intermediate hurdles during the boys state track finals in Charleston. Kendziera has been selected as the Daily Herald’s Northwest male athlete of the year.

    Super satisfying finish for Prospect’s Kendziera

    Prospect's Dave Kendziera broke his own school record and earned the first state championship in the 300 hurdles in school history this spring. In recognition of his incredible performances during the 2013 season, Kendziera is the Daily Herald’s Northwest male athlete of the year.

    Connor Black is honored at an all-school assembly at Mundelein after breaking state and national records at the state swimming meet. Black, the Daily Herald’s Lake County male athlete of the year, set a state record in the 50 freestyle and broke state and national records in the 100 butterfly.

    Big finish suits Mundelein’s Black

    Second place just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Connor Black was determined to go out on top. He had accomplished plenty during his swim career. But heading into February’s state finals, the Mundelein senior had never before won an IHSA state championship. “I had gotten seconds like four times,” Black said. “My goal was to win this year.” Black not only won, he won big. And he was bigger than he ever had been while doing it. A growth spurt that saw Black sprout to 6-foot-5 as a senior from 5-foot-9 as a freshman helped him finally break through, and smash two state records en route to winning two state championships. He won both the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. The sweet and unexpected cherry on top was that one of the records was also a national record. Black’s swim of 46.71 in the 100 fly broke the old national high school record of 47.08.Also a select water polo player who led the Mustangs in scoring this year with 100 goals and was named all-sectional as a senior in just his third season in the sport, Black certainly merits selection as the Daily Herald’s male athlete of the year for Lake County.

    In this May 31, 2013, file photo, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Jacques Rogge speaks during a news conference after an IOC executive board meeting at the SportAccord International Convention in St. Petersburg, Russia. Rogge’s departure in September after 12 years as president has created the opportunity for power plays around the Olympic world. Organizations and individuals are staking out positions and forging alliances, each trying to secure a place in the shifting landscape.

    Olympics gripped by election frenzy, sports politics

    President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Jacques Rogge's departure in September after 12 years as president has created the opportunity for power plays around the Olympic world. Organizations and individuals are staking out positions and forging alliances, each trying to secure a place in the shifting landscape.


    Bandits’ booming bats back Abbott’s gem

    Monica Abbott made her first start of the season a complete-game, 1-hit shutout, striking out 11 as the Chicago Bandits blasted the Akron Racers 14-0 on Friday night in Rosemont.The Bandits (3-0) collected 16 hits.


    A would-be developer says Lombard doesn’t appear interested in annexing the Ken-Loch Golf Links to allow his company to build apartments and townhouses there.

    Housing on golf site ‘going nowhere with Lombard’

    When Lombard trustees began more than a year ago discussing future land use at Ken-Loch Golf Links, they did so to give direction to a housing developer considering buying the property. Their recent vote to designate 75 percent of the property for open space, allowing possible development on up to 25 percent of the land, succeeded in sending a message to Donven Homes, said Don Stevens, the company’s president. “It’s obvious we’re going nowhere with Lombard,” Stevens said.

    A Sapporo Breweries employee pours beer at the company’s plant in Chiba, Japan.

    Japanese craft beer industry returning

    Japanese consumers are also drinking more American microbrews. The Asian nation’s imports of U.S. craft beer soared 57 percent in 2012, according to the Boulder, Colo.-based Brewers Association, a trade group of small U.S. beermakers.

    Francois Hollande, France’s president, delivers a speech Friday in the upper house of Parliament in Tokyo, Japan.

    French president says eurozone crisis is over

    TOKYO — French President Francois Hollande sought reassure Japanese business leaders Saturday that the eurozone debt crisis is over but acknowledged that steps to boost the region’s growth and competitiveness need to be taken.In a speech on the final day of his visit to Japan, Hollande said that the potentially destructive debt crisis has served to “reinforce” Europe and foster greater integration of the 17 member economies that use the euro currency.He said authorities are developing tools to ensure greater stability and solidarity such as a Europe-wide “banking union” and budgetary rules. “What you need to understand here in Japan is that the crisis in Europe is over. And that we can work together, France and Japan, to open new doors for economic progress,” he said in the speech at the Imperial Hotel organized by The Nikkei, a major financial newspaper.Although the eurozone debt crisis that erupted at the end of 2009 has eased, the region’s collective economy has shrunk for six straight quarters and unemployment has reached 12.2 percent, the highest since the euro was introduced in 1999.Hollande said Europe needs to put more emphasis on taking steps to promote growth and competitiveness “so that we can have a better presence in the world.”He also highlighted his proposal to create a common economic government for the eurozone that would set economic policy.Hollande called Japan an “exceptional partner” and urged both countries to invest more in each other. France’s annual exports to Japan total about 7.5 billion euros ($9.8 billion), while its imports are just over 9 billion euros. Both rank 11th as respective trade partners.He said some people may have the impression that France and Japan are countries that have left their best years behind them, but they are mistaken.“We don’t think we are countries from the past. We should lead the world economy,” he said. He said it was “encouraging” that Japan was embarking on a growth strategy under Prime Miniser Shinzo Abe to revive long stagnant growth through a massive monetary easing and fiscal stimulus.During the three-day visit, Japan and France agreed to deepen their cooperation on nuclear technology. Asked about the deal amid national debate in Japan over the future of nuclear energy after the Fukushima disaster, Holland reiterated that as forerunners in nuclear energy technology, the two nations need to cooperate over its safety “so that there is no doubt over its reliability.”Japan’s Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and France’s Areva are cooperating on construction of a reactor in TurkeyIn response to a question about China, Hollande said that while France does have trade disputes with China — and a yawning trade deficit of 25 billion euros — Paris needs to “work with” Beijing and shouldn’t be expected to choose between Japan and China as they were both important regional economic powers.“We have the will to work with Asia, and not to oppose any particular country,” he said. “We have a friendly relationship with China for a long time now, and a relationship of exceptional partnership with Japan,” he said. “Please do not ask us to choose.”Hollande also commented on the trade dispute over solar panels between the European Union and China, saying discussion is ongoing and that the issue will be on the agenda in the upcoming meeting of the European Commission later this month.“We will debate this with the European Commission because it’s important that all European countries agree on the decisions made” he said.On Tuesday, the EU announced duties averaging 47 percent on Chinese-made solar panels, cells and wafers but said it would postpone imposing the full tariffs until August to allow time for negotiation.

    A surfer rides a wave Friday in front of the San Onofre nuclear power plant, in San Onofre, Calif.

    Nuclear plant closures illustrate industry’s struggles

    LOS ANGELES — The decision to close California’s San Onofre nuclear plant is the latest setback for an industry that seemed poised for growth not long ago.In Wisconsin, a utility shuttered its plant last month after it couldn’t find a buyer. In Florida — and now California — utilities decided it was cheaper to close plants rather than spend big money fixing them and risk the uncertainty of safety reviews. Meanwhile, the low cost of natural gas is discouraging utilizes from spending billions of dollars and lots of time to build nuclear reactors.New technology allows drillers to extract more gas within the U.S., increasing the supply and pushing down prices. In states were utilities operate as monopolies, they are reluctant to ask their regulators for permission to build enormously expensive nuclear plants — or even fix old ones — when it so cheap to build gas-fired plants. In places where utilities sell power into the open market, the low prices don’t offset the financial risk of building expensive and time-consuming nuclear plants.“The world has changed with natural gas prices being so low and so much gas being available for so long,” said Mike Haggarty, a senior utility analyst for Moody’s Investor Service.Industry supporters acknowledge the challenging economics but say nuclear power still has long-term possibilities. While the costs to build plants are enormous, once online, the fuel and operating costs are relatively low. And reactors can reliably produce power with little or no carbon emissions, said Steve Kerekes, a spokesman for the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry lobbying group. Plants fired by gas cost much more to run when prices surge. “When gas prices are low, that’s great,” Kerekes said. “But a lot of people don’t like to put all their energy eggs in one basket.” On Friday, Southern California Edison announced it would close its San Onofre plant between San Diego and Los Angeles rather than fix damaged equipment that critics said could never be safely replaced. The twin reactors were idled in January 2012 when a small radiation leak led to the discovery of unusual damage to hundreds of new tubes that carry radioactive water.Despite spending more than $500 million on repairs and replacement power, the utility, owned by Edison International, decided to call it quits. It faced safety investigations and regulatory hurdles to restart the plant.In February, North Carolina-based Duke Energy Corp. decided to close the Crystal River nuclear plant in Florida after workers cracked a concrete containment building during an attempt to upgrade the plant in 2009. The containment building is supposed to prevent a release of radiation in case of an accident. An attempt to fix the problem in 2011 resulted in more cracks.Despite the shutdown, Duke still wants its customers to reimburse the company for $1.65 billion in plant investments. The utility will use $835 million from an insurance settlement to refund customers who had to pay for backup power.Even working plants are being scuttled. Dominion Resources Inc. announced in October it would close the Kewaunee Power Station in Wisconsin because it couldn’t find a buyer. Dominion CEO Thomas F. Farrell II said the plant’s contracts to sell its electricity were ending while wholesale electricity prices are expected to remain low. The company is keeping reactors elsewhere in the country.“This decision was based purely on economics,” Farrell said at the time. “Dominion was not able to move forward with our plan to grow our nuclear fleet in the Midwest to take advantage of economies of scale.”

    President Barack Obama shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping Friday at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands as they meet for talks, in Rancho Mirage, Calif.

    Obama: U.S., China sailing ‘uncharted’ cyberwaters

    President Obama says it is critical that the U.S. and China reach a “firm understanding” on cyber issues. But he stops short of accusing China of orchestrating hacking attacks on American government and business computers.

    Lael Miller

    How much does E. Dundee grocer owe on village’s $30,000 loan?

    Frustrated in his attempts to find out how much an East Dundee grocer might owe the village on a $30,000 loan, Trustee Allen Skillicorn filed a Freedom of Information request for the details. It was denied, with village leaders saying the law allows limited access to the specific numbers. “The taxpayers should be paid back on it and I think we shouldn’t be laying out money if we aren’t going to follow up on it.” Skillicorn said.

    After 17 years of living underground, millions of cicadas are emerging on the U.S. East Coast.

    Tech makes tracking cicada spawn easier

    The last time cicadas took over the eastern U.S., researchers used pencils, postcards and paper maps to track the insects, which spawn every 17 years. Now, the tools are iPads, smartphones and Twitter, and it’s making the study of insects more efficient and less cumbersome.

    Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. will implement a software package to track trading on its U.S. exchanges and bolster safeguards and reliability, the exchange operator said in a statement.

    Nasdaq enhancing network monitoring tools

    Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. will implement a software package to track trading on its U.S. exchanges and bolster safeguards and reliability, the exchange operator said in a statement. Nasdaq, the second-largest operator of U.S. equity markets, said Corvil Ltd.’s CorvilNet monitoring system will let exchange officials analyze activity at the network, application and trading levels, helping to spot anomalies.

    Takafumi Horie, the Japanese dot.com celebrity imprisoned for nearly two years on securities fraud charges, is cooking up dozens of ventures and is demanding the nation reduce regulations to give more opportunities to young entrepreneurs.

    Former dot.com star wants entrepreneurial Japan

    Takafumi Horie, the Japanese dot.com celebrity imprisoned for nearly two years on securities fraud charges, is cooking up dozens of ventures and demanding the nation reduce regulations to give more opportunities to young entrepreneurs. The founder and former CEO of Internet service provider Livedoor told reporters Wednesday he is working on a social media app “7gogo.”

    BlackBerry, the Canadian smartphone maker, climbed to its highest level in more than a month after Chief Executive Officer Thorsten Heins said he sees sales of its new Q10 device to be in the “tens of millions.”

    New BlackBerry with keyboard hits U.S. stores

    NEW YORK — The first keyboard-equipped BlackBerry sporting the company’s radically new operating system hit U.S. stores this week.T-Mobile USA started selling the BlackBerry Q10 Wednesday. Verizon Wireless started taking pre-orders last week and shipped by Thursday.AT&T also started taking orders Wednesday. Neither Verizon nor AT&T have said when they will have the phones in stores.The last of the major national carriers, Sprint Nextel, has said it will carry the phone this summer.The new operating system is meant to help the BlackBerry catch up to the iPhone and Android phones in terms of touchscreen capabilities and third-party software. Research In Motion Ltd., the Canadian company behind the BlackBerry, launched a keyboard-less phone with the new operating system earlier this year.


    Yahoo redesigns U.S. web search as it chases Google

    Yahoo! Inc. redesigned its U.S. Web search as Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer works to revive growth at the Internet portal. Search results will now load faster and appear higher on the page, the company said.


    Google’s YouTube triples mobile sales

    Google Inc.’s YouTube has tripled advertising sales on mobile devices in the past six months, the company said, contributing as much as $350 million to the video- sharing website’s revenue. About a quarter of YouTube’s 1 billion global users now access the service via handheld devices.


    Apple poised for hiring spree in Silicon Valley

    Apple expects to expand its Silicon Valley workforce by nearly 50 percent during the next three years, signaling the company’s faith in its ability to keep coming up with hit products like the iPhone and iPad. The projections detailed in a report envision Apple hiring 7,400 more workers at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters.

    A U.S. trade agency on Tuesday June 4, 2013 issued a ban on imports of Apple’s iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 after finding the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung Electronics.

    Apple import ban stokes smartphone patent war with Samsung

    Apple Inc.’s first loss against Samsung Electronics Co. in a U.S. patent case could mean a ban on imports of some older devices including the iPhone 4 while lessening prospects of the largest smartphone makers ending their legal battles.

    This May 31, 2013 photo shows the building housing “Unit 61398” of the Peopleís Liberation Army, center top, in the outskirts of Shanghai, China. After years of quiet and largely unsuccessful diplomacy, the U.S. has brought its persistent computer-hacking problems with China into the open, delivering a steady drumbeat of reports accusing Beijingís government and military of computer-based attacks against America.

    Cyber experts say calling out China may be working

    After years of quiet and largely unsuccessful diplomacy, the U.S. has brought its persistent computer-hacking problems with China into the open, delivering a steady drumbeat of reports accusing Beijing’s government and military of computer-based attacks against America. Officials say the new strategy may be having some impact.


    San Francisco, New York officials to meet over cellphone thefts

    Top law enforcement officials from San Francisco and New York plan to meet with some of the nation’s largest smartphone makers next week to help thwart the rise in cellphone thefts and robberies. “With 1.6 million Americans falling victim to smartphone theft in 2012, this has become a national epidemic,” San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón said in a statement.


    Microsoft to add Outlook to more Windows tablet

    Microsoft will add its popular Outlook email program to more tablets running on a lightweight version of its Windows operating system as part of a free software update later this year.

    A Netflix DVD envelope and Netflix on-screen television menu are shown in Surfside, Fla. Thinking about how you use your Netflix, Hulu or other video account, can lead to potentially cost-saving measures, depending on what features you desire and actually use the most.

    Tech Tips: Ways to improve online life, save money

    As the year began, I decided I would get serious about digital cleanup — to save money and improve my online life. For a while, I had been putting off tasks such as backing up computer files and canceling the premium cable channels I never watch. Usually, I’d remember to do something while riding the bus, then soon forget. It took some discipline over a few months to get my digital life in order. As a result, I’m due to save more than $2,000 a year, money I can spend on a nice vacation.


    Cloud computing rains billion-dollar deals

    A decade ago, the mere idea of cloud computing was a difficult concept to explain, let alone sell. Today, the technology is spurring a high-stakes scramble to buy some of the early leaders in the cloud-computing movement. In the past two years alone, long-established technology companies such as IBM, Oracle Corp. and SAP AG have each spent several billions of dollars acquiring cloud-computing vendors. “Deals begat deals,” said Peter Falvey, a Boston investment banker specializing in technology.

Life & Entertainment

    A team from AthleticCo grabs the flag to win the race against a team from Harris Bank during a previous year's dragon boat races during RiverFest in St. Charles. This year's fest runs through Sunday.

    Weekend picks: Dragon boat races, battle of bands

    Watch the dragon boat races take off Saturday along the Fox River at St. Charles' RiverFest. Tonight is the last night to catch veteran rock star Sting performing his hits at Ravinia. Best-selling author Judy Blume will attend a Saturday screening of the film adaptation of her 1981 young adult novel “Tiger Eyes” at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. Hungry for ribs? Head to Chicago's Northcenter neighborhood for Ribfest Chicago this weekend.

    “A Place at the Table” by Susan Rebecca White

    Food talk, split families in novel’s mix

    There’s a lot of tasty talk about food in “A Place at the Table,” a novel whose main characters have an affinity for the kitchen, often a source of refuge when they hunger for lost family affections. For Bobby Banks, a young gay white man in flight from his Georgia home in 1981, a chef’s job in a legendary Manhattan restaurant puts him on his feet. That same restaurant years earlier had played a similar role for Alice Stone, a black woman who made it famous after she left rural North Carolina to escape the abuses of Jim Crow. In Bobby and Alice, author Susan Rebecca White pays fictional homage to real-life luminaries Edna Lewis and Scott Peacock.

    Ray Tollison looks over the shoulder of his son Sam as he works on a drawing of a monster doll at their home in Fort Collins, Colo. The Tollisons launched Monster to Love, a company that makes plush monster toys.

    Father and sons make monsters to love

    Ray Tollison regularly stays up until 2 a.m. working at his company’s headquarters — his Fort Collins, Colo., basement — while his business partners sleep. They need it. Tollison’s two partners in A Monster to Love, a company that makes plush monsters, are his twin sons, Sam and Ben, 11. The trio launched the company 18 months ago with an old Singer sewing machine and ideas that bubbled out of Ben, the lead designer (Sam spearheads the sewing).

    A “Crooked Coop” in Clinton, Wash., is reminiscent of a fairy tale house of Dr. Seuss. Designer chicken coops are becoming a new kind of yard art.

    Innovative chicken coops add yard chic

    To make an original statement with yard art, think beyond fountains, globes and statuary. Add chicken coops to be chic. These outbuildings can amuse and enhance while providing shelter for the family fowl. Raising chickens is a different hobby now than it was in the past,” said Matthew Wolpe, who with fellow designer Kevin McElroy wrote “Reinventing the Chicken Coop.” Many of those who choose to raise backyard chickens today “are urban dwellers with no traditional (poultry) background — people bringing a fresh approach who want their chicken coops to be more like accessories to their houses,” he said.

    Baby boomers are using tools like Ancestry.com to gather pieces of their family history and create original works of art from the data they find.

    3 creative projects for passing down memories

    Debbie Corrigan will turn 55 this year. A baby boomer with children and grandchildren, she loves researching her family history. Last year, Corrigan, of Winchester, Va., wanted to create something permanent out of her research — a tangible representation of her family tree that could hang on a living room wall. But nothing she found was quite right. So Corrigan used her computer to design her own modern family tree. Relatives liked it so much they asked her to design ones for them, and soon she began offering her services on the craft website Etsy.com as a researcher and designer of graphic family trees.

    Oz the magician (James Franco) teams up with a flying monkey named Finley (Zach Braff) in Sam Raimi’s lackluster prequel “Oz the Great and Powerful.”

    DVD previews: ‘Oz,’ ‘Snitch’

    Coming out on DVD this week are "Oz the Great and Powerful" starring James Franco and "Snitch" with Dwayne Johnson.

    Designer Vera Wang poses with her award for “Lifetime Achievement” at the 2013 CFDA Fashion Awards.

    Vera Wang honored for lifetime fashion passion

    Vera Wang, arguably the queen of red-carpet dressing, didn’t go into the fashion business with stars in her eyes. She knew about its unglamorous side, the hard work and, especially, the risks. And there were plenty of doubts along the way. But every time one person — and, she says, it really just takes one — understands what she’s trying to express with a certain drape of a fabric, a particular color or a new silhouette, she’s reminded of the reason why she became involved in fashion, and why she’s still in it: There’s an indefinable payoff that comes when she’s helped a woman look and feel her best.


    Dealing with offensive noise

    Q. An owner in our association installed hardwood floors where there used to be carpet. The downstairs neighbor of ten years now complains he hears every footstep from the upstairs unit. The association’s governing documents do not prohibit hardwood floors. Can the Board do anything about this issue?

    The new Music City Center is transforming the look of downtown Nashville with its wavy roof dominating six city blocks.

    Nashville pins hopes on new convention center

    A new convention center in Nashville is transforming the look of downtown with a wavy roof dominating six city blocks, but tourism officials hope the eye-catching facility will also show business travelers a revitalized Music City.

    Berlin Gardens manufactures “green” outdoor furniture made using recycled materials.

    Plush patio furniture grows in popularity

    Technological advances are making it easy to enjoy more hours outdoors. For instance, Berlin Gardens manufactures “green” outdoor furniture made entirely of recycled plastic milk jugs. Its tables, chairs, pergolas, and accessories are among the outdoor furniture sold by Hearth and Home of Mount Prospect.


    Insanity in today’s mortgage market

    In a recent article, I pointed out that mortgage lenders today can make a loan with only 3 percent down to a borrower with a steady job but a credit score of only 570, and have it insured by FHA. But lenders can’t or won’t accommodate a self-employed physician who can’t adequately document enough income, even if the physician can put 30 percent down and has a credit score of 800! Considering that the likelihood of a default is at least ten times higher on the first mortgage, this is insane.

    The look of marble is done in ceramic tiles by Keraben.

    Innovative ceramic tiles hit the marketplace

    What could be new about something that has been around for more than 4,000 years? When it comes to tile, a lot. During Coverings 2013, the largest tile-and-stone trade expo in the country, the buzz was about baking technology, science and great design into modern ceramic tile.



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors offer nuggets of insight on everything from road headaches in Hoffman Estates to the Illinois House speaker's lack of a cell phone.


    Make heroin fight a community effort
    A Hinsdale letter to the editor: Lawmakers passed House Bill 946, which creates the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force and charges the group with studying “the growing problem of heroin use in high schools across this state.” We urge the governor to sign this bill so the task force can be formed and promptly begin its important work.


    One bright spot amid failures
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Illinois has the toughest gun laws in the country, but our legislators still manage to shoot themselves in the foot year after year. At least state Rep. Elaine Nekritz tried to build a consensus.


    Don’t forget heroism of D-Day
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: Time and time again important dates come and go and no reported news. I guess we are too busy to remember. That is what I always hear: I am too busy.


    Internet sales tax’s time has arrived
    A Rolling Meadows letter to the editor: Years ago, people argued that online sales ought to be exempt from tax collection because the Internet was still a baby in its crib. Fine, but that baby is all grown up now. Online sales have grown by leaps and bounds, as have the companies who offer them.


    State’s Democrats must reset priorities
    A Hinsdale letter to the editor: The spring legislative session may be over, but our work certainly isn’t. Let’s get our priorities straight. Let’s fix this pension problem now so we can make Illinois work again.


    17-year-olds not ready to vote
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: If the argument for 17-year-olds is to get them interested, it’s just not strong enough. They don’t truly understand the implications of their vote until they are actually participating in society — paying taxes, paying bills, trying to buy a house, sorting out their health care, and all the other “grown-up” decisions that we make daily.


    Illinois’ citizens face ‘hazing’
    A letter to the editor: On May 31, the Illinois House sent an anti-hazing bill to Gov. Pat Quinn for his signature, though pension reform could not pass. If signed into law, then all Illinois legislators should be found guilty of hazing Illinois citizens by forcing us to wear the lodestone of debt around our necks and bearing the humiliation of living in the worst of the 50 states in terms of fiscal irresponsibility.


    No problems for Obamas’ vacations
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I have a suggestion for the vacationing couple in the June 5 cartoon on the Opinion page. They are looking for a vacation spot not affected by the sequester. Perhaps they should see if they could accompany the Obama family.


    Batavia teacher should be lauded
    A Hanover Park letter to the editor: Regarding, “Batavia school board disciplines teacher after survey flap,” the superintendent stated in a letter to the Batavia community that “the issue before the board was whether one employee has the right to mischaracterize the efforts of our teachers, counselors, social workers and others.”


    Not fair to bash tournament fishing
    A Batavia letter to the editor: Mike Jackson, I find your articles to be self-serving and very hypocritical. To clear the air, I do fish roughly 100 days a year and I do participate in tournaments. Your constant bashing of tournament anglers is way off base. Because of them the fishing world has learned many new techniques and many innovative products have come from their desire to win.


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