Daily Archive : Friday June 14, 2013



    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Burglars stole three shoe boxes containing a $50 gold coin, 100 other coins, a men’s gold wedding band, and women’s diamond and ruby wedding band and engagement ring out of an attached garage on the 4200 block of North Walnut Avenue. Value was estimated at $20,000.

    The band JJ Grey & Mofro, opens the new RiverEdge Park, coinciding with the 17th annual Blues on the Fox festival.

    Images: RiverEdge Park Opening Night
    As the park designed to revitalize downtown Aurora’s Fox River waterfront comes to life, the festival that brings major blues artists to town is coming home. RiverEdge Park officially opened at 6 p.m. Friday for Blues on the Fox festival, featuring JJ Grey & Mofro opening for Dr. John.

    Parking spaces behind 298 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston are empty Friday. The two open spaces at right, front and back, were sold at auction on Thursday for $560,000.

    Boston woman pays $560,000 for 2 parking spots

    Lisa Blumenthal won the spots in the city’s Back Bay neighborhood during an on-site auction Thursday held in a steady rain by the Internal Revenue Service. The IRS had seized the spots from a man who owed back taxes.

    Marilyn Bethell

    Prison sentence for 2005 slaying of Aurora woman voided

    A state appellate court on Friday voided a 35-year prison sentence for a man who pleaded guilty to killing a woman in Aurora in 2005. Gareng Deng, now 21, was 17 when he accepted a plea agreement with Kane County prosecutors for the Oct. 31, 2005, murder of 47-year-old Marilyn Bethell of Aurora. On Friday, the Second District Illinois Appellate Court overturned a circuit court ruling, allowing...


    Jackson Jr.’s lawyers ask for leniency

    Lawyers for Jesse Jackson Jr. assert in a court filing that the former Illinois congressman’s mental health may worsen if he is given a lengthy prison sentence.

    David Hatyina listens to testimony during his sentencing hearing Friday.

    10 years for Bartlett man who killed 10-year-old on Chain O'Lakes

    David Hatyina will spend one year in jail for every year Tony Borcia was alive. Kane County Judge Clint Hull on Friday sentenced the 51-year-old Bartlett man to 10 years for running over and killing 10-year-old Tony Borcia on the Chain O' Lakes on July 28, 2012. “The judge made a proper sentence,” said Tony's father, Jim Borcia. “No sentence could have given us what we really...

    Wayne Schnell, left, and other supporters of Mayor Charles Amrich celebrated his swearing-in last month.

    Island Lake board reinstates former cop who ran campaign

    A former part-time Island Lake police officer with political connections to village hall has been reinstated, officials confirmed Friday. Following a closed-door discussion late Thursday night, a divided board voted to rehire officer Wayne Schnell, who resigned from the department in 2010.

    Former Chicago alderman Ambrosio Medrano is accused of trying to accept kickbacks in schemes that included selling bandages to public hospitals.

    Closing arguments wrap up in bribery trial

    The lawyer for a former Chicago alderman tells jurors his client can’t be guilty of bribery because he never believed a fictitious public official in an FBI sting was real. Closing arguments took place Friday at Ambrosio Medrano’s federal trial in Chicago.

    The Caterpillar logo on earth moving equipment in Springfield.

    Caterpillar begins Milwaukee layoffs
    Caterpillar Inc. says it is placing about 260 production employees at its South Milwaukee plant on indefinite layoff because of weaker demand for mining equipment.


    Lakemoor tightens rules on grass growing too tall

    Lakemoor is putting the squeeze on property owners whose grass gets too tall and unwieldly, by reducing the time that violations must be addressed from 10 to 7 days and including a provision allowing the village to hire a collection agency to recover costs.

    Lisa Madrid, owner of Retro-a-GoGo in Elgin, has organized Saturday’s “Bizarre Bazaar” event on Chicago Street. It coincides with Ribfest at Festival Park, along with the Elgin Public House’s Beerfest a few doors down.

    Elgin will be home to the bizarre on Saturday
    If you’re looking for bargains and unusual items, Saturday’s “Bizarre Bazaar” in Elgin might be just the right place to be. Several stores along Chicago Street will participate in the event, including Retro-a-GoGo, Spacetaste Gallery, Topnotch Tattoos, Elgin Antiques & Uniques, said Lisa Madrid, owner of Retro-a-GoGo.


    School board vacancy in Oak Grove District 68

    Oak Grove District 68 is accepting applications for a vacancy on the school board created with the recent resignation of Kim Opsahl, who is moving out of state.


    Atty: Woman accused of ramming teens was unaware of injuries

    A 34-year-old Chicago woman accused of intentionally running down two teens in Carpentersville with her SUV in March and then leaving the scene didn’t know she hit anyone, said her defense attorney. Angelique Branch spent more than two weeks in jail before her bond was reduced. Her attorney is unaware of any relation to Timera Branch, who was sentenced to 34 years in prison for using her...


    Cary police to search for woman missing since 1999

    Cary police will continue a search Saturday for a Chicago woman who went missing in the area 14 years ago. Wendy M. Kimura was last seen walking around Route 14 on May 21, 1999, and she has not been heard from since. The 28-year-old at the time had taken a train to Fox River Grove to spend the night with a friend who lived in the 200 block of Northwest Highway in Cary. Police said Friday they are...


    Lake County offices accesible during renovation

    Public access to county offices will be available while renovation of the sixth through ninth floors of the headquarters in downtown Waukegan takes place over the next 18 months. Visit www.lakecountyil.gov for details.


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    Fox blotter


    Schaumburg wins award for design guidelines

    Schaumburg has won an Excellence in Development Review Award from DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development for the village’s development of Woodfield Regional Center design guidelines. This overlay district includes Woodfield Mall and surround office, industrial and retail space.

    Hezbollah supporters raise their hands in salute as Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah speaks on a screen Friday via a video link from a secret place, in the southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon. Nasal said his group will continue to fight in Syria.

    Countries cool to U.S. arms plan for Syrian rebels

    In a letter to U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice said the United States has determined that sarin was used in a March 19 attack on the Aleppo suburb of Khan al-Assal and in an April 13 attack on the neighborhood of Shaykh Maqsud.


    Schaumburg police to buy 30 more Tasers

    Following a successful six-month trial program in which Schaumburg patrol officers shared the use of 12 Tasers, the police department plans to buy 30 more to ensure that every on-duty officer has one. The Tasers were used three times during the trial period.

    Carol Stream Village President Frank Saverino cheers on his 7-year-old grandson, Dominic, as he throws out one of the ceremonial first pitches Friday at the opening of the American Legion Post 76 Summer Classic Tournament.

    American Legion tourney opens in Carol Stream

    Twelve baseball teams from the across the Midwest are in Carol Stream this weekend for the sixth annual Summer Classic Tournament hosted by American Legion Post 76. The three-day tournament kicked off Friday morning at the newly renovated Lee Pfund Field, 570 S. Gary Ave., following ceremonial first pitches by Carol Stream Village President Frank Saverino and his 7-year-old grandson, Dominic.

    The IM ABLE all-inclusive playground project in South Elgin will cost about $1.3 million. So far, it has generated just under $400,000 in cash donations and $100,000 in in-kind donations, plus $53,000 in grants.

    All-inclusive S. Elgin playground plan gets a boost

    The construction of a playground for children of all abilities and disabilities in South Elgin got a huge boost earlier this year when The Hoffer Foundtion pledged a $350,000 matching grant. Now, the village is getting ready to apply for a $400,000 state grant, which officials hope will pave the way for the $1.3 million project at SEBA Park off State Street along the Fox River.


    3rd prosecutor says he’ll allow concealed carry

    A downstate prosecutor became the third state’s attorney to announce that he won’t wait for the governor to sign a bill into law that would allow concealed weapons, saying Friday that it doesn’t make sense to enforce a law that a federal appeals court has deemed unconstitutional.

    An Army helicopter drops water Thursday on the Black Forest wildfire behind houses on the Flying Horse Ranch in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Crews gaining control of Colorado wildfire

    The latest blaze raced through the rural reaches of the Colorado Springs area, doubling in size overnight and charring at least 389 buildings. The bodies of two people were found inside their garage Thursday, their car doors open as if they had been about to flee.

    Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge is planning a nearly $40 million emergency room expansion.

    Advocate Lutheran General Hospital seeks to expand ER

    Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge is proposing a nearly $40 million renovation and expansion of its emergency room to alleviate crowding and reduce patient wait times. Work would involve adding seven emergency treatment stations, an observation unit, and two operating suites.

    The caber toss is one of the field sports at the Highland Games and Scottish Festival, being held this yaer at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca.

    27th annual Itasca festival celebrates Scottish culture

    The 27th Annual Scottish Festival and Highland Games are back to bring Scottish heritage to Chicago with live concerts, competitions, kids' games, whisky tastings, a drum show and more. The event goes from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, June 15 and 8 am to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 16.

    Associated Press/June 6, 2013 An aerial view of the cooling units at the NSA’s Utah Data Center in Bluffdale, Utah.

    Five ways to stop the NSA from spying on you

    The NSA’s spying powers are vast, but there are still ways to thwart the agency’s snooping. Here are five of them.

    Tom Constertina

    Arlington Hts. 6th grader starts prison ministry

    Tom Constertina, an Arlington Heights sixth grader, collects money to buy Bibles to send to prisoners. He has found a special Bible designed fro incarcerated people. “We all have bars and chains in our lives,” said Tom. “We are all enslaved to sin and all need to be free. This is particularly true for prisoners. Maybe they are in there for life, but they can still be free in their hearts.”

    Dave Siemiaszko of Wheeling, wields his custom-made double-neck guitar he calls “The Beast” while performing an original composition on day one of auditions for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent. Siemiaszko was named one of the competition’s top 30 finalists.

    Top 30 finalists named for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent

    It’s going to be a song-filled summer. That’s because 29 of the Top 30 finalists announced Friday for Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent will be making music in an attempt to wow the judges and advance to the next round. Bands, solo singers, instrumentalists and a single comic will battle it out in the second Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent, a summer-long competition presented by the Daily Herald,...

    Transit police officer Richard Donohue, front right, leaves Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston on Friday followed by his wife Kim, center.

    Officer shot in Boston Marathon showdown heads home

    The police officer who survived a showdown with the Boston Marathon bombing suspects left the hospital Friday and headed home with a bullet still in his body, nearly two months after the gun battle that severed one of his major arteries.


    BBQ family fest, vendor fair:

    The University of Illinois Lake County Extension hosts a BBQ Family Fest and Vendor Fair on Saturday, June 29 at the Lake County Extension grounds, 100 S. Route 45, Grayslake.


    Boil order issued in Mettawa

    A boil order was issued Friday for some customers in Mettawa after a water main break.

    Frank Bart

    Zaida Torres out as Wauconda’s village administrator

    Wauconda Village Administrator Zaida Torres will leave that post, officials confirmed Friday, but will remain the town's finance director. She's held both jobs since late 2012.

    Judith M. Brawka

    Kane Co. warns of rising cost of heroin abuse

    The four highest leaders in Kane County's judicial and public safety system (state's attorney, sheriff, chief judge and coroner) put forward a joint warning that heroin is not at an epidemic level in the local area. Not only are prosecutions involving heroin up by 30 percent so far this year, but heroin-related deaths are on pace to triple what was seen just two years ago. The heroin problem will...


    Chicago school layoffs total nearly 850

    Chicago Public Schools says its plan to close 50 schools and programs means that it will have to lay off nearly 850 workers. The number released Friday includes about 550 teachers along with teacher assistants, bus aides, clerks, custodians and security officers.


    Chicago Tribune apologizes for Boston bombing joke

    The Chicago Tribune has apologized for an image in the paper this week that jokes about putting on hold the warm feelings it shared with Boston after April’s bombings. The cities’ NHL teams are vying for the Stanley Cup.

    House Speaker Michael Madigan’s pension plan would cut benefits across the board, raise the retirement age and require workers and retirees to pay more toward their retirement.

    Democrats to try again on Madigan’s pension bill

    A solution to Illinois’ worst-in-the-nation state pension crisis remained far from reach Friday, as legislative leaders and Gov. Pat Quinn said they would try again to pass a plan backed by House Speaker Michael Madigan — one that failed in the Senate last month and is unlikely to pass next week.


    Chicago school district announces $52 million in new cuts

    Chicago Public Schools officials said Friday they’ve identified more than $52 million in administrative and operational cuts to help close an estimated $1 billion deficit in the upcoming fiscal year, and will spend the next several weeks looking for more ways to trim expenses.

    Award-winning chef Charlie Trotter

    Charlie Trotter accused of selling bogus $46K wine

    Award-winning chef Charlie Trotter is being sued by two New York wine collectors who say he sold them a bottle of wine for more than $46,000 that wasn’t what it said on the label.

    Actor Clayton Moore from the TV series the Lone Ranger.

    CLC professors to explore Lone Ranger legend
    This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Lone Ranger, a fictional character that has had a lasting influence on American culture. College of Lake County sociology professors John and Maria Jose Tenuto will explore the Longer Ranger phenomenon from its radio origins to this summer’s blockbuster movie. The event, to be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Cook Park Library, 413 N. Milwaukee Ave.,...

    Singer Sheridan Archbold of Yorkville is one of the Top 30 finalists in Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent.

    Images: Suburban Chicago’s Got Talent, Top 30
    Suburban Chicago's Got Talent has announed its Top 30 finalists for its 2013 competition. The first 15 from this group are set to perform on Sunday, June 23, at the Metropolis Performing Arts Centre in Arlington Heights.

    Lynn Pranga

    St. Charles bank manager pleads guilty to theft from client

    The former manager of a St. Charles bank pleaded guilty Friday to stealing from one of its clients. Lynn Pranga was sentenced to 200 hours of community service, two years of probation, and has to repay $21,900.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    A Prospect Heights woman was scammed. She received an email from a woman claiming to work for a business in Dallas, saying she would be employed as a personal assistant running errands. On May 31, she received a check for $1,385 and was instructed to deposit it into her personal bank account. On June 1, she was told to withdraw $1,350, get a Money Gram, and send it to Dallas. On June 3, her bank...

    The consultant that led anti-hazing focus groups at the three Maine Township High School District 207 high schools recommends more student involvement and staff training on bullying intervention. The recommendations come on the heels of the district firing two soccer coaches following a hazing scandal at Maine West High School in Des Plaines last fall.

    Dist. 207 anti-hazing consultant says staff 'overwhelmed'

    The consultant hired by Maine Township High School District 207 to lead anti-hazing focus groups at its three high schools recommends the district take steps to include students in decision making and leadership activities, and provide more staff training on bullying intervention. The 24-page Community Matters report recently released to the District 207 school board was the result of a...

    Rick Maher, daughter Allison and wife Mary hope to update the Hawks logo they painted on the garage of their Roselle home — with a “2013” entry.

    Roselle, Woodridge Blackhawk fans show off their spirit

    This Blackhawks-Bruins Stanley Cup series is a dream matchup for Lee Ann Stawczyk, pitting her favorite hockey team against her second-favorite.To be sure, Stawczyk insists “I bleed black and red,” the Hawks colors. But she has a soft spot for the Bruins; no matter who wins, she says, “I have a parade to go to.” She wears her enthusiasm on her sleeve — and her garage...

    Michael N. Seelye

    Round Lake Beach man held in heroin overdose death

    A Round Lake Beach man is being held Friday on $500,000 bond in connection with the May 12 death of a man in Round Lake Park. Michael N. Seelye, 31, of the 500 block of West Hawthorne Drive, was charged late Thursday with drug induced homicide. He turned himself in to Round Lake Park police, said Chief George Filenko. The arrest followed a monthlong investigation involving the heroin overdose...


    Dist. 211 approves fund transfer to pay for improvements

    The Palatine-Schaumburg High School District 211 board of education approved one of two fund transfers Thursday so the district can pay for upcoming capital improvement projects with its reserves.the board agreed Thursday to transfer $6.1 million from the operations and maintenance fund to the capital projects fund to cover the renovations going on at Palatine High School this summer. Then, the...


    Schaumburg police create Crisis Intervention Team

    Schaumburg police are organizing their own Crisis Intervention Team of officers specially trained to use language to de-escalate confrontations with people with particular challenges such as autism, mental illness, depression, and drug or alcohol abuse. “It doesn’t mean they’re committing a crime; it just means they’re having a crisis moment,” Patrol Commander Vince Liberio explained.

    Soviet cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova

    Putin honors first woman in space

    President Vladimir Putin praised Valentina Tereshkova during a meeting at his residence Friday, marking the anniversary of her flight, which came a little more than two years after the Soviet Union put the first man into orbit. Putin awarded her the Order of Alexander Nevsky for meritorious public service, one of the highest Russian honors.

    Six Flags Great America will debut igNIGHT at the theme park Saturday. It’s an interactive stage show, dance club that takes place in the center of hometown square.

    Six Flags debuts igNIGHT, its biggest closing show ever

    People attending Six Flags Great America this weekend will be treated to a new grand finale. igNIGHT, the grand finale, is a “mesmerizing and immersive spectacle” that features live singing, dancing, fireworks, pyrotechnics and brilliant visual effects. Park spokeswoman Kathryn Enrique said the finale sends park goers on a journey through time, telling a story through cutting edge...


    McHenry suspect’s death ends old murder-for-hire case

    A McHenry man accused of hiring a hit man to kill his son has died, ending a case that began in 2007. William G. Gersch was to appear for a fitness hearing Thursday before McHenry County Judge Robert Wilbrandt. However, defense attorney Matthew Haiduk presented the judge Gersch’s death certificate. Haiduk says the 64-year-old Gersch suffered a stroke in May and died shortly after.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a new early childhood initiative Friday aimed at improving the lives of young children, her first venture since joining the foundation created by her husband, former President Bill Clinton. The former secretary of state announced a partnership on the sidelines of the Clinton Global Initiative America conference in Chicago.

    Hillary Clinton launches children’s project at Chicago meeting

    Hillary Rodham Clinton launched a new early childhood initiative Friday aimed at improving the lives of young children, her first venture since joining the foundation created by her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

    Mark Domagalski of Campton Hills says that he fished a lot as a kid but did not learn how to fly-fish until after he was done with college.

    Moving Picture: The art of fly-fishing

    Mark Domagalski of Campton Hills is the purest kind of fisherman you'll find. The avid fly fisherman crafts his own flies from many different types of materials, and says he really enjoys wading into a stream and catching a fish on something he created himself. “It’s really fulfilling when you tie your own fly and you actually catch fish on it. It’s really a full circle,” he said.

    A pickup truck creates a huge splash as it drives through water on the road around Shield’s Lake near the Maymont Nature Center in Richmond, Va., Thursday, June 13, 2013 after a strong line of storms moved through the area.

    2 more deaths blamed on storm that hit East Coast

    Two additional deaths in North Carolina are being blamed on the massive storm system that started in the Upper Midwest and brought soaking rains and heavy winds to the Mid-Atlantic.


    NW Ind. road closed by fallen power towers reopens

    A state highway has reopened in northwestern Indiana after being closed as utility crews dealt with three large power line towers wrecked by Wednesday night’s strong storm. State police said Friday that Indiana 2 was open again east of Interstate 65 near the southern Lake County town of Lowell.

    A chemical plant fire is seen in an aerial photo about twenty miles southeast of Baton Rouge, in Geismer, La., Thursday, June 13, 2013. The plant makes highly flammable gases that are basic building blocks in the petrochemical industry.

    Blast at La. Plant kills 1, more than 70 hurt

    Daniel Cuthbertson knows the risks involved in working at chemical plants. Still, the Taft, Calif., contract worker who travels frequently for such work was rattled hours after escaping Thursday’s blast at a south Louisiana plant. The explosion killed at least one worker and sent dozens to area hospitals, some with critical injuries. “I’m still shaken,” he said. “I’m thinking about my kids, kind...

    A hearing will be held Friday to determine if Ohio football players Trent Mays, left, and Ma’lik Richmond, who were convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl last year, should be classified as sex offenders.

    Sex offender hearing for Ohio football players

    A judge was ready to classify as sex offenders two Ohio high school football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl last year after an alcohol-fueled house party. The hearing Friday scheduled by Judge Thomas Lipps at Jefferson County Juvenile Court in Steubenville is a possible first step for the two teens to be transferred from a state juvenile detention center to a facility that works...


    Villa Park planning town-hall meeting

    Villa Park residents will get a chance to discuss key issues facing their community during a town-hall meeting June 24 in the Willowbrook High School auditorium, 1250 S. Ardmore Ave.

    Firefighters have at least temporarily battled to a “draw” with a fast-moving fire that already has killed two people and destroyed 379 homes, giving weary authorities and residents the first glimmer of hope after three days of mounting damage, a sheriff said.

    Crews battle to a “draw” with deadly Colo. fire

    Firefighters have at least temporarily battled to a “draw” with a fast-moving fire that already has killed two people and destroyed 379 homes, giving weary authorities and residents the first glimmer of hope after three days of mounting damage, a sheriff said. The fire was at about 25 square miles Friday after crews were able to keep it from spreading much despite swirling winds and bone-dry...


    Closing for ex-alderman at Chicago bribery trial

    A former Chicago alderman’s bribery trial is in the homestretch with closing arguments scheduled in U.S. District Court. Ambrosio Medrano and two businessmen are accused of paying bribe money to an undercover agent posing as a sales representative. Medrano’s lawyer is expected to address jurors Friday morning.


    ‘Woodhenge’ summer solstice fete set at Cahokia

    Visitors to Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site on June 23 will get a glimpse of a 1,000-year-old sacred celebration of the summer solstice at “Woodhenge.” Woodhenge is an arrangement of posts standing in line with sunrise on the longest day of the year June 21; the shortest day, in December, and the spring and fall equinoxes, when day and night are the same length.


    Chicago opens new barrier-protected bike lanes

    New barrier-protected bike lanes have opened along Chicago’s Milwaukee Avenue, the city’s most heavily biked corridor.

    Pete Vonachen, 85, the former owner and longtime investor of the Peoria Chiefs minor league baseball team, walks out onto Wrigley Field in Chicago for a ceremony honoring him for 25 years of service to baseball before a Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals game. Vonachen died Monday, June 10, 2013. He was 87. According to the Chiefs, Vonachen bought the team in 1983. He used his connection to Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray to help turn the Chiefs into the Chicago Cubs minor league affiliate and give the team stability.

    Funeral Friday for Peoria baseball icon

    Funeral services will be held for a Peoria businessman credited by many for putting the city’s minor league baseball team on firm financial footing.


    Miller Caves to host concert this weekend

    For decades, the “Miller Caves” were used to store Miller beer before refrigeration. On Sunday, the caves take on another identity: a concert venue.


    Walker urged to reconsider UW regent appointment

    Gov. Scott Walker refused to say Thursday why he withdrew his nomination to the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents of a UW-Platteville student who signed a petition to recall him from office. Walker announced Monday that he was appointing Josh Inglett, 20, to the Board of Regents as one of two student representatives. Then on Wednesday, just hours after Inglett said he told the governor’s...

    Political observers will be closely watching as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie participates in a discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago.

    Christie to appear with Bill Clinton in Chicago

    Political observers will be closely watching as New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie participates in a discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative in Chicago.The Republican and potential 2016 White House contender will join former President Bill Clinton on stage Friday for a discussion titled “Cooperation and Collaboration: A Conversation on Leadership.”


    New permit allows faster cleanup of zebra mussels

    A new Wisconsin state permit allows owners of waterfront properties to more easily clean up accumulated zebra mussels, dead fish, algae and other deposits.


    3 charged with hacking into Purdue profs’ accounts

    Authorities have charged three men with illegally logging into their Purdue University professors’ computer accounts and changing their own grades.


    Loyola med school opens doors to more immigrants

    Loyola University’s medical school is accepting applications from immigrants living in the country without legal permission. The Loyola Stritch School of Medicine says it made the decision in part because it wants to foster diversity in the medical workforce to better serve patients in a country with a large immigrant population.

    Associated Press Miami-Dade fire rescue personnel at the scene where a packed outdoor deck collapsed at Shuckers Bar and Restaurant, Thursday.

    Deck collapses at popular Miami-area sports bar

    The outdoor deck at a popular Miami-area sports bar partially collapsed during the NBA Finals, sending dozens of people into the shallow waters of Biscayne Bay.The accident occurred around 9:45 p.m. Thursday as customers were watching the Miami Heat play the San Antonio Spurs.Miami-Dade Fire Chief David Downey said 24 people were taken to area hospitals. Many had cuts and bruises, though one...

    In this Friday, Dec. 14 photo Connecticut State Police lead a line of children from the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. after a shooting at the school.

    Calls for action mark 6 months since Newtown

    Six months after the Newtown school shooting, the tragedy will be marked with a moment of silence, the reading of thousands of names of gun violence victims and calls around the country to pass legislation expanding background checks for gun purchases. Family members, elected officials and other leaders will gather in Newtown on Friday for a day of remembrance and a call to action. The reading of...

    An evidence photo showing the SUV in which Carlos Franco and his daughter Marcela Franco were shot and killed is among several new evidence photos of the June 9 shooting rampage by John Zawahri that were released by the Santa Monica, Calif., Police Department at a news conference Thursday

    Police: Santa Monica gunman left farewell note
    A farewell note left behind by the Santa Monica gunman expressed remorse for the killing of his father and brother but provided no explanation for the rampage that left them and three others dead. Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks said that the three- to four-page handwritten note was found on John Zawahri’s body after he was shot and killed June 7 by officers on the campus of Santa Monica...

    George Zimmerman stands in Seminole circuit court prior to the fourth day of his trial, in Sanford, Fla., Thursday.

    Jurors in Zimmerman trial will be isolated

    The six jurors and four alternates who eventually will decide whether George Zimmerman committed murder when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin will have limited contact with the outside world during the two weeks to a month it will take to hold the trial. Circuit Judge Debra Nelson said for the first time Thursday that jurors picked for Zimmerman’s second-degree murder trial will be...

    This June 3, 1944 photo provided by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum shows Heinrich Himmler, center, SS Reichsfuehrer-SS, head of the Gestapo and the Waffen-SS, and Minister of the Interior of Nazi Germany from 1943 to 1945, as he reviews troops of the Galician SS-Volunteer Infantry Division Michael Karkoc a top commander whose Nazi SS-led unit is blamed for burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II.

    Commander in SS-led unit living in United States
    A top commander of a Nazi SS-led unit accused of burning villages filled with women and children lied to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II, according to evidence uncovered by The Associated Press.

    Protesters attend prayers in Taksim Square, Friday.

    Turkish PM vows new gesture aimed to cool protests

    Turkish activists leading a sit-in were considering a promise Friday by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to let the courts — and a potential referendum — decide the fate of an Istanbul park redevelopment project that has sparked Turkey’s biggest protests in decades. In last-ditch negotiations after Erdogan issued a “final warning” to protesters, his ruling party announced early Friday that the...

    Edward Snowden

    NSA leaker Snowden not welcome in United Kingdom

    The British government has warned airlines around the world not to allow Edward Snowden, who leaked information on top-secret U.S. government surveillance programs, to fly to the United Kingdom. A travel alert, dated Monday on a Home Office letterhead, said carriers should deny Snowden boarding because “the individual is highly likely to be refused entry to the UK.”

    Two Iranian women cast their ballots during the presidential and municipal councils elections in a polling station in Tehran, Iran, Friday.

    Iran’s leader jabs U.S. as presidential vote begins

    Iran’s top leader gave a salty rebuke Friday to U.S. questions over the openness of the presidential contest in the Islamic Republic, telling Washington “the hell with you” after casting his ballot in a race widely criticized in the West as rigged in favor of Tehran’s ruling system. The vote — bringing an end to the eight-year era of the combative President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad — has taken...

    In this Sunday, March 11, 2012 file photo, a man carries a boy who was severely wounded during heavy fighting between Syrian rebels and Syrian Army forces in Idlib, north Syria.

    Obama steps up military aid to Syrian rebels
    President Barack Obama’s decision to authorize lethal aid to Syrian rebels marks a deepening of U.S. involvement in the two-year civil war. But U.S. officials are still grappling with what type and how much weaponry to send the opposition forces and how to ensure it stays out of the hands of extremists battling for control of Syria.

    Soon this will be built at the south end of O’Hare International Airport. You wouldn’t believe all that goes into it.

    Dawn Patrol: Emotional testimonies in boy’s boat death, fatal DUI

    The family of a boy killed by a boater from Bartlett gives emotional testimony. The driver in a fatal North Aurora DUI case apologizes to the victim's mother. O'Hare about to get a new control tower. Two former trustees get on Island Lake police commission. Vernon Hills man pleads not guilty in hit man hiring case.


    Schaumburg police to bring back lieutenant jobs

    Schaumburg will shortly reinstitute two lieutenant positions in its police department to supply an extra level of supervision which consultants believe was lacking since they were dropped in a 2011 restructuring. These two lieutenants will oversee the investigations and traffic divisions respectively, providing both a supervisory and mentoring role, Interim Police Chief Ken Bouche said.

    My Fuschia flowers are in full bloom.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select 12 finlaists. Here are the finalists for the week of June 10th.

    There’s still time for the kids to make a card for Father’s Day on Sunday.

    Poll Vault: Best gift you’ve given or received for Father’s Day?

    Do you have a traditional gift for your dad? What has he liked the best? If you are a dad, what’s been you favorite gift? Are you a sentimental type who saves the handmade cards? Or are you a strong, silent type who tells the kids not to make a fuss?



    Proud moment for NU’s Hackney

    Kendall Hackney, who just wrapped up her four-year career on the Northwestern basketball team, also recently put the wraps on her role in this spring's theatrical production at Northwestern.

    Blackhawks left wing Brandon Saad pins Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg to the boards in front of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago.

    Blackhawks’ Quenneville keeps things interesting

    After going 17 games without a goal in the playoffs, Brandon Saad finally found the back of the net in the Blackhawks’ 4-3 triple overtime victory over Boston in Game 1. Saad played 31 minutes and had 9 shots on goal.

    The Blackhawks’ Brandon Bollig charges the net with the puck during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago.

    Playing in Game 1 a big hit for Blackhawks’ Bollig

    On the eve of playing his first postseason game since the Minnesota series, Brandon Bollig admitted that one thought kept running through his head: what is it actually going to be like out there when the puck is dropped in Game 1 against Boston at the UC? “It didn’t disappoint,” Bollig said with a grin.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford deflects a shot by the Boston Bruins during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago.

    Olympics could be in future for Blackhawks’ Crawford

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford has at least played his way into the conversation to make the Canadian Olympic team for the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia, and likely already has earned an invitation to the tryout camp this summer.

    Chris Sale struck out a season-high 14 batters and didn't allow an earned run against the Houston Astros on Friday night. But instead of celebrating a win, a pair of errors by Alexei Ramirez left the Chicago White Sox with another road loss and left the pitcher to console his shortstop. Erik Bedard pitched six solid innings, and Jose Altuve hit a go-ahead RBI single to give the Astros a 2-1 win.

    Bedard bedevils White Sox

    Chris Sale struck out a season-high 14 batters and didn't allow an earned run against the Houston Astros on Friday night. But instead of celebrating a win, a pair of errors by Alexei Ramirez left the Chicago White Sox with another road loss and left the pitcher to console his shortstop. Erik Bedard pitched six solid innings, and Jose Altuve hit a go-ahead RBI single to give the Astros a 2-1 win.

    Billy Horschel hit all 18 greens in regulation. Hard to think of a better way to climb to the top of the leaderboard at the U.S. Open. He shot 3-under 67, sufficiently managing the nasty rough and hard-to-read greens to become the clubhouse leader late in the second round Friday at the Merion Golf Club.

    Mickelson, Horschel share clubhouse lead at Merion

    Phil Mickelson made his first birdie on his last putt. Billy Horschel never missed a green. It was all they could do to barely break par against Merion, which is turning out to be the real star of this U.S. Open. Nearly half the field did not finish the second round when it was suspended by darkness. Moments after the horn sounded to stop play, Mickelson opted to finish his round and drilled a 20-foot birdie putt for a 2-over 72. That gave him a share of the clubhouse lead with Horschel, who made it as easy as possible by hitting every green in regulation for a 67.

    Chicago Cubs center fielder David DeJesus reacts after running to the wall during the third inning of a baseball game against the New York Mets, Friday, June 14, 2013, in New York. DeJesus was hurt on the play. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    DeJesus helps Cubs beat Mets 6-3 before injury

    David DeJesus hit a bases-loaded triple before injuring his shoulder when he crashed into the outfield wall, and the Cubs beat the New York Mets 6-3 on Friday night behind resurgent starter Edwin Jackson.

    Linesman Shane Heyer drops the puck for a faceoff between Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews and Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago.

    Blackhawks’ Toews just focused on one goal: Stanley Cup

    It’s a true tribute to the Blackhawks' depth that they have made it this far in the postseason without their Jonathan Toews contributing much in the way of offense, but as teammate Dave Bolland sees it there’s no way to measure on the score sheet the heart and will the team captain plays with.

    Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman

    Blackhawks GM snub makes award senseless

    The Blackhawks had finalists in several categories of awards, the winners of which were announced Friday. So how is it that their GM didn’t even make the top three for the NHL’s best executive?

    Boston Bruins defenseman Johnny Boychuk wraps how stick around Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews’ neck in front of the net in the second overtime during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday at the United Center in Chicago. No penalty was called.

    Blackhawks’ Toews honored to win Selke Trophy

    Jonathan Toews has his sights set on a bigger prize but Friday he made do with winning the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward. He edged Boston’s Patrice Bergeron by 10 points, even though Bergeron had 3 more first-place votes. Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk was third.

    Brandon Saad checks Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg into the glass during the second period of Game 1 Wednesday. Analyst Troy Murray says the Blackhawks came out with a purpose to their game, finishing their checks, which he expects to see more of Saturday.

    Murray: Depth will be key to Game 2

    Troy Murray says the Blackhawks wouldn’t have had the streak they had at the beginning of the season or the record they had in the regular season, and they wouldn’t be where they are right now if they didn’t have that real good depth and secondary scoring.They had plenty of that in Game 1 and Murray expects more of the same the rest of the series.

    Duncan Keith passes during Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday. Keith logged nearly 50 minutes of ice time in the Blackhawks’ triple overtime victory over Boston.

    Keith’s ability to log big minutes relished

    Twenty-five minutes of ice time per game?How about nearly 50 minutes?For Hawks defenseman Duncan Keith, it doesn't matter, especially in the postseason."I want to be out on the ice.”

    Though a decision on whether he will be in the lineup Saturday night remains up in the air, the good news for the Boston Bruins is that high-scoring forward Nathan Horton participated in practice Friday.

    Bruins’ Horton back at practice Friday

    Though a decision on whether he will be in the lineup tonight remains up in the air, the good news for the Boston Bruins is that high-scoring forward Nathan Horton participated in practice Friday.

    Los Angeles Kings defenseman Robyn Regehr (44) and Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews (19) work near the Kings goal during the first period of Game 4 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Western Conference finals, in Los Angeles on Thursday, June 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

    Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews wins NHL’s Selke Trophy

    Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews has won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for the NHL’s best defensive forward, and Paul MacLean of the Ottawa Senators is the league’s coach of the year. Head coach Joel Quenneville was the voters’ second choice

    Journeyman quarterback Tim Tebow joined the New England Patriots this week.

    Why didn’t the Bears at least look at Tebow?

    The New England Patriots signed Tim Tebow while the Bears took a look at JaMarcus Russell. Mike North wonders why the Bears wouldn’t at least take look at Tebow, but he does admit New England is the right home for a player like Tebow. Tebow would be too much of a distraction here in Chicago with a brand new head coach.

    Bobby Orr flies through the air after scoring the winning goal against Blues goalie Glenn Hall in overtime of the Stanley Cup Final. The Bruins won 4-3 and swept the series in four games to capture the Stanley Cup for the first time in 29 years.

    Chicago holds fond memories for Orr, Esposito

    Bobby Orr is on the phone, having just learned he was long ago cited as an idol of Joel Quenneville, the most interesting coach in the world. “Is that right?” Orr was saying. “I'm thrilled. He's done one heck of a job in Chicago.” Orr will be in Boston for Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Hall of Fame defenseman played his first game for the Bruins and his last for the Blackhawks, forced to retire at age 30 with a ravaged knee.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford blocks a shot by Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic late in the third period during Game 1 in the NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series , Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Chicago. The Blackhawks won 4-3. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, John Starks)

    Just how did Crawford keep all those pucks out of the net?

    As he has been throughout this playoff run, Corey Crawford was the straw that stirred the drink for the Blackhawks, stopping 51 of the 54 shots he faced, many in spectacular fashion, en route to his 13th playoff win and more important, a 1-0 series lead for the Hawks.

    Boston Bruins defenseman Torey Krug responds to a question during a news conference for the Stanley Cup Final hockey series between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Bruins Tuesday, June 11, 2013 in Chicago. The first game of the Stanley Cup final series is Wednesday in Chicago.(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    While Blackhawks rest, Bruins deal with Torey tempest

    The Blackhawks rested Thursday while the Bruins dealt with a controversy started by goaltender Tuukka Rask, who blasted young defenseman Torey Krug.

    Chicago Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford (50) keeps Boston Bruins left wing Kaspars Daugavins from getting a shot on goal during the first overtime period of Game 1 in their NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series,Wednesday, June 12, 2013 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Bruins’ Daugavins rues what might have been

    Kaspars Daugavins sat dejectedly on Boston’s bench. All the fourth-line left winger could do was bury his head, his identity revealed only by the “16” on his hockey helmet peeking above the dasher board.Then the mood became even more somber for Daugavins and his teammates.Dave Bolland swung at Michael Rozsival’s lob from the blue line, and the puck ricocheted off Andrew Shaw’s shinguard past goalie Tuukka Rask. The goal gave the Blackhawks a 4-3 win in triple overtime in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night at the United Center.Shaw’s strike, the Blackhawks’ 63rd shot on net, came with 7:52 left. Less than two minutes before that, the 25-year-old Daugavins looked destined to score his first NHL playoff goal.He was alone in front of the Blackhawks net when he received a perfect pass from Tyler Seguin. Daugavins stickhandled the puck to his backhand, skated right and had goalie Corey Crawford down. With the eyes of tired and emotionally drained fans and players watching, Daugavins needed only to hoist a backhander into an empty cage.But as he tried, defenseman Johnny Oduya lunged and whacked away at Daugavins’ skates. The puck slid harmlessly wide.Daugavins’ frustration was clear as he took a seat on the bench and watched the replay on the overhead scoreboard.“Obviously I was more frustrated that I missed it,” said Daugavins, who played only 15 minutes and 9 seconds. “After I missed it, I thought there might be a call (penalty) because it was pretty obvious there was a stick in my foot. But you have to score those chances. You can’t let those slide by you, especially in triple overtime.”“It was a great chance,” said Milan Lucic, who scored twice for Boston and nearly completed a hat trick in the closing seconds of the second OT when the puck jumped over his stick in the goal mouth after a Jaromir Jagr deflection. “It is what it is right now. We had more than that opportunity. We had a two-goal lead (3-1 in the third) that we gave up.”Daugavins was claimed off waivers from Ottawa in late March and was a healthy scratch for 14 straight playoff games. He was skating in just his third game in the playoffs. He and his teammates know there is no time to lament. Players can go quickly from goat to hero at this stage.“We’re going to need him in the series, and he needs to turn the page,” Lucic said. “We have two days to rest up and do that.”“It’ll hurt for a little bit,” Daugavins said of the loss. “But you have to get a good night’s sleep, come back, analyze the things you did wrong, get right back at working hard in practice and get ready for Game 2 (Saturday night).”

    Chicago Blackhawks center Dave Bolland (36) scores a goal against Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask (40) during the third period of Game 1 in their NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series on Wednesday, June 12, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Bolland playing like Bolland big plus for Hawks

    Nothing helps the Blackhawks’ chances of winning the Stanley Cup more than Dave Bolland playing like Dave Bolland again.Bolland had a goal and assist and was plus-2 with 3 hits in more than 28 minutes of playing time in Wednesday’s 4-3 triple overtime win over Boston in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center.

    Chicago Blackhawks center Andrew Shaw, right, celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the third overtime period of Game 1 in their NHL Stanley Cup Final hockey series against the Boston Bruins, Thursday, June 13, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

    Shaw brings his unique brand of excitement to Hawks

    It was Andrew Shaw’s night Wednesday. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Blackhawks winger seemed to be everywhere, mixing it up with Boston’s 6-foot-9 defenseman Zdeno Chara in front of the net, setting up Dave Bolland’s clutch goal in the third period, then scoring himself on a double deflection off his shin pad in triple overtime for the 4-3 victory over the Bruins that ended the third-longest game in franchise history.Shaw then capped his special night by swearing on national TV in a postgame interview that already has gone viral.



    IPOs scheduled for this week
    Associated PressNEW YORK — The following is a list of initial public offerings planned for the coming week. Sources include Renaissance Capital, Greenwich, CT (www.renaissancecapital.com) and SEC filings.Week of June 17Bluebird Bio Inc. - Cambridge, Mass., 5 million shares, priced $14 to $16, managed by J.P. Morgan and BofA Merrill Lynch. Proposed Nasdaq symbol BLUE. Business: Developing gene therapies for severe genetic and orphan diseases.Gogo Inc. - Itasca, Ill., 11 million shares, priced $15 to $17, managed by Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, and UBS. Proposed Nasdaq symbol GOGO. Business: Leading provider of in-flight Wi-Fi.PTC Therapeutics Inc. - South Plainfield, N.J., 6.9 million shares, priced $13 to $16, managed by J.P. Morgan and Credit Suisse. Proposed Nasdaq symbol PTCT. Business: Biotech targeting rare forms of muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis.Regado Biosciences Inc. - Basking Ridge, N.J., 5 million shares, priced $14 to $16, managed by Cowen & Co. and BMO Capital Markets. Proposed Nasdaq symbol RGDO. Business: Focused on the discovery and development of drugs for cardiovascular indications.Votorantim Cimentos S.A. - Sao Paulo, Brazil, 200 million American depositary shares, each representing 2 units, priced $15.59 to 18.51, managed by Morgan Stanley, J.P. Morgan, and Itau BBA. Each unit represents 1 common share and 2 preferred shares. Proposed NYSE symbol VEBM. Business: Brazil’s largest cement producer with 37 percent share.

    Auto racing legend Mario Andretti signs autographs for fans at the opening of a new Firestone Complete Auto Care store in Palatine Friday.

    Mario Andretti signs autographs at Firestone store opening in Palatine

    Mario Andretti discussed his grandson Marco’s breakout season and the rewarding experience of meeting fans at the grand opening of the Firestone Complete Auto Care store in Palatine Friday morning. “I cherish the fact that people have nice things to say about my career and my work,” Andretti said about signing autographs and meeting fans. “There’s no bigger compliment to me; it’s so rewarding from my standpoint.”

    IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde

    IMF: U.S. economy improving but spending cuts a drag

    The IMF forecasts economic growth of just 1.9 percent this year, the same as its April forecast. That would be down from 2.2 percent in 2012. And it’s below many private economists’ expectations that the U.S. economy will grow more than 2 percent this year.


    Company recalls 165,000 baby recliners
    A children’s product maker is recalling about 165,000 baby recliners linked to at least five infant deaths and dozens of reports of children falling or hanging over the side of the seats.

    Trader Michael Mozian works Monday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Disappointing reports help push stocks down

    Market indexes flitted from slight gains to losses in morning trading, a contrast to the sudden lurches in previous days. All three major indexes lost 1 percent or more this week.

    A woman walks past the Lululemon Athletica store at Union Square in New York. Lululemon posted a large sign on its Facebook page and in stores on Thursday reading “CEO Wanted, Apply Within.”

    Read Sanskrit? Enjoy wheatgrass and tequila? Lululemon wants you

    After a rocky few months, the company is seeking a new CEO. Lulumon has posted a joke-filled want ad that it says shows its “fun and irreverent” brand.

    The Daily Herald won five Illinois Associated Press Media Editors Awards Thursday in Springfield.

    Daily Herald collects Illinois Associated Press Awards

    The Daily Herald was presented with the award of News Innovator of the Year at the 2013 Illinois Associated Press Media Editors News and Photo Contest in Springfield Thursday. The Daily Herald also won four other awards.

    Sam Kennedy

    Growing Techweek gives local tech firms a boost

    Kukec's ebuzz column features Techweek, the third annual event that is expected to feature about 150 companies, including many from the suburbs. They'll show off their latest innovation and devices, provide workshops and even recruit new workers.

    Jeff Caldwell, 29, right, a chassis assembly line supervisor, checks a vehicle on the assembly line at the Chrysler Jefferson North Assembly plant in Detroit.U.S. factories barely increased their output in May after two months of declines, a sign that manufacturing is providing little support for the economy.

    U.S. factory output rise just 0.1 percent in May

    U.S. factories barely increased their output in May after two months of declines, a sign that manufacturing is providing little support for the economy. The Federal Reserve says manufacturing production increased just 0.1 percent in May from April. Output fell 0.4 percent in April and 0.3 percent in March.

    CDW in Vernon Hills has filed for an initial public offering, seeking to raise $738 millions.

    CDW files for IPO, expects to raise $738 million

    Vernon Hills-based CDW filed an initial public offering with the Securities and Trade Commission today, offering 29.7 million shares of stock which the company hopes will raise $738 million.

    ]Jani McAllister browses through a sales rack outside Festivity, a boutique in Virginia Highlands, in Atlanta. Americans stepped up spending at retail businesses in May at the best pace in three months, fueled by more car purchases.

    U.S. retail sales jump 0.6 percent in May on autos

    Americans stepped up purchases at retail businesses in May, spending more on cars, home improvements and sporting goods. The gain shows consumers remain resilient despite higher taxes and could drive faster growth later this year.The Commerce Department said Thursday that retail sales increased 0.6 percent in May from April. That’s up from a 0.1 percent gain the previous month and the fastest pace since February.

    The baking area at the Avalon City Wholesale Ovens in Detroit. A rise in food and gas costs drove a measure of wholesale prices in May. But outside those volatile categories, inflation was mild.

    U.S. wholesale prices rise 0.5 percent in May

    A rise in food and gas costs drove a measure of wholesale prices in May. But outside those volatile categories, inflation was mild. The Labor Department said the producer price index rose 0.5 percent in May from April, nearly offsetting a 0.7 percent decline in April from March. Gas prices rose 1.5 percent last month, and food costs increased 0.6 percent.

    Associated Press This undated screenshot provided by Microsoft shows Microsoft’s Office software package iPhone application, which offers people the ability to read and edit their text documents, spreadsheets and slide presentations on a phone.

    Lightweight Microsoft Office available on iPhone

    Microsoft’s Office software package is coming to the iPhone for the first time Friday, offering people the ability to read and edit their text documents, spreadsheets and slide presentations at the doctor’s office or at a soccer game.The company isn’t making an iPad version, though, nor is it offering the app on Android devices. Microsoft Corp. is treading a fine line as it tries to make its $100-a-year Office subscription more compelling, without removing an advantage that tablet computers running Microsoft’s Windows system now have — the ability to run popular Office programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

    The Airbus A350 takes off on its maiden flight at Blagnac airport near Toulouse, southwestern France, Friday.

    First flight of Airbus A350 reopens wide-body race

    The Airbus A350’s maiden flight ended with a safe landing on Friday, setting the stage for intensifying competition with U.S. rival Boeing in the long-haul wide-body aircraft market. The four-hour flight from Toulouse marks a key step on the path to full certification for the jet, which can carry between 250 and 400 passengers and is the European aircraft maker’s best hope for catching up in a long-haul market dominated by Boeing’s 787 and 777.

    Potatoes are harvested at farm west of Idaho Falls , Idaho, in this September 2010 file photo.

    Grocers allege potato group pumped up spud prices

    A battle between grocers and potato growers has been silently hitting shoppers’ pocketbooks, according to a U.S. wholesaler accusing America’s spud farmers of driving up prices while spying on farmers with satellites and aircraft fly-overs to enforce strict limits on how many tubers they can grow.

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants smartphone manufacturers to develop a “kill switch” that would render stolen phones inoperable.

    AG Madigan wants ‘kill switch’ for smart phones

    Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants smartphone manufacturers to develop a “kill switch” that would render stolen phones inoperable. In a statement Thursday, Madigan says she’s joining other attorneys general, major city police chiefs and consumer advocates at a summit with four major smartphone manufacturers. They are Apple, Google/Motorola, Microsoft and Samsung.

    Physician’s assistant Brittany Zimmerman, right, is assisted by Melissa O’Brien, a medical assistant, while she uses a laser to remove a tattoo on Chelsea Robertson’s wrist.

    Some Illinoisans taking off tattoos

    The ink ran, the word blurred. It was the frowning achievement of an amateur artist, and Chelsea Robertson doesn’t want the tattoo anymore. “It’s supposed to say `smile’ but was done in not the best choice in fonts and it bled together,” said Robertson, 23, who offered her teenage wrist as both canvas and Guinea pig to a friend and budding tattoo artist. “People couldn’t read it.”

Life & Entertainment

    Kelly Anne Clark, left, Bernie Yvon, Johanna McKenzie Miller and Alex Goodrich star in Marriott Theatre's “I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change.”

    Marriott delivers fresh, funny take on relationship revue

    “I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change,” the frothy revue about relationships that opened Wednesday at Lincolnshire's Marriott Theatre, may not be a perfect show. But it is a perfect show for summer. Familiar, frequently humorous, occasionally touching and pleasantly undemanding, “I Love You” has an accessible, pop-centered score that flirts with country, blues and the tango.

    “America’s Got Talent” judges — Howard Stern, left, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel — taped for three days at the Rosemont Theatre in May. The episode featuring their time here airs at 8 p.m. Tuesday on NBC.

    Rosemont tapings to air Tuesday on ‘America’s Got Talent’

    Which Rosemont auditions landed their acts on “America’s Got Talent”? Which got booed, buzzed and badmouthed? Find out Tuesday when the “Chicago” episode of “America’s Got Talent” — filmed in Rosemont — is broadcast at 8 p.m. on NBC.

    Jack Johnson has agreed to take the Saturday night headlining slot at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival after Mumford & Sons were forced to cancel due to bassist Ted Dwane’s illness.

    Jack Johnson steps in for Mumford & Sons at Bonnaroo

    It’s Jack Johnson to the rescue at Bonnaroo. Johnson has agreed to take the Saturday night headlining slot at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival after Mumford & Sons were forced to cancel due to bassist Ted Dwane’s illness. Mumford & Sons’ decision comes after Dwane received treatment this week for a blood clot on his brain.

    Realtor Mark Munro, left, former homeowner Irisa Putnins, right, and Mary Loughman, the stager, background, outside Putnins former home in Deer Park that they improved and sold in one day last year.

    Baby boomers find help in selling the family home

    You have lived in your home for more than 20 years, accumulating things every year. In fact, in many cases, you raised your children in that home. They, too, accumulated “stuff” they failed to take with them when they moved on. So now you are ready for a smaller abode or a different locale. How do you tackle the chore of readying your home for sale?

    Kim Deal is no longer a member of the Boston-based group the Pixies. The band announced on its Facebook page Friday that the bassist has decided to leave the group after 25 years.

    Bassist Kim Deal leaves the Pixies after 25 years

    Kim Deal is no longer part of the Pixies. The band announced Friday on its Facebook page that the 52-year-old bassist has decided to leave the Boston-based group after 25 years.

    Court records show Tish Cyrus filed for divorce from Billy Ray Cyrus on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

    Billy Ray Cyrus, wife of 19 years, getting divorce

    Billy Ray Cyrus’ wife has filed for divorce from the country singer after 19 years of marriage. Court records show Tish Finley Cyrus filed Thursday in Los Angeles, citing irreconcilable differences. She’s seeking custody of their 13-year-old son and spousal support.

    Ozzy Osbourne, right, and musician Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath released the Rick Rubin-produced “13” this week after more than two years of writing and recording.

    Black Sabbath emerges from the dark with new album

    Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath worked hard to create a dark aura around their band in the late 1960s. As the band’s original lineup attempted to reform over the last 10 years to record a new album, there was no need to manufacture that sense of doom. Drummer Bill Ward left the band. Guitarist Tony Iommi was diagnosed with lymphoma. And Osbourne began to drink again. Despite all that, they released their new album, “13,” this week.

    Sting performs at the Songwriters Hall of Fame 44th annual induction and awards gala on Thursday.

    Star power shines at Songwriters Hall

    Sting performed in honor of Elton John, Billy Joel sang snippets of Foreigner’s hits when introducing the band and Smokey Robinson debuted part of a new song he wrote about Berry Gordy. The 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony was full of star power that included Alison Krauss, Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, Nickelback, Petula Clark, Wiz Khalifa, Jordin Sparks and a video message from Bill Clinton.

    Liev Schreiber stars as the title character in Showtime's “Ray Donovan,” premiering Sunday, June 30.

    Will summer's TV lineup inspire a warm reception?

    Summer's here, and there's plenty of television to choose from, but that whole notion of summer being the most provocative and experimental TV season is losing its luster. Looking at this summer's lineup is like arriving at your favorite vacation spot and seeing that the shave-ice shack burned down. In any event, most of us are just here so we can get a good spot for the real fireworks: “Breaking Bad” starts its last season Aug. 11.

    Ryan Dunkin plays J.P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson in “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story,” running at the Cadillac Palace Theatre June 18-30.

    Former Chicagoan has rockin' role in 'Buddy'

    Ryan Dunkin plays the Big Bopper in "Buddy," a musical opening June 18 at the Cadillac Palace Theatre. Dunkin lived in Chicago for six years, studying at Second City and performing in an a cappella group at Navy Pier. Dunkin's favorite part is the last half hour. All 16 cast members are onstage to perform eight songs, including “La Bamba,” “Heartbeats” and “Maybe Baby” to re-create Holly's last concert in Clear Lake, Iowa, in 1959.

    “Magic City,” starring Kelly Lynch, Mitch Glazer, Michael Rispoli and Danny Huston, begins its second season Friday at 9 p.m. on Starz.

    ‘Magic City’ captures Miami Beach’s glamorous past

    Miami Beach’s resort hotels showed guests a tropical paradise when they were built in the 1950s, but beyond the sunny facade was a much more dangerous world. The upcoming sophomore season of the Starz network’s period drama “Magic City” will again follow denizens of the fictional Miramar Playa Hotel.

    Darius Rucker’s version of “Wagon Wheel” is the most successful song of his country career. He performs a sold-out show at Ravinia in Highland Park on June 28.

    Darius Rucker rides ‘Wagon Wheel’ to top of the charts

    Darius Rucker is a fan of Old Crow Medicine Show, but says he didn’t really get what was so infectious about the string band’s signature hit “Wagon Wheel” at first. Then he heard the faculty band at his daughter’s school play the song and it all started to open up for him. Now, Rucker’s version of “Wagon Wheel” is the most successful song of his country career. The cut from his new album, “True Believers,” has sold nearly 1.2 million copies.

    Little Sally (Elmhurst native Giselle Vaughn) and her brother (Michael Richardson) lament a rainy day in Broadway in Chicago and Emerald City Theatre’s production of “The Cat in the Hat.”

    Elmhurst native stars in ‘The Cat in the Hat’

    After one performance as the Little Red Hen in “The Stinky Cheese Man,” Giselle Vaughn’s first experience with children’s theater, a young audience member asked the Elmhurst native a question: “Is the Little Red Hen as annoying in real life as she is in the play?” Questions like that are why the actress loves children’s theater. She's currently playing Little Sally in Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” at Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place,

    Glenn Stanton, left, Dwight Sora, Christopher M. Walsh and Chris Hainsworth play the swashbuckling quartet in Lifeline Theatre's production of “The Three Musketeers.”

    Swordplay delights in Lifeline's 'The Three Musketeers'

    Lifeline Theatre gets an ambitious look at "The Three Musketeers" with Robert Kauzlaric's adaptation, but some of the extraneous matter could have been trimmed. That said, director Amanda Delheimer Dimond's fast-moving, multiethnic production is certainly entertaining.

    Deputy Linda (Natalie Martinez), left, and her fiancé, Rusty (Josh Carter), find themselves separated by a massive transparent dome in CBS’ “Under the Dome,” starting Monday, June 24.

    More new TV shows for the summer

    If you're looking for a new show to get hooked on this summer, here are some ideas. How about CBS' “Under the Dome,” which is adapted from Stephen King’s novel. Or maybe CNN's “Inside Man” where filmmaker Morgan Spurlock goes behind the scenes, starting at a medical marijuana dispensary in California. Or even NBC's “The Winner Is ...,” a hybrid of singing competitions and game shows in one.


    Eliane Elias offers inspired tribute to Chet Baker

    Brazilian pianist-singer Eliane Elias offers an inspired tribute to cool jazz legend Chet Baker, a major influence on bossa nova pioneers like Joao Gilberto. Unlike other recent tributes, which focused on slow ballads reflecting the sadness in Baker’s music, Elias covers a wider spectrum of the trumpeter-singer’s repertoire by including up-tempo and midtempo tunes with a certain swagger and seductiveness on “I Thought About You.”


    Theater events: Naperville’s BrightSide closes season with ‘Rent’

    Naperville's BrightSide concludes its season with the musical "Rent"; First Folio in Oakbrook premieres its folk music-inspired version of Shakespeare's "Cymbeline"; and Chicago's Lookingglass Theatre premieres "Big Lake Big City" by Arlington Heights native Keith Huff.


    Book notes: Jen Lancaster signs new title at Skokie’s B&N

    New York Times best-selling author Jen Lancaster discusses and signs copies of her book "The Tao of Martha" at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 20, at Barnes and Noble - Old Orchard in Skokie.


    Growing appeal seen for 10-year mortgage loans

    The refinancing boom may be cooling down, but the move to shorter mortgages — especially 10-year loans among pre-retirees — appears to be accelerating.

    When decorating with houseplants, add them to an existing display or create a simple summer arrangement that combines a plant with a few summer accents.

    Easy, breezy summer decor to lift your mood

    To embrace the blissful, mellow season of summer, I sweep through my home to add light and breezy accents that let my rooms breathe. Giving your home a summer makeover can be as simple as weaving in a few key pieces of seasonal decor. Here are some ideas.

    After checking out weekly the rodeo at Double JJ Resort dude ranch in Rothbury, Mich., your family can relax and have a blast in the indoor water park, which features Michigan’s tallest indoor water slide.

    Where to get wet at water parks

    Our unpredictable weather means that just because it’s summer, it won’t necessarily be warm enough to play at an outdoor water park. Luckily, the Midwest is blessed with plenty of indoor waterparks as well. These three western Michigan venues are worth a weekend away.


    Tips for securing your home before vacation

    It’s time for those wonderful family vacations! But before you load up the car and take off, make sure your home is as secure as it can be. Try some of these tips and tricks to make sure your home is still there when you come back.


    Home inspector overlooked furnace problem

    Q. Before we bought our home, we hired an ASHI certified home inspector. When we moved in, the heating guy removed the cover panel and found large rust holes on the inside. All our home inspector did was shine a flashlight into a small opening, without removing the cover panel. Was our home inspector negligent?

    Much of the year, children gather and play in Sunrise Park, which sits in the middle of the Quail Hollow neighborhood in Bartlett.

    Quail Hollow spotlighted in neighborhood profile

    When Frank and Carol Cerio purchased a new home 36 years ago, they moved to one of the first two streets to be developed in the Quail Hollow subdivision in Bartlett. That meant neighbors and their children grew up together, said Carol Cerio.


    Daily Herald File Photo A patron plays a video gambling machine in Hoffman Estates.

    Editorial: Don’t ease conflict rules for video gambling

    Legislation that changes the state's Video Gaming Act could lead to a conflict of interest, and the governor should veto the amendment, a Daily Herald editorial says.

    Carlos, right, and Rafael Robles

    DREAMs for our fathers and mothers, too

    Guest columnist Carlos Robles: We need to give credit where credit is due. Immigration reform must address the millions of families behind us DREAMers. If we want to reward good values and a strong work ethic, then our fathers and mothers and millions of others perfectly fit that profile.


    Get it right on gun control
    A Arlington Heights letter to the editor: John Cochran, the sole “Survivor,” and Candice Glover winning “Idol,” restore some of my waning confidence in the American people to get it right. Now how about something important, like gun control?


    Blame for hazing was misdirected
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: How sad that people are more than willing to convict Coach Divincenzo in the court of public opinion while completely overlooking the behavior of these boys.


    Truth is found not only in science
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: This letter is a reply to the opinion expressed by David G. Kives of Hoffman Estates in the June 2 Our View. Mr. Kives takes issue with an earlier letter in which A. Sawicki suggested that alternatives such the concept of “intelligent design” be offered in public schools along with Darwin’s ideas on evolution.


    There you go; have a good one
    An Elgin letter to the editor: Another summer, another bumper crop of students working the cash registers. They are ambitious, no doubt, but for the last few years virtually all of them have come to use a new lingo when handing over the receipt or change. It is, “Have a good one” or “There you go.”


    In the cross hairs of his judgment
    A Carol Stream letter to the editor: A June 10 letter about the Boy Scouts decision on gays, titled, “Two versions of Christianity,” concluded wrongly about the Bible. My focus isn’t on the Scouts, but to address the writer’s assertions about the Bible which he said the Scouts cited as a basis for their decision.


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