Daily Archive : Friday May 2, 2014


    Daniel Souvigny of Hampshire was last year’s Junior Division first-place winner at the Kane County Fair Talent Contest, and the state of Illinois first-place champ this past January in Springfield. ion

    Kane County Fair Talent Contest auditions preliminary round

    Talented children and adults up to age 21 from Kane County are invited to participate in the Kane County Fair Annual Talent Contest's preliminary first round on June 14.

    Alexa Rodheim, center, Elk Grove High School water polo coach, works with her team last week at a meet with Rolling Meadows. She’s battling from an aggressive form of breast cancer and students are rallying to support her fight.

    Elk Grove students rally around coach with breast cancer

    Last week’s water polo games between Elk Grove and Rolling Meadows high schools drew a standing-room-only crowd — and yet it was hard to tell which fans were which. Fans and players alike were all were wearing the same T-shirt, which read: "Rivals united for a cause." For one day at least, the two teams — which share the Elk Grove High School pool — came together in...

    This is a colorized transmission of the MERS coronavirus that emerged in 2012. Health officials on Friday said the deadly virus from the Middle East has turned up for the first time in the U.S.

    Illinois health officials monitor MERS virus case

    Illinois health officials say they're aware that an American infected with a mysterious Middle East virus was on a flight to Chicago last week and then traveled by bus to Indiana.


    2 percent increase in number of Illinois lawyers

    Information released by an Illinois regulatory agency indicates lawyers aren’t in short supply in the state.


    3rd man convicted in Chicago boy’s death

    The Cook County state’s attorney says 20-year-old Vito Richmond was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Darius Brown, 13, who was playing basketball in a park when he was shot. Two co-defendants also have been convicted of murder and were sentenced to 50 years in prison.


    Pet preparedness important in emergencies

    Illinois officials are encouraging residents to make emergency plans for their pets as well as themselves. The Emergency Management Agency and local departments will circulate that message this month.


    Cap, gown and poncho required for U of I grads

    The University of Illinois has added something to the list of usual gear for its spring graduates at the Urbana-Champaign campus — rain ponchos. The campuswide, May 17 graduation ceremony will be outside at Memorial Stadium.

    Daily Herald photographer Bob Chwedyk and film critic Dann Gire hold the seven Peter Lisagor awards the newspaper's staff won Friday night in Chicago.

    Daily Herald wins seven Lisagor awards

    Seven Daily Herald reporters, writers and photographers were honored Friday night with Peter Lisagor awards, the highest accolades given to Chicago-area journalists.


    State workers retire at higher rate in April

    Illinois officials say state workers retired at rates five times higher than average last month, an attempt to lock in benefits before an overhaul of the state’s underfunded pension system takes effect June 1.

    Gov. Pat Quinn

    Quinn makes Chicago TV stops after word of probe

    A day after word of a federal probe into Gov. Pat Quinn’s 2010 anti-violence program surfaced, he made the rounds at several Chicago televisions stations Friday to defend his actions and contend he swiftly corrected problems.


    Prosecutors expand look at anti-violence effort

    Cook County and federal prosecutors are expanding their look into Gov. Pat Quinn’s now-defunct anti-violence program. Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority spokeswoman Cristin Evans said Friday the agency received inquiries from the Cook County state’s attorney’s office and the U.S. attorney’s office in Springfield.


    Man sentenced for Aurora armed robbery, 19 others

    One of two suspects from the 2010 armed robbery of Aurora's Casa Blanca Grocery Store was sentenced Friday to nearly 16 years in prison. "For five months, (Ochoa)and his co-defendant went on a crime spree terrorizing individuals at their places of employment by pointing a gun, racking the slide of the gun, and making it clear to the victims that they would shoot them if they did not comply with...

    Robert Brown of Oh Fudge! from Flemington, Mo., mixes up a batch of peanut butter fudge on the first day Chocolate Fest Friday in Long Grove.

    Mmm, Chocolate Fest all weekend in Long Grove

    There isn’t much that will keep chocolate lovers away from their fix, and the treats available at Chocolate Fest in Long Grove on Friday bore that out. Chocolate Fest will continue 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the historic downtown.

    Antwon L. Dismuke, an Aurora man with a history of violent crimes and drug crimes, is facing a return to prison after being convicted as an armed habitual criminal.

    Aurora man convicted of being armed habitual criminal

    An Aurora man with a history of violent crimes and drug crimes will return to prison after being convicted Thursday as an armed habitual criminal.

    Fred Wittner and Carolyn Quinn set out flats of native plants for the Schaumburg Community Garden Club’s big weekend sale at Spring Valley Nature Center.

    Schaumburg Garden Club to hold plant sale Sunday

    Members of the Schaumburg Community Garden Club spent Thursday and Friday busily preparing for their native plant sale this weekend at Spring Valley Nature Center, 1111 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg. Though Saturday is exclusively for the pickup of preorders, the public sale will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4.

    Milwaukee Avenue is closed in downtown Libertyville for emergency rail crossing repair. The project is supposed to take five days.

    Milwaukee Avenue closure begins in downtown Libertyville for rail crossing repairs

    Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville was closed Friday for an emergency replacement of the Metra rail crossing. The project will last five days. Some businesses already reported a negative impact while others were hoping for the best.

    Hanover Park officials honored police officers Tim McNulty and Tim Allen for reviving a 29-year-old man overdosing on heroin.

    Hanover Park officers recognized for preventing heroin death

    As two Hanover Park police officers put it, they were simply doing their jobs when they delivered Narcan to a 29-year-old man overdosing on heroin in March. Village officials, though, say their quick thinking and teamwork revived the man just a few days after the officers learned how to use a drug to reverse opiate overdoses. "Job well done," Mayor Rodney Crag told the duo.


    Firefighters deliver baby in Arlington Hts.

    Thanks to Arlington Heights firefighters, the village has a new resident. On Friday morning, two firefighters delivered a baby girl while taking her mother to Northwest Community Hospital.

    Scott Dekraai sits Friday with his public defender Scott Sanders in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana, Calif.

    Man pleads guilty in salon killings

    Scott Dekraai, a 44-year-old former tugboat operator, looked straight at the judge as he entered his pleas to eight counts of murder and one count of attempted murder with special circumstances and enhancements in a courtroom packed with the tearful relatives of his victims.


    How to deal with a ‘helicopter parent’

    How does this 21-year-old convince her parents that she doesn't need their input on every detail of her life?

    Rancher Cliven Bundy, center, addresses his supporters along side Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, right, while being guarded by self-described militia members in the foreground.

    Nevada rancher’s kin take grazing fight to sheriff

    In encampments around the Bundy ranch, self-described militia members from around the country continue to camp with handguns on their hips and heavier weaponry within reach in a show of support for rancher Cliven Bundy.


    Des Plaines city stickers on sale

    Des Plaines vehicle and pet licenses for the fiscal year that begins July 1 are now on sale at city hall and various currency exchanges, officials said.

    Julia Kochan, center left, from the Westin hotel, helps Agnesita Deasis, center right, play Plinko to try to win a free night at The Westin. Deasis didn’t win, but she went home with a coffee mug filled with samples from the hotel. The activity was part of Yorktown Center’s ribbon-cutting event Friday to celebrate the mall’s $20 million renovation project.

    Yorktown Center shows off renovations

    Colorful streamers flew through the center court of Yorktown Center Friday morning as Yorktown officials and Lombard Village President Keith Giagnorio cut a ribbon to celebrate $20 million in renovations that are nearly complete at the mall. “Sometimes we take it for granted that we’re only five minutes, 10 minutes or even 15 minutes from the mall and how lucky and fortunate we are...

    David Tarloff is placed into a car by detectives outside the 19th Precinct in New York. Tarloff, who is schizophrenic, was sentenced Friday.

    Man gets life for killing therapist with cleaver

    David Tarloff, 46, never disputed killing Faughey and wounding her officemate, Dr. Kent Shinbach, in February 2008 in their Manhattan office. Tarloff had intended to stick up Shinbach — a psychiatrist he hadn’t seen in 17 years — in hopes of getting his ATM card and withdrawing tens of thousands of dollars.

    Daily Herald File Photo O’Hare’s newest runway also handles some of its biggest jets, which adds to noise issues.

    Bensenville seeks noise relief from new runway

    Bensenville's ready to engage the city and feds on noise levels that are making life unbearable for some residents after the commissioning of a new runway.


    Harper to host open house for career, tech programs

    Harper College is encouraging prospective students to attend an open house Tuesday, May 6. The event, also open to the general public, will showcase faculty and student work in nearly 20 career and technical programs at the Palatine-based community college.


    Hanover Township searching for volunteers for creek cleanup

    Hanover Township and a nonprofit are teaming up to clear trash and other debris from Willow Creek Saturday, May 10. Volunteers are needed for the annual spring event in Elgin.


    Police say man robbed Waffle House with pitchfork

    Two restaurant workers followed the robber outside, grabbed the abandoned pitchfork and used it to smash a window on the robber’s truck as he escaped, possibly injuring the suspect.

    Tyler Beck

    Two teens charged in Hanover Park car burglaries

    Two teens face felony charges in connection with a string of car burglaries in Hanover Park. A DuPage County judge set bail at $50,000 for both Tyler Beck, 19, of Hanover Park, and Dakota Seaton, 18, of Palatine.

    A San Bernardino Sheriff’s deputy keeps an eye on a brush fire Wednesday burning in Day Creek near the Etiwanda Perserve in Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.

    As wildfire fear rises, tanker fleet incomplete

    In no place is the situation more worrisome than in California, where several years of stingy rainfall have turned forests and scrub into matchsticks and tens of thousands of homes are perched along fire-prone areas.

    Robert Peickert

    Democratic Party leader could challenge Cronin

    Now that he's secured another term as chairman of the DuPage Democratic Party, Robert Peickert has set his sights on a countywide elected office. The Elmhurst resident is hoping to challenge DuPage County Board Chairman Dan Cronin this fall during the general election.

    Jose Rebollar

    Round Lake man guilty of 2013 murder

    A 26-year-old Round Lake man was found guilty on three counts of murder for assisting in the killing of of Zion teenager Gabriel Gonzalez in a minimart parking lot in 2013. Jose Rebollar now faces up to 75 years in prison.

    A search warrant was issued to search this storage facility in Waseca in connection with a 17-year-old who was arrested in plot to kill family and massacre students at Waseca school.

    Documents: Teen laid out plan to attack school

    Authorities say the teen’s 180-page journal outlines an elaborate plan, complete with his research on chemicals, which he knew by scientific name, shrapnel and blast radiuses.


    Ex-St. Charles man charged with cheating investors

    Federal authorities indicted a former St. Charles man for misusing $10 million in investor funds. Matthew Stoen, 35, misrepresented his background and his financial status, in order to bilk millions of dollars from investors who believed they were investing in properties in the Kansas City area.


    Fox Valley police reports
    Steven L. Richardson, 47, of the 10300 block of Oxford Street, Westchester, was charged Thursday with four counts of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license in Elgin, court records show.


    Tri-Cities police reports
    Thomas G. Lennon, 22, of St. Charles, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of hypodermic needles after a traffic stop at 8:43 p.m. Wednesday at Roberts Road and Route 25 near St. Charles, according to a sheriff’s report.

    Nicole Giese, left, from Bartlett High School, plays a witness while “defense attorney” Lia Kruse from Batavia High School cross-examines her during a mock trial Friday at the Kane County Courthouse in St. Charles. Judge Kathryn Karayannis presided. The Kane County Bar Foundation’s Law Day Mock Trial Program featured students from Aurora Central Catholic, Bartlett High School, Batavia High School, Elgin Academy, St. Edward Central Catholic and West Aurora High School.

    Students hold ‘hands-on’ trials in Kane County

    Students from six high schools held mock trials at the Kane Couty Judicial Center in St. Charles on Friday. Judges offered tips, and teachers said the annual exercise, organized by the Kane County Bar Foundation, helps students gain a greater appreciation of the judicial system. Aurora Central Catholic, Bartlett High School, Batavia High School, Elgin Academy, St. Edward Central Catholic and West...

    A 1990 agreement between O’Hare Lake Office Plaza and Des Plaines stipulated that the city could construct stormwater pipes into and out of Lake Peterson but also had to pay for any flood damages, should they occur

    Des Plaines ordered to pay $1.15 million in flood suit

    A Cook County jury has determined that the city of Des Plaines must pay $1.15 million to the owners of an office complex that sustained flood damages when a lake used for stormwater retention overflowed its banks in 2011. The jury award to the owners of O’Hare Lake Office Plaza at 2300 E. Devon Ave. is in response to July 23, 2011, floods that damaged four office buildings.


    Crash kills 2 Algonquin men

    Two Algonquin men in their 20s were killed Friday after their car crashed into a tree in Oakwood Hills near Cary, police said. Bradley J. Kass, the 25-year-old driver, was pronounced dead at the scene. Robert Sloan Jr., the 22-year-old passenger, died at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital near Lake Barrington.

    Arlington International Racecourse Chairman Richard Duchossois talks about the upcoming season and the 25th anniversary of the track’s reopening after the fire.

    25 years after rebuilding, Arlington begins another season

    As Arlington Park prepares to reopen for its 25th season of racing since completion of a new structure after a massive fire, Richard Duchossois, the 92-year-old chairman of the track now owned by Churchill Downs, reminisced about the challenge of rebuilidng. "Twenty-five years seems like yesterday, but I guess that means I’m 25 years older,” he said. “It’s the shortest 25...


    Illinois girl’s prosthetic hand made by 3-D printer

    Kylie Wicker of Roscoe was born without working fingers on her left hand. She’s excited about what she’ll be able to do with her new hand, which is made of plastic and responds to wrist movement. It was made by high school students wtih a 3-D printer


    Illinois lawmakers propose fix to pension overhaul

    The Illinois legislature is considering fixing a portion of a statewide pension overhaul that unwittingly takes a year of benefits away from university employees. Higher education officials say a mistake in the legislation passed by lawmakers in December is causing hundreds of public-university employees to retire or consider retirement earlier than anticipated.


    Kane forest district dumps lobbyist

    The job of bringing state money back to the Kane County Forest Preserve District will now fall to commissioners themselves, now that they decided to go without a lobbyist for the first time in at least 15 years.

    The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

    Guilty plea in Illinois Capitol renovation case

    The former president of a Peoria-area construction firm involved with restoration of the Illinois Capitol building pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges Friday, Attorney General Lisa Madigan said.

    If the Blackhawks lose their series with the Minnesota Wild, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be sending St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman a six-pack of Half Acre Daisy Cutter beer, a barrel of Garrett’s Popcorn, and some Chicago-style hot Giardiniera.

    Chicago and St. Paul mayors bet on hockey series

    A Blackhawks playoff series win over the Minnesota Wild will put them closer to a second straight Stanley Cup, and Chicago’s mayor in possession of a 25-pound salted nut roll.


    University of Illinois working on background checks

    The University of Illinois is developing a policy that would require background checks for all new hires, not just those who would be working with children or taking on other positions deemed to be sensitive.


    Sixth suspect charged in Chicago teen’s death

    Another suspect has been charged in this week’s shooting death of a 14-year-old Chicago girl. In a news release, police say 43-year-old Floyd Evans is charged with illegally receiving a firearm — the gun that was used to kill Endia Martin on Monday.


    Cop on leave after police dog video surfaces

    A northwestern Indiana police officer has been placed on administrative leave after a video posted online shows him hitting a police dog and lifting it up by its collar. The video of the Hammond officer and the dog was posted Wednesday on YouTube and quickly spread on social media.

    Wauconda resident Gary Thompson talks about the plan to install a new fence around the Wauconda High School football stadium as his wife, Cheryl, and neighbors Darlene Hayden and Jennifer Barr listen.

    Wauconda High football fans happy taller fence won’t be installed

    Wauconda residents whose homes abut the local high school’s football stadium are celebrating a decision not to replace a fence around the field with a taller version. A taller fence, they say, would have hampered their ability to watch football games from the comfort of their backyards. “They listened to us, and they did what was best for a small town like Wauconda,” Chael...


    Man arrested in deaths of Alaska troopers

    The two troopers were occasionally featured on the National Geographic Channel show “Alaska State Troopers,” which features multiple troopers patrolling the state’s wild terrain. The troopers were not filming at the time of their deaths. Filming in the fifth season is being done with other troopers.

    Paul Goldberg

    Goldberg new asst. superintendent in Dist. 54

    Schaumburg Township Elementary District 54 board members have appointed Paul Goldberg, current principal of the district’s John Muir Literacy Academy in Hoffman Estates, to succeed the retiring Karen Hindman as assistant superintendent of district improvement. Goldberg has been principal of Muir for three years and will move to his new position on July 1.


    Chicago man charged with Elgin theft

    A 50-year-old Chicago man charged with stealing several televisions and a treadmill from the Elgin trucking company where he worked was released Friday on a $10,000 individual recognizance bond. William Putrell next appears in court on June 6.


    Sente holds mobile office event:

    Fifty-ninth district state Rep. Carol Sente will host a mobile office event from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at the Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein.


    Lake County municipal vehicle auction:

    Obenauf Auction Service, Inc. is conducting the Lake County Municipal Vehicle and Equipment Auction on Saturday, May 3, at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 1060 E. Peterson Road, Grayslake. The auction starts at 9 a.m.


    MHS to host dance clinic:

    Mundelein High School’s Orchesis dance club will host a youth clinic Saturday, May 10.


    Postal food drive:

    The National Association of Letter Carriers, in collaboration with the United States Postal Service, will be holding its annual national food drive on Saturday, May 10.


    Genevans to pick up litter on May 10 cleanup day

    The Geneva City Council is taking on the litter that mars the streets, organizing a May 10 cleanup at the suggestion of Alderman Dean Kilburg. A lot of areas collect trash over the winter, he said, but "no one takes ownership." The plan is simple: the city will give volunteers bags and latex gloves, volunteers will collect trash at a site of their own choosing, and return the trash bag to city...

    Grant High School Resource Officer Russell Zander, right, talks with freshman Isidro Villarrel as he tries to play baggo with goggles that simulate being intoxicated during a pre-prom event Friday at the Fox Lake school.

    School and police officials stress prom safety to Grant High School students

    Grant High School and Fox Lake police officials urged students to have a safe prom Friday, with a pre-prom celebration at the Fox Lake school. “Kids need to realize the severity of the situation,” driver’s education teacher Brian Kibitlewski said. “They need to think twice so they don’t make a mistake."

    Lake Zurich homes and small businesses will have a new three-year deal with an alternative energy provider staring in July. Homefield Energy’s per-kilowatt-hour rate is expected to be cheaper than ComEd’s.

    Lake Zurich has new 3-year electric contract for homes, small business

    While the monthly savings are expected to be reduced, Lake Zurich residents and small businesses should continue receiving electricity from a new power provider at a cheaper rate than ComEd’s.

    House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio speaking on Capitol Hill in Washington. Boehner says he’ll establish select House committee to investigate the Benghazi attack.

    Boehner to appoint Benghazi committee

    Republicans have accused President Barack Obama and his top aides of seeking to deceive the public about the true circumstances of a major, al-Qaida-linked terrorist attack during the final months of the 2012 presidential campaign — charges which the president and other U.S. officials reject. But administration officials didn’t mention intelligence suggesting the Benghazi attack was...

    The World Class Basketball 16U National Team are: Front row: Keyvon Kyles (Larkin), Matt Ulrich (Palatine), Ethan Mayfield (Burlington Central), Trell Mardis (Larkin) and Jovone Stricker (Palatine); Back row: Assistant coach John Ulrich Sr., assistant coach Bob Ramian Sr., Lavion Baldwin (Elgin), Robbie Jiminez (Bartlett), Nick Kubiak (Woodstock), Kenny Travis (Schaumburg), Bobby Ramian (Conant) and head coach John Ulrich Jr.

    World Class Basketball takes 2014 State Championship

    World Class Basketball's 16U National Team won the AAU Illinois State Tournament in Lake Zurich over the April 12-13 weekend.

    Vehicles lie at the bottom of a ravine after the Scenic Highway collapsed near Pensacola, Fla., Wednesday April 30, 2014. Nearly 2 feet of rain drenched Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in the span of about 24 hours.

    5 things to know about this week's deadly weather

    Despite a quiet start to the severe weather season, the most deadly and fierce severe storm outbreak of 2014 left a path of destruction across the U.S. this week. Here's a look at five interesting numbers about this storm.


    Woman shot in leg in Elgin

    A19-year-old Elgin woman was shot in the leg Thursday night on the Highland Avenue bridge in Elgin after a group of people in a vehicle began arguing with her group and someone in the vehicle opened fire. She was treated for a wound police said was "just a bit more than a graze."

    Horses race to the finish during opening day at Arlington International Racecourse.

    Summer-long slate of special events at Arlington

    As Arlington International Racecourse prepares to kick off another season of racing, General Manager Tony Petrillo said the calendar is packed with familiar highlights and some new events and entertainment. Here's a look at a few of the special events coming up this season.


    Afghan official says 2,000 missing after landslide

    A landslide triggered by heavy rains buried a village Friday in northeastern Afghanistan, leaving as many as 2,000 people missing, a top official said.

    Beth Shannon, a volunteer guide at Old Friends farm in Georgetown, Ky., feeds Ogygian some carrots on April 25, 2014. Ogygian, a 31-year-old former champion racehorse, was brought back from Japan in 2005.

    Once-great racehorses find happy home on Ky. farm

    Old Friends farm, set on rolling pastures about an hour’s drive east of the home of the Kentucky Derby, is full of horses with stories. Some ran in the Derby or nearly missed making it to Churchill Downs on the sport’s biggest day. “Some of these horses, they start off with the bright lights of Churchill Downs,” said Michael Blowen, president of the refuge for...


    Recommendation nears for District 73 restructuring

    Full-day kindergarten at all Hawthorn Elementary District 73 schools and the possible expansion of the dual language programs are among the possibilities as the Vernon Hills-based elementary district considers a reorganization plan.

    Gino A. Moraca

    Elgin seatbelt violation leads to Ecstacy bust

    A 22-year-old Elgin man was arrested on charges of possession of Ecstasy with intent to deliver after a traffic stop for not wearing a seatbelt. Gino Moraca faces six to 30 years in prison if convicted and is due in court on May 9.

    A sidewalk and retaining wall in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood buckled and caved in Wednesday afternoon, swallowing a streetlight and more than half a dozen cars. No one was injured.

    Dramatic video shows Baltimore street collapse

    Officials say people who live in houses on a Baltimore city block where the street collapsed Wednesday during a rainstorm may have to be kept out of their homes for up to 40 days. A dramatic video shows the sidewalk and retaining wall buckle and cave in, swallowing a streetlight and more than half a dozen cars. No one was injured.

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, center, arrives aboard a U.S. military airplane at Juba International Airport in Juba, South Sudan, Friday, May 2, 2014. Kerry is urging South Sudan’s warring government and rebel leaders to uphold a monthslong promise to embrace a cease-fire or risk the specter of genocide through continued ethnic killings.

    Peace talks tentatively set for South Sudan

    South Sudan’s president agreed Friday to meet with his rival as soon as next week to jump-start peace talks that have been stalled for months, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said, potentially laying the groundwork for a new government to bring the world’s newest nation out of bloodshed.

    The Oklahoma State Penitentiary execution chambe. Oklahoma prison officials tried for 51 minutes to find a vein in a death row inmate’s arms and feet before inserting an IV through the man’s groin ahead of a botched execution this week, the state’s prisons chief said Thursday in a report urging more oversight of executions.

    Drugs in botched Oklahoma execution leaked from IV

    Some of the three drugs used in a botched Oklahoma execution this week didn’t enter the inmate’s system because the vein they were injected into collapsed, and that failure wasn’t noticed for 21 minutes, the state’s prison chief said, urging changes to the state’s execution procedure.

    Women attend a demonstration calling on government to rescue kidnapped school girls in Lagos, Nigeria. The number of kidnapped schoolgirls missing in Nigeria has risen to 276, up by more than 30 from a previous estimate, police said, adding that the actual number abducted by Islamic extremists on April 14 was more than 300.

    Nigeria police: 276 abducted girls still missing

    The number of kidnapped schoolgirls missing in Nigeria has risen to 276, up by more than 30 from a previous estimate, police said, adding that the actual number abducted by Islamic extremists on April 14 was more than 300. Police Commissioner Tanko Lawan said the number of girls and young women who have escaped also has risen, to 53.

    A car bomb exploded on a busy road in Nigeria’s capital late Thursday, killing at least nine people days before the city is to host a major international economic forum.

    Toll up to 19 dead in car bomb in Nigerian capital

    The death toll from a car bomb that exploded on a busy road in Nigeria’s capital rose to at least 19 overnight with 66 people wounded, police said Friday from the city that within days hosts an international conference.

    An injured Ukrainian military helicopter pilot is assisted by pro-Russian activists after he was shot down in Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Friday May 2, 2014. Pro-Russia forces shot down two Ukrainian helicopters Friday as Ukraine launched its first major offensive against an insurgency that has seized government buildings in the east.

    Ukraine helicopters shot down during offensive

    Pro-Russia forces shot down two Ukrainian helicopters Friday as Ukraine launched its first major offensive against an insurgency that has seized government buildings in the east. The Kremlin said Kiev’s move against the insurgents “destroyed” hopes for peace in the region.

    Syria’s government and rebels agreed to a cease-fire on Friday, May 2, 2014 in the battleground city of Homs to allow hundreds of fighters holed up in its old quarters to evacuate, a deal that will bring the country’s third-largest city under control of forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.

    Reports: Cease-fire reached in Syrian city of Homs

    Syria’s government and rebels agreed to a cease-fire Friday in the battleground city of Homs to allow hundreds of fighters holed up in its old quarters to evacuate, a deal that will bring the country’s third-largest city under control of forces loyal to President Bashar Assad.

    University of South Florida graduating seniors Kyra Ciotti, 22, of Tampa, Fla., left, and Rita Sibaja, 24, of Winter Haven, Fla., look at photos that Rita took of Kyra in her cap and gown Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Tampa, Fla. The university has banned graduates from taking selfies while on the stage to collect their diplomas during graduation exercises.

    Today’s advice to graduates: No selfies

    Toss your cap. Turn your tassel. Just don’t snap that selfie. Graduates at some colleges have been asked to refrain from taking self-portraits with their cell phones as they collect their diplomas. The seemingly simple directive is standing out for placing the slightest curtailment on a collective societal march toward sharing every waking moment on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and the...

    President Barack Obama meets with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Friday, May 2, 2014.

    Obama, Merkel to display unity against Russia

    President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are mounting a display of trans-Atlantic unity against an assertive Russia, even as sanctions imposed by Western allies seem to be doing little to change Vladimir Putin’s reasoning on Ukraine. Days after the United States and the European Union slapped Moscow with a new round of sanctions, Merkel was to hold meetings, a working...

    Ford's new CEO Mark Fields

    Ford's new CEO Fields fills big shoes

    Mark Fields will take the keys to a Ford Motor Co. that is lean, profitable and a far cry from the near-bankrupt carmaker taken over in 2006 by his predecessor, Alan Mulally. Fields nonetheless has his job cut out for him. The new chief executive officer will have to follow a CEO lauded by investors for saving an iconic American company from failure.

    Green Earth Fair attendees can make recycled instruments such as drums out of coffee cans during the annual event from 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at McDonald Farm, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville.

    Green Earth Fair feeds growing appetite for sustainability

    Each year as crops grow at the Green Earth Institute in Naperville so, it seems, does interest in the nonprofit’s mission of educating the public about environmental sustainability and nutritional health. And so does attendance at the annual Green Earth Fair, scheduled for 12:30 to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 4, at McDonald Farm in Naperville. “It’s interesting to me to see how much more...

    An anemometer mounted on the center pole detects wind conditions above the UP Northwest tracks at the junction of the Milwaukee North Line in Chicago.

    Metra wind detectors aim to keep trains on time

    Metra officials hope new wind-measuring devices will help keep riders on time during inevitable spring and summer storms. The addition comes after complaints from passengers in 2013 about stopped and delayed trains along the Union Pacific lines after severe weather had cleared.


    Dawn Patrol: Racing opens at Arlington; mole in Island Lake?

    Racing season opens today at Arlington Park; Ride of Silence to honor Elk Grove cyclist; Island Lake’s lawyer says there’s a mole at village hall; fallen Vernon Hills state trooper remembered; off-season play already thickens for Bulls; unlikely but, yes, it’s Hawks vs. Wild; Rolling Meadows welcomes back future NFL QB Garoppolo

    An artist's rendering of a proposed 757,120-square-foot Weber grills factory, which would more than double the size of the company's existing building in Huntley and serve as its global distribution headquarters.

    Weber grills' Huntley distribution plant plans move forward

    Weber grills manufacturer is a step closer to building a global headquarters for distribution in Huntley. The village board reviewed preliminary site plans by Weber-Stephen Products that would more than double the size of the manufacturer's current facility on Oak Creek Parkway. Weber plans to build a second, 757,120-square-foot global distribution center on a nearby 131-acre site that the...

    Aaron Lawlor

    Lake County boards could get more firing power

    A proposal approved by an Illinois House committee Thursday would let suburban county boards create codes of ethics to guide the actions of appointed boards like the Lake County Housing Authority and others throughout the suburbs.

    Batavia officials are resuming discussions about what to do about the dam, which is in disrepair.

    Drowning brings back Batavia dam questions

    Batavia is wading again into the debate over what to do about the crumbling, 103-year-old dam north north of the Riverwalk. "I certainly want to be on the side of safety and enhanced recreational uses," says Mayor Jeff Schielke. "... I'm going to be on the side of saying that dam should come out."

    Hanover Park village trustees informally agreed Thursday night that medical marijuana dispensaries can sell the paraphernalia to bring convenience to qualified patients.

    Hanover Park might relax rules on medical marijuana

    Reversing an earlier plan, Hanover Park officials want to allow drive-throughs and the sale of drug paraphernalia in medical marijuana shops. Despite the opposition of Police Chief David Webb, village trustees agreed that medical marijuana dispensaries can sell the paraphernalia to bring convenience to qualified patients.


    No decision yet on Lombard video gambling ban

    After a lengthy discussion Thursday night, the Lombard village board requested an ordinance be drafted that would repeal the village's ban on video gambling. The board will likely discuss video gambling again and vote on the ordinance at a June 19 meeting. It's clear, however, that it will be a tough measure to pass.

    Mundelein writer Leslie Stella's fourth novel, “Permanent Record,” is one of the titles on this year's Suburban Mosaic reading list.

    Mundelein author's book makes Suburban Mosaic list

    Mundelein novelist Leslie Stella said she was "delighted and honored" to see that her latest book, "Permanent Record," was chosen for the reading list of this year's Suburban Mosaic Book of the Year program. Suburban Mosaic is a reading event designed to get suburbanites thinking and talking about issues releated to tolerance and social justice.

    The West Dundee Target closes Saturday, but the village will continue collecting its sales tax for the next three months. That's due to a three-month lag between when a business submits sales tax to the state and when the state sends it back to the municipality.

    Why West Dundee will collect sales tax after Target leaves

    The West Dundee Target closes Saturday, but sales tax revenue from the store will continue flowing to the village through August. That's because it takes time for the state to process sales tax dollars before finally turning them over to the village, officials said. “There's just a three-month lag,” Village Manager Joe Cavallaro said.


    Northwest suburban police blotter

    Thieves broke locks on 24 washers and dryers between March 22 and April 22 in condominium laundry rooms on the 1800 block of Huntington Road in Hoffman Estates and stole quarters. Loss was estimated between $2,500 and $5,000.

    I took this photo in the Sea of Cortez off the cost of Cabo San Lucas on January 22, 2014. I have been trying to get a picture of a breaching humpback for many years as it is a tough picture to capture. On this occasion, I was able to see and photograph eight breaches. This was one of the best.

    Images: Photo Contest Finalists
    Each week you submit your favorite photo. We pick the best of the bunch and select the finalists. Here are the finalists for the week of April 28.


    Khalil Mack (46) gets held by San Diego State tight end Adam Roberts during the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Mack has gone from a mostly overlooked college recruit to a top 10 NFL draft prospect.

    Mack ready to attack NFL offenses
    The top-rated linebacker in this year's draft class, Buffalo's Khalil Bell, didn't always get the recognition he deserved. But all that will change on draft day, when he is a lock to be picked in the top 10 overall, and possibly several spots higher.

    Patrick Kane celebrates a third-period goal

    Images: Blackhawks vs. Wild, Game One
    Images of game one of the NHL Playoff Series as the Chicago Blackhawks won 5-2 over the Minnesota Wild at the United Center on Friday. Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, and Bryan Bickell scored for the Blackhawks.


    Baseball / Northwest roundup

    Austin Jetel allowed visiting Buffalo Grove only a pair of hits while striking out 12 to help Fremd earn a 2-0 victory in Mid-Suburban League crossover Friday.Fremd (10-9, 5-4) did all its scoring in the second as Marcus Middlebrook led off with a single and eventually scored on a sacrifice fly from Joe Uhrich and the Vikings tacked on a run with a bases-loaded walk.Jetel allowed just 1 walk.Dan Levato tossed 3 scoreless innings for the Bison (5-14).Elk Grove 6, Hoffman Estates 5: Peter Arbov went 3-for-3 with a solo home run and 2 RBI at the plate, and also contributed a scoreless relief inning to help the visiting Grens prevail.Adam O’Malley also homered for Elk Grove (13-6), finishing 2-for-3 with a walk, and Johnny Assimakopoulos and Brandon Post had 2 hits apiece.Hoffman Estates did all its scoring in the fifth inning, but Grens starter Daryl Rivera was able to go 6 innings and earn the victory.Ethan Bloom went 3-for-3 with a homer, a double and 2 RBI.Prospect 8, Schaumburg 5: Grant Miller, Jackson Wrede and Jake Cavaiani each drove in 2 runs from their spots near the bottom of the batting order to help the visiting Knights tops the Saxons.Tom Flahaven went 1-for-3 with a walk, 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases for Prospect (13-6-1).Mike Smith (5 IP, 2 earned runs) and Danny Devereux (2 IP, 3 K’s) handled pitching duties for the Knights, who have won four of their last five games.Barrington 9, Rolling Meadows 3: Jake Petersen finished 3-for-3 with a homer and 3 RBI as the host Broncos broke open a close game with a 5-run rally in the sixth inning.Brendan Battle had a pair of hits for the Broncos, and Shane Yorton, Luke Johnson and Anthony Lombardi each doubled.Richie Stefan pitched the first 5 innings for Barrington (19-6) and got the win, and Brad Powell tossed 2 scoreless relief innings to earn save.Palatine 9, Hersey 2: Zach Serna hit a solo homer and Nolan Gavin tripled and drove in 3 runs to pace host Palatine’s victory.Both teams had 7 hits and 2 errors, but Pirates starter Matthew Trembley limited Hersey to singles in a complete-game victory with 7 strikeouts.Matt Saltess and Joey Roy both doubles for Palatine (12-11), which snapped a three-game skid.CJ Reichel and Brett Harris had 2 hits apiece for Hersey (8-11-1).Deerfield 4, Maine West 3: The visiting Warriors pushed across 3 runs in the first inning but got nothing more as Deefield took the lead for good with a run in the bottom of the sixth.Eric Outlaw doubled and scored, and Crosley Duckmann had 2 of Maine West’s 5 hits.Matt Swanson struck out nine and went 6 inning for Maine West (5-12) in suffering the loss.Conant 8, Wheeling 8 (11 inn.): Both teams scored once in the 11th inning to remain deadlocked in MSL play at Conant.Jake Jordan doubled and drove in 2 runs for Wheeling. Brenden Spillane had 2 hits and drove in 3 runs, and Nathan Cooney and Brian Lorey had 2 hits each.Justin Webb (6 IP, 4 ER) and Lorey (5 IP, 1 ER) split the pitching duties for the Wildcats.Conant’s plate standouts included J.T. Peacock (2 doubles, 2 RBI), Brady Pelesh (4-for-6), Dan Modelski (3-for-5, walk) and Matt Fauth (2-for-5, double, 3 RBI).Steve Bola (7⅓ IP, 1 ER) and Brian Polaski (3⅔ IP, 3 ER) pitched for the Cougars (7-15-1).


    Girls track: Friday, May 2 results
    Results of area high school girls track meets for Friday, May 2.


    Softball: Friday, May 2 results
    Results of area high school softball games for Friday, May 2.


    Girls soccer: Friday, May 2 results
    Results of area high school girls soccer games for Friday, May 2.


    Boys volleyball: Friday, May 2 results
    Results of area high school boys volleyball meets for Friday, May 2.


    Boys track: Friday, May 2 results
    Results of area high school boys track meets for Friday, May 2.


    Boys gymnastics: Friday, May 2 results
    Results of area high school boys gymnastics meets for Friday, May 2.


    Baseball: Friday, May 2 results
    Results of area high school baseball games for Friday, May 2.


    Boys tennis: Friday, May 2 results
    Results of area high school boys tennis meets for Friday, May 2.

    Blackhawks defenseman Nick Leddy pressures the Wild’s Nino Niederreiter during the first period Friday in Game 1 of their second-round playoff series at the United Center.

    Series with Wild special one for Leddy

    Nick Leddy skated swiftly — because that’s what he does so well — to help foil Zach Parise’s breakaway in a welcome-to-the-conference-semifinals moment late in the opening period at the United Center on Friday night. The Blackhawks’ defenseman, 23 years young but a veteran of four NHL seasons, bothered Minnesota’s star winger with a swinging stick, and Corey Crawford made a huge save on the short-handed chance.

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.comPatrick Kane celebrates his game leading third period goal during a 5-2 win over the Wild. Charlie Coyle skates away from the play.

    Kaner’s exploits leave teammates in awe

    When you leave all-stars, Olympians, Stanley Cup champions and even coaches in awe, you know you’ve done something special.Um, yeah, Patrick Kane absolutely did something special Friday night in leading the Blackhawks to a 5-2 victory over Minnesota in Game 1 of their Western Conference second round series.


    Baseball/DuPage County roundup

    Baseball/DuPage County roundup


    Willowbrook wins ‘must-win’ game

    The Willowbrook softball team showed Friday in its 11-1 win over host Addison Trail how a team can bounce back after having a tough day just 48 hours earlier.


    Kurth, Waubonsie keep rolling

    Waubonsie Valley pitcher Jordan Kurth is on such a roll that Friday’s 1-hitter could almost be considered a slump after her two previous starts.

    Fans erupt from their chairs as Dallas Mavericks' Vince Carter (25) celebrates a basket by his team late in the second half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, May 2, 2014, in Dallas. The Mavericks won 113-111. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

    Mavs top Spurs 113-111, force Game 7

    Monta Ellis scored 12 of his 29 points to lead a fourth-quarter comeback, Dirk Nowitzki added 22 and the Dallas Mavericks forced a seventh game in their first-round series with top-seeded San Antonio, beating the Spurs 113-111 on Friday night.


    Waubonsie Valley advances to title match

    MacKenzie Fuller scored in the first half and Kristen Dodson added an insurance goal in the second half to lead Waubonsie Valley to a 2-0 victory over Barrington during Friday’s Naperville Invitational semifinal in Naperville.


    Montini’s ready for St. Francis

    Montini’s baseball team has been waiting to hit the teeth of its schedule. Friday’s effort showed the Broncos aim to rise to the occasion. In a Suburban Christian Conference showdown against St. Francis, the Broncos came through with a 4-2 victory in Lombard.

    Emma Spagnola led West Aurora to the Kane County championship Friday night hosted by Kaneland in Maple Park.

    West Aurora wins 5th straight County title

    West Aurora reverted to a familiar staple in claiming its fifth consecutive Kane County Girls Track and Field Invitational Friday night in Maple Park.

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.comPatrick Kane celebrates his game leading third period goal during a 5-2 win over the Wild. Charlie Coyle skates away from the play.

    Sluggish Blackhawks find late answers

    The Blackhawks won Game 1 against Minnesota because they found the ignition late, but without Corey Crawford’s brilliance the result would have gone Minnesota’s way. Rest assured, the tape session will not be pretty as the Hawks were anything but sharp.


    Americans score early, often to force decisive Game 5 against Wolves

    Rochester scored twice in the opening two minutes and kept going from there to earn a 7-2 victory over the Chicago Wolves on Friday night at Allstate Arena in Game 4 of the American Hockey League’s Western Conference quarterfinals.


    Dalan, WW South win fourth straight Tiger title

    Toward the end of her freshman season, Wheaton Warrenville South’s Emma Dalan realized she was going to have to work very, very hard to have success at track and field.


    Benet’s Hubona lets the discus fly

    It wasn’t a Tuesday but Stephen Hubona zinged one out there nonetheless.

    Thomas Shandall of Schaumburg wins his heat of the 200-meter dash prelims during the Wanner Invitational at Prospect on Friday.

    Wanner winners can rest well

    Following his sixth race of the night, all Schaumburg junior Shandall Thomas wanted to do was sleep. Figure that Thomas and his Saxon teammates ended up sleeping quite well, especially following one of the top performances in the history of prestigious Knights Wanner Invitational at Gattas Field at Prospect High School on Friday night. Not only did the Saxons 400 and 800 relays break that had lasted 28 years, they did so in such dominant fashion that the usually prominent distance events took a back seat to the sprints. The 45th annual edition of the meet was so sprint-strong that even meet champion York, which has a long history of distance success, flashed impressive sprint depth.

    Daniel White/dwhite@dailyherald.comChicago Blackhawk left wing Bryan Bickell celebrates his first period goal for a 1-0 first period lead, Friday in Game 1 of the NHL second round playoffs at the United Center in Chicago.

    Kane lifts Blackhawks over Wild 5-2

    Patrick Kane scored two goals in the third period, including a terrific dash through the Minnesota zone for the tiebreaking score, and the Blackhawks beat the Wild 5-2 in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Friday night.


    Ege in fine form for BC; Kaneland wins at CL Central

    The rest of the hurdlers never had a chance against Burlington Central junior standout Lucas Ege in Friday’s 41st Annual Crystal Lake Central Invitational at Metcalfe Field. Ege won the 110 meter hurdles in 15.28 and claimed top honors in the 300 hurdles in 39.4. “This was good competition tonight and I will get better as the competition gets better,” said Ege. “I still have a lot of work to do before the sectionals.” Ege was one of the main reasons the Rockets finished second with a score of 91 points. Kaneland, which won its second straight title, overpowered the field with 160.5 points.

    Chicago White Sox's Gordon Beckham tosses his helmet after striking out in the second inning of a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians, Friday, May 2, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Danks struggles in 12-5 loss to Indians

    The White Sox's powerful offense couldn't overcome a rough night for their pitchers. Left-hander John Danks allowed a season-high eight runs and 10 hits in five innings Friday and the Cleveland Indians routed the White Sox 12-5. Rookie first baseman Jose Abreu hit his major league-leading 11th home run for Chicago, which trailed 5-0 after one inning. The White Sox lead the American League with 159 runs, but have the second-worst ERA in the league at 5.00. "It seemed like Cleveland was hitting it where we weren't, so you tip your hat to them," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said.


    Girls soccer / Northwest roundup

    Girls soccerSchaumburg 2, Hoffman Estates 1: The host Saxons made a pair of first-half goals from Emily Waterloo hold up in MSL West play.One of Waterloo’s goal was a penalty kick, and Lexi Awdziejczyk assisted on the other.Natalie Nagrant scored in the second half for the Hawks.Prospect 4, Highland Park 1: The Knights advanced to a morning semifinal against Moline in the State Line Challenge at Moline.Rosie Pettenuzzo, Kim Welk, Martini Kowalczuk and Andi Marfilius had the goals. Emily Novak assisted twice, and Maggie Sullivan and Kristin Frasco had 1 each.Hersey 9, Wheeling 0: The Huskies remained unbeaten in MSL play as Lauren Gierman scored 4 goals, Sara Magnuson had 2, and Jessica Schmidt, Morgan Harris and Emma Cooke each had 1. Hersey is 9-0 against MSL foes.


    Boomers Stadium home to NJCAA regional weekend

    Boomers Stadium has been home to two professional baseball teams, many high school games and countless concerts and festivals. For the first time this spring, fans will be able to see the best junior college players from around the area compete at the Schaumburg facility as the NJCAA Region IV regional championship series will be contested there.


    ‘Jersey Girl’ shoring up Barrington

    They’ll call her the ‘Jersey Girl’ at times but senior Jennifer Inamoto has certainly found a new home in Illinois. “I love it here,” said Inamoto, who played softball for North Hunterdon High School in New Jersey the last three years. “It’s the best year of softball in my life, athletically and in terms of having fun.” Inamoto and the Fillies had all kinds of fun in the fourth inning on Friday at Elk Grove. That’s when the Fillies scored all their runs, including a bases-loaded double by Inamoto, in a 6-1 victory.


    Bonke’s big day helps Warren win

    Jazmin Bonke went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI, and Warren’s softball team held off visiting Zion-Benton 4-2 in North Suburban Lake Division action Friday.


    Girls soccer / Fox Valley roundup

    Bartlett 6, Plainfield Central 0: Kendra Videckis rose to occasion once again for the Hawks, scoring 4 times and both Mariela Alba and Sarah Jurek notched 3 assists in a nonconference win at Millennium Field. Bartlett (10-5-1, 1-4) jumped out to a 2-0 lead within the first 20 minutes and scored 3 goals in each half. Taylor Tomasek and Mariah Martinez added goals each and goalkeeper Amanda Lozada provided a 6-save shutout. Burlington Central 3, Sycamore 2: The Rockets (7-4-2, 5-1-1) outscored the Spartans 2-1 in the second half to break a 1-1 tie at the half for a win at the Freeport Tournament. Cali Andrew scored Central’s tally while Cassie Ciganek, who assisted Andrew’s goal, punched one in unassisted and Anna McMahon added the game-winner. Abbi Ciganek stopped 10 Sycamore shots in net.


    Fremd finishes ‘curse’ with MSL triumph

    Fremd ended its curse Friday at the Mid-Suburban League boys gymnastics meet at Palatine on Friday. The Vikings had always found themselves on the short end at the conference meet, with several near misses at winning a league championship. “We have had some very good teams here,” Fremd coach Tim Hamman said. “But there is always a Conant, or Palatine or some other team that has a state-qualifying team.” Not this year, though, as Fremd proved to be the best of the bunch in winning its first MSL title with a score of 136.95. The Vikings are also MSL West Division champs.

    New York Rangers' Derick Brassard (16) celebrates his game-winning goal with teammate Mats Zuccarello (36) in the first overtime period of Game 1 of a second-round NHL hockey playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh, Friday, May 2, 2014. The Rangers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

    Brassard lifts Rangers by Penguins 3-2 in overtime

    Derick Brassard scored 3:06 into overtime to give the New York Rangers a 3-2 victory over the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night.Play continued after Brassard’s goal, with Benoit Pouliot pumping a shot past Marc-Andre Fleury seconds after Brassard’s shot. A review showed Brassard’s flip from in front beat Fleury cleanly.

    Brooklyn Nets’ Deron Williams drives past Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas, right, during the second half of Game 6 of the opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Friday, May 2, 2014, in New York. The Nets won the game 97-83. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

    Nets beat Raptors 97-83 to force Game 7

    NEW YORK (AP) — Deron Williams had the Brooklyn Nets speeding toward a Game 7 when suddenly everything stopped.He had just crashed to the court with what looked like yet another ankle injury. Kevin Garnett waved for help, and Williams slowly began limping back toward the bench. Then he decided to stay in. For all the big names and big salaries on the Nets, Williams knows they aren’t going anywhere unless he leads them.Williams shook off his second-half injury to score 23 points and Brooklyn forced a seventh game in its first-round series by beating the Toronto Raptors 97-83 on Friday night.“I think that just shows leadership and toughness, and that’s what he did tonight for us,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said.Despite spraining his left ankle early in the third quarter, Williams dominated his matchup with Kyle Lowry and helped the Nets put it away with a 3-pointer with 1:13 left that made it 92-79.Game 7 is Sunday in Toronto, with the winner advancing to face the defending champion Miami Heat.It became the fourth first-round series ticketed for a do-or-die game in these playoffs, with the Atlantic Division champion Raptors trying to get by a Nets team that still has a chance to reach the high expectations it had entering the season.But it can’t be done without Williams, who has scored 20 points in all three Nets victories in the series.“I know myself, I needed to be more aggressive after the last two losses,” Williams, who has battled ankle problems the last two seasons, said after limping up to the postgame podium. “In the three games we’ve won, I’ve been really aggressive getting into the paint, making things happen, not only scoring the ball but making the extra pass,” Williams added, “and so I know that’s what my team needs so me to do.”DeMar DeRozan scored 28 for the Raptors, who will have to go the distance if they are to win a seven-game series for the first time in franchise history. They haven’t won any postseason series since 2001, and never really had a chance to wrap this one up after falling behind by 26 points.“We should’ve known they were going to come out throwing haymakers and we weren’t ready for it until the second half,” DeRozan said. Lowry shot 4 of 16 for 11 points after scoring 36 in the Raptors’ Game 5 victory. He was the only other Toronto player in double figures.Joe Johnson had 17 points and Kevin Garnett 13 for the Nets, who will play in a Game 7 for the second straight season. They fell to Chicago last year on their home floor and will try to win it this time in Toronto, where they won Game 1.Alan Anderson had nine points and nine rebounds for the Nets after Kidd shook up his starting lineup, inserting Anderson over Shaun Livingston.After ringing up a franchise playoff-record 44 points in fourth quarter of a Game 5 comeback that fell short, the Nets carried that momentum into this one, making 11 of their first 15 shots in what became a 34-point opening period.“Tonight, they got their foot on the pedal a lot quicker than we did,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said.The Nets were still leading comfortably when Williams went down on a drive to the basket just over 2 minutes into the second half, crashing to the court behind the basket. Kidd motioned for Williams to stay in to shoot the free throws so he would be eligible to finish the game, and the crowd loudly cheered as the point guard tried to walk it off.He made one of them, then nailed a 3-pointer from the corner before Anderson’s basket pushed the lead to 68-43. The lead was still 22 early in the fourth before an 11-0 run by Toronto cut it to 84-73 with 7:40 remaining.


    Shaw leaves game with injury

    Andrew Shaw has left the Blackhawks’ playoff game against the Minnesota Wild with an unspecified injury.It was unclear when exactly the injury occurred Friday night. Shaw left the Blackhawks’ bench and missed the final eight minutes of the first period of Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals.


    Lake Zurich keeps grip on NSC lead

    Matt Carmody pounded 8 kills, as Lake Zurich’s boys volleyball team maintained sole possession of first place in the North Suburban Conference with a 25-22, 25-18 win over Libertyville on Friday night.


    Baseball / Lake County roundup

    Colton Wagner belted a solo home run in the bottom of the first inning, and Lake Zurich’s baseball team never looked back en route to a 6-2 win over Antioch in a North Suburban Conference crossover Friday.


    Rabin, St. Charles North blank Batavia

    St. Charles North coach Tom Poulin said he could not remember the last time the wind blew out on the North Stars’ home field, which turned out to be the only thing between Northern Illinois-bound Abby Howlett and a grand slam Friday against Batavia.


    St. Charles East opens Geneva series with convincing win

    It might be too early to say that St. Charles East’s baseball team has turned its season around after a 9-7 start. However, the Saints (13-7, 9-5) appear headed on the right track.


    Buddle, Westland power South Elgin triumph

    South Elgin's Alyssa Buddle and Cassidy Westland made quick work of East Aurora in a 17-0, 5-inning Upstate Eight Conference win for the Storm.


    South Elgin, Bartlett prevail

    South Elgin topped Streamwood and Bartlett handled East Aurora on Friday in Upstate Eight Conference baseball.


    Moving performance as Mundelein honors Turkula

    Ian Turkula would have loved this match. Mundelein High School honored its former volleyball player on Friday night. Turkula succumbed to a brain tumor back in January. For this special night, Mundelein coach George Dressen shook up his lineup. His starting setter, David Everding, moved over to libero and stole the show with his defensive skills and heads-up play. Scott Heffernan, who had been on the bench most of the year, took the controls of the 5-1 offense as the setter. And the former libero, Jake Langlie, headed to outside hitter. Those moves paid off. Mundelein (12-13) slowed down an improving Stevenson squad 25-21, 25-20 on this emotional night.


    Stevenson’s Harvey/Komarov powering ahead at Pitchford

    An early season wake-up call appears to be just what the doctor ordered for Stevenson’s Colin Harvey and Andrew Komarov, who have been nearly flawless since an opening-day defeat against New Trier in boys tennis doubles action this spring.

    Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah drives on Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat during Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Tuesday, April 29, 2014, in Chicago. The Wizards won 75-69, taking the series. (AP Photo/Daily Herald, Steve Lundy) MANDATORY CREDIT MAGS OUT

    Noah undergoes left knee surgery

    Bulls center Joakim Noah is recovering after undergoing arthroscopic left knee surgery.Chicago announced the operation Friday. It was performed by team physician Dr. Brian Cole. The team says Noah will rehab his knee for eight to 12 weeks.

    Reliever Hector Rondon celebrates the Cubs’ 6-5 victory over the Cardinals with catcher Welington Castillo on Friday at Wrigley Field.

    Rondon feels ‘amazing right now’

    The Cubs bullpen has been in a state of flux lately, but things are starting to take a better shape for the team. Second-year man Hector Rondon earned the save in Friday's 6-5 victory over the Cardinals. He is one of several young candidates the Cubs have to close.

    Anthony Rizzo collected a 2-run single and and solo homer Friday in the Cubs’ 6-5 victory over the Cardinals at Wrigley Field.

    For one day anyway, Cubs scale the summit

    The St. Louis Cardinals are in town to play the Cubs, and they provide a good gauge by which the Cubs can judge themselves. The Cubs got the best of the Birds Friday with a 6-5 victory. But they know they've got a ways to go to catch the Cardinals for sustained excellence and that it will take time.


    Bears could be tempted if Mosley slips to 14

    After using two draft picks last year on linebackers Jon Bostic and Khaseem Greene, the Bears aren't expected to address that position in the early rounds this year. But if Alabama's C.J. Mosley slips to No. 14, he might be difficult to pass up.

    Rosie Napravnik rides Untapable to victory during the 140th running of the Kentucky Oaks horse race at Churchill Downs Friday, May 2, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Untapable runs away with 140th Kentucky Oaks

    Untapable surged past My Miss Sophia entering the stretch and rolled to a 4½-length victory Friday in the 140th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs.Ridden by Rosie Napravnik and breaking from the far 13th spot, the overwhelming favorite in the $1 million race for 3-year-old fillies earned her third straight victory and fifth in seven starts.

    Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Hector Rondon, right, celebrates with catcher Welington Castillo, after their 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in a baseball game Friday, May 2, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Rizzo and Castillo power Cubs past Cardinals 6-5

    Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run single in the first that ended Adam Wainwright’s scoreless streak at 25 innings, and the Cubs beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5 Friday for their third win in four games.Wainwright (5-2) had allowed six runs in 45 innings coming in, but the Cubs matched that in just five innings against the St. Louis ace, who gave up 10 hits. His ERA rose from 1.20 to 2.16.

    Northwestern University women’s tennis team features two former suburban stars, Nida Hamilton of Hinsdale Central (left) and Maddie Lipp of Lake Forest.

    NU tennis team roars into NCAA action

    The Northwestern women's tennis team used a big, enthusiastic crowd to defeat Michigan for the Big Ten championship last weekend. The Wildcats are hoping to get similar support next weekend when they host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament.

    FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2012, file photo, Tyson Gay celebrates after receiving the silver medal for the men's 4x100-meter race during the athletics competition in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London. Gay has accepted a one-year suspension and has returned the silver medal he won at the London Olympics after he tested positive for a prohibited substance, USADA announced Friday, May 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)

    Gay suspended 1 year, returns Olympic silver medal

    Sprinter Tyson Gay accepted a one-year suspension Friday after testing positive for a banned substance nearly a year ago and returned the silver medal he won in the men’s 400-meter relay at the 2012 London Olympics.

    During the off-season, the Bulls must obtain free-agent Carmelo Anthony, left, to provide much-needed offense, according to Mike North.

    On second thought, Bulls have to get Anthony

    Mike North admits he was wrong about the Chicago Bulls. Now it's time, he says, to go get Carmelo Anthony because the Bulls need offense.

    Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) shoots over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) in the second half of Game 6 of an opening-round NBA basketball playoff series Thursday, May 1, 2014, in Memphis, Tenn. Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50), Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka (9) and forward Caron Butler (2) watch for the rebound. Oklahoma City won 104-84 to even the series 3-3. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

    Thunder force Game 7, beat Grizzlies 104-84

    Kevin Durant scored 36 points to break out of a slump, and the Oklahoma City Thunder routed the Memphis Grizzlies 104-84 on Thursday night to force a deciding seventh game in the first-round Western Conference series.


    The silhouettes of customers while they are browsing for products inside an Apple Inc. store in New York.

    Jury says Samsung infringed Apple patents

    A California jury has determined that Samsung infringed Apple smartphone patents and awards $120 million damages. In a counterclaim, the panel also said Apple Inc. infringed Samsung Electronics Co. patents and awarded $158,000 in damages to South Korean company. The jury delivered the decisions in federal court in San Jose on Friday in the latest lawsuits involving the two tech giants.

    Associated Press/May 5, 2010 Torstar President and CEO David Holland is pictured in Toronto. Torstar Corp., owner of the Toronto Star and other newspapers, is selling the Harlequin book publishing company for $455 million to global media company News Corp., and it will be run as a division of HarperCollins Publishers.

    News Corp. buys romance publisher Harlequin

    The acquisition should help bolster News Corp.’s book unit sales, which brought in about $1.4 billion last fiscal year, or about 15 percent of total revenue. The book unit may now make up about 20 percent of News Corp.’s total sales, according to Eric Katz, media analyst for Wells Fargo Securities, LLC.

    An attendee examines a Caterpillar Inc. backhoe loader at the National Farm Machinery Show in Louisville.

    IRS probing Caterpillar parts deals

    Caterpillar and its Swiss subsidiary entered an agreement that let the Swiss company purchase parts from third-party suppliers and sell them to dealers outside the U.S., removing Caterpillar itself from the “legal title chain” of the transactions.According to the report, the company has about 8,300 employees who specialize in parts, including 4,900 in the U.S. and 65 in Switzerland. Nevertheless, the Swiss subsidiary received about 85 percent of the profits from non-U.S. parts sales, while Caterpillar received about 15 percent.

    Papa Murphy’s Holdings, Inc., the largest Take N’ Bake pizza chain in the U.S., opened for trading on The NASDAQ Stock Market on Friday.

    Papa Murphy’s rises in its Nasdaq debut

    The stock added 5 cents to close Friday at $11.05, backing off from a session peak of $12.10 on Nasdaq. The initial public offering of about 5.8 million shares priced at $11 per share — the low end of the expected price range of $11 to $13 per share. The company raised about $63.8 million in the offering.


    Kraft Foods investigated by regulators over 2011 wheat futures

    If there are legal penalties, Mondelez will bear most of the costs, Kraft said. The Northfield-based company doesn’t expect the matter to have a material effect on its results or operations.

    Trader Neil Catania, center, works Friday on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Ukraine making Wall Street nervous

    More than halfway through the first-quarter reporting season, earnings for all companies in the S&P 500 are forecast to have grown 1.7 percent, according to S&P Capital IQ, a data provider. That compares with nearly 8 percent last quarter.


    Microsoft releases update for Explorer security issue

    Microsoft released a security update for Internet Explorer that closes a gap that allowed attackers to take complete control of a computer. It also issued the update to Windows XP users, despite dropping support for the older operating system last month.

    The Navajo Nation has estimated that some 75,000 feral horses are drinking wells dry and causing ecological damage to the drought-stricken range — a figure that has been questioned as being too high.

    Tribe, Robert Redford group OK wild horses plan

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The Navajo Nation and a group founded by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson and actor Robert Redford said Thursday they have agreed on a plan to manage thousands of wild horses on the reservation and keep the animals from being sent to slaughter houses.The memorandum of agreement calls for adoptions, triages, veterinarian services, sanctuaries and funding to feed the animals. Richardson said it will result in a long-term, humane solution to an overpopulation of horses on the vast, remote reservation that has few financial resources. Navajo President Ben Shelly reversed his support for a return to domestic horse slaughter and halted wild horse roundups on the reservation after meeting with Richardson last October. He said Thursday that horses are sacred to the Navajo people and must be managed responsibly.Critics of the roundups on the Navajo Nation had complained that the tribe ran down horses to the point of injury, separated mares from foals and took domestic horses from their owners. Off the reservation, public outcry over alleged abuse during roundups of thousands of mustangs prompted the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to issue new policy directives emphasizing compassion and concern for wild horses on federal lands in the West.The Navajo Nation has estimated that some 75,000 feral horses are drinking wells dry and causing ecological damage to the drought-stricken range — a figure that has been questioned as being too high. The tribe was rounding up and selling horses, knowing that some likely would make their way to horse slaughter plants south of the border.Under the agreement with the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife, the Navajo Nation no longer will make public statements in support of horse slaughter. The tribe said it will stop sending horses to slaughter facilities or selling them to people who do after sufficient money is obtained for a humane horse management program. The agreement does not list a dollar amount or a timeframe, but Richardson said “we look forward to getting right to work.” Two Navajo groups said that management approach was unacceptable because it continues to allow for horse slaughter as a way to manage herds. The groups said they will be watching closely to ensure that Navajos’ cultural and traditional ties to horses are reflected in any management plan.“While not all of these concerns have been addressed to date, the Navajo Nation’s willingness to enter into the MOU is an important first step in ensuring that horse (and) range management decisions will be more humane and better informed going forward,” said Howard Shanker, an attorney for the groups.The tribe isn’t currently conducting roundups, according to its Department of Agriculture.A formal signing of the agreement is planned this summer in the tribal capital of Window Rock with Richardson and Redford, and is set to expire a year from that date. A number of animal welfare groups have pledged support.“The Navajo Nation’s efforts to create humane horse management programs will serve as a model for other tribes and will be a source of pride for the entire tribe for years to come,” said Stephanie Boyles Griffin of the Humane Society.Richardson and Redford created the Foundation to Protect New Mexico Wildlife last year to fight efforts by a Roswell, New Mexico, company and others to slaughter horses.

    An employment application on a table during a job fair at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson, N.Y.

    U.S. gains 288,000 jobs, most in 2 years; rate 6.3 pct.

    U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth. The Labor Department also said Friday that the unemployment rate sank to 6.3 percent, its lowest level since September 2008, from 6.7 percent in March.


    Pickups, small SUVs lead April auto sales rebound

    U.S. car buyers came out of hibernation in April to spend on pickup trucks and SUVs, fueling an auto sales rebound that analysts expect to last the rest of the year.Total sales grew to just under 1.4 million cars and trucks, up about 8 percent from a year ago. Sales ran at an annual rate of just over 16 million, according to Autodata Corp.

    The Justice Department said Thursday that it has settled a lawsuit against eBay that accused the company of anticompetitive practices in the recruitment and hiring of skilled employees.

    Justice Department, eBay settle antitrust lawsuit

    The Justice Department said Thursday that it has settled a lawsuit against eBay that accused the company of anticompetitive practices in the recruitment and hiring of skilled employees. The settlement resolves a 2012 lawsuit centered on eBay’s agreement with the Intuit software company that prevented each firm from recruiting the other’s employees.


    GM recalling 50,000 Cadillac SUVs

    General Motors is recalling more than 50,000 luxury SUVs to fix a computer error that can delay acceleration for three or four seconds. The recall affects some Cadillac SRX SUVs from the 2013 model year with 3.6-Liter V6 engines.


    Honda recalling nearly 25,000 Odyssey minivans

    Honda is recalling 24,889 Odyssey minivans from the 2014 model year because their side air bags may not deploy during a crash. Honda says a shorting terminal, which prevents deployment of the air bag before it’s put into the vehicle, may have been damaged during the assembly process.


    Microsoft picks Miami for 1st US innovation center

    Microsoft is opening a state-of-the-art training facility in Miami, its first within the United States. The tech giant plans to announce details Friday. Microsoft already has some 100 innovation centers in 80 countries worldwide.


    White House seeks stronger privacy laws for data

    The White House is asking Congress to pass new privacy laws that would add more safeguards for Americans’ data and provide more protections for emails sought in the course of a law enforcement investigation. The recommendations are among six offered by President Barack Obama’s counselor John Podesta in a report released Thursday.

    A pedestrian passes a a CVS store in Philadelphia.

    CVS Caremark 1Q profit jumps 18 percent

    CVS Caremark says its first-quarter earnings jumped 18 percent as generic drugs and an acquisition helped the drugstore and pharmacy benefits manager weather rough winter storms and a later Easter holiday. It topped profit and revenue expectations, sending shares higher in premarket trading Friday. The Woonsocket company, with local business operations in Northbrook, Mount Prospect, Bannockburn and Lincolnshire, reaffirmed its 2014 forecast for adjusted earnings of between $4.36 and $4.50 per share. CVS Caremark Corp. earned $1.13 billion, or 95 cents per share. That compares with earnings of $954 million, or 77 cents per share, in last year’s quarter. Revenue climbed 6 percent to $32.69 billion.Adjusted results totaled $1.02 per share. Analysts expect earnings of $1.04 per share on about $32.3 billion in revenue. Generic drugs have improved the profitability of drugstore operators like CVS Caremark for several quarters.

    Northfield-based Kraft reported a higher profit for its first quarter on Thursday as cost-cutting and one-time benefits helped offset a decline in revenue.

    Kraft’s profit rises as cost cuts offset sales dip

    Kraft reported a higher profit for its first quarter on Thursday as cost-cutting and one-time benefits helped offset a decline in revenue. The maker of Lunchables, Oscar Mayer and Velveeta partly attributed the lower revenue to the timing of Easter-related shipments, which were pushed into the second quarter this year instead of the first quarter.

    Skip Strittmatter

    DuPage County tourism chief to retire

    DuPage Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Skip Strittmatter announced she will retire after leading the organization for the past 20 years

Life & Entertainment

    Louis C.K. returns to FX at 9 p.m. Monday with the fourth season of his uniquely entertaining sitcom, “Louie.”

    'Louie' is back with more great guest stars

    "Louie" returns to FX on Monday with more offbeat comedy and more great guest stars. Sean lists his five essential episodes to watch before Season 4 begins.


    Don’t be judgmental about roommates’ solutions

    My roommates have suggested that we all chip in for a cleaning service. I’ve explained that I already clean the common areas, as well as my own space, on a regular basis and it seems wasteful and frankly lazy to me to pay for something that four able-bodied 20-somethings are perfectly capable of doing on our own. Am I being unreasonable for not wanting to contribute to the cleaning service fund?

    Macon Blair stars as a loner on a terrifying mission in “Blue Ruin.”

    Simple tale stuns in violent, exhilarating ‘Blue Ruin’

    Viewers may be forgiven for approaching “Blue Ruin,” a new thriller by Jeremy Saulnier, with a degree of caution. Moody, atmospheric, skillfully constructed and spiked with sporadic paroxysms of brutal violence, it’s in many ways typical of movies by emerging filmmakers, most of which are designed to show off technical chops and little else. Which makes “Blue Ruin” that much more of an exhilarating astonishment. From the first moments of “Blue Ruin,” it’s clear that Saulnier possesses an uncommonly poetic visual sensibility, a gift for lyricism that pervades this tautly constructed slow-burn even at its most spurtingly graphic extremes.

    “Xscape,” which includes songs Michael Jackson recorded in the 1980s and 1990s, is out May 13.

    Producer on Jackson album: Everyone did a good job

    When Michael Jackson’s record label released his first posthumous album in 2010, a year after the King of Pop’s death, producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins was asked to work on the project. He declined. He says he now feels comfortable producing Jackson’s music again. He produced the title track from the upcoming album, “Xscape,” out May 13.

    Researcher Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) spends years seeking out the inherited mutation that indicates an elevated risk for breast and ovarian cancer in “Decoding Annie Parker.”

    Cancer struggle overshadows research angle in ‘Decoding Annie Parker’

    Early on, the based-on-real-events drama "Decoding Annie Parker" sets its course on two narrative paths: one that follows the researcher who discovered the BRCA1 cancer gene (Helen Hunt) and another that follows Annie Parker (Samantha Morton), a Toronto wife and mother whose family is shattered by the disease. As the movie progresses, the balance tips increasingly toward Annie’s story, turning what could have been a double-sided portrait of two women’s perseverance in pursuit of an unknowingly shared goal into a sometimes moving but mostly familiar look at a single, lifelong struggle with the c-word.

    Gabriela Francesca sang a Whitney Houston standard during the final of Suburban Chicago's Got Talent at the Taste of Arlington Heights in 2013. She went on to win the competition.

    Talent competition boasts new prize, new venue

    Suburban Chicago's Got Talent has lived up to its name over the past two years, showcasing a range of acts from singers to comedians to a teenage yo-yo artist. And today, the summerlong competition returns — with changes that include a new stage home and a new prize package aimed at taking those talents to the next level.

    Humorist Garrison Keillor will be promoting his new book, “The Keillor Reader,” on Tuesday, May 6, at Meiley-Swallow Hall at North Central College in Naperville.

    Garrison Keillor brings new book tour to Naperville

    Humorist Garrison Keillor turns 72 in August, but the creator and host of “A Prairie Home Companion” has no plans to retire anytime soon. Keillor is hitting the road for a 32-city tour to promote “The Keillor Reader,” a collection spanning his decades as storyteller, novelist and radio show host. At 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, he will make an appearance at Meiley-Swallow Hall on the campus of North Central College, 31 S. Ellsworth St., Naperville.

    Pharrell Williams, who won the innovator award, performs at the iHeartRadio Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Thursday in Los Angeles.

    Tears of joy: Pharrell ‘happy’ at iHeartRadio awards show

    Pharrell is still full of tears of joy — even after that viral interview with Oprah Winfrey. The producer-rapper-singer was teary-eyed after he performed a medley of his hits at the iHeartRadio Music Awards and earned the innovator award for his contributions to music. “I never dreamt in a million, million, million years as a producer that I would be standing here as an artist,” the 41-year-old told the crowd Thursday at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

    Juilliard-trained actor Michael Urie received loads of critical acclaim for the off-Broadway comedy “Buyer & Cellar,” in which he plays a struggling actor who lands a job as a clerk in an underground mall of quaint shops owned by Barbra Streisand. The one-man show goes on tour with Urie starring at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place in Chicago.

    Michael Urie brings 'Buyer & Cellar' tour to Chicago

    For the past year, Michael Urie has had to field a constant stream of questions about Barbra Streisand. That's because Urie is the star of Jonathan Tolins' critically acclaimed 2013 off-Broadway comedy “Buyer & Cellar,” a one-man show that imagines what it might be like to work in the well-documented faux mall in the basement of Streisand's Malibu home. Urie is launching a national tour of the show from Chicago's Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place starting Tuesday, May 6.

    Nori Sawa's “Fairy Tales” returns to the annual International Children's Theater Festival. Sawa, originally from Japan, uses puppets, masks and more to tell stories.

    Theater events: Northlight revives Simon's 'Lost in Yonkers'

    Northlight Theatre revives the Neil Simon comedy "Lost in Yonkers," plus Court Theatre revives a David Henry Hwang drama and Writers Theatre debuts the new musical "Days Like Today," this week in Chicago-area theater.

    Beth Waller

    Meet the judges
    The judges for the 2014 Suburban Chicago's Got Talent include Beth Waller, John Flamini and Barbara Vitello.


    Suburban Chicago's Got Talent: Rules and regulations
    A list of rules and regulation for the 2014 Suburban Chicago's Got Talent competition.

    “Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules,” written by TV star Jo Frost of “Supernanny” fame, is her seventh book offering families advice on dealing with toddlers.

    Supernanny Jo Frost takes on tantrums in new book

    Jo Frost of “Supernanny” fame is out with her seventh book, and she’s taking aim at toddlers. More specifically, she focuses on the thing so many parents dread: toddlers and tantrums. In the new book, “Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules,” she offers a five-step approach to proactive parenting based on knowing when to step back, observe or step in.

    Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, internationally known for her “fog sculptures,” has created a new fog installation at the Glass House in New Canaan, Conn.

    Glass House hosts ‘Veil,’ a poem in fog and glass

    The Glass House, architect Philip Johnson’s iconic Modernist structure set in the woods in New Canaan, Conn., has been wrapped in a poetic fog by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, a sort of Christo of mist. Like the glass structure itself, Nakaya’s “Veil” installation plays on the transparent and opaque, the permanent and ephemeral. “I’m making an invisible natural phenomenon visible,” explained the Tokyo-based artist.

    The Botanic Gardens in Glasgow, Scotland, is an internationally renowned garden in the heart of Glasgow’s West End that includes more than 50 acres of formal gardens, woodland walks and glasshouses filled with plants. It’s open daily and is free to visit.

    5 free things in Glasgow, from gardens to museums

    The image of Scotland’s largest city as a hard and dirty industrial center is long gone. Instead, this former European Capital of Culture is now widely regarded as one of Britain’s most lively and stylish urban destinations. Glasgow remains a well-preserved example of Victorian excess and enlightenment, offering numerous museums and art galleries, of which more than 20 are free to visit. The city is easy to get around. Many of the attractions are within walking distance of each other or can be reached by the city’s unique subway system known fondly as the Clockwork Orange.

    An Old Fashioned

    Making fractions work with bourbon

    My son’s fourth grade math homework has taught me an incredibly valuable lesson. About bourbon. Inappropriate association, you say? Perhaps. But if a bit of bourbon is what it takes for me to safely usher my offspring through the woes of improper fractions, division patterns, quadrants and perimeter calculations, then I say pour me another round, and make it snappy.

    Barbakoa offers different takes on the margarita.

    Cinco de Mayo the perfect time to savor a margarita

    With Cinco de Mayo coming up on Monday, bars and restaurants throughout the suburbs will be doing a brisk business in margaritas — adding special touches to make the drink all their own. Some are traditional; others tend toward the spicy. And at least one is served ablaze. “The simplicity of the drink is something that anyone can replicate,” said Barbakoa bar manager Xavier Carlin.


    Spring cleaning for your drain lines

    A slow-moving drain could mean a clogged drain line. But occasionally it is a clogged vent stack. In order for a typical drain line to work properly, it needs air. Your household drain lines have attached air vents to allow for the best drainage of toilets and sinks.


    Overreaching advice from home inspector

    Q. I am selling my home, and the buyer’s home inspector recommended replacing the furnace and water heater because of their age. Both are 20 years old and in good working order. Should I replace them even though they are in good condition?

    Homes in Elk Grove Village’s Stockbridge neighborhood are among the newer ones in town. These houses on Salem Court have New England flavor.

    Stockbridge featured in neighborhood profile

    Newer attractive homes, great schools and nearby amenities make Stockbridge a sought-after subdivision in Elk Grove Village. Their house itself — the design and layout — sold Jean and Bob Payne on the subdivision 27 years ago.



    Editorial: The real tax question is on the table
    A Daily Herald editorial says the demise of graduated income tax plans in Illinois clears the way for the real issue: How much in taxes should Illinois residents pay?

    Ryan Canney

    Enough grumbling, demand action on taxes

    Guest columnists Ryan Canney and Beth Carow: Another Tax Day has passed without much conversation about how to make our tax system fairer for working families or small businesses. We mostly heard a collective grumble about the filing deadline — and some of us scrambled to meet it.


    Keeping a close eye on Republican Party
    A St. Charles letter to the editor: I am trying to determine which direction to go regarding the coming elections. I am a member of the middle class and an independent voter. Also, I am a selfish voter as I look at the issues and try to determine how my family and I will best be served by a particular individual or party.


    Support tax credit for small campaign donations
    A letter to the editor: Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McCutcheon v. FEC to strike down overall, or aggregate, contribution limits to candidates and political committees. Their decision in the McCutcheon case will empower a tiny group of less than 3,000 elite donors to spend an additional billion dollars in our elections through 2020.


    Stop the exodus of Illinois companies
    A Mount Prospect letter to the editor: Hey you — you in Springfield. You, who are supposed to be representing us. How long must we wait before you start?


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