Daily Archive : Sunday April 20, 2014


    This April 1, 2014 photo shows the ignition switch of a 2005 Chevrolet Cobalt in Alexandria, Va. A federal judge in Texas on Thursday, April 17, 2014 denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of 2 million recalled cars to stop driving their vehicles until their ignition switches are repaired. (AP Photo/Molly Riley)

    Algonquin girl becomes face of national parks

    Aida Frey knew she wanted to be a park ranger ever since her first visit to a national park. Three years later, the 13-year-old from Algonquin has visited 163 national parks and historic sites with her family, and earned about 300 badges, pins and medals as part of the National Park Service’s Junior Ranger program. “I don’t have a favorite because each national park is...

    A witness turned rescuer at the site of a deadly kayak accident in Geneva on Saturday said it was clear that the kayak's two operators were struggling to control the vessel before it plunged over a low dam.

    Fox River low-head dams 'notoriously deadly,' expert says

    Kayakers aboard a two-man craft that went over a dam in Geneva Saturday, leaving one man dead and another hospitalized, clearly were struggling to control the vessel, according to a witness who took part in the rescue effort.

    A group of witnesses and emergency responders resuscitated Mount Prospect resident Jim Maglieri, third from left, after he suffered a heart attack on March 20.

    Witnesses, police help save Mount Prospect man after heart attack

    When Jim Maglieri of Mount Prospect gives a speech at his daughter's wedding next month, he's likely to mention how close he came to missing it. Maglieri suffered a heart attack while driving in Park Ridge on March 20, and was pulled from his car unconscious and without a pulse. The fast action of numerous responders saved his life.

    Pope Francis waves to the crowd from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica where he delivered the Urbi et Orbi at the end of the Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the the Vatican Sunday.

    Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

    Marking Christianity's most hopeful day, Pope Francis made an Easter Sunday plea for peace and dialogue in Ukraine and Syria, for an end to terrorist attacks against Christians in Nigeria and for more attention to the hungry and neediest close to home.

    Nike's copyrighted phrase “Just Do It” has shown up on standardized tests given to New York students in grades three to eight in April 2014. Some parents are wondering what it was doing on some of New York's Common Core standardized English tests.

    Brand names in N.Y. standardized tests vex parents

    “Just Do It” has been a familiar Nike slogan for years, but some parents are wondering what it was doing on some of New York's Common Core standardized English tests. Brands including Barbie, iPod, Mug Root Beer and Life Savers showed up on the tests more than a million students in grades 3 through 8 took this month, leading to speculation it was some form of product placement...


    5 killed, 22 wounded in Chicago shootings

    Five people have been killed and at least 22 others have been wounded in shootings across Chicago since Friday evening. Two teens were shot around 10:30 a.m. Saturday at an apartment on the city's South Side. A 43-year-old man was found with multiple gunshot wounds in an alley on the West Side earlier Saturday. And another man died after being shot following a car chase A fifth man was shot to...


    Kraft recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer wieners

    Kraft Foods is recalling 96,000 pounds of its Oscar Mayer wieners because they may mistakenly contain cheese. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service said Sunday that Kraft's “Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners” may instead contain the company's “Classic Cheese Dogs.”

    An Illinois Open Space Lands sign at Greenleaf Woods Park in Island Lake.

    State wants Island Lake to return $239,000 grant

    State officials want Island Lake to return a $239,000 grant delivered 22 years ago, alleging village leaders misrepresented facts and misused the money, documents indicate. The grant was awarded to help the village purchase about 12 acres called Greenleaf Woods.

    Wellesley College student Akiho Saito, of Tokyo, right, serves pasta during a Boston Marathon pre-race dinner at Boston City Hall Sunday. With an expanded field of runners and the memory of last year’s bombings the 2014 Boston Marathon could bring an unprecedented wave of visitors to the area.

    On eve of marathon, festivities and tight security

    Runners are focused on the exhilaration of crossing the finish line at Monday's Boston Marathon, but the festive atmosphere on Sunday was inevitably tinged with sorrow, as runners, family members and spectators recalled the twin bombings at last year’s race that killed three people and injured 260.

    Members of the Daily Herald Leadership Team members Katie Mann, 18, of Wheaton Academy and Meg Maloney, 18, of Glenbard West High School make lunch sandwiches while volunteering Sunday at the Community United Methodist Church’s PADS shelter in Naperville.

    DuPage Leadership Team members volunteer at homeless shelter

    Members of the Daily Herald's Leadership Team for DuPage County spent their Easter Sunday evening helping out at a Public Action to Deliver Shelter site in Naperville. The team members, all of them high-school students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to volunteerism and community service, set up beds for the homeless people who would spend the night at the shelter and prepared three...

    A local resident inspects burnt-out cars after night fight at the checkpoint which was under control of pro-Russian activists in the village of Bulbasika near Slovyansk on Sunday.

    Ukraine, Russia trade blame for shootout in east

    Within hours of an Easter morning shootout at a checkpoint manned by pro-Russia insurgents in eastern Ukraine, Russia’s Foreign Ministry issued a statement blaming militant Ukrainian nationalists and Russian state television stations aired pictures of supposed proof of their involvement in the attack that left at least three people dead. The Ukrainian Security Service, however, said the...

    Relatives of missing passengers, waiting in a school gymnasium in Jindo, South Korea, watch a TV news program reporting government’s rescue operations Sunday. After more than three days of frustration and failure, divers on Sunday finally found a way into the submerged ferry.

    Transcript reveals confusion over ferry evacuation

    The South Korean ferry that sank was crippled by confusion and indecision well after it began listing, a radio transcript released Sunday showed, suggesting the chaotic situation may have added to a death toll that could eventually exceed 300.

    South Korean rescue team boats and fishing boats are seen last week trying to rescue passengers of the sinking Sewol ferry. Maritime experts are asking why passengers were told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck.

    Delay in ferry evacuation puzzles maritime experts

    It is a decision that has maritime experts stumped and is at odds with standard procedure: Why were the passengers of the doomed South Korean ferry told to stay in their rooms rather than climb on deck? Evacuations can be chaotic and dangerous, and an important principle in maritime circles is that even a damaged ship may be the best lifeboat. But car ferries like the Sewol, which left about 300...

    Former boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter holds the writ of habeas corpus that freed him from prison, during a news conference in this Jan. 29, 2004, photo, Carter, who spent almost 20 years in jail after twice being convicted of a triple murder he denied committing, died at his home in Toronto on Sunday, according to long-time friend and co-accused John Artis. He was 76.

    Prizefighter Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter dies at 76

    Rubin “Hurricane” Carter never surrendered hope of regaining his freedom, not even after he was convicted of a triple murder, then convicted again and abandoned by many prominent supporters. For 19 long years, the prizefighter was locked in a prison cell far away from the spotlight and the adulation of the boxing ring. But when he at last won his biggest fight — for...

    The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Scranton returns to Naval Station Norfolk, Va., from a regularly scheduled deployment. Scientists have concluded submarine sailors, who traditionally begin a new workday every 18 hours, show less fatigue on a 24-hour schedule.

    Navy OKs changes for submariners’ sleep schedules

    With no sunlight to set day apart from night on a submarine, the U.S. Navy for decades has staggered sailors’ working hours on schedules with little resemblance to life above the ocean’s surface. Research by a Navy laboratory in Groton is now leading to changes for the undersea fleet. Military scientists concluded submarine sailors, who traditionally begin a new workday every 18...


    Cook County celebrates Earth Day

    Cook County activities in recognition of Earth Day include a workday at Deer Grove West Forest Preserve in Palatine on Saturday, April 26.


    Mt. Prospect limits parking on Walnut Street

    Mount Prospect trustees voted last week to prohibit parking on the north side of Walnut Street between Prospect Manor Avenue and Ridge Avenue.

    Five-year-old Nathan Mroczek of Lincolnshire looks at a red-eared slider turtle with is father, Tony, and sister, Leia, 10, during the Greet Education Animals program Sunday hosted by the Lake County Forest Preserve District at Ryerson Conversation Area near Riverwoods. The event kicked off a week of programs celebrating Earth Day.

    Lake County Forest Preserve District kicks off Earth Week with an animal meet-and-greet

    The Lake County Forest Preserve District held a “Meet and Greet Education Animals” event on Easter Sunday to kick off free Earth Week programs. During the program at the Ryerson Conservation Area near Riverwoods, about 40 visitors saw live animals that included turtles, a tiger salamander, a fox snake and a screech owl.


    I-90 construction progress to be discussed Tuesday

    A public meeting is scheduled for Tuesday to update residents on the progress of the ongoing Elmhurst Road Interchange project on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), as well as the possibility of an eastbound exit at Lee Street.

    Preschool director Jori Reuter reads “The Easter Story” to children during the Faith Lutheran Church Eggstravaganza event Easter Sunday in Arlington Heights. About 30 children searched for 850 eggs, worked on religious crafts, and listened to the story of Easter.

    Children delight in Eggstravaganza

    About 30 children rushed the playground Sunday morning at Faith Lutheran Church in Arlington Heights in search of eggs containing treats and other goodies as part of the church’s annual Easter Sunday Eggstravaganza. “The children are usually very excited about the egg hunt and Eggstravaganza,” said rhe church's preschool director, Jori Reuter.


    Refusal to exit car costly decision for South Elgin woman

    A South Elgin woman's decision to lock her doors and refuse to get out of her car as ordered by police during a traffic stop led to costly consequences — for both her and her vehicle.


    Electronics recycling event:

    The Ela Highway Department is sponsoring an electronics recycling event from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Knox Park, 1155 E. Route 22 in Lake Zurich.


    Budget meeting set:

    Island Lake’s finance committee will meet Tuesday to discuss the proposed 2015 fiscal year budget.


    The impact of invasive plants:

    “Invasive Plants: Unweaving the Web of Native Life,” is the topic of the Lake County Audubon meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 5, at the Libertyville village hall, 118 W. Cook Ave.


    Police: 6 people injured in Easter party shooting

    Authorities say six people were injured in a shooting at an Easter party in Montgomery. Montgomery Police Chief Daniel Meyers tells Chicago’s WBBM-TV that the shooter allegedly got out of an SUV and fired bullets into the garage of a home where an Easter party was taking place and children were present.


    Shots fired in Elgin, no injuries reported

    Elgin police are investigating reports of a shooting Saturday night on the west side of the city. According to police, someone in a car fired shots at three pedestrians after a confrontation. No injuries were reported.

    In April 2014, a crop of Republican officials who wanted to oust former Illinois GOP chairman Pat Brady for his statements supporting same-sex marriage have been replaced in their party positions.

    State GOP officials who wanted Brady out get replaced

    A crop of Republican officials who wanted to oust former Illinois GOP Chairman Pat Brady for his statements supporting same-sex marriage have been replaced in their party positions. Illinois Republicans across the state held elections for all 18 state central committee member posts this week, replacing six of the seven officials who signed on to a letter last year to hold a vote on removing Brady...


    Groups raise concerns about Dist. 203 learning support changes

    Naperville Unit District 203 officials who are proposing changes to the way educators support struggling students and challenge advanced students are hearing concerns from a variety of camps before a vote on the matter scheduled for Monday. “Our biggest concern is how we can know with confidence that the gifted and advanced learners will receive support in this new model?” said Sonia...

    Markeyah Johnson, 11, left, and Alexis Ruiz, 11, perform during a rehearsal of “Destined Lives,” an original opera created and produced entirely by 10-to-13-year-old students involved in Hamilton Wings’ SCORE program. Johnson is from Elgin and Ruiz is from South Elgin.

    Arts Appetizer will help fund youth programs

    Food, arts and fundraising will come together when Hamilton Wings holds its second annual Arts Appetizer event on Sunday, April 27. The fundraiser, which is limited to 60 attendees, will offer guests a chance to taste test a variety of samples from Elgin restaurants, while hearing from some of the students involved in Hamilton Wings programs.


    Marriages must change as partners grow

    "Even in the best of marriages, it seems, our relationships after four years will be different than they were when we started out, and different still after nine years, 15 years and so on," our Ken Potts says. "Though there are certainly some constants as our partnerships evolve, we are, in fact, continually renewing and rewriting our marriage vows, often in surprising and profound ways."



    Portland blazes past Rockets in OT

    HOUSTON — LaMarcus Aldridge scored a franchise playoff-record 46 points and Damian Lillard added 31, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-120 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.Aldridge fouled out with about a minute left in overtime and Lillard, who was making his playoff debut, took over. He scored the next five points for Portland and put the Trail Blazers on top by one point with a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left. Game 2 is Wednesday night in Houston. Aldridge, who was playing in his home state, also had 18 rebounds and two blocks. James Harden and Dwight Howard each scored 27 points for Houston.

    San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski (8), scores a goal against Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, right, during the third period of Game 2 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Sunday, April 20, 2014, in San Jose, Calif.

    Sharks light up Kings, take 2-0 series lead

    SAN JOSE, Calif. — Fourth-liners Mike Brown and Raffi Torres scored second-period goals to spark a San Jose comeback and lead the Sharks to a 7-2 victory Sunday over the Los Angeles Kings and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.Justin Braun, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture and Joe Thornton also scored for the Sharks, who overcame a two-goal deficit after the first period of a playoff game for just the third time in 26 tries in franchise history. Antti Niemi made 24 saves.Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis scored first-period goals before Jonathan Quick allowed seven goals in the final two periods. Los Angeles heads home for Game 3 on Tuesday looking to get back into this series.The Kings can take comfort in the fact that the home team has won 18 of the previous 19 games between these teams, including nine in the playoffs.But Los Angeles will need to break that spell to have a chance to win this series as the Sharks have home-ice advantage a year after losing Game 7 in the second round at Los Angeles last year.The Kings appeared poised to do just that when they scored twice in the first period and appeared to be getting a bounce-back performance from Quick, who was pulled after allowing five goals in two periods of a 6-3 loss in Game 1 on Thursday. Quick gave up just 10 goals in seven games to the Sharks last postseason but surpassed that total in less than 4½ periods in the rematch.The Sharks seized momentum from the opening shift of the second period thanks to some big hits and aggressive forechecking from Thornton and Brent Burns. Coach Todd McLellan then juggled his lines, moving Tomas Hertl to the top line with Thornton and dropping Pavelski to third-line center, giving the Sharks depth the Kings couldn’t match. It was the often overlooked fourth-liners who got the comeback started. Known for their ability to deliver hard hits and get into fights, the line of Andrew Desjardins, Torres and Brown has set the tone for the Sharks this series.Brown pushed Slava Voynov into Quick early in Game 1 and Torres added a goal in that contest. They came through even more in Game 2 with Brown scoring his first career playoff goal on a quick shot from the slot after a turnover by Kyle Clifford to get the Sharks on the board early in the second.Midway through the period, Desjardins dropped a perfect pass to Torres, who beat Quick up high for the equalizer. Torres missed the final six games of last year’s series for a hit to the head of Jarret Stoll but has made his impact felt so far in the rematch.The Sharks took the lead late in the period when Braun beat Quick with a shot from the point through a screen by Tommy Wingels.Marleau, Pavelski and Couture turned it into a blowout with goals off odd-man rushes in the third before Thornton scored a power-play goal to match a San Jose playoff record with seven goals in a game.

    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler shoots against Wizards center Marcin Gortat during the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round playoff series at the United Center.

    Wizards steal Bulls' homecourt advantage

    The Bulls couldn't maintain a 13-point third quarter lead and dropped the opening game of the playoffs to Washington 102-93 on Sunday at the United Center. Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin led the Bulls with 16 points each, while Nene scored 24 for the Wizards.

    Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, steals the ball from Chicago Bulls guard D.J. Augustin during the first half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago, Sunday, April 20, 2014.

    Bulls fade in 4th, lose playoff opener

    Nene dominated with 24 points, Trevor Ariza scored 18, and the Washington Wizards rallied from 13 down to beat the Bulls 102-93 in their playoff opener on Sunday night at United Center.John Wall scored 16 in his postseason debut. Marcin Gortat added 15 points and 13 rebounds, and the fifth-seeded Wizards pulled out the victory even though they looked like they were ready to be blown out.They cut a 13-point deficit to one in the third and trailed by three going into the fourth, before outscoring Chicago 18-6 over the final six minutes to come out on top in their first playoff appearance since 2008.Game 2 is Tuesday. Gortat's layup started the decisive run, and Trevor Ariza gave the Wizards an 88-87 lead when he hit a pair of free throws with 4:17 remaining. Jimmy Butler tied it for Chicago with one of his own, but a layup by Gortat and basket by Nene made it 92-88, and Washington hung on after Chicago's Joakim Noah cut it to two on a tip-in with 2:11 left.Gortat hit two free throws and added a jumper with 34 seconds left to make it a six-point game, and the Wizards took the early lead in the best-of-seven series. Nene dominated from the start and hit 11 of 17 shots. Andre Miller came on strong down the stretch to finish with 10 points, and the Wizards pulled this one out even though Wall and Bradley Beal (13 points) combined to shoot just 7 of 25.Kirk Hinrich and D.J. Augustin each scored 16 points, and Butler had 15. Taj Gibson added 12 points, Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Carlos Boozer each scored 11, and Noah added 10 points and 10 assists. But after posting more wins since Jan. 1 than any other Eastern Conference team, the Bulls find themselves in a hole.They led by 13 early in the third and were up 69-57 midway through the quarter when the Wizards went on a 13-2 run to make it a one-point game.Ariza's 3-pointer cut it to 71-70 with 3:32 remaining. Noah answered with a layup and Gibson hit two free throws to make it a five-point game, but a basket by Miller made it a three-point game going into the fourth.The Bulls overcame a 14-point first half by Nene and took a 54-48 lead to the locker room after a strong second quarter.Augustin drove for a three-point play with just over a minute left to finish the first-half scoring and start a 13-3 run that stretched into the third quarter. Gibson blocked a driving Wall with about 24 seconds left in the half, and the Bulls continued to pour it on after the break.Dunleavy, who missed all five shots in the first two quarters, heated up in a big way in the third. He started the quarter with a 3-pointer and kept it going after Ariza hit one of his own.Butler answered with a layup and a 3, and Hinrich capped the run with a driving reverse layup to make it 64-51 with 9:50 left in the third.

    Wizards center Marcin Gortat, left, reacts after scoring a basket as Chicago Bulls guard D.J. Augustin reacts during the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series in Chicago, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Wizards won 102-93.

    Refs in foul (calling) mood for NBA playoffs

    This was Game 1 of the playoffs, but at times felt like a foul-filled preseason contest. The Bulls and Wizards combined for 38 free throws in the first half of Sunday's game. It helped and hurt both sides, but eventually Washington nearly set a season-high for free throw attempts by a Bulls opponent.

    Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau reacts to a call during the second half in Game 1 of an opening-round playoff series against the Washington Wizards on Sunday night at the United Center. The Wizards won 102-93.

    Big opportunity for Bulls to mess up

    If the Bulls aren't careful, they'll lose their playoff series to the Wizards and squander what is shaping up as a terrific opportunity to reach the NBA East finals.

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah takes the floor to play the Washington Wizards in game 1 of an Eastern Conference first-round NBA playoff series.

    Images: Bulls vs Wizards, Game One
    The Bulls hosted the Washington Wizards on Easter Sunday in the first game of the playoffs at the United Center. The Bulls lost the game 102-93.

    Montreal Canadiens’ Tomas Plekanec, centre, celebrates with teammates Brandon Prust, right, and Brendan Gallagher after scoring against the Tampa Bay Lightning during third period NHL Stanley Cup hockey playoff action in Montreal, Sunday, April 20, 2014.

    Canadiens take 3-0 series lead over Tampa

    MONTREAL — Tomas Plekanec scored at 5:43 of the third period, and Carey Price made 27 saves to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning and a 3-0 lead in their best-of-seven playoff series on Sunday.Rene Bourque scored 11 seconds into the game, and Brendan Gallagher broke a 1-1 tie 18:10 into the second period. P.K. Subban had two assists for the Canadiens.Ondrej Palat scored a power-play goal for the Lightning to tie the game at 1-1 at 8:39 of the second period, and Matthew Carle scored 11:36 into the third to give the Lightning hope for a comeback. Steven Stamkos assisted on both goals.Tampa Bay had a goal waived off in the second period after referees ruled goaltender interference on Alex Killorn.Stamkos left the game in the second period after taking a knee to the back of the head, but the Lightning captain returned to the ice early in the third.Anders Lindback stopped 28 shots for Tampa Bay.

    Chicago White Sox’s Adam Dunn blows a bubble as he stands on-deck in the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.

    Sox put up 16 runs in Texas

    ARLINGTON, Texas — White Sox manager Robin Ventura succinctly and aptly described the series finale at Texas.“It’s an odd game,” Ventura said after the 16-2 victory Sunday that ended Chicago’s four-game losing streak.There was the bases-loaded triple by the fill-in leadoff hitter Marcus Semien after an intentional walk to the No. 9 batter, the strikeout that stood on a replay challenge after Alejandro De Aza insisted he was hit by the pitch, and White Sox starter Erik Johnson allowing two runs on only one hit over five innings.“It’s always a good day if you get a win, the team gets a win,” Johnson said. “If you can go out and compete without your best stuff and your team overcomes and puts up a lot of runs, it’s always a positive.”Jose Abreu and Jordan Danks each had two-run homers while Johnson combined with three relievers on a two-hitter against the Rangers, who had won five in a row.The White Sox went ahead to stay with three unearned runs off Robbie Ross (1-1) in the fifth, including Abreu’s fifth homer of the season for a 5-2 lead.Johnson (1-1) allowed only a single, but the right-hander walked the leadoff batter the first four innings and threw only 44 of his 87 pitches for strikes. Texas also scored on a wild pitch, and had another runner thrown out trying to do the same.“You’re either effectively wild or effectively lucky,” Ventura said.Semien had a career-high four hits, including a bases-loaded trip in a strange sixth when Ross struck out the last two batters he faced on non-routine plays. Semien was hitting leadoff with Adam Eaton getting a couple of days off to rest some nagging leg issues.Ross’ final batter was Alejandro De Aza, who was called out on a third-strike check swing, right after Alexei Ramirez reached because of a wild pitch on the third strike.Ventura unsuccessfully challenged, claiming the ball hit De Aza or the bat. The ruling from umpires in New York was that the call on the field stood that the batter was out on a checked swing.De Aza said the ball hit both his hand and the bat. The ball appeared to change direction for some reason.“I’m not even going to check (replay). I know what happened,” De Aza said. “I’m just in shock, that’s all I can say.”Ventura got no real explanation on the final decision.“It’s another one of those vague it just stands,” he said. “They’re saying they don’t have any evidence that it hit the bat.”Reliever Shawn Tolleson got the third consecutive strikeout in the inning before the Rangers opted to intentionally walk Danks. Semien then tripled off the base of the left-center field wall to make it 8-2.“That’s a little fire, it gives you a little fire when you see that happen right in front of you,” he said. “I’m glad I got the result and we as a team got the result.”Tyler Flowers, who had three hits, had a leadoff single in the fifth, then went to third on Semien’s one-out grounder when third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff made a throwing error while trying to start a double play. Conor Gillaspie had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly before Abreu homered.Ross, a converted reliever, had a career high eight strikeouts with no walks in his 5 1-3 innings after not allowing an earned run his previous two starts. The lefty gave up seven hits and seven runs, four of them earned.“If you hit your location, and throwing strikes is never detrimental, just missed his location on a few of them,” manager Ron Washington said. “And then we didn’t make a play behind him. That opened things up for them.”Ronald Belisario threw two scoreless innings before Andre Rienzo and Matt Lindstrom each worked an inning for Chicago.


    White Sox on the wrong end of another weird replay

    If you watched the sixth inning of Sunday’s White Sox game, you saw one of the most perplexing calls in quite some time. Chris Rongey, our White Sox insider, is still baffled by it, but he also has a few thoughts about what MLB should do to improve the situation.

    To help speed up the game, Len Kasper suggests catchers and infielders get only one visit to the mound per inning to talk with their pitcher. He also would limit visited by coaches.

    Here’s how baseball can speed up the game

    Baseball is struggling with a paradox of longer at-bats and decreased offense, which still doesn’t completely explain why the game has slowed down at such an alarming rate. No worries, though. Len Kasper has a few ideas to speed the game along.


    Blues’ Hitchcock also upset with Bickell

    A day after Ken Hitchcock vented about Saturday’s knee-to-knee hit by Bryan Bickell on Vladimir Sobotka, a hit which resulted in a penalty for Bickell, the Blues coach accused Bickell of doing something similar to Alex Pietrangelo earlier in the game.

    Brent Seabrook has been suspended three games by the NHL for an illegal hit to the St. Louis Blues’ David Backes during Saturday’s playoff game.

    Hawks have uphill battle with Seabrook suspended

    As if being down 2-0 in their series with the physical St. Louis Blues weren’t enough, now the Blackhawks will have to mount a big comeback without one of their more physical players, defenseman Brent Seabrook, who was suspended 3 games by the league Sunday for his shoulder hit to the head of the Blues’ David Backes inSaturday's game.

    Cubs starter Carlos Villanueva threw 103 pitches in 4⅔ innings Sunday as his record slipped to 1-4 with the loss to the Reds.

    Cubs crawl their way to another loss

    Whether they make it fast or slow, the Cubs usually end up with the same result: a loss. They did it slowly Sunday, taking 3 hours and 50 minutes to fall 8-2 to the Reds at Wrigley Field. However, they say the aren't about to quit.


    Closer role gone, Cubs’ Veras still struggling

    It was another rocky outing Sunday for Cubs reliever Jose Veras, who already has lost his closer's job and may not get it back. Veras worked the seventh inning of the Cubs' 8-2 loss to the Reds and gave up 3 runs, including 2 home runs.

    Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco front, catches the throw while Chicago Cubs’ Ryan Sweeney slides safely into home plate on a single hit by Nate Schierholtz during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Sunday, April 20, 2014.

    Cubs drop 2 of 3 to Reds

    Homer Bailey pitched six scoreless innings at friendly Wrigley Field for his first win of the season and Jay Bruce homered and doubled as the Cincinnati Reds beat the Chicago Cubs 8-2 on Sunday. Zack Cozart hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati, which took two of three this weekend from the Cubs and has won 17 of its last 19 games at Wrigley Field. Bailey (1-1) struck out eight while allowing six hits and three walks. The Reds have won 10 straight when Bailey faces the Cubs. He is 7-0 in his last 10 outings against Chicago and 5-0 in his past six at Wrigley Field. The Cubs have lost six of their last seven. Carlos Villanueva (1-4) was tagged for five runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings.

    A person dressed as the Easter Bunny wears a LeBron James jersey and waves to fans as they arrive for Game 1 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series between the Miami Heat and the Charlotte Bobcats, Sunday, April 20, 2014, in Miami.

    Heat surge late, beat Bobcats in Game 1

    MIAMI — LeBron James scored 27 points, Dwyane Wade added 23 and the Miami Heat used a late charge to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 99-88 on Sunday in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference first-round series.Chris Bosh scored 13 points and James Jones had 12 for the Heat. Game 2 of the best-of-seven series is Wednesday.Kemba Walker scored 20 points for the Bobcats, who led by nine early and led again in the third. Al Jefferson missed eight of his final 13 shots after getting hurt in the first quarter. He finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Bobcats, who got 17 from Gary Neal and 15 from Josh McRoberts.Miami sealed it with an 18-4 run in the fourth, all but three of those points coming with James getting a rest.

    Boston Bruins’ Zdeno Chara (33) mixes it up with Detroit Red Wings’ Brendan Smith during the first period of Game 2 of a first-round NHL hockey playoff series in Boston, Sunday, April 20, 2014.

    Bruins even series with Red Wings

    BOSTON — Justin Florek and Reilly Smith scored in a three-minute span in the first period and the Boston Bruins evened their playoff series with a 4-1 win over the Detroit Red Wings in the Game 2 on Sunday.Showing more spark after not taking enough challenging shots on goal in their 1-0 loss Friday night, the Bruins had 18 shots in the first period after managing just 25 in the entire opener.Luke Glendening cut Boston’s lead to 2-1 at 13:20 of the second period before Milan Lucic scored late in the second and Zdeno Chara added a power-play goal early in the third.Game 3 of the best-of-seven series between the top-seeded Bruins, who won the Presidents’ Cup with an NHL-high 117 points, and eighth-seeded Red Wings is set for Detroit on Tuesday night.

    St. Louis has been playing well along the boards and been able to control the tempo of their NHL playoff series with the Blackhawks. Game 3 is at the United Center on Monday.

    Hawks Q&A with Troy Murray on Game 3

    In a Q&A, Blackhawks broadcaster Troy Murray says the Hawks can't afford to dwell on the loss of Brent Seabrook, and they can win Game 3 if they push the tempo in their favor and keep St. Louis out of the offensive zone.

    Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Mark Streit (32) of Switzerland skates past New York Rangers left wing Carl Hagelin (62) in the second period of Game 2 of the first round of the Stanley Cup hockey playoffs at Madison Square Garden in New York, Sunday, April 20, 2014. The Flyers defeated the rangers 4-2.

    Flyers rally to even series with Rangers

    NEW YORK — This win was three years in the making for backup goalie Ray Emery and the rest of the Philadelphia Flyers.Emery, who backed up Corey Crawford for the Blackhawks last season, stood in again for injured No. 1 netminder Steve Mason and made 31 saves to help the Flyers rally from an early two-goal deficit and beat the New York Rangers 4-2 on Sunday to even the first-round playoff series.The Flyers had lost nine straight at Madison Square Garden, including 4-1 in the series opener on Thursday, since their last win there on Feb. 20, 2011. Emery hadn’t won a postseason game anywhere in exactly three years for Anaheim at Nashville. “I try to stay even-keeled, whether it’s going well or you don’t get off to the start you want,” the 31-year-old Emery said. “I play with a system in there, and I just kind of rely on that. I’ve had leads before and I’ve been down before so it’s just kind of a consistent approach.”Luke Schenn scored the go-ahead goal in the second period after Jakub Voracek and Jason Akeson got the Flyers even at 2. Wayne Simmonds sealed the win with a power-play, empty-net goal.Now the Flyers head home, where they went 2-0 against the Rangers in the regular season. Game 3 is on Tuesday.Philadelphia no longer has to hear about its skid in New York in which the Flyers were outscored 35-10 and never had more than two goals in any game.“That’s a huge weight off our shoulders, to come in here and get the split,” Schenn said. “Going back home, we feel a bit better about ourselves.”Voracek brought the Flyers within 2-1 in the first after Martin St. Louis and Benoit Pouliot staked New York to its lead. Emery did the rest, looking especially sharp in the second and third periods.Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots after a 14-save winning effort in the opener.“They came back pretty strong late in the first, and then in the second period a lot better,” Lundqvist said. “Going into the third we felt confident we could tie it.The tide turned in the second when the Flyers caught up and went ahead despite being outshot 17-9.Rangers coach Alain Vigneault called that period his team’s best of the day.“The game can be funny sometimes,” he said. “We had some Grade A chances. Our power play had some great looks. They scored two and we didn’t.”Akeson tied it with a power-play goal 5:45 in off a rebound of Brayden Schenn’s shot for his second career NHL tally.It was a day of redemption for the 23-year-old Akeson, playing his fourth NHL game. His double high-sticking penalty in Game 1 led to two Rangers goals that turned a 1-1 game into a 3-1 deficit in the third.Flyers coach Craig Berube didn’t consider benching him for Game 2.“Should I sit out everybody that takes a penalty?” Berube asked. “I understand he took a four-minute penalty, but he played well. It was a mistake, and you have to learn from them. He’s a good player.”Philadelphia grabbed its second lead of the series with 8:42 left in the second during a delayed penalty. Michael Raffl brought the puck in on the right side and got it to Adam Hall for a shot. Luke Schenn then put in the rebound.The Rangers’ chance for a comeback was thwarted by a penalty for too many men with 1:18 left that led to Simmonds’ goal with 25.4 seconds remaining.Unlike in Game 1, the Flyers had the puck much more often and did a better job of closing off the Rangers’ passing lanes after the early deficit.However, they continued their undisciplined ways that cost them in the opener. The Flyers killed their first penalty after Simmonds held Ryan McDonagh in the offensive zone at 1:04, but they allowed one power-play goal and were short-handed three times in the first.

    White Sox infielder Leury Garcia now has something in common with Ted Williams, Wade Boggs and Jose Canseco. All of them had a chance to pitch in a major league game.

    No other sport does it quite like baseball

    When Robin Ventura looked down the bench and called on Leury Garcia in the 14th inning, he reminded us of the unique joys of baseball. There is nothing in sports like a positional player pitching. Matt Spiegel has more in today's baseball column.

    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) goes to the basket against Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat, back, of Poland, during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, April 5, 2014, in Washington.

    Breaking down the Bulls-Wizards season series

    Here's a closer look at the regular season games between the Bulls and Washington. The Wizards won two out of three, becoming the only team in the East to win a season series against the Bulls this year.


    UBERx driver Regan Rucker, a single mother who recently started driving for UBERx, likes the flexibility of UBERx because she can work whenever and however long she wants.

    Thousands sign up to work for UberX, other ride-share services

    Reagan Rucker knew she wanted to join the thousands of local motorists hauling strangers around in their cars the first time she took an UBERx ride as a passenger. “I said 'Let me try this,'” said Rucker, 40, who took on a $300 monthly payment for a 2009 Hyundai Elantra (to meet Uber's requirements for late-model, four-door sedans), went through criminal-background and driving-record checks, and began her unexpected career as a driver for hire.

    Target is vastly expanding the goods available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest non-traditional retail rival, Amazon.com.

    Target expands subscription service tenfold

    Target is vastly expanding the goods available to order by subscription as it fends off its biggest non-traditional retail rival, Amazon.com. The nation's second-largest discounter first dabbled with subscriptions last September, trying to win over haggard parents by making available 150 baby care products.

    This July 24, 1933 file photo shows President Franklin D. Roosevelt appealing to the nation via radio for immediate enrollment of all employers under the blanket agreement to raise wages and create jobs, in Washington. When the Senate debates a Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage, some workers won't benefit even if lightning strikes and the long-shot effort prevails.

    Some exempted from minimum wage, increased or not

    Some low-paid workers won't benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage becomes law. More than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the minimum, currently $7.25 an hour. Those exclusions, rooted in labor law history, run from some workers with disabilities to crews on fishing ships to casual baby sitters.

    In this picture taken on Thursday, April 17, 2014, a woman cycles past a local pub in Ghent, western Belgium. Thousands of such bars in towns and villages have closed over the past decades, and on top of it, Belgians have stopped drinking like they used to. The Belgian beer federation is now trying to rekindle local faith in the drink with a 'Proud of Belgian Beers' campaign.

    Brewers seek to rekindle Belgium's love of beer

    Once-filled tables in Belgium pubs are now often empty, a sign of the hard times many pubs like these have fallen upon as Belgians have stopped drinking beer like they used to. The Belgian beer federation is trying to rekindle local interest in the drink with a “Proud of our Beers” public awareness campaign, including a tricolor national flag with the middle yellow turned into a glass of beer.

    The Ford Escort sedan is unveiled during press day at the China Auto show in Beijing, China, Sunday. Ford unveiled the new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale highlighting the growing influence of Chinese tastes on the industry.

    Automakers unveil China-focused models in Beijing

    Ford Motor Co. on Sunday unveiled a new Escort sedan designed in China for global sale at a Beijing auto show that highlighted the growing influence of Chinese tastes on the industry. Automakers are looking to China’s biggest auto show this year to help boost sales in this huge but cooling market. Total sales last year reached 17.9 million vehicles, but growth is expected to slow from 15.7 percent to as low as 8 percent, even as newcomers including Lincoln and Tesla enter the market.

    This undated combo photo, provided by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, shows corn residue after grain harvest, left, adjacent to a field section where corn residue was baled and removed after grain harvest. Biofuels made from corn leftovers after harvest are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a cleaner oil alternative from the start and will help climate change.

    Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

    WASHINGTON — Biofuels made from the leftovers of harvested corn plants are worse than gasoline for global warming in the short term, a study shows, challenging the Obama administration’s conclusions that they are a much cleaner oil alternative and will help combat climate change.A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases in the early years compared with conventional gasoline. While biofuels are better in the long run, the study says they won’t meet a standard set in a 2007 energy law to qualify as renewable fuel.The conclusions deal a blow to what are known as cellulosic biofuels, which have received more than a billion dollars in federal support but have struggled to meet volume targets mandated by law. About half of the initial market in cellulosics is expected to be derived from corn residue. The biofuel industry and administration officials immediately criticized the research as flawed. They said it was too simplistic in its analysis of carbon loss from soil, which can vary over a single field, and vastly overestimated how much residue farmers actually would remove once the market gets underway. “The core analysis depicts an extreme scenario that no responsible farmer or business would ever employ because it would ruin both the land and the long-term supply of feedstock. It makes no agronomic or business sense,” said Jan Koninckx, global business director for biorefineries at DuPont. Later this year the company is scheduled to finish a $200 million-plus facility in Nevada, Iowa, that will produce 30 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol using corn residue from nearby farms. An assessment paid for by DuPont said that the ethanol it will produce there could be more than 100 percent better than gasoline in terms of greenhouse gas emissions.The research is among the first to attempt to quantify, over 12 Corn Belt states, how much carbon is lost to the atmosphere when the stalks, leaves and cobs that make up residue are removed and used to make biofuel, instead of left to naturally replenish the soil with carbon. The study found that regardless of how much corn residue is taken off the field, the process contributes to global warming.“I knew this research would be contentious,” said Adam Liska, the lead author and an assistant professor of biological systems engineering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “I’m amazed it has not come out more solidly until now.”The Environmental Protection Agency’s own analysis, which assumed about half of corn residue would be removed from fields, found that fuel made from corn residue, also known as stover, would meet the standard in the energy law. That standard requires cellulosic biofuels to release 60 percent less carbon pollution than gasoline. Cellulosic biofuels that don’t meet that threshold could be almost impossible to make and sell. Producers wouldn’t earn the $1 per gallon subsidy they need to make these expensive fuels and still make a profit. Refiners would shun the fuels because they wouldn’t meet their legal obligation to use minimum amounts of next-generation biofuels.EPA spokeswoman Liz Purchia said in a statement that the study “does not provide useful information relevant to the life cycle greenhouse gas emissions from corn stover ethanol.” But an AP investigation last year found that the EPA’s analysis of corn-based ethanol failed to predict the environmental consequences accurately. The departments of Agriculture and Energy have initiated programs with farmers to make sure residue is harvested sustainably. For instance, farmers will not receive any federal assistance for conservation programs if too much corn residue is removed.


    San Francisco considers ending rental ban

    Legislation set to be unveiled in San Francisco would make it legal for city residents to rent out their homes on sites such as Airbnb, but only if they have liability insurance and meet other requirements, a newspaper reported.

    Go into many organizations and you might hear people say things like “I don’t trust my co-workers to do what they say they will,” “My boss can’t be trusted to keep confidential information” or “This place really lacks trust among colleagues.” Lack of trust is a common complaint among employees, and people want to be in workplaces with strong levels of trust. Trust is so important that many scholars say it is the foundation of a healthy workplace.

    Career Coach: How to build trust at work

    Go into many organizations and you might hear people say things like “I don’t trust my co-workers to do what they say they will,” “My boss can’t be trusted to keep confidential information” or “This place really lacks trust among colleagues.” Lack of trust is a common complaint among employees, and people want to be in workplaces with strong levels of trust. Trust is so important that many scholars say it is the foundation of a healthy workplace.

    In this Jan. 22, 2014 photo, Tillie Hidalgo Lima, chief executive officer of Best Upon Request, a concierge services provider, left, works with marketing director Jessica Lima Bollin in their offices in Cincinnati. A mentoring program created by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber called a minority business accelerator has helped Lima get contracts with Fifth Third Bank Corp. and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

    Mentors help minority companies accelerate growth

    Minority business accelerators have launched in a handful of metropolitan areas in recent years as local businesses, chambers of commerce and economic development groups work to create more jobs and improve the quality of life in their regions. The Cincinnati accelerator, created by the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber in 2003, has inspired officials and business people in the Greenville, S.C.; Charlotte, N.C., and Newark, N.J. areas to start similar programs.


    Court declines to block drug ruling in patent case

    Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts declined to temporarily block a lower court ruling that opens the world’s best-selling multiple sclerosis drug to competition from generic rivals next month.


    How Chipotle’s average sales per restaurant rank

    Chipotle restaurants are ringing up more sales than ever before. The chain said that sales at established locations rose 13.4 percent in the first quarter as it saw an increase in customer visits.

    Chinese made smartphone speakers are displayed in a booth at the Global Sources Spring China Sourcing Fair in Hong Kong. As China’s economy downshifts, manufacturers are bracing for the turning point that’s in store for the world’s second biggest economy.

    China factories face new challenge as growth slows

    As China’s growth inexorably slows, manufacturers such as Linan Meite Cable are discovering that being an efficient low-cost producer is no longer enough to prosper. Factories that had thrived by using cheap migrant labor to churn out inexpensive clothing, electronics and toys for export now face changing government priorities as a growth engine based on investment and trade loses its momentum after more than a decade of double-digit expansion.


    Work advice: Music teacher’s lost income not a minor issue

    I have been teaching piano for 13 years. It is my main source of income, and I love doing it. The problem is that every so often, one of my students quits with little or no notice. My professional reputation is good enough that current or former students will recommend me to new clients, but sometimes it takes up to several months to find a replacement.

    Managers of mid-cap stock mutual funds say they’ve experienced the middle-child syndrome for years: Small-caps are young companies that offer the thrill of big growth, the thinking goes, while large-cap companies have well-established brands and can be more dependable. But it’s the middle ones that have delivered the best results over the last generation.

    Mid-cap stocks are getting some love, finally

    Managers of mid-cap stock mutual funds say they’ve experienced the middle-child syndrome for years: Small-caps are young companies that offer the thrill of big growth, the thinking goes, while large-cap companies have well-established brands and can be more dependable. But it’s the middle ones that have delivered the best results over the last generation.

Life & Entertainment


    Discovery network cancels Everest jump

    The Discovery Network is canceling a daredevil’s planned jump off the summit of Mount Everest in a wing suit next month following the avalanche that killed at least 13 people on Friday.

    Sturgill Simpson describes his new album, “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music,” as “a very traditional country record.” It's due out May 13.

    Sturgill Simpson: A country voice of, and out of, this world

    Country music's most exciting new outsider spends most nights inside, reading about the great beyond. “I never go out,” Sturgill Simpson says. “But we can go to some town and there's 300 people we've never met before, and by the third song, we're connecting with everyone in that room.” So go the mysterious powers of great country music. His second solo album, “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music,” is due out May 13, just days before he plays Chicago's House of Blues May 15.

    Guitarist and frontman for the band Kiss, Paul Stanley, found a new onstage calling — “Phantom of the Opera.”

    Paul Stanley on his love for another mask

    Kiss frontman Paul Stanley feels a strong connection to the title character of “The Phantom of the Opera,” and not just because he’s spent nearly 40 years onstage with his face covered in paint. “Here’s somebody who has a disfigurement that they’re covering and they’re trying to reach out to a woman and, as much as they want to do it, they don’t know how. Well, that pretty much summed up my life, you know. Only I wasn’t living in a dungeon under an opera house,” Stanley said.

    Several studies have found lower rates of depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder among those who consumed a traditional diet of meat and vegetables.

    Can what you eat affect your mental health?

    Research exploring the link between diet and mental health “is a very new field; the first papers only came out a few years ago,” said Michael Berk, a professor of psychiatry at the Deakin University School of Medicine in Australia. “But the results are unusually consistent, and they show a link between diet quality and mental health.”

    Martha Little of Des Plaines ask a question to senior move manager Sharon Moffat with Gero Solutions, far right corner, while the company packs items in her apartment in Des Plaines for a move to a retirement community.

    Move managers help seniors downsize into new homes

    Do you want to relocate to a retirement community but are deterred from making the move because you are bogged down by a lifetime of household possessions? Generally, people who are moving into a retirement community have been in their house for a very long time and the thought of sorting through a houseful of stuff becomes overwhelming.

    A restored statue and a giant metal globe called the Unisphere are some of the remaining symbols from the 1964 World’s Fair in the Queens borough of New York. This month is the 50th anniversary of the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

    Revisiting NYC’s 1964 World’s Fair, 50 years later

    You can just barely see them through the window of the No. 7 subway as it rattles into the elevated station in Corona, Queens: a gigantic steel sphere, two rocket ships and towers that appear to be capped by flying saucers. These unusual landmarks are among a number of attractions still standing from the 1964 World’s Fair, which opened in Flushing Meadows Corona Park 50 years ago, with marvels ranging from microwave ovens to Disney’s “it’s a small world” ride. But visiting the area today is as much about 21st-century Queens as it is a walk down memory lane.

    A young visitor to the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory looks at the notches Babe Ruth carved in his bat for home runs.

    Louisville's triple crown: horses, boxing and baseball

    As spring comes to the Ohio River Valley, thoughts in Kentucky turn to the biggest event of the year in Louisville. Held on the first Saturday in May, the Kentucky Derby is the oldest continuously held sporting event in the nation and the first jewel in the triple crown of horse racing. But it only lasts two minutes. What are sports fans to do in Louisville the rest of the year? Plenty.

    Janet Montgomery, left, plays Mary Sibley, and Ashley Madekwe is Tituba in WGN America’s new series, “Salem,” which premieres at 9 p.m. Sunday. The drama is set in Massachusetts in 1692, the period of the real-life Salem witch trials.

    ‘Salem’: Too much toil and trouble?

    It’s hard to think of a better way to get rid of a bunch of bad witches than by throwing them into the current, hotly competitive Sunday night television schedule, where they’re almost certain to drown — or more likely be ignored to death. “Salem,” the first original series from basic-cable rerun stalwart WGN America, is mostly just a bubbling-up of cheapo TV tricks. Set in Massachusetts in 1692, the show is less concerned with period-accurate storytelling and more intent on overworking some worn-out tropes about Puritan sexuality hang-ups.

    Search for cardinals and other migratory songbirds during the Bird Walk, hosted by the Lake County Forest Preserve District.

    Sunday picks: Songbirds and Oompa Loompas

    Head out for an early morning spring hike as the Lake County Forest Preserve District hosts its Bird Walk at the Fort Sheridan Forest Preserve, at Sheridan Road and Old Elm Road, Lake Forest. Catch a matinee screening of the 1971 feature film “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago.

    This image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown shows Daniel Radcliffe performing in “The Cripple of Inishmaan,” opening April 20 at the Cort Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Johan Persson)

    Daniel Radcliffe loves New York audiences

    The one thing Daniel Radcliffe always has to adjust to whenever he’s onstage in America is how happy Americans are to see Daniel Radcliffe onstage. The former “Harry Potter” star is consistently greeted by a burst of applause when makes his entrance on Broadway. “It’s just something we are so unaccustomed to in England,” Radcliffe says. “Obviously, it’s a sign of being very liked, and that’s lovely."


    Telling on teen won’t solve problems with her parents

    Q. My husband and I recently chaperoned a five-day high school trip. The daughter of some friends was one of the students. On the trip, she made it abundantly clear she is in a relationship with another female student.


    Seller disputes damaging property after closing

    Q. I bought my first home a couple months ago. After the contract was signed, the sellers asked if I could rent the property back to them for a month after the closing. When I took possession, i found movers had damaged the wood floor.


    Energy-efficient housing is a worthy goal when done right

    Q. I have a zero-net house with 16-inch-thick walls and have the same condensation problems, even on triple pane windows, as your recent reader from Vermont had.

    A grand staircase and open layout has a great impact on guests when they enter a new home.

    First impressions are important to builders, homeowners

    A home’s entrance — like a warm embrace — greets guests and welcomes them inside. Builders know the importance of what first meets the eye, whether it’s grand, opulent, rustic or unique.


    The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield is Illinois’ only presidential library, but the state hopes to attract the Barack Obama Presidential Library as well. (AP File Photo/Seth Perlman)

    Editorial: It’s politics before prestige in Obama library bid
    A Daily Herald editorial says the proposal to promise tax money as part of the bid for the Obama Presidential Library is worth discussion, but that some Illinois House Democrats have ensured that it got off to an embarrassing start


    Why your mayors want you riled up over pensions

    Suburban mayors have a daunting task: Convincing the public and the first responders who work for them that the pension system is seriously, if not fatally, flawed. Part of the argument for pension reform is that retirements for police and firefighters can be much sweeter than that of John Q. Public. It seems clear that something has to give, says Jim Davis, news director for the DuPage and Fox Valley editions.


    Government as innovator? You bet!

    Columnist Lee Hamilton: Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion. People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: There are many reasons to reduce government spending. But in this case they’re wrong.


    Slayings in Kansas stem from lack of understanding
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: The innocent lives taken at the Kansas Jewish community center and senior living facility was a heinous act against mankind — and I’m deeply sorry to the families who lost their loved ones. As a Muslim American, I share the same mutual respect and love the Jewish community holds for the Israelite prophets.


    Privacy rights essential to a free society
    An Elk Grove Village letter to the editor: In an April 6 letter to the editor, Jeff Markarian, suggested that only people with something to hide would be worried about government surveillance. This cliché falsely conflates the defense of personal rights with being suspect. In the United States there should be nothing suspicious about demanding that the government respect the Fourth Amendment to show probable cause and obtain specific warrants before investigations.


    Unhappy about plan to cut IMRF pension
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: My response to the Daily Herald investigation and the proposal of state Rep. Deborah Conroy to cut the “13th payment” from IMRF pensions is: Cut my subscription to the Daily Herald and vote the representative out of office.


    Bruce the Alternative may be best distinction
    A Grayslake letter to the editor: At a recent debate sponsored by the Illinois Education Association, Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner sparred over education in Illinois.


    Let voters decide future of townships
    A Wonder Lake letter to the editor: Illinois’ nearly 13 million citizens have a shameful tax burden of supporting 7,000 units of governments, which is 2,100 more than any other state. That is what happens when so many Springfield politicians, from both major parties, focus primarily on extending their incumbency by being township friendly, thus throwing the taxpayer under the bus.


    On Naperville’s health care debate
    A Naperville letter to the editor: The Daily Herald’s front page story, April 13, on whether Naperville’s City Council members should receive health care benefits highlighted two polar opposite views.


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