Daily Archive : Saturday June 22, 2013


    The new Microsoft store features laptops called Ultrabooks, geared toward college-bound students.

    Microsoft store at Woodfield opens today

    Microsoft is opening its second suburban location, in Woodfield Mall, this morning, and we got a preview Friday. The store is highly interactive and is focused on customer customization. “Microsoft is for the first time selling a lot of things," an analyst said, explaining its drive to open stores.

    The stunt plane exploded on impact Saturday at the Vectren Air Show near Dayton, Ohio.

    Plane's pilot, wing walker die in Ohio air show crash

    A plane carrying a wing walker crashed Saturday at an air show and exploded into flames, killing the pilot and stunt walker instantly, authorities said. Dayton International Airport spokeswoman Linda Hughes and Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Anne Ralston confirmed the deaths to The Associated Press. The stuntwoman who died said wing walking was a "managed risk."

    Prince Jackson, left, Prince Michael II "Blanket"Jackson and Paris Jackson arrive on stage at the Michael Forever the Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Jurors hearing a civil case in Los Angeles filed by Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, have heard numerous stories about the entertainer's devotion to his children as expressed through extravagant birthday parties and secret family outings. The tender moments have been described throughout the trial, which concluded its eighth week on Friday, June 21, 2013.

    Trial provides portrait of Jackson as a father

    Courtrooms have supplied the epilogue to Michael Jackson's life. They've provided the forum where his debts have been settled, his final days dissected and his life depicted as a cautionary tale. In nearly four years of court proceedings, two juries have watched Jackson come to life on video screens. They've watched him spin, dance, and then disappear. They've heard his voice, seen his...

    Time exposure image smoke rises from the stacks of the La Cygne Generating Station coal-fired power plant in La Cygne, Kan.

    Obama to unveil climate plan in Tuesday speech

    “There’s no single step that can reverse the effects of climate change,” President Obama said in an online video released by the White House. “But when it comes to the world we leave our children, we owe it to them to do what we can.”

    Masao “Charlie” Watanabe, president and chief executive of Kentucky Fried Chicken Japan, stands Saturday beneath a portrait of company founder “Colonel” Harland Sanders, at Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

    Texas auction house sells KFC founder’s suit

    Masao “Charlie” Watanabe was one of hundreds of in-person, telephone and online bidders vying for various items, including a gun belt owned by legendary outlaw Jesse James and leg irons that restrained abolitionist John Brown.

    Jani Bergdahl, center, mother of captive U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, gets a hug Saturday from a well-wisher at the “Bring Bowe Back” celebration held to honor Sgt. Bergdahl in Hailey, Idaho.

    Taliban offer adds urgency to Idaho POW rally

    The tearful mother of the only known U.S. prisoner of war said Saturday she’s feeling “very optimistic” about his eventual release after his Taliban captors offered last week to exchange him for prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s mother, Jani Bergdahl, spoke to about 2,000 people gathered in Hailey, his hometown, in a city park where he played as a toddler and little boy.

    Demonstrators protest against sexism and in defense of womens’ rights Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil.

    Thousands in Brazil march against government corruption

    Across Brazil, protesters gathered to denounce legislation, known as PEC 37, that would limit the power of federal prosecutors to investigate crimes — which many fear would hinder attempts to jail corrupt politicians.

    Team Baby Peach struggles to keep the front half of their boat afloat at the 29th annual America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta. The event took place Saturday at Crystal Lake’s Main Beach.

    Cardboard regatta draws a crowd for 29th year
    The waters of Crystal Lake were filled with cardboard boats Saturday for the 29th annual America’s Cardboard Cup Regatta. The event, at the Main Beach, raised funds for local charities that support a variety of causes. Participants of all ages, who constructed their boats from 8-foot-by-8-foot sheets of cardboard, competed for trophies.

    Medical resident Stephanie Place examines 2-month-old Abigale Lopez at the Erie Family Health Center, in Chicago. As clinics gear up for the expansion of health insurance, they’re recruiting young doctors. Since last summer, Place, 28, a primary care resident at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, has received hundreds of emails and phone calls from headhunters, recruiting agencies and health clinics.

    Newly insured Illinoisans may not find doctors

    Illinois is slightly above average compared to other states in its overall supply of primary care doctors. The problem — as in most states — is that doctors aren’t evenly distributed, leaving some areas relying on nurses and physician assistants to provide care.

    A TV screen shows a news report of Edward Snowden, a former CIA employee who leaked top-secret documents about sweeping U.S. surveillance programs, at a shopping mall Saturday in Hong Kong.

    U.S. to Hong Kong: Don’t delay Snowden extradition

    The Obama administration on Saturday sharply warned Hong Kong against slow-walking the extradition of Edward Snowden, reflecting concerns over a prolonged legal battle before the government contractor ever appears in a U.S. courtroom to answer espionage charges for revealing two highly classified surveillance programs. A formal extradition request to bring Snowden to the United States from Hong...


    Royal Navy makes traditional toasts gender neutral

    Britain’s Royal Navy says it is dropping the traditional sailors’ toast to “our wives and sweethearts,” replacing the timeworn language with a gender-neutral reference to “our families.”

    George Wunderlich, director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, poses for a portrait Friday with a depiction of an operating theater in the Pry House Field Hospital Museum in Keedysville, MD. The house is located on the Antietam Battlefield, which served both as Union General George McClellan’s and Union Army Maj. Dr. Jonathan Letterman’s headquarters during the battle.

    Gettysburg set new standards for battlefield medicine

    The situation was so bad that, in some early Civil War battles, the wounded were left on the field for days, subject to the mercy of untrained troops and civilians.In 1862, Army Maj. Dr. Johnathan Letterman began to create an ambulance corps and three tiers of field hospitals: at the battlefield for simple wound dressing, nearby for emergency surgery and behind the battle lines for long-term care...

    Susan Preuss of Waukesha, Wis., knits at her booth. She is a basket weaver by trade and was knitting an item to help display the knitting baskets she makes.

    Folk art fair continues in Grayslake

    The Midwest Fiber and Folk Art Fair continues Sunday at the Lake County Fairgrounds in Grayslake, where the emphasis is on the arts of knitting, crochet, spinning and felting.

    Chris Brown of Gurnee fixes equipment at the Libertyville facility on Saturday.

    Amateur radio operators demonstrate their skills

    Amateur (“ham”) radio operators and emergency management personnel in Lake County are participating in a nationwide 24-hour emergency communications exercise this weekend, and the public is invited to join them on Sunday to learn more about amateur radio and emergency communications.

    The annual Coney Island Mermaid Parade progresses Saturday along Surf Ave. in the Coney Island section of the Brooklyn borough of New York.

    Storm doesn’t halt Brooklyn’s strutting mermaids

    Billed as the world’s largest art parade, the nautical-themed procession along the boardwalk and nearby Surf Avenue almost didn’t happen this year.


    Woman charged in antifreeze poisoning deaths of husband, son

    The Greene County Medical Examiner initially ruled that the husband died of natural causes and that the son’s death was the result of prior medical issues. But an anonymous tip led authorities to re-examine the deaths earlier this month following the hospitalization of Diane Staudte’s daughter, 24-year-old Sarah Staudte.

    Eight-year-old Charish Lilly Perriwinkle

    Sex offender charged with Florida girl’s death

    Donald James Smith of Jacksonville was taken into custody after police cornered his white van on Interstate 95, said Mike Williams, director of investigations at the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.Authorities had put out an Amber Alert with details of Smith’s van early Saturday, hours after receiving a 911 call from Charish Perriwinkle’s mother about the missing girl.

    Updated at the American Diabetes Association conference in Chicago was the MiniMed Integrated System device, which doctors are reporting as a major step toward an “artificial pancreas.” The device constantly monitors blood sugar and automatically supplies insulin as needed.

    Doctors make progress toward ‘artificial pancreas’

    This “smart pump,” made by Minneapolis-based Medtronic Inc., is already sold in Europe, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is reviewing it now. Whether it also can be programmed to mimic a real pancreas and constantly adjust insulin based on continuous readings from a blood-sugar monitor requires more testing, but doctors say the new study suggests that’s a realistic goal.

    Mareena Mattison, 11, holds on to Olivia, her 13-year-old cat, prior to the start of the pet parade.

    Prospect Hts. throws a summer party

    Prospect Heights held its annual Summer Block Party on Saturday, with plenty of kids' activities during the day and adult activities at night.

    Max Arnold, a Prospect High School junior, tries to lure drivers into the car wash on Arlington Heights Road with the sweet sounds of his saxophone.

    Marching Knights hold fundraiser

    The Marching Knights of Prospect High School were out in force Saturday, holding car wash fundraisers at several locations. Money raised by the band helps defray the cost of competition trips.

    Steve and Chloe Curran of Bartlett run into the finish line at the 10th annual Bud’s Run 5K at the Ross Ferraro Town Center in Carol Stream on Saturday. The father-daughter pair ran the 5K together, along with the rest of their family. It was Chloe’s first 5K.

    5K celebrates former Glenbard North coach

    The 10th annual Bud’s Run, in remembrance of former Glenbard North High School cross county and track coach Harold “Bud” Swanson, was held Saturday in Carol Stream. Hundreds of runners hit the pavement in the rain at the Ross Ferraro Town Center near the high school where Swanson coached for more than 15 years.

    Museum Curator Brian Failing organized a new exhibit, “Sustaining Lisle’s Heritage: The Story of Lisle’s Incorporation,” which opened Saturday at the Depot Museum at Lisle Station Park. The exhibit is open through Oct. 5.

    New exhibit tells Lisle’s story
    A new exhibit, "Sustaining Lisle's Heritage: The Story of Lisle's Incorporation," opened Saturday at the Depot Museum at Museums at Lisle Station Park. The exhibit, which is open through Oct. 5, details the struggles and challenges overcome by the village's first leaders.

    Enda and Lloyd Allison enjoy the Waldron Grove Alpaca Farm open house Saturday in Campton Hills.

    Farmers let public get to know alpacas

    Sue and Ron Waldron started their alpaca farm 10 years ago, not knowing much about the 5-foot-tall animals that are known for the soft fleece they produce. The retired couple figured other people might want to learn about alpacas, and that’s why they began hosting semiannual open houses, including one this weekend.


    Plainfield man’s trial ends in hung jury

    The trial of a Plainfield man accused of killing his friend and her unborn baby at a resort in Wisconsin’s Door County has ended in a hung jury. Brian Cooper faced two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the strangulation deaths of 21-year-old Alisha Bromfield, also of Plainfield, and her fetus last August.

    State Rep. Michelle Mussman, a Schaumburg Democrat, says furlough days for lawmakers will show constituents that elected officials are sharing in the burden of the state's financial woes.

    llinois lawmakers to take 10 unpaid furlough days

    Illinois lawmakers are going to take a pay cut starting next month. Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday signed a bill requiring every member of the General Assembly to take one unpaid furlough day per month in fiscal year 2014, which starts July 1.

    Southwest canceled 43 flights Friday night and 14 more Saturday morning.

    Southwest planes back in air after glitch

    Southwest Airlines was operating normally Saturday afternoon after a system-wide computer failure caused it to ground 250 flights for nearly three hours late Friday night. Full service was restored just after 2 a.m. EDT Saturday, but the Dallas-based airline experienced lingering delays in the morning as it worked to clear a backlog of flights and reposition planes and crew.

    Actor James Gandolfini with his award for outstanding lead in a drama series for his work in “The Sopranos” at the 52nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

    Notable deaths last week

    James Gandolfini’s lumbering, brutish mob boss with the tortured psyche will endure as one of TV’s indelible characters.But his portrayal of criminal Tony Soprano in HBO’s landmark drama series “The Sopranos” was just one facet of an actor who created a rich legacy of film and stage work in a life cut short.


    Woman accused of trying to abduct infant arrested
    An Indiana woman accused of wrapping a cord around a mother’s throat and demanding she hand over her 3-week-old daughter has been arrested. Police say Judith Ann Walker, 34, was working as an exterminator with Affordable Pest Control conducting a follow-up visit at the home shortly before noon Friday when she attacked the mother and threatened to harm her if she didn’t give her the baby.


    Chicago officials warn of extreme heat, storms

    The warmer summer weather this weekend may also bring thunderstorms, lightning and high winds. You can receive alerts at www.NotifyChicago.org.


    Historic marker to honor Revolutionary War soldier

    A historic marker will be dedicated in southwest Illinois on July 4 to honor a French-Canadian soldier who sided with America during the Revolutionary War. The marker will be placed at the site of Capt. Jean Baptiste Hamelin’s home in Cahokia.


    8 groups interested in investing in Gary airport

    Eight groups are interested in investing in the Gary-Chicago International Airport, with two proposals focusing more on logistics than passenger service and another recommending it become a home for a green jobs training center. The airport has long sought to become Chicago’s “third airport,” handling overflow from the city’s two crowded airports, but as yet has been unable to do so.


    Chicago man gets 35 years for murder

    A Cook County judge has sentenced a Chicago man to 35 years in prison for the shooting death of teenager and the wounding of two older men.

    A wolf chases Tim Bartlett’s motorcycle down Highway 93 in Kootenay National Park highway in British Columbia, Canada.

    Wolf chases man on motorcycle in Canada

    A Canadian man says he was chased by a gray wolf while he was riding a motorcycle in British Columbia.

    This aerial photo shows a flooded Calgary Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada on Saturday.

    Rivers receding in Calgary, 3 dead in floods

    High River, southwest of Calgary, was one of the hardest-hit areas and remained under a mandatory evacuation order. Police said they have recovered three bodies in the town.

    Susan Burrows, program coordinator with Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy, shows Mark Chambers, 5, of Arlington Heights how to properly pet Abby, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel.

    Learning to stay safe around dogs

    Under the guidance of Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy and their dogs, young children at the Mount Prospect Public Library learned how to interact safely with dogs at a Saturday morning program.


    Four of 10 businesses fail Aurora alcohol check

    Four of 10 businesses failed to card an underage customer an for alcohol purchase during a compliance check by Aurora police on Tuesday. The four clerks who didn't card were issued notices to appear in court.

    The Texas A&M University equestrian center near College Station, Texas, collapsed during construction Saturday.

    Four workers hurt in Texas A&M construction accident

    COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Four workers have been injured after a building frame collapsed at an $80 million Texas A&M University equestrian complex that’s being constructed.

    Medical resident Stephanie Place examines Maria Cazho at the Erie Family Health Center, in Chicago. As clinics gear up for the expansion of health insurance, they’re recruiting young doctors.

    Newly insured to deepen primary care doctor gap

    The doctor shortage will become more acute nationally when about 30 million uninsured people eventually gain coverage under the Affordable Care Act, which takes full effect next year. “There’s going to be lines for the newly insured, because many physicians and nurses who trained in primary care would rather practice in specialty roles,” says Dr. David Goodman of the Dartmouth Institute for...

    Spain’s Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz, left, arrives at a news conference Saturday in Madrid.

    Spain: Arrests disbanded terror al-Qaida recruitment gang

    MADRID — Eight suspected jihadist militants who formed part of a terrorist recruitment network that sent 50 militants to carry out attacks for al-Qaida-linked groups in Syria have been arrested, Spain’s interior minister said Saturday.

    The No.95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, driven by Allan Simonsen of Denmerk, is looked at by officials after the crash. The No.95 Aston Martin Vantage GTE, driven by Simonsen exited the track at high speed at the “Tertre Rouge” corner on his fourth lap of the race.

    Driver dies in 24 Hours of Le Mans race

    Danish driver Allan Simonsen died Saturday following a crash at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the first driver fatality at the high-speed endurance event since 1997.Race organizers said the 34-year-old Simonsen was taken to the hospital after his Aston Martin No. 95 crashed about 10 minutes into the race.

    The Rivers Casino is back open and operating normally.

    Rivers Casino closes unexpectedly overnight; has reopened

    Rivers Casino in Des Plaines was shut down for a few hours earlier this morning, officials said. A casino employee said the casino was closed from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. due to “technical difficulties.”


    Hanover Park considers assault weapons ban

    The Hanover Park village board is weighing a ban on assault weapons in the village, but has tabled the issue until next month as trustees are clearly split.

    U.S. Ambassador to Qatar Susan Ziadeh, left, walks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, second from left, and Ambassador Ibrahim Fakhroo, Qatari Chief of Protocol, on Kerry's arrival in Doha, Qatar, on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Kerry began the overseas trip plunging into two thorny foreign policy problems facing the Obama administration: unrelenting bloodshed in Syria and efforts to talk to the Taliban and find a political resolution to the war in Afghanistan.

    Kerry: Political solution urgently needed in Syria

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called on Saturday for an urgent political resolution to the war in Syria, saying that unless the bloodshed stops, the region could descend into a chaotic sectarian conflict. Kerry met in Doha with 10 of his counterparts from Arab and European nations to coordinate aid to the embattled rebels trying to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad in a two-year civil war...


    FAA moving toward easing electronic device use

    Relief may be on the way for airline passengers who can't bear to be separated even briefly from their personal electronic devices. The government is moving toward allowing gate-to-gate use of music players, tablets, laptops, smartphones and other gadgets, although it may take a few months.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the Annual Reception of the SOS Children’s Village organization in Grimmen, northern Germany.

    Angela Merkel discovers the Internet — and inspires a meme

    Barack Obama’s visit to Berlin may have sparked a wave of commentary and analysis, but it was an offhand remark from German Chancellor Angela Merkel that gave birth to a meme. Responding to questions about the National Security Agency’s PRISM program during a joint press conference with the U.S. president, Merkel noted that the...


    DuPage may consider countywide stormwater fee

    Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to sign legislation in the next two months giving DuPage the power to impose a stormwater utility fee on every property owner in the county, including schools, churches and other nonprofit groups. The proposal likely would save homeowners money by removing stormwater costs from property tax bills and requiring all land owners to pay the fees, including those that...

    Business owners Randy Koch and Sara Carlson are preparing to film and produce a promotional video about Wauconda.

    Business owners team up to make video showing best of Wauconda

    Wauconda business owners Sara Carlson and Randy Koch were laughing about the ridiculously popular "Harlem Shake" viral videos a few weeks ago when they had a creative brainstorm. They could make their own video. About Wauconda. And it could feature the town's residents and merchants.

    Libertyville officials are weighing an offer of more than $2 million for Bolander Park and the small office building on the 5-acre site. Pathways Senior Living hopes to build an assisted living facility on the property.

    Libertyville to consider $2 million-plus offer for Bolander Park

    Bolander Park in Libertyville could become the site of a senior living development if village officials accept a $2.05 million offer for the property. Pathway Senior Living LLC, which operates facilities in Vernon Hills, Round Lake Beach and several other suburbs, is being recommended by village staff as the best of five suitors for the park.

    Tokyo Gov. Naoki Inose speaks during the presentation of Tokyo as a candidate city for the 2020 Olympics at the SportAccord International Convention in St. Petersburg, Russia. Inose rushed to ‘clarify’ uncomplimentary comments about the rival bid by the Turkish capital, Istanbul, to host the 2020 Olympic Summer Games.

    Social network gaffes plague Japanese politicians

    Japan only began allowing use of social media in political campaigns in April. As campaigning heats up for a pivotal July 21 election for the upper house of parliament, this relatively new tool for reaching the public appears as much a liability as it is a blessing. Japanese politicians and government agencies control access to information through a system of press clubs, and to keep their...


    LeBron James is the best player of his generation. But the difference between winning and losing the NBA Finals was a mixture of luck, skill and the reality of counting on two 37-year olds to finish things off for the Spurs, according to Mike McGraw.

    Even after repeat, LeBron and Heat remain polarizing figures

    A clear message was sent after the Miami Heat pulled off a repeat NBA championship: No one is allowed to speak badly about LeBron James again, ever. It is tough to find fault in his finish to the 2013 NBA Finals. James scored 37 points in Game 7 and produced a 32-10-11 triple-double in Game 6.

    John Starks/jstarks@dailyherald.com Chicago Blackhawks center Jonathan Toews stays on the bench during a shift change late in the third period against the Boston Bruins Saturday in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the United Center in Chicago.

    Kane, rock-solid Crawford star on grandest stage

    The bigger the game, the better Patrick Kane plays. The guy who scored in overtime in Philadelphia four years ago to give the Blackhawks their first Stanley Cup in 49 years was at it again Saturday night on the game's grandest stage in the Stanley Cup Final. Kane scored 2 goals to back the rock-solid goaltending of Corey Crawford in a 3-1 win over Boston that moved the Hawks within a game of another championship.

    Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane and goalie Corey Crawford congratulate each other after Saturday's 3-1 win over the Boston Bruins in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at United Center.

    Kane's goals weren't pretty, but they were huge

    When you think of Patrick Kane scoring goals, admit it, you think mainly of the highlight reel variety: the pretty backhands top shelf, or the spin-o-ramas, or even the stop-and-starters that can make a goalie look plain foolish. But rarely do you think of No. 88 scoring the more blue-collar variety goals, like jamming home a rebound on a second effort from the side of the net or cleaning up out front after crashing the crease. But that's just what Kane did Saturday in Game 5 at the United Center, coming up big-time in a big-game with a pair of goals that certainly weren't pretty but sure were effective in leading the Blackhawks to the cusp of yet another Stanley Cup.

    Blackhawks goalie Corey Crawford acknowledges the United Center crowd Saturday after being named one of the three stars of Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final.

    Hawks’ Crawford rebounds with ‘awesome’ game

    Blackhawks fans may have been concerned after goaltender Corey Crawford allowed 5 glove-side goals in Game 4 last Wednesday, but Crawford and his teammates weren’t sweating it too much. “We get a lot of the same questions about Corey and we give the same answer: that we’re not really worried about him,” Patrick Sharp said. “He’s been strong for us all season long. Whether he lets in 5 goals in Game 4 or shuts the door, we know we’re going to get a good performance from him and we did tonight.”

    Nearing the midway point of his third season in a White Sox uniform, Adam Dunn has already established himself as one of the most disappointing players in franchise history, according to Scot Gregor.

    Just what can Sox do about Dunn?

    It looks like the disappointing White Sox are going to be big sellers in advance of the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. It will be interesting to see if new general manager Rick Hahn can move Adam Dunn.

    Manager Dale Sveum pleads his case after second-base umpire Clint Fagan called out the Cubs' Alfonso Soriano on a pickoff play in the eighth inning Saturday at Wrigley Field.

    Soriano, Sveum steamed over disputed calls

    Little things ended up costing the Cubs in a big way during Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field. The Cubs held a 3-0 lead until the sixth, and then many things fell apart.

    Boston Bruins winger Nathan Horton reacts after the Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane scored his second goal of the night in Saturday’s second period at United Center.

    Boston’s down, but they’ve been here before

    Down went Boston's two-way star Patrice Bergeron, who mysteriously played just 2 shifts in the second period and reportedly was taken to a hospital for observation, and down went the Bruins, 3-1, in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the United Center on Saturday night.

    Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane celebrates his first-period goal against the Boston Bruins Saturday in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the United Center in Chicago.

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Bruins, Game Five
    The Blackhawks faced the Boston Bruins in game five of the NHL Stanley Cup finals Saturday in Chicago and won 3 to 1 in regulation. The Hawks return to Boston for game six and the chance to win the cup on Monday.

    Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane celebrates his first-period goal Saturday in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final at the United Center in Chicago.

    Hawks are one win away from the Stanley Cup

    Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks have that look again, and another Stanley Cup is within reach.Kane scored two goals, Corey Crawford made 24 saves and the Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins 3-1 on Saturday night at United Center to take a 3-2 lead in the finals.Kane had a terrific postseason when Chicago won it all in 2010, including the winning score in a 4-3 overtime victory in Philadelphia that secured the title. Now he’s picking up steam as the Blackhawks move closer to another championship, collecting seven goals in the last seven games.Dave Bolland added an empty-net score and Jonathan Toews had two assists before leaving with an injury. The captain took a big hit in the second period and did not play in the third.The Bruins also lost one of their key players when Patrice Bergeron was injured in the second. It was unclear what happened to the star center, but the team said he was taken to a hospital for observation.\Game 6 is Monday night in Boston. Zdeno Chara scored in the third period for Boston, which lost consecutive games for the first time since the first round against Toronto. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves, keeping the Bruins close while they scrambled to generate quality chances.Chara got a nice pass from David Krejci from behind the net and beat Crawford on the glove side to make it 2-1 at 3:40 in the third period. The whistling slap shot by the big defenseman came after he was on the ice for five of Chicago’s goals in the Blackhawks’ 6-5 overtime victory Wednesday night.The location of Chara’s third postseason goal brought to mind the glove-side difficulties for Crawford in Game 4. But he held up just fine coming off the worst postseason game of his career.He gloved Daniel Paille’s slap shot early in the third, and the Blackhawks helped their embattled goaltender by turning up the pressure on Rask after the Bruins cut it to one. Kane forced Rask to make a couple of nice stops, and Michael Frolik also made a run to the net.The Blackhawks survived one last push by the Bruins after they pulled Rask, and the crowd of 22,274 roared when the overhead videoboard showed the No. 1 and the Stanley Cup on the screen, signifying the team is one victory away from its fifth title.Boston and Chicago returned to the ice three days after they played the highest-scoring game in this year’s NHL playoffs. There were five goals in the second period alone, matching the total from the previous two games combined, and Brent Seabrook’s overtime score lifted the Blackhawks to the series-tying victory.It was a marked departure from the first three games of the finals, and raised questions about what the play would be like in the last part of the series. The answer, at least in Game 5, was a return to the strong team defense and disciplined play. It meant little room to maneuver in both offensive zones, especially for the series’ biggest stars.Only Kane was sure able to find enough space.With 2 minutes left in the first, Johnny Oduya’s long slap shot broke the stick of Boston defenseman Dennis Seidenberg and trickled to the left side of the net where Kane poked it in for eighth playoff goal.The line of Kane, Toews and Bryan Bickell, which coach Joel Quenneville put back together before Game 4, struck again in the second. Bickell was stopped by Rask on a rush along the left side, but skated behind the net and threw it back in front.The puck went off the right side of the goal as Rask got his blocker to the post. Kane then deftly backhanded the bouncing puck into the top of the net to make it 2-0 at 5:13.That proved to be enough for Crawford, who has allowed one goal or less in nine games this postseason. But this one had to be particularly satisfying after facing a barrage of questions about his glove over the past two days.Since the NHL went to a best-of-seven format for the Stanley Cup in 1939, the winner of Game 5 in a deadlocked series has gone on to win the title 15 times in 22 occasions.


    BG’s Egan commits to wrestling at Augustana

    Brian Egan, who graduated from Buffalo Grove High School, will continue his wrestling career at Augustana College. The 5-foot-6, 145-pound Egan went 38-4 this winter and reached the Class 3A state quarterfinals at 132 pounds.


    Boomers bring the bats in bounce-back win

    The host Schaumburg Boomers rebounded from an extra-inning defeat to roll past the Lake Erie Crushers 11-4 on Saturday night.


    Prince scores 21 to lead Sky past injured Fever

    Epiphanny Prince scored 21 points to lead the Sky to a 71-61 victory over the injury-plagued Indiana Fever on Saturday night.Elena Delle Donne had 13 points and Sylvia Fowles added 11 for the Sky (5-3). Prince shot 8 for 14 from the field.


    Magee lifts Fire to 2-1 victory over Crew

    Mike Magee had the winning goal and Joel Lindpere had two assists to help the Fire rally in the second half for a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Crew on Saturday night.

    Chicago Blackhawks center Patrick Sharp faces off with Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron Saturday in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals at the United Center in Chicago.

    Hawks have lost faceoff battles throughout playoffs

    Losing faceoffs is nothing new for the Blackhawks, who have been doing it throughout the playoffs. And look where they are. In 21 games before Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Final on Saturday, the Hawks had come out on the short end of the faceoff battle 18 times with one 50-50 split against Minnesota. They lost the faceoff battle in all seven games against Detroit and all five games against Los Angeles, yet managed to win both series. In the first four games of the Finals against Boston, the Hawks lost the faceoff battle in each game.


    DeJesus will avoid surgery on injured shoulder

    Center fielder David DeJesus joined the Cubs at Wrigley Field Saturday as his rehab from a shoulder injury gets into full swing. DeJesus said he is putting no timetable on his return, even though the Cubs said he could be out until around the all-star break.

    Craig Stadler watches his shot from the 17th tee during the second round of the Encompass Championship at North Shore County Club in Glenview on Saturday.

    Rejuvenated Stadler grabs Encompass lead

    Who would have expected Craig Stadler to be the 36-hole leader of the Encompass Championship? Well, certainly not Craig Stadler. The veteran long ago nicknamed the Walrus hasn’t won a tournament since 2004 and hasn’t even been in contention in one since 2007. Three months ago he was on the brink of ending his long career as a touring pro. On Sunday, though, he will take a 2-stroke lead into the final round of the $1.8 million Encompass Championship — the new Champions Tour event being conducted at North Shore Country Club in Glenview.

    Houston Astros' Ronny Cedeno puts down a bunt, scoring the winning run, in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Saturday June 22, 2013, in Chicago, Ill. The Astros won 4-3. (AP photo/Joe Raymond)

    Ex-Cub Ronny Cedeno beats Cubs with squeeze bunt

    Ronny Cedeno's squeeze bunt scored Justin Maxwell with the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning to lead the Houston Astros over the Cubs 4-3 on Saturday. J.D. Martinez tied the game with a three-run homer in the sixth for Houston.

    Chris Froome is the heir apparent to 2012 Tour de France champ Bradley Wiggins on Team Sky.

    10 riders to watch at Tour de France

    Here are 10 cyclists to keep a particular watch for, either because they are contenders to win the Tour de France or they could make waves at the 100th edition of the three-week race.

    A German magazine is reporting that 1997 Tour de France winner Jan Ullrich has admitted receiving blood-doping treatment from Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes.

    Cyclist Jan Ullrich admits blood doping, report says

    Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France winner, has admitted for the first time that he received blood-doping treatment from Spanish doctor Eufemiano Fuentes during his career, according to an interview with a German magazine published Saturday.

    Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme delivers a presentation of the 100th edition of the Tour de France, which starts next Saturday.

    Does Tour de France have any credibility?

    Ahead of its 100th running starting next Saturday, the Tour de France remains a fantastic idea. Asking riders to pedal up and down mountains for three weeks is still zany and whimsical enough to be interesting. But is the Tour still worth taking seriously as a sports event? The fall of Lance Armstrong in the past year, along with other dopers who ruined the credibility of cycling, has opened that question to debate like never before.

    Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals Saturday, June 22, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

    White Sox beat Royals 3-2 with run in 9th

    Alejandro De Aza drove in Jordan Danks with a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning, sending the White Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. Jesse Crain (2-1) got through a shaky eighth inning for the White Sox, putting a runner on third with one out and then leaving him there. Addison Reed handled a perfect ninth for his 21st save.

    Aaron Hernandez returns to his home at Friday, June 21, 2013 in North Attleboro, Mass. At least one company yanked an endorsement deal from New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez on Friday as puzzled family members of a friend found slain a mile from Hernandez's home sought answers about how he died. (AP Photo/The Boston Herald, Ted Fitzgerald) BOSTON GLOBE OUT; METRO BOSTON OUT; MAGS OUT; ONLINE OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Police search again home of Patriots' Hernandez

    State police officers and dogs are searching the home of New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez as they investigate the killing of a semi-pro football player whose body was found nearby. Saturday's search of Hernandez's sprawling home in North Attleboro involved several officers.

    Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade (3) grimaces after landing badly on his right knee during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA Finals basketball game, Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Miami. San Antonio Spurs power forward Tim Duncan looks on (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

    Wade needed knee drained to play Game 7

    In an interview, DeWayne Wade revealed Saturday that his right knee pained him so much that he contemplated asking to play limited minutes in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals, and that his left knee was drained and required about eight hours of game-day therapy just so he could play in Game 7 of the NBA Finals.


    The Cambridge Commons shopping center in Buffalo Grove, where a Fresh Farms store is coming.

    Buffalo Grove approves Fresh Farms tax deal

    A sales tax sharing agreement has finally been struck between Buffalo Grove and the developer of the Cambridge Commons shopping center, which willbe anchored by a Fresh Farms grocery store. “This hasn’t been easy, as you know,” said Village President Jeffrey Braiman.

    Also updated at the American Diabetes Association conference in Chicago was the MiniMed Integrated System device, which doctors are reporting as a major step toward an “artificial pancreas.” The device constantly monitors blood sugar and automatically supplies insulin as needed.

    Lilly’s new diabetes drug helps patients lose weight

    Patients taking Eli Lilly & Co.’s experimental diabetes drug dulaglutide lost weight and had side effects that were manageable, the company said today after releasing more data from three final-stage clinical trials.

    Tim Cook, chief executive officer at Apple Inc., exits the stage after speaking.

    Apple’s iOS 7 is little more than a new look

    For a redesign that’s so immediately jarring and radical, iOS 7 comes to feel strangely superficial over time. Once I got used to the new icons and typography in iOS 7, there was no next step — no clear payoff for braving the dislocation the new design had caused. What’s this design in service of? How does it improve your phone? Does iOS 7 change how your device works, rather than just how it looks? Most of the time, not really.


    Google Reader’s end hatches better service

    On July 1, we say goodbye to Google Reader, a handy tool for bringing headlines and articles from your favorite websites into a single place. An alternative service that stands out is Feedly. An update available Wednesday allows Feedly to run on just about any major Web browser. The service also is available through apps on the iPhone, the iPad and Android devices.

    MacBook Airs broke new ground in both portability and performance, with solid-state chips in place of mechanical hard drives to store programs and data. Using Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system, Samsung, Sony, Toshiba and others have since produced even thinner and lighter models. No one, though, comes close in longevity — and won’t until the new chips become standard.

    Apple’s long-lived MacBook Air goes on and on

    When it comes to consumer electronics, the discussion usually revolves around faster, sleeker, smaller, cheaper.In an increasingly mobile world, though, the most important characteristic may be longer — as in, how long the battery lasts between charges. And longer is what makes Apple’s latest MacBook Air worth talking about. Utilizing new, lower-power chips from Intel, the Air takes battery life to places it’s never been on a lightweight laptop computer.

    This video game image released by Ubisoft shows a scene from “Tom Clancy’s The Division.”

    ’Watch Dogs’ video game a sign of the times

    Across the dizzying, colorful show floor at last week’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, there were games on display where players could become all manner of things, like a throat-slashing 18th century pirate, zombie killer, guardian of the last city on earth, music-making sorcerer, ruthless Roman general, shape-shifting creature, goblin slayer and Batman. However, the role that seems to have captured the most buzz from the gaming community is one that’s far less fantastical but surprisingly topical: an eavesdropping hacker. One of several surveillance-related games at E3, “Watch Dogs” casts players as Aiden Pearce, a vigilante who can tap into security cameras and listen in on phone calls across a virtual rendition of an automated Chicago.

    Intel Corp CEO Brian Krzanich is pushing to bring new products to market more quickly and then update to refine them.

    Intel’s technology chief says CEO wants new products faster

    Intel Corp., the world’s largest chip-maker, is being pushed by Chief Executive Officer Brian Krzanich to bring new products to market more quickly and then update to refine them.

    Microsoft’s Office software package iPhone application offers people the ability to read and edit their text documents, spreadsheets and slide presentations on a phone. The company isn’t making an iPad version, though, and it’s not offering the app on Android devices. Microsoft Corp. is treading a fine line as it tries to make its $99-a-year subscription offering 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.

    Office for iPhone helpful for subscribers

    The wait is over for the iPhone version of Microsoft’s Office software.With the free app, users can quickly and easily edit, save and share documents on the go. But there’s a catch: You have to be an Office 365 subscriber to use it. And the mobile version is so bare bones, it may not do much to attract new subscribers.

Life & Entertainment

    Nothing updates the look of a home like new siding or front entry door. Aspen Exterior of Arlington Heights is a remodeling company that sells and installs doors, windows and siding.

    Durable composites being used to update homes

    Manufacturers of windows, doors and siding are increasingly offering blended products that combine the best of several materials in order to stand up to Mother Nature, while also pleasing homeowners, said Brian Leckie, president of Aspen Exterior Co. of Arlington Heights.

    Paula Deen

    Paula Deen fans vent outrage at Food Network

    Paula Deen’s fans are serving up deep-fried outrage to the Food Network for its decision to dump the Southern comfort food queen after she acknowledged using racial slurs in the past. Outside Deen’s Savannah restaurant The Lady & Sons on Saturday, fan Marilynne Wilson said she’s stunned that the cable network “jumped the gun” by announcing it wouldn’t renew the celebrity cook’s contract about an hour after she apologized in an online video Friday.

    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 earlier this month at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris.

    Sharapova sends verbal shot Serena Williams’ way

    Maria Sharapova took quite a shot at Serena Williams — and it was nowhere near a tennis court.At her pre-Wimbledon news conference Saturday, Sharapova was asked about a recent Rolling Stone article where the author surmised that critical comments directed at an unnamed player by Williams were referring to Sharapova.

    Canadian Author Alice Munro, widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest short story writers, told the National Post during a recent interview that she was “probably not going to write anymore.”

    Alice Munro says she is ‘probably’ done writing

    Less than a year after Philip Roth announced he had stopped writing books, another literary great may be retiring: Alice Munro. The 81-year-old Canadian author, widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest short story writers, told Canada’s National Post during a recent interview that she was “probably not going to write anymore.” Munro made the comments after receiving the Trillium Book Award for the story collection “Dear Life.”

    A live broadcast of “A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor” takes the stage at the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park on Saturday, June 22.

    Weekend picks: Feel at home with Garrison Keillor at Ravinia

    “A Prairie Home Companion With Garrison Keillor” returns Saturday for another live public radio broadcast originating from the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park. Get a glimpse of what war-torn America might have been like 150 years ago at a special Civil War Encampment at the Fischer Farm in Bensenville. Take part in tastings from wineries and breweries, plus enjoy live music and nature walks at Schaumburg's Solstice Hop and Vine Fest.


    Alafair Burke has written another puzzling tale

    Alafair Burke has written another puzzling and captivating tale with her latest novel, “If You Were Here.” McKenna Wright, a writer for New York City magazine, hears of a woman rescuing a teen who had fallen onto subway tracks. After the woman pulled him to safety, she ran away. McKenna believes the woman is her friend Susan Hauptmann. However, that would be impossible, because Susan disappeared 10 years ago.

    A couple looks out over the Complexo do Alemao slum where cable-cars move commuters above the homes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The cable-car system linking six of Alemao’s hilltops over a 2.3-mile route has become a popular tourist attraction.

    Rio shantytown cable car becomes unlikely tourist ride

    A remarkable cable-car system linking six hilltops over a 2.3-mile route in Rio de Janeiro has become a popular tourist attraction. Of the nearly 12,000 people on average who ride it every day, fully 65 percent on weekends and 36 percent on weekdays are not from Alemao. Foreigners are also signing up for the half-hour round-trip ride into — or at least over — a world they’d only heard of on news reports.

    Justin Lane, left, Lauren Sandler and Dahlia Lane at their home in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Sandler delves into the myths and misconceptions about singletons in a new book, “One and Only.”

    New book explores the not-so-miserable only child

    No kids, one kid, four kids: There’s no end to the debate over why people decide on a certain number. But is one family configuration more scrutinized than another? Lauren Sandler thinks so. She delves into the myths and misconceptions about singletons in a new book, “One and Only,” out this month from Simon & Schuster.

    A tie dye beach towel in pink and orange. Towels can be found in surfer-cool designs like hibiscus flowers, Tiki prints and tie-dye patterns in summery hues.

    Beach towels with a little snap

    Along with the sunscreen, book, toys and snacks we haul to our waterside of choice this summer, we need a beach towel or two. The big “canvas” of a beach towel lends itself to big ideas, with room to let designs and colors romp.

    Paper is carefully peeled away to reveal “negative” leaves in the print by Kristen Sutcliffe as shown here. Gelatin printing is a low-tech craft that uses simple ingredients and tools.

    Crafts like gelatin prints can blast summer blahs

    For a lot of kids, summertime beckons with temptations — to sleep in late, watch too much TV, swim, roam. And that’s just the first day. Boredom sets in soon after. So provide kids with crafts that inspire awe, not blahs. Two reliable sources are Martha Stewart Living and Family Fun magazines, which post kids’ crafts online.

    Halle Berry plays a 911 operator in the thriller “The Call.”

    DVD previews: ‘The Call’

    Coming out on DVD is the thriller "The Call" starring Halle Berry. There's also the comedy “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” with Steve Carell, Steve Buscemi and Jim Carrey

    Gerstad Builders has a ranch home like this one in McHenry ready for a quick move.

    Local builders see impact of housing rebound

    Housing demand is up in recent months. Many real estate professionals say multiple offers and mini-bidding wars on houses are becoming almost commonplace again, resulting in rising sale prices. A low inventory of existing homes is prompting many buyers to look at new construction.


    How to manage email communications with association attorney

    Communication between associations and legal counsel has changed dramatically as the result of email and the mobile devices upon which email is sent and received. This can have a favorable impact on the attorney-client relationship; however, it can also lead to frustrations.


    When banks compete, you win – except when you lose!

    Competition is generally viewed as a good thing, in the U.S. at least. Hence, advertisements that create an image of powerful banks having to compete among themselves for the favor of individual mortgage borrowers creates a generally favorable impression. The problem is that competition generates favorable results only under certain conditions, and those conditions are very difficult to find in the home mortgage market.


    Is a ‘for sale’ sign in the yard necessary?

    Q. I don’t want a "for sale" sign on my front lawn. Is it a requirement? What if I don’t use a broker?



    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors offer thoughts on a wide range of suburban topics -- from the thrills of a Blackhawks victory parade to the challenges of cutting county budgets.


    The Soapbox

    Daily Herald editors offer thoughts on everything from televising the international bicycling races in Elk Grove Village to the cigarette sales-tax tax shortfall.


    Not so fast on ‘marriage equality’
    A Villa Park letter to the editor: Referencing the Daily Herald’s editorial of June 19, “Marriage equality still right for Illinois” — hold it, not so fast.


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