Daily Archive : Thursday April 3, 2014



    3 hurt in St. Charles-area rollover crash

    Three people were taken to the hospital with injuries as a result of a rollover crash Thursday night near St. Charles, authorities said. The two-car crash, in which one vehicle rolled over, occurred about 8 p.m. at the intersection of Route 64 and Dean Street, according to the Fox River & Countryside Fire/Rescue District.

    Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, left, and U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, right, talk to the media near Fort Hood’s main gate Thursday. A soldier opened fire Wednesday on fellow service members at the base, killing three people and wounding 16 before committing suicide.

    Fort Hood gunman had argument with other soldiers

    The Fort Hood soldier who gunned down three other military men before killing himself had an argument with soldiers in his unit before opening fire, and investigators believe his mental condition was not the "direct precipitating factor" in the shooting, authorities said Friday. The base's commander, Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, made the remarks about Spc. Ivan Lopez's health a day after officials said...

    Proposed redevelopment plans for the Hickory and Kensington area in Arlington Heights include a mix of retail and commercial property.

    Arlington Hts. residents not sold on TIF district

    Residents voiced their concerns about a proposed new tax increment financing district in Arlington Heights at a meeting on Wednesday, the first step in the process of establishing such a district for redevelopment in the Hickory-Kensington neighborhood.

    Members of the Thorium Action Group protested on March 6, 1990, at the former Kerr-McGee factory site in West Chicago, where radioactive thorium was produced. Prior to this week’s $5 billion settlement, the city forged its own agreement with the federal government to ensure cleanup of the former factory site and other contaminated areas.

    Huge settlement reached on Kerr-McGee contamination sites, but West Chicago forged its own deal

    The federal government on Thursday reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination, to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites — including some in West Chicago — tainted with hazardous chemicals for decades. “Just because you know something’s bad, it’s happening and it’s...

    This undated family photo provided by Glen Welton shows U.S. Army Sgt. Tim Owens, left, of Effingham, Ill., with his cousin Glen Welton. Owens was one of three people killed by a shooter at Fort Hood, Texas, on Wednesday.

    One Fort Hood victim born, raised in Illinois

    The mother of a 37-year-old Illinois soldier killed during an attack at Fort Hood, Texas, says she was reunited less than two weeks earlier with a daughter she gave up for adoption at birth. Mary Muntean of Effingham, Ill., told The Associated Press that she was still celebrating that reunion when she got a call telling her that her son, U.S. Army Sgt. Timothy Owens, was killed Wednesday in the...

    Nik Wallenda walks across the Little Colorado River Gorge on the Navajo Nation near Cameron, Ariz., for Discovery Channel last June 23. Wallenda is taking his tightrope to Chicago for a high-wire walk to be televised this fall.

    Discovery says Wallenda’s next walk is in Chicago

    Nik Wallenda is taking his high-wire act to Chicago for a tightrope walk to be televised this fall on Discovery, part of the network’s strategy to entice viewers with live events.Wallenda’s walk across the Grand Canyon area of Arizona last year reached more than 10 million viewers live on Discovery, an unusually big number for the cable network. The Chicago encore will probably take...

    Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein and the rest of the committee voted 11-3 on Thursday to release parts of a classified report that harshly criticizes CIA terror interrogations after 9/11.

    Senate panel votes to release CIA torture report

    The Senate Intelligence Committee voted Thursday to release parts of a hotly contested, secret report that harshly criticizes CIA terror interrogations after 9/11, and the White House said it would instruct intelligence officials to cooperate fully. The result sets the stage for what could be the fullest public accounting of the Bush administration’s record when it comes to waterboarding...

    Phil Pagano

    FBI report details Pagano’s affairs, ‘lies’

    Phil Pagano’s lies caught him in a professional, financial and moral spiral that contributed to his downfall, one former girlfriend told the FBI. “As the lies got bigger ... (Pagano) thought he could get away with everything,” an FBI report quotes the girlfriend regarding the late Metra executive director who killed himself by stepping in front of a train May 7, 2010.

    As great as cuckoo clocks are, they can’t compete keep pace with atomic clocks. But even atomic clocks have to be adjusted every now and then.

    It’s about time: New atomic clock is more accurate

    Good news for people who are sticklers for punctuality: The National Institute of Standards and Technology has a new atomic clock that isn’t supposed to gain or lose a second in roughly 300 million years. The new clock was launched Thursday. It’s located at the institute’s center in Boulder, Colo.

    Samuel Jackson

    Buffalo Grove man pleads not guilty in kidnapping case

    A Buffalo Grove man pleaded not guilty to charges of kidnapping and aggravated restraint in Lake County court Thursday. Authorities said Samuel Jackson, 32, kidnapped an ex-girlfriend and drove her to Racine, where he was arrested. His trial is scheduled for April 28.

    A strong storm sent a tree through this home and garage, landing on a car Thursday in Belleville, Ill, but the storm that swept across the St. Louis region caused no injuries or significant damage in the metropolitan area’s Illinois suburbs.

    Several states facing weather concerns

    A band of severe weather stretched across a swath of the Midwest and South on Thursday, with hailstorms in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas following a small tornado in suburban St. Louis. Storms slammed the North Texas college city of Denton with hail as large as baseballs, leading to reports of broken windows and other damage.

    Jose Horta

    Waukegan man sentenced to 59 years in prison for 2011 murder

    A 21-year-old man accused of assisting in the torture and murder of a Waukegan man and helping to dump his body in the Penny Road Pond near Barrington was sentenced to 59 years in prison by a Lake County judge Thursday. Jose Horta, of Waukegan, was found guilty in March of holding a gun to the head of David Campbell at an auto body shop while others tortured him.

    Carpentersville has postponed approving an ordinance that governs cultivation centers and dispensaries for medical marijuana until trustees meet to further discuss its merits. Several trustees said they didn’t have enough information to vote and another trustee said a dispensary would hurt the village’s image.

    Carpentersville disagrees on medical marijuana regulations

    An emotional discussion among Carpentersville trustees on the merits of regulating medical marijuana facilities this week has resulted in at least one extra meeting to further debate the matter. Tuesday, the board was supposed to vote on an ordinance that would govern medical marijuana cultivation centers and dispensaries in the village.

    Mark E. Swienton

    16 years in prison for Aurora serial burglar

    A 50-year-old Aurora man who pleaded guilty to two smash-and-grab burglaries from spring 2013 was sentenced to 16 years in prison Thursday. Mark E. Swienton was eligible for an extended term of six to 30 years in prison because of his 12 previous felony convictions. Police caught him in the act, after they placed a GPS tracking device on his car.

    Zurich, a yellow Labrador retriever who served as the constant companion of Des Plaines resident Patti Kennedy, has died. He received a national service dog award in 2011.

    Saying goodbye to Des Plaines’ hero dog

    Zurich, a Des Plaines dog who received national recognition in O 2011 by winning the American Humane Association’s Hero Dog Award for service dogs, died this week at the age of 11.

    The Mount Prospect Golf Club.

    Cost inching up for Mt. Prospect golf course renovation

    Cost continues to be something of a moving target for the Mount Prospect Park District as it finalizes plans to renovate the district golf course. The park board recently learned that the renovation phase of the two-phase project could cost more than expected — roughly $6.7 million instead of just under $5 million.


    Hoffman Estates man charged with impersonating officer

    A 56-year-old Hoffman Estates man was charged with impersonating a police officer after authorities say he flashed a fake badge at a woman in line at a Walgreens drive-through and told her to get her perscription in the store. A judge set bail at $10,000 for the defendant, Charles Poremba.


    Palatine man arrested after drug sting

    A Palatine man is facing charges after he tried to sell drugs to an undercover police officer, authorities said Thursday. Palatine police said they set up a sting about 7 p.m. Wednesday on the 1000 block of West Lake-Cook Road in Arlington Heights, where an undercover officer was approached by Keith D. Williams, who was later found to be in possession of heroin and marijuana.


    Golden Apple teaching award finalists named

    Golden Apple Thursday announced 32 finalists for the 2014 Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching. The finalists were selected from a pool of 620 nominations and 272 applicants of fourth through eighth grade teachers in the metropolitan area.


    Budget on Elburn agenda Monday

    The Elburn village board will discuss the proposed 2014-15 budget Monday night.

    Peter Chmiel

    Barrington middle schooler to compete in state geography bee

    Peter Chmiel is on a mission: to represent Illinois in the finals of the National Geographic Geography Bee. That’s why, Peter, an eighth grader at Station Middle School in Barrington, has spent countless hours studying questions like “What is the term for the triangular deposit of sediment sometimes found at the mouth of a river?” and “The Danakil Depression is one of...


    Illinois House wants new three-year virtual charter school ban

    State lawmakers are moving to keep virtual charter schools like the one that tried to set up in the Fox Valley last year from being created for another three years.

    Richard Madison

    Limo driver carryingl students to prom guilty of DUI

    A limousine driver pleaded guilty Thursday to driving drunk while busing 23 high school students to their prom near Glen Ellyn. The blood alcohol content was twice the legal threshold for Richard L. Madison, 55, of Palos Heights. “He gambled with the lives of these students and blatantly deceived their parents, who thought their children were being safely transported to their prom...


    Lawmakers fear they’d be blamed for Chicago tax hike

    A fast-tracked plan to overhaul two Chicago city-pension programs slowed in the Illinois House Thursday, as nervous lawmakers said they fear backlash for a massive property-tax increase even if they don’t directly approve it.


    Open house on Peterson Road work:

    The Lake County Division of Transportation hosts an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, to share information on the planned widening of Peterson Road from Route 45 in Libertyville to west of Route 83 in Grayslake.


    Electronics recycling event:

    The Waukegan Public Library’s Off the Grid team hosts a free recycle event for paper and electronic waste from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, in the parking lot behind the library at Clayton Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue.

    Benny Avila, 10, of Batavia preps his coffee filter parachute after inserting a raw egg into its protective casing for the egg drop competition Thursday at Batavia Public Library. A bucket truck from the city’s electric department helped release the entries.

    Students test their egg capsules at Batavia library

    10 fifth- through eight-grade students Thursday participated in a raw egg drop competition at the Batavia Public Library.

    Licensed masseuse Frank Arantopoulos, of the Libertyville Wellness Group, gives a massage to support engineer Shayne Wood during Thursday’s health and wellness fair at MBX Systems in Libertyville. More than 100 employees participated in the inaugural fair with the theme “Spring Into Wellness.”

    Libertyville company stresses health, wellness to employees

    MBX Systems of Libertyville stressed health awareness to its employees Thursday during a special fair at the company. More than 100 employees participated in the inaugural health and wellness event that provided health screenings, activities and information.


    Prosecutors: Wheeling man stole car from Waukegan dealership during test drive

    A Cook County judge set bail at $50,000 for a Wheeling man charged with possession of a stolen motor vehicle. Authorities say Martin Heydenburg, 51, failed to return a car to a Waukegan dealership after saying he wanted to take it out for a test drive.


    Democratic candidate wanted:

    Lake County Democratic Party officials are accepting applications for Lake County treasurer candidates.


    Run in Wauconda:

    Wauconda’s Friends of the Library organization will host the third annual Wauconda Bunny Hop races on April 19. A 4-mile run, a 2-mile fun run and a kids race are planned.

    Student Joe Moore talks about the upcoming ACT at his home in Springfield. For the first time in more than a decade, the State Board of Education may require parents to shoulder the cost of the $52.50 exam.

    Schools consider new test fee amid budget worries

    As they juggle school-reform demands with budget cuts, state education officials are considering retaining a traditional college-readiness test for high school juniors but passing the cost along to school districts and possibly the students’ families.


    Quinn makes push for scholarships in statewide tour

    Gov. Pat Quinn is promoting his plan to increase the number of need-based scholarships over the next five years. The Chicago Democrat on Thursday toured universities around the state, including Chicago’s DePaul University, Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois.


    Bystander helps woman who fell on Blue Line tracks

    A man jumped in front of a train in Chicago to help a woman who fell onto subway tracks Wednesday. Eddie Palacios said he was hoping the driver would see his bright orange sweatshirt and stop.

    Jeff Werfel

    Why aren’t there many contested races for Lake County Board seats?

    Of the seven Lake County Board seats up for election in November, only one has both a Democratic and Republican candidate running. The others are uncontested, with one party or the other not fielding a candidate. There typically haven been a few uncontested county board races each election, but the number this year is “more pronounced,” board Chairman Aaron Lawlor said.

    Larissa Pyykkonen

    Plea deal struck in Wheaton drug buys

    A 21-year-old Wheaton woman pleaded guilty Thursday to her role in a series of drug buys orchestrated by undercover agents.Larissa Pyykkonen, 21, of 518 Kipling Ct. pleaded guilty to to one count of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and was sentenced to 86 days in jail, of which she’s already served the required 43 days, two years of probation, and $1,200 in fines and fees.

    Don Harmon

    Graduated tax moves forward, but faces hurdles

    State Sen. Don Harmon's graduated income tax proposal won approval by a Senate subcommittee, giving it a chance to be heard by a full committee. But a similar plan was rejected by a House committee last week, perhaps sending a message that lawmakers there don’t think much of the plan, which would tax income over $180,000 at 6.9 percent.

    With his hands tucked in his jacket sleeves, Dave Raub of Arlington Heights runs a six-mile route through Arlington Heights in the rain on Thursday. He has run the exact same route almost every day for 31 years.

    Arlington Hts. runner stays the course for 31 years

    Dave Raub has run the same exact six-mile route through Arlington Heights most every day for 31 years. Thursday’s weather was less than ideal. “My wet hands were stinging and actually hurting from the cold, so I tucked them into the sleeves of my jacket for most of the route,” said Raub, who doesn’t wear waterproofed clothes, gloves or shoes when running in the rain.


    Free dental services in Arlington Heights

    Free dental services for people in need are being offered from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at Associates for General Dentistry at 1307 N. Rand Road, Arlington Heights.


    Beer can show April 6 in Elk Grove Village

    About 50 tables of beer cans and related memorabilia dating from the 1930s to today will be on display Sunday, April 6 at the Spring Beer Can and Breweriana Show in Elk Grove Village. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Elk Grove Village VFW Hall, 400 E. Devon Ave. Admission is free.

    Paul Mellor, the 57-year-old Algonquin man who drove his car into a pond near Algonquin Commons Wednesday, remained in critical condition Thursday at Advocate Sherman Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said. Mellor’s Honda Accord was pulled from the water after first responders smashed the vehicle’s sunroof and pulled him out of the sinking car.

    Algonquin man who drove car into pond unable to talk to police

    Paul Mellor, the 57-year-old man who was dramatically rescued from the Algonquin pond he drove into Wednesday, remained in critical condition Thursday at Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin, a spokeswoman said.

    Paul Vallas, Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, told the Daily Herald editorial board he doesn’t support having local schools pay more for teachers’ pensions.

    Vallas: Don’t ask local schools to pay for pensions

    Gov. Pat Quinn’s running mate says he doesn’t like the idea of making local school districts pay more of the cost of their teachers’ and administrators’ retirements. The hot-button idea to save the state millions of dollars has lingered in Illinois for a few years now much to the chagrin of local school officials.

    Reyna Garcia-Manzanares

    Aurora man held on $15 million bail in heroin bust

    In what may be the largest heroin seizure in Kane County, an Aurora man is being held on $15 million bail after being charged with heroin possession and money laundering. Authorities say Modesto Alarcon had 9 kilograms of heroin.

    This illustration provided by NASA and based on Cassini spacecraft measurements shows the possible interior of Saturn’s moon Enceladus — an icy outer shell and a low density, rocky core with a regional water ocean sandwiched in between the two at southern latitudes. Plumes of water vapor and ice, first detected in 2005, are depicted in the south polar region.

    Vast ocean found beneath ice of Saturn moon

    Scientists have uncovered a vast ocean beneath the icy surface of Saturn’s little moon Enceladus. Italian and American researchers made the discovery using Cassini, a NASA-European spacecraft still exploring Saturn and its rings 17 years after its launch from Cape Canaveral. Their findings were announced Thursday.

    Students gather behind a business looking for a Internet signal for their smart phones in Havana, Cuba.

    U.S. secretly built ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest

    The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a “Cuban Twitter” — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned. The Obama administration project, which lasted more than two years and drew tens of thousands of subscribers, sought to...

    Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream is our March Photo Finish contest winner for this macro photo of a snowflake. She bought a special flash this winter with the goal of creating a memorable snowflake shot.

    Single snowflake lands Carol Stream woman top prize

    Angela Cichosz had ordered a new ring flash early in the winter, hoping it would help her photograph individual snowflakes. While she waited for it to arrive, she worried there wouldn't be enough snow to give her a chance to use it. But she had plenty of chances to practice before a snowfall on the first day of spring gave her just the right conditions and a photo that won our March Photo Finish...


    If we don’t know where we’re going, we can’t get theree

    Some of us avoid setting goals for ourselves, either consciously on subconsciously, our Ken Potts says. But to we can't know how to get where we're going in life unless whe know where we want to end up. For those who feel a little lost, he suggests writing a draft of your obiturary.

    Maria Serban, 6, smiles up at Dylan Snyder, 11, as they play with her younger brother, Victor, 3½, after Dylan presented Maria and her mother, Elena, with a check for close to $4,000 at the South Elgin Lions Club on Wednesday, April 2. All live in South Elgin. Maria, a first-grader at Willard Elementary School, has a rare form of arthritis, and she’s been sick the past few months. Dylan, a fifth-grader at the school, raised funds with a spaghetti dinner and auction last month at the Lions Club where his great grandfather, Leo Snyder, is a member.

    South Elgin boy raises money for schoolmate

    Dylan Snyder is only 11, but he knew he had to do something to help out a little girl in need. A fifth-grader at Willard Elementary School in South Elgin, Dylan spearheaded a spaghetti dinner and auction fundraiser held last month for the girl, a first-grader named Maria.

    A South Korean Navy P-3 Orion sits on the runway after returning from a search operation for the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, at Royal Australian Air Force base Peace in Perth, Australia, Thursday, April 3, 2014. The search operation continues but no trace of the Boeing 777 has been found nearly a month after it vanished in the early hours of March 8 on a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people on board.

    Malaysia plane: What do we know? What will we ever know?

    Four weeks after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared, there are still no answers to the fate of the plane, the passengers and the crew. “Without any kind of proof, uncertainty rules the day,” said Tim Brown, a satellite imagery expert at GlobalSecurity.org in Alexandria, Virginia. “People still can't wrap their head around how a modern airplane that big could just go...

    Fern Schumer Champman tells the inspiring story of her mother’s immigration from Nazi Germany during Thursday’s presentation at Gavin South Elementary School in Ingleside.

    Gavin South students hear Holocaust presentation

    Gavin South Elementary School students sat wide-eyed Thursday as they listened to Holocaust speaker Fern Schumer Chapman during a presentation at the Ingleside school.


    Elderly women scammed in Arlington Hts.

    Arlington Heights police are investigating two recent scams that deprived older Arlington Heights residents of thousands of dollars.

    Patricia Tyrrell was the first person visitors ranging from famous actors to pro athletes would meet at the J. Walter Thompson ad agency’s offices in Chicago.

    Suburban woman was more than just a receptionist

    Patricia Tyrrell worked as a longtime receptionist at the famed Chicago ad agency J. Walter Thompson, but her role superseded her title. As the receptionist on the agency’s creative floor, she served as the gatekeeper to celebrities that waited to meet with producers, casting directors, and designers who created some of the firm’s iconic ad campaigns.


    No injuries but break area destroyed in fire at Six Flags Great America Wednesday

    No one was injured but an employee break area was destroyed in a fire at Six Flags Great America late Wednesday night. Authorities said the fire was contained to the one area. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

    Vincent C. O’Brien

    DEA says street value of high-grade marijuana is $500,000

    A Cary man was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to deliver after he was arrested by members of the DEA in Cary. He was charged after agents discovered 100 pounds of high grade cannabis in his car and house.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waters a tree that he planted during a tree planting ceremony with Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra, at right, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during a U.S.-Algeria Strategic Dialogue in Algiers, Algeria Thursday April 3, 2014. This is only the second tree to be planted during a visit from a dignitary at the Ministry, the first was done by China.

    Kerry: Israeli, Palestinian leaders must ‘lead’

    Frustrated by a virtually moribund Israeli-Palestinian peace process, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry exhorted leaders on both sides Thursday to “lead” and to do so now to prevent the negotiations from collapsing.


    Official: Troops kill 40 gunmen near Iraqi capital

    Officials in Iraq say fighting between government troops and al-Qaida-inspired militants has killed 40 gunmen and an army officer near the capital, Baghdad.

    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she talks to Pope Francis during a meeting at the Vatican, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Queen Elizabeth II has come to Rome for lunch with Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano ahead of the British monarch’s first meeting with Pope Francis.

    British queen meets with Pope Francis at Vatican

    Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II has paid a private call on Pope Francis at the Vatican, making him the fifth pontiff she has met.

    In this April 19, 2013 file photo, police in tactical gear surround an apartment building while looking for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings in Watertown, Mass. A Harvard University report released Thursday, April 3, 2014, on the response to the bombings was largely positive, but criticized law enforcement for the chaotic gunfight in which one suspect was killed and a police officer seriously injured because it lacked coordination.

    Harvard issues report on marathon bombing response

    A new report on the emergency response to the Boston Marathon bombings was largely positive but criticized law enforcement for the chaotic gunfight in which one suspect was killed and a police officer seriously injured, saying it lacked coordination.

    This undated photograph released Wednesday, April, 2, 2014, by the Allegheny County Police shows Laurel Michelle Schlemmer, who was charged with drowning her 3-year-old son and leaving his 6-year-old brother in critical condition Tuesday morning after she allegedly pushed the boys underwater in a bathtub, then sat on them.

    Welfare agencies probing boy’s bathtub drowning

    Child welfare officials are reviewing the case of a Pennsylvania woman accused of drowning her son and critically injuring another by sitting on them in a bathtub.


    Jury back deliberating tot’s creek-toss death case

    Jury deliberations have resumed at the trial of a New Jersey man accused of tossing his 2-year-old daughter into a creek in her car seat, weighted down with a tire jack so she would sink.


    Chicago man arrested in shootings that left 1 dead

    A Chicago man is being held without bond after being charged with killing a convenience store clerk and later wounding a friend of his father’s.


    2 men trying to change Ind. state bird to nuthatch

    FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Two northern Indiana men have started a grassroots campaign to change the state bird to the white-breasted nuthatch.


    Man, 28, held without bond for UIC shower assault

    A 28-year-old man is being held without bond after authorities say he sexually assaulted a University of Illinois at Chicago student in a dorm shower.


    Alert lifted after smoke at Illinois nuclear plant

    CORDOVA — An alert imposed after smoke was spotted at the Quad Cities Generating Station in western Illinois was lifted after eight hours. Exelon Generation officials say the smoke was spotted Wednesday after a pipe released water onto an electrical system.


    2 Illinois media groups back hearings into IHSA

    SPRINGFIELD — Two media groups are backing legislation requiring hearings into the operations of the Illinois High School Association. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports the Illinois Broadcasters Association and the Illinois Press Association are backing the bill that’s been introduced by Aurora state Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia.


    Southwestern Ill. man gets 9 years in baby beating

    A southwestern Illinois man has been ordered to spend nine years in prison for the debilitating 2011 beating of a baby. The (Alton) Telegraph reports that 26-year-old Matthew Fields of Hartford was sentenced this week after pleading guilty to a count of aggravated battery of a child.


    Chicago official wants to cap popular Segway tours

    A Chicago alderman wants to limit the size of the city’s Segway tours, say the large rolling tour groups are monopolizing sidewalks and causing conflicts with pedestrians.

    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel testifies during the House Committee Hearing on Personnel and Pensions at the Capitol in Springfield.

    Chicago pension fix gets quick committee approval

    Less than 48 hours after it was proposed, an Illinois House committee gave quick approval Wednesday to Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to fix two underfunded Chicago pension systems in part by levying a massive property tax increase.

    Bob Chwedyk

    Daily Herald nominated for 21 Peter Lisagor Awards

    The Daily Herald staff was nominated for 21 of the prestigious Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism. Reporters, editors, photographers and a page designer were among this year's finalists. The newspaper also was a nominee in the General Excellence in Print category.


    ComEd project puts Burlington business in jeopardy

    The Hope Reins Equine Therapy facility in Burlington may become a casualty of ComEd's Grand Prairie Gateway project. The farm, which provides counseling and therapy to children and adults with autism, would see high-voltage towers within about 150 feet of the property. “That really has the potential to destroy our business,” social worker Kristine Pienkowski said.

    The Pirates got the last laugh early this morning: Tony Sanchez, left, is grabbed by teammate Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman Neil Walker (18) after driving in the winning run in the 16th inning against the Cubs in Pittsburgh. The Pirates won 4-3.

    Dawn Patrol: Trucking firm in fatal I-88 crash closed; 6-hour Cubs game

    Rampage leaves four dead at Fort Hood. Regulators shut down trucking company involved in fatal crash. Naperville wants to end mayoral pensions. House approves smoking ban on university campuses. Naperville to borrow for projects. White Sox rally for win. Coach: Toews will be 100 percent.

    A pair of volunteers helps clean up along the Fox River Trail during a previous Spring Spruce-Up, which will be held Saturday, April 26, at four park sites.

    Spring Spruce-Up: Collaborating for clean parks

    Despite this polar vortex that won’t let go, the spring season is starting to flex its muscles, ready to give the cold weather a swift and final kick into oblivion. It’s time to get outdoors and celebrate, which the Fox Valley Park District plans to do on Saturday, April 26, with its sixth annual Spring Spruce-Up. The district’s biggest volunteer event of the year brings...

    Huntley School District 158 is considering banning electronic cigarettes, such as these blucigs, after seeing students use them on school campuses.

    District 158 to ban electronic cigarettes on campuses

    Huntley School District 158 is considering a ban on electronic cigarettes at its campuses after seeing an increase in students using and possessing the alternative nicotine products at Huntley High School, and even some middle schools. “It’s just starting to become a problem, and we are trying to nip it in the bud,” said Terry Awrey, District 158 associate superintendent.

    Naperville’s planning and zoning commission has recommended the denial of a Dunkin’ Donuts to anchor a new retail building proposed to replace the Citgo station at the southeast corner of Washington Street and Hillside Road.

    Naperville panel recommends denial of Dunkin’ Donuts

    Coffee and doughnuts might have some hurdles to jump if they want to come near downtown Naperville. Traffic concerns that were a factor in Naperville’s rejection of a 2012 plan to build a McDonald’s at Washington Street and Hillside Road stacked up again Wednesday as the planning and zoning commission recommended denial of a Dunkin’ Donuts at the site. “There is no...

    Shreya Mangalam, 10, of South Barrington, studies her opponent Matthew Li during the Illinois K-8 Chess Championships at the Hyatt Regency in Schaumburg last month. Shreya placed first in her age group.

    Barrington chess champ among nation’s best young players

    Playing chess is all about being like a fox, 10-year-old Shreya Mangalam likes to say. “I always try to do tricks that people can’t really see,” said Shreya, a fifth-grader from South Barrington. The tactic has paid off for Shreya, who is the top-rated female chess player under 16 in Illinois, and the third-rated girl under the age of 10 in the entire country.

    Cardinal Francis George is welcomed by Talet Othman, middle, and Mohammed Kaiseruddin to the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago’s reception in the cardinal’s honor Wednesday at Rosewood Banquets in Rosemont.

    Muslim leaders honor Cardinal George

    Cardinal Francis George was recognized Wednesday by Chicago-area Muslim leaders for helping improve dialogue between Muslims and Catholics during his tenure as archbishop. Officials with the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago say the leader of the archdiocese of Chicago has always been ready to lend a hand to the Muslim community.

    The band shell at Butler Lake Park in Libertyville was built in the 1960s.

    Libertyville’s Butler Lake Park band shell to be razed

    Libertyville has agreed to spend $31,000 to demolish the old band shell on an island at Butler Lake Park. The structure was built in the 1960s and renamed for former Trustee William K. Robbins. “The cost of fixing what was there was going to be substantial,” Mayor Terry Weppler said. “Our thought is we’ll probably put up some type of pavilion that can be used...


    Pet mill ban proposed for Cook County suburbs

    A proposed puppy mill ban announced by Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey on Wednesday would apply to at least 13 pet stores in the Chicago suburbs, including in Arlington Heights and Hoffman Estates. Under the Cook County Companion Animal & Consumer Protection ordinance, the retail sale of puppies and kittens in Cook County pet stores would be limited to animals from shelters and humane...


    Volo approves water plan with Wauconda

    Volo trustees on Wednesday approved an agreement with Wauconda that calls for both communities to partner on a plan to bring Lake Michigan drinking water to residents and businesses. Wauconda officials approved the deal Tuesday.

    Mike LaRosa and his wife Joanna, of Schaumburg, in front, are backed by a small army of those who cared for him as he battled back from a near-deadly case of the flu at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village. Among them are doctors Guy Dugan and Imran Shaikh, left to right in blue jackets, the Rev. Bill Veith, far left, and patient care technicians, respiratory therapists, registered nurses and advanced practice nurses.

    Flu sends Schaumburg dad to brink of death

    Mike LaRosa of Schaumburg brushed off the idea of a flu shot but then found himself in the ICU at Alexian Brothers Medical Center in Elk Grove Village battling a case of influenza so bad, his doctor called him "one of the sickest patients I’ve ever had." Now recovering, he wants others to learn from what he went through. “There’s no logical explanation for it, other than...


    Wauconda OKs transportation study:

    Wauconda trustees on Tuesday approved a transportation study for Route 176 and other key roads, and agreed to forward the report to the Illinois Department of Transportation.


    Dancenter North spring showcase:

    Dancenter North will present its annual Spring Showcase, “A Salute To ...” at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 6, at the James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts at the College of Lake County, 19351 W. Washington St., Grayslake.


    24-hour bicycle relay:

    Cyclists can help bridge the gap between literacy support and kids in crisis at the 24-hour cycle relay Friday and Saturday at the Amphibian Multisport facility, 130 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville.


    Eben Britton comes to the line during Bears training camp last year.

    Britton adds to Bears’ depth

    The Bears added experienced depth to their offensive line Thursday when they agreed to terms on a one-year deal with five-year veteran Eben Britton, who played extensively for them last year as an extra blocker.

    Vernon Hills’ Lem Turner spikes the ball against Hersey on Friday at Vernon Hills.

    Hersey meets tall order at Vernon Hills

    It was really a battle of tall. From visiting Hersey came 6-foot-7, Princeton University-bound Mike Fuerst. Matching him on the other side was 6-5 Vernon Hills blocker Lem Turner. And naturally this non-conference clash went to three sets. The first set was clearly the most entertaining, as Hersey improved to 7-1 with a 25-23, 16-25, 25-17 win at Vernon Hills on Friday night.


    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*LIBERTYVILLE 142.2, GLENBROOK NORTH 130.7Vault — 1. Snyder (GN) 9.1, 2. Burke (Lib) 8.9, 3. Morreale (GN) 8.7.Parallel Bars — 1. Pong (Lib) 9.1, 2. Snyder (GN) 8.6, 3. Burke (Lib) 8.0.Still Rings — 1. Pong (Lib) 8.9, 2. Snyder (GN) 7.8, 3. Reichert (Lib) 7.7.Pommel Horse — 1T. Pong (Lib)/Snyder (GN) 9.0, 3. Flores (Lib) 7.7.Horizontal Bar — 1. Pong (Lib) 9.2, 2. Snyder (GN) 7.8, 3. Reichert (Lib) 6.6.Floor Exercise — 1. Snyder (GN) 9.0, 2. Berkowitz (GN) 8.3, 3T. Metcalf (Lib)/Stoehr (GN) 8.0.All-Around — Snyder (GN) 50.8, 2. Metcalf (Lib) 42.9.JV: — Glenbrook North 99.5 Libertyville 98.7Frosh: — Glenbrook North 65.6 Libertyville 65.3


    Girls badminton: Thursday’s scoreboard
    Thursday’s results*prospect 13, palatine 2Singles — No.1: Menich (Pros) d. Palmer 21-11, 21-12; No.2: Walsh (Pros) d. Diep 21-11, 21-8; No.3: Hirsh (Pros) d. Gudivada 21-19, 21-12; No.4: Ventrelli (Pros) d. Hank 21-12, 21-7; No.5: Caporusso (Pros) d. Aquije 21-10, 21-15; No.6: Chen (Pal) d. Scaccia 14-21, 21-16, 21-19; No.7: Dolseon-Groh (Pros) d. Mannit 21-6, 217; No.8: Dawson (Pros) dd. Jimenez 21-6, 21-17; No.9: Saiki (Pros) d. Lorenzo 21-13, 21-19; No.10. Parzynski (Pros) d. Stevenson 21-12, 21-13.Doubles — No.1: Walsh-Caporusso (Pros) d. Gulivada/Hank 21-11, 21-11; No.2: Hirsh/Venturelli (Pros) d. Aquije/Chon 21-10, 21-3; No.3: Palmer/Diep (Pal) d. Menich/Scaccia 21-10, 21-17; No.4: Dolseon-Groh/Dawson (Pros) d. Jimenez/Mannit 21-10, 21-10; No.5: Saiki/Parzynski (Pros) d. Lorenzo/Stevenson 21-18, 21-15.*Other score:Hersey 13, Hoffman Estates 2*


    Boys tennis: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Rolling Meadows 5, Downers Grove North 2Singles — No.1: Galvin (RM) d. Yong 6-2, 6-2; No.2: Raimosh (RM) d. Shillerstors 6-3, 6-7, 10-6; No.3: Lee (RM) d. Rulmer 7-6, 6-2.Doubles — No.1: Downs/Kisielius (DGN) d. Kudla/Natalapeh 6-1, 6-1; No.2: Hampton/Krzeski (RM) d. O’Neill/Parodise 4-6, 6-3, 10-6; No.3: Paradise/Gunda (DGN) d. Phan/Goli 7-5, 6-2; No.4 Patel/Piscitito (RM) d. Neary/Dziuordzic 6-4, 7-5.*


    Baseball: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Burlington Central 13, East Carter (S. C.) 5Burlington C. 002 313 4 -13-14-6East Carter 210 011 0 -5-7-02B: BC — Cynova (2); EC — Cathey3B: BC — GerkeHR: BC — LeeWP: Boron; LP: Floyd.*Cary-Grove 10, Hampshire 2Cary-Grove 203 050 0 -10-6-2Hampshire 002 000 0 -2-6-52B: C-G — ChristakesWP: Splitt; LP: Merchut.*Grayslake Central 7, Dundee-Crown 2Dundee-Crown 020 000 0 -2-5-3Grayslake Central 060 010 0 -7-9-32B: GLC — Landers, NozickaWP: Lundis; LP: Damato.*Jacobs 9, Woodstock 3Jacobs 401 300 1 -9-11-3Woodstock 000 020 1 -3-4-32B: J — Oreskovich, Kale (2), Vandewalker; W — KruseWP: Peltier; LP: Cammin.*Lake View North 12, Elgin Academy 2Elgin Academy 100 100 -2-7-0Lake View N. 325 02x -12-7-0LP: Wilson.*GRAyslake central 7, dundee-crown 2Dundee-Crown 020 000 0 —2-5-3Grayslake Central 060 010 x —7-11-22B: GC: Nozicka, Landers, Clark.WP: Lundius.*Eastern (NJ) 8, Wheaton Academy 0Eastern 113 200 1 —8-10-1Wheaton Acad. 000 000 0 —0-3-42B: E: Fabio. WP: Dixon; LP: Albaugh.*Wheaton Academy 4, Tampa Catholic (FL) 3Wheaton Acad. 200 001 1 —4-8-1Tampa Catholic 000 300 0 —3-5-12B: WA: Lindstedt. WP: Lindstedt*IC Catholic Prep 10, Rich East 0Rich East 000 00 —0-1-5IC Catholic Prep 233 2X —10-11-02B: IC: Reed. 3B: IC: Perrone. WP: Sutton; LP: Causey.*Dyer County 5, Neuqua Valley 2Neuqua Valley 200 000 0 —2-3-5Dyer County 001 040 0 —5-3-12B: DC: Tivey, Halterman. WP: Barlov; LP: Cherney.*Timothy Christian 8, Pikeville (KY) 0Pikeville 000 000 0 —0-5-3Timothy Christ. 101 060 X —8-8-1WP: May*Cordia (KY) 4, Timothy Christian 3Cordia 011 200 0 —4-9-3Timothy Christ. 001 040 3 —3-7-12B: TC: Johnson*Wednesday’s late results Addison Trail 13, Romeoville 0Addison Trail 000 702 4 —13-13-0Romeoville 000 000 0 —0-4-22B: AT: Grogans, Amato. WP: Rybarczyk*Montini 6, Mt. Vernon 3Montini 140 001 0 —6-9-0Mt. Vernon 100 000 2 —3-6-12B: M: Long. WP: Klysh; LP: Morgan.*Naperville North 7, Oswego East 1Oswego East 000 000 1 —1-4-1Naperville North 100 060 X —7-10-12B: OE: Kapusinski. NN: Laurenzo. WP: Leonard; LP: Stout.


    Girls soccer: Friday’s results
    *Friday’s results*at Lake Park TournamentCary-Grove 3, Lake Park 0Cary-Grove 1 2 —3Lake Park 0 0 —0Scoring — C-G — Petersen (Conner), Conner (UA), own goal.Goalkeepers — C-G — Olsen (2 saves).*St. Edward 2, Nazareth Academy 1St. Edward 1 1 —2Nazareth 0 1 —1Scoring — STE — Gnan (Ramirez), Gnan (Zeller).Goalkeepers — STE — Dykstra (5 saves).*Bartlett 2, Jacobs 0Jacobs 0 0 —0Bartlett 2 0 —0Scoring — B — Jurek (Videckis), O’Malley (Coor). Goalkeepers — J — Foster (7 saves); B —Lozada (0 saves).*Harvest Christian 2, Cornerstone 0Harvest 2 0 —2Cornerstone 0 0 —0Scoring — HC — Lockwood (Abbatacola), Rayappa (Floyd).Goalkeepers — HC — Doby (2 saves).*WARREN 0, MUNDELEIN 0Warren 0 0 —0Mundelein 0 0 —0Goalkeepers — Warr: Carrano (2 saves).*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 5, ANTIOCH 1Grayslake Central 3 2 —5Antioch 0 1 —1Grayslake Central — goals: Garbett 2, Werfel, Gomez, Larson; assists: Sparkman 2, Gomez 2.Goalkeepers — GC: Effa (7 saves).*EVANSTON 2, STEVENSON 0Stevenson 0 0 —0Evanston 1 1 —2Goalkeepers — Stev: Boutros (3 saves).*LAKE FOREST 2, CARMEL 0Lake Forest 0 2 —2Carmel 0 0 —0Lake Forest — McKendry (Bourne), Hoke.Goalkeepers — LF: Revenaugh (3 saves); Carm: Burns (9 saves).*Johnsburg 3, Grant 1*Cary-Grove 3, Lake Park 0*Lake Park invitationalbuffalo grove 2, batavia 0Buffalo Grove 1 1 —2Batavia 0 0 —0Buffalo Grove — K.Zickert, K.Zickert (Busse).Goalkeepers — BG: O’Connor; Bat: Suhi, Scara.*


    Softball: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 13, ROUND LAKE 0 (5 INN.)Grayslake Central 300 55 —13-8-0Round Lake 000 00 —0-3-102B: GC: Brew, Heraty, Curtis.WP: Heraty: LP: Aviles.*Addison Trail 7, Montini 5Addison Trail 140 020 0 —7-11-5Montini 010 103 0 —5-9-42B: AT: Ciaglia, Muell. M: Trojnar, Lezcano. 3B: AT: Marzicello. WP: Baumgartner; LP: .*At Rosemont DomeGame 1York 13 Maine west 3York 000 000 0 —13-12-4Maie West 001 020 — 3-10-3HR: Yk: Scalzitti. WP: Karnatz; LP: G. Feldkamp.*Game 2York 13, Maine west 2Maine West 011 00 — 2- 5-3York 305 5x —13-12-12B: York: Solem. HR: MW: Pociejewski; York: Solem.WP: Kosman; LP: Wileko.*


    Girls water polo: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*buffalo grove 7, rolling meadows 2Buffalo Grove — Janish 3, Graziano, Rabs 3.Rolling Meadows — Feikes, Luedloff.*mundelein 8, conant 7Conant 1 3 1 2 —7Mundelein 3 2 0 3 —8Conant — Rosas 5, Skittone, Wooley, Domanski.Mundelein — Garcia 3, Boothe 3, Bellinder, Blake.Goalkeepers — Con: Demaret (10 saves, 5 steals).*prospect 14, elk grove 0Elk Grove 0 0 0 0 — 0Prospect 8 3 3 0 —14Prospect — Schiavone 5, Dix 2, Neumann 2, McCallister 2, Chamberlain, McGough, Malone.*


    Boys volleyball: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*WAUKEGAN D. ANTIOCH 25-19, 27-25Attacking — Ant: Mayer (4 kills); Setting — Ant: Borries (24 assists); Blocks —Ant: Mayer 2.*LAKES D. LAKE FOREST ACADEMY 25-14, 25-16Serving — Lks: Solbrig (3 aces); Attacking — Lks: Galat (8 kills), Solbrig (7 kills) Battaglia (4 kills); Setting — Lks: Jewell (19 assists); Digs — Lks Galat 10, Solbrig 6, Jewell 4; Blocks — Lks: Battaglia 3.*Glenbrook South d. Vernon Hills 25-19, 25-23*Wheaton Warrenville South invitationalteam scoresPool BWheaton Warrenville South d. Neuqua Valley 25-22, 25-21; Lincoln-Way Central d. Wheaton Warrenville South 25-23, 26-24; Lincoln-Way Central d. Neuqua Valley 25-18, 27-25*Pool EDowners Grove South d. Sandburg 23-25, 25-18, 25-20; Sandburg d. Oak Park-River Forest 25-17, 25-23; Downers Grove South d. Oak Park-River Forest 25-8, 25-17*Pool GNew Trier d. Buffalo Grove 25-16, 25-16; Buffalo Grove d. Andrew 25-20, 25-23, New Trier d. Andrew 25-16, 25-17*Pool EBarrington d. Waubonsie Valley 25-23, 21-25, 33-31; Barrington d. St. Rita 25-17, 25-16; Waubonsie Valley d. St. Rita 25-12, 25-13*individual resultsAttack: Bar: Wright 21 kills, Glader 14 kills, Castagna 12 kills; Serving: Bar: Wright 3 aces, Nenn 2 aces, Ricchetti 2 aces; Setting: Bar: Ricchetti 63 assists: Digs: Bar: Richetti 19, Nenn 17, Soifr 10; Blocks: Bar: Casagna 3, Ricchetti 2, Wright 2.*Lincoln-Way Central d. WW South 25-23, 26-24WW South — Wilcox (11 kills, 1 block, 1 ace); Meyer (10 kills, 1 block); Carpio (27 assists, 1 ace, 2 blocks); Knoor (7 kills, 1 block, 4 digs); Loor (1 kill, 2 blocks)*Wheaton Warrenville South d. Neuqua Valley 25-22, 25-21Neuqua Valley — McKissick (6 kills, 4 blocks, 1 ace); Neace (12 kills); Zacok (5 kills); Lauth (14 set assists); Bylak (2 blocks).WW South — Wilcox (14 kills, 1 block); Loar (6 kills); Zyburt (3 kills, 2 blocks); Knorr (3 kills, 1 ace); Hildebrand (2 aces, 2 assists); Carpio (25 set assists); Meyer (3 kills, 1 ace); Young (2 kills); Kiplinger (1 ace). *Other area resultsElk Grove d. Hoffman Estates 25-18, 25-15Attack: EG: Ostling 10-11 7k, Jimenez 8-9 5k, Dybicz 8-9 4k; HE: Lugo 6-8 5k, Lugo 8-14 4k, Rodheim 1-6 k, Ku.Patel 6-9 3k, Girard 3-5 2k, Ehlers 2-4 k. Serving: EG: Ostling 8-8 4a, Friedenfeelds 14-14 2a; HE: Orozco 6-6, Stacy 4-5 a, Lugo 3-4, Rodeim 3-3, Ley 6-7, Ha.Patel 5-5, Woo 2-3. Setting: EG: Kraus 20 assists; HE: Orozco 1-1, Stacy 26-26 5 assists, Ha.Patel 5-5, Woo 2-3. Digs: EG: Jimenez 7; HE: Orozaco 5, Stacy, Lugo 4, Ley, Woo, Ha.Patel, Ehlers 2. Blocks: EG: Wickstrom 3, Ostling 3, Dyubicz 3; HE: Stacy, Lugo 2, Rodheim, Girard, Ehlers.*hersey d. palatine 27-25, 25-23Attack: Hers: Migus 12-14 (6 kills), Torvik 15-15 (9 kills), Fuerst 12-13 (3 kills), Coniglio 9-12 (7 kills), Saeed 8-8 (4 kills), Aguilar 8-8 (5 kills). Serving: Hers: Messer 6-6, Migus 8-9, Torvik 8-9, Saeed 8-8. Setting: Hers: Torvik 31-35 (12 assists), Wesolowski 29-31 (17 assists). Digs: Hers: Christacos 21, Migus 11, Messer 3, Wesolowski 4. Blocks: Hers: Guerst 2, Saeed 4, Aguilar 2.*prospect d. conant 25-14, 25-17Attack: Pros: Krzyzak 11-11 (6 kills), Blethen 7-8 (5 kills), Andler 14-17 (4 kills); Con: Pyon 2 kills, Levitt 2 kills, Tomuta 2 kills. Serving: Pros: Andler 6-8 (2 aces), Schwister 7-8 (ace); Con: Wozniak 2 aces, Levitt ace. Setting: Pros: Schwister 39 (14 assists); Con: Levitt 6 assists, Tomuta 3 assists. Digs: Pros: Pros: Krzyzak 9, Velasquez 5; Con: Wozniak 4, Levitt 5, Tomuta. Serve recieve: Pros: Velasquez 11-11.*schaumburg d. rolling meadows25-18, 25-27, 25-22

    Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa (81) scores the game winning goal on Minnesota Wild goalie Ilya Bryzgalov in a shootout during an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Thursday, April 3, 2014. The Blackhawks won 3-2. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    Confidence booster for Bickell, Hawks

    The Blackhawks have been sputtering without star Patrick Kane. Without Bryan Bickell? Probably not as much. Still it was as nice to get Bicks back as it was to get a 3-2 win over the Wild Thursday night at the United Center. “Bicks comes back in the lineup and scores a big goal,” Duncan Keith said. “That’s the kind of thing we’re going to need going forward.”


    North enjoys southward trend

    Lake County baseball notes: With news of Grayslake North, Wauconda and Lake Zurich

    Former Bull Ronnie Brewer worked out at the Berto Center on Thursday, according to CSN Chicago. He is among those who the Bulls will consider signing for a playoff run.

    Bulls figure to add experience for playoff run

    The Bulls released rookie forward Erik Murphy on Thursday. The second-round pick from Florida played sparingly this season. The move sets the stage for likely multiple player additions in the next few days.

    The Blackhawks’ Jeremy Morin (11) gets a glove in the face from Minnesota Wild’s Erik Haula (56) in the second period of the game in Chicago Thursday.

    Blackhawks stop 3-game slide with win over Wild

    Marian Hossa scored the lone goal in the shootout, and the banged-up Blackhawks stopped a three-game slide with a 3-2 victory over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday night. The Blackhawks' goaltender Corey Crawford made 25 saves through overtime, and then stopped all three Minnesota attempts in the shootout. Hossa connected on the Blackhawks’ second attempt in the tiebreaker by powering a shot through Ilya Bryzgalov.

    Wheaton Warrenville South’s Jared Wilcox attempts to shoot one past Neuqua Valley’s Tim Wagner and Brian McKissick during in boys varsity volleyball in Wheaton.

    Meyer jumps at chance to help WW South win

    Wheaton Warrenville South sophomore Zach Meyer has been working on perfecting his jump serve for the last five years. The practice came in handy during a 25-22, 25-21 win over Neuqua Valley on Thursday during the opener of Wheaton Warrenville South’s Tiger Classic boys volleyball tournament.


    Grayslake Central rolls

    SoftballGrayslake Central 13, Round Lake 0: Brandy Heraty pitched a five-inning complete game, allowing 3 hits and striking out six, and helped herself at the plate by going 3-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI.Grayslake Central also got doubles from Jamie Brew and Theresa Curtis.Mike Crisantos was 2-for-2 for host Round Lake.


    Powerful experience for Libertyville in Arizona

    The high school baseball national record books got an update over Spring Break, and Libertyville had a part in it. The Wildcats weren’t exactly on the right side of history, but they got an up-close viewing of an amazing run by one of their contemporaries. While playing in the Horizon National Tournament in Arizona, Libertyville ran up against a Miami Gulliver Prep team that features one of the top prospects in the nation. Joe Dunand, who happens to be the nephew of Alex Rodriguez, certainly played like he was going to be the next Major League superstar in his family. Dunand hit 8 home runs in 8 consecutive at-bats, including 2 against Libertyville. The previous national high school record for home runs in consecutive at-bats was six.


    Bartlett shuts down Jacobs

    Bartlett girls soccer coach Ben Beary has been preaching to his team to run to the furthest post in practice over and over and over again this season. Thursday night’s 2-0 nonconference win over Jacobs may have finally bolstered what Beary’s invested into this spring. When the Jacobs defense lacked discretion on the backside and Kendra Videckis in possession up the right sideline 9 minutes into the game, freshman Sarah Jurek practiced what her coach has been preaching and made the Golden Eagles pay.


    Garbett leads Grayslake Central victory

    Quin Garbett scored twice, as Grayslake Central’s girls soccer team defeated Antioch 5-1 in nonconference action Thursday. The Rams built a 3-0 lead in the first half. Emily Werfel, Karleen Gomez and Kayley Larson also scored for Grayslake Central (5-1). Carson Sparkman and Gomez each had 2 assists.


    Galat, Lakes roll to victory

    Richard Galat slammed 8 kills, and Dalton Solbrig added seven, as Lakes’ boys volleyball team defeated Lake Forest Academy 25-14, 25-16.


    Grayslake C. tops D-C

    Grayslake Central baseball coach Troy Whalen called Thursday’s conditions “more suited for football,” but his Rams stayed hot nonetheless. Freddie Landers and Sam Nozicka each had 2-run doubles during a six-run second inning, as Grayslake Central rallied to beat visiting Dundee-Crown 7-2 in the teams’ Fox Valley Conference opener.

    Carmel Catholic goalie Mackenzie Burns stops a shot by visiting Lake Forest on Thursday.

    Sustained effort lifts Lake Forest past Carmel

    Keeping your focus can go a long way toward success. Not keeping it can have the opposite effect, as Carmel Catholic’s girls soccer team demonstrated Thursday afternoon. The Corsairs were right in the match with the Scouts before letting the game slip away from them in the second half. Thus Carmel Catholic lost to visiting Lake Forest 2-0 in a nonconference game in Mundelein.


    Girls soccer/Fox Valley roundup

    Cary-Grove 3, Lake Park 0: The Trojans (1-3-1) picked up their first win of the season, beating the host team at the Lake Park Tournament. Katie Conner led the offense with a goal and an assist to Carli Petersen’s score to go along with an own goal by Lake Park. Keeper Morgan Olsen collected 2 saves, securing her first shutout of the season.Harvest Christian 2, Cornerstone 0: Playing in their first game of the season, the Lions (1-0-0) grabbed the win thanks to a pair of goals in the first half. Morgan Lockwood and Alexandria Rayappa chipped in goals with Lilli Abbatacola and Ashlyn Floyd providing the assists. Sydney Doby was in goal for the Lions, making 2 saves to pick up the shutout.St. Edward 2, Nazareth Academy 1: After a two week layoff, the Green-Wave (3-0-0) got 2 goals from Chelsea Gnan to win in nonconference action. Monica Ramirez and Alex Zeller added the assists. Goalkeeper Paige Dykstra finished the night with 5 saves, shutting Nazareth out in the first half before allowing a goal in the second.

    Palatine’s Jacob Niedzwicki fires one through the arms of Hersey’s defensive wall of Matt Torvik, Jordan Saeed and Bart Migus in game one of the boys varsity volleyball at Hersey High School on Thursday.

    Hersey edges out Palatine

    Hersey’s boys volleyball team improved to 6-1 with a 27-25, 25-23 victory over visiting Palatine on Thursday in a matchup of two of last year’s strongest Mid-Suburban League programs.

    White Sox’s Adam Dunn watches his two-run home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Minnesota won 10-9.

    Sox extend olive branch to fans

    Like seemingly every year since 2007, the poor early season attendance for the White Sox at the Cell is attracting as much attention as their play on the field.

    Wisconsin 's Frank Kaminsky celebrates after a regional final NCAA college basketball tournament game against Arizona, Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Anaheim, Calif. Wisconsin won 64-63 in overtime. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

    Maturing Kaminsky helps Wisconsin to Final Four

    Frank Kaminsky took offense to the question: No, he is not funnier this year! “I think I’m a little more mature this year, thank you very much,” the Wisconsin big man said with a straight face this week. A little goofy around his teammates, Kaminsky has been all business on the court in leading the Badgers’ charge to the Final Four.

    Minnesota coach Richard Pitino, left, poses for photographs with his team after a 65-63 win against SMU in the final of the NIT on Thursday in New York.

    Minnesota wins NIT over SMU

    Austin Hollins hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 46.1 seconds left and Minnesota won the NIT championship Thursday night, beating SMU 65-63 to give the Pitino family its latest postseason tournament title. Austin Hollins scored 19 points and Andre Hollins had 14 for the Golden Gophers (25-13), who took home the trophy for the third time.


    Splitt, Cary-Grove handle Hampshire

    Andrew Splitt certainly didn’t let the cold, windy, wintry conditions hinder his performance. The hard-throwing Cary-Grove right hander limited Hampshire to 2 runs while scattering 6 singles as the Trojans opened Fox Valley Conference baseball action with a convincing 10-2 win over Hampshire in Cary Thursday afternoon.


    Progress apparent for high-scoring Libertyville

    Thursday night’s dual meet at Glenbrook North was a really good sign for the Libertyville boys gymnastics team. After almost reaching 136 points last week at the Hinsdale Central Invitational, the visiting Wildcats rolled to a season-high 142.2 score Thursday to easily topple the host Spartans with 130.7 points in this nonconference battle.


    Handzus, Teravainen grab some bench

    A cagey veteran and a crafty rookie were sidelined Thursday night when the Blackhawks took on the Wild.


    Boys volleyball/Fox Valley roundup

    Larkin d. Oswego East 25-17, 25-18: The Royals (1-7) were able to pick up their first victory of the year on the road in a nonconference matchup Thursday night. Rodolfo Hernandez (8 assists, 2), Abel Saenz (2 kills, 2 digs) and Thomas Herndershott (3 kills, 2 digs) led the Royals. Eriberto Pelayo was a force on defense with 10 digs while also adding an ace.Rockford Lutheran d. Westminster Christian 25-13, 20-25, 25-18: The Warriors (2-4) won the second game of the night, but had trouble getting their offense going in the first and third, dropping a nonconference match at home. Drew Dalhman had 8 kills on the night, while teammate Matt Swing added 5.

    Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts speaks last May about proposed renovations at Wrigley Field. The Ricketts family, which purchased a 95 percent ownership stake in the team in 2009, has seen its $300 million stadium renovation stall as talks continue with neighborhood rooftop owners.

    Report: Cubs considering selling minority shares

    With the Chicago Cubs set to celebrate Wrigley Field’s 100th year during their home opener Friday, the team’s owners are considering a new twist to help fund the stadium’s five-year renovation project.

    Tiger Woods listens to a question during his news conference at the 2010 Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Ga. Woods will miss the Masters for the first time in his career after having surgery on his back.

    Prediction: Masters winner will be first-timer

    With no Tiger and a potentially injured Phil … good luck making your Masters picks this year.


    Nolen helps Oakton split

    An impressive two-way performance from Charlie Nolen led the Oakton Community College softball team to a 6-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader split with Joliet College last weekend.


    Baseball/Fox Valley roundup

    Burlington Central 15, East Carter (S. C.) 5: Despite committing 6 errors, the Rockets (4-1) were able to put up enough offense for their fourth win in the Palmetto State. Bryan Cynova (2-for-3, 2 2B, 4 RBI) and Mike Lee (4-for-5, HR, 2 RBI, 3 RS) paced the offense while Parker Boron picked up the win in relief.Lake View North 12, Elgin Academy 2: The offense could not get it done once again for the Hilltoppers (0-4), who are still looking for that elusive first win. Ian Wilson had the best day at the plate with a pair of singles while Gannon Cottone and Alex Wiedemann picked up RBI. Andrew Wilson took the loss.Jacobs 9, Woodstock 3: After getting 4 runs in the first inning, the Golden Eagles (5-2) cruised to victory on the road in the Fox Valley Conference crossover matchup. Grant Kale (2-for-5, 2 2B, 2 RBI) and Owen Oreskovich (2-for-3, 2B, RBI, 2 RS) powered the offense to an 8-0 lead after four innings. Reilly Peltier got the win, striking out 8 and allowing just 2 hits in 4 innings of work.Grayslake Central 7, Dundee-Crown 2: Mark Waldron and Chase Bloch knocked in the only runs on singles for the Chargers (2-4), while Vince Damato suffered the loss in the FVC crossover game.


    York’s loving the great indoors, sweeps Maine West

    York leadoff batter Angela Scalzitti can’t wait to play some softball outside this spring. “Outside it’s such a different atmosphere,” said the DePaul recruit who plays center field. “I’m so excited to get outside.” But inside hasn’t been so bad for Scalzitti and the Dukes. After a 4-1 loss to powerful Benet on Tuesday at the Rosemont Dome, the Dukes were back in the weather-friendly facility on Thursday where they swept a pair of games from Maine West, 13-3 (6 innings) and 13-2 (5 innings).

    Wisconsin guard Ben Brust talks to the media after the West region victory against Arizona — with a piece of the elusive net hanging from his cap.

    Mundelein's Brust savors making the Final Four cut

    Former Mundelein basketball star Ben Brust is going to the Final Four as Wisconsin's 3-point shooting whiz, just days after joyfully cutting down the nets for the first time in his career.


    St. Charles North’s youngsters beat Joliet Catholic

    It’s a polyglot team St. Charles North has sent to the Downers Grove South girls soccer tournament. There are some freshmen and some sophomores and even a pair of juniors.

    White Sox center fielder Adam Eaton misses a triple hit by Minnesota Twins’ Oswaldo Arcia during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, April 3, 2014. Minnesota won 10-9.

    Bullpen implodes as Sox fall to 2-1

    It looks like the White Sox have some offense this year.After finishing last in the American League with 598 runs scored in 2013, the addition of Jose Abreu has already made a big difference.The Sox have scored 21 runs in their first three games, and Abreu has 5 hits in his first 12 at-bats, including an RBI double and bases-loaded triple against the Twins on Thursday. On Wednesday, Abreu drew 2 intentional walks.“I’m glad I won’t see him for a while,” Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. “The kid can really hit. We knew that coming in. We heard he was a really strong young man, and that’s why we were pitching around him. No disrespect to Mr. (Adam) Dunn. The way the guy’s getting the barrel to the ball, you just try to limit the damage when he comes up in a lot of situations because he seems like he’s on.“He hits pretty much everything. Even when he makes an out he seems like he gets the barrel to it. He’s a strong young man. It looks like he really knows what he’s doing hitting.”Add in Alejandro De Aza, who hit his third home run of the season Thursday, Dunn, who hit his second, and Adam Eaton at the top of the order, and you’re looking at a potentially interesting season for the Sox.On the other hand, former White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen used to always say you can’t win in the American League without a good bullpen because the presence of the designated hitter means the starting pitcher has few, if any, breaks and that typically takes a toll by the sixth or seventh inning.Powered by Abreu’s 4-RBI game, Dunn’s 2-run homer and solo shots from De Aza and Marcus Semien on Thursday, the Sox were able to overcome a 5-1 deficit and they held an 8-5 lead in the sixth inning after Abreu cleared the bases with a triple to center field.But the bullpen failed to make the lead hold up, even after Semien’s home run in the eighth inning put the White Sox in front 9-8.New closer Matt Lindstrom couldn’t protect the lead in the ninth and the Twins stormed back for a 10-9 win while avoiding a three-game sweep at U.S. Cellular Field.With two outs, Lindstrom yielded a run-scoring single to Trevor Plouffe and an RBI triple to Oswaldo Arcia.“Maybe I should have walked (Arcia) and taken a chance with the next guy (Josmil Pinto) instead of throwing a fastball over the middle, so it’s one of those things I’ll remember and take into the next game,” Lindstrom said. “The biggest thing that I’m feeling right now is the guys battled so hard in the cold weather. “We put up some runs on the board, we came back when we were down, guys putting together great at-bats, playing good defense, so it feels bad kind of letting the team down in that sense.”Nate Jones has been a major problem in the bullpen. For the second straight game, the right-hander failed to record an out, and he’s allowed 4 total runs on 2 hits and 3 walks.The Sox’ bullpen has allowed 9 runs on 9 hits and 8 walks in 8⅔ innings over the past two games.Jones missed the first three weeks of spring training with a strained glute muscle and he could be headed to the disabled list with the same ailment.“It went away, but for some reason I felt it today,” Jones said. “We’re going to see how it feels tomorrow and go from there.”Getting the revamped bullpen fixed is the White Sox’ primary concern in the early part of the season.

    The return of Mack Galvin, here competing in last year’s state tournament as a freshman, gives Rolling Meadows a promising outlook for the coming season.

    Scouting boys tennis / Northwest

    Scouting boys tennisThe winds of change blew in during the off-season, bringing four new coaches into the league. At the same time, several high-level players have either moved onto college or chosen to go the USTA route instead. Some things remain the same, however — such as Fremd and Barrington the favorites in the Mid-Suburban West, while Prospect, under former star Tom Kujawa, looks to lead the effort in the MSL East.Barrington coach John Roncone will be without a true veteran at No. 1 after four-year standout Varun Parekh graduated to took Washington University in St. Louis following a brilliant prep career. “It’s a whole new look for us,” said Roncone, whose team won four individual titles at the MSL tourney last year to outscore both Fremd and Prospect and capture the big trophy. “We’re going to have a go at it with several guys who have had success at the lower levels but haven’t had a taste of playing top-level teams and players each and every weekend. But we’re confident they can handle it, and we’re very exited about the opportunity to compete against a team like Fremd, which once again appears to be the one to beat in our division.”Roncone will ask one of his few veterans, Akash Khurana, to handle No. 1 after a year at No. 2 behind Parekh. MSL doubles champs at No. 4 in 2013, Matt Mulligan and Scott Apmann, take a big step forward to become the Broncos’ No. 1 tandem. The Vikings lost plenty, including four-year standout Maciej Niemcyzk and Sudheer Vundru. But Fremd coach Matt Duncan remains optimistic about his club’s chances, thanks in part to the return of four starters from a year ago. One of them is senior Eric Pohl, who teamed with Vundru to win three matches in the state tournament.“Eric’s game is looking so strong right now, and I really feel his improved power and consistency will allow him to give anybody a run for his money in the conference,” said Duncan of his captain, who rehabbed a fractured vertebra during the off-season. Duncan figures Kiran Devaraj, who was forced to serve underhand last year due to a shoulder injury, is ready to assume the role of No. 2.Schaumburg sensation Vincent Lin, who during his first two seasons wowed the conference as well as the state with eye-popping tennis, in not playing high school this spring. That makes Rolling Meadows sophomore Matt Galvin the clear top man in the conference. During his freshman season, Galvin won the MSL singles title, then later earned a 17-32 seed, before winning three times in the state tournament. Galvin will lead another strong Mustangs team that returns many of the components from its regular-season divisional winner. That inlcudes Prithi Ramesh (No. 2) and the doubles team of Matt Kudla and Tejo Nutalapati, who’ll handle the top spot for coach Gary Brodnan. Prospect is putting in plenty of effort under Kujawa, who was not only known for his gritty play on the court but also a strong work ethic off of it.“The team is constantly improving each day, both physically and mentally, and they have great potential for success as long they continue to focus on the tasks at hand which will prepare us for the MSL and weekend tournaments as well,” said the 2008 alum. Prospect will have a nice blend of developing and proven talent. Kujawa will lean heavily on his No. 1, Carson Burke, a four-year veteran who earned a second trip to the state tournament last season. The duo of Ralph Tenuta and Sam Tambeaux are back to handle the No. 1 spot at doubles, and are among the early favorites in the MSL after a full year together in 2013.

    Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw believes freshman Taya Reimer is ready for her big opportunity with third-team All-American Natalie Achonwa out for the Final Four.

    Notre Dame’s Reimer embracing her big chance

    Notre Dame forward Taya Reimer appears to be embracing coach Muffet McGraw’s message about the loss of third-team All-American Natalie Achonwa to a knee injury.It’s a big loss. But it’s a big opportunity, too.“This is something I’ve been looking forward to my whole life,” Reimer said Thursday

    From relays to the jumps to the hurdles, there’s nothing West Aurora senior Emma Spagnola can’t do — and she does them as well as anyone in the state.

    West Aurora’s Spagnola has national look

    It was a much harder decision than Emma Spagnola faced as she prepared to enter West Aurora in the fall of 2010. “I already knew I was going to do track,” Spagnola said of choosing track and field over softball as an incoming freshman. “I was planning on running track and then playing softball in the summer.” Spagnola made an immediate impact, claiming eight consecutive DuPage Valley Conference individual championships as an underclassman in the high and long jump as well as the two hurdles disciplines. But Spagnola made an oral commitment to the Northern Illinois University softball program as a junior.

    Jasper Koenen of St. Charles East competes at the state boys tennis tournament Saturday

    Koenen aims big in final year at St. Charles East

    From where Jasper Koenen sat, all was sunny and the spring beckoned with opportunity.

    Chicago White Sox's Jose Abreu watches his three-run triple during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins in Chicago, Thursday, April 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

    White Sox can't hang on against Twins, fall 10-9

    hris Colabello had a career-high six RBIs and doubled twice, Oswaldo Arcia hit a go-ahead triple and the Minnesota Twins avoided a season-opening sweep with a 10-9 comeback win Thursday over the Chicago White Sox. Trailing 9-8 heading into the ninth, the Twins scored twice off Chicago closer Matt Lindstrom (0-1), who blew his first save chance in two opportunities.

    John Juettner

    Turns out Juettner has the write stuff

    John Juettner, who regularly covers high school sports events for the Daily Herald, has produced his first novel.


    Judson baseball team fights through adversity

    Injuries can be an extremely unkind part of sports. In the case of the Judson University baseball team, unkindness has be thrown to the curb and replaced with optimism and results. The Eagles have weathered the loss of three key roster components and stood at 19-12 overall and 5-2 in the early stages of CCIW play through midweek. Judson recently swept its home conference doubleheader opener against Olivet Nazarene.

    Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Pedro Strop (46) celebrates with teammates after getting the final out in the ninth inning to preserve a 3-2 Cubs win in a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Pittsburgh Thursday, April 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Cubs edge Pirates 3-2 to pick up first win

    The weary Cubs’ bullpen needed a break. New manager Rick Renteria needed a win.Jason Hammel did a pretty solid job providing both.The veteran right-hander pitched two-hit ball into the seventh inning and the Cubs edged the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2 on Thursday for their first victory of the season.


    This is the Milestones of Flight Gallery, the main hall of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, in Washington. For the first time since its 1976 opening, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum plans to overhaul its central exhibition area.

    Smithsonian air, space artifacts to get new display

    With funding from Chicago-based Boeing, some of the most iconic artifacts of aviation and space history will be getting an updated display for the 21st century, with the Apollo moon landing as the centerpiece. For the first time since its 1976 opening, the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum plans to overhaul its central exhibition showing the milestones of flight.

    Deerfield-based Walgreen said Thursday that it is selling a majority stake in its worksite health center business to the private equity firm Water Street Healthcare Partners.

    Walgreen sells stake in worksite health business

    Deerfield-based Walgreen said Thursday that it is selling a majority stake in its worksite health center business to the private equity firm Water Street Healthcare Partners. The Walgreen business is called Take Care Employer Solutions, and it manages health and wellness and fitness facilities at large employer campuses. As of Feb. 28, it had 366 centers around the country.

    U.S. stocks fell Thursday, after benchmark indexes climbed to records, as consumer and technology shares slumped before the government’s monthly jobs report tomorrow.

    U.S. stocks slip, but hold close to all-time high

    The stock market held close to its all-time high on Thursday amid optimism that the economy is set to strengthen. Stocks are on course for their best weekly gain in seven weeks after investors got more encouraging news on the economy.

    Container ships wait to be off loaded in a thick fog in Oakland, Calif. The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly.

    U.S. trade deficit hits $42.3 billion in February

    The U.S. trade deficit climbed to the highest level in five months in February as demand for American exports fell while imports increased slightly. The deficit increased to $42.3 billion, which was 7.7 percent above the January imbalance of $39.3 billion, the Commerce Department reported Thursday.

    Items for sale in a Brookstone Inc. store in the concourse of Rockefeller Center in New York, U.S.

    Mall staple Brookstone seeks bankruptcy cover

    Brookstone, a staple in malls and airports nationwide, is seeking Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection as part of its $147 million sale to Spencer Spirit Holdings.

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose slightly this week but remained near historically low levels.

    Average US 30-year mortgage rate rises to 4.41 pct

    Average U.S. rates on fixed mortgages rose slightly this week but remained near historically low levels. Mortgage buyer Freddie Mac said Thursday the average rate for the 30-year loan ticked up to 4.41 percent from 4.40 percent last week. The average for the 15-year mortgage increased to 3.47 percent from 3.42 percent.


    US service firms grow more quickly, hire more

    U.S. service firms expanded more quickly last month as new orders rose and hiring increased, a positive sign that the economy is rebounding after an unusually cold winter.

    Job seekers line up in the hundreds to attend a marijuana industry job fair hosted by Open Vape, a vaporizer company, in Downtown Denver.

    Applications for U.S. jobless aid up 16K to 326,000

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 16,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 326,000. Despite the increase, the number remains close to pre-recession levels and points to stable hiring.

    A model poses with an LG Electronics' 105-inch ultra-HD TV with a curved screen in Seoul, South Korea.

    Old habits at Samsung, LG, embarrass them abroad

    When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at the storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake, and needed a man's help to understand how to work the phone.

    Yahoo!'s headquarters in Sunnyvale, California.

    Yahoo adds more security to thwart surveillance

    Yahoo has added more layers of security in its effort to shield people's online lives from government spying and other snooping. The measures announced Wednesday include the completion of a system that encrypts all information being transmitted from one Yahoo data center to another.


    Electronic cigarette bill advances to state Senate

    he Illinois House approved legislation that'd require stores to keep electronic cigarettes behind the counter. The measure passed 113-0 on Tuesday and now heads to the Illinois Senate.

    National Urban League President Marc Morial speaking at the Let Freedom Ring ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.

    Report says blacks, Latinos losing economic ground

    A new report from the National Urban League says African-Americans and Latinos are losing economic ground when compared with whites in the areas of employment and income.

    Two same-age salmon, a genetically modified salmon, rear, and a non-genetically modified salmon, foreground. Don't expect to find genetically modified salmon on store shelves any time soon. The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on deciding whether to approve a fast-growing salmon that would be the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption.

    Engineered salmon may be a tough sell

    Don't expect to find genetically modified salmon — or any other engineered fish or meat — on store shelves anytime soon. The Obama administration has stalled for more than four years on deciding whether to approve a fast-growing salmon that would be the first genetically modified animal approved for human consumption.


    More business owners ready to hire, survey finds

    Small businesses have gotten a surge of optimism, one that may lead to more hiring in the coming months. That’s the finding of a survey of 1,100 small and medium-size business owners and executives released Wednesday by PNC Financial Services Group Inc.


    Twitter still blocked despite Turkish court ruling

    Turkey was still blocking Twitter on Thursday, despite a high court ruling against the ban. Turkey’s Constitutional Court ordered access to be restored Wednesday, calling the two-week-old ban a violation of the right to free expression.

Life & Entertainment

    The Pixies — featuring Joey Santiago, left, Black Francis and David Lovering — are making new music and planning to tour.

    The Pixies say they're seeking a new sound

    They inspired generations of musicians worldwide, served as the blueprint for countless rock bands, including Nirvana, and got a second life as reunited alternative rock idols. Now, the Pixies say they're forging ahead while still looking for a new sound, including a new bassist.

    Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) reluctantly teams up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to purge SHIELD of traitors in the superhero thriller “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

    'Captain America' sequel a mixed bag of action, cliches

    “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo create a non-stop action vehicle with top-drawer visual effects, a testosterone-inducing score by Henry Jackman, surprising revelations and reversals, plus — just in time for the Easter season — a plethora of resurrections. Chris Evans returns as genetically engineered super soldier Steve Rogers: Captain America.

    David Letterman, host of the “Late Show with David Letterman” on CBS, announced Thursday that he will retire in 2015 when his contract expires. He announced no specific end date, telling his audience he expects his exit will be in “at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015, for the love of God, (band leader) Paul (Shaffer) and I will be wrapping things up.”

    David Letterman to retire from ‘Late Show’ in 2015

    David Letterman is retiring next year as host of “Late Show.” During a taping of Thursday’s show, Letterman said he has informed CBS that he will step down in 2015, when his current contract expires.He specified no end date, telling his audience he expects his exit will be in “at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future — 2015, for the love of God — (band leader) Paul (Shaffer) and I will be wrapping things up.”

    Oven eggs with olive oil and dukkah

    Eggs break out, crack the haute cuisine scene

    Don’t tell James Beard Award-winning food writer Michael Ruhlman that eggs are trending. The egg, after all, can be “the height of refinement or the quintessential simple peasant dish. It can be four-star cooking or it can be a last-minute on-the-run lunch,” he says. “What can’t it do?”

    A mouse lemur is one of many species of primates to be found on “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.”

    'Lemurs' doc pedestrian to the IMAX

    In the 40-minute documentary “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” we not only receive a warm and fuzzy oral history of these fascinating primates, we watch these cute and cuddly little guys cavorting in their natural habitat through spectacular 3-D IMAX footage shot by director/cinematographer David Douglas. Now, if only the movie could muster some outrage over their treatment by human beings.

    Eva (Gina Carano) interrogates a witness in the mysterious disappearance of her newlywed husband in the action thriller “In the Blood.”

    'In the Blood' a honeymoon of horror

    The last time we saw powder keg action star Gina Carano, she busted Channing Tatum's butt all over a diner during the explosive opening sequence of Steven Soderbergh's unjustly ignored 2012 spy thriller “Haywire.” In John Stockwell's honeymoon-from-hell thriller “In the Blood,” the real-life mixed martial arts fighter plays Ava, a woman who doesn't take no for an answer when searching for her missing new hubby (Cam Gigandet), carted away in an ambulance after suffering a fall during their Caribbean vacation.


    Reel life: The goods and bads of 'Noah'

    Dann reacts to seeing those petrified fallen angels in Darren Aronofsky's biblical epic “Noah” that resemble a Flintstones' version of “Transformers.” He thinks these character would be right at home in another sequel to “The Never-Ending Story.” But in a serious biblical drama? These guys don't rock at all. And what's up with the depiction of Adam and Eve as ambulatory yellow glow sticks?

    Some American vermouths have stirred an international scuffle.

    American vermouth stirs heated debate

    Would a vermouth by any other name sell as sweet? American vermouth producers might start wondering. Some of their products have stirred an international scuffle, raising the question of how much the inclusion of artemisia, a single genus of plant, defines an entire category of fortified wine.

    Rama (Iko Uwais, left) fights off an assassin (Cecep Arif Rahman) in “The Raid 2.”

    Inventive battles overpower script in ‘Raid 2’

    “The Raid: Redemption,” which kicked and slugged its way out of Jakarta two years ago, was a work of diabolical genius. Its follow-up, “The Raid 2,” is equally diabolical. But this time the genius is intermittent.



    Editorial: Is transit merger good for suburbs?
    A task force proposal to merge area transit agencies deserves serious consideration by legislative leaders and Gov. Pat Quinn, a Daily Herald editorial says.


    Movies lacking grace

    Columnist Michael Gerson: Part of this year’s Lenten discipline for many religious people has been to see two bad religious movies, “Noah” and “God’s Not Dead.” Both left me longing for the comparative moral simplicity and integrity of “The Wolf of Wall Street.”


    Plenty of science concerns about vaccine
    A Libertyville letter to the editor: Imagine my surprise to read John Morgan’s letter titled, “Pregnancy should not be Punishment.” Permit me to address his comments as succinctly as I can.


    Don’t be fooled by campaign fliers
    A Lake Zurich letter to the editor: On last Tuesday’s primary, conservative pro-traditional marriage candidates Bob Bednar and Keith Matune were defeated by state Reps. Ed Sullivan Jr. and Ron Sandack, who were two of the people who voted for same-sex marriage in Illinois.I question why voters who profess to be God-fearing citizens would vote for candidates who do not share their spiritual and moral beliefs.


    Not prudent to run state like a business
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: The idea that all workers create value is irrelevant in a world where boards and CEOs agree to lavish mutual rewards. Top earners have seen their income double while the average worker struggles to stay ahead of rising costs.


    Blaming GOP for failures wrongheaded
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: In his March 21 letter, Ken Glassman ridiculously laid blame for the failure of the Obama administration on the Republican opposition. He states that “for five long years he’s seen America weakened by Republican determination to bring down our president and our government.” He makes wild accusations, such as, “They’ve fought the president at every turn to maintain their economic reign of terror.”


    Larkin shows true character in playoffs
    An Elgin letter to the editor: I was excited about how well the Larkin High School basketball team might do in the postseason this year. Those hopes were dashed in the first game of the regionals, after Coach Deryn Carter suspended his conference MVP, Kendale McCullum, for violating team rules.


    Controlling one’s own pay structure
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: In order to more accurately reflect our country’s citizen’s socio-economic position, I suggest that we need a new “class” distinction.


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