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Service restored for most homes near Long Grove explosion
Nearly every Long Grove resident living near the house that exploded Friday night has been given the all clear to return to their homes Sunday following natural gas service testing, according to a North Shore Gas representative. Eight homes, including the home that exploded, remain without natural gas service as the investigation into what caused the blast that could be felt for miles away...
Church mourns loss of Palatine men killed in Afghanistan
Two weeks after noting that no members of the Orchard Evangelical Free Church in Arlington Heights had lost their lives in service to their faith, senior pastor the Rev. Colin Smith led worshippers Sunday in mourning the loss of two of their fellow congregants, a Palatine father and son killed last week in Afghanistan.
Tornadoes strike central, southern U.S., killing 2
A powerful storm system rumbled through the central and southern United States on Sunday, spawning a massive tornado that carved path of destruction through the northern Little Rock suburbs and another twister that killed two people in Oklahoma and injured others in Kansas.
Images: Blackhawks vs. Blues, Game Six
The Chicago Blackhawks battled the St .Louis Blues Sunday at the United Center in Chicago during Game 6 in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Blackhawks defeated the Blues 5-1 to win the series.
Observers held in Ukraine speak under armed guard
Pro-Russian militants in camouflage fatigues and black balaclavas paraded captive European military observers before the media on Sunday, hours after three captured Ukrainian security guards were shown bloodied, blindfolded and stripped of their trousers and shoes, their arms bound with packing tape. The provocative displays came as the increasingly ruthless pro-Russian insurgency in the east...
Clippers stage silent protest of owner
OAKLAND, Calif. — The Los Angeles Clippers chose not to speak publicly about owner Donald Sterling before they faced the Golden State Warriors for Game 4 of their first-round series Sunday. Instead, they made a silent protest to generate attention.
Paralympic coaches spot suburban talent
Paralympic hopefuls had a chance to learn from elite level coaches and athletes, as well as test their skills, Sunday at Elk Grove High School. “Once they get over that fear and actually get out here, it just opens up so many doors,” said U.S. Paralympic Track and Field Coach Teresa Skinner.
Poles applaud beloved John Paul II’s sainthood
Nine years after his death, tens of thousands of Poles lauded their beloved countryman, Pope John Paul II, as he was declared a saint in an unprecedented Vatican ceremony Sunday. Bells tolled across Poland and the crowds applauded, in unison with those gathered in St. Peter’s Square in Rome, when Pope Francis declared the pontiff from Poland a saint.
South Korea prime minister quits over sunken ferry
South Korea’s prime minister resigned Sunday over the government’s handling of a ferry sinking that has left more than 300 people dead or missing and led to widespread shame, fury and finger-pointing, blaming “deep-rooted evils” in society for the tragedy. South Korean executive power is largely concentrated in the president, so Chung Hong-won’s resignation...
Teen stowaway desperate to see mother
The 15-year-old Somali boy had been arguing at home, and in the kind of impulsive move that teenagers make, he hopped a fence at San Jose International Airport last Sunday and clambered into a wheel well of a Hawaii-bound jetliner. He survived the trip, and he has not spoken publicly about the ordeal. But his desperation and frustration — borne from a life in a new country and new culture,...
Friends remember longtime suburban resident, former Grizzlies owner Heisley
Michael Heisley, a billionaire businessman, former owner of the Memphis Grizzlies and a longtime St. Charles resident, died over the weekend at the age of 77. Friends of his from St. Charles described him as generous and "bigger than life."
St. Charles church holds “Bikes for Tikes” donation drive for needy kids
Dozens of Carpentersville kids will get the chance to choose the bikes of their dreams thanks to the efforts this weekend of volunteers and generous donors at Hosanna! Lutheran Church in St. Charles. The church’s fifth annual “Bikes for Tikes” bicycle donation drive aimed to match or even surpass last year’s collection of 125 bikes to be given to families in need.
Tree planted in Naperville to honor organ donors
Suburban residents whose lives have been touched through organ donations attended the 24th annual tree planting dedication at the Naper Settlement in Naperville on Sunday to honor organ and tissue donors and their families. Among them were Jill and Matt Zuleg of Naperville, who launched the Kyle Zuleg Foundation to encourage organ donation after their 16-year-old son, Kyle, was fatally injured in...
Former Georgia technician falsified mammogram report
Sharon Holmes found a lump in her left breast quite by accident. At work one day as a high school custodian, her hand brushed up against her chest and she felt a knot sticking out. She was perplexed. After all, just three months earlier, she had been given an all-clear sign from her doctor after a mammogram. A new mammogram in February 2010 showed she in fact had an aggressive stage 2 breast...
Senate GOP ‘civil wars’ lagging in N.C., elsewhere
The feisty personalities and anti-establishment fervor that fed tea party challenges in recent Republican U.S. Senate primaries are largely missing this year, a troubling sign for Democrats who want the GOP to nominate candidates with limited appeal.
Aurora cop praised for comforting dying tollway worker
An Aurora police officer recently was honored for comforting a dying Illinois Tollway worker after a fiery truck crash in January on Interstate 88.
SHS grad headed to ‘The Voice’?
A 2012 Stevenson High School graduate is one of the contestants in an online competition that could lead to an appearance on NBC’s “The Voice.”
Runners take on chill to help Zacharias center
On a cold, windy Sunday morning, more than 300 people bundled up to run and walk during the second annual “From Here to Healing” 5k run/walk at Independence Grove near Libertyville. Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center in Gurnee held the fundraising event, with proceeds going toward counseling, prevention education and advocacy programs that are provided free at the center.
Holocaust author speaking at Grayslake museum
Grayslake Heritage Center and Museum will host an author of a Holocaust book at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3. Marty Brounstein will discuss his book, “Two Among the Righteous Few: A Story of Courage in the Holocaust” at the facility at 164 Hawley St.
Lake County retired teachers meeting
The Lake County Retired Teachers Association will meet at noon on Tuesday, May 13, at Reflections Restaurant, 38564 N. Edgewood St., Lake Villa.
Alzheimer’s lunch in Vernon Hills
Vernon Hills invites the public to the 9th annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, May 15 at Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway (at Center Drive).
Cook to focus on winter’s toll on suburban roads
Cook County plans to spend an estimated $38 million on its roads and cover approximately 55 lane miles. Additional road and bridge repairs will be undertaken with a $16.7 million state grant that was recently announced.
Korean health fair Saturday in Park Ridge
A health fair for uninsured and underinsured members of the Korean community held Saturday at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge served more than 80 people.
Images: Bulls vs Wizards, Game Four
The Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards faced off in Game 4 of their first round series in the NBA playoffs at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. The Wizards won the game 98-89 to take a 3-1 lead in the series.
Supreme Court takes on privacy in digital age
Two Supreme Court cases about police searches of cellphones without warrants present vastly different views of the ubiquitous device. Is it a critical tool for a criminal or is it an American’s virtual home? How the justices answer that question could determine the outcome of the cases being argued Tuesday. A drug dealer and a gang member want the court to rule that the searches of their...
Francis presides over historic day of 4 popes
Two 20th-century popes who changed the course of the Catholic Church became saints Sunday as Pope Francis honored John XXIII and John Paul II in a delicate balancing act aimed at bringing together the conservative and progressive wings of the church. As if to drive the message of unity home, Francis invited retired Pope Benedict XVI to join him on the altar of St. Peter’s Square, the first...
In Pakistan, signs praise spies as nation changes
On city streets in Pakistan, a curious sight has appeared in recent days: posters bearing the faces of the country’s two most powerful generals that profess love for the military and its spying arm. Lamp posts, street signs and cars carry the banners, which bear mottos like: “A traitor of Pakistan army is a traitor of the country” and “We love Pakistan army and...
Abbas calls Holocaust ‘most heinous crime’
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday called the Holocaust “the most heinous crime” of modern history and expressed his sympathy for the victims, a rare acknowledgment by an Arab leader of Jewish suffering during the Nazi genocide. Abbas’ comments appeared, in part, aimed at reaching out to Israeli public opinion at a time of deep crisis in Israeli-Palestinian peace...
Gail Borden library plans November referendum
People who live in unserved areas next to the Gail Borden Public Library District’s western border can expect to be asked in November if they want to annex and become taxpaying members of the district. The library’s board of trustees is working on placing a referendum question on the Nov. 4 election ballot. The results would affect an estimated 870 unserved households, mostly in...
How Holocaust shaped lives, friendship of two Lombard men
Older people moving into senior living facilities sometimes fear they won't have anything in common with other residents. At Beacon Hill in Lombard, Eric Blaustein and Charles Luner built a friendship around the horrors of the Holocaust. “We see each other every day,” Luner says of Blaustein. “He has a very good memory.”
Elk Grove Dist. 59 pitches shorter day at Ridge, longer day at 12 schools
The school day would be a half-hour longer next fall at 12 schools within Elk Grove Township Elementary District 59, but parents at Ridge School, not on that list, are upset their students’ daily class time could be cut by as much as 70 minutes. “Our board will have to decide based on what they think is the right thing to do,” Superintendent Art Fessler said.
Lower mortgage rates are a fading middle class perk
Most ordinary homebuyers are paying the same or higher rates than the fortunate few who can afford much more. Rates for a conventional 30-year fixed mortgage are averaging 4.48 percent, according to Bankrate. For “jumbo” mortgages — those above $417,000 in much of the country — the average is 4.47 percent.
Think again before you write off today’s young people
Teens and youths are coping with a lot these days, our Ken Potts says. Try to notice when they're handling things well and be sure to let them know they're doing a good job, he suggests.
Good to the core, Blackhawks advance
Credit the Blackhawks' series-clinching 5-1 victory Sunday over the never-say-die Blues in Game 6 to two things: Crow and the Core. Goalie Corey Crawford kept the Hawks in this one through two periods, especially the second, which featured six — count 'em six —St. Louis power play chances. And then the core of the team took over in an epic third period that put an exclamation mark on an epic first-round series.
Blazers up 3-1 with 123-120 OT win over Rockets
PORTLAND, Ore. — LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 10 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Houston Rockets 123-120 in overtime Sunday to take a 3-1 advantage in their first-round playoff series. Nicolas Batum added 25 points in the first win for the home team in the series, which moves to Houston for Game 5 on Wednesday. It was the third overtime game of the series.The Blazers haven’t advanced out of the first round since the postseason in 2000James Harden had 28 points and Dwight Howard added 25 points and 14 rebounds for the Rockets.
Ducks send Stars quacking with huge comeback win
DALLAS — Nick Bonino scored 2:47 into overtime, after getting one of Anaheim’s two goals late in regulation, and the Ducks beat the Dallas Stars 5-4 in Game 6 on Sunday night to clinch the first-round series. The Ducks scored twice in the final 2:10 of regulation to force overtime for the first time in the series. Bonino skated around the from behind the net and got a puck over Kari Lehtonen’s left shoulder to get the Ducks within 4-3.Anaheim got the overtime-forcing goal with 24 seconds left after a wild scramble in front of the net with an extra skater and Lehtonen without his stick.When the puck trickled free, Devante Smith-Pelly pushed into the open gap for his second goal of the game for a 4-4 tie.
Seabrook returns for Hawks, makes quick impact
Watching his Blackhawks teammates play highly intense hockey games was no fun for Brent Seabrook. “It was tough,” Seabrook said Sunday after returning from a three-game suspension for his crunching hit along the boards to the head of St. Louis’ David Backes in Game 2 of the teams’ opening-round playoff series.
History does repeat for Blues
After dropping the final four games and getting run out of the first round of the playoffs for the second consecutive season, all the Blues could do Sunday was wonder what went wrong.
Raptors even series with Nets, win 87-79
DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, Kyle Lowry added 22, and the Toronto Nets beat the Brooklyn Nets 87-79 on Sunday night to even their Eastern Conference first-round series at two games apiece.
Blackhawks eliminate Blues in 5-1 win
Duncan Keith had a goal and three assists, and the Chicago Blackhawks used a four-goal third period to finish off the St. Louis Blues with a 5-1 victory in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series on Sunday.Chicago won four in a row after a slow start in St. Louis. The defending Stanley Cup champions will play the winner of the Minnesota-Colorado series in the Western Conference semifinals. The Avalanche lead the Wild 3-2 heading into Game 6 in Minnesota on Monday night.Jonathan Toews, Patrick Sharp, Andrew Shaw and Keith scored in the third period as the Blackhawks improved to 14-2 in home playoff games over the last two seasons. Corey Crawford made 35 saves, keeping Chicago in a tie game when St. Louis controlled the second period.T.J. Oshie scored for the Blues, who outshot the Blackhawks 36-27. Ryan Miller finished with 22 saves.St. Louis went 0 for 6 in 10 minutes of power-play time over the first two periods, wasting a chance to take the lead. The Blues went 2 for 29 with the man advantage for the series.The Blackhawks also struggled on the power play, but they scored when it mattered most.With Jay Bouwmeester in the box for tripping, Keith made a nice stop to keep the puck in the St. Louis zone, then fired a pass over to Toews. The captain beat Miller over his right shoulder for a 2-1 lead just 44 seconds into the third period.It was Toews’ third goal of the series. He also scored on a breakaway in overtime of Friday night’s 3-2 win.Toews’ 23rd career postseason goal seemed to take the air out of the Blues, and it got even worse for St. Louis. Sharp got loose for a breakaway, shook off a stick to the face by defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and slid a shot past Miller.Sharp’s first point of the playoffs sent a charge through the towel-waving sellout crowd of 22,144, and there were mocking chants of “Mil-ler! Mil-ler!” as Shaw added his second goal of the series and helped set up Keith for his second.It was an eerily similar playoff exit for St. Louis to a year ago, when the Blues also were eliminated by the defending Stanley Cup champions in six games in the first round. In that 2013 playoff series, St. Louis won the first two games at home against Los Angeles, then lost four in a row.This year was supposed to be different, especially after the Blues acquired Miller from Buffalo on March 1. But they lost their last six games of the regular season, putting them in a first-round series against rival Chicago.St. Louis rebounded for two 4-3 overtime victories, but the Blackhawks found their stride when the series shifted to Chicago. Crawford had a shutout in Game 3, Patrick Kane scored in overtime in Game 4, and Toews’ breakaway score in St. Louis put the Blackhawks in position to advance.Chicago defenseman Brent Seabrook returned from a three-game suspension. Seabrook was punished by the NHL for his wipeout hit on Blues captain David Backes in Game 2.Backes exacted a measure of revenge when he delivered a hard hit on Seabrook into the end boards in the second period. But Seabrook added two more assists and had six points for the series.Bryan Bickell redirected Seabrook’s high slap shot past Miller for a 1-0 lead 4:12 into the game. Alexander Steen skated behind the net before finding Oshie in front for the tying score.The Blues outshot the Blackhawks 17-3 in the second, but couldn’t beat Crawford. St. Louis had one shot trickle across the goalmouth, keeping it tied at 1.
Cougars cruise to sixth straight win
The Kane County Cougars might not want to leave Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. After dropping their first home game, the first-place Cougars (17-6) have won six straight after their 10-2 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (10-12) on Sunday in Geneva. Starter Jen-Ho Tseng (2-0) picked up the win, allowing 1 hit with 5 strikeouts in 5 innings.
Blackhawks save best for last against Blues
What the Blackhawks have done the last two years is all the proof you need that they are never out of a game, never done with a series. At least, not until they decide they’re done.
Emotions overflow after Carroll’s Sox debut
Scott Carroll had a dazzling major-league debut for the White Sox Sunday. Overcoming hip and elbow surgeries, the 29-year-old Carroll finally made it to the majors and he made the most of his opportunity in a 9-2 win over Tampa Bay at U.S. Cellular Field.
Abreu’s April absolutely astounding for Sox
Jose Abreu hit his 10th home run of the season and knocked in 4 runs to up his RBI total to 31 Sunday. Both numbers are major-league records for rookies in the opening month of the season.
Bulls’ Dunleavy not concerned about thumb
Bulls forward Mike Dunleavy sat out the final 9:36 on Sunday after injuring his left thumb, but he wasn’t concerned about the injury after the game. The accident occurred when Dunleavy fell backward trying to take a charge.
Hammel, Castro provide reasons for Cubs fans to smile
There haven't been many bright spots for the Cubs this season, but pitcher Jason Hammel and shortstop Starlin Castro have been two of them. Both had big roles in Sunday's 4-0 victory over the Brewers in Milwaukee.
No Nene, no problem for Wizards against Bulls
The Bulls bungled their way to another early deficit against Washington on Sunday and Taj Gibson's career-high 32 points couldn't pull them out of it. The Bulls fell to the Wizards 98=89 in Game 4 and now trail this first-round series 3-1.
Bulls down 14-0 before they knew what hit them
The Bulls have fallen behind in the first quarter of all four games in this series against Washington, some worse than others. Sunday's Game 4 was a particularly miserable start and the Bulls struggled to explain why it keeps happening.
It’s risky to ignore data when discussing baseball’s ‘intangibles’
While baseball is a game that allows us to quantify many things, it is played, managed and umpired by human beings. It’s something that sabermetricians should always keep in mind, says Len Kasper in his weekly baseball column. As he explains, it gets tricky when people espouse intangibles while ignoring the data.
It’s time for Bulls to give Gibson a start
It's time for Bulls' coach Tom Thibodeau to get wild and crazy: Yes, put Taj Gibson into the starting lineup for Game 5 against the Wizards.
Warriors blow out Clippers to even series
OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry made a career playoff-high seven 3-pointers and scored 33 points, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Los Angeles 118-97 on Sunday to even a first-round series that has been pulled into a race-related scandal involving the Clippers’ owner.Clippers players made a silent protest against Donald Sterling by shedding their warm-up jerseys and going through pregame routine with their red shirts on inside out. They also wore black bands on their wrists or arms and black socks in a show of solidarity.Curry and the Warriors made another kind of statement.The All-Star guard made his first five 3s to give Golden State a 20-point lead in the first quarter that held up most of the way. Curry shot 10 for 20 from the floor, including 7 of 14 from beyond the arc, and had seven assists and seven rebounds to help the Warriors snap a two-game skid.Golden State outshot Los Angeles 55.4 to 42.9 percent. The Clippers had 19 turnovers, while the Warriors had a series-low 15 turnovers.Game 5 is Tuesday night in Los Angeles.Andre Iguodala added 22 points and nine assists, and David Lee, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes each scored 15 as the Warriors regained their shooting touch in front of a roaring, gold-shirt wearing sellout crowd of 19,596 that stood after every swish.Jamal Crawford scored 26 points, and Blake Griffin had 21 points and six rebounds for a Clippers team wrapped up in the most talked-about topic in sports.The game almost became an afterthought — until tipoff anyway — after an audio recording surfaced Saturday on TMZ purportedly of Sterling making comments urging a woman to not bring black people to his team’s games. The alleged comments, which are under investigation by the NBA, have set off reactions of anger and calls for action through the league.New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver attended the game and met privately with former All-Star guard and current Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, who is advising the players union on the Sterling situation. Johnson even held a news conference during halftime that spilled well into the fourth quarter.Silver has said he hopes for a quick resolution after the league investigates, and that Sterling has already agreed not to attend Game 5.Once the ball was thrown up and the crowd roared, the Warriors quickly put the Clippers in a hole they could never recover from. Curry’s five 3-pointers in the first quarter tied a franchise-playoff record for a quarter, matching a mark he and Thompson set last year. Golden State led by 20 in the first quarter, 23 in the second quarter and 66-48 at the half.Warriors coach Mark Jackson used more smaller lineups — with power forward David Lee playing center for long stretches — to spread the floor than he had at any point in the series, which big man Andrew Bogut has sat out for with a fractured right rib. The Clippers never closed within single digits at any point in the second half, even after Thompson fouled out with 6:13 remaining in the fourth.Curry kept on shooting — and kept on hitting — to send the series back to Los Angeles tied.
Abreu, White Sox light up Rays
Jose Abreu drove in four runs and set a major league rookie record for RBIs through the end of April and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Sunday.Abreu, who had a two-run home run in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh, has 31 RBIs. Albert Pujols had the previous RBI mark of 27 in 2001.The homer was his major league-leading 10th and extended his own record for home runs by a rookie through April.In his major league debut, Scott Carroll (1-0) gave up two runs, one earned, in 7 1-3 innings after he was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to fill in for injured ace Chris Sale.Rays starter David Price (3-2) allowed eight runs, six earned, in six innings.Trailing 1-0, the White Sox scored five runs in the sixth and four runs in the seventh.The Rays committed four errors in the sixth. Gordon Beckham reached on an error and scored from second when Price threw away the ball after fielding Marcus Semien’s bunt single. Adam Eaton scored when right fielder Wil Myers fumbled the ball after Price’s throwing error.Abreu then hit a two-run home run for a 4-1 lead. He set the rookie record for homers by the end of April on Friday with his ninth a walk-off grand slam against the Rays.Dayan Viciedo then doubled and scored on shortstop Yunel Escobar’s throwing error for a 5-1 lead.Semien doubled to extend the White Sox lead to 6-1 in the seventh and knocked Price out of the game. Abreu hit a two-run single and Ramirez added an RBI single for a 9-1 lead.The Rays went ahead 1-0 in the fifth when David DeJesus singled and scored on right fielder Viciedo’s two-out error.The Rays scored their second run in the eighth on Evan Longoria’s single.Before his call up, Carroll was 27-38 with a 3.95 ERA in 138 games during eight minor league seasons. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 and bounced back with a 3-1 record and 1.57 ERA in four Triple-A starts this season.“It is a feel-good day for him, 29, getting his first crack at the big leagues,” White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper said before the game.“Usually you see them come up at 21, 22, 23, something like that. I don’t think it’s much different other than he’s had a longer path and probably a little more of a rocky path with the Tommy John.”
Hammel throws 7 scoreless innings in Cubs win
MILWAUKEE — Jason Hammel tossed seven scoreless innings, Starlin Castro hit two solo homers and the Chicago Cubs shut out the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 on Sunday.Hammel had a season-high seven strikeouts. He didn’t allow a hit until Carlos Gomez doubled with one out in the sixth. Hammel (4-1) then got into trouble after walking Scooter Gennett and making an errant pickoff throw to put runners at second and third. But the righty got a strikeout before Aramis Ramirez bounced out to end the threat. Chicago scored twice in the second on Castro’s first homer and Darwin Barney’s RBI fielder’s choice with the bases loaded. Castro’s second shot in the eighth barely cleared the wall in the left-field corner. Brewers starter Wily Peralta (3-1) allowed eight hits in seven innings.The right-hander with a 96-mph fastball had trouble spotting pitches in the second and the Cubs took advantage in snapping a four-game losing streak. Ramirez stepped on third for an out on Barney’s grounder but his throw trying to get Nate Schierholtz at home bounced up the first-base line to allow the run to score.Peralta had a string of three straight wins snapped. Having Ryan Braun and Jean Segura behind him could have helped, but both Milwaukee stars missed the game with injuries. Braun sat with a slight chest muscle strain, while Segura had a partially closed right eye and bruised right cheek after being accidentally hit during a practice swing by Braun on Saturday.Both players were considered day to day. The Brewers’ bench was already down catcher Martin Maldonado, who was serving the last game of a five-game suspension for his role in a brawl in Pittsburgh last week.The remaining Brewers were overmatched by Hammel, who mixed a fastball in the low 90s and stayed low and away from the Brewers’ remaining potent right-handed bats. Hammel allowed three hits and two walks before being lifted after allowing pinch hitter Rickie Weeks’ single to lead off the bottom of the eighth. Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon held the Brewers hitless the final two innings.Hammel has been a bright spot in a dismal April for the Cubs, the last team in the majors to reach eight wins. Signed in the offseason to a one-year deal as a free agent, he hasn’t given up more than five hits in each of his five starts.Castro had his second career multi-homer game in nearly three weeks, having going deep twice April 8 against Pittsburgh. His second-inning homer was nearly caught by a leaping Gomez at the wall 400 feet away in dead center.Gomez went 1 for 4 on his bobblehead day.Notes: Despite the win, the Cubs lost the three-game series to the Brewers and extended the team’s string of winless series to 13 dating to last season. Chicago last won a series after taking two of three from Cincinnati in September. ... C John Baker went 2 for 4 that ended an 0-for-18 stretch. ... Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said the club would hold off on making any roster moves while Braun and Segura continue to be evaluated. ... The Brewers travel to St. Louis to start a seven-game road trip, with Yovani Gallardo (2-0) getting the start Monday. Chicago begins a three-game set in Cincinnati and sends Jeff Samardzija (0-2) to the mound.
Rangers one win from advancing
NEW YORK — Henrik Lundqvist didn’t allow a bad ending to the second period wreck an otherwise good day for the New York Rangers.Lundqvist was the beneficiary of a three-goal lead that was trimmed to two when the Philadelphia Flyers got their power play to work in the closing seconds of the middle period. But the Rangers kept it together in the third, withstood a late surge, and pushed the Flyers to the brink of elimination with a 4-2 victory Sunday.“The biggest part to me was to calm down and not be too upset about it,” Lundqvist said of Vinny Lecavalier’s goal with 32.6 seconds left that made it 3-1. “It is really frustrating to sit here when you give up a goal like that late in the period.“It was just about letting it go and being focused on the right things going into the third.” Brad Richards and Dominic Moore scored in the second to make it 3-0. Lundqvist stopped 24 shots and didn’t face more than 10 in any period. The only other puck that got past him was Claude Giroux’s goal with 1:29 left after the Flyers pulled goalie Steve Mason.Defenseman Marc Staal gave the Rangers the lead in the first, and Brian Boyle ended the drama with an empty-net goal with 15 seconds remaining. Moore helped seal the win when he raced up ice to negate an icing call and fed Boyle.New York leads the series 3-2 and can advance to the second round with a win Tuesday in Philadelphia. If necessary, a deciding seventh game would be back at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday.The teams have alternated wins this series.“We took back the advantage, and we have to win one now,” Richards said. “We put ourselves in a good position. We were in control for most of the game. They got a little sneaky there at the end.”Mason wasn’t nearly as sharp in his second straight start following a late-season injury. He stopped 18 shots after his 37-save effort in a 2-1 victory in Game 4 got the Flyers even.“As you go through a series, you have to keep elevating your game because the other side will,” Rangers forward Martin St. Louis said. “I thought we did that, and we got rewarded.” Giroux made things interesting with his first goal of the series. The Flyers went 0-2 during the season at the Garden and are 1-2 there during this series.“We’re playing well,” Giroux said. “It’s a tough building to play in. Game 6 is going to be huge. We are not looking at it like it’s our last game of the season. We’ve come back all season long when it matters, and we’re going to stay confident.” New York is 13-2 in series it has led 3-2, but the Rangers have lost 11 straight games in which they had a series lead. Philadelphia is 7-10 in Game 6 when trailing 3-2.The Rangers increased their pressure in tight on Mason, a stated objective, and created multiple scoring chances in the second even though they managed only eight shots.New York thought it grabbed a 2-0 lead 2:14 in when St. Louis poked in a loose puck in the crease, but the play had been blown dead.The Rangers took their two-goal lead on Richards’ second of the series and 30th career playoff score. With a crowd around Mason, Richards tucked in a backhander at the left post off assists from J.T. Miller and Carl Hagelin.Unlike in previous games in which the Flyers rallied after being down 2-0, New York pushed its edge to 3-0 later in the period with a big assist from Philadelphia defenseman Hal Gill, playing his first game of the series.Gill was unable to handle a rough pass at his blue line from defense partner Braydon Coburn. Moore swooped in to poke the puck behind him and skate in alone. Moore beat Mason for his second of the series and then leapt into the arms of Boyle, sending them both to the ice.
Bulls pushed to the brink by Wizards
WASHINGTON — In his customary seat next to the bench, Ted Leonsis sported a No. 42 jersey in support of his suspended forward. By the time the game was over, the Washington Wizards owner stood and cheered as the crowd chanted “Free Ne-ne!!”Trevor Ariza had a career playoff-high 30 points, and the Wizards scored the first 14 points of the game and barely looked back Sunday, overcoming the absence of their so-called “X-factor” as they beat the Chicago Bulls 98-89 to take 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference series.Ariza made 6 of 10 3-pointers, John Wall added 15 points and 10 assists for the Wizards, who forced 16 turnovers and committed only six. The other big difference came at the 3-point arc, where Washington went 8 for 19 and Chicago just 4 for 19.The Wizards, seeking to win a playoff series for only the third time since the 1970s, can finish off the Bulls in Game 5 on Tuesday in Chicago. Taj Gibson scored a career-high 32 points on 13 for 16 shooting for Chicago, but his teammates combined to go 22 for 62 from the field. He made more field goals in the first half (8) than the rest the Bulls combined (7). Mike Dunleavy, who scored 35 points in Game 3, could barely get a look, much less a basket. He went 0 for 3 from the field in the first half and finished 3 for 8 with six points.Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich committed four turnovers, and NBA Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah had a quiet 10 points and 15 rebounds against the Nene-less Wizards.Nene was suspended for the game after grabbing Jimmy Butler’s head during a face-to-face confrontation in the fourth quarter of the Wizards’ Game 3 loss. Wall this week called Nene the “X-factor,” and for good reason: Since the March 2012 trade that brought the Brazilian to D.C., Washington is 65-63 when he plays and 21-41 when he doesn’t, although the club did hold its own by winning 12 of 21 when Nene went down with a knee injury late in the regular season. Washington stormed to a 14-0 lead, with Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau calling a timeout after each Wizards “touchdown.” Chicago’s first seven possessions consisted of six missed shots and two turnovers. Butler finally got the visitors on the board with an 18-footer 4:12 into the game. The next sequence: Hinrich hit the side of the backboard with a baseline jumper, and Ariza hit a 3-pointer that took an odd carom off the rim to make the score 17-2. The ball was truly bouncing Washington’s way.Trevor Booker, starting in Nene’s spot, swung his right arm and scowled after rejecting a D.J. Augustin layup attempt, but But foul trouble took its toll on the Wizards’ non-Nene frontcourt. Booker, Marcin Gortat, Drew Gooden and Al Harrington all had two fouls by early in the second quarter. Shortly after picking up his third, Booker — while seated on the bench — and Gibson were assessed double technicals, the ninth and 10th technical fouls issued in the feisty series. The Bulls pulled within four in the second quarter, but the Wizards closed the half on a 21-10 run. Bradley Beal swung the ball to Ariza on the right baseline for a 3-pointer at the horn, giving the Wizards a 55-40 lead at the break.The Wizards led by 23 early in the fourth, but the Bulls threatened a late comeback. Gibson’s jumper with 1:41 to play made the score 91-83, the first and only time Chicago pulled within single digits in the second half.But a layup by Gortat and a Gortat-to-Ariza feed for a dunk got the lead quickly back to 12, forcing a Bulls timeout. As the teams headed to the benches, the graying millionaire wearing No. 42 stood, clapped and waved a red Wizards rally towel.
Seabrook hit indeed the turning point for Hawks
Yes, the Brent Seabrook hit on David Backes might have been the turning point in the series, except not the way so many feared when they determined the Blackhawks were dead and buried because they dared to fight back.
Bad mechanics may not be cause of Sale’s arm issues
I’m sorry, but you won’t get to say “I told you so.” Chris Sale has already proved more durable and viable as a starter than most talent evaluators predicted. As he made his annual, initially terrifying trip to the disabled list this week, we again heard innumerable references to his awkward mechanics.
Smart Spending: Get your groove on, on a budget
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of summer music festivals and spend a bundle, on everything from tickets to accommodations to bottles of water. But with a little foresight, it’s easy to cut down on excess spending and enjoy the music and excitement without breaking the bank.
Libertyville's MainStreet a model for downtown revamp
You may find parking tough at times in downtown Libertyville, which has become a hot spot for business and activities. But it was a different scenario 25 years ago when MainStreet Libertyville was formed to revitalize an area filled with empty storefronts and broken windows. “I had visions of it being a good town and a good place to invest (but) never in my wildest dreams did I think it would reach the level that it is,” said Jeff Lovinger.
Businessman’s reputation, cash on line at N.Y. trial
For decades, Sam and Charles Wyly won admiration as Texas entrepreneurs skilled at building businesses worth billions of dollars. But a regulatory agency is casting them in a new light at a civil trial, saying the brothers earned more than $500 million through fraud and deception by secretly trading the securities of public companies they controlled.
Gay business owners still face challenges
Despite increasing acceptance of homosexuality in the U.S., gay small business owners say they still encounter discrimination from possible customers and investors. The discrimination is often subtle. An owner senses from a potential client’s body language or from a sales conversation cut short that they’re uncomfortable. Sometimes it’s more overt, like the rejections Dave Greenbaum has gotten.
Last year’s deadbeats investments do best as stocks stall
NEW YORK (AP) — Financial markets rarely stick to the script, and this year is no different. Investments traditionally considered safe bets such as utilities, gold and government bonds were supposed to flop in 2014 as investors started to pour money into higher-risk, higher-growth stocks that would benefit from a pickup in the economy. Instead, these safe investments are among the year’s best performers. Utilities, for example, are up more than twice as much as the next-best sector in the Standard & Poor’s 500 index.The surprisingly strong returns from these so-called havens are happening for several reasons. In the U.S., a severe winter slowed the economy, and a slump in trendy technology stocks has undermined prices. From overseas, worries about China’s economy are growing and chaos in Ukraine has increased global political tensions. Those drags on the market have left the Dow Jones industrial average down 0.5 percent and the Nasdaq composite off 1.2 percent for the year. The S&P 500, meanwhile, has eked out a gain of 1.5 percent.Safe and steady assets have fared much better.UtilitiesPower companies in the S&P 500 are up 11.4 percent this year, making them the best performers in the index by far. The next-best performer is up 5.2 percent, and that’s energy stocks. Investors buy utilities when they are worried about stock market volatility or the outlook for economic growth. Typically, utility stocks rise less than others when the overall market is climbing, but they fall less when prices are down. These stocks also pay big dividends, which are attractive to investors, particularly when bond yields are historically low, like they are now. The dividend yield, a measure of a company’s dividend compared with its stock price, is 3.6 percent for utility companies in the S&P 500. That compares with a dividend yield of 1.5 percent for technology companies and a yield of 2.71 percent for 10-year Treasury notes.“The dividends will provide you with some support,” says Phil Orlando, chief equity strategist at Federated Investors. “Those names will go down less than the names that don’t pay dividends.”Exelon, a Chicago-based utility is up 31 percent this year and PSEG, a utility based in New Jersey, has gained 23 percent. GoldGold has also been one of the year’s best-performing financial assets, climbing 6.8 percent to $1,284 an ounce. The price of the metal is rebounding after a 2013 slump of 28 percent, its biggest decline in more than 30 years.Investors have also been buying gold as a hedge against a weakening dollar. The U.S. currency has dropped against the euro and the Japanese yen this year as the Federal Reserve has reiterated its message that it will continue its efforts to support the economy with low interest rates.“We still view gold as one of the best alternatives, if the base case of U.S. economic growth and continued equity price appreciation stumbles,” says Mike McGlone, director of research at ETF Securities. “And so far, that is what has happened.”Demand for gold as a safe asset has also risen as tensions between Russia and the West have escalated over Ukraine. Russia annexed the Crimea region on March 21. Another explanation for gold’s gains is that investors’ psychology on the metal has shifted this year, after being unrelentingly negative for most of 2013. The metal fell as low as $1,187 an ounce in December, having climbed as high as $1,900 an ounce in August 2011. “One of the best things to happen to gold this year was that 2013 ended,” McGlone says. Treasurys
Work Advice: Just say no, or quit?
Karla L. Miller writes an advice column on navigating the modern workplace. Each week she will answer one or two questions from readers.
Minding the tax bite in fund investing
For many investors with mutual funds in a taxable account, it was tougher this year than last. That’s because the best year for stocks since 1997 pushed many funds to make capital gains distributions to their shareholders, and those got taxed even if the shareholder didn’t sell any shares. Investors who make the biggest incomes got a double whammy: They paid a higher percentage of their capital gains distributions in taxes than a year before.
Next test for health law: Keeping people insured
With the health-care law’s first enrollment period closed, health insurers, policymakers and advocates are pushing to make sure the newly insured become reliable customers for the health plans. That will be crucial to keeping down the uninsured rate and will help determine how insurers will view the individual market under the sweeping changes made by the new health-care law.
Manufacturers see better times for economy, jobs
Companies are finally starting to spend some of the cash they’ve been sitting on, and that could mean a stronger economy and more jobs are on the way. ndustrial companies such as General Electric, Honeywell and Caterpillar have been posting strong financial results in recent weeks and telling investors that orders are strong. That means other large companies are investing in expensive equipment they need to grow their business, economists say.
Wellness programs grow more popular with employers
More companies are starting or expanding wellness programs that aim to reduce their medical costs by improving their employees’ health. They’re asking workers to take physical exams, complete detailed health assessments and focus on controlling conditions such as diabetes. Along with that, many companies also are dangling the threat of higher monthly insurance premiums to prod workers into action.
In Disney’s shadow, homeless families struggle
There are a growing number of families living in hotels in this Florida tourist corridor because they can’t afford anything else and because their county has no shelters for the estimated 1,216 homeless households with children. The problem has created a backlash among the mostly mom-and-pop businesses, with some owners suing the county sheriff to force his deputies to evict guests who haven’t paid or who have turned their rooms into semipermanent residences.
Career Coach Q&A: Good workplace manners
Career Coach Joyce E.A. Russell went online last week to take questions on etiquette in the workplace. What follows are excerpts, edited for grammar and clarity.
Tell shop of all minor symptoms
Q. I drive a 2006 Buick Lucerne. Recently I took it upon myself to bring my car into my mechanic for a new battery. I figured five years driving on this battery was cutting it close.
Life & Entertainment
House music pioneer Harden found dead in Chicago
Rashad Harden, a house music and footwork pioneer who performed as DJ Rashad, was found dead over the weekend in Chicago of an apparent drug overdose, authorities said Sunday. He was 34.
‘Other Woman’ curbs ‘Captain America’ with $24.7M
A femme-fueled comedy beat a superhero blockbuster at the box office this weekend. After holding the top position for three weeks, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has been topped by “The Other Woman” for the No. 1 spot. Fox’s revenge comedy, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, debuted with $24.7 million, while Disney-Marvel’s “Captain America,” led by Chris Evans, grossed $16 million in its fourth weekend, bringing its domestic total to $225 million.
Cat Deeley ditches fun side for bad girl role
U.K.-born and bred Cat Deeley has found a place in Hollywood, thanks to hosting the Fox dance competition show, “So You Think You Can Dance,” which will launch its 11th season next month. The Emmy-nominated TV personality also has a role in the Hulu original comedy series “Deadbeat.” A 10-episode first season is posted on the website.
Use wallpaper efficiently as an alternative to paint
Wallpaper can be an efficient and effective way to spruce up a house without taking up any space. Wall coverings have been around for hundreds of years, but admiration waxes and wanes with each decade.
The benefits of aspirin therapy
Aspirin is a common over-the-counter remedy and yet, how much do you really know about this often-used drug? Can aspirin reduce heart attacks, strokes? The simple answer is yes. In general, low-dose aspirin is recommended for men age 45 to 79 and women age 55 to 79. These are the ages where the risk of bleeding is usually offset by aspirin’s cardiovascular benefits.
The case for separate beds
We all know the importance of sleep, so why then do we still choose to share our beds with the kickers, the snorers and the human furnaces that we love?
Warren’s new memoir focuses on personal life rather than political themes
Larry Summers and Elizabeth Warren had spent hours debating fiscal policy at the Bombay Club, the white tablecloth Indian spot just north of the White House, when Summers leaned back in his chair, took a sip of his Diet Coke and offered a piece of advice. “Outsiders can say whatever they want. But people on the inside don’t listen to them,” the then-director of the National Economic Council told Warren during the April 2009 meal. “Insiders, however, get lots of access and a chance to push their ideas. People — powerful people — listen to what they have to say. But insiders understand one unbreakable rule: They don’t criticize other insiders.” Warren recounts the exchange in her memoir, “A Fighting Chance,” released this week.
HBO’s John Oliver recognizes debt to Jon Stewart
When the time comes for a young bird to leave the nest, he’s often more than ready to go and doesn’t care too much what Papa Bird thinks. The analogy doesn’t apply to John Oliver, the former “Daily Show” featured player who debuts his new HBO topical series "Last Week Tonight" at 10 p.m. Sunday. “I have a pretty intense debt to him,” Oliver said. “I wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t for him.”
Soak up baseball history at these museums
Dedicated baseball fans often take road trips to watch favorite teams play in storied stadiums around the country. But there are plenty of places to steep yourself in baseball lore outside the ballparks, from museums to historic homes. Here are a few ideas for baseball destinations from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., to the Louisville Slugger factory in Kentucky.
Sunday picks: Join Patti Vasquez in fight against breast cancer
Comedian Patti Vasquez headlines the breast cancer fundraiser Shop & Laugh to Find a Cure Sunday at Zanies in Rosemont. 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). All this and more Sunday.
Drying out after a flood can cause additional issues
Q. I need some advice. Last October I had a drainpipe back up, which caused flooding in my finished basement and some of my first floor. I called my insurance company and it had a restoration company come out. That company removed sections of carpeting, drywall and insulation. Then workers brought in dehumidifiers and ran them for 11 days.
Multigenerational homeowners prefer big, happy families
Growing up in India, Devyani Bhatt lived in a multigenerational home with her parents, her paternal grandparents and maternal grandfather. Now, many years later and several continents away, she finds herself living in another multigenerational home, this time her own.
Editorial: Where's the campaign to stop texting while driving?
A Daily Herald editorial says we have laws against texting while driving and against making hand-operated cellphone calls while driving, but now's the time to go on an aggressive campaign to enforce them.
Daily Herald editors opine on topics ranging from Wheaton's economic development plan to Jerry Seinfeld's upcoming show in Waukegan.
Science and our beliefs
Columnist Michael Gerson: In the late 1920s, astronomer Edwin Hubble established that the light we detect from galaxies is shifted toward the redder colors of the spectrum, indicating that they are moving away from us at enormous speeds. And the farther away galaxies are, the faster they are fleeing. Rewinding that expansion through mathematics — dividing distance by speed — indicates that something extraordinary happened about 14 billion years ago, when the entire universe was small, dense and exceedingly hot.
GOP: Choose wisely or reap the whirlwind
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President not upfront about voter ID
An Arlington Heights letter to the editor: Why are Democrats so opposed to fair voting procedures such as requiring photo identification to cast a ballot? If nothing else, it would cut down on the cemetery vote with which everyone in Chicago is familiar.
College athletes get plenty of perks
A Prospect Heights letter to the editor: I’m writing about the April 5 letter by James H. Jones. He hit the nail on the head — college athletes do get plenty of perks. And the colleges should pay all their medical bills because they are the ones making all the money.
Just disagree and move on
A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: I am intolerant, and so are you. Leaving aside race/nationality, gender and handicap, things over which we have no control, almost everyone is intolerant. In fact, I have met only one person in my life who is truly tolerant. Interestingly, those who preach tolerance the loudest are generally the most intolerant.
Rauner gifts don’t match party leanings
A Carpentersville letter to the editor: Bruce Rauner, Republican candidate for governor and his wife Diane seem to have a very difficult time with the truth. In a TV spot, the Rauners explain that they don’t agree on everything, including politics. When Diana Rauner explains that she’s a Democrat, Bruce Rauner emphasizes that he loves her regardless of her political affiliation.
No need to increase city council pay
A Naperville letter to the editor: Naperville City Council members’ discussion about the possibility of nearly doubling their pay, albeit at the sacrifice of medical coverage, was both surprising and unfortunate.