Daily Archive : Saturday April 26, 2014



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    The Morton Arboretum winds up its annual Arbor Day weekend plant sale from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The sale opened to members on Friday and to the public on Saturday. Plant lovers could choose from more than 300 species of trees, shrubs and flowers under some giant tents in the arboretum parking lots -- all recommended by arboretum experts. Some of those experts, called "Plant Geniuses," will...

    This house next to the home destroyed in Friday night’s explosion in Long Grove was among those damaged in the blast.

    Natural gas may have sparked explosion at Long Grove house

    Fire crews thought they were headed to a typical house blaze after they were called to Long Grove’s Royal Melbourne subdivision late Friday. Instead, they wound up heading to a huge house explosion, heard many miles away. “We very much anticipated finding multiple victims, and thankfully didn’t,” Fire Chief Jeff Steingart said.

    Pilgrims rest on the ground near St. Peter’s Square hours before the ceremony for the canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II, in Rome, Sunday.

    5 things to know about the canonization of two popes

    In a historic match-up of papacies past and present, Pope Francis and emeritus Pope Benedict XVI will honor Popes John XXIII and John Paul II in the first canonization of two popes. For such a momentous occasion, the ceremony is actually quite short and surprisingly straightforward, with the added benefit that the relics of the two new saints will be presented for universal veneration by the...

    Gov. Pat Quinn congratulates Erin Merryn, who received the first Champion of Children award during the Children’s Advocacy Center’s inaugural Healing Hearts gala Saturday at Medinah Country Club Saturday. Also seated is Merryn’s husband, David.

    Elgin activist, Erin’s Law namesake honored

    Gov. Pat Quinn lauded Elgin activist Erin Merryn for her work to protect children from sex abuse during a gala to raise funds for the Children's Advocacy Center Saturday night. "Erin Merryn is a genuine hero and role model for all of us," Quinn told the gathering at the Medinah Country Club near Roselle.

    Alexian Brother Paul Magner CFA, Alexian Brothers Tom Klein CFA, Melanie Furlan, vice rresident, advancement, Alexian Brothers Foundation, and Brother Daniel McCormick, CFS Provincial, Alexian Brothers Immaculate Conception Province at the 28th Annual Alexian Brothers Ball de Fleur on Saturday at the Field Museum.

    Alexian Brothers’ Ball de Fleur returns

    Guests of the Alexian Brothers Health System stepped back in time Saturday night, as they gathered amid the Field Museum’s latest exhibition: “Opening the Vaults: Wonders of the 1893 World’s Fair.” The chance to see some of the museum’s hidden collections — and support the health system’s major programs — drew more than 600 people to the...


    5 NATO troops killed in Afghan helicopter crash

    A British helicopter crashed in southern Afghanistan on Saturday, killing five NATO troops in the single deadliest day this year for foreign forces as they prepare to withdraw from the country, officials said. The cause of the helicopter crash was not immediately known.

    South Korea’s Prime Minister Jung Hong-won sits in a car blocked by relatives of a missing passengers aboard the Sewol ferry that sank in the water off the southern coast, during a protest to demand a meeting with President Park Geun-hye, in Jindo, South Korea, April 20.

    S. Korea prime minister offers to resign over ferry

    SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea’s prime minister offered to resign Sunday over the government’s handling of a deadly ferry sinking, blaming “deep-rooted evils” and societal irregularities for a tragedy that has left more than 300 people dead or missing and led to widespread shame, fury and finger-pointing.

    Ukrainian government troops atop of their armored personal carriers roll on a country road outside the town of Svyitohirsk near to Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Saturday. Ukrainian authorities are undertaking a security operation to liberate the nearby city of Slovyansk, which is controlled by an armed pro-Russian insurgency.

    Sanctions loom as observers held in east Ukraine

    SLOVYANSK, Ukraine — As Western governments vowed to impose more sanctions against Russia and its supporters in eastern Ukraine, a group of foreign military observers remained in captivity Saturday accused of being NATO spies by a pro-Russian insurgency.

    In this June 8, 2001, file photo, former middleweight boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, left, is escorted by an unidentified security guard into the venue where Laila Ali and Jacqui Frazier-Lyde will box each other in Verona, NY. 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, April 20.

    Notable deaths: ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Princess Camilla’s brother

    Notable deaths this week include Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and Mark Shand, Princess Camilla's brother who died after a fall in New York.


    More renounce U.S. citizenship but deny stereotype

    Inside the long-awaited package, six pages of government paperwork dryly affirmed Carol Tapanila’s anxious request. But when Tapanila slipped the contents from the brown envelope, she saw there was something more.


    Three pets found dead in Elgin house fire

    Three pets were found dead after a fire in a two-story Elgin home Saturday, authorities said. The homeowners were attending a relative's funeral at the time of the blaze. "That's the tragedy of it," Elgin Battalion Chief Tim Michaels said. "It was quite emotional for everyone at the scene."

    Debris is scattered onto the adjacent golf course in the aftermath of Friday’s night’s explosion of a home in Long Grove. The home to the right is a neighboring house, and all that remained of the house which exploded was the foundation.

    Images: The day after Long Grove house explosion

    Images from an explosion that leveled a Long Grove house and damaged others may have been caused by natural gas.

    A child stand in the rear of a van adorned with a picture of late Pope John Paul II in Rome, Saturday. Hundred thousands of pilgrims and faithful are expected to reach Rome to attend the Sunday ceremony at the Vatican in which Pope Francis will elevate in a solemn ceremony John XXIII and John Paul II to sainthood.

    Canonization question: How miraculous should saints be?

    Catholic saints are said to be the stuff of miracles, celestial servants who bend God’s ear to aid the desperately ill. But Pope Francis may be sending a new message to the globe’s 1 billion Catholics. In the 21st century, maybe saints can be a little less miraculous.

    A screen on March 31 shows a countdown for the deadline to sign up for health insurance during an enrollment event in Commerce, Calif.

    Fact Checker: Was it really 35% of young enrolled in health care?

    “Thirty-five percent of people who enrolled through the federal marketplace are under the age of 35.”-- President Barack Obama, news conference, April 17, 2014. Yes, but is that accurate, or even the most relevant number?

    A screen on March 31 shows a countdown for the deadline to sign up for health insurance during an enrollment event in Commerce, Calif. Despite recently announced federal figures showing 8 million Americans signing up for subsidized private care, the law has only chipped away at one of its core goals to reduce the number of people without insurance.

    Few seek waiver from health insurance

    WASHINGTON — The government left the door wide open for millions of Americans to be excused from the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most people must carry health insurance or pay a fine, but so far relatively few have asked for such a pardon.

    Daniel Wright Junior High School students James Wei, Conrad Oberhaus, David Liang and Haoyang Yu prepare Saturday for the National Science Bowl.

    Lincolnshire junior high schoolers compete in national science contest

    Lincolnshire students Saturday made the top 16 teams competing in a prestigious science contest in Washington, D.C. James Wei, Conrad Oberhaus, David Liang and Haoyang Yu are representing Daniel Wright Junior High against 50 other teams. They did not advance to the championship rounds, but will race electric model cars in another competition Sunday.

    This photo taken on April 22 shows, from left, slain American John Gabel, his wife Teresa, and his father Gary Gabel sitting with Mohammad Hadi Hedayati, Kabul University’s vice chancellor, at Kabul University in Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Palatine man, son killed in deadly Afghan hospital shooting

    The congregation of The Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights is mourning the deaths of Gary and John Gabel, and the wounding of John's wife, Teresa, when an Afghan security guard opened fire at a Kabul hospital on Thursday. “It’s very sad and tragic. Our prayers are with the family,” said Arlington Heights Mayor Thomas W. Hayes a member of the church.

    A street vendor stands near a shop selling religious items at Borgo Pio street near the Vatican, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Hundred thousands of pilgrims and faithful are expected to reach Rome to attend the scheduled April 27 ceremony at the Vatican in which Pope Francis will elevate in a solemn ceremony John XXIII and John Paul II to sainthood.

    Francis deeply influenced by both saintly popes

    When Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio almost became pope in 2005, he told a confidant that — had he been elected — he would have named himself after the pope he so admired: John XXIII. When he did become pope in 2013, his first public words echoed what John Paul II had said upon his election — that cardinals had searched far, to the “ends of the Earth,” to find a...

    Worshippers gather in front of one of the entrances of the Saint Luigi dei Francesi (St. Louis of the French) church decorated with portraits of late Pope John Paul II and John XXIII during a mass in Rome, Saturday.

    Benedict to join in double sainthood ceremony

    VATICAN CITY — Retired pontiff Benedict XVI will help Pope Francis celebrate the sainthood ceremony Sunday for John Paul II and John XXIII, setting the stage for an unprecedented occurrence of two living popes canonizing two of their predecessors. About 1 million pilgrims are expected at the event and many were flooding into Rome on Saturday.

    Runners take off across the Fox River on the pedestrian bridge for the Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation’s 14th annual Fox Trot 5K/10K Saturday. This is the first year for the 10K.

    Batavia Mothers’ Club hosts 14th annual Fox Trot fundraiser

    About 250 runners of all ages stepped off at 8 a.m. Saturday for the Batavia Mothers’ Club Foundation’s 14th annual Fox Trot 5K and 10K fundraiser. Funds raised by the race will be donated to local educational efforts.

    Jermy Dunivan of Infantree LLC, of Belleville, Ill., smiles after ringing the bell near the top of a tree while competing in the Belayed Speed Climb event Saturday during the Illinois Arborist Tree Climbing Championship held at Independence Grove near Libertyville.

    Arborists hold tree climbing contest in Libertyville

    The Illinois Arborists Association held the Illinois Tree Climbing Championship Saturday at Independence Grove in Libertyville. Tree climbing competitions simulate working conditions of arborists in the field.

    Paul McClelland of South Barrington holds framed photos which include one of his grandmother, Emma Scheutz, who was killed at the Loomis Street crossing. A new Naperville sculpture is dedicated the 1946 train crash.

    Naperville dedicates memorial to 1946 crash victims, rescuers

    On Saturday, 68 years and a day after an horrific train crash claimed 45 lives, Naperville dedicated “Tragedy to Triumph,” a memorial to the victims by Naperville artist Paul Kuhn. The Naperville Century Walk Corp. unveiled the sculpture at the site of the 1946 train crash at the Loomis Street crossing.

    People sit outside St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

    Images: Faithful gather for pope canonizations

    Pilgrims and faithful are gathering in Rome and around the world to attend Sunday’s ceremony at the Vatican where Pope Francis will elevate in a solemn ceremony John XXIII and John Paul II to sainthood.

    Mary Fremgen, left, presents Terri Pheanis with a plant in showing appreciation for Pheanis organizing the Backyard Barbecue fundraiser last year.

    Barbecue fundraiser next month at Geneva golf course

    Good weather or not, the Fox Valley Food for Health organization will host its barbecue fundraiser May 16 at Mill Creek Golf Course in Geneva. The group provides free healthy meals for cancer patients, columnist Dave Heun says.

    Master of Ceremonies and Questions, Stew Cohen, news director of WZSR Star 105.5 and WFXF 103.9 The Fox, throws questions at the teams during the Literacy Connection’s 17th annual Trivia Bee Fundraiser Saturday at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.

    Trivia teams square off for literacy fundraiser

    North West was the answer — not a compass direction — Saturday morning. What is the name of Kanye West’s and Kim Kardashian’s daughter was the question. Twenty-seven teams competed for top honors at the Literacy Connection 17th annual Trivia Bee Fundraiser Saturday at the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin.

    An Afghan election worker on April 5 counts ballots at a polling station in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan. Afghanistan is to release preliminary results in its crucial presidential election on Saturday, but the results are only one step in a potentially long road to determine who will succeed President Hamid Karzai.

    Afghan election appears headed for June runoff

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan’s presidential elections are headed for a runoff after full preliminary results released Saturday showed the front-runners failed to win to a majority and avoid a second round of voting.

    Afghan election workers on April 5 count ballots by the light of a lantern at a polling station in Jalalabad, east of Kabul, Afghanistan.

    Q&A: No quick finish expected for Afghan elections

    KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghanistan released preliminary results in its crucial presidential election on Saturday, but the results are only one step in a potentially long road to determine who will succeed President Hamid Karzai. Neither of the two leading vote-getters, former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah and ex-Finance Minister Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, won a majority, meaning the country...

    Police are asking for the public’s help in the search for a man accused of robbing a woman with a butcher knife in the parking lot of a Woodridge grocery store.

    Woodridge police search for knife-wielding robber

    Woodridge police are seeking the public's help in the search for a man accused of robbing a woman at knifepoint and demanding she drive him to her bank. The man is described as about 20 years old, with a thin build and standing 5 feet 8 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall.


    Lodge of Antioch damaged by fire

    The Lodge of Antioch pub was damaged by a fire Saturday morning. The fire appears to have originated above the kitchen, fire officials said. When firefighters arrived, smoke was coming out of a second-story roof. Smoke also went into third-story apartments.

    Terrance Hendrix

    Chicago man charged with murder in Waukegan stabbing

    A Chicago man has been charged with first-degree murder in the Friday afternoon death of another Chicago man in Waukegan, the Waukegan Police Department said Saturday in a news release.

    U.S. President Barack Obama, center, walks with Malaysian King Sultan Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, left, and Malaysian Queen Haminah Hamidun as they arrive for a State Dinner at National Palace in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, April 26, 2014.

    In Asia, Obama carefully calibrates China message

    President Barack Obama is hopscotching through China's neighborhood with a carefully calibrated message for Beijing, trying both to counter and court. During visits to U.S. allies, Obama has signaled that American military power can blunt Chinese aggression in the Asia-Pacific region, even as he urges Beijing to use its growing clout to help resolve international disputes with Russia and North...

    This undated image of Maren Sanchez provided by her family is from Maren Sanchez’s Facebook page. A 16-year-old teenager is accused of fatally stabbing 16-year-old Maren Sanchez Friday, April 25, 2014 in the hallway of Jonathan Law High School in Milford.

    School stabbing suspect is under psych evaluation

    A lawyer for the teenager charged with murder in the stabbing of a fellow student at a Connecticut high school says his client is under psychological evaluation.

    Crew members of sunken ferry Sewol prepare to leave a court which issued their arrest warrant, in Mokpo, South Korea, Saturday, April 26, 2014. All 15 people involved in navigating the South Korean ferry that sank and left scores of people dead or missing are now in custody after authorities on Saturday detained four more crew members, a prosecutor said.

    All 15 crew who navigated ferry held

    All 15 people involved in navigating the South Korean ferry that sank and left more than 300 people dead or missing are now in custody after authorities on Saturday detained four more crew members, a prosecutor said.


    Lake Superior ice causes shipping delays

    Thick ice on Lake Superior is causing shipping delays. Three heavy ice breakers are escorting convoys of five ships across the lake, where stacks of wind-blown ice are still 8 feet thick in places.


    Chicago man sentenced to 50 years in slaying
    A Will County judge has sentenced a Chicago man to 50 years in prison in the 2011 death of a man who was beaten with a lamp and then robbed.


    3 governors to discuss priorities in Chicago
    Governors from three states are expected at a press conference at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, where they are expected to talk about shared priorities.


    Beloit police investigate 2 homicides

    Beloit police are investigating whether two homicides are connected.

    In this undated image released by Henry Aldridge And Son Autioneers, Saturday April 26, 2014, showing part of a letter written by Esther Hart and her seven-year-old daughter Eva as they sailed aboard RMS Titanic in April 1912, shortly before the ship struck an iceberg and sank in the North Atlantic Ocean with 15,00 souls.

    Letter written aboard the Titanic to be auctioned
    A handwritten note from the Titanic is expected to sell for up to 100,000 pounds ($168,000) at an auction in England on Saturday.

    Firefighters and police are busy at a building damaged by an explosion in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, April 26, 2014. Austrian police say at least six people have been injured after the building collapsed following the reported explosion.

    ‘Blast’ causes partial building collapse in Vienna

    At least six people were injured Saturday after an apparent explosion destroyed part of a building in the Austrian capital.


    Elgin bicyclist killed by freight train after fall

    A person who fell off a bicycle about 12:35 a.m. today in Elgin was hit and killed by a freight train, Elgin police said.

    Arun Gandhi, grandson of the late Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi, signs copies of his children’s book, “Grandfather Gandhi,” during a visit Friday to Longwood Elementary in Naperville. Gandhi said his grandfather taught him to use anger in a positive way and become a light for the world.

    Gandhi grandson to Naperville kids: ‘Become the light’

    Elementary students at Longwood school in Indian Prairie Unit District 204 heard a philosophical message from a descendant of a historical thinker Friday when Arun Gandhi shared lessons from his children’s book, “Grandfather Gandhi.” “The first lesson that my grandfather taught me was about understanding anger and being able to use that energy intelligently rather than...


    Carpentersville using reserves to fix roads

    A Carpentersville commission has approved spending $750,000 out of its reserves to cover repairs at three roads officials say bore the brunt of the damage this past winter. The village does not make a regular practice of dipping into its reserve fund and has only done so twice within the last six years, Village President Ed Ritter said.

    Constance Collins

    District 116 ready to showcase students in Fine Arts Extravaganza

    Round Lake Area Unit District 116 will show off at least 500 students with talent in fine arts as part of what officials say is a continuing effort to generate school system pride and connect with the community.

    Marmarie Kostelny has asked for a discovery recount in her seven-vote loss to D.J. Tegeler in the race for the Republican nomination for circuit court judge.

    Discovery recount to begin Monday in Kane judge race

    A discovery recount will begin Monday in the race for the GOP nomination for circuit judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit. Results were canvassed last week, with Geneva attorney D.J. Tegeler having an edge of seven votes over Associate Judge Marmarie Kostelny. Aurora will do its recount Monday; Kane County's wiill occur May 5. The winner advances to the November election.

    Gov. Pat Quinn is expected to attend a ribbon-cutting for Riverside Drive in Elgin sometime in late July or early August, city officials said.

    Elgin’s Riverside Drive ready for finishing touches

    Riverside Drive in Elgin, along with its new, pedestrian-friendly promenade, is nearing completion after two years of construction. It's hoped Gov. Pat Quinn attends a ribbon-cutting sometime in late July or early August. “There’s nothing more satisfying than getting a large project to the finish line,” City Engineer Joe Evers said..

    From left, radio personality Roe Conn, Clearbrook President Carl La Mell, state Sen. Jim Oberweis and Larry Organ of Winnetka attend Clearbrook’s annual Shining Star Ball on Friday night in Chicago.

    Clearbrook gala raises more than $1 million

    The stars were aligned Friday night for Clearbrook’s major fundraiser, its Shining Star Ball. For the third straight year, the event raised more than $1 million for client services. “We really appreciate your support,” said Carl La Mell, Clearbrook president. “In this economy, it’s more important than ever.”

    Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson, left, speaks Friday while standing with Arnold Randall, general superintendent of the Cook County Forest Preserve District, during the dedication of a new boathouse on the shore of Busse Reservoir.

    New boathouse opens near Busse Reservoir

    A new 2,050-square-foot boathouse has opened along the banks of the Busse Reservoir, a centralized location within the Ned Brown Forest Preserve in Elk Grove Village where outdoor enthusiasts can buy bait and tackle, rent a boat or grab a snack. The building replaces temporary trailers that have been in place for the last 12 years and previous trailers that were there since the reservoir opened...

    Erin Merryn, 29, is taking her mission abroad. The mom-to-be and champion of Erin’s Law plans to travel to Canada and later Australia to encourage schools to teach age-appropriate curriculum on sex abuse.

    Elgin mom-to-be taking her Erin’s Law abroad

    Erin Merryn is taking her campaign for better laws to protect children from sex abuse to Canada, Australia and other countries. Her growing mission isn't slowing down as she prepares for a personal milestone: the birth of her first child. "I am just go, go, go," the Elgin 29-year-old said.

    John Blair, left, executive director of the Cook County sheriff’s department Intelligence Center, consults with officer John Slepski about a firearms background check Slepski is performing at the center in Chicago.

    Number of objections to concealed carry applications varies widely across suburbs

    Some police agencies in the suburbs are much more likely than others to file formal objections to individual requests for concealed carry permits. Across the collar counties, the number of objections ranges from 56 filed by the Lake County sheriff’s department to one filed by the McHenry County sheriff’s department, according to data released by Illinois State Police in response to...


    House Republicans more active on Twitter than Democrats

    The median Republican House member has 6,872 Twitter followers, compared with 6,015 followers for the median Democratic member. Republican senators enjoy an even wider advantage: 23,252 followers vs. 19,429 for Democrats. Considering that Democrats hold a technological advantage over Republicans in other realms of voter outreach, these gaps are fairly surprising.


    Bark in the Park:

    Dogs are welcome to gather with family and friends Saturday at Community Park, 42 Park View Lane, Hawthorn Woods, for the village’s inaugural Bark in the Park. This free community event is set for 10 a.m. to noon.

    A Buddhist nun wipes her tears after attending a service as yellow ribbons are displayed as a sign of hope for the safe return of missing passengers of the sunken ferry Sewol at a port in Jindo, South Korea, Saturday, April 26, 2014. As visiting U.S. President Barack Obama offered South Koreans his condolences Friday for the ferry disaster in the water off the southern coast, the South Korean government conceded that some bodies have been misidentified and announced changes to prevent such mistakes from happening again. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

    Obama warns NKorea against nuclear threats

    President Barack Obama warned North Korea on Saturday that the United States “will not hesitate to use our military might” to defend allies, as he sought to showcase U.S. power in the region amid China’s growing influence and Pyongyang’s unpredictable nuclear threats.


    Lincolnshire shoe collection:

    The Solid Waste Agency of Lake County and the village of Lincolnshire want to creatively recycle/reuse unwanted or outgrown shoes to keep them out of landfills. Residents can donate old shoes of all types, brands and sizes through Wednesday, April 30.


    Lake Villa fire open house

    The Lake Villa Fire Protection District is hosting an open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 27, to celebrate the new Station 4, 37800 N. Route 59.

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

    Christie sings praises of Wisconsin governor

    One possible 2016 Republican presidential candidate, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, sings the praises of potential GOP rival Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2014 released Thursday.


    St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo scores past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford to tie the game in third period action during Game 5 of a Western Conference quarterfinal playoff game Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

    Hawks should expect Blues’ best
    Blackhawks broadcaster Troy Murray expects the St. Louis Blues to come out firing Sunday and says the Hawks do not want to go back to St. Louis for a Game 7 Tuesday.


    Rochester beats Wolves, evens series

    The Chicago Wolves couldn’t recreate their late-game magic from 24 hours earlier, falling 3-2 to Rochester in Game 2 of their American Hockey League Western Conference quarterfinal series at Blue Cross Arena on Saturday. Wolves forward Nathan Longpre scored in the first period and center Keith Aucoin added a 5-on-3 power-play goal in the third. Wolves goaltender Jake Allen (1-1) stopped 28 shots as Rochester evened the best-of-five series. Game 3 is Thursday at 7 p.m. Allstate Arena in Rosemont, with Game 4 at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

    Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson is congratulated after making a free throw in the final seconds of overtime in Game 4 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday in Memphis, Tenn. Jackson scored 32 points as Oklahoma City won 92-89.

    Thunder beat Grizzlies 92-89 in OT, tie up series

    Reserve Reggie Jackson scored a personal playoff-best 32 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies 92-89 in overtime Saturday night, tying up their first-round Western Conference series at two apiece.

    Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon skates with the puck in overtime in Game 5 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series against the Minnesota Wild Saturday in Denver.

    MacKinnon leads Avs to 4-3 OT win over Wild

    Nathan MacKinnon scored 3:27 into overtime after P.A. Parenteau tied the game late in regulation, helping the Colorado Avalanche rally for a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night and a 3-2 lead in the first-round series. MacKinnon poked the puck past Darcy Kuemper’s glove with two defenders all over him. The rookie also had two assists.


    Girls track: Saturday, April 26 results
    Results of area high school girls track for Saturday, April 26.


    Softball: Saturday, April 26 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Saturday, April 26.


    Girls soccer: Saturday, April 26 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Saturday, April 26.


    Girls water polo: Saturday, April 26 results
    Results of area high school girls water polo games for Saturday, April 26.


    Boys volleyball: Saturday, April 26 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball games for Saturday, April 26.


    Boys track: Saturday, April 26 results
    Results of area high school boys track for Saturday, April 26.


    Boys gymnastics: Saturday, April 26 results
    Results of area high school boys gymnastics for Saturday, April 26.


    Girls badminton: Saturday, April 26 results
    Results of area high school badminton for Saturday, April 26.


    Boys tennis: Saturday, April 26 results
    Results of area boy tennis for Saturday, April 26.


    Boys water polo: Saturday, April 26 results
    Results of area high school boys water polo games for Saturday, April 26.


    Baseball: Saturday, April 26 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Saturday, April 26.


    Baseball roundup / Northwest

    Visting Barrington scored twice in the third and twice in the sixth, and their pitchers did the rest as the Broncos earned a 4-0 victory over New Trier on Saturday in nonconference play.

    Chicago Cubs’ Welington Castillo, right, gets high-fives from Mike Olt (30) after hitting a two-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers during the eighth inning of a baseball game on Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Milwaukee.

    Cubs show more life but still stumble

    Before the Cubs sent lefty Travis Wood to the mound Saturday night at Milwaukee, they placed struggling relief pitcher Jose Veras on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.The Cubs lost 5-3.


    Lake County baseball roundup

    Stevenson scored 6 runs over the final two innings to pull away from host Rolling Meadows in a 10-5 decision in nonconference baseball Saturday.

    Paul Konerko reacts after hitting a foul ball during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Chicago, Saturday, April 26, 2014. The Rays won 4-0.

    Sox send Johnson (6.46 ERA) down to AAA

    The White Sox' pitching staff has been changing all season, and the trend continued Saturday. Scott Carroll is coming up from Class AAA Charlotte to start vs. the Rays Sunday and Erik Johnson was optioned back to Charlotte.

    Jose Abreu celebrates as he rounds the bases after hitting a grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays during the ninth inning of a baseball game on Friday, April 25, 2014.

    Abreu impressing just about everyone

    Like the rest of the White Sox' offense, Jose Abreu's bat was silent Saturday night in a 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field. But Abreu's 9 home runs and 27 RBI have been the talk of major-league baseball in the opening month of the season.


    Fate favors Austin, Marian against Carmel

    It was bound to happen sooner or later. Just enough offense was going to come together for either Carmel or Marian Catholic. And Chris Austin was going to win a game for his team. As it turns out, both happened at the same time in Marian Catholic’s 1-0 extra-innings victory Saturday morning over the host Corsairs in the first game of an East Suburban Catholic Conference doubleheader.

    Matt Garza, who beat the Cubs on Friday, said it’s nice to be on a team that isn’t just hoping to win every day.

    Samardzija not bugged by Cubs continuing to rebuild

    Former Cubs pitcher Matt Garza isn't always the easiest guy to like. He can be brash and abrasive. But Garza wasn't entirely wrong in making comments some perceived to be harsh after he beat the Cubs Friday night. Veteran athletes can find it tough balancing their instincts to compete with the long-term goals of an organization.

    Chicago Cubs catcher Welington Castillo, right, tags out Milwaukee Brewers’ Rickie Weeks during Saturday’s game in Milwaukee. The Brewers beat the Cubs 5-3.

    Estrada strong, Segura hurt, Brewers top Cubs 5-3

    It was a tough night at the ballpark for Ryan Braun. First, the Brewers slugger accidentally knocked shortstop Jean Segura out of the game after hitting him in the head with his bat while warming up on the top steps of the dugout in the first. Braun departed himself after the eighth with a slight chest muscle strain.


    Elk Grove’s bats booming in sweep

    For the third time in two days, Elk Grove’s softball team put double-digit runs on the scoreboard. The result was a 11-1 and 10-7 doubleheader sweep over visiting Glenbrook North in Saturday’s nonconference doubleheader.


    Girls soccer/Saturday’s Fox Valley roundup

    Crystal Lake South wins tournament: In a game where 12 different players scored a goal, the Gators (9-2-2) clinched the title of champion at the Prairie Ridge Tournament with a 3-0 win over the hosts and a 12-0 win over Proviso East.

    White Sox starter John Danks (2-1) struggled with his command and a high pitch count during Saturday’s game against Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field. He allowed four runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out four, walked four and threw a career-high 123 pitches. The White Sox lost 4-0.

    Rays hold White Sox to 5 hits in 4-0 win

    Cesar Ramos and two relievers combined to five-hit the Chicago White Sox in a 4-0 win by the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night. Ramos (1-1) gave up all five hits over five innings in his first scoreless start of the season. He started in place of Matt Moore, who had Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.


    Glenbard West’s Graham runs away from field

    Lindsay Graham impersonated Madeline Perez to the letter Saturday afternoon in Glen Ellyn. Perez, the Glenbard West defending Class 3A girls track and field state champion at 1,600 and 3,200 meters, has yet to make her outdoor season debut this spring. But Graham, the Hilltoppers’ sophomore transfer from Glenbard East, more than answered the call of the Georgetown-bound Perez. At the Sue Pariseau Invitational, Graham ran a pair of strategically flawless races in claiming the titles at the two longest open distances. After seizing command of the 3,200 run on the seventh lap to win in 10 minutes, 54.07 seconds, Graham returned with a flourish at 1,600 meters.


    Strong showing for Hersey at Glenbrook S.

    Hersey added to its impressive season on Saturday by making it into the championship bracket for the first time at the Glenbrook South boys water polo tournament, finishing third overall.


    Emotional victories for Wagner, Warren

    Warren’s softball team honored Sherry Wagner, the mother of senior pitcher Jana Wagner, then went out and defeated visiting Palatine 16-3 in five innings in nonconference action Saturday. Jana Wagner, whose mother passed away last fall, was the winning pitcher, as she allowed only 1 earned run, while striking out eight and not walking a batter.


    Lake Zurich’s tops at Prospect

    Meaghan Gelinas and Danielle Ufheil scored first-half goals, as Lake Zurich’s soccer team won the championship of the Prospect Knights invite with a 2-0 win over the host school Saturday.


    Schaumburg, Elk Grove excel in Streamwood Invite

    Schaumburg won top honors in the the 400- and 800-meter relays and had invidual winners in long jump (Stacey Smith), pole vault (Cesar Arenas), triple jump (Edwin Kelly), 100 (Shandall Thomas) and 200 meters (Tom Ciupka) to claim the team championship in the 11-team boys track invitational hosted by Streamwood on Saturday.


    Baseball/Saturday’s Fox Valley roundup

    Hampshire junior right-hander Trey Schramm threw a no-hitter Saturday as the Whip-Purs defeated visiting Woodstock 3-1 in a Fox Division baseball game in the Fox Valley Conference.


    Softball/Saturday’s Fox Valley roundup

    Huntley senior Angela Tribuzio had her batting eye seeing 20-20 Saturday against two of the top teams in the Daily Herald area. Tribuzio belted a home run in each of the Red Raiders’ wins at the Libertyville quad, a 9-7 win over No. 1 Libertyville, and a 10-1 drubbing of No. 10 Wauconda and sophomore phenom pitcher Kayla Wedl.

    Hampshire’s Ellie Lapi lays the tag and the out down on Waukegan’s Coraima Garza during the Larkin Slugfest softball tournament Saturday at the Elgin Sports Complex in Elgin.

    Hampshire savors 2nd place at Larkin Slugfest

    Many teams would be disappointed after reaching a tournament championship game for the second week in a row, and then coming up short for the second week in a row. Not Hampshire’s softball team, with which the words championship game have rarely been spoken over the years. The Whip-Purs ran past Waukegan 13-3 then dumped Oak Lawn 8-2 Saturday before losing to an emerging Class 4A power in Joliet West, 10-0, in a run-rule shortened title game of the 21st Annual Larkin Slugfest at the Elgin Sports Complex.

    Kaneland’s Kyle Carter leads the Knights in the 4 x 800 meter relay at Kaneland’s Peterson Prep Invitational on Saturday, April 26. The team would go on to break the Illinois state record for the event.

    Kaneland runs away with Peterson Prep title

    After graduating from Kaneland this spring Nathaniel Kucera, Kyle Carter and Luis Acosta will run for, respectively, Stanford, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois. Then there’s Andrew Lesak.

    Miami Heat’s LeBron James, left, shoots over Charlotte Bobcats’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, center, and Al Jefferson, right, during Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.

    James, Heat top Bobcats 98-85 for 3-0 series lead

    LeBron James had 30 points and 10 rebounds, and the Miami Heat defeated the Charlotte Bobcats 98-85 Saturday night to take a 3-0 lead in the Eastern Conference first round series. Dwyane Wade added 17 points for the Heat, who can close out the best-of-seven Monday night. James, who was an efficient 10 of 18 from the field, pushed his record to 18-0 against the Bobcats since joining the Heat in 2010. Miami has won 19 straight overall against Charlotte.


    Libertyville takes crown at St. Charles East

    Ryan Doeckel was in no mood for another lengthy match. After joining Geneva teammate John Potts for a pair of grueling 3-set matches at first doubles, the Vikings’ top tandem held off a second-set comeback from St. Charles East’s George Spoerl and Alex Winters for a 6-1, 6-4 victory in the third-place match during Saturday’s annual St. Charles East tournament. Doeckel and Potts recovered from a 4-6 loss in the first set of their opening match before dropping a tough 7-6, 3-6, 7-10 semifinal decision to Rockford Guilford’s Patrick Moore and Ian Brandon-Beeman.

    Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jussi Jokinen (36) gets his stick on the loose puck and pokes it in for a goal past Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky and Nikita Nikitin (6) in the third period of Game 5 of a first-round NHL playoff hockey series Saturday in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 3-1.

    Penguins top Blue Jackets to take 3-2 series lead

    Jussi Jokinen scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and the Pittsburgh Penguins topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Saturday night to take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. Chris Kunitz and Kris Letang also scored for Pittsburgh, which has the upstart Blue Jackets on the verge of elimination with an opportunity to close out the series Monday during Game 6 in Columbus.

    St. Louis Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo scores past Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford to tie the game in third period action during Game 5 of a Western Conference quarterfinal playoff game Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

    Resilient Hawks hoping to slam series door

    If it’s not already an instant classic, this Blackhawks-Blues series is darn close.Four of the first five games going to overtime and a legitimate argument out there that either team could’ve won any of those first five games.“There’s so much drama in these games, you’ve got to admire both teams,” said Blues coach Ken Hitchcock. “Neither team’s giving each other much here and both teams have tremendous resolve.“Unfortunately, one of them’s got to go down early. We just don’t want it to be us.”


    Glenbard North’s Albin shows he can hit

    Everyone knows what to expect from Matt Albin on the mound.


    Wheaton North’s Cary settles down, defeats Lake Park

    Sometimes all it takes is getting past that one rough inning. For Wheaton North senior pitcher Ben Cary, it hit him in the very first frame of Saturday’s DuPage Valley Conference baseball game against Lake Park at Lisle’s Benedictine University.Once he got through that first inning, however, Cary was more than fine.Cary fired a 4-hitter as Wheaton North beat Lake Park 4-1 in the opening game of Saturday’s DVC doubleheader event designed to raise money for the ALS Association Greater Chicago Chapter. The two-day event featuring all eight DVC schools concluded with Glenbard North’s 6-1 victory over Glenbard East.


    Baseball/Saturday’s DuPage County roundup

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup for Saturday, April 26.

    Bulls guard Jimmy Butler (21) is pulled away by forward Taj Gibson (22) after an altercation with Washington Wizards forward Nene (42), from Brazil, in the second half of Game 3 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series on Friday, April 25, 2014, in Washington. Nene received a double technical and was ejected. The Bulls won 100-97.

    Memo to D.C. media: This is the playoffs

    Granted, this Bulls-Wizards series has been both physical and exciting. With Washington power forward Nene getting suspended for Sunday's Game 4, the Bulls have been pegged as baiters in the nation's capital.


    Lake Zurich prevails at Prospect

    Lake Zurich’s girls soccer team took top honors in Prospect’s Knights Invitational on Saturday. In preliminary play, the Bears beat Prospect in 5-4 in penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation session. The same two teams met in the tournament’s championship matchup, and Lake Zurich prevailed 2-0. The Bears (13-2) got goals from Meaghan Gelinas and Danielle Ufheil, and Lake Zurich keeper Eleanor Daleske made 3 saves.


    Naperville Central, York split

    How capable are the Naperville Central softball team’s hitters? A perfect example came during Game 1 of Saturday’s twinbill in Elmhurst that the Redhawks won 9-8. The Dukes won Game 2, 11-4.


    Downers North ends Glenbard South’s streak

    Glenbard South took to the diamond at Downers Grove North riding an eight-game winning streak, but during the hot stretch the Raiders hadn’t faced a pitcher quite like the Trojans’ Dale Ryndak.


    Jones jumps to it, lifts Lakes to title

    Kara Jones was called upon to make stops during penalty kicks of the championship game of the girls soccer tournament Lakes was hosting Saturday afternoon. And she answered that call in a most diverse fashion. Jones made one stop to her right, then two more to her left — and all three were key in Lakes’ triumph. After the game her teammates made a fitting call: letting Jones hold the tournament championship trophy. Lakes recovered late to tie Vernon Hills near the end of regulation before topping the Cougars 2-1 (3-2 in penalty kicks). Jones made the 3 stops in kicks to finish with 9 in the match.

    Dallas Mavericks guard Vince Carter, second from left, celebrates with Dirk Nowitzki (41), as teammate Monta Ellis (11) and San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili (20) look on, after Carter made the game-winning 3-point basket at the buzzer of the fourth quarter in Game 3 in the first-round of the NBA basketball playoffs Saturday in Dallas. The Mavericks won 109-108.

    Carter beats buzzer, sends Mavs past Spurs 109-108

    Vince Carter hit a double-pump 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Dallas Mavericks a 109-108 victory in Game 3 and a first-round series lead over the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.

    Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald earned the defensive lineman four major college football awards and a spot as a first-team All-American.

    NFL history shows No. 14 pick pays off for most teams

    Recent history suggests that the Bears will get a talented defensive players with the 14th overall selection in next month's draft. But the Bears have had the 14th overall pick three times in the last 15 years with limited success, taking Chris Williams, Tommie Harris and Michael Haynes.

    Mundelein third baseman Maria DeVito makes a throw to first during Game 1 of Saturday’s doubleheader with Hersey.

    DeVito and Co. deliver in Mundelein sweep

    Maria DeVito of Mundelein went 7-for-8 in two games against Hersey on Saturday as the Mustangs won both times. Her two-game performance raised her season batting average 40 points to .582. Her homers — both to center field — were her fourth and fifth of the season.

    Allison Kruk

    Kruk sets scoring record as St. Edward claims title

    With St. Edward already well on its way to capturing a third straight Green Wave Girls Soccer Invitational title on Saturday at Greg True Field in Elgin, the focus turned to rewriting the record books. In the Green Wave’s fifth and final game of the tournament senior Allison Kruk scored 4 goals in a 5-0 win over Westminster Christian. Kruk’s final goal with just under 9 minutes to play was the 63rd of her career, surpassing the all-time school record for boys or girls previously held by Chris Holze, who graduated in 1994.


    Pitching carries Batavia to sweep of Larkin

    Chalk up the Batavia baseball team’s Saturday doubleheader sweep of host Larkin by identical 3-2 scores to pitching depth. The Bulldogs used their top three pitchers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in a key series against fellow defending Upstate Eight River champion St. Charles East, so they turned to relievers Ryan Olson and Mitch Boyer to start against the Royals and both right-handers acquitted themselves well.

    In this photo taken on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, right, and V. Stiviano, left, watch the Clippers play the Sacramento Kings during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. The NBA is investigating a report of an audio recording in which a man purported to be Sterling makes racist remarks while speaking to Stiviano. NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement Saturday, April 26, 2014, that the league is in the process of authenticating the validity of the recording posted on TMZ's website. Bass called the comments “disturbing and offensive.” (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    NBA probing alleged recording of Clippers owner

    Anger, frustration and calls for action echoed around the NBA on Saturday after an audio recording surfaced of a man identified as Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling telling his girlfriend not to bring black people to games. Everybody except for the embattled Clippers owner, who has a decades-long history of discrimination and offensive behavior, seemed to have a response. The league said it was investigating the recording posted on TMZ's website, calling the comments "disturbing and offensive." Lakers Hall of Famer Magic Johnson, a target of Sterling's remarks, said he wouldn't attend Clippers' games as long as Sterling was the owner.

    Boston Bruins’ Milan Lucic. top right, celebrates his goal with teammates Jarome Iginla (12) and Torey Krug (47) during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings in Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs Saturday in Boston. The Bruins won 4-2, eliminating Detroit from the postseason.

    Bruins beat Red Wings 4-2, advance in NHL playoffs

    Tuukka Rask made 31 saves to help the defending Eastern Conference champion Boston Bruins beat the Red Wings 4-2 in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series on Saturday and eliminate Detroit from the postseason. The Bruins, who finished the regular season with the best record in the NHL, advanced to the conference semifinals against the Montreal Canadiens.


    Leyden draws with R-B

    Leyden enjoyed a mixed result at its West Campus on Saturday afternoon in a 1-1 draw with visiting Riverside-Brookfield (4-5-1) in a nonconference soccer match in Northlake. The Eagles (6-7-1) celebrated when Dagmara Nowicka scored her first of the year to put the home side in front just six minutes into the contest . But Leyden saw its hope of getting to the .500 mark on the season dashed when Meaghan Dorsey drew the Bulldogs even at 24 minutes.


    Maine West makes it happen against Hersey

    With his team battling a tough streak at the plate and a cold northeast wind blowing in, Crosley Duckmann knew he and his teammates would need to get back to basics. “I tried to get my front foot down and take a two-strike approach and hit it hard on the ground,” Duckmann explained. “As a team, we have been struggling a little bit. Hopefully this will get us going.” Duckmann’s approached worked well, with the senior reaching base on all 4 of his appearances and scoring 3 times as Maine West overpowered Hersey 10-6 Saturday in Des Plaines.


    Wild ride for Prospect at Palatine

    Prospect had an up and down day at Saturday’s Palatine boys volleyball invitational. “It was really a rollercoaster ride of emotions for us,” said Knights junior setter Kyle Gerber. “We’ve had a strong tourney but we’ve got to come out and play better in the first set.” After a successful run in pool play, Gerber almost led his teammates into the title match. Despite dropping game one in the semis to Lake Zurich, the Knights battled back to take game two and force a deciding set, only to fall in the third game 25-20. The Knights scored victories over Stevenson and Fremd in pool play, then wound up dropping the third place match to Joliet Catholic on a day where Waubonsie Valley steamrolled to the tournament championship.

    Atlanta Hawks guard Kyle Korver, left, and Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert (55) battle for the rebound in the first half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Saturday, April 26, 2014, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    Pacers even series with Hawks, winning 91-88

    Paul George and David West hit key 3-pointers down the stretch, and the top-seeded Indiana Pacers held off the Atlanta Hawks 91-88 Saturday to even the opening-round series at two wins apiece.

    The NBA announced a one-game suspension for Wizards power forward Nene on Saturday afternoon. He’ll have to sit out Sunday’s Game 4 against the Bulls.

    Washington’s Nene suspended for Game 4

    The NBA announced a one-game suspension for Wizards power forward Nene on Saturday afternoon. He’ll have to sit out Sunday’s Game 4 against the Bulls. According to the release from the league, Nene was suspended for “head-butting and grabbing guard-forward Jimmy Butler around the neck with both hands and attempting to throw him down.”


    Film Director Zak Penn shows a box of a decades-old Atari ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’ game found in a dumpsite in Alamogordo, N.M., Saturday. Producers of a documentary dug in a southeastern New Mexico landfill in search of millions of cartridges of the game that has been called the worst game in the history of video gaming and were buried there in 1983.

    E.T. phone home? The ‘Atari grave’ is real

    A decades-old urban legend was put to rest Saturday when workers for a documentary film production company recovered “E.T.” Atari game cartridges from a heap of garbage buried deep in the New Mexico desert.


    Apps for parents curb distracted teen drivers

    There are apps that prevent mobile-device use while driving, and some of them alert parents or employers when a user tries to beat the system. They’ve emerged on the market as alarm grows over the carnage caused by distracted driving. More than 3,300 people die and 420,000 are injured annually in crashes attributed to distracted drivers. But those numbers may be low because, other than a driver’s admission of fault, it’s a challenge to prove that distraction caused a crash.


    Nike’s pull away from wearable tech might be good for field

    Plenty of technology companies are pouring into the wearables market, seeing the success of fitness trackers as an early indication that folks will be equally as excited by smart watches, glasses, jewelry, clothing and, well, smart everything. But one of the first companies to crack the space may be pulling out. As first reported by CNET, when it comes to wearables, Nike may be saying, “Just don’t.”

    In the wake of the Heartbleed security threat, many security experts recommend a second layer of authentication — typically in the form of a numeric code sent as a text message. You enter that code on the website to verify that it’s really you and not a hacker who doesn’t have your phone.

    Tech Tips: Add 2nd layer of protection online

    Browsers are supposed to keep passwords and other sensitive data safe, but a technical flaw in a widely used padlock security technology allows hackers to grab the information anyway. That’s why many security experts recommend a second layer of authentication — typically in the form of a numeric code sent as a text message. If you’re logging in to a website from your laptop, for example, you enter your password first. Then you type in the code you receive via text to verify that it’s really you and not a hacker.

    The Whistle lets pet owners track how much exercise — or sleep — their four-legged friends are getting.

    Gadget Watch: Whistle, a fitness tracker for dogs

    Bad news for lazy dogs: A new device, called Whistle, lets pet owners track how much exercise — or sleep — their four-legged friends are getting. Whistle is similar to popular activity trackers designed for humans. It wraps around a dog’s collar and syncs with a smartphone app, collecting data on how much activity and rest the pet had.

    The app RideScout helps you find the quickest route to your destination.

    RideScout app helps you plan your travel route

    RideScout, which launched in November, aims to help you sort through ways to get around cities and find the best one in real time. Co-founder Joseph Kopser likes to call it the Kayak of ground transportation.

    A handbag made popular on Pinterest that is available at Nordstrom stores. Pinterest, a social media site that allows users to create collections of photos, articles, recipes, videos and other images that are called “pins,” is being used by big chains to draw business to their own sites.

    Retailers get creative with Pinterest

    Retailers increasingly are using Pinterest, a social media site that allows users to create collections of photos, articles, recipes, videos and other images that are called “pins,” to draw business to their own sites. Shoes, handbags and other popular items on Pinterest are being prominently displayed in Nordstrom stores with special tags. Target, the nation’s No. 2 discounter, is creating exclusive party-planning collections with top Pinterest users, or “pinners.” And Caribou created a coffee blend that was inspired by the coffee chain’s Pinterest fans.

    Felice Gorordo, co-founder of Roots of Hope, is photographed in Lafayette Square near the White House in Washington. Leaders with the largest nonprofit organization for young Cuban-Americans quietly provided strategic support for the federal government’s secret “Cuban Twitter” program, connecting contractors with potential investors and even serving as paid consultants, The Associated Press has learned.

    Cuban-American leaders helped ‘Cuban Twitter’

    Leaders with the largest nonprofit organization for young Cuban-Americans quietly provided strategic support for the federal government’s secret “Cuban Twitter” program, connecting contractors with potential investors and even serving as paid consultants, The Associated Press has learned. The disclosure could have wide repercussions for what has become one of the most visible and influential Cuban-American organizations.

Life & Entertainment

    From left, John Leguizamo, Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau in a scene from “Chef.” After directing blockbusters, “Chef” represents a return to Favreau’s indie roots.

    Jon Favreau cooks up ‘Chef’

    After years directing big summer blockbusters (“Iron Man” and “Iron Man 2,”), “Chef” is a return to Jon Favreau’s indie roots. (He wrote and starred in 1996’s “Swingers.”) The parallels for Favreau and the film are unmistakable. In the movie, which he wrote and directed, he plays a creativity-stifled restaurant chef who’s fired for going off-menu but is reborn when he opens his own food truck.

    Keira Knightley, left, and Adam Levine arrive at the premiere of “Begin Again” at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday in New York.

    ‘Begin Again’ film of firsts for Levine, Knightley

    For Keira Knightley and Adam Levine, their movie “Begin Again” was an experience of firsts. Knightley, an accomplished actress, sings in the movie, whereas Levine, frontman of the band Maroon 5, acts. The two admitted that leaving their comfort zones made them uneasy but that they related to each other’s nerves.

    Columbus Short won’t be returning to “Scandal” following his legal troubles. The 31-year-old actor says in a statement on Friday, he’s exiting the ABC political thriller after three seasons.

    Columbus Short not returning to ‘Scandal’

    Columbus Short won’t be returning to “Scandal” following his legal troubles. The 31-year-old actor said in a statement released Friday that he’s exiting the ABC political thriller after three seasons. The announcement of Short’s exit from the series created by Rhimes comes amid two pending criminal cases, one accusing him of misdemeanor spousal battery and another accusing him of felony battery that seriously injured a man during an altercation at a West Hollywood restaurant in March.

    Award-winning journalist and author David Finkel discusses his book “Thank You for Your Service” at the First Division Museum at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

    Book notes: Cantigny hosts Pulitzer winner David Finkel

    Author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Finkel discusses and signs copies of his book "Thank You for Your Service" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the Visitors Center Theater at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Admission and parking are free. Visit cantigny.org.

    After the roof has been inspected and prepared, new tar paper and new shingles are installed.

    Chicago winters wreak havoc on roofs

    We have just experienced one of the most brutal winters in decades. Heavy snow and subzero temperatures have taken a toll on the roofs of our homes. Finally, spring has arrived! Now is the time to inspect your home’s roof and gutters.

    More suburban homeowners are looking for plants and shrubs for their yards that are low maintenance, said Jean Bragdon of Lurvey’s Garden Center, Des Plaines.

    Heartier plants save time in the yard

    More homeowners are looking for plants and shrubs that can withstand both very hot summers and cold, lengthy winters, like the one we just endured, said Jean Bragdon, operations manager at Lurvey’s Garden Center in Des Plaines.

    “Twilight” co-star Kellan Lutz stars in “The Legend of Hercules,” an epically bad movie out Tuesday on DVD.

    DVD previews: ‘Legend of Hercules,’ ‘Labor Day’

    "The Legend of Hercules" is an epic fail of bad acting, while "Labor Day" features talented stars in a trite, ridiculous story. Both films come to DVD Tuesday.

    Say “Si” to a grande Cinco de Mayo festival held in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, May 2-4.

    On the road: Celebrate Cinco de Mayo in the city

    Say “Si” to a grande Cinco de Mayo festival held in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood that promises wall-to-wall live music, authentic Mexican food, colorful arts and crafts, carnival rides and plenty of activities for families and children. Treat your mother like a queen with a royal weekend package at the Langham Chicago.

    A stone version of Oscar Wilde lounges on a rock in Merrion Square in Dublin, Ireland. The 19th-century writer and wit (who famously said “I have nothing to declare but my genius”) is depicted gazing at the house across the street where he once lived.

    Literary Dublin offers much more than Bloomsday

    James Joyce immortalized Dublin in his literary epic “Ulysses,” though many Dubliners freely admit they haven’t read a word of the stream-of-consciousness novel. That doesn’t stop them from throwing a huge celebration every June 16, honoring the day in 1904 when the fictional Leopold Bloom perambulated through the streets of the author’s hometown. But while Bloomsday is the city’s largest and most colorful literary celebration, it is hardly the only one.

    The Pucci fashion house teamed up with the Bisazza ceramic makers to create splashy wall mosaics featuring archival Pucci patterns. The collaboration was born out of friendship between Laudomia Pucci and Rossella Bisazza, women who have taken over the historic Italian brands founded by their fathers.

    Invention loves collaboration at Milan show

    Collaboration drove invention during Milan's annual International Furniture Show and collateral design week events. This collaboration yielded the promise of homes without mobile phone chargers, and with more ergonomic seating, table settings fit for Italy's most demanding chefs and sculptures that double as furniture.

    Jared Leto poses in the press room with the award for best actor in a supporting role for “Dallas Buyers Club” during the Oscars.

    Jared Leto: ‘My Oscar is a filthy mess’

    Jared Leto says that while his Oscar has led to new opportunities in Hollywood, he isn’t overly concerned with the trophy itself. The actor-musician took home the gold statuette last month for his supporting role as transgender drug addict Rayon in “Dallas Buyers Club.” It’s sustained a few scrapes since then after circulating among friends. “I damaged it. But then I came home and saw it had another nick on it. So it looks like someone else had fun with it, too."

    Michelle Williams croons during a performance of “Cabaret” at Studio 54 in New York.

    ‘Cabaret’ debut evokes simpler time for Williams

    When Michelle Williams stepped onstage for her very first opening night on Broadway, the feeling brought her back to a simpler time. “Honestly, it made me feel like a little girl. It made me feel like a very lucky little girl,” Williams said with a smile after tackling the role of Sally Bowles in “Cabaret” earlier Thursday night. The three-time Oscar-nominee made her Broadway debut stepping into some pretty big shoes.

    Susanna Phillips and Wilmette native Mathew Polenzani co-star in a Metropolitan Opera Live in HD simulcast of Mozart's unsettling comedy “Cosė fan tutte.”

    Weekend picks: Met Opera simulcasts 'Cosi fan tutte'

    Wilmette native Mathew Polenzani stars as one of four deceptive lovers in Mozart's bittersweet comedy “Cosė fan tutte,” simulcast around the world Saturday as part of the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series. The Lyric Opera of Chicago continues producing classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals with “The Sound of Music” this weekend, featuring stars from Hollywood (Billy Zane), opera (Christine Brewer) and Broadway (Jenn Gambatese). Theatreworks USA presents the musical, “Henry and Mudge,” at North Central College's Pfeiffer Hall. And comedian Patti Vasquez headlines the breast cancer fundraiser Shop & Laugh to Find a Cure Sunday at Zanies in Rosemont. All this and more this weekend.


    Condo owners not allowed to build on common areas

    Q. Our condominiums include rear patios. Several owners have taken the liberty to increase the size of their patio several feet into the general common element open space. Is this permitted?



    U.S. needs firmer stance for Mideast peace
    An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: As an American who loves Israel but cannot close my eyes to what they know is wrong, I feel it is time for the U.S. to take a firm and open stand on what we and the world expect of them to secure peace in the Middle East. As it is now, the extremist settlers, who are against a two-state solution, are overly influential and very detrimental to a peaceful settlement.


    Obamacare will be no stranger to fraud
    A Des Plaines letter to the editor: Did you see the latest news? Well, unless you read the obituaries, you missed the fact that Obama’s aunt had lived in the U.S. illegally for years. Being denied asylum by an immigration judge in 2004, she remained here bilking the U.S. citizens by living in public housing in Boston and receiving treatment for various health problems paid for by the taxpayers.


    Officials not listening on Barrington underpass
    A Barrington letter to the editor: I do not understand a situation where thousands of citizens went to Barrington High School to protest this, and these three people took not the slightest notice of our pleading, our reasoning or our protesting.


    Put a halt to all the gambling expansion
    A Schaumburg letter to the editor: In the Illinois General Assembly, lobbyists for the gambling equipment makers, casino management companies and the horse racing industry have renewed their enduring efforts to further damage our state via more expansion of gambling. The lobbyists, and those in the General Assembly whose votes they buy, do not care one whit about the social costs created by gamblers who cannot control themselves.


    Aurora’s poor school kids in jeopardy
    An Aurora letter to the editor: Despite clear evidence that high quality, affordable early care and education leads to better health, social well-being, and economic success, Illinois has continued to slash both the Child Care Assistance Program and Pre-School For All budgets.


    Not much content to fill Obama Library
    A Wheaton letter to the editor: Obama’s library in Illinois? Personally, I would find it not very interesting. There so many events that he has claimed no knowledge of; we would only get the real facts from a second and sometimes third sources.


    Halt direction GOP is taking the country
    A Huntley letter to the editor: The importance of the midterm election cannot be overstated. The continued obstructionism of the Republican controlled House of Representatives will only continue if Democrats and Independents don’t come together to change the status quo.


    Show us where the money’s going
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: The Daily Herald provided some very interesting reading last week. Page 6, on Saturday, April 19, featured a story about the Illinois Department of Corrections authorizing the use of Solvaldi to treat incarcerated persons infected with the hepatitis C virus.


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