Daily Archive : Thursday April 10, 2014



    Benefit baseball clinic:

    Lake Villa Township Baseball has teamed up with Strike 3 Baseball to host a clinic on May 4, with proceeds benefiting Evan O’Brien.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Carla Munoz, 20, of Elgin, was charged Thursday with aggravated assault and reckless driving after she intentionally accelerated and struck another vehicle, court records show.

    A parent at Dundee Highlands Elementary School in West Dundee takes issue with teachers rewarding students with candy as an incentive to behave and showing movies during recess that have nothing to do with the curriculum.

    Mom upset over candy, movies at daughter's school

    A parent at Dundee Highlands Elementary School in West Dundee takes issue with teachers rewarding students with candy as an incentive to behave and showing movies during recess that have nothing to do with the curriculum. As a result, the school will devise a survey to poll parents on both topics, Nickels said.

    Kathleen Sebelius, the U.S. health secretary who steered the troubled rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health-care law, will resign just as the program topped its first-year enrollment goal.

    Sebelius resigning from top HHS post

    Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning as the White House seeks to move past the election-year political damage inflicted by the rocky rollout of President Barack Obama's signature health care law. Sebelius' resignation comes just over a week after sign-ups closed for the first year of insurance coverage under the so-called Obamacare law.

    An Internet connection, a tax return form and a stolen identity are enough to fuel a multi-billion-dollar criminal enterprise that has proven too pervasive to stop. Thanks in part to technological simplicity and controls that struggle to keep pace with the crime, thieves are pocketing billions of dollars in stolen federal tax refunds.

    $4 billion: Bogus tax refunds a growing problem

    An Internet connection and a bunch of stolen identities are all it takes for crooks to collect billions of dollars in bogus federal tax refunds. And the scam is proving too pervasive to stop. A government report in November said the IRS issued $4 billion in fraudulent tax refunds over the previous year to criminals who were using other people's personal information.


    Researchers using math to whittle away at jet lag

    WASHINGTON — Lots of apps claim they can help you fight jet lag. Now Michigan researchers say mathematical formulas suggest it’s possible to adjust to new time zones a bit faster than previously thought, and they created their own free app to help.Doctors have long said exposure to light is key. But how much, and when?

    State Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican, wants to raise the minimum wage for people over 26.

    Oberweis proposes limited minimum wage hike

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis wants to gradually raise the Illinois minimum wage to $10 an hour for workers 26 and older. The Sugar Grove Republican's proposal in the state Senate would boost the minimum wage for most workers from $8.25 an hour to $9 on Jan. 1, 2015. It would jump again on the first day of 2016 to $9.50 and finally to $10 on Jan. 1, 2017.

    The Rozycki family got good and bad news after a story ran in the Daily Herald last week about their recovery from a fire that damaged their home. The bad news was that the health of Tucker, their beloved 14-year-old Welsh Pembroke Corgi, took a turn for the worse and had to be euthanized.

    Help and tears follow story on veterinarian

    A week ago the Daily Herald reported the generous assistance provided to Roselle fire victim Donna Rozycki and her three dogs by Schaumburg veterinarian Jeffrey Bloomberg. Since then, both good news and sadness has fallen on Rozycki's household.

    A woman ties a message card for passengers onboard the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday.

    Australian PM confident sounds are from Flight 370

    Australia's prime minister said Friday that authorities are confident that a series of underwater signals detected in a remote patch of the Indian Ocean are coming from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. Tony Abbott told reporters in Shanghai, China, that search crews had significantly narrowed down the area they were hunting for the source of the sounds, first detected on Saturday.


    No injuries when Blue Line derails

    A Chicago Transit Authority Blue Line train has derailed on the city’s West Side, disrupting service to the Western suburbs. CTA spokesman Brian Steele said the train struck a tire on the tracks as it left the Cicero Avenue station Thursday evening.

    Charles Amrich

    Amrich campaign supporter gets Island Lake commission post

    One of Island Lake Mayor Charles Amrich’s biggest campaign supporters was appointed to a paid position on the town’s police and fire commission Thursday.

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive on stage before the president spoke at the LBJ Presidential Library Thursday in Austin, Texas, during the Civil Rights Summit to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

    Obama marks 50th anniversary of Civil Rights Act

    Reflecting on the unique power of the office he holds, President Barack Obama on Thursday honored Lyndon B. Johnson as leader who seized the presidency’s opportunity to shape the “currents of history” and fulfill America’s founding promises of equality.

    Senior Pauline Galsim, right, and sophomore Tricia Dizon with the group 4-K perform a hip hop routine Thursday during the third annual Live Arts Festival at Warren Township High School at the Almond Road campus in Gurnee.

    Warren Township High hosts Live the Arts Festival

    Warren Township High School held its third annual Live the Arts Festival Thursday night in Gurnee. Drama, band, choir, art, speech and dance students hosted the event at the Almond Road Campus.

    Naperville Public Library help desk employee Jeff Smallwood explains the new 3-D printer in the Idea Lab at the 95th Street Library to chiropractor Keith Giaquinto, who toured the new lab Thursday morning with other members of the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce.

    Idea Lab ‘phenomenal asset’ for teens, businesses at Naperville library

    Once a quiet study lab, the second floor of the 95th Street Library in Naperville has become a hub of technology and digital media. It’s called the Idea Lab. “We are taking technology that is very useful and bringing it to the forefront and making it accessible for our community,” Library Manager Karen Dunford said.

    A children’s chorus sings “It’s a small world” at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The song turns 50 this year.

    ’It’s a Small World’ turns 50 with sing-along
    The timeless Disney tune “It’s a Small World” that wafts through our memories from past theme park vacations turns 50 this year, and on Thursday, Disney parks worldwide hosted a global sing-along.


    Former child soldier to speak at East Aurora High

    A group of East Aurora High School students walked 38 miles from their school to Chicago to bring a former African child soldier to town, and now Ishmael Beah will be speaking at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15 at the school, 500 Tomcat Lane.

    Kane County officials completed a total rehab project on this home in Carpentersville in 2011. The county used federal dollars to buy the foreclosed property, fix it up, then resell it as affordable housing. More local foreclosed homes are slated for the same treatment with a new batch of federal funds in 2014.

    Kane County to focus fed money on foreclosures

    Buying, repairing and reselling local foreclosed homes will be the spending focus of $2.59 million in federal money Kane County will receive in 2014. More than half that total will go toward addressing the foreclosure crisis. But local communities will see a sizable chunk for various infrastructure projects.

    Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes gives his first State of the Village address to the Arlington Heights Rotary Club Thursday at Clementi's Restaurant.

    Arlington Hts. mayor delivers first State of the Village address

    Arlington Heights Mayor Tom Hayes touted the village's financial position and discussed the need for a new police station in his first State of the Village address Thursday. "Many of you know the really dire need for replacing that facility," Hayes told a crowd of business and community leaders.

    Masked pro-Russian activists seated on top of a barricade as they guard a regional administration building that they had seized earlier in Donetsk, Ukraine, Thursday. The text on the flag reads: Militia of Donbass.

    Putin: Ukraine debt threatens Europe gas supplies

    Vladimir Putin warned Europe on Thursday that it may face a shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies if it fails to help Ukraine settle its enormous Russian gas bill — a debt that far exceeds a bailout package offered by the International Monetary Fund.

    Oscar Pistorius, right, leaves the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Thursday. The prosecution in Paralympic athlete’s murder trial said he was lying and adapting his version of events on the morning he shot his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp to line up with the evidence.

    Prosecutor mocks Pistorius’ version of events

    The chief prosecutor laughed scornfully at an answer from Oscar Pistorius during the Olympic athlete’s murder trial Thursday, mocking the man who shot his girlfriend. The judge sternly instructed the prosecutor to restrain himself and he apologized — then went right back to trying to pick holes in the testimony of the double-amputee runner.

    Dimitar Nikolov, also known as Georgi Grigorov.

    Arlington Heights man sentenced for 6th DUI

    A 35-year old Arlington Heights man pleaded guilty to his 5th DUI and to driving on a suspended or revoked license Thursday. Dimitar Nikolov, also known as Georgi Grigorov, was sentenced as a class X offender based on his previous convictions. Cook County Judge Thomas Fecarotta sentenced Nikolov to six years in prison.

    Workers cover a glacier with oversized plastic sheets on the peak of Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze in this file photo from 2011. The sheets are meant to keep the glacier from melting during the summer months. It’s asn example of “Plan B” in the fight against climate change.

    Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel

    It’s Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. Called geoengineering, it’s considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A — slashing carbon emissions from fossil fuels — is moving so slowly.


    Gail Borden kicks off summer reading program

    This year’s summer reading program in Elgin will be held in conjunction with an exhibit featuring the children’s book and animated character Clifford the Big Red Dog. For the first time, students in Elgin Area School District U-46 will be getting summer reading logs at school, rather than from the Gail Borden Public Library, said Denise Raleigh, division chief of public relations...


    Lake Villa annexes kennel over objections from neighbors

    Despite objections from neighbors, the Lake Villa village board has agreed to annex a dog kennel into the village. The board voted unanimously Wednesday to annex the Shag Bark Kennels property at 39772 Wittenburg Road, which had been in unincorporated Lake Villa Township.

    Fed up with traditional taxis, city dwellers are using mobile apps, such as Lyft, Uber and Sidecar, that allow riders and drivers to find each other.

    Illinois House OKs ridesharing regulations

    Illinois lawmakers took steps Thursday toward creating rules for unregulated ridesharing companies, which have gained popularity in Chicago the past few years. The companies — such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar — use smartphone apps to connect passengers with willing drivers.

    Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla was responsible for distributing multiple tons of cocaine, sometimes moving hundreds of kilograms on a weekly basis, between 2005 and 2008.

    Sinaloa cartel member cooperating with feds

    A high-ranking member of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel and son of one of the drug ring’s leaders pleaded guilty to drug trafficking a year ago and has been cooperating with authorities, federal prosecutors in Chicago announced Thursday.


    Award nominations sought:

    Wauconda officials are seeking nominations for the 2014 Mayor’s Community Service Awards.


    Ex-health department aide pleads guilty to fraud

    A former top aide at the Illinois Department of Public Health pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to bribery and taking kickbacks in connection with $13 million in state grants and contracts and to obstructing a grand jury investigation.


    Voter rights amendment to appear on ballot

    Illinois voters will consider a constitutional amendment this fall aimed at scuttling attempts at voter suppression. The state Senate voted 52-0 Thursday to approve the idea brought forth by House Speaker Michael Madigan.

    State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat, apologized for saying Illinois House Republicans have “a half” minority among them.

    Chapa LaVia apologizes over racial comments

    State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, an Aurora Democrat, apologized on the Illinois House floor today for comments she made Wednesday saying Republicans have “a half” minority among them in the chamber.


    Man charged with entering home, raping 4-year-old

    A suburban man is charged with raping a 4-year-old girl in a Calumet Park home while others were inside and smoking a cigarette afterward.


    Melinda Myers gardening seminar:

    Nationally recognized gardening expert, TV/radio host, author and Birds & Blooms columnist Melinda Myers will present a “Create Your Own Wildlife Sanctuary, while Deterring Unwanted Guests” on Saturday, April 12, at Pasquesi Home and Gardens, 975 North Shore Drive, Lake Bluff.


    Chicago, firefighters reach tentative contact deal

    The city of Chicago and its firefighters have reached a tentative contract agreement that will be retroactive from July 2012 and end in July 2017. Under the terms, firefighters and paramedics will receive an 11 percent pay increase over five years.


    Search is on for next Barrington superintendent

    The search for a new superintendent for Barrington Community Unit School District 220 will begin Monday with the first of four, and potentially many more, closed-door school board meetings. On Tuesday, the board announced that Superintendent Tom Leonard would be taking a superintendent job at a school district in Austin, Texas.

    George Lucas, creator of “Star Wars,” is considering Chicago as a home for a museum that will exhibit memorabilia and visual art that has inspired him over the years.

    ‘Star Wars’ creator eyes Chicago for museum

    "Star Wars" creator George Lucas is considering Chicago as the site for the Lucas Cultural Arts Museum, which will celebrate visual storytelling from Norman Rockwell's paintings of everyday life to the exotic space aliens of Lucas's movies.


    Jazz Passion play benefits kids

    Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 29700 N. St. Mary’s Road, Libertyville, presents, "Jazz Passion: Victorious, Eternal, Light, a Jazz Passion and Resurrection" at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 13.


    Native plant sale

    DuPage Forest PreserveDdistrict invites area residents to place orders thrpough April 25 for its native plant sale.


    Social service scholarships

    Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services is taking scholarship applications through April 18 from high school graduates planning to major in social sciences.


    Elgin gives OK to remote attendance

    The Elgin City Council’s committee of the whole gave the initial OK to allowing remote attendance at meetings despite the objections of three members. The 5-3 vote on Wednesday directed staff to draft an ordinance that would allow the practice.

    Daniel Wright Junior High School students perform “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” for second-graders Thursday in Lincolnshire. Hope Adler, left, plays Flounder, and Frankie Walsh plays Ariel.

    Daniel Wright students to perform ‘The Little Mermaid, Jr.’

    More than 60 Daniel Wright Junior High School students make up the cast and crew for this week’s performances of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.”

    Mawi Asgendom is one of nearly 20 Wheaton North High School graduates who will be recognized on the school’s new ‘Writers Wall of Fame.’

    Wheaton North starts ‘Writers Wall of Fame’ to honor alumni

    Former Wheaton North High School students who have found success by writing published works will soon be honored with a “Writers Wall of Fame.” English teacher Debby VanGetson said small framed posters featuring the names, graduation years and brief description of the alumni’s work will be hung on a wall near the library next week that recognizes a top senior English student...

    Rosemont’s new entertainment logo

    Rosemont unveils new branding campaign

    Rosemont officials on Thursday unveiled a new branding campaign and tagline to help market its bustling entertainment district and nearby offerings. The new logo is a slight variation on the municipal logo, which will continue to be utilized for village government and activities not related to the entertainment district, according to a news release.

    Metra Chairman Martin Oberman wants to regain the public’s trust in the agency.

    Chairman says reclaiming trust key to raising Metra funds

    Metra riders know the agency’s problems range from political patronage to aging equipment. Chairman Martin Oberman hopes resolving the first issue will give commuters enough faith in the agency to help pay to fix the second.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Andrew N. Rylko, 24, of Burlington, was charged Wednesday with five counts of manufacture/delivery of a substance containing heroin, court records show. His bail was set at $200,000 in Kane County bond court, and his next court date is April 18.


    Des Plaines launches home improvement contest

    Des Plaines Mayor Matt Bogusz launched a community beautification contest this week aimed at recognizing homeowners who take pride in their properties. “I’m trying to find a way to develop a public-private partnership to celebrate homeowners who take great pride in their homes, but also inspire and make it a little bit easier to check a few more things off their list this...


    Wheaton Library’s assistant director retiring this month

    For 35 years, Carolyn DeAre has been a familiar face at the reference desk of Wheaton Public Library. On April 30, DeAre is retiring from her current role as assistant library director and head of the reference department. An open house will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on the main floor of the library that day to acknowledge DeAre's service and accomplishments.

    Franklin Delano Roosevelt impressionist Ed O’Brien of Harvard performs his “New Deal” program Thursday for juniors in Adrijana Bisevac’s AP U.S. history class at Grayslake Central High School.

    Grayslake Central students meet FDR

    Sitting in his wheelchair, Franklin Delano Roosevelt impressionist Ed O’Brien of Harvard performed his “New Deal” program for juniors in Adrijana Bisevac’s AP U.S. History class at Grayslake Central High School Thursday.

    Participants joined hands in a moment of silence to acknowledge victims of child abuse and neglect Thursday at the Kane County Courthouse in Geneva.

    Group hosts Hands Around the Courthouse in Geneva

    Kane County child advocacy and judicial leaders participated Thursday in the annual Hands Around the Courthouse event in Geneva to raise awareness about child abuse.


    Buffalo Grove Mariano's is hiring
    Roundy's Inc., the parent company of Mariano's, will hold a career fair in Buffalo Grove on Saturday as it works to fill 425 positions. The job fair is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the new Mariano's, at 450 W. Half Day Road — a former Dominick's.


    Elk Grove paying $40,000 for fireworks

    Elk Grove Village is paying $40,000 for three fireworks shows scheduled for later this year. The village board approved a contract for shows scheduled to take place during RotaryFest in June, Fourth of July, and the village tree lighting ceremony in November.

    Steven Gee

    Waukegan man pleads guilty to home invasion for role in 2012 murder

    A Waukegan man pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in connection with the murder of a 42-year-old man during a drug deal that went bad. Steven Gee, 23, faces 10 to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty Thursday to one count of home invasion in Lake County court.


    Hanover Park’s first farmers market headed for summer debut

    Hanover Park shoppers clamoring for fresh produce could find a new spot in town: the village's first farmers market. Officials still have to give the green light to the long-awaited market, but could ink a deal with an operator as early as May.

    Led Zeppelin tribute band Kashmir will take the stage once again at the summer concert series in Rosemont’s entertainment district. Organizers of the Rockin’ in the Park concert series announced their 15-performance summer lineup Thursday.

    Rosemont 2014 summer concert series lineup announced

    Organizers of the second annual summer concert series in Rosemont’s entertainment district have announced the lineup of the performances taking place over the course of 14 weeks from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Rockin’ in the Park 2014 at Rosemont’s MB Financial Park includes 15 shows in all, ranging in musical variety from classic rock to country, and reggae to Top 40.


    Area schools to participate at Hersey band fest on Saturday

    Nearly 2,500 music students will converge at John Hersey High School in Arlington Heights on Saturday to participate in the 14th Annual Chicagoland Invitational Concert Band Festival. Sponsored by Quinlan and Fabish Music Co. and Music For All, this noncompetitive event will feature 39 Illinois school bands with each group performing a 30-minute concert for a distinguished panel of judges.

    John Anderson

    Warren Township High School in Gurnee wants to hear from residents

    Warren Township High School in Gurnee is continuing its push to beef up communications with residents. Warren District 121 board President John Anderson said the plan is for periodic community forums. “Most people probably think we’re just sitting over here doing nothing, I’m pretty sure,” Anderson said during a board meeting this week.


    U of I exploring more independent medical college

    The chancellor at the University of Illinois says a consulting firm is working on a report about whether the school should establish a more autonomous College of Medicine. The report also is to look at whether the school should align with Carle Foundation Hospital as a clinical partner.


    UIC faculty authorizes second strike

    The faculty union at the University of Illinois-Chicago says its members have voted to go ahead with a second strike if negotiations with the university fail to yield an agreement.


    Judge says Indiana must recognize 1 gay marriage

    A federal judge ordered Indiana on Thursday to recognize the out-of-state marriage of a gay couple before one of the women, who has cancer, dies. The decision, specific to the couple, doesn’t affect other lawsuits challenging Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriages.

    The Wing Park Family Aquatic Center in Elgin will not open this summer due to repairs.

    No Wing Park pool, new farm animals in Elgin this summer

    Elgin residents won’t be able to use the Wing Park pool this summer, but will get the chance to visit farm animals at Lords Park Zoo for the first time in five years. The pool’s closing had been in question pending necessary repairs, which were delayed by the unpredictable weather, City Manager Sean Stegall said at Wednesday’s city council meeting.

    Robert Grossman

    Ingleside man charged in fatal DUI crash in Des Plaines

    An Ingleside man has been charged with aggravated driving under the influence after his car struck and killed a pedestrian Wednesday in Des Plaines, authorities said Thursday. Police said Robert Grossman, 44, was behind the wheel of a vehicle that hit Kenneth Davis, 42, of Chicago, at 8:22 p.m. Wednesday on the 1600 block of East Touhy Avenue.

    The 37-acre property the Kane County Forest Preserve District is considering is on the western border of Kane County in an unincorporated area near Big Rock.

    Kane Co. forest district eyeing 37 acres in Big Rock

    About 37 acres of pristine woodland may soon become property of the Kane County Forest Preserve District with the help of a $389,200 grant from the state. The property is on the far western edge of the county, in the 300-acre Big Rock Creek watershed. Officials are still negotiating the final purchase price, but some of the cash will come from the district's 2011 tax increase referendum.


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    St. Patrick School eighth-grade student Adie Morrill hands out samples of honey for her honey bee project at Wednesday’s Academic Fair in Wadsworth.

    St. Patrick School students tout long-term projects at annual academic fair

    Junior high students have many interests, but 60 eighth-graders at St. Patrick School in Wadsworth had to zero in on just one as part of the annual academic fair Wednesday.

    Palatine Township Elementary District 15 will install GPS technology onto its fleet of school buses in time for the start of the next school year. The technology will allow parents to track their children’s buses from home.

    GPS plan will allow Palatine district’s parents to track buses online

    Buses carrying Palatine Township Elementary District 15 students will be outfitted with GPS software that allows parents to track routes in real-time. "This is going to be hard, quick, accurate data for us to use," Superintendent Scott Thompson said. Officials are still considering whether to require students to scan ID cards each time they board a bus.


    Chopper crashes on roof of New Mexico hospital

    Investigators are trying to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof of New Mexico’s only top-level trauma center. Officials said all three people aboard escaped serious injury.

    A supporter of gay rights wears a shirt bearing the likeness of two robots carrying a rainbow flag at a protest outside the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

    Gay marriage’s win streak tested in appeals court

    With its recent string of high-profile victories in federal court, the gay marriage movement is hoping to build momentum to help it attain its long-held goal: a Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide. But first it must convince federal appellate courts of the merits of the case.


    AARP backs changes to Illinois redistricting process

    AARP Illinois is the latest organization to back a proposal that would change the way Illinois’ House and Senate districts are drawn. The organization, which represents 1.7 million members age 50 and older, announced its support Wednesday.


    2 Illinois men arrested in deer death

    The Illinois Department of Natural Resources says two men have been arrested on preliminary charges of illegally hunting and killing a deer. The DNR said Wednesday that an Illinois Conservation officer on patrol saw the deer being shot from a road at night in November 2012 at Champaign County’s Middle Fork Preserve.


    Chicago eye surgeon accused of unauthorized videotaping

    A Chicago eye surgeon is accused of secretly videotaping female employees who use an office bathroom and a locker room at his two offices. Cook County prosecutors say 58-year-old Robert Weiss was ordered held in lieu of $75,000 bond for felony unauthorized videotaping.


    Man admits claims of Election Day threat was bogus

    A southern Illinois man faces up to 13 years in prison after admitting he falsely told an FBI agent he knew of a plot to disrupt the 2012 general election with explosives.


    Budget cuts may prompt closure of historic Illinois sites

    SPRINGFIELD — Illinois preservationists say almost 18 percent of the state’s historic sites might close because of potential budget cuts.The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports 10 historic sites might have to close starting in July if lawmakers don’t make a temporary tax increase permanent. The sites haven’t been identified.


    Illinois bill would guard against denial of disaster aid

    Draft legislation would require the state to step in with disaster aid if the federal government denies requests for help. The bill is in response to the refusal of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to grant assistance to local governments after some two dozen tornadoes swept across the state on Nov. 17.


    Wisconsin medical College to begin student recruitment

    The Medical College of Wisconsin hopes to begin recruiting students for its De Pere campus in June. The college is waiting for accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. School officials say the first class will include 20 to 25 students. The college will train doctors in a three-year curriculum that uses medical professionals from the community as teachers.


    Selva to assume new post at Scott air base

    A southwestern Illinois military operation that manages the armed force’s shipping and transportation needs will have a new commander. The Belleville News-Democrat reports the U.S. Senate has signed off on Gen. Paul Selva’s transition to lead the U.S. Transportation Command based at Scott Air Force Base.


    2-year-old Wisconsin boy hit by gunfire

    Police say a 2-year-old boy has been shot and wounded at his home in Milwaukee. Authorities say the toddler was struck by gunshots fired into his home from suspects in an alley about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

    Authorities are looking for Robert Corchado in connection with an incident Wednesday, April 9, 2014, where a car smashed into an Orlando, Fla.-area day care, killing a girl and injuring 14 others, at least a dozen of them children, authorities said.

    Police seek driver in deadly Fla. day care crash

    The man with a long history of arrests whom authorities are seeking in a deadly car crash into a Florida day care center was the driver of the vehicle that fled the scene, the Florida Highway Patrol said early Thursday.

    A woman walks past a truck waiting to leave for Chad loaded with goods belonging to Muslim residents of the PK5 district of Bangui, Central African Republic, Wednesday April 9, 2014.

    UN approves force for Central African Republic

    The U.N. Security Council has unanimously approved a nearly 12,000-strong U.N. peacekeeping force for Central African Republic, which has been torn by mounting violence between Christians and Muslims. The 10,000 U.N. troops and 1,800 police will take over from 5,000 African Union soldiers — but not until Sept. 15.

    Providence Baptist College in Elgin is adorned with heads of hundreds of animals, about half of them hunted with a bow and arrow by pastor Keith Gomez.

    The minister's menagerie: Elgin college puts 226 hunting trophies on display

    The atrium of Providence Baptist College in Elgin resembles the remnants of an exotic safari with 226 mounted animals on display. Rev. Keith Gomez, an avid bow-and-arrow hunter, is responsible for about half the collection. The rest is from Gomez's friend Mike Miller, owner of M.J. Miller & Co., a jewelers in Barrington.

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett waits to speak after several people were stabbed at Franklin Regional High School on Wednesday morning in Murrysville, Pa., near Pittsburgh.

    A blank look, followed by bloodshed at high school

    It was just before the start of class and the hallways were packed with students at their lockers or chatting with friends. Nate Moore was walking to homeroom, book in hand, when a classmate he knew to be quiet and unassuming tackled a freshman boy a few feet in front of him. Moore thought it was the start of a fistfight and went to break it up. But the 16-year-old wasn’t throwing punches...


    Prosecutor: School stabber used kitchen knives

    The district attorney says a 16-year-old charged with stabbing 21 other students and a security officer at his Pittsburgh-area high school used two “ordinary kitchen knives.”

    Ethan Conley, 13, of Carol Stream, is one of 12 Chicago-area youth soccer players chosen from a field of 480 at a camp in Schaumburg last summer who will be traveling to Barcelona this month for the FC Barcelona Escala International Tournament.

    Schaumburg soccer camp leads suburban players to Barcelona

    Twelve young soccer players are about to gain international experience during a tournament in Barcelona, Spain. Players from Bartlett, Carol Stream, Glendale Heights, Glen Ellyn, Long Grove, Naperville are among 48 chosen to compete in the FC Barcelona Escola International Tournament. “It's a pretty incredible opportunity,” said Keith Conley of Carol Stream, whose 13-year-old son,...

    A standout pilot flying B-52s for the Air Force, William R. Norwood was hired in 1965 as the first African-American pilot at United Airlines, where he soared in an award-winning career.

    Racial turbulence couldn't ground suburban pilot

    Knowing longtime suburban resident William R. Norwood as the groundbreaking pilot whose name graces the Boeing 727 United jet on permanent display at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, it's shocking to hear him tell how his esteemed career suffered some early turbulence. Growing up in downstate Centralia, the teenage Norwood did something deemed so egregious during the summer of 1952 that...

    Jamie and Liz Schramm, on their porch in Wauconda, hold a photograph of John T. Nightingale, as they talk about their friend who died after being shot by Wauconda police.

    Dawn Patrol: The other James Eaton (not charged); 2 portraits of man police killed

    Fire damages two homes on Fox River. 2 different portraits of man shot by police. Investigators clear speaker of meddling in Metra jobs. Suburban Dems kills millionaires tax. Elgin votes to fill vacant council seat. Elgin panel delays downtown bar decision. Noah’s fourth triple double leads to 6th straight win.

    Roger Shupe checks the robotic milking system he and his brother Rod Shupe use on their dairy farm near Mendon

    Robotic milking system ups profitability

    The cows are lined up for milking at the Shupe Dairy Farm north of Mendon, Illinois. Rod Shupe keeps watch as the cows move through one by one, but he's no longer doing the milking. That's left up to a robotic system, in place on the farm since September, that handles the job around the clock.

    Elon Musk, billionaire, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Motors Inc.

    Tesla questions Wisconsin lemon law king’s motivations

    Tesla Motors is questioning Wisconsin’s self-proclaimed lemon law king’s motivations in filing a lawsuit alleging the company sold a Franklin doctor a defective electric sedan.

    The new Ford Explorer Interceptor SUV is built for law enforcement. Elgin will purchase 10 similar to this one.

    Elgin to spend nearly $500,000 on police vehicles

    The Elgin City Council unanimously voted Wednesday night to spend nearly half a million dollars to buy 14 new public safety vehicles. The $498,759 expense comes from public safety impact fees set aside in an escrow account, Elgin CFO Colleen Lavery said.


    Dist. 200 approves purchase of print, digital textbooks

    Despite recent talk of possibly replacing outdated textbooks with digital devices, the Wheaton Warrenville District 200 board of education approved the purchase of 1,025 new print and digital geometry books Wednesday.

    Chris Talbott stands with a pile of tumbleweed in front of his home in Colorado Springs, Colo. Parts of Colorado are being overrun with tumbleweeds because of the drought affecting much of the western United States.

    Colorado tumbleweeds overrun drought areas

    The latest drought in the Western United States, which began in 2010, has created tumbleweed trouble in parts of New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Desiccated Russian thistle, a woody leafy plant, and kochia, both invasive weeds from Eurasia, are the culprits.



    Nominees check in for Excellence event

    On Sunday, the Daily Herald will welcome many of the most excellent prep athletes of this school year to the second edition of Prep Sports Excellence. We’ve again reached out to the schools we cover and have asked them to nominate their top five male and female competitors for inclusion in the event, to be held at the Sears Centre. In a change from last year’s format, we’ll be presenting awards to the best of the bunch in four categories; here's a look at all the nominees.

    Prospect’s Bobby Frasco, left, with Buffalo coach Bobby Hurley and Knights coach John Camardella. Frasco committed to play his college basketball at Buffalo.

    Prospect's Frasco happy to connect with Hurley, Buffalo

    Bobby Frasco wasn’t even born when Bobby Hurley was the point man of Duke’s consecutive NCAA men’s basketball titles in 1991 and 1992. But Frasco is a die-hard fan of the program. The Prospect senior idolized former Glenbrook North star Jon Scheyer, who led Duke to the 2010 NCAA crown, and has posters and a Fathead of the team in his room at home. So, Frasco is well-aware of Hurley’s legacy with the Blue Devils. When Hurley, who just completed his first year as the head coach at the University of Buffalo, came calling on Frasco in mid-February, it didn’t take long for the 6-foot-4 shooting guard to provide the answer that will have him signing a letter of intent Wednesday.


    Extra-inning Benet triumph is a ‘classic’

    Some of the hitters in Thursday’s softball “classic” may have questioned the strike zone on occasion, but Benet pitcher Molly Moran had no beef whatsoever with the home plate umpire. The Redwings hurler survived a sluggish start to pitch a 10-inning gem as her team outlasted Naperville Central 7-2 in extra innings in Naperville. Moran walked the first two batters she faced and trailed 1-0 after one inning and 2-0 in the third before finding her groove and blanking the hosts over the final seven innings.


    Girls track: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*


    Softball: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*West Aurora 5, Rosary 2Rosary 000 000 2 —2-4-4West Aurora 300 110 X —5-5-02B: R: Phelps WP: Hayton; LP: Molenhouse.*WAUCONDA 6, ZION-BENTON 1Zion-Benton 000 001 0 —1-5-0Wauconda 031 200 x —6-11-02B: Z-B: Torola, Garcias; Wauc: McCarthy, Wagner.3B: Wauc: Nee.WP: Wedl.*warren 6, antioch 0Warren 030 001 2 —6-14-1Antioch 000 000 0 —0-4-12B: War: Hurd, Scott; Ant: Keyes.HR: War: Scott.WP: Wagner; LP: Cook.*LAKE ZURICH 8, LAKES 1Lake Zurich 311 100 2 —8-15-1Lakes 000 000 1 —1-6-42B: LZ: Larson.3B: LZ: Pettinger.WP: Schneider.*LIBERTYVILLE 14, VERNON HILLS 4 (6 inn.)Libertyville 152 240 —14-14-xVernon Hills 200 200 —4-7-x2B: Lib: Katz, Mooney.3B: Lib: Oberman, Stevens.HR: Lib: Alban.WP: Haraden.*CARMEL 14, RESURRECTION 0 (5 INN.)2B: Carm: Bartz.HR: Carm: Behan 2, Felicelli, Koesser, Warzecha.WP:Dicara.*stevenson 22, north chicago 0 (5 inn.)Stevenson 507 55 —22-30-0North Chicago 000 00 —0-0-1WP: Mankus; LP: Kayla.*Hampshire 16, Woodstock 0*Burlington Central 10, Harvard 0 (5 inn.)Harvard 000 00 -0-1-6Burlington C. 332 11 -10-9-03B: BC — HarnishWP: Kisch (3-1); LP: Brincks.*Cary-Grove 15, Jacobs 2 (5 Innings)Cary-Grove 601 71 -15-14-0Jacobs 000 11 -2-8-22B: C-G — Purpura; J — Lach.HR: J — Borg.WP: DeGroote; LP: Peters.*Westminster Christian 23, Christian Life 2 (5 inn.)Westminster C. 343 (13)0 -23-18-3Christian Life 020 00 -2-4-53B: WC — Hays, R. Fugiel, Calabrese, Schmitt.HR: WC — Schmitt.WP: B. Fugiel (1-0).*Addison Trail 5, Hoffman Estates 4WP: Marinelli (4-1)*St. Francis 12, IC Catholic Prep 0HR: SF: Dittrich. WP: Remus*Naperville North 12, Metea valley 4Metea Valley 200 001 1 —4-9-3Naperville North 362 010 X —12-11-12B: NN: Solak, Biesiada, Mackey. MV: Perna, Arcivar, Leckinger. HR: NN: Solak, Budicon. WP: Biesiada (1-0); LP: Titiner.*St. Charles North 9, Wheaton Warrenville South 2St. Charles North 102 015 0 —9-14-4WW South 010 000 1 —2-0-32B: SCN: Howlett 2, Rabin; WP: Hausl (2-0)*Illiana Christian 10, Fenton 0Fenton 000 00 —0-2-5Illiana Christian 122 32 —10-14-02B: IC: Oppenhuis. 3B: IC: Bombino. HR: IC: Witting, VanKeller. WP: Wiltjer; LP: Fritz.*Lisle 15, Aurora Christian 2Aurora Christian 100 010 0 —2-4-2Lisle 434 400 X —15-16-12B: L: Stitt, Krause, Coppin. 3B: L: Krause. WP: Jensen (1-0); LP: Kanai (0-1).*Montini 8, Glenbard South 3Glenbard South 020 000 1 —3-8-0Montini 002 141 0 —8-11-22B: GS: Valdez. M: Alexander. HR: M: Bukovsky, Lezcano, Sclafani. WP: Bukovsky; LP: Carli.*Lake Park 5, York 3York 002 010 0 —3-3-4Lake Park 104 000 0 —5-6-5WP: Baumgart; LP: Kosman.*Wheaton Academy 12, Mt. Assisi 9Mt. Assisi 341 000 1 —9-9-2Wheaton Acad. 406 020 X —12-6-52B: MA: Miller. 3B: WA: Bosse. HR: MA: Miller, Dearth. WA: Ridderhoff. WP: Ridderhoff (3-0); LP: Dearth.*Benet 7, Naperville Central 2Benet 000 020 000 5—7-15-0Naperville Cent. 101 000 000 0—5-7-62B: B: Rowan 2, Baccega, Mills. NC: Doane, Tassi, Skarecky. 3B: B: Panko. WP: Moran (3-1); LP: Hayes (1-1).*Glenbard west 7, West Chicago 3Glenbard West 124 000 0 —7-6-2West Chicago 100 002 0 —0-0-02B: GW: Feliciano. WP: Potter; LP: Foreman.*Addison Trail 5, Hoffman Estates 4Addison Trail 320 000 0 —5-7-2Hoffman Estates 012 100 0 —4-5-32B: Farina; AT: Baumgartner. WP: Baumgartner; LP: Allan.*Schaumburg 11, St. Viator 0St. Viator 000 00 — 0-1-2Home 540 2x —11-9-02B: Sch: Alt, Candotti. WP: Felde; LP: Harris.*Other scoresLoyola 11, Hersey 3New Trier 8, Maine West 0*


    Girls soccer: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*ANTIOCH 9, NORTH CHICAGO 0Antioch 4 5 —9North Chicago 0 0 —0Antioch — Fracek (Abbeduto), Capek (Fracek), Bohn (PK), Helgesen (Abbeduto), Abbeduto (Furlong), Abbeduto (Vazquez), Furlong (Michaels), Slack (Michaels), Nelson (Furlong).Goalkeepers — Ant: Safeaniec.*WARREN 12, ZION-BENTON1Zion-Benton 0 1 —1Warren 10 2 —12Warren — goals: Hofflander 3, Parker 2, Yunker 2, Chomko, Hardiman, Reilly, Szczepanek, Vrabel; assists: Schwede 2,Sislow 2, Vrabel 2, Hardiman, Szczepanek.Goalkeepers — Warr: Carrano (1 saves).*STEVENSON 1, LIBERTYVILLE 1Stevenson 0 1 —1Libertyville 1 0 —1Stevenson — Petrick (Klinsky).Libertyville — Hollingsworth (Van Roeyen).Goalkeepers — Stev: Godoy (10 saves); Lib: Erlandson (2 saves).*GRAYSLAKE NORTH 4, DUNDEE-CROWN 1Dundee-Crown 0 1 —1Grayslake North 2 2 —4Grayslake North — Olson (Lyon), Allen (Rodriguez), McCue (Fish), Myers (McCue).Goalkeepers — GN: Davis (4 saves).*LAKES 1, VERNON HILLS 0Lakes 0 1 —1Vernon Hills 0 0 —0Lakes — D’Ambrose (J. Cipolla).Goalkeepers — Lks: Jones (8 saves).*PRAIRIE RIDGE 2, GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 0Prairie Ridge 0 2 —2Grayslake Central 0 0 —0*LAKE ZURICH 1, LAKE FOREST 0Lake Zurich 0 1 —1Lake Forest 0 0 —0Lake Zurich — Rasiarmos (Ufheil).Goalkeepers — LZ: Daleske (7 saves).*Woodstock 3, Jacobs 0Streamwood 7, Addison Trail 1*Westminster Christian 4, Keith COuntry Day 0Wesminster C. 3 1 —4Keith Country Day 0 0 —0Scoring — WC — Woodhouse (UA), Woodhouse (Meschewski), Meschewski (UA), Spurlock (Pedersen). Goalkeepers — WC — Dutcher (0 saves), Meschewski (3 saves). *St. Edward 5, Montini 0St. Edward 4 1 —5Montini 0 0 —0Scoring — STE — Lepoudre (Gnan), Kruk (Ramirez), Kruk (Gnan), Gnan (Lepoudre), Puguirre (Lepoudre).Goalkeepers — STE — Dykstra (4 saves).*Metea Valley 4, South Elgin 1South Elgin 1 0 —1Metea Valley 0 4 —4Scoring — SE — Uveges (Greco). Goalkeepers — SE — Vaulkner (8 saves). *Harvest Christian 3, Larkin 1Larkin 1 0 —1Harvest C. 2 1 —3Scoring — HC — Lockwood (Tohme), Burzlaff (Blackburn), Burzlaff (Kauffman).Goalkeepers — Doby (8 saves).*Huntley 6, Hampshire 0Huntley 2 4 —6Hampshire 0 0 —0Scoring — HUN — Zobott (Nordeen), Maraviglia (Moffat), Bessey (Kaufman), Jakubowski (Bessey), Bessey (Jakubowski), Jakubowski (Maraviglia). Goalkeepers — HUN — Galason (0 saves); HAM — Kochanski (20 saves). *Elgin 2, Proviso East 0Proviso East 0 0 —0Elgin 1 1 —2Scoring — E — Perez (UA), Travis (Lopez). Goalkeepers — E — Demel (3 saves).*Grayslake North 4, Dundee-Crown 1Dundee-Crown 0 1 —1Grayslake North 2 2 —4Scoring — D-C — DeLuga (Moreno).Goalkeepers — D-C — Miranda (5 saves).*Crystal Lake South 7, Woodstock North 0CL South 3 4 —7Woodstock N. 0 0 —0Scoring — CLS — Siavelis (Sulikowski), Sulikowski (PK), Sulikowski (Romano), Siavelis (UA), Marshall (Miceli), Sulikowski (Romano). Goalkeepers — Przybylski (0 saves). *Cary-Grove 2, Crystal Lake Central 0Cary-Grove 0 2 —2CL Central 0 0 —0Scoring — C-G — Petersen (Sobieszczyk), Baker (Glaysher). Goalkeepers — C-G — Olsen (6 saves). *Burlington Central 10, North Boone 0Burlington C. 8 2 —10North Boone 0 0 —0


    Boys volleyball: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*ANTIOCH D. ROCKFORD GUILFORD 25-15, 27-25Serving —Ant: Cielek (9 pts); Attacking — Ant: Winters (5 kills), Mayer (5 kills), Flately (5 kills), Borries (3 kills);Setting — Ant: Borries (21 assists).*DEERFIELD D. LIBERTYVILLE 25-21, 25-20Attacking — Lib: Akers (9 kills), Hauser (4 kills), Feely (4 kills); Setting — Lib: Iniiger (9 assists), Rill (8 assists); Digs — Lib: Sachs 8, Akers 3; Blocks — Lib: Hauser 2, Feely 2.*LAKE ZURICH D. CARMEL 25-115, 26-24Serving — LZ: LoGalbo (1 ace), Orchard (1 ace), Sweetwood (1 ace); Attacking — LZ: Carmody (8 kills), Sweetwood (5 kills); Setting — LZ: Bush (19 assists); Digs — LZ: Savio 12, Doherty 6; Blocks — LZ: Carmody 4, Gaide 3.JV: — Lake Zurich d. Carmel 23-25, 25-20, 25-16Frosh: — Lake Zurich d. Carmel 25-23, 25-18*LAkes d. waukegan 25-18, 25-13Attacking — Lks: Galat (12 kills), Brodde (7 kills); Setting — Lks: Jewwl (17 assists); Digs — Lks: Solbrig 10, Galat 6; Blocks — Lks: Brodde 8.*IMSA d. Westminster Christian 25-19, 25-16. Addison Trail d. Larkin 25-7, 25-17.*South Elgin d. Wheaton Academy 26-28, 25-21, 25-13South Elgin - Saxton (12 kills, 5 digs), Marotta (10 kills, 7 digs), Gibaldo (31 assists).*Proviso east d. West Chicago 25-20, 25-21*Addison trail d. Larkin 25-7, 25-17*Naperville North d. Wheaton North 18-25, 25-19, 25-19Naperville North — Hafen (8 kills, 8 digs); Romy (6 kills, 8 digs); Figge (3 kills, 5 blocks); Littrell (12 digs); Rothmund (22 assists).Wheaton North — Clark (7 kills, 6 blocks); Mullinger (5 kills); Bedrossian (5 kills); Bowen (2 blocks, 2 aces, 18 assists); Kirshbaum (3 kills). *Lincoln-Way North d. Neuqua Valley 25-22, 25-18Neuqua Valley — Lauth (14 assists); Furlo (4 digs); Neace (7 kills, 2 blocks); Hounsell (4 kills, 3 blocks). *Hinsdale Central d. Maine South 25-18, 26-24Hinsdale Central — Regnery (12 kills); Steuch (12 digs, 2 aces); Peterson (20 assists). *Naperville Central d. Glenbard East 25-19, 25-16Glenbard East — Glover (5 kills, 1 block); Eboli (5 kills); Symonds (17 digs, 1 ace); Hubert (8 asissts); Soehren (4 assists);*Metea Valley d. geneva 25-10, 25-20Metea Valley — Luckinbill (13 kills, 2 aces, 1 block); Miller (4 kills, 1 block, 24 assists); Lopez (4 kills, 2 aces, 1 block); Smith (3 kills, 2 aces, 3 digs).Wheaton Warrenville South d. West Aurora 25-14, 25-17
WW South — Wilcox (9 kills, 1 ace, 5 digs0; Knorr (5 kills, 3 digs); Carpio (22 assists, 1 kill, 2 blocks); Meyer (4 kills, 1 ace); Loar (2 kills, 1 block); Hildebrand (1 ace, 7 digs).*lake Park d. Glenbard North 23-25, 25-13, 25-17Lake Park — Krisik (44 assists, 5 digs, 2 aces); Moore: (11 kills, 5 digs, 1 ace); Amore (9 digs); Burke (6 kills, 1 ace); Fritsche (8 kills, 10 digs, 3 blocks, 1 ace); Terry (11 digs, 12 kills); Heitman (8 digs); Lovelace (9 kills, 1 block, 3 digs). Glenbard North — Patel (15 digs); Schlacks (6 digs, 8 kills); Gorzela (5 digs, 5 kills)); Petock (12 assists); Fiduccia (13 assists, 10 kills, 6 blocks); Chboeun (5 blocks); Vegrzyn (4 blocks). *York d. Benet 25-15, 25-23York — Bowles (11 kills); Duda (23 assists, 3 aces); Guzman (16 digs).*barrington d. fremd 25-12, 25-10Attack: Bar: Wright 8 kills, A.Glader 5 kills, J.Glader 5 kills; Frm: Kent 6-10 3 kills, Scott 3-4 3 kills, Chon 2-4 2 kills. Serving: Bar: Wright 2 aces, Nenn 2 aces. Setting: Bar: Ricchetti 13 assists; Frm: Amador 36-36 11 assists. Serve receive: Frm: Chating 7-7, Chon 6-6. Digs: Bar: Nenn 9, Lenling 3. Blocks: Bar: A. Glader 2, Singh 2.*Elk Grove d. rolling meadows 25-22 26-24


    Girls water polo: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Hinsdale Central 10, metea Valley 5Hinsdale Central 1 4 3 2 —10Metea Valley 1 1 3 0 —5Scoring — HC: Gibson 4, Varin 1, Relias 2, Riedl 1, Gates 2. *STEVENSON 14, VERNON HILLS 2Stevenson 5 3 3 3 —14Vernon Hills 0 0 1 1 —2Stevenson — goals: Gatrenberg 3, Travetto 3, Adams 2, Newland 2, Hotchkiss, Weiner, Landau, Spizzirri.Vernon Hills — goals: Levy, Wood.Goalkeepers — Stev: Burns (8 saves).


    Boys track: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*At HuntleyTeam scores:Sycamore 113, BC 105, Marmion 90, Huntley 88, Grayslake North 49, Hampshire 22, Larkin 19, Boylan 10EVENTS3,200 relay: Grayslake North 8:23.4; 400 relay: BC 42.7; 3,200: Stice (Syc) 10:25.2; 100 high hurdles: Ege (BC) 14.6;100: Booker (GLN) 10.6; 800: Handel (SYC) 2:02.4;800 relay: Larkin 1:32.9; 400: Shulga (GLN); 300 int.. hurdles: Ege (BC) 40.1; 1,600 team: BC; 200; 1,600 relay:; Larkin 3:30.5; long jump: Brown (Mar) 20-5.5; high jump: Maryanski (Mar) 6-4; triple jump: Adejide (BC) 39-4.5;shot put: Short (Syc) 51-0; discus: Jimenez (Hun) 149-2;pole vault: Cornish (Mjar) 12-3.


    Girls badminton: Thursday’s scoreboard
    Thursday’s results*Buffalo Grove 15, hersey 0Singles — No.1: Schwartz (BG) d. Pisont 21-12, 21-13; No.2: Kolenchery (BG) d. Salt 21-15, 19-21, 21-11; No.3: Jambrone (BG) d. Anderson 21-9, 21-7; No.4: Sommers (BG) d. Jalowiec 18-21, 21-18, 21-5; No.5: Appelt (BG) d. Norling 21-19, 20-22, 21-12; No.6: Berns (BG) d. Yang 21-11, 21-9; No.7: Fortman (BG) d. Schultz 21-15, 21-11; No.8: Mayer (BG) d. Bowkley 14-21, 21-15, 21-14; No.9: McClellan (BG) d. Steinwiez 21-19, 21-16; No.10. Petersen (BG) d. Lee 21-7, 21-17.Doubles — No.1: Berns/Fortman (BG) d. Yong/Salt 21-8, 21-15; No.2: Sommers/Jambrone (BG) d. Noling/Jaldwiec 21-11, 21-6; No.3: Kolenchery/Schwartz (BG) d. Andersen/Pisano 21-11, 21-13; No.4: Mayer/Apelt (BG) d. Lee/Shultz 21-10, 21-8; No.5: McClellan/Peterson (BG) d. Stewing/Bowkley 21-8, 21-11.*elk grove 10, rolling meadows 5Singles — No.1: N.Patel (EG) d. Cantieri 21-18, 21-7; No.2: Marquardt (EG) d. Sukhbaatar 21-13, 21-10; No.3: Grinen (EG) d. Gallagher 21-9, 21-15; No.4: P.Patel (EG) d. Mrstik 21-17, 21-11; No.5: Januanita (EG) d. Poduch 21-11, 21-16; No.6: Achanzar (EG) d. Shah 21-16, 21-13; No.7: Hemm (RM) d. Marrese 23-21, 21-13; No.8: Dungan (RM) d. Lim 21-7, 21-7; No.9: Pindras (EG) d. Roldan 21-17, 21-14; No.10. Song (RM) d. Guzman 21-14, 23-21.Doubles — No.1: Grinen/Marquardt (EG) d. Cantieri/Sukhbaatar 21-18, 21-9; No.2: N.Patel/P.Patel (EG) d. Gallagher/Poduch 21-18, 21-9; No.3: Januanita/Achanzar (EG) d. Dungan/Hemm 21-15, 17-21, 21-9; No.4: Mrstik/Shah (RM) d. Marrese/Lim 21-7, 21-7; No.5: Roldan/Song (RM) d. Guzman/Pindras 21-17, 12-21, 21-14.Hoffman Estates 8, Schaumburg 7Doubles — No.1: Lim/Fatima (HE) d. Leung/Sigh 16-21, 21-17, 21-1; No.2: Knipp/Patel (Sch) d. Ballazhi/Patel 13-21, 21-18, 21-18; No.3: Paya/Haryani (HE) d. Shope/Parkard 14-21, 21-18, 21-16; No.4: Kim/Wnek (HE) d. McCLure/Wasineesiewachesores 21-16, 21-6; No.5: Cii/Chum (Sch) d. Patel/Arce 21-18, 21-19.*PALATINE 14, Conant 1Singles — No.1: Palmer (Pal) d. Bheem 21-12, 21-9; No.2: Diep (Pal) d. Chen 21-15, 21-17; No.3: Gudiyada (Pal) d. Lee 21-17, 21-13; No.4: Hank (Pal) d. Tai 23-21, 21-14; No.5: Addani (Con) d. Aquije 21-17, 21-15; No.6: Chon (Pal) d. Daniel 21-18, 21-18; No.7: Manint (Pal) d. Schorsdh 21-15, 21-13; No.8: Jiminez (Pal) d. Patel 21-17, 21-14; No.9: Lorenzo (Pal) d. Addanke 20-22, 21-15, 21-16; No.10. Stevenson (Pal) d. Lynn 21-15, 21-5.Doubles — No.1: Gudivada/Hank (Pal) d. Tai/Daniel 21-15, 21-10; No.2: Aquije/Chon Pal d. Chen/Lee 21-15, 15-21, 21-19; No.3: Palmer/Diep (Pal) d. Bheem/Addani 25-16, 25-13; No.4: Jiminez/Manint (Pal) d. Schorsdh/Patel 21-7, 21-19; No.5: Lorenzo/Stevenson (Pal) d. Addanki/Lynn 21-15, 25-11.*Prospect 14, Wheeling 1Singles — No.1: Menich (Pros) d. Varghese 19-21, 21-22, 21-9; No.2: Walsh (Pros) d. Dyadenko 21-3, 21-6; No.3: Kirsh (Pros) d. Lee 21-7, 21-3; No.4: Venturelli (Pros) d. Alverez 21-8, 21-4; No.5: Caporusso Diaz-Habuch (Whl) default Capurusso ; No.6: Scaccia (Pros) d. Reyes 22-20, 21-18; No.7: Dolsen-Grogh (Pros) d. Qazi 21-8, 21-10; No.8: Dawson (Pros) d. Sotto 21-14, 21-17; No.9: Saiki (Pros) d. Malysa 21-16, 21-17; No.10. Parzynski (Pros) d. Broms 21-19, 21-13.Doubles — No.1: Walsh/Caporusso (Pros) d. Lee/Dyadenko 21-3, 21-5; No.2: Kirsh/Venturelli (Pros) d. Qazi/Varghese 21-8, 21-7; No.3: Menich/Scaccia (Pros) d. Diaz-Hablich/Alverez 21-11, 21-12; No.4: Dolsen-Groch/Dawson (Pros) d. Soto/Malysa 21-7, 21-9; No.5: Saiki/Parzynski (Pros) d. Broms/Reyes 21-11, 21-13.*Glenbard West 12, St. Charles East 3*naperville North 15, Wheaton North 0


    Boys gymnastics scoreboard: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Lyons Township 148.1, Glenbard West 146.4Floor excercise: Diab (GW) 9.2; Samuta (GW) 8.8; Zumbrook (GW) 8.7. Pommel horse: Rediehs (LT) 9.1; Mennemeier (LT) 9.0; Diab (GW) 8.6. Still rings: Mandarino (GW) 9.1; Diab (GW) 9.1; Gallucci (LT) 8.6. Vault: Diab (GW) 9.6; Zumbrook (GW) 9.4; Sotelo (GW) 8.6. Parallel bars: Diab (GW) 9.0; Zumbrook (GW) 8.7; Janicki (LT) 8.4. Horizontal bar: Janicki (LT) 8.4; Rediehs (LT) 7.5; Bielski (LT) 7.3. All-around: Diab (GW) 51.5; Zumbrook (GW) 45.7; Bielski (LT) 44.7*leyden 132.60, addison trail 132.20Floor excercise: 1. Vilchez (Ley) 8.6, 2. Torres (AT) 8.5, 3. Anderson (Ley) 8.2. Pommel horse: 1. Machik (Ley) 7.0, 2. Vilchez (Ley) 6.0, 3. Gamino (AT) 6.7. Still rings: 1. Ruelas (Ley) 8.6, 2. Infusino (AT) 8.1, 3. Vilchez (Ley) 8.0. Vault: 1. Reed (Ley) 8.7, Torres (AT) 8.6, 3. Martinez (AT) 8.3. Parallel bars: 1. Vilchez (Ley) 8.1, 2.(T) Martinez (AT) 8.0, Ruelas (Ley) 8.0. Horizontal bar: 1. Martinez (AT) 7.0, 2. Sanchez (At) 6.4, 3. Reed (Ley) 6.0. All-around: 1. Martinez (AT) 45.00, 2. Vilchez (Ley) 44.10.*


    Boys water polo scoreboard: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Barrington 11, Elk Grove 5Fenwick 17, Mt. Carmel 2*St. Charles North 9, Neuqua Valley 7St. Charles North 1 3 3 2 —9Neuqua Valley 1 2 2 2 —7Scoring — SCN: Prettel 1, Helfers 1, Steele 1, Davis 1, traxler 5. NV: DePuy 5, Shatinksy 1, Ivkovich 1


    Boys tennis: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*West Aurora 4, IMSA 3Singles — No. 1 Nick Kuntzi (WA) defeated Dan Costa 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: William Isiminger (WA) defeated JJ Garcia 6-4, 6-4; No. 3: Julian Merluzzi (WA) defeated Eric Nam 6-4, 7-5; No. 4: Brandon La (WA) defeated Sam Cheung 7-5, 6-1 Doubles — No. 1: Rajiv Patel-O’Connor and Ken Yun (IMSA) defeated Ian Sewell and Adam Spooner 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Suraj Sinha and Paul Wang (IMSA) defeated Irving Espinosa and Jordan Sittler 6-0, 6-2; No. 3: Evan Dersel and Vishrut Dixit (IMSA) defeated Chris Rodriguez and Shawn McCarney 6-0, 6-0 *Batavia 6, East Aurora 1Singles — No. 1: T. Murat (B) def H. Martinez (EA) 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: O. Becerra (EA) def D. Swift (B) 3-6, 6-1, 6-4; No. 3: J. Carr (B) def J. Pinones (EA) 6-1, 6-4; Doubles — No. 1: Sterling/Maris (B) def Bodillo/Zinzer (EA) 6-2, 6-0; No. 2: Lorden/Boyle (B) def H. Martinez/M. Martinez 6-1,6-2; No. 3: Nelson/Hinzy (B) def Acevedo/P.Martinez (EA) 6-0, 6-0; No. 4: Malm/Robinson (B) def Meraz/Maciel (EA) 6-0, 6-0*GRAYSLAKE CENTRAL 6, WOODSTOCK 1Singles — No. 1: Tolention (GC) d. Ring 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Glennon (GC) d. Richter 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: Zador (GC) d. Carsello 6-1, 6-0.Doubles — No. 1: Knight/Hutchins (GC) d. Cross/Ratkovic 6-1, 6-0; No. 2: Sutter/Fishbach (Wdst) d. Dignadice/Patricelli 6-0, 3-6, 7-5; No. 3: Parutholli/Murphy (GC) d. Lara/Redemske 6-0, 6-1; No. 4: Mock/Hornung (GC) d. Newland/Gonzalez 6-2, 6-1.*LIBERTYVILLE 7, ANTIOCH 0Singles — No. 1: VanDixhorn (Lib) d. Ward 6-1, 6-1; No. 2: Vittore (Lib) d. Massman 7-6, 6-1; No. 3: J. Daluga (Lib) d. Schultz 6-0, 6-1.Doubles — No. 1: S. Daluga/Janczak (Lib) d. Emsun/Schwarz 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Gasick/Chen (Lib) d. Holsinger/Corey 6-0, 6-2; No. 3: Papasotinou/Tasiopoulos (Lib) d. Lacas/Mrkonich 6-3, 6-0; No. 4: P. Daluga/Cao (Lib) d. Regalado/Gupta 6-4, 6-1.*LAKE ZURICH 4, FREMD 3Singles — No. 1: Pohl (Fre) d. Guagnelli 6-0, 6-3; No. 2: Fremd d. Kim 6-3, 7-6 (4); No. 3: Ostman (Fre) d. J. Nading 6-4, 6-2.Doubles — No. 1: Brown/Reitsch (LZ) d. Sharma/Sairo 6-4, 6-4; No. 2: Petrovic/Guild (LZ) d. Oh/Feng 6-4, 6-3; No. 3: Ganoza/Miller (LZ) d. Filipuke 5-7, 6-4, 6-0; No. 4: Ewan/Z. Nading (LZ) d. Ferruzza/Lee 6-4, 7-6 (5).*STEVENSON 7, GLENBROK NORTH 2Singles — No. 1: Wu (GBN) d. Bush 6-1, 7-5; No. 2: Sauser (GBN) d. Harvey 7-5 , 4-6 7-6 (4); No. 3: Weisberg (Stev) d. shekman 6-3, 6-1; No. 4: Gordon (Stev) d. Gupta 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.Doubles — No. 1: Harvey/Komarov (Stev) d. Zakhodin/Perez 7-5, 6-2; No. 2: Maryniuk/Cheng (Stev) d. Jung/Marino 6-4, 7-5; No. 3: Jaworski/Viswanathan (Stev) d. Tsetilin/Spector 7-5, 7-6 (2); No. 4: Pan/Kny (Stev) d. sugman/Handler 6-0, 6-4; No. 5: Labaschin/Kim (Stev) d. Koretz/Sak 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.*WHEELING 4, VERNON HILLS 3Singles — No. 1: Linkov (VH) d. Yeluri 6-2, 7-5; No. 2: Yakabovich (Whe) d. Knier 6-1, 6-3; No. 3: Irazoque (Whe) d. Lau 3-6, 6-0, 10-3.Doubles — No. 1: Victor/Razin (Whe) d. Han/Park 6-4, 6-3; No. 2: Lee/Obdin (Whe) d. Kim/Zhang 2-6, 6-3, 10-7; No. 3: Namburi/Kurzenberger (VH) d. Remigoso/Kryuchov 6-3, 6-3; No. 4: Barnett-Bishop/Gaidamak (VH) d. Tint/Gleyser 6-4, 5-4*LAKES 4, MUNDELEIN 3Singles — No. 1: Sievert (Lks) d. Nicholson 6-4, 6-2; No. 2: B. Thacker (Lks) d. Garza 6-0, 6-0; No. 3: K. Thacker (Lks) d. Neumann 6-0, 6-0.Doubles — No. 1:Choubal/Turner (Mund) d. Pooley/Mueller 6-3, 6-3; No. 2: Gajda/Burnett (Lks) d. Chaichitatora/Cornejo 6-4, 6-1; No. 3: Koeller/Beltran (Mund) d. Navarro/Forbes 7-6, 7-5; No. 4: DeLeon/Ko (Mund) d. Nelson/Bradford 6-1, 6-3.*CARMEL 8, NOTRE DAME 0Singles — No. 1: Hunt (Carm) d. Sullivan 6-0, 6-2; No. 2: Norek (Carm) d. Marselle 6-2, 6-0; No. 3: Kappas (Carm) d. Fifarek 8-5.


    Baseball: Thursday’s results
    *Thursday’s results*Marmion 21, Guerin 16Guerin 813 202 0 —16Marmion 101 08(11) X —212B: M: Simon;WP: Stanke (1-1).*Kaneland 3, Hononegah 2Hononegah 001 100 00 —2-8-1Kaneland 200 000 01 —3-5-22B: H: Parsons, Bohlman;WP: Holubecki (1-1); LP: Ballanto*ANTIOCH 5, GRaYsLAKE NORTH 3Grayslake North 000 111 0 —3-9-4Antioch 023 000 x —5-6-43B: Ant: Harvey.WP: Stava; LP: Zalewski.*DEERFIELD 8, WAUCONDA 0Deerfield 000 160 1 —8-7-1Wauconda 000 000 0 —0-4-3LP: Herman.*CARMEL 9, PALATINE 8Palatine 001 160 0 —8-7-4Carmel 000 120 6 —9-9-42B: Carm: Santoro 2.HR: Carm: Santoro.WP: McClellan; LP: Stacy.*Fremd 4, Stevenson 0Stevenson 000 000 0 —0-7-1Fremd 021 010 0 —4-6-12B: Frmd: Austin.WP: Pinterski; LP: Tyrell.*Bartlett 4, Larkin 0Larkin 000 000 0 -0-3-4Bartlett 000 000 0 -4-7-12B: L —Lenz. HR: B — Flint. WP: VanDyke; LP: McCracken.*Cary-Grove 5, Barrington 4 (8 inn)Barrington 000 030 01 -4-8-3Cary-Grove 200 000 12 -5-5-12B: B — Yorton3B: B — LombardiHR: B — YortonWP: Franz; LP: Kubiuk.*West CHicago 10, Elgin 0 (5 inn.)Elgin 000 00 -0-1-3West Chicago 220 33 -10-14-0LP: Mari (0-1).*Huntley 3, Wheaton Warrenville South 0WW South 000 000 0 -0-6-1Huntley 000 000 x -3-5-12B: WWS — Giltz.3B: H — Skonieczny.WP: Sabie (2-0); LP: Ostrander (0-2).*Prospect 3, Jacobs 1Jacobs 000 001 0 -1-6-2Prospect 000 003 x -3-5-02B: P — Flahaven. HR: P — Flahaven, KarzWP: Fedre; LP: Hubner.*Neuqua Valley 15, Streamwood 1 (5 inn.)Streamwood 000 10 -1-4-4Neuqua Valley 407 4x -15-12-02B: S — Hamlin, Caminitti; NV — Piotrowski, Kicks3B: NV — TesmondWP: Peters. LP: Drwal *St. Charles East 2, South Elgin 1St. Charles East 000 000 2 -2-8-0South Elgin 000 000 1 -1-4-02B: SCE — Barry; SE — HaysWP: Boehmer; LP: Sayre; S: Vyzral.*Aurora Christian 8, St. Edward 4St. Edward 000 003 1 -4-9-4Aurora Christian 001 601 x -8-9-12B: SE — Koehring, Camerena; AC — Barrett, Worst. WP: Wagner; LP: Palmer.*Montini 16, Walther Christian 0Walther Christian 000 00 —0-1-6Montini 055 6X —16-13-02B: M: Jackson, Long, Gerberich. HR: M: Wojkobich. WP: Quick (2-0); LP: Eichert.*rolling Meadows 8, Glenbard North 5Rolling Meadows 000 322 1 —8-11-1Glenbard North 001 130 0 —5-8-22B: RM: Niecikowski, Schurtz, Montero, D’Souza, O’Neill; GN: Barrett, Orze, Jasinski, Krippinger. WP: Differding; LP: Ruiz.*Batavia 1, Waubonsie Valley 1 (13 innings-Tie)Batavia 001 000 000 000 0—1-5-2Waubonsie Vall 001 000 000 000 0—1-8-22B: B: Simoncelli. WV: Marzano. *Geneva 10, Metea Valley 7Geneva 300 070 0 —10-9-2Metea Valley 040 210 0 —7-9-42B: G: Dera, Wassel. MV: Fitzgerald. 3B: G: Challey. WP: Reed; LP: Custer.*York 13, Addison Trail 7York 601 222 0 —13-12-0Addison Trail 000 070 0 —7-5-22B: ; Y: Miner, Potaczek. HR: Y: O’Brien. WP: Santos. *Neuqua Valley 15, Streamwood 1Streamwood 000 10 —1-4-4Neuqua Valley 407 40 —15-12-02B: S: Hamlin, Caminiitti. NV:Piotrowski, Hicks. 3B: NV: Tesmond; WP: Peters; LP: Drwal.*Downers Grove North 13, Oak park-RIver Forest 5Oak Park 302 000 0 —5-11-2Downers North 220 072 X —13-18-32B: OPRF: Rumoro. DGN: May, Taylor, Becht. 3B: DGN: Taylor.WP: Jordan; LP: Rice.*Aurora Central catholic 6, Wheaton Academy 4Aurora Cen.Cath. 202 002 0 —6-7-0Wheaton Acad. 210 100 0 —4-6-32B: WA: Eberling. HR: WA: Beck, Romos. WP: Rahn; LP: Moses.*St. Francis 4, Chicago Christian 2Chicago Christ. 000 011 0 —2-5-2St. Francis 000 400 0 —4-9-2


    VanDyke, Bartlett shut down Larkin

    Senior Doug VanDyke struck out six in a 3-hit shutout of visiting Larkin in an Upstate Eight Conference baseball crossover Thursday as the Hawks prevailed 4-0.

    Adam Eaton, right, celebrates with Alexei Ramirez after they defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-3 in a baseball game in Chicago, Thursday, April 10, 2014.

    Abreu's 2 HRs lift Sox to victory

    The legend of Jose Abreu continued to grow Thursday night at U.S. Cellular Field. The White Sox' new first baseman hit 2 more home runs to spark a 7-3 win over the Cleveland Indians.


    Lake Zurich tops Carmel

    Boys volleyballMatt Carmody pounded 8 kills and posted 4 blocks, and Brent Sweetwood added 5 kills, as Lake Zurich’s boys volleyball team followed up its win over Stevenson by downing Carmel Catholic 25-15, 26-24 in nonconference action Thursday night.Lake Zurich (4-4) also got 3 blocks from Jon Gaide, 12 digs from Michael Savio and 19 assists from Pat Bush.Lakes d. Waukegan: Richard Galat hammered 12 kills, as the Eagles won the nonconference match 25-18, 25-13.Avery Brodde had 7 kills and 8 blocks for Lakes, while Colton Jewell dished out 17 assists.Dalton Solbrig contributed 3 kills and 10 digs for the Eagles.Deerfield d. Libertyville: Chris Akers’ 9 kills paced the Wildcats, who lost the nonconference match 25-21, 25-20.Antioch d. Rockford Guilford: The Sequoits won 25-15, 27-25 in nonconference action, as Nathan Cielek had 9 service points, while Nathan Borries contributed 21 assists and 3 kills.Antioch received 5 kills apiece from Lucas Winters, Troy Mayer and Ian Flately.

    White Sox’ Adam Eaton, right, celebrates with Alexei Ramirez after they defeated the Cleveland Indians 7-3 in a baseball game in Chicago Thursday.

    Abreu hits 2 more HRs as Sox finally top Indians

    Rookie Jose Abreu connected for his second multihomer game in three days and the White Sox ended a 14-game losing streak against Cleveland, beating the Indians 7-3 Thursday night.

    Avisail Garcia (26), who hit two home runs on Tuesday, is out of the season after injuring himself on Wednesday trying to make a diving catch. Garcia will have surgery on his left shoulder to repair a torn labrum.

    Losing Avisail for season a bitter pill for Sox to swallow

    The White Sox have announced right fielder Avisail Garcia has a torn labrum in his left shoulder and is out for the season. Garcia was injured trying to make a diving catch Wednesday at Colorado.


    Pitching powers Mundelein’s fast start

    Mundelein’s 11-0 start sounds impressive, but it’s only about half as good as it was just a few years ago. “We started off 20-0,” Mundelein coach Todd Parola reminisced. “It’s nice to get out to that kind of start. You get the confidence going. “I’m just a little surprised by how it’s happened for us so far this year.”


    Late goal lifts Lake Zurich

    Nicole Rasiarmos scored with 1:33 left to lift Lake Zurich’s soccer team to a 1-0 win over visiting Lake Forest in a North Suburban Lake Division match Thursday night.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    DuPage County baseball

    Burlington Central’s Sean Kish and Huntley’s Brennan Bell, right, jump out of the blocks at the start of the 110-meter high Hurdles on Thursday at the Huntley boys track invitational.

    Sycamore scrambles past Ege, Burlington Central

    Burlington Central came up a bit short at the finish line. Sycamore outscored the Rockets 113-105 to win the Huntley Invitational on Thursday night in boys track and field.

    St. Charles North’s Ashlyn Walter collides with Wheaton Warrenville South’s Nikki Molino in the first half on Thursday during the North Stars’ 1-0 win in St. Charles.

    St. Charles North edges Wheaton Warrenville South

    Megan O’Leary has done many things in her St. Charles North girls soccer career. The senior has been a defensive rock, played in a state championship match and contributed in large and small ways to the team’s success over the last three seasons. But she’d never scored a goal — until Thursday.


    Schaumburg bounces back, tops Hoffman Estates

    Schaumburg got off to a great start in Thursday night’s Mid-Suburban West boys volleyball match against visiting Hoffman Estates. Four aces from three different players and 5 kills from your middle blocker — all in the first set — will do that for a team. Senior middle Cameron Nolan hit 7 kills overall, and classmate Romario Rios, an outside hitter, finished with a game-high 9 as the Saxons swatted the Hawks 25-12, 25-16.


    Hoffman Estates handles Lake Park

    Keegan Mugerditchian drove in 3 runs with a pair of hits, and Brad Demmon doubled and drove in 2 runs as Hoffman Estates picked up an 8-4 victory against Lake Park in nonconference baseball Thursday. Ethan Bloom tossed a complete-game victory for the Hawks, allowing 9 hits but only 1 earned run with 3 strikeouts.


    Behan’s blasts carry Carmel

    Jenny Behan had her second 2-homer game of the season, and Carmel Catholic’s softball team clubbed 5 home runs total in a 14-0 rout of Resurrection in nonconference action Thursday.


    Mudd gets her kicks as Libertyville ties Stevenson

    For most soccer players, scoring on a bicycle kick is a dream come true. Sydney Mudd of Libertyville wasn’t all that far from making it happen on Thursday night. Mudd took her best shot at an athletic strike in the final minutes in an effort to net what would have been a game-winning goal. Her effort went over the crossbar by just a foot. “It’s ironic,” said Mudd, “because we were talking about it the other day in practice — ‘Oh, I’m definitely going to score on a bicycle kick this year’ — in more of a joking manner. I just got the opportunity to try it. “Honestly, you see the professionals do it and you think, ‘Wow, it would be something fun to do.’ It’s not something that very many soccer players can accomplish in their careers.” Stevenson and Libertyville drew 1-1 in their North Suburban Lake Division match in Libertyville.


    Wheaton North makes Naperville N. work for win

    Naperville North rebounded from a slow start and closed out Thursday’s boys volleyball match against Wheaton North off a pair of blocks by senior middle hitter Kevin Figge.


    Kruk takes all-time scoring lead at St. Edward

    Allison Kruk eclipsed a major St. Edward soccer milestone as her second goal in a Suburban Christian Conference win marked her as the all-time leading goal scorer in Green Wave girls soccer history with 51 after Thursday's 5-0 victory over Montini.


    Burlington Central blanks Harvard

    SoftballBurlington Central 10, Harvard 0: A one-hit shutout by Emily Kisch propelled the Rockets (5-3, 2-0) to their second Big Northern Conference win in 5 innings at home. Kisch (3-1) helped herself out by knocking home 3 RBI in the game while teammate Bekah Harnish added a triple.Westminster Christian 23, Christian Life 2: The Warriors (2-2, 2-0) pounded out 18 hits en route to 23 runs, routing Northeastern Athletic Conference foe Christian Life on the road. McKaila Hays (3 RBI), Rachel Fugiel (RBI), Jackie Calabrese (RBI) and Sarah Schmitt (HR, 5 RBI) all had triples in the game. Becca Fugiel (5 IP, 9 K, 4 H) recorded her first win while also driving in 5 runs on offense.Hampshire 16, Woodstock 0: With Haley Widmayer tossing a one-hit shutout, the Whip-Purs (6-4, 1-0) claimed their first Fox Valley Conference Fox division win on the road. Widmayer struck out 9 batters in total while giving up only a single. Hannah Detiveaux provided the offense, smashing a double and driving in 3 runs.


    Huntley finds winning mix against WW South

    Were the high school baseball season a chemistry test, Huntley and Wheaton Warrenville South might be accused of copying the other’s formula. Both teams possess solid starting pitching and some slick fielders, but run production is a question mark for each this spring, particularly Huntley, which graduated a leadoff hitter to Louisville and a power hitter to Nebraska. The remaining elements in Huntley’s lineup nevertheless yielded a positive reaction in Thursday’s nonconference game. The Red Raiders grinded out quality at-bats against hard-throwing right-hander Connor Ostrander, and three pitchers combined to shut out the visiting Tigers 3-0 on 7 hits.


    Cary-Grove swings into action against Jacobs

    With the temperature in the low 60s, the Cary-Grove lumber heated up, producing 15 runs and 15 hits in pummeling Jacobs 15-2 in the Fox Valley Conference Valley Division opener for both softball teams in Algonquin on Thursday afternoon.

    Benet Academy’s Pat Peterson pitches during the Redwings 2-1 win over Naperville Central Thursday in Naperville.

    Pitchers’ duel a fitting tribute to Lawler

    No one loved a good old fashioned pitchers’ duel as much as hall-of-fame baseball coach Phil Lawler, who passed away in 2010. On an afternoon honoring his memory, Benet and Naperville Central paid him the ultimate tribute with two magnificent outings on the mound. Redwings starter Pat Peterson struck out 13 in a complete-game effort as Benet held on for Thursday’s 2-1 victory over host Naperville Central, which held a pregame dedication of Legacy Plaza down the left-field line.


    Naperville North gets a boost with win

    Naperville North got a much-needed girls soccer victory Thursday, defeating Wheaton North 4-0 in Wheaton.


    Neuqua keeps Metea at a distance

    The Neuqua Valley boys tennis team started the Upstate Eight Valley season as many expected it would, with a 7-0 win over Metea Valley on Thursday in Aurora.


    Here’s a switch: Carmel’s Santoro delivers from both sides

    Most pitching staffs have some right-handers, and some left-handers. At Carmel, one pitcher fits both descriptions. Sophomore Joe Santoro is a righty and a lefty, and can switch back-and-forth between the two effortlessly. He is completely ambidextrous, and it’s almost uncanny how he is able to replicate his form right down to the smallest detail from one side of the mound to the other.


    Videckis, Bartlett start fast against Hoffman Estates

    The constant presence of Kendra Videckis, Josie Dombrowski and Shelly Lyjak proved too much for a young team side from Hoffman Estates on Thursday night as Bartlett prevailed 2-0 in a nonconference match at Millennium Field in Streamwood.


    Hoffman Estates rallies but comes up short

    After falling behind 5-0 after two innings to visiting Addison Trail, Hoffman Estates gradually inched closer before falling 5-4 in the nonconference softball game. The Hawks got to within 1 run after 4 innings and had a runner on third base in the sixth and seventh innings.


    Felde in fine form for Schaumburg

    Last September, Shannon Felde made a verbal commitment to Illinois State’s softball program. The Schaumburg junior was recruited to be a pitcher on the Redbirds’ 2016 roster. Felde showed why Illinois State was interested in her mound skills on Thursday. Facing a St. Viator lineup which averaged 9 runs in its first nine games, Felde spun a 1-hitter with 7 strikeouts in an 11-0 five-inning shutout.

    Bill Haas walks off the 18th green with his course notes after his first round of the Masters golf tournament Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Haas leads, with a pair of Masters champs 1 back

    No nerves. No worries. Adam Scott never knew the opening round at Augusta National could be so enjoyable. With his green jacket upstairs in the locker room for Masters champions, Scott made only one bad swing that cost him two shots in a round of 3-under 69. It was the lowest opening score by a defending champion in 13 years, and it left Scott one shot behind leader Bill Haas on an otherwise demanding day.

    St. Charles North’s Alyssa Brandt, left, not only is an excellent soccer player but carries a 5.6 GPA.

    Thielk sets new bench mark

    Kaneland junior Zack Thielk wasn’t always putting up big numbers in the weight room. He is now.


    Glenbard West gets its runs 1-2-3 at West Chicago

    The Glenbard West softball team won Thursday’s battle at West Chicago 7-3 by scoring all of its runs in the first three innings.

    Warren’s Jodie Hurd, left congratulates teammate Megan Scott after she hit a home run in the second inning against host Antioch on Thursday.

    Scott, Wagner give Warren a lift

    Megan Scott and Jana Wagner helped power Warren past host Antioch 6-0 on Thursday in a nonconference softball matchup.

    Pitcher Justin Guryn of Grayslake Central is focused on extending his terrific start to the season.

    Guryn’s staying focused on pitching excellence

    Grayslake Central junior pitcher Justin Guryn was focused right out of the gate this season. In two outings, he already has a no-hitter and 26 strikeouts in 16 innings.

    Elk Grove’s Ty Lawson delivers against Maine West on Thursday at Elk Grove.

    Arbov’s hit helps Elk Grove sting Maine West

    Elk Grove’s Peter Arbov hit a ball off his ankle harder than he hit the ball to center field. Both were painful, but the one to center hurt Maine West even more. Arbov’s bases-loaded single scored Adam O’Malley to break a 3-3 tie as the Grenadiers held on to beat Maine West 5-4 Thursday in Elk Grove.


    With Smith’s single, St. Charles East sinks South Elgin

    Ben Smith finally got the clutch hit the St. Charles East baseball team needed Thursday. The Saints were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position before Smith lined a 2-run single over the shortstop in the top of the seventh inning to lead STC East to a 2-1 victory over South Elgin.

    Duncan Keith, left, Ben Smith, center, and Andrew Shaw celebrate after Smith's empty net goal against the Blues on Sunday. It marked the third straight game Smith scored a goal.

    Hawks' Smith seeing fruits of his labor

    Nothing has ever come easy for Ben Smith. At least when it's come to his professional hockey career, that is. But the Blackhawks forward has persevered in what has become a breakout season.

    Nate Schierholtz, top, scores on a wild pitch as Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (45) makes a late tag during the fourth inning of a baseball game on Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Chicago.

    Cubs’ bullpen blows Wood’s solid start

    The Cubs messed up a perfectly good feel-good story Thursday, blowing a 4-0 seventh-inning lead and falling 5-4 to the Pittsburgh Pirates at Wrigley Field. On display were many troubling signs that figure to plague the Cubs all season.


    Hawks send Teravainen to Rockford

    The writing was on the wall, and now it’s official. The Blackhawks on Thursday reassigned forward Teuvo Teravainen to the Rockford IceHogs.

    Emilio Bonifacio steals second base as Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Clint Barmes (12) takes the throw during the first inning of a baseball game, Thursday, April 10, 2014 in Chicago.

    Renteria not overthinking tough road trip

    After a disappointing 2-4 homestand, the Cubs hit the road for three games in St. Louis and two in New York, where they will play the Yankees. Cubs manager Rick Renteria will get his first taste of the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry this weekend.

    While it’s true that Jimmy Butler ranks third in the NBA in minutes played per game, he only ranks 47th in total minutes played for the season.

    Bulls probably don’t need to rest starters

    The Indiana Pacers already decided to rest all five starters on Wednesday. With four games left in the regular season, what should the Bulls do? Rest some guys for the playoffs or stay the course and try to remain sharp?


    Bulls add two more players

    After being cautious with their spending all season, the Bulls will head into the playoffs with the full allotment of 15 players. They signed veteran point guard Mike James and power forward Lou Amundson on Thursday


    Manning to have surgery on left ankle

    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is going to start the offseason training program with a surgically repaired left ankle.The Giants announced that Manning will have arthroscopic surgery on Thursday to relieve some lingering discomfort in the ankle he sprained in the regular season finale against Washington.


    Police: No arrest in case involving Missouri WR

    Police say they won’t make any arrests in a suspected burglary involving Missouri wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, in part because of reluctant witnesses who fear retaliation and harassment for bringing a criminal complaint.

    Pittsburgh Pirates' Pedro Alvarez watches his three-run home run against the Chicago Cubs during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Thursday, April 10, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Banks)

    Pen implodes, Cubs fall 5-4 to Pirates

    Pedro Alvarez hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run seventh inning and Jason Grilli retired Emilio Bonifacio on a bases-loaded grounder to end the game, giving the Pittsburgh Pirates a 5-4 victory over the Cubs on Thursday.The Pirates trailed 4-0 heading into the seventh, but two big drives changed things.

    Sprinter Asafa Powell tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrone.

    Jamaican sprinter banned for doping

    A Jamaican disciplinary panel on Thursday banned former 100-meter world record holder Asafa Powell from athletics for 18 months after the veteran sprinter tested positive for a banned stimulant last June.


    Price kicked off Mizzou team

    Missouri basketball coach Frank Haith kicked Zach Price off the team Thursday, ending the forward’s career with the Tigers before it began. Price, a transfer from Louisville who wasn’t eligible to play until next season, was arrested twice last week on four counts of suspicion of assault.

    Lance Armstrong

    Armstrong provides names in written testimony

    Lance Armstrong has given sworn testimony naming several people he says knew about his performance-enhancing drug use. He insists he didn’t pay anyone or any organization to keep his doping secret.

    Gary Player, left, watches as Jack Nicklaus reacts to his tee shot on the first hole during the Masters Par-3 competition Wednesday.

    Will Tiger ever be as beloved as golf’s Big Three?

    Even if Tiger Woods agrees to hit ceremonial shots at the Masters 40 years from now, will he be nearly as beloved as Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Gary Player were? I’m wondering whether Tiger Woods ever will agree to play that honorary role … and what the gallery’s response to him would be.


    Ally Financial CEO Michael Carpenter, third from right, is applauded as he rings the New York Stock Exchange opening bell Thursday to mark his company’s IPO. The Treasury Department has raised $2.38 billion after selling a large chunk of its stock in Ally Financial Inc. as part of the government’s ongoing effort to recoup the billions of dollars spent bailing out companies during the 2008 financial crisis.

    Biotech drops again, pulling down market

    Biotech and Internet stocks tumbled again Thursday, and the broader market followed. After a two-day respite, investors again started dumping shares of cutting-edge drug companies and other industries that have soared over the past year.

    Security researchers who uncovered the threat are particularly worried about the lapse because it went undetected for more than two years. They fear the possibility that computer hackers may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery.

    What you need to know about the Heartbleed bug

    Millions of passwords, credit card numbers and other personal information may be at risk as a result of a major breakdown in Internet security revealed earlier this week. The damage caused by the “Heartbleed” bug is currently unknown. The security hole exists on a vast number of the Internet's Web servers and went undetected for more than two years.

    Kellogg’s Special K cereal is on display at a supermarket in an Omaha, Neb. The fixation on calorie counts that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. The shift is chipping away at the popularity of products like Diet Coke, Lean Cuisine, Special K and Yoplait Light.

    Dieters move past calories, food makers follow

    Obsessing over calories alone has left dieters with an empty feeling. The calorie counting that defined dieting for so long is giving way to other considerations, like the promise of more fiber or natural ingredients. That is chipping away at the popularity of products like Diet Coke, Lean Cuisine and Special K, which became weight-watching staples primarily by stripping calories from people’s favorite foods.

    Corporations from Deerfield-based Baxter International Inc. to Hertz Global Holdings Inc. are looking to narrow their focus and separate unrelated businesses with the hope that it will result in billions of dollars of added value.

    Breaking up is not so hard to do at Baxter to Safeway

    Companies are breaking up like never before.A record 28 U.S. spinoffs were announced in the first three months of the year, the most in one quarter since at least 2002, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. Corporations from Deerfield-based Baxter International Inc. to Hertz Global Holdings Inc. are looking to narrow their focus and separate unrelated businesses with the hope that it will result in billions of dollars of added value. Occidental Petroleum Corp. and Safeway Inc. are also among companies breaking off parts, with spinoff stocks outperforming the broader market since 2009.Recent local spinoffs in the U.S. consumer industry include Northfield-based Kraft Foods Group Inc. separating from snack-maker Mondelez International Inc., Deerfield-based Fortune Brands Home & Security Inc. from the Beam Inc. bourbon business and clothing brand Lands’ End Inc. from Hoffman Estates-based retailer Sears Holdings Corp.Following decades of bulking up through acquisitions, executives and boards are reassessing the makeup of their businesses -- sometimes with a nudge from activist shareholders -- and finding that investors often favor simpler companies, said Oscar Gruss & Son Inc. The same forces may now be at work in Europe, which hasn’t yet joined in on the trend, say bankers from Deutsche Bank AG, Morgan Stanley and JPMorgan Chase & Co.“We’ve seen a big upswing in spinoffs,” Joe Cornell, founding principal of Spin-Off Advisors LLC in Chicago, said in a phone interview. “The U.S. has been ahead of the curve as far as spinoffs, but this will probably be a bigger theme globally going forward. The kind of restructuring companies here have been doing is catching on.”$326 BillionCompanies representing $326 billion of market value announced almost 30 U.S. spinoffs from Jan. 1 to March 31, data compiled by Bloomberg show. That’s almost double the quarterly average of 15 for the last three years.In Europe, there were nine spinoffs last quarter, close to that region’s average in the same period. The combined market value of the European companies selling units was the equivalent of about $104 billion.Part of the attraction of a spinoff -- as opposed to selling a business to a single buyer -- is that there are tax advantages for shareholders, said Henry Stewart, head of consumer investment banking for Europe, the Middle East and Africa at Morgan Stanley, who sees spinoff activity picking up in Europe.“With equity capital markets strong, spinoffs and sub-IPOs have become a very attractive option for companies seeking to maximize the value of their assets,” Stewart said.Automatic Data Processing Inc., the payroll-and-benefits provider, said today it is planning a tax-free spinoff of its auto-dealer services unit. The shares climbed 2.4 percent to $77.71 at 9:41 New York time.Spinoffs have been particularly popular among U.S. health- care and consumer companies. Drugmaker Baxter said March 27 that it will use a spinoff to split into two pieces in 2015 -- one business focused on developing medicines and another that sells medical products to hospitals. Abbott Laboratories and Pfizer Inc. also spun off businesses in the last two years.Europe LaggingIn Europe, none of the major health-care companies have announced spinoffs in the last decade, data compiled by Bloomberg show.“Most large-cap businesses have been focused on reorganizing their product portfolios,” said Cathrin Petty, co- head of health-care investment banking at JPMorgan for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. That’s a longer process for a more regulated industry such as health care, she said.“We will start to see pharmaceutical and med-tech companies look to sell non-core assets” once they’ve completed the reorganization, Petty said.

    Nintendo is bringing its “Tomodachi” game for the portable 3DS system to the U.S. and Europe following its success in Japan.

    Nintendo brings ‘Tomodachi’ game to U.S., Europe

    Nintendo is bringing its “Tomodachi” game for the portable 3DS system to the U.S. and Europe following its success in Japan. Called “Tomodachi Life,” the game geared mostly toward kids is similar to “The Sims” and Nintendo’s “Animal Crossing.” Tomodachi means “friends” in Japanese.

    GM is facing condemnation for its handling of faulty ignition switches tied to at least 13 deaths. U.S. regulators are probing GM over the way it dealt with flaws it first saw as far back as 2001, a sign of intensifying scrutiny of safety practices in the auto industry.

    Toyota-GM seen bringing era of big recalls as scrutiny rises

    After Toyota Motor Corp. and General Motors Co. -- two of the largest carmakers -- were criticized for dragging their feet before calling back defective models in recent years, automakers are accelerating safety actions. Recalls recently climbed to records in Japan and China, while in the U.S., the 2014 pace is well ahead of last year’s, when the tally rose to the highest since 2004.

    Arecruiter waits to meet with job seekers at a career fair, in King of Prussia, Pa. The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in almost seven years, falling 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 300,000.

    Applications for jobless aid dip 32,000 to 300,000

    The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped to the lowest level in almost seven years, falling 32,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 300,000. The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile measure, fell 4,750 to 316,250.

    Carl Icahn poses

    EBay, Icahn settle proxy fight

    Carl Icahn is backing down from his push to remake eBay, settling an acrimonious dispute just ahead of what promised to be an awkward annual shareholders meeting. The e-commerce company has been fighting a push from the activist investor to spin off PayPal, eBay’s mobile payment business that is growing revenue faster than the rest of the company.


    GM puts 2 engineers on paid leave in recall case

    General Motors has placed two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for an ignition switch problem.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon

    JPMorgan awarded CEO Jamie Dimon $11.8M last year

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. Chairman and CEO Jamie Dimon’s total compensation fell 37 percent last year to $11.8 million as the nation’s largest investment bank grappled with billions in legal costs and fines. Dimon’s total compensation fell from $18.7 million in 2012, according to regulatory documents filed by the bank Wednesday.

    Security researchers who uncovered the threat are particularly worried about the lapse because it went undetected for more than two years. They fear the possibility that computer hackers may have been secretly exploiting the problem before its discovery.

    Heartbleed bug causes major security headache

    A confounding computer bug called “Heartbleed” is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.

    Low-cost leader Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make it more affordable for its low-income customers.

    Wal-Mart and Wild Oats unveil cheaper organic line

    Low-cost leader Wal-Mart is using its massive size to drive down the price of organic food items from tomato paste to chicken broth to make it more affordable for its low-income customers. The world’s largest retailer said Thursday that it has teamed up with Wild Oats to sell a new line of organic foods, starting this month,

    United States Military Academy cadet Dylan Hyde watches data on a computer at the Cyber Research Center at the United States Military Academy in West Point, N.Y.

    Military academies take on NSA

    If Douglas MacArthur or Ulysses S. Grant went to the U.S. Military Academy today, they might be testing their defensive skills hunched in front of a computer screen. A team of caffeine-fueled cadets is spending long days this week in a computer lab trying to fend off threats cooked up by experts at the National Security Agency.

    Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the latest numbers show that the global slump in PC demand may be easing.

    Continued drop in PC shipments slows

    Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the latest numbers show that the global slump in PC demand may be easing. Although the numbers released Wednesday by market research firms Gartner and IDC mark the industry’s eighth straight quarter of declines, they also show a considerable slowdown from the drops in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Life & Entertainment

    Chickpeas, garlic and tahini take a whirl in a food processor and turn into hummus that makes you go “Mmm.”


    Chickpeas, garlic and tahini take a whirl in a food processor and turn into hummus that makes you go “mmm.”

    Move over Mom: Hummus a healthy, kid-friendly dip

    Hummus has been around in the Middle East since at least the 13th century, but has gained popularity in the last decade. Jerome Gabriel tells us how to make a batch of this flavorful chickpea dip.


    Will goldfish make it into family legend?

    Decades from now, I don’t know if our amazing goldfish will have made it onto our favorite family stories list. There are still a lot of stories yet to be written. The important thing is that we are writing them together.

    “Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker” by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Christian Robinson (Chronicle Books, 2014), $17.99, 104 pages.

    Josephine Baker’s story sings

    Josephine Baker's story "sings" in the pages of children's book, "Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker."

    Stephen Colbert, the host of “The Colbert Report,” will succeed David Letterman as the host of “The Late Show.”

    Late night then & now as Dave prepares to take off

    The future is Stephen Colbert. The Comedy Central talk-show star was named Thursday to replace David Letterman when he steps down from CBS’ “Late Show” next year. But what about the past and the present? Let’s try for a little historical perspective by comparing the late night landscape that greets Colbert’s announcement against the world in which “Late Show” was born.


    A grandparent’s voice

    When you learn that your grandchild has Down syndrome it can be a shock. A whole host of new feelings, ones that you were not prepared for, emerge and so do questions. Like the new parents, there are so many questions about what happens next and what life will be like.


    Why are my kids’ laundry habits so finicky?

    My kids are so weird about their clothing.We have one clothes hamper for the kids, one for the adults. The adult clothes get washed about once a week, when the hamper demands it. The kids’ clothes get washed once a day, when the hamper starts screaming from the weight. That’s one thing I don’t understand. How can the kids fill up the hamper every day?


    Find what's behind your own excuses before divorce

    Q. I have been unhappy in my marriage for a long time. So long, in fact, that it started long before it became a marriage. I always had an excuse for putting off ending the relationship. In the beginning it was, “I'll wait until after the summer”; “OK, now I'll wait until after the holidays” ... etc., etc., etc. Never happened.

    Ivan Rutherford, a veteran of playing Jean Valjean in more than 2,000 performances of “Les MisÚrables” on Broadway, tour and regionally, stars in the same role again at the Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terrace.

    Drury Lane skillfully navigates familiar ‘Les Mis’

    Director Rachel Rockwell leads a solid production of the international musical blockbuster "Les Miserables" at Drury Lane Theatre in Oakbrook Terraces with a strong cast featuring a number of Broadway veterans and Chicago-area talent.

    Stephen Colbert will succeed David Letterman as the host of “The Late Show.”

    Colbert to replace Letterman on 'Late Show'

    Stephen Colbert is replacing David Letterman as CBS' late-night host, CBS announced Thursday. “I never dreamed that I would follow in his footsteps, though everyone in late night follows Dave's lead,” Colbert said.

    The FXX network plans a marathon telecast this summer of episodes of “The Simpsons” — all 552 of them consecutively starting Aug. 21 and continuing into Labor Day.

    FXX plans marathon telecast of ‘The Simpsons’

    The FXX network plans a marathon telecast this summer of episodes of “The Simpsons” — all 552 of them consecutively. The marathon will start Aug. 21 and continue into Labor Day.


    Ireland’s wedding-singer priest an Internet hit

    Father’s got talent. An Irish priest has become a social-media sensation after he surprised a bride and groom by singing a custom-made cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” at their wedding.

    Members of Kiss, from left, Paul Stanley, Eric Singer, Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer. Kiss is angry with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame over the organization’s decision only to induct original members Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley while excluding members who joined later.

    Kiss not the first to tell Rock Hall to kiss off

    Graciousness is not always high on the list of attributes you find in successful rock ‘n’ roll stars. Because of this, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions have sometimes brought out the worst in its inductees, whether continuing once-private feuds in public or launching criticism at the hall itself. This year it’s Kiss that’s angry.

    Actress Katherine Heigl has sued Duane Reade Inc., saying the company is using a picture of her leaving one of its pharmacies in its promotional materials.

    Katherine Heigl sues pharmacy company over photo

    Emmy-award winning actress Katherine Heigl has sued Duane Reade Inc., saying the company is using a picture of her leaving one of its pharmacies in its promotional materials.

    Rolling Stone’s cover features “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus nude with a tattoo of the U.S. Constitution signed by John Hancock across her bare back. The problem is Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

    Rolling Stone flubs Constitution tattoo on cover

    Julia Louis-Dreyfus better hope her latest tattoo is a temporary one. The cover image of next month’s Rolling Stone magazine featuring the “Veep” star depicts a nude Louis-Dreyfus with a tattoo of the U.S. Constitution signed by John Hancock across her back. The problem is Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution.

    Drake will host the July 16 ESPYs sports awards show on ESPN in Los Angeles.

    Rapper Drake to host ESPYs sports awards show

    Drake is carving out a new niche as a television host and will helm the 2014 ESPYs, the sports award show of ESPN. The Toronto-based rapper, singer and actor and the sports entertainment network announced the gig Wednesday. The annual light-hearted awards show will be held July 16 at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles and will be broadcast live.

    A Breezy Maria is made with celery bitters.

    The bitters truth — cocktail bitters are booming

    Cocktail expert Adam Lantheaume isn’t afraid to tell the bitters truth. Making drinks without adding a dash or two of bitters is like cooking without seasoning. “We think of cocktail bitters as the spice cabinet of the bartender,” he says. And things are getting spicier by the minute on the bar scene.

    Consumers can subscribe to companies like Birch Box to receive monthly shipments of beauty product samples.

    Subscription sample boxes shake up beauty routines

    It’s a beauty product fan’s dream: a monthly box sent to the door filled with samples of lip glosses, face creams, hair treatments and nail polishes. The trend started a few years ago with companies like Birch Box charging between $10 and $15 a month for subscriptions. But it’s recently taken off with dozens of options.

    First Folio Theatre announced the plays in its 2014-15 season, staged at Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook.

    First Folio announces season

    First Folio Theatre in Oak Brook, opens its 2014-2015 season with "The Gravedigger," a new drama by Joseph Zettelmaier inspired by Frankenstein's Monster.

    “King Kong Vs. Godzilla” is one of several genre thrillers presented at the 16-Hour Sci-Fi Marathon at the Patio Theater in Chicago.

    Are you ready for 16 hours of Sci-Fi Marathon?

    Sixteen hours worth of Sci-Fi Marathon hits the Patio Theater this weekend. Prepare yourself! Plus, Dann talks to a reader about the non-biblical inspirations for Darren Aronofsky's epic "Noah," and provides his weekly quota of film notes.

    Ali (Jennifer Garner) scores with Cleveland Browns general manager Sonny Weaver (Kevin Costner) in the NFL drama “Draft Day.”

    'Draft Day' sacked by fumbled direction, dumbed-down dialogue

    Visual chess references are the most subtle and smartest parts of Ivan Reitman's behind-the-scenes NFL story “Draft Day,” a wildly miscast, flaccidly directed, disappointingly dumbed-down drama that reminds us of the phenomenal greatness of Bennett Miller's 2011 baseball release “Moneyball.” Kevin Costner, too old to play the Cleveland Browns GM as written, hikes through this soggy saga.

    Many gardeners use pesticides — organic or otherwise — only as a last resort. They opt instead for such predatory insects as ladybugs, which individually can consume up to 5,000 aphids during their lifetime, and can be bought commercially and released from containers into the garden.

    Benign neglect? Garden pest control naturally

    Gardeners worried about the safety of synthetic pest-control products sometimes turn to botanically derived compounds instead. But many of those also contain toxic ingredients, such as nicotine, rotenone and pyrethrins. Instead, consider the benign-neglect school of pest-control — a mix of prevention (such as maintaining healthy soil) and natural controls (such as insect-eating insects).

    Kaylie (Karen Gillan) freaks out while investigating a haunted mirror in the supernatural thriller “Oculus.”

    Beefed-up short 'Oculus' an impressive creepfest

    Perception is brutality in Mike Flanagan's twisty supernatural thriller “Oculus.” Flanagan has beefed up his 2006 film short “Oculus” to a full-length feature, yet the nerve-jangling essence of his haunted mirror mystery remains intact with its tale of two siblings struggling to destroy a reflective evil entity that's been killing people for hundreds of years. As Dad tells his son, “Run!”

    Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) return — this time with their blue brood of domesticated kids — in “Rio 2.”

    'Rio 2' a colorful, musical adventure

    A vivid and delightful animated spectacle, “Rio 2” is chock-full of colorful 3-D wonder and jubilant musical numbers set against a tale of family dynamics and environmental dilemmas.

    An alien (Scarlett Johansson) preys on men in “Under the Skin.”

    Johansson leads viewers through baffling ‘Under the Skin’

    Scarlett Johansson’s performance isn’t simply the best thing about "Under the Skin," it’s the movie’s raison d’etre. And this charismatic actress, who’s worth watching no matter what she does, delivers a thoughtful, sometimes even mesmerizing turn as, yes, an alien preying on human males in Glasgow, Scotland.



    Editorial: School using controversy as a teaching moment

    A Daily Herald editorial praises the sensitive handling of a sexting controversy at a Barrington middle school.


    A broken system en route to failure

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: Government today is highly pressured and deals with tough, complicated problems. It needs to be able to recruit and retain first-rate talent; you don’t want a second-rate lawyer negotiating a nuclear arms treaty.


    Adding a new comic strip is serious business

    Columnist Jim Slusher: In the fuller pursuit of a newspaper’s mission to delight and to instruct, you might be surprised to find that one of the most treacherous assignments for any editor can be found in the delight variable. To be specific, the Comics Plus page.


    Send us your reflections on the Boston bombing
    Send us your reflections on the Boston marathon bombing, one year later.


    Look at the benefits of e-cigarettes
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Electronic cigarettes contain no tobacco, nor do they emit smoke. The most popular e-cigarettes, also called “personal vaporizers,” used today don’t even look like traditional cigarettes. Yet, cities from Chicago to Los Angeles have voted to regulate electronic cigarettes as tobacco products.


    Red-light cameras are there for revenue
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: To provide added safety, or to raise money for a municipality? There is a gross miscarriage of justice by certain local governments on these red-light violation laws as they relate to right turns on red.


    Can’t ignore skills of half the population
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: On the occasion of Pay Equity Day, the American Association of University Women, (AAUW), Batavia-Geneva-St. Charles Branch, expresses continued support of equal pay for equal work for women in our society.


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